STYLING PORTFOLIO

Friday, 29 January 2016

DIY SWEATER

I'm a sucker for great and easy DIYs. Time doesn't permit me to do personal fun stuff but I will always love simple transformations that come out chic on the other side. 

I've had this sweater for a while now and I got bored with it. I was gonna relegate it to movie wardrobe but I had a light bulb moment! I kid. But yeah embellished pieces are a thing for me as well. 

I was inspired by this studded SJP purse from DOT.
 

So basically what I did was gather all the earrings which were missing a sister or brother, old buttons cut out of clothes I didn't want anymore, faux pearl necklaces that cut at painful moments. Just everything that wasn't quite useful on their own. Got my sweater, needle, thread, scissors and off to work I went. 



You may want to mark different points on your garment if you like certain ornaments to be strategically placed. In my case I just went with the flow. I freestyles it and voila!

             (Apapa Amusement park with my niece)

Wore it over the holiday. Stylish cover up for the harmattan season.

It's not too late to say Happy new year right???

Kisses!

Friday, 25 December 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I'm It's just a few mins past midnight and I'm on my second bowl of fried rice. Such decadence is why I love Christmas. All rules go out the door.



The past few days have been a delight given how stressful the year has been for me work wise and  in other ways as well.

Did anyone go to Rythm unplugged? I haven't been to a show in years but they said Trey Songz was coming and I was just like whaaaaa! His performance was amazing and his dancers were fresh to death. Trey was full of energy and so cute. Time and money well spent. However I still can't believe how dry Okey Bakassi was. Whatever happened to the guy. I used to love his jokes. It was painful to watch.

Flash back to Lagos fashion and design week in October this year, I was minding my business scrolling through Instagram, when I saw I had be selected by Claire Sulmers and Dzrupt TV as the best street style for this look below. I was just like wait why am I on Fashion bomb, what is Dzrupt? Don't blame me, I never go anywhere these days. I was so pleased cos it's a dress I really like and I was happy it got so much love.


They gave me goodies from Kamokini, P.O.C, 24, Wow nails, a spa day with Claire and the best of all, N50k to shop on Asos with. I was like heeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! 

Tip of the year: always show up looking fly, you never know who will take your picture! even if you're going to buy recharge card. Lol.  ok I'm kidding.

Claire was in town a few days ago and we got to meet first at the Radisson Blu where a stylish crowd gathered for her famed Cocktails with Claire event which was fun. There was food and drinks and people got to meet her upclose, ask her questions, take selfies etc.




 Also got to meet my Instagram bud Keside Anosike @kecyfa who writes so beautifully. I absolutely love reading anything at all from him.

The following day at Oriki Spa in VI, was more chill and I got to gist with her, I wanted to know what kind of food she had enjoyed so far. She loved Jollof rice, egusi and pounded yam and I think she said Suya, can't remember  now. Oh and her impression of Nigerians.... Very stylish, she was like everyone is on point! She was extremely sweet and an absolute delight to talk to. She told me she also bought the TNL Striped tuxedo dress as soon as she got in. How cute! Shout out to Dzrtupt TV for making it happen. If you're not following them on Instagram you need to ASAP and not just for freebies their content is great. fashion, entertainment, lifestyle very cool brand to know. @dzrupt_tv and @dzruptfashion. It is pronounced DISRUPT for those wondering.





This is the season to be merry despite whatever your situation is. The time to be with friends and family, check up on loved ones far away and just generally maintain a grateful heart which may be hard seeing as there is still no petrol in Lagos but like Fela sang "suffering and smiling". Either way I'm grateful to be alive and strong.

       My lovely niece Chimamamda. The cutest of them all. I love her to the moon and back.

Cheers to the best of what's to come! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

CROP TOP SEASON

Been working very hard at loosing a bit of weight and keeping fit. I'm not quite there yet. Slowly but surely.  I was feeling very skinny so I decided to wear a crop top while I can because Eyan ma loose battle to puff puff any f*****g time. No? 






Anyway hope your week is going great. I have owambes lined up for the weekend, so my brain is currently filled with thoughts of small chops.  The lord is good!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!

I've been wanting to blog these photos for a while now and what better day than my birthday!! I honestly can't believe I'm 32yrs old really....seeing as I can still taste the jollof rice from my 19th birthday. Time really does fly by eh! 

I'm so grateful to God for keeping me in good health and most of all for Peace of mind and oh a job of course. For my family and friends. Thank you sweet Jesus.






Dress is by Nigerian Design trio Grey
Clutch by Nigerian brand Sparkle
Shoes: zara
Smile: Bank Balance. I kid!!

Xoxo!










GENEVIEVE MAGAZINE RUN WALK CYCLE FOR BREAST CANCER

Hi guys it's been a long time I came first at anything so it was a little weird when that happened over the weekend.

I decided to participate at the Genevieve Mag charity event in lekki this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun and I wasn't really expecting anything. I really just wanted a nice challenge.

