Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Zoe Saldana Craze

Zoe Saldana is a gorgeous lady. We all know it- with or without her Star Trek feature. I think I have seen her in just about every issue of Bazaar and Elle magazine the past few months. She is a lady who has impeccable sense of style and appears comfortable in her own skin. Her dressing is effortless, makeup and jewelry included. She would be a great ambassador for any designer.

You know I love to highlight ready-to-wear outfits to inspire you. You could wear some of these easily... Stock up your closet.
Zoe from polyvore

Zoe from Justjared

Zoe from tomandlorenzo

Zoe from aceshowbiz

Zoe from Instyle Mag/ fashionbombdaily

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Lanvin in Black! Be Inspired!

I remember when I was known for my black outfits: just dark stuff in general. I had my black outfits and I had my serious face. My friends advised me to tone down on the darkness: "Wear bright colors so you look young--- your age." I thought they had a point. Except I didn't know what I know now. That is, I could also change my serious face.

It's taken years but I have a softer look. I smile more often and I'm shifting closer and closer to my former black. It looks hotter than ever on me. In lace, silk, satin, polyester, whatever.

I daresay "black" looks good on you too. If you have fat bulging in the wrong areas and you are wondering how to hide it at some event tonight or this weekend, wear a girdle and a black dress. Hide your flaws in black. If you do not appreciate your arms, don't wear a sleeveless or tube dress; wear a short-sleeved or long sleeved one. But black will do you justice.

Flipping through my June/July issue of Harper's Bazaar, I came across a hot black Lanvin dress and was instantly inspired to showcase other Lanvin hot blackies!

Spring 2009. From coolspotters

Spring 2011. From coolspotters

Lanvin Velvet. From lyst

Spring 2013. From coolspotters

Spring 2013. From fashionbombdaily

Finishing off with the queen of Scandal. From zimbio

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cannes Film Festival: You can't go wrong with black and white

I woke up this morning in the mood to dress up. I opened up my wardrobe and initially thought to wear a lace white/orange/navy blue dress. It's a three-color-region dress. I decided against it when I thought it was a bit too short and I could wear it over the long weekend (Memorial Day and all). I opted instead for a black wrap dress and a white jacket. I don't regret my decision. I think the combination is spectacular.

Black and white was also at home at the Cannes Film Festival. See the ladies that rocked the color classics.
Zoe in Emanuel Ungaro. From Harper's Bazaar
Carey Mulligan in Vionnet. From Harper's Bazaar
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
Marion Cotillard in Dior. From Harper's Bazaar.

Monday, 20 May 2013

An Inspiring Designer I'd Love to Meet: Diane Von Furstenberg

If there ever was a designer I'd love to meet, it would be Diane Von Furstenberg, also known as DVF. Sometimes, I skip stories of designers, artists etc. in Elle Magazine, just 'cause I don't care enough to read about them. But one lady that always gets my attention is Diane (I'll say "DVF" for the rest of the post). Just looking at her, I can tell she is bold, brave and happy in her own skin. She EXUDES confidence. She is one woman I think every girl/woman should meet. She makes life look so simple and loves to inspire women.

DVF; from dareoutloud

Her wrap dress design helped launch her fashion career. She's built an empire off it, with a motto "celebrating freedom, empowering women and selling confidence." There's nothing like following someone you know practises what she preaches!
Some of my favorite DVF designs are below.
From sofeminine

From matchesfashion
From boutique1

From polyvore

Stunning Dresses at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

If I asked you the top cities in the world for fashion, what would you say? Paris, New York, Milan, Tokyo, right? But if you don't mention Lagos, trust me, you need to widen your horizon. Now, you are thinking, "Where in the world is Lagos?" That's good! Google it!

Fashion, style and spending money are important "traditions" in Lagos/Naija (slang for Nigerian) life. While this post is not about Nigeria, but a sister country, Ghana, keep your eyes out for Lagos style.

Vodafone recently sponsored an award ceremony in Ghana. Here are the ladies and styles that caught my eye.

From bellanaija

From bellanaija

ghana music awards (12)
From bellanaija

The rest of the outfits, I think, are just okay. Whites and blacks (dresses/suits) are classics. You can almost never go wrong with them!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Music Artists: The Best of Kelly Rowland is Yet to Come!

Depending on your personality, you liked one of the Destiny's Child's girls more than the other two. I'll just guess and say those who loved pure talent and were looking for someone to imitate in terms of looks and maybe confidence chose Beyonce. Those who had a mix of hater personality and loved vocal talent went for Kelly because Beyonce was just "too good." And then others who saw themselves as mini-Michelles, in some way, chose Michelle.... I won't tell you who I went for, but I'll say that I believe the real Kelly is yet to stand up. We are, however, getting close to seeing her.

Kelly is blessed with a great voice, a lovely complexion, an enviable height, great beauty and a very nice figure. I know it's hard to be you and work on you when most people compare you to Beyonce. Kelly was never made to be a Beyonce or to be Beyonce, but to be Kelly. She has great depth: is able to reach into the depth of her soul because of the downfalls and obstacles she's faced in life. I mean look at Jennifer Hudson. She's won Grammys AND very close to an Oscar. Those who tried to compare her to Beyonce are wishing they hadn't. She's proven is a million times better at being Jennifer Hudson than being Beyonce. She strives to be just who God made her to be and it shows.

