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Lagos Fashion & Design Week Newbie Guide - What To Expect.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Except you're living under a stone, you probably know that its fashion week season in Nigeria. If you don't, get out of that rock right now! And I mean, right now!!

The Lagos Fashion and Design Week is the most anticipated fashion event in Lagos and its finally here again.I've been attending fashion week since 2013 and its one event I always look forward to every year.
My first LFDW experience was pretty fun! Although, I was a newbie unsure of my left from right, but I was with the right people and was eager to take it all in.

I know quite a number of people might be attending fashion week (LfDW)  for the very first time, so I thought to make it all easier for them by sharing a few things to know and expect.

1. Location. Location!
Lagos Fashion and Design Week runs from Oct 26 through to Oct 29, and the official central hub for LFDW is at Federal palace in Victoria Island.
You will find a couple of tents (backstage tent, retail/shopping tent etc) at the venue and the main event actually takes place in one of the tents which will be open when they are ready for the show.
The runway show is meant to start by 6pm daily but there are almost always delays so the tent might not get opened till 7 or later.
So, what will you be doing till then? Hanging around, of course! That's when everyone meets everyone, pose for the paps, give interviews and basically just take in the scene.
So your best bet is to get there somewhere around 5pm so you don't miss this bit - its an integral part of the fashion week experience!
There's also going to be some shopping of outfits off the runway and this will happen from 11am to 6pm everyday. To check out the full schedule of the event, and see other side events that will happen on the grounds, check HERE

2. It Might Not Be All Fun.
Not to discourage you or anything but I feel its important to let you know this bit. If you happen to go alone and you aren't quite the social butterfly, It's easy to feel a bit lost.
You might think that you'll get there and immediately meet people to do the event with but you'll find that everyone is basically all over the place too.
Last year, I went with people who were majorly interested in getting pap'd (posing for pictures) and I lost them in the haze of things. Thankfully, I hooked up with other bloggers at the event (another reason why blogger boos are important) and had people to be with till the show started.
How to avoid this? Well, go with someone! Or try to get involved in things. See someone's style you love? Go say hi!
You can also check out the retail stands while you wait for the doors to the runway shows to be open.

2. Have flats somewhere in your bag!
Except you're one of those female superheroes who can stand on heels for hours and feel no discomfort. Because like I said, there will be some standing around before the doors to the show opens! In case you were expecting to just get there and get right into the main event.

3. The Paparazzi.

Don't be surprised if you keep getting pulled to have your pictures taken or give a quick interview. There are usually lots of press, just In case you're asked who you're wearing and you're feeling shy to say it's baffs from the market. Take this as a heads up now. Loool!

4. The Politics Of Seating.
When the doors finally gets open, the next thing is getting good seats which can be a pain. Because of course, front row seats are reserved. But here's a tip - be confident and go sit where you want. Most times, nobody will disturb you and you win.
To be on the safe side though, if you're not a fan of being asked to get up midway into the event, just sit on the second row and to the extreme end so you don't get blocked by people's heads.

5. Fashion Week Swag Bags.

Expecting goodie bags?
Just get it off your mind now! You might find a magazine on your seat though.

6. Don't Come Hungry.

There usually isn't anything to eat (or drink), so don't come with an empty tummy because if you get hungry, you're on your own. Luckily though, its in V.I and you can always branch toany restaurant. Although, that's extra cab fare if you're like me that don't have a car.
Also, don't come with empty phone/camera batteries!  Of course, you know why right?

Fashion week is a great opportunity to make good connections because lots of those fashion people you've meaning to work with or meet would definitely be around. Don't be shy to say hi or just introduce yourself. Come handy with your business cards (bloggers, listen! ) and elevator pitch.

All in All, I think it is definitely worth experiencing. For me, being surrounded by so much fashion and street style makes me sooooooooo happyyyy. I can't explain it! I'm always reminded of how much I love fashion whenever I'm at fashion week.

Another thing I always look forward to is definitely seeing some of my model friends and designer buddies slay the runway! I've particularly been looking forward to seeing what T.I Nathan and Fruche has for us this year and I'm pretty bummed I won't be able to make their show because of work but I'll be joining in on the whole fun from friday, so I look forward to seeing some of you!

Ever been to LFDW? What's your favourite part of it all?
Newbie? What's your reason for wanting to attend fashion week this time and what are your expectations?
Did you find this post helpful? I hope you did because I typed this all while sitting at a seminar at work. Lol
Please share this post with the share buttons and let me know your thoughts!
P.S : 
- Wondering how to network at the event? I've got you covered HERE.

