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What I Wore to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

I don’t go to crazy fancy events often but when I do, I like to step out and be Gone with the Wind Fabulous.

It was like deja vu because two years ago, I was in LA for the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon (and the Oscars) with my ace, Afrobella, and we had the same Glam squad then as we do now. It’s so fascinating to see what a difference two years can make and how far we’ve come.

Afrobella Luvvie ESSENCE

Dresses by Dressmaker by Olivia. Makeup: Nicole Evans. Hair: Felicia Leatherwood

Our dresses were custom made by the best seamstress EVER, Olivia Diggs-Ogbara (aka Dressmaker by Olivia). Olivia is my go-to person for #alphets when I have special events and she’s made me such great pieces (for the Red Pump show, for SMWLagos etc.).

This time, I called her a week before the event and said “I need a dress.” I sent her a picture (from Pinterest) of what I had in mind and she took it above and beyond that. My only extra instruction was “make the back interesting” and this is what she came up with:

Luvvie Dress ESSENCE 2

LOVED IT! I got so many compliments on this dress, so thank you for having me TOGETHER Olivia! She’s in Chicago, but she travels so holler at her.

Now, about my hair. I call her the “Hair Whisperer.” My friend and celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood (@LovingYourHair) did my hair for the 2012 Academy Awards. She’s one of three total people I trust implicitly with my coiffure because she always has it LAIDT like fresh grass.

My signature fancy hairdo is up in the front and down in the back. Like a mullet that actually looks nice. HA! So Felicia pulled some to the front and pinned them to my left side.

Here’s a closer look:

Luvvie Hair ESSENCE

 YES, MA’AM! Felicia’s in LA but the lady travels more than most planes so hit her up!

And of course, I got my face done/did/together by the dope Nicole Evans (@NEvansMUA) again! I have a very sharp face and this isn’t always a good thing because one wrong turn can have me looking like a cartoon villain. All these angles in my face.

But Nicole is about that awesome makeup artistry life. She even convinced me to use eyelashes. My eyes are sensitive to stuff so I usually shy away from extra things like lashes but she tried it and I liked them!


Luvvie Makeup ESSENCe 2

Thank you to the Dream Team Glam Squad for making a gal feel and look amazing! I’m looking forward to the next fancy occasion where I get to tap on these ladies again. Next year’s ESSENCE event, mayhaps?

Oh wait! I almost forgot my shoes! Y’all know those are important. I decided to rep The Red Pump Project and #RocktheRedPump so I had on these GUESS platform pumps I’ve had for a couple of years (but only worn once).

Luvvie Shoes Essence

Luvvie ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood

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  1. March 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You look like a princess! That dress, the hair, the makeup, the shoes . . . . splendid & beautiful!

    • March 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      I FELT like a princess! Thank you! 😀

  2. lurker
    March 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    You look lovely mamita! So very feminine!

  3. Ra
    March 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm


  4. Nikkie Hall
    March 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    That dress was beautiful and unique. Definitely looked like a starlet.

  5. Amy
    March 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    You look mahvelous dahling!

  6. WowjustWow
    March 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Great dress! Really unique and really pretty w/ the shoes.

  7. milaxx
    March 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I may have to try and copy that hairdo for my next fancy event. Both of you ladies look lovely. I think the lashes really bring out your eyes.

  8. chiller
    March 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Oh, you’re too cute as a button! Your alphets and style was on point!

  9. March 5, 2014 at 5:50 am

    lovely, now between you and Claire (fashionbombaily) you’re making me wanna get locs!

  10. TruthSpeaks
    March 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Gorgeous from head to toe!

  11. rikyrah
    March 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love the dress and the hair….and the power red shoes!

  12. March 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    wow,you look so cute!

  13. […] last Thursday in LA. This time last week, I was getting glammed up (details on that in my “What I Wore to the Luncheon” post)! *sings* Memoriessss from the corners of my […]

  14. mz.niecy
    March 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

    How did I know no matter what color the dress the shoes would be red? You was adorable though #yayluvvie

    OAN: We better enjoy these posts she making cause I believe someone is ABOUT TO BLOW UP!!!!

  15. March 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Luvvie, YOU ROCKED the LOOKS! Big TWO THUMBS up.

  16. Annette
    March 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Wow Luvvie just amazing! Loved the close up shot of the dress. I was able to see the detail just beautiful. Everything was on point.

  17. […] was the vision of Olivia Diggs-Ogbara (aka Dressmaker by Olivia). I met Olivia through Luvvie (click to read Luvvie’s What I Wore post!). Creating this dress was a truly exciting, collaborative process.Olivia and I went together to […]

  18. Malaika
    March 26, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I love the shape of your dress but foremost the back of your dress and your shoes! (Red is my favourite colour)

  19. […] was the vision of Olivia Diggs-Ogbara (aka Dressmaker by Olivia). I met Olivia through Luvvie (click to read Luvvie’s What I Wore post!). Creating this dress was a truly exciting, collaborative process.Olivia and I went together to […]