One can imagine that when you open your wardrobe to pick out what to wear every day, it is literally a show as your eyes catch on an endless array of possible outfits that could speak the statement you want for that day! Then there’s accessories that make up the full outfit. We’re talking bags/purses, shoes/sandals/kicks, earrings, watches, bracelets, neck pieces, rings, belts,  even hair accessory. That being said, it is a known fact that not all ladies buy into the whole adornment parade, well to say one is fashionable is to have at least four on each day.

Photo; Pintrest/cutedressesoutfits.com

We are about to go on a series that would help you make decisions on what to pair with your outfits for either work, formal, informal outings and come out looking fabulous, if people are going to stare, we may as well, make it worth their eyes. Starting off, we are touching on NECK PIECES also known as Necklaces. When you think of buying a necklace, what factors immediately come to mind? Is it the size of the necklace, the type, how shiny it is, the color….? Your mind will be bombarded with all sorts of ideas! How much are you looking to spend? Do you care..? Again, a million questions in your mind!

Before I offer you an answer, I need to ask if you know the different neck lace types, if you don’t then let’s get educated on that first, then we move to how to pair them with outfits’

There are three basic types of necklaces;

Photo; eBay

*Chunky necklace/Statement Piece; do you want to make your bust look smaller?  Look for larger scale necklaces which help to distract from your bust.  You can choose a necklace made from many smaller pieces or one large one, depending on what you want to communicate and your own personal scale. A larger piece is more bold and dramatic and will communicate that you are happy to be the center of attention.

Photo; eBay

*Long necklace; the effect of this style is perfect for all of your basic outfits that need to be spiced up a little. You can wear such a style with your everyday casual look or with a floral and girly dress. More often than not, it will draw attention to your lower abdomen, so you want to make sure that your belly is looking as snatched as it can be, or at least, suck belle….lol. The other effect that the long necklace gives is that of a longer torso and it effortlessly draws attention to your cleavage. So if you don’t have a problem with the above, go get yourself one and the best part about them is they look more elegant when layered.

Photos; Tat2 Designs,Ali Express

*Choker; the best things about a choker is that it’s the one type of necklace that goes will with most neck sizes or shapes! The choker necklace is best rocked with an off shoulder or a cold shoulder top. It adds a rather firm and put together effect to the neck of the wearer. The only basic rule is to make sure that you don’t make it too tight when you wear it. The choker neck piece type also comes in a plunging neckline design that affords a line or two of the neck piece run through your cleavage, this type is usually advised for the slim body type so the necklace doesn’t go scratching you when you are out.

Photos; Lizzy James, Viva La Vibes

Photo; Girlyessentials

 

As a profound makeup lover, I can proudly say that I have started doing makeup since my Junior Secondary School. Influenced halfway by my Mom and more by a conscious defiance against all commands to stop and I know that I’ll be obsessed for a long time. When I first started my makeup journey I had a lot of questions Mom refused to answer hence I found YouTube!

Starting out, I took hints from her but then on my first make up shopping expedition I had no idea what to buy or what tools would work best for me. Here is a list of the ten makeup essentials I think every beginner needs without breaking the bank:

  1. Cleansing face wash

Firstly because you ALWAYS need a clean surface to work on, but also because you cannot totally trust your regular bath soaps to cleanse your facial skin properly. Whatever facial wash you intend to choose, be sure that it’s the right choice for your skin type, and also that it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that could harm your skin. Fling it once it stings! A good choice brand for most skin types is CETAPHIL, they have provisions from Normal to Combination, Oily and Dry skin types which you can buy at almost any drugstore.

Photo; cetaphil.com

  1. Face moisturizer

The next thing you need to do after washing your face is pat dry. Washing your face can be a bit drying, so it is important to moisturize afterward. By doing so, you are making sure that your skin is flawless and receiving before applying makeup, especially if you have dry skin. My lotion of choice is the NIVEA SOFT and as of the last time I got it, it retailed at N1,900.

Photo; Walmart Canada

  1. Primer

Primer helps you prepare your face for makeup and it helps your face beat stay fresh for longer. The use of a face primer can never be overstated in that it serves as the base to which every other item of make-up holds. Hence, it is very important to get a face primer that caters to the peculiarities of your facial skin be it that you have oily, dry normal or combination skin. There are primers for large pores, discolorations, etc. An example is the MILANI PRIME SHIELD.

