Music and fashion are a lovely combination...
The LHo Team
There is a story behind almost every creation we produce and carry. Learn more about one of the winter sets we created on Polyvore and after, enjoy some dancing from the Triplets Ghetto Kids ft. the late Alex Mubanga.
Music and fashion are a lovely combination...
The LHo Team
A Day On Set:
Shooting Rooftop locations with French model Nora Azz,
Styled by Ellie Dickinson of Topshop.
Hair/ Makeup and Photography by Laura Bloomer.
London embodies grace and elegance. While being a busy
major city, that reality is easily forgotten by the never far lush greenery and sense of rich culture.
Today we have access to all this from our rooftop location
in St James Park, Central London. Our team
consists of French model Nora Azz and Stylist Ellie Dickinson (reigning from Topshop glory).
Photographer/ Hair and Makeup are done by yours truly, Laura Bloomer.
I’m excited to invite you to the behind the scenes insights of what happens on a shoot! This first note is pretty common, and a life skill really! Success for today starts the day before. In other words – we need to ensure we are prepared! Some shoots will have months of planning beforehand; this will consist of:
Back to my shoot preparation, I pretty much like to leave NOTHING for the actual day except for me just turning up. In my preparation for a shoot day, I will make sure I have the following things done:
Loafers are not for everyone. My sister-in-law made that very clear in the most hilarious comment after I posted a few pix via Instagram that of course went on my Facebook wall (I am always trying to sell someone something). However, through liquidation purchases, we were able to acquire a few pairs. They are actually quite popular. Fashion to me is about nonverbal communication. You want people to hear/ know/ understand something about you without having to use words. Studies by the New York Times (and various communication classes I took) state that at least 65% of communication is nonverbal. As a designer, I have come to realize part of that communication comes from how we dress. Whether you are choosing to wear your hair a certain way, wear your makeup a certain way or not wear makeup at all… you are trying to say something. So I ordered the bale with the loafers because I thought why not? I have only ever owned one pair of loafers in my life since I love and live for heels and that pair happened to come from the same sister-in-law who complained about loafers. We are the same shoe size... I acquired these bad boys and have rocked them ever since. My childhood was made up of always stealing our mother's shoes (heels) and lipstick from her purse (dear siblings, cousins & best friends, if you dare release any photographic evidence of my early lipstick wearing years it's ON). Ahem. I digress.
However, after musing over certain topics with my team and assigning various topics to certain bloggers, I decided I would take on loafers. I can’t be a one-trick-pony as a designer. I mean, I was super excited when I got the call from Lawrence Adisa after he had been back to his home state of New York and said Ankara & Dashikis had hit all over the streets. He had finally seen live, what I had been sharing with him as a style & wardrobe consultant for his productions and red carpet premieres and he loved it! I had always wanted to dress him, and the rest of the cast and crew in pieces that showcased the independent fashion world (and in the process created jobs for the people who sell, make and get me the textiles to work with). So I can’t be closed off to styles when I (and many others) are trying to push for a whole other wave of red carpet & everyday awesomeness.
Ankara Fest LA
So in short, if I want to be able to cater to those clients too, I can’t live in a box while hoping to dress the world. So I took on a topic I wouldn’t normally have written about and thought… let me see if I can convince myself to break out of my little shell and while we were pinning away at the Noble Coffee & Tea on Logan street in Downtown Noblesville, I realized that yes, I would be willing to give these bad-boys more room in my shoe purchases for both personal and styling purposes. I saw the loafers with a bow and a part of me fainted in sheer bliss.Shoes of all types apparently make me very happy. I also apparently love bows (insert shocked face here) and so here I am, trying to convince you to give loafers a chance, in case you hadn’t before. Loafers look best with rolled up pants or with the skinny jeans/ pants. Loafers add that exotic vibe to a suit. They give off the vibe that you are a well-seasoned traveler and simply stopping by whatever city you are in for business or pleasure on your way to wherever else you have to go. Loafers can be dressed both up or down by all sexes and for ladies, they can be a comfortable relief to heels esp. for long work days. So why not? Right?
So do enjoy our slideshow that showcases our Ankara bags, shirts & shoes in LA being modeled by producer & actor, Lawrence Adisa and his gorgeous wife Camille, as well as loafers being rocked all the way from Africa to America. As always, thanks for making your way to our site and remember, in all your fashion adventures to try and SHOP SMALL BIZ. Your dollars begin to make a difference the moment you allow them to (where you shop matters).
E. A. Wasonga
PS: To hire our team for a style consult or to custom create a look for you, please send us an e-mail. We'd love to work with you.
We are more than thrilled to announce that The Muncie Citywide Comedy Jam is back and better than ever. See you on the 27th of August and the historic Cornerstone Center For The Arts. Until then, you can enjoy some of our footage from previous shows and if your city/ town is hosting local events, be sure to attend and support the local scene in your area. It makes a difference. If you spot us at any upcoming events, stop by, say hi and take a few selfies with us.
Happy Friday Small Biz Supporters,
Our boutique is on the road this weekend. We're headed to Kansas City, Kansas, for Taste Of Africa Fest. We hope to see you there and if you see us, come up and say hi & take a few selfies with our team. If you would like to partner with us for an event, do get in touch.
We would also like to extend a hearty thank you to Mayor Mark Holland, Jackie Carlson of The Office of Planning & Business Services & Elijah Njogu, Founder & CEO of Taste Of Africa Fest, Kansas City for inviting us back for a second year. Choosing to partner with a Small Business for such occasions is what strengthens Small Biz America. We truly appreciate the opportunity.
Good morning & happy Monday
(Yes Mondays can be happy too)
We wanted to let you know of the fun selection we have in-store that you can preview as well as purchase right off of our facebook fanpage, before they get on our SHOP ONLINE page on Shoptiques.
Also enjoy a little shout out from Ky-enie. He's our latest celebrity to dress. He was on tour with Richie Spice on the East Coast and after one of our team members reached out to him, he decided he wanted to rock one of our (soon to be released) Adisa Collection T-Shirts. Ky-enie hails from Jamaica! He composed Rain, one of the tracks from the Shottas soundtrack. Ky-enie, like the Adisa Family & many other celebrities are standing up and choosing to support, shop & invest in Small Business Enterprises. Have you??
World Music Lovers are still mourning; Papa Wemba is gone!!
It's heading to about 2 month since he past on but there was so much to this man that I could not pass up an opportunity to pen about him and the recognition he brought to Congo. His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. But you can’t talk about Papa Wemba without talking about 3 things:
1) His very soft angelic Rumba voice that transcended age: Originally, the term rumba was used as a synonym in northern Cuba for "party". However various forms of rumba spread globally. America had a version and so did Africa by the 1940s and it was the likes of Papa Wemba who helped introduced the world to Congolese-Rumba with hits like: Maria Valencia, Est-ce que, Show Me the Way and my favorite Proclamation. Regardless of how old you were his music transcended generations. I could watch videos from the 80s with my parents and my parents could watch his new stuff that he had released more recently with me. In fact even before his death there were all kinds of renditions of his songs. Alongside is one track that was a especially popular in East Africa. Rail on as done by Oliver & Maryam.