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African Food Festival Hamburg 2018

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Back to basics

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MISS KENYA-GERMANY 2018

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No fitted Jeans Here

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'Jamborai'-BTS (Behind the scenes Photoshoot)

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Coachella Vibes

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Basel World 2018

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Sneaky Spring

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#GlobalAfterwork Event at 'Kale&Me'

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Some Maxi Action during the colder months

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'Frauen im Blick' a celebration of the International Women's Day 2018

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Fresh Starts

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Black History Month 2018

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Mom jeans White shirt Inspiration

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Casually Looking Back

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Mondays & Starting all over again

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Maasai Print Ruffles

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Ruffles & Red

February which in my view is the month of love is here with us & we have a reason to wear lots of red. This is one of my favorite red sweaters (only one actually) & it has been in my closet for almost 5 years. It is a trusty piece in my wardrobe that I can always rely on to brighten up any dull outfit.


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White Shirt & Culottes

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Hardware Stores & DIY Projects

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Duck Dynasty

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Cheers to the New Year 2018

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Sequin Skirt Crisply Done

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Gingham Transformation

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Spring meets X-mas Pressday

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Red Dress in Winter

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Paperbagwaist Camo

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From bed and straight to the streets

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Food Revolution 5.0 Exhibition

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Vintage Treasures

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How to style: Leather skirt Lookbook

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Interview with Saliou Waa Gouendoum Sarr

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Wrap things up

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The opening ceremony for the 6th African Film Festival Hamburg 2017

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Sisterhood Bazaar & Skill Exhibition

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WIDI afterwork Event hosted by the Otto Group

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Working harder & smarter

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Gingham Princess

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Business Monday

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One night in Berlin-New Berlin Hotel, Alexanderplatz

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Double Denim & Pink

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White & Camel

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Die Andere Seite Kunst Ausstellung

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Saved by the Sweater Dress

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Sauti Sol Live Concert in Berlin

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Tulle Inspiration

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Jazzy Night

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Sneakers to tone things down

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Day to Night

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Never say never

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Corporate Culture courtesy of the Otto Group of Companies

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Moody Summer

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Mom Discovery

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A Trip to Bundestag (Parliament) & Bundeskanzleramt(Chancellery Office)

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Socks & Jelly Sandals

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Y'akoto Acoustic Session at a Barbershop

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The Feminist in Us

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Wrapped Up

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An Overall Change of Mind

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Sun, Sand, Sea & Burgers

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Barefoot Fun

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Camel & Gingham Love

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International Women's Day by The African Communities in Hamburg

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A visit to the Ruhr Museum

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Making Magic Happen

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Leather & DIY Embroidered Shirt

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Kick Flare Jeans & Ankara Trenchcoat

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We turn 2 today

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Sports/No Sports

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Ankara Pencil Skirt for an Ambitious week

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Feminist

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Fashion Discussion & Y'akoto Live Performance

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Maxi skirt in Winter

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Contemporary Creative Africa (Social Media Week Hamburg)

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Street Style

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More Fabrics Please

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Subtle Statements

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Nairobi National Museum

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Heart on my sleeve

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Matters of the Heart

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All we need is love

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Winter Flares

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Fundamentalism

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Red & Warm

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Black Matter

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Handmade at Kariokor Market

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Backstage Outfit

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Designed in Germany-Made in Kenya

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Small Scale Fishing on Lake Victoria

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Printed Cap

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A Day just for Tractors

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Cami over shirt

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Casual Flares

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Proudly Kenyan

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Jeans & Tshirt dressed up

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Fabric Heaven

For any Ankara/African wax print lover, this shop is the true defination of Fabric heaven. Situated on Fuhlsbüttler straße 460 here in Hamburg is a charming little Fabric shop filled with the most amazing Ankara fabrics which are either made in Africa or from the Vlisco brand in Holland. The Fabrics are of high quality & is the reason why i often buy my fabrics from there. The lovely couple that owns the shop are always very helpful for first-time visitors on which print to choose or how much of the fabric to get.

So if you are ever in Hamburg & in search of some Ankara Fabric then don't forget to pay this shop a visit.

