Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Future Events

As this year draws to an end, we begin preparation for next year's events and activities. Below are some really useful dates for your diary.

Event: Fashion Business Planning For Success
Date: 15th January 2014.
More details here- http://www.fashion-angel.co.uk/events-and-workshops#

Event: Corporate Afrika
Date: 7th February 2014
Time: 5pm - 11pm
Entry: Free
W- http://cokobar.com/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=139 

Event: Britain's Top Designer
16th February 2014
Tickets: £15 STD £35 VIP
Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms London

For more information, please visit www.britainstopdesigner.com

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Send your fashionable pics to us, you know we love to share them- eighteenf@gmail.com

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Promotional Packages

Marketing is an important element of business success. Our aim is to give you the platform(s) to promote your business/brand/hobby to a wider audience. 

Who we are
As well as a blog, we own an emerging online fashion brand with exceptional unique prints in modern designs for women. The brand's social aims is to create sustainable employment and income in developing communities through fashion design.  Thus promoting economic development and empowering the community. Take a peek at our web> www.eighteenforever.co.uk 

Our achievements so far....

  • BEFFTA Awards and Black Weblog Awards Blog of the Year nominee 2012 & 2013
  • Contributor to Africa Fashion Week London Magazine 2012. 
  • Featured at FAB Magazine Online, Ciaafrique, Africaidea, Africa Fashion Style Daily, Fashion Cadet, Lifestyle Monthly Magazine, Liverpool Hope University Website, The Daily Post, Echo Magazine.
  • Fashion talk on The Sporah Show London (SKY 209).  
  • Supported by UnLtd Funding UK. 
  • Launched our fashion brand in 2013. 
  • Won competition to Showcase at Africa Centre Summer Festival London 2013. 
  • Showcased at Liverpool Urban Hair Show 2013.
  • Press at Africa Fashion Week London 2012. 

Our stats
We launched as a Fashion Blog in February 2012.
  • We have over 50k page views. 
  • Top 10 countries in order are: USA, UK, Russia, Germany, France, The Gambia, Canada, Italy, Latvia and India. 
  • Page views by operating systems are- Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iPad and iPhone. 
  • Two main traffic sources are- Facebook and Google. 
  • Most popular posts are- Articles (we can write an article about your brand or use endorsements). 

Promotional Packages

Types of packages                Benefits                                    Cost                                            Duration 

Bronze                             Brand listing on                            FREE                                          2 months  
                                        our blog only             

Silver                              Listed on our blog                          FREE                                         4 months 
                                       and 2 social media 
                                       platforms of your choice            

Gold                              Featured and listed on                     Product endorsement                   Lifetime 
                                                                                             for giveaways/competitions. 
                                      our blog + all social media 
                                      platforms and promotional 
                                      materials at events. 


Please note: for Silver package users, we expect you to share our business details with your contacts. 

For more information about our packages, please contact us:
E- eighteenf@gmail.com 
W- www.eighteenforever.co.uk
T- EIGHTEENF

Friday, 29 November 2013

African Print Maxi Dress

As you know, we are also a Social Enterprise with a clothing range for women. Our collection showcases vibrant African prints in modern designs like this Mermaid style dress.

Shop the range here> www.eighteenforever.co.uk
We are giving away 20% off all items from this range for Christmas at www.stylesafrik.com

If you wish to collaborate with us, please send us an email- eighteenf@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!


Photo credit: Nish Tog

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Christmas Photo Shoot

We are preparing for our shoot on Saturday 23rd November in Liverpool City Centre. Looking for the following people to join us:

10 models
2 make-up artists
2 hairstylists
1 stylist
1 event runner

Interested participants should email- eighteenf@gmail.com


Photo credit: Eighteen Forever 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

5 Ways To Promote Your Blog

Once you start blogging, you are now faced with "keeping it interesting" for your followers. The question is- how do you keep your followers happy? A very simple question with a complex answer. The trouble is, only your followers can tell you how to keep them interested. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your current followers and gain new ones (in no particular order). These tips are based on my experience as a blogger. They cost you nothing but few hours of your time per week.

Credible content
As a blogger, you are also an informant. It is important to have legitimate content to keep them rightly informed. Make sure you share honest information with your followers. Do not share information that you are uncertain about or taken without consent from another source. The same goes with images. They must be credited to the source or avoid using them. Once your followers realise that your content cannot be trusted, your credibility will be flushed down the drain. Trust me, you don't want that on your brand.

