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Hey you guys! Hope you had an awesome weekend and Sunday.
Look who has a little guest on the blog today, I’d like you guys to meet Tee of Diveintomauve. I randomly discovered her blog through Instagram last year. I was fascinated with her stunning picture spots in photography and eye for Ankara pieces. 

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As retro clothing is very much in trend, we decided to explore styling our vintage shirts. You all know how much I Love my vintage clothing. While I opted for a dressier fit with a midi skirt and heels, Tee styled her vintage shirt with a pair of mom jeans and sneakers. With the reboot of the 90s fashion, mother jeans or mom jeans are  taking the fashion scene by storm and I recently styled my mom jeans here. The Vintage Closet 9ja came through for the both of us so check them out.

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Now we’ve actually been planning this collaboration for a while now and I’m glad we finally did it. Although the guards would not let us be great at our initial picture location, we had quite a good time as is evident in the pictures. For a reserved talkative person like me, we surprisingly hit it off and talked like old friends catching up. One thing I’ve realized in this blogging journey, is the importance of reaching out and working with other people. We really can’t do this alone after all.

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Photography by Victor Audu and Grace

Be sure to head over to Tee’s Blog for more awesomeness.

Hey beautiful people.
Over the years we have seen a rise in more African inspired prints, looks and trends in the fashion industry. African prints like Ankara, Kente and Kitenge have continued to saturate the world of Fashion.
Now as a Nigeria Lady, I love rocking my Ankara prints especially in Basic pieces. While Ankara outfits are desirable, they can be quite hard to achieve. Either due to unfaithful tailors (can anyone relate?) or a lack of inspiration.


Having the perfect African inspired look starts from finding the perfect print to suit that perfect style. I tend to hoard materials until I find the most befitting style and a reliable tailor.
Today’s post should make your desire to rock more African inspired pieces easier, as I’ll be sharing five styles to try.

All pictures were taken from pinterest
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1. Basic Skater/ Flared skirt
The decision to go for a midi skirt is a no brainer as they are so versatile and fun. In the past I’ve styled my Ankara skater skirts herehere and here. Whether you opt for pleats, box pleats, gathers, or flares, they can be dressed up or down.  A major plus is that you can purchase readymade Ankara flare skirts from various designers especially in Nigeria. You can even learn to make them as they are quite easy, I made this skirt styled here, and it not only saved me money but made me so proud.
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 2. Highwaist Trousers
Ankara trousers are also a good idea as they are also quite versatile. See how I styled my ankara trousers (here). You can also rock Ankara trousers to the work place when paired with a basic piece to balance the print out. Would you like to see an inspiration post on how to rock Ankara prints in the work place?

3. Basic Shift Dress
As mentioned in this post on how to dress for your body type, shift dresses are one of those dresses that work for most body shapes.  It is all about finding the right style to flatter your body shape and what better way than to rock shift dresses in fun African prints.

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 4. A Jumpsuit 
For my fashionistas who would rather opt for one piece outfits, a perfect Ankara jumpsuit is the right fit for you. However, when you want to use the restroom I wish you good luck. I suggest coordinates sets though, depending on the styles; they can give the impression of a Jumpsuit. I rocked an Ankara co-ord set here and a printed one here.

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5. The Pencil Dress
And last but not least is a pencil dress. Pencil dresses can be quite simple and basic so why not spice them up with some fun prints.
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What are your favourite styles to rock with Ankara african print?

 I do hope you’re enjoying the more consistent posts. I’m really working to stick to my goal of posting more content here.So show your girl some love by leaving a comment or sharing the posts. Thanks a bunch.
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 Hey Beautiful people, how was your weekend?

In life, if there’s one thing that can hold one back is fear. The fear of trying, failing or being rejected can cause one to live an average or mediocre life. Anxiety or worry about things beyond our control will only make us sad and helpless. Fear is horrible really because with it we will never grow.

Now what does the bible say about fear?

“Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 



 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

These few scriptures are just a taste of what God tells us about fear, you can see more reminders here  
So why should we as chritians fear, the Lord of heavens armies is watching over us 24/7. These words “Let your faith suffocate your fear” by Dr Paul Eneche constantly ring in my head each time I start to overthink. So here’s to a year filled with bold steps, no regret or fear. Who’s with me?




