Saturday, 24 March 2012

My Ensemble (OOTD): Spiked

SHOES: Nelly.com | DRESS: Market | BLAZER: New Look | SILK SCARF: Tie Rack | PEARLS: Topshop | BAG: Next

I put this outfit together for our Deja Vu feature at Amitee. The gorgeous Forget Your Boyfriend shoes were kindly sponsored by Nelly.com and were an absolute delight to style.

As ever, 

Rebecca-Monique

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Photo Diary #1

Top L-R: Jannette's Vivienne Westwood bag (I want); Hafsa's mac and cheese (mmm, yum); Little bubba's baptism arranged; Jeffrey Campbell shoes at the Office Summer Press Day (!); Mother's Day flowers;
Bottom L-R: Nelly.com Forget Your Boyfriend heels; Champagne chocolate truffles; Pizza Express dinner with a good friend (my go-to option: Romana Etna); Brides of Culture event; Picked up Black Hair magazine (really great issue).

What have you been up to this past week?

As ever, 

Rebecca-Monique


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Bag Envy | Ted Baker 'Agathis' Quilted Shoulder Bag

I had a much-needed early dinner with a dear friend this past Thursday and, as per usual, had my eye on her accessories. I loved her Ted Baker bag: it's classy, elegant and chic (just like her, in fact). To be honest, it was as if she was a walking endorsement for them because her purse (Ronnee Heart Leather Continental, pictured) and make-up bag -which, fair enough, were presents- were also TB branded.


I admire how Ted Baker has reached success without any form of advertising, just word of mouth. It gives the brand a different appeal compared to its highly marketed counterparts.

Have you bought anything from Ted Baker recently?

As ever, 

Rebecca-Monique


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Friday, 2 March 2012

Going Natural

I've decided to go on a journey: a natural hair journey. I haven't relaxed (chemically straightened) my hair in six months, so it's fair to say I've already come a substantial way in that voyage. I'm not brave enough to do the big chop so I'll transition (grow out my hair) for about another year and then, when I feel completely ready, will cut off the relaxed ends.

I picked up a few extra new hair products and tools a few weeks ago- just before I took out my weave- to help me through it all. Lord knows a decent wide-toothed comb is a must. After hearing some great things about the TRESemé Naturals Conditioner, I was eager to try it, and it's become a staple part of my hair care regimen.

 Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo; Aussi Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner ; TRESemmé Natuarals Conditioner ; Mizani Supreme Oil ; Shea Butter ; Eco Styler Gel.

Hair clips; rollers; dryer bonnet; wide-toothed comb; Denman brush.

Since the age of 9, I've chemically treated my hair and started wearing weaves a year and a half ago. I don't know what came over me to make such a decision but I just got the overwhelming urge to embrace what God blessed me with. To be honest, I find it quite a hassle to maintain a hair texture (straight) that I was not born with. Going natural isn't for everyone; heck it might not even be for me, but I want to give it a serious go.



I love my 'fro, though it's not all natural yet. Now I totally understand when naturals say that you really have to prepare yourself mentally 'cause there are loads of bad hair days; loads of  detangling sessions; loads of the "hmm, it's different" comments. As I'm hopeless at keeping up with styling my hair daily, I'll be wearing it in protective styles for a while, e.g. braids, and twists.     

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Have you thought about going natural, or vise versa, if you've got caucasian hair, have you considered going curly (i.e. getting a perm)?

As ever, 

Rebecca-Monique