ASOS Africa AW14 Collection

Online fashion retailer ASOS is back again with a smash hit collection for ASOS Africa. If you’re a regular reader on of my blog, you may know that I’m a huge fan of ASOS Africa so I’m delighted to write about their latest collection once again. This year ASOS Africa is celebrating its tenth season (gone so fast!) featuring a real statement collection featuring autumnal African florals, kanga prints and Jacquard on beautiful separates from the classic pencil skirt, dresses and this season’s duster coat. AMAZING!

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Are you a fan of ASOS Africa? Do you think they’ve stepped up for their 10th season? Which pieces from the AW14 collection are on your wish list?

Foreo Luna Mini Turquoise Cleansing Brush

When I attended AFWL last month, in the goody bag there was a interesting item that got my attention. It was a Foreo Luna Mini. Beauty is something that I’m still trying to get my head round so I did a google search and learnt that it’s a cleansing brush that does wonders to your skin. Foreo describes the brush as “a revolutionary new skincare concept and the world’s first T-Sonic facial-cleansing brush for a deep gentle clean in just 1 minute”. The brush has had a lot of coverage in the press and recently won Elle Sweden Beauty Awards 2014.

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C/O Foreo Luna Mini Cleanser Harvey Nichols Edition, £99 | comes in five colours and has a 2-year limited warranty and 10-Year Quality guarantee

Claims:

  • Cleaner, brighter, healthier skin
  • New way of cleansing that is deep and gentle
  • Skin is freed of dirt, oil and makeup residue
  • Pores are cleansed of blemish-causing impurities

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The brush comes in a stylish plastic case and features a non abrasive silicone touch points that are soooo soft and suitable for all skin types. I’ve always wanted a brush for my face as I have horrible pores on my  cheeks and need to step up my face regime so this brush came to the rescue. A better alternative to using facial wipes! Before first time use, the brush has to be charged for one hour with a USB cable (included in the case) and can be used up to 300 times before it needs charging again. The cleansing brush is obviously meant to be used with a cleanser but decided to use a Moroccan black soap ( review coming at the end of the week) instead for a more spa like treatment.

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I used the brush in a gentle, gliding motion and you feel the vibrations against your skin and there’s no need to apply pressure. It comes in two speeds but just used the 1st. After using the brush I noticed that there wasn’t any soap residue so cleaning it a breeze! It’s travel size friendly so you can practically take it anywhere and really did leave my skin smooth and clean.

After the first use I would rate this brush 10/10 and look forward to using it more in the next couple of weeks with my cleanser. For £99 it’s an investment and slighty cheaper than the Clarisonic brush but would recommend to those who want to up their skincare routine.

Have you heard of Foreo? Do you own the brush? What are your thoughts on the cleanser brush? Would you make the investment? 

 

Three Ways to Wear: Ankle Boots

My Shopping Trolley this week features three ways to wear ankle boots for winter. It’s a versatile and evergreen style that can be worn for any occasion. I’ve styled three different looks below to incorporate into your winter wardrobe with a mix of African prints. Are you a fan of ankle boots? Which of the three looks are your favourite? Have you made any boot purchases?

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Outifit one: 1. Christine Brown Ghana at My Asho Bogolan African Print Blazer, £125 | 2. Topshop MOTO Blue Black Wash Jeans, £38 | 3. River Island Black Buckle Trim Ankle Boots, £60

Outfit two: 1. Bestow Elan Blue Shrimp Green Bandeau Dress, £145 | 2. Wallis Red Stud Earrings, £4.55 | 3. Forever 21 Faux Suede Booties, £16.99

Outfit three: 1. Agnes and Lola Purple Vinatge Patterned Shirt, £39 | 2. F&F Grey Pencil Skirt, £10 | 3. Dune Black Pointed Toe Kitten Heel Ankle Boot, £82

 

Nubian Skin Launches Underwear for Women of Colour

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Photo credit: Nubian Skin

Last week I discovered a new brand that will change the underwear industry for the better. Nubian Skin is an underwear company that specialises in nude hosiery and underwear for women of colour. I’m not talking about caucasian nude but brown nude that will perfectly match black women’s skin. There are four shades to choose from including chocolate, caramel and cinnamon. According their Twitter, Nuban Skin will launch in October and international shipping will be available. It’s such a clever idea and won’t be surprised if everything sells out. Be sure to sign up to their mailing list to be notified when their website goes live. 

11 Cool Stackable Rings for your Jewellery Box

My Shopping Trolley this week features super cool stackable rings to decorate your fingers with. I’m a huge fan of rings and feel naked without them. For me it just makes your outfit complete. From gold delights to subtle slivers, there’s plenty of style to choose from. They’re effortless and perfect for any occasion. I’m in love with the rose gold ring from Ted Baker. Will be adding it to my every growing wish list!

