Plastic

Since the start of the year, I’ve put zero effort into my physical appearance. Make-Up routines have become a distant memory, my heels have accumulated dust of varying degrees and my hair has been somewhat neglected, neatly hidden between braids or Senegalese twists.

Between my Mum, Wura and Gbonju, I experienced an unsequenced, well articulated ‘intervention’. I didn’t make any promises, but I did resolve to ‘do better’ more consistently.

Heels would ordinarily have been my first step towards my ‘come back’ but given that I walk up four flights of stairs every morning, I passed on that struggle (thank you very much)! The other option was Make-Up.

My Make-Up is pretty basic, so this shouldn’t be much of a problem, right? Wrong! My biggest issue has been an oil defying, sweat resistant (I’m actually not kidding) PRIMER. At the end of every day, I find that a considerable amount of my oily skin disintegrates my LA Girl HD, boils through my MAC NW45 and my Make-Up in general starts to slip right off my face. Once or twice, I’ve tried to psyche myself into thinking it’s a ‘dewy look’ but it’s not. Ladies, I need your help!

I’ve read bareMinerals is pretty decent (it’s made with natural ingredients)…

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Source: bareMinerals.co.uk

But I had a conversation with Wura last night and she pretty much swore by Becca Ever-Matte Primer…

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Source: Sephora Australia

Any suggestions? Maybe I should take this to the Insta-polls…?

Meanwhile, I think this has been one of my best Make-Up looks all YEAR…. AND it’s a picture of myself that I actually like, so I’m just going to drop. this. right. here.

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xXx

Ps: Can I be Victoria Beckham for a day? LOVE that lady! Need to get my hands on a copy of October’s Vogue (my birthday month, whoop!)

Pps: A holiday is much needed. I’m still keen on seeing the world

Pps: What do you think of the heading ‘Plastic’? I kinda like it.

The Classics

My Mother thinks I have a problem. She’s yet to put it that candidly, but it was delicately laced in her tone earlier this month when I asked her driver to pick up my Zashadu Alpha…. “Another one?” was followed by a soft, but disconcerting smile. I’ve managed to convince myself that one of my bags will one day become an investment piece but the truth of the matter is that only selected, age old brands have been fortunate enough to make the increasingly exclusive list.

On Sunday evening, I sat in a friend’s living room getting increasingly comfortable as we argued over what to order and what Netflix movie was best suited for a Sunday night. As we lingered in and out of various conversation topics, we stumbled on investment bags. As much as I may be an advocate for the #BuyNigerian movement, I can’t deny it, I still lust over the Classics. Below are my top picks…

  • The Hermès Birkin or Hermès Kelly: From a very young age, my Dad hammered the concept of “Demand vs Supply” in my head. He went on and on about how this was “Basic Economics… the Foundation” and couldn’t understand why I struggled with the subject. Perhaps if he had explained this concept in Hermes lingo, maybe (just maybe) I’d have ended up with an ‘A’ instead of the dreaded ‘D’ at my IGCSEs…  I digress… The economics behind the Hermès Birkin and Kelly is rooted in their limited quantities. This creates exclusivity; scarcity (in Economics lingo) and drives the prices up! A worthy number 1 in my opinion, the Hermès duo (the Kelly – inspired by Grace Kelly of course and the Birkin– inspired by Jane Birkin) will forever hold the top spot
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Hermès Kelly Source: LuxuryExchange.com
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Hermès Birkin Source: LuxuryExchange.com
  • Chanel Classic Flap Bag: Somewhere between Coco and Karl, rumour has it that the Chanel Classic flap bag has (sometime in the recent past) outperformed the S&P. How’s that for a worthy investment? Any of the Chanel flap bags would do for me really. The 2.55 Reissue (named after the date it was introduced- February 1955), the Boy bag or the Classic flap, I really couldn’t care less. Somewhere between the burgundy contrast and the quilted lambskin, I’m sold!
Source: Chanel.com
  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag: I know, I know… every Tom, Dick and Harry has one. But that doesn’t make the Neverfull any less of an investment. If you really want to stand out with this one, the Limited Edition pieces are (in my opinion) less generic/common and I find that the Noir/Indigo are waaaay nicer. I’ve read that these bags can get you 80-85% of their retail value.

