Tuesday, 19 September 2017

All White Everything: My OOTD Review from the Bloggerpoint Abuja Brunch

It's a sunny clear day here in Abuja. Hi babe!Thanks for stopping by.
Currently, I'm eating boiled white and yellow corn with coconut at the spot ,a secret place known to people who work in my department and the architects that designed the building.
Remember my last post? I promised to share the details of my outfit of the day to the Bloggerpoint brunch. Please consider this blog post a promise kept.


After giving myself the nudge and a host of reasons why I needed to pay N5000 to attend a brunch with other bloggers, I knew I had to find what to wear. The only white outfits I had were my white Tee shirt for Community Development Service(CDS) and a pair of white shorts I used in camp. The said shorts were in a "things I'm not wearing in Abuja bag" chilling in my room in Lagos.
The only other outfit I had was a short white gown heavily embellished with black sequins and beads. "that will have to do, it's a one day event"
I chatted with Sarah about it, and she told me if it's what I have, then it'll have to do.

Then, one week to the event, after I had the talk you know, those deep talks you have with yourself and tell yourself the truth(as my mother's people say, pinch yourself).
Alexandra there's no way you're wearing that gown.
Three days to the event @tfe.ng came to my rescue. The lace was bought, paid for and measurements were taken. To honest, the gown wasn't sewn until less than 24 hours to the event. "In my very before", Abdul magically transformed the linen and lace into the gown you will see my wearing in the pictures below. The gown was done in 3 hours! I tested it, and it fit like a glove after several minor adjustments. Nigerian tailor have a hard time understanding the concept of a tiny waist and my hips but @TFE.NG was AMAZING. They're launching in November,and I can't wait for the world to feel the same happiness I feel each time I see this super affordable gown, and how I feel wearing it.




I love this picture with my girls. The dress defeated my "can this dress be manipulated for this ogbonge pose" fears...









PS this isn't a sponsored post or advert
You know that feeling you have when every penny counts? They actually want to lie low till they launch. But with permission, I wrote this post, I just couldn't keep quiet.



Current Listen: The One that Never Comes by Asa Happy belated birthday Asa.


Peace and Love,
Alexandra.





 FRENCH TRANSLATION
 
C'est un jour clair et ensoleillé ici à Abuja. Bonjour bébé, merci d'être passé.
À l'heure actuelle, je mange du maïs blanc et jaune bouilli avec de la noix de coco sur place, un endroit secret connu des personnes qui travaillent dans mon département et les architectes qui ont conçu le bâtiment.

Vous souvenez-vous de mon dernier article? J'ai promis de partager les détails de ma tenue du jour au brunch de Bloggerpoint. Veuillez considérer ce blog comme une promesse conservée.

Après m'être donné le coup de coude et une foule de raisons pour lesquelles je devais payer N5000 pour assister à un brunch avec d'autres blogueurs, je savais que je devais trouver quoi porter. Les tenues blanches que j'avais étaient ma chemise blanche pour le service de développement communautaire (CDS) et une paire de shorts blancs que j'ai utilisé dans le camp. Ces courts-métrages étaient dans des "choses que je ne porte pas dans le sac d'Abuja" dans ma chambre à Lagos.

La seule autre tenue que j'avais était une courte robe blanche fortement ornée de paillettes et de perles noires. "ça devra faire, c'est un événement d'une journée"

J'ai parlé avec Sarah à ce sujet, et elle m'a dit si c'est ce que j'ai, alors il faudra le faire.
Ensuite, une semaine à l'événement, après que j'ai eu la conversation, vous connaissez ces discussions profondes que vous avez avec vous et dites-vous la vérité (comme le disent les personnes de ma mère, vous pincer).

