Styling your outer wears this Summer

We’ve reached a point where our outer wears aren’t merely for warmth, they add a sense of plenitude to our ensemble.

Outer wears aren’t only for the winter or spring days.

The super transforming power of outer wears can be likened to superheroes capes in my opinion. Well excuse my metaphor, I’m a sucker for jackets, coats, kimonos, cardigans, and just about anything that goes on top of a vest or top so forgive me if I compare them to the most absurd things. But like me if you share an affinity for coats, you’d agree that they add a certain kind of pizazz to our outfits and that keeping the body warm isn’t the main essence anymore.

Today’s looks include casual, formal and lazy wear (basically when you just need to throw something on) and today’s feature is the gorgeous Esther. She is so much fun and very easy to shoot and such a personality is delectable and I’m always eager to work with her. By the way, she’s an amazing talent and you can listen to her song -Gone- right here.

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CARDIGANS

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Forgive the crappy background. ūüė¶ , but i do hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you’d like to know where any item is from, ask me in the comment section below, also tell us how you plan on styling your outer wears this summer.

Esther’s IG:@therealstonia

Turmeric masks or healing powder?

Hey lovers, I’m so sorry for the long absence, life and school got in the way but we’re back now and we have a lot of things prepared for you. So today, I want to talk about a face mask I started using recently. A friend told me about it and I saw it’s amazing results before trying it out (I’m Nigerian btw). But besides that, having sensitive skin doesn’t let you use just anything on your face.

And of course this magic powder is turmeric. I never heard of turmeric before now, but after incessant googling, just WOW, I was living under a rock.

So far, I’ve used three different masks and they serve different purposes.

INGREDIENTS

Original turmeric
You can get an original ground one and store it as the instruction on the packet says or get the rhizome or root stalk from your local market and wrap the peeled rhizome in a paper towel and store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge.

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Honey
Get original honey, you can test if your honey is pure by using these methods. The one I use is the Naheps Bee-keepers Honey.

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Yoghurt
It’s safer to use the Greek natural yoghurt. It helps in moisturizing and eliminating dry skin issues.

MASKS

Turmeric + Water
This is a very basic mask for acne prone skin. It lightens dark spots, dries out acne and also prevents the skin from breaking out.

Mix turmeric and water and make sure it’s thick enough to sit on your face without dripping. Rub it all over your face and don’t be scared of applying it on the skin under your eyes because it lightens that area and eliminates under eye circles. Wait for it to dry then lightly rub off.

Wash your face with a mild soap or face wash and warm water to open the pores. Splash with cool water and pat dry.

Turmeric and Yoghurt for dry skin
Before using these masks, my skin suffered from dry patches. I had dead skin which appeared as cracked lines and always ruined my makeup. Before you ask, I used boat-loads of moisturizers and I had routines that worked only for a few weeks, so I decided to go natural.

Add 1 tsp of yoghurt and 2 of Turmeric. Stir until you get an even consistency. Add more of either products if you feel it’s not thick enough.

Wait until it dries and rub off. Now wash off as usual.

Turmeric + Honey
This particular mask doesn’t dry that fast so keep it on for about 30 minutes. It keeps dripping so be careful with this one because you really do not want turmeric on your shirt or on any item you love. Wash off as usual.

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After washing off, I usually use the Olay total effects 7-in-one night firming moisturizer which moisturizes my life. I can’t even emphasize how good this is. My mum introduced this to me and this is by far the best thing since Neville Longbottom’s transformation. No kidding.

You can experiment as much as you want with other products like rice flour, coconut oil, milk, lime etc. just google away.

Turmeric masks are said to reduce stretchmarks, eczema and other skin issues. Is this a miracle or what? Definitely not what. (Do you get it? No? Okay). I’ll update y’all in months time. By the way, if you need more information on turmeric masks and its benefits, click on  the links below.
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I’m sure there are those of you who’ve been using this for a long time. Do tell us about your experiences. Thank you so much for reading.

-EME

Disclaimer: The pictures on this page are not owned by me.

3 ways to style a white shirt

Hey beautiful, If you have a white shirt and you want to get more wears out of them this spring, then keep reading.

