Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nailed It!: 07- Lazy Hues

So my nails are growing back to long lengths.
What is it about the world's obsession with long/slender body parts anyways? Long nails, long legs, long nose, long neck...
Anywayz back to my nails. A few of the nails have chipped, but they all still look good collectively. I still can't tell if the calcium base coat I got is helping.
Lately I have been SO LAZY with my nails. I just can't be bothered right now. Hence my opting for what I tag the "lazy hues" for nail colour options. Easy to apply, and "chip-friendly" lol-you know how the lighter colours don't look too obvious when they are chipped as opposed to darker colours.

The pink one is a cheapie polish my friend gave to me. The other nude-looking one is from L.A Colours, in "Vibrant Violet". This polish was so long-lasting it was amazing.

So let's see how far along I can get my nails to this time. Click here for my post on how to get your nails long and strong.

xoxo

What are your fave nail polish tones? Dark tones or light, nude and pastel tones?

Friday, 29 August 2014

The REAL secret to Killer Abs!

Okay guys,

I have been slacking on fitness lately, hence the absence of fitness posts in recent times. As always, I get back on track, and I am at it again. This time I wanna have the perfect tummy, toned tush (oh yea mama!) and toned inner thighs. I have been doing strength training workouts and toning workouts for the body parts I just mentioned. This aspect of exercising is great, although it takes a longer time to see results, as opposed to just plain aerobics.
Anywho, I will get to me in another post, but I wanted to share this video with you. It's by Jayme Bales who lost a lot of weight years ago and is now helping others look fit. Now why I LOVE this YouTube video is because she hits the nail on the head. I have done a lot of research on how to lose tummy fat and I find her points to be spot on. I KNOW that if we follow all her 5 tips to getting great abs, we would get great abs eventually.

For the lazybones, or those who cannot watch the video on their phones, here is a summary of her 5 points (in my own words):

1. Reduce body-fat percentage: When you have more lean muscle, your abs will show. You do this by: NOT starving urself. Eat the right foods. You will look lean if you starve yourselves but tummy fat is stubborn, so you need a strategy to make the abs show.

2. Strength training!: Lift weights! Do body weight strength training! This strengthens your core and also displaces fat and redistributes the fat in your body to the right places. Women will not bulk up by lifting weights! So apart from aerobics, do strength training. In fact strength training helps you lose weight much faster-it really is amazing.

3. Abs are made in the kitchen: Eat right-work out healthy meals that will work for you- stick to a diet lifestyle that you can stick to forever. It's better this way even if it takes longer to get your results. Start small-reduce white sugar, white bread, vegetable oil and white rice. Eat more fruits and veggies, and work your way up from there at your pace.

4. Genetics: I personally took after my mum's issue with carrying weight on the mid-section and lower body. Some women carry weight on their upper bodies, the lucky ones only on their lower bodies. So genetics will play a role only in how soon your abs begin to show, not in whether they would show or not.

5. Time, patience and determination: Yes it takes a long time. You have to be CONSISTENT and PATIENT! If you fall off the track like I do, get right back on and CONTINUE.

Jayme ends her video by saying "You guys, go get you some abs".

So guys this is how we can ensure we look great even when we clock forty and have had 3 kids. It takes work but it's totally worth it. How it works is that if you can get to the point where you begin to see results, you will be motivated to keep at it to see even better results. So hang in there!

Personally, I surround myself with a lot of motivation: I follow fitness gurus on instagram, watch YouTube videos of workouts to see what I can adopt, and I motivate myself as well.
Soon I will do a post on a summary of my fitness inspirational materials but for now if you need me to share some stuff with you, let me know in the comments below!

