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Outfit || The White Shirt x Blue Denim Style Formula.

Saturday, 3 December 2016
An Ode To The White Shirt.

If there's anything that is an absolute must have in any wardrobe, it's the white shirt and of course the denim pants too (blue to be specific). That's a no brainer - the white shirt is a wardrobe staple that fits right for every occasion and the denim pants, into every wardrobe regardless of age and style preference.
I'm currently on the look out for white shirts of all fits : be it the retro fit with frills or subtle patterns, the oversized white shirt from the menswear section, the classic white shirt or the sleeveless white shirt. I want them all!

The White Shirt X Blue Denim Style Formula - How To Do It Justice! Click to tweet!

Although in this post, mine isn't the classic white shirt. I'm wearing a vintage one I got off fellow blogger Mide during the last yard sale. I saw it hanging on that rack and immediately knew that it belonged with me.


On the denim end, high wasted denim pants and loose fitted ones have always been my go to - mom jeans to be specific. I still have my skinny jeans but they don't get as much love from me these days. This particular denim pant is an all time favourite on the blog, making it's first appearance in this style post back when the boyfriend jeans was all the rave. I've styled it here and here also.


You might recognize this look from my post on the importance of blogger friendships. I mentioned that I was going to do a full post on the look becuse I loved this outfit so much that I just had to dedicate a post to it.
It is one of those easy outfits combining basics that still ends up looking stylish. It also helps that it combines two of my favorite wardrobe staples - the white shirt and blue (boyfriend) jeans. I decided to go for white flats instead and my blue haute signatures sunnies - both featured in my recent haul post here.

Related : Check out this other style post featuring the white shirt + Denim Shirt Style Formula.

There's something about the white shirt and blue jeans style formula that just makes it work. Whether with flats or heels, layered with a blazer or kimono, it's a sure way to get out of a style fix quickly and still look chic.
Do you agree?

What do you think of this look also?
Let me know your thoughts please and let's connect!  

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Taking Stock || November Notes x Recap.

Thursday, 1 December 2016
Happy New Monthhh guyss!
Wow! Its december already?! Where did the year go? 2016 has to be the fastest year ever but I'm not complaining at all. Lol.

December happens to be one of my favourite months because it ushers in a new year and that feel of starting afresh that comes with it. It also happens to be my birth month and three years ago, it became my relationship anniversary month too (I did this on purpose though haha).


November was an awesome month for me, majorly because I finished my first posting ( read all about my first three months of housemanship/med life here) and went on leave from work. I was really looking forward to my leave and having some time to handle my own business fully.
I'm taking stock of the past month again so let's get right to that!
Making : Lots of phone calls to my printing person and probably frustrating him with them. I promise I don't micro manage people lol.



Eating : Pineapple. Sometime early this year, the mallams that sell fruits in a wheel barrow found a permanent spot in my area and since then, pineapple has been a regular night time chow in my house.

Playing : Travis Greene's the hill and made a way, Simi and Falz chemistry and William McDowell's my heart sings. I listen to those five songs on repeat almost every day. Travis Greene gives me so much life guyss, it's unreal!

Reading : Toke Makinwa's - On becoming. Actually done reading it but that was the last book I read, so I guess it counts. It's amazing how much people are going through, especially people we might be envying and wishing to be more like. People are out here going through crazy stuff! I'm really glad that she's finally healing and has moved on.

Knowing : That this life is not a competition but a personal journey.

Wanting : Some outfits from Moofa Designs. A Nigerian womenswear brand that I've known about for ages now but didn't really pay attention to till I modelled for them recently. I did a lookbook shoot for their recent collection that was showcased at LFDW and almost all the pieces were seriously calling my name. I really wouldn't mind owning one.
Wondering : If I should do a birthday wishlist post and If I would ever have a surprise party. Actually scratch that, I don't think I would ever have one and I've sort of accepted that already. Doesn't stop my mind from straying to it every now and then though.

Hoping : That I get posted to a good unit with non toxic superiors/people when I resume work. My friend got posted to neurosurgery (only the most stressful unit ever!) and has already started her counting down to the end right from the day she resumed. Lol!

Loving : This invitation card to a fashion/shopping event on saturday by Style hub Ng. The illustration is by Tolu Peters and although I had already seen it before on instagram, I definitely wasn't expecting a printed copy attached to my invite (actually printed at the back the main invite). It was a pleasant surprise and a really creative one.
Excited : For a blogger trip I'll be going on this month!

Marvelling : Again! At how talented Kachi Eloka is. Blogged about her on the blog here.

Wearing : Oversized print shirt, turn up denim pants and a slippers from lucy daves. Basically my everyday style like I talked about in this post. Should I do a post on my print shirt collection? It's in my drafts already sha lol
Thinking : About my train trip to Abeokuta tomorrow, itinerary and looking forward to the mini adventure. 

