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

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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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!)

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I got a chance to collaborate with my favorite activewear brand, One Love One Tribe again and of course, the pictures came out amazing! I’m so thankful I was able to work with One Love again!

All items are sustainable, reversible, UV Protective and made out of recycled water bottles! How cool is that?

For a limited time use the code: Happy New Year to save some money on your purchase. Check out the pictures from the shoot below and see what my favorite items are from the collection!

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Arella’s Picks:

Microfiber leggings

These leggings are comfy, easy to wash and they are high waisted! 

Hamptons Print Pieces 

This new print is featured in the pictures above and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw them! 

Off The Shoulder Top

This top is super cute for going to gym or out to run errands, adds a sexy element to your daily look! 

Graffiti Sports Bra 

Comment, which looks you liked the best and let me know below!