These are three different looks centered around one item: the over sized white shirt. It can be dressed up, down or in whatever direction you wanna go and its a staple so whatever you do, own this.

WITH TIGHTS: A simple pair with a statement necklace, tights and knee high boots. You can decide to switch it up to a pair of heels and colored tights or shorts to create a party outfit. Throw on a backpack and a pair of shorts, and let this be the spice for your boring 8am class. And if you’re looking for something very free and very casual for meeting up with friends after school, this look still works.

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WITH A SKIRT: Whether it’s a pencil skirt or a skater skirt, a white shirt glides on perfectly. We all know the occasional white shirt and black high waist pencil skirt. I went beyond the norm and decided to go with the skater skirt. So go ahead and and try something outside your comfort zone(not too much).

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WITH PANTS:¬†The usual. I paired this with ripped jeans to add something extra. and a black blazer so it wouldn’t look so boring. The rips are minimal especially if you’re going for something more than casual or a formal look.

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OUTFIT DETAILS

White Shirt – H&M here

LOOK 1
Shoe – H&M similar here
Necklace – Gifted

LOOK 2
Shoe – H&M similar here
Skirt – Sewn
Denim Shirt – H&M

LOOK 3
Jeans – Pull & Bear
Jewelry – H&M
Blazer – Nine West
Shoes – Random store

I really hope you enjoyed reading this post or you picked up something from it. I’m so sorry this post is late but school has had its toll on me so, yeah. There’ll be more post coming. And I do wish you a great week.

-Eme

Photographer: IG – @afro_gentleman
Blog – http://www.1214lookbookavenue.blogspot.com

11 Steps To Achieving a Flawless Face

Hello beautiful people,

It’s been a little while since i wrote something for you guys, and i have an excuse believe me. But the voice of reason has managed to convince me that ‘i was trying to finish all the seasons of scandal’ is not a very good excuse, so I’ll just be clich√© and say, I was busy.

Today, I’m going to be giving you some tips to keep your face flawless. Not only does this help by subsequently reducing the amount of make up you have to use, but you can finally take selfies and use the ‘i woke up like this’ caption with total confidence. So here goes

  1. Moisturise: moisturising your face morning and night is very important, especially for people with dry skin because it keeps your face from looking scaly. I would recommend pure shea butter or a shea butter based moisturiser. But if you have an oily skin, moisturising once is enough or you can get an oil free moisturiser and use away.
  2. Clean: you will need to clean your face before you moisturise or else, the moisturiser will just end up trapping dirt in your pores and this can cause breakouts. Facial wipes will do the trick but i recommend using water and soap before or after facial wipes to ensure at least 90% dirt removal.
  3. Minimise make-up use: make-up can really do a lot when it comes to enhancing one’s beauty, but it can also cause adverse effects when not used in moderation. Most of the products we use contain chemicals that are not so healthy so it will help to not use make up all the time. However, if you can not do without make up entirely, you can use a tinted moisturiser like this one: Complexion rescue tinted hydrating gel cream¬†. It reduces the visibility of blemishes while keeping your skin moisturised and healthy.
  4. Lips: I can not overemphasize the importance of lip balm when it comes to lip health. Apart from the fact that it keeps your lips from chapping, a good lip balm will also hydrate your lips, leaving them looking soft, smooth and supple. They can be used throughout the day alone, or as a base before lipstick application and also at night before bed. I recommend eos lip balms because they are made from natural ingredients.
  5. Don’t be a product whore: I’m all for trying new things. But when you’ve found a product that works, stop searching. Sometimes changing products can cause counteraction and lead to breakouts.
  6. Research: It is important to know what is in your skin care/make-up products before you buy them. You don’t have to turn into a mad scientist trying to figure out each and every chemical they contain, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to read the description and ingredients on the bottle before you buy. And if there are some things you are not quite sure about, ask questions.
  7. Sunscreen: Everybody needs sunscreen. Yes, even my dark skinned brodas and sistas. Summer is fast approaching and the sun can be a bearer of harmful radiation, so protect yourself by investing in a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher for people with dark skin, or SPF 30 or higher for people with fair skin.
  8. Stop touching your face: The average hand harbours millions of bacteria from about 150 species. This is not very surprising considering the fact that our hands come in contact with a lot of dirt. From touching your phone, to giving a handshake, or picking something off the ground, or having dirt stuck in your fingernails. So when you touch or ‘pick’ your face, you are depositing bacteria on your face that may eventually cause irritations, rashes or breakouts.
  9. Leave the zits alone:¬†If you’re a zit popper, its time to drop the unhealthy habit because believe it or not, it does more harm than good. The pimple contains dirt, oil and bacteria. When you pop it, this mixture splatters, gets into more pores, and causes more pimples to show up in a few days while leaving a harder to eliminate problem called a dark spot. Picking zits can also cause you to introduce more bacteria from your fingernails into the pimple, or push the bacteria deeper into the pore thereby lengthening the healing process.
  10. Rest:¬†If you’re going to achieve a flawless face,you’re going to need to de-stress when ¬†necessary. Get a good night’s sleep or take a nap when you can to avoid eye bags and relax as much as possible. This leaves your skin looking radiant and beautiful.
  11. Never sleep with make-up on: Sleeping with make up on can really mess things up for you if you are trying to get a healthy looking face. Having all that make up on your face overnight can cause them to clog your pores, making it difficult for you to clean your face in the morning and preventing the moisturisers from penetrating the pores. To make sure you get rid of all the make-up, wash your face with a mild soap or a gel wash like the nivea refreshing facial wash gel, then use wipes as well to get rid of the leftover residues or mascara.

