New Year 2017 Vibe!!

Hello beautiful people!

 

Welcome to 2017 ! Yay we made it guys, not because we are perfect but just because we found favor in the eyes of the almighty.

 

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I want to take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year, a year full of success , growth , health , money but must of all peace of heart!

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Yes!! peace of heart and mind because with that you get to sleep at night and worried less about what others thinks of you or you hate the most. With a peace of heart and mind you live freely ! Peace of mind equal freedom!!!

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The concept of freedom is one that sparks excitement in the hearts of most who hear it. We all have our own ideas about freedom and what it means to be free.

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“The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom is courage.” -Thucydides

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Galatians 5-13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

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Anyway this was my New Year outfit for church. I am wearing my really good friend Timmy Ajulo. This is a custom made Agbada and African attire wore in West Africa, in Togo but very popular in Nigeria.

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Agbada is mostly constituate of 3 differents clothing pieces , made with a 10-12 yards fabrics. The agbada is a distinctive wide shouldered flowing gown worn by Nigerian or West African men in high office or on special occasions. In the past twenty years, it has become a potent symbol of power and status in our African culture.

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Designer : Timmy Ajulo

Striving for greatness…

Hello famm !! I missed you guys so much, Sorry for the delays!!!  I will just you  guys updated about me real quick.  I’ve been really busy with school, graduation, my business, my future sho…

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Striving for greatness…

Hello famm !!

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I missed you guys so much, Sorry for the delays!!!  I will just keep you  guys updated about me real quick.  I’ve been really busy with school, graduation, my business, my future show in Italy as well as the campaign I recently launched for it.  Anyway this blog post is an insight about my current crowdfunding campaign. So stick around and enjoy the reading <3!!

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My fashion journey started, back in high school, even though I found my love for fashion through the eyes of my mother. I knew I loved fashion, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted, until I started High school in the United State. My ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher encouraged me to pursue fashion as a hobby. This led me to start taking modeling classes at John Roberts Power. My time at with JRP made me realized that, the industry doesn’t open doors just for anybody. I wasn’t qualified to do certain shows, and it was difficult to book gigs at times.

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It (I was not the only one who struggled to book gigs, most of us faced many challenges since we were not seen as ideal candidates many in the industry was looking for. This led me to think outside the box and take matters into my own hands. I wanted my voice to be heard and I wanted to create a platform that gives young people an opportunity to grow, to embrace themselves, and to be confident that they can achieve all that they wanted to in the industry. I wanted to be creative and have my voice be heard. 

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I knew there were a lot of people just like me who love modeling but didn’t have the opportunity, so from there I started teaching my friends and peers what I learned at JRP, which is how to walk the runway. My friend and I began helping other nonprofit organization during their event by doing mini fashion shows for their fundraising campaigns. The models would wear some of my African church clothes, that my mom sent me from Togo.

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After graduating from high school, I moved to Brooklyn, New York the city that exposed me to so much diversity, culture and the freedom to discover myself. I started my brand Unique by Reelia in 2013. A wearable accessories brand, that I started with $1. The idea behind Unique by Reelia was to promote boldness, uniqueness, women’s confidence, women of color, and women of different sizes and shapes. I wanted to create a space for young women of all walks of life that allowed them to express themselves and their creativity freely with confidence.

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I started making my pieces in my campus dorm. People on my campus began to acknowledge my work and I started to receive invitations to participate in fashion shows. For the past 3 years since my company has existed, I have been involved in various fashion shows, including international shows, while taking care of my brothers and going to school full time. In the midst building my brand, I lost my mother, it was a difficult period of my life but I couldn’t give up on what I had started with Unique by Reelia. I didn’t want to give up because I wanted my mother’s legacy to reflect in my designs.

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 I could have given up, however, that, wouldn’t have brought her back to me. The best thing I could do was to put all my efforts into my designs and my family. I wanted to create legacy where the world would see my mother’s creativity and personality through my unique pieces. Even though the world didn’t know about that strong and selfless mother of mine, through me and my hard work they would get to know her. My father is still alive and having him made me realized that I still have a chance to make at least one of my parent proud of me, I wanted to be a perfect example for my two brothers to look up to.

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While building my brand.  I’ve had the opportunity to participate in, African fashion week DC, Ankara Miami fashion Week, Fest Africa 2014 and 2016, Black Fashion Week Montreal. At least 10 University fashion shows, and participate to 4 majors campaign. I’ve done at least 10 shows for causes as well. I’ve could be a part of such amazing initiative by using my personal finances to cover traveling expenses, materials needed, accommodations, and my participation in some of these major shows. In February of this year, I participated in a few competitions including one with Angela Simmons  in which I came second place in Miami.

