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Sometimes, as a lady you feel you don’t have clothes to put on when you look into your closet. This is because some clothes are now out of trend or just plain boring. In such cases, you need to go shopping for new clothes. Shopping for new clothes is very exciting but your bank balances feel the impact at the end of the day. But If your bank balance is quite thick, you can shop for trendy pieces from anywhere. On the other hand if you’re on a budget , opt for thrift (popularly known...
Sometimes, as a lady you feel you don’t have clothes to put on when you look into your closet. This is because some clothes are now out of trend or just plain boring. In such cases, you need to go shopping for new clothes. Shopping for new clothes is very exciting but your bank balances feel the impact at the end of the day. But If your bank balance is quite thick, you can shop for trendy pieces from anywhere. On the other hand if you’re on a budget , opt for thrift (popularly known as bend down select, Akube or Okirika). A thrift fashion haul is a simple way to dress fashionable on a budget. Although, it is not that easy to shop thrift outfits. There are some pros and cons.
One of the advantages of opting for a thrift fashion haul is affordability. You can get lovely trendy pieces at a cheap price. Also, most thrift outfits are rare finds so you don’t have to worry about it being out of trend quickly. You can also cart away vintage pieces that are stylish ( i.e you can get stylish outfits from the “90s). On the flip side, due to the rush at thrift store, you may buy damaged outfits. Some with holes, falling buttons or worse still faded. I mustn’t forget to mention that thrift shopping can also be quite stressful. Sometimes, the stores may be crowded and there may be a little struggle to get nice outfits.
You can do a thrift haul for your closet either online or offline. Some online instagram stores you can patronize are @thriftstoreng and @shopnandra. There are other good thrift stores on instagram but I validated the above stores. Also if you stay in Lagos like I do, you can shop for thrift in the following market:
Most times, the best thrift outfits or accessories are found when you least expect it. So, for me I try as much to have cash on me when I pass through places where thrift items are sold. You never can tell what you’ll find. Although, you can save your funds and plan your thrift haul. You may be lucky to shop at the time the seller is re-stocking. So, you get the good stuff . Other times, you may just stumble upon good thrift items and having cash always will come in handy. As a way to shop for thrift, either plan your thrift haul or buy them as you find.
I also love a good save on shopping. So, I did a thrift fashion haul from Yaba and oshodi market. I bought some lovely outfits which I styled in this post. Here are the items from thrift fashion haul and how i styled them.
One cannot own too many blazer(s) as they are a wardrobe staple. I bought a light brown blazer from Oshodi for 500 naira. Since blazers are a versatile fashion piece, I have styled it both as a work wear and for casual outing.
Chiffon shirts are another stylish outfit to own. They make it easy to transition from work wear to casual wear. In my Uni days, chiffon tops were worn in Uniben by the acclaimed big girls. The sellers called it back then vintage wears. Anyways, I thrifted some nice chiffon tops from Yaba market. Neutral white colors and a floral print shirt. I wore the floral chiffon shirt with a mini skirt from my two piece marilyn set. Also, I wore my white shirt with the pants from my two piece adire outfit made by @rexcasual from instagram.
P.S. I also sell adire fabrics, so, the fabric is from my store @Adireclothings on instagram & facebook.
I also thrifted a white mesh top at Oshodi market for 500naira. I really love mesh tops because they are see-through that have versatile use. I styled my off shoulder mesh top in two ways in this post. Although, you can get a lot of use from a mesh top. I wore my mesh top with my shorts from @iwade.brand as well as with denim pants.
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Have you ever wondered how celebrities/bloggers look expensive? Naturally, your best guess is that they are all wearing big name brands like Prada, Gucci, etc. This is very true in most cases. And of course, wearing big designers means a huge spend from your bank balances. Just like a popular saying “money no be a problem“, you can own the world. However, looking expensive doesn’t have to based on your net worth or be too pricey. So, I am sharing 6 simple ways on how to dress...
Have you ever wondered how celebrities/bloggers look expensive? Naturally, your best guess is that they are all wearing big name brands like Prada, Gucci, etc. This is very true in most cases. And of course, wearing big designers means a huge spend from your bank balances. Just like a popular saying “money no be a problem“, you can own the world. However, looking expensive doesn’t have to based on your net worth or be too pricey. So, I am sharing 6 simple ways on how to dress and look expensive on a budget.