 November last year I decided to take charge of my body and health via fitness. I discovered it wasn't a good time as Christmas came,  followed by a holiday trip and I completely fell off the band wagon till March this year when I said Enough is Enough! So I've been trying to stay active by running at least 3 times a week sometimes even more. 

Fast forward to last Saturday head phones on, music blasting, SHealth set..(that's the fitness app I use) I gave it a go. I usually start out at a fairly moderate pace, then increase my intensity towards the middle and slow down again towards the end. On my usual running routes I do high intensity sprints at intervals but I didn't attempt it here as I was scared to bump into people. We ran from the Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Lekki all the way through the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, down to Falomo roundabout and back to Divine Mercy. 

It was a total of 11.22Km  (I never take a break while running. I find that it slows me down overall I'd rather run at a steady pace and keep my breathing as controlled as possible) and when I came in I had to go back out again. For what you may ask??? Well I like to round up to the nearest km so I wanted to make it 12km. Lol I know I need help. Truth is I'm sort of addicted to the nos. 

I burnt a little over 1000kcal and that really was enough for me so imagine my excitement when the owner of Zesty Juices asked "Who came in first?" and everyone pointed towards me like Her!  I was like errrrrrmmmm ok. That's me!!!

I got a gift bag containing lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. Which I'm still consuming today. Just drank the last of my beetroot/ginger/honey/lime smoothie.


The bag contained Celery, kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, Apple, pomegranate and beetroot. I honestly loved it.

          Simply Natural also came through. Their smoothies were amazing. 
Wilson's Lemonade also blessed me with some goodies as well

With the ever lovely Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Genevieve Magazine Mrs Betty Irabor or MD as we like to call her.

Some celebrities also came out to support the cause

     Julius Agwu, Sound Sultan, and the CEO Mall for Africa
   Hello Magazine editor Onah Nwachukwu, Media Entrepreneur Bola Balogun, Udo Okonjo, Betty Irabor, Forner First Lady of Cross River Onari Duke.

           Singer Timi Dakolo

     Actress Osas Ajibade


Smoothie Express came through just as I was about to leave and this passion smoothie was THE BOMB. Hands down the best smoothie I've ever had. It was really a Saturday morning well spent!

Cheers and enjoy your week! Xoxo. 

















Monday, 7 September 2015

FRIENDS... THE ONE WHERE SHADE GOT MARRIED

This Post is probably long overdue seeing as it happened over 2 months now. But here goes..

I have this very strong belief that in some ways the friends that you make when you're in secondary school will always have a special place in your heart. More so if you went to boarding school. At this point in our lives most of our friends happened to us. We became close to certain people not for any particular reason other than the fact that we genuinely liked their personality, they were kind to us or simply that we just wanted to be their friend. Simples! It's not like this scam adult life where you have to pretend to like people you're in business with or be friendly with an annoying colleague who you've caught several times not washing their hands after going to the bathroom. Sucks doesn't it. 
 
I remember this friend I had in Pry 5. She wasn't mean to me but she bullied everyone else. I think I was the only one she liked but even in her likeness she still found a way to be bossy. So she would say things like. "Take! Lick this sweet" or "let's go and play catcher" what if I wanted to play Ten ten?? What if? So one day during break time, while we were about to go play a game of 'her choosing' I just turned to her and said. "I'm not playing with you again!" I guess she knew I had had enough cos she just rolled her eyes and walked off. Lol. That wasn't the end of our friendship though as she came to beg me a few days later.i agreed immediately and she went back to her bossy self. Lol. Have no clue what planet of the world she is now. Imagine if I tried that that I'll be called either petty or dramatic. But I was just being honest. Anyway..

So yes my very special girl from Secondary school Shade got married (traditionally) to her boo Fisayo, recently and it was an Ibadan turn up. All my people from way back were going to show up and I was excited dot com! I was to arrive the day before but I had a whole day shoot that didn't end early. I have never been more annoyed at work as on that day. Getting to Ibadan on Saturday morning was everything! I got in pretty early and had planned to take a quick nap before show time but how na... tooo much catching up to do plus one of my besties who's a doctor and focusing on sexual matters always found a way to steer all conversation towards sex. One minute we are talking about pounded yam and the next minute is the best ways to ride your man and I'm wondering how Tf did we end up here?? 

Ohhhh you know the best thing about weddings in Ibadan? As a guest, you can get your makeup and gele plus faux lashes all done for N2500 and the MUAs are very good! Yes!  I could really get used to that! 

I had so much fun at the reception just from dancing, being in great company, eating and drinking whatever and best of all, the thought that I wasn't going to drive myself anywhere after. I'm like I can really get used to this chilled out life ! chris rock voice* (Lagos driving really does scar you) Leaving my friends the following day took me straight back to when we left each other in FGGC Sagamu after WASSCE exams years ago. It was so nostalgic. Boarding school was really my best experience punishments, suspension et all. Good thing is we got to reconnect and I'm so happy I didn't let a busy schedule get in the way.









Fisayo making it rain on his wife. Standard!

