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

 

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

Dinner & Dreams: ORS Dinner Party celebrating Afrobella!

I had the honor of being invited to the 11th year anniversary dinner party for Beauty Blogger Afrobella!  The dinner party was sponsored by ORS  and put together by D.Williams PR! 

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The event was beyond Amazing, and I was just in awe that I was in the room. One of the highlights was Afrobella saying to me:

“You’re here because you belong in this room.” 

That meant so much because Afrobella has been beauty blogging for 11 years has done so much for the natural hair community and the beauty community.

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 The party took place at the beautiful  Blanc Gallery which made the perfect backdrop for this event. Throughout the night we shared our stories about who we are, prayed together and broke bread together.

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Artwork from Blanc Gallery!

 

I love networking with like-minded people who are all about uplifting and collaborating with one another.

 

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Look at all these goodies from the goodie bag! 

 

While Dinner was being served we had the pleasure of hearing artist Gifted Keys beautiful voice. We also got a first look at the new relaunch of the Olive Oil line and a goodie bag full of items to try out! I can’t wait to use them!

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Table setup!

All around excellent dinner, honoring a beautiful person, Afrobella! SO glad I was able to attend!

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What I Wore:

I took a summer dress and made it winter friendly by adding tights.(Life Hack)

Dress: My old online boutique ( I have a couple available for those interested)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson (LOOVEE HER BRAND)

Clutch: Vintage Zara

Earrings: Africain Festival vendor

 

 

San Juan,PR (reset&relax)

In May, I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico for my best friends 30th Birthday Trip! It was a great trip, and PR has such beautiful scenery food and culture!

 

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Group Picture! My Bestie is in the middle!

 

The Hotel we stayed at was fantastic. The rooms were clean and modern, and the view was breathtaking, the hotel staff was also so accommodating. (We changed rooms three times until we got a look we liked) Shoutout to the San Juan Marriott for the great stay and amicable staff!

 

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View from the Hotel!

 

I’ve decided that   PR was my newest obsession! The spices and flavor of all the food we had were very pleasing to my foodie taste buds.

 

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Monfongo and Veggies!

 

We also went to a cafe with a Chicago connection! It was called the Blessed cafe, and the owner’s son used to live in Chicago. His Mom was back in the kitchen cooking up the food. I had a tilapia sandwich which was surprisingly very good!

 

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This guy wanted to take my friends and me to Jamaica.*hence my weird face*

 

Overall I would come back to PR, especially since it’s only four hours on the plane! Grateful that I was able to even go on this trip! Such beauty.

Have you been? What are your favorite spots in PR?