For whatever reason, a new year fills humans with hope and excitement. It’s quirky, isn’t it? The chance to “start over” is given to us not once a year, but every day. Every moment is filled with opportunities to change, to be better people, to love more and fear less. As you enter your 2011, remember that where you are right now is the sum of where you were 365 yesterdays ago.
So, put on your future-seeing goggles and dream of what and where you want to be December 31st, 2011. Then, dream bigger. Everything is possible!
Happy 2011 beautiful brown people!
The shop is live! Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture from the beginning!
My siblings, Itunu, Mercy, Tolu and Goodness! Damon, Lupe, Maria and Teisha who were my first models! My favorite codesista, Lau!
And I thank God above all for the inspiration and the strength for perspiration.
Aija Reine, my dear friend Olayide Oseni’s clothing line, is nothing but gorgeous!
She writes that she finds her inspiration from African culture, describing her muse, ankara as “a daring, confident, and glamorous woman who speaks volumes through her presence and sensuality. These pieces represent the symphony of tradition fused with an avant-garde.”
Certainly you can feel the confidence the models have wearing these down the runway!
Olaide also runs an online boutique called The Next Aisle (busy woman!) with exquisite pieces of jewelry. Don’t take my word for it:
Yes! That’s right! Our last Cupcakes & Conversation of 2010 is this Saturday, December 4, 2010. Same place: 501 S Spring Street #866 in downtown Los Angeles. Same time: 7pm.
We’ll also be previewing Ankara & Lace so you definitely want to be there!
Finally it’s here! Today we launch Ankara & Lace: a line of bold and beautiful jewelry and accessories.
Ankara & Lace is an expression of those who identify as bold and beautiful. This winter, we offer pieces made from Dutch wax fabrics known as ankara as well as modern kente prints. We also have accessories made from parts of lace used in the beautiful outfits worn in many West African countries. There are earrings and bracelets, brooches and shoe clips, and many more to come.
The shop opens up on Monday, December 6, 2010; however, this weekend at Cupcakes & Conversation we’ll be giving an exclusive preview to attendees.
For inquiries, contact ann [at] Afrolicious [dot] com
The beginning of a new year is always a fun way to trick yourself into thinking about starting something over, learning a new skill, eating healthy, losing weight and so on. As it turns out, you can start these things at any point in time. The calendar is just a nice way to keep everything in order.
But why not start now? It’ll take a while before you develop those new habits needed to achieve your yearly goals, so the sooner you start the better you’ll be three weeks into the following year.
This week, I’ll be featuring three 365 projects I’ve come across over the internet. Not all of them began at the beginning of a calendar year, but each of them are complete or nearly complete. Stay tuned!
What are some changes you’d like to make in your life next year? New habits you’d like to form? How can you start them now so you’ll be in motion by the time the new year swings through?
We’re cooking up something in the Afrolicious kitchen for y’all. It hits the web December 1st, 2010 but I wanted to give y’all a little sneak peek.
Want some more? Watch this space on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 for the big announcement. And, if you’re in Los Angeles on on Saturday, December 4, 2010 you’re totally invited to touch and see the Afrolicious goodness. Details to come!
Bye for now!
Continuing with the theme of creators this week, I have a varied collection of pieces to share. You may know her a bit from yesterday’s feature on Faith; as it turns out, they’re close friends Check out these pieces made by Estasha (@LadyDutchess):
Styled by Estasha. Can you say another beautiful black woman? Again, on my hunt for seriously bold accessories, I found Estasha through Faith who was wearing one of her fabric pieces pictured below. Gorgeous, right?
How in the world did she ever come up with this? Actually, funny story…
That necklace was named after and inspired by my soul sista Faith. We went shopping one day & she fell in love with this chain necklace that was insanely overpriced. I had to beg her not to buy it because I felt like it was something I could make in 5 minutes for $5. But days after I could tell that the necklace was still haunting her so I told her I would make her one. Long story short, I got inspired by her personality & completely flipped the design to reflect how I saw her; colorful, regal, Afrocentric, and vibrant. It was nothing like the necklace she wanted so thank God she loved it!
It seems Estasha has a gift for capturing people’s essence. Makes for a good stylist, I think.
Estasha’s searches out beauty and puts everyday and unusual materials in her creations.
Simply put I just love to make beautiful things. Whether it be through the pieces of jewelry I create, or styling photo shoots, or painting. I just love to reflect the beauty I see everyday around me. I feel the most like myself when Im creating and to me there’s no greater high.