I always look forward to only 2 days in a year: the 1st is my birthday; lotta calls, messages, gifts and my picture everywhere. The 2nd is Valentine’s Day; gifts from my spouse and gift(s) from my admirers (secret/known).
What do people do?
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.
It is also a time to appreciate friends in some social circles and cultures. For example, Valentine’s Day in Finland refers to “Friend’s day”, which is more about remembering all friends rather than focusing solely on romance. Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as Day of Love and Friendship). It is similar to Valentine’s Day customs and traditions countries such as the United States and Nigeria but it is also a time for many to show their appreciation for their friends.
Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday in many countries. However, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers may be busy around this time of the year.
The origins of Valentine’s Day are not clear but many sources believe that it stems from the story of St Valentine, a Roman priest who was martyred on or around February 14 in the year 270 CE. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery but one theory is that the church used the day of St Valentine’s martyrdom to Christianize the old Roman Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.
The ancient ceremony included putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would then be paired off until the following year. The Christian church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names in hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew. However, it was once again girls’ names that ended up in the box by the 16th century.
Eventually the custom of sending anonymous cards or messages to those whom one admired became the accepted way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. There was an increase in interest in Valentine’s Day, first in the United States and then in Canada, in the mid-19th century. Early versions of Valentine cards fashioned of satin and lace and ornamented with flowers, ribbons, and images of cupids or birds appeared in England in the 1880s.
Hearts, the colors red and pink, roses, images and statues of cupids, and cupids’ bows and arrows symbolize the feeling of romance and love on Valentine’s Day. Cupid is usually portrayed as a small winged figure with a bow and arrow. In mythology, he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people. People who fall in love are sometimes said to be “struck by Cupid’s arrow”. The day focuses on love, romance, appreciation and friendship.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Recently i had to go out, somewhere really close to home, so i didn’t think it necessary to bother with looking exceptionally good. I was ready to walk out the door dressed in a turtle neck top, faded jeans and…bathroom slippers. Well it so happens that i have a sister who believes firmly and often says “A mad man has no shame. It is his family who have to bear the shame on his behalf”. So you can imagine her reaction when she saw me leaving the house that way and she tried every means to stop me,but i won’t budge. After all i wasn’t going far.
"Besides who is even looking at me?" i infused my popular line.
"You know a mad man has no…."
"…Shame. It is his family who have to bear the shame" I completed for her.
I really couldn’t care less and finally she gave up, but not before reminding me that “The way you dress is the way you’ll be addressed”.
I arrived the store, got what i needed and was on my way home when i heard someone calling in the usual Naija fashion of trying to get a person’s attention.
Normally i don’t answer to such but when the call became consistent i gave in to curiosity and turned to see the razzest looking fellow ever. I simply walked off, yet he came after me and tried to hold my hand. The nerve!. The moment he opened his mouth to speak i realized his appearance was not the worst of him.
"You mean say i no fit touch your hand? or you thinking you are too good for me?". Now bad English is a turn off for me and if his looks and manner wasn’t enough to repel me, this one sure did. Do i look like his kind of girl? Immediately i had that thought, i remembered my sister’s words; "the way you dress…"
The effect our appearance has on our lives seem to be highly underemphasized. Before anyone listens to what you have to say, they have already formed an opinion of you based on your appearance. I wouldn’t anoint myself a preacher right now and if there’s anything i hate to do, it’s preaching, so i’ll say this shortly.
It is extremely important to look good and smart. I know some of us will think “i don’t have any money and looking good isn’t my priority” . Well good news is; you don’t need to break a bank to achieve that.
Here are some simple, yet essential items you need to add to your wardrobe - Or Ghana-must-go bag, as the case may be- in order to look more presentable:
Remember our aim here is for you to look good for less, irrespective of how much or less clothes you have. Dark colored plain trousers help you achieve that.
Now that you know the basic items you need, you can throw in some other fancy or elaborate items which makes you look and feel great. Remember, dress well so you won’t be like me,stuck with some foul tout and wondering why.
