Essence Festival 2015

What more can I say about a great, wonderful experience! This was my first year at the Essence Music Festival 2015 and it won’t be my last. First let me say I went with a wonderful travel group called “Just Trippin’ Travelers Club” check out their website and all the fabulous upcoming trips Just Trippin has to offer. I stayed at the Four Points Sheraton right on Bourbon Street, and it was a party all night long. Literally you can hear the action till the wee hours in the morning. But it was cool for me, the room was great, the service was timely and their guest services told us all the best restaurants to experience.

Cody at Essence Festival

Cody at Essence Festival

Outfits: I made sure my outfits were comfortable, colorful, cute, and as loose as possible. However, there was just no way getting around the New Orleans heat!! Boy was it hot! It was an oven hot, humid, sticky sweaty heat! I stayed true to my nature regarding putting floral and colors together. I hit up the concerts with my floral dress from ASOS, to my solid off the shoulder maxi dress, and then topped it off with my floral romper from Ashley Stewart. I was feeling like a flower blooming all day. My hair was in my “Janelle Monee” style, which meant I didn’t have to mess with it at all. My up do was so convenient and cute all in one, thanks to my natural stylist Layjoce at Art of Gem in Stockbridge, GA.

Cody at Essence Festival

Food: Everywhere! But my favorite was this little healthy spot in the French Market called Meals from the Heart Café. “A Healthier Take-out Food Option’ had one of best crab cake salads. In addition I met the wonderful owner Ms. Gereline, who is a retired Social Worker and was also in the Civil right movement. So not only did I get good food for my stomach but she fed my soul with words of encouragement.

Cody at Essence Festival

Concert: Of course I can talk about the acts all day. Floetry definitely brought the soulfulness and sweets sounds of love back to the Superdome. Charlie Wilson showed me that swagger has no age limits. Mary J Blige didn’t lose a beat and brought Method Man out on stage. Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick the Ruler killed it on the sound stage. Mase took us to Harlem World and prayed over the crowed after his performance. Missy reminded us why she was the hit maker, Usher solidified why he is the panty dropper (oops did I say that?) LOL. And finally Kendrick Lamar made me want to fight the power and ended the night with his smash hit “ALRIGHT!”

In conclusion, I can write a book about my Essence experience because that is just how great it was. New Orleans dishes, the great people. and fellow Atlanta bloggers I saw, it was all so much fun. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ledisi, who is a sweetheart. I recommend you get at least one Essence Music experience. The unity of music, food, soul, love, art, fun, and style coming together in one city is the true meaning of Essence!!

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