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5 Top Afrocentric Jewelry brands for Wakandan Vibes

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Its Wakanda forever season again!!! At least for some of you I know it is, haha. I have a funny feeling Afrocentric vibes will be a huge hit this Halloween season. You might be one of the folks that wishes to have a try a hand at Nakia’s sultry looks, Or maybe bald headed Okoye warrior princess display of female power and strength, which ever the case we’ve got you here at Nappyese.

You see way before the Black Panther Franchise surfaced into our reality, #Nappystyle has been giving us African strength and royality from dawn of day. Most times, around the city then, I felt it was met with quick awkward side glances, wide eyed surprises or intrigue but the best reaction is always a smile of admiration and a compliment, followed by ‘where can I buy that?’ question.

I am always more than willing to share the not so secret hiding places of luxury afrocentric accessories, because I was once like these people. And if not for my healthy obsession with researching the net, curating styles via instagram, my career as a blogger, I too would have thought it a myth to be proudly African, let alone find unique and sexy afrocentric accessories that match with my soul. More especially in today’s modern day post-colonial African culture, with our generation seemingly eager to swap out our rich complex cultures for rat race uniforms of bland mediocrity and fitting into patriarchy standards of style. It continues to amuse me when the same generation cries culture appropriation. How can someone else appropriate a culture you claim as yours but hardly display until one costume day but you think you proudly claim it as yours? Where’s the genuinity in that?

Anyways I digress into muddy waters. Let’s save the politics for later, when our stomach are all full…lol

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Happy 2018 my dear friends 🍾💋

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“JEWELLERY IS THE MOST TRANSFORMATIVE THING A PERSON CAN WEAR “

-Iris Apfel

This post is for nappyboos who want to know where to go to find modern day afrocentric accessories with symbols that perhaps trace all the way to the first Egyptian African civilization. Those who take prize in wearing their heritage even if then don’t know the whole history behind it. In my opinion no one truly really knows anything, yes facts but where you there? Yes? No? Either way we are all timeless souls and our souls knows what we are when we see it it, thats why you’re here reading this post 🙂

We must work from where we are now and stop our dancing with yearnings of the old and that which we can never attain here and now. Lets! Live in the moment!

These amazing brands below, all sell and ship from within the United States! They will have your soul dancing and feeling right where it belongs! I have purchased myself from each of them listed below and I highly recommend you include them in your style. From head-wraps, braid, loc and hair accessories, to body jewlery, these brands have got you covered. Not only will you feel authentically stylish, you will also be a shining example to men and women that will feel your vibess gaan. And after you are filled with pride of your own, at your leisure have a peek at our new NAPPY-SHOP and find new and different things from the other side of the globe. Tips on how to be unique with confidence? We got you boo! We’ve got you.

AFROHEMIAN

Afrohemien is a handmade jewelry brand that blends afrocentric style with bohemian vibes.
Afrohemien is inspired by the beauty of Africa, ancient artifacts, mythology, nature, patterns and texture.
Each piece is created as a reminder to appreciate our history and to return back to where it all started, The Motherland.

FANM DJAMN

FANM DJANM (FUM|JUM) means STRONG WOMAN in Haitian Kreyol. The Hatian brand was founded in 2014 as a collection of eight headwraps, which Paola sold directly from her apartment on the weekends. Today, Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

BELLACEE JEWELS

A favorite on Etsy, Bellacee makes Afrocentric, Ankara Jewelry, Ear Cuffs, Tassel Earrings. Handmade her self with love.

IMAGE GANG

💎Image Gang ⚜Gold plated and gold filled jewelry. Established in London in 2017, Image Gang was created with the sole purpose to be an inclusive, empowering brand for women.

Our mission is based on creating and curating unique but affordable pieces of quality jewelry that allow you to express your individual style.

