One Year Anniversary Special




Hi guys,


Metrogypsie is one today !!!!!! I’m supposed to publish posts on Tuesdays henceforth but seeing

as its the anniversary today I changed plans. :). So yeah, obviously we would do something different this week and then next week, we should have something special as well. 

I am so grateful to all of you that feature, READ and share my posts. You mean everything to me and make this more worthwhile. THANK YOU !


metrogypsie
/ˈrɛtrəʊdʒɪpsi/

adjective
  1. 1.
    denoting of a style or fashion that transcends from serious to laid-back
  1. 2.   style genre.. relating to versatility of a particular look clothes, music, or style
    3.   a work fashion brand

Okay, that was just for clarity. 🙂

Lets get right into our features..

Goke Omoluyi



He is totally on that metrogypsie ish with this smart and chilled out look he’s got going.

– Favourite Fashion Item?: My favourite fashion item at the moment are a pair of Zara tasselled loafers. They dress up any outfit I have on and add a dapper touch to everything.

– Your take on work fashion?: Fashion at work is inspiring. Its refreshing to see that people actually pay attention to how they look while at work and it classes up the place. 
That being said, don’t over do it. Its a work place not a fashion show.



Diana Edeh



– Favourite Fashion Item?: I’ve got two of them.. Shoes and Lipstick. 🙂

– Your take on work fashion?: Fashion while  at work is comfort and expressive.



JS Stylefigure



– Favourite Fashion Item?: The Bowtie which is the highest accessory in men’s fashion! So its my website’s logo.

– Your take on work fashion?: Ah ok! For me, this fashion thing is an art.. It’s a way of people showing who they are, inspiring people without actually telling them. Its another way of self expression.




Onyeka Udechukwu



– Favourite Fashion Item?: The Little Black Dress. Always a standby. dressy or smart casual. Also perfect for the office or after work hours. HELLO METROGYPSIE.

– Your take on work fashion?: I cannot imagine life without style. The confidence and personality it brings out in you and in front of your clients. It sells for sure.




Segun Ayandele



– Favourite Fashion Item?: For men, I always wear a nice bracelet and watch, and no, not the chain bracelets.
For ladies, earrings and the necklace and bracelet as well. Not a fan of waistbands or anklets.

– Your take on work fashion?: For me yea, fashion means it all. Its one of the many ways I can show my individual uniqueness. My dressing shows my expression to the world. At work, we dress to suite our jobs and lifestyle. A farmer wouldn’t wear a 3-piece suit to the farm right? At the end of the day, fashion is whatever makes you feel good about you, but hey, have some decency too. Lol
So yea, I agree with fashion at work so long as its appropriate.




Sally Iriri-Adegoke



– Favourite Fashion Item?: My favourite fashion item is my pair of Jimmy Choo pointy toed shoes, they are a super comfortable classic and are always in my car for whenever I have to switch from casual to chic in the course of my day.

– Your take on work fashion?: Fashion at work is underrated. As a screenwriter, my mates would disagree with me. 




Tyvn



– Favourite Fashion Item?: My Buddha to Buddha bracelet (made of silver and leather).

Tyvn (out of the coveralls)



– Your take on work fashion?: Personnels on the rig have to wear the boots, coveralls and glasses for safety reasons. They wear it cos its mandatory and sometimes it doesn’t fit right. 
There’s a difference between wearing your clothes and owning it or getting completely worn out by the colours, shape or size of what you wear. 
Truth is we live in a very visual society where everyone is judged by their appearance. 
Fashion is how you carry yourself in whatever it is you wear, poise, charisma, character.



Yewande Sobamowo



– Favourite Fashion Item?: Pencil skirts

– Your take on work fashion?: Fashion at work is Critical to build the image required for excellence. Think gladiators in suits.





Machu Atuanya



– Favourite Fashion Item?: Shoes

– Your take on work fashion?: It makes work bearable.





Stephanie Ij



– Favourite Fashion Item?: Pencil heeled shoes.

– Your take on work fashion?: www.metrogypsie.org.



So there you go guys. Thanks to all my features this week, was a real pleasure putting this together.

