How to Hide Belly Fat, Food Babies in Bodycon Dresses

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How to Hide Belly Fat, Food Babies in Bodycon Dresses
How to Hide Belly Fat, Food Babies in Bodycon Dresses
Body-con pencil dress
 So how do you hide belly fat, love handles, muffin tops,  food babies, rolls or imperfections in fitted clothing? Because as much as a lot of us may love Body-con or pencil dresses, unfortunately, they draw a whole lot of attention to our imperfect areas.
Here are a few tips on how to dress to hide belly fat
1. Using a purse or bag as coverage.
Bags and purses are your best friends in hiding abdomen fat, simply wear a crossbody bag across your body or hold up a clutch very close to your stomach region and you're good to go.

 2. Good Shapewear is Key
I'm not even talking about spanks, corsets or girdles, I know how uncomfortable those can be (they are important too). What I mean is the huge difference the right undergarments can make in the outlook of your body in your clothes. Properly fitted underwear and a bra can remove bulges and harsh lines. Avoid underwear that cuts you off at your stomach or region that has the most fat. In fact, opt for high-waist panties or ditch the typical underwear and go for a knee length high waist pair of tights. This will save you from thighs rubbing and harsh lines.

 3. It's all about the fit
My advice is to get a dress in a size bigger and tailor it to fit you but make the stomach region lose. I find that when I wear dresses that are a bit looser in the stomach region, attention is drawn away from my abdomen hence hiding the flaws.
4. Peplum and Belts 
Opting for a body-con dress with peplum is a great way to hide belly far perfectly. Belts are also great for breaking up a look and offering more coverage too.

Photography by Ruth and Blessing Audu 

Finally, finally consistent exercise and a good diet will save you from all this stress, trust me, but it's work though.  Now if all else fails, hold your gut in (suck belle) but then that's a lot of work too.

I'm wearing two dresses from Virtue Clothiers in this post. I wore the blue one backward and added a red belt, I really love how it came out looking with all those red accents. The dress is the perfect work look. It comes in grey too. The second dress has to be my favorite from the colour to the sleeves, I love that it has a wrap style at the top. Unfortunately,  I couldn't find this dress but check out some similar ones, here and here

Virtue Clothier is a Made in Nigeria brand that sells affordable basics for women on Jumia Nigeria. This brand is no stranger here as I've styled several pieces form them in the past, see here. Most dresses cost less than 5K and are eligible for free shipping. 

This post is sponsored by Virtue Clothiers 

How do you hide belly fat? Please share your secret? 

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How to Hide Belly Fat, Food Babies in Bodycon Dresses
How to Hide Belly Fat, Food Babies in Bodycon Dresses
Body-con pencil dress
 So how do you hide belly fat, love handles, muffin tops,  food babies, rolls or imperfections in fitted clothing? Because as much as a lot of us may love Body-con or pencil dresses, unfortunately, they draw a whole lot of attention to our imperfect areas.
Here are a few tips on how to dress to hide belly fat
1. Using a purse or bag as coverage.
Bags and purses are your best friends in hiding abdomen fat, simply wear a crossbody bag across your body or hold up a clutch very close to your stomach region and you're good to go.

 2. Good Shapewear is Key
I'm not even talking about spanks, corsets or girdles, I know how uncomfortable those can be (they are important too). What I mean is the huge difference the right undergarments can make in the outlook of your body in your clothes. Properly fitted underwear and a bra can remove bulges and harsh lines. Avoid underwear that cuts you off at your stomach or region that has the most fat. In fact, opt for high-waist panties or ditch the typical underwear and go for a knee length high waist pair of tights. This will save you from thighs rubbing and harsh lines.

 3. It's all about the fit
My advice is to get a dress in a size bigger and tailor it to fit you but make the stomach region lose. I find that when I wear dresses that are a bit looser in the stomach region, attention is drawn away from my abdomen hence hiding the flaws.
4. Peplum and Belts 
Opting for a body-con dress with peplum is a great way to hide belly far perfectly. Belts are also great for breaking up a look and offering more coverage too.

Photography by Ruth and Blessing Audu 

Finally, finally consistent exercise and a good diet will save you from all this stress, trust me, but it's work though.  Now if all else fails, hold your gut in (suck belle) but then that's a lot of work too.

