Exploring Jabi Boat Club Abuja #JBCExperience

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to explore further the Jabi Boat Club located by the famous Jabi Lake in Abuja.
Now, this wasn't my first time at Jabi Boat club. Sometime in 2017, I had a brunch date with Tee of Dive into Mauve at the club following several reviews by Alma of the stylecheapskate. 

For those who don't know, the Jabi Boat club is a hub for water based recreation in Abuja. They offer boat cruises, jet ski rides, an event venue as well as food through the Woodhouse Restaurant.

Sex on the beach cocktail
Blogger Jojo
Alongside 11 other Abuja influencers, we were hosted by captain Fergueson to a boat ride with cocktails along the lake. The weather was gladly in our favour thus making everything so serene and peaceful. We were also offered a view of the Jabi Lake Mall and Fisherman's settlement. I found it quite admirable that the boat club seeks to sponsor through school, some of the people of the Fisherman's community as part of its social corporate responsibility.
Captain Ferguson 
Bloggers Gerald and Jojo
Blogger Kuyet, the man who set this up
Fisherman's Village
The Food  
My first time at the club house, I honestly found the food underwhelming, I had ordered a burger and my date ordered the chicken and fries which she said was  quite bland. However this time around I had the burger once again which tasted much better. But of course the Stawberry Daiquiri is a must-have, it was made so well too. The boat club offers discounts during happy hour on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. If you'd like a more thorough review on the food, read this post by Abuja Food Diary
Strawberry daiquiri 

The Ambiance 
One thing that struck me about the club house both last weekend and my first time there, was the ambiance! The restaurant itself is shaped like an actual boat with bamboo rafts, faux sand surrounding it and the Jabi Lake serving as the water body. Y'all know in Abuja we don't have beaches so this was quite refreshing as for a moment it felt like I had stepped out of the country and was on vacation.
Final Thoughts 
Overall it was a great experience that reminded me of the need to explore our city and discover new spots and sights as we often tend to get caught up wanting to travel abroad. 
If you prefer a quite environment that offers you a chance to have a good conversation like me, then you might want to go from 1-4pm as it tends to get rowdy with more people, loud music (old school vibes courtesy the on point Dj) and people smoking in the evenings. 
Might I add that the customer service was annoyingly good too. I remember my first time at the club, we were constantly checked up on by Captain Ferguson who kept asking if we needed anything. And that left a lasting impression. I'm sure he doesn't remember. 
Blogger Tonye 
Photography by me, Jojo and Tonye

Now would I go back again, yes and yes! I loved the vibe of the place and the fact that for a moment I felt like I had travelled out of Abuja which is something I've been wanting to do for so long.

For more information about the Boat Club, boat cruise or other services, please visit their Website, Facebook, Intagram and Twitter

This post was sponsored by Jabi Boat club but all opinions and thoughts are mine. 

Have you been to the boat club before? What was you're experience like? What spot in your city would you like to explore. I currently have Usama Dam on my list of places to explore in Abuja.

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to explore further the Jabi Boat Club located by the famous Jabi Lake in Abuja.
Now, this wasn't my first time at Jabi Boat club. Sometime in 2017, I had a brunch date with Tee of Dive into Mauve at the club following several reviews by Alma of the stylecheapskate. 

For those who don't know, the Jabi Boat club is a hub for water based recreation in Abuja. They offer boat cruises, jet ski rides, an event venue as well as food through the Woodhouse Restaurant.

Sex on the beach cocktail
Blogger Jojo
Alongside 11 other Abuja influencers, we were hosted by captain Fergueson to a boat ride with cocktails along the lake. The weather was gladly in our favour thus making everything so serene and peaceful. We were also offered a view of the Jabi Lake Mall and Fisherman's settlement. I found it quite admirable that the boat club seeks to sponsor through school, some of the people of the Fisherman's community as part of its social corporate responsibility.
Captain Ferguson 
Bloggers Gerald and Jojo
Blogger Kuyet, the man who set this up
Fisherman's Village
The Food  
My first time at the club house, I honestly found the food underwhelming, I had ordered a burger and my date ordered the chicken and fries which she said was  quite bland. However this time around I had the burger once again which tasted much better. But of course the Stawberry Daiquiri is a must-have, it was made so well too. The boat club offers discounts during happy hour on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. If you'd like a more thorough review on the food, read this post by Abuja Food Diary
Strawberry daiquiri 

