Chicago Ideas Week: The recap

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Chicago Ideas Week is an amazing collaboration of ideas, talks, and labs about important topics that matter! Whether its politics, reform, music, and fashion Chicago Ideas week covers all aspects! This is my first time attending (Last year I was sick). The panel I attended was about music and how it created culture and influence culture.

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One of the artists who drew a mural related to the panel! 
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Panel from L-R, A-Trak, Dave 1, DJ White Shadow, Joan Morgan and Andrew Barber of Fake shore drive.

Each panelist had unique stories but they all had one thing in common, they both worked with, around and in tune with Music! Each panelist also talked about how the music they listened to as a kid influenced them as an adult.

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Each panelist took the time to talk about what helped them navigate the music industry and going to that next level! 

DJ White Shadow talked about his Journey from small town to working with Lady Gaga and how being kind got him where he is.  Shadow was very big on the impression you leave and how you treat people. I personally thought this was great because you don’t hear that advice very often!

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Joan Morgan coined the term Hip-hop Feminism.

Joan Morgan, an amazingly bold and beautiful soul talked on women in Hip Hop and how as women in the industry you have to be on point! Morgan discussed how important it is to keep your craft up and to stay immersed in the culture!

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A-Trak and Dave1 talked about the influence music had on their sound and fashion.

Two nerdy boys from Canadian were influenced by the soul sound and the hip-hop waves. Both brothers talked about how music made them wear certain clothing, speak a certain way and influenced their creativity.  Each panelist brought a unique perspective and helpful insight into not only the everchanging music climate but also how to stay relevant in a whirlwind of new sound and new information.

Event Take-Aways

Be a good person! (I know so cliché right? Every panelist said this over and over and it worked for them, It for sure is worth a try! 

Never stop learning!

Embrace what is you and only you!

Music is a creative outlet that can influence the masses, use it wisely! 

Keep at it! (Dave of Chromeo  stated that he was a late bloomer, having gone to Grad school to realize he really wanted to do music)

Be on time and walk in the room like an underqualified white male. (This is what Joan Morgan left us with, can we say Mic Drop? )  A word. A lesson. A message all in one! 

How has music influenced you culturally? Let’s chat!

For more about Chicago Ideas Week and how you can get involved next year click here!

XOXO, Arella

Chicago Ideas Week

Coming up next week is a great forum for discussion, talks, hands-on activities and ideas being shared amongst many different people and platforms!

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Chicago Ideas Week challenges us to get to know new faces and solve the problems that not only influence Chicago but also the world.  Join me next week and take advantage of all things  Chicago Ideas Week!

Tickets are still available, here!

If you are going let me know in the comments!

XOXO, Arella

Red Dresses and Heels

Finding a good dress is hard and making sure the fit is right is also important! For me, a Bardot style dress shows off just enough without being too much! I found this cute red dress from River Island and paired it with a fun pearl detailed black pump.

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You can always swap out a red dress for another dress in another bold color like yellow, royal blue and add a cool heel to make it stand out!

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Here are a few alternative dresses that you can still achieve my look for a very affordable remix. Also, let’s give a shoutout to the beautiful Kenwood Neighborhood for the beautiful background, located in Hyde Park this is one of my favorite places in the city!

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If you try this look out let me know and show me how you styled it!

Make-up: Amber Birch; amberbirch11@gmail.com

Photos: @mrsescottmua

XOXO,Arella

Chicago,IL (Love &Happiness)

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On November 24th,2017 my family and friends came together to surprise me for my 30th birthday! My actual birthday wasn’t until December 7th, but they still managed to get me! EVERYONE knows that I’ve always wanted a surprise party and I never got it. My family didn’t know that I was in the research process of putting it together myself! (When I want something, I do it)

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My Mommy!

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My sister was the one who got me to the venue by telling me that I was helping her with a photo job and that I needed to dress up? I was like why do I have to dress up if it’s your event? I was lowkey pissed that I really had to dress up. We get to the venue, and all my family and friends were there, and my mom had put this thing altogether! (Mommy is the real MVP) I was shocked, overwhelmed and full of Joy!

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Good Times,Good Friends

 

 

 

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My bestie traveled to sing happy birthday to me!

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My sister who was in charge of getting me to the Venue!
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Amber and Bri, Amber made this dope frame! 
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Cousin Love!

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Mrs. Manning and I!
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Wobble anyone? lol

 

 

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This picture looks like I am really doing something! #can’tdance

 

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Besties!
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Family

 

 

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My beautiful Aunt and my fave Uncle! 

 

 

 

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Me watching my video made by my amazing best friend and her dad! I was so shocked by all the pictures! 

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Real tears.

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Photos by: Billy of Nfocus photo Chicago

Balloons: Paris 312

Venue: T’mari

Party Favors: Amber Birch; email: amberbirch11@gmail.com

 

XOXO Arella

Bosses & Beauty: GBL Grand Opening

One thing I can say about my family is that we are full of creative women, whether it’s arts &crafts, entrepreneurship, beauty and the list goes on. So when my cousins decided to open their OWN salon and beauty space, I had to support. My cousins Ashley &Tina both came together and put their passions of wellness, glam, and beauty together to make GlamourBeautyLounge! I’m so proud of them and inspired to continue on my own journey of creative success! GBL1gbl21.jpgGBL1gbl1.png

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My Cousin Ashley and I. Shes 1/2 of the GBL owner!
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My Cousin Tina 1/2 of GBL Owner.
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The legacy wall in honor of our family!
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The details in this place are sooo cute!

