Cafes in Abuja:The Rue Cafe (Vegan Friendly)

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Nestled in a corner of Bamboo house at no 3 Salt Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja, lies the Rue Cafe. A place where one can get vegan and keto friendly meals, take in a great ambiance and read a good African literature book.  I had come across this cafe sometime last year through a friend. The location is quite interesting as you wouldn't expect such a cool spot upon entering the compound. I just love the fact that new cafes keep popping up all around Abuja. Anyways, I reached out to the brand and thus birthed this collaboration. I revisited the cafe as they had rebranded and decorated. Here's how it went.  

AMBIANCE/ AESTHETICS
Upon walking in I noticed that the decor had changed slightly. There were more browns and greens, more wood and plants, which I loved. I thought it very befitting for the restaurant. I spotted books littering the walls, shelves, and even raffia items as well as cool wooden artifacts. I couldn't capture the entire place due to situations beyond my control but the cafe could probably seat over 16 persons at a time. There was just something about the vibes, I loved it. It was quiet and peaceful, probably because they just re-opened.  

Related: Brunch at the Cube Art Cafe with Alexis

FOOD
 As mentioned earlier the cafe has food options that are both vegan and also keto friendly. I also spotted the basics like avocado toast, yogurt and the rest. I however settled with the Rue Salad for N3,000 and a Strawberry Ice Tea for N1350. The Ice tea tasted like tea except with a strong mint taste which was quite good. I must add that everything tasted fresh, even the mint looked fresh. The drinks came first as we waited for the salad, it took a tad longer than expected. 

 The Rue salad consisted of a lovely spicy chicken, avocados, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and the star of the show the cranberries! Guys, I never was a big salad person until I started trying fruits in a salad. I mean the sweet and sour taste from the fruits just changes up your typical salad and the rue salad was no exception. I also tried the salad with dressing, it tasted good without but the dressing even made it less salad-like and tastier; there was a sweet taste to it. Everything was fresh too, I only wished there was more chicken especially due to the price. 

The Rue Salad first caught my attention when I first read Mind of Amaka's Studio Diaries on the Rue; Amaka is an amazing product photographer incase you don't know already. 


 MENU
I think the prices are moderately affordable. I took a picture of the menu, see for yourself.  They have the basics like cake, croissant, and coffee too. The coffee beans are actually made in Nigeria, which I found quite cool. I didn't get to try it as it was more of a tea day for me but the next time I'll be sure to try out their coffee. It would be nice to see what our made in Nigeria coffee beans taste like. 
BOOKS
I noticed that books littered the cafe, most especially African literature like the classics from Chimamanda Adichie. I spoke to the owner Ele, who said they actually offer book exchanges and books club hosting as well. Which means you can go there and exchange your old books for other books as long as they are of the same value, pretty cool right?
Photography by Ruth Audu

Overall I loved the cafe especially the aesthetics. I don't know about you but the number one thing that influences my decision to visit a place is the ambiance or esthetics as per the blogger. After all, there's food at home so yeah.  This place is blogger friendly as well, guys you can take pictures anywhere even with a camera and no complaints or stress. 

The Rue Cafe offers deliveries from 11am & 3pm Monday-Friday as well as lunch offer and a 10% discount if you bring a friend. It is open on Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm; Friday and Saturday from 9am-9pm  and closed on Sunday. 


The Rue Cafe was kind enough to offer my followers 20% on all orders if you use my code PRINCESS20. Do let me know if you stop by. You may contact the Rue Cafe on Instagram here for any other inquiries 

I'm wearing: Trousers: Omotolanieee || Mules: Beaufeet.ng || Shirt: Thrift. 

Ever been to the Rue Cafe? What influences your decision to visit space? 


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Nestled in a corner of Bamboo house at no 3 Salt Lake Street, Maitama, Abuja, lies the Rue Cafe. A place where one can get vegan and keto friendly meals, take in a great ambiance and read a good African literature book.  I had come across this cafe sometime last year through a friend. The location is quite interesting as you wouldn't expect such a cool spot upon entering the compound. I just love the fact that new cafes keep popping up all around Abuja. Anyways, I reached out to the brand and thus birthed this collaboration. I revisited the cafe as they had rebranded and decorated. Here's how it went.  

