This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure of hosting the inaugural Black Beauty Brunch in Toronto, Canada! This was my first time in Canada, and though it was freezing (literally below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) the whole weekend, the warm smiles and spirits of the BEAUTIFUL, Black women I met and interacted with made it all worth while.
More about The Black Beauty Brunch, hosted by London Ivy Products and Kinky Curly Yaki:
The Black Beauty Brunch is an exciting meet and greet event for Toronto’s self-identified black women to Mix + Mingle. The GTA is filled with beautiful black women but not many events curated to exclusively celebrate them. The brunch is designed to get women to come out and have an amazing time with delectable food (the best of Caribbean & Canadian cuisine), great music and a chance to experience the blessings of Sisterhood. We hope to create a judgment-free space where women can have an open forum to explore their concepts of self-love, beauty ideals, and representation.
It was held at the AmstarDAM Brewery (loved their event space). Of course we brunched because – duh!
The music there? So bomb! Here I am on the ones and twos with infamous DJ Lissa Monet.
During the brunch, we laughed
We expressed gratitude
We even had surprise giveaways!
And when I wasn’t hosting …
… I was learning from the speakers. So many gems dropped; so much knowledge obtained!
There were eight dynamic women who came up to speak about what they do in the GTA including the eye behind these photographs you see here, Samantha Clarke (her work is amazing). She also gave us tips on how to take the best selfie (check out mine here):
I have to admit: mixing and mingling was my favorite part of the event! Have you ever just listened to someone’s story – their testimony – and gotten inspired? That was me all. day. long.
And clearly I couldn’t get enough of the backdrop:
Too many funs! By the way, my hair was styled in my signature style and all information on the color can be found here.
I met so many beautiful women yesterday (and when I say beautiful, I don’t just mean the physical) that were filled with passion and purpose and I was honored to be amongst them.
Until next time, Toronto! Thanks for having me!!
Want me to host your next event? Contact me here. For more photos of the Black Beauty Brunch, check out the hashtag #blackbeautybrunch on social media!
All photographs (except my selfie) in this post by Samantha Clarke.