Casual Zaful Dresses To Slay In Under 30 Dollars

Dresses are an essential I always say a girl should have in her wardrobe. Asides the fact that they’re comfortable and chic, depending on the style and design, dresses are perfect for all occasions. I picked five casual Zaful dresses to slay in under 30 dollars which is equivalent to about N10,000 in Nigeria. Now I am fan of t-shirts and jeans but when I am not rocking caption tees, a dress is my go to option. Some casual dresses for women can be rather expensive but you do not have to break a bank to wear cute dresses. There is a wide variety of retro dresses and zaful floral dresses here. The best part is Zaful ships for free when you order from their site.

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Striped Lace Up Cami Mini Dress

The color and strap design of this dress has me in love. The strap is adjustable for your comfort and the lace up details adds a little bit of extra sauce. It is made of polyester and it being a mini dress makes it possible to wear as a short dress or pair with leggings/stockings or any other type of trousers.

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Polka Dot Mini Cami Dress

Similar to the Cami dress but this dress has fixed straps. It is equally as comfortable. The polka dot design makes it even more attractive, especially if you’re a fan of bright colors. I would throw on a denim jacket and wear white sneakers for a super casual and cool kid look. Another way to style is with black heels and a purse.

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Embroidered Tassel Tunic Dress

This dress screams vintage and casual. It is a straight dress with round-neck collar line for comfort. The tassels and embroidery design makes it super stylish and it can go from a Friday work outfit to an outfit for any casual event. For extra details, make use of a belt.

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Bell Sleeved Mini Bodycon Dress

A bodycon dress is the perfect clothing essential to bring out the body curves. This dress is made of spandex and sports a Vneck collar line as well as bell sleeves which is a trend from 2017. It can be worn for both casual and formal events. Pair with heels with a purse and you’re good to go.

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Smocked Overlap Off Shoulder Asymmetrical Dress

This ankle length dress features the offshoulder design and I particularly like the flowery pattern. There is a slit in front which overlap in front and create a design that shows off legs. It goes for all occasions depending on how you style it. Style with a pair of heels and you can even wear it to church.

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There you have them! If you happen to be shopping for dresses, these dresses will have you looking stunning without costing a lot. I personally like the tunic dress. Which of these five dresses do you like the most? Share below. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post?

Victorian Type of Shoes

Hi readers!
Long time no post. So sorry I’ve been away from the blog for a while. School and life have been quite tasking. Thought I’d share this post about Victorian type of shoes. The Victorian Era occurred years ago but when is fashion never evergreen? Some of these terms might seem old-fashioned but trust me, looking them up will have you more enlightened.

Notable for their black lace-up style, pointed toe and uniquely beveled heel, the Victorian-era boot has transitioned into modern-day fashion movements. Arguably the first heeled shoe to be widely accepted, the heel common on Victorian boots was the predecessor of today’s pump. Now, the Victorian boot has found a new home in a number of popular fashion trends and can command a pretty penny as a versatile member of any fine wardrobe.

Portrait of a Beautiful Victorian Lady

Steampunk
Taking a cue from science fiction, the steampunk fashion trend merges vintage beauty and technology into one refined look filled with sass. Victorian boots certainly have relevance in Victo fashion trend, offering both a vintage elegance and a hardware aesthetic. The jet black eyelets and sturdy laces typical of Victorian boots draw on the technical component of the style. A pair of these boots, whether short or tall, can really cap off a steampunk look and take it to the next level.

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The World of Anime Fashion
Anime has introduced a number of fashion trends and subcultures that are captivating many young people. Some of these fashion trends could get plenty of use from unique look of the Victorian boots, such as the Lolita and mori girl looks.

The Lolita fashion subculture basically takes a nod from both Edwardian and Victorian style. With variations on the overall look from Gothic to whimsical, the Lolita style gives a nod to many popular styles sported by European aristocrats. So whether it’s the harder or softer side of Lolita fashion, Victorian boots can be truly invaluable footwear when trying to pull off the ultimate Lolita look.

While not an immediate inclusion in the mori girl look, the Victorian boot adds such a lovely organic angle to provide a beautiful contrast to the lace and layers typical of this anime-inspired sub-fashion. Also known as forest girl, mori girl is somewhere between boho meets forest nymph. Floral patterns and oversized pieces cascade in softness on women sporting mori girl looks. So while they are not as intrinsic to this fashion trend as they are to lolita, the beautiful colors and angles of modern Victorian-inspired boots can be paired with soft floral and cream lace for a dramatic statement.

