TM_SM laughing showing bracelet to LaShundraSimone McDowell is a public relations and marketing pro who knows how to find the perfect gift, for the perfect budget. She has been sharing her insights and ideas on since July 2008.
Based in Charlotte, she is a regular contributor for SouthPark Magazine and Charlotte Style Magazine and Shecky’s, a lifestyle company based in New York. A native of Baltimore, Simone earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bowie State University and her Master’s Degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She has also taught the art of public speaking at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When she isn’t blogging or finding the perfect gift, you can find her enjoying the arts, good food, and working with several community nonprofits including the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum where she serves on their board of directors.
TM_SM talking to Erika HelmShe really is Charlotte’s expert on finding the perfect gift. I personally think that’s because Simone is such a thoughtful person and she really listens to what you’re saying. Those traits with her great eye for style are what have made her so successful
–Olivia Fortson, Charlotte Observer
“It just isn’t the holidays or a special occasion without Simone coming into our studios to do a gifts segment!  She’s got this bright energy and conversational style that really resonates with our viewers.  With such a variety of gift ideas, there’s always something for every one of our viewers.  Forget about boring gift cards, or contrived chocolates and flowers.  Her ideas are so creative and unique, I always end each segment thinking “I can’t wait to give…or get one of those!”
Dion Lim WCNC-NewsChannel 36