Take a bit of Brick Lane loving and add a sunny, cheerful, stylish Canadian native and you get ‘The F Blog‘. Evidently beautiful on the outside with a dash on joy on the inside,  Daniella’s blog and personal sense of style is rippling through the blogersphere. The alluring collection of shots on ‘The F Blog’ could easily be the poster ad campaign for stylish East London living.  I’m utterly in love with this shot above, most probably because both Kike and I are ring fanatics, we love to pile them on just like Daniela. With an irrepressible sparkling personality, Daniella has to be one of the most delightful bloggers we’ve met so far.

Everything about Daniella is so effortless, in addition her blog is another must click.

Love,

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

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Kike and myself got talking and neither of us could remember our first Vogue. In some cultures the right of passage to womanhood is reaching puberty, your first period and sadly sometimes female circumcision.  For us it was clear, that our right of passage into ‘fashionhood’ was that moment when we put gleefully invested in our first copy of Vogue. Now our parents may strongly disagree whilst reading this and faint at the fact that we dared to utter Vogue as an investment. However Millions of women across the world “ohh and ahh” over the luscious fashion editorials and the thought-provoking articles.

So we decided to find a Vogue from our month and year of birth. For Instance Kike is October 1988, so she would have been ‘Vogued’ in the November 1988 Issue ( as they always publish one month ahead).

Kike – November 1988 US Vogue

This was the first US cover that Anna Wintour edited! A woman who believes that fashion and politics are interconnected -a woman after my own heart!  The magazine was said to have become boring before Anna Wintour was appointed editor in 1988. This cover gave it a facelift. It was usually just the head-shots of the models, but this cover marked the first of it’s kind, with the frame pushed back to show most of the model’s body. Now we see more of the fashion. Anna Wintour with this cover, made the magazine what it was really about -FASHION.
I love this cover mainly because it’s so vibrant and I love the top, the  model, Micaela Bercu has on; it was by Christian Lacroix. It shows how fashion really has evolved but yet, keeps coming back,  I could easily wear that top and pair of jeans today. In fact, I think I just got inspired by my Vogue Cover!

Tobi – August 1988 French Vogue

This was the first time a black model ever graced the cover’s of French Vogue……. almost like an Obama moment in fashion. “Yes We Can!” It is said that this cover came about after friend and mentor, Yves St. Laurent, threatened to withdraw all of his advertising from the publication after it refused to place Naomi, or any black model, on its cover. Naomi’s present troubles are no secret but the sense of pride that I get from this cover erases all. She looks so young and so fresh faced here….. I wonder if she knew at this point just how much of an Icon she would become?

We thought it would be fun to tag other bloggers to find out when they were ‘Vogued’ , and their thoughts and feelings of buying their first one. It can be any Vogue from around the world. We Can’t wait to see when you were ‘Vogued’! So we tag …..

New Favourite thing

Style Crusader

Platform Princess

So Stylistic

The F blog

The Fashion Cloud

Ring My Bell

Alex Loves

We love to hear from all of you out there, what your first memories of ‘Vogue’ are. x

Love,

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

Source:http://voguearchives.onsugar.com/

The Orangery, Kensington palace, an enchanted haven for all admirers of true beauty. Perfect for celebrating the birthday of the phenomenal Platform Princess. So a bunch of bloggers got together and in true blogger style and ate cake. From cover to cover we all had a fantastic day, I’m sure Princess Diana would have  been proud of our endless laughs and creative outfits. We captured so many great moments, too many to put in one post, so we made a video just for you. In order to get the full Style By Queens experience, we suggest you watch the video in full screen mode.

We are still blogging babies, yet we have been inundated with support from all our readers and fellow bloggers. We can’t thank you enough! To all our new sartorial blogger friends, we think you are all incredible. Can’t wait to see you all again!

Video featured: Jackie of Platform Princess, Daniella of The F Blog, Jill of Street Style London, Shini of Park & Cube, Kit of Style Slicker, Lucy of Snippets of Shiny Thoughts, Jen of Style Crusader, Jennifer of Style East, Nicole from Power of BeautyNot Just Medical, Fiona of Save Our Shoes.

