Monday, June 19, 2017

With all my heart

Y/Project is one of those 'cool girl brands' I don't really understand. Their clothes only caught my attention this morning, when scrolling through my emails I saw their heart cut-out sweater appear in an advertisement for Browns Fashion, but also on pop princess Lorde in an interview by Triple J. What really threw me though was the striking resemblance to a previous piece by British designer Christopher Kane. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but in this case it's imitation.


Like the clothes I wear each day, hair colour and shine is often at the forefront of my mind. I love having the freedom to choose what outfit to wear each day, and I love making the same decisions when it comes to my hair. For some women, it can be demeaning to be defined by your hair but for me my long locks are part of who I am and plays an important role in how I am perceived in the wider community. But not everyone can grow their hair as easily as some, especially if your hair is naturally curly or quite fine. Hair extensions can be the perfect solution to a hairstyle rut and easy way to add a splash of colour. Since 2009, TedHair have been providing premirm wholesale virgin hair products to boutique salons, wholesalers, retailers, online stores and stylists across the world. There’s a variety of colours and styles of TedHair hair extensions to choose from, with my personal preference the more striking ombre extensions in red and purple. They’re both colours I’ve dyed my hair, but the richness of the hair dye didn’t last very long and bleaching caused permanent damage to my hair. If I had to do it all over again I’d like to try extensions, since they can always be removed. The weft for both the red and purple ombre extensons has no clip, so the best method of application is either sewing, cornrowing or weaving in. 

If you’ve had bad experiences in the past with weaves or cornrows, there’s a selection of body wave extensions which feature lace closures, all attached individually to the lace base and made from 100% Virgin Brazilian hair wholesale. They give the impression of a fuller head of hair and unlike other hair extension supplies, the Brazilian Virgin Lace Closure isn’t mixed with different hair types or synthetic fibres. Easy to use, depending on the product type some extensions can even be reused and last for months, if not years if well looked after. Rest assured that all the hair used in TedHair products are non-dyed and collected from donors directly, tested for lice, chemical free and washed during processing. 

For those looking for a fuss free way to update your look, there’s always wigs. TedHair have a small selection varying from a cute bob cut to long luscious curls. Wigs are made of lace closures or frontals and hair wefts, which can be both cost-saving as well as time-saving for those of us unable to spend hours at the hairdressers.

Precious Petals

Whether it's that sensational and courageous dress Rihanna wore to the Met Gala or the runway at Marques Almeida, florals are making a comeback in a big way. While floral brocade might seem like a more sensible choice for an interior designer, when combined with an interesting shape or silhouette the fabric takes on a life of its own. Puffed sleeves with raw edges, flared trousers or many discs obscuring the female form the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination!


It’s been some four months since Black History Month in February. We’ve come so far, but there’s still a long way to go before we truly reach equality. It’s difficult to imagine being discriminated against for our hair colour, but I’ve witnessed it at work when a co-worker received criticism over her blue hair. But she was white, and for black women there are massive implications if they don’t follow the social norm of having silky straight. We know anecdotally that some black women have lost their jobs for wearing their natural hair to work and for many women, wearing a wig is the easiest non-fuss way to look good and more importantly, feel good. Last year in America, over $950 million was spend on African American hair products, but not everyone can afford to buy them and the time alone spent at the hair dressers can really add up. 

For women who love to update their look on a monthly, or even weekly basis wigs are the way to go. Gone are the days where African American Wigs lack style, with BestHairBuy offering a modest selection of 360 lace wigs in various lengths and cuts from silky smooth to ringlets all in natural black. Many lace wigs are made from human hair, which can be very costly but as technology gets better, the quality of synthetic hair continues to improve with many women favoring the latter. The technique remains the same, with lace front wigs looking much more natural and easier to style, with the hair hand tied or sewn under the cap to create an undetectable hairline. Many wigs can only be worn a certain way, but with BestHairBuy fibers are hand tied to a poly silk mesh base, which can be parted in any direction. The breathable material is perfect for warm summer evenings, or late nights out partying with your squad.

