Where To Shop Online – UK Edition (Black Friday/Cyber Monday)




Hi guys,

I am so tired out. Should have totally put this post together yesterday seeing as I was such a bum all day. Just back from my friend’s baby’s first birthday and it was such a lovely evening but I am a tad exhausted.

Talking about exhaustion, walking from store to store gets tiring no matter how addicted to shopping you might be, at some point your legs are like ***? ( I never get tired though). So I decided to share some websites I have actually tried out with my darling readers. Looking good is good business and comes at a cost so yea my honeys, make your life easier.

If you have ever shopped online, you might just be familiar with this site. Extremely awesome customer service, free returns, the collect+ option – both delivery and returns (for people who usually aren’t home) and the fabulous magazine they send you periodically of you have a premium account. Also, there’s student discount for NUS card holders.
One time yeah, I mistakenly used my old address as it was connected to my paypal so I called them and they sent me a refund!








This site sort of focusses on mummies I would like to think. Gorgeous great quality stuff for little boys and girls and all that comfortable stuff for women (mums, I’d say). Prices are average.






OMG! I love this site. Its quite pricey but you can totally get your life on here, you know those Celeb Boutique-esque bodycon dresses that give your body the best shape ever?? French Connection has some of those too.. Anyways, here is your spot. They have got free international delivery as well.
Your wallet may just not agree though so stay tuned for our budget-sites-list.






I really don’t think this site is in the UK or the US even for some reason its delivery was 5 – 15 working days for both countries. Worth the try anyways. The Vintage dresses section is amazeballs.





On this site, there is a section for party dresses that are £20.00 but in average the prizes are just about okay tilting towards expensive.






Sincerely trying to get registered on this site is stressful if you just want to get in, do your business and get out. For some reason they want to put you through a quiz thing to find out your style in order to suggest looks for you and all.
Asides that, they have got amazing stuff.

(for some reason this picture decided not to crop off my phone info at the top).











Cautious Spending..

On here, its just shoes shoes shoes. Mostly Kurt Geiger ones. Recently found out the site was run by KG. There’s also brands like Jessica Simpson, Vivienne Westwood, Nine West. Delivery is prompt. They also tell you if the shoes have any defects. There is a huge range of work shoes for my Metrogypsie goons :).




B. Misguided.co.uk (Missguided.co.uk)
You need to get on this if you haven’t already. They have loads of party stuff for you night owls and pub crawlers, there’s dressy stuff for events, loads of swim-wear and of course work stuff of course.
I have been dealing with them for a long time now and even the delivery person is smart enough to leave my items in a secret place I write down at checkout (yeah, that’s great they have a lil box for more info). I recently realised they send collect+ stickers for free and convenient returns.
Their prizes are amazing! I also check on here for stuff I am about to pay on some other site.






Was just texted by my darling friend Liz that they currently have this huge clearance, so this might be a right time to get your shopping life with these ones.






So damn cheap on this site, just jump in and have fun. With them crazy discounted prizes, there is also student discount for shoppers with the NUS card.
My advice would be to get your basics and just be really careful for quality.




Your stop for amazing jewellery, accessories and they even have a blog! (Lol, I shouldn’t be saying this).













DESIGNER Cautious Spending..

According to a poll of 2000 people run by Vouchercloud, 62% of shoppers have never paid full price for luxury items.
As always, I look out for my readers so the final list is for my savvy shoppers who need to be on top of the trends with-not-just-the-high-street label.






































For every person you invite on this site, you get a £10 discount (probably lasts 3 months or something).



Well, they do not really do discounts per say on designer items regularly, but once in a while there is something you wouldn’t find on the original label’s site that they would stock. Also, once in a while, there’s discount on their stuff.
(pic as shown above, the first picture)




So there you have it guys.. These are mostly just online stores (asides TKMaxx). If you have any other suggestions or stores you have used, feel free to drop it off in the comment section.

As you might have noticed from the Nominee Badge above, we have been nominated for the Best Fashion or Personal Style category at the Nigerian Blog Awards.

We have to clinch this guys so kindly  open this link, insert your Name and Email in the boxes at the top then select ‘Metro Gypsie‘, it’s the 10th category on the list, 2nd nominee… Click ‘Submit‘ right at the bottom of the page.

You would immediately receive an email, open it and validate your vote by just clicking the link in the email.

Nomination List Link – click here..

Thank you!!!!

Have a great week darlings..


xx








“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent.

No Soft Wears with this Network Engineer




Hi guys,


I really need to move houses like yesterday so that has been on my mind all weekend. Who needs a flat-mate in London??? 


