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#OOTD

Hello Readers,

The #ootd (outfit of the day) or days in this particular post are a combination of different style ideas.

I include a Mix & Match series (African meets Western), ¬†show different ways to dress an item, attempt to bring back collar and statement necklaces and a little bit of ‘randomness’. LOL.

Let the pictures do the talking:

  • Ways to wear:

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I’m dressing up my red balloon skirt for an outing as seen above and also dressing it down for a casual day in the cold weather as seen belowIMG_7288.JPG (1)

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Make your clothing items work for you. Be sure to have pieces in your closet that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.

How would you wear yours?

Skirt: H&M

Red shoes: Call It Spring

Sweater: Forever 21

Neck piece: Hand made by me

  • Mix & Match:

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Wearing this Ankara crop top from a crop top set with a peplum skirt and booties as seen above or matching the skirt from the set with a bedazzled top as seen below:

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Ankara set: IROC Designs by Edima, @edyyma on Instagram

Skirt: Dorothy Perkins

Shoes: Forever 21

Neck piece: Beads by Oma

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Mixing and matching my lace pencil skirt with a casual top, perfect with heels for a more dressy approach, or with flats for a casual look.

  • Must-Have accessories this season:

Playful stockings as I like to call them, to add a little style to your winter fashion:

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Statement neck-pieces, to take your outfits to a whole other level

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I’d love to see how you mix and match your items,dress your pieces up or your unique statement pieces. Tag or email me your pictures if you do.

Cheers…. xxxx

Photo credit: Rina of TWS and Ted.

PS: This is not a sponsored post.

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The International Fashion Encounter Dubai Fashion Show

Lets throw back to the 26th of November, 2015 when the International Fashion Encounter Fashion Show held in Business Village, Dubai.

I was privileged to meet the renowned Jason Cameron, CEO of the Toronto Fashion Academy and a well known Fashion guru in the entertainment industry , known for his  Fashion Styling, Fashion Show Choreography, Events Coordination, Acting & Modeling Agent & Booker and an Instructor and Life Style Coach. Having been in the the Entertainment and Fashion Industry for over 15 years,  he has worked with several mainstream brands along with bringing International Fashion Week to Toronto as well as several concerts and charity fundraisers. He was honored with a plaque on October 9th, 2013 from the United Nations National Women Committee of Canada for his outstanding and on going support. I was also privileged to meet his very lovely wife. They are both honestly such a delight, warm, friendly and are a wealth of insight in fashion. Amazing people! He is also the brain behind the International Fashion Encounter (IFE), a platform catering to local consumer markets from around the world. The aim of the IFE is to bring those interested in various exciting fashion trends from around the world together with designers from around the globe. It is a fashion and lifestyle show. IFE is also a platform for buyers as well as fashion editors to seek and promote new trends from various parts of the world. It is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and serves to fulfill fashion needs from around the world, under one roof. For more on them, you can visit http://www.torontofashionacademy.ca/ ;   https://www.facebook.com/torontofashionacademyofficial/ ;  https://www.facebook.com/internationalfashionencounter/ ;  http://www.internationalfashionencounter.com/ Also follow their Instagram page for news on events and profiles, @torontofashionacademy and @intl_fashion_encounter

The fashion show showcased very elegant and unique pieces from designers and I didn’t even want it to end. So many beautiful and unique pieces it felt like I was in fantasy island even. Since I¬†promised you loads of pictures, I’m sure you trust me not to disappoint.

