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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

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

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