FOREST MAGIC: Elisha Francis

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Forest Magic Photoshoot: Behind the scenes

So hopefully you have meet all the amazing women that will be joining me next month in my Bomani Boutique pop-up shop (you can catch up here).  So I thought it would be cool to show you some of the behind the scenes footage that we took whilst shooting the Forest Magic campaign for the Bomani Boutique Peckham concept store.

Preparation is KEY

I love styling and sorting out all the garments and accessories for a shoot, I always start with a mood board which I generally use Pinterest to collate my ideas and then I pull all the outfits together using the mood board as a guide.

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To watch full behind the scenes video check out my Instagram highlights

The thing I love the most about working with Palipa Jewelry, Harmonious Brown, Sticky Toes and Beverley Heels Vintage is that all the products harmonise so beautifully to create a gorgeous campaign shoot for Bomani Boutique Peckham.

Lights, camera, ACTION

For this shoot I headed to Bedford for the weekend where I stayed with my dear friend Simon Richardson, a great photographer who I have worked with numerous times over the years.  The location was ideal for the autumn/winter vibe that I was going for and I knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for the outfits that I had put together.

Forest Magic by Elisha Francis poetry

Meet the MODELS

I must admit I am very lucky when it comes to finding great models as my two gorgeous models for this shoot were my sister Nicquel and cousin Harmonious Brown and of course I had to get involved and in front of the camera (I did not want to miss out on all the fun frolicking through the forest). My long-legged sister is a total babe and I felt so proud of her as she did her thang in front of the camera.  Her luscious mane so glorious you can hear the lioness within roar with each stride she takes… listen (lol).

Forest Magic: Elisha Francis London

Forest Magic: Behind the scenes

Forest Magic: Behind the scenes

Up next is my multi-talented cousin Harmonious Brown, a real life tree hugger and spiritual goddess, not only is she a model but has her own natural cosmetic company also called Harmonious Brown and will be selling all her handmade products with me in Bomani Boutique next month.  She came with her sage and her quartz wand and the magic entered the forest as we all watched on in amazement.

Forest Magic: Behind the scenes
And last up is yours truly, I love location shoots because it brings so much into the photography and Simon is an absolute pro at capturing that perfect moment.  I fell in love with this gorgeous gown from Beverley Heels Vintage, it really embodies that regal elegance in a contemporary tribal way and helped me to feel the Forest Magic.
Forest Magic: Behind the scenes
Thank you so much for reading my blog post, please head over to my Instagram page @elishafrancis to watch the full behind the scenes highlights.

 

 


All products highlighted will be on sale in our Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop

Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December

Location:
91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

Instagram:

Bomani Boutique @bomanivillage 

Elisha Francis @elishafrancis 

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Forest Magic: Beverley Heels Vintage

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Bomani Boutique: Forest Magic Photoshoot

The fourth brand to join Bomani Boutique Peckham is Beverley Heels Vintage, focusing on quality fashion and accessories from the 50s, 60s and 70s their curated vintage finds are always so sophisticated and stylish that they appeal the fashionistas and vintage lovers alike.

About the brand 

At Beverley Heels Vintage we love seeking out the best vintage treasures for our customers.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind and curated to harmonise as one gorgeous collection, we travel far and wide to source our pieces and each item has its own story to tell to its new owner.

From Peckham to Paris, New York to Notting Hill, we travel across the globe to find that special piece just for you.

Forest Magic: Beverley Heels Vintage

Forest Magic: Beverley Heels Vintage

Website: www.facebook.com/beverleyheelsvintage

Instagram: @beverleyheelsvintage

Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop
Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December
Location: 91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

Instagram: @bomanivillage


Photo credits:
Photography:
Simon Richardson 
Models: Nicquel Jackson & Elisha Francis

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Bomani Boutique: Forest Magic Photoshoot

The third independent brand that will be joining me, Harmonious Brown and Palipa Jewelry in Bomani boutique is clothing label Sticky Toes.

