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Afrohemian in London…

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Hello, hello, hello! I’m back against all odds. It’s been a crazy week. However this post and how I got this images for this post affirm my belief that this is what I want to do and I’m willing to do whatever. Like Madeline Bowden says: “To  get into the fashion industry you have to be obsessed with it”. “You have to have a ridiculous passion for it” . I’ve been in London for three weeks and I’ve been having a hard time getting someone to help photograph my outfit ideas and so I’ve been worrying obsessively over not creating
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Sweater Season- LFDW Style Inspiration

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Lagos Fashion and Design Week begins today and I can’t be there. Hi guys. LFDW begins today and because I am out of the country on a short course I won’t be able to attend, I had planned my outfits and stuff for each day, well that didn’t pan out. So I decided to shoot one of those outfits as inspiration for some of you who might be going one of the days. This look is entitled Sweater season because its harmattan season in Nigeria but I don’t think Lagos got the memo, it could rain or just be windy
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Co Ords : The Ankara Edition

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Co-ords, articles of clothing  designed to match each other, a matching set in style, colour, fabric, print etc. Co ords have been around for a while now and still remain a major player every fashion season. It has successfully transitioned from being a trend to a fashion staple. Hello, hello, hello, guys! Who can tell I’m excited. If you can’t tell, let me spell it out; I AM EXCITED. I adore this look, I adore the pictures and can’t wait to share it with you, but first let me tell you why you need a co ord set in your
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Gingham

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Spring/Summer 2017, Gingham took over the fashion world, from skirts to shirts to dresses, everyone and their grandma wore Gingham. Hi guys! I’m back and finally wearing Gingham. When Gingham was in full flux, I wanted to style it for the blog but I was tired of the ruffles skirts and wrap shirts that were making the rounds. I wanted to wear  Gingham and feel like Vanessa; minimal yet fun. I finally figured out a way to wear Gingham that I loved, that is affordable and can be reworn in different ways. Drumroll please ; a jumpsuit! Jumpsuits are extremely
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Ankara and Mickey

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Hello, hello, hello, Welcome to my blog space, however tiny it might be, I'm practically dancing in my seat that you're here. After a major dance session, let's get into today's post. Today's outfit post has two things , no scratch that three things I love, which are Thrift gems, Ankara and Mickey mouse. So I paired an Ankara skirt with a cute Mickey mouse tank. It is not the most thought out outfit, its the most laid back and careless outfit but I adore it. So to make this look a bit more seamless, and less sloppy I picked
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Urban Grunge

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Yo! What's good? So its an Outfit Post if you haven't guessed, and i'm really excited about this one because it features two items that I thrifted and so I feel so proud about it. If you were here when i first started blogging on this URL the grunge post was one of my faves to shoot and post because I love grunge, everything about the grunge era speaks to me and anything that gives me an excuse to wear flannel, denim and boots is alright with me. This time I decided to do a different variation of the grunge
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Nessa Laid Back

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Hi guys, I just got injections for malaria. So this is going to be quick. This look was shot and styled from a need to be simple and laid back. Silk Kimono: thrifted at 500 naira Mom Jeans: Vintage Closet 9ja
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Monotoned-Grace Alex Inspired

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Hi guys! So, it's another blogger inspired outfit post and I promise this is the last one (for now) but I couldn't close it out without this one. I'm sure from the title you know who inspired this post; Grace Alex, Abuja based blogger and entrepreneur creator of Gafa Sandals and recently Georgetown student (so proud of her).  Grace's style is so vintage influenced it's beautiful however that's not the aspect of her style that I'm exploring, this time its how she always does and kills the monotoned look. When Grace wears one color she wears different shades and hues
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ANKARA – Jennifer Amani inspired

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Hi guys, so it's Wednesday and that means another outfit post on the blog. If you notice from the post title of this post and Monday's post you'll see its Ankara Week here on the blog. So i figured if I was doing an Ankara outfit post I'd give a shoutout to Jennifer Amani the queen of Ankara fashion. If you remember my Fave Naija blogger babes post (which you can find here) Jennifer was in that list and her style just makes me happy and so proud. Ankara is African, its Nigerian and no one has ever made Ankara
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Hafymo Inspired Looks

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Hi guys, In my last post I told you guys about my favorite Nigerian fashion and lifestyle blogger babes and about how they inspire me. Well I decided to shoot two looks inspired by one of them; Hafsah Mohammed or as she is more popularly known Hafymo. Like I mentioned in my last post Hafsah is a style blogger and YouTuber who has impeccable style and takes modest fashion up a notch . I decided to shoot two looks and I'll tell you why but first pictures. I decided to shoot this more formal look because i was inspired by
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Steven Onoja Inspired look

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Hi guys, Two days ago i did a post on my favorite naija fashion and lifestyle blogger boys and in line with that post i was inspired to do a look inspired by one of them. I'm sure from the last post you could tell how much I love Steven Onoja and so this look is inspired (not an exact look, i mean it has to look like me) by his style. So not a lot of words for this post just pictures, here they are;   And then I switched locations [caption id="attachment_619" align="alignnone" width="862"] My cousin playing around[/caption] [caption
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Double Exposure