Networking
There would be no success without meeting people. You have to get out there. Go on Google and search for fashion networking events in your area (or whatever you blog about). There are lots of FREE networking events to trial before committing to paid events. With networking, comes the opportunity to collaborate and develop your craft.

Collaborations
You know the saying 'two heads are better than one', yes!....that one. Collaborating with emerging brands and even well established businesses will benefit you in terms of visibility and return on your services. It is always useful to run competitions on your blog and social media page to keep up with competition, but most importantly keep yourself relevant.

Events
It is important to attend events but, it is also important to organise one. Of course this depends on what you blog about. For example, if you blog about Arts & Crafts, then you might want to organise an Arts & Crafts fair/workshop/discussion with people in the industry. This would help raise your profile as well as others involved. Ask for sponsorship from companies in similar trade. It is also an opportunity for you to meet with some of your followers. Make sure you have a feedback form to help you improve or know how well you're doing. We all need reassuring now and again.

Professionalism
Although you might be blogging for fun, you might want to take this to the next level at some point. Get your brand name, logo, slogan (if applicable), aims and objectives in check before you go out networking or seeking collaboration. If you can get the aforementioned marketing mix in place, people/businesses will take you seriously. Make sure you get a business card too! Oh...and your business proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact eighteenf@gmail.com

Content credit: Eighteen Forever

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Project Shenanigan & Eighteen Forever Fashion Show

We have collaborated with a quirky Irish Bar in Liverpool to promote the bar and our Social Enterprise Fashion range to new markets.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Photo credit: Shenanigan Liverpool 


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Date for your diary: Vogue Fashion Night Out Manchester

Vogue fashion night out has landed in Manchester this year. A great night to meet fab fashion people. Designers, stylists, top fashion and style bloggers, models and many more. Unfortunately, tickets are not available anywhere but still digging here. You just never know! This event is scheduled for Thursday 10th October in Manchester.

For more information, please follow this link: http://www.vogue.co.uk/special-events/fashions-night-out

L: Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulma


Photo credit: Vogue

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Nominated: Fashion Blog of The Year 2013

Another nomination from Black Weblog Awards group for Fashion Blog of The Year. Hope to win this time!


Photo credit: Black Weblog Awards

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Featured: The Showroom Online

Michelle Holden launched 'The Showroom Online' 1st November 2012 in Manchester. The month of the launch coincided with the publication of an article in Vintage Life Magazine: The Vintage Bag Lady with editorial pictures by London photographer Anna Fayemi and styled by Michelle. The photography and styling accompany a autobiographical account by Michelle of loving vintage and being inspired at an early age.

About Michelle
I am a vintage enthusiast and fashion lover. For over 10 years I have been buying and wearing unique vintage pieces and friends and strangers would ask me “where’s that from?” or telling to find something similar for them. I’m also an avid online shopper but disappointed with some of the options available online I decided to start The Showroom Online.

The boutique
Mid range luxury vintage accessories and clothing for women from 1910 to 1980, available online. It’s all about wearable vintage that can be incorporated into a modern wardrobe.
Stock includes vintage Gucci, Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ossie Clarke to name but a few. This area of vintage fashion as exploded because people feel a sense of heritage and authenticity about the product they’re purchasing. Products are sourced from reputable auctions houses in the UK and Europe as well as traders in the UK and traders overseas so items are authenticated and provenance can be verified.



Why vintage?
It’s sustainable, you can be unique and you acquire some history and preserve the heritage and craftsmanship.

The blog covers fashion, art, music and anything else that inspires. I love vintage because of the history and the stories but more importantly I love that vintage clothing is a sustainable and unique shopping experience. This is really reflected in the designer’s interviewed and featured for the blog. For example, Zoe Boomer and Pikolinos Masaai show that timeless luxury can be ethical and sustainable.


Projects & Activities 
Fashion Stops Trafficking in aid of A21; an anti-slavery anti trafficking charity - January 2013
RM Dance Fusion 5th birthday celebration fashion dance music flashmob in Yorkshire and Lancashire July 2013

What’s next? 
The website has been nominated for Vintage Manchester Award – Best Vintage Newcomer The awards take place on 23rd October in Manchester. It’s such an honour and the website is in great company. I’ll be there reporting back fashion and vintage news from the Awards. And here’s where to vote http://www.vintagemanchester.com/2013-awards/ and every vote counts so please vote.

