A CONFUSED STATE OF MIND

Now with the lighter mornings, I wake up with a jolt convinced I have overslept and it’s the middle of the afternoon. Exasperated by the ever changing weather which is constantly catching me out; umbrella, sunglasses, gloves and hat all squashed in my bag for fear any minute now it could rain, hail or be blazing hot sun, whilst on my walk my home from the office. The topic of conversation for the past week has been speculation as to when the clocks will change, it happens the same time every year, yet we all sit in fear of whether the clocks have “fallen” back or “sprung” forward, as if it’s a conspiracy to rob us all of an hour of sleep, I’m not sure as to why British Summer Time clock changes occurs (adds to Google list for later), but anything that messes with my sleep routine can’t be good. Even as I write this post it’s Sunday morning 27th March and the clocks have indeed change, so what time is it? Did my phone update automatically? Am I late or early? Who knows and what am I doing today?

 
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After checking my iPhone, iPad, the internet …. Oh and the microwave, I finally trust I actually know what time it is and remember it’s the Easter weekend.

 

My confused state of mind is illustrated in my sometimes chaotic outfit choices as I layer on random items of clothing when the temperature suddenly drops or the wind decides to literally sweep me off my feet. Case and point: Good Friday, I decided to go out shooting with my sister for her trainer (sneaker) blog “For The Love Of Kicks” in preparation for world Nike Air Max day, which is a thing apparently. The sun was out which seemed to surprise us all with temperature highs of 16 degrees when a few days ago we barley reached 4 degrees in the sun. But you need not worry about me as I was well pre-prepared, at the bottom of my bag was my classic Rayban’s and I threw on my favourite cotton parker …umbrella also packed just in case.

 

Look book My Magnolia Sky

Look book My Magnolia Sky

 

Topshop cotton parker, H&M stripped jersey top, ASOS Farleigh mom jeans, Nike Roshe Run trainers, Ray-Ban sunglasses and the ever faithful Jaxon hat.

 

BRITISH SUMMER TIME
I distressed my ASOS jeans myself, interesting evening with the cheese-grater.

 

Outtakes from my shoot  “For The Love Of Kicks”

 

for the love of kicks

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AFRICA IN THE CITY

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m in a quandary as to what to do with the rest of my day, having dragged myself reluctantly to the gym for my weekly punishment I was feeling in an inspired mood to get out and about (any opportunity to hit the streets with the Nikon).
Several of my friends had told me to attend August in Africa Summer Festival, presented by The Africa Center at London’s Covent Garden, a celebration of all things amazing and African inspired. However central London on a Saturday isn’t one of my favourite things, especially since the week before I made the mistake of trying to shop the sales in Oxford Street on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Let’s just say the day ended with me having to express a few choice words to a complete stranger about the importance of common sense and decency. From that point I vowed never again.

I actually love Covent Garden, it’s an eccentric  mix of old London, mixed with modern shops and restaurants, however there is a reason I avoid it on any given Saturday, due to the very high volume of people in what is considered a very small area of space. It becomes a real challenge to traverse the streets to avoid collisions with tourists and general “out of towners”, whilst trying not to photobomb every other picture. Hence why my reluctance to attend the festival, however I needed to run a few errands, so as I was going to be in the area anyway it seemed rude not to attend, also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderfulness that is Africa.

Upon arrival in the Piazza we found a large stage, where DJ Oya Bun was currently playing an array of upbeat Afro Beats to keep the waiting crowd entertained. The atmosphere was relaxed and happy encouraged by the very fortunate good weather. As I said previously I hadn’t really intended on attending the festival so hadn’t checked the timings for the line-up, a quick google search later I realised we had missed a number of opening acts, which included; Ali Kamara, Simo Lagnawi, Bonga, Taalim and later in the evening Fuse ODG.

Undeterred we decided to explore the festival further, more importantly, do some shopping, which was perfectly timed as we managed to catch the beginning of an on the street fashion show, showcasing African inspired contemporary fashion, all put together by Vou Brown, fashion boutique located in North West London (I will be visiting in the near future)

Africa Summer Festival

 

 

The Men’s fashion did not disappoint

 

After the show we were able to shop the looks straight off the cobbled catwalk. My purchase of choice being an Ankara print turban, for those days when my hair is not looking quite ready for outside eyes and fabric covered earrings by Gitas Portal to add to my already too large collection.

African Summer Festival 2015

 

Overall the afternoon turned out to be a fun day it was nice to see young and old experiencing Africa’s finest. Showing the continent is more than a news headline but is rich with colour, culture art and fashion in its many evolving forms. Also a great precursor to next week’s event of Africa Fashion Week London, which I’m sure many of you will be attending.

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AFRICAN FASHION: SOSOME POP-UP SHOP CAMDEN

Last summer I visited my dear friends Jennifer’s pop-up shop located at the Collective 159 Camden high-street, London for her fashion label  SoSoMe. An elective mix of African inspired prints, in modern shapes and silhouettes.

I look forward to seeing more of this growing brand at this years Africa Fashion Week London. 

SoSoMe

 

The brand is not just about prints, spotted this sequin tunic
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The brand creator/ designer herself was on hand to personally talk you through the unique pieces from the collection.

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The Collective is a great space showcasing upcoming talent and new brands.

My London: Brick Lane shopping

After filling our stomachs with what seemed like all the pancakes at Hoi Polloi Restaurant, Ace Hotel (see my previous post), it made sense to go for a walk to try a burn off some of our very large brunch. So myself and my friend Carina headed over to Brick Lane only a few minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High Street.

 

 

Brick Lane is an interesting place, where you will find some of the best curry houses, vintage shops and street art which line this very unique street. The street style fashion is amazing to observe from 90’s throwback, 80s punk and modern day mod-tailoring. There is a high concentration of people wearing Mom Jeans and a 2.8 average jaunty hat ownership per capita (note these statistics are completely fictitious though probably not far-off).

Brick Lane Vintage shops offer an array of retro fashion, though not the cheapest but you will be spoilt for choice.

Our first stop is the ever popular Rokit Vintage and Retro Clothing Shop, which has everything from old school Puma sneakers to cut-off vintage Levis 501’s.
Rokit

 

The Vintage Market Brick Lane.
Indoor market with various vendors all under the one roof.

Carina tried on this hat for so long I thought she actually had bought it, at only £15 it was a bargain.
Brick Lane Vintage Market

 

 

Today I’m Wearing: Topshop Parka, H&M printed blouse, Daniel Wellington Watch and Vintage Silk Scarf from my trip to Hong Kong.
Topshop with Vintage Silk Scarf

Brick Lane BookShop
I’m not sure when William Shakespeare wrote Othello, he had “MR T” in mind, but I think it works.

We accidentally happen upon a Street Art tour group, and decided to tag along for a moment, which is another great thing about Brick Lane the art is everywhere. Round every corner or side street you can find another piece more thought-provoking than the last.

As the afternoon sun starts to dim we head back to Liverpool Street Station to catch the tube home, I’m very proud of myself having controlled my urge to buy anything, but there is always next time.

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.

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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