LAJA Styles Tina

The  LAJA Styles Series features #StrongIndependentWomen styled in LAJA using items from their wardrobe. With ankara print, we often believe we have to buy a whole new wardrobe to make it work which isn’t true. This series shows you that you have everything you need to incorporate ankara clothing and pull together killer outfits (for different occasions) right in your wardrobe. I hope you draw inspiration from the styles of these beautiful women.
Photography: LAJA Photography
Styling: LAJA Styles

Today, we are in Tina’s wardrobe!

Look 1

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Look 2

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Always,

Miss LAJA 

Eternity & A Day

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I have this sense of urgency about life. I always feel I can do more, do better, reach higher. At the stage (and age) I’m in, I believe so strongly it’s the best time to try out new things, go out of my comfort zone, make mistakes because honestly, things only get more complicated as time goes on. This mindset definitely has it perks and downfall. One being you actually get to do really cool things that aren’t as common or you wouldn’t have done had you waited for “the right time”. There’s no such thing. On the other end, you tend to put wayyy too much pressure on yourself as you easily tend to forget that thing we call time and patience. I’m guilty, guilty, guilty all the way.

I’m in such a position right now where I have to take critical decisions as to what direction I want to go in with Miss LAJA and my fashion career. The decision is a major game changer and will require quite some transition in my life. On the other end, it will lead me closer to achieving my dreams, goals and aspirations. I’ve read so much articles my brain is fried and I’ve spoken to may people. Then I realized I’m running because ultimately it’s up to me to make that decision. I know I always speak in riddles but I promise you, it’ll be very clear as to what the hell I’m talking about. It’s nothing bad, far from it. It’s a blessing and the potential opportunities scare me so much it’s hard to concentrate or think or sleep. All I ask is that you stay excited and you pray for me.

Eternity & A Day by Paul Haslinger fills me with so much hope. I almost feel infinite when listening to it. I imagine myself at the highest peak of a mountain amongst the clouds in awe of the view. Sublime. There’s so much beauty and love the world has to offer and while it can be beautifully overwhelming, it’s so important to take things one step at a time, one day at a time because it’s there. Listen to the song, what does it remind you of?

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Outfit Details

Dress: LAJA Styles

Sweater: Windsor

Blazer/Beret: Target

Shoes: Audrey Brooks

Coat: Metaphor

Always,

Miss LAJA

BAD.

misslaja-2I hope you’re enjoying what’s left of the weekend. I finished watching “Far From The Madding Crowd”, I started it on the plane but didn’t get to around till the end. I AM IN LOVE. I love movies, books, TV Shows and pretty much anything where the heroine (if she’s the main character) is strong and bad ass. Have you seen it? If you haven’t you neeeed to so we can discuss. I’m  a sucker for medieval, Victorian inspired visual arts (explains my love for TV show Reign).

Speaking of bad ass, I’m back to wearing crazy colored hair extensions. Yes, it’s that time again. 2015 was a year of neutrals and playing it safe with colours, this year I plan on going overboard hehe. That’s a promise. I’m feeling this red so much I’m contemplating being a red head the whole of 2016 (might through in some grey, who knows, who knows?) This past month and late last year, I’ve been living in black and red. I’ve just naturally gravitated towards them. My style has definitely taken an edge side. Looking forward to seeing how I match my ankara pieces. Cheers to being bad.

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Outfit details
Ankara Jacket: LAJA Styles
Dress: Body Central
Booties: Mix No. 6

Always,

Miss LAJA

This Christmas

springparkyaad-2Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing day! I went for a relative’s birthday party! Yes, she shares the same birthday as Jesus. It was a great time with food and lovely company. I’ve been visiting many family members and friends and it absolutely blows my mind that they know about Miss LAJA! Hearing the things they say encourage me so much and make me look forward to what 2016 has to offer. It’s officially a countdown! I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I just got back from a visit to my cousins’ place! I hope you enjoyed yours, what did you do? And what are you looking forward to this coming 2016?

A little bit on the outfit, I’m wearing a vintage ankara top courtesy Mummy LAJA. The top is about 15 years old! I was like dayummm :O I can imagine myself wearing this outfit if I were spending Christmas or even the New Year in Las Vegas

Imagine an evening consisting of food (obviously ), a burlesque show and maybe a party after, hehe; Miss LAJA bringing a touch of ankara to the Sin City 😉 #TheUlitmateVegasOutfit in my dictionary, don’t you think? A girl can dream but I wore this on a day out on Christmas day. There’s nothing I love more than a night out with great food and great company; life is wayy too short to accept any less. Coming home this Christmas to my family and friends redirected my perspective.  Where would you wear this outfit to? I would like to know 😀

Don’t forget to check out the latest video I just dropped on how I tie my gele. I want your feedback! Enjoy, the rest of your week and I’ll talk to you in a bit.

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Outfit details

Ankara Blouse: Vintage Ankara

Skirt: old

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Purse: Antonio Melanie

Swarovski Earrings: Fulfill Jewelry

Merry Christmas!

Miss LAJA

VIDEO: HOW I TIE MY GELE

 

After getting loads of questions as to how I tie my gele, I finally did a video showing you how! That way you get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scene when I shoot for my Gele Chronicle series.

Do you use a different technique when tying your gele? If you do try my technique, use the hashtag #LAJATutorialMyLook so I can see and like them!

Let me know what you think and comment if you want me to keep doing more videos on Youtube. What would you want to see?

I’ll talk to you soon. Enjoy!

Always,

Miss LAJA 

Blue Lagoon

12369964_1010746672321964_1746294379_oI’m half asleep as I type this since I just touched down in Nigeria and my body is just confused. First thing I was greeted with was the heat and I welcomed it wholeheartedly because you know I’m not at all about that cold life. Anyways, it’s good to be home and have a change of space/location. It honestly makes a huge difference in my personality and demeanor. I feel different, even weird so to say. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I haven’t been home in the past year? It might not sound like a big deal but my personality changes with location. Not drastically though but it does change. Another possibility is I’m just plain tired and I’m just pouring out my brain. Either ways, do you have any experience with this?

Today’s pictures are from a collab I did with a photographer, Justin. I had so much fun during this shoot and loved geeking about photography life and struggles. It’s always great teaming up with people who are so passionate about their craft. If you’re looking to find cool and unique music + photography, check him out here.

Enjoy and I’ll talk to you in a bit!

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Photos by Justin Báez

 

Outfit details

Skirt: LAJA Styles

Sweater: Windsor

Earrings/ Swarovski tear drop bracelet: Fulfill Jewelry

Spiked Cuff: Thrifted

Always,

Miss LAJA