Hiya ABYers! If you’ve been a frequent flyer with us, you’ll notice I’ve been introducing new segments and features. Last week I served you with Throwback Thursdays and Selfie Fridays. And judging from my stat-o-metre, y’all digged it. Thanks a bunch!
I’m taking off this week with yet another newbie. More of a reintroduction. I used to do a lot of ‘What To Wear’ & ‘How To Wear’ and I’ve just neglected them for some reason. I’m bringing back this feature because not only does it inspire when I’m stuck for what to wear but it’s also a way of responding to a few outfit emails and request I get. Okey dokey.
PS: Do you have any events you’d like me to create looks for? Hit my email at email@example.com.
Let’s begin with ‘What To Wear To A Wedding. ‘ This is a popular one. Many people get invites to wedding events and are not very sure on what outfit to put together. Here’s four outfit ideas that will make you stand out.
Bold ‘n Bright: This look is bold, sassy, exciting and colourful. Opt for a sunflower yellow dress and set it off with a pair of sexy strappy blue leather sandals. Keep the bright colour theme going with a muted berry for both lips and nails. Accessorize with a clutch of your choice but I like the way this satin bow clutch sits nicely on this ensemble.
Mink Monotone: Make a statement by keeping it simple in an all mink/cream ensemble. This collection is so Kerry Washington. I see her (or her stylist) putting this together. The Valentino Rock Stud Pumps are my favourite shoes at the moment so I couldn’t resist using them on this collage. All in all, this look is minimal yet very sophisticated especially for those fashion lovers who like to keep it simple.
Pants (In Charge):This look is very versatile because I can see myself wearing this to so many different events. Everyone will be wearing a dress to the wedding but why should you? Opt for well-tailored trousers paired with a plaid peplum top. There’s no slouching with this one love. Stand straight and be in charge in a pair of popping purple court shoes and a classic leather bag. Finish with vampy makeup and a manicure. Add a pair of dark sunnies for good measure (not pictured). I’ve also added in apair of comfy flats for when you need a break from those killer Casadei’s.
Classic Print: Wear a classic print dress and add a belt to cinch in the waist. This dress is already a little formal so I’ve added character to this look with Mustard Yellow Satin Heels from Zara. Keep hair and makeup soft, simple and girl. And off you go!
So the MTV Video Music Awards went down last night…and I slept through it. But you must understand, I tried. I tried to stay up for programming but time difference is a bastard. While it was only a good ol’ Sunday in America, airtime for us here the UK was at ungodly hour:( Well, thank God for catch up TV. I hear there’s a lot of bits that made moms cringe. Like this bit-
But let’s just get into the fashion first shall we?Ciara turned it up with rapper boyfriend Future. She donned an ethereal feathery sheer Givenchy nude number. Divine. She kept her makeup and footwear in the same flesh tone hue.
Selena Gomez slayed in a Versace creation. Her dress boasts a lingerie bustier and thigh-high slit. Yasss! This is how sexy elegance is done.Katy Perryshowed off leg in an Emmanuel Ungaro leopard print dress with butterfly embellishments around her decolletage. She pulled this look off well I must say.Rita Orastole the night as she channeled Beyonce best look of the night as she strutted the red carpet in this Alexandre Vauthier dress. The thigh-high slit feature of the dress gave us a peak at her toned legs. I love her haircut. And who else is loving her face without that signature red lip?! She looks fabulous. Best she’s looked in a while really. Go Rita:)
Taylor Swift totally, like totally, looked different in a navy bandage dress. She went for retro Hollywood glam with her hair. She looked demure.
Miley Cyrusand her tongue were at the event in full flesh. She was clad in a Dolce and Gabbana off-the-shoulder crop-top and high-waist leggings embellished with colorful gemstones. She gave to her look with double mini-buns and Giuseppe Zanotti peeptoes.Rihanna came in through the back door in her jeans and a t-shirt. Her face looked beat as always. She added a grill for good measure.
Jennifer Hudson looked nice in a leather hounds tooth dress and Christian Louboutin pigalle court shoes. Great and chic look overall.
