Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Fashion Trends that will Never go out of Style


Fashion trends come and go so quickly, it is hard to keep up sometimes. Looking at your mama’s and papa’s pictures in those days, you will agree with me that those old school dresses, shoes, blouses, trousers and hair styles for the ladies are now in vogue in our today’s world. Even though some of these fashion trends have been modernized, the idea still came from our forefathers. While you are busy working out what is in and what is out in fashion, what was in has already gone out; but as people in the fashion business say, while trends fade style last forever. And that is why some of what once was a trend has lasted the distance and is still as hot today as it always was.
There are some fashion trends that will never go out of style and if you are lucky to have some of these clothing in your closet, then you will never be short of something to wear.
Black Dress: Most ladies, if not all, have a pair of a black dress in their closets. The black dress is the longest lasting timeless fashion trend that has ever existed. It’s been a steady feature of every grown up girl’s wardrobe. You can wear it anywhere and pair it up with a beautiful and any type of accessories. Take good care of your little black dress and it will be your saviour in many I have nothing to wear days.

Statement Jewelry: It can come in the form of beads, any how you want it. A single piece of statement jewelry can transform any look, so make sure that you have at least one on your collection. Whether it is a large, chunky necklace, vintage earnings or bright sparkling bracelets, statement jewelry gives you the chance to stamp your own identity on any outfit. Hope you have one, if not, try and get one for yourself.

Leather Jacket: Leather jacket has become a classic staple of the casual wardrobe. It’s comfortable, warm and it will keep the rain off too in the raining season, while in the harmattan period it will keep you warm all day long. As the harmattan approaches, make sure that beautiful leather jacket that was hanging for a very long time serves its purpose during this period. Another great thing about leather jackets is that they last forever and they always look great and get better with age.

Fitted Jeans: When giving the list of fashion trends that will never die and a classic well fitted blue jeans is not mentioned in the list, then the list is not complete. So anytime you plan on buying jeans, make sure you try it on to get the perfect size and fitting because tight fitted jeans are still the best.

Blazer: Blazer has become another one of those classic fashion items that never seems to go out of style for both gentle men and ladies. It will be smart enough to wear to work and it will look great with a pair of jeans. A blazer is the perfect item for dressing up an outfit and it works for day wear, as well as in the evening.

T-Shirt: You really can’t go wrong with a classic T-shirt, it will look great with your statement necklace, jeans and over size sunglasses. Don’t just settle for any old t- shirt. T-shirts are less expensive, and you may be able to buy them anywhere, but it will be wise to take a bit of your time and trying a few ones on before you decide on the one that is right for you.

Pump Shoes: From a day at the office to a date night, a pair of black pumps shoes or any beautiful colour of your choice will see you through it all. It does not really matter what other trends come and go, they will all look good with black pump. If you are looking for shoes that will remain timeless, go for a pair of black pumps with a closed almond shape toe. They will always be in fashion.

Button-up blouse: if you are looking for a top that will go with anything, you can’t go wrong with a button-up shirt. Clean and stylish, it will look great with a blazer or you could wear it with shorts. Get a tailored button-up shirt, one that comes in at the waist, and it will create a wonderful look with almost anything. 

BY: Mercy Kukah

Foods you shouldn't throw away

There are so many foods and fruits peels that we are not supposed to throw away after we have finished taking the part that we need. These common leftovers that are often discarded actually have nutritional and health benefits. Some even have economic benefits as cleaning products. You won’t throw away these food scraps after reading this article, just read through. 

Pineapple core
The core of a pineapple, the hard part, which is found in the middle of the pineapple are usually always thrown away with the thinking that there is no use for it. Little did we know the health benefit. The core is high in bromelain (‘nature’s aspirin’) which reduces pain and inflammation. There’s also plenty of fiber as vitamins and minerals. The core can be a bit hard and unappetizing, so you can stick it in a blender for a smoothie or boil it to reduce it to stock to consume its goodness. 

Celery leaves
The leafy green tops of celery sticks are a goldmine for health benefits. They are low in fat and calories but high in vitamins (K, C, B6 and A), minerals and fiber. The leaves are good for your liver, which can help in controlling blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help prevent ulcers. 

Corn silk
Corn silk is the thread-like thing that is on the cob of the corn which we always throw away. Did you know that you can use it to treat so many health issues? Surprised, right? The silk can be made into tea which can cure health issues. Most commonly, corn silk is used to treat urinary tract infections due to its properties as a diuretic. The liquid can also be used to lower and control blood pressure due to it not having side effects like many over-the-counter medicines. Corn silk tea can also relieve persistent itching around the area of a bite or a rash. When next you are eating a corn and want to do away with the silk, have a second thought. 

Strawberry leaves
All what we want to do when we see a strawberry, is to munch at the fruit and enjoy the sweet taste. And after we are through, we throw away the leaves. It is high time you stopped thrashing the leaves and use it for something very important. The leaves of strawberries can be brewed in tea and used to alleviate gastrointestinal problems such as a stomach ache. The leaves can also help improve digestion when you feel bloated after eating. Strawberry leaves can reduce pain and inflammation of joints as they are a diuretic, which helps the body drain out excess water. 