My profound gratitude goes out again to all of you who read this blog and my feature on the debut post, Maddy. 

Thanks to all who give me ideas like Onoja and Lizzie, lovely words and support from Alrhemist, Barbara, Andy, Amaka, Nelly, Oluchi, Sheisboki, Poshbug, Michelle, Ikechukwu and GorgeousBSkin (to name a few)… those of you who encourage me with your retweets, Lippielover, Purpletweetyb, Ade3uwa, Nwabiaije and loyalty; Nonye, Fola, Ujufanta and Adaora Och. 

Do have a lovely week and keep on reading.

Love you, yes, you!


xx






“Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma.” – John Fairchild.






How I Spent My Holiday – Christmas



Hi  guys,


How have you done so far with your new year resolutions?? 

Welcome to 2014! Yipppppie!!!


So this week, I am going to share pictures from my two-week holiday in Nigeria. Hope you enjoy it and learn a thing or two..hehehe.. 🙂



18 December 2013



My sister, Elizabeth-Thelma dragged me along to her job. 
It was the Fayrouz L’original campaign event at Oriental Hotel.


Bumped into my friend Jackie whilst on her MTVBase grind. 
You all know how much I love my ladies on their grind.
She made me answer some red carpet questions and of course I was yarning balls. LOLL!
(Next picture) with Gbemi Olatero of Drive Time Show on The Beat FM 99.9, Lagos.




Making faces with the sistuurr towards the end of the event.


In exchange for the IVs, we were given Fayrouz currency for food, drinks and the bidding afterwards. I won a spa date at Make-Over Surulere for 7,500 Rouz. Hehehe..



19 December 2013

 

Sleep over with my day-ones..



Prior to sleeping we had a meal..



…and a random photo session back at the house. Lol.



20 December 2013




Day out with the sisturrrss.. Amaka, Elizabeth-Thelma and Nelly.



Lagos Nights with the sisturrsss..




21 December 2013



Former friend plus-oned me to some wedding at Tafawa Balewa Square.. 




We MMR’d as well at the Eko Hotel and Suites..
I didn’t get to take good pictures, that night was something else. Weird one.
(Music Meets Runway)



22 December 2013



CMB’s End Of Year Party at the Civic Centre with the sisturrss..




23 December 2013



Spent some days at my villa where my mum fed me like I was a dying kid.. 
This was constantly in front of my 3x daily.. *sigh*


24 December 2013




Daddy’s birthday.. *whoop* 


25 December 2013


Church with my other mummy in Enugu.. 



Post mass photo session.. *sigh*





Just some lil Enugu behaviour for the road..




Had to see my God-Daughter named after me as well. Chimamanda Stephanie.. 🙂



God-Daughter’s siblings.. xx




Finally met Santa Arida!!! My girl. Oluchi’s munchkin.. Had to do some aunty duties.. hehehe..




Uju’s bridal shower..



26 December 2013



My girl, Uju got stitched up !!  🙂



My very able date.. Best boy.. :*



A very lovely wedding indeed.. We all had a good time.



Beautiful cousins and all.. :* :*
School daughter’ and darling friend’s handsome son (in the next picture).. :*




29 December 2013

Friend dragged me along to Skymit Limited’s Tayo Ayeni 51st birthday.
Have no pictures from there asides these with Emmy Collins.



31 December 2013



Eventually got to meet ‘ the sister’, Nkiru.. With her hips of life!
(Next picture) Adeoye (my fav buddy), the couple, Inyene & Jumoke Benson and Nelly.


01 January 2014



Got to see my good friend Chikodi and his girlfriend, Debola..
Next picture is me sporting the same outfit as Rihanna’s mum.. Lol.



Caught up with my baby Nnenna finally after lord knows how long.. *yaaay*




Nelly and I chilled with our friends from NYSC, Abiodun and Ejike, doing big things in their various lives.. 




02 January 2014


Needed amala from Olaiya but she wasn’t open on this day, January 2nd so I settled from Amala Shitta in Surulere, Lagos. 




Most brilliant evening with Diana and her friends at Prive. Wish we hung out moreeeeee..


03 January 2014



Last outing was Ure’s wedding.. Didn’t stay more that 65 minutes though..



