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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

SOMETHING OLD VS SOMETHING NEW

Probably written this post like a gazillion times in my head before. Does that happen to anyone, mentally doing something without actually doing it..lol.

Working very hard on sticking to what I say I'm going to do. Traffic gets the best of me in Lagos, work plus so many other distractions too, but life's still good.

Hope you've had an amazing week so far. I love love this tshirt by Kingdom Tees. (Something New).

 It was part of the front row goodie bags at the last Lagos Fashion and Design Week. I was so pleased to get one in a good size for me. Funny I didn't wear it for quite a while,but since pairing it with this skirt I have worn it so many other times not pictured.

The Skirt and Purse (Something Old) belonged to my mum and my great grand mum respectively. Purse is still one of the most loved pieces in my closet.

The sneakers (Something New) I picked up from the Bershka store my last holiday. 

My pictures I try to keep as pedestrian as possible. So I don't do professional pics or retouching. Maybe someday, who knows! but for now...






Xoxo

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

SIZE MATTERS

There was a time in my life when I seemed to always be the tallest/ biggest among my mates. It was very shortlived though cos I think it ended like Js1. Back in primary school all through my time there, I  was always last in line at assembly cos I was 'tall'. Made to sit at the back in  class cos short people needed to be in front. I was even taller than my elder brother who's a year older. Then like a flash, the witches in my village conspired and I stopped growing. Like literally stopped and I noticed it. I tried to eat beans every night with my dad but no luck. The sheer heart break watching my brother just grow taller and taller while I remained stunted. *sigh* anyway all fingers are not the same.

Fast forward to a few years ago. I had to help my brother do some major work on a car so I found this guy who was supposed to be better than a regular roadside mechanic. He ended up being worse and I needed the money back. It was a lot. Hundreds of thousands and the guy was being an a**hole. So I called up a male friend who I knew could help. We all need a Tony Soprano in our lives. For some it could be their very quiet but deadly brother, a crazy friend, custom agent mum, soldier uncle etc. One way or the other they come through for us when we get bullied in real life not all this social media bullying B.S

Anyway after the brouhaha and we recovered the money, my friend made a very funny comment. He goes "but Ifeoma you know somebody of your size doesn't need to deal with mechanics. They will always cheat you. Look at you" I was just like dude!! Did I believe him? Yes and no. But Yes to a certain extent. In this part of the world the huge fat man is seen to be more powerful/richer/stronger than a skinny dude in jeans and tshirt. In church ushers will give more respect to a robust Woman in a flamboyant gele than to a skinny sister in a wrap dress. It's the way of the world. One time on tv I think it was on the show crime fighters. This guy got caught for fooling people into believing he was a senior military officer. He was huge and dark, who would've thought to doubt him if he never got caught? lol.

Do you think a person's size matters?

Anyway fashion these days doesn't seem to care so much about size. Here I'm wearing my go-to/one nation bf jeans and oversized mens' tunic/buba by JZO. Read the brand's feature on Elle South Africa here http://www.elle.co.za/introducing-jzo/ and you can follow them on Instagram @jzofashion




Purse: Aldo 
Shoes: TNL
Lipstick: Mac Ruby Woo
Cheers and may the rest of your week be amazing. Xoxo!



Monday, 22 June 2015

SHADE'S SHOWER!!

Been ill for the past four days. Malaria  There's this weird thing whenever I'm ill I try to imagine the exact time/point that the illness leaves my body like the last trace. Sometimes i get it other times not quite.  Don't ask me why it's just a thing. 

If I'm ever confused or not sure I have malaria, when the nightmares start I know for sure. I often wonder why they don't list that as a symptom seeing as  it happens to me all the time and I'm sure I'm not the only one or that would be strange. 

In the last four days I've had over 8 bad dreams. Three of which I remembered clearly till this afternoon when the nightmares stopped and I had a Sweet Ghost dream. I mean Ghost from Power. Damn that dude is fine af. God forgive me but I might just go to sleep again. Angela Valdez is having a blast. If you don't watch Power you're probably lost so guy I'm talking about is Omari Hardwick. Ok you get it now.  Anyway point of the story is that's how I know Malaria has now left my body. Nightmares have been replaced by *cough*

Pls don't even preach here. Thanks. 

