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Chic Empowerment Reads 2016


I plan to read a MINIMUM of 2 books a month this year (yes, I’m sure I’ll read more if not 2 a week), and I thought it would be great to share the top 10 books on my reading list!

Be sure to share what you are reading too and maybe I can add those to my list of reading. I love books that inspire, true stories, books that make me laugh and that also add value to my life by helping me live my absolute best. What are your favorite reads??

1. Kingdom Woman – Chrystal Evans Hurst & Tony Evans (Already began reading this one and it’s amazing!! I decided to host a LifeTeam at Triumph entitled “Kingdom Woman” since this book has been so good to me.) Interested in attending the FREE LifeTeam, sign up here!

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2. #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso (Bought this one as a birthday gift in November but didn’t get around to reading it yet so I put it on the list for this year. Starting it next week.)


3. Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design – Laurence G. Boldt (Recommended by savvy boss babe Myliek Teele so I needed to add it to my list as well)

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4. Misguided by Love, Redirected by Faith – Ericka Ellis (my friend 🙂 ) Coming out this April and I can’t wait to read it!!! Met this beauty while residing in Dallas… Her story is inspirational so I know this book will be too!


5. Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy – Mallika Chopra A suggestion by V12 Yoga studio owner and a Dallas City Influencer, Veronica Torres Hazley so adding it to my list!

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6. Daring Greatly – Brene’ Brown


7. The Virgin Way – Richard Branson Inspirational Entrepreneur who I admire. Can’t wait to read about is out of the box thinking for business. 


8. 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life – Andrea Owen Read through this one day while at the book store and it seems fun!


9. Success through Stillness – Russell Simmons I’ve read his other books Do You and Super Rich and was inspired by both so it’s only fitting to add this book to the shelf as well. 


10. Grit to Great – Linda Kaplan Thaler & Robin Koval The power of grit is what will move you to success… Can’t wait to read more.


This is a part of my personal development plan. Reading is always great was to pour in personal development. What do you do to invest in you? What books are on your list this year?

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Texas and The City Barnes & Noble Book Tour!!!

Texas and The City Book Tour kicked off Aug16th in Beaumont, TX and here are the results:


It was great turn out and inspirational event. Many people came out to support and all were sure to get their autographed copy of Texas and The City! Check out some photos from the event below:



Being from a small town and bringing my first stop of the book tour back home gave the opportunity for loved ones to come out and support. Was so happy to see Momma Tena below to come out and share support and of course one of the worlds best hugs 🙂


It was so exciting to speak to so many different people. I was told I inspired them just by sharing a summary of my book. This is my ultimate goal. Already heard a review from someone via FaceBook who read my book after purchasing it Saturday and said it was truly inspirational. So many are interested in reading the sequel… Guess that will come soon 🙂








After selling out the General Manager at Barnes and Noble shared with me how I was the first ever at that location to sell out of all books during a book signing. He said he was inspired by my engagement with everyone who came in and how I had a team of people to assist in making this event successful. Well… with a background in retail… I can’t help but bring the seller/presenter/manager/motivator out of me. This is who I am and this is what I do! I didn’t expect anything less. Thank You Beaumont Barnes and Noble for having me! Next stop Dallas, TX! Check out the flyer below for more details. 



Thank you family for supporting me and helping make this a successful event!


Click the dates below to receive more information and to attend in the city of your choice! Look forward to meeting you and sharing inspirational stories! Never give up on your dreams!

BN @ Lincoln Park in Dallas, TX Aug. 23rd

BN @ Sunset Valley in Austin, TX Aug. 30th




Tuesday TEN

Tuesday TEN

Being cooped in the house over the past four days fighting a horrible cold gave me some additional reading time I don’t always get. With that, I thought it would be great to share my Top Ten reads! Some fun, some stylish, and some that ignites thought but all read worthy. 

Check out my Top 10 Reads! 


Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink by Kim Gruenenfelder

Fabulously funny novel of three girlfriends experiencing life in some planned and perfectly unplanned ways. Filled with great one liners and extremely enticing. I could not put it down once I got started!


There’s Cake in My Future (same author)

If you plan on reading book #1, You must first read book #2. I will admit, I did it the other way around as I was not familiar with this author but once I finished Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink, I wanted to read her other novels. There’s Cake in My Future was written before and now reading both, I’ve experienced some “ahhh…” moments but wasn’t completely lost as both books are well written.


The Beautiful Disruption by GG Renee Hill

One of my favorite bloggers. When she shared that she wrote a book I knew I would purchase as support regardless but once I read a few inserts, I purchased a couple more for friends. Exploring family mental illness and her self-prophecy this book is perfectly poetic. It sheds light onto her story dealing with a mom who suffered from mental illness but also showcases bravery as she continues to learn who she is and learning to live life differently from what she originally imagined. Heroic and a must read.

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The Good Luck of Right Now By Matthew Quick.

An emotional roller coaster as you experience it all from funny to sad but great read.


The Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I bought this during the summer when it came out and read it over two nights. LOVED it! I’m anxiously awaiting a movie screen adaptation. I can read this over and over.


Seriously… I’m Kidding By Ellen DeGeneres

Who does not love Ellen? Her book will keep you laughing from beginning to end. I will never forget when I picked this book up in Target and turned it over to read the back and I immediately started laughing and could not stop. This is what it stated “Oh, hi. I’m so glad you decided to turn the book over. As you probably know, this is normally where authors put nice quotes from fancy people praising their book. I’m a little uncomfortable with that. It feels like a gimmick to get people to buy it and I don’t believe in cheap tricks like that…” It goes on with more hilarity and it immediately had me. I had to purchase! I’m so glad I did:-)


Man Repeller

Another one of my favorite bloggers Leandra Medine put together a hilarious read. It’s a collection of her essays which I love how she recalls everything by what she wore. Highly entertaining.


The Asylum by Simon Doonan

This book is as witty as he. Known for some of the fashion worlds most extravagant window displays at Barneys, Simon shares insight to his world in the fashion industry.


In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon 

Female empowerment to the fullest makes this book a must read. Tamara is the co-founder of Jimmy Choo and shares a real and honest look into her life within this iconic brand.

10.  The World according to Karl

Great book of quotes from the fashion power mind Karl Lagerfeld 

What are some of your fun and stylish reads?