#LagosBeautyBlogger How to Care for Braids

I suggest the following steps to care for and have healthy braids

BEFORE YOU BRAID

Sometimes stylists will tell you that relaxing your hair just before braiding will make your braids neater and the front ends silkier.  Truth is the neatness of your braids depends on how good the stylist is.

Shampoo your hair so it’s at its strongest state. It makes your hair more elastic during the styling process and is less prone to breakage.

Deep condition your hair a day before you have the braids done. Continue to do this to your hair even when you have the braids in at least once in two weeks.  Concentrate more on the root/scalp of the braids than the body itself.

MAINTAINING THE BRAIDS

If the hair was done really tight then you might want to massage your hair on the first day with some warm water, and then apply oils around the edges frequently for up to seven days. This is to ease the tension and avoid hair loss from the root for the first two days after the braids.

Make sure the scalp is clean and moisturized to prevent it from becoming itchy and flaky.

Sleep with a satin scarf, to reduce frizz, preserve the style longer and present dirt from getting on your scalp. It also protects your roots from drying out when you sleep.

Avoid unnatural products when keeping hair moisturized. Opt for natural oils like coconut oil and almond oil. These oils are great for soothing the scalp and retaining moisture without building up and clogging your pores like generic braid sprays often will.

Avoid constant up-dos and DON’T PULL TOO TIGHTLY WHEN STYLING. Constantly styling your hair into high ponytails pulls at your hairline. Limit updo styling to three or four times a week rather than every day.

Redo your edges. Several times I have taken off my braids because the edges were rough. Rather than rebraid your entire head just re-install the braids along your hairline.

Take extra care to detangle and deep condition before reinstalling your braids again. Remember that your edges are already fragile, so they need a little bit of extra care and attention.

HOW TO WASH BRAIDS

  • Irrespective of what stylists say, wash your braids once in 2 weeks. Washing your braids every two weeks will allow the braids to retain its strength and reduce early rough appearance.
  • Place a small amount of shampoo into your hand.
  • Rub both hands together to form lather.
  • Using the balls of your fingers, apply the lather to your scalp only.
  • With circular motions, rub the shampoo into your scalp, being careful to place your fingers beneath your braids.
  • Rinse thoroughly, letting the downward motion of the water pull suds through the braids.
  • Follow up with a conditioner if your braids are your own hair, but this isn’t necessary with extensions.
  • Squeeze excess water from your braids.
  • Dry them with a soft towel or better yet, an old tee shirt, by squeezing them in sections. Do not rub them dry.
  • Moisturize your braids like it’s your hair. Mix water and coconut oil in a bottle and just spray it on the braids up to the point your hair stops. Then apply some olive oil on the braids up until the point your hair stops. No need to moisturize the parts of the braids not containing your hair.

HOW TO PUT BRAIDS IN A BUN

Step 1: Tip your hair upside down and section hair off into two sections: front and back,

Step 2: Wrap the front section around the back section and tie in a knot to form a ponytail,

Step 3: Stand up straight and let the hair fall down,

Step 4: Wrap sections of the hair around the base of the ponytail and fix in place with hair grips.

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#MySelfEsteemandI Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear by Creflo Dollar is one of my best books. He defined fear as a cancer that affects people from all works of life. Fear steals, fear kills and fear destroys.

Fear holds millions of people back each day from growing as individuals, achieving high levels of success and becoming the best version of themselves.

Most people cling to their fears, because they believe it is part of who they are. Fear is not normal, neither is it a part of who you are. God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.

Fear is very powerful. But, it is only as powerful as the amount of power you give it.

Everyone as fears and each of us has to face our fears. I am very scared of animals, from crawling to creeping ones, I cannot stand them. No matter what it is that scares you, learn how to acknowledge, confront, and take ownership of your fear so that nothing can hold you back in life.

Awareness

Before you can overcome fear, you have to realize that fear stops you from being the best person you can be. If this truth isn’t imprinted in your mind, you will live in a shell for the rest of your life.

