Now Let Me Ink That Page: Best of 2015

Summer in the South Summer in the South
Summer in the South Summer in the South

Dear Pennies & Pens,

Today, I present to you Now Let Me Ink That Page: Best of 2015 aka de la Pen…All Pen Everything’s best posts from 2015. Throughout this year, de la Pen…All Pen Everything has been working around the clock to produce and publish unique and original lifestyle content.

I’m proud to say that this year, we featured a variety of emerging artists, fashion, beauty, music, art, and travel brands brands as well as events. So with no further adieu, I present to you Now Let Me Ink That Page: Best of 2015.

  • Pen’s Eye: Interview with Nobody – In this post, I interview Dallas based artist Nobody. He’s a talented painter who I met at Dallas Artopia. I love his work because it features pop culture in a cool and artistic way.
Self Portrait by Nobody (Image courtesy of Nobody)

Self Portrait by Nobody (Image courtesy of Nobody)

  • Pen’s Eye: Vakseen Art – In this post, I interview LA based artist, Vakseen. Vakseen is a dope artist whose work is themed around female identity and society’s idolization of beauty, specifically the enhancements that women endure to obtain this level of  “perfection” and the impact it has on our society.
Vakseen (Image courtesy of Vakseen)

Vakseen (Image courtesy of Vakseen)

  • Now Let Me Ink That Page: #MakeUrPenLOUD – This post marks the first time I blogged about my book, #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. In the post, I talk about writing and editing the book as well as designing the cover.
LoudPen (Image by Megan Weaver)

LoudPen (Image by Megan Weaver)

  • Y-Clad Lovers Lane – Y-Clad Lovers Lane was a content marketing campaign produced by my agency, 8515. We handled casting, creative direction, styling, and production.
Y-Clad Lover's Lane; Creative Direction, Styling, Production: Cacha and Pen of The Network Photographer/Makeup Artist: Katherine Angelique Model: Miranda Jewelry: Y-Clad Location: Y-Clad's Hidden Gem in NYC

Y-Clad Lover’s Lane; Creative Direction, Styling, Production: Cacha and Pen of 8515 (formerly The Network)
Photographer/Makeup Artist: Katherine Angelique
Model: Miranda
Jewelry: Y-Clad
Location: Y-Clad’s Hidden Gem in NYC

  • Flavor’s Night Out – In this post, I talk about my event, Flavor’s Night Out. Flavor’s Night Out is an event created to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism by showcasing art and fashion by multicultural artists. In this post, I tell you all about Flavor’s Night Out and I talk about who sponsored the event.
Flavor's Night Out

Flavor’s Night Out

  • Pen’s Rhythm Nation: The Notorious BIG – I rap in this post. If that’s not enough to make you want to read it and watch the video of me rapping, idk what is. How many skinny black girls from Cincinnati do you know that have multiple businesses and blogs and who can rap? Not many, I’d imagine. So meet the one and only by clicking on that link.
The Notorious BIG (Image found on Google)

The Notorious BIG (Image found on Google)

  • Summer in the South – In this post, I announce Summer in the South. Summer in the South is a blog series that chronicles our travels and adventures in the Southern region of the U.S. Summer in the South is about showcasing the best cities, hotels, art, food, music, wine, beer, fashion, style as well as events in the South. For Summer of 2015, we visited Birmingham, AL.
Summer in the South

Summer in the South

Dream Midtown NYC (Image from dreamhotels.com)

Dream Midtown NYC (Image from dreamhotels.com)

  • Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD – In this post, I announce the release of my book #MakeurPenLOUD: How To be A Lifestyle Blogger! I hope I don’t have to tell you why this is epic news.
#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger Inked by LoudPen (Photo credit: Megan Weaver)

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger Inked by LoudPen (Photo credit: Megan Weaver)

Cacha` and Pen at Flavor's Night Out (Photo by Katherine Angelique)

Cacha` and Pen at Flavor’s Night Out (Photo by Katherine Angelique)

  • Press Pen: The InkSpot – In this post, I announce the launch of my company, The InkSpot. The InkSpot is an international and multicultural publishing, production, and design company. The InkSpot is publisher of de la Pen…All Pen Everything and #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger.
The InkSpot Logo

The InkSpot Logo

  • Press Pen: The InkSpot Welcomes Renee Jones – In this post, I officially announce and welcome Renee Jones as The InkSpot’s Editorial Assistant. Check it out to read all about Renee and what she’ll be doing at The InkSpot.
Renee Jones

Renee Jones

What do you do Pen

Hyatt Regency Birmingham -- The Wynfrey Hotel (Image courtesy of Hyatt)

Hyatt Regency Birmingham — The Wynfrey Hotel (Image courtesy of Hyatt)

Beer from Good People Brewing Company (Photo courtesy of Good People)

Beer from Good People Brewing Company (Photo courtesy of Good People)

Dixie Fish Co.

