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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:
Scarves are a fashion accessory that can be spotted irrespective of the weather. According to quite a few members of our styling team, there are scarves for cold days and scarves for warmer days. Either way, scarves can be worn all through the year.
Scarves have a way of adding sophistication, class or a breezy and carefree vibe to your look. As an accessory, they are also versatile because they can be rocked by both men and women alike. They can be spotted around the neck, shoulders or as a head wrap. So, what are all the ways you might be able to wear a scarf? We have the perfect videos thanks to, Wendy's Lookbook and Wabosha Maxine.
Our selection of scarves is constantly growing. Feel free to click on each picture to shop the design or visit our Shoptiques store. The scarves, like all our pieces, have their individual stories from the various makers that supply us. Enjoy the stories, the entrepreneurial spirit and the designs we have available. More designs coming soon.
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.
Until sometime in September, it's still going to be considered summertime. This is the time when many of us have a love-hate relationship with the weather (or at least for me who lives in Arkansas where it can get quite hot, I do). I love the buzz of people walking the city streets and the smell of fresh cut grass but a lot of us hate to sweat. Especially, when we have long thick hair and for those of us that have short hair, we often look for cute styles that suit us. That's what this blog post is all about: Cutsie styles for the Back To School/ Quickly Approaching Fall Season look you may want tips for.
For 2016, I say bring out the flowers. Both short haired and long haired women with different hair textures can pull this look off. Whether you are putting your hair up in a bun and putting flowers around it or we opt for the flower halo that are popping up in stores across the US.
The great thing about these flower halos is that they can be worn in various ways which gives you options. You can wear them down on your forehead and then around your whole head or you can wear them slightly up in your bang area or even to the side. PS: Women of various backgrounds and from different cultures have been wearing flowers in their hair for centuries. So we've selected a bunch of shots from Pinterest to share with you and spark some creative ideas in you on how you can wear them. Do checkout the original pinners from our board: Hair & Women and see what other fun hair suggestions they are offering.
Now, another great thing about these flowery looks is that if you see something that you like but isn’t quite you, you can make your own (video tutorial coming soon from team LHO).
I’m also seeing more and more brides that are using flowers for more than just bouquets and centerpieces for their wedding day as well. Another thing I’m finding and appreciating is that in 2016 no one is looking for that perfect look because we are realizing there is no such thing as "perfect" and that that's great. So there is no one way to rock the boho flower look, in fact we encourage you to make it your own. How would you like the flowers to sit in your hair?. So don’t worry about having every piece in place because it doesn’t need to be. Get rid of that Snapchat filter with the fake flower headpiece and opt to be original with your very own!
Another reason I am loving these looks is they are not only popular but they can be quite romantic for a night out with your special someone.
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Peplums are a great addition to your closet and the best part about ours is that they are one size fits a village (read as, they are to be tied on, almost like a belt, so they can fit plenty of body types).
So enjoy the looks, shop the styles and do Small Business America a favor and tell a friend about us. Shopping from a Small Business helps create jobs, so help us spread the word.