Ethnic Bosses – 5 African Inspired Outfits for work

Monday, November 19, 2018
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Every fashionista at heart, knows that a wardrobe is never complete without some vibrant African colors, pieces or fabrics. If you’re looking for a bit of a refresh for your regular or corporate wardrobe, we have some amazing recommendations below that will take your style to a whole new level. We have 5 key and gorgeous pieces that could help you start a basic capsule wardrobe for work, or just add a touch of vogue and make you stand out in the corporate scene:

Ama Corporate Ensemble

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Nothing says ‘don’t cross her’, like a simple but elegant corporate gown in a vivid color. Whether you’re the boss - or the assistant boss, this outfit is sure to have you looking well put together, royal and sophisticated. Available in 2 styles and colors – the Ama corporate dress is easy to wear, elegantly fitted and ultra-comfortable to be in.

Black Kaftan on Stripes

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Look at it like this – you’re one outfit away from leveling up at work! Not only is this outfit the perfect transition from work to hang-outs, it’s a fitted, regal style that could pass for an intriguing conversation starter. Feel free to creatively pair your black Kaftan with different pants, and your stripped pants with a T-shirt and sneakers for a preppy look. Talk about an interchangeable wardrobe! Stand out at the office and represent Africa in this kingly 2-piece – available in a variety of colors and patterns on our site.

Bubugang

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Join the Bubu gang in this super-cute, flowy and elegant ensemble. Available in a vibrant orange hue and with a full, modest neckline, this is one outfit that spells ‘African boss lady’ for every woman adorned by it. Pair with a belt, or corporate bag and shoes for a complete workwear look or rock it with some statement earrings for that casual Friday or weekend hangout – the choice is yours! But the Bubugang is simply a stunning piece to add to your workwear wardrobe.

Orange and Havana Brown Cashmere Suit

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Give off classic Jidenna vibes in this stylish earthy suit! As you well know by now, earthy colors and undertones are reminiscent of Africa and African fashion – think brown, orange, dark red and pastels – what better way to go all out in the corporate world than with a classic outfit that showcases the earthy vibes of Africa? With clean lines and a well-structured outline, our Orange and Havana Cashmere suit is sure to turn heads on and outside the corporate scene. Available in vibrant colors too.

Meigue Jumpsuit

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Fun fact – Ladies of every possible skin-tone and undertone always look stunning in vivid blue or purple! The Meigue Jumpsuit can be paired with a coat or blazer for that ‘working-class fashionista’ look or as is for a lovely night out with the girls! Either way, you’re sure to be repping Africa in this ensemble with its intricate prints on the pants.

It helps to be fashionably

creative as you can make 2 or more outfits out of just one piece, however with

no creativity at all, you can be an ethnic boss in any of these gorgeous

pieces!

We bring the spice – 3 Western Dishes with an African Twist

Friday, November 16, 2018
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Americans generally have an impressive

appetite for good

food. They are best known for the stuff that's described by words better suited

to grinding

, greasy industrial output, when it comes to American food – whether Fast, junk, processed.

However, there are some household dishes that have ethnic replicas all the way in Africa.

We're sharing a quick list of 4 popular American dishes, to celebrate the endless creativity of food and we know you're going to want to t ry their African versions .

But first some ground rules: acknowledge that trying to define American or African food in general is tough ; then acknowledge that selecting some American meals inevitably means accidentally overlooking or leaving out some beloved dishes .

Cobb Salad vs African Salad


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What goes into a Cobb Salad is fairly absolute, even though the origins of this American dish are still up for debate: tangy tomatoes, tender chicken breast, perfectly hard-boiled eggs, and most important, crispy bacon. This classic version relies on ripe avocado and crumbled blue cheese for creaminess, as opposed to a buttermilk-based or cheese dressing. Each ingredient is usually prepared based on personal preference.

African Salad on the other hand is a Nigerian salad garnished with a generous serving of dry fish, garden eggs and greens. Traditionally called Abacha, it is prepared with cassava. Cooked cassava tubers are sliced with a special grater and soaked in cold water overnight, washed thoroughly and dried under the sun.

