The Must Have Coach Travel Accessories

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Traveling can be hectic, difficult, and include lots of walking so when traveling one must have the best travel bag, shoes, and wallet. I have picked the perfect travel accessories from Coach.com. These accessories are must haves for travel in large cities like New York City, Paris, or Milan. My picks are fashionable, versatile, provides convenience, and most importantly they provide comfort and ease when traveling.

For the bag, I picked the Chelsea Hobo 32 in Polished Leather. It is the perfect bag because you can carry it in two ways. You can wear it over the shoulder, close and snug to you or you can use the longer strap and carry it as a crossbody. Crossbody bags are great for travel because your hands are free to carry shopping bags, camera, and phone. The style is hobo chic and can go with casual or semi formal travel clothing. I chose black because the color will match many other colors. The bag is priced at $325, a great bargain for a high-end brand bag.

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I chose the comfortable classic sneakers for shoes called C101 Low Top Sneakers. They are the perfect travel shoes because they are great for walking long distances. The leather gives it a sophisticated look and it goes perfectly with the Chelsea Hobo bag. The shoes will go great with jeans or black slacks. The shoes are priced at an affordable $295.

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Now for the perfect wallet, I chose the Accordion Zip Wallet in Polished Pebble Leather with Willow Floral. I chose this wallet because it matches perfectly with the shoes and bag and it is an accordion zip meaning your things will not be in danger of falling out because it zips all the way around. It is a large wallet so it can contain your must haves for travel such as IDs and credit cards. The wallet can fit 12 credit cards and you can store your bills lengthwise. It also has a zipped coin compartment. Another feature of the wallet that you will love is it can fit an iPhone 7 or a Samsung S7 Edge. The wallet is priced at $275, a great buy.

Check out the Chelsea Hobo bag, C101 Top Sneakers, and Accordion Zip Wallet on Coach.com. These three picks will ensure your travel runs smoothly while you looking stylish. Coach also has other options for a crossbody bag, sneakers, and accordion zip wallet that you may fall in love with.

Thanks to My Strict Parents

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I have to say I felt like I always had strict parents and I was a little bit, maybe slightly, kind of sort of a wee bit disappointed about having strict parents, but I have to say now that I am an adult I am grateful I had strict parents. To begin with, I had to go to bed at 9 pm. Yes, 9 pm was bed time for awhile so I could not watch the 10 pm news so I wasn’t scared of the world. I didn’t know about the bad neighborhoods near me in Houston so I happily wandered all over Houston. Yes sir I was in the major league of riding bikes all over Fondren and Mapplewood area. I was a pro at the whole let me just see what’s on this street.

Also, a 9 pm bedtime meant I had a lot of free time making artwork in my room, reading, and basically keeping myself entertained until I fell asleep at midnight so that meant I learned a lot. I read lots of magazines and then later books once I got used to reading English. I loved cutting out my magazines and pasting them on white paper and making my first graphic design pieces you could say. At an early age, I loved font and logos and then later I was finally allowed to get my first ever magazine subscription which was to the holy and sacred Seventeen magazine where I was first introduced to fashion photography. And of course later on in life, I got a Vogue subscription and that magazine put me on a fast track to the high life as a Visual Media major at Rochester Institute of Technology. Visual Media is a major that combined photography, graphic design, and management.

One summer during middle school dad grounded me for a week for not reading a book all summer so I read The Firm by John Grisham and right then I wanted to become a lawyer and devoured John Grisham books. I even visited Tulane in the summer of 7th grade. Once I got started with reading the books around the house I couldn’t stop reading because I ended up reading books like The Prince of Tides. If you don’t know what that book is about Google it and make your child read it because then they won’t stop reading. Because they’ll be like those books, they are weird! They are weirder and more entertaining than chatting with friends on the phone or watching TV. I’m joking please don’t make your child read The Prince of Tides it’s actually R rated, but you get my drift. I was like if this book is so interesting and it keeps me up all night reading what do those other books on the shelves have in their pages?

