To be honest, one of the most difficult people to shop for is men especially now that we’re coming up to Christmas. When you do find ideas, it’s usually the typical kind of stuff from socks, alcohol and football. To spruce things up, I’ve decided to join forces with Debenhams to create a special guide featuring statement leather pieces for three types of men. Check out my top picks below for ideas.
1. Dating Material: Joe Browns Black Leather Jacket, £194
Rock and roll with a classic leather jacket. Made from a premium hide, this is an investment piece for your man’s wardrobe. I love the quilted detailing on the shoulders and ideal for the colder season.
2. Dad’s Classic: Ben Sherman Black Leather Strap Watch, £30
My dad is very picky when it comes to fashion and sticks to his comfort zone. This watch is perfect for dads that are difficult to buy for and plus you can never go wrong with a watch!
3, Daring Menswear: H by Husdson Black Woven Leather Lace up Shoes, £42.50
How stunning are these lace up shoes?! I’m sold with these. I love the woven detailing as it makes the shoe stand out more. Perfect for those fashion oriented men who don’t joke about their wardrobe.
*This post was done in collaboration with Debenhams*
Deep in Kenya lies a royal luxury handbag brand Bush Princess. The ethical brand founded by Charlotte Lefebvre who works alongside production assistant Severine Dewailly-Javris, combines traditional African tribal craftwork with each piece designed with character. Bush Princess is a brand that prides themselves on high quality goods with each design made by hand with love, care and attention to detail making it truly special for the fashion forward fashionista.
Photo credit: Bush Princess
1. How did you come up with the name Bush Princess?
Because we are an African based company, we automatically thought of a safari and bush feeling. The brand is also extremely feminine and we could not find anything more feminine than a princess. As a result, bush princess was born.
2. Describe the Bush Princess customer.
They are modern urban women who travel a lot to Paris, New York or London but at the same time enjoy the wildness of Africa. We have worldwide customers!
3. Why Nairobi? What led you to support the local Nairobi community?
After my move in Nairobi, I did research to find local artisans in the fashion industry such as stitchers and cutters. I then realised that the community had a lot to offer and decided to start my own workshop.
4. Where do you look for inspiration when it comes to the design process of the bags?
Absolutely everywhere! In Europe whilst shopping, in africa when on safari: inspiration is always round the corner.
5. What projects are you currently working on?
We are going to launch our first shop in Nairobi, in the biggest mall of East Africa. It is an extremely exciting project!
6. Would you consider working with other local communities in Africa?
Of course, we are already working with communities from Kibera and Maasai ladies here in Kenya. We have just worked with an Indian community to create a range of very cute jewels as well. So, yes, we would work with other local communities in Africa!
Thanks so much Charlotte Lefebvre and Severine Dewailly-Javris for taking the time to share a bit of insight on Bush Princess. You can read more about the owners and the materials used to make the bags by clicking on the following link.
Have you heard of Bush Princess before? Are you a fan of ethical brands and/or brands based in Africa? Which bag designs are your favourite?
Feminine, colourful and sugary are the words to describe Ghanaian fashion label She by Bena founded by Creative Director Sheelah Ewura Abena Garbrah. Made with Vlisco fabric, it’s perfect for those who have sweet tooth for pastel goodness.
My last Wish List for 2014. This year has really flown by! Now that’s it’s getting colder, I’ve gathered some stylin winter warmers with a colourful approach and lets not forget accessories (the best part).
Statement necklaces are a favourite as it can spice up a plain-looking outfit. I love the pastel pink, lilac and red hues. It also comes in purple and blue at a bargain price of £9.99.
Dark colours are prominent during winter and this gorgeous shade of purple is oozes dramatic glamour with a touch of sliver shimmer.
I’m on the hunt for brown boots as I don’t own any in my wardrobe. The heel height is just right for me with a small platform at the front. Would look perfect with a midi skirt or a pair of jeans.