Your African Salad is never complete without Ugba, also known as Ukpaka, which is made from oil bean seeds. These seeds are cooked for several hours then sliced, washed and left to ferment a little bit. A special sauce made with palm oil, crayfish and potash – is used as dressing.


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Chicken Fijitas vs Chakalaka



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A Texan -Mexican inspired dish full of filling and healthy ingredients, Chicken fajitas are an American household dish sure to please even the pickiest of the bunch. A griddle will make short work of cooking the onions and peppers to perfection and yielding juicy, tender chicken. It is usually best served with an assortment of toppings on corn or flour tortillas.


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Its African and vegan counterpart known as Chakalaka is a dish that originates from South Africa. A spicy refreshing bean tomato relish that will provoke your taste bud sLegend has it that Chakalaka actually was developed by men working in the goldmines; they put together vegetables on hand together with canned beans to form a great relish to pair with their starchy side s. Simple yet pleasing in every way, this South African –born spicy vegetable side can be as spicy or as mild as you like it.

Chicken Fried Steak vs Suya



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This is beef dipped in flour and soaked in egg batter and to which pepper, salt, and often other herbs, spices and seasonings are often added (called breading). Served with a cream gravy , Chicken fried steak is usually deep-fried and, while country fried steak is served with a brown gravy and fried in a skillet .

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The African variation called Suya, are sizzling beef skewers which are a popular and delicious Nigerian street food snack usually eaten straight off the grill . It is usually made with beef, sometimes veal or chicken is used. Suya is made with just meat, ground peanuts, and cayenne pepper , but more elaborate spice mixtures are also used.

Destination Weddings – 4 Picture-Perfect Locations in Africa

Sunday, November 11, 2018
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It’s no easy business deciding where to have your wedding. For couples who dream of exchanging their vows in faraway locales, a destination wedding is great. What could be better than getting married to the love of your life in a setting you and your guests will always remember?

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But if you want to have truly exotic and dreamy wedding, Africa should be on your list! From the most romantic islands to the heart of the Kenyan Savanna, to the heart of the desert, here are some of the most amazing places for a destination wedding in Africa.

Mauritius Island

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Offering a wide selections of serene wedding locations, Mauritius Island is a tropical island known for its palm trees, white sandy beaches, blue lagoons and coral reefs. Lush, verdant mountains that rise up from the clear waters of the Indian Ocean and Sugar Cane fields sit along side beautiful white sandy beaches.

The luxurious Sugar Beach Resort is located in the heart of a 12-acre tropical garden; s tretching from the garden to the sandy beach below, guests and the couple can enjoy a reception at the beachfront restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is also recognized as a top honeymoon destination for newlyweds!

The Island of Zanzibar

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Simply breath-taking’ is a term that tourists often use to describe Zanzibar Island, in Tanzania. The spectacular beaches, turquoise waters, boisterous markets, and the historic buildings are a few of the things to love about this exotic destination. This wonderful island located in East Africa, offers a backdrop of tall palms swaying gently in the wind and an endless view of white sands. Think Zanzibar, if you’re thinking of the perfect beach wedding.

Kilindi Zanzibar which is located on the island of Zanzibar, overlooks the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. With kilometres of lush tropical gardens , and private white sandy beaches to choose from, there’ll be plenty of options for your wedding venue, reception and photo opportunity.

You and your guests could get invigorated by the sea breeze while relaxing and unwinding before and after the wedding. Staying on for your honeymoon? Add frolicking in the beautiful waters, scuba diving, snorkeling and getting your dose of history and culture in the museums – to your to-do list.

Namibia

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In Namibia, the sun shines 300 days of the year. The 80-million-year-old Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic coast. River rafting, canoeing, and horse riding are activities that can be taken up by couples looking to add adventurous themes to their wedding. T he Etosha National Park which is in the northern part of the country , is Namibia’s most famous location. Home to cheetahs, elephants, lions, zebras, rhino, and more , couples can tie the knot while a striking savannah sunset emerges as a memorable backdrop - a t one of the Park’s many wedding venues.

