Paper Bag Pants ::: The Perfect Summer Work Wear

 

When I went to Lagos, I was very strategic in the types of pieces I brought with me. I wanted pieces that I could wear stylishly and are practical for the heat as it is always very hot in Nigeria….

This pants / trouser was one of the pieces I brought with me and I wore it twice during my stay. One time to a meeting on a project we were working on with open toe sandals and the other time, to run errands. Today, I am styling this pants for work….

 

YOUR SISTER’S KEEPER (Motivation for Monday)

Every Monday for the past 4 years, I have come up with contents that would motivate, inspire, empower and encourage you to be who you want to be irrespective of the circumstances you may be faced with or surrounded by or issues of life that may be giving you that limiting mindset to still go out there and do what you have to do to be who you truly want to be. I come out here and say, “YOU CAN DO IT”. I turned myself to your “Cheerleader of dreams” while working on being who I was called to be too.

However, in the past couple of weeks, I have been very worried because we have had instances of suicide yet again. Not that suicide is good for anyone but one that was truly shocking to us all was that of the owner of the fashion brand, Kate Spade. Ms Spade was said to have committed suicide at age 55. The question is, what could have caused this?

 

HOW TO LOOK TALLER + THE DOPEST DRESS EVER

 

 

One of the style philosophies I live by is, “it is not how much you pay for an item BUT how well you wear the item”. Today’s look befits that philosophy…..

This dress is the “best thing since slice bread”….. I love the dress and I have worn it 3 times already since it was delivered to my door. Let’s check it out + some styling TIPS.

 

 

HANG ON, YOUR REWARD IS COMING (Motivation for Monday)

I know we all have those days when all we want to do is NOTHING, even though we have so much to do. Sometimes, this feeling goes on for a day or two. After a day or two, we still don’t feel like doing anything. Meanwhile, there is lots to do. I totally get it. I understand. This kind of feelings happen a lot of times when we have put in all we think we can BUT can’t seem to see any results, green light or breakthroughs……

 

What Price Will You Pay For PURPOSE? ( Motivation for Monday)

I attended the Excel Women conference in London about 8days ago and sitting down in that conference, I couldn’t help but think about the price I paid to attend that conference. Not necessarily the monetary aspect of things but going out of my way to actually attend the conference. We had a family holiday planned so I went to England first for the conference and then back to Ireland and then back again on the road again with the family. It was a lot to deal with but hey, I did it. #Notcomplainingjustsaying.

As I sat down there at the conference amongst about 150+ women, I couldn’t but notice how expectant, “charged” and enthusiastic the women in there were, waiting to learn, connect and “fellowship” with one another. Today, on Motivation for Monday, I want to encourage you on what I call, what price will you pay for purpose?

 

 

2 WAYS TO STYLE A MIDI DRESS + IT’S MADE TO MEASURE

 

The last time I did a wedding guest look book was the one I shared HERE. When I got this fabric, the first thing that came to mind for me was to create another look for a wedding guest. The fabric was originally for my girlfriend’s wedding. Even though I couldn’t attend, my portion of the fabric was kept for me – this is kind of tradition whereby all the bride’s friends wear some sort of “uniform” called aso-ebi traditionally. When I received my fabric, I gave my tailor specifications of what I wanted and here we are.

 

How to Travel Stylish, Comfortable & Chic

One of the goals on my vision board is to travel more, starting from last year. And with the help of God, I have travelled up to six times already this year – five solo (alone) and one with the family. With more travel ahead this year, I can say, there is power in penning and pining your dreams – a.k.a making vision boards. In my new book, “Create the Life You Want“, I shared how to make your very own vision boards.

Since I have been travelling a lot, I wanted to share with you in this post, “How to travel stylish, comfortable and chic”. Not only have I found a uniform in my travel blazer, I have found a way of looking all fresh and fine when I arrive on my journey. Now, let’s check it out…..