A very simple way to look expensive is by wearing neutral colors as monochrome. Neutral colors like white, grey or power black shows class and makes you look expensive. It makes you look all put together and neat. Most wealthy individuals and even celebrities are mostly seen in monochrome neutrals. This look spells class and expensive!!!. So, for you to look like money, rock monochrome neutrals. Go for either an all black or white monochrome outfit. To pull off this look, you don’t have to shop for a ‘gucci” but shop affordable stores like shein or Jumia. You can also take advantage of the black Friday sales ongoing to add nice neutrals to your closet. You mustn’t shop co-ord matching sets. To pull a monochrome neutral look, you can wear a white tee shirt, white blazer on white pants styled with a pair of heels.
Most people appear like they left their house in rush. Although, we all know we are in a jet age and speed is of essence. You don’t want to look like a mess. (e.g. My home can be a huge mess due to some personal stuff for some time. But I ensure that I don’t go out looking like my messed up house. ). Another simple way on how to dress and look expensive on a budget is by paying attention to your look. For starters, a well polished nails, neat hair, well fitting outfits etc. Also, a well a ironed outfit gives a neat outlook. So, ensuring you appear neat and cultured at all times will make look expensive. This will cost nothing to achieve and you don’t need a whole wardrobe overhaul to achieve this. All it will take is your time to look and appear neat and put together always.
Another simple way to dress and look expensive on a budget is by shopping affordable jewelry for your closet. Before now, my only jewelry that I complete my look with are earrings. I can count the number of jewelry items I had. This is no different for most ladies out there too. Some of us have just this special hand down jewelry from mum or grandma. We only put it on special occasions or on a special date night. But investing in good jewelry pieces like necklaces, chokers, rings, bracelets, anklets, etc are simple ways to make you look expensive. Jewelry elevates your looks making you all put together at all times. Although, it can be quite dicey getting good affordable jewelry for your closet. This is because some may wash off easily but they are still a staple piece to own. You can shop affordable jewelries from All she needs store both online and offline(Lekki)
Back in Uni days, babes thrive in nice thrift outfits. Some of us know the days we need to wake up to catch our customer opening bail so we don’t miss our on good stuff. Also, thrifts (Okirika or consignment items) are of different grades, this I found out quite early in Uni days. Another simple way to dress and look expensive on a budget is to shop A-grade thrift fashion outfits. There are many fashionable thrift outfit that will make you expensive without breaking the bank. You can shop for trendy thrift outfits from yaba market, Balogun market, @thriftstoreng and @shopnandra on Instagram.
We all own this classic or trendy statement pieces in our closets. Like an iwade two piece set or Nack piece of fashion outfit in our closet. Wearing this statement fashion outfits alone makes you look expensive. On the other hand, you can mix this outfit with thrifts to create another look that makes you look expensive on a budget. This is by mixing outfits from your own closet. Statement pieces makes you look expensive but pairing them with thrift outfit is way to dress it up. So, you will look expensive without being too expensive in terms of total cost of your look.
Silk are a soft piece of clothing items. Silk outfits are mostly associated with class and as such worn amongst the rich. Another way to dress and look expensive on a budget is to invest in good quality and affordable silk outfit. It is both a classy and stylish piece of clothing item to own. You don’t need to go for high end silk outfit to look expensive. But you check affordable stores like shein and Jumia to shop silk outfits for your closet.
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The annual GT fashion weekend is a few days to go. It is that time of the year where you get to see the hardest designers showcase their creativity. Like every fashion week e.g. Newyork fashion week or heineken Lagos fashion week, there is this frenzy on what to wear. This because fashion week is that where you need to express your self using fashion as the words. So, getting the right outfit which will speak of your own personal style or that of a style icon is not a walk in the park. Here are...
The annual GT fashion weekend is a few days to go. It is that time of the year where you get to see the hardest designers showcase their creativity. Like every fashion week e.g. Newyork fashion week or heineken Lagos fashion week, there is this frenzy on what to wear. This because fashion week is that where you need to express your self using fashion as the words. So, getting the right outfit which will speak of your own personal style or that of a style icon is not a walk in the park. Here are some style inspiration to guide you through choosing your outfit. So, if you’re at loss of what to wear, below styles will give a boost for the weekend.
Gone are those days where big bags are topping the fashion trends. These days, the smaller the bag, the better. Mini bags are trendy statement pieces to own. You may wonder what can a mini bag possibly carry for you. All you need is your essentials for that day and you’re ready to go. So for GT fashion weekend complete your outfit with a mini bag. It is very light and comfortable to carry. For me, a mini bag is a go anytime. Just throw in your handkerchief, lipstick to touch up or powder and your phone.