Looking to year two
It’s been a fantastic first year and I hope to keep growing the website and finding excellent timeless pieces for all my amazing customers.

Shop the range here:
Website: http://www.theshowroomonline.co.uk/

Follow us on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheShowroomOnline
Twitter: https://twitter.com/showroomonline @showroomonline
Blog www.theshowroomonline.co.uk/blog.

Photo credit: The Showroom Online

Monday, 19 August 2013

Floral Print, Trainers & Natural Hair


What I'm Wearing 
River Island Floral Print Dress
New Look Accessories
Trainers from TK Maxx 
+ Natural Hair 


Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

River Island African Print Dress

After a hectic day on Saturday showcasing at Africa Center Summer Festival at Covent Garden Piazza and Africa Fashion Week London After-party, it was another busy one on Sunday rehearsing for Catwalk4Change at Wandsworth. It was great meeting other bloggers for a great purpose. Looking forward to the second rehearsal on the 18th!. Don't forget to get ticket for this event at Models of Diversity: www.modelsofdiversity.org/catwalk4change/

Keeping it stylish and printed this time!

What I'm Wearing
River Island Graduate Dress £70
Republic Black Leggings £14.99
Miss Selfridge Cross Ankle Strap £65
Earrings from Asos

Natural Hair!

Photo credit: Eighteen Forever 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Africa Centre Summer Festival

Thanks to a competition by New African Woman Magazine, Eighteen Forever has been chosen to showcase at Africa Centre Summer Festival along with 7 other fashion brands in Covent Garden Piazza. This event is curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE. First of its kind for the centre which almost closed down few years ago. A great showcase of African/African inpsired brands and music. Headlined by Nigerian superstar Nneka, DJ Edu.

Other Musical acts include The Venus Bushfires, Tunde Jegede, Celloman, Wale Ojo and the Kalakuta Express, Kasai Masai, Bumi Thomas and DRB Las Gidi, a fashion show and visual arts exhibitions by Safaa Erruas, Otobong Nkaga and Nathalie Mba Bikoro.  



Photo credit: The Africa Centre 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

My Miry- The Precious Collection


Since the first pair of shoes created with the African Ankara fabric, CEO and founder, Sara Coulibaly
has magnified and brought to life through every pair and collection thereafter; the beauty of fusing
materials, the resourcefulness of craftsmanship and the eclectic contrasting of colours…

Founded 2 years ago as Carpe Diem, My Miry which literally translates as “my thoughts” in the
Malinké dialect of Ivory Coast has re-launched after a 6 months hiatus. The Parisian based
womenswear brand has transformed itself into an exclusive premium footwear and accessories brand
crafted from the drawing board of Sara’s imagination and inspiration to being brought alive in the
South of Spain at a studio that also enlists Carolina Herrera as clients.


The brand presents a 13 piece collection termed “Precious” each representing the name of a precious
stone; the first collection under My Miry where quality is assured – only premium leather is used on
the exterior, interior and the sole and only the best quality Ankara fabrics sourced from around Africa
are used. Comfort is assured – the pieces are refined and glamorous, modern and ethnic to accentuate
your feet. A great quality fit adapted to the life of the woman in motion.
“I wanted to create pieces that were literally as precious each in their own right so we employed different
fabric styles on each of the 13 pairs to ensure they were unique, elegant and classic” states Sara
Coulibaly.


The pieces will be available to buy from the website www.mymiry.fr (currently under revamping).


Email: modemaisonpr@gmail.com Tel: 00 44 7834 321 373 Twitter: @Brownschuga / @ModeMaisonPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ModeMaisonPR


Photo Credit: My Miry

Friday, 19 July 2013

Summer Fashion: Pleats Me

What happens when the weather decides to get unbearable? You change outfits as many times as possible.
This week, I am obsessed with pleats and ankle strap sandals. They are comfortable and stylish. Loving my Island Getaway pleats skirts from Boohoo. Island Getaway is a shade of green. Looks cool on the skin.
Pleat skirt from Boohoo
Pink nails
Ankle strap sandal from H&M
Bag from Primark
Earring and belt from TopShop
Zara Shades
Pink on Island Gateway, a shade of green. 
Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Liverpool Urban Hair Show

For those who say- "there's nothing going on in Liverpool". Well you are so wrong. There is a great deal going on in the city. I must admit, its not the same as London or Birmingham. However, you can create your own event. Contact other creatives and work together. There is never a success by one but by many.