Ariana Grande was cute as button in a floral dress and white heels. Adorbs!
Rocsi Diazopted for a colourful strapless Pia Pauro dress. I love everything except that hair.Danity Kane repped in black and white outfits.Paula Patton and her honey Robin Thicke looked gorgeous together. Paula was in a spicy Lever thigh-high slit dress while hubby Robin looked polished as per usual in a suit.
Miss new booty Iggy Azalea showed of her curves in a golden Emilio Pucci dress. Work!
Supermodel Coco Rochadebuted a new short ‘do on the red carpet. She was true to her rockstar personality in a biker jacket and cigarette denims. Werk that face Coco!
The Smiths kept it playful.
How cute is Willow in her funky overalls?
Lady Gaga held her ponytail in her hands in a black Prabal Gurung dress.
As for her performance outfit, it was just another day in the life of a Gaga lady…
Ellie Goulding was elegantly lethal in spikes and tousled hair.
Jordin Sparks and her boo Jason Derulo were also in tow. Jordin showed of her hard-earned bod in a white crop top and zippered skirt in white. She accessorized with barely there sandals. Love the look but it looks slightly uncomfy around the waist. Jason Derulo looked nice.
Carly Aquilino was in a white peplum dress.
Model Erin Wassonwas in sheer mode.
Lil Kim stayed true to herself.
TLC’s T-Boz and Chilli in all black.
Rapper Asap Rocky kissed his model girlfriend Chanel Iman on the red carpet.
Naya Rivera and boyfriend Big Sean coordinated in black.
Joan Smalls was another favourite of mine in a gladiator heels and a white dress.
Macklemore and Mike Will Made It.Love Macklemore’s mint suit.
2 Chainz wore a complete Versace ensemble.
A Peak Inside…
Your thoughts on the looks at the 2013 MTV VMA Awards?
Rita Ora stays winning for me. I also love Coco Rocha and Selena Gomez.
Who had your favourite look? Who was underwhelming?
I like to treat my ABY readers and what better time for a well-deserved treat than on a Friday?! After a long and gruelling week of hard work, late nights and early mornings here’s something to make you smile. On Camer Spotlight this week is edgy Cameroonian model Miss Geli Forlefac. I shot a few quirky questions at the Grace-Jones-type-fierce model and here are the fun replies she had for me:
ABY: Let’s get the basic introductions in. Who’s Geli? Well, first off, my family is straight from Cameroon. I was born in the States with the rest of my siblings and I guess that’s what they call first generation. I grew up in Maryland right outside of D.C around Silver Spring and Bethesda. I went to Bethesda Chevy Chase High school. I’m currently not enrolled in University.
ABY: What are some of your main interests and hobbies? My hobbies would include dancing, reading poetry, arts and crafts and especially people watching. It sounds creepy but I’m not a stalker or anything. I’ve just always been interested in peoples lives and what they do and who they are. I sort of kind of make up stories about people I see. I just think people are extremely interesting: how they dress, their mannerisms and what they do.
ABY: OMG you’re Huck from Scandal…! Lol. First off tell us how you were “discovered” and how your modelling career all started? I wasn’t discovered at all. I packed up my things and kind of ran off to NYC. I didn’t tell my parents my plan and didn’t know a single soul in NYC or much about modelling then. I just knew NYC was the place to be. So I moved on my own and it has definitely been an interesting couple of years.
ABY: Such guts! And it’s paid off for you. Do you have any hidden talents? Umm…I’m not really sure, you would have to ask my friends. I think I’m a pretty boring person.
ABY: Girl are you sure? Ok. What has been your favourite shoot or picture till date? My favourite shoot would be shooting for FashizBlack Magazine when they first started. The stylist ( Joy Adaeze ) and photographer ( MG Oania)were phenomenal to work with and FashizBlack has been growing into an awesome magazine so I’m definitely happy I got to be a part of that. My favourite photo is one a friend of mine at the time took. He is also a photographer. but its not a picture I keep in my portfolio. Its just a candid moment of me smiling that I’ve always really loved.
