Editor's Note:

Since the conception of the Reality TV phenomenon, the average Joe – Construction worker has been introduced to personalities and talents that would otherwise only been prevalent in their communities. For example, the Real Housewives franchise has introduced us to Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin, Vicki Gunvalson and Jeana Keough, NeNe Leakes, and Kim Zolciak. These women have all become the “Hot Topics” in our daily conversations. This presence has also shown us that every fabulous woman has an even more fabulous association with men possessing great talents. This month, I was honored to interview the infamous Derek Jae of JSpot Salon and the amazingly talented Derek Blanks of Derek Blanks Photography, both of Atlanta, GA and features on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Since the show the two have been extremely busy building their respective brands but I was able to steal them for a few moments to delve into the minds of great and now influential forces in the industry. And for our readers that are not able to commissions such talents as Derek Jae and Derek Blanks, don’t fret, your holiday won’t be all bad. Just think, even the lifestyles depicted each season has been drastically changed as a result of the economy. Several of the families had to downsize their homes and scale back on the illustrious shopping trips. So, I am giving you tips to make a wonderful holiday without a handmade wig or an alter-ego portrait, (smile).

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