My New Blog Is Up & Running: Check Out My Latest Post!

WooooHoooo: I’ve FINALLY given birth to my new blog!

Check out my latest post here and Subscribe to my new blog address, so you can be updated with my latest posts via email: http://myfashionslashlife.com/2016/06/animal-print-pleather/

I can’t wait to see y’all in my new home and now I’m back in the Blogosphere, I’m really looking forward to going to all your casas to see what you’ve been cookn’!

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Keep Calm, My New Website Is Still Under Construction ( : !

Ladies and Gentleladies, nearly a month has gone by since my last confession post and I wanted to let y’all know that the reason you’ve not seen any action on this site is because my new blog site is still under construction.

With the new site, my developer Slash designer and I are at the stage where we are tying up important loose ends and dealing with the more unsexy part of blogging, like: SEO Plugins, Google Analytics yaddy yaddy yada.  I’m hoping we can be wrapped up in the next two weeks…I’ll be keeping you posted.

Also for the past 3 weeks, I have been very sick, we are talking ‘Take Me To The Emergency Room Coz I Can’t Stand The Pain No More’ kinda sick (Ps I’m much better now), then I had to go to LDN as I wasn’t so convinced with the medical care I was getting in Berlin and in between that, I had to somehow keep up with the Marketing Comms work I do for the school, prepare and do an interview (I’m looking for a full-time job in Berlin ya know)…

Anyhoo, all of this chaos has made me stronger and calmer mentally, at least I hope it has!  And it was great to have my family taking turns to call me from all over the world when I was going through it and to have my Berlin mates have my back when I was rolling in bed in agony. THANK YOU!

Until my new site is up and running, I’m updating the public via myblog’s Facebook Page, I even did an impromptu Naija Dance Fitness Video with a good friend of mine to celebrate feeling better.  Y’all should check it out here.

Till the next time, have a brilliant weekend!

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Posing against a fabulous graffiti wall with my model/dancer mate, Lukie!

Dear Prince…(He Got Style series)

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Your death has hit me really hard…it’s the first time someone has died who I never met has hit me this hard, so honestly I don’t know what to do with all this shock and grief…I guess that’s why I woke up at 4.30am today-Friday 22nd April- the early morning after your death with the need to pour some of my thoughts and memories of you into my blog.

Prince Polka Dot Style

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I’m trying to figure out when I first knew that there was a Prince Rogers Nelson out there, I believe I was 9 years old and my dad had come back from London and as he was wont to do back in the day, he bought us a music video compilation track on VHS (oh yes, that far back…)  I remember watching your MTV Video Music Award performance of ‘Rasberry Beret’, seeing a petite man in a two-piece suit decorated with baby blue and white cloud prints, high-collared white shirt with ruffles, coiffed hair, cuban heels and ,holding a fabulously zany custom-designed guitar, singing like a dream and I was hooked.  I also remember doing the dance routine to the track, which I can still do btw…

Prince Iconic Style

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I got to know more of your music via my oldest sister, she had your 1991 Greatest Hits compilation but I guess it wasn’t until my teens when I watched your 1984 film debut classic, Purple Rain that I truly became a Fan, Follower…we all know the iconic tracks that were birthed during that time…I fell in love with your unabashed style, the confident way you wore your extravagant pieces…there was that album cover…its no wonder purple is one of my favourite colours…I soaked in your talent, you were: actor, singer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and more.

80s Style Prince

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In the 70s, 80s and 90s especially, you broke style boundaries and challenged my and people’s traditional concept of sexuality.  You redefined the term ‘showman’ continuously. Sex sells and some would say you exploited that via your lyrics and dress code, I say exploit away because even when you may have looked sleazy standing in an unbuttoned trench coat, bare chest, kerchief, underwear, eyeliner et al, your talent gave you so much originality and class: you are/were/are one of the very few artists who straddled sexuality, not to mention music genres so well…

Prince Dirty Mind Album Cover

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I can’t talk about your style without mentioning the style of the women in your videos, because perfectionist that you were, I’m sure you had a say in what your entourage wore.

