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FLY and BME Campaign condemn treatment of Fashion Show headliner

Le 18 février 2017, 10:33 dans Humeurs 0

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Members of CUSU’s BME Campaign and Cambridge’s network for women and non-binary people of colour, FLY, have published an article criticising “the disgraceful public display of sexism and misonynoir directed at Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show’s headline act, Princess Nokia.”

Princess Nokia, an alternative hip hop and R&B artist, asked an audience member “are you being disrespectful?” during her set, before throwing a drink over him and hitting him three times.

The audience member in question has told The Cambridge Student: “I was standing in the audience and was told by a fellow audience member that the name of the performer was ‘Abigail’. Given that I was enjoying the performance, I shouted out ‘Let’s go Abigail!’”

However, speaking to representatives of FLY and the BME Campaign Richelle George and Jason Okundaye after the incident, Princess Nokia described the behaviour of the white male student, who allegedly harassed her, “mouthing dirty obscenities like 'show me your tits.'”

Princess Nokia added that she “does not condone violence”, but that she has a “zero tolerance” stance towards “instances of sexism and sexual harassment”. She also said that she wanted to “let the women of colour know she was sorry”.

In the article, entitled “Cambridge’s Treatment of Princess Nokia is an Embarrassment”, George and Okundaye note that “such occurrences of harassment are neither unusual nor unexpected for women of colour. The incident at the Fashion Show is emblematic of the routine degradation of women, especially of women of colour, who attempt to operate within spaces dominated by white men – spaces like Cambridge.

“It is typical of the entertainment industry to fetishise black culture for the pleasure of white audiences, yet with this fetishisation comes the inherent objectification and dehumanisation of black people.”

Speaking to Varsity, organisers of the Fashion Show commented: “Thank you to all who took part in and attended a wonderful evening of celebrating diversity, beauty and body positivity. It is unfortunate our headliner ended early under unforeseen circumstances, and we hope this did not taint the overall message of the night.”

George and Okundaye also criticise the language that has been used to describe the incident, arguing that claims “that she ‘launched an attack’ on a student before ‘storming’ off stage […] frame[…] Princess Nokia within the trope of the ‘angry black woman’ and is an easy, lazy way of turning a blind eye to the real issue at hand, while also conveniently erasing the real provocation and harassment she faced at the hands of a white man.”

They end the article by imploring Cambridge students to “respond to this reality with an embarrassed readiness for change.”Read more at:high low prom dresses

Wes and Kirsty

Le 17 février 2017, 08:59 dans Humeurs 0

After a chance meeting in an Auckland bar, Kirsty (31) and Wes (34) became inseparable.

Wes chartered a helicopter to Waiheke Island for the proposal and Kirsty "couldn't say yes fast enough."

They celebrated their love in a romantic rustic-themed wedding with their nearest and dearest. But we'll let Kirsty fill you in on the details.

How did you meet? I was living in Hamilton and had come up to Auckland to work at Pukekohe Raceway with the Suzuki Swift team. The team ended up having a night out in Auckland CBD where Wes was out with a few mates having a night out.

The bridal party.

Wes and I struck up conversation at a bar in the Viaduct. Neither of us is sure exactly who spoke to who first as it was pretty late in the night. After swapping numbers, Wes offered to drive down to Hamilton later in the week to take me out for dinner and the rest is history.

Tell us about the proposal: I had been away in Europe for three weeks on a work course, which gave Wes time to plan for the ring and the proposal. I am super-observant so not having me around to sniff out his plans made it much easier for him.

Wes found the exact ring that I wanted from Angela Daniels in Newmarket and was told that the engagement was 50 per cent ring and 50 per cent the actual proposal.

Wes chartered a helicopter to Waiheke Island and proposed to me on the rooftop of Mudbrick Winery, followed by a delicious three-course lunch. It was a stunning, sunny winter's day and I couldn't say yes fast enough.

