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This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative Ever since I started doing my own laundry, it’s been a big heavy pain. Literally. When I didn’t have my own washer and dryer, it was a question of lugging my heavy, full laundry basket and laundry detergent down to the laundry room or to the laundromat. Now...

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  As of May 2019, it will officially be a decade we’ve been living in Chicago. That’s right – it was May 2009 that my husband and I packed up our lives in Miami and moved to Illinois. In those early days, we made camp at his parents’ place in New Lenox (its near Joliet)....

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The post Sometimes It Snows in April – Thankfully, I FINALLY Found My Perfect Winter Coat appeared first on Afrobella.

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Dr. Yaba Blay is a woman I admire on several levels. You know the kind of woman who achieves all the things, inspires others, somehow keeps multiple plates spinning and looks gorgeous and undeniably cool while doing it all? She’s THAT kind of Professional Black Girl. Just by way of introduction, Dr. Yaba Blay is...

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The post New Orleans Gets the Spotlight For Professional Black Girl Season Two appeared first on Afrobella.

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Vegas has had many variations of the same reputation – a place for debauchery and decadence, gambling and drinking and secrets best laughed about later. The ultimate bachelorette/bridal shower/baby shower/girls’ weekend/getaway to remember or forget destination. It can be all that and more, and it’s usually all of that in just one weekend. For many,...

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The post Vegas For Grown Folks – My Recommendations for Hotels, Spas, Restaurants and Gambling-Free Fun appeared first on Afrobella.

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I love a good animal print. Snakeskin, giraffe, zebra, cheetah and leopard — I love them all, bring them on! For me animal prints aren’t a trend that vacillates with seasons — they’re simply classic. Leopard especially has long been a favorite for me, a wardrobe staple that I consider one of my neutrals. I...

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The post Finding My Ferocity – Why Animal Prints are My Neutral appeared first on Afrobella.

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If you ask any professional makeup artist or informed makeup enthusiast for a list of the top celebrity makeup artists, his name would be at the top of the list. Sir John Barnett has earned the title with an international reputation for creating the most beautiful, artistic signature looks. His client list is a who’s...

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The post Sir John is Coming to Chicago! Major Pro Makeup Class Alert! appeared first on Afrobella.

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2019 is well underway and I’m just now finding my feet. I haven’t posted on this blog since November 2018 and I apologize. Life has been a rollercoaster and I’m holding on as best as I can. I shared a pretty personal post recently on my Instagram that explains what’s going on. The responses I...

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Children’s books are such a fascinating area of Black literature right now. So many new books, new authors, new opportunities – it’s beautiful to behold and so inspiring! After years where there was a dearth of reading material intentionally by and for black boys and girls, we’ve come into a beautiful time of inclusivity, diversity...

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The post Children’s Books Are The Future — What Is Light? Author Markette Shepperd on Inspiring Black Kids appeared first on Afrobella.

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It never fails to happen around this time of year. I open a drawer or step foot into my closet and just feel this tidal wave of “meh” wash over my spirit. That “I-have-nothing-to-wear” feeling is super real and so universal. It happened to me often enough when I lived in warm climates, especially if...

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The post Shop Your Closet! Professional Stylist Tips on Maximizing Your Wardrobe appeared first on Afrobella.

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We’re into the first week of actual fall, and I’m looking back on a summer well enjoyed and well lived. The sunshine months are so fleeting in Chicago, it’s important to get out and soak them up while you can, if you can! In years past, I went through summers where I wasn’t home enough...

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The post What I Did This Summer (Plus, a Giveaway!) appeared first on Afrobella.

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