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5 Must-Have Beauty & Style Trends for 2014 by AwedbyMonica



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I know January is almost over but being my first post for the year 2014, I will start by saying Happy New Year and I hope you all entered the New Year right! With that said we need to make sure 2014 is a super stylish year as trends and must- haves are already rolling in. So to help you get into the stylish new year flow, here are some style tips to make sure this will be your most stylish year yet. Enjoy.

1. Getting Fit
Unlike most, I am not going to ask you to hit the gym and lose 50 pounds, instead I am going to encourage you to make realistic goals and make sure you buy the right pieces for your size. Don’t be fixated on the size tag on the garment you want to buy – not all designers use the same size chart, I can attest to this because my closet consist of sizes ranging from XXS  to L, depending on how I want an item to fit. Instead opt for pieces that “fit” you perfectly and are not under or over sized.Monica Etuk New Year Stylish You - BellaNaija - January 20140034

Also sizes that are too big do not hide your sins it only adds on more pounds so be careful of that.

2. Clothing Trends to Follow
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I think it is clear to say that the most popular fashion trend right now is the midi skirt. There are two characteristics of the skirt that make it a midi – the high waist and the hem-line. It can be fitted, flared or mermaid, as long as the skirt falls mid calf and the waist hits the natural waistline or above. We have seen the silhouette in a variety of fabrics and the skirt looks fabulous in almost every variation.

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3. Accessory Trends

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Statement pieces have reigned as the accessories to have for a while now. Although statement jewelry is still very popular, the key jewelry pieces to have this year are fine and dainty.

We have seen the likes of Beyoncé, the Kardashinas, and Kerry Washington etc all sporting this trend. The look is understated and gives off a sexy-sophisticated vibe making it a trend to replicate.

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4. Hair Trend

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I am a true weave fan. I love my weave long and natural, however I can guarantee that I will definitely explore with the ever popular shoulder length bob. The year is still quite new and many are trading in their long locks for a more sophisticated shoulder length hairstyle. The length is classic and yet on trend making it the perfect modern/classic look for 2014.

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5. Skin and Makeup Trends

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2014 is all about beautiful skin. Flawless skin is totally in and once your skin is flawless you have no need to  have overdone makeup. Key tools like Clarisonic will keep your skin exfoliated and feeling beautiful everyday. Microdermabrasion and skin peels are also key, however the most important factor is water – drink, drink and drink some more because water should be your skin’s best friend. Water is so good for you and will ultimately give you a glow you would want to keep.

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This is only the beginning lovelies. Stick to this page this year as we continue to explore all the necessary trends to have those that are yesterday’s news. Don’t forget to share what trends you are loving and will be trying this year to bring out your inner stylista.

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Monica is a fashion enthusiast who owns a fashion and style blog called, loves to inspire her followers on how to create effortlessly chic looks and has 15 years worth of fashion knowledge and experience from her work in the high-end fashion industry. For more information on her, visit her blog, email her at [email protected] or Like her onFacebook.


  1. Fashionista

    January 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Spot on about the midi skirt, especially the full style. Bang on trend and a lovely, feminine option too. Heading to ASOS now self to purchase one, been on my mind for a while.

  2. TruthBeTold

    January 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    There are some trendy fashion qui me dépasse oh… ehn I mean say ey pass me tire!
    You see this midi skirt… Dis one no enter body oh! Wuna carry go abegi.

    • jcsgrl

      January 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      ha ha ha ha…I thought I was the only one. I went and bought a few of these midi skirts (A-line) in different colors and my dear with stick like legs, lets just say I looked like a mannequin on a pole. I think I will stick to my knee high length skirts biko that way the full glory of my legs can show 🙂

    • Mademoiselle

      January 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Ahh ça donne! It’s just a matter of styling. That particular ensemble doesn’t do much for me though.

  3. Yours Truly

    January 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I just love the first outfit – thanks so very much for the tips

  4. Angel

    January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Oh yes, yes to the midi skirt trend, am sooooo in on this one cos am really getting sick of jeans, pants and so so

  5. Mariaah

    January 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    All hail the midi-skirt!! My sister and I love them and
    rock them all the time!! In fact, I am wearing one today.

  6. Beams

    January 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I can relate to the “water for healthy skin glow” tip, it works wonders

  7. no heart to hate

    January 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    i like

  8. Berry Dakara

    January 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Yes to everything!

  9. Berry Dakara

    January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Yes to everything!

  10. Omojeje

    January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Nice one funmi!

  11. Modella

    January 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Great tips


    January 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Midi skirts in Canada’s -30 wintery weather will not work . will def be rocking them in the summer

  13. Geebabe

    January 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    “I am a true weave fan. I love my weave long and natural” how can a weave be natural???


    January 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Nice one… I agree with the midi skirts too

  15. Nidia Marie Cruz

    January 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    The midi skirt! In tulle! So SJP! 🙂 love this and your tips. My other fave was getting fit- nothing looks or feels better on when you feel fit. Cheers to a fab 2014 🙂

  16. OmoMakun

    January 29, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Love the tips. But what does it mean for a weave to be “natural”, sorry I don’t understand that bit. And please all the #TeamWeave don’t come attacking cos its a simple and honest question

  17. Miss Mo

    January 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I think she means the weaves look natural as opposed to the 6 packs, fake looking average naija girl’s weave.

  18. Angry immigrant

    January 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    All these gals posing pictures of “trends” on Instagram must spend a fortune of “baffs”.

    They all keep trying to outdo one another! Talk about keeping up with the joneses.

  19. mama irekanmi

    January 30, 2014 at 12:56 am


  20. Doreen Asante

    January 30, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Great collection and fashion concepts. I follow and, these too are inspiring blogs. I definitely need all of these trends. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Uc

    January 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    mgbeke like me wetin i sabi for trend sef………….Lord help me dis year i need up my game osiso…lol

  22. rossy petite

    January 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Its all about skirts and dresses for me this year, plus I’m adding some flesh too just to look a little different. So thanks for all the tips

  23. Jose

    January 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I too love the midi skirt. However fear no let me wear one because of my big ass! Makes skirt look like a tent. I will stick to pencil skirts much more flattering for me.

  24. uju

    February 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    hehehe…..nice tips

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