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What I Wear in a Week - Nicole Ocran

I typically see Nicole’s posts in the morning during my commute and there’s something so warm about it. Maybe it’s the fact that her photos look so laid-back—not like a planned photo shoot, but more like oh I’m just stepping out of the house and someone took this real quick.

As a Londoner, she describes her style as colourful, trendy, casual. Her favourite stores are H&M, & Other Stories, Boden and ASOS. But if she had to wear one outfit she says, “I love a jumpsuit for making me feel put together and a bit of a powerhouse—I'm gathering quite the collection, but I love this great military-inspired one from Boden that I've just gotten and on the complete other end of the spectrum I have a really feminine polka dot one from Primark that I love too.” But she won’t be caught wearing Crocs or cycle shorts!

Nicole works as a talent strategy manager for Disney EMEA, and although there isn’t a strict dress code, it affects her style as she needs to look somewhat professional—and so strives to do this, without being stuffy. She shares what she wears in a week with us!

Analysing My First Real Photoshoot as a Typical Fashion Blogger

I was going to start this by saying that I don’t like photos. But that’s not true anymore as I don’t mind them -  although I still don’t have an eye for good photos or the camera.

In one of my conversations with Torera - a fellow lifestyle blogger I mentioned that I really needed some new photos. She immediately suggested that I tag along on her shoot day. That sounded exciting, so I agreed. But more than twice I had to back down. The shoots were slated for Saturday morning and I either had conflicting schedules or the location was a bit too far to arrive early by 10am.

Soon after, luck smiled at me as she picked a location that was pretty close to me. Although we aren’t fashion bloggers and it wasn’t a fashion type shoot, it looked to me very similar to what fashion bloggers do. It was an interesting one and here’s an analysis of the day - including my inexperience and naiviety

What I Wear in a Week: Ijenna Osuji

For someone who isn’t very much into fashion, I throughly enjoy these features about what people wear in a week, and how their daily activities affect these choices. Today, we’ve got in-house contributor on the “hot seat”. Ijenna is a 22 year old final year clinical student in Lagos who for the past three years has been clicking remind me later” every time her computer asks to “update software”.

She describes her style as quirky, retro and comfortable. And although she has two styles, her “real style” and her “go-to style” this was one of those weeks where all she wore was her go-to style! A huge fan of Mango - the clothing brand not the fruit, Ijenna will not be caught wearing a crop top and leggings!

Ok now over to Ijenna. The next voice you will read is hers!

I Wore Makeup Everyday for a Week: Here's What Happened

I am of the opinion that there are two types of people in the world: those that take makeup seriously and those that don't. I fall in the latter.

But last week, I went on a trip for a Physiotherapy Convention in Enugu eastern Nigeria and since I wanted to make a stellar impression, I decided to be on my A-game which involved wearing professional clothing and you guessed it - makeup.

I wore makeup every single day, for every single event and a few things happened along the way. I found it quite interesting and thought to share with you real quick:

The Best Fashion Advice I Ever Received

I started my fashion journey quite early in life.

I was told that in elementary school, I came home with a report card that read "She takes pride in her personal appearance". My mum took that as a sign of my upcoming good fashion sense. Little did she know that about 15 years later, she'd be nagging about how I dress in a unconventional albeit stylish manner.

I went through a tomboy phase in which I honestly couldn't be bothered but my interest sparked when I started to see style as an art form. It started with fashion illustrations, progressed to fashion magazines, then blogs. Today, I honestly don't keep up with any trends. Not only because it's quite difficult (can anyone else relate?), but also because I don't feel the need to. My style is mine.

Four Things to Keep in Mind When Thrift Shopping

I feel like I've been thrift shopping longer than I've been walking or sleeping. But in truth, I officially begun in 2013 when my mum introduced me to the wonderful world of sustainable fashion. Isn't it lovely how we get to buy unique clothes of a superior quality at a cheap price and save the environment and the same time?

I don't really believe in buying things on a whim as a lot of thrift shoppers seem to do - thanks to my somewhat minimalistic lifestyle. So, I carefully plan my purchases ahead of time.

For the novices and even the more experienced shoppers, here are a few things to keep in mind while thrifting:

Why I Don't Buy Asoebi + How it Almost Ruined a Friendship

I hate to ruffle feathers but on this occasion, I had to. Because for the life of me, I could not understand how asoebi was threatening to ruin a valuable friendship. 

If you're not Nigerian, or if you're a Nigerian that rather strangely cannot identify with the term asoebi, let me come to your rescue, so we're all on the same page. Asoebi is Yoruba word meaning cloth of the family. Cloth = Aso; Ebi = Family. So essentially a specific fabric to be worn during social events as a way of identifying family members and relatives. 

But thanks to social media (which has changed pretty much everything in our lives), it has taken a drastic turn. It is no longer just restricted to family members but now extends to friends, and is worn during weddings, funerals and even naming ceremonies! 

At Nigerian weddings in particular, there seems to be an unofficial competition with asoebi.

What I Wear In a Week: Stephanie Okafor

Long before I started blogging, I’d been intrigued by Stephanie’s sense of style, 101% curious about her day job and if this affected her choice of outfits. So it was really no-brainer that once this column kicked off, I was going to try to get Steph to share with us. 

She’s popularly known in social media circles as Metrogypsie and unsurprisingly describes her style as retro, chic and edgy. As she’s a Finance Consultant in London one might expect a more traditional office dress code. But she explains “Most days especially in summer, we get to dress down...down enough to attend a meeting at least. As a result, I’m totally able to express my normal self”.

On the high street, she loves Zara and Topshop and if she only had to wear one outfit it’d be a high waisted skirt and whatever top. And as far as fun facts go, Stephanie sometimes craves raw Indomie noodles!

Ok, on to her week in clothes!

What I Wear In A Week - Sarah Audu

Sarah who was a jeans and t-shirt girl growing up is pretty surprised that she's now a fashion blogger with a style she describes as conservative, classic and basic. She'd not be caught wearing an off-shoulder piece as she dislikes having to deal with strapless bras that wouldn't provide enough support.

On her favourite clothing brands she says, "honestly I’m a bit of cheapskate and basic girl when it comes to shopping for clothes. If it’s affordable, if I like it and if it suits my style, I’ll buy it, simple. But for shoes, I love Zara! - I could spend all my money on shoes and practically live in Zara but sadly we don’t have an outlet in Nigeria"

So if she had to live in only one outfit, it would be a high waist palazzo trousers and a loose fitted top. As a communication and research officer at a multi-national establishmemnt in Abuja, Nigeria her work involves a lot of research and managing web content. She keeps her office wardrobe pretty smart and adds "the fact that 90% of my work colleagues are male makes me take my modest taste in fashion to a whole other level. This means staying away from anything overly fitted or short".

What I Wear In a Week - Anthonia Okonkon

Anthonia who works as a Project Manager on assignments that deliver change through economic development and government reforms says she hasn't always loved fashion. In her words "as a kid, I was very outdoorsy so I wore clothes that allowed me run, climb trees and jump fences. I was anything but enthusiastic about fashion... my mum used to bribe me to wear earrings and dresses. Safe to say she was pleasantly surprised when I made a 180 degrees turn" .

She describes her style as generally versatile as she goes through a lot of phases very quickly. "One week might have a preppy feel and the very next, I’m vintage. The common three denominators however would be:

  • Chic: I have a thing for clean cuts, tapered pants and structured outfits

  • Artsy: I love to play around with prints, especially Ankara

  • Casual: I’m a really big fan of shift dresses, boyfriend jeans and oversized shirts"

Anthonia shares what she would usually wear in a week and how her daily professional and social life affects her choices!