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Tee's (Not So) Instant Guide to Finding Your Personal Style II

Well, I did promise that this would come in good time. So, yes, I'd like a cookie. Thank you!
I'll try to keep this one short. If you read the prequel, here, I'd like to think that you found a style template that describes you. If you didn't, don't panic. That's why we're here.
Style is personal. When you think about it, there really are no rules. It is not about trying to be like someone else; taller or curvier or any of that. It is simply taking all that you have and portraying it in the best possible light.
I know this is a lot more daunting than I have made it sound so here are a few ways to actually define your personal style and well, keep it refreshing.

Understand Your Body; Absolutely important. So important that I dedicated an entire post to it here. Understanding your body and dressing for body type is a tenet that we absolutely cannot compromise on. You want to know what your best and worst features are so you can dress to accentuate or camouflag…

Tee's (Not So) Instant Guide To Finding Your Personal Style 1

Hi every one! Doing good? I usually get a lot of questions and comments like "Oh Tee, you have your style figured out. How do I create my own signature look?"
After thinking and thinking ( Read as researching and researching some more), I've put together an instant style guide to help you come into your own fashionably.
This is going to be a two-part post. This one is going to focus on eight style templates. I've compiled them in such a way that everyone should belong to at least one group. The plan is to help you identify your current style because, frankly, everyone already has a personal style.
The second post which will come up same time, next week, (I promise. Don't roll your eyes) will help you dress in a way that is peculiar to your personal style.
It's going to be a pretty long post, but hey! this took me weeks to write so stay with me.
Vintage; Vintage fashion is basically a combination of fashion from the 20s to the 70s. If you find yourself very in…

Taking Stock X MayRush

Hi everyone! Slowly but surely we've come to the end of the first half of 2017.
How are ya'll doing with those resolutions eh? So far, so good?


I decided to start this segment called "Taking Stock" which will itemize a few things (under simple headings) which I have been up to during the course of the month. The plan is to share it at the end of every month and also double it as a style post.
I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
So, currently, I am;
Wearing; A lot of Ankara. But then again, aren't I always! I love how surprised people get when they see how versatile Ankara can be.


Reading; An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Usually, I start a number of books and switch between them depending on my mood.
Eating; A lot of Pounded yam and Egusi soup. As usual! Also eating a lot of Nkataa's peppered local chicken. Hopefully it doesn't tear whatever few teeth I h…

Striped

"Fashion is like eating. You shouldn't stick with the same menu" - Kenzo Takada
I remember the days when wearing stripes-on-stripes was nothing short of a fashion faux-pas. Oh the good ol' days!  Now, it is perfectly okay to pair a candy-colored bottoms with candy-colored tops and people would absolutely love it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I absolutely love the trend.


As a matter of fact, I'm ecstatic that we have come to a point where prints do not need to be worn exclusively in one direction or paired with the usual basic colors. Look at all the fun we had been missing out on.


For this post, I paired my candy-colored striped pants with a candy-colored striped shirt. For a minute, I was worried that I was stretching it but I was quite impressed with the outcome.
I must say, however that I haven't had the confidence to wear this anywhere yet. Apparently, I do not like attention like that. Who would have thought.


The truth about ensembles…

Twenty Six

No, I'm not twenty-six  and no I'm not telling my age. A woman doesn't what? Aha!


It's however my birthday today and also a year of almost consistent blogging. Remember our Relaunch and Birthday post here?
I can't say that it has been easy. It hasn't. There have been days when I've wanted to just quit the blog but then I'd remember how much fulfillment it brings me to write so I'd get back on my computer and apologize for being MIA.
I used to think writing the posts would be the hard part but not at all. It's the publicizing that gets me worked up. The consistent "Please Read and Share"s; then looking at the views and wondering if the work I put in is worth it at all.
Hopefully, the time will come when the views will be commensurate to the work that the team puts in. Amen? Amen!
The wonderful people over at Twentysix.co sent me this really lovely skirt and the moment I saw it, I knew it was going to be my birthday outfit.


Paired with …

Styling Pleats

"Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers. Style is what you choose" - Lauren Hutton

I'll actually never cease to marvel at how old trends just casually make their way back in. At this point, I think I'll save my kids the stress by keeping all the pieces that are in-vogue now.
I remember the first time I tried to wear a pleated skirt. One of those really old-fashioned ones with very sharp knife pleats. My mum wouldn't have it. She just went on and on about how very unflattering it was because it was from her era. She insisted I wasn't leaving the house dressed like that and even offered me money to shop new skirts provided I took that one off. I grudgingly did. 
In retrospect, maybe that particular skirt was a tad too old-fashioned. Thankfully, accordion folds are no longer dreary and boring. From skinny knife pleats to wide paneled pleats, there are so many cool and fun ways to style them now.
For this post, I styled an Ankara pleate…

Mixing Prints 201

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" - Coco Chanel

Hi everyone,

The truth is, mixing prints is actually a whole lot easier than it looks. Once you learn the basics, everything else is easy peasy.


I did an extensive post here on how to mix prints. It detailed four rules;
Attention to scaleBreaking up the pieces with solidsUsing colors from the same pallet andKeeping it simple Honestly, these are pretty much all you need to mix and match prints nicely.
For this post, I styled two more outfits just to give you some more inspiration on mixing Ankara prints.


The first outfit is an Ankara not-so-midi skirt paired with a tailored blouse. I added my green pumps to give it some more color.



The second outfit is an Ankara skater skirt paired with an Ankara Cold-shoulder top and my white sneakers to make me look like a baby girl. Because, once a baby girl, always a baby girl.


It looks like the Cold-shoulder trend isn't going away anytime soon. Is it? Sad! I ha…