Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Road to Stylist

Hey there,

My week has been super super busy. So much is going on with me now. I can hardly catch a break. The life of a stylist is not all fun and games you know. But it is still fun. Your life is safety pins,clothes, cabs, cameras, endless shoots, fittings, steamers, trips to designer stores, clients, and a whole load of stuff that never ends.So yea....

I'm also very excited to be working on some really interesting projects like the studio 53 Xtra, Maltina dance-all, (Kemi Adetiba is all kinds of awesome btw she lets you know exactly what she likes.), Elite model look, and some others i cannot talk about at the moment. This past week went by in a flash and there is still sooo much to be done.  

Sunday was rest day so  i decided to go for some retail therapy support my friend Bidemi of Biddy's Mondo at the monthly market LPM. I took photos but my camera is giving me a hard time. Cant transfer the photos to my laptop. As soon as i'm able to do that, i'll put them up. Lots of cool finds and amazing talent on display.

And  this is a tired faced me. I was running through the halls of the hotel at the Maltina taping when i stopped to take a quick photo with my phone. lol.
 


Peace, Love and Sequins.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

2011 Elite Model Look Nigeria

Hi Lovelies, 
So i'm working as a Style assistant on the most talked about show starting this weekend in Lagos. The elite model search Nigeria. It is a fabulous event and you should be very excited. My team is made up of the most hardworking and amazing stylists in the land. Also the girls will be rocking clothes and accessories from 7 designers including  one of my favourites,Bridget Awoshika. I cant wait to bring you stories and photos from the show and  backstage madness afterwards. It'll be hard work but it'll also be fun.
Whoooop!




Here's a bit from the press release on the show.

Elite Model Look is the most renowned international modeling contest in the world. It is unique in providing the opportunity for young girls to enter the fashion world, become models and begin fabulous careers. The Elite Model Look contest is a prestigious event open to beginners with a professional aim: looking for and discovering the young hopefuls who will become the top models of the future.

Since 1983, Elite Model Look competition has discovered future industry luminaries. Super models such as Cindy Crawford, Oluchi Orlandi, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer, Karen Mulder, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Denisa Dvorakova and Gisele Bundchen were all discovered through Elite.

The Elite casting team selected 50 girls from Lagos, Abuja. Port Harcourt, Enugu and Benin to participate in the national finals and 14 girls were selected to compete at the semi finals. The finalists will meet in Lagos on the 28th of August 2011 for 7 days of intensive preparation. They will showcase their talent during the Final Show that will be held on September 3rd 2011 at the Civic Center Lagos Nigeria.
The winner will join the finalists of 80 other countries and will participate in the prestigious World Final which will take place on Dec 6th 2011 in Shanghai.

The 14 finalists for the 2011 edition of Elite Model Look Nigeria are:
  • Oiza Olayebi
  • Rita Ojo
  • Ubi Mavefe
  • Sharon Egwurube
  • Funmilayo Adeoye
  • Saratu Iliyasu
  • Chinwe Princess Ejere
  • Udoma Owia
  • Rebecca Areola
  • Ruky Imalele
  • Ruth Okereafor
  • Oluwaseun Adebayo
  • Chidera Loveth Okoro
  • Dorathy Chizoba Alieze
The show itself is in 4 segments.The New Urban section featuring Eki Orleans and Republic of Foreigner, Swimwear by Melissa Odabash, Vintage with Virgos Lounge and Bridget Awosika as the closer and headliner. Jewellery by Kristos & Anita Quansah London.

Sponsors of Elite Model Look Nigeria 2011 include: Mercedes Benz, The Avenue Suites, Moet & Chandon, Arise Magazine, Montaigne Place, Black Up, Cool FM, Reze Bonna Photography, Perfect Coordinators, Blush Beauty, BellaNaija and many more.

Peace, Love and Sequins.


Saturday, 20 August 2011

"Fearless Luxury"

The first time i saw the Tiffany Amber A/W 2011/2012 ad campaign, i was in awe of the collection. I even tweeted that Tiffany Amber was a boss. Yes. True to the name of the collection, "Fearless Luxury," and true to the brand's aesthetics, the collection features rich fluid fabrics such silk and velvet in colours such as blue, orange, neutral and jewel tones.

Also we learn that in a bid to continue to push the boundaries for her prints, four images of beads taken from the archives of award winning photographer Vitor Politis were 'ethically' produced for the collection.

