I find it so cute to see little girls in their African print skirts and dresses. My daughter is 2 now and owns 2 dresses made in African prints. I love making her wear it to the daycare even though my husband doesn’t feel 100% about it: “you’re gonna make her feel weird” What he doesn’t know is that African prints have become so popular that my girl is a “celebrity” at the daycare when she wears her colorful dresses! At 2 years old, I don’t find her too young to be taught how beautiful and rich the culture that she comes from is. It just has to be done in a tasteful manner.
We’re absolutely loving the new hat collection of the Nigerian brand, 24. They decided to showcase 4 major Nigerian tribes with a collection of 4 different caps. Each one of those caps carries a symbol representing Benin, Igbo, Yorunba and Hausa tribes.
I’m a big believer in the importance of women empowering women. Since I started blogging, I must admit that I’ve reached out to quit a few bloggers. I’m extremely happy and positively surprised with the level of help that some women are ready to give. They’ve answered my questions, agreed to talk to me on the phone and given me precious pieces of advice.
From June 27th to July 2nd 2017, the Dakar Fashion Week was celebrating its 15 years. It’s been 15 years now since Adama Paris, African fahion guru, had the “crazy” idea of creating a fashion week in Dakar (Senegal), placing that city as a major fashion capital alongside Lagos in Nigeria and Johannesburg in South Africa.
When I first started Pop Corn & Paillettes almost a year ago, I did it almost impulsively. I felt that it was the right time, I sat down on my computer and created it from scratch sitting on my couch in my living room. My friends and family members would then congratulate me for my “courage” and encourage me to continue.
The very well-known Dutch company, Vlisco, which celebrated its 170th last year doesn’t cease to amaze us with its intricate fabric designs and eye-catching patterns. Though I’m a huge wax lover, I recently fell in love with this magnificent 100% silk scarf that Vlisco’s just put up for sale.
Diana Opoti is my go-to fashion personality when it comes to learning about trends in African fashion. She is the ultimate ambassador and advocate for a diverse African fashion industry. She started positioning herself as a leader the promotion of African fashion in 2014 when she created her show, Designing Africa. Artemis, the media company that she launched in 2012 produced and distributed that show which main goal was to highlight the work of young creatives and emerging designers across Africa.
On a Saturday night, a few weeks ago, my husband and I were able to have the kids baby-sat. It doesn’t happen often so we decided to make the most out of that outting and have food in a special place. That place was Le Virunga, the new African Restaurant in Montreal.
For me, impulsive shopping is a thing of the past. I now take my time to figure out what I really need. Can you imagine that I even go as far as having wishlists!? A list of things that I want and believe it or not, I usually end up being able to purchase most of the items on that list. Now how long does it take to get it all? That’s another story! I’m still a huge shopper, but I find myself buying more pieces that I actually wear as opposed to owning pieces and finding myself giving them away before even wearing them. Remember the old saying “patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”? Well, I now know what it means.