Debbie E. Louis, M.S.

Photography by: LKY Images

Since the age of five, yes I said five, Debbie E. Louis has had a passion for creating moments to remember. Fast forward to present day, and she has turned her passion and calling into an amazing business and career. As the founder of A’ La Mode Events, Debbie is the Chief Planner dedicated to managing and designing events that her clients will be sure to love and never forget.

Definition of Success:

Success is a process and there is beauty in learning how to fail.  Failure creates a pathway to success. Sacrifices are made daily. I removed myself from many friends and situations to enter into this journey. I have also invested every single dollar that I owned into my business thinking about the aftermath first. 

Healthy Self Esteem:

I look in the mirror a lot. I speak positive affirmations to myself and I dance every day. Even if its for one minute or 10. I find my self dancing and saying positive things to myself or thinking of great ways to make myself feel better. I also, have a regimen for skin and getting ready that really helps me find a healthy balance for my self-esteem. 

Dating Advice:

Take your time! Trust the process and look for someone who is going to wow you! Don’t settle. When you do get into the relationship remember that you are looking for someone you can be in a partnership with. If you can’t build with a person then don’t be with that said person.

What’s in the Future:

Expanding. We are actually going to be hiring and doing a little bit of restructuring. This year is looking up for both of my businesses! God is good

Favorite Shade of Lipstick:

 I have two. A Ruby Red or a nice pop of berry. Although, red is my go to. 

To learn more about Debbie please visit https://www.alamodeevents.com/

Tune Out and Turn Up the Peace

I look at peace as a state of mind. Sometimes it truly takes some strength and determination to tune out the outside world and focus on getting some inner peace. From our daily responsibilities, to social media, our cell phones, and all the other distractions, it’s easy to go from day to day not having a moment to just experience some peace and calm.

I’m a big believer in prayer. I love to mediate and read a bible scripture to help center me. Having a connection with God helps to give me that daily peace and calm that I need!

I encourage you to take a moment each day to find at least ten minutes of peace. Ten minutes where you can focus on your thoughts, your sanity, your inner self. Whether to say a prayer, read a few pages in a book, sit on your couch with your eyes closed and doing nothing, whatever works for you. Just find that time to calm and center yourself. You can have daily peace in the midst of a hectic world.

Beyond the Limits

Why do we put so many limits on ourselves? Forget about other people doing it for us. We tend to do a good enough job causing our own limitations. We limit our dreams, our expectations, our goals. Not living up to our full potential because of self limitations and doubt. Sometimes we have to push through our own demons that hold us back in order to break through to be where we want to be.

It’s Your Lane!

If we focused more on being like ourselves do you realize how much better we would be as women? Our society is so big on keeping up with the Jonses and getting what the person next to us has, that we lose sight of just focusing on our own selves.

Get a bigger house because your best friend just got one, get bigger boobs because yours don’t look like Kim Kardashians, get married because you’re the last of your friends still single, blah blah and blah.

The more we focus on other people and what they have, the less we are focusing on how blessed we are. God has a plan for each and every one of us. An individual plan not a group plan. This ain’t Verizon. Your path is not going to be the same as the woman next to you and hers is not the same as yours. When you learn to stay in our own lane, you will begin to realize that your journey is made just for you. So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Wyvetta Taylor



As a freelance makeup artist in Los Angeles, Wyvetta Taylor is definitely making her mark in the beauty world! With celebrity clients including Cedric the Entertainer and Dominique Perry, Wyvetta’s clientele continues to grow as she ensures all of them leave her makeup chair with glowing healthy skin!

Definition of Success:

I define success having a loving community of family and friends, being financially secure and feeling happy and confident. I don’t believe there is a specific salary you have to make or certain amount of assets you have to acquire. I also don’t believe it’s about living up to someone else’s expectation for your personal life or career either. 

I’ve made large financial investments in my education and in my kit. Doing so definitely took money away from other things like vacations, nights out and beauty luxuries. It was a sacrifice but I’m happy I did it because it helped grow my skills and my business.

Self Esteem:

I ensure I have a healthy self esteem by taking care of myself physically. My hair and skin are important to me so I carve out time every week to take care of both. I wear clothes that make me feel good about how I look. I also exercise regularly. My goal this year is to run 1000 miles. 

Dating Advice:

The best dating advice I can give is believe people the first time they show you who they are. Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent accept it and proceed accordingly. 

What’s in the Future:

In my future I see myself working with more celebrities and doing more advertising gigs for major brands.

Favorite Shade of Lipstick :

It’s really hard to say what I’m favorite lipstick is because I’m way too obsessed with them. My current favorite is MAC Cosmo. On an everyday basis I keep my make neutral so I love that Cosmo looks like brighter version of my natural lip color.

To learn more about Wyvetta please visit https://www.wyvettataylor.com/

A New Attitude

What I love about a new year is exactly that…it’s NEW! Maybe you need to finally kick that guy you’ve been dating to the curb and keep him in 2019 where you found him. You may have a goal to finally take the pile of clothes off the treadmill in your room and actually use it. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with friends and family, stop smoking, move to a new city, or lose weight. Whatever it is, the new year brings us all a very much needed fresh start to move forward. Out with the old and in with the NEW!

Remind Yourself that You Deserve the Best

When it comes to relationships and dating, I am a true believer that a man can only treat you as bad as you let him. A number of womem for some reason allow themselves to accept less than the best in relationships. Maybe it’s the fear of being alone, but too many women choose to put up with men who don’t treat them right.

I’ve been single plenty of times in my life, and I realize that being single is much better than allowing myself to be in a relationship where I’m disrespected, mistreated, and not appreciated. As they say I can do bad all by myself.

We have to realize that we hold the power. The power to set the tone for how we expect to be treated in relationships. If you are not being treated as you should, don’t be afraid to let it go. It may hurt at first, but in the long run you will thank yourself for choosing self respect. Never love a man way more than you love yourself! That is just a recipe for disaster. If we loved ourselves more just think about how much less we would NOT allow the wrong man into our space.

As an amazing woman you are worthy and deserve to be treated like the queen that you are. Don’t settle for less and allow any treatment that goes against your self worth!