Fashion

01 | Gift Guide

by ThinkFeminist on December 8, 2013

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01. Catalina Bag, $120 // 02. Cuyana Leather Tote, $150 // 03. Poppytalk Morning MistBowls, $86 // Healthy Vegan Cookie, $DIY

I’ve been thinking a lot about gift guides for this blog, however it’s not something I want rushed. These gifts are highly selective because they are genuine and offer a lot of value for the money. The last option is somewhat free, because you get to make it yourself. In the next few days, I will share some of my favorite finds as I search for timeless pieces for my loved ones this holiday.

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Join in on the New York Fashion Week action, hashtag style

by ThinkFeminist on September 6, 2013

Ok, maybe not live but technology has paved the way for us to be part of an experience whether we are there in body or not. It is quite thrilling to log on Instagram and check on all the major hashtags. Gurls, get on it #NYFW #MBFW #SS14 are just the few I could come up with right now.

Julia Frakes at Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013 Runway Show

So, since I am sort of a fashion nerd, I will walk you through the best way to experience NYFW without actually driving, flying, paying for hotel and going through all the stress everyone else is going through in NYC right now. Although, I bet I would love to stress that way if I had a few more thousand dollars and could afford a penthouse hotel overlooking the Mercedes Benz Fashion show, le sigh.

1. Pinterest: They launched an entire hub for this, I swear. It is huge. It contains all the moments, styles, images and fashion from various brands currently at NYFW. It is epic. I am currently obssessed with it.

2. Instagram: Like I mentioned earlier, it is just super easy to plug in the hashtags or follow major brands you are interested in. I am a big follower of Rebecca Minkoff, Michael Kors, 31Phillips. HarperBazaar, BCBG Maxazria, Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. I didn’t say I could afford them, a girl can dream right?

3. Facebook: Yes, there is a facebook page to follow if you are on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/nyfwcollections

4: I assume there is a way to get it on Google Glass if you just close your eyes and think about it? All the hot dudes that will be parading the runway and streets of NYC? Oh well, I guess its too late to get a Google Glass now.

 

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Travel Chronicles | Eiffel Tower Part 1

by ThinkFeminist on September 6, 2013

26 days in three continents, four countries, numerous cities, countless airports and gazillion number of people and friends. They say travel change you, and I  100% agree with that statement. We travel “not merely to lie on a beach somewhere, but to discover something new about ourselves, and about the world. This quote by Dani Shapiro sums it all up.

It wasn’t about getting away or merely taking a vacation, it was more than that for me. It was to discover, explore and learn more about myself, my new venture and what is left in the world for me to change. A whole new thirst for change brewed in me as I walked on the shores of Essouria, to the red city of Marrakesh, Morocco and the piles of dirt along the coastlines of Lagos, Nigeria. I was blown away by problems that deep down I knew existed but somehow thought had vanished or had been solved by someone else. I also witnessed amazing beauty for the very first time. It is true what they say of the Eiffel Tower, it’s an astounding beauty, and my goodness, Lagos boast of amazing skyscrapers, beautiful restaurant, beaches and hotel. I was completely swoon.

I will break this whole trip down by days/events/or special locations, and hopefully I remember as much of this as possible. Here is a little snapshot of our first few hours in Paris.

You can’t possibly visit Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower right? So, as soon as we got off the airplane, had a good shower and changed some clothes, we went straight to the city with a view. It was beautiful.

IMG_4681Camille on our first flight – Pittsburgh to Paris. Watching ‘Sofia The 1st” on the TV screen

DSC_0247_2Greeting Aunt Rachel with a kiss after a month-long separation

DSC_0280_2Beautiful Walk at La Defense, and far away, there is the Grand Arch, a beautiful sight.

DSC_0392_2Camille, Enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the stairs overlooking the Eiffel Tower. 

IMG_4860Rachel and I take a picture at the Starbucks in La Defense

IMG_4758Camille takes a walk in the garden overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

IMG_4851Me and the jet-lagged Camille at the Eiffel Tower

IMG_4857The sleepy + jet-lagged Camille in a bicycle ride across the Eiffel Tower to the train station

IMG_4859At La Defense Starbucks, we share a beautiful drink and took this gorgeous picture.

IMG_4847Slept through the train ride and all the way home.

****To Be Continued.

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Paris in 48hours

by ThinkFeminist on July 29, 2013

In less than three days I will be boarding a plane from Pittsburgh to Paris, a direct-flight too. Three months ago when I started looking at flight to Paris and ultimately to Nigeria, I didn’t think I could fly straight from Pittsburgh, so now you know. I initially thought I would have to drive to Washington D.C to catch a direct flight, but here we are. I digress.

