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Saturday, 31 December 2016

YEAR END SHENANIGANS AND RANDOMS

I believe i had a perfectly well thought out post for you guys on my morning run today. In my head that is! I do hope i can put it all together here.

Two nights ago, I attended the launch of Jacqui James, a UK based bridal and bespoke label at the Sakura Restaurant in VI. It was a fashion/private dinner for Editors and stylists to get to meet the designer, have a look at the pieces up-close and generally get familiar. I had a great time. the food was great and the company even greater. High point of the evening for me was getting dressed in this Belois Couture pom-pom blouse.
Out tonight for the @jacquijames fashion dinner. Had such a great time! Wearing my darling @beloiscouture




So I broke one of my 'things never to try' Sushi and It happened in a whim. Luckily it tasted quite nice. I'm a little worried about breaking this rule tho. Does this mean I will look at cigarette someday? Nah.... My lungs too precious!


The internet is filled with best of 2016 this and that! there's a recap of everything. Guys do you ever feel the internet can be overwhelming? i think i might actually try to spend less time online. Key word being try. Instagram is sooooo addictive!

Speaking of things that are addictive, i find my work to be one. I've never hidden the fact that i love what i do, occupational hazards et al. one Aunty i shot with recently threw a top at me. i really did feel like slapping her but i guess Jesus won that day. Not going to go into the details so dont ask lol. 

There's a lot of drama when you're in the industry that i am. Ah yes. Another Aunty almost threw a feat cos i started a msg with 'Hi'. Notice how i keep using the word 'Aunty' I don't get it guys and pls comment if its just me. And this is not even because i don't look my age. Most people assume  i'm younger.  

Personally i don't mind if people who are younger than i am, address me by my name. For goodness sake its 'My name' but apparently a lot of Nigerian women mind. and i'm not even talking those in the Mummy age group. I'm talking 40 somethings. Why do you think you're that old?? Beats me really!

You know i had an assistant not too long ago who n the first few weeks referred to me as 'Ma'. I was legit stressed out by it. Wasn't sure if to cry or just remain stunned. Had to grab a mirror and examine my lines and pores for some days. I did set her straight in a sweet way tho and she explained that it's because she's Yoruba and 'respect' is a huge part of their culture. "To which i replied Zeenat you can just call me Ifeoma. its cool" and really it is cool. the only people i enjoy hearing 'Aunty' from. is my loving niece and all my other baby/younger cousins and that's because i find the term so endearing. Everybody else not related to me i dont want!

Anyway back to the job. The Genevieve magazine fashion Issue in September remains my favourite. I'm so in love with it simply because i not only styled but because the idea was mine from choosing a cover girl, idea, execution etc. The Genevieve editorial team have my eternal thanks for this as they really did let me do my thing. Lakin Ogunbanwo was just the absolute rock-star photographer. 


All the other issues were great of course. Currently crushing on the December issue with Yvonne Jegede. Hope you guys are reading. i was featured in the October issue. i will post a PDF to the blog soon. Ah yes Kate Henshaw's fitness cover was lovely as well. You can find these on genevieveng.com

Speaking of fitness, this guy at my gym the other day was gisting us about an ex-girlfriend who still makes him feel special. He's married by the way. According to him, this babe just calls him from time to time to ask how he's doing without making demands so he decided to reward her, he would send her N20k every month. I responded with a sarcastic laughter and next thing he says i'm jealous cos i don't have any man crediting my acct every month. i wasn't  upset tho cos this guy doesn't really know me outside our workouts. I realise i'm quite the underdog at the gym. i'm petite, never have any makeup on. i don't drive to the gym  as i prefer to jog the considerable distance from home. I can understand why he would think i was poor. You have to be thinking the Nigerian way to understand this. 

I think he was really hurt cos asides laughing i told him to rather deposit it in any of his kids' trust funds rather than waste it on an ex-gf who probably has other ex-bfs that she 'randomly' checks up on and makes feel special. Lol. I also did mention i could pay the ex monthly in my dreams without batting an eyelid. (My mouth sef). You do see how this would annoy a garrulous Igbo man right? I swear i'm still rolling.

How are you spending the last day of 2016? I had a perfectly good plan to go out have a few drinks and really dance the night away but somewhere along the day i decided binge watching Queen of the South would be a better idea.

Have fun out there and Happy New year loves.


Later!




Sunday, 25 September 2016

STRIPES AND CULOTTES

Hi guys,

Hope you're great. Just wanted to share a quick post and say I'm still here and i'm doing great. life is good and we thank God for his mercies and grace even though we cant all deny that we are facing a terrible recession this side of the globe. We will survive.

Wore this to work the other day and i have to say i was quite pleased with this look.




Culottes and jacket- H&M
Bridget Bag by DOT ( they are named after me Bridget is my middle name hehe)
Shoes- Zara

xoxo

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.