Thursday, 10 December 2015

TIPS FOR PLANNING A HOLIDAY PARTY

It has been a trying week.... I am trying to find balance and I need a new network provider. Sigh*
Today I am sharing some tips on hosting/planning a holiday party (mostly because I want to be invited - just putting it out there) because we don't all go to our villages and not everyone might have the license to go on various big parties around town or maybe you just want to host your own party for a change. Whatever your reasons, here are some tips you might find helpful;
  • The first thing you would want to do is DECIDE the kind of party you want - fancy cocktaily-dressed up- fancy dinner- casual homey-kind of party,  you actually have to make a decide, this makes everything easier. Do you want to host with some friends, maybe just your roomie and invite other friends or do you want to have everyone bring something and just chill out your house?? Whatever the case, you would have to make a decision because you need to plan and budget according to the party you want to throw. Well...unless you do not have a budget, it is the holiday season afterall, I don't know your situation and you might want to throw all kinds of party that goes on for weeks, then seriously you must invite me. :D
  • Talking about BUDGET, that is the next tip you should consider. Budget and plan the party according to the type of party you have decided to have. I would suggest you set an amount of money for it and work your way around it making little adjustments here and there.
  • Make a guest list and make this as loose as possible unless it is a strict party but most of the time friends would come with friends and that is something you want too, because we are sharing love and celebrating and the more the merrier. Also remember to send your INVITE early and also remind your friends as it gets closer to the day. Personally I think people would still show up no matter what because we like to go everywhere that there is free food and booze.
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  • DECORATE with atleast Christmas light because you need the place to feel as festive as possible but if you want to go all out, then a Christmas tree with ornaments, some stocking, more light maybe, (scented) candles, colourful garlands, wreath or anything that would make it a lot more  festive.
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  • Most of the time people have eaten in their houses and just want some type of FOOD to chew on while they drink and party (because WE can't just be drinking, what do you take us for??) So you want to go for something light and easy like small chops, a tray of various meatss (yes!!), finger foods, maybe some salad etc, unless it is a big party then I would advice you get a buffet service and have people serve themselves because ain't nobody gat time for cooking, dishing and cleaning especially during the holiday.
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  • Keep your guest ENTERTAINED. Although I think music would be enough and people would be networking with each other but it would be fun to throw in some extra spice such as - Karaoke, Charades, Truth or Dare (hehe) or any other thing you want. Its your party!!

Here is something else - As the host of the party, try and be calm as much as possible and spread positive energy, because your guest are watching you and you want them to be as comfortable as possible. Even if things go wrong, it is never that serious, it is time to have fun. It is the holidays afterall. Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and allow easy movements, I'd suggest a maxi or a shift dress (depending on the party) with lots of accessories.

         That is a wrap, I hope you find something helpful. Thank you much much for reading. God bless you
 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
“CHRISTMAS IS A NECESSITY. THERE HAS TO BE AT LEAST ONE DAY OF THE YEAR TO REMIND US THAT WE'RE HERE FOR SOMETHING ELSE BESIDE OURSELVES”Eric Sevareid, CBS News journalist (via ibtimes.com)
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