Okay enough with being silly. Really thanks to my parents for putting me in sports. I got into gymnastics and landed on my head trying to do a back flip, but I had a lot of fun doing it. I also got into swimming for the Mapplewood Olympics team, just kidding. But I did swim for an hour straight Monday through Friday at 7 am at the Mapplewood pool for about four summers. I did volleyball from 6th grade until junior year in high school. I played basketball for the St. Tomas More Parish. I did cheerleading for one season freshman year in high school. And by the way, thanks so much to my parents for driving me to all of those sporting events. They were the best times of my childhood and I could not have gone to them without my parents helping me, cheering for me, video taping my games, and all around just being there on the bleachers making me feel special.

And of course, I’ve got to thank mom for getting me into art. She got me started on water color painting when I was in 4th grade with a famous water colorist and author Hilary Page. Then starting in 9th grade my mom took me to Rochester Institute of Technology to my first ever college drawing classes. Yes! I actually did start going to college in 9th grade for drawing. I took at least three college drawing classes with mom. Then the summer of junior year in high school dad used to take me to my photography class at RIT. So as you can see I have lots to thank them for! All in all my strict parents were great after all.

Growing Up with My Great grandmother

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I was born in Davao City to my beautiful Mom. She took care of me for a few years. After I was big enough to be left with my grandma and grandpa she went abroad so she could support our family. My Lola and Lolo, as I call my grandparents, farmed. They grew corn, coconuts, and fruit trees. We lived a simple life. I grew up in a hut. It had bamboo walls and bamboo floors. We fetched water from a spring nearby and had a gas lamp and candles for light at night. This was during the time of no solar lights.

My first babysitter was my great grandmother, Lola Nanay Dominica. She took great care of me and she was my favorite. She used to sing to me “Ili ili tulog anay,” an Ilonggo song. She was a “natibo” and proud of being “natibo.” She wore a patadjong, a camiseta, and a cloth turban in her head. She did not like to wear shoes or flip flops so she walked around barefoot.

When I was young, she was my idol, but as I grew up I noticed the children in my village made fun of her for being different and dressing like a “natibo.” I must admit I felt a little ashamed of my great grandmother, but as I got older, I learned that having a unique culture and tribe was a wonderful thing to have. I also realized that my great grandmother was one of a kind and special. My great grandmother died about 20 years ago, but I remember her to this day and cherish the memories we had together. She was an inspiration to me.

American Literary Essay

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I did a project where I wrote an analysis of the poem The Road Not Taken. Check it out!

In the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, the speaker talks about he will be telling the story with a “sigh.” The sigh could mean many different things. The speaker is talking about how in the distant future, most likely years later on he will be looking back at his decision and wonder what if he had taken a different road. The different road could imply whether he had chosen a different person to marry, perhaps a different career, or perhaps even if he had taken advantage of an opportunity.

Of course, this is a poem and it is a work of art and it can be interpreted in many different ways and it is in the eye of the reader. As the audience, we must not necessarily believe one way or the other, but analyze it to be what if it was a happy choice or a sad choice because it could be either. When he reminisces about the time he chose the path it is in the far distant future so we cannot ever fully know what the sigh is exactly.

One way it could be interpreted is the sigh is more about the fact that he chose a path that was more difficult, but in the end more rewarding. The path he may have chosen may have been the one was less traveled and so it might mean that the path was lonely and he had to overcome obstacles on his own, but he conquered those hindrances and was successful at achieving his goal. The sigh is also somewhat nostalgic and harkens emotions when he is recalling a time in his life so it was more of an important choice that he looks back on.

It might have been a happy sigh because he may have chosen a path that may have represented having chosen the correct spouse. We do not know this for sure, but a sigh can be a happy sigh as well. The fact that he chose one over the other made all of the difference and often times we do say we chose something and it made a difference and sometimes by saying it made a difference we mean a positive difference.

The sigh may also have been a sad sigh. Perhaps he chose a different career path that entailed more hard work. In this instance, the sigh could mean a sad sigh and a heavy sigh that was filled with challenges and it was a tiring decision.

The Road Not Taken is a very beautiful poem and it can be interpreted in many different lights, but we must look at it as how can this be interpreted and analyze each interpretation. Some poems are more interesting because of its unknowns and can be read in many different ways. The sigh shall be a mystery, but whether it was a happy or a sad sigh, one thing is for sure, it was a sigh that made the poem more beautiful and gave it a depth of meaning.

