Faux Fro: How To Get The Curly Afro Look With African Relaxed Hair

So the Locs are out and it's back to the 'fro people!

A lot of you requested for a post on how I get my African relaxed hair to look curly and 'fro-like and as promised, here's the post. And just in case you're wondering, I  first coined the term "Faux Fro" in this post, ha ha.



I simply curled my hair. But since that's not elaborate enough, I'll take you through the process.

You will need:



- Big comb (to comb the whole hair)

- Tail comb (to part and comb little sections of hair)

- Small rollers

- Oil & cream (to lock in moisture)



First step is to comb, oil and cream your hair. After that, damp your hair slightly with water. Make sure it's not wet because we want this to dry overnight.



I roll my hair myself most times, so I part the hair messily. It doesn't matter. Comb each part carefully before you roll.


The size of the curls depends on how big your rollers are and how much hair you roll per roller. So for big curls, part bigger sections then roll and for small curls, part smaller sections then roll.


When you remove the rollers, pick the curls out with your tail comb then style.



End result.

My hair is in an asymmetrical cut right now so one part is longer than the other and that's how I achieved this look.

The bags under my eyes are Prada ;-)


So! Enjoy!

Got any tips? Questions? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

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Frugal Fashion Series | Thriftshopping 101: tips and tricks

So you're passing by a store and you see that bag you've been lusting after. You stop dead in your tracks then run into the store thinking "I must have that bag!"

 It's definitely your style.

 Check.

 It certainly is top-quality, free of flaws.

Check.

Except... the price isn't quite within your range.

We all love quality clothing yes? Unfortunately, most quality clothing articles tend to be very expensive (unfairly so in my opinion). So do we then go for the cheap (probably trendy and not-so-quality) alternatives?

Aboslutely not.

In the long run, "cheap" clothes are actually more expensive. Think of it this way: How many times would cheap clothes need repairing or replacing? Far more times than your quality clothes would need replacing. So what's a frugalista (Frugal Fashionista) to do?

One word. Thriftshopping.


So you know how the world usually looks down on second hand clothing? Turns out thriftshopping (or Okrika to Nigerians) is the perfect solution for the frugalistas!  You get quality clothing at the price of cheap not-so-quality clothes.

Now that I've convinced you, (I'm quite confident in this argument) lets look at the four topics we'll be discussing:

1. Why no fashionista should look down on thriftshopping
2. Items you should and shouldn't buy while thriftshopping
3. Four useful thriftshopping tips

A knowledge of quality items and how to differentiate between fake and original clothing is crucial in thriftshopping.

 Let's get right to it!

Why no fashionista should look down on thriftshopping

Fashion 101: No truly fashionable person turns down a benficial fashion sale. Thriftshopping as far as I'm concerned is like an everyday sale.

Also, no truly fashionable person turns down an item he/she wants because it's not from a high fashion store. "Truly fashionable" being the key word on both accounts. A good find is a good find.

Any other reason for looking down on thriftshopping is acceptable I guess.

Items you should buy while thriftshopping
This depends on how durable the material of the clothing item is.

I recommend clothes made of stronger durable fabric, depending on the thread count and so on. Bags of a sturdier leather or fabric are suitable.

Items you really shouldn't buy while thriftshopping

-First on our hypothetical list is shoes. While there are some shoes that can indeed stand the test of time, I urge you not to take that risk.

 Why?

Shoes are not like clothes. Clothes are worn everyday but hardly put under the pressure that shoes are.

This tip doesn't apply if the shoes look really new. The person probably wore it twice. But if you can, buying brand new shoes is highly recommended.

-Secondly, clothes made of lighter less durable material/fabric. I've found that second hand clothes made of satin (and similar materials)don't make good investments.

You can of course buy satin and other less durable materials but these have to be calculated risks.

Now, to the practical part. We have discussed knowing your personal style to help you buy exactly what you like and fits into your style. We have also discussed differentiating between original and fake clothing.

Now, we're on to tips that'll help you in thriftshopping or otherwise.