On Sunday, I took a break from my sick bed, put on some makeup and a tight dress to BLD by Play in Lekki to attend my friend Shade's bridal shower. It was a blast because we are friends from secondary school and you know how it is when old friends get back together. The nostalgia was too real. Going to boarding school in FGGC Sagamu was possibly one of the happiest periods of my life wicked seniors et all cos. I became a senior and I'm not sure if I was all nice. Anyway judge not. 

It's been a long time we left secondary school 15yrs so we had to meet her other friends. Those from Uni and those from work etc and that was fun, everyone spoke about how they met the bride and how they became friends with her. My friends did not/have not changed one bit and I realised it during the how well do you know the bride game. Those that used to dub still dubbed and I really felt like throwing a tantrum for not winning any prize. I was screaming it's not fair!! But I quickly checked myself.  Damn people don't change much.lol. I was so happy I attended as I almost did not cos I really felt weak. But I guess you can't tell from pictures. Thanks to science.



       


Clockwise- Ajala, Laitan and Shade. They were the organizers and had to make sure Sade never suspected a thing till that day. She thought she was coming to a Father's Day party for another friend's husband. Lol. Seriously. Never heard of anyone who threw a Father's Day party.


        Keke, Shade's friend from work arguing about not getting some answers about the bride right. 

Games time! Bimbo, light skin girl on the left has had her face exactly the same say since secondary school I'm not kidding. Always the same tight ponytail and wind in a tunnel face. No jokes. She'll probably be the same way when she's 70.



       We were laughing so hard tho.

Bumped into my friend Omon who came to brunch at the restaurant too. We snuck away for a mirror selfie cos she found a mirror somewhere in the back and couldn't resist. Omon is the creative director of Belois Couture. She won the Multichoice Fashion Protege and is an awesome designer.



Have a blessed week Xoxo.





Tuesday, 16 June 2015

RAW STUFF, LOVE TRIANGLES AND FASHION

Ok. Not the raw some of you dirty minds have...But yeah there was a time I thought I could never eat my salad sans cream like what am I a cow? I always assumed the compensation for having to eat raw vegetables was the generous cream dressing. Fast forward to my fitfam obsession nothing is off limits as long as it promises to fight my fat I will grind away like a damn herbivore.The other day I blended my salad into a smoothie and drank it. Me of all people I used to be such a sweet tooth. Truth is at the end of the day it's not that ridiculous or cringe worthy. As a matter of fact I have actually started enjoying it. What is crazy tho is I convinced my mum to try it too. My mum is Naija old school where milo = tea, salads should be lathered with Heinz cream etc She don't got time for wholistic shit. She will eat semo at 10pm like it's normal. So imagine my surprise when I offered her a no cream bowl of salad and she said sure! The world may be coming to an end.



This past weekend on Nigerian social media was rife with cheating tales. Dear Men can we never win with you? *sigh. I really felt bad for Toke Makinwa just because as a fellow woman and someone who has been there personally hell almost every female I know has at least one time been involved in a web of relationship lies/ woes. Deny and let Amadioha strike you. Lol. We can joke about it but it's quite hurtful especially when the whole world makes it their business too. *cringe! 

Let me say this yeah, In this life for whatever reason we are attracted to a beautiful picture. We love love, we all want to be seen as stable, want our relationships with the opposite sex to be sincere etc. we are so hell bent on a picture that often times, we subconsciously place people on a pedestal that they do not deserve and fail to see reality even when it's knocking us on the head. So for instance you have a boo who uses "I" all the time but you prefer to use "we" and then you go ahead and think you're in a relationship? Well maybe with yourself. 



Then there's the very common one. The ones that never pick up the phone to call. Excuse me? Who is he calling, is he busier than the president? These are regular red flags. Then you graduate to those men that seem to have drama around them either a baby mama, an ex they tell you is a clingy or someone that won't let them be. Lies lies lies!

