Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OFF DUTY STYLE // OFF SHOULDER WHITE TOP ON AFRICAN ANKARA PANTS

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White top shirt off shoulder
c/o Zaful shoes / custom-made Ankara print pants / local shop bought top 

From behind the scenes of my closet; 13 HOURS most days, these white shirts fight back against overwhelming odds on days when every outfit attempt goes wrong, prior preparations go to toss or wardrobe malfunctions happen every which way, time is short and there seem to be no hope in sight.

They are glaringly discreet, prim and proper feminine, but mean business in protecting me from being a complete disaster on such paramount moments as when I’ve highlighted most colors on this pair of Ankara pants, first the green, then the subtle mint and then with mustard-y yellow, now  there’s no fresh way to remix the look. But, wait. Fresh? A white shirt is fresh. An off-the shoulder origami detailed white top is a whole other take on fresh. The intricate weaving on this white top isn’t exactly lace, but I admire the way each narrow string of fabric is strung along to create a lacy look around the neckline of the Bardot-style top. It’s the little things; the attention to minute details like these that bring out the beauty in an item or outfit or life even. 

I’ve begun paying good positive attention to the small things in life again and my inner state is being rewarded. Some things now have new meaning and some other things become inconsequential. Growing older sure does have its perks I won’t give back for any reason. Solid knowledge about what is important, for one. Looking good is important. It’s the side of you you present as you go about your daily grind. I love the appeal of white against this multi-color print pants. This outfit is like a black-and-white look with some zing. Chain strap bags always have their way of glamorizing an entire outfit and I’ve loved this quilted one of late.

POETRY // YESTEREVEN'S BLUES

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YESTEREVEN'S BLUES

Yestereven I met somebody new
Took my heart straight to the blues
Revived in me passion anew
I laughed like life's so true
My smile, my eyes picked up anew
And in the end
I smiled again for someone so true

-----Inez Anigbogu

Friday, June 23, 2017

POETRY // TONIGHT AS I CLOSE MY EYES

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Tonight As I Close My Eyes


Tonight, as I close my eyes
I think of you
I feel the genuineness of my affections
I feel appreciative of your presence
I once again feel the warm acceptance
That you are a part of my world

Tonight, as I close my eyes amidst strangers
I feel I should have told you sooner I'd be amongst them
I feel my anger and ego slide away
I feel my want for your presence
I once again feel the memory of our physical joining
I feel my fear of losing you
I feel the love I once felt
I miss you

------Inez Anigbogu

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

REMIX // VALUED EMBROIDERED MINI DRESS

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Understanding Wardrobe Core Values 2

embroidered floral black lace dress
  Peacocks embellished flats / Nicole St.Gilles bag / local shop bought dress and tulle tutu skirt / Red Memory lace dress (red) Lisa Wang lace top (yellow)
Today’s look is about the floral embroidered mini dress which I’ve styled three ways already.  I am passionate about this embroidered dress, aren't I? First with a tulle tutu skirt layered underneath, secondly with a V-neck blue lace athleisure style top layered over it, and thirdly as a long top over a pair of black pants and white shirt. Now, I can’t decide between the red lace dress layered underneath (I’ve worn the dress here before) and the yellow lace top layered underneath (which I’ve also worn here before). Which of the two makes the floral embroidery pop?   How versatile is this glam embroidered dress, eh? 


Last week we talked about Wardrobe Core Values and how they enable us with purchasing clothing items for our wardrobe. Much like our individual core values, our individual wardrobe core values differ from individual to individual. By core values, we do not mean what you expect to see in other people, rather we mean the principles by which you operate.
personal core values
 So, if your core value is forgiveness, for instance, it means that you practice forgiving others for wrongs they do to you. It does not mean you expect others to forgive you for all wrongs you do to them. Same goes for wardrobe values.
I told you that my wardrobe core values are:
(a)  Versatility
(b)  Practicality
(c)   Quality
This does not mean that yours need be same, but hello to you if they are same. Now, I shared with you tips on the concept of versatility as a wardrobe value and today, I want to broach the subject of practicality

Practicality

Practicality means being effective and applicable to a real situation. E.g. A Power Suit to a high profile job. A one-hit wonder dress toan Owambe Party. A pair of sky high heels to a red carpet event.
Impracticality would mean a pair of distressed denim to a high profile job, an old t-shirt and jeans to an Owambe Party or a pair of flip flops to a red carpet event.
Now, since my life is more every day than high social and I love to be practically dressed for everyday situations so I choose a versatile glam piece and dress it down for day and then dress it up for outings and church, these are not red-carpet-esque. I choose rubber slides instead of leather for wet roads in rainy season , I’d much prefer fancy rain boots though, pointers where to shop that within Lagos, Nigeria?   

So, what say you? Do you have a practical or impractical wardrobe? 


yellow lace top layered underneath lace dress

red lace dress layered underneath black lace dress

Monday, June 19, 2017

Off Duty Style // Pink Long Sleeve Lace Dress

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Mimius Luxury pink lace dress / Clarks shoes / 

Say hello to this soft pink lace mini dress. It’s a lacey perspective here. I’m serving femininity with camp today in soft pink lace and olive utilitarian sleeveless trench. Today, I’ve styled this long sleeve lace dress a little feminine, a little utilitarian. I’ve not gotten around to replacing the buttons on this army green trench style military vest which I wore over a pair of Ankara pants here. I’ve been wanting to replace the white buttons with gold ones in order to effect a more regal sophisticated look. The white buttons give it the luxury of softness which it cannot afford as it does not move from vehicle to vehicle, rather it gallivants about town doing tough stuff that everyday humans do. Such activities therefore require sturdiness, the wisdom of sophistication and the elegance that window-dresses weariness, ahem, tanned feet. 
Anyways, lace has become my unofficial uniform as of late, if you’ve noticed, I’ve been wearing a variety of lace; lace dresses in different colors and lace skirts, tops and blouses. It’s a known fact that I’m enthusing over it as it checks every box for ladylike in which ever form it comes, though I tend to lean towards sturdier lace than lightweight ones and I try to steer clear from stretchy, rubbery lace unless we’re talking lacey leggings. Have you heard of lace eyebrows? I digress, but that stuff is weird. So, I choose buttery nude shoes and bag to complete the look; keeping it sweet and almost innocent. A hint of edge with the black necklace strand and black humble bows on the buttery nude shoes, I believe the entire outfit is ready for the city. 

Buy Military inspired Olive trench and soft pink lace dresses 


POETRY // A BRIGHT DIAMOND

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A BRIGHT DIAMOND
I thought and thought
About how I would weave him into a poem
But dear Lord he’s too crass for poetry
I would dream of tall, dark and handsome
Of panache and smooth elegant flirting
And Lord sent me tall, dark and handsome
Of the roughest, brashest quality
Tsk
But underneath the cloak
His soft gentle heart lay hidden
He was a rough diamond
One in need of refinement
Ain’t nobody tell me it ain’t easy polishing a diamond
I cut myself to pieces
And the diamond caught me in its sparkle

-----Inez Anigbogu

Sunday, June 18, 2017

POETRY // THE COURSE OF OUR LOVE STORY

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THE COURSE OF OUR LOVE STORY

No love story runs a smooth course
No credible author publishes a first draft
Every editor must first a discourse
On the technicalities of this draft
And so our love story has been a discourse
In the Divine’s drafts and first course
His credibility, its original first draft
Requires no editor to right this final draft

In the end
They would have no other love but theirs
Perfectly matched for each other
Divinely paired
Beautifully one
In the end
That’s all that was left
A forever of love and happily ever afters

-------Inez Anigbogu

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