In Her Closet – Episode 10 – She Loves The Finer Things In Life

Yewande Thorpe is a beauty blogger and consultant and I remember being so addicted to her blog for all my skin care and make up needs, thanks to her for what I know now. I started following her on Instagram and thought ‘Oh Wow, she has a great sense of style too’. What I liked the most about her style is how she dresses her body type and always comes out looking fabulous. Drawing up my list of people I had to get on the series, I didn’t have to think too hard or look too far, I slid in her mailbox and even though it took a while, she was more than happy to grant the interview which made me even happier (Thank you mama). Her current shoe obsession had me in bouts of laughter just because she wouldn’t stop about it, but who wouldn’t be obsessed with all that love on your feet??? Let’s get straight into the interview. E- Interview with beauty blogger and consultant – Yewande Thorpe JAY: What does style mean to you? YEWANDE: Style to me is a means of expressing myself without actually saying any words. My style is often a reflection of my mood at any given time. JAY: What would you say has been your biggest moment in shoe fashion? ( those pair of shoes that were designed to save the fashion world). YEWANDE: When I got my first pair of Louboutins…However, they were so deathly uncomfortable, I only wore them once and never again. I have steered clear of Mr Christian since that…Man was born with only two knees and legs please.. JAY: Your most comfortable shoes at the moment...

Man Crush Monday – Paul Andrew

Every designer is inspired by one thing or another which makes their designs unique. It is this originality that makes them stand out as a brand. Paul Andrew is one of such designers, whose pieces are inspired by architecture in eclectic places and an interplay of fabric from his background as the son of an upholsterer to the Queen of the Windsor castle. He was the first to win the Vogue Fashion Fund in 2014 and his vision was spurred by his extensive fashion pedigree cultivated within iconic fashion houses of Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez among others. He launched his namesake label in 2013 and there has been no stopping him. His Pre-fall/Autumn Winter 2016 collection is the reason for his feature as my #ManCrushMonday today. The designer has been noted to quote “I believe in a new kind of luxury for shoes where chic and elegance have equal power to form and function” Feed your eyes on these gorgeous collections, each inspired by it’s own unique details. STUDS A delicate interpretation of brass studs, inspired by ancient Turkish military garments, adds new life to striking cut-out suede pumps.   CUT-OUT MESH Crescents of the signature Zenadia pump have been cut away and replaced with invisible mesh for a sexy reinterpretation of a well loved silhouette.   ARABESQUE Arabesque architecture inspired this dramatic wedge, which was hand-carved by Italian artisans then metalized with a galvanic finish. This is one of my three favorites of the collections. IKAT PRINT This custom print was inspired by an antique scarf that Paul found at a vintage textile vendor at the Grand...

In Her Closet – Episode 9 – Fashion Blogger Toyosi Clay of StyleByToyoC

A graduate of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Fashion Blogger and Stylist Toyosi Clay is nothing short of Beauty and Brains.   She loves to travel, loves fashion and has done so many reviews on Nigerian fashion designers. I didn’t think twice before concluding I wanted her on an episode of this E-series. Recently she was at the New York Fashion Week for the Leanne Marshall and Dan Liu Spring 2017 fashion shows. Read all about her experience here. Her favorite style quote is from the legendary Coco Chanel –“Style is when the inside is as beautiful as the Outside” Going straight into the interview, she was very direct with her answers and there is no doubt that she knows her fashion a 100%. Another pointies lover who loves to shop from Zara and looking to build her collection of Luxury shoes, I’m happy I got her to do this. E-Interview With Toyosi Clay JAY: Being a fashion blogger, you are also a stylist, what’s your most important style tip to every woman? TOYO: You need to dress based on your shape and size and own it. Confidence is KEY. JAY: On a scale of 1-10, where do shoes fall when creating a look? TOYO: 10; Shoes are everything JAY: Luxury or high street? TOYO: A bit of both but I wear more high street (as of now LOL) JAY: Favorite luxury footwear designer TOYO: Paul Andrew; Love his designs JAY: Favorite high street store(s) to shop TOYO: Zara, H&M, Topshop, River island, Asos JAY: T-bar sandals or ankle straps TOYO: T-bar Sandals JAY: Favorite pair of shoes at the moment and why?...

How To Wear: Boots And Booties!!!