You were an Equal Opportunities kinda guy when it came to sex, you dressed in revealing attire and so did the women you rolled with.  Back then in the 80s that meant: Cabaret Raunch manifesting itself in biiiig hair, gloves, look-at-me earrings, lingerie worn as outerwear, thigh-highs, capes, corsets, come-fuck-me heels, tight leather, lace…the works.  Elements of that look inspires me and fashion designers to this very day…

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If I’m going to talk about your women, then I have to fast forward to the 90s, to the Diamond & Pearl era: I have to say you made my 2nd sister and I want to be Diamond and Pearl (Lori Elle and Robia LaMorte), those black and white polka dot and red baby doll dresses the girls wore in the Get Off video, omg…I can still do the dance to the chorus. In fact when that song comes on in the club, Lord help those who don’t move out of my way coz someone’s getting hit…I love the stylish orgy that went down in that video, it was so reflective of its time…and only you could have pulled off a Rooster Hairdo! And then there was Cream (another video with Diamond  & Pearl) which was a video that gave over 6 minutes of Style Extravaganza…

Diamond & Pearl Prince

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You are the gift that keeps on giving, only this year I was introduced to one of your protegé’s and lead singer of ’80s girl group, Vanity 6: Denise Matthews aka Vanity (who sadly passed away this year), I had no idea of the history between you and her and since discovering Vanity I keep watching her live performances, as well as the video, Nasty Girl, a track you wrote and composed.  Her wardrobe, dancing…they have you written all over it.

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Denise Matthews aka Vanity

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Now let’s focus on  your dancing for a minute, I love/d the James Brown-esque splits and turns, your twirls, yes in the video ‘Dirty Mind’, you gave good twirl. It’s hard for me to choose which video of yours is my favourite for dancing.  The quick shuffle you did across the stage in your ass-less chaps in ‘I Would Die 4 You’ (even Missy picked this move out in her, Work It video), is high up there you even did a shimmy in that video…your choreography was always on point. It’s no wonder that when MTV was actually Music Television, you were one of the pioneers who showed the world that music was not just about audio, it could also have a visual component which would carry further the meaning of a song.

80s Prince Style

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Your album covers gave me life, I remember being in Portobello Market (London) walking past a music stand and passing your Lovesexy album cover, it made me stop, walk back and smile…

Prince Lovesexy Album Cover

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Speaking about smiling, you made me laaaaugh (only you could have rejected starring in a Michael Jackson video in such a funny way) your tongue n cheek humour is seen throughout your career, with your lyrics, your way of dressing…

Singer Prince Style

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You know what, writing this has helped a little, at the risk of sounding obvious, Praise The Lord for words.

Before I go out O.U.T, I have a ritual, I watch music videos and dance. Dare I say, very often, that’s my best part of a night! Anyhoo, this weekend I’ll put on my PRINCE, THE HITS COLLECTION DVD (which follows me everywhere), I’m going to have fun watching your Dirty Mind twirl, then I’ll probably move on to videos like Darling Nikki…the works, I’ll have a party in your honour.  I’ll try not to cry again… I’m glad I got to see you in concert in LDN all those years back…Thank you for all the inspiration.

Prince Iconic Style

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And what track do I live y’all with? Not one sung by Prince actually, but one that has him all over it as he wrote and produced it for singer, Tevin Campbell.  It’s called Round and Round (1990) and Prince even appears in the video- Yay!  Lets not forget that genius that he is/was/is he wrote and produced hits for other artists. Last year I was having a shower in Port Harcourt (Nigeria) with my TV turned up real loud and I could hear a track playing and I was like, ‘Is that a Prince song, I’ve never heard before?’  Well I sprinted out of that shower dripping wet and began to groove.  Just as Prince would have wanted me to.

(Prince, June 7, 1958- April 21, 2016)

 

 

Watch My ‘Naija Dance Fitness’ Teaser Video!

Hey Everyone, hope you all had a good weekend.

One of the changes you’ll see with the revamp of my blog is Video Content, if you Follow my blog you’ll know I got a taste of the filming bug when I produced and presented the TV show: Fashion Special With Biki John for Silverbird TV.

Anyhoo, not too long ago, I shot a teaser for the 2 Naija Dance Fitness videos which will be published alongside the launch of my blog. Fitness/exercise ought to be part of our Lifestyle, and with my blog being a Fashion & Lifestyle blog, I’m excited to show you one of the ways I enjoy keeping fit.  Also in the Summer if I can get up to 6 people: I’ll be teaching a one-off Naija Dance Fitness Class at my favourite dance studio in Berlin.

I’m also really looking forward to shooting more video content and sharing with you what makes me tick via a different medium.

If you Like/Enjoy what you see, please leave a Comment in the Video Comment Box and feel free to Share.  You can watch the video here.

