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Review || Hello Food NG.

Thursday, 30 April 2015
I bet you guys don't know this but if there's anything I love more than you all that steady visit my blog, its food!
I actually sit in class sometimes daydreaming of what I'll like to eat when I get home.
Some days, I really want to get something (mostly KFC and shawarma tbh) but because my laziness kind of overrules my love for food, I just stay there thinking of a way to get it without moving an inch and finally end up not getting anything. So when I heard of hello food, an online food hub that saves you the stress by acting as a middle man between you and your favorite restaurants, I had to check it out!
I was so happy to see my favorite shawarma joint (Southern Delicacies) around my area listed in their restaurants so I ordered shawarma.

Here are a few things I like about Hello Food.

- The site is really easy to navigate. All you have to do is enter your location, select what you want and follow the instructions. I made my order within minutes.

- They have a variety of food options and restaurants - both for local food, chinese and fast food lovers.

- Their customer service is quite good. Once I placed my order, I got a text, call and an email immediately to confirm and a promise that they have told Southern Delicacies in no uncertain terms that I'm a busy, hungry, VIP customer and I'll get my food really quick (The exact words they used.lol).
Let me tell you why that's important to me. I have a hate-love relationship with southern delicacy because even though their shawarma is goood, they take tooo long to deliver and I have to keep calling to ask how far.
Guess what? They delivered within the thirty minutes hello food promised me! Lool. Smh

- They don't add any extra costs to the food. i.e you'll get it for the same price you would if you had gone to the place yourself.

I'm sure I'll be using them again. I just pray I don't finish my money on fast food because tbh my laziness to go get food saved me a lot of money. Lol
Have you ever tried Hello food?

Oh and just for fun plus since we're talking about food, what's your favourite food?


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*This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are mine.

Lagos Living || Re.Le

Monday, 27 April 2015
I'm one of those people that spend their weekends holed up indoors doing nothing in particular and wishing they had a more active social life (Plix epp me)
Early this month, I made a mental decision to change that after my exams and visit at least one new place every saturday/sunday or just get out more.
That also hasn't be working out too well. However, this weekend I actually planned to get off and go have a life! My first/main port of call was the Redefining finance event by wana wana and Glory Edozien. I attended their first event 'redefining beauty' and knew that I was definitely going to attend anything else they come up with but my weekend didn't go as planned at all and I couldn't leave home till evening and only because I had to run a 'family errand'. I had to go deliver some things to my sister in law school and since I was already on the island, I decided to go and check out this Re.Le place everyone on my instagram seems to be raving about.
Re.Le is a an art gallery located in No. 5. Military street, Onikan. I'm not really all that big on arts but I love to look at them and I appreciate the beauty.
I think artists are everything that's right in this ugly world and I so envy their talent!
I love the whole minimal look of the place and the signature wall just got me! Anyplace that let's me scribble on their wall and leave my signature behind is my type of place. Lol
It is a small space though so if you plan to visit, I suggest you don't make it your 'main waka' because if you're like me, you might get around the whole place in less than an hour.

Sorry for the poor quality and small amount of pictures guys. It only just came to me this morning to start this new segment 'weekend bits' as a way to encourage myself to go out and experience my city. Also to share new places and finds with you guys!
So what were you guys up to this weekend?
Oh and what do you Love about Lagos?

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Outfit || Hat-Lady

Saturday, 25 April 2015
I'm sorry, I haven't been able to blog guys! I've been in a fix : no camera, no photographer. I've basically been walking around with this chaos going on in my head on how to fix that problem and get back to blogging on a regular.
I finally decided to stop worrying my poor head so much, pray for help, and then also ask around for help and I got it! The problem isn't totally gone though but I'm taking it one post at a time.
Speaking on 'asking and receiving', this past week has been filled with so much testimonies. God is truly amazing!
I wore this to church (YES, I wore a jack Daniels tee to church) two weeks ago and this post was meant to be up since then but couldn't take pictures because of 'you know what'.
My friend said all that was missing in this look is a broom so I can look like a complete witch. Lol! 
Hat-Lady because well, I'm obviously wearing a hat and I kind of feel like a 'lady' when I wear heels so yeah.
Guys! You see that one different picture up there? See how dope it looks? It was edited by @princemeyson and finally changed my mindset on photography for my blog. I used to be like 'oh, no need to edit the pictures or stress yourself much, just help me snap with your nice camera and we can call it a day' but now I can see why I need to stop being okay with just mediocrity especially when I can do better. 

