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Valerie Esther

Valerie Esther I am an Event Planner, Florist, and Lifestyle Blogger and I encourage women to live and plan well ?

Operating as usual

09/05/2022

Live your life--

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09/03/2022

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Meet the First Black Woman to Ever Win the Miss Mississippi USA Pageant in 67 Years
08/23/2022
Meet the First Black Woman to Ever Win the Miss Mississippi USA Pageant in 67 Years

Meet the First Black Woman to Ever Win the Miss Mississippi USA Pageant in 67 Years

Asya Branch, the winner of Miss Mississippi 2018, has most recently won the Miss Mississippi USA pageant to become the first Black woman to ever win the crown in the organization's 67-year history. She is set to represent Mississippi in the Miss USA 2020 pageant.

Perfectly stated.
08/23/2022

Perfectly stated.

08/22/2022
07/25/2022

As you rewrite your script, create a picture that is amazing - exactly as God imagined it for you. No need to play small - this is your life!

07/25/2022

We’re blooming all across the world (yes, we’re international too 😉). Finding a Black Girl Florist is easier than ever, let’s get you connected and make some magic happen. 💫❤️


Find a Florist in your area at www.blackgirlflorists.com/findaflorist

07/25/2022

I just prayed this prayer for you: This week, may things work out in your FAVOR. Whether it’s an unexpected FINANCIAL INCREASE, GOOD NEWS about your health, a NEW, EXCITING OPPORTUNITY, or LOVE and PEACE in a relationship. May ABUNDANT BLESSINGS flow your way, and may your heart be filled with JOY and GRATITUDE that makes this week a BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY week.

Today feels brand new. Like the start of something beautiful. I spent the majority of January casting vision and putting...
02/01/2022

Today feels brand new. Like the start of something beautiful. I spent the majority of January casting vision and putting things in place.

Last month, I connected with a few girlfriends and realized that we often overlook ourselves on our quest for love. Sis, the love we want, we have to be able to give to ourselves FIRST.

How do you cultivate a relationship with “you”?

For the Valentine’s season, I’m feeling reealll Galentine’s this year. I’m creating a class where you can design something beautiful just for you 💐

⭐️ 1st class of the year alert!! ⭐️

Join us on February 10th for a Galentine’s Day flower class!

https://www.valeriesther.com/classes

Who: You
When: 2.10.22
Where: Near Ponce
Why: Because you deserve to practice your love on you and make something beautiful at the same time 🌹

Will you be there?

Something I take pride in doing.
01/16/2022

Something I take pride in doing.

Or being judged 😂👌🏾 #thequeencode #therealqueencode

Two years. That’s how long I’ve lived in my house and not once have I spent the holidays in my home. 🏠This year that cha...
12/29/2021

Two years. That’s how long I’ve lived in my house and not once have I spent the holidays in my home. 🏠

This year that changed. I woke up on Christmas morning, in my bed, and enjoyed a cup of coffee around my pink tree🎄💗 It was quiet. It was perfect. I just enjoyed the solace, before I headed to my second family’s place to unwrap gifts.

How was your Christmas? Was your holiday quiet or filled with the hustle and bustle of the day?

Cozy fit: SHEIN
Photog: Akeem Hill
Lip: antique velvet M·A·C Cosmetics

A goood introduction is well overdue. To all my beautiful followers, thank you for being here and spending time with me ...
11/09/2021

A goood introduction is well overdue. To all my beautiful followers, thank you for being here and spending time with me on this crazy thing.

I’m Valerie, a florist and event planner in the metro Atlanta area. I spend my time playing with flowers and helping party-throwers complete their party to-do lists. 🎉 When I’m not designing, I’m connecting with amazing Black women on @blackgirlflorists, an organization I founded for us to meet and work together!

On another note, I have two plants (a fiddle leaf fig named Finley and a limelight that I’m currently reviving 🙃🌿), I don’t make my bed on Saturdays or Sundays, and my relationship with Jesus is the most personal thing to me 🙏🏾💜

Oh also!
📌 Yes, I think Condoleezza on Insecure is tripping.
📌 No,
📌 and Yes, Tobey Maguire is the REAL spider-man.

Any questions? Now that you know a little about me, I want to get to know you! What was the LAST thing you googled?

Photog: Shannon Ford Photography

It felt so good to be back at the barre today after my surgery. I was so nervous that I would have forgotten some of the...
09/11/2021

It felt so good to be back at the barre today after my surgery. I was so nervous that I would have forgotten some of the techniques, but I didn’t! Thank you muscle memory 💪🏾

The instructor introduced some gliders/sliders into the mix and now my thighs are burning (but in a good way 🙂) You can find me laid out on my couch for the rest of the afternoon.

I also just got back to the gym and started moving my body after a few weeks of bed rest. Needless to say, my body is still adjusting to all the movement, but I feel good about it.

