If you were one of the wonerful ladies who attended our bartaco Girls Night Out in November, you had the pleasure of meeting author Sydney Knox. I recently had the chance to learn more about the fabulous woman behind the Sydney Knox novels (fun fact: that's actually a pen-name and her other business ventures are under her name, Pamela Bell-Morrow!), and I know you will love getting to know her!
You can find more about the Sydney Knox novels on her website and Facebook page.
Tell us about your business.
I was born a writer, but to make a living from it has been my dream. It took a lot of opportunity and preparation to realize it. I started out as a stockbroker out of college, then began a successful marketing firm with an ex. Setbacks are lessons, otherwise they’re just setbacks so why see it that way? I kept going and now as a creative copywriter, novelist as Sydney Knox and a private real estate investor, I’ve achieved a life goal - writing creatively and getting paid for it.
Describe yourself in three words:
Resourceful, passionate, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Two of them actually, finishing my first book series and earning my series 7 license. I hadn’t been a finance/business major and that test is hard! When I let it expire, I felt free - no turning or looking back and I never have. And then writing my first book series was like childbirth times ten.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I keep little lighthouse goals I keep quiet but in six months I’d like my brand to have a wider circulation in the vertical I think most effective for it, and I’m always workings toward finding interesting networks with like-mined people to join.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It’s gotten easier over the years since my daughter has reached her teen years. I’ve always kept my family and things that brought income to my family as priories first, and as for the house – I’ve always kept things at the best level I could. Nothing was perfect, but we’ve turned out okay.
We had such a wonderful time kicking off the busy December holidays at Bahama Breeze in Lutz! Thank you to everyone who attended! It is so rewarding to watch so many women come together to support each other and create new friendships. Our Wesley Chapel events always impress me because we have such an amazing community outside of the Tampa area. I'm always looking for great venues for new events - what other communities should we visit?
Below, you will find a listing of the small businesses we welcomed at this event. Please continue to support them by visiting their sites, learning about them, and use them for your future needs. Thank you so much, and I look forward to seeing you next month as we celebrate our TWO YEAR anniversary at American Social with our Little Black Dress event! Find details on our Facebook event page. The photos below highlight our businesses, and you can find the entire album on our Facebook page!
United Vein Centers
Looking for the best treatment for spider veins and varicose veins in Tampa? United Vein Center has numerous locations in the Tampa area to meet your needs! Their staff has treated hundreds of patients, providing extremely successful results through their commitment to patient care.
They use the latest vein treatment technologies and specialize in noninvasive treatments that allow for little to no pain.
Clean Juice Wesley Chapel
Clean Juice is a family owned company founded with the purpose of giving your family access to clean, organic products while you are on the go. You may recognize them from other locations around the area, and we are so lucky to welcome Clean Juice to the Shops at Wiregrass! From acai bowls to juice cleanses, Clean Juice Wesley Chapel has you covered for healthy products. They had their soft opening this weekend and are ready to serve you today!
Esthetics813 and Balance Right
Websites: http://www.esthetics813.com and Balanceright.trainerize.com
The amazing duo of Kyymara and Megan joined forces to provide you with all of the services you need to feel and look your best! Esthetics813 is a full-service facial and body skincare spa. Esthetics813 is the place to go for a relaxing spa day and sets the mood for total self-renewal. Esthetics813 has been nominated for Best in Spa by Creative Loafing and Best New Business by the North Tampa Bay Chamber in 2017 and 2018. Whether you need some Me time, Girls time or Couple time - Esthetics813 is the spa for you!
Balance Right is an online fitness and nutrition program. Programs are suitable for moms, busy women, travelers, or anyone looking to better their health and fitness. Workouts and meal plans are designed based on your needs. With your online program, workout anywhere with a personal trainer 24/7. Learn how to balance your life, with health and fitness!
Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations
Want to take the stress out of planning a vacation? You need Wendy with Cruiseplanners! Whether you are traveling by land or sea, looking for budget travel or luxury, Wendy has a variety of resources available to plan your perfect vacation! Learn more about Wendy from our recent blog post, and contact her for your travel from Tampa needs!
Pure Romance with Denise
With the best in bath, beauty, and bedroom accessories, it's easy to find something you'll love with Pure Romance. Wish list longer than expected? No problem! When you host a party with Denise, you receive a free gift plus a percentage of your party's sales to use toward the product you love-all for having a night of laughs your friends will never forget. Hosting is always free and always fun, so contact Denise to book your party today!
