recap: the fashion and beauty summit pre-party



All for women empowerment say, "I!" A look into the pre-party of an event that celebrates exactly that 


Between the Pistons game at the Little Caesars Arena and the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour at the Fox Theatre, Detroit was alive and well this past Friday night (which is definitely not unusual).

But those two locations were not the only places to brighten up the city on that foggy and drizzly night. Our showroom was hosting a party of its own.

Walk into the showroom that night, and you were instantly greeted by feel-good music provided by Detroit’s very own, DJ Rue; music perfect for somebody excited for the weekend, ready for a Friday night out on the town. 

Intricate finger foods were provided by Divine Indulgence Personal Chef Services, LLC. Wines, sodas and other beverages were provided by Sumptuous Spirits Mobile Bartending. 

Two photo areas were set up and ready for everyone to take their fiercest selfies and full-body shots. A pink carpet was laid out complete with a backdrop and pink, gold and white balloons.

The other area was designated for selfie-taking, with a machine that took selfies, GIFs, and boomerangs. And of course the machine had a ring light to create the perfect lighting. Fun sparkly signs saying, “I Came To Slay,” “Posh,” and “Popular,” were ready for guests to experiment with.

Détroit is the New Black was preparing for the pre-party of Posh & Popular’s second annual Fashion and Beauty Summit. 

The Fashion and Beauty Summit was a day-long interactive event at the Greektown Casino Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 7. With a focus on women empowerment, the event brought women with jobs from all sides of the fashion and beauty industries to talk to its attendants. 

“16 presenters, 150+ fashionistas, 1 fabulous day,” the event website boasted. 

The website also promised many wonderful things for the women that attended. Proper makeup application and tips for maintaining healthy natural hair; personal and professional enrichment for life, career, and entrepreneurship; networking opportunities - and much more. 

Speakers included Renae Bluitt, beauty public relations consultant and creator of In Her Shoes blog; Nichole Lynel, e-commerce consultant and CEO of House of Chic LA; Janaé Mason and Romance Cox, hair and beauty bloggers; and our very own Roslyn Karamoko. 

If you were a fashion and beauty-loving woman, looking for information on anything from makeup tips, to how to start a blog, to building your fashion or beauty brand - this event would have been the one for you. 

Kimberly M. Dobine is the wonderful mastermind behind it all. Dobine is the founder and creator of the blog, Posh and Popular. Created in 2013, the blog features information and tips on fashion, beauty and lifestyle; an all-around guide for the professional women on the go. Dobine is passionate about changing how women of all communities perceive themselves, all while confidently and stylishly achieving success, according to the founder’s about page on her blog. 

So it only makes sense that through Posh and Popular, Dobine created this summit. 

“There was a need,” Dobine said at the summit’s pre-party. “I would go to women empowerment conferences, but there wasn’t a focus on what I was looking for, in fashion and beauty specifically.” 

So Dobine decided to fill that gap and create this space for women. The summit's creator said women are excited to come to the summit and connect with other women, leaving with friends and even business partners.

And you can see this excitement traveling through each woman that filed in the showroom as the party really got going. Dobine eagerly greeted as many people as she could, embracing everyone with a smile and hug in her sparkly red bottoms. 

As DJ Rue continued playing her smooth, effortlessly-transitioning beats, guests continued to mingle about tomorrow’s event. 


“I want to learn with the people that are there,” Angelle Tatum, creator of the fashion blog, Haute Kouture Kloset, and the women empowerment forum, Soul Ties said. Tatum is a huge fan of Lynel and her work, and was excited for her presentation. 

Around mid-way through the party, Dobine greeted her guests. Dobine is a very personable woman and her bright personality shines through. After a few minutes of chatting with her, you immediately want to be her friend. She exuded relatability as she thanked everyone for coming. 

“I always love and support Kim and Posh and Popular,” Karamoko said during the party. “I’m really excited to see how the conference goes. I know there will be a plethora of beautiful, black women there that are excited to share. There will be some good takeaways.” 

And just when the party couldn't have gotten any better, leave it to DJ Rue to create an iconic moment. That moment when women - no matter friends or strangers - come together and sing every single word of a true girl anthem. 

As soon as “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B came on, almost every woman in the place circled around, dancing and yelling out every word. Honestly, a truly iconic moment. 

The party began to wind down as people danced to a couple hustles and grabbed the last desserts donning the Posh and Popular name and logo. 

Dobine (center) with several panelists for the summit (from left to right), Tamela Tatum, Bria Larine, Renae Bluitt, and Anika Jackson

Dobine (center) with several panelists for the summit (from left to right), Tamela Tatum, Bria Larine, Renae Bluitt, and Anika Jackson

So what is next for Posh and Popular and the Fashion and Beauty Summit? 

"To be on the same level as Essence Festival,” Dobine spoke of the future of the event. And for her blog, Dobine hopes to turn it into a lifestyle brand. 


Dtroit is the New Black wishes Dobine, her blog and summit, and all speakers, attendees, and those involved the best in their future endeavors. 

To learn more about what the second Fashion and Beauty Summit was all about, click here (if you missed it don’t worry! Get ready for next year’s!) 

To learn more about Dobine’s blog, Posh and Popular, click here


Rachael Thomas