About the brand 

Sticky Toes is a unique London based clothing brand that want to bring a little something different your wardrobe. Created by Karmel Kandyy, the aim is to add a little eclecticism using a mixture of fabrics. From our sultry velvet capsule collection to our vibrant fur bralettes, the brand offers a different perspective on the street style aesthetic.

Website: www.stickytoes.online

Instagram: @sstickytoes 

Sticky Toes will be selling their range of fashion and accessories at

Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop
Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December
Location: 91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

Instagram: @bomanivillage


Photo credits: 
Photography: Simon Richardson
Model: Elisha Francis

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Bomani Boutique: Forest Magic Photoshoot

Next month I will be opening my second Bomani Boutique pop-up shop in Peckham High Street and this time I will be collaborating with some beautiful and talented women who run their own independent brands.  So my next few post will be introducing them to you, first up is Harmonious Brown…

 

About the brand 

At Harmonious Brown we specialise in naturally based cosmetics and beauty products allowing you to look and feel radiant without the use of harsh and sometimes harmful ingredients. We take comfort and pride in using what Earth has provided to help our skin feel at its best.


We create luxurious bath bombs, moisturising and cleansing soaps and soothing lip balms. All hand-made with love and your well-being in mind allowing you to pamper yourself and detoxify naturally.

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We believe that it is truly important to love and nourish your skin. Our products are lightly coloured and scented as we do not to use synthetic colours or fragrances only those that nature provides which we extract from plants and fruits.

We are against animal testing (they love their skin in the same way we love ours).

The natural skin care journey is fun, satisfying and truly rewarding. Not only are you aiming to sooth your skin but gain an overall sense of well-being too.

So why not soak in a warm bath with our Botanical Bath Bombs to Rewind, Relax and Revitalise.

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Be Harmonious.

Website: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HarmoniousBrownStore

Instagram: @harmoniousbrown_

Harmonious Brown will be selling her natural cosmetics and artwork at

Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop
Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December
Location: 91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

Instagram: @bomanivillage


Photo credits: 
Model images: Simon Richardson
Product images: Toks

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Bomani Boutique: Forest Magic Photoshoot

As you have probably guessed I am a real jewellery addict and I am so excited to introduce my jewellery sister Paula Lipa founder of Palipa Jewelry. Her designs are all handmade with so much love and passion, you can feel the wonderful energy in each of her designs. She is the second fierce female to be joining me in Bomani Boutique pop-up shop next month.

About the brand

Palipa Jewelry is the result of the implementation of creativity, inspiration, dedication and knowledge of different experiences learned over a decade.
A way of projecting out from the inner essence, creating and sharing designs that are inspired from meditation, thus expressing in physical form a part of the soul of its creator Paula Lipa.

Handmade pieces combining different gemstones and metals providing a wide range of positive properties and good vibrations.

Creations with a positive and spiritual touch, full of beauty to be enjoyed by both its bearers and observers.

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Website: www.palipajewelry.com 

Instagram: @palipajewelry

Palipa Jewelry will be on sale at:

Bomani Boutique – Peckham Pop-up Shop
Opening Monday 10th of December – Sun 16th of December
Location: 91 Peckham High Street London SE15 5RS

Instagram: @bomanivillage


Photo credits:
Photography:
Simon Richardson
Models: Nicquel Jackson & Elisha Francis

Elisha Francis, romani boutique, brixton village

Bomani Boutique | Brixton Village Pop-up Shop Mon 10 – Sun 16th Sept

I am so excited to announce that I will be opening my first Bomani Boutique pop-up shop in 10 days time in Brixton Village London

romani boutique, elisha francis

On sale will be my full jewellery range, macramé body jewellery, new handbags, vintage fashion, macramé wall hangings and I have also been working on a limited edition SUNSET collection that I will be launching in store, here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces from a recent photo shoot:

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Photographer: Harmonious Brown

The Launch Party will be held on Tuesday 11th of September at 6:30 – 9:30pm where you can come along and try on the the pieces and enjoy some live music by Sosa Yande and Harmonious Brown whilst enjoying a few cocktails.