 

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Source: LouisVuitton.com

 

  • Loewe Puzzle Bag: This unassuming bag is made of 41 different leather pieces, nine textile pieces and 45 pieces of cloth. Take that for a mind-boggling Puzzle! Worth every penny I’d say.

 

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Source: Loewe.com

 

  • Lady Dior Bag: Dior describes this bag as “Dior’s iconic bag, the Lady Dior, features all the hallmarks of Dior leather goods: soft lambskin topstitched with the iconic Cannage motif, rounded handles and D.i.o.r charms. An architectural piece, it is the symbol of Couture elegance and refinement“. I’m not sure I’m capable of better articulating this masterpiece.
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Source: Dior.com 

What makes the cut for your top investment bags? Let me know…

xXx

Ps: I’m on to another Tory Lanez song… “Miss You” Love this guy!

PPs: Still dreaming of a helix piercing. Can’t wait to try it out again.

White Shirts & Whatnots

Growing up, a white shirt was a status symbol. It spoke at length in knowledge, uncovered depths of wisdom and expressed silent authority. Growing up, my Dad was not just the epitome of a white shirt, he was the very essence of it. It was the singular most dominant feature of his wardrobe and it could only ever be crisp… pristine… starched… SHARP! It earned him the nickname ‘GQ’ and in my book, anything short of this, just didn’t make the cut!

Naturally, as I progressed into the realm of employment, I too found the white shirt to be not just a staple, but supposedly critical for unattained heights of success. Accessorized with a Hermès 90×90 (*insert smug smile*), my white shirt wasn’t just my authority, it transformed to my cape! But I’ve since learned not to take life too seriously. SHARP! is nice, but as a lady, I much prefer my shirt (blouse?) to glide gracefully along my fashion scale, sliding from understated chic to refined grace.

Ever-adaptable, I often find that my white shirt is my blank canvas, capable of self-expression and open to my style interpretations. Somewhere between the flirty off shoulders, the hand stitched silks and the creaseless oxford cloth classics (Taiwo does this like a PRO!), I’ve found myself  “at home” with this undeniable essential.

Below are my much desired white shirt chic goals

Source: Pinterest

 

Tome | Open Back Shirt | My Chameleon
Source: The Chic Department
Cotton shirts are enjoying a new lease of life via architectural shapes. This neat bow detailing will nip in your waist too
Source: The Telegraph

I’ve learnt that maintenance is the greatest feat in owning a white shirt, but here’s a tip you (probably) didn’t know… they (Brooks Brothers, according to the WSJ) say your blend ratio shouldn’t exceed 60/40 Polyester/Cotton…. you can thank me later!

Ladies, have you invested in a white shirt? How does it work for you?

xXx

Ps: For those of you that don’t already know, I have Tory Lanez ‘Hypnotized’ on REPEAT!!!!

PPs: I can’t seem to decide if I want  my hair in Senegalese twists or if I want to keep queening in my nappy ‘fro… thoughts?

Thirty Something

Last year was my Champagne 30th (that was coined given Taiwo & I’s love for champagne) and in all honesty, I had mixed feelings. There are SO many misconceptions about the third decade of one’s existence, but when you fall short of your own standard as you turn that third corner, the pressure floods in and then THEN you have a real problem. Before we go on, let’s quickly examine that list of what (I thought) I ought to have done by last October:

  1. Established a career in Investment Banking- I was certainly on the right path… Ag. Head of Project Finance at the age of 29, caaman! I was doing okay and I had the right support. This was the ONLY thing I had on lock down though… keep reading…
  2. Bought a house- 7 months on and this remains on the to-do list
  3. Married a steady boyfriend whom I’d have dated for c.3 years- Update: It’s official, I’m single!
  4. Popped 2 babies at the minimum- After all, it’s harder to make babies with “fried eggs”. Besides, Then, I wanted 3! Today, I’d be content with 1!
  5. Visited at least 30 cities- I’ve lost count to be honest. I’ve probably done about 25, not quite 30 but I’m no longer counting.
  6. Bought an Investment bag- The Chanel 2.55 remains on my wish list. I’m open to donations… nothing is too small
  7. Learnt French- Travil en cours- yes, I googled that. Sue me!

