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#BellaStylista: Issue 17 | Life In Pantone Colours
#BellaStylista is a new BellaNaija Style series for fashionistas who kill it every day! For work or play, this list is to inspire you as we celebrate those who inspire us with their sense of style. We’ll be sharing the top trends, fabulous street style looks and our fashion highlights for each week.
Vanessa Banigo Be Your Own #WCW | Seize your “New Day”
I hate to tell you ladies that if you are going to be your own woman crush, you’re going to have to do more than workout and eat well, you’re going to have to be your own defender, pioneer, and pin-up girl. You’ll need courage, self-belief and a Teflon attitude because as a woman spreads her wings, there are many people waiting to clip them.
This is a time globally where many women are standing up for sexual harassment and discrimination. Read Ireti Bakare’s excellent BellaNaija article saying it’s time for Nigerian women to stand here.
Unfortunately, discrimination can even occur during a simple workout as I recently found when trying out Fitness Central gym in Lekki, Lagos. In the words of Lasisi Elenu “Sometin jus happen right now!” I was enjoying working out there when Patience, a trainer, interrupted me to say my gym attire was too revealing (see pic below).
I was told that WOMEN were not to wear gym wear showing their tummy/chest as “We don’t want any distractions or complaint from female members that the guys were harassing them.” Distractions for who? MEN of course Patience admitted. So, instead of warning men not to harass women, the gym warns women not to distract men, continuing the myth that men can be provoked into harassment, assault and rape by what the victim does or does not do. Puhleeze!
Lupita Nyong’o is a Subtle Delight for The Hollywood Reporter’s Latest Issue
Lupita Nyong’o is the cover star for THR‘s new issue.
The 34-year-old Oscar winner spoke to the magazine about why she chose to speak out about Harvey Weinstein, her Insecurities and also on the importance of the movie Black Panther.
See excerpts below:
On why she spoke up about Weinstein: “I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion. That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out … I had to talk to [my mother] about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about. She was really moved and very supportive.”
Here’s Your First Look at the XYZ by Zainab Balogun Footwear Line
Zainab Balogun has teamed up with Imni Shoe Marketplace to create an affordable range of shoes, sandals and slides for her new line XYZ by Zainab Balogun. Although the official lookbook hasn’t been released, trust us to scour through Instagram to get a sneak peak of the new pieces. She introduced the new line via her Instagram page in this video:
The word is out! I’ve partnered with @imniglobal to design my own shoe line called “XYZ” by Zainab Balogun. This is for the guys and gals who like me love to look good on a budget because #Icantkiimysef – Calling all my shoe lovers, let me see your emojis ?????????? for XYZ❤️ – #Waitforit #fashion #style #footwear #newbrand #comingsoon #footwerk
Unfortunately, the pieces are not available for sale yet, in the meantime, scroll through the photos of the slides we found, and start planning for your next shopping spree.
The African Stars that Stole the Spotlight at SAG Awards 2018
Award season is in full swing, and all eyes turned to the red carpet once again last night for the Screen Actor’s Guild Award celebrations. This year, haute couture made an appearance while a new sense of sophistication prevailed.
Our eyes were focused on our award-winning African celebrities who earned their way to the top with their incredible talent and won our hearts with effortless style.
Keep scrolling to see what your favourite Africans stars wore to the #SAGAwards2018.
Uzo oozed perfect old Hollywood glamour from her full wavy hair to the ethereal Christian Siriano one-shoulder gown with Chopard jewellery in between, coming together to make a pretty, purposefully royal outfit.
Sure, the Kirakira+ worthy embellishments and extra sheer lace details on her Ralph & Russo dress were grand, but Lupita’s slender curves totally brought out the best in the dress.
The Ugandan Get Out star who was nominated for two awards at the show wore a slim fit tuxedo with silk trims paired with a V-neck t-shirt and loafers.
The Host of “Entertainment Weekly The Show” was in studio 54 fashion in a patterned sequin floor-length cami dress with a classic leg slit. The dress was a complimentary number for the red carpet silhouette in a two-toned purple and blue take.
Photo Credit: Getty Images/ Kevin Mazur /Dimitrios Kambouris / Christopher Polk/ John Shearer/ @lolaogunnaike
Meet The Sivada Sisters Making A Case For Curvy Fashion in South Africa
Like all journeys, the road to becoming a successful fashion designer begins with a will. According to the Sivada sisters, Bianca and Kamara:
Even though we did not study fashion design we have always had a nichè for beautiful things. Designing and creating have always been a part of our nature.
Although they learned designing through trial and error , their brand VADA now has a huge following and well-deserved recognition. In the face of body shaming and conforming practices in the fashion industry, the South African duo run one of the biggest ready-to-wear brands in the country.
They admit to have struggled with finding stylish clothes that actually fit their body shapes so they decided to create their own fashion brand with pieces that celebrate the curvy fashionistas.