There are a lot of mini bags available both in your local offline stores and online too. You can also shop a mini bag from All she needs store. They have a physical store for those you like to see their products before shopping. Also you can get it online too. Their fashion items are stylish and of good quality. You can check my review on my haul from All she needs.
Chunky heels are one of the retro looks that is back in trend. This style is trend borrowed from the 1980’s. This is the era where fashion was more for the bold. It is a simple way to create an edgy look for the weekend. You can go for a chunky sneaker or chunky heels depending on your preference. One Nigerian Celebrity that rocked this edgy style is Derenle. So, if you’re one that loves edgy style or bold fashion statement, chunky shoes are a go. Chunky shoes are perfect for any outfit. You can rock your chunky block heels with a pair of wide leg pants and tee shirt.
One retro fashion look that is timeless is sequin outfit. Sequins are shiny disc like ornaments on outfits. For a look that turns heads and glows, rock sequins. You can either go a simple sequin dress, top or skirt. Sequins are also good statement outfit to own. For a stylish look to take the street style, go for a sequin slip top, a pair of mom jeans and blazer. You can shop for a stylish sequin outfit from Desire1709 fashion brand. This brand is owned by stylish fashion blogger and mompreneur.
Fashion week is one of the best times to rock your print outfit. Better yet when mix and match your prints for an edgy look. Although, there are some by fashion stylist against wearing prints together. But fashion is about bushing beyond boundaries as mixing and matching prints is a way to make a statement. If you want to mix your prints you can go for the following.
A stylish fashion influencer that I really her fashion craft is the Lady Vodka. She is a Nigerian fashion influencer who has master the art of mixing and matching print outfits.
Denim pants are a staple wardrobe essential to own. So, a pair of mom jeans is also perfect for fashion week. It is a very comfortable outfit to throw on. Also mom jeans are versatile piece of fashion item. You can wear with a crop top or long sleeve shirt cinched with a belt for a chic look. Also, you can style it up with knitted sweater tucked-in with mom jeans. It is going to be a cold night coupled with the season of the year. Hence, opting for knit sweater or cardigan is perfect for warmth and stylish look.
Oversize outfit is unique fashion trend you can rock to GT fashion weekend. It is very comfy, versatile and Breezy. If you want to shop for over-sized outfits like tops or shirts, just go a size up from your normal size. I particularly love over-sized long sleeve shirts. To rock this look, you tuck the oversize shirt in pants while leaving a button or two from the top. It will give a sexy chic feel. Also you could know it at the bottom to a chic girly look. It is simple trend to rock and it is a perfect fashion week outfit. For a stylish look style your over-sized sleeve shirt with a pair of skinny jeans cinched with a waist bag as belt.
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In Lagos state, there are some very fine recreational park that you can visit on a budget. Most of these parks are free to access while others requires a tokenu fee. Some of the free parks are Johnson Jakande park, Muri Okunola park etc. One of such park that is free to access is Ndubuisi Kalu park. Nduibuisi Kalu park Ikeja is located a few walk from Shop rite behind JJT park. This park is also lovely with some facilities to enable you have a good time. Ndubuisi kalu park have a children...
In Lagos state, there are some very fine recreational park that you can visit on a budget. Most of these parks are free to access while others requires a tokenu fee. Some of the free parks are Johnson Jakande park, Muri Okunola park etc. One of such park that is free to access is Ndubuisi Kalu park. Nduibuisi Kalu park Ikeja is located a few walk from Shop rite behind JJT park. This park is also lovely with some facilities to enable you have a good time. Ndubuisi kalu park have a children playground so it a good park for family. Also, there is free wifi available for use. Although due to recent risk of using free wifi, it is not really good to use random wifi. Parks has so many uses, so, here are some things you can do at Ndubuisi Kalu park
Asides the children playground, there are some lovely huts with large space at this park. It also have a restroom for times when you need to use the rest room. You can also find some brands selling their products at Ndubuisi kalu park. Although these brands are mobile so you may not find them when you visit. Food is a necessity for every outing. Hence, you can get foods, drinks and barbecue beef at this park. Although I can’t say if the food or drinks are affordable. Since this park is strategically located a few distance from shop rite which sell food at cheap rate, you could come with your own food to the park.