ABY: Are you currently working on any projects? What should we expect? I am, but I don’t wanna jinx it! It involves my hobbies, that’s my hint.
ABY: oooh, a bit of suspense. I can’t wait! Give us 3 facts about you people may not know…
1. I’m a twin
2. I played the Cello for about 8 years
3. I’m the best at giving advice and fixing problems
ABY: Wow, a twin! I never would’ve guessed. If you weren’t modelling what would you see yourself doing? I have absolutely no idea. I ask myself this all the time! Ha, I guess I’m still working on that one.
ABY: You have a great look and an amazing body! Pray tell, how do you stay fit? -I honestly wouldn’t have this body if it weren’t for my trainer Kali O’Mard. I love him, he’s the best. He taught me how to eat right and everything I need to know about my body to stay at my targeted weight the healthy way. With modelling its like you’re never skinny enough.
ABY: Who is your favourite A. Cameroonian model B. international model? There really aren’t many Cameroonian models out there so the options are limited but I definitely like Naoumie Ekiko. She’s great! There are too many amazing models out there but I have to say I’ve always been the biggest fan of Daria Werbowy and Liya Kebede.
ABY: Top picks. I’m a fan of Naoumie and Liya myself. How would you define your personal style? I’m lazy when it comes to style,I want to be comfortable. I don’t think I have “style” at all I just wear what I feel like, lol. If I had to describe it or define my day to day style, I would say its minimal and a bit boyish and natural. I love a good T-shirt with some stupid doodle on it and ripped jeans. I do like to get dolled up for special occasions though and will get a bit girly.
ABY: Who are some of your favourite designers? Where do you usually shop? I don’t have any store I usually shop at. I shop every and anywhere. I get my basics from H&M and ZARAof course. I like to go to the vintage shops around the city and in BK too. I always like to have items that no one else has. My favourite designer is Marc Jacobs.
ABY: What are your 5 fashion must haves?
-Ripped Jeans or any pair of jeans that make you look your skinniest
ABY: Tell us your most rewarding experience as a model. Seeing my work floating around the internet and getting praise for it. I had a girl call me her “role model”. I was like me? No! and also being asked for an interview! Very shocking but kind of awesome.
ABY: I religiously watch…. How I Met Your Mother.
ABY: When I’m away from home, I just can’t wait to get back so I can…. Eat my mom’s food!
ABY: A night out is incomplete without…. Good friends and good wine
ABY: People have mistaken me for… Just other models around the city.
ABY: Most people are surprised when I tell them I can …. Twerk! I’m kidding, ha! I have no surprises.
ABY: Hahaha. This could honestly go on forever. LOL! You are such an inspirational beauty to many Cameroonians. What is the most important piece of advice you can give to anyone looking to get into modelling? Its a very tough industry and you have to make sure 100% its what you want to do. Not everyone is discovered and made into a supermodel overnight so you have to work hard at it.You’ll be told you’re not skinny enough, or tall enough, and just turned down a lot. It can be hard on you so don’t take everything so personal. Most importantly I would say be realistic, do your research and believe in yourself.
ABY: Precious piece of advice. Where can we ‘catch’ you and see more of you work?
Happy Friday loves! Who’s looking forward to the long weekend? yep, it’s a bank holiday kinda weekend. Whoop, whoop! We’re ending this week with yet another Instagram inspired trend: Selfies. A selfie is a picture of yourself taken by yourself. They have been every girl’s obsession in the past few months or so. Raise your hands of you haven’t seen people on the bus, train, streets, office, public toilets with phones held out on stretched out arms and pouted lips posing for that all important selfie. No hands…? i thought as much.
Well, our faithful celebs love their selfies too. Here’s the first of many selfie collections to be featured on ABY’s new weekly regular Selfie Fridays.
Let’s get started:
Love & basketball star Sanaa Lathan served one of my favourite selfies this week with vivacious violet lips. Her hair and makeup are beat to high heaven. Yasss!
Keke Palmer served bright red-orange lips and wavy ombre hair in this selfie.