AMBIANCE/ AESTHETICS
Upon walking in I noticed that the decor had changed slightly. There were more browns and greens, more wood and plants, which I loved. I thought it very befitting for the restaurant. I spotted books littering the walls, shelves, and even raffia items as well as cool wooden artifacts. I couldn't capture the entire place due to situations beyond my control but the cafe could probably seat over 16 persons at a time. There was just something about the vibes, I loved it. It was quiet and peaceful, probably because they just re-opened.  

Related: Brunch at the Cube Art Cafe with Alexis

FOOD
 As mentioned earlier the cafe has food options that are both vegan and also keto friendly. I also spotted the basics like avocado toast, yogurt and the rest. I however settled with the Rue Salad for N3,000 and a Strawberry Ice Tea for N1350. The Ice tea tasted like tea except with a strong mint taste which was quite good. I must add that everything tasted fresh, even the mint looked fresh. The drinks came first as we waited for the salad, it took a tad longer than expected. 

 The Rue salad consisted of a lovely spicy chicken, avocados, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and the star of the show the cranberries! Guys, I never was a big salad person until I started trying fruits in a salad. I mean the sweet and sour taste from the fruits just changes up your typical salad and the rue salad was no exception. I also tried the salad with dressing, it tasted good without but the dressing even made it less salad-like and tastier; there was a sweet taste to it. Everything was fresh too, I only wished there was more chicken especially due to the price. 

The Rue Salad first caught my attention when I first read Mind of Amaka's Studio Diaries on the Rue; Amaka is an amazing product photographer incase you don't know already. 


 MENU
I think the prices are moderately affordable. I took a picture of the menu, see for yourself.  They have the basics like cake, croissant, and coffee too. The coffee beans are actually made in Nigeria, which I found quite cool. I didn't get to try it as it was more of a tea day for me but the next time I'll be sure to try out their coffee. It would be nice to see what our made in Nigeria coffee beans taste like. 
BOOKS
I noticed that books littered the cafe, most especially African literature like the classics from Chimamanda Adichie. I spoke to the owner Ele, who said they actually offer book exchanges and books club hosting as well. Which means you can go there and exchange your old books for other books as long as they are of the same value, pretty cool right?
Photography by Ruth Audu

Overall I loved the cafe especially the aesthetics. I don't know about you but the number one thing that influences my decision to visit a place is the ambiance or esthetics as per the blogger. After all, there's food at home so yeah.  This place is blogger friendly as well, guys you can take pictures anywhere even with a camera and no complaints or stress. 

The Rue Cafe offers deliveries from 11am & 3pm Monday-Friday as well as lunch offer and a 10% discount if you bring a friend. It is open on Monday-Thursday from 9am-7pm; Friday and Saturday from 9am-9pm  and closed on Sunday. 


The Rue Cafe was kind enough to offer my followers 20% on all orders if you use my code PRINCESS20. Do let me know if you stop by. You may contact the Rue Cafe on Instagram here for any other inquiries 

I'm wearing: Trousers: Omotolanieee || Mules: Beaufeet.ng || Shirt: Thrift. 

Ever been to the Rue Cafe? What influences your decision to visit space? 


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This post has been sitting in my drafts for over a week now and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because of the delicate nature of this topic. However, I've been nudged to get this out so let's begin.

As Christians, our bible tells us that sex outside the confines of marriage is wrong and thus sin/fornication (1Thessalonians 4:3-5). I know! It sounds a lot more serious when sex is referred to as fornication right! That's because it is. I know the world tries to make it seem normal afterall everyone is doing it but in the words of my pastor "Sin is still sin, SIN, sin".  Even our convictions, conscience prick us and tell us so.

So how does one overcome the temptation to have sex before marriage when pursuing a godly relationship?


First things first, having such desires is normal, God created us that way so we can be fruitful and multiply, literally. I believe it's even more difficult especially if you've crossed that line before. Now I am not perfect. I have my own struggles but I believe having a relationship free from sexual sin that honors God, is possible. Now it won't be easy but it is possible.

