November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving! 2008

I just got a text that my article was published. In the best and most glamorous Nigerian Magazine!

yay!

With all the bad things that happened last week, (my Uncle being assassinated, and losing a Fashion Designer friend) this sure changed things for me!

Unfortunately, I used my Pen name, so, nobody would know its me (for now), when the time is right, I would reveal myself as the Pen Name.

Lol...I was tempted to use [I]Angelsty [/I]or [I]Staresty [/I]as my pen name, but I know some people would just know I am the one! So, I used a name that would be used for my forthcoming book, and that is the name I would be known as in the Writing world!

Yeah! About time I out my writing skills to work too....make some money from it in some places and in others....just contribute and say my piece!

Would some of my writings be controversial? YOU KNOW the answer already!!! :roll ....wahala follows my writings...abi?

But No! I am writing to an elite and educated audience, so, the lady in me has to be in the fore front. And I have to consider my other passion (fashion), so I dont hurt it with what my writing passion puts out there..


I am soooo happy!

This is my NO FASHION week! Enuff of the travels already! Its Thanksgiving Week! I ain't traveling NO WHERE!!!

I am going to sit my cute butt at home!
Go to church and volunteer to share food at the shelter we are catering to this year! I have found out that it is a better and more fulfilling way to celebrate my Thanksgiving Day!! - I GIVE BACK TO OTHERS! I have learnt to turn down all Thanksgiving Invitations and just go feed the hungry!

Instead of stuffing myself with dead turkeys all day, I'ld rather be at a shelter to distribute food, and later in the day, spend the day making clothes I would give out!

[I]"Give, and it would come back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over!"[/I]- Luke 6:38...

Last year though, I went late for the Thanksgiving at[URL="http://couturestelle.blogspot.com/2007/11/turkeys-are-gone.html"] my Foster Mom's house.[/URL] -(where I usually spend my Thanksgiving Day). I really didnt want to drive all the way to Potomac that day, but am glad I did. At least, I still met some food (I sure came after everyone had eaten)...but they understood cos I had spent my day dishing out food for the homeless, and she loves to help the less privileged too. Unfortunately, I met Granny (her Mother) for the last time that day! because when i left US, I got a phone call that Granny had died (In Feb '08).

Granny was from Slovenia. Met Granpy (Who had died a couple of years earlier)....and she told me wonderful stories of how they met during the World War 1. (M-e-n...those people were very romantic back in the day!) even amidst the bombs and bullets going off! What endeared me more to her was her passion for fashion! WOW!! And WOW again!!

My foster mum was clearing granny's room just last month (before she left for Europe)....she told me to come take granny's sewing things! Wow!! And I am talking about mannequins, sewing tools, etc....things that were used with love and passions, things she used to create master pieces! I just took them to my storage space, untouched! It really means so much to me to have Granny's sewing things! And the fabrics?!! WOW!! very expensive fabrics! Very delicate, well picked etc.... (I am too scared to even finish the cut fabrics she never had time to complete) I just finished up a Green dress yesterday (I tweaked the style from what granny had originally cut it), and WOW again! The dress is spectacular! And sure looks VERY expensive! I love it!!! Its green with gold silk dress and gold embroideries etc...cut into a short dress, I turned it into a ruffled balled hemline...and made it tighter and more sensual....and I GOT PLANS FOR IT!

Definitely what I WILL wear to my next Red carpet event! Cool!! I already got some cute green italian snake skin shoes to match.....Hmmm.... The Future Awards in 2009 is Green themed.....I guess I will wear it then...(both, I'ld be showing off too much legs sha...) hey! Am allowed to show it if I got it! [I](I got legs....I think......but,.....I used to be a hotlegs when I was in University of Jos.....)[/I]...Oh, Ok. I no send! I shall wear it! And the fashion reviews will let me know if I still got IT! Hee hee hee... Make nobody throw me rotten tomatoes sha O! :D

But, a fashion designer is allowed to wear 'crazy stuff'...no be so?

O jare....let me get outta here and go take care of things.....

Its another Thanksgiving Week. And I really have a lot to Thanks God for.

THANK YOU GOD! FOR EVERYTHING!!!
For the good times this 2008!
For the times I thought were bad, but were your 'Fix-her' times!
For tears I cried...(some were in frustrations, but more of happiness and joy!)
For being here!
For breathing!
For expectations I over-exceeded without even trying!
And most importantly, For loving me ANYHOWLY!

