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Hello beauties, 

The “Designer Spotlight” series is back and I’m very pleased to introduce to you a one of a kind, hardworking, and talented designer. Akofa Kagni is a young and charming lady from Togo (West Africa), residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Despite living in the US, Akofa makes constant trips to her birth-land to procure the materials and ensure that her customers are provided with the best and most trending fabrics from her motherland; fabrics which mainly constitute her urban African designs. Her products range from both men and women unique apparels to fabulous accessories. 

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One of the awesome things about blogging is the ability to introduce to my readers great products and services they may have never heard of before or anywhere else. This post isn’t sponsored in any way, but I had the opportunity to know and learn more about Akofa and her designs; and I just had to brag about her to the world! 🙂 I have nothing but great things to say about this young lady and her work; but don’t take my word for it. Check out some of her collections on her website . Not only is she a talented designer and entrepreneur, she’s also a philanthropist who essentially help fund the education of a group of young girls who also receive appropriate training in making some of the products she designs. How awesome is that!

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In the mood for original, tribal, and exotic fabrics designs such as, Kente, Dashiki, or Ankara? Head over www.akofadesign.com to check out her collections! And while you’re there, feel free to tell her that I send you. You might just get the “sister-in-law discount” 🙂   

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Akofa wearing her own design, the “Kente Jumpsuit”

One of my foci as a blogger and content creator is to share inspirational and valuable information with you, my readers; information that improves or increases the value of your fabulous life! This being said, I hope bringing back this series where I showcase new and upcoming designers (or entrepreneurs) will contribute to adding value to your day and life while shining the spotlight onto them! – Oh and remember, when you support small business, you’re supporting a dream!

Lots of love, 

Edwige 

XOXO

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When I posted the above selfie, I’ve received great feedback; and who doesn’t appreciate positive feedback? Even though I always welcome constructive criticism, positive comments and feedback, undeniably, give a warm and appreciative feeling. – If I’m being honest with you, this post was totally unplanned. I shot this casual look on a weekend running errands with my husband. I liked my simple and cute outfit, but I didn’t like the pictures, (except this cute little selfie that didn’t show my whole body). Why? you asked… Because… well, I thought I look fat in this outfit. I wasn’t going to post any other pictures beside the selfie on my social media pages, especially not on my blog. I was obviously concerned about the judgement and criticism I may receive… Yet, fast-forward to this morning, here I am sharing a whole head to toe picture of this look with the world!

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This is me getting over my body consciousness and being vulnerable in the hope that this inspires someone out there. Isn’t it funny (and irritating) how sometimes you find yourself being proud of the little results you are seeing and the next day you’re beating yourself up, because a certain outfit (or situation) actually made you realize that you’re rather stagnant or going backward in your journey? I can totally relate!

 

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A few days ago, I was all smile in front of my mirror pinpointing to my husband and kids the transformations I’m seeing on my body, and how some of my clothes are starting to fit again; and just a few days late, it’s that same me complaining about how I look fat in the picture and that I believe I gained more weight. Whether the latter is true or not, what is one to do? … And this is for all my ladies struggling with weight loss or any other situations in life! Keep working toward your goals and seek help if needed, but never give up or dwell on the things that aren’t working. Some things take time; and it’s okay. The end result, whether it’s long or short-term, is the definite reward that should keep you motivated and keep you going. Just remember that the goal is to be consistent in whatever positive action you’re taking toward your goals. Keep pushing, you will not lose. 

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Culotte : Similar Here and here  | Top: Here  | Hat: Here | Sunglasses: Similar | Shoes: Similar | Bag: Similar| Earrings : here 

Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week!

Love & Light, 

Edwige 

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Hello and happy new month, friends!

I Just can’t wrap my head around the fact that the year is closing to its end! To be honest with you, each and every month that has passed feels to me like it was just yesterday. The year has flown by so fast and there seemed to be a lot going on. I’ve got really busy with life, celebrated some good moments; and I can only be grateful for it all. October was my birthday month (read the dedicated post about it HERE) and I also got to celebrate two of my favorite people: my mom and my baby girl. They were both born on the same date (over half a century apart 🙂 ); and it’s such a special day for us. I shared a few pictures of my little diva on instagram… If you’re not following me there yet, you oughtta now! 🙂 

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Well, today’s post is a little recap of my style “escapades” this past month, but I also want to share with you  a word of wisdom. As we’re stepping into this month of November and getting closer and closer to a new year; remember that even though you can’t go back and make a brand new start, you can start now and make a brand new ending.

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Don’t just focus on what can’t be done, what you can’t afford, or what you can’t do! Change your focus to what you CAN do, what resources you have, and what step you CAN take to move forward. This is as much of a “note to self” as a whisper of motivation. Admittedly, I’ve had to learn this the hard way a few times over in my life; and that is something I’m working on bettering myself at.

