Category Archives: Pretty Wears

Clothes, Fashion, Style

Being Unapologetically Muslim During Eid

Despite how the world may want to paint Muslims, each year I see a growing number of young Muslims at Eid prayers stepping out proudly in traditional Islamic and cultural attire. Shrugging off western stereotypes of our faith, this generation effortlessly merges fashion and Eastern tradition to boldly state they are here and not conforming.

Fader magazine article by Ali Suliman profoundly speaks on this and shares first hand what he has experienced growing up in NYC.

Let Me Age As Boldly As Iman

She makes 60 look so good. Whether its her genes, her lifestyle or a combo of both supermodel Iman is looking fabulous for 60 and she knows it.

Her Instagram pictures and captions boldly show just how bold she is. As she should be! If I look half as great as she does at that age, I’ll be lucky.

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New Obsession: Makeup Application Videos

When it comes to makeup, I feel like a bull in a china shop. There’s ambition, hope, belief that one day I will finally figure it all out, but often I either look way over done or I’m too lazy to go further than just some mascara. I have the aspiration to look flawless with the right foundation, winged eyeliner, popping lipstick and killer contouring. But just thinking about it all gets overwhelming.

So my new obsession has been watching makeup videos on YouTube. Other than learning new application techniques, hot colours to try out and best practices it’s also led to increasing my spending at Sephora. Will any of it result in me having my face looking sleek? Doubt it, but I’m going to have fun trying.

Here are some of the ladies on YouTube that I’ve been watching and taking notes from –

Chinutay A.

I love the easy breezy natural look that Chinutay pulls off. The first video of hers that I watched was this one on eyebrows and it made me improve my game. I’d switched to using the Brow Wiz pen from Anastasia Beverly Hills but when I saw this I reverted back to my matte powder. She uses Laura Mercier but I’m on a drug store budget so I use Quo. She’s based in Canada so the products listed are available here which is great.

MsRoshPosh

MsRoshPosh’s makeup is too over the top for me but like window shopping, I like admiring how pretty it all looks when she completes her looks. I don’t have the patience she does in this video to create a dramatic cut crease with her eyeshadows. However for a night out, I do try to emulate the layering she does with the different shades to create a smokey eyed look.

ItsMyRayeRaye

Especially in the summer months, I like having a glow which can be achieved by using a good high lighter. The luminous look that I’ve always liked is on ItsMyRayeRaye. The easy steps she lays out in this video are simple to follow and it got me using the Urban Decay high lighter. The product is great and much cheaper than other illuminating powders on the market.

Desi Perkins

Although Desi’s skin tone is fairer than mine, I like watching her videos for her techniques. She uses steps that even I can follow. It’s not over the top or too vampy. Again, the videos I tend to gravitate more towards are those showing how to create a nude/neutral look that works for everyday.

SonjdraDeluxe

No amount of makeup can beat having good skin. What got me interested in SonjdraDeluxe’s videos was how flawless her skin is. After seeing how she nourishes it underneath all that makeup made me realize that although it’s fun to play with makeup, taking care of your skin should be paramount. She’s a professional makeup artist based in Vancouver so again its great that a lot of products listed are available here.

My Natural Sistas

Why I like checking out these ladies page is because being Black women like me I know I can use the colour options they select. With others they may recommend a certain foundation, concealer, etc but that brand may not carry a hue in my shade. Although I don’t think she’s a makeup artist and her videos aren’t as in depth as the others, I like the shades used in relation to how they’ll work on me. I like checking My Natural Sistas out not only for their makeup recos but they’ve got great videos on maintaining natural hair.

Hope you enjoyed some of these videos. Let me know if you liked any or have some of your own that you follow.

 

 

Men’s Fashion For Spring/Summer 2015

Out with the old and in with the new for this Spring/Summer 2015 (SS15), as we bask in the sunshine and look forward to brightening up our wardrobe.

With the winter parkas packed away, I interviewed stylist Chinedu from ChineduStyle about what men can look forward to wearing this spring and summer season.

With warmer weather and sunshine finally here, we see a pleasant change in our wardrobes such as lighter layers. What are you seeing in men’s spring/summer fashion?

Colours, Colours, Colours! I am happy that winter is behind us, so are the dreary grey and black colour schemes. I am excited to see some of the daring colours this SS15 season. I know I will be showcasing some of my own more lively colour selections.

Of course we see more light weight fabrics like linen and cotton, as they are the most breathable options for the hot weather. The linen suit and seersucker suits are a go-to for this season.
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Floral is always a repeat in women’s spring fashion. What is a common apparel and/or fabric in men’s spring fashion?

