Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Accra: 03 +10 =13

Alali: A child born in October, in a season of celebration!

My friends and I love to feel cute with ourselves. The trip to Ghana was for a bunch of us and people kept dropping out until it was just us 3 Alalis - Member, Oroma and Me- Ocotber's Very Own (OVO).

Straight from the airport and into the night
03, 10, 13... why those numbers? Member's 3rd October, Oroma's 10 and add them both and you have me, 13th! Don't ask who came up with that.

Needless to say, we had a fabulous time in our 3 nights or so in the city of Accra. Fashion, food and shopping kept us busy the entire time. Meet our friend, Ziggy who owns the shop we wanted to buy out. He gave us new names except me though: Andie, Bandie (Oroma) and Candie (Member) and Ziggy tagged himself Dandie and declared us family and made friendship bracelets to seal the deal. Jokes! He's the funniest fellow I've met in a while!
That Ziggy (Dandie) on the right posing with our friendship bracelets and his bff on the streets, 

And my outfit du jour:
Earrings: Mina Stones
Necklace: Gift from South Africa
Top: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Purse: Zara
Slippers: Topshop
Feast your eyes on how we coloured the ancient city of Accra - it has an old feel to it or maybe it's just me...
Me with Ghanaian designer, Mina Evans. Visit her website here
 Necklace: H&M
Blouse: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Zara
Wedge Heels: New Look
Don't know how I didn't get one of these
Wait! Are those...? Oh my!

I want everything!
Oroma doing the bookmark selection
Look what ended up on my arm
Bookmarks, snatched by my colleagues once I brought em out
Movenpick, ugly outside, beautiful inside with an awesome Sunday Brunch. A must have whenever you visit Accra

This fly begged for it. Needing to take a swig at our bubbly... eugh!

Later that day, Oroma stepped out for a designers' cocktail event to round up the fashion week
Oroma in Alali Boutique
After this post, I'll be gone till December. I'm missing out on so much but 'tis for a little while. This too shall pass. x

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I heart Alali + Christie Brown

It's been a month since my last post. I'm glad to tell you I have my camera back! In the past month I've turned 25, started doing a 60-day high intensity cardio work out called Insanity, travelled to Ghana for the very first time, been reading for  my exam, CFA level 1, which is the primary reason I have been absent from the blogosphere.

The trip to Ghana was a birthday gift to myself and the timing couldn't have been more perfect, it was the weekend of the first ever Ghana Fashion and Design Week! I went with my 'Alalis' - details of the Ghana trip in the next post. I got the opportunity to work backstage with Alali Boutique (a personal love) and while there, fell in love with Christie Brown too! The jewellery used to style the Christie Brown collection is by Nigerian Ghana-based designer, Tebazile. Here are a little more than a few backstage photos... Enjoy!

Model mugshots... hehe!
The calm before the storm
Check out this instagram shot for Alali. Models ready to go and I love the mesh head pieces
Alali Boutique

And Christie Brown:

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