The moment I walked in, I knew that I was going to have a great night! The warm and inviting decor andthe friendly staff set the vibe for a great evening atAltiro Latin Fusion newest location in Downtown Aurora!
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)
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)
Do you all see THIS spread! (SO GOOD)
This dish, the Ala Paella was top on my favorite dishes, so flavorful and had all of my favorite seafood with each bite!
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?!)
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?)
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 atAltiro Aurorafor their hospitality!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
I love networking with like-minded people who are all about uplifting and collaborating with one another.
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!
All around excellent dinner, honoring a beautiful person, Afrobella! SO glad I was able to attend!
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)
One of my goals for myself and Sweetheartswan was to learn more about blogging, business, and branding! So I looked up conferences that were closest to me in Chicago and stumbled upon The Fashion &Beauty Summit by Posh and Popular!
The summit was located in Detroit, MI which as you all know I just visited in April and to my surprise I had fun. So it’s safe to say I was excited to go back and explore a little bit more. I flew into Detroit on Friday, and the summit took place all day Saturday.
Of course, I ate good (Despite being on a diet plan) I still managed to keep up with my exercise routine while away.
I also got to explore the city a lot more than my last trip. Of course, I headed back to the place I loved dinner at last time, Central Kitchen+Bar. This time I had the Caesar salad with salmon…..AMAZING! Let’s get into this hotel!! I stayed at the Greektown hotel, and it was such a fantastic stay. I had the fitness room to myself (I mean who really works out on a mini vaca?) quiet floor and it was steps from dining and nightlife. Not to mention beautiful decor. Highly recommended.
Riverwalk near Windsor,Canada
Self Timers are lifesavers when you travel alone!
I got a chance to visit the Charles H.Wright Museum and it was everything, you all know I love enriching cultural experiences. I wanted to go to Kuzzo’s for breakfast the last time I visited but wasn’t able too so I was so excited to go and I was not disappointed. (I couldn’t get the red velvet waffles like I wanted but I still enjoyed my meal )
The summit was excellent! SO many fashion savvy,business-minded women who either own businesses or want to and I learned SO MUCH.
Lyndsay and I
Nichole and I
Ronne and I
I heard sessions with Ebony Swank, who talked about using what you have to start your business! Nichole Lynel discussed her rise to fame and success and how it all was taken away because the situation wasn’t right for HER. I also got the chance to meet Lyndsay Green who literally created her own brand and outlet for the beauty industry around the world through beauty atlas! Ronne Brown discussed how she turned teen motherhood into a learning and growing experience that fueled her entrepreneur spirit and her millionaire status.
Swag Bag goodies!
Also, I was also inspired by the creator of this whole event and blog Posh and Popular, Kim Dobine and her story about why she created the posh and popular brand and what she wanted to accomplish with it and how God helped her achieve it!
(Shoutout to God)
Trust your Journey
Listen to God
Take that risk and think smart
Overall great trip but an amazing day of learning, networking, and fashion and I’m blessed I was able to attend and will for sure be using everything I learned to further SweetHeartSwan, the brand.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?