By Dominic Hill
Community members ate, drank and shopped at an exclusive FAMU Homecoming event at Lady Luck Boutique. At 11 a.m. drinks were poured, raffle tickets were disbursed and the fun began.
Lady Luck Boutique (LLB) invited the Tallahassee community to come out and enjoy an afternoon full of excitement and shopping in the ultimate sip and shop experience.
Owner and Tallahassee native Tiffany Hadley, 39, and the LLB staff celebrated Florida A&M University’s homecoming with fashion and a message of positivity.
Tia “Fancy Cash” Coleman, a Florida A&M alumna and social media influencer, was a featured guest for the event, according to official LLB social media. Coleman has over 23,000 followers on social media platform Instagram, and owns a T-shirt and cosmetics line.
Hadley’s purpose in having the event was to establish a space where community members, regardless of age, race or gender, could indulge in unique clothing and have an enjoyable time.
The event featured refreshments, raffles, giveaways and door prizes.
“The sip and shop is a way to give back and have fun all in one,” said Hadley when interviewed before the event. “We give away door prizes and we always have vendors come in and showcase their new stuff.”
The “Tia vs. Fancy Cash” podcast host showcased tops from her FAMU inspired T-shirt line, and an exclusive Nigerian African handbag maker was also in attendance to present new items.
In addition to shopping, discussions of positivity and confidence were also held. Hadley continuously reinforces the importance of confidence and mentoring younger women on inner and outer beauty.
“Social media has really gotten out of control and it has made people feel like they have to be small, petite and like an Instagram model,” said Hadley. “Self-confidence starts within you. Some girls when they started shopping here, they didn’t have confidence and now they have all of the confidence in the world.”
This event served as a haven for fashionistas and those who long for an empowering message of love and confidence, especially children and young ladies.
The company celebrated an eight-year anniversary in July of this year. The company started out in the Tallahassee Mall, now the Centre of Tallahassee, with mostly accessories and handbags. However, about five years ago, the boutique incorporated more clothing and included plus sizes as well.
The LLB staff were ecstatic about the event and hda a little fun while on the clock. Taylor Kirby-James, 22, an elementary education student from Tallahassee, looked forward to styling customers and spreading love and positivity to event attendees.
“Everybody is excited about the sip and shop. It’s a great thing,” said Kirby, “show personality from within. I love how Ms. Tiffany posts the customers on Instagram to show people rocking their outfits and to show people the confidence they get from the clothing here.”
The fashion forward event was free to the public; alumni, students and community members were welcomed to come out and take part in the festivities.
Lady Luck Boutique is located on the south side of Tallahassee at 1533 S. Monroe St #5. The boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Follow Lady Luck Boutique on social media @msladyluck777.