THE AFRICAN GODDESS
The past two months have been taking a toll on me. Have you ever got to a point in life where you just want to go silent on everyone and everything? They’re times when one feels like taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. A time when one decides to take a few steps back to rethink and build on to their life, purpose, and goals. This has been me the past two months but I’m happy to announce that…(Drumrolls) I’M BACK. I am more re-energized, rejuvenated and ready to skyrocket the fashion industry, into a whole new level through the great fashion tips that will leave you looking like a snack.
I get really extra when dressing up or choosing what hairstyle would fit me. I’m usually swimming in a pool full of a dilemma as my preferences in terms of style are usually in conflict with something that is unique. This year my blog was nominated for Bake (Bloggers Association of Kenya) Awards under the category of Best Fashion Blog. I’m always replaying that moment in my mind and most times it feels like an illusion. My cells usually dance when I reminisce on how excited I was and how my body was invaded with goosebumps at the thought of it. It’s one of my great wins this year.
I love and honor African culture. What I love about the season we are in, in the fashion world, is the whole aspect of people bringing back fashion that was there in the 80s, Its setting up a revival fashion camp to bring to life fashion vibes in the 80s by breathing in to it, more class and keeping it in mind that “Staying Sassy’ is the motto.
I am obsessed with Ankara and for the BAKE awards, I opted to wear a two-piece Ankara outfit for the highly esteemed awards that were held in Crown Plaza which settles itself upon an upper hill in the city; Upper Hill. This is the outfit that I wanted to strike the red-carpeted floors of the glorious hotel that night. There is usually a mentality people have where they think for any red carpet event, one must rock a gown. Besides, there is no fashion commandment that says “Thou must rock a gown in a Red Carpet event” is there? I decided to break barriers either way. I went the extra mile by wearing a two-piece flared Ankara Suit which embodied a design that was jaw-dropping. It was an off shoulder crop top paired with matching flared pants.
Enticing, yes? I could not get enough of it because it was creating 90s fashion vibes and I was trapped in a couple of dejavu moments. Actually, back in the day, Ankara suits were the most preferred style recipes that people loved. I’m happy to see it being brought back with more refurbishing in terms of different designs.
One of the major things to observe when opting to put on an Ankara suit is the print and patterns of the specific outfit. One should aim in picking prints and patterns that are not common but unique. Perhaps you’re asking why one should pay attention to such small details, and this because it will guide you on the hairstyle, accessories, and shoes to complement your Ankara Suit. Aim for simplicity and class.
I decided to pair mine with loop earrings, platform heels and unfinished cornrows that left me feeling like an African Goddess who had just been handed back her crown to rule over her empire. It made me feel ready to conquer the fashion world and take territory. Have you always desired to glam up your wardrobe with a gorgeous Ankara Suit? Well, this is the time you make that bold fashion decision into owning one for the culture. Let nothing be a stumbling block into getting you to wear one. The Ankara piece is a masterpiece and will have you feeling like an African goddess. Just ensure to have the right tailors who know what they’re doing and will not mess up with your measurement. This can set you up for a bad fashion disaster moment that will have the fashion police pulling up on you.
Is the look a YAY or NAY?
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”- Proverbs 31:30
Yours Loving, Shanniq Monicah Muthoni
Special Thanks to this lovely team:
Photography by @ simon_gm ( Simon Gichohi)
Ankara Two Piece Suit by @ b and l clothing (Lolo and Ben)
Platform heels by @emirates shoe collection
Makeup by @miss_onchangwa_makeup (Ester Onchangwa)
Hair by @Turning Point Salon, Buruburu (Cynthia Achieng’)