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Detoxing into a whiter wardrobe

Good morning guys,

It’s the bank holiday weekend, and though I have wildness and loudness of Carnival tomorrow to look forward to, long weekends like this present an opportunity to sit back, detox, declutter and detatch from life in the inner city… *exhales*.

If you follow me on instagram (@afroblush), you’ll see about three weeks ago I had a wardrobe clear out. I’ve sent over half of my clothes to charities in order to free up space (my closet and in my mind), as there is nothing more irritating than sifting through loads of clothes you know you don’t need and/or want.

Since freeing up a bit more space, I’m hoping to gradually re sculpt my closet collections, and maybe even revamp my personal style.

I find that orchestrating a whiter wardrobe requires as much of a mental overhaul as it will a physical one. I’m craving purity and calmness right now, and appreciating how many designers explored the soothing potential of white.

Here are some of my style inspirations: 

 

 

Style Inspiration: Roze Traore, photo by Pavel D @RozeWasHere

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I really need to reignite and re-establish my headscarf style

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I really need to reignite and re-establish my headscarf style

House of Aama presents- Urban Nomad’14

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House of Aama presents- Urban Nomad’14

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Polka dots: between business meetings and social meet ups

Over the last week I’ve been talking a lot about the revival of the 90’s wardrobe staples; and even though polka dots never really left, SS14 trends have been putting the playful pattern back in the spotlight.

I’m often shifting between the world of business meetings and social meet ups so I love anything that’s versatile enough, that all I need to do is swap my lipstick and shoes.

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I’m loving New Look for their on trend and affordable selection of polka dot delights; I managed to grab my hands on a sophisticated and sexy cream polka dot long sleeve shirt (£17.99) and the cute and casual monochrome polka dot wide sleeve t-shirt that I’m wearing today. 

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I’m wearing the New Look monochrome polka dot wide sleeve t-shirt  with:

  • Topshop Amelie Suede Zip chelsea boots
  • Tribal round clip earrings
  • Black Women’s blazer from NEXT
  • H&M Black Cotton Mid length skirt
  • Givenchy Matt Lipstick

Smart casual polka dots: Style style and editorial picks I love.

A toast to the 90’s for tartan. Chunky scrunchies and jelly shoes, go away

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There will always be fashion staples that stand the test of time, like stone washed jeans; Dr. Martens and footless tights. Some trends are essential, and like DNA, will be passed down from generation to generation, whether you like it or not;

and tartan my friends… is one of them.

I’m riding this 90’s grunge wave, as it involuntarily conjures up my past love affair with Savage Garden, Clueless, Nirvana and Mel B’s iconic tartan silk trousers in Wannabe.

NB: (Large scrunchies and jelly shoes think they belong in this category but I beg to differ).  

Like many bloggers that concern themselves over the world of fashion, I keep an eye for trends, and over the last couple of years, noticed the influx of 90’s on the high street. It’s in your face, you can’t ignore it.

Since I was born in the 80’s and therefore, have the right to be called old, I have the age old wisdom to acknowledge this ever apparent and repetitious resurgence of 90’s culture, isn’t about the 90’s being the best decade in the history of the world, as much as it’s about generations feeling connected to their peers, through fashion, music, and other mediums of popular culture; and if I can look good whilst doing this to, then, well, bring on revival!

What I’m wearing:

  • Topshop tube tartan skirt £24 (now on Sale whoop whoop) for £15 Topshop website link
  • Italian leather jacket: Some boutique in Italy like ages, ago. I would tell you if I could remember!
  • Platform shoes H&M- SS13

A toast to the 90’s for:

*Clarissa Explains It All (although she explained nothing besides how to sneak boys through your bedroom window)

*The Crystal Maze for preparing me for life on London Underground

*Mood Rings: For without a mood ring on, it was completely unclear how you were feeling on a given day. It was a known fact that if you left the house without it, you’d be stuck in emotional limbo for the rest of the day.

