7-2-2015: Hattie Sparks, Essence Festival, and 4th of July Celebrations


01. SHOP

Confetti, sparkles, and pops of color. Boutique Hattie Sparks features an eclectic collection of home goods, apparel, and fragrances for the polished bohemian. Founded by local tastemaker Hattie Moll, the space feels familiar–like you’re shopping your best girlfriend’s closet. The store includes its fair share of local makers and designers with a penchant for whimsy. It’s definitely for the girlier girl who doesn’t mind spending $60 on the perfect color-blocked dress and flamingo art print.

Hattie Sparks
939 Girod Street and 714 Adams Street




DJ Soul Sister, Justin Shiels, and Fresh Johnson share their top tips for navigating Essence Music Festival. Via goNOLA




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In addition to Fireworks on the River there are so many amazing events happening this 4th of July weekend.

Be a part of the launch of NOIRLINIANS an AfroFashion blog created by Denisio Truitt and Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa. July 2/5pm, Gravier Street

Keep it going after hours during ESSENCE FEST at the Hi-Ho Lounge After Party with the sounds of Radius Etc + RC and the Gritz + Tank and the Bangas. July 3/10pm, Hi-Ho Lounge

Shop Old Glory Vintage Market featuring vintage & second-hand goodies from Shop Charle, Tchoup Vintage, History Time Traveler Vintage, HB Revival & Six Impossible Things. July 4/4pm, 1224 Esplanade Avenue

Show some national pride at America: The Party at the Rusty Nail including music from deejays Tony Skratchere and Quickie Mart, plus a photo booth and dunk tank. July 4/4pm, The Rusty Nail

Laugh out loud at the MEGAPHONE MARATHON SHOW featuring 5 days of standup comedy and improv. July 6 – 10/Various Times, The New Movement Theater