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Hair Story – Bouclème

Hair Story – Bouclème
 

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?

Leave me a comment

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London Fashion Week - SS18

London Fashion Week - SS18
 

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[...]

Wardrobe Staples - The Blazer

Wardrobe Staples - The Blazer
 

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,[...]

Maxi Skirt - 'Boho' chic no more

Maxi Skirt - 'Boho' chic no more.
 

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[...]

Hitchin Lavender

Hitchin Lavender
 

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[...]

OKAPI x MAXHOSA

OKAPI X MAXHOSA
 

In recent years the continent of Africa has been churning out some amazing luxury brands. From Atelier Loza Maleombho, Orange Culture, Maki Oh, and my very favourite Maxhosa by Laduma whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the Okapi store. You can find most of these brands online, however just like most Fashionistas when it comes to luxury goods I prefer to shop the traditional way.  I want to see and touch the items it's a whole shopping experience. What if I told you there's a shop that does exactly that, showcasing only African luxury brands here[...]

Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top

Mens Shirt x ASOS One Shoulder Crop Top
 

Summer has finally hit London Town, with the weather hitting 33 degrees we don't know what to do with ourselves. You can hear the conversations on the trains and buses right now 'Oou it's hot innit?' It always fascinates me how the weather seems to break down barriers, you can strike up a conversation with anyone about the weather in London and they'll be right there complaining about it with you. It's British thing!! Lol

There's nothing that says summer than a lovely white cotton shirt. In my last post, I showed you how[...]

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

Balloon Sleeved Shirt
 

There's no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of the summer. After a long winter of burying ourselves in layers, all that 'us' stylish girls want to do is wear a good statement top.

Now 2016 was all about the 'cold shoulder' 'off-the-shoulder' trend. 2017 is showing us an eclectic mix of shirts. The shirt mania is definitely the 'must have' for the season and I'm loving it!! No matter what your budget is, whether you're a larger size or petite like me there's something for everyone.

This is definitely the trend of Summer 2017.[...]

The Pantry Underwear

The Pantry Underwear
 

Every once in awhile you come across a shop that changes your life, as dramatic as it sounds it's very true. lol. Ok, picture this, a calm and stylish lingerie shop with all the perks of a boutique, a selection of great brands, established and independent, all under one roof with the prices of a department store. Are you impressed yet? Well, there's more, with sizes ranging from AA - HH / 28 - 44, they offer fitting services, bridal appointments and 'Pant Parties' lol (keep reading I'll explain ) what more could you ask for?

Eloise Rigby had the[...]

#RitaColson2017 - The Press Launch

#RitaColson2017 - The Press Launch
 

Hello lovelies, so I've had time to 'rest' recuperate and ready for the next thing. If I'm honest I was ready for the next thing even before the launch ended I already had in place my next move. I love what I do and because of that it's never 'work' I honestly find it very difficult to switch my creative antennas off. I might have a problem...lol My reason for this is I don't want to miss anything, I want to be fully present.



My debut collection was launched to a VIP audience with leading wedding and fashion industry press and guests at RSA House on Friday 24th March. The launch was produced and hosted by Director of Nu Bride and renowned wedding expert Nova Reid, as part of her Nu Bride Presents series; showcasing progressive brands with inclusive diversity at the core of their work.

The guests were treated to a vibrant, creative and inclusive catwalk show that captured the essence of the collection. I love having contrast in my work and this case the juxtaposition was on tradition with a modern twist. Celebrating the nostalgia of tradition whilst embracing creativity and style. The collection was accessorised by Kelly Spence and Charlotte Mills Bridal, a beautiful showcased of diverse models, to the elegant sound of sensational classical classic opera singer Abigail Broughton complemented by contemporary dancer Jermaine Joseph's powerful opening performance to Casta Diva. The fusion of live music and dance visibly moved guests and included opera classics Summertime and Mio Bambino Caro, encapsulating my love of art, music, dance and creativity. Gorrrrrgeous!!!!  🙂

The Tavern Room at the RSA House was the perfect backdrop for the launch, just a stone's throw off the Strand, and round the corner from The Savoy, this was truly stuff that dreams are made of. The Georgian style of the building was perfectly complemented by extravagant floral displays, candles and traditional white seating. Spring flowers were used ranunculus, hellebores, 'White O'Hara' and 'Patience' garden roses were dotted in the bouquets as well as the seating and trailing fireplace floral displays. It was extremely elegant and fresh; and of course behind every successful production there are an exceptional team that put everything together. I was blessed to work with an amazing team of UK wedding industry suppliers, Matt Maurice Events, Over The Top Rentals, HK Hair Artist, Joyce Connor MUA, De Winton Paper Co, featuring show - stopping flowers by Miriam Faith Flowers. The event was captured by Fine Art photographer Cecilia Photography and Urban Cinematography.

