Sunday, August 31, 2014

Zinkata'd

Over the weekend I stopped by uber stylist and image consultant; Ezinne Chinkata's new store, Zinkata.



Ezinne has styled some of the most fabulous people in the industry, Omotola and Monalisa Chinda to name a few, and has been Fashion Editor at both Genevieve and Wow magazines.

With such a veteran fashion background I went there expecting to be wowed and I was not disappointed, her store was a delight. The space was super gorgeous and reminded me of one of those vintage stores off Brompton Road, only with better lighting and layout.



I love how she kept the decor very neutral, with the clothes providing the pops of colour.






Her powers of persuasion are so strong she managed to get me out of my comfort zone and into some very Zinkata style outfits.....pictures coming soon.

Her pieces are very unique and not what you'd find on the rack of a typical Lagos store, its very true to her fashion madcap aesthetic while still retaining a very classic vibe. I loved everything and would have carted away a truckload if I did not remember in time that I didn't have a hidden trust fund somewhere to live off on.



I got some truly lovely pieces that I can't wait to show off. I love how the Nigerian fashion retail space is growing, very soon we won't need the international High Street at all! Really looking forward to that day.





Zinkata
13b Awori Road, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos
09090404886
ezinnechinkata@gmail.com

Updated
You can view some of what she has in stock on her tumblr page: zinkata.tumblr.com


Love and light xx

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Work Chic: Shades of Blue

Oldie but a goodie.....



So......random, I got an email once asking why I always have my natural hair in a side swoop bang thingy. This delightful person went on to ask if I was trying to hide my receding hairline as she's pretty sure I must have traction alopecia.

LMAO!

I had a bit of time on my hands that day and diligently searched Google images till I found a picture of a massive, bony, knuckly hand delicately giving someone the finger and I sent that back to her. The babe now replied all bewildered, like how could I be so rude, what did she say......

Nigerians will always and forever be a source of entertainment for me. People say the rudest things to you and then get surprised when you serve one right back at 'em. Its like slapping me and getting all hurt when I slap you back.

Anyhoo my hair is always like this when its due so I can cover the new unrelaxed growth at my hairline. In this post I'm about 10 weeks or so post relaxer.

Once I lay that creamy crack on....top bun my nigga!


ASOS Scuba peplum top; ASOS Tall crepe pants; ASOS belt; Gucci bag; Salvatore Ferragamo 'Varina' pumps; Hermes 'Kelly' Double Tour bracelet







Love and light xx

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Work Chic: Chartreuse

A lot of times I'm schlepping into work looking like a Dementor; pulled back hair, no eyebrows, thick cover-up because the weather in my office is arctic.......counting the minutes till 5pm when I can schlep back home.

Some times I'm like.....

Hello world, Daks Knowles-Carter here :)




ASOS pencil dress with fold sleeve detail; Franco Sarto leopard print pumps, Louis Vuitton 'Ascot'






Love & Light xx

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wedding Saturdays: Black & Gold

For the first time in I don't know, many many years, I attended a wedding where I didn't personally know the couple.

Weddings are very stressful and unless the couple are personal friends or I'm on the bridal train I don't attend.

This one though, my friend made a great case for it, I had a nice outfit so I thought "why not", and I'm glad I went because it was one hell of a party. Typical Lagos, I happened to know over 70% of the room so I felt very welcome.

The story of this outfit get as e be. It was initially a boubou type dress and I'd had it for over a year but never wore it. Then sometime this year I thought it could stand to be transformed in some way and took it to my intrepid designer, Jen of Esosa Stores who cut and stitched her way to perfection.










Frockit Rockit fabric; Esosa Stores bustier crop top & maxi skirt; Le Reve pieces bracelets; Louis Vuitton 'Louise' clutch; Kenneth Jay Lane earrings 







Love and light beautiful people xx

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Catch-Up

I feel like the past couple of months or so have just been a whirlwind.

First off, two of my closest friends got married and none of them had the decency to do it in Lagos, so from Anambra to London to Benin to Port-Harcourt, I've legged it all over the world to watch these girls become women.

Then it was #DaksDay again *cue clashing cymbals*, the absolute bestest day in the history of the world ever,  rolled by again and as yours truly is an unrepentant Lost Girl and will personally never grow up, I made a big deal over it (again) and made sure my friends were as involved as ever (again).

All in all I've had a pretty stressful few months and extreme lethargy combined with travel fatigue combined with hellish traffic combined with random bouts of frustration and above all the horrific inefficiency of my ISP, Swift (swift indeed *sidest of eyes*), have ensured that blogging stayed pretty much on the back burner. Right now I'm actually using my mobile hotspot to post this because Swift is on the fritz yet again. Please if anybody knows any half decent ISPs in Lagos, for the love of God let me know because I might just place a burning cross in front of the Swift HQ one day just to shake them up a bit.


Daks Day

This delish cake via my Soul Sister Molly. Since the day I met this girl, many many years ago during summer school she has bought me a cake every year on my birthday. No matter what country I'm in or she's in she makes sure I get a cake on my birthday.




I wrote on Instagram that I wear pink on my birthday every year, its no secret that my favorite color is pink but I don't really do pink clothes, just lots of pink accessories and a very pink room. So I'd wear a pink accessory or carry something pink around the whole day. Don't ask why just go with it.

This year, with the chutzpah brought on by old age I finally had the courage to go the whole hog and wear all pink.









