My favourite Sneakers of 2020

My favourite Sneakers of 2020

I was never really into sneakers like that until 2020, I wouldn’t call myself a sneakerhead but I can appreciate a nice pair of trainers. And over time I’ve come to learn that no sneaker is ugly, it all depends on how you style it – there is a sneaker out there for everyone and everyone’s unique style, so just because it’s not for you, it doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone else!

Everyone these days is a so-called sneaker-head thanks to the rise in streetwear culture over the last 6 years. Collecting, loving, buying and wearing trainers is so different from what it used to be. We’re living in a new world where sneakers like Jordans reign supreme and are taking the industry by storm because unlike designer items such as your Chanels and Guccis, sneakers are accessible to a lot more people. Although sneaker collecting has long been trending thanks to resell sites like StockX and GOAT I really believe that it hit its peak in 2020, it’s so hard to get a pair of Jordans these days! I remember when there was a time that only American rap artists cared about sneakers like Jordans and low dunks, now it seems like EVERYONE cares. But how long will this last? Is this a trend or is it something that will continue on for generations to come?

There’s a lot of great sneakers from the past twelve months but these are my personal faves, I’m not saying they’re the best or that they’re most historically important, these are just my PERSONAL faves;

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Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cat”

Air Jordan 4 Retro

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Fire Red”

Air Jordan 4 Retro

Nike Dunk Low “Syracuse”
Nike Dunk Low
Travis Scott x Dunk Low Premium QS SB “Cactus Jack”

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Off-White™ x Wmns Air Jordan 4 SP “Sail”

Yeezy Boost 350 V2

Adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR

adidas Yeezy Foam RNNR Ararat - G55486

2020’s Fashion Trends of the Year

2020’s Fashion Trends of the Year

I don’t think anything can compare or will ever compare to 2020, it has been a year that I will never forget, that’s for sure, it’s been a whirlwind, to say the least, and I am so happy it’s finally over. It’s so weird but in my head, I honestly thought that on the 1st of January (which is today) that COVID would magically disappear and that I would be able to go back to enjoying my prime years but unfortunately, that is not the case.

Almost nothing about 2020 was at all expected. It was the year of surprises and I think one of the biggest lessons I learnt this past year was to just enjoy life and live in the moment because tomorrow really isn’t promised, 2020 taught us that the hard way – life can be taken away from us at any moment so why should we sweat over the small things? This year we all survived and I am forever grateful but in the year 2021, I want us all to actually LIVE life, stop waiting for the right moment and just go for it!

This was the fastest yet shortest year of my life, and while a majority of us might not have dressed up as much as we thought that we would have or got a chance to wear or holiday outfits for obvious reasons there were still some very great trends that came out of this year and ones that we can probably wear into 2021! The fashion trends from the past 12 months felt normal or predictable, loungewear became not just acceptable but fashionable as it has been over the last 3 years, and multiple ‘90s styles made their triumphant return to our closets as they have been for the last 5 years but this year these trends really made their mark, hence why I said that they were predictable and felt normal and I envision that over the next 5 years we’ll see the rise of 2000s fashion. No one can even argue with me on this one because every trend in this list I have been rocking since 2018, I am ahead of my time when it comes to fashion hence why I still blog. Here are my top trends of 2020;

Maxi Faux Leather Coats

The Long Leather Coat Is This Season's Must-Have Trend | Teen Vogue

Grunge was the new normal this year and maxi leather jackets were leading the wave – high fashion or funky with a grunge twist, these long-line pieces are perfect all year round, after all, we do live in the UK. This is another ’90s staple that just got a fresh upgrade!

 

Printed tights

Chanel Logo Tights Are Here And We're Obsessed | Who What Wear UK

I have a love-hate relationship with tights, I wore them for 5 years straight during high school so for me I can appreciate the printed tights trend, however, I don’t tink you’ll ever see me rocking them, they’re cute but they’re not for me

Square-Toed Heels

Square Toe Shoes Are One of Fall's Biggest Trends

We call it the Bottega Effect, Bottega’s influence in terms of trends is astonishes me every single season – after so many seasons of pointed-toe shoes reigning supreme, the square toe is making a triumphant comeback thanks to Bottega Veneta!

Oversized Gold Chain Necklaces

Chunky Gold Necklaces Are Fall's Biggest Jewelry Trend | Who What Wear

If you’re looking for just one jewellery trend to magically make your outfit no matter how simple it is – it is a chunky necklace. It is an accessory that has risen above the rest thanks to our Scandinavian fashionistas.

