Thursday, 25 June 2020

The Year of Breakthrough - Black Women Edition


Welcome back to this lovely space where you are guaranteed an escapism into fashion, style and much needed creativity. With everything that has been going on in our social climate, I felt the need to push myself in my creative direction to illustrate the beauty of what it is to be a Black Woman. A Black Woman who is proud of her skin colour, ancestral features and most importantly our story.

The year, 2020 is becoming a year where suppressed voices are being heard for the first time in a very long time. Though it has been a disappointing year, it is becoming a year of breakthrough for Black Women. From the beginning of slavery to this very decade, the many voices of Black women have been dismissed, ignored and made irrelevant. Over time our traumas and grievances had to be a thing that had to be suppressed because in reality, no one really cared and therefore we did not matter. Malcolm X infamously said himself that "The most disrespected person in America is the Black Woman". Though based in America, I know and many other Black women know that this is a universal fact.

Though there is a fight for racial equality, there is also a fight over the patriarchal system that degrades the lives of Black Women, through sexual abuse, colorism and so much more. I created this post to encourage Black Queens to continue to speak up and fight for change. To see through the stereotypical traps that they enforce to silence us. Men, especially Black Men need to hear and listen to our traumas and hardships in order to do better by us and for us. This is crucial for the success of our community and the healthy growth of future Black families.

TITLE: THE BLACK MONA LISA 





OUTFIT DETAILS

Knitted Bralet - PrettyLittleThing
Knitted Shorts - PrettyLittleThing
Pouch Bag - Femme Luxe

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Friday, 1 May 2020

How To Be Confident & Achieve Your Aspirational Self - Active Tips


"Part of self confidence is staying in your lane and slaying the heck out of it" - She Who Conceals


Hi guys and welcome back to this lovely space. During this difficult time, I hope you are continuing to look after your mental state and are still remaining positive during these hard times. With the world at a halt, I know everyone is using this opportunity to either reflect, strategies and/or work on themselves. Therefore, I felt it in my spirit to create a post based on confidence and creating an aspirational self that you desire to emulate. Once upon a time, I was in a position where I disliked so many aspects, traits & features about myself, until one day I decided to stop the self hate and take practical steps to appreciate myself. By loving yourself, confidence & self worth flourishes also.  Based on my experience I'll be sharing realistic and actionable steps on gaining confidence. With the world being still, this is the perfect opportunity for the needed rebrand you've always desired.

1. Representation Matters! 

At a young age, unchangeable factors such as my appearance and body type was something I knew I needed to accept. Therefore, I sought to study strong Black females who looked like me and who channeled a form of confidence that I desired to emulate. Like the holy trinity, I decided to create my own based on women who had attributes that I was insecure in and had traits that I truly admired. My trinity consisted of the legendary Naomi Campbell and popular reality TV stars, Nene Leakes and Marlo Hampton. All three women were the representations I needed to see to feel like I could accept myself and slay just like these women were doing. From their statuesque build to their ability to take ownership of the room with their vivacious fabulosity, confidence and aura. I wanted to be that woman. By watching & studying them overtime, I gradually accepted myself for who I was and I knew I could slay and be just as bad as these Queens.

2. Fake It Till You Make It

Now this term can be very ambiguous and can often be misconstrued to be something negative. However, the effectiveness of it, depends on where you channel it. For example, as a young teenager I was conditioned to be shy, quiet and meek, stemming from the environment that I grew up in and the people that I interacted with (negative interactions might I add). However, I soon realised that having those traits is subjecting yourself to a long life of suffering and I did not have time for that. Therefore, I adopted the 'Fake It' mentality. Acting & emulating confidence when really and truly I was sh***** myself. (Sorry guys, no other phrase can describe how afraid I was)

What do I mean by faking? I mean purposely jumping into the deep end, volunteering to do things that you wouldn't do normally. For example, taking up leadership roles, carrying out interactive presentations, letting my friends take pictures of me in a room filled with strangers. Essentially, putting yourself in situations to force the confidence out of you. It is the tough love you need to survive in this dog eat world. I knew my weakness and I understood that it did not align with the life I wanted to live so I ended it with a quickness. Used correctly, faking gives you an opportunity to force yourself to be in uncomfortable situations until you're conditioned to be comfortable in them. Take the leap, you will not regret it.

