Cigar Lifestyle: Celebrating CIAA2020 Recap

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Happy Motivation Monday, Red Lips Fashionistas and Dapper Gents!

If you were in Charlotte, NC, “The Queen City” for CIAA, then you already know, “The Turn-Up was Real.” I am sure many of you are trying to recover and get back to your designated cities, if you have not departed yet, and still partied into the late hours Sunday night.


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CIAA is an exciting event and it’s been a fantastic 15 years celebrating this quintessential cultural experience in the city that I reside in for so long, it’ll be truly missed, as it moves to Baltimore, MD for three years, starting in 2021.


This year I attended events held at Aroma Cigar Lounge on Friday and attended Tailored Smoke on Saturday, to really see as many people as I could, to spend some time with those within our “Cigar Culture/Community.

Attending “Cigar Social Events” or Tradeshows is the very best way to see everyone and I try to make what I can, as my schedule permits and that overall it’s doable and feasible.


The music was pumping all week long at Tailored Smoke, along with Cigar Mike hosting, you could not go wrong visiting this location, the line stayed wrapped around the building with folks waiting to get in.


I did not attend every event and nor did I get to see everyone that I would’ve loved to have seen, but I made my rounds and saw, who I could, while out. And, it’s always good connecting and seeing Christine Russell Morgan of Lips Sticks and Fingertips Mobile Cigar Lounge


I did not have a set agenda or plan, I was just going with the flow, and I knew it would be memorable and worth my attendance by getting to Uptown Charlotte, where it’s more centralized with all of the festivities and events going on in the City!




It’s always a great connection and time spent with the Cigar Family. And, even wilder when Atlanta, comes to represent, so heavily, you can’t help but to “Pull-Up” and make the party even more memorable and fun!

I mean, they come so deep even when the Atlanta Falcons play against the Carolina Panthers, too, so I had to represent my Carolina Blue Skies!!!!!!!……LOL


All in Fun, much love, Always!!!!


For the occasion, I wanted to keep the look of the Dress over your Jeans look incorporated in my outfit, as I mentioned my attraction for this look in our Fashion Friday Style Look, click here.


And, of course, you know I love a pop-of-color to accent your ensemble, which was done with my tasseled earrings purchased from Aldo clearance rack, my multi-strand necklace that I purchased on clearance from Target. The white button-down shirt is a men’s shirt that I got on clearance from H&M for $5.99. The cameo style top is actually a dress worn unbuttoned that was on clearance from Kohls.

My jeans and open-toed boots are both very old. I purchase so many individual pieces on clearance and just stock-pile them in my closet to be pulled out and matched up when needed, as I did for this look.


As I always say, you don’t have to spend much, to look Fabulous, and overall, being Fabulous starts from how you feel in the inside before it can appear on the outside.  Make sure that you’re happy within! You must feel happy, to be happy, and once you’ve done that, then you’re Fabulous!


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Peace and Love! Ni

Author: Naimah “Ni” Pears 

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