- Need some style inspiration? Check out this street style guide for fashion week HERE

- Also check out all my fashion week posts/outfits/experience up to date HERE.

When Bloggers Meet : On The Importance Of Blogger Friendships.

Monday, 24 October 2016
I was going to make this post a picture story of the time I hooked up with two of my favourite online people (who happen to also be bloggers) but I thought to chip in a few thoughts also on the beauty of having blogger buddies.

If there's one thing I like about blogging, it's being able to connect with people I otherwise wouldn't have known and the sense of community like I talked about in my post on ways blogging has changed me for the better.

For someone like me, who isn't exactly the most sociable person out there and not so good at making conversations, I've been fortunate to make a few personal connections with fellow bloggers in my journey.
Some that led to great collaborations like the TBC Connect event and others just a really nice friendship/having people I know I can always reach out to whenever I need honest feedback, to talk about blogging related problems or just discuss brand partnerships and of course, hook up with at events too!
It was also thanks to support from some of these people that putting together my 2016 blog planners was possible.

Having people who can relate with the struggle can never really be overstated honestly. Although they aren't as deep as the type of friendship I talked about in this post, I'm definitely grateful for all the connections I've made with other bloggers both offline and online.

If you're a blogger, have you made any friends from blogging? What do you think about having blogger-boos?!
That being said, I finally got to meet up with Grace Alex of Gafashion. We've been "online friends" for a short while and it felt good finally getting to meet physically. We met at the new Cafe Neo in E-center, yaba (I did a review of Cafe Neo here) and we honestly couldn't have picked a better spot. The staff were so receptive to us and didn't mind at all that we had our cameras out - which is a rarity in Lagos. We bumped into Chiamaka of socialprefect blog - remember her from this post? I went on one of her legendary tours to Lekki Conservation Centre and blogged about it here!
We visited Cregital - a creative digital agency in surulere and ended up at the national stadium where we took the first few pictures in this post.
I had a really wonderful day and it didn't feel like we were just meeting for the first time - there was no awkwardness at all.
I'm always skeptical about meeting online people off-line because I feel like It might be a bit awkward but this wasn't. Maybe I'm mastering this social thing afterall lol.

Do you have any tips to avoid awkward first meetings? I'll love to hear them please!
I didn't intend this to be a style post because I still plan to put out a full outfit post from that day but I couldn't resist sharing these pictures I took with Grace's phone, I really love how it came out. Though, the ones I took with my camera are way more bomb though and I can't wait to share them with you!

Please let me know your yhoughts on blogger friendships and how to avoid awkward first meetings.
Also, is there any blogger you'd like to meet in person? 
Sharreee and let's connect!

Outfit || Casual Vibes In Ouidah.

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Another style post so soon?
Well, yes!

I figured I might as well share some of the pictures from my Cotonou trip that I've been hoarding for a while now. I had a great photographer in the person of my travel buddy, Alabi and even though we sometimes had conflicting views when it came to what type of aesthetics we preferred, we both agreed with the frame and location of these pictures.
I wore this to the Casa Del Papa resort in Ouidah, I blogged about the resort here. I wasn't expecting the long ride there, so I was happy that I dressed as comfortable as I could be. Although I got more than a few stares because of my shorts, I couldn't be bothered less because I wasn't in my country. Lol!
I decided to go super casual and show some skin majorly because we were going to a "beach like" place, so I pulled out this green shorts I've styled previously on the blog here. Shorts are casual by nature but they can also be styled to look less basic, like how I styled my denim shorts in this post and how I tried to with this outfit too.
I have majorly denim shorts which is a shame as there are way more fun silhouette/prints and fashion forward options.
We found this building at the resort and I just knew I was going to end up posing in front of it. The whole aesthetics was appealing to my creative eye.
Midway into the shoot, I was approached by a lady who asked if I was a blogger or a fashion person because I look like one. I was wow'd but I guess there is actually a "fashion person look' and I think my crochet fro and tote bag had some part to play in this. I gave her my blog url while lowkey cheesing hard on the inside.

Do you agree that there is a "fashion blogger/person" look?
What do you think of this outfit?
Speaking of tote bags, I've been going on and on about how I'm planning to create a few tote bags but here's the thing about "planning/thinking about doing" , there is actually not much "doing being done" and you can easily get discouraged within that time frame and start to second guess your ideas.
I guess that's what has been happening to me but re-reading Elizabeth Gilbert's notes on the creative hussle the other day got me inspired. Like she says "create whatever causes a revolution in your heart and follow your obsessions"
I'm ready to introduce yall to my mantra totes line. Or at least one of the totes from the collection!

