Featured Creatives

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chic African Accessories From Tionne

Tionni Accessories creates accessories in African print and materials. And what beautiful creations these are! When you think of Tionni, you immediately think of color, chic youthfulness, and  style. You can incorporate these creations in so many outfits; allowing you to rep Africa in a fashionable and stylish way.

Their brooches, hairbands, hair pins, earrings, rings, bangles, belts, bib necklaces, slippers, and purses are so attractive that you notice them right away. They are definitely conversation starters too. Gone are the days when African print was unimaginative and boring. Artists like Tionni are eagerly revamping African print and making the youth proud to wear them. Check out some of their accessories in this lovely and playful photoshoot.
A pretty cool and creative feature of their accessories is their double purpose, for example you can wear some of their hairpin as a brooches. Tionni gives you good quality accessories at an affordable price too; I should know since I'm sporting a couple of their products (true confessions hehe).

You can check Tionni Accessories' new blog for lovely products and updates.  They are based in London, Lagos, and Abuja, but you can contact them easily via email: tiene.akpabio@gmail.com. Also, see them at Asos Marketplace.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Get That POP From Johnson O'Eclat

Johnson O'Eclat is a fashion house that creates fashionable, stylish, and African inspired handbags, purses, clutches, wallets, slippers, jewelry, and belts. Their designs are beautiful, dynamic, and unpredictable with a lovely mix of patterns.

What I love the most about these O'Eclat designs are their 'POP!' Where them with any outfit and they stand out and get you noticed. You can wear them with a simple jeans and vest and they make you instantly fashionable. I also love the unique structures of their bags and purses. Shown below is their recently released Belle De Jour collection:
Their collections have a native and modern twist, all at the same time. They use so many different patterns and designs that their creations are always interesting. Nothing in O'Eclat will bore you, I assure you.

You can see more of O'Eclat in their website and blog. Connect more intimately with them on Facebook and Twitter, or just send them an email: info@oeclatdesigns.com

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Flow Of Words From LolaBunz

This is my first music feature and I'm quite excited to be doing it, especially with this artist. I'm a music lover, but Hip Hop isn't my first love in music, so for me to love this artist is no small thing (no be beans hehe).
LolaBunz has been rapping since she was 12 years old. Her love for Hip Hop was inspired by her elder brother (pictured below). She's about 20 now, and she continues to listen to music and work in the studio like an addict. All that is paying off as she has had many musical triumphs, including performing at large urban music festivals like 106 & York and performing on stage with a few Hip Hop legends. There will be many more triumphs to come I'm betting.

One of many things that I'm sure will guarantee her success is the way she feels about music; music is her life, and she can't picture herself living without making it. It's in her. She also has a versatility that will ensure that she is never boring and predictable. Just take a minute to listen to the music below titled 'Tek Ya Money'. I bet you'll love it like I do.

"If you love your music, let your love for it be your drive to do it to the fullest. That is one thing that no one can take away, your love and passion, because it shows in your performance."

LolaBunz is based in both Toronto, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria. She's currently majoring in Equity and Social Policy at York University, and still continues to do her thing. Better watch out for her!

She is under the Label Lasgidi Entertainment. You can contact them via mobile: +2348023354981 and +2348098329433, or via email doseni@yahoo.com and inspired_2_aspire@yahoo.com

Monday, April 18, 2011

Artful Geometry From Karo Akpokiere

Karo Akpokiere has a style that is all his own. His art is very distinct and amazingly, he manages to merge abstract, geometry, and culture to create something beautiful.
His passion for art started as far back as he can remember. Art is in him, and is a core part of who he is. But he was inspired to make his art a lot more than something to just keep him busy. So in 1998, he plunged into his work inn full force after hearing various word like 'your talent is a pointer to your purpose' and 'not everyone is meant to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer'. He realized that he had a purpose, an innate ability to create. Hence, he drew more, learned more, and drew again.

Now, in addition to commissions, Karo has self-initiated projects to keep his creative juices flowing. He runs The Seek Project, which is a website that provides a platform for him to showcase his work and projects, as well as collaborate with other artists. Karo uses both traditional and digital processes in creating his art. Of particular interest to him is putting his work onto media like t-shirts, sneakers, and as graffiti. Presently, he works on print media, illustrations, murals, logos, identity designs, apparels, and footwear designs.

Murals and graffiti

Tables, posters, t-shirts, and footwear designs too

The thing is, success comes when you create in your image i.e. when your work is based on the innate talent you were born with. Karo does exactly that, so it's no wonder that he's climbing from success to success.

You check out more of his work here. And view his daily drawings here. Contact him through email: karo@seekproject.com, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook. Also, his store is located here.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Crown Chronicles Feature

So, I'm pleased to announce that I've been featured! Not The Corner Shop, but Adiya. This great new blog Crown Chronicles, featured my hair regime. The blog is really interesting and is actually 1 of only 2 hair blogs that I follow. Please Crown Chronicles out here, and check out the feature here. On the blog, you'll find tutorials, giveaways, features of hair regimens, and of course, hair chronicles; really interesting and a great read. Thank you Babe for this feature, you're such a doll!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Timelessness From Herds Of The Fathers

In these days of ever changing trends, Tobi Babajide and Jason Akoi have a vision of providing 'timeless leather goods for the ever changing gentleman'. They are achieving this vision through their company Herds of the Fathers. Although there are plans to incorporate more products, their current main products are backpacks, mini backpacks, and duffel bags, all in leather. Leather signifies class, quality, durability, and timelessness. These are some of the qualities that are not only showcased in their products, but in the values and brand of the company itself.
Herds of the Fathers preaches a powerful message- one of timelessness and individuality. Their goal is to encourage others to create their own style using classic pieces that will stand the test of time, and not be influenced by fickle fads that come with a bang and slowly fade away. They dare you to be different; to create and stand out.
Although these products are targeted at gentlemen, I can see ladies sporting them too. I actually first heard about this company via That Good Good Blog and now I'm happily spreading their message. (Yes, this is the second time I'm poaching from that blog but what do you expect, it's got that Good Good!).

Actually, when it comes down to it, Herds of the Fathers is not really about products, it's about a lifestyle. Please check out their products from their store (see more products here), get a more personal feel of them at their blog, or contact them here. You can follow them on Twitter too.