Alexandra, il n'y a aucun moyen de porter cette robe.
Trois jours à l'événement @tfe.ng est venu à ma rescousse. La dentelle a été achetée, payée et les mesures ont été prises. Pour honnête, la robe n'a pas été cousue jusqu'à moins de 24 heures à l'événement. "Dans mon tout avant", Abdul a transformé magiquement le lin et la dentelle dans la robe, vous verrez mon port dans les images ci-dessous. La robe a été faite en 3 heures! Je l'ai testé, et il convient comme un gant après plusieurs ajustements mineurs. Le tailleur nigérien a du mal à comprendre le concept d'une taille minuscule et de mes hanches mais @TFE.NG était incroyable. Ils se lancent en novembre, et je ne peux pas attendre que le monde ressente le même bonheur que je ressente chaque fois que je vois cette robe super abordable et que je me sens le porter.

PS ce n'est pas un post ou une annonce sponsorisée

Vous savez ce sentiment que vous avez quand chaque centime compte? Ils veulent vraiment se trouver bas jusqu'à leur lancement. Mais avec la permission, j'ai écrit ce post, je ne pouvais tout simplement pas me taire.


Current Listen: The One Never Comes by Asa Joyeux anniversaire tardif Asa.

Paix et amour,
Alexandra.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Read All About my Bloggerpoint Brunch Experience

Under what circumstances would you forgive your beloved blogger for being away for so long? I hope life has been good to you.

How did you find filling out the forms in my previous post? I just wanted to know what sort of things you'd rather see on the blog and get to know you better. If you didn't fill it, it's not too late; to do so click here.

I am sorry, beyond words sorry. Y'all know that I'm currently doing my youth service, believe me when I say during this hiatus I was tested with fire. But by the grace of God, I'm back, and better!

So, about 2 weeks ago I attended a blogger brunch hosted by the Bloggerpoint. I posted some sneak peaks on my instagram account, and early hints in my instastories.

The brunch started at 12:30pm. Your girl got there at 12:56pm because I couldn't find the exact spot where the lounge and bar is located(I know, I'm trying but I need to go out more).

I was totally blown away. Who knew Abuja had so many people, and bloggers! We started off with getting to know each other. We had a lot of laughs, cakes, small chops (which i didn't take because Bella's chocolate cake had me stuffed). For drinks we had malt, and Chapman(Y'all know I'm always down for a good chapman).

I made some AMAZING friends, including a good photographer, Emeka. We listened to seasoned bloggers give tips and share some of their secrets of attaining success.

At the end of the brunch, each of us got a goody bag. You know that song by the Rolling Stones, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you find you get what you need That was exactly how I felt about my goody bag, nuff said.

At the end of the day I went for 6pm mass because I knew I couldn't pull off going for morning mass and attending he event. It was a win win for me, and I'm glad I had a great time!































For more scoops, follow me on instagram @lilyofnigeria I usually post early in the mornings, sometimes. Till next time, thank you for stopping by and reading this post.

*PS For those of you that have asked about my dress, I'll be telling you about it on Tuesday.


Wishing you peace,and happiness,
Your Friend,
Alexandra.
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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Help Me Serve You Better

Quote of the Day: Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame- Isaiah 50:7.




Hello Babes! I know...I have been MIA for a minute. I've not been feeling this whole blogging thing this month. It's sounds crazy because I have all my drafts ready for publishing.  
So, I came up with a way to stop my anxiety of what if they don't like this post? Please help me complete this survey. I came up with these questions to know you better and help me tailor my passion alongside your tastes.





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Please be informed that I will resume posting on the blog in September. August just ain't it for blog posts. I'll be focusing on other things like social media, follow me over there @lilyofnigeria


Thank you for visiting guys.
Wishing you an AMAZING weekend,
xoxo,
Alexandra.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Life Lately: Abuja 6

Quote of the Day: Ask and it will be give unto you, see and you will find.-Matthew 7:7. 

