The Recap: African Festival of the Arts

Every year The African Festival of the arts puts on a amazing mix of fashion, food and live music during the weekend of Labor Day and it holds a special place in my heart as a summertime Chicago staple.

I go to find unique pieces for my closet and I love supporting the local artists from all over. Some of the best items to get at the fest, Art Work ( Mind Blowing) and Accessories ( I always grab earrings).

With foods from all over you can try lots of amazing traditional foods and also some cool new options. I’ve been going to the African Festival of the Arts for years and I always opt for trying something new, that didn’t change this year.

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My Girl Cherita from Beauty Marked Vintage enjoyed the #AFAchi30
Vegan “shrmp”from good2go

Along with seeing the culture, seeing the look and enjoying the #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy energy you can always count on a dope musical lineup.

After the show I can’t stop playing his new song BGM ( Black Girl Magic)

This year had headliners Wale and Rotimi (If you follow my Instagram you know Rotimi and I go together. Just Kidding.ūü§™

Connect with The African Festival of the arts and head out next year!

Have you been?

XOXO, Arella

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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

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Youtuber MsVaughnTV and I (I just love her)
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The attention to detail was real real ,down to the table cloths! The Wine is a local brand , LCS
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Décor added such a glam touch to the ambience.
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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.

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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!

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Vegan Wine from Sip and Share Winery!
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Products from Eden Body Works!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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)

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    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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Some Amazing Goat cheese and Jam from Arizona!
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My mom asking a few questions to Angel after his seminar!
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Enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the exciting culture!
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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)

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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Where are you traveling this year? I wanna know! 

XOXO, Arella