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With just over four more weeks until I’m heading back to Zambia, I’m beginning to feel the pressure. I still haven’t identified a shipping company, my brother said he’d help me because I couldn’t select a company just based on nice website and good price (er, what else should I be looking for?). And well the different companies have told me it will take about 60 days to get to Lusaka, but now I’ve been hearing horror stories of containers arriving five months later! Not sure I can live without all my shoes for five months, what if I need a pair?

So that’s my biggest headache right now. I’ve pretty much cancelled all my services – thankfully did it this week, as most of them required 30 days notice! Actually that’s just my media services… still that’s done, just gas/electric and council tax. Yay, the to-do list is getting smaller. But the most important stuff is still on the list.

I’ve had my wardrobe cleansed (love that term) and now know what missing items I need before I move to more conservative Zambia – blouses! I didn’t realise how obsessed I was with vests until I did this. Two days later, I had a fashion emergency and had to buy a top – because I was already out of the house, and guess what I bought? A vest! lol.

Going through all my clothes, I realised I don’t have an outfit for this kitchen party I’m going to next week, none of my chitenge outfits fit me! To be fair I haven’t worn any in like 2 years, I rarely go to Zambian events. So it was a great excuse to buy two more dresses today – I had to have options 🙂

Ok shopping was a great distraction, will have to get back to the to-do list tomorrow. Still have to launch my project with MTV too. Aaaah the pressure…

I’m one of those people who likes clothes on other people, but terrible at putting on a half-way decent outfit myself. Ok, not that bad, but enough for me to think, what am i wearing? (Half the time) So with my up-coming move to Zambia, I decided that my current wardrobe is not going to cut it.

This is partly because at MTV I can get away with wearing thigh high boots and a mini dress (not that I do wear that), whereas in Zambia, I have to be a little bit more conservative at work, especially with the clients I’ll be working with. I may have the shoes to make any outfit fly, but I still needed some key pieces.

Lucky for me, Manenga, a friend of mine is considering launching a career as a stylist – so I willing volunteered to be her guinea pig. She looks fly all the time, so was an easy decision for me. I think you need to sell yourself with yourself. I don’t want you to be my stylist if you look a hot mess, or be my hairdresser if your hair isn’t on point. Of course there was still the risk that just because she can put herself together, didn’t necessarily mean she could style me.

I was willing to take the chance anyway, especially when I realised the best part of it was that I didn’t have to do any shopping – you can, but as I hate shopping for anything other than shoes, I thought I’d rather pass. The style transformation began by talking through the look I wanted, colours I liked, all over a glass (or two) of bubbly, I gave her money and off she went shopping. Within a few days she brought me three outfits, none of which I would have bought myself, but every single one looked great on me.

I never thought I worried about getting older, but after looking at her pieces I realised I have been worried about getting older and that’s probably why I’ve still been rocking curve hugging outfits. But the outfits she brought me, still flattered my body and made me look classy, professional and trendy and cool at the same time.

I’m now excited about getting the remaining pieces from her, and rocking a whole new look, that really will take my image to a whole new level. Something that I’ll need as I move to the next chapter of my life. It’s like a mini re-invention of myself.

And yes, when her business is up and running, I’ll share her site so everyone can look fabulous!