The independent woman is fierce
The flames that burn in her heart dance in her eyes.
She is compassionate,
Arms outstretched she lends her help.
She is unapologetic,
Shrewd in business and sound in mind, she refuses to play it down.
She is strong,
She carries the future of the nation for 9 months inside her and for 3 years in her arms.
She is authentic,
Everything is done her way, her pace and her style.
She is a multitasker,
She joggles her kids, family, career and dreams and none of them fall.
She is beautiful,
Every inch, curve or bump is beautiful.
The lagos fashion story is one that is known by very few, I didn’t know it either. I watched the clip put together by the organisers, the designers shared their struggles – competing with imported clothes, not having customers for their clothes and how expensive it was for the designers to make them– they also shared their triumphs, and through the short clip my respect doubled, if not tripled. The clip set the tone for the whole event, millenials like me, looked with a different kind of admiration when the first designer ‘Modella Couture’ was announced, it didn’t just look like a bunch of old clothes my grandmother probably wore, I saw and felt the expression. I understood the mind of the designer that needed to express her identity in the world of the norm, and I understood the hearts of the women that purchased the clothes – individuality. The models’ strut embodying the liberation the clothes gave them, their smiles so wide as they play with the clothes, their hairstyles high and full completing the look in the past. King Sunny Ade’s music comes on and ushers us to the early 70s, the era of ‘juju’ then the masterpiece comes in, the last model struts down the runway with a dress that can only be described as a masterpiece, a fusion of the old and new, the material appeals to the 60s and the cut to us millenials. What a way to start a show!
Zizi Cardow’s interpretation of the late 70s to early 80s brought a fire, the choice of material vibrant and spicy, oranges and pinks flood the runway and ease us into the spunk that was the early 80s, big hair and an even bigger strut, Nigerian women were coming into their own, the post-civil war woman was edgy, vibrant, dressing in colours that scintillates our senses and appeals to our edgy side. The 80s woman is the woman we all want to be, unafraid and bold.
Ayo van Elmar, the youngest designer amongst the 5, maintained the level Modella Couture started the show with, unapologetic in her cuts and bold with her choice of fabric, but, as the 80s wound down, the Afros got smaller, and the women became ‘chilled’- it was the reign of the hippies, the chill that came with liberation was very obvious in their laid-back strut, their cool shades, scarves tied across their forehead, it truly was a celebration of the becoming of a woman, a woman that didn’t need to be overly edgy to be different, she didn’t need to be spunky to show a different side of herself. The 80s woman had grown into her own.
The 90s interpreted by Mai Atafo showed the increase in the ‘craze’ for weddings. Women became more conscious of how they wanted their wedding to look and most importantly how they looked, as usual, Mai didn’t disappoint, his cut exquisite and his style very original just like the ever-green wedding song that was playing in the background Oruka by Sunny Neji. The 90s woman was the hopeless romantic, she finally loves who she has become and has found love.
Lanre Da Silva Ajayi introduces us to this millennium, the 21st century woman, it was almost reminiscent as I watched the models strut down, lagos fashion really has evolved, but it proved how much of a cycle fashion really is, some styles from the 60s made a comeback, cuts from the 70s also, but what I loved most about the millennial woman was her appreciation for the past, she understood the thirst to be different of the 60s woman, she adopted the spirit of the 70s woman, that fire, edginess, spunk, she understands the chill of the 80s woman, and she paid homage to the hopeless romantics of the 90s with the bold red lip. She is 50 years of fashion in Lagos.
Music; drums beating -slow, fast, slow, fast
Bodies gyrating as if possessed by the spirit of whom they celebrate, their pants adding a new texture to the rhythm, they shine, their sweat gleaming on their skin as the light of the fire illuminates them.
From the earth through the fire she’s being formed – waxing and waning she’s moulded in the fire.
Kneeling around her are her ancestors, they clasp their hands, heads bowed, voices raised in unison with the drums, spirits high in anticipation -she’s almost here now.
The earth rumbles, the ante up, the haze of the excitement blinding.
She’s here now, her form is in the fire.
The torch is passed, Cleopatra to Rosa Parks, she passes to Amina of Zaria and with a smile on her face she gives it to Maya Angelou. Maya smiles, ecstatic as she passes it on to the most recent Maeyo Joie, and from a modern queen to another she hands the torch to me. From the embers of the fire another QUEEN is born.
My mark etched to my child bearing hips.
Hands lifted in appreciation.
Eyes lifted as I pray, and await his approval, and then he breathes.
His breath awakening my senses.
It is my era now. My reign, my rules.
From the fire, earth sealed with a breath -a QUEEN.
We often wonder,
where happiness starts.
The journey usually begins,
in our individual hearts.
All the fortunes in this world,
shall not make our spirits sing.
It’s amazing how much joy,
a new dress seems to bring.
Happiness is processed,
a million times inside each mind.
The secret is no secret,
just be positive and kind.
The happiness you find in a new dress,
pleasure and satisfaction it brings
You can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous you feel!
Everything that makes us smile starts with the little things.
Hey guys! It’s been sooo long! I have been super busy in school and I really didn’t have time to blog. I hope you like this post, I was super excited the day I took these pictures and I kept talking and laughing 😂😂. Also, you guys need to hear what happened to me! Watch out for girl chat this week 😉😉.
So I found this beautiful poem on Anita poems, and I feel like this embodies everything I was feeling when I took those pictures .