Location of wedding: We spent a day visiting quite a few venues in the Kumeu area and we fell in love with Kumeu Valley Estate. The feel and beauty of the venue was just what we were after, plus the fabulous options for dinner and the possibilities if the spring weather decided to not fall in our favour.

On meeting Annette from KVE in September last year and seeing how organised and passionate she was about weddings, it was an easy decision.

Describe your wedding day: After two weeks of pretty much constant rain in Auckland and both myself and all my friends and family checking every possible weather website for the day of the wedding, we woke to a lovely sunny day. Our wedding day was just amazing. It was incredible to have all of our close friends and family joining us for the day to share such a special day with us.

The dress: I bought my dress from Jessica Bridal in Newmarket. After trying on a few dresses at other bridal stores, I feel in love with a dress at Jessica Bridal with the added bonus that I could have it altered to fit me perfectly – which it did. Jeanette, Iryna and her team made the process so easy and always made me feel so welcome throughout all of my fittings.

The flowers: My friend Melissa Urban from Lilia Boutique in Hamilton was the first person I emailed once we got engaged. I couldn't have thought of any one better to do the flowers for my wedding day and she did an absolutely wonderful job. I wanted sunflowers and the theme to be yellow and orange and let her have creative license on the rest. The bouquets that she delivered on the wedding day and the gorgeous flowers around the venue were all I could have asked for and more.

Highlight of the wedding: Kirsty – The day itself was all I could have imagined, but for me there were two real highlights. The first was our first look. I will never forget walking down a little forest road to tap Wes on the shoulder. The other highlight for me was saying my vows to Wes in front our friends and family. Wes always jokes that I don't tend to cry at emotional things very often, but I got quite sentimental when saying those special words to him.

Wes – My highlight was walking back into the venue with Kirsty by my side and all our friends and family clapping and cheering. Such an awesome feeling.

The honeymoon: We went on honeymoon right after the wedding, spending 10 days away in the Nelson region. Our highlight was being able to spend two nights at an exquisite hotel in the Queen Charlotte sounds having lovely food, local wines and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Joanna Walker. Joanna has been great throughout the whole process, especially when I was really concerned about the forecast leading up to the wedding. There are so many gorgeous photos to choose from but my favourite is a shot of our bridal party in front of an old shed. Something about the lighting and the feel of the photo makes it my favourite.Read more at:cheap blue prom dresses | mermaid prom dresses uk

Fashion starts with you

Le 16 février 2017, 09:16 dans Humeurs 0

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Scraps of cloth, pebbles and bits of paper might seem like junk to most people, but not for Petula Angelique Auguste Du Bois.

She is what some people might call a true artisan and sees these items as raw materials for her next project. You can often find her at her home in Mt Lambert tinkering with her latest find, looking for ways to make these forgotten items into mind-blowing art.

Du Bois is the ex-wife of soca star Kerwin Du Bois and they have one son together. She enjoys showing others her craft and creativity. A background in fashion design helps. Du Bois put her dreams of owning her own business on the “back-burner” and decided to work her way up the corporate ladder. Her tenacity and zeal landed her a job at Waitrose Food, Fashion and Home, one of the biggest department stores in London. She spent several years in England and etched her name as a team player, problem-solver and fashion guru for all the latest trends.

Rough times

After going through a divorce and then the untimely passing of her father recently, Du Bois felt as if she was losing bits and pieces of herself. Though her job was rewarding, Du Bois says she felt unhappy.

Longing to come back to Trinidad and the place she grew up; gave Du Bois the extra push she needed to pack up her things and go back home.

She said, “I have always been a creative person. There is nothing I can’t do with my hands; my hands are my life. I started making jewelry while I was in London in 2013 to bring in extra money. The extra money I made, I would buy accessories for my jewelry; be it bits of wood, glass, semiprecious stones and fabrics to also make my wraps, straps and bags.”

Du Bois admits she also did locs as a loctician to further supplement her income since she had four boys to raise.

