So, I wasn't really sure what to expect from #Curlfest. I'd never been before but I figured it would be a cute event to attend and maybe a good networking opportunity. It didn't disappoint.
There were beautiful black people everywhere. Specifically, beautiful black women with heads of bountiful curls blowing in the wind. Everything was so colorful. So vibrant. So US. I really enjoyed it. This event was started to celebrate our culture and the beauty of the natural hair community. I'm personally learning to embrace my own natural curls and it's definitely a journey. I don't really like the length of them at the moment and I don't love the amount of time and effort it takes to get them to look good so I've been wearing braids all year. One day, I'll finally feel completely comfortable and more like myself while rocking my curls. One day. God is still working on me lol.
But back to the event. Next time, I will definitely bring provisions (food, liquor and a blanket to sit on) and stay longer. I also really wanted to wear something with an African print but my original outfit wasn't working so I scrapped it. Next year, I'll be prepared. On Saturday, I wore this lime green and white striped button-up shirt from Old Navy, some denim cutoffs and my colorful lace up sandals from ASOS. I was feeling the Skittles/Malibu Barbie vibe (ha!) so I added some new red sunglasses and multi-colored feather earrings. I met up with a few friends and walked the grounds, taking it all in. Unfortunately, I didn't get the Swag Bag that came with my $25 ticket because the line was INSANE. :-| Word to the wise, don't even bother paying for a ticket. It's an open park and the event is free so there's no need to purchase anything unless you bring cash to buy food from the food trucks. And make sure you have a friend with you to get some good pics! If you're promoting something, this is a good place to do it. I had some cards printed and handed them out to lots of ladies. Hoping of course that they'll follow my blogging journey but if not, it still felt good to put myself out there and stop being so scary about promoting my page. I was disappointed in myself for not bringing the whole damn box of cards, I definitely could've given them all out probably within an hour of walking around the park. Next time. And I'll be sure to keep track of events like this one to maximize my networking opportunities. I'm learning.
Thanks so much for reading! Have you ever been to Curlfest before? What was your experience like? I'd love to hear. XOXO - Ash