For being my God and keeping me in the hollow of your hands, away from the eyes of evil ones, away from things that could have killed me this year....away from set-ups you revealed and created escape routes for me!

THANK YOU. :worshippy

November 5, 2008

OBAMA 2008 - NO! I WONT WRITE ABOUT HIM!

No! I wont write about Obama.....

all blogs and sites and papers and media and people are talking about this historic event. And WE WILL talk about it more for years and generations to come!

Tears came to my eyes watching his speech!! I lived to see this day!!

I did not see the slave period, I did not see Martin Luther King marching in DC, I did not witness the era of Rosa Parks, BUT, I SAW A BLACK MAN FROM KENYA, VOTED AS THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! I witnessed this!




God Bless America!!! Only in America would this happen!!!

YES, WE CAN!!!! Now, no one has any reason not to live their dream in America!!! Obama came out from no where less than two years ago and today he is the President!

I only wished his Grandma had lived to see today!

And I give kudos to McCain....his speech was great too! And I commend him too for having the American Soldier spirit and fighting to the end, even when he knew that George Bush's messed up 8 years was like a huge ball and chain on his neck!

Ok, now, some black faces in the White House!!

And more importantly, A BLACK FIRST LADY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

Whoo hoooo!!!

BHF Magazine..........A new Fashion Concept!

Geoffery Olisa is a name known in Photography and Unique Graphics and Websites. And one guy I am ready to leave all scissors and threads at the studio to go have Geoffrey transform my designs into digital images!
His pictures are one in a Million! He is any Fashion Designer's friend!
My best picture that most of my friends now call my "Trade Mark Design" or "The Burgundy Dress" was taken by none other that Geoff!! I doubt you dont know this dress because most people know EC by this dress. In fact, I have it on display in my boutique now! lol. It has outlived its life on the runway....Maybe someday, I will redo it again!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing ......... "THE BURGUNDY DRESS", Photo by Geoffrey Olisa!

"The Burgundy Dress"

If you think that is spectacular, see what Geoff did to a simple African cotton outfit, and the Model is none other than Karen Koukou (An African Queen by all Standard [Beauty, Brain and Braun] in one package).

BHF Magazine's Summer Promo with Estella Couture Design

You think you have seen enough? Nope! Hold on!! Wait till you see the pictures from a 'grueling' (to me!!) 5 hours photo shoot with one of the best female Nigerian Models in the USA. The few pics I have seen are awesome! And I guarantee you they would be awesome! Oh well, if you really wanna see the rest before I post them, then, subscribe to BHF Magazine and get your copy!!!

He didn't ask me to do this, I am sure he may not even see this post, I am writing and dedicating this to him because I just believe in giving respect to anyone that deserves it! Geoffrey is talented and I duff my scarf to him and I will blow his horn for him anytime, any day, any where! Because great talents like that are hard to come by! Kapish!

As a last line, let me leave you with this picture Geoff took of me unprepared..... I have been told that I look like a Regal African Queen in it! lol..... you think so? Oh Well, I am a Princess, so, maybe, I should blow up this picture and have my dad hang it in his palace ....hee hee hee

Enjoy the picture of Princess Estella, a Proud African Royalty!!!! dodging the rotten eggs and tomatoes coming my way!

Oops!! Ok, not the real TIME Magazine, but I am getting there by God's Grace (I inserted into the TIME Cover frame myself...).......Just look at the picture........and say a prayer for me to get past TIME Magazine too....AMEN.

Enjoy Geoff's work.... I will post more of his pictures as I get them.....
Give it up for Geoffrey Olisa! And don't forget to get your own copy of BHF Magazine because a lot of my designs would be showing up in there........

My First Post Card When I was still deciding between my clothing line being COUTURE D' ESTELLA or ESTELLA COUTURE......

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Estella backstage with models @ Couture Fashion Week NY.....

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Models @ Zanzibar
Backstage getting ready for the runway.......... photo by John Harman

Tradishionale... (Ms. Estella) in Aso-oke and raw silk dress..........

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EC Red Carpet Wear (African Damask, Silk and Lycra Mix)

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Models....

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Back stage just before the runway strutting!... photo by Reward