My Nigerian Jourdan Dunn’s Work Style – Children Services Lady.



Hi guys,

So my excuse for not putting any post up last week is that the Red Bag
post was too fabulous not to last as long as it did. Lol.
The weather’s been too epic over here, stepping out of your house it seems everyone’s trying so hard to get naked.

Our feature this week would have quite a number of photos per outfit so I’d better get to it.


Ice Cream
Occupation: Children’s Services Co-ordinator
Interests: Cuisine, Music, Travel and Cocktails



I set my alarm for 6:45am but never really leave my bed until 7am. I listen to my usual feel good playlist while I’m getting dressed up. I drink a glass of water (mixed with ribena most times) before leaving home everyday. My typical breakfast at work is either a bowl of cereal or a cup of hot chocolate/tea and biscuits.

My regular work routine has to be updating my spreadsheets, making third party bookings and co-ordinating daily children’s services provided for families by the local authority. I liaise with quite a number of social workers on their cases and manage their queries.

I work with the local authority’s (london borough of hammersmith and fulham) children’s services department as the children’s services co-ordinator so I attend morning group meetings with social workers and managers on alternating week days (Wednesdays & Fridays).


Monday



Black Peplum Top – Kardashian Kollection
Black/White Striped Skirt – Miss Selfridges
Pink Heels With Black Bow – Kurt Geiger
Black Bag With Chain Strap – DKNY 
Style: Sultry Chic



For perfumes, I love Dior’s J’adore. Chloe eau de parfum.  Chanel’s no. 5.

Tuesday

 


Orange Blouse – Next
Olive Skirt – Topshop
Black Sling Back Heels – Buffalo London
Olive Bag – Bespoke by Elbree
Style: Spring Elegance




At the moment I’d love to improve my coaching, mentoring and project management skills, but as a mutant I’d also love to have Mystique’s skills.

Wednesday



Well, my top 3 wardrobe essentials are a nicely tailored blazer/jacket, nice cut jeans/trousers and a freakum dress.



White Dress With Draped Neck – Asos
Purple Platform Heels – Topshop
Flats – Salvatore Ferragamo 
Black HandBag – DKNY
Style: Metrogypsie



After work, I would ideally have drinks with friends in the city or just watching tv in bed.

Thursday


Black/White Checker Print Dress – Zara
Black Bold Strapped Sandals – Aldo
Brown Tote – Zara
Style – Slight Edge



Believe it or not I really like spending the weekends indoors and passing time watching anything of immediate interest.

Friday


Sleeveless Black Top – H&M
Black Pants – Zara
Black Heels – Buffalo London
Handbag – No name; Made in Italy, Genuine Leather lol
Style: Androgynously Feminine


If I was in a city with beaches you’d probably find me there all weekend. The ideal weekend would be with loved ones and just letting loose.

Saturday



White Tank Top – Metrogypsie
Harem Pants – Papaya
Flat Sandals – Tory Burch 
Animal Skin Print Bag – Jessica Simpson
Style: Chilled Chic



There you go guys, loads of thanks to Ice Cream for the time spent on this feature.

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“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent.

Work Life: Funmi Soyebo – 1 Bag 5 Days



Hi guys,


You know how you make use of one of your handbags on Monday and then come Thursday,

you are still rocking it right? I have found out that I am not the only one who does this. Most times I decide to switch bags midweek, I end up forgetting my security pass or oyster card or something important while transferring my stuff.

As a result of this, I came up with this post of how to work a bag all week while still being extremely fabulous.



Miss Funmilola Soyebo

Interests: Travelling, socialising
Occupation: Banking


I wake up at about 6:30am, read my devotional, pray and finally drag myself off my bed. I like to have pancakes or a bowl of cereal to start my day and then I’m off to work.


I get to work at 7:45 most days when I do not have any morning meetings. I then ensure my team members are ready to start off their day on a positive note.


I am the Customer Services team leader so its of utmost importance to me that they are well ready to give our customers the best service there is…


Monday







Jacket: H&M
Camisole: Primark
Skirt: NEXT
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Neckpiece: H&M
Bag: DKNY.


I don’t have any favourite fragrances as I try to experiment with new ones all the time, at the moment though, I am using the new Dior which I really like.




