We had the good fortune of connecting with Renelyn Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Renelyn, have you had any interesting or funny online dating experiences?
I actually met my husband on Match.Com. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I purchased a Groupon for a one month membership for a steal. Within that month I met my future husband and didn’t even realize it. We connected via our inboxes and had several great typed conversations. Crazily enough our schedules didn’t allow us to schedule a date. However, we happen to run into each other when out when night. He must have recognized me by my pictures. You could say it was fate. This year we’re celebrating 5 years of marriage.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought I would become a Makeup Artist. I wasn’t particularly good at drawing or painting, but I knew I always had an eye for beauty. I combined my passion for Makeup with my professional background and MBA. It was tough transitioning from Corporate America to Entrepreneurship but I feel empowered in running my own business. I learned that it’s not about how technically good you are at something, but more about the relationships you make and keep. Networking and being kind is really the key to success in any industry.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is such a great city to visit. My ideal itinerary would include a great brunch – I love Le Petit Marche in East Atlanta. Then we would enjoy nature by taking a walk or scooter on the Belt Line. Afterwards, we’d take advantage of Krog Market nearby and grab a snack and of course Jeni’s Ice Cream to cool us off.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to the old Makeup Forums out there. This was before Instagram and YouTube. I got my start on the Asian Beauty Blog Community. The members inspired me to start my own blog and got me where I am today.

Website: www.imaatl.com www.RenelynThomas.com www.MakeupByRenRen.com
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