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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.

harmonious brown, forest photoshoot

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

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.

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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.

 

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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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MACRAME collection by Elisha Francis

Eco-friendly Macramé Jewellery

‘Recycling Just Got Sexy’

Yes recycling is sexy and no I’m not crazy lol! Let me explain, over the last few months I  have been working on a new collection and I have finally launched it online so obviously I wanted to share the news with you guys. It is called MACRAMÉ and it is a collection of large scale body jewellery hand woven by yours truly using the ancient macramé technique.  I am so excited about this range because it fused two of my great passions; textiles and statement body adornment. For the past few years I have been a lot more conscious about how I am living in terms of my health and lifestyle so introducing this ethos into my jewellery business has been a natural progression and a way for me in inject my core values into my business.  The main material that I have used for the collection is a type of yarn made from recycled cotton. It is produced from salvage remnants from the fashion industry and is so fun to work with and comes in a range of beautiful colours.

 

After practicing the macramé technique for some time and experimenting with different patterns I finally came up with a variations of styles that complement and accentuate the female form. The collection includes two styles of large scale body pieces in neutral shades with hints of soft pink and citrus yellow making an appearance within the range. Large scale friendship bracelets, bangles and chokers complete the collection by offering an everyday statement piece in the same recycled cotton and rope.  I made a short YouTube video talking about all the pieces in the collection which you can watch below:

The question that I’ve been getting asked the most is; ‘How do you wear them?’ so I thought it would be useful if I listed my top three ways below:

  1. Wear over your swimwear at the beach or pool party
  2. Add it to a pair or shorts and crop top for a festival vibe
  3. Apply over your existing outfit i.e LBD to elevate the outfit entirely

My favourite everyday piece is the EIDI choker which I am wearing in my YouTube video, I love it because not only can you wear it as a choker but you can also wear it as a hairband or even double it up as a bracelet so you get a few options with this piece. I also love the DEKA rope bangles which come in a choice of three colours and look amazing all stacked up together.

DEKA ROPE BANGLES

The whole collection has been so much fun to create and I look forward to seeing them worn on beaches around the world, dancing at summer festivals and turning heads at a few soirees this year. So guys this is my new collection I hope you like it and before I sign off here are a few images of the pieces:

AZIZA | Macramé Body Jewellery

friendship bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelets

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

RAFIKI | Friendship Bracelet

MADU | Macramé Bangles

MADU | Macramé Bangles

KENDI | MACRAMÉ BODY JEWELLERY

KENDI | Macramé Body Jewellery

 

Discover the full collection on my website and I would to hear which piece is your favourite so please let me know by leaving a comment below

Elisha x