Laitan, she was the chief planner. Calling everyone and making sure things were going right. We had to wait a while for Shade's makeup artist who chose to come in on the day of the ceremony rather than the night before. I so didn't envy the lady at all. Her phone was ringing 20calls/sec and we were all waiting on her at da door (see what I did there...)

Deola, Funmi and Bimbo

Noni and I. Somehow we were always roommates every session. Corner mates towards the end.


Eniola, me, Bimbo, Laitan, Deola, Funmi, Motunrayo, Lawunmi(shade's friend from uni) and another family friend. This was still the beginning when things were sane. I really did over-eat and over drink. Cool story. Have you ever been to owambes and there was a particular table that kept getting all the best food and drinks and party favors, People on this kind of table were usually the ones everyone thought were running the show, that was us at this wedding. The height was when this guy came over to whisper that they wanted something on their table and the caterers said they needed permission from us and we were like woahhhhhh!!!! I swear we had so much fun!!! Ibadan was litt!

  Funmi


Motunrayo and Funmi

Funmi, half of Bimbo's face and I.

Just before heading out, Funmi and I found this corridor in the hotel with great lighting. 







My aso was made by Design for Love DFL. The Ankara/wooden box clutch I got from same designer a while back, shoes are from Asos and earrings from my April by Kunbi's accessory line.

Have a lovely week! Xoxo



Thursday, 27 August 2015

WHO ARE YOU?

This is not a religious blog but I'm Christian so sometimes I will talk about some certain things. There are times I feel like it's a little difficult to live in a worldly fashion and still be religious.

I was at Mass not too long ago and the Priest started his homily with the part where Jesus asked his disciples "who do people say I am" he went on to explain that Jesus was interested in knowing how people perceived him. (I think there was a part where he was more interested in what his guys believed so he asked who do 'you' say I am. But this is me digressing) 

Anyway back to the homily, he went on to explain how it is important to make sure people see us in a good light and how we should live examplary lives etc. This got me thinking. In the world today, you hear people say stuff like *i don't care what the world thinks of me as long as I know me* or "zero f**** for your opinion" and so on.. Truth is, it is really difficult to be a good person to everyone or for your life to be examplary in these times. People are difficult to please generally. Moreso, I  find that as we go through life we are perceived differently by different people. Most times, the attitude we give off by default stems from how a person treats us. It's an action-reaction cycle. From little things to big things. For instance if two incompatible people get into a relationship and breakup, one of the partners might describe the other as stubborn, inconsiderate etc. However in a whole other relationship where both parties are compatible, same person could be described as warm, caring etc.

To a lazy colleague, you may be described as a pain in the a*** perfectionist, nagging human being and so on.

I have this cousin, my mum's cousin actually, he was always that one person my parents made an example of. He went to public primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, university here as well, and he always came out top of his class. He became a Dr of one of the sciences and actually got a job as a lecturer in the same university he went to, got married, had kids all before turning 28! To us he was just out of this world amazing but one day I was speaking to a friend who was in his department and i said "hey I'm sure you know my cousin, he may be one of your lecturers" and her description of him was crazy horrible. She went "that silly randy guy very wicked and stupid human" apparently he had been eyeing her friend in the same class and was giving her a hard time with school work. I couldn't believe it and nothing I said in his defense meant anything to her. He was a slimy human who didn't care about the sacrament of marriage or anything close to it.


Anyway I don't know if that was a good enough example of what I'm trying to express. Thing is ultimately, it is a bit of a struggle being concerned about how people speak of you but then again the holy book says you should care. In practical it is hard. So what do you do?

Personally I used to care but these days, I can't even honestly tell you one person I care for their opinion of me and that's the truth. However I find that  'I' do care about giving off an irresponsible vibe more than anything, So I try not to be late for meetings and shoots or give silly excuses when I'm not able to complete a task before a deadline. I care about how I look when I go out ( not everytime though sometimes I take 'off days) cos I find I can't stand people who manage to look bad all the time. I care about wasting time on irrelevant things. 

I notice there's a lot of 'I care about how I' in my life and lately I've been trying to change things and see things from other people's eyes. Family and friends of course and maybe later, the world but I can't promise that.

Speaking of what people think, how do you see my tie-dye heart strings jumpsuit below. Lol.

It is from Republic of Foreigner ROF and off their Fall 2013 collection. 

These photos were taken backstage guest presenting on Spice Tv's 'Spice Most' it's on Dstv Ch 192. The show is basically about Fashion Insiders giving their 2 cents on a topic of the day. This episode was Most stylish black/African icons and the trends that they set. 







Blog again soon Xoxo!

PS: Empire is back in a few weeks. I really don't know how excited I am for it. I feel like Power knocked it out of the race. There was really no need to ever compare the two shows. Have you been following Power? Honestly Jamie and Angie deserve an award for onscreen chemistry. The way she calls Ghost alone deserves a special award. "Jamieeeee" that girl is too sexual biko, Tasha needs to take several seats and appreciate.. I kid! Those two are just despicable lol.