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{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. 
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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.

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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.
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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} Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend in NYC #FunFearlessLife

Cosmopolitan Magazine is hosting it's first ever Fun Fearless Life Conference in New York City this weekend, Nov 8th & 9th and yours truly will be there covering it.

I love the name that they chose. It just speaks to everything that I feel life should be, an adventure. One where you don't sit on the sidelines but where you go out and meet life and all of her ups and downs fearlessly.

On tap for the Fun Fearless Life Conference will be some of the most AWEsome and influential women like Sophia Amoruso, the Nasty Gal founder & Kelly Osbourne (yes miss fab hair herself). And the guys will be there too, including twitter CEO Dick Costolo. They will all be sharing their take on life, careers, health, dating and everything in between, which I am sure will consist of a lot of lessons and laughter.

This is a Cosmo event, so of course there will be beauty makeovers and shopping but I am most excited about the scheduled events. They will cover a full range of topics from fashion to fitness (with my crush Jillian Michaels), career planning and social media upgrading to home ownership.

So, if you will be in NYC, snag a ticket and tweet me so that we can connect or follow along via the #FunFearlessLife tag and my twitter and instagram feeds as I will of course be sharing ALOT!.
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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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{Fun} Brunch With The Girls & What I Wore

I hosted a brunch this past weekend @ my boo Jonquil's flat and it was a lovely 
way to spend time with some of my fav girls.

The menu was what I like to call simple southern.  
Nutella french toast, shrimp & grits, eggs, turkey sausage and some sweet libations.


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Chicago {Beauty} Event: Wakeup Your Makeup w/Glossed & Found + Neiman Marcus

Glossed & Found is partnering with Neiman Marcus to kick-off their brand new cosmetics department.

"Wakeup Your Makeup" is Saturday, August 24th @ Neiman Marcus Michigan Ave.

 

 The doors open at 8 am!

Yes, you have to GET UP early to WAKEUP Your Makeup ladies, but I think it will be fun & worth it.

There will be a cosmetics runway show at 8:30 am AND you can book a makeover or facial for a little pampering after the show (see worth it).

To attend, you MUST send an email with your preferred makeup brands so that they can try to get you an appointment to RSVPMICHIGANAVE@NeimanMarcus.com you can sign up for facials and makeup sessions, nosh on eats, sip mimosas and snag a swag bag.

See you there!

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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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{OOTD} Stripes and Mesh Forever!

While I did not officially attend Blogher13, I did make the rounds to some of the events that took place with some of the fabs!

One such event was the Lipstick and Heels event hosted by Trina, Raijean and Danyellee @ Indique Hair Boutique (more on that to come).

In my perfect repeater style, I pulled out my striped peplum top and mesh skirt for this event.


Top (last seen here) | Skirt (last seen here) | Belt  & Shoes (last seen here)
  Tote (sold out. Similar in lots of colors)

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{Fashion} I Spotted Her Across The Room & It Was Love @ First Sight!

Yesterday I attended a preview of the new Neiman Marcus Last Call store and the Fashion Outlet Chicago which opens 8/1 (more on that to come).

While there, I fell in love with this Charles Jourdan Betty Satchel and couldn't leave without it (the floral one is gorgeous too)!


Oh and it was definitely MY DAY because I won this Marc Jacobs beauty in black! 

YAAAASSSSS!!

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to attend this event but don't get it twisted, my love for these bags is REAL! Learn more about my disclosure policy here.

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{OOTD} ASOS Curve Cold Shoulder + Pops of Gold

Last night I went to see two of my all time favorite old school bands, 
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and The Isley Brothers and it was a BLAST! 

Dress: ASOS Curve | Jacket: Elle @ Kohl's | Belt: ASOS Curve (similar)  
Bag & Cuff: Closet Fete | Necklace: Forever21

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Target {Beauty} Concierge Blogger Preview

The awesome Terez of dBadetta invited a group of us bloggers to check out the Beauty Concierge Service at the State Street City Target.


The Target Beauty Concierge concept originally launched in 28 stores in the Chicago area in July 2012 and because it has been so successful, it continues to grow.

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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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{Events} Randolph Street Market #VintageSchwag Chicago!

Randolph Street Market is this weekend and they are celebrating 10 years and I am geeked! 


I will of course be there. Will you?

Oh and  you will want to get there early, as at every summer indoor/outdoor market, the first 10 people in the door at 10am at the main Randolph entrance will get a chair massage and free admission to celebrate each year of the Market's success.

Check out some of my previous Randolph Street Market posts, which includes my editors pics and more and my photos from last years season opener here.

Get all the deets HERE!


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{Beauty} EDEN Bodyworks in Chicago

Note: In my effort to be a good little blogger, I wrote the majority of this post during the event but I held off on posting it because I wanted to wait until I could add my thoughts about the product that I received in my goodie bag. Butttt....since I left it in Tori's car and who knows when I will actually get it, I am just posting this without it and hopefully at some point I will get to use and review the product.

The EDEN Bodyworks team presented a panel on the elements of style: fashion, hair and beauty.

The story behind the brand is pretty impressive. Jasmine Lawrence was just 13 years old when she created the first product in 2004 and the brand has grown to 15 products currently in their beauty arsenal.

I had been aware of the brand for a bit now, having seen them on twitter and various blogs but I hadn't tried their products. This presentation has definitely peeked my interest even more and I can't wait to try it, if only someone would bring my bag to me...hint, hint...TORI!!!!

During the evening, I hung with my girls Aeleise of Hair Love Art, (who is soon going to do something major with my hair!!!) and of course Tori (aka Lucille) of Glasses and Glitter.

There was lots of fabulously coiffed and stylish ladies on hand.  


There was a panel and models presented to discuss current fashion trends, various aspects of hair care and of course the EDEN Bodyworks products, in particular their new line, the Coconut Shea collection.


My hair is natural and I have been mainly wearing wigs for the past 2 years because I just haven't found the perfect style that suits me yet.  I originally told Aeleise that I wanted her to cut my hair short like hers but after the conversation at the event, I think I may have changed my mind again.

Ylorie Anderson, the host of the evening is a straight natural and the more I listened and thought about it, the more I thought it would probably be the best solution for me.  I try a lot of products and spend hours dealing with my natural texture but because my natural texture is actually made up of 3 different textures, I just braid it, rock wigs as my protective style and keep it moving.

Hair chronicles to be continued...

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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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