Antoinette and I were invited to celebrate on the Blissful Curls Blogger Brunch tour created and sponsored by Curls. Being as though Antoinette and I don’t see each other often, I came into the city a day earlier and had dinner with her and some friends. We were very responsible about not staying out too late before our early brunch but regardless we both woke up really tired the next morning (not to mention that Antoinette was set to perform some songs from her new album).
Early Sunday morning, we whipped ourselves into shape and got ready. Antoinette skillfully beat her face to perfection and warmed up her voice while I slammed some blush up the side of my cheeks and felt nervous about the premiere of my accidental Malcolm X red hair color.
We arrived at the port early, boarded the boat and were met by a crew of busy, beautiful women with curls and kinks prepped and poppin’ for the event setting tables. Once the commotion was all over, the room was set really beautifully, guests started to flood in and Antoinette began to sing.
We had some really awesome company at the table where we were sat. We sat next to Whitney of Naptural85, Mahisha Dellinger owner and powerhouse behind the brand Curls, Julian Addo, a hilarious, bright, open woman who was the organizer of the event, Jenell of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe who moderated and a duo of two very handsome, gregarious men whose names I never
After we grubbed on some really delicious food and cocktails, Mahisha spoke to the room of guests and bloggers and shared her intentions for the brunch. Mahisha expressed that she wanted to extend herself personally as the woman behind the Curls brand. She felt she was now ready to share her story with others. She began to share with us her very turbulent and real obstacles she faced before getting to where she is now; abuse, poverty, single motherhood, racism. Many women in the room (myself included) fought back tears as she shared her dark past and the motivations which fueled her need for autonomy and self reliance. We were all attentive and inspired.
Mahisha Dellinger is a powerhouse and now I understand the history and significance of why she has a no hold bars way of being. She is confidence and competence personified. When we first met her that morning she walked into the room in 6 inch, bedazzled, chunky heels, with her necked draped with Chanel necklaces. With her right arm cocked back to support her oxblood red Alexander McQueen purse she extended her left hand weighed down by a large diamond engagement ring for a handshake. Her makeup was flawless and her eyes were bright and direct. With her smiling red lips she talked with us. She knew of us and expressed her respect for our “Around The Way” brand. We felt happy to be noticed and recognized. It felt good to know there was a real passionate and experienced person behind a brand we both support.
After everyone had their Doctor Phil moments, we broke out onto the deck and did what bloggers do best - we took mad pictures.
Antoinette and I with Curls’ owner Mahisha Dellinger. The look like bosses. I look like a genie.
The awesome blogging sister duo Shalleen Kaye and Seanna-Kaye behind Natural Hair Does Care
Hotties Tanya from Clothesconscience, Renee of Own by Femme, and Shine struck sitting pretty in red with a mix of other beauties I am unfamiliar with.
Whitney is the absolute sweetest, dopest, cutest lady around. We love her!
Taren Guy and Marisol of MamaNaturalista
Curly Girl Models and Reps for Curls showin off
Renee and us faking the funk. Fake laughs make great shots though huh?
Whitney being ratchet
Antoinette being cute. Ain’t she cute?
Me being even more rachet.
And we out…..