WOE Magazine Launch Recap

Hey Cuties,

On Monday I mentioned my full weekend and attending the WOE Magazine Launch event. Here we go… WOE stands for Women of Excellence, well I’ll drink to that. I won’t go into details as to why I’m a woman of excellence just know that I am and you are too. I love attending events but knowing what to wear is always the hardest part for me. I’m an emotional dresser, is that a thing? I dress according to my current feeling, a feeling I was to embody or a feeling I want to give off. On this day I wanted to go for a comfy cube vibe. When you attend events as media you do more standing and moving around instead of sitting and being cute. Always cute though…

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Dressed and ready to go…

So I went with a white t-shirt, seriously they go with everything. I purchased this skirt during the winter but saved it for the summer. {Don’t question my logic.} The skirt is a bold summer type color but it is a little bit heavy in weight. Shirt: Target   Skirt: H&M   Sneakers: Converse customized with pearls by me   Handbag: Louis Vuitton

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WOE’s inaugural magazine.

The event took place at the Nordstrom in Annapolis Mall. I’m a total Nordies girl. I was excited to see the actual magazine upon my arrival. It is here, I can touch it and you can order your copy.  WOE Magazine focuses on inspiration, style, and self-empowerment.

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L to R: Editor in Chief Ayo Thomas & Cover Girl Bershan Shaw

These ladies are what this event is all about; Ayo Thomas had a vision and she worked it until it looked the way she wanted it to. She started out hosting a women’s group in her living room then moved to a friends basement then to community centers and libraries for ten years. TEN YEARS!!!  In 2015 she decided to toss her hat into the magazine arena and here we are.

Ayo found some other women of excellence and collaborated with them. Bershan Shaw is featured on the cover, she has such great energy. She is out here helping women find their excellence and she is a good time.

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Bershan Shaw & Her Dad

It takes a village right? Bershan takes care of her Dad and she spoke on traveling and asking friends to drop in and help to see that his needs are met. So many of us women of excellence are juggling home life, wife duties, children with and without special needs and parents. As our parents age taking care of them becomes more of an issue.

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Bershan, Tarese Taylor, Miss Maryland Word 2016 & Ayo

Tarese Taylor came out to support Ayo and WOE Magazine.  Winning Miss Maryland World 2016 sounds like excellence to me.

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Time to eat #FatSnacks

You know I love food and even more than that I love events that serve food.  In the midst of the Nordstrom and all of these Women of excellence was this good Continental Breakfast.

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I have a muffin every single morning, it is my drug of choice. I did the Celie & Nettie me and you us never part clap when I saw these on the table.

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You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and pineapples are my favorites.

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Bershan & I

I had to get my close up with Bershan.

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Mi & AYo

I had to get a picture with the lady of the hour, and then we did an interview.  I wanted to know what it felt like to finally give birth to an idea and release it to the public. I would be excited and nervous so we talked about it all.  Did you peep the pink carpet?

My interview with Ayo & Bershan, they are working the sisterhood ladies.

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Panel Discussion: Bershan Shaw, Tamiko White, Veronica Jeon

 I think my favorite part of this event was the Excellence Curated Panel Discussion. I love to hear women share their honest and raw experiences. While the journey comes with bumps and bruises they let us know that it is possible. They shared how their respective passions came to life and gave us tips on finding ours.




This is a full event recap but the panel discussion starts at 00:55



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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Products

After the panel discussion the Nordstrom folks put on a really fun WOE Fashion Presentation for us. They had two models come out and show us several looks for the every day woman. The business woman, the day to evening woman, the boss woman and the woman going out for cocktails.  I didn’t get really good shots but it was fun. After the fashion show the ladies from the Beauty counters told us about several products. What they do, how they work and most importantly that they are a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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Tamiea, SheROCKS

What is an event without giveaways, they had some real good stuff too. Breast Cancer survivor and founder of SheROCKS, Tamiea called out the raffle numbers. I attended her event earlier this year. It was nice to see another woman of excellence supporting WOE Magazine.