3. Girl...It's All About Your Aesthetic

Achieving confidence mentally is all said and good but there is nothing better than looking put together and matching your mental. The woman you've always envisioned yourself to be...start looking like her, carry yourself like her, speak like her and let that aura grow and flow out of you.With the help of my trinity, I was able to take different components of their aesthetic and tailor it to me and what I could naturally exude effortlessly.

Nowadays, I get so many compliments on how I carry myself, my style, my confidence etc. It is derived from this exact ideology - Creating an aspirational self and becoming it. I started doing all this at 18 and at 23, I can finally say that my foundation to my identity is now steady. Meaning that I can take on life, knowing who I am, being confident in who I am, and loving who I am, apologetically. Basically, no one can tell me shit. Yes I said it. I own It.

If you have reached the end of this post, I hope this has inspired you to take actionable steps to elevate yourself for the better. I urge you to share it with whomever you feel may need these words of encouragement. Everyone deserves to be free from insecurities and self doubt about their identity and if you have any further questions, I am more than happy to help! Until next time!







I am my own muse...


Till next time...




Dress - PrettyLittleThing (Sold out)
Heels - Ego Official (Alternative)






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Friday, 10 April 2020

It's All About Tie Dye!


"Tie-dye but make it chic" - She Who Conceals


Originated from the revolutionary 60's, most people tend to associate tie dye as part of the signature hippie aesthetic that made its dominance during the infamous era. Its bold & vibrant colours plus its "resistant" nature in the use of dye are all necessary factors that contribute to the whole appeal with the classic print. *Now let's mute down the formality chileee*. I won't not lie to you, of all the prints in the world, tie dye is probably my least favourite of them all. In regards to my personal style, I tend to stay away from prints that are deemed  casual, bright & busy. Tie dye is all of those things to me honey. Personally, if it's not streamlined and minimal and well... expensive looking, then it's not for me. Period.

However, when you have brands like Zara who understand your dilemma, they have the power to make you think twice and they sure did with this show stopping piece. Every Monday and Thursday, when Zara publish their daily new in pieces (knowledge from an ex Zara Sales Assistant!) that 30 minute browsing session is pure heaven. Essentially, coming across this Printed T-shirt added to the experience.

As someone who loves muted/monochrome colour palettes, this was the perfect tie dye print for me and my personal style. Paired with Zara's signature high waist belted trousers and some heeled mules, I wanted to elevate the look and add a sense of formality that could be worked as an everyday look. If you want to add a pinch of tie dye into your wardrobe that is also super versatile, then this is the perfect item for you. Check out below on how I styled this piece, until next time!





Details

When In doubt, wear a jacket...


Fini


T-shirt - Zara
Trousers - Zara
Mules (Alternative) - Ego
Leather Jacket - Select
Pouch Bag - Asos 



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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Transitioning Into Spring 2020


Self isolation & social distancing has sadly come into play and I'm now forced to look like an everyday house girl as I sluggishly work from home. Absolutely brilliant! The only bright side to the situation is that the moment I wake up, I can skip the whole ceremony of getting ready and give myself unnecessary breaks here & there... I mean as long as you get the work done, then sis you're good!

As we welcome the rebirth of one of my favourite seasons, Spring! I wanted to create a transitional look which incorporated the trendiest pieces of the season. Mixing winter staples and Spring/Summer friendly accessories such as a good' ole pair of heeled mules is what I'm here for. Don't get it twisted, Spring in the UK can be very temperamental and with innate trust issues, I dress the same way I do in the winter with the exception of a huge coat and my staple heeled boots.

For today's look we are sporting my favourite go to look. 'A top and High Waist Tailored Trousers'.  With black being my staple colour, the sun really encouraged me to lighten the mood a little. Plus, I really wanted to try out my new accessories for the season, my Ivory White Ego Official Mules & my Bottega Veneta inspired pouch bag courtesy of ASOS. The perfect pieces you need to elevate your looks for the season ahead. Without any more further delay, here is my first transitional look into Spring! Dinner is served.


The Rebirth..



She Who Conceals



Fini

Turtleneck- Zara
Trousers - Zara
Mules - Ego (Sold out) Alternative
Pouch Bag - Asos
Chain Necklace - PrettyLittleThing


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Sunday, 8 March 2020

What Lies Beneath


"Poems are for artistically expressing your deepest thoughts and experiences" 
- She Who Conceals

You willingly fall for the bait
Entranced by my aura, though I am the very thing you hate
I reveal myself just enough to entice you, 
But conceal everything else just before I need you
A master of this craft, I know that I am a tease 
I call it the 'Reveal/Conceal' game
Are you ready to play?