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This time around I wanted to do something different. I want to bring all that I’ve acquired during this few past years to Italy. My plan at first was a tour with my collection in Europe. I wanted to participate to few shows all around Europe like I was doing here in the state. Then I realized it was time for me to do something bigger than that. I picked Italy because it is one of the biggest Fashion Capital in the world. So, I wanted to bring diversity to it, I want to bring a different culture, I want to bring the celebration of diversity and give a platform to younger and uprising designer to showcase at this event.

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I feel like here in the state we’re so lucky to be exposed to our culture and I think that something the Italy might be lacking. This time around I am bringing the show to this town call Farrara, a city full of immigrant students so we get to give them the touch of been home. That is why I need the financial support to be able to cover airfare for me and my tour assistant to be able to make this incredible event happen, because at this point not only I will be representing Africa but also the whole United State of America.

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The campaign fund also includes my accommodations there in Italy as well and the place we will be renting for the event. The dj, the lighting crew, the decoration. and the performers as well.

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As a young independent female designer, with no company structure or grants facilitating my projects, being able to come with this vision, is truly a milestone for me. I want to honor this opportunity not only for me, but to also to empower other young women just like me, that re going through a different aspect of life, the reason behind including my personal story to this project, to never give up.  I believe everybody has a dream and to fulfill it you must keep on believe in yourself and that everything in this life is possible.

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I am asking for your support for my first international fashion Show that I will be organizing in Italy Ferrara. Your generosity will be what makes this possible. THANK YOU!

Here is the link to my crowdfunding campaign

https://igg.me/at/aefwi/x/14708987

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Team Love

“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization,” Martin Luther King, Jr.
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As human we are all lifted up by one individual choosing peace.  We can all create something that can bring hopes, energies, and dreams to our community. What if it can be you and I making this decision together? Perhaps What if you are destined to be your generation’s peacemaker? This might be your calling, think it through!
In this blog I really wanted to focus on some positive ways to promote peace in our broken world. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding what else we can do to try to prevent violence and cultivate peace in our fragile world. For me, bringing my community together and celebrating each other is one way out of many!

 

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I come from a tiny country situated in West Africa. As tiny as the country maybe we have about 6.817 million population (2013) compare to America that has a population of 316.5 million (2013).

The world we live in doesn’t really know about us , the first reason might be because there are just a few of us.  At the same time our country is hiding somewhere in West Africa. Beside that we are francophone, you can agree with me that is hard to be known around the whole word just by speaking French. That is also a set back for our country. Some of us do try to bring a name for the country since we was fortunate to move to the state at a young age. So this blog is basically dedicated to all those young Togolese people doing great things in the State or in Europe or even in Togo just so not only we can bring peace and love among us but so the world get to finally hear about us as well.

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This topic came to my mind when  , Reine AKA Togo Barbie came up with this idea that every 3 month , we get to appreciate Togolese women doing great things , or that inspired us. So I told her I will support her project by posting a picture of a young that inspired me. Then I took sometime to brain storm the person am going to pick? wait who? because the list is so long and I can’t even pick one person. Then I knew I have to come up with a better plan. Basically my blog was the other alternative and am just here trying to write about lot of beautiful soul doing big things , with humility, love and support toward one another. It take so much out of a person to impress me , excuse my French I respect people hustle and I do respect people in general but I don’t just follow the crowd , I just basically want to be in my zone and be impressed.

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How I know Reine? actually I don’t even know her , I’ve never met her, but I like what she does, She is a girl from my country that tried to bring artist , designer, MUA and dj’s and just incredible people together through her talk show on youtube. Do you understand that? she chose to do it and not getting paid while in other countries people get paid for what she does? I think that is just inspiring and if you get a chance stop by to support her chanel on youtube * LettalkTogovio*

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDB_OB8q_R744Wot1lnZalA

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Then I met this other young lady , her name is Rachida  Kankpe-Kombath she has her own cosmetics brand. This girl inspired me so much, she is driving and so determinate and I just love and cherish her friendship because it is positive but full of GOOD VIBES. I think the world need people like her, somebody who is just there to push you through. She inspired me because out 6millions plus habitants from my country she is the only female that I know with a cosmetics brand. Everyday I wake up and just ask God to keep on blessing her. Google her brand to know more – Zahara Cosmetics

http://zaharacosmetics.com/

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Then I know this other girl doing incredible as well she has an accessories brand full of beautiful product made in Wax. Did I mention how crazy this girl is about Nana Benz? Wait I dnt even understand it myself , at this point am asking myself if am missing something? But I love what she does and I love how open she is about her business aspect and I do respect her hustle because she is doing pretty incredible. Nah I didn’t forget to mention her name , Am talking about  Carmen Attikossie and the name of her brand is -Cartik.

