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West meets west Africa in my wardrobe

Think Pink

Think Pink- My African Closet

let’s talk about Breasts 

Hello Lovelies,

A slight change of tone for today so we can discuss some serious business- breast cancer. You may or may not know this but October is breast cancer awareness month.

Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to divide and grow in an abnormal way. Breast cancer is not one single disease. There are several types of breast cancer. It can be diagnosed at different stages and can grow at different rates. This means that people can have different treatments, depending on what will work best for them.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of these about 350 are men.

The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are getting older, being female and, for a few, having a significant family history of the disease. Earlier detection, increased knowledge and understanding of the biology of breast cancer and better treatments mean that survival rates after a diagnosis of breast cancer are improving. More than 8 out of 10 people survive breast cancer beyond five years. More than three quarters of people survive it beyond 10 years. It’s thought that around 550,000 people are alive in the UK who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. (Information here courtesy of the Breast Cancer Care Support Charity)

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Dress-CJAJ09, Shoes-Primark

Guys, know the facts, get checked and be safe. I say do the self examination, no matter your age and as regularly as you can. For more info, check out the Breast Cancer Care website or the Cancer Research Website-

p.s. For those in the UK who want to have some fun with this, October 24th is wear it pink day, for more info, check out the Wear It Pink website

p.p.s. New haircut anyone? Happened a few weeks ago actually. You didn’t see it yet, because I’ve been posting old outfits.

Workwear Casual

everyday Casual- My African closet

When the office meets the street

Happy Monday Lovelies.

Sometimes I feel like dressing up like I work in a corporate environment, hence the suit. But then I have to do it my own way, so off course a full print suit it is. But then being self employed means a typical day in my life involves a lot of running around and sometimes, heavy lifting/carrying so comfort and flexibility is a must in my clothing hence the brogues and t-shirt. And viola, this outfit happens. Its my take on utility street style meets corporate work wear, and lately a bit of a go to outfit, with slight variations of course. The thing I like about this outfit is its really easy to put together and really comfortable but still stylish and unique for your day and off course, if you need to take it into night, just change the flats for heels, maybe swap out the top for something more fitted, bring on the bold jewelry and you’re ready to party.

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Blazer and Trousers- CJAJ09, Brogues-Ebay.

P.S. I am totally feeling these peplum trousers, Seriously can’t get enough of them. Anyway, Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. AJ


Afro Ballerina- My African Closet

Ballet meets African Print

Hello Lovelies,

I got called so many names when I wore this outfit. African fairy, crazy pink princess, Afro ballerina and psychedelic afro queen were amongst the many names. I have to say, I loved all those names. A friend of mine said, this outfit makes her think of the lion king on Broadway, which I think  kind of makes sense because of the combination of prints, the scarf and the net. I’m thinking if there are any Broadway producers out there who are thinking of doing a ballet version of the lion king, holla at me for your costumes. lol.

Also, there were times when I actually thought I was a traffic light because of the number of cars that stopped so that some guy could shout some random thing at me because of my skirt. It was actually too much fun. I’m used to getting crazy responses and compliments and insults and weird stares due to my outfits but this skirt definitely took the cake.

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Top-CJAJ09, Skirt-DIY, Wedges- Ebay

Anyway, hope this crazy outfit brightens up your week. Forgive the poor picture, Was without a camera for a while. Thanks for dropping by and have a good October. AJ

Peachy keen?

Peachy keen- My African Closet

Is it peach or pink?

Hello Lovelies,

Hope everyone is having a good week so far. I have a problem. I’m not sure what colour this skirt is. Is it peach or pink, which then brings me to what peach looks like. I’m not actually sure what the colour peach looks like. I’d say this is a very light pastel pink, because I’m not sure Anyways, I love the fit of the skirt, it feels very much sexy but strong lady. I paired it with the t-shirt for a casual day vibe. I feel like the bold chain necklace adds a very old school hip hop vibe. So gangsta’. lol.

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Skirt-CJAJ09, Top-CJAJ09, Heels-Primark, Necklace-

Seriously, anyone know what colour this skirt is? Please let me know. Enjoy the rest of your week. Thanks for dropping by. AJ

The Kufi

The kufi-My African Closet

The season of exploring Nigerian headgear continues.

Hello Lovelies,

This is the sister, or more appropriately, brother post to this post. In the afore-linked post, i wear a gele for the first time, and in this one i’m wearing a kufi, which is a traditional hat for Nigerian men, normally worn with an agbada or boubou. I know, I know, a lot of words you don’t understand. And to try to explain them would turn into a whole ‘nother story so I’ve just linked then to their Wikipedia pages, which are pretty accurate. I said, pretty accurate, not a 100%, maybe like 95%.The kufi is actually worn throughout most parts of Africa, with slight variations, mostly with different traditional African attires and always by men. There are many different types of kufi. There’s the crown kufi, worn by chiefs and people of status in society, there’s the religious kind, worn by Muslims in prayer and in general and there’s the dress kind, worn for weddings and special occassions and the general kind which one would wear to go about their day to day activities. There are some other kinds, but i’m not too sure about them. So why am I wearing one? Because, the kufi police was off that day so women were allowed for a day, lol. Nah, I kid, I wanted to so I wore one. Loved it and I think I rocked it too.

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Hat-DIY, Skirt-CJAJ09, Top-Primark- Blazer-Next, Shoes-Primark

OK, lecture over, class dismissed. So ends the series on Nigerian headgear, for now. It may be back soon, you never know. See you next semester. Haha, Just kidding. Have a great week and thanks for dropping by. AJ