​The Little Black Dress, And More

Women who wear black live colourful lives 

-Unknown

This past week got me thinking, a lot. I had to review my goals, especially my future plans that includes schooling in Parsons and review what I really want out of my life.

As you know, I’m a fashion designer with big dreams. My hope is to bring fashion in Nigeria to a new next level. I want to redefine the whole thing to an international level. I’m talking micheal5inco and bigger. The skye is definitely not the limit for this girl right here! Yes, l am also three months away from finishing medical school. Yass, radiographers in the house! show of hands. 💅

I started business in 2013 and this year, I really began to see my moving fast into the big break. Well, supposedly. Then, the melt down happened. I had to think a lot about dealing with success that will come and review the lessons learnt from previous overwhelming successes. 

I have been racking my brains all week for refreshing ideas for my July projects and It seemed like I was at loggerheads with myself. Most importantly, the thought of how to become a big international brand kept me awake most nights this past week. Thinking about what I am doing wrong, what I should be doing right, strategies to take to make a break. It was more like asking God for answers.

Anyway, I think I had a break in church last Sunday. I hadn’t been to church for about two weeks now. It’s a long story. Now, It wasn’t the exact answer to all my thoughts but it was definitely the one assurance I needed. The assurance that all things work together for good for they that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. This was definitely the closure I needed.
So I’m telling somebody out there. When you’re stuck, don’t give up. All things will work together for your good!

Haute Couture 101 – My Summer Essentials 

A bikini is always a good idea

– Unknown 

Because, it’s summer! 

Even though, there’s really no summer in Nigeria. Just very, very, very hot afternoons and oddly timed rainfalls. I love summer! In Nigeria, we might not have a legit summer but we definitely have a summer culture. I’m talking pools, bikinis, beaches, cabanas, summer food, clothes, summer jams and parties, even summer school! 😂

On my Summer Essentials list are, 
My Top & Skirt set by 7th Avenue. This is easily my favourite of the lot. The Top is everything. The watermelon print is so summer and so pretty, paired with a leather skirt. I know, I know, summer is not leather and vice versa. That’s why I love it, honestly. Haute couture doesn’t follow the rules. It’s an unlikely pair but it works! Sparkle, print, pink and leather. It’s like Summer’s greatest creation. 

My current obsession, Richard Branson’s Virginity. I’m telling you, it’s a great read. Richard is a very witty writer and that really shines through in his books.
My Daily Journal, because planning is key. If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail! 

My Order Book, this helps me to really follow my orders to a Tee. Some people have apps for this but you can’t really beat an old-fashioned book. It was put together by @theideaartillery. 
My Dapmod shades, the Sun is hot. These sunglasses save me all the time. 

My make-up essentials

My Maybelline powder, because I love a popping face. My Zaron face definer, Zaron blush, Zaron eye liner, which I’m serious, is the best in the west and Zaron perfect finish. My Naked 4 eyeshadow pallete, the colours are a beautiful summer and the ever-classic, Mac Ruby Woo. 

My Beverly Hills Polo perfume, I love that it’s so miniature. It makes it easy to carry around, I can literally slip it into the tiniest clutch purse. It’s a life saver! Especially, in these hot, smelly times.
My minimalist earrings from Tope Crystal. Very chic and minimalistic, I really adore these. 

My Susen sling bag, extremely summer-ery! Easy to toss stuff into and very light. It’s a hundred percent my go-to bag this summer. 

What’s on your summer essential list? I’d like to know. You can tell me some of them in the comment section below. 

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FLASH SALE ALERT

I’ll be having a flash sale pretty soon. Next week Wednesday actually, on Instagram, @kharyna_7thavenue and @official7thavenue. All the pieces are new designs and are very limited. The piece above will also be featured. So, fastest fingers and serious buyers only.

Thanks. 


​The Roast – Trends You Think Should Stay And The Ones You Want Gone 

In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic 

– Iman

I’m tired of these trends.
Totally tired.

You know, like how you’ll feel about icecream after working consistently in Icecream Factory for a million years.

I’m tired. 

I am bored.

If you share my opinions, confirm your thoughts in the comment section.

However, if you have dissenting views, shu… 😂 Share them also.

In the comment box below! 

The goal of this post is to engage. I want to know what you’re thinking. Rant out your hearts. Comment away. Roast with all your soul. Spare no trend!
So there are way too many fashion trends and let’s be real, half of them are absolutely unnecessary and the other half are just reincants of older, hippier trends. Here are my thoughts on a few on them.