So yes guys, that’s it. Hung out with other people like my lil sis, Adaora and friend Patrick and did some other stuff I forgot to take pictures during.

I didn’t make an elaborate list of my New Years resolutions as I usually do but I want to reduce my junk food intake, be less generous 🙁 and love those who deserve it much more.

Had a great time back home. Real life resumed again this past week *sigh*.

Send me an email if you wanna be featured on the blog on;
metrogypsie@gmail.com 
OR
stephanie@metrogypsie.org


Wish you all a splendid 2014 !!!!!!!








“If you are a dog and your owner suggests you wear a sweater. . . suggest that he wear a tail.” – Fran Lebowitz.



My Christmas Inspired Work Looks – 8 days.






Hi Guys,

How’re you doing? *does the Wendy wrist movement*.. I am very well myself thanks to the fact I am

currently spending my holiday in my home country, Nigeria. 
This is most likely going to be the last post for this year and I would be making it the extensive version of the article I did for Jaguda.com. Click here for the said article.

Without much ado here it is..


Ding Dong Merrily on High in Heaven the Bells are Ringing… Silent Night Holy Night… Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly Fa la la la la la la la la… Jingle Bell Jingle Jingle All the Way… All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth…Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very Shiny Nose… Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow… Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
Theses are the top 8 Christmas songs that continuously play in my head this same time year after year since my performance during my High School’s huge Christmas event back in 2002.
Sincerely speaking, this isn’t my favorite part of the year, in fact, Christmas carols sound so depressing I cannot begin to explain my unending struggle for joy during this period. It’s concisely an if-you-cannot-beat-them-join-them time but this year, I have decided to dress my inhibitions away.
As obsessed with Work Fashion as I am, I decided to frock it ‘like Christmas’ for the first 5 working days in December, 2 days in the weekend and 1 last one I termed ‘the morning after’. Hahaha.. Yes I just couldn’t stop once I started. *Hides my face*. An infusion of the Christmas colors in all looks..
So yeah, here..


1. Ghostly Lace



The look below is a conversion if there’s a do after work hours.
(Jacket: Zara, Top: TKMaxx, Day Time bag: Louis Vuitton, Night Time bag: Aldo, Shoes: Christian Louboutin.)



2. Greench Kid



Quirky back-to-school inspired outfit. Dress code at some jobs could be this flexible. If not, be inspired by the velvet infusion.
(Pinafore: Miss Selfridges, Shirt: Personal Design, Shoes: Republic, Socks: Local market).




3.  Nativity Rock



The jumper encapsulates the very essence of Christmas, which if not taken care easily takes a backseat in our minds. Top can be paired with a smart straight or very full skirt as well.
(Jumper: Topman, Shorts: H&M, Rucksack: Forever 21, Chelsea Boots: Topshop).


4. Pretty Edgy


Another great texture combination, the snuggly furry feel of this jumper with hard structural look of faux leather.
(Sweater – Local Market, Skirt: Asos, Ahopper Bag: Folli Follie)




5. One-Piece



Simple jumper-dress. Doesn’t have to be worn as an off shoulder. Added the belt to give the dress some shape.
(Dress: Tu, Boots: Jones, Bag: Marc B).




6. Vintage Print



Donned this gorge dress for my client’s Christmas party. Shoes were a tad uncomfortable though.
(Dress: Sheinside.com, Bag: Religion, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Birdcage: Aldo)


7.  Gold Strands



Carol of Nine Lessons after church today, seeing as I’d been alternating between Red and Green all week, decided on this.
(Dress: Asos, Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Purse: TKMaxx)

8. Morning After



Tartan prints have been such a huge trend this year so why not?
(Jumper: Primark, Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt, Pants: River Island, Bag & Shoes: Labeled above).

There you go..

Hope you loved this as much as I do.

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Love you

xx




“Just around the corner in every woman’s mind, is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creation of her.” – Wilhela Cushman

What Do You Want For Christmas??




Simple



Lego Builder iPhone Case – This can be found here and is a really cute gift.
Dumbbell Alarm Clock – Found here, this could be a silly gift to a colleague who perpetually comes late to the job.


