Bicycle Tales

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I went on some errands today and got lost. My GPS died along with my phone battery and I was quite stranded. I went into a bicycle store and the sweetest lady allowed me charge my phone there and also went as far as to give me directions. Why does this touch my heart so much? If you know me, I’m the absolute WORST with directions it’s actually unreal. Such is life. I was 10 minutes being late to a meeting and the weather looked super sketch. In short, she did me quite a huge favor. So this post is dedicated to the lovely lady in the bike store. Thanks a million!

Photos sourced from Pinterest

Always,

Miss LAJA

Naughty & Nice

I came across these editorials and they’ve been giving me nothing but life. Both exuding different vibes but the one thing they have in common? Ankara. I had to share this with you, because this is life. Life, I tell you.  I was struck and very impressed by how high fashion but wearable these pieces were. Those two words don’t often go together. I’ll take them all, thanks.

The edgy shots are by Ed Singleton and safe to say my ovaries bursted upon seeing these photos. This was an editorial titled “Africa Rising” consisting of various brands from the African diaspora. I’ll list the designers, don’t worry I gotchu’. The stylist, Solange Franklin slayed the life out of these outfits. I want every piece. All of them.   Absolutely stunning!

The girly shots are piece from the “Cupcake” collection by Ghanaian brand SHE by Bena. Shot by Charlene Asare, I’m crushing so hard on the aesthetics and the creativity that went into this shoot. They make me feel like I should be sipping on some champagne. The master mind behind the set up deserves several kudos. Definitely #LAJAApproved!

I hope you enjoy these photos and they inspire you as much as they did me. They could offer more inspiration on including ankara this Valentine season. Be sure to check out my out compilation for more info. #AfricanPrintsAreVersatile Brethren, if these shots don’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Enjoy!

Featured Designers

“Africa Rising”

Loza Maléombho

Grey

Orange Culture

Nkwo

Osei Duro

Washington Roberts

“Skittles”

SHE by Bena

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Always,

Miss LAJA

5 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to compile some outfit inspiration that has reflected my mood lately. I’ve always believed that we should always celebrate Val’s day regardless of your marital status. You show love to everyone whether it’s your S.O, your parents and even yourself (yes boo, celebrate self love) I always consider dressing up to be a part of celebration. It’s just so fun and you feel amazing! This is one of those days where you literally have a reason to dress up (if you don’t already dress up everyday like I do, haha)  Black and red are two colours that are super close to my heart so excuse the overload if that’s not your thing. But then again, this is a site for ankara and other African prints so if you didn’t expect lots of colour,  #why? and #whatchudoin’?

Anyways, here are some inspirations on incorporating ankara through out the day.

Which is your favorite outfit and where will you wear it to?

 

DINNER FOR TWO

This outfit is fab for a dinner with your S.O (significant other) that’ll  proceed to a play or musical. The occasion call for mostly sitting down so you can go all out with your high heels. I absolutely adore this dress from Demestik New York. His pieces are feminine and very flattering. Sleek you hair into a high ponytail, throw on a bold lip(my life motto)  and you’re ready to go!

Dinner Out

Ankara Dress: here

Rock Studded Pumps

Clutch

ALL DAY

First a moment of silence for the greatness that is this ankara blouse *swoon*. Peplums always save the day, let’s be real. If you’re going to be eating a lot, you’re welcome in advance. This outfit is can work for all times of the day. So you want to take your work outfit to the next level (why not though) or you won’t have enough time to change after work for your outing. You could wear flats during the day and switch out to the heels. Or you could wear the heels through out cause why not? I believe in you.

 

Valentine's Day 1.0

Ankara Blouse

Selina Gold-Tone Bracelet Set

Alexis Fireball Earring Set

Clutch

Earrings

RIDE OR DIE

This one’s for all my girls who want the edgy vibe. Yes, you can rock the bad girl look with ankara (remember this look?). If you’re going to be more active during the day, say a luncheon, an amusement park (sans chinky heels of course) or a concert. Comfort is prime. If the occasion isn’t heel appropriate, switch to some cute flats. I’m not at all about the sneakers/converse life but that’s an alternative if that’s up your alley. 

