Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CONFIDENCE: A model's make up bag

Anywhere a model goes, the air around her should always elude confidence, please don't  mistake it as pride. Also their body language and their interaction with others shows alot about how confident a model is. As a confident model, you should be able to walk with heads held high, maintain eye contact and stand tall.  Also a model shouldn't be deterred by rejection. The fact that you were not picked for a job or a big gig several Times shouldn't reduce your cónfidence, it only gives you the drive to do better next time, putting in mind thát there are môre opportunities that will come up.

Also a confident model shouldn't be proud, rude, saucy, with a bitchy attitude, that doesnt make one confident, it only shows one's insecurities or low self esteem due to the fact that such person knows there are models better than her and she is using it as a defense technique to strive in the Industry, that cant help, what helps more is being confident. The truth is its not about having a clique of Friends, being a snub or being rude to other models and designers, being a psychotic bitch, that makes you a model, but you being humble and being yourself. A confident model is not proud or Full of herself, a confident model is Nice, not afraid to interact and make Friends. A confident model is approachable and relatable with. They are not clingy either.  Last but not the least, a confident model believes in God first, and herself. Before every casting or auditions, he or She prays to God for to take control and pray for God's will to be done if he/she knows what she is doing. Without God, you are Nothing.

A confident model must believe in herself, raise her head up high and go to castings and auditions with the believe she is the best person for the job. If eventually, she doesn't get the job, instead of wallowing in self pity and lamenting to herself of how unfortunate she is, she always believes in herself that she did her best for the job and there was a good reason it didnt work out as planned because a bigger and better gig is coming up. They look forward to the next opportunities and prepare well towards it.         Thanks for staying tuned, tune here next week for another model writeup. By Ifeling

Saturday, December 21, 2013


    Everyone believes that any model who gets discovered by á big Agency or a modelling competition, struts the runway of every big show in Nigeria, appear on magazine covers and is known internationally in the modelling Industry is a supermodel. 'NADA' That's a big misconception. The truth is there are no more supermodels. Before you strangle me, there are three categories of models. The supermodel, the powermodel and the it model.


like the originals in the vampire diaries, there are also originals in the modelling Industry. They are (1) Naomi Campbell (2) Cindy Crawford (3) Christy Turlington (4) Linda Evangelista (5)Claudia Shiffer. Only 1 or 2 of the names sounds familiar right? that's because they were the real and big models of the 80's and 90's, probably most of you were not born then right?     Why these models were big then is because they were known by almost everyone inside and outside of the fashion and modelling industry, from the fashión guru, to the average businessman to the common housewife. They were on the covers of almost every magazine, either fashion related or not fashion related. These were models who anyone who isn't familiar with the fashion or modelling Industry could relate to as a model back in the 80s and 90s. There were no restrictions when it came to them featuring ïn magazine editorials. For example Oluchi Orlandi who is known as a fashion and glamour model seen on the cover of Business Tribune, it's like a square peg in a round hole, awkward!! but it wasn't like that back in the 80s and 90s. No restrictions because there were no celebrities. Now, the era of celebrities spoil market for the models big time. Singers, artistes and celebrities are appearing more on the cover of magazines, billboards, advertisement for consummable products etc, also ads for fragrances and cosmetic line. For example, Yvonne Nelson is the face of Zaron, Tonto Dike is the face of Chocolate hair. A model could have been the face of Zaron but Yvonne was used because Yvonne could relate more to an average nigerian lady who doesn't know anything about the modelling industry but, sees Yvonne who is on screen everytime. Now you see the point. You see these models we idolize and we are so quick to call supermodels today are not even close. The supermodels were recognizable then by almost anybody in the 80s and 90s.


I'm going to be using former beauty Queen and model Agbani Darego and former face of Africa Oluchi Orlandi has case studies. The power model is one who is not only a popular model, a role model to aspiring models, have great modelling features, being paid a lot of money for jobs done, brand ambassadors, but they still have the retaining Factor called 'power' factor. Even after so many years since they have been modelling, they are still very relevant in the Industry. Agbani Darego has managed to be relevant many years after she won Miss World. Oluchi Orlandi who is the first face of Africa is also still relevant. Also International models like Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss.   Not only are these models known for their name and reputation in the fashion and modelling Industry, they also have a brand attached to them, they are enterpreneurs, have become media personalities. Lets take Agbani Darego, apart from the fact that she is a known model she now has her denim line, AD DENIM. Oluchi Orlandi is now the anchor of African Next Top Model, Tyra Banks, American Next Top Model, so you see what i'm talking about. Models often referred to as supermodels are actually power models because they have managed to stay relevant after so many years of modelling. But hold on a Sec, i'm not saying power models can't be or are not as successful as supermodels, but 'as e be, celebrities don steal their shine'.


