Miami Layover- Curls and Coils!

This past weekend found me traveling back from a long overdue vacation in St. Martin and the  threat of Hurricane Debby turned a brief stop into a seven hour layover in Miami.


The power of social media is not to be underestimated;  one tweet about looking for something to do led to an influx of responses that the African-American Black Film Festival (ABFF) was in full swing and a list of potential events made there way to my twitter mentions.  I opted for the Curls and Coils event hosted by the dynamic ladies of Social Esquire.


The event was held at the Sagamore; hands down one of my favorite Miami hotels and the focus of the event was a celebration of natural hair. The champagne flowed, faces were beat and I had a great time networking with some of Miami’s loveliest naturalistas.

ABFF Beauty Lounge

Miami played host to the 15th annual American Black Film Festival and the Black Glitterati were out in full force. In addition to multiple film screenings, there were master classes in everything from the business of movie making to learning how to hone your acting chops.

During the festival, Tracy Wilson Mourning hosted a Beauty Lounge in conjunction with Janice and Denise Tunnell, the gorgeous twins behind the Illusions Cosmetics line.  The event attendees included  some of the most beautiful and well-dressed women I encountered during my Miami visit. The energy was great, the mojitos were flowing and everyone was relaxed thanks to the pampering that included massages, make-overs and hair styling.

The Honey Child collection by Mourning offers up some of the most fragrant and emollient scrubs, body oils and lotions I have ever experienced.  I loved the fragrances so much, I chose both Lover and Kiss, both fragrances embody the promise to “envelope the body calms the mind and kisses the soul”.

Visit  to learn more about this exciting collection.

Honey Child potions and lotions

Tracy Mourning describing the line to Sheree Whitfield


The GF w/ Tracy Wilson Mourning

There were a long line of fashionistas waiting to get their faces beat by the Illusions Cosmetics line.  The company was founded by celebrity make-up artists (and Baltimore natives) Janice and Denise Tunnell. The range was created with women of color in mind and the lip gloss has received accolades from the likes of Taraji P. Henson and carries the names of some of our favorite movies including: Carmen Jones, Brown Sugar and Mahogany just to name a few.  Visit  to get yours today!

Illusions Cosmetics Make-Over

There was a long line for massages

Fashionistas with their goodies from Honey Child and Illusions Cosmetics

Hair styling courtesy of Chez Badeux Salon


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