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski with Shannah
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski jewels are exclusively made with Swarovski crystals and zirconia, designed using unique Swarovski innovations, cuts and trend colors. Shannah can help you select the perfect piece for yourself or as a gift to someone special! With so much of their line under $50, you and your wallet will love shopping with Shannah!
Mir Salgado Photography
Thank you to the amazing Miriam for capturing this event for us! An award-winning Tampa photographer, Miriam photographs weddings, portraits, families, newborns, and maternity. Connect with her for your next photo session!
What a month in Tampa Bay! When taking a look at the calendar before October started, I had no idea all of the amazing things that were going to unfold in our area! Tampa and St. Pete have so much to offer, and this fall has been so packed full of fun, a blog recap is necessary! I'm using links to my recent Instagram posts. If you don't already follow me over there, make sure to connect: www.instagram.com/tampahousewives. You'll also see a couple posts below from friends of mine: Caitlyn at @livesweatsleep and Tracy at @forkingaroundtown. Follow these fabulous ladies for another local voice!
Getting in the Halloween spirit early, my family loved ZooTampa's Creatures of the Night! Haven't visited yet? Read all about our experience and make a plan to visit before it's gone!
Located in St. Pete's Innovation District, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi opened in October. Check it out for delicious quick-casual pan-Asian food!
My blogger friends and I were spoiled with an incredible selection of food at Paul's Chicago Pizza in St. Pete. I can't wait to have some of their dry-rubbed wings again. Many people asked - yes, they are still in Clearwater too!
Hard Rock Tampa invited us to come check out their newly remodeled Center Bar with creative new cocktails.
I never miss a reason to visit Armature Works, and I loved the Metropolitan Ministries Tampa Bay Food Fight event. I may have made a few extra trips around the room to get the goat cheese baklava from the people's choice winner, Sacred Pepper!
Popular South Tampa restaurant Boca has also experienced some updates recently! Their farm fresh dishes are always impressive, and I especially enjoyed their Empire State of Mind flatbread. Let me know if you try it!
Clearwater is welcoming the Fenway Hotel back! This gorgeous hotel has been under construction and is ready to welcome guests soon!
The much-anticipated new restaurant from Datz Restaurant Group, Dr. BBQ, has opened in St. Pete this month! I can't wait to check it out!
Tampa Housewives in the City's next Girls Night Out event is our first in Hyde Park! We will be at the fabulous bartaco and hope you will join us for a fun night!
Next weekend, Clearwater Beach Uncorked returns to Pier 60, and my husband and I cannot wait! This food and wine event is unlike any other and brings delicious food and drinks to our beautiful beach!
If you've attended one of our Tampa Housewives in the City Girls Night Out events, there is a great chance you have already met our Leading Lady, Wendy Carlston of Tampa Cruiseplanners - Travel Bum Vacations. You can always find her with the amazing, tropical table display while she's wearing her gorgeous smile! I am excited to share more of Wendy's story with you here today, and the next time you see her at one of our monthly networking socials, be sure to say hi!
If you'd like to contact Wendy directly to book your next land or sea vacation, you can reach her at:
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
As a full-time single parent I was looking for a business to start up that combined my passion with the ability to manage my own schedule around my child's needs. I love that I can work from virtually anywhere. There are a lot of hours involved but time flies when you are having fun and I absolutely love helping others plan their vacations.
Describe yourself in three words:
Energetic, outgoing, reliable
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Being ranked #1 in my franchise of new startups in my first year of business
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Expand my business by hiring new agents who possess the same love of travel as I do. I could use the help :)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I've always wanted to be a professional race car driver..lol
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
As a single parent it's my biggest challenge. Each and every day I have to be aware of how much time I'm devoting to my work/life balance. It's a work in progress.
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Google, my booking platform
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in Tampa Bay?
I love the Brunchy flatbread and frose at American Social, The Riverwalk and I'm crazy about the South Pinellas beach area (I'm a beach girl at heart).
What is your goal for retirement?
We never know what the future holds once we reach retirement. Let's just say that life is short, I live with no regrets and my bucket list will be checked off by then.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Find your passion and just go for it!!!