One very affordable place to take a good pre-wedding photograph are parks. You and your partner can visit Ndubusi kalu park for your photo shoot. The layout and aesthetic is a beautiful back drop for photographs. You can take nice pictures at the huts, close to the fountain or beside the trees. Since it is a free to access space, all you need to pay for is the photographer. It solves the problem of a looking for studio for your pre-wedding shoot
Another thing you can do at Ndubuisi Kalu park is to have a hangout or host a party . The park has large huts and space where you can host parties. You can have a family day out with family or a picnic with friends. Also birthday parties or events are also perfect for Ndubuisi Kalu park. It is secluded but where lovers can chill out and have a nice time. So, you and bae can have fun at this park for free. No hassle or entry free.
The last time I visited, there a spot where you can donate blood and save lives. If you’re planning an event or a hang out with colleagues, check out Ndubuisi kalu park. The space is available for free, so, all you need bother about is foods, drinks as well as chairs for rental.
Ndubuisi kalu park is accessible to a lot of individuals. With more people getting to know of this park. As a budding brands, you can cash in the availability of prospective customers. Also this park is strategically located close to upper class members of the society. So, you can never tell who could walk into the park and shop your product. Hence, Ndubuisi kalu park is a good place to showcase your products to visitors.
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Kalakuta republic museum was the home of Late Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This place once housed his followers i.e. his band members and dancers. It doubles as his home as well as a studio where he does his music. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was huge resistance to the government during his time. This made the then government send soldiers to destroy his house twice. So, the current Kalakuta republic museum is his 3rd house. Fela must have gotten his spirit of activism from his mother who also a strong...
Kalakuta republic museum was the home of Late Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This place once housed his followers i.e. his band members and dancers. It doubles as his home as well as a studio where he does his music. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was huge resistance to the government during his time. This made the then government send soldiers to destroy his house twice. So, the current Kalakuta republic museum is his 3rd house. Fela must have gotten his spirit of activism from his mother who also a strong activist. She also fought for Nigerian independence. After his death in 1997, his children, family, and fans decided to transform his house to the museum. This will be a place where lovers of Fela can keep his spirit alive. The name Kalakuta was coined from Fela Cell room “Calcutta” during the time he was in prison.
Kalakuta museum is located at 7, Gbemisola Street, Ikeja. You can take a tricycle before you get to Ikeja under the bridge to the place. The place is very easy to find, a short walk from Allen Avenue bus stop. The gate fee for entry to the museum is 1000 naira. The museum has a ground floor where you cam souvenirs. Also, it has a roof top bar where you can order food, drinks, and palm wine. In other to access the rooftop, you will pay a fee of 1000 naira. This has to be done 24 hours before a visit to the bar through their facebook page. Fela’s graveyard is just in front of the building. He died at the age of 53.
After making payment at the reception, a tour guide gives a tour of the museum. He is trained to give tourists as much insight into Fela’s life which is the purpose of the museum. The tour starts off at the ground floor where some of his albums are explained. The album that I found interesting was that called,”Confusion“. Here Fela describes Ojuelegba, Lagos state as a place of confusion. To date, this place can be really confusing. It has four roads branching off this bus stop and it is full of people. For me, Ojuelegba feels like the busiest place in Lagos.
There are pictures of Fela’s family, children, wives , concubines as well as girlfriend at the Museum. The museum also has picture of Fela as an actor in a movie which was destroyed. In memory of this Legend, Felabration takes place every year at his shrine. This place is a few distance away from the museum. Fela’s room is still kept just the way he left it before his death. With well arranged clothes in a rack, his bed and pillows. One of Fela’s main instrument is a Saxophone. His Saxophone is still being kept in his room till date.
Kalakuta museum also preserved some memoir from the life of Fela. His first marriage to his wife abroad, children as well as tour around the world. An article showing the political party Fela founded to run for presidency is at the museum. These phrase caught my eye, MOP is for the poor not for the rich. Fela stood for the poor and so many followers under this party. His ideology was greatly influence from his fraternity with Malcome X and black panther. After your tour at the museum, you also visit Johnson Jakande park at Ikeja. This park is not too far from shoprite.
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Shopping new pieces for your fashion closet requires proper planning. To shop new clothes/accessories, you need to have an idea of the holes you need to fill in your closet. That is if your’re like me who sometimes feel you have too many tops with not enough pants or skirts to go with it. Also, you always need trendy pieces for your closet. Although , catching up with trends can be like a wild goose chase. There a lot of brands offering very trendy pieces both online or offline. But you...