Tuesday







Shirt: Missguided
Skirt: Asos
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: DKNY.



I wish I had better People Skill as that’s one skill I know takes a lifetime to have. People change everyday.




Wednesday







Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: TKMaxx
Bag: DKNY.



My top 3 wardrobe essentials are my black flat shoes (comfort cannot be traded sometimes), work jackets and my cross body bag for the weekends.



Thursday








 Top: H&M
Skirt: NEXT
Shoes: ASOS
Neckpiece: Camden MArket
Bag: DKNY.



My ideal work evening is movies with my friend Uju, or the boo/karaoke on thursday nights with my own girlfriends.




Friday









Dress: TKMaxx
Shoes (Heels): Kurt Geiger
Shoes (Flats): New Look
Bag: DKNY.


On the weekends, I like to sleep in a little longer depending on if I went out the preceding Friday night (which doesn’t happen a lot). Some weekends are already busy with weddings and bridal showers. On the not-so-busy ones, I put my feet up and watch me some series, then I could be off to a house party, bowling or good old drinks with the girls.




That’s it folks.. Thank you Funmi of letting us have you on here.

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“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass.






Online Retailer’s Work Style


You are bored.. Most likely in a developed country..
Kept up
with all your tv shows.. Not so interested in seeing a documentary..
Seen the last intstgram update on your page..
Your twitter timeline stinks.. What for? All this rage..
Some trying to start an online political revolution.. Keypad gangsters..
Meanwhile would slip up if the ‘enemy’ strokes their feathers..

Radio playing in the background.. Delusions of having company..
Where to find solace? What to do now? Burn money?
Just the first letter of these site addresses and my system spells it all out..
In bed doing this.. over and over.. this, I’m so about..
Flicking with two fingers.. I’m enjoying this..
I NEED this! 

Tried to confide in a friend earlier.. Said to keep my card off my bed unit..
Oh but I know all my dates and digits..
Moreover isn’t Paypal a password away?
That beautiful word.. that makes them seem close like today..
‘Checkout’.. 
Praising God for facilities like collect+.. can’t stand any delay..
Finally, I spy the lovely button.. Tonight its got sparkles..
I click it.. CONFIRM. Whoooosshhh.. Takes me away!

Stephanie Okafor.


Hi guys,

Hahaha, so this was definitely where I was some months back. So glad it never got to the level of oniomania. 

Our week’s feature totally inspired this poem which took me about 20 minutes to put together. Did it read well? Lol.. I never know how I would introduce my posts till I’m in front of my laptop..

Anyways, as guessed, this week’s feature is in the retail industry.. lets get to it. 

The inspiration for this feature is a bit different from the norm as it had to all be channelled within 3 days coupled with the fact that he wasn’t going to the office as the pictures were taken.

This shouldn’t make so much of a difference though as I caught up with our feature while he was on his grind for his company still and these looks are precisely how he rolls back at the office daily.


Chikodi Ukaiwe
Occupation: Online Retail
Interest(s): My Girlfriend.


Look 1



Shirt: New Look
Trousers: Topman
Tan Belt: River Island
Messenger Bag: Vintage Boss
Sunshades: River Island
Tan Shoes: Topman
Wrist Watch: Hugo Boss
Style – The Urban Vibe





Look 2



Dark Blue Shirt: New Look
Tan Trousers: Topman
Black Belt: Ralph Lauren
Brown Shoes: Topman
Eyewear: River Island
Socks: River Island
Style – The Sophisticate





Look 3



Tartan Print Shirt: Forever 21
Tan Trousers: Topman
Dark Brown Belt: River Island
Dark Brown Shoes: Topman
Man Bag: Calvin Klein
Socks: River Island
Eyewear: River Island
Style – The Day Tripper







Look 4










Crisp White Shirt: UNI-QLO
Blue Trousers: Topman
Socks: River Island
Tan Shoes: Topman
Messenger Bag: Vintage Boss
Eyewear: River Island
Style – The Uptown Hero






Look 5


 



Shirt: New Look
Blue Trousers: Topman
Tan Belt: River Island
Tan shoes: Topman
Style – The Good Sport


That’s it folks. Thanks so much Chikodi for letting us have you on here.

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“I should warn you that under these clothes I’m wearing boxer shorts and I know how to use them.” – Robert Orben.