According to one American model(no be me talk am ooo) she talk say 'all too many 'it models' are the ones called supermodel. I'd say 80% or 90% of the models today who obtain some amount of measureable success in their careers should be automatically put under the 'it model' categorically.'    I'm not saying these 'it models' are less successful than the other two categories afore mentioned, its just to create a distinction. According to the American model, 'it's hard to reach the top of the modelling game, it's even harder to remain there.' When you see them, you know them. They are the ones who win modelling competitions, beauty pageants or are first runner-ups, become popular for 10 minutes, everyone wants to work with them, they become the cynosure of all eyes, other models will be beefing , after their reign, give them 6 months , they have disappeared into thin hair, they wont be relevant anymore, just to try and remain relevant and let people look their way, they  start putting bikini photos on their Instagram page. They get involved in one dirty scandal to another, or suddenly, they develop acting talents and you get to see them in newspaper interviews were they are asked where they have been for the past 5 years, they talk about going to reinvent themselves, and  want to move into the movie Industry or become an artiste because it has always been their childhood dream. Aaargh, i get tired of their interviews on saturday and Sunday Punch. Please stop referring to her as a supermodel, because she won a competition and prior to that time, she might have done only one runway job. People don't become supermodels and powermodels overnight. 'It models' are fresh blood, new faces, everyone wants to work with them, they are tagged every designer's favourite, every model's best friend, till new fresh faces surfaces. So next time, before you refer to a model as a supermodel and powermodel, think well, does this model deserve such title?.  
     By IfelingThanks for reading. Check this space for another interesting article next week. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013


     When you hear about a casting or an audition, what comes to your mind. Is it a casting for runway, commercial or an advertorial job?. If it turns out to be a runway casting, as a model, what are expected of you going for such casting.    First of all, you read d instructions carefully:

(1) Height Requirement: most runway shows use models from 5'9 and above, but in Nigeria,i guess the height is 5'8 and above. Whichever way, make sure you know your height. If you are below 5'8, please, dont bother going, except you are extremely good, i mean your selling point(your look, your Walk, your carriage) is wow and can make the judges overlook your height. But some auditions, measure your height before walking, so follow the height requirement.

(2) Complexion: for commercial and advertorial jobs, they most times specify on complexion. Like they want dark-skinned models, light-skinned models. But for runway, most Times, they dont specify. So once again, follow instructions.

(3) Time: models should try to adhere to the time Frame given, and even possible, go early to the auditions, why?? Because there will be so many models at the audition, to be attended to well, go to such castings early.  

When you are going to castings, make sure you look refreshed, and not shabby. Use little or no makeup. Little makeup, i mean a well shaped eyebrow, not thick and heavy eyebrow, light powder, no heavy foundation and nude lipstick or light makeup. Dont usê makeup that will make you look like a clown, or you going to a party, this is a casting for christ sake, dont let the judges see you as an unserious person. Also no makeup doesnt mean u should go to the casting looking dead or shabby. Also you should go with your natural hair, if not, your hair should be packed to the back, away from your face. Avoid fringe or any type of hair that will shield your face. Futhermore, the Standard dress Code for runway castings is tank top or fitted top, with leggings or tight jeans. This should come in dull colours like white, Black, ash or brown, no Bright colours. Avoid wearing dresses, skirts or short gowns.  you are not going to a party. No jewelleries. Another point is, be confident. Walk into the casting with that courage that you are the best model for the job. When you go to castings, you see models who look better than you, taller than you, their looks fierce and all that, that doesnt mean they will be picked, because their walk might be Zero, never be intimidated. Some models come to castings, and talk about the last job they did, how many jobs they have Done, who they know, blah blah blah, like who cares, u?? dont look at them, most are fake, just trying to show off. Try and be yourself too, that will boost your confidence. Dont go to castings to try and blend or fit in if you are new in the Industry you will only embarass yourself. DON'T FAMZ. If you see a popular model, or a model you love and always wanted to meet, you can walk up to her, tell her hi, have a little chit chat, and be on your way. Dont be too clingy either.  Then lastly, be confident, smile, believe in yourself, and believe in God. Thanks for reading, visit here next week for another interesting article, love ya. By Ifeling