Laterz
xoxo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Woman Crush List



This is actually an old performance (2008) by Sunni Patterson, a well known poet and speaker. Her poems are not the ordinary same old stuff. She speaks with passion and confidence, and to me, her poems are not mere poems. You need to listen to this one, "We know this place". The poem speaks of a world where there is no real care or love for the next person, so much pretense even from so-called men of God (she mentioned the priests who even molest the altar boys as an example) etc. But she always ends it all with a message of hope, a word of encouragement to keep fighting for what is right.
And that's why I have added Sunni Patterson to my Woman Crush List.
Oh and I love her nose piercing too haha. Still considering if I want to get one or not! What do you think?
And who are those in your Woman Crush List? For me...hmmm lemme see: (In no particular order), Beyonce: Because she is so strong, so disciplined, sexy, so talented. And all these "Beyonce church" jokes just get me cracking lol!
Queen Latifah: Because she is beautiful in her own skin, and because she was able to get out of the "thug life" and make a difference.
Jillian Michaels: Because her weight loss program helped me kickstart my weight loss journey last year. And because she adopted an African baby haha.
Chimamanda Adichie: This video (click here) sums up why I love her, plus I love all her books!
Lupita Nyong'o: She is just so different and likeable. (video)
Alek Wek: She is also just so different and likeable. And humanitarian too. (video)
Ellen Degeneres: Anyone who doesn't love this woman is a weirdo in my opinion.
Melissa McCarthy: Super-funny. My goodness! Her roles in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Identity Thief were priceless!
Kylie Minogue, J-Lo, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Madonna: J-Lo is my birthday twin haha, but other than that, these women have one thing in common- they look great at over forty!
Joyce Meyer: Great woman of God who had an extremely tough life as a young woman, was a victim of sexual abuse and is now touching lives worldwide.
Clockwise from top left: Kylie Minoque, Queen Latifah, Zooey Deschanel, Alek Wek



Clockwise from top left: Nikisha Brunson, Melissa McCarthy, Madonna, Lupita Nyong'o
Other women I adore are: Nikisha Brunson of urbanbushbabes.com. I am inspired by her life and  her blog posts and I just like her-particularly because she is a strong Christian! A hot, sexy, Christian.  Zooey Deschanel because she reminds me of me in a way- she is so playful and down-to-earth...., Wendy Nguyen because not only does she have great everyday style, particularly in her earlier Youtube videos, but she laughs a lot and is likeable, and as a foster kid, she turned out great! Sharon Osbourne because I like her views on many things. She just says it as it is!

I am sure there are several others but this is my list for now. Two other women crushes that are not on public media, but they do inspire me (I am not just saying this) are my elder sis-Kemi and then my mom! For the most part of my life, my dad and mum were separated (they reunited a few months before he passed on due to a stroke in 2011) and I was raised, along with my 3 sisters, solely by my mom. The strength and resilience she showed all these years amazes me. Products of broken homes are usually known to be wayward and ungrounded. Well when I look at my life and that of my other sisters, I know my mom did a fantastic job. Her outlook to life, her optimism, her caring spirit....my dad and mum were separated for longer than they were together, but still, when he eventually came around and got saved, and showed regret, she welcomed him with open arms.

And my sis, well she is just superhuman. From enduring the struggle of having very limited support all through university in the UK, to realizing she had gotten married to the wrong man, to going through the rigours of a divorce, making ends meet in a harsh world, finding love again...and still holding her head up to encourage us all. Yep they are definitely in my Woman Crush List!

I like the Proverbs 31:10-31 scripture because it makes me see how the Word of God encourages women to be whoever they want to be, and be exceptional. Even a stay-at-home mom is meant be an exceptional stay-at-home mum. I think God wants women to realize how special they are, and continually work at self-improvement and goal actualization. Not everyone will be famous, but we can make our own impact in whatever way we can.

So who are in your Woman Crush List?





Saturday, 23 August 2014

Managing "Bed Head"

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 Hey!
I was contacted by Lindsay of Casper (www.caspersleep.com), a company that designs and makes high quality mattresses and pillows, about joining their "Own your bed head" project where people share their tips on dealing with bed head. The thing is, bed head cannot be avoided, except you plan to sleep standing up! Bed head is an issue every lady experiences, whether you have straight hair, curly hair, bought hair, relaxed or natural hair. I think the issue is not the messy or tousled look we get when we wake up, (a slightly tousled look is actually deemed to sexy right?) it's actually the tangles, knots that come with it, and the extra time it takes to get rid of those tangles! So I decided to share a few tips to combat bed head. With these tips, you can save a lot of time, save a lot of your hair or your weave from shedding or breaking off, look presentable when you wake up, retain moisture, or rock wavy or curly hair for the day!
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 Tip 1- Wrapping your hair in satin or silk scarves or bonnets: This one is not news. There are even pre-made hooded bonnets available in stores-I bought one at Casabella Store. The silk/satin protects the hair, retains moisture, and prevents tangling. I never use those hair nets -you know the black ones that look like fishing nets- anymore. I don't even think ladies use it anymore or do they?

