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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS

Hi there,

Hope your week is going great. Fuel scarcity has been a pain in my neck. I don't know how we are supposed to cope. Now I'm hearing there is another union strike. Well I guess the upside is that there will be less traffic in the city of Lagos. The Lord knows it's grueling.

This past weekend I was lucky to have petrol so as usual I had my Sunday shenanigans with a little work in between plus my mum was stuck with me. Had to drive her to a hospital appointment early morning and I begged her to stay with me the whole day. I never get time to just chill with my mum so I wanted to seize the opportunity.  We went to mass together and usually after mass I just say a very short prayer at the blessed sacrament committing my week to God and just scram. 

You won't believe my mum made me wait behind for the Rosary I was like oh damn! I have to admit as a catholic I don't really pray my rosary I guess it's cos I said my rosary everyday as a child from going to block rosary crusade everyday and being a Legionary. I got to boarding school and it was like Who gon check me (insert Kevin Hart voice). It was a good thing tho cos afterwards I felt so much better. More like spirit filled and I think I'll start waiting behind. Make it a habit again.

Anyway afterwards we went to destroy our invisible abs at brunch. She was not in the mood for pictures. According to her she was just supposed to go take a blood test and I set her up for an outing didn't tell her to do her hair. She's still cute though.  My mum is seriously the sweetest and the best person I know. She has MS but she tries not to let it take over her life and I'm just happy to have her. 




Chilled out by the pool for a bit. Slept off the food a little

Then I had to go to the House of Marie Event. 



Here I'm wearing a smock from Nigerian label Grey.

They were launching their Diffusion Line 'Anne Marie' at Stranger in Lekki Phase 1. 

The collection named 'Urban Struggle' featured a signature print depicting the Lagos Hustle. There were interesting cut-outs, loose tailoring and a structured jacket here and there. Fabric choices were mostly soft silk and velvet. The collection was amazing I tried on two looks and settled for the skort and jacket look even though I would rather have the entire collection but my budget isn't set up like Ulyana Sergeenko's.








Customers shopping. If you've been to events at Stranger you know it's usually dark inside so apologies for not so clear images.


House of Marie Creative director Joan Ibuzo with a client wearing a piece from the current House of Marie collection.


Later that evening it rained heavily and we got into traffic trying to get back home. Usually I get sleepy in night time traffic but my mum had enough gist. Was an amazing weekend!

What did you get up to. Feel free to share. 

Cheers. Xoxo!

You can purchase pieces from the diffusion line at Stranger. 3 Hakeen Dickson street lekki phase 1 or via the website houseofmarie.com.ng phone +2348082268640. 


Sunday, 3 May 2015

DESIGNERS TO KNOW: BIBIRE

Hi guys, 

Hope your weekend went great. No scratch that. If your weekend went great I'm actually jealous of you. This was one hellish weekend. Public holiday notwithstanding.

I mean....there is no petrol, no light and to add to that the heat is insane. For how many hours in the day can you and your neighbours run your generators before everyone goes crazy with the noise and where will the petrol even come from? 

To add to all this I had personal issues of my own which included car trouble a simple few hours alternator change turned into a two day job which is still not done but I'm seriously hoping to get sorted. Cabs in Lagos are about 4k per destination and my week is pretty packed.The horror!! 

Anyway my weekend may have not been perfect but my outfit was!!

Wearing this faux pearl detail crop top and flute hem skirt from Bibire. I love love them and own a couple of pieces from the label which I may have posted in the past and others yet to post. 

This I fell in love with at first sight. It will be getting a lot of wear for sure and styled separately too!







Wish you all a sane week ahead. Xoxo!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

SUNDAY MOVEMENT

So the other day I was minding my business being a grub at brunch when I heard what has become my favourite word/ phrase so far.  "The movement"

I wouldn't say I was eavesdropping no.  They were sat right beside me and loud enough to be in my ears the whole time.

These guys walk in, One of them had these huge bright roaming eyes. You know those people you can tell are hyperactive at first glance. He goes... (While doing a 360 head turn) This is the movement right? His friend is like ermmm.... And he goes I mean this is where everyone comes to guy. I just saw senator xy and his family. Ambassador xy too. You know he's my uncle na. 

I swear I almost burst out laughing. Just cos these kind of people crack me up and I've met with and worked with a couple. They know everyone, every politician is their Aunty, uncle or godfather. They love to name drop and are just...... I don't know. It is actually hilarious.  I once knew this chic who knew everybody!! Everytime there was a plane crash she would have like 10 Auntys and 20 uncles on the flight just to feel important. I don't get it. 

Ladies and gentlemen it's ok if you admit you've only met someone once in your life and they don't have to be your Aunty. 

