Hi BellaStylistas! It’s Isoken and every month, I’ll be sharing a short letter spotlighting our monthly theme from my personal perspective and giving you an idea of some of the amazing content we have planned. For June, our theme is #SummerGlowgenda.
Editor-At-Large Isoken Ogiemwonyi introduces the BellaNaija Style’s #SummerGlowgenda theme for June.
Summer Glowgenda? What does that even mean I bet you’re asking yourself?
Well thanks to our fave BNS Intern Vincent Desmond, earlier this year I familiarised myself with the term ‘glowgenda’ a.k.a an agenda for your glowup. And while this usually means a superficial ‘upgrade’ in your physical appearance, we decided to delve deeper and look into a glowup for it all – physical, financial, and general wellbeing.
Summer is traditionally a time when a lot of us decide to reinvent ourselves, from aiming to be our best physical selves (hello summer body!) to steering our lives on a new path.
We talk to a prime African example of reinvention, the go-getter Diarrha N’diaye about what it means to switch career lanes, and discuss her journeys from social media to beauty product development and everything in between.
For a long, hot summer filled with glamour and adventure, look no further than achingly chic swimwear from Andrea Iyamah and ankara vibes from ÖFUURË; decadent, over the top prints; and pretty accessories are the order of the day. Meanwhile, our Bellastylistas teach a masterclass on how to take bold prints from the beach and the poolside to the heart of the city.
In a fashion exclusive, we learn from the Creative Directors of 3 fashion brands and they give us all the scoop on what’s hot for summer and why they create fashion that celebrates modern African femininity. Plus tips on awesome summer beauty products that will take your summer glow up to a 100%.
While we’re in the summer mood, BellaNaija Style meets up with some of Lagos’ tastemakers like Bukky Karibi Whyte and Ijeoma Ndekwu. With their impeccable PR resumes these two always know what’s new, now and next. Meet the hostess with the mostest, Latifah Laniyan who is single-handedly raising the bar for comfort food, catering legendary VIP parties and Nollywood’s elite – check out some of her tips for elevated dining at home.
We also catch up with some ultra cool women who contribute to this issue, sharing everything from their current faves to their predictions for the next It designer, and what exactly you need to ‘glow up’ in every sense of the word. From your skin to your bank account – trust us you won’t want to miss this!
In travel, we feature incredible summer vacay worthy hotspots across the continent and globally, and as usual we spotlight some of our favourite influencers and celebrities and what they are up to on their summer holidays as well as their top tips for beauty and fashion!
PS: We know Summer is not an official season in Nigeria, but our audience spans the globe. Besides, summer is a state of mind! Jk jk
And finally, don’t forget to explore our regular features like Best Dressed of the Week, Ankara Styles We Love, Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week, Workwear Looks our Editors Love, fan favourite BellaStylista, Style Your Curves and Friday Fab Finds.
Have a great month!