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Lagos Living || Lekki Arts & Crafts Market Finds.

Sunday, 12 February 2017
Hey Guys!
How did your weekend go?

I finally got around to going to the lekki arts and crafts market this weekend!. I've been meaning to visit the market for ages now and when I got my first free weekend in a while, I immediately knew that I had to use it to tick something fun off my to do list. I initially planned to go to badagry or visit the erin ijesha waterfalls but my friend discouraged me siting the marathon as a bad timing to plan a road trip. So the next option was to look for somewhere close by to head to and the lekki arts and crafts market made the cut. I'm a big fan of anything artsy and I've read nice things about the place also.

Related : Braving the longest canopy walkway in Africa. 

The arts and crafts market is basically the same as the jakande market in Lekki. I've been there a few times to buy foodstuff and I didn't realize it was going to be in the same place. I kept asking my friend if he was sure we were at the right place because somehow, I had pictured a market dedicated to the arts and crafts alone probably with a "welcome to the lekki arts market" sign at the entrance. Lol

We had to navigate through the market to get to the arts and crafts section proper. Regardless of the boring exterior, the market was really nice and super organized with a wide range of picks from bags, african inspired accessories, paintings, crafts,  sculptures, wood carvings, to furnitures. The list is endless!
I didn't get to go round the whole market because I was really sweaty and my friend was getting hungry and wanted to leave but here are a few of my finds and things that caught my eyes at the market.

Bags and Accessories.
There were lots and lots of bags - ankara/animal skin bucket bags, backpacks, totes  but I'm not a big fan of ankara bags so the animal skin type were the ones that spoke the most to me. I especially loved the bags in the first picture and wanted to get that but when I got back to the shop after going round to check out other options, the seller had gone to pray and we couldn't wait :(  I also really wanted to get the cowrie necklace because the one I got sometime last year disappeared before I even got to wear it but the seller wasn't speaking my price language, coupled with my friend that kept bugging me.

Clothes & Fabrics. 
Majorly ankara and african inspired clothing. We checked out only one store but I saw a couple of pretty ankara shift dresses that I wouldn't have minded owning. They also had Ankara fabrics for sales too. 

I was super impressed by the market and it made me realize just how gifted people are. I didn't take pictures of any of the art works/shops because I wasn't interested in buying any (till when I have my own house lol)
I tried doing a live instavideo but that was a fail because I couldn't look around, shop and be useful to myself while holding a camera and reading messages at the same time. How do yall vloggers do it?!

What I Got. 
Things are a bit pricey though but with good bargaining, you might be able to get a good price.
I ended up buying a hand bag for 3000Naira (I probably should have tried bargaining more), wallet for 1500Naira, ankara earrings for N500 and my friend got me the pants for 2000N (a price I didn't agree on but he liked it too much to let it go) 

I actually would love to go to this market again because I have a particular picture concept I want to take there lol plus now that I know that I need to bargain well, I would love to try that out and get a few things more too. 

So if anyone plans to go and needs a plus one, I'm your girl! 

Have you been to the lekki arts market before? 
What was your experience like? 
Share and let's connect guys! 

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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 -
Other posts you might like
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For Women Who Are Difficult To Love.
4 Hacks To Instantly Look More Stylish This Year.
3 Life Lessons From Creating The Cassie Daves Blog Planner.
My Favourite Outfits From 2016.

Lagos Living || Tarkwa Bay Weekend.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

I've been meaning to go to the beach forever because its been a long while since I've been to one, so when my friend Banke (from this post) proposed we go to tarkwa bay, I was definitely game. Though I had to try and overcome some residual fear of getting on a boat. The first time I went to tarkwa bay some years back, the boat stopped working mid way back - it was so scary! And I made a promise not to get on another one if I made it out alive. Lool
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Anyways, so we eventually settled on a date but last minute, two of my friends dropped out which would have initially made me change my mind also but I was determined to see this through regardless and I'm glad I did
Tarkwa Bay is only accessible by water route and I hear there are various jetty points you can take a boat ride to get there, along the marina and Victoria Island route. I left all of the planning/decisions to my friend and she chose the jetty by the bridge after bonny camp (where you usually see them sell fishes).
I was a bit skeptical about the boats (or canoes?) because they looked sort of rickety but they were pretty good and the ride was even fun! The boat ride cost N500 per person and we got there within 20minutes or so.
There is an entrance fee of 200Naira and additional fees to get a tent and chairs. They tried to scam us though, but we haggled the price down to 1500 for four chairs and a tent.

I really like how serene the beach is compared to elegushi and co. Unfortunately, there isn't anywhere to buy food or drinks, so you have to come with yours and also some games to play with - if you're the type that gets bored easily.

The few vendors you'll find at the beach are coconut sellers (speaking of which, I just realized I'm not a fan of that coconut drink thing or maybe its just the one I had that wasn't nice), swim wear, beads and art work vendors.
I went armed with my pack of wilsons lemonade, I just recently became a wilsons addict and I've succeeded in transforming my family members too. :')

I didn't take lots of pictures unfortunately, even though I carried my camera along with me. Majorly because we got there a bit late, spent the first few minutes trying to get settled and before I knew it, it was time to leave. It pained me gan oh, because I carried my blog planner along and some other books to settle down, enjoy the view and try to get some work done.

But hey! I finally gathered courage to start the number three thing on my 25 before 25 list. I don't think I'll be wearing a full on bikini anytime soon sha because I didn't really see the point of me changing to a bikini top to just lie on a chair on the beach, when I could have as well worn my camisole (I'm old school *sigh*)

I took majority of these pictures with my infinix hot 3! (Bear in mind that I've also cropped the pictures with instagram and reduced the size as well)
I am so so impressed with this phone guys! Its not called a "lifestyle phone" for bants. The camera quality is bae - perfect for pictures for the blog and even videos.
The whole user experience (fonts, customizations, keypad, gbo gbo eh) too is lit - I didn't come here to do phone review sha but if you're looking to buy a new budget friendly phone especially because of camera upgrade, you should check out the infinix hot 3 here.
I received the phone recently courtesy the good people at infinix (the blog market is movingggg!) but trust me not to hype something I don't believe in.

Have you ever been to tarkwa bay?
What was your experience like?
Meanwhile, how's the new week treating you ey?
Leave me your thoughts and let's connect!

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