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Lagos Living || The Apapa Amusement Park.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

I've had this post in my drafts for a short while now but wasn't quite sure of how well it would be received. In the spirit of feeding my inner child and because I said there would be more Lagos living posts this year in my blog recap, so here goes!

If you were born, bred and buttered in Lagos, you probably know of/have pictures of you taken at the Apapa amusement park posing in front of one of the rides while your mum egged you on to smile.
I have vague memories of my own trip down there as a kid, but I remember the carousel because there is this particular picture of a crying me sitting next to my mum and aunt with it looming in the background.

The Apapa amusement park was the in spot for kids in Lagos back then but then as with almost every good thing in Lagos, poor maintenance happened and it shut down.
When I heard that it was being renovated, it brought back childhood memories (though hazy) and I knew I just had to go back to see for myself and this time etch it in my memory, especially now that I'm old enough to never forget. Lol
Going there on this particular day wasn't planned though. I mentioned in my last taking stock post that I planned to get on a train ride to Abeokuta for a mini adventure. Well, that never happened because we (my adventure buddies) and I got to the train station in the morning hoping to have a day full of exploring, only to find out that the train wasn't going to show up for some reason best known to them. 
Since we were already on the Apapa axis, I suggested we check out the park. The Apapa amusement park is located at Number 1 Randle road in Apapa, but I doubt you need the address to find it because it is a popular spot. 

I really wasn't expecting the beauty I stumbled on when we got there. Like, At all! It looked like something out of a super mario game or a disney cartoon. The architecture, colours and just about everything was super impressive. Just the right amount of spacious, pretty enough to make for dope pictures - I must say that I actually felt like a child again that day.
We got there pretty early in the morning and because it was a week day, it was practically empty (which I liked anyways). I was content and happy just taking in the sights of the place that getting on a ride wasn't on my mind. I can't really remember how the lady in charge broke down the costs for us but you can peep the picture of the price list up there. We didn't get to pay anything though, since we weren't getting on a ride and just wanted to have a look around. 
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to use our camera inside which was really heartbreaking, do I had to make do with my Infinix Hot S, which I reviewed Here

Aside from the rides (which they have a variety of) there is also an indoor games center, events center and food court too.
Because the initial plan was to go to Abeokuta, climb the olumo rock and see some other historical sites, I decided to go super comfy with my high waisted shorts that I like to call mom shorts (I mean, if there are mom jeans - there should be mom shorts too right? Lol), oversized print shirt that was initally tucked out for an easy breezy feel, my lucy daves sandals and a face cap for the sun.  
I had a pretty good time at the amusement park and I intend to visit again to get on the rides and release my inner child.
Have fond memories of the amusement park as a kid? Please sharee! That should be pretty fun to read. 
Also, have you been to there lately. What did you think of the new look?
As always, feel free to share and let's connect!

Update : Googled mom shorts and yup! That's what it's actually called. Hehe

P.S -
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My 2016 In Style, Blog Year Recap x A Few Goals For 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017
Not another recap post right? The last one for the year, I promise! I planned to put this up last year but time and chance happeneth to this girl. I know I've blogged about how to combine your 9 - 5 and blogging and make it work but right now, I work a 7am - 12am, 7 days a week and shit is just so real!

Notwithstanding though, doing a recap of my year in style is yet another tradition ( just like my year in words ) of the blog that I have to uphold. There's just a little twist to it this time around, because I'll be including my 2016 blog recap in this post as well as doing a round up of my looks on the blog from last year.

I did an end of the year blog review in 2015 and found it super helpful in taking stock of my blog year and setting new goals, so I figured hey! Why not try it out this year too? But instead of having two sepearate posts for both recaps , I decided to merge them instead. I'm hoping this makes it a lot easier for you to follow and also takes down having to throw in yet another review post in your face lol.
As always, there will be direct links to each look below the picture. All you have to do is click the number that corresponds to the picture and voila!

So here's my year in style, some of the progress I made with the blog this year, and a few goals for 2017.
Read the full posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8

Style wise : For some reason, I didn't think that I slayed as much as I did the previous years but putting together this post and seeing all my looks at a glance, I guess I can say that I didn't do so shabbily after all.
What do you guys think? 
This year (read as 2016. lol), there was less outfit posts than last year and even less of my signature prints/retro and eccentric style. I played more around casual with a twist looks, bared a bit more skin , denim because what is life really without denim? androgyny and threw in a bit of glam girly look in the mix too. 
I also switched my look up a bit by experimenting with my hair - Going the crochet fro way definitely added some extra spice to my style.