The Ambiance 
One thing that struck me about the club house both last weekend and my first time there, was the ambiance! The restaurant itself is shaped like an actual boat with bamboo rafts, faux sand surrounding it and the Jabi Lake serving as the water body. Y'all know in Abuja we don't have beaches so this was quite refreshing as for a moment it felt like I had stepped out of the country and was on vacation.
Final Thoughts 
Overall it was a great experience that reminded me of the need to explore our city and discover new spots and sights as we often tend to get caught up wanting to travel abroad. 
If you prefer a quite environment that offers you a chance to have a good conversation like me, then you might want to go from 1-4pm as it tends to get rowdy with more people, loud music (old school vibes courtesy the on point Dj) and people smoking in the evenings. 
Might I add that the customer service was annoyingly good too. I remember my first time at the club, we were constantly checked up on by Captain Ferguson who kept asking if we needed anything. And that left a lasting impression. I'm sure he doesn't remember. 
Blogger Tonye 
Photography by me, Jojo and Tonye

Now would I go back again, yes and yes! I loved the vibe of the place and the fact that for a moment I felt like I had travelled out of Abuja which is something I've been wanting to do for so long.

For more information about the Boat Club, boat cruise or other services, please visit their Website, Facebook, Intagram and Twitter

This post was sponsored by Jabi Boat club but all opinions and thoughts are mine. 

Have you been to the boat club before? What was you're experience like? What spot in your city would you like to explore. I currently have Usama Dam on my list of places to explore in Abuja.

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A lot has changed from when I started blogging in 2014. It's been both good and bad changes and quite interesting to see.

Influx of Bloggers 
In my country Nigeria, where the industry is still growing, we have seen an influx of newer bloggers, creatives or influencers as we call ourselves. Everyone is basically a blogger these days which is great especially seeing the vast opportunities the industry offers for young people. However, I do think that a lot of people go into it for the wrong reasons (soley for money) or the wrong perceptions ( it's easy) and the hype (because everyone is doing it) but then give up once they realize just how hard it is. Is it a wonder we have so many inactive and inconsistent bloggers?

Barrier of Entry Greater
The newer updates across social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube have made the barrier of entry into the industry much greater. This had made it much harder to grow or stand out even. And as some people often say, everyone's basically doing the same or similar thing. Most of the veteran bloggers I know grew their followers in the earlier days and have not made considerable growth since then due to the present algorithms.
Death of Blogs
In recent times with Instagram taking over, we've seen blogs die down with more focus placed on Instagram like never before. People have gotten lazy too, lots of people have stopped reading and because of this several bloggers have stopped writing which is quite unfortunate but I honestly get it. Why write if no one reads or engages? Why bother or spend time when brands only care about Instagram? However what would happen if one day, Instagram was gone? 

Lost Sense of Community 
I've noticed especially with this new wave of keeping up appearances on social media, there's this sense of ingenuity in the industry. Now while I've been privileged to have met and worked with some of the coolest creatives, I'm not oblivious to this fact. People tend to hide crucial information on exactly how to do this thing and I guess they are entitled to but still. There's also a lot of fakeness and toxicity. Which makes me miss the earlier days. The sense of community is dying slowly. We bloggers don't support each other as we used to but perhaps its because we're all pushing for the very limited opportunities in the Industry. 

Brands Opening Up.
Compared to what it was years ago especially in Nigeria with a focus in Abuja, we've seen brands open up and more willing to work with bloggers. More events are being held for us too which is great. People are starting to be aware of the industry, the potentials and need for influencers. Of course, a lot of people are still doubtful, some with good reasons too but things are getting better. Getting paid is still somewhat of a hassle as most brands would rather send product than pay for services, but it'll get better I'm sure. We bloggers are our own enemies at times, we need to learn when to put our foot down, demand for our compensation and most of all know our worth (#notetoself). A few years from now, I see more people going fulltime into this actually. 