Three useful thriftshopping tips

Trust me, these work. Took me a while to learn, but once I started appyling them, they made all the difference.

-Not all items are quality.

Thriftshopping mostly involves quality clothes. If the clothes could survive that long, they are probably quality. But the thing is, there are different levels of poor quality.

Some clothes are just slightly higher in quality and might have been able to survive just as long.

So what's the problem then?

Well, the problem is those clothes might be reaching the end of the life span. So after getting excited about your new dress, you might only get to wear it twice. So scout wisely.


- Don't ignore flaws

Yes, it's a good deal. The Marc Jacobs dress for only 95%  (or more) of the original price? Heck yes!

But... it has a spoilt zipper, some holes here and there and many more imperfections. Drop it. Yes, it's MARC JACOBS. Yes, the flaws can probably be easily repaired. Or so you think.

The dress would probably occupy your "Fix-it list" for so long, you'd probably get tired and just get rid of it.

- Take your measurements and/or taperule with you.

This recommendation is general, thriftshopping or not. Standard sizes are cool and all but not always accurate. I'm a Uk size 8 and a US size 4.

My aunt got me a killer red dress sometime ago. Before wearing it, I looked at the label and was thoroughly confused. It said "US Size 0". I was just like how can it be size zero and the hips are this big?I tried it on and the hips were slightly bigger than mine." Size zero" indeed.

I particularly recommend this for thriftshoppers because sometimes, the label where the size is written might have gone off (with the rest of the dress intact hopefully).

 - Bargain like a pro.

It's quite easy. Just start at a really low price (stating you have little to no money but you'd really like to have the item) and work your way up. Based on their reaction know whether to take a desperate, playful or threatening route. Reluctantly give in when the price suits you.

For a more thorough post (from me) on improving your bargainging skills, check this post out I wrote for a fellow blogger.

I hope these tips help immensely.

Next in this series is a post on impulse shopping. We'll be discusssing this "bad habit".

What thriftshopping tips have you acquired over the years?




BONUS: There's a free checklist of flaws to help you discern the quality of your clothing items.

You're welcome.

YOUR THOUGHTS?

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What I Wore: Old School Chic | Liebester Award

These days, my style has been gearing towards the grandma-ish style. Nevermind that I've always been compared to a 60 year old woman by my friends, I love comfort dressing and think it's incredibly chic when pulled off well.





My parents (and new friends!) have finally accepted this and we've been getting along famously since this happened.

Whilst I've always had a thing for loose fabrics, I recently fell in love with pleated midi skirts. I've always had my reservations. For one, they make my legs look really... brief but I'm finally fine with that. I almost made this into a "ball skirt" but laziness (thankfully!) made me stall. I can't tell you how much I love this skirt right now.



And some times, I wonder... What ever happened to the one off-shoulder trend? I guess the world got swept away by it's much cooler sister, the off-shoulder trend. I've been meaning to rock it but haven't completed the DIY yet. I started the project a while ago and it still hasn't reached completion. *Sigh*


Enough with the random thoughts, lets get to the Liebester Award. I always promise myself that I'd do these tags but somehow always end up not doing them.


I was nominated by Yvonne of Yvonne OKoro. Thanks Hunay! 


The Liebester Award was created to recognize or discover new bloggers and welcome them into the blogosphere.

I might not be a new blogger but I certainly feel like I just started, even after almost two years!

Award Accepted!

1. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging August 2014. Can't believe it's almost two years!

2. What do you prefer for breakfast?

I love food so much I can't pick just one. I love bread (plain or in any form, french toast though <3 <3 ). Cereal or custard works just fine too.

3. If you were to visit two celebrities, who would they be?

-Cole Sprouse (Cody from Disney's Zack & Cody), I'm a huge fan.

-Veronica Roth/Rick Riordan. Two people I know, but any one of them would do. Veronica is the writer of the Divergent series and Rick is the writer of the Percy Jackson series.


5. What's your best quote?

It varies. Right now, it's "The best way to predict the future is to create it".

6. Who's your favourite writer and why?

Oh no. I read lots of books and love lots of writers. So I'll just say my favourite type of writer. I love writers who spin good stories and make their characters so 3-Dimensional that the characters are real people in my mind.

