Soon the holiday halls will be decked, and then it’s out with the old and in with a fierce new year. That’s exactly what consummate hostess and celebrity events producer Diann Valentine had in mind when she invited over a dozen close friends to Miami for a girls’ getaway, including reality-TV stars Sheree Raymond (Atlanta Exes); April Daniels (Tamar and Vince); and actress Tichina Arnold (Survivor’s Remorse). “As busy wives and mothers, we tend to neglect the need to nurture friendships and live in the moment,” says Valentine. “A new year bring fresh opportunities to update our vision boards, dream new dreams and pursue uncharted courses.”

Upon arrival, the guests will be picked up by The White Glove Concierge service and taken to the sexy Epic Hotel, in the city’s downtown corridor, with its gorgeous rooftop pool and views of Biscayne Bay. They'll enjoy a two-day spree of spa treatments, an art show and a champagne brunch at the exclusive Bath Club of South Beach. It's the perfect way to wrap up one year while ushering in another, with conversations of lessons learned and resolutions set. “There are so many things that tear Black women apart, every entertaining opportunity is a chance for me to welcome them with open arms into my creative expression of love.” Here, Valentine takes EBONY inside the ladies’ posh brunch.



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