Recap: Winnie the Pooh Bridal Shower

A new adventure begins for the arrival of baby Kadence and Octane had the pleasure of adding lots of sweet little details for the sweet celebration.  Let’s review!

The Details

We loved every piece of detail that came from this. The event branding technically all started from the custom napkins that we designed that helped brand out everything else.

Did you know? All the food items were made by different vendors? When planning it makes sense to use just one vendor but event planner Nakia Coffman had a vision and used her resources to pull it all together in one cohesive look. Amazing!

Paperie & Signage

From the napkin design, the welcome sign & printable quotes were easily made and hand picked per the event planner.

Rabbits Karrots sign was a classic element that flowed perfectly with the party layout while the welcome sign helped guide guests to the level of detail.

One of our favorite design pieces was the custom guest book poster of vintage Pooh and Piglet holding onto balloons. The balloons were digitally created one by one then coordinated with custom event colors. Details are everything!

Favors

Nakia had a vision of hunny pot favors and it was the perfect little gift! Made from mini terra-cotta pots and colored vinyl, each pieces was assembled in phases.

The Vendors

Cheers to all the vendors that made this baby shower such a sweet success!

Event Planner: @kiamixx
Paperie, Signage, Favors, Floral Arrangement & Styling Photography: @octanedesigns
Cake: @pokiestewart
Balloon Arch & Backdrop: @lexingtonballoons
Cookies: @laurenscustomcookies

Octane Holiday Photoshoot: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

After years of thinking of it, we decided to act on it. A content photoshoot was finally in the works highlighting vendors that I worked with pretty regularly over the past several months.

Concept

Our concept was pretty simple, a holiday themed photoshoot to push out all holiday long. My goal was to let the vendors really do what they wanted within the holiday realm.

To make it special we brought in a MUA and videographer to cover the day. From Octane, each vendor received a personal holiday letter and gifts under the Christmas tree from founder, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett.

This day was all about empowerment. Many of us felt in some way in our entrepreneur journey’s that “we can’t” whether by trial or circumstance. This styled shoot was meant to whisper to all of us that “we can”. And beyond this day, in our own way keep striving for our passions.

Here’s the FULL list of vendors that partook the styled shoot:

  • Hosted by: Octane Design Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Photography & Venue: Franzetti Photography / @m_franzetti
  • Make Up: Edomoni Young / @Amavi_Beauty
  • Place cards & Menus: Octane Designs Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Event styling: Passionate Event Designs / @passionateeventdesigns
  • Onsite Videography: Cre8tive Visions / @ei8hty_se7en
  • Ugly Sweater Workshop: Octane Design Studios / @octanedesigns
  • Youth Tents & Quilted Blankets: JRow Everything / @JRow_Everything
  • Gifted Lifestyle Subscription Box: @mochamavenbox
  • Gifted Bowties: Deez Bowties / @deezbowties
  • Gifted Caligraphy Quotes: Caylie Mindling / @cayligraphy
  • Catering: The Mousetrap / @mousetrap_ky
  • Lunch Sponsor: Scale Consulting / @scalefemale Signature
  • Hard Cider: ‘Almond Spice’, Pivot Brewing Co / @PivotBrewing

Unity Breakfast: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

In 2017 & 2018 Octane won the bid to design and produce the city of Lexington’s annual Unity Breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even produced by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

We loved the deeper core values that this project taught us about fellowship, community and allowing unity to happen organically in inspiration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Concept Branding

Each year the event committee of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity determines a theme and the entire production design is based up on that.

Octane hired a team of professionals to handle day of AV production and the Day of social media while all graphics were designed in house.

In 2018 Octane collaborated with SamanhattanPR & Unsung Hero Media in creating an impromptu photoshoot at Phoenix Park in downtown Lexington that was used as the initial event design of the 2018 Unity Breakfast.

Print Items

Items included: event logo, social media graphics, table numbers, event program, tickets and bookmark.

Social Media

Social media headers and graphics were created to release the theme and promote the day of event.

Audio Visuals

The biggest element you could see was the giant two screens used to share words to spirituals, introduce each speaker, showcase pre-recorded interview segments with award recipients.

