50. DASHIKI AT THE BEACH || LE CHIC DOMESTIC GODDESS

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Sunday, we couldn’t make it to the beach, but Monday, it was on!!! Only thing is, I had a major crisis : I absolutely nothing to wear! Sound familiar, anyone? Thank goodness for Dashiki though, it saved me from some certain people who would have honked and cried out with their shrill little voices “Mama, hurry up!!”. Thank you, Dashiki!

Behold. Presenting, my latest blog name idea…

Le Chic Domestic Goddess

Chic || 1. The quality or state of being stylish; fashionableness.
              2. Sophistication in dress and manner; elegance.
(According to The Free Dictionary)
Domestic Goddess
noun

informal
-a woman with exceptional domestic skills, especially one who excels at cookery and preparing meals.
(According to Google)

Not that I’d say I was that per se, but I would say I’m working towards that! What say you? I wanted a name that was fun and yet captured the essence of the blog as a personal style blog of a mama! So there we have it – Le Chic Domestic Goddess! (Let’s see how long we stick to this.)

Blog Goals

As I mention in my about page, it would be absolutely wonderful to  wear something else besides pajamas all day, everyday (I’m not even kidding! I’m totally prone to that when I’m home all day); spruce up deliciously tasty meals in the kitchen (“eatable” is just not going to cut it anymore!); learn to sew haute couture worthy gowns that drape elegantly over newly re-toned restored post-mommy body (learning how to sew basically will suffice too!); and grow incredibly loooong afro hair that floats just below my waist line! So may the journey begin.

This. Is the beginning of the rest of my life!

(Dramatic, overmuch?)

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A little bit of layering going on with the bracelets…

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 You’d think after all the trouble I went to just to get this new hair done (it took the whole afternoon, darn it), I’d wear it out, but oh no! It’s caught up in a bun on top of my head almost all the time! Anyway, I do miss my own short hair…

Anyways, hope y’all having a great week so far!

xoxoxo

Cara.

49. TAKING STOCK – III

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Whooo! Now that I finally have a computer, I can take stock. That just basically means evaluating my life as it stands right now. It’s always good to periodically take a breather and evaluate your life, to see what’s going right, what needs some adjusting, etc, and respond accordingly. I sincerely hope this post inspires your journey as well!

Making: Actually Creating some new pinterest boards for a new blog series I’m considering starting here. It would be called #365Grateful.  

Cooking: YES! And moving beyond eatable basics too. I actually think that I make a mean fried rice now. Hopefully, M and the kids agree and wouldn’t be shaking their heads in total disbelief reading this!

Drinking: So. much. juice. M calls me the “Juice Monster”. Well, at least it’s healthy. Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful to be drinking so much water instead? I wonder how you guys do on that front…

Reading: Barbara J. Winter’s Making A Living Without A Job. It comes highly recommended, so I got it on Friday from the EPP bookshop at the Legon Mall. Hoping it’s such a gem of a book like they say!

Wanting: Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake ice-cream!!!! And more of M’s Auntie’s simply delicious strawberry jam. Finished the whole jar already… :'(

Sewing: YES! Sort of. Repairing a few things, here and there… BUT. Baby steps y’all, baby steps.

Wishing: that I had the time – and courage – to start my youtube channel already! I donno, but just thinking about all the technical editing aspect scares me bonkers. Ugh.

Enjoying: a nice cold glass of water right now actually. So refreshing.

Feeling: so inspired by all the amazing blogs and instagram accounts I’ve been recently discovering! To do what you love, to connect with fellow enthusiasts and to inspire others on their individual journeys; it’s such a blessing and it makes my heart glad to discover such people.

Wondering: if A Post A Day challenge would be prudent for me at this stage…but I’m really itching to try!

Loving: how chubby baby Milan is, and damn, his eyes… He’s just so gorgeous! (I know, I’m such a mom.)

Hoping: for some great shots at the beach tomorrow!

Marveling: at how much I’ve learnt about fashion and style since I started the journey this year. And not just that, but it sort of extends into other areas of my life as well. I’m developing quite the eye for details I never noticed nor cared about before. Trust me, it’s been a huge improvement.

Needing: white jeans, a pencil skirt, and more African-inspired clothes in my closet already!

Noticing: that I need to step up my photography game already, as per my resolutions for this year.

Knowing: that everything will be alright. Everything IS alright. Let go and let God!

Thinking: that Frassy is one of the most inspiring fashion blogs out there. Did you discover it already? Go, go, go check it out.

Bookmarking: THIS blog post.

Excited : about life. There is so much more to come!

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IMG-20150509-WA0001Btw, so excited to finally share with you some of the images from this mother’s day themed modelling shoot we did in May. We were kindly invited by Sarah Christian, a fabulous Ghanaian fashion designer who also happens to be a dear friend, to model for her May Motherhood inspired collection. I said, heck yeah! So off we went for a long exciting day of shooting and soothing little ones who nonchalantly turn cranky at their first modelling gig! I know, it’s been ages since it was shot, sorry to be so late posting the images!

Photography : Kwesi Memory

Makeup – Glitz N Glow  Makeup Artisty

Designer – Sarah Christian.

 

33. OF DREAMS, AND LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

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Akwaaba to the University of Ghana, welcome!

