Best Dressed At This Year’s Abryanz Style Fashion Awards (Pictures)

#FashionFriday.

It’s still the talk on every fashionistas lips considering the pizzazz and style served during the event, so how about we take a look at those who put their best fashion foot forward at this year’s Abryanz Style Fashion Awards that went down in Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghanaian actress, Nana Akua Addo also known as Slay Queen stole the show with her cracked mirror dress and walked away with the Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Africa) award.

Another highlight of the night was of course our very own bagging awards as follows:

Fashion Blogger/Writer Of The Year(Africa)
Silvia Njoki

Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Africa)
Jamal Gaddafi

Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Africa)
Anita Nderu

Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa)
Sauti Sol

Male FashionistaOf The Year (Africa)
Eddie Kirindo

Female FashionistaOf The Year(Uganda)
Rashidah Mwiza

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)
Stefani Roma

The award ceremony celebrates fashion and rewards outstanding personalities in the same across the globe.

Fashion Friday: How To Shop For A Legit Leather Jacket

This is one of the biggest wardrobe investments you will ever make. That said, here’s what you need to look out for while shopping for that leather jacket.

1.STYLE

There are many styles when it comes to leather jackets but the most famous one is the double riders also known as the biker jacket. It’s many people’s choice because of it’s versatility. It can be worn over a hoodie, with skinny jeans, skirts, the list is endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s the motocross (also known as the café racer) originally intended to minimize drag while racing at high speed. It’s figure hugging nature means it cannot be worn with anything bulky on the inside. Wear it over a T shirt or a slim under layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The military or bomber jackets were first made in nylon but there’s tons of leather variants out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Choose a good fit.

A good jacket should feel and look like a second skin but at the same time also leave room for a sweater in case needed.

Ideally there should be just enough room to move your arms freely, sleeves should come down no longer than the wrists, while the rest of the jacket should sit at waist height in most cases. I f you want to go for the crop kind, ensure that you already have a decent one in your wardrobe.

Avoid anything that will stretch around your contours or make you look more round if you are bulky.

The fact that leather is not easy to alter or tailor should make you be watch out for these pointers/ these guidelines.

3. Skin.

Make sure to pick out the right skin, this will dictate its performance and durability. They come from different animals, not all leather comes from cows, horses or buffaloes (steer-hide which is normally stiff & takes a long time to wear, mostly used for motorcycle protection)

An alternative is calfskin which is less hard or goat skin which is supple and durable Lambskin, meanwhile, is favored by many high fashion and luxury labels as it’s the softest and lightest of them all.

Be aware that the lighter the hide used, the less durable it will be making it more susceptible to tearing.

4. Check the quality of the lining. If a jacket is lined with something thin and flimsy, then chances are the leather is cheap and low-grade, too. 

With those 4 guidelines whether you are on a budget or not, you will definitely be sure to pick out a leather jacket that will give you due service regardless of the price tag.

Fashion Friday: Staying Stylish No Matter How Low The Degrees

Freeze and shine mode can in no way withstand the kind of weather we have been experiencing in Nairobi of-late so here are a couple of style tips that will help you look fabulous despite it all.

The art of layering. 

Layering keeps you warm and once you’ve got the hang of it you might as well forget the phrase “I have nothing to wear.”

You should however take care not to over do it. There is a level of layering that leaves you looking like a hobo or snowman therefore try to keep it minimal and simple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boots.

You definitely need a good pair of these plus socks/stockings. They come in different lengths, colors and designs but remember it still has to go with your outfit.

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belt your coats.

This trick gives your coat new life and the best thing about it is that it works with almost all kinds of coats including puffer coats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invest in “fur coats”

Effortlessly chick and easy to style they are also known faux fur, they need no layering and this is the best season to show them off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves.

Scarves go a long way in keeping you warm and also enhancing your look. Make sure it color coordinates with what you are wearing.

 

 

 

 

#FashionFriday: Tallia Oyando’s Style Icons

She had been crushing on American rapper Pharrell’s style for the longest time. So what’s changed since then?

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HBR radio host Tallia Oyando says she has seen the future, literally.

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She finds the 6’2″ tall American rapper’s style more dynamic compared to Pharrell’s whom she says despite looking all so younger than his age (44) has not grown in terms of style, “He no longer surprises me, unlike Future whom I anticipate to see what he will step out in.” She said.

Her female style icons are American singer Solange Knowles and South African television personality Bonang Matheba.

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So next time you see her looking lovely and stylish… you’ll know where her creative juices are from. 

 

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New Trend Alert: Ankara Hair

New Trend Alert!

In case you are a lover of trends, here’s one absolutely out of the box that could perhaps inspire you; ankara braids.

From bags to shoes to caps and umbrellas, the African fabric has been used on almost everything, hair was the last place I thought anyone would consider using it on, clearly I didn’t think hard enough.

