Though it seems summer might linger for a few more weeks, it is officially the fall season.  Late September is the perfect time to transition gorgeous fall colors into your home, your closet and of course, your makeup!  We asked the lovely Amy Head of Amy Head Cosmetics to share her steps for creating fresh fall makeup! 
Thank you, Amy, for sharing these incredibly easy, yet impactful makeup tips!  For more information on Amy Head Cosmetics, please visit their website here!

A special thank you to Adam + Alli Photography for capturing the Amy Head line so beautifully! 
 
 
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Each year, a staggering 200,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and 150,000 die from this terrible disease. 

Lori Newcomb was shockingly diagnosed with the disease in 2013.  “I kept thinking, I am going to wake up from this dream,” she admits.  “No one in my family has cancer, and to be diagnosed at the age of 42 was shocking.”  Before her diagnosis, Lori loved to exercise.  “I went to spin class every morning with a group of friends!  I absolutely loved it; it was free therapy,” she laughs.

While undergoing treatment, Newcomb found herself searching Ovarian Cancer on the internet, and she came across an intriguing event.  “I came across the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) and noticed this spin event.  I thought it was so cool.  It perfectly combined my love of spin, raising awareness and finding a cure,” she smiles.

With the great support of her husband, Chris, CEO of Newk’s Eatery, Lori helped start the Newk's Cares program, as well as Jackon’s first Ovarian Cycle spin event.  Next Thursday, September 29, you are invited to come spin for a cure!  From 9:00am until 2:00pm, The Club at the Township in Ridgeland is hosting the fun, high energy event!  “OCRFA’s Ovarian Cycle Jackson, a third-year event presented by Newk’s Eatery and Newk’s Cares, is an indoor cycling event dedicated to raising funds for OCRFA’s ovarian cancer research and support programs. The event is open to men and women, from beginning riders to experienced indoor cyclists.”

Lori smiles, “It is a day of fellowship and fun.  People are there supporting family or friends affected by Ovarian Cancer.  This event celebrates survivorship and fighting that fight.  It is truly a fun day filled with laughter and music.”  To date, the spin event has raised an overwhelming $420,000!!!  We hope to see all of you at the event next Thursday!!  Don't forget to wear your teal in support of finding a cure! 

For more information on the Ovarian Cycle event, please click here!  For more information on Newk’s Cares and their support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness, please click here.

Ovarian Cancer can be tough to diagnose.  If you or any of your loved ones have the following symptoms, please visit a doctor immediately:

~ Abdominal swelling, bloating, pressure or fullness
~ Pelvic Discomfort or pain
~ Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
~ Change in bowel habits
~ Lack of energy
~ Lower back pain
~ Loss of appetite 

Logo courtesy of the OCRFA's Ovarian Cycle Ride 
 
 
Happy Autumn!  We are excited to unveil our precious fall cover today! 
"That Mississippi sound, that Delta sound is in them old records.  You can hear it all the way through."  Muddy Waters

Autumn in Mississippi is absolutely breathtaking. With a chill in the air and rich color in the trees, it is a perfect time to host an outdoor party.  A pizza party, that is!  Surrounded by a sea of wild sunflowers, our sweet partygoers decorated pies in personalized aprons.  It was a fun day celebrating friends and embracing the beauty of the season!  
A special thank you to our wonderful vendors:

Venue:  Mississippi Museum of Art
Photography:  Adam + Alli Photography
Clothing & Hair Accessories:  Bows & Arrows Children's Boutique
Pizza:  Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint
Desserts:  Broad Street Bakery & Cafe
Rentals, Flowers & Styling:  Eventful
Pepsi Products:  Brown Bottling Group
 
 
This week marks the official start to the fall season and it is the perfect time to update your home!  Whether you wish to simply add an accessory or completely redesign a space, we highly recommend visiting SummerHouse, a gorgeous interior design showroom in Ridgeland.  SummerHouse says, "With over 6900 square feet of light filled, airy showroom space, our style is classic, clean and never fussy.  Timeless...but always so - now."  The SummerHouse staff is friendly, talented and always a delight!

