Tuesday, 31 October 2017

MY 5 CURRENT FAVOURITE FASHION PIECES TO INVEST IN THIS SEASON

 Hi guys! In most parts of West Africa and Nigeria, the Harmattan is finally upon us! I hope you are faring well wherever you are.

Before we continue, I'd love to know, what is the weather like where you live?

I have come up with a list of some things I feel are good pieces to invest in, which are stuff I will personally be investing in as well. Hopefully you're inspired to get them before their prices hike, as they will definitely make you stand out if paired well.
Let's start.

1. DIY Zulu Inspired Corral Bracelets and Earrings
 I first saw this at TFE those guys aren't playing. I can't wait till they launch in November. The sweater weather has this thing with bland dull or neutral colours. Bright accessories can be paired with your coats, sweaters or whatever you have, at least before the cold kicks in in full force. You can either make these yourself or buy them from some artsy bead shop.
 Hint: Corral necklaces and bracelets will spice up those sexy turtlenecks.


2. Scarves:

Scarves are good fashion pieces to invest in as we approach the chilly season. In some parts of West Africa, and Nigeria the Harmattan can be very bitter and unforgiving(shoutout to my people in Jos). Knitted ones, wooly ones, satin ones, silk ones, and ankara inspired ones are definitely ones to invest your money in. The silk and satin ones are good investments for your hair. If you live in Lagos, Balogun market is a sure bet to get a good scarf if you're afraid of boutiques and fashion houses. I highly recommend Yaba market though, I get mine from there whenever I'm in Lagos. And, if you live in Enugu, the coal city, and are on a budget old park has A LOT to offer in the evenings.

WHAT CITY ARE YOU? AND WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR SCARVES FROM?


3. Pantyhose Tights/Stockings/Sheer Tights
Black, pastel colured/nude tones are my absolute favourite. I chattered them before coming Abuja. These are great, and can go with gowns, and skirts when you don't want the cold or Harmattan dust getting to your legs and feet. That Harmattan dust is no joke yo. This fashion piece is good for transition weather. Shout out to all my modest fashion readers as well, this is good inspo for you.
If you love bright colours like Louisa Clark in Me Before You, go for it, you are a fearless one, and I doff my hat to you.

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d. Super Comfy Statement Mules or Slippers:
In Nigeria, end of the year (October, November, December) aka Harmattan season is also synonymous with carnival/festive period. A lot of carnivals, weddings, parties, meetups and festivities happen at almost every corner during the weekends. If you plan to attend these/catch up with African friends and family, you already know these will come in handy. Why wait till December when the prices will be absurd before picking up a pair or two? Especially if you know you'd be getting down to some serious moves or two on the dancefloor.



e. Chunky Sweater are the cutest, and very cozy too. My favourite colours are red, black, and blue. I feel these are forgiving colours and will go with almost anything. To see mine(which is a hand me down), click here



I'd love to know, what is the weather like where you live?


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Wishing you peace, and hoping you are kind to the people you meet this week regardless of how they treat you.
All my love,
Lily of Nigeria.


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Friday, 27 October 2017

Some Things I Carry in my Handbag || WHATS IN MY BAG

Hi Guys! Thank you for stopping by. If you're in the homepage peeping this post, you might as well come right in sugar. My handbag is usually prepared the night before I go out. By prepare, I mean I make a mental note of the next day, and line up all I'll be needing before assembling the necessary stuff into my bag. This method helps me not to forget key priorities like my identity card especially if I'm changing bags.

The things I'm about to reveal to you are stuff you'd always find in my bag regardless of what size of bag I'm carrying, or where I'm going.



a. My Cards:
My National Youth Service(NYSC) ID Card is ALWAYS with me. Ever since I moved, I have found that thing very valuable. Also, my office ID card is in my bag on weekdays. I also carry my physician's complimentary card with me because you never know.


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b. Petite Vaseline or Moisturiser Bottle:
I keep a pint sized bottle of original petroleum jelly or my favourite moisturiser in my bag because I hate white/dry feet, it's a God forbid for me. I apply this to my hands as well whenever I feel they are dry.



c. Notepad and Pen:
Because I love to jot pop up ideas/solutions, and plan ahead.



d. Charger and Keys:
Yep! I don't leave my keys under the carpet. And, I don't have a good powerbank yet. My old one partially damaged my phone so I carry my super-fast charger around. If you live in Abuja and need a super-fast charger hit me up, I can hook you up.



e. Trident Bubblegum in Mint or Strawberry Flavour:
Just in case. The struggle for consistent fresh breath is real y'all.



f. Brown Powder and Lipgloss:
Recently, I started carrying my Sleek Pressed Translucent powder with me for touchups. I have a phobia for carrying loose powder in my handbag so I leave it at home and take this pressed one.
I use matte lipsticks most of the time. I carry my lipgloss along just in case my lips start to feel a bit too dry.

I guess the key essence of this post is to share how I avoid forgetting necessary stuff whenever I change bags.


How do you prepare ahead? And, yes I'm going to ask, what are the key things you don't leave out of your bag every day? You can share them with me by commenting :)


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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Top 4 Tips and Things I Learnt from Posting Everyday on Instagram


Hi Babes! How is your day going? Great I hope.
A while ago, I took on a personal challenge and posted everyday on Instagram for about 27 days or thereabout. The results were mind blowing. I was shook y'all. I decided to do a post to share some of the things I found out with you :)


1. There is an untapped amount of traffic waiting for influencers it's crazy.

2. Instagram is a two way road. Once you settle down and figure out the ever changing 
algorithms and get it right your audience will grow without you having to buy followers or likes. This requires A LOT of patience and time however.
My secret has been the Holy Spirit. He keeps teaching me new stuff! Believe it or not, there is actually a skill to instagram. Also, you can also implore the use of strategic use of hashtags, and a CREATIVE MIND. Ask yourself what do I want my Instagram grid to look like? If you aren't sure, google or check out pintrest for instagram theme ideas to inspire you.

