Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wide Leg Pants

I think everyone should own at least one good pair of wide legged pants. Its classic, versatile and goes with pretty much everybody type. I'm not a very "hip-py" person....actually, i have no hips at all so i prefer wide legged pants over skinnies any day. Another thing is that, unlike skinnies it comes in different forms ( bell bottoms, high waist, low waisted flares, baggies, pallazzo, etc).

Pants: Banana republic

Even though it makes my leg look shorter than normal, i still love my low waisted flare (need to invest in those high waisted ones).

Tiny miyo

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fallulah - I lay my head

If you like Adele, you would love Fallulah.

Tiny Miyo

Royal Wedding

To commemorate the royal wedding of prince Williams and his very lovely bride, Catherine (now duchess of Cambridge). I shall showcase several different famous/iconic wedding dresses throughout the past centuries.  

Queen Victoria, 1840.
She is credited for being the one to start the trend for women to wear white on their wedding day (which i don't find surprising considering her influence on an era named after her). Jane Bidney designed the famous white satin with lace and orange flowered wedding dress.

Grace Kelly, 1956.
Hollywood royalty, Grace Kelly looked absolutely stunning in this MGM, (yes MGM the movie studio) designed dress made by then head designer, Helen Rose. She was certainly born for that royal role...and she played it well.

Audrey Hepburn, 1957.
Okay, so this isn't her wedding dress, but a Givenchy wedding dress from the movie, Funny face starring Fred Astiare and the beautiful Hepburn. PS: Look at that waist, it's was so tiny. Incredible.

Audrey Hepburn, 1952.
Any fan of Audrey, would know that this dress has its own little story behind it. It's the wedding dress she famously gave away in other to pursue her choice.  It was designed by the Fontana sisters, but Audrey never got married in it... because she called off the engagement, so she donated it to a young Italian girl.

Princess Diana, 1981.
I really hate this dress, even Diana couldn't pull it off. Designed by Elizabeth Emanuel, the ball gown screams 80's, frumpy, creased, over the top way much too much. And that's not my thing..although, you cannot avoid the fact that its infact very iconic.

Jacqueline Kennedy, 1953.
Style queen and trend setter, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy didn't fail in this wedding dress which was designed by an African American designer, Ann Lowe. 

Wallis Simpson, 1937.
I personally not a fan of Wallis Simpson's choices (she was a Nazi sympathizer). She is famous for being the american divorcee who married the future king of England. He left his throne in order to marry her. You can say he choose his love for her over the throne.  

Carolyne Kennedy, 1996
Stunning Narcisco Rodriguez dress. It's simple, classic and timeless. 

and Last but not least

Catherine Middleton, 2011.
Just like Grace Kelly, she looked like a queen. Very beautiful fit, a perfect choice for her, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander Mcqueen. I'm pretty sure he would be very happy about  this..wherever he is.

Tiny Miyo

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

W.B. Yeats - Three Things

The Shampoo - Elizabeth Bishop

Meet the bloggers

Meet 'Biodun.
Sweet and charming guy who is gaga about politics, tech-y geeky stuff, arsenal, shoes, history, and all things music...and Tika Sumpter (not sure what he finds in her *shrugs*). He is the brainchild of the very popular, and now one half of the young radical team, which is absolutely fabulous because he is a walking genius and has whole lot to share.  Huey currently resides in Europe (Belgium) pursuing his second degree and as a result, speaks every language under the sun...okay, not every language but he is fluent in Yoruba, dutch, German and French....and i'm pretty sure he know a little bit of Swahili. Did i mention he made his computer from scratch. See, told you he was a genius. I should just stop here, before i begin to sound like a profile for e-harmony. 

Meet Miyo.
As if you haven't seen enough pictures of me already. For one, i don't like to talk much about myself, but i can say this -  I am an admirer of fashion, pictures, and the novelty.. i also sew but have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine its crazy. The best way to describe me would be random and sharing those random thoughts, pictures, ideas, etc is what i'd love to do best on this blog, so it gives me great pleasure when you visit and go even further by commenting on a post.  

We hope to share more than just ideas and thoughts or whatever it may be on this blog for as long as we can and hope you join us in this little part of our journey. 

Here's to you. 

Tiny Miyo

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Big Chop

I decided it was time to do away with relaxers, dyes, and other hair assassins i religiously employed to kill my hair..., and boy did they do it well. I really didn't give it much thought, or think about it, or even research it - it just felt right, as i knew it was the next step for my hair. So, i took my weave off, went to empire beauty salon, and the lady who was assigned to so my hair was reluctant at first...i assured her i was completely ready for it. She got out her scissors and cut a considerable amount of whilst watching my facial reaction. I really wasn't phased by it, so she proceeded with clippers and shaved the hair completely bald - I was overjoyed. My reaction was nothing short of relieve, liberation and contentment. 

