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

Love & Light, 

Edwige 

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Happy Friday guys, 

Now that Spring is in full effect and we’ve ditched the heavy coats and the tons of layers, it’s time to make room for those shorts and sleeveless pieces, even though we are not really summer-body ready. Let’s just say I’m speaking for myself there. 🙂

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Top-fashion-inlfuencersAnyway, when you have a very short dress that you love, but can’t quite see yourself sporting this summer because you will be revealing a lit bit of a little too much, well don’t give it away just yet! Just take a look at these pictures and see what I just did here.

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I wore this same dress to the movie a couple of months ago, with a totally different twist; and I think it’s worth sharing for inspiration. What do you think?

Either way, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this little daisy floral prints dress and found stylish ways to sport it. Who knows, next time you will see me wearing it, it will be just as a simple little dress , not with shorts or high-knee boots, but just with some nice sandals… And I will probably have less meat on my bones then… 😀

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So what do you think? Is it a “Yes”or a “Hummm” ? I hope this inspires you not to send that short little dress hanging in your closet to Goodwill, just yet. 🙂 

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Dress: Sold out. Try this | Denim Shorts: Try these | Heels: Try these | Straw bag: Love this and this | hat: Try This |

As always, thank you for reading and have a fantastic day!

Love & Light,

Edwige

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To all the beautiful mothers and mom-to-be out there, I just wanted to make a real quick stop here to wish you all a very happy Mothers Day! May you celebrate with a heart full of gratitude, and know that you are honored! 

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Mother’s Day lookHappy Mothers Day, darlings! BE  HAPPY! 

Lots of love, 

XOXO, 

Edwige 

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top-black-bloggerHello and happy new month, 

I woke up feeling utterly blessed today. Not because my life is perfect and that I have all that I desire, but simply because I’m alive and well and I have the privilege to experiment another beautiful and miraculous day!

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When you wake up and make the decision to be happy no matter what and start your day with the intent to make it the best day of your life, it makes a huge difference in how you actually feel and how your day unfolds before you.

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May is such a beautiful month; and I’m looking forward to much joy, growth, happiness, and fulfillment this season. It’s my dearest wish that you guys experience the same!

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If you’ve seen my latest post here, I mentioned how cute little dresses and bold and bright colors are so perfect for Spring. If anything, I’m taking a more laidback and simple and fun approach to my style lately and I believe Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons to reflect that even more.

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Isn’t this a cute dress!? The details are so pretty and the cut is simple yet fun. It has become one of my go-to- dresses for a quick and polished look on casual days. I would switch up the wedges for some pretty and fun sandals to dress it up for other occasions. 

This dress was part of the Victoria Beckham Collection in Collaboration with Target last year, but I have similar ones listed below for you to check out. 

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Thank you for visiting me and I wish you nothing but love and Light!

Lots of love, 

Xo 

Edwige 

 

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