How do we do it?

1. Have an agreement

You, first of all, must both agree. There are two people in the relationship. You can't do this if both of you are not on the same page,  (Amos 3:3). In fact, it is possible to be in a relationship with a christian and still be pressured into this. If you find yourself in such, run!

2. Know your limits
Everyone is different in the sense that different things will make one fall or be tempted. Truth is sex doesn't just happen. There are signs, other things that precede it. You might have to avoid certain things (e.g. kissing) but others might be able to do it and still be fine. The key thing is to know your limits.

3. Enforce boundaries/ be intentional 
Avoid things that will lead to desire or temptation. You might need to stop spending too much time together alone behind closed doors because stuff happens. Avoid unnecessary physical contact, this is important. Yes I know that you are strong, spirit-filled, tongue talking but you honestly aren't as strong as you think. The spirit may be willing but the flesh is weak. The goal again is not to see how close you can get to the fire before getting burned but to avoid lighting the matches that can start the fire.

I came across a post by Ijeoma Kola where she shared boundaries she employed in maintaining a godly relationship with her partner before marriage. Although her circumstances were peculiar, I thought it mention-worthy as she raised some points that are quite relevant to this post. Have a read here


4. Pray and Pray

We can't do it alone that is why we talk to God and ask him for strength to overcome and wisdom too. The holy spirit gives us the strength to do Gods will and turn from temptation.

 "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:22a)

5. Build your spirit man

Again related to the above point but the more you spend time doing things that will bring you closer to God the less the desire will be to affect your relationship or sin. Also, the more distracted you are with such things, the less time or desire you will have to sin.

6. Guard your heart and mind

You have to be mindful of the things you watch and listen too. You might want to stay away from anything related to sex, talking about it, certain discussions, films, TV shows, music videos. Watch what you allow your mind and heart to dwell on. 

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise"(Philippians 4:8 NLT)

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Prov 4:23 NIV)


So what happens if you fall?

1. It's possible to fall, stuff happens, we are not perfect. Thank God for grace, we don't take advantage of it but it's always available. Just ask God for forgiveness, confess and work towards being pure. Set up better boundaries!


"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

2. Don't let sin or guilt take you away from God, DON'T. He takes us as we are, no matter what we do. In fact, there is nothing we can do that can ever separate us from his love. Go to him for strength, he will strengthen you. 


"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow, not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love." (Romans 8:38-39)

3. If you think you can't do it, remember God has given us the spirit of self-control and our faith in him has as well given us the power to do his will, you've got this!


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenesses and self-control." (Galatians 5:22)

"No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)

What are your thoughts on this? Any tips on how to overcome? Let's talk. If you found this post helpful please share with a friend or your siblings. Let's help ourselves to serve God better.

Check out some resources I found helpful and relevant to this as well. 

Lay with 🔥Fire🔥- Michael Todd talks about Sex and Dating
It's all about this beautiful ankara African print peplum top from Boriah RTW. I mean the colors sold me, y'all know how I love burgundy and mustard. I love that I can eat a whole tuber of yam and no one would know thanks to the peplum. The fit of this ankara top is  just perfect and quite sturdy, finishing on point. I styled it two ways for you guys.


Look 1
I wanted a more casual vibe so I paired it with a basic pair of black wash skinny jeans. I think this look would work for an office smart casual look as well especially given the addition of the red pumps. 
ankara print peplum jacket #madeinnigeria
ankara african print peplum jacket #Madeinnigeria
ankara african print peplum jacket
ankara african print peplum jacket
ankara print peplum jacket #madeinnigeria
ankara print peplum jacket #madeinnigeria

Look 2
I layered a burgundy dress underneath the jacket and tucked the mustard sleeves in. This was my mom's favourite, she kept raving about how good I look lol, I think it's mine too. I love how the colours complimented each other. This look is my "I need a raise" office outfit!

ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
ankara print peplum jacket with burgundy dress
Photography by Ruth Audu

 The top was #madeinnigeria by Boriah RTW, you may contact them to place an order, tell them I sent you.
Which look is your favourite and why?

