The Giddimint Photoseries…

Hi guys,

hope you’re having a great weekend so far… A few months back i worked on a Little project called the Giddimint Photoseries.

The Photoseries was an idea i came up with a friend and my Oga (Boss) at the top Kelo Okeke of Giddimint.com for his site. The project showcases and shed light on young visual creatives in Nigeria through the Giddimint platform. We got these young creatives to use tshirts and products from the site to create images to showcase their creative prowess and i was fortunate enough to work with Baba Agba.

Baba is an Amazing up and coming photographer who shoots on solely film. For his Photoseries we came up with the idea of merging tees (all sold on Giddimint.com) with ball gowns and more or less high fashion pieces and the result is the collection of Images below.

I love the texture of these images and i must say it is always a great feeling to support up and coming creatives from Nigeria.

To view the rest of the series, kindly visit the Giddimint.com/blog

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Lola Rae For Blanck Digital

 

 

 

Aside from being a freelance stylist, i am the fashion editor for an online magazine; http://www.blanckdigital.com

Blanck is an online fashion magazine with a heartbeat, and that heart is Africa… the Last issue was the freedom issue with the underlining question ‘what does freedom meant to you?’ We had four covers for the issue and one of the celebrity featured was aspiring songstress Lola Rae.

Initially, as the shoot was a beauty inspired feature, the moodboard i created  for this shoot was very colorful, bright and summery. That was thrown out the window as we decided to strip her bare and build her look up.

I love how simple, somewhat raw and delicate she looks in some of these images…

Lola Rae is a natural in front of the camera and she evidently photographs well. Some of the images here did not make it into the magazine so you’re literally getting an exclusive on my blog lol.

If you have the time, head on to blanckdigital.com, check out the site and the magazine as i would love to know what you think.

xoxo

Bella Lola for Blanck

 

 

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Styled by yours truly

Photography; Ade Asiko Okelarin

Make Up Artist; Dayo Rasheeda (OTS Beauty) 

Hair; Anoushka Romanenkova

A little Bit of this…

Hi guys,

I know, I have been away for a hot minute now and I do apologize to you guys who actually follow my blog and support me religiously, blame it on the workload and my inability to be somewhat more organized. I promise, I am improving on that aspect of my life…

So! my first post or next couple of posts since my going AWOL will be on projects and stuff I have been up to aside taking pictures of myself in pretty ensembles lol.

This latest post was a shoot I styled late last year for WOW magazine. The inspiration for this shoot was literally Christmas. It was more like “what would you treat your man to on the first day of Xmas” theme.

The image was shot by Ade Okelarin, Make Up by Toni Kemi and Debi AFriyie was my muse for the day… I particularly love this shoot as I think I did achieve my goal. I wanted the images to ooze the right amount of sexiness without being too erotic. Debie was an absolute pleasure to work with. She took directions pretty well making my job pretty easy…

If you live in Lagos Nigeria, grab yourself a copy of the magazine and let me know what you think.

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Fashion Editorial for Wow magazine.

Fashion Editorial for Wow magazine.

Nouveau

Hello, 

so remember i told you guys that i was moving house, well what i failed to mention or add to that info is that most of my clothes and belongings are in storage. This only made me come to the conclusion that i need new clothes. i mean i cannot go out about without clothing…All that said i would like you to welcome my 2 new favourite piece of clothing; my lovely shorts and my well long deserved stilettos.

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As i am sure, most of us fashionista will always say that the best stiletto to buy is the Christian Louboutin Pigalle. in as much as i love Mr Louboutin’s amazing art he calls shoes, the Pigalle is a far cry from comfortable. It’s not just the height you have to deal with, the arch of the shoe is so disproportionate to the height you feel like you’re on your tiptoes standing, on a stilt 90 percent of the time. it is least to say that those shoes are bloody uncomfortable and i wouldn’t trust a woman who calls them comfortable or walk a mile in them (i know, i have trust issues)

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All that said, i have found the love of my stiletto life and his name is Nouveau, his daddy is Stuart Weitzerman and the man has a soft sport for comfort and elegance. S trust me when i say this is a match made in shoe heaven.

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Bella

 

 

9 to 5…

Hi Guys,

i know i have been quiet of late and my blog has been missing a post or 2, i do apologise and i blame it all on work and my chaotic life. I have been doing a lot of styling gigs of late, so much that the past 3-4  weekends has been from one shoot to another. To make matters worse i had to move house so most of my stuff is in storage…its all a big mess if i am totally honest.  I promise as soon as images are out i will post them up for you guys to see, a little insight into my creative work isnt a bad idea right?

