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.
Anywhoot...do you like? If yes-or you think you do but are not 100% sure- stay tuned for next week's post (-;

Inspiration: 
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. 
xxx

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. 
xx

Free at Last: The World's Newest Nation- The Republic of South Sudan

From the moment it declares independence on Saturday, the Republic of South Sudan, the world’s newest country and Africa’s 54th state, will take its place at the bottom of the developing world. A majority of its people live on less than a dollar a day. A 15-year-old girl has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than she does of finishing primary school. More than 10 percent of children do not make it to their fifth birthday. About three-quarters of adults cannot read. Only 1 percent of households have a bank account. 

Beyond that, the nation faces several serious insurrections within its own sprawling territory and hostilities with northern Sudan, its former nemesis.
It is clearly an underdog story.

Read the full article here at the New York Times website.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Brown Baby Dolls

 "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." (Galatians 5:13 NIV)

Hello, all. I hope everyone had a safe and beautiful 4th of July, and were able to truly appreciate the meaning of freedom.  It is an amazing right we tend to take for granted. Let's continue to hope and pray for the freedom of all human beings.

Here are some pictures of my sister and me from a traditional [Nigerian] wedding.

 Her inspiration was a schoolgirl. 
The neckline, sleeve cuffs, and belt were all made with a gold lace.



My inspiration were the little dolls at the end of the post. 

Orange tulle was used to make the flair in my top.

I didn't realize how small my head wrap/turban was until I saw this pic. Hmph.


I believe I saw this picture on another blog...and I just fell in love.
These are the most beautiful dolls ever! (=

Have blessed and fantastic week. xx

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Rise of Afropolitians- A Must Read!

This article from today's Washington Post Style section is for anyone and everyone who loves African fashion! It discusses the breakthrough of African designers and their fashion into mainstream America.  It features Silver Spring, Maryland based designer Olatide "Tide" Adeniyi and "Project Runway" Season 5 runner-up Liberian designer Korto Momolu, two of the 21 designers who will showcase during the July 14-16 African Fashion Week in New York. This is a MUST read...it just made my day!
 
America, Africa has arrived!

  Photo courtesy of Helayne Seidman for the Wahington Post