Victorian Women Shoes

And, Witches Too
Victorian boots which is another Victorian type of shoes iconically look like witch shoes. In today’s creative fashion subcultures and borderline-obsessive cosplay trends, Victorian boots may be just what’s needed to accomplish the perfect likeness of a favorite character. Today, the look of yesteryear has gained new momentum as the fashion-forward look to Victorian boots for the perfect final touch to their look du jour.

Which of these Victorian type of shoes would you rock? Did you notice some of the shoes trending now look similar to some of these Victorian type of shoes? Flats and heels, which is your favorite? Let us talk below. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post?

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Body Insecurities x Ankara Cape Dress

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ankara cape dress

Hi readers!
How are you today? Fine I hope. One of the things I had in mind to work on this year is self-confidence and being more personal on the blog. Confession: I used to be somewhat insecure about my body. Surprised? Don’t be. There should be more to blogging right? Dealing with body insecurities is something a lot of teenagers and even adults go through.

Prior to Senior Secondary school, I was slightly a tomboy and it had an effect on how I saw myself as a female. I had friends with curves and all the feminine thing going on while I was just there. Some might call me a late bloomer but yes, I am one. At this present day, I still have slight insecurity about the way my legs look. I am 5’9 and my legs are long. My legs have been called all sort of names which make me hide them behind jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I do love myself but it’s okay to feel insecure once in while. I have also learned that we can’t all be perfect. Some people look up to billboard models and stars with perfect bodies but some of them confess to living a strict life and pushing themselves hard just to stay perfect.

 

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But nature doesn’t make us all in the same size, shape, same nose type, hair color, bum size, beard type, muscularity and all which leaves some people wanting to be like someone else. People give advice about accepting yourself for who you are but it is easier said than done really. It is however possible to change some things about yourself. One thing I’ve learned is most of the insecurities come from our mind and the moment you tell yourself what’s right to think about yourself, you start to act like it.

I used to hate my height, feel conscious about my bust size, cry about my flat bum, used to be terribly shy and didn’t like my smile at all but right now? I adore my body! Heard of ladies who hate their stretch marks. Like why? Most importantly, the body isn’t all there is to a person, what about personality? What about intelligence? What about good habits? What about a good hustle? There is so much to love about yourself. And the major one, not letting other people’s say about your body affect you.

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Being an undergraduate in a school with a lot of fine, sexy and smart girls, I have been compared so many times that I laugh at people’s ignorance now. Some girls cover up with makeup but if you have noticed, I don’t exactly wear makeup except there’s a need to. Love my face bare and I see no reason why anyone should feel unhappy with how their real face looks like. Every person has a unique thing about them and that is what makes them what they are. In summary, your body is yours and the temple of God. You and only you have a say on how you see it.

Now to today’s outfit, I have on the offshoulder ankara cape dress from The Brand Honey. It is available for order in all sizes. A cape is a sleeveless outer garment that is being attached to a cloth bodice which drapes the wearer’s back arms and chest. Capes have been on the fashion scene since the nineteenth century though it has had periodic returns. Capes are of different designs and they are a captivating piece.

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ankara cape dress

I am not exactly one to follow fashion trends as I wear what I want whenever I want to. This is my first outfit with a cape and guess who chose the style? My mum! She knows how much I love offshoulder outfits. I styled this Ankara cape dress from The Brand Honey with studded open toe wedge (I still hate heels. Read why here) from Atmosphere and my glasses case came handy as a purse because why not? My sister’s pearl drop earrings completed the look. Just ignore my hair lol. This Ankara cape dress is perfect for any Owanbe and Sunday service slaying.

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ankara cape dress

Pictures were taken by my good friend Timilehin who is also a student of Unibadan and one of the baddest photographers. Follow him on Instagram @tp_dapson

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The Offshoulder Ankara Trend × Loving Yourself

Hi readers!

I should have put up this post on how to make an off shoulder top long ago but I really want to adher to the two style posts per month principle. Now I regret not putting it up. Lost all the pictures of the process on my old phone. I am so sorry. However you can check out this post. It really helped me. The off shoulder trend is still pretty much around and I can say this is one trend I really like. All you need to make this top is a yard of clothing material, elastic, office pin and sewing machine or needle and thread. It took about two hours to make. How would you style this top and where would you wear it to? Wore it to church and it turned heads.

Offshoulder Ankara Trend
Offshoulder Ankara Trend
Offshoulder Ankara Trend
Offshoulder Ankara Trend

I wonder why some people find it so difficult to love themselves. For real, I doubt I could do anything I don’t want to or think would harm me. However, some girls and guys already have esteems that don’t make them respect or love themselves and thus they can’t love other people. Listen up! God put in so much time into making you that you should spend some much time loving yourself because you deserve to and you should let no one tell you otherwise.