Its been four months since i got the big chop and i haven't looked back since then. Though sometimes i get days were i don't feel very pretty, (i don't wear make up and rarely wear jewelries, except on occasion), so looking feminine is sometimes out of the question. I have invested in hats, scarves and various hair accessories and that has really helped the "feeling ugly days" alot.  I realized i started to pay more attention to my skin and hair. For the first few months, i never really did anything but just wash the was constantly dry and as a result,  began to break. So i took the bull by the horns and went researching. The information i got was very overwhelming to say the least but what i saw that was consistent in every blog and YouTube video, was the application of essential oils to the hair as moisturizer, deep conditioning once a week and leave in conditioner. So i changed my messed up routine for - washing my hair and deep conditioning (by applying a mixture of tea tree oil and organic root stimulator olive oil replenishing conditioner on my hair for an hour) and applying leave in conditioner once a week. In-between that i apply palmer's olive oil formula gro therapy with extra virgin olive oil, to keep my hair from drying off.  I immediately noticed a reduction in breakage and my hair now feels soft...i literally can now run my hand through my nappy hair, which is a feat in my book.

I don't know how much hair is supposed to grow per month, but mine's about 3 - 3.5 inches long...depending on the area. I never had much hair on the front sides of my hair but now its pretty much covered up. So i'm happy about that. Cutting my hair is about the best hair decision i have ever made and i honestly cannot wait till i have a major fro....i'm going to rock it like i invented it. No more chemicals, nothing and now that my hair is long enough for braids, i would love to try out loosed twist braids for the summer (emphasis on the loosed, no more tight braids) -and that should be pretty awesome.  

Tiny Miyo

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sanusi Listed in TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2011

The story of Nigeria's first half-century of Independence is a tale of wasted potential: sub-Saharan Africa's most populous country, home to its biggest oil riches, impoverished by thieving autocrats. A key reason a new Nigeria no longer seems fanciful is Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi. 
A veteran of an often corrupt banking industry, Sanusi, 49, took up his position at the height of the financial crisis in June 2009 and immediately turned on his former peers. He took over nine banks, sacked the chief executives of eight of them, ordered a series of mergers and named their biggest debtors. He was, he said, cleaning up not just banking but all Nigeria. Sanusi's will be a long fight and a dangerous one: death threats have obliged him to employ armed guards. But it is also essential for Africa's sleeping giant to finally awaken.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Maroon Ankara

I had like 6 yards of this contemporary styled Ankara fabric and i wasn't sure what to with them. So i decided to make this A-lined pleated skirt (...and many other stuff) that actually turned out pretty neat. The fit isn't as snug, as i would prefer, but that's what a belt is for anyways.

Tiny Miyo

Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Geert Hofstede and I

I come from an ancient lineage of the Yoruba people that Worship Mountains and historically they have been referred to as talented and successful traders. This particular trait played an important role during the 8th century medievalism because it enabled North African traders to introduce Islam to the Yoruba people and traders coming from West Africa. Yoruba people were trading artisan clothes to Northern Africans but later they became intermediary and started selling imported goods on a large scale. Perhaps dissecting my last name would give you some insight into how Yoruba people formulate their names and those of their descendants. My last name ‘Oketunji’ for example can be fractionated into two that is “OKE” and “TUNJI” meaning “Mountain” and “Has woken up” respectively. This makes it easier for a Yoruba speaking person or anyone with an in-depth knowledge of the Yoruba people to categorize any bearer of my last name into an appropriate ethnic group.

Personally, I believe that culture connects people to their history but far too often names and the languages being spoken by ethnic groups in Yorubaland also triggers ethnic prejudice which is mostly negative. A well documented example is the never-ending conflict between the people of ‘Ife’ and ‘Modakeke’ a small tiny proportion of the Yoruba people from Osun state in South-Western Nigeria. The people of ‘Ife’ and ‘Modakeke’ consider ‘Oduduwa’ as their progenitor but they often clash because of the microscopic difference between their socio-cultural and political systems. It is believed that the people of ‘Modakeke’ migrated after the collapse of the Old Oyo Empire in the 19th century and settled on ‘Ife’ soil, this migration then created two divergent categories of people. But the cross-dialectal difference in vowel length is notably the major cause of the conflicts between these two groups which has caused innocent people their lives.

