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cheap chic is chic!

It’s not just because I work as a tax accountant or that the economy in which I live is characterized by ‘austerity’ or that there’s recession in places I’m interested in. It’s just that I’ve never been able to wrap my head round paying more for anything when I can get the same effect for less. Of course there’s that occasion when I decide to spoil myself or reward myself because I’ve worked so hard (and who’s to say I shouldn’t enjoy).  But on the regular, I will always take affordable over expensive (blame it on my middle class background!).

What’s she on about? Can you guess? It’s drugstore makeup I’m getting into. See, I love makeup and I love to play with makeup but I can get tired easily and may just toss anything that bores me plus I’m an advertiser’s darling I love to try new things that come along (when I can).

In this post, I’m gonna take you through my journey using my top drugstore makeup brands. When I started using makeup I loved me my Sleek pressed powder.  And being the freak that I am I used everything Sleek for a long time even hair. Sleek hair was my deal when I hadn’t jumped on the Brazilian hair train. The powder felt light and had good coverage and as you’d expect was quite affordable. I also used the eye shadows (which I still love because the colours are beautiful and highly pigmented), the lip stain (pink Cadillac) and mascara.  Then Zaron came to Nigeria and I moved to Zaron but soon went back to Sleek because my skin revolted but Zaron hair is grrrreat.  Totally love it.

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After that I decided I was tired of using Sleek and then I quickly moved to the Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One powder (Cacao) as soon as that was introduced into the Nigerian market because it was new in and I love a product that does everything. It really looked awesome on my skin and a little was just fine for me. Again the powder feels light on the skin.

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Then I decided that I’d explore just a bit more and made a list of other brands to try. Right now, I’ve used the LA girl Pro Conceal (as my foundation) which I totally love because it feels so light and I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything. It’s really and truly oil-free and water based.  Like, if you don’t squeeze the tube and press it through to mix before you open it, you’d actually squirt out water (which is about half of the product).

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But I am totally sold on Milani and wonder why I didn’t think of using this brand earlier.  I use many things Milani now (they don’t make hair and I still love my Sleek eye shadows). I use the foundation which is oil-free and just feels awesome, good coverage with a little product and I have worn it alone a few times.  I also wear the pressed powder, use the baked blush and tantastic bronzer too. And fill out my brows with the mechanical pencil.

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For the first time in years, I’ve got a product that does justice to my actual skin tone and colour! Yayyy!!!!!!!!!!!! But I will be trying out Revlon, L’Oreal and Rimmel in the coming months. And since I can’t readily fine Physician’s Formula here, I guess I’d put that on hold till I go on vacation. Till then, I am rooting for Milani powder and foundation as my best drugstore makeup for staying on top of my cheap chic game. Yah!

My take on bags

Those who knew me in college would be surprised at my obsession with hand bags (and those who didn’t….errrrr, anyway) I mean, isn’t it odd that someone who wanted to carry backpacks everywhere and reject the lady-ness of carrying bags is now a bag lover and bag seller.

So you’d understand why I’d write this post. What’s in a bag anyway? It’s the one accessory that almost every woman owns and probably uses everyday. And no matter what your social standing is, there is a bag for everyone. As your dream of owning a Balenciaga or Bottega Venetta bag draws close (lol at myself) and the reality of your cash-strappedness appears more vivid (yep, that’s me too) you can still look glamorous on high-street alternatives (yayyyyy).

Here’s how:

Express yourself: You may not be a hand bag person but there is no denying that babes can’t live without some sort of bag to carry your stuff. If style is the way you interpret fashion then wearing a bag is one way to express yourself and channel your inner diva. For instance, you’d probably choose a structured bag to show you’re put together. For a more laidback look, youd be doing a slouchy bag or a crossbody bag.

Make it versatile: Most babes can’t really afford to have different bags for each of the different outfits they’d ever wear. But you won’t want to wear just one bag for every outfit either. What to do? Invest in classic shapes and colours that would work with the outfits in your wardrobe. Black, brown, navy blue, some metallics and a pop of your favourite colour to jazz things up.

