Monday, December 26, 2011

Tis' the season...

I know Christmas is a day behind us, but tis' the season 25th or not. So merry Christmas to all those who visit or actually read this blog, we love and appreciate your support. May the blessings of God be your portion and your  days be filled with peace joy and most importantly, love.

I hope y'all got all you wanted and then some...well if you didn't, there's always next year...or you can just put in extra time at work and get it your self...*shrugs*. Since we are on the subject of gifts and Christmas is not just about receiving, we can also use this opportunity to do something good and worthwhile in the world, so why not donate that extra change you saved from that huge sale or the money you got as a gift or whatever to a legit charity to help those in need. The redcross, salvation army, oxfam  and St Jude, are just a few organizations in which your contribution does help and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

For those still in the holiday mood, i shall leave you with little drummer boy by Boney M. My all time favorite Christmas song. Super nostalgic


me looking all Christmassy and stuff, lol.
Merry Christmas and a have a happy New year.

Tiny Miyo

The print Jumpsuit

Fun and flirty 90’s jumpsuit featuring tribal inspired print all over with pockets, and bottons located in the back. Contains Zipper and waistband. 
Size: Small
Click here to shop this look 
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The APD skirt

Okay, i know this is another to shop for this look, but this one is especially special to me, because i made it. Yes i made it - I designed, cut and sewed it. and i'm quite proud of its outcome. It runs in a medium/large size (i am a small/Xs), so it doesn't fit me (meaning the picture doesn't do it much justice, since i modeled it..and i'm not a good model at all).

So if you fancy this look and much more, click here.
$12 (pretty cheap considering the fact that you are going to be the only one with this outfit...i'm sure and other stores sell similar skirts for $30 and above :D).

ps: I ship worldwide...even to mars.

Thank you.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sarah Baartman

So who is Sarah Baartman, you might ask.
Well, i found her story pretty interesting...sad, but interesting. She was famously called " the Hottentot Venus" by the western world (specifically Europeans). Originally from South Africa, she moved to Europe only to be a part of a "freak" show, due to her physical difference. 
Anyhoo, i believe this video does a better deal in explaining her story. 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time to shop...

To shop these looks and more click here
(we ship internationally too)
 Thank you.


Monday, November 7, 2011

The Kardashians lampooned...

...and very accrurately too.


lol. well, this is what you get when you let everyone in on your business


Friday, November 4, 2011

The supermodels as Duran Duran

Naomi Campbell. Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova teamed up with Harper's Bazaar to pay homage to the awesome awesome 80's group, Duran Duran...awesome combo huh?

I just love when these glam goddess grace the covers of fashion mags, brings me back to the days of glamazon supermodels (not the nameless faceless models or celebrities we are ever so tired of seeing).

Naomi Campbell as Simon Le Bon

Cindy Crawford as John Taylor...shes 45, wow.

Yasmin Le Bon (Wife of lead singer Simon Le Bon) as Andy Taylor
Helena Christensen as Roger Taylor
Eva Herzigova as Nick Rhodes
Can you believe the youngest in this group is 38 (Eva). They all look so fabulously fantastic in  the shoot.

What better way to end this post, than to play one of my favorite Duran Duran songs....ok maybe two.

photosource: dailymail


Monday, October 31, 2011

Colette Clayton







Ocotober 31 2011...

...makes is exactly 28 years my dear parents got married. I am so proud of  them for making it this far, i didnt :( and i pray that they spend many many more years together. Marriage isn't easy, and i know that more so now in this generation where our attention span is 0 and love ends before it begins. God bless 'em

My beautiful parents, (mom at 23 and dad at 28).
Happy Halloween tooo!!!! 

Tiny Miyo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When bad weave happens...yet again

 I love my African ladies, but this....this is an epidemic that needs to stop y'all. I have no words for the shocking pics that has slowly been circulating around the Nigerian entertainment blog world.


This is a special edition feature our very own Nigerian model, Isioma Onyebo, channeling hair icon extraordinaire, Chantal "SMHiGiveUp" Biya (Ps: Chantal, you better warn Paul...look what happened in Egypt and Libya, just saying).
Left: Chantal Hairnomous Biya. Right: Isioma Red Hotmess Onyebo

She must be thinking she's Veronica Lake here...nah look like a synthetic weave on fire. Not Sexy!!!

Looks like her hair is forming a mountain *now singing* climb every mountain

SMH, girls, girls, girls, Hair weave is NOT by force, i repeat NOT by force.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What have i been up too...

.. I have been doing some soul searching a lot lately, and in the process i have found a way to incorporate a few of my hobbies with my love for "vintage" ;-) into a profitable venture, (i hope i said that well without been too  patronizing). Thankfully the process was super easy to materialize because my family have been very helpful and i have a super super cool friend (hueyflygerian), who has been more than just a support system - he's also a web designer. 

