Saturday, 31 December 2011

One More

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." -Seneca

Hello All.

First and foremost, let me apologize for disappearing into thin air. As some of you know I am a full-time graduate student and I also work full-time.  So needless to say I did not have much time for much else but to work and study.  But I am definitely not to let what happened this semester happen next year.

Secondly, Happy Holidays to you all. I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season.

Below are some pics from a party I went to earlier in the month.  In 2012,  hope to have more exciting designs (and giveaways!) for you.  Have a great beginning to the year. 


See you all in 2012!

Monday, 10 October 2011

This Way and Thata Way

"Life is like photography, we use the negative to develop." 

I love, love this pic. From the different patterns in her the BIG her background. Love!

Good day, people. 

Monday, 19 September 2011

::Drum Roll Please:: And the Winner Is...

"There can be unity where there is not uniformity." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Congratulations on winning the shirt, Jacque. Please email me at by Thursday, September 22 at 10AM to claim your prize.

If you would like a shirt or clutch (or any other accessories) personally made, please email me at the above email address.

Have a great week everyone. 

Monday, 12 September 2011

Giveaway...Win It!

"We take risks knowing that risk will sometimes result in failure, but without the possibility of failure there is no possibility of success." -Timothy D. Cook 

Hello all.  
I have another giveaway. This time it is a rose petaled shirt like the one I have on in the post below. The petals on this shirt, however, are an olive green color with dashes of cream, light green, gold, and purple thrown in there. The same rules apply from the last giveaway. 
Here's a close up of the detail. My camera was acting very funky, so the pic is not true to color.
This is a new white shirt, size small. This will fit many shapes.

To enter to win:

  1. Follow the blog with the Enter to Win! tab (for the Friend Connect) to the left of this post.  I recommend using a name similar to your given name/email address so you're easily identifiable. [If you use the follow by email or BlogLovin' features I will not be able to see your name, so you must use the Enter to Win! at the left of the post to be entered for the contest.]
  2. You have the next 168 hours/ 7 days/ 1 week (from post publish time) to enter for your chance to win it.
  3. Winner will be selected randomly using, next Monday, September 19, at 8:40AM Eastern Standard Time.  The winner will then have 72hours to claim her prize by emailing me at
  4. This contest is open to readers with U.S. mailing addresses. 
  5. No purchase necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at the above email address.
Good luck, and have a great week. xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Rose Petals

“Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma.” - John Fairchild 

Happy September, everyone. This year really is sprinting by.
I added these ankara rose petals to a white V-neck shirt this past weekend. It was an interesting task I embarked on...but I loved the end result. 
Wish you could see the detail better. To make it I just cut out a bunch- by bunch, I mean about 75- circles from extra ankara fabric I had, and just pinched it in the  center to give the effect of a flower petal. 

If you like it...stay tuned. (= Have a great day. 

Monday, 29 August 2011


"Success is the best revenge." -French proverb 

MontRose is a new fashion label with designs created in ankara, fusing popularized African material with everyday styles.  It was started by best friends Daniele Folivi and Yemi Sofidiya in Spring 2011. 

Photographer: Edot Biney Photography
Make-up: Chioma Jeremiah Uwandu and Chris I.

Photographer: Omar Rafik

The designers, below

To find out more about and purchase from MontRose, visit their Facebook page.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blue Crush II

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose." - Tehyi Hsieh

Blue peplum minidress
My friend at her graduation party
The fro...the brows...the pose = Diva!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Attention, Attention!

"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong"." -Sydney J. Harris
Everything about this outfit- from head to toe- is a YES!!!
Love this woman. 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Clean Lines

"Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds soon choke up the unused path." -Scandinavian proverb

Love the simplicity and sharpness of this outfit.

This young lady will be off to college in a couple of days. Check out her blog to read about the advice college graduates have for incoming college freshmen, as well as many other topics.
Have a great day, everyone. xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Pray for Rain

"If everyone is a product of this society, who will say the things that need to be said, and do the things that need to be done, without compromise? Truth will never start out popular in a world more concerned with marketability than righteousness. It will initially suffer ridicule and even violence- yet ultimately it is undeniable. All of humanity is living in a dream world, but suffering real consequences." -Lauryn Hill

Living in the United States, we tend not to appreciate little things, such as rain.  For several years, countries in East Africa have been living through devastating conditions of dry climates resulting in fatal famines. the lack of rain  has made it impossible for farmers to grow and produce crops, therefore causing a lack of food.

Somalian and Kenyan citizens have been battling to survive the famines in their countries.  Families travel by foot, walking for days- if not months- to get relief in refuge camps. Several families voyage from one end of the country to the next, losing not only family members on their sojourn, but children who are malnourished, shrinking to just skin and bones.  As of August  4, it has been approximated that 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the wake of the famine; 3.7 million people are currently affected according to the United Nations. This adversity is worsened by the militants who are torturing and controlling the citizens, adding more to their burdens.

