March 21, 2015

3 ways to style distressed denim

Modeled by my good friend Sharon. Remember her? Get a clue here. The fashionista has taken the time to show us distressed denim is trendy right now. It's got to be rocked the right way though. Here are three looks, which do you like the most?

March 19, 2015

To the Principal's office: Dr. Sid, a no-show at a Houston concert this past weekend

Dr. Sid, Houston wants her money back!

The Surulere hit maker has a lot of making up to do in appeasing his Houston fan base. A no-show is a no no! When fans are shelling out their hard earned Benjamins to come out to see their favorite artist, you show up, "that's what you do" (borrowing a line from a Geico commercial).

February 8, 2015

Africa Fashionweek Nigeria Press and Bloggers Brunch

Celebrating African Fashion

January 30, 2015 at Amaris lounge in Lekki Phase 1, AFWN held an exclusive press and bloggers brunch to unravel what it's got up it's sleeve. This year's event is potentially big, expect bigger presentation with more notable designers on board. Noteworthy is the fact Nigeria is now supporting it's own. Right now, there's no better time to be part of a forward moving country, at least in the fashion sector. Lovers of fashion who want to be part of a cause are welcome. This event hosted numerous bloggers and members of the press. We all have our fingers crossed, can't wait for this year's event.

Notable designers this year include ÀsȧkéogéAnuba couture, Lines by ChabOvemsfashionOmaemihe, King Hakbal, Marco Martinez, Souza Fashions. Expect to see more showcase by emerging designers.

January 4, 2015

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2015


AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA - PRESS RELEASE

AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA is a platform for African fashion designers to be appreciated and celebrated for the aim to display their creativity and originality to the global market.
AFWN officially announces its second edition AFWN 2015 preparation and call for participation to all Nigerian and African designers who will be displaying alongside with various established African designers.

The 2015 AFRICA FASHION WEEK NIGERIA edition, will be having an open call to all student designers who will be hand-picked to showcase alongside established brands; as our own way of discovering, introducing new creative and innovative designers to add to the populating Africa industry.

AFWN 2015, second edition is scheduled to commence in MAY 2015, Designer/ Exhibitor form is open for submission from December 2014 to 24th Feb 2015. Selected designers showcase will be fully or partly funded by our sponsors.

AFWN is organised by Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) the biggest fashion festival in the UK & Europe for African inspired fashion and owners of the first African concession store on Oxford Street, London.

Interested designers/ Exhibitors should send their request for an application form to info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

For Sponsorship and Media Partnering, email us on info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

Things are shaking up for this season, keep it here for updates.

Msada.

November 16, 2014

Latest from the stables of author Nkem DenChukwu

She has done it again! It's this author's latest effort—the release of three children's books: Zoe, the second edition, Odera: An Orphan's tale (a collection of life lessons) and Alley-Gators: The bullies of Poughkeepsie. Book signing took place at her home November the 8th. This producer, writer, mother of four knows firsthand what it means to nourish a child's spirit, each book is written with every child in mind, to teach them life lessons in a way that's easy for

November 4, 2014

D-MARS celebration of the year 2014.

October 25, 2014 was D-MARS celebration of the year event honoring Top 50 Black models and Top Designers in Houston. There's a runway show by this year's Top 50 Black Models in latest pieces by this year's Top Designers. Event showcase include "Fashion Awards, Fashion Show, MR. D-MARS Celebrity Birthday Bash and release of the D-MARS.com African American Luxury Lifestyle Directory." This event is notable in the African American community, supported by corporate sponsors and Hollywood celebrities.

October 28, 2014

Talk fashion with TeKay Designs' Kimma Wreh.

I've worked a few runways recently and one designer really stands out. I've had the privilege of observing the painstaking effort made to put TeKay Designs on the map. Each piece in the collection is carefully detailed, fabrics are rich and colorful, of finest satin and lace, designs made with every woman in mind, drapes in all the right places. Currently Tekay Designs have earned its designer accolades and recognition, this designer has arrived and you better watch out!

October 27, 2014

Are you getting the new iPhone?

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost 3 years! (That's right) Since I got my iPhone 4S. My my where does the time go? This phone has gone through many system upgrades and changes, and now, simply cannot keep up with the program. Each upgrade comes with enhancements that's supposedly a good thing (if you have the latest model), but simply is too much for my phone to handle, see why here. Memory clogs up pretty quickly rendering it sluggish, battery does not last more than two hours fully charged. I now carry an external battery pack. My phone's OS interface now runs with bumps on the road.
iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 4S
Apple has now launched 4 upgraded phones in counting, the latest: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. After years of resistance (or something that looked like it), Apple have finally caved to consumer demands for a phone with a larger screen. iPhone 6 boasts a screen with a whopping 4.7 inches, now the size of comparable Samsung Galaxy flagship phones; iPhone 6 plus, 5.5 inches (more specs here). I wonder with the later, would anyone still feel compelled to get an iPad? iPad sales have now sustained a steady decline in sales (report here). Part of the reason might be, after the induction of tablets into our lives, the iPad craze has kinda waned. Chances are, you still have the first (and only) iPad you ever bought. They'd become some kinda small screen smart TV and computer in one. We're just not running to upgrade everytime a new version comes out, just like any computer or TV. I had my "New iPad" (iPad version 3) for 2 years before deciding it's place in my life wasn't prominent, I decided to give mine away to be put to good use by someone who needed it most. Usage of my MacBook Pro and iPhone would share a percentage of 50/50. Besides, with a phablet, do you still need a tablet?