Yes I understand that in some circles you are required to kiss ass and I have met several people on a professional level who insist you call them Aunty or uncle (I find it ridiculous though) but its a thing especially in Lagos but I digress.. Anyway back to my gist. This guy doesn't stop looking around and talking and acknowledging the presence of everyone those he knew and didn't quite know. At some point he tried to strike up a conversation with me but at that point I already found him too hilarious to take him seriously. In my head I'm like busy body... Errr nope!!

But at least he gave me a new fav word. I've added Sunday to mine tho cos quite frankly it is the only day in the week to literally enjoy movement in Lagos given the horrific horrific traffic situation. 

So what's your Sunday Movement? Mine usually starts after mass and usually includes trips to get ice cream , movies, Brunch or visits to friends. That last part might not be entirely true tho as it happens once in a while I mostly spend my Sundays grubbing and faffing around that is when I'm not working though. Although this Sunday I plan to go see my friend who had a baby so yeah!


 Last Sunday I did brunch at Sofitel Moorehouse Ikoyi(not pictured) I have to say it was very average and I wouldn't really bother with it in a while. 

These photos are from 2sundays ago at the Sounthern Sun same day as the story that inspired this title.

They had these spicy prawns and basmati rice which I enjoyed so much i had it at the beginning when I was so hungry and not thinking about pictures if you know what I mean.


You have to try the French toast on the left It was out of this world.  The fish in batter top right wasn't bad either. I always have to have chilli can't inagine not. I have to confess tho, I'm a grub at buffets but that's the whole point.


Excuse the splatter. The yoghurt was bomb.


See I didn't wanna post this photo. All I can say is Lord forgive me.

Outfit ( last Sunday's movement. Lmao) - Eve and tribe.
Shoes-Biddy's Mondo.



Photo credit- Ozy Agu

Have a great week! Xoxo!


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Boobs and Denim

I've never understood why a lot of women want big breasts. The worry with push up bras or anything that makes it look so tedious to be a woman. 

I like flat chest and I always say it and not because I'm small but it's just so easy. You'll never be able to explain to a busty person how you can unbutton your shirt three steps down and still not look trashy. 

When I see bare chested A-cup models on the runway I'm like this could be me if I was really perikish you know sigh. Recently I was doing a wardrobe audit from my clothes, jewellery down to shoes. Anyway when I got to my undies. I found this bra that had been sitting there unworn for quite a while. I never paid it any attention cos it was my only bra that wasn't padded. I thought it just didn't add. But Over the years i have gotten frustrated with bras however I haven't gotten bold enough to do without. 

Every other day I take it off in the car before even making it home. Bras are pointless to be honest. Back to my old paddles bra. It does have the metal underneath though. I tried it on and it felt so fuss free. I went out with it, my shirt closed easily and by midday I didn't feel like yanking it off. It didn't give that push up effect but who cares or maybe I'm getting old. It was extremely comfy and I'm now contemplating changing all my bras or taking out the padding. Can I get a sigh of relief!!! 

Well this post is not just about my small breasts and my bras. I tried the cropped denim shirt look a few days ago. It's actually a DIY. The shirt I mean. I just cut off a few inches from the bottom and had it hemmed. Unfortunately I don't have before photos as I hadn't planned on doing a post about the process but it's pretty easy. Paired it with my dependable boyfriend jeans btw death to skinny jeans. The struggle! Still love them tho but definitely not for everyday wear.



   Taking pics like "stand over there. This is my good side" 


Cheers and happy election weekend. I shall be sleeping the day away.
Xoxo.

Denim shirt-vintage
Jeans-Mr Price
Bag- H&M
Shoes- Next

Sunday, 29 March 2015

BEING.

For lack of a catchy title.

I really like Mara Brock Akil, one because she makes sure to give her lead characters really nice houses. Incase you don't know Mara is the creator of Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane. Secondly because her shows mirror what most of us go through. I mean women no single women to be clearer.

I have a love hate relationship with Being Mary Jane. There are times when I'm legit sad out of my mind for Mj. The desperation, I would probably never go to the extremes she has gone but at some point you start to think and try to rationalize her decisions.  Things like stealing David's sperm in season 1 or even deciding to have a baby by him again in season 2 while he was expecting with another woman are down right cray but but... Understand why she did it.. Truth is not everyone will end up married or coupled up in the end and I guess it was about facing the reality of an eternal single life. Scary right but she did want to have kids. Do I think David was the right guy? Is anything ever black or white these days?  She wanted someone she could feel close to at least to a certain extent. The familiar I guess. If you watch the show, you know it didn't work out. The whole egg freezing process, not being able to get pregnant it was too painful to watch I almost had a drink on her behalf. 

Other times I'm rooting for her, happy for her actually, no more hopeful. This Sheldon guy seems like he will bring excitement to Mj's life but do you ever think when you see a single guy who's 'older' that something might be seriously wrong with him, l know I do. I'm actually terrified of these kind of guys reason is they are insanely interesting appear mature but there's always that cuckoo crazy factor underneath. I don't know. I would say proceed with caution. Lol. 