Last week’s post was so lengthy I actually contemplated not posting anything up this week but in between my I.T problems and them being solved, I fell in love with my girl Julia’s work style.


While we may all be carrying the cutest handbags and feeling so chic, my girl sometimes slays her work style with a rucksack in her male dominated department at British Telecoms (BT), UK. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her work style pictures.


Seeing as the world is in dire need of fast internet and from the news, I read BT was chosen or won some bid to provide internet for the not-so-urban ares in the UK, my girl is so damn busy so I could only steal a few pictures just as she stepped out, Monday to Friday last week.


Enjoy this guys..




Nonso Okwuonu

Occupation: Network Engineer, British Telecoms (BT).
Interests: Writing, Photography, Music


Monday




Jacket: H&M
Dress: H&M
Bag: Prada
Shoes: Cerruti Sergio Roma
Style – Boss-Lady Formal
Inspiration – I am addicted to wearing black so in order to shed some light on my outfit, I streak it with brown. Boring right? Lol.




Tuesday





Top: H&M
Trousers: Marks and Spencer
Shoes: Footglove
Bag: Edina Ronay
Style – One Of The Guys
Inspiration – So today, I would say my department, in which I am the only female in, inspired me. Felt like trying something a little less girly and more ‘guyly’? That’s a word I just made up :). I love the darl colours and this outfit practically threw itself together.





Wednesday





Top: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Unknown
Shoes: New Look
Bag: Office Issue Backpack
Style – High-Waisted Fixer
Inspiration – Okay so basically, I have been looking for a reason to wear this skirt and when I picked up this chiffon blouse, it screamed its name.




Thursday




Jacket: Ruby Red of London
Dress: BHS
Bag: Debenhams
Shoes: Zara
Style – Blurred Lines
Inspiration – Thursdays are that special day, you know TGIT. Like you can peek into the promised land that is Friday from this day. I had a presentation at work so this semi-formal number seemed to suffice.




Friday


Top: H&M
Trousers: Dorothy Perkins
Bag: Zara
Belt: River Island
Style – Chic Rock
Inspiration – Any chance to rock my boots to work is a welcomed one. Gotta love my Fridays!



That’s it from Julia guys. Thank you so much for your time on here and I must say I loved the structured way your bag pictures look;



J’adore..


Thank you so much guys for spending your time here..
Glad to let you all know that metrogypsie.org was nominated in the Best Fashion and Style Blog category for the Nigerian Blog Awards.

I am so grateful to those that voted when they were 15 shortlisted blogs initially. I would let you all know when to start voting so we can clench that award.

Thank you so much to those that read and share my posts regularly. The ones that drop comments, I see you.


metrogypsie@gmail.com for any enquiry
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Do have a great week guys

xx










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


















How To Dress like the Working Man




Hi guys, 

I do not know which is more annoying, that Malala did not win a Nobel Prize or that I cannot seem to find any good quality pictures from the Guaranty Trust Bank Lagos Fashion & Design week in Nigeria. Not in any way trying to deprecate the former or make too much ado about the later but it is what it is. Anyway I would wait till its over proper to share my favourite collections coupled with bits and bops from the event.

Talking about Malala, (the now 16 year old girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning over the rights of girls to education in Pakistan), I’m guessing it was shocking to loads of us when she wasn’t announced. This is not to say the winner, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) weren’t deserving but I mean, its their job isn’t it? Congratulations to them anyway, that’s quite an important venture giving that I am mostly interested in the latest episodes of Suits, ANTM and Scandal. *sigh*

Last weekend, I caught up with my friend Ify, at the mall. Same friend from the London Fashion Weekend post, (click here to view)..




Totally sprung on my Kanye West jumper.. hehehe




With Ify..


So our feature for last week got engaged the very day the post came up, how cool is that?
Congratulations from everyone at Metrogypsie to the beautiful couple, Yewande and George on your engagement.



As the post title must have suggested, this week, we are going to have a testosterone fest. Hope this doesn’t sound creepy.. Hehehe, my bad.

Well, here goes..



Look #1
D. Johnson

Occupation: Financial Analyst – Bloomberg, London.
Interests: Information Technology, Economics, Christianity.

Suit: Marks & Spencer
Shirt: Custom-Made by Charles Tyrwhitt (notice his initials on the cuff)
Shoes: Aldo
Tie: Tie Rack
Bag: South Korea
Jacket: Marks & Spencer
Style – Formal
Inspiration – Monday. Always have to be on top of my fashion game + dull colours at the start of the week.



…someone was elated.




Look #2
A. Ahmed
Occupation: Quality Analyst – Accenture, London.
Interests: Wrist Watches, Music, Investments (the stock market precisely), Cricket and Football.