Splurge

 

Soft embossed Oxford Shoes – You might have to sneak these to whoever the lucky sod on the receiving end is. Found here.

Versus Versace Black Saffiano Leather Safety Pin Shopping Bag

 – Found here, this is such a statement gift to that work colleague you have eyes on.

Hi guys,

..tis the season to be jolly, tralalalalalalalala.. *whoop* *whoop*.  I am really trying to immerse myself in the whole Christmas shenanigan. 

Truthfully, I am not one to be excessively excited during the yuletide but I always make an effort to appreciate the real reason for the season and try to glorify Jesus, his parents and the Holy Spirit, most especially his mum for gifting us with the Nativity.

This week guess how many features we’ve got? 

Well, quite a number of working ladies and gents who are going to share their Christmas wish lists. 
You should hopefully be inspired if struggling to decide on what to get your friends and foes alike or basically just be enthralled.


Metrogypsie Suggests

A lot of offices make this period fun by playing the secret santa game amongst teams/units. Whatever the case may be at your work place, when getting gifts for colleagues, its best to keep it simple, no need to attract raised eyebrows. 

Not a fan of office romance but the only reason to go a bit over board is if you fancy him or her.. then yes! This is the season to get something that could be suggestive or set the tone for…


…then the people spoke.


1.) The Social Worker (Canada)

















Goke: Gummy Bears. I really love them, could eat 3 packs in one day.
I actually want a Mini Cooper S, but I’ll settle for Gummies..



For gummy bear lovers out there, found so many people suggest online that soaking em in vodka or some form of alcohol is a fun way to have em.



2.) The Trainee (Abuja)


Seember: I would love a return ticket to Dubia.

I really wanted to spend Christmas away from Nigeria and even though Dubai is a predominantly Muslim country, its a nice destination for some much needed recoup.
Lord knows I am long overdue for some peace and quiet. being able to pack up and leave these zones for a few days is not luxury, its a necessity for one’s sanity.

Tell me about traveling. I totally get where she is coming from. 



3.) The Finance Advisor (London)
Greg: A Ted Baker Messenger Bag.. 

I have been using the same one for years.
You can get this good looking bag here.



4.) The Fashion Designer (Abuja)
Nonye: I would love love love to get a pair of Christian Louboutin Red Patent Leather Chilli Pointed Toe Pumps.

I have craved those pair of shoes since like forever but somehow, I haven’t gotten around to order a pair for myself and it would go with every of my outfits especially during this joyful Christmas season.
OR
An Ipad Air though. 

I’ve always wanted to change my blackberry playbook to an iPad as that restricts me from downloading certain apps I need as a business/work lady.


Extremely difficult to find these shoes in same colour in stock. Everything’s sold out. These 100mm pigalles here, are in a different colour and similar.
Argos had the lowest price for the tablet. Find here.



5.) The Cyber-security & Mgt. Student (Warwick)




Raymond: I want a PS4 and TLC.

This is just because I get lonely too often.




Click here for the PlayStation 4..
Hahaha at the second request, one can only hope Santa comes through. Here for great spa deals anyways.



6.) The Finance Guru (London)



Miriam: Jo Malone Gift Set.

I love her collection.
This is fast becoming a favourite amongst ladies in the UK. I have never tried any of her fragrances. Should correct that as soon as possible. For a wide variety of gift sets containing her stuff, click here.



7.) The Entrepreneur (Abuja)
Charles: For Christmas I would like a TSATSAS bag. They are beautifully minimal, suitably majestic and luxurious bags made by a German husband and wife design duo.

As I work for myself, I tend to carry around my office with me. My laptop, iPad, wallet, money, chargers, pens, these things need a home that accurately represents my personal style and the aesthetic I feel most comfortable with. At moment, I have a bag I was given as a Christmas present a few years ago. Its a Selfridges x Henry Holland cloth tote which just isn’t big or smart enough. Fingers crossed, I’ll get my bag. Santa knows I have been the portrait of goodness this year.



If I were Santa, you sure would be getting this trendy bag. All that explanation was so convincing.
Well, when you eventually uncross those fingers or if some admirer stumbles on this post, click here to request.




