There are often two things that come to mind when I look at the younger generation or should I  say people younger than me because although I may seem, feel and come of as an old soul, I'm not that old (23yrs this year).

I just have to wonder with all the things happening now and looking back at my childhood, was I maybe too naive and sheltered or is there a serious problem with the morals and values of our present society?

Now don't get me wrong here, it is not my intention to inflict my values on others because I know we were not all raised the same but still one has to wonder. Why am I saying all this now? Well I recently attended the graduation of my younger brother and looking at the students, his colleagues, I had to resist the urge not to cry.

It seems like everyone's in a hurry to just grow up. Everyone's in a hurry to do so called "adult things". Watching young children, the age of my sister dressed in skimpy clothes meant for a night club and young boys with their pants hanging around their knees, I could only pray and hope that my siblings were and are different. I can only pray that friends don't lead them astray or that they don't ever feel pressured to join the crowd.

Congrats to my baby bro
Maybe I was a little naive growing up but I feel that children of this day and age are getting exposed way too fast. Doing things and trying things that they have no business trying. I can only look at the society, it's role models and shake my head because I these children don't know better. It's how they were raised, the people they are surrounded by and the unfortunate role models of today.

If only they would stay innocent forever. If only they could be sheltered and not have to face the harsh realities of this world. If only they knew that they weren't missing out on anything. But looking at my life, I realize that the mistakes I've made and lessons I've learned made me who I am today. The mistakes are why I am able to write this post. I now know better thanks to experience and I learn every single day.

I just hope that the younger ones won't make mistakes that would be fatal or life damaging. Maybe all we can do is pray and continue to speak out and let them know that there is nothing there. They are not missing out on anything because it pays to have values. It'll always be worth it to have a standard that you hold yourself too. For now I rest my case.

What are your thoughts about this? I'd love to know? 

Also thank you guys for all the feedback on this segment, it's slowly becoming my favourite to write.

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I remember when I got my first job, finding what to wear to work was usually a struggle. Even putting together an outfit for the job interview proved difficult as I had been a student for most of my life.

However, three years after trial and error, lots of observation, various closet overhauls and finding my style, its safe to say I know better when it comes to finding the perfect work outfit for the office.

Now, if you're new to the blog, we have been exploring easy outfits for the workplace. Be sure to catch up on look 1 ,look 2  and look 3!

Today I will be listing out five closet essentials that I feel every woman should have in her work wardrobe. I believe having these items in ones closet will definitely make dressing for work a whole lot easier. Let's begin shall we.

1. Nude Pointed Shoes

Nude pumps are probably one of the most underrated pairs of shoes. I find them to be so essential in my wardrobe, even more so than the black pump. They simply go with everything and are classier too. 
The snakeskin nude pump below was the first pair of pumps that I added to my collection almost four years ago. It was from a local brand in Thailand and it's still in amazing condition. Now the second pump was a steal from Forever 21, both pairs are my favorite shoes as you can see by how well they have been worn.

2. The Black Statement Bag

When it comes to dressing for work, big structured bags are key. Now the black statement bag is perfect due to its versatility and efficiency. You can basically carry your entire house if you invest in a good bag. As you all know I prefer smaller satchel bags but when it comes to work, I need something that can carry my heels, food flask (yes, aint no body spending unnecessary money  on food), my umbrella and other things. 

3. The White Shirt

The staple white shirt  although quite hard to keep clean, pairs nicely with everything! While a crisp white shirt is the usual go-to option, you can always opt for one that has a little more sass like this ruffled flared sleeve white blouse styled here

4. The One Piece: LBD/ Jumpsuit

I am one who believes in the power of separates as opposed to one pieces but when it comes to work wear, I'd have to differ. While one pieces like a jumpsuit or little black dress may not be as versatile as separates, they are perfect for those moments when we are either in doubt, totally un-bothered or running late. The ease of a jumpsuit or corporate dress can not be understated. Plus they also work when one is going out after work.

5. The Blazer

This item although quite basic and simple, is such a key piece in both a woman and man's wardrobe. They simply add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit and can easily dress up an otherwise basic outfit. A blazer can also transform a not-so-appropriate office outfit like a backless dress to the perfect office look. This blue vintage blazer below was styled with jeans here and instantly took the jeans from casual to formal, need I say more!