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Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. You just need to start and you can better yourself up along the way. I’ve wasted a few years in overthinking and overanalyzing goals and projects that could have seen the light of day already, and who knows where it would have taken me or maybe become that “big new thing” today… 😀 Am I regretting it? No, simply because it won’t change anything… and the show must go on. Or maybe it just wasn’t God’s timing. Am I planning on taking more actions and stop overanalyzing things and waiting on everything to be perfect before I make my moves? Definitely yes!

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Wanting it, is not enough. Dreaming about it is not enough. Talking about it is most certainly not enough. Only actions will propel you forward! It’s the one commonality across the lives of legends, game-changers, and movers and shakers. They decided, then they acted!

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Where you are today is probably not a “coup du hasard” like we say in French, but where you want to be tomorrow can definitely be a perfectly calculated equation!

Together, let’s take actions toward our goals!

I hope this new month brings you lots of love and light!

XOXO

Edwige 

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Fall is in full swing here now; and the temperature is dropping real fast! I’m starting to break into my Fall wardrobe; and according to the forecast we may be expecting our first batch of snow today! We are currently experiencing our first snow (showers) of the season. Boy, things are getting real serious! Ha! 

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Don’t get me wrong, I love autumn, and I even claimed it to be one of my favorite seasons of all seasons… And yes, I still stand by that statement. 🙂

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Truth is, as much as we wish or pray for changes, we are not always ready to welcome them. Simply because, sometimes we are so much at ease with the present (in this instance, the sunny days of summer) that when we’re starting to see changes (even good ones) pertaining to different scenarios, we have all these doubts, feelings and thoughts arising.

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Is it going to be ok? Is it going to be too cold? Isn’t it too good to be true? Is it going to be exactly what I wished for….. So many unanswered questions, that may leave us with the sentiment of discomfort or fear, fear of the unknown or the uncertainty.

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Whatever we experience in life, we must chose to flow with it, because it makes it so much easier and interesting. We must be flexible to changes happening in life. The more accepting we are of changes, the easier that feels.

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Change is inevitable, and unpredictable. In order to live a stress-free life, we must chose to accept the things we cannot change and allow for positive things to unfold in our life.

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Change is a natural aspect of life. Change is a sign of life, and life is a series of change. Change can be a good thing and we must be ready to embrace it. 

fall-inspiration-outfitTherefor, change is also about taking risks and not being afraid to fall or fail, because the risks you decide not to take today can be one decision away from a totally different life.

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What risks are you taking today? What changes are you making, or are happening in your life? Whatever that is, if you can’t do anything about it, embrace it.

Don’t be afraid to fall

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Coat: try this | Shirt: Here | Pants : Similar |Shoes: Here. and these are perfect for the holidays| Hat: Try this | Bag: Love this | Necklace: c/o Moonglow 

 

Light and Love, 

Edwige 

 

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top-minneapolis-bloggerHappy Tuesday beauties!

This chic orange and black ensemble has gotten me a few comments, the day I wore it. I have been stopped by total strangers who complimented my outfit and then one asked what I do for a living, and another recurring question was, what I’m up to for the day. Okaaay 🙂

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Well, one of my responses to my nice encounters was: “I’m making some boss moves”. There was a few seconds of pause, then he smiled and said: “Oh! Boss Moves!?”; and of course that comment sparked the conversation!

 

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top-multicultural-bloggerThe thing is, when I say that I’m making “Boss Moves”, you would automatically think that I’m out there taking huge actions, making things happen left and right, which, in theory, may be true. However, to me, making boss moves, could be as simple as working toward your goals and projects as little as they are or may seem, and deciding to keep going no matter how hard things may be or may get.

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top-black -fashion-bloggersThe truth is , some days, we’re out there making real boss moves, and some other days, we dress the part and play the part, because who doesn’t want to “Faith it, untill they make it”?

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chic-work-styleIn all modesty, every day, I’m proud and grateful for every little accomplishments, ideas that I have, or actions that I take, but at the end of the day, I’m just a girl who decided to go for it, and make things happen; and that, to me, is “boss moves”! 

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That been said, to all the ladies out there, making some boss moves, big or small, BRAVO! Together we will be unstoppable!

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So, what are your thoughts on making boss moves or living the boss life, ladies and gentlemen? Sounds off! 🙂

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And oh… Isn’t this top so cute? I love the scallops hemline and this color is so perfect for Fall. 

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As always thank you for reading and until then, go make them moves! 

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Top: Victoria Beckham for Target. (Sold out) Try this and this / Blazer: Calvin Klein – Try this and this / Shoes: Guess – Try these and these / Pants: (old) – Try these and these/  Bag: WHBM- Try this  / Necklace: (Old) -Try this and this/ Sunglasses: Guess- Try these and these |

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