We had an amazing event last week at Noble Crust in Carrollwood! Thank you to all of you who attended. I loved seeing familiar faces, meeting those of you who are new to our events, and of course, eating Noble Crust's delicious food! In building our supportive community of Tampa women, we've made new friends, tried new restaurants, and made great new connections. I hope you all enjoy our monthly events as much as I do!
Below you will find the information to connect with the businesses we had at Noble Crust. I appreciate you making the effort to support these amazing women as they build their businesses and even for some, their side-hustle!
Rodan + Fields with Sherry and Suzanne
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodan + Fields® is the number one selling premium skin care in the United States and all of North America. It was founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists. Their regimens/enhancements/products can help with ALL of the following issues: anti-aging/wrinkle control, sun damage, dark spot corrections, uneven skin tone, acne prevention, sensitive skin, hydration, skin firming/skin tightening, and appearance of longer fuller eye lashes. Contact Sherry and Suzanne to let them help you find the best regimen for your own skin!
Orangetheory Fitness Carrollwood
Orangetheory sessions are designed for everyone; whether you have never stepped foot in a fitness studio before, or live and breathe fitness as the intensity of the workout is based on your individual heart rate. Whether you have fitness or weight loss based goals, the Carrollwood Orangetheory Fitness studio in Tampa is the perfect place to get you to where you want to be. From our exceptional personal trainers that are committed to your results, to the encouraging and fun group workout setting, and the upbeat music and contemporary décor, Orangetheory is motivation at its finest.
Cruiseplanners with Lisa and Wendy
Wendy and Lisa, Cruise Planners - American Express Travel Representatives, have a tremendous reputation for quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, they specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.
Beautycounter with Ashley
Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what's required by U.S. law: They've prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through "The Never List™" — all while ensuring their skincare, makeup, bath, and family products perform and that they're as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market. Find out more from Ashley on Tuesday and on her site below!
Isagenix with Lili
Isagenix is a wellness company that offers a variety of products to help you feel and look your best! If your goal is more energy, weight loss, building muscle, or even boosting your immune system, they have products to help! Make sure to meet her tonight and talk about how she can help you reach your goals!
The Camera Crew LLC
The Camera Crew is a family owned photography business focused on capturing life's most precious moments. Stormy and her husband capture all of your special moments, including weddings, boudoir, newborn, engagement, and event photography. Enjoy the beautiful pictures below from our event, and reach out with your Tampa photography needs!
You can always find our list of upcoming events on our Facebook page, Tampa Housewives - housewivesinthecity.com. We hope to see you soon!
We had another fabulous Wesley Chapel Girls Night Out networking event on August 16! Thank you to all who joined us at Cantina Laredo for an evening of mingling, socializing, networking, and shopping. I am humbled every month by the support you all give each other through our events. Our goal as Housewives in the City is to create a welcoming community of women in our cities who want to meet local businesses and support each other. I love that we can find stay-at-home moms, teachers, doctors, business owners, and more all in one room and create lasting relationships.
Thank you so much to our venue, Cantina Laredo, for hosting this event. We appreciate the hard work of your staff! Our next event is September 10 at Noble Crust Carrollwood. I hope you will all be able to join us!
If you missed this event or need contact information, please find our featured businesses below. Thank you for your continued support of these businesses in our community! If you would like the opportunity to share your business with our community, please email Diana@housewivesinthecity.com for information.
Wendy Carlston with Cruiseplanners
Need a vacation? Wendy can help you to find the best deals and accommodations on both land and sea through her amazing Cruiseplanners network. She is now specializing in luxury travel from Tampa Bay, but you can connect with her for all of your travel needs!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Planning for retirement, savings, a home, or another big purchase? Danyell and her team at Raymond James can help you manage your finances and make sure you are on the right track. Her associate Camille was at Cantina Laredo with us, and her entire team is always there for you and your financial needs. Reach out to her for a consultation to see how she can support you and your financial goals.
Danielle Hogan with Mary Kay
VIP Group: www.facebook.com/groups/215651238793665/
Did you know you can schedule a pampering session with Danielle to learn about Mary Kay’s products? I thought Mary Kay was just make-up, but they have a variety of products for skin care and more to make you look and feel your best. Danielle can help you put together your own personalized look and even include your friends too! Reach out today for more information!