I have always loved boots and booties, in all the styles they come in. I’ve had a pair or 2 in the past and i know they are one shoe style i’d rock anytime. As a shoe retailer, i have found that it is one of those shoes that most people shy away from. For whatever reason, and I’ve heard the funniest one, boots weren’t made for Nigerian/African weather. WRONG!!! I came across the Yeezy Season 2  Thigh high boots recently and i couldn’t help myself, so this post is for those who secretly like some of them but think it’s not a “Nigerian” thing. I think every shoe lover should have at least one pair of boots in one sof the numerous styles they come in. For thigh high boots, just imagine you were wearing a pair of snug skinny jeans, same feel right? It becomes a problem when they are fur lined or full on leather which are usually designed for the winter season. With denim, cloth and other soft fabrics, they are a great way to change up your shoe game. They also help to cover up flaws on your legs for nights you’re itching to wear that mini skirt. Below are a few ways I’d style different boots and booties   Luxury or High Street, Ankle Length, Calf Length or Thigh High, there’s something for everyone. Still in doubt about those boots or booties??? Peace, Love And More Boots, XOXO,...

In Her Closet – Episode 8 – Straight From New Jersey Is Dr Sim

What can be more attractive than a powerful woman in the choicest heels? Owning her style even through everyday challenges. On this weekend’s episode is a dedicated mom, a dedicated wife and lover, a doctor and a night club owner all in the heart of New Jersey, U.S.A. She is none other than Dr. Mrs Abimbola Adighije AKA Dr Sim This particular post is special to me because I have known her for years and seen her grow and work towards her goals, her personal life quote “Impossible is Nothing” is proof that you can achieve what you believe. In all the years I have known her, one thing that has stood out for her is her style. Whatever role she’s playing, no matter how daunting, you can’t catch her in a bad fashion moment. In this interview, she revealed having had to take off one of her shoes that gave way while boarding a plane and I could only picture her still strutting in style. Getting her to do this interview was yet another challenge. I had sent her the e-mail months back but getting her to respond was a task, she works round the clock! And boom, I caught her on whatsapp and said to myself “make use of this time”. She has a really interesting personality. Enjoy the interview below. WHATSAPP INTERVIEW WITH DR.SIM JAY: I’M TYPICALLY A POINTY TOE PUMPS GIRL, WHAT IS THE MOST PROMINENT SHOE STYLE  IN YOUR CLOSET AND WHY? DR.SIM: Most prominent? I’m typically a pump girl but lately, I’ve been into sandals, Kylie Jenner taught me. *insert key smiley* JAY: I KNOW YOUR LIFE STYLE COVERS BEING A MUM, BEING...

Did You Know??? – 5 Tips and Tricks You Would Certainly Need!!!

It’s one thing to finally be able to buy those shoes you have been longing for, be it luxury or a steal. The fact that you’ve had to part with money, you want to make the most of it, right? In the past, I used to buy shoes just because, sometimes I don’t even consider the comfort. I see it, I like it, I can afford it, then it’s mine. Simple! Then I find out I can’t wear them after the first try because they are simply not comfortable. Now with more responsibility and other things to use money for, i’m a lot more careful. If I end up with an uncomfortable pair of shoes, I find a way to make it work for me. Today, I want to share with you 5 of the tricks I’ve learned over time to make uncomfortable shoes become comfortable. Let’s tackle the problem from the point of purchase. I read a long time ago that your feet tend to swell at noon as opposed to when you wake up in the morning. From paying attention, it is actually true. So Tip 1, shop for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their actual size. This way, you’re more certain of the fit. I suffer from sweaty feet especially when I wear closed toe shoes. That can be a really messy situation. But who made the rule that panty liners can only be used to line your panties. Pick up that panty liner and slide them into your shoes, wipe your feet dry, apply some baby powder underneath and be on your...

In Her Closet – Episode 7 – ZINKATA!!!

I have been drawn to Ezinne Chinkata’s style since her fashion editing days with Genevieve magazine and WOW magazine. I find her style adventurous, quite edgy and mostly original. When I was putting together this E-series, I knew I had to get up close and personal with her closet. And so it was a great honor when she responded to my e-mail to do this E-interview. For those who don’t know, Ezinne is a fashion consultant, a fashion retailer at her zinkata store and fashion editor at zinkata.com. She styled the beautiful Omotola Ekehinde and her daughter on the set of the Knorr Advertisement. Let’s get straight into the interview which I found very entertaining and informative from a true stylist that she is. E- interview with Ezinne Jay: What does style mean to you?? Ezinne: Style to me is an appearance that perfectly portrays your ideas or preferences. Jay: In putting together an outfit for a client, on a scale of 1- 10, how important are the shoes? Ezinne: 10- Extremely important, except it’s a floor length maxi. Shoes have the power to thoroughly change the dynamics of an outfit. Jay: What’s your biggest pet peeve with shoes ( something you see on people or have experienced yourself) Ezinne: When shoes are not re-heeled and it makes that really disturbing clinking sound when you walk on the floor (tiles). Jay: What’s your favorite luxury footwear brand? Ezinne: Jimmy Choo’s heels are super comfortable and Dior makes the most durable flat pumps. Jay: Where’s your favorite high street brand to shop shoes? Ezinne: Office and Jefferey Campbells on Asos. Jay: What are your favorite shoes at the moment and why? Ezinne:...