 

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An American Night of Swing

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Statement Trenchcoat as a dress

The trench coat is one of Fall's must-have piece of outerwear that is not only a timeless classic but also never really goes out of style. It can be found in many styles & colours & there is definately a coat for everyone's taste. Black, camel & grey are the most common colour choices but why not make a statement with a printed trench coat, like this Khanga one from our latest Collection.

And when you find a nice one like this, why not make it work double duty & wear it as a dress. Yes, i know it can be tricky with wind & the possibility of showing everything out, but it can totally work as daytime dress. A few important things to keep in mind are:

  • Always wear something underneath, even if it's just a simple slip dress like this one that i wore on this previous post or a pair of Spanx, because you need something between your skin & the coat that you'll want to wear again. Make sure that your undergarment's hemline is short enough so it's concealed under your coat-the look you're going for here is film noir sexy, not granny's day out at the library.
  • The length is quite important too, if it's too long, it will still look like a coat, too short & you'll risk overexposure. The perfect length should reach your knees.
  • Don't choose to wear your trench coat as a dress when you're in a situation that might get hot & uncomfortable, so Fall is the perfect time for such an outfit. Events that are mostly outdoors (a garden party or a day of shopping) are the best because nobody will ask to take your coat:-)
  • Accessorize to make your trench coat to look more like a dress & less like a coat;  add shoes that match your handbag (this will create continuity & make it look more like 'an outfit', pile on some sassy jewellery  or some cute socks with your heels like i did here & watch the compliments come rolling.
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DIY Patch Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are currently all over runways, Fashion magazines & on social media, but with embellishments such as embroidery & interesting patches. I have been, as any fashion lover been consumed with the desire to own one, but the reality is that they come at a price, a very high one most of the time. And so I began my search for patches & the perfect denim jacket (which i got off Ebay). All sorts of patches can be found on Ebay, Amazon & Etsy, but because i didn't have much time to wait for them to be delivered, i walked around the local shops & found some really nice ones.

It is still a work in progress as I hope to add more patches as I find them & maybe even try my hand at embroidery, but i love how it looks so far.

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1st German-African Symposium on Creative Economy & Cultural Entreprenuership & the Movie Premier of 'Kati Kati' in Germany

It was an exciting & inspiring evening dedicated to the creative & cultural exchange between Africa & Germany. A forum of guests took part in the discussion led by Judith Helfmann-Hundack (Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.) & these included Onejiru Schindler (Musician, Member of the Board of Viva ConAgua), Julia Grosse (Journalist, Founder Contemporary And), Dr Andreas Görgen (Director General for Culture & Communication, Federal Foreign Office), Roland Göhde (Member of the Board, Göhde Foundation & German-African Business Association), Mbithi Masya (Director, Writer, Video Artist, Musician) & Dr Ribio Nzeza Bunketi Buse (Chairperson, Music in Africa Foundation).

They all shed light on the potential of the cultural & creative industries of Africa, in order to intensify the exchange between Africa & Germany & to stimulate new African-German partnerships in those areas.

One of such partnerships is the film production company 'One Fine Day Films', founded by Tom Tykwer & his wife Marie Steinmann, which supports young filmmakers from all over Africa to realize their projects. Fascinating results have emerged, such as the feature film NAIROBI HALF LIFE, which was the first Kenyan contribution to the Oscars in 2012.

KATI KATI, the current production of One Fine Day Films celebrated world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this Fall where it was awarded with the FIPRESCI Prize in the Discovery Program. We were honoured to attend the Film premiere in Belin which not only brought together different partners in the creative & cultural industries in Germany & Africa but also talented Musician based both here & in Africa. Apart from the amazing Film, we were also treated to a live performance of 'Find a Way' (from the Film's soundtrack) by the beautiful & talented 'Mayonde' & 'Das Junge Orchestre'.

The Film which is directed by Mbithi Masya & produced by Sarika Lakhani will be shown in Cinemas around Germany including Münc´hen, Görlitz, Brühl, Düsseldorf & Münster so definately go out & watch it.

This kind of project of the One Fine Day Films is just one example of how Africa & Germany can close ranks creatively & economically.

 

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