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My favourite method for tying my scarf is the one shown above. The scarf still protects the back of the head as well as the sides. I find my scarf to stay on longer when tied this way, plus it looks prettier in my opinion :)
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 Tip 2- Do your hair up: It's called the "pineapple method" in the natural hair community. I do this for my weaves as well. This method simply involves gathering ALL the hair up LOOSELY. It has to be loose so as to be comfy enough for the night and mostly so as not to mess up any curly styles. Also this method keeps the ends of the hair away since it's piled up on top of the head. It's always best to also tie a scarf around the lower region like the lady in the pic is doing.
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 Tip 3- Moisturize before hitting the sack: Even if it's just a few drops of oil or moisturizer, it's always a great idea to add some moisture to the hair before going to bed. This keeps it soft all night- and also is beneficial when you decide to do chunky twists or braid-outs at night, which brings us to the next tip.

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 Tip 4- Do chunky twists/braids/bantu knots: This is such a fave tip of mine for two reasons: It is, in my opinion, the most effective way to avoid tangles, knots and matted hair, and also, it gives you wavy hair if that's what you desire. Chunky twists are quick because they are chunky-trust me even only two twists or braid outs will make a difference! When you do any of the three options, you are stretching the hair, and sealing in moisture, and also protecting most of the hair and the ends. All you need to do is to (optional but recommended) moisturize the hair first, then comb or brush out, then do whatever style you choose. When you wake up, you can take your hair down to reveal loose waves too.

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 Tip 5- Wear a bun: You can just wear your hair up in a simple bun and call it a day. Just stay away from rubber bands or bands with metal strips.

In summary, I think that the first three tips when combined together will definitely greatly reduce knots and tangles, and help you look more presentable when you wake up. When I get married I wanna look alrigh' when the hubby wakes up and looks at me! Haha.

What do you do to prevent bed head?

Laterz
xoxo

PS: You can also check for awesome mattresses by Casper here.




Sunday, 17 August 2014

Review: Sleek Flash "a" Pout Lipstain in Naivety

 Hi!
Here's the last of my recent Sleek haul review- this one is the Sleek Flash "a" Pout Lipstain and the colour I chose was "Naivety". I had watched the review and video on Sisi Yemmie's blog and decided I just had to have the "Naivety" and the "Duke". The "Duke" is a lovely purple/plum colour and I have been ACHING to get me a lip colour that shade for so long! When I made the Sleek haul purchase, the "Duke" was already sold out (no surprise there huh). Now that I have tested and tried the "Naivety", I am not so sure I still want the "Duke" and I will tell you why soon.
That's the Duke on Yemmie. LOVE that colour!
 Packaging: As for packaging, it's OK, and it comes with a doe-foot applicator or wand. As can be seen, it has a cute little mirror on the side and the "peel off" sticker is just there to protect the glass before purchase. It comes in a glass tube so at least you get to monitor the product level at all times :)
How I use it: Because my lips are dark toned, it takes two coats to get that full coverage. I suppose if I find a matching lip liner, that would help things. I tried lining my lips with my red lip pencil but it made the lip stain look too red. The product says you should keep the lip moisturized before using it. Well let me tell you, your lips MUST be moisturized with something really slippery before you use this product. If not, it begins to dry out and flake out immediately!

What I think of the product itself: I have used this lip stain several times. I love the colour. I really do. However as mentioned earlier, you really need moisturized lips when using this product. Even then, it still has an annoying tendency to flake. This happened on my birthday dinner and I had to wipe everything off at the bathroom, and reapply. Because I don't carry vaseline or oil around, the application was not too successful. Durability is fair, but I feel that the best thing to do to enjoy the lip stain is to have a tube of vaseline around you at all times. Sounds like work but at least now you see why I may not repurchase this lip stain! Also, I feel like the product may dry out before it's used up.
Swatches in the pic above. Of course the lip stain is the first swatch from the top, without camera flash on the left. It claims to have LED lights...not sure what that means....glows in the dark?

