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Style With Mantopia: High Fashion On A Low Budget. (Cheap Ways To Look Expensive)

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Keeping up with the Kardashians can… Sorry scratch that!

Keeping up with the ever changing trends in fashion can be an expensive affair. Yes, if you’ve got money, it’s absolutely possible to dress well. Mark Zuckerberg, Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson – these are rich men, but you wouldn’t know it from the clothes they wear. This should tell you that having money is no guarantee for looking good. Having deep pockets gives you a huge sense of security and access to items of luxury and elegance but it cannot buy you taste. Due to the recent slumping economy, most people have their fashion budget significantly trimmed. What’s a man to do when he suddenly can’t buy clothes as much anymore?

The process of looking stylish and seasonal doesn’t have to rack up expenses. You don’t have to drop a month’s wages on outfits just to look good. Chris, don’t do that. You too, Kevin. You need to learn how to look the absolute best you could while spending the least amount possible. I simply don’t accept that a very small budget is an excuse for not looking good. Whether you have Ȼ 10,000 to shop or with Ȼ 400, you can snag amazing deals that give you a high-fashion look. While everyone has a unique financial position and you likely know your situation best, I find that spending 5% of your monthly income on clothing is helpful for reeling in those oh-so-tempting shopping sprees. Let’s get to the bottom of this.

  1. Staples first

The first tip to building your wardrobe is to make sure you have enough basics to serve a variety of different outfits. These staples should include plain t-shirts with simple necklines in multiple colours (but you’ll want neutral colours like white, beige and black most of all), a pair of form fitting blue jeans in your favourite cut, a pair of loafers, a decent jacket or blazer in a dark colour and a pair of black trousers. This list is not exhaustive, of course, and your location can also determine what’s necessary in your collection. These staples should be items you can interchangeably mix in to fill out your daily outfits.

  1. Sell or recreate old clothes

Rather than giving away unwanted clothes to goodwill or turning them into cleanings rugs or throwing them away, see if your friends and neighbours are interested in buying them – then ask if there’s anything in their wardrobe they don’t want anymore. You can also take your old clothes to your tailor to add a touch of creativity to breathe new life into those clothes. It could be some alteration in size or the addition of some embellishment. If you’re like my favourite minions, you can swap clothes with your friends. Swapping clothes with your friends can give life new life to unloved pieces and help everyone pick out new pieces to freshen up their wardrobe. Maybe your friends picked up something nice and in season, but realised it just didn’t flatter them the way they expected. These can be an excellent resource for fun and creative additions to your wardrobe you may not normally look at in a store.

  1. Look for sales and clearance items

The best way to keep budgets low is to get your clothes from resale or outlet stores, rather than straight off the rack. Many fantastic pieces end up in these stores due to an inability to move product, or sometimes because a store simply needed to make space for new goods, meaning you’ll find great pieces at low prices in these stores. Many outlet stores also let you shop for cheap clothes online, where prices have been slashed for out-of-season clothing, and gives you a chance to stock up on especially well-priced goods that may have once had triple-digit price tags.

  1. Browse thrift stores

Along with looking for sales and clearances, your clothes can also come from thrift stores and places where you can get good used clothing, including Kanta (Kantamanto), Makola, Madina and your local thrift shop. These places hold an eclectic mix of clothes given out by those who lost interest in them for a variety of reasons. Perfectly good clothing will end up here for outrageously low prices. When I was a student and wasn’t making good money, I used to go thrift shopping a lot. Although I can now afford pricey stuff, I still thrift once in a while. I once purchased an elegant tweed blazer easily worth Ȼ250 for no more than Ȼ50 from Kanta. Thrifting, although more frustrating and difficult than shopping in a regular store, can turn up absolute gems to add to your collection for rock-bottom prices. With the availability of consignment stores, you can find a huge range of designer clothes on the cheap.

