Macy’s is one of my favorite department stores and ever since I moved to America, I’ve been shopping there. Macy’s to me truly IS the quintessential American department store shopping experience – fun, clean, bright, on trend, glamorous and abundantly inspiring. When I lived in Miami, my Macy’s was in Dadeland Mall. Now that I live in Chicago, my Macy’s is the iconic Macy’s on State Street, the second largest department store in the world, a National Historic Landmark that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There’s something so cool about shopping in a department store that was built in 1892, knowing that the very spot where you stand is where people were, doing the same thing you’re doing, more than a century ago. I love bringing visitors to this particular Macy’s for this very reason — on the 7th floor there’s a historic display and one of the photos is of the hustle and bustle on the corner of State and Washington. Right where I’m standing in this photo, 100 years ago the street would’ve been jam packed with men in top hats, women in fine dresses and bustles, all going about their 100 year old business in the city of Chicago.

Right here.

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When Macy’s asked me to participate in their American Icons II campaign, I was blown away. I don’t even fully have words for how that made me feel. It is SUCH an honor to be chosen to participate in this campaign, and I really love that Macy’s chose someone like me to be a part of it. I’m proud to be black, to have natural hair, to be plus sized, and to be an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago who loves the life that I can honestly only live here in America. That is who I am. That’s as real as it gets.


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To me, America has been a place of self-discovery. I grew up thinking I had a limited choice, in terms of what I could be or do. I thought there were a series of boxes with round holes to fit into — lawyer, doctor, accountant, teacher — and here I was, a square peg with none of those skills. Living here showed me that my creativity had the potential to shine and that my creativity could indeed become my career. I learned that if I work hard enough, literally anything can happen.

So much is written about the American Dream, and often people question whether or not it’s still a thing that can come true. So many people I know have come here with that dream in mind, we apply, we study for the test, we pass and we become citizens in the hopes that the dream will exist for us. So I want to say that it the American Dream is real. And I’m doing my best to make it come true.


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What is my interpretation of Americana style? It’s effortless, it’s chic, it’s comfortable, it’s an expression of self. Macy’s has an amazing selection of plus size styles by designers that I LOVE — Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson — I’ve found SUCH gorgeous items in store and online. I can’t wait to show you my style picks!

Follow me on Instagram for SO much more #AmericanIcons looks. Until July 4, I’ll be showcasing my favorite #AmericanIcons looks shot at iconic, historic Chicago locations.

What am I wearing here? I figured what could be MORE Americana than jeans, a star-spangled sweater, and fresh new kicks by an American designer?

Long sleeved sequined star sweater by INC

Jeans by NYDJ (and they’re SO comfortable, I know I’ll be wearing them all summer long)

DOPE high top sneakers by Michael Kors. 

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Follow me on Instagram @Afrobella and follow the hashtag #AmericanIcons to see all of my looks until July 4!

You can follow Macy’s on Instagram and Twitter @Macys. Click here to check out MBlog and click here to learn more about Macy’s American Icons II campaign, and their awesome support of the Got Your 6 initiative for American veterans and their families.

ALL photos by the amazing Chuck Olu-Alabi — click here to follow him on Twitter and Instagram!

This post and my participation in Macy’s American Icons II campaign has been sponsored by Macy’s, but all opinions and experiences are my own. 


milaxx says:
May 16, 2014, 3:27 pm
Girl I want those kicks!
afrobella says:
May 16, 2014, 3:41 pm
they are SO fly and so comfortable AND they come in black!
ceecee says:
May 16, 2014, 3:55 pm
I hope you never get tired of hearing how cute and adorable you are bella!
Viola Nicholson says:
May 16, 2014, 6:01 pm
You Look Fab!! Way To Go!! Great Pics As Well!!
Tyshia says:
May 16, 2014, 6:47 pm
Loved this! Those sneakers are cuute!
Iluvmynaturalbeauty says:
May 16, 2014, 8:25 pm
I am a fan of those Michael Kor Kicks. Those are definitely a must have. Check out my site for Natural Hair Apparel & Accessories
pets says:
May 17, 2014, 8:17 pm
Macys is part of the international lexicon and also an international icon. I believe Afrobella is an international icon and may one day become part of the international lexicon. Liked reading about the past of Macy but also interested in its present and its future. Congrats to both of you!
Afrobella says:
May 17, 2014, 11:03 pm
you're making me blush over here! :D
Afrobella says:
May 17, 2014, 11:04 pm
Thank you Viola, you're such a good friend! <3
Afrobella says:
May 17, 2014, 11:05 pm
I love them, Michael Kors has a ton of super chic sneaks!
Afrobella says:
May 17, 2014, 11:05 pm
thanks for the comment and the support!
Afrobella says:
May 17, 2014, 11:05 pm
thank you Petal, love you!!
Michelle Kimble says:
June 1, 2014, 10:57 pm
Love love love Macys, I now live in australia & miss Macys so much they have a great variety of make up & skincare (as well as clothes for that matter)! says:
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