Good morning everyone!
Hope you’ve all been doing well. I know it’s been quite a while since my last blog post. I’ll be honest, I started off the year feeling a little overwhelmed as I went on a five day trip to Cameroon to attend a wedding and returned to work immediately. I also took on more responsibilities at work and I’m grateful because it allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and test out new opportunities. However, I just needed to take a break, hit the reset button and plan out goals I set for the year. One of those goals involves implementing a better work/life balance. While it’s good to be work/career driven, I also want to incorporate more activities like exercising, reading and obviously putting more effort into my blog.
Last night, I attended a Global Fashion Reception hosted by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. The sorority provided a fashion show featuring African designs by a local tailor from Senegal. There was also an exhibit of African-Print Fashion from countries in West and Central Africa at the Mint Museum which will run until April 28, 2019. What I love most about African fashion is how rich and vibrant the styles are. All the prints, garments and accessories were so exquisite, but my favorite were the ones that came from Cameroon. In case you’re not aware, I was born in Cameroon and here is a link of an earlier blog post explaining my heritage and featuring a Cameroonian print outfit.
So now on to today’s blog outfit! It features what I wore to the reception last night. I have multicolored Ankara (wax print) skirt I recently got when I traveled to Cameroon. I love this skirt because it’s so flowy and comfortable and has a slit for dramatic flair. The color-blocking pattern is also a nice touch.
I paired the skirt with a yellow blouse and suede burgundy pumps. I chose a yellow blouse to make the vibrant colors of the skirt really pop. These pumps are one of my most comfortable and favorite heels plus I was able to draw out the burgundy on the skirt.
Finally, for the accessories, I have a Zulu yellow beaded necklace and earring set and a Zulu beaded clutch bag which I got when I visited South Africa. Zulu refers to an ethnic group in South Africa and one thing they are known for is their beaded jewelry. I like how the green and red detail in the necklace brings out the green and red colors of the skirt. The clutch is one of new my favorite accessories because it’s so intricate and rich in color.
Thanks for reading and hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Skirt: Cameroon (similar here) | Blouse: Talbots (similar here) | Shoes: Nine West (similar here) | Necklace: South Africa (similar here) | Earrings: South Africa (similar here) | Clutch (similar here)