Hey Fashionistas!! Its been a minute, how are you all doing?? My first blog post of 2018!!! I know I know forgive me.
So this time last week I looked at my 3 invites, and was trying to decided where I could squeeze in a show or two. I’ve been very busy lately however I was determined not to miss Fashion Week, I was going to see some shows no matter what.
Well I was late to 2 but managed to see 1 and it just happened to be one of my favourites. 1 out of 3 isn’t bad!!
London Fashion Week for me is all about the creativity, the undiscovered, the young bloods who are hungry for the spotlight the ‘Off Schedule’ shows. Please read my piece on why I love the ‘Off Schedule’ shows.
Home of 'Off Schedule' Fashion
Vintage Coat - Portobello Market |
Green Jumper - Uniqlo |
Trousers - Primark |
Shoes - ASOS |
Apu Jan is one of my favourite labels and every season feels like a continuation of the one before. Unlike other young labels Apu Jan’s brand identity is very strong. They know who they are and are consistent every season. Their colour palette never really change from season to season, they’re very consistent and creative in the textures they use, the shape, and scale they create. They’re playful with their materials and always use juxtapose fabrics and textures to create elegance, and timeless pieces. There’s always an element of the Far East cleverly woven through the collection.
Here are a few that caught my eye tell me what you think below. Rx
This post is a bit of a #throwback #flashback, in other words it should’ve been posted a lOng time ago any hoo… This summer a hair company called Bouclème approached me about being part of a campaign promoting a new product they were launching later in the year. So who are Boucleme? (Boo – Clem) Let me give you a little background.
Bouclème is a hair brand that specialises in curly hair. It was created out of the desire of having an all natural ingredients, that doesn’t weigh the hair down, and its free from sulphate and silicone. The Boucleme brand cares passionately about curly hair and the planet we inhabit. They believe in sustainability and farmers being paid fairly. They use fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. The ingredients are biodegradable making Boucleme safe for the environment and also safe for the body. All their packaging are also recyclable.
If you know much about afro hair you would know that it needs moisture, and due to the cold weather and day to day styling its especially difficult to keep it hydrated. I discovered the Boucleme intensive moisture mask which retains moisture and I use this mask every 2 – 4 weeks. This is perfect for when you’ve just taken your hair out of braids and it needs some intensive treatment. This is my go to treatment, my 4c hair texture loves it.
My story so far...
Everyone has a hair story, here’s a little snippet of my hair journey into having my hair natural.
Thank you for stopping by. Are you thinking of going natural? What’s your hair story so far?
Before I embarked on my trip to Amsterdam, there were three things I knew of the city. The Red light district, Weed and the colour Orange. All three things mentioned are closely associated with Amsterdam however it has far more things going for it. It’s slowly becoming one of my favourite european cities. I love the architecture, open skyline, rich history, the picturesque canals and relaxed laid back attitude towards life.
Amsterdam is a city with choices there’s so much to do, so to try and do them in 3 days was a little challenging nevertheless I wanted to at least give it a try. Now the advantage or disadvantage to this trip was I was on my own so it was just a matter of deciding where to go. Here is an overview of my 3 days in Amsterdam.
A great way of getting yourself familiar with the city is by a walking tour. You’ll learn about the history, find out where the major sites are and explore the canals. There are free walking tours across the city however I would recommend the the New Europe walking tour. It covers a lot of the areas and gives you an overview of the city and landmarks. The tour meets in the main square and lasts about 3 hours. (Its always nice to tip your guide)
You cannot come to Amsterdam and not do a canal tour, the city is tied to the water. I lost count how many canals there I saw. The canals of Amsterdam are extremely beautiful, and there’s nothing like seeing the city from a boat. Skip the big canal boat tours you see around the city – they can be overpriced. Opt for a private boat tour for about 20 Euros an hour or the open-air Canal Hopper Small Boat. The boats are smaller and the tours are more intimate, making it a good personalised tour. The tour usually lasts about 1 hour.
This is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, however don’t let the crowds put you off. To avoid the crowds its always a good idea to book online. The museum features many of Van Gogh’s best works of art alongside an excellent biography of his life and laid out in chronological order, starting with his earliest works. Though not a huge museum, I can spend hours just staring at the paintings as Van Gogh is one of my favourite painters. The museums also has paintings by other famous artists of the period, like Monet, Manet, and Matisse. Try to come late in the late afternoon when there are less of the crowds.
