5 Ankara RTW Brands: Where to buy Ankara Clothing in Nigeria

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So where can one buy ready-to-wear ankara clothing in Nigeria? 


One way, I avoid Nigerian-tailor-horror stories is to opt for ready-to-wear brands when purchasing my ankara pieces. Sure they might be a tad bit more expensive but why not pay more to get something that you'd actually wear. Today, I  listed five ankara ready-to-wear brands based here in Nigeria. All these brands are based in Lagos and ship worldwide! P.S today's post is another ankara collab with my favourite Abuja blogger, Opeyemi's Dairy. We met up to style ankara pieces from two different brands. Keep reading.


click on each brand name to access their pages. 

Fbibbs was my first try at an ankara RTW brand and I was sold forever! I love her pieces for how unique yet simple thy are. I previously styled dresses from this brand here and here. Her finishing is always so neat too, one of the best I've seen actually.

Bubu Blaq has a way of incorporating ankara fabrics into modern designs which is amazing. In my opinion, it's what makes them stand out. See how I styled this brand here and here


Mayrush sells basic ankara pieces at affordable prices, in this list, this brand is actually the most affordable. And in my previous collaboration with Opeyemi, we both styled dresses from this. Check it out here.

This is a brand that stocks women's wear across different styles. They recently branched out to include ankara and I like what I've seen so far. In this post, Opeyemi's wrap top is from this brand. As for prices, you get a variation of affordable-to slightly affordable, think N8k-20k.
Photography by thebunmii

5. SGCT
Last but certainly not the least, is SGCT because this list will not be complete without them. One thing I love about this brand is how often they drop new designs. In this post, my wrap dress is from the brand in collaboration with Opeyemi. I've previously styled pieces from this brand here, here and here

What other ankara brands would you add to this list?  Did you see your favourite ankara brands? I'd love to know. 

Till next time guys!

So where can one buy ready-to-wear ankara clothing in Nigeria? 


One way, I avoid Nigerian-tailor-horror stories is to opt for ready-to-wear brands when purchasing my ankara pieces. Sure they might be a tad bit more expensive but why not pay more to get something that you'd actually wear. Today, I  listed five ankara ready-to-wear brands based here in Nigeria. All these brands are based in Lagos and ship worldwide! P.S today's post is another ankara collab with my favourite Abuja blogger, Opeyemi's Dairy. We met up to style ankara pieces from two different brands. Keep reading.


click on each brand name to access their pages. 

Fbibbs was my first try at an ankara RTW brand and I was sold forever! I love her pieces for how unique yet simple thy are. I previously styled dresses from this brand here and here. Her finishing is always so neat too, one of the best I've seen actually.

Bubu Blaq has a way of incorporating ankara fabrics into modern designs which is amazing. In my opinion, it's what makes them stand out. See how I styled this brand here and here


Mayrush sells basic ankara pieces at affordable prices, in this list, this brand is actually the most affordable. And in my previous collaboration with Opeyemi, we both styled dresses from this. Check it out here.

This is a brand that stocks women's wear across different styles. They recently branched out to include ankara and I like what I've seen so far. In this post, Opeyemi's wrap top is from this brand. As for prices, you get a variation of affordable-to slightly affordable, think N8k-20k.
Photography by thebunmii

5. SGCT
Last but certainly not the least, is SGCT because this list will not be complete without them. One thing I love about this brand is how often they drop new designs. In this post, my wrap dress is from the brand in collaboration with Opeyemi. I've previously styled pieces from this brand here, here and here

What other ankara brands would you add to this list?  Did you see your favourite ankara brands? I'd love to know. 

Till next time guys!
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Is Strobrie the best cake or pastry shop in Abuja? Keep reading to find out!

 I recently stopped by Strobrie for some treats following their move to a new location. It wasn't my first time at this pastry spot. I had visited at their former location at the Maitama Amusement Park opposite the Cube Art Cafe, for the carrot cake which is said to be one of the best in Town. 

Location:
This cake shop is located at  Cottage One, HFIA Garden, off Tafawa Balewa Way, Garki, Abuja. When you enter the compound of the garden walk to the extreme end. You will pass through a setup walkway then an untarred road. Once you spot a bamboo tree house, look across, when you see yellow benches ( below) know that you have arrived. 


Abience 
There is so much green with all the plants! I loved it. The furniture also has this local handcrafted vibe which worked perfectly with all the plants. I also noted that several plants were on sale too. The spot should seat about 15 persons per time. 

