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Style With Mantopia: Personal Style; The Only Big Name Here Is You

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“At its essence, style is a complicated, endlessly fascinating human capacity. It is our spirit and what we think, our creativity, our individual way of being, and our intention for our clothes. To nurture a meaningful relationship with fashion, our task is to understand style, to hone it, to carefully craft it and make it our own.” – Nadine Farag

Style is substance. What is your relationship with style? In reality, clothing affects everyone, but there is this notion that personal style is for people who are overly fashion conscious. When it comes to personal style, the big name here is you. Your style may not go platinum if it was a record but one thing is certain: it distinguishes you from the many personal styles out there, with or without features from the well-known big names in clothing and style. You don’t necessarily have to dress ostentatiously to stand out. You can be a beacon of modesty, if that makes your personality – which in my opinion should be a regular part of your arsenal – shine through the clothes you put on. Part of going “platinum” with no features means not having to worry about if anyone else thinks you look good, freeing you up to exult, without a hint of self-consciousness.

Back in the day, my school uniform was at times a proper fraction – small upper, big lower. Other times, it was an improper one. It was a source of laughter for most of the kids. I was trolled a lot because of how I looked in the uniform. It was in many ways a crushingly human moment, the point at which the dreams and unfettered ambition of childhood seemed to collide with the severe reality of… chale forget! Fast forward to recently (quite distant past though) and then to now, welcome to my sunny day. Fashion gave me power, respect, connections and now I’m no longer the laughing stock I used to be when I was very young. There’s a defining link between fashion and power and when I found it my life totally changed.

I want to share with you a few tips to help you give meaning to your personal style and make your wardrobe your second mirror – you should see yourself when you look at your closet.

  1. Be inspired.

Start by doing research. Learn more about yourself by looking out into the world and see what sticks, and what doesn’t. Magazines, street style, fashion shows, movies, friends, history and more can help you figure out what works for you. Trends can still be a source of inspiration, as long as you aren’t blindly following them. You can also do a Pinterest search of “style icons” and save the images you are drawn to. You’ll start to see a collection of repeat people who you can look to for inspiration.

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  1. Be real. Be you.

You have to be honest with yourself about your lifestyle and what is most practical for that. Look beyond the names of your inspiration photos and focus on the outfits. Pick a few words to describe the vibe of the looks. Settle on a handful of words that feel true to your style, and write them down for future reference, as they will help you clarify and define your look. A “truth” the fashion industry tries to convince us of is that if we like something we have to have it. You can have great admiration for a designer, trend or a clothing item, but not wear it yourself. Some things are better appreciated from afar.

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  1. Be confident.

Now that you’ve dreamt up your perfect wardrobe, and brought it back down to earth, it’s time to find confidence in the style that is all yours. Lean into the items you gravitate towards and have determined to be practical for your life. Every time you realize that the way you dress is your way and not a carbon copy of someone else, you build confidence. You know those special days when you walk out the door feeling like your most stylish self? Snap a quick picture for future reference. These are the outfits that epitomize your true personal style and should serve as inspiration for spin-off outfits.

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  1. Be creative.

After finding what is right for you, and makes you feel special, there’s room for experimentation. Play to your strength. Is there something people compliment you on? Wearing clothes that play up your best style strengths will always look stylish, no matter what is currently trending. Also, you need to own a signature item that becomes part of your style identity. It can be as simple as a personalized piece of jewelry or as memorable as a Donegal tweed waistcoat. We as humans are always changing and so too will our style, but with a better understanding of who we are as a whole. Your style is an extension of you. Let it be.

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Regardless of your purchasing power, do your very best to look good all the time. You don’t need to wear the most popular and expensive brands to look spiffy. You can live within your means and make a good impression on people with your clothes. I’ll do a write-up on budgets and clothing next week to help you with that.

 

The revolution will be televised. #youroutfitmatters

 

Source: Nii Laate (Mantopia)

 

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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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I’ll strip you naked after Akufo-Addo’s Inauguration” – Kennedy Agyapong strikes at Amidu.

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Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu , a stench member of the strongest opposition in Ghana as at now who is also a politician and a served as the country’s attorney general from 2011 to 2012 seems to have been trapped in the ” lion’s” den this time around.