Price: N1500.

Will I repurchase?: I don't think so. I know that if I shop around I would find something similar in colour and less cumbersome to apply. I expect that in colder regions it would be really dreadful. I could even layer red and pink lipstick to get something similar. I hear and have seen pics that prove that Mac Ruby Woo combined with Candy Yum Yum equals perfection.

Overall score: 6/10

That's me wearing it on my way out 2 Sundays ago. For more pics of me wearing this lip stain, check out my posts- Leo Baby and Sleek BB Cream review.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions on affordable lipsticks with similar colours to Naivety and Duke. Not sure I am ready to cough out N4000 on Mac lipsticks just yet. I know Wet n' Wild has a plum lipstick similar to Duke, that is so lovely and is called Sugar Plum. Been on the hunt for it for ages. #Le sigh.

Laterz,
xoxo

Friday, 15 August 2014

Hair Crush Features: Dephne Madyara

Hi guys, thank God it's Friday innit?! So let's get to business. This hot lady is Dephne Madyara, from Zimbabwe. Found her on YouTube and I was drooling for about 30 minutes at not just her face, or gorgeous hair, but her relationship with God. See you at the end of this interview- for now just delve in!

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Dephne Madyara, I'm Zimbabwean-born but living in the UK. I'm an author, fashion designer and vlogger.
Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I have been natural for 3 years 10 months to date. When I was in high school in Zimbabwe, we weren't allowed to put chemicals in our hair so I was natural for the most part of high school and then put a relaxer in my hair soon after. I began to experiment with relaxers and hair colour and as a result, this thinned and broke my hair. My hair was so damaged that it would literally fall off when combing it, I had split ends everywhere from the chemical and colour damage. Unlike nowadays where there are vast resources of information about caring for African /American hair, this was not the case 5/6 years ago so I didn't have a clue about managing my relaxed hair not to mention my natural hair.
My hair remained the same length for years, which was arm pit length, it just never grew longer than that.
I spontaneously decided one day in October 2010 to cut off all my hair till I was nearly bald. It looked really strange and I vowed to never go out looking like that so immediately I wore wigs as I grew out my natural hair. Only my family members and close friends saw my real hair. I planned to grow out my hair and then relax it on my wedding day as a symbol of our first kiss and becoming one. However I have now decided to remain natural because I don't want to go back to having damaged hair and relaxer re-touches.
What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?
I'm a 4C and have a bit of 4B in the front section/temples of my head. I'm in between products and at a stage where I'm discovering what really works for my hair and what doesn't. I've established that Pantene and VO5 products don't work for me and I'm currently in love with Shea Moisture products. I wash my hair once a week, then do african threading to stretch it out. Throughout the week I do twist outs and wear it out or simply tie it up in a classic Audrey hepburn kind of style. When I'm going somewhere fancy I stretch it out with no heat and do two twist out Bantu knots and wear it out.

Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
I believe the best way to retain length is to take care of your scalp, making sure your scalp is moisturized. You can do this by spraying water on your scalp before bed as oils may end up blocking your scalp from breathing. Also I believe oiling your ends with Shea butter or olive oil makes them stronger. Another way to retain length is by African threading your hair, this works best when you are wearing protective styles such as wigs. Also the African threading technique plays a big part in retaining length.
What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?
My family members were shocked and they would laugh at me (lol) coz it was a very different look, they were so used to seeing me with long hair up to my shoulders. Most people never knew anything because I always wore wigs with my own hair plaited inside and the wigs I wore looked very natural so most people were clueless. My family and best friend were very supportive thoughout my journey, especially my mum. She kept telling that I needed to thread my hair and always checked that I was taking care of it properly! Mums always know best hey...