The Anne Frank House was smaller than I imagined, It was over before I knew it. I found It a little disappointing as I had wanted to go according to my own pace but because of the crowd it felt like we were being shuffled along to make way for the next group of tourists. However the house is amazing with furniture, newspaper clippings frozen in time. It’s important you book online at least 1 month before the trip or else theres no guarantee there would be tickets.
This Museum is located in a room inside a tulip shop. A little basement museum that tells the story of the history of tulips in Holland. I really enjoyed this, I have never seen so many variations of tulips before. You’ll never find a crowd, and it’s only 5 euros.
There are bikes everywhere in Amsterdam, so its essential you do a bike tour. Amsterdam loves bikes and apparently there are more bikes than there are people. I find that very hard to believe as there are a lot of people in Amsterdam. In fact forget about keeping an eye out for cars, its the bikes that you should look out for. I lost count how many times I almost got ran over. Sightseeing on a bike in Amsterdam is something I would definitely recommend. The company to use would be Mike’s Bike Tours, wether to rent or for a tour.
I was heading towards Vondelpark to relax and people watch and I was redirected to go to Oosterpark instead. I was told ‘Everyone goes to Vondelpark to sit around and get high, its over crowded.’ ‘Go to Oosterpark instead. This is how I discovered Oosterpark, it’s about 30 minutes away from the city centre. The walk takes you through residential areas of the city not often seen by tourists nevertheless it was far quieter and peaceful than Vonderpark.
Here it is, my adventures in 3 days I definitely could’ve explored more. Here are some of the places I didn’t get to see. I’m hoping to come back again soon.
The London Fashion Week ship has long sailed away, onto #MFW and I’m still here trying to sum it all up. #betterlatethannever
This season, London Fashion Week featured more than 100 designers from different parts of the world. It drew in more high-profile brands than ever before. Labels such as Emporio Armani, which hasn’t had a show in London for about 10 years. Tommy Hilfiger which moved from his usual slot in NFWK and first-time shows such as the elegant Couturissimo whom I had the pleasure of attending and also the knitwear womenswear label Sabinna. It’s definitely great to see London challenging rival cities on the global style scene: it’s proof that our city is an international cultural and creative hub. With 100 designers being featured this season, the need for a place to unwind in between shows was crucial. My in-between shows hub was at the Felicities PR Lounge, where I used to update my instastories, charge my phone and catching up with fellow fashionistas.
Couturissimo is a fashion platform that delivers support and provides sustainability for the couture industry while broadening the reach of couture designers through a collaborative approach to limited edition collections. The SS18 collection was shown at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, it was created with the spirit of couture at its heart by a collective of couture designers. With accessible price points and global access to unique collections through their website, this new direction hopes to attract a new generation of couture fans.
The couture industry, forever in constant transformation has found itself at a crossroads between the traditional and the contemporary with Couturissimo providing a sustainable bridge that links the past and the future. Much like the English founder of Haute Couture, Charles Frederick Worth, London based Couturrismo is pioneering a new era of fashion innovation. The brand’s goal is to provide greater access to beautifully crafted, quality collections that capture the spirit of couture at a price that is within reach of the modern woman.
The artistic geniuses behind Parisian brand OnAura Tout Vu, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, have overseen a team of couture designers to deliver the beautifully imagined SS18 collection. Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who has created masterpieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, has worked closely alongside Sebastien Gunawan, the pioneer of ‘fashion-culture’ in Indonesia, as part of the international team contributing to this season’s collection. The SS18 Couturissimo collection conveyed the principal codes of luxury and couture via high fashion designs, ultra-feminine cuts, a demanding level of fabrication, motifs embroidery and original prints but at a more democratic price point than traditional couture gowns.
Sabinna - SS18 / Catwalk + Presentation
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By day 3 the early morning rises had taken its toll on us and as the alarm went off for the 2nd time at 5:45am we wondered who’s brilliant idea it was to visit Montenegro. Nevertheless we were up and ready by 7am for our tour with Viator. We started off from Dubrovnik, Croatia along the coastline been guided by the same tour guide we had for Bosnia. The drive from Dubrovnik into Montenegro shows the beautiful coastline as it gradually and dramatically changes. Almost as a reward for the long trip the scenery opened up into a grand mountainous sight with the town Perast nestled in the middle.
