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Break Work Stress Chains – Office Fashion -1st Week of 2015 Series

Break Work Stress Chains – Office Fashion -1st Week of 2015 Series



Hi guys,

I can’t even help laughing at the title of the post and its contents. As promised yesterday, I would blog my 5 work looks all through this week. So sit

back, grab a liquid, relax and make of this what you choose.


Today was such a hectic day btw, had to do a final tidy up of stuff at the office in Southwark. Met up with my mate, Maddy in Aldgate East, then another friend back at Southwark and eventually ended up at Canary Wharf to see a movie.


Day 1’s Look
Metallic Dress with Silver Details: Marella (sartoria) – Thrifted
Shoes: Zara – Sold out, similar here..
Bag: Marc B (Topshop) – Sold out, similar here..


So this year I have resolved to break any barriers or obstacles trying to set me back from meeting my goals. I spotted this chain dangling just by my security door and decided to use it to further explain my resolve. Lol.
 The issues wrap themselves around you comfortably at first..


 ..and then they want to choke you or make you not see clearly.. 


 ..you have to try to forge ahead and stay on track, remembering at all times, why you started.



 
..whilst also still trying to break free of negativity.



..and trust me you would..


 and you’d smile because the struggle was worth it..



 
Dust your shoulders off and on-to-the-next..




One thing I learnt from last year is that when there are issues that creep up in your life, do your best to ensure you have done all your bit to fix it..and when its not something you can control, leave it to God and focus on something else.
You cannot say you would stall your progress dwelling on negatives that arose from another situation. Just keep developing yourself.


That’s it from Monday. Hope to see you back here tomorrow for Tuesday’s Office style.

That’s all folks. The Giveaway 02 winner has been announced  and another giveaway would follow soon.

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Remain inspired..


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“If you have never failed before, you have never tried anything.” – Rina Chunga


Retro Clothes Work Week – Classic Silhuotte – Day One

Retro Clothes Work Week – Classic Silhuotte – Day One




Hi guys,


I just saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and loved it. I am so not a movie buff in fact, I actually saw the previous one same time last year and slept off during the last quarter of it.

Anyways, my weekend was fab, achieved a lot. Now looking forward to my office team meal today, the rest of the week and the weekend. 

Games Evening this weekend too! Yippie..

This week, I would be dressed in some of my lovely retro looks. Retro is my favourite style genre so I would have a great time sharing these pictures with you.





Dress: Especially Yours (no links as this is vintage)
Bag: Michael Kors get it in black here



That’s all folks! Have a splendid week ahead.. See you tomorrow..

Oh before I go, three things!
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Finally, thank you for stopping by..







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How To Rock Fashion Week Like My Friends – LFW Day 2 and 3

Hi Guys, 


If you had seen the previous post here, you’d know this is an extension. So on this feature today, I would
be sharing pictures of our time at Somerset House on LFW Days 2 and 3.

LFW Day 2 with Ify – September 17 2014



Spring Elegance..


White Mesh: Topshop

Yellow Camisole: Topshop
Light Yellow Hat: Portobello Market
Pink Skirt: Asos
Chanel BoyBag Phone Case: @Pamboogie (instagram)
Yellow Fur Clutch: Topshop
Black Scallop Waist Belt: Topshop
Neck Chain: Gift
Socks: Primark (male section)
Sunglasses: Aldo
Shoes: Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa


 




The paparazzi were feeling guys though. I was so damn shy to say the least. Acting all awkward and stuff. Thank God Ify was there though, she was basically ‘gingering’ me. Arghh..



Sexy structure..








Take a closer look…



Oh YAS!!!




Some solo shots I managed to take…




We stepped outside Somerset and these crew were going crazy on the road.. Gosh I love Fashion Week!!!!!!!


** obligatory selfie **


 *** The End of Day 2 ***






Day 3 with Funmi and Uju – 18 September 2014

Okay before we commence I would love to inform y’all how I had to basically force these girls, to get their behinds to Strand with moi.
2 styling sessions and a concept creation later they agreed to come along.


