FashionFIX | Nostalgia & New Beginnings

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This features an outfit which is near and dear to my heart because it's the first of two. The first dress I ever made, and the first fashion/ beauty video I uploaded when I decided to start my channel!
It really represented a new beginning for me. One which was both exciting and scary.

For some reason, it feels very significant revisiting this outfit. I have the same feelings newness and excitement. Like a welcomed change is approaching.

When my team and I went out to shoot this outfit but the weather was pretty rubbish and it was really hard to get a shot. At the time I felt like we didn't have any good photos. It was so cold and we'd been shooting another outfit for hours, so I called it quits. 
It wasn't until I got home and saw the results, that I wished we'd stayed out there longer because we didn't have any shots of the shoes or the back of the dress, which has a completely different print.

Months later we went back and instead, I decided to shoot a FashionFIX video which is a fashion film series I have on my channel.

I'm really happy with the way the video turned out and can't wait to shoot the next one!
Check out the links to both the FashionFIX video HERE & my first youtube channel upload HERE. 

DIY Leather Jumpsuit

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I can hardly believe how long it's been since my last post! It's shameful really because I've had so many posts lined up for a long time but sometimes life gets in the way...

Anyway, I made this faux leather jumpsuit a few months back and I'll talk about it in my next post but for now I wanted to just share the images my team and I created. 
The photos were shot in my dining room and I'm so pleased with the way they turned out! 
We also shot a Fashion video which is live on my channel right now!
Please check out the video and let me know your thoughts!

Jumpsuit, DIY,
Belt, River Island
Shoes, eBay + DIY
Earrings, eBay
Bracelets & Rings, Primark

Photography, Trevor Andre James
Creative Directing & Digital Retouching, BisaNation 
Assistant, Miriam Awah

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Early last year I uploaded a video to my youtube channel, reviewing my Sleek True Colour lipstick collection. 
I didn't do a blog post at the time but I thought I would it share the video to help anyone thinking of purchasing Sleek lipsticks.
I've added some stills from the video but be sure to watch the in-depth review and 14 colour swatches.

The Lipsticks mentioned;

Baby Doll
Papaya Punch

Video stills below...

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Happy New Year!

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Happy new year everyone! Here's to an awesome 2016!

Last year was a bit of a strange one for me; where everything and nothing happened! 

I'm hoping for awesome things to happen this new year but I know that above all it takes the right mind set to create the changes we want to experience in life... 
I don't usually do resolutions but I'm adamant to become more bold, more positive, trust God more, attempt to be more patient and believe in myself a lot more. 

The hardest thing for me personally is to trust my journey and fully believe that my steps are ordered... Mainly because I'm a control freak! I struggle with not knowing what's going on and what will happen. 
I guess that's why I love creative activities. They allow me to feel a certain amount of control whilst  giving me that much needed balance, because too much control can inhibit the organic creative outcome.
I believe that ultimately, we don't really create anything. The things we create exist already in another realm and we as creative beings, merely do our best to interpret and translate what has been revealed to us. Sometimes in pieces, sometimes in its entirety.

When I make something, I put in the work, while allowing it to become what it is supposed to be. Whether I'm writing a song, creating a piece of art, whatever...

Please excuse my ramblings but this is why I love blogging, writing helps me to figure things out so please bare with me... 

So I guess my conclusion is, I need  to approach life like I approach the creative process. Put in the work, but relax and enjoy the process. Understand that the result is destined to be great if I stay on track.
It will turn out beautiful and if it doesn't, I change it or try again.

Perseverance, patience, enjoyment and most of all to be BOLD!xx

Current Mood...

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It's getting to that time of year when I just want to wear dark colours and very shiny things! I'm looking to make some new clothes and this mood board is a source of inspiration.
It has a whole lot of Fausto Puglisi, Balmain and a little David Koma.

my Illustration Process

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Drawing is one of those things that I really enjoy doing. I find it very therapeutic and anything I can do whilst watching a movie, is always a plus for me!
It's a skill I used to practice on a daily basis as a child. However, after my degree in animation (some many years ago), I had been put off of the very idea of drawing and my passion for it has only been revived in the last few years.
During my time away from art I think I started to feel a bit unsure about my skills. Almost as if I may have forgotten how to draw.

Whatever your natural ability levels are, drawing/ art is a skill which requires practice and for me I feel like there is so much more to learn.