 

Chunky Boots

Stomping ground: Why it's time to invest in the chunky boot trend | The Independent

My favourite trend of 2020 and one that I will rock until the day I die, Chunky boots are just that BITCH in terms of fashion. If you ask me they are a staple piece, they go with anything and almost everything!

TIE DYE

The Tie-Dye Trend Looks Really Different in 2020 | Shopbop | POPSUGAR Fashion

A trend I’ve hated from the get-go, to me it’s just so tacky and I just don’t understand the hype, I really hope we leave this 60’s throwback in 2020

SWEATSUITS

How I Learned That Giving in to Sweats Doesn't Mean Giving Up - Fashionista

I have literally been posting about tracksuits and athleisure wear every year since i started this series but this year, it really hit its peak during quarantine. SO many of us got so used to being comfortable that we completely forgot that jeans and other forms of bottoms existed!

BIKE SHORTS

Bike Shorts Trend - Bike Shorts are the Comfiest Trend You Didn't Know You Needed

I’m so over biker shorts, they’re just unflattering and belong in the gym and the gym only or as loungewear

Fringe

Autumn/Winter 2020 Runway Fashion Trends

Although this trend didn’t pop as expected this year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing everyone this summer rocking fringe. Mark my words, hop onto this trend before the rest of the world!

Harnesses

Strap In—The Harness Is Officially Happening This Fall | Vogue

My problem with harnesses is that my generation don’t appreciate them as much as I do and just think that they can pair it with every outfit they wear so even though i still love them, I also hate them. It all depends on how it’s worn

What I would buy if I won the lottery; sushi master class

What I would buy if I won the lottery; sushi master class

So……. I have a confession to make. Surprisingly enough, I have never tried sushi. I know, I’m shocked too, it’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to try but just never built up the guts to do – I just don’t understand how people can say that raw fish is THAT good. I’m African so everything we eat has to be cooked and when I say cooked I mean well done. I think if I took my mom to a sushi restaurant she’d actually kill me because this woman hates prawns, so I don’t even want to try feeding her sushi before she accuses me of trying to poison her lol. African mums are so dramatic. However, I couldn’t really think of a better opportunity to try sushi than to actually go behind the scenes and make it myself, that way I actually know what’s going into what I’m eating and then if I ever crave it I can make it at home. it’s a win-win situation really.

My choice of sushi making is none other than the infamous Nobu, loved by literally every celebrity and their mom, Nobu London remains the most celebrated global sushi brand, as well as a destination restaurant for exquisite Japanese dining. With this experience, you get to learn from the best of the best Nobu sushi chefs and discover the secrets to perfecting the art of making sushi making. Take part in a public sushi masterclass at Nobu here!

What is included;
  • Two tickets to join an interactive group sushi masterclass with the experts at Nobu London
  • A 150ml bamboo vessel of Onikoroshi Sake each
  • Lunch will include a selection of signature dishes, as well as the sushi made in the class
  • Take home a Nobu Sushi Kit each to practice your new-found skills
  • Service charge on the listed food and beverages is already included in the cost of this experience

https://trulyexperiences.com/nobu-masterclass.html

Throwback Thursday;  Sean John

Throwback Thursday; Sean John

What do you guys know about Sean John? Before there was Kanye West’s Yeezy brand there was Sean John by Sean “P Diddy” Combs. Out of all the urban wear brands I’ve written about in this series and will write about, this is probably one that had the biggest impact on the industry! This was the brand that helped define urban fashion – Diddy literally invented the idea of athleisurewear, his brand Sean John was the beginning of this trend. When I say revolutionary, I mean revolutionary, this brand CHANGED THE GAME, look around you right now, athleisure wear dominates fashion and has been forever now! What was a tracksuit before Sean John? Nothing! He revolutionized what a tracksuit means in our community and to this day Sean John is well and alive because greatness never dies.

Sean John was launched at the height of Diddy’s career in 1998, the mogul was able to use his celebrity status to (like I said before and will keep saying) revolutionise the industry, he described his brand as fashion-tainment. Obviously, it was not the first clothing company to reflect hip-hop — or street or urban or black — aesthetic, however, it did have a unique selling point which was its luxurious point of view, mass-market goal and activist undertones. Sean John was way ahead of its time, imagine if Sean John launched in this era of social media, I really think it’d be up there with off-white, Gucci and Dior as the most popular brands of right now because Diddy was a master marketer on top of his game, this man disrupted the industry in more ways than one and does not get enough credit for it!! In 2001 (the year I was born if anyone wanted to know hehe), Sean John held the first nationally televised runway show. That’s BIG!!!! 22 years after its launch Combs was the first African American to win the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2004, he still racks up over $400 million in annual sales, the brand is sold at Macy’s across the country, and Sean Combs is the blueprint for the celebrity-driven labels that followed like Fenty and Yeezy.

