30 Ways to Style the Polkadot Trend 2018

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Polka dots are the hottest trend this season, if you haven't noticed. This comes as no surprise really. Polka-dots have always been such a classic, fun, flirty and oh so chic print, when styled right that is.  I've always been a big fan to, be it in big flowing dress, cute tops, big midi-skirts, or even in mixed prints look with stripes and other prints.

Fashion really is amazing as it has this tendency to repeat itself. One really has to wonder what designers were smoking seeing as they all dropped polka-dot pieces all at the same time. Today I put together a little inspiration post consisting of how some of my favorite fashion bloggers incorporated this trend to show you fun ways to wear polka-dots this season.
polka-dot trend, mixed prints, mustard, monochrome

1. Dresses
One of the easiest ways to rock this print is with dresses, be it corporate, retro or chic you can't go wrong, really. One can opt for off shoulder dresses, the classic wrap dress or incorporate ruffles, and various trends like the puff sleeve. 
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress, monochrome
red, polka-dots, puff sleeves, vintage , retro dress
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress monochrome
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress monochrome
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress, monochrome, wrap dress
  S4de U

2. Single Pieces
When it doubt follow the K.I.S.S rule (keep it simple silly). Opt for single pieces like a top or skirt and pair them with sold colours or peices 

3. Accessories
A fun way to style polka-dots is to go with basic accessories. A scarf here or bag there and a pair of shoes can do the trick without taking major risks. 

4. Mix them up
My all time favorite way to style polka-dot is to pair them together, for example a polka-dot top on a polka-dot skirt. Now what takes it further is to pair contrasting colours and colour blocking is back this season, who's excited? I know I am!

5. Other Prints
The great thing about polka-dots is that they can be easily styled with other prints. One only needs to apply simple tips which I dished in my post on how to mix prints. Never be afraid to try new things always!

There you have it, a quick post guiding you and showing you fun ways to style the polka-dot trend. I'm really looking forward to investing in more dresses in this print and also going ahead to mix polka-dots with other prints. Stay tuned for more posts incorporating polka-dots guys!

How do you or how would you style the polka-dot trend? Have you invested in any new polka-dot pieces recently. What are your thoughts on this trend? Will you be mixing prints this season. 

Polka dots are the hottest trend this season, if you haven't noticed. This comes as no surprise really. Polka-dots have always been such a classic, fun, flirty and oh so chic print, when styled right that is.  I've always been a big fan to, be it in big flowing dress, cute tops, big midi-skirts, or even in mixed prints look with stripes and other prints.

Fashion really is amazing as it has this tendency to repeat itself. One really has to wonder what designers were smoking seeing as they all dropped polka-dot pieces all at the same time. Today I put together a little inspiration post consisting of how some of my favorite fashion bloggers incorporated this trend to show you fun ways to wear polka-dots this season.
polka-dot trend, mixed prints, mustard, monochrome

1. Dresses
One of the easiest ways to rock this print is with dresses, be it corporate, retro or chic you can't go wrong, really. One can opt for off shoulder dresses, the classic wrap dress or incorporate ruffles, and various trends like the puff sleeve. 
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress, monochrome
red, polka-dots, puff sleeves, vintage , retro dress
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress monochrome
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress monochrome
polka-dot trend,off shoulder, dress, monochrome, wrap dress
  S4de U

2. Single Pieces
When it doubt follow the K.I.S.S rule (keep it simple silly). Opt for single pieces like a top or skirt and pair them with sold colours or peices 

3. Accessories
A fun way to style polka-dots is to go with basic accessories. A scarf here or bag there and a pair of shoes can do the trick without taking major risks. 

4. Mix them up
My all time favorite way to style polka-dot is to pair them together, for example a polka-dot top on a polka-dot skirt. Now what takes it further is to pair contrasting colours and colour blocking is back this season, who's excited? I know I am!

5. Other Prints
The great thing about polka-dots is that they can be easily styled with other prints. One only needs to apply simple tips which I dished in my post on how to mix prints. Never be afraid to try new things always!

There you have it, a quick post guiding you and showing you fun ways to style the polka-dot trend. I'm really looking forward to investing in more dresses in this print and also going ahead to mix polka-dots with other prints. Stay tuned for more posts incorporating polka-dots guys!

How do you or how would you style the polka-dot trend? Have you invested in any new polka-dot pieces recently. What are your thoughts on this trend? Will you be mixing prints this season. 

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My love for palazzo pants or wide leg trousers is no secret especially if you've been reading the blog even for a short while. For me, this is attributed to the comfort associated with such pieces and the modesty it offers especially since it sits quite loosely on one's body. Now whether one is set for work, vacation or church, the palazzo trousers are one fit that offers both comfort, versatility and works for various body types as seen in this collab.
And today in collaboration with Debs of Debwritesblog.com, we are both showing you our style interpretation of these type of trousers. I first met Debs at the Blogger Point Bruch in Abuja in 2017. Okay, maybe not met, we saw each other but didn't get the chance to really talk. Anyways she was actually sporting a lovely pair of trousers and made one of my best looks


Now, when it comes down to styling loosely fit trousers or clothing in general, the most important thing is the definition and fit in you. I love debs incorporation of mixed prints with a stripe off-shoulder top and floral trousers. Plus check out how she defined her waist with a chic simple belt. 

