Before I begin, you know I always have a story before my fashion tips. This is not so much a story but a lesson on the constant state of change in life. Picture this, I am 16 years old, gangling size 8, bare faced and no money for make up. I used to buy this Kohl eye pencil and lip gloss bundle for 99p and that was all the makeup I had.
I remember a friend of my older cousin came to visit and she had the most heavenly eyebrows in sharp contrast to my one bushy, one over plucked brow that I was just praying for the Lordt to take control of and fix the mess. I served this visitor food and drink to welcome her and sat staring at her brows while her and my cousin talked about boyfriends, parties and more clothes I could not afford.
About two hours later, I plucked the courage to ask her how she made her eyebrows so perfect, what was her technique, what she used etc. She looked at me like a stray cat with fleas (At one point, I think she was holding her breath) and said "I use Mac eye pencils only". End of conversation. She spoke nothing more of it like the question was a taboo. I felt terrible, I was shut down for no reason and felt like I let my brow down big time. Lets just say it left a very bitter taste in my mouth.
Fast forward today, eyebrows still wonky but I have learnt alot from others who are willing to share. I often find myself following Instagram accounts of young 19 year olds because I want to learn not only from my peers but also from anyone whom I find inspiring whether you are 5 years old or 99 years old.
Change is constant, self improvement should be constant along with change. Let us continue to inspire each other and help eachother grow in this journey called life. It will not cost you a thing to give out knowledge, more will definitely come back to you.
Five items your wardrobe will thank you for
1.A pair of wide legged jeans can serve many purposes, dress down with a cami top and sandals and dress up with a metallic or sequin top. A wide leg pair of jeans will never let you down. For a more versatile pair, buy a medium or dark wash.
2. A crisp white shirt will transform your wardrobe, invest in one do not just buy one from the high street. From your parents teachers meeting to your Brunching with the ladies, this shirt will be worth every penny you invest into it.
3. A denim Jacket will take you from spring to summer nights to Autumn. An investment is also needed here so you get a really nice wash. I am liking crop denim jackets at the moment.
4. A leather jacket is one I still lack in my wardrobe since a known criminal took mine. I tend to stay away from colours and stick with black to last the test of time and style. I also look for jackets with caracter like rivets, cropped, dog collar, zips or lapels. Here are my current favourites
5. A pair of well tailored trousers is a must! Go for ankle grazers for taller folks, there is an elegance that ankle grazers gives that full length trousers cannot match
All these items above are timeless pieces which will transcend seasons and trends, make your investment and you will never regret it.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, until next time buttercups.
The most emotionally charged arguments of all time...
Apple vs Samsung
Nicki vs Cardi
Nigerian Jellof vs Ghana Jellof (Is this a rhetorical question?)
Pomo vs Shaki (Meat delicacies)
Now, we have possibly the most anticipated boxing match of our generation
SEQUIN VS METALLIC
These two fabrics have the ability to turn an ordinary outfit into something fit to party with the queen in but lets look at it more deeply. Since we agree they have a similar degree of power to elevate your outfit, why would you chose one over another (photo below is me in deep thought on the matter lol)
Durability: A sequin dress might not survive a year or 2 in a suitcase, you are guaranteed to have missing pieces even if left untouched. Metallic on the other hand will stay put.
Value for money: I haven't seen a significant difference in the price of both these fabrics but missing sequins will mean you need to discard of the outfit. This makes the sequin outfit not great value for money if only worn a few times.
Day time use: I usually avoid outfits that can only be worn in the day or at night. I prefer to get pieces I can wear as often as possible regardless of the time of day. Wearing sequin in the day might be seen as weird or over the top (I would do it) but metallic on the other hand is always a good choice and transitions easily from day to night.
So I guess it is no surprise that I picked METALLIC as the winner of this epic fight but I am rocking a sequin skirt here which I love. I only have a few sequin outfits.
Before I tell you more about my favourite pieces for the season -let me introduce you to my childhood friend and photographer of all photos above Mamie Eze of DstudioInc photography, she was such a pleasure to work with. She specializes in Family, Newborn, Weddings, Headshots (Personal or corporate) and lifestyle photography. She is based in London so please hit her up if you need her services www.dstudioinc.com
Now here are the Buttercup picks for the holiday season
Dress it up with all black errthang or dress it down with jeans, it is a must have item in your wardrobe.
Ways to dress up your White blazer
Wear it as a dress
Wear it with a sequin skirt
Wear it as a low cut top
Wear it with all black
For more semi casual looks like brunching with the girls or a casual business meeting, my favourite ways to wear the white blazer are
With light coloured denim (for a more casual look)
Or dark coloured denim for a business meeting
Or in the summer, shorts and cowboy boots will slay any white blazer
I have several white blazers, an unstructured one which serves me well with both casual and more dressy outings. Below I was on holiday and on my way to dinner, light enough not to boil but enough to keep me warm in an air conditioned restaurant
I also have a Tuxedo-like white blazer which honestly is my most used, it dresses up the modest jeans and t-shirt outfit very well. The tuxedo blazer can go from casual to dressy in one swipe. Check out my wedding guest outfit below
Finally my structured white blazer which I use quite often always makes a statement. It tells people that you have style and you are not afraid to show it.
Monochrome has been something I frequently wear recently, with the outfit below, I wanted it bold with shapes and textures. The white hat finished the outfit nicely.
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I am always on the lookout for something unique, sophisticated and most importantly one that fits with my style. It is a tough job I tell you. When curating your personal style, it is easy to jump ship from one style (ie Sartorial to street style) to a complete opposite because you have seen something you like on somebody else. This can be more damaging than an enhancement to your style as there is nothing worse than conflicting pieces in your wardrobe.
Unique women's watches
While my style is diverse, I have complementary and not conflicting style and I make sure every piece can be dressed up, down and across styles. This was my exact thought when I came across Jord watches, I loved this piece because it was unique and it will definitely carry from one outfit or another seamlessly.
I have found myself taking off my accessories when I go from day time to a night time look because they just do not match the outfit but the Jord watch doesn’t give me that issue in the slightest, I rock it with EVERY outfit without a second thought.
The Jord watch is certainly a talking point in any gathering; it is a conversation starter with its sleek and sophisticated design. I cannot speak more highly of it. Do not underestimate the power of your accessories in making an outfit pop, make you accessories fun, simple and sophisticated and incorporate it into your personal style.