8.) The Photographer (London)
Wincey: I want chocolate from Selfridges, they are called Pink Champagne.

This is because there is nothing in life I want at the moment.
Aww bless your little cotton socks dear.. Here’s a real quick link to get these cute looking aphrodisiac.




9.) The Banker (Lagos)
Sina Yilu: I want a job for my girlfriend. 🙂

Eerrr, she needs not to be idle…and money too.
*insert tear drops*.. Such a thoughtful man. Gidijobs is a recruitment site for Nigerian jobs run by a friend of mine, its not that popular yet therefore your chances are high when you apply to a vacancy on here. Also for Customer Sales Roles in Lagos, send cv to recruitment@professionalgems.com (you should have completed NYSC though).




10.) The User Experience Designer (London)
Antonia Anni: I’d love people to give more reason for the season, Christ.

Its your Life.

also..

A Nintendo DS XL with game bundles.

I grew up gaming and its a part of my life but I do not have time these days to sit for the hours I’d love to on a PS or XBOX. Plus I gave my old DS out, so I’m in need of something bigger and better for my favourite games..

lastly..

A DNA test from 23 and me..

I’m a curious person, maybe too curious sometimes but I’d really love to have information on my background, my genetic make up.. Its interesting and may blow my mind but its still amazing to know.


Giving more reason to the season involves you taking some time off partying and celebrating and putting some toward the actual birth of Christ, showing gratitude my the way you lead your lives and also helping those who are not as privileged as you are. If in Nigeria’s Lagos, Abuja or Benin, Christmas On The Streetz is a great way to give back, here for more information.
Click here for the Nintendo..
More about your ancestry and health related genetic tests here.




11.) The Information Analyst (Texas)


Moyo: A Microsoft Surface

I do not have a tablet anymore.


These look so innovative. 32GB can be found here.






12.) The Telecomm/Network Engineer (Philadelphia)
Ijeoma Illoh: I want shoes!!!!

I am a ‘shoeaholic’.
There is an actual website called shoeaholics run by Kurt Geiger where you find good deals for awesome shoes. For more information on online shopping sites click here.





13.) The Business Management Consultant (London)
Aditya: I do not really celebrate Christmas but I am gifting myself a holiday to Turkey for a week during the season. New Year in Istanbul.

Another member of the travel gang. Have a safe one!





14.) The Project Manager (Dusseldorf)
Olga: I want my friends, including you, to spend some time together like traveling or clubbing, because I miss those times in university when we used to travel around and have so much fun together.

Awwwww I miss you too darling. Don’t worry, our best days are ahead of us.




15.) The Accountant (London)
Feyi Fawehinmi: For Christmas I’d like a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for my camera.

I feel I have outgrown my current basic lens and it’s time to start taking better pictures.
Last year, one of my New Year resolutions was to start taking more ‘professional’ photos. I think I’ve done that but now I want to take it one step further.
I need to include owning a camera in the first place, to my New Year resolutions. I might just be the one clicking here for related items.



Loads of gratitude to all the features of this week. This post would be on for more than just this week. Lovely lovely ideas guys, I thoroughly enjoyed putting this together. I hope your wishes come to pass.

For any enquiry, metrogypsie@gmail.com.


Do have a great week ahead.


xx







“Its not enough to just to get traffic to your stores. You need to make the shoppers excited, happy and leave feeling that that they want to come back.” – John Varatos


How To Work It Like A Banker + Is Rita Ora Awesome Or What?





Hi guys, 

I have been under the weather this past few days. That damn flu. Between getting
the most disgusting gargle medicine – which I took just once – and my typing this post, my throat has been well behaved but this very second, its feeling weird. *wails*

Before I go into the our week’s feature I wanna tell you all how awesome Cara Delevingne’s wifey and Calvin Harris’ main squeeze is.. More like reasons why I think Rita Ora is so dope. 



Did I mention she is sometimes referred to as JayZ’s protégé? Well then..

So yeah, here goes..

– Her $2.5m (£1.5m) Adidas deal. Stella McCartney, David Bekham are some of the people to have partnered with the said company in the past. Rita had always wanted to design, and guess what? She mentioned this to Jeremy Scott and bam! This deal was set rolling.



