Time Out with a Creative Director


Hi guys,


The feedback from the last post via the comments section and them emails were EXTREMELY interesting. I suppose loads of you weren’t ready for a not-purely-western feature. From ethereal Monday’s look of a Kurti and Partiyala to Friday’s Jumper and Denim pants.  Thankfully though, most of what I heard were positives, obviously you love the variation. Well that said, I cannot even try to take credit for all these, so here is me saying thanks to my features and much more thanks to their diverse sources of inspiration.


Its funny but since I started making posts on this blog, I draw reasons to wear what I eventually put on every morning to my job from weird places: a figurine, an instagram post of a view or often times, a discussion. I wonder if any of you all experience this as well.


From the four corners of a good number of classrooms studying Architecture to her Atelier designing and bringing daring sketches into fruition, here is this week’s feature.


Uchechi Arinze

Occupation: Fashion Designer and Creative Director of Chechi Arinze.
Interests: Reading, Archeology, Architecture, Fashion (obviously) and Random adventures.




Monday


Patterned Chiffon Top: Primark  
Straight Pants: River Island
Black Platforms: Bershka
Bag: Kadi
Neck Piece: Vintage
Style – Work Chic
Inspiration – I was in deficit of my to-do list because this weekend I did not get to do anything for me. My main inspiration was my first port of call, the bank I had to see an old client at. Afterward, I went to see my fabric supplier, then window shopped to know what was out there.












Tuesday


Mullet top – Random
Jeans – Random
Shoes – Bally
Bag – Susen
Belt – Dorothy Perkins
Watch – Moschino
Earrings – Divas
Style – Gypsie
Inspiration – The Market was my primary inspiration. Spent almost the whole day searching for fabric samples and looking for embellished ribbons at the trimmings store. Decided to wear the mullet top because its very light and breezy and I knew it would be a hot and sunny day. Although to be honest if I’d remembered how high the top goes when I raise my hands I might have skipped it all together.












Wednesday


Jacket – Chechi Arinze
Jeans – Random
Shoe boots – Rouge
Belt – Dorothy Perkins
Bag – Fossil
Earrings – New Look
Arm Party – Lagos Market.
Style – Business Casual
Inspiration – My meeting. Today I had an early business meeting and then I had to go and meet with 2 potential stockists for my brand. I wear a lot of wedges or wedge heels because I want to look professional but still be comfortable. Took the jacket off towards the end of the day though because the heat in Lagos right now is sinful.














Thursday


Denim Shirt – Chechi Arinze
White Jeans – Mango
Platform Sandals – Qupid
Bag – Fossil
Necklace – Vintage
Watch – Moschino
Style – Non-conventional Rock
Inspiration –  The fact I was gonna be home for the better part of my day. So today I had some sketches to work on, then a morning meeting about a project I’m currently working on, and after that I had to visit my graphics designer. Will be spending the rest of the day in the workshop with my tailors. White jeans are perfect for this weather, started the day with these platform sandals but later changed to flats when my feet started complaining. Apologies Stephanie for mean mugging in these pictures, thes sun was getting in my eyes.













Friday


White Shirt – Zara
Denim Shorts – Bebe
Sandals – Select
Bag – Kadi
Necklace – Vintage

Style – Comfy sexy

Inspiration – My state of mind. I am in chilling mood and this transcended into my style today.  A pretty laid back day for me compared to the rest of my week. Worked on patterns at the workshop till 12pm, spent a couple of hours doing chores and then headed out around 6pm to spend the day with friends. Wish I could dress like this everyday. Someday…










There it goes from Miss Fashion Architect.  Thanks babe for letting us have you here. 🙂
It is my pleasure to also mention that Uchechi run a blog as well, its right here on the list of ‘blogs I keep up wtth’ on the right side of this page. For a direct link (click here).

Do leave a comment below as usual guys, on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Uchechi
 and she would then wear the look in a follow-up post.

 



Lastly, for any enquiries message me on stephanie@metrogypsie.org.

 







Thanks guys,



Catch you next time.