My trip to Paris is a very brief one. I wish I could tell you that I was visiting Paris for two weeks, but that will not be the case. I have other trips planned, so as it turns out, I will only be in Paris for 48hours.  My sister, Rachel, left for Paris last month for a short study-abroad. She learned the complex Haute Couture technique and clearly on her way to stardom and as for me, please pray.

48hours in Paris sounds like a short stay doesn’t it? Here are some quick places I hope to see in my brief stay there.

1. Eiffel Tower

You knew that was coming, didn’t you? In all honesty, I love anything popular. What can I say, I am a material girl all the way, except, I am smart and sensible. There is a huge difference there. The Eiffel Tower I have heard is the tallest structure in France and maybe in the world (google that!), there may be a close one in Dubai as well. If you’ve never been to the Eiffel Tower, here is a quick virtual tour. Google again! The truth is, if you do a modicum of searching online, you’ll find a tons of information about the Eiffel Tower. The Google Cultural Institute and the Eiffel Tower Operating Company have also teamed up to bring three exhibitions online, featuring 50 archival images, plans, engravings and photos of the tower’s construction and history. How it was designed by Gustav Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair. Amazing. Here is my sister at the Eiffel Tower, clearly she is having way too much fun.

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2. The Palace of Versailles

This is going to be a dream come true. To visit the royal Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, whenLouis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of theFrench Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. (see Wikipedia for more).  Rachel visited Versailles and testifies to its greatness, again. I am not jealous, I promise. Well, darn it!

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3. The Louvre Museum

The Musée du Louvre one of the world’s largest museums, and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bankof the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st  century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world’s most visited museum. Wiki away here. And yet again, our model Rachel. No comment.

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Those are my top three destinations for now. Have you been to Paris or anywhere in France? What are your favorite destinations? 

PS: My sister Rachel blogs at Fashion’s Row whenever she feels like it. All pictures were taken via her iPhone and used with permission.

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My Favorite Picnic Bag For the Summer – Yield

by ThinkFeminist on June 27, 2013

picnic1Friends, as you all know, I am a sucker for picnics. I prefer to sit under a tree with my picnic basket, and a good book to read or simply reflect on my life, career, business and family. I think that women forget to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. We must make time. It also serves as quality time with the kids and loved ones.

I recently came across this amazing picnic bag. I am currently planning a trip to Paris, hence I am in search of something lightweight, that doubles as a bag and a flat surface to sit on. Enter, Yield! Yield Bags use a zipper instead of seams, allowing them to unfold flat and reveal a clean surface for use indoors or out. They’re perfect for an afternoon in the park or a play date with kids. Designed for flexibility, the Yield Bag is your carry-all, grocery tote, lunch bag, and more.

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I am captivated by Yield Designs specifically because of the functionality, minimal design, ethical sourcing that is involved, and even more importantly, Made in the USA!

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Business is Emotional

by ThinkFeminist on May 21, 2013

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I am going nuts over our business model. It’s amazing!  There’s been a lot of iteration between my sister/co-founder and also some difficulties along the way (who would have thunk that getting a passport from your home country would be extremely difficult?) We are now recovering from two weeks of yelling on the phone with the Nigerian embassy in D.C, Lagos and Abuja. I think my Dad probably heard me cuss half of the time as I try to comprehend the ridiculousness of the situation. So, yes, business is very emotional.

What I am excited about is the potential of our company to be something that everyone and anyone in the world can relate to, use and become part of. It’s an adventure around the world that will blow your mind. We are making shopping, travel, adventure and social-change all sexy and fun!

My girlfriend and Online Business Manager is quite the teammate, we spent couple of evenings picking colors, and re-thinking social media strategy. Needless to say, I have slept an average of 5hrs in the last couple days and I love sleep.

When my sister arrived from school two weeks ago, we basically laid down all of our plans, financial summary, business model/summary, vision, goals and key activities. I could feel it in my bones how remarkable our company will be. I love that we are starting this company with a humble heart to create social-change that focuses on style, alleviating poverty and empowering women. It makes a lot of sense and we are the best people to do the job. We’ve first hand experienced the problem we are trying to solve on both end of the spectrum. We don’t have to guess our way through the scenarios or the solution, it comes natural and quick. All this explains the bundle of emotions we feel, and I so damn excited!

What are you working on that makes you all emotional? Chime in!

 

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How Social Entrepreneurs Mix Business with Social Responsibility to Successfully Solve Real Problems

April 16, 2013

“Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.” – Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life. In my freshman year of college, I […]

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