Event LOVE: 3rd Edition Bimod 228 Fashion Show
On Saturday night, myself and around 3,000 other people gathered in the garden of Hotel Mercure-Sarakawa (Lome, Togo), for the 3rd Edition of the Bimod 228 Fashion Show. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but once I knew that Vlisco was a sponsor, and would also be showing their latest pieces, I HAD TO GO.
It was soooo hot and soooo humid but I was too excited about the show to even care that we were about to watch 9 designers show their collections outside where the mosquitos were going to town on my legs and arms, despite dousing myself with inspect repellant before going to the show… but I digress.
Like I was saying I was very excited that Vlisco would be showing their newest collection, but surprisingly enough, it wasn’t even Vilisco’s collection that blew me away; instead, I was super, SUPER impressed by the collections of the other 9 African designers.
Here are a some of my favourite pieces!
The designers: Cesar Vodis, Christelle Mensah- Da Silveira, Akoko Folibey-Sebio, Francoise Adjanke, Boris Wellington, Sessi Edi, Elloi Sessou, Nadir Tati and Ibronke Oluwaseyi Asepo.
Congratulations to all the designers on a job well done, and to Blandine Sambiani-Bagnah for putting on an excellent show, and especially for supporting local African designers 🙂
peace and love
Review LOVE: Kinky Haircare with NHF
I was browsing the aisles of Ramco, a local store here in Togo that’s similar to a Wal-Mart. I came to an immediate halt when I got to the hair care aisle… my favourite aisle. I noticed that they have loads of natural hair care products, and when I say natural, I mean these products contain all natural ingredients, no chemicals. I had to stop myself from buying everything off of the shelves, and instead decided to treat myself to a shampoo and conditioner by Natural Herbes Force (NHF). I stopped using shampoo a couple of years ago, as I found it made both my hair and scalp really dry. Instead I use conditioner to wash (co-wash) and condition my hair, but I bought the NHF shampoo because I’m honestly so tired of the baking soda method to clarify my scalp when I have build up. Totally over it.
I figured I’d give the NHF shampoo and conditioner a try, seeing as they both contain all natural ingredients. The shampoo is a blend of a variety of african plants, coconut milk and shea butter; and the conditioner is a blend of a variety of african plants as well, coconut oil and protein/magnesium (which I hear is excellent for enhancing curls). As soon as I got back to the hotel, I jumped straight into the shower. It was time to put these babies to test!
The shampoo doesn’t real smell like anything really, and it doesn’t sting when it gets into your eyes! I wash my hair in sections, this way I get to give my hair and scalp a good wash, and it also prevents breakage that comes from tangling.
The conditioner smells like bubble gum! I also condition my hair in sections, as it helps me to gently remove any tangles in my hair, and also ensures that I get the conditioner EVERYWHERE.
I threw on a shower cap and kept the conditioner in my hair for 30 minutes.
After rinsing out the conditioner, I re-twisted my hair with 100% coconut oil and sealed my twists with raw Shea butter; then threw on a satin wrap and went to bed 🙂
Took my twists out two days later. My hair/scalp were nice and clean, my hair was super soft and smelled like sweet bubble gum!
I have to say that I’m so relieved to have found an all natural shampoo and conditioner, cause I’m not one of those “naturalists” that likes making her own shampoo and conditioner… I don’t have the patience for all of that lol. If you’re ever on this side of the world and are looking for an all natural shampoo and conditioner (no matter your hair type), I would definitely recommend Naturals Herbes Force! Your hair and scalp will love you forever!
peace and love
ps: If you want more information on how you can get your hands on NHF products, shoot them an email at meyecosmetic @ gmail.com