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Meeting your prospective in-laws for a Sunday lunch is something a woman looks forward to, yet dreads with her whole heart. The moment you are invited for such an event, you are elated because it could be a hint that the relationship could lead to something more permanent. However, your mood is soon foiled by an attack of nerves and anxiety and you begin to worry about so many things such as; how to act, what to say, how to dress….
What to wear always appears top in your list of worries. You do not want to give the impression of a wild woman neither do you want to appear as a slob, inadequate for their precious son. You want to make a positive first impression without coming across as one who is trying too hard to please. You want to… your wants just goes on and on, until what should have been your dream-come-true-moment turns out to be one you dread. Stop! You have no reason to fret once you are battle ready with handy tips on what to wear and what to avoid.
First things first, how you see yourself is the way others see you and it comes across in the way they treat you. Believe yourself good enough for their son (your man) and good enough to be a part of the family.
Be Classy without Being Sluty- Many people do not know how/when the line between these have been crossed. The idea here is to achieve a balance; not too much, not too less. Show less flesh, less make up. Go with clothes that are more conventional and do away with colors that are too flashy. The last thing you want is coming across as flashy.
Ever heard the maxim “You can never go wrong in a little black dress”? Well, Estrella here (That’s what we Christened this beautiful mannequin. Lol) seems aware of that.
This little black dress is an ideal piece for the event under discuss. The Front Zipper is an added advantage, meaning you can regulate how much (or less) Chest flesh you want to show.
The curved metal design at the neck of this dress adds class to this gown and is a perfect substitute for a neck piece.
Gold colors are attention seeking without being too flashy. It draws the eyes- and the heart- to you and is the perfect combination for any dress at all. It just blends in nicely and you can’t go wrong in them either. Talk of a win-win situation!
Do charm bracelets really give good luck? I don’t know about that but i know that they are an all time classic and blend well with any outfit or occasion.
This Channel Gold/Black Charm bracelet with studs is as good a bracelet as any-if not better, and the black hint compliments your dress (It always goes back to the dress, doesn’t it?).
Finish off with this Gucci Gold studded wrist watch which seems like it was made just to accompany that bracelet and you are good to go.
Now that you have an idea of what to do, or not to do concerning your clothing, there’s just one little detail left.
Treat your hosts with respect and dignity- Respect (and Love) is reciprocal. They may not meet up to your standards but you should bear in mind that they are likely to become your family in the nearest future, so treat them right and they will welcome you with open arms and a warm heart.
I hope you have an amazing time and the first of more invitations to come from your in-laws.
Here is what everyone is talking about and enjoying… Sales, discounts, price slash, giveaways- call it whatever you will so long as it’s positive. These and more is what’s going down at the store right now.
It’s the 3K Sales!!! Sounds too good to be true? It’s no scam. Here’s how it works; visit www.taafoo.com. On the home page is the category for 3K Sales, select that and splurge on the amazing items. This will be on for a short while so give yourself brain o.
I suggest you keep in touch to stay abreast of promos that keep your wallet larger even as you spend.
On other news….
The much anticipated Debut album of the Nigerian music goddess, Tiwa Savage is almost here, so we can release our breaths. With the level of success her singles have attained its obvious that everyone expects a massive album. Let’s hope she doesn’t disappoint. It will drop in June, so wait for it.
Do you recognize this woman, does she look familiar? Obviously i can’t blame you if you don’t, seeing how she looks so different, beautiful, and responsible, if i must add.
It’s the boobs baring, heavily-made-up-faced Cossy Orjiakor. The Lady who thrives on scandal, all dressed in corporate and looking classy.
Which persona do you think suits her better?
By the way, what’s up with Chris Brown recycling girlfriends with each season? I hear he’s back with Karrueche.
What do you think of Karrueche’s Jeans? Hot or not?
At the premier of the movie On Bended Knees. Which do you prefer? Fully covered or showing some skin?
Thank God we made it to the new week! Over the weekend, as is expected, lots of events took place in Lagos and certain other cities in Nigeria. Normally, these events are awash with celebrities and fashionistas, showing off their fashion sense and strutting their stuff on various colored carpets. This weekend was no different.
