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Just Love

July 29, 2015

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There can be no love without justice. This is Just Love. 

The Dashiki print evokes memories of historical social justice movements that are alive and well around the globe to this day. In order to acknowledge and honour this legacy, recognize its manifestation in the present day, and contribute to the future, Asikere Afana recirculates $25 into the community each month by giving to a different holistic living, human rights or social justice cause.

These causes must:

1) Be making a community impact
2) Be non-patriarchal and feature females in  leadership roles. There should be a balance.
The first Just Love offering launches August 2015.

Advisors:

Zainab Amadahy

Zainab Amadahy is an author, researcher, educator and spiritual activist.

Kimalee Phillip

Kimalee Phillip is an African-Grenadian woman who practices Black feminist, ancestral thought in her daily work and personal life.

Tiki Mercury-Clarke

A storyteller, singer-pianist, speaker, with an artistic sensibility steeped in the North American African traditions of spirituals, jazz and soul.

I know. It’s been a year. Lots has happened. I’ll be writing a Year In Review post in a few days. Stay tuned.

Asikere Afana Featured on Fashion Bomb Daily!!!!!!

August 12, 2014

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Asikere Afana on Fashion Bomb Daily

August 12, 2014

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I am literally in shock right now. The ONLY blog I visit daily. The biggest black fashion blog in the world FASHION BOMB DAILY has featured my dress on their site and all social media.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I can’t. There has been so much traffic to Zuvaa one of the sites I’m selling the dress on that it caused the website to crash. Bummer. But I don’t think I’m going to understand the full gravity of this until the next few weeks. You can still purchase on my etsy: www.asikereafana.etsy.com

Buying more fabric now.

Check it out: Fashion Bomb Daily Cool Find

-aa

Asikere Afana Featured on Style Blazer

August 7, 2014

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Want to know how to dress for an African wedding? Well Style Blazer recommends two Asikere Afana dresses: My ever popular Zhara Keyhole Dress and the Zindzi Cut Out Dashiki Dress. In love? both can be found on my Asikere Afana Etsy page.

Check out the feature here. 

African Fashion Week Nomination for Best Emerging Designer

August 7, 2014

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I’ve been nominated for Best Emerging Designer for African Fashion Week this year. It looks like I’ll be too busy sewing to take in any of the fashion shows but will be going to the African Fashion Industry Awards on Sunday. Check out the events the week launches today.

African Fashion Week Website: http://afwt.ca

Two Events for Summer Solstice Weekend

June 21, 2014

Hola. Summer is ramping up and I’ll be at two events this weekend. The first is Oth3r Moth3r tonight where I’ll be doing complimentary crystal healing for the summer solstice.Come celebrate the longest day and the symbollic and metaphysical awakening of consciousness of right with some reiki crystal healing,  super chill music and unique people in your life. This is a private event so get at me for details.

The next event is on Sunday Afternoon. It’s a fundraiser for a cancer organization in Grenada called Pink Ribbon Society. It’s being put on by a participant of the Miss Grenada Day pageant 2014. Click here for the Eventbrite link. My clothing will be modeled by a few lovely ladies.  During the event.
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I’m becoming a Certified Crystal Healer

June 11, 2014


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I don’t know if I’d use the official Ashley Alexis McFarlane, CCH after my name. Lol. Though it would be tempting. But I’m starting a course in crystal healing and I’m so happy I just needed to post. You may have noticed my recent posts on crystals and gemstones related to arkilogika, but I’ve been in love with crystals since I was in high school. Metaphysical and crystal shops were my favourite hangout spot. As a Reiki practitioner, and soon to be counsellor/psychotherapist, I’m very interested in using energy to heal.

After attending a recent conference at OISE on Black Psychotherapy, this interest went deeper into understanding how to utilize energy healing and more hollistic healing in general as it relates to Euro-Western/ North American mental health. A speaker said one way to do so was to incorporate language and spirituality. I think it would be tough to do this when working with diverse clients, especially the spiritual part. But of all the alt healing practices I think would lend it self very well to doing so, I think crystals is one of them. Crystals have been used to heal across many cultures, and their energy is universal.

I’ll be receiving my certification after 200hr of study through Peaceful Mind, and the National Association for Hollistic Wellness. Can’t wait.

Afrochic V This Saturday

June 11, 2014

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The annual Afrochic Fashion and Cultural Arts show will be taking place this Saturday, June 14th from 4-9pm. As always I will be displaying my new looks. Much is already available in my Etsy shop, but look out for a couple of brand new pieces! Word on the street is that this is the final Afrochic ever. It’s hard to put on and sponsors are spare. As some of you may know I’ve been involved since the beginning and have always debuted my new line here. It will be very sad to see it go. I’ll try to make sure that it doesn’t happen as it’s become one of the most exciting yearly celebrations of black culture and style in Toronto.

For more information visit: afrochic.ca and to purchase tickets head over to Eventbrite.

Launching Soon: arkilogika Crystal and Gemstone Jewelry Line

April 30, 2014

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I’ll be launching a line of healing crystal and gemstone jewellery called arkilogika this month! Stay tuned. You can shop a few of my pieces now, at Three Fates on Queen West. I’ll be launching an etsy store featuring jewlery and rare gemstones in partnership with 72 Gem Street in Yorkville. 72 Gem Street is run by local gemstone dealer, designer and ‘Jewellery Counsellor’ Ada.

The arkilogika line will feature gemstones that maintain their original form that have undergone an alchemical process called electroforming. Electroforming deposits layers of copper, nickel and then gold or silver onto the gems to make pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets.

I’m super excited about this project as I am also a reiki healer and use gemstones in my practice. Keep your eyes peeled.

Another African Drama “An African City”

April 22, 2014

My friend posted a link to one of the episodes on facebook. So love to watch these on youtube. The fashion and beauty of these women is delicious. And I recognize that strip in Accra. It’s a youtube soap about African ex-pats returning to the country of Ghana. So makes me want to move to the West Coast!

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