NEW ORLEANS, LA (WMC) - Essence Festival 2018 kicked off in New Orleans, Louisiana Thursday, July 5, with thousands of women converging on the city to inspire, fellowship, attend concerts and more.
One duo, singer Mary J. Blige and Simone Smith, the wife of rapper/actor James Todd Smith, LL Cool J, have joined together to inspire with jewelry. The women have shared a friendship for years and will now share Sister Love, a new jewelry line that "...is designed to symbolize strength, edge, sassiness and style for all women of all ages," Smith said. "People can expect to see big, bold fly pieces, that can transcend into any one's own personal style."
"Simone also has an amazing fashion sense. I wanted to add to that by sharing some of my fashion sense and creating things I've dreamed about and I know other women are dreaming about," Blige told Essence.
The line will debut today, July 6, with their "Queen Hoop Earrings".