Charla with 9Round Fitness New Tampa
Have you been searching for the best place for an engaging workout? Charla is the new owner of the 9Round kickboxing studio in New Tampa. This New Tampa studio follows a kickboxing themed fitness program incorporating functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. Key highlights of their program:
- No class times: a new round starts every three minutes
- Trainer included in monthly rate
- Use heart rate training to target your fat burning zone
- Workouts change daily
OrangeTheory Fitness Wiregrass and New Tampa
Orange Theory Fitness is a high-energy 60-minute workout that uses heart rate monitoring to help you burn calories after your workout! You can always try a class for free to determine if it is for you. You will find a combination of running on the treadmill, rowing, and strength training that changes every day to maximize your results!
Lee Pedrozo with Rozo Photos
The warm and kind Lee with Rozo Photos was our fabulous photographer for this event. You can view samples of his work on his website and check out our fun photos below. Reach out to him for your Tampa photography needs!
I'm lucky to be part of an amazing group of writers here in the Tampa area called the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Our blogs focus on various topics like fitness, family, travel, food, and local interests. It is always fun when we get together, and we recently had a great opportunity to spend a night socializing and crafting at Aerie Lane.
Aerie Lane in Safety Harbor is a Do It Yourself (DIY) studio in an adorable cottage with all kinds of projects including pillows, wreaths, and wooden home decor. You can browse their projects online and select a workshop. I could've spent the entire night just exploring the cottage with their completed sample projects and boutique sale items. It was a perfect setting for a night out!
Luckily, our projects were already prepped and ready for us to get to work. We listened to Aerie Lane's story from co-founder Shelya, and I was most impressed to hear that in addition to their wood DIY projects, they have networking events, jewelry, wreaths, and even tablescaping! I loved how simple the projects were and how functional everything is. Many of the bloggers chose a display box that could contain plants, flowers, holiday decor, or even books. Another choice was a serving tray with either handles or feet, and I chose the popular monogram welcome sign.
We all were able to personalize our projects with our own names, paints, and stains. I chose my colors based on the outside colors of my home because I knew I would be hanging my welcome sign on my front porch. It was helpful to have a place in mind since there were endless options!
We all had a blast using the power tools (don't worry, the staff was on hand to help!), and it was a great activity to complete while enjoying lite bites and drinks with the girls! We loved the sense of accomplishment when finished and had to show off our projects.
I would love to return for more projects at Aerie Lane. Initially I wondered how many DIY wooden signs I could have at home, but Aerie Lane does a wonderful job of offering a variety of projects such as pillows, wreaths, and the endless holiday options. Take a look through my pictures to see how my project came together, and visit aerielane.com for locations and available projects.
Through my relationship with Aerie Lane and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was given the opportunity to complete a project free of charge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
What an exciting month! Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday with us for our first ever Tampa Housewives Brunch & Mimosas! I loved watching so many of you make new friends and enjoy each other's company for the duration of the event. Also - what a wonderful coincidence that we were able to take advantage of American Social's new bottomless mimosas deal. A huge thank you goes to their staff for accommodating our group!
Please take a moment to support our featured Tampa businesses from this event. We had a great variety, and these women would love for you to keep them in mind if you are in need of their services.
As always, thank you for supporting and being a part of our Tampa Housewives in the City community! I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Check out the list on our Facebook page!
Danyell Jones with Raymond James Financial
Whether planning to build a home by the lake or help your daughter launch a business, you need a well-conceived plan in order to succeed. Achieving financial independence is no different. Whether you’re looking to grow your money over time, generate income in retirement or preserve wealth for future generations, confidence in your financial plan comes with knowing your assets are invested well. As your knowledgeable partner, Danyell provides wide-ranging, comprehensive financial planning that is as dynamic, vibrant, and enduring as the lifetime of achievement it represents.
Lunchbox Wax South Tampa
At LunchboxWax, they believe that beauty is much more than just your external appearance – it’s how you feel about yourself. They wax women and men, bottoms and brows, cheeks and chests – a little (like ear fuzz) or a lot (from tip to toes). Their expertly trained waxologists are devoted to making every guest's skin smooth in a chic, modern environment that was specially designed for your comfort and care. Visit our blog post to learn more about this fabulous studio!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
For your next vacation, instead of spending time researching and trying to find all the best spots, contact Wendy to help you plan it all! She has a wealth of resources and knowledge to make sure you have the vacation you deserve, and specializes in luxury travel. She is a full-service travel agent in Tampa and wants to make sure you have the opportunity to make wonderful memories traveling the world!
