Majority of us had to take Math in high school or college, and Geometry was one of those topics we had to actually draw shapes and learn to calculate dimensions. Cool! The common shapes are triangles, circles, rectangle, square, trapezium, and rhombus. Like colors, we fancy some shapes more than others and are willing to have them in our jewelry collection.
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Nowadays, you find geometric abstract and animal designs are carefully crafted to enhance and complement outfits. Jewelers are so talented! Geometric jewelry is not only beautiful, it is dainty, classy and romantic.
Recently, I was thinking about how the so-called ‘Nude’ color isn’t nude but beige for me, and it is for millions of black women around the world. I was convinced the shades of brown was our nude because they blend with our various skin tones. With this knowledge, I sent a message to a popular Black fashion brand and shared my idea with them for free, but they didn’t respond.* Little did I know my Nigerian UK based sister (Ade Hassan) from another mother was creating adorable lingerie with the same idea.
*I have a thing for fashion designers, maybe it’s their creativity. They can do no wrong.
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This brand was launched a couple of years ago, I wonder why I didn’t hear of it. Fortunately, I found the brand online last night for the first time after being frustrated with Victoria Secret and its likes. I chose to look for underrated lingerie brands out there and with the help of Google, I came across a Buzzfeed post that read ’16 Underrated Lingerie Brands That Ain’t Victoria Secret’ and NUBIAN SKIN was featured as number four. It was a three-year-old post which was updated in January, perhaps that’s when they decided to include NUBIAN SKIN. Of that I’m unsure.
NUBIAN SKIN focuses on creating Nude Lingerie, Hosiery and recently shoes for black women irrespective of skin tone or size. Their products come in 4 shades which they named Berry, Cinnamon, Caramel and Café au Lait. Their website really makes you feel sexy. The US retailers Nordstrom and Target carries NUBIAN SKIN according to my research. So most assuredly I will get to rock NUBIAN SKIN lingerie soon. Yas!
The BLACK PANTHER movie amidst controversy succeeded in bringing to life fragments of African history. Before seeing this movie I perceived it as a bit spiteful, but my view of it changed.
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My judgment changed as a result of their detailed strategy in exposing the African heritage, they achieved this by using beautifully plotted scenes from a robust storyline. For instance, it showed a replica of my tribal mask (a carved ivory portrait of Queen Mother Idia), which was carted away alongside other traditional Bini artifacts during the Great Benin Expedition in 1897.
I am so impressed with this movie!
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A couple years ago, my high school* history teacher mentioned that our former King the Oba of Benin made efforts to reclaim these artifacts but to no avail. Recently, his son the new Oba after his recent coronation is doing the same. He wishes to see them displayed in the Benin Museum.
* I attended high school in Benin City, Nigeria
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There are three of these ivory masks scattered in the Western world.
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (United States)
The 1920’s fashion as shown in Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey were spectacular and elegant. The designers were creative with beads, feathers, lace and sheer fabric. No wonder some styles from that era continue to steal the spotlight in today’s fashion world.
This Naeem Khan gold-tone dress was created with the finest glass bead fringe applique. Classy!
2. Anna Campbell Sienna wedding dress. This mermaid style dress is fully hand embroidered and finished with a rhinestone embellished bodice applique and sheer lace skirt.
3. Aidan Mattox beaded mermaid dress. I love the spaghetti straps and fishtail skirt.
4. Kate Moss fringe dress. This sexy hand beaded party dress is everything. No wonder it sold out quickly.
5. Alon Livne ‘Alison’. I am obsessed!
6. Maison Yeya Francheska beaded dress. Regal!
6. This Berta fringe wedding dress is not for a faint heart.
8. I love gold-tone fashion items. This dress by Jovani is classy!
9. Berta again! Feathers are gorgeous.
10. Alright! This is the ‘queen of the night’. Marchesa outdid itself. Perfecto!