Love

The Queens

Tobi&Kike

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Alexander Wang Rocco Studded bag

There’s something about being within the virtual realm of the blogersphere that makes you feel connected to people that you don’t even know. Instantaneously, you have the liver to proclaim “Oh I love your outfit” or ask “where did you get that ?”, without a glimpse of hesitation. We thought we would make the most of this new virtual boldness and ask to meet up with the creative mastermind behind the most beautiful blog in the blogersphere.

1500hours, Sketch on Conduit street, Olivia of My New Favourite Thing strides towards us ‘Wang’ in hand and perfectly groomed. She’s a total knockout ! It was so refreshing to meet Olivia in person, naturally effervescent and of course stylish in every way. Although we had questions lined up to ask Olivia, the natural flow of our conversation overrode the clichéd structure of an interview hence we have tried to capture the essence of our gabfest in a structured form, for your reading pleasure.

SBQ: Why did you start your blog?

OP: At the time I was working for a well-known magazine, which folded. I was made redundant. As a writer, I had all these thoughts and ideas and I really needed a place to channel them. That’s how the blog came about. It’s only been in the last six months that I have really begun to go for it. Ultimately, it takes a lot more time to put together a post than people think.  Simply because if you are a good writer you want to put your best work out there. Work and life in general keeps me so busy that I don’t get as much time to blog as I would like. I always seem to get a case of blogger’s guilt.

SBQ: What makes you want to keep blogging?

OP: I really enjoy the blogersphere as a whole. It’s surprisingly a really positive, friendly and supportive environment. Where people are really keen to help  and encourage each other.  To me it’s kind of like a refuge, especially when i’ve had a bad day or a tough run at work. Its so refreshing to come home and read such kind words, from people whom you don’t even know.  Ultimately I’m really nosy, I love looking at what’s in people’s bags and what they get up to in their lives. I always have fashion in my head and it is a really big part of my life.

Alexander Wang Rocco Studded bag

SBQ: Who are your style icons?

OP: Miroslava duma, of Russian Harpers Bazaar is absolutely amazing. She has the ability to pull of different looks with such ease, without looking too contrived. She has this great doll like figure but not too skinny, so everything looks great on her. Yep, she definitely has incredible style. The Olsen twins just look fab. They have perfected the downtown New York shabby chic look, which for  most is difficult to pull of and most of us probably couldn’t because we don’t have ‘Olsen-cash’ to back it up. Oh and Chole Sevigny, she can pull off a variety of different styles and outfits, another great style icon.  Having said that, Fashion and dressing up should always be fun and you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment, Miroslava does this really well.  The real style icons are the people living and working in london and of course the bloggers. It’s more inspiring when you see a real person with impeccable style looking absolutely amazing. London is full of people with great style and great wardrobes. Although, I have to say I am not a big fan of the whole ‘Shoreditch’ look. Britain’s high-street is the best in the world.

SBQ: What is your ultimate bag ?

OP: It would have to be the Chanel 2.55 in black . The Birkin is another great bag but it is definitely a bag that you have to graduate to.  There’s no point in having a Birkin, if you don’t have the wardrobe to match it, because ultimately if you don’t –  the bag will look like a fake.

SBQ: What do plan to buy next?

OP: Ashish “Same old Chic” T-shirt, absolutely stunning Sass and Bide Tank, Matthew Williams tribal scarf, khaki belted culottes from Zara and a pair of classic ballet pumps.


We had such a lovely lunch, If I lived closer, Sketch would be an extension of my living room . I wish you were all there for our girly confab,  you name it we spoke about it! We even talked about our school days. Ironically Olivia and I (Tobi) actually went to the same school but I was too busy trying to work out how to make the school kilt into some sort of McQueen inspired designed, whilst Olivia was plotting her break through into the fashion world.