I'm also more of a novel person.

7. What country would you love to visit and why?

Ha ha. Austrialia. Why? I have no idea. Poland would be cool too.

8. If you were to stay at home all day, what would you do?

Read books I'm currently reading (I read multiple books at a time), Edit pictures for Le blog, write some posts, Plan some posts, read some blogs, reply comments, emails, Take pictures for the blog, complete DIY projects, Study academic books, eat, Might watch Tv if there's time and... that's basically it. What a life *insert laughing emoji*


9. What movie have you seen that made you cry?

I don't know mehn. There are hardly any of those. I don't even watch movies a lot. But I find parts about family and friendship touching.

Even Titanic didn't make me cry. I did like Celine Dion's song though.

At the risk of sounding mean, if Kate winslet (can't remember the characters' name) had just stayed in the boat like a good girl that Jack asked her to be, Jack would have been the one on the plank not the one frozen in the ocean. Just saying.

Never could happen in a Nigerian story.

10. What have you done before that you wish you never did?

Wow. Tough one. Sounds a lot like "What do you regret?"

I honestly have no idea.

Thank you so much for nominating me Yvonne!

I nominate:

Seyi of Nowo
Tamunotonye of The black Writer
Debora of The black Rose
Lydia of Lydia Chronicles
Nedoux of Nedoux
Praise of My Style Lookbook

-My questions are the same as the ones I answered above.

And thank you guys for reading, commenting and following my blog. I love you all.

P.S: I just reached 2,000 followers on Instagram. Thanks for all the love people!

If you aren't following me on Instagram, the handle is @unservile_fashionist. Let's connect!

P.P.S: Please join my google friend connect. It's in the sidebar.

Cheers!

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How To Correct Lighting Errors: A Step-by-Step Guide To Editing Your "Yellow" Photos

So you know how you're indoors (or outdoors even!) and you take in a beautiful scenery with white as the background and you later check the pictures only to discover that they're yellow-ish looking and not at all the beautiful crisp white you envisioned?

Yea, that was one of my frustrations when I first started taking pictures.

After several experiments, I finally learnt how to correct this and I'm going to show you how.




Honestly, when I looked up, the "After" was what I saw. Now, your pictures might not be this "yellow-ish" but I wanted a great contrast to exist between the before and after.

So we'll be using Paint.net for this tutorial. It's quite similar to photoshop so it shouldn't be a problem.

If you're using a basic photo editor, all you need to do is reduce the warmth and adjust the brightness and contrast but you might prefer more complex editors to get the precise look you're going for.


Thee first step is to open the image then crop and edit other aspects of your photo ( I simply cropped mine).

The next step requires a basic knowledge of colour (which I covered here) and light. I'll explain.

White light is made up of three colours: Red, Blue and Green. So:

Red + Blue= Purple;
Red + Green= Yellow;
Green + Blue= Cyan ( a shade between Green and Blue).

This knowledge is important when playing with levels (the slider thingie with the histogram at it's sides in the picture below.

Ok, now click on "Adjustment" then "levels".



The letters "RGB" stand for Red, Green and Blue.

So according to the formulae above, If I were to unclick "G", the picture would look more purple.

Now, to our "Sliders". We'll only be dealing with the first bar in this case. The top slider makes the picture brighter and the bottom slider makes it darker.

The key is to play around with colour combinations of red, blue & green with varying brightness till you achieve the look you want.

Not sure how? No worries, here's a step-by-step guide of how I made my picture white:



I unticked the "R" and "G" then moved the sliders and I got the first picture. I realized it needed more green so I combined green and blue (I ticked both "G" and "B" then moved the sliders) till I was fine with the shade of white.

Next, I edited the pictured itself.



I increased the saturation (Adjustments >> Hue/Saturation) then adjusted the slider as a whole ( RGB= white).


I then made the pictures brighter (Adjustments >> Brightness/contrast), adjusted the saturation (intensity) and voila!



The end result. Now that's more like what I saw when I looked up.

