10 Top Tips to Dress With Confidence

1. What is the occasion?Micah Gianneli Dressing with confidence NaturalPride

It’s not rocket science ladies. The occasion will always determine what outfit is required of you *tuts her teeth at the girl wearing clubwear to attend a Christening – like really?!*. Even work can be classed as an occasion because if you are not required to wear a uniform, it is yet another opportunity to look fabulous.

2. Is it appropriate?

Use some initiative when it comes to creating an outfit, as you should know what is acceptable in specific situations and what is not. You should never have to change your dressing personality but, you should always be able to adapt your style if need be.

If you are going to show cleavage cover your thighs and vice versa, as there is a thin line between classy and inappropriate 😉

3. Is it comfortable?

How many times have you worn an item of clothing that left you pulling or tugging all day?! (Darn corset – looked cute but has as much comfort as sitting in a bath of cold water). Be sensible, opt for items that you know you can withstand if you had to wear it for long periods of time and you will never go wrong.

4. Recycling

We are now in a generation that have come accustomed to a ‘Throwaway Culture’. The amount of wardrobes that are probably cluttered with clothes that have not been seen since yesteryear, even though they were only worn once is absolutely epic! Turn that boob tube dress into an A-line skirt in an instant and act like it’s brand new.

5. Hairstyling

The hairstyles that can be created to compliment your outfit are endless. The afro has evolved and with a little attention to detail, that afro of yours will highlight the beauty of natural hair.

A tapered afro can bring a unique edge to the round shape we have grown to know and it is a very accommodating option for those who currently have a TWA (teenie weenie afro) or short length.

6. The perfect footwear

The perfect shoe can make or break an outfit. Have you ever had your attention caught by an attractive guy to have your eyes stop dead when you see his dirty trainers?! Well, it goes the same for us ladies, we can’t be looking sexy and be wearing shoes that are past their sell by date.

Everyone has an ‘old faithful’ (those shoes that you could wear on repeat until the end of time) but, try and be accommodating to what you are wearing to keep things interesting.

7. Accessories

If accessories are not for you that is fine but, they make a remarkable difference to any outfit. No matter what budget you have to work with, you will be able to find something to make your outfit pop!

8. Get creative

Sometimes, creativity can go a long way. Fashion is endless and by adding your own personal touches, you can create a look that no-one else can achieve. If you are feeling a look that one of our peers has created, why not adapt it? I’m personally dying to try a Turban Bun (Note to self: Must stop using headscarfs for sleeping purposes only), so I will be seeking designs that will fit into my dress code.

9. Try, try, try…

Never be too scared to ransack the wardrobe now and again until you find the right outfit. 9 times out of 10, you will probably wear the first outfit you tried on but you never heard that from me lol! The joys of looking good ay?

10. What is missing?

So when you have checked yourself from head-to-toe, the only thing left to do is strut down that imaginary runway and let the compliments roll in while your beauty radiates.

Maria Kerr

Photo Source: rawwblog.com

What top tips can you add?

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Fashion Week African Style

New York Fashion Week African Style Designer: Christie Brown
A beautiful bold range of colours, print and material. No matter what your skin complexion or hair do, strut with class!

New York Fashion Week African Style  Designer: Mai Atafo and Kelech Odu
A dash of colour mixed with a whole lot of sexy. These colours speak volumes.
Dress your man up in these cutting edge styles.

New York Fashion Week African Style  Designer: Naked Ape
Effortlessly cool style from a designer who has worked for GQ and as the fashion editor for Elle magazine. Be inspired..

New York Fashion Week African Style  
Designer: Serwa Duaba
For the hour glass silhouette these dresses will flatter. No more worrying about bulging,  as the tribal print acts as a perfect camouflage for any parts of the body that you wish to conceal 😉

New York Fashion Week African Style

Designer: Taibo Bacar
Dresses suitable for all occasions.
This summer make your presence known whether you have long hair or no hair, it’s all fabulous 😉

 

Ester Selassie

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5 Sizzling Natural Hair Dos

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Fabulous  Mohawk worn by
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Elegance personified!
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Solange Knowles 
Vibrant Finery
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Kelis' "Flesh Tone" Album Release Party

Sexy red pixie cut
Kelis

 

Ester Selassie

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Hair & Body Care Workshop

Hair & Body Care Workshop/Presentation The Calabash Hub

Saturday 23rd March 
12.30pm – 4.30pm
Akhaya
Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre
Town Hall Approach Road
London
N15 4RX