THE TRADITIONAL OUTFITS + HAPPY NEW MONTH

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 Hi guys. I almost want to scream "Happy Christmas" right now, I have to hold myself for three more weeks. Sighs! I have gotten a Happy Christmas tho, Hehe. Have you? This year flew by really fast, I feel like I can remember everything like it was yesterday. I am so grateful for this year, for today, for everyone I know and love but more on gratitude later, before I get carried away. lol.
This was the traditional post that I talked about in my last post here and you remember it was previewed here and I already did the Igbo look here. Now I you can continue reading
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This picture above details the basic outfit of a traditional Yoruba woman (I am so sad you guys don't get to see the all beautiful pictures of this look, here is why) This was the first picture I took of the bunch, I felt so gorgeous and didn't want to take it off, well this was before I wore the Igbo outfit and I was like "can I never take this off, ever? (I am not being biased o, take a look here).
The traditional Yoruba outfit consist of the Buba (the blouse/top), Iro (the wrapper), the Gele (headscarf/ head wrap/ head tie), and the Ipele or the Iborun (which drapes from one of the shoulder), The gele and the shoulder shawl are mostly made of Ashoke. You just have too google alot of the things here but I still think I am teaching you alot, just thank me in the comment section. hehe.
You know understand why I said initially that my outfit is the basic or fundamental part of a Yoruba woman's traditional outfit.
The Yoruba woman definitely loves her jewelries and I am not even wearing enough. My fave Yoruba food has to been hands down Amala, what delicious goodness sent from heaven above, Love!!
The second look represent the Hausa woman, I don't think I did enough justice to this look tho and according to my sister I wasn't supposed to tie the wrapper on top of my blouse/top and I also wanted to do that henna thing on my hand (how mad would that have been, plus opportunity to finally do it) But I was pretty ill on that day and all I wanted was to get it over with. To make matter a lil worse, Stephany, the lady that made me up for the Independence day, Igbo and Yoruba shoot wasn't around and I didn't feel like doing anything that day but with the help of Rita who assisted and Blaise who shot it ,we made it beautiful. Unfortunately again, no real pictures to show for all the hard work but we did have fun tho.
The traditional Hausa woman outfit consists of a kind of Ankara material (the prints are usually different) mostly sewn into a top/blouse and a wrapper and scarf, the she carries a big veil, mostly matching it to one of the colours of the ankara material in her outfit and the veil is mostly made of a lighter fabric. Her accessories are mostly a matching pair of gold necklace and earrings and sometimes alot of bangles.
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I have not been opportune to try out Hausa foods but I really like Masa and Suya (does that count) lol. Oh, Kilishi is amazing as well.
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        That is all for the traditional looks, e don finish (I am done). I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy making them, so sorry there couldn't be more pictures. Thank you for you time. 
HAPPY NEW MONTHS LOVELY. Please begin now to make plan/start that new project because everyday is a new beginning. Wishing you God's guidance during this month.
Thank you so much for reading. Lots and Lots of Love. God bless you. Have a beautiful month. 
"FASHION IS NOT SOMETHING THAT EXISTS IN DRESSES ONLY. FASHION IS IN THE SKY, IN THE STREET, FASHION HAS TO DO WITH IDEAS, THE WAY WE LIVE, WHAT IS HAPPENING. - COCO CHANEL
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Friday, 27 November 2015

THANKSGIVING AND BLACK FRIDAY

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Omg guys!! I just realised that I have posted once this month. Where did time go? I mean I was just celebrating the beginning of this month some days ago and was excited by all the prospects this month was (is bringing) going to bring. Time do fly and I am sorry guys for not uploading. I do hope everyone is fine and safe?

Moving quickly away from that... How excited are you for Christmas?!! I certainly am and I almost can't wait (belive it) for lights to be up everywhere and for everything to be red and green and white and cozy and cold but... before all that... today is Black Friday, Shopping anyone. Although I am the most shopper on Black Friday because I always forget to prepare i.e. gather money lol, I always remember the week before (every damn year). Although for this black Friday, I am only interested in one thing, please pray for me it comes to pass and I would probably share.
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Thursday (yesterday) was Thanksgiving day in the US and Canada but that doesn't mean we can't participate and give thanks. No worries tho, a post about Thanksgiving (Slapsgiving anyone, No?) and Thanks-living is coming soon, prepare your own speech because everyone is writing something. lol

I have actually been trying to upload a post on unconventional (not really) gift ideas for quite a while, four days to be precise and I wanted to upload it ideally before today (black Friday) but my network didn't allow me to be great. Ohwell, hopefully the post would come up sometime next week.

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This outfit is from a while back, the complete outfit is from my sister's closet. The babe is tired of me. lol. She eventually dashed me this one, Hehe. Have major love for her and I am thankful for her (ofcourse). I accesorised with some mules which I got from Konga, so are the earrings and ring. I love love this shoes, still petting them (my babies) they are still in their box. why do we do this tho
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PS. I know some of you are still really interested in the Yoruba and Hausa look from October (love you guys) I did have so much fun doing those looks even though it was time consuming and draining, I loved every minute of it but here is the sad story, the memory card got misplaced. I am so so sorry about that, especially if you were really waiting. There is light at the end of the tunnel tho, I want to post some pictures of the Hausa and Yoruba look that I have to a make a blog post.  What do you think? Thank you so much for your patience and your support, it is everything. God bless you.
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Thank you so much for reading. Have a beautiful weekend. Until next time... Stay safe and share love.
"IT IS NOT HAPPY PEOPLE THAT ARE THANKFUL BUT THANKFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPY" - UNKNOWN

