November 26, 2014

ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
If my mom told me some many years ago i would one day be styling ankara with a pair of boots, i would have laughed out and said, "Haa, mothers! Always so optimistic about everything".

The thing is, it is happenning right now! I grew up wearing ankara because it was a traditional outfit in Nigeria and quite honestly, it was also one of the most accesible kind of african inspired prints that could be worn very casually or out for an ocassion. Everyone wore it. We had to buy yards of ankara fabric, then give it to a tailor/seamstress to make us an outfit of our choice. It seemed like there were only a couple of styles everyone stuck with. Well, the story is obviously different today because ankara got a facelift and they are now made ready to wear. It is pouring down runways all over the world with breathtaking prints and incredible designs.

This is the first time i am styling ankara on the blog and this ankara midi skirt from Kuwala couldn't have been more perfect. There are many ways to wear a printed skirt even in fall or winter and today, i can proudly say the same for an African inspired piece like this skirt too. On a cold day like today, i paired the flowy A-lined ankara midi skirt with a turtleneck sweater and a pair of sassy red Italian made boots for an edgy look. BAM!
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
ANKARA SKIRT
ANKARA MIDI SKIRT
Ankara Skirt (Safua Midi Skirt) : Kuwala // Statement Necklace (Sold Out): Symone Kelly // Boots (old): Faranira // Black Turtleneck Sweater (very old): H&M // Classic Sheffield Lady Watch: Daniel Wellington

                                                 Photos by Ida Brett (Idamagine.com)




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November 25, 2014

MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES
When like minds join forces to bring a dream to reality you know nothing is going to hold them down.

Two weeks ago, I met with Veronica, a soft spoken, very intelligent lady with natural beauty from Malawi who is one of the co-founders of Kuwala. Kuwala is an online boutique offering ready to wear blended African and Western Apparels, including accessories for men and women. She shared their vision for Kuwala and as a Nigerian myself, it was easy to understand the concept of their brand in today's fashion. African inspired apparels and accessories, especially ankara prints and fabric have been widely appreciated all over the world today, and obviously its popularity has just climbed up a whole new level in the past couple of years. Kudos to the amazing designers keeping the world interested. This is where Kuwala comes in. They source brilliant designers from Africa specializing in African inspired pieces and then sell them at affordable prices online.

Kuwala teamed up with The African Designers Club to hold their first private holiday sale event. It featured African pieces ethically-made in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya and Canada by talented designers.  I attended the event and being their first, i think it was very well organized, small enough for a good start which to me, was smart because it gave the buyers more time and chance to consult with the vendors or designers one on one before making their purchases.
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES

 Even the lounge area was decorated with some of their pieces.
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES

There were some ready made African inspired outfits there of course and this particular dress stood out to me. The designer is KWESIYA (kwesiya.com). You can see more of her pieces on Instagram: @kwesiyaclothing
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES

You can find Kuwala on the following social media platforms listed in the photo below. To see more of their pieces and desingers visit them on kuwalainc.com
MY REPORT: KUWALA POP UP HOLIDAY EVENT FEATURING AFRICAN INSPIRED PIECES
Meanwhile, i styled one of their designer pieces featured at the event and i will be posting the outfit tomorrow morning :)



Congrats to Missy May who won the Symone Kelly Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered.

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November 24, 2014

TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT
With the snow and below freezing temperatures lately, a little more cover up might just be helpful. I may have joined the vintage hunt party a little late, but every time i find a really cool piece, it always feels like the first. Everytime i think i couldn't find anymore vintage piece as awesome as the last, one always shows up. This is the kind of rush i get when it comes to vintage shopping. It gets better with time.

My latest find was this skirt in classic prints. I once owned a similar skirt to this colorful tartan print maxi skirt many years ago, but the qulaity of that modern day skirt has nothing on this vintage piece. This skirt is high waisted, very thick with some woolen texture to it, but at the same time it is soft and flattering on the body. Just perfect for the weather. I paired it with an oversized crop sweater with the longest sleeves in the world, hahaha. I actually don't mind some of my sweaters like that because those extra long sleeves always come in handy in the cold.
TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRTTARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT
TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT
TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT
DANIEL WELLINGTON CLASSIC SHEFFIELD LADY WATCH

TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT
TARTAN VINTAGE MAXI SKIRT, Similar here and  here// SWEATER: Pyramid, Similar // Bag (Sold Out): Apt 9 via Kohl's, Similar  // Heels: Mossimo via Target


                                             Photos by Brett Ida : IDAMAGINE.COM






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Time to start making those items we day dream about ours, right? This are my picks from some of my favorite brands. They have some amazing Cyber Monday and Black Friday sales i hope you can find very helpful. I will be updating these items on daily basis. So feel free to bookmark this page and check back again.

TIPS: 1. Pay attention to shipping and return policies.
          2. Take note of expiration dates of the promotions and discount codes.

Happy shopping and happy holidays everyone!!




1. NORDSTROM RACK: Brands you love at 70% Off

2. BEBE Winter In Wonder Land

3. FOREVER 21 HOLIDAY SHOP

4. DESIGNS BY STEPHENE: Use Discount Code: CYBERDAY To Get 25% Off Until December 2nd 2014.

5. DANIEL WELLINGTON WATCHES with discount code: Holiday_awelltraveledwoman for 15% off  (Expires Dec 30th)

6. SYMONE KELLY JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Use Discount Code: FASHION25 to get 25% off your purchase

 
Here are some of my favorite picks!
 







                                

















November 23, 2014

EVENT UPDATE: RUNWAY CRUSH EVOLUTION PARTY
Photo courtesy of Runway Crush


Everyone is in a party mood and so am i!!

Runway Crush is a Toronto-based fashion first marketplace where you can find up to date trends and fashionable items for you, your, mom, sister, brother and best friend. In other words, anyone and everyone. They had their Evolution Launch Party which was held at the Hash Tag Gallery in Toronto. Even with the heavy snow and icy roads i wanted to be there to show my support. It was worth it because again, i met so amazing people and i had fun!

As usual, the photobooth always seems to be the fun part of events lately and boy, do we all looove to hog it. That's the fun part, right? :)).

The gorgeous and very sweet lady in the photo with me is a Jasmine Swimmer. She is a Toronto based designer who is getting to launch soon!! Maybe about 10 minutes into just meeting and while we were chit chatting we were asked by Julia, the president of Runway Crush to go ahead and take some photos.







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