Contemporary Dancer - Jermaine Joseph

M.I.R.I.A.M

Behind the Seams - @RSA

Rehearsals before the show

 

Thank you for stopping by hope you've enjoyed reading my journey into[...]

#RitaColson2017 - Part 1

#RitaColson2017 - Part 1
 

It's been ages guys!!!! I'm sitting here on the eve of the press launch of my debut collection reflecting on the journey I've had, deciding to officially launch and what it has taken to achieve this goal.  So who is Rita Akosua Colson? I am a Ghanaian British-born West London Bridal designer and this would be my debut Bridal collection.

Why Bridal?
I've been asked many times and the story goes like this; I made 3 dresses they were all in very dark colours I decided to make the last one in a lighter shade which happened to be[...]

London Fashion Week - AW17

London Fashion Week - AW17
 

Hey, Fashionistas, so I really didn't think I would have time to see any of the shows this season due to how busy I've been. February started off with a bang and what a wonderful prosperous month it's been. (more please more.) Lots of commissioned work, the most recent has been designing and making a one-off piece for a dancer on a music video which I intend on blogging as soon as I get the all clear. Nevertheless, I managed to squeeze in some time and caught a morning show by Toga at the Guildhall Art Gallery[...]

Military Chic

Military Chic
 

Happy New Year!!! I know I know where have I been, It's almost the end of the month.

Well....where do I begin? The new year has started with lots of changes in my life but I'm not complaining as they're great changes which I will most definitely be blogging about. How's 2017 treating you so far? It has been quite a strange start, I feel like we should all go back and watch the Simpsons to see if there are clues on how the next 4 years will be. Anyhoo I'm not even going to get into that conversation, this[...]

Vintage versus New

Vintage versus New
 

Are you bored with the current trends? Are you worried someone might have the same outfit as you for New Year's Eve?  Lol....If your answers are yes to all of the questions then you need some vintage pieces in your life.

I'm a vintage lover at heart, I can't quite remember at what age I started wearing vintage but it's something I've always loved.  One of my favourite things to do on a Friday morning is to hit Portobello Market by 7:00 am,  with a lattè in one hand and with the other have a good rummage through the[...]

DIY - Pom poms Cardigan

DIY - Pom poms Cardigan
 

From as early as I can remember I have always fiddled about with my clothing Lol. I remember as a child trying to make my own shoes, turning my cardigan into a skirt and getting very frustrated and crying my eyes out when it wouldn't work. (Sorry Mummy lol x)

Customising and DIY is something I love, I always have to personalise my clothing often because of my petite frame I would need to adjust the item to fit well. I believe DIY and customising is a skill that every fashionista should have. It makes dressing up[...]

The Boyfriend Blazer

The Boyfriend Blazer
 

Hi, Guys, it's been a little while since my last post, I know I'm a little late on the 'Black Friday' fiasco but nevertheless, I've still got some styling goodies for you to have a look at. There's an ongoing word that keeps popping up in fashion lately and that's the word 'Boyfriend'. You've got the 'boyfriend' jeans, the 'boyfriend' t-shirt and now the boyfriend blazer...It really isn't a good time to be single. Lol..anyhoO. Now I think a blazer should be a staple in every girl's wardrobe, It's so much more than another item of clothing that can be[...]

The Tux

The Tux
 

Women's tailoring is having a bit of a revival, although I'm not sure if it's ever been a trend taken seriously until now. In the past when I would see celebrities wear the tux it was always a little exaggerated and quite masculine almost fancy dress and not seen as a serious fashion statement.

However, in recent years celebrities such as Angelina Jolie,  Cate Blanchet, and more recent Victoria Beckham have been spotted wearing black tie, or suit trousers at important celebrity events.

One fascinating of this look is the extent to which it’s taking hold in places where women have[...]

Midi Skirts for Petites

Midi Skirts for Petites
 

The Midi skirt is everywhere at the moment and it's in a variety of shapes and forms; tubes, a- lines, low hems, peplums, full volumes, in knits, tulles, woven, neoprene and leathers. The styles and styling options are endless, between the contemporary, romantic, vintage, high-low and everyday looks.

Midi skirts are one of the many styling options shorter women are constantly told to avoid. But honestly, rules are made to be broken, especially a rule as dated as this one. A full skirt like the one I'm wearing in this picture would traditionally overwhelm a diminutive figure like[...]

A Simple White Dress

A Simple White Dress
 

The end of summer is fast approaching I have never felt the urgency in typing a post as I have with this one. Now before you start bringing out the cardies, and scarves wait just a minute as I think there might be a little more sun left for the next 2 weeks. There are a few things I appreciate in a summer wardrobe, here are the following I will miss:

- The Perfect denim cut - off shorts. Preferably a boyfriend style denim short.