Her children are now all grown and, at 51, Du Bois says she is turning a next chapter in her life. She came back to Trinidad in 2014. She hoped it would be an easy transition but there were quite a few hiccups along the way.

Facing a tough economy; having to move from place to place, Du Bois says things looked bleak.

She said, “I got a room at a guesthouse on Luis Street, Woodbrook. Things started to get better as my living environment was more comfortable and I could then focus on work which was still not picking up the way I expected. My cousin then told me he found another place for me to work which was across the road from where I lived. I was so happy to take up the offer I started there almost immediately. My clients did not want to come to my new location in Woodbrook, so it was back to square one handing out flyers and call cards.”

From bad to worse

Before her father’s passing, Du Bois says he encouraged her to moved back home in Mt Lambert and start her business. She says at the time she did not take it too seriously.

She said, “Apart from doing hair in Woodbrook, I am a representative for Sandalias Apparel (which is owned by her cousin). I asked the manager where I was working in the salon if I could display the sandals and also some of my products, she agreed. A week before Christmas 2014, I was robbed and everything I had there was taken and yes, it was back to square one.”

She said, “I started attending the Upmarkets and building my clientele for doing hair and selling my products. It started to pick up by the Grace of God but my savings was going and I had to work harder and longer hours. I was struggling to pay my rent so I gave up the work station. The manager was so nice she told me if I still needed to use the work station, it would be a small fee on a daily basis. I started working more on my jewelry, bags and sandals. My father lived in Mt Lambert and said I should come and live with him. He would pick me up once a week and one time when we spoke he said, he had a spare room and I could utilise the space in the drawing room since nobody was using it. I really was dubious about moving there because I was wondering if my clients would come so far to do their hair and purchase any of my products. Things was starting to get very hard and yes I cried everyday thinking what the hell I am doing here.”

Despite the hardships, Du Bois knew she could not give up.

Never give up

She said, “I love being in Trinidad and I am a fighter, I prayed all day every day for strength to hold my head up, things must get better I can’t give up.”

Du Bois planned to tell her father she would take him up on his offer but his passing was so sudden she was unable to do so.

She said, “After the funeral my stepmother asked me to move in and so I did. It was still very hard to do this move since I did not know if clients would come this far. I had no more savings to go back to London even if I wanted to but I felt my father’s presence and I knew I couldn’t give up what I came out here to do.”

“I had to follow my heart. I have always been passionate about my goals and wanting to succeed so I could not entertain thoughts of defeat. I am proud to have my own business Petulique Fashions. The style I carry is urban ethnic, sophisticated and stylish. When I look and feel fabrics I get excited as I know what I want to do with them straight away. The items I carry include my homemade essential oils for natural hair, handbags, sandals and jewelry. My jewelry is exclusive I try not to make up the same piece twice. I make earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets and anklets. I use anything that draws attention, cording, it could be from leather, suede lace, nylon threads, crochet treads, soft flex beading wire, elastic cord, wooden beads, semiprecious stones, plastic beads, and glass beads. To finish the items, I may use silver, copper, lobster claws hooks, jump rings, sterling sliver crimp beads, wire guardian, and crimp covers. Some pieces could take 10-15 minutes while other pieces could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 days; sometimes even a week depending on what I’m making,” she said.

Faith to go on

Petulique Boutique has been in existence for the past three years, though the business has had its fair share of ups and downs, Du Bois says she prays every day; keeps herself busy and stays focused.

She said, “Learning to love myself and not giving up no matter how much trials and tribulations I go through, I know I’ve come back to Trinidad and Tobago to do me. I will continue to hold my head high and give thanks for life that I am able to get up every day and run four, five, six or even seven miles on a good day around the savannah.”

Having your own business is no easy feat, Du Bois says, but if you do decide to become an entrepreneur have a business plan ready; be sure this is what you want to do; give yourself a time scale that you can set your goals. Overall be prepared financially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, she said.Read more at:pink prom dresses

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