We can’t thank Olivia, fashion writer and blogger extraordinaire enough for coming to meet us, her Blog is a must click. Here are the rest of the pictures from our gathering.

Tobi – Zara shorts, H&M vest, Zara bag, RayBan Aviators, H&M Sandals

Kike – Topshop leggings, Zara blouse, Missoni bag, Giant Vintage sunglasses

Small silver ring aboove knuckle – Fashionology

Olivia – Zara trousers, Alexander Wang bag, Rolex,RayBan Aviators , Maison Martin Margiela rings, Topshop shoes and Top

Make sure you click on New Favourite Thing.

Love,

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

Thank you New Favourite Thing, for tagging us in in the Hello Lover movement! We are so excited for all of you to take a walk in our shoes.

Tobi:

The story behind these shoes is funny. One is a size 3 and one 4 – crazy huh? I just had to have them for my 21st birthday party and these were the only two left in all the Zaras in London. They hurt but they look amazing.

These babies are from a vintage shop in paris in the rue St-Nicolas region. Ohh laaa I J’adore Paris.

These shoes hold such good memories. I wore them for my graduation last year. Thankfully I didn’t fall over when I collected my BAhons.

My newest vintage purchase from Rockit, and oh so comfortable!

Kike:

These darlings always put a smile on my face every time they are on my feet! I got them from Office, but they look very Vintage!

Guiseppe Zanotti is an absolute genius! I got these from my Mum as a reward for being the best daughter in the world. LOL 🙂

I love these babies so much! I got them from Kurt Geiger. They hold a special place in my heart, I wore them for my Graduation Dinner last year. Oh Undegrad, how I miss thee! The bow in the front just makes them so dainty, ahhh love them!

These adorable pieces of orange hotness made their debut on SBQ a few months ago. I absolutely love these shoes. Orange is such a “different” colour but these shoes look hot on a classic LBD! I got them from Kurt Geiger. They definitely add that “wow” factor to a simple outfit! (I’ve tripped in these shoes so many times! )

We hope you’ve enjoyed walking in our shoes. Let us know how attached you are to your gorgeous shoes and any funny stories behind them! We’re looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Love,

TheQueens,

Tobi&Kike

Passing on the torch;

The Fashion Cloud

Because I love my Fashion

Lipstick Boudoir

Treasures of a LadyBug

Siaamor

Fashion Bananas

His and Hers Chicago

Olivia

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Ashanti Jason

A massive thank you to Giant Vintage, who kindly supplied us with the sunglasses for our giveaway and a massive thank you to all who entered. Sorry we didn’t have enough pairs for all of you, look out for more giveaways coming soon.

Love

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

Believe it or not this outfit is the product of throwing all of my clothes onto my floor and screaming “I have nothing to wear!” Since graduating last year and starting Law school, I go out less and less. Going on a night out has become somewhat of an infrequent fantasy. All my “going out clothes” from my university years no longer fit me or match the woman I believe I’m becoming. Hence, I literally threw on an oversized t-shirt from H&M’s trend label and paired it with a skinny belt and voila! The bag is an absolute gem, and was a gift from my sister . If you’re outside london Cow Vintage is one of the best vintage stores I have ever stepped into, I thoroughly recommend it.  I took these pictures a while ago and it seems strange looking back on them now because I’ve changed my hair (again!) its a lot shorter and I now have a blonde streak in it, I must have woken up thinking I was Rihanna! I hope to show you in coming posts. Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine.

Dress- H&M Trend

Shoes-Zara

Bag-Cow Vintage

Love,

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

P.S Only two more days to enter our fab giveaway! God Luck

After studying Law, Isoken Ogiemwonyi decided to pursue her dream, a life in fashion. She’s been designing for a few years and finally her work is getting the appreciation it deserves! We had a chance to catch up with Isoken to discuss her line, O B S I D I A N and her new collection, “Control”.

SBQ: What type of woman is the “Control” Collection for?

