Meghan Reid

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2 years ago 1 note fashion style tips

Fashion Tips: How To Make Him Fall In Love With Your Style

By: Meghan Reid

 You should always dress for yourself, but do you ever wonder what will make a man fall for how you dress? If your answer is yes then there’s a couple things that can catch a man’s eye. Some of these things are obvious and others you may have never thought about. Let’s see this list of what can make a man fall for your style.


Confidence is the most important part of your outfit. If you know and believe you look good in what you’re wearing then so will others. Confidence will carry you a long way with anything you do. Now when it comes to men, exuding confidence is one of the sexiest attributes a woman can possess. So whether you are wearing a little black dress with stilettos or jeans and a t-shirt, confidence must be present.

Less is more when it comes to makeup. Most men prefer either little or no makeup at all. If you love your makeup by no means put down the mascara and lipstick, but you may want to go for a more natural look. You don’t need to cake on foundation and long eyelash extensions. Remember when you remove your makeup you shouldn’t look like a completely different person. Plus most guys like to see a woman without makeup, so you don’t have to hide under your MAC inspired face all day and night.                                                  

                                            Photo credit: Ovation Magazine

 

Relax, you don’t have to dress up all the time. A guy finds it attractive when he sees you in a tight dress or a t-shit with jeans. To see that you are comfortable with yourself in different settings is very attractive. When you unwind and dress down it’s not always a bad thing. Now of course there needs to be a balance.

Diversifying your style is one thing that men find attractive, because variety is the spice of life. Changing up your look from time to time is always a turn on. Men like to see women in different looks, so if you like to change your dress style or hair fairly often then he’s already falling for you. If you like to stick to the same look all of the time or are constantly following trends then you may want to try to define your own style or just try new things.

Show just a little skin, and not too much. Most men like to see some skin, but leave something to the imagination. Whether we like it or not people draw conclusions  based on how you are dressed, so a short skirt just above the knee gets a better review than the skirt that stops right below your behind. There is a fine line between sexy and trashy so try to find that balance. Many men are interested in a woman that carries herself in a classy way.

So these are some of the things that men find attractive about the way a woman dresses. Whether you are always changing it up or have a set defined style, men are always watching.


2 years ago makeup eyes

Beauty Essentials For Your Eyes

By Meghan Reid             

                 

The eyes can be the most important part of your make-up regimen, which is why it’s crucial to have the right tools. Whether you’re doing a simple everyday look or going out on the town, your eyes have to be on point. Here are a couple things you will always need to get started:

1. Concealer: If you tend to have dark circles around your eyes, concealer is the best solution to even out your skin in this area. Pat the concealer in never rub because the skin around your eyes is very sensitive.

2. Primer is crucial if you want your eye make-up to last all day. Apply a small
amount to your eyelids before applying any shadow or liner. The primer will
allow the eye shadow to remain fresh.

3. Once you have applied the primer then you can apply the eye shadow. The
shadow can just be applied to the lids for a simple look or you can apply it up
to the brow bone for a more chic look.

4. Liquid eyeliner is best to use because it shines better than pencil and is easier
to apply.

5. Mascara is the final touch to complete your eyes. Apply the mascara by
holding it close to the lash and then blink. This allows the mascara brush to
easily stretch your lashes.

These simple tools will create a more defined look and should shorten your
beauty routine. It doesn’t take much to have beautiful eyes so investing in just
these few items you will definitely see a difference. You can find all of these
items at your favorite cosmetic store or shop online.

Make sure you subscribe to our youtube channel for our video tutorial on this later on this week! 

2 years ago 8 notes Fashion Lagos West Africa

MTN Lagos Fashion Week 2011 

By Meghan Reid

This past week African designers ruled the runway at MTN Lagos Fashion Week 2011 held at the Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The fabulous 4-day event brought the most talented, trendsetting designers together to create an amazing celebration of fashion; presenting beautiful pieces from designers like Kelechi Odu, and Jewel by Lisa, Grey, Amede, Sunny Rose, Maki Oh and many more!

