Updated: Nov 6, 2020
*Photo by Ashleigh Reddy at Trou Normand San Francisco.
This month ReedNWright begins featuring fabulous people at the top of their game and who embodies the spirit of RNW. You may have heard the expression "bring you joy" on Marie Kondo's hit Netflix show. This title is befitting for our inaugural feature because the lady we are spotlighting sparks so much joy for so many people.
* Photo by Ashleigh Reddy at Trou Normand San Francisco.
Joy Harper, aka "Commander in Chic", is the quintessential Renaissance woman. Though I am biased because we share the same hometown (Cincinnati), college alma mater (Miami U), and Rent the Runway rotation; there is no denying this dynamo is a force to be reckoned with. Her infectious laughter, boundless energy, and passion for living her best life lights up any space she enters.
Joy's 2019 engagement was such blessed news for everyone because no one more than this queen deserves a fairytale "beginning". Her story deviates from the original version because she finds her own 'glass slippers'! Only this modern day Cinderella can have a bridal shower hosted by Jimmy Choo! Her nuptials will be one of the swankiest events of the 2020 social calendars! I am already planning my wardrobe for the wedding weekend!
*Photos provided by Joy Harper/Snappr at Jimmy Choo San Francisco.
This San Francisco Bay based beauty is not only a style icon. With a law degree, Masters of Accountancy, Bachelors Degrees in African-American History & Accountancy, and 17 years of Finance experience, she is a force in the business world as well. Joy's talents are currently being put to use at Google in Finance Systems, Integration, and Transformation. Previous appointments had her residing in London, Washington D.C., and Cleveland.
Her passion for shoes and fashion is only surpassed by her desire to give back. Joy is a co-founder of MHW, a partnership that encourages early- and mid-stage tech professionals to feel emotionally, socially, and professionally empowered in Silicon Valley. In addition, she helped found a non-profit, called The Recharge Group, which focuses on aggregating and accelerating black wealth and philanthropy in Silicon Valley. This group merged with the Coalition of Black Excellence where she serves as the Chief of Staff.
You can find Joy sharing her knowledge by speaking on panels and serving on several boards, such as the Finance and Investment Commit for the Northern California ACLU.
Be sure to follow Joy's fabulous life and wedding adventures on Instagram @harperjl.
Trou Normand was an absolute splendid location to have the photoshoot (by Ashleigh Reddy). In January 2020 EATER listed it amongst The 32 Essential Cocktail Bars in San Francisco. Joy previously had a birthday happy hour here so it was ironic her Cincy twin (moi) chose this location. Plus we both arrived wearing the same color! Like Joy, Trou Normand is bright, stylish, and classic.
Besides being one of the most visually striking bars in the country; the service, drinks, and charcuterie were exceptional. Actually all four of us still talk about those charcuterie trays! The most delicious I have ever had!
*Photos by Ashleigh Reddy at Trou Normand San Francisco.
Please join me in wishing Joy and Nwokedi continued love and success!