How have you been staying active as we go into fall? 🍁

Photog: One Take Jeff
Studio: Barre B***y Beats
Leggings: Fabletics

I was so ready to climb up to the sign and sit in the first letter “o” in Hollywood. 🙄🙄🙄Someone could’ve told me that th...
08/03/2021

I was so ready to climb up to the sign and sit in the first letter “o” in Hollywood.

🙄🙄🙄

Someone could’ve told me that the sign is 252638383 miles further up 🤦🏾‍♀️ and even when you reach it you can’t even touch it 😩 Kudos to the ones that climbed up to get a closer look. Not I. I kept my tail right down here where I could get a few pictures and then go to brunch 🍳

My summer kicked off with a trip to Cali with the fam. Visiting the Hollywood sign has been on my bucket list for the longest and now I can cross it off 🖊 I know some of y’all already have a fall time mentality but sis 🗣 it’s still summer time over here! I have a LIST of things I still want to do before it is officially fall 🍂

On the blog now • Reverse Bucket List • www.valeriesther.com/new/bucketlist

Don’t you just love my second picture outtake? Yea.. I don’t know what I was doing smh

What’s one thing you really want to do this summer? ✨☀️🌻

07/15/2021

It’s Thursday so you know what that means, it’s DATE NIGHT 🙌🏾🏙

Tonight I’m taking myself to the @vangogh.experience here in the A. I kept hearing amazing things about the showcase so I bought tickets!

Last week date night was at the movies and a couple weeks before that I went to the Bobby V concert at City Winery. That’s where this pic is from. I love taking pictures when I’m out and this night was so memorable. Concerts are my FAVORITE solo date night. I love connecting with the artist and singing to the top of my lungs to all the songs 🎶

On the blog now • Solo Concert Date Night • www.valeriesther.com/new/concertdatenight

07/12/2021

Amen 🙏🏾

Only thing I regret in the last two weeks is that I haven’t dated myself… and I could feel it.I was overwhelmed, underwh...
07/09/2021

Only thing I regret in the last two weeks is that I haven’t dated myself… and I could feel it.

I was overwhelmed, underwhelmed, recovering, ancy, annoyed, and just plain over it. When I looked up, I realized I hadn’t engaged in an activity where I was conscious about being with me. And that stressed me out.

I just LOVE how I have adapted to putting myself first and paying so much attention to my needs, that when I don’t do it it feels weird to me. My body sounds the alarm for me to get back on track.. 🔔

And so I did. Today I took myself to the movies for a #daydate and just spent time with me. Yes I watched F9. And No I’m not over the Fast & Furious saga 😜🏎 I love it!

I’m getting back into the rhythm of taking myself out. When is your next date with you?

Photog: Shannon Ford Photography
Top: Express
Shoes: ALDO Shoes
Smile: alll me ;)

July is for me. That’s it. Each of these 31 days will be all about Valerie.I’m finally on the other side. Remember when ...
07/05/2021

July is for me. That’s it. Each of these 31 days will be all about Valerie.

I’m finally on the other side. Remember when I mentioned things were changing? Well they have and I am now settling into what is now a new season of SHINE for me🍃

I feel good about it. I feel weird about it, I feel FREE about it! It’s as though I’m finally taking my own advice and putting myself first. I know, I know.. that’s what I’ve been doing, but this seems like a new level of putting myself first.

⭐️ It’s not second guessing my decisions
⭐️ It’s spending times alone doing what I love
⭐️ It’s seeing what I want before I consider what you need
⭐️ It’s waking up and realizing I’m already living my wildest dreams and building on that
⭐️ It’s putting pink everywhere all the time

It’s a different facet of joy. A facet that I have tapped into, but haven’t fully explored. Self-respect and self-care will never go out of style over here and I am glad to share my journey!

Sis, what have you been up to this warm girl summer? ☀️

Photog: Shannon Ford Photography
Dress: SHEIN
Shoes: JustFab

Everything I said I was going to do this summer I’m doing it. Safely. With joy. And keeping myself first 💯
06/11/2021

Everything I said I was going to do this summer I’m doing it. Safely. With joy. And keeping myself first 💯

Woke up at 6am for an afternoon flight 🙃 Took my time getting ready and then took a Lyft to the airport. I entertained m...
06/10/2021

Woke up at 6am for an afternoon flight 🙃 Took my time getting ready and then took a Lyft to the airport. I entertained my Lyft driver’s political chatter and then got to the security line where I stood for a brisk 30 minutes (this is huge because the Atlanta airport security line is typically out the door!)

After pouring out half of my toner, a week’s work of toothpaste, and emptying half of my new Ole cleanser 🥲 I finally made it to the gate. I was early and on time (yes both lol)👌🏾even after I had to dispose of my belongings ><

• Flash forward I’m on the plane! •

This is my airport fit. Fun + comfortable dress, and closed-toed shoes because you never now 😉 Oh! And a jean jacket because she said it was chilly there.

..and I’m off! See y’all where the sun shines ☀️

05/31/2021

Amen! 🙏🏾

I’m pretty disappointed that I have not taken myself out on a date in WEEKS! This is TOO long for me and I need to get w...
05/24/2021

I’m pretty disappointed that I have not taken myself out on a date in WEEKS! This is TOO long for me and I need to get with it. It’s honestly my favorite time and I have to get back to it.