Sunglasses aka shades 

Stay please.

But, please. Do not wear shades in a room where it’s obviously cool. Except of course, somehow direct sunlight is involved or such. And sunglasses in the night? Excuse you.

Facecap
Going, going, gone.

Crazy Jeans
Gone are the days where you couldn’t wear crazy jeans on the road without some woman telling you to repent or stop wearing rags. 😂

I love this trend and definitely want it to stay. Even though some of y’all are abusing it. You know yourselves. Ask God for forgiveness.

See Through Clothes w or w/o Underwear

I personally hate this trend.

For with, I mean what’s the point, you can as well walk around in your underwear.

Without, unless you are Rihanna or you’ve got the style percentage she has. Don’t try this. Most times, it looks trashy and what not.

Beard gang

Yes! That has come to stay. I love my bearded brothers. What I even love more is the fact that beard care is a thing, complete with the oils and kit. Clean is sexy!

Contour and Highlight

I want you to stayyyyyy.

False Lashes
Four letters. S. T. A. Y.

Crochet Hair
Crochet is like man’s greatest invention. Those things are heroes. Crochet is like so easy. It’s the literally the best thing that happened to the women folk last year.

Team Natural

I joined this struggle as well. Struggle because natural hair and its drama. Lol.

It’s definately a keeper.

Off / Cold Shoulder
Gone with the wind!

I saw a cold shoulder wedding dress one time. Nah, fam.

Wigs

There’s no hair trend this year because of wigs. Wigs are lit and a must have for girls. The braid wig however has been abused. Damn! The number of braid wigs I see on a daily basis is alarming and the number of the messed up ones are even more alarming.

Yoruba Demon

Future son, you are not a Yoruba demon in Jesus name. Demon, how?

Did I mention all the major trends?
What other trends do you want to stay or go?
Hit the comment box below. The goal is to engage. Engage yourself, comment on the aforementioned trends and bring up new trends and topics. Engage others, comment on people’s comments. Who knows, you may bond over mutual love or hate. Boom! Adesua and Banky 2.0. Engage me, I’ll reply. Let’s gist.

Phone photography : My cool friends , Toun and Sandra

The most interactive commenter gets a prize. The cute top in this post belongs to you. But you gotta roast first.

Closet Tag 

When in doubt, wear white.
– Teju.

What is the oldest item in your wardrobe/closet?

Haha. That would be my Nike bra-top . I’ve had it since junior school. 😂

What is the newest item?
My Couture beach wear cover-ups. I’ll be posting the look on the blog next week.;)

What is the most expensive item?
That would be my perfume. Versace Bright Crystal.

What was the biggest bargain?

My bags. I get really great bargains on bags.

What was the biggest waste of money?
I’ve got quite a number of them, mostly clothes.  

What is the most affordable/cheapest item (that you use a lot)?

Some rubber slippers. I got it in Ibadan for #450. And they don’t even look it.

What are your 3 favorite items right now?

My perfumes.

My Maybelline powder.

My white Jumpsuit I’m wearing in this post. Slayyy or what! 

What is your favorite piece that you’ve gotten as a gift?

I must say first that I hardly receive any gifts.:oops: An off-shoulder stripped dress I got from my mum.

What is the most comfortable item?

Shift dresses 

What is the most outrageous/colorful item in your closet (that you absolutely love)? 
I own all the outrageous colours. 😁

What is the most uncomfortable item (but you would take the pain because you love it)? 
I own some really tight-fitted clothes and I’ll wear them over and over painstakingly because I love them. I like really fitted clothes.
Where do you shop the most at?

You won’t believe it. I practically live in lagos island market. I shop there virtually every week 

Pick your favorite black item and your favorite white item.
I hardly wear monochrome so I ain’t got none.

Something you love but everyone else hates? 

There’s a long list. 😁 

Something that you’re excited to wear soon?

My Ankara crop top and skirt I’ll be wearing this evening. 

Dress by 7th Avenue. @official7thavenue 
Photography by Seyifunmi Photography. @seyifunmiphotography

Innovation Consultancy by The Idea Artillery. @theideaartillery 

Twelve International Haute Couture Designers You Need On Your Timeline.

Haute Couture is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.

– Coco Chanel

I absolutely love these haute couture designers. Their individual styles are unique and totally channel their creativity. If you love haute couture, get this people on your timeline. I repeat, follow them everywhere, from Instagram to their websites, they will give you all shades of goals, inspiration and lots of FOMO. They are like the Cher to my Karl Lagerfeld. Treasures of haute couture. I am so inspired by their work and I hope you find inspiration too. 

