Iman! Gabrielle! Bethann! And…Me? My Essence Upfront Panel Experience

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  I’ve said this quite a bit when asked about what it’s like to be who I am and do what I do – my job is an ever evolving, always exciting exercise in perpetually rising to the occasion. That’s the most appropriate explanation for last Thursday’s experience. I was flown to New York City, […]

Join Me As I Co-Host The Happy Black Woman Chicago Happy Hour!

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  My bellas in Chicago – you may have noticed that I don’t host many events. I also don’t go to many events. I tend to be kind of a homebody, when I’m home. But next Tuesday I’m participating in something truly special and unique – and I’d love you to come and join me! […]

7 Things I’ve Learned In 7 Years of Blogging

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Seven years ago this week, I did something whimsical. After an evening of casual brainstorming, with the encouragement and advice of my husband and a dear friend, I bought a domain name and started this blog. I didn’t go into it thinking “OMG I’m going to create a brand and quit my day job and […]

Watch Me WERQUE In the #WCSoiree Chicagonista Fashion Show Today!

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I wish that there was a time machine. Or that the Time Phone that was invented in that one South Park episode was somehow real. I wish there was someway for me to tell my 15-year-old self about all the stuff that I was getting up to this week, because she absolutely would freak out […]

Chicago Favorites – Where To Eat, Drink and Visit In the Windy City

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It’s July, which means it’s tourist season here in Chicago. This is the time of year that our apartment sees the most action. The weather is sizzling hot and every weekend there’s a festival or some big summer event that brings the masses to the city. Summertime Chi! I love it, and it’s one of […]

Experiencing A Different Side of Vegas. Inside The MLife Experience

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  I’ll admit it, I had a pre-existing prejudice against Las Vegas. It was cemented by the reputation the city had built for itself, branding itself as a perpetual bachelor party that catered to those interested in gambling and indulging in extreme, excessive inebriation. A place for people with something to escape and something to […]

My Summer Of Gatsby Chicago Event!

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From the moment I saw the trailer for The Great Gatsby, I was dazzled. I said to my husband, “I HAVE to see this.” I couldn’t possibly have guessed that when the time came to have the special screening in Chicago, I’d be asked to be a special co-host for a screening and afterparty at […]