Friday, 31 July 2015

#6: Quotes of the month!!

"I want to continue being lazy; 
living my life the way I dream of it,  
and not the way the other people want it to be." 
 Paulo Coelho

"If you don't make mistakes, 
you're not working on hard enough problems, 
and that's a big mistake." 
Frank Wilczek

As much as you can. 
As far as you can. 
As long as you can.
Life's not meant to be lived in one place."

"Never blame a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness, badd days give you experiences."

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

"Different is always attractive." 
Mario Testino

Thursday, 23 July 2015


I have graduated from university after 3 years of stress and studying, so as expected I'm ecstatic about it. All the stress is finally worth it I guess. Uni was one of those places I met people from different parts of the world and made a few friends. I hated the idea of having to take on 'responsibilities' of waking up and going to class and all that uni hassle (i.e. becoming an adult) but I have to say once I got used to it, it turned out to be worthwhile.

The best part of it is getting to celebrate it with family; who have supported me for ages, friends and classmates who made the experience worthwhile. I might never see a lot of my classmates ever again but the memories and photos will forever be cherished.

Three long years later I made it and I can finally say I'm officially an Engineer!!

"You graduate from university and it hits you that you are now a full adult, you probably have to get a job or do something with your life/degree and suddenly you get scared of what the future holds from just random thoughts but not to worry if you are a dreamer and are willing to chase those dreams you will be fine!!"

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Interview: Aamoke

Recently I got a chance to interview an upcoming fashion designer based in Canada, so I could get a little more knowledge behind her fashion line, inspirations, aspirations and style. It was quite fun... Enjoy xx
Rinsola (Founder &CEO)

Tell me a bit about you?
    I am an extremely hyperactive individual who likes to look at the intricacy, delicacy and simplicity of various ideologies and aspects of life. Moreover I am a 21 year old Nigerian studying an honours in Economics, Major in IPE (int political economy) and minor in Int. Studies. I am extremely down to earth and a foodie at heart, love singing even if it bothers the neighbours and I’m extremely passionate about fashion.

At what age did you realise you had a passion for fashion?
  I realised this when I was much younger, around my early teenage years, plus I lived in Nigeria at the time and was always excited when my mom gave me new fabric and got to design an outfit and give it to a tailor. Would sketch ideas in minutes and not even doubt it.

How would you describe your style?
   I am very versatile with style, love to keep it low key with the basics (tee, loose jeans, converses and the leather jacket) extremely in love with the classy attire, much similar to that of Audrey Hepburn.

Why did you decide to become a designer?
  I figured I owed it to myself to do at least one thing that I’m really interested in before the real world hits me. Moreover, my mother is an artist and seeing her draw and paint all the time made me want to do the same things as she and I wanted to be as amazing as her, then combining that dream with my liking for fashion just made me realise that I probably had what it takes to make it in fashion design.

How do you get inspired?
   Funny enough, I get inspiration from: walking on the street, especially when I have music playing, helps to keep the imagination and creativity juices flowing or even sleep and dreams

What makes you different from other designers or aspiring designers?
  I honestly can’t say, but I’d think it’s because I adore evoking the various aspects of african heritage in my designs, but most importantly because I enjoy creating basic, simple outfits. I strongly believe in the phrase “there’s beauty in simplicity”

Meaning behind the name aamoke?
  Aamoke is a yoruba oriki (a praise) that was given to me as a child by my paternal grandparents, it means “a child who enjoys being spoiled”

Fashion influences?
  I really don’t have many to be honest. Majority of the influences I have come from the people, models and upcoming designers that I’ve met and gotten to know, looking at blogs of fashion week in NYC, Paris, Milan etc. When it comes down to popular brands and figures, it most definitely would be, without a doubt, Audrey Hepburn. For brands, I just like the simple ones and there are a lot out there, so I can’t necessarily give names.

Favourite Fashion Season?
   Spring and Summer. I really like warm, cool and bright colours. Not a huge fan of the dark side lol

Did you learn illustration and sewing from school?
  I’m actually self taught in this field. From reading books, watching a lot of youtube tutorials and following a lot of blogs, I taught myself how to sew and sketch. Also from asking friends too.

How did you decide what type of designs to do and how do you choose materials?
 I’m not even kidding you on this but all this happens through daydreaming and actual night time dreaming. Basically I just ask my parents to send me any fabric they can whenever they are coming to visit me and whatever the give, I make the most out of it. In making the designs like I said this happens  either in my sleep or when I'm day dreaming, because I recall things that I’ve seen and make things up in my head. I figure out a color scheme and figure out which patterns and fabric go with each other and then end up sketching the design and making it into a reality.

