Law School Got Style



Hi guys,

Apologies for not putting up a post last week. The said post has been sitting in my drafts for 7 days you wouldn’t believe it but .. well, I cannot properly explain the reason behind that right now but in due time I would let you guys know. 

So in 2012 both in the S/S and F/W seasons, the black and white fashion trend was so in. The elegance that this look has, cannot be overstated and it is very much achievable with most people’s wardrobes. I don’t know if its because opposite attracts but the monochrome look is one of the simplest and chic ways to look for work.

Icons like Caroline Harrera, Zang Toi and Coco Chanel have proved how graceful and sophisticated the white/black look is. You could do a 5050, lean more towards the black or more towards  white and still rock it gorgeously.

This week, instead of subjecting someone to wearing black/white for 6 days I shuffled down to the Nigerian Law School (where thats the uniform there already) to fish out a lady on her grind for this week’s post.



Itunuoluwa Umar-Lawal
Occupation: Student (Nigerian Law School)
Interests: Traveling, Shopping, Social media, Women empowerment, Natural beauty products.



Monday

Top: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Mr Price

Belt – Primark
Bag – Obtained from a friend
Shoe – Primark
Style: Comfortable
Inspiration: I woke up this morning and wasn’t exactly in the mood for school (we all hate Mondays) hence the all black.



Tuesday

Jacket – Miss selfridge

Skirt – Asos
Camisole – Primark
Shoes – Dorothy Perkins
Style: Formal
Inspiration: My Law Dinner. Well we had our law dinner that day so we all had to dress formally compulsorily.



Wednesday

Top – Matalan
Skirt – Matalan
Bag – Louis Vuitton
Shoes: Peacocks
Style: Business Casual
Inspiration: The sun inspired me today. It was a really hot day, needed something light, hence the chiffon blouse.



















Thursday


Shirt – Matalan

Skirt – Matalan
Bag – Boohoo.com
Shoe – Primark
Style: Formal
Inspiration: No inspiration whatsoever. I was fashion lazy today. This is the typical Nigerian law school ‘uniform’ (white collared shirt, black skirt) 80% of us are dressed like this, decided to blend in with the crowd today lol.























Friday

Jalabiya/Kaftan (the long dress) – Tailor made
Hijab (the scarf) – Tailor made
Style: Islamic/Arabic
Inspiration: My Prayers. I needed to wear something I could observe the Friday ju mat prayers in.







Saturday

Tee – My Boyfriend’s Tee  (hmmmnnn)
Shorts – H&M
Slippers – Wuse Market Abuja
Bag – Dorothy Perkins
Style: Casual
Inspiration: Hot Saturday afternoon, doing some running around so I needed to be free and comfortable 🙂

At the Law School they are not allowed to wear prints and patterns even in just black/white so we couldn’t really show so many styles.

Ditsy prints or all over really big graphic prints in black/white would make you look slimmer. Embellished black/white pieces would rarely be over the top so they can be easily rocked by most body types. Colour blocking is really easy to style with these colours as well as print mixing. My favourite black/white look however is like when the whole outfit is black and there’s just a trim in white and vice versa. Extremely elegant.

There it goes from our barrister-to-be.  Thanks babe for letting us have you 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 Itunu and she would then wear the look in a follow-up post.  

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













“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel. 




  

She is a Spring Tease



Hi guys,

The title of this week’s post has nothing to do with my location right now in any way. How is it 1°C in March? Well, I am well exhausted from complaining so I have resorted writing a post that should hopefully beckon the right temperature (would see how this goes by next week). 

Just before we get on to business for the week, I want to tell you guys about Primark. I am assuming we all know that it is an Irish budget clothing chain retail store, some of you might know them as Penneys or even Atmosphere, lol. Well, I do not know when last you visited any of the stores but I can confidently tell you that for S/S 2013, Primark has stepped up their game. Casual section, WORK WEAR, work-out, kids, footwear.. Omigosh! Long gone are them days one popped into Primark just to buy tank tops and tights (that you wouldn’t wear confidently). Obviously, the quality right now, I still wouldn’t vouch for, but the cuts are more stylish, fabric has improved then the styles and patterns are very much more trendy. The store at Tottenham Court Road has about 4 floors, less shoppers which results to more organised shelves and stacks and loads more attendants in sight.

Infact, let me find a link to their present or next collection.. BRB..
Okay, just found this article by Marie Claire (click here), there is a slide show of some sort so you’d need good internet and some patience but yeah..

Okay okay okay, enough of this banter, here goes..


Ngozi Kalu
Occupation: Procurement Assistant: International Organisation for Migration, United Nations.
Interests: TV Series, Cooking, Reading.

Abuja, Nigeria.


Monday

Pink cardigan: Mango
Dress: Red Herring
Shoes: Odeon
Bag: Jasper Conran
Style: Flirty/ Formal
Inspiration: Okay I thought Ngozi’s style best suited this post’s title hence my asking her to feature this week…therefore I would say Spring was an underlying inspiration all through but yeah, lets hear from her.
 
(Haha, what Steph said).. Had to go meet with a vendor at their office so I wanted to look formal. Also just always like a bit of color in my work outfits.






Tuesday

Dress: Calvin Klein
Jacket:: H&M
Shoes: Zara
Bag: DKNY
Style: Corporate
Inspiration: Have a staff meeting today and some bank transactions so I wanted to look formal. Also just love this dress cause it feels good and comfy at the same time. .plus you know how you have those few dresses that you can actually zip all the way up on your own without (us single ladies) calling the gate man or house boy  for help. .lol. .yeah. 
That was funny!

Wednesday 


Yellow cardigan: Mango
Top: Atmosphere
Black pants: Atmosphere
Shoes: New look
Sling Bag: River Island
Style: Casual Chic
Inspiration: My Professionals. I have got classes after work today so i want to be able to switch to comfy after work.*** generally I’ve been dressing around the weather lately. Abuja sun is on a mission to kill but in the office the air conditioners are always too cold so I basically have to dress to switch between both…

Thursday

Jacket: H&M
Top: Random
Black Pants: Atmosphere
Bag: Tommy Hilfiger
Sandals: Maurices
Pearl accessories: Accessorize
Style: Classy Chic
Inspiration: An editorial. I really love this jacket but I’m always wary of wearing it cos its so bright. I saw an article in some magazine about mixing bright colors with dull colored patterns so I’m trying it out. I also have classes after work today so I went with jeans for later.






Friday

Jacket: H&M
Dress: Izabel
Sandals: Melissa
Bag: Gabriella
Style: Formal
Inspiration: My mood. Been feeling quite like the dressy one this week plus the colors and twirl of this dress always lifts my mood.

Saturday

Dress: Some store in North West London
Flats: Melissa
Bag: Newlook
Style: Casual
Inspiration: I actually usually wear this this to work on Fridays, but seeing as Saturday was my last working day of this week, I wore this. I also had so many places to go afterward, hence the flats. (well, they are always in my car anyway).





There it goes from our international lady of colour.  Thanks babe for letting us have you 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 Ngozi 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*





















“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”  – Donna Karan





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.