african style

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

New Year

They say that you can't move forward without first taking a look back. It's a new year and my first post is from my last collaboration in 2015.

When I first started blogging, I didn't have a blog- I was just a girl with an Instagram. Eight months ago after a few failed attempts at making a website and starting a blog I finally did it! The "it" meaning writing my first actual post. It hasn't been easy but boy has it been worth it.

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across a giveaway for a skirt by Chen Burkett. It was the first time I had ever come across her clothes and I loved everything about them. The various prints used, color, the style and fit- so then I started following the brand on Instagram. A few weeks ago I saw that Chen Burkett was following me on Instagram, and I fangirled SO hard. The following week I received a message from her asking if I would be interested in being one of her brand ambassadors, and of course I said yes.

I never felt as though my work was paying off more than I did in that moment. This all started out as a hobby in my backyard when I would ask my sister to take photos of me on my phone. 3 years later I am working with a designer states away in New York. What a way to end 2015. You'll be seeing a lot of these designs on my blog, but for now take a look at how I styled some of Chen's pieces.

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Photographer: Steve Korn/ Designs: Chen Burkett/ Makeup: Kayla Beltran/ Hair: Mackezine Valerio