29Rooms: What You Should Know Before You Go

Refinery 29’s Brooklyn based 29Rooms took the show on the road and set up shop in Chicago for the very first time on my birthday, which made party planning a breeze this year. Held during Fashion Week, this pop up was created partly as an alternative to designers’ exclusive afterparties, and as a canny exercise…

Peach Party Presents…Earth: A Self-Care Sunday Event

What happens when you give a blogger an invitation to an earth-themed self-care Sunday event? Your girl shows up covered in as many banana leaves as possible, giving them earth REALNESS! I’m so lucky I stumbled upon this three-piece gem at Old Navy one day before the event, because it made me feel extremely motivated for…

3 Years of Blogging + 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started

There is a misconception that you can start a blog, post content, and be successful. If only that were true. Unfortunately being a successful blogger takes a lot more than just writing a post every week and calling it a day. The most successful bloggers are out there promoting their posts and building a brand….

10 Most Instagrammable Places To Eat In Chicago

There’s no doubt Chicago is one of the most photogenic cities in the U.S.—from the breathtaking view of Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower to the sandy beach lake front. But did you know many of our favorite foodies spots are also Insta-Worthy? That’s why we’ve rounded up mouthwatering pics from 10 of the cities…

Did You Know? Eloquii Is Opening A Store In Chicago

YASS KWEEN, you read that right! One of the most beloved plus size fashion brands will open its doors inside The Shops At Northbridge, right here in Chicago.  Their plus size women’s clothes feature all the best trends of the season: Exposed shoulder tops, ruffled blouses, cropped jeans, embroidered dresses, leather jackets… In a nutshell:…

Challenges & Triumphs of Cosplaying As A Queer Plus Size Woman Of Color

There are times when we all need an escape from reality. Some people read and others work out, but those of us who are self-proclaimed nerds like to combine ingenuity and fandom to enter the magical world of cosplay. Cosplay is a type of performance art where a person, known as a cosplayer, portrays a…

A Magical Ride: Review of Disney Musical Aladdin On Broadway In Chicago

  Thanks to my blogger boo, Jaye of Curvatude and Disney Theatrical Group, I was lucky enough to lounge around The Cadillac Palace Theatre last week prior to viewing Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway in Chicago. Among the group was the production’s company manager, Michael Height who shared his excitement for the show and asked if it was our…

Celebrating Pride With Gender Queer Fashion Brand, Rebirth Garments

June is one of the most EXCITING months because it’s all about celebrating and honoring the LGBTQ community, what we’ve accomplished, and raise awareness for issues that we’re still working on. In addition to the Pride parades, there are plenty of unique ways to celebrate Pride Month— especially if you dig a little deeper.  After…

Did You Hear? A Designer Share Service Just Launched In Chicago

DesignerShare is the first truly peer-to-peer marketplace for women to rent their designer clothing and accessories to one another. We all know keeping up with appearances is tough and costly,  so I was thrilled when they asked me to try the service.  It was really simple: I set up an account, browsed my options, selected a…

3 Lessons I Learned From Having Panic Attacks

One of the scariest things happened to me—I had a panic attack for the first time and it happened at work. As in a heart wrenching, breath losing, and eye twitching…in front of everyone!!!! Sigh. Here is how it happened… On my 29th birthday, I was on a bus headed to LaGuardia Airport when I…

Most Memorable Moments of 2016

Hey girl, hey! I don’t know about you, but my 2016 was BURSTING with opportunities. From being featured in a national footwear campaign to winning a Black We Blog Award to transforming into an actual mermaid (watch that adventure in the video below). I’ve been working my tail off and because of that, I have so much to…

Top 16 Outfits of 2016

We all need a little fashion inspiration every now and then—especially during this time of the year when the weather outside is still frightful. So today I rounded the best 16 outfits I put together in 2016. If you like bold lips, and mixed prints this roundup is for you. P.S. Are you getting my…