Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Retrocentric!

Hello style lovers, it’s a new week and it’s time to chart our style course for the week. Many an individual at one point in their lives have sought and probably found style solace and rescue from their parent’s style wardrobe.  Over the course of history, fashion and her worshippers have left many trends behind like discarded lovers abandoned with a broken heart. Truth is, though some trends though now unpopular are still very stylish hence the new term retro fashion

Retro fashion basically is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past.  Think 90s pedal pushers or hipsters, 80s shoulder pads and pop sleeves, 70s flair pants, 60s pinups, 50s poka dots or granny dresses and voila!
This year fashion’s heavy reliance on styles or trends from decades past have made retro style ensembles must have for the cosmopolitan style lover, who is ready to divulge history secrets through style.
Wondering where to shop for your vintage style pieces to give your outfits that old glamour authenticity? A good place to start would be your parent’s closets and online vintage marts like retrospective now available on Jumai Nigeria.

Swim-Tastic!

The sunny days are back with a vengeance in our corner of the world and the heat level is reaching an all new high. Swimming is one great remedy to the heat situation, hence the crowds at public swimming pools and friends badgering friends for a dip in their private pools. Whether it's at the beach, a hotel pool or friend’s pool, going swimming can be a style fiesta and fun. Dressing for a day at the pool or beach is simple, if you have the right style accessories, to accentuate or distract from your positive and not-so-positive edges.

Swim Style Accessories Must-haves: 
Beach Bag:  This is your dynamic carry-on for sunscreen, sun oil, personal towel, beach robe, sandals, Pdfs, make-ups and a whole lot of other style/business necessities.

Bikinis/Tankinis/Monokinis:  Choosing to wear a Kini, is determined by how in-shape your body is, if you have love handles or belly pouch, the kinis swimwear family is a no-no.

One Piece Swimsuits: This swim staple is perfect to accentuate and distract, from your plus-sides in a great way. If you don’t have a perfect bod like Kim Kardashian, this swimwear is a great option for you. 
Flip-flops /Sandals/Slippers: your footwear should essentially be flat but sexy at the same time.

Other necessary style items to have when going swimming includes:

Jean Versatility!

Jean is a style staple that is eternal in it trend worthiness. Almost every adult human in the world have owned a Jean or two in their lifetime. This is a testament of the fashion lover’s love for the fabric durability and dynamism.  The versatility and allure of jean is such that, it can be dressed up or down and adapted to suit almost all occasions and event.
Ever trendy, jean comes in various fits, designs and styles from mom jeans, mini skirt, floral, embellished cut-off short, tattered, tapered to slouchy, boot cut, high waist, dress, pencils, flair,  straight, regular, skinnies and low raise.

Elle Magazine Profiles Eku Edewor as One to Watch’ this year with a Five day Style Diary segment

Former Model and TV personality Eku Edewor famed style recently caught the eye of International Magazine Elle. For their January 2015 issue, Elle Magazine South Africa features the Nigerian born fashionista as ‘One to Watch’ this year with a Five day Style Diary segment, which shows Eku rocking African and international fashion brands like Ituen Basi, Laquan Smith, Givenchy, H&M et al.
More on www.elle.co.za


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

6 Ways to Detoxify Your Body without Stress

Most individuals associate cleansing or detoxification with food deprivation, mood swings and unhappy moments filled with forbidden cravings. If you are one of those, get ready to sing a new tune, as we bring to you six ways to detoxify, without fighting off hunger pangs and stress eating caused by deprivation.  
A glass of lemon water – A glass of lemon water every morning helps to eliminate toxins, cleanse your system and floods your body with necessary nutrients and immune boosters. Trick: Drink a glass of tepid water, mixed with lemon juice and wait 30mins before eating breakfast. 

A cup of Chamomile Tea – A cup of Chamomile Tea before bed nightly can do wonders for your body and help you effortlessly attain the perfect bod you’ve been coveting on the pages of fashion magazines. It serves to keep away insomnia or sleeplessness and breaks down your final meal. 

Dark Chocolate- Soothe your craving for dark chocolate healthily without guilt and watch the transformations in your body over the next few weeks. Remember to always brush and floss after

Vlisco “THINK” Collection Lookbook!

