Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If you were a dress, which dress would you be?

Now that’s an absurd question!  But for those fashion savvies like me, that’s an interesting topic that would spark excitement and trigger curiosity… To some they would probably say, “I’m that colorful sundress because I have a sunny, vibrant, and lively personality!” or “I am that kaftan dress coz I am a proud African!” Others would simply say, “I’m that plus size dress coz I have a big heart!” Wow, beat that! Many things could be said about dresses, what they mean to you, how they relate to you, and what you might be if you were a dress.

If you have style aspirations, then most usually, they are the dress that you would want to represent you.  Over time, several symbolisms have prevailed and hold up meanings to some of our favorite dresses.  So to name a few, here they are:

The dashing little red dress has always rocked throughout the ages.   It represents an exciting and exhilarating life.  Flaunt it if you want to portray a look with a dash of fearlessness and a zest of fun.

The flimsy white dress is never boring.  It is a symbol of innocence, purity and chasteness.  The white dress is a good sign of virtue and can help you project an image of extreme freshness and neatness.

The iconic little black dress has known to always pull off an illusion of slim figure and sophistication.  Black is the color of mystery, authority, power, self-control, resilience and confidence.  So if you want to feel the way the dress symbolizes, don on that little black dress.

The abstract printed dress favors an impression of complexity and artistry.  Discover a side of you that’s left to be unveiled.

Colors and styles play significant roles in the varying meanings, symbols, and terms of the many dresses worldwide. It depends on the varying cultures, traditions, and beliefs all in all. African dress fashions have varying meanings depending on the many regions of Africa.  Western apparel is more modern and the colors play the part in its symbolism.   There are still a lot of dresses I have left off.  But if you want to know more, leave a post and I would be delighted to give you a clue of what they mean.

Now, back to my question, if you were a dress, which dress would you be?  There are more options to help you decide, check out Facebook and Twitter.

Finding the Perfect Accessory for the African-American Hair

Tired of your constant parade of tresses, dreadlocks, braids, plaits, and twists?  It’s about time that you give your hair that well deserved accessory to enhance its beauty.  Glamorizing the hair is one of the many fashion joie de vivre of a lady.  Finding the right accessories for the African-American hair is never difficult if you know what you are looking for.   So no matter how you want to wear your hair, there are plenty of accessories that can create wonders to your usual look.

Hair accessories can come in many styles, shapes, colors, and meanings.  Finding the best hair accessory for the African-American locks is made easy with some of our tips:

  • Mix and match hair accessory with the similar style of jewelry.  So for example, if you don on a dazzling and exquisite beaded pendant, try matching a dash and glitter of beaded hair stick.
  • If you want to attain a laid back and natural look, try using hair accessories embellished with shells, pearls or wooden accents.  This will give you a more earthy and approachable look.
  • Find that extra unique piece of hair accessory that you cannot get your eyes off.  If the looks are enchanting to you, then they are surely as captivating on your tresses.  This could be a beautiful and unique set of hair comb or hair clip that comes with interlacing rhinestones.  So if you have it, work backwards on your wardrobe starting with that distinctive accent.
  • Check the strength and durability of the hair piece.  It must be strong enough to put up a bun that can keep your hair in place through the demands of any occasion.  You certainly don’t want your tresses suddenly covering your face in the middle of a conversation.
  • For elastic materials to pull the hair up or add colors to the braid, make sure that it’s flexible enough and does not tear or tug the hair.  Remember how delicate your African hair is.

Do you have that piece of hair accessory that works magic on you? Do you have more tricks to create that amazing look?  I welcome your ideas and suggestions. Drop a post.  Craving for more of African fashions and chitchat? There’s a lot online specially made for you.
Monday, March 28, 2011

The Power of a Dress

The Working Woman Special – Fashion Power

While it’s been said that beauty can launch a thousand ships, dresses can make or break impressions and create a certain degree of power.  Working women of the 21st century has been instrumental in the advent of power dressing.  Some lifestyle would dictate the need for practical and authoritative wardrobes and some would command the need for style and poise.  While power dressing sometimes connotes a subdued angle of parody, I want to tackle more on the power of the dress that reflects a more relaxed approach regardless of the trappings of the society and status.  How can a working woman command a look that’s both flattering and graceful? We are looking for the style that plays simplicity and beauty without soaring to designer prices.

Yes, we do have our favorite working women role models.  On top of my list are Condoleezza Rice and Michelle Obama.  Michelle is a look of feminine power while Condi is the look of abysmal prowess. They are women of great character and they do make every African-American woman out there proud of their many accomplishments.  They are the epitome of real working women and makes power dressing a way of life.  It’s playing up the dress in the real world and choosing something that can speak for itself – a dress that would simply say “I walk the talk” or “I mean business here”.  Watch them and observe how they dress up and you’ll see what I mean.

Of course, we are not as high profile as them, but knowing the tricks of the trade would certainly go a long way. So how can we bring forth the power of a dress?
-Be smart, be true, and work a balance on those two.  First understand what suits you.
-Keep it bold and simple – but not flashy or ostentatious.
-Keep it glamorous but not set you apart from the crowd.
-Keep it chic but modest.
-Find alternatives to the traditional business suit, play with colors and prints for a more fresh and approachable look.
-Avoid fussy details; concentrate on an accessory that gives a signature look.