A lot still needs to be done of course.
LESSONS LEARNT 

1. One thing I've learned during my time in this industry is the importance of investing early. Forget that crap about starting where you are with what you have. This is a statement that tries to motivate people from giving excuses and being scared. But a lot has changed, the standards are higher. Don't expect similar results or better results without the right tools. Investments in any venture or business are so important. If I had to go back in time, I would have worked to improve my picture quality by investing in a camera earlier because, in the less than one year with this change, I've noticed a big difference in my growth and content as a blogger. Start where you are but invest, strive to be better every day. 

2. Never forget why you started blogging especially when it gets hard. Don't compare yourself to others too because everyone blogs for different reason.
Photography by Blessing Audu 

3. At the end of the day, you may do everything right but not get to where you think you should be or grow as fast as others and that's where we talk about destiny. Everybody's story is different. For some, it takes them longer to get there. There are a lot of talented, amazing people who haven't gotten the accolades they deserve. 

4. Know when to say no to brand collaborations. The number of brand partnership is no sign of success or money in the bank either. Know your worth, demand for your pay but be willing to work for free or maybe less depending on the offer. Focus on quality over quantity but be consistent.  Most of all, use your gut instinct and trust it.

5. Finally, before going into anything, ask yourself "would this make my brand better?" If no, then pass it up.

This post was inspired by Lisa Alamode's Here's What You Need to Know About Making a Living off Blogging and Demi Skin's post on The Downside of Being a Blogger

How long have you been blogging? What are some of the lessons you've learned? What changes both good and bad have you seen in the industry? What’s you're greatest blogging regret?

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Do you know your body type? Well, learning to dress for your body type is perhaps one of the most important rules of fashion that can not be overstressed. The truth is what works for person A may not work for person B.  Whether you are pear-shaped, rectangular-shaped (banana), apple-shaped or having an hourglass figure, you must know what works for you in order to get the best fit and slay each look.

Now after preaching and preaching about body types, I thought it would be fun to bring in four other ladies to share how they dress for their body types thus today's collab features four amazing Abuja based bloggers.
They are:

Alma of Style Cheapskate, Larisa Larisa Le Fleur, Onyinye of Modavracha and Eno of Uyai by Eno

Larisa is no stranger here as we collaborated on a Breast Cancer Awareness post and Holiday Style Guide. Y'all know alma too, we worked together on Styling a Basic White shirt and recall I met Onyinye at the She Lead Africa event. Now, Eno is a new face here but I'm so excited to have everyone on here! Let's hop right into this!

1. Rectangle Shaped 
You have this body time when there is no major difference between your bust and hips, meaning you have no dip or clear distinction in your waist. Now if you're like me or Onyinye then this is your body type. The trick is to create a waist so opt for high waist pieces that are extra fitted on the waist. Belts are always a good idea and so is tucking in. The goal is to make your waist the star of the show always. I tend to go for baggier pieces which make my waist appear smaller as you've noticed. Your body type can also change with weight gain too. In recent times my weight gain has given me the appearance of a curvier figure. Now if you're tall like Onyinye, opting for pieces to display your extra-long legs is another way to go.
2. Hour Glass
This is the ideal body type which describes a person with hip and bust measurements nearly equal in size, with a narrower waist measurement. Larisa embodies this body type. Basically, anything works for you. You might want to opt for fitted dresses and trousers to showcase your body. And if you're petite like Larisa you'd want to look taller too, so shorter hem dresses or cropped pants should be the go-to for you. Verticle stripes is also a good idea.
3.Pear Shaped
Like the fruit itself, a pear-shaped person has a wider hip than the bust and is bottom heavy. With this figure, you'd want to balance it up thus go for tops with drama like the off-shoulder or ruffled,  a peplum top is good start too. I believe Eno is this body type and extra curvy too (plus size). Always keep in mind your proportions. 

4. Apple Shaped
This is someone who carries most of their weight on their upper body thus you'd have broader shoulders, bigger bust, arms or tummy area. Alma is this body type.The goal with this figure is to even everything out by going for pieces with drama for the lower body drawing attention away from the bust or shoulders. Flared or A-line skirts and bell bottom pieces will do just that. A mermaid type of skirt would do the trick too.
Photography by my Sister
Do not take dressing for your body type too seriously as you're allowed to wear whatever you want as long as you're comfortable. However, following guides and dressing accordingly to your body type is just a way to help you. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my beautiful ladies dressed in a way that's best suited for their body types. 

