MADE IN NIGERIA ANGEL SLEEVE ANKARA DRESS

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Can you tell I'm ready to fly my way into 2018 with this angel sleeve ankara dress from Fhibbs Singature. How are you all doing?

I don't know about you but when I think ankara, two things come to mind. And that is, beautiful african prints from the motherland and unfaithful tailors, sadly. I'm pretty sure we've all had our fair share of experiences at the hands of unfaithful Nigerian tailors. Today however, is not going to be one of those days where I rant about them or even share such tales.
And this is because I've found a way out. I'm rocking a beautiful ankara dress which I got without going through the usual hassle. Honestly this is one of the best Ankara pieces I've rocked right from the finishing to the fit. There were no stray threads, everything was nicely weaved and sewn it. I love the added layer which made the fit perfect, a little too perfect though since I have gained weight. Fabric is excellent quality too but I'll definitely let you know if it fades, I highly doubt that it would though. The dress is beautiful in its simplicity and I couldn't be happier. It's mom approved too which is always a plus for me.

The fact that it looks this good and was just so easy is the best part of everything. 
   
The best way to rock beautiful ankara pieces without going through the usual process is to opt for ready to wear pieces and Fhibbs Singature has got you in this. This dress is proudly made in Nigeria from Lagos state and it cost 12,000 excluding shipping, which I feel is reasonable especially since it includes the cost of the fabric. I'm wearing a size 10 as well.  
Photography by Blessing Audu

They also offer bespoke tailoring, fabrics for sale and you can customize designs to available fabrics too. You can send them a DM on Instagram if you'd like to order. This I believe will give you a chance to check out some of their cool designs too. The best part is they ship worldwide so all my international readers you can get in on this too. Oh and Tell her I sent you.

Dress: Fhibbs Singature || Shoes: Zalora Thailand

This post is sponsored by Fhibbs Singature, however all opinions are mine.

Any Nigerian horror stories you;d like the share? Where would you rock this dress too? How would you style it differently?

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Can you tell I'm ready to fly my way into 2018 with this angel sleeve ankara dress from Fhibbs Singature. How are you all doing?

I don't know about you but when I think ankara, two things come to mind. And that is, beautiful african prints from the motherland and unfaithful tailors, sadly. I'm pretty sure we've all had our fair share of experiences at the hands of unfaithful Nigerian tailors. Today however, is not going to be one of those days where I rant about them or even share such tales.
And this is because I've found a way out. I'm rocking a beautiful ankara dress which I got without going through the usual hassle. Honestly this is one of the best Ankara pieces I've rocked right from the finishing to the fit. There were no stray threads, everything was nicely weaved and sewn it. I love the added layer which made the fit perfect, a little too perfect though since I have gained weight. Fabric is excellent quality too but I'll definitely let you know if it fades, I highly doubt that it would though. The dress is beautiful in its simplicity and I couldn't be happier. It's mom approved too which is always a plus for me.

The fact that it looks this good and was just so easy is the best part of everything. 
   
The best way to rock beautiful ankara pieces without going through the usual process is to opt for ready to wear pieces and Fhibbs Singature has got you in this. This dress is proudly made in Nigeria from Lagos state and it cost 12,000 excluding shipping, which I feel is reasonable especially since it includes the cost of the fabric. I'm wearing a size 10 as well.  
Photography by Blessing Audu

They also offer bespoke tailoring, fabrics for sale and you can customize designs to available fabrics too. You can send them a DM on Instagram if you'd like to order. This I believe will give you a chance to check out some of their cool designs too. The best part is they ship worldwide so all my international readers you can get in on this too. Oh and Tell her I sent you.

Dress: Fhibbs Singature || Shoes: Zalora Thailand

This post is sponsored by Fhibbs Singature, however all opinions are mine.

Any Nigerian horror stories you;d like the share? Where would you rock this dress too? How would you style it differently?

Don't be a stranger, talk to me!
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 I think it's about time you and I admit that we've probably overdone the exaggerated sleeves trend. Yes this trend has been big since 2016 and in saying this I'm talking about all sorts of dramatic sleeves like flared, angel and lantern sleeves. Today I'm back with another puff  sleeve made in Nigeria top (sorry not sorry). As noted in my post on top 2017 trends and as you would have already noticed, this trend is one of my all time favorites. But enough about this top, let's talk New Year resolutions.

puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf, high waist trousers
puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf
puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf

With every new year, comes resolutions for most of us. Now, lately a lot of people have been beating the crap out of the "new year, new me" statement, which I can't fault. However, a lot of people go forward to say they don't believe in resolutions but rather plan how they want their year to turn out. Please help me understand guys. Isn't planning out your year, the same thing as making resolutions? Now I don't know about you but I once had a year where I put no goals or plans in place and trust me, that was one of the worst/most unaccomplished years I've ever had!

