Black Women in Europe™ Social Network Black Holland Group 2011 V-Day Give-Away

“Be Your Best Valentine and Love Yourself”

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether you give a gift to your sweetheart on this holiday or not, I do hope that you are making sure to love yourself each and every day.

Maybe you show your love for yourself by making healthy choices, or saying “no” instead of trying to please and saying “yes”. Or maybe you treat yourself to quiet time everyday.

How do you show yourself love?

Let me know your favorite way to show the world that you love yourself and you could win one of three prizes exclusively for Black Women in Europe™ Social Network members in Holland, as our prize sponsors each reside in the Netherlands:

Win one of three prizes:

From Màrshé Breda

* Twee culinaire arrangementen voor twee personen op locatie bij màrshé Breda. De winnaars kunnen kiezen uit de diverse dagschotels.
* Een gratis coachingsessie voor een twee (startende) onderneemster bij Màrshé Women Business centre.

From Carolyn Vines

* A copy of her new book: Black and (A)broad

“black and (A)broad is a love story of sorts as it recounts my relationship with my Dutch husband. Deciding to marry outside my culture, nationality as well as my race – with its ups and downs – is a story within itself. Interracial marriages can and do survive, and my book gives a glimpse into mine”.

Email your loving tip to Members of the Black Women in Europe™ Social Network will choose their three favorites and you may win! Be sure to indicate which prize you would like.

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Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – France 6 – your.private.shopper

Kristina Gisors is a stylist since 3 years in Paris.

After her BA, she decided to pursue cinema studies seduced by the unique aesthetic of this seventh art. To pay her study she had the chance to work as a dresser for houses such as JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, CHANEL and PACO RABANNE where she discover the magical world of fashion and started to think about a career in the fashion industry.

She had worked in PR with/for CATHERINE MIRAN press office where she had to be reactive and innovative, provide advice on how to deal with the news media, help designers to maintain a positive image and write the press releases.

Then she decided to fly to NYC for a year.

Back in France, She had worked heavily as Buyer Admin Assistant at LAMBERT & ASSOCIATES, a buying office in Paris who work with Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Holt Renfrew and Fenwick. She had the responsibility of cover all the fashion categories :

.Establish the administration of our clients.
.Organize their agendas for the Fashion Weeks
.Preparing buyer appointments and show invitations.
.Create a trend book on QUARK and find new hype restaurants and designers

As a stylist since three years, she had the chance to coordinate photo shoots, book studios and of course styling also had time to learn how to conduct models casting.

Since 3 months she is also a freelance journalist for CONDENAST FRANCE.

Her aesthetic and creativity has been on display in a variety of magazines including LURVE, BLINK, ESQUIRE, METRO.POP and most recently in WAD, here her portfolio and she have been recently interviewed by VOGUE.IT

She have a passion for fashion and had the opportunity to interact with very diverse cultures and always enjoy meeting new people.

Through her many experiences in fashion industry she had learned how to be inspirational and

Through her blog -Your.Private.Shopper- she try to offer her informed and realistic vision of fashion.

Word by Danielle Ahanda

Visit Kristina’s blog.

From Rotterdam to the international stage, Pam Feathers sings with soul.

Hat tip: Euromight

SOP artist and singer-songwriter Pam Feather (1986, Rotterdam, the Netherlands) is known for her signature sound, catchy songs and energetic performances with or without her guitar. At a very young age she already knew how to entertain a crowd with her sparkling personality and music. Influenced by the great such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye she performed in front of family, friends and acquaintances. At the age of 15 Pam was asked to perform in a Hip-Hop musical. She played in full theatres throughout the Netherlands and got her first experience performing in front of a larger crowd. At home things weren’t going so well at that time. Because of this situation her grandma decided to take Pam in and raise her from that moment on. Besides singing Pam got really interested in playing the guitar. Even though it was quite expensive her auntie made sure she got one. Unfortunately music lessons were a bit too expensive, and so Pam had to find her own way to learn chords and melodies. She practiced a lot and improved fast. After a while she composed her first song. It was a Shakespeare poem, which she turned into a song. She really enjoyed composing and writing songs. At that time Pam also wrote the chorus for Phone Call, the song that years later would be her debut single in the Netherlands. Meanwhile Pam entered a lot of talent nights. She went from city to city to perform with her own written songs. Which later on led her to performances at the bigger pop temples in the Netherlands like Nighttown, Paradiso, Hotel Arena, Doelen, Calypso, The Theatre of Rotterdam, Jimmy Woo and Rotown. Every stage where Pam appeared people were truly amazed by her talent. After a while Pam was invited for several Television shows such as: Reaction, F.R.E.S.H. (both from TMF), ETV, TV Rijnmond and VPRO. In 2005 came the icing on the cake when Pam performed as the support act for American soul singer Bilal, who gave a show at Off Corso in Rotterdam. In 2006 Pam ran into Marc Bien, Michel Frissen and Sunir Patel of Artistik Records. Together with this management, artist development team & label she started working on new material. Soon after that she recorded a short demo. In 2007 one of the recorded songs; Cannot Change The Weather, was named demo of the week on National Radio station 100% NL. Besides that, TV station TMF invited her again to play Cannot Change The Weather live on National TV. After that Pam started performing with a band more often and found a more adult sound. Meanwhile she finished theatre school and started a new course at the conservatory music academy in Alkmaar (the Netherlands), direction Pop.

Read Pam’s full bio on her website.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – England 12 – Natural Belle

Natural hair and style blogger since 2008; Belle of Naturalbelle is a British natural who documents her hair journey and highlights natural beauty and style in the mainstream. She describes her blog as “an online magazine inspired by natural hair and fashion with a bit of narcissism thrown in.”

Belle comes from a creative background in fine art and has spent the last 9 years working in fashion retail and, most recently, high end hairdressing salons that include Aveda and Hari’s salon in London’s most affluent areas. Belle has also worked as a freelance natural hair stylist specialising in braiding, working in the fashion and hair industry Belle has gained useful knowledge in haircare and trends.

Belle has been featured on numerous websites such as the Fashionbomb Daily, Style Pantry, BGLH, and Ebony Glam. Belle has also been featured in Blackhair magazine a major UK publication.
Her main aim is to inspire women to embrace their natural assets and highlight the beauty of all natural woman.

Visit Natural Belle.

Black Women in Europe™ brunch in Washington, DC

Going home for the holidays gives me the opportunity to connect with sisters connected to the Black Women in Europe™ blog or social network. Many have lived in Europe, plan to go to Europe, or otherwise support us in Europe.

BWIE DC Brunch

Thank you for coming, ladies! It was wonderful brunching with you. Sorry we didn’t get a photo with you, Charisma. And a special thank you to our gift bag sponsors Pingo (free international calls) and Almahdi Fragrance (Egyptian Musk incense).