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New Beginnings || When The Test Becomes A Testimony.

Monday, 29 August 2016
Guess who is picking up the ward coat and making use of her stethoscope again?  Yup Me!

I dedicated a whole post to my problem/test so it is only right that I do a post to share my testimony.

What testimony, you ask?
I finally got employment for my housemanship in Luth!

If you've been around here for a while, you would know of my seemingly unending job search after I graduated from med school. I blogged about the job hunt here and the many struggles that followed it here.

It was a really trying time that stretched for roughly a year and four months. The uncertainty of not knowing the next step to take, having to watch my classmates move forward while I seemed to be stuck in one place was a bit hard on me.

I'm not naturally a "worrier" honestly, but with all the hassle around me and knowing that my temporary license expires by the end of this year, It was hard not to worry.
My worrying phase didn't last all through the time thankfully. And even though, I wasn't quite out of the storm yet, at some point I stopped fighting the storm. Regardless of what happened, I was going to be at peace. I would move on, even if it meant quitting medicine.

I kept reminding myself though that God that started the good work in me will bring it to completion and that His plans are definitely one to give me a future!

And He didn't just do it for me!

He also gave me a spot in Lagos! (I really did not want to leave Lagos).
Even though, I'm not too excited about Luth because I would be with a whole new set of people that weren't my classmates but yesssssss, I'm still going to be in the grind of things and I'm thankful for that. I also trust that God has a reason for the delay and bringing me back to Luth, so we move!!
Looking back now though, I really wouldn't trade the one extra free year I got for anything. Thanks to that free time, I was in the right frame of mind to receive the inspiration when the Blog planner idea came to me, and also to work on other projects( start my blog consultation and review services), travel and grow my blog a bit further!

I've had the employment letter for about two weeks or so now and if you're signed up to my mailing list, you might already know that I've had to do some orientations and registrations within that time.

I officially resume work today and I'm honestly filled with mixed feelings.
Happy, sure! At last, I can get this compulsory one year work out of the way.
I'm not sure how I feel about having to get back to the stressful life of ward rounds,  night calls and insultive superiors and possibly not having much time for other parts of my life (like my blog), but I'm low-key excited to see what this new phase in my life brings to me - new friends? Maybe a new love for medicine? Who knows!

I've decided to take each day, one step at a time and continually speak "Phil 4:13" into my life everyday.

I'm also thinking of starting a new series in my Med Diary where I'll write about my house job experiences, either weekly or monthly. What do you guys think?
Its a hard knock life out here in the medical field.
Wish me good luck guys!
Also, lets connect!
P.S - I also want to say thank you to everyone for all the support and well wishes throughout the whole time! Some of you were constantly checking on me, some helped me speak to people and some prayed for me. Thank you so much! appreciate you all for real!!!! I pray that your restoration season shows up soon for you too.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Philippians 1:6

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Style || Weekend Casual

Saturday, 27 August 2016
Happy Weekend Guys!!!

I'm particularly excited about this weekend because I'm going to be having my first sewing lesson today at nedoux's sewing workshop! I'm always going on about how I want to learn to sew and I even listed it on my bucket list as something to "achieve" before I'm 25.

Unlike last weekend though, there is no events hopping in the picture this weekend. I have a family occassion to attend on Sunday and that's something else I'm looking forward to.

This post isn't about what I am or not doing this weekend. Its a style post! (Obvs). I was going to put up a different post but decided to do a quick weekend style post instead.
One thing I love about working from home (ever since my unemployment issue started) is that everyday is basically a weekend when it comes to outfits. I get to decide how I dress and there's no code to conform to - I love it!
I'm usually always super laidback and ironically, my weekends are when I might even be more "dressed up" because #LagosWeekends!

I've been looking for white denim pants since my sister ruined mine by washing it with something coloured and I was super happy to find this! Although, at first I was a bit skeptical of the length but I think there is something about "awkward length" pants that just makes it work most times, you know?
I paired it with this cute off shoulder top I got off fellow blogger Mide Coker, at the NFByardsale event, and my @lucy.daves slippers. We are definitely still in "off shoulder" season and it seems not to be ending anytime soon! I've styled the trend here, here and here already.

Although, I wore this on a weekday for one of my errand runs, it would definitely work as a "casual weekend" outfit.
What do you think of this look?

I'm off to go prepare for the sewing workshop!
Anyone else going to be there?
What's the weekend saying for you?

P.S : 

Weekend Bits || TBP Bloggers Brunch, The Ajali Party And A Yard Sale.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hi Guys
How's your week going?
Mine has been alright so far.

