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Three Days In The 'Buj - The Dunes Experience.

Saturday, 17 December 2016
Have I said thank you to you guys lately? Thank you so much for all the love on my birthday and the support in my last postI appreciate you!

P.S - Picture overload in this post.

So, It is no news that I was in Abuja over the weekend for the dunes experience. I talked about it in my last post here and If you follow me on instagram, you must have been fed with all my updates on insta stories. Haha.

I got back to Lagos last weekend and I was really not ready to face real life after the great weekend I had at the Dunes center in Abuja. Why do all good things have to come to an end? *sigh*
I was selected amongst a few other notable fashion personalities (Fashion writers - Nikki Anyansi of StyleVitae, Oge Agu of Kamdora, Favour Olugu of TW Magazine, and Godson Ukaegbu of Genevieve Magazine,  Stylists -JekwuTheStylist, Zed Eye and Jane Michael Ekanem, Photographer - Kola Oshalusi, Blogger - Akin Faminu and OAP - Kaylah Oniwo) to experience the launch of the luxury floor at the Dunes center in Abuja. We were to spend three days lodged at one of the best places in Abuja - The Dunes Apartment and I was really excited for it all.

Here's a break down of all we got up to during the three days we spent exploring the dunes center and my highlights.

Day One.
I set out on Friday morning and met up with the rest of the crew at the airport.
We arrived in Abuja in the afternoon, got loaded up into the bus and headed to the Dunes Center. That journey was my first glimpse of Abuja and I was really amazed at how free the roads were! We got to the Dunes centre in record time and I was so happy to see that it met and exceeded all my expectations! I mean, I had high expectations already but somehow they managed to exceed it. The building itself was quite massive (I got lost a few times lol) and the apartments were real ly impressive.
We had a welcome package waiting for us in our rooms and part of its content was a scroll. The scrolls were definitely one of the best parts of my #theduneexperience because I'm a sucker for the little details, branding and extra personal touches (like I tried to show you all with my blog planner packaging). Everything was so well thought out and it was obvious from the start.
Quick background : The Dunes Center is a one stop shopping arena in Maitama (Abuja), comprising of the Dunes apartments, the Dunes restaurant/ Cafe and the shopping arena where you can find just about everything! You can also shop your favourite luxury/designer brands, Art, and Nigerian fashion at the mall.
After we all got settled in, we went down to the cafe to have lunch and generally familiarize ourselves with the centre. Can you tell that I have a serious case of green fever(envy) for Nikki's hair? Legit hair goals right there!
The highlight of day one was the masquerade ball later that night. We all for masks and got to dress up to dinner.
I wore an Ejiro Amost Tafiri skirt with a lace crop top for the ball and it was such a fun night watching everyone let loose was particularly interesting. Lol. Trust someone over here didn't exactly let loose. Haha

I also got surprised! I remember saying I wouldn't mind being surprised for my birthday in this post even if I didn't think it would ever happen. I was so sure that it was never going to happen and even kept disagreeing with people in my comments that it would never happen. Little did I know that the crew had a surprise planned for me. I was so shocked when the song suddenly changed to a birthday song, a cake appeared and everyone started singing along! Best birthday yet!

Day Two
Day two was the D - Day. The actual day of the fashion show and launch of the nigerian floor (stocking Nigerian fashion brands) which was the main thing we went there to witness. But before the actual event, we were taken on a tour of their luxury floor. I wish I had taken more pictures from that tour because I need to share all the beautiful shoes and bags! It was just so much beauty in one place. 

Day two was my day to switch back to my comfort zone and I wore a polka dot crop top and black highwaisted pants. Full style post coming soon!
The fashion show and launch of the Nigerian floor was the highlight of Day two for me. I finally decided to have my face beaten and coupled with the lovely dress I got from an amazing Abuja based designer Maxine Arthurs, I was ready to have a good time. Full outfit post in my next post!

The show was one of the most organized and creative one I've been too in a long while. The set up and sitting arrangements were done in a different and out of the box way to help us engage more with the crafts and products on display.
We ended the day with dinner at the famous Dunes restaurant.

Day Three.
On day three, we had a treasure hunt and said our goodbyes to the dunes center and Abuja. The treasure hunt was fun but I was sad because I didn't win anything lool! Even with all the expo I got with the riddle on twitter. *sigh*Akin won a Roberto Cavalli gold wallpaper that I was seriously lusting over!
I wore a loose fitting denim overall which might just appear in another style post soon and got to meet up with blogger Grace Alex and Modavracha before we headed to the airport.

Christmas definitely came early for me this year. It was a memorable experience as I got to make good connections and I also had a wonderful time while at it.
Another thing I've been going on about is how I want to visit Abuja and I'm glad I can tick that off my bucket list finally. Although, I didn't do much exploring so I have plans to visit again.

Pic : @kolaoshalusi

If you're in Abuja, you should totally check out the Dunes center. For more information, check their site.

 Let's connect!

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Postcards From Atlanta x Life Lately.

Sunday, 26 June 2016
These past few weeks have been an amazing and extremely relaxing one for me. Although, it started out a bit rough, with me having difficulties adapting to the new routine but with time I got with the program.

I'm leaving atlanta today (Started writing this before I left for the airport. I'm currently sitting at the airport in Dubai awaiting my connecting flight to Nigeria.) and thought to share some pictures I took while I was here.
I didn't get to do lots of exploring or experience the city as I would have loved to - majorly because of transportation issues and it didn't exactly help that we live in the suburbs where there aren't lots of exciting places and things to see/do. I tried something new though - I went skating and embarrassed myself

I spent most of my days with my cousins playing games, riding our bicycles around the estate and down to the lake, going to the movies, taking pictures and the occasional grocery shopping/errand runs. Seems like the most ordinary things but I was making beautiful memories.

The last time I came here some four years ago, I got to go downtown Atlanta with my uncle and we went to the Georgia Aquarium.
This time around, I hooked up with blogger Winifred and together with my cousins, we tried to do a little exploring of the city. We went to the CNN building, checked out the centennial olympic park and admired the skyview ferris wheel. My most exciting part of downtown has to be the five points area- that's where all the graffiti and coloured walls and the people really are. I hear its also where most of the violence occurs.
I saw a couple of really interesting characters, from spiky blue hairs, homeless people sleeping around the street - some smoking blunts, a street musician, down to the guy who freestyled (rap) for us.
I didn't really take pictures of the five points area but I got the last four off Google (photo credit below) to show you what it looks like.

I'm having mixed feelings about returning back to Nigeria and seriously now re thinking practicing medicine in Nigeria too.
I'm going to be spending lots of hours in the airport in Qatar , already made inquiries to my lost blog planner and there's still no positive response. *sigh*
I'm off to go do a bit of "airport exploring" and I will be sharing some on my snapchat: @cassiedaves.

I hope you're having a good day?
What have you been up to?
Also, lets connect!

Photo credit : herehereand here

P.S : I did one blogger collaboration while I was in Atlanta with Anjola of Bejewelled Bud here

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