Saturday, June 20, 2009

A lot of entertainment and a little confusion

Okay let me start this write up by saying I am a moderate fan of basketball and the reason I went from no-idea-what-the-rules-of-this-game-are to moderate fan is because some friends are huge fans and I often go to and watch a few games. A popular team is the Lakers so it is safe to say I know the faces of most of the team members and a few names in addition.

I was familiar with who D.J. Mbenga was on court but not off court as in where he is from and all that including how funny he really is.
Anyways I stumbled on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night and about 9 members of the L.A. Lakers team were on the show including Kobe, Fisher, Ariza, Gasol and Mbenga.
At some point the whole team was ribbing Mbenga on his accent; thats no problem, infact it looked like the whole team was friendly with each other and you know how guys tease each other, it was fun to watch.

But what confused me was when Jimmy Kimmel mentioned that he would like to hire Mbenga as a security guard on the show. Now I know he was being funny but I am hesistant to say stereotypical because I didnt know Africans were known to be security guards more than any other race?! On the other hand, I felt it was a bit confusing to mention that you wanted to hire him as a security guard because you didnt understand his accent or because he was funny?! I could be wrong, there might be no relationship but when I heard it, I frowned without even blinking and the rest of the interview I was a little angry at the statement.

I think I was more upset because I found Mbenga to be cute, charming, funny and seemingly a sweetheart. Had Kimmel said it to Lebron, I might not have cared. Anyways below is a clip of the interview, it starts at 8.25 if you can determine what he meant let me know and I will stand corrected.





With that said it was a completely entertaining interview especially for someone like me; I find the interviews more interesting than the actual game.lol


Well have a wonderful fathers day and God bless all our dads! I love you daddy!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Saree Story

I read somewhere that it seems to be a controversial issue in Nigeria because we have politicians commenting on how much skin Nigerian women should show!

I honestly think it is a very attractive way to dress IF you do it right. I am concerned though that it might be a trend and like all trends, fade with time but if you put your own personal spin on it, you might be able to get away with it in any season.

It can work with most shapes. For instance, due to the multiple layers of fabric, a slimmer figure can acquire a fuller-looking figure and still be able to pull off the look successfully with a belted version to give the illusion of curves.
However, actually fuller figures might need to find a balance because those multiple layers of fabric can add bulk as opposed to flattering the figure; I wouls suggest a corsetted top and a full skirt(sort of like Linda's version).
The right style to rock would depend on one's figure and the occasion. A midriff-baring saree might not be generally appropriate for all occasions but thankfully there are lots of ways to wear it and still look elegant. You just have to make sure it works for you. The great thing is you can wear it with a longer top underneath to avoid showing too much skin. I love the idea of wearing it like a one-shoulder wrap, completely covered all over the body but still figure flattering at the same time with the extra fabric draped on your arm or alternatively pinned on your shoulder.

How to wear a Saree

Wrap Saree

Linda Ikeji in a Saree from her collection, see this blog post


If you have it, flaunt it.



How not to wear a Saree



Peace,Love and fabulousness

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blog Challenged-there is such a thing!

Ok I have been a blogger for a little over a year and today I am wondering why no one ever told me about 'following' a blog. I only just found out today cause prior to today I used to check out my favorite blogs everyday waiting on 'thought provoking' posts! But today it all changed! There is such a thing as blog-illiterate but today I was reeducated!

Now if only I could figure out how to put them on my blog?! Help, anyone?!

UPDATE: I figured it out!

peace, love and fabulousness.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Linda Ikeji has a new Saree line!

Blogger personality Linda Ikeji is now officially a designer with the introduction of her new Saree line. Check out pictures below and click the link for more pics. Congrats Linda!




http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2009/06/padu-jiandanifor-linda-ikeji.html

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Shell Oil Scandal Settlement after more than 12 years


Most of us who grew up in Nigeria remember the late activist and poet Ken Saro-Wiwa and the mystery surounding his execution along with 9 others in 1995. The involvement of Shell was always suspected by the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta region. Click the link below to read the full article that covers the $15 million settlement.

http://livesteez.com/news/read/Shell-Oil-Execution-Scandal-Case-Settlement-15-5-Million/1977.html

Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the late activist's son has been outspoken about what this means for his family and the other families. Below is an interview he did with CNN shortly after the settlement.



(CNN) -- Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the son of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, spoke exclusively to CNN's Becky Anderson about Shell's $15.5 million payout to settle a lawsuit accusing the oil giant of complicity in the deaths of Saro-Wiwa and other activists. Following is a transcript of the interview.
Q: What does this settlement mean to you and the other plaintiffs?
A: Well, I think in the end it enables us to draw a line under the past and actually face the future with something tangible, some hope that this is the beginning of a better engagement between all the stakeholders in this issue.
Q: Would your father have been pleased do you think?
A: Yes, I think he was always a pragmatic kind of guy, someone who was always insistent that individuals should serve the collective at every point, and I think this is something that speaks to that.
Q: Why did you settle?
A: Because it offered the opportunity, as I said, to draw a line under the past so that we can move on with our lives and you have to remember there are 10 people involved in this plaintiff, all with varying experiences and aspirations.

For the rest of this interview, click on the link below.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fashion Review - Genevieve Magazine Pink Ball

The popular magazine had its annual Pink Ball which highlights breast cancer awareness. The party for a good cause brought out some of Nigeria's fashionistas and below are the styles of the evening.


The uber-fabulous designer Zizi Cardow showed up in one of her pieces. A very playful, young choice for the evening. Loves it!


This is a very appropriate cocktail dress for the evening. I love the delicate pink, the beautiful fabric and the fit is awesome on her figure. Great choice!



