White Shirts & Whatnots

Outfit, Style

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

Birthday, Vacation

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

Beauty, Hair
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

Designers, Red Carpet

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

Style

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

 

 

Girl Talk: Smuggling Peanuts

Body, Outfit

My next post was supposed to be about Kendall Jenner. Those of you that follow me on Pinterest know I’m obsessed with Kendall Jenner, but I’ve decided I’ll disclose the depths of my obsession another day. Today, I’m focusing on “Smuggling Peanuts”. Let’s see how this (one sided) conversation goes….

Bras are a wonderful thing, they provide support like nothing else can. But somewhere between the underwire, sloppy straps and two to three (itchy) hooks at the back (or in front as the case may be), bras can be pretty discomforting! Guys don’t appreciate how easy they have it.

Last week I got talking to Taiwo and Wura about “Smuggling Peanuts” and while Wura refrained from taking a stance it was simply “unacceptable” to Taiwo. Recently, I’ve noticed more and more ladies ditch the support of a bra and although I’d rather one less care in this world, I guess I’d MUCH rather my “twins” were never the topic of discussion.

Freedom or orderliness? Support or nature’s gravity? To smuggle or not to smuggle?

A penny for your thoughts.

Kendall Jenner

Source: Pop Crunch

xXx

Ps: I usually find it easy to fall asleep. The second my head hits the pillow, I’m out. Last night, I struggled *sigh*

Pps: The thought of moving away for a bit is becoming more and more enthralling…..

Komole Kandids Series 2

Collection, Designers, Wedding

*WARNING: This post is highly opinionated. In the event that your view differs from mine, feel free to express yourself in the comments section*

House of Deola is in a class of its own. Yes, I said it and I refuse to take it back! I’m yet to master the art of making culture contemporary, so when I see a designer that fuses the two so effortlessly, elegantly, beautifully, naturally…. I go GaGa! I actually lose it. Staring uncontrollably, drooling helplessly, wide eyed in amusement. It’s a mix between a kid in a candy store and a man that has found that woman that holds his “mumu” button, lol.

Let’s dig into the detail shall we??

One word: Intricacy.

There’s a resonating theme with each piece in the Komole Kandids Series 2. You know the link that new designers fail to grasp…. The underlying theme that undoubtedly links one piece to the next in a beautiful harmony… yeah, that’s the one! There’s beading, there are cut-outs, beautiful prints, appliques… gosh, it’s got the works!

Some background: Research.

Does anyone bother studying anymore? I don’t just mean reading. Studying, absorbing, understanding. House of Deola clearly put in the hours. I understand that over 12 years of research went into the development of the lace and now they weave the fabric themselves. Fantastic!

The Experience: Royalty.

You know when you look so good you’re gliding on air. When the world gazes at you in awe because you’re mingling with the gods. When your smile radiates from the inside at the slightest twitch of your lips. Yeah… that’s what I imagine the Komole Kandids Series 2 feels like. Can’t believe the target audience is wedding guests.

The Styling: Minimal.

When your clothes do all the talking, it’s best to keep the styling simple. Sleek low buns and perfectly pleated geles for the win.

Do I need really need to explicitly state that I love this collection? Or did my write up justify this already? LOL

Imani - One shoulder celadon floor length dress with attached ruched ‘ipele’. Dress patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.

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SOPHIA Alice blue Aso-oke, A-line dress patterned with Komole Kandids Nectar motif.

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LEILA Apricot and gold gilded Aso-oke dress patterned with Komole Kandids Forest motif.

FARI X YASMIN Dark raspberry liquid metal corset. Floral A-line skirt.

TALLULAH. Aquamarine Aso-oke top and skirt patterned with Komole Kandids Fractal motif.

xXx

Ps: I need a holiday.