The Little Black Dress affair, gathering beautiful Black women in elegance, style, camaraderie, and commerce, was held at the Bella Luxe and hosted by Barbara Mitchell-Goods (wearing the red Kimono gown). E. MESIYAH MCGINNIS / L.A. SENTINEL

The Little Black Dress (LBD) affair was held at the Bella Luxe Loft on Center Drive, in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 11.  The Los Angeles Sentinel’s photojournalist, E. Mesiyah McGinnis, attended the illustrious boutique affair, a gathering of beautiful Black women in elegance, style, camaraderie, and commerce.  We asked the host, Barbara Mitchell-Goods, her thoughts on the event and its importance in the Black community.

The affair was inspired by a conversation with my friend, Menette Young, about how elegantly Black women carried themselves in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; how they were always so tastefully and beautifully attired.  This look was reflected in movies, entertainment, and housewives. Since the holidays were approaching, Menette and I decided we would have an event where ladies had a wonderful excuse to dress up.

Two elegant attendees celebrating a Kimono Christmas. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)

Every year, we bring a new aspect to the LBD affair.  This year, my Kimono collection was launched. The ladies had a marvelous time participating in an impromptu photoshoot featuring the Kimonos!  Custom cocktails with fun names such as the Kimono Cocktail and the LBD Cocktail were created by Nia from Live Moore Events.

This year we also featured a select group of vendors: Yes Please, Teas – Bath and Body by Saundra – Black Business Women Rock by Natalyn Randle – Black Women who Love Plants – and Oolala Toffee. We also had two amazing artists, Henry Goods, and Darrell Moore, showcasing their truly stunning work on paper and canvas.

Black women celebrated their sisterhood by supporting their creativity and inventiveness offered at the Bella Luxe Loft Boutique. (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)

Bella Luxe Loft Boutique offers a gorgeous array of curated clothing, sparkling jewelry, fragrant candles, and unique gifts such as embellished journals, rhinestone bibles, decadent bracelet stacks, French-milled soaps and so much more.

Bella Luxe Loft is also a sensational location to host events such as parties, showers, book signings, small weddings, meetings, and art exhibitions.

The world takes what Black women do; we set the pace and don’t get credit for that.  Gathering these beautiful Black women together at this chic boutique is a testament to our Black woman magic.  I love creating beauty, being surrounded by beauty, and seeing the essence in people. That is what Bella Luxe means, Beautiful Luxury.” – Barbara Mitchell-Goods


Bella Luxe Loft Boutique Vendors  included:

Black Business Women Rock by Natalyn Randle (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)
Ooolala Toffee (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)
Bath and Body by Zundra (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)
Yes Please, Teas (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)
Black Women who Love Plants  (E. Mesiyah McGinnis / L.A. Sentinel)


For more information about Bella Luxe Loft, contact on Instagram @Bellaluxeloftla