 

NVTIV SHOP

NVTIVE is a boutique that specializes in the sales of traditional and modern body jewelry, accessories, apparel and art designed to showcase Pan African cultures from all regions of the continent. NVTIVE aims to pay homage to the customs and traditions of Pan African  culture in the design, and manufacturing of jewelry, accessories apparel and artwork.
And when wakandan season is finally over until next year again, lol and at some point you feel some sort of daring energy that challenges you to think and feel outside of the box (they come once a blue moon) and try new things beyond borders, dont forget to browse trough our NAPPY-SHOP and compliment your newly found international energy with accessories curated far and near all over the world by NAPPYESE and don’t forget to #NappyStyle 😉

 

 

NAPPYSTYLE SUMMER 2018 ft Ankle Express

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Wagwan my nappyboo,

What’s popping with you? Yasss! Nappyese is 2!! Things are lit! I mean its summer again in New York City who can complain?? You know me! Gratitude will now and forever be my first born child. I am super glad again for the heat, my dear this past winter was brutal. I’m growing to love this city more every single day, but I dare say I can’t stand it when its cold. So from next winter amma be chasing the Sun! Life is too short to not be in your natural element when the Universe has blessed us with abundance of variety and space.

Welcome to NappyStyle 2018!! I decided to go the photography route this time instead of a video like last years’ summer style post. Cos a gyal’s insta gotta stay winning! And taking photos instead of a style vlog allows me to use them for the gram. Yes! For the gram! The hustle real outchea!!

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This year I really feel I’ve started to truly come into my own style. I get inspiration from others but I’m not really looking to see who’s wearing what and letting that influence my style.Visiting India this past April has definitely influenced my style heavily this summer and most probably for the rest of the year. So color blocking is in!

Bright orange, yellow and fushia summer dress from India

I told myself I have more than enough clothes and aiint it the truth! I packed up 3 whole suitcase of clothes I have grown out of. I’m legit thinking of starting up a Nappybootique back home in Lagos (no jokes). So I decided this for this summers style, I would simply settle for a couple of sneakers and a few more accessories into my summer 2018 style. I’ve always loved bright colors, but India has re-enriched my life with colors.

 

 

 

BRI BRI BELT. Click to shop

 

Cowrie Earcuffs from Bellace Jewels. Fulani earrings from Kpelle designs

Nyri Earrings and fairy arm cuff from Fandjanm

I’m the queen of wanting to stand out and being different. Thrift store shopping is my thing and i’ll never turn my nose up at hand me downs. Not only is it sustainable for the planet, its also affordable. Forever grateful to superwoman Bridget Ganguli for blessing me with beautiful gold Indian sari tops. They rock! and they’re awesome for pairing with jeans or just a plain pair of bottoms.

Major Key Ankh ring from Afrohemian

This summer, I have also had the great pleasure of partnering with a preety cool sock brand called Ankle Express. They sent me a couple of super cool sock to brighten up my style even more!

 

“Whats becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art”

 

Celtic Peacock Florida sock and laces from Ankle Express. Click this image to shop

Shoes: Nike AIR VAPORMAX 97 ‘METALLIC GOLD’ 

 Thula Sindi Batik Dress 

Thula Sindi Batik Dress

The one and only expensive piece in my wardrobe this season is this Thula Sindi designer dress. I’ve had this dress for about 3 years now but i’ve never really worn it. Well, its popping this season 😉 Colors colors and more colors!!!

 

The best thing I loved about this summers style is crochet. Yes! Crochet. Living in bikinis in the summer months, crochet is the next best. And I am talking about no other than at the hand of muto crotchet! Hand made with love with neat and seamless finish, this brown crotchet dress gave me all type of feels! Let me know in the commets if you would like my secrets to staying decent under this meshy attire.

 

Dark Brown Crochet dress by Muto Crotchet, Aaya (Fern) Necklace and Earrings from Afrohemien

Not only does the color match perfectly with my skin for that sexy, confident neutral/nude look, It’s mesh makeup allows for cool and breezy feels through the warm days.

