The Recap: Altiro Latin Fusion

The moment I walked in, I knew that I was going to have a great night! The warm and inviting decor and the friendly staff set the vibe for a great evening at Altiro Latin Fusion newest location in Downtown Aurora!

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I was so ready to dig into this Ala papa Brava + Ala Pina drink! ( this drink had a spicy +sweet flavor which was super yummy)

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My server, Jessica was amazing at recommending all the favorites and must haves! Food is Tapas style and great for sharing! (perfect for date nights or A girl’s night out)

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Do you all see THIS spread! (SO GOOD)

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This dish, the Ala Paella was top on my favorite dishes, so flavorful and had all of my favorite seafood with each bite!

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The owners are Erika and Roberto who are husband and wife dream team and every bit of #goals! Roberto is the executive chef and Erika is behind the beautiful decor throughout the restaurant! (can you say Power Couple?!)

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And of course I couldn’t leave without dessert and it was plantains with a chocolate sauce and sprinkles!! ( I love sprinkles,how did they know?)

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If you are coming to Downtown Aurora make sure you check out Altiro Latin Fusion’s newest location!

Tell them I sent you when you go! Thank you so much to everyone at Altiro Aurora for their hospitality!

I will be back very soon!

All photos by: Amy Nelson Photography

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

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 

 

The Recap: 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