ESSENCE FESTIVAL 2019: DARE 2 CARE GIRLS TRIP

Travel Destination: New Orleans

Here I come, NOLA!

I get that I work a lot, and I have neglected my travel agenda, but that is about to change. So, I am at it again! Yes – it has been too long, and it is time for another trip, and not just any trip. OMG, the ultimate GIRLS TRIP! However, for me, being a chick that enjoys different cultures and mainly going out of the country, there is nothing like a fresh breather for the soul. With that said, I am on my way to New Orleans for the 25th Essence Festival. OMG, OMG, and OMG – I am so beyond excited because even though I have been to this fantastic city, and I promise – it is the best place to visit for fun, parties, events, and culture, I have never been to the Essence Festival.

I will officially arrive in New Orleans at approximately 7:50 PM.

First stop will be at Le Pavillon Hotel to check-in and get ready for the Fire & Ice Essence Festival 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party!

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Okay, let me clear one thing up! When my girlfriends and I went to see the movie Girls Trip, EACH ONE had to let me know beforehand which girl from the movie is me. Primarily, Norma J. Hicks, who is known for trying to be everybody’s mother. So, I guess that makes her THE MOM, and I confess - Yes, I am THE WILD ONE! As if I didn’t already know. I get it, and I got it. Geesh!

Moreover, before the Ultimate Girls Trip starts, a quick run-down because I hear this is one of the largest annual celebrations in the Black culture, which includes film, television, beauty, fashion, community, activism, politics, and so much more. How in the hell have I missed this for so long? Also, I here Loni Love is hosting, and the lineup is extraordinarily incredible! Well, I would prefer to see Chris Brown on the list, but I will hush and be grateful because there will be more than 80 artists who will make their presence across the Main Stage or Super Lounges.

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Via Essence

So, I guess I will be okay even though my favorite male artist will not be one of this year’s performers.

I hear that Michelle Obama will be on the main stage at 6 PM in the Superdome on Saturday – July 6th, 2019

Besides exploring what New Orleans has to offer during my stay, here is my agenda and some of the activities that I will be attending while enjoying every single minute.

1.    Fire & Ice Essence Festival 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party (Thursday 7/4/19)

  • Bourbon Heat

  • 711 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

  • 10 PM to 3 AM

    * 2 Hour open bar and Appetizers starting at Midnight (All white strongly suggested – there will be a surcharge for other colors)

 2.    All White Converse Day Party (Friday 7/5/19)

  •  11:00 AM to 7:30 PM

  •  Razzoo Bar and Patio

    511 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

 3.    Hangover Brunch (Friday 7/5/19)

  • 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • The Court of 2 Sisters ⦁ 613 Royal Street

    Hangover Games and Unlimited Creole buffet (More than 60 items to choose from)

 4.    Karaoke and Kocktails Midday Day Party (Sat 7/6/19)

  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Loews New Orleans Hotel •300 Poydras Street • Lafourche/Point Coopee Room

5.      Add On - Rep Yo City Party W/John John (of R&B Group, Silk) & Friends (1 drink minimum) (Sat 7/6/19)

  • 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM

  • Loews New Orleans Hotel • 300 Poydras Street

6.    Razoo Day Party (Sunday 7/7/19)

  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 AM

  • Razoo Bar and Patio • 511 Bourdon Street  

7.    Add On: Author and Books Pop Up Shop-Conversation and Cocktail Empowerment Experience (Alissa Jones, Andrea Kelly, and Angela Marshall)

  • Noon to 4:00 PM (Sun 7/7/19)

    Loews New Orleans Hotel • 300 Poydras St

Happy July 4th!

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

TTEOAD: NEW ORLEANS STYLE

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER. . .

Okay, so I am a traveling chick at heart. At the moment, I am having one of those days where I am reminiscing about a past trip. Being a global traveler, I decided to take one of my typical Girls Trip to New Orleans, which was in 2015. However, it was my first time exploring this fantastic city, and I must admit that I had a super great time! Moreover, whether I am traveling with my girls, business purposes, or whatever the case may be, I am going to take a ton of pictures. As a designer, I understand and acknowledge that inspiration is available to me wherever I go. I not only pay attention to the beauty that usually surrounds me, but I pay attention to the not so beautiful objects because sometimes beauty can be found there as well. Also, I make sure that I capture what I cannot physically touch, such as the fantastic sky!