The Vlisco Think collection inspired by Bauhaus designs and color is one, the print lover will certainly covet. Filled with vivid earth tones, geometric prints and appealing patterns paired to express ones individuality, freedom and style. 
According to the brand, “thought, perception, emotion, memory and imagination lay at the heart of our new season’s collection – THINK. Every fabric and outfit is designed to fire up your senses. So give your mind the freedom to dream up endless fashion statements“.

Friday, 16 January 2015

WIWT Series: All Things Retro for Fashion Day Out

Hi style lovers. I did promise to have more personal style post right? Lol. Recently some of the best of Nigeria bloggers spearheaded by Dee of Dee Mako, came together to enjoy a retro themed fashion day out, held at Surulere Lagos state Nigeria. The purpose of the picnic was to create a casual fun environment for creatives to network and chill out, without the added hassle of trying to impress or oppress. Lol.
The week prior to the event was quite hectic for me at work so I didn’t start thinking of what to wear, how to style it and where to shop for retro ensemble till Friday night after work. To say I was stumped is an understatement. After an unplanned meeting on Saturday, I barely had four daylight hours left to go shopping. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything I wanted and that’s when I had the brilliant idea to raid my mom’s closet. Retro fashion basically is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past. What better place to shop for retro trends and fashion staples that my mom’s closet. 
I choose this floral granny dress (though it was several sizes too large for me) because merely looking at transported to a time, when princes were charming on the inside as well as the outside. (Supposedly).
I paired the dress with pop socks from Mimiflash (Harmattan was in full swing) and Belmondo kitty heels. To emphasize the look I applied my makeup with a heavy hand, as the 70s, 50s, and 80s, were very heavy handed with their signature red lipsticks and kohl eyes. 
What is a retro look without a touch of sequins? For the final touch of retro glam I accessories my twists (which I styled myself) with a sequin embellished head band.





Photography
LexAsh Photography
Makeup 
Eyes: Maybelline New York Colossal Kajal and Sleek Dip It Duo
Lips: Sleek Pout Paint in dark red
Face: Iman Perfect Response Oil Blotting Pressed Powder
Hair
Twists by Lizzys Place
Cloths
Floral granny dress from Mom’s closet
Mimi Flash Pop Sock
Accessories
Belmondo Shoes
Clutch Purse 
Fandia retro sunglasses
Sequined head band from Bibi Couture

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WIWT Series: Studs, Slits and Ankara

Hi People. Some say fashion is "crap" reeled out by fashion designers globally while style is all about people mix and match them personally. I think fashion and style is twined irrevocably, so to understand and define your style, one has to understand fashion.
I love fashion with all it quirk and twist, maybe because it’s the safest way I know, to express my moods, emotions and self. This cold morning I woke up in a boho style mood. Alas, I had a bussiness meeting and I didn't have the courage go all boho in my outfit . (Perception is truly key people)
To sooth my mood, I paired my new jeggings (Christmas gift from my mum. God bless her always) with my vintage markone long sleeved side and front slit chiffon top (dead-on boho top! If you can see the crease in my top pretend they dont exist. lol), Ankara blouse, (which I wore as a jacket). I accessorized with a studded blue clutch purse and CK white sandals.
What do you think? Does this cocktail of boho, ethnic and classic fad mix, come out right?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

5 Bad Beauty Habits to Break This Season

Hello style lovers. Break those bad beauty habits this season and glow like the cover girl on vogue magazine with a few quick tips and tricks from me to you. Muah!
1. Sleeping with your makeup on. 
Tip: Simply store face wipes in your nightstand or bed headboard where it’s handy to reach right from the comfort of your bed.

2. Never wearing sunscreen 
Tip: Despite what you think, black women living in Africa needs sunscreen too. In order to break this bad habit and save time simply ensure all your beauty products are loaded with SPF; for instance foundation, moisturizer or crème to powder.

3. Over plucked pencil-thin eyebrows.
Tip: Tweezing is great only if you use a light hand. Don’t over pluck your brows to thin pencil lines, but if you’ve already committed this beauty faux paus don’t worry about it. Simply fill and broaden your brows with chocolate brown eye shadow or broad soft pencil for natural looking full brows.

