It’s my birthday and I’ll wear Africana

I’ve shied away from wearing Africana since living in Freetown. It’s always fabulous on a Sierra Leonian but against my flecky Australian complexion, I’m just not convinced. But today, as I joyfully celebrate another birthday I’d like to shine the light on myself and share an Africana/white girl tailoring success story.
My talented tailor Mr Unisa Jalloh whipped up this cotton two-piece matchy which includes a boxy top and mini skirt made from a Ghanaian cotton found at the local market. Unisa and I awkwardly attempt to pose but somehow give an impression that I’m recovering from knee reconstruction surgery and require assistance walking.
No awkwardness here as the master sews his magic in his Congo Town studio. If anyone is inspired by the stunning creation Unisa made for me and wants their own Africana matchy, Unisa can be reached on 033860352. As the brother of the late, much adored and respected tailor Alpha Jalloh, overlockers and tape measures are in Unisa’s blood. For those not based in Freetown, Unisa is happy to take international orders. Just contact me.


Pink is quite frankly the best colour in the world

I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with pink since my mother dressed me in a pink mother-care by-post onesie. Sure it can look cheap, sickly and predictable but no other shade comes close in terms of feel-good sugar high sweetness. I think these three Freetown ladies, all with very different pink pallettes, show us why Pretty in Pink Barbie is the best and the Pink Ladies were not called the Blue Ladies.
Sarah embraces the colour of love in this playful ensemble that mixes several shades of delicious fuschia.  The headscarf is particularly eye catching and the plastic sandals bring it all so nicely together.
A crisp pair of pink slacks, pink shirt and a dazzling smile. Philipa’s style is unrivaled in my office. Except by Aunty Edith of course.




..and actually Christiana comes close as well. This Africana matchy is a gorgeous candy pink featuring some elegant sateen panels creating a flared effect around the hem matched by the frill around the neck.