 

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This other young lady doing incredible with her brand, “Kingdom Fashion” her name is Sika. Ah writing this blog I get even excited writing about a person I actually met before. But yes I met Sika 3 times , she was really cool and I did like her personality then, she was really friendly and so is her husband.She has a clothing brand , not just any kind of brand. Her clothes are pretty unique I would say the prom type of gown or wedding type of gown. They are gorgeous. When I said gorgeous I mean mind blowing gorgeous. You should google her work as well you will see where am coming from. – The Kingdom Fashion-

 

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Let me talk about this guy I met about 4 years ago, his name is Kiki, Ah this guy is just one of kind, he is an award winning Supermodel. He is a hard working young man that chose not to give up on his dream, he is one of those friend that I can’t even afford losing. What I like about Kiki tho, he doesn’t work hard for himself , he basically work hard for all of us, our country in general and am really proud of how far he has come. I ‘ve watched him grow in this fashion industry which is not and easy industry but he chose to give his best and I believe the best is yet to come his way and I just pray so. Google Him -Kiki Elom Kossi

 

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Oh wait this blog can’t be over , I almost  forgot to mention that my close friend I go everywhere with ! You know Nafi right, she is my friend because she inspired me a lot ok , I think is reciprocal. She is driven , she one of those person that will chose to stick with you through it all , she inspired me because she a strong  hardworking woman…….. And she s so good at makeup ! She is one of the few I can trust with my face. plus she is so beautiful OMG that black skin beautiful… She can really model if she chose to go for it! You know we all just really need that one friend that understand us, drama free type of ish .. personally that is all I need right now!

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Then I have this other friend, her name is Brigitte , am one year older than her , and this girl inspired me so much ok, this is someone that I will go too if I want really to slap me in my face y’all. But this girl got her associate degree then her Bachelor and married with a baby. Wait! what? for somebody younger than me she got her life together tho. OMG am not even comparing her life with mine right now! am just really proud of her. I love the fact that she s happy wherever she is. That is what inspired me very much! That is all that matter !

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Did I mentioned how much of a fan I am of myself tho? Nah!! , I will keep that one for another time! 😉

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Am wearing this nice shirt = FOREIGN CITIZENS =FOR WORLD CITIZEN AMBASSADOR=

This t-shirt is everything mehn. It is a must have ! yeah basically it conclude everything happening in this world nowadays. We are all foreign citizens , especially in America so we have to embrace our differences and celebrate peace at its best!

The CEO of this brand is Jean-Luc Fatou, he is a really good friend of mine and of course he is from Togo. I really like what he is doing with his brand!!

Be an Ambassador of love today!!

Link to their website will be bellow==> check them out!

http://www.forworldcitizens.com/

Now you see my dab game too strong tho!

My shoes is a gift from my friend Nafi

and am wearing this purple Zahara cosmetics lipstick mixed with pink LA girl lippy!

http://zaharacosmetics.com/

 

Fashion Forward

So you know how I’ve been blogging for a while? well today i made it a bit personal this time 😉

Last Saturday i had a shoot date with the CEO of Zahara cosmetic, Miss Rachida , for their fall photoshoot.  I dressed up and showed up! i kinda like this fall style of mine , so i decided to share it with you all. I got to pose for the camera once in a while so it was just one of those days! OOps and i actually shoot with two photographers on the site  “aye Lucky me hah!” Over all it was a fun date , i got to meet some of her beautiful models, you know those types of beauty that actually confirm how God is actually an artist right ? lol silly me! 😀

I will actually post two of the pictures i feature with Zahara cosmetic that day! well i meant my accessories since it was a collabo!

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OUTFIT :

SHIRT : black regular tank top

PANT : SEARS

BAG : US Polo ASSN

NECKLACE/ EARRINGS : Uniquebyreelia

VEST:  Nordstrom rack

SHOES : Rock & Candy

Lipstick: Zahara cosmetic

BANGLE : Charlotte Russe

Photograph: Cruffent & Missllaneous

Zahara Cosmetic Accessories Collabo

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Model- @toadzo
Necklace- @uniquebyreelia
Wearing Zahara Cosmetics

MUA : Rachida Kankpe-Kombath

Makeup : Zahara cosmetic

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Model- @fashionita_lareine
Necklace – @uniquebyreelia

MUA : Rachida Kankpe-Kombath

Makeup : Zahara cosmetic

 

African Women

To be an African, is to be beautiful in every shade. We love our accessories, perhaps because it has been part of our history and culture. I love how Nigerian woman dress for their traditional wedding. Having a lot of Nigerian friends and being around them, was one thing that inspired me to come up with this project. These accessories and head tie Gele are now available in our shop. For more information contact us!

