Category Archives: Out & About

Fun Places, Food, Events

#AlaraLagos x #Vliscoandco: A Cultural Evening!

Hey guys, 

How is this season treating you? I have been way too busy but here’s something from #lastfridaynight!

In one sentence, I can say that Nigerians are “woke” people. This is my first luxury event in Lagos. I have been quite a few places but a luxury event is way too different. In a luxury event, attendees are only “creme-de-la-creme, then you have a reserved spot selected media company. 

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Last Friday night, I had the opportunity of going to the most talked about luxury stores in Lagos-Alara Lagos. At a point, it was one of my “must-go” places in Lagos but didn’t have the pocket to go (if you know what I mean) and now, I had a free ticket to go do some content.

So, Vlisco organised an cultural event with AWCA (A White Space Creative Agency) at Alara Lagos to show a presentation by a team of Nigerian talents/creatives to give their own idea of creativity using Vlisco prints. It’s a search for what the future of fashion holds for Vlisco wax Company by Nigerian creatives. Actually, this means a lot!

The creative team- Tokyo James as a menswear fashion designer, Daniel Obasi as art direction, photography & styling, Karo Akpokiere as the illustrator, Abiola Oulusola as womenswear fashion designer and others.

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From Tokyo James’s Collection

The team came up with something super creative and I couldn’t be happier about the collection. I loved the details about the Tokyo James collection because it had ant and flamingo appliques on the fabrics. It showed the bold, daring man and a risk taker in terms of style!

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The ant applique/detail from Tokyo James Collection

The Alara store has interesting details and would make your mouth water at each luxury item. From the store, there were body grooming products such as skincare line-Epara, there were other luxury Italian perfumes as well. 

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Epara Skincare preoducts

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I thought the only places I could find mules and luxury clutch bags were online stores like Asos, Zara, and the likes but Alara stores featured each of these expensive items. I loved the artistic display of cultural items like cultural/ print-inspired chairs, there were beaded crowns, bracelets, all the things you would admire in a cultural setting. The architectural structure of the building played a huge role in the comfortability and coziness of the store. It’s a space well managed and well thought out. Just like a rich home, you find staircases leading you to the direction of the items you want to purchase.

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Round Strap bags at Alara Lagos!

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What would I do in a luxury store than to take good pictures of the items and remembering a quote one of my American friends taught me..“the best luxury is looking at things”- from Erin. I looked, gazed, stared until I felt awkward but I wished there was more than enough to pick one or two things.Someday I would!

I couldn’t go to the famous restaurant to eat because it was dark and of course one drink wouldn’t cause so much harm, would it? (Let me know if you have been there)!

See more photos:

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If you have been to Alara Store or the restaurant in Lagos, please feel free to comment! What’s the least expensive item in the store or the restaurant? Don’t forget to like, share this article and follow my IG page : thevickieo/@thelazyoutfitter

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I Chose A Pyjamas Top & Styled It At The GTB Fashion Weekend!

This post is long overdue but it has to be written!

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The Guaranty Trust Bank is one of the five-star commercial banks in Nigeria. They are known for their CSR and recently, their contribution to building Small & Medium Enterprise in the Food industry and the fashion industry.

Just in its second year of carrying out this project, this year turned out to be so much fun and aesthetically pleasing! Unlike the previous GTBank Fashion Weekend last year, there were props, clean mobile toilets and a spacious event centre. There was the Pop Up Sales stores by different Nigerian brands in the building and outside and the prices were relatively affordable.

I wanted the Masterclasses but managed to attend one-The Vanessa Kingori Class. She’s the New British Vogue Publisher. There was a lot to learn from her. 

I couldn’t have gone alone duh..I went with my partner-in-crime (@wanshygirl) and we had as much fun as possible. If I could I would drop all the pictures here! Also, I met a friend I hadn’t seen for 15 years! 

See details below!

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It was a FRUGA-WANDER-kinda journey, we hopped from a BRT bus, Keke Napep to trekking! What a life!

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Met my childhood friend I hadn’t seen for 15 solid years. She’s now a vlogger (@nubiaqween). How time flies!

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I decided to rock the pyjamas trend just because it was a big trend earlier this year and haven’t even tried it. Pjs can be in floral prints, cotton or silk but best worn or styled in silk. I paired it up with a slim-fit denim with some Parisian vibe! I also loved the Graphic tee and culottes Ebun styled herself in!

Outfit details:

Top: PJs top 

Pants: Denim

Shoes: White Mountain shoes

Touring My Own City!- The Lekki Conservation Centre!! (Part 1)

Finally, I toured the Lekki Conservation Centre today!!

I have heard lots of amazing things about this place from Youtube reviews to blogposts to The Social Prefect (Chiamaka Obuekwe) touring couples, young students etc. I decided to go on my own.

P.S: This blogpost is gonna be loooong but interesting (look on the bright side jare!).

Sounds daring right? Yes, I dared myself and I’m glad I don’t regret one bit of it! I have been planning this trip for weeks but one “something”keeps wrecking my plans. I made it to LCC today after CDS.