Like many, Claire saw a gap in Liverpool for sociable events, specifically extravagant hair shows to showcase talent in the region. Claire decided to organise the first Urban Hair Show in Liverpool with the aim of raising funds for Liverpool One Charity. Liverpool Urban Hair Show took place on Thursday 4th July at Leo Casino.

Models hair were styled by Wirral Metropolitan College students' and, Eighteen Forever(EF) had the pleasure of styling 5 models with the brand clothing range. EF clothing is for social change. Wearing EF Clothing means you want to see positive change in the fashion industry and you help to create work for those in developing communities. T-Shit was also showcased at the show.  A range of- what I describe as Urban, Cool, T-Shirt by Jasmin.

What would a show be without media people? Nothing. Special thanks to Photograph-E for the images.
She is super fierce. Winning the Best Look of the Night. So deserved it. Want the dress? Contact EF- eighteenf@gmail.com 
EF Founder with Fab models at the show. 
Hair we go......courtesy of Wirral Metropolitan College 
How fabulous are these Peeps?

Model in Eighteen Forever designs (all available here: www.eighteenforever.co.uk) 

Model in Lime Crop top £20 and Lime Flare Skirt £25 (available here: www.eighteenforever.co.uk) 

Party people at the show with Claire (in sequin dress who is the event organiser). 

L- Jasmin (Founder of T-Shit)

Are you?
Doesn't make any sense? Read the shirt and then start again. 
Jasmin and her models in her T-Shit designs. Well, except for the two angels in red at the back and of course the guy without a shirt. Hmm...... 
Model in Eighteen Forever Kente Love Dress £45 

Photo credit: Photograph-E.co.uk

Monday, 15 July 2013

Featured: Africaidea

Many thanks to Africaidea Team for the feature. We really appreciate it.


You can read more here: http://fashion.africaidea.com/%EF%BF%BC%EF%BF%BCeighteen-forever-the-online-fashion-brand-for-women/

Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Starting Your Blog

Since I started blogging, I have received more questions about "How to start a blog" than any other. Blogging is now the big "thing" to do. With so many blogs out there, it is really impossible to accurately determine the number of blogs in the UK or rest of the world. If this was possible, we would also need to look at how many blogs are active or dead and, how many have meaningful establishment. Not all blogs are good blogs and not all good blogs are reachable due to SEO functionality and many other computing jargon. 

Starting your own blog is not an easy task because you have to keep update of it and make it interesting to keep your followers and attract new ones. There are five critical questions you MUST ask yourself before creating your blog. Rather than giving you some steps, I have questions for you. They are as follows:

1. Why do I want to create a blog?
Like I've mentioned before, creating a blog is not as easy as it seems. It requires a tremendous level of determination and persistence. Don't create a blog for the sake of it or because your friend has a blog. You should create a blog because you have an alluring content to share with many. This content could be anything, from fashion, music, poetry, design to literally anything at all. Once you've decide why you want to create a blog, this leads to the next question.

2. How do I create a blog?
You can create a blog using blogger. This is the same domain as this blog or you can use Wordpress. From experience, blogger is more easier to use and can take between 10-30minutes to create depending on your computing skills. Blogger is straightforward and with Google+, your content can reach more audience. Downside to creating using a public space is that you don't own the domain name, for example- my blog appear as eighteenf.blogspot.com. Blogspot.com is a public domain owned by blogger. If you wish to buy your domain you might lose your followers as your blog will not be visible to those using blogspot.com/co.uk. As always, we are concerned about the cost of blogging. So you ask....

3. How much will it cost to start a blog?
It is FREE to start a blog. Beware of so called "web designers" who ask for payments before creating a blog. The only cost you might incur is for creating your own domain. For example, if you do not wish to have www.myblog.blogspot.com instead www.myblog.co.uk 

4. What is my blog name?
A very good question that you might struggle to answer. Give your blog a creative but memorable name. Don't use codes only understandable to you. Use names or words that people will remember. When promoting your blog, make sure you use this always (in your emails, messages and so on). To prevent copyright issues, check online to make sure no one is currently using the name. Avoid unnecessary stress and humiliation!