Be the Pillar of Your Community Not The Woman From the Page of a Magazine

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Growing up I always read magazines. I started reading Seventeen magazines when I was in middle school. What I learned from all of these magazines was that I needed to look good to attract a boyfriend or be liked by my friends. At an early age of about 14 years old I started being very conscious about how I looked.

I spent my weekends at the mall with my friends shopping and going to every single store to find THE OUTFIT. I looked for the perfect outfits in Express, Wet Seal, Gap, and Old Navy. I saved the money I earned from babysitting and doing chores around the house to buy all of these clothes. I was proud of my clothes. I would wear them during days when we didn’t have to wear a uniform. I would strut around in school and flaunt my new brightly colored plaid skirt.

I also started wearing makeup in middle school. Yes, I know it was a very young age to start wearing makeup daily, but that’s what I learned from the Seventeen magazines I read. It basically said in bold letters all over its pages that if I did not wear makeup I was never going to get a boyfriend and my friends would think I was ugly so wear makeup it was.

High heels were another must have for me when I was in middle school. I used to wear chunky heeled loafers during uniform days and chunky heeled MIA sandals during non-uniform days. I envied girls that could afford brand name shoes. I remember during those days chunky heeled Guess sneakers were the end all and be all of all shoes, but they cost $100 and of course, I could not afford them.

Another must have during middle school that I did not own were Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses. I don’t know if you readers out there know, but Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses typically cost $200 and my parents refused to shell out the cash for either of those brands. So I begged and begged, but alas no Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses for me. I tried to save my money for the purses, but I did not make enough from babysitting or my chores so I never did get to own a Coach or Dooney and Bourke purse in middle school.

Why am I writing about this? Well I just wanted to let some of my readers out there especially young women that from a young age we are programmed by magazines to be conscious of our looks from clothes, to makeup, to shoes, and to purses and this is something that most girls go through in their formative years as a teenager and they carry it on to adulthood.

To this day I try to buy nice clothes, makeup, shoes, and purses. Yes, I now mostly shop at Walmart or Target and have let go of the high-end brand names, but still, I am very conscious about how I look because of the magazines I consumed and still do consume. From January 2015 to September 2016 I lived in the Philippines and did not have access to fashion magazines and I have to say I stopped caring so much about how I looked. I started dressing in comfortable t-shirts, boy shorts, and just plain old flip flops. I stopped wearing makeup and my purse was a hand me down purse my aunt in England sent me.

I noticed that without being bombarded daily by the media about how I must look I became a woman that took pride in not how she looked, but how her attitude and behavior affected others. I realized when I was in the Philippines that people didn’t like me so much for how I looked and that they liked me simply because I was nice, caring, funny, and giving.

I grew to be a stronger woman in the Philippines and I would have to thank my grandmother who served as a role model for me. My grandmother or Lola as I call her is a pillar for our village and not because she is the senora of the village who dresses in beautiful clothes, but because she cares about the people who live in our village. Many of our neighbors go to her when they have problems. Lola gives them advice and sometimes gives them help monetarily. Being around my Lola made me realize that the woman to be was not the woman from a page in a magazine. Lola was the woman I needed to become in order to be loved and truly make a change in people’s lives for the better.

Now I’m not trying to say stop wearing nice clothes, stop wearing makeup, just wear flip flops, and carry hand me down purses. That’s not it because actually soon I’ll be posting fashion type blog posts, but what I am saying is that material things do not make you the woman you want to be. Your attitude, behavior, and your empathy are what people care about. They don’t typically care that much about your looks, but how you are as a friend to them.