- Sandals that you can walk everywhere in/go with everything. I love this Zara[...]

My first DIY Vlog - Laced Up Espadrilles

My first DIY Vlog - Laced Up Espadrilles
 

If you've been following me for awhile you would know that I have a Bridal and Evening wear label, I'm a trained Fashion Designer, Teacher, turned Blogger and now vlogging. (these terms are so funny, I personally like to refer to myself as a 'Creative') In actual fact because of my designing and teaching background doing tutorials comes very easy. However watching myself afterward was a whole different story. Have you ever watched yourself in a video and thought 'I didn't know I sounded like that or why do I keep saying errrrrrrrm[...]

It's a skirt

It's a skirt
 

What happens when you've had your eye on an item of clothing for ages but you're waiting for it to go on sale. Everyday you're checking any moment now, any moment now it finally goes on sale you start the buying process only to find your size is sold out. NoO. Well if you're as relentless as I am you go ahead and buy it anyway after all what's a few sizes up. So that's what I did I bought a size 14 skirt, wore it as a dress on my petite size 6 frame and voilà here[...]

The Jumpsuit

The Jumpsuit
 

In my opinion there's one fashion item above all else that never fails to highlight its wearer as a bonafide fashion girl: The jumpsuit. Whether worn on the red carpet instead of a glammed up gown, in replacement of a wedding dress, (remember when Solange broke the internet wearing a jumpsuit at her wedding?) or on the streets of Fashion Week by an editor, blogger, or model- there's a reason It - girls can't get enough of the versatile one - piece.

However as wonderful and as stylish as the jumpsuit is, the one thing that often causes problems is[...]

Japanese floral print jacket

Japanese floral print jacket
 

One of the many things I hope to post more of are unusual places to find amazing outfits. So basically, in the near future I want to share with you my secret vintage shops; local stores that I go to when I'm bored of the high street, or just simply want an outfit that stands out.

The summer season always gives me an excuse to go bold and bright with prints, but also do the complete opposite with white, minimal and fresh palettes. The bold florals won this time.

The floral trend this season showcases a strong Japanese influence.[...]

Matching sets and Bold shapes

 Matching sets and Bold shapes
 

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of matching sets? Goody two shoes? Stepford wife? 'Prim and proper'? Just a few of the names that I can come up with but I'm sure there are more lol.

Matching sets don't always have that fashion edge that we tend to crave in each outfit..well not until now! Gone are the mumsy twin sets. In their place are cutting edge bold shapes which would make any hardcore fashionista very proud and any wannabe fashionista feel safe in these matching sets - but with an edge.[...]

Give 'em the 'Cold Shoulder'

Give 'em the 'Cold Shoulder'
 

Unsure of what to wear for your saturday night out? Just give 'em the cold shoulder. (see what I did there?..lol) Yes shoulders are officially in and showing them off has become very cool. So give the old décolletage a polish and let's go go go!

From straight up strapless numbers to one-shouldered dresses and cut-out pieces, there are plenty of ways to wear this trend - the choice is endless. It can be found in dresses, and tops, making it versatile and very popular. This fun and flirty addition to your wardrobe is the perfect outfit for[...]

Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits

Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits
 

One of my favourite things to wear in spring/summer are white cotton shirts, and looser fitting or oversized clothing. I love playing around with proportions and experimenting with structure and shape. Playing around with structure and shape makes an outfit look unique because what you're doing is reinventing the item to fit your body shape.
This white shirt I'm wearing I've had for about 4 years and it's one of my favourite items in my spring/summer wardrobe. I believe in buying items of clothing that transcends fashion trends, style pieces that you love. Trends are fun[...]

'All White?'

'All White?'
As many of you may know I'm a bridal designer so to say that I love white, cream tones would be an understatement. I loOove whites and cream tones especially in the warmer weather it's fresh, clean and sits well with other colours. Now with the warmer weather approaching, and the wedding season upon us i thought I should do a post on wearing white.

Ok so pulling off a white on white outfit can be quite tricky but being one of the hottest trends for this summer (in fact for most summers) I just had to bring myself to doing a[...]

The H&M Scarf - (1)

The H&M Scarf - (1)
Hey everyone so as I'm typing this I'm sneezing and coughing in between, the weather has been terrible. Where are the seasonal spring promises? Flowers budding, tulips, daffodils, blossoms? Instead of hearing the birds chirping in the morning,  I am constantly being disturbed by canoodling, cooing pigeons. I seriously cannot stand that noise they make it's so annoying...sorry rant over.

Okaaaay let's talk style, there's nothing that says spring more than a nice printed silk or polyester scarf in pastel colours. Its a lovely way of introducing lighter colours into your wardrobe whilst the weather warms up. I[...]