First off was the premier of the movie, On Bended Knees, which took place on Sunday, May 5th, at Siverbird Cinemas, Ikeja.
Here is our very own Rita Dominic looking resplendent in this sleeveless white top and black straight cut pants. The black and white stripped shoe is just the perfect footwear for this ensemble. Finally, she finishes it off with this black bow tie with a hint of white, talk about making a huge statement that cannot be ignored! Rita sure knows how to turn heads and pop eyes!
MTN is known to come up with new promos and platforms every now and then for their ever faithful customers to benefit from. This weekend it was the MTN Link Forum which held in Calabar, Cross River state. It was both educative and entertaining. Educative in the sense that business and career decisions were discussed to make life and business easier for young, budding entrepreneurs.
On the entertainment aspect, our veteran musician, Sound Sultan, thrilled the audience with a life performance and to crown it all there was enough refreshment for everyone.
Check out Sound Sultan on stage. What say you about his fashion sense?
Me like the bowler hat! Lol. Anything else you like?
Here are some of the guests at the event.
Don’t they look fabulous?
I believe we all know who Elenu is? You don’t? What cave have you been hibernating in? Well the popular comedian who makes us laugh and crack our ribs took the big step this weekend and got married traditionally to his heartthrob Chinwe Anyanwu in her hometown, Owerri. Check them out for lovely ideas on styles for your trad.
And here is how the bride looked for her first outing.
Awwww… So cute! I love the bead purse and the million dollar smile.
Lastly, we’ve got another celebrity wedding that took place over the weekend and this one was between the thespian Femi Brainard and his beautiful bride Uche Nwokocha of Top fm
The bride looks really excited. I wish them a happy married life and hope theirs will be different from the short lived celebrity marriages that is rife in the country now. Btw, i love the way the gown glitters.
A room without books is like a lady without a soul- Marcus Tullius Cicero.
The person, be it gentleman or lady who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid- Jane Austen.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend…Groucho Marx.
I could go on with quotes about the relevance of books. The importance of reading can never be overemphasized. How else is one supposed to get informed, enlightened and entertained without opening a book and getting engrossed in its contents?
Reading culture might be on the low, yet it holds deep secrets and is the door way leading to the corridors of success.
Reading doesn’t have to end after school. Formal education will make you a living, but self-education will make you a fortune. Now take your pick: A living or a fortune?
Now that you’ve made your choice, check out interesting books from our store.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it-Oscar Wilde.
I cannot live without books- Thomas Jefferson.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious,for the purpose of instruction. No read in order to live- Gustave Flaubert.
I strongly recommend this book.
If you only read the books everyone else is reading,you can only think what everyone else is thinking- Huraki Murakami.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When i have a house of my own, i shall be miserable if i have not an excellent library- Jane Austen.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers- Charles William Elliot.
Click on this http://goo.gl/DkaWU link and see more books you can select from to better your life.
It goes without saying that the day a woman walks down the aisle is the most memorable day of her life. So why celebrate your big day in a small way?
Make your big day even bigger by donning the most glamorous wedding ensemble that leaves you looking exotic, demure and noble all at once.
This gown looks so classy, what with the pleated bodice that accentuates your bosom, the sequin embellishment and the bow behind. All these combines to give you that virginal look.
The sweetheart neckline of this gown is breathtaking and the V-waist gives the impression of a slimmer waist.The lacy embellishment on the skirt makes you as elegant as the occasion deserves.
Its your day and you deserve to look better than all else. This gown will do just that for you. Look Sexy in this peek-a-boo lace neckline. The spaghetti strap increases your comfort so you can be safe even if the hem of your skirt is stepped upon.
This lacy shoulder of this gown is totally gorgeous and the embroidered bodice compliments this look perfectly so that you can’t go wrong in this. What’s more? The sleeveless hand adds to your comfort.
Fabulous is just the word for this gown! it’s got beads on the bodice and the back with it’s crisscross rope is what’s in vogue. So indulge.
