How to incorporate European style in your wardrobe

Dress Like a European Woman

If you’ve been to Europe, you must have noticed one thing, just about every woman there dresses well. Yes, even when they are out to buy some milk. You will find women wearing shorts and high heels on the street with their babies in the stroller. In short, whatever be the occasion or whatever hour of the day be, women in Europe stay in style and follow the latest fashion trends.

So let’s take a sneak peek and know about the European fashion trends.

Get the right fit

European style

If you think that women in Europe have their closet filled with designer clothes, then you are wrong. But yes, they do have some high-end fashion elements. The most important thing of their dress is that they make sure to have the right fitting clothes. In case the dress they have bought is not the right fit, they get it altered to fit them well. So to match them make sure you have right fitting clothes. You may want to get your favorite clothes at some discounted rates so you can check out some latest offers with exclusive voucher codes at Dealslands women’s fashion store page.

Be simple

European style

European women keep their wardrobe simple. You will find their timeless and classic collections which are tranquil. Then the trick comes. They add that finishing touch to their attire with some bright coloured shoes, jewellery, scarf etc. Some even go for a contrasting look by adding an over-sized flowing top to a pair of skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans

European style

Jeans constitute the basic element of any European woman’s wardrobe. It is a common scene to see them wearing skinny jeans. Dark blue or say gray coloured jeans is very common. Colourful jeans like something in bright red can even be spotted.

Simple hair style

European style

European women do not mess with their hair much. Sometimes you may even feel that they just got out of bed and tousled it. Messy bun or simple ponytail is in fashion.

Shoes and shoes everywhere

European style

European women love shoes. Many of them spend a good amount of their life just in high heels. But yeah, they are well versed to walk on the city sidewalks and cobblestone streets of Europe. A pair of wedges, boots, loafers flats, ankle boots, etc. has place in the closet. Don’t mess up with the prices of the of shoes. Check first when going for any purchase. So if you too are trying to find style make sure not to end up in a pair of running shoes or something that is uncomfortable.

Show some legs

European style

European women love to show off their skin. You will see women out there wearing pantyhose, tights, skirts, stockings, etc. You can even see women showing off their legs during the winters. So get the right skirt or stockings to match your silhouette.


European style

A scarf completes the outfit of an European woman. A scarf that is either made from silk or cotton is worn during the summer, while cosy and warm scarves for the winter.

Simple makeup

European style

European women love to wear makeup. They again make sure to keep it simple. Something they are fascinated about is wearing lipstick. You will find women with bright red lipstick all over the place. You can find the shade that matches you and wear simple makeup to meet their style.


European style

European women love sunglasses. You will be stunned by the style and design of the glasses. 70’s style sunglasses are also in trend now.

So if you too are trying to blend in with the European fashion, better follow these tips to up your European style each day.

The Brown Girls Green Beauty

The Brown Girls Green Beauty!

We are excited to bring you our truly beautiful organic and natural afro hair and skin care range.  We wanted to create something really special that fits seamlessly into our lives enhancing it and simplifying it, while at the same time reflecting a growing desire for the products that we use to be beautiful, ethical, sustainable and healthy to use.

It’s been a long road a lot of experimentation and a huge learning curve but we are proud of the results and are happy to present to you genuinely effective products that directly seek to address the needs of women and men of colour. Products that keeps your needs in mind at every stage of development, so that you don’t have to “make-do”.

We appreciate the slow beauty approach which values simplicity, purity, sensuality and quality over fast disposable products, that do nothing for our health. We believe that beauty shouldn’t have to cost us our health so we select our ingredients with a view to minimising harmful effects on the earth and ourselves.

Our products are packed with potent plant goodness that work hard to nourish, protect and soothe leaving you visibly radiant, while restoring hair and skin to better health. We’ve refined, researched and tweaked and tested our recipes on willing volunteers over  a long 5 years to create a truly green beauty option that effectively meets our specific hair and skin needs.

We are a proud Afro-British brand that sources many of our natural ingredients from these very shores, bringing you better nutrition for your hair and skin completely naturally. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

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 The Brown Girls Green Beauty

The Afro Hair & Skin Co. is a small independent afro beauty business located along the beautiful English coast. We are dedicated to creating truly organic and natural products carefully crafted by hand, using fresh natural ingredients that will feed your skin and hair with all the goodness necessary to blossom and be truly healthy.

