Fashion Frenzy

Autumn… a month full of mustards, browns, oranges and burgundy. I always get excited for this season because these colour are so vibrant and full of warmth.

However, when summer was full of bright colours and short clothing, how do you change your outfits to match a slightly chillier climate? Well… the answer is fairly simple – piece by piece. Today, I wanted to show you a couple autumn trends which I am loving and hopefully you will get a better sense of this seasons fashion.

Cardigans

Cardigans are great at finding that balance and soothing the transition between a hot and slightly colder climate. They can keep you warm when its a bit of a breezy day whilst looking stylish and effortless. As a matter of fact, if you choose the right cardigan, you can get away with the simplest of outfits e.g. a little black dress.

Southwestern Pattern Longline Cardigan – £25 (Forever 21)

This cardigan is a great example of something that I would go for. The short cut sleeves allow you to show some flesh in those rare days of sunshine during the Autumn. Whereas, the knit provides some warmth on those chilly nights. The design is also very fun especially as Aztec prints are very trendy this time of the year. Another quirky trend which we can see featured above is the fringe. It gives you little bit of throwback sentiment whilst remaining stylish. Finally, the little patches of brown at the bottom help reinforce the autumn love!

Cardigan in a mohair blend – £24.99 (H&M)

However, sometimes it’s good to tone things down and keep it basic. Therefore, throwing on a classic black cardigan is something you can get away with all year round. If you do want to go basic, look for subtle details such as the waterfall effect around the lapel which helps to frame your outfit in a delicate way – regardless what you wear.

Jumpers

I don’t know about you but my jumper game is not strong currently… I am waiting for the day when I can purchase a lot more to fill up my wardrobe. Regardless, jumpers can create different moods in your outfit e.g. a Christmas jumper makes your whole outfit very festive. Thus, the simple task of choosing a jumper to wear could be much more difficult depending on what type of mood you’re feeling.

Fine-knit turtle neck – £14.99 (H&M)

Here is a different but stylish take on the classic turtle neck. It may not seem to be as obvious but it definitely gives your outfit that ‘cleaned up’ look. I love turtle necks for several reasons, one being they make you look very ‘put together’ but they also make you feel very comfortable as well. You don’t need to worry about throwing on a scarf because your neck is already covered from the cold. Additionally, this jumper is quite baggy and personally I love jumpers to be slightly baggy because you can look good whilst being comfortable. Finally, can we just applaud the mustard yellow – this colour screams “AUTUMN” from all angles. Therefore, you capture the colour of the season and spark some personality into an otherwise dull outfit.

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Geo-Patterned Sweater – £23.00 (Forever 21)

On the other hand, it’s cool to keep things casual with a normal fitted jumper that can be either worn on slightly warmer days or layered for colder days. I really love how this jumper is a white colour as it helps brighten up a typically ‘dull’ day (commonly found in London). The pattern is also quite simplistic so you can mix and match items fairly easily. Simultaneously, if you don’t want to wear something which is completely plain/ basic this jumper fits the bill.

Jeans

Unlike the other two items mentioned above, jeans are slightly more individual. There are huge range of jeans available from skinny, slim fit and straight, to boot cut, boyfriend and cropped. Once you have established a type, then you need to choose a colour and even then there’s even more choice e.g. stonewashed and ripped. Thus, its harder for me to choose a jean and say that it’s perfect for this season because I can’t even find one for myself. Additionally, any jean can fit the bill.

Ankle Jeans Super skinny fit – £24.99 (H&M)

Skinny Low Jeans – £7.99 (H&M)

Mom Jeans – £19.99 (H&M)

If there is any advice I would give about jeans it would be to make sure that you have some basic colours which you can wear regardless. I recommend a pair of black, white and blue jeans because regardless of what you wear or what season it is, the jeans will go well with it. Furthermore, choose jeans that make you feel comfortable e.g I wear jeans basically every where so when choosing them you want to ensure that they are the perfect fit. For girls like me with small waists and bigger hips, the task becomes a lot more difficult but if you are in the same position I would recommend high waisted jeans.

Anyway… we have reached the end of my first fashion post… WHHHOPPIEEE!!! I am actually really happy about what I written and I hope that you will learn something new from the tips I have given. I understand that a lot of the items in this post are quite expensive (mainly because I can’t afford them myself) so I don’t expect you to go fishing out for cash but take inspiration and find similar items in your wardrobe which are similar or create a similar effect.

However, I really look forward to posting more of these but I would also like to hear any request you might have for my fashion posts since I am very new to this.

A Wonderful Weekend

This weekend has been jam-packed with a lot of fun & interesting things to do thus I formally declare that this post will be the first of many different lifestyle posts… YAYYYY!!! *this is your queue to clap*

Saturday

Like every other Saturday, I woke up slightly hungover from the night before – don’t worry, I don’t drink… I just wake up with a huge headache sometimes because I spend my sleepy time watching a great deal of movies & TV shows. Yesterday, however, I had a plan to get things. Consequently, I got up quite early to venture off to the circus. Yes circus… well Oxford Circus. There were a number of things I had to purchase before the end of this weekend.

By 12, I was ready to leave and I went to pick up my brother from his Saturday School along the way.