*mwah*





















“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. 
Fashion is an instant language.” – Miuccia Prada.








Indian with a Westernised Touch



Hi guys,

You remember we followed our last week’s feature to South Africa, this week we would remain in Gypsie mode as we head to India to see how our fellow veterans out there rock it while on their grind.


Here,


Nishita Singh

Occupation: Supply Chain Management, Sakata Seed India 
Interests:Dancing, Swimming, Cooking, Surfing the net.


Monday

Sweater: H&M
Green Kurti: Janpath (street shop)
Pink Patiyala: Rang Manch
Bag: Uniqlo
Style: Indian Business 
Inspiration: Today is going to be pretty hectic but all the client meetings I had were with our local suppliers so I didn’t have to conform to the default Western Monday outfit. I also have a wedding this weekend so I have been in that whole traditional mood all day.



























Tuesday

Blazer: Next
Dress: FCUK
Purse: Street Shop in York, England
Shoes: Zara
Style: Cool Formal
Inspiration: All the meetings I have lined up today, though 2 of them are via Skype, inspired this look. Closing a new deal hopefully this week so this outfit is my good luck charm as I would be meeting a crucial partner for negotiations.

























Wednesday

Blazer: H&M
V-neck top: H&M
Skirt:River Island
Shoes:  Charles and Keith
Satchel: Online random purchase
Style: Funky Chic
Inspiration – I basically wanted to flaunt my legs today at work. There is barely young staff at my company so No, I wasn’t being flirtations, I just felt like looking fresh and funky.


























Thursday

Sweater: (same as Wednesday)
Shirt:Pantaloons
Pants: Vanheusen
Bag: Online random Purchase
Shoe:Zara
Style – Corporate
Inspiration:  I lacked any form of inspiration today so I did the good old Trousers + shirt. I love to wear flats on days like this but I had to spice up my look with some heels.













Friday

Blazer: (same as above)
Vest: Zara
Ankle Pants: Zara
Bag: (Gift)
Shoes: Bruno Mannette
Style – Business Chic
Pink Kurti: Charming
Churidar (pants): Charming
Dupatta: Charming
Ring: Ajmer
Shoes: Topshop
Hand: Mehandi
Inspiration – Okay so today I have got another of my deal-closing meetings in the morning and then I have got to leave work to attend a wedding. So I got a change of clothes (not metrogypsie-like) and I would make up for my lost time over the weekend.







I hope my meetings go well, got luck from my dog 🙂 ..












Meeting was a blast..

The wedding was beautiful..:)






Saturday

Sweater: Store in USA
Jeans: Zara
Bag: Zara
Shoes: Bruno Mannette
Style – Casual
Inspiration – The fact that I am supposed to be resting at home but I have to make my time from last week.






















There it goes from Miss India.  Thanks babe for letting us have you here. 🙂
I thought the mehandi she had on  her palm for the wedding look on Friday after work looked a lot like the Nigerian ‘Lali’.
Well, the mehandi (or mehndi) is a Vedic custom which is supposed to symbolise the outer and the inner sun.


Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by 


Nishita and she would then wear the look in a follow-up post.

Lastly, for any enquiries message me on stephanie@metrogypsie.org.






Thanks guys,


Catch you next time.

*mwah*

















“Women are into fashion, men are into style. style is forever.” – Domenico Dolce.




Caught Up With A Fashion Retailer

Hi guys,

Although I haven’t started going to the office on weekends this year as I’d always done, I am finally getting back into the scheme of things at work. Hectic as work may be I cannot imagine not having my job right now in my life. 


Asides the fact it keeps me so busy that I can afford not  to be saddened by the cruel occurrences in this cold world, having my job gives me the satisfaction that I add value somewhere and to people.


I have a 9 to 5 job but a lot of ladies on their grind do various other stuff other than being employed by someone. These are tough women who aren’t cut out for working on a constant similar routine for such a long time. 


Our lady this week is a business woman who buys and sells female apparel from Dubai and London mostly and has her clients in Nigeria and a couple other African countries. We followed her to South Africa last week where she spent about 2 weeks…from visiting her clients, doing some paper work and even relaxing and were able to get a 6-day feature.