Recognize what triggers fear

Know what causes you to be fearful, it differs for people. Get curious about what thoughts generate your fear. Yours could be a traumatic event.

Know the signs

When you experience fear, physiological, mental, and emotional reactions occur, which can include: racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, feeling dizzy, sweating, overwhelming anxiety, panic, feeling like you may faint or die, feeling powerless to your fear, etc.

What are the symptoms of fear? Where do you feel fear? How does it grip you? How do you feel when fear grips you?

Calm Down

When you flooded with fear, it is virtually impossible to reason logically. So, the first thing to do is to calm down. If you start to feel fearful:

Stop

Take a deep breath

Then slowly breathe out

Talk about it

Sharing fears takes away a lot of their scariness. Talk to a partner, friend or family member, or you can email me thelagosbeautyblogger@gmail.com

Get control of your imagination

Fear thrives when we imagine the worst. Our imagination enables us to project into the future. However, a side effect of being able to imagine possible positive futures is being able to imagine things going wrong. Uncontrolled imagination is a breeding ground for fear that can spoil otherwise happy lives.

When the feeling of fear overwhelms you, close your eyes and imagine a place of safety and calm. Let the positive feelings soothe you until you feel more relaxed.

Identify false beliefs

Many fears are based in false beliefs or catastrophic thinking. When see a cat, I immediately think of a witch, it’s not my fault, it’s the Nigerian mentality.

Identify these patterns of thinking, and start to question them. Research on how true some of these things are. When you have the proper information about things that you fear, you are in a better position to challenge the fear.

Reading a good book on your specific fear can open new doors on how you can get rid of it. Watching a movie or a documentary can be as enlightening as reading a book. You can find dozens of movies on the fear you’re dealing with.

Face your fear

I am terrified of dogs, unluckily for me there are two dogs in my estate who seem to notice when I come around their close. One barks while the other loves to come close to me. I was going to stop jogging because my fear of dogs but I decided against it. I still get apprehensive when I get to their territory but it is not as bad as before. I’m considering getting a dog to run with!

Each time fears are embraced, it makes them easier to cope with the next time they strike, until in the end they are no longer a problem.

 

#LagosBeautyBlogger How To Get Rid of Female Chest Hair

Developing chest hair might seem alarming to some women. Some might think it is natural.

I know a woman who loves to let the hair on her chest grow. She thinks it is nice and smooth when it grows out.

Most times, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called Hirsutism or Hypertrichosis. Such hair growth is more typical of men.

Hirsutism in women often appears in the places where men have body hair. The excess hair is usually coarse and dark (different from the fine hair that some women have on their upper lip, chin, breasts and stomach). The hairs also grow longer than normal instead of remaining short, and fine.

Hirsutism can either be genetic or caused by one of the body’s natural reactions to hormonal and biochemical imbalances, like insulin resistance and high levels of androgen hormones. Hirsutism is not a disease but rather a natural expression of a woman’s hormonal makeup, which may or may not be in its optimal state.

Contact your doctor if:

  • The hair grows rapidly
  • You also have male features such as acne, deepening voice, increased muscle mass, and decreased breast size
  • You are concerned that a medication may be worsening unwanted hair growth

Options for hair removal include:

  • Weight loss
  • Chemical hair removal
  • Sugaring, Waxing, Threading or Plucking
  • Electrolysis
  • Laser hair removal
  • Shaving
  • Electrolysis
  • Spearmint tea
  • Pumice stone
  • Sugar and lemon pack
  • Bleaching or lightening hair may make it less noticeable.

P.S I advise you see an endocrinologist or gynecologist. Depending on the amount of hair, it could be an indication of other conditions, such as PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. A condition such as this, left untreated could cause infertility in the future.

