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

The Boyfriend Shirt

dscf5262If you’ve ever wondered how to do “casj slay” i.e how to look like a super model off duty, this post is for you. I’m a fan of the oversized fit, when done right. Androgynous looks just always have an effortless cool about them, don’t they? What’s sexier than looking like you’ve borrowed style from the man in your life! Continue reading The Boyfriend Shirt

Pink Perfection

imageHappy Sunday lovelies. It’s been a minute. I do apologise for the radio silence. I’ve been working behind the scene to bring you more exciting content and I suppose, restrategise for the next phase for The Emerald Lass. But I won’t bore you with that right now…imageimageSaturday’s are for weddings. Especially if you’re of Nigerian descent like me. Nigerians love weddings and we sure don’t play when it comes to nuptials and style, even as wedding guests.😀 Yesterday, I had the honour of attending a childhood friend’s wedding in Dublin. I had gone back home to Ireland to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends a little over a week ago but had had to extend my trip a little longer particularly for this wedding. I wasn’t sure what to wear and very unlike me, hadn’t planned anything specific for the wedding although I knew I had a few options. In the end, I opted for this River Island pink knot waist bodycon dressimageimageTalk about being totally uncharacteristic…this dress is nothing like  I would normally wear to a wedding or quite frankly, wear at all. I don’t like long evening dresses and wouldn’t be caught in one unless in an official capacity ie a bridesmaid. I also do not do bodycon dresses and certainly not one of jersey-like material. I’m not afraid of colours but I’m scared of snug items of clothing. Haha. My logic is simple- I am a slim girl; I do not need anything drawing more attention to that fact. It’s easily the first thing people notice about me so why wear anything that’ll emphasise that even more. Not that there’s anything wrong with being skinny but for me, anything that would give an illusion of a “bigger” me is what I’m more inclined to go for. Having said that, I’m too experimental with my style to stick to the status quo. When it comes to clothes and fashion, I’m generally open minded and like to “explore”. I bought the dress, if anything out of curiosity, (and of course it was a bargain) half expecting to return it. But lo and behold, it would fit right like a glove. Admittedly, I still needed the push encouragement from my sisters to wear it as it was so out of the norm for me.🙈imageimageI love that it’s such a simple yet elegant look. Yes, the colour is popping but other than the rucched detail at the waist and the side slit, it’s just a plain, simple dress. I  stirred away from trying to dress up the dress any more by resisting the temptation of a statement necklace and instead opted for statement earrings and statement shoes. My Doll pumps Kandeeshoes came in just handy for this with their studded design and colour block. I got mine via @thediscountshopper, a personal shopping consultant who caters to your shopping needs and at reasonable prices too.imageimageOverall, I really loved this look and although not sure I’ll be buying more of this dress style, it was good to step out of my comfort zone (fit and flare behaviour) for once and try something new. If you’re small boned like me and wouldn’t normally go for this look, I’ll encourage you to at least try…you might just be pleasantly surprised.😉

Love,

Sumbonita.xx

Dress: River Island II Clutch:River Island(old) II Shoes:Kandee shoes via The Discount Shopper II Earrings:ASOS (old)

Photography: Claire Nash

 

Grown and Lacey

imageThis summer has been a season of contrasts; in colours, textures and even themes. Lingerie details and pyjama style are no longer restricted for bedtime and lazying around on Saturday mornings as you will note in today’s post.imageThis Guipure lace top from Zara was love at first sight. If the lacey material wasn’t enough to catch my eye, the emerald green colour definitely did it. I also like strappy “sleeves” like this. I generally don’t like completely sleeveless ie boob-tubed tops so I find this a nice compromise between sleeved and sleeveless. imageimageIn line with mixing textures, something I’m experimenting with a lot lately, I opted for these soft woven fabric, wide legged cobalt blue trousers River Island to pair with the lace. Isn’t this blue hue oh so electric?😄imageThis is a nice alternative to a dress for formal events.  I always like the challenge and buzz of creating outfits from separates; they’re unique and you do not run the risk of having someone wear the same outfit as you. It’s wedding season so I look forward to rocking these sort of looks to my upcoming events.

Love,

Sumbonita.xx

Guipire lace top: Zara II Pants: River Island II Sandals: River Island II Bag: Aldo

Photography: Ope Olusola

Summer vibes

imageIn a recent conversation with someone, the most talked about topic in England came up. No, I’m not referring to Brexit, but rather the weather. 😁 (I’m sure you all have your opinions on Brexit and the aftermath but we’ll leave the politics out for today.) According to this friend,  for him, summer officially starts once Wimbledon begins. Wimbledon is now in full swing so I say…let’s get this (summer) party started. Continue reading Summer vibes

Do It Your Own Way

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Happy Friday guys. 🙂 The (long) weekend is round the corner again…the sun is shining (mostly), happy days. Today’s look is a casual look for some Friday/weekend inspiration. As much as I like to dress up, I also do enjoying dressing down at the weekend.  But no one said off duty had to be dull or boring.
Continue reading Do It Your Own Way

Lush Blush

IMG_4510 It’s been a minute, guys.  Apologies for the radio silence. I’ve been away (to Dublin), back, been away again(this time to Toronto), back and since been wishing I was still away.  (If wishes were horses, eh!). I was back home in Dublin a few weeks ago to spend some time with the family just before Easter. I decided to shoot a few looks out there, including some of the outfits I would later wear on my “Spring break” to Canada the week after. Let’s just say, by Irish/British standards, it was more of a winter break, although nonetheless an amazing break. 🙂 Continue reading Lush Blush

Happy St Patrick’s Day

IMG_3704 Almost 5 million people live in Ireland. But about 70 million trace their roots back to it. It’s meant to be one of the top 10 countries to grow up in. It’s the birthplace of 24 Olympic medallists, 14 Oscar winners and 9 nobel laureates and perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world(all hail Shay Given!) . If you’ve been following me for a while, you may already know that the name, “Emerald Lass” was borne out of my love and connection with the colour green and with the nations of Nigeria and Ireland.  Continue reading Happy St Patrick’s Day

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