Circle of Sisters 2011

After not having been able to make it for the past couple of years, I finally got a chance to attend Circle of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Center. My intention was to go on Saturday but after seeing a ridiculously long line of ticketholders waiting to be admitted inside that extended the length of the convention center and not having bought a ticket in advance, I decided to come back the next day.

Sunday was definitely the better day to go if you’re not into huge crowds. There was no line and I was able to walk right in. I read that various artists were scheduled to be there, but I didn’t take in any of the performances or workshops, I just stuck to the vendors. Some of you may remember the former Black Expo events from the 90s, except the exhibitors here offered products & services targeted specifically to black women. Beauty, hair & makeup were well represented. One well known hairstylist had a booth sellling his line of hair products as well as a book he authored on how to find a mate. Not to go off on a tangent, but it’s ironic almost none of these “how to get a man” books targeting black women are written by successfully married men. But I digress……

I did meet two unique vendors I like. The first is a jewelry manufacturer, Tribal Gauges  which makes exotic, tribal style jewelry from natural materials. I was particularly interested in their gauge pierced earrings which are made to resemble having your earlobes stretched. I would never stretch my earlobes for real but I liked the look of the jewelry so much I ended up buying 2 pairs of earrings.

This style is called Brown Cobra. One of the vendors at the expo was modeling this pair and I liked them ’cause it not only represents a cobra in attack mode, they’re also shaped like my initials.  And they look really pretty when worn.

I also got these “standing spirals” I don’t know what they represent, if anything. I just liked the shape of them and the color.

I also liked a vendor called Curvy Divas Rock! selling glittery t-shirts with their namesake. I’m nervous about buying t-shirts without trying them on first, and I wasn’t sure if their shirts would fit my physique, but decided to give it a try anyway. When I got home I was surprised & pleased to see that indeed the shirt did fit. I find the V-neck flattering for me also.

Only complaint I have about the expo is I did notice a number of empty booths the day that I went. It appears some of the vendors packed up and left early. I also found it ironic that one of the corporate sponsors, McDonalds had a stand giving out samples of their smoothies next to a giant display depicting cardiovascular diseases complete with a display of a giant blood vessel. But a good time was had anyway, and I got to discover a lot of new businesses.

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