Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fashion Week: Who Are The Models?

Naomi Campbell
Kate Moss

I'm enjoying this crazy fashion week that has started in New York; admiring fabulous upcoming collections for Spring/Summer 2015 from big names, industry favorites, and new designers such as BCBG MAXAZRIA, Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Zang Toi, Michael Kors, Christian Siriano etc. New York fashion week set up a show that started on the 4th and will continue till the 11th of September, and then will move on to London, Milan, and Paris. It's thrilling to watch and see all the models in action in these new designs. I have seen the super-models prepare and talk about what they're looking forward to during  fashion week and which name brand they'll be walking for. It's been exciting to fashion lovers like me but I started to think differently about the whole thing when I watched an interview with Shaun Ross, best known as the first male albino fashion model. 

Shaun, like any other model, was excited about fashion week but the point he made that stuck with me was how models of these days are not known and how they do not represent anything. They are not made muses or shown any importance by the fashion industry. We don't know most of their names or give them fair identities. "They are just like blank canvases" and I agree with that. I have written about models once and I thought that they were treated like 'walking hangers.' It's all about what they have on and nothing else.
It feels as though the days when models were recognized, like the days of Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Kate Moss, and Tyson Beckford, are over. I think models should be regarded highly; I'm not saying they should be worshiped. These people are clothed in anything and try to make those things seen while they disappear in the background. Can you imagine that nerve-wracking moment when they know they're supposed to strut in front of a crowd and hope not to fall? It's hard enough for a person to walk normally in the center of a gathering. While I applaud the designers for creating amazing fashion, I mostly applaud the models for presenting it to the masses. Also, the fashion industry should remember that models are humans and the size drop is alarmingly sad. Sometimes, I wonder how these people are able to walk, but that's another topic for another day. Happy fashion week! 

Jourdan Dunn

(ukoemem  - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

It's Not a Bird Nest

On this fateful day, I planned on joining the ranks of those who styled their hair themselves. I've always had an excuse when it came to that and my excuses have always been valid. My hair is too full and thick; I don't have eyes at the back of my head to correctly style the whole hair; and my hands are not built for it. Valid excuses, right? But I have seen many people accomplish styling their hair perfectly. Why not me?

So I set out this particular morning with the intent of giving myself curls. My hair is "natural," which is another word for kinky African hair. It has a tight curly texture and it takes a village to maintain. I finished with the double strand twist style and I was pretty happy with it. I let it air dry for hours. When I was satisfied with how dry it was, I proceeded to carefully uncurl it and separate the curls in order to get fuller smaller curls. For a first-timer I was pretty impressed with the outcome. In fact I took my selfies as proof. 

Hours later, when it was time to go out, I looked at the mirror and almost screamed. "Where did my curls go?" I was pretty sure I didn't touch my hair the whole day. "What happened?" "What did I do differently?" "Didn't I put enough hair product?" All these questions went through my head because I didn't understand how the style could easily vanish in a few hours.

Then someone explained the reason why I lost those awesome curls and gave me wonderful advice. "Humidity was the cause and next time I should keep the twist for a few more days longer and make it tighter and it will last longer." Lesson learned. Earlier when I lost the curls, I was tempted to say I'll leave the hair-making to the professionals but I think I'll like to try again.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's How You Wear It

Same outfits worn with a slight difference and my demeanor changes dramatically. These photos definitely explain the saying, "It's not what you wear; It's how you wear it."  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Favorite Quotes of the Month


 Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today.― Steve Maraboli


 Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.― Ann Landers


The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either -- or both -- when needed.― Gordon B. Hinckley 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Emmys 2014: Red Carpet Fashion Highlight

I was so impressed with most of the looks on the 2014 Emmy Awards red carpet that it took me a while to select my best ten looks of the evening. Here they are:

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons

Alexandra Daddario

Vanessa Williams

Viola Davis

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Octavia Spencer

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey

Sarah Hyland

Halle Berry

Sofia Vergara

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Daring Looks of VMAs 2014

There were many "What Were They Thinking Looks" at the VMAs this year but I'm going to select three of my least favorite looks and three of my best looks.

Least Favorites

She showed up at the wrong club!