This year was definitely more low-key than my usual birthday throw downs but I was surrounded by some of the people I love most, there was food, cake and a pink dress.....best day.




TWP Features

Interview in The Nation Newspaper



As a guest on Style 101 on Spice Tv Africa, Channel 192 on DSTV



On the Fashion Protege reality show on Africa Magic






Weddings

Because Nigerians like to marry and with all the gra gra surrounding the event; bridal showers, hen nights, traditional, registry and white weddings, you'd think I attended like 6 weddings in the past 3 months instead of just 2.

My QC roll dawg Nwabugo got married in London in June and and I gave up 3 of my precious leave days for her as per lovers and shit.

Not sure if I left my brain back at the office but somehow I forgot my camera at home and for this bit I'm relying solely on mobile phone pictures and photos I filched from Sisi Yemmie's blog.



She had a French themed bridal shower.....


.....and wore a Maggie Soterro dress looking like an absolute princess.







I'm all tough on the outside and melty on the inside and without fail I have cried at every single one of my friends weddings, but this one......my goodness. Bugo is a massive romantic and unlike me who is terribly ashamed of my love for the gooey stuff she lets her freak flag fly. So to say she brought it at this wedding is an understatement, the thing be like film.

Every moment brought waterworks, I kid you not. From walking down the aisle with her baby brother to her vows to their first dance......I bawled throughout.



See below for example, as caught out by Sisi Yemmie's unforgiving camera.



and I caught the bouquet.....


The world just won't let me be a grinch in peace.


Next up, my favorite month and the bride's birth month as well, July was all about my Gam Gam aka Iroghama.

This babe carried me from Benin to PH as she transitioned from a Bini girl to an Okrika wife.





You can just tell this post is full of stolen pictures....




My Gamma danced like there weren't a thousand people watching, gave me all I needed and more.



At this point she was possessed by the spirit of Patoranking



So yah...besides tons of NSFW, in fact Not Safe For Life pictures depicting extreme acts of debauchery, this is pretty much what I've been up to recently.

Love and light xx

This post is for MissIgho, Aunty_Nunu16, MissOHS, Tonicarlito and Gimbiya_xx.....the Blog Police.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Beauty Kink Giveaway Winner


And the winner is.......

Duchess of Prideville!



You win a Beauty Kink Beauty Box comprising BH Cosmetics 30 colour eyeshadow palette, ELF eyebrow stencils, Zaron lipstain and sample foundation pots.



Love and light xx


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Beauty Kink Review

So a while ago I received some items from online beauty store, Beauty Kink (www.beautykink.com) to review.



Now I usually hardly ever review beauty products, that's because I don't use a lot of make-up and if you send me something like a contour kit you're wasting your time, I won't use it. If its not stuff I actually use like my MAC stuff (Studiofix, primer, brow pencil, lipsticks), weaves or bath and body products (shower gels, scrubs, body butters)...I'm a sucker for bath and body stuff, I won't be able to honestly review it because for the life of me I don't know how one shade of eyeshadow is more pigmented than the other...zero idea.

So when I was contacted by Beauty Kink, my default reaction was to send my usual nice email declining their offer, then I had a look at their site. I've been slacking majorly because I don't really buy beauty stuff online so I had zero idea of how the online beauty market in Nigeria has simply blown up. Its fascinating! You can get everything online, I know I sound like such a rube right now but I'm really shocked at what's out there.

I mean Beauty Kink has ALL my ish, MAC products, my beloved Milk of Magnesia, weaves, make-up accessories......I was all goggle-eyed like yoooooo.

It is basically a one-stop-shop for customers searching for makeup products, hair products, skincare products, weaves and extensions, tools etc.

They stock a wide range of brands such as Ben nye, Graftobian, MAC, Revlon, Mary Kay, Mehron,Sugar Pill, Skindinavia, Sleek, ELF cosmetics, Bdellium, Sigma, Morphe brushes and so much more.

They are authorized retailers of U.S cosmetics company BH COSMETICS, Milani and also our Nigerian brands here such as Zaron, BMPRO, Tara and so much more.

They pride themselves in their delivery service and with their delivery partner DHL, they deliver to all 36 states in Nigeria. They also offer next day delivery within Lagos and 2-5 days for outside Lagos

They accept Cash on delivery orders within the Lagos Metropolis, payment online with any Nigerian Bank Issued Cards and Direct bank transfer.

They are currently only the Nigerian beauty store that offers FREE consultations for its customers and also sends out FREE foundation and concealer samples for customers to test their shades before buying!


So even though I couldn't use what I was sent I am so impressed by the items they have for sale, there's something there for everyone and the convenience of online shopping is always a plus.

So these are the items I received below from Beauty Kink



Since I cannot in all honesty review them I've decided to give them away instead, I'm sure this will make some budding MUA very happy.

No great shakes, simply leave a comment below with your name and email address and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator. The Giveaway will close at midnight on Tuesday, June 17th and the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 19th.

Items can only be delivered within Lagos, so if you win and you live outside the state you have to provide a Lagos address to have the items delivered to.

Also Beauty Kink will be offering a 10% discount on all items to TWP Readers, yay right!

Simply enter the code "twp10" after purchasing items on the site, code is valid for a month.


Beauty Kink Info
Web: www.beautykink.com
Enquiries: contact@beautykink.com
Facebook: beautykink
Instagram: beautykink
Twitter: beauty_kink
Phone: 08178808755