Food: 
We ordered:
Strawberry Cheesecake - N2500
Milk Chocolate Cake - N1800
Carrot Cupcake - N600
Tea -1N000
Lemonade - N1000

I went with my brother and the cheesecake and carrot cupcake were are favorites. We loved that they were both not too sweat. Personally, I loved the tanginess in the cheesecake. The chocolate cake was so good, so rich too. The chocolate was so evident, if you are a chocolate lover, this is for you but too sweet for me (I don't have a sweet tooth). The tea and lemonade tasted as they should. And the carrot cake was as good as always, it is definitely a hit, no surprise! If you are not a long thought, then the one cake portion size is good for two people to share.
Blueberry Cheesecake
Carrot Cupcake
Milk Chocolate Cake


Menu
One would say the prices are affordable especially since you get what you pay for. However, as a cheapskate, it was quite expensive for cake but guys these cakes are different from the usual. So it was well worth the price. Strobrie has an array of different cakes, desserts and treat, check out the Menu to see for yourself. The spot also has tea, coffee, lemonade, and hot chocolate. P.S.This is not a restaurant or cafe so don't expect actual food. 


Customer Service
Joanne, the owner was warm and welcoming. Service was fast too. No complaints here

Photos were shot on both my Canon 700D and Samsung J7neo

Final Thoughts 
I will definitely be going back! The cakes were so rich, so much so that I have been dreaming of the cheesecake. The atmosphere was refreshing too and so quiet. I only wish the location was more central but thankfully they offer deliveries across Abuja. If you are tired of the boring and dry ass Nigerian cake, then definitely check out Strobrie. It's safe to say that it is indeed one of the top Cake shops in Abuja!

P.S. Salmahxo also wrote a review, check it out here 

Have you been to Strobrie before, what did you think? What would you say is the best cake shop in Abuja?

Till next time guys!


I don't know about you but I absolutely love that new cafes just keep popping up all across Abuja, Nigeria. Recently I checked out one of such cafes, Cafe Lumiere in Asokoro Abuja! Yes, finally Asokoro has a cafe! Ya'll know we really don't need more spots in Wuse 2. Here's a quick review 


Related: Rue Cafe in Abuja (Vegan-Friendly)

AMBIANCE/LOCATION
The interior of the cafe is absolutely beautiful with roses covering one wall and picture frames and lights decorating the space. Almost from entering the cafe, one can clearly see the owner's love of roses. It seems rose walls are the new in-thing for cafes. I found the decor a bit similar to that of the Tearoom Abuja and the defunct Rosewood Cafe.  Nevertheless, I loved how quaint and cute the cafe was plus the added touch with the browns and gold in the furniture. The open kitchen was also a nice touch too. Shoutout to the owners for maximizing this space which can seat about 15 people. 


MENU
The cafe offers various treats and desserts with tea, coffee, and juices to go with it. The prices were quite affordable too with pastries selling for as low as N500! I, however, didn't see much heavy food save for a sandwich and salad. So personally for me, this is a great place to grab a snack. 

FOOD
I and my date ordered the following:
the rose Tea N1500 each
Brownie N700 plus Ice Cream N200
Blueberry Muffin N700
Cold-pressed Juice N1000
Red Velvet Cake (can't remember)

I loved the brownie with ice cream and highly recommend this whenever you visit. The cold-pressed juice which had beetroot, pineapple, and oranges amongst other things was amazing. If you don't mind a lightly tangy drink then you'd love it. The rose tea was not bad either, it tasted the way roses smell. I also found the muffin moist and flavourful which was good. I, however, did not like the red velvet cake.  
Rose Tea
Blueberry Muffin
cold-pressed juice
Carrot Cake for N1800. It looked amazing!

CUSTOMER SERVICE 
I'd rate the cafe high on customer service. The waitresses were quite attentive. I must add that we were the only ones there. Also, we met the owner who was also receptive and so nice to us. I hope this remains the same even when the cafe gets busier with more customers. 
Photography by me with an Iphone7+

Would I go back, yes of course? If not for all the reasons stated above, they offer free WIFI to paying customers, which is definitely a plus. Cafe Lumiere is located at Prizrite mall, No 5 Maitama Sule Street, Asokoro, Abuja. If you ever check it out, do let me know.

Meanwhile, catch up on my other Cafe reviews below:


Till next time guys!
Mom jeans are one of my favorite closet essentials ever. Not only is it very versatile, but also so comfy and who doesn't love comfortable and functional pieces. Today, I'm showing you guys all the ways I've styled mom jeans in the past, tips on how to find the perfect pair and where to get mom jeans in Nigeria, in Abuja specifically.
mom jeans styled with polkadot blouse

How To Style
Mom jeans can be styled in several different ways. It can be dressed down in a smart casual look, kept casual and comfy for everyday wear or all classy and glam for a night out. Below is how I've styled mom jeans in the past.