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Hi guys, Its the outfit post for the week. Now this is a look that i do not do often because i feel like it could go wrong very quickly but i decided to try it out this week. If you have noticed every outfit post this month has something i made in the look and todays post is no different. This look is a major trend that has always gotten mixed reviews, its Double Denim. I know about the whole don't wear the same wash jeans (same tone) and all that jazz but i'm scared of looking like Justin
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Peach Explosion

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Hi guys, Sorry for the delay this post was supposed to go up Wednesday but because I still don't have a camera I'm at the mercy of a lot of elements. It was a long road here but we're here. Recently I've been exploring the more girly side of my style. I'm mostly bohemian and minimalist with a tomboy edge but I'm softening up those edges for this post and wearing colors that I most likely wouldn't wear even if I had a gun to my head; Peach or Coral ( I can't decide what this fabric is). I'm also
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THE OHAHA DIARIES

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Hi guys, so sorry this post is coming a day late but better late than never right? At least I hope you think so. If you follow me on social media specifically Instagram you would already have guessed the theme of this post especially with the post title and featured image.  I am however, going to put you out of your misery. This post is based on one of my favorite Young Adult books of all time (drum roll please) : The Carrie Diaries. This book was the basis for one of the biggest movies if not the biggest movie
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What to Wear to an Abuja Summer Party/Festival

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It's the season for festivals and parties in Abuja. Agon 6 the HexAgon just went by, and soon to come are a few more the CKM Rave , Summer BBQ Fest and a whole lot more. Hence I decided to do a What to Wear post. So there's not going to be a lot of words in this post because I have to many pictures that I love. For this post I styled a Tshirt dress and a wrap skirt over it with my Red Tag Sneakers and a Timberland Cap. I love this look because if you're tired of
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Street Style Basics

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Street style has become a fashion pillar all on its own. Staged or not, street style fashion is cool, chic and screams awesome! Fashion designers create street style collections to plug into this wide door of opportunity. Street style is one fashion style that will continue to remain trendy because it changes with the times and the seasons and can be recycled and still pop. For instance 90s Street Style is making a huge comeback in all sorts of ways. So to help you implement Street Style into your everyday wardrobe, I created this post. Here's  what you need. A
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Retro Striped Sweater

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Yo Yo Yo it's another Wednesday and so it's an outfit post and this is very sentimental for me as well as low budget, seeing as I have no money. So I styled this retro sweater that used to belong to my mother. Funny enough two days ago on twitter, Blogger babe Brownie and I were talking how we're retro because we're broke and so we wear stuff that are our mom's or that they used to wear. This look is extremely sentimental to me because my mom wore this sweater alot while she was pregnant with me and to
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How to Wear Trad to Work- A Pictorial

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The different  traditional attire of Nigerians is an important facet of our culture and we love them so much. So much that 'Casual Friday' in Nigeria is wear Traditional to work Friday.  So I decided to do a how to wear trad to work, specifically how to wear a Buba to work. I was inspired by a look that my mother wore when she was still in Uni, she told me of how she once wore a buba and a black corduroy  skirt to class and how everyone looked at her like she was weird.  I wanted to pay homage
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An Afrohemian’s Day Out

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Hola ! So i'm back with a look book of sorts and this time i promise not to be chatty, i always say its going to be a short post and then its not. This time however it is going to be a short post and hopefully you guys love it. It features a DIY dress i made just for this post which i'll share with you. So let's get into it. I've always loved the handkercheif hem with skirts and dress and this is probably because i felt it looked extremely whimsical with a touch of edge, maybe i'm
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90’s Red Carpet Fly

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I LOVE THE 90S! If you don't know this about me, its not because i haven't said it before, you just might be new to the blog space and if that is the case then here's a huge welcome, no for real, i'm practically crushing you in a bear hug , or is it the other way a round, either ways, welcome! Now let's get into it. I love the 90s and any chance i get to talk about 90s fashion, music, movies, you name it, i'll take it. Today's post is a chance to show my love for the
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Styling the Mom Jeans | Denim and White

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The Mom jeans has become a phenomenon and has taken over the closets of every denim lover that exists... the Mom jeans is reminiscent of a style of denim mostly worn in the 80's by 'Moms' (what does that even mean) . Over the last 2 years... a lot of bloggers and fashion influencers have talked about styling the Mom jeans and so I decided to finally do this and being my crazy awesome self I decided to style two trends and fashion holy grails in one look; the Mom jeans and the White shirt and Denim trend. White button
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Boho Chic | Valentines Day Look

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Okay, so I don't celebrate Valentines and no it's not because I'm single. However I had this idea which I now recently saw that Ifeoma Amadi of  WhoWhatFab did something quite similar... before you freak out it was a total coincidence and the looks are so not alike just the idea behind the look.. I'm blabbing right now so here goes. The idea was to shoot a Valentines look that wasn't red and even more awesome is that black can also be Valentine's Day appropriate. On to my look, I always wanted to own and style a dropwaist dress just because
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Utilitarian Chic