Luxury does not give power to the dress; it’s how you wear them that makes people believe that you mean everything you do, say, or act.  We can go on and explore more of the benefits that a dress can offer, but I will leave that to you as you venture more of fashion styles online.  Interested to keep an eye on fashion? See also Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, March 27, 2011


Finding the Perfect Pair for the Perfect White Dress

What’s in it about shoes that make a woman giddy?  What’s with the “shoe-thing” that we, women of all ages and colors, go gaga about?  And when can we ever have enough of them?  Have you been one of the many who sacrificed comfort for the glory of fashion?  I honestly don’t know what’s with shoes and women, but I do know that finding the perfect pair for that perfect dress makes a perfect day!  Because I know that every dress deserves a few staples, I will try to give you the basic shoe style and hue that will complement your white dress in nearly any occasion.

As many of you may know, the perfect white dress complements best the African-American skin.  But what shoe color or style can best complement it?  If you opt for the white shoe, well, you will look more like a bride, and if you opt for the black pair, you are obviously over coordinated.  So here’s a hint.  For white dresses that are long or maxi, it can best be worn with a pair of wedge heels in metallic shades or a pair gladiator sandal in gold or copper tones.  For cocktail white dresses, a dash of color is perfect. Try wearing red or blue pump with 4” high heels and coordinate it with that matching quilted clutch.  But if you are not so keen on wearing high heels, elegant ballet pumps in gold or silver are the perfect options.  White dresses are divine and timeless, so you should have the perfect pair of shoes and accessories to go with them.

It’s been said quite so often that a pair of shoe can give you that first impression?  Or it can be a reflection of your mood and well, a common cliché, a reflection of you. So I wonder, what does your shoe say about you? As for me, I take comfort with my pretty set of shimmering pumps, coz no matter how much my body morphs over the ages,  my shoe size stays the same, so I got to keep them longer and love every moment I’m on it.  So what’s your story?

Do you know that a pair of shoes can make or break an outfit?  Do you want to learn more on which shoe can complement most of your wardrobe?  Want to know more about fashion especially for black women like us? Read on at Afrawear, and you can also follow them at Facebook and Twitter.  
Friday, March 25, 2011

Beyond Fashion

African Fashions: A beautiful reality

It’s not just about clothes and accessories that represent Africa…
It’s not just about geometric prints, vibrant colors, and dazzling patterns…
It’s not just about being stylish and fashionable…

It’s about the people who wear them…
It’s about the people who made them…
And it’s about mother Africa where it all started…

In a continent that offers a variety of clothing, jewelries, colorful wraps, and wearable art, much is still left unveiled.  A beautiful reality is to know that African fashion encompasses the desire to be patronized and flaunted.  African fashion exists to instill pride, to unite, and to open doors for African talents and trades.   The compassion of the people behind every garment or accessory is beyond compare. 

If you, in all your stylishness want to be a part of a culture and heritage that’s uniquely you, then do not be forever distraught in finding ways how to be truly grateful to mother Africa.  Support Afrawear’s cause and be one of the many fashion savvies who strive to promote Africa through its fashion, style, history, music, and geography.  Afrawear was created because of two people’s desire to promote and encourage African-Americans out there, not only to be in style or trendy or in fashion, but to reach out and be heard. 

Do you know that many suppliers from Africa are united to donate a part of their profits to realize the dreams of many African artisans?  Everybody has dreams and everybody wants to be beautiful, but not everybody has the chance to be charitable.  You share because you can and you care because you have so much more to give.  Your caftan or dashiki is not just an attire to show your ethnic affiliation, or because it is suiting and dainty, it is to show the world that there are many skilled people in Africa who are yet to be given all the privileges.

Do you want to know more? You can also reach Afrawear thru Facebook and Twitter.  Make a difference now or the moment passes you by!  I want to know your stories.  I want to hear your thoughts.  Leave a note Sista! 

Care for the African-American Hair

Managing a springy, wavy, spirally and kinky crown can sometimes be a daunting ordeal.  With a lot of help from beauty products and media resources, we find ourselves in the middle of choosing which product to choose and which technique would be best.   But here is what I have to say, all these years I learnt a lot of techniques and methods on shampooing, conditioning, and styling, but the best method that I have proven to work best was to LOVE my hair.

An African-American hair can range from being mildly wavy and curly, tight spiral curls, tight zigzag waves or the extremely springy spiral kinkiness.  I will not tell you to alter your Afro-textured hair by perming or relaxing or what have you so you can look hip and fashionable.  What I will try to tell you, I mean, attempt to do here is to teach you how to care for your hair.  And to do that, you have to first know a few things about your black, curly hair.

Black hair is very fragile and prone to breakage.  So touch your hair gently and choose a wide tooth comb tooth for your hair.  A natural boar brush is also recommended since the natural bristles are easy on hair avoiding unnecessary breakage and tearing.  In washing hair, avoid extra pulling and tugging and do not rub the towel through your hair to dry it.  One little trick that works wonders is using a satin pillow case while sleeping to avoid tangling and stress when you toss and turn.

Black hair needs moisture and more moisture. It’s a must, so never go without any moisturizer or conditioner when you wash your hair and make sure that your shampoo can replace natural hair oil like shea butter or coconut oil.  Avoid using products with petroleum and mineral oil as these types of oil clogs the pores resulting to loss of natural hair moisture.  Remember that the kinkier your hair is, the more moisture it requires.

American-American hair is utterly gorgeous and stunning with the right care and attention. So start loving your locks, take an extra mile to learn the right way to care for your hair, and it will LOVE you back.

Do you want to learn more about your locks? Do want to share your journey on hair care discovery?  Do you want to complement your locks with the best African fashions around?  Check out or follow them at Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Fearless Prints

“I love prints, oh I love them all, and I can’t get enough of them. But how can I pull off a look that is not revolting and a total boo-boo?”  Simple, try the African prints.   Satisfy the insatiable you with the colorful, meaningful and exquisite patterns of the African fabric - from the traditional kente prints, cotton batiks and tie-dyes, metallic cotton prints, and the mud cloth textiles.

