Moisture Booster

It’s been a while since my last post, looking back it seemed we transitioned from summer straight into winter with no in betweens. It happened too quickly.

Every year I go through the same ritual of trying to hold on to that little bit of sun in the sky. Yes, I’m the girl on the tube wearing sandals in the middle of October trying to convince myself it’s still summer. But once the leaves start to turn from green to auburn, golden paprika and burnt oranges, once I find my favourite scarf again, my odd pair of warm socks and my go to products I think to myself ‘this isn’t so bad’?

I’m not one to change products so when I find something that works I stick to it. For years my daily hair moisturiser has been shea butter and I wasn’t looking to replace it however this seasonal change has left my hair very dry and in need for more moisture.

 

 

I came across the Bouclème curl cream and it was the use of natural ingredients that first caught my eye. Ingredients like the kukui nut oil, rich coconut fruit extract plus super conditioning oils such as castor leaves the hair thoroughly nourished and moisturised. It minimises frizz, creating a soft hold for my twists. It has fast become my favourite seasonal transition hair moisturiser and a part of my daily styling regime.

 

My daily routine:

  1. I apply shea butter to the scalp of my dry hair and then I section my hair and apply the curl cream to the body and the ends of my hair.
  2. I rub my palms together to spread the cream and work it through my hair. I spend time massaging it throughout my hair and then style it by sectioning it and doing big twists.
  3. During wash days I shampoo and condition my hair, then I dry it using the curl towel. I apply the curl cream to my semi dry hair then I twist it and continue to dry it further by adding heat. When my hair is completely dried I untwist my hair, brush it out and style.

 

 

I have 4c type hair which is the driest of all the curly hair types so my hair tends to soak up the moisture very quickly which with other products this causes a lot of ‘build up’ this is not the case with Boucleme’s curl cream. It makes my hair smell delicious, more manageable making it easier to style.

Here’s another one of their product I would highly recommend:

Intensive Moisture Treatment

Revive 5 Hair Oil

Take a visit to their instagram page and blog and get some more tips on their products.

 

Thank you for stopping by fashionistas.

Rx

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?

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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 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.

 

The Farm

 

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.

Style

 

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.

 

ASOS Jumpsuit – similar

H&M – Hat

 

Do’s / Dont’s

 

Do take a camera/phone camera

Do wear trainers or wedged shoes

Do keep your clothing simple

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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Rx

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 I styled my Ballooned Sleeved Shirt, in today’s post I want to share my love for men’s shirts.  As far as I’m concerned every woman needs a couple of men’s shirts in their wardrobe. They are the ultimate basics, you can wear it as a dress with a belt, wrap it around you as a top, wear it around your waist as a skirt, the styling possibilities are endless. (‘hmmm possible blog post me thinks’) It’s definitely one of my staples for the summer and I’m loving the eclectic mix available.

The versatility of men’s shirt knows no limit because it’s a basic staple I decided to style it with this one shoulder denim crop top I picked up from ASOS, this gave it a tomboy, layered look. The ASOS crop top reminded me of a fitted waistcoat or a little corset, either way, it did the trick. Now we all know when you live in a city like London with its unpredictable weather it’s important you master the layered look so you have the option of not using a jacket. The shirt and ASOS crop top were teamed up with a wide leg black trousers and a patent black and white brogues. I would normally style this look with heels however I wanted a relaxed, preppy, classic styled look. Without heels, it can look slightly oversize but I quite liked it that way.

Take a look, tell me what you think I love hearing from you so make a commented and check out my previous posts.

 

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 traditionally worn evening gowns. – like at the British Fashion Awards last year when Victoria Beckham wore her (now famous) tuxedo alongside her husband.  Just when we thought the sexes had ironed out all the major differences between their sartorial options (i.e. women being able to wear trousers, men being able to wear makeup, ) a trend like this proves that there’s always room to disrupt social expectations. After all, when you think about a big fashion event like the Met Gala in New York or the British Fashion Awards, all the traditional differences between male and female dress are still very much in place: women always wear gowns and men nearly always wear tuxedos. But perhaps all this is about to change if women’s tailoring continues to make its way into haute couture.

You might feel your opportunities to wear a beautiful ball gown are limited so why not try this look for that wedding that’s coming up or the countless of Christmas and New year’s parties you’ll be invited to this year. Switch it up a little and opt for the androgynous elegance, effortless chic that a Tux adds to the wardrobe. In the meantime take a look at my styling efforts and how I made the Tux work on me.

 

Femininity

The key to this trend is to add a feminine touch, swap the shirt and bow tie with a blouse, the shoes with some killer heels and go minimum with the jewellery.

Alternate from day to evening by changing the blouse

The blouse featured is not silk, however I would consider wearing silk or an embellished blouse as an alternative with this tux. Anything silky or embellished always works well for an evening party.

For a Modern Classic look

Swap the blouse for a plain t-shirt, the trousers for high waist jeans and the heels for a Stan Smith or Converse trainers.

