Happy Love Week!
Today, we have a feature post from our dear Metrogypsie – Blogger Inspiration of Life! She is really great person and we met early last year and she vlogged about our shopping experience together at Zazaii here:
Anyway, let’s get into the post! From here on it’s Stephanie (Metrogypsie) speaking…
10 9 days to my birthday and I am super-duper excited – also scared because I thought I’d be Forever Young!
This year has been an EXPERIENCE, and I have so much to be thankful for.
Today is the 1st anniversary of The Alaroro Shopaholic blog. This time last year, I put up my first blogpost! Click here to read it! Happy Birthday to my baby-blog. My prayer for you is found in Luke 2:52 – Grow in wisdom and in stature! I’ll put up another post, where I’ll be taking stock of this year next week + a giveaway!
Anyway, I decided to share my wishlist with you guys just in case you want to send me a gift or two.
- Black Pumps – Seriously! I have one pair of Black Pumps that I bought in 2013. If these shoes come back to life, they will run away from me. These shoes have been to interviews, met dignitaries, turned up, gone to church… Everything. Save them and get me a new pair! Size 42.
- A Wristwatch – I really want a new wristwatch, particularly something like this MVMT watch in black. Alternatives to this must be minimalist – 1 colour all through.
- Silver Sandals – LOL. I’m a bride-to-be, please. What other reason do you need? Size 42
- Fragrance – So, I want to try new fragrances! I am currently loving Lancome’s LA Vie est Belle, but I’d love to try the Hugo Boss – Boss the Scent for Her and Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb!
- Flat Black Shoes – Other colours are welcome too, but let’s work with classy! Black Flats are the holy grail for comfort. Add fancy detailing and voila! You can be comfortable and stylish, all at once. Size 42, as always.
- Frames – I wear prescription glasses, but I do not believe they have to be boring. I plan to switch to contacts soon, so you can buy those fat and fancy (almost gaudy) Instagram Baddie frames and I’ll be able to rock ’em without paying for lenses. P.S. lenses are really cheap in Balogun, in fact I have reason to believe that many of our fancy eye clinics send their jobs to Balogun and charge us exorbitant prices! You can even get your photochromic and anti-glare lenses there. Dull not.
- African Literature – This is a sub, catch your sub. I don’t have a lot of physical books anymore and this makes me sad. Will I give my children e-books as an inheritance? I want more books. Fiction, African Fiction. I want to know if the stories told are as colourful as our experiences. Hi Raihannah.
- Bags – Particularly, structured bags. Black, Burgundy, Navy Blue. The power of a good bag cannot be overemphasised. Big enough to carry a 10″ laptop and smart enough to look sexy!
- A Staycation – My birthday is on a Friday and going to crash in a beautiful and comfortable hotel room till Sunday (or Monday sef) could be the best gift. I need that rest.
- Arm Candy – Beautiful bracelets like this one from Pandora or any other. Silver, Rose Gold, Gold or even Black. Stacks on stacks on stacks.
- Ego. Kudi. Owo. Argent. Dinheiro. Money 💰💰💰💰💰💰💰
- Peace. Wisdom. Growth. – This one is a request from my heart. God knows.
So, there’s your guide for my Birthday and Christmas gifts.
Also, if you want to wish me happy birthday on Social Media, record a video! Instead of putting up pictures of me, I’d like if you guys could record a video of you sending me sweet wishes! <3
Can you tell that I am really excited?! Super Stoked!
We always say things like: “I don’t have enough clothes. No, really. I don’t”. The question I’ll ask you is this: How many clothing items do you own? Do you know? So, how do you know that you don’t have enough clothes?
Now, we know that you do not know. What should you do?
First, we redefine your style. So, let’s say the last time you went on a major clothing haul, you were in Uni and had no need for corporate wear (except, you went to CU, hi!).
What defines you now? Where do you spend most of your time? Do you have clothes to suit that activity? Case: You work 12 hours a day in a corporate environment, 6 days a week and you have more aso-ebi than work wear. Problem? Yes!
What next? Let’s get to work on your closet!
- Pick a day. Preferably a work-free, commitment-free day. For a lot of us, this is not Saturday. I pick Sunday though. I’m back from church at 8:30am, so I have the time!
- Arm yourself! A Notebook. Pen. Music. Let’s get to work.
- Bring out ALL your clothes – yes, even the ones in the laundry basket.
- Categorise your clothes! Tops, Bottoms, Accessories (Lingerie, Jewelry, Bags fall here) and Shoes. Yes guys, you can do this too!
- Start counting. Fill in each item under its respective category and you can tag with colour or style. For example, you can have under tops. 1 Ankara Halter Neck, 1 Black shirt.
