Monday, 29 August 2011

A trip to the Shrine: FELA!

Top/Vintage; Trousers/Vintage; Belt/Primark; Ring/Topshop;
Necklace/Accesorize; Shoes/River Island; Flower/ the garden of my family home.

It was in early 2008, when I first heard that the life and music of the musical genius that is Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was being turned into a musical that would run Off-Broadway.

I hoped and prayed that the show would someday make its way across the pond and it definitely did. After months of failed plans to see it with family and friends, my mum took the plunge and bought tickets for the whole family to see FELA! on its closing night at the Sadler's Wells.


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Shopping Time!

Skirt/Primark, Top/Hot Topic, Scarf/Belonged to my mum, Sandals/Urban Outfitters

Quick post with what i wore today yesterday. I'm back in London again for another two weeks again cause i wanna be here for bank holiday. Been doing alot of shopping lately and today my purpose was to get some boots. Been looking around for a decent pair i would like and ended up getting a pair of Chelsea boots from Zara. These should keep me happy throughout winter :)

Back to my afro as well. Had to get my sister to cut it last month because it was growing badly so i've started on my growth journey again. Frustrating but its what i need. and hopefully i do things right this time.

Lola x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Volunteering in Kenya

Probably the most inspiring two weeks of my life so far....

I had always wanted to go on a charitable holiday and had spent most of my 3 years at uni regretting never having the chance to go on a 'gap yah'. So when the prospect of this trip to Kenya came by, I couldn't resist going. Luckily I had a host of generous family and friends who made it possible.

After nearly a year of fundraising and planning, its funny to think of how quickly my time in Kenya flew past. I spent most of the two weeks volunteering with KOP, the Kenyan Orphan Project, an organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.

Looking over Lake Nakuru
Playing with some of the children at the feeding centre

Although this experience was for only a short period of time, it was definitely a trip to remember. It opened my eyes to the extent of poverty experienced in the world. One thing that was great to see was that even in the face of such adversity, the people I met out there were still smiling.

On the days when I wasn't painting a house or playing with kids for hours in 35 degree heat, I got some time to chill out and get to know some amazing people from the all over the UK who were also involved with this charity.

Standard flamingo pose on the banks of Lake Nakuru (a flamingo haven)

back breaking work in thirty-something degree heat!

Apologies for the simplicity in my outfits but at the end of the day, it was not that type of holiday.

Here are a few pictures from my trip - all taken with my brand new canon DSLR!!!
I initially narrowed the 900+ photos to 80 amazing images but unfortunately not all of the could make it on here.

Some pictures from the projects:

Bubbles at the feeding centre

Seeing colours.

Teaching some of the street boys at HOVIC

Technicolour parachute 

You can't go to Kenya without going on safari:

Beautiful views and inspiring landscapes:

Sunset over Lake Victoria

Kitmikayi Rock Formation

Kenya, like most other African countries, was brimming with so much culture:

Masai People

At the market

Whilst I was out there, most of what I wore consisted of shorts and a tank top. Not very interesting...But on two occasions I did were clothes that I would normally choose to wear:

Cheeky visit to the equator and the only university on the equator.
Top/Primark; Shorts/Vintage CK; Bag/Vintage

At the final KOP party hosted by the street boys at HOVIC.
Dress/George at ASDA; Sandals/Market in Ghana

It was the perfect two weeks!

Ps: apologies for the picture heavy post. I hope your bandwidth survives.


Friday, 19 August 2011

From My Backyard

Now back in the swing of things trying to sort my life out for my postgraduate degree this September. If we didn't mention this before, Fikki and i moved in together into a very pretty house in Manchester. We have the cutest little garden which i was happy about as it would be perfect for pictures from time to time. Fikki used it for some pictures in this post right here. Will do a post soon showing the house!

This skirt, one of my charity shop purchases has been featured on the blog before but paired it with the jean shirt this time. Wore this to go shopping and run some quick errands, plus i had not left the house in a day and a half so i was going stir crazy just sitting there. I needed some retail therapy. Only bought brogues from New Look. Also visited Patisserie Valerie for a coffee as they recently opened up a new branch in Manchester. They have got the yummiest cakes!

Skirt/Thrifted, Shirt/Primark

Lola x

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Travel | From The Adriatic

Back from my three week backpacking holiday around Croatia. It was such a beautiful place with a mix of culture, partying and relaxing on the beach. Travelled around 7 cities/islands - Zagreb, Novalja, Zadar, Split, Brac island, Korcula island and Dubrovnik, all of which were picture perfect. Would definitely want to visit some of those places again. This is a snapshot of the holiday as i took ALOT of pictures.
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