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Inspiration || Four Fashion Trends I'm Currently Into.

Saturday, 4 February 2017
I'm not one for trends - I think that what really matters in fashion isn't what's in vogue but what suits your style, but there are some trends that are so in tune with my aesthetics and tickle my fashion sensibilities in the right way that I just have to jump on the bandwagon or at least give it a try. The off shoulder trend was one of such trends and I sure did hop on that bandwagon - even did a  three ways to style the trend post here.

Lately, there are a few trends that I'm loving. I haven't hopped on any yet but I know that I would have if I weren't such a lazy shopper. For now, I'm taking pleasure in digging up style inspiration and more ways to werk the trends when I eventually get to trying them out. I thought to share a few of these trends I'm currently loving and some style inspiration in the process.

1. The Fishnet Trend.
Photo credit: fashionizersthe cocopolitanallure.

I already talked about my sheer pop socks and leggings obsession way back then. Sometimes I wonder why I ever stopped wearing them because they still look good when properly styled. My focus isn't on sheer pop socks today, but on a similar but slightly different fashion item - the fishnets stockings.
I love how Mary of the Cocopolitan styled hers on her blog and ever since then, this trend has been popping up a lot on my Instagram feed. I particularly like it worn underneath ripped denim and in a peek a boo manner showing just a bit of net at the ankle.

2. Exaggerated | Statement Sleeves.

This trend is probably so last year but I love it! Bell sleeves and all that extra drama is one sure way to jazz up an outfit.

3. Pajamas Trend.

When I first realized that this was a thing, it made me happy because fashion for me is about trying new things confidently and not exactly about being "safe". I'm yet to try this out because like I said I've been too lazy to go shop PJ's but this is one trend, I would definitely love to play around with - even if just once.

4. Low Heeled Block Heels
Photo credit : whowhatwearpublicdesireacupofjo.

The goody two shoes. The block heels is like the mom jeans of heels or at least that's how I see it. I didn't get enough pictures of the particular block heels trend I'm loving but it's more of the first two pictures above than the last one. This trend popped up last year and I wasn't sure if I loved it or hated it. I'll admit that it isn't exactly the prettiest of shoes and even borders towards awkward looking but it is different and gives off this "fashion personality" vibes that I dig. I guess all I'm saying is that I wouldn't mind owning a pair.

How about you?
What do you think of the block heel shoes and the other trends

What's trends are you currently loving and which would you never be caught dead in?

Inspiration || 4 Hacks To Instantly Look More Stylish.

Saturday, 10 September 2016
  The Cool Kid Style Guide.

If there's one thing that gets me all excited and revved up in this fashion game is finding people with real style. People that slay effortlessly and can make even the most basic outfit look really cool! Style blogger, Grace Alex is big in my books because of this.

What I've come to realize though, from my own self-acclaimed "cool kid status" *side eye* and years of stalking stylish people is that you really don't need to have a large super cool wardrobe (most of us don't! I know I don't ) or even be a "fashion person" to look stylish/cool.
For some people, its just in them. True! but there are ways to "fake it, till you actually make it". Simple hacks and tiny tweaks here and there can elevate an outfit and make you look instantly cooler.

I talked a bit about this in my post on the power of the extras but in this post, I'll be sharing four of these "style hacks"/tips that will instantly make you look more fashionable, as well as some style inspiration to go with it.

Let's dig in.

1. Wear your jacket as a cape.

Read full post of Look One, Two & Three

And by this, I mean draping it loosely over your shoulders. This one is a personal fave of mine as you guys can already tell. I hear its called the "Shoulder Robing" or "Coat Slinging". What I know for sure though, is that this is one definite way of adding an extra oomph to an outfit and is a popular one amongst the fashion crowd.
Pictures : @songofstyle, @stylebyada, @seddyleketi

2. Put a hat on it.

 Or a Turban.
Read full post of Look One & Two
Wide brimmed hats of course take center stage here. They've been like the ultimate "fashion person/cool kid" accessory and for good reason! They definitely have a way of making you look super cool when worn right.
A turban is another one of my faves for spicing up a look. If you're still in doubt, Paola Matthe of Finding Paola is a walking example of how effortless pairing a head wrap with any basic outfit can instantly switch things up. 
Other hats that are slowly taking over are the Beret, fez, visors (topless hats) and gatsby hat. Currently looking to get me some visors and a gatsby hat!

Pictures : @findingpaola, @t2pitchy
Read my style inspiration post on the beret and fez hat.
And my picture tutorial on how to tie a turban perfectly here

3. Layer with a shirt inside.

This is one fail proof style hack and it automatically makes anyone look stylish. Simply jazz up a sleeveless dress by wearing a long sleeved shirt under it. The good thing is that it doesn't work for just dresses though! You can layer under sweat shirts and other tops as well, just leave the collars peeking out and buttoned to the top.

Picture : @freddieharrel

4. Sneak It In.
Finish up your look with a pair of sneakers. It never fails! The classic white sneakers especially makes everything look good and gives you instant cool vibes.