The desert chapel in Wolwedans, Namibia will also give you picturesque sand dunes as a gorgeous wedding backdrop. While the bride and groom enjoy their night in the stylish Mountain View Suite , Wolwedans can accommodate up to 40 guests who can stay the night at the Dune Camp or Dune Lodge.

Victoria Falls, South Africa

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Over a mile wide and acclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is a waterfall located in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, on the Zambezi River. It is nearly twice the size of Niagara Falls, with islands filled with wildlife and peaceful lagoons.

If you want a wedding with the ultimate backdrop , getting married in the Rainforest with the Victoria Falls in the background is just about your best bet.

As for honeymoons, the famous Victoria Falls Hotel offers guided game drives, sunset river cruises, and micro light flights over the falls.

While the concept of getting hitched far away from home was initially associated with elopements, many couples are choosing destination weddings because it is a great way to reunite your friends and family – that is the ones who love you enough to travel to another continent!

Must-Try: 6 African Dishes that soothe the soul

Friday, November 9, 2018
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If you’ve been on the prowl for some ethnic excitement of the palate, you’re in for a treat! Since it is possible that the world’s first barbecue could have taken place in Africa, Africa is the one continent that can possibly claim to have invented cooking!

African dishes however, particularly those that are traditional to some the most popular tourist destinations, are somewhat underrated on the world’s food scene.

From our humble dishes of root vegetables and maize/grain porridges that make up the basis of a variety of diets – to grand dishes such as aromatic curries and spicy broths and stews, Africa’s beloved foods offer something wonderful for your taste buds:

Shisa nyama & Pap en vleis from South Africa

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This modest combination of Barbecued meat and maize porridge is a favourite in cultures across Southern Africa, and especially in South Africa, where the braaivleis ( a barbecue or picnic where meat is grilled over an open fire ) is such a beloved event that it is almost a national sport.

Pap en vleis (meaning "meat and maize porridge") is an exciting general term that covers any combo dish of braaied or stewed meat and starch, with a necessary side-serving of spicy sauce or thick broth, chakalaka or relish.

Shisa nyama, which means "burn the meat" in Zulu, refers to a festive "bring-and-braai" event; Restaurants that are set up specifically for this service are usually located right beside butchers shops so customers can select their own meat and have them cooked to order over very hot wood fires.

Kebabs, steak, chops, chicken, and boerewors -- a spicy farmer's sausage -- are paired with maize porridges in many different forms including stywe pap, phuthu, suurpap (soured pap)and krummelpap (crumbly porridge)

Pair with a local beer, and you have South Africa on a plate.

Piri piri chicken from Mozambique

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Usually known as ‘grilled chicken piri piri’ by tourists, this Mozambique delicacy is a hearthy blend of African, Arab, oriental, and Portuguese flavors -- think creamy coconut sauces, hot piri piri, fragrant spices, with hints of peanuts and cashews.

Visitors to Maputo typically opt for sizzling seafood and spicy prawns but they never miss a chance to savor the the iconic Mozambican dish Galinha à Zambeziana, a succulent serving of chicken cooked with coconut milk, garlic, lime, pepper, and piri piri sauce.

It's usually paired with Matapa, a dish of cassava leaves cooked in peanut sauce.

Jollof rice / Egusi soup from Nigeria

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Nigeria is a diverse country with many regional variations of the same dish, so it’s not so easy to pine after a nationally beloved Nigerian dish.

One dish you shouldn’t miss out on trying in Nigeria, is Jollof rice – a big favorite across West Africa and one that is often thought to be the origin of the Cajun dish Jambalaya.

Jollof rice is a simply a spicy one-pot dish that consists at its most basic level – of rice cooked in a thick mix of tomatoes, pepper and onions. Served often at festive gatherings and parties, along side other Nigerian favorites such as Egusi soup, (a consistency of ground melon seeds and bitter leaf), pounded yam (traditionally called fufu or iyan) and fried plantains.

