Nigerian Fashion Brands: Lets Talk #madeinnigeria

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Nigerian Fashion Brands

Nigerian Fashion Brands

If you've been following this blog for a while, you'd know that on here we are huge fans and promoters of Nigerian Fashion Brands or Made in Nigeria products. In fact, in 2018 I did an entire series on various Nigerian Designers. I believe that as Nigerians, it's important to highlight and celebrate local businesses that are doing well. This especially as we look towards ways to boost our economy

However, as much as I love my Nigerian Fashion Brands, I have unfortunately been let down one time too many. A lot of money has been wasted on items of low quality too, this has made me take a huge step back. I've also become wary following my exploration with Nigerian businesses from 2018-2019. I now go for thrifting as opposed to shopping from Nigerian Fashion Brands especially when it comes to cheaper or more inexpensive products

What are the issues?

There are a ton of issues but the major ones for me are:
1. Bad Finishing on clothes
2. Inconsistency
3. Uncertainty
4. Low Value for money

At the end of the day when shopping from Nigerian designers, especially ones that retail cheaper products, you never know what to expect. Items often come with one issue or the other. And a lot of times, brands are good today and bad tomorrow. Now I recognize the infrastructural limitations and challenges that these businesses face trying to run a business in the harsh economic climate of Nigeria and still keep prices reasonable, there has to be some sort of balance. And by balance I mean, a way that middle-income Nigerians can get quality pieces are inexpensive prices. Perhaps this is asking for too much, what do you think?

I have a lot more to say about this which is why I filmed a video sharing more of my thoughts on my earlier points. Check it out on my Youtube channel below and be sure to subscribe too. 

Meanwhile, as much as there are challenges with patronizing Nigerian Fashion Brands, I believe and know amazing designers that are worth promoting. Thus I've collaborated with four other Nigerian bloggers to highlight accolade-worthy Nigerian Designers. Head over to their blogs to read their take and learn about new brands too. Also, check out my Youtube Video below for 10 Nigerian Designers to patronize, you are welcome!


Nigerian Fashion Brands

What are some of your favorite or go-to Nigerian Fashion Brands? What are your overall thoughts on the challenges with buying Nigerian made goods?

Till next time guys!

Nigerian Fashion Brands

Nigerian Fashion Brands

If you've been following this blog for a while, you'd know that on here we are huge fans and promoters of Nigerian Fashion Brands or Made in Nigeria products. In fact, in 2018 I did an entire series on various Nigerian Designers. I believe that as Nigerians, it's important to highlight and celebrate local businesses that are doing well. This especially as we look towards ways to boost our economy

However, as much as I love my Nigerian Fashion Brands, I have unfortunately been let down one time too many. A lot of money has been wasted on items of low quality too, this has made me take a huge step back. I've also become wary following my exploration with Nigerian businesses from 2018-2019. I now go for thrifting as opposed to shopping from Nigerian Fashion Brands especially when it comes to cheaper or more inexpensive products

What are the issues?

There are a ton of issues but the major ones for me are:
1. Bad Finishing on clothes
2. Inconsistency
3. Uncertainty
4. Low Value for money

At the end of the day when shopping from Nigerian designers, especially ones that retail cheaper products, you never know what to expect. Items often come with one issue or the other. And a lot of times, brands are good today and bad tomorrow. Now I recognize the infrastructural limitations and challenges that these businesses face trying to run a business in the harsh economic climate of Nigeria and still keep prices reasonable, there has to be some sort of balance. And by balance I mean, a way that middle-income Nigerians can get quality pieces are inexpensive prices. Perhaps this is asking for too much, what do you think?

I have a lot more to say about this which is why I filmed a video sharing more of my thoughts on my earlier points. Check it out on my Youtube channel below and be sure to subscribe too. 

Meanwhile, as much as there are challenges with patronizing Nigerian Fashion Brands, I believe and know amazing designers that are worth promoting. Thus I've collaborated with four other Nigerian bloggers to highlight accolade-worthy Nigerian Designers. Head over to their blogs to read their take and learn about new brands too. Also, check out my Youtube Video below for 10 Nigerian Designers to patronize, you are welcome!


Nigerian Fashion Brands

What are some of your favorite or go-to Nigerian Fashion Brands? What are your overall thoughts on the challenges with buying Nigerian made goods?

Till next time guys!
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The year 2020 has not exactly been on a great start especially when one considers the present circumstances facing us and the various blows that the year has already dealt. I' 'm not even going to pretend, this year has sucked! Things are not exactly rosy either hence I do understand people who might feel that the year needs to be canceled. I understand people who might want to return to 2019. 

