Gingham Skirt Styled 3 Ways

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The fall fashion season is upon us thus gingham prints are back in. Now I know over here in Nigeria, we don't experience fall but hey there's such a thing as fashion trends and gingham and plaid can't be left out. I loved this skirt so much from my last post here, that I thought to show you three more ways of styling it. It's really been ages since my last lookbook so let's hop right in.


Look 1
I thought to go for a more corporate but trendy look by styling gingham on gingham! I love how the bell sleeves paired so nicely with the ruffles on the skirt. An obi belt would have even made this set look like a dress. I added a mustard blazer and red pumps for a pop of colour and of course to bring in the color block trend as well. This look would be perfect for the very daring working woman.
Gingham blouse and skirt with a mustard blazer

Look 2
This look is perfect for a brunch date or get-together with friends. I simply paired the skirt with a denim wrap top styled backward that also features this lovely bubble sleeves. I added a pink purse for a pop of colour to finish off the look as well.

Look 3
This would make a great date night look. The burgundy turtleneck crop top shows off the arms and the length of the skirt balances it off. I paired my strappy Made in Nigeria sandals from Things Nigerians Love (TNL) to complete the look. This look features just the right amount of skin to of course keep things classy. Now I've had this Bershka top for years now and it's still that perfect basic for any look.
 
Photography by Ruth Audu


On more ways to style, I'd pair the skirt with a black button-up shirt and black block heeled pumps for a simple work look. Another work wear idea would be to pair the skirt with a white button shirt and throw a blue blazer over it with nude pumps to complete the look. One can also opt for another mixed print look with either polkadots or stripes! The opportunities with this skirt are endless given its monochrome colour and simplicity.

You can get this skirt on Jumia Nigeria here and use my voucher code FBWXAUDU to actually get N750 off it or any other fashion or beauty purchase you make. The offer is valid till the 20th of this month. If you're unsure of shopping on Jumia, I shared tips in this post

Which look do you prefer or would you most likely wear? How else would you style this skirt?

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The fall fashion season is upon us thus gingham prints are back in. Now I know over here in Nigeria, we don't experience fall but hey there's such a thing as fashion trends and gingham and plaid can't be left out. I loved this skirt so much from my last post here, that I thought to show you three more ways of styling it. It's really been ages since my last lookbook so let's hop right in.


Look 1
I thought to go for a more corporate but trendy look by styling gingham on gingham! I love how the bell sleeves paired so nicely with the ruffles on the skirt. An obi belt would have even made this set look like a dress. I added a mustard blazer and red pumps for a pop of colour and of course to bring in the color block trend as well. This look would be perfect for the very daring working woman.
Gingham blouse and skirt with a mustard blazer

Look 2
This look is perfect for a brunch date or get-together with friends. I simply paired the skirt with a denim wrap top styled backward that also features this lovely bubble sleeves. I added a pink purse for a pop of colour to finish off the look as well.

Look 3
This would make a great date night look. The burgundy turtleneck crop top shows off the arms and the length of the skirt balances it off. I paired my strappy Made in Nigeria sandals from Things Nigerians Love (TNL) to complete the look. This look features just the right amount of skin to of course keep things classy. Now I've had this Bershka top for years now and it's still that perfect basic for any look.
 
Photography by Ruth Audu


On more ways to style, I'd pair the skirt with a black button-up shirt and black block heeled pumps for a simple work look. Another work wear idea would be to pair the skirt with a white button shirt and throw a blue blazer over it with nude pumps to complete the look. One can also opt for another mixed print look with either polkadots or stripes! The opportunities with this skirt are endless given its monochrome colour and simplicity.

You can get this skirt on Jumia Nigeria here and use my voucher code FBWXAUDU to actually get N750 off it or any other fashion or beauty purchase you make. The offer is valid till the 20th of this month. If you're unsure of shopping on Jumia, I shared tips in this post

Which look do you prefer or would you most likely wear? How else would you style this skirt?

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Gingham waterfall skirt and black graphic T-shirt
Gingham waterfall skirt and black graphic T-shirtJumia Nigeria is like the eBay or Amazon of Africa, selling everything from fashion items, to food, office supplies, electronics, etc. Now I've been shopping on the site for over a year now and in the course of this, I've been able to understand what to buy and what not to buy. Today's post in collaboration with Jumia Nigeria, I will be sharing all you need to know about shopping on Jumia, both the good and the bad. Hey beautiful people, let's jump right in.

First things First
Jumia Nigeria is a hub for multiple stores and brands. On shipping,  for every item you order you pay a different shipping cost for it unless it is from the same store. However, the shipping costs can be as cheap as N500 (from major cities like Lagos-Abuja, you may pay more for shipping to other States nationwide).  Each item ordered arrives at different times (I once got five items on the same day at different times from different delivery guys too!).  Keep in mind is that items purchased from Jumia Global could take about two to three weeks to get to you as opposed to items from Jumia express which can even be delivered to you on the next day. Also, given a large number of stores, the overall quality of items varies from good to bad. Finally, Jumia offers free returns and refunds within seven days of reception. 

