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31.10.15

ANDREA IYAMAH.

At Day 3 of the Fashion Week, there was an Andrea Iyamah showcase.

The response was overwhelming before the models even began their catwalk. And then both during and afterwards, rapturous applause all around.

Evidently this woman and her sister are well appreciated slash well loved slash well admired.

Their swimwear range is high end and very vibrant. You should check it out. 






DETAIL.

In an event where there was so much going on with so many items of clothing on so many people, it was refreshing to see an outfit with just the one style-infused focal point.

The glasses.

Interesting.

Cheers.





THIRD WORLD PROFASHIONAL.

There's a catchy blog name if I ever saw one.

Visit her blog and get absorbed and entertained.














ISIAGU.

The Isiagu, also called Chieftaincy, is a pullover shirt similar to the dashiki that is worn by Igbo tribe in Nigeria.

It's typically worn by men and featured a lot at my wedding...and I think that's when I really saw with open eyes and mind, in all its true beauty.

Seeing it on a woman though, that's an entirely novel idea.  
Unless I've been under a rock while females have been running around in this?

What a style statement it made today.

Absolutely adore this look.

Igbo Kwenu! 



The men and their Isiagu... Source: thelongharmattanseason.blogspot.com





LAD.

I took this guy's photos last year and called him MATE...here.

Now we're calling him LAD.

It's that whole boyish charm he has. He knows he has.


LFDW DAY 3 - HAPPY IS THE NEW RICH.

Helloooo everyone,

I'm in such an upbeat mood tonight.

I met some genuinely fantastic souls today and there was light of the variety that gives me warmth.

I'll put a stop now to the namby pamby talk.

Let's see some street style.




30.10.15

NOT OFFICIAL.

This outfit is not an offical accreditation of the Nigerian national colors but it could be.

Very easily so.

Fast fact for my foreign readers - our Nigerian flag bears the colors green-white-green. In the same shades as this gorgeous outfit.

She wore them well. 








ANDROGYNOUS.

"The androgynous mind is resonant and porous...naturally creative, incandescent and undivided..."

These are the sorts of things the internet tells me.



 

CROSS MY HEART.

She's effortless.




29.10.15

GIRLIE O...

This outfit is the sort my mother would approve of.

Blending high end modernity with traditional conservatism will always appeal to her roots as a 60's teenager.

Fifteen years from today, she will feel the same. 
And I see her point of view. 
This sort of style is evergreen.

Cheers :) 








J.T.O.

I believe she's J.T.O. the personal style blogger.

She does glow.






 

FACES OF LAGOS.

As the name suggests...

Sometimes the face just takes priority over the outfit.

Exemplified.

Cheers :)

LOVE YOURSELF.

I recall when I was younger, I was rather slim and completely detested it.

Everyone was filling out and I was thinning out, seemingly. 

And then I had my babies and the weight gain followed. Sans the pouch that defies my limited efforts at exercise, I'm pretty pleased with the weight. However I do look back and wonder why I didn't just enjoy the state of being me that I was in.

Photographing this beauty made me nostalgic for my slimmer days, but I quickly reminded myself...

Fat, thin, tall, short, love yourself really. 

Cheers.







GOOD NEIGHBOURS.

It was darling of our border nations to show up for Lagos.

This outfit, which I have decided I MUST have, is by Ghanaian label HAZZA.

It's so simple yet with enough sophistication to let you know there's likely to be a story behind it.

Ghana, me daa si :)







MIRROR HER.

We had a brief conversation.

Pleasant soul.









THE DOLL AGAIN.

No rules of conformity.

We like it.




 

ETHNICALLY SPEAKING.

It's almost November, which means in my other home (Scotland), everyone is clutching at predominantly black and/or grey clothing. 

I never understood it. And people deemed me odd for wearing a yellow sweater on a cold winter's day. What can I say? I love color. Sorry, but not quite sorry.

The natural annex to my personal appreciation of color is my absolute love for ethnic wear.

These beauties at Lagos Fashion Week.

These beauties...







NOT CONFLICTED.

The men at the Lagos Fashion Week seemed very sure of their personal expression.

Ultra bold. No intention of fading into the background. The detail in each outfit was very present.

There wasn't a doubt in my mind that they were not conflicted in their style choices.

Let's see what today brings. 

Enjoy.









28.10.15

YAGAZIE.

Today at work, a colleague mentioned that he felt the need to introduce himself using his name AND his last name as he would be leaving the impression he was a "somebody".

So against saying, "Hi I'm Chika", it would be "Hi I'm Chika Bello"

Well...NO.

My submission is this. 
If you're really a "somebody" then your first name becomes your brand.

We all know Cher, Madonna, Waje, Moses and Oprah. They became legends in their own right and therefore one name is enough.

And here's Yagazie.








MORE MELANIN.

Just  gorgeous really...





 

MELANIN.

Melanin: The pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their color. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. 

What's not to love in melanin?! 


 

BANTU KNOTS.

Bantu knots are a cute, flirty style traditionally sported by woman of African descent.

And apparently...men of African descent too.