I took myself to Forza Storico a little while ago and it was a blast. I grabbed an outdoor table for two that had a large umbrella just for me 🏖 After tasting all the wines 🤪 I decided on one of their best reds. Pricy.. but I deserve it.

I guess the question now is, where will I take myself next? I’ve been interested in a little Italian place in downtown Decatur but then there’s also the strip going east of Krog street on the beltline.

SO many options! But I will definitely schedule time to get dressed up and go soon✨

Where was the last place you took yourself on a date?

Top: Express

I have reserved summer 2021 for myself. I’m having a healed, protected, and peaceful girl summer. 🌻👙🌴I will live in the ...
05/14/2021

I have reserved summer 2021 for myself. I’m having a healed, protected, and peaceful girl summer. 🌻👙🌴

I will live in the moment and enjoy each day as it comes. This means laughing a lot, spending time dancing in my living room (more videos to come! 😁), and making sure my needs are met. All the while enjoying some of my wants, too! These are some of the realizations I’ve come to know and plan to continue walking in every day:

🔸 I deserve the best and accept the best RIGHT now.
🔸 I’m committed to the relentless pursuit of my emotional freedom.
🔸 I ain’t for everybody and I’m not trying to be 💯

So if you see me sipping a margarita on a weekday, or on somebody’s boat, or under someone’s palm tree.. mind your business.

My number one goal for the upcoming season is to press into me and learn to actively live in joy ☀️

How will you honor and love yourself this summer?

Dress: Forever 21

Why didn’t you tell me your thirties would be so lit🔥? I absolutely love it here. Its like I stepped into a whole new le...
05/10/2021

Why didn’t you tell me your thirties would be so lit🔥? I absolutely love it here. Its like I stepped into a whole new level of me. In this new space, there are just some things that I can’t see myself going back to.

When I look back and consider my life and the person that I have been in it, I realize that I left more up to chance than not. In this new decade, I am focusing on being more authentically myself and honing in on the true Val, the girl within.

It’s tough, because that means leaving behind some of the people, places, and things that I loved, but no longer serve me.

This is good news though! Because it means that I am making room to receive the things that are FOR me! 💃🏾

On the blog • 7 Things I Left In My 20s✨📝 https://www.valeriesther.com/new/growth

What is the ONE thing in your 20s that you’re not going back to?

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Photog: Shannon Ford Photography
White Dress: SHEIN
Bag: mami’s closet
Booties: JustFab

It’s Mother’s Day weekend so you know what that means?! Endless flower deliveries to all the sweet mommas out there! 😍Af...
05/07/2021

It’s Mother’s Day weekend so you know what that means?! Endless flower deliveries to all the sweet mommas out there! 😍

After Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is like the second super bowl of the flower industry. So many stems and petals to work with. Tired is an understatement, but all for a good cause! 🌸🌿

I’ve already been to the flower shop at least 5 times 🙃 this week to get ready for my deliveries.

Do you send your mother/grandma/friends who are moms flowers for the holiday?

Photog: Shannon Ford Photography
Dress: SHEIN
Florist: Black Girl Florists

It’s tea time! My first big girl job out of college was at the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta and I worked as a f...
05/05/2021

It’s tea time! My first big girl job out of college was at the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta and I worked as a front desk agent. I loved everything about it! Working in and being surrounded by luxury was so fun 🤩

Flash forward a few years and now I’m on the other side. Tea time in the Astor Court was a dream and the atmosphere was so relaxing. I had the harmony tea (peppermint leaves, chamomile flowers, orange blossoms & all-spice) and a few different desserts and sandwiches.

It was a little nostalgic walking through the space again, but it felt good to go back to a familiar place.

Two things I learned in the time in-between:

✌🏾It’s okay to have luxury in your life.

✌🏾Where you are isn’t where you’ll always be. Allow time for growth.

How do you normalize luxury in your life?

Top: Express
Skirt: SHEIN
Heels: JustFab

I want you to understand something. You are literally watching the development of my relationship with self. I have alwa...
04/21/2021

I want you to understand something. You are literally watching the development of my relationship with self. I have always taken good care of me, reached my goals, and worked hard to design a beautiful life.

But it’s different now.

I’m more focused on improving the most important relationship in my life: the one I have with me.

It has been such a journey but I love it!

❤️ I speak to myself in a kind way.
❤️ I give myself grace when I lay in bed longer than I planned.
❤️ I comfort myself when I feel anxious or overwhelmed.
❤️ I have my back.
❤️ I don’t do things I don’t want to do.
❤️ I affirm myself throughout the day and remind myself that I’m doing the best that I can.

Self-care is multifaceted, but it is always about finding ways to connect with yourself. How are you strengthening the relationship you have with you?

Now on the blog • Four Ways I Care for Myself ✨ https://www.valeriesther.com/new/careforyou

Photog: Shannon Ford
Two piece: Charlotte Russe

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