05 August, 2013

Beauty Aspects: Aquamarine Ombre and Caviar Dips Nail tutorial

Hi Loves!

It has been quiet here for a while now. I've been working on my stock level for the festivals Lowlands and Mysteryland. Are you going to one of these? Make sure you stop by for a quick " Hi ".
This also means working mad hard on the new designs and materials I got in and I have to say it's finally coming together. Cant wait to show you.
My lill' niece, Roos, came over last week to help me out a bit. Or at least that was her intention, instead we we were constant laughing and goofing around. The perfect distraction to get a breather from all the work.
In the mids of all the fun I asked her if she would like to be my guinea pig for a tutorial with the new nail polish I got from Bourjois. And she said Hell Yeah so here are the results.
It's my first ombre tutorial with the sponge technic and with the caviar dips. Both technics are mad easy with cool results.

Check it Out!

Nailpolish: Bourjois 22. Turqouise Bloc and 23. In the Navy
Top coat:  Bourjois So Matt Top coat
               03. Maliblue Manicure Toppings

The pictures speak for themselves but here are some tips and remarks:

-  Any sponge will do but it needs to have a fine texture, make-up sponges are perfect.
-  I did one layer of ombre because of the matt top coat which smoothed the layer out. But I think two will
be better.
- To enhance the ombre effect you can use a white nail polish beneath the lightest color on your sponge.
- Definitely use the Scottish tape because it's going to get messy and afterwards you can clean it up with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
- I went for a triangle form on the nails but you can easily dip the whole nail in the Caviar topping.

Love to hear from you!

My Summer Favorite is the color 22. Turqouise Bloc 

Thank you Roos!

Have Fun

10 July, 2013

SHOP SOYL: New story and items

Hi Loves,

Just wanted to show you a little preview of what I'm currently working on. I'm adding a new story to the shop Wanderlust, the items are inspired by nature featuring some beach treasures like corals and shells. And also semi-precious stones and leather ropes. Can't wait to show you some more.
Keep you posted!



06 July, 2013

Outfitpost: Paillettes & Printed SOYL Shorts

And here are the results.. Love it.. I'm crazy about the fabric and how it turned out. Pared the shorts with a silk blouse from Zara and some massive Indie bracelets for a Tropical Night Out with the girls.
For the daytime I like to tone it down a bit and wear the shorts with a simple black tank top and some good accessories like my Miu Miu sunglasses, favo fringe bag and SOYL necklaces. What do you think?


I can make the shorts to order just send me an email to




Item de SOYL: Jungle Fever Printed Shorts Design

The Jungle got me inspired to make these hot shorts.
On the last outfit post I wore also one of my short designs. And as I'm still obsessed with printed shorts I decided to make a view more starting with this design. I Love to tuck in my tops so I designed a higher waist line. For the rest, kept it simple, straight forward and let the print do the work.

02 July, 2013

Street Style: Men's Fashion Week


01 July, 2013

MUSIC Vids: BET AWARDS 2013 Janelle Monae Erykah Badu Ciara and more

BET Awards 2013 were mad histeria yesterday night and all though it wasn't aired in Europe thank god for the internet to keep me posted.

Check out the vid of Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu and make sure you scroll to the side to view others like
some old school reggaehits of Beenie Man and Shakadamus Murder she wrote or Mariah's new single You're beautiful. Even Ciara is popping and twerking all the way with her new song Body Parts and bad boys 2 Chainz, A$ap Rocky and Kendrick Lamar are tearing it down.



PS the vids can't be watched on smartphones



Janelle & Erykah



Event: Keti Koti Cutt off the Chains

Today is a good day. I love history and especially exploring my heritage. My ancestors where partial slaves and slave holders. So today is an important day for me.

It's Keti Koto meaning Cut off the Chains.. Its the 150th anniversary of the ending of slavery. African people where being brought by boat to South and North America to work on plantations by different countries in Europe. Approximately 550000 people where being transported by the Netherlands in total more then 12 million African people where being traded. They were brought by hundreds at a time under horrible circumstances and at arrival the ship was prepared to return to Europe with harvest like sugar and cotton. It was big business at that time also known as the Golden age in NL.

 After more then 200 years the NL were the last one to end the slavery in 1873. And today the victims are remembered and the ending is celebrated with lots of festivities in Suriname and the Netherlands. So today is deff a good day! Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows and especially if this still happens today. So let's take this moment to reflect on modern-day slavery like forced labor and sex trafficking and remind ourselves of the fact that everyone deserves Freedom.