Long story short, i plan on making an online shop where i can sell products i make and vintage finds. Just everything and anything that's timeless, classic and stylish. So, far its been going on well; i'm organizing what i need, researching (yes research, lol), and slowly but surely everything is going accordingly.

What's it called? ColetteClayton - aptly named after my parents. The store is still under construction  but i've been doing  mini promos here and there online, (tweeting and on tumblr, obviously). 

I can only pray to God, it does actually pay off. 

In the mean time we do have a tumblr page, click here 
Follow us on twitter: @coletteClayton.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nigeria is 51

51 years ago, Nigeria got her independence from the British.

Though we still have a long way to go and a lot of problems, with to few solutions and not enough good leaders, Nigeria is great.

Happy Independence Day

photosource: harvest moon


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Look for the silver lining

I love to listen to this song whenever i feel blue. Awesome chill song by Chet Baker, with a meaningful message.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

I believe

Your thoughts?

source: tinymiyo


Are you down with JC?

I hate shoes but i love Jeffery campbell's lita shoes. Sure its a "hipster" staple *rolls eyes*, but its chunky, funky comfy and

yes, i have chicken legs >_<


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leila Lopes

Lea Salonga asked “If you can change one of your physical characteristic, what would it be? And Why?
Miss AngolaLeila Lopes said, “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing, I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

               Armed with beauty and grace the 25 year old Leila Lopes from Angola deserved to win. 
Congratulations to her.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Fabric of Reality

Trees work in mysterious ways. A branch from a tree is a miniature replica of the whole tree. It is not identical but similar in nature to the whole. This fractal structure may actually describe the very fabric of reality, meaning the invisible structure behind all existence has the shape of a tree. In this way, the tree goes beyond being a mere symbol of the universe and is actually an echo of how reality is shaped. I see this pattern of the tree everywhere.

One of my favorite displays at the recent popular “Body Worlds” exhibition was a hauntingly beautiful tree of plastic blood. It was an actual human circulatory system made solid with the process called plastination. Everything else was stripped away, leaving only an intricate array of branching veins.
The tree pattern is inherent in any ontological system. The many species of the animal kingdom are best organized and charted as the branches of a tree. - Mark Ryden.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Tanning of America - Steve Stoute

Chapter 1 – Walk This Way

“Curiosity as Cultural, Economic Yeast”

Haters are reactionary, hate anything new or different, and see danger in venturing off into the unknown. They are certainly not friendly to creative expansion or marketing risk. In the 1980s, a decade of conglomerate takeovers and corporate megamergers, one group of haters who stood in the way of hip-hop’s mainstream success was populated by the marketing power players at leading brands.

That’s why it was so unprecedented when Adidas marketing executive Angelo Anastasio came to Madison Square Garden and was wowed enough by what he saw to strike the endorsement deal for the trio of rappers. As it was pointed out to me by Lyor Cohen (there that night as Run-DMC’s road manager), the mainstream market appeal wasn’t the main selling point for Anastasio. The crowd that night was still mostly African-American, with a smaller percentage of Hispanic and Asian concertgoers and a sprinkling of white urban kids. But what made Anastasio different from other corporate representatives, according to Lyor, was his curiosity. He was simply open-minded enough to contemplate the possibilities of introducing hip-hop to the marketing machinery behind Adidas sneakers.

When Lyor described that night and how everything fell into place, it occurred to me how important curiosity is in general for tanning to occur. And as a marketing 101 lesson, one that I had to learn and one I have to remind corporate clients not to forget, advertising dollars don’t mean a thing without genuine curiosity about what consumers want and need. In fact, as Lyor recalled, while the Adidas/Run-DMC alliance did well for all concerned—saving the company from extinction—it could have been much more successful. Unfortunately, instead of gaining consumer insights and bringing Run, DMC, or Jam Master Jay in on designing the footwear and in on how to promote their line of sneakers, the company took over for Angelo and ran a campaign with the old-school “father knows best” approach. They let the designers try to figure out the culture and design into it without a true understanding of the consumer. They marketed via the monologue that dictates cool rather than inviting consumers to partake in the cool. That said, the Adidas missteps were going to be lessons learned for certain entrepreneurs who were paying attention and whose business wheels were starting to turn. For them, it was fortunate that there were mainstream corporate haters who even by the late 1980s weren’t curious enough to even consider hip-hop’s musical future. Why do I say that it was fortunate for these entrepreneurs? Because it allowed them and local economies to benefi t and prime the pump for everyone else to follow suit.

