A sweet little secret

I hate shaving. I’m scared of hot wax. And I’m just not granola enough to let it all go.

But I am a die-hard fan of sugar-waxing, aka l’éplilation orientale. Second to Shady Shack’s hummus, I think it’s the best gift to the Dakaroises from Lebanon.

In a nutshell, it’s a soft, stretchy wax made from melted sugar and lemon juice that is applied and then pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth, leaving you with baby soft skin. And depending on the person, the smoothness lasts about three to six weeks. Plus, the more you do it, the finer your hair grows back. (I started about a year ago and can already tell a huge difference!)

Here are two recommendations for those interested in getting their “wax on, hair off”:

Mme Anissé
33 821 0076
She works from her home in Plateau at Moussé Diop / angle rue Thiong. She does sugar waxing and THE best eyebrow threading EVER. And her prices are fantastic.

Legs (up to knees): 5000cfa
Bikini: 4000cfa
Arms: 4000cfa
Eyebrow threading: 3000cfa

Quite a few “Gazelles” in this group have been to her and can give their 2cfa on the experience as well. I am a forever fan.

77 642 2135
She does home-visits on Mondays! So can call to book a mani-pedi and/or sugar-waxing and she’ll come right to your door. (The rest of the week she works from a salon downtown.)

Legs (up to knees): 7000cfa
Bikini: 5000cfa
Arms: 5000cfa
Mani-pedi: 13,000cfa (plan on an hour and a half – she’s thorough and wonderful!)

PS. You’ll notice this post has no photos. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t post photos of my pre-wax legs on the Internet. A girl’s gotta’ draw the line somewhere!


SWAP 2014 recap

Clothes were exchanged, new friends were made, hands and feet were henna-ed, local designers sold their own creations, and 27 jumbo bags of clothing and shoes were donated to help women in three local prisons! 

Another big thanks to Nour, Corrie, and our other volunteers who made today possible.

A big thanks to Ndeye, our guest of honor, Nour, Corrie, and our other volunteers!

Over 100,000cfa was raised through entry fees and donations to help offset the costs of transporting the clothing to women in prisons in Dakar, Rufisque and Thies. The funds were given to our guest of honor, Mme Ndeye Diouf, who has been volunteering in these prisons for over 12 years as an advocate for women who are estranged from their families and women from countries outside of Senegal and need help advancing their cases.

The calm before the storm. We were thankful to have more space this year.

The calm before the storm. We were thankful to have more space this year.

A very big thank you to all the participants, vendors, organizers who volunteered and to NTM-SLT for the use of the conference room.

I’d say SWAP 2014 was, as one SWAP attendee said, “A roaring success”.

60+ people attended the SWAP this year!

70+ people participated in the SWAP this year! We may need a bigger venue for the next SWAP. Anyone have ideas?

The creators of the Gazelle Skirt blog, which led to the SWAP.

The creators of the Gazelle Skirt blog, which has organized two SWAP events so far.

To take a look at last year’s SWAP, click here.

It's SWAP time.

It’s SWAP time.

Corrie showing off one of the stylish tops.

Corrie showing off one of the stylish tops.

Henna time.

Henna time.

So many choices...

So many choices…

Lots to look at.

Lots to look at.

Little girls looking at bine-bines. How cute!

Little girls looking at bine-bines. How cute!



Patricia and Khady.

Khady and Patricia, our favorite chaya vendor and market tour guide!

We had 6 great vendors this year.

We had some great vendors this year! This is the AfricaNubian table (right) and crafts made by women in the prisons (left).

Our vendors this year were wonderful! Below you will find their contact info and details about their work.

Tony Alves

Custom-made shoes

77 387 06 92

Tony is a very skilled cobbler who loves what he does – which is lucky for us shoe-lovers! He makes shoes for men and women in a wide variety of styles, all depending on your preferences and creativity. He is willing to visit customers at home to discuss their preferences and get their sizes. Just show him a photo or browse his images of shoes he’s already made. Prices start at 7000cfa for sandals. Speaks French.

 Anne de la V. boutique

Clothing and accessories
77 606 6162

The boutique is located in Ouakam, Cité Asecna, near Brioche Dorée. With Brioche Dorée behind you, it’s four blocks down on your right. The boutique will be on your left.

Open Monday thru Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Shop the collection or place a custom order. She speaks English, French and Wolof.


Chayas and lingerie

77 631 7437

You can order directly from Patricia directly at any time. Most orders can be completed in just four or five days. The chayas are 5000 cfa/pair, plus reimbursing her for her taxi fare if you want them delivered to you. She speaks English, French and Wolof.

Bathie Ndiaye


77 666 2957

Both hands: 4000cfa / Both feet 3000cfa

Bathie does beautiful henna designs that last 2-4 weeks. He’s fast, detailed and really, really good! And his prices are great. He’ll do henna parties at your home too. Speaks French and Wolof, but good at charades!

Rama from AfricaNubian

Wax print bags, earrings, wire headbands {new!}, custom-made clothes, and even home accents are available. She had a shop in Sacré Coeur 1 (see pictures here), but is now selling from her home in Point E. Call Rama for more information: 77-755-04-13.

Thanks to Amy Farley for bringing down a fabulous selection of designs from Rama Diaw in Saint-Louis!

We had a great turn out today.

We had a great turn out today.

Anne de la V.

Anne de la V.

Lovely Gazelles.

Lovely Gazelles.

We were so excited that people came all the way from Mbour!

We were so excited that people came all the way from Mbour!

Nour was a big help yesterday and today.

Jenn and Nour.

70+ people is a lot of people!

70+ people is a lot of people!

Tony, the shoe guy.

Tony, the shoe guy.

Time to pack up.

Post on our Facebook page or email us {gazelleskirt@gmail.com} a picture of some of your favorite “swapped” items!