Friday, June 29, 2012

The Naturalista Takeover Pt. Deux: Nola Edition

::cues my Jigga-ness:: It's.About.To.Go.Down.

Heeey chicas!

Ok. So, we all know what time of the year it is, right? Well, besides Hurricane's Summer Festvial Season, y'all! Annnd, less than one week from today, we're kickin' it up a notch like Emeril for Essence Music Festival weekend in Naw'lins!

Essence Weekend is known for having a million daytime and nightime events jumping off all throughout Nola non-stop, from Thursday to Sunday....even while the actual nightime EMF concerts are happening. It's truly one of the biggest party weekends of the year...every year. Nola takes EMF's "Party with a Purpose" slogan to heart, I tell ya. lol

Well, Gulf Coast Naturals wanted to bring an annual event catering to natural hair, beauty & lifestyle community during the festive weekend. So, after much debate with my pessimistic bff (good ol' fashioned self-doubt), I decided to tune her out and just go for it. So, Fierce.Fly.Fabulous 2011 was born! It was a successful first year event, thanks in part to the fabulous Felicia M. Leatherwood (Celebrity Natural Stylist to the likes of Jill Scott, Will Smith, Tomiko Fraser, etc.) and her highly-popular Loving Your Hair with Natural Care workshop. A great time was had and we knew that GCN would definitely plan for a naturalista takeover of Essence Weekend 2012.

And now, with the natural movement gaining more and more mainstream attention, this year's Essence Weekend has several beauty events that will cater to the naturalistas for what is sure to be a Naturalista Takeover, indeed!

The Naturalista's Guide to Essence Fest Weekend 2012

It all kicks off with our favorite CFF (curlfriend for our head, at least), CurlyNikki! The diva is known to throw her infamous CurlyNikki Does..." Meetups and it's finally New Orleans and the Gulf Coast's turn! I am too friggin' excited! I've been getting my Jessie Spano "I'm sooo excited..." on since Nikki's teaser post two weeks ago. Peep the clip below!

Unfortunately, that will probably be me after next weekend, y'all....for, seriously. And, here's a taste as to why:

The Naturalista Takeover of NOLA/Essence Weekend

Natural Beauty, Hair & Style Events geared towards Naturalistas

Thursday - July 5, 2012

What: CurlyNikki Does New Orleans
When: July 5th 7:00-10:00pm
Where: The Sugar Mill
1021 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
Why: Because who better to throw a fierce party to kick off what will be a fly weekend in the fabulous city of Nola than Nikki?!? I'm just sayin...

Friday - July 6, 2012
African Pride is returning & Motions is joining in on the fun w/ hair & beauty events that begin on Friday and run for multiple days over the weekend. Click on the respective flyer for all the deets and to RSVP for either Pop-Up Beauty event!


Carol's Daughter is also returning with her Annual Pop-Up Boutique w/ Celebrity Appearances and Meet & Greet opportunities for those who make a purchase of $35 or more.
See Flyer Below for Details:

Saturday - July 7, 2012 & Sunday - July 8, 2012

Now, you all know that Gulf Coast Naturals was not about to miss returning to Essence Weekend with our Fierce.Fly.Fabulous naturalista event! Especially with others flocking to Nola for some Naturalista Fun in the Sun! This year, GCN teamed up with Jasmine over at NaturalHairParade to co-produce this year's festivities. We've got something for the naturalistas, men and kids! Fierce Special Guests & Keynotes? Check! Fly Vendors? Check, Check. Fabulous Atomosphere? Yes Indeed. There's so much goodness scheduled that I must do a separate post for FFF, which will soon follow this one. :)

For now, take a glance at all of the Fierce, Fly & Fabulous action that Gulf Coast Naturals and are bringing to Nola Natives & Tourists this EMF Weekend:

RSVP for any and/or all of the Official FFF festivities here: Fierce.Fly.Fabulous 2012