BlogHerFood 16

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This time last week I was just getting back home exhausted from a weekend of eating, learning, eating, sharing, learning, networking, eating, meeting new people and experiencing new brands and did I mention earing?  This was my weekend at BlogHerFood16, oh yeah and the closeout party.  It was an amazing experience and a great investment.

Last November was my first experience with BlogHerFood.  It was held in Chicago, my hometown, and it was an excellent way for me to learn more about the craft of blogging.  While not a food blogger, I felt that surely there would be some universal lessons that could be learned at the conference so why not.  It was a great decision.  I learned more than I ever thought I would as well as met people who are still a prat of my life today.

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This year was no exception.  BlogHerFood16 was a great conference and an excellent opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest in the blogging community.  For those who think that this conference is only for food bloggers, you are wrong.  This conference is for anyone who wants to learn how to take their blog to the next level and how to use the latest and greatest tips, tools and techniques to be successful at blogging.  This conference is more intimate than the annual BlogHer conference, so it provides you the opportunity to learn in a more relaxed and less hectic environment than the annual conference.

The attendees at the conference as well as the presenters were awesome.  The Food Network Stars, the Smolletts, of Smollett Eats  gave a cooking demonstration of one of their famous family recipes and we were able to sample some of the food as well.  Helluva Good hosted a reception with the Real Housewives of Dallas Brandi Redmond with champagne and appetizers.  And for the closing keynote we were treated to the wit, wisdom and comedy of The Chew’sCarla Hall, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Lisa Lillien.

In addition to the presenters and workshops there are the sponsors.  A few of my favorites this year were Owls Brew as well as Helluva Good!.  Helluva Good had a recharge lounge where you could charge your electronic devices as well as sit back and enjoy endless chips and  dip.  Or veggies and dip, for those working on their figures.  Hamilton Beach was there as well as Analon, Bay’s English Muffins, Martins Potoato Rolls, and Canadian lentils among others.

If you were every contemplating whether or not to attend the conference, don’t hesitate.  The knowledge imparted as well as the people you meet and the things you learn are definitely worth the investment.  The workshops and presentations while mostly for food bloggers can be used for any blogger.  The atmosphere makes it easy to mix, mingle, network and ask questions, have discussions and learn from other bloggers as well.

And side note, these ladies know how to throw a party.  The closing party was at Maggie Maes on 6th street at a huge rooftop party space with more food, drinks and dancing.  It was a great way to end the conference and to spend time with new friends and old friends, laughing, dancing, and partying in the wonderful Texas weather.  I can’t wait for next year.   Hope to see you all there!

Stay Blessed…….Stay Fabulous!

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The Season for Black Girl Magic

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Summer is coming to an end and fall is fast approaching.  As we move into the fall season it is also a time to look at all of the wonderful collaborations and products being added to the market my African American females.  Here is just a snap shot of what is coming.  Check back this week as I go into more detailed on each of the items highlighted here.

Entertainment

I recently read an article about a new Sex and the Cityesque show by for an about African women.  The YouTube show An African City is just that.  A refreshing take on the adventures and misadventures of single professional African women navigating dating, relationships, careers and friendships.  Much like the Sex and the City series, all of the main characters are single, professional women and their collective experiences in the world of dating and relationships.  It is a show I would recommend.

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Fashion

On the fashion front, there is the company Nubian Skin, which specializes in underwear and hosiery in our colors of the rainbow.  Their shades are specifically geared toward skin tones for women of color which is refreshing since it can be difficult to find nudes or neutral shades that are a good match to ethnic skin-tones.  Their latest addition is sleepwear, another great addiction from this awesome and affordable line of hosiery and lingerie.

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If you enjoy makeup as much as I do and I loooove makeup then this next collaboration will be just as exciting for you as it was for me.  Taraji P. Henson has collaborated with MAC to create a line of makeup that will be on sale September 6, 2016 (just in time for my birthday).  This collaboration will be a six piece collection which will include mascara, skin finish and lipstick.

taraji-embed Finally, for all of the Scandal fans, Kerry Washington, has teamed up with OPI for a new fall line of nail polish that is just as dramatic as Scandal and Olivia Pope.  The 15 color collection was released this month and has colors that are as attention grabbing as the storylines on Scandal.  If you value your manicure and pedicures as much as I do, be on the lookout for these dynamic colors which are sure to be the highlight of your fall accessories.

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Stay tuned as I provide more detailed information on all of these exciting installments of Black Girl Magic.

 

Stay Blessed, Stay Fabulous

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