In the last hours of 2015, all I can think is wow, God had been so faithful. I can't even begin to explain God's awesomeness this year. This year wasn't really one of big accomplishments but it was definitely one filled with lots of lessons learnt.

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I learnt how to speak things into existence and keep a positive mind in all things.

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 I learnt the importance of surrounding yourself with a support system that motivates you and pushes you to be your best.

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I learnt how to be happy for others even if life may not be smiling on me. Remember I talked about my struggle in this post? Celebrating others just makes you happier rather than envying them and feeling sad.

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 I learnt the necessity of making actual goals. This year I didn't exactly make defined measurable goals and it showed in my achievements this year so yup, I've learnt my lesson.

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 I learnt the importance of doing things that make you happy. Life may not have been perfect this year but blogging was the one thing that really made me excited, sure I had my ups and downs but I kept pushing.

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 I learnt patience. Waiting sucks but at times it's necessary. My NYSC experience definitely taught me how to be patient.

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 I learnt how to be thankful. I always say I'm privileged and I thank God for that. If you can't be thankful for where you are now how will you get to where you want to be.

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I learnt that life doesn't always go as planned and that's okay.

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Finally I learnt how to have faith. God is a prayer answering God and he proved himself more than ever this year. Praise him!

You may not have achieved all you wanted to this year but be thankful for life because only the living have hope for the future.

What are some lessons that you learnt in 2015?
See you in 2016!
Hey guys.
So what can I say about 2015 for Princess Audu? Well this year has been the most challenging in my blogging journey. I dealt with a lack of inspiration and inconsistency. I spent the beginning of this year in Malabo as mentioned here but when I moved back home to Nigeria I had a lot of changes to deal with. I struggled with finding picture locations, taking my own pictures and my access to the internet became expensive and limited. You know I even considered quitting but I pulled through and I'm glad I did. Because of this I learned so many things about myself which I'll write about in another post so stay tuned!
This year while visiting Thailand, I collaborated with my close friend Yanes of Yanikeur. I met up with Grace and Tuke which was so much fun. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with Chidinma of Simply Uneeke in a two part inspiration post (here and here).

This year I attended my first event as a blogger. We were hosted by Pandora here in Abuja. I had the chance to meet fellow bloggers Grace and Portia for the first time.


Aside from my features on other blogs, I was featured on Fashion Bomb Daily, Trendy Gist and African Sweetheart which are some of my biggest features thus far.

It seemed i had a thing for black and white, pink and red this year. Some of my favourite outfits were:

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These are my top favourite looks. What's yours?

My favourite write-ups were:


Finally finally this year I doubled my followers. I just want to say thank you to each one of you. For visiting my blog, thank you. For taking the time to leave a comment, thank you. And for sharing my posts or reposting my pictures I appreciate you. To all my fellow bloggers, its not easy but keep up the good work. To all the brands I worked with thus far thank you. To all my friends and family, God bless you. And for as many others who have helped me in one way or the other thank you so much.
2016 looks promising so stick around. 

My blog turned two in November so happy anniversary to Princess Audu!
Complients of the season everyone!

2015 in REVIEW

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Hey guys. So what can I say about 2015 for Princess Audu? Well this year has been the most challenging in my blogging journey. I deal...







Photography by my Bro

Hey guys, wow the last time I participated in the monthly bloggers collab was on the them body-con, do you guys remember the outfit post?

Today's theme is all about sparkles which is perfect for this holiday season. Now, I don't really do sequins but I decided to challenge myself for this months collab. So I reached for my moms old sweater, which is over 15 years old. I simply paired this sweater with a white dress shirt as I felt it was too plain on it's own. I then opted for my white jeans and pumps, all closet essentials.

How are you guys celebrating the holidays this year? In Nigeria we like to go all out by cooking tons of rice with meat, dressing in new attires, rocking new hairdos and visiting friends and family. Though, honestly I'm a bit over everything. Maybe it's because I spent most of my childhood abroad hence I didn't really grow up with the tradition. Also living in Thailand for all those years didn't help since Christmas is just like any other day over there. This is the first Christmas I'll be celebrating with my family in almost four years but it's still weird as we are not all together, sucks though. So I'll just be chilling at home and helping my mom to entertain guests as people like to come over for Christmas rice and money. 

Sweater: Mom's Closet || Jeans: H&M || Shoes: Bershka

So how are you all celebrating Christmas?
Compliments of the season everyone!