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I Hope you all had an awesome weekend by the way. 
Now onto the outfit, I have never really been a fan of green truthfully. If you look through my wardrobe, you'd barely see any green items. However, the Pantone colour of the year 2017 is greenery which signifies new beginnings. I like what the colour stands for and feel its befitting for a fearless 2017

In styling, I just opted for two shades of green and added a stripe blazer. Blazers are such a staple piece which can instantly dress up an outfit. My khaki skirt was previously style here, here and here. On a casual day especially when I want to be free from heels, you'd find me in a get up similar to this. 

Shoes: Zaful || Skirt, Blazer: Thrift || Bag: Street Buy

You can follow Zaful on their Site, Facebook and Pinterest 

What are your thoughts on greenery as the colour of the year?
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Hey guys so rather then the usual Sarah speaks, I thought I'd change it up with a long over due travel post on my time in Cross River State. 

As you all know I spent about one year in Calabar, Cross River state thanks to NYSC. And I loved every bit of it and wrote all about my service year here. Calabar or Cross River state in general is known for its various tourism hubs, with one of the well Known ones being Obudu Cattle Ranch, which I also visited here.  Also, the Calabar Carnival which usually happens during December is known to bring various travellers from Nigeria and across the globe. However, besides those tourist activities what can else one do in Calabar?



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1. Visit Colonial Buildings

Calabar was Nigeria’s former capital city so there are several colonial buildings scattered across the town. In fact this was my favourite thing to do over there. I couldn’t pass a building without stopping to take a picture. Once I even saw a building with a chimney. I don’t know about you but there is just something about colonial building that’s exciting, especially when you think about all the history involved. Unfortunately, a lot of the structures are poorly maintained as several of them are now houses for the residents. Hope Waddell Learning Institute, behind the governor’s office was one of my favourite spots and is the oldest school in Calabar. You should also Visit Calabar South which is a host to places like Duke town and Creek town, one of the first settlements in Calabar.


 Hope Wadell Learning Institute 

Hope Wadell Learning Institute

2. Beach Market

Beach market comes alive on Thursday and Sunday. You can get all types of fish there at discounted prices. The fish comes in from Akpabuyo and Bakassi which are local Government areas of Cross River state. During my service year each time I was coming back to Abuja, I made sure to stop by and purchase dried fish and crayfish for my mom. I also heard it’s a good place to thrift but I never got lucky the few times I was there. Since it is located in Calabar South, you get to also see various colonial buildings en route the market. To get to the market, take a cab to Watt Market then at the roundabout enter a Keke to Beach Market. Transportation should be under 300 Naira only.





3. Marina Resort

I found this place to be quite overhyped but if you are ever in Calabar, it’s a good place to visit. They have a vast array of activities that you could do. You could watch a movie at the Filmhouse, visit the slave museum or sit around and enjoy some drinks while eating Suya. Be sure to also take a boat cruise (1500 Naira) to Twin Island. The view in Marina is breath-taking at night too.




Twin Island 

4. Tinapa Resort

Tinapa Resort is a beautiful place with so much potential but sadly it is mismanaged. It is also a nice place to relax and unwind. They recently launched a monorail which can take you to the Calabar International Convention Centre, though I don’t see the point. There used to be a movie theatre which is no longer functional but there is a waterpark there. The best part of Tinapa is the mall Timart. Although it is in such a sorry state, I got a few pieces for 500 each, talk about a bargain. I really hope the government looks into Tinapa because it is sad to see so much potential wasting away.

 Timart Mall

Monorial Tinapa 

Tinapa Lakeside Hotel by Beniboba 


5. Taste the Local Delicasies  

Cross River state is well renounced for their various dishes and what better place to try them than the state of origin. Afang soup and fufu is the major delicacy among the Efik people, you can find it in almost every restaurant. A few of my favourite dishes include, Ekpang, Edikangkong Soup, Fisherman stew, White soup, Seafood Okro soup, and Coconut rice among others.

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 Have you been to Cross River State or Calabar, what did you enjoy doing there? What’s your favourite dish or activity to do in Calabar?