Bomani Boutique, elisha francis, brixton village, LAUNCH PARTY

I will also host a poetry night on Thursday 13th of September 6:30 – 9:30pm with performances by talented UK artist Raphael Blake and Danielle Allen, if you would like to attend please RSVP: info@elishafrancis.com

elisha francis, Raphael Blake, Brixton Village

So the countdown has begun and I still have lots to do during the next 10 days until I open, check out my Instagram profile to stay up the date @elishafrancis

Look forward to seeing you there!

Elisha x


BOMANI BOUTIQUE

89 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane London SW9 8PS

Craft Fair Checklist

How to Prepare for a Craft Fair

Getting ready for The London Artisan Summer Event

Earlier this year I became a member of Designers/Makers which is an agency for contemporary design, they offer their members business advice, selling events, PR and opportunities to develop their brand. Each year they collaborate with The London Artisan which is a curated marketplace held quarterly at The Old Truman Brewery in East London. Their summer edition takes place on Sat 21st – Sun 22nd of July and I am very excited to be taking part.

The london artisan

Getting ready for these type of events requires a lot of organisation and preparation before-hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly, so in this post I am going to share with you how I get ready for my craft fairs to help you plan for your next event. First I start with a 10-point checklist:

Craft Fair Checklist

  1. Stock
  2. Promotional material (business cards & postcards)
  3. Visual display (photographs, jewellery plinths, table cloth etc.)
  4. Payment options
  5. Packaging
  6. Signage
  7. Mailing list/comments book
  8. Promoting the event
  9. Invite a friend
  10. Have fun and dress to impress

How Much Stock Should I Bring?

This question is always a tricky one especially if you are new to selling at craft fairs, the questions I try to consider to work this out are:

1. How much stock do I have already?
2. How much time do I have to make new stock?
3. How much space do I have to layout my products?
4. What are my most popular pieces?
5. Have any of my customers requested any particular jewellery to try/buy at the event?
6. When I layout all my jewellery does the space look cohesive and enticing or disconnected and sparse?
7. What was the footfall like at previous event that I visited?

After answering all the questions above I make a list of all the stock I intend to bring or make and set aside time to hit my stock target, taking into consideration that items will sell online in the interim.  I always try to visit a prior event hosted by the same event company before I book to trade at their craft fair to get an idea of the footfall, are people browsing or shopping, do the stall holders look happy or bored (this is usually a good indication to how well the day is going for them lol!) Ultimately it is all a guessing game as you will never know who will turn up on the day and what they are looking to buy, so I always take enough stock to fill my space and have a few spare pieces to top it up throughout the day.  It is better to sell out and take orders from customers then to make way too much stock and have to take most of it back home.

Promotional Material

Promotional material is very important as it a small piece of your brand that a customer can take away with them for free, it should represent your brand visually and contain your contact details and social media handles so that the person can easily get in touch with you and/or follow you on Instagram or Facebook etc.  I like to have business cards and postcards as they serve slightly different functions in my opinion, a business card is usually kept in a wallet and is pulled out when needed, it is small enough to slide in your pocket and doesn’t feel awkward to carry around.  A postcard on the other hand can act as a small piece of art and get stuck on a fridge or pin-board and has a higher chance of being seen more frequently at a later date, so consider the image carefully, does it stand out, can people clearly see it represents  your brand? The downside of postcards sometimes can be that people can find them too big to carry around  if they don’t have a bag, but this is rare, so I like to bring both so I’m covered 🙂

My most recent batch of postcards and business cards I ordered online from printed.com and they were printed on recycled 350gsm paper which I think came out really smart and has the added bonus of being eco-friendly.  When ordering business cards and postcards I have discovered that its best the order small runs, say 50 – 200 of each style, this way you can choose two or three different styles and if you change your contact details or create a new collection that you want to show off your not stuck with 1000+ out of date postcards.

Other great promotional materials include stickers, badges and pens these are low cost items that you can use to promote your brand and if you have a bigger budget why not consider t-shirts or tote bags you can check out a company called Awesome Merchandise for lots more ideas.