Today we are thrilled to share SummerHouse's Inspirational Interior Board for Fall.  Neutral colors, cozy furs, gorgeous textiles, rich leather and natural accessories will surely add warmth to any home.  
For more information on SummerHouse, visit their beautiful website here!  

A special thank you to Adam + Alli Photography for capturing these pieces so perfectly!  Visit their website here! 
 
 
The legendary B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925.  Inspiration Mississippi Magazine proudly named Mr. King the Most Inspirational Mississippian in our 2016 publication.  In honor of his birthday, we are thrilled to share incredible artwork of Mr. King by H.C. Porter and an inspiring article with you today! 
He was a tremendous talent.  With a beautiful roar in his voice and fingers that effortlessly slid along his beloved guitar strings, Riley B “B.B.” King became one of the most influential artists in the world.   For decades, The King of the Blues tirelessly charmed fans.  Each night, B.B. King would sit down, lean back, tap his toes, and begin to play. His music could set your soul on fire.

The Mississippi native picked cotton as a child, and had a warm and gentle spirit.  Orphaned at a young age, King was raised by his maternal grandmother.  He taught himself to play guitar, and strummed the Blues on the street corners of Indianola.  He was like an old friend,” reflects Allan Hammons, who serves on the Board of Directors of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.  “I think that served him well through life.”

Mr. King’s Blues are riveting.  You can sense pain, sorrow, and joy wrapped into one song.  “He was a tremendously talented musician, a gifted singer and phenomenal guitar player.  Eric Clapton once called him ‘The Grand Master,’” recalls Hammons.  “I became very fond of Mr. King.  Once you met him, you felt like you had known him forever.  He was so down to earth it is almost hard to describe.  The only thing I knew greater than his talent was his humility.” 

Hammons met King in 2007, while building the B.B. King Museum.  One particular memory stands out in Hammons’ mind.  He and Mr. King were riding along with a few friends, listening to Riding With the King, a record featuring duets with Eric Clapton. “It dawned on me.  We were actually riding with the King,” Hammons laughs.  “When I asked everyone what we were doing, they all seemed confused.  I said, ‘Come on, we are riding with the King.’  B.B. fell out laughing with a big old belly laugh,” reflects Hammons.  “He was just one of us, and he liked it that way.”  

“I don’t think there is a more humble person you will ever meet,” reflects attorney and friend, Carver Randle.  Randle was born in Indianola in 1942, and spent much of his childhood fascinated with Mr. King, watching him getting in and out of his car.  The two finally met in 1978 and quickly became friends.  “He warmly related to his audience from the stage, but individually, he was even more down to earth.  Having a coke or meal with him, you got the impression that he was a tremendous man with a very pleasing personality, who could relate to anyone.” 

Carver had an experience with Mr. King that left him in tears.  “We went down to Bossier City to see him perform.  I went backstage and said hello, but when the show started, I took my seat in the audience with my wife and family.  Mr. King came out and started his concert, but all of a sudden, he completely stopped the band and stared out at the sea of fans.  He spoke into the microphone, and said his lawyer was here from his hometown.  He asked me to come down front, shook my hand, said a few words, and asked the people to give me an applause,” marvels Carver.  “Here I was admiring him, and this world-renowned man stopped his show and asked people to give me a hand.  I sat back down and could not control my sobbing.  It was truly the dearest moment I have ever experienced.”  The audience erupted in a thunderous applause, seeing how highly King regarded Carver.  He sweetly says, “That moment stays with me.  That is just the kind of person he was.” 

King won 15 Grammy awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Kennedy Center Honor.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and granted a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.  Even with his extraordinary success, King never saw himself as a celebrity.  He could not fathom that people actually loved listening to his music. 

Dion Brown served as the past Executive Director of the B.B. King Museum, and came to the job without knowing King.  However, Brown quickly viewed King as family.  “He was a father to all of us,” smiles Brown. 