Not everyone is open to the idea of wearing a wig, but more hair means more styling options and an easy way to get their is to get extensions. Natural black hair is very fragile, and like most of us constant chemicals or heat treatments, along with excessive pulling/jerking can in some cases lead to permanent hair loss or bald patches that won't grow back. Even techniques like braiding can put unnecessary strain on the hair. To reduce the amount of expensive chemical treatments aand the damage that they can cause both in the short term and the long term, hair extensions are as easy as clip, snap and go. Like everything these days, there are heaps of easy to follow Youtube tutorials as well if you’re new to the world of hair extensions. BestHairBuy hair extensions have a great selection in various colours, textures and price points.

Naomi Shimada

If my blog has been missing anything within recent months, it’s been the warmth of model and activist Naomi Shimada. Prolific on Instagram and bringing her own unique take on style to London Fashion Week, she proves that we as women are so much more than our bodies. Her personal style reflects the warmth and compassion with which she meets everyday life. Whether it’s Marques Almeida, Nike activewear, neon or Issey Miyake there’s something very rebellious about the manner in which she carries herself. If you haven’t watcher her interview with Stylelikeu, I would strongly recommend you do so. Her philosophy on clothes, as well as travel and letting go have stayed with me since I first heard her words. The more we recognise women like Shimada, as well as the fact that women’s weight does fluctuate the more kind we can be to ourselves and each other. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lydia Bolton

There are several rites of passage we choose to journey upon when on the bumpy road to adulthood. For many, nothing is more sacred than prom night, but there are those among us not content to fit within the cookie cutter mould. For the mavericks brave enough to bend and break the rules, Cheltenham born Lydia Bolton is their tracksuit-wearing champion, with her graduate collection, ‘The Girl Who Wore Tracksuit To Prom’ a celebration of her love for sportswear, driven by her natural curiosity. For example, how far can you push a tracksuit, before it becomes you would wear to a party and impractical at a sporting event? Unsure of what her aesthetic was during her time at Kingston University, it became clear that the best things in life are those that we are truly invested in. For Bolton, it’s what’s fun and a design aesthetic not driven by trends or what other designers are concerned with.

With the initial design concept of decorative tracksuits being quite spur of the moment, Bolton then took to experimenting with stand work, the starting point for her design process. With an already impressive collection of tracksuits, it was only a matter of before she bought some prom dresses off eBay and combined them, contrasting high collars and long sleeves with frou frou ruffles and gargantuan bows. Testing the shapes and silhouettes allowed the young creative to push herself and develop even more exciting things. The result were a series of silky satin tracksuits in pastel tones, embellished in bows and worn with custom-made hoop earrings. Sporty details were added during the final design phase, including the all-important logo and embroidered panels down the side of the tracksuit legs. Who knows what she’ll do next, but it’s inevitable that her curiosity will lead Bolton into the fashion industry, and hopefully launch her own label.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ashley Smith

There will come a time in your life where you are propelled to the next greatest thing, usually after working a job you absolutely hate. It’s certainly true for model Ashley Williams, who was scouted and encouraged to go to New York whilst working as a checkout chick in a grocery store in Texas. Deemed a little on the busty side compared to your average sample size model, Ashley was determined to convince someone to take her on and be signed. She had nothing to lose, everything to gain and above all loathed the incessant sound of the beeping or barcodes. From humble beginnings she’s appeared on the pages of Oyster, Nylon Mag, Teen Vogue and the cover star for Elle. Recently she turned heads as Playboy’s Miss November with pastel pink locks, one of many hair transformations and gambles that has paid off for the young Texan. Whether she’s dressed up or dressed down, Ashley strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sexy but it’s her wardrobe interview with Stylelikeu that has had me hooked since day one. Down to earth and a vibrant personality, I think there’s something to be said about how a woman like Ashley Williams carries herself.