Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fashionista!!: Life is to short to blend in..2011!

Fashionista!!: Life is to short to blend in..2011!: "The year 2011 is not only a new year, but a new decade. This idea should indulge an entirely new generation of thought in other words ..."

Life is to short to blend in..2011!

The year 2011 is not only a new year, but a new decade.  This idea should indulge an entirely new generation of thought in other words “out with the old and in with the new.”  New Year’s Eve is upon us, which means time to decide what is going to be worn to bring in the New Year. 

When I think about New Year’s Eve, the two “D” words pop into my head: Dazzling and Dramatic. I have gathered together some easy fashion tips from constant observation of my favorite celebrities, to assist in preparations for welcoming the New Year in style.

Firstly, I would start with the hair. For those who desire a change there is one rule…Just Change It! Select a hair color that suits you, your complexion and without hesitation change your hair color. For a more dramatic look, Rihanna has sported a Red hair color that is absolutely gorgeous. 

As for those who are more reserved or conservative, try the “Side up-do” look.  Its very easy is do and very effective. Start by curling your hair with a large-barrel curling iron. Next, loosely braid your hair to the side. After securing with a woggle, break up the braid with your fingers and softly twist the braid against your head to create a rolled effect. Pin to secure and touch up any front pieces with a curling iron to finish.
Put it up: It's a lot easier to keep an up do looking perky all night than it is to keep every hair in place if you're wearing it down. Try a French twist or a messy low bun for options that will stay perfectly in place for hours.

Now let’s discuss outfits. If you’re thinking about a lady like polish then you should go for the round neck- line tops and full skirts or dresses with the full skirt bottom. Remember to use a belt to accentuate your flattering figure and define your waist line. However, if you’re the centre of attention kind of girl you should consider a strap-less colorful, printed dress or top with a playful full skirt. There is also the sexy lace and low neck line dresses for the flirtatious look. You can use accessories and perfectly high stilettos to create a shinny or dazzled finish, to make your look holiday party perfect. I got into the habit of using glitter eye shadow over the dramatic look (YouTube). It’s flirty and festive.

Keep in mind that the key elements are to be dazzled and dramatic. Be confident and look the part. Embrace the new year/decade and be safe. As Paris Hilton said “The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” Have a Happy New year!!! <3 <3 xo!

Sincerely yours,
Zwena Baksh

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


One of my recent favorite local writers - BCPires. This article as the title suggest is based on the inequity and women empowerment in society. Naturally it is an article that deserve to have a space on my blog and read by all females to have some sense of security or upliftment.