Enjoy..


Fashola Omowunmi

Occupation: Fashion Retailer
Interests: Reading, Traveling, Shopping.

Look 1
Cream long sleeved shirt: H and M
High waist Denims: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bag : Prada
Style – Casual chic
InspirationToday I was going to meet up with a group of new referrals. This outfit defines me the most, I’m always comfortable in my jeans (mostly high waist) and shirt or tshirt. I’m looking to pass on this pair of jeans to my children, they are too fantastic, my best buy since forever.









Look 2
Purple Peplum: Asos
Black Skirt: River Island
Sandals: Zara
Bag: Primark
Style – Cool work chic
Inspiration Had to place some new orders with my friend in Dubai this morning prior to this shoot so I wanted to look serious in a calm way. Iwas in the mood to look slightly professional but at the same time make the look mine. Peplum tops are fantastic because they hide all the flaws in that mid area, lol.








Look 3
Silk/Denim shirt: Zara man
Skirt: Forever 21
Belt: New look
Shoes: Christian Loboutin
Style – Sexy.. Powerful..work chic
InspirationI  had lots of accounting to do today. A great deal of office-esque work. I was inspired by this. This shirt was actually in the man section of Zara but I couldn’t let go. The prints and style were too fantastic. Decided to pair it with this skirt cos I didn’t want it to be too bulky.








Look 4
Blue top: Splash
Denim pants: Atmosphere
Slippers: Gucci
Messenger bag: New look
Hat: Vintage
Watch: Michael Kors
Style – Casual
Inspiration I had just little accessory shopping to do today. Rarely shop in SA but this was on special request. This is my laid back look, I knew I was going shopping and I didn’t want to go over the top.









Look 5
White Dress: Miss Selfridges

Messenger bag : (Same as above)
Slippers: (Same as above)
Hat: (Same as above)
Glasses: Prada
Style – Virginal
Inspiration –  I was inspired today by the fact that my trip has come to an end successfully as I have achieved all and more than planned. Love love love this dress, had it in my wardrobe for a while (was keeping it for the right occasion) but going to the beach seemed like the right time, lol.






Look 6

Chiffon Shirt: Zara

Denim pants: Atmosphere
Bag: (Same as Look 1)
Flat shoes- H&M
Style – Business casual
Inspiration My inspiration for this look is clear.. My trip back. I hate airports and their hassles because after checking in and all, you find yourself looking stressed so I decided to look casual n chic but at the same time maintain a professional look.









There it goes from Miss Deal-closures.  Thanks babe for letting us have you here. 🙂
I must say I would try to have my eyes on the male section in Zara henceforth. That shirt is just fabulous. Love love love that you did that.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.   A winner would be picked by Omowunmi and she would then wear the look in a follow-up post. 


Thanks guys,


Catch you next time.


*mwah*












“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” – Christian Louboutin.

All Work and No Play..






Hi guys,

Every lady on her grind needs to take some time off.. Last year my friend and I were invited to Trinidad by our mates from Uni. I decided to give the visa application a try, it came through so yeah.. On this feature I am going to share my undeserving 7-day vacation to the Caribbean last week. Undeserving because I hadn’t ‘grounded’ enough between the last time I went on vacation (Oct/Nov2012) till now. I would share that one our next Travel post.

According to Mark Twain, ‘travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.’ Very few truer words have been said.

Slight warning before we commence: there’s going to be so many pictures on this post so kindly bear with us. Here goes..








So I wanted to travel with a very easy-to-read book, had a few of them so was confused as to which to take. I asked 2 of my friends and the both of them chose the same one. Guess which one? (the winner gets that book).














 

Lol, these must seem so lame. We were about to land and it was scary cos it was just above water and too close as well, I had to do this to calm down.




Sadly this time around I flew alone because I didn’t want to transit through Miami like my friend Olga was doing. I did through Barbados where green passport holders are let in without visa. Lol. Coupled with the fact I had my darling friend from Uni, Keisha here.