I'm wearing two dresses from Virtue Clothiers in this post. I wore the blue one backward and added a red belt, I really love how it came out looking with all those red accents. The dress is the perfect work look. It comes in grey too. The second dress has to be my favorite from the colour to the sleeves, I love that it has a wrap style at the top. Unfortunately,  I couldn't find this dress but check out some similar ones, here and here

Virtue Clothier is a Made in Nigeria brand that sells affordable basics for women on Jumia Nigeria. This brand is no stranger here as I've styled several pieces form them in the past, see here. Most dresses cost less than 5K and are eligible for free shipping. 

This post is sponsored by Virtue Clothiers 

How do you hide belly fat? Please share your secret? 

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how to mix prints stripes polka-dots and floralhow to mix prints stripes polka-dots and floral

A great way to have fun with fashion is to mix and match contrasting prints! It's one way to stand out and make a fashion statement too. However, mixing prints if not done right, can look horribly wrong but then again style is personal so that might be subjective.

Anyways I thought to bring in Abuja based blogger, Opeyemis Diary to show you guys how we style mixed prints. What I love about Opeyemi's style and blog is first of all how modest she is and yall know where I stand on this. I also love how she works ankara and supports our Made in Nigeria brands. We had so much fun and laughs shooting these pictures, it was actually quite hard choosing serious pictures.  I've never met anyone who laughs as much as she does. I actually have a rant about our shoot day in the end though but let's talk about how we mix prints. 

how to mix prints stripes polka-dots and floral
how to mix prints stripes polka-dots and floral
We both kept it basic by going with a monochrome black and white colour scheme and also both incorporated stripes. While I paired my striped high waist trousers with this polka-dot top, Opeyemi opted for a floral midi skirt for her striped top.

My top was thrifted at Nyanya Market for N400 (see places to thrift in Abuja) and I previously styled it with a polka-dot skirt as a dress in this look. This time around, I really wanted to show the beautiful cut of the top. 


How to Mix Prints
1. Keep it simple: Opt for neutral colour palettes like black and white when pairing prints, you really can't go wrong with this no matter what print you mix.
2. Stick to similar patterns: For example, one can wear polka-dots on polka-dots but perhaps in different colours or sizes.
3. A mutual colour: When mixing and matching contrasting prints, make sure each pattern has a colour in common. 

4Stripes are you best bet, they go with everything!
5. Try something new: Don't be scared to add a pop of colour or even mix random prints, you never know what will work until you try, just have fun.

Photography by Ruth Audu

We actually took these pictures at Dune Abuja where we were almost kicked out. First a little backstory, I've taken pictures at Dunes several times and have never had any issues in the past. Unlike other public malls in Nigeria where the security guards block you and tell you pictures are not allowed, these people don't bother or stress one, they just look at you. In fact, there was this one shoot I had that I changed three times in their bathrooms and even took two outfits there for about an hour or so and no one told me nothing. Thus I suggested we shoot here but can you imagine after about 15-20 mins of shooting, we were approached by a mumu security guard who suggested that we leave, that the cameras were watching and we had stayed for too long lol. Mind you I've never had issues before and I was so sure the rules had not changed. 

Anyways, we decided to leave as we didn't want to get into trouble but on leaving my car scratched the bumper of another car and we were told to wait. Due to this, we had to see the manager (oga at the top) who we spoke to about the fact that we were just here to take pictures. And he said that there is no problem taking pictures (right in the face of that security guard). Guys, I felt like Esther in the bible when Mordecai was killed by the King with his own invention. And that overzealous security guard watched as we took our pictures and said nothing. Sigh, I always say the issue with most places that stress bloggers with this no camera policy is the foot soldier. In my experience, the bosses of such places usually don't have issues. I hope we overcome this one day, it's getting better a least.  I'm still not over that victory, I kept thinking in your face (umeh untuh)

I guess with every annoying life experience, there's a lesson to be learned
1. Everything happens for a reason, had we not hit that car we wouldn't have been able to finish using that location to shoot and we probably would never come back to shoot there, thus losing a good stress-free spot to take blog pictures. We would have also wasted time moving to a new location. Also while shooting at Dunes, we discovered new spots in the area so yass!
2. God's going to put all those who oppose you to shame. Look what happened to that security guard lol.
3. God can use a bad situation for your Good. We scratched a car but got to finish our shoot

You might think oh it's just a blog shoot, but I want you to think about how we go throw similar situations in life. 

Back to the collab, be sure to stop by Opeyemis Diary to read her take on how she mixes prints and catch up on her other awesome posts. We also shot another look so stay tuned for that! We transitioned pieces from day-to-night actually. 

How do you like to mix prints? Any tips? Bloggers do you have any annoying stories to tell about shoot day in Nigeria?