I believe that if the world takes its eyes off Beyonce for a second and halt the comparisons, they'll let Kelly shine. But that's not happening anytime soon. So, my wish for the beautiful Kelly is to reach down deep and discover who she was made to be. Where she doesn't have to sell sex like Beyonce does in her music and outfits, to sell records. What I want to see from her is an authenticity that speaks straight to our souls. I love her for just who she is and who her insides are begging her to show: what her full potential is. I pray that she feels it and that she shines brighter than she shines today. Kelly has been beautiful in different getups. I hope to see more of her in the limelight!

Kelly Rowland is Kelly Rowland, a child of destiny, not to be defined as a Beyonce! (And I bet Beyonce wants to world to know this too, by the way.) Watch out now!

From josepvinaxia

From makhosazane

From johnalisblog

Angelina Jolie Shows a Different Kind of Beauty

I believe we won't be remembered for how good we looked or how well we wore a Dior or Versace dress, but for what we did to improve the lives of others.

Angelina Jolie has shown an amazing example of what it means to love others more than how others may begin to view/see you. She talks about getting a double mastectomy to greatly reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article.

"MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. "


From a prom dress website
From apnatimespass
From apnatimepass

Angelina is a popular actress, director and a former Goodwill ambassador for UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Monday, 13 May 2013

A Sexy Swimsuit for You

I've never been bold enough to wear a bikini. I figured if I hide my body (to an extent) on a normal day, why should you see it on a non-normal day? :)

But swimsuits on nicely toned bods are GAW-GEOUS! Here are 2 hot and spicy swim suit styles for you to invest in.

From Harper's Bazaar

From Harper's Bazaar

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Red Ralph Lauren Bag

If you've been reading magazines lately, I'm sure you've come across Ralph Lauren's red cut-out leather bag. What's your take on it?

From Fashionemia Blog

From Lookonline blog

In the Name of Prints

I know my last two posts were on prints but I was inspired to write another post because I noticed even more prints as I flipped through my March issue of Harper's Bazaar. (I don't know how I skipped the March issue and read through the April and May issues the past couple of months... :-/ Talk about busy!) Anyways, I noticed prints by Kenzo, Etro and even Gucci on models in the issue. Yes, Gucci. It's saying something about this season and prints. If you don't have some unique prints in your closet, I advise you to purchase some today.

These may inspire you.

ETRO.. from

ETRO... from LA Times Blog

KENZO... from Artloveallister

From Myfashionconnect

GUCCI... from

GUCCI... from Fabsugar

Monday, 6 May 2013

Talking prints: Solange Knowles in Kenzo at the Met Gala

I guess this is Prints Day. :)

Solange Knowles in Kenzo. Photo credit: Munaluchi Bridal

King of Prints: Roberto Cavalli

If you've read a number of my blogs, you know I like silk, red, black, white and... high heels! I also love prints. The prints I wear are mostly African prints, which are the most interesting and elaborate prints you'll find anywhere. Take it from me!

But when it comes to "long-standing" international fashion and you mention the word "print," Roberto Cavalli comes to mind. De la Renta is another good designer with prints. I like his stuff, but Cavalli prints, whoa!

I have a certain pair of pants that make it out only once or twice a year. The "bad" thing about unique clothes is that they are easy to point out, you see. What I mean is: you were a unique outfit today; the next time you wear it, everyone knows it's the same outfit. So, you can't wear it too often. It takes away from its preciousness... if that's a word.

If you doubt me about Cavalli prints, check these out.

Photo credit: A wholesale site
Photo credit: Mariam Rizwan's blog

Photo credit: Best Clothing Gallery Site

Photo credit: Kit Me Out

Photo credit: Style Hive

'Nuff said! Comments please...

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Dresses at the Iron Man Premiere

I'll be going to see Iron Man 3 today. I've seen the former 2. It (Iron Man) is one of those movies I don't mind seeing multiple times. I would choose it on the plane over certain newer movies. I enjoyed going through the photos for the premiere.

Gwyneth Paltrow is usually well-dressed to red-carpet events. She wore a nice dress to the premiere but I must say I think it was unnecessarily too showy. A little less skin would not have hurt anyone or even taken away from the creativeness of the dress. But, oh well!

Here are photos.

Photo credit: Just Jared
The black outfit and red lipstick is a stunning combo. Photo Credit: Hello Magazine

Photo credit: Just Jared

Friday, 3 May 2013

Shoes and Shots

When I browse through magazines, certain things catch my eye: a nicely angled body position in a shot (trust Giselle Bundchen for this), nice shots of  high-heeled shoes (trust Gucci campaigns) and other pretty things.

On my quest for sexy shoe shots, I found these.
Gucci. Photo Credit: Blog

You do feel bad for the model but honestly, you are still lost in the heels! Luxe Life Daily

Versace. Blog
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