Another purple number from luxury accessories Londonarobi. It’s one size fits all. Stunning!
As much as I love my big bags, there’s nothing like having a cross body bag. Ideal for when you’re out and about and you want your hands free and want to carry the essentials. I love the gold accents and comes with optional chain or plain straps.
My dream lipstick! It’s dramatic, sexy and luxurious. The lipstick has a creamy texture made from soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to keep your lips smooth. I will own you one day.
I’m a huge Stella Jean fan as she creates such beautiful printed garments. It’s a classic style with a twist featuring an African inspired print and pleated detailing at the back. It’s a hefty price but you can’t help but to admire the work put into it.
No winter wardrobe is complete without a jumper. I love the zig zag detailing at the back and the subtle mint colour. A got to style for those really cold days.
Since I’m pear shape, I love pencil skirts and came across this lovely number from River Island. The laser cut detailing takes the skirt to the next level and goes so well with the mint jumper.
What’s on your wish list for winter? What are some of your favourite items from my wish list?
Outfit one: 1. Caven Etomi Green Leaf Geometric Jumper, £43.50, 2. Topshop Pleated Tulle Mini Skirt, £24 Outfit two: 3. River Island Black Velvet Bardot Top, £20 , 4. ASOS Green Midi Tulle Skirt, £60 Outfit three : 5. New Look Red Kimono Top, £9.99 , 6. Dorothy Perkins Grey Full Midi Skirt, £12.80
Felt like sharing some African style inspiration that I’ve discovered over the past couple of days. Enjoy!
Be sure to check out my Pinterest board dedicated to African fashion!
The Body Shop has become a grower on me lately. Ever since I attend their Discovery Day, I’ve never felt so inspired about a beauty brand that genuinely wants to make a difference. Rakuten Marketing (Linkshare) invited me to The Body Shop Christmas Showcase Event in London. The aim of the event was to discuss theIr Christmas range for the festive season which they’ve been working on since January of this year. There are over 110 exciting new gifts to choose from to give to your loved ones. This holiday season, The Body Shop has teamed up with War Child which I briefly discussed in the Advent Calendar post. War Child is a global charity for children affected by war and The Body Shop wants to grant each child a wish of education. It aims to provide more than six million lesson in war-torn areas. Last Christmas, The Body Shop customers helped raise £200k towards the building of five news schools with our Community Fair Partners around the world. Each product bought from the christmas range will help make a donation that funds a class for a child. It’s such a wonderful idea and perfect for the season of giving.
The Schoolbooks of Wishes (RRP £15) have been handcrafted from artisinal paper by The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade suppliers in Nepal in honour of the collaboration with War Child. Such a clever yet simple gift!
There was a perfume showcased at the event called Red Musk (featured in the goody bag) and it’s the most sexiest and seductive perfume I’ve ever smelt. It’s unisex and has a long-lasting result. I did take pictures but for some silly reason they came out blurry #bloggerproblems however you can see some better pictures over at London Beauty Queen. I thought I took a lot of pictures but ended up being a handful. But all the same I really enjoyed the end and would like to Rakuten Marketing (Linkshare) and The Body Shop for inviting me and the lovely goody bag.
Are you a fan of The Body Shop? What’s on your Christmas Wish List this year? Are you looking forward to Chirstmas?
Knee High Boots L-R : 1. Dorothy Perkins Grey Knee High Boots, £59 | 2. Miss Selfridge Kentish Knee High Black Boots, £65 | 3. H&M High Boots, £39.99 | 4. Dolcis at F&F Black Textured Boots, £40 | 5. New Look Double Zip Calf Boots, £34.99
Ankle Boots L-R: 6. River Island Dark Red Ankle Boots, £40 | 7. MIssguided Platform Lace up Boots, £39.99 | 8. Topshop Metallic Ankle Boots, £95 | 9. Kurt Geiger Tan Peep Toe Ankle High Heel Boots, £49
Have you ever dreamt of becoming the next big Youtuber? Following the footsteps of Zoella, Jenna Marbles or Tanya Burr? Travelling around the world and having millions of subscribers? Here are 9 steps to achieve Youtube success.