Where to Shop Mom Jeans in Nigeria
The best place to get your mom jeans is in a thrift store, in other words in Okrika or bend-down-select, where you get the best quality and pocket-friendly ones too. I recommend Wuse or Nyanya Market in Abuja and Balogun Market in Lagos; you could get one for as low as N2000. Now, I got this pair from Vintage Closet 9ja, a thrift store in Abuja (I believe they ship nationwide). I'm unsure of the current retail price as I got this pair years ago but the price on such online stores should be around N5,000. Read my posts below for more info on these stores plus a list of place to thrift in Abuja


How to Find the Right Pair
Mom jeans are supposed to fit a bit loosely. Therefore, getting a perfect fit on the waist is not a huge deal because it can always be altered. Although, it is very important that you get the right fit on your butt and hips so you don't look frumpy. Also, the right fit in such areas will prevent camel toe. You may also want to consider the wash of the jeans, I've found that mom jeans look better in a light acid-wash blue color. Do not forget your body type, which is the most important thing when it comes to finding what works for you. Not sure how to dress for your body type? Well, read my various posts below.


I also shared a video on my IG TV showing 7 additional ways to style mom jeans (here). What's your favorite way to style this closet basic? Did you find this post helpful? I'd love to know. 

Till next time guys!
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
The Entrance

I visited the Pier Restaurant and Lounge in Abuja, one of the city's latest hot spots. It's new, different and absolutely stunning. Let's talk about this location and my thoughts!

Location
The Pier Restaurant is located in Kado, close to NAF Conference Center. It is honestly quite tricky to find. The restaurant is located right after the Uturn before the conference center. Once you take the turn, enter the next entrance you see on the other side of the road. Note that this entrance looks quite abandoned.  I actually go lost despite taking an Uber, only to realize that we had been driving around the space. 

Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Restaurant Layout/Ambiance
The layout of this restaurant is different from your usual Abuja spot. The ambiance is amazing with three igloo-like structures offering different vibes! It felt like a little getaway, a resort would have been perfect for this spot too! The different compartments could actually be rented out for events. The igloo in the middle which offered a stunning view of the sky is absolutely stunning! However, it's so hot, really hot! This spot might be more preferable at night. Now,  the igloo with a cover and several wooden tables I seats had air conditioning which was preferable. The third igloo offered a wide seating arrangement which was quite cozy. The restaurant also has an upstairs seating arrangement where one can get a decent view of the skyline. Let's not forgot other spots located below in the garden area. This place was definitely well-thought-out and planned out. 
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Upstairs seating
The garden area

 Food/Drinks
 I  had previously read a couple of bad reviews about the food, so I just opted for a drink seeing as I wasn't willing to waste my money. I ordered a Virgin Mojito for N2,000; it was okay but a tad bit too sweet. The drinks and basic food on the menu was also standardly priced. See the posts below for some of the food reviews I read. Perhaps the food might improve later on. Who knows! Ya'll be the scapegoats, I wasn't willing to be one for you guys (sorry, not sorry).



Customer Service
I was honestly put off from the beginning when the manager told me I could only take pictures with my phone and not DLR camera. While this is the norm for a lot of places in Nigeria, I was quite shocked having seen fellow content creators post images/videos taken with their cameras (with permission from the establishment). It was even more annoying when the manager kept checking on me (in a negative way) and once even paused to sorta apprehend me. Keep in mind I was using my phone's self-timer at the time to take pictures of myself since I was alone. It is what it is though, it's their space at the end of the day.  However, the waitress was nice, she was kind enough to take a few images of me, the one below is the one that came out decent. 


All images were shot by with my Samsung J7neo and edited with Adobe Lightroom and Vsco

Final Thoughts
The Pier is beautiful with great scenery that is different from the usual. I honestly suggest that you go there with friends, just order drinks, take pictures and talk. Hopefully, the food improves as this spot is still a new place. Will I go back again? Maybe, as your typical blogger, I'm always on the lookout for cool places to take pictures. I might consider going there for that sole purpose but then again the stress...

P. S. I watched an amazing vlog of the Pier by Vivian Okezie, check it out (here) for more thoughts on this place.

Have you been to the Pier before? What did you think? What are your thoughts on camera restrictions in most leisure establishments in Nigeria? I'd love to know


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