 

  1. Exhibit creativity with combinations

The best way to keep your outfit fresh is to swap out small pieces or parts. This is why you want staples, and why you should build up a generous collection of accessories such as cardigans, scarves, belts, and jewellery that can add flair and a sense of change to your outfits. Changing your blazer to a cardigan and your loafers to some sneakers can take an outfit from work-themed to weekend-outing. Think of outfits as entire combinations, and each item you swap in or out can make a new look.

Staying fashionable doesn’t have to break the bank. Truth is, some people have the purchasing power to afford pricey designer goods, but the vast majority of us need to work with what we have.  Scoring amazing retail deals, monitoring your local outlets and thrift stores and using a good foundation from your own closet can keep you well-dressed without racking up a debt. Get creative with building your wardrobe to live the fashionista life on a budget.

What’s your favourite way to save on fashionable clothes?

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Burna Boy wins “Best Global Music Album” at the 2021 Grammy’s with “Twice As Tall”

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2020 was quite the year for Afrobeat star Burna Boy and 2021 is keeping the momentum going.

The talented Nigerian artiste has kicked off the year with one of her biggest accomplishments to date, snagging his very first Grammy Award for 2020’s chart-topping album “Twice As Tall” and also being the first Afrobeats album to win.

“Twice As Tall” took home the Grammy gold for Best Global Music Album. The award-winning singer took to Twitter to celebrate with the perfect reaction shortly after learning of the win, “#grammys”.

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Ghanaian would hate me if I share my view on LGBT – Mzvee

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Ghanaian female musician Mzvee who was previously signed to the lynx entertainment owned by Riche Mensah has finally shared her opinion about the current trending issue in the country which is the LGBTQ debate.

Mzvee who was speaking during an interview on Amansan Krakye on Cape Coast-based Kastle FM asked about her view on the matter but she failed to comment on it stating that people won’t be pleased with her opinion so she would keep it to herself.

She stated saying;

“I have my thoughts on the LGBT rights debate just that I don’t want to share it. I don’t want to share because it’s such a sensitive topic. I would keep my opinion to myself on this one.”

When forced by the presenter to say something about the issue revealed that she would be hated by most people who were lovers of her when she adds her voice to it therefore the need to be silent.

If you say what is not okay for some people listening, you’re bad. If you say another thing which is not good for other people listening, then you’re bad. So I really don’t have much to say actually and honestly speaking

Many celebrities in the country have expressed their views on the right of the LGBTQ as most of them are calling for the rights of individuals to be respected and left to do whatever they want.

Some of the celebrities include; Wanluv, Sister Derby Ama k Abebrese amongst others.

 

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Woman Alleged To Be Ghanaian Found Dead In London Home

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A very sad piece of information coming in has revealed that a woman who is believed to be in her 50s was found dead in her residence in london where she has been staying after relocating from Ghana where she hails from.

According to reports, the woman whose name was identified as Dora Mills was found dead in his house in Tottenham in london on the 21st of February, 2021.

A video which went viral after news of the death broke out showed the British Police at the scene of the event as they investigate to unravel the true cause of her death.

Another person seen in the video was a family memebr of the deceased who was also helping by assisiting the police with some vital information to assist the police further investigate more into her death.

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Effiduase Chief begs Akufo-Addo Not TO Reappoint Mary Boatemaa As Their DCE

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Chief of Effiduase Nana Adu Ameyaw II has called on the president of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to listen to their plea and avoid the reappointment of Mary Boatemaa as the DCE For their constituency..

According to Nana Adu Ameyaw II , the Past DCE has not been of any help to the community as she was responsible for the sabotaging of the NPP Member of Parliament for the constituency and also utter disregard for Traditional leaders in the District.

The act of the DCE led to his removal by the president but was reinstated again without any explanation given as to what led to her been reinstated to her position.

Chief and elders of Asante Effiduase in his plea to the president revealed that Mrs.Mary has been nothing but a disgrace to their community and does not deserve to be given anothernopportunity in the second tenure of the president.