Fragrance “Isn’t All About Sex”-Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Explains to Style.com sat down to talk with the fashion mogul recently about her the forthcoming eau de toilette of the fragrance Stella (launched over a decade ago) set to be released in April 2015.
  “I’m so turned off by that long stem, no leaf, no thorn rose,” noted the designer “An Edward Steichen photograph of a jam-packed vase of roses that was on its last legs.” The act of decay and the subsequent release of ethanol is what lends a cut rose its scent.  The legendary designer spoke of her love for roses and why roses is a focal point of her fragrances “I love roses. I have to say, I’m a bit obsessed. I grew up in the countryside on an organic farm, so my memories of scent are mostly about being outside. I have the sort of “kitchen memories” with food, but I think my biggest memories of being outside are the breeze and nature. I grew up with roses around me.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Golden Globes 2015: 50 Shades of Blue


The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards held yesterday and our international style geniuses and glamazions stepped out in the very best fashion can offer to start the season.
Felicity Jones Dress by Dior
Photo:2015 Steve Granitz

Julia GoldaniPhoto:2015 Kevork Djansezian/NBC

Golden Globes 2015: Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, et al Stuns in Lavender

The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards held yesterday and our international style geniuses and glamazions stepped out in the very best fashion can offer to start the season.  Kerry Washington led the urban and Lavender fab pack stepping out in this gorgeous dress by Mary Katrantzou.
Kerry WashingtonDress by Mary Katrantzou. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/NBC
Lupita Nyong'o, Dress by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Photo: Alberto Rodriguez/NBC
Giuliana Rancic

Golden Globes 2015: Pink Is The New Red!

 The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards held yesterday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The historic landmark event marks the official beginning of the award season for Hollywood star.  The style geniuses and glamazions stepped out in the very best fashion can offer to start the season.
A-list stars spotted at the golden globes red carpet includes, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayak, Anna Faris, Amy Adams, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Heidi Klum, Helen Mirren, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Common, George Clooney, Kate Mara, Anna Kendrick, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Robert Downey Jnr, Kate Hudson, Lorde, Katie Homes, Bill Murray, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Clive Owen, Camile Alves, Melissa McCarthy, David Oyelowo, Uzo Aduba Kevin Hart, Jane Fonda, Robin Wright, Ben Foster, Ethan Hawke, Kevin Spacey, Lily Tomlin, Ava Duvernay et al.

Lena DunhamDress by Zac Posen, jewels by Irene Neuwirth
Photo:2015 Getty Images

WIWT Series:Sweaters and Cardigans

Hi people! Its harmattan season in Nigeria and I for one, am glad! It’s been a while since we experienced a really cold season in Lagos Nigeria and my beloved sweaters and cardigans have been lying in neglect at the back of my closet for a dreadfully long time.
I have a crazy love for sweaters and cardigans. I am sure some would find that strange, as I live in a hot climate. I have no clue while I like them so much, especially as, I am always very hot and can barely stand long sleeved fashion staples. As soon as I see them, I just have to have them, even though I know it just going to hang in my wardrobe.
Anyway I love them and this season gave me an opportunity to rock this fab cardigan from Zara last weekend. I paired it with my leggings, black Tims and iridescent sunglasses.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Flavour Serenades his Canine fans!



Flavour has officially come out of the closet as a dog lover! The popular dance hall musician is a proud daddy of not one but five of man best friend. He shared his love for his canine family with his fans on Instagram yesterday, posting a picture of himself with his five dogs, who he named after popular international music act, 2Pac, Miley, Jayz, Major Banks and Nikki.
He captioned the picture, ‘Morning devotion with 2pac, Miley, major bangs, Jay z and nikki.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds name their first child Violet!




Yay! Hollywood actress Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds who welcomed their first child over the holidays have named their first child “Violet”
The couple welcomed baby Violet into the world rather unexpectedly before New Year at Westchester Medical Centre near their home in Bedford, New York, according to a Twitter user who claims to work at the hospital.
New York Page Six reports that the 27-year-old actress parents, Ernie and Elaine Lively, are currently staying with her and Ryan to help them adjust to parenthood.
 Blake Lively and 37-year-old Ryan Reynolds got married in 2012.
Congratulations to the new parents!