24 Hours in Luxury: The Envoy Hotel Abuja

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hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
I spent some time at one of Abuja's finest hotels, the Envoy hotel by Mantis, last year. Everything about this hotel screamed luxury from the decor, the chandeliers (pictured above) to even the elevators and the service by the security and reception. I never got around to posting about it because I lost most of my pictures but after being able to recover some and pulling a few from my camera roll, I thought to jist you all about my 24-hour staycation at the Envoy Hotel Abuja.

The Rooms
The Envoy Hotel has 59 luxury rooms. We checked into the standard room which offered a nice view of the swimming pool (not pictured) and settled in.
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel













The Restaurant: Larai Restaurant 
 Larai Restaurant at the Envoy hotel is where we had lunch, dinner, and breakfast. For lunch, we started with an appetizer, a remixed shrimp cocktail and Beef fillet with mushrooms, all prepared by Chef Joseph. The shrimp cocktail was literally a burst of different flavors, I loved it! It was my favorite dish. Now the beef fillet was so tender and the incorporation of our very own local waterleaf into the dish was pretty cool. 

Tonye has a more detailed review here of the restaurant, check it out. On the next day of our stay, we were served a beautiful breakfast buffet spread. Breakfast is one of my favorite parts of staying at a hotel but in my haste out as I was rushing to work, I couldn't take a proper picture of everything or even be my regular foodie self. The breakfast spread had everything from foreign to our very own Nigerian breakfast dishes. 

Vandos Bar
There was just something about the Vandos Bar at the Envoy hotel where we had cocktails after dinner. 

Check Out
I definitely slept like a baby (the beds were so comfy) and after breakfast the next day we checked out. It was truly a wonderful 24 hours living the baby girl life. 
Photography by Blessing Audu and myself

If you ever find yourself in Abuja, do stop by the Envoy hotel. The Envoy Hotel is located at Number 305 Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja. Need more information? Head over to their website!

This staycation was in collaboration with Abuja Blogger, By Tonye, the Envoy hotel, and Bookings Nigeria.

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hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel
I spent some time at one of Abuja's finest hotels, the Envoy hotel by Mantis, last year. Everything about this hotel screamed luxury from the decor, the chandeliers (pictured above) to even the elevators and the service by the security and reception. I never got around to posting about it because I lost most of my pictures but after being able to recover some and pulling a few from my camera roll, I thought to jist you all about my 24-hour staycation at the Envoy Hotel Abuja.

The Rooms
The Envoy Hotel has 59 luxury rooms. We checked into the standard room which offered a nice view of the swimming pool (not pictured) and settled in.
hotels in Abuja, the Envoy hotel













The Restaurant: Larai Restaurant 
 Larai Restaurant at the Envoy hotel is where we had lunch, dinner, and breakfast. For lunch, we started with an appetizer, a remixed shrimp cocktail and Beef fillet with mushrooms, all prepared by Chef Joseph. The shrimp cocktail was literally a burst of different flavors, I loved it! It was my favorite dish. Now the beef fillet was so tender and the incorporation of our very own local waterleaf into the dish was pretty cool. 

Tonye has a more detailed review here of the restaurant, check it out. On the next day of our stay, we were served a beautiful breakfast buffet spread. Breakfast is one of my favorite parts of staying at a hotel but in my haste out as I was rushing to work, I couldn't take a proper picture of everything or even be my regular foodie self. The breakfast spread had everything from foreign to our very own Nigerian breakfast dishes. 

Vandos Bar
There was just something about the Vandos Bar at the Envoy hotel where we had cocktails after dinner. 

Check Out
I definitely slept like a baby (the beds were so comfy) and after breakfast the next day we checked out. It was truly a wonderful 24 hours living the baby girl life. 
Photography by Blessing Audu and myself

If you ever find yourself in Abuja, do stop by the Envoy hotel. The Envoy Hotel is located at Number 305 Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja. Need more information? Head over to their website!

This staycation was in collaboration with Abuja Blogger, By Tonye, the Envoy hotel, and Bookings Nigeria.