Other Nigerian dishes to try include thick, spicy broths made with okra, flavored with meat, chicken or even mushrooms, and spicy Nigerian shish kebabs known traditionally as Suya (similar to Ghana's chichinga) cooked over braziers by street vendors.

Bunny chow, South Africa

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While it’s never been clear how Bonny Chow came to be so named, it is certain that this blistering-hot curry in a hollowed-out half- or quarter-loaf of white bread is one of South Africa's most beloved street foods.

The vegetable and meat curries that fill bunny chows were bought to South Africa by Indian indentured laborers who came to South Africa to work on the sugar-cane fields in the 19th century. Though the best bunnies come from Durban, this delicacy is available as takeaways in all major SA cities.

Kapenta with Sadza, Zimbabwe

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For many tourists to Zimbabwe, a heaped plate of crisp-fried kapenta is the culinary highlight.

Consisting of two species of small freshwater fish native to Lake Tanganyika, Kapenta were first introduced to Lake Kariba and are now a beloved source of protein for the lakeside locales of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Kapenta is usually paired with a heap of delicious maize porridge, known in Zimbabwe as sadza. Available both dried and fresh, can be served with fresh greens, and is also stewed with tomatoes, onions and groundnut powder.

Scooping up the sadza with your hand and dipping or rolling it in the accompanying relishes, is the traditional way to eat this dish, you can put down your fork and knife.

When visiting Zimbabwe, another dish to try is fresh tilapia or bream from Lake Kariba, fried or grilled with plenty of lemon butter.

Namibian venison, Namibia

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Namibians would argue that the very best zebra, warthog, kudu, ostrich, gemsbok, and springbok can be found at restaurants and game lodges all over their country, even though Good venison can also be sampled all over Southern Africa.

Namibian cuisine typically reflects strong South African and German influences, with traditional German delicacies such as cured meats, sauerkraut, sausages and Eisbein going toe to toe with South-African style potjiekos, braaivleis, and biltong.

Pair your venison dish with traditional staples mahangu (pearl millet) or oshifima (maize porridge) and a heady tankard or two of fine Namibian beer.

Wakanda Forever – 5 Black-Panther Inspired Outfits You May Have Seen this Halloween

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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From the minute Black Panther graced the big screen, we knew its aesthetics would take on a life of its own for time to come. Black Panther’s costume designer spoke to Refinery29 in February before the movie’s premiere “Our aesthetic was always to showcase positive visuals to the African diaspora in this country, a nd to remove stereotypes. To showcase a forward-thinking people that empowered the Black community, women, and even natural hair.”

Ruth Carter's intent paid off, as fans went to the theater dressed as their favorite characters from the movie, while others have gone to lengths to add them to their nails and get #WakandaForever-inspired tattoos.

Though Hollywood will continue to witness the ripple effects of the movie in the future, it was the same for this Halloween. The Wakanda fever was coursing through the streets this Halloween and this was the perfect opportunity to show-off African Royalty in all its glory. Whether fans had their hearts set on transforming into Shuri, Nakia, Ramonda or Okoye – We had the perfect pieces available.

Shuri

T’challa’s younger sister was a powerhouse all by herself, without the royal family backing her

The 16-year-old Brainiac led the Tech and Design group in Wakanda with her brilliant ideas and improvisation, proving that she was so much more than a brilliant Brainiac. Here are some Shuri inspired fits you may have sighted – all that was left were some vibranium gauntlets at the ready – and a big brother/T’challa to tease with a "What are thooose?!" joke.

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Nakia

While the stunning Lupita killed her role as Chadwick Boseman's love interest, who else has nursed the dream of playing that role in real life or otherwise? What about the role of supercool spy? We definitely have. Nakia was loyal to both her cause and her man - and went ahead to help T'Challa lead Wakanda as he reclaimed the throne — talk about the definition of a power couple. A lot of ladies slayed Halloween as Nakia in Dora Milaje or stunning siren’s outfit. Check out our style inspirations below!

