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By Isoken ogiemwonyi

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“My definition of beauty is strength and personality. Strength is captivating…. The dignity of these women with their innate elegance is a true inspiration of beauty.”
― Diane von Furstenberg

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ICYMI – The AMVCA’s are kind of a big deal in these parts. A night of recognition for pan-African cinema by the viewers and their peers. i get invited every year and it’s always an amazing event.

This year, I decided to do a ‘Get Ready With Me’ post because a) I almost always skip the red carpet and b) It’s too dark in the main room to really get a decent photo. Besides I thought it would be fun!

So here goes nothing – the photos were taken at my sister’s ( I also did some judicious ‘borrowing’ from her but shhh! don’t tell) 😉

My other sister Arierhi Lucciano- Gabriel was my handbag for the night lol. I dragged her kicking and screaming but like I said, it was fun in the end!


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Decisions, decisions …

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What I’m Wearing

Obsidian Peplum Jumpsuit or try this or this

Aquazzura Xena sandals. Sold out. Try the Colorado , the Wild Thing . Also love the Schutz Mindy

Vintage Bracelet. Try this and this

Raya Earrings. Try this or this or this

Saint Laurent Classic Small Monogramme. Similiar here and here

Raya Statement Rings. Try this or this


House of Tara Bronzer. Try this

MAC Eyeshadow in Coppering. This is also pretty good.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipbalm

Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Soft Coral. Try this or this

Lancome Genifique

 Malée Handcream

Malée Verdure Eau de Parfum

What I Decided Against Wearing

Giuseppe Zanotti Design mini. Try this , this , this , this or this

Obsidian Ivie mini sling. Similiar here, here and here. Also love this

Topshop Embellished Minaudiere. Try this 

 Doorknocker Earrings. Similiar here and here 

Crystal and Gold DIY Cuff . Similiar here and here

Zara Necklace. Try this

DIY Cherry Blossom Headband. This is also pretty good.

Arierhi Wore

Obsidian Jersey Column dress. Try this or this

Le Reve Pieces Multistrand Faux Pearl necklace. Similiar here and here

I went a little dressed down, reason being it would seem a little strange if I wore a super fancy frock when it wasn’t really MY industry. WHAT WAS I THINKING? lol. I must remember my OTT self should always, always win. Next year I guess!


Did anyone watch/follow the AMVCA’s ? Nollywood BROUGHT it this year, best red carpet yet I think, bar some noticeable disappointments, it was awesome. The ‘New School’ especially. What did you guys think?

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