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
I wear my hair mostly in up dos like Audrey Hepburn, I really like classic up dos or I wear it in twist outs when I go to work.
What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
The best thing about going natural is discovering the beauty of what God gave you, it's very personal and such a beautiful learning curve and it's worth not giving up because of society or expected standards. Also natural hair is very easy to maintain when the correct products are used. The only downside is using heat with caution. Otherwise, You don't have to worry about chemical damage and doing retouches and getting scalp burns. My encouragement is to be very patient and to have a distinct goal and plan when you begin your journey because you may face a few distractions that may sway you out of course. Whatever your hair type, it is beautiful!
 
Where can one find and follow u on the web?
I'm available on youtube, twitter and Instagram. You can connect with me via:-
My Website - www.dephnemadyara.com
My Instagram - https://instagram.com/dephnemadyara
My Twitter - https://twitter.com/dephnemadyara
My Blog - http://dephnevictorious.wordpress.com
Hope you enjoyed this feature guys! Dephne inspires me in SO many ways. She has Youtube videos on hair care and I have already practiced what I learnt from her video on African threading natural hair to stretch it. I have extracted two of her videos below. Dephne shows us that African 4C hair can grow to waist length! My stylist told me weeks ago that my natural hair could never grow that long and I just smiled. Told him to say that again three years from now!
Also Dephne periodically posts inspirational videos on the Word of God, addressing issues like relationships, sexual purity, patience, marriage, self worth etc. She also has written some awesome books that you can find more info on, on her blog!




Laterz!
xoxo

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

My fave series, plus check out SeriesCentre blog for great downloads!

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There aren’t so many TV series that I like A LOT- OK well I like quite a number: here’s my top 10 list:
1. Devious Maids

2. Frasier

3. Desperate Housewives

4. Parenthood

5. So you think you can dance

6. King of Queens

7. Big Bang Theory

8. Malcolm in the middle

9. Two and a half men

10. Prison Break

Devious Maids is my new found love. I love all that plotting, the secrets, the scandals, everything! Reminds me of Desperate Housewives- no surprise here as the two series have the same executive producer- Marc Cherry! Then Frasier is just soooo funny! The humour is just priceless and the script writer deserves an award in my opinion.

Parenthood….I like this series so much-which is interesting because I don’t usually go for anything drama. But this series is just so real and interesting and when Series Zone on DSTV stopped airing it, my heart broke! So You Think You Can Dance is another one I am in love with. I like talent shows but because I love music so much, and I like dance (though I am not much of a bootyshaker on the dance floor haha), this series is def one of my favourites. 

King of Queens is another funny one-not recent at all like Frasier, but still, I like almost all the episodes I have watched. And then Big Bang Theory- I mean who doesn’t find this show totally hilarious?

Malcolm In The Middle and Prison Break are not recent too but yeah I really liked those shows. I remember watching all episodes of Season One of Prison Break in just 2 days. Two and a Half Men is also so well-loved. I did watch 2 or 3 episodes of the recent one with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen- but I just feel Charlie Sheen made that show what it was- fabulous.
You are surprised that 24, Game of Thrones and Scandal are not on my list right? Well I just never had the chance to watch 24-very weird I know. I knew it was a fantastic series and I knew I was gonna have to sit down for weeks and months to have my fill and I just wasn’t ready to commit. For Game of Thrones, I did watch the whole of Season One with my sissy. We didn’t really like it. We wanted to, but we just couldn’t. And for Scandal, I will get to watching it. I cannot miss out on one of the most recently raved about shows at the moment. I have to check out Orange Is The New Black too. So either of the two may make its way into my Top Ten list.

So I recently made a new friend, who told me she runs a blog dedicated to movies and series downloads. On her blog, you can find many great movies and series, all in one place, easy to download, not too heavy in size, and most of all, of great audiovisual quality. She has trailers, movie news, show times, personal reviews etc on her blog. Check it out at www.seriescentre.blogspot.com and let me know what you think! 

So what are your favourite series?

