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RED CARPET TO AISLE: AMVCA 2017

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So, the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA), happened on the 4th of March 2017, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. The red carpet was lit up with the glitz and glamour of the celebrities, although some of the big names were MIA, one of which was Mercy Aigbe. I was personally looking forward to her red carpet look for the night, because she stunned on the red carpet last year and was easily one of my best dressed, as I’m sure you agree with me.

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Nana Akua Addo

Anyway, as usual I have put together my best dressed for the night, alongside red- carpet to aisle inspirations. Let’s have a look, shall we!

LADIES
The Long Black Dresses!

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Chioma Apotha
Beverly Naya
Beverly Naya
Eniola Badmus
Eniola Badmus
Kehinde Bankole
Kehinde Bankole
Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson
MEG OTANWA
MEG OTANWA

Pop Of Color!

Toni Tones
Toni Tones

CHIKA IKE
CHIKA IKE
ADE LAOYE
ADE LAOYE
Lala Akindoju
Lala Akindoju
ELMA GODWIN
ELMA GODWIN
Ivie Okujaye
Ivie Okujaye
Toyin Aimakhun
Toyin Aimakhun
Iyabo Ojo
Iyabo Ojo
Adesua Etomi
Adesua Etomi
Helen Enado
Helen Enado
Bolanle Olukanni
Bolanle Olukanni
DESTINY AMAKA
DESTINY AMAKA

THE GENTS!

ALEXX EKUBO
ALEXX EKUBO

DESMOND ELLIOT
DESMOND ELLIOT
STAN NZE
STAN NZE
TEMISAN IKOMI
TEMISAN IKOMI
UTI
UTI
IK OGBONNA
IK OGBONNA
BOVI
BOVI
MELVIN ODUAH
MELVIN ODUAH

COUPLE’S CAM

JJC & FUNKE
JJC & FUNKE

OLU & JOKE JACOBS
OLU & JOKE JACOBS
IK & OLO OSAKIODUWA
IK & OLO OSAKIODUWA
BLOSSOM & MAUREEN CHUKWUJEKWU
BLOSSOM & MAUREEN CHUKWUJEKWU
GBENRO & OSAS AJIBADE
GBENRO & OSAS AJIBADE

I do hope list I put together was spot on, do let me know who your best dressed was in the comment box below.
Adios!

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MUCH ADO ABOUT VALENTINES DAY

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Valentine’s day is around the corner and I bet some people are as excited about it as I am. I know some people are of the opinion that the celebration of love should not be restricted to a particular day, and it’s alright to belong to that school of thought.

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If you ask me, I think that as beautiful as the phenomenon of love is, it should be celebrated everyday and every chance you get, but I also think that on a day like the valentine’s day, you should go the extra mile to make them feel special and shower them with gifts as a gesture to show how much they are appreciated, because the truth is so many of us don’t do extra for our loved ones.

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For instance, most of us don’t get random gifts for our loved ones, just because you think the person will like it or you think it would look good on the person, so, days like valentine’s day, anniversaries, even birthdays are created for these category of people so that at least once in a while, their loved can be pampered by them.
Anyway, speaking of gifts for the valentine season, I have got some ideas I would like to share with you on what to get that special someone:

1. VANITY BASKETS– these should include intimate items, most especially toiletries for him/her. Items like shower gel, deodorant, body spray, scented candles, perfumes, body cream, etc. are items you would want to consider including in the basket.

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2. CRAVINGS BASKETS– if that special someone has a sweet tooth, this would be the preferred choice. Chocolates, biscuits, sweets, candy, a bottle of wine, and any other thing you can think of.

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3. HEALTHY BASKET– lately, the “healthy eating” or “clean diet” mantra has been going around, so if that ‘special someone’ belongs to this category, you can pack some fresh fruits, granola bars, wheat meal biscuits, a bottle of wine and even dark chocolate bars (just learnt that they are healthy).

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4. FANCY GIFTS (for her)– if she is not into the other stuffs, you can get her a nice dress, pair of shoes, big teddy bear, wrist watch, jewelry, lingerie, bag and anything else you think she might like.

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5. FANCY GIFTS (for him)– I think most guys would fall into this category, so, you might want to get him a nice shirt, neck tie and cuff-links, a pack of socks and briefs, wrist watch, customized neck piece, pair of shoes, satchel bag, belt and any other thing you can think of.

