Gele Chronicles: George Me Not

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Two of my favorite colours in one George material. George is a cotton African textile originating from Nigeria. It is adorned with bright colours and especially gold accents because it is usually worn by royalty. The fabric signifies wealth, luxury and status. The material is commonly worn for special occasions like weddings and church events.

I got this vintage piece from Grandma LAJA and style Mummy LAJA in the lovely number. It’s definitely a different look but what can I say, Mummy LAJA’s so fly <3 I completed the look with this dramatic piece from Fulfill Jewelry to amplify the aesthetic. Loud and proud, baby! Have a lovely weekend and I’ll talk to you in a bit! xx

Outfit Details

George: Vintage

Jewelry: Fulfill Jewelry

Makeup / Styling / Photography: LAJA Styles

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Always,

Miss LAJA

Gele Chronicles: Black and White

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Here’s another gele look since I haven’t done one in a while. I plan on doing a lot of the holidays as I’m in the process of coveting my mum’s wardrobe *cheese* This isn’t a gele entirely but I wanted to head piece and jewelry to be the focus of the look. What do you  think?

A moment of silence for the gorgeousness of this set! Ahnahn, talk about making a statement! Fulfill Jewelry never fails to leave me speechless each and every time plus they’re handmade. So you can imagine why this is a favorite brand of mine. For me, it’s quality over quantity always.

If you’re home on the holidays, how do you feel? Splendid isn’t it? One of my girlfriends is graduating this week (yeah, it’s a winter graduation). After 4 years of fun/suffering I’m like yesss girl, get it! Hope you’re all settling back home well. Jet lag has been my bestie but other than that. I’m good. Enjoy and I’ll talk to you in a bit!DSC_4359

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Outfit details

Makeup/Headgear by Miss LAJA

Jewelry: Fulfill Jewelry

Always,

Miss LAJA

 

 

Gele Chronicles: Before Sunset

 
Today’s gele chronicles is inspired by this lovely ankara blouse and these lovely orange earrings that remind me of the time right before sunset… Golden hour. 

This lip color is my new favorite this summer. I’ve been wearing it way too much. I’m glad I finally found a burgundy lipstick that suits my skin so well. Woop woop! I hope you enjoy the look and I’ll talk to you soon.
Products Used
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk: here
Sleek “Sunset 568” Eyeshadow Palette: here
LA Colors Graphix Eyeliner: here

L’Oréal Pencil Perfect Self-Advancing Eyeliner in Carbon Black: here 

L’Oréal Telescopics Mascara 2X in Carbon Black: here
Wet N Wild Lipstick in Cherrybomb: here
ColorPop lip liner in “Ellarie”: here   

Bh cosmetics 10-Shade Professional Blush Palette: here 
Pond’s Oil Control Talc Powder:here
Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry
Gele Tied by LAJA Styles

Disclaimer: I don’t use foundations or concealers neither do I contour my face so I won’t be listing those types of products. I only use the Pond’s Oil Control Talcto reduce shine and it has zero coverage. I also don’t fill in my brows. So what you’re seeing here (and in all my previous makeup looks) is my bare skin/brows. I’ll keep you all updated with time 🙂

Always,
Miss LAJA

Jabulani Bellas

 
Duke’s African show was this past Tuesday and it was a blast, whirlwind and tornado of fun, excitement and high tension but my Jabulani Bellas and Beaus came out on top! Woop woop!

