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:
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.
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.
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:
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?
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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Hi, Guys!! Welcome to my 3rd post in the inspirational section of my blog, Its a section dedicated to celebrating others. It’s what I love the most about this age of social media, connecting with other creatives, and like minded people.
Today’s inspirational creative is 29-year-old Seb Toussaint, a British-French Street Artist from Normandy France. He’s painted 137 murals in 11 countries, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, India, Iraq, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, and France. He’s a very talented Street Artist and his work is stunning, however, what sets him apart is the context in which he creates his work. For over 4 years he’s been traveling the slums and refugee camps of the world for his ‘Share The Word’ project. A project where he asks locals to choose words they wish to express painted on the walls of their homes a very simple idea that has had an incredible impact on individuals and many communities. I caught up with Seb and here are 11 questions and answers that best explain what he’s doing.
1. Where was your first trip?
In 2011 and 2012 I cycled around the world with my 2 best mates. It took a whole year and was a great experience, I learned a lot about the world, and about myself and what I’d be able to do in this world. In 2013 I went to a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia with one of these 2 friends (Spag) to try out an idea we had of asking people to choose a word that’s important to them and painted these words on their house. The project worked well, the locals enjoyed it as much as we did, and that’s how “Share The Word Project” was born.
2. What keeps you going back to these communities to install art?
Everything about the project is addictive! When you’re working in a slum or a refugee camp for 4 or 5 weeks, you get to know many people, eat with different families, make friends, etc… So I’m surrounded by people while I’m painting on the houses, and they make me feel part of their community very quickly. Being part of a group, feeling part of a family is what makes it difficult to leave these places.
And of course, I like what the project is able to do. As well as making the slum look a little more colourful, it attracts attention to neighbourhoods that no one cares about. And suddenly because of this project, people from the outside of the neighbourhood start coming in to have a look, and journalists write articles about places which they usually ignore. In some places the slums I painted became kind of “cool” and people started coming into the neighbourhood to shoot music videos or fashion photography. The locals felt proud that people from the outside were interacting with them, they felt a little more included in society. It’s only a very small step, it isn’t going to change everyone’s life, but art certainly can make a real positive impact.
3. Who is your artistic inspiration? (Where do you get your ideas from?) (Who inspires you?)
I get my inspiration from a variety of things. I’d say that being curious is the most important thing to stay inspired. I can get ideas of cool patterns by just looking at women’s saris in India, or by visiting mosques in Turkey or Egypt. I can get ideas of colours to use by looking at artwork by Matisse, packets of crisps in Bolivia, or Chinese iced tea bottles.
4. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your life was at stake?
Slums aren’t always the safest places to be working in, at least at the beginning. I have been harassed a little in the past, but it’s always happened during the first few days working in a slum. But nothing major has happened, most people in the world are genuinely nice people. Communities have a lot of respect for people who are trying to do something positive in their neighbourhood, so everyone watches out for me. In a few slums like in Kenya or Egypt, I’ve witnessed a lot of violence, but towards me.
5. What do your friends and family think about what you do?
They are very supportive! They have never told me not to go somewhere because it’s too dangerous or told me to get a “proper job”. I just think they like the idea of the project and the fact that I’m doing what I love the most.
6. Which of your works have you found the most rewarding?
It’s hard to pick one, but the huge “PAZ” (peace in Spanish) mural I painted on 16 different houses in Colombia had a great impact. The art caught a lot of attention in local and international media. The president of Colombia talked about the project on his Facebook account, and so did the armed guerilla organisation FARC. The Colombian state and the FARC were in the process of signing a peace treaty to put an end to 50 years of violence, and this huge mural with the word “PEACE” became a symbol that both sides of the conflict identified with. I had no idea that my work would have this sort of impact!
7. Have you kept in contact with any of the communities you’ve helped?
More and more people worldwide have access to the internet, even in slums. This enables me to stay in contact with people and know what’s going on these places I miss.
8. What does a street artist of your kind wear? (on days off)
When I’m painting I’m just wearing a simple t-shirt and shorts that are covered in paint. It’s a very boring outfit, to be honest. So when I’m off work, I love wearing suits or combining very formal wear with more casual stuff like jeans with a skinny tie, or a suit with white trainers. I’m a fan of the classic crisp white shirt, I have many and love wearing them with everything from leather jackets, blazers, trench coats… I guess my style is timeless to some extent. People were wearing white shirts with black ties 20 years ago, 50 years ago or even 100 years ago. And people will still be wearing this in the future! I like using a lot of colour when I paint, but strangely I never wear bright colours in my outfits.
9. Who is your style icon?
I love Janelle Monae’s androgynous style! Her outfits can be quite masculine but her swag is so feminine and elegant. David Beckham’s always wears perfect suits, no extravagance, always very well cut. Of course, I like most things by Yves Saint Laurent.
10. Do you have any plans of turning your work into other works of art? (coffee table books, prints) (I want a skirt in one of the prints) 🙂
I haven’t yet written a book, but it’s only a matter of time before I release one! It will be a great opportunity not only to show pictures of my art but also to tell stories of the people whose words I paint around the world. In the future, I’d love to design fashion. Some of the patterns I paint on walls would look great on fabric!
11. What word would you choose to paint on your house and why?
Maybe I’d choose the word “freedom”. It’s one of the values really worth fighting for. Freedom in society is a fragile thing, there will always be people trying to take away freedom, and there’ll always more freedom to fight for.
Thank you for stopping by, catch up with all of Seb’s work, link listed below.
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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 in London.