5. How do I promote my blog?
This is the most difficult part of owning a blog. Promoting and marketing your blog is the fundamental tool to keeping your blog alive, otherwise it will soon be a dead blog wasting space on www. You can promote your blog through social media sites. I will suggest you create a Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest page specifically for your blog (use blog name!). Keep personal information to a minimum and focus on your contents. Also, join communities of bloggers such as IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers). Once you join communities of bloggers, you can network and build on your niche. Your niche will determine your following. There is no such thing as "narrowing your content will reduce your following". Total rubbish! There is something for everyone. If you want to be a food blogger, you might want to consider what areas of food you want to blog about. For example, you might want to focus on pastries/baking rather than meals. Therefore, pastry will be your niche in your description as a food blogger. 

Copyright: This article is owned by Eighteen Forever. Please ask for permission before using. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

BET Awards Best Moments

#BETAwards took place on Sunday 29th June in US but, for many of us, it was aired on Tuesday 2nd July. Judging by the performances, this was the best BET Awards ever! Lots of performances on the night, great host (Chris Tucker) and a very fashionable crowd too. What was interesting was the collaborations between different genres and artists. Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar were great and so was Chris Brown's opening performance. Despite the negative press that surrounds him, he is a great artist!


Was completely moved by Dwayne Wade's life story and how he has made a success of his life through hard-work and sheer determination. A young man from South Chicago faced with ruthless life experiences in his neighbourhood but chose a positive life for himself and of course, his family. He now gives back to his community who gave him nothing. A true hero! More people should pay attention to such individuals and make a better example in their communities.

You can't ignore how in-love they are. Gabrielle Union is a smart, classy young woman. Perfect match! Watch on next project- #BeingMaryJane on #BET


Another great moment was watching the legendary Charles Wilson rocking like he was 25 yrs old again. He was joined on stage by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion and Pharrell Williams to perform some of his timeless hits. Missed it? Catch it on #BET


The queen of sliding, breaking, humping and everything "dance", yep you know it- Ciara. She dances like anybody's business and makes it look so damn easy. Always great watching her performances.

What do you think of this year's BET Awards?


Photo credit: BET Awards

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Designer Spotlight: Eighteen Forever On Ciaafrique

Many thanks to Ciaafrique Team for this feature.


Please follow this link to read more: http://www.ciaafrique.com/2013/06/designer-spotlight-eighteen-forever.html

Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Monday, 17 June 2013

Passion For Motherland

Charities do a great deal of work to support developing communities worldwide. So when Lisette Mibo invited Eighteen Forever to her forthcoming fundraising event for "Save the Congo", it was a definite Yes and, as always an honour to be invited. Lisette Mibo is a BEFFTA Award and Congolese Award winning model based in London. Originally from The Democratic Republic of Congo. Lisette is now using a well earned platform as a model to create positive change in her home country. This is what she had to say- The whole idea of the event is to bring together an eclectic mix of live music, poetry and fashion showcase for a deserving charitable cause“. 

When: 10th August 2013
Where: 17-25 New Inn Yard London, Greater London EC2A 3EA 
Time: 6pm-10pm 
Tickets: £7 in advance and £10 on the door


Save the Congo is a charity campaigning to tackle the four major problems that give rise to killings, raping, uprooting and abuses in Congo. These are the 4Is – Impunity, Insecurity, illicit trade of minerals and institutional failure. Please visit their website for more information www.savethecongo.org.uk 

Photo credit: Lisette Mibo & Save The Congo

Friday, 14 June 2013

Catwalk4Change

An important event scheduled for Friday 6th September at The Waterlily Mile End Road in London- "Catwalk4Change".

Eighteen Forever has been invited to showcase at this event. I will be walking the runway with designs from the website (www.eighteenforever.co.uk) for positive change and, it would be great to see you all FAB Peeps there!

About time we bloggers take a stand against inequality and injustice in the fashion industry. Fashion plays a very crucial role in today's society. Hence, an influential tool to create positive change globally.

Tickets for this event will go live on 1st July. See you there!!


Photo credit: Catwalk4Change 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Lime va va Ley

Take a bliss at today's outfit. Lemon is the ley-way forward. Indulge!!




Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Let's Change The Way We Shop

Wednesday 24th April was the worst industrial disaster to hit Bangladesh in its history claiming over 1000 lives. According to reports, this is the worst industrial human catastrophe in Asia since the collapse of Bhopal in India in 1984. The eight-storey building known as Rana Plaza collapsed whilst workers were in the building producing garments. The army general official in Dhaka revealed that, 2500 people were rescued from the site and many were injured. However, there is no accurate record of people on site at the time to determine the number of people still missing. This is still a great concern, as many relatives camp outside the site with the hope of reuniting with their loved ones. Absolutely deplorable!

On Friday 10th May, a young lady by the name Reshma was rescued from the rubble after seventeen days in it. This is an incredible story of survival, hope, persistent and faith. Not many were quite lucky or blessed to be out there alive after so many days. Reshma claimed she survived on dry food and bottle water. There are so many important, yet unanswered questions from both the Bangladeshi authorities and the EU. EU authorities claimed that changes will be administered in agreement with Bangladesh officials to ensure safety of workers. This seems like a logical deal, considering that, garments produced in this factory are made for large retailers in developed countries. At present, there is huge distrust between government officials in Bangladesh, media and the community in regards to the lack of cohesion and consistency in their messages.

At the moment, only one positive move has been made. The arrest of Rana Plaza owner- Mohammed Sohel Rana and seven others. From research, it appears that Mr Rana is allegedly a criminal who made his success by exploiting vulnerable people in his own community. The vice-president of Dhaka district Awami League, Ashrafuddin Khan told the BBC that, "Rana controlled an underworld gang in the area, and used it to run drugs and extortion business. If the authorities were aware of his actions, why was Mr Rana not investigated? 

Unanswered questions:
1. What triggered this incident?
2. Who will be held liable?
3. What was the age range of workers at Rana Plaza?
4. What were their working conditions?
5. How are you affected by this disaster?

I hope that you can find it within you to share your views. I know it is disheartening but, if we talk about, it might change the way we view the world. "Let's change the way we shop". 
Let's talk.

Article credit: Eighteen Forever

Please note: do not share without permission. Thank you.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Do What You Love

It is always a pleasure to be invited on a show to discuss fashion. This time, an invitation on The Sporah Show to talk about London Fashion Week, the fuzz and loves! Backstage is always exciting because I get to talk to different people and get an insight into why they've come on the show in more than 5 minutes. As you know, there is little time for so much to say and do on air. Backstage gives a different yet realistic background to people's story. 

I met two lovely ladies who dedicate their times to animals. They organise charity and fundraising events  in support of animal welfare called- Black Nose Day. They are planning a campaign to make Black Nose Day official in the national calendar just like Red Nose Day. 
Would you be supporting?

Later, I met a gentleman by the name John, the organiser of Kigali Show with an inspiring story of his challenges he faced organising the show with the aim of putting Rwanda back on the map. 

It got really exciting meeting with Ethel. Although I am not a huge fan of her fashion style, I think she's doing what she loves and I admire her for that. Ethel is a Afro-beats singer who performed on The Sporah Show after she was hypnotised. Yes she was for her fear of Spiders. Quite funny to watch!

We talked about fashion and weirdly drifted to celebrity gossip. OK, that was really freaky. I do not do celebrity gossip! There are way too many important things to discuss than some self-egoistic individuals with no purpose of direction.

Think-
"The fashion industry is a really competitive market, if you don't work hard to grow and broaden your network, you will limit your success"- Eighteen Forever



Ethel and I backstage at The Sporah Show. 


                                                     Spiky necklace from New Look


Coral-reef midi dress from Topshop 
Spiky ankle boot & the rings

Photo credit: Eighteen Forever 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Brand Launch

I am happy to announce that EIGHTEEN Forever will be an official Fashion Brand after it is launched on Saturday 4th May at Modo Bar in Liverpool, 4-7pm.

It is has been over a year now working on this clothing line. Here is it is..

EIGHTEEN Forever is an emerging online fashion brand with exceptional unique prints in modern design for women. The brand with a social aim of creating a platform for developing machinists to earn sustainable income through satisfactory designs and collaboration with the brand.

Tickets for the fair are available here: FREE PRESS PASS 
Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.eighteenforever.com
Eventelephant: www.eventelephant.com/eighteenforeverbrandlaunch

Alternatively, you can email Fashion Editor- eighteenf@gmail.com


See you there!!

