Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

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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Wishing you happiness and praying you smash all your goals this week.
All my love,
Lily of Nigeria.




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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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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A GENUINE OPEN LETTER TO BRANDS ON WHY I BLOG


Quote of the Day: See ye a man diligent in his work? He shall stand before Kings, he shall not stand before mean men.-Porverbs 22:29.

Hi! My name is not Lily, but I run Lily of Nigeria as the Editor in Chief. This post is long due. I would like you to know that I don't blog to get free stuff. For Christ's sake bloggers are not peasants! By the grace of God, the choice of the Council of Legal Education and Body of Benchers, I am a lawyer and have been called to the bar.


Blogging is a creative outlet to me. I really enjoy sharing and learning stuff. My site is a positive space on the internet where people get honest stuff. Please, as a brand, if I reach out to you, know that I genuinely like you and want to see you succeed. I would have you know that I do not joke with my organic audience, and I will not be a part of any brand campaign I don't trust, or haven't tried out, because let's face it my audience are real human beings. I will feel bad if someone deceived me into purchasing or trying out a product or service that didn't live up to the review or post I saw.

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Wishing you happiness and peace this new week.
All my love,
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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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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!
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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.
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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.
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Have a beautiful week,
Alexandra.




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Monday, 10 July 2017

Summer 2017 Lookbook : Office Outfit Ideas

Hello Loves! Glad to have you here, welcome to today's post. If you missed the last one on Saturday, you can catch up by clicking here
Have you noticed the new things on the site? Actually, they're not really new I've had them here for a while now; I just tweaked them a little, you know me...

We're knee ankle deep into summer, and well some of us need inspiration on what to wear to the office. This post is about how I style this red and black plaid skirt to the office. I waited close to 8 years to be able to wear this skirt becuase I used to be fat. It actually has a jacket, but the jacket is too big for me now so I use my black blazer(which I forgot at home when I went to shoot) with it when necessary.


First Look: 
I use a not so see through black long sleeve chiffon top. It's definitely a serious look for an uptight office. Sometimes I complete this look with my black flats from Dunes.




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Second Look:
I mostly throw on my black jacket when rocking this look because my office can be chilly at times. I love the pattern of this shirt and how it feels against my body.



Haha remember this particular picture from Sunday's Instagram post?



 This third Look is more laid back. It is actuallly one of my crazy experiments. I mean who mixes denim and plaid? So, if your office is chilled, and kinnda laidback(more focused with how productive the individual is, rather than what they wear on their bodies), this look is definitely one to try out.




 


Shop my Look

Skirt: Handmedown from my Mama.
Denim Jacket:  Cubus My jacket is currently out of stock but, I'm eyeing this one, and I feel it will definitely pass.
Black Sleeveless Top: Cozgu
Shoes: Woolworth



What look is your favourite?


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. 
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Wishing you happiness, and God's love,
Your Friend Alexandra.
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Looking for what to wear this summer? My favourite casual outfit of the day might Inspire You

Quote of the Day: Art should disturb the comfortable, and comfort the disturbed. 

Hi guys! How was your weekend? Mine was a bit productive in that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to take pictures for the blog. I didn’t use a photographer though, I made use of what I had. My camera and a tripod stand I purchased a while back for my YouTube channel came in handy.
What casual clothes do you find yourself wearing lately? I remember this day like it was yesterday. We had made up our minds to ditch the couch potato life and explore a bit of our city. Call us crazy because we didn’t leave the house until it was almost three o’clock in the afternoon. Earlier that day we had a brief, unconventional meeting that come what may, we must tour our city. Everyone was finally ready just before three, so we set out on an adventure I will never forget. We were definitely favoured by God to get passes to where we went to. To say that we laughed and had fun is an understatement.

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The weather was really hot, so I threw on a navy blue tank top and these super comfy embellished boot cut (semi-maternity) jeans from NEXT. I can’t over stress how super comfy these jeans are. They also have this cool feel (I couldn’t believe I’ve had this treasure waiting to be worn in my closet for close to 3 years).


Do you have a dress, clothe or piece of fashion you’ve been waiting for the right moment to wear?
Let me tell you a secret. You see, I had never worn these jeans since my mother gifted them to me because, I was…how do I put this…er...fat. Yes, that’s the word. I felt if I wore them, I’d just end up looking like a rolling ball of fufu. 

 But, with more than 10KG off my body forever to the glory of God alone, I decided to give them a try. And guess what, (although now a bit too loose), they fit! The waist was a bit too loose so I had to whip out my thickest belt to hold the jeans from creating a scene. Omo see compliments… chai, God thank you o.



How did your day go? What plans do you have for the rest of the week?
Because you've been good, here's a bonus picture.


Thank you so much for visiting, and reading. I appreciate the fact that you keep coming back. Please don't forget to tell your friends and family about Lily of Nigeria.
 



 Current Listen: Oya Come Make We Go by Tubaba ft Sauti Sol


 
By the grace of God, I'll see you in my next post tomorrow. Be your brother's keeper.
Peace, Happiness and Love,
Alexandra.
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