Like why you single especially in Lagos like something must be wrong with you. Maybe you only eat raw meat laced with ugba water or some crazy shit like that. It might be a little unfair to judge tho cos one can say the same for me too. But I promise I'm not weird or anything like that. 

Mj's life is great. I mean she's successful and hella pretty but her life is scary and what is even scarier is that it's real. There are times I think this might be me years down the line. I don't know...  I don't accept that I will be single and miserable but I don't completely rule it out given the way 'Life' seems to have a mind of its own.

Anyway this Sheldon guy, I think I like him and the possibilities this relationship could hold for Mj I'm not hoping for Cukoo crazy because that will leave her even more twisted. Who knows? Fingers crossed. 

Took this photos sometime ago. Feeling for military action or something. Anyway enjoy.





Have a fantastic week. 

Ps- So grateful to be Nigerian this very moment alas there is hope. Plus the Election drama/entertainment was EPIC!!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

STYLING DIARY: THE OKOYE'S FOR MOTHERHOOD IN-STYLE APRIL ISSUE

Just wanted to share these photos from the April cover of Motherhood In-style featuring Lola Omotayo Okoye and her family. 

When it came to styling I really wanted to show the bond between a family, the idea that kept playing in my head after getting off the first phone call with the editor of the magazine was togetherness, intimacy, pure love and fun. Hence the themed looks and colour choices.

There are more photos but you'll have to buy the issue to see the rest. *tongue out*  


Lola in Iamisigo shirt dress and necklace from Ariaba. Peter's outfit from Ennzo lagos and the kids looks from Ruff n Tumble




Lola in St Genevieve high waist tailored pants
Ariaba necklace
 Shoes from Shoe Lounge  
Denim shirt from my styling closet

Peter wears The 'Lagos urban and fresh' tee from Lagos Laid Bac LLB 
Denim shirt and Jeans from Ennzo 


had so much fun styling the shoot. Lola is so beautiful in person like you have no idea, she is gorgeous! Peter was also great. Fantastic family to work with and not as much fuss as I had expected. The kids were surprisingly very easy. I've worked with kids in the past and I came with extra energy but then again I was surprised how easy it went. 

Their older son Cameron was a delight giving us pose after pose ha! Aliona had to be bribed with lots of candy. She could also sing Eje ajo the P Square song. I thought that was very cute. All the children's outfits were provided by Ruff n Tumble.

Kelechi Amadi Obi was on photography. There were many dashes up and down the floors of Eko Signature where wardrobe was set up and sprinting across to Eko hotel for pictures but I'm always secretly grateful for the hidden workouts that come with some shoots

Thank you to Pauline Rumm the editor, the Motherhood In-style team and my lovely right hand ladies (my assistants) Zeenat Ali and Ijeoma Okonkwo for an awesome shoot. 

Xoxo.

Have a fantastic week and please ask your vendor for Motherhood!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

NEW CLASSICS: THE OVERSIZED MENS' SHIRT

I kind of comtemplated this title a bit just because I know there are people that may not agree, however there are so many elements of this look that work in Favour as this style being a classic.

Things like comfort and neutrality are basic elements that make for a staple piece. The fact that it can be dressed up or dressed down, styled in a glamorous fashion, worn formally to the office, around the house on a lazy weekend is quite interesting.

So I know when people talk about a white shirt as being a wardrobe staple, it's mostly about a women's shirt and that works too but you won't be getting the same effortless, I can pull off anything look. 

Some people may be a little hesitant wearing something so oversized seeing as if worn wrongly you can actually look like you're not wearing your own clothes which is not the aim. I have to confess though, I read one time, can't remember where that wearing oversized clothes is actually a trick to make you look skinnier and the likes of Rachel Zoe, blogger Haute Pursuit, Nicole Richie and Karla Deras of Karla's Closet have proved this times without number.

Style tip: when wearing pieces meant for him, always keep it androgynous. So for instance if you wanted a chic look, add a pencil skirt or maybe some heels. If you however like to be more tomboy with a pair of sneakers, make sure to add feminine elements like well groomed hair, a nice pair of earrings or a chic neckpiece.

Here I was going for sleek and chic but with a little street via the big ass chain. What is it they call it sophisti-ratchet. Lol. Enjoy.









I also found some cooler ways to wear the staple.


Karla Deras. I'm definitely trying this soon. Just working on getting my thighs skinny


           Bogger, Style by Yellow Button


Model Seyi Adetayo wearing a look from Toju Foyeh which I styled last year.



Kourtney Kardashian


           Sharon Stone


                  Rihanna

Xoxo. Lots of love and happy experimenting!