Sunday, October 28, 2012

Curly Nikki Chicago Meet-Up

It Girl Fam,

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending a CurlyNikki Meet-Up at Japonais Restaurant and Lounge in Chicago.  If you are a woman of color with natural hair or are transitioning, then you probably already know that Curly Nikki is a beautiful blogger that promotes natural hair and provides practical advice on how to maintain it. 

I could barely get into the foyer because it was so packed with local hair-nistas from relaxed to natural and everything in between.  Once inside, I was immediately greeted with passed horderves. The timing was perfect, because I walked in there a little hungry. ☺

I was delayed and missed the formal presentation from Curly Nikki but I did secure a gift bag with Motions new line of natural hair products appropriately named NaturallyYou! and a package of Strawllers.  As a community, we have a healthy appetite for credible and practical information as well as products that actually work for our hair.  This Motions sponsored event answered all of the above. 

One of my blog subscribers will be chosen to win my new box of Strawllers.  For very obvious reasons, I cannot use them but I’m happy to re-gift it.  If you’re interested in being chosen, you must SUBSCRIBE by EMAIL (top/right of this page) no later than midnight on November 1, 2012, have a US mailing address, AND comment on this blog post about your natural hair experience.

Below are the pix from the event.


(Why am I cheesing so hard...hmmm...)

Marc Wells, Founder of Strawllers

Ms. curlBOX aka Myleik...
Have known each other over a year, but finally met in person. 

Rachel O wears many hats. 
One of them is the founder of the Chicago Natural Beauties Meetup.

New friend Dominique Covington of Skin Deep Natural BodyCare

Event Planner Anika Kai

Crowd on the lower-level of Japonais

Treats in my gift bag
Package of Strawllers, Motions Naturally You! Smoothing Conditioner and Deep Conditioning Masque

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shecky's Girls Night Out Chicago

It Girl Fam,

If you are not familiar with Shecky's Girls Night Out, then you should be.  It's a fun shopping experience for all women to enjoy.  My first Shecky's event was about 4 years ago and I loved it.  As a matter of fact, I still receive compliments on the handbag I purchased back then.

The concept is simple: Shecky's chooses up-and-coming fashion, beauty, and lifestyle proprietors to takeover a popular and easily accessible venue in a major metropolitan city for up to two evenings.  The space is designed to feel like a party with branded signage, colorful d├ęcor, upbeat music, an open bar, and their signature Goodie Bags for guests.  Back in the day, general admission was free but now the entry fee is around $15.

Yesterday, Shecky's descended on the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago along with hundreds of local fashionistas looking for good deals or unique finds.  I was happy to be in the mix!  From the handbags, to the skin care products, to the jewelry, the vendors did not disappoint.  Oh, but wait...there were freshly baked Guilty Pleasurez cupcakes too!! I couldn't resist the red velvet. Yum!

I love how Shecky's provides a forum for existing and burgeoning female entrepreneurs to be successful - both the vendors and the guests.  For example, Jockey sold clothing at Shecky's but also introduced their new Person-to-Person initiative.  It provides women with the opportunity to sell Jockey clothing at privately hosted events with friends or family and then earn a percentage of their sales.  This sales model is not new, but I'm only familiar with makeup companies like Mary Kay Cosmetics or jewelry companies like Stella & Dot offering women these type of business opportunities. Kudos to Jockey for starting this trend in women's apparel. 

I encourage you to Follow or Like Shecky's, so you will know when they are coming to (or near) your city and you may receive advance notice of discounts.      

Below are pix from my Shecky's experience. There was lots of girl power in the atmosphere!



Rolled solo to the event
Top-BCBG, Jeans - Charlotte Russe, Watch - Vintage 

But clearly, I wasn't alone.  
Everyone and their mother was representing yesterday.

A $250 Gift Certificate was up for grabs at Jockey.

I bought this wicked clutch laden with pearls and crystals from Betty, the owner of FLY2BUY. Betty finds haute accessories during her travels as a flight attendant and then sells them for reasonable prices at events like Shecky's. Isn't that cool?

Cute clutch bags made from bamboo courtesy of Five Accessories.
They also sell accessories made from recycled materials.  
If you're down for sustainability and fair trade while staying fashion forward, 
then you should definitely check them out.

Handmade candles, anyone?  
Soyful Fragrant Candles smell wonderful and are made from soybean plants, which burn cleaner and longer than traditional candles. They have a ton of scents to choose from and some of the name are hilarious like Butt Naked. Ha!

If you need some dating advice or know someone who does,
 you may want to check out Rachel DeAlto's book Flirt Fearlessly.
She sold and signed books during the event. 

Tracey Glover is the founder and creator of Guilty Pleasurez Cocktail Cupcakes.
We met last year, so it was great to reconnect with her again.
I'm smiling from ear-to-ear, because I can't wait to tear into the red velvet cupcake that I'm holding. You already know how I roll, so this one was actually non-alcoholic.☺ 

Racheal Kash, founder of Lulu Blossom, makes her skincare products from natural ingredients. I'm going to sample some of her line and post a product review very soon.

I think I'm feeling these bright blue feathered earrings!! What do you guys think?!  
Well, Nicole Harry of Nicole Designs All is rocking a shorter purple version. She designs these wonderful creations as well as non-feathered accessories like rings & bracelets with semi-precious stones. 

Maybelline co-sponsored the event and provided makeovers to many of the attendees.

Ran into friend and fellow blogger, Dee Dee of The Sassy Peach.


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