We were also required to provide finished DVD copies of the production in its entirety.

Wild Hearts Fun Run Superhero 5K: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) is the #1 birth defect in America affecting 1 in 100 babies born daily. Babies a mere few days old undergo life altering open heart surgeries, some a moments after birth. More than half do not live to see there first birthday.

Kerrington’s Heart is a Kentucky based 501(c)3 that provides support to families affected by CHD. Their support to families range from: support groups for moms and dads, fuel accommodations to get to doctors appointments, care packages, room decorations and event fundraisers to help advocate awareness of CHD.

In 2013, Kerrington’s Heart sought a new way to fundraise for Kentucky families affected by congenital heart defects (CHD) by hosting a local fun run 5K event.

Its original location was at the former commonwealth stadium now renovated as Kroger Field. At that time, the fun run was the first of its kind as a sole fundraiser for Kentucky CHD families.

Concept Branding

The initial idea was to showcase this was about CHD and that the location was at an iconic place, Commonwealth Stadium.

The tricky question was: how do you showcase CHD? Several suggestions were round tabled and the idea of being a ‘wild heart’ floated around and stuck. These kids uniquely had a not so average heart, they were in fact wild hearts. The heart-line inside the heart helped visually showcase this was about special types of hearts.

A different direction

The event was a success with several hundred in attendance. Once Kerrington’s Heart decided to continue with this fundraiser, another concept was brought by the board of directions to do a themed 5K event. The board decided on a superhero theme.

We created an event logo that incorporated some the initial elements of original design but with pop typography to better translate the superhero theme. By oversight of the race director and board of directors the event would be themed a specific superhero each event for variety.

Print Items

This specific project had lots of timely moving parts specifically with printing. Items included: sponsor packet, race e-packet, race posters, race medals, race bibs, graphic banners and yard signs.

In 2019 the race expanded to both 5K and 10K with a kids super sprint and special CHD honorary kids run.

Link to packet: https://wildheartsfunrun.squarespace.com/race-epacket

Website & Social Media

Although the website was originally designed on wordpress in 2017 it was permanently switched to a Squarespace platform.

Social media graphics were created to welcome teams that signed up to fundraise toward the 5K.

In 2017 Octane created more visual elements to showcase all the elements of the 5K ranging from the run/walk to costumed cosplayers and the ‘Kids Metropolis’ playing area with sponsored tables for kid activities.

2017 website: www.wildheartsfunrun.com
2017 5K Race Promo

Apparel

The official race t-shirt changed each year per superhero theme.

Bluegrass Brawl: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

In 2014, Octane was hired as a media guru for local entrepreneur and renown local tattoo artist and business owner Tommy Ray Cornett in a newly explored promotion venture in local amateur and professional MMA (mixed martial arts).

We were challenged as a small company to do more (tv, video, pr) with less. We stepped up to the challenge.

Concept Branding

While the logos were predesigned, the show itself was called Bluegrass Brawl and previously coined with the phrase “Brawl Y’all”. We incorporated that into branding hashtags. #BrawlYall #LetsBrawl

Initially Octane created the secondary marketing (emails, social media, etc.) following the lead cover design originally made by Tommy. Over time as the promotion grew, Octane began to cover the main artwork for each live show.

To look more like national chains like UFC and Belator MMA we curated its own fighter stats graphics for fans to share.

Programming (weigh-ins & special events)

Similar to wrestling, contestants must make a certain weight to able to compete. Weigh in’s are the official kick off to the actual bout happening the next night. Octane strategized lots of ways to maximize exposure of the unknown fighters to broader audiences.

We began adding Facebook Live streaming at weigh-ins only to creative incentive for fighters to interact with new audiences and fans.

In effort to include more local businesses we sought sponsored partnerships with restaurants and pubs as locations to promote upcoming shows and discounts of food /services.

As the ‘fight culture’ grew on us Octane continually found ways to create community amongst the fighters with accommodating hotels, meet & greets and post interview conferences with the champs.

