After scrolling through my newsfeed this morning, I came across some refreshing news today! Forbes recently debuted two new publications catering to the female market, business, and high culture of Africa. Forbes Life Africa highlights highlights business trailblazers, the economy and pioneers in the African industry and Forbes Women Africa focuses on businesswomen, fashion trailblazers, and women making a difference in the corporate world and community. On the first issue, supermodel Alex Wek is featured on the cover.
Alek Wek talks her involvement with the Forbes in a behind-the-scene look. Check it out!
This lovely lady, Nailah Ricco, was featured a year ago for her Happy People Products and since then she has evolved as a jewelry designer and to feed her creative spirit she’s created a line called the J&Flo Jewelry Company. Named after her aunt and best friend/cousin whom have traveled around the world, J&Flo represents their international fashion flair. This New York native and New Orleans resident recently introduced a fall collection that is heavily infused with African inspiration and creations from the Philippines.
Here are a few of my favorite fall picks in the J&Flo collection:
”I spend a lot of time studying past trade systems of the continent and expressions of cultural fashion and then identify suppliers to help me create my vision in a contemporary way. “
“I like the technique because I support other small businesses (suppliers) in their own handmade creations (found shells, found glass, bead creation, etc) and then take it to another level with my own talents.”
“I am also thoroughly moved by the meticulous bead creation coming out of the Philippines and the brass work coming out of Nepal. I get a lot of materials and inspiration from those places. “
You can check out more of J&Flo here. If you are local to New Orleans, make sure you follower her on Twitter for updates on her trunk shows in October
Maybe I’m late to the game, but I found Solange’s official Instagram the other day and fell in love with her all over again. I wouldn’t call myself a stan just yet but I love her music, sense of fashion, and playful attitude. For those of you who aren’t hip yet check out her cool flicks here.
She just release a music video for “Lovers In The Parking Lot” off her True EP today and it brings all that vibrant, playful energy that you see can see on her Instagram. Check it out and let me know what you think!
If you’re in the Bay Area make come check out the Drake Natural community thrift sale at the East Oakland Youth Development Center, Wednesday, 7/31 from 3-8 pm. 20% of the proceeds will go to the EOYDC Pathway to College Program and the rest will go to the Drake Natural fund which is a ethical marketing and event production company that’s dedicated to providing resources and raising awareness about sustainability in the fashion industry. The founder, Dominique Drakeford recently graduated from NYU with her masters and is working to build her brand and give back to the community. Show her and the youth in Oakland some love and stop by to shop and learn more about sustainable fashion.
I know most of you, if not all of you, are thinking about what to get your loved ones for the Holidays and if you’re anything like me, you will NOT be in the stores come black Friday morning fighting over some retail sweater that will end up under everyone’s tree.
In this time of giving, I’d like to support small businesses, local boutiques, and online stores. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, jewelry for yourself, or a closet staple for your guy these shops are what’s happening in the streets. So in no particular order, these are a few of my favorite Indie shops and yours that you should look out for this chrismahanukwanzakah !
What are you some of your favorite Indie Shops?
Rachel Stewart Jewelry
Bon Bon Vie
Free Your Mane (my favorite product line)
If you are local, into fashion, and want support a good cause, I’d come check out Rock The Runway for Domestic Violence, Saturday, February 4th, 2011. This will be an inaugural event for the San Francisco based organization, Lift Up Lives (LUL) that caters to women affected by domestic violence. This red carpet event will be hosted by infamous Real House Wives of Atlanta, NeNe Leaks and will feature a runway show, silent auction, and a VIP brunch.
There will also be live performances by Kim Hill (former member of the Black Eye Peas and Nesta Rae. Tickets range from $25 – $1,000 with an opportunity for VIP access and tables. You can get your tickets here.
Lifting Up Lives is a non-profit organization founded by Mark Rogers in San Francisco. Since January 2010, they have been serving women in the community through unique programs such as fitness and character building. This gives women who have been effected by domestic violence a platform and support system to share their passions and go through life changing effects of Fitness and Health. The awareness of Domestic Violence doesn’t get enough publicity so in my eyes I think this is a great event that LUL and the San Francisco Community are putting on in February!
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Location: The Clift Hotel
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
Attire: Fashionably Chic
Shout out to Essence.com for the post their latest Curvy Girl Muse with Gabi Fresh and Christina Brown. Check out these fashion bloggers 5 Fall Must Haves… You don’t have to be curvy to agree on these key staples for when the new season.
- Cropped Pants (check)
- Silk Blouse (check)
- Statement Jewelry ( I need more!)
- Leather Jacket (check)
- Satement Wedges (all I wear!)
Visit full article here . . .
On Tuesday (September 13th), Theophilus London teamed up with Cole Haan to bring you limited edition blue suede buck. He claims his fashion inspiration comes from his dad’s closet and I believe it. This Brooklyn based MC has hit the ground rolling setting his own style and share with us great music. If you are local go check him and the shoe premiere out at the NY location Cole Haan Soho on Prince Street. I’ve had a pleasure to see him live and he’s quite the character. I’m glad he’s able to expand as an artist not only in music culture, but the fashion scene as well. Fellas, blue suede?
You can check out his latest video for “I Stand Alone” off the debut LP Timez Are Weird These Days.
“How to pull of a Heartbreaking evening gown? Just Use Your Head.”
This is so dope. The New York Times magazine, “T”, fall fashion 2011 shows off Afros in a black and white spread by Alice O’Malley. The natural hotties are of course Solange, Esperanza Spalding, Les Nubians, June Temple, and Corrine Bailey Rae. They are modeling beautiful evening gowns and their gorgeous natural hair. Which one is your favorite photo?
Check out this super cute fashion line “Live Life in Color” by Bionca of Vibrant Doll. As creator of her own online publication wwww.vibrantdoll.com catering to fashion, beauty, and music Bionca has extended her brand onto cute babydoll tees, and crop tops that have been the ultimate staple for the summer. “A doll is a woman or girl who lives life vibrantly. They are confident, motivated, and inspired.” Bionca explains, “They are beautiful individuals who accomplish their goals be the person they always dreamed of being.”
If you love color and getting dolled up, I suggest you support her line and purchase a shirt for only $34. A birdy told me she’s in the works for an accessory line so keep Vibrant Doll on your style watch and support!
Click here for the Vibrant Doll Online Store —->> http://shop.vibrantdoll.com/