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What To Do at Essence Festival 2016

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It’s that time of the year again! Essence Festival weekend is upon us and plenty of you brown beauties will be heading down to New Orleans for a fun-filled weekend of cajun food, NOLA street style snaps, good music and celebrity sightings.

 

 

NOLA is always an amazing time during 4th of July weekend. Though I won’t be at Essence Fest this year (this mompreneur needed a break to spend time with the mini me) there are TONS of really fun events taking place there and I want you to know all about them. See below for a list of What To Do at Essence Festival 2016 in New Orleans this weekend:

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Essence Beauty & Style Expo

Essence is hosting their very first Beauty & Style Expo at Essence Festival this year featuring some of your favorite influencers, celebs & more! Essence Beauty Box is the main sponsor and they have tons in store.

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Cost: FREE  | Schedule | Register: http://www.essence.com/festival/expo

Essence Day Parties w/ Everyday People

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Cost: $25-$75 | Info: http://www.essence.com/day-party-series

Bevel Lounge @ Ace Hotel

Bevel Lounge – an immersive, relaxed experience where you can try out the Bevel shave system and Bevel Trimmer. They will have a DJ, bar, and product giveaways. Guest appearances & meet CEO Tristan Walker.

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Time: 2-6 PM CT | Venue: The Music Room at The Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

NOLA Luxe Pop-Up Shop w/ Blogger Hosts

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Time: 12pm – 5pm | Cost: FREE w/ RSVP|  Location: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Cantu at Essence Fest

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The Cantu Crew of influencers will be in the building at the official Essence Festival Beauty & Style Expo. If you stop by, make sure you say hello! Cantu has such great products – I’m sure there will be free samples, tutorials & more!

Creme of Nature at Essence Fest

Creme of Nature has a great lineup of influencers hosting their booth at the Beauty & Style Expo. Check them out this weekend for giveaways, meet & greets & more!

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New Orleans Natural Hair Expo sponsored by EDEN BodyWorks

My baes Jessica Pettway, Romance of HeyCurlie and Yolanda Renee of EtcBlogMag are hosting the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo, sponsored by EDEN BodyWorks. Definitely check it out!

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Time: All Day Location: New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Cost: $25-$55 | Tickets: http://www.neworleansnaturalhairexpo.com/tickets/

Red Carpet Beauty Lounge w/ Design Essentials

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Chrisette Michelle will make a special appearance at the DESIGN ESSENTIALS Red Carpet Beauty Lounge
at the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo as well!

Notorious Kia at Sally Beauty

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Kia of Notorious Kia will be hosting two meet & greets at Sally Beauty on this Saturday. Stop by – totally free!

The Great Girlfriends at Essence Fest

Check out Great Girlfriends Sybil Amuti and Brandice Henderson-Daniel for their appearances! Love these girls.

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THE PERFORMANCES

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Don’t forget about the nightly performances at the Superdome! If you’re in town, you’ll want to get tickets for each night because this year’s lineup is ON POINT. My girl Jessica of HeyGorJess will be covering the nightly concerts for LoveBrownSugar.com so follow her on social media for live updates from the concerts!

Cost: $50-$2700 | Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Tickets | Artist Lineup

For those of you running around town having a blast at Essence, make sure you use hashtag #browngirlslove for a feature on the BrownGirlsLove Instagram page. We wanna see you!

So what are you planning this 4th of July weekend? Will you be at Essence Fest or home? Soundoff below!

 

LBS Chic: 3 Summer Trends I Love

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Summer came at us fast. It seems like just yesterday we were spring cleaning, and suddenly it’s time to break out the jean cutoffs and tanks! Well in anticipation for the drastic change, I partnered up with TheOutfit and JCPenney to offer you guys tips on rocking three summer trends that can seamlessly usher your wardrobe from spring to summer.

Check out a sneak peek below:

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Get details on my outfit plus more tips on summer trends over at TheOutfit.com.

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CLICK HERE for the article!

LBS Kickin’ It: Curl Fest 2016

This weekend, while Christina was at the LA installment of the #BrownGirlSLoveBrunch, I had the pleasure of attending the annual celebration of confidence, style, and self acceptance that is Curl Fest. Founded by Curly Girl Collective, Curl Fest is an amazing opportunity for the women of the natural hair community to connect with brands, local businesses, and each other at an amazingly over the top picnic in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Missed out? Check out the curls and street style that were on display below!

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LBS Opinion: Why I Support Black Girl Magic and #MobilizingColor

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In the face of a world that is quick to co-opt our style why shouldn’t women of color say to themselves and one another “I appreciate you”? Once referred to by Zora Neale Hurston as “the mule of the world” the expectation of the black woman to be perpetually courageous, solid and strong can be infuriating. But the celebration of the strength, stability, courageousness, and beauty of black women should inspire and not offend.

