who knew tartan and African print can be so beautiful together.
Happy Monday Lovelies.
You know when you plan to wear a dress that you haven’t worn in a while and you don’t try it on ahead of time and then you have 15 minutes to leave the house and you put the dress on and your boobs are super squashed? OK, if you’re a guy, you probably don’t, or maybe you do. Well, yh, that happened so I literally had to grab and go. I simply reached for the first skirt and button down shirt I could find. I really didn’t have time too think through this outfit, which it turns out was a good thing because if I did have time to think, I probably wouldn’t have put this tartan shirt with that print skirt, and what a shame because I would have missed out on a good cultural blending moment. Anyways, in the end, I love that this Scottish weave and this African print made such a good match.
Shirt- BHS, Skirt- PrintCloset on Etsy, Wedges- Ebay, Necklace- Primark
Thanks for dropping by lovelies, Enjoy your week. AJ
Looking back a bit on where I started
Happy New Month Lovelies
Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. This outfit is significant to me for two reasons. Firstly because of the tee. Its a sample from a new line I’m working on and is a further push on my style and design ethos of African print meets western style. The second reason why I love this outfit is because for about 3 years in my mid teen years, I lived in blue jeans and white tees. Between having just moved countries, new school, living with my mother for the first time in my life and a whole bunch of other challenges, style just fell out of the window somewhere and l adopted a uniform of jeans and tees. Around 18-19, I decided that enough was enough and I vowed to just totally rid my wardrobe of denim and tees altogether so as to avoid the temptation of falling back into that style rut. Over the years, both items have slowly wormed their way back into my wardrobe, but in very small quantities and they do get hardly worn, and almost never worn together.I’m gad to report that I can now wear both items together and it doesn’t have the same boring feel as it used to have in the old days. Denim and tees is classic, no doubt about that, but it can very easily become boring and unimaginative. I guess its all about proportions, the right accessories and how you style it.
Tee- House of Ankara, Trousers- Market Find, Bag- Printcloset on Etsy, Wedges- Ebay
Coincidentally, my girl Liza of Yaalia’s fashion sense recently styled a very similar look so do check out her take on the African inspired tee and jeans look. Hope August is good to all of you. Thanks for dropping by. AJ
On my school girl vibes
How is everyone doing? And of you ‘grownups’ ever miss school? Well, I for one don’t, but apparently sometimes my wardrobe does. I’m not quite sure how this look happened. All I know is I wanted to wear this gorgeous full skirted midi dress, but to give it less of of a dresses up vibe, I decided to cover up the shoulders with this short sleeved button down. I’ve recently discovered that I like my short sleeves even shorter, so I roll them up even more. Adds a nice edge to an otherwise simple piece. Because I had rather an awful lot of running around to do this particular day, heels had to be put on hold. As soon as I put on these flat cutout booties, I felt like a little girl on her way to school, so it made total sense to finish the look off with a satchel. And now, I feel like the cutest girl in school on the first day of term. If I had long hair, the temptation to have styled it in pigtails would have been unbearably strong. Is anybody else’s dress up process this unserious?
Dress- House of Ankara, Shirt- M&S, Shoes- Ebay, Bag- Cambridge Satchel Company
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are enjoying your summer so far.
The dress that never was
Hope you’re all doing well. Tell me, do you ever get a look in your mind and just can’t shake it until you’ve worn it? That’s what happened here. I woke up and felt like I just had to wear a long dress, but I wasn’t really feeling any of the dresses I already had so I did the only logical thing, I took a maxi skirt and a bustier top that I had in the same fabric and pinned them together. Talk about improvising. Lol. Anyway, I never noticed before, but I love this deep shade of blue. It’s hot!! And there you have it, my remix deep blue dress. And I like the contrast with the pink lipstick. I was with some friends and we drove past a playground so we decided to stop and recapture some of our childhood. A very big thank you to my friend, Peter Fynn, who takes my pictures for the blog sometimes.
Dress- (Skirt- PrintCloset on Etsy, Top-House of Ankara), Shoes- Ebay, Jewelry- Primark.
Thanks for dropping by guys. Hope your week is great and full of colour. Love, AJ
The mother of the bride
The classic dress and jacket combo, once a wardrobe staple for glamorous ladies of all ages and stages, has now been relegated to nothing more than a mother of the bride look and even in that arena, its starting to fade out of relevance. I do think that is very sad and that’s where the inspiration for this look started. I wanted to design and create a look that was classic and elegant but still had a youthful twist. So I decided the fabric had to be bold and modern and fresh. I love this kente print fabric. Kente, in my mind, is very regal and classic but this particular take on it is very bold and fresh. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you would be familiar with this print as its one I use a lot. See more post with this fabric here, here and here
Dress and Coat- PrintCloset on Etsy, Shoes- Ebay
Hope you all had a great weekend, especially my American family. Hope your 4th July weekend was as amazing as all the posts on instagram looked. Thanks for dropping by.