10 Tips On Reinventing Your Closet At No Cost

Long overdue post! We chatted style blogger Suzy Fleurette Nnomo @7coloredflower on instagram recently about her on going experiment not to buy new clothes for a year! We contacted her at the start of her experiment and promised to check in half way through. Here are 10 tips she shared with us on how she started this journey and has survived so far…

– Prepare and organise yourself before the journey: that means, make sure you have enough necessary items in your wardrobe that you are going to use multiple times and in multiple ways.
– Tell people around you about the journey: People around you will kind of watch you because they don’t really believe that you can achieve such a goal.
– Please avoid shopping stores: This is not easy but start window shopping if you can, then eventually you will stop hanging around shopping stores. They are too tempting.
– Unfollow all your favorite clothes-related Instagram accounts during the journey!
– Start doing something creative if you don’t have one already. Spend more time improving your special skills or find a new hobby.
– Exchange clothes with friends and family if necessary or find events near you that actually offers people the opportunity to exchange clothes.
– Explore your wardrobe more! You actually have more clothes that you are aware of! Go to the basement and unpack your old boxes with clothes!
– I will also recommend to give away or sell clothes that you are not using anymore. Get rid of them! They are invading your space for nothing.
– Dare to fix and repair what you already have. By doing this you will learn to see potential in your items.
– Last but not least, use and abused! Use everything You have available. Your personal style might be challenged but hey! You will end up daring and not really caring.
So we guess our question is…will you dare go a year with purchasing clothes?

Afro Punk Joburg 2017 was legit!

I have just recently returned from holiday in South Africa and Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique. South Africa is my birth country, so this post might be a bit biased.

The highlight of my  visit in Joburg was experiencing the Afro Punk Joburg edition 2017.  Joburgers really made their mark as the best dressed  at the AfroPunk 2017. If you do not believe me , here This is proof.

New Music from Efe

Oslo based hip hop/dancehall artist Efe has got new music out and this one is called ‘Ginger’.

Efe was raised with and was first exposed to music by his parents who were involved in church music. This has been a blessing and a curse for him; a curse in the way of high expectations from his parents who are skilled in the same area (music) where his passion lies.

He moved to Norway when he was 15 after living in Nigeria and New york. For Efe making music is a form of expressing himself, which he does through his lyrics.

Lyrics are an important element of my music, many of the texts are based on events that have occurred in my life. Through the texts, i want to inspire others to not lose faith – Efe

Listen, share and enjoy his single; ‘Ginger‘…

 

Zozo of My Beautiful People Copenhagen.

We got to know the beautiful copenhagen based Zozo; photographer, dancer, black beauty champion and owner of the amazing website www.mybeautifulp.com a little better earlier this month. She spoke to us about how she hopes her blog which is focused on the afro danish community in Copenhagen will add colour to the face of beauty and what life is like living as afrodanish. Sit back and enjoy.

What is your full name:

Zozo Mposula

What is your african heritage and where do you reside now:

Copenhagen is my current city and South Africa is my origin or heritage

What do you do:

I am currently a school teacher and a photographer during my spare time. I am also a qualified dancer and dance teacher.

Why and when did you start your website ‘My Beautiful People’:

My Beautiful People started two years ago. It started as an outlet to celebrate the black beauty I saw in the  streets of Copenhagen that I wished to see on Danish media, whether it be on a Fashion magazine, newspapers and tv. It was to document for myself and for whoever that needed to see themselves in other black beauties out there, to be reminded of our diversity, beauty and strength. Anyone who felt under-represented could look at the images on My beautiful People and say aha! she looks like me, or has the same hair as mine.

Your take on the african community in Denmark. Is it big? Is it strong? United?:

I feel the African community in Denmark is big and strong but a bit scattered. We are all doing different things to promote and celebrate and shine a positive light on the African continent. Through music, photography, fashion and culture. I feel there is big sense of awareness and a lot of work that needs to be done for the future generations to come.

Your favourite city in Scandinavia:

Copenhagen and  Stockholm, I have been to Olso once on a study trip 7 years ago and hope to visit soon.

What city has more style; Copenhagen or Oslo:

That is a difficult question. I feel that they are equally stylish, the only difference is the attitude I think.

What is it like living in Denmark as an african:

I come from South Africa, a country known for its apartheid regime and the oppression of people of colour through many years. Despite our oppression, I never felt I was missing role models; men and women of colour to look up to because black people were and still are a majority back in South Africa. I grew up surrounded by images of people who looked like me on the TV and in the press. I never had the need to feel represented as a black person until I moved to Denmark at the age of 21 as an exchange student. Then suddenly I was different, I felt different, and felt wrong somehow.

