Pretty Paisley

It will probably be soon that I run out of catchy captions for outfit posts featuring paisley prints. Such is the the pervasiveness of the print among my clothes. Nonetheless, I don't think I'll ever tire of wearing this  groovy print of Persian origin. Among the plethora of 'ethnic' decorative motifs, it's my favourite. I just love its whimsy and prettiness! This dress was an especially sweet find because it's pink (you already know how I feel about pink!)with the darling print fashioned in black. The contrast creates a look that I call restrained festiveness. Given the ease with which it makes me feel dressed-up, this little number will most likely be making at least one more appearance during the upcoming holiday season! Can you blame me?

Dress: Vintage;Thrifted
Bag: Thrifted
Boots: Nine West
Bangles: Collected from various places

Photography Credit: Jaye Gardener

17.10.15 : Foreign Gods Inc. by Okey Ndibe

So believe it or not, we're already halfway through the month of October! This means we just have a couple weeks left until the second meet-up when we discuss this month's book selection, Foreign Gods Inc by Okey Ndibe. Hopefully, you've picked up your copy by now but if not, you still have time to do so and catch up with the reading. Assata and I are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this new work of Nigerian fiction when we gather on Saturday, the 31st of Oct from 3 to 5pm (EST) via Periscope...Our handle there is papyrusbookclub. Until then, Happy Reading! 

Photography Credit: Sol Messiah

Village Dispatch : Morocco with Sofia El Arabi

Given my obsession with all things Moroccan design, it should come as no surprise that one of my first Village Dispatch posts features someone from that immensely artistic land. After discovering designer Sofia El Arabi on Instagram a couple months ago,  I knew that I had to ask if she would be willing to share a bit of herself and her home on the AM blog. 
Sofia's edgy, worldy bohemian style just oozes coolness. At a time when the boho thing can seem over done, she manages to make it look fresh and all her own. Her style intrigues you. It compels you to ask the question "who is she?"  
Fortunately, Sofia agreed to satiate that curiousity.

AM:From what city in Morocco are you?
Sofia: Casablanca, born and raised.

AM: How did being exposed to creativity inspire you to become an artist?
Sofia: My father was a painter, an intellectual, rich by his readings. I have his bohemian side and style. My mother gave me her business vision.

AM:How does your environment influence your creative process?
Sofia: My everyday life in Casablanca is full of inspiration. I also travel a lot from little village to big city and I read a lot about Morocco and Berber women, in particular.

AM: Describe your line Bakchic, The Label.
Sofia: Bakchic is the expression of a personal identity, a mix between a super rich cultural heritage and the blowing of a contemporary wind. Berberhemian: Bohemian Berber, that is how Morocco keeps inspiring me. Bakchic is the Arabic word for bribery. The brand is what should be taking you back to the true essence of Arabian clothing...unpolluted, uncorrupted.

AM: What is the most romantic place in your city?
Sofia: the little streets of Habous. I love this place!

AM: What personal belonging is most special to you?
Sofia: A ring on my left thumb and my bracelets from all over the world.

AM: What do you do when you want to relax?
Sofia: I visit a hammam.

AM: How do you drink your mint tea?
Sofia: My favourite is my grandmother's....with homemade Moroccan sweets.

All photographs are the property of Sofia El Arabi


Night Life

Taking outfit photographs when it's dark outside isn't conventional in the blogging world. It may indeed be counter-intuitve. Yet, I've come to like the effect that the subtle light casts within the photographs captured. At dusk things come alive in a way they don't during the day. Bronze sparkles, leaves show off their vibrant greens and the muted tones stand out against my dark skin.

Sweater: Banana Republic; Thrifted
Skirt:No label attached; Thrifted
Shoes:Ann Taylor
Bag: Vintage Coach; Thrifted
Necklace: Kaarta Imports 
Earrings:Cultural Accents

Photograpy Credit : Jaye Gardener