I walked into a neighbourhood Apple Store to check out the latest. Right off the bat, the new iPhone felt sleek and slippery. It's thin with smooth aluminum edges. Care must be taken with this one. I know if I got one, it'd be going into a case right away, I can't imagine the tragedy of smashing it. For the size whores, you'd be really glad. Some customers are on the fence when it comes to the 6 plus, that's technically a phablet. Some consider it a bit clunky. "I really don't see the need for a phone that big" one potential customer says. Many tech blogs and videos show people in favor of the smaller sized phone (although, technically still bigger than its predecessors). Research shows people don't necessary want a large-sized phone, they want a phone that can still fit into a pants pocket, one that can be operated comfortably in one hand and although the new phones have a Drop down feature (Reachability) that allow you to access apps at the top of the phone screen, some people would argue that the big phones have lost a certain functionality of convenience.
Side-by-side comparison of iPhone 4S and iPhone 6/6 plus, apparently the 6 plus can be manage
with one hand.
Would you get the new iPhone? Yes, if you're like me with the great-grandfather of iPhones, simply because my phone is really not built for the current OS, it's becoming too much for my phone to handle, it's now telling it's age. It's no longer sold in stores, which means it's on its way out. Should you get the new iPhone? Not really. Especially, if you already have iPhone 5S/5C.

CEO Tim Cook stated that this would be the upgrade that is truly revolutionary, offering something that truly stands out from it's predecessors. The most obvious change is the size, Apple Pay is new and only available on these new models, it's supposedly faster due to upgraded processor, capable of handling the demands of the new iOS 8. iPhone 6 Plus has suffered a backlash from #bendgate. A friend of mine visited an Apple store on the eve of it's premiere in stores with drones in line waiting for the latest gadget. He got into small talk with one of the Geniuses on his appointment for his MacBook Pro. "Are you excited about the new iPhone?" He asks, "Eh!" the Genius says unenthusiastically.  "Why?" "Because I'm a Physics Major, how do you expect a phone made totally of aluminum not to bend?" "Gasp! I'm sure Apple thought through all of that to let it happen!" "Well, we'll see." the Genuis says with skepticism.
Hahaha... My oh my, I guess you have to be a physics major to already predict #bendgate. I can say that I'm glad I'm not the "gotta have the latest gadget" type, I'm glad I waited as long as I have to upgrade. Besides, my iPhone has performed really well over three years. However If you're one of them, then you're one of many folks with an iPhone 5S that pretty much want to upgrade. That would explain why as you read this, there are no iPhones 6/6 Plus available, all on back order, no word on when they'd be available through my service provider AT&T. They had this promotion back in September, you trade-in your old iPhone and get at least $200 towards the new iPhone, till the 30th. 

As I attempted to walk into a crowded AT&T Company store on Kirby Drive, Houston Texas late afternoon September 28, I'm met by a rude African American woman greeter at the door who snaps "We're sold out" at the mention of the ongoing promotion. After a long uncomfortable pause I say "Okay?," With a questioning look. I'm expecting a follow-up to that comment and she returned a look of her own, with an attitude. Exasperated, I ask, "I would like some more information." "Whaaaat more information do you need?" She snaps again. After regaining consciousness from my shell shock, I ask "when would you have more? What do we do when you don't have any phones in stock?" At this time, I was thoroughly irritated. "Weee don't have one in stock. We don't know when we're getting more in. If you decide to trade in your phone, You'd have to be without a phone until we get them, I mean, unless you have a friend who can lend you their phone" she continues to snap and stare at me with attitude. "Alright thank you!" With a forced half smile she gives me a "you're welcome" and ushers me out the door, I bet she was glad to have me leave the store as quickly as I came in. Speaks volumes for a large company that prides it self on great service to it's customers.

Is the hype really worth it? Not to me. Some might argue this but a New York Times article breaks down how much you really pay for a band new iPhone (or any other new device for that matter). The decision to pay outright for an unlocked phone without a contract, a subsided phone on a plan like AT&T Next, or a Two-year contract adds up to approximately the same price, some one have taken the time to do the math. Check out the eye-opening article and decide if upgrading an already functional phone every year is truly worth it. I'm not the only one who feels the spirit of Steve Jobs has already flown the nest. For a phone to be truly revolutionary, it has to be truly innovative and way more than competitive, Steve Jobs was a perfectionist and it showed. If someone can replace Steve Jobs then there's hope for fans of Michael Jackson. Apple in recent years have either been playing catch-up or involved itself in catfights with competitors, the paradigm has truly shifted. As a die-hard fan of Apple products (I'm probably a fan for life) a bigger-sized phone is not that thrilling, after playing around with the new versions in the store, I didn't feel the goose bumps and butterflies you feel for a new love, it's basically my iPhone 4S—bigger. With the new OS update, I'm basically doing what I would be doing if I already had the new phone. I'm not a techie by the stretch of the imagination, but I've been using these gadgets for a while to know a true innovation when I see one.
Pssst: I'm getting the 6 plus (don't tell anyone).