Ciara ditched the blonde highlights for an all natural and bare-faced look which highlighted her awesome bone structure. Werk those cheek bones ma’am!
Letoya ‘Always-Looking-Good’ Luckett gave us side swept fierceness and one smoky eye in this selfie.
Miss Kelly Rowland let her stud do the talking in this profile selfie. While you’re at it, check out that makeup.
Nollywood’s bad gal, Tonto Dikeh aka Tontolet, has switched her hairstyle yet again. This time she favours box braids and one hell of a cat’s eye. I love!
Jessie J’s hair is growing out really fast! i wonder if castor oil is at play here…Anyways, she gave us a naughty pout and that rocker chic attitude we all love about her.
Nollywood A-Lister, Rita Dominic served a ‘fine-girl-no-pimple’ worthy selfie this week. Loving that lip colour. She’s the queen of big curly weaves. i wonder if she’ll ever spill her source…Been looking for the right one so bad.
Ludacris’s girl, Eudoxiewas her beautiful self in this snapshot.
The queen of all things cut-out and bodycon, Emily B, represented in a leopard skirt and frill top. I spy some nice nail polish. I also want those sunnies 🙂
Nigerian vlogger and media personality, Toke Makinwadished out yet another lovely selfie of herself. I like the new hair Toke. Keep it:)
One of Ghana’s sexiest and curviest, Juliet Ibrahim dished out this prim selfie of herself. This another of my favourites this week. She hinted that she looked like someone in this picture. Who do you think it is?
Brandy loves her braids. She’s rocking new yarn braids in this earlybird-themed selfie. Cute!
Adrienne Bailonstays slaying. She said this was one of her more ladylike looks and I agree. She gave us a close-up of her maquillage: smoky eyes meets nude lips meets honey wavy bob meets a pout – you can never go wrong with that combo.
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Who had your favourite selfie this week? I love Sanaa and juliet Ibrahim.
Throwback Thursdays has become quite the trend since the take of Instagram. So I thought, I might as well make it a regular feature on ABY. i do love these throwback pictures. And isn’t it funny that a snapshot which was D.O.P.E only a few years ago just makes you keel over with laughter today? We all have tonnes of Throwback Thursday-worthy pictures. These are the few I’ll begin with:
Nollywood actress Chika Ike was quite the poser back in the day. check out the snapshot of her taking that phone call. Classic pose back then. I think I have a similarly embarrassing flick.
Oh gosh this picture of Snoop Lion (then Snoop Doggy Dogg) and Britney Spears had me ROTFL. britney’s style has definitely evolved since then. Snoop Lion on the other hand has had more name changes than style evolution.
Ciaragraduated and went on to be one of the best female dancers in the music industry. She also has one of the best bods, and is an absolute style queen.
Hiya precious ABYers! What have you been up to? How about we add some extra spice to your afternoon with this scintillating Style Diary from the one and only Skinny Bish, Miss Brenda Chuinkam. If like me, you’ve been following Brenda via her social media updates, then you would know she’s a top fashion force to be reckoned with. Repping #Team237 and all the Skinny Bishes, I present Brenda.
ABY: Who is Brenda?
My name is Brenda and I was born in Gabon but partly raised in New York and a Cameroonian citizen who currently resides in Toronto. I am a Technical Advisor for Sony Canada who loves dressing up and going for events.
ABY: How would you describe your style?
I would say my style is more or less curves and colours meet print. I love bright colours and lots of print-especially Ankara. I have just started into getting into the habit of wearing thrifted/vintage pieces with modern trends and I’m loving it so far – my wallet is loving it as well,lol. I generally do not wear items above $60 because I know my limit but I do make occasional exceptions mostly for bags and ballroom/birthday/big event dresses. I love my dresses!
ABY: which designers speak to you the most?
Hands down “Andrea Iyamah” speaks to me the most! Haha. I have been a fan since Day 1 and I’m so proud to know the designer personally and see how far she’s come. She knows that I must own a piece from every single one of her collections and was even kind enough to send some pieces as a gift! Another designer whose stuff I love is Design of a Diaspora– modern day Ankara outfits at affordable prices. There is also of course Zeena Kay.
