Tracey WileyComment

My Essence Fest sip and shop recap!

Tracey WileyComment
My Essence Fest sip and shop recap!


Oh what a night! Lynn aka Nola housewives and I had a blast throwing our very first Essence Fest kick off party. I can honestly say I’m still on cloud nine! The amount of support we received was amazing. So if you attended, THANK YOU! If you didn’t make it, no worries there will be another one. Promise!

When Lynn and I decided to throw this event we wanted to make sure our event had a purpose. From choosing a black owned restaurant that was slightly off the beaten path to exposing local vendors to our guest. It was all planned out. As you know I am a big supporter of small businesses and if there is any way I could help amplify them, then I’m all in. That is what this party was about. Bringing women (and some men) together for a fun night out while shopping and drinking some pretty amazing cocktails NOLA style.

Again, if you missed this event, no worries! There will be another Essence kick party next year. Until then make sure to follow Lynn and I for updates on our next event coming soon. Special shout out to Leann with Crowned Photography. She drove all the way from Baton Rouge to capture our event! Thank you so much Leann!!


The food and Venu

Our event was held at my new favorite hidden gem. CRU. If you aren’t familiar with this gem, I highly suggest you make your way there. From the beautiful court yard to the yummy cuisine. You will fall in love your first visit. Make sure to check them out for happy hour and their famous drag brunch!

Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts were a big hit!

Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts were a big hit!

Here is one of our signature drinks. One was called the Influencer the other one (pictured) was called the socialite. Please don’t ask me what was in it. Because I can’t remember. I do remember they were very good! :-)

Here is one of our signature drinks. One was called the Influencer the other one (pictured) was called the socialite. Please don’t ask me what was in it. Because I can’t remember. I do remember they were very good! :-)

Some ladies enjoying the beautiful courtyard

Some ladies enjoying the beautiful courtyard

The vendors

we had so many wonderful vendors! From candles, to clothes, jewelry and makeup! We made sure to have you covered. Thank you so much for each and everyone of y’all that made this night a success.

Every girl needs some sparkle in their life!    elektra cosmetics

Every girl needs some sparkle in their life! elektra cosmetics

You heard the woman! Follow her for some amazing candles. They smell soooo good!

You heard the woman! Follow her for some amazing candles. They smell soooo good!

Get charmed by    Southern sass by cass

Get charmed by Southern sass by cass

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Lord knows I wish I could put all the wonderful Pictures Crowned Photography took. But the way my website is set up. lol! Here is a complete list of our vendors! Make sure to follow them on Instagram. :-)

Crowned Photography
Wicks NOLA
Jewelz by Jacque
UgetMade
La Maison de Classe
Maisondecharm
Curated By Monica
Rainbow Aura Arts, LLC
Lizzie's Boutique
Bijoux de Delone
Blush Beauty Bar
Color Street
Elektra Cosmetics
Accessories by Cmarie
BJ's Steam Cleaning
Dr. Rae Smith
Rave Divas
Luxuri Lash by Jass