I know Toronto Fashion Week past and this is a bit late but I did leave the house one day and attended a show. I loved what I wore and it really caught the light well. However when this photo was taken, the light had already faded and the sun had set. Still, you get to see the details in the glitzy outfit.
Now I am sure you want to know the source of my inspiration? The theme (so to speak) was inspired by the character Severin in the James Bond movie Skyfall. From the Casino scene in Macau. I get inspired by many things especially glamorous women of the silver screen.
Below is the scene.
Check out these images of the Sudanese beauty Nykhor Paul photographed by Petrovsky & Ramone, for Volkskrant Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 issue.
My favorite party of the year Prom at The ROM happened last night, it is always such a magical evening. This years theme was Forbidden, as in The Forbidden city of China.
Sadly, my camera was not working as I left the battery at home, I had to revert to my cellphone and this is all I managed to capture document.
Watch this guy Jose Ahonen who I think is the most evil magician in the world make dog treats disappear. Funny but so cruel! lol!!
For whatever reason, whenever I apply anything with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on my face, I instantly break out with pimples, so I have to be very careful with what I use. Unfortunately, almost everything that we use now has SPF added to it, it is almost impossible (like finding a needle in a hay stack) to come across foundation makeup that does not contain any SPF at MAC Cosmetics. Its so strange!
In any case, as a face cream, I tend to use Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer. I have used it for many years and I can’t quite explain why but it just works for me. The other day, I discovered (I could be wrong) that it no longer comes without SPF. I had to go to a different store that still carries the older brand, I am not sure what will happen when the old stock runs out.
Anyway, while on the hunt for my Aveeno, I asked the lady (who was black) at the makeup counter to help me locate some SPF free Aveno face cream. She looked puzzled and asked me, “why don’t you wan’t SPF?” To have seen the look on her face when I suggested that black people don’t need SPF made me think that I had uttered the ugliest words! Yes I have heard the argument and I myself have even had a horrible sunburn once where I wished I had sunscreen. It is to be noted that this was in Kenya, during the hottest month and I was on a canoe for about 3 hours wearing a sleeveless shirt. The pain was utterly unbearable and the incident is still fresh in my mind. Also important to note that Kenya lies right on the equator.
But like I told the puzzled makeup lady, this is Canada and not anywhere on the African Continent or the equator. We are in the dead of winter, there is barely any sunlight and if truth be told, I probably need to start taking vitamin D supplements in order to remain healthy from the lack of sun. I say this because my/our dark melanin rich skin is genetically engineered to protect us from the tropical elements and, for those of us who live in saaaaay CANADA, we are over protected; especially during the months where there is barely any sunlight. This is where lighter skinned people have an advantage because their skin readily absorbs all that weak winter sun that my skin blocks, and now you want me to add an even more protective layer on my already overprotected skin?
I don’t even know where I am going with this but I now appear to be venting. I just feel like we need to have more of a variety. Not all of us need SPF all the time and it doesn’t need to be in every single thing we use. If SPF was such a god sent item that the advertisers want us to believe it is, then Africa would be their Eldorado. There is a reason sunscreen doesn’t sell well there, because not everyone needs it. Don’t believe me? Look at the skin cancer statistics of different parts of the world and by skin shades.
With globalization and the migration of populations not limited to geographic locations of indigenous peoples, I feel its time to start diversifying our cosmetics. Yes we have made strides and advancements with creating more shades, but we also need to invest in the chemical components as well.
The picture above reminded me of the Disney villain from the highly anticipated summer blockbuster Maleficent. An adaptation from Sleeping Beauty which can’t wait to watch.
This reminded me of the costume design from the hit James Cameron movie Avatar. I feel like the costume designer failed to credit where they got their inspiration from as you can clearly see here.
Talk about fairy tale, this was a Cinderella story made in Kenya for the world… kinda like me!!
What a euphoric meteoric journey it has been for Lupita Nyong’o, a thespian plucked from obscurity who won the heart of the world, and now an Academy Award for her role in the movie 12 Years A Slave.
She looked amazing, gave a perfect acceptance speech and just melted my heart and I am sure yours- AGAIN! Below are my favorite moments of Lupita at the 2014 Oscars.
The fashion this year at the 2014 Oscars I thought was a little meh. Maybe because it was impossible to take the spotlight and our gaze away from Lupita. In any case, her fellow African, the gorgeous miss Charlize Theron looked beyond flawless- she was perfection in Christian Dior couture. She served Movie Star glamour.
The award for Best Dressed man went to Matthew McConaughey, who together with his wife, also won the award for Best Dressed couple. He looked so dapper! This goes to show you that classic never goes out of style.
We have seen the goddess Naomi Campbell rocking many hairdos not consistent with what her natural texture would be. In fact, just this week I was discussing with someone how (in our opinion) it was Naomi who owned and popularized the Barbie/Rapunzel look for black women, now it seems like everywhere you turn, a black girl has a long straight weave.
ANYWAY, check out Naomi, who appeared on the Graham Norton show yesterday with her cute afro, I would like to see her wear this more often…maybe for a season? lol. She looked really good!
I found pictures of Naomi who in the past, has rocked some really fierce afro wigs for photo shoots…never in motion or on tv.