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New Start- My African Closet

Bold fabrics and a simple style

Happy New Year lovelies,

Its been a while huh? Sorry for disappearing without saying goodbye but life got in the way of well…. life. lol

This look for me is really all about the fabrics. When I got this package from Vlisco, I immediately fell in love with the combination of the two fabrics from their Voila! collection. The whole Voila! collection is full of prints, patterns and colours created specifically for the purpose of mixing and matching them to create everyday looks. This collection is basically what I live for, mixing and matching prints. So I was super excited to create a look with the fabrics. I went through a few designs before finally settling on this look. I wanted to play around with the idea of a traditional Ghanaian kaba & slit. A kaba is basically a fitted blouse, sometimes with sleeves and a slit is a straight long floor length skirt, with a vent in the back to allow for movement, sometimes with an extra piece to be worn as a wrap. Traditionally, this style is associated with women of the older generation but over the years, it has been adopted by the younger generation and with that has also meant the style has and is constantly evolving. The simple blouse and long skirt with a wrap style has practically been thrown out of the window, and has been replaced by more complex styles like mermaid skirts of all sorts and gorgeous tops. I wanted to strip back all the new extras and just play around with the old and add a few modern touches. So I went for the simple traditional long skirt and added a bold peplum. And for the top, I decided a simple loose box crop top with short sleeves. The style being very simple allowed the fabrics to just stand out and the overall look was, in my opinion, very simple and striking, all at once. I have to say, on a whole, I love Vlisco fabrics. If you follow me on instagram or twitter, I gush about them constantly and I always use their fabrics in my work.

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Skirt and top- CJAJ09/Me, Fabrics- VLISCO, Bangles- African market.

Hope you guys have had a great start to the new year. Thanks for dropping by and God bless you in this new year. Thanks, AJ.

Bye Bye Summer

Bye Bye Summer- My African Closet

It’s officially fall

Hey Lovelies,

So the calendar says that summer is officially over. Boohoo!! I’m actually sad because I didn’t get to dress up a lot this summer. Because of my schedule and on top of that moving house and having to put my stuff in storage because the new place wasn’t ready to move in and the interim space was super tiny, I had to choose between work stuff or clothes. I’ve basically been living in jeans, and tee shirts this summer, which kind of sucked. This is one of the outfits that i enjoyed wearing. It was easy and bold and fun and basically, everything you want summer to be.

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2 Piece- CJAJ09, Bag-CJAJ09, Sunnies-Primark

How was everybody’s summer. Hope you all had a great and memorable summer. Thanks for dropping by, and remember to check me out on instagram @myafricancloset. AJ

Midi Modesty

Maybe Modesty- My African ClosetHello Lovelies,

Hope you are all enjoying the month of May so far. I’m currently loving the midi length trend and as you can see here, I’m taking it to absolute extremes.  I think I might actually prefer this awkward length to the more normal midi lengths that hit just beneath the knee. This style of skirt is very modest and ladylike so I had to mess it up a bit with the leather and low cut neckline. And then to really throw it off: no, not classic pumps but bright blue boots. lol, so that overall,  the look is just an attempt at modesty.  Anyway,  how do you take your midi lengths, awkward at the ankle or classic at the calf.Midi Modesty - My African Closet

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DRESS – CJAJ09.COM, Shoes-Ebay

Thank you all so much fo dropping by and reading the blog. Enjoy the rest of the week.  God bless you

Catwalk4change- Backstage

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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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