and may the holidays be abundant in breadsticks and chin chin, mulled wine and palm wine, (and no, don’t judge me if I decide to make an Afropean cocktail out of the two).
Drinks aside, this year has been unforgettable; from being a finalist at the Women 4 Africa awards, trips between Kampala and Copenhagen, presenting on Arise News and my involvement with Studio Africa. With over 3,000 followers subscribed to afroblush.com; I feel pretty epic, and I have all of you to thank!
World Aids Day
The start of December marks the start of the festive season, and also International World Aids Day (December 1st). An important day to collectively learn about HIV and an opportunity to put our knowledge into action.
In the UK, there are more people than ever living with HIV, and worryingly 1 in 5 people infected are unaware they have the virus. Globally, the spread of HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, with Sub-Saharan Africa being the most affected region, with nearly 1 in every 20 adults living with HIV.
Tonight I will be taking part in a fundraising event with the Hillingdon Aids Response Trust (HART), and throughout December I will be discussing (and tweeting), ways in which we can become better informed and proactive in spreading awareness.
EP of the month
Jhene Aiko’s recently released EP ‘Sail Out’ sparked my curiosity as I loved her vocals on Drake’s track ‘From Time’, off his latest album ‘Nothing was the same’.
Her sky-high pitch and dazed delivery had me feeling quite feathery. Dice (our music writer) shares his thoughts on the release and Jhene Aiko as an established artist whose ripe and ready to take over.
TEDxEuston 2013 – Ripple Effect
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program, TEDxEuston, which aims to reflect the ideas from a new generation of African thinkers and leaders, committed to engaging and re-engaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent.
On December 7th TEDxEuston will be hosting The Ripple Effect, bringing together a new generation of people engaging responsibility in Africa and seeking innovative approaches for the continents challenges.
This year, the event will be include an exciting line of speakers, great thinkers and doers creating a new brand of leaderships for African communities.
To get involved, click here:
African Fashion is ON
The African Fashion industry is indeed making strides in developing its own industry. May 2014 bring more growth, new initiatives and bountiful hope to the continent through the fashion industry.
This month I’m giving the spotlight to Issosy Children Apparel, a vibrant and stylish collection by Amanda Rabor. The collection promotes diversity and global clothing for kids, encorporating African, Asian and Western cultures to create contemporary clothing that all children can wear. Amanda believes that it is empowering for children to see African prints in their day-to-day expression and in turn it promotes inclusion and understanding.
On the topic of African Designs, I’ve also been tweeting and gramming about my new iPhone case, inspired by the African Mud Cloth known as ‘Bogolan’. The exclusive iPhone cases are from the French brand, KL Ankara Designs, and I’ll be previewing their entire collection. Definitely a Christmas prezzie must have.
Beauty and the best cosmetics
Earlier this year Mavala Nails launched the That’s My Colour campaign; a really unique call to action where the public were asked to post pictures to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #ThatsMyColour and featuring colours they’d love to see turned into a Mavala Nail Polish. The new collection colours are:
- Argentum – molten silver with a chrome finish inspired by the sequined detailing of a jacket
- Hearth – a cool forest green shade snapped within the rest room of a favourite restaurant
- Iridescence – inspired by the chameleon like finish of petroleum reflected in the sun
Mavala’s nail products are pretty green; free form the top six chemical nasties found in regular nail polishes and has won 2 Natural Health Awards; so I can’t wait to show you, once I get my hands on them!
Black Beauty & Hair Awards 2014
The Sensationnel / Black Beauty & Hair Awards 2014 will also take place this month, recognising those with excellent talents in Afro hairdressing, and shinning the spotlight on the skill and artistry involved in afro styling and attracts hundreds of the leading hairdressers from the UK and Europe. I’ll be tweeting from the night, and look forward to spotting some iconic hair trends whilst I’m there.
XMas with XByTrollbeads + GIVEAWAY
In addition to our constant showcase of street and editorial posts, we will be celebrating Xmas with XByTrollbeads; the cool collection by Danish Luxury Jewellery company. Since 1976, Trollbeads has designed, produced and distributed “charms” to be worn on a bracelet or necklace, either separately or in combinations of multiple beads.
In October, I had the pleasure of having a sneak peak of the collection at the Trollbeads HQ over in Copenhagen.
The collection was to die for, with each piece designed in order for you to create unexpected and personalised combinations. Trollbeads jewellery is made exclusively with precious metals, at the time of this writing in the form of sterling silver for all silver products, 22-carat gold leaf for inclusions in glass beads, 18-carat gold for beads, rings and locks, and 14-carat gold for bracelets, necklaces and safety chains
In the spirit of things, I will be giving away a beautifully handcrafted XByTrollbeads bracelet to the lucky winners, so keep an eye on the blog for competition details, and upcoming posts.
I always leave a tune I’m loving at the end of my Editor Letter, and last week it was between Bonobo and MNEK, one month later, I’m still digging this tune. This is Gorgon City feat. MNEK ‘Ready for your love’.
That’s all from me… for now,