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Catwalk4Change- Runway

As promised lovelies, here are a bunch of images from the Runway at the Catwalk4Change show in support of Mind and Macmillan. Not sure what the show is? Read this post and this post. Designers we’re rocking are Onitaa London, Annesi Bespoke, Eldimaa Fashion, Scottacus Anthony and Martina Bohn. Enjoy. The first picture is of Paralympian Stephanie Reed who opened the show and is just an amazing person

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Images courtesy of James Lyon.

Thanks for reading and hope you love the picture. Please check out Models of Diversity as well as Mind and Macmillan to see more of the amazing work these guys are doing. And have a great weekend.

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Hey Lovelies,

So a while back I told you about Catwalk4Change, a fashion show to promote diversity in the fashion industry and to raise money for Mind and Macmillan. If you missed that post, go here to check it out. Anyway, the show was a success and such great fun. I have a bunch of pictures to share with you starting with the backstage shots I took with some of the other bloggers who took part in the show.

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Getting our faces put on by Illamasqua

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The look I was originally supposed to wear came out tres scary so I went back to have my cheeks,, eyes and lips redone in warmer shades.
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Ambarina  of beauty Passionista and Ruth of  Huffington post

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Sabrina Carder of The Young Eccentric. love this girl

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Phoebe Rosetta of the Ufab directory in Onitaa London

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Above and Below- Some of the bloggers in Annesi Bespoke, one of the designers featured. The lead designer is the lady in the blue blazer above, such a gorgeous person. The girls were styled by BestofBoth BoutiqueIMG_0047

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Me and Annette of Hot happenings had a mini shoot after the catwalk, in our own clothes, cos we just had to. lol. we’re bloggers afterall. IMG_0117

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Photos courtesy of Fashion Cadet and Sabrina Carder

Had an absolutely fantastic time at the show and made some great friends in the process. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get pictures of all the girls here but I’ll try and do another post with runway images and hopefully get everyone then. And also, the designers. Thank you guys so much for your continued support of the blog, which allow me the opportunity to take part in amazing events like this.

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What do I see

capture-20130828-173918A little over a month ago I received a very long email asking me to take part in a female awareness/empowerment project, named the what I see project. After reading the first paragraph of the email, I was already sold.

What I See Project Campaign Trailer from whatiseeproject on Vimeo.

The bulk of the project was asking me what I saw when I looked in the mirror. And I must honestly say a lot of answers went through my mind. Physically, I don’t look in the mirror a lot (mainly only to fix my hair, and you have all seen my hair so……….) but I am actually a very reflective person. As I was saying, I went through a series of answers before I finally decided to actually look in the mirror and say the first thing I saw and guess what it was. DARK SKIN!! I know, that’s like the first thing everyone sees when they look at me and most people probably don’t like to be defined by that, but I actually prefer it. Fist of all, there is no denying that I am a dark skinned girl, so why would I get mad or even care if someone called me the dark chocolate one (this, amongst other similar phrases are constantly used to define me). Second of all, I was lucky to have grown  up in an environment where my skin was appreciated and I was taught to love myself but third and most importantly, I have over the years come to recognize that my dark skin is A UNIQUE POINT about me. As i have grown to love and understand that its me and it works for me, I have learnt how to use it in telling my story. I am a dark skinned girl, a black African, and an African British and that has translated into everything I do. from this blog, which is all about my African fabrics meeting my western style sensibilities to my brand to the very way I walk down the road. Learning to embrace something that I might have been teased about or made to feel insecure about has given me confidence and helped me find a strength that i can’t otherwise imagine. And because I love my dark skin, others around me love it too.

In essence, that is what drew me to this project. its the getting women to face themselves and embrace themselves as they are and the growth that can result from that.

The project features a group of about 100 women known as communicators whom you can check out here and a group of highly successful female ambassadors talking about their journeys whom you can check out here.

I think this is a great project and you too can get involved by recording your own video, posting it and joining in the conversation here.

Lastly, I think the next communicator to blog on this project after me is Morgana of Butwhymummywhy so do check out her blog for her post. And follow the What I see project on Twitter

Thanks for reading, lovelies and do let me know your thoughts and feelings

AJ

Red 4 Change (R4C)

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Hey Lovelies,

OK, some news to share and discuss today. First of all who knew that this week is cervical cancer screening awareness week? Cos I only just found out about this yesterday. I’m not sure if this is worldwide or just in the UK, but that led to me to the realization that I don’t actually know that much about cervical cancer so I got researching. I won’t bore you with all the things I found out but I will tell you about this fun project I discovered called The Red Lippy Project, by the Eve Appeal,  which is essentially encouraging women (and some men) to wear red lipstick this week and to post pictures of themselves in their lipsticks on twitter or instagram or facebook or wherever else you can post pictures these days to raise awareness of cervical cancer, with the hashtag RedLippyProject. I encourage you ladies to check out their facebook and Twitter pages and get involved even though the week is almost out. You can also donate money to the Eve Appeal which is working for better detection and treatment of gynaecological cancers. Now you guys know, I don’t need an excuse to wear red lipstick but when there’s such a good cause attached to it, I am super down.

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The other thing I wanted to tell you guys about was a fun project I’m involved called catwalk for change. Blogger friend of mine, Edita of Pret-a-repoter, has teamed up with Angel Sinclair of the Models of diversity campaign and they are putting on a fabulous fashion show to kickstart London Fashion week this September. The theme of the show is Diversity Juxtapositioned, and the money from ticket sales and auction will all go to two charites, MIND (a mental health care charity) and MACMILLAN (a cancer care and support charity). Now here’s the real kick, all the models in the show are bloggers, UK based bloggers and yours truly is one of them. The show is in September as I mentioned earlier and tickets go on sale next month so stay tuned for more updates. I’m definitely looking forward to this.

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OK, so I know this blog post is definitely not the usual but I just wanted to share some other stuff close to my heart, apart from fashion so when I got the opportunity to I took it. Normal style posts resume soon. Have a great weekend, thanks for dropping by.

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