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Style Inspiration - Wedding Guest Looks

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So, I think it would be nice to keep this Style Inspiration column running. We did a Work Wear Inspirationhere, and another one with Sarah Audu ofPrincess Audu Blog, (who graciously took these pictures of me) here.

The plan is to give you quick tips on how to dress appropriately to suit any occasion. Please feel free to leave suggestions (in the comment box) on what events you would like to see template styles for.

Today, let's see how to be wedding guest appropriate. Yes? Yes!
I began to toy with this idea sometime last year when it was pretty common to see comparisons  between brides and their wedding guests on social media.

One instance sticks out for me where someone casually said that if a guest showed up to her wedding in a dress with a train, she would have her thrown out. While I sort of understand where she was coming from, it left a bitter taste in my mouth. How insecure do you have to be to have someone thrown out of your wedding because you think they lo…

Styling Wide Legged Pants

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Between last year and now, I have found myself subtly but surely growing into wide legged pants. I suppose that subconsciously, I have always loved them but as with other weird outfit choices that I am into, I didn't want to be the only one wearing them.
The truth is that it is relatively easier to wear and style palazzo pants but when you have an affinity for these types that don't fit and flare typically, it is a tad difficult to find a balance.
Related: Palazzo Perfect
However, I made a promise to wear what makes me feel good regardless of trends and patterns. In that vein, I have since sewn about four pairs and when Omon of Belois Couture graciously gifted me this set, I was beyond ecstatic.

I was immediately sold on the print and the moment I unwrapped it, I knew it was a no brainer.
Styling it was relatively easy. Being a two-piece, I didn't have to worry about what to pair it with. I simply put on a pair of mules and pulled may hair back in the hopes…

Birthday Behavior

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to... Heh!

So far, there has been no crying but I can't speak for the rest of the day. My birthday is always a bitter-sweet day for me. Being smack in the middle of the year, I can't help but do an assessment of how far I've come on my goals and this year has not been the most productive one. Yet.

Typically, I spend the entire day being too excited to get anything done but as the day draws to an end, I become somewhat overwhelmed with birthday blues.
We'll see how this year goes.

These not withstanding, I'm thankful for quite a number of things and I'm going to share those in the hopes that someone gets inspired, or at least remembers to be thankful even in little.

1. I'm thankful for life, for family, for friends and for love.

2. I'm thankful for my upbringing. Apart from my mum and dad, I had quite a number of parent figures as a kid. Aunties and uncles who contributed to the woman I am today in their o…

Making Ankara Work for Work

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How you doing?

Seeing that I almost always wear Ankara, I was somewhat skeptical about doing an Ankara themed post. But, I've realized that common place as it is to me, it isn't the same for everyone else. I've also found out that there are quite a lot of people who love Ankara but still struggle with incorporating it into their daily work style and so on.
Following this, this post on how to make Ankara work for a Monday and a Friday was birthed.

This is the second part of my collaboration with Omon Isinugben of Belois Couture. Catch up on the first one here.
Related: Mixing Prints 101 and Mixing Prints 201

Thankfully, gone are the days when you immediately thought of old and dreary patterns whenever Ankara came to mind. Now, we've seen Ankara become such a vibrant force to be reckoned with in fashion spheres all over the world. We've seen celebrities wear them in ways that are nothing like what our parents and grandparents used to wear in the days of…

Denim - Two Ways With Belois Couture

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How ya'll doing?

This week (and in a few more to come), I will be collaborating with Omon Isinugben of Belois Couture to bring you contemporary women's wear for the African woman. I started to pay attention to Belois Couture when her Candy tulle top was making the rounds a couple of years ago. It was simple, fun, chic and classy. I remember making a mental note to buy it once I could afford it.

That never happened but you can imagine how pleased I was when Omon reached out to me to flesh out a collaboration.

Her brand is synonymous with structured silheouttes, exaggerated sleeves and hems, pleats, tulle and mesh and when she does print, they're bold and fiery.
Today, I'm easing in with two ways to make denim fancy because, denim is like fine wine. The older it gets, the better it becomes.
Related : Too much Denim?
If you do not already know by now, I absolutely adore mom jeans. Well, to be honest, I suppose I love jeans that allow me breathe. So, mum jeans, b…

Parisian - Styling a Beret

Hey guys! How ya'll doing?

The beret trend is one of those that I have looked at from afar with a healthy dose of uncertainty. I mean, I have always admired it on others but I wasn't quite sure I wanted to try it.

The thing is, I don't like them. You can rightfully say that I don't like head gears of any kind but my beef with berets run deep.
We wore berets back in secondary school and we wore the most unflattering colors - some 'cockroachy' brown and a blue. Because it was a Catholic school, we had to always wear one. That also meant that you needed to always have one of each. Problem is, I kept losing mine so I kept getting into trouble until I resorted to buying at least three every term in preparation for when I would lose one.

Having dealt with enough trauma from (not) wearing berets, I was comfortable with just watching from the sidelines. Well, until this year.

As with almost every other fashion accessory, a beret has the ability to take your outfit fro…