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Outfit || Toms up

Thursday, 29 August 2013
Yesterday was a really stressful day and i'm so glad i decided to go with jeans as opposed to the skater skirt i was going to wear - its easily blown away by any slight gust of wind and ain't nobody got time/energy to be holding down skirt. Mbanu! Had to go for a casting and then went to see a photographer afterwards, walked a lot (don't ask why i'm always walking, don't you know walking is one of the best forms of exercise? :| )
I decided on a casual look : chiffon white shirt and my trust worthy blue denim pants, but to add a little extra something to the look i slipped on my pink toms and cut off a bit of my ankara material to be able to make a head wrap

I'm looking a bit dark in those pictures, its just because of the poor lighting. Oh and just so you can get a better view of my ankara head wrap and my pretty face :|

Got my braids done last week and sat down for close to six hours but i'm loving it right now. ^_^  .

i had a persistent We had to keep taking pictures till i finally decided i had gotten some good pictures and she didn't even complain *side eye my sister*. Thanks Oge!

My sister suggested the title of the post. Thumbs up - Toms up, Get it? 

Cassandra Ikegbune

Street Style || Bisola

Bisola is one model whose style i always notice during castings -the few times we've been at a casting together. She doesn't just go with the normal "model flow" - Tank and Jeans and its quite refreshing to see. A while ago i stumbled on some of her shoot pictures which she styled herself and i was pleasantly surprised. Girl's got a good sense of style for sure!
I met her at a casting yesterday and as expected she wasn't wearing the "usual tank and jeans", she walked in looking real fly in this blue jumpsuit and i just had to take her pictures.

This girl loves the camera so much! kai but then she's a model so its expected. lol. It was fun "shooting" her.

Cassandra Ikegbune

Its okay to be not okay

Thursday, 22 August 2013
Little miss perfect
Carried on for too long
Thinking you can do it on your own
Heal on your own
I know they said "be strong
Oh and the books all said the same
Hide your pain little one they all seemed to scream 

See baby, 
Its okay to be not okay
When your hearts breaking
Its okay to let it all out 
Tears don't make you weak
And what if you are breaking?
We all are a little broken
Life breaks us all

See baby,
Its okay to hurt
And Its okay to feel a little scared 
a little lonely 
Almost like a stray yet to find home
Searching for solace

See baby,
Its okay to yearn to be held while you cry into the arms of another
Okay to need a shoulder to cry on.
Perhaps if we could all come together and talk about our problems,
we might realize that this solitude is only a thing of the mind. 

               - Cassandra Ikegbune

This is a note to myself and to everyone else out there who can relate

One phrase I've gotten quite used to is "I'm fine", even when I'm clearly not fine. Because sometimes shit gets so hard, med school depresses me and my personal life is a mess that I just want to curl into a ball and remain that way. This is just a reminder that its okay to not have things figured out all the time and to just not be okay

P.S - That picture wasn't taken with this poem (if i can call it that) in mind but i thought it worked so yeah

Oh and another picture in the same setting but of me doing my ugly wide laughter -__-

Outfit || Mix it Up

Monday, 19 August 2013
Remember my Inspiration post on Mixing Prints ? I also took a cue from that to do a "mixed-prints" outfit. 
I've been looking for this top forever and my sister just found it in my box. (I searched that box a thousand times! i already use glasses *sigh*) . I tried it on with this polka dot vintage skirt and it was a perfect match ^_^
Wore this to church on Sunday and didn't find anyone to help me take pictures. (The struggles of a personal style blogger). I was pretty disappointed but had to go to my aunt's house later in the day so figured to just wear it there and then  begged  got my sister to help me with the pictures
She did good aye?

Oh. Remember the top from this Post, definitely one of my best bargains. I'm so happy i finally found it, i have lots of plans for it .:D

I'll like to complain ramble on about the shitty day i had today but that will be a story for another day. Hope y'all had a better day?

Cassandra Ikegbune

A list of Lessons

Friday, 16 August 2013

Joy really does come in the morning.
People come, People go.
You wouldnt always understand everything, Let it go.
Music is better company than most humans
Everything finds peace eventually
Less is Truly More.
Not everyone is out to get you. Some actually do care
It will hurt, but you will heal
Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got
With Red Lipstick, you can conquer the world
And finally, God always always come through. 

Oh and some responses i got from the good people of Twitter

You are your own best friend - @niyiokeowo
Never do anything on impulse - @naynar_o
Knowing who you are and creating certain boundaries can never be over emphasized - @iElla_FAB
Character is everything - @LLynn_J
Life is short - @wiseone91
Life is too short to worry about being weird - @AvrilNiamh

What lessons have you guys learnt from life? Share!!

Cassandra Ikegbune

Inspired by Miffalicious

Street Style || Jessica Edionwele

Thursday, 15 August 2013
I really do not know if this classifies as street style but oh well! 
I have met Jessica a couple of times during fittings and shows for Nigerian Designer Mai Atafo where she is 
currently interning and one thing that always strikes me every time I see her is how simple yet really chic and unique her style is.
We met again today at a mini shoot for a mutual friend where I happened to be the photographer (Did i hear you say photographer? I know right! haha that's another story entirely though) and I once again fell in love with her style. She turned up in a green chiffon top and this really pretty pink skater skirt. (Did i mention how simple yet really chic her style is? Yah). Oh and a turban! You all know how much of a sucker i am for a well tied turban, it gives me so much life!

