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Anniversary Dinner + Top 10 Classic Bags Ladies Should Invest In




Hi guys,

I’m sure you can presume from the title of this post how lengthy it’s going to be, as a result of this, lets get straight
to business.

So I always have a craving for new handbags and so earlier today while I was admiring Louis Vuitton’s new collection of plain and studded bucket bags, the Cuir Nuance and the Audace, I decided to start my week’s post with my opinion of top ten handbags that are worth one’s investment.

This definitely isn’t just for ladies though ! The gents should take a cue and create long-lasting memories by gifting their ladies with any of these precious babies.

In no particular order…


#1. The Marc Jacobs Stam Quilted Leather Satchel



I remember when I first heard of this bag in SS3 (high school), my friend Oluchi used to go on and on about it. Loved it instantly then.
Now I’d say its such a classic. Retailing at £898.05, this bag was named after Jessica Stam who needed a large bag for her portfolio.
Available is various colours, its well complimented by the gold detailing. It also has this chilled out-chic-vintage look about it.



#2. Louis Vuitton Speedy 30



LV has loads of way more expensive babies that you may want to choose over this but nah.. I am not even saying just any bag from the Speedy series but the monogram ones! The Alma is doing so well I must say but I’d certainly mention this one above and even the Neverfull before most of its other bags. 
Retails at £545.00.



#3. Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag


Need I say more?
£3,050.00.



 #4. The Lady Dior


Born of a desire to create an instantly recognisable bag with a strong identity, Marion Cotillard created this legendary bag in 1994, 2 years later, it was baptised with its name as a tribute to Princess Diana who fell in love with this baby on a trip to Paris.
I am in love (not lust) with this bag. *sigh*…and yes just to be precise again, its the patent one.
Retails at £2,450.



#5. The Hermes Birkin Bag



I doubt I even know the price of this bag, I have read in Forbes that at auctions it could start at $30,000 and go for up to $70,000 . Also doubt you can get it in store cos I remember after them Sex & The City days, I asked at a store for it and was told I had to register or pre-order or something weird like that.



The Herbag Zip Bag, is a pretty number and affordable substitute (£1,490).





#6. The Gucci Jackie Bag


According to Gucci, this bag stands to the enduring allure of graceful sophistication. First created in the 1950s, also handmade, its got some variations with colour, fabric, pattern and even little add-ons like the tassels in this one.
Colloquially referred to as the Jackie O, this bag was inspired by the late Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Retails at £1,730.



#7. Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Muse




Not so proud to say this but I was torn between choosing the Muse bag and the Balenciaga Giant bag to make this list. Imagine!
Such a work of art, Stefano Pilati, YSL’s creative director say his inspiration came from Picasso’s painted narratives about women-his wives as well as his muses.
Retails between £856 and £1,441.




#8. Mulberry The Bayswater Bag


Precisely the textured-leather ones, this tote is an update of the British brand’s classic bag.
Such a refined product, the bayswater is so elegant and big enough to carry all your bits in such a chic way.
Retails at £1,100.


#9. Alexander McQueen Knucklebox/Skull Clutches




What a gorgeous piece. Other brands have openly replicated this clutch. Even when replicated by other brands, it take nothing from either brands, still gorgeous and a huge statement piece.
Not for the weak I must say, this ‘it’ purse retails between £1,200 and £2,200.




#10. Prada Gaufre Lambskin Leather Tote


The classic bag herself. To be honest I almost did not have this bag on this list as I was seriously considering Fendi but no no no.. The brand itself Prada wouldn’t have that. This bag is one of those with a huger celebrity following which also have that quality to transcend from season to season. 
Another characteristic is that they are produced in limited edition quantities with varying gorgeous fabrics and sometimes even a wooden outer frame.

Finally I would want to add that the Safiano might just be one to watch later in the future as its doing really good.



They now come in bi-colour pieces and were almost a must-have amongst ladies in 2013 and inspired basically all high street stores.

The Gaufre retails for about £1,375.

