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MEET THE MUMPRENEUR TAKING A TASTE OF AFRICA TO LONDON MARKETS

Joan Omolara Sanyaolu a British Entrepreneur and Business Woman who has been specialising in the Catering & Hospitality Industry for over 35 years .

She is the founder of A TASTE OF AFRIKA – a project aimed at promoting the taste of African’s Rich Heritage Food Art Culture Fashion and Music. We aim to unravel the taste of afrika treasures by showcasing its wealth” says the shy Londoner .

Joan takes inspiration from the taste of African’s Rich Heritage and this, is what “A taste of afrika” is dedicated to promoting.
When asked what she expects to achieve at the end of the project, she said “We are committed in bringing people from all backgrounds to experience the Best of African and to embrace it. It’s about showcasing a wealth of information for both Africans and Non Africans alike . A taste of afrika will shine spotlight on the current trends, best brands on African Food! Arts! Culture ! Fashion! Music!

 

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l am always so excited about promoting Africa’s Rich Heritage , our Culture, Fashion and Music .
This is why I was at “Africa At Spitafields” May Bank Holiday to display my new range of Ankara print fashion designs.  l was also at the Historic Romford Market !
Our plan is to take “A Taste of afrika” to other local London communities and markets showcasing all things Africa Fashion ! Food ! Music ! Art ! Culture

 

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Baronessj asked Joan just how she arrived at this commendable initiative and she said
“I loved baking as a child and I turned my passion into a business called Jo’Ella Cakes .
My interest and dedication to children caused me to start the Jo’Ella Baking Academy which was launched in 2015 to enrich children and youths through The Joy Of Baking” .

“Also in 2015”, she continued, “l launched 9jaBites Cooking School this was for the world to taste and experience the beautiful and rich array of culinary delights coming out of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. 9jaBites provides both catering services for both private individuals and events too”

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“Taste of afrika, is my new venture, and the icing on the cake”

Asked if she made the fabulous designs showcased at the market herself, she replied “I source them from Nigeria !

However, I sometimes sketch the designs and then give them to my stylist to make. I’m a very creative person. I Love art and I took Art as a subject in school.

I also love fashion and I adore the African Ankara prints. I have a special passion for the vibrant colours and flamboyancy of Ankara designs and these sometimes inspire my design sketches

I have however bought myself a sewing machine and am now taking lessons!

Find out about more the taste of Africa pop up events from www.atasteofafrika.co.uk  

 

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THE FALL AND RISE AGAIN OF FORMER SUPERMODEL TYRA BANKS

There’s no denying Tyra Banks’ celebrity has faded. With every new year comes another failed project or devastating cancellation, and it’s hard to watch a model who was once one of the most sought-after beauties in the world struggle to keep her star shining

Why would anyone leave an industry at the height of their fame and fortune? Banks may have asked herself that question more than once since retiring from modeling in 2005 at age 31. At the time, she explained she wanted to go out on top and “be like the athletes who seem stuck in time,” but a decade after Banks ended a supermodel reign of nearly 20 years, it seems unlikely that her dreams of Michael Jordan-style lasting glory are destined to come true.

There has been chatter about a Victoria Secret reunion show featuring Banks, along with former Angels Gisele Bündchen and Heidi Klum. “I have been asked to do a reunion many years ago,” Banks told Watch What Happens Live in 2014, “and I said no because I was trying to be taken seriously as a talk show host and as an executive producer and as a businesswoman.” What would she say if asked again? “I don’t know if I would. But whenever I see them, I feel like we have a connection, these Angels, because we’re like the O.G. original Angels. Like, that was invented on us.” Banks added, “And, the president of Victoria’s Secret promised me a lifetime supply of Victoria’s Secret products, even after I decided to leave the company. But once I left, he only let me have it for a year. So I have a bone to pick.”

 

After five seasons, Tyra was canceled in May 2010. The talk show featured a mix of female empowerment messages, sometimes messy monologues, and antics by the former model, all of which took a turn for the worse in later seasons. Banks and her team sought out drama-filled guests to boost sagging ratings, but the show’s new personality made it look less like The Oprah Winfrey Show and more like The Jerry Springer Show. Needless to say, the change in direction did not help Banks.