Things to Look Out for
Ever since the emergence of Jumia Global, a lot of items on the site seem to come from China which means one has to spend extra time digging through pieces to find the best quality. I advise that you predominately stick to fashion items like bags, jewelry, shoes and basics like graphic T-shirts. Make sure to also read reviews, item descriptions and rating and leave your own as well. 
Gingham waterfall skirt and black graphic T-shirt
Gingham waterfall skirt and black graphic T-shirt
Recommended Stores 
When shopping for clothes on Jumia I generally stick to brands I know and feel I can trust. There are a lot of items on there and such it can be very tedious going through them one at a time. As opposed to before when the dollar to naira rate was steady and one could get foreign brands easily like Zara, F&F and New Look on Jumia, this isn't the case anymore. Thus, I mostly sift through stores on the site. Some of my favorites so far are:

Virtue Clothier is the brands behind my favorite mustard puff sleeves top (here) and this little black dress (here) and several other pieces featured on the blog (see here). Most of their pieces retail for as low as N2,500 -7,000. The quality of clothing varies and to be honest, I've had really good buys with them and just okay ones. At the end of the day, when paying N2,000 for a top, one can't expect premium quality.

Style Station is quite affordable and seems to have very trendy and stylish designs. The brand is responsible for this stunning gingham skirt featured in this post. The skirt cost about N5,000 and the price keeps increasing and falling from N4,000 to N7,000. The quality could honestly be better but for the price, it's pretty okay and the design makes up for it. This is definitely a skirt I will be re-wearing and restyling. Note that items by this brand sell out quite fast but are also restocked quickly too. My only concern is that the items are mostly stock photos and not styled on models so one can't see the fit and length of the clothes but oh well. 

Chrysolite Designs Stocks stunning graphic T-shirts with a focus on preaching the gospel as well as positivity. They are the creators of the good vibes T-shirt featured in this post. Based on the price, I was honestly satisfied with the quality of the shirt and for N1,700 that's a pretty good deal.

4. Crux
Crux is a menswear brand that I recently discovered. They make the coolest colorful patterned shirts that I've ever seen. I'm yet to shop from them but so far the designs have won me over. Now if you've never shopped from the men's section, it's high time you do, starting from Crux. 

Things to be cautious of
Generally, Jumia stores use a UK size guide. However, overall sizes may vary from store to store. The brand 21 Attire is one to be wary off, I've shopped items from them thrice and have been grossly disappointed given the poor reality and quality of items in comparison to the pictures displayed online. They are the brand behind this dress I had complained about. Please read reviews before purchasing 21 Attire items or better still spend more money, perhaps the quality of more expensive pieces may be better. While I can't vouch for the quality of electronics on  Jumia, I actually purchased my Canon 50 mm lens and this tripod from Jumia Global and have had no issues so far.
Photography by Ruth Audu

Final thoughts
Several stores offer free shipping on some items! In my last order, I got about twelve items and my total shipping cost was less than 2,000 Naira.  Jumia also offers daily vouchers to get you coins off your purchases. You can use my voucher code FBWXAUDU to actually get N750 of each purchase you make and there is no limit to the basket size. It's available to the first 100 of you and restricted to only fashion and beauty items. 

About today's look, I have had a similar gingham skirt saved on my phone for the longest time so when Jumia approached me for a collaboration, I jumped on the opportunity to get this one. I simply paired it with a basic graphic T-shirt and these Manolo Blahnik-inspired pumps, sadly they are currently sold out but I've linked some similar ones for you. For a friendly daytime look, I'd style this look differently with sneakers or slides. Meanwhile, stay tuned for a lookbook featuring this skirt. I'd advise you get it now using my code before it sells out. Do follow me on my social media handles as I will be sharing a little more of my other purchases. 

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This post is in collaboration with Jumia Nigeria

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Have you ever shopped on Jumia Nigeria? What was your experience like? What tips would you give? Do you have any favorite stores? What's your favorite E-commerce site in Nigeria? 

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mixing stripes and african prints
How to mix prints
Mixing stripes and African prints
I never identified as a modest fashion influencer or blogger, well at least not in the earlier stages of my blogging journey. It's not that I renounced this tag but I never blatantly tagged myself as one, it was always just linked to me and I've come to own the term. It's funny how people can  see what you stand for based on your lifestyle without you having to say anything.

Dressing modestly for me has always been a huge part of who I am, right from my upbringing in your typical African household with very religious Christian parents, you dare wear short hems or sleeveless clothes.

