NIGERIAN AGBADA NATIVE ATTIRE

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Hey Beautiful people!
So I stole (borrowed) my twelve year old brothers Nigerian native attire so that I can finally rock the men's inspired agbada trend, several years later. Do you guys remember when it was everywhere? I even did an inspiration post on it here 
Note: Pink Highlighted words are clickable
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
But first a bit on what's been going through my mind lately, you guys know I like to talk
Boy, can life be so ugh at times. It really is a humbling pill to swallow when you have to practice what you preach in certain moments. We all know how easy it is to give advice, encourage and offer solutions when on the outside of things.

And in those moments, when prayer becomes harder, faith becomes smaller but is the only solution. But what can we do but pray, turn to God and build our faith. I've always said and I do believe that for every experience, there is something new to learn about ourselves and God.

men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
   A statement that really struck me yesterday was " We hear God the loudest when we need him the most". The pure truth of this is just wow. Which is why life will keep pushing and turning us around because it's in those moments that we learn to trust. And that my beautiful people is when God does his thing and wows us beyond belief.

men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
                                                          Photography by Wayt Fashion 

So this is not your typical agbada look, we actually call it "senator" or "native" and it's a go-to set for various events especially in men's fashion. It's actually really great to see more men embracing the typical native attire. But of course as the saying goes "What a man can do, a woman can do better", hence I styled this native attire from my brother's closet with a pair of lace-up booties, my curves (thanks to the added weight), makeup and we were good to go. 

By the way, these pictures were taken at the Abuja Arts and Crafts Centre (Read post). I definitely plan on doing shoots with more African themed prints there next time around. 

Native Set: Brothers Closet || Shoes: Rosegal || Shades: Zaful 

I love how it turned out, what do you think? Ever borrowed clothing from a sibling? How did it go? What item was it? Thoughts on this trend?

My Giveaway is still open Here, have you entered? 

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Hey Beautiful people!
So I stole (borrowed) my twelve year old brothers Nigerian native attire so that I can finally rock the men's inspired agbada trend, several years later. Do you guys remember when it was everywhere? I even did an inspiration post on it here 
Note: Pink Highlighted words are clickable
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
But first a bit on what's been going through my mind lately, you guys know I like to talk
Boy, can life be so ugh at times. It really is a humbling pill to swallow when you have to practice what you preach in certain moments. We all know how easy it is to give advice, encourage and offer solutions when on the outside of things.

And in those moments, when prayer becomes harder, faith becomes smaller but is the only solution. But what can we do but pray, turn to God and build our faith. I've always said and I do believe that for every experience, there is something new to learn about ourselves and God.

men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
   A statement that really struck me yesterday was " We hear God the loudest when we need him the most". The pure truth of this is just wow. Which is why life will keep pushing and turning us around because it's in those moments that we learn to trust. And that my beautiful people is when God does his thing and wows us beyond belief.

men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
men's inspired agbada, African prints, native, senator attire
                                                          Photography by Wayt Fashion 

So this is not your typical agbada look, we actually call it "senator" or "native" and it's a go-to set for various events especially in men's fashion. It's actually really great to see more men embracing the typical native attire. But of course as the saying goes "What a man can do, a woman can do better", hence I styled this native attire from my brother's closet with a pair of lace-up booties, my curves (thanks to the added weight), makeup and we were good to go. 

By the way, these pictures were taken at the Abuja Arts and Crafts Centre (Read post). I definitely plan on doing shoots with more African themed prints there next time around. 

Native Set: Brothers Closet || Shoes: Rosegal || Shades: Zaful 

I love how it turned out, what do you think? Ever borrowed clothing from a sibling? How did it go? What item was it? Thoughts on this trend?

My Giveaway is still open Here, have you entered? 

Let's stay in touch!
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Hey beautiful people!
Four years ago this month I opened a blog to justify my shopaholic tendencies back then. And boy when we talk about growth, have we come a long way! I have a giveaway too so stick to the end! 

Today I decided to celebrate in this mixed prints number featuring my vintage shirt worn backwards, floral box pleated skirt and my block heels black pointed pumps.