Is this a one person label?
 For now, yes, but I am open to collaborating and merging with other designers in the future.

How do you feel about completing your first line?
  Honestly, I am nerve-wrecked about it, but at the same time extremely ecstatic. I am happy and proud of myself. I achieved something that I’ve always wanted to do for a really long time, but at the same time now I am basically in a new playground and have to try and stand out from the rest of the kids out there and basically make new friends with the right people, so there’s a bit of pressure lol, overall though, I am super happy, excited and thrilled.

Is this line limited edition or do we get to purchase it anytime?
  We could call it a limited edition and yes it can be purchased lol but for now it’s more of a lookbook to give people an idea on how to combine their everyday wear with african prints, I mean we can’t just have tribal, floral and graffiti prints out there.

Is delivery just within Canada?
  Until I find a suitable economical and reliable way to ship out internationally, delivery is just within Canada.

What are your plans for the future?
  With Aamoke, I really want to make the most of it. I do plan on going  international with the line very soon, try and collaborate with other designers, take on a lot of fashion shows anywhere in the world and hopefully host my own events in the future. With me, after I graduate next year, I want to either work out here in Canada, anywhere in the world or back home, try and integrate Economics and Fashion together and see what opportunities come at me

Advice to aspiring designers?
  Never ever give up on an idea, dream or feeling when it comes to fashion always act on it, be daring and different, but most of all be yourself in all that you do.

Website/Lookbook: Aamoke Lookbook 

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Top 50 Sneakers

If you know anything about me then you would know that I am a bit of a tomboy. I was looking at my shoes the other day and realised, to my surprise, that I have more sneakers/trainers in my collection than other types of shoes. I decided to share my top 50 favourite sneakers (listed randomly); a lot of which I'm yet to own, but hope to someday. Enjoy xx
  • Adidas Supercolor/Superstar
  • Adidas Stan Smith
  • Nike Roshe Run
  • Riccardo Tisci air force 1
  • Jeremy Scott superstar wings
  • Sixth June Devil 
  • Sixth June DNR
  • Balenciaga Arena
  • Balenciaga Monchrome
  • Balenciaga Denim Effect
  • Jordan 3 
  • Jordan 4
  • Fillling Pieces Low Tops
  • Nike Blazer
  • Mason Garments Tia
  • Saint Laurent Court Classic
  • Rag & Bone Kent
  • Louboutin Louis Junior Spiked Leather and Denim
  • Guiseppe Zanotti low tops
  • Isabel Marant Bart
  • Michael Kors Colby
  • Converse all stars
  • Vans slip on
  • Buscemi
  • K1X x Patrick Mohr
  • Gucci slip-on
  • Gucci Coda
  • Louis Vuitton Don
  • Lanvin suede & patent leather
  • Maison Margiela paint splash 
  • Visvim skagway denim & leather
  • DKNY Blair quilted 
  • Puma Suede
  • Vans Sk8 Hi
  • Nike Cortez
  • Michael Kors Valin snakeskin
  • Adidas pure boost
  • Kobe X
  • Nike Flyknit
  • Acne Studio Adrain Grained Leather
  • Adidas Tubular
  • Jordan Eclipse
  • Lanvin Cap-toe low
  • Guiseppe Zanotti Matte Mid
  • Air Yeezy 2
  • Supra Skytop 3 all black
  • Air Jordan 1
  • Louboutin Lou Spike
  • Yeezy boost 350
  • Valentino Rock Be Camo high top

"High heels are classy but let's be honest sneakers are the most comfortable."

Are you a sneaker lover, what are your favourite sneakers?

Saturday, 4 July 2015

#3: Songs I have been listening to

How Many Times - Dj Khaled ft Lil Wayne, Big Sean & Chris Brown
Deep - Big Sean ft Lil Wayne
On a Wave - Drake ft Tinashe
My Way - Fetty Wap ft Drake
Trap Queen -Fetty Wap
Double Tap - Jordin Sparks ft 2chainz
All songs from You should be here - Kehalani
Bad Blood remix - Taylor Swift ft Kendrick Lamar
Million - Tink
Around the Clock - Tink ft Charlamagne Tha God
Skyfall - Travis Scott ft Young Thug
Quintana Pt 2 - Travis Scott ft T.I
Drugs you should try - Travis Scott
About the Money - T.I ft Young Thug
All songs from Intermission I&II - Trey Songz
All song from The Album About Money - Wale
The Hills - The Weeknd
U Mad - Vic Mensa ft Kanye West

"One good thing about music, once it hits you,you feel no pain."

What songs have you been listening to?