Relaxing on the beach, taking in the sun I’m reminded of the many blessings I have. I’ve got my health, my brain, and my unyielding determination to make it. I’ve been raised in a country where women have a chance to create their own way. Unfortunately that’s not the case in many places. It is because of this reason that for severalk years I’ve supported the efforts of Sseko Designs
, an ethical fashion brand that helps women in Uganda earn money to put toward a college education and get out of poverty. These courageous women put in hard work to create really cute sandals and accessories. This season I’m super excited to sport Sseko Designs’
new leather t-strap sandal with interchangeable accents. Innovative and stylish!
Can you feel it? Spring fever is turning into summer lovin’. The days are getting longer and the sun seems to be shining brighter. Nothing but good vibes and good times are on the horizon. The summer makes me nostalgic for a time that I didn’t even live through. Classic Americana. Peace signs, tie dye, denim bellbottoms, and flower power. Makes me want to listen to that Sly and the Family Stone song Hot Fun in the Summertime on repeat. All of that free spirited bohemian style is making a comeback this year, so why not embrace it.
For a model, I’m a little on the short side. When I go to castings, I try to wear heels that make me look like I’m six feet tall. But when you put me beside other legit amazons, I’m the munchkin. In fact, when people often meet me they say ” I thought you’d be taller.” Ugh. At least I know that I’ve mastered the illusion of making myself look taller in photos. It’s not just the angle of the camera, darlings. No no. It’s much more. The trick to looking taller is… making sure my legs look long. Aah ha!
This is the remix. I re-wear clothes all the time. Come on, it’s not like I have an endless supply of fabulous outfits. If only! What I’ d really like to do is establish a chic uniform to sport on a regular basis, so that when you see me you’re like “Oh, it’s Nikia in her usual and she still looks amazing.” A few months ago on a lazy Saturday during New York Fashion Week, I totally wore this shirt and it looked cool then. Why wouldn’t I do it again? It’s a remix because I don’t like to style pieces the exact same all the time. That’s just boring. I call this Incognito Black. Shades, an oversized t-shirt, worn out leggings, kicks and big hair. It’s that look you wear when you just want to roll out of bed and get coffee but you don’t want anyone to know it’s you.
From Zambia and Nigeria to LA. I have the distinguished honor of being part of a legacy. Forty years ago, Africana Imports established itself as a mecca for traditional West African clothing in California. Today the next generation has taken the reigns and created their own signature line of fashion called Kutula by Africana. Sure, wax prints and dashikis are totally in style, but for some it’s more than a trend… it’s tradition.
After a long day at work I like to come back to my apartment, kick off my shoes, and kick up my feet. I turn on some jazz to get in the mood, preferably Coltrane or Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” always hits the spot. Light a few candles to feel fancy. Aaah, it’s great to be home,because home is where the heart is.
All I need is one bag. I’m definitely one of those women who will wear one purse day after day after day. You’ll see me with it in the morning while I’m getting coffee. I’ll take it to meetings and auditions. You’ll even see me throw it over my shoulder to go meet friends for cocktails. It’s not until I look at photos later and realize that maybe I should’ve switched to something more appropriate for the evening. I’m sure this happens to you too. Especially if you’re a Girl on the Go, the thought of changing out handbags throughout your busy day just sounds exhausting. It’s not even logical. Seriously, you’d have to pack your extra purses in your car or take them to work, then you’d look like a crazy baaaag laaaady (in my Erykah Badu voice).