Onion peels
When we see an onion, all what comes to our mind is the smell and also the tears it brings to our eyes while cutting or peeling it. But if you are suffering from hay fever, these peels could be the key to controlling the allergy. This is because onions are naturally anti-histamines. They are also high in quercetin which can help prevent heart problems and high blood pressure. In order to extract the goodness from the onion scales, simply boil the onions without peeling them. When it begins to simmer, let it cool and peel it. 

Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium which is important for bone density, heart health and an array of other things. Seeds can also be used as a cure for insomnia because they contain tryptophan which the body converts into melatonin, which triggers sleep. 

Watermelon seeds
Throwing away the seeds of watermelon means throwing away the very important part of the fruit. The seeds are full of nutrition and should always be eaten together with the watermelon. Once seeds have been sprouted, dried and shelled, 100 grams of seeds give you 34g of protein as well as magnesium and help strengthen your bones. The rind of watermelon can be used to improve blood flow because it is high in citrulline.

Banana skins

Like pumpkin seeds, banana peels can help sleep due to levels of tryptophan. However, if eating banana skins seems unappealing, they can act as a moisturizer and be rubbed on spots and burns to help heal them. Banana skins can also be rubbed on the face to get rid of pimples and lighten facial dark patches due to sunburn.

Orange peel

The orange peel can give you relieve from stress or cold. Using the orange peel on the face can also lighten it naturally; it can also dry up pimples. Don’t throw away the orange peel, dry it under the sun and then pound it. You can mix the powdered orange peel with honey or milk and use it on your body. After some minutes, wash it off with warm water

Lemon peel

Lemon peels can be a great source of flavour for both food and drink. You can also use them to clean your household appliances or rub lemon peels on coffee stains to remove them from mugs.

Eggshells

The shells of eggs are rich with calcium which our bodies need to stay strong and healthy. Our teeth need calcium to be protected from sugary drinks and foods. Eggshell toothpaste can be a perfect way to replenish the enamel worn away over time and even whiten the teeth. You can also dry the eggshell, then grind it to scurrying powder and use it to clean the back of your black pot.

BY: Pupwaya Timothy Dibal

Dressing for the harmattan season


It is the season again, characterized by cold, dust, dryness, extremely hot and harsh weather. The season that we all dread and wish it will just go away. During the harmattan period, it can get hard dressing appropriately because it’s cold in the morning and can get extremely hot during the day. Apart from this, harmattan poses a risk to our skin if it is not well protected from the harsh weather. You will have to ditch those clothes that will expose your skin, to prevent it from cracking or drying out. You can be all covered and still look fashionable. Follow these simple tips and know the right outfits for this season. 

1. Long Sleeves clothes: These are suitable for this season as they cover your arms and also they prevent direct contact with the dry air. Because of the fluctuating nature of the weather invest in Jackets, blazers, and cardigan so even if the weather does get hot, you can take them off. To pull this off, it is advisable to wear a decent top or shirt underneath the jacket or cardigan.
2. Below the knee dresses and skirts: The longer the dress and the skirt the better for this season. They help protect your legs and prevent them from being exposed to the harsh weather and turning white like you just came out from the site. Trust you don’t want all eyes to be on you ladies? So make sure you use the right cream and wear the right length of skirt or dress. 

3. Thick fabrics: If you think wearing linen material or lighter fabric is good for this season, then try. You will be shocked when you get frozen the moment you step out of your door. Opt for clothes that have fabrics thick enough to protect you from the cold. These include wool, pure cotton, velvet etc.
4. Head wear: One of the recent trends in fashion is the head wear, it comes in various shapes and colours, and apart from its sassiness, it can help prevent dust from getting into your scalp or your hair. You can decide to use a beautiful head scarf, faze cap, or go for the new velvet material being used to tie turban, the Fedora which looks like the chic version of the cowboy hat, and even head warmer  woven with thread. You can still look fashionable and even rock them to the office. 

5. Put off wearing slippers and sandals for a while: This is the best time to avoid sandals and slippers when outing, and adopt wearing shoes to cover up your feet and prevent them from looking dry and broken. Shoes act as a protector and would also make you look good. Absolute black and white foot wears are not fashionable, they would easily get dusty when exposed to dust and wind. Brown and grey foot wears are quite fashionable and can easily adapt to any season.

6. Don't forget to pick up those sun shades: Lots of people are not used to wearing sun shades during this season, they are in fact more worried about the cold than their eyes. You have to worry about the both because from the cold, comes the wind and the wind also carries dust particles along with it at quiet an intense velocity. Pick up some fancy glasses, look good and protect your eyes. 

Enjoy the season, get covered and still look fashionable.

BY: Pupwaya Timothy Dibal