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…
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…
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Remember that shopping voucher I won from TWP at the beginning of the year? Yeah. Today’s post is about this very lovely Things Nigerians Love black dress that I got at Zazaii!
Being able to live my shopaholic desires for free is fun, but it can be overwhelming. When I stepped into the Zazaii store with Steph a.k.a the Metrogypsie (Blog, YouTube), I was overwhelmed. WHAT. WILL. I. CHOOSE?
I had earlier planned to stick with items that could easily switch from work to play without stress. I mean, my career takes 70% of my time and it is essential that I dress myself accordingly.
When I saw this dress, I was attracted to it. Invisible zip, no slit. These are the little things that matter. I tried it and it fit like skin tight.
An LBD is the most versatile piece of clothing you will ever own. This particular one mixes the midi and lace trends to give a perfect combination for my entire clothing life.
- To work? Pair it with a blazer and pull up the straps.
- Night out with the girls? Drop the straps to make it more risque and up pair it with mad mad heels. Don’t forget to stack ’em bracelets up!
- Lunch with the fam? Add heels and a wrap.
- To a wedding? I’m totes sure you can rock this with a gele. Ahmean, lace is lace, innit?
- Just for the heck of it, like I did? Pair it with black sneakers! Add a pretty jewelry piece (which I also got from Zazaii) and bae’s Denim Shirt to ward off the cold.
This dress retails for about N9k. I totally understand why a full fledged alaroro would balk at that price, but I think it is worth the investment. If you’re building a minimalist wardrobe, finding key quality pieces like this will help. I assure you. My inner alaroro celebrates the fact that I got this dress for free and thank you to Adaku, the Third World Profashional for the giveaway!
To showcase the versatility of this dress, I should try a 5 Ways to Wear This post soon.
Anyways, go forth and find your perfect LBD.
Bonus: I love love this VSCO edit of my headshot that day. Looking like a blackandwhitegoddess!
Fringe Purse: Thrift Find (N100) | Denim Shirt: Bae’s
Black Sneakers: Roadside (N1000)
Halloooo Alaroros and Shopaholics alike,
To those of you who have a desire to be both, come do that at the NFB Yard Sale!
You get to shop the wardrobes of Fashion and Style bloggers with a diverse collection of styles, sizes, and price points, whether new or pre-loved. You’ll probably find me at the Budget Booth, which offers items at N3500 and below, and if I am feeling my pocket a bit – the Bargain Booth will be a good place to stop.
Follow the official NFB yard sale IG account here! More details after the image. There will be an Auction during the yard sale, which was conceptualized as a fundraising strategy for the Iroto School of Catering in Illoti community, Ogun State. The Yard Sale team is currently in correspondence with a representative of the Women’s Board Educational Cooperation Society, a not-for-profit NGO set up to contribute to the development of the Nigerian woman through various educational activities. The mission of the school is to continuously equip young women from impoverished backgrounds with skills and a better chance of sustaining themselves and their families.
The auction, hosted by the fashion and lifestyle blogger, Cassandra Ikegbune of cassiedaves.com, will feature gorgeous and rare/valued wardrobe pieces donated by style-savvy influencers, and entrepreneurs such as Bidemi Zakariyau of LSF PR, Sharon Ojong, Sika Osei, Bola Balogun, and Temi Dollface.
Date: July 24th, 2016 Booths Open: 12pm. Auction starts: 3pm
Venue: 35A Ethnic Heritage Center, Raymond Njoku. Ikoyi, Lagos
Will you like to support the local community by bidding for good? Contact: email@example.com or 07060530274 to RSVP for the auction.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll sell at the next one. My wardrobe sure needs a major overhaul.
Discounts, Sales and Inflowssssss,
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!
May the joy of the Lord be yours forever. Amen.
The weekend usually means that I am getting a buff cut or just being a lazy bum. You know my TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) is really Teeny, right?
Anyway, my current hairspiration is the gorgeous singer, actress, brand icon: Nandi Mngoma. MAJOR HAIR CRUSH. Skin too!
No, seriously. I sleep and dream that my hair looks like hers. Have you seen her hair?
My hair has been giving me a lot of stress lately, but did you hear that Shea Moisture is having a massive launch tomorrow. Guess who has an invite? I can’t wait to get Professional Hair Advice and products to help!
What do you think about Nandi’s hair? Love it?
Share with me in the comments section!
Till next time,
Images of Nandi’s Hair from the ever useful Google!