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abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top

Dramatic sleeves such as bell sleeves, bishop/billow sleeves, and flared sleeves have to be one of my all-time favorite trends. Now I don't know about you but when it comes down to my sleeves I like them a little extra. Dramatic sleeves are actually one of the ways I employ to dress modestly and fashionable

 Today I'll be talking about four ways that I styled this dramatic vintage billow sleeves top which costs me N3,000. Here's what I did, I purchased the fabric from Nyanya Market for about N1,000 and got it tailored by Porshher for about N2,000. I asked for dramatic sleeves and I got drama, I love it!

Look 1
Look one is your typical corporate look for the office. I paired the top with a pair of black culottes and gold pumps. 

abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
Culottes: Thrift || Shoes: Shoe Shop Ng || Bag: Mom's Closet 

Look 2
Thought I'd add some colour so I paired it with these purplish pink trousers and a beret. I really wanted to tuck in the shirt but these pants came with the worst camel toe ever, I was so disappointed but I've been making it work by pairing it with longer tops. For my shoes, I kept it simple with my go-to pair of heels, my mules. This would be my go-to casual look for a weekend get together or outing.
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
abuja blogger princess audu styles dramatic sleeve vintage top
Mules: Beaufeet Ng || Beret: Vintage Closet 9ja || Trousers: House of Zarad

The other two ways I've styled this dramatic sleeve top (not pictured) was one, with a pair of blue jeans and yellow mules for a more casual look; two with a pleated midi skirt paired with mules or court shoes.
Y'all know I'm all about versatile pieces that can be worn over and over again for various functions. Which is why the best shopping tip or advice I'd give is the importance of investing in versatile pieces,  Trust me that will save you a lot of money and space from clothes you don't wear. So the next time you want to buy something, be sure to ask yourself how you'd style it. 

What's your favourite look? How would you style this top? What's your best shopping tip?

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abuja fashion blogger in twenty six polka dot trend
abuja fashion blogger in polka dot trend
abuja fashion blogger in polka dot trend
Happy New Year beautiful people!

I've been thinking of how to start my first post of the year and as inspired by Ijeoma Kola, rather than list out my resolutions or plans for the year, I thought I'd talk about the two things I want to do differently this year. 
2018 for me, was just there, and while I did okay with some of my goals, I actually failed woefully in others as I said in my 2018 recap post. This year, we try this again and do it differently too.

1. Being intentional/consistent
Looking back at last year, inconsistency and not being intentional is one of the reasons I didn't achieve my goals. I didn't set out an action plan or even access what I was doing wrong but this time we change this. We plan, stay consistent, write it out, assess progress and make changes where
necessary. 
abuja fashion blogger in polka dot trend
abuja fashion blogger in polka dot trend
abuja fashion blogger in polka dot trend
Photography by Blessing Audu

2. Prioritize Better 
I often find it hard to prioritize thus I take on more tasks than I can handle, end up burnt out and unproductive. I want to start saying no to certain things, take more time to rest, reduce my waka waka (spend more time indoors). This means fewer blog posts too, we all know blogs are slowly dying so I'll be taking a step back as I work to post helpful and relatable content less frequently. I hope to spend more time in the real world slaying my goals as opposed to mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram page, neglecting my reading or devotionals as I stress over the algorithms or poor engagement rate.

This year we try again and we excel!

I'm wearing a polka-dot dress made in Nigeria by Twenty Six, a brand I've closely followed since my earlier blog days and am excited to be collaborating with. Twenty Six has really come a long way, from only skirts to a wide range of products. The dress costs N7,500 and I wish I went up a dress size for a better fit. The fabric is of good quality, I love the dots of course and the red detailing in the pocket and neckline (my brother called it Gucci lol). Just thought to add that the fabric does not stretch so keep that in mind if you do decide to order. 

Dress: Twenty Six || Shoes: Jumia 

What things are you doing differently in 2019? Can you relate to any of mine?

Have a glorious new year!

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The festivities have begun as Christmas is just around the corner. And for a lot of us, this season will involve a lot of traveling either to our hometown or abroad. Now for those of us who can't afford traveling overseas, all hope is not lost. Nigeria has several beautiful destinations where you can spend your Christmas, which I will be sharing in this post. 