This exclusive event hosted three (3) designers from around the globe and is a must-attend for those who know what fashion and style is all about, or at least want to know. The designers who were represented that evening were:

  • Zia Zamora (Africa):¬†¬†Zia Zamora is a designer of luxury ¬†accessories ¬† and ¬†ready-¬≠‚Äźto-¬≠‚Äźwear. ¬†These ¬†products ¬†include ¬† accessories, ¬†footwear, ¬†jewelry, ¬†men‚Äôs ¬†and ¬† women‚Äôs ¬†ready-¬≠‚Äźto-¬≠‚Äźwear ¬†pieces. ¬†Their pieces represent glamour and elegance, exuding sophistication and luxury in its own iconic way. ¬† Zia ¬†Zamora ¬†is ¬†committed ¬†to ¬†bridging ¬†the ¬†gaps ¬†in ¬† the ¬†fashion ¬†industry, ¬†especially ¬†in ¬†North ¬† America, ¬†South ¬†America ¬†and ¬†the ¬†African ¬†market. A few of my favorite pieces from that evening:

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I fell in love with the balance of glitz and glam exuded from the pieces, how they came off intricately done and I would totally rock these pieces to an event. For more of her exclusive designs, find her on the following platforms: Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/officialziazamora/     Instagram:  @ziazamora and  www.ziazamora.com

  • Rock ‘N Karma (Canada):¬†Rock ¬†‘N ¬†Karma, ¬†is ¬†famed ¬†by ¬†their ¬†signature ¬†miracle ¬†fabric. ¬†Women ¬†become ¬† addicted ¬†to ¬†the ¬†Ô¨Āgure ¬†Ô¨āattering ¬†cuts ¬†and ¬†exceptionally ¬†slimming ¬†styles. ¬†The ¬† collection ¬†is ¬†painted ¬†and ¬†beaded ¬†couture ¬†blended ¬†into ¬†black. ¬†All ¬†things ¬† innovative, ¬†chic, ¬†and ¬†everything ¬†in ¬†between. ¬†A few of my favorite pieces were:

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Meet the designer, on the left.

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I just loved how chic, urban and effortlessly cool the pieces are and I totally see myself rocking these. For more,¬†¬†check out the website: ¬†www.rocknkarma.com ¬† Instagram: ¬†@rocknkarma ¬† Facebook:¬†¬† ¬†hHps://www.facebook.com/ Rock-¬≠‚ÄźN-¬≠‚ÄźKarma-¬≠‚Äź612987238817241/

  • WedHaus by Abril Cervera (Latin-America): this is a luxury brand with a variety of gowns for a select group of Mexican and foreign celebrities. The exquisite tailoring, use of high quality textiles and and rich textures speak for themselves. She is an award winning designer and her pieces have been exhibited on high profile platforms. Some of my favorite pieces were:

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Meet the designer, the beautiful lady in jeans.

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I’m in love. I found it very hard to choose favorites, the elegance and luxury of these pieces give me goosebumps and I would totes rock all of them. For more, visit http://www.wedhaus.com.mx Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wedhaus or follow @wedhaus¬†on Instagram.

Some behind the scene photos ūüôā

Pictures at Total Wellness Spa where the models glammed up before the event,

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Quick selfie before the event (refer to my previous post for the full outfit)

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Quick selfie with Jason

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More behind the scene

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Be sure to give yourself to a relaxing treat at the Total Wellness Spa, Business Village, Dubai. Try their facials and thank me later.

Dress fitting

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Do check out the event and designers pages for more. PS: This is not a sponsored post but me sharing my encounter at an amazing show with the most wonderful people and exposing you to all things fab. ūüôā

 

Lovely weekend ahead readers…. xxx

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Outfits of the Month – November

Hello readers,

Here are the outfits featured this month to give you some style inspiration, feel free to ¬†nick a style and please tag me or send me pictures if you do. This month, we play with different color scheme themes, a winter inspired theme and what I wore to the International Fashion Encounter. Enjoy…. xxx

Always remember to dress right for your body type, define your own style, rock it and own it!!!

Please note, this is not a sponsored post. ALL outfits are mine.