The underground FBI agent, hon. Kennedy Agyapong, who strongly disagreed with the New Patriotic Party leadership on assigning Martin Amidu as the first ever special prosecutor of the country in the year 2018 has come out to infuriatedly jab the former attorney general and minister of justice who resigned some months ago after claiming H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo interposed with the scrutiny of the Agya Pa deal.

These two top gurus have been in the news recently after the MP elect for Assin Central openly ascertained that Martin Amidu had mental health problems, called him a ” wee smoker” and dared him to provide the medical reports he hid in Germany before coming to Ghana once again after which all we heard of was Martin Amidu resigning from his position and debunking rumors of he being mad as stated by the owner of the Net2 tv.

Speaking on the regular show he chairs on his tv, whilst addressing the problem of stagnation in the country, the father of 22 jabbed the former attorney general whilst speaking on live tv.


“The things that are embedded in me are boiling. You Martin Amidu, wait for Akufo-Addo to be sworn into office first. The way I’ll strip you naked.. I’ll reveal all the evil plans you had for the NDC. The NDC should be careful. He planned with Rawlings to make sure that Mahama loses the election then he Amidu and Zanetor will take over the party. ” Kennedy lambasted.

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“Your Generation Will Pass on the curse of Infertility” – Selly Galley Curses Social Media Bully

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Selorm Galley-Fiawoo known by many as Selly Galley is a Ghanaian actress and TV presenter. As many celebrities are victims to social media bullying and trolls, Mrs Selly isn’t left out of the list of bullied celebs. It may seem her cup of tolerance is full as she rains curses on an online bully.

The user with the name henewaa_piesie2 made a comment under Selly Galley which triggered a harsh reaction from the Actress. According to Selly Galley this isn’t the first time she has been attacked by the user and she is not going to let this one slide.

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I blocked you on my verified page for similar comment, today you're back here with more. I won't let this slide. For these ignorant words of insults that came out of your mouth to me, seeking to cause me pain and unhappiness for absolutely nothing I've done to you or your family… I say to you this wednesday noon of October 14th, 2020 that You will not live to prosper and be happy. You will have a lifetime of bad luck and depression. Everything you touch, say or do will bring unexplainable misery to you. Your generation will pass on the curse of infertility, unhappiness, madness and misery I call upon you this day. May your business go from bad to worse. May every pain I've ever felt in my life be transfered to you and may every good plan the Lord had for you be transfered to every woman waiting on the Lord for children. You will beg to die and even death will forsake you. My Lord did not create me barren or any woman and so may HE make an example of you to show HIS greatness. I DARE THE LORD TO HEAR MY CRY… Galatians 6:7-9, “ Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. "Hear my prayer, Yahweh, and give ear to my cry. Don't be silent at my tears. For I am a stranger with you, a foreigner, as all my fathers were. Amen.

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Read Selly Galley’s Reaction below:

“I blocked you on my verified page for similar comment, today you’re back here with more. I won’t let this slide.

For these ignorant words of insults that came out of your mouth to me, seeking to cause me pain and unhappiness for absolutely nothing I’ve done to you or your family…
I say to you this Wednesday noon of October 14th, 2020 that
You will not live to prosper and be happy.
You will have a lifetime of bad luck and depression.
Everything you touch, say or do will bring unexplainable misery to you.
Your generation will pass on the curse of infertility, unhappiness, madness and misery I call upon you this day.
May your business go from bad to worse.

May every pain I’ve ever felt in my life be transferred to you and may every good plan the Lord had for you be transferred to every woman waiting on the Lord for children.

You will beg to die and even death will forsake you.
My Lord did not create me barren or any woman and so may HE make an example of you to show HIS greatness.
I DARE THE LORD TO HEAR MY CRY…

Galatians 6:7-9, “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

“Hear my prayer, Yahweh, and give ear to my cry. Don’t be silent at my tears. For I am a stranger with you, a foreigner, as all my fathers were.

Amen”  

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Rapper Aziz Havoc Speak On The Hardship On Ordinary Ghanaians In latest song, “Economy”

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High-quality roads and bridges are critically important for Ghana’s future. But today, they are severely under-funded.