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Website & Social Media

In 2014 Octane redesigned the promotion company website for sponsorships, Pay Per View’s and online ticket purchases. In addition to the website we continued specific graphics for social media communities through automation.

Videos & Pay Per Views

With consistent events happening at the Lexington Convention Center Octane assembled a media crew to cover the overall event but most importantly, the fighters bouts. Our first ever ‘Night of Champions’ was edited for Pay Per View release on YouTube.

In effort to expand the promotions business presence Octane curated its own ‘brawl talk’ of behind the scenes interviews with past and present fighters within the promotions company.

For the ‘Brawl for the Cure’ breast cancer event we interviewed and met with interviewed cancer survivors about there own fight in comparison to the battle in the cage.

Live Media Crew from left to right: AV assistant Patrick Camp, Videographers & Photographers Brandon Turner, Rob Morton, Quinton Braggs and Jeremiah Oschwald .
Very first promo for Bluegrass Brawl MMA
Podcast show “Brawl Talk’ with MMA fighter Ben Sergent
PPV Recap of Bluegrass Brawl 11
Bluegrass Brawl 14 Promo

Email Marketing

The Mixx Magazine: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

Achievement unlocked! 🎮 October is a big deal for us as it hallmarks our 10th year in business. We’re ready to celebrate! Each week on the blog we’re sharing top projects that have mused us from the inside out.


Project Recap

In 2011, we met Nakia Coffman, founder of the Mixx Magazine, an up an coming indie hip hop publication paving foundations for writers and bloggers in the music and lifestyle industries.

Octane was hired to continue its streak of high end and contemporary layout and designs for its monthly turned quarterly publication.

Magazine Covers

The classic combo of bold with thin typeface was a big part or the brand strategy for the publication. The concept of “in between” became a coined phrase and tagline as it developed in marketing the magazine.

Layouts

This area felt strongest to us in not only giving the client what they wanted but having fun playing with the wild concept of space.

Website

As the publication grew in 2016, we strategized on meeting the online vs. print needs and was hired to help transition to an online publication. The design is still used today at www.themixxmagazine.com.

Media Kit

Our challenge was to take the vibrant energy that magazine was exuding in print and fuse into there initial media to create a consistent and cohesive branding.

Roots & Heritage: Octane’s 10th Year Countdown

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Project Recap

In 2009, this project was one of the earliest things that showcased the full span of what Octane was capable of; creating community.

The Lexington Root and Heritage festival is a non-profit 501(c)3 honored and recognized by the Kentucky Tourism Council and listed as a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society for over a decade. Curated by local community organizers in the 1980’s, the groups initiative is to celebrate the history and culture of the African American community. The 3 day festival includes 2 stages of entertainment, vendor booths, a kids area and gospel show.

Naming

While the traditional name of the event is the coined the ‘annual roots and heritage festival’ it was important in the branding process to include the modern generational reference: ‘roots’. This led to hashtag #RootsFestKY as the official hashtag for the organization and events allocating both the festival and location significance.

Concept Branding

The very first design was intended to rebrand as a festival logo. It was eventually used as the first t-shirt design we created. At that time the newly rebuilt and revitalized historic Lyric Theatre reopened and is a cornerstone both symbolically and physically in relation to the festival held in historic east side Lexington.

Apparel

Each year the concept or theme changed requiring us to ‘reimagine’ the festival design. Concepts ranging from iconic figures in Black culture to historical African symbols that translated to a deeper community message.

Website & Social Media

In 2009 the use of websites and social media was relatively new but becoming more and more common amongst this audience. Octane updated its website in 2009-10 and completely redesigned it 2012 while managing social media channels for the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We partnered with local PR company @SamanhattanPR and local photographers to expand simultaneous coverage all day.

Audio Visuals

Each year the festival showcases an audio visual element consisting of a slideshow of sponsors, special thank you’s and advertisement of timeline of festival events. In 2014 Octane began adding a memoriam of iconic black community leaders that died within the year. In 2016 Octane elevated the presence with more video components.

Programming

In effort to help develop the programming efforts of the festival, we restructured and redesigned there sponsorship packet, helping to procure sponsorship and proposed including community building events like: Chess tournament, barber beauty competition and health and wellness expo.