I hope this tutorial was clear and helpful/useful? It's my first photography tutorial and I wasn't sure how to go about it.

Got any extra tips & questions? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Cheers!

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Life Adventures: In May

Happy New Month people!

If you're reading this, congratulations! You made it to half of the year. This is just one of the things I'm extremely grateful for.



The greater part of May was kind of uneventful. I was occupied with my first exams as a medical student (Physiotherapist in training). You know how you walk out of the exam hall with an idea of how you did? Yea, this is not one of those cases. I'm just here hoping like "God please. Help."

Anyway, things got interesting towards the end. I got nominated as one of the most enterprising (student) females *does a little dance jig* in the Campus Heat Awards. Couldn't attend the event though. Opportunity of a life time I know, but I was just so tired and the rain beat me seriously that day. Plus, the roads were jammed so....


I got beaten by rain on my way back home from this photoshoot with a couple of bloggers. The dress is an Urban Abbey design. Shola (the designer) is really talented and her beading skill is so on point. Needless to say, the shoot was fun.




This is Tonye's hand. Tonye photobombed my picture of the tunnel. The picture came out quite nice so I (grudgingly) forgive Tonye. Tonye and I may have been working on a blogger collaboration before this occured ; )



Guess who's going to be attending the African Urban Fashion Show? And as a Fashion Brand Ambassador no less : D

I basically have no lessons to share this month what with all the Exam stress and (slight) panicking. I did learn one thing though...

It's definitely more important to be authentic than original, my friends.

You're not doing anything that hasn't been done before but putting your own unique twists on everything makes it different. Not original, yes but different and different is great. Better even.

So one of my goals is to blog consistently this month. Not a big goal, yes but seeing as I may have consistency issues, this is an important goal for me.

What did you learn in May? What did you achieve? What are your June goals?

YOUR TURN!
Leave a link, let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

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What I Wore: Shirtdress | Blogger meet up

I love oversized things.
I thnk they suit my personality. How? I really don't know but I don't feel quite comfortable in "fitted" clothing or body con anything.



And this what I wore to the blogger meet up I hinted at here. I met up with Lydia and was sort of nervous at first but I think I hid it well. I seem to getting better at that lately. There is no shell left to break, so we just cover up the emotions.

Anyways, it fun. Not very creative (my fault but I don't go out much) and Deadpool is always a good idea. I had no idea it was PG18 though. Ha ha.




A random passer by took us these pictures and I have to say... not bad.

I totally look forward to meeting more blog buddies. If you're in, send me an email (ijennamirabelosuji@gmail.com) or DM me on Instagram @unservile_fashionist. Let's do this.


Related post: MonoChrome



I was excited when my dad gave me a shirt that was actually long enough to be a shirt. Those are really hard to find! It'll only a be dress for me though you know, vertically challenged and all.

On a completely unrelated note, who else gets offended at the term "Vertically challenged"? I'm short. Short is enough. No need for all the big big grammar, sheesh.



So! Today's post was supposed to be our first "crafty readers series" but since nobody sent any entries... Oh well. Hopefully, we'll get entries this month?

Cheers!

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Life Adventures: In April

Hi guys.

It's been a while. I know, an April recap when more than half May is already gone. My Apologies.

Usually, I would just go on like nothing happened and skip this post (and others) to what's on my blog calender. I was really tempted but nah, I'm really enjoying this series so let's get to it.



April was interesting. Interestingly tiring. I was just tired of juggling so much stuff and trying successfully do everything I was supposed to. At a point, I just stopped. I unintentionally took a break and now that i've figured it out, I'm way better.

Funny enough I learnt my lesson through a movie series "Super Girl". Kat Grant taught me that it's easy to juggle stuff. Start small then add some, then some more. The problem was me trying to take on more than I could handle. I haven't completely sorted everything out but I feel it'll work out in time.

Ok, to the more fun stuff...


I had a blogger meet up with Lydia of Lydia's Chronicle! Yes! look who's getting out of the socially awkward zone *insert emoji with cool sunnies*. Blog post coming later as an outfit post of me wearing my dad's shirt (yup! Borrowed from the boys again).



