From my earliest recollection of my younger years, I think I have always had a very strong sense of what I wanted to wear. I owe it in part to my Mum who encouraged individuality in all her children and lovingly nurtured us in a home environment where our personal views were encouraged and this translated into what I wore.
I also owe my sense of style in part to my paternal Grandmother. I was named after my Dad’s Mum, my grandmother, Maame Anima of Old Tafo in the Eastern Region of my native country of birth, Ghana. What I recall about my grandmother growing up is that she was always meticulously dressed and she paid attention to every detail of her appearance. From the top of her head to the soles of her feet, she was always pristinely and immaculately dressed.
On family trips to Old Tafo, my relatives upon seeing me would always remark in my native Akyem dialect of Twi that ‘you are truly Maame Anima’s granddaughter’’. She was a woman who expressed her creativity and uniqueness through her clothes and her unique sense of style.
She was a very prayerful woman with a burden for deep intercessory prayer for her family and wider community. Everyone who came into contact with her spoke of her warmth, compassion and kindness. Everyone’s burden was her burden. She was an embodiment of the Biblical quote in Proverbs 31:30 which says that ‘Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting BUT a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised’’. Her outer beauty expressed through her personal style was a result of an inner fortitude borne out of a personal relationship with her Creator. These are values I have come to embrace in my own life as I have realised experientially the transient nature of focusing on outward beauty at the expense of inner beauty.
‘’The truth is that beauty does not come from the makeup you wear, the style of your hair or the even the curviness of one’s body. It does not come from how flawless your skin may be or how youthful your appearance is. All this is commendable and acceptable BUT true beauty comes from the radiance of God, which is the fruit of one’s yieldedness to Him. That is unsurpassed beauty. A woman’s worth, value and beauty come from God and God alone’’-Pastor Tony Rapu
In preparing to launch this website, I did some research into my Grandmother’s fashion sense and surprise…surprise…the parallels between us was rather quite astonishing!!!
All her clothes matched and guess what mine most in general do too…lol.
She loved scarves and so do I.
When it came to jewellery she loved pure metals or would wear unique and indigenous beads. I love accessories. I think they make the simplest of outfits come alive.
She wore pumps for comfort and she loved sandals…hmmmm…well…like Grandma like granddaughter, when it comes to footwear, comfort for me is key. I am constantly on my feet in the classroom as an Educator so I love wearing loafers, brogues and ballerina pumps for school. In the warmer spring/summer months. I love cute footwear and sandals.
Maame Anima’s hair was natural. She threaded it meticulously and loved to sport head scarves too.
Well…ahem…this granddaughter of Maame Anima rocks natural hair too and I have done so for the last 14 years.
P.S-Under the ‘Afro Hair Care’ section of this website, I share my natural afro hair journey as well as a plethora of effective tips and tricks for maintaining healthy natural afro hair.
So…what is my personal style? I think it is an eclectic mix of the sense of individuality that my Mum instilled in me as well as my Grandmother’s fashion sense. In my clothes you will always find a piece of my African/Ghanaian heritage in there plus style influences from living and working in a city as cosmopolitan as London.
I love to travel and my fashion sense draws inspiration from the people and places I have had the privilege of visiting and blending it all in to create something I can uniquely call my own. That’s the beauty of style. It’s about fusing all these influences together and making it your own. It’s about giving your clothes a voice by expressing who you are creatively through them and embracing your God-given identity through them.
I hope that from the posts in this section of my webpage you too will draw inspiration from my style ideas and tips and embrace your own sense of identity, individuality and uniqueness through what you wear.
When it comes to clothes it’s about being you, being authentic and embracing your unique God-given identity and expressing it through what you wear.
In the famous words of Anne Klein, the American fashion designer extraordinaire,
When you are comfortable in your own skin and in what you are wearing, you radiate and exude an air of confidence and attractiveness which permeates every environment you walk into.
So…be bold…be daring and don’t be afraid to try new things.
Loads of love,
Loads of love,