IO: When I was designing the collection, I had the quintessential Obsidian woman in mind – She is strong and feminine but not necessarily overbearing. She’s self assured and confident, and she ENJOYS fashion immensely, without over-intellectualising it.

SBQ: Why “Control”, where did you get your inspiration from?

IO: Well, I was initially inspired by Rita Hayworth’s character in ‘ The Lady From Shanghai’. Her poise and the mix of strength and vulnerability was something I tried to portray in my fabric choices.  I especially like the way the blush pink cord lace and silk organza dress turned out, a simple enough silhouette, with enough detail to keep it interesting.  I think every woman likes to feel in control, and a great aspect of fashion is that you are in control of the image you project to the world. On a subconscious level, I feel like that’s what fashion is about!
Quite frankly, I also make sure I enjoy the process, have a little bit of fun with it all – which is why I incorporated my OBSESSION with shine and texture. The cord sequinned lace is a bit difficult to work with but I am more than satisfied with the result!

SBQ: What are your future plans for O B S I D I A N?

IO: For the immediate future, I have my website launch and the pop-up store collaboration with Le Petite Marche Lagos in the next few months, and of course, preparation for next season has started as well.  In the long term, we are working towards building a strong brand in Nigeria, eventually in Africa (haha and then world domination!) . I also hope to get a brick-and-mortar store in the next few years and participate in major shows!

SBQ: Where can we buy pieces from the collection?

IO:The website will be the exclusive retailer once it goes live, but I am taking individual orders at the moment. We are also in talks with a few retailers in Lagos and some online stores as well, so I might be announcing other stockists soon.

Thank you for supporting the Obsidian brand!


We’ve seen the emergence of the Obsidian brand from its conception and the journey is one that its creator Isoken, should be immensely proud of! The product of hard work, dedication and perfection of craft has birthed a collection that any woman of African or Non-African descent can wear.

The film below only adds excitement to the Obsidian aesthetic and is truly a step forward in the future of Lagos fashion! We’re excited to see what the future holds for Nigerian-born brands such as Obsidian!

OBSIDIAN “CONTROL” FILM

It’s amazing how an outfit can change your mood or lift your spirits! Something about an outfit makes you feel confident and positive about things; or is it just me?


With this weather, I (Kike) need anything to lift my spirits! Getting out of bed and seeing the “grey-ness” of the day, makes me want to crawl back into it and sleep the whole day away 😦 ;  so today, I decided to make the best of it. I wore dull colours but decided to throw in this green and gold scarf! (A bit of colour and slowly things started to look up, try it!).


I found these shoes deep in my closet somewhere after I had snubbed them for almost four years! Everyone has a pair of shoes that they snub occasionally; instead of buying a new pair, look through your closet for the lonely ones you have abandoned! You’ll be surprised at how good they look. I’ve decided to show all my shoes love from now on. 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday and I hope you have a great week 🙂

Jacket -Topshop

Harem Pants -Topshop

Scarf -H&M

Shoes -Vintage (I think)

Love & Colour!

TheQueens,

Tobi & Kike

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You all know about Pop Magazine, but what about Pop’Africana?

Pop’Africana is more than a magazine, it embodies a fashion revolution that “black is here to stay”. Many other “Black” publications lack that editorial edge that sends your sensory nervous system into fashion overload. Pop’Africana, far from exceeded my expectations overflowing with inspiring images that can rival any of the high fashion magazines. Nonetheless, it is not to be mistaken as a publication for one race, Pop’Africana inspires all. Oroma, the editor and creative director, is a true visionary with an inspiring passion contributing to the magazine’s success and overall dynamic vision. The blog, has provided an excellent platform and has only fuelled my excitement even further. This is a publication that is about to explode!

I’m so excited, the beautiful editor Oroma (as seen in the pictures above) is sending me a copy and I should be receiving it soon. Find out how to get your copy here.  Don’t forget our fantastic giveaway, good luck to all that have entered so far, the response has been overwhelming !

Love

The Queens,

Tobi&Kike

Sources: PopAfricana, thepopafricanablog

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