Our Beauty Philosophy

Real beauty is an energy that you put out into the world, the way that you treat yourself can have a direct impact on how you view and interact with the world. Therefore it’s important to repeat messages of love to yourself. When you take time for yourself, you are feeding your consciousness telling yourself that you are worth effort, energy and love. You are taking time to replenish reserves that can easily be depleted through everyday challenges. Simple realisations like this can be profoundly energising bringing a sense of wellness and balance. It’s ok to take down time, be creative and indulge ourselves in the things that we love.  You are your most beautiful self when you are happy and comfortable with who you are.

Our Ingredients

As lovers of all things natural and organic. We like our beauty to be clean and green. So we make the extra effort to ensure that the ingredients we use are the purest and most natural we can find. We source the finest quality sustainable ingredients that are grown, harvested and cold-pressed right here in the U.K, as well as certified organic and Fairtrade natural ingredients.

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We specialise in providing high quality green beauty options to meet the unique needs of afro textured hair in all its forms as well as skincare that addresses some of the concerns of WoC. This way we are able to offer a more tailored beauty experience, working to create highly effective products that deal more directly with common issues that are often unique to our skin and hair. That being said, our products are all natural and full of wonderful healthy ingredients that anyone is welcome to try.


How to Conduct a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

How to Conduct a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

By Monique Y. Wells in Paris, France

In the aftermath of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that I recently conducted to support the Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition video documentary project, Black Women In Europe founder and editor Adrianne George asked me to share the secret of the campaign’s success. I’m happy to share the strategy that I used with BWIE readers!

Here’s a summary of the campaign’s goals and our results:

Initial funding goal: raise $5,000 in 30 days

Result: reached initial funding goal in 18 days

Stretch goal: raise an additional $1,250 in 9 days

Result: raised $1,350 in 9 days

Overall funding level: $6,350 for 127% of initial funding goal and 108% of stretch goal

Number of backers: 77

So how did I do it?

First of all, I made up my mind that I COULD DO IT and that I WOULD SUCCEED.

Secondly, I got a coach.

Thirdly, I did what my coach advised me to do.

That’s the encapsulated version!

Here are the details:

I entrusted the strategy of the campaign to Kat Jenkins of Multitude. Kat’s subscribers and clients have an 88% success rate for conducting crowdfunding campaigns the first time around!

Kat advises that you first clarify for yourself why you’re taking the trouble to pursue your project and who your ideal backer will be.

You then create a budget for the project (which you will share on your campaign’s Web page), taking care to ask only for as much as you ACTUALLY need, and decide upon a funding goal. At this stage, you also need to determine who your existing “crowd” is and how you’re going to inform them about your project.

Only then will you look at how to increase the number of people in your crowd. If you don’t have a robust network or contact list before you begin your campaign, you’ll need to pay close attention to this step.

When you’ve gotten this far, you need to begin thinking about where and how you’re going to present your campaign. Choosing a platform (examples include Kickstarter, Crowd Rise, and GoFundMe) is a strategic decision. So is determining the length of time that you’ll run the campaign.

The most important thing to think about at this stage is whether you will run an “all-or-nothing” campaign or a “flexible funding” campaign. With the former, you must reach your declared funding goal or you receive no money. With the latter, you get to keep whatever you raise, whether or not you reach your final goal. You might be surprised to learn that “all-or-nothing” campaigns are generally more successful!

Because there are so many pros and cons to consider regarding your platform and the type of campaign to choose, it’s worthwhile to consult with someone who has a wide range of experience so you can make the best decision for your specific campaign.

With your platform selected, you can proceed to design your campaign’s Web page. Most successful crowdfunding campaigners include a video that succinctly explains the project, why you’re passionate about it, and how much you need to raise to make the project a success.

Be sure to pay close attention to the copy on your page, though. Your video won’t be able to present the details that many of your ideal backers will be looking for so they can make an informed decision about your project.

Then, there are the pledge amounts and rewards to consider. Most campaign platforms provide the opportunity for you to propose multiple pledge levels and to provide a reward for each of those levels. This is also a strategic process, particularly if one or more of your rewards is a tangible item that requires shipping to the backer.

You need to be prepared to communicate with your crowd throughout your campaign. If you don’t have a large crowd or if you don’t have the “right” crowd, you’ll need to focus on crowd building during the campaign as well as before your launch.

You also need to be prepared to communicate with your backers after the campaign. This is important because you want your backers to know that you’re fulfilling your commitment to deliver their rewards and that you’re making progress on the project to which they’ve just contributed. It is especially important if you plan to ask these people to fund you in the future!