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Over the weekend,Balogun Tolulope of Fashion uncut media met with one of the greatest fashion icons in Nigeria,Cynosure Neville. Here is what he has to say about himself and his fashion industry

'' will be hosting my 2nd international fashion show tagged afro fashion week in paris and uk'' - Cynosure Neville

TB- people know you as cynosure,can you please tell us your real name?

My real name is Neville Noma

TB- what purpose does your magazine serve?

Cynosure- My magazine is a fashion and lifestyle magazine,Cynosure Magazine is a fashion and life style magazine established in 2010. We at cynosure magazine have set up a standard for meeting and exceeding client expectation through our commitment to core principles of professionalism, listening carefully to the needs of our clients and work to fulfill them. We also run a modeling outfit which is considered to be the fastest growing modeling outfit by top industry insider and we cast models for promotional works, magazine, TV commercials and billboard

TB- what was the first fashion project you embarked on?

Cynosure- It was GLITz on the runway show,Currently I am organising the sophomore edition of GLITz on the runway along side the Nigeria fashion recognition awards 2013 taking place at troy lounge beside oriental hotel vi lagos date sunday dec 15th 2013 host nollywood fast rising actor cum model ik ogbonna.. My last fashion event was held in benin and anchored by denrele edun and DAYO EPHRAIM ..my previous fashion events has featured the likes of yomi casual,UTI NWACHUKWU ,YOMI CASUAL ALVINCE , frank osodi and other notable style icons in nigeria.. This forth coming edition will feature the likes of karan igho, juliet ibrahim, adams ibrahim, alex ekubo, orezi, eku edewor, Beverly osu and many more

TB- what inspired you to pursue your career in the fashion industry?

Cynosure- My early curiosity for trends made me to be obsessed with fashion, so that channeled my love toward pursuing a career in fashion

TB- have you ever been involved in any competition(runway/fashion show)?

Cynosure- No, I have not. I have always been the boss lol

TB- how long have you been in the fashion industry?

Cynosure- Professionally I will say 3 years

TB- do you have any video links were people can see you?

Cynosure- Yes sure a lot on my twitter handle just follow @cynosuremodels and facebook:cynosure neviile

TB- apart from Nigeria and Ghana,which other country/countries recognise you(cynosure magazine) in the industry?

Cynosure- Uk and paris, will be hosting my 2nd international fashion show tagged afro fashion week in paris and uk

TB- tell us about your most embarassing moment if you can share

Cynosure- Hmmmm no I have had non

TB- what were you involved in before getting into the fashion industry?

Cynosure- Am a graduate of medical lab. tech .So I once worked in a medical laboratory

TB- where do you think your largest fan base is located and why?

Cynosure- lagos and benin, because I hail from edo state and I reside in lagos.

TB- are there any top models/designers/agencies/individuals you would like to work with in the nearest future?

Cynosure- Talking about models will love to work with agbani darego and for designers will love to work with just cavali and tiffany amber.

TB- you organise fashion shows,you have a modeling agency and you also own a magazine. How do you combine the three?

Cynosure- Yes its not really easy I must say, but am so passion and goal driven, I always want to excel so I put in my best in what ever I do and I have innovative and dedicated staffs.

TB- you came from benin to storm the lagos market,what do you think about the lagos market?

Cynosure- According to the slogan lagos is the center of excellency, the fashion industry here is the best compare to another states in Nigeria.

TB- can you describe your fashion style?

Cynosure- Am a fashion conscious individual but not a slave to trends, love wearing designers eye shades.

TB- out of all your fashion shows,which has been the most successful?

Cynosure- Yea runway ripples was so successfulBecause I made my first 3 millon. Lol

TB- what are your motives in the fashion industry?

