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COLOUR CODE : WHITE

BLANK SPACE




What better way to express WHITE than blank space itself. Like an artist's canvas or a writers page, the mind in all its emptiness.
White conveys a sense of purity. Inspiration itself. Stare long enough into thin air,  nothingness, sometimes spiritual, sometimes instinctive. The colour white helps set the tone. 


It is innocence, winter, freedom, oceans & calm.
It is beauty and clarity.


Image credits : Sara Winkle via Midland shop; mini artefacts



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CRAFTING IDENTITY : EFFECTS OF DIGITAL MEDIA ON SELF, EGO AND SOCIAL IDENTITY

Is a picture near perfect enough to post?

These are the many questions that raises in our minds. With the age of social media comes a certain anxiety,  to look good in pictures . It's our own way of retelling our stories,  reshaping our narratives, and perhaps feeling good about ourselves. The likes,  comments are what we live for, literally and non literally.

I am in complete awe of celebrities who have given up social media, Instagram being the most popular for the sake of their peace.

It is quite beautiful, and honest perhaps. I cannot but imagine the bother that has been eased off their hands and minds.

There is pressure on one hand, perfection on the other, even as I type these texts. The former and later being as a result of the effortless way which we may want to seem. The Frenchs have defined effortless as being perhaps really effortful.  Such is the life of every millennial...

We have been plagued with this amazing gift of freedom, self expression, instant gratification …

ON ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE FASHION

Ethical fashion is a broad term that covers various subjects in fashion, from fairness in trading relationships with employees, to standard of clothing, health of clothing, & longevity.

Ethical fashion encourages for fashion to be accountable, caring, safe, fair, long lasting, and above all in doing this cultural/artisanal skills and heritage are preserved from generation to generation.

An immense number of brands are participating in this global act of fashion consciousness. From Christopher Raeburn to Stella McCartney, Nkwo & People tree to name a very few.

I have followed and also have been a keen lover of the philosophies of  two makers in particular;

People tree
Nkwo

People tree is a pioneer in the sustainable and fair trade fashion movement, based in the UK and working closely with local farmers and artisans in India. They empower communities, creating clothes that are long lasting, beautiful and ethical.

People Tree UK
I first came across Nkwo's Nkwo Onwuka in a vi…

THE WOVEN BASKET BAGS

MIDLAND BLACK AND WHITE WOVEN BAG
All of a sudden, we are being swept by an awe of the woven bag. The circle cross body seems to be a favourite amongst fashion buyers. I first fell in love with the woven bags made by Ghanian design brand A.A.K.S. They were indeed a beauty. Am yet to come up close to view the detail of the craftmanship, but I've been told they are a beauty. 
This one above is quite a different one, being my very first black and white sightings amongst the pool of nudes, browns, and straw coloured counterparts.
It's safe to say this new faves have come to stay. 

Image credits: Midland Shop; Black & white woven bag.

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ON BODY, SELF ACCEPTANCE & STYLE

As a tool for accepting oneself, fashion helps with the discovery, exploration and experimentation with one's style. This only comes of course with a willingness to try new things, an openness to change and mostly a sense of satisfaction at every point of the journey. You'll not be the hero at first, but with a clear sense of purpose, one can rarely go wrong in the end. 
You learn to explore your body, realising your colour palettes, your texture favourites, your overall target outlook, and you begin to piece them together style by style, adding and eliminating the pieces you have no use fo anymore. A little help using a mood board can also play a vital role in this journey, chronicling your style from then to now. 
Fashion can teach you confidence, if you just trust it. Remember every other person wants a bit of what you've got, You have been a star all along.


Image courtesy: Catzorange.
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