Photo; MOAM

  1. Foundation

If you have an errand running day to day schedule. You might not have the need for one. Foundation brands have increased spectrum to cater for light, medium to full-coverage looks. I enjoy doing a full face of makeup, so foundation is a necessity for me. The foundation that works best for my skin currently is the ZIKEL EVEN TRUE FOUNDATION in 025, which has a large variety of shades for women of color and currently retails for N2500. There are so many things to look at when investing in a foundation, but some to watch for are coverage (sheer, medium, full), ingredients (especially if you have sensitive skin) and finish (matte, natural, dewy, glowy). Do your research and see what foundation has all the qualities and shades you’re looking for.

Photo; zikelcosmetics.com

  1. Concealer

Depending on what look you want to achieve, your usage of concealer will vary. Concealers can be used as a corrector for dark spots or for highlighting and contouring. Whatever the use, it’s always nice to have at least one in the purse. It’s also useful for accentuating the brows and keeping them ‘on fleek.’ My favorite concealer used to be the LA GIRL PRO CONCEALER which was sold at N1,700, which is extremely budget friendly.

Photo; Amazon Uk

  1. Makeup brushes

It is important to have at least a 15 set Make up Brush, I’d be lost without my brushes, as they have different uses and functionalities. The larger ones are primarily required to apply foundation, powder, bronzer or blending. The smaller ones work well for eye shadow application. Investing in more expensive brushes once you get familiar with makeup is worth it to many as the different brushes should be used for separate items. They are often made with higher quality elements that don’t waste product, make sure your makeup blends seamlessly and don’t irritate your skin. It’s up to you to invest when you feel comfortable. An example is the ZOEVA 15 PIECES BRUSH SET you can get it from any retailer as cheap as N3,500.

Photo; Sephora Australia

  1. Mascara

The usefulness of a Mascara can never be over emphasized, as it can be multi-functional and on your lazy days, can be your only item of make up for your eyes. The brightening effect that the mascara gives to the eyelids makes them look awake when applied, there is the Volumizing and the Lengthening mascara and they could be combined when you want to add the extra sauce to your look. The Mascara should always be applied to the natural lashes before you apply your falsies so as to prevent you from losing the hairs when pulling off the falsies. My current fave is the ZARON LENTHENING MASCARA and it currently retails at N2,350.

Photo; Girlyessentials.com

  1. Lipstick (or lip gloss)

I am a lover of matte Lipsticks. It’s the cherry on top of most look I go for. It’s always great to have your go-to gloss or lipstick at hand because it effortlessly just makes your face pop. My favorite lipsticks presently are from the CLASSIC MAKE UP USA brand, you can get one for as low as N500

Photo; LookitFace and Fashion

  1. Eye Pencil

Eye pencils have many great uses. They’re perfect for shading in your brows, lining your eyes, or even lining your lips to make them fuller, depending what shade you use (I buy mine in dark brown for my brows). They’re also about N100 at the market or your local make up supplier, which just makes them even better. 

Photo; Yaoota

  1. Eyeshadow

If complex eye shadow looks aren’t your thing, that’s just fine! Just grab some neutral colors to use for a natural glow or preferably an all purpose eye shadow pallet that has a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, look out for the following colors (Brown, Nude, Champagne Gold, Soft Orange). I’m currently using a beginner friendly eye shadow palette from ELMA BEAUTY it sells on their website at N7,000. For a beginner though, it is always advisable to get a palette with straightforward labels for each color telling you where to apply it on your eyelid.

Photo; Pintrest

Every woman has experienced standing in front of her closet and bemoaning, “I have nothing to wear!” meanwhile your wardrobe is spilling with clothes. However, there are some wardrobe essentials that every woman should have. Adding these 5 versatile closet all-stars will take your outfits to new heights of fabulousness in a range of different styles. .

From an oversized blazer to statement heels, click through to see the pieces you’ll want to help you stand out this Spring.

Button-Down Plain White Tee

Is there anything more versatile? A plain white t-shirt can be tucked into a skirt, or worn with skirts, jeans, leggings, and shorts. It can be layered up to create an infinite number of looks, and it will never go out of fashion. This shirt can be worn in all seasons, and it looks great on any age or body type. Find a go-to button-down shirt that helps you get dressed faster in the morning, whether you’re pairing it with a sleek pencil skirt or wearing it with a stirrup legging to Sunday lunch with friends. Consider a white shirt your wardrobe’s pinch hitter.