Look 1 (All Black Everything Theme)

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Blazer: Mango

Shoes: Milano

Velvet top and flare skirt: Splashfashion

Weave: Me

Look 2 (Black & White Themed)

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I had to put that picture by popular demand… lol

 

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Blazer: Forever 21

Lace dress:  Ella

Shoes: Milano

Bag: Pierre Cardin

Look 3 (Winter Inspired, Some shades of Grey)

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Top: Nara Carmicie

Skirt: Iconic

Shoes: Call it Spring

Look 4 (Black & Yellow Inspired Theme)

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Jacket: Milla

Shoes: Aldo

Skirt: Splash Fashion

Look 5:  (What I wore to the International Fashion Encounter)

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So some of the most amazing people on the fashion scene came around and hosted their event (International Fashion Encounter) which I would write a post about soon. As seen, you can rock my look in two different ways, keeping it almost rock theme with the boots or going all girly with heels. Your choice…. just be sure to own it.

Jacket: Amisu

Dress: Iconic

Boots: Forever 21

Heels: River Island (they no longer stock these and I’ll be giving this pair away, just be sure to follow my Instagram account @ndatsendomo to qualify)

And its a wrap for November, which has been an amazing month. God is too faithful (as always) to fail. Have a theme in mind you want me to rock? Then please message me on Instagram, Facebook or simply drop a comment here and I will be happy to own it.

Have a blissful month ahead…. xxx

 

 

 

 

 

PS: Photographs taken by my good friend, Bunmi Obanawu, and Ted, a wonderful photographer you can contact on 971564154551 for amazing pictures.

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Sustainability in businesses

Hello readers,

I know I’m long overdue for a new post so here goes:

Ever wondered why you see businesses you once thought successful fold up? Today’s topic, Sustainability in Business, is on my mind¬†and here are a few points to keep in mind when creating and sustaining a successful business, I hope you learn a few things from it.

  1. Try to create a business that can be sustained in your physical absence. A business that requires you to be there before things move smoothly needs to be re-structured to ensure long term sustainability.
  2. Focus on building a global brand name for the purpose of (but not limited to) franchising; think what contributes to McDonald’s success (trust me on this one, I’ve done a couple of their ¬†financial analysis). You would not only benefit from a sustainable and reputable brand name, you would also benefit financially from this.
  3. Closely monitor economic trends, if there’s industry changes, you would want to know the causes and determine if you should strategically move with the big players; think why Kodak failed. Also, for instance in the next 15 years the world would be relying on sources of alternative and sustainable energy, oil might be no where and at that point Oil industry players should be moving towards where the patterns are leading.
  4. Don’t undermine the power of your competitors even if you are an industry leader; pay close attention to market trends.
  5. Make realistic financial projections. Expecting to break even too soon can sometimes be the cause of financial stress on a business. Not breaking even or making profit in the first few years is not an indicator of an unsustainable business.
  6. Engage your customers. Pay close attention to feedback and be particular about customer service. They are why you are in business. As much as you can, pursue brand loyalty.
  7. Partner with people that believe in your brand. Successful businesses are not smooth sailing all the time but having partners and strategic alliances who support you makes it easier.

Creating sustainability in your business requires much more than can be outlined in one post but keeping these in mind is a great place to start and always refer to. Overtime, I would also be writing about specific topics. I’m also open to writing on topics you suggest.

Thank you readers and have a great week ahead. Cheers. xx

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No jobs??! But WHY?!

Hello readers,

I’d like to pick up from my last post regarding finance and earnings.

I’m sure the title of today’s post has gotten you wondering.

Overtime I’ve heard able and capable bodied folks murmur and complain about their jobs, job situation or simply the lack of gainful employment. I personally am guilty of one of these at various points in my life. One day I got reflecting over things and started recalling things I’d learned from a couple of entrepreneurship books in time past.

I thought to myself, if the majority of the world (research says 97% of the people are employed by the 3% who took risks to become employers) depends upon these 3% for gainful employment, how many people of the world population can they actually satisfactorily serve?

Well, I have a short answer  to the title of this blog post: You are not creating one.