So there you go. Eleven helpful tips that can leave you glowing with or without make up this summer. Have a productive week!

– Teema

Poncho Party

“The poncho, was one of the typical clothes of the Paracas, a Peruvian, Pre-Inca Culture around 500 B.C”

Ponchos were originally worn to wars both as a rain suit and ground sheet for sleeping or as a blanket but now it is made out of wool and other materials to keep us warm so dare I say that all you need for this spring is a Poncho.

Super warm and easy to throw on, on skirts, leggings, shorts. About anything. So here you go, your number one spring essential.

We’ve finally brought a combined post to the table. And there’ll be more in future. I do hope y’all are doing good.

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IMG_0954Photo Credit РAfro gentleman | check his site out.

So guys, We were featured on IFB(Independent Fashion Bloggers) last week, whaaaa. I’m so excited that OmniaVitae is being recognized. Slowly but surely.

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Fashion Shades of Grey

Fashion month has come and gone. What have we learned? IFB bloggers found celebrations of motherhood, diversity, and technology, as well as fear of empty spaces (!) on the runway. OK maybe that last one’s not a celebration, but interesting nonetheless. We also celebrated our amazing mothers, color trends for spring, wedding inspiration, and more. Peruse the best of the week below!

Links à la Mode: March 5

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  2. Al-Balsam Life: Dolce & Gabbana Celebrates Motherhood
  3. A Sparkle Factor: How to Dress Like House of Cards’ Carrie Underwood
  4. Attire Club: Men and the Color Pink: a Cultural History
  5. Cat Eyes + Skinny Jeans: Spring Break Beauty Survival Guide
  6. Happy. Pretty. Sweet: Inspired by: Downton Abbey Weddings
  7. Kremb de la Kremb: Going Grey
  8. Modavracha’s Spot: The Benefits of Using Engageya Widgets
  9. Ms. Fabulous: Badass Models on the FTL Moda Runway
  10. Omnia Vitae: 12 Staples Every Girl Should Own
  11. Purushu Arie: A Technologic Upgrade in Fashion
  12. Save. Spend. Splurge: How to Know if a Chanel Tweed Suit Is Real
  13. State of Cate: 5 Classic Novels You Must Read
  14. Storybook Apothecary: Horrible Films I Loved as a Kid
  15. Style Destino: 5 Vegan Lipstick Must-Haves
  16. Stylist Diva: 12 Things Morning Habits for Successful At-Home Entrepreneurs
  17. Style Inked: The Art of Block Printing
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Building your closet: 12 basic items every girl should own

ÔĽŅ Hey guys, I know its been too long since we last posted but we’ve just been too busy with school and all so here’s a lil something something. 

 You know the ‘nothing to wear’ crisis girls go through on a daily basis, the probability of that happening often will be reduced if you have this in the bag. 

