Styling And Shoe Review

First time I heard anything about Yummie was on "Wardrobe Diaries", a TV show that features fashion forward people. Watching the interview, the first thing that struck me was her unconventional, eccentric style. [caption id="attachment_2525" align="aligncenter" width="371"]fullsizerender-32 Yummie in Brooklyn[/caption] You know those people that only them can own their style? Yes, she's one of those people.

I see some fashion pieces and i'm thinking, who put in so much love and commitment and thought to this? Lately, i've been feeling this type of way about the valentino rockstud pumps but apart from the pumps, I haven't paid so much attention to the brand as a whole. The Maison Valentino footwear brand is exactly why I am here today. I visited the official site and some other luxury outlets and after what I saw, I knew I had to do a post. Naturally, I was interested in knowing the creative director of the brand. There had been Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli as creative directors since 2008 but with the exit of Maria, Pierpaolo became sole Creative Director. This duo created the signature Rockstud Pumps to celebrate 50years of the brand in fall 2010.

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. [caption id="attachment_2420" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender-32 Beauty Blogger And Consultant, She Loves The Finer Things[/caption] 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).

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. [caption id="attachment_2406" align="aligncenter" width="743"] Paul Andrew[/caption] 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 [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="883"] Studs[/caption] A delicate interpretation of brass studs, inspired by ancient Turkish military garments, adds new life to striking cut-out suede pumps. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Manhattan Studs 90[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Leila[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Sharifa[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Yasir[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Manhattan Studs 15[/caption]   CUT-OUT MESH [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="847"] Cut Out Mesh[/caption] Crescents of the signature Zenadia pump have been cut away and replaced with invisible mesh for a sexy reinterpretation of a well loved silhouette. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Safiya[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="617"] The Signature Zenadia in a cut out mesh design[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="608"] The Hanaa Bootie[/caption] ARABESQUE [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="839"] The Arabesque[/caption] 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. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="618"] The Kismet Wedge, perfect for an evening out[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="593"] The Iris Sandal, available in other colors[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="612"] The Nadiyya Sandal[/caption] IKAT PRINT [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="819"] The Ikat Print[/caption] This custom print was inspired by an antique scarf that Paul found at a vintage textile vendor at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Such attention to detail in the little everyday things. Who would have thought an antique scarf would bring so much fun to one's feet. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Xiamen 90[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Xiamen 105[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Celestine[/caption] TRIPLE-DYED SUEDE Paul Andrew tanneries employ an intensive triple-dying process to ensure that suedes maintain their color without fading or staining. Suede that doesn't fade or stain (well so easily). That is definitely something to splurge on! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="765"] Xiamen 90 Sandals[/caption] CONSTANTINOPLE BROCADE The Constantinople brocade is woven with metallic silk thread to reflect the stunning colors of Istanbul's bazaars. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Adalet Wedge[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Rhea Sandals[/caption] DEVORE VELVET  Italian artisans dissolve layers of velvet to reveal swirling traditional Turkish motfis. Each piece is bonded with suede to create a bold, luxurious textile. So rich and lush! Another favorite from my top 3 [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Shakti Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Selma Pumps[/caption] BULLION EMBROIDERY Utilizing a time-honored technique, delicate coils of gold bullion thred are hand-embroidered onto printed silk crepe to create a textured passementerie detail. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Topkapi Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Ibrahim Loafer[/caption]   JEWELED HEEL   Bold, colorful gems are bezel-set into an antiqued metal block heel, adding richness and depth. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Serkan Jewelled Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Nehir Ankle Bootie[/caption] ANKARA CRYSTAL HEEL  Swarovski crystals are hand-applied to the surface of the Ankara's rounded low heel, lending a subtle sparkle to an evening of dancing. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Passion Jewel Sling backs[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Ankara Jeweled Heel[/caption] THE SIGNATURE ZENADIA PUMPS [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA BROCADE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA SUEDE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA BRIDAL PUMPS[/caption]     THE BRIDAL COLLECTION He also came up with a bridal collection consisting of some his signature designs like the Ankara Jewelled Heel, the Zenadia, the Passion, the Arabesque heel and the Serkan [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Piume Ankle strap sandals[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Serkan Jeweled Heel[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Bursa Arabesque Pump[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Passion Sling Back Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Hand Embroidered , lucite heel mesh bootie[/caption] THEN COMES [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] LEOPARD HAIRCALF EXCLUSIVE TO THE DESIGNER[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] VELVET MARY JANE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] BALLERINA AUBERGINE CERVO BRAIDED ANKLE STRAPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Blush Satin Sandals[/caption] There's velvet, Suede, Satin, Calf hair, motifs, jewels, leather all in one collection. To say i'm blown away by this collection is an understatement, the creativity of this seasons collection is out of this world. Real attention to detail, consumers comfort in mind and the lushness of it all speaks volume of luxury. He's worth every accolade and award he receives and i look forward to future collections. Happy Man Crush Monday.   Peace, Love And More Creativity, XOXO, Jay ...

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.