Despite the fact I have been living in London for a little over 10 years now, I am a little ashamed to admit that I have not visited many of it's main tourist attractions. When I say 'not many', I guess it might be more accurate and honest to say 'next to none'. Ok, so I have been on the London Eye, which was awesome and breathtaking to say the least. Last year, I went on a cruise along the Thames. I once visited the V&A Museum for a Fashion exhibition... and that's about it! lol. Shameful I know!
11 Jan 2014
I love me a midi skirt/dress. And despite the fact most people think they should not make an appearance unless it's spring or summer, I beg to differ. I think they make excellent winter wardrobe options too.
Here, Lauren Pope supports this notion when she stepped out in this gorgeous green Oh My Love pencil skirt, with thigh-high split which she has expertly teamed with ab-revealing black cropped top from Zara and a Topshop leather jacket.
If like me, you are not quite ready to go bare legged in this chilly weather, then I would suggest that you wear yours with black tights or biker boots. You could even team it with a chunky knit for a super stylish chilly-weather appropriate look.
Midi skirts are a versatile wardrobe necessity that's fitting for both your professional duties and your more casual affairs. Check out some of the stylish picks below. These are all currently available on the high street.
1. Tropical Geometric Midi Skirt by Illustrated People- Topshop- £18
3. Black Split Side Midi Skirt- New Look- £5
10 Jan 2014
Towards the end of last year, I was having quite a tough time. I felt stressed, anxious and generally weighed down- with everything! My job was bla, my relationship with my sister (who is my best friend and the closest person to me) was on the rocks and I just felt rather fed up with life. I was unimpressed with it all, to say the least. My boyfriend suggested we take a break. He was adamant that a little time away from the routine, the everyday hustle would really help to give me the pick me up that was so badly needed.
7 Jan 2014
Recently, I had my adorable little cousin, Tay, come and stay over with me for the night. She is 6 years old, going on 17- a right little lady, who knows her own mind and has her own sense of style. I love being around her, she radiates beauty, elegance and everything I want my daughter to be. Together, we stayed up late watching Monsters University (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and talking about life and her Christmas prezzies.
She told me about her love for Little Mix and how her mum is taking her to see them in concert. She was well excited, bless her! I asked who her favourite member is and she told me it’s Perrie. Her reason was quite simple, ‘because she goes out with Zayn from One Direction.' I then asked her who her least favourite Little Mix member is and to my surprise, she told me it was Leigh anne. But it was what she said next that surprised me.
Me: ‘Leigh anne? But why don’t you like Leigh anne? She is super cool and she's beautiful.’
Tay: ‘Because in their Move video she wore her afro out. Why did she do that? Videos are supposed to be where you look pretty and your best. I couldn’t believe she did that! She did not look pretty at allll!’
Left to right: Perrie, Leigh Anne, Jesy & Jade
My mouth hung open in utter shock, confusion and hurt. I couldn’t believe what my beautiful little cousin (who is black by the way) had just said. And it was said so innocently. She later revealed that pretty girls wore their hair straight, like her mummy. She was totally confused with the concept of afro hair ever being considered beautiful, even though her own hair is of afro texture. She said hers looks nice because it’s in cornrows and she would never dare wear it out. She then told me that when she is older, she will have lovely straight hair like her mum.
I think my heart cried a bit that night!
Needless to say, before Tay returned back home to her mum, she got the ‘speech’ from my sister and I on how important it is to love yourself from the inside out, including every single kink of your natural hair. We tried to make her understand the psychology behind why she didn’t think afro hair was pretty or good enough, but have you ever tried explaining the power of the media and brainwashing to a 6 year old? It’s not easy man. Her little innocent eyes just looked so confused.
I really hope that as she gets older she learns to love, appreciate and cherish black hair in its natural state, rather than seeing it as ugly or strange. I pray that one day she will rock her natural hair with pride and teach her children to do so as well.
On a final note, if you are a woman of colour, please please please teach the young girls around you that ‘pretty’ or ‘good’ hair does not have to have relaxer in it, be straightened or have weave in it. If we don’t teach them, who will?
2 Jan 2014
I love eating out, actually scratch that, I just love eating- full stop! However, although I love to fill my belly with deliciously yummy food, I am incredibly fussy about where and what I eat. I have visited one too many restaurants from hell, and I mean hell! Dirty cutlery, warm food (that gives me run belly), terrible customer service and hairs in my food are just some of the horrors that I have seen.
A while back, the other half and I were bored stiff and ridiculously hungry. We ventured out in search of something new and exciting and came across Wild Mango, a little Indian restaurant in Beckenham. From it's cosy and intimate feel, to the smiling and welcoming staff- this place was winning from the get go.