Schon Afrique: The Royal Collection

Last November, I was invited to the Majin fashion show featuring not only ‘The Royal Collection’ by Folake Majin, but also ‘The Breathless Expression Collection’ by Miss Majin and ‘The Circle Revolution Collection’ by GM4FM (Gogo Majin for Folake Majin).

As expected, the invitations were that which summoned queens and the location was the prestigious Civic Centre notifying us of the glamour surrounding this event.

Upon revealing each collection, we could see that the Majin’s had something in common, a dignified, gracious style very well suited to their target market.

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the collection….

Praize performing at the show

Tiwa Savage looking stunning in House 38

Shame I couldn’t stay to the end 😦

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Ps: This morning even my mother agreed that I was a major slacker seeing as I was just uploading this post 😦

Pps: My mum won a BlackBerry Playbook at the show, however, she left early and so wasn’t there to claim her prize *Rme*

WimBiz

Last November, I was invited to attend the 10th annual Women in Management and Business (WimBiz) Conference and indeed it was an empowering three days.

Women of all parts of Nigeria and beyond gathered to listen to the handful of catalysts that were invited to talk to us, but I was particularly impressed with Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi’s speech.

Clearly a no-nonsense, proud and very well spoken African woman; she kicked off with Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’. With this, she gripped the entire audience and we were interested. She went on to talk about social justice and the passion involved in being a change agent and by the time she was done, she had us all giving her a standing ovation.

Over the first two days, the invited speakers included Toyosi Akerele (who was extremely motivational), Bolanle Austen-Peters of Terra Kulture and Uche Eze of Bella Naija (who managed to make Nicki Minaj and Rihanna sound inspirational lol). On the third day was a dinner which I was unable to attend seeing as I was dateless 😦 my family members tend to shy away from such and a certain Mr wasn’t in the country. Yes, I was bummed seeing as I had my House 38 dress all good to go and I was looking forward to getting my make up done by House of Tara… *sigh*

Regardless, the entire event was without a doubt a success and I’m pretty certain everyone took something of value with them. Mrs Zaccheus (the former chairperson of WimBiz) through the years has definitely been inspirational, not just through WimBiz, but also as an individual.

This was me at the end of the 2nd day. I really need to give this top a rest, but as I said in my previous post, I wear my clothes till they are used and abused!!! This isn’t the last of the tangerine dream! Lol

My Mum and Mrs Zaccheus.

Members of the WimBiz team, speakers and Bolanle Awe (in green).

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Ps: I’m STILL bummed that I missed the last days event.

Pps: If you’ve never been for a WimBiz event (and can afford to go for one), I strongly suggest you do. It urges one to go above and beyond. It’s open to men too so guys, don’t feel intimidated!

The Come Back: Old School

First and foremost I’m extremely regretful of the hiatus Bonita Valli has experienced over the past month. I’ve got a million and one blogs to upload however, I’m swamped with NYSC obligations and so start my job at UBA on monday…. *sigh*

As you may (or may not) know, I’m also the House 38 PR girl 😀 so in addition to this, I have to focus on our current ’10 days of Christmas’ promotion which kicked off on Wednesday this week with major flash sales. Naturally, this leaves me with very little time to work on Bonita Valli, however, I’ll try my utmost best to keep you all updated.

I can’t promise to upload everything in the right sequence so beware, I WILL get carried away and end up with a mish mash of all the blogs.

I’ve decided to launch my come back with these old school sunglasses I stumbled upon amidst my mum’s belongings. I’m pretty certain they were my Dad’s back in the day seeing as they’re Boss and for their classic refinement, he’s drawn to that brand.

The temple arms and frames of these retro shades are highlighted by tortoise shell (if I’m not mistaken) and the rigidity with which the arms spring up signifies that they were made to stand the test of time. Although way too small for my oversized head, I’ve made the decision to rock these babies regardless. Hope you like.

Ps: I waxed my eyebrows for the first time last Friday at a Spa called B Natural. That spa is a blog for another day.

Pps: My new friends from camp, Somme, Princess and Chinenye have convinced me to go natural hence the messy excuse I’ll call my hair. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Ppps: I co washed my hair for the first time on Monday. Yes, the little things in life excite me.

House 38

There’s something about fashion that makes my pupils dilate, I get these involuntary spasms and a bit of a twitch before my body manages some form of composure…. Well Saturday evening was no different.

Accompanied by Taiwo, I hunted down the store I’d been hearing about all over Twitter, House 38, and upon arrival at their opening week sales, we were welcomed by Sinmi, a co-owner of the label. She made us feel very much at home as we were fixated by the exquisite beading incorporated in their pieces. I was half way through the burst of colour when Damola, the second half of the brand, came out to greet us. Not only were the owners themselves an absolute pleasure to meet, but the effortless chic transcended in each impeccable piece was a rarity in modern day fashion. There was a piece for every occasion and I was thrilled to have found my Lagos shopping spot.

Here’s how my interview with House 38 went:

1. House 38 is an interesting name choice. What brought you to it?

We went through the process of trying to find a name that said something about both of us, that we both loved. The conversation went back & forth, until we decided on House 38 – which is the house we grew up in.

2. What do you hope your pieces say when others wear them and in a sense represent you?

We tend to design our clothes to showcase our love of timeless and classic style. So, in a sense, our pieces should not be seen as trendy but as clothes that would stand the test of time.

3. What’s the one accessory that would go with any House 38 outfit?

A pair of black pumps.

4. How would you describe Lagos fashion?

An amalgamation of so many influences that just creates this very vibrant scene. The best thing about Lagos fashion is that there are some people that follow trends, but at the same time there’s a class of people that you see on a daily basis that are not afraid to step outside of the norm. They are not afraid to experiment with color, texture, and fashion in general. So as designers, Lagos fashion is very inspiring because it creates this fearlessness, as you would sense that there’s someone out there who understands your vision.

5. I’m a fan of all things Harry Potter so I have to ask: If you stood in front of a boggart, what would be your biggest fashion faux pas?

[S says I LOVE YOU!!!] Unfortunately, D doesn’t watch or know anything about Harry Potter.]

S: Gosh! It’ll have to be this pink denim with a rainbow wash on it, and sequins.

Sinmi and Damola

Thank you so much for your time D&S. It was awesome meeting you both and I wish you all the best with House 38.

To find out more about House 38, visit: http://www.House38.com

House 38

Ground Floor,

289B Akin Olugbade,

Off Adeola Odeku,

Victoria Island

Lagos, Nigeria.

Tel: +234 (0) 8136617794

+234 (0) 7084053388

Twitter: @House_38

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Ps: I’m currently interning at House of Marie and I can’t wait to blog about my experience.