Draya Michele stepped out of Barneys looking gorgeous in a Preme Houston crop top and shorts. I love African prints but her body takes this ensemble to the next level. She accessorized with nude Louboutin pumps.

What are your thoughts on her look? 

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She paired a crop top and shorts by Preme Houston worn as separates here:

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Place your orders via  orders@2africangirls.com.

This reminds me I need to work out. Stay fab!

Love and Light 

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Brandy stopped by Wendy Williams‘ studio last night to promote the new season of The Game. Now everyone’s been saying Brandy must have changed her stylist -they are right. This girl is glowing and looking on her game all the time.

I love the new style she’s been sporting lately. For Wendy’s show, she went for the print on print trend. Brandy sported a £440.98 Kenzo Embellished Cargdigan paired with a £386 Printed Viscose Cotton Shorts from the same line. Her sandals are £665 Print Nicholas Kirkwood Elaphe sandals 

Get her look:

KENZO embellished cardigan, £440.98
KENZO Printed Viscose Cotton Drill Shorts, £386
Nicholas Kirkwood Elaphe Sandals, £665

I love this look. What about you?

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Kim Kardashian is certainly not one to let a pregnancy rain on her parade. She recently made an appearance at Live with Michael and Kelly in a £1896.12 beige Lanvin Flared Sleeveless Dress which she pared with Unbout Illusion Louboutin Pumps. Kim has been wearing this nude/beige colour lately and it is definitely her colour because she looks great in it. Also digging the new hair. I love this look. Your thoughts?

If you’re up for a splurge, you can the Lanvin dress here:

LANVIN flared sleeveless dress , £1896.12

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‘Sparkle’ actress Tika Sumpter was spotted at the ‘Temptation’ Premiere. Tika donned on a white dress from the Cushie et Ochs Spring 2013 collection, which she paired with nude pumps. She also flaunted a new short pixie cut  hairdo which I must admit looks good. I wish she’d worn different shoes but that new hair takes her to another level of fab so this look is a winner for me. What do you think?

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Her dress is similar to this £1040 Cushnie et Ochs Georgete Dress

Other looks from this fab collection:

Kim Kardashian who features in the movie was also in attendance.

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Check out the ‘Temptation’ trailer below:

Pictures courtesy of Talking With Tami.

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The print trouser trend was quite popular last year and has certainly been carried over to 2013 by many print enthusiasts. Stars like Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Rihanna and Solange Knowles (aka Princess of All Things Print) have been spotted doing the print trend justice. 

If you’re looking to experiment with a few print bottoms, these tips might be for you.

1. Matchy Matchy

A daring and stand out way to wear a print trouser is by pairing it with a matching top or blazer. This look is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve seen some end results that make me certain it’s worth giving a try.

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I love how Fisayo of Mirror Me played down this sophisticated look with flats and a beanie.
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This gorgeous Instagrammer never misses. Find her @princess_osahon

2. Pair it with a Plain Top

As good as matchy matchy looks, sometimes it’s best to let the print shine by pairing it with a universal coloured top like black, white or pastel coloured top.

Joan Smalls killed it in a sheer top and all black accessories. Yes, that print uplifts the look.

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3. Play With Colours

You can also play with colours when wearing prints. An easy way is to pick one of the colours on the print and use it to accessorize your whole look.

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In my paisley pants, More about this look on OOTD-Paisley.

Best Finds

You can find details about my printed pants on my last OOTD. Click on item description to visit site. Opens in new link.

Splurge

Multicolor Cropped Printed Trouser, I’M ISOLA MARRAS, £297
3.1 PHILLIP LIM Floral print trouser, £495
Blue Paisley-print Trouser, ETRO, £370 (Click to buy)
Pencey Mia Pants, £103.23

Save

Ankle-length trousers, £34.99; Top £29.99, H&M
Ankle-length trousers, £34.99; Top £29.99, H&M 
Paisley print trousers, ZARA, £29.99
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Ankle-length floral trousers, H&M, £24.99
Aqua Armour Digital Print Trouser, ASOS, £75
Fluro paisley trousers, TOPSHOP, £55
ANIMAL EMBROIDERED JOGGERS, TOPSHOP, £25

Are printed trousers for you? Hope you found this useful.