LFDW Photo Credits: Persnickety Media 

Kelechi Odu’s men’s line was the perfect mixture of traditional Western wear with African accents. His ability to incorporate soft bright colors like salmon, pink, yellow and still maintain strong masculine attributes is absolutely amazing. The tailored pants with the blazers are classic looks with Odu’s edge.

LFDW Photo Credits: Persnickety Media 

Jewel by Lisa was very feminine and incorporated beautiful prints, which made her designs powerful. The line was very versatile in that it included long dresses, short dresses; pant suit, shorts and skirts. Jewel by Lisa covered every aspect of women’s day and eveningwear.


LFDW Photo Credits: Persnickety Media

The Grey line was a beautiful collection of colorful solid dresses with some prints mixed in. These designs were simply stunning and perfect for any type of formal gathering.  Whether you are going for a feminine business look or attending a wedding or dinner party Grey is your go to designer.

There were so many other designers that made MTN Lagos Fashion Week 2011 a huge success, such as Mango, Okunoren Twins, Exclamations Couture by Fab, Lanre Da Silva, Ituen Basi, Anita Quanash, Koketso Chiepe/Phunk Afrique, Kiki Kamanu/Obsidian, Bridget Awosika, and Odio Mimonet. Who was your favorite?


2 years ago 1 note hair

Keep Your Hair Moisturized

                                                                                                                                              

By Meghan Reid

If your hair is dry, damaged or you just want to try some new products, there are several natural moisturizing products that will do the job. Whether your hair is natural or relaxed it will enjoy the benefits of natural ingredients, such as avocado, jojoba, coconut oil and others. Several natural hair care lines, such as Karen’s Body Beautiful, Bee Mine, Oyin, Carol’s Daughter and Shea Moisture all offer great natural products designed to keep your hair moisturized.

Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer is a light cream designed to moisturize, prevent breakage and strengthen hair. It is full of natural ingredients such as avocado, mango, jojoba seed oil and shea butter. This product will give you soft hair and with a beautiful fragrance. This hair care line has an array of products for all types of hair that work well.

Tui Leave-In conditioner by Carol’s Daughter is a great product for moisturizing and detangling hair. The natural ingredients of lavender, calendula, chamomile, rose, Marigold and larkspur flowers create an amazing scent. A product that can moisturize and detangle is definitely one worth trying. This hair care line is full of other moisturizing products to include the Black Vanilla Leave-In conditioner, which smells great.

If you have walked down the hair care aisle of your local Target you may have come across Shea Moisture products. If so then you may already know about their Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner that’s designed to moisturize and repair dry, damaged hair. The product’s main ingredients are shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and vegetable glycerin, which are great for reviving dry hair. The product can be used as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner, as well. Shea Moisture is full of other great products for you’re hair needs.

Hair dew by Oyin handmade is another great moisturizing leave-in conditioner that’s designed to help refresh you’re hair. It’s lightweight which makes is great for daily use if you’re hair is really dry. The main ingredients are castor, olive oil and organic aloe vera gel. Oyin handmade has other great hair product as well as body products that are sure to please. Hair dew might be the perfect solution for you’re dry hair woes.

Butter Love by Karen’s Body Beautiful (KBB) is “made only from rich, thick butters and luxurious oils.” It’s designed to condition and soften dry stressed hair. It’s especially good for thick hair. The natural ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, jojoba butter, aloe butter and other oils. KBB hair care line has other great hair care products.

These natural products are sure to please and will help to simplify you’re hair care regimen. So keep you’re hair hydrated during these drying winter months ahead and let us know you’re thoughts.

2 years ago art F2FA

F2FA: Art With An Old School Flair—Daryll Cumbie

By Meghan Reid

Art is forever evolving and changing, which is what makes Daryll Cumbie’s paintings so engaging. If you love old Hollywood nostalgia or classic pieces, then you will love his work. His collections are full of colorful and black-and-white acrylics that aren’t easy to find anymore. His old-school taste and talent are rare, which is why F2FA had to catch up with him and see what he’s all about…

What’s your name?