Elisha Francis Business cards

Visual Display

This is by far my favourite part of an event, creating my own little pop-up shop for the weekend, is such a fun way to introduce my jewellery to a new audience.  However there are a few basics that you must cover to ensure your space stands out from the crowd.  When visiting The London Artisan event in March I must say that the displays were collectively very impressive, you could see that all the designers had put a lot of effort into their visual display. So to ensure that my space has everything I need for my display I have created a list of essentials to include in my set-up:

  1. Table cloth(s)
  2. Jewellery stands
  3. Pricing labels
  4. Mirror
  5. Large photographic images
  6. Signage
  7. Props to style the space
  8. Lighting & extension lead
  9. Trolley/step-ladder

When setting up a space I like to try to create the same feel as my online shop so people can experience the essence of the brands lifestyle, so as well as my jewellery I will be bringing along some plants and props to enhance the modern tribal vibe to the space. Another important thing to remember is a trolley to transport your things to and from the venue from your car if you have large or heavy items.  Another important thing especially for jewellery is additional lighting as it will help potential customers see your items better if your pieces are lit well especially in the evening.  If you do bring lighting always check with the event company that this is allowed and always bring an extension lead as you will not know where the nearest  sockets will be until you are allocated your space.  I always set-up my space at home to see how it works and make any necessary tweaks before the event.  I take a few photos on my phone of the set-up so on the day I am calm and know exactly where everything goes, it is a bit OCD but event days are very hectic, there will be lots of people setting up and you will be racing against the clock to put everything in its place before the doors open to the public.

Payment Options

Most people do not carry around a lot of cash anymore and if they do it is usually under £50, so it is very important that I have a way for customers to pay by card.  I have an i-zettle account which I am going to use for card payments at the event, I can upload all my products onto the app before the event and it will keep track of all my stock and sales, allow customers to pay by card or cash and email them a receipt after the transaction.  I really like how easy the software is to use I simply plug in the card reader to my iPhone or iPad and the transactions fees are really low which is great. I will also bring along a sign that lets customers know that I accept card payments.

Packaging

Packaging is a very important part  of the sales process, if something is packaged beautifully it adds to the overall customer experience.  I plan to bring jewellery boxes, tissue paper, paper bags and canvas bags to wrap items and will add a business card inside the bag for every customer.  Two of my favourite packaging companies are Morplan and APL Packaging I have used them a lot throughout the years and always experience great customer service and quality products from them both. This year I have introduced eco-friendly packaging to some of my products and I found a great company online called eco-craft where I was able to purchase bio-degradable clear bags to package my notebooks.  I love the fact that I can protect my items for my customers with the knowledge that after it has done its job it is not going to end up floating in the sea somewhere.

Signage

Clear signage is a very important part of your stand at an event, sometimes events like to keep these uniform and will make these for you however most events I have been to you usually need to bring your own.  In the past I have used vinyl banners which are pretty effective, a large poster in a frame would also work well and I have even seen some signs painted on wood and laser cut from acrylic.  It really depends on your brands style so choose a sign that compliments your brands aesthetic, if possible bring two, a large one to go at the back of your stand and a smaller one to sit on your table.

Mailing List and Comments Book

I like to bring along a book for customers to leave their details and for this event I am also going to bring a box for people to drop their business cards as well as it can be a great way to keep in touch with press and other businesses that visit the event.   Your mailing list is one of your most valuable parts of your business so do not miss out on the opportunity to grow yours.

