Monday, March 30, 2015 Announces New Website Launch for Former Miss South Carolina USA Erika Grace Powell the model web design company announces new website design for former Miss South Carolina USA Erika Grace Powell. Erika is one of only two women in the state of South Carolina to have successfully “crossed over” and won both the Miss America and the Miss Universe state titles in her lifetime.

Erika Grace Powell announces new website for former Miss South Carolina USA Erika Grace Powell. Erika is one of only two women in the state of South Carolina to have successfully “crossed over” and won both the Miss America and the Miss Universe state titles in her lifetime. Erika has stated on their Facebook fan page quote: "I have loved working with GoHooper Web Design. From helping me manage and secure personal branding and verification on social media accounts, to creating a killer demo reel and portfolio - I cannot wait to see what we accomplish this new year."

A little more about the former Miss America Pageant winner that many may not be aware of. To secure scholarships for Furman, Erika entered the Miss South Carolina pageant and was crowned Miss South Carolina 2005. She advanced to the Miss America Pageant, where she won the Bernie Wayne overall talent award and placed in the Top–10 securing over 40K dollars in college scholarships in a mere 11 months. Erika put on the stilettos once again seven years later and was crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2012 and was thrilled to place in the Top–15 at The Miss USA Pageant. Erika is one of only two women in the state of South Carolina to have successfully “crossed over” and won both the Miss America and the Miss Universe state titles in her lifetime.

Erika moved to Nashville, TN in December of 2013 with a job offer from Cumulus Media as Entertainment Correspondent for the nationally syndicated radio program, America’s Morning Show #NashFM. Hosted by Blair Garner, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, & HLN News with Robin Meade.

With a pedigree including a Furman University diploma; performances on the world’s most exclusive stages; a hot-selling iTunes EP; a performance contract with The New York Philharmonic Chorus; and a position as the Entertainment Host for a national morning radio show; Erika’s voice sounds at home and in command regardless of the stage. With consistent bicoastal engagements and continuous work throughout the South, Erika continues to expand her growing followers wherever her feet and tweets touch ground.

Her work with numerous charitable organizations as board member, spokesperson, keynote speaker, red carpet host, and entertainment headliner has allowed her even more opportunities to use her gifts. It is no small wonder that major labels such as Wrangler, GE, Verizon, Ford, Subaru, Lincoln, Tempur Pedic, Lowe’s, Kohler, Hanes, LG Mobile, Kohl’s, Nationwide, St. John, Universal Music, and MTV have begun to court her. the model web design company has just launched Erika's new website. Erika is also Brand Ambassador for the web agency. Her full Bio & Galleries can be seen on her newly designed website. offers concierge service for web development, web design, graphic design, social media, SEO, branding, video production, and online marketing.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Why limit HAPPY to just an HOUR?"

It was an epic Girl's Foodie night for SURE and the happy times... they far outlasted an hour!
I love love love having friends over for dining and entertainment. Girl's nights are especially lovely and I totally get in my groove with candles, flowers, the perfect playlist of music, and of course... the most spectacular menu for everyone's enjoyment!
A variety of ladies came to my place for a "feast before the flurries" that Nashville has routinely given us these last several weeks. #ImOVERit - Just in case anyone was wondering. The only place I want to see new flakes of white is on a ski slope in the rockies!

MY FRIENDS: (some not pictured)
(Hannah. Jess. Loren. Erika. Tinsley) - NO. We didn't have a dress code! HA! But black & white must make food taste better!

The Queen - Shannon - My FOREVER "Pageant Sister" & Miss SC TEEN USA 2012... LOVE having her in town!
The #BirthdayGirl - Jess was kicking off her #28 in style with fun friends!
The Nurse - Megan Marie was out of nursing school early yesterday and helped me prep food and clean!
The Producer - LOREN has been a fast friend! Love following all her big moves in the world of film production!
The Artist - Tinsley has also become my hiking buddy over the last year... #mustlovedogs :)
The Host - Hannah has been on some radio interviews with me over the last 1/2 year.
The Sales Gal - "TINA" is reppin' that Pharma all over TN!

New table top arrangement - #DVF lacquer tray with assorted crystal candle sticks I have collected over many trips to TJMaxx and Homegoods, metallic candles, and newly painted #antlers - I love white statement pieces and accents.
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I decided to make an effort toward spring with a champagne cocktail... Trader Joe's had some blueberries on sale, so I did a blueberry, basil, Meyer lemon combo that turned out to be lovely! In the summer, you can freeze your berries to keep the bevy chilled just right!
And a very HAPPPPPPPPYYYYY BDAY to my friend, Jess!!! Happy we could kick off your celebration of the BIG #28! Praying this is your best year yet! SO thrilled you are my friend and in my #NASHVILLE world! Love you lots!
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I made a Root Veggie Salad the other night for another dinner party that was way YUM, so I made it again!
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe's lentils (pre-cooked / chilled)
  • 6 small OR 3 large beets (roasted in EVOO & sea salt / chopped or cubed / chilled)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (roasted with EVOO & cinnamon / chopped or cubed / chilled)
  • 1/4 red onion (finely chopped)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • In a separate bowl: TJ's Feta Cheese (crumbled / drain the Brine) & add chopped Mint for garnish.

Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorite dinner party items... It's easy to cook and attractive to plate and serve to a larger party. Just add a little EVOO, wrap in tinfoil, and Bake @400* F for about 30-40 minutes. Last night I added a side of pureed Pesto to garnish since I didn't have any horseradish or dijon and it was great!
Brussel Sprouts are one of my all time favorite foods. Definitely.
I had "TINA" chop and quarter them for me last night during food prep.
  • In a pan, caramelize 1/2 red onion, pancetta, 3 cloves garlic (chopped), EVOO, salt & pepper.
  • Add the Sprouts and smoked Paprika for an awesome "rich charr-grilled taste"
  • Then place all from the pan on a baking sheet and broil on HI for 6-8 minutes till leaves are crispy.
I would say BRUSSELS & BEETS are in my top 4 along with BANANAS, & BACON. Yes, all with B's. That is not lost on me.


For dessert I served a tiny scoop of double dark chocolate Talenti Gelato with a Speculoos cinnamon spiced cookie.

My #Ginger girl definitely ENJOYED her "NAPPY" HOUR! #sleepygirl #itsadogslife
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