Saturday, 30 August 2014

Graduate, Female, Unhappily Single and Twenty something

At 17 yrs old, I had my life planned out just before leaving school. I was going to University to study Commerce (now referred to as Marketing) and perhaps do my Masters after completing my Bachelors degree. I would meet the love of my life at University and by 25 we would be married. By 27, we would have a baby and then take a year out to explore the world. Who would look after the baby? Well, that’s what grandparents are there for. My mother or mother-in law can look after our beautiful baby whilst me and my hand-some, successful husband go travelling the world. After a year of global exploration, we return home to work hard and save as much as we can so we can afford a dream home in sunny somewhere.

I finished school but poorly passed core subjects in my GSCEs so I had to retake them. Another year added to my plan but who cares. I was determine things would work out anyways. I suddenly took ill which lead to a year off education. After recovering, I decided to enrol at College where I spent 3 years studying Business, which meant starting University at 22. Bloody ridiculous I thought! Still determined to meet Mr Right and get married by 25 though.

Fast forward twelve years…one part of the plan came through. I went to University and gained two first class degrees- BA Business and Marketing and MSc Marketing Management. The rest? Well still working on that. I am now a graduate, unhappily single, female in my last 20s and still wishing for that hand-some single man to sweep me off my feet or maybe just put a ring on it.  

So what I’m I doing about been single? Nothing really, I guess that’s why I’m still single. I’ve been reflecting on my life lately and thought I’m actually not making an effort to meet the right person for me. I spend most of my time blogging, working on fashion projects, sleeping and just surfing social media. If you're a graduate, unhappily single, female, twenty something with no active plans to change your current 'single' status to 'in a relationship', it’s time to make a change for a change to happen. You don’t want to be unhappily single, female and thirty something. Do you? 

Monday, 25 August 2014

2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The only video music awards to have hosted artists who chose to wear outfit made with meat aka Lady Gaga or not very much on aka Amber Rose (who is not even an artist). So what exactly are they celebrating? Well, lets just say some load of shit called Pop music. But that's non of our business...we only judge fashion. Here we go..

Solange Knowles in @hm Studio Collection and Ariana Grande in a Leather outfit.

Love both outfits because they are different from what we normally see on both of them. Solange looks great as always. A new take on the 2-piece tailored capsule. Ariana is bridging a new style- showing maturity. 
Jordin Sparks and BF Jason Derulo look well loved up on the red carpet. Love the outfit. 
Kendall Jenner, Mylie Cyrus, Chanel Iman and Beyonce all channel the classic colour 'black' on the red carpet. How amazing was Beyonce's performance though? 
Rita Ora has been working sleepwear trend lately. Love this red dress on her. Very Marilyn Monroe. Demi Lovato looks stunning too. 
Charli! What were you thinking? 
Red carpet make-up we love......

Jennifer Lopez in @Versace, Amber Rose and Iggy Azelea take on Silver.

Jennifer Lopez looks good but there is nothing new about this. She's played it safe again!! Cannot understand what Amber Rose was thinking choosing this outfit. Not only is it tacky, it's just utterly outrageous. Just as we are trying to give her credit for changing a new chapter, she takes us back to square one. Really awful!! Iggy's dress is nice but not good on her. Maybe next time...

The reality star trio hit the red carpet yet again. Only this time, they mis-match their outfit. Kylie Jenner and Kim West should swap outfit. Kendall looks perfect!!








Photo credit: Online

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Pyjamas Bravas

Ever thought of wearing the ultimate comfortwear- Pyjamas outside your house but too frightened to do so? Well....fear NOT. You can now wear your most fashionable PJs outside of your bedroom thanks to these Fashion Icons: Rihanna, Rita Ora and Russell Brand. Naturally we react with disgust to things that are not the norm however, this PJ style is selling faster than Fat Larry's chocolate chip cookie. In fact, Debenhams reported a 34% increase in sale of PJs. Clearly, this summer will be remembered for a very long time. We think they are now the new onesie.

Would you wear it?



Photo credit: Eighteen Forever (Snapped from the Metro Newspaper).

Monday, 4 August 2014

Showcase At Africa Summer Festival 2014

Africa Centre Festival 

What an incredible day it was showcasing at the 2nd Africa Centre Summer Festival this year. We showcased 9 beautiful designs from our range at the heart of Covent Garden in London. 

Founder of Eighteen Forever in red-heels with models after the showcase. 

Special thanks to Africa Fashion Week London, Africa Centre, Fashions Finest team, and to all the models, stylists, make-up artists, photographers, press and the audience for coming.

Please visit our website to view our range and perhaps get yourself a beautiful African piece or simply get style tips from our style section.

Website> www.eighteenforever.co.uk
Blog> www.eighteenf.blogspot.com
Email: eighteenf@gmail.com 



Model in Eighteen Forever showcase on stage. 

Founder and Miss Brazil UK & Model Paula Souza on stage after the finale. 



Founder and Story-teller Usifu Jallow


Model posed for a quick pic after stage presence.



Photo credit: Eighteen Forever and Josh Daniels

Monday, 9 June 2014

See Who's Wearing Eighteen Forever

This is how you rock Eighteen Forever LBSF Sleeveless Shirt. Gertrude bought this sleeveless shirt almost 2 years ago and she is still rocking it! 

Show her some Eighteen love!

Thank you Gertrude for sharing xo 


Photo credit: Gertrude

Monday, 2 June 2014

Eighteen Forever Spring/Summer 2014

The moment you've all been waiting! Our Spring/Summer range is here and we are absolutely delighted. This time we are inspired by Vlisco print, full stop. Vlisco is a Hollandaise wax company based in the Netherlands. We use Vlisco prints with the intention of creating simple yet renaissance design for every lady.

What our creative director said-

"I've always loved Vlisco wax. The prints are vibrant and would make every woman stand out. Eighteen Forever is about simple and unique designs, so using unique prints just makes perfect sense"- Sally Kah

Design: Miss Maya £85
Brand: Eighteen Forever
Range: S/S 2014
Look out for more images from our range.


Photo credit: Eighteen Forever 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Let's Talk Ethical Fashion (Discuss)

So yesterday was our first year anniversary as a social enterprise fashion brand. We celebrated with a forum titled: Let's Talk Ethical Fashion at Liverpool Hope University. A lot of issues were raised in relation to ethical sourcing but, it became apparent during the discussion that, the definition of 'ethical sourcing' is unclear. Without a clear definition of what ethical sourcing is, we will never understand- where our products come, how they are produced. More about the discussion in our article coming soon.

Founder and Panelists discussing sweatshop labour in the fashion industry. 

L-R: Michela Insenga (Funding and Event Coordinator) and Sally Kah (Founder and Creative Director of Eighteen Forever 

Photo credit: Pranay Shakya for Eighteen Forever