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Actress Selena Gomez has been going hard in terms of her fashion lately. She is growing before our very own eyes into one fantastic lady. She recently  attended the “Spring Breakers” premiere at ArcLight Cinemas on March 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 

She graced the red carpet in Reem Acra Spring 2013 couture. That red dress is breathtaking. With its sleeveless gown with sexy beaded illusion panels, it’s hard to get one’s eyes off it. I wouldn’t mind receiving it as a gift for my upcoming bday…Hmmm.

She finished off her look with a black purse and coloured lip gloss. Sublime.

Methinks she looks smoking hot and very grown here. What are your thoughts?

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I had attempted to create a kind of ‘Best Bloggers of All Time’ post but that list was verging on the thousands. So I’ve since then broken down that into categories. If you’re an ardent ABY reader, you must have come across the first post which was my Top 40 Bloggers of Colour. This time around we’ll be taking the Oriental Express to explore my Top 40 Asian Bloggers. Yes 40 must sound huge but trust me I had to cut it down to that. There are just way too many cool blogs out there. If you don’t find your blog in this category, you’ll probably be  in the next. Let’s get this started. (Click on titles to visit blogs. Opens in new tab).

Not in any particular order.

1. Tricia Will Go Places

The first thing that hits me about this blog is the title. Don’t we all just wish to go places? That’s the attitude the world needs. Tricia Gosingtian is a 24-year-old photographer/blogger living in Manila, Philippines. Her blog has a very vintage feel which I find addictive and Tricia looks fab. EVERYTIME.

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2. Break My Style

Holy smokes! This chic is fabulous. Lauren just looks so damn expensive and chic. Nobody can break your style that’s for sure. I will keep my lips sealed. Visit her blog and see for yourself. 

3.Brown Platform

Anastasia Siantar is one dreamy blogger with an edge. I love her chic styles and daring colours.

4.Thirsty Thought

Thirsty Thought records Kryz Uy’s daily sartorial adventures, beauty discoveries, inspirations and interesting chronicles. Kryz is Filipino and I love her style and travel photos a lot.

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5.The Wicked Ying

Mariel is a pretty-spunky social media junkie  shoe addict who is hyper about fashion. In other words, Mariel is wicked. Pun intended. Ha! Read more about her style on her previous Style Diary feature.

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6. Konichiwear

Dominique Marie Tiu is a is a twenty-something year old self-declared fashion blogger-cum-stylist from the Philippines.  She exudes elegance. I really love how she’s effortlessly classy.

7. Fashion Bandwagon

The Philippines must be spitting out fashionistas because Stephanie is another Filipino with an amzing style sense. I had snagged up an interview out of her a while ago which you can read on Style Diary. Good Stuff. You might want to keep an eye out for her her shoes…

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8. Camille Tries To Blog

I like how these girls give their blogs the most modest of names  and end up hitting the top of the list! Camille is always a fashion designer, sometimes a model and occasionally a stylist . She’s one of the most successful bloggers I know. And there’s a reason for that as you can see. She’s flawless. With brand names like mango on her resume the sky is her limit. Go Camille. And please teach me how to ‘try’ to blog 🙂

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9. 
Can You Pass The Glitter

If you love ethereal and casual chic then you’d definitely love Amelia Jin. Adorable.

10. Nini’s Style

Nini Nguyen styles Rihanna. Need I say more? I don’t think so. Go figure. I become a deaf mute when I’m on her blog. #takesabow

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11. Alexander Liang

Alexander Liang is an Entrepreneur, Stylist and Fashion Editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief of  KENTON magazine. Am a fan of his fearless outfit posts and that hair is fierce. Werk it!

12. Cannibaliize 

Lynn Nguyen is out of this world. She’s very futuristic and is serving all kinds of fierce. Wowza! I’ll have two servings of whatever she’s having. I love that attitude in style. Everything works.

13. The Fancy Teacup

This blogger is minimal and chic. Petite girls will love her OOTD entries as she knows just how to dress her small frame. Thumbs up!

14. Lust For Life

Olivia Lopez showcases her love for mixing serious style without compromising substance. She is very trendy and does a good job of making high street brands look expensive.