In the past, my favourite medium was acrylic paint on MDF board. Now I use Photoshop- which is so ironic because I was hopeless with computers during my whole animation degree!

I like to begin with pencil on paper because it gives me that hands on, organic approach that I'm accustomed to. I then take it into photoshop, building up layers of tone and texture. 
At the moment I don't have a drawing tablet so I use my laptop keypad for everything. I can't wait to use a stylus pen because I'm sure that will speed up the process immensely and make it much easier to control what I do.

People often ask how I produce my images so I thought I'd share some images with you to demonstrate my creative process with you.

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How To Be a Badass!

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As I make that slow descent into the underworld of social media; I am always surprised at how a short trip to Instagram can begin with a hint of curiosity. Turn into a slight sense of self doubt, and gradually become an assertion of how insignificant I am and everything I do is. 

In hind sight it always seems like a harmless drug... but the truth is, if you stay there too long it can become a poison which seeps into the mind, soul, all the way to the spirit. 
Comparison really is the thief of joy and it's so important to guard your heart against anything that threatens to attack it. 
Small doses of social media can be inspiring or serve as light entertainment- submersion can lead to the overpowering deception of insecurity.

Then I make a dress or do something creative and I remember that I'm awesome! 
...I'm just being honest... It be like that sometimes! Ha!
Don't worry, I think you're awesome too! Don't allow Instagram to make you forget! ;)

Be BOLD!xx

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First Name: Stephanie, Middle name: Bisa, Superhero name: BisaNation

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I have the tendency to hype up subtle changes that aren't that big a deal. Not because I'm a drama queen but because change has always been a bit of an ordeal for me. I always feel like it affects my mindset, representing a shift in the atmosphere. 

I find words and especially names, to be extremely significant. They shape who you are and sometimes how you're perceived. 
In biblical times they had a strong emphasis on the meaning of a name because they knew, a name could shape a child's destiny.

I was born Stephanie and have always really liked that name. It means crowned one, royalty or my favourite translation: Queen. 
I was named after the actress Stephanie Powers who starred in the 70's show, Heart to Heart. It featured a fabulous couple who were happy, fashionable, well-off and a crime solving duo in their spare time. 
My parents watched the show all the time. They loved the two main characters' relationship as husband-and-wife and hoped the same for me when I grew up and got married. (They were really planning ahead!)

Right now, Stephanie is a fairly common name, but growing up it was pretty unusual. The first time I ever met another Stephanie I was aged 21 at university. I was also the first Stephanie she had ever met, so we were both pretty spun out and became friends from that moment on.

Fast forward a few years and I was starting out in the music industry...
One day I was looking through Vogue magazine and came across a young model named Adwoa AboahI knew immediately she was a fellow Ghanaian because of her name and it made me think, maybe I should have a cool stage name? Maybe I too should use my Ghanaian name?
I told my siblings of my plans and asked them to help me decide. My middle name is hyphenated so I had a four options to choose from
They all confirmed that Bisa sounded good and that became my new stage name... I'll admit I was a little apprehensive at first because it felt like I was putting aside part of my identity (I know it sounds strange but that's how it felt)... 
I used that name for musical performances and it began to feel like I was shaping my identity as a performer; Who I was on stage and how I would like to be perceived.

I then decided I needed a theme song. Something that would confidently assert who I am as an artist, what I wanted and what I believed would happen for me from that moment on. 
Very soon after, I wrote the song Bisa Be Her Name. It was my statement that I had become a true artist and that's what shaped my style and asserted me.
I definitely would not say Bisa is my alter ego because it's been my middle name from birth. However, it has allowed me to separate the real me from the perceived me- at least on stage. 

Bisa became BisaNation by accident. (Six years ago, I saved a website on my phone home screen and it coincidently abbreviated three words as a title to read as BisaNation.) I wrote about that name and its implications in my post, Being Bold.

When I joined YouTube, people began to know me as Bisa. I found it easier because I'm terrible at remembering names, but I never forget a face. When people would stop me in the street, it immediately enabled me to distinguish how I knew someone. If they knew me as Stephanie, we'd met me before. If they knew me as Bisa, they knew me from an online platform. 
It helped me separate my life into neat categories, where I could harbour my secret identities.

I decided to "come forward" because to me, this all represents a change in my life. On my journey of self acceptance, I'm on a quest to embrace all sides of who I am. To relieve myself of all limitations and restrictions.

to Be BOLD!xx

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