5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Most Stylish Year Yet!

5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Most Stylish Year Yet!

Hey style lovers, welcome to 2016! Although 2015 was an amazing year forAwed by Monica in so many ways, there are so many things I know I could have done to elevate myself & my brand to the next level. Ans that is why I am terming 2016 as the year of elevation.

Let’s take it up a notch this year in our fashion, makeup, hair and life in general. We are the only ones holding ourselves back, so instead of putting up invisible baeeiers. let’s step outside the norm and make 2016 our year.

Here are 5 ways to do this;


1. Improve Your Wardrobe

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Out with the old and in with the new this year! In a perfect world, we would all like to start fresh and replenish our wardrobes, however for most, that isn’t quite realistic.

In 2016, instead of focusing on acquiring many items that we don’t even really like but get anyways because they are on sale, let’s put our resources into one or two items we love. Get that one classic bag you have always wanted, or that perfect ‘pop of color’ piece that is sure to transform your outfits. You already have great pieces in your closet so why not get that one piece that you can use to accessorize your wardrobe, and help elevate your style.

2. Fashion Trends to Try in 2016

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I don’t even know where to start with the trends. There are so many fabulous fashion trends that have been predicted for this year. I have picked a few that are sure to elevate your style game in 2016, so take notes.

– Top-handle Bags
Top handle bags are sophisticated, classy and chic. Don’t ask why, but your bag truly speaks volumes, so start the year with a bag that tells the world you are ready for successful year.

– Wide-Leg Jeans
Isn’t it funny how fashion always does a 360? The hot fashion trend of the 70s is back lovelies so get with it.

Wide leg jeans are going to be major this year, so if you haven’t already gotten rid of your old pair, dust them off and bring them out. Unfortunately if you did get rid of your old pair head to any major retailer because they are all selling this must try trend for 2016.

– Clean and Classic Looks
If you want to be successful this year, you can’t just play the part, you also have to dress the part. Add clean and classic pieces to your OOTD (Outfit Of The Day). We all have classic pieces in our wardrobe, so you don’t even have to run out and start buying pieces to achieve this trend. It’s all about how you put things together. Lose the busy look this year and opt for more clean and classic outfits.

3. Enhance Your Hair

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When 2015 started, I was all about natural hair and I am still about natural hair and loving it. However in 2016 I want to encourage you to try something new, switch out your hair damaging weaves and try clip-ins.

They are way better for your hair, and don’t break or damage your hair like weaves do. Plus, you can do a hundred and one different styles at the touch of a clip. Wearing clip-ins also allows you to take better care of your own hair. I encourage you wash your hair once a week and wrap your hair at night instead of using a flat iron every night.

4. Makeup that is Sure to Turn Heads

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Bold & pronounced makeup is very much a trend right now! At the same time, that clean & flawless face is also major. So what to do? Go with the statement makeup look or the ‘I Woke Up Like This’ flawless makeup look? The answer is to do all of them this year. Either way you will make heads turn. Contouring and bold eyes will definitely enhance your features and is perfect for going out.

A flawless face is sure to have people questioning your age and wanting what you have. Have fun with makeup this year and don’t hesitate to step outside of your makeup comfort zone.

5. Selfie – Self Love

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In a world where we have been seeing so much hate this past year, is it really so bad to have a little self-love? We criticize the whole selfie culture and people who take selfies, but what is so wrong with appreciating and showering yourself with some love?

If we took the time to love ourselves a little more, that love for self would definitely transcend to others. 2015 was definitely a blessing but with a little more love in your heart, 2016 will be the biggest success ever. Go ahead take a selfie and love others as you love yourself.

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All you need to know about the new King of African football,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

All you need to know about the new King of African football,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a striker playing for Borussia Dortmund. He was born on 18th June 1989 in a French town of Laval.

Pierre’s youth career started in the academy of AC Milan where the young forward received his education, mastered his skills playing for the youth team and becoming a professional. He took the fourth place with the junior squad of AC Milan in the International tournament among clubs’ youth teams.

In 2008 Pierre was offered to join the first team of the Italian side. It meant to be the start of player’s professional career. As soon as Aubameyang signed the contract he was loaned by Dijon in France in the summer.

Dijon played the whole season 2008/09 scoring many important goals for his club. In total he managed to gain 34 appearances with 8 goals throughout the season.
In 2009 Pierre was sent on loan again, this time to Lille in the French Ligue 1. That club had a tough competition in the offensive line so the footballer had to go down to hard labour at the training ground in order to win a place in the star however during the season he played 14 matches scoring two goals.