Jacket: Topman
Shirt: TM Lewin
Trousers: Next
Tie: Marks & Spencer (should’ve done a proper close up shot, its gorgeous)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bag: Ted Baker
Style – Formal
Inspiration – My Frgrance. A lot of times I choose to wear an outfit just because of the cologne I feel like wearing that day. Today’s was Aventus by Creed.


Look #3
R. Alao
Occupation: Process Industry Software Consultant, London
Interests: Traveling, Music, Sports.

Jacket: NEXT
Shirt: Hawes & Curtis
Trousers: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: Aldo
Pocket Square: NEXT
Style – Business Casual
Inspiration – I’m usually very formal to work but I have been scheduled for training all week hence my reason to turn it down a notch.



Look #4
Hafiz
Occupation: PhD – Imperial University London.
Interests: Football, Chilling out, Academics.





Blazer: Zara Man
Shirt: NEXT Signature
Trousers: Fenchurch
Shoes: Dispair Hoxton
Hat: H&M
Style – Urban Commando
Inspiration – The fact I had no presentation today + I was going to have drinks while watching a match later in the day.



Look #5
D. Westwood
Occupation: Compliance – Del/Hunts/LBG project, London.
Interests: Football, Music, Movies.

Suit: Marks & Spencer
Shirt: TM Lewin
Tie: Gieves and Hawkes
Shoes: Samuel Windsor
Bag: Cambridge Satchel
Style – Formal
Inspiration – MidWeek Suave. I like to think that looking smart isn’t just for Mondays alone contrary to popular opinion.




Look #6
A. Daniel
Occupation: Senior Investment Associate – Verod Capital.
Interests: Building and growing businesses, Enjoying family, Reading Mark Gladwell books and articles.

Blazer: Ralph Lauren
Top: Polo
Trousers: Nesh Couture (Nigerian Designer)
Shoes: Johnston and Murphy
Scarf: Kenya Flea Market
Pocket Square: Charles Trywhitt
Style – Metrogypsie
Inspiration – I had to be at two really varying dos. First stop was an awards ceremony where my company was being honoured, the other was an evening with my mates from college. I had to find a look suitable for both as the later was really less formal.



Look #7

D. Johnson
Occupation: Financial Analyst – Bloomberg, London.
Interests: Information Technology, Economics, Christianity.

Jacket: Zara
Top: GAP
Trousers: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: Aldo
Glasses: Tom Ford
Belt: Hermès

Style – Exhibitionist
Inspiration – TGIF + Last day at my previous job so I had a little get-together afterward.


That’s it from these group of grown and sexy men. *wink*.
Hope you enjoyed the post and have been inspired by it.
Major thanks to Mr Johnson, Mr Ahmed, Mr Alao, Mr Fizo, Mr Westwood and Mr Daniel. 

Share your thoughts in the comment section as usual if you please.
Also, follow us on facebook if you haven’t done so yet (by clicking here..thanks!).

Do have a lovely week.. 

xx








“There are very few moments in a man’s existence when he experiences so much ludicrous distress, or meets with so little charitable commiseration as when he is in pursuit of his own hat.” – Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers.

















How to Dress for the Beach: Lady on her Grind.




Hi guys,

This week, I am going to share some outfits one could wear to the beach. I was at one of the Balearic Islands a couple weeks back, with a group of people, and decided to make a post of our outfits as everyday was beach day.

Although most of the pictures weren’t taken on the beach as such, they an adequate representation of outfits that can be worn on the beach. Inspired by one of my readers, the feature consists of 6 people in two different continents.

I hope you enjoy it and it helps you during the summer or whenever you are off land/air.. I also tried not to write too much as its all easy to understand.

Here..

Shubby – Lashan – Wura – Ibiyemi – Stephanie
Style: Resort Chic
Inspiration – Water, Blue Skies, Sand, Wind.




Look #1





Stephanie (Ibiza)



Look #2

Shubby (Ibiza)





Look #3

Lashan (Ibiza)





Look #4



Stephanie (Ibiza)






Look #5

Shubby (Ibiza)







Look #6

Wura (Ibiza)






Look #7

Stephanie (Ibiza)





Look #8



Shubby (Ibiza)






Look #9

Lashan (Ibiza)






Look #10

Ibiyemi (Lagos)






Look #11



Stephanie (Channelling Lagos)








Look #12



Ibiyemi (Lagos)





Look #13



Ibiyemi (Lagos)






Look #14

Shubby (Ibiza)








Look #15



Wura (Ibiza)






Look #16 (random groupings)

Lashan, Shubby, Wura, Stephanie (Ibiza)
Look #17

Stephanie (Ibiza).





