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Thursday, 4 January 2018

I'm Back : 2017 in Review

I'll admit that it is petrifying coming back to blogging after months of absence. Some of you may be thinking, is she alive? Did her computer crash? But I'm pretty sure 93% of you probably don't care all that much. Anyway, the AWOL-ness has been basically due to settling in to University etc. but 4 days after ringing in the new year I am keen to be a bit more consistent (despite having said that at least a billion times and rarely pulling through). As we're heading in to a year which is hopefully a bit more exciting  and less politically troubling than 2017, I wanted to share some highlights of last year from style, to travel, to general new experiences.
I hope you all have a fab 2018 and I'll be back soon (she says...)
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STYLE
Ironically, I love autumn/winter style but somehow my top outfits of this year have been from the warmer months (or rather when I just bit the bullet and wore something strappy).
TOP-BOTTOM : Yuki Haze Photoshoot, Ankara Jumpsuit, Photoshoto with Manjot Kaur, Leaver's Prom
MUSIC
Sound-wise, I feel as if I have gone backwards instead of forwards. Whilst my love for techno will never die (See Ben UFO and Avalon Emerson for more) and I have discovered newer artists like Tom Misch and Tommy Genesis, I have also been loving a lot of musicians before my time like Bowie, Joan Jett and Fleetwood Mac.
LOSING MY WAY - TOM MISCH
TOMMY - TOMMY GENESIS
FASHION - DAVID BOWIE
CRIMSON AND CLOVER - JOAN JETT
DREAMS - FLEETWOOD MAC
READS
Since going to Uni I have been a bit slow on the reading front but still managed to find a few favourites. Oddly enough, my top two concern questioning the 'meaning of life' and although Camus' L'Etranger is slightly more sombre and existentialist, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie is enjoyable and I found that there was a lot to take away from it. Not only this, but I guard my copy of Sweet Thang Zine with my life now, a magazine serving as a platform for intersectional feminism and young artist.
SHOWS
I have no shame in admitting RuPaul's Drag Race has become a favourite of mine and I am now searching for drag shows around London on a daily basis, but I have also watched more captivating shows like Big Little Lies, The People vs. OJ Simpson and a French comedy-drama called Call My Agent (Dix Pour Cent)

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

WHAT I'M...(September favourites)

I cannot be the only person who forgets how good it feels to not be sick. I am currently sitting in bed, watching an unacceptable number of Youtube beauty videos and dreaming of the day (which will probably be Tuesday) when I won't be bed-ridden with a cold again. This said, this has prompted me to make a post regarding all the things I have been loving so far this month and some of the stuff keeping me going as I lay here wrapped in a raggedy blanket...ENJOY <3

WHAT I'M...Wearing 
The weather has taken a turn for the worse in my eyes and now it is freezing, hence I have ditched the crop tops and mini skirts for turtlenecks and jeans. It sounds standard, I know, but my favourite pieces so far have been a scarlet turtleneck I nicked from my mum (and have since had to give it back) as well as blue flared jeans which I like to wear for a double-denim look. I have also fallen in love with the infamous bumbag. However questionable from a sartorial perspective, they are super handy


WHAT I'M...Listening to
What I listen to is totally dictated by my mood at that time, so my music taste is sort-of a mixed bag. This said, there are four artists who have dominated my playlists are Cigarettes After Sex, Frank Ocean and Nina Kraviz. Cigarettes After Sex's debut album has sent me to a dream-filled sleep more often than I can remember with their slow melodies whilst I have been late to the party in obsessing over Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Meanwhile, for my less chilled out and more dancing-on-my-own-manically-in-my-bedroom moods, I have been listening to Nina Kraviz's self-titled album. She seems to be one of the few women on the techno and electronic music scene and I have I'm Gonna Get You on repeat.

WHAT I'M...Reading
Being in-between school and uni has meant that I have had a lot of time to catch up on reading which I missed out on during the stress-filled exam period. Luckily I have managed to go through around five books but my favourites have definitely been Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Monica Ali's Brick Lane. After reading the Nigerian writer's novel I became so interested in the concepts of gender roles and culture clashes i different societies, which led me on to Brick Lane which taps in to the mind of a young Indian woman and her experiences within 80's and 90's UK society.
WHAT I'M...Doing
5 more days and I'll officially be a uni student. I am terrified, no, mortified, at the idea but I guess it's just another chapter and am trying to convince myself to go in with the idea that people are not in fact, out to get me and we're all in the same boat. In fact, last week I dropped off my sister in Scotland and if my uni is as beautiful as hers I think I'll be alright...
looklovewear (Arianne)
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Friday, 1 September 2017

OOTD : Notting Hill Carnival

Top - Vintage
Trousers - Vintage
Shoes - Vagabond
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If you live in London, you will know that the highlight of the summer is Notting Hill Carnival. Over two days, the streets of London's elite come together for (somewhat inappropriate) dancing, Caribbean music, jerk chicken and an all-round good time. Despite the sense of fear which seems to loom over us as we go about our daily lives regarding threats like terrorism and acid attacks, it was clear to see that this did not hinder the spirit of carnival and everyone went on whining  and dining as they have been for the past several decades. I went with a couple friends and wore a suede top with red trousers which, at first, seemed like a great idea, but I soon came to know that this + 27 degree heat + people moving and throwing drinks everywhere was not a good combination...
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Paris (+ OOTD)

To take some pressure off post-exam and pre-result stress and hysteria, I was able go travelling all around Europe with a bunch of close friends. Whilst train-hopping through central Europe, we encountered castles and monuments, bizarre local cuisines and equal amounts of both casual misogyny and fetishisation (think comments containing the terms 'Beyonce', 'Milk chocolate' and, my personal favourite, 'Nubian queen'. Other than the occurrences mentioned, along with missing trains and going way over budget in certain situations, it was a trip of a lifetime and, in the least Disney Channel way possible, taught me a lot about myself and others. To top the trip off however I went to Paris with one of my best friends, Maria, for a slightly less hectic and more metropolitan end to the trip. We were able to make the most of our trip, seeing almost every sight possible despite making very poor clothing and shoe choices day-in-day out. I only managed to photograph one OOTD on my iPhone so be warned of questionable image quality, but below are also photos of our adventures...
À la prochaine
Oh yes, and I now have Twitterhttps://twitter.com/azzafromafrica
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Jacket - Vintage
Top - Vintage
Jeans - H&M
Shoes - Adidas (NEO)

Le Marais
Centre Pompidou
Jardin des Tuileries
L'exposition de 'Dalida'
Le Marais
Versailles
 Pigaille