Ironically, floral is becoming the choice pattern for the modern man when it comes to shirting options in the spring/summer.This is not only the case for shirts, but for accessories. I know that EPH Apparel features a “dandy florist” tie, that will spruce up that summer suit, and give it a fresh look. Also look out for the sock-less loafer look this season – it is sure to be a staple.

Accessories are always a great way to bring an outfit together. What are some your favourite accessories?

I mentioned ties earlier, but socks are the new tie! They are a way for a man to express his individuality. Two men can have the same suit with similar cuts, and their sock option can give a totally different sense of who they are – it’s quite fascinating.

Lapel flowers are quickly becoming a great option to step that summer suit up, and create a more fun and youthful aesthetic.

And of course the pocket square – my personal favourite. Similar to your sock game, the pocket square is a way for one to express themselves, and add a bit of character to an outfit. I’ve worn the same outfit with different pocket squares and have been asked if I was wearing a new suit!
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As a stylist, what element of a man’s look do you notice is often neglected or overlooked?

More and more, I am finding that men are becoming informed and paying closer attention to the details in their fashion game. However, there are still gaps.

One of the things that I feel men neglect is the fabric option they choose, and how that can really affect the look, feel and longevity of their outfit. Guys are still going to the brick and mortar stores and getting items that look “stylish”, but are made with synthetic fabrics.

Synthetics do not breathe well and do not last. Sure the price points are better, but you are better to spend a little more for a 100% natural fabric like cotton, light weight wool or linen that will last you longer, breathe better and be more durable.

One of my favourite part of a man’s look is his shoes. What can we anticipate for the upcoming season for men shoes options?

Sock-less loafers will be out in abundance this season without a doubt. Be it with a leather finish, or suede, you are sure to see your fair share of loafers and Tod-esque driving shoes – stay tuned, it will definitely be a fun SS15 season.
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Some great fashion insight from stylist ChineduStyle.  Would love to hear from the men on this one and if they are incorporating some of these tips. How are you guys sprucing up your wardrobe for the Spring/Summer 2015?

You can contact ChineduStyle at –

Instagram: instagram.com/chinedustyle/
Twitter: twitter.com/chinedustyle
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChineduStyle
Email: chinedu@ephapparel.com

Met Ball Gala 2015

The annual Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) Gala held in New York is a star studded event with celebrities trying to out-do each other with couture outfits on the red carpet. This year’s theme was China Fashion with Hong Kong billionaire Silas Chou hosting the gala with tickets starting at $25,000.

The thing to note here is that the Met Gala is where attendees are expected to dress to the theme and wear haute couture. The gowns are meant to be over the top artistic, bold and high fashion. This is where they can take risks as opposed to the stuffiness at the Oscars or Golden Globes.

Here are some whom I thought took up the challenge well, and others who took the safe route and dressed up like any other occasion.

Winners:

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Let’s be honest, Rihanna won. Hands down. She went with the theme and boldly took a risk that no one would do. The bright canary yellow cape, the endless train, the head piece, the eyebrows and necklace. All glamorously daring and exquisitely done. The designer is Guo Pei and also designed the ceremony dresses at the Beijing Olympics.

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Chinese actress and pop singer Fan Bingbing shined in this cape and bedazzled dress. She looks like an empress from a forgotten dynasty. Stunning!

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Princess Zendaya has been killing it on the red carpets lately and last night she didn’t fail. Rocking a Fausto Puglisi outfit that combined a high skirt and train, she looked the part. The head piece was a great touch.

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Ever the risk taker, Solange was a show stopper in this number. She rarely shows off her legs, often preferring floor length pieces. This dress by Giles looked like a painting and Solange pulled her hair back to allow the dress to take centre stage.

The thanks-for-coming-but-you-shouldn’t-have crew:

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I get it. When you work so hard to be fit, or in Kim’s case spend that much money to buy the appearance of looking fit, you want to show it off. But these three ladies wore basically the exact same dress. The theme for them must have been ‘Show Off Your Assets’ because that’s all it was. Nothing to do with couture, being bold or China for that matter. Yes, there’s a dragon in JLo’s dress. It’s dwarfed by other things…ahem.

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Honourable mention goes to the original sheer dress worn by Cher at the Met Gala in 1974.

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I’m convinced Kerry Washington doesn’t have a stylist. Or possibly friends. Because these mishaps aren’t coincidence anymore. I don’t understand this Prada dress at all. It doesn’t flatter here and she looks like an unfinished wedding cake. The shoes just add to the nonsense.

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WTF? Katy Perry didn’t even look at the invite. She just decided to wear whatever she wants. And with her it’s often wanting to look like a cartoon character. I’m not sure if going with Jeremy Scott was a good idea for the Met, but as with a lot of things Katy does very little thought is put into it.

What were some of your faves? What did you think of my choices?