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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Rx

The Art of the Flower Guy

The Art of the Flower Guy

 

As a creative, I am always on the lookout for inspiration. Forever searching for something different something new. I came across Devin Tracy’s work on Instagram it caught my eye immediately. His work reminded me of a Jan Van Huysum still life, and I loved the use of photomontage and digital art, something so simple yet very striking. However seasoned graphic designers are probably reading this and rolling their eyes as you can argue by saying it’s just good photo editing skills and nothing more. Nevertheless, I was interested in the story behind these images because not only is Devin Tracy a self-taught graphic designer but he is known first as a thriving Singer Songwriter. What I really wanted to know was how did the two come together and why flowers?  Here’s what I found out.

 

1) Which one came first the music or the art?

The music came first, I started singing as a toddler didn’t start writing my own lyrics until I was in middle school. But I was always into art as a child. I use to draw all the time my material would get posted all over school but loved to sing so I guess you would say they came together.

 

1) What made you start creating art?

Well, I see everything I do as art not only when I’m drawing. For me I consider the clothes I wear, the way I speak, my hair style as a form of art the prescription glasses ha ..even the colours I wear on my feet. (Shoes of course) So I guess I’ve always created art it’s just that I am more aware of it now.

 

3) What message are you conveying in your artwork?

Art is everywhere in and on people, well that’s how I see it. I’m a singer/songwriter first, so I see colours in everything and in everybody It helps with the music I create as well as the art that you see on my social media. I want to let people know that it’s ok to be different as well.

 

4) Why flowers?

In these portraits, I add flowers because for one I love flowers and I wanted to showcase everyone’s beauty. I wanted to highlight what’s already there if that makes sense.

 

5) What’s the connection between your art and your music?

I’m all about colour when you hear my music or hear me sing live, you can tell I like to colour. I usually colour with a paint brush..metaphorically speaking. I’ve been told by friends/family that my music and my art are very vibrant. Even the dark songs have a few bright colours. It’s like smiling while you’re crying. My Good afternoon EP I created the album cover for that. (SoundCloud.com/devintracy) I was thinking about fall and spring colliding. The EP is about finally getting over someone you were in love with, but you fell in love with this person at the last minute so it’s the residuals if that makes sense. The “fall” was me getting over. The “Springtime” was me falling in love but it was too late. People go through that but are afraid to tell that story that I did through my music.

 

Digital Flowers by Devin Tracey

Photo by Ugo Mozie | Digital Flowers by Devin Tracey

Jan Van Hysum - Photo via Pinterest

Photo by Charles Mitchell | Digital Flowers by Devin Tracey

Photo by Justin French | Digital Flowers by Devin Tracey

Digital Flowers by Devin Tracey

 

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Rx

 

 

 

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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Love always

Rx

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)