For over three decades, King returned to Indianola and gave a homecoming concert for his adoring fans.  “One year, he played for Homecoming, then gave a private concert at the museum.  Then Mr. King went to a club and played until 2:30am.  Instead of leaving, he shook every hand of those 300 fans in the audience, and had a personal conversation with each person.  Who else does that?” says Brown.  “It was so important for him to give back to his community. Everybody who met Mr. King had a great story.”

Mr. King passed into eternity just months shy of his 90th birthday, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy.  “He has inspired me tremendously.  My attitude, disposition and outlook on life are similar to his.  No matter where I go or what I accomplish, I will always try to be like B.B.,” says Randle.

Brown concurs.  “To be in the business as long as he was, you cannot find anything negative about him.  That is a testament to his character.  I miss him.  I miss his friendship.  I really and truly miss him.  Just like the world does.” 


{Artwork by H.C. Porter.  See more of H.C. Porter's incredible Blues @ Home series here!  Article by Mitchell Walters} 
 
 
{Name}  Lindsay Martin-Nez / Daughter: Kylie Martin-Nez
{Event Site} St. Paul Catholic Church – Flowood, MS
Reception following at our house

{Tell us about the occasion for the event?} We were especially excited to celebrate Kylie’s baptism because we knew it was an occasion that would bring our entire family together.   I grew up in Buffalo, NY and my family is spread out all over the country.  Jason, my husband, grew up in Vicksburg, MS so his family is mostly in Mississippi and Louisiana.  It’s a rare occasion that we get all of his family and all of mine together in the same place at the same time so we wanted to make it an extra special day.

{What’s your favorite event detail? Is there a story behind it?}
My favorite detail of the entire event is Kylie’s dress.  I wanted to create a special dress that had been previously worn by me (or one of our family members) and I knew my wedding dress would be perfect!  I reached out to Fashion Post in Jackson and worked with them to come up with a design that would be age appropriate but still pay homage to the look and feel of my original dress. 

I loved that she had a miniature version of my wedding dress on her special day!  I also loved that we were able to incorporate other details of my wedding look in her outfit.  For example, we affixed my hairpiece to the waistline of her dress for a little extra flair.  And she wore my garter as a headband. It really turned out perfectly and she looked absolutely precious!

{What was your favorite moment of the event day?}
My favorite part of the event was having everyone together to celebrate Kylie.  She is an incredible blessing to us and having our entire family, and God, together to share our love for her was truly amazing.

{Your favorite picture from the event day?}
My favorite picture is the one of me helping her put her dress on.  There’s a very similar picture from my wedding day where my mother was helping me into my wedding dress and I think it was so special to get to share that moment with Kylie.  (Of course I think I was a lot more patient putting my dress on than Kylie was for me!)

Vendors:
Baptism photos by friend Dana Wilson
Wedding photos :  Chao Photography (March 2013)
Florist and Catering: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral
Cookies: Cuppycakes and Cookies by Josie
Custom Gown: Fashion Post
Church: St. Paul Catholic Church


 
 
Are you dreaming of building a custom home?  Imagine working with a warm, intelligent and humble builder, who will guide you through the entire process.  Nick Bradshaw, the impressive owner of Iron Point Construction, designs innovative, functional and exceptionally beautiful homes.  

"Building a home CAN be a daunting task for sure, especially with no direction," admits Nick.  "Iron Point can make it easy and enjoyable by providing information to the client from the beginning to end and 'hand-holding' them along the way.  One of the most important things Iron Point does is ideally to meet early on with the client to provide clarity on the various things that need to happen to begin their dream home.  Some of these discussion points would be initial design wants, bank funding process, and budgets."


Taking the first step toward building your family's perfect home might seem intimidating.  We asked Nick to share his expert advice on how to get started building your dream home.  We are thrilled to share his tips today:

~ Start earlier than whatever you are thinking if you want to build a custom home!

~ One of the first things that needs to happen is a meeting with the bank to discuss loan options and financing approvals.

~ We all like a good price, but remember the old saying, you get what you pay for.

~ When looking at or drawing up house plans, always start smaller - it is MUCH easier to add on than to take away.