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Offshoulder Ankara Trend

I have been called different names from toothpick to skinny to flat. My legs have been compared to broomsticks, pencil, spaghetti and other odd things but all these has never made me insecure about my body for once. Never made me stop loving the body, the unique me God has created. God is love! God loves you and you should love yourself.

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Nineteen And Overwhelmed

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Hi darlings!
Over the past weeks I noticed but didn’t pay attention to the fact that there were no new comments on the blog. Just thought it was a normal thing. However Nedoux and Adaeze brought it to my attention recently that they had difficulty commenting on blog posts. Thank you so much. Discovered there was an issue with my old theme which has been resolved now. How do you like the new theme? Kindly go through previous posts and leave your comments, pretty please? I’d love to hear from you and oh, still contemplating that giveaway.

Back to the real post, you might wonder why nineteen and overwhelmed for a caption. Well, I have heard of something called tears of joy before and the last time I cried such was the day I got my JAMB admission letter after being told about 75% failed.

However, on Sunday 7th of August, I cried again in church, tears of joy. Overwhelmed with the love God has for me, for keeping me alive for nineteen years. I mean I remember one time when I was about six years old, I was playing in my nanny’s bedroom and there was a button missing on the controller of the standing fan. Being a curious somebody, I dipped my finger into the hole while the fan was on.

I can never forget that day because it birthed my fear for electricity really. I could have died that day but God kept me for a reason. There are several occasions I almost lost my life too. And I’m grateful for life. 2015 was a tough year really, ups and downs, betrayals, pain, heart break, frustration, moments of depression. But all these make me a stronger, more confident and better girl.

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So now I’m nineteen, how do I feel like? No different from the days before August 6 really. Just conscious of the fact that more work has to be done before my next birthday.

And oh, this is an admonition for someone out there who might have given up on writing, having writer’s block or thinking of giving up on writing. I had a moment of frustration last week when I thought of how frustrating it can be to get a publisher to publish your work. I mean it’s tiring and you’d begin to wonder if you’re any good of a writer really. So I’m telling you now, you are a good writer, don’t stop believing that and don’t stop writing.

I appreciate and love you all very much. I’m glad I got another year to dedicate to the blog especially to you my readers. Thanks to those who wished me a happy birthday on Instagram and Snapchat (@mystique_dammy). The love was really overwhelming! *brings out handkerchief*

Lol don’t mind me. Who’s coming for the The Bloggers’ Brunch?? Whoop whoop! I’ll be there. I’m excited really. Can’t wait to see some of your beautiful and handsome faces. My darling Yetty Salimon just launched her collection of turbans and you should check out her African wears. Totally creative. Stay good and make use of the rest of August positively. Believe! ❤

beadorned by yettie

Pictures were taken by Peter Alawode (@peter_alawode)

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Easy and Stylish Ways To Wear A Shift Dress

Hi dear readers!
How are you today? Good I hope. Currently revering my last days as an eighteen year old, birthday in less than a month. Any tips or advice you might want to share with a girl? Starting to understand the whole concept of being an adult. Long time no style post? Haha sharing today easy and stylish ways to wear a shift dress. Check out this recent post on how to make your own clothes as a fashion blogger, talked about how I made a shift dress.

What’s the big deal with shift dress? Well, shift dress is pretty simple, classy and flattering depending on the style of the dress. Shift dress originated from way back in the 1920s. The shift dress then symbolized independence, comfort over looks. However, Hubert Givenchy is said to be the originator of the shift dress. He made some for fashion icons of the sixties and fifties including Jacqueline Kennedy. Like how cool is that? Salute!

Shift dress with heels

A pair of heels is perfect with most dresses so the shift dress isn’t an exception. Styled it here with my black and red Nine West heels. A pop of color makes an outfit look classy. Well, the dress seems sort of short, not to me anyway but if you’re not comfortable with how short your shift dress is, you can wear stockings. That would create a different look too. If you’re 5’9 or above, you’d understand the struggle of finding clothes that are your perfect size but I actually wanted this one like this. Legs for days? *winks*

Easy and Stylish Ways To Wear A Shift Dress

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flower patterned shift dressHow To Wear A Shift Dress

Shift dress and a skirt

Another way to style a shift dress is wearing it with a skirt. Check out how I styled my shift dress with a black knee-length skirt. Just tuck your dress in the skirt and you’re good to go. This can pass for a corporate look. Depending on the type of skirt worn, it could come out as another dress or a casual look.