Dixie Fish Co.

Birmingham Civil Rights Museum (Image from bcri.org)

Birmingham Civil Rights Museum (Image from bcri.org)

  • Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD…Black & White – This post features one of the looks from my Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD campaign. This was my favorite look besides the look I wore on the cover of #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger.
LoudPen in Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD (Photo credit: Megan Weaver; Styling by LoudPen)

LoudPen in Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD (Photo credit: Megan Weaver; Styling by LoudPen)

  • LOUD.Style: Nubian Skin – This post features the 1st lingerie line created exclusively for women of color. As a chocolate girl, I am relieved to discover that such a brand has been created.
Nubian Skin (Image courtesy of Nubian Skin)

Nubian Skin (Image courtesy of Nubian Skin)

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#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger Inked by LoudPen (Photo credit: Megan Weaver)

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger Inked by LoudPen (Photo credit: Megan Weaver)

  • Press Pen: Ivy Hills Country Club – This post is about my venue sponsor, Ivy Hills Country Club. Ivy Hills is located in my hometown of Cincinnati, OH and they provided space for my mom’s retirement party in exchange for marketing. Check it out and read all about them.
Ivy Hills Country Club (Image courtesy of Ivy Hills Country Club)

Ivy Hills Country Club (Image courtesy of Ivy Hills Country Club)

Ms. Lillie (aka Mama Pen)

Ms. Lillie (aka Mama Pen)

Manic Panic (image from manicpanic.com)

Manic Panic (image from manicpanic.com)

  • Pen’s Eye: Aurora – This post features a recap of Aurora, a light, sound, video and performance arts event held in the Dallas Arts District every two years.
Art at Aurora (Image by LoudPen)

Art at Aurora (Image by LoudPen)

  • 8515: We live on Flavor Street – In this post, I announce the relaunch of my agency, 8515 (formerly The Network). In the post, you learn about the services 8515 offers and projects we’ve worked on.
8515 logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

8515 logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

  • Au Revoir/Bonjour de la Pen – I recently relocated to Dallas from Houston. To celebrate the move, I launched the Au Revoir/Bonjour de la Pen campaign. For this campaign, I am looking to partner with home decor, art, tech, electronic, and lifestyle brands who can offer products to help make my new place home.
Au Revoir Bonjour de la Pen (logo designed by Cacha` Lopez)

Au Revoir Bonjour de la Pen (logo designed by Cacha` Lopez)

Dallas, TX at night (Image from Google)

Dallas, TX at night (Image from Google)

  • It’s 8515 Bitches: BlogLoud – This post talks about a new event I’m working on called BlogLoud. 8515  is producing BlogLoud and the inaugural event will be held in Dallas, Texas in early 2016. BlogLoud is a lifestyle blogging conference that will feature workshops, live demonstrations, and interactive panel discussions. Check out the post to learn more about BlogLoud.
Logo by Aubree Edwards

Logo by Aubree Edwards

  • LOUD.Life: Circle Seven Five – This post marks de la Pen…All Pen Everything’s last post for 2015 *tear*. In the post, I talk about joining Circle Seven Five,  a fabulous organization for professional women in Dallas.
Circle Seven Five Members at CSF's Friendsgiving Event (Image courtesy of Circle Seven Five)

Circle Seven Five Members at CSF’s Friendsgiving Event (Image courtesy of Circle Seven Five)

Having said all that, I am relieved that 2015 is coming to an end! It’s been a crazy year with all the work and projects that I have had going on. I’m thankful for each and every opportunity because each project is a learning experience.

As we move into 2016, the wheels in my head are spinning nonstop with new ideas for posts and projects. Renee and I have already created the editorial calendar for 2016 so stay tuned to see what we have in store!

And there it is. de la Pen…All Pen Everything. With us, keeping it real never goes wrong.

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LoudPen is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur with two different businesses, 8515 + ISLP. That said, Penny have many different titles that she uses for each company. As far as ISLP, Pen is a Lifestyle Blogger, Influencer, Writer, Editor, Product Manager, Designer, Producer, and Director. In regards to 8515, Pen is a Publicist, Event Planner, Creative Director, Casting Director, Stylist, and Makeup Artist. Basically, LoudPen has many different pens and loves to ink the page. On a day to day basis, Pen is usually writing content, developing products, producing, directing, creating a marketing or PR campaign, meeting with clients, planning events, posting on social media, etc. Follow Penny's Ink on Instagram & Twitter: @LoudPen @ISLPDTX @8515Agency