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!

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Evolution of Zambian Music: Cactus Agony Album launch

It's been a little while since I posted and usually I would be crawling back in shame but I've come to realise that it's more important to post when I feel I have something relevant to share rather than for the sake of just updating my post. I really do not want to bore you guys!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

You Want To Be In Zambia Right About Now! UNWTO & Barefeet Festival

I have been busy and it's not the fun busy I usually complain about but secretly enjoy. It's the pile of office paperwork that keeps going on and on till you explode kind of busy! Last week was hectic to say the least as I might have let some work drag and I had to catch up before it completely drowned me. I'm pleased to say I am back with a little more time to share what I have been up to.

United Nations World Tourism Organization
Exciting things are going on in Zambia at the moment and I wish I had a clone I could send around to be part of all these events but I don't! Zambia is currently co-hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 20th General Assembly with Zimbabwe from the 24th to the 29th of August. UNWTO is the world’s biggest tourism assembly and up to 4 000 participants are expected to attend from the 180 member countries, making this one of the most prestigious events of the year!

I would give one of my toes to be in Livingstone right now (Zambia's tourist capital) because I can imagine how insanely exciting it must be with all those tourists and so much to see and do. Must be a carnival up there!

My best friend and I were in Livingstone two months ago; we planned a road trip and went down to the Victoria Falls which is one of the world's natural wonders. It was amazing and I really feel if you are Zambian there is no excuse not to plan a trip there. We are often dreaming and saving up for exotic gateways like the Seychelles or Bahamas but I can assure you that we have amazing places in Zambia and we need to explore our own country. If you follow me on any of my social media channels you may have seen some of these pictures but I thought now would be a good time to share them with those that haven’t! Oh to be in Livingstone again!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Fashion Fix: Estelle Mantele & Kutowa Designs

The past couple of weeks have been fashionable highs. I had the pleasure of attending two fashion shows and found myself having a chance to improve my night photography which used to really suck!

Estelle Mante’s Flamme Launch
The first show I attended was two weeks ago. One of the designers, Esther, is a girl I first met when I was just starting out on a new job, attending events and learning photography. Her label is Estelle Mantel which she started with her sister who I believe is Victoria. They were launching a line called “Flamme” an Afrocentric clothing line with chitenge prints and modern cloth like chiffon. They show cased very few pieces and I got a feeling they had rushed to put the collection out. I liked a few of the dresses but was not blown away by the men’s range because I felt it was nothing different.  A friend of mine and fellow blogger Leelee did a good job at reviewing this show so go on over to her blog and have a peek!

A few pieces from “Flame”

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Style Evolution: Miley Cyrus

 Isn't it strange how quick celebrities seem to grow up? Ashamed to admit it but I was such a Hannah Montana fan, I watched while pretending to keep my little cousins company but the truth is, I just loved Miley.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Great Minds & New Friends- #ZedCreatives Brunch II

It’s almost the end of April and what a lovely month it’s been! My kid brother, niece and aunty all had their birthdays this month which I sadly couldn’t be there for but I’m so blessed to have them as a part of my life.

Apart from that one of the highlights of April was that I finally managed to show up for the C1rca1964 Zed Creatives Brunch II, last weekend at Pzazz Restaurant. The brunch is just a fun get together event with other creative young Zambians over a meal. I missed the first one so I swore not to miss this one and I’m glad I went because I met lots of lovely people from a rap artist, stylist, cartoonist and skin care guru, it was a lovely mix of young creative Zambians.

I have to mention though that I experienced a case of bad service at Pzazz Restaurant, an issue of bad potatoes and a rude waiter but otherwise it was a lovely event and I will let the pictures do the talking! Forgot to get a full outfit picture but I wore and H&M bodycon dress and a pair of colour-block wedges, will try to take a full pic later!

Shout-out to all my lovely new followers, thanks for the love!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

In This Life, Your Heart Will Break

 Peplum Dress: Fashion Express
Pink Bow Belt: Glamourous Fashions
Blue Kitten heels: Mr. Price

Because I’m wearing blue, thought I would do a bit of a blue post. This is an insert from my diary a few months ago:

Here is the truth, in this life your heart will break, maybe once, sometimes twice and if you're unlucky you might even get a third. But that doesn't matter, yes, you will feel like dying each and every time but you won't.

You will get better, you will move on, you just have to get up and decide not to let any sorry bastard write your ending. Because much as you don't have control over who hurts you, you have all the power not to hurt yourself, and you get to decide how your story ends.

Thank you for reading xoxo