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#MySelfEsteemandI How To Build Your Self Esteem

People with low self-esteem always second guess themselves, they almost withdraw from everyone and everything they assume will expose their ‘weaknesses’. Becoming aware of the negative critic, learning about its triggers, and taking practical steps to build your self-esteem, can help to overcome your negative thoughts.

Self-esteem develops as a result of physical ill-health or negative life events such as losing your parents, job, or someone you care about.  People who have been victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse or of discrimination on the grounds of religion, culture, race, sex, or sexual orientation may also develop low self-esteem.

Low self-esteem might not determine where you get to in life, but it will determine how long you stay there -LagosBeautyBlogger

This post will deal with how I am building my self-esteem. But, if you feel like nothing’s working, I advise you seek professional help.

#selfimage #selfesteem #confidence #innerpeace #talk

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Become aware of thoughts and beliefs. It’s important to realize what you think about yourself. When you know the thoughts you have of yourself. Building your self-esteem becomes easier.

Identify troubling conditions or situations. Recognize what triggers the negative thoughts. This helps you manage situations like that better than you did the last time.

Manage your inner critic. You are in control. The inner critic feeds off what you have heard all your life. Feed your inner critic with positive words and the negative words will die off.

Focus on what goes well for you. Everyone has different talents. If we are all good in one thing, the world would probably be stuck in one place. Focus on your skills and build them.

Celebrate yourself. Write a list of all your accomplishments and celebrate yourself for each and every one of them. You can decide to give yourself a treat for each of them.

Have a good hygiene. When you look good, you feel good. Take extra time to look and smell good.

Help people. We get over our problems by helping others. Help as many people as you can even if the help seems insignificant.

Always give compliments. I am learning to give compliments to people. This helps me to stop comparing myself to them.

Eat good food. I eat food. I eat good food. I spoil myself with food.

Work on the anxiety. Don’t be worry about anything especially the things that you cannot change. It’s not easy to calm the nerves down but when you get something that works for you, stick to it.

Be creative. Channel all the negative energy into something creative. I love to write, you may be good at something else. Whenever the feeling of ‘not being good enough’ overwhelms you, channel it into a creative masterpiece.

Don’t aim for perfection. Nobody is perfect. Nobody wants to hang out with a perfect person either.

Exercise. I powerwalk for forty minutes as many times as I can because it helps me think. Exercise is good for building a healthy self-esteem.

Handle mistakes and presumed failures properly. Don’t sulk or withdraw when you think you have failed. Ask for help. People love to help.

I hope this helps. Don’t forget to email me if you have more questions.

thelagosbeautyblogger@gmail.com

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#LagosBeautyBlogger Perfect Brows

Full eyebrows are a sign of youth and vitality. But, nothing makes a face look polished more than a set of perfectly groomed brows.

Always tweeze and or use a razor with caution, over plucking is brow mistake. It can make your eyebrows look scary and harsh.

Eyebrow Tools to Use for the Perfect Brow

  • An eyebrow brush or spoolie brush
  • Slanted-tip metal tweezers
  • Grooming scissors.
  • Mirror
  • Spirit

One of my favourite brow grooming videos by @makeupbyani

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Shower

A warm shower allows the hairs on your brows become loose. When you use lukewarm water for bathing, the steam from the shower gently opens up the hair follicles as well as the pores present around them. As a result, it becomes easier to trim the strands and shape up the brows correctly.

Decide on a brow shape

Picture your brow shape before you start. You don’t write a paper without an idea in your mind, why do so with your brows.  Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye.

Remember to follow your natural eyebrow shape

Prep

Apply a moisturizer over the creases of your eyes and the upper part of your brows. The skin between the brows should also be covered by it. It will provide protection to your skin during the shaving.

Use a jumbo pencil

Once you’ve determined how your brows shape, outline your arch using a soft, creamy brow pencil. A white jumbo pencil can be as a guide while shaping your brows. It also ensures you don’t over pluck.

