Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Review. Show all posts

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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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

An Honest Review the Contents of the Blogger Point Goody Bag || A Review

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body -Ephesians 4:25.


Hello fruitcake! Come right in, I've got a great post prepared for you today :)
What was your weekend like? Did you have the Monday blues yesterday? Haha see it this way, Friday's just two days away.


This past weekend I got to try out Abuja's most talked about sharwama. Yup, you guessed right, from Chicken Capitol. However, that is not what today's post is about(I know, I'm such a tease *TongueOut*).


In my previous instagram post before yesterday's one I told you I was going to review the contents of my bloggerpoint goody bag here. Before I continue, I want to urge you to read my previous blog post here and 'Like' my Facebook page here. We just passed the 500 benchmark, thank God.

So, the first product I tried was Desire Natural Luxury Facial toner.

My first impressions:
Which one is witch hazel doing here again... Rose water in a Naija product? From where?
Trust your girl, I did a little research on the 3 key ingredients listed on the bottle: Rosewater, witch hazel and tea tree oil.


Have you used any of these products before? Please let me know in the comments.

Rosewater
It helps fight acne, dermatitis and eczema. It's an excellent skin toner and isn't harsh because roses are hypoallergenic. Rosewater is also good for puffy eyes(but in my view cucumbers or Irish potatoes are cheaper! At least in this part of my Africa).
Rosewater has anti-bacterial properties. You might need to know that sides it's antioxidant properties, rosewater is believed to strengthen skin cells, moisturise and regenerate skin tissues.
It also helps to revitalize aging skin and keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay when used regularly.

Witch Hazel
Abeg my African brothers and sisters this has nothing to do with àmųsų aka witchcraft. It is actually a shrub. The native Americans swore by it's usefulness(still do). It is an astringent, an antioxidant and some research has shown it to be anti cancer.
I encourage you to explore this beauty ingredient. I will definitely be buying pure witch hazel for my future bathroom cabinet and first aid kits for myself, family and future hubby(no razor bumps for you my love).
Also, when applied externally, witch hazel is a good natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, and hemorrhoids. It's a good thing this product contains witch hazel.

Tea Tree Oil
I reacted the last time I used a product with tea tree oil. I found it a bit harsh and drying. I guess the essential oil was too concentrated for my skin. Asides that, I love the aroma of tea tree oil.

How I felt about the Toner
1. Nice bottle. Naija people are upping their packaging game. The product comes in a spray bottle. I can definitely see myself using the bottle as a hair spray bottle containing my hair DIY moisture.

2. But why doesn't this come with a complimentary wipe or cotton ball pack.

3. When I sprayed the product on my palm, I thought to myself this smells good.

4. My face didn't react to it. No heat or burning sensations(the reasons I don't ever use any toners or those facial thingys asides my trusty Clearasil wipes, bathing soap, and of course a once in a while DIY facial mask).

5. Note to self: This is not a makeup remover(babes I already did the experiment for you so you don't have to). Apply this AFTER cleaning your face.

6. Side eye: This desire people might have won me over o...


The Scarf
I genuinely love the colour of my scarf. It's not the conventional scarf. The texture is unbelievably soft. And the fact that it has an African print design is wonderful! 

After I removed it from the bag.
I'll be styling it in different ways in a future post here on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled to this site.



The Hair Oil
Packaging is straight to the point. The bottle is pint sized. I definitely see myself carrying this in my handbag. I turned it upside down for a while and it didn't leak so that's a point for them.
How I felt
1. What's in this thing? Why aren't the ingredients listed on the bottle? I'll have to reach out to them after this post so that my first impressions aren't biased.

2. Goodness me! The aroma is good! Please if you have a toddler around you keep this product far away from their reach. The aroma is a cross between bubble gum and sugar candy; within that neighbourhood...
Those of you with baes that love aromas this will set them ablaze, as you'll be a babe with a mission(petite girls with 6f' and above boo boos and vice versa).
I think it's unisex so guys can use it as well (I'll add this to my questions when I reach out to desire).

3. The product is not sticky. It's a light, and can be compared to feel coconut oil on fingers. I loved that when I applied it on my hair it left my hand and didn't linger on.


Mysha Wipes


When I tagged these people to my flatlay they were indifferent. They neither liked it or commented like the others(smh, only God knows if they thought I wanted to get free wipes from them).

The product seems to be filled with a lot of moisture and goodness. I haven't opened it yet. I'm going to do a live review of it on my instagram.



We paid for our tickets and goody bag so we were under no obligation to review our contents. Each persons bag varied "according to their niche."
Some had a lot more than I got, I'm happy with mine. To each her own.
For more details check out my instagram page I tagged all the brand handles to my flatlay.


All my Love,
Alexandra
Current Listen: Holy Ghost Air by TY Bello.


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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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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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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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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog Post Coming Soon

Good evening beautiful people! I'm so sorry I won't be posting today's Thursday post. Please bear with me, I came back late,and I'm a few yards from thorough exhaustion. A post will be up tomorrow by God's grace. This is a temporary post,and will probably be deleted.

You can feel at home with posts in my archives(old posts). By the way, when we cross the 500 bench mark on all Lily of Nigeria social media outlets, I'll do a giveaway :)
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Till tomorrow, be your brother's keeper.
Peace and love,
Alexandra.

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