#TBT | 2016 At A Glance

I'm not going to act like 2016 was my year, but it definitely wasn't a bad one.  In fact, it was far from it!  Of course there were some bad days, but that's life.  I didn't spend as much time as I wanted to blogging in twenty-sixteen, because I was too busy enjoying the good days and running from the bad ones.  So to make up for lost time, here are a few memories from last year that I never shared.

¡Viva Las Vegas!

This was my first time in Sin City, and it won't be the last!  I can't say much because "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"!  Then again, nothing really happened (lol).  Here's what I will say:  

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My friends and I stayed at the Luxor Hotel on the south end of Las Vegas Blvd. (the strip).  I rode my first roller coaster at the New York, New York Hotel, and it's an experience that I won't ever forget and something that I'll never do again (lol).  We celebrated my cousin's birthday at Chris Brown's birthday party at Drai's Nightclub inside the Cromwell Hotel.  My feet were killing me that night (in flat sandals, no less), so I missed most of the show.  From walking up and down the strip seeing the sights (like the water show at the Bellagio Hotel), visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, a day pool party at MGM Grand Casino Hotel, to nighttime turn ups at Tao (the best club that we went to) and Hakkasan, and unfortunately getting bit by a spider, this trip was highly eventful and I can't wait to go back.

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Summer Sixteen Tour 

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All summer sixteen...

Drake really knows how to put on a show!  He performed damn near every song from his own discography, along with verses from tracks he's featured on.  Future performed his collection of party anthems and then he and Drake did a few songs from their What a Time to be Alive collaboration.  The most explosive moment of the night wasn't the fireworks igniting from the stage simultaneously.  It was when Eminem took the stage to perform Forever with Drake.  The crowd went crazy!  Detroit loves Shady! 

An Afternoon with Luvvie

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In October, I attended blogger and activist Luvvie Ajayi's book signing and reading of her first book, I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual.  The event was held at the Detroit's Public Library's main branch.  After reading an excerpt to us from her favorite chapter "Your Facebook is My Favorite Soap Opera", Luvvie went through the experience of writing the book and the motivation behind it.  In August 2014, someone hinted that some of her work may have been plagiarized, and it was.  This unfortunate event inspired her to create a manual to help people "do better".  I haven't had a chance to read the book, but as soon as I do, I will share my thoughts


Wine Tastings 

Hard Cider + Donuts at Michigan By The Bottle

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I came across the Hard Cider + Donuts event on Facebook, and who can turn down spirits and pastries?!  Well, to our surprise, they were out of donuts by the time that we arrived.  So instead, we decided to sample a full flight (your choice of 5 different wine pours) which was accompanied by flight bites (cheese and chocolate).  My flight included Bianca Select and Traminette Sweet, both sweet white wines, and the following Chaos CidersJust Apple, Sweet Peach, and Raspberry Rush.  After the tasting, I purchased the raspberry and peach ciders.

Red Wine Tasting At House of Pure Vin

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I am not a sophisticated wine drinker, by any means.  If it's not sweet or light in taste, I probably will not like it.  Such was the case when my cousin and I happened upon a red wine tasting at the House of Pure Vin in Downtown Detroit.  The host served us several different wines, and I did not like any of them.  Thank goodness for the crackers and water to wash away the bitterness from my palate.  


First People Mover Ride

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OK, so this probably wasn't my first time on the Detroit People Mover (an elevated train), but I just can't recall ever riding it.  We rode the train in a complete circle, taking in the sights of Downtown Detroit on a random Saturday, just as the sun was preparing to set.  This beautiful picture of the Canadian riverfront was taken (by me) as we made our way to the Joe Louis Arena stop on the train.


Grits + Biscuits: A Dirty South Set

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I went to the Grits + Biscuits for the first time in 2015.  It.  Was. Lit.  So of course, I had to go back this year (2016).  Here's the gist:  It's a party that goes on tour, and for the most part they only play music from the south.  You don't come dressed to impress.  You come dressed to sweat, to twerk...to turn up!  This time, the party was the day after my 28th birthday.  I went with my cousin Bianca, her friend Brittany, and we met up with some of my favorite bloggers on the dance floor of St. Andrews, where the party was held.  


2016 African World Festival

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My nieces and I attended the 2016 African World Festival at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History this summer, and it was such a great experience. This was my third year in a row attending the festival, but I hadn't been inside the museum since...middle school.  So before we explored the festival, we went through the museum and traveled back into time.  I became very emotional as I found myself standing on the deck of a makeshift slave ship, and heard the excruciating cries of the captives from a recording that was playing in the room.  To exit, we had to journey to the bottom of the ship where there were bodies on top of bodies in cramped corners.  This trip meant more than any other visit in grade school, because I felt and understood more than I did at a younger age. 

After the indoor tour of the museum, we attended a Beaute' Anthologie class about natural hair essentials, then we explored the grounds of the campus and shopped with the vendors.  I purchased a couple of pieces of fabric for my hair wraps, and some hair products from another booth.  Honestly, I can't wait to go back to the festival this year!


Other Highlights

Assisting with and co-hosting a couple of All Curls Wanted events: Let's Chat Curl  and Brunchin' With My Curls.

My biggest blogging accomplishment of 2016 is  easily the one-on-one interview I had with Myleik Teele, the creator of CurlBox.

I also saw Bryson Tiller, K. Michelle + Ro James, Beyonce (Formation World Tour), Lizzo (Coconut Oil Tour), Chris Brown + Trey Songz (The Big Show at the Joe) in concert this year.  

♡, Antoinette