1. Get into daily vlogging
Invest in a HD video camera and get out and about! From shopping at Tesco to having a delicious Mocha at Starbucks. It doesn’t matter if everyone is looking at you funny it’s the #youtubelife. They’ll never understand.
2. Have multiple channels
Have a main channel for hauls, tutorials, lookbooks, monthly favourites, your morning beauty routine and DIY projects. The second: a vlog channel (see above). The third: personal, deep, lifestyle topics including how be happy, how to worry less. The fourth: tag videos from 50 Things about Me to Draw My life. Last but not least a collab channel. Collaborate with famous Youtubers and do challenges that will get people commenting and subscribing. Return the favour and to the same for their channel. Yes it’s a lot of work but you need it to get viewers! Don’t forget to upload everyday. You don’t want to disappoint your viewers!
3. Make sure to film with a bokeh background, candles light and uklele music
This will make your videos look cool. Be sure to get an expensive DSLR camera to do this. Doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to use it. That’s what all the other famous Youtubers are doing.
4. Follow popular Youtubers with a verified Twitter account with 500,000+ followers
As an inspiring Youtuber, your main goal is to get famous so you’ve gotta follow the popular Youtubers. Look out for that blue symbol with a check sign and follow them. Make sure to send them tweets, retweet and favourite their tweets. Don’t forget to tweet, Instagram and Facebook your video links all over the web 24/7. It’s the only way to become famous and successful, right?
5. Get in a relationship with another Youtuber
You’ll be the centre of attention in the Youtube world by getting in a relationship with a famous Youtuber however, there are a couple of things to look out for. Must have a lot of subscribers, views (obviously) and fangirls so that viewers get jealous of your relationship. Your dedicated fans will create a special ship name just for you and your lover. Sell merchandise so your viewers can buy t-shirts, hats and sunglasses with your ship name and photo on it. You can even go the extend of creating a vlogging channel just show off how amazing your love life is.
6. Accept any PR freebies that come your way
You’ve worked hard on your Channel(s) so you deserve any freebie that comes your way. It doesn’t matter if it’s dog food or a garden shovel. It may not fit with your beauty haul or October favourites but shows how influential you’ve become.
7. Open a PO Box
Fans love to give their favourite Youtubers present to show their support and appreciation. Open up a PO Box and demand thoughtful and expensive gifts. No letters or drawings. That’s not good enough!
8. Attend Events and look out for famous Youtubers
When going to events be sure to mingle with famous bloggers and youtubers. Take pictures with them to show that you genuinely know them and put it up on social media.
DIsclaimer: Obviously is this a joke and meant to be a light-hearted post. Please don’t take it heart and it’s not meant to offend anyone. I wouldn’t recommend following these rules to become a famous Youtuber. Blogging is similar to Youtube and it’s all about being passionate, learning and searching, networking with other Youtubers/bloggers and knowing what works for you!
VLISCO is back with a bad-ass collection called Splendeur and it words CANNOT describe the beauty of the dutch wax fabrics. There’s so much uniqueness, detailing and colour that it makes it worth the investment. There are over 20+ prints to choose from so picking one will cause a dilemma! Even picking images from the lookbook was a challenge for me how much more purchasing! It’s mesmerizing and appealing with different patterns that tell a story. I hope to one day own a VLISCO print. That would be splendid!
Photo credit: VLISCO
Although I don’t wear heels often, I do enjoy looking through the high heel section at stores to see what’s new for the season. One particular trend that has caught my eye are block heel platforms. It has that bit of support and perfect for those who have mastered the mid heel and want to become high heel walker experts. It’s versatile and would work particularly well with the 90s trend (Spice Girls anyone?).