However as bad as the year has been so far, I have faith that it will get better. Thus, before you give up on 2020, remember that we are just in Chapter 3 of 12. The story gets better! How do I know this? Well, I know the writer, Jehovah God. And he promised in Ecclesiastes 7:8a that "the end of a thing is better than it's beginning".

And that my beautiful people is why I believe that 2020 is not canceled, it is way too early for us to conclude! 
Photography by Ruth Audu

This outfit proves the saying that "it's not what you spend but how you wear it" as almost all the items in this look were thrifted. I purchased the top for N200 at Nyanya Market while the blazer was gotten for N300 at a small market in front of my church, Dunamis Lugbe. Now the skirt albeit more expensive at N4000, was another thrift find from an online store. In putting this outfit together, my base was this pale pink top. I then threw on items in a similar color palette to bring together this neutral tone fit. Stay tuned for a thrift haul video coming soon to my Youtube Channel. Please subscribe Here.

For more information on where to thrift in Abuja, check out this post below

Till next time guys!

Is 2020 Cancelled?

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The year 2020 has not exactly been on a great start especially when one considers the present circumstances facing us and the variou...
Here I styled one pair of trousers in five work outfits for an entire week. At the end of the day, it's not how many clothes you have but how versatile the individual pieces are. This is why it's so important to invest in closet basics. I'll be sharing more on 10 must-have workwear basics in a bit. Meanwhile enjoy this video. What is your favorite look?




Till next time guys!

I love collaborations but I'm sure you may have already noticed. I find that it's a great way to spice up content, keep you guys entertained, learn something new and in the Instagram world increase one's engagement and reach overall.

However, how does one effectively nail or have a successful collaboration, especially in the creative community? And by the creative community, I'm looking at amongst bloggers, influencers, vloggers, photographers, stylists, makeup artists, etc.

1. Have an Idea
For such collaborations to be successful there has to be an idea, a concept that one has in mind. For this shoot, the goal was to have a burst of different colors in monochromatic looks. We then discussed locations etc

2. Get Your Crew
This is actually the most important aspect of collaboration and often times even precedes having an idea. In the case of this collaboration, I came together with my bloggers and we discussed the idea of a collab before the concept was birthed. In my experience collaborations are generally more successful with people you've already connected with online. So as a blogger, it would be fellow bloggers who comment on my posts, or we talk on DM. However, there are cases where reaching out to complete strangers could work, it all depends on the approach

3. Send a Pitch
This is quite simple once a relationship has been established so just do it! Once you decide which platform (email or DM) to reach out to this person, send an email explaining your idea.

4. Plan, Plan, Plan
This is so important, in fact, it can not be under-stressed. I've had failed collabs or collabs with poor quality images because of a lack of planning. For this collaboration time was set, location picked, outfits sorted and even photographers. We could have gone a step further by having posting ideas, specific locations to use and even etc. The better you plan, the better the outcome of the shoot. trust me

A few things to keep in mind:
  • In as much as you plan, things will not always work accordingly and that's okay. Make adjustments as you go.
  • People will fail you. On the day of this shot, three people canceled at the last minute. It was completely unexpected but we made too
  • Finally, have fun, yes we want to create something amazing but if you don't enjoy it'll show through in the content you create. 

Photography by Victor Audu and Bunmi Images

These images were shot in 2019 as part of a collaboration with fellow Abuja bloggers, By Tonye, Deb Writes Blog and Opeyem's Diary. I'm excited that they are finally making it here. And what better time truly than on the occasion International Women's Day.  I'm both excited and thankful that I'm surrounded by amazing women in my industry who are doing great things and making major moves. 

Till next time guys!
Ankara Skirt styled with black Turtle Neck and Denim Jacket
Ankara Skirt styled with black Turtle Neck and Denim Jacket
Ankara Skirt styled with black Turtle Neck and Denim Jacket

Ankara print is a must-have print that we should all own in every clothing item from jackets, tops, dresses and in this case skirts. I just love how vibrant and colorful the prints are and in this post, I'm showing you eight different ways to style one of my favourite ankara skirts. This skirt is made by SGTC clothing, a Nigerian brand that specializes in producing trendy outfits with ankara prints. 


Asides from the print of the skirt, one thing I really love about it is the really cool tiered look which makes it stand out. At the end of the day, you can't go wrong in styling an ankara pieces especially when you work with basic pieces like I did with the turtle neck blacktop or stick to items in the same colour palette. Watch the video below for how I styled this skirt and e sure to follow me on Instagram, where I post all my style videos and the majority of my style and overall content. 


Which look is your favourite?   

Till next time guys!

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