Brush Upward

Use a spoolie brush to coax hairs up for lift and volume. With grooming scissors, snip strands of hair longer than your natural browline. Brush hairs back to their natural position. Also, shave underneath your brows. You have to start from the highest points or the ‘arches’ and cut off all the stray hair strands present below them carefully.

Tweeze

Pluck one row of hair on the bottom of brows, going from nose to arch to temple. Always pluck in the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs.

To tweeze, hold skin taut by gently holding skin firm with your free hand while tweezing, means less tugging and pain on the skin.

Razor

If you are using a razor to groom your brows, First, remove the fine hair strands growing out between your brows (right over your nose). For this, you have to grip the razor straight up and use the broad ‘vertical comb attachment’. Make sure that you apply small strokes by moving it only from one side to another (horizontal sweep) in the direction opposite to the growth of the hair.

It is advised that you apply little pressure while dragging the razor against your skin.

Mirror

Put some distance between you and the mirror. This ensures that you will be able to see where your brows need balancing. You also have less chance of making them uneven. After you have your shape in, you can then get close-up to better reach the finer, lighter hairs.

Treat

Wipe off the areas surrounding both of your eyebrows with a warm washcloth. I also use spirit to clean my brow after grooming, to kill off germs. And, it also helps heal razor cuts.

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#LagosBeautyBlogger Your Girlfriends Guide To Clean Underwear

As embarrassing as this post may be to some girls, most of you do not have clean underwear because you do not know how to wash them. I am guilty of soaking my underwear’s for days. It’s a terrible habit.  Apart from the fact that this can cause mildew, it makes the underwear stretch out. Most people are quick to neglect the underwear washing instructions printed on the care labels. Devoting a few extra minutes comes with a lot of benefits, including:

  • Keeping colors bright
  • Preventing elastic from stretching out and drooping
  • Preserving the integrity of the fabric
  • Prolonging the life of your underwear which ultimately saves money

This is a general guide when washing underwear’s:

Bras: After three to four wears.

Underwear: After every wear.

Socks and stockings: After every wear.

Sportswear and swimwear: After every wear.

I have created an easy to follow guide to proper underwear washing. If you follow these instructions, you’ll always have a drawer full of clean undies that last longer and look better. Follow these simple underwear washing instructions to take the best care of your underwear.

Get a laundry bag that’s specifically for delicates, which will protect your undergarments from getting roughed up by other clothes.

Read the labels. This will indicate how your underwear should be washed. Some delicate underwear should only be washed by hand, and this will be indicated on the garment care tags.

Always use cool water and use a gentle detergent. Don’t use too much detergent. Too much can leave residue on top of the garment.

Separate undergarments by color. Wash similar colours together.

Treat each item gently. Don’t twist too much if you want the elastic to last. Instead, put them in water, swirl them around a bit between both of your hands, and leave them there to soak for a few minutes.

Pre-treat any stains immediately. Apply a commercial stain remover or liquid laundry detergent and rub this into the stained fabric. Don’t wait until laundry day to treat a stain, as it may be too late to remove heavy stains.

When it’s time to load the washing machine, turn your underwear inside out. Delicate garments like lingerie and some bras should be zipped into a mesh bag for protection.

Underwear’s come in different fabric. Listed below are specific ways to wash them.

Cotton Underwear should be separated into dark colours and light colours, and washed separately.

Microfibre and Other Synthetic Fabrics made of nylon, polyamide, and spandex are stretchy and quick-drying should be hand washed in cold to warm water.

Bras should be handwashed. But, read the label to see if your bra can be machine-washed. Many bras should only be washed on the delicate cycle. Hook your bras closed before washing.  Although in general you’ll want to be very gentle when hand washing, you can use a bit more strength with your bras. Focus on the bust-line and the straps.

Delicates: Lingerie, Sheer, or Mesh Undergarments should be hand washed especially anything silk or particularly lacy or frilly. But, if the garment label says its ok, machine wash only on the most delicate cycle.