Look like a cherub on your day dressed in this gown with flowers on the skirt. it’s cup bust and stones on the bodice makes you look both sultry and demure at the same time.
Add a touch of royalty to your immaculate garments with these princess themed jewelries.
Look like a star with this Jewelry Set with a star shaped pendant and let your confidence level go up several notches.
A Picture is worth a thousand words and this picture speaks volumes. Look totally glamorous in this Jewelry set and be as regal as a queen.
This jewelry set is one that perfectly compliments any tube or spaghetti gown and makes your features stand out.
If you”ve got it , flaunt it. This Jewelry set with it’s multiple oval dangling pendant will flatter any neck, whether slim or full, and the dangling earring draws attention to your face. Don’t miss this opportunity to beautify your neck and ears on this special day.
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What’s a princess without a tiara? Here are wide ranges of beautiful tiara’s to transform you into the exquisite princess that you are.
Look like a modern day Cinderella with this exquisite piece and march into your ‘happily ever after’.
Be regal, be glamorous and be confident with this master piece tiara. The cock pattern also is eye catching.
A woman’s hair is her crowning glory, therefore beautify your coiffure with this flower shaped silver Tiara with studs and step out in grand style.
This peacock Pattern Silver tiara will not only make you as glamorous as the peacock, you’ll also feel like one. What better way to boost your confidence as you smile into the camera for that perfect wedding picture.
Complete your look with these wedding gloves
And have the most amazing wedding to usher you into your happily ever after.
Despite how much we might want to make the rain go away we cannot avoid it, but we can prepare for it.
Cold weather accompanies the rainy season and usually it’s almost impossible to keep warm and appear smart at the same time.
Well, not anymore, as you can now own warm and really smart sweaters that will keep you feeling comfy and confident all day. Try out our wide range and be happier for it.
With this Marks & Spencer Cream Men’s Sweater wt Knit Pattern you can never go wrong! It goes well with any look. Whether you want to pull off the casual or corporate look, this is the sweater for you. Besides it’s reaaaally warm.
I love me some guy with swags! Stay on top of your game with this stylish M&S Harbour Navy/Cream Men’s Sweater and let your fashion sense speak for you.
For the laid back look, wear the M$S Blue Harbour Gray Men’s Sweater and you are ready for a relaxed day with friends. The high collar V-neck adds a touch of class to your overall look.
There’s more where that came from… Check out the link below for more eye catching sweaters and feel great all weather long.
For the Ladies…it sure works out this way!!!
Its all Dressed up
A good way to compliment that outfit.
Just do the jewelry,and it sure makes the outing.
Men’s Dress/ Formal Shoes
If you’re looking to impress, stick with all leather….
In terms of style, you have variety of options in wearing Men’s dress shoes with suits. Pick shoes that matches or darker than your dress pants, shoot for the same type of shoe that you might wear with a suit. Shinier materials usually indicate a dressier shoe, as do less bulky heels and soles.
Of all Men’s shoes types, Lace-up Shoes are the most common men’s dress shoes and considered more formal and ideal for Interview, Meetings with Executives and Clients. Lace-up shoe like cap toe, wingtip adds variety and detail to men’s dress style.
To have that formal look, a formal shoe and entirely plain except for the laces be worn.shoes should also be glossy in appearance. The most common are patent leather shoes, but if you’re uncomfortable in patent leather, you can wear matte black leather shined to a high gloss.
Men’s Dress Shoes for Pants
Black shoes work well with navy, grey or black pants.
Brown shoes are best suited to tan, brown, beige, greens, other darker earth tones.
Burgundy shoes work well with khaki, lighter browns, blue and grey.
DISTINGUISH TO BE A DISCERNING GENTLEMAN WITH STYLE!
COSTUME EARRINGS WITH A BANG!!!
Everyone has their go-to accessories. But are these accessories an after thought, are they purely convenience? With costume earrings, the bet to enjoy comfort of going too good on outfit is always there.
Costume Earrings accentuates the colors in your outfit. Pull from the hues in the material to really bring out that color.
· If you have your hair back in a ponytail, choose a costume pair that match the colors in your outfit.