Wednesday, May 29, 2013

African Pride's A Mother's Love Event

It Girl Fam,

I recently attended African Pride’s Ultimate Beauty Social held at Art Revolution in Chicago  – high ceilings, amazing art work, open loft space, dark wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exposed brick. Beautiful!  It was a fun, engaging, and intimate gathering of beauty, style, and hair bloggers in the Chicago area.  Camila Crews, African Pride’s Content Manager, moderated a discussion with bloggers Vaughn Monroe and Rachel Odem.  We laughed, shared our hair challenges and victories, and talked about what’s new with African Pride. 

I don’t remember my mother using African Pride on my hair, but I do remember seeing the brand as a child.  African Pride seems to be refreshing the brand and the product line with options for both relaxed and naturals.  Another major selling point is that each product is priced at $3.99 or less.

Immediately following the social, African Pride kicked off “A Mother’s Love” event – a celebration of mothers and daughters as a nod to Mother’s Day.  It was a fully integrated experience for women of all ages and open to the public – including face painting for the little girls, beauty makeovers for the big girls, and product giveaways for everyone.  The light bites provided were delicious.  And I can’t say enough about the candy station…it was a blast from the past. Who remembers Lemon Heads? 

But the real draw of the evening was Mary Mary! Yes yes y’all!  Mrs. Tina and Erica Campbell stopped by to bless us with their wisdom and challenges related to business, marriage, family, and motherhood.  It was an inspirational session nicely moderated by Sonya Blakey.   

Rachel Odem, thank you for the invitation!

Below are pix and a video from the event.



Ultimate Beauty Social Video

Product giveaways from African Pride. Very nice!

The dress made out of Skittles & Skittles wrappers 
took the candy station to another level. 

A 'Mock' Face beat by Big Girl Cosmetics!

 I'm a big kid. I couldn't pass up the face paint. What do you think?

Sista-friend Dr. Renee

Crowd enjoying the atmosphere and anxiously awaiting Mary Mary.

 Social media guru Lindsey Adams & natural hair blogger Michelle B.

 DJ Protege kept the music hot all night.
He's haute as well...dressed to the 9's. Love his style.

Mary Mary being interviewed by Sonya Blakey. 
(Picture will be replaced with a better one. I promise!)


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Giving Back at Mott Hall IV Middle School

It Girl Fam, 

You know that I’m from Brooklyn and that I love my community.  So I was excited and humbled to be asked to participate in Mott Hall IV Middle School's Career Day this month.  The school has supported It Girl Industries from the beginning - purchasing many copies of The It Girl Rules for their students, so I hopped at the opportunity.

I completely enjoyed speaking to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students about my professional and entrepreneurial career paths.  I also reminded them that they have no limits and can do whatever they set out to do.  They were so engaging and asked great questions.  

Below are some pix from the Career Day.


Mott Hall IV students

Principal Dr. Thomas McBryde Jr. 
(I'm holding my Mott Hall IV mug)

My new friend Briana of Ear Candy by Bree, fellow presenter, and 8th grade student. 
Only 13 and doing it big!

More wonderful Mott Hall IV students...