Over the past year I’ve been making an effort to attend events. It’s made me realise that there are actually a lot of great things going on in my city and I’ve met so many people doing great things which helps keep me inspired.
On Saturday 6th April I attended an event called The Curl Culture held at the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) Birmingham organised by
university student Kirsty Sober (@kaeemedia). The event was described as:
‘A celebration of African/Caribbean businesses in Birmingham. Live performances of music, speakers and spoken word.’
I arrived at the venue a little late so only caught half of the line-up but I still had a good time.
Dominique founder Hair Popp! (a company that focuses on ‘Connecting hair enthusiasts with brands’) gave a talk about the business, what they do and why. I found it really interesting because it’s not often that you get to hear from someone that’s still fairly new in their journey.
You could tell she has a real passion for what she does and I’m looking forward to watching Hair Popp! grow in the years to come.
The event ended with Lufuno from Soulology who sang songs from artists including Solange, Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross.
In between the speakers and acts we had the opportunity to browse the stalls of the vendors who were set up around the edge of the room. I had a lovely time chatting to the owners and seeing all the products they had on sale.
As someone who is Black British I’m always happy to buy, support and promote black brands. The way I spend my money is something I’ve become much more conscious of and I’m working on getting to a point where I can buy things like skincare, jewellery, clothing, makeup etc from black businesses, independent UK brands and smaller businesses.
Below are the items I purchased.
First up are these cowrie shell hoop earrings that I adore. Shell jewellry is one of the Spring/Summer 19 trends so I was glad when I saw these and knew they would be perfect to add to my earring collection.
Next up I purchased these wooden Nefertiti earrings from Anaisarts. What I love about them is how small plus I’ve never worn wooden earrings before so it’s something new.
I then purchased a Hair Popp! t-shirt which I’ve wanted for a while so I was glad to finally get my hands on one. I’ve purchased quite a few t-shirts recently and I plan to wear them all summer with blue jeans, trainers and a fun bag.
Last but not least is this adorable bag and the woman at the stand told me they were handmade in Senegal I believe which I thought was lovely. I didn’t need another bag but I just had to buy this one because it’s such a unique item and reminds me of something I’d have loved as a kid. I cant wait to style it and as someone who wears a lot of black, grey and blue this little bag will be a nice pop of colour.
I’m so happy with everything I bought and look forward to styling them all in the coming weeks.