So that's it beautiful people, five closet essentials when it comes to dressing for the office. 

Which item would you add or remove? What are some key pieces in your office wardrobe? Would you agree or disagree with the 5 items mentioned? Let me know in the comments below and please share if you found this post helpful.

Be sure to catch up on look 1 ,look 2  and look 3  of the series!

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Hello my beautiful awesome readers. I honestly haven't been as consistent as I'd planned for this year. I'm just pushing to still stay active on here. I've got a lot of things planned for moi blog this year and by his Grace, it will all come to pass. So let's stick with this guys. How's everyone? Feels like ages since we had a chat on something deeper than fashion so here goes a quick excerpt from my present reality.

wrap jumpsuit, princess audu criss cross top, navy blue jumpsuit
navy blue wrap jumpsuit, black statement back, pink court shoes

I find it quite interesting how we learn new lessons from random things and life experience. I feel that most times God uses these little and random things to get our attention and teach us lessons. Because we can all agree with all the struggle trying to achieve the next goal one can easily get distracted.

As I read about David's human moment in 2 Samuel 12 sometime last week during my devotion the lessons "stop crying over spilled milk or over past mistakes and events that have already happened" was so vividly spelt out. It's amazing how God speaks to us.

Although, David committed adultery and murder but once he repented God forgave him and turned his mistake into blessing. Solomon, one of the wisest and richest kings in the bible was born out of this mistake that David made. So basically God can turn our mistakes into blessings. He can create something beautiful out of something ugly, if we can only just turn to him. I don't know who this is for but I pray we learn to always look for the bright side in situations, stop crying over past hurts and mistakes as we trust God to use these mistakes to teach us, grow us and bless our lives and that of others.

criss cross top, navy blue jumpsuit, bold lip
criss cross top, navy blue jumpsuit, pearl earrings, bold lip

Moving on to the outfit, today's look features the third and final outfit of this work wear series which features this basic wrap jumpsuit. Now, I've never been a fan of one piece clothing as I feel they are not as versatile as separates. However, after this jumpsuit, I'd have to say one piece clothing like jumpsuits or basic dresses are such key staples in every woman closet especially when it comes to work wear. It's perfect for those days when we either don't have what to wear or can't be bothered to mix and match separate pieces.

Generally, jumpsuits are cute until one has to use the restroom but what I love about this wrap jumpsuit is that it can easily come off with no stress. So rather than taking the whole thing off, one can just unkot and unzip. I think wrap jumpsuits are a must-have for days when one is feeling uninspired and are perfect for solving the toilet hassle.

navy blue wrap jumpsuit, black statement back, pink court shoes
navy blue wrap jumpsuit, black statement back, pink court shoes
navy blue wrap jumpsuit, black statement back, pink court shoes, one piece
  Photography by Wayt Fashion

As mentioned Jumpsuits or one pieces are no stress outfits hence I just opted for a pop of colour with my pink court shoes and yellow vintage scarf on the black bag. I had to resist the urge not to go with my usual statement belt and just keep things super basic but you know why we all need statement belts right?

Be sure to catch up on look 1 and look 2 of the series?

Jumpsuit: Thrift || Shoes: Thailand || Bag: Mom || Scarf: Vintage Closet9ja

How would you style this jumpsuit differently? What are your thoughts on one pieces like jumpsuits? What was your favourite look in this series? Would you like to see more looks? Or what topic would you like me to explore next?

I love writing long epistles in posts but I wonder how many of you read, let me know though. And shout out to those of you that do, means a lot. 

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Hey beautiful people! 
It's been a short while you saw me, how's everybody doing?

Today's look will be the second outfit (see first look) in my work wear series which should help to guide you on simple and easy corporate attires for the workplace but before we get into today's outfit I've been thinking a lot about consistency in terms of blogging. Is consistency really or always key?

blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
pearl earring, Nigerian fashion blogger

This year will make it four years on this blogging journey. Sometimes it feels like I'm moving at a snail speed but I remember why and how I started and truly we have come a long way. Of course, there is still a lot to accomplish and improve but can we remember some of my earlier posts herehere and here?

