Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Find your #FUSION

Hey guys, gals, friends, fans, strangers, dangers… you name it! I mean, how do you REALLY find a blog and fall in love with it, right!? Glad you’re here! If this is your first visit to www.ErikaGracePowell.com AKA: my blog, thanks for the click!  

Some background on me... I proudly hail from the great state of South Carolina where we boast both beaches and mountain hideaways within about three hours of one another. 

I am now located and love living in Nashville, Tennessee where I work in none other than Country Radio - living and breathing all things Music City Entertainment! I am frequently found on a red carpet and heard in over 30 markets nationwide on air in the morning on Cumulus Media’s NASH FM – America’s Morning Show @americasmorning !

My new year’s resolution was to blog at least 30 times by the end of 2015. 
30... for my 30th year of life. I figured why hide the number. 
*I’ve been listening to you, Jennifer Aniston… coming for that Aveeno so I can look like a million bucks at 40+!! BAM! Prettttttty sure she’s using more than Aveeno, that's just a guess.

I was trying to decide on a theme for this blog and felt like I could go a dozen different directions. Thinking about topics, I found a common word to describe how I target each theme in my life... I am HUGELY a fan of melding things together, making it work, combining effort and energy, blending tastes, textures, styles and ideas to get something unique.

It's all about...

noun: fusion; plural noun: fusions
  1. 1.
    the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity.
    synonyms:blend, blending, combinationamalgamation, joining, unionmarrying,
    bonding, merging, melding, mingling, integration, intermixture,intermingling,

If you know me at all, you know that I am wear many hats. I have VERY diverse friend groups, life interests, skills, hobbies, resume, tastes... I am the one to live juxtaposed to almost everything in life! I am the friend who's least similar to my other friends at varying points in life... off leading and doing my own thing. 

"Where are your pearls? You wear a lot of black." 

Hey... I’m edgy and unconventional but timeless and classic all at the same time. It’s risky, rare, but really doable!
"How are you great at doing make-up and yet, you like to shoot guns or workout?" 

There are four areas of my life where I have gained and garnered familiarity and expertise in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I thought this blog would be the perfect place to talk through some of the bullet points I find in these four areas of FUSION!

FENG SHUI – Décor. Design. Decisions.

Ballin' on a Budget! Be BOLD. Be YOU!
Spray paint is your friend. DIY. Repurpose. Thrift Shop. 

* You will eventually need to purchase a hand-held sander!

* Each item in your house should have two homes! If you buy a killer cowhide rug, think about how it could be used in multiple rooms!

* Designing on TREND is TEMPORARY!

* Create moments of fusion with textures and styles from the decades!

* One of my go-to design ideas is combining crystal and delicate fixtures / features with mixed-metal and rustic items. Like my Longhorn skull above my quilted black and white bed. Or deer sheds (antlers) that I spray painted white tucked around candlesticks on my 1960's vinyl and lucite dining room table!

FASHION – Brands. Basics. Bravery.
Brands: statement – invest – one big ticket item makes a  diff in your outfit (seen or unseen)

Basics: Undies. Bras. Jeans, Shoes. Leather Jacket. Trench Coat.

*Speaking of JEANS... You have to check out - BEIJA FLOR - www.ILoveTheseJeans.com 
One of the things I share in common with Oprah! She listed them as one of her favorite things and they are certainly one of my closet staples! The fit is for a woman's body! They don't stretch out when you wear them, they come in a variety of colors, and they don't gap in the back making for a super comfy wear!

Bravery: do one thing in every outfit that scares you/a pattern/a piece of jewelry
The thing you may debate over in front of the mirror is your IT! Let it stay… It could be a statement necklace, or a bright color, or even make-up add-ons like lashes, or bold lips.

*Dress for your SHAPE, not your size!
I think this is a HUGE misconception especially among women... 
Your shape will not change... your SIZE may! If you're a pear, or an apple, or an hourglass, or a boyish shape "straight"... you will more than likely gain and lose weight down your body... not creating a different or new shape, but a new size.

Girls love to find new "designs/trends" that are in and are quick to adopt 'the look' regardless if it makes them look any better. Find YOUR character. Don’t be a cookie cutter!

* look for less – always
* don’t be afraid to invest!
I have items in my closet from 8th grade because they are quality!

FOOD – Portion. Presentation. Pairing.
Portion: You are what you eat! Life is NOT a diet! It’s LIVING! 
You should never say, "I Can't Eat That!" You can eat anything... just use portion control!

Presentation: This IS everything! You will NEVER regret using linen napkins at a dinner party!

Pairing: FLAVAFLAV! Textures. Temps. Citrus. Salty. Savory. Tart

Don’t measure unless you are baking!
Trust yourself – don't forget to taste!

A great goal for a dinner party... teach each other something!
Décor tricks
Great knives
Tricks for shopping

Follow my #EGPKitchen for recipes and cooking ideas! One day I would love to have a +Food Network show like Giada De Laurentiis!


FITNESS – Fun. Fuel. Friends.
FUN: Enjoy the journey! 
The only person you’re competing against is the version of YOU from yesterday! #BeYOUtiful
Soon it won’t feel like a chore, but a lifestyle choice!
BE better for YOU... for your family... for the ONE life you have to live! LIVE FULLY!