The most widely known and best quality African prints are purely made of cotton.  Cotton, being durable and absorbent can produce the most vibrant, extra-ordinary and lasting prints.  Traditionally, textile makers used natural dyes made from mineral peats and soils from deep down the earth.  The colors are products of pepper reds, vibrant indigos, and brilliant saffron.  The designs are hand printed using hand carved wooden blocks of intricate details.  A single textile of African print comprises of the amazing color combinations making African fabric unique, versatile, and beyond parallel.

African-print motifs are extravagantly splashed on everything from multi-layered print mini-dress to couture evening gowns, giving African fashion an exceptional leap to mainstream fashion.  Inspired by the heritage of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Mali, designers are merging the colors and prints to create the hip and contemporary styles of Western realities.   Don’t you just love to see your favorite stars like Rihanna, Beyonce, Kelis, Solange and Fergie storm the fashion world with great pride in their own garb of distinctive and stylish African prints? Who isn’t proud to be African?
It’s time to celebrate your true African elegance.  Don’t be left behind and explore a fashion that’s as exotic as its origin.  Some collections from will surely fulfill your perpetual desires for prints in all its wonders.  It’s a haven for brightly colored batiks, geometric traditional prints, and patterns with Authentic African twists.

Do you often find yourself seeing people rolling their eyes in obvious criticism with your careless choice of prints?  Worry no more – African fashions ( have all the finest selections just for you.  Are you a print savvy? Are you a fearless African-American fashionista?  We have a lot in store for you, check out and  I want to hear your own style, share it and make everybody look as fabulous as you are.  

Want to Shake Up Your Personal Style?

Have you tried to dress up a personal style that embodies your expression and exemplifies a fashion sense that’s truly you?  Being black is beautiful and we can always rock a different look that’s absolutely unique and stylish.    

There are quite many elements to choosing a style that fits African-American beauty perfectly.  Decisions, decisions, decisions… You may want to meet a certain degree of expectation; you may want to stand out or to blend in… But before you want to shake up your personal style, try to ponder some thoughts to avoid making the wrong impression.

-Be you, be African, do not hesitate to dress in style… at the appropriate occasion and environment. The dashiki is of course casual, can be simple or luxuriant, fabulous for any occasions.  But obviously, the African brocade deserves a place for those very special celebrations.   It’s a reminder of your African connection…so glam it up and wear it right.

-Be creative, flare in style but do not set yourself apart from your peers.  For a start, crown yourself with a simple head gear, save the elaborate damask gele for important occasions. It’s an expression of beauty, spirituality and culture in a tiny piece of African cloth.
-Be traditionally fashionable.  Who says you can’t pull off a caftan number?  And who says loose is not gorgeous? Get away with those thoughts of self doubt and challenge yourself to try it and trust me, you will be surprised with the results.

-Be experimental, break up your matches.  You might surprise yourself with the new “you” you can come up with!  Perhaps that African mud cloth skirt can get away with its usual companion…

-Be intriguing, build a look backwards.  What do I mean?  Start off with that intriguing piece of African accessories, an interesting set of bangles and bracelets or patterned scarves.  Build your look around those pieces.  Think in a different way and unleash that spectacular look.
Is your wardrobe working for you or is it full of unbearable memories?  We welcome your thoughts; we would love to feature your personal style, or we can help you put together a style that’s fab and never drab, so hop in, post a comment… There’s more to share, check out,, or

African Fashions: A Glimpse of Summer

Do you want to breeze out the door in fashion?  The best of the season is yet to come! And of course we want to you be prepared… And so here I am, all agog to show you the African Fashions Collection on top of my list.  Oh I just love the sun! Who doesn’t?  Do you know that warm weather and sunshine can surely improve the mood, boost creativity, and inspire playfulness?  It’s the time of the year to indulge in almost anything.

Forget the frizzy hair and wardrobe challenges; welcome the sun and fun with’s wide array of selections.  I’ve got just the right solutions to your summer conundrums, so you can do all your stuff – enjoying the sun, the parties, the pool, the reads, or whatever’s in your bucket list – all while looking breezy, comfy, and simply amazing!

How do you pull off the sexy wardrobe without getting overdone?  Add that colorful asymmetrical dress to your wardrobe and you’re all set.  It’s a sexy number, gorgeous for the season, for the hot date, and for the party.  It’s exactly the feminine look that exudes the romantic side of you.

Beat the heat with an unpredictable twist to summer with the best of Africa’s beautifully designed caftan inspired top.  It’s very easy to toss on over a bikini and can go well with just any bottom from hot shorts to sleek leggings.

Look good and feel good in the sun.  Add color to the warmer months with all hues and patterns.  It’s cool to be bright, bold, and beautiful.  Welcome the bright trend and keep the arty edge.  Undoubtedly perfect for the sun-sea-and-sand escapades.

Want to rock a long dress? The essential wear for the summertime, the maxi is just stunning and can work even overtime up to the night.  Practical, flowing, cool, easy to wear, need I say more?

For places where it’s sunny every day, fret no more, we got you covered.  For African-Americans out there, embrace the heat while embracing a fashion that’s truly you.  Still craving for more of the African fashions collections? There’s plenty more to see, check out and
Monday, March 21, 2011

The African Mud Cloth

What is a mud cloth?
Mud cloth is a distinct African craft of utilizing mud solutions on cotton cloth.  It is also referred to as Bògòlanfini, a handmade cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud of Malian origin and heritage.  It employs a century old process using innumerable applications of diverse plant juices and mud to dye a cloth.  Nowadays, it has spread across the globe as a fabric used for fashion, decoration, and arts.