There are countless times you could be left confused of what hair style to wear next, this could come in handy just remember it’s not for the faint-hearted but for the bold, lover all things artsy, edgy and the girl who wants to stand out from the crowd; this one is definitely for you.

Whether or not it’s trendy, I leave it to you to decide, meanwhile check out below dope pictures of how you can style your own.

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Natural Hair Mistakes You Might Be Making

Written By: Khanyilanga Ndlovu

 

If you find yourself stuck and frustrated with the state and length of your natural hair and are looking to grow longer, healthier locks, keep reading.

Growing natural hair is a task that requires patience and a great deal of responsibility as it is delicate and demanding in nature due to its kinks which make it more structurally fragile. It needs to be cared for as though it were a baby.

 

Poor Diet

You need to be as careful with what you put in the interior of your body as  with what you apply on the exterior. This includes everything you eat, so if you’re maintaining an ineffective diet you’re most likely maintaining ineffective hair growth as well.

What you’re probably missing:

Water ; Water is a staple in all areas of your body’s development and most people get  a satisfactory amount everyday to keep them functioning fairly well throughout the day but the water consumed goes firstly to essential organs inside your body where they are needed most and then the rest will be used by less prioritized areas like your hair and skin. This is what makes it important to consume a great quantity of water everyday so that your body spends a good amount nourishing your hair and skin. Incorporate more water in your diet everyday by eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are water rich e.g, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Celery and Cucumbers. Encourage an increased water intake by using water reminder apps to challenge yourself.

Eggs ; Eggs are an excellent and easy source of a rainbow of minerals and  nutrients that are essential for hair growth, including protein, Vitamin B12, and Biotin.

Oysters/ Beef/ Lamb ; These three sources of protein also provide you with surplus amounts of Zinc that are excellent at preventing shedding and loss of hair.

Whole grains & Nuts ;  The mixture of hearty whole grains and nuts will bestow you with Zinc, Iron,  B Vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids, nourishing you with a multitude of hair benefits.

 

Generally, a balanced diet, identifiable by a colourful plate of fresh and organic elements , should be sufficient for healthy hair growth.

Damaging Hair With Heat

Heat damage is one of the most prevailing reasons some people fail to observe their hair grow past a certain point.

Heat damage is caused by too-frequent blow dryer use with high heat, flat ironing at high temperatures and with unsuitable irons. It is recommended to expel the use of heat on your hair completely but this is unrealistic for many people because of styling demands and the ease of manipulation of hair so we should at least try to limit our use.

Heat damage to natural hair can be detected by hair failing to revert back to its natural curl pattern after wetting; excessive split ends and breakage; moisture-less, brittle and dull strands.

Improving the effects of heat damage requires persistence with moisturizing treatments in particular. Many people don’t realize the significance of moisture and hydration on their hair and as a result unknowingly neglect their hair and limit themselves from reaching their hair’s full length and health potential.

Hair should be moisturized and sealed daily, with conditioning happening at least once a week.

Some simple methods to reduce the likelihood of heat damage include:

  • Using heat protectant products before applying heat to the hair to coat and guard the hair from burning. Vegetable and cooking oils like Coconut and Olive oil should be avoided before the application of heat as they may cause the strands to burn or melt.
  • Lowering dryer/iron temperature and using a ‘cool’ setting if available for those who must use the dryer frequently.
  • Reducing frequency of use to at most once a month by relying on protective styles.
  • Air drying hair instead of blow drying.

 

Not Wearing Protective Styles

Wearing your hair down, with it making contact with your clothes increasing the chances of it being damaged.

One of the most common causes of breakage is friction of the hair against clothing and other surfaces, causing snagging and tearing , or sleeping without wearing an appropriate hair cover such as a satin scarf or using a satin pillowcase. Breaking is also caused by extreme manipulation of the hair. This happens when combing, brushing,    de-tangling and even braiding is overdone, or occurs too frequently.

Pulling causes the hair to become weak at the shaft and may make the hair more fragile at already delicate spots ( the kinks), therefore styles such as high ponytails that apply stress to the roots should be worn minimally.

Distinguishing between shedding and breakage is important , so as to be accurate when eliminating the problem. When hair has broken off, whether the piece is long or short, no cuticle is visible whereas hair that has been shed has a white cuticle visible or a small bump that can be felt at the end in case the cuticle is not visible.

Long lasting protective styles include braids, cornrows and even simple buns.  Some are pictured below:

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Fear of Making Mistakes

Lastly, one of the biggest setbacks people face when trying to grow out their hair is fear.

Sometimes people fear making big changes to their routines and adjusting their ideas and viewpoints because  of the ambiguity of the outcome of those changes.  Fear holds us back from learning and making mistakes, and therefore learning once again. We need to experiment and discover more so we grow our confidence with our hair and find hair care methods that are personally suitable for us.

