Under the weather, then out comes the Sun…

Under the weather

So I have been under the weather of late, I’m not sure why but my body seems to have become a beacon for all germs. The Easter Bank Holiday was supposed to be jam-packed with an an array of exciting interesting things I planned to do, while in reality I have spent the last few days hauled-up in bed, watching bad reality TV.

But the time was not wasted, instead I used my time to think, really think long and hard about what I wanted to do with my life. This included the direction I want to take my blog in and the content I want to share with you all. My whole blogging experience has been tentative and at times hesitant as I have tried to understand my blogging vision.

The main objective was to really understanding my personal point of view and bring that unique voice to this site. This has given me a renewed push and motivation and I’m really excited to share all my new content.

So I’m now off to try and utilize the very last of the fading bank holiday weekend before returning to the daily grind we all call work.

Today I wore: River Island “Los Angeles City” sweatshirt,  ASOS Jersey joggers.

Flowers and the Checked Shirt

Early Saturday morning just after the rain.

It’s one of those weekends where I have everything and nothing to do, nothing I would want to do, but many things I have been avoiding. I need to leave the house; no I must leave the house…… weekly flower shop it is.

Today I wore: Topshop Ponte High-Waist Jeggings, The Pink Coat Jonathan Saunders for DebenhamsASOS Check Shirt , Office Leather Chelsea Boots, Accessorize Tan Leather Bag and Daniel Wellington Watch.

Flowers and Checks

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Look Book: Vertical Stripes served with lunch

Its a rainy, cold Sunday afternoon and I’m spending time with my lovely friend Joké . Its our first meet-up since the New Year so loads to catch-up on. Due to the bad weather we didn’t venture far and headed to the nearest warm place, serving hot food, which happened to be Cafe Rouge Tottentham Court Road.

Joké is wearing:

Vintage shirt from her Grandma, Jeans BDJ Urban Outfitters, Zip Front Cardigan H&M, New Balance Trainers and Necklace from  Accessorize 

Joke

Read more about Joké including her amazing Mexico adventure at: www.jorisocentric.blogspot.co.uk

My London: Notting Hill to Portobello Market

Notting Hill

 

Sunday afternoon with not much to do I decided to head over to London Notting hill, a great shopping destination due to the now world famous Portobello market, boasting an array of stalls and street vendors offering a range of products. You will also find a number of independent boutiques nestled in the various side streets. The beautiful large town houses are great to look at, making it top of my list of places to live in London (if I could afford it).

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Paisley Print Midi Dress

Paisley Midi Dress

This dress was a recent online purchase from Dotty P aka Dorothy Perkins. I wanted something midi length, long sleeve and suitable for work. I was pleasantly surprised when my purchase arrived, as we all know online shopping is a gamble at the best of times, but this dress ticked all the boxes. It was a relatively mild winter morning so I threw on the forever faithful biker jacket. Accessorized with my multi chain Topshop necklace, Timex digital watch and mixed things up with gold and silver jewellery.

Dorothy Perkins midi-dress, Jaxon hat, Topshop ankle boots, Timex Watch

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Africa Fashion Week London 2014

 

AFWL 2014

7th – 9th August 2014, was Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL), a combination of catwalk shows and trade stands showcasing African inspired fashion. Now in its fourth year and held in a new location of London Kensington Olympia, this annual event as expected was awash with colour and authentic ethnic prints. South West London was encased in Ankara wax prints to traditional Ghanaian Kente Cloth, I was lucky enough to witness the action unfold. On and off the catwalk the fashion did not disappoint, some of the best looks were adorned by those on the front row.
We ate traditional aromatic and spicy Jollof rice, while enjoying some toe-tapping afro-beats.

AFWL 2014

Some of the best looks were spotted off the catwalk. AFWL 2014 streetstyle

Label watch:Kenyan based label Njema Helena
AFWL 2014

Label watch:Homegrown London based label Merci Me London
AFWL 2014: MERCI ME LONDON

AFWL 2014 ROUND-UP

Those that attended were able to shop many of the looks straight off the catwalk following the show. Catering was courtesy of Mortar and Pestle

Also at the show was Primavera Fitness, modeling her own African inspired print leggings.

For more on Africa Fashion Week London visit: www. africafashionweeklondon.com

The Caped Crusader

Once in a blue moon there comes a trend that is both practical yet still stylish, my favorite this winter being the Blanket Cover-up. From knitted ponchos, over-sized scarves and the blanket coat hybrid there is something to please everyone’s taste.

For inspiration look to the AW14 Burberry catwalk finale. Though I’m not lucky enough to have my own personally monogrammed Burberry blanket cape, I settled upon this Aztec knit style, which is certainly more in keeping with my budget.

New Look Blanket cape, River Island Bag, Jaxon Hat, ASOS jeans and jumper, Mac Cosmetics lipstick Ruby Woo

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I AM MAGNOLIA SKY

 
I am Magnolia sky 2015
OK here it is, after years of procrastinating, delaying and peer-pressure I have finally succumbed and setup my blog. The actual setup was relatively simple, what took so long was collating all my random ideas and thoughts to try and create something that was somewhat cohesive.

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