The following club to loan the Frenchman was Monaco. One season for them resulted in occasional appearances in the starting eleven (19 in total) and two goals for the whole season 2010/11.

His loan terms were over in 2011 and AC Milan was offered to sell the player. Saint-Étienne from French highest division was among the clubs willing to purchase the centre-forward. Eventually the two parties agreed upon the terms of the deal so Aubameyang signed with the French side. Since 2011 the Frenchman had played 87 games having scored 37 times for the club.

In the summer 2013 the Gabonese was offered a lucrative swoop for German giants Borussia Dortmund.

As an international player Pierre-Emerick is regularly capped for the national team of Gabon due to the origin of player’s parents.

He is the current African player of the year, beating 4-time winner Yaya Toure and Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew to the much coveted award.

The 26-year-old polled 143 points, seven more than Toure whilst Ayew finished a distant third with 112 points to claim the prize for the first time, capping a season where he has put up stellar performances for his Bundesliga outfit, Borussia Dortmund.

He becomes the first player from the German league to win the award having finished as runner-up in the 2014 edition staged in Lagos.

The recipient of the award is decided by national team coaches and technical directors in Africa – with Yaya and Samuel Eto’o the most-honoured individuals with four titles each.

15 Mistakes Guys Are Making With Their Suits

15 Mistakes Guys Are Making With Their Suits

One of the most stylish fashion statements a guy can make is a suit. Sure, we love the scruffy flannel-and-jeans look. But when it’s time to look sharp, smart and put-together, there is nothing like a suit.

When it’s done right, that is. Too many men are failing to wear their suits to perfection (or anywhere in the neighborhood of perfection). The pants are too long, the jacket sleeves are too short, the lapels are too wide, the buttons too tight… we could go on and on.

So we will. Below, we’ve helpfully highlighted the 15 more egregious mistakes guys are making with their suits. Men, print this out, laminate it and study it. Then pledge never to commit these errors ever again.

1. Letting a white undershirt poke though above the dress shirt at the neck. This is sloppy-looking, giving off a whiff of frat boy. It’s also simply unnecessary: Go buy yourself some v-neck undershirts (or better yet, wear none — they’re by no means required) and save the crewnecks for days when you wear a tie.

2. Not getting your jacket sleeves hemmed or tailored. Most men assume that once their pants are hemmed, they’re done. But jacket sleeves are just as important, if not more so, to have tailored. Too-long sleeves look careless, and too-short sleeves look dorky. Make sure the jacket ends 1/2 inch above your shirt sleeve. In addition, take care to tailor the jacket width around the bicep and the torso. Most guys’ suit jackets are way too roomy, making them look heavier or simply sloppier.

3. Choosing jackets that are too long. A good way to test the length? Let the jacket hem fall where your fingertips end naturally. It’s as easy as that.

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4. Forgetting to remove the brand label off the jacket sleeve. We’re shaking our heads.

5. Forgetting to cut open the thread on the the back vent and the pockets. Again, smh.

6. Choosing lapels that are too big. If they’re big enough for Rush Limbaugh, they’re too big. 3 inches is probably a safe upper limit.

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7. Wearing pants with pleats. You’re not the dad from “Leave It To Beaver” (or this guy) and this isn’t 1955. Flat-front pants are the way to go so you don’t look 10 pounds heavier.

8. Wearing pants that are too long. Mind the break — the break, that is, in the fabric that occurs when the bottom of your pants skim the tops of your shoes, creating a horizontal crease (a “break”) in the fabric. Pants with no break mean they’re so short they fall right above the shoe and flash some sock. This is trendy, but perhaps too risky for many guys. Most men should aim for a medium break — not too rumpled or baggy, but not too short around the ankles.

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9. Wearing pants with cuffs. Not only are they untrendy at the moment, cuffs visually shorten the leg, a death sentence for the petite dudes out there. For everyone else, cuffs also tend to flop around more. And no woman likes a guy whose pants flop around the ankles.

10. Choosing shirts that are too big. There will be some gym rats with bulging muscles whose shirts are too tight. But generally, men have the problem of buying them too big. When it come to the collar, follow the one-finger rule (if you can fit more than one finger between the collar and your neck, it’s too big). For the torso, just purchase a slim-cut shirt, for the love of God. If it’s billowing out or bunching at the sides when you tuck it in, it’s simply too big.

11. Thinking pinstripes are the only acceptable suit print — and actually wearing them. Suits come in more print options than just pinstripes, from glen plaid to windowpane check. Adventure out into subtle prints, always neutrals on neutrals… but leave the bold pinstripes to Gordon Gekko and Derek Jeter.


