Happy Monday! Here are some things I’ve been loving this month:
Indigi Designs for West Elm
A couple of weeks back Indigi Designs announced their collaboration with West Elm, an international furniture retailer. Their three piece collection stays true to Indigi Designs, with their signature metal frames and distinct, African inspired textiles. The products look functional and beautiful, and I love the textile designs used, as well as the way they’ve been photographed for the West Elm site. I think this contemporary collection has given design in Africa another platform for recognition and shows the quality of design, and the potential African designers have – and that’s fantastic!
SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
‘SweetSexySavage’ perfectly sums up Kehlani’s new album. With songs about love, hurt and life, her R&B, Soul and Pop infused sound, along with honest and straight-forward lyrics, bring a sense of nostalgia and relatability to the album. Kehlani is a great vocalist with a lot to say, and she is not afraid to say exactly what’s on her mind, and use her voice to be real and share what she’s been through. Some of my favourite songs off the album are ‘Distraction’, ‘Undercover’, ‘Escape’, ‘In My Feelings’ and ‘Hold Me By The Heart’.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
A story about two people trying to save each other, and falling in love while doing it. ‘All The Bright Places’ is a heart-wrenchingly, beautiful story that shows how unexpected and tragic life can be, but also how wonderful and thrilling it is. This book and its pages are filled with hope and the real-life struggle of finding happiness and your purpose. I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is important, special and teaches us all about something we tend to take for granted. Life.
This month I have two favourite movies: Hidden Figures with Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, as well as Moonlight with Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes.
Hidden Figures tells the inspiring story of three African-American women, who break down the race and gender walls, and are the brains behind launching the first American astronaut into space to orbit the Earth. Moonlight takes us through the life of Chiron, from childhood to adulthood, growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood, It is a story of self-discovery, family, love, and identity.
The cast in both movies are incredible and bring these important characters to us in a relatable and real manner. These movies are necessary now to show the compassion and strength we all need, for ourselves, and for each other. Both movies share the idea of fighting the odds to get what and where you want, no matter how tough it may be. Hidden Figures teaches us that we must all dream big, work hard and to never give-up – no matter what. Moonlight shows us how everything and everyone in our lives shape and affect us, and part of becoming who we are is accepting that.
These movies are honest, extraordinary and can educate us all – everyone needs to see them to learn and to be inspired. Moonlight won Best Picture at last night’s Oscar’s (After La La Land was incorrectly announced), but what a deserving winner!
Patches & Pins
Patches and pins add a little fun to jackets and bags, and allow you to personalise your clothing, making them unique to you. They are also great conversation starters and add a graphic element to a simple item. The J, Slay and Alien patches are from Factorie, and are sewn/iron/stuck-on, and the Monkey, Banana’s and Hello pins are from Mr Price, those aren’t as permanent and can be removed and changed with ease,
Water Bottle from Typo
Typo has a variety of cool and quirky bottles that are perfect to keep hydrated, and being able to refill them is even greater for the environment instead of continuously buying bottled water. Add slices of fruit and herbs to have delicious and healthy infused water.
This past weekend I went to the Homemakers Expo, and one of the standout and most unique stands to me was ‘I Love Jozi’ – which had three South African graffiti artists create a ginormous work that depicted the city and its landmarks. Check out and follow @thatdamnvandal to see the fantastic, larger than life art work, as well as all the other artists and their street art.
A simple leather wristwatch is a staple piece that I feel elevates an outfit, making it a little more formal. This was a gift, but I’ve seen nice, similar ones on Superbalist.
Skull Ring from Lovisa
I’d been looking for a skull ring for a while now, and was excited when I found this one at Lovisa. The ring has intricate patterning that reminds me of a Mexican sugar skull – which I love. This is a statement jewelry piece, paired with a simple cuff, or a beaded bracelet, just finishes an outfit off.
What have been some of your favourites this month?