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I’d say happy New Year but I think we’re past that now don’t you? Can you believe that we're half way throught the January already? Now while I’ve listed out my personal and blog resolutions in my little notebook, I am yet to talk about my style resolutions. Some of you might be wondering style resolutions, why? Well as a fashion conscious person, I believe we must set goals to step up our style game and revamp our wardrobe. A big shout out to Bonobos for inspiring this idea, you guys should check them out.



1. Invest in More Made in Nigeria Items
I’ve always wanted more Nigerian designs in my collection, however, as we all know some are quite expensive, so how’s a girl on a budget supposed to go about this. Hence I’m quite thankful for a amazing and most importantly affordable designers coming up. So far I’ve got my eye out for shop Maju and the 5k shop.

2. Add more closet essentials
 I did a major closet overall last year and this has left me lacking several essentials listed out in 17 Wardrobe Basics . I’ve already crossed of the addition of a pair of boyfriend/ mom jeans styled here. Next on this list are a white crisp shirt and a big, really big luggage like statement bag.

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3. Build my flats collection
The older I get the more I opt comfort over style. My Zaful pointed flats have been my go-to pair these days. I am looking to purchase more loafers and of course sneakers, I’ve never been a big fan of sandals due to my dislike of my toes.

4. Invest in more makeup
Your makeup game can either make or break you entire outfit at times. As listed in quick ways to upgrade an outfit, a good makeup look can instantly transform your entire look. Now while I’m all for natural looks, perhaps it’s time to start contouring and highlighting at least for photo-shoots.
5. Collect more Ankara pieces
I actually have quite a few unsewn Ankara pieces but I’ve been so scared to make them into outfits. As we all know Nigerian tailors are too unfaithful. Although I can sew basic pieces, I am yet to buy a sewing machine (the price is crazy these days). Does anyone know someone who wants to sell theirs?

6. Avoid impulse buys 
This should not be difficult as I am starting to dislike Nigerian markets for various reasons as noted in my Dear Nigerian guys post.

7. Try New Trends

As much as I love my retro style, it can be a bit limiting at times. Now while I don’t mind that, I'd like to incorporate more modern pieces and trends to my style. But then again the 90's as well as other retro years are back. We'll see though.

What are some of your style resolutions for this year? 
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Hey you guys, I hope you had an awesome weekend? Mine flew by way too fast, I don’t know about you.
Moving on, the perfect pair of mom jeans is a must-have in any fashion enthusiasts’ closet. I believe it’s a closet staple which can be dressed up and down, however, finding that perfect pair can be quite daunting. Now ideally you’d want a perfect fit on the waist and a slightly loose fit on the hips. However thank God for belts which are perfect for cinching in the waist.

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After de-cluttering my closet last year, I had to let go of my first pair of mom jeans (styled here and here) as it had faded. Though in retrospect, I probably should have just dyed it but oh well. And thus began my search for a new pair. So you can imagine how excited I was when the Vintage Closet 9ja came through for me at such an affordable price too and did I mention the amazing customer service which is so rare these days. 


In styling, I paired the jeans with a vintage shirt from my store The Vintage Connection Ng  and then opted for basic sneakers. On a casual day this would be my go-to fit. 

Jeans:Vintage Closet 9ja  ||  Shirt: The Vintage Connection Ng || Sneakers: Market Buy

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 Photography by Blessing Audu

On another note, a recent conversation on twitter and a Facebook video had me reflecting as I remembered a note from a bible reading.

In this life we tend to move from different situations and experiences as we try to find things that will make us happy. People, jobs or even money to make us happy, fulfilled and accomplished. But can I tell you something, it’s all a waste of time. That guy or girl can’t make you complete, that money no matter how huge, will never be enough. That job, no matter how great would never truly satisfy you.

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”(Jeremiah 2:13 NLT)

The only thing that can make one truly complete is God. Finding him and knowing him is everything. I can’t explain the feeling of knowing that no matter what we go through in life, the Lord of heavens armies is always right beside us (Joshua 1:5). So what am I trying to say, stop chasing broken cisterns, they won’t make you satisfied. The only thing that can truly fill us up is the fountain of living waters and that is my God. The song 'Looking for love' by Out of Eden said it best".