12. Wearing black. Yes, wearing black. You may have gotten a spiffy black suit for your Bar Mitzvah, and you may have seen your father rock a black suit to the office. But black should generally be reserved for funerals and weddings — for daytime wear, stick with a classic navy or charcoal gray suit, paired with shoes in brown hues. Bonus: There are almost no color shirts that don’t match navy or gray.

13. Going bold with French cuffs… that look like flippers. French cuffs, worn with subtle (notflashy/cutesy/anything with logos) cuff links, can add some “oomph” to a suit for a more formal occasion. But when they’re too big at the wrist (or, God forbid, exceed the size of the suit sleeves they’re under), they’ll flop around conspicuously. Best to just steer clear entirely.

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14. Letting your tie peek out from under the sides and back of your collar. Either your collar is too small or your tie is too big. Either way, make sure this never happens.

15. Focusing on flash over substance. Tie clips, pocket squares, French cuffs — these are privileges that are earned, not simply given. You’ve got to master the basics first, which means a solid-fitting suit and a shirt to match in a foolproof color combo. As the saying goes, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

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One for the Future; Meet AS Monaco’s Midfield Prodigy David Mills

One for the Future; Meet AS Monaco’s Midfield Prodigy David Mills

Often, not all of us are able to discover why were created and our mission here. While some discover it quickly and others are also guided to who they must be when they grow up, there is a minority who always breaks the status quo by not letting family or societal norms shape them into what they are not. David Mills is such a person. Growing up he realized education was not the solution to his problems but rather he found solace in playing football. Not even the constant punishment from his mother or the harassment from his uncle who happens to be military personnel and his friends could change his mind. Today David is a professional footballer making history in France with AS Monaco

VIVA GHANA (VG): How are you and thanks for taking time off your schedules to chat with us?

DAVID MILLS (DM): I am doing well by Gods grace and it’s a pleasure.

VG: Tell me about yourself

DM: As you already know, I am David Nii Lante Mills. 20years of age, I come from a family of 3 thus myself, little sister and mum

VG: How was growing up like?

DM: It was not easy growing up especially since I wanted to be a footballer. My family was not in support of it initially but thankfully I had an uncle who later became supportive. He bought most of my kits for me, gave me money for transportation to training and also became my motivator

VG: Give us a brief history about your educational background

DM: I started from Maytrs of Uganda catholic school. I began from nursery and ended it there in 2010. I currently school here in Monaco aside playing football.

VG: Tell us about your football journey i.e. how it started and the teams you played.

DM: I started playing football at the age of 5years.  I played for Gaddafi stars (a local football team in my area mamprobi). Through hard work I was promoted to the under 14 side. I excelled there as well and I got an invitation to play for Liberty Professional. I played at the junior team and later got called into the senior 2nd team. By dint of hard work and God’s mercy I was scouted to AS Monaco in France for a one week trail. My stay was extended to two weeks because I was doing fantastic then they finally signed me for 2 and half years  in 2014.

VG: What position do you play?

DM: I play as an attacking midfielder

VG: Growing up was there someone you looked up?

DM: Yes! I looked up to Zinedine Zidane and Inesta. This guys where the people I was always paying attention to. I just love their style of play especially zidane.

VG: what has been your greatest challenge so far?

DM:  There have been a lot of challenges. In football you know you have to battle a lot in other to gain frequent play time. Also here in Europe the weather is different from that of Ghana, the food is also way different. So these things are kind of challenging.

VG: Aside football, what else do you like?

DM: When am not on the field playing or training, I love playing TV games, watching movies and hanging out with friends

VG: Do you see yourself playing for the black stars?

DM: It is the wish of every footballer to play for his national team and yes I would love to wear the national jersey but for now my focus is to build a strong career at the club level since that is what will make me earn a call up into the national team.

VG: For how long do you see yourself playing professional football?

DM: The danger of playing is getting hurt. When you get hurt, it slows your career and sometimes brings it to a sudden end but when it’s injury free you enjoy longer years of play. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, me I see myself playing for a longer period.

VG: Where do you see yourself in the years to come?

DM: In some years to come with the grace of God, I should be playing for bigger clubs and the Ghana national team as well. Yeah through hard work, determination and God’s grace that should be it.

VG: Which team is your favorite?

DM: Real Madrid

VG: Your final words.

DM: I would like to thank God for how far I have come. I pray He continues to grant me the strength to be able to reach the heights that I’ve always wanted to be and also to make a good name for myself and country.

And to help you through the season, here is a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for all celebrating Christmas in Ghana on the little tips and tricks that can help you survive the craziness that comes with the festive period.


