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You Can Always Get It Cheaper

After several very busy months, I have been inspired by a very insightful blog post…

When I first started out in this industry, I struggled with pricing (as many of us do) and how to educate brides on price vs. value.

If you too have had this struggle or are currently challenged by this ever prominent topic, please click here. 

Thank you Sasha for your valuable insight!

Keep it Sexy,



Palette, Paper, Linen and MORE…

It’s hard to believe that the Special Event Planning course that I instruct at Wake Tech will soon be coming to an end!

I have had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with many fabulous people over the past two months, some of which will go on to have amazing careers in the events industry.

I am fortunate to have great relationships in this industry and two of my favs have honored me with their presence in this semester’s class.  The wonderful Bridget DuPre of Connie Duglin Linen and Stacey Motley of The Paper Cafe.

Bridget wowed the class with her knowledge of linens and

the vast selection available to add that needed effect to any special occasion.

She did an awesome job!

Stacey is so passionate about what she does, who knew there was so much to be said about paper! Many people are not aware that there are more options available than what they see everyday.  The value of a professional is unmatched!  If you’re not sure if that professional touch is in your budget, ASK STACEY!


Thank you ladies for giving us a glimpse into your world!


EventWorld 2011

What an exciting month in the world of education and events!

It has been a while since the last post but not due to lack of topics… try too many topics!

Yes, we have been so busy here this month and have decided to grab a few minutes to give you an update.

I am all about education and because my company is Always OTop, EventWorld 2011 was at the top of the list this month.

Beautiful Details from the Marriott Union Station Lobby

I received a scholarship from the Search Foundation to attend EventWorld 2011.  If you are not familiar with the Search Foundation, you should certainly take a moment to check it out.  It’s an amazing organization that provides support for event professionals that are confronted with a catastrophic occurrence.  How amazing is that?  People helping people is what it’s all about.

The conference was held in St. Louis and hosted by the Marriott Union Station Hotel.  This hotel is a remodeled train station and it was absolutely amazing!

The night I arrived, we had dinner at an Asian Fusion Tapas restaurant.  I highly recommend the Mosaic restaurant in St. Louis!

Yummy Mushroom Tart

EventWorld was full of fun, educational programs designed to encourage, motivate and inspire!  I had loads of fun meeting people from across the US, Canada and the UK! 

The affair to remember was the glitzy and glamorous Esprit Awards.  The decor was beautiful and elegant.  I have included a few iPhone pics for your enjoyment!


If you ever have an opportunity to attend EventWorld, DO IT!

Keep It Sexy!

Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

AOT Events Table Display at Ladies Power Lunch

I had the pleasure of not only attending the Ladies Power Lunch held at the beautiful Prestonwood Country Club, I was also a vendor. 


   The Ladies Power Lunch is dedicated to showcasing successful women in the Triangle.  Carrie Peele, president of Blue Diamond Limousine and founder of the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, was inspired by one of her friends who had a successful luncheon under way in Sterling.  Carrie wanted to bring the concept of the luncheon to the women of the Triangle.  She did her research and decided that the women leaders of our area needed this luncheon. 


There was an hour of shopping and networking prior to the luncheon and the attendees were all smiles.  We were even regaled with a pre-luncheon magic show!  During each luncheon there are wonderful door prizes and the founder honors a “breast cancer hero” every month.  You receive so much more than food when you attend the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch!

What a wonderful experience had by all and I encourage you to click here  for more information and to register for the next event!

Keep it Sexy! 

Visit The Oaks at Salem

Whether you are a bride, a business owner or someone who loves the beauty of nature… you need to visit

The Oaks at Salem

The Oaks at Salem has everything the elegant bride is looking for.  As the premiere venue for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and other Triangle functions, the property provides numerous options for outdoor and indoor entertaining. 

Combining centuries-old charm with the best of modern conveniences, the setting is designed to capitalize on the views from every vantage point.  The surrounding trees provide the perfect backdrop for engagement photos.  The unimposing ducks quietly reside in the serene, neighboring pond.

The owner of The Oaks, April Maness, is as easy-going as the breeze that welcomed me upon arrival.  She spoke with enthusiasm and a true love for this new venture.  For those of you lucky enough to have your momentous occasion at The Oaks, I am sure that you will be satisfied with April’s level of customer service.

I am certainly looking forward to coordinating many events within The Oaks at Salem.

The Oaks is conveniently located only fifteen miles from downtown Raleigh, two miles from historic downtown Apex, and less than one mile from Highway 64. Explore the ambiance of The Oaks at Salem, and create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

When you meet April, tell her Makia said “hello”.

Keep it Sexy!

Cake Pics I Adore

Just a few pictures of some beautiful cakes that I found around the web!

Isn’t this the cutest… especially with the matching napkins!


Dr. Seuss… enough said!

Upside down is always FUNKY!



and my very favorite by the talented artists at Swank Cake Design

Isn’t this absolutely STUNNING?

(and I happen to know that they taste as good as they look)

Keep It Sexy!