Monthly Archives: June 2013

OOTD : Green Jeans

Hi luvs,

I am really loving this trend of colored jeans. I like that it makes my wardrobe a lot more versatile as a result, I now have a lot more pairing options.

In today’s outfit, I paired green jeans with a yellow over-sized top. To give the outfit shape I cinched it at the waist.

As far as accessories, I went with a green statement necklace that I got from indiska and some leopard print stud earrings.

For some reason this outfit reminds me of lemonade on a hot summer day :)

This is a very casual outfit that can be worn to the office or for casual outings.

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Here is a video of the oufit, enjoy :)

 

If you liked this outfit, I put down some links to similar items below:

TOPSHOP Green Moto Meadow 78s Crop Jeans

LABEL LAB Yellow Basic Oversized Tee

Vince Camuto Shoes, Goldie Pumps

Apt. 9 silver tone bead twist necklace

KATE SPADEAnimal Show Your Spots Studs

Vince Camuto mustard grained leather goldtone bar skinny belt

 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Much Love and Stay blessed,

Dee



African Hair Heritage : A Dialogue by AuCurls Naturelle

Hi luvs,

A fellow youtuber and blogger,  AuCurls Naturelle (who I have featured here) brought up a very interesting dialogue about the perceptions of natural hair,  growing up in Africa.  You can read her post about it here.

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Image: YouTube Vlogger & Blogger AuCurls Naturelle

Being that I have had similar experiences, I thought it would be a great idea to share my own experiences on this topic. I have talked a little about my experiences in my natural hair journey stories part1 childhood memories & part 2 teenage years. However, she talked about it through a different perspective and I thought I should add my 2 cents.

I know these experiences can vary greatly depending on where exactly in Africa you lived in, not only from country to country but it can actually vary depending on the cities and towns you lived in.

I do know that people in the West, usually think that people in Africa are more in touch with the natural way of doing things. That Africans, embrace their Natural Hair. Something which is in fact the opposite. We actually look to the West as our role models and we tend to emulate their culture, fashion and way of living.

The city I lived in Dar-Es-Salaam, is the biggest city in Tanzania. A metropolitan city, where the large part of the population moves to, in search of a better life.  This is where the educated, middle class and higher class live.

From what I remember, at the city we lived at the time, there was only one private school. This school, was very expensive and local families could not afford to get their children to attend this school. Therefore, mostly kids of expatriates, ambassadors and foreigners; who came into the country attended this school. Most of these kids were Caucasian, Arabic and Indian.  In this school girls were allowed to do anything to their hair.  However, the majority of the population attended government public schools. In these schools, girls were required to either wear their hair in cornrows or to cut their hair in TWA’s (Teeny Weeny Afros).

As I grew older, our country was moving from a socialist to a more capitalist economy. During this time, more private schools were opened and they became accessible to the middle class. In these schools, girls were allowed to do pretty much anything to their hair, as long as it was neat and presentable. But in public government schools, the requirements remained, you were only allowed to cornrow or cut your hair.

There were also catholic boarding schools, and most of these schools required that the girls cut their hair. The reason given by the school administration for this, was that they wanted the girls to concentrate on their studies rather than wasting their time on vanity. At the time we didn’t think much of this, we took this as a practical reason and accepted it.

What I do know is, in our country or at least in the cities or parts of my country that I lived, even to this day, having natural hair is not embraced by the society. If you are educated and have “money” you have to perm or relax your hair or wear your hair in  weaves, in order to keep up with appearances and look “presentable”. This is one of the ways, people showed their social status.

In my opinion, this way of thinking was brought about because of the colonization that our country went through. We believed that the ways of the west were best and therefore we emulated everything including the ways we wore our hair. Our media often showed content that was shown abroad. Growing up as a young girl we watched the same artists, actresses and models that were popular in the West. In our minds that was the definition of beauty. Therefore, we lost our knowledge about hair care. Often hair stylists were not properly trained in the method of proper hair care.  A vast majority of women under went hair damage, burnt scalps and stunted hair growth due to relaxers and extensions.

As far as dreads and locs goes, there was this perception in the society, that people who wore their hair in this state were either mentally unstable or smocked weed. They were seen by the society as outcasts or rebels.

What are some of your hair experiences growing up? I would love to hear them, leave your stories in the comment section below.

Below, you can watch a video of me talking about this topic:

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Much love and Stay Blessed,

Dee

 

 

 

 



Five Ways Fashion & Beauty Bloggers can integrate Vine/Instagram Video as part of their Social Media Strategy.

Last week I declared my new love for Vine (which was acquired by Twitter, October last year). A mobile app that allows users to share 6 seconds worth of video content. Remember when I said, “move  over Instagram, there’s a new kid on the block?” Well, I guess I should of known, that is was only a matter of time before Facebook jumped on the bandwagon.

