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Because we love Ankara: Casual Slay

written by Dafrastar 2017-09-05
This post is the first one in a collab series with the awesome @DorothyAbigail. Find her here and on YouTube!



Sooo this is it, right? The scariest part of actually getting (re)started with this blogging thing?

I have NO idea why I put this off for so long. For years I swore it did not hurt a little when I took a look at my neglected FB page, my now empty YouTube channel, walked past my cameras/umbrella lights/ring lights/ all the lights, and just overall went on with my blog-less life.

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Truth is- I got busy. So busy. Insanely busy.

I quit blogging in 2012; started a job, got engaged, left the job for another, got married, moved, started another (insanely busy) job, and… next thing I knew, five years had passed. FIVE. FREAKING. YEARS.

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I mean it’s not like I did not try and shit. I started CraftyDafra somewhere in the middle of those 5 years, because I felt the burning need to share my (below average) craft skillz with the world. Wrote only one post (albeit very detailed, if I may say so). Lost my way again.

And then one random day, I started feeling the urge to be creative again. I realized I missed a lot of this writing/filming/getting dressed up/shooting process, and I also like cool pictures (who doesn’t?).

Sooooo yeah. I am giving this another good shot, and I have all the intention to stick with it this time around and not sabotage myself. I have been working on this for a few months, a few days at the time; can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.

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On to the outfit itself! (And can we discuss how @JoyOfodu made these pictures come to life, making me look like I just stepped out of a chocolate fountain? The girl is a magician.)


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What I am wearing: Outfit- Here, bangles- combination of these in copper and old ones in gold, Earrings- here

I caught this super cute set on sale from Grass Fields (I have had my eye on that shop for a while, so score!) The skirt is kind of a pleated skater skirt, and the top is an off-the-shoulder crop top with some laces that seem useless at first, but then surprisingly redeem themselves when wrapped around the waist in a criss cross pattern.

Oh- S/O to the guy who gave randomly me his guitar to pose with because it matched my outfit! I look like I am about to drop the hottest country mixtape of summer’17- if country was made in West Africa, I suppose.

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The colors are vibrant, eye catching and offer a great contrast with my skin (#melaninpoppin, heyyyy). It is a fun little outfit to wear out for a day party, Ankara party, brunch, date, or for whenever the hell you are in a midriff-baring mood, really. I have worn the skirt with a T shirt tucked in, and it looks pretty good; I also wore very a similar top with high waisted pants on Sunday (namely these – similar style here) and it was a very simple yet put together outfit. So points for each piece working well with other pieces of clothing.

Quality-wise, though, I was somewhat let down. My reasons:

  • The set arrived to my house excessively starched, making it stiff and stubbornly wrinkly. I contacted Customer Service, and their advice was to wash it in fabric softener (meanwhile my shoot was a day later, so nope).  I steamed both pieces, and while the fabric relaxed for a hot minute, it turned back to feeling like paper soon after. That said- I will note that I contacted someone else on Insta with the same set- she seemed to have received a decent quality outfit, so that’s that.
  • The skirt (and the top, actually) are unlined, and the fabric is regular cotton Ankara Fabric. It is not see through, but for a short skirt, I would have hoped it to have at least a bit of lining.
  • The top is very short. If you are busty and need a bra, your undergarments may peek our from underneath it when you raise your arms… or breathe or smile.

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All in all though, I am still happy with my purchase. A good wash, and it should be a solid 6/10. Being African, Ankara is inherently part of my culture and I cannot wait to showcase more of it. This is definitely not top quality in my opinion; I have a few Ankara items I am peeping though, so I trust I will find some faves soon. And for the price I got this set at, I am not about to complain.

Check out my girl Dolrothy’s interpretation of a Casual Ankara Slay on her Instagram page! Can you believe she made this herself? Yes, as in- she sewed the outfit. I wish I could sew a napkin.

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So that’s it for this comeback post. I feel happy and terrified- my blog is no longer a little secret, but it will feel good to press that “Publish” button.

See you soon,


Photographed by @Joyfodu



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Aleah 2017-09-06 at 8:43 AM

I love the outfits! They are so cute. It shows so much cultural appreciation in my opinion

Dafrastar 2017-09-06 at 10:03 AM

Thank you so much! Yep that was the aim! 😊😊😊😊

BehindTheSchmile 2017-09-06 at 10:01 AM

YASSSSSSS! Your energy matches the print- vibrant and fun! Love it!

Dafrastar 2017-09-06 at 10:03 AM

Woot wooooooot! Thank you so much! ♥️

Autum Love 2017-09-06 at 10:09 AM

I love both of these looks!!! Def would wear both of these!! Welcome back to the blog world 🙂


Dafrastar 2017-09-06 at 11:12 AM

Thank you, and THANK YOU!!!

niasimone 2017-09-06 at 12:40 PM

Y’alls outfits are so gorgeous! I wish I could snag them for myself for sure.

Dafrastar 2017-09-06 at 1:28 PM

Grass Fields still has my set on sale! Grab one if the over-starching mentioned in the post is not a concern.

Kimberly 2017-09-06 at 3:10 PM

Loved this! Have a recent obsession creeping up with Ankara Pieces! This is great!

Dafrastar 2017-09-06 at 4:21 PM

They are addictive- thank you! <3

Oumileloup 2017-09-08 at 2:15 PM

Ii Want To say juste waouuu you are doing à wonderfull job. Kissss

Dafrastar 2017-09-08 at 11:11 PM

You are the best Muahhh <3

Chloe 2017-09-11 at 9:19 AM

You look GORGEOUS! I LOVE the prints, so vibrant and fun! 🙂

xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/new-laneige-favorites/

Dafrastar 2017-09-11 at 9:50 AM

Thank you so much! ♥️♥️♥️

Boujeeratchademic 2017-09-11 at 9:51 AM

I’m glad you were able to restart and refocus on this. Sometimes being away from a thing for a while brings on a new appreciation and drive. The pictures are gorgeous and so are the pieces!

Dafrastar 2017-09-11 at 9:52 AM

Very true. I feel like this time is different.
Thanks so much for the kind words!

Adunni 2017-09-11 at 11:13 AM

Ankara is everything!!! And welcome back to blogging, glad you came back to snatch Oye edges with all this beauty though 😍

Dafrastar 2017-09-11 at 11:00 PM

LOLLL Let’s grab the wig back!!!! 😀 For real though, thank you so much <3 I really appreciate the love.

The Luxe Minimalist (@luxeminimalist) 2017-09-11 at 4:47 PM

Welcome back to the blogging world! I love the outfits. Can’t wait to see more from you.

Dafrastar 2017-09-11 at 10:58 PM

Thank you so much, and thanks a lot! will hopefully live up to expectations!!!

gracielaalexandraa 2017-09-11 at 7:21 PM

Everything about this outfit is giving me life!! I need it!

Dafrastar 2017-09-11 at 10:58 PM

Thanks so much- Glad to hear it!!! It may still be on sale at Grass Fields… Appreciate the comment!

Taylor 2017-09-12 at 5:00 AM

Jeeeeez!! Your melanin is amazing! And I love those outfits! I’m going to look into that company b

Dafrastar 2017-09-12 at 6:58 PM

Thank you!!!! They have cute stuff but keep in mind the quality may just be average, at least based on my experience.

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