Cynosure- To make everybody in Nigeria to be fashion receptive

TB- tell us about your relationship life

Cynosure- Am very much single but currently in a relationship.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Sometimes it seems like beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder, doesn't it? Fashion can seem very elusive and only for the privileged. But it's easier to start taking strides in the right direction than you think, towards confidence and a fashionable wardrobe.

 Lay the Groundwork:
Organize your closet. Get out all your clothes and decide which ones you want and don't want. Donate, sell, or re-purpose anything that you haven't worn in a year (that isn't seasonal), doesn't fit or isn't your style.
  • If you haven't worn it in a year, you won't miss it. Thinking, "I could need this one day!" will leave you thinking you have nothing to wear for most. Clean it out. Someone else could second-love your things.
  • If you have loads of items that don't fit anymore, don't keep them all to be hopeful. Keep a few of your favorites, but pitch the rest. A closet full of clothes that don't fit can be very de-motivating.

 And dress for it. The most fashionable items in the world right now won't look good on you if you don't have the right body type for it. It does not mean you're too fat, too thin, too tall, or too short. You just don't have the optimal shape for that cut.
  • Dispose of everything that doesn't fit you right. And you'll know. If your silhouette isn't quite what it could be, odds are you don't wear it.
  • When you go shopping, keep your body type in mind. For most women, it's ideal to draw in at the waist and elongate the leg. If you get stuck, you can always ask a sales professional; it's their job to help you look good.
Take a good look in the mirror:
 Try to look at yourself as objectively as possible. Pick things about your physical appearance that you like and dislike. What do you want to disguise? What do you want to emphasize? What's your coloring?
  • It's important to figure out the answers to these questions before you go shopping so you know what to buy! If you haven't a clue, shopping for a new wardrobe can be very intimidating.
Find Your Fashion:
Know your style: 
What do you like? Do you want to incorporate trendy items into your wardrobe, or do you prefer a classic look? Do you have hipster tendencies? Want to be a professional? Being fashionable does not mean adhering to a specific look. It means finding what you're comfortable in and running with it.
  • Spend time flipping through catalogs or surfing websites that feature and sell clothes. There are tons of different pieces that will look phenomenal on you--it's just a matter of finding them.
  • Ultimately, clothes that you love and feel good in will be worn more confidently by you. It has less to do with today's fashion and more to do with how you present yourself, though both are intertwined.
Consider context:
 Where you live, where you go and what you do are major factors in dressing fashionably. If you wear a ballgown to the office, that is not fashionable; if you wear a business suit to the prom, likewise. Think about what kind of clothing is appropriate for the things you're going to be doing.
  • Fashion varies area to area. What's popular on a runway in Milan may not have made it to the streets of Chicago. Whatever fashion you're aiming for, tap into its sources. Finding what you love and what looks good on you is imperative, regardless of where it's from or who originated it.
Make It Happen:
Start shopping:
The best thing to do is to buy long-lasting pieces that will retain their class throughout the seasons. Fashion changes extremely quickly! Don't fill your wardrobe with things that won't be appropriate the same time next year; you'll just regret buying it. Every women needs half a dozen items that are staples in her wardrobe. Find yours.
  • In the context of what flatters your body, find a handful of your favorite, variable pieces. A classic white button-down, a favorite pair of flatteringly-cut jeans, boots, cinched-waist skirt and a sweater, for starters. You can mix and match these items all you want for dozens of different looks.
Shop more:
 Now that you've got the basics, it's time to have fun! Buy some great shoes, cute accessories and get a haircut! Bright purple pleather trench looks too tacky? A handbag in the same style will be fantastic.
  • After all, the devil's in the details. Accessories and hairstyles are the parts that show your sassy side the easiest. So cut out that celeb 'do from that magazine and head on over to the salon. Might as well get your nails done while you're at it.
  • Note the ol' adage, "Put on your accessories, then take off one before leaving." And it rings true: accessories are great--but a necklace, bracelet, earrings, rings, watch, sunglasses, and hat are a bit much. Pair a couple of accessories with each outfit; don't go overboard.
Ask someone else to go shopping with you:
It's always good to have an outsider's perspective, especially a friend to make the time pass by more quickly. Bring along someone who can give you well-formulated critiques regarding your clothes. The image we see in the mirror isn't always how we really look!
  • Take everyone's perspective with a grain of salt. Her style is her style, not yours. But if she absolutely adores something on you and you don't see it, take a moment to look. Wait a minute to see if you can find what she sees. Your mind may open up to a brand new style.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Interview: Face To Face With Anna Ebiere Banner, Winner Of The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2013 Competition!