Seasonal Black..

Black Beret: Liverpool Street Market
Black Corset Dress: Urban Renewal
Black Jacket: H&M
Bronze Neckpiece: Céline (inspired by Jay Z, the material i.e)
Glasses: Aldo
Black Boots: DKNY
Burgundy Portfolio Bag: Texier


With them girls.. Uju and Funmi
Hope you get the concept.. Lol!




The New Pretty..





Monochrome Queen..


There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” – J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the  Sorcerer’s Stone


“What if evil doesn’t really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?” Libba Bray, Rebel Angels



“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” – Martin Luther King Jr.



Okay enough of these quotes and depth…


Friends that slay together…





Jacket off!




*Kiss Kiss*



*** Obligatory selfies ***




*** Minnie Marj Time ***



 I had an appointment after LFW so I switched shoes to suit my next destination.

Some of my features..

Swatch had a photo booth for pictures and a twitter competition so this last one isn’t a feature..
That’s it guys. I hope you have enjoyed both my days at LFW. There would be more pictures after London Fashion Weekend.


I would be there Saturday, 20th Sept. Do have a wonderful weekend.

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Cheers..



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‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton








How To Be Stylish Without Spending Too Much by Guest Writer




Hi Guys,

I am sure you would be expecting pictures from the little event I mentioned last week. Well we 

have got something better and extremely helpful. Unlike most posts on here, this one doesn’t have as much pictures but its such a properly sized post with relevant information.

Our guest is a lady who has done some really helpful articles elsewhere so I was really glad to have her on here. 
Enjoy darlings…



Everyone wants to look his or her best in the latest trend in the market, but this can often be difficult to do on a limited budget. With most of the top trends usually being quite expensive, it is difficult to accomplish, but it is possible. From repurposing existing members of your wardrobe to tips to make you a savvy shopper, there are several ways to attain the trendy look you want without spending all your money.

Reorganize & Repurpose
Before embarking on a shopping adventure, reorganize your closet; doing this beforehand will help you decide what exactly you need to buy. You may also find articles of clothing that you completely forgot you had. Going through your closet will also make you aware of clothes that you may no longer want. Removing clothes you no longer want is a great way to figure out what you have and what you need, but don’t simply get rid of them – repurpose them. One of the easiest transformations to make is cut-offs. Turning pants into shorts, with or without a sewn cuff, can be a great addition to your wardrobe. You can also stencil designs on pants or shorts to give them a whole new look.

Use the Internet
Another alternative to just getting rid of unwanted clothing is selling them. There are several sites online that offer services to not only buy clothes at a great price, but also sell them as well. The internet offers so many websites that concentrate on discount clothing sales. Sites like tradestable.com.ngis an example of an online portal that connects sellers and buyers of discount clothing through classified ads. This is the easiest way to find the best deals, especially if you are looking for something specific.

Spend Less
Even though it may take more time and patience, shopping at bargain and thrift stores is very rewarding in the end. As mentioned above, figuring out what you have and what you actually need is the first step to not spending frivolously. After reorganizing your closet, make a list of“must have”items. This way you will not spend your limited money on something you already have, or don’t need.

When shopping at your favorite store, don’t spend time looking at the new, just-released items. These are always the most expensive. Spend your time looking through the sale racks; these items will fit your budget and in a few weeks the newly released items that caught your eye will be there too.

Thrift stores are great for anyone shopping with a limited budget. Every article of clothing here is reasonably priced and sometimes you can even find clothes with their original tags still attached. Stores like this are also great for one-of-a-kind jewelry. The best part is, nobody you know will have the same item. Thrift shops are always perfect for finding authentic vintage clothes.

One thing to look out for, when buying sale and bargain items, is the return policy. They usually differ by vendor. Check out these policies especially when shopping online because you often will have to pay to return the items.

