Monday, 31 October 2011


I recently ordered a beautiful top from a company I found out about on twitter called Lady Umbrella ( I just  fell in love with their sweet, simple & quirky designs. I decided to style my vest top by tying the side into a little knot and pairing them with a leather jacket, pork pie hat and my new military boots.

Lady Umbrella have been such a lovely company to purchase from and keep great relationships with all of their customers. My vest came packed in a little cute bag and came with a letter with a little note on the bottom from Rob Ryan, one of the founders!! I really appreciate companies that maintain great relationships with their customers and because of this I loved my vest top even more lol!

Join their mailing list for free to receive a 15% discount code and a free lookbook! Plus they ship completely FREE WORLDWIDE *faints* How generous :)
Thanks Lady Umbrella I love my new top <3, I'm already planning what to order next hehe!

Vest Top - Lady Umbrella (
Pork Pie Hat - Beyond Retro
Jeans - *My mummy bought them for me from New York*
Boots - Ebay (My 1st Wish)
Jacket - Primark
Ring - Primark
Glasses - H&M (Mens)


I've wanted to change my hair colour to a blond/light brown colour for a while now, but I just needed the right idea! I noticed a new hair colouring technique one day whilst wondering around in Topshop in Oxford street, called 'dip-dying'. A hair salon called Bleach ( have a cute little corner in the basement section and they have some pretty amazing colouring techniques and ideas. I did a little research and found out that I could do my own dip dye from home. Above is my hair (with human hair extensions) before any colouring or processing.
As my hair is pretty dark, I thought it would be best to take the risk and take the lightest of the light permanent blond hair dye that I could find to ensure that the hair is lightened as much as possible.
Don't be scared to use a very light blond hair dye to achieve your ombre/dip dye hair effect (That's if your hair colour is similar to mine)!

I took the ends of my hair and applied the hair dye mixture to the tips and eventually moved my way up to halfway up my hair. Below is the colour (with the hair dye still in) after 30 mins of processing. I left my hair to process with the dye for 45 mins. I would recommend that this time is not exceeded personally because I have never done it before and I am very sure it will weaken and break down your hair strands, causing very brittle and dry hair.
Above: So after 45 mins of processing time, I rushed to the shower to rinse my hair thoroughly and reveal my new lightened ends! Use a really good deep conditioner treatment to replenish any lost moisture in the hair strands. When the hair is wet it still appears dark, but just wait until you dry it!
And POOF! It's all brown :) This is just after I applied my leave in conditioner, carrot oil and blow dried it all the way through.
Now for the styling, hmm I want curls!... But since I had already used a heating appliance on my newly dyed hair, i did not want to use curling tongs on it again to achieve curls so instead I applied some hair mousse and created about 6 three-strand plaits and left them in for 1 hour. Put elastic bands on tips of hair to stop plaits unravelling (This is a safer option if you want to use less heat on your hair, however you can use any other method you want such as bendy rollers)
And here is my final look, wavy dip dyed ombre hair! Woo hoo! Can't wait to sport my new hair around lol.

*Inspiration* One day I'll have pink and purple hair... One Day lol! (Image from Tumblr)

Tolu x

Tuesday, 18 October 2011



I had a really FAB modelling job a few months ago with the fantastic Toni & Guy hairstylist, Patrick Forini! He was looking to enter the Afro Hair category of the British Hair Dressing Awards and to my surprise he recently got in contact with me to tell me that he is a finalist! 
The results have not been published yet BUT I really hope he does well! (Yes, that's me with the blond hair haha!)
The shoot was amazing and I met a really fab team! The talented make up artist Kamlia Siemiatkowska was amazing and the photographer was Barry Jeffery ( who in fact booked me to work with him on another shoot with the hair dresser, Craig Chapman, ( for a Black Beauty magazine shoot and I will post those images very soon!


Today I decided to go shopping and pick up a few essentials and I couldn't help but 'wonder' into Topshop (I like to believe I wondered into Topshop, it makes me feel less guilty for shopping lol). 
I know that I have never left Topshop empty handed so I knew already something would have to grab my attention. 
I've been loving the vampy slash grunge chic trend particularly bright red or deep plum matte lipstick, collars and spiky jewellery. Once I saw this necklace I just knew it was coming home with me. Its a very light weight collar type necklace with a clasp at the back and I bought mine for £14. 

So, how would I style this? Stay tuned for some OOTD's (Click follow or sign up to recieve via email, it's free hehe!)

Tolu x
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