Archive | April, 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Black Hair

17 Apr

I’m in bed(yay) on my day off work(more yay). I’ll be honest I’m not intending to leave my room for a good couple of hours. I got my snacks, food and portable heater. I’m living the life!

A while ago I heard a future bride discussing whether or not it is possible  to have a natural hairstyle on her wedding day. In my head I was infuriated. How could she debate whether or not it was possible? If you choose to go for hair extensions, it’s your choice but it is definitely a possibility. In the light of day, I remembered that it wasn’t this ladies fault.

One of my favourite authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is about to release a book I am super happy about. The novel ‘Americanah’ has taken the hair debate out of the black arena and made it a global political issue.On Channel 4, The New Yorker and the Ted Conference. Gosh, I love this woman.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Photographed by Akintunde Akinleye

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Photographed by Akintunde Akinleye

I have heard younger girls being taught that in order to have success in a high powered careers afro hair is ill-advised? Is this is the legacy we are leaving? There is an impression that a natural texture is ‘less than’, ‘too eccentric’, ‘not professional’ etc etc. Sorry but what??!! What happened to breaking through stereotypes and being the change, not the problem. More importantly as a Christian I can’t help but wonder, where is God’s role in all of this? If you believe in God, surely He is the operating ingredient in our success. Hopefully people see the Creators work in our job interviews, not just our Brazilian………extensions.

We speak of being modern women, but contradict ourselves by agreeing and conforming with those who judge us by our hair. If God knows the future and destined us to attain to higher heights, surely He created in us all that we need. Choose your hair style, ANY hairstyle, because you like it. Not to cover up a beautiful natural work.

As far as I’m concerned, this debate is not over.

Hype about Americanah:

The Telegraph

Bella Naija

The Guardian

PS: Chimamanda if your reading, coffee sometime? I’ll even pay!

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Why hello print and texture!

13 Apr

How y’all doing!!??? Okay, so I’m not about to get all American on you.  Unfortunately in real life my accents are truly appalling :-/.

There are so many trends in full force at the moment, mixed prints, neon lego colours, iridescence etc etc. I have to admit, I’m not the best with following trends. The truth is, I cannot be bothered. Following design is way more interesting for me, seeing what’s new and innovative. This is one of the reasons I love posting random finds…because life is one massive treasure hunt(insert cheesy happy smile). It is very easy to end up with a wardrobe of pieces that you are waiting to come back into fashion. The easiest way to avoid this is by buying classic styles with trendy details.

Heels with print and texture

1. ASOS Harmonica Wedges £42 @ ASOS

2. H&M Black and White wedges £24.99 @ H&M

3. L.K.Bennett Flora Point Toe Court Shoe £185 @ L.K.BENNETT

4. Zara Leopard Printed Platform Sandals £39.99 @ Zara

5. Zara Wide-Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap £39.99 @ Zara

These are some of my favourites! All on the high street and affordable, (Call the L.K.Bennett an investment 😉 Pick yours.

Where are the price tags? At Weddington Way!

8 Apr

It’s no secret that the more luxurious the product is, the more absent the price tag is. This is all well and good with items of massive value, certain pieces of jewellry, watches etc. Maybe it’s just me, but I get super duper annoyed when I go to clothing websites with no prices. In my few years on earth I have helped countless brides with sourcing information. In these challenging financial times, it helps to shop within your budget.

             Weddington Way is an incredible initiative, giving you the option to create an online profile for your entire wedding party.  Shortlisting is so much easier, whilst allowing everybody to have their say. Your entire bridal party will actually get to see the dresses AND the prices. Easy as pie….me thinks so!

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            Judging from reviews it seems that the customer service was really incredible, or not so great. However, they are doing something that nobody else is doing at the moment. That has got to be worth the risk right? Have you used Weddington Way before? I’d love to know what you thought in the comment section!

Weddington Way includes prices for Lela Rose, Watters, Dessy, Donna Morgan, Alfred Angelo, After Six….so get shopping.

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