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Ramonda

Some queens chose to channel their inner queen with Angela Bassett's iconic character as the Queen mother of Wakanda. There is nothing more important to Princess Shuri's and King T'Challa’s mother, than family, as she guided T'Challa with through regal mentorship and leadership advice. For those who chose portray the Queen Mother of Wakanda for Halloween – we hope you didn’t forget your Kimoyo beads!

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Okoye

A powerful performance from Danai Gurira, as the general of Dora Milaje, T'Challa's all-female guard team. Okoye is T’challa’s most loyal protector and Wakanda’s most loyal defender. She agreed to take down the crown’s enemies, even if Killmonger was wearing the crown - however, her loyalty and commitment to T'Challa means much more to her. With the default spear made of vibranium in her hand, Okoye was unstoppable against the most dangerous enemy. Check out our selection of Dora Milaje inspired outfits below.

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As the first superhero film with a nearly all-black cast, the movie Black Panther’s impact on the black community is immeasurable. With a cast that embraced natural hairstyles and superheroes who represented African cultures and traditions in a way we've never seen before on the big screen, Wakanda proved to be more than just a fictional country — it was a movement, and one that definitely took center stage with Orhue this Halloween!

A Touch of Africa: 6 Must-Have Pieces from Orhue

Friday, November 2, 2018
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One of the exciting things about fashion is that you get to make your own rules.

Whether you’re looking to proudly show off your roots and your heritage in simple but luxurious designs, or you just want to identify with Africa through fashion – you’ve come to the right place.

At Orue, we are all about showcasing the best of Africa with fresh and vivid colors reminiscent of our plush green, deep red and sunny continent.

Looking to reinvent your existing look or try out entirely new styles? Start with these essentials:

The Kashmere Kaftan

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Available in earthy colors, this elegant garb is the perfect outfit for just about any occasion. Ooze stylish simplicity with it’s crisp and clean cashmere fabric.

Feel cozy and confident in It’s warm and soft fabric. You’re a king; look like it and feel like it. You can pair it with a turban, a scarf, a traditional cap or just rock it as is - with casual slippers or a suave pair of shoes.

Proudly represent Africa with the rich colors and textures of the modest but versatile Kashmere Kaftan.


Wakanda Hand beads

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This sophisticated traditional stretch hand-bead doubles as the ultimate homage to mother Africa, with its earthy design: made with b lack onyx and hematite gemstones and silver-plated zirconia panther head.

Is your style fearless? Just wave of your hand.

The Floral-Velvet Maxi Dress

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Chiffon and velvet never looked so good. Go from ethnic princess to African vixen with this one piece. Perfect for an evening out, or a daytime cocktail event. Pair with flats or heels and a statement clutch for a complete evening look, or rock with sandals and a tote for a brown bohemian look.

Rabo Silk Scarf

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If you’re looking for the simplest representation of African luxury, this is it. This lightweight, high quality scarf features an elegant design in 100% silk. It makes for an original and vibrant addition to your wardrobe as well as the perfect fashion asset: can be styled with a variety of outfits ranging from corporate to sporty. A unique scarf for unique beauties. Ready to stand out?

The Hand Painted Clutch

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Colorful, and vivacious with a ‘there she goes’ attitude; that’s the Orhue Hand Painted Clutch! Handmade with 100% leather, this piece comes in up to 4 earthy colors that can turn an easy style, into something eye-catching, mysterious and unique. Looking to stand out, wear art and be art? This one is for you.

The Everyday SnapBack

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What better way is there to look like a laidback lover of the Motherland? Subtly represent with this black beauty and take your casual looks to a whole new level. Fun-fact, it’s an interesting piece for a conversation starter!

Go from fashion amateur to African socialite with these 6 basic pieces from Orhue. And it certainly doesn’t stop here! Whatever your style might be, we have options that will get you excited and remind you of your love for Africa and African fashion.

Ankara – Africa’s Global Uniform

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
by Orhue Webadmin

We were just as surprised as you’re about to be, to find out that although the Ankara Fabric is deeply rooted in the African culture, it originated in the Netherlands.

