Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Best

Trying to get back to those days when Sundays after mass were my happiest moments. Today's homily was about leniency. I'm not a preacher but I just had to share. In the Parable of the sower, Matthew 13:25-43 if my short term memory will let me be great, Christ explains how the reapers (his angels) will come at the time of harvest (end of the world ) to  separate the wheat from the weed.

 He explains that it is not in our place to judge rather the church should be accepting of everyone and we should all wait for the end. He concludes with "he who has ears let him hear" and that's the part that stuck for me. Cheers! 


      Photo credit- Mum

Blouse is a gift from someone I started to admire way back when I was in Uni, Remi Lagos. God rest her soul. Have a fruitful week.

Friday, 4 July 2014

STYLE INSPIRATION

Not just style, but beauty too. This woman is  everything.

Russian designer and queen of personal style Ulyana Sergeenko in Ulyana Sergeenko SS 14


Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK

So it's like the whole fashionosphere blinked and white appeared everywhere. I'm not complaining. The trend is smoking hot and so cool and calm at the same time. Personally, I love the contrast against my brown skin. It's perfect.

Even for shoes, they basically go with everything. It's like before when your mum says hay! Let's go to church, and you grab your black shoe, market, black shoe, get together black shoe. Now white has taken over. No?

Sleek ways to wear the trend

                           Mel B

                                       Blkkangaroo tees

                                  Outfit from @ChuweeandPlummy 

                             Solange 

                                      Rihanna


         Rebahia Diffusion line Wild Magnolia





Tuesday, 1 July 2014

WORK WEEKEND FOR CHUWEE AND PLUMMY

Hiya,

Hope your week is going great so far. It's a very rainy day in lagos today and if you're stuck in traffic or out at the moment. Just be safe. Your reward is in heaven.

So over the weekend I had to make a trip to the Capital to do a shoot for my Client's boutique. (Capital has a nice ring to it. No?) basically I spent my weekend in Abuja doing what I do best styling.The boutique is Chuwee&Plummy C&P it's at no 6 Abubakar Koko crescent off maitama sule, Asokoro. I'm the PR girl for the store as well so if you're in Abuja be sure to head over and you can get a discount if you mention I sent you. The store carries both high street and  luxury brands as well as a few Nigerian brands. I've been working on getting more in as I'm all about buying Nigerian so yeah if you're a designer and happen to read this you can get at me too. We are doing rent free too. For now we have Sunny Rose, Dot Accessories, Yon Seno, Sashes Couture and T Daniels and Malinne bridal, the bridal section.


                                        Store front

We'll be launching the e-commerce site any minute now http://candpnigeria.com So you can buy from anywhere. There will be a mega sale soon too so be on the lookout and feel free to contact me for any info you need. For now you can always follow the boutique via
twitter & Instagram (same handle): chuweeandplummy
Facebook: Chuwee&Plummy

I flew Dana air to and fro. Yeah I know. I panicked as well but I heard their services had improved greatly after the crash so I was calm and the comfort food I had while waiting to board was a bit more help. Through out last week I was on a liquid diet so I couldn't eat much but like I said I was a little nervous.the yoghurt is the only other thing I had all through the weekend as well and one sandwich.




Did the liquid diet work? Well I can't tell maybe a little. I'm too paranoid sorry. And I admit I'm a yo yo dieter. Shame!

Had to pack up in a hurry. I thought I had mastered this act until I realised that evening I had forgotten my tooth brush. I'm very attached to my own toothbrush but oh well. Had to make do with what the hotel provided. I stayed at this place called the Berkshire. Pretty decent.




After landing on Friday, I had to head straight to the store to go through the clothes we'd be shooting. It helps for better organisation and to have a smooth shoot. This lace and fringe dress was speaking to me and luckily it was going to be in the shoot.


Shoot day started off great but I had to switch models at some point cos both models couldn't be available for the whole day. They each did their part though and i hope pictures come out well.
Sneak peak/ BTS

Mirror selfies before the shoot. That is Abuja's most sought after photographer for real. George Okoro.
Models Patricia and Anita doing their thing. I love models that can pose and get the right shot in seconds. I can't coach a model on set ever. It's frustrating and there are always way too many clothes to shoot and no time so I was glad these girls were professional. Thanks to GI model management for going through.