The designer says its her favourite collection so far. I'd have to agree too. The collection is very sexy and very sophisticated. I thought the blue velvet gown.(15th photo) was my favourite and then i thought noooo the blue printed jumpsuit (5th Photo). And then i quit trying to pick a favourite. I love all the pieces and can totally see myself in all.

I also give kudos to the styling team. The models were perfect and the use of colourful pumps was on point. Also who knew white pumps could be so sheek!

























Credits
Stylist & Shoot Director: Arieta Mujay @arietawho
Assistant Stylist: Ivie Okhions – stylesilhouettes.tumblr.com
Hair: Alexis Day
Makeup: Gorgeous! @gorg.com
Main Models: Monique Burell @D1 Models | Vanessa @ Premier 1
Photographer: Seye Izik @egowhatego.com
Source: bellanaija.com


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Michael Kors is married!



Awww! i'm so happy for these guys... They waited and here they are. Gay marriage has been legalised in Newyork and on tuesday, famous designer Michael Kors and his partner Lance LePere got married at a very private ceremony on Dune beach in  Southampton. They have been together for about 20yrs. Lance met the designer as an intern in 1990

Here's what the designer had to say. "To marry someone as wonderful and special to me as Lance barefoot on a glorious beach is more than I could have dreamed of.”

Well congratulations and happy married life fashion monster!


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Casual Chic.

So i took a trip to the salon this weekend. My hair and scalp needed a good rub, after which i settled for a ponytail which i styled in this high bun. This is me right after i got back from the salon.


These shorts are so comfy. I've had them for d longest time. i love the fit.


The back of my hair.. already messy from resting my head backwards while driving back home. I don't like sticky gels or anything hard on my hair.


I absolutely love these raffia bangles. its got that tribal chic effect. I always have to give out one or two every time i wear them out. 
I like to keep my makeup during the day as light as possible.


Vintage L&N satchel. Its so old, i couldnt even find any link to the designer (usually i google almost everything) lol. It has that smell of something really old which i love. and its in the most perfect condition. 



I don't know how i got my neck into this funny position but i like it. 
 
(shorts-Next, satchel-Thifted, pointed ballet flats-Atmosphere,  watch -Sekonda, blouse-H&M, bangles and ring-Local market.)

Peace, Love and Sequins.



Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Luxury Brands, Knockoffs and the Budding Fashionista.

 



A while ago on my Fb page I expressed my distaste for  people adorning fake designer pieces aka Knockoffs.  People left comments on the post, i replied, and we called it a day. So imagine my surprise days after that post, when i got a bbm message from this girl. Let's call her Miss X. Here's what she wrote. "What was that you said on Fb eh... What are you feeling like? long hiss" Oh oh! someone was pissed!

You see in as much as i love fashion and i have been known to forgo basic necessities just to acquire something i like, which i think may be going too far but at the same time nonetheless dignifying. One of the things i will never ever do is adorn a knockoff.  Yes we see these things beyond our reach and we drool but please stoop at the drooling. Don't go ahead and try to purchase an exact replica. Its just cheap. its like putting a huge tattoo on your forehead that says 'I'm razz'. no matter how cool you think you look.

But most importantly for me and i don't mean to take the moral high ground but its just disrespectful to the designer who spent the time and creative energy to come up with that beautiful piece. There are even companies whose sole business is producing 'high quality replicas'. Imitation is the best form of flattery agreed. But this does not apply here.

While i was in school, i went to the Palms with a friend. We were both in year 1. We had gone to window-shop and maybe get some costume jewelery. My friend wanted to go into the Tiffany Amber store and i held her back "Baby lets not go in.. we'll only come out sad". She dragged me in and because my mum always says the rosary for her children, i was sure i wouldn't fall into temptation.

Before that day, my friend had never heard of Tiffany Amber but i ended up having to pay our cab fare back home and also pay for my friend's meal as my dear friend withdrew all of her allowance from the ATM to pay for a pretty Tiffany Amber blouse. Now that's flattery.

The feel of a luxury piece is heavenly i wont lie. ( i mean i hugged my James Lully bag everyday for 2 weeks before putting anything in it) and yes we see women like Deola Bali and Nkiru Anumudu and wish we could corner them in the dark. But the truth is all of us may not be able to afford these high end pieces or go through the needed sacrifice to be able to. If you must be a label lover, why  not patronise designers with more affordable pieces. There are a few here in Nigeria, and their pieces are just as fabulous. Designers like Wana Sambo, Maju, Clemas, Babushka, Moofa and Jewel by Lisa also have the more affordable J label .