The5KShop | Reunion | Drake | Vogue Festival



Hi guys,

How’re you doing? *does the Wendy Williams wrist movement*. I am sincerely not having the best times in my life right now but I am still so thankful and grateful.

Thanks to y’all for reading and supporting the blog. Means loads to me. 
I’d go right into this week’s feature if you all don’t mind as we have loads to go throughout this week.



I really love this picture from last weekend so I’m just going to drop it here. Details later on this post.

First stop, the newest retail store in town. I am so happy to be a part of this process and I assure you its definitely not going to be one of those online stores that fade away after a while.


The 5K Shop is an independent online retailer based in Lagos, Nigeria; officially launched on 05 April, 2014.

They offer a wide variety of products ranging from branded products to our own label. They understand that your wardrobe and wallet are personal that is why there is a price cap on N5,000 on their site. Their  promise is that no item they stock will exceed N5,000 however, with an unbeatable range of quality products, you get all the value for every kobo spent on your wardrobe.

They offer Nationwide Delivery with free delivery costs for orders N15,000 and above in Lagos only). All major cards are acceptable on their payment gateway which is CBN approved with SSL certificates, 24/7 monitoring and other myriad methods to keep you totally covered!
They also offer other payment methods for your convenience like Bank Transfers and Pay On Delivery.

The 5K Shop has developed an easy and smooth return policy, they work hard at ensuring you derive utmost satisfaction from our products but in the unfortunate event where you have been sent wrong or faulty products, please let them know within 24 hours of receiving the product and they will arrange a pick up on their tab. (Please read more about this in the Pre Sales segment of our FAQs).

I really hope you find their website easy on the eyes and very interactive, please feel free to request information on any product on their site, their customer service would be glad to help quickly.
Deliveries in Lagos, 2-3 working days and nationwide, 2-5 working days.

Other lines like Male Accessories, Home Accessories and Utility are being worked on and will be added very soon. Be patient with them please.

To contact them use any the following media:
– ‘Contact’ page on www.the5kshop.com (here)
– @the5kshop Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest and YouTube)
– Facebook Page is The5kshop

I would love to own everything they have in stock at the5kshop but here at metrogypsie, we are very conscious of our wallets as we try to represent the regular lady/gent on her/his grind, therefore I’d pick my favourite items;



Sexy Long Sleeve Mesh Crop Top – N2,900.. click to buy




Laser Cut Lace Skirt – N5,000.. click to buy




Round Neck Pleated Boho Midi Dress – N5,000.. click to buy


Irregular Sleeve False Two-Piece – N5,000.. click to buy




Loose Chiffon Pallazo Pants – N4,900.. click to buy




Candy Cropped Pants – N4,500.. click to buy




Colourful Plaid Chiffon Blouse – N5,000.. click to buy

Hope you have a great experience with them. I have no doubts you would.


My Reunion

So my alma mater, Leeds University Business School (LUBS) invited some of us from my class to all expense paid 3-day reunion. Like they flew in over 7 people from Asia, a couple from America etc. We were 35 that showed up to discuss and strategize on better platforms for networking, during a full day session in between two fabulous dinners.
It was such a fun and refreshing trip, getting to see everyone downstairs at breakfast, keeping up with each other, then shopping during breaks and then the fab dinner banter.



Bob Marley Tee: Primark
Acid Wash Denim Skirt: Newlook
Converse: Office

This was Saturday, the day after, shopping with Olga.
Didn’t get a picture on the day I arrived. Had a small dinner with 3 of my friends that same day but didn’t take any photos and haven’t been able to lay my hands on the ones that were taken.


The First Dinner



Mui’s Green Jacket: Loved it so much. From some Chinese retail site
Pink Backless LongSleeved Top: Newlool
Black Skirt With Front Slit: River Island (Sale)
Shoes: Warehouse (TkMaxx)
– Mui, Stephanie, Olga
– Olga, Stephanie, Jeageun and his new wifey




Kenyan brother from another mother, Chris.
We were the only Africans in our class of 88 people.




BFFs, Olga, Miguel, Neil, Stephanie.







Yeah all these were from the first dinner.