The Secrets behind Each Piece of Mud Cloth
Each mud cloth is unique with a lot of varied stories to tell and different meanings to convey.  The secrets lie behind the symbols, patterns, arrangements, geometry, colors and shapes of the African mud cloth.  Since each fabric portrays different meanings, Africans take careful thought when wearing this cloth.  They believe that what they wear is a reflection of the person that they are.   Some patterns may show superiority, wealth, bravery, tradition, fortune, social status, characters, and some may reflect their occupations. Assortment of patterns is endless and may vary from region and ethnic group.   Symbols would range from calabash flowers, spindle, iguana’s elbow, farmer’s sickle, beds of bamboo and millets and so many more.  You may also find some secrets behind each color interesting.  Black with white designs tells a proverb.  Rust color symbolizes supernatural powers common to hunters. White signifies femininity and used only for ceremonial events.

The Evolution of the Mud Cloth
Though to some, meanings may not be widely known, it has still evolved and became extremely celebrated even throughout the western domain.  Its exceptional and remarkable craft brings out textiles that are rich, elegant and exotic bestowing the fashion world with versatility.

The Mud Cloth Dress (from
Needless to say, the dress is made of the unique textile called mud cloth that is hand-spun and hand-woven to bring about a style that showcases the artistry, heritage and beauty of the African woman.  
If you own a mud cloth dress and want to share your experience with us, post a comment coz we would love to hear from you.

Black in the Runway

While African fashion and African fabric has invaded the fashion industry, the black women has rocked the runway over the last four decades.  Through the years, racial diversity has played a major role in reflecting a world of reality.   The early 70’s was the breakthrough of the black women in the runway.  Black women became the most sought after models, making heads turn and selling myriad of fashion wears in the runways of Milan, Paris, New York and Tokyo.  In the 80’s they are the most wooed, coveted and worshipped fashion models among designers.  Black projected drama, strength, elegance, and brought about new meaning to a designer’s collection.

Now let’s name a few top black supermodels that have paved the way for African-American icons in the fashion world – Naomi Sims, Beverly Johnson, Pat Cleveland, Iman, and Mounia.  These women were ethereal in the runway, breaking grounds, and creating history for the African-Americans.  In recent years, the black women that have graced the high fashion runways and made a niche in the industry were: Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Selita Ebanks and Chanel Iman. These women not only invaded the runway but have rocked the cover of Vogue magazines and invaded the show business as well.  Just recently 9 Black Models have graced the Vogue Italia February 2011 edition.

The black women in the runway have inspired us to be fierce not only in the catwalks or fashion industry but also in embracing our color, femininity, and ethnicity.  Black is beautiful and it is a statement that reverberates when we see the black women making a name for themselves.  They made us proud and they made us realize that black beauty in its entire splendor can go a long way.  If you are looking for the latest in black fashion, beauty and trends, it’s time to take a look at, and 

Do you know more black women who have done extraordinary feats in extraordinary ways? They may not grace the runways, their faces may not be in the cover of the magazines, their names may not ring a bell, but if they made you proud, then they are worth the revelation.   Leave us a comment and let us know.

Colors to Impress

While it is a common cliché to dress up to impress, colors also play a vital role in making the right impression.  Colors have a powerful way of bearing upon impressions of intelligence, approachability, effectiveness, credibility, and status.  This goes to say that we will try to transcend not only the common dilemma of choosing the right attire but also the right colors for all occasions.  Not only do we want to use colors that complement our ethnicity, we want to create impact and convey the right impression.

Wear black if you want to exude an image of authority, confidence, strength, and mystery.  Black makes you appear slimmer and brings out an appearance of style and sophistication.

Dress in gray if you want to portray a timeless and artistic appearance.  Dark gray also comes out as serious, intellectual, and authoritative.

Pink is feminine and gives and appearance of docility, tranquility and romanticism.  It is sweet, edgy, and calming.

Dark blue can also demonstrate authority and responsibility.  Blue by itself means dependability, loyalty, strength and consistency.

Purple is the color of royalty.  Purple is energetic, aggressive and shows an image of sophistication, creativity, luxury and wealth.  However, it does not create an impact of professionalism as much as black, dark gray and dark blue.

Wear green if you want to feel lucky, refreshed, and stressed free.  Green has the effect of nature, friendliness, harmony and peace.

Wear yellow if you want to look exciting, timid, and unforgettable.

Orange exudes enthusiasm, warmth and desire.

Wear red if you want to appear aggressive, dangerous, sexy, and intense.

If you want to look neat, pure, refined, dignified and fresh, white is perfect.

White, pink, yellow and green may complement well with the African-American skin, but remember that if you want to make an impression, mix and coordinate it with colors of meaning.   Now that you know the perceptions on colors, wear color wisely to convey the message that you want to express.  If you are interested to know more about color coordination and color effects, stay tuned and give us your feedback.   Find us at and
Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dress to Impress

Who wouldn't want to make the right impression?  We are sometimes caught in an occasional flight of fancy to dress-up to impress.  Some lofty ideas can be grounded in sublime style, while some are indifferent contrary to expectations.  We can come up with a lot of reasons why we need to make that lasting impression.  It can be for a job interview, first dates, meet-the-parent affairs, weddings, religious gatherings, or a special occasion.  So before you try to impress, understand what are the tricks of the trade. 