In March 2011, Banks put her name on the line by launching TypeF.com. The style site aimed to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for users by offering personalized beauty and fashion tips. Although the glitzy launch brought in lots of initial traffic, page views and site visits suffered a steep decline over time. As spelled out in a 2013 Adweek story, the site essentially died after content seemed to dry up. Banks’ face disappeared from the site, and headlines pointed to two-year-old content. At the time of this writing, Banks’ former site redirected to an EHow.com fashion and beauty page, and associated social media accounts had not been updated in years.

Perhaps the fourth sign that Banks’ supermodel influence had waned was the demise of the formerly beloved hit show America’s Next Top Model. After a dizzying 22 cycles, the catwalk competition was axed in December 2015. At one point the show was a ratings powerhouse, with millions of people tuning in each week and millions more commenting on social media. In its last few years on the CW network, ratings were in decline—and, frankly, so was the talent the show attracted. The ever-changing cast of judges, some rumored to have beefs with Banks, didn’t help either.

After less than one season, Banks’ new foray into daytime television ended in a fiery ratings disaster. In January 2016, ABC pulled the plug on Banks’ talk show FABlife—after Banks, who’d led a four-person hosting panel that included fellow model Chrissy Teigen, quit two months after its nationwide premiere. At the time, Banks called the decision to leave “difficult,” but insiders said she left because she was duped into believing she’d receive creative control of the show. The cast did not appear to stay in sync after Banks’ exit, and the show soon folded. Unforgiving headlines also pitted Banks against Teigen, which added fuel to the theory that sometimes-catty models can’t get along.

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Banks believes cutting and running is the key to staying atop her showbiz perch, but others might see her decision-making skills as poor. In a 2015 Wall Street Journal interview, Banks explained she prefers to leave projects high and dry: “Having a sense of that hotness, but it’s cooling a bit, but the outside doesn’t know it yet. So, it’s before they know it and you pivot and you look like a genius—and you also look very brave.” In this case, the difference between a brave genius and a quitter is in the eye of the beholder.

Around the same time FABlife debuted, Banks also launched a cosmetics line she dubbed Tyra Beauty. Her latest business venture promised products for real women that would have consumers “werkin’ that hallway like a runway” while offering careers for true believers (called “Beautytainers”) who wanted to try their hand at Avon-style direct sales. Although she earned points for giving her products names like “Smack My Fat Lash” and “Ask for a Raise,” Reddit users quickly busted Banks for using social media marketers to beef up Tyra Beauty’s reviews, while the press had a field day with her claims that she went to Harvard Business School to prepare for launching the company. Turns out Banks’ “Harvard” experience adds up to a single non-degree certificate course.

Obviously, a number of things haven’t gone Tyra’s way over the last few years, but it hasn’t been all lemons for her—quite the opposite, in fact. Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, welcomed a son, York Banks Asla, in January 2016. Banks had openly discussed her fertility struggles, so looking in that little one’s eyes is bound to make any of the aforementioned business setbacks seem insignificant. “Of all the fashionable hats I wear, I love being a #mother the most,” she posted on Instagram in May 2016.

Banks will also star in a sequel to her hit Disney Channel movie Life-Size—and given that Disney owns roughly half of Hollywood these days, that’s a paycheck well worth cashing. “We’re looking at it as a holiday movie so hopefully holiday 2016,” she told People. “I’m really excited about it.”

Meanwhile, Banks is also returning to reality television in a big way, starting as the host of America’s Got Talent. She’ll also return for the upcoming season of VH1’s America’s Next Top Model. To which we say: WE ARE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!

 

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BGT’S AMANDA HOLDEN UNDER FIRE FOR HER CHOICE OF ATTENTION GRABBING DRESSES ON LIVE TV SHOW

Amanda Holden’s never been one to shy away from attention and ahead of the first ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ live shows, she’s welcomed Ofcom complaints about her outfits.

In previous years, Amanda and Alesha Dixon’s dresses have often stolen the show, but you simply can’t please everyone and 2016’s shows saw 19 people contact the broadcasting watchdog to share their thoughts.

 

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And those 19 people will probably want to stay away from their TVs this week, as Amanda has no plans to tone things down.

When quizzed on the matter by the Sun, Amanda told the paper: “Will people be complaining to Ofcom? I hope so, I really do. I haven’t done my job if they aren’t.”

Amanda also gave an insight into the process that goes into picking her outfits, revealing that her team of stylists leave deciding to the final minute.