As a job seeker you can become a job provider? We usually sit and create limitations in our head or blame other people for where we are today but guess what? We are our own limitation and I proceed to invalidate some of our excuses below:

  1. No capital!¬†I’m sorry but this very popular excuse holds no weight whatsoever. You can start any business with as little capital as possible. No amount of capital is ever too small. If you dream of owning an airline in the next 10 years, I have news for you, its the little businesses you start from now that will help you achieve it. The coca cola you know so well is the outcome of a $2300 investment in 1889.
  2. We doubt our abilities!¬†A lot of the time I find many of us doubt our ability to pursue and achieve our dreams. Many times we see good success as a far reaching dream, one our minds can’t comprehend, we tend to believe its only for a chosen few and put barriers on how far we let our dreams take us. Hey! It really is okay to have dreams and goals so big that they scare you. If your dreams don’t scare you then you haven’t started dreaming. The Louis Vuitton you know so well was once a peasant and box maker who left home in search of greener pastures. He believed in himself and even as a box maker, he was one of the best and most innovative in that field.
  3. We give up too soon!¬†Often times we have great ideas in our mind we want to try out or even tried out once or twice and gave up due to setbacks. Sometimes we even give up before we attempt to try. Maybe you have a business idea and you find lots of people are in that sector already. In our minds we think ”too many people are already doing it, there’s no space for me.” Well, there must be a reason why every one is doing it so why don’t you try? There’s more than enough people in the world needing products or services and the ‘too many people already doing it’ can’t serve them all. The Walt Disney you know was once sacked for ‘lacking imagination’ and had several failed businesses. Henry Ford failed and lost money a couple of times, Harrison Ford was told he would never be successful at making movies and Stephen King thrashed an early draft of his book. Even Steve Jobs was once unseated from Apple. Instant success is not the only kind of success.

These points, though few, are the major reasons why most of us never see past our comfort zones and take risks. Outline your dreams in the near and far future, come up with action plans and strategies. Quit the lazy, excuses-making attitude and grow beyond your self doubts. Replace your idle time with self-development and improvement. Get on your feet and put your mind to good use. A lot of people are waiting on you to take advantage of the power God has given you to make wealth. Stop waiting for everything to be handed to you. Create something. Do something. Be something.

PS: Having a job to do is wonderful, but do not let the lack of one cause you to be idle.

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Finance & Earnings Nuggets

Good day loves.

Been a min since I’ve been on here but anyways, here are a few nuggets for us all this morning concerning personal finance and earnings:

  1. Don’t turn down opportunities. Every extra $1 you earn is $1 you didn’t have before. No matter how little the earnings, its not sometimes all about money. Experience and the network of people you meet is priceless. PS: I picked this one up from my cousin.
  2. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. If you are going to embark on any project, no matter how little, do it with everything you’ve got. Give your best to ALL your endeavors.
  3. Place value on your time. Don’t waste it and do not let others waste it. Every 1 second you waste is 1 second you can never have back. Spend your time wisely and productively.
  4. Try to leverage on the resources you have around you. It could be your network, space, or available capital. Don’t try to do everything alone. Most successful businesses thrive on partnerships.
  5. When you are young, your primary work goal should be to learn and not just to earn.
  6. Try not to start out above your means. Figure out a suitable level of financial leverage (if availabe to you) and make the most of what you have. You can start your business from your home or a friends office till you are able to afford your own office space. Try not to spend most of you initial capital paying rent. You can even start online.
  7. Prov 16:3. Commit your ideas, thoughts and plans to God and you will surely be prosperous. Its your heritage afterall.
  8. Take risks. Every successful business person had to take risks and continuously take these risks.

Have a fabulous day and week lovelies, till my next post… xx

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Thinking outside the box; should there even be a box?