New Orleans, which is a Louisiana city, is known for its energetic nightlife, live-music scene, out of this world cuisine, which is from a history dealing with a variety of cultures such as French, African, and American. Oh, and I can't leave out The Mardi Gras, street parties, along with costumed parades, and OMG, the list can go on for miles. I enjoyed the bold and colorful architecture, eye-catching courtyards, and lighting galleries, along with the unlimited intricate details that come with every inch of this extraordinary and captivating place. With that said, I am so happy because I was able to capture some fantastic pictures, and even when I look back at them now, I relive my trip all over again.

New Orleans architecture can range from Creole Cottages (1790-1850), American (1820-1850) and Creole Townhouses (1788-mid-1800s), Raised Center-Hall Cottages (1803-1870), Shotgun Houses (1850-1910), Double-Gallery Houses (1820-1850), and more. I was so flabbergasted with the American and Creole Townhouses.

Amazing lighting gallery.

Courtyards are everywhere in New Orleans.

Yes, I was relaxing and admiring the view on-board the Natchez.

I had a blast on Bourbon Street, but what happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans.

I will never be able to say enough about 'The Crescent City' or 'The Big Easy' known as New Orleans. By the way, I will be there again in July for the 25th Essence Festival 2019, which is around the corner. I am incredibly excited knowing that I will be back in this unforgettable city yet again!

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

TTEOAD: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A DESIGNER. . .

As a designer, much of my inspiration comes from a variety of different aspects of my life. One of those aspects is my passion for traveling, which I prefer to do internationally, but when I am not out of the country, I make sure that I enjoy my travels wherever I visit. With that said, several months ago, I decided to take a trip that would not only become an inspiration but a conscious experience as well. This trip is known as MLK50. It reenacts every intricate detail of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also, it reveals the challenging history, triumphs, as well as the sinful hatred that lead to his fatal death.

I was beyond inspired that I had an opportunity to learn what transpired throughout his life, but I felt hurt, relieved, pissed, shocked, disturbed, and a million and one other emotions all at the same time. Even though there was so much information that I had to absorb, it was well worth every moment of my time in Memphis, TN because finally, the different pieces of his life are now in order.

However, unraveling the truth, years of covered lies and hidden mysteries, along with seeing the actual evidence displayed in a museum, this revealed a solidified fact that the world has some very evil individuals. I am not shocked, but it is a shame and sad that some people in the world are hiding behind a giant facade that continues to circle the globe with such distributing and unjustly hatred. Moreover, with my eagerness to learn and discover accurate knowledge, I managed to put my feeling aside and dive deep into learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Furthermore, during my visit, I toured the Stax Museum, which was crazy amazing to see the life story of people such as Ike and Tina, Isaac Hayes, and many more. I toured The National Civil Rights Museum, did what is called The Heritage Tour, and visited the Lorraine Motel (location of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). From the day he was born (January 15, 1929, Atlanta, GA until his death: April 4, 1968, St. Joseph's Hospital, Memphis), the questions that I had pondered for years were answered. Even though the tragedy behind his life became a reality to me during my trip, I finally could remove the question mark from a Historical Chapter in History.

Below: Photos from MLK50.

P-1: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his last sermon at the Mason Temple, the World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He gave his fantastic speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," and I had the privilege to sit, breathe, and smile within a Historical Atmosphere.

P-2: Lorraine Motel where the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place, which was on April 4, 1968.

P-3 and 4: Stax Museum where memorabilia feature superstars such as IKE & TINA and Isaac Hayes.

After taking in an enormous amount of history during my stay in Memphis, TN, my last day was slowly approaching. So, the evening was spent on Beale Street taking in the sites, massive crowds, and to savor my final meal, which was at Blues City Cafe – OMG, the food was beyond fantastic!

IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.