Sean 'P Diddy' Combs (c) model Tyson Beckford (i)

When Sean John officially launched in 1998, it’s competitors included the likes of Fubu, Phat Farm, Rocawear, Cross Colours, Karl Kani, and Akademiks. However, 20 years later in 2018, hardly any of the brands are still standing or hold a brand image as strong as Sean John and I think we can nail this all down due to the fact that those brands represented the “now” of the 90s, the difference with Sean John is that Diddy created a lifestyle brand with A VISION, his brand was the difference between mediocre fashion and style trendsetting – he set trends, he didn’t follow them. Throughout history, in menswear, there are few people that we can call style icons, especially in terms of urban wear but I have to say Combs is one of them and you simply cannot disagree with me. I will not argue with anyone over this. Not only is he a man with great personal style but also birthed one of the greatest brands of his generation. A man that will go down in fashion history.

In an interview with GQ Sean “Diddy” Combs said,“When I started Sean John, my goal was to leave my mark, to set the trends instead of chasing them, be a frontrunner and create collections that everyone would want to wear. With the Sean John brand we have built an incredible foundation that I believe will continue to inspire and draw new customers. To be a force in the fashion industry 20 years later makes me incredibly proud, and I look forward to taking it even further.” Transcending pop-culture, Sean Combs has taken on his personal mantra and translated it into the business world: “Can’t stop, won’t stop.”For Combs, this phrase is so much more than just a saying but a way of life. The feeling transcends all that he does and inspires the Sean John brand as it enters it third decade of providing fashion for men’s boys and girls.

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Sean John’s first ever collection in 1998 consisted of only 11 pieces. Then in March 1999, Sean John made its debut in retail with a launch event at Bloomingdale’s in NYC. And before you know it, he had his first fashion show in February 2000, only 2 years after launching. Sean John has been praised for its innovative approach and received numerous awards and accolades – from the very beginning, Sean “Diddy” Combs and his Sean John brand set precedence with a seamless mix of fashion, music and entertainment— hence the term fashion-tainment. Sean John celebrated high-maintenance masculinity when fashion was emerging from a decade of grunge. Combs’s street-meets-boardroom sensibility reflected his personal style and that’s why the brand did so well, it was authentically very Diddy. He crafted an aura of wealth and power around the brand, but he also infused it with a lot of sex appeal. The brand’s aesthetic is truly prescient, its impact is still visible to this day from Paris to Joburg to New York. It is there in hoodies and velour tracksuits, and oversize parkas. It’s in Vetements, Off- White, Balenciaga, Fenty and Yeezy. Like I said it revolutionised the industry.

 

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Combs didn’t go to design school, but he was a student of fashion. “Tommy Hilfiger was my mentor coming up. He gave me all the information I needed,” says Combs, who once walked in a Hilfiger show. “Tommy Hilfiger is one of the biggest supporters of diversity. He was the first to embrace it and not shy away from that consumer.”

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Sean "Diddy" Combs wearing track suit.

I would say that my legacy is for all black designers. Diversity is essential, but black designers have a hard time, and we’re the most fashionable people on planet earth. So [Sean John] gave birth to this moment; it empowered these young creatives to know that their talent and their ideas and their designs had value and that they had power. I see the trickle-down effect, and that was the intention, going with the goal of breaking down the doors for other people.”

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Printed mesh is the vibe

Printed mesh is the vibe

Apparently, this whole mesh has been around for the last 7 years – since 2013. Either I haven’t been paying attention or I’m not the fashion connoisseur I thought I was. Personally, for me, I saw mesh become mainstream in 2015 after I discovered Coachella and it was always based around the idea of festival fashion but you never really saw people wear it as a ‘normal’ fashion piece until maybe late 2017 when underwear became the new outerwear. And now I think mesh has hit its peak within mainstream fashion and I am LIVING for it. I don’t what it is but mesh and I are spiritually bonded to one another, everything mesh that I see I instantly need it in my life!

Last year on the runway we saw A LOT of mesh, this material is a great transitional piece for summer to autumn to winter because you can layer it! There are so many ways to wear this trend – those bold enough can even go completely braless and rock mesh in all of its glory but odds are most women who aren’t  Rihanna wouldn’t dream of leaving the house in a full mesh or sheer top with her breasts totally exposed, especially in the U.K because the people here are super bad vibes sometimes lol. But I promise you, one day I’m gonna rock mesh the way its meant to be worn, like a true 90s supermodel, it’ll be a true moment!

