Comfy Chic at ESSENCE Street Style Block Party

Comfy Chic at ESSENCE Street Style Block Party

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 to dancing to the sounds of DJ Olivia Dope, we both had a great time. It was a fun filled event and I’m hoping ESSENCE continues to hold it in the years to come.

22 thoughts on “Comfy Chic at ESSENCE Street Style Block Party

  1. Holly

    Looks like you had a lot of fun.I thought about going, but between the rain and some other things I couldn’t make it.

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  2. Kita

    Looks like so much fun and love your outfit. I love the comfy look the comfy the better

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    1. Joanna E

      Absolutely. There were so many people. Didn’t want to deal with big crowds and trying not to topple on those cobble streets.

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  3. LaShawn

    Looks like a lot of fun. I love your romper with the chucks! it looks like something I would wear!

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  4. Patranila

    Looks like such a fun time! I’m so upset that I didn’t get off the sofa and join everybody.

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    1. Joanna E

      i sure was tempted to stay in.

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  5. LaShon Renee

    That jumper is super cute! I love a good jumper. I purchased several this year.

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    1. Joanna E

      thanks LaShon. Rompers and maxi’s are addictive to me.

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  6. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    I was scheduled to attend but between NYFW and my Mode event I had to pass.

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  7. GinaB @ Mirror Watching

    Looks like fun. I love festivals! Both styles before and after the rain look great!

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    1. Joanna E

      I was so self conscious about it. lol thanks!

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  8. MJ

    Cute style. I love jumpers. They can go from street glam to high fashion in no time. You look cute and your hair was fab either way.

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  9. Arika

    looks like you had fun! Your outfit and hair were super cute!

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  10. Kara

    Love that romper you’re rocking, love the cute & chic look you have going on. Looks like a great event to attend, glad you enjoyed yourself!

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  11. Adanna

    Looks like so much fun! I really wanted to go but I was out of town. If I’m in town I would definitely go next year.

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    1. Joanna E

      you should. The kids there seemed to have a great time. Parking is annoying and it’s a 10-15 minute walk from Borough Hall. Just keep that in mind.

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  12. Tyra

    I loved this event last year at Fashion Week. And your outfit is perfect for a street style festival. So darn cute. Glad you had a good time!

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  13. Christine @MomsNCharge

    That romper looks so super cute on you! I sure wish there were more events like these in DC, but it looks like you guys had a ball!

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks! The only thing about NYFW that’s upsetting is that summer is almost over. I’d think DC would have events like this.

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  14. Stacie

    Oh, I would love to attend an event like this. Wish I lived in NY. they have everything!

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