Why Décor Matters

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Décor matters because it changes the ambiance of the room. Without décor, a room has no identity. It is just a place where people sit or eat, but with décor, it is a home. Décor often times can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it matters lots because it has a positive effect on the people that reside in the room as well as the people who visit the room.
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Décor can come in many shapes and forms, but I believe the most important décor in a room are pictures. I love seeing pictures on the wall of families and friends. It personalizes the room and it keeps memories encapsulated in the pictures and it brings it out into the room. I especially love black and white pictures in a room because it has a sense of nostalgia and it does not detract from the color scheme of the room.
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The next important décor in a room are flowers and plants. Flowers and plants add color and beautify the living area. Potted plants will create oxygen and add to the air in the room. It is always refreshing to see roses or daisies in a room because they add elegance and sophistication but in a simple and natural way.
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Another must have décor are bookshelves. Bookshelves can be filled with books. I especially love seeing classics that are first editions. They give an antiquated look to the room. They also are great for reading.
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If people are visiting they can visit the bookshelves in your living room and entertain themselves by looking at the titles and the covers of your books. Shelves can also have figurines on them. They don’t necessarily have to contain just books. They can contain little fragile collectibles that give the room a sense of soul. I also love seeing heirloom China on shelves especially one of a kind China that add a sense heritage because China is often passed down from one generation to another.
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Décor is important because it gives the room identity, elegance, entertainment, and heritage. All of those combined give the guests a new look into the souls of the inhabitants of the house. It gives them a sense of knowing who the people are who are living in the house.

Challenge and Achievement

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Your hardest challenges lead to your greatest achievement. Apply this code in life and you will be able to face challenges head on. I will be outlining four challenges you must face in order to achieve your goals. They are know one’s self and seek to improve one’s self, have a sense of responsibility, make good decisions in a timely manner, and most importantly set a good example.

Know One’s Self and Seek to Improve One’s Self

As a Christian, you must learn to reflect on what your strengths and weaknesses are and challenge yourself to improve on those weaknesses. Christians who are honest with who they are can learn to pursue mastery of their selves through fully understanding the self. Christian who seek to improve themselves must inspire those around them to do the same. This process of self-mastery will lead to higher productivity and achievement of goals. You will also increase your happiness and you will be able to achieve goals that you thought were impossible.

Have a Sense of Responsibility

You must challenge yourself to be independent by taking responsibility for yourself. When you are independent you will have a positive impact on others. You must be responsible so you can pull your weight within the Christian community. You must learn about what your intrinsic and extrinsic needs are and to find a way to meet those needs on your own. You must be responsible also for others that need help. Serving others can help you strengthen your Christian community. You must treat others with care, but also help teach others to seek self-discipline and self-fulfillment.

Make Good Decisions in a Timely Manner

During difficult situations, you need to challenge yourself to make good decisions in a timely manner. This decisiveness makes all the difference in you achieving your goal. In order to make sound decisions, you must follow a process. First, you need to beginning planning.

Then you need to assess the situation. Then you must make moves to improve the situation. If you need help with fixing the situation then make sure to ask others for help. Decision making is key in difficult situations so make sure you make a good one in the right amount of time that is allotted to you. The decision making framework will make decision making a simple and successful task for you.

Set a Good Example

Challenge yourself to set a good example. When you make a good example you will become a good leader and improve your Christian life and your Christian community. Part of being a good Christian is giving back to your community. Setting a good example can be a way of giving back because it will improve others around you. You need to make sure you are responsible for your behavior. You need to inspire others to also be responsible for their actions. Setting a good example will ensure success in one’s achievements.

I hope these self-challenges give you an insight on how you can improve yourself and achieve your goals. Make sure to know yourself and improve yourself, take responsibility for your actions, make good decisions, and set a good example to your Christian community. Following these guidelines will change your life as well as the lives of those around you.

The Best Oils for Your Hair

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Reasons Why You Should Be Using Oils in Your Hair

Many Benefits for Your Hair

Oils in your hair at least once a week has many benefits and you will be able to see a difference in the shine and texture. They make great lubricants for your hair and will make detangling wet hair easy. It will boost the health of your hair. When your hair becomes fine you will need the oils, which have the fatty acids that will replace the lipids of your hair. In this article, I will be talking to you about everything you should know about oils for your hair, how to use the oils, and the two best oils for your hair, coconut oil, and argan oil.

Oils is Easy to Apply

Oil is a great product to use on your hair because it is very easy to apply. Make sure to create a top section and a bottom section of your hair. Then apply the oil on your hands. Rub your hands together then rake it through your hair and comb it through to make it even.

