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.