Rita in Adidas sweatpants (left/top picture)..
Rita in Jeremy Scott for Adidas sneakers (right/bottom picture).
Considering J.Scott recent collection, I would say the bag is Jeremy Scott’s as well.

– Rita’s collection for Rimmel London hits the stores in February 2014. It is said to be a mixture of High Street and Catwalk with a tint of her London upbringing.

– Guess what??? DKNY! Ri is the new face of the said brand replacing (guess who??) Cara.. the wifey. LOL! Rita also closed DKNY’s NY show in September and is amongst those creating the label’s Resort 2014 campaign. 



Rita Ora for DKNY (left/top)
Rita Ora closing the DKNY show (right/bottom)


– Face of Superga’s SS13 campaign.
Guess who she replaced? Style maven, Alexa Chung! The collection was mainly flats too. Rita just makes everything cool.

– Something in the pipeline relating to Chanel. hmmmnn.. Karl Lagerfeld flew her and her wifey, Cara, to Paris after which she ‘Instagram’d’ pictures with hashtags ‘Secret Surprise’ and one with Karl, ‘taking a midnight stroll’.

–  The only one on ROC Nation label to dish out 3 number one singles from a number one selling album. Jay must be a proud papa.

– Miss Ora is the lead fashionplate for Madonna and Lourde’s Material Girl collaboration for teen clothing.

– She launched this year’s Bicester Village pop-up exquisitely donned in Nicholas Kirlwood shoes, Mawi jewelry and a Roksanda Illinic dress plus matching lipstick.



With Henry Holland (right/bottom picture)
Not quite understanding the outfit though but yeah exquisite still..
Btw, anyone know the lady in that painting? Been ransacking my brain..



Our week’s feature!

Chioma Okonyia
Occupation: Personal Financial Consultant, Standard Chattered, Lagos and Make-Up Artist
Interests: Movies, Event Organising


Monday



Suit: Guray
Camisole: H&M
Shoes: New Look
Style – Formal
Inspiration – Deal Closing Week. My Mondays are basically geared towards lots of meeting with my high net-worth customers hence the sharp look and comfortable shoes.




Tuesday


 


Dress: Zara
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Nine West
Style – Business Chic
Inspiration – Woke up feeling so happy I just wanted to take a run. After the run I realised I had to wear something easy and this dress spoke to me. Love how it accentuates my figure.



Wednesday



Jacket: Tailor-Made
Top: Zara
Skirt: Jaeger
Flat shoes: Michael Kors
Style – Smart Casual
Inspiration – You know when you wake up and a list just keeps scrolling through your mind of things you have to do? Today is one of those days. Have some sports event by a school owned by a customer to attend (Need to show her we care, establish a closer relation which would likely lead to more business) also, have an urgent meeting with another customer that called yesterday.


Thursday



Jacket Insync
Dress: Calvin Klein
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Coach
Style – Metrogypsie
Inspiration – My Dream! I had originally planned out a different outfit the night before but I had a dream I can’t recall most of but I know it felt like tranquility. Psychologists say the colour blue represents peace, so there you have it. Boom!
Oh So Deep o/


Friday



Jacket: Goddiva
Top: Atmosphere
Jeans: Levi
Shoes: Atmosphere
Bag: Nine West
Style – Casual
Inspiration – TGIF. Who doesn’t love Fridays? Any chance to dress down, I grab my denims.


That’s it from Chioma. Thank you darling for letting us have you on here.
I was supposed to have done a feature with all the recreated looks from previous posts by commenters but its been really difficult getting our past ‘models’ wear these looks so I apologise for the fact that we may never have that feature.

Don’t forget to keep voting guys..


Click this link —-> (here)

Insert your Name and Email in the boxes at the top then select ‘Metro Gypsie’…. its the 10th category (Best Fashion or Personal Style Blog).

Click ‘Submit right at the bottom of the page.

You would immediately receive an email. Open it and validate your vote just by clicking the link in your email (inbox or Junk/Spam), that’s all.



Do have a swell week !

xx









“You have to have the kind of body that doesn’t need a girdle in order to get to pose in one” – Carolyn Kenmore