 These items are so basic and i’m sure this is the umpteenth time you’re reading something similar. Building your wardrobe can be fun but costly therefore investing in these items much more like a house, gives you a solid foundation. 

 More must have items are coming soon. Ranging from spring, summer, winter items to must haves in your purse. So without further ado, heres the list;

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1. White and black Tee: This is on the top tier of all basics. You can dress it up or down. Better plain than graphic. Though most times, graphic tees look more chic, especially paired with cut-out jeans. You don’t want to splurge on this because they wear out easily and need replacing after a few months.

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2. Jeans: I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have a pair of jeans in their closet. Every girl should own at least one. And you might want to add boyfriend ones to this list.

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3. Denim shirt: sometimes a basic look like, t-shirt on leggings can be spiced up with a denim shirt worn over as a jacket. And other times, tucked into a pencil skirt.

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white shirt4. White shirt: If you don’t have this, stop reading and go get one, now. You want to get one, preferably a long line. Works in more ways than one. Or maybe an over sized one you can wear as a dress. This is so far my favorite item.

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5. Little Black Dress: The infamous LBD. Truth? I don’t have one. I have an LWD and I’m okay with that but by all means get a black one too if you need to. And you need to.

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6. Black pointy toes: This right here can change your outfit. Gives a very elegant and feminine touch.

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7. Clutch: Maybe black, maybe a color that stands out. Just get a clutch.

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8. Trainers/slip ons: Whenever you quickly want to grab something from the nearest store but still want to look fab in case you run into your future boo, just slip these on. Simple and serves its purpose.

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9. Blazer: Create an Office look, formal look or even Janelle Monae look once in a while. It dresses up every outfit you wear it over. Do well to get one that suits your body shape.

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10. Leggings: Comfortable!! you can find it anywhere. And you can wear it everywhere.

 

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11. Red lipstick: Gwen Stefani always comes to mind. My mind at least. There are so many shades of red lipsticks. this one is more like a lipstain,it doesnt smear and finishes matte.

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12. Statement neck-piece: Maybe or maybe not but this has slowly found its way into our outfits. Its bold and causes a drastic change in look. You want to pair this with other minimal accessories.

 

 

Dear Ankara…

Happy New Month to you lovely people.

How was service today? I loved mine. It’s a New month, what are your plans? Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Teema gave you an insight on how she does hers on the previous post. Meanwhile, this is the first fashion post. Finally. I know. Its a letter to Ankara and how i never showed it enough love as a kid.

Dear Ankara,

I’m sorry for tucking you away all my life; for secretly hating you; and for giving my mother every reason why i couldn’t wear you to church on Sundays. But I hope you understand this because you know Nigerian parents and their sense of ‘native’ styles which do not ever come out as expected either. Nigerian tailors. Enough said.

Sometimes you appeared good but most times you were just too colorful, it was so hard-working with you then. But what did I know?

I had to wear the ‘blouse and skirt’ just the way mum said I should. No tweaking. No tweaking?? Who wears Ankara-sewn items directly from the tailor without ‘amendments’? But I was a child and according to mum, I didn’t need clothes to fit, I had to breathe. In which case, I was breathing for my nation.

I always wished you wear softer. I was tired of wearing ‘supposed’ flared skirts that looked starchy and rocky. I just didn’t know what to do with you then. And now you make good bags, shoes and other accessories. Even a good poncho. I’m starting to like you… a lot.

I shoved you in my box for months because I was looking for a way to bring you out with style. I just really wanted to work you into my outfits because you’re unique, you stand out and you’re not English. It’s overrated. (JK. I still love me the good ol’ pencil skirt with button downs).

You’re a part of my life. You know what I mean, being African and all and I can never really get rid of you.

YES!! I forced you into cramped holes; I ripped you up but just to make you look better. So forgive me. I tried this today and I think I liked it. I’m slowly learning to work with you, I want to do this more often. And I know it’ll be so much fun.

While I stop hiding you away, you’ll help me look good. Deal?

Yours’ sincerely,

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I hope y’all have a great week ahead ūüėČ

Outfit Details: Coat – MANGO | similar¬†here Shoes – Random outlet | similar here Neckpiece – H&M | similar here Skirt – H&M | similar here Top – H&M Bag – DIY’ed H&M | similar here