Hi guys welcome to my blog!
I'm so excited about today's post (I don't know why). The previous week was a roller coaster filled amazing moments for me. I'm thankful to God that I keep learning and growing.
I fell very ill after the heavy storm that caught up with us during our NYSC biometrics registration, but thank God I am much better.
On Tuesday, I wasn't feeling up to it, but o knew I had to attend the Fashion Focus event held at the British Council courtesy of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. I got there at 2:26pm because the event was slated to start at 2:30 pm but ended up starting at 3:39 pm; talk about african time. Shortly after, the organisers apologised and it kicked off.


Let me state that I learnt a lot from Mrs Omoyemi Akerele aka StyleHouseFiles and I am grateful I didn't miss George Okoro's talk. They both inspire me, a lot! 

 Mrs Akerele and Me. I got to have a little chat with her. This woman right here has a good heart, plus she's a believer of Jesus Christ. Oops! Forgot to mention that she's also a lawyer. She ditched law for fashion. She's living the life of her dreams!

You'd definitely be seeing a lot of changes here on the blog,as I will put what I learnt from that event to practice.


I had a little issue with what to wear for the event in the morning, so I asked God. Me and God have the weirdest conversations.
Me: God I'm ill,and I don't know what to wear please help me. I need something to heat me up and not look like a stuffed animal.
God: Bring out that bright red sweater from your box and match it with your blue gown. Red and blue go... You can wear tights to keep your legs warm.
Me: Wonderful! It'll give the illusion of a red sweater and a blue skirt. Thank you.
I met some amazing people; one of them took these amazing photos(I wished I brought my tripod stand, you will never know the struggle for good lighting).


2 weeks ago I treated myself to some TLC after Mass.


My friends at the office found this nice spot to eat without breaking the bank at Maitama, so I joined them. The food there is lit!! The camera couldn't get the others, next time though.
Yesterday, out of boredom I made Nigerian Zobo.

That's today's post guys. Thank you for visiting.
xoxo,
Alexandra.






                                          Arabic Translation:
مرحبا شباب مرحبا بكم في بلدي بلوق!
أنا متحمس جدا حول وظيفة اليوم (أنا لا أعرف لماذا). كان الأسبوع السابق السفينة الدوارة مليئة لحظات مذهلة بالنسبة لي. أنا ممتن لله أن أظل التعلم و النمو.
سقطت مريضا جدا بعد العاصفة الشديدة التي اشتعلت معنا خلال تسجيل القياسات الحيوية لدينا في نيويورك.
في يوم الثلاثاء، لم أكن أشعر بذلك، ولكن س عرفت أنني اضطررت لحضور فعاليات فوكوس فوكوس التي أقيمت في المجلس الثقافي البريطاني من مجاملة أسبوع لاغوس للأزياء والتصميم. وصلت إلى هناك في 2:26 بعد الظهر لأن الحدث كان من المقرر أن تبدأ في 2:30 بعد الظهر ولكن انتهى بها بدءا من 3:39 مساء. الحديث عن الوقت الأفريقي. بعد فترة وجيزة، اعتذر المنظمون وبدأت.
اسمحوا لي أن أذكر أنني تعلمت الكثير من السيدة أومويمي أكيريل الملقب ستايلهوسفيلز وأنا ممتن لم أفوت حديث جورج أوكورو. كلاهما يلهمني، الكثير! كنت بالتأكيد سوف نرى الكثير من التغييرات هنا على بلوق، وأنا سوف وضع ما تعلمت من هذا الحدث 
لممارسة.
كان لي قضية صغيرة مع ما لارتداء لهذا الحدث في الصباح، لذلك سألت الله. لي والله أغرب المحادثات.
لي: الله أنا مريض، وأنا لا أعرف ما لارتداء الرجاء مساعدتي. أحتاج إلى شيء لتسخين لي ولا تبدو مثل الحيوانات المحنطة.
الله: احضر هذا سترة حمراء مشرقة من المربع الخاص بك وتطابق مع ثوبك الأزرق. الأحمر والأزرق يذهب ... يمكنك ارتداء الجوارب للحفاظ على ساقيك الدافئة.
لي: رائع! انها سوف تعطي الوهم من سترة حمراء وزرقاء تنورة. شكرا.
التقيت بعض الناس مذهلة. واحد منهم أخذت هذه الصور المدهشة (تمنيت أحضرت حامل ترايبود بلدي، وأنك لن تعرف النضال من أجل إضاءة جيدة).
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy New Month! Guess Whose Birthday It Was


Quote of the Day: See you a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men- Proverbs 22:29.



