Afrochristic

A couple of Fridays ago, I stopped by at Taiwo’s office after work and to no surprise, I found her office relatively empty. I know about 90% of the staff at her office so was a little surprised to come across an unfamiliar face. Okey had just joined that week and I could tell from the look on his face that he was just as surprised to meet a “Taiwo look-alike” as I was  to see a new face on the team.

In line with your typical Friday “dress down” Okey had on no tie, but a white shirt,  smart blazer and one of my favourite men’s accessories, a pocket square. Naturally, it instantly caught my attention and rude as it may be, I had him take it out for my close inspection.

The fabric was tightly woven in a torquoise blue and complementary gold weft stitch accompanied by a black undertone. It was effortlessly folded in a loose pyramid and stuck out with all the flair of a pretentious aristocrat, I loved it! It reminded me a lot of a contemporary take on the “aso-oke” often worn at Yoruba traditional weddings.

After my close (and somewhat rude) inspection, I quickly got to know that Okey’s pocket square was actually made by his own brand (side hustle as we like to call in in Nigeria), Afrochristic. It turns out Afrochristic is not just a one-trick pony, they do a few male and female accessories. Can’t wait to find out what else they have in store.

Below are pictures of Okey’s Afrochristic pocket square, isn’t it just handsome!

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For orders/enquiries, contact Okey: BAOkere[at]gmail.com

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Ps: Please forgive the picture quality, I don’t exactly carry an SLR to work lol.

PPs: I love how I’m getting into men’s fashion, was never really my thing.

Shrinkage… the Struggle!

Shrinkage…. I hate shrinkage!

I’m faced with the woes of shrinkage as often as I have a wash day. I find that my hair works like a defense mechanism, as moisture touches the ‘fro, each strand retreats into a tangled mane recoiling back to the roots. I often feel estranged from my hair when this magic happens, I mean compare my shrinkage to the stretch. It’s a battle I face often enough and yet I can’t seem to combat the struggle.

Last week I decided to document the magic that occurs with every wash day. A reminder (if you like) of what I go through as often as I wash my hair….

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Yes, this is my no-make-up selfie :)

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Does anyone have any tips on how to overcome the struggle that is Shrinkage? If you do, please share as more often than not, I end up blow drying which leaves my ‘fro stripped and thirsty and so hard!

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Ps: I used Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to wash my hair for the first time. It was fantastic! I totally recommend it.

PPs: I’m feeling pretty good today, the intern in my office tried to guess my age and her guess was 21, LOL. Love it!!!

“Florals… For Spring..? Groundbreaking”

I first set my eyes on Carolina Herrera’s SS15 look on Instagram and I sincerely thought it was breathtaking.

I’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada too many times to know that florals for spring is so cliché! I mean, it requires little to no mental activity and so it’s generally a trend that should be avoided (in my opinion). But in her SS15 collection, Carolina Herrera has successfully juxtaposed a supposedly trite floral print on a futuristic and fresh canvas.

The collection seems to be a modern day musing of the renowned Georgia O’keeffe depicting feminism in all her glory as the crisp look remains somewhat bridal.

I know there’s a lot more to see from this years New York Fashion Week but I can’t help but get ahead of myself and deem CH’s collection my favourite look of the season.

Hope you like as much as I do……

Isn’t this mosaic look just divine???

Source: NY Times

Source: NY Times

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

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Ps: I love the Devil wears Prada, so had to use the line from the movie…  “Florals… for Spring…? Groundbreaking” LOL

PPs: It’s not hard to make out my style… Classic. Elegant. Clean. Simple.

Winner!!!!

We have a winner!!!

Thank you so much to everyone that left a comment on my Giveaway post, I can now confirm that Wura has screened all comments and finally announced and verified a winner….. Damola of Nigerian Belle has been selected as our Bonita Valli winner. Damola, I will be contacting you before the end of the week in order to confirm the date of delivery.

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Please be sure to send us pictures of you in your new Virgos Lounge Donnika blouse!

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Ps: It’s FASHION WEEK!!!!! :)

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 Friday, September 5, 2014

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

Open to followers worldwide!

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All the Best!

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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.

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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….

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