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3. You need a serious "non spammy" unfollower application. Why you ask? Well because it's a jungle out there, and some accounts ain't loyal honey. People will follow to unfollow you after 24 hours or less! I use "Followers Assistant" by Andrew Tretiakov. Hahaha I've used this application for so long I feel like a shareholder. It's so genuine, and free too! You can have up to three accounts on it. God bless Andrew for this app. Honeybun you can find it here
You can't even imagine how happy I am with tis application. I discovered it after experiencing some thought provoking events. I hope you find it useful if you don't have one you use. If you have one you use, please share the name with me in the comments.


4. There are exciting thriving communities on instagram! My joy knew no bounds upon discovering the thriving black community. Nothing relates like inclusion, seeing people doing well, achieving feats that were once believed to be farfetched. Melanin poppin, Blackgirlskillingit, blackgirlsrock, blackgirlstravel,and so on... So much inspiration y'all! There are other thriving circles I like to call communities as well who inspire me because I love to learn stuff about other cultures too(in my opinion, these help unite a lot of people). You'd never believe the time I linger around some Indian, Russian, Arab, Asian, and Latino instagram grids just admiring and well learning about places, people, food and other stuff.




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Wishing you a beautiful week filled with success.
All my love,
Lily of Nigeria.


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

5 SMALL WAYS ON HOW TO START DRINKING WATER AND MAKE IT A HABIT

Hi Babes! Welcome to today's post, and happy Sunday.
Let me start by saying that if you were hoping this post will be one to list the benefits of drinking the good ol' H2O aka water to you, you will be disappointed. There are a lot of posts on the internet that breaks that down for you, I encourage you to search for them and read up.

This blog post however will serve as an inspiration,or guide to assist you drink water, or more water. Back in Uni, I learnt the benefits of water from a friend of mine after she shared one of her weight loss tips that became a healthy lifestyle change for her, water. I'd be sharing that in a future post.

Let's get down to today's post.

1. Buy a fancy/portable water bottle. Because of its portable nature, you can carry it anywhere and it can fit well into your bag. I prefer acrylic bottles to flasks because over time, there's this taste flasks gives to water that I don't like. But if you prefer flasks, by all means go ahead.


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2. Set alarms with fancy tunes as reminders. Fancy tunes to encourage you because some tunes can be an outright addition to your mood if you're pissed off at the moment it goes on.



3. Post-It/Sticky Notes can be of help too. You can use these colorful stationery as reminders that you need a gulp.
For instance:
Have you had a gulp today?

Hungry or thirsty?

Have a drink Honey :)

H2O over there (with arrows pointing to your water)



4. Spice things up a bit if you find water too plain. You can actually infuse your favourite fruits/veggies into it to give it a kick in the taste department. I got to see this for the first time when I was in Law school. There are special portable acrylic bottles for this too. Shout out to my girl Fisayo who taught me how to make it.
These ones are infused in Masonic jars, and are a great option for parties and cocktails for people who'd rather go with good ol' water(if you're one indicate by commenting, let us know ourselves).


5. Be determined and Intentional about drinking more water. It's a lifestyle change that your body will thank you for. Remember not to make it a burden so that it doesn't seem like a chore. Stay safe and healthy Loves.

I hope this post is of help to you if you struggle with drinking water.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

What to Wear to a Wedding as Summer Ends and the Harmattan Begins

Quote of the Day: While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.- Genesis 8:22.


In some parts of the World autumn/fall is gradually creeping in, and in others (like the one I’m currently in) the rainy season is coming to an end and the Harmattan is slowly annoucing its presence. Now that I think of it, this post should have been rightly titled "what to wear to a wedding this end of summer as the seasons change." I LOVE the Harmattan, it's my favourite season! As a child I hated it; mainly because I had the worst sensitivities during this period' thank God that's all in the past.




How are you coping with the change of season?

While shooting these photos, this dress gave me all sorts of feels. It ended up looking like spread outs for a glossy magazine, all thanks to God for bringing my super photographer friend Kaally my way. This girl gets me y'all.

I feel like a Princess every time I put on this dress. My mom bought it for me when she went to Turkey. I searched for them and tagged them to my post on instagram here so check it out. They have really lovely clothes.



The gown is a floor covering sleeveless wonder. It has a royal blue belt that extends all the way to my calf when knotted into a bow. It has the cutest detailed floral embroidery that reminds me of spring.
The inner linen is very soothing on my skin and isn't itchy. 

The linen is thick enough to cover whatever colour of underwear you put on (yes, I experimented with a couple of colours).



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I ALWAYS wear this gown with super high heels because I don't like giving myself extra work when washing it, after it literally sweeps the ground I tread on.
 
I feel this gown is great for transitioning weather so you won't die of heat if your environment is warm. I definitely recommend it for an outdoor wedding or event. And, yes you can set the dance floor on fire wearing this gown.





I almost didn't post this picture. But as I finished typing this post it seemed best for a sign out.
This is me wishing you a beautiful weekend.
All my Love,
Lily of Nigeria.


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