Instagram (which was acquired by Facebook April last year ), just rolled up an update with video sharing capabilities. This new functionality allows Instagram users to share 15 seconds worth of video. The update also includes their famous filters.

What does this mean for Vine? Is video sharing, the new craze in social media. Well, Only Time Will Tell.

I am very interested to see how this will pan out in the coming months. Specifically how fashion & beauty bloggers will take advantage of this new video medium, as more and more people start participating.

Since Instagram, have just released their update towards the end of last week, I haven’t played around with it yet. I will come back with feedback when I do. So for today let’s talk about vine.

Vine:

This week after exploring the app a little bit more, I thought it would be great to share some tips on finding your way through “The Vine”.

Vine is a micro vlogging app that allows the user to tell a story within only 6 secs. This can be challenging but it does make you think outside the box and allows you to be creative in the way you deliver your message or tell your story.

Vine is available for both android and iphone users. Since Vine is a part of twitter, you can easily start by following all your twitter friends. This is a great option, especially when you are new to the app and don’t know who to follow. I like this integration, because chances are, if you are following someone on twitter, you are already interested in their content to begin with. Hence, making following other users so much easier. The only draw back, (or rather a good to have functionality) would be the ability to follow multiple users at the same time. If you follow a lot of people on twitter it can be time consuming going to each and every profile and manually following them.

In terms of looking for new content, the app allows you to use  hashtags to filter and search for content you are interested in; and of course you can also use the editor’s pick.

When recording your clips, you can use the front or back facing camera on your phone. The footage can be “edited” by simply taping and releasing the screen. This function can be used to create a stop motion like effect or add different points of view, rather than having a continuous stream of video, from a single point of view.  This helps to make the clips more creative and interesting.

While a majority of vine users use the tool to make funny 6 second sketches, parodies, or to capture cutesy moments with their pets and children. There is huge potential for fashion and beauty bloggers/vloggers to use this app to engage with their audience and extend their brand.

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Here are a couple of ways Fashion & Beauty Vloggers can incorporate vine or Instagram video as a social media strategy. A lot of bloggers shy away from the idea of including videos as a social media strategy, because of time, technical capabilities and resources. The fact that the app is on a phone which makes it accessible to the majority, and that the video is restricted to 6 to 15 seconds, makes it that much easier for bloggers who have been wanting to venture into vide,o but for one reason or another haven’t.

1. Outfit Posts: On top of images on your blog you can have a quick sneak peek of outfits on your vine or Instagram. This can vary from simply showing the outfit from different angles or footage of behind the scenes & prepping for your shoot. You could also make an announcement to your audience about what content is coming next  on your blog or YouTube Channel.

2. Unboxing and Hauls: This could be an easy way to show your audience items you have been purchasing and trying.

3. How To’s: Beauty bloggers can use this to swatches, product close ups, transformations, how to use certain products or DIY’s.

4. Brand Collaboration: Fashion & Beauty Bloggers can collaborate with brands to come up with interesting campaigns, involving engagement and user interaction.

5. Events: Bloggers can now vlog industry events and behind the scene happenings.

The sky is the limit & the possibilities are endless.

What do you think of Vine and Instagram video? Have you started using either of them as part of your social media strategy? Leave your thoughts and vine/Instagram handles in the comments below.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Much Love & Stay Blessed,

Dee

 

 



Nostalgic Summer :: Links á la Mode

Hi luvs,

I’m extremely surprised that my post on “Five Tips to dressing up a big chop” has been chosen for IFBs, Links á la Mode, a weekly blog post round up. The theme for this week is Nostalgic Summer & I must say, I am very honored to be featured among great articles written by a group of very talented bloggers.

Thank you Ashley for the consideration,

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The Nostalgia of Summer

It’s been a long time since I’ve edited LaLM, but it’s how I began my time as an IFB contributor. It seems appropriate to return during the summer because it’s always been the season for nostalgia. It doesn’t help that I turn 30 this summer, something I look forward to with a great, child-like enthusiasm. It also makes me think about the last 10 years of my life, where I’ve gone, and how far I’ve come.

Somewhere in the heart of these posts is a sense of nostalgia they bring out in me. Whether it’s the childlike enthusiasm over nails that resemble a sprinkled ice cream cone and reminiscing about my first time watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s or thinking about high-school physics with fashion, how I got out of credit card debt, or the changing tide of the blogosphere, I hope these posts stir a bit of nostalgia in you, too. (Or at least inspire you to start rewatching The Nanny on Netflix.)

Or, as The In Club asks, maybe we’re just too damned nostalgic.

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