The Recap: Sip and Slay with ORS.

A few weeks ago, Hair Care brand, ORS,Launched their new line, #orsfixit with a beautiful launch party featuring a live hair demo by Viral Hair stylist, Anthony Cuts.

20190612_200818
MR. Cuts and I ( Is he a model also because?)

Cuts is know for his amazing transformations with wigs, weaves and makeup and went right along with the product line ORS unveiled. I had the honor to attend the exclusive event and it was fun but also inspirational, because ORS is the first multicultural hair brand to launch a collection for Wigs and Weaves specifically.

20190618_190109-1
The complete #orsfixit Line!

The line includes 3 main products that keep lace fronts in place, keep edges together and tame leave outs and flyaways associated with wearing, wigs and weaves. The products can also be used on natural hair as well.( Dual Hair Care,yass ORS) Mr. Cuts did a live hands on tutorial on how he uses the new products on his lace front wig clients and the results were amazing!

20190612_195450

The venue for the festivities took place in the newly remodeled ORS Salon in the South Loop, who knew that they had a Salon Space?! Instaworthy bloggers, youtubers and stylists were all in attendance. ( including Ya Girl!)

20190612_194103
Mini Banana Puddings for the win!
20190612_200603
Anthony Cuts with his finished model!
20190612_192254
Finishing the last few touches before the models wig is slayyed!

20190612_1932250

20190612_183327
Youtuber MsVaughnTV and I (I just love her)
20190612_182955
The attention to detail was real real ,down to the table cloths! The Wine is a local brand , LCS
20190612_182920
Décor added such a glam touch to the ambience.
20190612_182903.jpg
The newly remodeled ORS salon was done so beautiful!

All products are available in Walmart and your local Beauty Supply Stores and you can also get more information at the ORS official website! Have you used ORS products before? What’s your favorites? Mine is the Hair Repair line!

XOXO, Arella

The Recap: Pipeline+ Black Beauty Fest

This Weekend I got the opportunity to attend the Black Beauty Fest at Victory Gardens Theater to celebrate Black History Month! It was a space for vendors, food, beauty and a special performance of The Black Monologues!

The Black Monologues are monologues about Black life and the perspective from a various group of black people and the struggles they have endured.

20190209_161729.jpg

The Black Beauty Fest portion featured vendors from all over that have a small business, guests were encouraged to shop and mingle with each other while celebrating Black Beauty!

20190209_163323.jpg
Vegan Wine from Sip and Share Winery!
20190209_164835
Products from Eden Body Works!

20190209_171037

20190209_165905

20190209_171037

20190209_173441.jpg
Rashaunah, the founder of Chi-Town Naturals and I

After the day’s events, I was able to attend the show Pipeline written by Dominique Morisseau. The play depicts the story of a mom who is trying to take the best care of her son while being a single mom. It touches on how stress can take a toll on you and how complex co-parenting can be when the issues have never been dealt with. It also discusses how each parent’s issues cause trauma on the child and it never gets dealt with until something bad happens. great cast and great story!

20190209_191852
The playbill from Pipeline!

If you are in Chicago check out Pipeline, which is at VGT until March! Thank you to VGT and Black Bloggers Chicago for the opportunity!

Black Blogger Chicago Creator Danielle and I

Do you love theater? If so, tell me your favorite shows!

XOXO, Arella

The Review: Monette Naturals

Hey guys! I was so excited when Monette Naturals gifted me some of their purse size body butter!  Of Course, I picked my favorite scent: COCONUT!! (They have other scents if you aren’t Coconut obsessed like me!)They are not only great for my sensitive skin but also good for the current harsh Chicago winters!

dsc_8106

I also love how small they are and that they can fit into your bag or purse so easily!

dsc_8065

The formula is made with simple ingredients and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling! Don’t you hate when moisturizers are too heavy on your skin? UGH, so annoying!

dsc_8039

So glad that this keeps me moisturized and glistening! I have no time to be Ashy! lol

dsc_7974dsc_7957

Make sure you all check out the other goodies they have at Monette Naturals and let me know when you grab something!

XOXO, Arella 

Connect with Monette Naturals on all Social media platforms!

Instagram

Facebook

 

The Recap: Currency of Confidence Podcast Taping

Have you ever wondered why people who are successful have confidence around themselves? It’s because they have figured “IT” out. Not the “IT” of getting rich quick or scheming but how to successfully grow their business and also confidently manage all the aspects, number one would be currency, that money, those coins.

CC

Lawyer bae, Ashley Nicole is letting everyone in on the gems she learned to help her grow her business,  Mobile General Counsel and lead others the information she has to help you not only manage the business side of creating a business but also being confident in who you are as a person. I had to opportunity to attend the live taping of Ashley Nicole’s podcast and I left with gems for days!
Let’s get into them!

20190119_154505
Ashley talking to her parents about how to raise confident Children!
  1. Being there for your children and showing them confidence allows them to understand how much they are worth. (These Gems came from Ashley Nicole’s parents who talked in depth about how confidence plays a big part in raising confident children)

    20190119_163616
    The beautiful clothing from one of the vendors! House of Divahs!

