Business class

Happy hump day, my lovelies. This midweek, be ready to take off in style, in business class. Any other class will not do for what’s on the agenda. So sit back, get comfy and let’s start to soar.

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Made in Nigeria

As some of you may know, I’m of Nigerian descent. Even though I have spent more years of my life away from Nigeria than in Nigeria, I am still proudly connected to my roots.

On this day, 58 years ago, Nigeria gained independence from her colonial masters, Great Britain. Whilst some may argue that the road post independence has been perhaps rougher and tainted with more challenges than we would like, that is not the essence of this post. The essence of this post is to recognize and celebrate Nigeria or better still Nigerians for some of the things that makes us a unique and special people. Defiant and uncompromising in our pursuits, Nigerians are easily the most tenacious people I know. In the face of extreme adversity and hard conditions, Nigerians will still find a way to thrive in their conditions. I say this not out of bias but Nigerians are also some of the most enterprising people in the world. Search for Nigerian local brands on Instagram, and you will find individuals within the beauty, fashion, photography, film and many more industries making grande moves and sometimes even competing against world brands. These aren’t always individuals with government funding or support from large corporations but people who have set out on their own; built from ground up successful businesses, creating jobs and adding positively to the economy.

Don’t get me started on how we are a happy people. Nigerians possess the ability to find humor even in the darkest situations. We are also party people. And of course we are big spenders. We work hard and we play hard. Not to mention we are in general a very intelligent and academic bunch.

Regardless of the many challenges that we face as a people, we continue to strive for excellence not just locally but on the world platform. Today, as always, I join millions of Nigerians not just in Nigeria but across the globe to continue to hope for a brighter future. In hoping, we will continue to do our best to represent our motherland in the best light home and abroad.

Photography by Winifred and Marcus

T-shirt: River Island Similar

Skirt: River Island

Court shoes: River Island

Earrings: River Island Similar

Back to School

So school/uni is back in session and the fashion aspect is certainly not in recess either.

With autumn mode activated, it’s sweater weather and this slogan sweatshirt from River Island comes in handy for that casj chic, I-just-threw-this-on look. It’s the perfect combo of chic and comfort and of course, with the slogan Feminism emblazoned across the chest, it was a no brainer. Power to the Sisters!😀

To balance things out, I matched the bright orange with a pair of white distressed skinny jeans with some floral embroidery. The result: certainly more than A for effort!😜💪🏾

This look is not just for students but is also perfect for that off-duty look. Whatever you get up to this weekend, hope you get some weekend style inspo from this. Have a fantastic weekend.

Love,

Your favourite lass.xox

Photography by Empire Scheme Lifestyle

Jumper-River Island

Jeans- Topshop

Sneakers- Zara

Bag- Mango

The Emerald Lass

You don’t need to know me too well to know that I’m a bit of a girly girl. That means I’m more likely to be found in a frilly dress or tulle skirt than anything else.

I also wouldn’t be The Emerald lass if I wasn’t all about my greens. No, not the ones on my dinner plate.😬 I love almost every shade of green there is out there but Emerald remains my fave. Such a rich and vibrant shade, what a gem!

Summer may be packing up its bags but that’s not about to stop me from going for gold, (well, green) in this Topshop wrap dress. I love the lady-like appeal of dresses. In a wrap dress, you can’t be anything short of a lady. I’m not usually one to favor low necklines so this was a little out of my comfort zone. But I love that it’s low but not revealing and I hope I still managed to pull off a classy, demure look whilst adding a bit of sass.If you’re worried about being weather appropriate, throw on a pair of tights or fishnets, add a pretty cardigan or a blazer and Bob’s your uncle!😀 To compliment the dress, I paired it with my pink ASOS pumps and added my green fur box bag from Mango.