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Shift dress and jeans

If you happen to be a lover of high waist jeans as I am, then you can style your shift dress with a pair of jeans. If you’re opting for a very casual look, this is perfect. You can throw on a jacket too. The jacket could be short or long. My Crocodile coat came to play here. From sleeveless to covered up in a jiffy. You could wear a denim jacket on your shift dress too.

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how to wear a shift dresshow to wear a shift dress

Basically, you can play around with your shift dress, it gives you soooo much freedom. You can wear your shift dress in a lot of ways. You could style it with a pair of shorts and sneakers too.

Which of these looks do you like the most? How would you style your shift dress?

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How To Make Your Own Clothes As A Fashion Blogger

Over the past weeks I have been honing some skills which include makeup, gele tying and fashion design. So I made this shift dress over the weekend. It took me a couple of hours to make it. Used about one and half yards of ankara material. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the process. However, a how to post for another outfit is coming to the blog soon + a giveaway! Stay tuned.

How To Make Your Own Clothes As A Fashion Blog

To make this shift dress, all you have to do is cut out a rectangular shape. If you want it to be sleeveless, just leave enough space for your arms and sew straight. However, if you want sleeves, cut out the shape of the sleeves you want and sew to the holes of the sleeves. You also want to fold and sew the neckline of the dress.

Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!

I really am particular about my outfit being casual on a normal day hence the simplicity of the dress. Fashion design is something I really love and one principle I live by is ‘why buy it if you can attempt making it.’

How To Make Your Own Clothes As A Fashion Blogger

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Why should you try making your own clothes.

  1. You save money. You get to save money when you try out things for yourself. A normal designer shift dress would probably go for $7 which is equivalent to about #4000. I actually spent nothing on this dress. I have had my sewing machine for months and the ankara was a gift.
  2. Creating something new. Creativity needs a bit of stirring up. When I was thinking of the dress to make, a plain shift dress with round neck came to mind but then I got the idea of making the front neckline rounded and V-necked.
  3. Freedom to choose. You get to choose what material, color and what suits your personal taste. Even if you don’t get what you want exactly, you’ll create a signature style of your making.

 

How do you go about making your own clothes.

  1. Decide to try. This is the first step in the process. Making an attempt is just awesome. If you don’t try, how would you know what you’re capable of. I really respect diy bloggers, like they are magic makers. Creating out of what they have.
  2. Ask for help if you have to. Pinterest is a good source for inspiration. Wikihow also gives detailed steps on how to make some clothes. Search Google and find posts relating to the outfit you have in mind.
  3. Get all the materials you would need. All of it; your scissors, pins, needle and thread too. Trust me, lacking one item can cause lack of motivation very fast. Having everything on hand would make the creation process faster too.
  4. Be patient. The creation of some outfits is not that easy but keep calm, listen to music if you have to.

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How To Tie Ankara Scarf

Hi readers!
How are you today? Good I hope. Done with the first phase of my tests, feeling a bit happy and thought I’d share a style post featuring how to tie Ankara scarf in less than two minutes. Practically cajoled my best friend to take these pictures.

How To Tie Ankara Scarf

My favorite go to style is basically a T-shirt and jeans with flats as I wore in this post. Been too lazy to do anything to my natural hair lately so I decided to tie a scarf today. This white T-shirt and jeans seemed great for a casual Wednesday look.

How To Tie Easy Ankara Scarf

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Did you know until the Renaissance, some form of cover for the hair was regarded as appropriate for married women in most European cultures to show modesty and indicate marital status? However, for unmarried women it was considered appropriate to display their hair to attract suitors.

Anyway, on to how to tie Ankara scarf. This is my type of top knot turban style. You can make use of any scarf for this style, however the scarf should be one that can be folded into a triangle.

Step 1.
Smooth the scarf and fold it into a triangle. (Kindly ignore my hair)

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Step 2. Place it on your head and grab the two ends of the scarf. The vertex at the tip should be placed in the middle.

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Step 3. Tie the two ends together.

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Step 4. Tuck the vertex into the middle part of the two ends.

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Step 5. Twist the end of the first part and wrap it round the bulge created by the tucked in vertex. Tuck it in.

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Step 6. Twist the other end of the scarf and wrap it round the bulge. Tuck it in.

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Tada! There you have your top knot turban style and one of the many ways of how to tie Ankara scarf.

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Scarves are a great way to slay when your hair is not ready to. Play around and discover new ways of how to tie Ankara scarf. Lazy hairstylists say hooray! By the way, lipstain is moxie by Mua Luxe, from Demi Akin’s valentine giveaway. She’s one of my favorite bloggers.

So, what’s your say about scarves? Kindly comment below.

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