Hi guys! Due to the span of time between my last post here and this one, if you call me lazy in blogging this one time, I will not clap back. I have wanted to do this post for a long time now...and things keep getting in the way.


As you have noticed from our blog banner, I changed the posting days to Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays as opposed to our July routine as seen here. The exact posting time is 2 pm. So yes, by God's grace if you come here at 2 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, you will see a new post. Subscribe to my mailing list so that you don't forget.

I meant it when I said I was going to take this blogging thing very seriously. I am grateful for the support you keep showing me on social media, thank you.


Your constant visits to this blog has not gone unnoticed as seen in this screenshot I took while analyzing my blog analytic, over 10,000 views in one month! My mind was totally blown away. Today I even saw new visitors from Latvia, and our Polish friends have returned as well.

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In case you missed it, here are some of the things I blogged about in July 
How to Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

I also did a Life Lately in Abuja Post here

Work/Office Lookbook Ideas

For my relaxed/texlaed hair sisters, I did a hair care post click here

If you've ever wondered what to wear to travel like me, click here

In the spirit of being serious with posting, I even created an interlude post when I was under the weather here.

Some time in July, my friend had a dinner to celebrate her call to the Nigerian Bar, it was so much fun! Hint: The post is filled with pictures! Click here to see for yourself.


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Don't worry, I still remember our giveaway when we pass the 500 mark across all social media platforms.


My birthday was on the 9th of August, if you follow me on Instagram you'd have seen it :)

That's it for today love. You can also find me on:

Thank you, thank you, thank you :) 
Your Friend,
 Alexandra. 
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Taking Stock

Good evening my Lovelies! What have you been up to this weekend?
As you noticed from my instagram , Saturdays are for taking stock here on the blog.

Here's a little summary of my week.

Planning: next week's posts.

Marvelling: at the greatness of my God.

I Need: to stock up on necessities.

Hoping: to meet with brands for so many business collaborations, and work.

Making Progress: using Google's Snapseed.

Learnt: somewhere, someone is watching, and I must not let them down.

Still Learning: how to be a better blogger with more quality.





Thanks for stopping by guys.
Have a beautiful new week! See you on Monday by God's grace.

Wishing you happiness and peace,
Alexandra.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

What I wore to my Friend's Call to Bar Dinner

"Please remember, no African time. I want all my friends to arrive early so we can take pictures." She said


Hi guys! Welcome :) how's your day going? Before today's post let me fill you in a bit on what I just did. I watched the entire live session of the OJ Simpson Parole; I even tweeted it. In a way, I was happy for him(in that he can spend his last days in the midst of his family and friends).
 
A lot of people haven't quite forgiven him for the jury's decision in his 90s trial (very obvious from the way some CNN commentators flogged the already litigated issues).
Comment your thoughts on what you think of the approval of OJ Simpson's parole..
I can't believe it's one week already since we turned up for my colleague's call to Bar Dinner. If you follow me on instagram, you'd have seen a sneak peek of today's post. Yup! I've been posting pictures on instagram for a while. I couldn't more proud of her.

The event took place the Crossover restaurant Wuse, Abuja. The food was over the moon delicious. Next time my family comes to Abuja I'd take them there for fancy dining.
I totally recommend Crossover restaurant Wuse if you're looking for a tucked in fancy(not over the top) place with good food. That garlic fried rice was lit,at the end of the dinner, your girl was pregnant with a food baby!