~ When selecting an architect and builder, you should feel at ease with them as you will more than likely have a lot of interaction with them and need to feel comfortable.

~ If you feel very anxious about making design decisions within your home, it may be beneficial to look at hiring an interior designer to help in this realm. The amount of stress relief may be well worth the money.

~ Use a media source like Houzz or Pinterest to stockpile pictures of "looks" or designs you would like to implement in your house.

~ Talk to multiple builders, architects, designers to get a feel for who you gel with.

Thank you, Nick, for your wonderful advice!  To learn more about Iron Point Construction, please visit their website here.  Photos courtesy of Iron Point Construction.
 
 
It's time to drape your little ones in princess gowns, glitter and tiaras!  Imagine a whimsical afternoon, filled with tea, live princesses and ballet dancers.  The annual Once Upon A Fairytale:  A Mother Daughter Princess Tea will take place on Sunday, October 9 at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson.  

Presented by Ergon, Exmark and Regional Enterprises, this precious tea party is sure to delight any little girl!  More importantly, it will help raise money for Eagle’s Nest Children’s Home in Guatemala, giving its residents the extraordinary opportunity to attend school.

Jenny Blount, founder of Once Upon A Fairytale, says, “I have always had a special place in my heart for adoption.  God used adoption to build our family and it has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.”  After adopting her precious child, Blount realized the great need to care for children in countries where adoptions are not possible.  “International adoptions are closed in Guatemala, so in most cases, the children at Eagle’s Next will live there until they turn eighteen.  A solid education is incredibly valuable in preparing them for adulthood.”  She smiles, “The goal of our event is to raise enough money to send every child at Eagle’s Nest to school for an entire year!”

At this year’s magical event, tiny guests will have the opportunity to mingle with ten live fairytale princesses, sip tea and lemonade and enjoy a three course afternoon tea menu provided by Fresh Cut Catering.  Ballet Magnificat! will dazzle the crowd with beautiful choreography, and the Followell FOTOBOOTH will be on hand snapping “mommy and me” photos! 

What a perfectly magical afternoon for you and your favorite little princess! Tickets are $25 per person, and seatings will be at 1:00p and 4:00pm.  For more information on this sweet event, please visit www.fairytaleprincesstea.com 


 
 
{Name}  Catherine Ann Davis
{Hometown}  New Albany, MS
{Event Site} Home of Tounia and Jay Herrington in New Albany, MS (parents of the sisters)

{Tell us about the occasion for the event?}
Joint Gender Reveal Party for sisters, Catherine Ann Davis and Elizabeth Harrison.   

{What inspired your event location and theme?}
Elizabeth and I wanted to include our family in our big reveals.  Our parents’ home in New Albany was the perfect setting.  It is not often that sisters are pregnant at the same time and their due dates are a week apart.  We had a big reason to celebrate!     

{What inspired your color scheme/flowers?}
Elizabeth and I wanted our gender reveal party to be classic and Southern.  We incorporated jade McCarty and Annieglass serving pieces, blue hydrangeas, bright pink roses, and double satin ribbons in pink and blue. 

{What’s your favorite event detail? Is there a story behind it?}
Elizabeth and I love champagne!  Since we could not pop a bottle of our own, we thought that mini champagne bottles would be fun party favors.  Each guest left the party with their own bottle tied with a tag that I designed.  Cheers to the sweet babies!

{What was your favorite part of the event planning process?}
My favorite part of planning the reveal party was sharing our excitement and joy with our family.

{What was your favorite moment of the event day?}
My favorite moment from the day was popping the confetti cannons.  We knew what the cannons would reveal, but our parents and grandparents did not.  I don’t think our family was expecting to see that much BLUE!   

{Your favorite picture from the event day?}
I LOVE every single photo from the day.  Blake did an amazing job!  My favorite photo is of me and my sister, Elizabeth, comparing baby bumps.  I think it is pretty special to go through this time in my life alongside my best friend and sister.

* Please include the names of all vendors used at your event so that we can credit their work.  Please provide a link to a website/facebook if you have it. 