In a work environment setting, try to create a professional and formal look by coming up with a wardrobe that focus on how you want the job interviewers or your bosses to perceive you.  If you want to appear smart, dress smartly.  In an office set-up, wear suits, skirts and matching jackets that are tailored cut paired with plain white or light colored tops.  In a more high fashion set-up, wear suits that are more stylish and pair it with tops that come in bolder and richer colors.  Strike a balance between fashion and professionalism. Being appropriately dressed can bring with you an aura of confidence, trustworthiness, and appeal.   So save that frilly diaphanous dress to the party instead of wearing it at the office.

First dates are exciting and can be the make or break to a prospective future relationship.  So if you want to make the first impression last, come up with the outfit that is in accordance to the occasion and the place where you are going.  Put together wardrobes that are neat, comfortable, refined and make you feel good about yourself.   Do not overdo the make-up and complement the entire package with the appropriate accessories. Never over emphasize on sex appeal and avoid wearing provocative and reveal outfits.

Remember, always dress appropriately for the occasion and environment.  So for very important and special occasions, always put careful thought to make that right impression last.  Dress to impress and discover that when you feel beautiful on the outside you will feel so much better on the inside. If you are looking for more fashion tips and what color combinations are perfect, we can help you. We also specialize in African-American fashion and beauty resources; find out more at and

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fashion Blunders

A Guide to a Fashionable You

Considering your outfit before heading to any occasion is a must if you want to put up a look that can grace you in every possible way.  Who would want to be tagged as the worst dresser in town?  Surely not you!    Fashion trends may be fleeting but fashion in itself is cynical.  Some people want to keep it safe but others want to experiment.   There are pieces that can be beautiful for a lifetime but there are those that never looked good in the first place.

So before you make that embarrassing fashion mistake, take heed to what we have to say.

-Pick a color that can flatter your skin tone.  While you want to try out a lot of colors, it is important to remember that not all colors may work on you.   For lighter skinned women, that little black dress gives an air of mystery.  For darker complexion, that little white dress is utterly amazing.  For women with cool undertones, blue, purple, lavender, and silver are best. For those with warm undertones, gold, yellow, orange, pink and cream are perfect.

-If you want to show some skin, do it the right way.  Try to keep everything subtle.  So if you want to wear that very skimpy skirt, try looking for a top that can cover the midriff area and complement it with a pair of boots.

-Do not overdo with prints.  Pairing different prints for top and bottom does not do the works.  So to make sure you don’t bedizen, avoid the mix and match of prints and patterns.

-Do not overplay with embellishments. While you want to look stunning with all the glitz and dazzles, putting too much from head to toe may just turn out to be a complete boo-boo.  So if you want to create a bedazzling effect, try to establish balance.

-Do not over accessorize.  Choose accessories that can complement your outfit and your style.  Accessories are supposed to accentuate the entire package, not conquer it.

-Avoid ill fitting clothes.  Never squeeze in a size 4 if you’re a 6!  Wearing your size will simply avoid those unforgiving muffin tops, belly bulge, and underarm cleavage.

Sure it can happen to celebrities, so much more to you too.  We may not be able to avoid it all the time but careful thought will surely works a long way.  If you want to keep up with the latest to African-American beauty and African fashion tips, log on at and

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Color Me Beautiful: Make-up Tips for African-American Women

It is wise to know that certain colors can flatter our complexion and enhance our best features.  With the advent of the many make-up lines offering collections for lighter to darker hues, choosing suitable make-up for African-American complexion is no longer challenging and difficult.  Before we start searching for the colors that might look good on us, here are a few tips to knowing which hues can color us beautifully.

Here are a few questions to ask before choosing the make-up that will work for you:
1. What is the color of your skin?
African-American complexion ranges from light coffee shade to very dark hue and a shade somewhere in between.
2. What is your skin’s undertone?
Check beyond your skin’s color and you will know your skin’s undertones.  Dark ebony complexions normally have cool undertones while those with brown or caramel complexions usually have warmer undertones.
3. What is your skin type?
While colors play a major role, it is important to know if your skin type is oily, dry or normal.

Now let’s start playing with colors.

Choose a formula that will suit the type of coverage perfect for you.  For lighter skin, golden yellow base works magic while for medium brown skin reddish-yellow shade is best. For very dark once, use the one with bluish undertones.  For those with uneven skin tones, blend the two foundations for light and dark hues to attain a natural effect.  For normal to oily skin, water based liquid foundation works best while cream formulas is suitable for those with normal to dry skin.  Remember that a good foundation should feel like your natural skin and never like a mask.

Blush or Bronzer
Choose the color that radiates your inner glow.  For warmer undertones, it is best to use bronzers.  Mauves and purples can set-off medium-dark complexions while peaches, caramel or honey can flatter light to medium brown complexion.

Eye Shadows
Deep plums look marvelous on medium brown skin.  A pale dust of pinks and apricots shadows adds beauty to women with lighter skin.  For those with cool undertones, chocolates and taupe shadow’s creates wonders.  Blending is the technique to achieving the best color for the eyes.

For lighter complexions, shades of light pink, peach, taupe and red are advisable.  For medium brown hues, try the following colors of deep pink, bronze, magenta, brown and red as well.  For dark and rich complexions, try deep red, fuchsia, chocolate brown and bronze.  These are only tips; you can always experiment and see for yourself that other shades might just be stunning on you.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Uncover African Fashions

Nothing is constant with fashion except change.  It has continuously evolved over the centuries and its dynamism has been a target of much tattles and tales.  African fashion may have dramatically changed over time but it still carries with it the prowess of its tradition.  Nowadays, there are already many online resources, blogs and magazines that bring forth all sorts of African trends and latest styles.  These resources bring the concepts of combining western and traditional as well as the collaboration of rustic and refined. 

