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{Five Fab+} Things I Am Looking Forward To In June

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Hey Delights!

I haven't done one of these "looking forward to" posts since March. But June is the start of Summer and I have a whole lot that I am looking forward to that I want to share, so we are back at it this month. After hitting the theater scene with a vengeance at the beginning of the year and seeing some really amazing works like The Wiz at Theater Wit, I have seriously been missing the experience the past couple of months, so I NEED to get back into it.

Also Zumba in the park started last weekend and I was right there doing my thing. It was also the Gospel show weekend, so in addition to your usual Zumba-esque songs, they added some gospel to the mix.

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{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.
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{Life} Things I Am Looking Forward to In March

Hey Delights!

Yes, I know we are already 10 days into March and I am just writing this post but it's all good because the things that I am looking forward to have not happened yet! HaHaaaaa!!! 😝

But anyway, I was looking forward to a little more warm weather & getting outside more but Mother Nature was like naw, so instead I am looking forward to doing things indoors.

My wee one aka the grand baby may be coming and I am STOKED! She is so much fun and my total mni me. It's really funny how much she acts like me even though we aren't related by blood but by marriage and love.

So one of the theater events in my calendar this month is a performance of The Wiz at Theater Wit. As I mentioned before, I LOVED the movie so I am hoping that they do it justice.


Last year around this time I had planned and was excitedly anticipating being in my favorite place, NYC. But last month I booked and cancelled another staycation...sigh....long, boring story but I just can't seem to get these little excursions to fit in, so I am not going to jinx myself this month and say exactly what I am going to do but I am going to make something happen come hell or high water! That phrase is so dramatic isn't it?
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{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.

A photo posted by Jaye "Goody" Gipson-Trimble (@curvatude) on


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.
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{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

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{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.
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{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.
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{Events} TheFitExpo Chicago 2016 Details & A Hookup!

Hey Fabs!

I attended TheFitExpo Chicago during it's inaugural run last year not really knowing what to expect but it turned out to be a really good time.

I got to work out with & be totally inspired by "Mr. Taebo" himself, Billy Blanks. I mean seriously this is just a short clip but he WORKED us in this class and I loved every minute of it.

I also got to see the most pumped displays of fitness & physical strength and shop some cool brands, so of course I will be there this year to do it all over again! And because I think you will love it, if you are in the Chicago-land area, I got a little something for you...check it out below!
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{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. 

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.

Disclosure: Gwynnie Bee provided me with complimentary access to their service but don't get it twisted, I have been a fan since they began and the opinions expressed here are my own. Learn more about featured posts and my disclosure policy here. 
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{Events} TheFitExpo™ Comes to Chicago For the 1st Time - Details & Discounted Admission

Hey Fabs!

One of the things that I am always excited about as I progress on my health and fitness journey is just how many incredible ways that there are to get your fitness on. So needless to say I am stoked that TheFitExpo™  is coming to Chicago!

TheFitExpo Chicago


In addition to over 200 exhibitors, activities for the entire family are on tap. Per Erin Ferries, Executive Director, "TheFitExpo™ is for everyBODY, whether you are a hardcore fitness enthusiast or someone taking their first steps towards getting healthier. We promise an exciting and fun weekend for the entire family."

I am looking forward to rocking my ONEder Suit and joining in on a few of the 30 minute express classes that will be offered daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. including Zumba, Booty Bootcamp & more.

And I was a Tae Bo freak back in the day, so I plan to be front and center to see Billy Blanks, who is just one of the famous fitness stars that will be on tap. I am also looking forward to seeing The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, they rocked America’s Got Talent!

TheFitExpo™ will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Hall G and you can save $10 off the daily admission by printing off this coupon and bringing it with you!


Learn more about TheFitExpo™ here and follow along on twitter for updates, features & more.

What say you? Do you go to events like this? 

Disclosure: I was provided with press access to cover this event and share it with you but I would have gone to it without it. Learn more about my disclosure policy here.




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{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!


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{Plus Size Brands} Chocolate Sushi Couture Spring 2014 Preview

I love supporting women owned businesses and especially those focused on plus size fashion like my girl Niehla O, the designer behind Chocolate Sushi Couture.