Working as a full time medic means less experimenting for me this year as I'm basically stuck at work 24/7 with a strict dress code . I haven't worn denim this year at all - it is that bad! But I'll try to share more of my work style and how I'm making the dress code work for me regardless.
I shared some of my 2015 style goals last year and this year, one of my goals will be to have a more balanced wardrobe. I talked a bit more about what that means for me in this post. 
I really can't say for sure which look was my favourite but I sure loved glamming up in Maxine Arthurs, twirling and looking Wedding guest ready in Design for love, channeling some free spirited solangey vibes, my floral inspired look  and the urban chic look for LFDW.
Which is your favourite look?
Please share in the comments!

Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5

Blog Wise : It was one interesting year filled with ups and downs but definitely also with progress and greater heights as well. 

I finally got a new blog theme this year. That was one major area I mentioned in last year's recap that needed change and it gave me so much fulfillment to finally get to tick that off. I switched it to something minimalist but responsive and pretty to look at. I'm already itching for another change and I still have a couple of fixes to make to the blog though like create a start here page, optimize my home page to display a lot more content and be a bit more user friendly. I am also looking to finally move from blogger to either WordPress or squarespace. 
Speaking of pages, have you said Hi and introduced yourself in my "introduce yourself" page? What are you waiting for? Let's get to know each other better this year!

My blog grew quite a bit this year - not really just in stats but I like to think also in positioning. I got to feature in two major nigerian magazines as a blogger which was really just so awesome! : You can read all about both my Mania magazine and Guardian Magazine features.
I got to work with Daniel Wellington which I've been eyeing for a while now and Infinix Nigeria which was a big one for me. I also got my very first physical blog award and got to have my first all paid expense blog trip which you can read all about here
One other thing I kept re-writing in my planner was having a Twitter chat and just before the year ran out, I got to finally have one with a few other awesome African bloggers and hosted by the awesome SheLeadsAfrica.
Read the full style posts : 1. 23. 4.

Now let's talk content. There was less of style posts like last year and more lifestyle type posts. I didn't introduce as much new categories like I did last year and wasn't quite as consistent with some of the old ones like Reader's spotlight, candid talk and celebrating creativity. I honestly can't promise to do better this year but I will try with the reader's spotlight at least because I really enjoyed reading/featuring the people that read my blog. I introduced the blog love series where I share a few blogs that I currently love. Although, I realized the importance of blogger friendships, I didn't get to do a lot of blogger style collaboration this year - just this summer style inspired look with Anjola.

At some point this year, I thought about quitting this blog. If you're signed up to my mailing list HERE, you would already all about this. I got frustrated a bit with putting in so much work all the time and coupled with the fact that I was almost always mentally/physically tired, it was taking a toll on me. I also let the comparision bug get to me and I started feeling envy because some of yall decided to decamp (why you gotta do me like this? Lol!) but I'm happy that I didn't quit. I've been blogging for way too long now and on most days, I can't imagine not blogging.
If you quit in the process, you're quitting on the result. Click to tweet!
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

On the social media end, I still didn't up my pinterest game this year after all my noise lol! Regardless of how many posts I've read about pinterest, it has still been so hard for me to get into it. I might just outsource my pinterest and hire someone to handle that bit for me this year. My instagram grew alot this year, same with my twitter because I started spending more time there
Follow me on social media guys! >> BLOGLOVIN || SUBSCRIBE || FACEBOOK||TWITTER || INSTAGRAM
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 345. 6

Some of my blog/brand goals this year would be
  • To move from blogger to wordpress or squarespace - set up my shop and switch up my blog theme to something functional : I'm getting increasingly tired of blogger and its many restrictions and I just need to move.
  • Finally host my own workshop and launch that tote line already!
  • Write an ebook or two, introduce e-courses, challenges and add content upgrades to my posts.
  • Take my blog review and consultation services more seriously.
  • Reach out to and initiate more brand patnerships
  • Take the Cassie Daves Blog Planner to an even higher scale - have you got your 2017 blog planner yet? Details here!
  • Create a consistent schedule for my newsletters
  • Get an intern/more hands to help out with the blog. With my rigorous job, I really cannot do it all alone anymore so if you'll like to be a part of the Cassie Daves Team. More Info here!
  • Try Vlogging, maybe!
This year, I really want to document more of my thoughts, the little moments and share more of my everyday style - not just the looks I think are bloggable and by God's grace, there will bemore blogging related travel trips, international features and more awesome brand partnerships.
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3

Figured I can as well use this opportunity to share some of my favourite blog posts from this year and some of yours too as evident from my stats/comments.


