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Kickin’ It: 2015 #NOLACrawl Style Suite Presented by Dove

nolacrawl-style-suite-2015It seems surreal that just 3 days ago I co-hosted the second annual #NOLACrawl Style Suite and that what was just a small, organic way for a handful of bloggers to come together has slowly morphed into an epic annual event during Essence Festival. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to co-host this event with a presenting sponsor like Dove.


Most of my personal friends, family members and readers (you guys) swear by Dove products. I have been using their trusted body products for as long as I can remember and it comes at no surprise that when they decided to launch a product line for curly girls like us that they did so with a purposeful and meaningful campaign.


The #LoveYourCurls campaign has to be one of my favorites to date because not only did Dove create a line for curls but they did it in a way that celebrates and empowers women who historically have not felt their hair was beautiful.

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Kickin’ It: The Cut Life LIVE NOLA


During our annual #NOLACrawl we had quite a few events to attend this year for Essence Fest. We always fill up our schedules with the cool girl events that are must-do and must-see in the city during 4th of July weekend. So when we got an invitation to attend The Cut Life‘s two-year anniversary shindig at Studio504 in New Orleans, we went on over to celebrate with the co-founders and to sip cocktails and chat it up with fellow guests.

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You’re Invited! #NOLACrawl Style Suite Presented By Dove

NEW-NOLACrawl-2015_Event-FlyerI am SO excited to announce that the girls and I are back for yet another #NOLACrawl Style Suite down in New Orleans this weekend during Essence Fest! The first time we did it in 2014 it was a huge success and we are SO excited to be back at it again, even bigger and better than last year. Here’s why you should stop by our event if you’re in NOLA on 4th of July:

Dove is Presenting Sponsor


We are so amped to have beauty brand Dove as a presenting sponsor for our #NOLACrawl Style Suite this year. As a result, our guests will be treated to express dry styling services provided by Dove. They’ll be using their new Quench Absolute line to do touch-ups at their pop-up salon bar. They also plan to have a super fun photobooth set up to capture your looks post-styling too!


Super-star celeb stylist Cynthia Alvarez will also be at the event to meet & greet guests and give style consultations. It’s going to be pretty dope. Trust me, with celeb clients like Lady Gaga and Keke Palmer, Cynthia knows what she’s doing.

Our Co-Hosts Are Fly


IMG_1792I mean what more could you want! Me, Jessica, Lexi, Taren and Kim. All different but all so spectacular! Anything you want to know about style whether it’s how to style your curls, how to dress for your curves or which whip you should buy this year, we’ve got you covered!



Ok if this doesn’t get you to RSVP, I’m not sure what will. Free cocktails, free light bites, free goodie bags and free dry styling. This is the star treatment, seriously.

Are you planning to be in New Orleans this weekend? What are you waiting for?

RSVP HERE for Complimentary Entry

Prepping My Hair for #NOLACrawl With Dove Quench Absolute


The last thing I want to worry about when I’m headed on a business-meets-fun trip like heading to New Orleans for #NOLACrawl is what my curls are going to be doing in humidity. I know I’m not the only one who’s lacked curl confidence from time to time so it’s really important when you travel to arm your hair with the right foundation so that you can rest assured.


Before heading to New Orleans for Essence Fest, I prepped my curls using the Dove Quench Absolute collection. I used the Shampoo + Conditioner to cleanse and soften my curls before braiding it under my extensions for the weekend. The two work really well together and left my hair feeling clean but not stripped.

After using the shampoo and conditioner, I prepped my towel-dried hair with the Quench Absolute Serum which I absolutely LOVE. The serum is one of my favorite products in the line. It smells SO good and fills my dry curls with so much moisture.


After prepping my hair, I braided part of it and left a small portion of it out in the front before adding in extensions from Vixxenn Hair. I tried their newest collection – the Indian Curly collection to give myself a full and voluminous hair look for the weekend. The hair is also really light and soft with absolutely no shedding, which was awesome.


The great thing about the serum too is that it works well on my natural curls as well as on my extensions. I always look for products than serve double duty with my protective style.


Though the weekend was hot and humid and full of activity, I’m glad I was able to take some time to give my hair a little much-needed TLC. I went from having full on frizzy fro to more defined curls throughout the weekend with use of the products.

How do you guys prep your hair for summer trips? What types of products help you?

Kickin’ It: EDEN BodyWorks Celebrate My Beauty Event

eden-bodyworks-celebrate-my-beautyThis past weekend I announced that one of our main #NOLACrawl stops during Essence Fest would be the Eden Bodyworks “Celebrate My Beauty” event. In addition to running a really cool giveaway featuring the Coconut Shea Collection HERE, the girls and I made a special appearance at their New Orleans event at the W Hotel which was chock full of exciting beauty stations and activities.


As the event was about celebrating our beauty, each corner of the room had activities that focus on beauty from the inside out. There were makeup demos being done by makeup artists on-site.


The suite featured fun manicures and hand massages, as well as back massage stations.