Of course the journey has been far from smooth; From magazine rejections, cash flow issues to people not believing in what we could accomplish. There are days when we want to give up but remaining faithful, humble and strong is key to success.
The sisters are focused on their plan to cater to every female size one day.
For this week’s Millenial Designer Spotlight, we corresponded with Bianca and Kamara to pick their brains and learn more about the beauties behind the brand.
Jackie Aina hits 2million YouTube Subscribers!
*Cue her theme song*
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2018 is off to a great start for beauty guru Jackie Aina. Earlier in the month, the LA-born Nigerian received NAACP’s First-Ever ‘YouTuber Of The Year award and last night, Jackie hit 2,000,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel!
She uses the platform to offer beauty tips, suggestions and honest reviews and also speaks up on issues surrounding race, representation and the need for diversity in the beauty industry which has earned her the recognition she has at the moment.
She shared the news on Twitter and Instagram, using gifs to describe her emotions:
You go, girl!
Omoni Oboli Just Debuted a New Hairstyle and We’re in Love
Omoni Oboli‘s hair is a thing of beauty dreams!
From short twists and braids, to wash and go blowouts and enviable updos, this naturalista loves her hair and isn’t afraid to flaunt it!
The actress had us all do a double take today when she showed off the back view of the hairstyle she wore for Wives on Strike the movie premiere. Her full hair was tucked into a gorgeous studio 54 glam roll-up style at the front through to the back. The hairstyle was nicely done by O’Naturals Natural Hair Salon.
Your Nails Deserve this Quick and Easy Mani-Care Routine
Everyone is prone to brittle nails and dry cuticles but what makes the difference between healthy strong nails and meh nails is whether or not you care for them. It is important to pay attention to your nails and pamper them from time to time.
While nail art and acrylic may be fun and pretty to have but your natural nails need to breathe. It’s best to have a routine that works for you and nail-type. It could be a weekly or bi-monthly regime especially one that you can totally do yourself.
Beauty expert Jaelan of Faceovermatter, shared her nail care routine via her YouTube channel; quick and easy steps that keep away hangnails, cuticle issues and help her nails grow longer.
- Soak nails in warm water for 2-3minutes
- Push back cuticles and carefully cut out excess skin
- You can put them back in the water to clean for a few seconds
- Once your nails have dried off, trim, buffer and file to your desired shape
- Clean out dirt underneath the nail with the other end of your cuticle remover
- Apply a hand lotion/moisturiser or use nail oil. Allow some time for your nails to absorb it.
- Next, use a nail enhancer to coat your nails. This will strengthen and keep them healthy.
- Add your final nail polish and watch your nail glow
Watch her video below
24 Apparel just Unveiled a Cool New Hats Collection Everyone Will Be Coveting
Just in time for this season’s stylish hat trend, 24 Apparel, more popularly known as 24, has unveiled its latest 2018 collection of unisex hats. Titled Keep It Simple, the collection features a range of flat-brimmed snapbacks in rich hues ranging from coral blue to maroon.
24 is known for its popular pieces that have taken over the street style scene with their peculiar designs. This 2018 collection includes an all denim, denim and mesh, and cotton twill and mesh designs.
The shoots were styled according to the theme with simplicity in mind, as featured models were draped in casual t-shirts, camisoles, jeans, shorts, skirts and tank tops.
Watch the campaign video
Just in time for this season’s stylish hat trend, @24Apparel, more popularly known as 24, has unveiled its latest 2018 collection of unisex hats titled “Keep It Simple” – See the full look book on www.bellanaijastyle.com – Credits Video By: @teekayjay Styling: @myster_24 Hair: @goodhairltd Location: Surulere, Lagos. Featuring: @_bonca @obazzz @scottpears @tosinpedro.a
Click on the gallery to see the full lookbook
Brand: 24 APPAREL | @24apparel, www.24worldng.com
Photographer: Sunmisola Olorunisola | @sunmisola.olorunnisola
Videographer: Tayo Kalejaiye | @teekayjay
Stylist: Temitayo Eyitayo | @myster_24
Models: @_bonca, @obazzz, @scottpears, @tosinpedro.a
Love Colour and Comfort? Wanni Fuga’s Latest Collection Will Make Your Day
It’s a very exciting time for ready-to-wear womenswear brand Wanni Fuga. The brand founded by Toluwani Wabara in 2014 will be launching its flagship store on the 27th of January in Lekki, Lagos.
But while we’ll have to wait until the weekend to see what the brand has in store (literally), the new limited-edition collection makes one thing certain: The brand’s stylish yet comfortable designs are not going anywhere.
Its staple female tunics, kaftans and two-piece outfits are featured in the new campaign photos that give an insight to some of its most exquisite ready to wear pieces which will be available at the store during the launch event as well as it’s new online store www.wannifuga.com.