Laterz
xoxo

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Beauty Africa Exhibition



Check this out guys:

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conferences
The region’s largest event dedicated to beauty and wellness

Beauty Africa Exhibition & Conferences will be held at the Eko International Convention & Exhibition Center on 7-9 October 2014; the event will provide a platform for companies to interact with beauty professionals as well as industry leading dealers and distributors. It will be a unique event providing a mix of business networking and trade opportunities along with high quality workshops designed to assist in building the African capacity in the sector, as well as demonstrating how to take the marketing of consumer brands to new levels.
Beauty Africa will offer 3 action packed days of workshops, live demonstrations and hands on training led by some of the biggest names in the beauty, cosmetics, hair, spa and wellness such as:  
-          Khuraira Musa
-          Tara Fela-Durotoye
-          Teniolami Adejuwon
-          Eryca Freemantle
-          Lola Maja-Okojevoh
-          Funmi Odegbami
-          Fatmi Mamza
-          Mimi Marwa
and many more.
Registration is now open and its FREE to attend with limited spaces.

Visit http://www.beautyafricaexhibition.com for more details. 



I think I will go for this event. Apparently Bnatural Medspa (where I go for facials) is one of the platinum sponsors for this event so that's a good thing. Popular bloggers like BeautyinLagos, The Fashion Engineer, Trendy Rammy etc will also be involved.

Laterz!
xoxo

Friday, 8 August 2014

"A minute with the mad man"- a short film. Please vote!

If you read my "Looks Like Lagos..." post you would know how I feel about Lagos, the hustling spirit of Lagos citizens and their need to do what must be done to make ends meet.

My post today is showcasing a very talented young man, a close friend and confidante, who is also a film maker. His name is Obinna Okerekeocha, and he has made a good number of short films about the Lagos hustle, environmental issues, sports, inspiration etc.

Here are a few of his films:
My fave is "A Tale of Toil" and "Go Super Eagles".



Take a moment to check the short films out will you? You can also view more videos from Obinna from Youtube and you could subscribe if you like. (Click here)

Finally, pleeeaaassse vote for Obinna so he can win a film makers competition, where film makers submit film ideas and the winner gets sponsorship! Obinna's story is titled "A Minute With The Mad Man" which basically was written to shed light on the horrific acts of terrorism displayed by Islamic extremists in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

Please vote not only because Fola asked you to, but also vote because you believe the TERRORISM MUST STOP! #bringbackourgirls  is gradually becoming forgotten. We can do our own little part by helping to support Obinna so that he makes this film, (which is actually an expose) a reality.

Here is the link: https://www.themusicbed.com/projectfilmsupply/stories/a-minute-with-the-mad-man
Details required: Your name and email address.

You can read more about the story from that link.

Laterz!
xoxo
#bringbackourgirls


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

3-Hit Style Combo: Portia-Te'Rea-Busola!

Hi!
I am bringing to you another 3-hit style combo feature post today! I really enjoy compiling pics and editing posts like these-I think the only "meh" part to it is when I have to wait for my fashionistas to send me their answers! But when it's all put together, it's totally worth it.
I have right here three fabulous divas: Portia, Te'Rea and Busola. Below is a short bio on each of them, so please check it out, and afterwards, I will show you the real fun stuff....

PORTIA

Hi darlings!
My name's Nwaokonko Portia, fashion and personal style blogger at JustPorsh , a graduate of Law with an obsession with fashion.

Tell us a bit about your blog.
Well, I started my blog as an escape from boredom but its grown into one of my greatest passions. My blog's about my personal style, and other things I love about fashion.

What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
Shoes! Shoes!! Shoes!!! Shoes!!!! Shoes!!!!! Lol
Well, basically, I love everything about fashion. I don't have a particular description of my personal style cos I try different things everyday. I'm still evolving. But I think I have gotten to a point where I'm comfortable with the way I dress. I'm not trying to be like someone else, just getting better at being me.
Ok, 5 items.... lets see. Shoes, Pencil Skirts, Maxis, Simple Jewellery, White tops...

Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style.
1. Stay true to who you really are. Find out what works for you and stick to it.
2. Less is more!

Where can one find or follow you on the web?
Facebook- http://facebook.com/justporsh
Blog - http://justporsh.com
Instagram - @JustPorsh
Twitter - @justporshh


TE'REA
My name is Te'Rea and I am a Revenue Auditor.

Tell us a bit about your blog.
My blog is about style and beauty and showcasing how ladies can be stylish without breaking the bank.

What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
My personal style is simple, yet chic. Whether it is clothes, shoes, or accessories, I choose an item and center my outfit around that.

Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style.
1. Know what looks good on you,
2. Don't be afraid to try different looks as long as it flatters you.

Where can one find or follow you on the web? 
chic-n-everything.blogspot.com


BUSOLA
www.thefashionstirfry.com
My name is Busola Coutts. I am a mom and a wife with a major in Business Administration. I am originally from Nigeria but I reside in Toronto, Canada.

Please tell us a bit about your blog 
 My blog is primarily about fashion. It features a lot of my personal style, but I also write about beauty and some daily inspirations.

What are 5 fashion items that describe your style? 
I really don't think I can define my personal style. I would say it varies from preppy, boho, to edgy and sweet. I am that girl you would find in thigh high boots one day and the next, I am wearing ballet flats.

Please share 2 or 3 style tips that can help people improve their style 
I am by no means an expert but i would suggest:
a. Never shy away from knowing your body type- Wear what fits and compliments you.
b. If an outfit doesn't make you feel confident then ditch it. Confidence is beauty.
c. Adding a little bit of color, prints or statement piece to an outfit every now and then doesn't hurt.

Where can one find or follow you on the web?
 I am on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin and Instagram  . The link to my blog is www.thefashionstirfry.com

PORTIA'S, TE'REA'S & BUSOLA'S STYLE
Colour-block:
 Playing with colours just lifts the spirits, in my opinion. I feel particularly happier when I am dressed in bright colours. However one has to know how to rock the colour-block look and know how to create a balance. Portia's look has a muted feel because of the pale yellow top. Te'Rea's coral skirt and blue top creates a beautiful contrast, and Busola wears a bright yellow coat over mint green pants, but the black and white top tones it all down. All three ladies wore neutral-coloured shoes.

 Denim:
 The little details are what make these three looks stand out, despite the fact that it's casual denim. Portia decides to add a blazer over the cropped top to make the jeans look more exciting, Te'Rea adds a neck scarf over her denim jacket, and Busola wears a denim dress over a denim mini skirt. 

 Corporate:
If you find wearing a white shirt and black pants or a black skirt to work boring, or too lawyer-ish, you may want to consider wearing a statement necklace and a bag with metallic details like Te'Rea did here. Busola added a casual feel to her look by rolling up the blazer sleeves to reveal the top's sleeves underneath. And Portia wears a fitting leopard skin fitted skirt suit. The length of the skirt makes it appropriate for work or church, and those pink shoes just made the whole outfit pop!

Leather:
I see a lot of fitted leather skirts, but I really like Busola's leather skater skirt- it is so lovely. Or why not wear a leather top like Portia did? In this part of the world, I noticed that people shy away from leather, because of the heat. But single leather pieces are very OK, and even if you live in the colder regions like Te'Rea, you could spice up that leather jacket with a bright neck scarf.

Stripes:
 In my last 3-Hit Style combo post I mentioned how I noticed some people hardly wear stripes because they just don't know how to style it. Well, you could add a coloured blazer like Te'Rea did with her palazzo jumpsuit, or go all colourful like Busola. Also you could team up stripes that run in different directions like Portia.

Monochrome:
 The monochrome look has a classy feel to it-you don't always have to split your torso from your lower body by wearing different colours. Either match your top to your pants or skirt, or wear a plain jumpsuit, or even wear a plain-white dress. Yes, I think Portia's dress is so bold and lovely. I think the silver detail at the top makes it pretty. You could wear shoes to contrast the look or even wear shoes the same colour as your outfit.

 All-black:
 I really like Te'Rea's look here. That white strip of course gives the whole thing an edge. Busola adds a leather jacket creating both a layered and textured effect, wearing bright shoes, and Portia has on a sexy bodice underneath her overall skirt.

 Native/tribal:
Not everyone owns the African ankara or batik fabric, but I realized that aztec prints are also very tribal. Busola combines it all to create a mixed prints look, which is in vogue at the moment. Te'Rea wears an aztec print skirt under black, and Portia's combo is an interesting mixture of checkered fabric tied into a knot, a lacy top and our very own Nigerian headgear.


So you have to give it to these ladies-they can dress up!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know which looks you really liked in your comments below!

xoxo