Meet CurlSistas, The Latest Natural Hair Blog You Should Know!!!

There is no arguing that one of the best parts of wearing your hair naturally is being able to style it and yourself with finesse. So when natural hair meets exquisite personal style, well it’s a match made in heaven…Enter CurlSistas.com, the latest natural hair blog you should follow? Why? Because I said so (ha ha, just joking)!!! But seriously, the lady behind this site is a naija girl with style Joy Adaeze of Joy Loves Fashion, and I am honestly digging the simplicity of the mission of this site “where natural hair meets personal style.”
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So here is how it works (I adore their logo by the way): The site will feature a CurlSista of the day, in a segment that explores the woman behind the hair in all her beauty and glory. Since it’s inception in March, the site has managed to feature some of the most beautiful natural hair women that I have ever since and their journey through life are amazing, but there style  #derservepraises. Case in point, read the story of Asiyami here, her hair and her style #awesomesauce, (shoot see some her her images below). I love these features and I truly cannot get enough of these CurlSistas.
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My other fave categories the big chop journal where you can follow contributor Shaz Taylor on her #bigchop experrience.
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But the style gallery is 100% #beautiful. See it for yourself here and while there take the time to follow CurlSistas, “the new destination for natural ladies with Style, Soul and Sass.”
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Source: CurlSistas.com

p.s. Happy 4th of July, Hope its a wonderful day for you and yours…

See the Balmain Paris Ad that is causing an uproar on social media today (UPDATED)

It’s 2014 and Olivier Rousteing of Balmain Paris has decided to create an uproar all over social media with an ad that features a little bit of diversity, yep black models. Somehow mainstream media still think that it is such a big deal or #political, #revolutionary, #beingablackboyinareallyimportantfrenchhouse (imagine the #insult) to feature black models on their editorials so much so that we should applaud anyone that does so even if it is a “little slice of reality.” Case in point, this Balmain Paris Ad below…
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You would think that in a post Obama world, heck post Lupita world we are so done discussing why black skin matters and should be equally featured alongside white skin or any other type of skin on ad campaigns. Personally, I am over it and I long for the days when ads are just ads with no political intentions as implied by Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). I absolutely love you Olivier for featuring these models while showing “the beauty of different ethnicities” and I adore the comment by sadfo on WWD so much so that I had to share it with you all below as it personifies just how I feel:

sadfo: “It is truly sad and and sick to hear that in fashion in the year 2014 a real and beautiful multiracial slice of life ad Campaign is considered political and revolutionary …Bravo for Balmain and Rosteing and truly a big fuck you to the tired and tragic fashion cuLture and system”

Updated: See the rest of the ad just released by Balmain..

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5 Reasons why you should follow Buntricia Bastian on instagram

Black Women, Makeup, Gorgeous, Beauty, Beauty, and dare I say more Beauty. You will never see so much #Stunning, #Gorgeous, #Beautiful #Glowing Black Women unless you follow international makeup artist extraordinare, Buntricia Bastian on instagram.
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At a time when black skin is currently being praised for it’s glow and beauty so much so that we are on the cover of Vogue (wohooo #weloveyouLupita), I figured I’ll keep it simple and provide 5 reasons (with lots of images of course) on why you should follow a woman who has been at the forefront of changing the world’s perspective on black beauty, one face at a time. Best of all, she is showcasing young and upcoming creative makeup artists on her feed without asking for anything in return. I mean please see the image below of the map of Nigeria as makeup, or the zipper as makeup. Is there anything more creative and beautiful than this?!!! #ilovethiswoman.
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Keep reading to discover why I think you should follow Buntricia Bastian on instagram.