Opening : Emailsssssss! And feeling good doing that because they are blog planner pre-order emails. Keep them coming guys! Go check out all the pre-order details here.

Feeling : Thankful! I was reading my January recap post earlier today and feeling so thankful for the year I've had and for making it this far.



How did November go for you and How is day one of December treating you?Please leave me your thoughts, experiences/ lessons in November and what you're looking forward to this new month/festive period!
Also, let's connect! 

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2017 Cassie Daves Blog Planner || Pre-Order Now Available!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
It's okay to have big goals for your blog/site, but do you have the right tools to help you achieve them?
Finally, the one tool you need to stay organized, create more strategic content and blog better this new year!

You often find yourself scribbling everywhere, writing on your phone’s notepad––which can get tiring, and leaving your blog without posting for months!

You know you want to build a successful blog but you find yourself at a loss for content ideas and maintaining consistency.

You want to delve into the blogging world and you plan to put your best foot forward from the start.

You have trouble with promoting your content on social media and getting your audience to connect with your blog post

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We all know that successful blogging requires a steady dose of inspiration, and careful planning to stay organized especially if you already have school or a day job taking most of your time.
And if you are a creative like me with multiple interests and demanding schedules, you need a framework for consistency. Otherwise, your blog will suffer from no attention.

I get it. I relate. I used to be all over the place with my endless scribbles and to do lists too.

This was until a year ago when I looked at my blog notebook/diaries and realized that I kept writing the same things over and over! I also had difficulties finding where I wrote some things…my mind was a hot mess!Urgh!! 
Although the diaries helped me way better than not having anything at all, they still weren’t helping me stay 100 percent organized or reach my goals. So, I decided to do something about it and created the Cassie Daves Blog Planner, because smart bloggers don’t just brainstorm. They organize! 

The feedback and reception  from the 2016 planner was super awesome! I've been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to improve on the new edition and I'm happy to finally share the 2017 edition with you and announce that The Planner is officially available for pre-order!

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I can say with full confidence that it is definitely helping me get more organized. Once I write something down, it's just there staring back at me and I have to get it done. Using the planner has also helped me realize how much fun it is to check out other blogs and share content. I'm loving every bit of it and have actually considered getting one to giveaway for the second quarter. I know I haven't used it very long, but your planner has definitely improved my blogging life.- Coco || @ _thecxcx

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Features/Here's what you'll find inside the 2017 planner.
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  • Blog manifesto sheet
  • Monthly Quotes ( By some of your favourite bloggers!)
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  • Monthly guest post and collaboration
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  • Monthly finance/budget overview page*
  • Daily To Do list pages and check boxes
  • Daily Blog checklist
  • Social Media posting schedule* (To effectively share and promote your blog content)
  • Monthly looks to shoot pages ( hello fashion bloggers! )
  • 99 Blog post ideas*
  • Some useful blog tools and apps page
  • Important blog dates page
  • Brands partnership pages
  • Blog love/roll page.
  • Important links page

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Here's another awesome thing about purchasing a planner for your blog - just being able to look back into it years from now and see all your blog plans/growth well laid out.


It’s Decision Time!

Ready to stay organized, blog better, and grow your social media?
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Pre-Order for the 2017 Blog Planner is now available!

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  • Pre-orders are open from Nov 30 - Dec 8th
  • Orders will ship out by Dec 19th
  • When you pre-order, you can get a customized planner with your name written below on the front cover of the planner.
  • I'm working on making it easily accessible around the world but if you're not based in Nigeria, we can find ways to get it to you at an extra delivery cost!

Just click the pre-order button above, but if you prefer to do it manually, just email me : sandyva06@yahoo.com, let me know what color you want, location and what you want written in front.

P.S - It is available only in the perfect binding format (not spiral bound)

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Style Crush || Andile Biyana

Sunday, 27 November 2016
I've mentioned more than a few times how much finding people with great style excites me. That's why I started this style crush segment on the blog - because I absolutely love sourcing out and sharing the stylish people I come across.
Its been a while I had a style crush post here though and I thought to correct that. My last feature was the awesome Cacsmy Brutus from New York here.

But now, allow me to introduce you to Andile Biyana my latest style crush. 
Andile Biyana is a South African law student and one of the founders of a "fashion group" called Khumbula -  A trio of stylish south africans using fashion to showcase the African art. I'm not here to talk about the fashion group though. I singled out Andile because she happens to be the only female in the group and I LOVE her style, which is what I'm spotlighting here.

I've been following her on instagram for a while now, although I can't really remember how I came across her profile. I'm a huge fan of retro fashion, which makes up a big part of Andile's wardrobe as evident from her style. It is definitely not everyone's cup of tea but she owns it well.
Her style is different, refreshing and totally hers and that's what I love about it.

What do you think of her style? Also, whose style are you currently crushing on! 
Leave me your thoughts please and let's connect! 
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