Versatility
Buy clothes that can be versatile. Look for clothes that give you several options when creating an outfit. The more functions a single article of clothing has, the more outfits it can be incorporated in, will make it a much more valuable, and cost effective, part of you wardrobe.

By using these tips, you will be sure to find a wardrobe that not only fits your style, but also your budget.






Stephanie Adeyemi
Occupation: Student/Freelance Writer
Interests: Literature, travel, sports (especially basketball)
What book you are reading now: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Ways to reach you: My Facebook Profile

Photo Credits: Image courtesy of Sattva / FreeDigitalPhotos.net






That’s it folks. Much thanks to Stephanie for sharing her knowledge with us. Even without being on a budget personally, I love my thrift shops, asides the fact you don’t spend so much (most times), you wouldn’t usually see people wearing the same stuff as you.

The next post would come up sooner than you expect so sit tight, lol.

Have a great rest-of-the-week lovelies.

xx.













“Its always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.” – Jean Paul Gaultier.

My Nigerian Designers Work Style Week





Hi Guys,

Putting up this post under two duvets, one pillow and honey+lemon mix in a hotel room where
I have to check out in 22 minutes. Ugh. 

My alumni (International Business class on 2011) reunion has come to an end, an exciting and nostalgic past 3 days this has been. I don’t know if this was part of the goals of our former tutors who organised the all expense paid trip but I feel like these friends I made while at Leeds are like family now. *wails* Never been good with goodbyes though you wouldn’t notice any trace of sadness looking at me. Oh well..

35 of us flown from Asia, America and Europe and well catered to at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds, the reunion was geared towards finding a platform where we could all network with each other better. In between two fabulous dinners (Sunday and Monday) we all had to discuss amongst ourselves in tables of 10 on Monday on the way forward. I sincerely hope we kickstart something really serious soon. 

Okay, I think I have to put my luggage together and head to the reception at least.. Be right back guys..

Now on the train, had to say the final byes, took a couple pictures, ripped my jacket in the process, replaced and now on the train enroute London.

The #BuyNigerian campaign is one so dear to my heart so I decided to go all Nigerian this week to my office and then did a shoot.
Seeing as metrogypsie is all about versatility with work fashion, this post would be a Work & Afterwork looks of a said outfit.  
The outfits are from some young and upcoming brands which I think show promise and one much more established brand. They all have different strategies and way they run their labels (obviously) and I love them all and what they stand for.


Monday

1. WORK in AYABA



Bag: Marc B (large sold out, get the mini giselle here)
Shoes: River Island (on Asos, find the all black ones here)
This multi-way striped dress is such an elegant look for a Monday. Its length and neckline are very conservative and fitting for the whole first day of the week demeanour everyone sort of has.
The waist as well, that cut makes it appear smaller hence giving one a lovelier curve. It also has a cute cut outs by both of the collar-bones.
N12,000 – N15,000
£42.65 – £53.13


AFTERWORK (shopping in AYABA)



Red Shoes: TKMaxx Germany (Love them so much but my fat feet are about to rip the stitches at the higher end of it off, lol get patent version here)
White Messenger Bag: Zara (similar one available here)
I was torn between two bags, so I used this one to go shopping earlier and switched to the one below.


AFTERWORK (Drinks with friends in AYABA)



Bag: Forever 21 (similar one here)
Yeah, so this is a bit match match but I still love it love it.








Tuesday

2. WORK in Chechi Arinze



Bag: Lous Vuitton (get the Mirabeaux GM here)
River Island (similar one here)
White Tank Top: Primark
Yellow Jacket: Lovely Wholesale
Chechi Arinze’s finishings are the very best. Loved this skirt, beautifully cut out accentuating one’s hour glass figure from the bottom. The fabric mix is very work friendly too. Wish I got more ready to wear clothes from her but I had to travel a couple days after I got my item.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N8,000 – N10,000
£28.45 – £28.82



AFTERWORK (Mate’s birthday dinner in Chechi Arinze)



Crop Top: Topshop
Clutch: 212 Duty Free Gift
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Quite an easy transformation from the outfit I wore to the office. To be honest, these shoes are such a huge pain, you should have an alternative or sit down for most of your time out. Be careful not to get too stuffed to avoid a belly bulge.
Last pose inspired by one of my past features here.)