‘I haven’t done my job properly if people aren’t complaining.’

 

AMAND“None of them have been worn before, which is the main thing for me,” she explained. “I like to know no one six foot tall and skinny has worn it on a red carpet before.

“That’s why we wait for Cannes to finish before we start choosing.”

Last night’s (Monday 29 May) live show saw eight acts perform with the hope of getting through to the live final.

 

HAVE YOU HEARD OF EYEBROW WIG? WELL IT IS THE NEW BEAUTY CRAZE

From micro-blading to Brexit brows, changing the appearance of our eyebrows is big business in 2017.

Which is why eyebrow wigs have sent the Internet into a frenzy.

Made from real hair, eyebrow wigs are basically stick-on brows.

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Make up artist Hung Vanngo – who’s worked with celebrities such as Katy Perry and Emily Ratajkowski – shared a video of the procedure involving ‘lace eyebrows’ on Instagram on Monday 15 May.

The beautician places the eyebrow onto the lady’s face to show the difference it can achieve if you’re looking for a fuller brow.

And some social media users commented on Vanngo’s post in awe.

“Wow! Good stuff,” one commented.

“Less work in the morning,” another commented.

“Amazing. I don’t have to do my eyebrows ever again,” another wrote.

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And we think they’re a great option for people suffering from hair loss due to alopecia, trichotillomania or undergoing chemotherapy.

Vlogger, Natalie’s Outlet, first trialled the trend last summer, posting a video it on YouTube.

Now her vlog has over million views as the idea gains in popularity:

BEHOLD THE NEXT “FASHION” TREND FOR MEN – THE ROMPER

The latest fashion accessory to hit the menswear world has been met with widespread ridicule.

A group of business students have created the RompHim – touted as the male version of the romper – in the hope that it will spark a ‘fashion revolution’.

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The garment even has its own crowdfunding page on Kickstarter where its creators, ACED Design, have already smashed the $10,000 (£7,800) target needed to bring it to fruition in just a day.

Donations gave now exceeded $40,000 (£31,000) for the all-in-one which is described as ‘pretty damn comfortable’ but has been blasted by fashion followers on social media as ‘just wrong’.

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But members of the so-called #rompsquad say they can’t wait to snap up the statement piece, which comes in four designs – Blue Chambray, Red Chambray, Splatter print Cotton and Special edition 4th of July seersucker – and is touted as perfect for pool parties and ‘beach days’.

Writing on their website, the designers, who met at Northwestern University, explained: ‘Though the idea came to us last year, our design journey started in earnest in early 2017.

Ladies, is this something you would like to see your man in? And men, would you rock this piece at the next BBQ party?

 


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WOULD YOU BUY A PAIR OF MUDDY JEANS FOR £330? A US CLOTHING COMPANY THINKS YOU MIGHT

A US clothing company has been mocked on social media for selling a pair of $425 (£330; €390) jeans complete with “crackled, caked-on muddy coating”.

The jeans are described on Nordstrom’s website as typifying “rugged, Americana workwear” and “hard-working action”.

But critics on Facebook are scathing of what the company describes as its new design of “heavily distressed” jeans.

“You can achieve the same look for a lot less by rolling in your backyard or gardening,” one commentator said.

 

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The company says the jeans are made with muddy coating “that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty”.

Among those to join the chorus of Facebook criticism of what Nordstrom calls its Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans is Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs presenter Mike Rowe who described them as “looking like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job” but “made for people who don’t.”

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“The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants,” Mr Rowe wrote.

“They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic.”

Mr Rowe’s followers on Facebook were equally damning of the jeans – made for Nordstrom by New York-based luxury denim brand PRPS.

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“Give me your jeans, and for a mere 200 bucks, I’ll one-of-a-kind customise them for you… You can choose from horse barn mucker, chicken coop builder, tractor grease, potters clay… $600 and I’ll let one of the goats chew a hole on the leg,” one contributor said.

But not everyone was dismissive of the new jeans.

“What’s the beef about buying mud jeans?” one commentator on Twitter said.

“If someone can afford $400 for a pair of dirty jeans, so what? Go for it!”

Last month Nordstrom advertised another unusual pair of trousers in the form of jeans with “knee windows” on its website – but for a far cheaper $95 (£74; €87) .