Styling And Shoe Review

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. fullsizerender-16   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.

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!!! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Image result for Jennifer le boots Jennifer Le Boots[/caption]

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 [caption id="attachment_2283" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender-9 Bimbola Adighije[/caption]

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. [caption id="attachment_2208" align="aligncenter" width="556"] It takes a good stylist to get the perfect outfit to go with the set up[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_2215" align="aligncenter" width="503"] Jimmy Choo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2216" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Christian Dior Flat Pumps[/caption] 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: Black Ankle strap pumps by Twin Set. They go with practically almost everything and I have gotten the most wear out of them in recent times. [caption id="attachment_2217" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Twin set pumps[/caption] Jay: What shoe size do you wear? Ezinne: 41 Jay: Luxury or high street? Ezinne: Depends on where your pocket/priorities are and your preferences! There are great shoes for every budget. Jay: Clothes, bags, sunglasses, shoes or skincare, which of these would you spend the most on? Ezinne: All relative.. I enjoyed reading through her answers, follow her on instagram and check out her blog for more captivating styles. Look out for the next E-interview, each episode is as exciting as the next and you don't want to miss it. Peace, love and More Shoes, XOXO, Jay. (Photo Credit: Ezinne's Tumblr and Instagram.)...

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. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"]IMG_1103[1] Conception, Pregnancy And Delivery[/caption]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. Untitled 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. [caption id="attachment_2171" align="aligncenter" width="1024"][url=file_search.php?action=file&lightboxID=312777][img]http://www.pascalgenest.com/istock/seriesImages/banners_featuredImages.gif[/img][/url] [url=file_search.php?action=file&lightboxID=312798][img]http://www.pascalgenest.com/istock/seriesImages/banners_women.jpg[/img][/url] abdomen of a pregnant woman Baby bump[/caption]

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. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="622"]Inline image CREATIVE DIRECTOR ARA BY LAIDE[/caption] 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. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Inline image LAIDE WITH HARRY SONGS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Inline image ON SET WITH DJ EXCLUSIVE[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Inline image DOCUMENTARY SHOOTS[/caption] 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.

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. [caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Moses Ebite[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_2112" align="aligncenter" width="422"] With Omotola[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2110" align="aligncenter" width="419"] Kaylah Oniwo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2107" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Osas Ighodaro And Mo ASH Styling[/caption] He's also worked with the best photographers Remi Adetiba, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Obi Somto, Moussa Moussa and many others. [caption id="attachment_2118" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Remi Adetiba[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2121" align="aligncenter" width="443"] Obi Somto[/caption] 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 the Sophia Websters, Aquazurra and Of cos the Christian louboutin nb- every woman on earth must have at least a black pair of the So Kate Christian louboutin because it's tradition and a must. [caption id="attachment_2117" align="aligncenter" width="379"] Aquazzura Disco Thing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2119" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Sophia Webster Catia Heels[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2122" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Must Have So Kate Pumps[/caption]     JAY: What's your favorite shoe style? That one style that fits all outfits and you can throw on your client last minute if all else fails. MOSES: That's easy. I will always go for a pair of black pumps. It's easy, fresh and a classic. You can Never go wrong. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Black Pumps[/caption] JAY: You have quite an impeccable personal style yourself, it's always refreshing to see you step out and yes I do notice your footwear a lot, what's your favorite go to male footwear design? MOSES: LOL, omg . Thank you for that. I love shoes and I have quite a few favorite . But my go to will have to be Gucci. Because there are affordable and easy. JAY: What's the most you've spent on your shoes in a day??? MOSES: Wow that's easy 150k.. .lol JAY: Any advice for women out there when it comes to getting their style right??? MOSES: Well just know you body type and keep it easy and simple .  So we've heard it from a man's point of view, each interview is just as enlightening as the last one. I trust we've learnt a thing or two. Expect to read from the men from different fields too. Until next week, Peace, Love And More Shoes, It's Your Girl, JAY...