- Would you buy any of your clothes now? If yes, how much? If you buy it, do you have something to pair it with? Answer all these questions for each item!
What’s next? Do the needful:
- Give away or Keep. Amend/Adjust items that still suit your style and are useful for your current phase in life, but give away everything that does not suit you or you will not wear! Keep the absolute necessities. For the items that are definite NOs, find something useful to do with them! P.S ChristmasOnTheStreetZ is coming soon, so feel free to donate clothes!
- Hang your clothes. Lesson Learned. Hanging helps. It is easier to remember what you have when your clothes are hung. Folded clothes/clothes in boxes are very very easy to forget.
- You need as many basics or staples as you can afford. You need a black pencil skirt much more than you need that Sky Blue Bodycon Zip hip-serving Skirt. The Grey pumps are more important than the yellow ones right now. These basics give you room to create as many looks and styles as possible. Why? They go with everything. I’m not asking you to go all Shirley-esque with that sexy minimalist style, especially if that’s not your style. Just make sure you know how to do 1+1 with your style, before you enter Almighty Formula.
- Do this regularly. It guides your spending habits and puts your whole life in order.
This Alaroro Shopaholic life ehn…
Half Hugs, Air Kisses and Discounts,
Read: The Thanksgiving Post
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| on Reading: Review of the Book: The Smart Money Woman
| on Beauty: Review of this mud mask I am loving.
Growing up, I was so sure we had only two seasons in Nigeria – Rainy Season and Dry Season. These days, the weather is like magic. I mean, you where so sure it was raining a few minutes ago and now, the sun is burning down your back without respite. O ga. Eyin ara UK, happy hottest day! On this hot hot note, answer this: what are you using to protect yourself from the sun?
You need this trio: Sunscreen, Sunshades and Sun Hats! However, the focus today is on Sun Hats!
If you were at the Eat Drink Festival on Saturday, you will know that the sun did not come to play! I was more than glad that I had my floppy wide brim straw hat on.
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat outdoors is great way to protect your hair, eyes, and skin from the sun’s UV rays.
When you’re buying a sun/summer hat, it is important to look out for wide brim hats. Why? You need as much shade from the sun as you can get. Ensure you get an easy to clean hat, preferably straw, so there’s no fear of damaging it.
I got this straw hat from Yaba Market for N600. The last one I bought cost me N400 and it was duly obtained by my baby cousin. If you are familiar with Yaba Market and you know where the tailors are, the hat sellers are in the narrow aisle that leads to the stairs. Be ready to haggle, because they are so quick to call high prices and blame it on the dollar.
What else are you using to protect your skin from this sun?
Share with me in the comments section.
Discounts, Sales and Rebates,
Summer-time, Summer-time a.k.a Rainy Season! Even better, there’s a holiday next week! 2 days off – smack in the middle of the week, but who is complaining? Not. Me.
I’m not particularly a trend lover or worshipper, however, you gotta love the SS16 Cold Shoulder a.k.a Off-Shoulder a.k.a Bardot Style trend. It is a funky one that I have always loved. You know, them way-back-when “gypsy tops/blouses”. Hello Esmeralda!
I do say Ankara is the better way to channel some Runway Trends, you know? Especially when your tailor is a righteous tailor. Everyone needs a righteous tailor. Soooo…
Let’s go to the beach in my Off The Shoulder Ankara Crop Top from Kampke.com. I paired it with a black mini skirt and black sneakers. What do you think?
I kukuma cannot find these shades anymore. I wear recommended glasses and so buying shades is really difficult for me. Especially when I think of the cost of switching lenses… Buy N500 shades in traffic and switch lens for almost 2k? Please, no abeg. I’m thinking of going back to contact lenses. Better idea?
Top: Ankara Crop Top from Kampke (Sold Out) (Alaroro Tip: Can you sew? Have 1.5 yards of material lying around? Let your tailor help you out with this one!) | Skirt: Black Lace Mini Skirt from Kampke (Sold Out) | Shoes: Black Sneakers – Roadside Market N1000
Would you wear this to the beach? Share with me in the comments section.
Tell me what you think – Are Monday blues overrated? Or, are we just a bunch of lazy people who want more weekends than weekdays? I’m going with option 2, please. What about you?
I know we are used to Monday stress, but Tuesday is lowkey the JS2 of the week. Tough AF!
How do you cheer yourself up when you’ve got work blues?
My answer: Counter the blues with your reggae!
- Ready? Start your morning the night before. How?
- Set out your clothes. Pack up your work bag. Set your alarms
- Exercise. Why? Read this and this!
- Give honour to whom honour is due. Pray.
- Get to work early. An early start will keep you in control.