Promoting the Event

As an independent designer/maker is is vital that you do not skip this stage, especially if you are an online company like me, customers love to see your products in real life and love to meet the maker. Never solely depend on the event company to promote the event, of course they should and will promote it to their contacts but you must always do your own promotions to enhance the success of your experience at the event.  Prior to an event I will promote in the following ways:

  1. Send invites to mailing list (I filter my contact list to the country location of event to make it as relevant as possible).
  2. Promote on all your social media channels running up to the event – its FREE
  3. Create an event page on Facebook – you can join mine here 🙂
  4. Include in your monthly newsletter if you have one
  5. Include in your Snapchat or Instagram stories on the day of your event – this is great way to show real-time footage to your audience especially if your tag your location
  6. Document your event – film your visual display, take photos of you interacting with your customers, this is all great content to use as promo for your next event or blog post

Invite a Friend

Working on a stand all weekend is hard work and you will need to eat and use the bathroom so invite a friend or family member along to either spend the whole day with you or a few friends to pop in and see you  throughout the day this way you will be able to pop away without leaving your stand unattended and eat away from your stand.  It is not a good look to be sitting behind you table with a burger in your mouth when a potential customer comes over to enquire about a product.  If none of your friends or family are available then always introduce yourself to your neighbors as soon as you arrive at the event, you will be stand buddies for the day and can watch each others stand if necessary.

Have Fun and Dress to Impress

You have done all the hard work so now its time to have some fun, what are you are going to wear, more often than not your fashion style will be echoed in your brand but remember that you are an extension of your display so dress to impress.  What we wear and how we look says a lot to passers-by, if you sell vintage clothes but are dressed in Topshop this will give a conflicting message to potential customers if you are not wearing your products why should they?  Select your outfit before the event, go for comfortable shoes as you will most likely be standing all day, wear layers so that you can adjust for cold/warm weather and choose clothes that match your brands colour palette so that you look right at home amongst your space.  The most important part of your outfit is your smile, it makes you more approachable and people will instantly feel more comfortable to come over and check out all your lovely creations.

 

If you are in London next month please save the date of The London Artisan in your diary (Sat/Sun 21-22 July Time: 11-6pm) and you can follow my jewellery journey via my Instagram  page (@elishafrancis)

I hope you have found some of this useful, if you have any questions or tips about preparing for your next event please leave a comment below

Until next week

Elisha x

ELISHA’S STYLE: HEAD WRAPS & JEWELS

A few months ago I caught up with my long time friend and photographer Simon Richardson for an impromptu photo shoot at his Bedford studio.  At the time I was in the process of creating my Macramé collection so wanted to include some of the pieces in the shoot and decided to create three looks using different head wraps.

Growing up with a Rastafarian mother I can clearly remember sitting on her bed watching her tie her head with beautiful cloths, she always looked so regal as she constructed her crown for the day.  Last year I started my lock journey and wanted to embrace my Rastafarian roots and bring my own modern twist to the styling.  On the day I was stylist/make-up artist/designer and I had so much fun creating each look and grabbing a quick selfie before each session with the professional Simon.

I could not even tell you how many shoots I have done with Simon over the years but I must say that this is my favourite one to date, maybe because I felt a true connection to the style of the shoot as I felt that it really represented the woman I have fought to become, finally embracing my own style, the richness of my past and the possibilities for my future.  The timing of the shoot couldn’t have been more perfect as days after I received the images the Marvel movie Black Panther came out in the UK and I truly felt part of the Wakanda movement.  Not only was the movie a celebration of the first black Superhero Marvel film but it was also a celebration of strong black female warriors, my favourite being Okoye played by the beautiful Danai Gurira.  The scene in the casino where Okoye throws her wig at the henchmen was epic, for me it symbolised a celebration of female power and individual beauty.


Thank you ladies you have fuelled the fire for women everywhere and giving us the inspiration to shine like the warriors we are; WAKANDA FOREVER!

Here are some of the images from my shoot, you can see more in my album on Facebook page:





The finish off I just want to say a huge thank you to Simon please head over to his website and check out his work is amazing: Simon Richardson
Until next week guys Peace & Blessings
Elisha x

Hannah Barrett

Elisha meets singer Hannah Barrett

Recently I had the privileged of working with the talented singer Hannah Barrett who has recently joined forces with Talent Manager Nadiya Hoffman. Hannah was a quarter finalist on X-Factors in 2013 where she wowed us with your beautiful soulful voice.  Her larger than life character filled the room as she entered The Pond Recording studios in South London which was to be our shooting location for the day.

