2015 Essence Festival // New Orleans Natural Hair Expo (pic heavy)

Hey loves!

I'm traveled down to New Orleans this past weekend for the Essence Festival and the 2nd Annual New Orleans Natural Hair Expo! I had so much fun walking the streets of NOLA, discovering new shops and restaurants and also visiting a few of my favorites.

Day 1: Thursday, July 2nd
I attended #TheDiamond Block Party & Concert hosted by Rickey Smiley on the Westbank (Harvey, LA). Acts included, Kelly Price, Alexis Spight, Antonique Smith & Doug E Fresh. My aunt and I got to go backstage VIP style and watch the show up close and personal. (Thanks Uncle Greg!) Pics below!

My aunt and I.

Rickey Smiley 

Sunday Best's Alexis Spight 

Mia X

Antonique Smith 

Claudia Jordan

Outfit Details:
Dashiki: Dashiki Pride
INC White Pants: Macy's 
Braids done by @justnickey in Lafayette, LA

Day 2: Friday, July 3rd
We walked the streets of New Orleans, taking in all the Essence Fest activities & ultimately ending up on the famous Bourbon St. We even had a Steve Harvey sighting at Harrah's Casino! Pics below...

Outfit Details:
Dress: Marshall's 
Shoes: Target
Bag: Charming Charlie
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Day 3: Saturday, July 4th 
It was my first New Orleans Natural Hair Expo and I had a ball! The event was created by Monique (@itsmeitsmo), sponsored by Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils, & held at the Contemporary Arts Center on Camp St. right next door to the World War II Museum. I met up with some familiar faces in the natural hair social scene and introduced myself to some new ones. There was a vendor mall, excellent food and drinks, workshops and mini sessions throughout the day. VIP access sure did treat us nice! Check out some of the pics below! 
Vashti of +VeePeeJay 

Our new naturalista friend, Tiffany, enjoying an info session from Aunt Jackie's Curls and Coils

"Pose for the camera now, click, click!"

Tania of +NaturalChixs on Instagram.

VIP Swag Bag contents!!

After the expo, we headed over to The American Sector restaurant for some Shrimp 'n Grits!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Olive & Oak
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Clutch: H&M
Rings: Charming Charlie
Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Pic from the convention center! ESSENCE Fest 2015!

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