Now the term "consistency is key" in regards to blogging has been so over-flogged that I wonder if it really is. In my earlier blogging days I would have agreed with this but looking at my journey and that of others that inspire me, I will say its not how long but how well one does things. The same can relate to life too if I might add. We might be consistent at something but at the same time are we consistently bad or mediocre?

I'd rather say consistent quality is key and this is something I aim to work on as I go forward both in blogging and life. After all anything worth doing is worth doing well, don't you think?

blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames

Moving on to today's outfit, the little black dress or black blazer are two essentials in every ladies wardrobe but what happens when they are combined together in one piece? I say perfection happens and for me that's exactly what this black blazer dress is. This piece was a thrift find (talked about here) which I am quite proud of as I rarely ever get lucky with pieces like this. I feel everything is better with buttons and that's what sealed the deal for me. I only wish this was a bit longer to make for a more appropriate church look or more conformable work look.

In styling, I paired it with a white flared sleeve blouse styled (here) and cinched in my waist with a studded belt. When it comes to upgrading a black dress, layering a crisp shirt underneath is a quick way to transform a basic piece. I then opted for my snakeskin pointed pumps, a statement black purse and a pair of cat eye frames to complete the look.

black bag, snake skin court pumps
blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
blazer dress, flared sleeves, bell sleeves, white blouse, work wear. cat eye frames
  Photography by Wayt Fashion

Blazer dress, Blouse: Thrift || Bag: Mom's closet || Court Shoes: Footin Thailand|| Cat Eye Frame: Street Buy

What are your thoughts on this look? How do you like to upgrade your little black dress or vests? When it comes to life or blogging do you think consistency is always key? 

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The fear of rejection has a way of making us cowards at times. A simple two letter word like no has kept a lot of us where we are right now. And in saying this, I'm also talking to myself. The hardest thing really, is consistently working to overcome that fear of "no" or "not good enough".

Ankara, flared sleeve top, bell sleeve top,  beaded earrings, gold metal plate belt

And when it comes to trying new things or reaching out for new opportunities, the most common thing one would hear is "whats the worst that could happen besides being rejected". Now, as simple as that sounds, rejection actually really sucks and is a sure way to get one down and not feel like trying or even bothering again.

Thinking about un-replied job applications, emails that never got answered and more closer to home, permission that was never granted to take pictures at a location, all these things are quite frustrating. And in those moments one can't help but ask, is this really worth it? Is this opportunity worth all this stress? Rejection even makes one question one's self worth at times too.

Now we like to paint a picture that in moments of rejection, its so easy to get back up and keep trying but more often than not, that isn't the case.

Its a constant struggle, trying again, approaching new opportunities again, loving again even but looking back at past experiences, rejection teaches us how to handle pain. Rejection helps us reevaluate the worth. Rejection reminds us why we started and why we have to keep going. 

Now it may hurt or be the most difficult thing but getting a no, at the end of the day is not the worst that could happen. The worst that could happen is when we don't learn from situations like this. As the song says, we've got to get up and try, try, try. After all Rome wasn't built in a day and the same goes for most successful people. 

So what am I trying to say? We've got to consistently push to move forward and not  let the fear of being rejected hold us back, because one day all the "no's" will build us and lead us to fulfil our purpose and hey it'll make a good inspirational success story too.

Have you ever been rejected?How did you handle it? What lessons did you take away from it? Would you say it made you stronger? 

I'm wearing:
Ankara flared sleeve top styled here and Lavince wide leg trousers styled here

Hope you all had a blessed week and are enjoying your weekend. How are you guys by the way? How's July treating everybody? 

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Hey beautiful people!
So when in comes down to office wear for women, it can be quite tricky. While one might want to be appropriately dressed when deciding on what to wear to work, one might still want to remain stylishness as well. 

So for the next couple of weeks on the blog, I'll be guiding you on simple and easy corporate attires for the workplace.