One fairly new website that proves interesting is the (  It features uniquely fashionable and traditionally designed clothing lines that can be worn in almost all occasions.   They feature a wide display of African touch to every wardrobe.  It is a fashion hub that caters to all African-American women and hopes to create a niche in the fashion industry.  It aims to celebrate what being a black woman is all about, her beauty, lifestyle, and aspirations.

Here are a few fashion favorites that have evolved throughout the ages.  While the caftan has showed the world with its versatility and a designers landscape, far more African fashions are worthy of admiration.  The Lapa is the modern version of the African Tribal Queen outfit.  This attire reveals an aura of elegance and gentility.  This is perfect for special occasions like weddings and formal affairs.  Then there’s the woman’s Dashiki which was used to be only worn by men.  It features an embellished V-shaped collar and are usually loose-fitting pullover outfit that can be paired with just any other bottom wear.  It is very stylish and fashionable and can be worn either formally or casually.  Another favorite is the African printed sundress which showcases the combination of African tradition and contemporary trends.  It is cool and breezy, perfect for the beach and tropical climates.

African fashion varies from being elegant, exquisite, practical and conventional.  It can be a marvel of being plain to vibrant, simple to elaborate, and traditional to contemporary designs.  It may have transitioned to being modern but African fashion has still retained the characteristics that are uniquely African.  For reference to more of the domains in African fashion, follow us in
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The African Kente

When I hear the word Kente, I would usually associate it with the intricate weaving of African heritage.  True enough, kente is historically and traditionally African.  Kente is a type of fabric hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom.  Strips are sewn together to create into relatively larger pieces of fabric.  Kente is not just a piece of fabric but an expression of African history, beliefs, literature, philosophy, and aesthetic values.

Kente is the most popular and widely celebrated cloth among African textiles.   It is derived from the word kenten meaning "basket" and is usually referred to as "woven cloth".   Originally, kente is the cloth of the kings and royals.  Eventually, it became widely circulated and can be worn in various ceremonial occasions and proceedings.  Widely known kente cloths are made by the Asante and Ewe peoples of Ghana.  Asante kente are distinguished for its vibrant and multicolored patterns, geometric designs and bold features. The origins of this type of kente can be traced back to the Asante Empire and its Royal Courts.  Ewe kentes remarkably comes in figurative themes and patterns.  Though not as highly known as the Asante kente, it is still highly regarded as an expression of African weaving artistry.  Ewe weaving is more diverse than Asante weaving.

The First Kente
 The Kente cloth originated from Bonwire and created by two ancestors of the Oyoko clan, Otaa Kraban and Kuragu Ameyaw.  The two were only playing in their farm when they were awe stricken by the weaving of a huge spider called ananse.  For a sizable length of time, and a matter of days in fact, they just observed and watched how the spiders created the webs. That's what drove them to make the cloth and weave in the very same manner that the spider did.  It was how the first kente came about and they called it the Oyokoman cloth, named after their royal clan.  It was a material made of rich colors and characteristic texture, a cloth that was a product of sheer ingenuity and creativity. 

Kente has gone a very long way from being a royal masterpiece to an international fashion favorite.  It is not only prominently used for apparels; it can also be used as accents for fans, drums, mugs, and umbrellas.  For Kente Fashion and African Fashion enthusiasts out there , follow us at, or

Embellishing Reality

Embellishing Reality

Even the simplest of fabric can transform into a ravishing wonder with some accents. Sublime designs and intricate embroideries of African fashion have attracted a number of fashion savvies worldwide to create their own versions of embellishing realities.  Every designer wants to snatch the limelight and put people's focus on his creations.  It is of no surprise that they would always work for glamour without overbearance, and elegance without nimiety.   

Most widely used technique of embellishing woven cloth is through the African art of dyeing using indigo or other dye colors made of local vegetable and mineral sources.  Nowadays, industrially produced dies are used for mass production.  One technique of creating patterns is resist dyeing.  This can be done by tying, stitching, or painting with starch to create the patterns.  Popular forms known today are batik and tie-dye.
Embroidery is the art of forming designs and decorating woven cloth using the hands or machine needle work.  Embroidery is famous in the savanna stretch of West Africa and the Congo region.  Historically, men of the Hausa and Nupe areas create embroidery patterns to the wide sleeved gowns.  The Kuba women create embroidery to the raffia cloth woven in geometric patterns and sometimes dyed.  Nowadays, sewing machines or embroidery machines are used to create the patterns and designs on the textile. Embroidery innovations have also integrated the use of various materials like pearls, crystals, beads, sequins, quills, and metal strips.
Applique is the art of decorating cloth by sewing one material over the other, usually of contrasting colors.  It has a unique effect of highlighting colors and emphasizing borders.   This technique was widely used in the south of the Sahara and the Nile mostly for flags, banners and tent hangings.  This technique us widely used by the people of the Cameroon grasslands, Yoruba, and Kuba.
 Without a doubt, African fashion is an embodiment of embellishing reality.  Inspired by the artistry of Africa comes the various conceptions of well decorated and adorned apparels.  Effective use of the embellishing techniques can always bring fashion to a new level of exuberance.  To know the latest in African fashion you can refer to or
Monday, March 14, 2011

Black Beauty: Facts and Myths

Nobody wants to look older than their age. Every woman wants a healthy, glowing skin to keep up with their youthfulness.   So we pamper ourselves to keep it as smooth and silky as can be.  For skin that seemingly never age, it is a matter of significance to note the facts behind our common misconceptions.  Before we indulge ourselves with tons and tons of beauty products, it is important to understand what's true and what's not about our ebony skin.

