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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My Balkan Adventure – Croatia

My Balkan Adventure – Croatia (Day 1)

 Day 2 – Bosnia & Herzegovina 

Currency – Kuna

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.

Eat

Mimosa

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.

Panorama Restaurant and Bar

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

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.

 

Stay

Valamar Argosy

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.

 

Rx

 

Roma ti amo

Roma ti amo

 

Hello! Buongiorno! I’m back from from my 3 nights 4 days trip to Rome and it’s all I talk about. I enjoyed it so much that at times having to stop to capture the moment got in the way. I can’t believe it’s just 2 hours away from London. Being in Rome gave me the chance to reflect on how I use my time. I thought of countless times I had wasted 2 whole hours, lazing about, on the phone, trying new hairstyles just doing mindless things. All that time i could’ve been on my way to Rome. Lol.

Sounds like a bit of an exaggeration but I thought about taking the steps towards making the right choices in my life so I can use my time well. (will be doing a post on that) Nonetheless you would be right in saying I’ve become a little obsessed with Rome. Everything from the cobbled narrow streets, the people, the weather, and yes, the food. The food was so good that each time I planned on taking photographs of it I would remember when my plate was finished. I looked through all my photos and to my amazement I did not have any photo evidence of the food. I always thought Paris was my favourite city in Europe, but Rome, Roma has opened up a whole new world a new fantastic point of view, no one to tell us no…errm oops yes I can’t wait to go back to Italy to explore some more. Please find my recommendations below on where to stay, eat and shop.

 

Eat

Tiberino (neo – traditional Roman food),

Ginger (vegetarian), Pinsere,

Ciao Checca (slow fast food)

Ai Tre Scalini (tapas/wine bar)

La Quercia (neo – traditional Roman food)

Bir N Fud – (Bar/ restaurant) (the name of this place had me in stitches)

These are the few places we ate at; my best advice is to ask locals and avoid the tourist areas with deals.

 

Drink (Coffee)

I’m not a coffee drinker however I have now developed a habit..oops

La Cassa Del Tazza,

Antico Caffe Greco,

San ‘Eustachio

It’s hard to get a bad coffee in Rome, I recommend the iced espresso, hmmmm delicious.

 

Do

Rome is full of incredible historical monuments (several of which are included in this post ) but beyond those, wandering was my favourite thing to do; the Jewish quarter is was very pretty.

 

Stay

Airbnb – Giulia’s Nest situated in the heart of Rome (Trastevere) walking distance to most of the historical monuments. A cute 2 bed flat, the perfect little flat for a long weekend.

 

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#IWD – Introducing Teneisha Bonner

#IWD – Introducing Teneisha Bonner

Today is Women’s Day, and in light of this I want to celebrate and introduce to you a ‘phenomenal woman’ who is also a very good friend of mine Miss Teneisha Bonner. An amazing woman of faith, dancer, west end star, model and actress. Wow what a woman!!! I am very proud to call her my sister in Christ. She’s probably cringing right now lol.

Teneisha is one of the most talented dancers within the dance industry. She has been performing in the industry for 16 years and still has a strong dance career ahead of her. In such a competitive and gruelling industry professional dancers can only dream to have a career that has lasted this long.

Teneisha has been blessed to perform with stars such as Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas and Take That just to name a few. You might recognise her also from her film debut as the support lead in the original StreetDance 3D movie. In recent years you’re more likely to see her on West End in ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop,  Into the Hoods,  Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and also as a constant inspiration and face of the Rita Colson fashion label. *giggles* *teheheheheheee*

Above all her accomplishments Teneisha remains humble and grounded to which she attributes to her faith in Christ.  I first came in contact with Teneisha when we worked together on a project for our mutual friend classical music composer Fabio D’Andrea. An exciting project that brought the world of classical music, Contemporary and lyrical Hip Hop influences, bizarre? Not quite, to complete the fusion Teneisha was styled by yours truly in Rita Colson pieces. The results as a designer is what I go back to time and time again for inspiration. Teneisha elegantly and effortlessly glides in movement to the music. I have never seen my dresses look so beautiful and regal.

One youtuber says and I quote ‘ her arms and her beauty have created a whole new genre, a whole new art form, cutting edge stuff..’

Wow!! Lol her arms just ze arms has created a whole new ‘genre’ rotfl….