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Photography by Ruth and Blessing Audu

I have spent most of my life as a single gal. I've had moments where I felt sad that I was missing out and then others (more commonly) when I didn't care at all. Back then, everyone seemed to have a problem with my singleness, which is one thing I could never understand. I remember back then when I had just moved to Thailand, I was in grade 10 (SS1) and the first question I was asked was "do you have a boyfriend? "Me boyfriend? for what? "

I honestly never saw the need to date, I wasn't mentally ready and didn't see anyone of potential plus I never believed in dating for dating sake.  It's weird not being single anymore, I kinda miss it sometimes but do I regret waiting? Nope!


I saved myself unnecessary stress and time. I've had laughs over people's foolishness. I have gotten so comfortable with myself, being alone, knowing how awesome I am. 

What I will say though, is that there ain't nothing wrong with being in a relationship. Relationships are nice, love is sweet oh. It's nice having that special someone to rant to after a long day... And it's totally normal to want to feel loved, we all need a little extra loving.


I just feel that relationships are great but only when right. I think it's better to be alone than to be with someone who's not even worth it. Aint no point wasting time with a person who is only going to stress you.  When it's right it's right. What are your thoughts?
Happy Valentines Day, I hope you felt loved. If not, love yourself. God loves you too and you'll find that special someone.

This post is coming late but I got together with fellow Abuja blogger, Lailah Moon to shoot content for Galentine's Day, which is just a day on the 13th for gals and singles to hang out with their friends. This collab was supposed to include more bloggers but.....(next time).

I hope you are all well I promised I haven't abandoned you guys, the truth is with recent developments in blogging and Instagram taking over, I find that I am not as gingered as I used to be to blog. 

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ankara African print in a nigerian market
ankara African print in a nigerian market
ankara African print in a nigerian market
Ankara prints in a Nigerian market, I couldn't think of a better duo. There's something quite vibrant about our ankara African prints which just makes them so perfect or should I say befitting for your typical Nigeria market. While chaotic and a little stressful, there is just something quite pretty and artistic about the arrangements of fruits, vegetables, the partition of shops and the haggling of prices in a market. 

As the first collaboration of the year, I thought to bring in my girl Vanessa of Style by Ohaha, for a burst of African prints. Be sure to stop by her blog for the rest of the jist. So what goes on in a Nigerian market and how did this idea come about? Read below....


To tell you the truth,  I detest going to the market. I know I'm not alone in this. The chaos albeit artistic is not something I enjoy nor the haggling of prices as I'm not the best bargainer. But it's home to all the fresh and needed ingredients to make my tummy happy so I go. It was on one of these occasions that I thought to myself, how beautiful would it be to do an ankara shoot in the market. I've always wanted to do one actually so I put it out into the universe (my Insta Stories) and started planning. To tell you the truth I didn't expect the responses I got. An overwhelming number of fellow creatives showed interest in this but given the limits of the market, I and Vanessa simply went ahead. Our photographer, the amazingly talented, kelechi Orode was ready and at some point, we even got a designer until it didn't work out. 

So what's it like shooting in a Nigerian market?
Well from the stares from passersby, the kindness and willingness of some traders who offered permission to shoot, to compliments and questions from well-wishers, frowns from unconvinced traders (who kicked us out,) we saw it all. If anything I walked away with a lot of broccoli and beans lol, being a customer was my means of getting permission to shoot. All things being considered, I must admit that I'm quite pleased with the outcome of the shoot. Could it have been better? Yes of course. Would I do it again? Maybe

Now head over to Vanessa's blog, Style by Ohaha for her take, she's an amazing writer so you'll love it!
Photography by kelechiorode

I'm actually wearing two separate pieces in this look. I layered my sister's ankara skirt (styled here) over a dress (previously styled here) and then I got a black rope to cinch in my waist and bring the entire look together. It's funny because my sister and I shared 6 yards of fabric and got three pieces out of it, a dress for me and a skirt and top for her. Which brings me to my theory that your average Nigerian tailor either steal materials or wastes it. 

Over to you, would you shoot in a Nigerian market? What's your favorite thing about going to the market? Thoughts on ankara in a Nigerian market? I'd love to know!

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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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