See Last Week’s Giveaway Winner Below And Check Out This Week’s Giveaway.

This list is in no particular order and these are their instagram handles. Spot some of the stunning looks from the Cannes 2017.

1. @michealcostello

2. @galialahav

3. @frida_xhoi

4.@nicolasjebranworld 

5. @moeshour

6. @zuhairmuradofficial 

7. @ralphandrusso

8. @micheal5inco 

9. @markbumgarner

10. @toumajeancouture

11. @emotions_atelier

12. @labourjoisie

  And a bonus, because I’m so extra sometimes.
@eliesaab 

Giveaway Winner Below.
Another Giveaway is Here! Keep Scrolling.

I want to say a heartfelt and huge thank you to everyone. You guys rock! From the reposts to the uplifting comments, likes, texts, even mere participating in the previous giveaway, you are all amazing people. Got me all teary eyed. 😿 Thank you for the overwhelming support.

Last week’s giveaway winner is @__itzjukky. Please, contact me by email to redeem your prize. My email is kharynaspark@gmail.com Congratulations.

This week’s giveaway!

Enter to win these amazing pair of heels above. To win, you must be following @kharyna_7thavenue on Instagram. Tag ten people to follow, to the post on Instagram and comment ‘Done’ on the blog, on this blog post. The more you tag, the more people follow, the more your chances of winning. 

Good luck.

The winner will be announced in next week’s post.

Photo credits – Instagram

Confessions Of A Fashion Blogger – The Introduction Edition

People will stare, make it worth their while.

– Tom Ford

Make up by Oshewa Beauty (@oshewabeauty)

Dress by 7th Avenue (@official7thavenue)

Photography by Seyifunmi Photography (@theseyifunmiphotography)

Creative Direction by Sandra N. (@sandy_oma)

PR Advising and Innovation Consultancy by The Idea Artillery (@theideaartillery)

Welcome to my blog.
The first of it’s kind, literally. The first haute couture blog in Nigeria. If you really want to read about all that, click here

Illustration by Kharyna 7th Avenue.

I can’t tell you how excited I am. Overjoyed is an understatement, I’ve been working on this with the most amazing team for a while and to finally be up and running, it’s tremendous.
I would bore you with what haute couture means but you probably know already. Haute couture is so dear to me and that’s one reason I started this blog. To explore, celebrate and show off haute couture, in my original, created and creative work of course.

An Overview Of The Blog 
From style posts to haute couture pieces worn by me, kharyna7thavenue.com will have it all. I have divided the blog into four categories or menus that I would explore every week in turns.

My Style Story 

This is the basic fashion or style post where I put up pictures and a post attached of me wearing haute couture pieces, tailored by me, of course.

Collaborations 

Collaborations with fellow fashion designers, style and fashion bloggers, photographers, models, stylists, brands, products, fashion enthusiasts and more. 

Trends, Rants, Features etc

Here, I will explore trends, I will rant, put up features, reviews etc. Weekly trends, monthly picks, social media fashion frenzies et al. In this category, it will be all about the latest, top of the food chain, ridiculously stylish fashion trends. It will also be a rant fest for me. I am guilty of always speaking my mind and here, I shall. Features and reviews will also be posted. I’m dying to post what I actually think about some things I’ve come across lately and I can’t wait for feedback from you guys.

 Journey Through Stitches – The Series

If you’ve ever seen my feature on The Semi Writer called Behind The Tacks With Olateju A, it will be something like that. Journey Through Stitches – The Series will feature stories, interviews and posts outlining the journey of various fashion enthusiasts and affiliates including fashion designers, bloggers, models, stylists and others.
It’s a lot of work, yes but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. You should totally click the follow button on the blog and subscribe to be up to date on all of it as they happen. 

Like, Comment, Follow, Subscribe.

Now, to the Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway to win this beautiful handbag above. Follow the link below or check out my recent posts on Instagram. Handle is @kharyna_7thAvenue. 
To win, you must follow @kharyna_7thavenue and @theseyifunmiphotography

Tag three people to the same exact post with this picture, comment on my blog post right here and voila, this bag could be yours! Yes, just like that. 

No, you’re not ineligible if you’re male. You could win it for someone or rock it yourself. Your choice. 

No bias here. 
Note – You have to complete all of the above to be eligible to win the bag.
Good luck. 

All the best.