OB: How did your parents react to it when you told them you were taking part in the MBGN pageant?
AB: From the scratch, my mum was okay with my participation in the pageant, it was my dad that was skeptical. He told me to be very careful because guys out there are wolves, so it took some convincing before he could bulge, I had to make him realize MBGN is a prestigious organization with their values intact and right now, I guess he is more than convinced.
OB: Coming into the competition and seeing the array of beautiful contestants like yourself all battling for the crown, did you think you stood a chance of winning?
AB: Well, in camp I must admit, I had a lot of competition and the stake was high but I had to psych myself up to the point that I began to believe in myself and that strengthened my confidence so that I was able to be at my best, with that said, I also had it at the back of my mind that MBGN isn’t a do or die affair so I put in my best and I was prepared for whatever came out of it.  
OB: So how did you become a contestant in the MBGN pageant?
AB: Actually, I was encouraged by a friend to buy the form, I procrastinated but I eventually bought it.
OB: Tell us about the feeling you had when your name was mentioned as the winner
AB: At first, I didn’t believe it was me (laughs), I literally questioned myself in my mind asking myself if that was really my name but at the end of the day, I was very happy and overwhelmed …and I cried (laughs and makes funny face).
OB: You cried too, Isn’t that becoming ceremonial at the end of every pageant?
AB: Oh no! There are some tears you cry and you fake it but if it is something that means so much to you and has to do with your dream, I bet when you achieve that, you will feel it and it will get you all emotional. 
OB: So how do you plan to spend your tenure as the queen?
AB: Whew! At the moment, I have a lot of work piled up for me but I trust God, Silverbird Group and Bayelsa State Government to help me. Also, I will begin work on my pet project which has to do with HIV/Aids campaign. I’m also looking into education both formal and informal.
OB: Have you participated in any pageant prior to the MBGN?
AB: No, not all, this is the first time I’m participating in any pageant.
OB: What legacy will you love to be remembered for, even after your reign as queen?
AB: I will love to be looked upon as a role model for young women out there. I will love to be seen as a lady of substance and courage because I didn’t expect to win but here we are, so I will love young girls to see me and believe in their dreams that they too can do anything they set their minds on.
OB: How has your life changed since winning the pageant?
AB: My life has changed a lot but my person has not changed at all, as a matter of fact, I still feel like the sae person, I still feel like Anna. The only thing that has changed is that I’m more famous. I go out now and people arme all over me trying to take pictures and the likes, apart from that, I’m still well grounded in my principles and values.

OB: You’ve had your hands full since winning, have you had any best or worst day yet, as queen?
AB: Everyday has its own drama, some days are good while some are stern, I won’t say I’ve had any bad day, just tedious due to the number of interviews, photoshoots, press conferences and all.
OB: So you have not had any day of rest since becoming queen?
AB: Nope, no fun right now except in the job.
OB: Since becoming queen, you must be meeting a whole lot of people you wouldn’t have met otherwise, tell us about some of the wonderful people you’ve met?
AB: Well, I’ve met a lot of people but mostly, they are the people around me, like the Silverbird crew and the ‘girls’ but I have not really had time to go out and mingle. I guess that will come with time.

OB: Give a word of encouragement to girls who would love to be like you in the near future
AB: Let me encourage girls out there by saying, have confidence in yourself and know that whatever it is you want to be in life, you can achieve it if you believe in God and in yourself. Be the very best you can be in life!

Friday, October 25, 2013

                                                 UNVEILED FASHION SHOW!!!
Gathering different genres of artists from fashion, music,photography,fine and graffiti art into one venue. #unveiledfashionshow creates a platform and opportunity for designers and artistes to showcase their art , network with industry professionals, obtain media coverage, create brand awareness and an avenue to profit from their work in an innovative and edgy platform.