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6. PASTRIES- everybody loves cake, no matter the diet plan you are on, so you might want to get a cake, maybe cupcakes in whatever flavor. You can even go a step further and add a card or note with loving words, to make it intimate.

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These are my ideas for the perfect Valentine’s day gift, you can always mix and match any of the ideas but remember to always bear in mind what the other person would like and appreciate more. Don’t forget to drop your comments in the comment box below.

Adios!

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE WEDDING PARTY

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So, today, I am doing a review on a movie that has been in everybody’s faces since the last quarter of 2016 and is still a rave now. I’m talking about none other than ‘The Wedding Party’.
The wedding party is a 2016 Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba, from the production companies of – Ebonylife Films, Filmone, Inkblot Production and Koga Studios. The movie premiered first on 8 September, 2016 at TIFF Toronto and on 26 November, 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria. It broke box office record by making 200 million Naira, 16 days after release.

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PLOT
The Wedding party follows the shenanigans that go on during the planning of a wedding in Nigeria. Dunni, a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents, Engineer Bamidele and Mrs Tinuade Coker, is about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie, the handsome son of Chief Felix and Lady Obianuju Onwuka. The couple took a vow of chastity and are looking forward to a ground -breaking first night together as a married couple.

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REVIEW
Personally, I think the movie was an interesting one and funny as well. I commend the amount of publicity invested in the movie, it was strategically done, because even before the movie was set for release, the minds of the audience were already prepared. However, I would like to share my thoughts on a few things:

1. CHARACTERISATION
I think that the interpretation of each role was well done, especially the role of Mrs Tinuade Coker, portrayed by Veteran Actress, Sola Shobowale, she showcased the true nature of a typical Nigerian mother of the bride ( Iya Iyawo), with her own theatrics of course, she was without a doubt my best act in the movie.

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Despite the fact that the characters were played so well, there were some foreign elements that gave me mixed feelings. Dunni Coker ( Adesuwa Etomi) is supposed to be from a Nigerian home, now, i don’t know if she was supposed to be a spoilt child as well, because I saw scenes where she storms out, throwing tantrums, locking herself in a the bathroom and sulking! These are typical attributes of an American child, not a Nigerian Child.
So, I ask, what exactly was the message there?

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Then there is Wonu, the wedding planner ( Zainab Balogun). Anyone that has been to a wedding where the wedding planner/ event manager is onsite would agree with me that the character was over-exaggerated. The planner is supposed to be in control and take charge, but then we saw the Nigerian food vendor come in late, without apologies and then went on to doing her own thing without taking any instructions from the planner. The planner was even unable to instruct this vendor and her servers because she felt intimidated. Hmmm, what was that about though?

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2. TWP Fashion
I totally love the styling in the movie, kudos the wardrobe personnel. I loved every outfit, the wedding gown, bridal hair and make-up, bridesmaids dresses, the groom’s and groomsmen’s suits were so on point, the traditional attires for both parents were just right, as opposed to some movies where the focus is only on the lead cast, in this movie, every character was PICTURE PERFECT.

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Also, if you noticed, at the reception, there were about three ( if not more) different kinds of Aso-Ebi, as is usually the case at a Nigerian Wedding.

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3. LOCATION
The only misgiving I probably have with this is the ‘walk on the beach’ scene. I mean, we have all heard stories of what happens on lonely beaches like that one, yes, even the private beaches, and the ones that aren’t deserted would be packed with all kinds of parties, that you won’t even find a spot to take a walk. Really though, who storms out of her wedding and then goes to take a ‘walk on the beach’?

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4. LESSONS LEARNT
I like the fact that one of the messages in the movie was CHASTITY, ‘abstinence till marriage’, we don’t get to see a virgin bride often, even in our movies, so it was kind of refreshing for me. Also, the message that communication is very vital for any kind of relationship to work was passed across to the audience.

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That’s it on my review of THE WEDDING PARTY, I enjoyed the movie, big ups to the cast and crew.
Remember, these are just my musings on the movie, if you have a different view, kindly drop it in the comment box below. Watch trailer below

Adios!