In the next section, add another drop. Make sure to increase the amounts of drops if your hair is thick. Try to apply the oils away from your scalp and work to the ends. If you would like you can apply to the ends first and then work your way to the top.
The Best Oils for Your Hair

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is the best oil for your hair because it will protect it from heat, repair any damage, it will also prevent hair loss, and promote hair growth. Once you apply coconut oil to your hair it will stay in your hair and help it to retain moisture. Coconut oil also nourishes your hair, softens it, and makes it less likely to break. What more could you want from hair oil?

How to Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil must be applied to all of your hair except the roots. If you have dry scalp, you may apply it on your scalp. Melt coconut oil then apply it to your hair and leave it for 30 minutes to an hour. Afterward, rinse with shampoo. You should repeat coconut oil application in your hair for up to four times per month for ideal results.

Argan Oil

Argan oil derives its oil from the argan tree that bears fruits with nuts. The oil that is extracted from the nut is the argan oil. Argan oil is also commonly called Moroccan oil. It does wonders for your hair.

You will only need to put a few drops of oil on your hair to protect it from heat and moisturize it. Argan oil is very nourishing for your hair and will prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle. Argan oil will also work as an anti-frizz and will make your hair more manageable. Argan oil can be used more frequently than coconut oil because it is not as greasy.

How to Use Argan Oil

Apply argan oil on your hands then rub them together. Afterward, apply the argan oil into your hair when it is still damp. Try not to get oil on your roots.

Conclusion

Oils can do so much for your hair. It is important to apply oils regularly into your hair so you can prevent it from becoming dry and damaged. Choose coconut oil or argan oil to apply into your hair. Both have many benefits and can be purchased at a great price online or at your nearest beauty supply store.

About the Colorful and Vibrant Trinidad Fashion

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Trinidad fashion is one of the most well-known fashion industry to blossom in the Caribbean. It has been flourishing for many years providing the masses and the elite with colorful, vibrant designs that will keep clientele coming back for more. Heather Jones and Meiling are some of the most popular names in the Trinidad clothing market. Heather Jones is the owner of HJD Ltd and has been a fashion designer for more than 30 years.

Under Fitz Blackman’s tutelage, Heather Jones learned garment construction. Heather Jones is not a one trick pony, she designs ladies fashion, has an office and uniform line, and of course, she designs beautiful wedding gowns. Heather’s style is not about just how a woman looks; it’s also about how a woman feels. Her designs’ clothing and patterns are developed in-house in Trinidad. Trinidad rhythm, passion, and the Caribbean are all fused to provide inspiration for Heather Jones’s designs.

Often times you can see nature within her designs whether it be waterfalls or the Caribbean flora like orchids and hibiscus. Painting, Batik, and tie dye are also used by Heather to create her fresh, clean, and different styles. Heather’s designs evoke tropical nights in the Caribbean, cool days, and the waters that soothe her Caribbean home. During 2009, Heather Jones won the National Awards of Trinidad and Tobago Chaconia Gold Medal because of all of her contributions to fashion. In 2008, she won Best Trinidad and Tobago Designer Award. She also won Woman of Great Esteem Award in 2005. It was awarded by New York’s Woman of Great Esteem Foundation.

Meiling, the other most notable Trinidad fashion designer studied at the Lucie Clayton School of Design in London in the 70s. Once Meiling returned to Trinidad after years abroad learning how to design clothes, she decided to open a studio in the garage she had renovated. It did not take long for the Meiling design to appear on the runway shows with their immaculate lines and minimalistic styles. Meiling is famous for her use of the finest linens and fabrics that are made naturally. Often times Meiling combines her fine linens and natural fabrics with impeccable craftsmanship and viola, she has just created a fashion masterpiece.

Meiling devotes her time carefully to the details of the couture pieces she creates and this watchful eye and intricate handiwork are ever present in all of her pieces such as the simple little black dress, a collared white shirt, or that extraordinary fit for a princess’ wedding dress. When you see a Meiling design, you will know it is a Meiling because of its precise stitching, classic cut, and unmistakable Meiling silhouette. Meiling’s designs materialize themselves as white tunics, a scoop neck, long sleeves, wooden buttons on an applique strip, and sometimes they appear as vests appliqued with flowers. Meiling’s designs come in a variety of ways sometimes they are white dresses that evoke feminine aesthetics or a long black dramatic gown with a splash of color. Her designs may resurrect themselves in many forms, but one thing is for sure, a Meiling design is impeccable.