Online MTG Creative Institute covers Canva Basics

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  • Access to our database of past e-learning videos

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Long Story Short : Dealing with Trauma

Long story short… I was halfway through my pregnancy until recently
Long story short … My little girl Ella Jo was born without a heartbeat 
Long story short… I’m still heartbroken and healing everyday
Long story short… We celebrated her anyway


We found out we were pregnant late in the game. Due to my present Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) the symptoms for early pregnancy were completely masked until the symptoms were lasting longer than normal. I knew then something else was up.

I’ve felt the bitter sting of positive tests and the dreaded words of “no heartbeat” twice over two years ago in consecutive miscarriages no further than 8 weeks.

And lo, before my very eyes was an estimated 12 week old baby happily swimming, staring right back at me.

God found a way. And from that moment, I stopped doubting.

My constant prayer was: “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Even if the answer is no.”

In the weeks that followed after officially seeing my OBGYN our uphill climb began. I just turned 34 and considered high risk. My husband and I were sent to a prenatal specialist to rule out the abnormal ultrasound of the fatal existence of hydrops fetalis.

We told only a close circle of moms and family what we were experiencing. I was picky to include moms that I knew experienced trauma in pregnancy. We contacted our church who continually prayed with us. I followed an online support group specifically for hydrops and read all the success stories of babies that died, survived and thrived.

Mentally I was worried but emotionally I was leaning on my faith. My faith was the “x” factor that all the medical doctors and statistics could not account for. I had witnessed it with my two born children now well past 9 years old.

Two weeks from that moment after genetic testing, we received more hope that it was meant to be, all tests were negative for clear indicators of downs and turners syndromes and we were in fact pregnant with my first ever girl.

At that point we chose to name her Ella-Josephine Ann Maria Stinnett after all the strongest women we knew, our grandmothers and the ultimate lady of song: Ella Fitzgerald. (cool tip: all my kids are named after Jazz greats.)

My husband glowed from ear to ear. I was scared our kids would find out solely from my husband bragging publicly about Gods miracle in my womb. We told our blended family of 3 kids the following day that their baby sister was coming after Christmas.

Everything felt so real. As if she would be here in just a few more months.

In the following week I felt her kick me for the first time. It felt as if she wanted to be here. I felt God wanted me to rest assured that she was happy growing in me.

Two weeks from that exact moment at our next checkup, Ella’s heart was not found. She laid there lifeless in my womb.

I was lifeless.

And just like that, the plan went from optimistic miracle to an unplanned early birth and funeral. I was preparing to live out my worst nightmare.

How do you get beyond this? Why did this happen to me? Was I being punished? What do you say to your spouse? Do you”sweep it under” and forget?


This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced… and I’ve experienced a lot.  To really share my feelings and grief is to really understand the heart of my faith.

What held me down in the middle of this hardship & uncertainty? These thought pillars helped: 

I am not alone.

According to the American Psychological Association, approximately one half (50 percent) of all individuals will be exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.

Specifically over 20% of women experience pregnancy loss each day. I was so incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by mama’s that either came from pregnancy loss or related to a not normal pregnancy that helped guide me through this journey.

Knowing we’re not alone is a huge pre-cursor to healing from what you lost.

God desires peace not a promise of perfection. 

For those of faith, any faith, its truly false hope to expect to live a perfect pain-free life from your creator. Our world is broken. It just doesn’t exists on this plane. With that in mind, we can’t expect even the most faithful followers to have a perfect life without trial or tribulation.

In fact, its often relayed that our closeness to our creator is woven through our trials and to rejoice even when our spiritual endurance is tested.

There are countless stories in the bible that reference “everyday people” used in extraordinary ways to deliver seasons of peace and restoration.

I’d like to think that through my faith I can experience peace through this emotional pain weaved throughout the ebb and flow of simply living and recognize a higher power that sought me through it.

My personal goal and lately a whispered mantra is: peace over perfection.

Understanding all life has value.

Before this specific season I had too often learned that no matter how small or how long, honor what you DO have. One day, one hour at a time. 

