Giveaway!

Before about a month ago, I wasn’t that into Virgos Lounge and V Label. I appreciated the heavy beading and signature styles, but never found myself shopping the brands. As wedding season crept up on me this Summer, I increasingly found myself on the websites and now own a piece from each brand. In celebration of my new found love, I have organised this giveaway open to anyone, anywhere who’s fallen in love with the brand about as much as I have.

About Donnika

Brand: Virgos Lounge

Size: 8

Style: Beaded peplum with scalloped hemline

How to Enter

It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post stating one way in which you’d like to see Bonita Valli improve.

Deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, August 31, 2014

Selection: Wura sponsored this giveaway and so I’ll let her decide the winner.

Open to followers worldwide!

DONNIKA - WINE

All the Best!

xXx

Ps: Thank you for sponsoring this Giveaway Wura! xXx

 

Best Foot Forward

As with every Saturday in Lagos there was a wedding to attend on Saturday August 9. This Saturday was special though, it was Solape and Dipo’s wedding. I’ve known Solape since JS1 (year 7) and it just so happens that we also work on the same team in the office, so it goes without saying that we spend a lot of time together .

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what to wear and I wasn’t about to spend any more money on wedding season (Aso Ebi is so expensive)! So I sifted through my wardrobe and was lucky enough to re-discover my ROF monochrome maxi from the 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. I’d only worn it once and it was begging for another showcase.

Below are pictures of  Wura, Ilobe, Taiwo and I as we headed out to #SolaDipo2014, hope you like….

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I love the Palm trees at the top of this picture. It makes you feel like you’re in an exotic country with perfect weather and beautiful views.

 

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Wura in a Virgos Lounge skirt and locally made buba. I suspect she’s got MAC’s ‘Flat out Fabulous’ on. LOVE this pose!

DSC_0646Ilobe in a draped back maxi dress, Salvatore Ferragamo bag and brown loubs!!!!

DSC_0651Taiwo’s Iro and draped neck Buba material was sourced from one of my Mum’s trips to India! Her necklace was an Accessorize gift from one of my Besties, Bukky!

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Republic of Foreigner 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. Blue KG shoes for a pop of colour and a complementary fishtail braid.

xXx

Ps: I don’t have to explain the title “Best Foot Forward” do I? It’s kinda obvious….

Beauty Beats: Kinky Apothecary

There are only about a handful of natural belles at Church and so whenever one walks in the sanctuary, I notice.

Aunty Tosin is one of the naturalistas at Church. She has a healthy looking afro, which is always well maintained and perfectly tamed and it was for this very reason that we got talking in the first place.

I first noticed her gorgeous hair about two years ago and it was then that she introduced me to The Kinky Apothecary. I struggled to remember the name because I’d never heard the word ‘Apothecary’ (I kept calling it ‘Apocathery’ LOL). The blog is pretty much a natural hair convenience store and the founder- Nibi’s thick and long hair has me visiting more often than I admit.

I recently spotted this feature of Nibi’s natural hair on Ndani TV’s Beauty Beats so thought I’d share with you all. I hope you like….

xXx

Ps: I think I’m going to buy some Kinky Apothecary products…. product review I hear you say? Lol

Being Me (Blog Tag)

Blog Tag Kehinde

I must confess, I have allocated a large portion of my day  to updating myself on the happenings in the virtual world. You see I was in dire need of  inspiration and so hit up my usual Pick Me Up(- the Blogosphere)! It was then that I quickly realised that I’d been tagged in ‘Being Me’ by Beautifully Nappy.

Thanks for the tag Missy, here goes my shot…..

Are you named after someone? 

Nope. I’m a twin, so my name (Kehinde) was pretty much a given once the scan confirmed there were 2 of us.

When was the last time you cried?

Lol!!! About three weeks ago, on the phone to my sister Olaitan, I was very upset that day!

Do you have any children?

Not yet, ask me again in another 3 years.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

If I was another person, I’d be my Best Friend. Lol

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Erm….. snacks? I usually have a stash of cookies/chocolate/sweets in my bag or at least in the vicinity.

Do you like handwriting?

I love handwriting. Each person’s own is unique.

What’s your favourite cereal?

I used to loooovvvee Honey Loops and Frosties, now I love Milo cereal! Yes, I said it. I love Milo cereal!

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their style. I can’t help but notice clothes…. they’re right there.

What’s the colour of your eyes?

Deep, dark brown.

Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy Endings all day everyday. I’m all about the Fairy Tales.

Favourite TV show?

Presently, I’m addicted to House of Cards. But I also LOVE The Good Wife (Taiwo did this to me).

Winter or Summer?

Always the Summer. This is why I love Nigeria.