"Daryll Cumbie"


                                           

Where are you from?
"I was born and raised in New Jersey, currently living in Newark NJ."

How long have you been painting?
"Art has been apart of my life forever. I found myself always painting on something, whether it was paper or canvas, or sneakers or jeans. It didn’t matter because people just loved my art so much that they didn’t care what it was on, it was always beautiful to them."

How did you learn your craft?
"It’s a mix between God, my father, and my brother (May he rest in peace). The first time I can actually remember drawing something good, I had to be 5-years old. My father was painting a picture the size of a household door of Eric Clapton and I remember being so amazed that I wanted to sit down and paint it, the only thing was mine was on paper. Most people would expect a 5-year to sit down and want to paint because they see you doing it, but what they wouldn’t expect is how well and close my copy was to his painting. It wasn’t perfect, but it was still great and that’s how I discovered I had a talent."

What kind of painting do you specialize in?
"I mainly specialize in Acrylic paints, but truthfully I would paint with anything that sticks. It makes your pieces stand out from the rest being that the textures are different. I always think outside the box. The type of art I do, you can call it vintage with a modern twist. I paint the things people may have forgotten about, it’s my way of keeping them alive. For example, a lot of musicians, actors, actresses, and leaders that meant something once upon a time. You can kind of say I have an old soul in a young body, because most of the stuff I paint was before my time. I love it though."

Are you well versed in other forms of art, such as sculptures, drawing, etc?
"I actually do other forms of art everyday, I’m a Tattoo artist. Current owner of Urban Rockstar Tattoo & Clothing Co. I do graphics on the computer and silk screening from time to time to print shirts for companies and schools as well."

Who or what inspires your work?
"I think what inspires me in my work is the love people once had for these icons, and watching their faces light up when they see my version of them. I love when people see my paintings and say " I remember this", and it brings back memories for them. That’s good enough for me, even if I don’t ever sell any of them."

How would you describe your art?
"Very vintage and modern all at the same time, with a burst of color. Its entertainment in itself."

                  

What makes you different from other artists out there?
"What makes my art different is that each one of my paintings have unique trademarks that only I do in every painting. I can’t tell you what it is, you have to see for yourself if you can figure it out."

What new projects are you working on?
"Well my latest project is of an old artist himself, Michelangelo, but with a modern twist. I can’t really give all the details away, but just know that it will be like nothing you have ever seen."

What can we expect from your latest project?
I think a person should never expect, therefore you ruin the element of surprise.

Do you have any shows coming up where we can see your work?
"I’m pushing for the March or early April. That’s when most of my shows are every year."

When people see your work what do you want them to walk away with?
"When people walk away from viewing my art, I want them to feel like they just stepped out of a time machine. I want old memories to resurface, and older people to feel young again. My paintings are the fountain of youth lol."

How can people contact you?
"You can contact me at DaryllDuvall@yahoo.com or see some of my work on Facebook under Daryll Cumbie, also follow me on Twitter @Expensivetaste8"

      

2 years ago 1 note Nyasha Matonhodze fashion Louis Vuitton

F2FA: Nyasha Matonhodze Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton

by Meghan Reid

                 

Zimbabwean born model Nyasha Matonhodze is one model making big moves in the fashion world. She has been chosen as the new face of Louis Vuitton’s fall/winter advertising campaign, which is an amazing opportunity for the young model.

When she found out that she had been selected for the campaign Nyasha told theTelegraph, “My eyes filled up with tears and I thought ‘Lord you are lucky!’ It didn’t actually hit me until I was sat in a Rolls Royce sitting eye-to-eye with [famed fashion photographer Stephen] Meisel.”

At the age of 16 she has already appeared in Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and plenty of runway shows and now she is working with Louis Vuitton. She is well on her way to a very promising career.

Face2face Africa congratulates her on this wonderful accomplishment.