The other day, I was wondering when I stopped doing full events report posts like I did back then ( check out this one and this too) and switched to this weekend bits format. Then it hit me that it was when I got too lazy to walk up and down taking pictures instead of enjoying the event. This laziness of a thing ehn.

Anyways, I thought to find out if you guys actually like this weekend bits format. Please let me know , thank you!

Okay let's get into today's post.
In my head I'm saying "Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of weekend bits". Feels funny typing it out though. lol
I had a pretty eventful weekend compared to the last one here. After all my rants on being frugal after the budding wings event, I still ended up spending more than I planned to on cabs this past weekend.

I had to attend the TBP bloggers brunch event though (Rember the dee mako blogger's brunch?) because I was one of the "vip guests" and that's the thought that made me put in extra effort to be there.
The dress code for the event was "floral and that made picking an outfit a bit hard because "hard guy no dey wear floral" lol! Jokes though. My mum added to the stress by ruining the dress I picked out that morning and I had to look for last minute fix ups.

I finally made it to the really lovely venue, although I got there late and missed Noble's speech which I heard was really inspiring. Bummer. The decor was nice, everyone was looking all floraly and beautiful. It was really lovely!
I got to meet with lots of my online blogger boos (Hey Sogie, Beth, Grace etc ) and finally meet the face behind the blogger point - Maryam. Great job!

I didn't sit through the award though because I knew I wasn't winning nothing, so I can't say for sure who won what.

The only thing I didn't like about the event was how limited food was but I guess I can't complain much seeing as I didn't even have to pay an entrance fee. I left the event very hungry though and this fueled the decision to hop into Deola's car and follow them to Ajali's third anniversary party. No Shame!

Ajali is a an all-natural handmade skincare brand. This was my very first time at their store and the nice mix of fragrances that welcomed me was so pleasing to my senses. I got there to find small chops in abundance! * speaks in tongues*
I must have embarrassed myself because I took a permanent position beside the small chops table. Smh

I also finally got to meet the owner - Ify , who was so nice and soft spoken. She talked us through some of her products and I definitely have my eyes on the konjac sponge and their scrubs.

I really like what the Ajali brand is doing and how much they've grown since they launched. I still remember when sisi yemmie did an introductory post for them and now they are already celebrating three years. Congratulations Ify!
Check them out @shopajali

On Sunday, I went for the celebrity yard sale event at Zazaii, put together by Liz Awoliyi. They basically had a couple of Nigerian celebrities selling out some of their clothes and shoes, with proceeds going to charity. I think its interesting how lots of "yard sales" are popping up since the nfbyardsale.

Anyways, my friend made me go for this one but I was a bit dissapointed when I got there to find all the nice things gone. My friend who got there really early to be able to get the good things first told me that it seemed like they had people that prebooked items. I hope its not true though because that would be a shame.
I didn't see much that I wanted, so I bought just a pencil skirt my friend picked out for me from Liz Awoliyi's closet and called it a day.

I know the week is almost over but permit me to still ask - how did your weekend go?
And how is this week treating you?
Were you at the bloggers brunch or any of these other events? How did you find it?
Please share! And let's connect!

My Infinix Hot S : Unboxing And Review.

Monday, 22 August 2016
The infinix hot s finger print phone
There's a new Infinix on the block!
And here's what I think about it.

Just in case you're wondering. I promise, I haven't sold my soul to infinix. Not yet anyways. Lol.

I'm just a bit intrigued about how phone brands manage to drop new phones every other day especially when we are just getting over the one they just released (please, who is with me here?). I'm also always excited to try them out, even if it means just browsing through a friend's own to find out for myself what all the hype is about.

Luckily for me this time, I didn't have to browse through a friend's own or the one on display at phone stores because the wonderful people at infinix thought to gift me the infinix hot s - which is their latest release.

If you follow me on instagram, twitter or snapchat (follow, come on!) , you would already know this. I did an unboxing video on snapchat a short while back and I got more than a few people asking for a full post.

Again I'm not a techy person, so I'll just do a visual unboxing here and also highlight what I love about this phone and how its an upgrade from the previous one here which is also pretty dope in itself.

Infinix Hot S packaging and phone case
The infinix hot s battery packaging
The phone came with the basics - warranty card, manual, earphone and charger and the pin to open up the sim card slot.
I really like the packaging of the phone. I think the cream box is pretty to look at and I like that they displayed the main features of the phone on both the box and on the screen, so you can easily get a feel of what the phone contains at a glance immediately you unbox it (kind of like what I tried to do with the packaging of my blog planner here).