On the topic of dressing modestly, I try to shy away from it because opinions can sometimes seem judgmental or condemning. While some people would put modest fashion in a religious or cultural context, others would argue about how they can't be judged by what they wear and I agree to an extent, hear me out.

Why dress modestly though?

I cover up not only due to my religion but due to my environment and how certain dress modes are interpreted to mean something else. I hate being the center of attention for the wrong reasons, I hate those lustful stares from men too which I can't control even when fully covered. However, I dress this way to avoid being sexualized. Not that it helps always but the sheer fact that I'm comfortable and feel that I've done my part, gives me assurance. I've always felt more comfortable when covered. Even in my days where I experimented with shorter hemlines and sleeveless pieces.

I also cover to avoid giving the wrong impression of who I am because I care when my credibility, values, and overall person is put on the line simply because of how I dress. And human beings have this tendency to judge a book by its cover. Thus I dress the way I want to be addressed and avoid situations where my dress speaks louder than my person unless I'm trying to make a fashion statement.


Lessons learnt?

1. We all have different values and upbringings. So what applies to person A may not apply to person B. In other words, modesty is subjective. And it changes too, depending on location and society.

2. Romans 12:2 tells us not to conform to the standards of this world and for me dressing in a certain way is conforming. However, on this spiritual journey, not everyone has the same conviction or revelation. We just need to keep in mind that we are all at different levels.

3. We can't impose our beliefs on others just because it's what we stand for. We need to allow people to be led by their convictions and choose to, for example, cover up because they feel led to.

Edit: The Holy Spirit led me to a scripture which perfectly captured this point.

"Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently."
Romans 14:1 MSG

As Christian women, I believe how we dress and present ourselves to this world, affects our witness, but the goal is that whatever we do at the end of the day, should be all for God's glory. So let me ask you, do you dress the way you want to be addressed? Does your style of dressing perhaps affect your witness as Christians? Does it give the wrong interpretation or discredit your values? What are your thoughts on dressing modestly? 
Photography by Bae

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We're still on Made in Nigeria Brands and  Today's brand focus is once again on Bubu Blaq, the creator of the made in Nigeria jumpsuit featured on the first day here

In addition to the jumpsuit, I also received this dress which I will be giving away very soon as its a little too short for comfort for me. So make sure you subscribe to my new mailing list to be notified once it's on (if you've subscribed before, please subscribe again, this is a new list).


Bubu Blaq is A made in Nigeria clothing brand that focuses on incorporating Ankara fabrics in modern designs which I love. I decided to mix kente and stripes by layering the dress over a stripe button up T-shirt.


Dress: Bubu Blaq ||Shoes: Stradavarius || Shirt: Thrift || Bag: Cake Hut Cafe

This post is in collaboration with Bubu Blaq,  thank you for working with me on this.

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the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Polka-dot prints were the hottest trend this summer as we all may have noticed. I'm not sure why or how but there was just something about them. And I'm not one to complain because I love the polka-dot trend, it's so classic and timeless so why not. We're still on Made in Nigeria and today's dress featuring polka-dot puff sleeves was made by House of Loocz, a Nigerian brand that makes modern workwear clothing for women. A quick glance through the designs of the brand, you'd see tons of work-friendly pieces.

Related:20 Ways to Wear Polka-dots
polkadot dress with black pointed toe block heels
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
What I love about this House of Loocz dress as you've probably guessed, is the polka-dotted puff sleeves, the fabric used especially for this was amazing, I actually imagined a dress made with it, how lovely would that be. I love how the pink contrast of the dress to the dotted sleeves and the added sash to cinch in the waist. The dress also came with a polka-dot sash but I opted for this plain pink one because that was a little too much for me. The finishing of the dress was good actually, no complaints. I also loved the feel of the material on my body. I opted for a UK size 12 for a slightly looser fit.  This dress could also double as a kimono as well!

A few concerns though, the zip is questionable. I actually experienced slight issues with it the last time I wore it out. And now I'm considering either changing the zip or making sure I wear proper undergarments when next I wear the dress.  I really do hope our Nigerian designers find a way to access better quality zips because this seems to be an issue across various brands. The fabric of the dress surprisingly faded slightly when washed, so there's that too. 
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
the polkadot dress with puff sleeves
Photography by Blessing Audu

Overall it is a lovely dress and design too. I love how House of Loocz, is changing up the conventional work-wear style. The brand retails dresses from 12-15k which is not necessarily expensive but not affordable for the middle-income earners either. They also stock UK size 6-18, so there's something for everyone! This particular dress costs 12,500 Naira.

Just in case you are new to this blog, in the last few posts, I've been styling strictly Nigerian brand's and sharing my thoughts on them. Catch up on the series at Made in Nigeria if you missed previous posts. You can also follow my hashtag on Instagram #madeinnigeriabyprincessaudu to stay in the loop! 