Myth # 1:  Black skin does not burn or get damaged by the heat of the sun. 
Although black skin has more melanin than white skin, it doesn’t mean that they are free of damage.  The damage may be less apparent than white skin, but too much exposure to the heat can still cause damage whatever complexion you may have.  True that melanin can offer a certain amount of protection but that doesn't completely shield you from the harmful rays of the sun.   So protect your skin and use sunscreen protection when you have to be under the heat.

Myth # 2:  Black skin is tougher and less gentle. 
Ooops, that's another misconception.  Black skin is as sensitive and delicate as white skin.  So avoid excessive washing and scrubbing of the face. Again, the dark hue may be able to hide the bruising, but the damage is still there.

Myth # 3:  Black oily skin does not need to moisturize. 
Majority of dark skinned women have oily skin because they often have more and larger sebaceous or oil glands.  But this doesn't mean that you do not need to hydrate and maintain a well moisturized skin.  Regardless of color, it is a must to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize to get that young looking clear skin.  For dark skins with larger pores, getting a good tonner is indispensable.  Never compromise toning to maintain healthy pores and avoid blackheads or other skin problems. 

Myth # 4: Black doesn’t get wrinkles.
The idea that black skin has higher level of pigmentation does not mean that black don't crack.  Women of whatever ethnicity can still get those fine lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet.  So don't assume that coz you're black you can get away from wrinkles.  To keep your youth, be vigilant and heed our advice on cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliation. 

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

What is a Kaftan?

Kaftan, also spelled as caftan, is by definition a woman's long dress style with wide sleeves that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the East. It is a robe-like garment with patterns and colors that are often detailed and vivid.  Based on most sources, kaftans are believed to have originated in the Middle Eastern countries.  Originally it was worn only by men but has evolved over time to be worn by both men and women.

Kaftans all Over the Globe
In Western Africa and South East Asian countries, kaftans’ are typically designed for women. Moroccan kaftans are usually fancy and feminine made of lace, satin, and floral prints in shades of vivid pink, orange, and red.  South East Asian kaftans are often made of batik or viscose created to suit the tropical weather.  Floral and abstract designs in bright colors are this regions favorite.  In countries like Senegal and Russia, kaftans are the national and traditional garments for men.  Senegalian kaftans are normally ankle length and made of cotton.  Russian kaftans come in intricate embellishments and trimmed with scallops with lace details.  

Innovations of Kaftans 
Kaftans became a fashion phenomenon in western countries in the 60's and 70's.  With the ever changing fashion trends, length of kaftans became available in various lengths.  In tropical countries, kaftans are used as fabulous swim wear cover-ups.  Shorter and belted versions of caftans paired with flowing pants, skinny pants, tights or black leggings also became a fashion favorite.  Elaborately decorated and accentuated caftans also serves as stylish and elegant evening dresses.  Casual and simple kaftans are household favorites used widely as lounge and patio wears. 

Informal kaftans are usually made of mud cloth, tie die and batik materials.  Formal kaftans are most often made of silk, lace, cotton and linens that are usually embellished and embroidered. Nowadays, kaftans can be worn almost anywhere and styled to be trendier while continuing to be comfortable.  So whether you want to go to the beach, shopping malls, offices, or evening affairs, kaftans proves to bring out the versatility in you.

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African Beauty: Tricks and Tips

As befits African sensibility, African beauty is one of great interest highlighting effortless curly hair and wearable looks that are never boring.  You can always experiment with color judiciously and illumes those challenging looks that no other race can.  Beauty comes in different colors, conformations, and features.

The Hair
Being gifted with a unique set of curly black hair, extra care must never be taken for granted.  The hair is the crowning glory of every woman regardless of race.  For healthy black curly hair, always use an ample amount of conditioner and regularly maintain hair treatments.  Stay away from excessive oils and gels as it will likely cause acne and dandruff problems.   Comb your hair regularly to maintain that beautiful shine.

The Face
Wash your face with a gentle gel cleanser morning and night.  For oily and sensitive skin, use a toner or astringent that is free of alcohol.   Choose a foundation that makes the black skin tones look natural and flawless.  Yellow undertones are most usually suitable for dark skin.  For black women, blushes in shades of purples and browns work best.  Pinks and peaches can also look garish and can create a paler complexion.  Bronzing powder may also just be the perfect thing to create that perfect glow.  Applying blushes the proper way can do the trick.  Start on the cheek and softly through the temples.  To highlight your best features and added contours, apply a small amount of blush on the T-zone which includes the forehead, nose, and chin.

The Eyes
To moisturize the skin around the eyes, apply eye cream at all times to prevent those dark circles, eye bags and early wrinkles.  For the perfect eye shadows, try a thick plum to focus attention on the eyes without sweeping over the rest of the facial colors.  Shades of blue and purple are best for cooler complexions while greens and browns complement those warmer skin tones. To define the eyes, use black or gray eyeliners.  Use blue eyeliner to emphasize those big brown eyes. 

The Lips
Dark tones create visions of larger lips while lighter shades give that minimalist effect.  For black women, deeper shades of reds and plums have the ability to draw attention to those big lips.