- Allocate your time appropriately. Write down all the things you need to achieve and assign time slots to each item and tick them off.
- Enjoy the day. Don’t get on the complaint bus! You know, the “Oh Shit It’s Monday” bus? Don’t join them!
You GUYS! I just spelt reggae!
So, take this Monday and own it.
All the best guys!
Do you have that one clothing item that you have worn the life out of, but you never want to let go of it? My momma calls such items: One-Nation!
I bought this black dress in 2013 from ASOS and I have worn the life out of it. To work, church, parties, nights out, fell asleep in it… Mo ti l’owo mi pa ninu e.
For the Her Network Chats and Cocktails event, I pulled out this dress and realised that it was begging to be left alone (Lint Nation without a Lint Roller, cri wit mi).
I refused! -_-
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures bright and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all!
Happy Sunday, guys!
There’s this blue Adey Soile dress I got from Zazaii, with that N50k voucher I won from Third World Profashional, that I really like. I wear size 12 and I bought it in 10 because 1) it was the only one left and 2) I was so sure that my fitinnergoddess will come through, but she no gree!
I wanted to rock it like this (see below) on Sunday, but a little hmph and a lot of jumping and maybe a little rip warneth the wearer to desist from attempting to wreck this dress with her thighs. Ah well, I hope the new owner enjoys it better than I would have.
All these pieces are so costlaaaaaaay and you know my Alaroro self will not be comfortable swinging a $2000 bag upandan without justification so, let’s find alternatives to our choices.
- The Adey Soile Toni Dress
- Yellow Fascinator: You can DIY or Check this, this or this
- The Message Bible: Check here or here
- Yellow Court Shoes: here and here | If you’re a flats kinna babe, check here
- Yellow sling bag: Go thrifting! You can also hit up Haute.Signatures on IG, she can hook you up. Check here and here for other options. Check out this clutch purse here.
- Yellow Belt: Go thrifting! You can also check here or here.
How would you style The Adey Soile Toni Dress? Share with me in the comments section. You know I love to hear from you.
Hi Alaroros and Shopaholics alike!
Today we’ll be having a dear lady on the blog: Valerie of Cateyes and Carrots.
You may know her as ritzyliciousme on Twitter, thatnenegirl on IG or Valerie in real life… She is one and the same bundle of love and gorgeousness and I am so glad that she took a step to share her awesomeness via her blog: Cateyes and Carrots. Go! Subscribe! Support the sisterhood! *wink*
Anyway, let me leave you guys with Valerie…
My name is Valerie and I run a blog called Cateyes and Carrots. I am a banker in the day, a writer/blogger when I get off work/weekends, and a Slay enthusiast all the time.
I think I would describe my style as Classic chic. I love structure and intricate detailing and at the same time, I love clean, sharp lines and easy to wear pieces.
– Black Blazer
The Black blazer is easily the most important thing in my entire closet. On the days that I don’t have anything to wear, I can wear my nightgown and throw my black blazer on it and bam, outfit is alright. On the days that I have something planned for later, I can wear my yellow dress with cut outs and tone it down with my black blazer.
– Iro and Buba
Iro and buba is the answer to all questions and the solution to all problems. Wedding, work, church, lunch, meet the parents, Iro and buba is right for whatever occasion.
I love kimonos so much. I think they are so lush and fetch. So effortlessly stylish. I will wear kimonos forever and ever. Even when my kids go; Mummy, this isn’t even in vogue anymore.
– My Tunic
I think my tunic represents my unique style. Side splits so it shows some skin, and a bit sheer so it shows some sexy.
Do perfumes count? Because that’s my key accessory. I can wear jalabiya and slippers with no earrings and no makeup so far I smell like a bag of money.
A recent obsession is perfume oils. They last sooo long and they mix well with body creams/oils if that’s how you want to use it.
My perfume ‘style’ has evolved along the years like my personal style. A few years ago, I wore mostly sweet and fruity scents. Now, I am more inclined to woody and oriental scents.
It took me the longest time to get on the heels train, but a pair of battered zara heels later and I am proud to say I hacked it. I love pumps so much. My favourite pair at the moment is my block heel suede pumps by H & M. It is soo comfortable. People always say heels are comfortable when they are really not, but I shit you not, these are. I had a meeting where I had to be going up and down from morning till 11pm and I wore this shoes and I didn’t die.
I hope you guys enjoyed having Valerie on the blog. I love her love for scents and I can’t wait to bring her back for a post on Affordable Scents by the Seasons (Harmattan, not-so Harmattan, HOT and Rainy Season). Yeah, wos all that Summer… This is how we roll!
Tell me, do you connect with Valerie’s style? Share your similarities in the comments section.
The Alaroro Shopaholic