1 day workshop for men and women where you will be able to formulate your own skin care and beauty treatments, and hair care remedies using organic and natural ingredients that are healthy, clean and pure without the harsh chemicals, toxins and preservatives. Everything you make you take home and indulge in! Ingredients, jars, utensils & recipes will be provided, there will be competitions, prizes and light Refreshments Provided More Information

Hair-ology Conference

hair-ology natural hair event

Wednesday 6th March 2013
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sir Andrew Flemming Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building Room GO6
University College London
WC1E 7JE

Ladies with all hair textures welcome – from gorgeous relaxed tresses to exquisite kinky curls. Learn about the secrets to healthy, lustrous hair at this exclusive, fun and information-filled free event! More Information

 

Combs from Kemet: Egyptian Hair Ornaments in an African Context

Combs from Kemet Event The British MuseumCombs from Kemet Event The British Museum

Saturday  2nd March 2013
1.15pm – 2.15pm
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
British Museum
Great Russell St
London
WC1B 3DG

Although in everyday use throughout the Nile Valley, hair combs reflect the often changing culture and belief of inhabitants of the region over 4,000 years. This illustrated talk will explore the iconography and imagery they depict More Information

 

Curluscious Talks Event

CurlusciousTalks Natural Hair Event

Thursday 28th February 2013
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Croydon College
College Road
Croydon
CR9 1DX

Struggling to manage your natural hair? 
Sick of breakage & dry scalp problems?
Do you want longer hair?
Come & learn the true secret of black hair care! More Information..

***Check out the event review here ***

Opposites Attract..

Monochrome is doing it again!
This colour combo screams style!


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Are an absolute must to complete the look!
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Happy Shopping 😉

Hair and Make Up 101

Hair & Make Up 101 Natural Hair EventSaturday 23rd February 2013
10.00am -6.00pm
The Dining Place
Colindale
London
NW9 5XA

A D.I.Y guide to enhancing your beauty with hair and make up tutorials. 90% Practical 10%, theory with a manual. The class is sponsored by Virgos Lounge the vintage inspired label as seen in OK, Grazia, Cosmopolitan.co.uk and more; each participant will receive a free item from the collection! More Information

Natural Hair Myths

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric” ― Bertrand Russell
Fashionista!

Fashionista!

Isn’t it crazy since how many years, black women have been told they should relax or wear extensions to be seen as beautiful? It is! Even in 2013, some judgements are still being made regarding unprocessed hair. Here is a list of some of the most common ideas & stereotypes towards kinky hair:  

Belief #1: Natural hair is not beautiful

Belief #2: You can’t comb natural hair; it’s too coarse and dry

Belief #3: Kinky hair doesn’t grow (Lies!!!)

 

 

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Mini Twists on natural hair Alicia James

Mini Twists Tutorial

Gorgeous Two Strand Mini Twists

Alicia James Mini Twists Natural hair


These beauties are so versatile. Easy to style and protective.
Although they can take a long time to do… In the tutorial below they took 10hours BUT do not let this deter you lol. Once they are in they can stay in for a very long time. 

Products Used

Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme available from British Curlies 2oz or 16oz 

Tutorial
Hair Tip: Mini twists can be done on wet hair but they will not come out stretched. They’ll appear shorter but and this creates a totally different look, funky and full of volume (I prefer twists on wet hair) 😉

Photo Source:
easynaturalhair.com

Kotur Clutch

Margo Lace Minaudiere

Beautiful petite pink and white clutch bag

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Go on.. Treat yourself 😉

Success With Your Hair

Like everything in nature, change take time. The time you wait for things to change can be considerable, but often worth it. If you planted a rose seed yesterday; you would not expect the rose to be in full bloom today. Viewing the rose in all its silky vibrant beauty may take a while.

This is the human condition in one, we all grow in different time spans and stages. For that reason to avoid frustration when dealing with natural hair:

 

  •  Write a hair diary or a hair journal
  • Jot down when you first decide to go natural and the milestones you have met, tangible progress made
  • Note how often you wash your hair, blow-dry, trim (split ends occur whether hair is natural or otherwise)
  • Most importantly give your hair the time! Don’t expect over night success, enjoy the journey

Taking all into account, the most favorable way to achieve a high standard of finish with natural hair is to invest in products, (without becoming a product junkie lol). Some may disagree, however simply washing, combing and wrapping up at night is quite redundant and anti-productive (especially if you wish to go through different hair extrapolations). Below I have included one of my favourite product of the moment.

