2017 has been a year of many firsts for me. On May 21, 2017 I attended the DC stop of ESSENCE My City 4 Ways, presented by Ford and filmed my first ever celebrity interviews! I chatted with Ty Hunter, Celebrity Stylist & Designer, Loni Love, Comidienne & co-host of The Real, Cori Murray, ESSENCE Entertainment Director and Robin and Andréa McBride of McBride Sisters Wines about their self-care and wellness rituals. I had so much fun and I learned A LOT about conducting “man on the street” style interviews. This experience helped me grow as both a blogger and communications professional. Here’s a quick preview of the video. Be sure to check my Youtube page for the full video.

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I snapped this photo before guests started arriving.

I got a sneak peak of the June 2017 issue of Essence magazine, which is available on news stands now. The “Get Beach Ready” section definitely gave me some inspiration. I’m currently wanderlusting.

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June 2017 issue of ESSENCE magazine.

Attendees of My City 4 Ways had the opportunity to experience a “ride and drive” in a FORD vehicle of their choice. Everyone who participated received a free gift bag. There was even a special musical performance by Ginuwine!

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Ride and Drive registration.
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This was my favorite car at the event.

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Me with a couple of my curlfriends.
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Complimentary food and drinks.
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Art by Aniekan Udofia.
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Sounds by Little Bacon Bear.
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District of Clothing was in the building.
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ESSENCE screen print shirts were made on site and were free for all attendees.

Below is the jumpsuit I wore, along with a few similar options.

Overall, I had a great time and I would highly recommend attending! I just wish there were more veggie options. For all my plant-based foodies, be sure to take a snack with you. 🙂 Take a look at the hashtag #MyFordCity on social to see all the fun.

♡ Chelsea

All photos by WillPowerPhotos for That’s Chelsea