Be sure to check out the other Ladies

Sarah | Princess Audu
Diane | DeeVine Anonyme
Marie-Line | Le Monde de Princie
Louisa | La Passion Voutee
Esther | Style Krush


 
 
Photography by Me

Hey guys so it seems that I don't post a lot of casual outfits but this is something I would rock on an everyday basis. I simply paired my LBD which is a closet must have as I mentioned in this post. Remember when I said I don't do dresses because they are not as versatile as separates well now I've had change of heart. I love that dresses can be easily thrown on without the stress of worrying about mixing and matching. Which is why one of my goals for 2016 is to invest in more dresses.

 Anyways I paired this black dress with my white vest (styled here)and rocked my new Gafashion sandals. You guys know Grace of My Style Diary right? Remember we did a collaboration here and here? Well when Grace launched her Gafashion gladiator sandals I knew I had to get a pair, don't you just love them? I love that these sandals add that extra bit of edge to otherwise basic look.
These babies come in white, black, brown and pink. You can reach Grace on her blog or Instagram page to get a pair, they are very affordable.

Dress: Zalora Thailand || Vest: Vintage || Sandals: Gafasandals || Necklace as Bracelet: H&M || Bag: Street Buy

How would style these sandals ?








Photography by Me

Hey people!
You all know how much I love my vintage clothing. I often feel like I was born in the wrong era as I tend to be attracted to clothing items that give that old-school vibe, this is probably one of the reasons why I thrift. Vintage shopping is not only budget friendly but also a great way to find unique pieces. Now as much as I love my vintage items, I have to admit that I’m not exactly a fan of the whole shopping process. As I mentioned in my post on thrifting tips, thrifting takes a lot of patience. This is why I’m thankful for online stores like the Vintage Closet and they were kind enough to send me this super cute crop top along with some other items. I just adore the polka dots and the plugging back line which is definitely trending in Nigeria. Not to mention, the packing was pretty impressive.

When styling it, I paired it with a pair of high-waist pants. So Princess Audu, don’t you think? I then opted for my white pumps which are slowly becoming one of my new favorite pairs of shoes. It seems I’ve forgotten my nude pumps, remember my obsession with them? I could rock this to work seeing as I’ll be in a more relaxed environment but of course with a camisole underneath. If you’re like me, you want to rock the crop top trend without showing your mid-section then opt for something high-waist. Who says you can’t be trendy and modest at the same time?  

Top: VintageCloset ||Pants: Vintage|| Bag, Hat, Shades: Street Market || Necklace: Forever 21 ||Pumps: Bershka

How would you style this top?
You can contact the Vintage Closet on facebook/Instagram as well as other platforms @Vintagecloset9ja. They are based in Abuja but ship nationwide

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Hey guys, this is just a quick inspiration post showing you how my favorite bloggers rock one of the hottest fall trends. I love living in warmer climates but this does not allow for a lot of fashion trends like coats and jackets but that doesn't mean that I can't love them or wish to rock them. Fall vests is a trend I'm currently loving. The great thing about this staple piece is that it can be thrown over a basic dress or shirt and jeans combo and it instantly makes you stylish while keeping you warm. Now you can always play it safe and stick with neutral colors like grey and black but don't be afraid to rock some colors and prints.


 





How do you like to style fall vests? Also what is your favorite look?
Outfit posts will resume on Monday, see you then.
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If you're wondering where I've been for the past month then maybe you didn't read my last post or you don't follow me on Instagram @Princess Audu, what are you waiting for? 

 I was called for service with (National Youth Service Corps, NYSC . It is a compulsory one year training program for all Nigerian graduates. Why? It's a long story that has to do with the Biafra War. The first course starts with an orientation training camp and that’s where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks.

*Apologies for the picture quality, I could not risk my camera being stolen so I just managed my phone.

Corper Shaun!
Calabar Airport

As mentioned I was posted to Cross River, which is a beautiful state no doubt. I heard a lot of amazing things about the place and was so excited but boy was I wrong. The orientation camp site is located in a remote village called Obubra. Obubra is a four hour drive from Calabar on bad roads, I'm talking pothole after pothole. Thankfully the trip was made tolerable by the accompaniment of a soldier who kept cracking jokes while also using his position to make the drive easier and quicker. The fact that I was traveling with other Corp members was consoling as well. The drive was long though, we were like children constantly asking the driver are we there yet? And of course our parents weren't helping, calling every other minute out of concern.