Choose wisely: In terms of the shape and size of your bag. You need to make sure your bag size is relative to your body size. Like if you’re petite, a huge oversized bag will drown you and if you’re tall or broad a very small bag will look strange. You’ve gotta also choose your fabric wisely, if you can afford an exotic skin or patent leather then that’s fine. If not your bag should be of decent quality in leather. You can pick up leather bags on the high street for an affordable price. (Ask us at Latendenza Lagos, we know how).

And when your bag has had it’s day don’t cling to it. If it’s got holes in it or the leather is worn then it’s time for a new one.

Remember your bags are an important part of the statement youre making and can have a huge impact on your overall appearance. It makes all the difference so you shouldnt neglect your bag as it can result in a bag that ages or worse, cheapens your look.

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FAB – the new way to fabulosity

FAB – the new way to fabulosity[1]

You know that thing about if happiness came in a pill, everyone would be happy?  Being the ‘stylista’ that I am and avid Kimora Lee Simmons lover, I started to wonder ‘what if fabulosity came in a can?’  In her book on Fabulosity, KLS says Fabulosity is a state of everything that is fabulous & a quality ascribed to that which expresses glamour, style, charisma, power, and heart.

The Urban Dictionary says only a select few out of the whole human population are fabulous enough to live in ‘fabulosity’.  So what’s a girl like me to do?  Before you start thinking that fabulosity=all things glam only, stop and think again. 

Enter Forever Living’s exceptional energy drink – FAB.

With much ado about the down sides of most energy drinks on the market (see this article BBC on energy drinks) and the ever increasing need to keep up with the fast pace of our world (or is it the rat race), it’s no surprise that FLP should come up with such an exceptional product.  FAB is fabulosity in a can.  It’s what you reach for when you want ‘clean’, ‘sustainable’ energy. 

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FAB is what you drink when you need to get into the state of mind that says confidence and style have kissed, energy and passion have met.  FAB is the energy drink that helps you channel the energies of your inner and outer beauty.

FAB delivers verve without incorporating the famed culprit ‘caffeine’.   Check out this quote from Forever Living Products – ‘FAB’s “boost” is different from other energy drinks because it gives you both immediate and long-term energy. The immediate boost comes from guarana, a natural ingredient that is very popular in Brazil, while the long-term energy is powered by ADX7 technology: a proprietary blend of adaptogenic herbs and other nutritionals developed by a leading Russian sports scientist and researcher. ADX7 has helped Russian track and field athletes win over 130 medals in Olympic competition!

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FAB is a quick, refreshing way to stay energized and alert all day long. And it revitalizes you so you have the endurance and concentration to do all the things you have to do, plus the things you want to do.  Guarana provides a natural boost powered by a proprietary blend of adaptogenic herbs’.

So what you gon’ do? Wait till the rat race drains you out or reach for a can of FAB?

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Talk to me

I care about style, and about your lifestyle.  What’s more?, I want to share all my keys to fabulousity with you.  For more info on how to get your fabulosity on, please contact Tolulope on +234 8023 655728 or Adedayo on +234 7030 281898 or tweet at @latendenzalagos


[1] This article is not an advert or approved document of Forever Living Products.  It is a reflection of my thoughts and opinion on FAB.

HP Envy Music Festival – what to wear

Geek is chic! And if by now you’re not sure you’ve gotta ask Angela Ahrendts ex CEO of Burberry why she moved over to Apple. Better still, you would beg @gbemioo to give you a ticket to the much raved about HP Envy music festival. Lol!

Topping my list of things trending now is the integration of various aspects of life – business, technology, industry with fashion, style, music. Makes life more meaningful. The Hp Envy event is strictly by invitation on 18 October, 2013 so you know it’s not the time to be sloppy. Loads of artistes from @iamniyola to @iceprincezamani are showing up there. Whachu gon’ do?

