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Isn’t it strange the way a song can arouse a plethora of emotions and elicit a reaction that is both universal and highly personal? Music has been on my mind because of a song by Gotye ft. Kimbra called ‘Somebody that I used to know‘. I feel like I can relate to this song and I have probably listened to it about 20 times in the last two days. My interpretation of the song is that it is wrought with pain and regret but that there is also a twisted sort of hope. I think the song is great because it can be interpreted in many ways… have a listen and decide for yourself.

Please feel free to leave your interpretation in the comments below.



I saw this picture and it just reminded me of our style here at Mayysha.

We love bright colours, blazers and scarves.

Fashion doesn’t have to be complicated and Jessica Alba shows that so well in this picture.


By ankara I don’t mean the capital of Turkey but the African prints that are taking fashion by storm. Ankara is the term these fabrics are known by in Africa.

The bold and vibrant fabric has long been used to sew traditional African outfits but now it’s being used in mainstream fashion and celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani have been pictured wearing ankara outfits.

Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum S/S 2012 collection showcased the ankara material with elegance.

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The best thing about ankara is that the colour gives an outfit instant glamour and with minimal accessories the prints are bold enough to make a statement on their own.

Seeing what Burberry has done with ankara has motivated me to think outside the box when I use the material. For now, here are some pics of me wearing ankara:

I’m going to set myself the project of sewing ankara material in a modern and fashion forward way. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.



Greetings from Africa

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but I send my greetings from Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa! lol

It’s been a hectic 2 months settling in but I’m starting to get onto my feet and looking to blogging all about what I’m sure is going to be a great year.

Missing London but enjoying the sun.



Runway to Win – Obama 2012 scarf worn two ways


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Runway to Win - Obama 2012 scarf worn two ways

Calypso St Barth sleeveless tank top
$55 –

Paul Smith silk top
$235 –

Highwaisted pants
$48 –

True Religion slim fit jeans
€349 –

Zara patent leather flat
$50 –

Jade shoes
449 SEK –

Tory Burch crossbody handbag
$225 –

Matt Nat zip bag
$86 –

Kate spade jewelry
$58 –

Kate Spade facets jewelry
$88 –


Tom Ford vintage style sunglasses
£120 –

Rectangular sunglasses
$195 –

Monique Péan
$95 –

Jason Wu for Target



Sometimes I wonder whether I grew up in the wrong country. In my opinion, high street fashion in the UK is one of the best in the world, if not the best. But when it comes to high street- designer collaborations, you cannot beat the collections that come out of America. Some of the recent hits include Missoni for Target, William Rast for Target and Jean Paul Gaultier for Target.  However, my favourite all time collaboration has to be Stella McCartney for H&M.

Now, the hottest name in fashion, Jason Wu has done a collaboration and I am so jealous.

Why am I never in the States when these collections come out?!!

Looking at the pictures on the target website, it’s going to be a hit! Here are some of my favourite pieces from the collection.

Jason Wu for Target


No offence H&M but Target wins hands down in the battle of high street- designer collaborations.

Which high street- designer collections are your favourites?

2012 – New year. New attitude. New look.


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Apologies for the lack of activity on the blog.

2012 has started on a rather busy note because I decided that I wanted to approach this year differently. My usual approach is laissez faire; I take things as they come and have never really stopped to consider the larger picture or even the position I would like to be in at the end of a year. This lack of self awareness and failure to chart a course is a pretty serious oversight for me, so I set about rectifying the status quo!

I feel like this is going to be an important year and in some ways set the tone for the rest of my life. Yes, I know that may sound a bit dramatic and ridiculous. However, I have  learned to trust my instincts, so I am going to ‘start as I mean to go on’ by focusing on myself and ‘making the most of 2012’!  That may not sound particularly revolutionary or interesting but I have high hopes that it will turn out to be amazing!!!

So far…
We are 24 days into 2012 and my new approach seems to be working!! I have booked to go on a girls trip to South Beach in two weeks and I will embrace a new look when I have my Big Chop on Friday!! (For those that may not know, a BC is the process of cutting off the relaxed ends of one’s hair to transition from chemically processed hair to natural hair.)  How is that for results?! 

Until next time here is a picture of Wakeema Hollis rocking her natural hair and gorgeous makeup!


xx Sha

Reflection (Sha)


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The start of a new year is always a time for reflection. This post is a few days overdue, but nevertheless I want to share a bit about the past year and my current mindset.


  • First trip to Paris, complete with meeting up with an old friend and a romantic sunset dinner on the Eiffle Tower.
  • Great results in the LPC
  • Celebrating my Dad’s 60th Birthday with trip to Las Vegas
  • Being at home to spoil my Mom on her birthday
  • Having summer jobs and finding a long term placement
  • Tasting many good wines! 😉
  • Making new friends and drawing closer to older friends
  • End of pretty serious relationship
  • Realisation that some of my friends are not who I thought they were
  • Stress (loads!)
  • Loss of fitness
  • End of student life (for now)

So you see last year was a pretty good year, I mean it definitely had ups and downs but as a whole it was good. The worst parts stemmed from my relationships with others and thus I suppose from the risk that is inherent when you trust someone else. 2011 has left me a bit wiser and more discerning so I am curious and excited about what 2012 will bring!