The Tux

Tuxedo Jacket - RITA COLSON LONDON  | Blouse -H&M | Shoes - NINE WEST (Old) similar ZARA | Trousers - H&M | Bag - CHANEL | SIMILAR TO CHANEL | Bracelet - Oxfam Ledbury Road |

The Little Black Jacket

I love this book definitely one to add to the collection. | Book - AMAZON

 

Here are some examples I’ve picked out from the high street.

 

1) ASOS – Off-Shoulder Satin Blazer

2) LK Bennet – Shay Black Evening Jacket

3) Miss Guided – Tuxedo Style Long Sleeve Playsuit

4) House Of Frazer – Ted Baker Leotaa Double Breasted Tux

 

Thank you for stopping by, hope my tips were helpful, let me know what you think.

Rx

 

 

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 pair, very minimal and simple goes with everything.

– A basket bag. – I have a very basic one I was given as a present from Ghana, however, I have my eyes on a fabulous basket bag by a Ghana-based label called AAKS which is sold at Urban Outfitters.

– A white peasant cotton top

– Simple white dress the namesake of this blog post and what my eyes, style and yes even heart are drawn to each summer. Each summer I begin an annual search for the little white dress. In previous years this search has come up strangely fruitless, yet this year there appears to be an abundance of affordable, cute little white dress styles available. This particular wrap around version served me well in Rome. It’s from my bridal line however it isn’t a wedding dress.  I wore it in the day sightseeing with my Zara sandals and in the evening to dinner with some heels. The beauty of a simple white dress is that it is an outfit in itself. White looks clean and crisp against the skin and because it is cotton mixed with Lycra it cools you down in the heat.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite simple white dresses on the high street below, however, if you’re looking for something more like what I’m wearing in these photos then look no further and contact Rita Colson London

 

Dress - Rita Colson London

Shoes - Zara

 

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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 are the results.

The skirt is from Asos is on sale though sizes are very limited, its called the Decadence 3D Appliqué Tulle Prom Skirt it can be found in the petite and tall range. If you want to try out the skirt worn as a dress look but you’re concerned about the length then opt for the tall range. I would also advice that you go two sizes up from your normal size, this will add to the volume and shape of the ‘dress’. It’s beautiful wether worn as a dress or a skirt, the woven fabric, semi-sheer and heavily embellished piece is best styled with minimum accessories so not to take away from the details.

I had so much fun styling this shoot, and I was definitely in my element of thinking outside of the box. I love finding different ways of wearing my favourite pieces, for me this is how style should be approached outside of fashion trends and more on the art form.

Why don’t you break out of the fashion wheel of what’s in and what’s out and wear a skirt as a dress. Lol…

I would love to hear of how you got on.

 

Here are other suggestions of skirts that can be worn as dresses.

 

ASOS Midi Skirt in Pleated Satin

ASOS Polka Dot Midi Skirt – SALE

ASOS Closet Bow Front Midi Skirt in Sateen – SALE

 

 

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Shoes - Aldo (old)

Cheeeeeeeeeese lol

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. You have prints or embroidery traditionally found on Kimonos, now decorating either bomber jackets or regular blazers.

When you have a beautiful floral print such as the one I’m wearing in this photo, it’s tempting to play it safe by teaming it up with a plain white or cream blouse. However to make it more interesting I decided to wear it with a Chinese neck collar shirt and a white skirt. I love the combination of blue stripes and florals and this works particularly well because of the blue in the jacket. If you’re going to mix different prints together it’s important that you find a staple colour or a shape that’s similar and unites the two pieces. So in this case my staple colours are blue and white and then the rest can be as bold or as loud as I want. Next time you buy a floral print why not try mixing it up by adding a different print. Give it a try.

Have a look at some of my floral print recommendations.

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I couldn't get over how beautiful this creature was, and he knew it biggest show off. Lol

Ring - Primark | Bangles - H&M |

OMG!! He's watching me, keep still. Lol

Jacket - (old) Zara | similar jacket from Asos Floral Blazer  | Shirt - Primark | Skirt - Vintage | Shoes - Chloe |

My mate Pete (is it weird that i named it?) lol

Pete come back..

Other suggestions

Floral Bomber Jacket – Zara (sale)

Biker Jacket in Painted Floral  – Asos (sale)

Digital Floral print – Asos (sale)

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. I first saw the outfit that i’m wearing on fashion blogger Freddie Harrel and loved the shape and the colour. The sets come in bold prints showcasing the influence of West African ankara prints for those who are daring enough, or plain shapes with oversized sleeves in the style of peplum. Whatever your preference is, head over to Asos and get your fix at a discount price. Yes, their selected items are on sale at Asos.

In the meantime check out how I styled my ‘matching set’ and take a look at some of my other suggestions i’ve made.

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Rx

 Top - Asos White | Trousers - H&M | Shoes - Chloe (old) similar Zara |

Other Matching sets suggestions

Peplum Denim set – Asos White

Pleated Dalmatian set – & Other Stories

Tropical set – & Other Stories