I figure that a lot of guys will turn up looking like Bez, the glasses and all. Others will just be laid back daper like Tu Face but the girls???

1. Hair: I like to work with themes, you know? It makes dressing up or down much easier. For this event, I’m favouring the bun (that’s refusing to go outta fashion) either piled high or just a bit low. I’m also thinking ponytail or even pigtails. Trust me, pigtails make you look younger and more geek chic than ponytails. Of course, if you wear short hair a lightly tussled hair-do is perfect.

2. Accessories: For my geek-chic look, I’d do without my earrings or wear studs but I will compensate with stacking bracelets, charm beads, my wristwatch OR a neckpiece and some bracelets. Depending on what I’m wearing I would hold a clutch or carry a messenger bag.

3. Clothes: Depending on what you’re going to do – party like a rockstar only or network and party, I’m favouring shift dresses, jumpsuits, denim looks, shorts, peg pants, skirts, tartan/plaid (which is trending now). My ideal look will be buttoned up denim shirt plus a floral pleated skirt, slippers (not flip-flops o!) and a messenger bag. I expect to see high tops, sneaker wedges, the whole range of quirky fashion.

4. Makeup: This should by no means be loud so I’m favouring the ONE only principle that is only one bold colour on your face be it lips, cheeks, eyes. Just one pop of colour. Though I will permit falsies *chuckles*

I didn’t put any pictures in here but you would get all the inspiration you need in my Looks I love tab. Need I say your babeliness game is incomplete if you’ve got hygiene all wrong? Don’t forget to freshen up, chew a piece of gum or whatever else you know to do.

Let’s have fun tomorrow! For more detz, you can tweet at @gbemioo #hpenvymusicfestival #imadumpcoachella

GTbank-LFDW 2013 is here! What to wear…

So like me you are a lover of fashion but couldn’t get a spot at all the fashion week events held in Paris, Milan and New York? Don’t even break a sweat! The whole world knows that Africa is the place to be for everything from business to fashion (you’ve noticed that many designers use African print, haven’t you?) and that’s why GTBank is bringing the Lagos Fashion and Design Week from 23- 26 October, 2013.

Yayyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Im practically going insane here and you must understand why. Anyway, my focus today is … What to wear to… I plan to make this a more regular entry when there’s an interesting event in the works.

The key for any fashion week is to not be a fashion victim. Don’t throw so many things together in the name of avant-garde fashion only to end up looking like a clown. Trust me, that’s the last thing you want. And you have to remember that not all runway looks will work ‘offway’. So what am I proposing? Here are my hip tips to represent yourself at fashion week.

1. Trends: A lot of things are trending this quarter and others have been trending all year long. So pick 2 (workable) trends and combine with one classic trend and a staple item. For instance, combine a tartan/plaid skirt/pants with a white shirt, nude shoes and statement neckpiece. In place of plaid, you can do anything from floral print, animal print to houndstooth or chevron prints. What this tip does is make you safely fashionable but if you’re in doubt, wear a jumpsuit. You can view my post on Jumpsuits.

2. Hair: The classic hair-do I favour is a long wavy weave. If you are like me, you’d have cashed in on Mide’s mane’s independence day promo or sallah promo. However, fashion isn’t always about being safe. You’ve gotta take risks sometimes, so I’d be favouring a pixie cut (think Annne Hathaway, Toni Braxton, Halle Berry or Niyola (brief spell)) even though it’s been ages since I wore short hair. Remember that the hair-do has to match the outfit. You can even do dreads or braids or cornrows with your African print outfits.

3. Theme: I strongly believe that understanding the theme of an event is key to dressing well for it. So I ask myself what do GTBank, Fashion and design stand for? What do they represent? Think youthfulness, being bold, standing out, pacesetting. These should guide your outfit choices.