And for beauty on the inside, there were green smoothies being mixed up with all fresh and natural ingredients.


So delicious and a really nice touch considering Eden Bodyworks products are made from all-natural ingredients as well.


All of the Eden Bodyworks collections were on display and actually free for the taking, including their Peppermint Tea Tree collection, the Jojoba Monoi collection and the Coconut Shea collection.


Every guest walked home with free products to try out at home.


Of course the girls and I took pics in the fun Eden Bodyworks photobooth.


It was such a fun & exciting event and a great way to kick off their “Celebrate My Beauty” nationwide tour.

Atlanta-based beauties, if you’re free on Thursday, July 10th from 6pm – 8pm you should definitely check out the Eden Bodyworks “Celebrate My Beauty” event in Atlanta at the W Hotel!

RSVP HEREhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/eden-bodyworks-presents-celebrate-my-beauty-in-atlanta-tickets-12028638983

This post was sponsored by Eden Bodyworks. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.

My Experience With Ford at the 2014 Essence Festival

ford-lovebrownsugar-essence-festivalSo this past weekend, I filled you guys in on all the exciting things Ford had in store at the 2014 Essence Festival. As the title sponsor of our #NOLACrawl and our Style Suite event, we spent the good part of our Essence Fest weekend experiencing all the brand had to offer whether it was at the Convention Center, the Mainstage or elsewhere. I had an incredible time as a guest of Ford this weekend. Check out all I got into:

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The 2014 #NOLACrawl Style Suite Presented by Ford


This past weekend in New Orleans, Essence Fest had it’s fair share of exciting highlights. The biggest highlight of them all, of course, was the #NOLACrawl Style Suite I co-hosted with fellow bloggers Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls and Sekou Writes of SimplyRides.com.

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Presented by Ford and sponsored by Beautiful Textures, the Style Suite was an exciting daytime suite complete with complimentary cocktails, light bites, mini manicures courtesy OPI, product giveaways by Beautiful Textures and Indique Hair, an interactive photobooth, a live DJ set and more! VIP gift bags also included products from OPI, Curls, U by Kotex, and Red Bull.


First let me say that planning this exclusive Style Suite was no easy feat. Myself and the co-hosts of #NOLACrawl wanted the event to be a full-on celebration, we wanted it to be completely FREE for all of our invited guests, intimate and TONS of fun.

nolacrawl-style-suite-cohostsMission accomplished. Everyone who attended had a great time celebrating our second annual #NOLACrawl in style.

angela-simmons-cohostsWe had a celebrity guest appearance by stylish correspondent and entrepreneur Angela Simmons who looked amazing.

christina-brown-deena-campbell-jessica-andrewsHair & Beauty Editor Deena Campbell from Essence.com stopped in to say hello!

nolacrawl-claire-fashion-bomb-dailyFashion blogger Claire of TheFashionBomb popped in to kiki with us.

carmen-blakely-tasha-burton-nolacrawlCarmen of Lipstick Fashion Mascara, Tasha Burton of Belle Butters

kela-walker-tiffany-gaitlin-christen-rochonTiffany of Tastemakers Magazine, Kela of Kela’s Kloset and Christen of  Divas and Dorks were there.

reiko-gods-fave-shoesI also finally got to meet Reiko of God’s Favorite Shoes who I’ve been following for a while. Love her!


We posed and did kissy faces in the photobooth. Who doesn’t love a great photobooth?

winners-nolacrawlAnd, best of all, we gave away exclusive gifts courtesy Beautiful Textures (6-month’s supplies of products) and Indique Hair (4 bundles of hair).

A great time it was. I can’t wait for next year’s Essence Fest and NOLACrawl. New Orleans is a beautiful city and the festival is one of the best places to meet new faces and interact with people from all walks of life.

Thank you to EVERYONE who supported the brand this year and who followed along on our #NOLACrawl. You guys are the best. ‘Til next year!

Essence Music Festival Ford Test Drive + #NOLACrawl Ticket Giveaway

Happy Independence Day folks! Here in New Orleans, the day is just getting started and the girls and I are gearing up for our first day of activities for #NOLACrawl. The first stop today is the Convention Center for a fun test drive of Ford models at their booth.

This weekend, Ford has a ton of fun activities planned throughout the Essence Music Festival. On top of being the presenting sponsor for our #NOLACrawl Style Suite taking place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on this Saturday (RSVP HERE), here’s a list of everything I’m looking forward to with Ford this weekend:

Celebrity Sightings with SIRIUS at the Ford Booth


Sirius will be broadcasting live from the Ford booth at the Convention Center this entire weekend. Stop in to spot some of your fave celebs from Ledisi (2PM on Friday) to Tamar Braxton (3PM on Saturday) and Elle Varner (3:40PM on Saturday).

