Perhaps to those who live outside major cities and metropolitan areas, Southern California seems like a daunting and cavernous place to live. The traffic, the smog, the millions of people in just a few square miles. But the truth of the matter is that even in big cities, like Los Angeles or Orange County, a taste of small town living exists. At least in feeling, anyway.

Last night I had the honor of speaking at SmartyOC to a group of amazing people. The group is usually comprised of just women, but last night meeting was open for all (you know I love me some men!). I spoke about branding businesses online and the importance of social media. To this group of entrepreneurs and outside thinkers, I was preaching to the choir…but at least we all same the same tune! The night was wonderful with many thanks to SmartyOC’s leader, Cassie, and everyone who made me feel so welcomed. It felt like a Sweet Home Alabama. Just without the farms and cows.

The event was held at the Couture Beauty and Orange Door Studio in Newport Beach and I was in love…thanks Jeannie and Carlos! 🙂

Thanks again to those who came out, and thanks to JD for the photos…he also captured some video, so hopefully I can post a bit of here soon! 🙂

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  1. JenP

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    cute, cute, cute dress! it’s such a fresh, modern take of the nautical theme. (;

  2. Megan (Best of Fates)

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds like an awesome event – and I love your outfit!

  3. Cassie

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    We had such a great night with you. Laughing, learning and loving.
    Thank you!

  4. Adena

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Last night’s SMARTYOC event was my first and I was blown away! The event was very organized, the location was so cool and the guest speaker…Mrs. Jasmine Star…blew me out of the water. I loved EVERYTHING you had to say last night and i will tell you one definite thing, im gonna RUN with it! Thank you for "keepin it real," saying "truff" and your Love for God put a stamp on the whole night. Your story is truly inspiring and I wish you all the blessings and future success!

  5. Marissa Nicole

    April 29th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    man…I wish there were more things like this meeting in my area.

  6. Candace Prokopets

    April 29th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    love the chalk board pic. wish i could have been there to listen. i’m sure everyone enjoyed it!

  7. Jen Madigan Photography

    April 29th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    That dress is SO cute! I must know where it’s from.

  8. Caitlin Scott Photography

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Bring one of those awesome speeches to NJ LOL – photos are awesome. And you’re right, OC is gorgeous!

  9. sarah

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    where is that dress from 🙂 Darling!

  10. Jane (Olive Hue Paper Goods)

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Amazing talk last night! I walked away from it learning so much more and being inspired!

  11. Paul Alexander Photogrpahy

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Awesome stuff, wish I could have been there 🙂

  12. Alison (Red Velvet Occasions)

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    GUURRLL you were SO awesome! Thank you thank you so much for lending your sparkling personality with us last night. I left feeling so energized and ready to rock. I hope I see you again sometime in the near future! =)

  13. Ange

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    So what I want to know is, how do you get such dang awesome arms? Seriously! I’ve been working on mine for months and they do NOT look as thin and toned as yours.

  14. mella

    April 29th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    am i the first? i’ll comment, then.

  15. Michelle Parish

    April 29th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Are the photos on the board yours, or examples of what look for? I wish I could attend one of your workshops, but since I can’t come to CA, I’ll just keep beating the drum "Come to New Orleans" (please please please)

  16. Bianca

    April 30th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Cute dress 🙂 Aye aye, Captain!

  17. Elizabeth Henry-Hooker

    April 30th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Sounds like a great evening! Wish I lived in Cali so I could have seen your talk. Come to Colorado sometime!

  18. Michelle

    April 30th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I learned so much about myself and how I want to approach my business! Thanks for all the great info last night 🙂

  19. Tonya Hart

    April 30th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I so would have loved to be there. If only you could come out to Ohio for an event…I’d be there in a heart beat!

  20. Marissa Rodriguez

    April 30th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    You are rocking it out! Seriously, you do so much! I love it!

  21. crista

    April 30th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Sounds so fun! Reason #465 we should move from CT to CA!!

  22. life with Kaishon

    April 30th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    It sounds like so much fun! : )

    I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

  23. Chris Moss

    April 30th, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for taking the time to share your secrets with us! You rock!

  24. Lisa

    April 30th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I just had to comment on this one and say that I LOVE your outfit. WAY too cute!

  25. Allison

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Adorable DRESS!!!!

  26. Lora Ayers

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I confess, I didn’t read a word, but scrolled straight down to look at pics ( I always do that, and then read the words later) And I LOVE your outfit!! Is it a dress or skirt? Totally CUTE!!

  27. anda

    April 30th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    jamsine! that is the most adorable outfit ever … i love it! i want one! where is it from? and, of course, congrats on speaking again 🙂

  28. Bekah S

    April 30th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Um…, how freakin cute are you?!?!?

  29. christina

    April 30th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    you were awesome…thanks for the healthy kick in the booty j*!

  30. amanda thiessen

    May 1st, 2010 at 4:36 am

    so wish i could have gone 🙁

  31. Lori Davis

    May 3rd, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Jasmine, thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge of how online branding and the social media can really support the success of a business. I am definitely going to apply the principles to my build my brand. Thank you again for the invaluable information!!! Love and Kisses, Lori

  32. Tiffany Patton

    May 3rd, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Jasmine! Thanks again…it was a wonderful night. You words ooze encouragement and your story is so inspiring! I had so much fun.

  33. Dee

    May 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    OMG, I love your dress! You look so cute! 🙂