15. Wendy’s Lookbook

Wendy Nguyen’s blog gives me life. She is very classy, glamourous, fabulous and chic. I must remember to change my last name to Nguyen when I get the chance (notice the other fab Nguyens on the list). That should do the trick right? Anywho, Wendy’s shoe and bag collection are just dreamy. Pure fabulousity. Check her out.

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16. Aibina’s Blog

Aibina is an 18 year old student blogger from Astana, Kazakhstan. Aibina is giving me a serious tomboy and bad-ass vibe which I’m digging. 

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17. Mellow Mayo

Mayo is girly and chic and extremely cute! Her pastel outfits give her blog a really good feel. You’ll fall in love with her.

18. Genetic Boi

Quan was born in Vietnam and lives in the US. He’s into graphic design and photography. I love his runway-yet-street-ready looks. A lot of clean lines and artistry in his looks. J’adore.

19. Fuss

Rhea from Mumbai exudes style which is experimental and fun. I love her play on colour. And she’s werking the poses. Go Rhea!

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20. Wearabout

I must confess I only stumbled upon this blog a few days ago and for that I deserve a right whack on the bum. This blog is awesome! Very original and colourful. Manou the Bombay-based photographer is the brain behind this blog. It consists of street snapshots and glimpses fashion right from the character-filled streets of India. If you love The Sartorialist, you’ll love Wearabout. Awe-inspiring.

21. Extra Petite 

Jean is just under 5 feet tall but she’ll whoop yo’ ass in a Fash Face-off any day! She works in financial services and her OOTD focus on  professional attire for the outgoing stylista/career woman. This is the woman I want to be. She looks good! And every outfit just knocks it out of the park. Maybe I should try one of her combos to help me land my next job…

22. KTRstyle

I always take a deep breath before visiting her blog. Guess why? Yep, you’re right. The fabulousity on there is just too much to take in one dose. KT Reed is a downright girly girl when it comes to style. We’re talking tulles, pinks, glitters, sequins and high heels. Hats off KT, you got me hooked.

23. 9 To 5 Chic

Anh is a trendy career-minded lady who dresses to kill. In her words, her blog is her way of expressing personal style at work while still dressing within the standards and expectations of (her) industry.

24. The Chriselle Factor

Chriselle Lim is a Wardrobe Stylist turned Personal-Style Blogger and Youtuber, has been creating quite a stir in the fashion industry chronicling her personal style, DIY projects and daily inspirations. I personally like her edgy and very trendy looks. She always adds her touch to an outfit.

25. I Am Khatu

Khatu is a 20-something, Vietnamese born and Boston-based blogger. I like that her style is so modern and and on trend. She takes risks playing with prints and colours and they pay off.

26. Andy Heart

She’s the girl you see on fashion week and street style photos, now you can put a name and link to that face. Ann Kim is effortless for days. If only I could have access to her bag closet. 2 Chic.

27. Fast Food & Fast Fashion

A petite fashionista with a penchant for earthy colours and prints. Get into her bag collection. Chanel, Prada and YSL. I want ’em all!

28. Nadia Aboulhosn

Nadia is a Lebanese-Caucasian fashion enthusiast with curves for days. And boy does she know how to dress those curves. She’s stunning, daring and fierce. Her confidence is something I need to rub off. Wow.

29. Raleene

Raleene Cabrera from Manila, Philippines is not your average blogger. I love the #dontcare attitude which most of her pictures have. She’s on fi-yah!

30. Kiko Learns To Blog

An array of interesting accessories,  and graphic tees are one of the many reasons I love Kiko’s Tumblr. A great portfolio of style. 

31.Her Waise Choice 

Jen is a Vancouver-based personal style blogger who loves pretty patterns, colour combos and looking good. What is not to love about that?

32. The Seams

Meet Trang Huyen. The Queen of high-end meets high street fashion. And her DIYs are a treat! 

33. Song Of Style

Modelesque and ‘it’ girl are some of the words I would use to describe this blogger. Extra chic and trendy. Her travel and Fashion Week pics leave me befuddled.

34.The Aili

Imsu Pithsala runs The Aili (meaning: light, pronounced ‘eye-li’). She is is slick and serene. If you like effortless chic, you’d love her. 