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We were greeted by huge crowds, but that the beauty of the Circus – you can dodge all the people in order to reach your destination on time.

There were a number of shops we visited since I had to purchase a number of goods. I had to get some school supplies from WHSmith (now I feel super organised), we went to Forbidden Planet (its where we can be super nerdy) and we also visited His Masters Voice (a.k.a HMV).

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Sunday

Today I had a great day today being able to meet all the girls again after a month. Even though we don’t go to the same school, whenever I see them, it feels like no time has passed at all. That’s the beauty of our friendship, its so strong that time can’t even weaken our your bonds (I sound really poetic and sciency but it’s true). Any way, the plan was to meet up at 2 – but that’s obviously the teenage equivalent to 3, thus we left later than planned – but that wasn’t surprising. We headed over to Old Spitalfields Market where we dined at the luxurious… Wagamama’s.

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We  had a great time eating a lot of delicious dishes… as a matter of fact we had ‘mini celebrations’ whenever the food came round. It was really delicious and appetising. I had Green tea, Tropical Juice and a Chilli Chicken Ramen.

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Overall, today was amazing. Being able to meet up with such awesome people always gets me excited, happy and emotional at the same time. The only thing that would have made the day better is if Louise and Laura were here but they couldn’t LOL – (this is only funny if you understand why they couldn’t come – at least one of them).

Friendship isn’t valued as much as it deserves to be and I think people need to realise that being surrounded by a couple of diamonds is way better than surrounding yourself with several scraps of metal. Make sure you stick with the ones who treat you right and make you feel happy because at the end of the day – they will be the ones you will lean on for support & comfort. Words can’t describe the love I have for these beauties and if I had to write about them – my fingers would be worn out from all the typing since I would be sitting at my Laptop screen for the rest of my life. I just hope that whoever reads this is in the same scenario.

THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING ME GIRLS!!!

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Black History Month

Over the course of this week I have been thinking of ways to improve my blog and the content I write.

As a result, I thought I should start with paying tribute to Black History Month. This month is always very sentimental to me because it is a time where I can look back and reflect upon all the amazing work achieved by many strong black individuals. The things that they have achieved are incredible and I will always remain grateful since their work has allowed me to dream high and achieve whatever I want to achieve without being limited by my skin colour.

From Rosa Park…

Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus, Montgomery, Alabama, 1956. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Rosa Parks seated toward the front of the bus, Montgomery, Alabama, 1956. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Who learnt to speak up and say “No” when refusing her seat. She has taught me that you shouldn’t let people walk over you. You are human and you deserve to be respected. Everyone is entitled to a human right regardless of the colour of their skin so speak up when you have been wronged. Too often we remain passive bystanders, we sit around and do nothing but its time to use our voices. Speak for what is right because like I mentioned in my ‘Freedom of Speech‘ post, not everyone in this modern age has the right to voice their opinion or the right to vote. Consequently, we should make the most of what we have in a positive way to ensure that the world we live in is a better place for everyone.

Another influential individual is, Nelson Mandela…

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When he died, I couldn’t stop myself from crying because he has been and will always remain a key role model in my life. He endured 27 years in prison for a cause he was passionate for. He sacrificed a huge part of his life in order to ensure a greater amount of people could live a life – free of apartheid. He knew segregation was not right, but he didn’t stay quiet. He ensured that before he died, he would actively fight towards breaking what was the status quo in South Africa. He has taught me to always fight for what is right, regardless of the consequences. In order to create a change, someone has to ignite a fire and let it burn! One thing I have noticed, is that many powerful individuals have endured several hurdles along the way & they have received a lot of opposition during their plight. Regardless, they have learnt to “Keep Calm and Carry On.” They haven’t allowed people to knock them down. Even if they have fallen, they have brushed it off and got back up again. It doesn’t matter if you fail, just stay focused and determined in achieving your goal.

Finally, I wanted to also mention, Martin Luther King…BRAND_BIO_BIO_Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Mini-Biography_0_172243_SF_HD_768x432-16x9

Just like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King was a key figure in achieving civil rights for black Americans in the 1950s/60s. He had a dream and made sure that he would do whatever it took to make it come true. He has taught me that the ‘sky is the limit’, there are no restraints on how high you can fly in order to achieve your dreams. He wanted white people and black people to be able to hold hands and unite as a community; fortunately, there is a high number of interracial couples in this day and age. At the time, a multicultural society e.g. in London, was impossible but times have changed and so have perceptions.

Those were just 3 very well known examples of individuals who have managed to help create a  better society for me to live in. However, there are a lot more revolutionary people who have made a significant contribution to our society (if I listed them all, you would never see the end of this post).

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Olaudah Equiano

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), Jamaican born British Crimean War nurse, portrait. Also known as Mother Seacole. Date: C.1850s

Mary Jane Seacole

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I have no shame of the colour of my skin and I don’t feel any less different to those with a different colour to me. No matter what shade of black you are, remain true to your skin and love yourself! Nobody has the right to make you feel unworthy.

Sadly black people are still targeted and oppressed. The rise of social media is evident in illustrating this for example on public transport. #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot are just two examples of campaigns fighting for better rights for black people. We have managed to come a long way but there is still more to come with our journey towards equality.

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
                                                                                             – Michelle Obama