*Did you know that the bold links are clickable*


1. The Calabar Carnival in Cross River State 
One of the top things to do in Calabar during this festive period is to attend the Carnival. I sadly never made it during my National Youth Service year (NYSC) in the State but I hope to go someday. I hear it's one of the largest street parties in Africa which attracts people from across the globe! The carnival lasts for the entire month of December. While in Calabar be sure to try out some of my recommended things to do .
calabar carnival cross river state
calabar carnival cross river state
calabar carnival cross river state
Carnival shots source: Artsy Moments

2. Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross River State
The resort is the perfect getaway for the family. It's filled with beautiful plains and views that can really only be experienced in person. During my service year, this was one attraction I was sure not to miss out on. Now Obudu itself is about a 5-7 hour drive from Calabar, give or take. The resort itself is located in Obanliku, another local Government Area in Obudu. While most people can stay on the resort, given the cost most people lodge outside the resort. Check out a further cost breakdown by artsy moments
top Christmas destinations
obudu mountain resort cross river state
where to spend Christmas in Nigeria

3. Yankari Game Reserves in Bauchi State 
Yankari Game Reserve, also known as the Yankari National Park is one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa. It has been on my list for the longest time, hopefully, we make it in 2019. The reserve is also home to one of the most viable populations of elephants in Nigeria and West Africa. One can also go swimming in the Wikki Warm Spring shown down below, the water is blue and clear, sounds amazing huh. If going from Abuja, you can go by road as I hear its about 6 hours away. However, those from Lagos and other states should probably fly and hey Arik Air has some good deals. Check out more details on booking and costs here.
travel Nigeria in wiki warm spring in bauchi state
Image source Ynaija
elephants at Yankari Game Reserves  in Bauchi State
Source Global Giving

4. Kajuru Castle in Kaduna State 
Kajuru Castle is one of Nigeria's best-kept secrets and a great getaway for the family during this festive period. Its' medieval structure was built in 1989 by a German who thereafter settled there. The castle offers several weekend packages and as someone who has been there before I highly recommend it.  Read all about my trip here.
Travelling from Abuja to Kaduna by Railway
Travelling from Abuja to Kaduna by Railway
Travelling from Abuja to Kaduna by Railway

Nigeria is beautiful, I know we tend to get caught up with traveling overseas but have you considered exploring your area? Now for several of these spots, one can go by road but given the usual poor condition of our roads, going by air is advisable for safety reasons as well. Be sure to check out some Airlines for some great deals this festive period. Compliments of the season everyone, I hope you have an amasing holiday!

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holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas

The holiday season is here with Christmas just around the corner and New Year's Eve already creeping in on us. A lot of us have already worn our Christmas outfits and brought out our holiday styles at the various parties we've already attended. While albeit late, I thought it would be fun to bring in another blogger for a holiday outfit collaboration, and who better than Opeyemi's Diary, my fellow fully covered but still fly sista; recall our previous collaborations here and here.


In Nigeria over here Christmas is generally a big deal, people go out with new hairstyles and clothes for the festivities. I've never really been among as I wasn't raised that way. While the Christmas craze seems to be dying down as my generation gets older and the economy gets tighter, one can easily spot an increment in the price of goods, the scantiness of urban areas as people head home for the festivities and most of all the western inspired Christmas decorations and promos that litter shopping malls, various building, and major roads.

holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas

When I think of the holiday's, I think sparkles, sequins, gold, and rich colors. While Opeyemi went with gold but opted for a rich royal blue, I went basic but classic with all black.  I how we both added gold accents with our accessories.  I incorporated gold tones with my pointed gold pumps and Aham custom-made necklace from  Aham Jewelrywhich is slowly becoming a favorite of mine in dressing up basic outfits.  Also observe how we both are in tune as we both opted for pleated skirts, Yass! Do you own a pleated skirt, it is a closet must-have.

 My outfit could easily be transitioned for a new year's eve outfit too, see the versatility of all black! In the past, I had Christmas outfits that featured the typical red and green Christmas colours (herehere and here) but I thought to keep it simple!

holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
holiday outfit Christmas outfit ideas
Photography by Ruth Audu

Head over to Opeyemi's blog to get the rest of the jist here. Also, check out her bomb Christmas lookbook featuring 10 outfit ideas! With all that being said I want to wish you all the best life has to offer in this season. Happy Holidays beautiful people.

Now have you bought your Christmas clothes or done your Christmas hair? Did you do this growing up? What is your ideal Christmas look?

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