Learning from our errors and change is beneficial to us because small mistakes that are repeated can have big, negative outcomes overtime.

Another obstacle we establish for ourselves is comparison. Comparing hair growth journeys is not advisable and is a sure to backfire. It doesn’t aid to our fears. Comparing  can deter one’s self confidence  and increase frustration, thus encouraging the reluctance to keep putting in effort and trying new things.

Believe in yourself and in your hair. 

These Runway Pics Are Why We Can’t Wait for This Year’s Kenya Fashion Awards

Hosted every year, the Kenya Fashion Awards is a prestigious ceremony that aims to promote fashion, music, photography and art with each one showing more promise than the last.

The entertainment scene loves to center around any form of ‘glitz and glam’ and with the big number of categories in this year’s events, we are anticipating quite the show and these photos from last year’s runway are definitely adding to the excitement.

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Fashion is Kenya is a growing industry and this year, the ceremony will take place this August.

6 Tips On How To Apply Matte Lipstick

Matte lipstick is the trend these days. Matte lips can look incredibly beautiful and elegant, if you know how to wear this type of makeup. Not sure how to get it just right? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Exfoliate your lips

Matte lipstick textures tend to emphasize all the flaws of your lips, therefore, it’s important to prepare your lips and make them smooth and soft. You can use sugar scrub or gently rub your lips with a toothbrush to remove the dead skin.

  1. Moisturize your lips

Matte lipstick tends to dry out your lips creating a caked or cracked effect. You can moisturize your lips by using Vaseline or lip balm so your lipstick will go smooth and more even.

  1. Apply Concealer

If you want your lipstick to last longer and for the color to pop, apply concealer all over your lips prior to applying your lip color. 

  1. Line your lips

So as to get it right on your first try, use a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick to line your lips. This will help you get neat, clean and beautiful result. Lip liner also helps your lipstick last longer.

  1. Avoid rubbing

Apply your lipstick but avoid rubbing your lips as you would with sheer ones. Instead, use a lip brush to spread your lipstick evenly on your lips making sure you cover every corner of your lips.

  1. Bloat your lips

Use a piece of toilet paper to bloat your lips so as to remove any excess color or leftover shine. It will also help avoid cakey and over-dry looking lips.

And you’re good to go. You’re welcome 🙂

Check Out these Jaw-Dropping Strapless Undies

 Does it annoy you when you put on a nice dress and then you can’t wear it no more because your panty lines are showing? Well, there’s a solution for that, (other than going without panties, of course).

A company named Shibue Couture has opted to create a strapless panty. Its motto: “We didn’t cross the line…we erased it!”

So here’s how it works, according to the product’s original description: “Shibues are held in place by a washable and re-usable soft silicone gel adhesive across the top front and top back of the panty leaving nothing but a smooth, clean silhouette on your sides.”

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Sounds awesome right? There’s more.

Men too don’t have to fret over visible boxer lines anymore as Shibue also has a “Hibue” for men that I must say looks extremely ridiculous!

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The creativity is truly fascinating but I’m guessing you’d have to be hairless in the zones that it touches in order to make the underwear stay on. If you don’t mind that this could potentially solve your visible panty woes if you’re attending a special event and you’ll be a wearing sheer or lace garment.

For the guys, well, I just won’t go there.

The 5 Biggest Fashion Trends Of 2016

These are the trends that ruled the year. How many of them did you wear? 

1. Chokers

If anyone won 2016, it was chokers. From classic black to lace, velvet, diamonds, nameplates and even DIY shoelace chokers, the “it” accessory came in every fabric, color and width this year. No one was left out on this.

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2. Velvet

Not many like this fabric but the style wise ones know that velvet is here to stay and slay. Whether it came as a pair of boots, a suit, dress or top, velvet was impossible to go unnoticed. The lush fabric was everywhere and people rocked this fabric to the fullest. Fashionable people. 

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3. Off-The-Shoulder Everything

All eyes were on the shoulders in 2016 as we couldn’t go a day without spying an off-the-shoulder top or dress and few managed to pull this look off. However, it is keen to note that this look is pulled off better by the lighter chested ladies as opposed to the heavier ones.

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4. Milennial Pink

People went crazy on this trend and the fashion critics agree with it. Tumblr pink, Millennial pink, rose quartz—whatever you call it, the pretty pink hue took over just everything this year: fashion, beauty, interiors and just about social media feed.

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5. Bomber jackets

This is another trend that went over board with people purchasing different bombers whether satin bombers inspired by the Valentino runway or a more classic take, bombers dominated as the MVP of jackets.

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Also another trend worth notting is the palazzo pants and Camo (military) trends. You still have two more days to get your flex on with these trends so jump on it because fashion is revolutionary and next year will be a different storm all together.