Tights are especially in danger of stretching and losing their shape when they’re not treated well. Focus on the crotch.

Shapewear should be hand washed to preserve the fabrics and fibers that help you look so good in a clingy outfit.

All underwears should be hung to dry.

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#LagosBeautyBlogger How To Do A Pedicure At Home

You don’t need to spend a lot of cash to have your pedicure professionally done in a salon. Your pedicure can be done at home with a lot less cash. You should give your feet a pedicure every two weeks. A pedicure makes a difference in keeping your feet soft and free from dry and rough skin, and your toenails clean and neat.

Thing you need

A Tub Of Warm Water

Bath Salt/Shampoo

A Good Foot Scrub

Nail Clippers

Cuticle Pusher

Nail File

Pumice Stone/Foot File

Nail Scrubber

Nail Polish Remover

Cuticle Cream

A Clean Towel

Moisturizer

Cotton Pads

Nail polish (base coat, color, and top coat)

Massage

If your foot tends to be sore a lot, massage them before a pedicure. To massage your feet you:

  • Use your thumbs to press into the soles of your feet in a circular kneading pattern.
  • One by one, gently pull your toes back and forth to stretch them out and ease tightness and soreness

Remove nail polish

The appropriate thing to do before a pedicure is to remove old nail polish with the polish remover. This gives you a clean slate to work with.

Soak

Fill up some warm water in a tub to cover your ankles. Pour a capful of a salt-based foot soak, into a basin of warm water and add your soap of choice. It could be; hand soap, body wash, etc. submerge your feet for 10 minutes. If you can lay your hands on some marbles, pop them in the bowl and roll your feet back and forth over them.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate your feet with a foot scrub to get rid of dry and dead skin, and to moisturize your feet as well. Massage the scrub in and rinse off afterward.

  • To exfoliate the hardened skin, use a foot file or a pumice stone. Make sure to use a gentle filing motion.
  • If you have tough callouses, try a callous shaver to remove them from your heels and the sides of your toes. This will prevent them from getting larger and causing pain.

Dry your feet

Dry your feet with a towel and gently ease back your cuticles with a cuticle stick.

Cut and file

Trimming your nails while they’re still soft from soaking makes the task much easier. Remember to trim them straight across, and not too short. Use a cuticle pusher to gently push your cuticles back toward your skin. Finally, rub some cuticle oil on your nails and cuticles to moisturize the area and keep your cuticles from tearing.

Moisturize your feet.

It’s important to moisturize them from time to time. After you’ve finished with the above steps, use a lotion or cream to protect your skin. Rub it all over the top and bottom of your feet, including your toes.

  • If you have a tendency to get callouses, consider a very rich cream. This will keep your skin moist and slow the growth of more callouses.
  • If your heels tend to crack in dry weather, wear socks to bed after moisturizing.

Apply Polish.

To apply nail polish to your feet, wipe off the foot lotion from your nails using a damp cotton wool pad. Then add a base coat, two layers of polish and a high-shine topcoat.

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#MySelfEsteemandI A Giant in My Head

Everyone with low self-esteem has a giant in his head. Psychologists call the giant the inner critique. To them, this giant is your sub personality it mostly judges and demeans you. I call it a giant because the inner critique is like Goliath of the bible. He makes you feel bad, wrong, inadequate, worthless, guilty, and so on. When the giant starts to talk, people with low self-esteem experience attacks. This can produce feelings of: shame, insufficiency, depression, self-doubt and undermine self-confidence.

Self-esteem is formed by how we talk to ourselves. The way you talk to yourself is largely determined by what you heard people say about you when you were a child. If all you heard about while growing up were positive things, there’s a guarantee that you will have a healthy self-esteem but, if all you heard about when you were a child were negative things especially about your looks and your intellect, you most probably will develop a low self-esteem.

David faced a giant. And he killed it using a stone.

I killed the voice in my head with the Word of God.

