You Came, You Shopped, You Raised $6,000!

May 18, 2016


The dream team! Camille Sparkman, Katie Cyphers and me, SuthinGirl!

I wish I could hug the necks of every single one of our generous guests and selfless sponsors! You came, you shopped and you raised more than $6,000 at the first Fashion & Fortune to Benefit Education Cures!


Thanks to you, Education Cures will be able to provide even more teacher training and proactive education programs for children in Sierra Leone, a West African country that was effected by the recent Ebola outbreak.

The beguiling Camille Sparkman, founder of Articurate, was my co-host the evening of May 4 and I can’t think of anyone else with whom I’d rather run away to a mystical gypsy caravan!

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Meet our gypsy godmother! The beautiful Gretchen Edwards of Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design gave the event a home by warmly opening her chic Buckhead space for our location.

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The Buckhead atelier of Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design was transformed as we spirited our two hundred guests away for a night of cocktails, art, fashion and fortune.

KOE_0500.jpgThe carnival atmosphere included very popular tarot readings by the incredible Lisa Thex and a cool live painting demonstration by Atlanta artist Dakoro Edwards.

Edwards’s work is energetic, vibrant and full of hope, so he was the perfect artist to contribute to this evening centered on raising money and awareness for children and education in Sierra Leone.

Girls went ga-ga for the Grand Raffle Prize: a decadent pearl Mignonne Gavigan necklace donated by the woman whose style is out measured only by the size of her heart, Judy Johnson, and her Atlanta boutique, Sandpiper.

Guests had so much fun watching the creative process and Edwards was all smiles as he painted and chatted with onlookers. At the end of the evening, he generously donated the finished piece to Education Cures where it will be enjoyed by children at a school in Sierra Leone!

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Dakoro Edwards, Artist
Lisa Thex, Spiritual Medium

KOE_0242Party goers mingled underneath a canopy of twinkling lights, red Chinese lanterns, paper stars and vibrant tapestry parasols; shopped a capsule collection of spring fashions by Sandpiper, original artwork from Articurate, and handcrafted jewelry by MWL; and bid on incredible silent auction items.

I just love her! Meridith Edwards (R), owner of MWL Designs, helped guests with the tough choices: deciding which of her colorful, sparkly designs to bring home!


Genna Delmonte, Edra Matthews (Owner of Nicole Miller Atlanta and a super generous sponsor of the silent auction), Camille Lipton, SuthinGirl and Cristina Wanamaker (Nicole Miller Atlanta)

OneHope Wine’s Melanie Hernquist provided a fun wine tasting experience with a variety of bubbles, whites and reds, which was complimented by delicious savory hors d’oeuvres and sweet bites from my very favorite personal chef and caterer, Sue Snape, founder of Leaf & Loaf.

Everybody went wild for this idea: buying wine as a way to donate to charity. That’s a “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea if I ever heard one! Melanie Hernquist (R), OneHope Wine
Sue Snape, Founder of Leaf & Loaf
Max Sanchez, owner of White Salon and Spa and lavish silent auction sponsor; my girl crush Joyce Ellis; Atlanta artist Nancy B. Westfall and SuthinGirl-through-and-through Natasha Phillips.

Stunning photography by Oz Shaw, an African photojournalist, was on display and Shaw captivated guests with stories of his experiences.

Oz Shaw, Photojournalist

imageSuthinGirl is allll about the swag, so Camille and I made sure our guests left with super cute SuthinGirl totes laden down with the latest blingy smartphone cases from Case-Mate; bottles of water from Allqua; heaps of makeup and skincare goodies from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics and Prima Clinical Skin Care; and the May issues of Jezebel, Modern Luxury Interiors and The Atlantan provided by our media sponsor Modern Luxury.

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Thomas and Sarah Cyphers, Education Cures Board Members chat with one of our incredibly generous sponsors, Lucky Reddy, Co-Founder of Case-Mate, Inc.
I can’t look at this picture without cheekbone envy. I mean, come ON! They’re also two of the most lovely, girls’ girls I know. The radiant Susan Gerber and one of our gracious and glowing sponsors (look at that skin!!), Amy Anderson, owner of Prima Clinical Skin Care.
Linda Silber, co-owner of Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, really outdid herself with these goody bags! They were chock full of Trish McEvoy and other deluxe samples. They girls went crazy!

I know my readers. You’re a generous, gorgeous, big-hearted group of girls. If you weren’t able to join us at the Fashion & Fortune event in Atlanta you’re probably wondering…

“How can I help?”

It’s easy peasy…Donate or Shop!

Make an online donation at Education Cures or shop online at OneHope Wine and Ukies shoe company and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to Education Cures.



Education Cures was founded to help strengthen communities in need through teacher training and proactive education programs.

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Katie Cyphers, founder of Education Cures, holds up a photo of Mohammed, the boy in Sierra Leone who captured her heart and inspired Education Cures.


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Buy wine from Via OneHope and help us raise even more money for Education Cures! When you purchase a 6 or 12 bottle Kit for a Cause

15% of your sale will be donated to Education Cures!

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Use code FASHIONCURES at checkout through the end of May for a 35% discount on your purchase.

15% of your sale will be donated to Education Cures!

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For someone like me who is on her feet a lot at events but loves the look of premier designer shoes, UKIES is a dream come true. I was thrilled to meet the charming and generous Kavita Khiatan and learn about her company UKIES, a European-inspired brand that focuses on delivering affordable, high style, Italian leather shoes while refusing to compromise comfort. SuthinGirl is sold.

Two of my absolute favorites: Tejal Lalaji and UKIES Creative Director, Kavita Khaitan

The secret behind UKIES comfort is in the patented nanoGel® technology. Our nanoGel® design provides two layers of shock absorbing material which lessens the ground impact that comes from walking and helps to redistribute body pressure. We added the same 100% antimicrobial Coolmax® fabric found in high- end athletic shoes to keep your feet cool and dry.

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How would you like to win an Official Fashion & Fortune Swag Bag? A SuthinGirl tote loaded full of makeup and skincare products from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics and Prima Clinical Skin Care, glossy mags from Modern Luxury, delicious Allqua water and a blinged-out Case-Mate iPhone 6s cover?

All you have to do is SUBSCRIBE to receive SuthinGirl emails and follow @SuthinGirl on Instagram. Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 23. Good luck, girls!

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We did it!!!

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