Photographer:  Blake Belcher Photography - Also check out Blake Belcher Photography on Instagram here! 
Event Planner:  Hi Yall! Made In The South
Venue:  Home of Tounia and Jay Herrington, New Albany, MS
Florist:  In Bloom, New Albany, MS
Cake:  Hellen Polk’s famous coconut cake (Cat’s mother-in-law)
Champagne Party Favors:  Hi Yall! Made In The South
Heirloom diaper shirts:  The Comish Collection, Nancy Comish
Monogramming:  Kimber Williams
Food:  Tallahatchie Gourmet

 
 
Happy Labor Day from the Inspiration Mississippi team!  Today honors you, your hard work and dedication, which have greatly strengthened the beautiful country we call home!  

Labor Day welcomes one of Mississippi’s most beautiful seasons.  Fall is truly a magical time, and an especially wonderful time to host weddings, parties and events!  If you are looking for a fabulous caterer, look no further.  Imagine delicious food created by the teams at Amerigo, CHAR, Sombra, Anjou and Saltine!  These beloved Mississippi restaurants have formed a magnificent catering company, 4Top Catering.

Anne Marie Smith, Senior Sales Manager, says their guests inspired 4Top Catering.  “Each of our restaurants has been offering daily catering services to local doctor offices and businesses for years now, and we’ve seen a need for more robust options. To accommodate the needs and requests from our loyal guests, we now offer catering for events on a wider spectrum; from weddings and rehearsal dinners to corporate and social events, we’ll do it all! To make it easier for guests, we combined our five restaurant concepts into one brand for a more user-friendly approach to selling our menu options.”

The name, 4Top Catering, was inspired by the four owners and their family of restaurants: David Conn, Ben Brock, Doug Hogrefe and Paul Schramkowski. Together, they make up 4Top Hospitality, so it was only natural to name their catering sector 4Top Catering.  We spoke with Anne Marie about 4Top Catering, and are thrilled to share more delicious details with you today!

Who does that actual catering?  Does the food come from all six restaurants?
“Yes, the food comes out of all six restaurants! The same culinary team that provides excellent food in the restaurants also prepares food for our catered events.”

What can 4Top offer clients that other caterers cannot? 
“We’ve built our reputation around providing excellent customer service with an endless variety of options. There are never two events that are exactly alike; we tailor to each individual’s needs for budget, setup and food preferences. Our restaurants’ quality is already well known in the Jackson area, and we are simply bringing the best of each ‘world’ to our guests at their event.”

Describe how 4 Top Catering puts a menu together for a client's wedding or event!  What are the steps to finding that perfect menu?
“Menu development is completely based on the guest and their specific event. We find out what they like, dislike, and what vision they have for the style of event. The ‘formula’ is always the same; you need an incredible protein, some accompaniments (like roasted veggies and a mash-tini bar), a couple of hors d’oeuvres, and, being Southern, a dip! For a backyard wedding, the bride may want a swanky taco bar or BBQ station, while a corporate client may prefer a beef tenderloin carving station. We take their preferences, recommend some options, and expand from there.”

How does living in Mississippi influence your menu? 
“Mississippi influences our menu in so many ways!  The menus feature many Amerigo and CHAR menu staples that are deep rooted in the community, like our cheese fritters, no-filler crab cakes, artichoke dip and sin city BBQ shrimp & grits. We also take other southern favorites and put a fun spin on them – mashed potato martinis, shrimp shooters, mini po’boys and black-eyed pea & crawfish relish, just to name a few! Having access to fresh Gulf seafood is important too; our oyster bars, crab & shrimp martinis and other seafood items are always popular items for every type of event.”

Is there anything else you want to add or talk about specifically?
“We can also handle all of our guest’s bartending needs for events! From drink packages to staffing needs, our Sales Manager will work with each guest to determine the best solution for the event. We aim to be a one-stop shop for all event needs!”

Thank you, Anne Marie, for telling us more about 4Top Catering!  Visit their Facebook page to learn more about their delectable fare!

All photographs courtesy of 4Top Catering.