Hugs or Kisses?

Can I be greedy and have both? If I absolutely had to choose though, it’d be hugs- big BEAR hugs that somehow end up with my feet in the air.

Special Talent

I sew. At a point, I used to make my own clothes.

Where Were You Born?

Lagos, Nigeria!!!

Hobbies?

Eating out! I don’t like food, but I’m always the first to organise some kind of breakfast, lunch or dinner date! I love the idea of dressing up and chatting with friends over fine cuisine!

I like shopping too. It’s usually window shopping though LOL. But I like shopping.

Do You Have Any Pets?

No, but I’d love a Maltese, a Parrot or/and an Orangutan… yes, I know an orangutan is not really a pet, doesn’t mean I don’t want one.

Favourite Movie?

In no particular order….

How to lose a guy in 10 days

Hitch

10 Things I Hate About You

The Devil Wears Prada

Pretty Woman

What Colour is Your Car?

Black

What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?

(Unfortunately,) I’m already grown up. I’m an Investment Banker by day (and sometimes night). But my ideal job would be to be a Fashion Editor at Large- like Anna Dello Russo.

Loved Being Tagged And So I Will Go On And Tag….

Damola: http://www.nigerianbelle.com/

Fisayo: http://colormeepurple.com/

xXx

Ps: Good way to start July, no?

PPs: I think this is my longest post ever.

 

The Beat

After about two months of back -to-back twists, I finally unraveled my hair extensions and unveiled my underlying growth. Unlike hair straightening, twists give a heat-free stretch without fully eliminating the kinks, so I much prefer this method of stretching.

I’d decided to take my extensions out last Thursday night because I’d made plans for the weekend and knew it would be virtually impossible to squeeze in anything else. It was about 1:00am when my Mum and I were finally done and I was faced with a full head of thick natural hair. I couldn’t fathom the thought of sectioning my hair into my signature flat twists and so I decided I’d pull it up into a huge bun and pin the tips back into my bun. A little like a donut, just… without the donut.

My colleague, Michael, thinks my hair-do looks a lot like a drum and physically had to restrain himself from tapping a beat on the crown of my head whenever he passed by. Nevertheless, been rocking and loving the style I now call “The Beat” all week.

What do you think?

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xXx

Ps: I need to work on my hair line. I think the braids (and twists) might finally be taking their toll on it.

Pps: COME ON NIGERIAAAA!!!! #WorldCup2014 Lol

Renata

I have my own style. It’s specific to me (as style should be) and determined by my body shape, my height, my location and the occasion. The Virgo’s Lounge Renata dress is exactly my style. The draped back is my kind of understated drama and the v-neckline shows just the right amount of skin. VL’s trademark wrap slit opens up with every stride breaking the sea of glitzy blue to show off (freshly shaved) legs!!!

The VL Renata is my dream right now, I wish I was a June baby so I’d have a justifiable reason to purchase it….

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What do you think of the VL Renata?

xXx

Ps: The ‘fro is out once again, so you guessed it! The next blog will be on my latest hair do… the “Drum”!

Toshade: Garden Collection

March 22 marked the beautiful Traditional ceremony of my Sister Olaitan and her husband, Dipo. As expected, Toshade made pretty much all the jewellery and she did an amazing job!

1. Roses are Red: Using red corals of different sizes, shapes and textures, Toshade created a chunky and twisted ‘Mother of the Bride’ number finished with 24 carat gold  toppings and swarovski crystals strategically placed to catch the sunshine of the outdoor event.

2. Forget Me Not: Just like the flower, these chipped beads are blue and pink with dainty, bronze beads separating each chip. Each string swings nonchalantly with the movement of the wearer in a contagious yet classy manner.

3. Baby Blue Eyes: These textured, sugar beads are separated by a trio of gunmetal grey seed beads locked in at each edge with matching spacer bars. Simple, yet captivating the strings are finished with a turquoise and blue clasp.

4. Last and definitely not the least is my Pink Hibiscus: About 30 strands of seed beads strung in varying lengths and neatly twisted into a solid rope. Pink Hibiscus was finished with silver cones, large pink beads and my favourite finish… a hand made hook.

Below are pictures of the Garden inspired wedding collection. Just like the outdoor ceremony, it was quite the breath of fresh air. Hope you like….

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For further enquiries on Toshade beads, contact me on KehindeFanimokun[at]yahoo.com or contact my Mum on: AbiFanimokun[at]gmail.com.

xXx

Ps: That day, I danced till I could not feel my legs!!! It took about 48 hours to get over the intense work out. Lol

PPs: My Mum also made Olaitan’s beads but I have no pictures!!! I should do a separate blog on it you know….