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Green Creole

While y'all are already thinking about your fall wardrobe, we in Dakar are still going to enjoy Summer till October or further. The cold really comes in my city after December. Therefore we will be fanning ourselves probably till 2019.

This means that for a while I will have to rely on a wardrobe that is versatile and easy breezy to survive the heat wave. 
I did some shopping to try to add those versatile pieces to my wardrobe this Summer. I concentrated on thrifted things because I did not want to spend too much money. I wanted tops that were easy to wear, easy to style and vibrant. As for the bottoms, I wanted an alternative to jeans. So, I went for skirts, maxi and midis. It is too hot to have something between the legs that will chafe you. Maxi skirts in chiffon or cotton are going to be my friend this season. Finally I wanted maxi dresses in chiffon that require minimal to no ironing.

I was lucky enough to find almost everything that I needed at Colobane market. Colobane is …

Heatwave

Hi Y'all!

It is getting too hot to properly function. I just want to stay home under the fan and nap all day. What about you?
To stay cool, I opt to dress with light fabric like cotton and linen. Man made material can easily turn into the enemy under this heat. Yet I chose to wear this jersey skirt today.

Printed scarf - Gift Chambray shirt - thrifted (Liberte 6 market) Jersey maxi skirt - HLM market Shoes - La Folie Necklace and Earrings - MG road market (India) Bracelet - Saturday Market Ring - so old but probably bought in Japan Lipstick - Kiko



I thought of this ensemble the night before wearing it. I love a good jersey skirt in grey color. And this one right here is just perfect because the fabric is light; yet the skirt is too long. So long that it can actually become a sleeveless dress. I have never worn the skirt to work because it is the type of skirt that shows all my curves. But I was determined to try it with this chambray shirt that at least covers my bum. I added the …

Staycation

This year for Summer, I had decided to take just a few days off and get out of the city. I wanted to go to a quiet and private place. So I went with my brother, his new wife and my two boys to Mbour, which is a city a few kilometers outside of Dakar, and stayed in a beautiful house with a pool not far from the beach. More about it on the other blog.

I wanted a house with a private pool because I wanted to swim without being bothered by other people. As much as I enjoy hotel pools, I cannot see myself wearing a swimsuit in public nowadays. The reason being modesty, not liking my current body and being fearful of what people might say.  
Anyway we stayed in Keur Dan for three nights and 4 days, swimming, sleeping, eating, playing cards and doing a bit of sightseeing. 


Straw hat- borrowed from Sis in law Cover up - Petersen market Dress - thrifted, Colobane market Wedges - Thrifted, Saturday Market 


On the last day, we had family over for a "Yendu" which is another word for a p…

Culotté (Social Media Etiquette)

Hello

Today's post will be a lengthy rant about the lack of etiquette in using social media. (You have been warned)

I am a fan of social media. Each of the ones I use serves a different purpose. I go on Facebook to connect with my friends who are scattered all over the world. Whatsapp also serves the same purpose except that it is reserved for those friends that I have a closer connection with. I use Instagram and Blogger to share my passion for fashion. I also use it to travel without ever living my house. I also use Pinterest for fashion and styling tips. And finally I go on Twitter to relieve my stress and laugh out loud. I am very present on social media. I like to engage in discussions, drool on styles and troll my friends. But what I hate the most is when someone in my circle sends me a porn video or some other sensitive thing.

Recently, a male friend of mine sent me a porn video. We were chatting on Whatsapp and he asked me what I was doing. I answered that I was looking fo…

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak dear readers!

Yesterday, most Muslims around the world got to celebrate Eid el Fitr which marks the end of a month long fasting event called Ramadan. Some celebrated the day before.

In Senegal, it was decided that it would be Friday. As usual there is a lot happening to prepare for the event. First of all, we need to do grocery shopping to get all essentials to prepare a feast fit for kings and queens. For some reasons, we always eat barbecue meat or chicken on Eid. My christian cousins from my Mother's side of the family come over to help out. We do more talking than cooking though. That is why we sometimes end up eating past 3 PM.

 The men go to attend the prayer at the Mosque by 9 AM, all decked in their best outfit: A type of Sherwani outfit made of a long tunic and pants either in Bazin or cotton fabric. Once they are back, we exchange wishes. Some neighbors also drop over on their way back from the Mosque to wish us a happy Eid. Often we serve them Lakh, a wheat …

When in doubt, wear a dress!

Hello faithful readers!
That is it! I think that this dress below is my favorite dress of all time. Ok! I am being dramatic over here. Let us just say that I have a new favorite dress until I find another that is better.
I went to The Gambia for early spring break recently and I indulged in a little bit of shopping. I originally wanted to buy a tie and die fabric in blue and white but I could not resist this one as well. So I got them both at the market for a very affordable price. 
Lucky for me, there is a tailor right across the streets from my grandparents' house where I was staying. I showed him some pictures from Pinterest and let him do his magic. And ta-da!

Velvet scarf - borrowed from my Mother Dress - custom made Shoes - Westside (India)

I wore it for the first time for a work event. It would have been wise to go with a "suit and tie" for it was a networking event I was hosting. But for some reasons, I do not feel very comfortable in pants blouse blazer combo. I…