If you’re strong enough on the inside—if you’re strong enough spiritually—I don’t care how many ‘giants’ come against you, you are not going to run from them. You are going to be able to do all that God wants you to do!” –Joyce Meyer

You see, to disarm a giant, you have to know three things. These are;

(1) Revealing his purpose,

(2) Talking back,

(3) Making him useless or killing him.

The purpose of the giant in your head is to make you feel less than you truly are. He stops you from experiencing the life you were made to live. The giant makes you afraid to move forward and tremble at the thought of trying new things.

God has sound wisdom that has been stored in His Word—waiting patiently until you need it. – Jesse Duplantis

You cannot talk back at the giant without some form of courage; this courage is gotten by transforming the way you think. I hardly listen to secular music because they talk about money, skinny girls and so many things which I may not amount you in future. So, why should I listen and torture myself?

Pay attention to what you’re dwelling on all day. Listen to what you’re saying. How much time and energy are you giving to the negative things of your past? You only have so much emotional energy each day. Get out of the “was” and step in to the “is.” –Joel Osteen

You make a giant useless by disabling him. I have read, mediated and listened to so many sermons in the last year and a half that when an attack comes, my mind naturally plays the Word of God over and over again in my head until the giant is defeated.

There are other ways to disarm the giant. These are:

  1. Know the giants antics. You can’t change anything you don’t know is there. If you’re not paying attention to it, you’re actually reinforcing it. Once you hear your inner critic and know your vulnerable times you can then learn how to “turn off” and disarm it.
  2. Show him who is the boss. Use the stop word. “Stop it. I am beautiful. I am intelligent. Get out of my head….”
  3. Shake it off. If your giant comes when you are idle. Find something to do.
  4. Battling low self-esteem isn’t something you can do on your own. But, with Jesus. Victory is sure.

 

#MySelfEsteemandI What I learnt From Niecy Nash

I have read and heard Niecy Nash say a couple times that she doesn’t want to lose any weight. She has gone on the record saying, “I like my jiggly parts. … I like my body like it is.”

I wish I could confidently say that I like my jiggly parts. But, I don’t. I wish I didn’t have jiggly parts, I wish I was a size 8 or a 6 and without folds. But, that can never be. I want to be in a place where I can confidently say that I like my body as it is. I have decided not to condemn my body, but I realize that it is easier said than done. It’s a struggle everyday especially as I seem to add weight easily!

Coming through….. ♠️(tap for details)

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I often wondered how she could be so confident, so beautiful and so funny. She oozes self-confidence, I don’t know if you know when someone oozes a healthy self-esteem but she does. She is everything I want to be.

|•Sitting•| In my @chenburkettny skirt @ABFF 20yr anniversary party ❤️

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Like most of us, Niecy doesn’t look like someone that would have experienced low self-esteem. But she did, and I believe her journey is one we can all learn from.

In an article on Essence, she wrote “Although my marriage left me with three beautiful children, it also left me with a healthy dose of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and an extreme desire to be loved again. I was operating on empty, expecting to be paid in full. In short I was a hot, buttery mess! The upside? I was still cute and could pull a man! I filled my mind with all sorts of ridiculous mantras like “The best way to get over a man is to get under a new one”. I ended up under a whole heap of foolishness that in retrospect was not worth my time. Of course I thought the men I entertained were all full of it.

Good morning from the white carpet @HollywoodReporter #Power100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast ❤️

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Being tired and fed up I decided to cleanse my body, my mind and my soul. When I was being honest with myself I had to own that there was something about me that was drawing energy in my life that left me feeling underserved and unfulfilled. I decided to GROW. I decided to purge myself of anyone and anything that was not full of goodness, serving me or making me happy. I let go of “stinkin thinkin” and only marinated on things that were “true, just, lovely and of a good report” (Phil 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise). I only listened to positive music, watched positive programming, ate healthy, worked out, journaled and attended church regularly. I also took some time to date the only perfect man there is…the one that died on a cross 2000 years ago! I wasn’t just about praying but also listening for direction. This process led me to the best love of my life- me! I can truly say the love I showed myself began to be duplicated by others around me. On the other side of this journey the more healthy and whole I became the better the guys that began to show up. Finally I met my current husband Jay. He is a mirror of the best parts of me. I am so happy and so incredibly in love. The interesting thing is that it wasn’t just my dating life that changed when I became the best version of myself, things changed for me in friendship and in business.”