Never limit yourself to conform to what the world defines as beautiful.  Love yourself and always remember beauty is skin deep.   Eat right, drink enough fluids, have enough sleep, and drink some vitamins to keep that lasting beauty hold up to a lifetime.  A classic and modern African beauty can best be complemented with a traditional African fashion.  Follow us at to know more about African beauty and the latest trends of African fashion.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Experience Africa Through the Eyes of a Fashionista

Seeing Africa in the eyes of a fashionista may not be as adventurous as that of someone from National Geographic but for fashion lovers out there it can be as exciting as trekking the four magnificent ranges of the Atlas Mountains.

Africa is the second largest and most populous continent on Earth.  Being a vast area, much is expected of its geographies.  Now allow me to take you to a quick tour and experience Africa.  What crosses your mind first when you hear of Africa? Of course, Safari!  We begin to imagine wildebeest, magnificent tigers, roaring lions, and gigantic herds of elephants.  Famous safari destinations include Kenya, South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbrook and Kruger parks and Tanzania’s unbelievable Serengeti and Ngorongoro national parks and the soul of Africa, the soaring Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Off the beaten tracks of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, you will be awed with Africa’s finest and exquisite craftsmanship.  For breathtaking sceneries and real water wonders, explore the landscapes of Namibia and Morocco and the flourishing splendor of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls.  There you have it; Africa, even in a few words is just simply amazing.

What is a fashionista?   A fashionista is a term used for a person with the penchant for fashion clothing and apparels.  Nowadays, the image of a fashionista is one that exudes an optimistic, dauntless, and powerful feminine character.  So what can a fashionista find in the land of safaris, sweeping savannahs and poetic citadels?  It’s a bit of a wonder as to what men and women in these areas wear.  I asked around and see for myself.   In major cities, people wore the western-styled clothing.  Looking for traditional, men wore long and loose robes that come with turbans or skullcaps.  Women wore long and simple dresses that are sometimes paired with jackets or loose trousers accentuated with headgears as well. 

What caught my interest was the surprising array of patterns, prints and colors that comes along with their clothing.  Traditional African clothing varies from simple earth colors to elaborate striking indigos.  These airy dresses just have the right mix of tradition and fashion.  The styles range from flowing kaftans, printed sundresses to fitted African Queen Outfits.    If you are interested to see a lot more of these designs, try looking at or

So no matter whose eyes will view Africa, anyone will still be surprised and impressed as to how much this continent has to offer.

African Fashion: A Culture Portal

African Fashion is a fashion portal dedicated to promote and boost the rich, diverse, and exuberant culture of Africa.  You can experience a lot more of Africa through the visions of fashion providers by logging on to was established by two IT Consultants from Prompt IT Services with the passion and heart of their African origin.  Its goal is to introduce the wonders of Africa to the world through its culture, music, fashion, styles, history, and geography.   Africa is home to unique cultures, tribal dances, chanting, and storytelling, finest craft work, safari destinations, breathtaking landscapes, lush forests, scenic citadels and water splendors. wants to encourage African-American from all over the globe to promote African fashions and culture in any way possible.  Being able to carry out and express the African tradition and heritage while living and working in a Western World can be pretty tough and deterring.  Express yourself and never be afraid to introduce your culture to the world, coz what you are and what you can be is a divine gift that can stand out from the rest.  One classic way of doing so is a mix and match of a suit and embellished African beaded headdress.  That is just one classic example but the list goes on.

This fashion portal wants to work closely with reputable importers and traders and introduce art works, dress, clothes, musical instruments, jewelry, and health products of Africa to pave the way for a worldwide revelation. has an end in mind, not just for fashion, but for the benefits of the people in Africa.  Most of their suppliers donate money from their profits to Africa as well as promote the creation of jobs.   No one is too far or too inadequate to help in his own little ways. provides a wide array of products that had been punctiliously selected just for you.  It offers fabulous African fashion with designs, colors, patterns, embellishments, embroideries and fabrics that range from simple to elaborate.   You can get their latest updates not only from; you can also follow them through and
Friday, March 11, 2011

5 Things You Need to Know About African Fashion

It is rather difficult to come up with African fashion highlights that are squeezed in into one tiny blog, but let’s give it a try.  If you need a mere few minutes catch-up on your clothing heritage, please read on, you are in the right company.  While there are just too many amazing outfits, accessories, fads, and mini-trends to count, here are the top 5 things you need to know about African fashion.
  1.  It is a fashion that reflects origin. From Africa, a land that highly regards ceremonies and celebrations as a big part of their life creates clothing designs that reflects their spirit and their culture.  Their fashion sense is unique and unparalleled since it is an outfit that pays tribute to their tradition.
  2. African fashion is teeming with those loose and spacious dresses cut so far away from the body that you could eat, drink, and be merry without worrying of getting those unforgiving packs come to out.  It is a modest wardrobe reserved not only for special occasions but to practical purposes as well.
  3. Embellished dresses are pretty much guaranteed to create beautiful wonders.  It is of no surprise that you can often see a slew of imitators inspired by the intricate details of this unique fashion creation.  A perfect example would be beaded bodice with beaded aprons that can look real classy and elegant.
  4. Prints may not be basic and wearing an unexpected print may not be for the faint of heart, it is surprisingly appealing.  Mysterious prints make you adventurous without being outrageous.  You will often see strangers lean and ask you secretly and inquire what those prints stand for.
  5. Bright, vibrant and bold colors have a way of enhancing the African features.  Bold patterns and striking bright colors are eye catchers and would definitely go a long way.

I may not have covered everything here, but I leave that to you from here on what your heritage has to offer.  There is more to African clothing than just fashion, you will understand what I mean once you get a closer look and start wearing them.  To know more about African fashion you can read some buzz at or if you want to see and choose a wide array of options, check out or

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