Wednesday

3. WORK in Knoye Kouture



Bag: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Shoes: New Look
Top: Random Store
This top was actually made with an extremely beautiful top with an amber coloured stretch cotton fabric mixed with the fabric of the skirt at the sleeves. I wasn’t in the mood to be all match hence my choice of top. The skirt has pockets and its fullness is so glam!
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N2,000 – N4,000
£7 – £14


AFTERWORK (shopping and calling in Knonye Kouture)



Orange Crop Top: Topshop
Orange Purse: Camden Town Market
Yellow Sandals: Guiseppe Zanotti
I’m so obsessed with crop tops and you can see how much I enjoyed taking pictures in this skirt.






Thursday

4. Work in Elegante by Tiannah Styling



Bag: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Platforms: Aldo (get it here)
Don’t you just love the cut outs of this dress. It has a lovely feel on the skin and just screams spring. Might not work as a work wear in a really cooperate environment though. You can always rock it to something else that’s work related.  I really love the pattern combination.
N45,000 – N50,000
£160 – £180



AFTERWORK (Cocktail Event in Elegante by Tiannah Styling)



Vogue Covers Cut-Out Purse: Thrifted
Sandals: Lipsy






Friday

5. WORK in Knonye Kouture



Bag: Celine
Shoes: Pamars
As you might agree this outfit really works for a Friday at places where dress down is the case. You could pair the skirt with another top if you aren’t sure you can pull this off together.  The slit is so gorgeous exactly where it is. The fullness of the peplum got me.
Ordering from Knoye Kouture is also very easy as they are really flexible with your wants and needs. They also deliver to any and everywhere. They are also relatively affordable, just beautiful.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her work style wardrobe.
N5,000 – N8,000
£17 – £28




AFTERWORK (Dinner Date in Knoye Kouture)



Sequinned Top: Mssguided
Sandals: Topshop
Clutch: TKMaxx







Saturday

6. WORK in 1463



Lacey Skirt: Miss Selfridge (get similar colour here)
Sandals: Dorothy Perkins (had since 2010)
Beat by Dre Headphones: Gift
Bag: Same as Monday’s WORK
I got the 1463 t shirt 4 years ago at one of the LPMs in Lagos and decided to include it in this post because I really like the top. Tshirts can be worn to the office in loads of ways irrespective of the corporation’s dress code. Today is Saturday so I am actually working overtime.
Click for previous post published in YNaija for styling Tees to work.




AFTERWORK (Sight-seeing in 1463)



Messenger Bag: Sames as Monday’s 2nd Afterwork
Booties: Republic







Sunday


7. Day in Itunu Fabrics



Back: Same as Tuesday’s WORK
Sandals: Kurt Geiger (shoeaholics.com)
Pictures don’t really do the sharpness of the colours on this silk fabric enough justice. I actually loved it more when I got my outfit. They deliver worldwide and are flexible with your needs too.
I have featured the lady behind this brand on the blog in the past, click to see a week in her law school style wardrobe.
N6,000
£22 – £25




Quoted prices are all subject to fabric availability, the styles you want, exchange rates and all what not.

Yes, so that’s all for this week and probably next guys! I know we all love the international brands but always try a mix. Support Nigerian designers because it would only lead to job creation and innovation. Buy Nigerian Buy Nigerian Buy Nigerian.

Our next post would have pictures from all the plentiful events I’d be attending this weekend and next week. Also pictures from my alumni reunion like these ones;






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Do have a lovely week ahead guys..


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“The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.” Madeleine Vionnet.