Some Yoruba people put tribal marks on the face of their infants solely because it is the tradition of their family while others use tribal marks for the purpose of identifying people from their ethnic group. The deaf, dumb and the blind were also subjected to tribal mark so that people can trace their ethnic or family should in case they are missing. There were several other accounts that tribal mark was like a fashion statement for the bearer but people now feel ashamed of having tribal marks which has been blamed entirely on civilisation by the Yoruba people.

Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) one of Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimension for those coming from West African countries stated that, “People in uncertainty avoiding countries are also more emotional, and motivated by inner nervous energy.” And I believe that it is somewhat related to my personality because I grew up among business minded people who are go-getter’s which have woken up my entrepreneurial spirit. Their achievement would probably be the reason for the “inner nervous energy” that Geert Hofstede described and I believed it is what motivates me to want to be someone in life and realise my dreams. And, having being gravitated by the personality of those around me I was also motivated to start a freelance web development company called Twenty8c that specialises in creating sleek front-end and back-end web designs.

The Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI) also pointed out that people from my culture are “phlegmatic and contemplative, and not expected by their environment to express emotions.” In my opinion, it is another spot on research about the people from my culture. My friends often say that I am always calm and not worried about the situation of things but that I look forward to the future and find ways of improving my present situation. I was brought up with the sense of not worrying about occurrences and waste time wallowing in regrets. My mother often said that expressing emotions will only make people refer to you as a weakling and I have carried that all along which reflects when I relate with people.

In conclusion, I believe that culture instils values, morals and faith into people but also individuals shape their personality from what they have been absorbing and personal experience meaning that people should not be predicted based on their culture and how they are possibly going to perform in a workplace.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nigeria and Change

I look at the image above and all I see is a nation without a clear sense of direction. If People’s Democratic Party (PDP) can win this election by a whopping 60% then there is a problem somewhere and we are definitely sleeping with fire on our roof. The truth of the matter is we as a nation we are not ready for change because all we do is recycle leaders.

The only change that Nigeria will experience is in the telecommunication industry. No pun intended. I mean, we are still using ballot papers and we’re rigging elections. When we vote electronically all they have to do is input the number of votes. Until we are ready to elect a sound mind, Nigeria will remain a political mess. Both personalities and platforms matter in an election and I’m not just confident enough to say that a party like PDP will present a presidential candidate that will deliver because of their past records.

The truth of the matter is a sheep that walks with a dog will end up eating shit. GEJ is PDP, don't get it twisted. Buhari cried and the entire nation thought it is out of sheer desperation. He and those at the upper echelon of the society understand the reason for his tears. UNA NEVER READY. CHANGE KO, CHANGE NI. Lagos State is perhaps the only reference point because it is the only state democracy dividends can be seen. It was so unimaginable but now we can all behold it. The destiny of our future was in hands because of the awareness about this election and we threw it away by voting the same set of people. It is so pitiful.

Jerome Nathanson said, “The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's difference, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience.”

What would our world be like if we ceased to worry about ''right'' and ''wrong'', or ''good'' and ''evil'', and simply acted so as to maximize our well-being, our own and that of others? Would we lose anything important?

Pray for Nigeria.


Engagement Ring

Today on twitter, a very interesting question was asked to the ladies on my timeline, and i thought i share it. The question was, what's the least amount we would accept from our significant other for an engagement ring. Someone replied, £250  (~ $407) result of that she got barrage of insults from random ladies, saying she must think lowly of herself or just trying to get favors from the guys. She defended herself by saying she isn't really big on rings, as they are not important to her or a measurement of their love, so spending anything over a thousand pounds is just stupid to her. She also pointed out that the money could be used for something more important than jewelries. 

Well, i do agree and disagree with her. I am not particularly big on rings either and i also don't see any logic in spending massive amounts of money on an engagement ring, when it could be invested in something more tangible, like a car, house or even towards the wedding. Where i slightly disagree with her is that, although i don't believe the price of an engagement ring correlate with love talkless of being its measurement, personally i think i deserve something good and if he is able to afford that something good, then why not go for it. I don't expect a million dollar ring, neither do i want a 200 dollar ring. Not especially, when i know he is able to afford it without breaking the bank or getting a second mortgage for it, etc. It won't make me love him any more or less..., but then again,  where it gets complicated is that,  if i know he can afford a $3000 ring with no issues whatsoever, and he shells out $150 for a ring as a symbol of our future commitment, then i think we'd have long talk on selfishness, and frugality...but thats another topic.
Would love to know your thoughts on this.