Note: The pink highlight words are links

"Sigh"Where do I even begin?
It's been an up a down ride really, one filled with both happy times, lots a fashion, passion, inspiration and of course frustration. I'll never regret starting this blog even though more times than not, I ask myself "who sent you Sarah" Though, what would I do without this blog and you guys. For one I'd sleep more, save money on Internet of course, probably spend more time at home too but then where's all the fun in that. 


I've gone through some of my hardest and best moments here. Thank God for this platform that kept me busy while I was unemployed and living in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. That sense of purpose at that time was much needed. When I  graduated from University, got  myfirst job and then got fired and actually learnt something about it, this blog was there. Through NYSC, my trip to Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cross River State and even my most recent testimony of getting the job. I'll never regret the decision to start this blog. 

I won't lie though, the pressure can get real at times hence my reason for almost quitting by hey I'm still here for a reason huh.
Photography by Wayt Fashion
Of course shout out to you guys, my beautiful people for reading my posts, commenting, sharing, being nice and of course for all the words of encouragement. It's weird how you can virtually connect with people. Thank you for reading my Sarah Speaks, bonding over fashion trends, sharing my faith and knowledge. Thank you!

Skirt: RoseGal || Shirt: Thrift || Shoes: Shoe Shop Nigeria (tell her I sent you)
 Clutch: Thailand

GIVEAWAY 
Now to celebrate I will be giving away this size 40 brand new shoes (never worn) from Jumia Fashion Nigeria. 

To win you must:

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  • Go to this pitcure below on Instagram, tell me how you would style the shoes
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*The Giveaway is open till November 16, 2017 so you can enter as many times as possible.
*It is open nationwide and shipping costs are covered
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As I  walked out, I could feel the smile slowly creeping on my face. Bursting with joy, the first thing I did was call my mom, who continually squealed on the phone as she sung in Idoma (my mother tongue) "who is like unto you Lord, I have never seen". And then the sheer fact that my life was about to change hit me and I couldn't help but laugh and smile till I got home (people probably thought I was deranged)

Fast forward to paragraph three for how I got the job, keep on reading to get the full gist. 

At the completion of my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in Calabar, Cross River State I had expected to be fully employed at the place I served. I had spent most of my time working at the station and doing a great job too (if I do say so). I honestly wasn't planning on actually staying but I thought it would be nice to have the offer at hand, just in case.

That didn't work out, thankfully. 
Now, fast forward to a few month later, after having unsuccessfully applied for a few jobs online, I approached a radio station for possible employment. I had worked  as a journalist during my service year so I figured I'd continue in that path. I eventually settled for an internship as a social media manager with the chance of possible employment eventually. Although, the pay was quite small, that was a big victory for me so I went on with it. 

The plan was to stay busy and not sit on my ass while also working towards better. 

As per typical media style (journalist in Nigeria understand), a couple months later, I started to realize that this position might not work out after all. By then my biggest fear of being on the other side (unemployed) of the job front started materializing. I started approaching other media houses directly for a better offer. 

It's rough out there in those streets guys, the frustration was real. As my motivation dwindled it became harder to even go to work. I almost quit my job at the station several times, but for some reason I stayed. I just kept going 

So check me out chilling in my desk at the station one of these days, and someone I barely talked to, walks up to me talking about a job at a multinational company. I wasn't going to apply because it wasn't necessarily in my field but I thought, why not.

Well, I didn't get the job.

But, I was given another job at the same company as a Communications Officer, which had been vacant for a while. Funny thing is my role is a combination of two things I do and am good at, news and social media as per my blog.  

So God was doing his thing all along. It was then I realized that:

  •  Every closed door is not actually a closed door. And that in the bigger picture everything and I mean everything happens for a reason. I wasn't employed at the place I served for this purpose.
  • The importance of not waiting for life to happen to you but to do your own part and let God do the rest. Have you done your part?
  • God can use anyone to connect us to a breakthrough. Don't disregard people and most of all, never underestimate God.
  • All things are working for your good whether you believe it or not, it's working!
  • Bloggers don't underestimate your blog. Blogging is work experience especially in this age of social media, so you might want to add it to your resume. 
This is my testimony of how God did his thing and gave me a job that I never expected. In writing this, my intention is not to brag but to encourage someone out there and of course give glory to my God. After all I write about him a lot, so this is just proof of what he can do. Also I talked about getting fired so this was necessary 

Do you have a testimony of a major breakthrough? How did you get it? Please share. What are your overall thoughts, I'd love to read guys. Lets encourage each other!