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Y'all are probably tired of me and polka-dot prints right about now. I'm sorry, not sorry though. Polka-dot prints are one of the hottest prints of the year and rightly so because let's face it polka-dots are such a classic. They never go out of style either! And today in partnership with Virtue Clothier I will be showing you four ways I styled this dress from the brand.

Virtue Clothier is a Made in Nigeria brand that sells affordable basics for women on Jumia Nigeria. This brand is no stranger here as I've styled several pieces form the brand in the past, see here. Now, this dress (here) is part of the legit black Friday deals on Jumia and is currently on sale for N2,999 with free shipping! Let's hop into this, shall we?

Look 1
I wanted to incorporate retro vibes and red accents. Hence I opted for a red beret, alien shades, pointed shoes, and a big buckle belt to cinch in my waist. I also added a yellow blazer for more color. This is my favourite look!
how to style a Polkadot print pencil dress
how to style a Polkadot print pencil dress

Look 2
I styled the dress as a top by wearing my all-time favourite black pleated skirt. And then I added a pop of yellow with my repeat offender mules. I see church wear appropriate all over this. 
Look 3
I added a blazer over the dress and swapped the shoes for the first red pumps. The cut and fit of the blazer gives me vintage/retro vibes which I just love. This is the perfect overly modest work look.
Look 4
I brought out the dress in all its beauty and kept the blazer, this looks screams boss chic to me. Like I'm ready to sign those billion dollar deals but I'm doing it in style!
Photography by Ruth Audu

I love this dress, it's one of my recommended picks from the brand. I loved the thickness of the material and the overall fit on me, it's not too tight which is how I prefer my pencil dresses. Before I forget, I wore the dress backward because I prefer the look of it. In my opinion Virtue Clothier pieces fit slightly bigger. I'm a size 10-12 normally, I tend to go for a 12 in pencil dresses so as to give me more room but I thought to go for a size 10 this time and to my surprise, it fit just right, not too tight and yall know I've gained weight.


Again the dress (here) is currently on sale for N2,999 with free shipping! Check out some other amazing deals on Virtue Clothier as well. I'll be sharing a few more of my favorite pieces from this brand shortly, stay tuned!
This post is sponsored by Virtue Clothier

What's your favorite look?

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Hiking in Abuja is one of the most recommended things to do for fun. Abuja is filled with hills and rocks which makes it perfect for hiking. One of the more popular spots to hike in Abuja is Zuma Rock, located in Suleja, Niger State, about an hour away from Abuja. And a few weeks ago I went hiking for the first time ever with Strides Ng, a hiking group. It was an overall great experience, let me take you through it.
Hiking in Abuja

7:30 am
We met at the meetup spot, set up our carpooling arrangments and headed for Zuma Rock. There were surprisingly a lot of people, probably about 100 people. We parked at a section of a wide expanse of land, then got out and embarked on the hike. The hike to the first hill/rock wasn't quite long but intense.  Pacing ourselves, we crossed a small stream and jumped over ditches here and there. And I of course always had my camera ready to capture as many shots as possible while taking it all in.
Hiking in Zuma Rock Suleja
The climb up the hill was tough, at this point, I must add that having sneakers with a good platform is so important. Climbing rocks can be slippery, my sister struggled with this due to her shoes which didn't offer a good grip. We, unfortunately, didn't make it up to the top of the hill like others due to the shoes but the view was breathtaking! These pictures don't do justice at all.  

We spent some time taking it all in as we rested. Now we thought the hike was done but were told we would further hike up to the foot of Zuma Rock. Thus we crossed another stream and continued on the hike. It was quite unfortunate however that a person's iPhone fell into the stream and the high tide of the water washed it away before it could be found, sigh.

Photography by me

The view at the foot of Zuma Rock was a beauty to behold.Overall it was a pleasurable experience and I highly recommend everyone to try hiking especially in Abuja. The views were amazing, I've never felt so close to nature. Not to mention it was a great exercise for the body and soul plus a break away from the usual workout routine. I went along with my sister and luckily for us we got a photographer to take us these last pictures. 

We actually paid 1,000 Naira for the hike so this was definitely an affordable hangout. 

Tips for Hiking
1. Wear shoes that have a good grip and platform
2. Go with a bottle of water
3. Have a good bag preferably a backpack to keep your valuables so as to avoid stories that touch the heart.
4. Wear longer trousers to provide cover from bushes, shrubs and prevent insect bites


You can contact the hiking club at Strides Ng, they hike every Saturday!

Catch up on some other places and things to do in Abuja below

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