Since our flight was delayed by 3 hours (smh Arik Air) we arrived late at night. It had rained, the ground was muddy and everywhere was dark. On getting to the camp site we saw Corpers or Otondos as they called us, doing frog jumps with their bags on their heads. Our only saving grace was the fact that as I mentioned we were lucky enough to take the same car as a soldier. After we got our bags from the car, they were checked, we were registered and then proceeded for another checking. The night seemed endless. Seeing that the walk was too long, the road too dark for me to drag my heavy bag, I was forced to carry it on my head. I wore a more relaxed version of this look and I'm sad to say those pants will never be the same again (sigh).

 It seemed like nothing was prepared for us. Once we got our bags organized we then proceeded to the hostel which was in such a sad state. At that point I had already made a couple acquaintances, I mean nothing like bonding over undesirable conditions right? We had to get our beds and mattresses, clean up the room, and do a little manual fumigation. After we sorted out our sleeping situation we were showered and ready for bed (it sounds easier than it actually was). We almost got in trouble for showering in the wrong place but that's a story for another day.

Beautiful sunset, the best part of a village
check us out in our white uniforms
The first couple of days were tough, being forced to attend mediation at 4:30 had us waking up at 3:00 am in order to beat the long queue at the bathroom. Except for Sunday Service (of course we had church) I had no time for makeup but shout out to my fellow Corpers who had the patience to beat their faces, I dey hail una. The toilet/ bathroom situation was questionable. Imagine this, there were people who didn’t do number two throughout. While there were others who employed the shotput technique. Also, whenever any beans food was served, no one would show up. Props to the kitchen staff though, it's not easy cooking for 2253 people. 

Moving on, after mediation, we would head for drills and march pass (it's no wonder I lost weight, thank you NYSC). We then had breakfast which was usually tea and bread. The tea was more like water while the bread was hard enough to stone someone with. We queued for everything, it was exhausting!  After breakfast we would then proceed for lectures in a crammed hot room. Lectures on what? Well don't ask me because I spent a lot of time sleeping in them. Though I guess you could say I learned a few things. After lectures, it would be lunch then siesta which never happened as there was always something else that kept us preoccupied. Parade ground for march pass was the next order of the day then it was dinner, social night and sleep. With the exception of Sundays we repeated this cycle every day of the week for 21 days. Sounds somewhat like a prison huh? The network was so bad, MTN was the only fairly stable connection. Hence making access to the net difficult. The camp grounds were also dusty, it's no wonder I am still recovering from a cold. Well as our Camp Commander said, "we should not expect five star standards, this is camp after all!"

Queue for food

Camp Mami Market
Roomies rocking our oversize khaki trousers

People always say camp is fun but I beg to differ. One of the only things I enjoyed was that sense of community from being around like-minded young people. I really missed that. I talked to everyone, especially while waiting in the never ending lines, as I said we queued for everything (registration O, food O, allowee O, even toilet sef). I left camp with a friend or two and a couple connections. 

In full uniform for Man O War
Man O War, an obstacle training course and yes I did this and more 
Carnival day, talk about Creative youths
My 3 Platoon (team) we won the competition!
Under the sun or in the Rain

I was mostly a spectator when it came to the activities as I'm an okay dancer, I don't sing very well nor do I know how to act. Hence I made myself a cheerleader and yay my Platoon won (3 platoon, target!). I participated in Parade though since I like marching. You know in my JSS (Junior Secondary School) days in Nigeria, I was the commander for my team. While others were trying to get out of the sun and the long hours of standing, I was trying to get in and I was successful. We were so on point, I wish I had a video to show you how beautiful the parade was. The sun was not smiling on us though, everyone turned shades darker but it was worth it, at least for me.

In my crested vest, khaki trousers and boots 

I could write an entire book on Camp life as it really was an experience but maybe someday. I suffered O, I am too ajebutta for that life jor. Being able to serve as a NYSC Corp member is an honor, as many never had the chance. While I would never ever go back to camp,  I'm thankful for the experience as I learnt from it and perhaps I'll do a post on that. I am also stocked about making friends and meeting new people. Finally, finally, I was posted to a Radio station in Calabar. Now I'm back home in Abuja recuperating from the experience and getting ready for the Service year.

How was your camp experience, if you have a post on it please share? Also to all my readers what are your thoughts on this? I'd love to know.

Corpers Wee, Waa (NYSC 2015 Batch B)

Now my camp experience may have not been so great but I enjoyed my service year and you can also read up on my NYSC service year here.

Also if you are looking for camp survival tips, then this post should be helpful.

Till next time 
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