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A Behind The Scenes Look at my Naija Dance Fitness Video

Ps I don’t quite understand what’s going on because a few weeks ago when I tried to upload a photo on my blog, I received a message stating I had reached my storage limit but lo and behold I was able to upload the picture above…speaking about blogs, my developer is having some issues with transferring all my old content on this blog to the new one and I’ll be Skyping him this week to see if he has sorted out the issue.

Have a good week all and I’ll be keeping you posted on how myfashionslashlife.com is coming along.

A Change Of Address

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Morning Ladies and Gentleladies, if you Follow my blog, you’ll see my posts have fizzled out lately. Well that’s for two reasons: I’ve used all 3.0GB of my 3.0GB Media Gallery limit and can’t publish any more photos/posts (Boooooo!) and I’m currently building a new home for my blog with a graphic and techie dude, yes, that’s right: I’m moving to .com land. (YaaaY!)

I’m anticipating I can launch my new blog in the next 2 weeks. As it goes with these things, after the Big Move, extra tweaks will still need to be done to my blog.

I’m very excited to see the final results and share them with all of you.  To coincide with the launch I’ll also be releasing my first blog video which I shot last weekend.

I’ll be sharing the video on my Facebook Page, so if you haven’t already Liked it, you can do so here.

I also got some new business cards last week, what do you think?

Flat Lay Business CardsIt was a big step for me to put my picture on my business card. I got the idea from some of the blogger/vlogger business cards I’ve received where their faces/style were emblazoned boldly on their cards.  If you go online there’s a big’ol divided debate on whether putting your image on your business card is a Yay or Nay.  As these cards are mainly to push my blog, I see these cards as part of my branding, so for me it’s a Hell Yay!

PS the above pic is my first attempt of a Flat Lay, and I’d like to thank Vanessa for her fab How To Flat Lay Like A Pro article which helped me with this photo.  I still have a long way to go with this whole Flat Laying thang. I already kinda went against the rules as I don’t have a white surface but hey, for now my floorboards will be my Flat Lay play ground…

Have a good week y’all!

#AccessoriesAreMyThing: How To Look Feminine With A Short Afro

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Continuing with my #AccessoriesAreMyThing series, let me tell you a short story.  One night in Berlin, I found myself in the Ladies Toilets trying to make some sense of my lil’ Afro: you see water is to an Afro, what kryptonite is to Superman: It Destroys. So after a vigorous dance session, sweat tends to make my hair shrink, meaning I have to ‘Superman Dash’ into the loos to puff it out again (which often fails).

Anyhoo, as I faced the mirror and rearranged the chains on my gold leaf comb, a girl looked at me and goes, ‘I love the comb in your hair, you look like a Queen.’  Don’t you love it when people give you compliments at the exact right time? With that ego boost, I gave my image a mental finger snap and Sashay Shantayed out of the toilets and back to my friends.  The End.

Gold leaf hair comb with chainsNow why did I share this story? Because a friend with a TWA recently used interesting words to describe how she felt with her short Afro, ‘unfeminine…not ugly’; and I got what she meant instantly.  Honestly, I struggle with this way of thought with my short hair and what helps to lift my mood and make me feel like a Wo!Man are my hair accessories. Take this gold leaf comb with chains, for example: I wear them so the chains fall ever so slightly on my face- that gentle sway-for whatever reason, makes me feel feminine.

gold and silver earringsYes, yes beauty and confidence should come from within but sometimes one needs a little help along the way. Can the ladies in the congregation stamp their feet and shout, Amen!!

ear diamante cuffWhat accessories do you put in your hair to make you feel more feminine?

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Bolero: Miss Selfridge, Bustier: WYLDR, Earrings, Necklace and cuff: Topshop, Rings and gold leaf comb with chain (Alas you can’t buy any of the pieces I’m wearing from their online store): iam, Similar gold leaf comb with chains: Amazon

Keeping It Faux Real In A Black Faux Leather Skirt & Faux Fur Gilet

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Most Personal Style bloggers at the moment are having style-gasms over the fact that Spring has supposedly Sprung.  Well for me,  the weather may be heating up, but it’s still cold enough where I need to wear a polo neck underneath my clothes, and I’m still reaching for my winter pieces to warm me up. After my last Go For Colour post, I thought I’d go the opposite way this week with an All Black ensemble, I’m just ker-azeeeee (erm, crazy) like that.

biki18This Spring, I’m going to do a lot of experimenting with leather skirts with different lengths and silhouettes.  I’ve bought a couple recently which I can’t wait to show you, but till then here is one of my ‘old’ favourites: my Topshop faux leather skirt.