Well, all that said, todays post is dedicated to the outfit i wear on Tuesday to friday; my work uniform.

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I work in a retail store in London as a part time sales associate. It is the only job that gives me enough freedom and leeway to pursue my dream as a creative consultant and if i am totally honest, i actually enjoy working in retail as it kinda keeps me in the field i would love to be great at and give me the avenue to meet people from different places and works of life, even famous ones…

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For security reasons i cannot really tell you where i work for the fear of stalkers is the beginning of wisdom.

However i am happy to share with you guys what i look like on most weekdays although i did tweak it a little with the hat and Louboutins (imagine running up and down the stairs in those), i am usually in a pair of boots or mid heels.

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i would love to know what you guys wear for 9/5, lets make it a thing.

xoxo

Bella

Bella Bradshaw?

Hi Guys,

i think i am going through a hair-volution and i am totalling loving it. I am your plain jane;  simple weave and braids kind of girl as i don’t like taking drastic risks with my hair. So I think i surprised myself when my hair stylist suggested i tried this style and i said yes after just 10 mins of persuasion. No complaints about looking fresh off the boat,  black version of slash the guitar player or worse a really bad Nollywood actress, like nothing!  My reaction and eagerness to try something new kinda shocked me too…

All in all it definitely has been a welcomed change.
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Well as you can clearly tell that this hair got me all giddy and excited that i couldn’t help but put my carrie skirt on (that’s not what the skirts called but just go with it) sashaying down Regent street with the intro tune to sex and the city playing in my head and feeling like a less drama version of Miss Bradshaw….

i decided to take more cool night mode images and i am totally in love with them, i felt like the camera was just expressing my emotions through the colour blurs and soft focusing.

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Bella

Black Mamba

Hi guys,

i went back to black today and my top is from the mothership; Zara’s new A/W collection.

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So i decided to opt for claws instead of my usual short simple manicure all thanks to my darling Tintin. they might look so good and stylish but these nails are a nightmare for a working woman like me. Even typing this post is taking longer than expected…what we do in the name of fashion ey?

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xoxo

Bella

Iyanya gets Bella-fied.

Hi guys,

its been a minute since i wrote on my blog as i have been a pretty busy bee. Its summer time and sort of like a high season for styling gigs especially for music and entertainment clients. 2-3 weeks ago i worked with the beautiful Tiwa Savage and styled 2 videos from her forthcoming debut album; Once upon a time.  As soon as i have the permission to let the cat out of the bag, you guys will be the first to know x.

So less i digress, i styled the African Superstar Iyanya last weekend and i must say it was both stressful and exciting. It is totally different from editorial or the normal  photo-shoot concept as you always have to be on the ball and time is always of the essence. Anyways i think i will ease up on the words and let the images do the talking.IMG_5222

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Look 1

Sunglasses: Porsche

Jacket: Allsaints

Jeans: Uniqlo

Trainers: Balenciaga Iyanya-Kukere-Concert-June-2013-BellaNaija-19-450x600

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Look 2

T-shirt: Mr Garbe Fela

Jeans:River Island

Trainers: Guiseppe Zanotti

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I decided to wear my comfortable wedge trainers as i wanted to be able to runaround like a headless chicken with the coolest wide brim hat just incase things dont go as planned which was literally the case in this situation.
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Wicker: Topshop

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Sunglasses: Chanel

All in all it was a great experience and as this isnt my first time of working with Iyanya, it was  humbling experience to style such an amazing talent.

i am Always proud to toot my African horn and this case is no different

x

Bella

Sunday Brunch.







after Church on sunday, my darling Tintin and i (www.thesohosister.com) decided to go grab lunch. Between musing around central london trying to find cuisine inspiration for our not so hungry bellies, we decided to have an impromptu photo shoot. I totally blame the silliness on hunger and Tintin, whenever i am around her the little child in me which is always dying to escape comes alive…its never a dull moment.IMG_3183IMG_3074IMG_3068IMG_3108IMG_3111Hope you all had a lovely sunday/weekend too…

Bella

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Bella

Movement.

Winter is upon us in London Town and I feel like I am having a mad affair with my pretty little hat at the moment, as it was the focal point of this ensemble. As I am always on the go, I try to look the part and also be as practical as possible. I had an event to cover on Sunday amongst may other engagements I had and I know I wouldn’t have time for a quick change of outfit and handbag. So instead of my camera bag I opted for my ever faithful Russell and Bromley ‘hold all’ which literally holds all…and it also served as a holder for my tripod ( pretty smart right? Lol).

Would love to know how you guys juggle looking good and being practical at the same time…

Hat; P. J. Powell

Blazer; Zara

Shoes; Stuart Weitzerman 

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