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{What I Wore} Let Them Know...N O P E!

Hey Delights!

I had a very productive day yesterday, which started off visiting the offices of Care.org, an organization that does amazing work around the world with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls. I also met with one of my fab blogger boos to interview her for The Curvacast. So stay tuned for that...it's GOOODDD!

I wore my new favorite piece, this bad ass N O P E. Not today sweatshirt (which is on major sale today) and I am still living in my Universal Standard distressed jeans. I am standing in front of The National Veterans Art Museum's exhibition Above & Beyond at the Harold Washington Library.

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{What I Wore} Dramatic Golden Velvet

Hey Delights!

Yesterday I ventured out downtown to run some errands and I happened upon this amazing mural on the side of the Chicago Cultural Center aka The People's Palace and knew I had to get a shot in front of it.
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{Culture} Disney's Aladdin on Broadway In Chicago At The Cadillac Palace Theater

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Hey Delights!

My fellow Chicago blogger boo, Dāsha of Windy City Wardrobe was gracious enough to agree to attend and review a performance of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway in Chicago in my stead because I had to go to San Francisco for the live unboxing Stitch Fix event.

Thanks Dāsha and I can not wait to see this production myself!
Last week I was lucky enough to hang out with some blogger boos in the lounge at The Cadillac Palace Theater 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 first time attending it. Little did I know, it was a very valid question as it was so good and I definitely plan on seeing it again.
Aladdin makes every other musical I've seen look like an exercise in EXTREME minimalism.

{What I Wore} Bright Florals & Crochet

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Hey Delights!

Little did I know on the bright, sunny, amazing day that this picture was taken, (which was the day after my 48th birthday) that I would become insanely sick only a few hours later. And to make matters worse, I would have to get on an airplane for a quick 2 day turnaround trip to New York City. Which I am sure only added to how severe my sickness became.
Dress: Old: ASOS Curve - Similar in white for $15
Pom Pom Slip Ons (seen here - can't stop wearing them ) 
Rainbow Mirrored Sunnies: Similar | Bag: Travelon Anti Theft Purse (similar)
 Jacket: City Chic via my Gwynnie Bee closet: (seen here) I have been living in it too!

{Culture} The Wiz at Theater Wit Chicago

As I mentioned in my Things I am Looking Forward to in March post, I went to see a production of The WIZ at Theater Wit here in Chicago a few weeks back and I realize that what I am about to say may seem extreme but...the production was AMAZING and dare I say, almost better than the movie.
I know, I know...that seems crazy right? I mean the movies starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, classic amazing performers that we all love but you have to understand what these performers pulled off.

{On The Scene} The Chicago Auto Show

Hey Delights!

When I went to the Chicago Auto Show media day I was somewhat surprised at how much I was into the cars. Don't get me wrong, I love cars, especially the pretty colors & all the fancy tech gadgets but being on-site with SheBuysCars was majorly eye opening. You can check out a lot of what we got into via the hashtags #HyundaiCAS and #GenesisCAS. Unfortunately I got sick so I had to curtail my other plans to visit the auto show  but you can check out what I did share via my hastag #CurvatudeCAS

Scotty Reiss, co-founder of SheBuysCars expanded & blew my mind with the wealth of knowledge she has about the auto industry. Hearing her talk about the ways that we women have influenced the industry was especially interesting.

Women apparently influence the purchase of 85% of all cars. That's a lot of influence & buying power & automakers have definitely taken note, especially in the way that they now build and equip vehicles like minivans.

And while I would not be in the market for a family vehicle since my kid is grown & gone off living her own life, I do have very specific needs in a vehicle.

As I've gotten older I realize I don't want a really large vehicle and I don't want a really small vehicle. I also need a vehicle that is accommodating and flexible.

During our tour of the Chicago Auto Show we attended the press conference for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT & GT Sport. 

{Events} The 2017 Chicago Auto Show #CurvatudeCAS

Hello Delights!

The Chicago Auto Show is always a great time. I love exploring all the new cars and revisiting some of my old favorites and especially checking out my dream rides!  I am especially excited this year to see all the different ways that they are using technology.

The Chicago Auto Show runs from Saturday, Feb 11th thru Monday, Feb 20th and there is something for everyone at the show, even the kids.

I will be sharing content live from the Chicago Auto Show on my Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter feeds starting this Thursday, Feb 9th via my hastag #CurvatudeCAS!

And you can also follow along on the #HyundaiCAS & #GenesisCAS hastags and @SheBuysCars on twitter as I will be joining them TONIGHT 2/8 for a Twitter party at 7pm cst and you should too! I will also be hanging out at the show with @SheBuysCars on Friday to share a preview of the show.

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Til next time!