Collaboration - Cuts For Him and Her

Collaboration - Cuts For Him and Her
It's been awhile since my last post exactly 10 days, that's equivalent to 10 months in the blogging world. How are you doing, what's been happening? It's officially spring I can't wait to share with you what I've been cooking up especially for the season... *giggles*

As many of you may know I love menswear and I'm not 'shy' to go to the mens section of any store to ask for the smallest sizes.. The conversation often goes like this, whilst holding a ton of clothing..

Me:  Do you have this in the smallest size?

Sales person:[...]

Zara yellow coat - 70s twist

Zara yellow coat - 70s twist
Hi everyone, so I wrote about a lovely yellow coat I bought from Zara, and the challenge was to show how versatile I believe yellow can be. Now before I go any further I described the colour of the coat as yellow. My friend insists that its ‘mustard’ another friend says its ‘Canary’ yellow. Now I’m confused, what kind of yellow is this coat please?

Give your suggestions below, please help me clarify this because all the ‘yellows’ on google images look the same. Lol

Right, now to revamp this coat I drew inspiration from this seasons[...]

'A leopard print lover never looses its spots'

'A leopard print lover never looses its spots'
It's London Fashion Week (A/W16) and this coat has been my 'go to coat' this season, its probably the 'boldest' print I've ever had in a coat.  I have always been a fan of leopard print but I normally opt for it in accessorises, for example bags, shoes, purse but never in the form of a coat. I randomly came across a quote about leopard print that made me literally laugh out loud, it said 'As far as I'm concern it's neutral' lol.

The fashion industry affectionately refers to it as a timeless classic,[...]

Sweet and Sour

Sweet and Sour
Winter coats take centre stage in our seasonal wardrobe, so its essential that we find one that not only looks good but keeps us warm on those long cold winter nights. When I first came across my now favourite yellow coat, it broke all of my usual rules. I normally go for something versatile, warm and snug, and something that can be used as a transitional piece for the next season.

We are often told that pastels and bright colours are meant for the warmer months. So my challenge in buying this coat was to make it as versatile[...]

Oh Boy!

Oh Boy!
I'm a big fan of men's clothing, and I often incorporate menswear pieces into my outfits. For example items like hats, jumpers, and t-shirts, I always opt for the men's for the simplicity in shape and cut. It is often less 'fiddly' and more streamlined.
However, I have never purposely put an outfit together with the aim of reflecting a 'man's look'.

Last month I collaborated with an amazing photographer by the name of Malachi Ajose, I presented the idea of menswear on a woman to him and in true collaboration spirit, he suggested the location and the different shots.
Now, this[...]

My favourite 'Fashion Faux Pas'

My favourite 'Fashion Faux Pas'
Socks and sandals are having a comeback, however for me, it never really went out of style. I've always worn socks with sandals (with high heels of course) for practical reasons, transitioning my favourite pair from summer into autumn winter.

Before writing this post I wanted to see the historical background behind this phenomenon.
The earliest evidence of wearing socks with sandals was by the Romans documented about 2000 years ago in Yorkshire. Lol

Although it was the Romans that first introduced the idea it's, in fact, the Germans that have held the torch for the trend followed by[...]

Fur - 'Faux' it or against it

Fur - 'Faux it or against it'
Whether you’re 'faux' it or against it, fur always makes a bold fashion statement. With the rapid change in weather, there’s nothing like a bit of fur to update your look and get you warm and cozy for the cold weather ahead.

What’s that one piece of clothing that’s going to take you through the autumn into winter? What item will enable you to smoothly merge your current wardrobe with the cold season ahead? Which item can you dress up or down without it becoming repetitive? If you have not considered it as an option[...]

Vintage Scarf, Kitty Hat, and a Fedora

Vintage Scarf, Kitty Hat, and a Fedora
One of the many things I look forward to during the winter seasons is wearing hats and scarves for those cold early mornings and bad hair days. A stylish headscarf or hat can make all the difference to an outfit. It can make you wish the cold weather would last a little longer. Ok, I'm exaggerating, well it makes it bearable that's for sure.

Whether you favour a beanie hat, kitty hat, beret, headscarf or a fedora there's no denying that the hat can make a persuasive or regrettable impression so it's important to get[...]

Vintage Special - 1920s Fur Jacket

Vintage Special - 1920s Fur Jacket
I’m a big fan of vintage clothes. I especially love the 1920’s, 30’s fur jackets and stoles. I have also been known to occasional buy 1950’s, 60’s sunglasses.

However, I am always very cautious about not looking like I'm wearing a costume, believe me, it’s a very thin line so easily crossed. Here’s my guide to avoiding looking like you’ve just stepped out of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Lol
I remember I was on my way to buy milk, let's just say I got home with a lovely vintage piece and no milk..
When styling an item of vintage[...]