  • ALWAYS use your seat belt.
  • Do NOT drink and drive – Statistics have shown that lots of accident-related occur when the driver is under the influence of alcohol. So, avoid doing this to save your life and lives of other road users.
  • Obey all traffic rules and officials enforcing these traffic laws. – If you need a refresher course in what the guidelines and rules of thumb to drive safely in Ghana is here’s a great web resource – Practical summary of the Ghana Highway Code
  • Exercise patience and avoid road rage. Learning how to deal with road rage can help you sidestep the dangerous nightmare that often follows an aggressive road rage incident. Back off from aggressive drivers. When another driver cuts you off, how you react will determine what happens next.
  • Avoid fighting/arguing with other motorists.
  • Do NOT use your phone while driving – Studies show that using a mobile phone while driving means you’re four times more likely to crash.
  • Use pedestrian bridges – Like the new one at the world famous “Spanner Junction”. Just use it please.
  • Avoid speeding – This is a major cause of fatal road crashes.
  • Do NOT drive when you are tired – Studies have shown that an estimated 20% of accidents are sleep-related.
  • Check and CHECK AGAIN – ALWAYS take a safety check of your vehicle before leaving your house in order ensure that your vehicle is in a good operating condition.




A back to back title in Champions league football has eluded most clubs in Europe; it’s increasingly becoming difficult for a team to defend their champion’s league trophy when they win it. These teams win and defend their domestic league titles but it becomes a mountain for them to climb in their continental competition. Gone were the days of European champions cup when clubs win it 5x on the row, 3x and even twice on the row was the order of the day. It was first held for the 1955-56 season and up until 1992 the tournament was called the European Cup or European Champions’ Cup.

Real Madrid was the first team to win the competition in 1956 and went on to win it till 1961 a record 5x on the row, Benfica, Inter Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and AC Milan also followed in suit with at least a back to back title for these teams.AC Milan remains the last club with such accolade of a back to back title, all these teams won the tournament between 1952 to 1992 which was then the European cup, but when there was an evolution and the competitions name was  changed to UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, it has become very difficult for same teams to retain the title.

A total of 22 clubs have won the Champions League/European Cup. Real Madrid hold the record for the most victories, having won the competition 10 times, including the inaugural competition, Juventus have been runners-up the most times, losing six finals, while Stade de Reims, Valencia and Atletico Madrid are the only clubs to have finished as runners-up twice without winning. Spain has provided the most champions, with 15 wins from two clubs. Italy has produced 12 winners from three clubs and England has produced 12 winners from five clubs.

From 1993 to 1995, AC Milan went to 3 straight finals and won just 1, losing to Ghanaian Inspired Legend Abedi Ayew Pele’s Olympique Marseille and Clarence Seedorf and Edwin Van der Saars Famous Ajax team. They rather won against Johan Cruyffs team Barcelona in an emphatic 4-0 victory which had recent coaches like Josep Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman as players then. Fabio Capello orchestrated such a performance.

Juventus also repeated what AC Milan did by also going to 3 straight finals from 1995-1998 and managed to win just one against the same Ajax team but lost against Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Real Madrid also went to 3 finals within 5 years, in 1998, 2000 and 2002 and won all the finals that they appeared. With Jupp Heynckes winning the 98, and Vicente Del Bosque winning the 2000 and 2002.

Borussia Dortmund won 1997 edition by defeating Juventus by 3-1

In 1999, Sir Alex Ferguson helped Manchester united and the famous 1992 academy team of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul scholes and David Beckham with one of the best strike partnership of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole won them the trophy after 31 years in 1968, this match was named the Final 3 minutes, it looked all over for Manchester united, but they equalized and won the game within the last 3 minutes of the game, this made Sammy Kuffour broke down in tears after the game beating the floor in despair. This made Man Utd won the treble after already securing the EPL and the FA cup.

Bayern Munich came back in 2001 this time making no mistake by winning it after a penalty shootout a game which Legendary Germany goalkeeper won the man of the match accolade. This time Sammy Kuffour was very happy.

There was an all Italian Final in 2003 between Marcello Lippis  Juventus and Carlo Ancelottis AC Milan which the Rossoneri won after extra time and after a penalty shootout. The match made history because it was the first time two clubs from the same country made the final.

Jose Mourinho inspired a Porto team after 17years without the trophy to a sensational 3-0 win over AS Monaco in 2004 after eliminating Manchester united in the semi-finals. This feast earned him the Chelsea job in 2004 where he popularly branded himself as the special one.

In 2005, in what was named as the Miracle of Istanbul in a match which was almost over at half time when AC Milan had gone up 3-0, Liverpool came from behind to earn 3-3 at full time and eventually won after an extra time and a penalty shootout.