The Main Event



Dress: Hybrid
Blue Shoes: Hobbs
Bag: Michael Kors
Scarf: Ralph Lauren Replica (here)
Stephanie and Constantina




– Cassey, Stephanie, Olga
– Phillip, Stephanie, Miguel


Adi, Cass, Stephanie, Phillip.
This was the main daytime event where we brainstormed and shared ideas, inconclusively though.


Final Dinner with Prof. Peter Buckley OBE



Drop Hem Dress: Dorothy Perkins (Sale)
Shoes: Primark
Purse: Aldo


Mui and Stephanie Selfie..

– Cass, Stephanie, Olga
– Cass, Beth, Stephanie
Beth runs a really great blog for expatriates in India click here to take a peek.


Shuo, Stephanie and Kun

– Chris, Stephanie, Miguel
– Miguel, Neil, Stephanie, Olga, Chris


Chris and Adi.. *Awkward*

the sane group picture..

the crazy group picture.



The Drake Concert

So I layered my crop tops for this look and wore the denim 3/4 dungarees.
Long Sleeved Crop Top: Topshop (similar from the5kshop here)
Sleeveless Looney Tunes Crop: Asos (almost similar here)
Dungarees: Thrifted
Shoes: Office
Stephanie and Ify



Vogue Festival Day One – Talk With Garavani Valentino



Dress: Zara (I think its so Chanel SS 2014 inspired)
Footwear: Nike
Messenger Bag: Ted Baker

Friend, Remi..

Trying my utmost best to show in this picture with the legend himself, Valentino.


Vogue Festival Day Two – Talk With Naomi Campbell and Franca Sozanni

Lacey Top: Primark
Pants: Had this for two years now, probably thrifted, can’t recall.
Shoes: Kitch and Honey

Vogue Festival Selfies with the friends..



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“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” – Oscar Wilde.

My Nigerian Designers Work Style Week





Hi Guys,

Putting up this post under two duvets, one pillow and honey+lemon mix in a hotel room where
I have to check out in 22 minutes. Ugh. 

My alumni (International Business class on 2011) reunion has come to an end, an exciting and nostalgic past 3 days this has been. I don’t know if this was part of the goals of our former tutors who organised the all expense paid trip but I feel like these friends I made while at Leeds are like family now. *wails* Never been good with goodbyes though you wouldn’t notice any trace of sadness looking at me. Oh well..

35 of us flown from Asia, America and Europe and well catered to at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds, the reunion was geared towards finding a platform where we could all network with each other better. In between two fabulous dinners (Sunday and Monday) we all had to discuss amongst ourselves in tables of 10 on Monday on the way forward. I sincerely hope we kickstart something really serious soon. 

Okay, I think I have to put my luggage together and head to the reception at least.. Be right back guys..

Now on the train, had to say the final byes, took a couple pictures, ripped my jacket in the process, replaced and now on the train enroute London.

The #BuyNigerian campaign is one so dear to my heart so I decided to go all Nigerian this week to my office and then did a shoot.
Seeing as metrogypsie is all about versatility with work fashion, this post would be a Work & Afterwork looks of a said outfit.  
The outfits are from some young and upcoming brands which I think show promise and one much more established brand. They all have different strategies and way they run their labels (obviously) and I love them all and what they stand for.


Monday

1. WORK in AYABA



Bag: Marc B (large sold out, get the mini giselle here)
Shoes: River Island (on Asos, find the all black ones here)
This multi-way striped dress is such an elegant look for a Monday. Its length and neckline are very conservative and fitting for the whole first day of the week demeanour everyone sort of has.
The waist as well, that cut makes it appear smaller hence giving one a lovelier curve. It also has a cute cut outs by both of the collar-bones.
N12,000 – N15,000
£42.65 – £53.13


AFTERWORK (shopping in AYABA)



Red Shoes: TKMaxx Germany (Love them so much but my fat feet are about to rip the stitches at the higher end of it off, lol get patent version here)
White Messenger Bag: Zara (similar one available here)
I was torn between two bags, so I used this one to go shopping earlier and switched to the one below.


AFTERWORK (Drinks with friends in AYABA)



Bag: Forever 21 (similar one here)
Yeah, so this is a bit match match but I still love it love it.