Perast has only one main street, its a tiny town with 16 churches, and 17 grand palazzos a reflection of its Venetian past. Many of these buildings are now ruins and some are being renovated. Perast has an air of ‘posh’ waterfront town, yet with the friendliness and familiarity of a fishing village. There are a clutter of uniformed stone buildings stacked on the foothill of Mount St. Elijah with sea view cafes looking out onto piers with small fishing boats floating on crystal clear waters. However the main attraction in Perast is not even on land, they’re two picturesque slightly surreal islands in the middle of the bay. One of the island is a monastery with tall evergreens surrounding it and the other is man-made with a Catholic Church with a perculiar history. The story is that in 1452 an icon of the Virgin Mary was found by two fishermen on a reef that above water. Over the centuries, people visited that reef and dropped stones into the water where the icon had appeared. The popularity of this ritual grew to the point that ships were loaded with rocks and sunk into the sea on the very spot. All of those stones, rocks and ships created an the island. After about 45 minutes at Perast we drove about 30 minutes further and came to Kotor.
Kotor – City Walls
The city walls of Kotor dates back to medieval times. It was started in 9th century to protect Kotor from invaders, and was added to by whoever ran the city at the time. From the Byzantines to the Venetians, until the 15th century when they finally formed a full loop up into the hillside. The maze like medieval town is well preserved, in the daytime the churches, museums, the squares and Venetian palaces appear greyish – green colour of the mountains it can be hard to pick them out. Making it very easy to get lost as they sometimes appear the same. We started our walk from the Kotor’s North Gate and followed the cobbled steps up. The further up we went the path became narrower and very difficult to walk, however the views were spectacular. We were told there are 1400ish steps and the fortress at the top was 1200 metres and with the glare of the sun and 30 minutes to spare before we meet our tour guide we decided to stop where we were, take photographs and make our way down. If you’re going to do the city walls in Montenegro it’s essential that you have the correct footwear, preferably hiking shoes or trainers (sneakers) with a grip. The cobbled ground is very very slippery and dangerous to walk on.
Views of the bay of Kotor from half way from the city walls
You can never be too organised on a short break the key is to maximise the time, so it’s always best to book activities before getting on the plane to your destination. On this trip, we booked with Viator back in London so on the day of our tour of Bosnia & Herzegovina, all we had to do was to be ready at 7:00 am and wait for the tour bus to pick us from the hotel. The guide that Viator provided was very knowledgeable in the history of Croatia and Bosnia. The tour took us through the countryside and the beautiful coast line of Croatia and then onto Bosnia & Herzegovina. Our first stop was Mostar
I’m not sure if it was the cobbled streets with little alley ways and tiny houses or peharps the mini Mostar bridge, and pines trees in the distance which created a lovely backdrop to the vendors lining the streets, but I felt like I was on the set of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or a ‘Hobbit’ movie. It was soO pretty and I could’ve stood around longer staring into a distance, imagining little fairies and hobbits if it wasn’t so hot. Mostar can get as hot as 50 degrees and it was 42 that day!! The sun felt like it was biting my skin.
Naturally, we stopped at Mostar bridge, the iconic arch bridge which has been standing strong since it was built in 1556. (447 years) It was unfortunately destroyed in 1993 during the war. Even though this bridge is a reconstruction of the original, UNESCO explains well: “The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar are symbols of reconciliation, international cooperation and the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities”
Nowadays the Mostar bridge is known for the famous diving competition the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and if you hang around long enough you can watch the locals dive into the Neretva river below. It is common for the young men in the town to gather It is common for the young men in the town to gather donations from the tourists crowding around to watch, and then will jump once they feel they have raised enough money. Since the water below is so cold, they will come down to the shore first to take a dip in the water and get their body used to it before jumping. Those who jump are skilled in diving (the water is only 3 meters deep and it is certainly not a feat for anyone to attempt!
When it comes to food in Mostar, most of the restaurants have the same or similar traditional food since the locals cook and eat at home and not in restaurants. We chose a place that had a huge tree growing inside the restaurant. Let me rephrase that, the restaurant was built around a massive tree. Lol. We ordered a classic local dish called Ćevapčići recommended by the tour guide. It was minced meat made into small sausages with sa kajmakom (with cheese) I was very tasty however I couldn’t finish it as the portions could feed 3 people, it was huge!!
After leaving Mostar which felt like an oven we headed towards the Kravica Waterfalls to cool off. We had seen pictures of the waterfall on the Viator website, but, nothing prepared us for the beauty of this place. When we arrived the first thing we did was get our phones and cameras out to film, take pictures of what we were seeing. After a couple of tries, we agreed that there were some things you cannot capture but rather you just had to experience it. This is no exaggeration it was that amazing!! I expect to see this kind of tropical beauty in an Amazon rainforest somewhere not Europe, truly stunning!! Kravica looks like a mini Niagara falls surrounded by a large lake. The waterfalls through a series of about 20 falls and 25m and it’s shallow enough to swim in. The water is a little cold at first but once you dive in it is sweet and refreshing. Lol..