Make sure you all check out GBL for all of your needs from hair, spa services and more!

XOXO, Arella

 

Melanin&Magic: The Monique Rodriguez Experience launch event

I had the honor of being invited to The Monique Rodriguez Experience launch event, and it let me just say it was another life-changing event experience. I know, I can be dramatic at times, but I’m so SERIOUS! I was invited as an attendee, and I was so excited to listen to all the speakers on the Power Panel. Some of the panelists I knew from social media and networking around Chicago, so it was cool to see everyone again!20180217_120445.jpg

The launch was at the Loft Lucia event space in the loop area. It was a beautiful and chic space. The event focused on networking and empowering all attendees, and it did that. Instead of having the usual letting people sit and talk to their friend,s there were activities that encouraged meeting new people, exchanging social media information.

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How cute is this packaging? LOVE!

This made everyone get up and get moving. In my experience to drive results, you have to get out of your comfort zone, no matter how hard it is.  I meet a lot of great people who are working towards their dreams and have fabulous ideas!

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If you are not familiar with Monique Rodriguez, she is the owner of the brand, Mielle Organics and has turned her love for beauty and health into a health-conscious and glam beauty brand. Mielle, hast the cutest brand packaging and presence and the products, are excellent. (Ya girl is a sucker for all things pink)

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All the goodies from my gift bag!

After all of the networking activities the power panel started! Right before the panel began, I got introduced to everyone in the Mielle team, and they were all very nice. In that process, I was invited to join the speakers on the Couch for the Power Panel!! I was shocked because I hadn’t done a panel discussion since college and I hadn’t really prepared to speak that day, AND I was getting over a cold and not to mention that all the women on the panel I look up too !(in my head I was freaking out, yall )

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Myself and Youtube star and influencer, Vicky Logan 

God saw it fit for me at the moment with no preparation to take part in the panel and it ended up being such an excellent experience! I shared my journey on blogging, fashion and how it’s hard to be creative when no one else understands you. All of the questions we were asked dealt with moving forward when things are hard, and when your passion is not ideal. After the panel, we took part in a poll about how people typically view networking events and how it can affect what they get out of events similar to this one. 

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The snack table full of Glorious donuts!

It was fascinating because a lot of the feedback was talking about how scary it is to put yourself out there and while that is true, you never know when that will work in your favor. Imagine if I hadn’t come to an event or if I would have refused that invitation to participate in the panel? I would have missed out on an essential development of myself and SweetHeartSwan. It all worked together in my favor! 

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Rachael James of Pearnova

Event Take-Aways:

Trust the process ( Enjoy the journey and everything that comes along with it)

Follow your heart (You know what you love, and do it)

While running your own race don’t look  back at  what others are doing 

Listen to God (He will always guide you in the right direction)

Step out of your comfort zone! 

Stay Ready(If I hadn’t been somewhat ready the panel could’ve been a disaster for me)

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Monique Rodriguez and I!

I am so blessed and happy I was able to experience the “Mielle” life and look forward to attending as well as participating in other events that are taking place in the future! If you are able to participate in any of Monique’s and Mielle’s events, please do, you will not be disappointed! 

What I Wore: 

Shirt: Vintage Shirt from my Grandpa (RIP) Similar

Skirt: Zara

Shoes: Zara (Sold out) Similar 

Thank you again to the Mielle team for the invite and being super amazing to me, I enjoyed every minute of the event!

Have you tried the Mielle line? Tell me your favorites below! (I love the Honey &Ginger scent, I NEED it in a body mist version!)

Wanderlust:Travel &Adventure Show

The Travel and Adventure show stopped in Chicago on February 10-11!

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The schedule of speakers for the day! I

 I got a chance to check it out and see what new and exciting places I can travel to next!

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It seems I am more prone to the Caribbean islands. (I just want sun and great weather!)

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I have a lot to read about St.Croix before I go!
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I wrote a postcard to the place I would love to go and the company G4 Adventure will pick a winner to win that trip! So cool.
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Spending time with my boy Abe Lincoln who represented the Springfield Tourism,visit Springfield! Fun Fact: I used to love going to the IL state fair as a teen!
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I got a chance to meet Samantha Brown, who spoke on her new show Places to Love that is now on PBS!
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My mom also got a chance to enter to win as well!

Places I learned more about and would like to visit that were present at the Travel Show:

Turks &Cacios

Guatemala

Bali

Exuma

St.Croix

If you are in need of a new place to travel and/or need information on each area you should  FOR SURE visit the Travel and Adventure show when it comes to your city!

 

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Need to Learn how to scuba dive? No problem on-site scuba diving is all you need!

Our show also featured camel rides and scuba diving! (You can see the camels on my IG:@yourfavefashionblogger

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This cool Camper I toured puts all other ways to travel to shame!

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Tell me where you want to go this year?

For all  details: Travel Show