Girl power, champions, winners, fashion lovers, history makers, record breakers - that's what I'm all about. I couldn't even wait till Wednesday to do a #womancrushwednesday post on this woman. So I'm just going to drop it right here and bring you the best of Serena Williams' fashion game. [caption id="attachment_2077" align="aligncenter" width="546"] On the cover of sports illustrated[/caption] If you want to read about her on the court successes, please contact Google. I'd be taking you off the court and straight into her closet. [caption id="attachment_2084" align="aligncenter" width="561"] 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party[/caption] Her style has evolved over the years, and that can be expected especially when your BFF is a Kardashian. No longer do we have the almost boring tennis player but a fashionista that keeps getting better with her red carpet provocative styles. [caption id="attachment_2078" align="aligncenter" width="542"] Serena and KIm[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2073" align="aligncenter" width="546"] BFFs[/caption] She's gone fierce and her shoe game is one to look out for. What I love the most is that she chooses shoe styles that flatter her leg type - short and thick. [caption id="attachment_2088" align="aligncenter" width="578"] In ankle strap sandals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2083" align="aligncenter" width="557"] T bar pointed pumps[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2080" align="aligncenter" width="552"] T Bar Sandals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2082" align="aligncenter" width="552"] In Covered Platform Almond toe pumps[/caption] On the court, she's made tennis a lot more interesting to watch On and off the court, she's an absolute winner, who does a split like this though, just had to add this I send you into this new week with all the love, strength and motivation to achieve your goals. The right pair of shoes at the right time will also go a long way to convey the message of greatness. Slay all week lovers, get new shoes   Peace, love and more shoes XOXO, your girl, Jay...

 It keeps getting better. I absolutely enjoy doing these interviews because the responses make my heart smile. I mean why would anyone not love shoes life? So this week, I have 2 women with me, they are not celebrities or in the media in anyway and it took quite some to get them to do this episode. What I found intriguing about them is how they still manage to look so fabulous at 40 with such great taste in shoes.  Everyone knows how much I love to be #teamfitfam (Don't judge me by my size), but seeing these women who at 40, with families and businesses to run, manage to burn an average of 500calories a day (at the very least) working out and eating healthy, inspires me to work towards a fitter 40's. Yea, they all say its to be healthy, but with their shoe obsession, I know it's low key for the heels. Let me introduce you to these beautiful women before we get into the interview. Irene Fajana: is the young at heart (and body) mother of 3 kids with a home accessories store who is totally in love with what she does which is being a wife, mom, entrepreneur and fashionista. She loves to travel,is  the ultimate party planner and the perfect soccer mom. Not until I saw pictures from her 40th birthday did I believe her age. [caption id="attachment_1915" align="aligncenter" width="589"]irene 40 year old Irene in Neon pointed pumps[/caption] Helen Anatogu: a mother of 2kids, CEO of a software business incubator and a business lawyer with past corporate counsel at Nokia, Shell and Microsoft. Sugarcraft, gardening, music and art are some of her favorite things but none of these trumps her time spent with her kids and evenings out with her husband. [caption id="attachment_2046" align="aligncenter" width="519"]IMG_0662 Helen on a play date with her kids[/caption] Enjoy the interviews after the cut

I am an unrepentant shoe lover, I love the designs, the materials used in making them, the style they create, the confidence they give, the creativity that goes into making each pair fit, just everything about shoes. It is an art and I find myself going through every footwear designers' collections and taking in the sight of all those beautiful pairs of shoes and building this larger than life closet in my head, then comes the price tags. [caption id="attachment_2033" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo Courtesy www.sdasia.co[/caption] Honestly how many of us can afford these luxury items? Even at the best bargains or sales season, they still drill a hole in your pocket. The average Nigerian job pays about N80,000 - N200,000 a month. I'm sure no one wants to spend alL their earnings on a pair of shoes however tempting it maybe. One of my favorite things to do is look for high street brands that can substitute for the designer brands. That way, it's easier to create a champagne closet on a beer budget. You may not get the actual Swarovski crystals or crocodile leather but you get equally durable faux materials and embellishments, neatly made, gorgeous designs and most importantly, pocket friendly. For the benefit of those that have asked, I'd be doing a weekly splurge versus steal post here on the blog and occasionally on instagram, twitter and facebook, so make sure you're following. For the purpose of this introductory post, I'd highlight some of my favorite go to stores for affordable shoes. New Look: They stock shoes from as low as 5pounds (sales season) to about 40pounds. Their shoes are neat and almost always durable. You can hardly go wrong with them. Their sizes go up to an EUR 43 which makes them all the more amazing and they are true to size. 2. Zara: With outlet stores in Europe and America, they are like next to luxury. Their shoes are more expensive retailing from about 20pounds (sales season) to about 100pounds. They are not always big feet friendly, so the designs you like the most may not run above an EUR 40/41. Kurt Geiger: A UK based store, they carry their own brand, Carvela Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Lipsy, Nine West and some other brands. Their shoes are gorgeous, very strong but not always true to size, so if you're not used to them, they can be a bit tricky. Shoes retail between 20pounds (sales season) and 300pounds for new designs.   Other brands I'd be featuring are River Island, Shoedazzle, Aldo, Justfab, H n M amongst others. It's quite easy to create a champagne closet if properly guided so you are not penny wise pound foolish. Still itching for those very designer brands?, I'd keep you up to date on where and how to get them at the very best bargains so you can splurge once, twice or even thrice a year to reward yourself for all the hardwork. Till then.. Peace, Love And More Shoes XOXO, JAY...