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life." (John 4: 14 NLT)

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I got fired (or as the company said,  let go) from my first job.  I rarely talk about it because it's quite embarrassing.  In fact I don't think I ever told my mom and dad. On the surface the job was perfect, a good pay,  good working conditions and my boss and colleagues were so friendly.  Now I didn't exactly love the job but the pay made me stay.   

I had just finished university in Thailand (yeah I lived there for seven years) and my new employment was a relief since it was a non English teaching job,  the norm for foreigners in Thailand. I remember going on various shopping sprees with my hard earned money and feeling like a grown woman.  I no longer disturbed my parents and they were proud.  Not to mention my friends were inspired too.  In fact it was at that point that I understood the importance of seeking God's will in everthing.

I've always heard people stressing the importance of passion over money in a career or job.  In my mind,  I thought," forget the job, the money will make me happy." My first job taught me different. Looking back,  if I were my employer I would have fired me too.  Hate is a strong word but I really did not like that job,  it wasn't what I wanted.  I felt redundant and didn't feel my impact in the company. I found it so hard to get my tasks done or even do them appropriately. I could not quit but I didn't want to stay either.
 I remember being so relieved when I was let go.

At this point in my life, trying to build a career, I keep wondering if one should just go with the money and forget passion.  At the end of the day, it's not just about any job that pays the bills but that job that makes one excited. That job that makes one want to go to work every morning and even look forward to Monday's.  Because if you think about it,  with a basic 9-5 you would spend most of your waking hours either at work, getting to work or going home. So what about "the job",  should one settle or pursue passion?

What are your thoughts on this?


Discovering your personal style as a fashion enthusiast is the first and most important decision, besides learning how to dress for your body type that one can make. Now looking back at my style journey I’ve come a long way from trying new things to finally settling on “vintage and retro inspired modest fashion” as my personal style.



Let us not be confused though, fashion is wearing what is in trend but personal style is how you put your own spin on the trend. Personal style is what makes you stand out, it is like your own take and interpretation of fashion. Personal style can be quite tricky at times. For some of us, our style is a reflection of our personality, while for others we dress the way we feel or use our style to express our hidden side.

So what’s the big deal with this topic? Well besides standing out, discovering your personal style will guide your clothing choices and help you in building the right wardrobe. Prior to finding my style, I bought everything and anything in sight. This made me broke most times and left with too many clothes and nothing to really wear.


If you’re tired of the constant struggle to find what to wear, tired of having so many clothes but nothing to wear, then this post is for you. If you’re looking for a more budget friendly way to slay and be fashionable, then defining your personal style is the way to go. So in this post I will be outlining ways and guiding you on how to figure out your style so we can all slay. Let’s begin.


Step 1: Ask the right Questions
To get closer to discovering your sense of style, ask yourself the following questions: What items am I most comfortable in? What’s my occupation? What’s my lifestyle like? Do I go out often? What fashion pieces am I most drawn to? Do I like to stand out? Which blogger/ celebrity style am I inspired by? What would I like to brand myself as?

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Step 2: Moving forward, Invest in Closet Essentials
Once you’ve asked yourself those questions and understood yourself and lifestyle better, then it’s time to start building. Start with the closet essentials and then work towards purchasing statement pieces to put your own spin. For example if your more geared towards the afro inspired style then invest in more African inspired jewellery, more prints or head wraps even.


Step 3: Experiment
Try new things, work with what you have and make mistakes. You know that top that has been hanging in your wardrobe, well why don’t you try pairing it with that printed skirt. It took me a lot of trial and error to define my style. So don’t be scared. How will you know if you’ve never tried?

Step 4: Copy Cat
In all honesty there is no harm in imitating others. If you’re still in doubt look to your favourite celebrities and fashion enthusiast and follow them.


Step 5: Fake it to Make it
At the end of the day “confidence is key, always”. Don’t doubt yourself, wear the clothes and don’t let them wear you. Put on that leather skirt and strut your stuff.

Note: Your body size does not determine your style; just learn how to dress to suit your size

Hope you found this post helpful. If you’re still in doubt, then send me and email at princessaudu@gmail.com. Would you like to see more posts like this? How did you discover your sense of style? Leave a comment down below.

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See you on Friday for Sarah Speaks, I’ll be talking about an interesting topic that you do not want to miss. 

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