I had 5 hours 50 minutes in Barb so deducting both immigration times, sleeping at the carousel time, checking back in and boarding my ongoing flight times, that’s like 2 hours 45 minutes to play around with Keisha.

 


She was such a great babe, was running late so she got her dad to meet me at the the airport. She eventually came, I had a change of clothes and went to get this non-alcoholic cocktail above.

 

Took a couple pictures behind the bar. Lol

Shirt: Primark
Jeans: Newlook
Shoes: Aldo.
Inspiration: My inspiration for this look was my trip, I always mostly travel in jeans and a shirt, usually a long sleeved shirt if I was going to somewhere colder. I chose this shirt because I loved it so much, like I couldn’t wait to wear it.

 

Had the drink, and food at some point. Talked for a while and headed back to the airport.










She got me a chicken roti. Apparently its a Barbadian specialty. Yummy too. 🙂



















Got into Trinidad and my friend, Miguel’s mum had decorated a lovely room for Olga and I.


(Sunday Over.)


Usually the carnival days in Trinidad are the Monday and Tuesday before Lent (Ash Wednesday).

MONDAY

 J’ouvert (pronounced jou-vay)
From the French words jour ouvert meaning ‘the day having been opened’, J’ouvert is a massive street party on Carnival Monday in which the festivities begin. It starts before dawn at about 4am into the morning.
In 1783, the French settlers in Trinidad used to have masquerade balls which the slaves were banned from. The slaves would then have their little traditional carnivals in hiding where they imitated and made fun if their masters.
By 1838 when the Africans were emancipated from slavery, they then had an opportunity to participate in their own form of carnival…a way to embrace this new found freedom.



 

Top: Asos

Skirt: Zoe (London)
Shoes: (same as above)
Inspiration: J’ouvert. I needed to wear something that would be easy to get stains off from. Splashing coloured paint on people is part of the celebration.

 






‘J’ouvert is a time for loosening if inhibitions.’ A wise person once said. He ain’t lied. We look pretty sane compared to the craziness that was going on. I’d rather not post those pictures here.

(Later that day)

 




Kimono – River Island
Swim wear – Asos
Inspiration: I had never really had cause to wear the kimono so I decided to do that today before I got fed-up of it. Also wasn’t in the mood for an open swim wear. Infact I didn’t want to go close to water. Just chilled and read a book.



















(day over).




TUESDAY
The carnival day where Mas bands would parade the streets in their bright costumes. They would also be judged at some point and a winner chosen in the end. Also, the artiste whose song has the highest play when the bands get to the judging point wins an award as well.



Top: Bugis market in Singapore
Shorts: River Island
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Forever 21
Mask: Kyrece’s mum
Inspiration: I chose the top because it had so much colour and tassels that gave it a jamboree look.
My friends thought I was crazy and that my stuff would get stolen while rocking a transparent bag during carnival so I wanted to prove them wrong.






(day over)




WEDNESDAY

Pretty much stayed at home after mass today. Lent begins. #AshWednesday.

 


Top: TkMaxx

Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Zara
Inspiration: The top because of its ‘seriousness’. This skirt was the longest I came along with so had to wear it to church.




















(day over)





THURSDAY

Maracas beach day. This should be the most beautiful beach in Trinidad.












Dress: TkMaxx

Sandals: Atmosphere
Rucksack: Forever 21
Inspiration – White.. Love to wear white to the beach for some funny reason. I also love the colour white because I think it suits my skin tone.

(day over)


Went off to spend a day with our friend Nicole and her husband south of Trinidad.




FRIDAY

Top: Atmosphere
Shorts: Miss Selfridges
Shoes: Melissa 
Rucksack: Forever 21
Neck thing: Aldo
Inspiration: The park. I wanted to look a tad serious today at the same chilled enough for the park and its animals. Lol








There was a small zoo there..




I had to change as were were going on water rides but I couldn’t wear my bikini out here.



Inspiration: My friends. Their outfits. 







Went on the Bird Sanctuary boat ride. A remarkable experience too.

Various rare specie of animals protected by the Trinidadian government.