FUEL: Achieve your personal best each day! 
Pushing yourself to be the best version of YOU is rewarding and it fuels your determination to give it your all because you reap the results. The pain vs. gain ratio is equal in a fitness environment. What you put in, you will get out of the relationship! Maintain your goals!

FRIENDS: Be accountable!
Working out with friends doesn't seem like work... get accountability from someone who pushes you in an area and you can encourage them as well. When you’re accountable with friends you challenge yourself more! Great convos on hikes are my favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Before you realize it, you've walked 14K steps on your FitBit and you're 1/2 way finished with your words for the day!!!

Commitment is KEY!
PETS & PLAYLISTS help the time pass!

Some of my favorite products:

LULULEMON - I know it's $$$ but holy cow... This brand fits better than any other workout gear I have tried and I have tried a LOT! Sizes are tricky as the number on the tag will most likely be greater than your average store brand size. Their employees are knowledgeable and super helpful, so if and when you have questions about fit etc... don't hesitate to ask!

TARGET - great for athletic socks and undies/sports bras! 

TJMAXX - You can get lucky on name brand gear at TJ's!!! Usually Tuesday is their re-stocking day so come mid-morning for the best and most organized store shopping experience!

When you’re stylish you push yourself harder...

GROUPON - "date around" as I call it... take the plunge on a Barre class, or yoga, or paddle boarding via Groupon! DO IT! It's fun to try something for a short amount of time to see if it's right for you.

CLASSPASS is one of my favorite memberships and it can be found in many big cities and has plans for expansion and growth so it may be in a city near you this next year.

FITBIT - The Charge HR: Track your calories, steps, heart rate, sleep cycles, & workouts.
Find me on FITBIT and let's do this together!

- Erika

Monday, June 1, 2015


What a weekend! Sorry it's taken me a hot minute to recap my experience at The Billboard Music Awards! This was by far, one of the most interesting weekends at an awards show and in Vegas in a long while!  I am always excited to interview and meet artists outside of the Country format. I love that you never know what you're gonna get! It's like a Forrest Gump quote or something... quite the cast of characters came through #RedCarpetRadio!

Take a look at this recap! #EGPtravel

#ImSoFancy - I had to, no but really. IGGY AZALEA was so nice... AND tall! She came in and did 1/2 a dozen interviews around the red carpet around the same time that Britney Spears arrived to talk about their new hit duet, #PRETTYGIRLS - which did you see the performance? 
(fun fact) : It was taped prior to the show... like weeks ago. Good thing she kept her hair pink!

Had the chance to talk with Veronic of "Veronic Voices" - she's a one woman show with performances at Bally's Las Vegas. She does impressions of well known female singers, artists, vocalists, divas... she is so amazingly talented! Her manager hooked me up with some tickets for Friday night's performance and it was stunning!

Let's be honest. The boys of Forever In Your Mind (FIYM) are SO cute! They joke about me being a perma-prom date for them... like for the next 1/2 decade while they finish school. Don't know if I can last that long. I look young, but not that young.

Sat down with Alan Stone to talk songwriting and sound.... then The Jabbawokeez busted up our party and were a lot of fun talking and demonstrating their amazing dance moves!

Now these two... what to say, Ty Bentli & Kerri Kasem, love you lots! 
Always fun to share the red carpet recap with you both!

I always am a little last minute on the red carpet wardrobe choices, but somehow they all go out with a bang. This was a combo of several purchases made over the last 3 years (believe it or not!) You CAN repurpose and use things already in your wardrobe! 


Forever21 skirt (from last year) $28
Nashville Blush Boutique crop top (from last week) $35
White BCBG python & silver studded heels (from last Billboard Awards Vegas shopping) $49
Stella & Dot statement necklace & earrings (from spring 2013, no longer available) $120 

My post on the red carpet was awesome this year. Getting to schmooze with everyone from Harry Styles to Wayne Newton was a dream. Taylor Swift and her entourage passed right down the middle of the #FanZone and the crowd went nuts!

I think the craziest moment of the night was when Iggy and Britney made their entrance (going the right way down the red carpet) only to be met mid way by none other than One Direction (going the WRONG way down the carpet). Britney ended up moving to the side and saying, "You boys go right on ahead!" WHAT??? No bow to Britney? Ha... the 1D boys are seriously the fans' favorite part of the evening. Missing one key member seemed to be forgotten in the sheer volume of mindless cheers, dramatic selfies, and odd autograph requests that ensued! But no sooner had they started to walk the carpet in reverse... but TAYLOR SWIFT got out of her limo and parted the sea with her presence and charisma... 1D was soon forgotten... 

1D who? See, I told you!

By far, the performance of the evening in my opinion, was the tribute that
Imagine Dragons did to honor the late, great, Ben E. King. 

The vocals for the night go to Miss Tori Kelly though. WOW that girl can SING! We were lucky to have her as a guest performer during #RedCarpetRadio interviews on Saturday afternoon. She crushed an acoustic set of her new hits for us during our cocktail party.

And then it's over... As we climb back out of the tight rows of bleachers and chairs now covered in confetti, we head to grab sushi in the casino before packing up and preparing to head back to music city the following morning. Early morning radio... I'll be back with ya soon, bringing you all the scoop from #RedCarpetRadio!

Til then, I'm out! - EGP
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