Photography by Empire Scheme Lifestyle

Dress: Topshop Similar II Shoes:ASOS II Bag:Mango Earrings:Zara

How to wear stripes, polka dots and florals together

Aloha my lovelies. Let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we? Today, I’m bringing you some “Flora my flower” meets “Can’t read my polka face” mixed up with some “hype my stripes” moment.There is never a bad time for polka dots, Marc Jacobs once reportedly said. If there is, it certainly cannot be this season because they are in right now. But you know I don’t do trends just for the sake of trends…I’m all for this spotty number of a crop top because I thought it was super cute . And you also know I wouldn’t be the lass you love, if I just did plain polka dots because what’s life without a bit of intended sartorial chaos? So I thought I’d pair the top with some striped pants to hype this look and of course let’s not forget the florals too. Life’s too short to play it safe. The result, I believe is this fun ensemble that I thoroughly enjoyed putting together.

I hope you like the look.

Photography by @Stevenbeathsmith

Crop top:River Island II Culottes:River Island Sold out Similar II Shoes:Topshop

Printastic in SGTC clothing

Hey beautiful folks. Been a wee minute!🙈 Life has been busy lately. Seems like all one does as an adult is work and pay bills and work some more. Oh well. To my UK/Ireland folks, hope you’ve been enjoying the heatwave. Today in London is slightly nippy but hey, I think we prayed for some breeze so can’t complain!😀In today’s post, I’ll be sharing details of my collaboration with the fantastic brand that is SGTC clothing, an Afrocentric ready to wear brand based in Lagos, Nigeria.Summer time calls for prints! And no one does fabulous print pieces like SGTC. Their pieces are very affordable, unique not to mention stylish. What more can a girl ask for?🤷‍♀️ This wrap top is one of their bestsellers. You’ll understand why if you know how versatile it can be. It is the gift that keeps on giving as it can be rocked in so many ways. For a smart casj look, I paired it with my old RI shorts. Watch out for more ways that I’ll be rocking this piece for the rest of the summer.

They say pictures tell a thousand words so I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. It’s hard to believe that this brand is less than 2 years old! The founder, Adetoke Oluwo is the epitome of girl boss and is someone I personally admire for her zeal for business (amongst many other things). You certainly want to check out their page on Instagram, SGTC where you can contact them to place your orders. They have stockists in London @enchanted_lounge , Ankara ready but also deliver to any part of the world, straight from Lagos. Until next time, hasta lavista, my lovelies. ✌🏾

Love,

The Emerald Lass.xxx

Wrap top:SGTC clothing II Shorts:River Island (old) II Shoes:River Island

Photography: Steven Beatsmith

It’s my birthday! 

I’m still perplexed by how the last 365 days has flown by so quickly. I almost feel dazed that it’s my birthday again as it feels like the last one was just a few months ago. More than anything though, is the feeling of gratitude. Simply just very grateful to be here celebrating life again. It’s going to be a busy day so this will be a very short post. But I wanted to thank you all who follow this blog for your continued support and love. The next year is going to be an exciting one in many ways and I hope you’ll stick around as we continue this journey together. It’ll be one of continued self discovery but also breaking new borders and unchartered paths. The road ahead doesn’t promise it’ll be easy but certainly will be worth it. 

I’m off to celebrate the day with some of nearest and dearest.😀💃🏽🎉 Enjoy your weekend and I do promise to be back very shortly. 

Lots of love,

The Emerald Lass.xoxo

Photography by Steven Beatsmith

Dress:Topshop II Shoes: Asos II Earrings: Zara

The bright hues of Summer

Happy new month, folks!😘 I can’t believe we are in the latter half of the year already. Time to revisit those goals and smash them. 😎😉Here’s to wishing you all a more productive and fruitful rest of the year.

Heading off to an occasion soon and still no outfit?We are now in the thick of event season as summer officially kicked off. Today’s post is yet another ticket to standing out in a crowd for the right sartorial reasons. Separates have always been something I’m inclined to go for simply because they allow me more room for creativity than dresses do and really, you hardly run the risk of wearing the same outfit as anyone else. Whatever the occasion, refresh your wardrobe with some bright hues. This combination of a light pink classic shirt with a twist of tie back detail and white jacquard culottes is a recipe for understated elegance.  sumbo (34 of 56)-1Opted for a blush toned pair of shoes to complete the look. I love the monochromatic look I was able to achieve with the pink/white/blush combo. It allows each item to flourish individually and collectively. Sometimes less is indeed more. 

