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On November 30th, I was one of the 4 hosts of the Afrobella & Friends TJ Maxx/Marshall’s Holiday Shopping Party. It was at the Marshalls at 600 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, and it was a blast! We ate cupcakes (from Chi Bakery), shopped, played games, and gaveaway gift cards to attendees who had RSVPed. 30 Marshallnistas joined us!

The hosts were my homeskillets (and fellow bloggers) Patrice Grell Yursik of Afrobella, Renisha James of Renewed Fitness, Aramide “Dee Dee” Esubi of The Sassy Peach and myself! Patrice was on hand to give beauty shopping tips as well as plus-sized fashions, Renisha gave fitness and activewear tips, Dee Dee handled accessories and designer items and I was on hand for shoes.

We each picked out great finds from our respective sections of Marshalls and made displays from them.

Patrice found GREAT makeup, beauty products and cases. In fact, I ended up buying a Betsey Johnson makeup case that she picked out, as well as som Shady Lady eyeshadow palettes.

Dee Dee found great trendy pieces, including fur vests that were adorable and affordable. And dope clutches. 

Renisha picked out some really cute fitness gear that Marshalls had to offer. And she actually ended up giving us all tips on what to wear when working out. Apparently, wool socks are better than cotton because wool absorbs sweat and water, taking it off the skin. That way, there won’t be that uncomfortable soggy foot feeling when working out. The more you know.

And I created a shoe display from 8 pairs of the dopest shoes I found in the store. My focus is on shoes I would actually wear. Plus, incorporated classic shoe styles and prints. I had knee boots, wedges, animal print, and red pumps (of course). People perusing the store kept stopping at my display and picking up shoes. I ended up buying one of them (the leopard wedge boots). They were only $59 and I couldn’t keep my eyes of them, so I was forced (yeah, ok) to buy them.

The event was a success! We had fun, and helped people figure out gifts for others or even themselves, using our particular expertise. I look forward to doing something like this again.

P.S. Thanks to Chuck of ChuckStr Photography for covering the event and taking these awesome pics!

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My immigrant story. Thanks @OutlishMagazine and @xoJanedotcom! 
outlish:

Guest writer Patrice Grell Yursik (aka Afrobella) on becoming an American citizen.

When I left my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago for Miami, Florida in 1998 I didn’t think to myself; “Say goodbye to your old life, Patrice. You’ll never live here again.” It wasn’t that serious.

It Happened to Me: I Became an American Citizen

My immigrant story. Thanks @OutlishMagazine and @xoJanedotcom! 

outlish:

Guest writer Patrice Grell Yursik (aka Afrobella) on becoming an American citizen.

When I left my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago for Miami, Florida in 1998 I didn’t think to myself; “Say goodbye to your old life, Patrice. You’ll never live here again.” It wasn’t that serious.

It Happened to Me: I Became an American Citizen