Go PINK with Ford & Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Awareness

ford-warriors-in-pink-1024x660Ford is celebrating 20 years of support for breast cancer awareness with their “Warriors in Pink” initiative which has raised over $15 million dollars towards breast cancer awareness to date. On Friday’ the Ford booth at the convention center will go “pink” to support the cause. For each of the first 250 guests to test drive a Ford model, the Warriors in Pink will donate $20 towards the Young Survivor’s Coalition. Such a great cause!

#NOLACrawl Essence Concert Ticket Giveaway

front three-quarter, staticIf all of the above doesn’t get you hype about test driving a car at the Ford booth, I’m sure this will do the trick. The girls and I have teamed up for #NOLACrawl to award one of you here in New Orleans with FREE tickets to Essence Fest on Friday night. It’s really simple – just head to the Ford booth sometime on Friday between 11AM and 3PM and snap a pic test-driving a Ford model using the hashtags #FordUp and #NOLACrawl.

One winner will be announced at 4PM and will be given a set of tickets for the concerts. Don’t miss out!

Also, we’ll be at the Ford booth today (Friday) from 11AM to 12PM so make sure to stop by and say “hey”!

My First Essence Fest w/Sevyn Streeter

sevyn-streeterLast February I had the honor of attending the Essence Black Women in Music event and I met Sevyn for the first time on the red carpet. I thought she was so sweet and stylish. I posted about it HERE. Well Sevyn has teamed up with Ford and Essence.com to document her very first trip to Essence Festival. Everyone remembers their first Essence Festival. Follow along with Sevyn’s adventures with Ford at Essence.com HERE.

Ford Mustang 2015 Giveaway

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On Sunday at the Essence Festival Mainstage, Ford will be giving away the keys to a brand spankin’ new 2015 Ford Mustang! Four lucky winners will have the opportunity to walk away with the iconic luxury car, which is actually celebrating it’s 50th year as a Ford model. Stop by the Ford booth at the Cinvention Center for more information!

There are so many things to do this weekend at Essence Fest. Make sure to stop by the Ford booth and follow all the fun using the #FordUp hashtag. Tell ’email LoveBrownSugar sent you!

This post was sponsored by Ford Motor Company. Opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.

Join Us in New Orleans For #NOLACrawl 2014!


I am SO excited to announce that the girls and I are back at it again for yet another #NOLACrawl. This is our second time taking New Orleans by storm for the Essence Music Festival and I can’t wait to cut up! If you’re planning on being in New Orleans this weekend, join myself, Jessica Andrews of Glamazons Blog and Lexi Felder of LexiWithTheCurls for a fun weekend of event-hopping, concerts, scavenger hunts and more! I hope that you join us! And if you’re not going to be in New Orleans, just follow along with our adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using the hashtag #NOLACrawl. Check out all we’re planning to get into this weekend:

Friday, July 4th – 11:00 AM

FORD Test Driving & Ticket Giveaway

front three-quarter, staticWe’re spending a good portion of our weekend with Ford – test driving the sexy new Ford Mustang, partying at the Superdome in the Ford Superlounge and much MORE! We want you guys to join in on the fun with us if you’re in New Orleans. Head to the Convention Center on Friday between 11:00AM and 3PM and take a picture test driving the Ford Mustang. Once you do, post a picture to Instagram and use the hashtags #FordUp and #NOLACrawl to be entered to win FREE tickets to the Essence Music Festival concerts on Friday night! Winner will be announced at 4PM EST and will have to meet us in the French Quarter to pick up their tickets. We’ll be at the Convention Center from 11:00am – 12:00pm doing our own test drives so make sure you stop by and say “hey girl hey!”

Friday, July 4th – 3:00 PM

EDEN Bodyworks #CelebrateMyBeauty Event

PrintWe are so excited to sip cocktails and chat about all things beauty with EDEN Bodyworks on Friday afternoon. Their “Celebrate My Beauty” event, hosted by Francheska Medina of Hey Fran Hey and Jasmine Lawrence (founder of EDEN Bodyworks) is all about their commitment to beauty from the inside out. The event will feature live hair demos using their newly launched Coconut Shea collection, product sampling, mini manicures, makeovers, and so much more! We plan on stopping by and so should you!

RSVP herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/eden-bodyworks-presents-celebrate-my-beauty-in-new-orleans-tickets-6180109875

Make sure to use the hashtag #CelebrateMyBeauty to see everything about the event in real time!

Saturday, July 5th – 12:00PM

Come one, come all! We are SO stoked to announce that the bloggers of #NOLACrawl are hosting our first ever Style Suite. Taking place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA) – we will be partying it up in style and going further with FORD. Mini manicures featuring the Ford x OPI collection will be taking place, light bites and cocktails will be served, and there will be major giveaways by our beauty sponsor Beautiful Textures! Did I also mention that the first 150 guests get an exclusive VIP gift bag? Our lovely gift bags are being sponsored by CURLS, U by Kotex and OPI (so dope!) See below for deets:

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CLICK HERE TO RSVP for the #NOLACrawl Style Suite! Space is limited so get there early and tell a friend!

This post was sponsored in part by Ford Motors, Beautiful Textures and Eden Bodyworks. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.