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{Culture} The Court Theatre: Blues for an Alabama Sky

As I mentioned in my Fab Five Things I Am Looking Forward to In February post, seeing The Court Theatre's production of Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky was high on my list and it did not disappoint.

The actors draw you in from the very first scene and never let you go, not even when it's over.  Pearl Cleage has a very unique & special way with her characters. Her work tends to remind me of August Wilson in a way, but it is more relatable for me. Perhaps it's because she's a woman or maybe it has more to do with the fact that her work feels more expansive.
Blues for an Alabama Sky is set during the time that the Harlem Renaissance was ending and the Great Depression was beginning and deals with some of the challenges that black people faced during that time.

{Five Fab} Things I Am Looking Forward to In February

Sooo..I somehow manged to delete this and another post from this date, so this is a complete recreation from memory and mama is getting old, so my memory is not always so great...bwaa...Thankfully I hadn't read them on bloglovin, so I was able to get the entire text for the other one there but for this one, I only got the part before "the jump" but I do have the events in my calendar already & pictures to aid the rewrite process...anyway...use this a reminder to backup your site daily!

Happy February Delights!

I have a love/hate relationship with February. I hate that the Winter weather here in Chicago is usually at it's most brutal in February and how it can really wear me down. But there is also so much to love. Of course it's Black History Month and there is that little holiday, Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day sometimes gets such a bad rap. But I think it is a wonderful, love filled, colorful break from the darkness of Winter & a reminder that it won't last forever. And this year I am rethinking my Valentine's Day fashion and red, as much as I love it, is nowhere in the picture. Stay tuned.

How sweet is this Valentine's Day setup that Joe surprised me with for a previous Valentine's celebration? It still makes me smile...like HARD cheesin'. It was so thoughtful and so perfectly me.
This year's Black History Month feels more important than ever to me & I will be taking in as many events and activities related to it as possible. Here are a few of the events that I am planning to check out:

Pearl Cleage's Blues For An Alabama Sky at the Court Theatre


{Culture} The Theatre School at DePaul University Production: Night Runner

Soooo...I somehow managed to delete the original version of this post, so I am reposting it.

Hey Delights! 

So I ended up not going to the presentation at the DuSable Museum that I mentioned in my last Five Fab For the Weekend post because it was one of those all I want to do is get home, rip off my bra & get under the covers kind of a night. And while I am bummed about not seeing the presentation, my girls who know, know that the need to release yourself from the shackles of a bra trumps most things.

But as I mentioned in my review of The Cuckoo Theater Project's production of Women, getting theater in regularly is a must for 2017, so I did go and see The Theatre School at DePaul University's Night Runner and I really enjoyed it. The musical production centers around a 12 year old slave girl named Cora and the mystery Night Runner who helps slaves get to the freedom tree. They asked that you not take pictures during the performance, so I snapped this at the end.

{Culture} Play | The Cuckoo's Theater Project Production: Women

Hey Delights! One of my personal goals for 2017 is something that I actually talked about a lot during The 12 Days of January and that is getting back to the things that we love.  One of those things for me is to definitely get back to adding more theater and entertainment to my monthly calendar.

Some of the best theater that I've ever seen has been in really small independent play houses and the play "Women", The Cuckoo's Theater Project production now playing at The Pentagon Theater at Collaboraction Studios is no exception.
As a young girl who read everything she could get her hands on, Louise May Alcott's Little Women was one of many favorite classic books that I read. And although I did not see a representation of myself in it being a little black girl from the west side of Chicago, I did feel a connection the coming of age stories that it featured.

The CurvaCast: The 12 Days of January | Day 4 #12DaysofJanuary

For Day 3 of the The 12 Days of January I went to one of my favorite places, the Garfield Park Conservatory and just walking in instantly made my life better. The smells, the colors, the richness of nature. There really isn't anything like it. I of course shared it on my snapchat.
Get links to similar pieces in this look: http://curvatude.me/2iAiaJK

I switched up the order of Day 3 & Day 4 so I had to remove and edit over some of the original recordings. So you may notice this but as mentioned when I started this project, I am more about the content than the perfection of it all.

Anyway, I switched the days because I wanted to inject a little fun in between the more utilitarian actions.

But today, Day 4 of the 12 Days of January, we are back to talking about a useful tool, to improve your productivity and make your life instantly better.

What I love about this tool is that it is so simple. I have been using it for a few years now and I love how much more I actually accomplish when I use it and I think you will be also.

Now let's get into Day 4 of the The 12 Days of January👊

{What I Wore} Winter Wonderland Casual

Mother Nature and I have not been friends since Chiberia 2013/14 but on Sunday she cloaked Chicago in the fluffiest, most beautiful snow and I completely loved it.