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1. Topshop Premium Rhinestone Ring Pack, £30 | 2. New Look Sliver Bow and Heart Ring Stack, £3.99  | 3. Ted Baker Rose Gold Cluster Ring, £45 | 4. M&S Gold Duo Rings, £18 | 5. Forever21 Stackable Midi Ring Set, £3.50 | 6. Miss Selfridge Assorted Rings, £10 | 7. Talullah Tu Gold Wish Word Ring, £7 | 8. Warehouse Wide Mix Stack Ring Set, £10 | 9. Accessorize Wonder Woman Stacking Set, £10 | 10. Dorothy Perkins Sliver Ring Pack, £6.50 | 11. H&M 6 Pack Ring, £5.99

 Have you got a jewellery collection? Are you a fan of rings? Which stackable rings have you got your eye on?

3 African Fashion Brands for Plus Size Women

As much as I love fashion and style, there’s always been that debate about plus size fashion and women. It’s a topic that has been discussed to death and to be honest it’s getting old. Personally, women come in all shapes and sizes and you don’t have to be skinny to be healthy and beautiful. As long as you take care of yourself and love your own skin, nothing else matters. Below are 3 lovely African clothing labels that cater to plus size women. I thought it would be great to share for those who are struggling to find plus size African clothing.

1. Dearcurves

I’ve written about Dearcurves before so won’t go into too much detail. Founded by model and designer Linda Idegwu, she creates beautiful contemporary African inspired prints in lightweight fabrics. Dearcurves actually showed her latest collection at Africa Fashion Week 2014 and will be available to buy real soon.

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Photo credit: Africa Fashion Week London

2. Rue 114

Ghanaian designer Serwah Asante launched Rue 114 for women who believe every shape and size is beautiful. Her latest collection features a soft colour palette combing a mix of modern and traditional fabrics for example plastic and African prints with Adinkra symbols to create something different from the usual styles. It’s versatile and brings a refreshing outlook on African fashion.

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Photo credit: Rue 114

3. Nakimuli

Established in 2009 by Tennille McMillan, Nakimuli is fueled by imagination and goes beyond traditions of women’s fashion. Nakimuli has a special line for plus size women called Nakimuli Curvy filled with bold prints and sexy separates and  encourages women to embrace  individuality and to become your own trendsetter. Nakimuli does international shipping on request.

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Photo credit: Nakimuli

Do you struggle to find plus size clothing? Which plus size brands are your favourite? Should more African designers tap into the plus size fashion market?

5 Beauty Subscription Boxes for Women of Colour

Beauty subscription boxes have grown in popularity ever since the launch of Glossybox and Birchbox. Almost every blogger jumped on the beauty box bandwagon (see what I did there?) with my Bloglovin feed flooded with review after review.

But with all the hype involved, I noticed that there wasn’t a lot of products specifically targeted at women of colour or a beauty subscription box just for women of colour until I came across Glowwboxx earlier this year. There was another one called Be Box but has sadly closed down. I did a bit of a Google search and found a couple of companies (mainly US based)  that do beauty boxes for women of colour. I read while back that the market over in the US is bigger than the one in the UK which is shocking because according to Mintel, the market for black beauty products in the UK is estimated to be worth over £45 million, with hair care at £29.2 million. This gave me an idea to do a post on beauty subscription companies and here are the results below:

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Photo credit: Angel Beauty Box

1. Angel Beauty Box

Based in Atlanta, the pink themed beauty subscription box is aimed at women on the go who want to look good. Simply fill out the beauty profile to receive beauty products catered to you, pick a subscription (price range from $10-$55) and Angel Beauty will do the rest. While browsing around, be sure to check out their magazine with informatuon on products featured in their boxes. What I love about Angel Beauty Box is that there’s a  special beauty box for university students. Perfect for students on a budget!

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Photo credit: Black Girl Beauty

2. Black Girl Beauty

When I clicked on their link on Google, I instantly fell in love with the beauty box design. It’s clean and simple and the colour theme runs through the website. Black Girl Beauty  is tailored to meet your specific beauty needs. You’ll find luxury, premium and drug store brands including Origins, Morgan Taylor and Mixed Chicks. The subscription ranges from $20-$240.

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Photo credit: Glowwbox

3. Glowwbox

Glowwbox is no stranger on my blog and recently collaborated with MIZANI to create a limited edition box.  The subscription starts from £10 a month which will give you 4-5  full and trial sized beauty products including haircare, skincare and makeup.

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Photo credit: My Brown Box

4. My Brown Box

My Brown Box is a new company based in LA. There’s not much information on their website as they’re launching soon but you can sign up to be notified when the website is up and running. There’s also a video to hear more about My Brown Box.

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Photo credit: Onyx

5. We are Onyx

Last but not least is We are Onyx. It’s a colourful beauty box and offers the best in black beauty. Not only will you receive 4-6 full size and deluxe beauty samples but you can buy the full sizes straight from the website. You can customize your box and there’s even tutorials beauty tutorials from installing clip-ins, DIY beauty and contouring. Beauty shopping and looking good made easy!

 

I do hope that these US brands ship internationally someday as it would bring an even bigger market. Are you a fan of beauty subscription boxes? Are you subscribed to any? Do you think that there should be more beauty subscription boxes for women of colour in the UK?