Naturally, a chic new store calls for a chic launch party and the brand is inviting celebrities, bloggers and fashion lovers to the new location at B1, Alexander court (by circle mall), Osapa Road, Lekki.
The Fashion-Forward Piece Every Man Needs from JReason’s Latest Collection
For its fifth collection since its launch, menswear brand JReason is back with for a new season with Midnight in Lagos, a collection that sheds light on the nightlife style in Lagos.
According to the statement following the release, the collection aims to indulge super stylish and fashion-forward men who love to command attention every time they step out for a night on the town.
Fey Kamson takes Morocco in Style, Mixing London Vibes and Lagos Chic
Fey Kamson is a travel blogger and IT business analyst based in the UK. She is also the brains behind FNP Travel, the agency responsible for organizing the Marrakesh influencers trip last year with Nwando, Dodos, Kehinde Smith & Princess Polo. Fey said;
When I’m not at my part-time 9-5 job, I’m busy creating awesome travel getaways and content on my website, www.fnptravel.com.
FNP Travel is not your average travel agency, it is a travel experience company tailored to turn dream destinations to real life experiences. Infused with fun, style and photography, FNP aims to get you to See The World in your own way and create unforgettable moments.
Ps: FNP stands for Footprints ‘n’ Polaroids.
Why do you love travelling?
In simple words, “there’s a magic in travel that shapes you”.
I love travelling because I continuously become a better version of myself [with] each trip I embark on. I’ve become more centred, confident and cultured and asides from the inexplicable joy and satisfaction I get in just being in a foreign place, I have come to appreciate and love God even more. I am completely and utterly in awe of Him as there are so many amazing places and things that make up the world.
How To Look Chic in Neutrals, According To Stephanie Coker-Aderinokun
Stephanie Coker-Aderinokun is no stranger to street style and red carpet acclaim, she switches between both realms effortlessly and with a practiced ease that only true fashionistas understand . The style maven, beauty entrepreneur and TV host is a pro at making the most simple outfits look extremely polished and she shows her faultless style yet again in this neutral ensemble from emerging designer Fruche. We love the texture of the macram-esque lace set and how it complements her gorgeous crochet curls from her company KrochetKulture.
With such unique texture, we were happy to see she kept the focus on the head-turning piece. Pairing it with barely-there see-through lucite heeled mules, stud earrings, her engagement ring and reflective sunnies. Her barely-there makeup completed the look nicely.
Ever Wondered What Music Creatives Listens To At Work? Now You Can Find Out
If you need a boost for your daily commute, or a simple refresh on music that inspires you to #SecureTheBag, or are just in dire need of an update to your abysmally out of date work playlist, scroll to find out what creative industry insiders are currently playing on their headphones!
‘Working on Me by Called Out Music
Dear to Me by Electric Guest
Tiwa Savage – Sugarcane EP
Yung L – BLTN
Tory Lanez – I Sip
DVSN – Too Deep
Travis Green – Fell in Love
Say Less –Roy Woods
SZA – Ctrl
Jidenna – Decibels (Boomerang EP)
Mura Masa ft Charlie XCX – 1 Night
Raye – I,U,Us
Beethoven – Symphonies 1-9 etc!
(PS: I LOVE music! My library is a cocktail of sorts!)’
– Wana Sambo, Wana Sambo Clothing
When I need to focus on writing, I put my headphones on and pull up Tidal. Lately, I’ve been listening to their Soundtracking playlists-. It’s so much fun listening to music from some of my favourite TV Shows.
– Ivie Ogiemwonyi, AMillionPinks
The Relaunch Party for Fashion & Lifestyle House “Shop and Play” in Abuja
Abuja’s foremost fashion and lifestyle house Shop and Play, reopened the doors to its refurbished flagship store on the 13th of January, 2018 with stocks from top brands such as; For Play Apparel, Belois Couture, Tiva Bespoke, Orange Culture, Youdiii, High Street Hoppers, Style Temple, Photohubb, Oxford Street Boutique, Precièux by Chinnie, For Lisa, Just For Kicks, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Armani, Dyzn, Second Skin, Victoria Kaiulani, Vivan’s Icon and Luxury Haven.
Young Contemporaries: Nigerian Millennial Artists Come of Age
Young Contemporaries 2018 was the show to be at last Sunday and a week or more later, the waves of excitement are still rippling in the art world and beyond. The exhibition, held at Rele Gallery, featured the artists Dandelion Egho Eghosa, Yasser Claud Ennin, Habeeb Andu, Abisola Gbadamosi and Samuel Olowomeye and cemented Rele Gallery’s reputation as the creative hub for young Nigerian artists.
Viewing the next generation of creative luminaries were Art Royalty Victor Ehikhamenor, gallerist and owner of Rele Gallery Adenrele Sonariwo and veteran gallerist and curator Kavita Chelleram. Art appreciators and young collectors were ably repped by PR Supremo Bidemi Zakariyau as well as Actor, Muse and Media Personality Denola Grey.