Hey guys! I know usually on mondays I try to be cute and sweet, but as you can see from the title and featured image this week was not popping.
***before you read, my roommate and I don’t have this issue anymore, she’s pretty cool and she’s not rude. I misunderstood. To be honest, I only left it here, cause you guys like it.
So before I begin, I’ll like to thank everyone that has ever commented, especially the ones that drop very funny and real comments, I am very grateful 🙇🙇😳😆.
Sooooo, my room mate had been dropping hints about a squatter for a while now (in the Nigerian uni system, a squatter is someone who stays in a dorm room but, has no legitimate right to be there but can stay there because someone who has legitimate claims to the space -that is they were given by the institution – allows them stay in the room) and I have been trying to make her understand for the longest that I am not interested, although I agree I have been sugar coating it because it’s just her and I, and I want peace to reign. This evening she calls me and starts trying to convince me again and I’m like “the potters say its not allowed, my parents don’t want it and the room is already too small”she then starts ranting about how they have arranged it with the potters and I’m like “but I spoke to the woman in charge she said no” she then starts talking and talking about how we won’t tell her and she won’t know. Then when I tell her no, I’m not interested she said something really silly and cut the phone. Can you believe it??? I was so dumbfounded by the whole situation. If you ask someone “may I bring a squatter in? ” I have the right to say yes or no. The fact that you were polite enough to ask does NOT give you the right to assume I have no choice. How rude of her, I barely know her, and it’s unfortunate that the first adjective I can use to describe her is ‘rude’. WOW. That’s her business sha, because I don’t want a squatter and I definitely will not be side-stepped or cajoled or forced into getting one.
UPDATE!!(22\01\2017): My room mate and I no longer have these issues. They have been orted out and this is not my present feeling towards her. I would have changed the title but….its catchier like this
Secondly, can you believe I got to my hostel early this morning and I met it in a mess. It was horrible! I now understand why people always complain my hostel is the dirtiest. It was so nasty, and everyone felt absolutely nothing as they walked around. How nasty?
I’m going to stop myself now, because I promised myself that anytime I rant, I won’t bore you by writing sooo much. My blog is centered around positivity and happiness and I won’t let u mood ruin the usual flow.
Soooo, I noticed something, I don’t know what type of posts you guys like more, cause I get more likes from style, makeup, but, more comments from chit chat. I won’t ask which you like more right now, but I will ask a little later when the rest more style and makeup to choose from. Thanks.
So, this is wig I’m going to buy soon, it isn’t even complete,but I was feeling it so much I had to take a picture! Look how I slayed my cheek bones and nose contour x
Isn’t this ring beautiful and its just 4k!
This was a throwback from last week, I’m wearing no foundation, no concealer, I just filled in my brows and put on some white powder.
This is also a no make-up look, but this time no brows, no white powder, I started uni recently and since I’m not in the mood for all the make-up, I just don’t do anything. I think I look decent for no make-up
This 2 photos are also throwbacks, my sister(the one in the picture), my friend and I went to watch the wedding party, the movie is toooo cool! But, I went with other things in mind, I know nobody puts this much effort into going to the movies, but, I was going fishing and I needed to look extra tapping.
My sweety pie, she is at school now, but we took this picture last week sunday before she left.
This is my sister at our salon, which also happens to be a boutique, she was trying random things and we got this look looool, I think she looks nice though.
What a long name! So I was walking around the palms shopping mall, and I just saw a random beauty store, then the attendant basically bundles over to this foundation and he basically swore on his life that this is the best he has seen…. like ever! Believe me, he is not lying, he just put a tiny drop on the back of my hand and the coverage was almost unbelievable and do you know what I loved the most? It wasn’t thick, it as light weight as it gets and I felt like it won’t become a mask on my face. But, beware o, the price can shock you. In fact, when I asked the guy ‘what if it breaks? ‘ he started recounting a story of a lady that was in tears because it broke o.
I’ll still buy it sha, I just hope I don’t have a crisis if it breaks.
PRICE: ₦18,000( although in the store it’s 23k, buy it on Jumia.com it’s cheaper)
2. KAT VON D LOCK-IT FOUNDATION.
Sooooo, tbh I have never really tested this foundation, but most of the youtubers I watch swear by it, especially Omabelle, she says its amazing, and the coverage is amazing, since I don’t know much I got a review….. https://habibadasilva.com/kvd-foundation-review/
This foundation is definitely one of the most pigmented/full coverage foundations I’ve ever used. would recommend this foundation for someone who has a lot of imperfections to cover on their face, who doesn’t want to use too many products; this foundation covers blemishes like a dream!
It blends really well with a damp sponge/beauty blender. I found it to be too cakey with a stippling/buffing brush.
It’s the perfect foundation if you have an important event in a humid/hot atmosphere where you need your foundation to stay on all day with minimal touch ups.
Your blush/contour/bronzer/highlighter will adhere amazingly to the foundation and last all day!
You don’t need much of the foundation to cover your face because it’s so pigmented.
Could be used as a full coverage blemish concealer.
*However there are some cons, check them out on her blog, the only problems really were that she likes light weight foundation that she can wear day to day, it dries quickly and it’s not the best for dry skin.
This one’s price got me shook too, I know some Lagos big girls will say it’s not so bad, but me that I’ve been using ₦3,500 Mary Kay for the longest, this price shook me to my toes.
PRICE: ₦18000( I had to convert the dollar myself, I don’t know if the exchange rate will change and I don’t know charges for delivery/shipping.