Tiny Miyo

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Election Selection

Is this an election or a selection?
Or perhaps a mockery of the general population?
This postponement will lead to nothing but confusion
A politics of illusion
Khali Abdu was right when he labelled Nigeria...
A Ministry of Corruption
Their action will lead to nothing but mass hysteria
Somebody cover up our political shame,
With the native attire of our politicians
An electoral fraud being disguised as a logistics glitch
Yet, I'm stuck here...
Wishing that I can turn off this national disgrace like a switch
Democratic anachronism
Politics and patriotism
My compatriots are saying, "Pray for Nigeria"
And I'm telling them fuck that...
I'm moving to Bulgaria.



I like you TinyMiyo but sorry I have a crush on Tika Sumpter. It is just a crush nothing more, lol


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rule No. 1

Tiny Miyo
Courtesy of etiquetteforalady

Solange Knowles

I never thought i'd say this, but i really dig Solange  knowles style. Being that i only sew with bold African prints (need to branch out), i appreciate and admire her use of tribal prints as part of her style. Its like ever since she cut her hair and went natural she made a complete 180 from the typical celebrity look to i am fearless and really don't give a shit, thats my type of girl, the girl that stand out in her own way. 

Tiny Miyo
courtesy of

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why Not...Take a Risk!

To laugh is to risk being a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To express feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd
Is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
The person who risks nothing,
Does nothing,
Has nothing and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, But they simply cannot learn, Feel, change, grow, love or live. Risks must be taken because, The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Only a person who risks is free.

- Leo Buscalia

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tutti Dolce

A History of Evil

I found this bit really interesting, its a short mockumentary on what people have labelled as "evil" throughout the western civilization from the ancient Greeks, to present day. It never really explains what "evil" is, as maybe i'd probably explain it being that i am a Christan, but i'm always open to all interpretations... this is, after all the young radicals.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Something to think about

A little bird was flying south for the Winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Junya Watanbe

I love stripes and i cannot get enough of stripes, so whenever i see stripes i tend to gravitate towards it. Junya Watanabe's spring 2011 ready-to-wear collection paid homage to nautical and all things striped. It was the dominant motif and he definitely scored one for me in my books. Although, i am unable to afford his off the runway look *sad face*,  i found a piece similar to his, by Derek heart for a more than a quarter of the price....infact it was a steal as compared to his collection. You could call it my look for less Junya Watanabe edition.
Junya Watanabe spring 2011 ready to wear - $1,315 -  net-a

My look for less
Derek heart - $19.99 - Ross store

Tiny Miyo

Friday, April 8, 2011


I'm not so much of a shoe person but i loves wedges and chunky heels... they're awesome and makes a statement without losing it comfortability status.
Jeffery Campbell perfected the art in creating the most versatile wedges, thats why i love his shoes. 

Tiny Miyo

Steve McQueen

I took a picture of Steve McQueen’s image that was inside the Financial Times pamphlet because Tiny Miyo is one of his proud groupies.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Not-so-Blue Ankara

hat: Forever21
dress: made by me.
(One of the best things about making your own clothes is the exclusivity factor, knowing you're the only who owns the piece is simply gratifying).

Tiny Miyo

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


You know those songs you listen to and just feel the need to cry or resort to a nostalgic state...yeah, Kirsty MacColls remake of the Kinks, days, is one of those songs that just does it for me. Before i discovered the gems   that was the British Invasion of the sixties, as a kid i listened to MacColls version first, so I've always preferred hers. It brings back so many memories of growing up in Lagos; watching MTV Europe,  my neighborhood, and my primary school.   It's been over 10 years since i heard her version....just recently saw it on YouTube by luck, so its only natural i share it.

Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me.
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me. 

Tiny miyo

New Jeans

I had these old Bongo jeans  i got way back in 2004 or so, but I barely wore them because it looked like mom jeans on me, so i decided to cut it and make it more "my style"

crabby old mom jeans, x_x

Armed with a scissors and ruler i went snipper happy and cut it all off

And i can wear it with absolutely anything

...sure plaids are nice, but its even better with blazers..

Tiny Miyo

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nick Drake

This is one of my favorite songs by Nick Drake. His subtle voice and the organ and celesta, is a perfect recipe for a unique combination that is down right soothing. Drake's metaphor filled lyrics are simple, yet deep enough to be open for several interpretations..., makes one feel like a thinker after each song.

 Northern Sky is a love song from his Bryter Layter album, 1970. I personally don't understand why it wasn't much of a commercial success. Then again, the world is a funny place. Not much is known about Nick Drake and no known footage of him during his adult years exist. He suffered from depression throughout this very short lifetime, (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) and died of an overdose. A great poet, drake was and anyone who has an appreciation for poetry and sombre lyrics would love him.

Tiny Miyo