Here are four simple  tips to consider when styling palazzo trousers:
1.  Define your waist with the addition of a simple belt
2. Or much easier, high waist pieces will generally make you look curvier and give you the appearance of a smaller waist. Try tucking in to ensure proper fit as well. 
3. For my thicker ladies, try opting for a pair that has a more fitted look on your hips and flares out on the legs. This will help to create the right balance on you
4. If done right, these pants can make you look taller or slimmer as well. Longer wide trousers paired with heels esepcially can make my petite girls appear taller. And with the right fit, my curvy girls you can look more snatched and cover your flaws too.

           Related: How to Wear Oversize Clothing, 5 Tips
Now for my look, I went for pastels paired with a burgundy puff sleeve made in Nigeria top. I actually already have this top in mustard styled here and here. I simply defined my waist by tucking in the shirt. By the way, both our trousers were also made in Nigeria by Omotolanie for a cost of about 6k, its safe to say this is one of the best well-made trousers I've purchased in Nigeria. The fabric is of such great quality and the finishing was done quite well too, I'll definitely be buying more. 
Photography by Ruth Audu

I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet some of the awesome people I've come across in this blogging thing. Collaborations are so important for a diversity of content and also to create strong networks. To end this, however, I will say when it comes to meeting new people, friendships should never be forced. You are not going to hit it off with everyone you come across, neither is every blogger a friend simply because you engage with each others content. And that's perfectly okay. But at the end of the day networking is too important for one to ignore it.

Trousers: Omolaniee || Top: Virtue Clothier On Sale here

Meanwhile, catch up on my other blogger collaborations in 2018
Workwear: Dressing to the Workplace 4 tips with Dive into Mauve
Brunch at Cube Art Cafe with Alexis 
Galentines Day: Last Minute Guide

Head to Debwritesblog.com to read her take on palazzo trousers.  
How do you style your palazzo trousers? Which look is more relatable to your personal style?
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When talking about closet basics or essentials for every lady, the little black dress or LBD as it is commonly called is one piece that we can never leave out. It's that basic which is just so versatile and can be quite flattering on every body type once you know what works for you.

 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in Nigeria, flared sleeves
 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in nigeria

Now, if you're yet to own one or more in your wardrobe, here are five reasons why the little black dress is a must-have and why you need one asap!.

1. It's versatile!
As already stated the LBD is that piece that one can take from day to night, to church, to work or even a party depending on the specific style or how one styles it.
2. It's easy
Given its versatility, the LBD is something one can throw on when in doubt of what to wear. I mean why bother stressing about what to wear when you have a little black dress.


 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in Nigeria
 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in nigeria
3. Great Layering Piece
When styling outwear or even thinking of upgrading an outfit, the little black dress is the perfect basic to start with and layer over.
4. One for All
In addition to the fact that black already gives you an extra slimming effect which is oh so flattering on the body, the LBD can suit everybody type depending on the fit. 


5. Always Trendy
It never goes out of style! Trends may come and go but this is one piece that will always remain a classic for all the above-stated reasons.

I hope with these few points, you're all set to get yourself this closet essential!

 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in nigeri
 little black dress, lace, lbd, black, lace up heels, made in nigeria, flared sleeves
Photography by Ruth Audu

What sold me about this dress was the lace flared sleeves, you all know how much I love this trend. In styling, I paired it with my go-to belt and my lace-up sandals from Things Nigerians Love. This look is proudly made in Nigeria and I'm so impressed. My dress linked below is currently going for 50% off on Jumia Nigeria for less than 5k. If you don't already own an LBD, here's your chance to get one and if you already own one, why not get more. I plan on adding a lot more in different styles to my growing collection of dresses!

This post is in Collaboration with Virtue Clothier

I'll end this post by once again reminding all of us how much of a scam social media is. Please let's work to never get caught up in portraying a false reality while dying in silence. Recieve strength to walk away from things that no longer grow you and have the courage to always stay true to yourself #Notetoself #Sarahspeaks.

Dress: Virtue Clothier || Shoes: TNL || Bag: Unknown || Belt: Market Buy

What's the one must-have closet essential in your wardrobe? Would you say an LBD is a must-have, why?

Dressing for the workplace can be quite tricky as workwear varies based on one's occupation and workplace. Looking back to my days working in media where I could easily wear a pair of jeans and sneakers compared to my days working in a proper officer when one has to look all put together, ladylike and formal (for the most part), my work wardrobe has drastically changed. While women's workwear depends on the specific workplace, there are however guides, notions and essentials that hold and could work for almost any profession especially when it comes to dressing to an office. 