The infinix hot s camera quality

I like that the phone isn't heavy at all! Really light weight, which I didn't expect from merely looking at it.
Mine is the champagne gold colour and according to infinix - the body is made of full metal with slim edges to fit the hand. Yup! It sure does fit the hand.

The infinix hot s camera and picture quality
The infinix hots picture quality
This is one major point of upgrade from the hot 3, which I thought had great camera quality. This comes with a 13MP back camera and 8MP front camera. I noticed that even in low light conditions, the pictures still come out quite okay. It also has a wide angle selfie. Something for some weird reason, I never even noticed in my other phones but somehow noticed in this one.

The infinix hot s display quality
I LOVE how crisp and clear the display of this phone is! I'm not even talking about camera quality here, I mean how pictures and even web pages/instagram look here. I transferred a picture to both my other phone and this phone and it looked way clearer and more appealing on my infinix. It has a 5'2inch display and resolution is Full HD (1080 x 1980 pixels).

Finger print sensor for selfie on infinix hot s
The #InfinixHotS is the first Infinix device to have the fingerprint sensor ability which I absolutely love!
It is not only a security feature (to unlock the phone) but also comes in handy for taking selfies and answering calls by just tapping the fingerprint sensor at the back.

The infinix hot s features otg core octa quad
There's also the magic movie feature , although that honestly isn't my best feature of the phone but its a fun app to take videos with and heyy! It comes in handy to distract your small cousins with - I know mine love having fun with it.

The phone also comes with inbuilt quotes that show on the locked screen. Apparently, that's one thing most of their phones have but this is my first experience of it and I found it pretty cool.

It has a non removable battery cover, which I'm not exactly a huge fan of but I find that it works for some people so there's that. I'm also not a big fan of how the apps are arranged in a vertical position, instead of the usual horizontal fashion, but that can be easily fixed by downloading the google now (thanks to Deola) for this fix up.

It is a dual sim phone but plot twist! You have to choose between putting in a second sim or a memory card, so technically one micone micro sim and a memory card or two micro sims and no memory card.
You can use the phone as a power bank to charge up your other phones with the help of an OTG cord. It supports 4GLte, Memory size and battery life can be seen in the picture of the box up there as well.

PRICE : N45,000

All in All, I think the positives outweigh the negatives and I have been enjoying mine.

What do you guys think of the infinix brand? Does anyone have this phone?
What has been your experience with it so far?

Also, what do you look out(/what are the important factors) for when you're picking a phone to buy? I never used to check memory size and that's how I ended up with an 8GB phone that never seems to have space regardless of me not having lots of app. I know better now though!
Please share your thoughts with me and Let's connect! 

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Inspiration || The Athleisure Trend.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

I haven't done a style inspiration post in a while now and I'm about to rectify that.
In case you're new around here - the style inspiration corner is where I share looks on fashion trends to serve as an inspiration on how to wear/ rock a particular trend.
My very first post in this segment was on the mixed prints trend here and it was a hit. Since then, I've blogged on Ponchos/capes, the socks/shoe trend, bandana neck scarf and styling the kimono trend (just to mention a few)

This time around, the trend that I'm loving right now is the athleisure trend. Which is basically wearing "athletic wears" outside the gym/court and as "fashion". I'm talking anything from joggers, track suits, leggings, sweats to yoga clothes to even tennis wear and of course sneakers!
Athleisure isn't an excuse to look sloppy though. It is about spicing up the traditional sport wear and making it look stylish.

This trend appeals to the inner tom boy and androgyny lover in me, but it can easily be a miss so I thought to share a few style inspiration.
My first and actual love affair with this trend started before I knew it was going to become a big trend, and like my growing love for face caps, it started with my friend Tracy showing up in a slightly oversized joggers on our trip to the salon.
I vowed to get myself one too because she looked all shades of effortless cool and laid back! Which is really all I'm about and here for.
I'm not particularly a fan of wearing tights/leggings out, but kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid seem to have this one on lock down and they make it look so good! Still, I think I'll be sticking to the joggers end of the athleisure spectrum. Thank you!

I'm a bit skeptical about if it will pick on here because Nigerians are generally stylish people and you would hardly find people walking around in their gym clothes - except its on the lekki ikoyi bridge.

What do you think?
I'll love to hear(read) from you!
What are your thoughts on gym clothes  making their way out of the gym and becoming a larger part of people's everyday wardrobes.
Would you rock this trend ?
Share and Let's connect!

P.S - For more style inspiration posts, check here.

Photo credits : justthedesign. nadiaaboulhsonvogue.

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