Fashion designers, photographers, fine and graffiti artistes are invited to showcase at the 2013 edition of the #unveiled fashion show and #unveiled young entrepreneurs awards taking place at Lekki lagos on Dec 1st.

For participation kindly contact: 28C92A57, 328B5D3B, unveiledprojectng@gmail.com

Supported by: 3UD, Links&Glitz Mag, Celebrity Watch Mag, Tush Mag, Jaguda.com, Olorisupergal, Fashion Instinct, Reel Radio. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Monday, October 14, 2013


51. If you have a small closet, never keep your shoes in clunky shoe boxes. Instead, always line up them on the floor.
50. Going to a winter wedding or formal event? Try wearing a sleeveless fur vest as a top, cinching it with a skinny belt or piece of ribbon and pairing it with a floor-length skirt.
49. How to care for fur at home: “Pass the fur with a hairbrush and steam it for added bounce, volume and shine.
48. “Marquise ring shapes help to create the illusion of longer, more slender fingers, even on small wide hands. Pear or oval stones are also flattering.” 
47. Everyday bras should be replaced every three to six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.
46. Ideally, a pencil skirt should hit just at the top of your knee. Any lower and it will start to shorten your leg.
45. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand (or with a hairdryer) while they’re still damp.
44. Still look chic while showing some skin: If you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full-coverage bottoms.
45. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-fitting, stylish winter coat. You can be wearing pajamas underneath and you’ll still look perfectly put together.
44. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.
43. Fold jeans like a pro: Lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.
42. The power of a silk pillowcase isn't a myth: Not only do they prevent “sleep crease,” they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair.
41. “The best way to store fashion jewelry, including Sterling Silver, is in Ziploc bags. This helps pieces retain luster and reduces tarnishing and scratches.”
40. If the garment you’re ironing has delicate buttons or detailing, cover them with the bowl of a metal spoon and press the surrounding fabric.
39. Don’t buy items you know you won’t properly care for. For example, if you know you’re never going to hand-wash that delicate cami or beaded sweater, don’t buy it.
38. “Pair flirty, feminine dresses with masculine spectator shoes for an effortless and unexpected look.” 
37. To achieve the perfectly effortless cuffed sleeve, keep the top button (which is called the gauntlet) buttoned while you roll.
36. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.
35. Spritzed a bit too much perfume on yourself this morning? Use unscented, oil-based makeup remover to remove excess perfume.
34. Tend to wear certain leather shoes without socks? Always stuff them with a soft cloth when you’re done wearing them. This absorbs moisture and help the shoes keep their shape.
33. “Hoop earrings are a classic style that every woman—regardless of age—should have, but the type depends on your face. If you have a thin face, go for larger round or embellished hoops. If you have a round face an elongated hoop or drop style is best.” 
32. Freeze jeans inside a plastic bag for two days to zap odor without running them through the washing machine.
31. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, which gives give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches.
30. Wrap an empty bottle of your favorite perfume in a handkerchief and tuck it into your underwear drawer for a subtle scent.
29. Heat can warp your glasses frames, so always keep them in a hard case and never wear them on your head on a hot day.
28. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.
27. “It’s a myth that loose styles flatter a large bust or a plus-size woman. The area just under the bust is a woman’s smallest torso measurement, so emphasizing it with a structured waistband that hits higher than your natural waist will make you look a size smaller."
26. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.
25. A modern trick to looking like the most effortlessly stylish girl in the room: Pair dressy bottoms (a velvet maxi, a leather or beaded skirt, silk pants) with a worn gray crew-neck sweatshirt or T-shirt.
24. When it doubt, always choose the smaller denim size, since jeans stretch with wear.
23. “Never dry a wet shoe with heat. Let it dry naturally in open air. Heat will dry out leather and the lifespan of the shoe will be cut in half.”
22. The easiest way to make your closet look organized: Buy all the same hangers for everything–same color, same shape.
21. Before bed, pour two or three tablespoons of baking soda into sweaty workout sneakers and tilt the shoe to distribute the soda evenly. This will eat any odor and absorb perspiration.
20. “For guaranteed weight loss, I advise people to follow my A, B, C’s – no Alcohol, Bread or processed Carbs.”
19. To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags.
18. If you can’t fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it’s probably too tight.
17. Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, statement jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.
9. Who has the time to hand wash bras? Machine wash them in cold water in a mesh zipper bag and drape them over a hanger to air dry.
8. Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner.
7. Track lighting is possible even for the tiniest closet: Buy a track kit, screw it into the ceiling, run the wire down the wall and plug it into the nearest outlet. Not only will you see all your clothes better, but you’ll feel like you have a more luxurious closet.
16. Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicate.
15. A structured hat should rest about 1/8 to a 1/2-inch above the ears.
14. After a shower, use your hairdryer to de-mist bathroom mirrors in seconds.
13. A good tip when cleaning out your closet: Ask a friend whose style you admire to come over and help. She/he might offer new insight on how to wear certain items before you toss them.
12. It might sound “budget,” but a hot glue gun works amazingly well to hem skirts, pants and even jeans in a pinch.
11. Looking for uses for all the single socks you've amassed while doing laundry? When you've got aches or pains, fill a sock with dry beans or rice and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Voila, an instant (and free) heating pad.
10. Wear your new real leather jacket in the rain to break it in. Water will soften up the leather and allow it to stretch and crease at specific points on your body.
6. Invest in silk or satin pillowcases to keep your hair from breaking during the night. (They also keep your skin looking smoother than rough cotton cases!)
5. If you’re unsure about an impulse or sale purchase, leave it at the store. If you’re still thinking about it when you wake up the next day, buy it.
4. Have a sequin garment you don’t wear anymore? Remove the sequins and sprinkle them into a vase of flowers. Gorgeous!
3. A good shoemaker can fully rebuild your favorite pair, even if the arch is cracked.
2. To coax a loose thread back into place, gently tug at the stitches to the sides of the pull as well as above and below.
1. There’s nothing cooler than sticking to a signature style you know looks good on you. Slaves to fashion are never chic!