Black faux fur gilet biki16I normally wear skirts with an A-line silhouette, so this straight-ish fit was a real detour for me in the style department.  I love the way it makes me walk differently and gives me new ways I can wear pieces.

Black Leather Midi SkirtHere I paired my skirt with my black oversized gilet.  To avoid looking like a forlorn potato sack, I snatched my waist for the gods with a slim gold and black belt.

Style Tip: With the seasons currently transitioning, a gilet plays a key role if you need to layer your pieces.

Black Faux Fur Gilet biki9One of the things I love about Berlin is that it seems the city was just made for photo shoots. These pics were taken by my good friend, Patricia, and she suggested we take some shots under this bridge, that happened to be a stone throw from her flat.  Looking at the final results, she made a solid cal, I love the backdrop of the bridge in these shots.

Which locations around your place are inspiring you at the moment?

Have a good week and Thanks for reading! Bisous

biki19Vagabond ShoesShop My Look

Black turban (without brooch):Amazon, Black ribbed polo neck sweater (similar):Zara, Black faux fur gilet (similar): Topshop, Black faux leather skirt (similar): Topshop, Black patent lace up shoes: Vagabond, Multicoloured satchel bag (similar): Accessorize

Go For Colour!

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As you know (if you read my last post), last weekend, I took pictures of Daniel at Bogobiri in Lagos. For my #OOTD, I decided to wear one of my favourite kaftans and for my #MOTD (Make-up Of The Day, Hellllloooo…!), I turned to my House of Tara, High Intensity Pigment Eye palette set to play with two of my favourite eye shadow hues at the moment: Green and Purple.

How gorgeous are the colours in House of Tara’s make-up set: especially the neon tones?

House of Tara High Intensity PigmentI don’t claim to be a make-up artist but I do love to play with colour when it comes to my eye make-up. It’s like painting a picture…I decided to have green on the inserts of my eye, whilst the rest of my lid was filled with purple.

Turban InspirationOn my lips I’m wearing MAC’s fabulous Lipglass, Desire.  This is the only shade of red that doesn’t make me look like a caricature.  To my ‘Sistas’, I know MAC’s Ruby Woo is said to be the butter to our bread when it comes to the perfect shade of red for dark complexions but it didn’t work for me. Plus I Don’t Do Lipstick.

Snake RingBatik Print KaftanDon’t you just love wearing kaftans in the sweltering heat? I certainly do, I’m all about the No Muss, No Fuss essence of The Kaftan. Plus just like the turban- which I chose in a Look At Me Orange hue- it’s a quick one-stop drop to GlamVille.

063Speaking of colour, how fab is this vibrantly painted wall that depicts the hussle n bustle associated with Naija bus life?

083 And speaking of buses….

Womens African StreetstyleHow do you plan on incorporating colour into your wardrobe or make-up palette for Spring? Do tell. ( :

He Got Style

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Not too many moons ago I was in Lagos for a heartbeat, time was short but I knew I wanted to shoot my #LagosBoyMuse-Daniel- for another edition of He Got Style. Those who follow my blog know how much fun Daniel and I had the last time.

This time around Daniel and I faced more challenges. For starters, where Daniel was residing at the time did not have most of his wardrobe, so he had arranged for one of his designer friends to loan him some pieces.  However on the day, the designer did a Lindsay Lohan (flaked (Translation: fucked up) and Daniel called me saying, ‘Biki, I think we have to cancel the shoot.’ And I replied, ‘Get whatever you have, we are doing this!’

And do it we diggity did and in the same location as last time: Bogobiri- there are so many nooks n crannies in this Afrocentric rustic wonderland, I knew we would find some new backdrops to shoot.

Menswear shirt and shortsWhen he arrived, Daniel had the idea to wear a straw hat to compliment the vintage throwback vibe of his sandals and by chance, one of the Bogobiri tradesmen had one. Don’t you love it when the stars align for your shoot?