FOLDING BED SHEETS; there's another thing that separates men and women like oil and water or PNM and People's P: how, in God's name - no, wait, the Devil's - do women make folding bed linen seem so effortless? For me, grappling with a king-sized sheet is like rigging the sails of a 17th Century galleon: I need a 180-man crew; and pulleys; and several rations of rum; and, even so, I'm never far away from saying, "Frigate" and tossing everything to fo'c's'le away.
Indeed, if I even manage to hang a king-sized bed sheet to dry on the clothes line without dragging it through doggie-do or strangling myself, I feel like I've pulled off a stunt straight out of Salt; which makes me think of Angelina Jolie; which makes me think of how the sheets got dirty in the first place; which, naturally, leads to (perhaps unnatural) thoughtsof my wife, who's superior to Angelina in three ways: 1. She doesn't have tattoos; 2. But does have everything else (except Brad Pitt - she had to settle for his initials); and 3. She's actually here, right next to me - except she's not. She's away; which is the principal reason I'm struggling with the sheets on my one, as it were, and my thoughts are folding in on themselves and all this firetrucking cloth.
What the hell could be in the Y chromosome that renders men incapable of tucking, gathering and pleating? You might as well ask a FIFA executive to pay footballers what they're contractually owed or a politician to keep a promise; and the footballers are likely to get their money before the sheets are folded; and God help the footballers if they have to face FIFA plus politician; they might as well start pronouncing their bonus as ‘bone-ass'.
Even when we help our women with the sheets, we men are liable to cock up our bit. And they can do it by themselves! I've seen my wife, all 150cm-odd of her, pull down a fitted king-sized sheet from the line like she was pulling a tissue from a box and, three seconds later, it's folded in a neat square in the basket, like a cowboy lassoing a steer and roping its feet at a rodeo; except quicker. Flat sheets she dispatches faster than the speed of light. Women can probably fold pillow cases with their tongues, such is their superiority in the game.
In fact, women often do a better job with the sheets - and thank God that "with" is not a "within" - if men are not involved at all; and there's a line of firetrucking thinking that should be nipped in the bud, lest it lead to performance anxiety above, beyond and upon said sheets. There are, I know, real men who'd rather go down in flames than simply go down. Women plus bed sheets minus men equals greater satisfaction is not a happy equation for our sex; which is why the creation and sustenance of the myth of feminine inferiority was, from earliest times, so high on my own gender's agenda.
Women get pregnant - which they can do entirely without men, now that sperm can be banked like blood or cash. Women carry babies from microbe to maturity. Women give birth. Women nurse. The bond between father and child is tenuous, the one between mother and child unbreakable (excepting only cases of genuine freaks of nature, those mentally ill women who can disown their own). Women nurture, love and give succour all their days. Mother's milk can even cure eye infections; and what do men have?
We can pee standing up.
How in the name of God - no, wait, the Devil - did we manage to fool women into thinking we're superior? Thank God for priests! It's not by accident that religions cast women as being subject to men. We couldn't have pulled off our supposed supremacy without God. We had to trick women into believing that ours is the superior sex the same way we trick children into believing in Santa Claus: by telling them over-and-over again, from the time they were born until they just stopped questioning and accepted.
And nowhere in the world is the subjection of women made more plain than in those parts - which, thankfully, will not include Paris in three months - where civilized people have remained silent while women were put, by men, under cloth and thumb. There is no greater threat to freedom than the veil which supposedly protects women from but really subjugates them to brutish men.
It's no defence to say only a small portion of women wear the full body suit. The least version of the veil gives me more grief than an un-ironed queen-size; I could quicker come to terms with a super-king fitted sheet blowing on the line in a hurricane than a handkerchief covering a woman's hair. The only point of the veil is to bring women into line; and anyone who has escaped a penal or slave colony (or its mental trappings) should want their people free.
But perhaps I speak from a position of inadequacy.
Perhaps I might have made a good imam myself, and upheld the idea of downtrodden women, if I could have made bed sheets do my bidding. I might have mastered the art of Arab woman-seduction and married a conservative Middle Eastern chick; maybe up to five, once I could have paid for all. Mind you, I wouldn't know what they looked like until I unwrapped them on their respective wedding nights. I might have uncovered one cupcake, one paradise plum and three tin sam or dumplings. I might do better by folding from the deal. I don't know. Maybe I'm just not religious enough. Maybe I don't have the proper god-fearing attitude to the female sex. Maybe I should do like the priests and imams and stop wrestling with the veil.
And just prey on it.

BC Pires will get a holy dressing down

Monday, June 7, 2010

Insider reviews of Fashion Week (FWTT)

Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Week was full of exciting shows, beautifully made collections and uniquely designed clothes.  It give me the opportunity to escort top designers, media and excited audience for the season's most anticipated runway presentations. I volunteer to work with media relations because of my desire to pursue Fashion Journalism for my masters. I wanted to have some exposure and be amongst my favorite models and designers. Not to mention, Rosemary Stone, my idol, the first person to study fashion abroad and be the first fashion editor of Trinidad and Tobago.

This is my first fashion week!  It was really exciting; I'm very surprised about how magical the shows have been for me and was more than happy to be a part of it. It's such a huge deal, it's overwhelming and exhilarating. I am a true fashionista, thus all my happy emotions. ^_^

The FWTT banner promoted power, sustainable development and style definition which reflected the culture of the Caribbean. The runway came to life with all the vibrant colours and earth tones. My personal favourite was Brown Sugar, Pat and Pearlhaute couture,  Pilar, Millhouse and The Cloth. These were showcased on Friday’s show. I also enjoyed the mudtone project, saleem, Donna’s designs and CAFD! Anya Ayoung Chee’s Pilar was very entertaining with her boom boxes and mix reggae beats. I would totally wear her line. However I was only present on Friday and Saturday. I was deeply saddened to miss Haute Caribbean on Sunday, the grand finale and two of my favourite designers Heather Jones who opened the show and Claudia Pegus whom I was told closed the show with a BANG! I’m sure she did.

On Friday and Saturday I was happy to work with Laura Cotton, with the media. I was placed in the “photo pic” where I was in charge of the photographers and journalist, making sure no one brought a plus one guest or camera. I also helped Joanne Brooks usher and greet the extremely excited crowd, allowing them to have a memorable and heartfelt experience. I know I did. Richard Young stated that this venture would be “pregnant with possibilities” and indeed it was.

Trinidad and Tobago fashion week was extremely fierce and fabulous!!  And I look forward to next year’s show with even more excitement and anticipation.

Zwenz!! J

Friday, May 28, 2010

the teen vogue handbook: intern tips all the tips you need to become a first class intern.