In terms of widespread designers-I love (but cannot yet afford) Rachel Zoe, DKNY, Chanel, Ellie Saab, Duaba Serwa, Herve Leger, Balmain and Vera Wang.
ABY: Spill on your beauty secrets. Top 5.
My Top 5 beauty secrets would probably be:
a) Drink lots of water and randomly suck in your stomach in-between workouts; it creates more resistance.
b) Do lots of squats-it really defines your bum.
c) Never go to bed with make up on. Especially if you have oily skin.
d) Watch something funny everyday – it keeps a smile on your face and makes you more approachable.
e) Use Mary Kaycleanser and moisturizer-haha ok it doesn’t have to be Mary Kay but find what works for you and use regularly.
ABY: Your favourite makeup brands would be…
I used to be obsessed with Mac- I still am slightly but I run away from their foundation because it always makes e break out. I use Mary Kay when it comes to foundation and then Mac brow pencil, lipstick, liner etc.I use a lot of drugstore make up as well such as Revlon eye pencil and L’oreal mascara and of course my Quo lashes! I am no make up guru, my make up routine for work is very simple-eye liner and brow liner. that’s it. When I go for events, then I like to slap on some lashes and lipstick and foundation etc.
ABY: What fragrance are you obsessed with at the moment?
I am not a huge fragrance person so most of the times if I’m wearing a fragrance, I stole it from my mom. She has all the classics- Channel No.5, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Princess by Vera Wang and Opium by Yves St Laurent. I also like Heat by Beyonce, Chloe by Marc Jacobs, Obsessed by Calvin Klein and Fantasy by Britney Spears. I barely spray them on unfortunately, partly because there is a “No fragrance” policy at work!
ABY: Sad face to the ‘no fragrance’ policy:( Well, if you could trade places with anyone who would it be and why?
7) If I could trade places with anyone for a week it would have to be Chloe Green, the daughter of multi billionaire and owner of Topshop, Phillip Green. I wouldn’t want to be a celebrity because everyone would be in my face. I would just take $1billion of her money and then come back to my life and lead a relatively normal life while getting anything I wanted, and helping my family and friends, haha!
ABY: Haha, great strategy there! What’s your favourite music track now?
Right now I’m loving Mirrors by Justin Timberlake, Liquor store blues by Bruno Mars, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Antenna by Fuse, Shake by Flavour (I listen to it everyday on my way to work), Appelles-moi Princesse by Grace Decca, Next to me by Emeli Sande and Fu-gee-la by The Fugees.
ABY: Wow, quite the playlist. (opens new YouTube tab…). what’s your favourite trend now?
I’m loving the Monochrome, all-white and print mixing trends– I feel like they’re timeless and can work for anyone if done right.
ABY: Your ultimate fashion no-nos…
My fashion no-nos are few because let’s face it, if you don’t take risks you never know what may become. You will however never see me wearing leggings, a crop top and ugg boots or see-through tights and a sweater…another no-no of mine: a cute mini dress with boots that cut off my ankles because my legs are too short and thick for that.
ABY: If your life was a movie what would be its title and who would play you?
Haha, if my life were a movie it would be called “Seeking My Ultimate Purpose” and I’m not sure who would play me…maybe an unknown actress …or maybe Anika Noni Rose!
ABY: Top 5 wardrobe must-haves are…
Top 5 wardrobe must haves:Fitted blazer, black pumps, brightly-colored dress, Classic tote and Little black dress.
ABY: If your house were to go up in flames what items would you save from your closet?
I would try to save all my dresses if my house went up in flames AND I wasn’t just standing there hopeless and crying (which is what I think I would do instead). I I had to pick just ONE item though, it would be my Zara hand bag because it has all my IDs, credit/debit cards and important info all at once…
‘Dating for 11years????????? Key holder things, she wants him by all means for her to hangon, Maje please wife her now, you have been getting free milk for 11years, dont you want the cow?…[sic]’
‘Walahi she tried. Dating a guy for 11year? That’s equivalent as getting married now! And still now, no child(ren), cos the guy would hv stopped using condom now. Not even an engagement ring on that finger? She tried oo. So the guy has been enjoying free food for the past 11yrs??? Like seriously? It still baffles me though. No hard feelings trust me but omotoke, u tried..[sic]’
‘Maje please wife that babe, she has tried…’
How could they have dating for 11 years? Will he ever marry her? Has she not been dropping any hints or what?
