Butterflies at a Wedding

Well the typical British Summer has made a comeback – cool temperatures, rain and bits of sun here and there. The last two days have seen some torrential showers, and I got caught up in a couple! But that didn’t stop the wedding celebrations, especially the one I attended yesterday!
It’s beautiful thing to witness the union of two people in love. No matter what may be going on in life or with the weather, when there’s a wedding one can’t help but feel good.  After all, besides the wedding ceremony, there’s good food, good music and most importantly, CAKE!!
Here’s a pic of me and my cousin in our Wedding OOTD:
My Cousin (on the left) wears:
Dress - Jane Norman
Shoes - Primark

I wear:
Dress - H&M
Shoes - Office (previously shown here)
Earrings - Topshop
My dress is actually quite casual; I bought it from H&M last year for my holiday. I really liked the butterfly print and the neutral colours. I refused to buy a new dress for the wedding and felt that this dress would do the job. And it did – it was appreciated by my mum and aunts!

Been Gone for a Minute

So, it’s been a while since my last post…..sorry! To be honest I did not have anything of significance to post about, especially as my eyes were glued to the Olympics. I’ve actually spent the last few days getting over the Olympic hype, but with the Paralympics due to start shortly, I’ll apologise in advance if there are a lack of posts during that period!

Once again the summer has visited London Town…the sun has been serious! I was out this morning for my Saturday NTC workout for a mere 2hrs and I already have serious tan lines on my back; and I was using sunscreen with SPF50! The rest of the weekend is set to sizzle; I’m gonna try to make the most of it. I haven’t felt heat like this since my holiday last year *sigh*!

In this sweltering heat, it seems hard for some people to be classy about what they wear. But I was gonna try:

Dress - H&M
Sandals - Asos

I bought the dress and sandals for my holiday last year; I was attracted to the floral print of the dress and the way it flowed. I was actually considering putting the dress up for auction on eBay because I thought that it would be a very long time before I would have an opportunity to wear it again. Just as well I got lazy in trying to organise my clothes for auction!

Book Review – The Cupid Effect

Since the 50 Shades Trilogy, I have read a further 2 books. The book junkie needs a constant fix!

My recent read has been The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson. This is the 2nd book of hers that I have read and I’m currently reading a 3rd book by her.

The Gist:

The book centres around Cerys D’Altroy, a woman who leave her ‘settled’ life in London and moves to Leeds to become a psychology lecturer. In leaving London, she hopes to leave behind her ability to get involved in people’s lives – their love lives more specifically.

However it seems that her matchmaking skills have followed her up to Leeds because she’s quickly embroiled in new love situations – whether she likes it or not. This ranges from her flatmates to her new colleagues and even her long time married best friend is affected by her!

Is she the modern day Cupid?

What I think

Compared to most of the books I have read in recent month (and I have read quite a few), I would consider the Cupid Effect to be a very light hearted read.

There’s nothing intense about the plot; it’s an easy read. There are references to sex, but it’s more humorous than 50 Shades ‘filth’.

As with most of my recently read books, this is told in the 1st person narrative, that of Cerys. The 50 Shades Trilogy has made me more wary of 1st person narratives and I wasn’t prepared to tolerated any references to inner goddesses in this book! But luckily it wasn’t the case. I actually felt I could somewhat relate to Cerys especially on how she felt on being involved in other people’s business when she didn’t want to be as well as her obsession for the vampire Angel. I remember whe I was in lust with Angel *sigh*…..that was so long ago!

Towards the end of the book I thought the plot became slightly questionable when dealing with the theory and title of “The Cupid Effect”. However I liked the brief reference to the mythology of Cupid; it provided an interesting element to the plot.


The Cupid Effect is a decent, light hearted read on matters of love and lust or ordinary people. Ideal for a lazy park or holiday read.

Africa Fashion Week(end) London 2012

Yesterday (04.08.2012) I managed to pry myself away from watching the epic Olympics (Team GB/Nigeria!!)  long enough to go down to Spitalfields Market in East London to attend Africa Fashion Week London 2012.

This was more of an Africa Fashion Weekend London 2012, because as far I was aware, it only took place over 03 and 04 August 2012.

Over the two days there was to be a show case of about 45 designers as well as stalls where people could buy clothes and accessories.

I only got to see one fashion show, by House of Farrah*. Here are a few pics from the show (these were taken on my phone):

The House of Farrah had a beautiful collection, but to be honest I was expecting garments/accessories made from African Fabric, or that it would have African influence.

Beautiful clothes and accessories were featured amongst several stalls, but two in particular caught my eye:

Ella and Gabby* - their hand beaded garments really got my attention; unfortunately I did not take pictures (boo!)

Ankara Clothing* - they sell & custom design dresses  and accessories; they also sell African Fabrics. I managed to take a few pics of their stall:

Ankara Clothing had really gorgeous bags – I just had to buy something, maybe two:
Gold patterrn has been imprinted on the fabric;
if we eventually get more sun in the UK, the gold will glitter nicely!

The other side of the bag

A purse made from the same fabric

The normal price of the bag (according to their website) is £35, and the purse is £15. However at AFWL the bag was selling for £25 and the purse £10. Even then, I managed to pay £25 for both the bag and purse.....not bad!

While my time at Spitalfields was brief , overall, having Africa Fashion Week London is a genius idea; I hope that it will continue to grow to more than just a weekend. I got to see African fabrics and African influence translated into beautiful designs. Remember people, African Fabric is not just a trend sported by Solange and Gwen Stefani......it's been here, is here and will always be here!

By the way, here’s a quick OOTD pic:

Jumper - H&M
Leggings - New Look
Studded Flats, Earrings - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Watch - V&A Museum
As you can see I was dressed very casual, but when it comes to exhibitions, I’d rather go for casual and comfort than fashion and discomfort!

Now back to  watching the Olympics!

*To find out more about these businesses, simply click on their names; they're hyper linked x
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