Funmi Iyanda went with a Deola Sagoe creation. I'm not too sure about this one. I mean two of my favorite Nigerian women and deola Sagoe, I absolutely look up to so they both can't go wrong in my book.


Ituen Basi is seen here in one of her beaded creations which I love. I'm not ecstatic about the shoe choice but fab lady all the same.


I love the cut of this dress and little accents like the fab shoes and cross necklace add some elegance to the otherwise simple dress.



She went with red shoes! I love that. You might not agree but there is something interestingly contrasting about red and deep pink. Bold move-pays off! She looks fab.




This is a classic ball gown. The dress fits beautifully.



I am a fan of the use of African fabrics where possible and I like both dresses a lot.




This is a no ma'am. It is not flattering in any way, That train is wrong and the big bow is all wrong. Lose the train, the bow and drop the hem to just below theknee and it would be cute.



Peace, love and fabulousness.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fashion review - Encomium's Black and White Ball


It is very hard to go wrong with black. It is slimming, flattering on most figures and these ladies harnessed the positives. I particularly love the dress on the right, really cute and very appropriate for the event.



I love risk takers! Black and white ball with a little pink and she hits a homerun with this.




Actress Oge Okoye(right) looks lovely. I love the jewelry choice, simple yet elegant. Fab look.



Designer Data Okorodudu looks elegant in the white blouse and flowy skirt. fab look.


Designer Zizi Cadow looks beautiful in this stunning piece-probably from her collection. A different choice of shoes would have completed the look. However fab lady, fab outfit.


This stunning mini looks beautiful on model Isio Wanogho-Lovely Hair, nice gold clutch and gold accessories. I'm out on the shoes however.


The dress is a bit 80's but I'm all for vintage only where appropriate and i don't think this is appropriate for a ball and the hair is not really complementing. Either way beautiful lady, lovely skin.




I absolutely love Uche Jumbo but unfortunately she does not score any points with this piece. The sunglasses, jewelry and the shoes do not complement. Take them away and cinch the waist and it would have shown off her figure in a more flattering way.
Having said that, Uche still rocks as a fab lady and talented actress!

And for the men.
Governor Gbenga Daniel(middle) does a fabulous job of looking classic and well put together.




Dayo Adeneye pulls off a comfortable look in his suit and white bowtie.


To pull off the "sneakers n suit" look, I think you need to have swagger and confidence and I think singer Sunny Nneji kind of pulls it off. What do you think?



Finally, I think Segun Arinze pulls this off quite nicely and his wife looks very beautiful.
Stay fab!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Met's Costume Institute Gala - New York City

Okay this past weekend was the "Oscars of Fashion" in New York City so naturally all your fave celebrities came out dressed up and below are my picks, best and worst dressed.

Rihanna went Avant-Garde to me and although I don't love,love it, I definitely think its a good "comeback" outfit. Perfect place, good statement.




Ciara's look i love, love! The backless statement is fabulous! She looks in great shape andI would love that outfit for me! lol. I also like the clean, beautiful hairstyle that is not over the top and lets the dress do the talking.






Tyra did tyra. Outrageous and borders on mortisha from adams family! down to the facial expression lol but I love that she took a risk. No better occassion to take risks than at the "Oscars of fashion". I love taking risks with fashion, if you must-make sure you are comfortable in your own skin so it doesnt come off as crazy.

And Tyra is confidence!



NowKanye's Amber - The only problem for me is I do not particularly believe in matching lipstick to the color of your dress. All together no surprise there with Amber, I kind of know what to expect with her fashion-wise since she came on the scene.


Beautiful Ladies-Iman and Eva did gold silk and they looked fabulous, no risks there just beautiful dresses that showed off their curves nicely.


Worst dressed hands down - Madonna, I mean most of us love the material girl but what was she thinking?

Stay fab!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekend fab

Hey guys,

My Weekend fab is as follows:


Tech-Fab: I recently got this new laptop which embodies the idea of style meets business, kind off where Im at and it has been fabolous-I highly recommend it! Its the Dell Vostro 2510 in ruby red! Check it out at Dell.com.




Music-Fab: 2Face ft. Sway "Go down there"




Style-fab Ladies: sexy, cuffed jean shorts of variable lengths are in. Show off the legs and ofcourse experience the comfort as well.




Style-fab guys: a nice simple tee is a must; Summer is pretty much around the corner but it would work now in most parts. I like a few of the tees Sean John has-nice graphics/design and not overly done. Check out a couple below.




Peace, love and faboulousness.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fashion show backstage



In addition to being a fab(if I say so myself) designer, I am also a stylist and this past weekend I had the fabulous opportunity of styling my sorority's Fashion Show.

Above is a pic of moi, taking a break from being stylist to being model-like - getting my make-up done. The whole backstage crew walked the runway in the finale. It was loads of fun!

I will put up pics of the models in their outfits and accessories backstage in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

- Fashion Line - KIZI

Hi guys,

The first collection-AFROFAB- is almost out. You will be hearing more about it and ofcourse your questions and comments are welcome.


This collection- AFROFAB-is about going back to the heritage of who we are as women and doing it fabulously. It is an inspiration of African fabrics fused with contemporary creativity. You can look great anywhere in the world in one of my pieces. No longer do we have to keep our fabrics, our beauty in a box that says "pre-approved structure or design".


Point is I will always be inspired by where I am from- Ghana, Nigeria - Africa and that inspiration and passion bubbles at the surface and I cannot keep it at bay any longer. I have always wanted the world to see and appreciate the beauty that I see and I guess being a designer is inately who I am because I feel I am able to create art out of what I already consider beautiful.


I look at my label as wearable art and I thank God for that creativity he put in me. I look forward to people wearing clothes from my collection and looking & feeling beautiful, comfortable and fabulous.

Peace, Love & Fabulousness

Kizi