What do you guys think of this look?

Pictures by @ipinayo

  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. - Matthew7:7

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Three Life Lessons Lately.

Saturday, 18 April 2015
I've been trying to write this post for the past three or four days now but I keep pushing it away.
If you're reading this right now, it means that I've finally worn the battle against procrastination and laziness. Yay me!

This past week especially was packed with so much lessons that sometimes I have to sit down and try and piece everything together. I'm one of those people that find it hard expressing/explaining myself and Its definitely not easier writing it down when its all in fragments in your head (Fragments that I understand anyways) but I'm going to try because after all why are we here if not to share, learn and grow?

So here goes,

1. Fear will only cripple you.
Not that I don't already know this but like I keep saying, I'm constantly re-learning things.
I went for a casting recently and just couldn't bring myself to walk. Let's not even go so much into the 'why' but the bottom line is that I was afraid.
You know the thing about rejection? It leaves a bitter taste and makes you scared of trying again.
I reached out to a friend in my distress and was reminded of the statement in the picture up there.
So here's me hoping for your sake that you're brave enough to keep trying regardless because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take (I know I do)
I also hope that someday when you're about to let fear (whether fear of failure, rejection, criticism, or change) stop you from taking a go at something, you remember this post and realize that you're not alone in this and that it has happened to the very best of us.

2. Change your mind, you start the process to changing your life.
This one also kind of relates to the first one. My friend Tracy sent me some scriptures to read after that casting incident because she wasn't used to seeing me give up easily and tried to get me back on track. (Friends like this are gold, keep them!)
Most times we don't take 'chances' not only because of fear but because we are too much of a pessimist.
She made me realize that how and what you think of yourself is very important. If you keep thinking 'oh I can't do that', then you'll never be able to do it or 'oh it won't work out', then it won't.

3. Speak life everyday!
Notice how most of these lessons are related?
When you start thinking more positively and start speaking positively too, changes start to occur!
What is fear? That goes away too!
So everyday , I tell myself
'I am the best out there' 'I am a success'
'I am excellent at what I do' 'I have grace unlimited' etc etc
There really is power in the tongue.

What are some lessons you've learnt recently? I'll really love to hear and learn as well, please share!

Cassandra Ikegbune
xoxo
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Outfit || Black Out.

Sunday, 12 April 2015
Oh hey guys, how was your week?
I spent some of mine re-reading old posts and marveling at how deep I can be sometimes. He he
Its amazing you know? This blog thing. It's like a sort of journal where you can go back in time to see how your mind, style and tone of writing has changed..

Anyways, on to the matter for today. Its a bit of a picture overload which I'm sure you guys have noticed has been happening a lot of recent.
That is what happens when you take too many pictures and love them all too much to leave any behind. But don't worry, there is always a structure to my mess.
I actually didn't plan to look like someone mourning something but it happened and made me realize how super cool I look in all black looks! I then took a walk back and re-read some of my outfit posts where I was in an all black outfit and nah, guys! I need to wear black more!
I was just stepping out to get some pictures from a photographer so I kept it casual in my harem pants and a plain black tee. I think the accessories made the outfit though (hat, glasses and all), what do you guys think?
I finally got a wide brimmed hat and I guess I should apologize now because I will be wearing it A LOT and you guys might get tired of me :'). It helps that my hair is currently in a sad sad state so that's my excuse.
Now I'm just out here trying to get Grace Alex or Akin Faminu to send me one of their straw/panama hats. Lool

Some of my all black looks for your viewing pleasure ;)
If you do check them out, please let me know which is your favorite look!

First set of pictures in the brick wall place by @vantagephotography
The other set by my super cool friend who has zero social media presence sadly -  Oge.

