Essence Street Style Block Party #EssenceStyle

Hey Cuties,

I’ve shared my Fashion Week experience with you on Monday. Today we are going to change gears a tiny bit but still talk fashion and style. On Saturday after the shows Babe and I headed to the BK aka Brooklyn. We checked out the Essence Street Style Block Party, although this is their third years this was my first.  This event always takes place during fashion week. This year 10,000 people came out and celebrated real women with great style.

The block party consists of music, fashion, art, shopping and #FatSnacks. Dope partners like Chevrolet, Shea Moisture and Coca-Cola helped anchor the event. Actress Zendaya Coleman made an appearance and I missed it.  Power actress Naturi Naughton also co-hosted the Street Style fashion show. Because impossible to be everywhere at once.  I will plan things out a bit better next year.


Mi & Babe

This is how our adventure began; I like a good reminder that he loves me every now and again.  We snapped up some photos while waiting for our Uber/Lyft, we used both while in New York.


Credentialed up and ready…

After standing in heels for hours at the two shows I needed to be comfy and cute. This denim dress is at least five years old but I love it; it was 90 degrees in New York. My stands are an old favorite from Target. Babe got me this leather owl purse while we were in New Orleans.


Main Stage

It go serious up in this space, when the music was thumping it was like being in a club. It was hot outside already but it was 20 degrees hotter up in here. I had to snap my picture while it was low key.


Shea Moisture Booth

I’m a big Shea Moisture fan so we had to check them out. I use their curl milk on my daughter’s hair.  Now, I’ve got Babe digging on the Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus soap. I usually get it from Target for $4.99 a bar (the bar is big) but at the Block Party everything was 30% off. We are now the proud owners for five new bars of soap. lol


Rub Down compliments of Shea Moisture

Listen you never turn down a quality massage. Just never!


Shea Moisture Salon

After you’ve been rubbed down you can come and get all cute and stuff.


Vendor: Lorraine West

Then check out some of the vendors and spend a few coins. The midi rings were really cute.


Vendor: Rue107

Just know that I already have a piece on the way.  Rue107 was on and popping all day long. They are a lifestyle brand that caters to women sizes 2 – 24. They have a showroom in NYC you can shop or order online.


Vendor: Dope On Arrival NYC

I immediately begin to sing the minute I saw this “black coffee, no sugar, no cream. that’s the kind of girl I want down on my team.” I wanted this in a white crop top but they were out of my size. This dude was hella cool, we chatted with him a little bit.


Message! DOANYC!

His ring game was so strong.


Oh we cute.

I love when I run into my Virtual Boo’s in real life. Shout out to the ladies.


Shoulder to shoulder!

I saw people of all ages out here.



I saw styles of all kinds.


Kid’s Zone

I love that Essence even thought about the kids. I saw kids of all ages out here so this was perfect. I love that it says dream.



These ladies were show stoppers; I had to snap a picture. I love their creativity and message.


We came, we saw, we snapped pictures and spent money.

We had a good time in Brooklyn; I put Babe to work all weekend. So we left the block party and headed to a dope motorcycle shop he wanted to check out.


Have you ever been to a Block Party?

Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Tia | Pennies In My Pocket

    It looks like you had a blast! Events like this make me want to live in a more urban city. My city never has cool events like this but maybe that can be my excuse to travel.

  2. Alli Smith

    You are one busy lady! No, I’ve never been to a block party and I really want to go after seeing all the fun things to do and buy. I love your dress, shoes and owl purse. Your outfit looks fashionable and comfortable and looks awesome on you.

  3. Mitch

    I love your pictures, it looked like a fabulous day in Brooklyn! I would send my friend next time, she would love this!

  4. Jeanette

    That looks like a fun place to check out! I love things like this because you become much more aware of businesses that you would have not otherwise. Looks like you guys had a blast.

  5. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    There were some great things at the block party and some great styles. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun.

  6. Ty

    Why don’t we have cool stuff like this in LA? Looks like you had so much fun. I have to make it out there to experience this for myself.

