Welcome to Chicago, City Target!

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For months now I’ve been peeping in the windows and wondering what the new Target at the corner of State Street and Madison would be like. I’ve been living in Chicago for a mere three years and didn’t have the privilege of knowing and loving the legendary, historic Louis Sullivan designed Carson Pirie Scott building […]

Makeup Artist Maria Barreda On Making Your Makeup Last

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When I was headed to New Orleans, I knew I was traveling with a photographer (that’d be Chuck AKA @Chuckstr), I knew I’d be going to some high profile events (hello, Essence Music Fest!) and I’d be doing a photo shoot while in town (hello, Igigi). I also knew it would be like ninth circle […]

Afrobella’s Nothing But Hair Favorites Giveaway!

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Who’s ready for a giveaway? It’s been a minute, bellas! It’s summer in Chicago, it’s insanely hot, and between the extreme temperatures and all the travel, my hair has been going THROUGH it. I couldn’t wait to get back from New Orleans and my Essence Music Fest adventures, to wash the Nawlins heat and humidity […]

Igigi in New Orleans

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New Orleans is like no other city in the world. Steamy, sultry, decadent and delicious, you can feel the history of the city everywhere. It’s in the architecture, the streetcars, the famous food items everyone’s clamoring for. It’s a magical city. Right after Essence Festival weekend, we found some time to escape, explore, and do […]

What I Learned From a Man Named Wyatt and a Horse Named Elvis

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Sometimes it takes getting out of your comfort zone to remind you who you really are. Arizona is out of my comfort zone in general – it’s desert and mountains and terrain the likes of which you don’t see often if you’re from the Caribbean. It’s dry and hot and the air is thin. Hi, […]

Miraval Is My Happy Place

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Sometimes you need to get out of the rat race. Out of the hustle and bustle of your day to day. Out of the city, and into the great outdoors, to a place where you can breathe fresh air, appreciate nature, and reconnect with yourself. So often we need to have these kinds of experiences, […]

My Personal Highlights of the Essence Music Festival Weekend

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I promise you that this is my last Essence Music Festival recap for 2012. It was SUCH a big experience, I had to break it into three blog posts!  Like I told you, I had Nothing But FUN! There were SO many epic moments at EMF, photographer Chuck Olu-Alabi took more than 1500 photos. I […]