Initially known as Dutch Wax, the prints and key designs on this fabric was targeted at the Indonesian market, but quickly grew in popularity in West Africa. Recognizing our love for the vibrant fabric, the Dutch began to channel production towards the West African Market. To this day, brands like Da Viva, High Target and Vlisco are living proof of the Ankara’s Dutch origins.

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Here are facts we’ve never bothered to note:

The Ankara fabric is often called “Holland wax”, African wax prints” “Ankara prints”, and “Dutch wax” .

It is a 100% cotton fabric with motifs and designs with a tribal aesthetic which is why it is often associated with Africa .

It is so adaptable that many accessories and pieces such shoes, earrings, blazers, bags and hats are made from it.

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The event was created in 2010 with the sole aim of creating more visibility for the African Culture through dance, fashion, arts, food and music. Since the festival aims to showcase new-age and African designs in Ankara print, established and aspiring African designers alike showcase their skills, products and latest ideas. The African Invasion is another notable development that was coined as a collective name for the global rise of the Ankara trend. Varied and unique accessories are now being spotted in places where they were once deemed unsuitable.

Ankara is making its own way and creating a niche for itself in the minds of fashion lovers and fashion pioneers alike. Ankara is another non- African invention which we have claimed as ours and made world famous.

How to Shop Fashionably on a Budget

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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The one thing we all struggle with when trying to create or maintain a stylish wardrobe is our budget. Below you’ll find our top tips and tricks for shopping fashionably on a budget, what to look for and how to put great outfits together without going over your budget:

Start with the basics and neutrals

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Whether you’re shopping for a brand-new wardrobe or you’re looking for new pieces to boost your already existing wardrobe, it’s important to have some basic pieces of clothing that serve as staples and that you can reach for daily or weekly, as well as pair with other outfits and create cute, streamlined outfits from them. Keep colors solid and skip the patterns for this part. Stick to whites, browns, blacks and other neutral pieces that can be transformed into other outfits.

Adding basic items to your wardrobe will make it easy for you create lovely outfits and look well put together without worrying or thinking too much about it. For instance, if you had a basic white or black tee in your wardrobe, you could pair it with some basic jeans, a nice belt, a pair of heels and look amazing – without thinking too much about it! So, stick to neutrals and basics as tip 1.

Add trendy outfits that match your personal style

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Once you’ve established your basic wardrobe, it can be fun to add items that you’ve always try, or trendy items that match your personal style to make you feel and look different and unique. If you find that you love high-end fashion, or trends of which you’re not sure about their longevity, you can shop at stores that replicate high-end fashion at affordable prices. If your style is somewhat bohemian and rustic, you can select just a few of those pieces at affordable prices too; enough to reflect your personal style. It’s important to go online and look at stores you would normally overlook to check out designer inspired pieces that you know you want, and don’t cost as much as real designer outfits.

Focus on versatility

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If for instance you are out shopping, and you find an outfit or a piece that you like – try to think of three different ways that you can pair or style that outfit to give you three different styles. As an advantage, you should have things that you can re-wear over and over in different styles. You can wear top 3 times in 2 weeks without it getting spotted by anyone because you paired it with a sweater, a blazer, or a belt. So, keep in mind that when you’re out shopping and you spot a piece – think of 2 or 3 different outfits that you should create from that piece, because you don’t want to have own an outfit that you only wear once and find out that you suddenly have no other use for it.

Pick a theme or color pallet that defines your personal style

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This going to help you put outfits together easily. Your color pallet can be made up some neutrals and then 1 or 2 of your favorite colors. So most of your pieces should be in that color range, and that way you can easily create lovely outfits in colors that make you look classy and stylish, without trying too hard or going over budget. Avoid buying random outfits that are all over the place or it will be difficult for you to put outfits together with – and this way you can focus on other aspects of your look such as your accessories, hair, make-up etc.

Accessorize

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Accessories can make and break your outfit, but they never go out of style. As result, it’s advisable not to cut back on the quality of your accessories if you’re already shopping for clothes on a budget. High quality accessories like a good pair of sunglasses bags, belts, hand chains, necklaces will make a color themed or basic outfit look amazing. So, make room to splurge in your budget on a few quality and key accessories that are classic and timeless. It’ll be worth it.