That’s it people. Thank you so much for your time on here. I am sure you enjoyed it. 

Big thanks to my muse, Shubby and features, Lashan, Wura, Ibiyemi and Stephanie. :).

Your comments make me happy so do drop em if time permits you.

I was at a costume party hosted by a friend’s colleague’s dad in Köln (Germany)..


..so I thought that at some point, my darling readers may be invited to, or would want to organise a costume party for your work mates/friends, therefore decided that I would share some of the looks I found interesting in a preceding post… you know I’ve always got y’all’s backs. LOL.

Do have a splendid week.


xx





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

GTBank Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013; Favs and all.



Hi guys,


While I was doing the mini research for this post I recalled a write-up I did for a friend’s blog, (www.allthatisgoodaboutnigeria.wordpress.com) some 2 years ago, (click here for a link to that post).

This past week has been pretty awesome for me as Jesus has been really faithful. 🙂

I wasn’t impressed with the first set of pictures from the Day 1 of this event. The seats were empty and that made the pictures look really odd. Its so important we as Nigerians/Africans support our growing upcoming designers, because they form part of the economic strength of the nation. 


Anyway, there’s gonna be loads of pictures on this post so I’d better get right into it..



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Our Favourites


Washington Roberts







Sophisticated, Elegant and chic.

Obsidian









So classy, not overstated, I just love and can totally wear all these pieces.




Maki Oh



So damn fresh. Looks like fun, nothing over the top. Maki Oh!


Orange Culture







I love the fact that the trousers are of full length, as I think the ankle grazing ones have been overplayed. His pieces are also very wearable. Especially drawn to the outfit in first picture, the olive coloured pants one, so funky.

Wiezdhum Franklyn Collection







These fabric patterns are gorgeous. The model’s bodies defined the clothes and not the other way round. Just love.





Lanre Da Silver Ajayi



OMG! The prints, fabric looking so healthy. Like she bathed the models in some juicy stuff before they donned her collection. Their hair-do, GORGE! Pic 3 looking like Michelle Obama. Love!






Jewel By Lisa



Loving the musical symbol/bicycle patterned fabric she used in a variety of style genres.




Wana Sambo







As you’d notice, Wana Sambo definitely has an eye for detail. I wish I could have about 3/4 pieces from this collection. I would also increase the slit of the dress in the 3rd picture an inch up to get the white fabric involved. How do I have these in my wardrobe please?

Also, this closing shot, so damn adorable.





Bridget Awosika





Okunoren Twins






Re Bahia






IAmIsigo





Tsemaye Binitie



This collections looks rich. Easy on the eyes and oh what  breathtaking prints do the middle outfits have.



So Creative



Sisiano





Iconic Invanity S/S 2014










Glam and chic pieces in this collection. Obvious she put a lot of work with the fabric mixes and all but it still really works. Classy. Love.


Anita Quansah + Mo Saique



*looks at neck piece*.. *looks at sexy models*.. repeat 5x. Love this.




Valerie David







I thought this was really ceative. The ruffles and fullness of the skirts et al.





Likes


Nirvana by Tiffany Amber








This collection seems very Resort.



Mai Atafo















The shorts of the female model in the 3rd picture is so flattering.. Then the layering!!! Don’t you just love it? Female model in orange shorts and the male model with the orange shirt and skinny tie. I think he had an androgyny thing going on for them other female models.



Shola Obebe




Ejiro Amos Tarifi


Love the architectural influence on this collection. Doesn’t she look adorable waving too? 🙂





Meena





Viv La Resistance






House of Form and Function
























Christie Brown






Samson Shoboye










Beatrice Black Atari







 
















House of Marie 







Absolutely cute collection I must say. The blouse in the first picture is so up my alley. She used really bright colours, its refreshing.

Kola Kuddus






Grey






















Love the styling of that peach jumpsuit.

Love the model too.. :).
  




Odio Mimonet






Kiki Kamanu






Amede






Ladun Lambo





Nkwo






Reni Smith








Wanaemi







Tumiila





Marayah O




There you go people, its a wrap!

Did you notice there is going to be a lot of white next two seasons (according to the collections above?), you sure did.

I wish I could tell you at this point where/how to get any of these pieces if you need them but I cannot at the moment, I would be sure to inform you as soon as I have such information.


Share this post on your social media platform(s) so we can all support all these talents.


Lastly, always Buy Nigerian.



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Photo credits; 
www.jaguda.com
Kola Oshalusi (Insigna) 







“Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion and surprise.” – VALENTINO.