Honestly, this was my first time feeling the heat of life or shall I say, the beautiful chaos life behind the scenes of a fashion show especially being a stylist and model. I tied the models’ geles (mine included) and funny enough I didn’t get the pictures of all them. I think I tied for over 20 Bellas (that’s what I’m calling us). Gosh,I thought I was dreaming but my hands reminded me that this was in fact a reality, haha. I’ve never tied for that many people under such short notice. I think I grew muscles and a six pack, haha. I had to be quick, effective and make sure they all looked stunning. Diariz God o, because they all did.
My biggest fear which eventually came to pass was the geles falling apart before their due time. You see, I had to tie most of them before the fashion show which explains why most of the Bellas aren’t all dressed up in these photos. They were needed for very specific scenes and since I was the only one tieing, I didn’t want to leave it till the day of the show. Even with that, I can tell you I tied gele during and up until the end of the show.  I had to learn how to use pins to hold them together to prevent my work from falling apart so that was a new and quite darn nerve wrecking experience. Even with the high tension and pressure, I actually really, really enjoyed it. Like really, really enjoyed it. Woop woop!

I also got to select outfits Jabulani Beaus and some of the Bellas which was a lot of fun but one thing I realized about fashion shows is that it’s really not about you. I almost forgot that I was a model cause I was asking people “Do you have an outfit for this?”, “What are you wearing on your feet?”, “Have you tied your gele?”
 I had planned to get a billion pictures but since I was both styling and modelling, I had very little time to take proper pictures of my outfits for the fashion show because I was running everywhere (literally). #StylistLife. For some strange reason, my photos were not coming out right. It was rather frustrating. I definitely respect people that make up the glam squad or work BTS on any project (fashion stylists, hair stylists, makeup artists and many more), it not easy. The final presentation is a far cry from what happens underneath. I’ve come to the conclusion that BTS chaos for anything fashion is my type of chaos.
 It was a lovely experience and though my fingers died from numbness and pin pricks and my cuticles look eww, I will do it again and again and again. Till next year!
 

Always,
Miss LAJA

Sisterhood Of The Travelling Gele

I present to you (some) of the promo pictures for Duke Africa’s annual Jabulani Show. Oh ma gashhh, I’m sooo in love!


Happy New Month, loverrss! March is a special month for me because Miss LAJA, Miss LAJA (yes, I said it twice) and Daddy LAJA celebrate our birthdays and for many more reasons! It’s a countdown! Get excited!
This year’s theme for the African Exposition presented by Duke Africa is “The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Headwrap”. For this project, I was the stylist, model and photo editor and I had so much fun during the shoot! I might even be modelling in the fashion show… *wink wink*
What I’m most proud are the geles *sniffs and flicks tears*.  I’m so happy with how they turned out. My strength was put to the test, haha. The tugging and jumping was real as you know for those of you familiar with the art of tying gele.

What do you think of the photos? Hit or Miss? You already know I’m in love with them if not, I wouldn’t put them on here, haha!
Countdown to Spring Break, I cannot wait. Hold on tight, we’re almost there!
Team
Directors: Stephanie Ogwo and Ozioma Uwazurike
Photographers: Stephanie Ogwo and Kolapo Aluko
Editors: Ashan-wa Aliogo and Stephanie Ogwo
Styling: Ashan-wa Aliogo
Models: Mariel Rosario, Kolapo Aluko, Martina Tiku, Joseph Bassey, Zamantha Granados, Ashan-wa Aliogo

The Jabulani Show is 17th March 2015 in Reynold’s Theatre, Duke Univeristy from 8-10pm. Come through and have a swell time celebrating Africa and her culture!
Miss LAJA

Hair Talk: Concotious Wanna-Be-Kinky

The braids are innn… Again.

These are basic box braids with curly tips (because you all know I love curls… and braids hehe) but I thought they really resembled the kinky twists I always do but since they’re not, I decided this style deserved a post of it’s own. Besides this reason, I have 3 different colors of extensions; black, blue and purple. Concoction of colors, I know, but allow me to explain.

I intended to use only black and purple but we ran out of purple extensions so this happened. I LOVE IT. The purple highlights really come out here. I wish there were more daring colors of attachment out there for us color-loving folks. Honestly.
 I was skeptical about the length because it was neither short nor long and that really bothered me BUT it’s grown on me a lot. I used 4 Packets of X-pression extensions which is a ridiculous amount considering it’s not long but it doesn’t feel heavy AT ALL. 