You know I had put a flower in because flower lover (ignore the lame rhyme). This was one of pictures I took whilst undertaking the "Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge". It was so much fun! I couldn't do every single one because I think I may have consistency issues but you might want to check it out.

To see more of my pictures from the challenge, follow me on instagram @unservile_fashionist   ; )

And  to whom it may interest (hopefully almost all of you guys), I'm bringing back photography to the blog. I bet some of you didn't know I even had a photography section.

It's going to be taking a different route though, mostly helpful tutorials.

So if you have any questions, suggestions, or specific topics you want me to cover on the photography section, please let me know in the comments. For now I'm thinking basics like simple edits and/or corrections that could really switch up your photos.



So I have been playing around with this app, Sketchbook by Autodesk. Remember my fashion illustration dreams? Well, I really shocked when I could do this with my phone because I had to use my hand. I recommend this app. Helps me explore my creativity.



So I met up with my bestfriend Seyi Adenowo of Nowo ( how cool is the name though?). I would have called it a blogger meet up but we were already friends before we became bloggers.

We had a loooong chat over cold stone and Pizza. The Coldstone icecream though. *Sighs happily* I should be an ambassador what with the way I mention them a lot on this blog.

No, really if you know someone that could connect me though...




The Evidence... Seriously, hook me up.

So if you're wondering why I'm so upbeat, my exams are basically over. Yes, there were momentsof panic. Yes, it's part of the reason I took an unexpected break and so on.

Glad to be back though, I missed you guys so much <3

Cheers!


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DIY | How To Make a Ribbon Circle Choker From a Key Chain (Plus three other ways it can be worn!)

So you remember how I said I'd be doing more choker DIY's? This is my follow-up.

To be honest, I don't know how I came up with this idea. I think it's because I've always loved circle pendants. Finding circle pendants aren't easy though so I thought... "Key chain? Why not?"



They're very easily accessible and come in various sizes. Would have loved to use a black ribbon but if I kept waiting till I found one, this DIY wouldn't even exist.

Cost: Next to nothing (as always). Grab a key chain and let's do this!

Time taken: Less than five minutes including glue drying time.


You will need:

-Ribbon

-Key chain (ring? *shrugs*)

-Glue 

-Scissors

All set?

Step 1:



Cut two even ribbons. I went for 10". It all depends on how long or big you want your bow to be.

Step 2:




Apply glue then fold the ends of each ribbon over. This is just to prevent fraying.

Step 3:





Wrap the ribbon around the key chain then apply some glue. Do this for both ribbons.



Done! Easy peasy as always eh?

Now! On to other ways to style the choker... You could also wear it as a headband, bracelet or arm cuff.

Pin this pretty please! 

Finally, some important news...

I'm starting a DIY community up on here. Can I get a Whoop whoop!!!

Here's how it works....

1. You do any one of my DIY's. You could put your own unique twist and stuff.

2. Take a very crisp, clear photo of the finished product. You could also take pictures of the process if you want to but please, no collages. If you want a collage, I'll make one for you. You could also add notes on your DIY if you want to.

3. Send me an email (ijennamirabelosuji@gmail.com) with your name, the required stuff above and your blog web address (if you have one). If the email is inconvenient, you tcould try to reach out on social media channels but I could miss your message so via email is definitely the best route.

I'll be posting the first "Crafty Readers | MLB inspired DIYs" at the end of May. The success of this series depends on you so pretty please don't break my heart.

And to motivate you guys, I'll be picking my best, and the reader gets a gift.

Hint: It has something to do with art and fashion. I'll reveal it later. The gift is for only lagos people though.

Ok, that was a long one! If you got to the end of this post, you are a gem and I sincerely love you.

Cheers!

DIY posts to get you started on crafty assignment *wink

-Valentine Inspired Denim Tote Bag

-Ankara Rings

- Ombre tassel Pendant

- Awesome blue ribbon choker in three steps.

- Turn your flared skirt into shorts (culottes)

-Vintage Time-piece Necklace 


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