Funky STAR Ataui Deng for Marie Claire (France), January 2014

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PEG LEG TROUSERS: Style Inspiration

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Style Alien, NY: http://www.thestylealien.com/2013/11/sweet-escape.html

PEG LEG TROUSERS

Work a clean silhouette this season with the peg- leg trouser. As high-waist paperbag styles present a feminine take on the look, low slung belted trousers offer an androgynous approach. Channel a fresh, sporty vibe with track-pant-inspired styles in bold brights and statement prints.

Marisa Georgas on how to wear tartan for Red Magazine

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Autumn is the season where I give myself free reign to go OTT on tartan. This season I’m on the hunt for colour-drenched checks across oversized mannish coats, possibly turned up by tailoring with bold tartan suit sets or run with school girl check kilts and pinafores.

Marisa Georgas awesome rendition how how she takes tartan from day to night for Red Magazine. How to wear tartan: http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/how-to-wear-tartan

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What’s hot this summer at SOBOYE

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Last week I quickly popped into the Soboye Boutique in Shoreditch to see what’s hot for this summer. There was lots to love.

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Jermaine Josephs+ O.M.P.E, Style Inspiration #321

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Aluna Francis from @AlunaGeorge rocking a full Diesel Black Gold from DBG SS13 @Diesel_UK

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Loving Aluna Francis from AlunaGeorge rocking a full Diesel Black Gold from DBG SS13, whilst on stage performing current single “White Noise” at last weekends Glastonbury Festival.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow to see AlunaGeorge in Nottingham Rock City in October. I’ll be there, obvs ;-)

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Abidjan + Paris | LAURENCEAIRLINE | Swinging Koutoukou 2013

Founded in 2010 by Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud, LAURENCEAIRLINE is a menswear label and conscious project based between Abidjan and Paris. Laurence Chauvin-Buthaud is also one of the talents of Studio Africa, celebrating and promoting creativity in Africa. 

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LaurenceAirline brings together a path between cultures drawing contemporary timeless basic silhouettes with deep African roots. Re-imagining the African continent’s cultural inheritance in a way that fashion and ethnic cultures can successfully collaborate to create possibilities for the future is the driving force behind LaurenceAirline. The entire line is made in accordance with conscious and sustainable manufacturing practices in LaurenceAirline’s workshop in Ivory Coast, where local people are trained to produce high quality garments following international standard. Valuing bold aesthetics and sustainable development, the label merges creativity coming from Africa with the sophisticated standards of modern societal way of life. In that frame, worldwide sold LaurenceAirline’s collections help build Africa’s modern reality into the international fashion scene.

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London Fashion Week: Ashley Isham AW13- Two words “anonymity” and “sadomasochism”

“Ashley Isham’s AW 2013 collection was a singular wave of fetish.” Alex Moss and Giorgio Grande, 160grams

Ashley Isham’s AW 2013 collection couldn’t have been further from what I expected, but in saying that, I’m not complaining, his collection took me somewhere I was excited to go.

The collection was dark, sexy and dominant, as models stomped the catwalk with reconstructed evening-wear  leather peplum and opulently embellished maxi dresses.  The PVC visors masked over the models faces added to the illusion of anonymity and sadomasochism.

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Fashion Scout presents Nova Chiu- Textured and beautiful design by

Last Friday, also included vibrant collection from Nova Chiu, graduate from London College of Fashion who I also saw last year as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s ‘Ones to Watch’ show for AW12.

Nova Chiu’s highly textured, beautiful AW13 collection was inspired by Nam June Paik’s ‘Electronic Superhighway’, which is permanently on display at the Lincoln Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington. Electronic Superhighway was a critical piece, conveying American culture, and its obsession with television, moving image and bright shiny things.

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 I strongly believe the AW13 collection is a step in the right direction for Nova Chiu. Despite her SS13 Collection receiving some criticism for moving away from heavy ‘ethnic inspired’ embroidery, to more diluted silk prints. In contrast, I felt that her SS13 complimented the burst of colour and floral prints that were predicted to dominate Spring/ Summer look books for 2013.

Furthermore , her AW13 collection will be a colourful and bold alternative to the floral print that I can only assume we would have exhausted by the end of the season.

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