Yes, a lot of us tend to get carried away with the whole New Year resolution thing but I believe that's where accountability comes into place. We just have to keep checking ourselves, learning from our mistakes and keep on trying. Having put my point across, here are some of my resolutions both for the blog and my personal life.

1. Loose Weight
I'm not putting a target amount to this but my goal is to fit into my favourite clothes. In order to do this I will be starting Shaun T's T25 workouts as soon as possible. Would you guys like me to keep you updated?  I will also be cutting out fried food and sadly that includes fried yam and plantain (sigh). I'll be dropping pounded yam too.  Now as a Benue girl, that's going to be so hard but we've got this! Mom doubts ,but I'll prove her wrong when I drop these pounds and pull her to the Fit Fam.

puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf
puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf, high waist trousers
2. 3 Month Shopping Sabbatical
Towards the end of last year, I basically went back to my shopaholic tendencies. This was perfectly fine as I had been good for a long while but this year, I have to cut back. Hence for three months, I've decided that there will be no shopping unless it's absolutely necessary.

3. Saving more
I believe this point is self explanatory. I want to be smarter with my spending in order to save more. This will definitely take a lot of discipline on my part, thus I've been thinking of using the Piggybank app. Ever used it, thoughts? Also I want to invest and give more too!

4. Blog Expansion
This year I want to bring you guys more helpful content. I've been thinking of expanding to a little bit of beauty and posting more on travel/lifestyle. Fashion blogging for me can be quite limiting and predictable at times, so I do hope you all enjoy the changes. I want to collaborate with at least one blogger every month and I already have plans underway for this. I also intend to be smarter in my choice of brand collaborations. As I said in my last post, if it aint paying, not a cool idea or overall worth it, I aint interested.

5. Read more
Last year my goal was to read at least two books every month. Well, I failed woefully in that and this was because I wasn't accountable. Also I didn't map out how I was going to achieve this goal with my super busy schedule. Hence, I started several books but finished none (hides face). This time around, I've decided to divide a book's page number by the number of days that I've set for myself to complete the book. Of course, I'll keep you guys posted.

6. God
Finally, and most importantly, is to take a big step  in my relationship with God. This includes reading more of his word and spending more time praying. Also I want to challenge myself to evangelize more, you know, tell more people about how awesome God is. It's never easy but we exist as Christians to tell the World that Jesus Christ is the Savior. Praying for grace to do this.

puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf, high waist trousers
puff sleeves, exaggerated sleeves, lantern sleeves, mustard, retro scarf, high waist trousers
Photography by David Audu

These are just a few of my goals of course, some of the rest will be revealed as they unfold.

Now let's talk about this top! I took advantage of the black Friday sale last year to purchase this top by Virtue Clothier on Jumia Fashion. I last styled a dress from them here. While I had mixed feelings before, this top is a big improvement and I am happier. However, the finishing was poor, I won't lie. There was a small hole in the sleeve too but seeing as I was too lazy to go through the exchange process I decided to mend it myself. I'm not a huge fan of the material but I love the fact that it's thick and doesn't fade which is an improvement from the dress. Overall, I love the puff sleeves and mustard colour. This puff sleeve blouse has really become a basic closet staple in my wardrobe and I look forward to showing you guys more ways of rocking it. 

Top: Virtue Clothier Similar here, here || Trousers: Lavincesimilar || Shoes: Zara || Scarf: Thrift 

By the way I took these pictures at Jabi Lake Mall and I couldn't be happier especially after hearing about the stress bloggers in Abuja go through just to use this place. Thanks to their tip, this time I outsmarted the guards by being a paying customer at one of the vendors in the mall (Ha in their face). Oh the struggle we bloggers go through in Nigeria to get content but that's a topic for another day.

What are some of your New Year resolutions? Do you even believe in setting resolutions? If not, why? I'd really love to know. Also what type of content would you like to see this year?

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I wasn't going to put this up seeing as it's 2018 and this post is all about 2017 but you never know how far you've come until you look back. 

2017 for my blogging journey was one of the most defining ones. It started out with me having great plans for this little space but along the way I felt I lacked the resources, materials to push this blog in the direction I wanted. Thus it started slow with the same old, same old until towards the end. There were some defining moments which make me extremely excited for 2018.

1. Change Layout 
I changed my overall blog theme several time actually, not sure if you all noticed or remembered.  The constant change mostly had to do with issues out of my control hence I had to keep changing to solve technical faults. I eventually stuck with this theme but I'm already making plans for a change soon, very soon.  