Friday, October 11, 2013

When it comes to fashion and style, it sometimes seems that everyone and their mother (literally!) have tried-and-true tips and tricks they absolutely swear by. Some are useful, while others … well, not so much. With that in mind, we've culled 101 of the best from the best: designers, lifestyle experts and, of course, our staff. Trust us: With these gems, you’ll be well on your way to living your most stylish life.
101. Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.
100. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
99. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.
98. To stop angora or mohair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.
97. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.
96. “Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.” 
95. If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
94. The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
93. The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.
92. “Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” 
90. Wondering about the quality of your cashmere? Gently stretch the body of the garment to see if it snaps back. A lower-quality cashmere won’t.
89. “If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.”
88. Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes. 
87. “Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.” 
86. To drop bloat five days before a big event, stay away from dairy and whole grains, which can do a number on the digestive system.
85. While fake designer bags are a huge don’t, fake diamond studs are a huge do. Faux stones are hard to spot to the untrained eye.
84. Dressy occasions aren't the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best. Perfect example: Sofia Vergara knows she looks good in mermaid dresses, and always chooses variations of the shape on red carpets.
83. “Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.” 
82. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.
81. Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe, or onto shirt collars for DIY embellishments.
80. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.
79. Pour a dash of vodka into vase water to extend the life of your flowers.
78. Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.
77. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
76. Shopping for a wedding dress or another big-event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.
75. Double-stick tape work to shorten a hem in a pinch if you can’t get to the tailor before an event.
74. Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.
73. “Panty lines are not okay! Every woman should invest in nude, seamless underwear.”
72. If you don’t feel like trying on a dress but still want to see where the hem will hit you, align the shoulder seam exactly with your shoulder bone (not your collarbone).
71. Repurpose old or thrift sweaters and blankets by using them to reupholster a throw pillow, a chair seat or cover a stool.
70. “Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.” 
69. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
68. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.
67. Frame vintage scarves for cool original artwork.
66. Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing. 65. “A flattering silhouette begins with the right underpinnings. Never underestimate the power of Spanx—they’re a girl’s best friend!” 
64. Revamp an old coat by swapping out the buttons and having a tailor replace the lining with something eye-catching, like a pattern or a bright color.
63. When getting jeans shortened, always ask your tailor to reattach the original hem. It may cost extra, but it’s worth it.
62. If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.
61. Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
60. Hang a shoe bag on the back of your bathroom door and use it to hold makeup, toiletries, brushes, hair ties, etc.
59. A vintage trunk not only makes a stylish coffee table, but it can also house shoes and clothing you rarely wear.
58. “To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.”
57. To stop squeaky shoes, remove the insole and apply Vaseline or WD-40 before replacing it.
56. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.
55. When you’re shopping for a jacket, coat, or blazer, pay attention to the fit around the shoulders. While a tailor can tweak pretty much everything about the fit of a jacket—from tapering the waist to shortening it—they can’t change the shoulders. Make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders.
54. Chic up a sporty puffer vest by cinching the waist with a skinny belt.
53. Unless they’re cropped or tapered, pant hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch off the floor.
52. Always dry-clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Saturday, October 5, 2013