 

Valentine's Day 2.0

Ankara Blouse: here

River Island Womens Gold tone medium flat bottom hoop earrings
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
frontrow Leather Biker Jacket
Essie reds nail color, retro revival life of the party 0.46 oz (14 ml)
MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Trish’ Platform Sandal (Women)
American Apparel Burgundy Riding Breeches

ALDO Gorgone Drop Earrings

EASY IN OXBLOOD

This outfit is me on a typical day. Typical LAJA outfit, haha. The LAJA skirt from my collection (holla, holla) with this delicious blouse from Charlotte Russe (tucked in, of course), a pair of sheer tights and these chunky shoes or flats (depending on who you are 😉 ). It’s great for lectures, a day out with the girls, if you want to be cute or all the above. #BecauseYouCan

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LAJA skirt: here

Orelia Crystal Triangle And Bar Drop Two Pack Earring Set
Cole Haan Jenni Buckle Ballet II
Cold Shoulder Keyhole Blouse
ALDO Box Clutch Rhinestone Fringe Detail

SINGLETON

Because you will be having fun celebrating yourself on Valentine’s Day, hellooo. Wear this for a night out with the girls and let these L’Aviye pumps bring life to your feet (literally). Onsies are one of fashion’s best creations in my opinion. Low energy, high slayage. It’s a win, win my love!

Valentine's day 4.0

Halter Jumpsuit: here

Ankara Shoes: here

 Red Belt

Gold Bracelets

Always,

Miss LAJA

Crown

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Some lovely inspiration I gathered on some styles you can use your ankara cloth or gele to make. I keep saying it, people are so creative! I would love to learn and expand my head gear skills. If you’re new to the art of tying the gele, don’t carry last. I made a tutorial for you here that will give you more insight.

Another thing you can learn from these shots is how to combine colours and print. Coming from someone who has and wears A LOT of them, the only way to get better at combining and slaying them is to continuously look at photos and just wear the darn thing. Take notes, my love. There’s so much to learn and do with ankara and other types of African prints!

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Sources: Here & Pinterest

Always,

Miss LAJA

8 Illustrations To Begin 2016

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With the start of a New Year, I always believe in making goals not resolutions. Whenever I make resolutions, I always seem to fall of them within a short period and honestly, I’m not the biggest believer in the whole “New Year, New me” type of talk. Old habits die hard… real hard. Instead, I prefer the saying “New Year, better me” or something along those lines. An improvement from bad habits and persevering on good habits while taking them to the next level.

I want to talk about my goals on here because I am able to hold myself more accountable especially when it comes to you guys and Miss LAJA 🙂 I’ll say my main goal for Miss LAJA this year is to collaborate and connect with people whose visions are in line with Miss LAJA. I now understand that if I really want to grow this platform and community into something a lot bigger than myself, I have to get out more, reach out more, connect, network and see what’s going on outside this bubble I’ve so carefully crafted. In the near future, I want to read this post and laugh out loud with joy seeing of how far I will have come. It’ll involve letting go of fear (especially), doubt and just working my ass off. Looking forward to it. What are you looking forward to this year? Things you want to let go, pick up or improve on. Share your story, you never know who it might inspire.

I want to hear from you. Considering the different things I do on here, which is your favorite and least favorite? I want to do more of what you all like and less of what you don’t so we’re both happy. This year, what do you want to see more of? Gele posts? Ankara outfit posts? Adages? Print Inspo? Do you have any other suggestions? I need to know so telll me in the comments, email me or message me on Facebook (Miss LAJA) or Instagram (@miss_laja)!!

You know I love me some illustrations so I compiled 10 to express how I want and am decreeing my 2016 to be. What are you looking forward to this 2016? What are you decreeing for yours?

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Slaying in more print.
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Having a smaller but higher quality circle.
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Letting go of the have-nots of 2015.
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Slaying more print because duh, #AfricanPrintsAreVersatile.
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Finding a balance.
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Reveling in grace.
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Connecting with like minds.
Illustrations by Peniel Enchill,
Nikki’s GrooveStephy Coffey,
Paul Keng and Papa Oppong

Bring it on 2016,

Miss LAJA

Modern Muse

I’m a self-confessed print-a-holic if that’s even a thing (if it isn’t, it now is 🙂 ) So imagine when I stumbled across this illustration campaign by Sabine Pieper for Vlisco. I was left in awe and had to share. I love illustration art but combining it with prints? I’m sold on all levels.

The images embody a woman who I connect with on so many levels; confident, fierce, strong, gracious and eternally beautiful. I hope she inspires you like she did me. Can we just stop to appreciate this color and pattern blocking skills that is this spread? If this were a runway collection, I’d have all of them. Please and thank you.

Happy new month! We’re now in the final lap of 2015 so it’s important to take time to reflect on how this year went so far for you. I’ll be sharing mine in some upcoming posts so till then, I’ll leave you to enjoy the beauty in these images.

Which is/are your favorite?

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Photos Courtesy Sabine Pieper

Always,

Miss LAJA

Pillow Talk

Here are some creative ways prints are used in pillows. Which is your favorite and where would you put yours?

Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!
Photos: Pinterest

 

Always,
Miss LAJA