Indeed Teneisha’s talents goes far beyond dancing I cannot wait to see what this lady will do next. Watch this space.

‘Happy Women’s Day’ please take this time to celebrate all the wonderful women in your lives.

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Dress - Rita Colson | Music - Fabio D'Andrea | Make up - Michelle Court | Filming by Rahul De'Cruz | *All outfits featured in the video are Rita Colson

Music by - Fabio D'Andrea | *All outfits featured - Rita Colson |

 

 

 

Slender Silhouettes – a feature in Nubride

Slender Silhouettes – a feature in Nubride

There are some collaborations that just work, you find the venue by accident, you’re push for time but some how it all comes together like magic… poW!

Last year i teamed up with model Jenny K and Menswear Lifestyle blogger and photographer Edmond Kamara of Cuts For Him, my vision for this shoot was to explore the juxtaposition of raw strength and beauty, colour and texture in nature. Nova at the award wining blog Nubride wrote a wonderful feature of the brand, the different processes in Bespoke / Couture dresses and the inspiration behind the photoshoot.

Check it out and tell me what you think.

Nubride

Wedding gowns - Rita Colson London | Shoes - Kurt Geiger | Bouquet - Marks and Spencer |
Photos by Cuts For Him

‘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, leopard print transcends trends and seasons, it adds an element of cool to every look.

Marks and Spencer range Per Una Speziale updated this look into a bold and fierce orange, it was love at first sight and at a reduced sale price, I couldn’t resist.
A great piece for when it’s not quite spring but the sun is out with a chill in the air, the perfect weather for coat and sunglasses.

The silhouette is structured and yet the wool fabric still gives it a cosy feel for those cold yet sunny days.
As someone who is sometimes prone to lazy dressing (skinny jeans and old jumpers) I know I will still feel fabulous whatever I’m wearing underneath..

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Coat - Marks and Spencer | Tweed jacket and skirt - Vintage Portobello Market | Blouse - Whistles | Knee high socks - HandM | Belt - Gap | Shoes - Asos | Hat - Found and Vision |
Photos by Malachi Ajose

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 the English.

It is by far my favourite ‘Fashion Faux Pas’, it always makes me laugh the extreme reactions it causes. You either love it or hate it, a bit like marmite. Lol

I want to hear from you. Socks with Sandals Yay or Nay…

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Catwalk show @StylistLive 2015

Catwalk show @StylistLive 2015

Pop socks - H&M | Shoes - Chloe | Sandals - Zara |
Photos by Cuts For Him

Bespoke or not to Bespoke…

Why choose Bespoke?

The Bespoke service offered by the Rita Colson brand allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress designed especially for you. You may wish to modify silhouettes or cuts from our Bridal dresses to create your own unique design, or it might be that you have ideas of your own that I can apply my skills and expertise to help you realise.

What are the benefits of choosing a bespoke dress?

Each bespoke dress is made from scratch in our studio. Often, this will require several fittings over and above our normal Couture service, as we need to create a brand new pattern.

I will work very closely with you to understand your needs, likes and dislikes and will guide you in what fabrics and shapes will work best for your unique shape, to ensure you walk away with a truly special piece.

How long will it take?

Bespoke wedding dresses take time to make to the exacting standards we insist on, therefore we advise brides to leave between 6-12 months between the commission and collection of their dress. If you have a shorter timescale, please get in touch, as sometimes we are able to accommodate you.

Real Bride - Lois Shimmen | A hand pleated gown with a touch of lace and a ruffle tail. Photo by www.mariadragan.com

Attention to detail - the inside of the garment should look just as good as the outside.

Work in progress - Fitting the dress.

 

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 before, it’s about time you invest in a fur stole/bolero. I think this is undoubtedly the new investment piece of the season. I promise you won’t regret it.

The piece I’m wearing here is a 1930’s (real) fur bolero, a timeless piece that has seen me through many winters. It’s also a great throw on piece for formal or casual wear.

On this occasion, I’m wearing it with my trusted H&M double-breasted navy jacket with skinny jeans, for a dressed down casual look.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t ditch that practical boring winter coat just yet. Why not simply add a bit of glam and accessorize with a faux fur/vintage stole.

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Fur Bolero - Portobello Market | Jacket - Gap | Photos by Mista skee