Wednesday 30 November 2011

Alek Wek news article

Alek Wek who went hungry as a child in Sudan couldn't believe people 'chose not to eat' when she started out in the fashion industry

The model knows how it feels to go hungry. She grew up in Southern Sudan during the civil war where her family survived off food their mother had grown in the garden.

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Monday 28 November 2011

Sunday 27 November 2011

It's almost here!

I mean Christmas of course! The season has already started on our high streets with christmas decorations springing up everywhere and of course the TVads.
Anyone seen any Coca Cola xmas ads yet?
There have also been some great events happening for those interested in handmade, unique goods, with a cultural vibe.
The next one will be Afridiziak on Saturday the 3rd December. It's a day long event with workshops, childrens' activities and a raffle with the Jimmy Akingbola, off Holby City, making a guest appearence. After you've shopped there's even an after party from 7pm till late. Now you won't get that at Westfield!
 Just looking at the list of sellers it's going to a great event! I'm going be doing some gift shopping myself as I know I will be getting high quality goods at reasonable prices.
Cabbi Arts and Textiles will be there with bags, cushions and clothing and textiles accessories.

This annual event will be held in south London, do click here for directions. Hope to see you there!

Sunday 20 November 2011

All is well in the world...

...when you can spend time and laugh with old friends! Well done to the birthday girl Mrs Clarke-Grant! Had a great time cruising and dining in style on the Thames. Glad to see we're all still a little bit crazy after all these years!

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Living Doll!

Not a scene from some horror movie!

I attended a first aid training day course today and these are the resuscitation models we practised on. I have been looking to do a course like this for a while, so jumped at the chance when I spotted this one on the Stephen Lawrence Centre website.
I can now put you in the recovery position, perform CPR, clear your airway if choking; as well as dress your wounds and put your arm in a sling. Of course I hope to never have to use these skills (or rather attempt to use them) but one of the many good points made today was: it’s about giving someone in trouble more time, until the professionals arrive.
Performing CPR can give someone an extra few minutes which can make the difference, of not just surviving but avoiding brain damage. Despite years of watching ER, Casualty, and Scrubs, I learned CPR is actually about pumping oxygen to the brain, not restarting the heart, that’s the paramedics and doctors jobs. Also you don’t actually have to do the mouth to mouth part to successfully perform CPR, unless the unconscious person is Idris Elba, then I think it’s actually compulsory!

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Monday 14 November 2011

Fashion Designer Willi Smith 1948-1987

Not to be confused with Jada's man Will Smith, this guy is another under rated designer often omitted from the fashion history books.
Award winning Willi Smith was a successful African American designer who after training at the prestigious Parsons School of Design set up his own company   WilliWear. He created an easy to wear style of clothing, influenced by sportswear and it's use of fabrics such as stretch jerseys and sweat shirting, which was an innovation back in the 1970s! This designer was ahead his time. Gone too soon to see the rise of casual couture and black urban street fashion being appropriated onto the catwalks of Paris and Milan, but hopefully not forgotten.

This has got to be the cutest label ever!

Willi Smith with his model sister Toukie
Fashion Television has this exclusive video, of the designer and his work, which looks like it was filmed shortly after his death. 
Unfortunately it's not easy to find images of his work online, althought it seems his company is still active in one form or another. Have a google and try find out more or check out this link: Tribute to Fashion Icon Willi Smith

Friday 11 November 2011

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OF THE YEAR: Is this Britain’s most inspiring mother?

This week the Daily Mail newspaper launched their fifth Inspirational Women of the Year Awards, in association with well being of women and BHS.  This is an article about Doreen Lawrence who has continued to seek justice for her son Stephen Lawrence for the past 18 years since his death. Can't believe it's been that long!

Please find out more about the Stephen Lawrence Trust and the programmes they provide benefiting a wide range of the community and nominate Doreen Lawrence!

Stephen Lawrence Centre designed by David Adjaye

You can nominate by email to:
Or post nominations to: Inspirational Women of the Year Awards, c/o Femail, Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT. Closing date for entries is December 5, 2011.

Wednesday 9 November 2011

MTN Lagos Fashion and Design Week

Say Hello to My Little Friend!

After a busy weekend, glad I got this little economical juicer. I'm discovering different combinations and flavours that you just can't get from the shop bought stuff.
Favourites so far:Beetroot, Carrot and Apple. For a green juice I recommend: Cucumber,Celery, Fennel (had to google that one!), Apple and little bit of Ginger. Get juicing ya'll!

At the Mosaic event, last weekend, I sampled some lovely juice from Punch and Juicy