I found this helpful and to the point! :) *hearts teen vogue!!*

Interview Tips

* Prepare a list of your favorite designers, photographers, and stylists. A comprehensive knowledge of the field demonstrates your passion and shows that you've done research.

* Arrive on time and dress to impress. Your ensemble should reflect your personal style as well as the position you're applying for.

* Remember to ask some questions of your own. Inquiring about the details of the job indicates enthusiasm.

* Send a handwritten thank-you note—not an e-mail—after the interview. It's a thoughtful gesture.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Despise seeing dark under-eye circles!!!! – BeAuTy CrIsiS!!

Please girlie's try  to find a concealer that actually covers up those dark circles, it can be tough, but luckily I have searched a few of our favorite makeup artists an have weighed in on how to keep your eyes looking fresh!

When choosing a concealer for under the eyes, you want something that's really creamy, camouflages darkness, lifts and brightens around the eyes. Having a slight melon tone to your concealer will balance those unwelcome dark shades that reside beneath the eye.

Also, application is key. Use your finger and pat the product from the inside corner of the eye and out to give a smooth, natural coverage. You only need a little because too much concealer can actually bring focus to the under eye area. Make sure you layer as you go. Avoid applying to much concealer under the eye area at one time. This can create a cakey look.

When using concealer under the eye you want to make sure the color is at least one to two shades lighter then your skin tone. If it is not lighter it will not lighten up the dark circles. It is typical for a girl with dark circles who has only used a concealer to end up with a gray color under the eyes. This is primarily because the color is not rich enough. You need to find a basic concealer that is one to two shades lighter than the skin tone, and mix it with a very rich foundation.

For some, their most captivating feature can be one's eyes. Please, invest in a  concealer that suits your skin tone and avoid leaving  your home with dark under-eye circles. It helps enhance a refreshing look that would be appropriate for going to work or simply running your daily errands. 


*BeAuTy TiPs* : How to deal with grown out bangs... :)

#1 Pin Em' Back!
Brush the bangs back toward the back of your head. Then, push them forward so they pouf up a bit and bobby pin at the crown. Swipe on pomade or gel to smooth flyaways.

#2 Do the twist!
Pull your bangs up, give them a twist, pin to one side and spritz with spray!

#3 The split and tuck
Part damp hair down the middle, coaxing your bangs away from your face. Draw back on each side bobby pin about two inches from your forehead then just slide the rest of the hair over the telltale pins. It's a clever little trick!

#4 Sweep them up and away. 
Work gel into damp hair and blow dry it straight back. Comb hair into a low ponytail,pin mist hairspray to keep them blended.

I truly believe your hair is a major asset to your beauty!! Paying attention to your hair is very important in having an attractive image. Always remember...Image Is Everything!! :)


Carnival Accessories Round-up!!!

You know trini love to party and our favorite feteing period is finally here!!! The time to “palance”, a verb that has been recently use by many due to the popular hit by JW and Blaze, means time to lime or “movements” commonly used by the “Critz crew”. Carnival, the most highly anticipated time of the year by the majority is finally in season along with many preparations, most importantly being your imagine. How does one portray themselves at the major all inclusive fetes and other popular parties. What you wear and how you wear it tells a lot about your personality and character. In this article are some useful tips I would like to refer as “Carnival Accessories Round-up”. Fashion trends, hairstyles, and beauty tips that are displayed by popular celebrities such as Rhianna, Miley, Beyonce, et al in 2k10. Most exhibiting an eclectric trend of punchy colours, graphic tees and a vintage look.

This year fashion trend consist of shimmering clothering, accessories, styles featuring gold, silver, bronze, metallic and sequin finishes. Along with these sequin finishes are satin dresses and skirts. This new shimmering look not only catch the eye but reflect light to enhance the body curves, giving off a sexy and femine look while adding splash and flair to any ensemble. Neon nails and make up weather lipgloss or eye shadow such as ultra violet or hot pink also go along with the entire elcentric look.

Some of my outfits in mind depend on where one intends to go. If on the street on a Carnival Friday evening watching kiddie’s carnival, I would suggest one wear a pair of those colored jeans. I have a light orange that I absolutely adore! And Dark tops, any dark color that would complement the color of the jeans. Black is safe. However if the jeans is a soft color as in aqua blue or what not a white plain tee would do, or one with those random prints to elevate the eclectric look. According to my boyfriend Jarryd, “its all about the graphics” lol. Girls we have some funky, playful colours printed on tees, choose a colour to dominate and use for your choice of accessories to enhance your look. For example, yellow hoops.