She recently previewed looks from her Spring collection.

The event was held at Blair Chic, another fav plus size business that has been featured here on the blog often.

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{Fab Five} + A Few Things From The Weekend

Sweet Sunday morning lovelies!

Lots of open items on my to do this list & I am grateful that I am starting to feel like myself again & actually beginning to get things done. After working out, today will be spent mainly putting in some overdue work on projects.

I am so ready for Spring & I have been working to bring some really pretty pieces to Closet Fete. This necklace set & stud drop earrings are just a couple of items. I hope you will love them as much as I do {and will buy them} ;).


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{Event} Recap: Chicago Blogger Network & One Medical #OMcbn

Recently Chicago Blogger Network teamed up with One Medical and threw a lil shindig.  It was the first time that our fearless leader Kelly had been able to join us in a LONG time and I was so glad to see her!!!


I got to hang with my fabs, KOB, Jill and the rest of the CBN crew while sipping drinks & noshing on eats.

Also Jamie Campbell was in the house to entertain us with his comedy set. He was funny and even heckled me (yes the comedian was the heckler) & found out why I am called Curvatude :) You can learn more about him here.

In case you are not aware, One Medical is a new concept that for providing primary care, from the way you make your appointment to the ease with which you can follow up with your doctor.

They are currently offering a complimentary first-year membership (which I signed up for). Just enter the code OM13XCHI04 on their site. The offer ends August 15th.

As always when I am with my CBN fam, a good time was had.

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{Luxaholic} There's a New Market in town & It's Plum

A couple of weeks ago I spent a jammed packed Wednesday, that started off with a visit to the grand opening of Plum Market with my Chicago Blogger Network fam. (with my girl Jill here)


The grand opening drew an around the block line of folks waiting to get in and check it out and get in on some goodies they were giving away.

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{OOTD} NellcoteCBN Oscar Party Rockin Vintage, Red & Studs


Sunday night I joined my Chicago Blogger Network family at Nellcote for a night of Oscars fun and of course fashion.

I did not arrive in time to take an official picture on the "Orange Carpet" because I have been purging and packing my life away for my move (more on that to come) and I could not decide what to wear at the very last minute, so I went shopping.

GAAAAAA!!!!  LOL

After all that, I ended up wearing an oldie but goody dress, an awesome sauce vintage coat that I thrifted for less than $7 and some killer studded heels.


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{Giveaway} #NellcoteCBN Celeb Treatment Oscar Contest

This is obviously  my week for spending lots of time at one of Chicago's most wicked fab spots with Chicago's most awesome people!

On Sunday I joined a few of my Chicago Blogger Network fam for Brunch @ Nellcote and on Oscar night, CBN will be at it again, holding court in an exclusive space at Nellcote's Oscar party!

And because I am cool like that, I want one of you, my fab readers to join us!


You will celeb walk the orange carpet, sip on non stop libations from 5-7PM, nosh on Nellcote's delicious appetizers, immortalize the night via a photo booth and WIN a sweet swag package!

Here's what our sponsors are hooking the winner up with!

I did say sweet, right? So get into it!

To enter to win, tweet the giveaway EXACTLY AS IT IS via rafflecopter and start planning what you are going to rock!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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{event} Recap: Eden Eats @ Kenmore Live + cookmore.com

I attended a really fun cooking event at the Kenmore Craftsman Brand Live Experience studio with my Chicago Blogger Network fam that featured Eden Grinshpan from the Cooking Channel's Eden Eats

The "Put a Twist on Holiday Eats with Eden Grinshpan" event featured Eden preparing some of your typical holiday meal items cooked in non traditional ways.

From sweet potatoes with chimichurri sauce to turkey stuffed with stuffing inspired by Mediterranean flavors.


I gotta tell ya, those sweet potatoes were damnlicious.  
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{event} Recap: Evzdrop x CBN Fashion Dinner

The Chicago Blogger Network has partnered with Evzdrop and 
I attended a dinner with a bunch of other fashion bloggers to learn more about the app.


If you're unfamiliar with Evzdrop, it allows users to "listen in",
i.e eavesdrop in on what's happening at a spot via 
the "drops" made by folks who are there.
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