Check them out and see for yourselves.





http://jewelbylisa.com.ng/


Let me also add that Maju makes the most amazing purses.

Peace, Love and Sequins.


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

WARDROBE STAPLES.

Putting together a functional yet stylish wardrobe comes easy to some but others may find challenging. Most people just go out and shop but if you don't really know what to buy, you end up amassing a pile of stuff you don't really like or no how to wear, then it gets frustrating.

So for my first post i thought I'd share with you, some of my favourite wardrobe staples. My personal style is comfortable, very sexy and fun. I hope you find some inspiration. Enjoy!

                                       The white blouse 

 The white blouse is a very basic piece. it can be dressed up with a pencil skirt for work or worn with skinny jeans on a fun date. whether they come in simple cotton, silk, sheer or lace. you cannot go wrong with one of these.

Chain strap purse
Warning! one of these will cost you an arm and a leg or even your head. If you can't afford these please go for simpler brands like Aldo or H&m. They are just as stylish.



I find these print versions absolutely fabulous. The thing about chain strapped purses, no matter which you choose, they add a certain subtle sexiness to your ensemble.


High waisted skirt 


High waisted skirts, apart from accentuating the waist will hide a multitude of sins. Say for instance you decided that doing your regular sit-ups have become like rocket science. Michelle Obama incorporates skirts like this a lot in her outfits. My favourite way of wearing them is with a beautiful silk round-necked blouse. Very sexy!


  Nude pumps/courts
Once upon a time, I never saw myself in one of these. But from the first day i set my eyes on this particular baby by Jessica Simpson. It was love at first sight. The colour is not as light as it looks here.On ground, They are like mustard coloured. Sadly i couldn't find my size. I'm still on the hunt for one though. So if one of you hunters find it,kindly holla.

 Blazers


A simple single buttoned blazer like this can take you from a day in the office to a night on the town. Here's what you need to do for night. Simply unbutton, hike up the sleeves a few cm from your wrists, pair with a bodycon dress, black pumps, a chain strapped purse, and you are good to go. Try other solid colours and prints as well.

Oversized bag


One of my male friends once swore that he found a loaf of bread in his girlfriend's bag. Also one of my male colleagues is always trying to see the inside of my bag. Oh well ladies carry stuff around. An entire outfit sometimes and what better way to carry than in a very large bag. lol

Shorts

Shorts are perfect for a relaxing weekend on the town. Or if like me, you spend your weekends running errands or driving in the heat of Lagos, then have this handy. You can pair with flip flops or ballet flats. The trick is to choose one that suits your frame. If you are not going to meet P-square on set, please choose a loose fitted pair just like this.

Basic black pumps

These are so essential, if you were to write the elements of the fashionic table,They would come first.They can be paired with almost all outfits and they will take a rice sack from drab to fab. OK maybe if you add a belt.

 Perfect jeans.


For me i think you don't need too own so many pairs of jeans. Just a few that fit perfectly.  Picking out the perfect pair is always so tedious you have to try on about 20 to find just 1 pair. I have had just 5 pairs for about 2yrs now and i think i wear only 3 of them. skinny jeans especially are not really comfortable in the heat.

A tailored pair such as this is perfect for work or a  formal meeting. Pair with a blazer or a beautiful blouse and high heeled shoes.

Gorgeous Prints


Prints are a great way to add the tribal element to your wardrobe. Try African printed/Ankara maxi dresses such as these. Printed skirts, shorts, neck pieces, bangles, purses and sandals are also very stylish.

Pearls


According to an anonymous quote i came across sometime ago,"the pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens".

Cardigans


A simple cardigan belted at the waist as pictured here, paired with a pencil skirt and court shoes is one of my favourite looks . It can also be dressed down with jeans or shorts for a more casual look

and finally ...

The little black dress aka LBD 



I feel like the need for every girl to own at least one LBD cannot be overemphasized. They are perfect for almost every occasion and they are never out. When in doubt of what to wear just choose black and you can never go wrong.  As with all other clothes put your body shape into consideration when choosing one.


Thats all lovelies. Thanks for visiting. Do follow the blog and please come here often. Fun and Interesting posts coming up. Stay tuned!
  
Peace, Love and Sequins.