November 27, 2016

4 London Labels You Don't Know About But Should

Londoners do not play when it comes to their sense of style. (Honestly hoping that I have absorbed some of their slay during my time here.) Here are some dope London labels/stores that you probably don't know about but definitely should (in no particular order):

1. Dirty Rich 

This London based clothing line specializes in creating dope clothing with an impact. I stumbled upon their flagship store in Camden Market and purchased a hoodie from their collaboration collection with Rebel Youth (on sale I might add).

2. Lazy Oaf
I honestly don't remember how I found out about this brand but I am in LOVE. This independent British street wear label is quirky and cute yet honestly so fab. They've done collaborations with DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and the like. The flagship store is in Soho and for all my Londoners, they are having an archive sample sale this upcoming weekend at Studio Nine!! For all of my non-Londoners, (including myself in about three week's time *insert crying emoji*) they offer worldwide shipping AND a student discount! You're welcome.

3. Daolondon
I discovered Daolondon at their stall at Afropunk London (which was incredible) and immediately followed them on Instagram. As a young Sierra Leonean (represent), African prints always catch my eye but it wasn't just the African print that drew me in. Think Matte Brand meets West Africa in the chicest way possible. Crop tops with print and chiffon and maxi dresses made out of cotton with a print lining. I know. It's hot. And yes, they deliver worldwide. 

4. Rokit
This one is for all of my vintage lovers. Rockit has a huge selection of vintage finds literally dating back to the thirties. I discovered this gem while wandering along Brick Lane a couple of weeks ago and have been plotting on my next windbreaker ever since. They also offer worldwide delivery. 

Well my loves, I hope I have enlightened you and given you some suggestions to add to that Christmas list. (;

Stay Profashional.



November 17, 2016

Young Empress #OOTD

Yes, I know. This shirt is the embodiment of my inner (and outer) African Empress.

Thankfully, these autumn days haven't been too cold in London. Cloudy of course but not freezing so I'll take it. I decided to dress up a bit for class today to give myself a little extra energy boost. (The better you look, the better you feel, right?) I picked out this plaid mini skirt from Zara and paired it with my new favorite boots from Ego Shoes. I threw on some tights and my leather jacket from Topshop to give off an overall grungy London vibe (I think anyways lol). This CUSTOM made t-shirt was drawn by visual artist and founder of Listen Vision Gallery, Andrea Noel. I came up with the concept and she brought my African Empress to life!

Exactly one month left until I leave this amazing city and the feeling is bittersweet. I'm going to soak in as much as I can and will continue to share my experiences with you all!

Be sure to check out Listen Vision Gallery on Facebook! You can get your own Empress shirt here and browse through some other dope designs.

And a special shoutout to my favorite photographer/vlogger, @NRGPhotographs (who also happens to be the dopest person I know).

Stay Profashional, my loves.


November 03, 2016

When in Rome...

I know the title is cliche but in all honesty, when else would I ever get to to use it!? Last week during my Fall Break my mom and I traveled to Roma, Italia!

Yes, this was the best birthday I have ever had. I turned 21 in London and got to explore the capital of Italy.

My mom and I arrived in Italy and took in everything the city had to offer. We visited every top attraction, ate every type of pizza and browsed through every designer shop.

St. Peter's Basilica
The world's largest church of Christianity is even more beautiful than you think it is. The Holy Door is cast in bronze and the mesmerizing dome was designed by none other than Michelangelo.

We went on a Sunday right after the service and only had to wait in line for 45 minutes (which is nothing compared to what the usual wait time is). Unfortunately, we were unable to visit the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum being that they close on Sunday but we still had a blast soaking in all the faith and artwork.

The Pantheon
I know you have heard about the Pantheon and seen it in numerous history books. It is the most well preserved Roman temples and is even in use today as a church!
My mom being super cute (per usual)

The Colosseum
The massive stone amphitheater took my breath away each and every single time we passed it. Its sheer massiveness is enough to stop you in your tracks and the history (which I won't get into) is just as mesmerizing. This was definitely my favorite attraction.
One of many selfies because A. My mom bought me a selfie stick and B. She is the absolute cutest

Food & Drink 
I know. This is what you all have been waiting for. First I'll start off by saying that even if you don't drink coffee, you MUST get a cup whilst in Italy. My mom is not a coffee drinker and she had two cups! Also, ham took on a whole new meaning in Italy. Prosciutto and mozzarella pizza is everything I have ever wanted. BUT beware, prosciutto crudo is uncooked and prosciutto cotto means it's cooked. In all honestly, everything we ate was wonderful and fresh. If you don't go to Italy for anything, go to eat.

General Observations
Some general things I noticed are that Italians smoke a lot. Around children, right outside store fronts and restaurants, etc. There is even a glass smoke room inside the airport with pipes leading directly outside. Something else that caught my eye was the amount of frills. Every teenage girl I saw was wearing some type of frill whether it was a frilly shirt, pants, skirt, handbag or shoes, there were frills everywhere. One last thing which is more of a tip really is to do your Italian designer shopping in Italy. I guess this may seem quite obvious but if you are visiting the country, you can claim the 22% tax you paid at the airport before you leave. 22%! For example, being the nosey person I am, I saw a receipt at the airport for €7,000 from Fendi which meant that the individual received €1,540 back!

Have you been to Rome? What are some of your favorite spots? Comment and let me know!

Stay Profashional, my loves!

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