As I mentioned in my Fab Five For The Weekend post, I went to get my Christmas tree and well, the snow definitely made it a little more challenging to do but I didn't even care.

It was just that fabulous. Ok Mother Nature girl, you did good this time.  Keep it up! LOL. 😄

Plus Size Faux Fur Playing In The Snow
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{A Blogger's Life} Fun With rewardStyle In Chicago

Hey Fabs!

A few weeks back my rewardStyle family came to town & hosted a cool food styling and photography workshop. The workshop was taught by culinary artists, Chef Elaina Vazquez, who owns the fabulous space that it took place in, Brique and photographer Anna Petrow.

Photo: Hayet Rida
TopAshley Stewart | Similar Shorts here & more here | New Look Glitter Flats via ASOS  Similar Mirrored Sunglasses: Steve Madden found at discount store | Watch: Fitbit Surge (at a major discount!)

{What I Wore} City Chic Cold Shoulder + Gwynnie Bee Visits Chicago

Hey Fabs!

If you follow me on social media then you know Gwynnie Bee came to Chicago for their "Inspired By You Tour" & I co-hosted a happy hour with them.  I tried on a lot of new pieces coming to the site and this dress is just one of the many fabulous frocks that you MUST closet!

City Chic Cold Shoulder Dress Chicago Gwynnie Bee Inspired By You Tour
Thank you to everyone who came out! The happy hour was so much fun! As you can see from the pictures my rugrat aka my photographer snapped, there was a great group of ladies (and a few guys) in attendance and it was nonstop sipping, nibbling, socializing & laughing. 
Gwynnie Bee Chicago Inspired By You Tour

Make sure that you check out Gwynnie Bee, in addition to fabulous clothing always dropping, they are always featuring a variety of members rocking new pieces, so you can get a feel for how they might work on your body.

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Street Style Meets Street Art w/Perrier® #StreetArtByPerrier #sp

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Hey Lovelies, sharing something fun from one of my favorite brands, Perrier®. One thing is for sure, that no matter what time of the year it is, a girl needs to stay hydrated. And for me, water is my main hydration of choice. Add to that hydration a little sparkling fizz and ahhhh....

I love street art and think that it's pretty cool that Perrier® has re-branded its Sparkling Natural Mineral Water label in the most fun way. They commissioned three world-famous street art artists to create 9 new limited edition labels for their glass and plastic bottles and new slim cans.

The designs are colorful and fun and showcase three very distinct styles of street art. I love the exploding floral mandalas from the Japanese artist Sasu on the Perrier® PET plastic bottles. They are so vibrant and pretty and look like they are blossoming right on the bottles.


#Rock10For30 {Fashion} Challenge: Day 4 Look - Wrapped in Peplum

Although it was definitely on the chilly side, I went with this simple look featuring the labworks navy faux wrap skirt and the pink peplum top (last seen here).

Skirt: labworks (similar) | Shoes: Payless | Top: Rainbow | B. Makowski


{Featured} Mariano's Ravenswood Has Arrived #MyMarianos

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 This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification 
for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #MyMarianos.

A much anticipated new Mariano's Chicago grocery store just opened @ 1800 W. Lawrence in the Ravenswood neighborhood & I spent some time there on opening day and I must say that it is pretty awesome.
#MyMarianos #CollectiveBias #shop

At over 80,000 sq feet, (like wooo) it is the largest Mariano's in Chicago and it of course has the departments and features that Mariano's is well known for with that added bonus of some sweet new additions.


{Chicago} Randolph Street Market's "SPRING FLING"

Without a doubt the Randolph Street Market is one of my favorite things EVER.

So I am excited that this weekend is their 2014 Spring Fling and there is a lot of fun in store.

Expect jellybean bright flora and fauna, fresh flowers galore, decorating, artisanal chocolates for Easter basket stuffing, and live music.

For a little bit of Easter fun, shoppers who don their finest Easter bonnets will gain free entry and there will be hidden Easter Eggs containing Market Bucks, Season Passes, sweet treats and more throughout the Market.

Join the treasure hunt to uncover these hidden gems and pose for your digital Easter Card in the Fotio Photobooth from 11am to 3pm both days.

Also, for the first time, the Market will feature a Letterpress class with Tandem Felix Letterpress for a one hour DIY letterpress postcard making lesson both Saturday and Sunday. Spots are limited, so you can guarantee yourself a spot to this DIY must-do by buying your tickets online.

There will be a great mix of 75+ vendors selling art, antiques, fashion, home decor, fresh flowers, furniture, and more. It's always a shopper's delight!

I am not sure yet which day I will be there but if go & you spot me, make sure you say hello!


{Chicago} An Oasis in the City

Just a few snaps from my little trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory for this shoot.

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