Recently, I saw a picture of a lady in a mint green lace top and an orange flare maxi skirt (try to picture it). My first thought was ‘Euwww! That does not; look good! Total fashion no no’; and then I took another look at the picture and i thought to myself, ‘That was rather not nice of me to think, are there even any hard and fast rules to what does and does not look good in fashion? She was happy, she was comfortable and most importantly, she was confident. Even if there are rules, who says the rule setters are the ultimate?’

I think fashion is about expressing your own sense of style and appreciating your appearance. There is no one good look that you put on to please the eyes of others. First of all, you please yourself and then whatever others think is well, their problem. I’m not endorsing indecent dressing in any form, that is, in fact, the one ‘No’ I do approve of. But so long as you look decent, you feel good and you appreciate yourself, by all means, just do you.

Another thing about fashion I think is to not follow trends, try to find your own style and your own fashion identity, wearing items just because everyone else is wearing them or because they are in vogue gives of a vibe that screams “Help! I cant find my own identity, so I’ll just follow the crowd.” Even if you find yourself sub-consciously styling yourself up in items which seem to be in vogue, by all means, add some level of uniqueness to it. Don’t be another version of someone else, be bold, be unique, stand out and be yourself.

Let this thinking affect other aspects of your life, ¬†most times we are afraid to do things we think are ‘not normal.’ We live our lives so constricted by abstract rules and laws we aren’t even sure exist and we end up never even discovering who we really are.

We limit our mindsets, our creativity, our business ideas, our fashion senses, and generally narrow down our scope of thinking to a small horizon. But, who sets these rule and who says there is even a box? Start thinking like there is NO box at all.

This week, challenge yourself and your thinking. Do something you’ve always been afraid to do because you thought people will see you as weird or crazy. Start a business you’ve always feared people will criticize as foolish, wear an outfit you’ve always thought to try out and just start to really live out you own identity. Remember, nothing normal ever changed the world.

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Featured pic: unique piece of the day: embroidered top, tell me if you likey…. xxx

PS: forgive the bathroom selfie, we all have one. lol!

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Thinking business-wise

As a person who has always been passionate about business development, I derive some kind of joy watching and helping (when I can), a business start from scratch and get to the top, having always been someone to buy and sell something or participate in long and short term investments, there are a few things I’ve come to realize regarding businesses:

  1. Do not depend on your friends and family to be your number one fans. If you are lucky like me, they will be. But if they are not, hey, just keep moving and striving with no hard feelings.
  2. Be realistic in your projections. At every stage of your business, there MUST (notice I said MUST) be challenges, watching and growing through these challenges is what makes your business sustainable.
  3. Be patient. I’ve watched couple of individual businesses grow simply because they stuck it out. If you are one of the lucky few who break out into ‘success’ early, then good for you, but for others, remember good things take time.
  4. Be passionate about what you are doing or don’t do it at all. Seriously! If you lack the passion, you can’t stick it through the tough times.
  5. Be prayerful. Don’t let your first thought in times of trials be a fellow human, run to God first, then seek His will and direction. Remember, faith first, then works.
  6. Customer service and customer relationship is EVERYTHING. Acknowledge and appreciate your customers. Remember, you are in business to serve them.
  7. Plough back your profits. Do not spend your profits before they are earned and do not spend more than you save. Many folks lose their net worth trying to appear more valuable than they really are. Save first, then spend.
  8. Never stop giving. If you are in a position to help, then by all means, HELP. You can choose to donate a percentage of your profits to charity, whatever you do, just be thankful for the opportunity to be on the giving end.

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Have a fulfilling week….. xx

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A lacey affair

As a person who has always been addicted to the prettiness and feminine nature of lace and lacey stuff, when worn right of course, I decided to make my own elegant long lace dress, went out on a mission to search for the perfect fabric for it, and even if I didnt find exactly what I wanted, I found something close enough.

Drop a comment or send us an email if you are interested in this look or crop tops available in this fabric.. xxx

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Tell me if you like it:

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