I live on the mainland and my CDS (Community Development Service) and PPA (Primary Place Of Assignment) is in Lekki so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I decided that every Wednesday will be for CDS and touring Lekki!

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From CDS to a quick stop at LCC!
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First, Let me take a selfie!

I WENT BY COMMUTER BUS!

Since I have to shuttle between mainland and the Lekki Penninsula, there is no sense in Uber-ing/ Taxify-ing my way down (except if Mr. Otedola is my godfather).LOL..and I don’t have a car so, #teamcommercialbus road trip!

From the mainland (Close to MMIA i.e Muritala Mohammed Airport Road) down to Chevron B/stop, it cost me N450 (Nigerian currency). A total of N900 for budget, although I spent N750. Yours could be lesser or higher depending on the area you live in.

I made sure I was well fed at home before hopping out to avoid lush food expenses (because Lekki restaurants can dig a fat hole in your pocket). On getting there, I got to the information centre where I was briefed about LCC and pay N2,000 (N1,000 for the longest canopy walk in Africa and the other N1,000 for entrance). If you came with your camera you would pay extra N1,000 for taking pictures ( I think it’s ridiculous though) but sneak it in if you have too!

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WHAT TO CARRY WHEN TOURING LCC!

LCC surprisingly has been around for almost 27years! As the name implies, it’s a “Conservation Centre” for preserving natural habitats from trees to animals such as monkeys, alligators, peacocks, birds, etc. Some people saw a black snake too!

You can have your birthday party, picnics, outdoor barbeques etc so come with your cameras, phones, bumbags, strawhats, notepads etc.

WHAT YOU WOULD SEE!

You would see monkeys and peacocks, Tortoises, coming your way with all impunity! Yes, they feel like you have entered their territory and if you distract the monkey with your fruit juices or whatever it is you are eating, they would come for you in groups so, watch out!

There is a restroom where you can change into anything, a restaurant where you can buy native foods, lemonade drinks and Orijin zero drinks etc.

 Apart from the canopy walk, there are bukka huts with thatched roof such as Igbo-Efon, Tukuru, Game grids Ludo Game Grids, Draft Grids, Chess Grids, Tilapia fish ponds, etc.

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Making Enquiries at the Hut Before the Entrance, There you pay all the necessary fees before going in!
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A quick stop at the restaurant! I got my Lemonade drink here and peppery plantain chips

I regret not climbing the tree house! 

I’m definitely coming to LCC again and this time with my girls! I went for the first time alone but it was worth it! In all A total of N3, 500 (If you are being economical enough) will take you to LCC from the mainland at least that should be about the same price with a Domino Pizza/ Debonairs Pizza!

A few pictures from LCC.

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Sandals by:@wanshygirl
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Fish Pond
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According to folklore, tortoises are greedy but in real life MONKEYS are beyond greedy!
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A girl gotta pose every time she finishes a phase of the canopy walk! LOL
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The trees are amazing! Love this shade of blue from my hair to shorts!Those palm trees are way too big like an Iroko!

Watch out for Part 2 (I’d be loading more pictures) and narrating my canopy walk!

Till then! Please share this post another explorer might want to visit!!

Highlights From The Colours And Grey Bloggers Forum

 

 

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I was having a bad hair day but still yanked on my boy shorts and political tee with my baseball cap!

 

Hi there!

This post has been long overdue! I attended the first blogger’s forum which was meant to be a masterclass organised by COLOURS AND GREY. It’s a bloggers community designed to help bloggers grow, network with each other, share ideas and connect brands with bloggers.

For my readers who aren’t Nigerians, I don’t know if you have been to a blogger’s forum or  how a bloggers forum is held in your country (I’d love you to share in the comment section..thanks!)

I must confess I arrived REALLY LATE because of the day and time (Sunday).Anyways I bumped in when the sessions were on (Alice, the organizer was talking about Digital Marketing). The event was held at the CAPITAL SQUARE, IKOYI LAGOS.

We had a great time because learning was s much fun! We learnt about SEO, CAMPAIGNS, FACEBOOK ADS, EMAIL MARKETING, etc.We had a sumptuous meal sponsored by HEYFOODIE . I’m glad I met with other bloggers like Grace Gigi, (she runs Epiphany29, go check it out!). I also met Levy Braide (She is also the Blackwriter, check out her page please!) and a few other bloggers.

I’m glad I pushed myself out to learnt those stuff, it was simply amaZING! Oh..did I mention the goody bag I received? I got a dress from THE INDULGENCE COLLECTION  and some lingerie from BRIEF ESSENTIALS. In essence, I had a great time and relax more on Sundays!

If you have attended a bloggers forum, I’d love to hear from you!

Till next time, XOXO!

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Brief Essential Lingerie Goody Bag!
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My dress from the Indulgence Collection. I did a little DIY on the dress because it was so long and big on me.
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I chose to rock it on a Nigerian footwear brand and a choker

 

 

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Official pic from Colours And Grey! That’s Levy Braide in the white waist coat, Okolo Sarah stretching her neck!

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