 

Clear and nude heels from DSW

 

Nappystyle Blue-Green matching setpiece by Muto Crotchet. Click this image to shop

Blue-Green matching set piece by Muto Crotchet. Click this image to shop

 

Steel arm cuffs from India

Dress down or up with a pair of sandals or heels

 

Blue beeded Jhumka earrings long Click this image to shop

Blue beaded Jhumka earrings. Click this image to nappyshop  

 

I’ve always had a quirky style. Yasss to socks and sandals! In this case ankle express and heels. If you’re a dare devil like me cop yourself a pair of Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express, made for the soles of a queen (and kings of course!). The trick to wearing sock with sandal/heels is simply to rock your vibe! Just like Luipta Nyongos’ infamous quote

“Whats becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art”

So create your art with Ankle Express and rock it boo. Walk with you head high and proud. Keep in mind that not everyone will get your vibe and that’s ok! 

 

Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express. Click to shop

Also ankara print outfits till the end of time! I’m a star baby! Shoutout to my baby sister Philomena Otobo for copping me this cute star akara print.

Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express

Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express. Click to shop

Photo credits:

Obi Abili

Yoniqua Yougblood

Jesse Kulawole Williams

 

That’s all for this summer’s nappystyle boo. All of these outfits will be mixed, match and layered to protect my skin in the colder winter months. You can check out my style of layering for fall and winter in my previous style posts;

FASHION NOVA: HOW TO WEAR SUMMER OUTFITS IN FALL (STYLE ON A BUDGET)

I hope you enjoyed these images. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Check out all the amazing new accessories in our new nappy shop. Be reminded there are lots of cool new giveaways + more of my style on my social pages. Subscribe to my Youtube channel NAPPYESE TV, lots of exciting heart thumping visuals coming soon (like me singing in the subways of nyc ;), and heads ups on my #30daysinIndia Vlog series.

See you soon and Cassh you on the gram!

 

 


 

Fashion Nova: How to wear summer outfits in Fall (Style on a budget)

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Watagwan Nappyboo,

I hope your thanksgiving weekend was lit! and you’re recovering nicely from the food.

Welcome to my first style post!!  You must have caught a glimpse of Who What Wear in my first style Vlog. Where I introduced my Nappy Style with my SUMMER 2017 STYLE HAUL  featuring Fashion Nova X Mystique Boutique NYC.

If you didn’t catch it, you’ve been living under a rock! Baby win with us!! Watch the video below

 

How I Transitioned my Summer Style Pieces  into Fall

Living in NYC for me right now is living on a budget. How expensive this city is not a myth!! And style is a luxury I can’t afford to compromise on. I love to look well put together (most days lol) And I keep my style to my own aesthetics. Meaning I do what what works for me. 

Y’all know I’ve been buying Fashion Nova since forever!  Way before Bodak Yellow and Team Cardi B was even a thing. Yup! Not only are their items built to hug womanly curves, they are also quite affordable ( if you know when to shop). I live for Fashion Nova discount codes. I shared all the cute pieces I rocked all summer in the video above so don’t forget to watch it! Now here’s how I transition some of these pieces into my fall style.

LAYER LAYER LAYER! Nothing like a cold city to teach you how to layer up.

In these looks I rock my summer dresses over a layer of a Thermal Underwear, Thights and Turtle neck sweaters. Its a classic way to keep all of my skin protected and look chique rocking my summer pieces. 

 

 

 

EVERYWHERE STRIPPED SET- NAVY

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YOUR NEEDS MET DRESS-CORAL

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I’D GET YOU DRESS-BLACK&WHITE

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STAYING ALIVE DRESS-OLIVE GREEN+PRINT SKIRT

One of my favorite style trick is to pair a mini dress as a top with a big ruffle skirt. SSsssshhh! No one will ever know 😉

 

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ON THE RUN JUMPSUIT+VINTAGE JACKET+LEOPARD PRINT SCARF

 

 

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That’s it for today’s nappy style post. I hope you enjoyed the images, feel free ask any questions. What are your tips for saving cost on clothes while transitioning from a summer to fall/winter wardrobe? Please share with me in the comment section below. 

 Caaassh u later!

 

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