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Imagine buying a designer’s pair of shoes and also having £500 worth of Uber credit that comes with it. Just the case the Charlotte Olympia Sandal and Uber collaboration. Only 14 pairs were made and exclusively sold at  Harvey Nichols.

I attended the new designers’ floor opening at Harvey Nichols recently. Where they now stock all the classic brands: Loewe, McQueen, Chloe, Jimmy Choo,  Alexander Wang Etc…

It also gave me the opportunity to see all the latest collections.  In particularly Charlotte Olympia new collection. I am a big fan of her shoes. They are fun, funky, full full of character and sass.

But her perrfect10 brass caged heel, designed exclusively for the 10 years anniversary of the brand.

As described, Every lady’s wardrobe should include a fantasy shoe like Atlantis. First released in the Spring ’12 collection, ‘Sirens’, this exquisite gold metallic leather and gold galvanized sandal is inspired by the sublime architecture of the mythical lost city.

Chalotte Olympia at Harvey Nichols    What do you dear readers think of that design? And as much an I loved it, it is currently sold out everywhere.

Thinking of all collaborations that have been done, then you see a cab company doing one with a women shoe designer. I mean, How genius is this collaboration? The limited run of 14 pairs was available exclusively at Harvey Nichols’s flagship Knightsbridge and is also sold out. And of course, it will be. With £500 of Uber credit, I will even call an Uber just to get to my local corner shop. Duh!

And for the visit, here is what I wore: An all blue look. You might as well call me baby blue.

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Red red the Afrochic Stew-  A spoonful narrative

Red red with Cecile Essono

I have mentioned a few times how Afrochic is more of a lifestyle than just fashion alone? That includes food, music, the way of living and thinking.

Last year during Africa Fashion Week London, I met this soup brand called Red-Red.

I was intrigued as the packaging was just so colorful and as soon as they mentioned, inspired by Africa.

So far, we have pre-made noodles, pasta, pizza, curries, but we are yet to have any African soup, stew or any taste I grew up eating easily available in the supermarkets despite how delicious they are.

Even jerk chicken or Jollof rice that are now very popular in the Uk, especially in London are yet to be made easily available and on the go.

Red red with Cecile Essono

So,  a few weeks later,  I was pleased when the Red Red team send me one of their trio box of stew. In all honesty, it was the best food packaging I have never seen. it is just very creative and they are the type of cup you want to keep as they are quite sturdy and colorful as you can see.

As they describe it Red Red stews mixed up the energy of Africa with vegan vibes and fast-paced London lifestyles, Red Red is a mouthwatering meal pot that cooks up the kind of kicks you wouldn’t have thought possible in just seven minutes. They bring the heat and brings it with goodness: every pot is made using only plant-based, vegan, gluten-free ingredients and no nastiness.


Red red with Cecile Essono

For every Red Red pot, they sell, they donate 12p to Farm Africa, an international development charity which reduces poverty by helping farmers in eastern Africa to grow more, sell more and sell for more. Through Farm Africa, rural families can grow their incomes while also protecting their local environment for generations to come.

And Chef of these stews, Zoe Adjonyoh of zoesghanakitchen.co.uk began life in Hackney in 2011 as a series of sold-out upper clubs. Before long, Zoe found herself heading up kitchen residencies across London and Berlin, a restaurant in Brixton and now her very own cookbook.

The stylist and fashion designer Samson Soboye was the stylist of their commercial. Remember the article about him I wrote a while ago? Read HERE

And the rest of their team, Mat Maitland Collage Artist of matmaitland.com and Patrice de Villiers, Photographer of patricedevilliers.com/

Red red with Cecile Essono

So please check them out and for the pictures above what do you think of the packaging? are you much of a fan like I am?

Also, what do you think of the future of African flavors in the UK? Do you think a time will come where we will be able to get easy and convenient access to those flavors? Without a lengthy trip to Brixton Or South London?

Ps:  To the Red Red team, I honestly can’t wait for the meaty flavors…Yum!


Red red with Cecile Essono

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Introducing Signature: Ahima jewelry collection

Stories and symbolism across various African cultures and particularly in Ghana have been the forefront of Ahima jewelry’s story. With this in mind, our current collection: signature, draws inspiration from Akan Adinkra symbols of Ghana.

Signature is a collection of earrings, pendants, bracelets, and rings designed around nine Adinkra symbols. These symbols are each imbued with an uplifting message of affirmation, positivity and mindfulness.

 

 

  1. Beauty Adinkra earrings       2. Purity Adinkra pendant                             3.Faith Adinkra Ring

Specifically, Adinkra symbols are meaningful drawings which for centuries are used to pass down life lessons and beliefs among the Ashanti people of Ghana. And celebrated in the country as a whole.

The symbols such as hope, faith, family, purity among others are explored in our new signature collection. Ahima jewelry subtly imbues these symbols with fine fashion design and color to form unique pieces for the modern woman.

Faith for what you believe in, strength for each new day, endurance for each New Year, there is a symbol for everyone with a personal uplifting message.

All our pieces are handmade in 925 silver, 18ct gold and rose gold plate. All Ahima jewelry comes easily gift able in our branded free gift wrap, a meaning card, and with complimentary shipping.

Make every day meaningful.

Cece wears :

Ahima jewelry

 Knowledge Adinkra Pendant,

Ahima Jewelry          Ahima Jewelry

 Strength Adinkra bracelet,                                                               Family Adinkra ring

Afrochic by Cece in collaboration with Ahima jewelry would like to gift one of our special readers with their very own signature piece. To enter simply: 1. Make sure you are following both @modebycece and @ahima_jewellery on Instagram. 2. like this post. 3. Tag 2 friend in the comments.

Competition ends on *__27th/02____ at midnight and the winner will be announced on *__10th/03__ on this post. UK entrants only. The winner will receive a gift voucher of £50 to spend on Ahima jewelry’s website. (This competition is in no way sponsored by Instagram.) Good Luck! X

 

 

 

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Black girls fest: My first Girl’s festival

I attended my first black girl fest recently.

Black Girl First, which is the UK’s first ever festival celebrating black women and girls. Created by Paula Akpan, co-founder of the ‘I’m Tired Project’ and social media coordinator for gal-dem and Nicole Crentsil founder of ‘Unmasked Women’.

I actually never heard of it, until a friend mentioned it to me and told me I should attend.

But by the time I surfed the net to find out more about it, all the tickets were sold out. So, of course, it made me curious.

Black girl fest

Eventually, I was able to pull a few strings here and attended as an assistant. (In Cece’s fashion…)

I usually go to these events with an open mind. I mean what’s the worst that can happen?

1- I can go, network and have the most fun, or

2- I attend, don’t like the atmosphere and vow to never return.

But in this instance, I arrive earlier as I had other events to attend. First; A launch party by Monroe&Turtle, then Amazon Fashion weekend in Central.

As soon as I arrived in Shoreditch Town Hall where the festival was taking your place, I recognized so many familiar faces and the rest is (fun) history…

For the day, I wore this vintage skirt and shirt recently bought in a boutique in Notting Hill Gate. A Loewe belt and my all time favorite color blocked wedges. And people really liked it.

What do you think? And will you be attending any major festival soon?

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