The bridal section doubled as my changing room for the shoot. That's me in the back ground and that's how I am at shoots very hands on. 

(Aso-oke vest- Remi Buttons, shoes-Bronx, bodycon- Only, necklace-opia)

Took a break in between the shoot to change power as phcn is never reliable. This is me completely knackered. We shot a lot of nice pieces. Can't wait for photos to be out so I can share them. 

Left Abj on Sunday morning. I actually planned to stay till Tuesday to see a few friends and truthfully break my liquid diet at this restaurant that always torments me with food pics on Instagram. Anyway I found out one of my friends doesn't like the owner's sister so I changed my mind. 

I'm loyal like that. Lol . 

Hope you have a fantastic week.


Friday, 20 June 2014

WILD MAGNOLIA: THE DIFFUSION LINE FROM RE BAHIA

Hey guys, 

If you haven't seen this yet...stop what you're doing and look! 

Re Bahia just launched a diffusion line. If you've been following the line.. Circle round and let's hold hands. Yay!

Re Bahia is a Nigerian based luxury line created by Orire Omatsola, the brand is best known for its breathtaking designs, intricate details in terms of patterns, custom prints and stripes, crisp tailoring and  practicality. It is a luxury line so therefore some style lovers may not be able to get their hands on the pieces but now thankfully you can do so via the Wild Magnolia line. Affordable but still carries with it the Re Bahia stamp of quality and luxury

Truth is knowing the designer, I'm not surprised at how cool this new line is to be honest. The look book features pieces in cool easy to wear fabric, loose tailoring (perfect for our temperate climate), dip girly prints, complimenting hues. There is also the dip-dyed technique going on.  

The first and last are my personal favourites 

Best part is the pieces are between N5000 and N20000. 

Check on it!














 Credits:

Photography: Danny Baldwin

Model: Anita Jones

Makeup: Esther Appiagye

Hair: Heather Dapaa

For more information on the collection and Re Bahia, please e-mail: rebahiang@gmail.com | Follow on Instagram: @rebahia_ng

Ps- not totally unrelated but I always hear people say Ree-ba-hia. Wont blame anyone cos of how it's spelt, still I always wanna correct. It's Ray-ba-hia


Xoxo







Thursday, 12 June 2014

SUMMER WHITES

I don't really get the idea of people getting all giddy, wanting to go away for summer. I mean I understand if you live in a cold climate, summer of course feels like a release. But like over here... I don't know maybe it's just cos I didn't grow up that way. 

My parents were so obsessed with us doing well in school. Summer holidays were never about holidaying. It was about summer school. You go so that you can get a head start for the next academic year. So that when your mates are back from lounging, you're way ahead. 

My brother and I were always one class apart and we loooooved summer school. He had his reasons and I of course had my own reasons. Very valid ones too. The boys... Imagine being in school and boys are just everywhere in their full glory walking around, even scoping you. Like!... It was magnificent. I went to an only girls school. Boarding school. So you can imagine my joy. 

I never got too carried away though cos the damn school used to give result sheets. Like how evil and sad could their principal have been. I tell people that I never failed once as a teen not an assignment not a test, not a single quiz. I never wanted to find out what my father would do to me. I'm sorry not that adventurous.

Took these photos a few Sundays ago. 




Shoes are from biddysmondo. Loads of very stylish pieces. Pls check them out on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

Xoxo


Monday, 9 June 2014

CHIC IN THE CITY

Hey guys,

Been a minute. Long time no blog. So this post is for young,up-and-coming/working your 1st or 2nd job, mainland to island commute, don't got a car, female. Basically if you're  a chic still in that struggle stage of life. For want of a better title, I'm leaving it as is. 

Being a young girl/chic/fashionista in any city of the world can be tedious but Lagos is ohhh soooo peculiar. The other day I was on my way to a morning meeting and it was rush hour (7-8am), there was the usual slow moving traffic around cms area. I noticed this chic trying to get into a bus and next thing you know an aboki carrying this huge sack just stained this poor girl's crisp clean shirt. I was just like... Are u for real??? I wanted to slap that aboki on her behalf like whattt!!! And then it just took me back.