A pair of Dark-Wash Denim

Light jeans are cute but if you are shopping for a new pair of jeans, trust us and make it a dark pair. The dark ones can be dressed up or dressed down, they can also be paired with most tops and won’t usually clash with anything. Dark jeans will look perfect in your Instagram posts. A good pair of jeans will not only make your confidence skyrocket, they will accentuate your curves, and give you the legs you’ve always wanted. It’s always worth investing in a pair of jeans that fit and flatter you, as they last for years. Jeans are great wardrobe essentials because they can be used in both casual and semi-formal situations. Not only do they work for a wide range of scenarios—including, yes, the office—they also don’t stain as easily.

Slip-On Sneakers

Slip-on sneakers have hit critical mass (thanks, Phoebe Philo!), solidifying its place on the wardrobe-essentials list. Comfortable enough to walk miles in, but way more sleek than traditional running shoes, these shoes give any outfit an extra dose of cool. Sneakers can be worn during all seasons and with pretty much any outfit. They’re realistic in most situations in which you would need shoes, unlike heels or sandals that are not as adaptable to all scenarios in day-to-day life. If you prefer laces or no laces, you have many choices to choose from. Purchase a pair in white, grey or black and you will be good to go.

Statement Bag

No closet is complete without a few signature pieces―the kind guaranteed to garner compliments (and attract notice if you wear them two days in a row). A statement bag is the perfect way to add a unique finishing touch to any outfit. Using your bag as an accent piece is a great idea. The great thing about statement bags is they won’t quickly go out of style like so many other clothing pieces do. Make sure you find the style you love by checking out handbag shapes before you buy one. Not only does your bag enclose the contents of what you need to get through the day, but it also shows you are serious about how you are presenting yourself, that you know your brands, and that you are worth that bag.

A Little Black Dress

And last but not least, the famous little black dress. The dress that can be worn in any situation. Dress it up or dress it down. Black literally goes with anything (yes, even navy blue) and it compliments every figure. You can wear it with a sweater or jacket and with or without tights depending on the weather. You know the best thing about wearing a dress? You don’t have to put pants on. No item is more of a blank slate for accessorizing and styling—and yet completely stunning on its own—than the LBD. It’s gotten us through some tough times, and serves as a touchstone for any wardrobe even for the royals.

TOUCH OF NUBIA

Credits: Glamour,Pop Sugar,Banana Republic,Fashionnova

Over the years, I’ve personally come to realise the importance and power of how you look to your possibilities in succeeding at ventures and ambition.

It’s common saying that the way you dress is the way you’re addressed. My Mum used to say that a lot it got stuck in my mind permanently, hence, I try as much as possible to look the best I can depending on the outing, occasion or event.

A challenge I personally faced growing up in looking my best was the financial capacity to afford a lot of clothes, shoes and accessories I saw and wanted so badly. I could only buy what I could afford, this consequently to an extent affected my confidence, personal pride and social interaction. But in reaction, it propelled me to dream, think and work hard in life so that one day, I’ll be able to wear what I wanted, not what I could afford.

We all have different motivators for success in life and I must admit, wanting to look good always was one of my motivators – vain as this may sound. Today, I’m glad to say that dream has come true to an extent. Having turned out a management consultant and mindset coach, I do a lot of thinking and reflecting and one day, I began to think critically about dressing and appearances.

In the course of my meditation, it was revealed dressing is for 3 major purposes.

  1. For covering
  2. For comfort
  3. For communication

It is alien to the human nature to stride the earth naked especially in public places. Nudity, no matter how intense the advocacy for self-expression in fashion, in my opinion still upsets the sensibilities of those around, hence it is unnatural. Covering up is a major purpose of dressing up.  Anything you wear that makes you uncomfortable no matter the beauty or style is not good enough. Uncomfortable dressing can subsequently affect your health, well-being and even your mood at that moment.  Nothing gives more fashion pleasure than looking good and being very comfortable in it – it feels like heaven!

Lastly, but not least, communication, is one of the purposes of dressing. When people see you they immediately make up their minds about who they think you are and how they will relate with you.

Your dressing communicates so much. It says a lot about you, your level, your class, your intelligence, your exposure, your mood, including tribe, ethnicity, religion and personal credentials. Wisdom is to think critically about what you wear says to those around you, they judge you based on how they see you before you utter a single word.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m glad to welcome you to the world of TOUCH OF NUBIA where we put you; your comfort, your confidence, your class and communications first when it comes to your fashion needs.

We put you first as we conceive our designs, and details in crafting of a befitting and truly fitting outfit for you.

We give you our best so you can look your best without hurting your purse. We are affordable, passionate and delighted to satisfy your fashion needs at all times.

Welcome to our world and say goodbye to poor finishing in dressmaking, delays in response time, and disappointing delivery time.

No matter how you look, we make you look better always. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the world of TOUCH OF NUBIA COMPANY.