Shopping new pieces for your fashion closet requires proper planning. To shop new clothes/accessories, you need to have an idea of the holes you need to fill in your closet. That is if your’re like me who sometimes feel you have too many tops with not enough pants or skirts to go with it. Also, you always need trendy pieces for your closet. Although , catching up with trends can be like a wild goose chase. There a lot of brands offering very trendy pieces both online or offline. But you have to ask yourself if they are affordable. Affordability is relative though. What is affordable for me may not be same for you. However, I always look out for brands whose product are both stylish and affordable before shopping from them. Here I will be sharing 5 brands that I love to shop for trendy pieces.
One online fashion brand to shop for trendy pieces is Store333. It is an overseas brand that makes hand made traditional outfits; dresses, dancing skirts, tote bags, beach wears etc. You can shop stylish prints from this store at affordable prices. They also offer wholesale prices those who are looking to resell. As a African lady and lover of anything colorful, I love their tye-dye outfits most especially. Also, there are lovely beach wears for your beach hangout. For a day out to the beach, a simple style inspiration is to wear loose tye-dye print from the store. This look can be completed with a pair of sandals and a tote bag also from Store333. If you’re one that doesn’t mind rocking cross cultural outfits. There are traditional Indian apparels e.g. crop tops with matching dance skirts.
The best part is that you can shop with my code by clicking on Store333 for any stylish piece you want to get 10% off your purchase. Interestingly, this store always have other deals which is an opportunity to save and purchase trendy outfit for your closet. Check here to view discounts codes updates at store333.
For us in Nigeria, shopping overseas brands online though convenient is sometimes pricey. In most cases, the shipping prices may be way too much compared to the cost of your entire cart. I love shopping online overseas brands and sometimes the shipping fee scares me off. Store333 offers affordable shipping rates to any country. In other to shop easily on store333 to Nigeria, you need to keep the following in mind. Due to challenges of the brand to get express shipping to African countries, the check out option has been disabled for these countries. However, you can still shop from this site to Nigeria at a flat rate of 10USD. Your product will be delivered to you through post within 20-25days. Also you can check out their shipping policy to check other rates.
Their customer service is quite okay. They are very responsive especially through their whatsapp line available on the site. You can ask any question from this line as they are very helpful with whatever you want. Although, this depends on the time differences of your current location.
Every lady needs some statement pieces to part of her closet. Statement fashion items makes you look expensive. All she need brand curate this statement fashionable pieces that affordable. It is a Nigerian based online brand. The brand is a one-stop shop for all a lady wants in fashion, beauty and lifestyle. The website is very easy to navigate. They deliver to any where in Nigeria at an affordable price too. I also wrote a review of my shopping experience with this brand. I love them especially for their superb customer service. You can shop stylish office and casual wears from the brand. Also there are lovely beauty products to improve your glow from these brand. They deliver the next day for Lagos based shoppers.
Another fashion brand to shop for stylish and affordable fashion pieces is Marian clothing. It is owned by a Nigerian fashion blogger, Ada. She ships anywhere both within and outside Nigeria. There is also option for pick up. I prefer the pick up option because it is very accessible for me. So far my shopping experience has been fine. If you love to serve hot legs, the go to brand is Marian clothing. This is because most of her outfits are really short. Although, you can make a request to increase the length of your outfit to suit you. To order from marian clothings, check her out on instagram: @marianclothing_ng.
Soles by Sarah is another affordable fashion brand to shop for trendy pieces. The brand makes hand made leather shoes as well as other accessories like rattan bags. For your summer or casual outings, you can shop a strap sandals from Sole by Sarah. It is owned and managed by Sarah Okolo. She delivers the next day for Lagos shoppers at an Affordable shipping fee. To shop stylish hand made shoes from her brand, look her up @solesbysarah on Instagram.
Shein is an affordable online fashion brand to shop for closet. They sell trendy pieces for clothing and accessories. Shein site is a listing site for a lot of sellers. So, you need to read reviews of the brands in other to be safe. I also shared my review on my purchase from Shein. Some of the items on my cart are still as fabulous as ever. But My leopard print mini bag from one the brands from shein is now a write off after 3 weeks of usage. Imagine feeling like a damsel with your print bag and suddenly the strap snaps. The bag dropped my in a snap from ten to zero. Hence, for all online website with multiple sellers, the smart thing to do to avoid surprises is reading reviews. Reviews are personal experience of other shoppers and it will help guide you. Irrespective of my bad experience, shein is still a good site to shop trendy & affordable fashion piece for your closet. To avoid one bad apple to spoil to whole basket like my case, always take of reviews.
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