(day over)

SATURDAY
Tobago day. 🙂


























We couldn’t get flight tickets to Tobago as at the time we checked the previous day because they were all fully booked. Luckily we got tickets for the ferry. It was a 2 hour 30 min ride.
The worst 2 hours 30 minutes ever. 1 hour into the journey I felt so dizzy and horribly SICK! No need to go into details but damn..


The ferry was this big with that much cars but its vibration still affected me so adversely. 🙁

Got into Tobago in one piece and my head slowly got back normal. Had to get medication in order to survive the return trip.

Tobago was gorgeous and even more relaxed than Trinidad.





Since I couldn’t take pictures on the vessel I plunged right into the act as we arrived Pigeon Point.

Dress: Asos
Shoes: Asos
Rucksack: (same as above)
Inspiration – I felt like a school girl going on an excursion to the neighbouring city…so that inspired this look.

Got to the beach proper and changed into this..







Beach wear: George 

Coconut shaped bikini top: Random store in London

After chilling for a while here, had lunch then had to get to Nylon Pool.
Nylon Pool is a pool in the middle on the ocean. Its a shallow and clear mass of water.
Had to get there with a boat. the ride was bliss this time.



Unfortunately there are no pictures of me in the pool for obvious reasons.

The sand in the pool was so good if applied on your skin, it gives this really soft feel.
Instant exfoliation. I took some home with me. Lol, #deep.

It was almost time for the ferry ride back to Trinidad so I had to get changed and out.

Jumpsuit: Kookai

Flipflops: Marks and Spencer
Rucksack: Forever 21
Inspiration – I wanted to rock denim on demin on denim just incase my ferry ride bag was a hassle I’d be comfy and in one piece.

Got to the Ferry station just in time. Had to practically run into the vessel becuase everyone had already boarded.

Took my medication, sat down in preparation for the worst.




The fans be bugging me…*sigh*

Haha, so I arrived Trinidad in a good state, the ride wasn’t as bad but wasn’t smooth either.
Tobago was totally totally totally worth the stress.
The highlight of my whole trip was right in Tobago as well. (would share below).

All in all my trip was fabulous.

Thanks to the beautiful country that is Trinidad and Tobago..




Thanks to the beautiful hosts I had and the beautiful people I met..






SUNDAY
Got to the airport in good time to purchase the rest of them goodies for my colleagues and friends..

About 3 people asked me to get them rum, but I was advised not to go through with this because its alcohol content was 75% thereby considered highly inflammable.

Bought the right items and landed in Barbados safely..



Flight was delayed from Trinidad so I did not have as much time to play in BArbados, in fact I had to quickly change to denim pants and a shirt with no time for snaps.

MONDAY
Landed in the very chilly London at 5:50am and had to report to work.. Who does that? *sigh*
Got home, quickly updated my blog (I had written the post on my iphone in bits and bobs earlier).
Rested for about 30 minutes then dressed up and found myself at the office.

Shirt: Beloved shirt.. lol (same as above)
Skirt: H&M
Boots: Miso
Inspiration: My pure love for this shirt. Plus I really couldn’t be bothered to find something from my wardrobe. Dressed up from my box. Yeah also I had 4 outfits I didn’t get to wear over there (i always over-pack), thought I would choose one of those but I still settled for this shirt. 







Don’t I look so fagged out? 🙁

Here’s thanking my buddy and very close friend, Olga, for just being you..








My favourite items on this trip..
Couldn’t get enough of my rucksack, this top and – although I wore them shoes just once –  
I loved loved them.



MY HIGHLIGHT!!!!!!!

YES!!!!! MEETING DWIGHT YORKE.
He’s such a legend. He was so humble.. It was just a picture yet it totally made my trip.
#TOBAGO.


There it goes from Miss Gypsie.  Thanks babe for letting us have you here. 🙂

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.   A winner would be picked by her and would then wear the look in a follow-up post. 

Also, do not forget the book guess above.






Thanks guys,


Catch you next time.


*mwah*

‘Fashion can be bought, style one must possess.’
– Edna Woolman Chase.