Thank you for stopping by, don’t leave without saying hello…. look out for my final post on Montenegro.
Hey guys, I’m back from my Balkan adventure. 3 days and 4 nights visiting Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro. If I’m honest I need another holiday to get over this one. Lol. I had no plans to travel this year so I had made peace with the idea as this year was solely for building my label, however, I secretly was hoping something would present it self and it did. #Hallelujaaaah. Right so how do you visit 3 countries with activities in between in the space of 3 days? A lot of organising and precise planning. If you’re looking for an adventure or simply want to discover different parts of Europe than the usual popular destinations then I would encourage you to visit these 3 countries earlier rather than later as it’s becoming more popular and a little-crowded every year. Here is my outline of Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Croatia – Dubrovnik
Our first stop was Dubrovnik, known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is the most popular tourist destination in Croatia. It’s hard to resist the orange rooftops reflected in the crystal clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. It’s a good location to take advantage of the different day trip options to neighboring countries and the 1100 islands that surround Croatia. Hence why we made it our first stop and our base. The currency in Croatia is Kuna, even in its peak season, it’s still quite an affordable city and also very easy to get around. There’s easy access to transportation buses, taxi, Uber or good old fashion ‘foot’. Lol. The most popular place to visit in Dubrovnik is walking the city walls in the Old Town which is absolutely worth while, it has the best views of the city from the top of the walls. To avoid the crowds and the scorching sun during the summer months, it’s best to arrive early ideally before it opens. I would suggest allowing at least 3 hours to walk the 1.2 miles around the Old Town and take your time to enjoy the stunning views. You would need plenty of water, although they do have a few small shops that sell water along the walk, it can be quiet expensive. To get an even more of a panoramic view of the city there’s also the choice of a cable car, the best time for this would be just before sunset, so you can watch nature at its best whilst on top of the hills over seeing the whole city. The views of the city and the sun setting is simply breathtaking.
Great traditional Croatian food and hospitality. From the moment you’re greeted outside the door, to the ambiance and the dining experience was excellent. The best octopus salad!! It was delicious, I’m hungry thinking about it. Lol. We even got a complimentary drink on the house.
If you love sea food this would be the best place to experience all that Dubrovnik has to offer in sea food and panorama views of the city, so romantic. To make the most of the experience, set your reservations for dinner to watch the sun’s setting into the evening.
Buffet Škola is a fast food Dubrovnik style, think burger and chips but with quality beef and freshly baked sesame seed bun. I especially loved the locally caught sardines marinated cheese. Hmmmmmm yummy!!!There’s also a vegetarian plate available for 80kn.
Valamar Argosy is a family friendly 4-star hotel with a 10-star customer service. Lol. The staff genuinely seemed to really like their jobs. The hotel is set in the lovely picturesque and peaceful town of Babin Kuk peninsula. It has beautifully landscaped gardens. The building’s a newly refurbished and upgraded 4* hotel with stylish rooms, infinity pool, and well-being area. It all set the scene for an ideal relaxing and romantic getaway. It’s also about 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik (Old Town) and has a selection of beaches nearby, you can pick and mix the activities you want to create a bespoke unforgettable Croatian holiday.
Next stop Bosnia and Herzegovina, look out for my post on the beautiful historical city of Mostar (my favourite of all the places we visited ) and Kravica Waterfalls
Thank you for stopping by, don’t leave without saying hello… Share some stories of your travels any similarities to mine? Look forward to hearing from you.
I was having a discussion with a friend and she asked me how I manage to always look so well put together? I told her I had a few rules, first of all, I buy most of my clothes when they’re on sale. I don’t really follow trends, I stick to what suits me and most of all I only buy what I love. I have also come to understand wardrobe staples, wardrobe staples?? I hear you ask, wardrobe staples are items of clothing you wear on rotation. The fact is your wardrobe staples never change, they’re the basic items that everyone looks good in and it stays consistent year after year. This discussion got me thinking, to start a series featuring my wardrobe staples showing the importance of creating a wardrobe staple that sees you through all seasons.