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PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: GREENERY

This is my first post for the year and I’m super excited about it!
So, as usual, Pantone has released the color for the year 2017 and it is inspired by nature, cool right! The color is tagged “GREENERY”, it is a combination of various shades of green. So, those that are in love with nature will have a blast with this year’s color. See video below:

Pantone has been releasing color of the year, every year since the year 2000, and every color they release shapes the entire fashion industry and also the wedding scene as well. I’m pretty sure some 2017 brides and wedding planners will consider or even include this color in their wedding plans. below is what the greenery color looks like:

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Greenery makeup inspiration by Glam Signature
Greenery makeup inspiration by Glam Signature
Bridesmaid Inspiration
Bridesmaid Inspiration
Bridal train inspiration
Bridal train inspiration

Read below what American color specialist, Leatrice Eiseman has to say about the Greenery color:

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I’ve also taken some time out to include colors that can be paired with the greenery color, check them out:

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So, I guess it is safe to say that you put in on your to-do-list to include one greenery outfit in your wardrobe.
Stay classy dolls!

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ESE & GAB: “My marital goals include Love, Fun & building a Christian Home” | Image Arts Studios

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When love happens, it hits you in all the right places and then a part of you becomes a part of someone else. Ese and Gabriel met in 2013, became friends and found true love. See photos below:

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Bride:”He outdid himself, I was amazed at the amount of effort he put into planning the perfect proposal for me”.

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Groom: “I proposed to her in church, in front of her parents and the entire congregation”.

Watch their love story video below:

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VIDEO: Wedding Reception Dance-Off (#lovelikeAmovie)

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It is common knowledge that dancing is one of the activities engaged in and enjoyed during wedding receptions, however, when the groom is a certified dancer and is affiliated with a well known dance crew, then you know it’s on a whole new level.
Wole and Bimbo got married on 19th, November, 2016 in Lagos and everyone present sure had a lot of fun. Click the video and discover how the art of dance is used to express deep feelings and emotions… #lovelikeamovie

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VIDEO: The wedding game

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Weddings are a lot different now than they used to in the past, these days there are a lot of innovations and freestyles to spice it up and make it fun for everyone, especially during the reception.
The wedding reception gives room for the couple, guests and vendors to explore and infuse fun activities into the wedding ceremony, creating a relaxed atmosphere for everyone.
See video below:

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EASY STEPS TO CREATE YOUR PERFECT WEDDING HASHTAG

Over the last few years, wedding hashtags for Instagram have become a raving trend that proves useful. They’re the easiest way to collect your guest’s best photos in one place without having to hound anyone to send their pictures.
The Internet is bursting with advice on how to create a hashtag for your own wedding ; there are even a bunch of free-to-use wedding generators (though the results you get might not be the most original). But if you’re still at a loss, use these simple tips below to choose the right wedding hashtag for your big day.
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1. Start with your names.
One of the obvious places to start from when creating your hashtag is from both names; either a combination of first names, or a mix and match of first and last names. If your names can be easily combined, then you are in luck, no need to stress, just go with that.

2. Beware of inside jokes.
Wedding hashtags have to be personal or at least have a personal element in it otherwise you will end up with posts or pictures from non-wedding attendees and this will completely ruin the sole purpose of the hashtag. Unless you are cool sharing the hashtag of your big day with some random stranger, you need to infuse a personal element.

3. Don’t fall for the pun.
Does one or both of your names sound like another word? If yes, move on, because that word is probably used in some kind of popular phrase, work of art, song title, or something else which will put the odds in your favor.

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4. Utilize your wedding location.
This will work perfectly for destination weddings, even if you can’t create a unique hashtag, by just adding a city or any other type of location to your names, it will definitely make your hashtag stand out.

5. Infuse the date.
This does the trick most times, especially when you are out of ideas, simply add the year you are getting married to both your first names or initials and your hashtag is ready. Although it might not be all that, but at least you would get to see different moments captured in pictures from your wedding.

6. Nicknames are allowed.
You can go ahead to try out both your nicknames if your actual names don’t cut it, especially if your friends are familiar with them. You never can tell, your nicknames might just do the trick.

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PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR- 2016

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Happy new year guys, welcome to 2016! This is officially my first post for the year and of course, what better way to start off this year than discussing the Pantone color of the year.

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It is a new year, which in my book translates to a brand new weddings and fashion season. Pantone, each year release the color for the year which sets the tone for wedding color themes, runway projects, red carpet looks and other fashion or artistic ventures. Last year the color of the year was MARSALA, and it practically ruled the weddings and fashion industry. Well this year, Pantone released two colors instead on one which are ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY.

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Well, if you ask me, I don’t know how this is going down. Will they be paired together like in a combination or used separately ( dunno), hmmmm, I guess time will tell then. So my fashion lovers, the authority has spoken, make sure you get fashion items in one or these two colors ooo!

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COUTESY: PANTONE.

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