 Msada.

October 19, 2014

Houston Fashion Week @HoustonWeek

TeKay Designs by Kimma Wreh
I had the privilege of working the runways of Houston Fashion Week, thanks to folks at Trendy Africa. This show is different for me because it's a conglomerate of designers and fashion lovers across a diverse spectrum, not just Africa, the models are very diverse too. It's high fashion, couture galore! These models are true glamazons. Strut strut strut...here they come! Flick flick and in seconds, they're gone!

October 14, 2014

Destined to Fail but Ordained to Glory—book signing with MarSha Andrus

I had a great privilege of watching the birth of someone's baby.

Destined to Fail but Ordained to Glory is a compelling story about early detachment, broken trust and stolen innocence; unfolds the struggles and growing pains of a young girl forced to grow up too fast. When you find yourself alone in a jungle with ravening wolves lurking in the bushes, where do you turn? The world can be cruel, cold and dark for a young girl who finds herself alone, looking for comfort and love in all the wrong places. In a struggle to bond and find love, they seem fleeting as she struggles even more, she finds herself involved with people with their own special interests. When one is forced to grow up too fast, that's just what one does, but not without bumps on the road. This book will take you on one woman's journey to true love, lasting friendships and spiritual redemption.

October 12, 2014

League of Nigerians in Diaspora celebrates Nigerian Independence in lavish gala with Port Harcourt's first son.

Duncan Mighty performance
October 3rd, 2014, at Houston Marriott, Westchase, Nigerians in the diaspora gathered to commemorate Nigeria's 54th birthday. LNID threw a lavish black-tie gala, bringing together folks from different walks of life: entrepreneurs, filmmakers, medical professionals, educators to meet and mingle and discuss Nigeria. Theme of the event: Transformative Leadership, Learning and Nigeria Human Capital Development. LNID endeavors to attract the diaspora to not forget its roots, where its people come from, to harness its talent and put it to good use in the motherland.

October 5, 2014

Artist profile: Basketmouth.

Basketmouth dazzled the crowd at Ayva center, Houston Texas, spiting out homegrown jokes with the usual crude spin.  He had the audience on a roll! Every funny bone was struck.  Basketmouth was on his Basketmouth Uncensored tour, making his gracious stop over in Houston.  The event was welcomed by a packed venue with little standing room.  There were roars and cheers as the audience were taken on the misadventures of a dysfunctional mind.  As usual, his comedy is not for kids, he warns "You all paid for this shit!" forewarning the audience on the impending unleashing.  Nothing is safe or off limits as long as this comedian is concerned, tackling issues on sex, family, religion, Nigerian police, the diaspora, the government, the gay community.  He got comfortable as he settled down to the anticipating crowd.  Basketmouth is an animated performer, every body part is engaged in his routine.  Notable are his springy step, how wide those eyes can open and how fluid his limbs fly with his fingers as an accessory.  

Basketmouth has honed his craft over many years, coming from humble beginnings during his school years, to days when he could be found on YouTube, till now, filling arenas.  He's now a highly sought after comedian on an international scale, working with heavy weights like Cedric the Entertainer. He's manged to garner so many loyal fans waiting for what would come out of his mouth next.  He can rightfully retain the title as the leading comedian in Nigeria.  

It's the Sekem master: MC Galaxy live in Houston @Mc_Galaxy1

It's Nigerian rapper Skales live in concert in Houston @YoungSkales

October 2, 2014

LAGOS NIGERIA: Traclist Upgrades eCommerce Platform for Fashion Consumers.

Hello Naija fashionistas, an online shopping hub is here. Traclist is an e-commerce platform for latest fashions at affordable prices. Right now there's an Independence day sale going on with prices up to 70% off, sale ends October 15th! Check 'em out now. More on Traclist below. Happy 54th Nigeria! Stay well-dressed my people!
In a bid to improve the online experience and deliver better services to its fashion consumers, Traclist, a fast growing fashion e-commerce platform has upgraded to a more trendy and simplified portal. The refreshed platform is a marketplace designed and crafted to provide seamless connections between fashion merchants and online buyers of local and international labels for real-time experiences.

September 19, 2014

A worthy cause.


Just received this information from a dear friend of mine in Nigeria and I feel compelled to share.

A particular epidemic sometimes hits close to home and become an unwelcome guest, worse it takes our loved ones away. A lot of women are walking around unaware they have an unwanted guest in their bosom, for those that know, ignorance still prevails on how to fight it. If you happen to be in Nigeria this would be a worthwhile cause for you.
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