 Pictures : @muuchinto, @princessaudu

Some other style tips/hacks inlude the infamous half tuck, cuffed sleeves/rolled up jeans, mixing print, socks and shoe and of course finishing your look with a dope pair of sunnies!
Now it's your turn! 
What do you guys think of these tips?
Do you have any extra tips to add?
Please share!!
I'm going to be putting a some of these tips into practice in my next few style posts (hopefully I find a photographer) showing you how I take a relatively boring dress and make it look more stylish.

Leave me your thoughts please
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.

My Personal Style Journey x How To Figure Out Your Style.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

If there's one other thing I get constant emails on asides from the usual "blog questions" (check out my blog tips segment here), its on fashion/style tips from people who are still a bit confused about their style, figuring it out and  just dressing better in general.

I've been meaning to address this for a while now so this post is long overdue. I mentioned in this post - on the power of the extras in making an outfit, that I was going to blog about how to figure out your personal style.

I thought to not only finally address that but to also chip in a bit about my style journey as well and some lessons/tips to guide you towards finding yours.

Let's dig in. 

For me, figuring out this whole fashion thing and my own personal style was a gradual process. Looking back at my my very early years, up until Secondary School, I didn't really have a sense of style. My mum did ninety percent of my shopping for me, and in retrospect, I couldn't really be bothered, no jokes.

Fast forward to my university days which were my 'more formative years' when it came to figuring out my style. This was because I had almost full control over what went into my wardrobe.
During my first year, I basically wore cargo shorts a lot, I also had this floral monochrome dress I wore a lot.
Currently? I wouldn't wear either of them.
From my second year to about my third year in the university, my style went through some more changes, but one thing that was a constant was that I was always more in tune with "street style type" outfits, than "prim and proper/classy" ones.

The end of 2012/2013 (around the time I started style blogging - see my first ever style post here!) was when I really started coming into my own regarding my personal style. It was my crazy vintage year, when I really fell in love with the bright retro shirts and big pleated skirt. It's a love that still hasn't left me. Since then, I've kept on fine tuning my style - I like to say its an evolving process but I definitely have a full understanding of what I like and works for me now.

Here's what I know from my own style journey about finding your style.

- It's okay if you still haven't figured out your style by now. 

Like I said, I only really started understanding mine about three years ago. So it's never too late to start the journey to figuring yours out. Also your style might evolve and change over time and that's okay too.
Not sure about this style thing? Check out these six tips to help you define your personal style! Click to tweet!
- At the very least, you have to know yourself. 

I can't stress this enough because having a "personal style" is basically dressing to reflect yourself. You will have to at least know what your preferences are. For instance, are you a more laid back person? Or do you have a more bubbly out-there personality? These things all play a role in determining your style.

- You will need to seek Inspiration.  

There are lots of different style types - vintage, classic, preppy, bohemian, androgynous etc
To figure out which one you fall under, you might have to do a bit of research (this should be fun :)).

Now there's pinterest, tumblr, lots of instagram fashionistas, fashion bloggers and even the good ole fashion magazines at your fingertips. There's basically style inspiration everywhere on the internet.
Think about it for a second. Who are some of your style icons? Or people whose style you just love? Write down a list of some of these people and try to figure out what they have in common.
Also, you should ask yourself 'what do I want my clothes to say about me?'. I want mine to say that I'm interesting, creative, authentic and possibly artsy too.

I used to be all over fashion blogs back then and though I was never crazy about foreign magazines, I would always wait for the sunday copy of Thisday style to pore over it. Over time, I realized that I was more in tune with people with eccentric styles.
Attending my first ever fashion week - Arise Fashion Week, opened me up to a whole lot of style inspiration also. Till this day, I still screen munch people whose style I love to try out later on.

- You will have to do some experimenting. 

Because that's how you'll eventually figure out what works for you and what doesn't. I would never have imagined wearing conflicting prints before but right now I'm about that life, and I would never have known if I didn't try it out. Also play dress up and experiment with some of the style inspirations from the people you've listed.

- Know Your Body. 

I rarely wear fitted tees with fitted bottoms. Although I used to back in my first year in university, but I've seen the light and now I know that it just doesn't work for my body frame. I'm a 'model type chick' (yes that's what I've decided to call my body frame) and as such, I don't have much booty or boobies so wearing something fitted both at the top and bottom would just make me look straight.

- Be Confident. 

And don't apologize for your style. I actually found myself struggling with this at some point and I blogged about that here.
I've found that people would always have an opinion on what you wear. Till date, my mum still goes on about how she doesn't understand the way I dress and how I need to wear more dresses and be more "chic".
I always try to remember that I dress for me and that feeling comfortable in my own skin and outfit is more important than any opinion anyone else has.
Like I said in this post, also remember that its not just an outfit but an attitude! Most times its not just about what you wear but also how you carry yourself in what you wear.

"Check out my 20132014 and 2015, style journey 

If you're yet to figure out your style, I hope this post is helpful to you.
If you've undergone that journey already, how would you describe your style? Any other tips would definitely be welcome!
Please shareee, lets get talking and also, lets connect.

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