LIFESTYLE

What I've Been Up To

It goes without saying, but I'll mention the obvious anyway: I've been MIA. I miss blogging. I miss posting and writing. I miss sharing details about amazing small businesses, my favorite spots in NYC, and about my travels. I have a habit of disappearing from time to time due to my various activities and pursuits, but I promise that will no longer happen with Sherelle Naturelle.

If you've been following my Instagram or Insta Story, you've probably caught a glimpse of some of the fun things I've been distracting myself with. From art to music and mini travels to uptown beach parties, I ended my summer with several bangs and I want to share a few highlights with you here.

AfroPunk

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AfroPunk is truly an event that I wish would perpetually exist every weekend for the rest of eternity. Such a safe, creative, positive space. I'm overjoyed that I finally got to partake in the ever-growing festival.

Day 1 Outfit: Urban Outfitters. Day 2 Outfits details here.

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The Cloisters

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Finding peace, art and greenery in the park uptown.

Outfit: Off the Shoulder Top - Abercrombie & Fitch, Linen Shorts - Joe Fresh

Concerts: Blood Orange, James Blake, So Far Sounds

 Blood Orange @ Terminal 5

Blood Orange @ Terminal 5

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 James Blake @ Radio City Music Hall

James Blake @ Radio City Music Hall

 Lauren Calve @ So Far Sounds NYC which provides intimate music events with local acts in 274 cities around the world.

Lauren Calve @ So Far Sounds NYC which provides intimate music events with local acts in 274 cities around the world.

 Sugar Sugar @ So Far Sounds NYC which provides intimate music events with local acts in 274 cities around the world.

Sugar Sugar @ So Far Sounds NYC which provides intimate music events with local acts in 274 cities around the world.

The theme for the past two months (or my life in general) has been music.

All photos taken of me by @PaparazzoPascal

The Friend Zone Live

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Ironically enough, last week I wrote a post about how to lose a friend. Tapping into those unsettled feelings that have been troubling me for the past few months was difficult, much less sharing them with all of the internet to see. The writing of the post was therapeutic; the moment I thought to put pen to paper (or keys to keyboard) was the moment I saw a picture of a former friend on social media and the hurt feelings surfaced then began to bubble over. Since writing the post, I haven't thought about this old friend and our broken relationship once, which is a 180 degree turnaround from my formerly constant, one-sided discontent with our fractured friendship. When the post was finished and my sentiments and thoughts were left bared to me, forcing me to review and accept my feelings, I learned the true value of journaling. A value I wouldn't have even come to discover had it not been for The Friend Zone.

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Blessed be the day that I tuned in to the pilot episode of The Friend Zone a year ago. Having already been a long time supporter of Fran (HeyFranHey)—who is the reason why I am currently a naturalista, a lover of Jojoba oil, and can school you on the benefits of oil cleansing—I was sure to check out her venture into the world of podcasting with her show based on all things wellness and mental health. The show is co-hosted by three black creatives (Fran, Dustin, and Assanté) and is as filled with helpful wellness tips as it is laughs to help you get through the stresses of life. In the words of Assanté, the show helps to add some needed equipment in your "ninja toolkit"; an arsenal of knowledge and guidelines geared to help you navigate life and the rocky road to success. From the deep topics explored by Fran to the insight, witty quips, petty notes, and music-laced references from Dustin and Assanté, each host drops more than enough knowledge bombs to get you thinking and reevaluating your thought processes, who you attract, the way you love, and your journey to doing what you love. 

I extend my sincerest congratulations to this crew of amazing creatives who took the initiative to turn an idea of spreading awareness for wellness and mental health on a medium popular for distractions and turning it into a successful, helpful, and much needed venture. Every week for the past year, I have had messages from these three received unto me that have provoked thought and reflection. I've mended relationships, ended a few; put together grand plans, and understood people far better than before because of the words of Fran, Assanté, and Dustin.

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Their live, one year anniversary show—which wasn't short of their typical wellness tips and humor—was packed with black creatives and influencers from the hosts (Kid Fury and Crissle of The Read) to the question facilitators Franchesca Ramsey (aka ChescaLeigh) and Maya Washington (aka Shameless Maya) to the massive friend-based attendees (such as Cipriana QuannDeray McKesson, Jesse Boykins III, to name a few). Just being in attendance you felt inspired by all the creatives and camaraderie shared amongst each and every attendee.

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Congrats again to The Friend Zone on the amazing work they're doing and will continue to do. Thank you so much for your show, for encouraging the community, and for being the much needed voice that was waiting to be heard. 

You can check out The Friend Zone on Wednesdays on SoundCloud or Spotify.

CurlFest 2016

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This year I had the pleasure of attending CurlFest for the second year in a row, and boy what a difference a year makes! Both the crowd and 'fros doubled in size along with the warmth and camaraderie between curly girls (and guys) of all walks of life. The Nethermead in Prospect Park was chock full of beauties and beaus all there to celebrate hair, beauty, and the culture that naysayers thought would only be a trend.

If there's one thing that didn't change from last year, it was the heat. Mr. Sun came out to play all day...I'm guessing he knew there were photo ops to be had. This year I wore a linen off-the-shoulder top from Zara along with a pair of yellow and blue floral H&M shorts for a pop of color on this summery day. Sticking to my usual routine, I wore barely-there make up and let Marc Jacob's creme lipstick in Blow upgrade my look with minimal effort.

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Haircare brands like Shea Moisture, Eden Body Works, and Tropic Isle Living and vendors such as The Wrap Life had products available for purchase and, if you were one of the lucky ones, free samples to snag. Like last year, early arrivals were treated to swag bags containing full-sized products including a Shea Moisture deep conditioner and Miss Jessie's Transitioner's Magic. For those of you hoping to attend next year, get there earlier than the early arrivals; that free swag bag line was no joke.

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Aside from my gnarly nose tan (that's what I get for wearing sunglasses all day), my experience at CurlFest was second-to-none and I'm so happy I got to meet curlies old and new. Thanks to everyone for all the good vibes and kind words. Let's continue to spread the love from CurlFest throughout the rest of our days.

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