Menswear Print Shirt With Buttons and CollarPhotographing Daniel is always such a pleasure, our ritual dictates that we start with drinks and lunch in Bogobiri’s cafe during which he wows me by telling me what he’s been up to…for a uni student, his Hussle Cap is placed firmly on: he was photographing an editorial the next day for a Menswear mag, had been appointed editor for another magazine, had his work published…

Mens Tribal Red Beaded NecklaceSummer Sandals MenWe also talked (Translation: Bitched)about how everyone increasingly in Lagos and beyond now tags themselves with being a Stylist/Blogger/Photographer/Fashion Consultant…

I have a lot to say on this topic and I was happy to hear Daniel who I consider the Next Talented Generation say that sometimes he hesitates on calling on himself a stylist because he feels he needs more body of work.

I like that way of thinking because it shows a desire to hone your craft before claiming to be an expert in it.  I don’t mind what people call themselves creatively, if they have the body of work, clients and longevity to back that up.

Case in point, I love taking photographs, I own a camera, every now and again someone compliments me on a picture I’ve taken, my pictures have been published in a magazine: But yet a photographer that does not make me!!!

What do you guys think?

Summer Straw HatAnyhoo, for a second look Daniel paired his dungarees/overalls with his print shirt.  When I tried to pull out the other side of Daniel’s red beaded necklace that was hidden under his shirt, he stopped me by pointing out that his Half Way style of wearing his necklace would look different and more interesting. He was right.

Menswear OverallsHow coote are his dungarees?  I adore shooting Daniel, he knows how to work the camera and gave me more shapes and angles than a seasoned body contortionist.

089African Streetwear Style099You can’t imagine how excited we were to see this bus, we had actually rounded up the shoot but when we saw the bus we ran to it like little kids!

Nigerian Bus104I would love the below picture as a postcard…

106And that’s it folks, stay tuned to see the pics that Daniel took of me! ( :

LFW Style @ Kristian Aadnevik’s A/W 2016 Show

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On Sunday 21st February 2016, I went to Kristian Aadnevik’s A/W 2016 show.  The duo behind the label are London-based Norwegian designer Kristian and his wife Hila and together they work with sumptuous fabrics like leather, lace, fur and lavish embellishments to create striking pieces; in ode to that I decided to get my Glam On for the night:

Fur bolero and faux leather A Line SkirtGrace Vagabond bootsOf all the plethora of shows on offer during LFW, this show remains one of my favourite.  Not only do I adore the brand’s exquisite craftsmanship and  consistency with creating luxe pieces with a sensual rock n roll edge, I happen to know Kristian and have had the pleasure of working with him when I was a full-time stylist.

Last night, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the A/W show which carried the enchanting title, ‘The Winter Garden’.  Said to be inspired by the ‘raw and wild nature of a mystical winter garden’, this translated into pieces carrying seductive floating shades of midnight blue, green, black, soft nudes and delicate dark prints; all interwoven with the brand’s trademark use of leather, metallic, lace and fur adornments.

To watch a video clip of the show click here.

Back in the day, a lot of the front magazine covers I bagged featured model’s wearing one of Kristian Aadnevik pieces:

Sublime Magazin (Print), Dress: Kristian Aadnevik, Stylist: Biki J, Photographer: Marcelo Benfield

Sublime Magazin (Print), Dress: Kristian Aadnevik, Stylist: Biki J, Photographer: Marcelo Benfield

Due to the Editorial-Fabulousness of the brand’s pieces, Kristian Aadnevik’s creations have graced the covers of many an iconic magazine: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, INDIE the list goes on…And as you can imagine, the label is also a hit with celebrities and stylish models alike:

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Model, Chanel Iman

Model, Chanel Iman

Kristian is one of those rare finds in the industry, he is talented and yet approachable and charming.  I remember stepping into his atelier in Fulham road years ago….lil’ me was just starting my styling career and I did feel rather dwarfed surrounded by awesome pieces that had been worn by iconic women like Madonna, Rihanna, JLo, Beyonce… and yet there were no airs and graces with Kristian and he and his team made my pulls/selection process a real pleasure.  Last season, I couldn’t make his show and sent my sister instead and she came back home gushing about how she had enjoyed the show and talking to him….

Thanks Kristian, Hila and the rest of the team for a fantastic show!

To see pieces from Kristian Aadnevik’s latest A/W 2016 collection and familiarise yourself with the label, click on the brand’s Facebook Page here.

Kristian Aadnevik and his gorgeous family

L to R: Silver, Kristian and Hila Aadnevik

Shop My Look

Beige fur bolero (Sold out): Peekaboo Vintage London, Black polo neck: Zara, Black pleather skirt (Sold out): Cici London, Boots: Vagabond, Bag (Sold out): Michael Kors

 

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