I lure you in with my heart shaped lips,
To make you senseless
I wrap my boundless legs around you,
And leave you defenseless
This sheer dress that I am wearing,
Deepens your imagination,
Like Delilah, I can see that I am your fixation...

However, you are a Scorpio,
You can see through my act 
You can decipher my notorious game,
But like a King you are not fazed
Confident in who you are and what you attract,
You gladly play along but you maneuver with tact 
For the first time in my life, I feel like I've met my match

Our intense tides of lust become still
You ask me questions no man has ever asked before
With eyes so kind & sincere, 
I start to feel uncomfortable 
Fuck... I think I'm starting to get vulnerable
You see a chip in my armor
As I fall, I feel myself relinquishing my power
To you I willingly surrender,
My mind,
My thoughts,
My fears,
My deepest insecurities
You now know what lies beneath.
Me.
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Friday, 28 February 2020

Leather on Leather - Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2020





Buttery Leather
There’s something about the feel & look of leather that makes me tingle with pleasure. Its expensive & edgy aesthetic, plus its added versatility makes it a timeless piece that everyone should at least have in their collection.

The leather hype started to create a major storm last Autumn/Winter 2019 and its now become a transitional piece that has been pushed further this Spring/Summer 2020. Though leather has been around for a hot minute, we are starting to see variations of styles & lighter colour pallets being incorporated this season. From the catwalk, to our favourite style icons, leather is dominating the fashion scene and I don’t know about you, but I am jumping the bandwagon because it’s such a bad-ass look! 

The high street has definitely taken note and now we see a plethora of leathershirts, blazers and even leather look puffer jackets. I know! We are spoilt for choice! My favourite high street brand that is providing me the life I need for this trend at the moment is Zara. My home, my go-to and the one that I willingly go broke for… *sighs in Spanish*. However, they always kill it when it comes to offering trendy pieces & dupes to the market. I highly recommend!
Hailey Beiber, Khole Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian & me! 

A look that has stood out to me in a major way is the concept of layering your outfits together using the same fabric. Something as simple & effortless as this, has the ability to make a huge impact to any look. Seen with denim, leather has become the new fabric of choice and I’m absolutely loving it! With a diverse range of leather clothing currently seen in the market, this concept has been made possible. Having saved so many inspired looks on my Instagram, I was so ready to try this look out! Here it is guys, my take on the transitional all leather trend.


Dinner is served! 



Adrift…





Trousers - Zara
Shirt - Primark
Sneakers - Zara



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Friday, 31 January 2020

Sheer Is Here - Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2020

"If you’re going to do something, do it well"


Introduction

They say if you’re going to do something, do it well and guys that is an important principle that has been weighing my mind ever since I decided to recommit myself to blogging again. As an innate creative, there are times where you go through a drought and the things you love no longer inspire you to create. It’s tragic. However, I do believe it is important to have a break and prioritise the important things that will alleviate the pressures of “Adulting”. University was my bane and having recently graduated last summer while also securing a job in my field, for the first time in my life, I feel as though I'm journeying on a steady course. The tides are still and I can finally breathe. So here goes, bitches I'm back!

Sheer Is Here!

When it comes to the fashions, honey I always like to be on the look out on what's in & what's out and this seasons fashion forecast is all about 'What lies beneath' *winks winks. Sheer is here and I am totally obsessing over it! This Spring/Summer 2020 trend encompasses the classic 'less is more' principle, tied in with the use of wearing soft, flowy & sheer fabrics such as chiffon & tulle for that ultra-feminine look. This trend gives you the opportunity to show off your prettiest bras or like me...your chance to free the nipple. My favourite sport! This risqué aesthetic can be worn by anyone who dares to be bold. 


Mugler, Jacquemus & Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2020
Designers from Mugler, Jacquemus & Ermanno Scervino have all been sporting this trend on their catwalks, showcasing their own interpretation. With a plethora of sheer organza blouses to dresses seen on the high street, this trend can be taken even further with the use of your imagination. Understandably, it is still cold in these damn streets and nobody has the time to fall ill for the sake of fashion. However, I still wanted to interpret this trend my own way and of course, tailor it in a way that is still deemed suitable for these current weather conditions. 

Here is my interpretation of the sheer trend. 'All black everything' with an emphasis on soft mixed fabrics and playing around with unconventional silhouettes for that 'Wow!' effect. Dinner is served!









Skirt - Zara
Bag - Zara
Blouse - PrettyLittleThing
Boots - Asos

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