Today we journey to view one of my favorite favorite spots on the university campus, but before we do, let me take you back in time…

To my birth, not so long ago… when my venerable Grandmother lifted tiny me from my Mother’s aching arms. She danced around for joy and declared, “Her name shall be Maame Buah, after the best dancer at the Kundum; and she shall become a doctor and marry a president!” Big plans! Especially considering that we came from a place where it was a rarity for girls to make it past the secondary school stage…

And so my destiny was set, and my opinion about this declaration was umm, negligible, definitely not sought after.

Duly, I was raised.

When I was sixteen, I run away to Accra. Over a terse whispered conversation (phones were not allowed in the boarding house), I beseeched Mother, “Please give me a chance to go chase my dreams in the big city. I’m going to be a model and an actress. I have arranged everything. I just need your approval. Please, please, pleeease!!” I had been begging all the previous vacation.

I arrived in Accra, freshfaced and determined, gripped in spine-tingling excitement, I had so much exploring to do. And Accra did not disappoint.

I truly understood the term hustle and bustle walking the twisting pungent paths through the Makola Market…(Although Amsterdam takes it to another level, from what I saw, but that’s a story for another day…) Then when I discovered the street vendors at Rawlings Park selling books, books and more books! that was it! I was in heaven. I remember I packed up two big-sized polythene bags that day of delicious yummy goodness that I thoroughly delved into and finished too in record time. And then of course I went back for more.

So of course I decided to quit school, stay in Accra and get a start on my entertainment career already. Yep! I got it all figured out too. I spent days agonising over every detail and planned it all out in my diary! I even tentatively broached the idea with Mother…

My sister Audrey was in university at the time, so I paid her a visit. That was my first time in Legon. Aaaah, Legon, Legon, Legon. It was love at first sight! Legon is a dream, with beautifully landscaped lawns and buildings with a quiet majesty and understated elegance. Exploring the Balme Library (main university library) with its huuuuge array of enticing books of all subjects, and I got seduced back into academia. There was still so much to learn. The thought of it all was highly desirable to me and so I promptly abandoned my showbiz plans, I was regrettably not eighteen after all, too young to live by myself… I had to come back here as a student!

And so I did, and spent many a beautiful day reading by this beautiful pond (with its then surface teeming with life – water lilies, frogs, dragonflies, etc). And it all worked out perfectly!

Hope you enjoy the photos! This was my typical everyday look for lectures, heels and all. When I wasn’t in dresses 🙂

With lots of love,

Cara.

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27. YOUNG MAMA FIERCE

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One of my dear sweet sisters is visiting, and we decided to go shopping in Madina. As you recall, I love the big noisy vibrant flea market in Madina. Apparently, so does Sasha (my first son).

As soon as we alighted under the overhead bridge at the entrance of the market, he basically went helter-skelter; crisscrossing in and out the legs of other shoppers, running over the traders’ wares spread out on the ground, grabbing some by the armful and fleeing with them, amidst surprise and delighted laughter from onlookers.

He hopped and skipped around in excitement (echoing exactly how I felt, actually), determined to explore everywhere and touch everythaang! My poor sister Bridgette could barely keep up, but she did a great job nonetheless. That little darling is quite a handful, honestly. Hehe.

Luckily, his antics were seen in a forgiving humorous light (whew!) and we didn’t get into trouble. Not that I blame him, because Madina market is quite irresistible and fascinating! I could spend the entire day getting lost in all its nooks and crannies jampacked with wonderful colourful goodies! And I did make off with some great vintage pieces that I was thrilled to lay hands on 😀 and I seriously can’t wait to style them out!!

As for Sasha, he made off with all the hearts he encountered. As usual… how does he do it?!! Hmph 😀

About the pics, my sister took them one grey humid day as the sun went down. I think we have a budding photographer in our midst… what say you?

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed a blessed Easter, have a wonderful week!

xo

Cara.

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Mountain Dreaming

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I have no words of inspiration for anyone today. I am in a funk.

It’s  either been really too horribly, amazingly scorching hot lately, or my threshold for heat tolerance has drastically reduced. I suspect the latter. My mind has been put in a foggy static fuzz from all the heat and insomnia…yeah the insomnia…don’t get me started on the insomnia…

You’ve probably noticed the blog switching design every so often. I’ve been incessantly searching for a template to match my blog vision, and I’ve changed my design for about a zillion times already! It’s been a lot of fun experimenting with this (most of the time) but also quite exhausting! A fun way to spend sleepless nights…

Missing someone you love is a beautifully dreadful thing. The house sits quiet and empty no matter how many occupants fill it, and every room echoes with the ghosts of your laughter, your deep throaty tones talking, arguing, scolding, loving. Your smell lingers, wafting through my scattered dreams with promises of your presence. Perhaps you have never left. Nothing and yet everything has changed.

All I can think about is how lovely it would be to be back in our little mountain cottage, snuggled up in our love cocoon, refreshed by cool pristine air and waters. And then me having to put on all I own when we go out, ’cause it’s that cold for me…

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The little one riding his bike everywhere…

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Fast-flowing cold creeks…

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I breathe in the peace and quiet and try to capture the magnificent beauty of the sweeping hills and forest…

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And then, barbecue night under the stars, like you enjoy so much. Roasting sausages on warm bright cackling flames,  keeping a constant firm on the little one away from the beckoning embers.

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There is so much beauty in the world, isn’t there?

…Soon you will be here, and it will be like you never left…

Hope you guys had a good week; happy Friday everyone!

What do you do on nights you can’t sleep? Wax nostalgic too? 🙂 Have a great weekend!