 

WHAT IS MONOCHROME & 7 WAYS TO WEAR MONOCHROME

I know there is this notion that a monochromatic look is only black and white. In fact, I can promise you that if you key in monochrome into Google, a lot of images that is black and white will be fed to you. While monochrome can be said to be a minimal look featuring black and white, it can also mean a single colour palette, hence the word “mono” which means SINGLE or a look with limited colours and hues.

 

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Don’t Be Left Behind (This is NOT Rapture) | Motivation for Monday

I have been meeting weekly with 5 students (4 boys & a girl) doing leaving cert to encourage and support them on “working REALLY hard” at preparing for their forth coming leaving cert.  When I chat with these children, I use real live approaches to drive important messages home for them. When we met last Sunday, I told them that they should do everything possible so as for them not to be left behind. Today on motivation for Monday, I want to encourage you on what I call, “Don’t be left behind – This is Not Rapture”. It is an interesting one with real life takes on matters and changes happening…..

 

A Taste of Africa With Made to Measure African Designs

For the sake of lovers of African fabrics and styles, today, I bring you some African fabrics and designs I made when I Visited Lagos, Nigeria. This is a try on haul where I shared the fancy modern designs you could create by using fabrics like Ankara and Lace. In Nigeria or in Africa in general, the concept is called “cut and sow”, whereby you buy the fabrics and hand them over to a Designer or Tailor or Dress Maker to make for you. It is known around the world as “made-to measure”. When you hand over your fabrics to the Tailor to make for you, you can either choose your style from a magazine or catalogue or you sketch or create them by yourself. In my own case, I always choose the later and work closely with my Tailor.

 

It is amazing how things change and how the world can embrace the “impossible”. Once upon a time, the fashion movers and shakers consider fabrics like Ankara too loud, too bold, too colourful and too in your face. But now, the too loud, too bold, too colourful and too in your face African fabrics is / are now “taking over” the fashion scene with people like the Editor in Chief of Vogue – Anna Wintour, Rihanna and Beyonce to mention a few have been spotted wearing Ankara….

 

MUSTARD – AN ALTERNATIVE TO YELLOW & 5 WAYS TO STYLE MUSTARD

 

Mustard is not quiet yellow, it is however a shade of yellow that is dull or dark. It resembles culinary mustard. So, mustard is the colour of the sauce you get on your favourite street or kiosk hot dog.

Mustard is the perfect alternative to yellow for people who don’t like to wear yellow because it is too bright. Because mustard is a darker shade of yellow, it suits all skin tone. In fact, I can say that you do not need to wear tan before you wear mustard.

 

Landscaping & Helpful TIPS to Maximise Your Garden this Summer

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It is Summer and YES, the barbecue season is here. A time when many of us love to entertain friends and family in our homes but not necessarily inside the home but outside – in the garden to enjoy some fresh air, cool breeze and sunshine. While a lot of us would love to entertain in our gardens, the garden is not just good enough or “entertainment worthy”.  As I continued researching and learning more about landscaping so as for me to get our home garden Summer ready,  Landscaping Mississauga kept popping up in my research and it gave me ideas on creating that healthy garden space by using appealing natural stones, interlocking stone pathways and patios and so many fantastic ideas on landscaping your garden this Summer. Now, let’s check out a few ways to maximise your garden this Summer.

 

 

DARE TO DREAM BIG & BELIEVE (Motivation for Monday)

Any writer can relate to this: I started writing this text for an Instagram post on Sunday morning and the few lines I wrote reads thus: 

“We finished the “Use What You Have – Gifted for a Purpose Masterclass” at about 9.50pm on Saturday night and I am grateful for everyone who joined us. This opened my eyes to what it means to BELIEVE. Maybe I will create a blog to talk more on this…
We can grow on our journeys  and discover the hidden potential that we have but if we don’t BELIEVE, it is possible to settle for the less than who we have been called to be.
I went into creating and running the course with the mindset that come what may, that even if it is one person that shows up, I will run the classes.
Night after night, many joined us live. Their testimonials made me realise that all I needed to do was my bit which is to create the course and God will do his bit which is to connect me with the right people via social media.