What I quickly realized is that there’s nothing wrong with making plans. In fact, I encourage everyone to do it. Falling short of your own expectations happens. What’s then important is to take stock of where you are and work to move forward. Self-pity, insecurity that’s just pathetic. When you focus too much on what wasn’t, you’ll lose sight of your achievements.

To cut a long story (somewhat) short, I ended up having the time of my life celebrating my Champagne 30th. I spent the actual birthday on the plane from Paris back to Lagos. My flight got delayed so I didn’t actually arrive until 9pm.

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But I’d never felt so loved when I got home. There were about 30 people waiting to celebrate with me that Thursday evening. Amazing individuals…. Every single one of them! The following night, I went out clubbing and my awesome friends totally covered EVERYTHING! We got a table and partied till the am.

Sip Champagne 30

The icing on the cake was a trip to Malta with Taiwo (of course) and Wura. What a beautiful, island!

Today, I drew up a “Kehinde Four Point Zero” Bucket list. I’m not sharing that with you yet, but just know it’s a lot more fun and a lot less serious.

Before I leave you pondering on what made the Bucket list, I’ll drop some hints below in my update on what I’ve “achieved” on turning 30…

  1. Changed jobs- I’ve decided I want to be an O&G guru in the medium term. PE is still the ultimate GOAL along with (maybe) being an Editor-at-Large (I find that so fascinating)
  2. Started Yoga- My first class was last Saturday and it was AMAZING! Going back this weekend
  3. Started eating healthier- I’m not quite vegetarian YET, but I’m mindful of what goes in
  4. Got braces- The plan isN’T to totally close the gap, but I think my dentist has another agenda…. I’ll keep you updated
  5. Got a helix piercing. Then ditched the helix piercing. I got a keloid so had to take it out… the keloid is gone now so I’ll try again later this year and see how that pans out
  6. Got contacts- because I had to “babe up” even if it was only a nano notch
  7. Invested in the Stella McCartney Falabella- YAAASSSS loved this bag FOREVER and she will do until my 2.55 arrives
  8. I read a book! And now I’m reading ANOTHER book (Children of Blood & Bone)

Dare I say it, but 30 is looking pretty darn good on me despite my (self-) perceived short comings. The other day, a gentleman at Ikoyi club even thought I was 19!!! *blush* Could 30 be the new 20?

xXx

Ps: I won’t jinx things by saying “I’m Back!” but I’ll just leave that right here….

Pps: Super excited about the Lancome Teint Idole launch in Nigeria. Can’t wait t find my shade

PPPs: Kehinde Three Point Zero…. Kehinde FOUR Point Zero, that makes me giggle, I don’t know why

