Inspired: Munaluchi Bride Magazine

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Munaluchi Bride Magazine provides bridal inspiration for style-savvy women of color via a website and a print publication released twice a year. Enjoy everything from natural hairstyles to event decor ideas, pictures from real weddings and dream honeymoon destinations.

My Asilia colleagues have been teasing me about sharing a lot of wedding and parenting related finds lately and this post is sure to fan that fire!

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Ways to Use Pinterest as a Creative Tool

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Pinterest is much more than just a place to salivate over pretty pictures. My obsession with beautiful things aside, what keeps me going back to use the social media platform, again and again, has to do with its function as a creative tool. 'Tool' you ask? Indeed! You may actually be able to justify adding Pinterest to your timesheet. Here are some ideas of how you can use the platform towards more productive ends (not that the act of seeking inspiration can't be productive – context is everything).

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The Best of 2012: Art, Design, Interviews, Commentary & Music

It will be 2013 in under a week and that means it's time for one of those lists summing up the highlights of the year! The following is a selection of posts that you found most interesting (as per the analytics); posts that I most enjoyed creating; exciting discoveries and; some off-blog but on-topic articles.


Baytail Ajaib Lamu Interior Design

Art and Design

Interview with Artist Toyin Odutola

Interviews

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African Inspiration on Pinterest: Big Hair

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I don't know about you but I like wearing my natural hair BIG! Here are some inspirational pics from my Hair au Naturel pinboard.

Have a tremendous weekend!

Images: top, bottom left, bottom right

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African Inspiration on Pinterest: Have a Seat

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A chair is not just a chair with these gems from my African product design pinboard that are made using mud cloth, wax print and yoruba beading.

Have a comfortable weekend!

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Images: Beaded Yoruba chair, Mudcloth chair, Wax print footstool, Multi-print chairs

African Inspiration on Pinterest: The Necklace is All

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I love the power of a big dramatic necklace. No further fuss or embellishment required! Here are a couple from my "Accessory Mad" board on Pinterest. 

What's your go-to accessory?

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Images: Left – found via Rockin That Bling. Right – found via the Akiiki blog.

African Inspiration on Pinterest: Nigerian Wedding Accessories

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I came across these beautiful images of women adorned in traditional Nigerian engagement coral beads on Tumblr, originally posted by daghanaianchiq.tumblr.com. They went straight up onto my Pinterest board, "African style".

This week I did some overdue board maintenance including splitting my "African design" board into boards for various disciplines. You can now enjoy the following Afri-love-related boards:

  • African fashion
  • African art
  • African product design
  • African graphic design
  • African-inspired interiors
  • African style
  • Hair au naturel

There are also plenty of other boards to check out, many being art and design related. Have fun pinning!

Are you on Pinterest? Drop me a comment with a link to your page!

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My Africa Is: A Story in Pins

Pictures tell a thousand words and these begin to tell the story of what my Africa is all about.

If you missed yesterday's postMy Africa Is is an eight-part documentary series taking you on a journey across the continent through the eyes of an insider. The crew behind it need your support in sharing the inspiring stories of young innovative people from 10 countries across Africa. Their Kickstarter time is running out so make your pledge now.

So to those 'stories' – My Africa Is …

Gele paintings Gbenga Orimoloye
Alive (and we love to celebrate it!)

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3 Years of Afri-love: Top Posts from the Last Year

I am embarassed to say that Afri-love's 3rd anniversary just slipped by me! On June 11th, I was on a train back from London after modelling in the Shape Custom Creations Afrika Milele show (one of the most exciting fashion shows I've experienced – the epitomé of good vibes!). In my exhaustion, I forgot what a great moment it was.

As they say, better late than never. It's quite timely actually because, after 2 months or so of travelling, returning, catching up and getting back to 'normal' routine, I'm finally back in the groove of things. You may have noticed that post frequency is starting to pick up again! It's fitting that we get things going with, first, some thanks – a HUGE THANK YOU for reading and interacting with me, here on the blog, by subscribing and via Twitter and Facebook too – it all makes this labour of love so much more satisfying and; second, a little reflection with a look at the top 5 posts from the past year. In reverse order:

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5. Interview with furniture designer Yinka Ilori

A great story about pursuing your passion, no matter the naysayers!

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4. African inspiration on Pinterest from artist Robyn Gordon

Regular readers will know just how obsessed I am with Pinterest (see for yourself). Robyn Gordon is somebody you have to follow.

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3. Interview with feminist activist Amina Doherty

The passionate Amina, aka sheroxlox, is one of the lovliest people I've had the honour to meet in recent years. Find out what drives her. 

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2. Interview with fashion designer Adele Dejak

I've been working with the East Africa-based designer for a little over a year now and I feel so lucky to be collaborating with somebody who creates beautiful things and has such a good spirit too. Today marks the launch of her new website and online shop, created by yours truly and the rest of the Asilia team.

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1. Dream Homes: Swahili-inspired architecture and interior design in Lamu, Kenya

One day I will finally visit Lamu in person (and hopefully before the new port is built as, I worry that it will change the nature of the town). Until then, I will lust over all the beautiful homes I've discovered, thanks to my best friend, the internet. More Lamu finds on the blog.

What posts did you enjoy most over the past 12 months?

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For the newbies – check out the top 3 most popular Afri-love posts of all time: 

  1. Interview with Fashion Stylist and Blogger, Nancie Mwai
  2. Natural Hair Journey: 10 Months after the Big Chop
  3. 5 Reasons why Ghana will be the next African App Powerhouse – a guest post from Afriapps founder and my Asilia co-conspirator, Andrew Mugoya

Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries

I was asked to participate in a WOW Bites session during the Southbank Centre's 2012 Women of the World Festival. Bites are short talks, inspiring ideas, achievements, obsessions, stories, performances, manifestos and more. I thought I'd share the essence of my bite with you.

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One of the most satisfying outcomes of spending so much time online is discovering interesting people doing exciting and amazing things. In my time internetting, I have discovered several women, around the world, using the digital space to tell their stories and through this: creating relationships that transcend barriers such as geographical distance and class; building supportive and collaborative networks and communities; and making things happen for themselves, for others and ultimately, for us all.

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