I am very excited as I’ve teamed up with Simple Skincare to promote their #KindToCitySkin campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to educate women on the effect urban living can have on their skin with the help of top dermatologists and the Simple Advisory Board. This is due to elements such as pollution, stress, weather and artificial environments causing redness, flake, dryness which are all signs of sensitive skin. Having a good skincare routine is important to combat the effects of city life especially those of you living in places like London where it’s a bustling environment. Simple the brand you can trust to be kind to your skin, as sensitive skin experts.
In celebration of the campaign, I’ll be running a giveaway where you can win these lovely Simple goodies from the Kind to Skin range worth £23 with no artificial perfumes and colours and no harsh chemicals and no strange ingredients! Enter below via Rafflecopter. This giveaway is for UK residents only. Terms and conditions are in the Rafflecopter widget.
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash
- 1x Simple Kind To Skin Illuminating Radiance Cream
You can find out more about the campaign by following the hashtag #KindToCitySkin on Twitter and the video below:
This post was done in collaboration with Simple Skincare. Opinions are my own.
1. Rare at Topshop Red Cropped Tee, £24 | 2. Rare at Topshop Tribal Print Shorts, £20 (co-ords) | 3. River Island Yellow ID Tag Pool Sliders, £28 | 4. Dune Galaxyway Oversized Black Oval Sunglasses, £30
It seems that Lupita Nyong’o is the only celebrity I discuss on my blog but couldn’t help to share the latest image from her beauty campaign with French beauty brand Lancôme. She’s looking so beautiful! Back in April, Lancôme announced the Oscar winner will be the spokesperson, making her the 1st African women to represent Lancôme and her ad will be running as from September this year promoting Lancôme’s Tient Idole Ultra 24h foundation. It’s lovely to see women of colour being featured in beauty campagins as we are always pushed at the back burner and underepresented. More of this please!
Photo credit: Fashion Bomb Daily
Summer fashion isn’t complete without swimwear. An essential for your holiday while relaxing by the pool or catching waves in the ocean. I’ve picked three key swimwear looks to help you look your best while having fun in the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and soaked up the sunshine. Adama Paris is a label I’ve heard for a while but haven’t featured on my blog. The Senegalese label released two collections for the colder season – one for autumn and one for winter. I will be focusing on the autumn collection as it reminds me of Celine’s AW13 collection. For autumn, Adama Paris focused on woven loincloth fabrics lined with wax prints – relatively similar to the laundry bag print (Ghana must go). Key pieces included coats with exaggerated shoulders and sleeveless designs made with large buttons. There was also a beautiful fitted pencil dress and a following maxi skirt. A well executed collection but wished there were tops and trousers.
Photo credit: Alexis Peskine
Today I’ve decided to start a new series called What to Wear for the Weekend which will go up every Friday. Each week I’ll put together an oufit just in time for the weekend for that end-of-the-week- retail-therapy. Enjoy!
1. River Island Lilac Mini Toe Bag, £30 | 2. Miss Selfridge Mint Embellished Clutch, £35 | 3. Topshop Straw Red Clutch Bag, £25 | 4. New Look Black Tribal Embroidered Tassel Bag, £19.99 | 5. Della Jalapeno Hobo Bag, $42 (£26.76) | 6. Dorothy Perkins Pink Striped Clutch Bag, £24.99 | 7. ASOS Pineapple Bag, £18 | 8. Acessorize Calypso Clutch Bag, £39 | 9. Boohoo Contrast Neon Flora Clutch Bag, £15
As a blogger, I’m constantly reading articles on how to improve my blog. I recently changed my blog layout and removed content that I wasn’t 100% happy with. I’m currently thinking of ways to produce fresh content and while steering clear from cliche topics. Today I’m going to share 10 useful websites that not only helped me to improve my blog but has given me the movitation to carry on.
1. Copyblogger: This website needs no introduction and has been around for ages. For those of you that don’t know it, Copyblogger offers copywriting advice for bloggers and online marketers. There are a range of topics to read from SEO copywriting, keyword search and email marketing. It’s a great source for those who want to polish their content.
- How to Turn Bland Text into Sparkling Online Content
- How to Write Damn Good Sentences
- 11 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid
2. Daily Blog Tips: The title does exactly what it says. I’ve known this website for a while and it’s extremely useful. I couldn’t recommend it enough and it’s perfect for those who are new to blogging and don’t know where to start. It’s not the best looking website in terms of design but the content makes up for it.
- What is a Bounce Rate?