Maintenance is the same old Sulfur 8 Braid sheen spray and my trusty ol’ hairnet or satin scarf. Oh, and keeping it FAR away from water.

What do you think? How far would you go with mixing extensions?

Interested in African Prints and Wear?

Sooo, I’ve been getting positive feedback/questions on my African print clothing so if you’re interested in buying African prints (ankara, kente etc), contact me via email (label on the right) or send me a personal message on my Facebook page here to place orders, make inquiries or simply say hi!


As of now, I will be collecting orders for only prints and gele but I will update this post as I add more products to the list!

For orders on African prints (standard size 6yds) and Gele, include in your message;

1) Quantity

2) Your location to determine shipping costs. For now, I will only be taking orders from Nigeria and the US. (Sorry to my international readers, it will be available to you all soon 😀 )

 

3) Color preferences: Dominant and recessive colors. For example..

On this jacket, the dominant color= yellow and recessive color= brown. 
It could get complicated since African prints come in diverse colors, patterns and styles but just message me and we’ll talk!

There are lots of inspiration on Miss LAJA so you can start here if you’re dry on ideas for color combos!

Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that I will find the EXACT print/gele you see me wear on my site because they might be sold out or out of season BUT I can try to find prints in similar colors or based on your personal preferences.

   I’m so excited to add this section to my site and help those of you looking to buy authentic and quality prints!!

Leave any questions, comments or concerns below!


Always,
Miss LAJA

Eleganza

I did this engagement/gele makeup look for my lovely, lovely friend. It was inspired by her jewelry, outfit and of course, the gele. Plus, I figured it’s nice putting some new faces here once in a while, you know?

 It was so much fun playing around with colors and the photoshoot was a blast so shout out to my darling, beautiful, model bride, Zarina!
Makeup/Gele/Photography: LAJA Styles
Always,
Miss LAJA

Gele Chronicles: Light Blue

Yes, blue again… 

I decided to do the all (light) blue version using a lighter gele as compared to this one here. I’m loving the lips especially for the fall. It’s just a lip pencil and clear lip gloss. Here I present to you another option for a gele look or if you’re simply looking for how to wear blue eyeshadow.  

Products Used
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk: here
Bh Cosmetics 120 Color Eye Shadow, 1st Edition: here 
 L’Oreal Perfect Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon black: here

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Blackest Black: here
L’Oréal Pencil Perfect Self-Advancing Eyeliner in Carbon Black: here 
L’Oréal Telescopics Mascara 2X in Carbon Black: here
   Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Cherry Kiss: here 
Top with a clear lipgloss of your choice 

Bh cosmetics 10-Shade Professional Blush Palette: here 

Pond’s Oil Control Talc Powder:here
Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry
Gele Tied by Miss LAJA


Disclaimer: No, I don’t use foundations or concealers neither do I contour my face so I won’t be listing those types of products. I only use the Pond’s Oil Control Talcto reduce shine and it has zero coverage. I also don’t fill in my brows. So what you’re seeing here (and in all my previous makeup looks) is my bare skin/brows. I’ll keep you all updated with time 🙂

  

   

 
 
 
Always,
Miss LAJA

Bronze Age

 This look was inspired by this natural piece by Fulfill Jewelry with very earthly and natural colors.

 I decided to do a look using natural colors like gold, brown and bronze. Now that I’m thinking about it, I should have used blue on my waterline instead of black to make the eyes pop more. You could take this as a subtle bridal look.
What do you think?

Jewelry by Fulfill Jewelry

PS, My photo was entered for a contest and the deadline is the 16th of this month! Please vote by liking and/or commenting on the photo here on Facebook. I need at least a 100 likes! It’s really easy! Voting ends August 19th. Lots of hugs and kisses!

  


Always,

Miss LAJA