Are you a tote bag (not leather totes oh!) person? If you're not a fan of them, mind sharing why?
Please let me know your thoughts on the outfit too.
And let's connect!

Style || The Flowy Midi Dress.

Saturday, 15 October 2016
Hi Guys!

Happy Weekend!
I hope your weekend started out fine?
My weekends are fast becoming non existent. I got off a 48hr call duty at work this morning and I still have to be back at work tomorrow, so yeah pretty much non-existent weekend but we move still.

This crazy work schedule and having to still tend to this blog has made me realize how much I actually enjoy blogging and sharing my style/thoughts with you all! Like, forreal.
Even on days when I'm pretty exhausted and when I get lower traffic stats than I'm normally used to (which can be discouraging), I still genuinely want to stay up and put together a post. I hope it stays this way because the burn out life aint pretty.

But I digress anyways.

Yes! Like the title says, this is indeed a style post and I'll get right into that bit soon.
But first of all, allow me to switch things up here from the norm and talk about the extra details of this look before the actual outfit details.
I've been carrying my hair around like this for the better part of the week and I quite like it. I also think it worked really well with this outfit and sort of fit into the whole casual boho vibes thing going on.
What do you think?

This look was very basic before I accessorized (The power of the extras right here yall!). I took these pictures just after I did some errand runs and switched things up for the shoot by throwing on this DIY Choker (Actually a hand bracelet thing I found at my cousin's house), clear aviators and applying some lipstick.
I like how you can easily change a look by switching up accessories!
These days, my daniel wellignton watch is never far away from my wrist which is a huge improvement for me, like I talked about in this post.

On this note, let me just introduce y'all real quick to one of my current fave clothing type - free flowing dresses!
I bought this dress at a thrift store during my vacation in Atlanta. Like this waist coat, the dress was yet another thing my mum couldn't understand why I insisted on buying but I was already seeing the future back then. Lol
I love how easy it is and the colour pop is another thing that caught my eye.
I considered wearing this dress for the blogger point brunch because of the floral theme, before deciding on this look instead.
I shot this outfit a long while back, as part of a feature for the good people over at OrdinaryandArt - check out my feature hereWent with my Lucy.daves lace up sandals to finish up the look.

What do you think of this look and how will you style it differently?
Leave me your please!
And Let's Connect!

Photo Credit : @Ace_Venom 
P.S : In case you missed these!

The Big Magic : On Living Creatively.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016
 The Big Magic.

I used to feel like a fraud whenever I heard people refer to me as a "creative" because I didn't feel like just being able to put together cool outfits made me one.
I felt like the real creatives were those in the arts - the artists, sculptors, designers and co. But over time, I've come to realize that I don't necessarily have to be in the arts to be a creative and I owe some part of that realization to reading Elizabeth Gilbert's book - the big magic.

I first heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from all the buzz her first book - Eat, Pray, Love received but I didn't become a fan of hers till I read this book.
I'm not a big fan of motivational type and self help books because I find most of them a bore and often repetitive. My first thought of the big magic was that it was going to be yet another "self help/motivational" type of book but boy was I wrong!

The Big Magic is a well written book laced with personal experiences that talks about the creative process and encourages us to live a creative life. Every single time I read it, I get a fresh dose of inspiration and gingered to just do better and be better!

I honestly haven't completed the whole book (almost done though!) because I wanted to take my time and soak in all the lessons, so this isn't exactly a book review. I just loved the book so much and thought to share a few quotes and tips that I picked out on living creatively from it.
I've been meaning to do this post for so long now and finallyyy its up! Lol

Let's dig in.

1. Courage is an integral part of creative living.

We all have hidden treasures within us but it is one thing to have them and another to actually utilize them and bring them forth. Being a creative is having the courage to go on the hunt to uncover those hidden treasures and continually bring them forth. That's one thing that separates an ordinary life from a creative one.
If there's one thing I've seen a lot especially in the medical field is that a lot of "doctors" basically stick with medicine because they don't know anything or think there's anything else they can do or are good at. Whenever, I think of that I am so glad for my modelling and blogging journey, because it helped me dig within, figure out my passions and also find some courage to share them. I'm still discovering more aspects to myself but I'm definitely trying to utilize them.

2. Make space for fear but don't let it take over.

Creativity often involves you taking risks and having fears is only natural/expected, but you have to be willing to tell your fear to take a sit at the corner.
Creative living is living a life driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.

3. Keep your eyes open. Listen, follow your curiousity. Ideas are constantly trying to get our attention. Let them know you're available.

