Two Fridays ago, August 19th, I attended the 2nd Annual Africa Gives Back International Gala 2016 at Martin’s Caterers Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. The event took place to raise awareness and critical funding for a technical skills center in West Africa, Sierra Leone. Back in July, I shared with you the Africa Gives Back International Gala 2016 campaign (photos & video). I was the lead wardrobe stylist for the campaign.

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 1

For the event, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and wear a gown (without pants) and a hair style (without a bun). Big up da man dem, FlappJack, for hooking my hair and face up. All I can say is yasss! looking at my make-up in these pictures.

 

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 2

I am very happy with the entire look from head to toe. For the event, I wore a custom Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown. I wanted to wear a gown that was comfortable, sexy and formal. This dress got the job done.

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 3

Big shoutout to my brother for taking my pictures. He always shows up and shows out.

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 4

My shoes and accessories are from JustFab. If you are a tall glass of water like me (5’10) and have big feet (Size 11/12) JustFab will hook a sista up.

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 5

 

Africa Gives Back Int'l Gala 2016- Nikki Billie Jean Sleeveless Keyhole Scarf Neckline Side Slit Gown 6

Outfit Details

Gown: Nikki Billie Jean

Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist: FlappJack

Shoes & Accessories: JustFab

Heels: Eleri

Bracelet:  Show Me Love & Heart Bracelet* Sold Out

See the post on nikkibilliejean.com

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Nikki Billie Jean

Founder/Editor-In-Chief

Nikki Billie Jean is the founder and editor-in-chief of All Things Ankara. She is also a fashion designer, fashion stylist, fashion director, campaign producer and event producer. View more of her work at: www.nikkibilliejean.com

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