The Recap: House of Beetle Pop Up Bar

Last week I was invited to the opening night of the House of Beetle Pop-up bar located at Bassline in Chicago.

The popup bar is inspired by the Tim Burton classic movie, Beetlejuice and features a interactive experience with remnants of the movie all over the venue!

Carefully curated cocktails and food were served and movie characters were roaming around taking photos with guests. I met BeetleJuice YA’LL.

I don’t do “Scary” stuff so this was just the right amount of scary for me. Fun fact: When I went to Disneyworld as a kid I always went to the BeetleJuice Graveyard review event. ūüėā it has since closed but it was very popular back in the day.

I enjoyed the whole ambiance of the popup and to top it all off my favorite cupcake truck, A Sweets Girl has exclusive cupcakes available for purchase outside of the bar that are all themed.

Did you like the movie Beetlejuice? If your in Chicago you gotta go and check it out!

Tickets can be purchased here and It is selling out so fast!

XOXO,Arella

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: 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

The Recap: Chicago Ideas Week

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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

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

The Recap: 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

 

The Recap: 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!)