To the Motherland

I can't remember if I've ever shared the first place I ever called home, so this post is dedicated to Africa. Though I moved at the age of 4; Tanzania is where I was born and therefore will always hold a special place in my heart.

My collaboration with Sarauniya- an Africana inspired clothing line which is based in New York City and made in Ghana has been one for the books. It's been awhile since I've felt so at home, while being away. The story behind this look: my parents took a trip back to Tanzania summer '16 and brought me back various items, one of which was the fabric that I styled to be the headpiece in this look.

I was 19 years old, a freshman in college, no capital, no entrepreneurial experience, and no formal education in business. It’s been a quite a journey and I’m humbled at how far I’ve come.
— Hadiza

I love supporting companies that take the time to design and hand-make each item. The founder, Hadiza, is living in NYC where she sketches new collections and sends them back to Ghana to be made. The reason for this system is to make jobs in Ghana for women in hopes of improving their social and economic status.

So if you need some African print in your life be sure to check out Sarauniya!

Photographer: Stephen Klise

Adventures in Alaska

Another weekend has come and gone, therefore another adventure to share with you guys! I strongly believe that a trip to a new city can only be complete but working with locals in the area. It's almost been a year since the move to Alaska and I finally made it down to the big city of Anchorage. I wanted to make sure I got to work some new people so I set out looking high and low on various social media sites and reaching out to various creatives. With a lot of last minute planning, late night group texts, and hard work I'm happy to say with the help of some amazing ladies- we whipped this together.

Happy Friday!

Photographer: Sara Olivia Photography

Dress Boutique: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Florist: Alaska Knit Knat

Dresses: Pure Magnolia and Bel Aire Bridal

Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils

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Summertime Fine

After what felt like a never ending winter, all the snow is gone and the sun has come out to play in Alaska. One of the greatest perks of this place are the long warm days. I had an eight hour work day, went to the gym, made dinner, ate it, got ready, and started taking photos at 9pm! That's right- we didn't start till 9. Here are some new spring looks I put together, with the help of some stylish pieces from Chen Burkett! If you've never heard the name then you're missing out on some of the most stylish African styled clothes, but you're in luck.

I've partnered with Chen to bring readers 20% off her website by using the code "Anita". This code will work all weekend long from July 3rd to the 5th! Get your cards out and get ready to update your summer closet with the cutest tops and bottoms.

Cheers to the weekend xoxo

Photographer: Mary Webb

Flower Power

Spring for me means that all things floral are brought out of hiding- anything from dresses to bottoms. I'm usually weary of online shopping on new sites but recently checked out Ami Clubwear and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of all the items I got, like these black floral bottoms.

The floral palazzo pants which have been dubbed my butt pants; in my opinion are cute, comfortable, stylish and make my behind look like a million bucks. What's not to love? The original price is $30 however this site is always having a sale and can be found at $10. In need of some new summer clothes, or other online options- then make sure to check out amiclubwear.com.

I have a few more items that I'll be sure to share with you guys this month! xoxo

Photographer: Shiana McLean

Bad Mother Vintage

I can't believe it's already April- there's still plenty of snow all around Alaska but luckily it's warmed up enough for me to bring out my spring wardrobe.

I say it often and I mean it every time, but I never stop feeling fortunate for all the creative souls I meet and get to work with. I stumbled upon one of the cutest vintage stores in Fairbanks- Bad Mother Vintage and I've been obsessed ever since the first time I worked with them. I picked out this off the shoulder dress and paired it with some new ballerina styled shoes and stepped out for some photos.

About a year ago I came across a photo with colorful smoke in the background and have loved the effect of a smoke bomb in a photo since. I decided to order some for my first shoot with local photographer Shiana, and here are just some of the photos from our adventure. This young, fun, free spirited girl has been taking photos for seven years and I was so happy to get to have her capture me.

I love portraits. Especially when you capture the essence of the person in that portrait. I love the artistic freedom that it gives me to create something beautiful that will last forever.
— Shiana McLean

Now you've met two of my favorite companies in Alaska, so get ready to see a lot more of their work all over my blog and Instagram. Hope you all have an amazing weekend! xoxo

Photographer: Shiana McLean