4. Be real: After the saga of some babes flaunting fake Chanel Lego bags, I’m sure a lot of peeps have realized ‘You can best be you, you can best be real’ if your bag isn’t real Hermes or Balenciaga, just go with the ankara piece you love so much, or your Zara, Topshop or whatever else. Remember fashion isn’t all about designers and a truly fashionable or stylish babe knows just how to combine high street and designer items. Trust me,Fashion is an expression of your reality amd style is…..

I’m not really a pictures person but I do try, so I’m bringing this picture of one of my idols – Omoyemi Akerele and Ono Bello whose site I got the pictures.

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What to wear to Sisters with Soul and Smooth FM’s Luxury Concert

Oh no!!! It’s not too late for me to help you with Sisters with Soul, really it isn’t. I’ve been off the radar so I couldn’t get this in. So I’ma make it quick. I’m instantly thinking of plaid, hound’stooth, metallics, weaves, pixie cut, falsies, bold colours, feminine, flirty, comfy, and the pretty Ankara prints….Let’s get specific.

1. Hair: This evening, you need the most glamorous do ever. From your straight sleek weaves to the wavy ones or to the baddest cut ever. You should ensure that your hair works for this event. Feminine and sexy

2. Clothes: My ideal look tonight is not the over flogged evening gown, nossirr!!!!!!! I’d be rocking a jumpsuit. If you would love to do a dress, think short (not extra short), flared, pleated or perhaps a bandage dress if you’ve got the body for it. You can also do a romper, high waisted pants. Think glam, be glam!

3. Accessories: There is no better event than this to wear those really bold statement neckpieces you’ve hidden away for so long. It doesn’t matter if it’s plastic or gold-plated, you should consider wearing a neckpiece. But note that this should work with and not against your outfit. Think bangles, rings and don’t forget your wristwatch.

4. Shoes: This is the time to really channel your inner diva, really. Pumps, booties, peep-toes even gladiators would work depending on your outfit. The key for shoes is comfy, really.

5. Bag: Depending on what you’re wearing, the ideal bag might be a clutch but make it an oversized clutch. A messenger bag, crossbody bag or tote should work. Let your clothes dictate. Do not forget hygiene and confidence: Everything you do in steps 1-3 above will just go to the dustbin if you don’t have your babeliness game on (Proper hygiene and a healthy dose of confidence).

6. Don’t forget to get your makeup, pedicure and manicure done. And like I always say, babeliness begins with cleanliness.

I love Mary J Blige and always will. I also love all the babes sharing the stage tonight. Special love to Niyola. Whatever it is, please tag your pictures with latendenzalagos and let me see what you’re wearing.

For more tips and tricks check out Concert looks

For other detz check: News

Phillip Lim’s Target

I can hear you thinking bull’s-eye?  But I’m actually referring to Phillip Lim’s much talked about and greatly loved bag collection for Target!

Even though there was absolutely no way for me to be in the store when it opened, I did feel the same sense of excitement and elation when the news broke.  In my world of designer vs. high street fashion, it’s the only question on my mind.  And when De Divah Deals requested that I repost Duro Olowu + JC Penney on Facebook, I knew there’s something right about my world.

What makes designers collaborate with high street?

If you’d never heard of Phillip Lim before, you sure know him now (and I’m speaking to myself mainly).  And it’s pretty much the same way that a lot of career women (middle-class) find themselves stocking Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch accessories (in Lagos, Nigeria, at least) instead of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga…Please do not get me wrong,  I totally love Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga and all they represent (the snag is I can’t ALWAYS afford ’em) and I’m by no means saying that MK and Marc have high street collabos (or not) but they have certainly made themselves available to people like us (whose limit for designer items is below $200).  And that’s precisely why Phillip Lim would do something for Target – to make himself available to us.

In this day and age when designers appear to exist only for the elite and our beloved celebs, Phillip’s move is absolutely on point.  Not to come across as desperate (after all, it’s my money I’d spend), I would love to see designers (not celebrities) make an attempt to broaden their reach from haute couture and make more prêt-a- porter and affordable items (since they’ve made Prive, Atelier and other exclusives).  It’s absolutely possible!

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