See eh if your job is close to your home or you have a job that pays you enough not to go through the rigors of the typical 9-5 Lagos nightmare... Just thank your lucky stars. Because it is hell

I have had friends quit their jobs because if this. During our struggle days as we like to refer to it, a friend said to me. "Ifeoma I was in the bus and I looked around me. There was a fish seller, a gala hawker and a noisy preacher and I just said to myself nna eh this is not me" (her job was not in the central business district so there were no commuters like her) as funny as this may sound it really isn't funny. Personally I've had to question my whole life and ask my maker questions like why is life like this.  You wake up early in the morning sleep at 12midnight only to do it all over again. Unruly conductors, traffic, getting robbed  et all.


Is there a way to survive this, well it's hard but tough times call for tougher measures. If this is your situation I guarantee you that if you apply the following measures your life will be a whole lot easier.

1) you know that time of the morning when the sleep is so sweet... Girlllllll you better get up! You can do the rest of the sleep in the bus or on your desk before work starts. It's better you leave home at 5am and you're too early than being late. Busting into the office all sweaty, looking like yo ass was in a molue fight cos trust me by the time Lagos morning traffic finishes dealing with you eh! Oh You've not yet done your makeup?? Shiiii

2) A former colleague once said to me "work no dey finish". You know that thing you do when it's past your closing time and you're still at your desk making sure you finish all you planned to... Stop it from today! Once it's 5pm or whatever your closing time is..make sure you azonto out of that b**** as quickly as you can cos I'm sure you know the amount of traffic awaiting you. You see if we tell ourselves the truth, there are so many things we do during work that's just unnecessary and can wait. Things like social media. I'm sorry but you know you're guilty. You say let me just go on twitter for 5secs and 20mins later, you've ended up on YouTube. Hmnn you're killing yourself o. My last 9-5 was in media but social media was strictly off limits for me until work closes. Except it's  extremely important. Something newsworthy happened or I needed a certain info for an impromptu article asides that ...nada!  I'd rather spend the time being of value to my company coming up with ideas and strategies to make work easier so I can be more valuable because there'll always be that time when you're due for a promotion or you want a raise. What moral justification would you have to ask for anything if all you do is faf around and be on bella naija weddings all day?? I'm not saying that cutting out all these means your to-do list will always be clear at 5pm but it will let your conscience be clear when you're packing up for the day.

3) Try to maintain a health life off work as much as you can. It helps to keep you sane.For instance reading a book on your commute to and fro work is quitee nice. Once a week stay back a little late after work and have a drink or watch a movie with friends. If you're a Lone Ranger that's fine too you can go for a nice cup of ice cream. Just do something fun. Now I wouldn't advise you to go hop in a bus after wards cos you may get robbed pls take a cab. I know it's expensive but your life is worth more andddd you can afford it babe. 

4) Take care of your appearance.The fact that your life is struggle at the moment doesn't mean it has to be written all over your face. Eat healthy and drink lots of water. Things like working out. If you live in a gated community, there's no reason why you can't have a quick run in the morning even a 10min run is fine. I would wake up at 4am so I can get my workout done. I mean you're sitting at your desk all day. It isn't quite healthy. If your area isn't quite safe to go out in the morning, simple jumping jacks, skipping, squats are a nice way to get your heart beating faster.  Pls what is it with some women wearing heels to stomp all over BRT parks I don't understand are you trying to find a toaster at the bustop? First you damage your shoes next, you damage your hips. When you're much older you'll wish you didn't. Pls pls pls find a nice pair of flats or flip flops for walking around in.

5) Always be on the lookout for something better. Get yourself equipped with skills required for that dream job you want. Either by taking part time courses or internships. Dont also forget to dress for the job you want (Thank God Almighty for high street) . Be prepared for whenever that opportunity comes knocking. Network with friends so you know what's going on. Tell people you meet what you're looking for. You never know who is listening.

Lastly, always maintain a positive mindset, be optimistic that your struggle is not forever even if you have to literally say it to yourself every now and again.




This is a photo of me at my last 9-5. I don't do that anymore. Is life still stressful. Yes and no. It's stressful in a different way. I get to plan my time so I obviously don't get stuck in traffic everyday. I've learnt the importance of making myself valuable to clients and I'm still learning. Afterall I still have my whole life ahead of me.

Xoxo!

Ps- feel free to share your different experiences or tips in the comment section. I can't forget when some fish seller stained by skirt on the way to work. I had to stop at a shop to but a new pair of  ridiculously expensive trousers. It took me sometime to forgive that s***