The first wardrobe staple I want to feature is the blazer. A good blazer will see you through out the whole year, depending on the fabric of course. So what equates to a good blazer? The most important thing to look for in a blazer is the shape and the fit, you need to make sure the blazer suits your shape and fits you well. A blazer is not only for the office it can be worn with denim, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The purpose of a blazer in my wardrobe is to bring the outfit together. So, for example, I would wear denim cut off shorts with Tshirt and flats, to make the look a little smarter, I would change the shoes to heels and throw on a blazer. My ultimate ‘go to’ for a casual smart look, stylish but not trying too hard. Lol 🙂
The blazer is definitely one of my favourite wardrobe staples I’m always on a look out for different variations of the classic design. This could be in the colour, fabric or special features as demonstrated in my latest purchase. I have about 3 blazers which are very similar in shape and cut but it was the tassels on this classic shape that caught my eye. I love the element of evening wear although this can also be a great piece to wear to a music festival, how? Add a white Tshirt, leather trousers, knee high flat boots or converse trainers and your music festival ready. In this case, I kept it simple and styled it with very short tailored shorts (shortest shorts I’ve ever owned) men’s shirt, and heels. This is probably my favourite ‘go to’ look..if ever in doubt monochrome it…always.
Maxi skirts are worn all year round but they’re most popular during the summer months alongside its counterpart the maxi dress. However, in today’s post let’s focus on the skirt. Whenever the maxi skirt is mentioned it’s always followed by the trend ‘boho’. Now there’s nothing wrong with putting the bohemian look in the same style category as the maxi skirt, but that’s not the only look the maxi skirt can be styled with. Unless you’re heavily into the 70’s, hippie, flower power, fringed waistcoats, suede jackets and cowboy boots look, you should really keep the word ‘boho’ out of your style vocabulary when styling a maxi skirt.
Maxi skirts have forever been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. In actual fact, I bought this stripy number especially to wear as a dress and then later on decided to wear it the right way. As a dress, this look works particularly well too with a belt in the middle or with a lovely suit jacket on top.
When styling this stripey maxi skirt, my focus was to make it elegant and stylish. I have always loved playing with ‘shape’ so if it’s a maxi skirt, then it has to be super maxi for my small frame. So I’m normally a size 6 but I bought this skirt in a size 16. I wanted the volume of the skirt to be exaggerated. This was teamed with a white ballooned sleeved shirt, Chloe shoes and Chanel bag. In order to keep you in proportion, make sure the top is shaped to accentuate the waist and it’s worn with heels.
Londoners what’s happened to the weather? For a moment there we had ‘summer’ oh well, it was good whilst it lasted, however, please please do not discount the British summer just yet not until you’ve been to lavender picking at Hitchin Lavender Farm. Yes, lavender picking!! I escaped the hustle of London and headed to the countryside at the weekend and I’m predicting lavender picking will be as big as when knitting became ‘the cool thing’ to do. You remember about 10 years ago when we were seeing grown men and women knitting on buses, on the tube, anywhere and everywhere. Basically prior to Saturday, the word lavender brought up images of purple rinse grannies, pot pourri, and retirement homes. I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did ok let me explain.
Hitchin Lavender is a lavender farm attraction situated between London and Cambridge. It has around 25 miles of lavender rows which you can walk through and pick from. At the price of £5.00, you can wander through purple fields and cut your own lavender bunches. They provide scissors and a brown paper bag to put your bunches in. The colour is spectacular, as well as the fields of lavender, they also grow sunflowers and for £1 each you can cut your own. The farm has some amazing views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks surrounding it. The fields are in full bloom in June and July, then in August, the sunflowers come into their own. Inside the 17th century barn, is a range of delicious home made cakes available, you can also browse through the range of products and choose from a large variety of lavender plants on offer.
I had never heard of Hitchin Lavender farm, so I googled it to see where we were going and when I saw the purple fields I had a change of mind on the outfit as I saw a great opportunity for a full on photo shoot. Lol. My poor friend had no idea what she had let herself into. Much to my surprise, most people were also there to capture the beautiful rows of purple hues that seemed to go on for miles. I kept my outfit very simple, although it’s a great photo opportunity I had to remind myself that it’s a farm. Making sure my shoes were sensible and also to keep to a neutral palette that compliments the surroundings. So my vintage inspired ASOS jumpsuit was perfect. Wide leg trousers with a cut out back paired with a hat. Although I didn’t wear the hat much it was very useful in storing the lavender I collected.
Avoid strong perfumes, there are a lot of bees and wasps
Avoid high heels
Avoid very short length clothing.
Hitchin Lavender was the perfect day out, ideal for families and tourists wanting to get a taste of the English countryside. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Visit before the end of the summer, you’ll be glad you did.
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