Monday, 19 November 2012

Would you mix patterns?

We probably grew up hearing (or learning) that it is almost a fashion abomination to mix patterns. Lately, lots of designers have mixed patterns on runways... and celebrities have gone with them. I still don't think that all kinds of patterns can be mixed. It's selective. Here are some patterns I like... from

Rose Byrne, Camilla Belle, Leigh Lezark

Sunday, 18 November 2012

MAC, Iman, Bobbi Brown???

My complexion, I find, is very difficult to match. I have friends who get matched within 5 minutes. The majority of shades the artists use on me are either too dark or too light and ashy. I recently visited Atlanta and went to a mall to check out...::drum roll::... none other than the MAC store. I excitedly sat down.

In just a few minutes, the makeup artist felt she had found the perfect match for me. She did her thing and I looked at the mirror. Oh No!! It was too dark. She went on and on about how perfect the match was. I didn't want her to feel her "time" (not mine) was wasted. So, I purchased the powder and returned it the next day.

I have been advised that Iman has a good number of shades, and I have several friends who use Bobbi Brown. I would have liked to try Iman but I just don't have the guts to buy makeup without trying it on first. So, I skipped that option and went to Nordstrom for a Bobbi Brown match. I found a good one but it didn't seem to give good enough coverage. While "deciding," I spotted Clinique and walked over for a trial. Et voila!!! I found the perfect match! I even bought a concealer to go with it.

What is the summary of this post? MAC is not for everyone. Try more brands. less expensive brands like Cover Girl etc might also work, if you don't mind using the back of your palm to check the match. There's something out there for everyone!


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Try a Pencil Skirt Next Week

A hit on pencil skirts from Harper's Bazaar...

I wore a pencil skirt to work earlier this week and I was reminded of the reasons I love pencil skirts. Other than the slim look they give, the skirts force you to walk more like a lady. What I mean is that there is only so much space between one side of the skirt and the other. So, you stand "at ease" with a remarkably small space between your legs.

Here is a Jil Sander pencil skirt for over $2000 from Harper's Bazaar's website.

Anyway, on the day of my pencil skirt, I of course topped my work outfit with some heels. I noticed that in making me walk a tad bit slower, my posture was also improved. I either had to walk "straighter" or mess up the rather perfect appearance of the entire look.

A pencil skirt + heels = A sexier you in slow motion. Your hips have no choice but to sway from side-to-side in a ladylike fashion. In all, the look was perfect. I urge you to wear one to work next week. Top off with a winter panty hose since it is after all, cold outside.

Friday, 21 September 2012

So,... what's with You and my Heels at Work????

What I want to know is: is it just me? Do you ladies experience what I am about to talk about? And if so, why do you think it is that way?

Okay. So, I practically grew up on heels: middle school to present. I remember always wearing some form of heels. I feel more comfortable in heels than I do in flats. It is a fact!! I started work at a lovely place just a few weeks ago. My co-new hire and I wore heels on day one. I'm sure we felt fantastic: not because we wore heels but because we were excited to be working in a nice place.

But as the days went by, I noticed that some specific lady's eyes tend to go to my feet whenever I walk past. At first, it was the "just seeing you in heels hurt me," as per she felt they were likely uncomfortable. Thus, it being uncomfortable for me made it uncomfortable for her. I was like, "Aww, I'm fine."

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Few days later, I still noticed eyes on my feet... my shoes. I wore slight platformed flat shoes on this one day and she said "Look at that!!" I said "I found them in my closet :-)." The next day, I went back to my heels. And blah blah...

I just saw online that someone said wearing heels to work is "too sexy" for work. Please ladies and gents. Is this true? Do you agree? Which do you agree with? No heels or yes heels??!!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Totally a Vince Camuto girl

A friend of mine, Charlie of Alexander O Alexander, who is currently stocking up his boutique in Abuja with some beautiful shoes by the way, put up photos of Vince Camuto heels on his BBM profile just the other day. I had to let him know I shared his love for Camuto.

If you are even remotely into the fashion industry and you are female, you MUST have heard about Vince Camuto. He is a rapidly rising fashion designer, indulging in everything from blouses and skirts to jewelry and shoes. I saw his male and female fragrances in the latest edition of InStyle magazine just two days ago.

What I love about his clothes is that they are ultra-feminine and comfortable. When I am in a fashion store, shifting tops and skirts on hangers seeking wallet-tempting pieces, I don't have to look at a label to know Camuto outfits. They are so soft to touch: silks, satins, see-throughs and the like... my kind of stuff. Side note: I have a similar reaction to Alice + Olivia outfits. Most would choose sexy over comfy but I'll take sexy AND comfy any day.

In a Vince Camuto top and skirt,...oh and his earrings too

Thing is: until Vince wins any of the HUGE big-name sort-after fashion awards, his outfits will be somewhat affordable. I am being a wise shopper and loading up on them now before the prices start growing exponentially. I advise you to do the same.

Check out Camuto to shop or admire his pieces. ;) Tell me what you think about his designs, especially if you own any of his stuff.


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