 

 

Brighten up your Home with Bespoke Binny

African-inspired home furnishings brand Bespoke Binny has released her new collection for AW14. Founded by Natalie Yaa Obenwa Thompson, her signature colourful wax prints will brighten up your home all year round and will lift up your spirits especially during the colder days. From cushions to lampshades, everything is handmade and will bring both comfort and style to your home. My favourite pieces are the scented aromatherapy pillows – ideal for those who have difficulty sleeping or simply want to relax.

Bespoke Binny AW14Photo credit: Bespoke Binny | Price range from £25-£50

Are you a fan of home decor? Which pieces from the AW14 collection do you fancy?

P.S – Bespoke Binny will be exhibiting at the Home trade show at Kensington Olympia this month where Natalie will be debuting a new range of designs to retail buyers. This would be a great opportunity to see her pieces up close and personal. 

 

Autumn Wish List 2014

Now that we’re in September (happy new month) it’s time to focus on Autumn clothing. Think cosy knits and statement coats to keep you toasty. I’ve created a wish list with autumn approved styles that I would love to have in my wardrobe.

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1. TU at Sainsbury’s Colour Block Biker Coat, £40 

Sainsbury’s isn’t a place I think of when it comes to clothes shopping but came across this lovely number while compiling my autumn wish list. I love the contrasting colours and the zip detailing. It’s different from the typical winter coat styles and reasonable at £40. Unfortunately you can’t purchase online but do check your nearest Sainsbury’s to see if the coat is in stock.

2. Topshop Print Wrap Pencil Skirt, £48

I love the African inspired print on this wrap skirt and would be perfect for evening wear. Team with a sexy crop top and a statement blazer for an all night affair.

3. New Look Yellow Bobble Stitch Jumper, £19.99

An autumn wardrobe isn’t complete without a jumper. It’s great for those days when you can’t find anything to wear and you just throw it on. I love the bright yellow colour as we need a bit of sunshine during the darker days.

4. Primark Tartan Zip Dress, £13

I’ve been a fan of tartan since I was a little girl and this zip dress got an instant approval. Would wear with a pair of thick tights and ankle boots. The dress will be available in Primark from the 19th September so keep an eye on it!

5. River Island Beige Bow Front Leopard Toe Cap Loafers, £25

How cute are the leopard toe cap loafers?! Would look great with a camel colour coat and jeans. It’s practical and can transition into spring with a fun, flowing dress and a floppy hat.

6. Marc B Izzy Black Bag, £49

Ever since I got my first Marc B bag in Topshop Oxford Street a few years ago, I have been hooked to the brand ever since. This Izzy black bag is simple and just the right size for me. You can opt for a longer plain strap and the fold over zip feature is the seller of the bag and it got me sold!

7. Meen Clothing African Print Heart Necklace, £10

I came across Meen Clothing when I went to the Open The Gate African Market event and I just loved this necklace. I’m hoping to get it real soon as it’s unique and something that I haven’t come across before. And for £10 it’s a steal!

8. Miss Selfridge Pink Semi Precious Stone Ring, £8.50

Last but not least is this lovely precious stone ring from Miss Selfridge. It’s simple so it’s great for everyday wear.

What are you coveting for autumn this year? Is there anything on my wish list that you fancy as well?

 

Adara Leigh of London Firefly AW14 Collection

Adara Leigh of London has released their AW14 collection and it’s gourgeous! Perfect for those all important Christmas parties (can’t believe it’s just around the corner) during the festive season. The Firefly collection features sizzling hot African inspired statement heels and accessories that will blow your mind. Check out the collection below and let me know which pieces will be on your early Christmas wishlist.

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Photo credit: Adara Leigh of London | Price range: £30-£365

4 Loafers Styles for Autumn

One key autumn essential help you prepare for the colder season are loafers. From patent styles to bejewelled beauties, it’s a perfect way to kick-start autumn. Pair with thick tights to keep your feet toasty!

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Photo credit: Fashion Bomb Daily, Kandin Bakisin, Talking Pretty

1. River Island Grey Patent Point Loafers, £25 | 2. Ted Baker Red Bejewelled Loafers, £170 (avaliable in store not online) | 3. Kurt Geiger Nadia Black Flat Loafers, £45 | 4. Next Navy Pointed Loafers, £28

 

 

Open The Gate African Market at Spitalfields

During the Bank Holiday weekend, my cousin and I went to Old Spitalfields to attend The African Market organised by Open The Gate. The cultural arts and crafts fair features talented designers from Africa and inspired by Africa. You’ll find a range of orginal & ethical fashion, jewellery, accessories and natural beauty products. Everyone was very friendly with loads to tactics to sell you their products! One thing I love about these kind of events is that I get to see the designs up close as oppose to just looking a press releases and lookbooks. It also gives me a chance to speak with the designers and network. There were some real unique talent at the event while some designs had been done to death. Here are the highlights from the event and my top picks:

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My cousin trying on the blue dress lol . Me in a  ‘ghana must go style dress from Asda and designer Obiora Ichiebuka. If you plan to buy the dress you have to go one size down as it runs big.

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My cousin wearing Eldimaa Fashion headwrap. Can be styled in various ways.

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Open The Gate did an amazing job and I look forward to the next one which will take place at the end of September. If you would like to attend do check out the website and Facebook page for more details.

 

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