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Queens-Fest

Queens-Fest

Blossom and Sol Natural Hair Festival at SXSW Festival (Austin)

I miss you all!! Ugghhhh, I miss writing, typing….talking while I’m writing and typing. *Please pray for your girl to get a laptop this year, thank you!* Sooo, I went back to Austin for SXSW (one of the biggest festival congregations of creatives in tech, film, photography, fashion, music, beauty….like you name it! It’s all there for one week. One week, but one important day when black creatives from different sectors come together. I went to the first annual festival last year under a different name “The Curly Girl Picnic” Check my post with that here!

It’s amazing to see how Coco Bates and her beautiful team came together again to make ANOTHER historic move. When you know you have purpose, it involves challenges and growth. If someone told you that living your purpose is easy, well….I don’t think you truly tapped into it yet.

The Coco Bates

Let ME (MUAH!! *points to self*) tell you all the greatness that happened! I did videos, check my Instagram here! Another thing I just couldn’t do last year, I was PREPARED for 2019. Ok…let’s go!

There was 2 separate events connected to the Blossom and Sol Fest, the intimate Noir Sisterhood Evening Affair *the night before the festival*, which is an interactive and intimate discussion on natural hair, beauty, and self empowerment with a live demonstration of Design Essentials product and style education. *PRAISE GOD FOR FREE FULL SIZE PRODUCTS!* Perks on being in media/press. *FYI! I just used my Design Essentials Natural Line Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner along with the Honey Curlforming Custard along with the styling tips the instructor gave me and…..baby!! My hair looks and FEELS SOOOO MUCH DIFFERENT! The number one advice I would give out (super important!) is start with a CLEAN SCALP. That’s it! Your shampoo routine should be LONGER than your style routine. I did 20 minutes *compared to my 9 minutes* with baking soda and apple cider vinegar due to my product buildup from my twists (separate application, not mixed in), cleansing shampoo with my shampoo brush and style. Then, boom!

I drove home that night and came back that morning for the festival (thankful that it’s 2 1/2 hours away….yes, I was bone tired). Thank you Bucees’ coffee, you are the real mvp next to my best friend.

We get to the beautiful, historical black college/university in the Austin area, Huston-Tillotson University, where the festival is held on the vast field on the hill looking over Austin’s downtown skyscrapers, just a couple of minutes away. Not only was I doing things for the UnconventionalShell website and moderating panel interviews, my best friend and I was being: asked to be a part of photographs, shot by photographers, interviewed by other bloggers and editorial contributors to websites and magazines….I was in AWE of it, …like me? Who am I to get this special attention? I’ve realized that is what I’ve been praying for…hmmmm. My favorite part was meeting all of the creatives. I can say that I am a people person, I love to meet people (most of the time) especially if we have a commonality in creativity. Creatives in the Austin area, people that I follow on social media planning to met at the festival, sharing our love of our craft….just awesomeness and love all around!!

Too many great things happened at the festival: dancing, FOOD, markets where you can buy local black products, live music from awesome musicians like DioMara, live hair workshops/tutorials, panel discussions about mental health, entrepreneurship, beauty (my panel!), and more!!

Alrighty, my awesome tips to close this post out:

  1. Get ready for 2020! If I can see progession from 2018 to 2019, I KNOW 2020 will be BOMB! This is not only for people of color, but for anyone open to appreciate diverse cultures. It was exciting to see other races present at the festival to take on the activities and markets. ALSO, I know that more EXPANSION will happen for 2020. That’s all that I will say for that matter. *smirking*
  2. Like I said last year, support your local businesses. Franchises and manufacturers are generally NOT about the quality OF THEIR BRANDS and community involvement. Big companies = the money and power. Local businesses = community leaders and innovators to the next generation.
  3. Show love. Bring a picnic blanket. Say ‘Hi’ to the person that came by themselves. Connect with people over food. That’s what this festival is all about. Loving the people.

Until next time!!! Love ya’ll!!! Share this post and leave a comment. Another blog post in the works now! Stay tuned!

Thank you Sam for my portraits!!! Instagram: Sammiedor.photography

Plus, my awesome best friend for taking pictures and video! My team member!!