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Hello, my beautiful awesome readers!
Let me use this opportunity to first of all wish you guys a happy new month of November
And on that note, we start this month with monochrome, stripes and the ruffle trend. But let's pause on fashion for a bit and talk for a moment huh.

black and white, stripes, ruffles, buckle belts
black and white, stripes, block heels, black pumps, ruffles, buckle belts
black and white, stripes, block heels, black pumps, ruffles, buckle belts

"We're expecting an invite soon Sarah", "I hope the men are coming" or "I'm getting ready to eat rice and wear asoebi". All the above and more, are questions that have been hurled at me lately. I've often wondered as a young lady why can't  people ask questions about my career, graduate studies or investments deals. But no, its all marriage, marriage and children. Because,  I guess as a woman, you're not worth anything until you have a man. You're not successful until you're married and settled with kids. That's what society tells us sadly. 

The other day I was told "as woman you're not successful until you're in your husbands house". Wow was my first thought. And then I realized this is exactly the type of thing that forces people into an unhappy marriage.


Surely there has to be more to this life. Because after the wedding and children what's next? These things don't bother me as such though, never have either. Because I know where I'm going. Sure, marriage and children are great, things I want in the future of course but there has to be more to this life, don't you think?

black and white, stripes, block heels, black pumps, ruffles, buckle belts
black and white, stripes, block heels, black pumps, ruffles, buckle belts
black and white, stripes, block heels, black pumps, ruffles, buckle belts

Photography by Wayt Fashion

Let's talk about today's outfit. As is often said " You can't go wrong with monochrome (Black and White)", truer words have never been said. Today I simply paired a thrifted ruffled top with my stripe high waist trousers from Zaful (Styled here). For me, what makes this look stand out are the little details and accessories, like the statement buckle belt which was perfect for cinching in my waist. And my new shoelove, these black block heels (I thought it was time for a new pair of black shoes) which I think looks good. This year one of the most overexposed trends had to be ruffles, today I'm here to make it more overexposed!

Trousers: Zaful || Shoes: Shoe Shop Nigeria (tell her I sent you)
Top: Thrift || Belt: Market Buy

Thoughts on this look? Or marriage? What have you been up to?

The pink links are clickable?

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Hey beautiful people!
Not your typical fashion post huh? Well it's all for a good cause. For those of us who are not aware, October is the month for breast cancer awareness.  And I was privileged to be part of a campaign on breast cancer awareness in collaboration with my fellow Nigerian blogger babes and championed by Larisa of Larisa Le Fleur and Winifred Atuase.


I'm not a health expert, neither do I know everything about breast cancer but the importance of getting checked can not be over stressed. One thing I do know, is that breast cancer is scary, the statistics are scary, I mean one in eight woman are at risk of this.

So what does one do when it seems all hope is lost? The quote on my shirt says "The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still" (Exodus 14:4)

Cancer is a battle, one in which many have fought and lost but when you have the Lord of heavens army fighting for you, all you need to do is chill.

Today we remember all the brave women and men who have gone through this and those who are currently in this situation. I kept thinking of what I'd say but truthfully as a faith person, at the end of the day when situations are beyond our control, that's when Gods almightiness shines forth.

So what am I trying to say, know yourself, check yourself. Early detection is better and trust that no matter what God has got us and all things are working for our good. With that being said, I have made up my mind to go get checked, have you?
Abuja bloggers group 1 from the left-right include Oluchi of DLeona LifeLarisa of Larisa Le FleurMabel of Mabel Ozumba  and Vanessa Style By Ohaha


Abuja bloggers group 2 from the left to right include Kachi of Staples & Style ,Bella of I am Brownie and Portia of Just PorshLagos Bloggers from left to right include Ifeoma of Draped in BasicsWumi of Wumi TuaseLade of Lade’s Blog and Nonye of This Thing Called Fashion 

What words would you say? What's your take on a this?
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