35.A Parisian in America

Alpa Rama was born and raised in France but her parents are of Indian Origin. Alpa is just so colourful and pretty. Her blog is a breath of fresh air. You can also shop cool finds on her online shop Osiyan.

36. Art In Our Blood

17 year old Jennifer is out of this world. She is eccentric, unique, goth-‘ish’ and dark. I just love the whole mysterious vibe   she’s giving. And the blog na me is very similar to mine. I can see where you’re coming from girl. We think alike. Fashion is Art & Art is in our Blood. Don’t change.

37.Republic of Chic

Ruhi Sheikh hates anything dull or drab so you won’t find anything of the sort in the Republic of Chic. Duh. I love her minimal yet statement looks. Very clean and classy. 

38.Akanksha Redhu

Akanksha is colourful and I she features items that are not usually on the high street. Great poses too, girl.

39.Stilettos Diary

This blogger hails from Bangalore, India and she serves street style and affordable fashion on a very elegant platter. I like how she dresses up her basic items.

40. Cindiddy

Cindiddy takes style notes from Gia Carangi and Miroslava Duma so you get the drift. She’s very sleek, I want her shoes 😦

40.Razzle Dazzle Pickle

Ritu Arya from Bangalore, India is the beauty behind this blog. Love it’s colourful and youthful feel. Ritu showcases modern styles and I love that her pictures have a cultural feel.

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41. Helielyb

And one extra  for luck! I couldn’t leave out the lovely Heliely Leanne Bermudez. Ger style is so refreshing. Her blog is inspirational. And yes Heliely you’re right, God IS good.

Phew! And there you have it: the list of all my Asian BFFs…  My Top 40 + 1 Asian Style Bloggers.

Who are your favourites? Break My Style, Nini’s Style and Art In Our Blood, KTRStyle… are some of  my guilty pleasure. 

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Most of the time, I’m multi-tasking. As in listening to music while doing every other thing. Here are my Top 5 new releases that have been on replay the most.

1. Chrisette Michelle – A Couple of Forevers

I just cannot get over how good Chrisette looks in this. And great vocals too.

2. Kelly Rowland – Kisses Down Low

Ms Kelly is back with another head-nodding beat. Warning: This video is addictive.

3. Mariah Carey – Almost Home

 I’m a huge sucker for animated movies. Plus it’s another catchy Mariah tune. 

4. French Montana – Freaks Ft Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj maybe adopting a new wardrobe in the real world but her alter ego in her vidz shows no signs of slowing down. She’s serving pure and raw Reggeaton ‘bad gyal dem’ in this video with French Montana.

5. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies

I love AlunaGeorge. Plus all of the Disney references in the video caught my attention. Tres originel!

If you live around West Midlands area then you might want to add this to your diary. If you don’t, you should probably start booking tickets to be in Wolverhampton by the 11th of April because Kin is bringing the house down! Listen to Kin’s ‘She’s Calling’ via the media player on the right hand side-bar of this blog 🙂

WHAT: It’s an Afro Night Event consisting of live performances from some of your favourite artists. It starts from 10pm until late.

DATE: Thursday 11 April 2013

WHERE: The Slade Rooms, Broad Street, WV1 1HP, Wolverhampton

ENTRY: £6

Djs of the night:
DJ EM OF 97.5 KEMET FM
DJ SECTIONEIGHT FROM BIRMINGHAM
DJ RUKKY FROM WOLVERHAMPTON

ARTISTS OF THE NIGHT
KIN from Wolverhampton (with his hit new song She’s Calling)
Joules Da Kid from Nottingham (performing Aunty Dupe)
Essence from London
And the Unque Silver Dancers from London

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MC is Mr Dickson

 

What to Wear: Smart & Sexy

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Photography by Yours Truly. Yes me! And You’ll get them free of charge after the event.

 The event is proudly brought to you by:

NEW SKOOL ENTERTAINMENT
Nigeria’s #1 blog www.hypenaija.com)
Xtrakul Designs
The Nigerian Society University of Wolverhampton.

Please visit the Afro Hyper Night Facebook page for further details. 

Shakara go be!

I’ll definitely be there. Will you?