Much ado about Nappy

People are constantly asking me how to grow/transition/maintain their natural hair and I find myself giving the same advice over and over again (I sound like I’m complaining but I secretly love it). So recently, Gbonju was wise enough to suggest that I document it in a blog.
This one is for my nappy sisters (and maybe brothers) out there crazy enough to go natural.
Let’s get to business.
Okay, you will need:
1. A spray bottle
2. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
3. Some Shea Butter
4. Castor Oil (optional, but really useful if you want thick hair… who doesn’t want thick hair?)
Spray Bottle Composition
You should fill your spray bottle with the following:
– Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
– Castor Oil (optional)
– Water (a lot of it)
Olive Oil should generally be double the  equivalent of your Castor Oil. Water should make up the other half of your spray (Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!).
Morning Regimen
Spritz your hair with your mixture every morning when you wake up (preferably before you shower as the shower steam helps your hair absorb the mixture….. and that’s it, you’re good to go (easy peasy right?)
Evening/Night Regimen
Before you go to bed, make sure you use a satin/silk bonnet/scarf (Taiwo… I hope you’re reading this, you seem to think it’s a joke… it’s not! Yes people, Taiwo is natural now. We look like twins again). It reduces breakage because (believe it or not) kinky hair is extremely fragile.
Fortnightly Regimen
DEEP CONDITION!!!! It’s the absolute BEST thing you can do for your hair and it’s so easy.
Step 1: Put all your oils + a lump of Shea Butter in a cup/container (I don’t usually measure here, I just let them all have an organic party)
Step 2: Put in the microwave until the Shea Butter has melted (usually takes c. 10 seconds).
Step 3: Apply generously to your hair from root to tip
Step 4: Put on a shower cap/plastic bag and go about your usual Saturday routine
Step 5: After an hour or 2…. or 3 (however long you want but no less than 30 mins) wash as usual with your shampoo (don’t co wash)
Step 6: Enjoy silky soft hair (silky is an exaggeration, unless you straighten/chemically relax your hair, you will probably never enjoy silky soft hair again)
General Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t:
Don’t (ever) comb/brush your hair without spritzing it with water/your spray bottle composition first. Otherwise your hair WILL break
Try and avoid touching/manipulating your hair too often as that makes it extra frizzy and looks untidy (this one is for me; my hand is constantly in my hair).
Don’t compare your hair to anyone else’s. Your hair is unique to you, love it.
Do:
Let your hair breath once in a while. Constant weaves, braids, etc. will make your hair weak/fragile.
Do experiment a little play with Rhassoul Clay, Benotine Clay, eggs, avocado, etc. Not only is it fun, but you are literally feeding your hair.
Want more info on Natural hair? Feel free to visit my Pinterest. I take it very seriously (probably more seriously than I should LOL).
Sorry for the epistle, I got carried away.
xXx
Ps: I know I know… I took another hiatus. Surely, you’re used to this now so don’t judge
PPs: I recently bought myself a gift. It arrives tonight. I’m SUPER excited about it!
PPs: Tags and pictures will come later… if I remember

The Met Ball

I love any excuse to dress up, self expression via fashion is my favourite kind. I’d much rather dress the way I feel than talk about it because then, I’m not obliged to admit to anything; it remains open for interpretation with a hint of mystery…. mystery is good, no?

Forget the Oscars, the Met Gala is officially my favourite fashion red carpet! I love how seriously everyone takes the theme and let’s not forget that the proceeds of the fund raising are put towards the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (I love art).

This year’s Met Gala’s theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology”. Now I had to do some googling to fully understand what “Manus x Machina” meant so give me a minute while I relish in my new found knowledge.

The Manus x Machina theme explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The exhibition addressed the founding of haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.

Okay, so I just lifted that from the Met website *shrugs*. Moving on swiftly, these are my favourite looks from the 2016 Met Ball. What look was your fave?

Source: Reveal.co.uk

US$2000 manicure… YAS!!! Tommy Hilfiger dress… fantastic!

Kylie Jenner at Met Gala 2016

Balmain!

Source:ibitimes

Claire Danes at Met Gala 2016

I particularly liked  Claire Danes outfit because not only was it by Zac Posen, but it was an illuminating dress!

Source:ibitimes

xXx

Ps: Still stuck on that US$2000 manicure….

Pps: I have a very busy weekend ahead of me. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

My Favourite Things

I’ve always had a collection of about 3 items that I wear every-single-day. No matter how simple or extravagant my outfit is, it’s never complete without my favourite things…. my staples. They are usually small and easily glossed over, but in my tiny world, they cross my “t”s and dot my “i”s. As seasons change and times pass, my favourite things do evolve, but for this season and in such times, these are a few of my favourite things….

Does anyone else have staples they just cannot live without?

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xXx

Ps: Guys…. I want another piercing. For those of you that don’t know, I only have the standard two lobe ear piercings. But (and there’s always a but) I want just one more… a helix piercing on my left ear. I know it will be painful and my Dad will probably throw a fit! But I think I’m going to get one anyway. I’ll keep you updated!

Pps: I’m looking for trouble right? I just think it would look SO cool.

Ppps: It’s my Daddy’s birthday! #Day1 #NumeroUno #MainestG #TopLad Lol