Like I say all the time Fashion trends are cyclical, they’re always coming in and out of fashion and I’m sure that you can all guess that this trend is in fact from the 90s – slightly transparent, lightweight and majorly sexy, it’s a look that is largely associated with the iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, whose slinky, tattooed meshes first sauntered down the runway back in the early ’90s.

There are also many ways of wearing it and you can shop some of my fave mesh pieces here;

Asos

NaaNaa mesh long sleeve top in lilac New Girl Order mesh beach top in blue china print ASOS DESIGN Delila mesh corset top with underwire

River Island Petite mesh daisy organza shirt in pink Tara Khorzad mini dress with lettuce hem in love lava print mesh Sixth June mini dress in leopard flocked mesh

PLT

White Sheer Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Shirt White Corset Mesh Bardot Top Nude Mesh Tie Dye Print Ruched Bodycon Dress

Black Polkadot Mesh Frill Hem Mini Skirt Orange Tie Dye Printed Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top Blue Dragon Printed Sheer Mesh Elastic Tie Crop Top

Black Ruffle Mesh Plunge Bodysuit Grey Zebra Mesh Strappy Crop Top White Abstract Faces Printed Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top

OH POLLY

Love Note Mesh Underwired Corset Crop Top in Purple Runway Bardot Mesh Corset Crop Top in Ivory Love Letter Mesh Underwired Corset Crop Top in Blush

  

I SAW IT FIRST

HOUSE OF CB

Nia Acid Green Ruched Midi Dress Letitia Multicolour Ruched Mesh Mini Dress Nolene Multicolour Ruched Midi Skirt

Sasha Multicoloured Strapless Ruched Midi Dress Leila Blush Mesh Strapless Corset Dress Melinda Ivory Chiffon Boned Corset

Tatyana Black Frilled Lace Up Dress Aubrey Peach Gathered Mesh Mini Skirt Ella Tangerine Ruched Organza Mesh Mini Dress

net- a- porter

Aquazzura Bond Girl 105 chain-embellished suede and mesh pumps Fendi Runaway large leather-trimmed printed mesh tote 

FARFETCH

AMBUSH printed mesh top Supriya Lele Layered mesh skinny shirt UNRAVEL PROJECT mesh bomber jacket

Dorothee Schumacher mesh halterneck top Diesel stretch-mesh striped bodysuit Fendi perforated mesh belted trench

BROWNS FASHION

printed mesh bodysuit leopard print mesh top floral long sleeve mesh top

Lead Racer mesh top printed mesh crop top  printed mesh cycling shorts

matchesfashion

Faux leather-strap ruffled mesh top Rey mesh and croc effect-leather shoulder bag

LUISA VIAROMA

  

  

  

 

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Why vitamin c is your best friend

Why vitamin c is your best friend

If you’re a skincare junkie like myself then you have probably heard of vitamin c and live by it, ever since I implemented it in my routine back in 2016, I literally can no longer live without it. I’m not even exaggerating when I say its life-changing.  In terms of science, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters but at the same time, it is also known to be one of the best anti-ageing ingredients and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.

Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin, in fact, very little vitamin C ever makes it to the skin so using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.

So why should you add vitamin C serum to your routine?
  • It’s safe for most skin types and can be used in conjunction with other ingredients such as retinols, SPF, alpha hydroxy etc
  • It’s hydrating as it decreases transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture.
  • It’s brightening and can help reduces dullness giving the skin a youthful glow
  • It helps to reduce redness and even out your skin tone
  • It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation whilst also reducing under-eye circles
  • It promotes collagen production – this is a naturally occurring protein and low levels can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin due to lack of skin elasticity.
  • It helps to protect against sun damage as it is rich in antioxidants
  • It helps to boost wound healing reducing scarring

Vitamin C serum is typically applied once or twice per day. I usually of cleanse, tone, apply vitamin C serum, moisturise, then apply my eye cream. The best thing to due in terms of skin is to apply the thinnest products first so generally a serum is more watery hence it’s the first thing I apply after toner.

What I would buy if I won the lottery; Global dining domination

What I would buy if I won the lottery; Global dining domination

I hope all my friends and family are paying close attention to all of these “what I would buy if I won the lottery” blog posts because this is basically a wishlist for me at this point – everything I write about every single Friday I would really appreciate as gifts.  This one, I think is my favourite experience yet, imagine being able to combine the love of fine dining as well as the love of travelling all in one on a vacation! Food as everyone knows it is a universal language, the cure to everything in life, well my life anyway. When I’m happy, I eat. When I’m sad, I eat. When I’m celebrating, I eat. No matter what mood I am in I am always in the mood for food, especially if I’m travelling. Eating local foods is one of the best ways to submerse yourself in another culture, especially if you try traditional foods as you can also educate yourself on the dishes and why they eat them – for example in most restaurants in zimbabwe they serve sadza/ pap and that is our staple food.  Therefore we can all establish that food in a sense is an expression of cultural identity. So imagine how incredible a journey around the globe for the best food the world has to offer; with stops at six of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants.’ Traverse six continents, dining at the best restaurant on each, and encounter the true diversity of global fine dining would be. A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.