Chase Cristia Photography
Chase Cristia is launching her photography business and can do it all - weddings, events, portraits, maternity, engagement, fur babies, cars, real estate!!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 24th for our Primebar Girls Night Out! It was great meeting so many new ladies, and I love seeing so many familiar faces. We had three amazing featured businesses, and I am sharing their information here so you can continue to connect and keep the love going!
Our events are a great way to spend a fun night out with girlfriends in Tampa while also supporting some hard-working Tampa small businesses. We always have a variety of vendors, and I appreciate when you show your support of these women (and sometimes men!).
Kimberly Ann Piper with Total Life Changes
Have a brief conversation with Kimberly and you will immediately hear the passion in her story. Total Life Changes is a system that helped her lose weight and regain her confidence, and she would love to share the details with you! Get your self-confidence back with you succeed with the Total Life Changes system! Ask her how you can lose 5 lbs in 5 day with their TLC Tea!
Wendy Carlston with CruisePlanners
It is difficult to find a travel professional as passionate about your vacation as Wendy. From start to finish, she will provide you with the best quality, service, and very competitive pricing for ALL of your travel needs. Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, Wendy specializes in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you.
Matt Johnson with Edward Jones Financial
Whether you're planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Matt can work with you to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. He can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. He is happy to schedule a time to chat about your financial picture and find ways he can support you.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at American Social on April 25! We had fabulous weather and such a fun group of guests for our monthly Tampa Girls Night Out. Our vendors told me how much they loved meeting all of you, and I appreciate your support of these businesses. You will find them all listed below so you can stay in touch with them.
You can also view all of the photos from the event in the slideshow at the end of this post or on our Facebook page.
SOUTH BEACH TANNING COMPANY - SOUTH TAMPA LOCATION
South Beach Tanning Company - South Tampa, FL has the full tanning package and offer 5 levels of state of the art equipment along with the latest in Spray Tanning Technology. A sunless tan with the precision of airbrush in the privacy of your own booth. They offer the choice of aloe vera based products containing some of the best skincare ingredients from Devoted Creations and Ed Hardy Tanning that helps to give you that golden glow you're looking for!
PURE ROMANCE By JO
Life is stressful and hectic so take the time to relax and pamper yourself and your girlfriends with a fun, free ladies night with Pure Romance by Jo. Be sure to reach out to her to find out how to book your ladies night!
LUNCHBOX WAX - SOUTH TAMPA
The fabulous staff from LunchboxWax was with us to share all the details about why you should be visiting their dedicated waxing studio for all of your waxing needs! Check out our recent blog feature about this amazing South Tampa waxing studio!
INDIA HICKS - DINA SHERIDAN
Dina with India Hicks showcased their amazing collection at American Social! India Hicks is a spirited lifestyle brand with a gorgeous collection of jewelry, accessories, handbags, luggage, and more. It’s affordable chic luxury and a touch of romance infused with bits of British heritage and a fresh perspective on island life. You can view and shop the India Hicks line on her website: www.indiahicks.com/rep/dinasheridan
MARY KAY COSMETICS - RACHEL
Mary Kay Cosmetics provides complimentary skincare and glamour beauty experiences. They teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home!
SALON AND SHOPPE ON QUINCY - MICHELE ADAMS
Michele Adams is a 15 year Hairstylist, Redken Certified Colorist & Extension Specialist. Michele’s studio is at Salon on Quincy which has quiet, eclectic vibe. Come have a glass of wine and enjoy your hair visit! She's even going to be offering 20% off to first time guests! Appointments at Vagaro.com/madams.
Find Michele on Facebook & Instagram as micheleadamshairstylist
We loved having Michelle from the new Sunset Chiropractic at this event! Sunset Chiropractic is a state-of-the-art Chiropractic facility opening in South Tampa. They focus on getting to the root cause of health concerns and not simply masking symptoms, and they serve every member of the family from infants to the elderly!
BE STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
Mariana with Be Still Photography is a photographer servicing the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas in Florida. Be Still Photography can be booked for weddings, portraits, and a multitude of lifestyle events such as maternity, engagement, graduation and holiday sessions. To see samples of her work and to also book your session, go to www.bestillpictures.com
ANDI DIAMOND PHOTOGRAPHY
Andi Diamond Photography is a boutique South Tampa photography studio specializing in helping her clients look and feel beautiful and confident. Please call the studio at 813-503-5056 to inquire about family portraits, beauty portraits, or corporate headshots.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!