From 2006 to 2015, Barcelona has won the champions league 4x in just 9 years, in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 and has become the team of the decade with the team perceived to be the all-time best Barcelona team with Players like Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta, xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and other names like Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, David Villa, Pedro, suarez and Neymar, Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves and Managers like Frank Rijkard winning the 2006, Pep Guardiola who won every trophy that Barcelona competed in thus winning 6 trophies within a year, he won the 2009 and 2011 all against a Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester united side and Luis Enrique won the 2015 edition.

AC Milan avoided another heartbreak at the hands of Liverpool in 2007 when they won 2-1 in full time to secure their 7th ever champions league trophy and Ancelottis second trophy within 4 years,2003 and 2007.

In 2008 was what was tagged as the all English final when Chelsea locked horns with the most successful club in England Manchester United in  Luzhniki Stadium Moscow. The game travelled to extra time after Frank Lampard had levelled a Cristiano Ronaldo Header,it was finally settled with penalty shootout where the Red Devils emerged victorious over the Blues financed by the Bankroller Roman Abramovich.

In 2010, after 45 years without a champions league trophy Inter Milan inspired by the special one Jose Mourinho won the trophy by beating Louis Vaan Gaal’s Bayern Munich side, Diego Milito was the Hero of the day by scoring 2 beautiful goals to end their over 4 decades without the trophy.Jose Mourinho also made history by becoming one of the managers who had won this trophy with two different teams.

In 2012, a certain Ivorian nicknamed the Drog, Didier Drogba led his Chelsea team to finally win the title after many unsuccessful attempts and heartbreaks at semi-finals and when they lost the 2008 trophy to Manchester united, this time an ex player of Chelsea Roberto Di Matteo orchestrated such a performance after Andre Villas Boas was sacked, he was the then deputy coach who was appointed as the Interim Manager. Chelsea could now boast of a champion’s league success. They beat Bayer Munich at their own backyard Allianz Arena after a heroic performance from Drogba, equalizing a Thomas Muller 83rd Minute goal in what seems all over for the blues with a beautiful and an unexpected header in the 86th minute to take the game to extra time and penalty shootout, he converted the winning penalty to end the blues hunt for champions league success thereby becoming the new entrant as a champion in 2012 after 19years of existing winners lastly won by by Olmpique Marseille in 1993.

Bayern Munich came back stronger in 2013 by defeating their fellow German team Borussia Dortmund in Wembley stadium by 2-1 victory in what was their 3rd final in 4 years, losing to Inter Milan and Chelsea, they finally lifted their 5th title under Jupp Heynckes who also became one of the few managers to win the title with 2 different teams. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

In 2014, The most successful club in the champion’s league history Real Madrid after 3 successive failed attempt under the special one Jose Mourinho whose tenure was raged by the elimination  at the semi-final stage by teams starting with B’s, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund finally found their Messiah in Carlo Ancelotti with sensational performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Ramos among many others finally won what was known in Spanish as La Decima, the 10th European trophy after 12 years of failed attempts to win the prestigious trophy by beating their cross town and bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in an emphatic 4-1 victory in extra time after Sergio Ramos 90th +3 minute goal saved them the day and  was enough to cancel out Diego Godins header goal in the first half. Extra time goals from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were enough to end Atletico Madrids dreams of winning the trophy after a second final in as many years.

The current and defending champions are Barcelona who beat Juventus 3-1 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin, the question now is Can they retain the title? It’s clear that since 1993 when the name was changed to Champions league, it has become very difficult for teams to defend their titles, and the farthest they could reach was another final and succumbing to their opponents no matter the strength of that team even that mostly happened in the mid and late 90’s, but in the 21st century its only Manchester united and Bayern Munich who managed two successive finals in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 respectively not even the team of the last decade has been able to achieve such an accolade but they couldn’t win it.

So what has been the problem now for teams to defend their titles, Is it the change of name from Europeans cup to champions league that scares teams and their players?, or football has grown that people always strategize against the best teams?, that reminds me of the proverb that it’s easy to get to the top but very hard to maintain or retain the position. In my capacity and authority I would have suggested the name is changed back to Europeans cup for 5years and let’s see what happens? Some teams look very strong and in good position to retain their trophy but something happen along the way and they are eliminated, what at all is the reason for this failed back to back champions league trophy by these teams. We live to see who does it. Which team will break the jinx? Everybody hopes and wish it becomes the club the supports. The 2015/2016 finals will be at San Siro, let’s see the two teams that will make the final in May?