Trips to Los Angeles always throw off my sleep schedule. When I got home from LA I said “yay! I’m going to write all these blog posts and get stuff done!” And then I took an epic five hour nap. It was almost 2 am when I started this post and I’m so sluggish today. But it’s ALL WORTH IT. I’m here to tell you all about BET Awards weekend! I had so much fun with the folks from Cadillac, and I learned so much about this historic luxury car brand. I’m gonna do a FULL recap of the festivities in an upcoming post.

Two of the designers I featured in my What Should I Wear to the BET Awards post very generously reached out to me with the outfits I chose! And I am planning to work with the third designer soon as well. Now let me break down what I wore, since you beautiful bellas so kindly shared your opinions on what I should be rocking! Thank you for your guidance!

This is what I wore to the BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday.

Afrobella BET

While I was there I worked with two of my FAVORITE people in Los Angeles. My glam squad, if you will! This work of art hair is by Felicia M. Leatherwood, celebrity hairstylist, educator and creator of the Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop. My makeup is by the incredible Nicole Evans – if you need your makeup done in Los Angeles, look for her on Facebook or make an appointment, she works at the MAC counter in The Grove and is a BEAST with the brushes! And her presence is so calming. I LOVE working with these fabulous ladies!

I’m rocking the Hilary jumpsuit by Monif C and I absolutely LOVE it. I felt glamorous, sexy, confident, and comfortable! The ONLY downside is that which all jumpsuits have – the bathroom factor. Wearing a jumpsuit that zips up all the way in the back during a live televised program where one can’t leave whenever one would like was a challenge, but it was worth it. Cause I felt so FLY.

I accessorized with long chain Blu Bijoux earrings (they’re only $14!) and a Kanupriya necklace from Max & Chloe, big bangin statement necklace by Camille Peace of Peace Images,  and I got the bag on Etsy.


My nails are the new Ruffian Manicure nails by MAC. This was one of my first experiences with adhesive nails, and I think it was pretty good! I had excellent help from Nicole (she’s a GENIUS,  I tell you) and she buffed my nails to readiness and then used extra glue to reinforce the nails for the whole occasion. I got nothing but compliments ALL NIGHT LONG.

I wore the Nakimuli Sunlight to Water dress to the exclusive BET Awards PRE dinner, put on annually by Debra Lee. Who I met! She’s a lovely lady and she mentioned she’s interested in going natural. I’m here to help if you need me, Ms. Lee!

The BET pre awards dinner was held at Union Station, an unusual but amazingly lovely venue for such a star studded event.. I need to do a full recap of the event, and tell you all the behind the scenes awesomeness. For now, let me tell you about this DRESS. I LOVED wearing it.. So easy. So flowy. So classy. So appropriate. I stood out and looked different, but I fit in perfectly. I felt like an island mermaid princess. When I saw my friend, amazing actress Yvette Nicole Brown, she totally did the Wayne’s World “we’re not worthy” move to this dress. I was like yasssss!



I have a few more looks to share, but I’m saving one of the dresses for my next lookbook. So be patient with me!

So that’s the Nakimuli Sunlight to Water dress, and jewelry by Max and Chloe. These are the Andara peacock druzy earrings, and the Priveliged sliced purple agate necklace. My clutch was loaned to me by Felicia Leatherwood who always has my back with hair and more! And my shoes are from and they’re cute gold sandals with chain detail but the zipper broke when I was putting them on and like Sweet Brown said, ain’t nobody got time for that.

You can follow all of these generous folks on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the official list of awesome:

Cadillac, their Facebook and their Twitter.

Felicia Leatherwood, Loving Your Hair With Natural Care, her Facebook and her Twitter.

Nicole Evans, Facebook and Twitter.

Monif C Plus Sizes, Facebook and Twitter.

Peace images, Facebook and Twitter.

Max and Chloe, Facebook and Twitter.

Mac Cosmetics, Facebook and Twitter.

Nakimuli Inc, Facebook and Twitter.

So what do you think? Did I do the BET Awards justice?


felicia yvette says:
July 3, 2012, 4:00 pm
dailycurlz says:
July 3, 2012, 4:39 pm
love it...
Bee says:
July 3, 2012, 4:44 pm
Love both looks, but that dress is FIRE. LOL @ the jumpsuit issues...I have a few that are go-to outfits when I need a quick/cute/sexy look, but then I go to the bathroom and I cuss. LOL! Gorgeous all around!
Rita says:
July 3, 2012, 4:44 pm
YES! You looked so lovely both nights (makeup was crazy awesome!) but that dress, that dress, that dress! I am so in love with it. xo, Rita
Eve says:
July 3, 2012, 4:57 pm
Get 'em! Owwwwwww!
Rocquelle says:
July 3, 2012, 4:57 pm
Whitney says:
July 3, 2012, 4:59 pm
You look amazing, I love the pink & green.
bella says:
July 3, 2012, 5:38 pm
thank you!!!
Cosmolude says:
July 4, 2012, 1:07 am
You looked beautiful both nights. I thought the jumpsuit was a great choice to wear to the awards. Love the colors of the dress.
LaQueshia says:
July 4, 2012, 1:42 am
Everything looked truly amazing. I thought about you as I watched the show and was hoping you had a helluva time! It sure looks like you did. That Sunlight to Water dress is officially on my wish list. But you really rocked the Monif C jumpsuit as well! Look at me all excited like I was there! Lol glad you had such a great experience.
Marsha S. Haneiph says:
July 4, 2012, 7:47 am
Love love love the ensemble. You not only felt fly but looked it. Cheers!
bella says:
July 4, 2012, 9:34 am
Thanks Daily!!! <3
warrior11209 says:
July 4, 2012, 12:29 pm
You look beautiful in both outfits!!!! As usual your accessories were BANGIN'. I so need Felicia to do my hair and Nicole to do my makeup for those special nights out -lol
Michelle says:
July 4, 2012, 1:13 pm
I really love your accessories especially the clutch and nails. Everything looked awesome!
MsXpat says:
July 4, 2012, 4:03 pm
WOW, ur smokin'! You worked that jumpsuit and it looks even better on you than in pic. Great choice :0)
Phyrra says:
July 5, 2012, 2:02 am
I love that outfit on you and your hair looks awesome!
Christine says:
July 5, 2012, 5:08 pm
I love you in the jumpsuit, but that dress looks like it was designed for you! STUNNING. And then with the make up and the accessories? Knocked it out of the park!
Yolanda says:
July 6, 2012, 4:14 pm
You are an inspiration to us all, young, old, thin, curvy... Keep doin what'cha doin.. Blessings all day long, Yolanda
Dad and Mom says:
July 6, 2012, 6:06 pm
We love the ring (smile)Love always, M&D
Frugalflirtynfab says:
July 7, 2012, 5:51 am
You rocked both looks!!
Pets says:
July 9, 2012, 12:49 pm
Wowzza! Loving the outfits and the hair and the nails for the jumpsuit are rocking! Also would love to hear more about Cadillac.
Doctor Cris says:
July 10, 2012, 9:12 am
I love both of your choices. My favorite was the black jumpsuit with the statement necklaces---so beautiful. I also loved the color and fit of the PRE dinner outfit---the colors flatters your skin tone. You are such a deserving woman that I am glad you were pampered and glamed.
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