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

PEPLUM AND JEANS

Typically I would have given up on this year, well kinda, I would have been so anxious for the year to come to an end, I would have been over it by now, waiting for a new year to come for me to write all my dreams and aspirations and start again, lol but I know (now) that everyday is a beautiful new start and each minute is a new moment to restart or redor you know, just DO. So this year I decided to continue to try to achieve all I have set out to do and continue to check my list as we go along and have fun as well.
Hey guyss. Happy new month. How are you all doing? I hope you are having a beautiful November. This is and is going to be an incredible month, yes? I have so much beautiful things I plan to show you, let us just pray that everything works out well. I promise you are going to love it. Stay with guys for real this time lol.

This pictures were taken a while ago right about the time I posted this and this. This a simple everyday look, depending on what your everyday life is. I have on a peplum top, jeans, some sandals and this dope bag, as I said simple. And how dope is this bag thing, you can probably not see it, you have to zoom it but I really think it is creativity and dope (seeing that I said dope twice already, can you tell that is not a common word for me, lool)
That is it my Hunnies, until next time. Please be good to your self and one another and remember that today is a good day to just START.
Thank you so much for reading. Wishing you the very best this month has to offer. God bless.
"THERE IS NO PASSION TO BE FOUND PLAYING SMALL IN SETTLING FOR A LIFE THAT IS LESS THAN THE ONE YOU ARE CAPABLE OF LIVING" - NELSON MANDELA
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

DENIM ON DENIM

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I am listening to an episode of 'FRIENDS' as I type up this blog post and yes I know it is in a video format but I have watched it so much that I don't need the visual aid to enjoy it, weirdo alert :)
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These pictures were taken this past Sunday. They were intended for another concept that wasn't captured here probably because we were sorta in a rush but no biggie, I will introduce the concept another time. I hope you like this look nevertheless, It is perfect for a casual Sunday to visit some friends or casually hang out or maybe receive some visitors at home, I think it is chic and casual. I'd probably wear this with a simple sandals especially if I am visiting friends but this works too. Don't you agree?
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Apologies you guys, I know some of you are expecting the Yoruba or Hausa post previewed from this post but those pictures are not edited yet (long story) but as soon as they are I will post them here. I am learning how to edit pictures so I guess that won't be an excuse in the nearest future.

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Thank you guys so much for your time and patience. God bless you.
"YOU WERE GIVEN THIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO LIVE IT" - UNKNOWN
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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

IGBO AMAKA

 Hey lovelies!! I have missed you guys so much. How are you? I am tempted to say 'Happy New Month' but its the 13th day of the month of October, Where is this month running to eh?
Here is that post I promised you from here, remember?? I know it is long over due and I do have quite a good reason for not posting earlier but lets forget all that, its here now, Okay?! :D
I have been thinking of what to write regarding this post (and the others too i.e. Yoruba and Hausa). I decided to go with little details of my outfit as regards to the ethnic group and my favourite food from that culture.
This is the usual attire of an Igbo woman, although it can change depending on what part  of the Igbo tradition she decides to go with but mostly you would see an Igbo woman dressed in a gorgeous lace top and two (gorge) wrappers, accessorised with mostly gold necklace and earrings and Igbo beads. (if at any point you want to be\dress like an Igbo lady just refer back to this blog ehear )lol.

My favourite Igbo food hands down has to be ofe onugbu aka Bitterleaf soup, (forget the name and give this a try). Btw if you decide to try out the recipe please incorporate fresh fish in to the recipe. Heavens!! I also really like equsi soup, although I am not sure if  it is purely an Igbo food.
That is a wrap ladies and gentlemen, Thank you so much for reading. God bless you.
"WHEN YOU'RE GROWING UP, YOU PLAY DRESS UP AS A GAME, IT'S A PASTIME. AND THEN AS YOU GET OLDER, GETTING READY AND LOOKING NICE BECOMES THIS CONSTANT STRESS. I WANT TO MAKE IT FUN AGAIN" - LAUREN CONRAD

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Friday, 2 October 2015

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA #55

Excuse me biko, (biko is please in Igbo language) it is still 1st of October in some countries. :D

 So Happy Independence Day!! And Happy New Month guysss!! What is the plan for this month? This is the final quarter of year, so it is time to review all your plans for the year. Remember this post about how to get what you want I made here, now is also a good time to put it into practice, don't you think??