1. ASOS Haunted Floral Print Block Heels, £50 | 2. Miss Selfridge Black and Gold Block Heels, £39 | 3. Office Blue Snake Skin Heels, £15 | 4. River Island Brown Leopard Print Pony Hair Platforms, £35 | 5. Missguided Neon Pink Platform Block Heels, £32.99 | 6. Topshop Lenni2 Monochrome Snakeskin Chunky Platforms, £55
Are you are a high heel expert? Do you wear heels often or once in a while? Which block heel styles are in your Shopping Trolley?
Source: Stay Classy and Love Fashion
Blogger Blues. It’s the one thing bloggers hate having. You go on your Blogger/Wordpress account and click new post. You begin write a few sentences and your mind goes blank. You come up with 5 blog post ideas and you end up scraping all of them. Blogging feels like a chore and no fun anymore. You spend hours editing and writing a post only to get no comments or even like or a retweet. You think to yourself is it really worth it? Should I quit blogging for good? I’m feeling a bit lost with my blog lately and having serious blogger blues. I’m happy with my niche because it’s different from what you come across on most blogs but it needs a kick. Sort of like adding spices to a bland meal. Here are 6 areas I’m struggling with on my blog:
My pageviews have doubled over the past couple of months which I’m pleased about however my returning visitors are at rock bottom and gets me worried. Blogging articles stress over finding your blog’s voice and I can’t seem to find mine. I’ve tried so hard to engage with readers but nothing is working. If I don’t engage with my readers how can they relate to me? I see blogging as going to a restaurant or visiting a store. The staff wants to make sure they offer the best service, choices and experience so that the customer comes back for more. I want my content be like that. I would love to have discussions with my readers in the comments. For me that makes a great blog and you’re not just talking to yourself.
This can also fall under engagement. I don’t show my personality enough on my blog. Usually when you read blog posts, bloggers like to share personal stories/events with a chatty, friendly tone. It really sucks that I don’t do this and it’s something that I seriously need to work on.
3. Outfit Posts
In the beginning of the year I mentioned that I wanted to do outfit posts but never really did a proper one expect the one for F&F. I would love to show off my fashion sense on my blog and offer ways to wear African clothing as everyday wear in addition to My Shopping Trolley posts. The only problem is that African clothing is quite pricey and you have to do a lot of digging around to find brands that are affordable with great fitting. I did have a tripod but it was too short so on the hunt for a new one. I plan to put some money to one side for outfit posts but will make sure not to go overboard as I want to spend wisely.
4. Blog Content
Another problem I’m having with my blog is writing unique content. Do I do more personal style posts or introduce weekly segments? It’s so hard to come up with something different as everything has been done before. There are so many blogs writing the same topics: hauls, favourites, empties and dupes. What I’ve realised is that I need to stick to what I know and what I’m good at as it will flow naturally. I need to sit down snd see which content works best for my blog and take it from here. If I come up with something unique great if not then I’m not going to stress over it.
5. Working with Brands
Ever since I started blogging back in 2011, I’ve been lucky to work with a number of brands from sponsored posts, attending events and doing reviews. However I want to take things further. I want to learn how to write a great pitch and to go beyond freebies and reviews. I want to bring great benefits and add value to brands by being authentic and personal to make the partnership worthwhile.
6. Tweaking up my blog layout regularly
I’m in the works of doing a bit of tweaking on my blog a layout so that it’s fresh and shows that I’m active! I seriously need a new profile picture and want to do up my about me page and disclaimer so that it shows what I’m about.
To be honest, I don’t want to be famous or the next Zoella or Susie Bubble. I’m not sure if I want to be a full-time professional blogger but I want my blog to be a place where you hang out and enjoy the content and would love to make a bit of money. My blog should be like going a great party and never wanting to leave. Kinda sounds cheesy/weird but I think that’s best way to describe it. Hopefully I can make all this all reality.
Have you suffered from blogger blues before and/or writers block? How did you overcome it? Where do you look for inspiration? What makes a good blog and keeps you coming back for more?