In Celebration of New York Fashion Week, I attended the 2nd annual ESSENCE Street Style Block Party at the DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn. It was a day of music, art, fashion and culture, mixed with black unity.

I made my way after church, meeting up with my cousin to take part in the festivities. Sponsor Chevrolet worked with new designers to create capsule collections with Trinidadian-American Designer and ESSENCE Street Style Alum, Ron Bass. The Home Depot shared closet organization tips and offered face painting in the Home Depot Kids Zone. Beauty Brand Shea Moisture provided free massages, product sample giveaways, manicures, makeup touch-ups and hair styling in the Shea Moisture Beauty lounge. Despite long lines, my cousin was able to get a fresh halo-braid to tame frizz caused by the rain.

Essence Street Style

Romper | Sneakers

In addition to the services provided, attendees were entertained by ESSENCE Fashion Editor Joiee Thorpe for a fashion show featuring looks for both kids and adults. There were also appearances by Gabrielle Union and Mel B throughout the day. Everyone was encouraged to visit the ESSENCE Street Style shops to purchase books, clothing, jewelry, food and more from black-owned businesses.

essence street style stage

I couldn’t end this post without sharing my look. I wore a Poppy Festival V-Neck romper by Aqua that I bought from Bloomingdale’s back in May. I wanted to wear it ALL summer and despite the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I didn’t care and just wore it. While it would’ve looked great in the heels, I opted to be “comfy chic” and threw on my j’ourvet painted Chuck Taylor Converses. To accessorize, I wore my gold stacked bangles from The Pink Locket along with gold earrings gifted by my grandmother.

essence street style look

Walking to the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party in the rain made my 3-strand twist-out a “humid fro”, but I received a lot of compliments on my hair. My makeup was also SUPER simple; I only used these items:

Here’s a pic of me before the passing cloud hit (I wore MAC Heroine earlier in the day):
ESSENCE Street Style look

From bumping into fellow bloggers, YouTubers and old friends, to dancing to the sounds of DJ Olivia Dope, we both had a great time. It was really a fun filled event for the whole family and I’m hoping ESSENCE continues to hold it in the years to come.

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