Blog Tips.

Style Tips|Inspiration.
Travel | Lagos Living.
Life  | Inspiration.
Before i sign out, I just want to say a very big thank you to you all for showing me love this past year. Thank you for sharing and commenting. That is honestly part of what keeps me going - I wouldn't be here if not for you all so pleaseeee keep reading and especially please keep leaving those comments, leave the ghost reading in 2016 oh!
Also, kindly feel free to share this post. In between ward rounds, clinic, correcting my patients hyperglycaemia and walking to work, I finally managed to finish it. Took me a lot of time and effort and I will really appreciate if you can use any of the share buttons below to share this post. Or just simply click to tweet!

Love and Light.

Outfit || Casual Vibes For 2017 x Giveaway Winner.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017
HELLO 2017!

First (style) post of the new year and I just had to bring out the big guns. Although these pictures were shot somewhere around mid 2016, I couldn't have put them up at a more befitting time.
I'm immensely proud of these shots. You can probably tell from the fact that I stored them for so long - what's that thing about saving the best for the last again? Lol

Alabi (Remember him from this post?) took these pictures at the Tokpa market in Cotonou. It was one of those days we set out to explore and get a few good pictures in the bag as well. He already had the whole idea/concept to shoot with the cabs right from the start and finding one with just the right amount of baggage at the top made for the perfect back drop. 
The cab men were so pleasant and helpful, even suggesting ways to improve our shot and generally helping steer people away from our picture frame - one area where the beniniose people defer from Nigerians. Unlike Nigerians, where everything is an avenue to extort money, they didn't ask for any. 

But enough about the pictures for now, let's talk a bit about the outfit.  
I think my outfit was the perfect choice for this shoot - the frame, location and all.
What do you think?

It wasn't at all planned though - I just knew that if I was going to be out exploring, I had to be comfortable at the very least and the dungarees signified that for me.  

I was probably the most excited when I got the memo that dungarees where now back in style. There's nothing I love more than an easy throw on outfit that still amps up your cool factor. I've styled this dungarees previously here , here and here.
Decided to go the casual route this time too with a muscle tee, my crochet fro tied up in a bandana and sandals.

Let me know your thoughts on the outfit and shoot in general.
Also free to share and let's connect below!
 P.S - So Sorry I held out on revealing the giveaway winners for so long. The winners are Vincent Desmond and Chidinma Amogu. Thank you all ao much for participating

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2016 In Words || A Year In Retrospect.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

I've been stalling writing this post because it usually requires a lot of introspection which I've honestly been too tired lately to afford. But this year in review has slowly become a ritual that just has to be kept regardless, so I'm here to share a bit of my year in retrospect and how 2016 looked like for me.

But first off, check out my 2013 in words, 2014 in words and 2015 in words posts
Now let's get into it, shall we?

This year started out on a low note for me, I remember blogging about that here, but it definitely leveled out with time. 2016 was a year of major growth for me - I like to call it my first real year of this adulting thing and because it's easy to be all over the place with recaps. I've decided to break it down into subheadings to make it easier to follow.

I'm starting with this one because this was one area that reflected growth for me. I think 2016 was the year my parents finally realized that I just might be a grown up after all and let me see more of life for myself. You know how with African parents, you can never really be old enough but this year was different! I traveled to a few new places on my own (without family) and that was really so exciting for me.
I blogged all about the three trips I made this year and you can read them below :

The Grind.
Although, I didn't quite achieve all that I set out to for this year. Like that tote bag collection I talked about here or the workshops I mentioned here, I'm not going to beat myself up about it.
On the plus side, I finally took the bold step and launched my blog consultation services and came through with the 2017 blog planner as well!

Work Life.
I remember mentioning in my 2015 recap how sad I was that I didn't get a job that year. I finally did in 2016! Even though, it's been really tough living this med life, it is something that just has to happen for me to be able to move on with life and I'm super glad that it worked out for me finally this year.