Chief of Effiduase

Nana Adu Ameyaw added that the DCE is very “Imcompetent” and also “not fit to lead the people as the District Chief Executive”.

Speaking during a press briefing he stated saying;

We are all aware of the issues between Hon. Mary Boateng and the MP. For now, the MP has won the elections. What we are left with is to get a DCE. But for the DCE position, we beg the President that Mary cannot become our DCE because she cannot work with the MP. There are several issues and even when I wanted to intervene for us to settle them amicably, Mary refused coming and said she has to consult her lawyers.

What we want is a competent individual who will come and handle the affairs of Effiduase because we have been lagging when it comes to development. Can you imagine that in the last term, the Assembly was unable to elect a presiding officer? We don’t want any incompetent person, what we want is a humble person and someone who listens to the elders in the District. All we want is development so we are pleading with the President to appoint someone who has the District at heart so that he/she can spearhead the development of the District,

 

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Kennedy Agyapong Exposed After Ursula Owusu’s Vetting

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MP for the Assin Central  Kennedy Agyapong has been exposed by the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Sulemana Braimah after it was reported that the closure of some radio stations was motivated politically with some left stations like Oman Fm left untouched since it belonged to a member of the NPP.

It was revealed during the vetting of Mrs. Ursula Owusu that some radio station which fell short of the parameters put in place were left untouched and closed due to their affiliation to the New Patriotic Party.

Hon. Kennedy Agyapong who felt the words of an accusation made by the minister were false revealed that the MP for Asawase Hon. Muntaka Mohammed to apologize to Oman FM for spreading falsehood about the Radio Station.

Sulemana Braimah who wasn’t on the same page with Kennedy Agyapong on his statement revealed that it was rather  National Communication Authority who needed to ask for forgiveness after leaving Oman FM who was owing to still operate when they knew they were having some issues pending.

Mr. Sulemana who is known for his fight for the freedom of the media added that Oman Fm should be closed to prove that there is no political interference if they want to be fair to the other stations that were close.

Taking to his Facebook handle he wrote saying;

I hear Hon. Ken Agyapong is demanding apology from Hon. Muntaka for saying at the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament that Oman FM, which belongs to Hon. Agyapong had not renewed its frequency authorisation and yet was not shut down by the NCA. Well, if anything Hon. Agyapong should be directing his request for apology to the NCA whose record indicated clearly that his station had not renewed its authorisation. Below is a screenshot from the NCA’s own data on list of Authorised VHF-FM Radio stations in Ghana as at Fourth Quarter (that is end of year) 2019. This data was published after the NCA had shut down several radio stations for failing to renew their authorisation. By law frequency Authorisation renewal is required every 5 years. The NCA record shows Oman FM got its authorisation in 2006. There is a column for last date of renewal of authorisation. What is in that column? Blank. For purposes of comparison and confirmation, see the other picture with NEAT FM from the same document of the NCA. NEAT FM got its first authorisation in 2008 and last date of renewal is indicated as 2016. So if Oman FM had renewed its authorisation why was their date of authorisation not indicated just as that of NEAT FM and the others whose last date of renewal have been indicated in the same document?” he questioned.

 

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Tom D’Frick Drops ‘La Read’ visual starred Taju Jimal, Kose and Apoki Gh

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Ghanaian Hip-hop artiste, Tom D’Frick, won’t let 2021 be of rest as he quickens giving his fans his very hit single “La Read” official video.

He drops “La Read” as his most-streamed single to begin the year, which become the new trend anthem gaining more recognitions a very classic song. The video starred comic actor Kose, Apoki Gh and popular Taju Jimal from our screens.

The year “2021 looks promising with Tom D’Frick as he continues to spark with controversy. Also, lend to bring a new dynamic with his brand and look forward to dropping more bangers and engaging my fans more. I’m back in full force. No doubt, take a piece of your time and listen to the song here and watch the video on YouTube as well.

Stream Song here: https://song.link/gh/i/1539164468

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