Don't ask me to raise up my hands


Best Looks




Wednesday, August 13, 2014


What is ASAP54 some of you may ask? I'll answer that question in a moment. Have you ever seen someone on the street or at work or a party, and wondered where they bought their clothes? But then you can't approach them and ask them because you are either shy or you think it's rude. Well, I happen to be a very observant person when it comes to fashion and I see so many outfits on a daily basis that I would like to find. Approaching people to ask them where they got what they're wearing is not easy. Sometimes it's the wrong place to ask about their outfit and other times it's just the group they're with. Coming home and trying to search on Google never works because guess what, typing "grey sweater with red flowers on the right shoulder," doesn't narrow things enough. Then you give up eventually. Now this is where ASAP54 comes in. A genius thought, "what if I created an app that can visually recognize a clothing and find where you can purchase it or purchase something similar?" And there you have it. That genius by the way is Sao Paulo born and raised Daniela Cecilio. Check out the website for more cool functions of ASAP54.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sexy But Effortlessly Comfortable

The trend these days with party and club outfits always ends up defeating the purpose of partying and clubbing in the first place. I'm aware that attending these functions require dressing to impress but I
see a lot of "dressing for jeers." The outfits are sometimes, unattractive and other times feel uncomfortable for the dresser in question.Why wear something that stops you from having fun? I'm not saying you should dress matronly. This is how I see it.

Ditch matronly; go for perfect fit
Ditch overly busy patterns; go for uniform print
Ditch cut-offs that expose too much skin and make underwear impossible to hide; go for minimal cut-offs that show skin without exposing unwanted material
Ditch lengths that would make sitting, dancing, squatting, and bending impossible; go for length that makes you do all of the above and more
Ditch oversize toe-numbing heels; go for right fit with slight room for large toes
Minimal jewelry is advised if you intend on jumping and wiggling on the dance floor.

Have fun!      

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Welcome Back Jelly

Soft, flexible, colorful, and candy-like - These words describe a type of shoe that used to be in vogue over ten years ago. The Jelly has made a comeback. I was one of those kids who dreamed of owning a pair, navy
blue with glitter to be exact. I had seen a friend of mine wearing the pink color. When I accompanied my mom to the shoe market to purchase a pair of school sandals, I saw the navy blue colored Jelly shoe and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately, she didn't buy it for me. I thought it was the loveliest rubber shoes I'd ever seen. The ones with the block heels looked really good with short outfits. I must say when I saw an almost identical pair last month, my girly excitement went haywire. This is one comeback that I'm happy to see. One can dress up a Jelly sandal or dress them down casually with dresses, shorts and skirts or make a look pop by wearing a bright colored Jelly sandals with neutrals. 

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Friday, May 23, 2014

What Are You Reading?

It's that time of the year when people try to get into reading. What are the books you've gathered to read this summer? I have read Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander Series," yes all seven of them and I'm awaiting number eight coming out this June. I have also read "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green and Veronica Roth's Divergent series. These are incredible reads that were recommended to me by reliable sources so I was sure I wasn't going to waste my time.

Next in line of "books to read" are "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews; "Paris" by Edward Rutherfurd; and "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond. I read somewhere that "Flowers in the Attic" has been banned from some school libraries because of some explicit materials it contains. I'll read it anyway. "Paris" is said to contain compelling stories about the city in ways you wouldn't expect. Can't wait. "Ruby" is an intense story that I wouldn't want to miss as an avid seeker of outstanding written stories. My interest is peaked. 

This is my current list at this point in time, which is subject to change as I go to book stores, or libraries, or yard sales. Have fun expanding your intellect, because I will.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Do It Yourself (DIY)

I wanted a unique piece of earring and I ended up making it. Here is my video demonstration. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Coachella is a fun music and art festival. It is popular, no wonder most celebs frequent this particular festival. It makes sense that if popular musicians are going to be around, why not have popular people attend? Anyway, my interest in Coachella isn't the music unfortunately. It's seeing the fashion choices of celebs at a more relaxed atmosphere. I have to say that some go over-the-top, while some go chill. There are always people dressed in hippie, preppie, chic, goth and many more styles. People tend to unleash their personal styles over trends; add the cold drinks and smiles. I like that. All in all, I think it's nice to see that these people have a life off-screen. Here are some of my good looking picks from Coachella this year.