My question is, when does dating become too long? After 7 years, 9 years, 15 years?
What is the average time for two people to be together in a relationship before they the guy decides to take things further. Some people in similar situations have become experts at the art of hint-dropping and begged their boyfriends to tie the knot to no avail.
But then again, I’ve seen genuinely happy couples who just don’t believe in matrimony. It’s all a farce to them. For some people, marriage and and all the legal nonentities that come with it ruin and jinx an already happy and joyous union.
What most girls dread in such situations is a guy who will walk away after 13 years worth of memories, trust, planning, overcoming, laughter, tears, nicknames, arguments…(insert applicable experience) and marry another girl he’s only been with for a year or so. #thunderfire!
This is defintely not true for everyone. Quite a lot of guys who date a girl for a very long period do not have plans of taking off. It could be one of many things stopping him from taking things to the next level. Financial reasons, marriage phobia (this fear is real y’all), midlife crisis etc. But if your man starts looking like this
every time you mention a possible future together, then by all means, do a Usain Bolt.
If 15 years is too long, when is the ideal time for a guy to make that knee drop and pop out that long-awaited diamond?
Personally, even though I support happy (key word there is HAPPY) couples in their long-term-next-to-infinity relationships, I just prefer to see growth and evolution in any union I get involved in. Even if we are not getting hitched anytime soon, we should at least have future ‘settling’ plans in the works.
Which umbrella do you fall under? Do you think you can be with someone for as long as a decade without a legally binding contract keeping you together?
Come to think of it, for some people it only takes them a few months to get to know each other, fall head over heels in love with them and next thing you know, they’re tying the knot. Some of our great grand parents dated their partners for decades before tying the knot; some of them never even tie the knot yet they live together till death does them apart. So all this fuss about numbers and wasted years, are girls just being paranoid? Does it really matter if, or more importantly WHEN he puts a ring on it?
Please tell me oh. Let me know when to start giving my man the side-eye…
If this is your face every time you hear, ‘Babes come to bed,’Then there is definitely a problem you haven’t addressed yet. Hopefully this discussion topic isn’t one of them!
Hey divas and gents! It’s Monday again. Time to drop those bottles and glasses and pick up your pens and agendas. What’s on your schedule this week? Oh, I’ve got loads on mine. There’s work stuff, blog duty, not to talk of the many functions I’ve got coming up. Oh and did I mention moving house? My list is usually ongoing but let’s not let that get in the way.
Yesterday, I decided to don a casual ‘fit for an evening meal out with the sugar in my brew. I’ve done the ultimate double denim dare before in one of my OOTD before. Only this time I ditched the heels for a comfy pair of suede flats and flounced up my transitioning hair with an African print hair band. Also these are Zara washed blue jeans with zips on the side and not distressed like the previous pair.
Yesterday felt like a cool and perfect day to just be laid back and enjoy a good walk in the sun. I accessorized with my favourite go-to pink flats and an ankara print headband.
Am in the middle of a transition which makes my hair a challenge to manage. I haven’t had a flat iron to it in a while now and that is the best decision ever.Loving my wash ‘n go routine. So liberating. Don’t have to worry about flat hair days anymore. The only thing I need right now moisture and softness, Can someone please give me ideas on how to retain that? 😦 As much as I loving these bendy rollers-achieved curls, I’ll have to put submit my ‘fro to some protective stylin’ sooner or later given the impending autumn season. I am no make up guru but with the help of amazing makeup tutorials bysome of my favourite MUA I managed to dab on some Mac Rebel lipstick which is my new favourite.
What do you think about this look? When did I wear it better? Casual denim or dressy?