                                                    Cynosure Magazine/models


       This  is a fashion and award show aimed to showcase the rich cultural dress sense of Nigeria,both contemporary and indigenous, this is the second edition of this prestigious show which will take place in the festive month of December(15th)

Venue: Lagos Oriental Hotel; 3, lekki Road, Victoria Island

  The award will be given to those who have distinguished themselves in the dynamic indigenous fashion scene in Nigeria. It is an honor that will be shared among stake holders in the fashion industry such as fashion designers, accessory designers, style analyst, models, fashion photographer, make-up artiste, fashion magazines, media personalities and entertainments enthusiast. It’s going to be a star-studded event, a gathering of high profile style leaders and celebrities.

       # A Good platform for networking between fashion designers and fashion conscious individuals.
      # huge  marketing opportunities for fashion designers,establishment of good clientele business relationship with guests present and also give them more media exposure courtesy of the various media houses that will be covering the event.
    # An  avenue for models to display their overall creativity for  international scouts/commercial brands  for certified open endorsements.


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Friday, September 27, 2013


STYLE DON'T: Tight as Pants
Think of tights as an accessory, would you want to wear a purse as a dress? so don't wear your tights as pants.

                                                       STYLE DON'T: Too skimpy separates
                           The fabric of these two pieces probably wouldn't even make up one normal skirt. when you go the crop-top route, proceed with caution. 

STYLE DON'T: Fur and sheer chiffon
Is this a costume from some Addams family Flintstones TV cross over no one told us about?

                                                  STYLE DON'T: The you call that a dress? dress
                      And by the same token, please be sure to wear underwear or, really anything more than                               this.

                                                     STYLE DON'T: Too- tiny cutoffs
                      Cutoff shorts are summer standby, but they should always have more fabric than your                              bikini bottom.

                                                 STYLE DON'T: Designer logo-palooza
                            A small designer logo or emblem can be cute and classy, but neva literally wear d                                   brand name head to toe.

                                                   STYLE DON'T: Barely there cover- up, why even bother
                                  This "cover- up" has about as much fabric as a friendship bracelet. 

                                                STYLE DON'T: The meat dress
                        There are fashion statements and there are health hazards. We are not doctors, but we                              would diagnose this as the latter.

                                                 STYLE DON'T: Distracting facinators 
                            Their dresses are actually cute but we ill always remember those attention- getting                                (in a bad way) fascinators.

                                               STYLE DON'T: The tape dress
                      Sides of dresses exist for a reason, we are one small breeze away from serious                                         wardrobe malfunction here.

                                                STYLE DON'T: An unzipped dress
                        If this picture doesn't convince you to always have a back up outfit, we don't                                              know what will. At least trow a blazer on top.

Friday, September 20, 2013

  • Style DON’T: Tights as Pants

    Think of tights as an accessory. Would you ever wear a purse as a dress? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nigerian hottest and latest fashion trend is something to be held, tell the world we are coming very strongly and they should expect the Nigerian fashion industry in a short while. Fashion to me means life, it’s really about telling this evolving story of expression through culture, art and style. Ideally cloths make you feel great and it allows you to really express yourself and your mood wherever you go.I love to see women and men look smart and style themselves according to their personalities. Nigerian hottest and latest fashion trend is what I’m about revealing to your in so many of the pictures I just got from various fashion show in Nigeria and guess what? They are the trending ones. Just feel your cool and enjoy the stunning design made by Nigerians and in Nigeria. You can never underestimate what our Ankara and lace fashion can do.