Will you dare to BELIEVE and do what God has put in your heart? There are people out there who needs what you know. Will you dare to believe and put those things out?”

 

 

2 EASY WAYS TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

I did a one video a day challenge last year and because it was quiet successful, I decide to put out 3 videos this week. This time, I decided to do this challenge again because it is the second-third of the year (May – August) and I want to help encourage and motivate you to go out there and do what you have to do to achieve what you truly want for your life…..

So, you don’t miss a thing, you can Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

 

MOVING TIPS & MOVING TO LONDON ON MY MIND

If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I went to London as soon as I got back from Lagos. I love London – the architecture, the structures, the energy, the transportation system, the people, the fashion, the food and on and on. What’s not to love about London? If you haven’t visited London, please do, you would like it.

If I have to move to anywhere in the world aside Paris and NewYork, it would be London, although expensive, there are a lot of opportunities there for me. Since this is an option I have been toying with for a while, I have now found a moving company who can help me move with one-thousand-percent ease.

 

3 LIFE CHANGING LESSONS I LEARNT FROM MY DOCTOR OVER A PROCEDURE (Motivation for Monday)

I have now come to realise that some things you can learn, some things you can build on and growth is possible. And also, it is possible to become who we want to be without becoming who we are not……

Disclaimer: First, this is a TMI post (too much information) but as a Writer and Encourager, I still have to share the life lessons I learnt with you to help you be who you want to be. Today, I will be sharing with you the 3 lessons I learnt from getting my third Mirena. It is NOT for women only.

 

CASUAL OUTFIT OF THE DAY + THE LUXURY DESIGNS I BOUGHT IN NIGERIA

You are all in for a triple treat today because I have the outfit of the day, styling tips + the luxury fashion brands I bought from Nigeria. On this blog, you would learn, how cropped denim can make you look curvier than you really are and how to prevent that. Also, when I went away, I checked out some departmental stores in Nigeria and today, I will be sharing the few things I got with you……

 

CREATIVITY KILLS FEAR (Motivation for Monday)

Some of you may remember when I changed the look of the blog. If you like, call it re-branding of the blog. You saw how excited I was when I did because I had outgrown what “we” had before. Little did I know that re-designing the blog was one thing and maintenance of it was another. As a creative (very creative actually), I love changes, I love to try out new things and if you like I love things to look a certain way, it is this creative mind of mine that makes me want to explore new things….

Today on the blog, I want to share how your creativity can kill your fear. Now let’s do this:

 

BLOGGING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS ::: 3 WAYS TO GET THE PERFECT LIGHT FOR YOUR PHOTOS

 

First, please check the gallery of the opening images and you would see the difference in the photos. As we go along on the blog, I will share some helpful photography TIPS I have learnt on my 4 years plus of blogging. Some of these things I learnt on my own, by trial and error,  some I learnt by asking questions from the professional photographers I work with and others I learnt by continuous practising…..

 

MY VISIT TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ABUJA + Some Motivation for You

 

Before I tell you anything about today’s topic, I would like to encourage you that for you to create the life you want, you can not afford to be scared or afraid. Anyone who wants to create the life they want must be bold and go for what they want irrespective of what anyone says or thinks or the not so favourable circumstance you may have around you. To create the life you want, you must be bold, confident, prayerful BUT courteous and carry yourself with grace and poise putting your best foot forward.

I didn’t share on any of my social media that I was going to “Africa” – Nigeria. However, I shared with the ladies in our private Facebook group that I was going and invited them to come and meet with me if they had the time. A few turned up and I shared that image on my personal Facebook page and to my greatest surprise, many people wanted to “meet with me”, “host me” and “take me to launch”…..