Hannah wears JAJA Macramé Body Jewellery, VICTORY earrings and ASHANTI septum

In between takes I managed to catch up with Hannah and ask her a few questions about her singing career:

Elisha: So Hannah what is on the horizon for your this year?

Hannah: A lot of exciting opportunities, currently I’m focusing on what type of artist I want to be and taking this time to write new material which I aim to create a full length EP from.

Elisha: What have you been up to since X-Factor?

Hannah: After X-Factor the hype died down pretty much and I went back to the drawing board and started all over again but this time on my own terms.  I write music that I want to sing, I have been studying artists that I admire and I am dedicated to perfecting my craft. 

Hannah wears KENDI Macrame Body Jewellery

Elisha: What has been the inspiration behind your latest material?

Hannah: I recently went to Rotterdam to work on some new music and wrote a song called ‘Mama’, it basically describes the broken relationship I have with my mother and all the trials and tribulations I have faced with her.  It’s very emotional, very deep and completely raw.  I don’t hold back at all. I tell the truth. 

Elisha: What is it like being an artist that is making a comeback from a huge show like the X-Factor

Hannah: It is one of the hardest things to do.  You have to work extra hard because you have to try to get everyone back on your side and listen to what you have to say, especially because they have been waiting on new music for almost 4 years.  I am very grateful though because there are people who have stuck by me since X-Factor and they are excited for what is yet to come.  It is daunting for me because I want to make everyone proud and I just hope that all my hard work pays off. 

Hannah wears BEJEWELLED Swarovski mask, JOMO and MAHA rings in gold

I had such a great time hanging out with Hannah she is super talented, hard-working and so much fun to be around, not forgetting the rest of the team that made the day such a blast; the extraordinary Nadiya Hoffman who I have the pleasure of calling my cousin, she is so focused, ambitious and knows exactly how to get things done.  Fashion designer Danny owner of street wear label D’Trois, who kindly helped both behind and in front of the camera on the day and of course our host music producer Rory from The Pond Recording Studio who has made beats for the likes of Stylo G, Shaun White and Giggs. To be surrounded by such talent, passion and good vibes made this day absolutely amazing and I know phenomenal things are in the pipeline for all of these guys so watch this space, you heard it here first!


Creative team:

Photography/Styling: Elisha Francis 
Music Producer: RLS The Pond Recording Studios
Music Artist: Hannah Barrett
Talent Manager: Nadiya Hoffman 
Fashion Designer: Danny D’Trois


Thank you for checking out my blog post, I’d love to hear what you think so please leave a comment below and are an artist looking to collaborate please get in touch!

Macramé Street Photoshoot

Since launching my new Macramé collection earlier this month the question I get asked to most is; how do you wear it?  So I wanted to share some images from a shoot I did with the gorgeous Nicquel, Eloise and Harmonious Brown. This was my first photography shoot that I shot myself and I must say we had loads of fun on the streets of South London.  In this shoot I wanted to show how my new Macramé pieces could be worn over an outfit, so I styled the ladies in black from head to toe to act as a backdrop for the Macramé body jewellery.

First up is the beautiful Eloise riding the elevator in style, I have accessorised her outfit with my gold VICTORY earrings and gold ASHANTI septum to enhance the gold flecks in the AZIZIA body jewellery. To add extra sparkle to the outfit I used gold glitter in her hair to compliment the gold accessories.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Next up is Nicquel who is wearing ZAKIYA body jewellery, VICTORY earrings in rose gold and MAYA rose gold septum, all the jewellery stands out so beautifully against her fiery copper hair and black ensemble.  This look is a perfect example of how you can transform a plain black outfit into a head turner.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Last but by no means least is Harmonious Brown rocking our KENDI body jewellery, VICTORY earrings in silver and MALIKA septum ring.  The tassels in the body pieces is mirrored in her braids which I love and I added some diamanté gems above her brow to give a modern tribal vibe to the overall outfit.

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

 

Thank you for checking out my blog post, I would love to know what you think of the outfits and new collection so please leave a comment below 🙂

Elisha x


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