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

 

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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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!)

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

City Sparkle

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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Photo by Jeff of PhotoshelterHawaii

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 the gym or out to run errands, adds a sexy element to your daily look! 

Graffiti Sports Bra 

XOXO, Arella 

 

Review:Aire Ancient Baths

For my best friend Amber’s birthday, she wanted to go to the newly opened Aire Ancient Bath house located in the River West Area here in Chicago. If you are getting an Uber or Lyft there, it will not be recognizable from the building because it’s very hidden.

There are only two in the U.S and the second one is in New York, and it is everything you’ve ever wanted in a Spa experience!

 

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Look at that Airey glow we have after our 1-hour Thermal bath and 1-hour massage!

The Atmosphere is very mellow and relaxing, low light, candles and very tranquil throughout the whole experience. All of your items are locked away in lockers and silence is something that you practice throughout your stay. In our experience, we got 1-hour thermal bath time and a 1-hour massage.

You have a choice between an array of pools, steam room, and salt exfoliation to pass the time throughout the hour time slot. Use this time wisely because it will go so fast and you will want more time. Next up was our hourlong massage and it was absolutely fantastic!

 

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Some Decor from Aire, exposed brick, mirrors very zen!

 

After the massage was over, we had a little bit more time to enjoy the thermal bath and literally after this day I felt that I could conquer any life obstacle. I plan to try and get to this place at least a couple times a year because it really was everything and then some!

 

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After our experience, you can’t take pictures inside the bath area.

 

My tips before you go:

Arrive 30 mins before the appointment, to fill out paperwork, time to change and to drink complimentary water or tea.

Bring swimwear and any personal care items.

Be prepared to disconnect, your phones, watches, etc. will be locked away in your locker.

Practice Silence: While you can talk a little bit it’s not really allowed as the point is to meditate and relax.

Experience everything Aire has to offer because you will not be disappointed!

 

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Signage in front of Aire!

 

Highly recommend this experience for anyone looking to relax and recover from hectic day to day routines!  If you decided to go let them know you heard about this experience from SweetHeartSwan!