2.  Check up on yourself and take care of your mental health! Let’s keep tabs on our mental health concerns and address them.  It’s okay sis, you have to take care of you FIRST.

20190119_163857
Pretty and Bossed shirt from the Pretty and Bossed Brand! LOOOVed this!

default

3. Setting Goals and making plans help your business run smoothly which in turn make you confident in your business and hitting each goal you set! This gem was given from Kim Lewis who is the founder of a brand called, Curl Mix! Her story was so amazing!

img_5745
Myself and the lady of the Hour, Ashley Kirkwood, ESQ.

4.  Charmaine J, for Black Ink Chicago, discussed how confidence and honesty plays a huge role in maintaining her relationship with her boyfriend despite all the pressures and criticisms of being on Reality Tv!

20190119_164205
PaigesQuinn, unique art!

Ashley gave us information to move forward with and also left us with things to do to complete our “WORK”. In addition, Ashley is also available to help with legal advice, trademark questions etc! When you get a chance check out her Podcast for all of this and more!

Connect with Ashley Here:

IG

Podcast

How are you working on your confidence in your life/ work this year? Let’s chat about it!

XOXO, Arella

More Life: Travel & Adventure Show 2019

One of my favorite times of the year has passed and that is Travel Show time! yay! Last year I had so much fun and learned a whole lot about  travel plans, destinations and travel tips and this year I learned even more!

I got to meet Angel from Angel’s Travel Lounge    who I talked to about my over packers syndrome here!  There he gave more great tips on packing, travel tech and how to make the most of your trips!

20190112_133039
Learning about the different parts and sights of Africa!

This year a couple places caught my eye! Palm Springs California stood out to me because of the beauty and Arizona also stood out as well!

20190112_130805
Angel and I 

If you’ve never been to to a Travel & Adventure Show please check it out in your city! Here is the schedule for the rest of the year! If you plan on going to the show, let me know!

20190112_104315.jpg
Some Amazing Goat cheese and Jam from Arizona!
20190112_130841
My mom asking a few questions to Angel after his seminar!
20190112_134953
Enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the exciting culture!
20190112_114014.jpg
Along with the Camel this is my favorite interactive part of the show, A live Scuba tank, where you can learn on the spot! Go Dive!

I’m so excited to budget in my travel this year and looking forward to exploring more travel destination  and going to this show helped me plan it out!

Are you setting aside a budget and time to travel this year? If so where?

XOXO,Arella 

 

Traveling Fashionista

As a travel AND fashion lover, it’s really hard for me to not want to take everything in my closet with me wherever I go. I suffer from overpacking syndrome really bad. Shoes are particularly hard for me to pack!   I usually never use all that I pack and have to lug a heavy AF suitcase back home. This is frustrating, to say the least, but I always feel better overpacking than underpacking right?  ( I know I am not alone in this)

assorted-blurred-background-boutique-994523

Needing some guidance I spoke with Travel expert, Angel Castellanos from Angel’s Travel Lounge. He has traveled to the most beautiful places in the world and has mastered the art of traveling smart, making the most of each travel adventure and how to pack like a pro.

TAS

As I gear up for the Chicago stop of the Travel and Adventure show I am looking forward to learning all I can this go round about how to make my 2019 travels that much better.  To see how much fun I had last year look here!  Angel gave me some top-notch tips that will help me live my best travel life!

bag-fanny-pack-fashion-1200373

Tip #1 Packing light doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fashion.  (As you pack you don’t have to take your whole closet but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look fly! Carefully plan the outfits )

Tip #2 Flexibility and versatility are keys to proper packing. ( Depending on your trip you have to pack clothing that matches your trip, being versatile provides more options for successful looks.)

This is just a SMALL portion of what Angel will discuss in person but for reference, you can also check out his great article about packing! (Don’t say I never gave you anything)  check out Angel’s talk at the Travel Adventure show as it stops into Chicago this weekend, January 12th and 13th.

Because I love you all so much I have a code for you to purchase tickets with! (Save thy coins)  Code: CHIPR19 will save you $$$. tickets! 

architecture-art-business-191429

Where are you traveling this year? I wanna know! 

XOXO, Arella

 

The Next:Chicago Talent Season 2

When executive producer, Calynn M. Lawrence reached out to me and asked me to be a part of Season 2 of Chicago Talent I was totally excited. I was excited because it always amazes me when people find me on Instagram! I know its a great tool to market yourself and your brand but it always blows my mind when it actually serves its purpose! 

Chicago Talent2

Chicago Talent isn’t a typical reality show, Chicago Talent is focused on the day to day hustle and bustle of rising creatives in Chicago! Events, projects, writings etc are all that Chicago Talent is all about, showcasing those who are on the come up and looking for that big break while still maintaining!46439127_772766239762365_923308275175260160_n Showing exclusively on Facebook, Here. You can get to know the cast and crew and see what is next! I am so thankful for this opportunity and what is to come!

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to attend the premiere party please shoot me an email, arellaswan@gmail.com! 

XOXO, ARELLA