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How To: Make An Ankara Skirt And/Or Dress

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Express your own style with a custom made skirt or dress

One thing about being a lover of African fashion is depending on what’s hot in RTW (ready to wear) it is very hard to find a clothing piece made of African fabric. We can not go to any store and easily pick up a gown made of Ankara or Kente cloth. So to a tailor and/or fashion designer we go, but this method can be very costly and sometimes the quality of the clothing isn’t what you expected. They say when you want something done right, you should do it yourself. Well Tribe Appeal has gathered some information from Fashioncadet.com and BritxBrat2Fashion to guide you into creating your own custom African fashion piece! Grab those materials and get to work!

Materials:

1) A piece of fabric of your choice

2) Your choice of skirt for pattern

3) A zipper

4) Sewing pins

5) Scissors

6) Chalk/pencil

7)Sewing machine or thread & needle

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Directions:


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  1. Place the fabric on a table or flat surface.
  2. Fold the fabric in half
  3. Place the skirt on top of the folded fabric to get the skirt pattern
  4. Mark the pattern using a piece of chalk or pencil
  5. Cut out the fabric according to the pattern and start sewing
  6. Pin the zipper to the back of the skirt (If you want the zipper to show, place it on the outside of the skirt)

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Now if you would like to make a dress, you may apply the same technique used above and also watch the video below.

Beat of The Week: G-Rize Feat Chris DeShield “LIB Ladies”

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Rising Liberian artist G-Rize has brought us another hit along with smooth crooner Chris DeShield called “LIB Ladies”. The video not only brings light to Liberia’s amazing talent, but our great fashion. The two super stars rock outfits with a hint of African print, while the lovely models dazzle viewers with custom made ankara and kente print pieces. Everything is on point in this video from the fashion, to the vocals and locations. This is a great song to rock with your fellow LIB or African sisters period! We can’t wait to see more from both great artists!

2015: The Year Of Progression

Tribe Appeal Welcomes 2015 With A Special Message

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Today is January 20, 2015, It has been about 3 weeks since the new year rung in and about a month since the site was updated! Now before I go on I would like to share a beautiful saying that goes a little something like this…”When you fail to plan, you plan to FAIL!”.I DECLARE FAILURE IS NOT OUR PORTION FOR 2015 OR ANY OTHER YEAR! We here at Tribe Appeal know that this year is a year of progression and in order to solidify this concept we have planned. The past month was a solid month of planning, brainstorming, and gaining clarity for a better year. We suggest everyone does this, take some time out to evaluate your past (don’t dwell on it) , FOCUS on your present and PLAN for your future!

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2015 is a wonderful and exciting year I feel it and I hope you feel it! Thank you all for continuing to visit the site and I wish you all the best this year!

Want to Boost Your Style? Learn These!

It can never hurt to boost your style game up!

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There’s a certain kind of woman who appears effortlessly styled wherever she goes. She always looks as if she stepped straight out of a magazine. We’ve come to know this woman as a fashionista-the type who just gets outfit proportions, layering tricks, and how to pull off the trend of the moment. Sure, her styling prowess may have many pndering…how does she always make it seem so easy? Does she have a stylist?. She may have a stylist or she may be the brains behind it all and the fashion craze.

We’ve studied the styling habits of some really chic women and put together all the tips and tricks you need to know. Just scroll on for the styling secrets most fashionistas live by.

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Master the Basics First

Fashion girls aren’t above the basics; they just know how to rock them. T-shirts, skinny black pants, and a classic pump are all among stylish women’s must haves.

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2 Change Your Look With Layers

In a fashion girl’s closet, a sheath dress isn’t just a sheath dress, it might also be a jumper. They look to transform staples like a great LBD into a fabulous day dress by adding a collared shirt or pretty blouse underneath. Just start experimenting with your layers; you never know what combinations you’ll love.

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3   Dont be afraid to mix prints!

Whoever said you couldn’t wear stripes with polka dots had no idea just how cool they would look together. Fashion girls never play by rules like that, mixing up splashy prints with ease. If you’re new to the print game, look for patterns that have a similar color scheme to start, then work your way up to bolder, brighter combinations.

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4 Do the Half-Tuck

Tucking in your shirt has become something of an art form, and naturally fashion girls are really, really good at it. The half-tuck has been embraced by bloggers and street style darlings for its effortlessly chic feel, and getting the tuck just right is sort of like styling 101 for them. Just tuck the front in and let the tail hang out for the right effect.

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5 Roll Up Your Sleeves

There’s more than one way to wear a button-down. It might just be the easiest trick in the book, but rolling up your sleeves makes a big difference. It depends on the shirt and the look you’re going for, but rolled sleeves feel more lived-in and a little more purposefully styled.

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6 Knot It

Tees are meant to be twisted, rolled, and knotted — and stylish girls are adept at working them all the right ways. Knotting them at the waist is an essential styling trick that helps define your figure and can help you repurpose a dress as a skirt. Simply add a button-down or t-shirt over your dress and knot it at the waist to create the illusion of a top and skirt. How’s that for layering?