"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds"

Bob Marley

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 

 by J.R.R.Tolkien Lord of the Rings




30 June, 2013

Item de SOYL Designs: Kimono Love Inspiration

Fabric for my kimono design

Knofrokou Té meaning Garlic plant; It's funny how such a beautiful flower smells like garlic. I keep thinking of food every time I'm passing by...

 I was craving for a long kind of coat-like garment to pare with my shorts obsession. I love to dress in contrasts and this one is my favorite so far. I thought about what kind of coat I should make and found this beautiful floral fabric in Suriname which inspired me to go for a kimono style. A kimono is so chic, elegant and absolutely easy to wear, perfect for a relaxed summer night out. What do you think?



24 June, 2013

Event: Best Kept Secret Festival

So as soon as I got back from my vacation I immediatly needed to switch back to working mode. Festival season has started and I was late! I only had three days left which meant working to the extreme to finish the designs. But the award was certainly fulfilling with lots of happy customers. Thank You Girls! Till next time. Keep you posted on the next Festival soon.

Love Soraya

Story of my life: Photoshoot for Oh My

Hi Loves remember a fun and informative site full of news about natural curly hair? Well, the twin sisters Megisa and Aisha are branching out and came up with the idea for an online shop. On you will be able to find all sorts of products to help you maintain your beautiful natural tresses.

For the opening the girls asked me for a collaboration with my designs and also to model for the site! The concept was to celebrate black hair by highlighting the different variaties and styles. And my jewellery fitted perfectly with the concept. I was ecstatic at first and then the idea of me modeling settled in and it frightened me like hell. I've never done a professional photoshoot before and it would take place one day before my vacation to Suriname.

Oh man I was all stressed as I walked in the studio but as soon as I felt the atmosphere. I was relaxed. I liked it, it was hectic and intimate. All sorts of people walking around, girls are in make-up while the other is doing her shoot. I was first up and the instuctrions were simple one shoot with a straight face and the other all smiled up and happy. But man it was harder then I thought. All eyes are focused on you while you are trying to do what is told. After some tips and suggestions from the photographer I decided to let loose and shake it off. That felt much better and I went crazy on those balloons! I'm so curious on the final results. Keep you posted on that but first some backstage pics and film so you can get the idea.



Mad Props for the Team;

Styling// Megisa
Photographer// sasamiletic
Hair// Jooze
Make Up// The Natural Nation
 Models// Chanequa, Lisa & Valery

19 June, 2013

Vaycay Journal: Outfitpost VayCay Spirit

18 June, 2013

Vacation Mode OFF: Back to work

Hi Loves I'm back from South America, Suriname. And in one breathe; It was amazing. Every year it gets just a little bit better and the one tops the other even more. This year I wanted to relax and get inspired on a whole new artistic level. I wanted to soak it all in and design it all out! But to do so you need to let go and just put your mind on blank for a while.. really solitude yourself.  This all sounds great in theory but man thats much harder in real life. Especially when you're at your moms place and you got tons of family stopping by constantly and trips are being planned. Food Food Food every where my mind was running like crazy!
After the first week I did found some time to create and I made some shorts and a kimono which turned out pretty cool if I might see so. The DIY and outfitpost will be online soon.
But in the last week of the vacation I got the confirmation to sell at the Best Kept Secret Festival this week. So my mind started to go back to overload and jup we were at square one again.
Oh well all is good I had some Fun,Food and Laughter.

Ok Somebody could have told me it was rainy season! I was the laughingstock of the house every time I made my entrance all dressed up in my high heels. 

 This stream of water comes all the way from the backwoods to cool me down. The sound of the forest is restful I could sit here for hours... IF there weren't so many animals, I can feel their eyes lurking me.. I'm telling ya!

Ha my mom will kill me if she sees this! GI Jane in action to harvest some bananas for the evening dish. This is my style of living. You eat what you sow. Especially with this type of banana which is so divers, you can use all stages of ripening. In this green stage you can boile it and make little balls for soups. Yellow stage; its cooked for heri heri a dish which represents tubers like sweet potatoe and cassava, all combined with a salty fish. And in the last stage when the banana is almost overripe, the sweet banana is dipped in flour batter and then fried for bakabana which means fried banana. Hmmmm.. ok ok enough with the food.

The celebration of the first Indian people in Suriname.
 Baba and Mai over 150 years ago.

Treasures of the Garden

I love this. Co-exist. He added some art to the work.
-mom wasn't so pleased though-

Till next year Su!



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