I decided to honor Ella’s life by not just sweeping it under the rug but acknowledging that she in fact existed. That she was loved long before she was born.

I valued what God gave me. For whatever short time that was.

And I celebrated it.

Who says you have to look at the big picture? It takes so much stress off of you to take things one step at a time.

With each contraction I relished in the idea of knowing she was in fact coming into this world. I refused to not be grateful.

The goal isn’t always the destination, its the journey, the pilgrimage you made is testament to who you are.

What do you want to be known for?

I share this often with students I mentor and I think this helped me a lot through my own trauma.

The weekend I went into early induced labor I had no clue that in actually birthing my child that would in fact be birthing pieces of myself that I didn’t think I was capable of.

It awoken me. What else was I capable of that I had no clue I could do?

#TrueStory: My two beautiful boys were all c-section births. Birthing this little girl was a surreal experience for me in joining the ancestral legacy of birthing naturally (give or take a few decades of modern medicine).

I got to be a part of that. That is very real to me. I felt a little initiated without the membership card.

In leading a blended family with adopted kids, my sons have experienced trauma before this in not so healthy ways.

To be able to use this moment to teach my 3 kids that there’s more living after death and how to process that in a healthy way is something I do want my kids to know me for.

Lastly I wanted to be HOPE to others. That through these experiences I can give value beyond the life that ended too soon. I choose to be a beacon to others through my life experiences.

Forgive yourself. 

This was hard. We as humans take a lot of personal stake when things go wrong or not the way we envision them to.

The way our world is wired, there’s a responsible party almost always.
… the president…
… our broken society…
… that one girl at work…
… that group of liberals…

A lot of times its easy to point to others…. but with trauma we often take it internally and point blame deeper at ourselves.
…If I didn’t wear that dress…
…If I didn’t ask him out first…
…If I had just said ‘no’…

Blogger and writer Shahida Arabi specifically nails an important part of the forgiving yourself in her article in the Thought Catalog:

How can I be more gentle in the ways in which I speak to myself? Is there space for self-compassion? These questions can be explored in countless different ways, such as through therapy, inner child work, positive affirmations, trauma-focused yoga, journaling, meditation, mind-body work, and support groups.

Shahida Arabi

For me personally, having a strong faith platform allowed me to experience a deeper peace and connection to my God. Being able to hold my baby allowed me to gently affirm that I was ok and truly so was she.

I had to forgive myself for not being “pregnant enough” or “healthy enough” and just absorb the fact I got a chance to be present in this moment, to see the positivity and grace in front of me.

Pass the baton.

I touched on this a little bit earlier in sharing: what do I want to be known for. I choose to pass on the knowledge and internal strength I experienced to some one that needs it.

As a person of faith I find it incredibly uplifting seeing myself in stories and fables of the bible. In sharing in open communities seeing yourself in another person’s story is powerful and allows “new inputs” for change and personal healing.


Long story short….

You don’t have to experience a stillbirth to understand any of these points but I believe they help anyone who feels life spinning out of control or experience any loss (parent, pet, a friend).  

I would love to hear your feedback / thoughts on wisdom that helped you in dark places. Feel free to share your thoughts with me by email at info@lexoctane.com.

Octane launches monthly entrepreneurship group, MTG Creative Institute

Octane is driven by creating authentic spaces through its digital products and services.

We’re proud to announce our monthly subscription group to help entrepreneurs curate new DIY digital marketing skills to elevate their business startup or small business.

Each month is a new topic with a library of live content & videos for you to watch later or right then!

The group offers:

  • Exclusive deals and discounts on professional products Octane uses
  • Monthly live video tutorials on basic deign skills (Mailchimp, Canva, Stock Images etc.) to help you thrive in your business
  • Exclusive work critiques and feedback sessions from Octane
  • Network and connect with other entrepreneurs across America
  • Access to our database of past e-learning videos

Enjoy a community of entrepreneurs looking to level up there business marketing on there on pace and level.

Just for August; use the ‘back to school’ promotion tier to join for $20. (Normal price $25) Valid for August only! Join today!