Sell/donate old clothes

Review your closet monthly to see what works and pick out the outfits you no longer feel confident and happy in. It’s a great idea to only have things that you love in your closet, so sift through to sell and donate the outfits that no longer work for you. That way your wardrobe stays stylish and updated.

Take care of the clothes you do have and take pride in them. Remember to steam and lint roll them to keep them looking pristine.

Putting these tips to use will help you feel confident about your wardrobe and make stylish shopping decisions on a budget.

Tour the Continent; 6 of the Most Stunning cities in Africa

Saturday, October 20, 2018
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Africa is a remarkable continent full of life, nature, diversity and

smiles. With a population that is free-spirited, welcoming, curious and

accommodating, visiting Africa makes for a most thrilling and enriching

experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else on earth. Every country in Africa has its own unique

history and rich culture, and yet there are similarities in food, fashion and

traditions that span across borders and unify Africans wherever they go.


Thinking of touring our world of ethnicities, languages and cultures? These gorgeous cities will sweep you off your feet:

Casablanca, Morocco

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Casablanca is a vibrant mix of African history and modern development. As one of Africa’s most populous cities, travelers may have to make a little effort to discover its hidden treasures. But once you get beneath the surface, you’ll find that Casablanca’s mix of hustle and elegance begins to grow on you.

Known as a hub for beautiful architecture, the city’s varied building styles range from rustic to modern. The Hassan II Mosque, Morocco’s largest mosque is evidence of expert skill. Fun fact: it took over 7 years and 10,000 craftsmen to complete this grand masterpiece.


La Corniche is another attraction worth visiting. The city’s waterfront drive is lined with elegant lounges, beach cafés, and ocean-view restaurants, that would fit right into the French Riviera.


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Tunis, Tunisia

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Tunis has always been a strong and optimistic town. In addition, it is also an impressive starting point for exploring Tunisia.

One of the most beautiful parts of Tunisia’s capital city is a network of shops, alleyways, palaces, mosques located in the old Arab walled town, also known as the Medina.

Here you’ll find everything from ethnic souvenirs to household wares and gold, all with prices which can be easily negotiated. Surrounded by exquisite Arab architecture that creates an intoxicating atmosphere and offers you a sense of what life in the Arabian opulence era - of the 12th to the 16th centuries – was like.

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Cairo, Egypt

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Cairo is known romantically as the City of a Thousand Minarets. The Egyptian capital is a rich mix modern skyscrapers, ornate mosques, and ancient landmarks. The city’s urban area is the second-largest in Africa, accommodating over 20 million people.

Top Attractions include the Egyptian Museum, which is positioned just off Tahrir Square. It carries a rich array of artifacts pertaining to Egypt's history, from the time of pharaohs, right up to the prehistoric rule of the Romans. It also helps to visit the museum first, if you plan on visiting other ancient sights in Egypt later on.

There are a myriad of bazaars souks and to explore, which makes Cairo a shopper’s heaven. The Khan Al-Khalili, a large market at the center of Islamic Cairo is the most famous of these. Other attractions include the Hanging Church and the Al-Azhar Mosque.

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Nairobi, Kenya

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Immersed in rich culture, history and heritage, Nairobi is easily set apart by its welcoming people and unique mix of varied traditions, religions and local beliefs.

Star attractions include the National Parks and Wildlife sanctuary , a great shopping experience at diverse thrift markets like Gikosh market, Sunbeam market and Toi market, and some stunning natural gardens and parks like the Nairobi Botanical Garden and Uhuru parks.

Kenya’s major museums are located in Nairobi. These museums cover a range of themes. You’ll find the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi Railway Museum and Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Here’s another place to experience a colorful mix of exciting history and heritage, entertainment, cuisine and thrilling activities. Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of Africa, in addition to being South Africa’s wealthiest and largest city. Lovingly referred to by locals as the ‘city of gold’, there are more reasons to visit Johannesburg than we can cover.

