Tradition, Remixed: The New Gele?

Some call them Turbans, some call them Headwraps or Headties …whatever you want to call them, this trend seems to be the new thing. Turbans take inspiration from traditional Nigerian culture, in which a Gele is worn to complete a woman’s traditional attire. Geles are headwraps created by tying a long and wide fabric (usually fabric with body, like Aso oke or Damask) around a lady’s head, to create an amazing piece of art. When I have on a Gele I feel regal. They bring focus to the eyes and the facial structure of the face, because traditionally all your hair should be covered with the headwrap. In the image below, I am in the process of tying a Gele for the beautiful Ashlee.

Tying Ashlee's Gele

Headwrap I tied for the Fela Wives photoshoot

With that being said, the new trend inspired by the Gele is a matter of taste. I personally love the trend and I think it is a great way to add interest to an outfit. Check out how this trend is being rocked by some of my favorite people:





Chrisette Michele

Chrisette Michele and June Ambrose

Images from: Here and Here
What do you think of this trend?


Celebrity Inspirations: Solange Knowles

And another one…

So, I was watching the 2009 Video Music Awards (VMA’s) last month (I know I am late, lol) and apart from all the drama which took place that night, a few people really caught my eye. Case in point: Solange Knowles, I had to take a second look at her. I totally loved her new look, it was refreshing. Her makeup was on point and it fit perfectly with her new hair cut. Below is a picture of Solange at the VMA’s:

Solange at the 2009 VMA's

Solange at the 2009 VMA's

Below is a picture of a similar look created on a model (Ayanna). Photography by Anthony Cole

RDU Workshop Ayanna


I used my Graftobian foundation Palette to find her perfect match.  Feel free to use whatever concealer, foundation and powder that works best on your skin type.


Smashbox Brow Tech- in Brunette


NYX White (inner lids)

NYX Deep Charcoal (middle of lids)

MAC in Carbon (outer lids)

White Pearl Pigment (to highlight the brow bone)

MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating (to line the waterline)

Urban Decay Liquid Liner- Perversion


Marykay Ultimate Mascara in Black

False Lashes – Flash in F15 Black


Lancome Lip Colouring Stick in Fraichelle

NYX Lip Liner in Pinky

Light pink lipstick from my lip palette


Ben Nye Blush in Desert Coral

Finish the look off with a bronzer of your choice. I used Max Factor Color Genius Bronzer in Sun Kissed

My next entry will be about Eyebrows and Glasses!!