I recall an episode of a dance teacher commenting on my round booty in a ballet class. My hair will be a topic for discussion. I started noticing that I was different and there were not images out there to represent my type of beauty.

Fast forward to 9 years ago, My daughter´s birth propelled me to do something about these feelings of being under-represented. I started asking questions: why was I not seeing images of Afro- Danish women on magazines and Tv?. I knew from there that I had to do something to hopefully change things, if not for me then for my daughter and other brown and curly haired children to come. This led to the birth of MybeautifulP.

What will you like to see develop in the future within the afro dansk community and the african community in Scandinavia generally:

I would like us ( Afro- Danes ) to be more visible in the media. I would like my daughter to go  to “7 eleven” and buy a magazine that has a beautiful black woman or man on the front. I would like to read about Afro- Dane fashionista, entrepreneurs, dancers, actors, politician models and photographers. I hope this will remind our children that they too can be whatever they want to be even with their skin colour. ‘The young ones’ as I choose to call them need role models they can easily identify with. My hope is that MBP will become a digital magazine and  a photography book that celebrates african beauty in Scandinavia.

Quick Chat – KayB (KayB & Mago Entertainment)

KayB originally from the Democratic Repulic of Congo is the founder of KayB & Mago Entertainment. An event promotion company with the vision of bringing Oslo and Norway to the forefront of Afrobeat concerts held in Europe ahead of other popular cities such as London, Stockholm and Paris.

So far his company has successfully carried out four concerts in Oslo, ranging from the reputable Awilo Longomba, Heritier Watanabe, Afrobeat/Reggae/Dancehall artist Patoranking and Yori Yori crooners; Bracket.

On challenges they have faced so far KayB rates gaining the trust of concert goers and reaching the right people as the most challenging. That being said his most memorable concert so far has been Patoranking in Oslo!

We can expect even more afrobeat concerts in Norway from KayB & Mago in the nearest future! Next concert coming up by KayB is Nigeria’s Iyanya. This holds on  Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Cosmopolite, Vogts Gate 64, 0477 Oslo with a special performance and appearance by Stella Mwangi.

”It is Norways time. We have a lot of surprises on the way, our aim is to remove the hassle of travelling out to concerts for African Norwegians and other afrobeat lovers residing in Norway. We will put Norway on all afrobeat artists map and bring them to you! That job is ours and the pleasure yours!  – KayB”

Ring: 96838962, 46236039 for ticket information to the Iyanya in Oslo concert

Quick Chat – David Obi

On a  warm day in May we had a chat over apple cakes and cold drinks with Nigerian born, Oslo living Visual Artist; David Obi. He shared a little about himself and challenges he has faced as an African Artist in Norway.Painting out of his studio in Fornebu, David moved with his family from Sweden to explore the art scene here in Norway.David describes himself as an impressionist artist; preferring depicting overall visual effects through short uneven brush strokes instead of a more smooth detailed finish. He has had a fascination with human emotions and how they are expressed facially since he was 5 years old. This is reflected in most of his body of work. For David, the arts and crafts has been a life long love affair. He has been creative for as long as he recalls. 

I remember growing up back in Nigeria, I always had a corner permanently set out for me in the living room where I painted using water colour. I also started making simple greeting cards early. I have always loved arts and crafts.

David paints in water colour, acrylic, gouache, ink, and oil. His paintings are bright and colourful. He enjoys painting portraits, landscapes and abstracts. Passionate for his art, David also took up education in Nigeria in General Arts to become a trained artist. In Sweden he succesfully held a number of exhibitions in major galleries in Stockholm. He carried the optimism over from Sweden to Oslo when he moved. The reality has however been different.

Sweden was not easy to crack but Norway in my experience has been a tougher market. Getting into the art scene here in Oslo has been difficult…but we will get there!

When i first moved to Sweden it was challenging getting into the scene. I sold my art at ridiculous prices to try to create awareness. Sweden i will say was difficult but more open that Norway.

The biggest challenge has been getting his work into galleries in Oslo. In my experience the marketing here in Norway is difficult for foreigners. I have approached one too many galleries and sent in my portfolio at their request all to no avail. It was also very difficult to find a studio to paint out from in Oslo in the start…Thankfully that part is history now.

You have to be well connected in the network. We are here but not well represented.

David hopes to one day have is work exhibited in galleries in Oslo. He is currently working on a horse-racing series which he hopes will go on exhibition in Sweden later on this year.

”I do not know if there are many other African artists in Oslo who have faced similar challenges, but if they are it will be great if we can come together to build our own platform.” – David Obi