When the day of the Academy Awards arrived, Afrobella and I got up super early so our glam squad could come through and make us look like princesses. And they REALLY did. First, we got our hair done by Felicia Leatherwood, the hair whisperer. Felicia is not only one of our great friends, but she’s a hair guru! She had already done my hair 2 days before by washing, conditioning and then retwisting my locs. Then she put them in bantu knots so they were curly. The day of, all she had to do was pin my locs and VOILA! Also of interest, that flower in my hair is actually a rink. Felicia wanted to put an accessory in my hair and I remembered that I had this ring. She pinned it into my hair and it was PERFECT! My hair was LAIDT like butter on toast.
Then, we got our makeup done by Nicole Evans, an amazing makeup artist! She beat our faces like DRUMS using a lot of Avon products! Afrobella broke it down on her post HERE. Our prep was filmed by the incredibly talented graphic and video designer Krystle Rowry. Thanks to AVON for sponsoring our glam team! See the video below of our prep.
Pictures and video by Krystle Rowry (@KrissDidIt)
Hair by Felicia Leatherwood (@LovingYourHair)
Makeup by Nicole Evans (@NicoleEvansMUA)
Music by Kirby Lauryen (@KirbyLauryen)
Sponsored by AVON (@AVONInsider)
*tears* I might have ugly cried while watching that video. SO many props to Krystle for putting it together so well, and Kirby Lauryen, who is SUPER talented. She actually created this song JUST for us! Can you imagine??? *faints* I can’t even deal with all the talent around me.
So, now to what we wore!
What I Wore
Since the day we found out we were credentialed for the Academy Awards, everyone asked us “What are you gonna wear?” and Afrobella and I began our hunt for the perfect dresses. I got 3 offers from some independent designers for dresses, and they all rocked, but the dress I went with was actually one I wasn’t even checking for. I wanted to rock a cobalt blue dress that was fitted, with a mermaid tail. What I ended up with was the opposite, and I couldn’t be more happier.
* Dress is by Terani Couture from Hannah’s Boutique (10500 Southwest Hwy; Chicago Ridge, IL 60415, 708-398-4055)
* Earrings and cuff from MaxandChloe.com (Earrings: Sophie & Chloe, Cuff: Andara)
* Shoes from JustFabulous.com
What Afrobella Wore
Designers seem to want to put plus size folks in big muu muus and tents, and Patrice was not having any of that. But one designer really stepped up to the plate in a dress that was fitted AND fitting of Afrobella.
In her signature purple, Afrobella rocked a custom dress from indie designer Sofistafunk and she looked soooo pretty! Her dress was vibrant and princessy and adorabo. AND because of the color, it was easy to see, according to the many people who spotted her on TV on the red carpet. That purple was eye-catching and folks spotted Afrobella on E! and ABC.
Check her out showing up and showing OUT below:
A special thanks to Jessy Fofana of La Rue PR for helping us secure our jewelry, and really holding our hand through this outfit process!
By the way, if anyone is looking for a prom dress, wedding-related outfits or gala stuff, I really recommend you check out Hannah’s Boutique. They really came through for a G with this dress. If you mention my site, you’ll get $25 off any regular price purchase so getchu a piece and be fierce!
Thank you to the Dream Team for making us look and feel like princesses. Y’all made us slay effortlessly on that red carpet. MUCH MUCH LOVE!!!
Check out Afrobella’s more detailed post on what we wore HERE.
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