My Pregnant Feet

Guess who just had a baby, yea me!!! Yayyy!! It’s been a long 38weeks (36weeks pregnant plus 2weeks post delivery). Can I blame my haphazard posts on the pregnancy?, please do. Honestly, it’s been a lot. But hey I still managed to bring you some juice, so show me some love. No??? Ok, read all about my pregnancy story and then show me some love, hehehehehe. We’ve had 6 episodes of my new E-series In Her Closet, and that promises to be back next week Friday unfailingly, there’s a backlog of interviews from your favorite people and you definitely don’t want to miss it. Today’s post is a welcome back post (It’s been a month) and I’d be sharing briefly on my pregnant feet. You all know how I love to keep the feet looking fab no matter the condition or occasion. Pregnancy is not an exception. In the first 2 trimesters it may be easy to get away with heels and your regular pre-pregnancy shoes. But in your last trimester, if you are always tired, over weight and carrying a bump that doesn’t allow you see your toes, you want all the comfort you can get. So, I’d be showing you some really nice and certainly comfortable luxury flat sandals and slippers I craved to have and are still on my wish list. And then some easily affordable ones that I could lay my hands on. Unfortunately, I didn’t do any photo shoots (shoot me), I would have loved to. By merely looking at a pair of shoes, you can feel the lushness and comfort from pictures, that is what the picture of...

In Her Closet – Episode 6 – Wonder Make Up Artist, Ara By Laide

I apologize for the late post but the cyber world decided to develop a mind of its own through the weekend. Remember you can catch up on all the previous episodes of this series right here on the blog. A year ago, she would have been referred to as an upcoming make up artist. But she has since evolved and claimed her rightful place in the industry. From bridal make up to movie sets, campaign shoots, musical videos and documentaries with Wole Soyinka, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hafsat Abiola and Olusegun Osoba, Creative Director of Ara By Laide Artistry, Olaide Banjo has carved her niche, owned her own and is here to stay. One would expect that to make her work which involves been on her feet for hours. she would throw on a pair of flip flops and get to work. But this is one MUA that pays attention to even herself and her total looks beyond satisfying her clients. Let’s get straight to the interview after the cut.  JAY: Your job as an MUA takes you around a lot and has you standing for a long period of time. What are your most comfortable work shoes?? LAIDE: I stand through most times while working so i feel comfortable in sneakers or flossys or doll shoes if i could wear scrubs i wont mind lol. JAY: What is your biggest pet peeve with shoes ( on you or other people) LAIDE: My biggest pet peeve is having to stand so long on stilettos as cool and as sexy they are they are so annoying to wear for a long while. I also hate when i...

In Her Closet – Episode 5 It’s His Perspective With Moses Ebite

The name Moses Ebite may not ring a bell to many, but Moashstyling would ring a loud bell to anyone who is in the business of fashion and styling and everything that comes with it. This was one interview that came so easy and I least expected it. Very down to earth and easy in his responses, Moses certainly made my heart smile. Moses Ebite is a fashion stylist who has worked with the biggest names in the entertainment industry. From Dakore Egbuson to Omotola Ekehinde, Anna Banner, Osas Ighodaro, Toke Makinwa , Eku Edewor, Bovi, Omoni Oboli to mention  a few.   He’s also worked with the best photographers Remi Adetiba, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Obi Somto, Moussa Moussa and many others. Curiosity did not kill this cat, it gave her exciting answers to his point of view on what he thinks should be in a lady’s closet. You can’t but enjoy this interview. After the Cut THE INTERVIEW JAY: You have some of the most fashionable women in the entertainment industry as your clients, what is style to you as regards female fashion?? MOSES: Style to me is Comfort. Everybody loves a comfortable woman, a woman wearing only a white male dress shirt and heels is stylish to me. JAY: In putting together a look for your client, how important is their footwear on a scale of 1- 10 and why? MOSES: The footwear is as important as the outfit and that’s 10/10 . A pair of good shoes can take an ordinary outfit from 0-100% JAY: Do you have any favorite female footwear brands? Luxury or highstreet? MOSES: Yes Of cos ! I love...