ENJOY OUR LOOKBOOK

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PROJECT CREDIT

PHOTOGRAPH: Mac-Adar  Kouevi—- IG: Cruffent

MODEL1 : Sergine Cadet — IG : Syr6

MODEL 2: Nafissatou Salami — IG :nafissajolie

HEAD TIE: Adesola Omojibike — IG : Adesola.omojibike

MAKE UP : Nafissatou Salami — IG :nafissajolie

CREATIVE DIRECTOR : Unique By Reelia — IG : Uniquebyreelia

SHOP: http://www.unique-by-reelia.com/

Eternal Woman

Being a woman today, is like being an Angel and a devil at the same time.  A woman today is secret is hard and brittle at every moment.  She no longer has the heart to submit ,but It protects enormously. Being a woman is given life , Faced the best and worst. Being a woman is knowing how to build and forgetting all the stress that come with it. Women are always eternal .

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When it come to Sensuality ( it represent a woman ), A balance approach (also women ), Being a mother, a wife and a business partner at the same time, ( this also represent a woman strength ). They re exciting and full of mystery. Before all the challenges ( we need to respect the women). They are Demanding and hard working, they have no choice. We like to be independent. Being a woman – being a soul – Being a lady – be charming – Be calm – Be a weapon. All the sensitivity of a soul, that’s being a woman Being like a honey, being nice , Being the one you dream of.

Be free is the key , that’s being a woman. ”  Perle Lama

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They said babies are gift sent from above, it actually make sense , they are born innocent after all. I really love babies, well children. I think they look really beautiful and loving , they forget and forgive quick. I can’t wait to have my own kids, my friends think they will be spoiled, well i don’t really know abut that, I mean i will make sure they have it all but their education and discipline is also important. Personally i think child discipline is a blessing from God , well because some parent tried and gave it all for nothing! but oh well what do i know?

 

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Let me introduce you to a good friend of mine, when i first heard she was pregnant i told her , i wanted to be the one to direct her photo-shoot.  I think baby bump are beautiful but anyway as much i yearn for babies and marriage and education , they all seems too scary and complicated to me at the same time. Yes and the reason why most of my friends are married or have children and still pursing their education, is just so i get to learn from them. (playing smart you know)

 

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This particular friend of mine name is Fuany, she was married at a young age for about 3 years now , she is still pursuing her education and is in her last year at a University here in Maryland, she is also working full time and she is actually expecting a baby.  As excited as i was for her , i tried to put everything together for her in my mind, like how would she be able to manage all of this ? then i hit her up and asked if i can blog her and here we are people. I’ve always wanted to do a maternity shoot! so yay!

 

 

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The interview with Fuany is more like a narration. Basically i asked her few questions, like how is she managing her marriage? What make it easy for her? does believe in God? if so how important is her belief in her marital home? how is she able to manage, marriage, School, work and baby at the same time? and if she has any advice for you guys and i? well a sister gotta learn something remember ? Bellow is her narration.

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Hello! my name is Fuany Johnson, and yes I am married. I have been married for three years now. My marriage is strong because of God. My husband and I pray together and study the bible. We also attend church and serve The Lord. This takes the focus off ourselves and put the focus on The Lord for a healthy marriage.

 

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Hello! my name is Fuany Johnson, and yes I am married. I have been married for three years now. My marriage is strong because of God. My husband and I pray together and study the bible together as well. We also attend church and serve The Lord. This takes the focus off ourselves and put the focus on The Lord for a healthy marriage.

 

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Young couples, think of your partner before yourself. If you are selfish, your relationship will always be centered around you and not your partner. Pray without ceasing and ask God for a healthy relationship with your spouse.
God is first in our marriage. Don’t be angry with your spouse. Always settle your arguments on the same day and do not let the sun go down on your anger.

Being pregnant is exciting and tiring all at the same time. My baby means the world to me. I can’t wait till she gets here. Working, going to school, being a wife, and being pregnant is not easy. To ease my mind, I pray to God and try to relax every time I get the chance.

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It was great doing my photo shoot with you and your crew. I love my pictures so far. They are professional and very beautiful. I can see the pictures and visualize when my baby gets here. Thank you so so much for taking your time and doing this with me. God bless you!!

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Well, and that was about it, i got to learn a few things out of this one !! We wish Fuany all the best in her marriage as well as becoming a mother. We can’t wait to feature her little angel on this page as well.

Love XOXO!

 

Credit

Creative Director: UniqueByReelia

Makeup: UniqueByReelia

Photo: Cruffent

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