Let me introduce you to Okapi, Okapi was first launched in Capetown in 2011 by South African Painter Hanneli Rupert. It’s the home of luxury artisan handbags and accessories made entirely in Africa. The very opposite of fast fashion, the ethos behind Okapi is to craft carefully selected locally sourced materials into unique pieces that can be customised and added to over time. By keeping production local, the brand is able to create job opportunities on the continent and develop its employees. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all brands had the same attitude?
The Okapi ethos of carefully selected craftsmanship has been adopted into a pop-up store this summer in London, showcasing the SS17 collection of South African based luxury brand Maxhosa by Laduma. The collection will be there until August 31st, it’s a well-crafted, beautiful and versatile collection, but don’t take my word for it go and check it out.
OKAPI, 40 Eaton Terrace, SW1W 8TS, London
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As your reading this I’m recovering from my weekend of Style, Catwalk, Fashion and more Fashion and what a season it’s been. I had the pleasure of being invited to a few of the shows during the weekend of London Fashion Week and by the final day, I needed naps in-between the shows. to recover lol. I thoroughly enjoyed whizzing around London going from one show to another trying to make it on time, and being ‘fashionably late’.
This is undeniably an exciting time of the year for any fashion lover whether you have access to the shows or simply watching coverage online or reading the newspapers on the different designers showing. It’s a time of year where international editors, buyers, and bloggers land in London for the shows. There’s undoubtedly much excitement to see some of the British design greats and what they’ve decided we’ll be wearing for spring/summer 17. Paul Smith, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and many more.
However given London is the most creative, dynamic, energetic of the fashion cities – and undeniably the place for fresh young design talent- why not dedicate a couple of hours to check out some of the off-schedule shows? You’ll discover some of the industry’s newest, most exciting talent and possibly spot the next big thing taking flight.
Here are some major reasons to consider off-schedule shows next season at London Fashion Week.
Rocky Star - SS17
1. It gives you a good perspective of the new talent out there, as many of the new designers come from the Middle East, China, Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, as well as the UK. The off-schedule scene is an international one and has a constant stream of inspirational and creativity from start to finish. This year i saw the collection of Rocky Star from India, FeiFei Cicada from China, Ashley Isham from Singapore, Apu Jan from Taiwan and Han Wen from Parsons School of Design in New York.
Apu Jan - SS17
2. Fashion Scout is known for hosting and nurturing the most exciting designers from around the globe. Recent big names from its shows have been Peter Pilotto, Felder Felder, David Koma, Eudon Choi and Agi & Sam to pick just a few, which means its more than likely you’ll see the early the making of a huge design star.
Han Wen - Merit Award winner 2016
3. Ones to Watch is my favourite as its one of the most exciting shows on the off-schedule line up along with the Merit award, which Han Wen won this year. It provides new designers with a fantastic opportunity to get their business off the ground via financial and expert business support every season. For me, Ones to Watch has always been one of the best off-schedule shows, and the collections themselves are full of unique ideas. It’s also nice to support new design talent.
Ashley Isham - SS17
4. If you’re looking for something avant-garde and fun - and certainly less commercial then the off-schedule is where it’s at. In the times I’ve been attending, I’ve seen some truly memorable shows. Pam Hogg is a favourite of mine, she embodies the punk spirit in her designs and in her shows, always very exciting and creative.
Fei Fei Cicada - SS17 at the V&A
5. The vibe is generally a little more relaxed. Whether you’re a blogger, editor, stylist, or even recent fashion graduate, if you’ve managed to get a ticket it’s pretty likely you’ll get in, unlike the on-schedule shows where the standing queue doesn’t get a look in. It is a little more crowded and hot, but it’s also a great taster for London Fashion Week if you haven’t been able to get some of the bigger show tickets.
Backstage at the V&A
After the catwalk show - models pose next to the statues in the V&A
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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 mine. Instead, I worked with the silhouette to my advantage and delivered a polished ‘effortless’ look.
On that note here are my favourite midis, from tea-length skirts to sexy slit silhouettes, that work for petite frames. (click on the links)
– Go for an A-Line – This should definitely be a go to for all Petites! The mesh-like fabric is longer than the lining which gives the illusion of longer legs. Remember to choose a higher waist to create even longer legs!!!! At £25.00 you can’t go wrong.
– Wrap it up – It’s always best to have fabric cling on to you and wrap midi skirt naturally shapes your figure in all the right places without letting anything drag. I love the colour on this one gorgeous!!
– Sexy slit – If you got it, flaunt it but not too much there’s a thin line between classy and trashy when it comes to slits. Lol. Elongate your legs with high and low slits. Remember to keep it CLASSY!! x
– The Classic Pencil Skirt – Always a flattering option that shows off your curves. Invest in a black staple piece, but switch things up with pastel hues, leather or sheer fabrics. Zara has a couple of leather Pencil Skirts this season check it out. If you’re going to do leather pencil skirt remember to break it up a little. Do not wear a leather skirt, with leather knee high boots and leather jacket, unless if you’re going for the Matrix look! Eeeeeeeek!
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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 recently purchased a gorgeous scarf from H&M and at £7.99 I was laughing all the way to the cash register, what a bargain. Its quite a generous size so it can be worn in various ways, as a headscarf, scarf around the neck and many more. Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you how versatile a scarf can be. It really is the ultimate accessory to have for quick updates. However first let’s do the headscarf.
The turban, think 1970s Elizabeth Taylor or Charlie’s Angels kind of vibe. This look is very glamorous and its not completed without sunglasses. It is best paired up with a peasant styled big sleeved top as demonstrated or a Maxi dress. It can be quite hippie chic depending on your preference.
I came across one of my favourite duos on YouTube The Colour Pop Girls tutorial on headscarf and loved their version of the turban and many other clever interesting ways of tying a headscarf. Take a look and have fun trying them out. Let me know how you get on.
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