Liz likens ideas to energetic life forms that spend time searching for available and willing human partners. They pay us a visit and try to get our attention but most often, we are too consumed by own own dramas, laziness, anxieties, insecurities to be receptive to inspiration and we say no.

4.  You don't need anybody's permission to live a creative life.

You don't need anyone's permission to make stuff. Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

5. Forget about perfect.

There's no time for perfect. Perfect is the enemy of the realistic, the possible and the fun. Too many people still seem to believe that they are not allowed toput themselves forward at all, until both they and their work are perfect.
At some point, you really just have to finish your work and release it as is - if only so that you can go on to make other things.

6. Stay Curious.

Curiousity is what keeps you working steadily, while hotter emotions may come and go.  Following that scavenger hunt of curiousity can lead you to amazing, unexpected places. It may eventually even lead you to your passion.

7. You Might Fail.

Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters. Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

There are a lot more gems in the book but I'll stop here.
How would you define creativity?
Have you read the big magic?

If you've read the book, what are some of your favourite quotes from the book?
Also, what do you think of this post?
Please sharee and let's connect!

Skin Care : My Dudu Osun Experience x Going Natural.

Sunday, 9 October 2016
For a while now, I've been really looking into the whole "natural" skin care thing - you know the whole black soap, honey, oats mask and co type thing.
I actually don't use much on my skin (I blogged about my skin care routine here) and I have a naturally healthy and problem free skin but the one thing I've always wanted was a well toned skin, basically for the color of my face to match the rest of my body especially my legs.

I kept hearing wonderful things about black soaps and how it has so many benefits for the skin but the one thing that stood out for me was hearing that it also helped even out skin tone, of course I was sold!
Plus I figured going natural can never hurt anyone, so I jumped on the black soap band wagon myself and my first choice was the Dudu Osun soap because it is a familiar name ( one that I used as a kid) and because it is also cost effective.
I put it up on my instagram page (follow me!) back then and got quite a lot of feedback on the soap and also got a number of people to join the bandwagon as well - My travel partner Lola mentioned how she went and got Dudu Osun after seeing my instagram post.
So, I figured its only right that I talk about my experience with the soap, do a mini review and also talk about my quest to develop a natural skin care routine.

Price and Availability.
I got the dudu osun soap for N200 from the mallam just down the street in my area. I'm sure you can find it anywhere as well.

Packaging And Size.
It comes in 150g size and in a a small box, the soap itself is wrapped in a nylon. It melts easily if exposed to water so you have to store it in a dry place after use.

My Experience. 
The Good
I love that the soap lathers really well and this made it really easy to use. This might be weird to some people but I also like the smell. It isn't any nice floral-y scent or anything, but for some weird reason I quite like it. My mum hates the smell but thankfully, it wears off almost immediately.

The Bad
I had already read from the comments on my instagram post then that it could be drying, but I figured that moisturizing properly after use would fix that.
I have a normal to dry skin so I definitely felt the effect of the dryness. My face always felt squeaky clean and dry after use. At first, I didn't think much of it because I expected the moisturizer to cover the dryness till I noticed the skin of my palm was starting to peel.
That was the red light for me because I once experienced my face peeling when I used a too harsh product (clean and clear astringent) on my face. My palm started peeling first but I didn't think much of it also, till one day I picked up the mirror and saw that my face was peeling too! The Horror!

I stopped using the soap immediately because of this, although I felt really sad letting it go. I recently re-purchased it and I now use it only for my body. I don't know if its doing anything for my skin (body) though but it just makes me feel good mentally. Lol. I can't explain this.
I hear you can also use it as shampoo, so I'll give that a try one of these days.

Lots of people had only good things to say about this soap from it helping with their acne, dark scars and all, so this is just my own experience with it.

Have you used the Dudu Osun soap? What was your experience with it?

I'm currently using the namaste organics black soap for my face and I plan to still do a review of it. I've used the R and R luxury black soap once as well, but it was a really small size so I didn't use it long enough to form an opinion.
Do you use black soaps ?
Which one do you use and can swear by?

Now, back to going natural with my skin care routine. There are so many options that it all gets confusing and I'm not exactly a DIY person - I used to be but these days I get too lazy so I want products I can just buy.
I've made a list down to the basics and I need suggestions on products to get please!

Cleanse : I already have the dudu osun and namaste black soap for this.
Exfoliate : ?
Tone : ?
Moisturize : This, I can forfeit the natural thing for but if you have any suggestions, let know still please!
I used my mum's moisturizer - Olay Regenerist luminous tone perfecting cream for a while and definitely saw great results!
Face Mask : I've never actually used this but I figure it can't hurt right?

Please share your thoughts / recommendations with me and Let's connect!

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