Cassandra Ikegbune
Xoxo
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Model Diary || Nuraniya Studios

Wednesday, 8 April 2015
 Heyy Peoplee!!
How is your week going?
I actually spent most of last week and this week in my home town in Anambra state and just got back to Lagos yesterday! I was also down with malaria the whole time but still tried to be useful to myself small. Good to be back though!
So on to the post for today, which is wayyyy overdue by the way! 
Remember the shoot i talked about in this post? Well, I finally decided to get my butt out of bed and go and get the pictures from the photographer.
It was a lookbook shoot for design label "Nuraniya". I really wish I could have documented the behind the scene process of this shoot but everyone was busy with one thing or the other and couldn't help out in taking the pictures.

We actually shot these pictures in two batches and these ones were the first set we shot.
It was meant to be just for the "Ad campaign" although I'm not even so sure if they were eventually released or not.
I worked with a great team, the make up artist and stylist are the same ones in this post.
It was my first time working with the photographer though but i think he's amazing as well! I love photographers that get their shot immediately, saves me the stress of having to think up endless poses.
These ones are for the look book proper which I'm actually seriously digging!
I like that everything is wearable and can be styled in multiple ways and I loved all the pieces but that orange dress is Bae though!!!
What do you guys think of the outfits? Which is your favourite look?

CREATIVE TEAM
Designer : @nuraniyastudios
Photographer : @ahamibeleme
Stylist :@thestyleinfidel
Makeup Artist : @Christinecreations

Cassandra Ikegbune
xoxo
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So You Want To Be A Model?

Monday, 6 April 2015
I've been meaning to do a post on "how to become a model in Nigeria" for a while now because I keep getting emails asking for my own story and also advice on how they can go about it but I would have loved to bring you a fresh perspective from one of these "new age" models because I'm a bit old lol and to be honest that's the reason I've been holding back. That and laziness
So I've finally decided to stop waiting for the model I wanted to write this post and just do it myself.
Let's dig in..

How It All Started :
First shoot I did for the face of sleek Ad. I was so shy and inexperienced.
I started modelling proper in late 2011 or there about.
I think its safe for me to say I was “scouted” even though we don’t really have model scouts over here but I was walking on the road one day and a lady stopped me and asked me if I was interested in modelling.
That was the starting point, she paid for my cat walk classes. I was miserable at first, chei! Learning wasn't so easy because I wasn't used to wearing heels at all and they would always mock me :( but look at me nowwwww. Lol
I was scouted two times actually, the second time was by Nigerian Designer Mai Atafo. After meeting him at various events where I was ushering at (the first two times, I legit turned down the offer) I finally decided to stop being so dense and scared and quit worrying about if I'll be able to combine med school with modelling. So i took the opportunity he offered and i havent looked back since.
I'm so thankful that God didn't give up on me and still found other ways to make me see I was meant to do this even if not full time because modelling has opened so many doors for me and has been an interesting and wonderful journey. 

What you should know before delving in :
- That there are different types of modeling : Editorial modelling, commercial modelling and fashion modelling. You"ll have to do a bit more research to find out what each of them is about and the physical requirements.
- Its not always all fun and glamour, its also hard work and requires discipline and resilience
- The pay isn't always good - let me not even go into that but all I'll say is that if you're doing it for the money, you're on a long thing.
- It can get downright depressing with the constant rejections and all. Lool, imagine going for a casting and you're asked to walk and before you even take your second step, the judge screams next!!
- Nigeria being nigeria, of course there is corruption even in the modelling sector. Things don't run as you probably imagined from watching next top model or fashion tv. So yeah, get ready for anything and everything.

Getting Started : 
I usually advise people just starting up to join an agency although like I said things are a bit different here (not in a good way though) and most models don't even get their jobs from their agencies.
They hussle them out themselves by going for auditions, meeting people, building a network of people in the business that call them up for direct jobs etc
But it wouldn't hurt to join an agency if you're a newbie, that way you get the proper training - cat walk, poses and all that.
StylJunki has a post on contact info of some modelling agencies in Nigeria and you can check it out here.
If the agency thing doesn't sound too appealing, you can also try out a modelling competition. Most of them require no experience at all and you learn catwalk, poise and charisma from it and can also start building your network too.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any more questions, please feel free to leave it in the comment box.

P.S - You can read more of my "escapades" as a model in my model diary section here. I just wish I started documenting my gigs from the get go, but better late than never right?

Cassandra Ikegbune
xoxo
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