You could visit the Nelson Mandela National Museum, where you can find South Africa’s first democratic president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nelson Mandela’s house in Soweto.

Enjoy heart stopping amusement park rides at the world-renowned Gold Reef City, a world of other fun adventures. Check out more serene scenery at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, which boasts 300 hectares of natural veld and landscaped areas.

Other star attractions include the Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum - a symbol of resistance against the apartheid regime, the Oriental Plaza and the Montecasino.


Port Louis, Mauritius

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Port Louis houses the largest harbor in Mauritius. It is also where small trades and big businesses exist together and these dynamics, form the unique scenic but corporate ambiance in Port Louis.

Side by side with the historic architecture of basaltic rocks left behind by the British and French as a legacy of their colonization, are modern skyscrapers that indicate that Mauritius is developing at a fast pace.

Noteworthy places to visit include Port Louis’s Horse Racing Arena, called Champ de Mars; home to Mauritians who have a passion for horse-racing, the Photographic Museum; a private cottage which combines romanticism and rich Mauritian history, and the Blue Penny Museum, situated in the famous mall of the capital, Le Caudan Waterfront.

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There’s so much to look forward to and absorb in Africa. There's nowhere like it to experience rich traditions, wildlife and wild lands. If you have already visited any of these places, feel free to share your experiences with us. But if you have not, we hope you’ll take on an adventure to one of these exotic destinations and make lasting memories. Be ready to fall in love!

​AFRICAN DESTINATIONS: UGANDA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
by Merchant

Hey guys, this week we bring to you another edition of African destinations for your next vacation. This week we are taking you all the way to the south-eastern country of Malawi.

Uganda is a country located in Eastern Africa, which; fondly known by many as “the Pearl of Africa,” Uganda is one of the most fertile countries in Africa; with an amazing array of wildlife and a diverse society that celebrates its vibrant culture through music, dance, and art.

Here are a few interesting activities you could do during your visit:

Bungee Jumping/White Water Rafting

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Lovers of extreme sports should plan a trip to the Nile High Bungee in Jinja; it is the only bungee platform in East Africa, or you could steer the wild rapids of the White Nile for a few hours. Either way, there’s an activity to satisfy your adrenaline thirst.

Royal Ascot Goat Races

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In 1993, a horse-breeder faced goats against one another as a fund-raising activity. The races now take place every year and have gained such popularity that they were moved from the Kampala Rugby Club to the Speke Resort in Munyonyo. Participants enter a goat with the hopes of winning a cash prize, and spectators arrive in their Sunday best and outrageous hats, mimicking the attendees at the traditional Ascot horse races held in Ascot, England.

Lake Mburo National Park

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The park is famous for its biodiversity, and is located in the southern part of Uganda; excellent for game viewing. It is populated by approximately 68 species of mammals; it is most famous for its antelope, zebras and impalas. The park’s five lakes are home to an abundance of crocodiles, hippos, and water birds.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a wonderful place for hiking, bird watching, and monkey viewing; the Park is located in southwestern Uganda, this rain forest is home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Lovers of wildlife would enjoy touring Bwindi as it is also home to 90 other mammal species, including 11 different primates.

Rwenzori Mountains

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The mountain is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; these mountains are breathtaking, and an exciting challenge for lovers of the outdoors. Guides are available to take hikers all the way to the snowy peaks. Whether you are an experienced climber or an enthusiastic amateur, the Rwenzori Mountains offer world-class hiking and climbing.

Virunga Volcanoes

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How exciting would it be to see a volcano up close? In Uganda the Mgahinga National Park provides the opportunity to explore the three extinct volcanoes that make up the Virunga Volcanoes: Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Muhavura. This tour is sure to be an exciting trip for hikers.

Uganda’s diversity of vegetation, its snowcapped mountains, and serene lakes make it the perfect place for visitors looking to experience the African outdoors in all its glory. So, this country definitely deserves a spot on your bucket-list, especially if you are a lover of the outdoors.

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