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.


Back To The Studying Life

Hi guys,

Thank you so much for the support, response and feedback from the sophomore post.  Welcome to the next one. Lol☺.


Most of us have been in or know people who have been in situations whereby work experience doesn’t seem adequate to take that plunge into a preferable role, get a promotion or get into the fancy company you desire. There are also various other reasons to decide to study further . One could enjoy studying a specific subject and decide to continue it, you could have been offered a scholarship or you may want to change career paths and getting that postgraduate or professional qualification is a prerequisite.


Your reason might be as certain as them ones listed above or just bare confusion whereby you decide to study and while at it, consider available options for your future. 

So just trying to be clear, we haven’t lost the plot everything done here on metrogypsie is centred around ‘the lady on her grind’.

Well, our feature this week is a young woman who from a personal perspective decided that taking some time off work to study was the best option.

Onyeka Udechukwu
Occupation: Undergrad, MSc Business Innovation (Queen Mary University, London)
Interests: Shopping,Fashion, Jewellery, Dreaming.


Monday
Hair band – Marks & Spencer
Jacket – French Connection
Pink jumper – H&M
Black tights – Zara
Shoes – Dr Martens
Bag – Louis Vuitton 
Hat – Nameless shop on my street
Green scarf – Mango
Style Inspiration: Sincerely my only inspiration today was the snow.. We all had a seminar on Saturday which was cancelled only after we all got to school due to the weather so I was going to skip classes today as well due to the weather also but I knew Steph would have my head on a platter. It was so cold I layered my head pieces as well. Like, who does that? 


 
        

 





Tuesday
Jacket – Mango
Black long sleeved top – Miss Selfridges
Jeans – River Island
Shoes – Aldo
Bag – Hermès
Style Inspiration: Lovely day compared to the weekend. When I considered all the work I had to do today, seeing as my project supervisor whose office is really far from my lecture halls wasn’t at school on Monday, I had to keep it simple. I also had socks on and hoped these shoes wouldn’t make me slip but thankfully all was well and good. So the fact I had to run around for my project was be inspiration.


 

 






Wednesday
Jacket – Warehouse
Denim top – Miss Selfridges
Faux leather skirt – Warehouse
Tights – Same as Monday
Shoes – Asos
Bag – Chloé
Style Inspiration: I think this week I finally let go of the sad feelings of being in school again after being fully employed. You know, walking around from bus stop to bust stop to underground station, studying into the night and all. I decided to draw on this new senation and go to school looking like a school girl. So there..


 

 

 






Thursday

Jumper – Marks & Spencer
Jeans – Apple bottoms
Belt – Tommy Hilfiger
Black long sleeved top – Same as Tuesday
Shoes – Ugg
Bag – Same as Wednesday
Style Inspiration: Oh well, from the side of my bed where I woke up this morning I could see Friday with its lovely face smiling at me so I decided to keep it cool. I was so excited I am sure you would see that from my pictures. Steph had no criticism with them lot because I was radiating joy all the way during my session.












Friday

Orange Jacket – Mango
Black dress – Karen Millen
Tights – Same as Monday & Wednesday
Shoes – Russell and Bromley
Bag – Christian Dior
Style Inspiration: 3 words, dissertation proposal presentation. I was going to look all serious and bland, with black shoes as well then I remembered my days working in Lagos and how Friday was always a day of joy where one had to be ready for drinks or something in the evening. This made me add colour in form of my shoes and jacket.

 

 

 








Saturday

These are pictures from the seminar that never took place as she explained on the Monday look above. I really wonder what the inspiration was before she got to school I’m sure it had nothing to do with building and hugging a cold man though..oh well..








There it goes from shopperholic Onyeka. 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 Onyeka who would then wear the look in a follow-up post.

The winner from the previous post has been chosen  by Maddy on the comment section of that post (here). Also, I decided to put the outfit details and inspiration before the pictures. Does this seem better? Kindly drop a comment so I would know.

Thanks guys,
Catch you next time.
*mwah*











‘We hand-cut the cloth. Then we shape it. And baste it. And sew it. And button-hole it. By hand.’ – Groshire-Austin Leeds AD.






PilOt | #HauteyOfTheWeek, Madalina. #Debut


Asides the day I took my Bloomberg exams, I cannot remember having to stare blankly at my computer screen this long. Whoop! there goes my first sentence.


Anyways, welcome to my blog people :). This is going to be something like a lookbook. Periodically, I would put up posts of people, mostly females. Each feature would have pictures (possibly a Monday to Friday thing) showing what the person had on on each day and what inspired that look. I have always been beguiled by work wear…not just items in a store labelled as office clothes or whatever but what a lady would eventually decide to wear while in a bid to secure the necessities of life..


This is basically the idea behind metrogypsie.  I only hope I would successfully juggle this with my really tasking day job.


So then, here we go..

Maddy
Occupation: Finance (Deloitte LLP, London)
Interests: Handball, Fitness, Meeting people, Music.





Monday


Cream coloured Jacket – H&M, 

Black/Grey Dress – French Connection UK
Shoes – Newlook
Scarf and Bag – Random
Sheer coloured tights

Style Inspiration: Okay so this is one of my ummmph work dresses.. I went for an art exhibition (fancy huh) on Sunday and met so many posh people so I was in high spirits on Monday morning lol. Was in the mood to get some office attention so, yes..








 

Tuesday

Black/White Jacket: My tailor back home (Romania)

Baby Pink with black lapel Jacket: Select
White Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Jane Norman
Shoes: Newlook
Sheer coloured tights

Style Inspiration: Today, I decided to look a tad serious and warm. I did not want to wear colour but managed red lip stick and a pony tail to look innocent too. *wink*

 





Wednesday

Black Jacket: Newlook

Red Dress: Collection
Shoes: Newlook
Sheer coloured tights

Style Inspiration: I had Victoria Bekham in mind while I dressed up this morning lol…okay maybe not with the length of my shoe heels. I am not sure why I’m smiling cos Steph made me almost strip in the cold. Anyway, I felt elegant and dressed elegantly. 





Thursday

Black dress: Dorothy Perkins

Jacket: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Newlook

Style Inspiration: I have two dates today.. *giggles* hence this my simple and classic number. Got back from my coffee date before this shoot. i love love this dress cos although the bottom is so tight without a slit, I walk slowly but really lady like as well and it accentuates my body real good. I love it for a first impression. My inspirations today were my dates basically. Steph made me stand like hangers…said its the model stance. Ha!





..and its Friday!

Dress: Topshop

Boots: Newlook
Style Inspiration: Lol, thats how this silly babe says she’s tired of typing.. So I’d handle this bit.. Mad is  a surfer chic in her daily style routine,,you know like em beach loving…life is always a beach sorta people. She likes to drape anything on and just chill. She really hates work clothes. Well yeah so she basically did same today. Its Friday and as you might already know we dress down over here. She had to do black tights as against sheer ones because I think the dress sticks to her body so much and the back goes really short at some point after she walks for a bit. 

 
I am not sure if these outfits truly depict me I actually love to wear make-up but mostly when I’m going out on a date or to party. Besides I was instructed to let my dressing flow with my moods and all that this week by you-kno-who. Yes and I really love Newlook shoes. I think they get super comfortable quickly and are extremely affordable. Besides she a Subject Matter Expert at work meaning she always has to patrol around her department, her comfort is imperative.
 
There it goes from Pink Scarf Madalina. Thanks babe for letting us have you on here.
 
Do leave a comment below 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 Maddy who would then wear the look in a follow-up post.
 
Thanks guys,
Catch you next time.
*mwah*
 
“I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.” – Katharine Hepburn.
 
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