Chicago Ideas Week: The recap

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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
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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 

 

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

 

 

Learn & Grow

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.

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 )thumbnail (2)

The summit was excellent! SO many fashion savvy,business-minded women who either own businesses or want to and I learned SO MUCH.

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 atlasRonne Brown discussed how she turned teen motherhood into a learning and growing experience that fueled her entrepreneur spirit and her millionaire status.

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)

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Kim and I!

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS:

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.

Fashion Note: the dress I wore to the summit is a dress from Zara (Comfy, Comfy and comes in Black!) and shoes from Zara as well!

Have you been to Detroit? Tell me your fave places?

XOXO, Arella