Flyer design: Vive Designs

Friday, 22 February 2013

Fashion Weekender





Keeping it stylish and trendy with a 3/4 bright colour blazer from H&M. Carefully teamed with mid-length black dress and a Zebra-like high heel shoe. Flying high with my Tab..what could go wrong? Welcome to the weekender!

Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

Monday, 11 February 2013

London Fashion Week to Spring

After a bitterly cold winter, all you need is a bright colour jumper to keep you energised and fashionable in Spring. The perfect bright colour and easy to style is Lemon. Yes! Lemon. Lemon is quite admissible to Emerald, one of this season hot colours according to Pantone. What more you could you possible want? It is easy to go wrong with it because it doesn't compliment everybody's skin tone. Olive and Dark skins have more complimentary texture with Lemon more than lighter skin tones. However, your eyes and hair colour can be a great factor to determine the suitability of Lemon for you.

How do I wear it?
Well, you can find many items in lemon- accessories, tops, jackets and even shoes. Be careful with mixing too much colour with Lemon. It can make you look like Pete the drag Master. Wear lemon with black or white. Keep it simple, chic and classy. I styled this Sloane Crew jumper with sleek black and gold. The gold gives it a glamourous look perfect for a night out.

All items styled at asosfashionder

Bright colour jumper



Bering Ladies Ceramic Black Rose Gold Watch £199
Small Black Sloan Quitted Shoulder Bag by MICHAEL Michael Ko £220
Tailored Crepe Suit Trouser £119
Pele Black Boots £129
Sloane Crew Neck Jumper in Citronelle £105

Bright colours are not the only fashion forward styles for spring. Taking fashion to a whole new stage is this Sporty Luxe outfit. The statement jumper, pencil skirts, white hat and of course, a chance to walk down the street with confidence with this earmuffs. Add some knee socks!!

Sporty Luxe


New Look Barney Backpack £19.99Tailored Crepe Suit Skirt £119White Hat from asos £35KN561A Medium Grey Neon Lip Sticks Knit £305Great Jones Wired Earmuffs £75Teramo £190
Alexandra meets Darling

Don't ask me why I call it "Alexandra meets Darling". It just fit. Perfect Madame, yet renaissance. The earings add some fetish twist with the spiders on them. I bet you didn't notice. The shoe has been spotted on Beyonce at this year's Grammy Awards (more on the Grammy's later)



Asos Jewel Beetle Earring £18Goat Hair Jacket £499Black Mesh Bodysuit £11.99Megan Park Patchwork Skirt £351.07Flis Flower Embellished Bag £129Chloe Clever Black Courts £129
 
Printed dressThe biker jacket makes it rock n roll. The printed shirt makes it bold feminine and the andro shoes are totally different from the latter, but it works! What is fashion without fun and risk!! 


Snake Frame X-Body £32Asos Astonished Leather Ankle Boot £60Black cropped Leather Look Jacket £35.99Graphic Print Bodycon Dress £8Mirrored Lens Classic Silver Aviator Sunglasses by Rayban £118Image credit: Eighteen Forever**Please ask for permission before using the images**

Sunday, 20 January 2013

What I'm Wearing


Welcome to the first post of this year. It has been a wonderful break from blogging. I am happy to be back on the scene for hot new fashion trends and gossip. Being away from blogging was not necessarily away from fashion! I was working on Eighteen Forever new fashion project which is a clothing line for modern and fashion conscious women. I cannot wait to unveil this project to you all. It is a vision to reality project, considering the huge financial bearing and long hours of research and writing. Eighteen Forever fashion shoot will take place on 2nd February in London. For more information, please contact Editor via email: eighteenf@gmail.com

In the midst of all things fashion, it was great to take some time out and create an outfit fit for Autumn but created in winter. Colour is never out of the detail where creating an outfit is concerned on this blog, but this time, creating an unusual modern look with two bright colours and zebra print is highly daring.

What I'm wearing:

LS White shirt £14.99- H&M
Jumper £14.99- H&M
Black & white leggings £9.99 H&M
White & black dotted ankle sock- £2.99 H&M
Pink ankle book £39.99- Very
Chanel bag $1,200 (on sale)




Photo credit: Eighteen Forever

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