Business Casual Work-Flow

Everyone around me seems to have invested in lovely winter jackets and scarfs just so that they can don anything underneath and are good to go to their places of work. “Its a waste of my time trying to look all lush when I would eventually be wrapped up all day in my shawl/cardigan” a friend of a friend’s I met at lunch said to me last week. 


Sincerely I have tailored my appetite to the items sold at my office restaurant lately because really, I’d rather keep all that walking-out-of-the-office-shivering to before and after work alone.


Okay so this week I have decided to abandon England’s bleak weather and have taken a swift stroll over to Nigeria’s capital. Our week’s feature is a young female banker who has moved really swiftly from a corp member to a team leader within 3 years. Lets see how she got dressed for work on the week that was..

Funmilola V. Soyebo
Occupation: Banker
Team Leader Frontline Service
Stanbic IBTC, Abuja.
Interests: Reading books even though I don’t get around to doing that anymore, traveling and having drinks with friends.

Monday
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: EOS
Shoes: Forever 21
Bag: Valentino
Style Inspiration: I was in no mood for the cliché Monday look. Most importantly, I was having drinks after work because ordinarily, I’d have gone with black shoes, I didn’t want to need to get home before my evening. As Steph explained to me prior to this shoot, thats what the metrogypsie brand represented – versatility – so, yeah what better way to start my feature.








Tuesday

Dress: Debenhams
Shoes: Atmosphere
Bag: Lancel
Style Inspiration: Out of office client meeting. Had to keep it corporate today because I was representing my company in a deal. On a good day its not in my place to attend such meetings but I brought this client into my organisation hence.








Wednesday

Jacket: Nameless
Top: Atmosphere
Pants: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes (heels): Garage
Shoes (flats): Newlook
Bag: Edna Ronay
Style Inspiration: An article on an old copy of In Style magazine I found randomly. This lady was saying how she looked all hot going to work and then on getting to her office she takes off her heels and wears flat shoes. This was quite different at my work place because people wore flats to work then switched to heels when they got there. I found that article inspiring just because I get to supervise people a lot so I always need to be everywhere around my branch so that worked.












Thursday

Cardigan: Newlook
Dress: Next
Shoes: Next
Statement neck piece: H&M
Green bag: Nameless (gift)
Style Inspiration: I was informed yesterday that we would have some compulsory in house training on Saturday and a team leader from another branch who is a contract staff works just 5 shifts so he was going to be absent today and I had to cover for him there as its a really massive office. The fact I was going to another office inspired me to wear much more colour today in other to radiate possibly fun or joy to my interim subordinates. Lol.











Friday

Denim Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Melissa
Bag: Dorothy Perkins
Style Inspiration: Freedom. All week I’d been wearing clothes that clung so much to my body. Its Friday (you’d see the joy on my face below) and apart from the fact I am going out for drinks, I needed a breather.

















Saturday
Top: H&M
Jeans: TKMaxx
Shoes: Nameless (gift)
Style Inspiration: Its Saturday I should be looking drab as people shouldn’t be made to do anything work related on the weekend but I am glad for some reason I mean its a good day and.. oh please ama let this clown finish but the only inspiration behind this look is the valentines day, hence the colour of her shoe and top. For some TMI (too much information) also, the ‘V’ initial in her name above stands for Valentina, February 14th is her birthday.

Some of y’all may be wondering the reason behind the post title choice. Well  Juste-milieu is a French term that means the midpoint between two extremes originally used to depict art that was a mix of both real everyday life and art almost as good as the precision of photography. The inspiration behind this choice was precisely the dress code at Stanbic IBTC – business casual – which we all know is like the intermediacy between the strictness of a formal look and the laid backness of a casual look.


There it goes from lovers day girl Funmi. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.

Do leave a comment below as usual on your favourite look and if time permits you, create a look of your own inspired by the outfits above.  A winner would be picked by Funmi who would then wear the look in a follow-up post. Happy Birthday in advance Funmi xx.


Thanks guys,
Catch you next time.
*mwah*










‘I dress for women and I undress for men.’ – Angie Dickson.