Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Surrounded by Love: Happy Birthday to Me!

February is my favourite month in the calendar not only because it's the month of “love” but because it's my birthday month!

I am so BIG on birthdays, growing up I never got a party for my birthday as my older sister was asthmatic and usually ill around that time or something terrible would usually happen just before my birthday. For a long time I always thought my birthday was jinxed and I never enjoyed it. I've not really celebrated it for the last two years as my best friend lost her dad just before my birthday and the next year we his memorial service.

Because of all this I've ALWAYS wanted to have a huge birthday party. I've been obsessed with it for years, but this year I didn't feel that way. I actually just wanted a quiet birthday with a few of my very close friends over a meal and some drinks. I wish I could say it's growing up (hahaha) but fat chance, I still intend to have a big birthday party when I finally hit the big 30 (geez)
So my birthday was on Sunday 2nd February, after church my best friend and I went to meet up with two other friends at a quiet, laid back restaurant. We had cocktails and a meal and we shared stories and laughed so hard. I really didn't want to leave, I felt so surrounded with love.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

My First: Embracing My Natural Hair

Promised to be a better blogger this year and what better way than to kick it off  with a blogger challenge I received as part of the #IamAZedBlogger challenge.

We were asked to talk about our first, and of course a lot of firsts came in mind, not really sure I'd share any of those hahaha, kidding. I'm going to talk about the first time I went to work with my own hair and what it made me realise about embracing your own hair.

If you know me personally you will testify to the fact that my hair is always either weaved or braided. I change my hair often and as soon as one weave comes out braids replace it or something, anything but my own hair. For a long time it was simply because I don't have time to stress over my hair, I just wanna wake up (flawless) and worry about my outfit, not my hair. That was my excuse until my own hair grew decent enough to be brushed and tied back and I still hid it behind something. I realized I didn't really like how I looked with my own hair (sigh, natural hair people step off  lol)

Don't get me wrong, I've rocked natural hair till I was 18, my parents wouldn't even let me relax it and by then the natural hair movement was not in "fashion" so with a head full of stubborn, dry, dull hair it gave me pain. I couldn't wait to relax it and braid it and weave it and all that and that's exactly what I've done since I left high school.  So I guess my perception of my own hair was really poor because once I started laying it down, I looked great and didn't want to rock the struggle look anymore lol.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Fahsionably Late: 2013 Zambia Fashion Week Review

Been a terrible, inconsistent blogger this year but worry not! It's on my list of resolutions (yes, I'm making a list this time!) to bring you more blogs much more consistently!

2013 has been a year full of fashion events for me. I enjoyed getting to see all the great talent we have in Zambia and meeting other people who are interested in fashion. There is still a lot of growing to be done in the Zambian fashion industry especially when it comes to fashion shows and I thought I'd end the year with some fashion reviews of shows I attended in the last half of this year:) Organizers please take notes!

 Zambia Fashion Week 2013
I was fortunate enough to attend the grand finale of this year's Zambia Fashion Week. This was my second time at this event; I attended last year's show as well which you can check out here.

Monday, 25 November 2013

That Girl's Got Afro Funk: Vonneta Simpamba

Happy new week!

Finally another worthy afro-funk fashionista! I recently stumbled upon this gorgeous girl on instagram and it was love at first click!

I was really glad when I came across Vonneta Simpamba. This girl is simply gorgeous. Her outfits are trendy and always on point, her shoes are to die for, she has an amazing bag collection but most of all her hair is always LAID!!!

As I only know her through Instagram I don't know much about her personally but I do know that apart from having great style she also does a bit of designing in her free time. I've seen some of her pieces and they are amazing! I hope she gets a blog soon but till then, follow her on Instagram (her profile is private but if you send her a request she will check you out and add you back if you're not too creepy lol)

 What do you guys think of her style?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Show Must Go On

Hello lovelies,

First of all a huge HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY to my blog! Anniversary fell on the 15th of November but didn't have time to do a post. It's been two years of (erm, not so consistent) blogging but I've enjoyed it all.

This is just a quick post to thank everyone who liked my picture in the Pepsi Zambia Competition. I did not win the big trip to go to New York, not really sure why because I put in a lot of effort in my entry but I am super grateful to all the lovely people who took time to comment, like and share my picture! So many people came through for me and even if I did not win I am forever indebted for your kindness!

Anyway the show must go on! Thought I'd brighten up this post with some fashion news. I have been meaning to recreate this look that Jennifer Lopez was spotted wearing while heading out to dinner in Santa Monica, California,  some time back earlier this year.

Image from blog.jessicaharlow.com

I love the simplicity of the whole outfit. I threw on some gorgeous pearls I got from Mr. Price to add some sparkle to the outfit and a pair of new courts with gold cap-toes. I also wore a black clutch as I did not have a white one.

 Outfit details: Over-sized sweatshirt - thrifted, White pencil skirt - Jet, Coral courts - PEP, Clutch - thrifted

What do you guys think? Thank you for reading!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Take Me to New York City Pepsi Zambia!

Hello  lovelies!

It's a new month and I am super excited about the next few weeks. My big news is that I just entered a major competition to win a fully paid for trip to New York city to see Beyoncé!

Girls Love Beyoncé
I'm so excited because I have always wanted to see Beyoncé perform and  I always complained that the chances of her coming to Zambia in the next few years are next to zero. I am a huge fan of Beyonce, both her music, her style, her hard work and her grace ( I could go on)I also love concerts and I've watched lots of Beyonce's live performances online and she is an AMAZING performer!

New York City
They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. New York City, the big apple! What's not to love about it? I'm so glad the organizers of  the competition picked New York City eeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!

Pepsi Zambia are the awesome people behind this competition. I love the concept of the competition as it ticks all the boxes. It's simple, interactive, fun and visual! You simply take a picture of yourself drinking a pepsi and post it on the Pepsi Zambia Facebook page or tweet your picture and tag @PepsiZambia

So I found out about this awesome competition a few weeks ago and I wanted to post a picture that really put everything together. I coordinated my outfit to match the Pepsi colors which are red, blue and white. I wore red heels, a white T-shirt and blue pants. I looked everywhere for an I love New York T-shirt but could not find any. I almost gave up but then I found this New York City T-shirt in Mr. Price in the men's section. I bought it without a wink.

I wanted to have a Pepsi background so I went to Mtendere for the shoot. If you've been to Mtendere you know it's a bit of a gheto and it's always busy! We got there early but people were already up and about. I chose it because they have so many little stores that have painted their shops with the Pepsi logo. We attracted a bit of attention so we just took a quick few shots and left.

Help Me Win!
You can help me get to New York by liking, commenting and sharing my picture on Facebook here. Be sure to like Pepsi Zambia Facebook I would really appreciate it and if I get to go I promise a New York series blog with a vote of thanks to everyone who will like my picture:) I'm so sure I can win that I've already started planning outfits, checking the New York weather and plaing all my Beyonce songs:)

Thank you for reading!