A lot of people make a fuss about how expensive designer stuff are compared t its cost.. This post isn’t really for them because I do not even want to go into explaining how much these brands have invested in their names yada yada yada..

So yeah, get investing and experience whatever lifestyle you’ve chosen as you do so.


As promised in the last post, here’s more from our anniversary dinner.. 





















In attendance..



Ify





Bintu





Hilda





Stephanie










Remi





Greg





Louis





Machu























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Have a lovely week !!




xx


“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.”— Diana Vreeland.






How She Styles it To Class + The Puma For Asos Collection




Hi guys,

The past few weeks at work have been pretty hectic, more like extremely hectic so much so that

I really don’t want to talk about it. At the same time though, there’s some great stuff that have happened. Clinging unto divine favour for the rest of the year.

Spent my Sunday after church watching stuff on Beyoncé’s site (what I spent my free time in Christmas doing). Here, to get through. She explained the all her records, what they represented, her thought process, the visuals and her reason for releasing them all at once. Its so dope. I’ve got short clips on my personal instgram page, @Jaunelion.

Asides this, the regular catch up with friends and stuff.

Found out this weekend about Puma’s collection for asos. The collection inspired my choice for this week’s feature. 

Below are the 11 items from this collection.



1. £45.00 – Crop Top with Long Sleeves
2. £45.00 – Panelled Boyfriend T-Shirt




3. £65.00 – Fluffy Bomber Jacket
4. £45.00 – Jersey Bonded Pencil Skirt



5. £60.00 – Graffiti Printed Jogger
6. £55.00 – Check Prink Jogger 



7. £50.00 – Sweater
8. £35.00 – Printed Crop T-Shirt 



9. £75 – Printed Onesie
10. £75 – Split Front Maxi Tee Dress


11. £60.00 – Zip Through Dress

So there.. Very athletic and structured cuts. Well its PUMA. Isn’t Solange their creative director or something like that? Cool Cool. Lets head out to our week’s feature..


Grace Peregba
Major – Accounting
Interests – Fashion, Music, Make-up and Movies.


Look #1









Top: River Island
Skirt: River Island
Shoes: Zara
Style – Neon Chic
Inspiration – I had to make a conscious effort to wear colour today as I have not been particularly in high spirits lately.




Look #2






Top: River Island
Jeans: River Island
Bag: River Island
Shoes: Yin
Style – Girly Street
Inspiration – I was feeling like a rockstar last night so that inspired my outfit today. I am such a girly girl when I want to be. I really loves my shoes too.



#Look 3



Crop Top: River Island
Harem Pants: River Island
Shoes: Zara
Style – Lash Out
Inspiration – Myself.. You know those days when you look yourself in the mirror and be like, ‘damn I’m fiiinne’.. Yes, my mirror inspired this look today. I wore a jacket in class too.




#Look 3



Crop top: River Island
Denim pants: River Island
Purse: Jane Norman
Shoes: River Island
Style – Casual Chic
Inspiration – Okay I just wanted to glam up this look (with the purse) since I was taking pictures toady. I would say the purse inspired me. Used another bag to school sha.




#Look 5



Top and Shirt; River Island
Shoes: Bebo
Style – Chic
Inspiration – Metrogypsie. I remember an outfit of Stephanie and Beyonce in an outfit like this from a previous post. Couple pictures below..



Click here for the said post.






#Look 6



Top: River Island
Front Slitted Skirt: River Island
White Sandals: River Island
Style – Funky Chic
Inspiration – Kim Kardashian. Especially my shoe game.




#Look 7



T-Shirt: River Island
Denim Pants: River Island
Neon Shoes: Asos
Bag: Zara
Style – Casual Chic
Inspiration – I have been so in love with prints so since my other clothes with animal prints are really daring I opted for the tee. 




#Look 8



Top: River Island
Faux Leather Pants: River Island
Sneaker Wedges: Zara
Bag: Zara
Style – Tame Street
Inspiration – Same as yesterday.

So that’s a wrap with Grace. Thanks a lot hon for letting us have you on here.

Do have a lovely week everyone, especially YOU!

xx




“Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse” – Roland Barthes.







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