- 43 Web Design Mistakes to Avoid
- 4 Steps to Increase Blog Traffic
- 9 Blog Hacks to Help Show Your Best Content
3. I Can Build a Blog: I came across this website while looking up information on SEO. There’s lots to read and covers both WordPress and Blogger platforms. It’s a great place to start if you’re thinking of setting up blog and cuts down the hours on Google!
- Blogger vs WordPress
- Questions to Ask before Starting a Blog
- Coming up with the Perfect Blog Name
- Google Analytics for Beginners
- SEO Basics for Beginners
4. Pinterest: Apart from creating boards filled with delicious treats and inspiring quotes, I recently stared using Pinterest to find articles on blogging and created a board called The Blogging Life. Simply go to the search bar and type terms like “blogging”, “blogger”, “blog tips” and “blog designs” and a whole list of pins will come up.
5. The Blog Maven: I’ve only just discovered this blog on the corner of the internet and it’s beautifully designed with lots of purple useful information. There’s excellent content to read including things like media kits which rarely gets dicussed and key ingredients of a blog including traffic and finding your voice.
- Finding your blogger voice
- How to Make a Media Kit
- Encouraging Comments on your Blog
- Blog Sponsorship
6. Xomisse: This is a lovely blog run by Ellie who is a designer, developer and blogger. If you’re looking for a new blog template for your Blogger or WordPress blog you can check out her store. The majority of her content is design related for both Wordpres and Blogger and perfect for design novices. I wish I had discovered her blog sooner!
- How to Add Custom Font to a Blogger or WordPress Blog
- Backing up your WordPress or Blogger Blog
- How to Set up Twitter Cards
I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if it’s been useful!
Winter will be the least thing on your mind but couldn’t help to share Osei-Duro AW14 ready-to-wear collection- “Cut from the Same Cloth”. You’ll find Osei-Duro’s signature hand-dyed silk pieces on casual silhouettes while adding a more structured dimenson with wool and linen outer layers. The collection is beautifully designed for the colder months in a dark colour palette featuring black, navy blue, maroon, purple and grey. Key pieces include pull over tops, skirts, trousers, turtlenecks and cosy outerwear. It’s a wearable collection and in line with Osei-Duro asethic of using traditional batik tie-dye and dip-dyeing tecniques to create imaginative prints. Here are the highlights:
Apart from the AW14 collection, Osei-Duro has launched it’s first jewellery line featuring Ghanaian beads and metalwork traditions. Check out these beauties below:
Photo credit: Osei-Duro
Summer is finally here! Roll on ice cold drinks, sunglasses and stylish sandals. Today’s post features my 2014 summer wishlist and it’s all about being comfortable, having and enjoying the hot weather. Think lighter fabrics, prints, bright colours and easy breezy dressing. I’ve also thrown in some random non fashion pieces that equally look just as good. How cool is the pineapple cushion?!
1. New Look Chocolate Definition White T-shirt, £7.99 | 2.Fitflop Keiko Bon Grape Sandals, £95 | 3. Accessorize Pasha Seedbead Crystal Collar Necklace, £22 | 4. Stella Jean at Matches Gilda tribal-print Skirt, £225 | 5. Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews at Selfridges, £4.29 | 6. YSL at House of Fraser Rogue Pur Lipstick, £25 | 7. Urban Knit Teal and Gold Peacock African Print Purse, £65 | 8. Scenery Label at Wolf and Badger African Print Pineapple, £75 | 9. Ohema Ohene African Print Playsuit, £99 | 10. River Island Lime and Blue Gem Stone, £10
African marketplace KISUA launched a new collection last week called Hariri and it’s so perfect for summer! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may remeber me introducting KISUA a while back and showing some of pieces from their website. Meaning edit in Swahili, Hariri offers a selection of beautiful streamlined, effortless pieces for the modern day women. Key pieces include jumpsuits, skirts, trousers, jackets and jumpsuits. I love every single outfit in the collection so it was very difficult selecting which pieces to show. If you love what you see be sure to check out the rest on their website. Prices start from £51.
Meaning “white woman” in the local Ewe language, YEVU a lovely brand I came across last week that creates African wax prints ethically in Ghana in partnership with local tailors and seamtresses. Founded by australian designer Anna Robertsone who fell in love with the history of African wax, YEVU is all about local craftsmanship and offers a mix of tradition and colour while making her designs accessible to a wider aundience. One thing I love about the brand is the transperency and how they assure customers who buy their clothing that staff are paid and treated well and one is equally making a difference in their lives. YEVU has been around for year now and recently did an interview with Cool Hunting. Below is the their latest collection titled YEVO 2.0 with stunning designs for both men and women. Love it all! Are you a fan of ethical clothing? Have you heard of YEVU clothing? Would you wear these African prints?