#tbt Emmy's 2015 Sometimes you have to encourage yourself! ❤️

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“It’s more about the inner transformation for me. I want to become better and stronger and more fulfilled as a person, and I can do that with a little wobble in my booty, honey!”

•|HIPmotized|• 📷 @robertector 💕💕💕

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Style Tips And Rules

As much as I hate conforming to socially acceptable standards there are style tips and rules every woman must live by. This is the year to Seize the bae remember! Every woman is meant to appear effortlessly styled wherever she goes. Every woman is a fashion girl at heart. A fashion girl is the type who just gets outfit proportions, layering tricks, and how to pull off the trend of the moment.

A fashion girl makes the most difficult trend easy to wear.

I watch and read about styling habits of stars and Instagram models! This article contains the tips and tricks you need to know.

Embrace your shape

You need to know which silhouettes flatter you.  Nothing screams fashion girl than a woman who knows her silhouette, and how to dress her shape.

Go for Push Up’s

The right bra will give you confidence and shape. Go for push up’s not bra’s that make your breast stop at your waist.

Show a little skin

Sexy isn’t always naked. The truly sexy ladies know what to bare-and what to keep under wraps. Don’t put all your goods on display, you aren’t a super market. Show skin strategically.

Layer your necklaces

Just as beads comes in different layers. Your everyday neck pieces should also be layered. You can do multiples of the same material, or better yet, go for contrast.

Mix your prints

African print or Ankara has this on lockdown! The recent trend of mixing prints just makes African print a must have for everyone. Combining colors, scale, and patterns in a way that looks dynamic takes practice, but there are some basic tricks to getting it right. You can wear two prints that repeat the same colors or mix a large-scale pattern with a smaller one.

Roll up your sleeves

I hate long sleeves, so I couldn’t agree more with this trend. Rolling up your sleeves makes a big difference. It depends on the shirt and the look you’re going for, but rolled sleeves feel more lived-in and a little more purposefully styled.

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Basics.

T-shirts, skinny black pants, and a classic pump are all among stylish women’s must haves.

Layers.

Start experimenting with your layers; you never know what combinations you’ll love. Boys are usually the ones to do this, but I know girls can rock this look better.

Menswear

Pantsuit, waistcoats, or a big watch used to scream menswear but now women rock it so well especially when paired with heels and a fab lipstick!

Feeling @Amandadupont's style? 📷 @worthathovsandwords #GlamAfrica #Africamfashion #blackgirlkillingit #streetstyle

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Pair loose with tight

Except it’s a body con dress don’t go for a tight outfit. Mix loose with tight. A loose blouse with leggings or jeggings is always a hit. Back to back!

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P.s You can wear a big blazer on a body con dress just to even it out.

Belt

For waist definition or an added outfit perk use a belt. A skinny one lends polish to finish an ensemble, while a wider leather belt can define curves and slim the body.

Line the Inside

Seamstresses understand the important of lining-no wonder they charge so much! A garment’s lining is often a good way to judge quality. A well-crafted lining is a sign that the whole piece has been sewn with care.

Buttons

Nobody does buttons like D’banj (arguable)

Drape your jacket

Outerwear becomes infinitely more chic when it’s draped nonchalantly over the shoulders, rather than worn with the arms through the sleeves. It’s fashion, not function.

Accessorize

Accessorize with bold colours. Go for brightly coloured accessories to spice up your look.

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