Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I’m taking on the Men's Health URBANATHLON in Chicago!


The Men's Health URBANATHLON is an obstacle course run with an urban theme. The race course varies from city to city, so I may be running stadium steps, swinging across monkey bars, or jumping over barricades here in Chicago!

Normally with 14 obstacles over a 10-12 mile distance, This year URBANATHLON has added an all new sprint distance course, with 7 obstacles over 3-5 miles. I’ll be running the sprint distance and so can you! Use the discount code: FIT to get 20% off with the cost of registration.

The race is chip timed. Post race there will be music, food trucks, a beer garden (with one free beer for race participants), at the Men’s Health URBANATHLON Festival. It’s not just for men, obviously!

Register today!

10.18 – Soldier Field, Chicago (hosted by Shaun T!)
10.25 – Citi Field, New York
11.23 – AT&T Park, San Francisco

Use code FIT for 20% off!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Upcoming Art Fairs


I have several shows I'm preparing for in late summer and fall! I'll have everything in my Etsy shop and more!



August 30 - Artopia Fest - Pilsen
The Chicago Urban Art Society
600 W Cermak Rd, Chicago
2-10pm

September 20-21 - Portage Park Community Fair
Irving Park Rd. & Central Avenue, Chicago
9-5 daily

November 8 - Resurrection High School
7500 W. Talcott Ave. Chicago
10am-4pm

Sunday, August 3, 2014

EDEN BodyWorks Presents "Celebrate My Beauty!" in Chicago


Chicago natural beauties spent the evening celebrating their beauty at the W Chicago City Center hotel on July 31. Hosted by EDEN BodyWorks, “Celebrate My Beauty!” is hosted by Francheska Medina, natural beauty, nutrition and fitness expert and the voice behind HeyFranHey.com. Francheska serves up helpful tips, suggestions, and inspiration on her YouTube channel, Natural Living With Hey Fran Hey: Going natural from the inside out: tips on DIY beauty, natural hair care, nutrition and fitness; all with a bohemian twist! Catch the rest of the flicks here!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Black Girls RUN! 2014 Preserve the Sexy Tour: Chicago recap

A group of dedicated women arrived early to City Point Loft over the weekend to Preserve the Sexy with Black Girls RUN! The Preserve the Sexy Tour is a one-day workshop for female runners of all levels to expand their knowledge of running.



The group was welcomed by BGR! Co-founder, Toni Carey before diving into the day’s workshops. First, we learned about proper running form with Newton Running Chicago including foot strike and shoe types.



We practiced a few running drills, then hit the pavement to try out Newton Running shoes.



Next, we covered the importance of stretching in our fitness routine while actively learning foam and stick rolling best practices.



For me, the highlight of the day was the BGR! Fitness Party. We were led in several African dances with origins in various regions of the continent. I loved this so much! There was a lot of side to side motion using the muscles on the outer thigh that don't get worked very hard in running.



The Preserve the Sexy tour is still on the road. Check the website to find a city near you and join the fun!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dark and Lovely® & Black Girls RUN! team up for the Preserve the Sexy Tour


Dark and Lovely® and Black Girls RUN! will team up this weekend for the Preserve the Sexy Tour, which hits Chicago on Saturday, July 26th!

This conference is open to runners of all levels, from beginners to veterans. The tour will feature fun, informative sessions including coaching on running anatomy, form, and muscle assessments from experts, and concludes with a celebratory fitness party! Dark and Lovely will also be offering product sampling and raffles. Black Girls RUN! Co-founders Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey will also be in attendance.

I was a Black Girls RUN! Chicago Ambassador between 2011 and 2013 so the group holds a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to Preserve the Sexy with Chicago this weekend! Get all the details about the Dark and Lovely and Black Girls RUN! partnership and the Preserve the Sexy Tour here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Giveaway: Dark and Lovely® Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Collection


photo credit: Dark and Lovely

On Sunday, June 29, Dark and Lovely Au Naturale and Everyday People hosted the hottest Style Suite & Brunch at Chicago hotspot Untitled. In their exclusive Style Suite, Dark and Lovely® celebrated its breakthrough Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage and Au Naturale Anti-Breakage lines: a range of treatment and styling products designed to address the unique needs of naturally curly hair textures. Guests gathered tips and tricks on caring for gorgeous natural curls from SoftSheen-Carson Director of Education Mezei Jefferson as beautiful models showed off some amazing styles. Attendees were also treated to one-on-one hair consultations from the Dark and Lovely Style Squad, sipped on a signature cocktail, rocked to tunes from DJ Rich Knight, mingled with Everyday People hosts Chef RoblĂ©, Saada and DJ Moma and enjoyed a musical performance by Tweet.

Now, Chicago Ethnic Hair Care readers have a chance to try the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale collections. Enter to win full size products from the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage collection. Find out how after the jump.

Monday, June 16, 2014

What’s Blooming on Harrision 2014 - My first art fair


My first art fair was a success! I prepared for 5 weeks. I worked on my art before work, after work, and on the weekends. Any free time I had was spent painting, sealing, and gluing.


In the beginning, I had no idea about how much inventory to make, how many bags to buy, how much change to bring. I read a lot of blogs with great suggestions on how to have a successful fair that were extremely helpful. I was thrilled with how my booth design turned out! There was more traffic in my booth than I expected. I got a lot of compliments on the use of color (I love color)! I met a few other artists who were kind and helpful. Two friends stopped by and hung out in my booth for a while. It was a fun day! I definitely made enough items to sell – more than I needed. I posted my remaining inventory in my Etsy shop. I made back the cost of my booth, and I was happy with that.


I applied for another fair at the end of June, and I was accepted! I will have a booth at the Proksa Park Art Fair in Berwyn, IL June 28 and 29. This is the first year for this fair. I’m happy that all my booth design prep is done and I have inventory to start with for this fair. There will be less prep time involved. Though I can’t resist the temptation to add a few new pieces!