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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This Sunday the 31st of March we celebrate Mother’s Day in the UK, on this special day we get to spoil our mums and show them how much we really appreciate all that they do for us all year around come rain or shine.

Being a mother myself to a beautiful and adventurous little girl has made me appreciate my mum even more as she is not only a great mum to me and my brother but a wonderful Grandmother to my daughter and nephews and niece. Anytime I need a helping hand she is there without hesitation. She has taught me so much about being a great mum, and I love her so much for all her words of wisdom and devolution to being my SuperMum.

So to help you celebrate Mother’s day this weekend here is an Elisha Francis gift guide to help you choose the perfect gift for your SuperMum.

Use promo code ‘MOTHERSDAY19’ to receive 20% discount!

Always Happy Mum

Yellow = Happy Colour | A selection of gifts for the mum who is always laughing and smiling

Victory Earrings
Ariel Necklace
OYSTER Clutch

Super Stylish Mum

A timeless collection of gifts for the mum who has a bold sense of style and is not afraid to show it!

Oh so Caring Mum

A selection of soft rose coloured accessories for the most caring mum in the world.

HARLOW | Rosewood Knitted Market Bag
JASPER Necklace
BAY | Rosewood Bucket Bag

I hope you and your beautiful mum share a super special Mother’s day xxx

Shop online using promo code MOTHERSDAY19 and receive 20% off your Mother’s day gifts (expires 01.04.19)

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Urban Makers Spring Market

This Sunday the 17th of March I will be joining Urban Makers for their annual Spring Market at The Ecology Pavilion in Mile End. The Ecology Pavilion overlooks the reed beds of Mile End Park and will showcase 50 different designer makers each day.

This will be the first time at the Spring Market and I am looking forward to meeting all the independent designers and showcasing my designs in a new venue.

My favorite part of these type of events is meeting new customers and introducing them to my designs and seeing them come to life as they have some fun trying them on.

I hope you can join us!

URBAN MAKERS SPRING MARKET

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Time: 11-5pm

Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, Grove Road E3 5TW


Wasted Chic at Old Spitalfields Market

Hey guys, its the weekend Yay! ✨😄✨I am just getting ready to set off to Old Spitalfields Market with Wasted Chic so if you’re in town come by and say ‘Hi’ 👋 and check out my new jewellery and fashion range ✨👜👙


Old Spitalfields Market


65 Brushfield Street London E1

Opening times: Sat/Sun 11 -5pm


The Gold Rush

Elisha’s top 5 gold picks to have you glimmering this season

1. Bay Bucket Bag

This gorgeous gold and cream crochet bag has just landed in our new SS19 collection, handmade using recycled cotton it is the perfect summer accessories to take on your travels.

2. Coraline Crop Top

Every bohemian girl needs a go-to crop top and this light gold crocheted creation is ideal to wear with a pair of jeans or teamed with its matching Cowrie skirt. Handmade from recycled cotton it is both stylish and eco-friendly.

3. Dune Shell Necklace

Simplicity at its best, this irridescent shell is combined with gold satin cord to create a beach inspired necklace that you can wear all summer long.

4. Cowrie Crochet Skirt

Named after the beautiful cowrie shells that finish off this handmade creation, the cowrie skirt is a shimmering wardrobe staple.

5. Gold Victory Earrings

These Elisha Francis essentials are a timeless pair of earrings that are both contemporary in design with a tribal edge.

SHOP THE GOLD RUSH

Upcoming events this month

Hello MARCH 🌵
This month I am looking forward to the beginning of Spring and lots of wonderful events throughout the month.

To kick things off I launched my new SS19 Collection online and at Old Spitalfields Market with Urban Makers on the 2nd of March which was great! The new collection includes new BAY Bucket Bags, lots of new shell and gemstone jewellery and some new crocheted mini skirts and cropped tops.


Next up is International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 🌍
which I am looking forward to celebrating with all my Bomani Women


I will be back at Old Spitalfields Market with Wasted Chic on the 9th & 10th of March which I am really looking forward to so if you’re coming down let us know via Facebook


The following Sunday the 17th of March I will be trading with Urban Makers for their Spring Market held at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End.

Then my last trading event of the month will be on Saturday the 30th of March Old Spitalfields Market with Urban Makers which is just before Mother’s Day on the 31st of March ❤️

So here’s to a fun filled month and be sure to check out my Instagram posts and stories to see all the action: @elishafrancis

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.

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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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