1. Images of #Gorgeous Black Women like you have never seen before. Post after post is filled with images of beautiful black women, the type mainstream media, never puts on the cover of it’s magazines (well until now). But for over 35 years, Buntricia has been at the forefront of letting these beautiful faces shine…
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2. She hosts International Hands on Makeup Skills Conferences…Makeup Conference in London or Trinidad, how dope is that???
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3. She has instacomps or instagram competitions for her followers that are to die for…A journey to Nigeria on her, please count me in…
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4. She replies…Leavc her a message or just simply say like her post and you will get a response from this down to earth and humble international makeup artist…See her comments with this image in her feed!!!
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5. Can I say it again. Buntricia Bastian is completely the total package, black, brilliant and beautiful, a solid mentor to upcoming makeup artists and I absolutely adore her goal of changing the world one face at a time.
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While you are there, please take the time to follow this woman and like all the images you see..

Source:Buntricia Bastin’s Instagram

An Ode to Nigeria’s BellaNaija at 8

It is time to give BellaNaija the praise it deserves. For the past couple of days, if you followed any of the BellaNaija social media feeds (my guilty pleasure being Bellanaijaweddings on instagram), you would have noticed the countdowns aptly described as “something new is coming to BellaNaija.” It all started almost 6 days ago, when the first countdown appeared with the question ‘You ready’?! and talks to “expect greatness” as BellaNaija would be 8 on July 1st.
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Truth be told, I watched my feed everyday, wondering what the new thing could possibly be. I read the comments from it followers. Some wondered if it would be a “new app” (something that would honestly be great), others noted that maybe it’s “the best brides of 2014” (another brilliant idea considering I am a new bride too… wohooo). The anticipation was rising with each new day. And we waited like we were pregnant with unapologetic excitement for what BellaNaija would unveil on July 1, 2014.

So yesterday, the grand day arrived. BellaNaija turned 8 and in the process they unveiled their new and more refined site with a really awesome logo that I love.
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Gone are the days of red BN color we have all come to love all over the site, instead the site has been revamped and replaced with a modern silhouette, in black and white colors that truly take BellaNaija to another level. There is also a section on “star features” which lets you access the BN articles you love directly. Also, as a junkie for quotes, I am digging the BN quote of the day section, and the “love this” button #deservesanapplause. While we celebrate 8 years of BellaNaija and wish them much success, it is the comments from it’s followers that we applaud today as we reminiscence how BellaNaija has revolutionized social media (see it’s first logo below)…
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For example, it’s followers are best beyond grateful for BellaNaija and they clearly reveal why the site has the ultimate staying power, case in point, follower Molara Akande noted the following ” you have been a blessing in so many ways to a lot of people and a great ambassdor in showing foreigners that Nigerians are really stylish and hardworking.”

But one instapost (not a comment, an entire post) that made me really take a step back to reflect on BellaNaija today is the post by follower Abisola of makeupbyashabee. She stated the following (and I know this is long, but you really have to read it in it’s entirety to see why this ode matters) ‘Happy Anniversary BellaNaija. Congrats to their amazing and talented team. May God grant you many more years of prosperity and fulfilment. May God continue to bless you as you’ve been a blessing to Young entrepreuners. Thanks very much for the support and encouragement. Those reposts have been life changing. You don’t want to imagine the bookings we get after every BellaNaija repost. May God continue to announce you for good…Greatest wedding blog that liveth @bellanaijaweddings…
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Now these are everyday Nigerians and many of them took the time to celebrate with BellaNaija yesterday…Truly BellaNaija is the most important style influencers for Nigerians, Africans, and beyond. And though it’s hard to believe that it’s been 8years since BellaNaija was first introduced to our lives, (visit the original blog seen here to see how time flies), their diligence and perseverance is truly a testament of why this site #deservespraises. BellaNaija has managed to etch itself into our collective consciousness as the number one site for all things naija style and entertainment which we here in the diaspora have come to appreciate and love. And honestly, it played a huge role in my decision to curate my own stylereport.

So, I am am writing this post to send a toast to you today BellaNaija and I wish you many, many more years of delivering nonstop inspiration to help women in Nigeria and beyond live a more stylish and creative life, as we catch your fire, naija style…