This first look features a pair of wide leg high waist trousers, one item that I believe should be in a woman's work closet. Now if you've been following me for a while, you'd know all about my love for trousers. And this pair is no exception. I love the slightly loose fit and comfort of this pair.
This pair from Lavince cost me only 5,000 naira including shipping in Abuja, remember I collaborated with them here and here. As an avid lover of all things trousers, I've got to give it to this made in Nigeria brand, for affordability  (everything's under 6k) and quality. 

In styling I paired it with a pussy bow retro blouse from my store and my nude snake skin pumps which are perfect for work heels. I finally accessorized with my round retro frames and black structured bag from my moms closet. 

Photography by Wayt Fashion

I actually styled this look to work recently with my cream pussy bow blouse styled here, here and Zaful snakeskin pointed ballet flats and I think I actually prefer the look. 

Trousers: Lavince || Blouse:  The Vintage Connection Ng|| Pumps: Footin Thailand || Bag: Moms wardrobe || Frames: Random 

As usual this won't be the last time that these trousers feature on the blog so stay tuned. 

How would you style these trousers differently? What's one item that you think should be in one's work wardrobe? 

Happy July! Praying for a blessed and more productive second half on 2017.
The discussion of money or prosperity preaching in the church is one that has been on my mind for a while now. I kept delaying this post due to the constant issues or opinions surrounding this but after a recent message I heard, what the hay. This is Sarah speaks after all

This segment is not necessarily supposed to be centered on religion or Christianity. However, I believe our faith and values play a big role in the way we address things. Hence my reason for generally addressing issues from a moral point of view.

Photography by Wayt Fashion

Moving on, it's weird to think that there was a time when wealth or a show of prosperity in the church, was considered world and sinful. Christians or children of God were generally associated with poverty and wretchedness which is a far cry from the Christians or men of God of today.

The topic of money in the church will always raise eyebrows. Some might argue that the church has now become a business which is deviating to a lifestyle of materialism while others question the necessity of all these things. Money answers all things doesn't it?

Now, I'll admit that its easy to get materialistic at times, I sometimes get carried away and struggle with this honestly (recovering shopaholic speaking) The same bible did say that the love of money is the root of all evil after all. So while money is necessary and important, when we focus on it too much it can lead to something else entirely. 

Though we've got to look at this critically. How can we Christians say God is awesome, and serving him works yet you see no difference in our lives. Let's look at this way. You sign up with a fitness trainer to loose weight but a year later you still look the same but then you recommend the person to me and expect me to go with you? In the same vein how can we as Christian draw people to Christ if our lives speak nothing of praise or manifest Gods glory.

We Christians may not be of this world as our bible tells us. This world may not be our home but we have to live in it. And since this world quantifies wealth and development as a sign of success, we have to work to get there so we can draw people to God. There's a reason why the movers and shakers of this world have to know God and its all for his glory. And hey it takes money to build churches and reach out to multitudes doesn't it?

 It is my prayer that God's grace will keep us from getting carried away with the love of money and that we would focus on building God's kingdom as we turn away from materialism.

I'll end it with this thought, "Riches are for the glorification of Gods name but any prosperity that does not bring God glory, will end in calamity " (Dr Paul Enenche)

What are your thoughts on this?

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A basic essential that should not be lacking in a women's wardrobe, is a structured blazer. Be it the men's inspired boyfriend blazer, a vintage retro blazer or the feminine peplum blazer, this is one piece that can instantly transform any outfit. Now, a blazer is not only perfect as work wear for the corporate world but it is great for casual looks and also for adding that perfect pop of colour to any look.

Today I'll be taking inspiration from some of the ways I styled this closet essential in the past and giving tips on how to work with those blazers.

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1. The All White look
Now when it comes to pairing blazers especially colourful options, I like to go with a plain canvas like all white or even all black look. I find that going with this option makes the blazer the centre piece of an outfit.

Pop of colour, white denim, white shirt, nude purse, embroidery trend
In this first look, I opted for the classic white shirt and white denim jeans which I paired with a pink blazer that has a stunning embroidery detail. I believe this blazer is long overdue for another outfit post as I can't remember that last time I styled it.

White denim, lace, yellow blazer, nude sandals
For this second look I opted for a more casual fit with this lace detailed tank top, lime yellow Forever 21 cropped blazer and my go-to nude single sole heels.