On the road Monday and Tuesday, all those “chipping on the pavement”, get the perfect shorts. I was thinking nothing to tight; you would be on the road all day and want to be comfortable. Those khaki/ plaid/ denim shorts, graphic tee or vest and invest and a very cool hat. Trendy and efficient. The hat has to be able to do his job. Shade you from that Sun. I saw really nice ones in Wonderful world; please remember to put on the stockings on display before trying on the hat. There are even more trendy ones in Eye Candy or New York upper level, Trincity (by the food court). Footwear, converse are my favorite but for those playing mass, flat boots is a must! That’s the style for all masqueraders 2k10. Very comfortable, very trendy! Also people, avatar shades are in, very stylish.

My look for the fetes were mostly Rhiana’s style, sported black the majority of the time “all black everything”, frequently leather. My liquid leggings are my favorite; there are also leather shorts and those with the sequins. I wore the sequin skirt with a semi-wide belt and black vest. Of course my necklace added spice to the vest, as it was in layers of silver and black chains with little hanging crosses. Accessories are very important in enhancing an outfit. Please remember that. Invest in your look. Pay attention to your appearance. Image is everything!!!

Well one and all have a safe carnival, please leave your valuables at home, it hurts when you lose something that you was so attached to. Take my advice; do without the bbm for just 2days. Go back old school!

Remember everything you do, do it in style and risk are there to be taken. Enjoy!!!


New Years Eve Swag!!! :)

Highly anticipated for most, New Years Eve is drawing near and thus the end of the year 2009.....We anxiously welcome the year 2010!!!!!

I dont know about much girls but what bothers me the most about New Years Eve is.............what I am going to be wearing to bring in the Prosperous New Year!!?! :s

In my opinion New Years Day is every man's bday! Everyone should be happy, excited, elated and most importantly LOOKING their best!!!!! :D

By my close friends, Im known for being a risk taker and I’ve always been like that, especially when it comes to fashion. So my ideas for dress up is a bit on the sparkley side. Which I am extremely excited to share incase anyone else is in my dilemma and wants some fashion advice.

Here are some outfits in mind:-

1. Those dazzlie sequin tops... weather vest or tube, tuck it into a Black High waist skirt, o red if they compliment eachother, and Black Heels, plz grls not those heels that have gone out of style, there are the hawtttt gladiators, and peep toes with the metals o studs...just make sure the shoes bring out and go along with the outfit. SHOES ARE MUYYY IMPORTANTE!!!!!! Si!?!
Acessories: with the sequin tops (these are the tops with endless sequence diamonds on them ok) a chain is not needed, but those lovely hanging indian earings are a plus, something sparkle y n fun :)
Make Up: Be creative with the eyes, use colours to compliment the top and dont forget black eyeliner, some ppl do...i love black eyeliner!!!

2. This is my preference, A New Years eve dress :)
I was thinking those dresses made from the satin material, plain, tube, no strap dresses, the type of material the dress is made of give it a formal look, but the length and no strap giving it the party look. Now with this dress a belt is very important, pick the perfect belt to go along with the dress. I love the wide ones with the studs on them, they might be the perfect match. They are available at cache and bang bang for less than $100. Plz try them on before purchase, got one as a gift and it was a big small lol.
Accesories: I wear tons of chains with no strap, mostly bc im not a big fan of no straps. Not enough cleavage :( i think a cluster of necklaces would go well with the outfit and small earings. Funky :) Once again HEELS is the big deal here...find the perfect heels for the dress OK!
Makeup: Can be mellow...just focus on the eyes and use some blush :)

3. Liquid leggings are my new found favourite pants!!!! These are the leather look fitted leggings...commonly worn by ri ri :P
Now what i love about these leggings is that they can go along with anything and any look. So for New Years Eve, pull out your pair and lay it on the bed, above it rest either an oversize tee, or and off the shoulder (the oversize would be pulled of one should, this is what i do :P), Colour isnt a big deal, I would recommend a white v neck tee, or a funky round neck, long, with some frills (if this top is your choice a small, tin belt is needed to accent it, for around the hips) ...what ever piece you desire to wear with this god sent leggings, keep in mind a rockstar/rebel/preppy look :)
The easy part with choosing the liquid leggings is that the heels are easy, black shinny hot heels and your in the game.
Accessories: Long Chain! This is a most have to complete the outfit and hoops, not to small, not to big :) And don't forget bangles!!!

Well ladies, that was my three options on New Years Eve Swag!!!! Lets bring in the New Year in style! *flips hair* lol

“"Style" is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.” Be Bold, express yourself and create ur identity!

And remember......Fashion is not something that exists in apparel only. Fashion is in the zone, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening, Fashion is apart of you so embrace it with your all for the year 2010!!!!!!!!!!

Love my hottt friends!!!!
Zwena :)