Meet and Greet.

Love Culture Meet and Greet





On Friday I attended a meet and greet in Queens Center Mall hosted by Missy Lyn (also known as Start2finishmua on Instagram and YouTube) and Anitra (aka Nitraab) I arrived at the mall a little early because I wanted to pick up a few things as the meet up was set to begin at 5pm. I walked around Love Culture (a clothing store similar to Forever 21/ Charolette Russe) but I didn’t see anything that I had to have. They had lots of trendy pieces but I have enough clothes so I decided to just walk around and wait for the girls to arrive.

Missy and Anitra arrived shortly after and immediately began to interact with the other girls. Both ladies were approachable and super sweet! Anitra seemed a little more reserved and not her usual bubbly self but I chalked it up to a combination of jet lag and her being a little busy and wanting to get to speak to everyone. Missy was very easy to talk to and it felt like I was talking to my sister or best friend. I gravitated towards her and her positive spirit and kind words of encouragement.

The store Love Culture offered a 20% discount to all who attended the meet and greet for all merchandise in the store and many of the girls took advantage of that. Towards the end of the meet and greet the ladies had a raffle drawing for dinner in the city. There were a total of 4 drawings and each winner was allowed to bring a friend. I never win things like this and from the very beginning I had asked Missy if all of us (well anyone who wanted to…) would be able to attend the dinner even if we didn’t win. Usually I would never ask this but for some reason I genuinely wanted to spend more time with the ladies I had met that day and didn’t mind paying for my own dinner. Needless to say Missy and Anitra were very accommodating. We ended up at Benjamin Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan and talked well into the night. The girls were truly inspiring and offered kind words of encouragement to all of us.

Although I felt kind of like a pest for tagging along, whether or not the girls felt that way they did not let on in the least and I appreciate that. (I’m such a YouTube groupie…) I would love to support anything these ladies do in NYC in the future as it was a pleasure meeting them this past weekend. I hope to see them BOTH at BeautyCon next month so stay tuned…

I know for sure Missy and another young lady TrillestAttraction (on YT) have already posted footage from the meet and greet so I will post the links for that as soon as I can… If you notice in Missy’s footage I was recording as well so stay tuned for that over on my YT channel Thee Shopaholic (post should be live in the morning)!

Meet and Greet Starts at 07:45 ūüôā

Have you ever met anyone important to you, actors, YT personalities, or motivational speakers??? Tell me about it in the comment section!


TWELVE18 Media Private Screening


I attended the Private Screening down in Dumbo, NYC tonight featuring YouTube notables MsVaugnTV (Vaughn Monroe) HairCrush (Chime Edwards) BeautifulBrwnBabyDol (Nina) and Taren Guy. I heard about the event from Taren herself when she uploaded a photo of the four women promoting a private screening to attend the event tonight. I had been to previous events hosted by Taren before but I jumped at the chance to meet Chime Edwards a natural hair enthusiast and Ms. Vaughn; Jack and master of all trades. I had never heard of BeautifulBrwnBayDol ( I know I am getting my life as we speak) but needless to say that would all change tonight. She is my new favorite discovery. I am truly inspired by her accomplishments.



¬† ¬† ¬†After being allowed in from the cold cruel night we were able to check our coats and shop the wonderful vendors “So Major Boutique” (top) and “I Got Pink Eye” (bottom). The ladies were very welcoming and their pieces were unique yet wearable, often at events like this you find pieces that are quirky but not practical! Both of these ladies featured unique hat designs sure to keep you fabulous and warm this winter. Being the SHOPAHOLIC that I am i had to buy a fabulous pair of earrings that caught my eye from the very beginning at So Major Boutique.¬†


These earrings are so awesome at $15 I could not pass on these statement making drop detail gems in gold, I even ended up putting them on and wearing them for the rest of the night! 



As we waited for the girls to arrive we were served tasty hors d’oeuvres and listened to music. I was able to mix sand mingle with other naturals such as myself and the event was going as expected. There were a host of cupcakes, fresh fruit and interesting vegetable and shrimp options and i was happy to be able to try them all! I love food!!! (especially the free and delicious kind)




Eventually all of the ladies arrived starting a media frenzy! They were all looking √ľber fabulous and easily captured everyones attention. From left to right (Vaughn, Taren, Founder of Twelve18 Media, Inc. Maureen ¬†Aladin, Nina, Chime) these ladies were ready to kick off the Private Screening.





Mums the word… We were all reminded about the importance of secrecy of the screening and the consequences of sharing the confidential information we had all been invited to receive. For those of you that missed the screening you are definitely in for good things! #SHHH


Panel Discussion






After the panel discussion and cake we were graced with a few songs by recording artist Lydia Caesar. I will insert the link to some of her music for your listening pleasure, and my personal favorite song “Overdose.”Image

I know what you’re thinking‚Ķ what about the goodie bag!!! We received not one‚Ķ but TWO goodie bags tonight. With the help of sponsors like Miss Jessie’s, Alikay Naturals, and Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Twelve 18 Media gifted us with some staple sample products sure to keep your coif in check this winter or try that new style you always wanted to attempt but were too afraid to try because of what people would think. We each also received some cool music to listen to! Thanks Twelve 18 Media!



OOTN my Jumpsuit | H&M, Blazer | H&M, and the shoes are ZARA dupes that i purchased from a store called ROXX




I MET SOME GREAT WOMEN TONIGHT‚Ķ and i had a lot of FUN! I can’t wait for the next event!¬†Image