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Mi & Kisha

The great thing about attending such events is you get to meet and connect with new people. Meet Kisha, she introduced herself to me after the panel discussion. I stood up and asked the panel a question, in doing so I introduced myself “I’m Mimi Green, lifestyle blogger of” Kisha is also a blogger and wants to build up her blogger squad; we chatted and hit it off right away. After posting our picture on Instagram I found out that she knows several people that I know. One of which I’ve know since I was in Elem. School, it was clearly meant to be. I love when great energy meets great energy, it is a dope feeling. We’re building our women of excellence squad one introduction at a time.

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Meet & Greet with Bershan & Ayo

My day has been made, I came, I saw, I covered, I was inspired.  We closed out the event with a meet & greet wtih Ayo and Bershan.  You may have missed the event but you can still get a copy of the magazine at

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You know life was given once I saw this Nordstrom Tote filled with goodies.


What makes you a Woman of Excellence?  Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    It sounds like you had a great time. I can’t believe all the great food and amazing people there. I LOVE gatherings like that.

  2. Debra Schroeder

    Sounds and looks like it was a great event. Excited to learn about WOE magazine, I’ll have to look for it at the newstand. Your outfit is cute – great casual look.

  3. lisa

    What a great event! Looks like such a good time and I love your outfit!

  4. Vera Sweeney

    This looks like a fun event to attend!! I love meeting other bloggers it is always fun to connect when at evens like this.

  5. Melissa Dixon

    Sounds like a fun event to attend. Plus the magazine sounds like it’s worth checking out.

  6. Ann Bacciaglia

    This sounds like a great magazine. I will have to check it out. I love that skirt on you. The color is fantastic.

  7. Kathy

    What an amazing experience! I bet that was a lot of fun. Even the food looks really good. That would have been an awesome event to be able to see.

  8. Stacie

    Fun! Mimi, I am loving all of these event recaps. I’m a little jelly about that Nordstom’s bag too.

  9. Cece

    This looked like an amazing event! Loved the chucks, loved the swag, loved the mission of the event. I too like it when women share their stories. I actually find that I like listening to panels, hearing the different voices play off one another. Oh, and I’m a nordies girl too 😉

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  11. Sara

    What a great recap and an amazing event! I love the outfit you chose to wear. Choosing what to wear to blogger events is always difficult for me too. Thanks for sharing the Women of Excellence magazine launch with us.

  12. Tanya

    Girl, your pics are amazing! I feel like I was there, even down to the muffins. Looks like you had an amazing time.

  13. ricci

    First of all you look adorable!! How awesome that you got to go to a magazine launch party!!

  14. Michelle

    WOE sounds and looks like an amazing even.t I love collaborations that aim to remind us that we can easily empower and inspire each other.

  15. Tomiko

    What an awesome recap and in case you didn’t already know you look amazing!! Love the outfit

  16. Vashti (

    Love your style Mimi, you looked FAB! I love events like these that encourage and celebrate our excellence. Of to check out the WOE magazine.

  17. Tata

    I’m an emotional dresser too, I totally get it, I will probably never be one of those people who get my clothes out for the week. I really wanna know all the deets about that goodie bag lbs.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes Tata, I love when my Cuties get me. I can’t get my clothes out for the week either. I can do the night before but that is it.

  18. Bijee

    Girl you be kickin it! Im gonna be like you when I grow up I promise!!! Good times!

  19. Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    I love your yellow skirt especially! You looked very comfy and cute.

  20. Ashlee

    Looks like an awesome event! I’ll definitely be checking them out. And I loooove that skirt!

  21. Allison Jones

    This sounds like an amazing event. It looks like you had fun and connected with a lot of really cool people.


  22. Katherine G

    This event looks amazing. I love your skirt. It looks fabulous on you. It looks like you had a great time.

  23. Holly

    You always seem to attend very cool events. Looks like another good one with yummy food.

  24. LaShonda Woodard

    Looks like you had a great time! Everyone looks flawless!!

  25. Ayo Thomas

    Thanks Mimi Cute Lips for covering our event and writing this Great Recap!!! We hope many women are empowered through our vision! Ladies go check us out and if you are interested in writing, check out our writers guidelines on our website!

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