Hope you like the look. Have a great week.

Love, Sumbonita.xoxo

Photography by @Mcawhy

Outfit

Shirt:River Island II Culottes:Zara (old season) II Shoes:ASOS

What I wore last summer 

We’ve all been there. Worn that beautiful occasion dress and perhaps it was even a hit on your Instagram feed. You’d love to wear it again but you’re just purely vain and don’t want to be seen to be repeating clothes worried it’s already gotten enough hype and now bordering on overkill? Wedding season is here and that only means one thing; you need outfits to stand out in! Continue reading What I wore last summer 

Glam und Goth

dsc_0627dsc_0615Don’t be mistaken, this is not a promo shoot nor is it an ad for an upcoming Twilight sequel. Every now and again, one can get carried away and turn what was meant to be a regular blog post photoshoot into what I like to call The Emerald Lass version of Ladies in Black: “Glam und Goth”! 😛  Continue reading Glam und Goth

Sporty Spice

dsc_0249I’ve never liked sports. Or been good at it, for that matter. I mean, I did participate in relays and 100 meter’s for Inter-house sports in primary school. That should count, right? With adolescence, it all went downhill. PE classes might as well have been free periods as far as I was concerned. Unless you count talking as a sport. This attitude/lifestyle continued into adult life and I managed to scale through my 20’s having never visited a gym let alone break a sweat in workout. Continue reading Sporty Spice

Winter in the City

dsc_0022Tis the season to show up and show out. Tis also the season to dress warm, for brethren, winter is upon us! It’s that time of the year when social calendars are busier; Christmas drinks, catch-up sessions here and there, you name it. Continue reading Winter in the City

Back n Black

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Hi lovelies, happy hump day. It’s been a minute. This was meant to be a short post but I’ll just go with the flow. I actually had this post ready a week ago but was feeling all shades of down; mainly due to how I felt I was doing with the blog and how I felt I should be doing. The thing about running a blog or any other outlet of creativity is that, you pour yourself into it, all of you- it represents you as a person and the things that drive you. So it’s more than just sharing some outfits or keeping up with trends. It’s a reflection of some parts of you to a large extent which means you want to see it thrive as much as possible. At some point in your journey to where you believe your destination should be, you let that famous thief- comparison sneak in and try to rob you of your joy. Continue reading Back n Black

Birthday Queen

“Heavy is the crown and yet she wears it as if it were a feather. There is strength in her heart, determination in her eyes and the will to survive resides within her soul. She is you. A warrior, a champion, a fighter, a queen.” -r.h. SinLife, we sometimes forget is not ours but a gift from God. The fact that a lot of us can breathe uninterrupted and unaided in itself such a blessing, we too often take for granted. I woke up today full of gratitude in my heart; the privilege of seeing yet another year in perfect health is one I do not wish to take for granted.I am a year older today. Wiser, stronger and more determined to live and not just to exist. I am more than ever, actively in pursuit of purpose and living out my potentials and dreams.It’s been a year of mistakes made and lessons learnt. A year of personal growth and self development. I’ve had to be more introspective and critically evaluate myself and the decisions I make and how I react to things. Some ugly truths have been identified while some beautiful facts have been revealed. The process of self evaluating is never an easy one and one, I believe should be done often enough. All in all, I have found a beautifully imperfect being in whom I am growing every day to love more and more because when all is said and done, the most important person to you (after God) is you. The relationship that I cultivate first with God and then with myself will determine the trajectories of all other relationships so I am more mindful of the former than I have ever been.I am grateful for my family and friends amongst other things and as I look back on the last year with insight, I look forward to the new year with foresight and determination to make it count in every way imaginable.Photography by David Nyanzi

Dress : ASOS II Shoes : River Island II Earrings: River Island II Sunglasses:River Island

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