 Today in collaboration with Tee of Dive into Mauve, an Abuja based blogger like myself, we decided to share both our thoughts and tips when it comes to dressing to the workplace. Tee and I go way back in blogging as we earlier did a collab on styling a vintage shirt, do you remember? Here are four quick tips to note when dressing for the office.

1. The Life Saving Pencil Skirt
The great thing about a pencil skirt is the versatility. It can be worn to the office or a more casual after-work engagement. Tee's look which features a maroon pencil skirt and lace top is the perfect example of this. She could further dressed up her outfit with a blazer or opt for a button up shirt as well. Hence do not doubt the power of a pencil skirt. Don't have a pencil skirt? Well, this is your cue to get one in as many colours as possible!

2. Comfort is Key
A basic 9-5 would mean spending your entire day at the office hence the importance of being comfortable while working cannot be overstressed! When it comes to heels, although the most appropriate shoes for office wear, they can be quite uncomfortable especially when wearing them for long. A tip would be to opt for lower heels (2-3cm )or block heels like Tee and I did. Another thing I do is to change into flats when seated and wear heels when moving about. However, save yourself the hassle by going for lower heels, wedges or block heels.
3.Keep it Modest and Classy!
Yes, leave those low hanging and overly short and body-hugging pieces at home. I don't know about you but the workplace deserves some level of decorum. I personally work with men mostly, hence I take my modest taste in fashion to a whole other level with the baggiest and loose-fitted clothes ever. Its all about balance, read my post on styling oversize clothes to get it right!  A simple singlet under your sheer top like Tee did or a pencil skirt under your blazer dress like I did, can take your outfit from inappropriate to office appropriate. To each his own, however.


4. Keep it Fun, not Boring
Do not be afraid to rock trend or colours! Just because it's workwear doesn't mean it has to be boring. You can incorporate trends like the flared sleeve trend like Tee and me while still keeping your work outfit as formal as ever. Do not be afraid to add pops of colour and prints to your outfit either with your makeup or accessories. 


Today's look features my go-to blazer dress previously styled here and here. I paired it with my tiered flared sleeve gingham print top. Opted for a belt to cinch in my waist and a skirt underneath to keep things modest. In keeping with my tip, I added a pop of red to this outfit with my lip colour and pointed red Zara heels. 

Head over to Tee's blog for her take on workwear.

Photography by Ruth Audu
Blazer Dress: Thrift || Shirt: Unknown || Shoes: Zara || Belt: Market Buy

Where do you work? How would you describe your work style? What tips do you employ when dressing for the workplace? Did you find this post helpful? Which outfit would you mostly likedly rock?

New to the blog? Catch up on my work series look 1, look 2 and look 3!
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Give me a more classic colour combination than black and white or monochrome, it's that life-saving colour palette, you cant go wrong with. And today's look features one of my all time favourite trends, flared sleeves.

It's been a hot minute on here beautiful people, how you doing (in Wendy Williams voice). The short break was completely unplanned and mostly due to circumstances beyond my control which eventually boiled over to laziness and procrastination. Lately, I've been looking back to some of my greatest blog milestones along this journey of four years. I mean, it's so easy to feel unmotivated when the going gets tough or when progress seems slow. 

But before content creators were defined by the number of followers or likes on social media especially Instagram, there was the genuine joy that came with creating. That satisfaction and passion that kept one going regardless of being noticed or rewarded. For me, it was my first 100 followers on the blog, hitting 10,000 views after three months of blogging. The first brand collaboration I ever did (which was free), back when exposure was enough because the thought of even being considered was humbling or even my first paid collaboration after years of pushing. 

Growth is great but with it comes complaints especially when it feels like your efforts are not matching your results. But before all the accolades and that feeling of self-entitlement that comes with fame, there were those little moments of joy and satisfaction with creating and being appreciated for it. It's so easy to get lost but I've been working to get back to that feeling of doing it for the passion. It's important to never forget how far we've come while we work to be better. It's important to never lose sight of past successes especially in the midst of failure. 


Photography by Ruth Audu

This look consists of items received from Virtue Clothier, a made in Nigeria brand that I've previously shopped and styled some pieces from before here, here and here. Today's look features two flared pieces because the only drama we really need in our lives is in our sleeves and flares in general.
 I'm not one to often wear skirts but this skirt was so worth it, it's definitely a keeper. And I'm totally here for the quality and fit. The top is lovely, quite trendy too, sadly it came with a hole but nothing too major that can't be fixed. The striped top is actually made of a netty slightly transparent material. This time around, I'd say this look is proudly made in Nigeria. You can actually shop this look below

Skirt: Virtue clothier here || Top: Virtue Clothier Similar || Shoes: Zara

 I'd rock this look to work or church, what about you?

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