  7. Shirley Wood

    10K is a whole lot of people, no wonder they were shoulder. I’m with you on that ‘um’ and those funky style! It sounds like a popular event.

  8. jehava

    Wow this looks so fun! I would love to go to an event like this and, I love that t-shirt he is holding!!LOL

  9. Pam Wattenbarger

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. That soap sounds great, I always shop at Target so I will have to check it out.

  10. Jacqui @TradesofJacqui

    How fun! I love all the details you show. It makes the reader feel like their there. And to be totally jealous of course lol! Great post!

  11. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    This looks like such a fun event to attend. It sounds like you had a great time. That massage rub-down looks so relaxing!

  12. Sarah

    Looks like a fabulous time, I love all of the fashion type shows you get to go to. They sound and look like such a great event to be a part of!

  13. Christy Maurer

    Wow, there were a lot of people there! It looks like it was an awesome time though. I love your dress. Sometimes the best dresses aren’t brand new!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Tons of people Christy, the great thing is they come and go. Right Christy, a old comfy dress is the best. The only thing it needed were pockets.

  14. Angelic Sinova

    Seems like you had a fabulous time at the Essence Street Style Block Party! I really like the jewelry from Lorraine West, so cute.

  15. Holly

    How awesome that you ran into some familiar faces! This looks like a ton of fun. Glad you all had a great time. Another amazing event in the books.

  16. Jenn

    You look amazing. You are rocking that denim dress. Something I have always wanted to wear, but could never pull off.

  17. Teresa

    Glad to hear you had a great time. Love your denim dress. I have one that is almost just like that one and is like years old too – I love it!

  18. Marsha

    You go to the best events! That looks fun and interesting to see all the different styles. I love the shea moisture soaps too! I don’t mind the price because it’s big and lasts a while.

  19. Jeanine

    How fun! Looks like a really great time, I really love block parties. I haven’t been to one in years though, and this makes me want to head to one asap! So much fun.

  20. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    What a super fun event and a way to enjoy fashion and have fun. I can only imagine how crammed it was with 10,000 people.

  21. Vera S

    I love a good block party!! This looks like so much fun to get to attend and take part in. !

  22. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I have never been to a block party but it does look like a fun thing to do! You looked like you enjoyed every minute of it! I wish I could attend one. I am sure I can find more than one item I could purchase while loving the music!

  23. Nadeen

    This looks like so much fun! NYC and DC has so many cool events! I’m hoping to make it to NYFW next year!

  24. Amanda Love

    How fun is this block party! There are so much clothes and it’s also awesome to see different styles. I am always amazed at how people express themselves during events like this! I sure would have loved to be there.

  25. Joanna

    It was my second time going to the Street Style block party and I had so much fun even though I was working. Did you get to check the people making the pineapple drinks? They were so good.

  26. Elle

    I love how they had live hair stylists hooking people up on the spot. It looks like it was a fun event to attend. The perks of blogging seem to get better and better!

  27. Tamika

    I cannot wait until I can be sitting at a show. In the meantime, you take the best pictures and I can live through your blog!!

  28. KenyaRae

    That looks like a good time! The first picture of you and hubs is hilarious! Love it!

  29. Tiffany H

    Your glasses and sandals are cute! You always the best events in the city! This looks like fun!

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  31. Amanda Tempel

    It looks like you had a seriously amazing time! I’ve never been to a block party before, but it definitely looks like a ton of fun!

  32. Kim

    Your shades are so cute. It was so hot that day. I don’t know how you ladies survived. It looks like you had fun though

  33. CJ from Thirty30Courtney

    New Orleans is one of my FAVORITE cities. There is literally always something funky going on. Its people and culture are so bright. This looks like my type of event.

  34. Kiwi

    Girl I am so mad I missed this! I came a day late and a dollar short (well actually I came like 4 days late but ya know). I am still in NYC currently but u did an amazing job on the recap. Next year I am going!!! I will plan it!

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