Traffic congestion increases each year. More and more roads suffer from potholes and rutted pavement.

Many of Our bridges are showing their age with structural deficiencies. And in truth, the vast majority of highway revenues are spent on highway maintenance rather than expanding capacity. The question is: Don’t we have Government?

Ghanaian Award Winning Rapper and singer, Aziz Havoc who is a force to be reckoned within the side of hip/hop, Afrobeat, Afropop stands as the voice of the struggling masses as he spits out the hardships the ordinary Ghanaians are going through on the street and town faces.

Speaking about how the government has paid a death ear to some cries from where he is coming from and other towns in Ghana in his new released song titled, “Economy” he spoke about bad roads ,corruption and others.
Bad roads are a problem many of us are used to deal with,bad roads create gaping potholes.

Day after day, we suffer nightmarish commutes while waiting for local government to help solve the issue. He also spoke about corruption in the song.


Corruption exists in all branches of the Ghanaian government, and there is often a lack of accountability.

Since independence in 1957 every government, from Kwame Nkrumah to Akuffo Addo has been accused of being corrupt. I believe there is some level of corruption in every man, some are able to tame it others don’t really care.

This dude is really talented and Ghanaians need to pay attention to the songs he always talks about positive messages that can bring change in Ghana and everyday life.

Download and Listen to his new songs on all music platforms (Aziz Havoc- Economy);

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Alicia Keys out with her seventh studio album “Alicia” featuring Diamond Platnumz amongst others

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American R&B singer and songwriter, Alicia Keys has officially dropped her album “Alicia” featuring Platinum Diamonds and more.

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Written and produced largely by Alicia Keys, the album also features songwriting and production contributions from Swizz Beatz, Ludwig GöranssonRob Knox, Johnny McDaid, and The-Dream, among others.

The album was originally scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020, then May 15, before being delayed further due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Alicia is the eponymous seventh studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter Alicia Keys. It was released by RCA Records on September 18, 2020. 

Seven singles were released from Alicia, including the Miguel duet “Show Me Love“, “Time Machine“, “Underdog“, “So Done“, featuring Khalid, and Tanzanian act, Diamond Platnumz on “Wasted Energy.”

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Listen: Mawcom X teams up with Kuvie on ‘Gift Of God’ album

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True to his name, Ghanaian born, widely travelled and successful creative; Mawcom X pushes through one of the toughest periods in his adult life so far with the passing of his mum to arrive at this very moment. With the help of producer and friend Kuvie, he channels all his emotions into what has now become ”Gift of God”. The name is a triple entendre which implies that firstly; to be alive is a ”Gift of God”, secondly, our ability to create is a ”Gift of God” and finally Mawuli literally translates into ”God exists” so my existence is a ”Gift of God” to the world.

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The five tracked EP all produced by the superstar producer, Kuvie (Sarkodie, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, Efya and more) consists of a smooth range of songs that ease you in from Highlife infused Hip-Hop beats, hard-hitting rap bars, classic Afrobeat and groovy melodies that give props to the recent Ghaianan sounds that have made their way across very many borders, spreading the palm wine music gospel.

Easing you into the listening journey, Mawcom X teams up with $pacely and Iye on ‘Talk Talk’ for the first track, clean, purposeful and setting the tone that despite what people might say, he’s got his eye on the ball. For the 2nd track, Mawcom X is in a prayerful mode as he turns his gaze upwards to ‘Jah’ for guidance and direction. The track sits on a mellow Hip-Hop beat infused with coastal palm wine beats. Named after him, ‘Mawuli’ encapsulates the state he was in as he pushed through the pain to birth something beautiful from the hand he had been dealt.

Following ‘Jah’ is ‘More’ featuring Kirani AYAT. ‘More’ respectively is a cool Hip-Hop joint that keeps the level of groove and message of the tape so far, then comes ‘Pure’ which sees Kuvie introduce a welcome Reggae vibe to the production and La Même Gang’s $pacely jumps on the record with Mawcom X and their message? Positive vibes only. For the final track on this collection, Mawcom X enlists Nigerian born vocal genius, Boj on a more laid back Afrobeat vibe on ‘Body’.

Stream, download here!

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