2. Prints
Another fun way to style those blazer or jackets even is to opt for some prints.

mustard blazer, vintage shirt
For the above look I paired this mustard colour blazer over a retro vintage shirt from my store. I loved how this blazer added a pop of colour and immediately dressed up this look.

Paisley trousers, officer wear
Now this look which is one of my absolute favourites and yours features a soft pink blazer paired over these paisley printed trousers. What drew me to this blazer was the shiny lapel detailing. I think this look is perfect for the office, you?

3. Denim 
Pairing a blazer with denim is one way to either dress up a casual outfit or make a blazer look less formal. 

distressed denim jeans, high waist jeans, black blazer
Retro blazer, denim, red pumps
blue denim jeans, pink court shoes

4. Skirts
In my opinion styling a blazer over a skirt can be quite tricky. One has to consider the fit and look to more structured and tailored pieces. Now, while one can get away with styling an oversize blazer over a pair of trousers it may not necessarily work with skirts but it can be done right.

beige skirt, blazer upgrade, statement obi belt
In this look, I tucked an ill-fitted blazer into my skirt and added a statement obi belt.

pin stripe skirt, retro blazer
Now this look takes inspiration from the power suit. The more tailored fit and slight flare on the waist of this particular blazer, makes the pairing with the skirt just work.

Do you agree that a blazer is a must-have for every fashionista? How do you like to style your blazers? What is your favourite look?

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Hey Beautiful people, feels like it's been ages. How's everybody doing? How has this month been treating you? I know this particular segment is overexposed in the blog world but when you have a lot to say it definitely comes in handy. So let's hop right into it shall we. 
More plastic slippers and making sure to take my umbrella everywhere. For some reason whenever I am unprepared for the rain, it falls. Last time this happened I got drenched. Because the thing about Abuja rain is that it comes with the wind hence if you are outside a building, it is hard to hide. Plus it floods after the rain, then traffic follows and public transport either becomes more expensive or scarce. I'd rather get wet than be stranded.

Extremely grateful to God, he did it again. I had a major breakthrough earlier this week and as I type this I can't stop smiling. Looking back at how everything fell into place it’s amazing to see how God orchestrated everything. When you think God has forgotten or you're about to give up, he shows up, stuns you and adds icing on the cake. In my language we say "Ohle ya chaba (Jehovah Overdo)

About the upcoming Abuja Content creators meet up this Saturday. If you're a content creator in Abuja and would love to network, email Mimi @ramblings_of_msmimi. We'd love to meet you. Plus the last one blogged about (here) was so fun and enlightening. We talked like old friends catching up. 

My recent thrift purchases which I will be styling on the blog soon. I rarely get this lucky but this time I walked away with staple pieces that made me wonder where all these sellers had been hiding. The funny thing is I was heading to work but I thought I’d just window shop but one hour and a trip to the ATM later, I walked away with a bag full of clothes. And my mom who disapproves of my thrifting ways actually like some of the pieces, though she still disapproves. 
A work wear series to guide you on easy office outfits to put together. Hope you love it as much as I think you will.

For an affordable and long lasting primer. I previously used a primer from elf and it was amazing but I lost it along the line. Then I bought a primer by Classic which is not so great, any recommendations?

On better and more quality content for the blog. I'd really like to push further this year in my blogging journey. I will also be collaborating with various creatives as well so stay tuned. If you'd like to work with me, let’s do this!
God's favour in my life and that of my family.

You Covered Me by Timothy Reddick, Dr.R.A. Vernon and The Word Church. The song just speaks from my soul to God. He get the glory for everything.

Episodes of Blackist, NCIS LA and Jenifas Diary. I finally got my siblings to watch Jenifas Diary and they love it now especially the earlier seasons

My girl, Grace's dreams are made easier. She actually opened a Go Fund Me account (here) to further her studies at Georgetown University. Check it out and help in any way you can. And if you don’t have the money, just spread the world.

These photographers were taken by fellow blogger Mide Coker here and I featured some of them in my Sarah Speaks on 10 Tips from a College Graduate. Now this denim skirt has been styled here and here.

What have you guys been up to lately? Any major breakthroughs you want to share? How are you coping with the weather?

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