Esters choice

Olive Oil Formula Conditioning Spray OilPak Cosmetics Palmers Oil

A luxurious natural spray oil that helps condition hair and scalp.  Formulated with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E, this easy to use spray oil is ideal for braids.

Available sizes:

150ml, buy now at Pak Cosmetics

 

Ester Selassie

 

Celebrate Black History Month!

Hey hey hey,

February’s started and it is not only themonth of lovebut also, in the United States, it’s the time to remember our past and the people who had an impact on our present. Yes, it is Black history month!

Let’s have a look of what this event really is.

Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

What is Black history month?

This period of the year was originated by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), an African-American historian, in February 1926. At first, the commemoration was called “Negro history week” and only celebrated during the 2nd week of February, to match both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. But 5o years later (1976), the name was changed to “Black history month” and was extended to the whole month of February.

Nowadays, this month is celebrated in the whole United States, and is synonym of history, achievement and pride. In fact, what is celebrated is the people and importantly the events which have made black history. It’s a moment to thank and remember people like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. for their contribution. Our life would probably be a lot different, without their courage.

But, how is it celebrated over there?

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…Love is in the hair

Love is in the air and whether you’re with Mr (or Mrs), Valentine’s Day is the one day where you want to make sure that you are looking on point! I’m talking about that, ‘Dress-to-impress’, ‘Kill-them-with-fashion’ outfit that makes your other half feel like the luckiest person in the world (which they are of course!).

So where do we start?! Sexy, sophisticated or pure swagger?  The choices are endless ladies and anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m not impartial to concocting an outfit out of all three.  Yes, I know I know, we should not fall into the commercial trap for this one day but even if we are staying indoors with someone special, a little effort will not hurt, right? January has just ended, there are still many bargains that can be picked up for next to nothing and with the right shoes and accessories, you can turn a plain piece into a knockout outfit.

Here’s a few ideas for having a kinkilicious Valentines:-

 Midi Bodycon Dress With Drape V Back
Teasehim with a glimse of your back
Shop it now £35.00
ASOS

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Maxi Dress with High Low Side
Flash those sexy pins!
£35.00 ASOS

ASOS Maxi Dress with High Low Side Valentines day inspiration

Sexy Midi Pencil with Lace Insert
Lace oozes sex appeal, drive him crazy with this figure hugging beauty
£45.00 from ASOS

ASOS Sexy Midi Pencil with Lace Insert Valentines Day Inspiration ASOS Sexy Midi Pencil with Lace Insert

 Mini Dress with Diamond Back
Can’t go wrong with a mini dress 😉
Now only £10.00 at ASOS

ASOS Mini Dress with Diamond Back Valentines day inspiration ASOS Mini Dress with Diamond Back

So, when our outfit is chosen, what happens with our natural kinks? Well ladies, this is the time when you will put all you’ve learnt (whether by watching videos, hearsay or self-education) into practice. Natural hair can be a very sexy feature and the options are endless. There’s nothing that having access to water, oil, pomade, gel and hairclips can’t fix, even those bad hair days can be used to your advantage with a twist and a poke here or there.
Check out this vid for inspiration:

In the words of my beautiful friend,

Love, Peace and Hair Grease.

Maria Kerr

Timeless Inspirations

Mother Teresa once said:

We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.”

Some people understood this statement very well. Indeed, people like Rosa Parks and Bob Marley did. These two great minds had (and still have) an undeniable impact on the world today. Let’s go back, way back…

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

She is still known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement”. The famous woman, who refused to give up her seat on this bus, on this 1st of December 1955…  Who would have thought that she would still be remembered for it today? This act of boldness was the beginning of a new era for the black community. This act inspired the black population of Montgomery, and gave them the courage to boycott the bus company.

To celebrate her courage,  her statue will be placed at the Capitol Hill this year, making her the first African-American woman to be represented there.

Bob Marley (aka Tuff Gong)

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

The most well-known reggae singer/songwriter and musician of all time. This  full head of  locks grew up in Jamaica  where he dedicated a large amount of his time to music.  He first joined The Wailers, but after a while he decided to do his own music, while still working with the group. Continue reading

I Am Not My Hair

I was once told that a woman’s beauty is her hair, well to all who think such an insane thing I say:

“Good hair means curls and wavesIndia Arie I am not my hair
Bad hair means you look like a slave,
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty,
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley,
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
It’s not what’s on your head
It’s what’s underneath (ohh yess)….” Continue reading

Versace Pre-Fall 2013

Stick it on the Wish List!

VERSACE Pre-Fall 2013

Studded Stiletto Shoe

Leather, studs and ankle cuffs!!… 

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