Surprisingly, the second group of haters who slowed rap music’s mainstream success—and who weren’t curious about its potential—actually came from within the African-American community. Typically older, wealthier, assimilated generations who had come out of the era of protest and civil rights, they reacted with discomfort to the bravado of youthful aspiration and the booming bass of rap blasting out of car stereos and trekking down the streets. Their position, it seemed, was that they had worked too hard for too long, following paths into higher education and into positions of infl uence in politics, business, and media, to support the hip-hop phenomenon that might outshine them or disrupt their means of having stature. Black media, usually the fi rst to back African-American entertainment, was especially resistant to embracing hip-hop. Until rap music proved itself worthy of mainstream consideration, most of the top black radio stations and video programmers just weren’t interested. In fact, there were radio stations that specifically said on air, “We don’t play rap music,” in order to get more listeners. However, because of the mostly generational divide, it forced hip-hop to become bigger than just a genre of popular music with merchandise; it forced it to prove itself in mighty ways and to develop capacities for spreading into the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, dance, sports, gaming, language, lifestyle, and eventually politics.

And that’s how the culture left behind its house party roots and really took on a life of its own to become bigger than the sum of its parts. It was like any other teenager, determined to grow up and become whoever it chose to be. If you are a marketer hoping to attract new customers without losing your core consumers, this early phase of hip-hop still has relevance for how you appeal to aspiration and how you use code to do so. As we will see later on, consumers provide all the needed cues for how to do that—as long as attention is paid to them.

Reprinted from The Tanning of America by Steve Stoute by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Copyright © 2011 by Steve Stoute.

Visit Steve Stoute's 'The Tanning Of America' website here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

MTV Base Meets Aliko Dangote with MTN

"I think I work at least 18 hours a day."

"Power alone can create a lot of middle class in Nigeria. If the government fixes power in the next one or two years, you will see quite a lot of people coming from lower class to middle class."

"Africa is the only continent that has been growing at about 5% of GDP (Gross domestic product)."

"You should not take your job or business as something that you just do. You must take it like it is part of your hobby."

"The most valuable asset that you'll have going forward is YOUR NAME. Make sure you have a very good name."

*Be Inspired*

Vivien Theodore Thomas

"Vivien Theodore Thomas (August 29, 1910 – November 26, 1985) was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. He was an assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock’s experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country’s most prominent surgeons. Vivien Thomas was the first African American without a doctorate degree to perform open heart surgery on a white patient in the United States."

*Be Inspired*

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gotye- Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die 
Told myself that you were right for me 
But felt so lonely in your company 
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember 
You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness 
 Like resignation to the end 
Always the end So when we found that we could not make sense 
Well you said that we would still be friends 
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened
 And that we were nothing
 And I don't even need your love 
But you treat me like a stranger
 And that feels so roughYou didn't have to stoop so low
 Have your friends collect your records
 And then change your number, 
I guess that I don't need that though
 Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Have a great week ahead

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joyce Bryant

Who is Joyce Bryant?

Not many people can easily recall her name along with famous great singers blues/jazz singer of the 40's.  This is probably because she wasn't given much commercial air time, not just because she was black but because her music and style were considered too risque for the public.

Renowned for her four and a half octave range, she was most notably famous for her stand out style - that is, her signature silver hair and fitted clothes which adopted when she had to perform along side Josephine Baker. Apparently, she didn't want to feel upstaged so she decided to re invent her style by dousing her hair in silver radiator paint, silver nails, silver mink coat, all silver everything.

Queen of body con provocative outfits, her style and demeanor spewed sex, and i love it. I love that she stood out from the rest, and that makes her a diva bombshell in my book.

Famously known as the bronze blond bombshell and the black Marilyn Monroe, Joyce Bryant the oldest of seven children was born in Oakland, but raised in San Francisco.  Married and divorced by 14, and by the 40's she was at the peak of her career. By the mid 50's she quit her music career for religious reasons and enrolled at oakland university where she became an evangelist. Not the typical diva ending, and not much is known about her later life, but im glad she found her calling.

Source: joyce bryant


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


“There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home...He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect from rock ‘n’ roll singers.”
                                     -John Landau, Review of "Elvis" (1968 TV Special).

“Elvis is iconic; a lot of performers today look to that for inspiration.” -Beyonce' 

“Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution - the 60’s comes from it.” -Leonard Bernstein, 1960s

“A lot has been written and said about why he was so great, but I think the best way to appreciate his greatness is just to go back and play some of the old records... Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis' keep getting better and better.”
- Huey Lewis

 “Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps.”
-Rod Stewart   

 “He was a unique artist - an original in an area of imitators.” -Mick Jagger

 “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”-John Lennon

“A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.” -Jackie Wilson

Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today, the 16th of August. What a huge loss to music and the world (yes i am a huge fan ^_^). He has inspired so many other greats and did great music - he truly is earths biggest music legend. So thank you Elvis for the music.

Tiny Miyo