Last week, because I know how extra PHCN/AEDC (Power companies) can be, I woke up extra early to bring out, and iron two gowns from my box (I hoped to select one later in the evening after work).
In typical fashion, I ended up with neither of them. I wore one that had been hanging in my wardrobe for a while now and it didn't need ironing(so much for waking up early). Have you ever been in a situation like this? Comment and let me know.
The gown is from a Turkish fashion house(no need to talk too much, y'all know Turks don't play with embroidery and details).
Asides the fact that the inner chemise like thingy kept shifting one side, I loved wearing it and had no regrets whatsoever. The gown has a customised bra inside, thank God it was my cupsize(yes nosey, I'm not wearing a bra in these pictures). All my Naija aunties that read this blog I love you
Have a beautiful week.
Peace and love,
Alexandra.

Current Listen: Angel of my Life by Paul Play Dairo
Oya Gist haff do. Issa picture time...






The celebrant.




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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How to make Manicure/Nail Polish Last Longer

Hi Loves! Welcome to another blog post of mine this week.
From my analytics, I noticed you like beauty posts... Today, I'll be teaching you a technique I sue in keeping my nail polish on for a longer period of time without chipping.

Whenever the Spirit leads, I get a pro manicure. And if I have something serious ahead like a party or a wedding, I'm deffo getting them done professionally. I might do an acrylic fill which is my now defunct signature French Tips.

In the absence of any of the above mentioned reasons, I like to paint my nails myself.
Usually, I decide on the colour, pattern or theme for the week.
File your nails gently if they aren't in shape. Dust off.
If you have tape, cut a long piece into slender/thing pieces and stick them around your nails to avoid the nail polish giving you extra work after painting.
The next step will be to apply a base coating aka nail hardener aka invisible/clear polish. Allow it to dry a little.
Apply your chosen nail polish colour.
Wait a bit for it to dry a bit.
Then, apply another coat of the invisible/clear polish.
Allow it to dry. If you're in a hurry keep your hand s steady and allow them to dry for 12 minutes then, soak your hands in cold water.

That's today's post guys. How do you make your nail polish dry faster?

Thanks for all the love you continue to show here on the blog and on Facebook and Instagram.


By God's grace, I'll see you in my next post this Thursday :)
Your Friend, Alexandra.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

MY GO TO TRAVEL OUTFIT IDEA| What to Wear | Casual Fashion Inspiration

Hello my Lovelies! How have you been? It's been one week since my last post. I'm so giddy,and can't wait for yu to see what I've been working on behind the scenes. 
 
Hint: Gotta give all those models and youtubers some more respect yo, it's not easy!
By the way, if you've never checked out my YouTube Channel Lily of Nigeria you can do so here
Do you ever get into that semi travel panic mode of what do I wear! I used to, until I found my groove, which is basically anything that gives me peace and comfort; which includes ease, in case i need to use the loo.

However, lately, my go to outfit has been this denim on denim look and my trusty royal blue flats...
In the realm of fashion for some years, denim on denim was regarded as a fashion faux pas.  
However, I remember a picture of Sade Adu rocking this trend and totally nailing it. To be honest, Sade slays anything she puts on.

My travel outfit always has to abide by the rule of comfort. I've been to a lot of places seen and heard things(y'all know I love to travel); and, I want to be at peace, you know, just in case...
This jeans trouser is an a straight cut. It's pretty loose, but at the same time fulfils it's necessity as a ladies jeans haha, which is to make your butt look good (ladies can you relate? Come through and comment below).
When mixing denim on denim though, you want to avoid overdoing it. God forbid we end up looking like that 2001 look Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears failed to pull off. You can see what I'm talking about here yep, the internet doesn't forget.


What do you wear when you travel? Let me know by commenting.
You can find me/follow on instagram here

Keep trying to be the change you seek. Keep learning new ways to positively impact the lives around you,and you. Keep doing what you want to be remembered for. By God's grace, I'll see you in my next post.
For business or enquiries, you can email 1ladynigeria@gmail.com or put a call across to +2348156331088.


Have a beautiful week,
Alexandra.




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