I implore you to please read and educate yourself about this devastation, and, if not specifically for the citizens of East Africa, pray for rain.

Read more here at the New York Times
View pictures here
***Please be advised that some of these photos are graphic.***

Monday, 8 August 2011

::Drum Roll Please:: And the winner is...

"I want women to really look like women from today. It's not from the past and not from the future because I don't know what happens in the future. It is the women of today (who) I think is a seductive woman." - Carolina Herrera

Congratulations on winning the clutch, Ama. Please email me at by Thursday, August 11 at 9AM to claim your prize.

If you did not win the clutch, no worries. Check back to see what I will be giving away next.  If you would like a clutch personally made, please email me at the above email address.

Have a great week everyone. 

Monday, 1 August 2011

Giveaway...Win It!

"Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how." -Author Unknown
Happy August, everyone! This year is just sprinting on by.

As you read the title of the post, I am giving this clutch I made away to one of you lovely readers just as an appreciation of you being a constant follower of Beese's Pieces.

(Just in case you can't see it clearly in this picture, look at the one below.)
The catch, you ask? ...Of course there's one.
  1. You must follow the blog with the Follow tab (for the Friend Connect) at the very top, left corner of the page (otherwise, how will I know how to give YOU the clutch? =).  I recommend using a name similar to your given name/email address so you're easily identifiable. [If you use the follow by email or BlogLovin' features I cannot see this, so you must use the Follow at the top of the screen to be entered for the contest.]
  2. You have the next 168 hours/ 7 days/ 1 week to enter for your chance to win it.
  3. I will select a winner using the random selection generator,, next Monday, August 8, at 9AM Eastern Standard Time.  The winner will then have 72hours to claim her- or his- prize by emailing me at
  4. This contest is open to readers with U.S. mailing addresses. 
  5. No purchase necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at the above email address.

Good luck, everyone. Have a fabulous day.

Note: Family and [close] friends- i.e., I see or speak to you daily- are not eligible to enter this contest. (=

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Pretty in Pink

"A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs." -Coco Chanel

This dress was inspired by my cousin [African cousin...we all know what that means, lol], pictured below. Her dress was ssooo funky (she had the thick exposed fashion zipper on the front of her dress and the two top flaps could be folded over) ...I had to get one made for myself. 
To make it more me, my dress is sans the zipper, with a sheer sweetheart neckline.
Material: Bridal satin; silk organza (sheer material); java ankara
These two pictures are simply to show you all the BIG pockets (yes, they are functional...I used them all night! =).
Excuse my facial in the above pic, haha.  
I love the grungy background.

Everyone who knows me knows I am a big fan of DIY projects. I swiped up the scrap material from my seamstress' floor. So, I whipped up this little clutch here in 56 minutes right before I left for the party. I do not know where the energy came from considering I was so tired. you like? If yes-or you think you do but are not 100% sure- stay tuned for next week's post (-;

Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies. xxx
*And if you are on the East Coast of the U.S., please take shelter with air conditioning...we're in the middle of a severe heat wave.*

Monday, 18 July 2011

One-Side Story

"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."  -Muhammad Ali  

 Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.
Below are two one-shoulder designs which are very simple, but very stylish. Remember, when thinking of designs to keep your fabric in mind.  A busier print should have a simpler design and vice versa. But if you insist on doing a crazy funky design with a pattern that pops, think about breaking up the patter with a solid color that compliments the material so the design is really seen.   
Ruffled one-shoulder, 3-layer peplum dress

Bowed one-shoulder mermaid dress

Have a great day all. 

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sister Act

"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers.  It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage.  Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." -Maya Angelou

These lovely sisters are wearing a nice brown based ankara.

Four-panel mini-dress with "slouchy" pockets
A similar style has been featured on Beese's Pieces. It is one of Beese's Favorite Things
seen here on Shade.  This is the mini-dress version. 
Have a lovely day, everyone. 

Monday, 11 July 2011

Pink Ladies

"My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." - Oprah Winfrey

They did not know what each other's outfit looked like until they saw each other the day off...

...And they literally looked similar all the way down to the shoes.


The details: 
pleated Chinese collar with power shoulder sleeves (left outfit)

 Beaded belt (right outfit)

The footwork. Nice!

Happy Monday. xx

P.S.: Today is 7/11...if you have a 7-Eleven in your area, they may be participating in the free slurpee in honor of the date. (= Enjoy! 

Friday, 8 July 2011

It's In the Details

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." -Coco Chanel 

These fabrics made these simple styles so pretty. 
The little beads on the cream dress made it look so rich in texture. The simplicity of the style easily keeps your attention on the fabric. 
Cream ankara with blue and gold pattern, studded with silver beads (throughout 
the entire dress)
You can't really see it in the pictures, but the sheer gold overlay was throughout the entire dress.
(Please do not mind Chi....she says that she is shy, but as you can tell from her second picture...she really is not. =) 
 Burgundy lace with gold and silver leaf pattern 
Have a safe and fun weekend, everyone.