She is currently working on her own line of Luxury hand bags and shoes and i sincerely can't wait to see all she has to unleash
You rock Jess!!

Cassandra Ikegbune

Outfit || Its Always Greener

Monday, 12 August 2013
This is a late outfit post, i wore this sometime last week to school. After class, my classmate accompanied me to go "location searching" and we finally found our spot in an abandoned filling station. It was a bit odd seeing as there were people around staring at us and most likely wondering why two medical students decided to do a ''photo shoot"' so early in the day when we should be rushing off to one class or another.

The outfit might be looking blueish but its actually all green.
I love gingham prints, takes me right back to my short boarding school days. I got this green gingham shirt from my mum and decided last minute to pair it with my green crop pants

Today was one of the longest days ever, got stuck in the operating theater for 7 hours! Oh, the struggu! Got home and immediately passed out. I'm just here hoping tomorrow will be a bit shorter *sigh*
I hope you guys had a better day :)

Thank you Lolade for being my photographer :*

Cassandra Ikegbune

Outfit || Denim Cut-offs

Saturday, 10 August 2013
Hellloooooo Peopleeee,
How you guys doing? 
First off, i just want to say Happy mubarak to the muslims and a big thank you for this awesome holiday you gave me! A little break from school is always welcome!

Today, i finally dragged my butt off the couch and went to chill with my niggas : Tracy and Toyin ( who are both models). I'm glad i left my house today cos i had a lot of fun with them. And of course, we took loads of pictures and was basically a nuisance on the streets of lagos. lol.!
Enough of the boring talk,  Le Pictures!

Toyin, Tracy and i
Oh. met the pretty babe in the middle today. Chinelo :)

 Haha, some dude actually got out of his car to suggest we pose with the soldier statue so i did! Weird but really funny.

Now, outfit pictures!! :D. I was going for a really easy look, threw on this tank tee and denim cut offs i stole from my sister and my House of Nwocha Bag. Finito

Thank you Toyin for being a "good" photographer *side eye*

Hope y'all had a nice day too?

Cassandra Ikegbune

Style Feature || Wilma Rossana Nicole

Friday, 9 August 2013
It was on one of my "Blog-Hunts" that i randomly came across Wilma's look book page (Oh yes, i'm always searching for new blogs to follow so please leave me your links). 
i was struck my her style, i loved every single one of her outfits! It was like a breath of fresh air and ever since I've been stalking following her page eagerly awaiting a new outfit update. I finally decided to just send a mail to her and she was sweet enough to grant me an interview. Thank you Babe

Please can you introduce yourself
Hi everybody, my name is Wilma Rossana Nicole Gomes Mois├ęs, i'm currently studying applied communication to Marketing, PR and Advertising and living on Lisbon, Portugal. 

I've always wanted to have more than three names, i envy you. lol What do you love about your home town
I was born in Luanda, Angola but raised in Lisbon, Portugal. That's a fact that without any doubt helped to shape my character, and now my heart is divided on those two nations. 
Lisbon is like a lover it has that amazing coolness and care free feeling allied to great historical pass and modern ways of reinventing herself. The perfect marriage between tradition and cultural awareness. 
Luanda on the other hand, is this big melting pot of energy. Everything is changing and building so it becomes really exiting to watch and be part of that. But the thing both cities have in common is good food, that is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures. 

Amen to good Food! Amen! So,when did you fall in love with fashion/ finally discover your style and how would you describe your style?
Fashion has always been a part of my life, even in a young age, in my own special ways (that sometimes were a mess) i was trying to build my vision of me. My mother though was the one who originated everything, she wasn't an everyday stylish women, but boy when those sunday mornings came along to go to the church she would put on some amazing work. And that's when I said "Wow I wanna be like that", to be able to almost paint a picture and create something that beautiful. 
As to finding my style, I don't think I've made it yet, I like to try out different things, so right now I'm still learning.

I absolutely love what you said back there "to be able to almost paint a picture and create something that beautiful". sounds poetic! I'm stealing that line lol. Your Mum must have been a vision in her Sunday best. Which celebrities inspire you the most?
Coco Chanel, Shingai Shoniwa, Miroslava Dumma and Solange Knowles.

Solange owns my heart too! Just gotta love her. What's your ultimate beauty essential?
Lipstick. I like really clean almost invisible make up to wear on the daily bases, so I love when you have that surprise pop that makes you stand out in the crowd.

I feel you! Give me Red lipstick and i'm good. Finish this sentence. I can't leave my house without?
I can't leave my house without some good smelling and hydrating motorizing lotion. That's nothing more beautiful than a healthy skin.

What will one find on your playlist?
 Rock anthems from the 80's and all the really cheesy pop classics from the 90's and early 2000's. Do not mess with my Aerosmith and Britney Spears or Backstreet Boys collection.

OMG! I love aerosmith too! Hi-5 girl!!  And Finally, What's your favourite quote?
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”  By Diane Von Furstenberg.

Wise words! I totally agree. Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer my questions Wilma! I totally enjoyed reading your replies

Do y'all see what i saw? Her style is just simply amazing! Check out her Look Book page for more awesomeness here >> Wilma Rossana-N

Cassandra Ikegbune

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