Learn more on how to specifically dress for your body type by heading over to each ladies blog below.
Alma of Style Cheapskate, Larisa Larisa Le Fleur, Onyinye of Modavracha and Eno of Uyai by Eno

Do you know your body type? How do you dress for it? What are you go-to fits or pieces? Was this post helpful? Were you able to identify with your body type?

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"Why even use perfume oils as opposed to the usual designer alcohol-based perfumes"?, was the first question on my mind when I received this fragrance oil from Iiish Lagos . Why the sudden popularity of fragrance oils too? Now before we hop into this, let's talk about this amazing perfume oil from Iiish.  Iiish Lagos is a niche perfume oil brand with prestigious occidental and oriental products for the youthful and sassy made all the way from Lagos in Nigeria. And you all know how I feel about my made in Nigeria brands.
I don't know about you but a persons smell or scent is one of the first things I notice. Personally, when going out for events or bae time, I like to make a little bit more of an effort and my scent is one of the things I start with.  And as I write this post, smelling all nice and stuff in my Iiish I can't help but feel happy and ready to take on the day which is one thing the brand seeks to create, that is going beyond to stir up the emotions in a person.   

About the Fragrance
The name of the fragrance I received is called Gush which is for the adventurous type where one sniff can apparently give one that rush of euphoria and a temporary high. I loved that the scent has a slight feminine sweet smell but a tint of a strong masculine one as well if only you could smell it guys! Gush is not only bae approved (he said I smelled good) but also approved by my sister who's somewhat of a critique. I've been getting compliments everywhere actually. A major plus is that the perfume wears so well, it stayed on my clothes and body till the end of the day and even after. I'm quite happy about this as you can tell.

Packaging
I especially love the box and the vast array of colors which truly reflect the brand as for me the fragrance changed from when I smelt it from the bottle, sprayed it and then dabbed it into my skin. Only thing I'd change is that the bottle has no logo of the brand.

Price
All fragrances go for 10,000 Naira ($32) which is affordable given the fact that a little goes a long way and it lasts! However, it's currently on sale for 5,500 Naira. I'll probably be using mine for the next year or so (I like to save my perfumes for special occasions and Gush is one I'll be saving). They ship worldwide by the way.


 Iiish Lagos has two other fragrances as well.
Addictish (women): Is a bold statement fragrance for ladies that allows one to escape and forget about all life's issues and who doesn't want that.
Intermission (Unisex): If you like a little attention, then this one is for you. It's that smell that will humble even the proud and make them compliment your fragrance. 

Final Thoughts:
 Iiish Lagos is definitely the Ish and worth the money too and it's made in Nigeria which is a plus. It wears well and lasts which is the most important thing!
Photography by me

So why perfume Oils? Well, I did a little research and discovered a few new things.

1. Moisturizer
Given the oil base of most perfume oils, it allows for one to moisturize as well and this is perfect if you have dry skin. One can also apply directly to the skin and hair too.
2. Lasts Longer
Perfume oils cling to the skin and clothes longer as opposed to an alcohol-based perfume which tends to fade or evaporate once it reacts with the atmosphere. Also, you don't have to deal with that alcohol smell accustomed to generic perfumes.
3. Less Harmful
It contains fewer chemicals as the main base is oil hence this is a lot better and less harmful for the body. 
4. More Subtle
Ever walked into a room and perhaps got offended by the smell of someone's perfume, perhaps to the point that breathing became somewhat of a struggle? QWell with perfume oils, you get a more subtle natural smell thereby causing less discomfort to people around you and even yourself. Less is more, please. 

This post is sponsored by Iiish Lagos but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

Check them out on their Website, Instagram or order directly on Whatsapp and tell them I sent ya.

Are you a perfume type of person? What's the first thing you notice about a person, is it the smell? Are you a fan of perfume oils? Which do you prefer, perfume oils or alcohol-based perfumes?

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