Tuesday

2. WORK in Chechi Arinze



Bag: Lous Vuitton (get the Mirabeaux GM here)
River Island (similar one here)
White Tank Top: Primark
Yellow Jacket: Lovely Wholesale
Chechi Arinze’s finishings are the very best. Loved this skirt, beautifully cut out accentuating one’s hour glass figure from the bottom. The fabric mix is very work friendly too. Wish I got more ready to wear clothes from her but I had to travel a couple days after I got my item.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N8,000 – N10,000
£28.45 – £28.82



AFTERWORK (Mate’s birthday dinner in Chechi Arinze)



Crop Top: Topshop
Clutch: 212 Duty Free Gift
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Quite an easy transformation from the outfit I wore to the office. To be honest, these shoes are such a huge pain, you should have an alternative or sit down for most of your time out. Be careful not to get too stuffed to avoid a belly bulge.
Last pose inspired by one of my past features here.)








Wednesday

3. WORK in Knoye Kouture



Bag: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Shoes: New Look
Top: Random Store
This top was actually made with an extremely beautiful top with an amber coloured stretch cotton fabric mixed with the fabric of the skirt at the sleeves. I wasn’t in the mood to be all match hence my choice of top. The skirt has pockets and its fullness is so glam!
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N2,000 – N4,000
£7 – £14


AFTERWORK (shopping and calling in Knonye Kouture)



Orange Crop Top: Topshop
Orange Purse: Camden Town Market
Yellow Sandals: Guiseppe Zanotti
I’m so obsessed with crop tops and you can see how much I enjoyed taking pictures in this skirt.






Thursday

4. Work in Elegante by Tiannah Styling



Bag: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Platforms: Aldo (get it here)
Don’t you just love the cut outs of this dress. It has a lovely feel on the skin and just screams spring. Might not work as a work wear in a really cooperate environment though. You can always rock it to something else that’s work related.  I really love the pattern combination.
N45,000 – N50,000
£160 – £180



AFTERWORK (Cocktail Event in Elegante by Tiannah Styling)



Vogue Covers Cut-Out Purse: Thrifted
Sandals: Lipsy






Friday

5. WORK in Knonye Kouture



Bag: Celine
Shoes: Pamars
As you might agree this outfit really works for a Friday at places where dress down is the case. You could pair the skirt with another top if you aren’t sure you can pull this off together.  The slit is so gorgeous exactly where it is. The fullness of the peplum got me.
Ordering from Knoye Kouture is also very easy as they are really flexible with your wants and needs. They also deliver to any and everywhere. They are also relatively affordable, just beautiful.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N5,000 – N8,000
£17 – £28




AFTERWORK (Dinner Date in Knoye Kouture)



Sequinned Top: Mssguided
Sandals: Topshop
Clutch: TKMaxx







Saturday

6. WORK in 1463



Lacey Skirt: Miss Selfridge (get similar colour here)
Sandals: Dorothy Perkins (had since 2010)
Beat by Dre Headphones: Gift
Bag: Same as Monday’s WORK
I got the 1463 t shirt 4 years ago at one of the LPMs in Lagos and decided to include it in this post because I really like the top. Tshirts can be worn to the office in loads of ways irrespective of the corporation’s dress code. Today is Saturday so I am actually working overtime.
Click for previous post published in YNaija for styling Tees to work.




AFTERWORK (Sight-seeing in 1463)



Messenger Bag: Sames as Monday’s 2nd Afterwork
Booties: Republic







Sunday


7. Day in Itunu Fabrics



Back: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Sandals: Kurt Geiger (shoeaholics.com)
Pictures don’t really do the sharpness of the colours on this silk fabric enough justice. I actually loved it more when I got my outfit. They deliver worldwide and are flexible with your needs too.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her law school style wardrobe.
N6,000
£22 – £25




Quoted prices are all subject to fabric availability, the styles you want, exchange rates and all what not.

Yes, so that’s all for this week and probably next guys! I know we all love the international brands but always try a mix. Support Nigerian designers because it would only lead to job creation and innovation. Buy Nigerian Buy Nigerian Buy Nigerian.

Our next post would have pictures from all the plentiful events I’d be attending this weekend and next week. Also pictures from my alumni reunion like these ones;






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Do have a lovely week ahead guys..


xx













“The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.” Madeleine Vionnet.