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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Body-con skirt, grey pencil midi skirt, black knitwear top, choker, buckle belt
Body-con skirt, grey pencil midi skirt, black knitwear top, choker, buckle belt

People: You've worn that before 
Me: Well yeah because it's my clothes, I bought it with money and God gave me hands to wash so yeah I'll keep wearing it over and over again.

The above statement is one of the expectations that we fashion bloggers deal with. I admit that the pressure got to me in my earlier blog days but now I'm all about recycling and restyling pieces as you may have noticed. Truthfully, as much as I love shopping, I'd like to see my savings account and smile. 

Knitwear top, black DIY choker, tote bag
Body-con skirt, grey pencil midi skirt, black knitwear top, choker, buckle belt
Knitwear top, black DIY choker, tote bag

Today's outfit which is quite basic features my sheer black knit top previously styled here and one of my favourite grey pencil skirts styled herehere, here and here. I'm honestly not a big fan of body-con skirts or fitted pieces but I've always loved the fit if this thrifted pair, especially how it cinches it my waist.

Seeing as the outfit is quite simple, I added my black buckle statement belt and DIY choker to spice the look up. I also rocked a Lyts tote bag which has a logo that I love. So yes I blog, it may be more stress then its worth at times. It may not always pay and progress may seem slow but I love what I do so yes, I blog!

Body-con skirt, grey pencil midi skirt, black knitwear top, choker, buckle belt
Knitwear top, black DIY choker, tote bag, statement buckle belt
Photography by Ruth Audu 

Skirt/Top: Thrift || Tote: LytsMag || Shoes: Zara || Choker: DIY 

Hope you all had a great weekend, what did you get up to?

How would you style this skirt differently? What are your thoughts on remixing pieces? If you're a blogger, why do you blog? 

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Our society has a way of painting certain things as undesirable and in this day and age there seems to be some sort of plaque surrounding the idea of being single, so much so that one with seemingly good prospects is prodded at or even questioned for being or choosing to stay single. And when one possesses the mentality of dating with a purpose, its worse. Dating for dating sake has become the new normal I guess. 

Although, what's wrong with being single or choosing to remain single until you meet the one worth your time? I've had friends and even known people who can't stay single, moving from one relationship to the next. Now I don't judge but I believe it is important to spend time with yourself, get to know yourself better and even develop yourself in your period of waiting. 
We all have our criteria in dating but you can't attract what you're not. You might say you want a successful Godly man with a six pac and toned legs (lol) but are you working on those dreams? What's your relationship with God like? And do you even go to the gym?

Now call me old fashioned but I feel dating should lead to something bigger like marriage. No, one doesn't have to marry immediately but that should be at the back of a persons mind, hence you date someone that you'd most likely marry. 

Now I understand that people date for different reasons and with sex (Sarah Speaks for another day) coming into the mix, it just makes things more complicated. But even without dating for the purpose of marriage, what about dating someone that would add value to you. Time is really too precious to waste hanging around someone that adds nothing positive to you.  Besides, relationship although great most times, can be stressful too. So why date for the sake of dating?

What are your thoughts on dating? What are your thoughts on dating for dating sake or dating with a purpose? 

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Hey beautiful people, wow halfway through the month, how's it been going for everyone? Today I'm back with a look book, one of my favourite blog segments after my Sarah Speaks

This look book features one of my new favourite culottes or should I call these a skort? Its a combination of shorts and a sheer waterfall detail/skirt.
Now, let's get into this shall we?

Look 1

This first look features a camel trench coat (here) that I received from Rosegal. I'm honestly really disappointed with the quality and fit as the picture showed otherwise. I guess that's one if the drawbacks with online shopping. 
 I simply belted the jacket over the culottes and tank top, you all know how I feel about a statement belt. And then I accessorized with my DIY choker and Zara single sole sandals.
Look 2
For this outfit I went for a more casual approach in my styling. This look also features my Edward Mills fringe slides, reviewed here. I was actually going to go with suggestions to either pair these slides with a body-con dress and kimono or a graphic shirt and jeans. 

But honestly on a casual day you'll most like find me in a pair of culottes and a crop top as I like my clothes loose fitted and I really don't have that many pairs of jeans. 

I accessorized with this cute red satchel bag also from Rosegal which I absolutely love and recommend. And it costs just $10! Rosegal also stocks white peasant dresses if you're interested.

You might have noticed that his polkadot crop top from the Vintage Closet 9ja is obviously one of my favourite pieces as I've styled them here,here and here.

Photography by Ruth Audu

Culottes: Thrift || Trench Coat :  Rosegal here|| Top: Vintage Closet 9ja || Bag: Rosegal here || Slides: Edward Mills Lagos || 

If you love lookbook as much as I do be sure to catch up on the most recent ones below.

What's your favorite look? How would you style these culottes differently? Would you even call these shorts culottes? 

This post is sponsored by Edward Mills and Rosegal. All opinions are mine however.

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Hey beautiful people!
 Now we all know fashion trends come and go, while some last longer than others, there are certain trends that just stay with us. The year 2017 and the end of 2016 has brought us a lot of interesting trends some of which I either love or question. Today I'll basically be looking at some of those trends from floral embroidery to mules, fishnet, pleats and the corset trend.

1. Floral Embroidery Trend
This is one trend that I'm totally on board with and rocked here. I love how embroidery spices up basic pieces. Now we have seen this trend on shirts, denim which is a rebirth of a popular 90's trend and of course in footwear like mules and sneakers. 

stripes, embroidery 2017 trend,
Floral embroidery mules, footwear, 2017 fashion trends
denim jeans, embroidered denim, high waist, 90s trend

2. Mules 
You ever see something and like it on other people but would not rock yourself? Well this is how I honestly feel about mules. There's just something about them that I've disliked since its comeback in 2014 where I wrote a list of trends that should be left behind here. Perhaps I might change my mind in the future because these Chanel pearl mules have got me thinking.

Mules foot wear, chanel, pearl
mules, low heeled, denim

3. Fishnet Trend
The fishnet socks trend is another one that makes me think hmm. There's just something a bit risque or overly sexy about it but I will agree that this trend is a great way to spice up a basic look and the two bloggers below have shown us how it's done.

Fishnet socks, pink suit, metallics
distressed denim jeans, fishnet socks

4. The Corset Trend 
I can’t say I’m a big fan of this trend as with this trend if not worn or styled properly the corset trend can make you look quite questionable. However styling a corset without looking questionable can be done and Hafsah is proof of that. Now with this trend, I will make an exception for corset belts because you all know how much I love those.

corset trend, 2017 fashion
how to style a corset top

5. Pleats
This is one trend that I'm happy to see making a comeback. The only thing that saddens me is that I sold one of my very stylish white pleated skirt which I had stopped wearing at some point but now that the style inspirations keep coming the item is no longer in my collection. Anyways, I have previously styled it here and here.

pleated metallic skirt, velvet jacket

Bell sleeve ruffle blouse, white blouse, 2017 trends

Now I was gong to include the off shoulder trend, choker trend, ruffles and the exaggerated sleeve trend but I somehow feel that on this blog I have over flogged them. But you all know how I feel about the exaggerated sleeve  or flared sleeve trend which I styled here, here and here

What are your thoughts on these trends? Hot or Hmm. What are some of your current favourite trends?

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