With Heather Jones and Meiling leading the Trinidad fashion industry, one thing is for certain Trinidad Fashion will captivate the hearts and minds of the classy, stylish, and elegant women all over the world. With its Caribbean-inspired colors and designs or elegantly dramatic Meiling lines, Trinidad fashion has burgeoned into an industry that will be making its way to the wardrobe of the mainstream and the famous. With the masses now armed with social media at their fingertips, many will discover the beauty and the passion that lies in the heart of the Trinidad fashion industry.

Nigerian Clothing Market

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Nigeria is well known for their oil, but more recently Nigeria has become popular for its fashion and clothing market also. Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong’o, Solange Knowles, and Issa Rae are some of the key celebrities that have popularized Nigerian fashion. All four recently wore Amaka Osakwe’s designs. Amaka Osakwe is a Nigerian fashion designer who is known to blend traditional features from her Nigerian heritage with a more modern Western style. Amaka Osakwe’s label called Maki Oh has a large following in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Amaka Osakwe is not the lone Nigerian designer to be brought up when stars are questioned who designed what you are wearing right now. Duro Olowu and Jewel by Lisa are the two other most popular Nigerian fashion icons to be mentioned. Duro Olowu was born in Nigeria, but currently, he has been designing in London. His style combines innovative patterns as well as textiles that are inspired by his Nigerian background. Duro Olowu was one of the lucky fashion designers to have dressed Michelle Obama as well as Solange Knowles and Iris Apfel. During the 2005 British Fashion Awards Olowu won the New Designer of the Year award.

Fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo founded Jewel and is the creative director. Jewel is a popular Nigerian fashion brand that cannot be ignored because it is unique due to its modern and eclectic style. Lisa Folawiyo was initially a law student who attended the University of Nigeria; however, Lisa veered tracks and began her fashion label at her homestead without any formal training. Lisa is very passionate about fashion and she has an uncanny sense of style that uses the embellishments of the Ankara fabric. The Ankara fabric is also known as African wax prints and is made of 100% cotton that has been styled with vibrant patterns. It is a very colorful fabric that is patterned with tribal patterns and motifs and has garnered the attention of fashion lovers all over the world.

Most recently, Nigerian designers have been promoting their brands during fashion weeks, print media, and online media. Due to the recent rise in popularity of the Nigerian style many boutiques and online stores are interested in carrying designs by Nigerian fashion designers. Nigeria has also been hosting fashion weeks called Lagos Fashion and Design Week that have been attended by large international retailers like Selfridges and Browns UK.

Another key factor in the rise of Nigerian fashion is the online retail spaces. The internet boasts 56 million subscribers and not to mention there are 120 million people with active cell phone lines so of course eCommerce has grown rapidly and Nigerian fashion has gained traction in that space. There are no signs of eCommerce’s growth stopping anytime soon so e-tailers such as Jumia and Konga have jumped on the Nigerian fashion bandwagon.

Nigeria has a population of 160 million so of course, it is at the center of the fashion scene in Africa. Nigeria has also seen a growth in its urban population and economically it has grown as well thereby providing some of its richer population with disposable incomes. The middle class also has a voracious appetite for Nigerian fashion that is gaining economic footing.

Lagos Fashion Design Week has been largely accredited to popularizing Nigerian fashion in these past years. It has been showcasing for many years now and have been highlighting key fashion designers and bringing the designers in the international sphere of fashion influence. Lagos Fashion and Design Week has also partnered with the British Council and Fashion Business Series. These partnerships are enabling designers to learn about topics such as raising funds and learning how to become better entrepreneurs.

Some might say Nigerian fashion is at the height of its popularity, but I say it has not reached its pinnacle. Nigerian fashion is here and it is ready to play in the closets of the many celebrities in America and the United Kingdom. We have just begun to see what Nigerian fashion has to offer and so far everyone is delighted that Nigerian fashion has finally arrived on the international scene.