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:
With the clock brought forward I think it might be safe to say it’s officially Spring unless if we get a surprise snow fall like last week. AnyhoO positive thinking only, I’m here to show you how you can shift your cozy Winter looks into wearable Spring trends.
Now let’s face it although it’s officially Spring the air is still quite chilled so put aside your double breast coats and opt for a wrap around wool coat. It’s lighter in weight, keeps you warm when there’s a chill and looks great opened up with a T-shirt or blouse teamed with Jeans or Khakis.
I love wearing lighter tones in the warmer months so when I spotted this lovely 1960s checked coat in my local vintage shop, it was love at first sight. I teamed this coat with an oversized acrylic neck piece from Marks and Spencers, a chocolate brown vest top and a caramel bootcut and black patent shoes. A casual smart look to combat the chills and welcome in the warmth.
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.
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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 to see London challenging rival cities on the global style scene: it’s proof that our city is an international cultural and creative hub. With 100 designers being featured this season, the need for a place to unwind in between shows was crucial. My in-between shows hub was at the Felicities PR Lounge, where I used to update my instastories, charge my phone and catching up with fellow fashionistas.
Couturissimo is a fashion platform that delivers support and provides sustainability for the couture industry while broadening the reach of couture designers through a collaborative approach to limited edition collections. The SS18 collection was shown at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, it was created with the spirit of couture at its heart by a collective of couture designers. With accessible price points and global access to unique collections through their website, this new direction hopes to attract a new generation of couture fans.
The couture industry, forever in constant transformation has found itself at a crossroads between the traditional and the contemporary with Couturissimo providing a sustainable bridge that links the past and the future. Much like the English founder of Haute Couture, Charles Frederick Worth, London based Couturrismo is pioneering a new era of fashion innovation. The brand’s goal is to provide greater access to beautifully crafted, quality collections that capture the spirit of couture at a price that is within reach of the modern woman.
The artistic geniuses behind Parisian brand OnAura Tout Vu, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, have overseen a team of couture designers to deliver the beautifully imagined SS18 collection. Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who has created masterpieces worn by the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga, has worked closely alongside Sebastien Gunawan, the pioneer of ‘fashion-culture’ in Indonesia, as part of the international team contributing to this season’s collection. The SS18 Couturissimo collection conveyed the principal codes of luxury and couture via high fashion designs, ultra-feminine cuts, a demanding level of fabrication, motifs embroidery and original prints but at a more democratic price point than traditional couture gowns.
Sabinna - SS18 / Catwalk + Presentation
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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, they’re the basic items that everyone looks good in and it stays consistent year after year. This discussion got me thinking, to start a series featuring my wardrobe staples showing the importance of creating a wardrobe staple that sees you through all seasons.
The first wardrobe staple I want to feature is the blazer. A good blazer will see you through out the whole year, depending on the fabric of course. So what equates to a good blazer? The most important thing to look for in a blazer is the shape and the fit, you need to make sure the blazer suits your shape and fits you well. A blazer is not only for the office it can be worn with denim, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The purpose of a blazer in my wardrobe is to bring the outfit together. So, for example, I would wear denim cut off shorts with Tshirt and flats, to make the look a little smarter, I would change the shoes to heels and throw on a blazer. My ultimate ‘go to’ for a casual smart look, stylish but not trying too hard. Lol 🙂
The blazer is definitely one of my favourite wardrobe staples I’m always on a look out for different variations of the classic design. This could be in the colour, fabric or special features as demonstrated in my latest purchase. I have about 3 blazers which are very similar in shape and cut but it was the tassels on this classic shape that caught my eye. I love the element of evening wear although this can also be a great piece to wear to a music festival, how? Add a white Tshirt, leather trousers, knee high flat boots or converse trainers and your music festival ready. In this case, I kept it simple and styled it with very short tailored shorts (shortest shorts I’ve ever owned) men’s shirt, and heels. This is probably my favourite ‘go to’ look..if ever in doubt monochrome it…always.
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 keep the word ‘boho’ out of your style vocabulary when styling a maxi skirt.
Maxi skirts have forever been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. In actual fact, I bought this stripy number especially to wear as a dress and then later on decided to wear it the right way. As a dress, this look works particularly well too with a belt in the middle or with a lovely suit jacket on top.
When styling this stripey maxi skirt, my focus was to make it elegant and stylish. I have always loved playing with ‘shape’ so if it’s a maxi skirt, then it has to be super maxi for my small frame. So I’m normally a size 6 but I bought this skirt in a size 16. I wanted the volume of the skirt to be exaggerated. This was teamed with a white ballooned sleeved shirt, Chloe shoes and Chanel bag. In order to keep you in proportion, make sure the top is shaped to accentuate the waist and it’s worn with heels.
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.
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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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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.
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