2. Domain Name
I honestly never saw the point in moving to a ".com" especially since I started blogging just for fun and not the money. But eventually I realized that people don't take you seriously without a domain name so I moved finally after almost 4 years of Blogging. I wish I had gotten that domain name earlier now.

3. Almost quit blogging
I reached a point where I was unsatisfied with my growth and felt like there was nothing more I could do. This was around the time I took a break for almost two months (the longest I've ever been away)! It was frustrating really because I felt that I was putting in so much but not getting as much back. Wrote all about it here too. 

4. New Camera
The most important tool for any blogger especially one who uses a lot of visuals, is a good camera. And after 4 years of Blogging I was finally able to afford an upgrade from a Basic SLR to a DSLR.  I can only wish I had been able to get a better quality camera earlier. Understanding the importance of good picture quality is one of the things I wish I knew before I started blogging. Shout out to Valetine of Wayt Fashion for pushing me to upgrade my pictures quality and for helping out with dope pictures too. 

5. 4 years of blogging with 500,000 views
After four years of Blogging I finally hit 500k views. It might seem small to some people but I'm celebrating the little victories because I know where I started from and it wasn't with everything all figured out. I've really grown in this blogging thing. 


FAVOURITE POSTS


Some of your favourite posts based on views and your response were my Sarah Speaks which I always enjoy writing. 



COLLABORATIONS  
I had hoped to collaborate with at least one blogger every month. That didn't work out as again I lacked the tools needed but I was still able to do a few which I'm happy about.
What to Wear to a Holiday Party Larisa of Larisa Le Fleur

BRAND COLLABORATIONS  

2017 for me was a year of saying no really. If it wasn't worth my time or if it didn't fit into my niche I turned it down because honestly I couldn't be bothered. Weird how in my earlier blog days I was honoured to even be considered for free uninspiring work. Not anymore guys. If it ain't a cool concept, paying my bills or generally worth it, I'm not interested. I'm saying bye bye to brand's with no budget or proper compensation in 2018.  However thank you to the few brand's who collaborated with me and these include Edward Mills LagosKanga Fashion, LavinceNative and Sewn, Zaful, Gamiss, Shein, Oyin Lagos

I seemed to also rock a lot of prints last year too. What were your favouites. You can catch up on my blog outfuts review here.
Thank you guys for sticking with me through everything.  We've come so far and hey you're still here and so am I. I'm excited for 2018 because this time I feel things will be different and I'll be coming to you with some of my blog goals in the next post. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year. Wishing you the very best in 2018.

What were some of your favourite posts? Blog collaborations? As a blogger what was your defining moment. 

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Looking back at top trends of 2017, I'd say we had a good year guys. We saw a comeback of a lot of 90's trends and trends which were carried from 2016. So here's a compilation of some of my top trends of 2017.


1.Fishnets
This was personally not one of my favourite trends as with this trend there was a thin line between raunchy and trendy. I however loved the way it spices up shoes and entire looks.

2.Corsets
Again this trend was a tad too risky for me but I quite like how a lot of fashionista's paired corsets over basic shirts.

 3. Embroidered Trend 
This has to be one of my all time favourites. I love how it upgrades basic pieces especially the use of the floral applique embroidery.

4. The Beret
Say hello to Parisian vibes thanks to this trend.  

5. Exxagerated Sleeves
This was a 2016 trend which stayed on and I'm quite glad it did because it's one of my all time favourites, right from flared sleeves, bell sleeves, puff sleeves and of course angel sleeves.

6.The Classy Fannypack
I'm honestly not sure what to call this guys but I'm still on the fence about this trend, what do you guys think?
 

 7. Deconstructured/Asymmetrical Shirts 

8. Mules
It's funny how people change guys, I used to hate this trend remember my post here. However mules have stayed on for a few years now and I finally embraced them with this pair by Oyin Lagos 

What were some of your top 2017 Trends? See you guys in 2018!

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For me looking back in 2017 as it regards my style, I feel I did a good job sticking to some of my style resolutions/goals

I played around with a lot more prints especially Polka-dots and Ankara prints. I experimented an incorporated more trends like the embroidered and puff/exaggerated sleeves trend. I also invested in more Made in Nigeria items which turned out to be both good and bad experiences. All in all I say this was an interesting year.

Hence looking back these are my top 12 outfits, based on me and your feedback as well. 

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In 2018, I hope to bring you guys more lookbooks, how to style series, and more inspiring blog shoots.

What were your favourite looks? How was your 2017 in style? Did you try any new trends?
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