So what we are celebrating (in Nigeria)? Someone asked on Facebook. My response was; Life and Hope. I know everything isn't the way we want it to be in our own different way, but isn't that the same with life but we are thankful and hopefully each day. And as my friend, Stephanie, would say, What would YOU do for Nigeria? God is with us. God bless Nigeria.


For this independence day outfit shoot. I decided to pair my white shorts with this green floral-ish shirt and accessorised with some green balloons and this green and white umbrella. Repping Nigeria well, yes?? And as you can tell, this was a playful shoot. lol.
P.S. If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you have seen a preview picture of me dressed in the three dominant ethnic groups in Nigeria, that is Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. There is going to be a full blog post on each of the look. Please stay tuned!!!!

    Thank you so much for reading. Have a beautiful month and Remember To Always Pray For Nigeria.
     Happy 55th Birthday Nigeria(ns) and God bless you. 
"Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause. Guide our leaders right. Help our youth the truth to know.
In love and honesty to grow. And living just and true Great lofty heights attain.
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign". 
Second verse of Nigerian National Anthem

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

NON JOGGING JOGGERS

Hey! Hey!! My beautiful people. How are you doing?? How was your holiday?? I loved mine!!! My friends were in town, so na waka waka I been dey. They are going back tomorrow tho. * sad face**

 
I bought this green joggers sometime this month initially to sleep in. No, not to jog, yes I know it is a jogger. But since my sister kept going on and on about how fine it was, I got a bright idea to style it with this army like top, and it came out well. :D
Moral of the story: Fashion has made it easier and acceptable to wear sleeping clothes/gym wear out in public and it is actually fashionable. I love this!!!


What do you think about this look?? You should give it a try tho, maybe this weekend or independence day??? I know it is Monday already and this type of outfit makes you wanna go back to bed or continue chilling but no worries there, another holiday is just around the corner. Take heart and look at fine pictures. Ehear.. lol.

 “Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.” - UNKNOWN
Thank you so much for reading and Have a blessed week guys.
God bless you!!

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Monday, 21 September 2015

MIXING PRINT #1: PLAID PARTY



I promise guys, I am not a vampire, lol. I know I post in the middle of the night quite well but isn't the night more colourful, ehn??


You remember THIS POST where I said I was going to do a blog post on print mixing, Yes? (NO go read it jor). You can see this post title did not read how mix prints or become a pro at print mixing, I will do a separate post for it with lots of inspirational pictures and stuffs. So please stay tuned for that.
Here are some summarised and simplified tips on how to mix prints, especially for beginners or if you are having one of those days that you want to let your style diva shine i.e you are willing to take some fashion risks. Here are some things to remember;
  • Colour is key. Work with outfits that has one solid colour you can find on both clothing or outfit with the same family colour.
  • Pair large prints with smaller prints or pair different sizes of prints to create balance
  • Keep every other thing i.e accessories, simple or to the minimal

I am wearing a somewhat "plaided" top (not really) paired with plaid pants. The big prints for my outfit were on the top and the smaller prints where kept at the bottoms, the pants/trouser (I would advise that whenever you are doing this, you should keep the smaller prints at the bottom... but do you booo!!!) and then I kept every other thing simple. It seems I have a thing for plaid ehn, Remember THIS??
BTW, Do you like my hair?? :D *bats lashes**


Remember confidence and a smile are the best accessories you can have and you can wear just about anything you want. Start a trend or something because why not. Take a look at Rihanna, She looks good in everything she wears, damn that girl can wear a sack of cassava and still look hot. I need several shots of her confidence juice. Goals much?!

"BE HUMBLE IN YOUR CONFIDENCE YET COURAGEOUS IN YOUR CHARACTER" - MELANIE KOULOURIS
Thank you so much for reading and Have a blessed week guys. 
God bless you!!
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