If you're looking for a women's brand that offers ready-to-wear work-wear pieces for the modern woman then, House of Loocz is your plug!

This post was is in collaboration with House of Loocz,  thank you for working with me on this.

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Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki greenMade in Nigeria coord set in khaki greenMade in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my Made in Nigeria brands campaign thus far. My apologies for the break in transmission. If things had gone as planned, the series should have almost come to an end but I've still got a few more Made in Nigeria brands and outfits to showcase so please stay tuned.


I've always preferred coordinates over separate pieces due to its versatility. I even recall in 2016, coordinates or coord sets were all the rage! And it makes total sense because you get two different pieces for the price of one. This set is by Nigerian designer Rayhaswish, who is based in Abuja, yes guys, it gives me great joy to present another Abuja-based brand. Rayhaswish offers bespoke tailoring, ready to wear pieces (like this set) and style consultancy too. 
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
What I love about this set is the unique touches like the added pocket and the incorporation of the printed fabric of the trousers onto the sleeves. I see myself most especially restyling the jacket which is in a lovely Khaki, army green shade! My only issue is the length and the tight fit in my crotch area but the blame is on my part as the measurements I sent were flawed. 

You can get this Rayhaswish piece customized in a range of fabrics I believe and it only costs 8,000  Naira, which is a good deal because you get both a jacket and trousers. 
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Made in Nigeria coord set in khaki green
Photography by Blessing Audu

Thank you Rayhaswish for partnering with me on this. 
I took these shots during my staycation at the Envoy Hotel Abuja a few Saturdays ago, stay tuned for a full review and post on this. 

I'll end this post by sharing some of my thoughts on consistency. I often struggle with being consistent, be it in my workouts or even skin care routine it can be a struggle. But it occurred to me today that a lot of the successful people that we look up to, are not always the smartest, best looking or even hardest workers but they are consistent in whatever they do. And I believe that's the only way to progress and grow in this life. 
As is often said consistency is key and truer words have never been said. Because it's not always how hard you work or how smart you are but how consistent you are in all you do. #Notetoself.

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White flared exaggerated sleeves blouse
flared sleeve top paired with mom jeans
White flared exaggerated sleeves blouse
Hey beautiful people! 
We're still on my made in Nigeria series where I've been talking about Nigerian fashion brands doing great things. If you missed the first couple of posts be sure to catch up here. Today's focus is on this top from (DFL Rocks) which we'll talk more about at the end of this post. I'd like to step away from fashion to for a little bit. 

It's been a while I talked about my faith but if you read my Sarah Speaks on God Where are You, then you know why. Sometime later, I picked up my bible for some quiet time with God for the first time in a long while. It felt weird in a way and I realized just how much I had missed God and my personal time with him. For me, my favorite part of the Christian walk is the study of God's word but after months of doubting and drifting from God, it was nonexistent. God felt so far away and it was really all my doing. But no matter how far away I felt from God, I always had this knowledge that he was there waiting for me and I'm thankful for it. What a privilege it is to serve a God who's ready to accept us when we come back. A God that's always interested even when we're not. And as I struggled and struggle to get back to him and find my footing in this relationship, I'm reminded that God is only as far from us as we are from him, "draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8)".
styling mules with a raffia bag and mom jeans
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styling flared sleeves with braids

  I'm still unsure of a lot of things at this point but  I want to be closer to him and be on fire once again. I want to get back to sharing about his awesomeness too. And I want to do more of that when I'm ready, all for his glory always. And this is why I cut down on faith posts because you can only preach what you practice but the goal of this blog for me has always been to share my faith through fashion. So your girl will be back with those faith posts very soon. In the meantime, I want to encourage someone to keep pressing because if not God, who or what else?
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styling flared sleeves and mom jeans
Photography by Blessing Audu

Now for the outfit and brand review,  Design for Love (DFL Rocks) is a women's wear brand that often incorporates prints, textures, and drama into its various pieces.  I never win giveaways but I was lucky enough to win this top in addition to an ankara skirt which I didn't like when I tried it on. I do love the texture and exaggerated sleeves of the top though. The finishing was nice too except for the work done on the zip. The wrong side of the zip was sewn on the right side of the top and after wearing the top thrice, the zip busted. I'm not sure how much this top costs but I believe it would be a little on the high side given the price range of the brand. Overall this is a top I will be re-wearing and restyling in upcoming posts. 

I simply styled it with my yellow mules, also made in Nigeria by ShopRBJ and mom jeans previously styled in a lookbook here and here(DFL Rocks), ships worldwide as well!

How would you restyle this top? I'm thinking of layering this underneath a dress or so?
Have you ever struggled with your relationship with God? How did you get back to it?

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