 If this is you pls just pour a bucket of cold water on your head and wake up! Truth is and I'm talking from experiencing both sides. A guy that is thinking of you WILL call you and you'll even loose count of how many times a day or week. C'est fini.  A man that is serious will definitely not let you into his baby mama drama, crazy ex bullocks. If you ignore all this signs, then you're setting yourself up to be embarrassed in the future. And there are cases where it all checks out fine but one way or the other he still embarrasses you. It's still ok. The devil finds a way to use people sometimes. Especially them. Personally I always say Men will be men. Just pick a lesser evil and one you can live with.

The one I find most ridiculous is when women feel like they won a kind of race. Like he picked me over all the hoes. You are not an option! It's ridiculous. Men truly need to do better. I had this one ex who at a time, everything that came out of his mouth was just lies upon lies. My god. I can laugh now but it definitely wasn't funny then. It's like I blinked and I was caught up in a love triangle where after every 12 hours my position rotated from boo, to ex-boo then to 'I choose you boo' and the cycle went on and on. Of course there was the story of the other female being "clingy" and "crazy". I'm sure the same was being said about me too. In situations like this I think the best thing to do which I did eventually is to put your emotions aside, analyse your situation, remember your upbringing and save yourself. 



Cool story... so that period yeah I saw online where one of us dedicated a song I really liked to this fellow and I was so pained and for years everytime I listened to the CD I would skip the song. Fast forward to few years ago I was about skipping the song in my car when I said...you know what ...I really like this song. I'm not going to skip it and then weird I know but I just started laughing hysterically like  stupid girl almost ruined a BeyoncĂ© song for me. Lmao. Shiiiiiiiii.

 I don't know if this helps anyone but one of the easiest ways to heal for me is radio silence and it helped me that period. I'm talking a bunch of missed calls, text msgs, bb msgs and all was met with radio silence then it would go to insults and I'll just laugh like even if you insult my mother It would still be radio silence. Of course there were times when I was bugged into a response but I made sure it never lead back to constant communication. 

Yes onto some fashion. At the just concluded Graduate Fashion week in the UK early this month I was really impressed with the work of Yasmeen Uddin from xxxxx university. I followed as many of the shows as I could online and there were so many great talents. The theme for Yasmeen's collection was 'who are you wearing' It featured exaggerated images of famous fashion faces from Grace Jones to Anna Wintour on loosely tailored silhouettes.  Loved loved every single piece!


                     Rick Owens

                       Coco Chanel

                     Grace Jones

                       Twiggy

                      Anna Wintour

                    Iris Afpel

Ps: my blog is a personal blog and I love to do random posts and outfit posts. However I will post my work from time to time. But feel free to peep a few on my Instagram @hyperfashun. Mention me and I'll love to follow you right back.

Xoxo.










Wednesday, 27 May 2015

FRAGRANCE REVIEW: GIORGIO ARMANI Si

Shouldn't you do a review when you just get a product or at least not too long after? Well I guess that's the beauty of your own blog. 

Straight to the point, the perfume is the truth, like the ultimate truth. I first came in contact with it at the Launch by Essenza here in Lagos. I had gone to the mall (palms lekki) and I couldn't help but wonder why the whole place smelled so heavenly. I thought is the president visiting? but traffic outside said otherwise. Anyway they had their sales reps at different areas of the mall, spraying the scent all over the place and letting customers try out. It was those I have to have it ones. No doubt! 

Si is Italian for Yes. Simple word but very inspirational. So it can be yes to anything. Yes to a good life, yes to dressing well, yes to great relationships etc. the perfume was launched in 2013 so it's obviously intended for the modern woman, it's supposed to invoke sophistication and class hence the choice of Cate Blanchett as the face. Can up you think up anyone more distinguished and  classy? 

The Notes you can expect are blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre, and blond wood musk with touches of freesia and May rose. At first it's intense but not too strong or choking but then it lingers softly I'm talking over 24 hours here. 

If you use or have used this fragrance you have to agree with me that there are no in-betweens (unlike another I tried sometime ago and can't seem to decide what pushed me) you either love it or I don't know....maybe you can't be pleased.



I've had mine for about 8 months or so. I use it all the time as can be seen. I will definitely purchase another bottle.

Ps- I'm always looking to try new stuff. Which is/are your favs. Share the secret!

Toodles!

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!