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7 Belt It
 For waist definition or an added outfit perk, girls like Olivia Palermo know the value of belting it. A skinny one like hers lends polish to finish an ensemble, while a wider leather belt can define curves and slim the body.
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8 Drape Your Jacket
Outerwear becomes infinitely more chic when it’s draped nonchalantly over the shoulders, rather than worn with the arms through the sleeves. It’s fashion, not function.
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9 Embrace New Trends

. . . just not all at once. You’ll never see a really chic girl going full-throttle into this season’s trends. Instead, fashion girls like Hanneli Mustaparta take on the season’s must-have pieces, like overalls or statement shades, and mix them with no-fail favorites, like ankle-strap heels and a great tee, to give it their own spin.

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10  Again, (Really) Change Your Look With Layers

It goes beyond dresses and jackets; fashion girls get creative with their layers. Try adding a tube top or crop top over a button-down or t-shirt, and watch the compliments roll in.

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11  Have a Uniform

Sure, fashion girls are bold and brave when it comes to trends, but they’re also pros at crafting their own personal style, and no one does it better than Emmanuelle Alt. Her pared-down, Parisian-chic aesthetic is her signature, and it gets her photographed as much as any blogger peacocking around the tents during Fashion Week. Sometimes, it’s not about knowing every trend, it’s just about knowing what works for you.

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12  Dress Up Your Boyfriend Jeans

While boyfriend jeans are cool, fashion girls know they’re even cooler when you juxtapose them with more sophisticated, dressed-up pieces, like heels and great jewels. It’s the fashion girl’s take on sexy, and it works every time.

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13  Add a Striped Shirt to Just About Anything

It’s a known fact in the fashion world that striped shirts go with everything. They’re perennially chic and easy to style, calling to mind great Parisian fashion icons every time you do. What’s more stylish than that?

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14  Add a fun accessory!
Your outfit is not complete until you have added a fabulous accessory whether it be a bracelet, a hat or a fly handbag accessories can make or break an outfit. Want some color in a monotone outfit? add some color with accessories!
There you have it 14 great tips to help boost your style sense and have you being the envy of every woman walking down the street!

4 Reasons Why The Holidays Are the Best Time to Grab A Guy!

Now that it’s getting chilly and holidays are around the corner cuffing season has commenced!

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The holidays are quickly coming to an end, so we wanted to clue you in on a little last-minute secret: the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year to snag a guy. Those words really should resonate (and not just because of the cheesy reference to that holiday song).

Now, you may be skeptical as to why the holidays are a prime time to snag a date just in time for New Years Eve. The science of it is simple: men are more vulnerable during the holidays. Here’s why:

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1. Let’s start with the obvious. Men experience mounting pressure from their families to bring a special someone home this time of year. This translates into a rush to find the perfect girl-next- door who can gracefully sit through Uncle Gene’s creeper attempts to hold mistletoe over her head.

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2. And, don’t forget holiday parties. Men’s coworkers are unbearable enough during the day. Spending 2 more hours with them over a rubber chicken is torturous. Nothing makes that experience more palatable than having a nice date with whom to pass the time at the open well-beverage bar.

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3. There are basic biological reasons, too. Guys get cold. That’s right, just like little bears (read: awwww!) they want to hibernate during the winter season and snuggle. On that note, the holidays remind guys of home. They grow sick of Subway coldcut trios and frozen pizzas and desire a home-cooked meal. So get your oven mitts ready (or have California Chicken Café on speed dial).

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4. Finally, we all know that nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute. As NYE approaches, men and women alike want to lock in that kiss so they aren’t stuffing their faces with chex mix at midnight (side note: if you want a great party to attend, please let us know).

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Now that you have an understanding of why the holidays are the best time to snag a guy, get off the couch, start RSVP’ing to all the holiday parties you can, and pull that little red dress out of hiding.

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson In New Orleans!

Congratulations to the Ferguson’s!

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Solange wed 51-year-old music-video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans over the weekend. The wedding seemed to be a culmination of a weekend celebration that included  a “movie night” Friday — a screening of Mahogany — the movie Solange and Ferfuson saw on their first date. The couples’ wedding celebrations did not only stop at a ceremony but a full parade in the city’s center.

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The beautiful bride went with a non traditional ceremony as she wore a caped Kenzo gown down the aisle and ordered a dress code of all white to her guests. This decision made for great aesthetics as her first wedding photos nearly #broketheinternet. Solange also ditched the traditional limo or horse and carriage to arrive at her wedding. She opted for a white-painted bicycle decorated with cream roses and wearing an ivory-toned look by Stephane Rolland. She walked down the aisle to one of the couple’s favorite songs, a symphonic instrumental of Donny Hathaway’s, “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry.” With performances by musician friends Kelela, Questlove, and Kindness—and an adorable dance-off between Knowles and her ten-year-old son Daniel Julez to “No Flex Zone,”

Once the ceremony was over the wedding party and guests headed to the beautiful parade held in honor of the couple’s nuptials. Jay Z and Beyonce were captured on video dancing in the street looking like royalty!

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Beat Of the Week: Wande Coal “Baby Hello”

The “Rotate” singer comes back to us with another hit entitled “Baby Hello”. The song is so good and the video is hilarious. Wande plays a mechanic who falls for one of his female customers who happens to be the “Johnny” singer Yemi Alade. Yemi and Wande go through many looks in the video. Our favorites have to be Wande’s white outfit paired with gold accessories and Yemi’s ankara hooded crop jacket. Watch the video above and enjoy the beat of the week.