Much has been said about the phrase “black girl magic” – some of it whimsical, some of it trite, and some of it willfully ignorant, but none of it has struck me more than Linda Chaver’s scathing rejection of the term. Her description of it as “smothering, and stunting” and “restricting rather than freeing” totally missed the mark. While I respect Chaver’s experiences as a woman of color, her insinuation that the term deprived black women and girls of their humanity by drawing connections to police misconduct, violence, and depravity attempted to diminish a movement so large it spans economic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and educational levels. This phrase expresses a simple yet remarkable sentiment that is appreciated just as much by the nineteen year old single mother in Irvington, New Jersey as it is by the Ivy League graduate from P.G. County, Maryland. Black girls are magic not because the world does not see us as equal but because we sparkle in spite of it.

Read more about why I support black girl magic and movements like #mobilizingcolor below.

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You’re Invited: BrownGirlsLoveBrunch LA

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Brown Girls are taking over the world! From the Miss USA stage to the CDFA awards they’re speaking up, speaking out, and celebrating themselves and one another. Christina created the #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch tour to give brown girls a chance to connect with and learn from one another in a social setting. After a successful three city tour in 2015 Christina has continued her mission of encouraging and supporting her fellow entrepreneurs this year.

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This is cause that is close to her heart. After all according to Forbes brown girls are “three to five times more likely to start a business than their white counterparts” if we can do all that on our own one imagine what we can accomplish by working together!

Related: 3 Reasons to Join Us for #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch!

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The next stop on the tour is the city of angels. Los Angeles’s #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch will be held at the beautiful Le Petit Paris.

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Here attendees will receive an entree, bottomless mimosas, and a FREE swag bag full of fabulous goodies from our amazing sponsors.

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They will also participate in an intimate discussion about entrepreneurship, and brand management with Christina who will share her experiences on her seven year journey of converting LoveBrownSugar from a personal style blog into a thriving business.

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The #BrownGirlsLove community is all about women and girls of color coming together on and offline. So whether you want to learn more about building a personal brand or you’re just getting started with the process of figuring out to turn your passion into your profession come out and connect with us at the very first BrownGirlsLoveBrunch in LA!

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The Ultimate 2016 Swimwear Guide for Plus Sizes

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While the task of swimsuit shopping can be daunting for curvier women today it’s easier than it’s ever been. Retailers like Lane Bryant, Rue 21, and ASOS have discovered that women like style with their support and are serving up swimsuits that are both flattering and on trend for this summer season.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite  plus-size swimwear to help you take advantage of this year’s many choices. Check them out below! 

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LBS Concert Travel Guide: 10 Must-Pack Items You Probably Forgot to Grab

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Concert season is easily the most exciting time for music lovers (which is essentially everyone). It’s the perfect opportunity to road trip with friends and see all of your favorite artists in one place. Surely, it’s the atmosphere, the concertgoers and the memories you make during a string of 3-day weekends that make any summer one to mention. And this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ve skimmed over a few summer music festival packing lists and you have the basics down: Toothbrush, reservations, tickets, phone and cash in-hand. But here’s a concert travel guide with a few things that you’d want to be sure not forget:

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Tune In To See Me on The Today Show!

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 Hey guys! I’m really excited to share with you all that I’ll be featured on the TODAY Show this morning. As you might recall, I was part of StyleWatch Magazine’s May 2015 issue in a spread about swimsuits for every size. 10 of us bloggers were interviewed about our swimsuit struggles and then offered the opportunity to show you guys how we dress for our body types. Well, the Today Show has invited a few of us on the show to demonstrate how to dress with confidence during swimsuit season.

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I’m so excited to be featured on a national platform like this, especially in a way that I know will give women across the country confidence to strut their stuff this summer! I have to admit I’m a little nervous. This is NATIONAL television after all. And I’m going to be making my national debut in very minimal clothing. But it’s all good. I do it for the people.
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Hope you guys tune in this morning. Set your DVRs – I’ll be on during Kathie Lee & Hoda from 10am-
 11am. Feel free to hit me on social media if you spot me! I’m @LoveBrownSugar on every platform!

LBS Reads: Phylencia Taylor’s Evolving Beauty

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From the buying power of the natural hair movement to the rise of homegrown entrepreneurs and digital influencers everyone’s been buzzing about the business of beauty. Recently long time beauty executive Phylencia “PT” Taylor has added her expertise to the mix with the release of her debut book “Evolving Beauty-The Business of Beauty in A New Age”. Featuring a foreword by Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price this book provides readers with the tools to navigate a landscape that has undergone a tremendous transformation. Taylor was motivated by a desire to allow others to learn from and be empowered by her experiences and research. “Now that we’re in a new age of beauty” said Taylor “the thought is how do we make decisions that we need to make. A lot of chapters in the book give an underlay of core marketing and communications but they have a modern twist and a digital influence”.

Find more more about Taylor and her thoughts on Evolving Beauty below.

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