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OXFORD AMERICAN WRITER'S THESAURUS: "utilitarian" adjective she traded in her sporty little coupe for a utilitarian station wagon practical, functional, pragmatic, useful, sensible, efficient, utility, workaday, no-frills; plain, unadorned, undecorative.   So, practical, functional, useful, plain and unadorned... I guess I can make this work. I'm not one for frills and fru fru; no I'm not minimalist in the full sense of the word, I guess I'm a bohemian with a minimalist edge (if that makes any sense) So back to utilitarian chic ... I styled a black slip dress with a khaki jacket (my NYSC jacket) its khaki because wearing Camo is prohibited in Nigeria and my favorite pair of boots from shiekhshoes.com .  
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90s Kid

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Welcome to the new year, I know its been a really slow start to the year but i've been trying to figure out the direction I  want my life to go in and especially the direction I want this blog to go in. Now that I think I have gotten that sorted to an extent, (further reflection wouldn't hurt) we can get started this year. Iplan to create more content and explore my creativity. Enough of all that, lets get into the post. Its crazy its 2017 already, Its funny how one's birthdate gets you all reflective (January 29) just
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In Harmattan Breeze or Sun

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Everywhere else in the world winter is beginning or is fully in bloom and as it continues it is getting colder. However, in Nigeria the dry wind blows harmattan, at least that is what is supposed to be happening; there have a lot of jokes our harmattan being taken away from us... (by whom, i'd rather not say). Harmattan is a dry, dusty wind which blows from the Sahara desert over West Africa and it occurs from late November to January. Yes its been dry (my lips and skin can testify), dusty; yes, but the cold wind we are awaiting..
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Everyday Basics

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Before i started blogging full time, i got my dose of well styled outfits from bloggers like Akin Faminu, Cassie Daves,Grace Alex, and so many others. I think its awesome the calibre of bloggers we have in Nigeria whose amazing oufits and stunning and stirring styling ability sometimes makes you a little  jelly. I  love to style, sometimes, I think I love it more than designing... it even gets in the way of designing for me, because half way into sketching, i'm thinking of what would work with the peice and how that can be translated in pictures. But as
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Borrow Borrow Make Me Fine

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It was my last day in Dubai and not because i wanted it to be but because i had to come back home for NYSC final clearance and truthfully all i wanted to do was stay in bed and sulk, especially when i thought of all the awesome ideas i had for blog posts and the locations within the hotel and without... (the hotel's sun deck, the spice souk etc.) It was frustrating but then towards midday i got myself up and dressed up in pieces that make for the title of this post, except for the sandals, those are
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Sporty Chic

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So today is my last day on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and soon i'll be in Dubai and i thought to do a post with Yas Plaza Hotels as the backdrop. A few days ago, a friend asked how we would describe her style in two words and Androgynous Chic came up. Honestly i relate to androgyny because as much as i love a good pair of heels and a nice pencil skirt, people who know me well know how much i love menswear and that i love a good pair of boots(doc martens preferrably) oh and suit trousers don't
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Slip Dresses for Autumn

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  Hi, its a style post again... This shoot was really fun and its because i'm on vacation in the UAE and even though its fall everywhere else its still really warm here in Abu Dhabi so this style post really works. Slip dresses were the it outfit for summer and they were everywhere and a lot of bloggers have been doing the how to wear slip dresses for autumn and true jackets and button down shirts are fierce with slip dresses but for people like me who live in Nigeria where now is the dry season which is really
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Grunge

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin So this post is not going to be a well written story about my life and trust me I wish it was but it isn’t. It is just a look based on a style that I absolutely love and have been excited to do for a while. So as you can see from the pictures this is a grunge look. Grunge is a style based around grunge music scene, it is comfortable, dirty and heavily steeped in flannel. Grunge texture would most probably be rust, unfinished wood, rail tracks etc. Grunge fashion would include ripped
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Bohemian Love Story Update

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  So remember when I told you guys how I fell in love with vintage and bohemian clothing? Well I want to tell you guys a bit more about my love for bohemian clothing. Being bohemian is more than just a fashion style it’s a state of mind, a way to express yourself and connect with different cultures and nature. It has a mix of casual, hippie 70s style and ethnic along with vintage. Boho chic however is a way to dip your pinkie into the bohemian lifestyle through fashion and style. Boho chic style is luxurious and expensive while
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Floating on a Cloud

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So hey guys do you remember as a child when all you wanted to wear was a tutu because it made you feel like you were walking, sitting and floating on a cloud ? Well i wanted to recreate that feeling and so i decided to make myself a tulle skirt ( and yes i do sew, long story i’ll tell you all about it). Also do you remember when every blogger was doing the monotone look, all nude, all black all white, well i decided to do that with my tulle skirt. So here are the pictures and by
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Vintage and Bohemian Love Story.

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So I have always been in love with vintage and vintage style clothing, because of the lines and silhouette and the way that it enhances the female figure even when it is menswear inspired. The fabric, the colour all made and still makes absolute sense to me. The problem is where I’m from (Nigeria) it’s not in our culture to keep clothing, so there are no vintage stores, no dresses from grandma that she wore in her youth and even if they were available they are not well maintained thus unwearable as there are no clothing rehabilitators. However, the idea