The restaurants;

1st – El Celler de Can Roca 

El Celler de Can Roca | Elite Traveler : Elite Traveler

4th – Central 

Meet Chef Virgilio Martinez of Central, Peru's Best Restaurant

8th – Narisawa 

Narisawa Yoshihiro: The Man Dubbed 'Best Chef in Asia'

32nd – Attica

Yes, Attica Is Worth It: What Makes Ben Shewry's Restaurant ...

48th – The Test Kitchen 

The Test Kitchen |The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 | Ranked No. 44

50th – The French Laundry

The French Laundry | Thomas Keller Restaurant Group

You would spend 4 days in each city, with a personalised itinerary from your TRULY Concierge. In Cape Town, discover theatrical Nouvelle-Latin cuisine at The Test Kitchen. Your next stop will be an exploration of Peruvian culture at Central in the magnificent city of Lima. From here you will savour refined French fare in California’s Wine Country at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in San Francisco. Dive into the bounty of the nature of Japan at Tokyo’s Narisawa. Finally, polish off a whirlwind experience feasting on native Australian fare at perhaps the world’s most extravagant dining experience, Melbourne’s Attica.

From London to Girona, Cape Town, Lima, San Francisco, Tokyo and Melbourne. This is what you call an EXPERIENCE.

Book the experience;

https://trulyexperiences.com/uk/dine-around-the-world-for-two.html

 

Most expensive holiday destinations; Oslo

Most expensive holiday destinations; Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, known for its green spaces and museums according to my research, Oslo is the number one most expensive country to travel to – tourist industries that charge about 20% more than anywhere else in Western Europe and a whopping 70% higher than world averages. Norway is notoriously known as Scandinavia’s—and Northern Europe’s—most expensive country. Originally I thought Switzerland was expensive but compared to Norway, it’s nothing! I always used to see these rows of colourful houses but I never actually knew where it was until today – Oslo is a scenic city filled with Scandinavian charm and hints of the Norwegians’ Viking history. Oslo tends to be clean and safe, and most of the population speaks almost fluent English, which can make it easy for you to get around.

Plan your visit;

https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/eastern-norway/oslo/

 

 

What I would buy if I won the lottery; make my own perfume

What I would buy if I won the lottery; make my own perfume

Do you guys remember those perfume sciency kits that Argos used to sell back in the day? For a good 3 years I begged my entire family for one very Christmas and birthday, but did I ever get it? NO, because for some reason they thought A; I’d never use and B; I ‘d mess up the house. So I think you can all imagine how excited I was when I found out that I can, in fact, make my perfume as an adult, FINALLY.

I have always wanted my own unique scent, that way when people smell an item of mine they can recognise that it’s Ivis’ or when I walk past/ into a room people can know it’s me. Imagine just having your one smell, that’s unique to you, that when people smell it, it reminds them of you and only you! Since I started getting buying perfume in high school, the goal for me has always been to discover my own scent and I still haven’t yet found mine, so clearly when I found this it was a sign from God telling me that my expensive ass needs to make my very own fragrance.

Floris London is the world’s oldest perfumery, founded by Juan Floris in 1730 and provides you with the unique opportunity to create a completely bespoke fragrance over the period of three consultations with an experienced Floris perfumer in the secluded privacy of their perfumery. Tell me this doesn’t sound amazing? I dare you to tell me you don’t want this experience? With hundreds of years of knowledge and expertise have been passed through the company, with his descendants – now in the 8th and 9th generation – still running the shop you’re bound to find the perfect scent for you! And to top of the experience, your name will be forever recorded next to famous Floris clients, and your fragrance formula recorded for future re-orders

What is included?
  • Create your own signature fragrance from scratch with royal perfumers Floris
  • Design your scent over a minimum of three private consultations with the Floris perfumer
  • Enjoy a glass of champagne at each two-hour consultation
  • Take home 100ml of your Bespoke Eau de Parfum, with Certificate of Provenance
  • You will have five repeat orders of your bespoke perfume
Book the experience;

https://trulyexperiences.com/uk/london-bespoke-perfume-gift-floris.html