Crowdfunding is not an easy way to make money. It takes planning, resources, and emotional stamina. But it is very rewarding when done well and it can serve you in ways other than fundraising. If you’re considering conducting a campaign, my advice is to:

  1. Do your research.
  2. Be honest with yourself about your willingness to do the work and suffer the anxiety that inevitably comes with any kind of fundraising endeavor.
  3. If you’re still excited about the prospect after completing Steps 1 and 2, GO FOR IT!

Monique Y. Wells is the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney and founder and CEO of the Wells International Foundation.


Images of Black Women: Out of My Hand


Images of Black Women: Out of My Hand


Please be aware that there are no trailers before the performance.

  • Sun 12 Jun
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Cast: Bishop Blay, Shelley Molad, Duke Murphy Dennis, Charles Justo
  • USA-Liberia (2015)


In the Liberian countryside, Cisco’s quiet life as a rubber plantation worker is disrupted by a workers’ strike. Risking everything to embark on a new life, he accepts a chance invitation to New York, where he immerses himself in its small Liberian community. But when Cisco meets Jacob, a former Liberian child soldier, he is forced to confront his difficult past. The film is a modern twist on a classic immigrant story, shot on locations in Liberia and New York.

Out of My Hand is only the second foreign-production narrative feature film ever shot in Liberia and the first to be made in association with Liberia Movie Union, an affiliate of Liberian government. The film was premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale and won Grand Jury Prize at LA Film Festival in 2015.

IBW highlights the work of women behind the camera with this film distributed by the ladies of ARRAY

Founded in 2004, Images of Black Women Film Festival returns to promote race and gender equality both in front and behind the camera, highlighting the work of Black women and the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.
Supported by Black History Walks


Claire Requa

Claire Requa: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Claire Requa, Designer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I chose Claire Requa to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she makes beautiful things. I first blogged about Claire in March 2011 and she made our Power List in 2013. She makes beautiful things to adorn the body or celebrate the home. She’s won multiple awards for her creations and she’s sharing that award winning talent with us by dedicating two pieces of jewelry to our anniversary. You can grab the earrings and necklace on Etsy and admire them up close and personal.

Thank you for adorning us with your talent Claire.

Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Afro girl earrings and necklace

Clairely jewellery - Earrings - Afro girl - pink

Clairely jewellery – Earrings – Afro girl – pink

Clairely jewellery - Necklace- Afro girl - mirror

Clairely jewellery – Necklace- Afro girl – mirror


Claire Requa
Claire Requa

Claire Requa, American-Jamaican designer, did shows in 1975 at Devon House craft fairs, moved to Los Angeles in 1980 where she had a small fashion line of tie-dyed clothing. She has lived in Copenhagen since 1988.

In the 1990’s Claire Requa owned her own design shop /studio where she show-cased her own, as well as other international products and designs. Multi-faceted, her range of talents over the past three decades include clothing, textile and jewellery design, furniture “redesign”, interior innovations and renovations, graphic design and most recently, lamp design and product development.

From 2000-2007 working as a graphic designer by occupation for a product marketing company, Claire Requa was commissioned to design a lamp for an interiors publication in 2004. A prototype was made and put into production. This gave her inspiration to do more lighting.

Claire de Lune® Chandelier
Claire de Lune® Chandelier

In 2005, Claire Requa launched her own lighting creation Claire de Lune® Chandelier– a flat pack chandelier in polypropylene, PP, (and recently in acrylic), and branded her line of lighting products Claire de Lune®. She has also conceptualized and designed the carrying bag in PP as the packaging of the lamp, instead of using bulky cardboard that products typically are packaged in – making the product easy to carry from the retail outlet and very reusable. Exquisitely rounding out the concept, both the bag and the lamp are eco-friendly, and the consumer is encouraged to dispose of it in like fashion.

Claire Requa is an emerging talent and a true Designer Without Borders, taking inspiration from her current country of residence, her heritage and colorful cultural background and mixing it with her whimsical humour and creativity as well as function, to give the designs that are extremely unique and innovative expression. Claire’s creations have been featured in Danish interior magazines – Madog Bolig, Bo Bedre, Bolig Magasinet, foreign magazines such as Swiss Ideales Heim and UK’s MIX interiors, German Atrium, as well as included in blogs on and and Design Sponge, to name a few.

She has exhibited at the following trade shows: Formland, Denmark; Tendence, Germany; Ambiente, Germany; Pulse, England; Maison et Objet, France; ICFF, NY, USA; IMM, Cologne, Germany, New Delhi, India. Most recently, has won design awards from Italy.

Claire's awards
Claire’s awards

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