Blog Life.
I plan to still do a blog recap but let me just stare here that 2016 was a good year for my blog! I got to work with some big brands, for featured in some too magazines as a blogger, for a blog award and got my first all expense paid trip too! I will go into more details in my blog recap post coming up next!

Love and Life. 
This year, I made more of an effort to grow my relationship with God and although I'm not fully there yet, I'm happy that I took some steps, because Major key! I made some surprising friendships and I also realized that even though I might have good intentions, a good heart and all that, maybe I really ain't shit when it comes to friendships and I think I've made peace with that.
I finally took the first step to learning how to sew this year, I blogged about the sewing workshop i attended here and I also learnt how to drive this year as well.
I didn't do anything drastic with my hair this year despite all my talk about wanting to colour it or go natural but hey! I got close to being a naturalista which was so cool for me as I've been wanting to see what I'll look like with a Fro. Check that out HERE

Fave Moments. 
Some of my favourite moments this year would definitely be :

One thing I tried to do this year was an end of the month recap and I'm happy I made that decision because reading back and seeing how I did each month has got me feeling some type of way - good way though.

I'll definitely look back at 2016 as one of the good years. This new year I plan to work even more on my relationship with God, start tithing regularly, finally learn this makeup game thing, finish up learning to sew, make more money and save more! Travel a bit more too and generally slay.

How about you?
How did 2016 treat you? What was your favourite moment this year and what are your hopes for the new year.

It's almost new year already so here's to wishing you all a wonderful new year filled with love and light.
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P.S - I still have two more posts from 2016 to put up so please bear with me!

Skin Care || The Albimazing Beauty Box.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016
There's been an awful lot of beauty reviews and skin care talk on the blog lately right? Well, let's just say that I'm becoming increasingly interested in getting my glo on. Lol

I talked about how I've been looking to develop a natural skin care routine in this post, so I was really excited when the Albimazing network reached out to me to try out their beauty box. Not only because theirs is a natural and organic skincare subscription box but also because if there's one beauty retail trend (if I can call it that) I've been wanting to try out, it is beauty boxes.

For those who aren't sure what a beauty box is all about, it is basically a subscription type service where you pay monthly and get a box of handpicked beauty products delivered to you. I love the element of surprise that comes with it, like a sort of gift to yourself and also the fact that I don't get to spend as much money as I would have if I buy the individual products myself.

Enough chit chat though, let me Introduce yall to this amazing beauty box!
The Albimazing beauty box is thebrainhild of fellow lifestyle blogger, Coco Anetor-Sokei, and I just have to comment first off on the branding and packaging. I'm a sucker for branding and this gets major points from me for presentation. The box itself is a really lovely colourful box that is just so pretty to look at and I plan to use it as a makeshift jewellery box soon. It came with an extra leaflet listing/expantiating more on the box and products which I thought was really nice.

For the maiden box, the theme was "the vitamin c box" focusing on organic products that work to enhance your glow and gently erase the sun's damage.  If you remember from this post, that is the one thing I'm actually searching for with skincare products.

The box comes with five different products - the Ajali konjac face sponge, the L'avyanna skin naturals vitamin C daily exfoliating face wash, mint organic care foot scrub, whipped shea butter by shea butter roots and Moringa oil.
My favorite and the best surprise for me was the Ajali konjac sponge because it has been on my wish list since I attended Ajali's anniversary party and I was just so happy to see it lying there. Will do a review on the products in another post.
I think subscription boxes in general are a great idea! It was really fun unboxing this and going through the products. I hear there are also food subscription boxes but I'm not sure how I feel about that just yet. Lol. So for now, I'll be sticking to beauty boxes and I can't wait to see what the next theme for the Albimazing box would be.

For the cost and other details, there are three plans you can subscribe to: The monthly Plan where you get to pay N10,000 every month, the Bi-Monthly Plan for N17,000 every two months and Quarterly Plan for N24,000 every three months
For more info and to subscribe, check it out Here

I also received another beauty box from Youtopia beauty but theirs isn't a subscription box, I just got sent a box of some products they retail as a Christmas gift.
What do you guys think of subscription boxes? Ever subscribed to any and which was it?
Share your thoughts please and let's connect! 

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