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.

stripped lace cami dress

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.

polka dot mini cami dress

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.

embriodered tunic dress

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.

belled sleeve body con dress

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.

smocked overlap dress

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?

Zaful Valentine Inspired Female Outfits

Valentine’s Day is perhaps one of the annual celebrations a lot of people worldwide look forward to and it being a celebration of love, the colors red and white are synonymous with it. Personally, I am a fan of St. Valentine’s Day and I look forward to it every year with glee like a child’s. The story of how the day came to be varies but the essence of sharing love to all remains constant.

Zaful currently has a Valentine’s Day deals going on. Besides that, you stand the chance of winning a free round trip to your dream destination for Zaful Valentine’s Day 2018 between February 1 to 14. Sounds exciting yes? You can view the details and participate on their Instagram page. If you will be celebrating like many people across the world, these Zaful Valentine inspired female casual outfits will be great for an outing.

The Plunge One Piece Swimsuit

 

Going on a getaway or have swimming or beach plans this Valentine’s Day? This red swimsuit will have you feeling like a million bucks. I particularly like the plunge cut, as it leaves a little bit skin showing. It is made of spandex and wire free. This makes it easy to be paired with jeans and turned into a casual look. Pair with espadrilles or flats and you’re good to go.

Off Shoulder Embroidered Crop Top with Shorts

I have been a big fan of off-shoulder outfits since 2016 and still am. This outfit is perfect for a casual Valentine outing especially if you’re not a big fan of red. The shorts give freedom and the off-shoulder style helps show off the shoulders, not to mention the lovely embroidery made on the matching shorts and top.

High Contrast Cut Out Valentine Mini Dress

If you ever feel like showing off legs in heels, a mini dress is the go to outfit. This mini dress has hearts design all over which make it perfect for Valentine’s Day as the theme is love. Pair with a clutch and heels for the perfect look or ditch the heels and wear a sneakers for more comfort.

Gauzy Floral Embroidered Top and Mini Skirt Set

One word for this outfit? Hot! The fact that this outfit is two piece makes it possible to restyle in various ways. It is made of cotton and polyester which are two very light and breezy materials. The embroidery design is all shades of gorgeous. It is high waisted and perfect for a casual but chic look.

Bowknot Tube Lace Mini Dress

zaful bowknot lace tube dress

For the female not interested in wearing red, this pink dress will look extremely good as well. The knot sleeves create a form of off-shoulder design that will show off your arms. The asymmetrical design and lace material makes the tube dress one that would be easy and comfortable to wear.

Open Back Mini Cami Dress

This red open back mini dress has spaghetti straps for comfort and is great for a casual Valentine dinner. Show off your legs by pairing with black heels and clutch with accessories or a choker for a more girly look.

Spaghetti Strap Ruched Asymmetric Bodycon Dress

A bodycon dress is an essential that should be in every lady’s wardrobe. This wine ruched polyester dress is perfect for a Valentine’s Day party or turning up in the club after main celebration. It brings out body curves, has spaghetti straps and provides comfort in the hot weather. Add a bit of sophistication to the outfit with heels and you’ll be turning heads.

If I were to pick an outfit to rock on Valentine’s Day, I would go with the Gauzy Floral Set as it switch from a casual day to a night outfit. There are other outfits available in the Zaful Valentine’s Day sale and free delivery on orders above $30. Head over to their site to shop for these outfits, accessories and more.

The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. How are you celebrating Valentine’s this year? Which of these outfits would you wear for Valentine’s Day? Male readers, which would you love your girl to rock? How would you style the outfits? Check out my Valentine’s Day music playlist for some music inspiration. Ciao!

Five Things To Know Before Going Into Photography

Photography is one of the major arts a large number of people have interest in, having them wondering most times what to do and know before going into it. I have had people ask me questions and things to know before going into photography quite a number of times. Ranging from the camera to software to photography itself, a lot is needed to be known and I can categorically tell you that a photographer never stops learning. However, if you’re ready to start a career as a photographer, here are five things to know before going into photography.

1. Photography is expensive!

The realization will dawn on you probably a couple of months into it when you realize the amount of gadgets and accessories you have to constantly buy as well as investment into publicity. I applaud people who use big cameras though. Some DSLR cameras cost as much as the tuition fee of private universities in Nigeria, just one camera! And the worst part of it? The prices keep increasing. So yeah, be prepared to spend a lot, even on software and upgrades.

A great option is to start with a moderately priced camera or look into used gadgets. At first it might seem somehow and skepticism comes in, but neatly used gadgets will save you a lot of money in the course. You do not need the latest and most expensive equipment to take great pictures.

2. LENS! LENS!

The type or brand of camera you get is great but most of the magic is done with the lens (and editing) used. Lens can make shooting as easy as you want as well as produce great images. The kit lens that come with most cameras is great but a second lens would suffice later for better photos. I shot for quite a while with kit lens and still do occasionally, I can tell you the difference is always obvious compared to pictures taken with standard lens. Great lens allow you to play around with focusing on subjects. Focus on getting the picture right before post-production.

3. Photography is time consuming

Going into photography means you’re ready to dedicate a large part of your day and life to everything that revolves around it, editing as well as learning more about photography. Don’t have the time to spare? Move along. I am steadily watching YouTube videos to learn how to do what. My first retouched photo was done by watching a tutorial late in the night.

Asides tutorials, textbooks and photography workshops are necessary too. Time is needed in shooting and getting better. There is a lot to be learned. If it takes 5 minutes to edit a photo, imagine how long it would take to edit 100 photos. Some shoots could take a lot of time as well.

4. Not everyone is meant to go pro

β€œWe are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
β€” Ralph Hattersley

Honestly, not every camera wielding individual is meant to become a wedding photographer or portrait shooter. If you’re into photography simply as a hobby, you really don’t have to jump on every job you’re offered especially if it is one you’re not really equipped for. You will stress yourself out and might end up not delivering as expected. Going pro also demands that you know how to relate with customers. Taking on a job means a customer must be satisfied and if you lack customer relations skill, your career won’t last.

5. You have to know your camera in and out

Knowing your camera necessitates that you’re able to control it in all situations and lighting conditions. Some photographers under-use their cameras because they shoot mostly in ‘perfect conditions’. Know your camera and wield it like the gadget it is. Understand what functions what part perform and how the parts relate. Find out how the shutter speed works, each mode and the ISO level for what shots. Practice with exposure is a key part of the rudiments of photography. Shoot with high exposure and the picture might end up being too bright. Shoot with low exposure and the image will be dark.

These five tips will have you set and good to go if you keep them in mind. Photography is fun and beautiful but still not meant for everyone. You can see my work over at Playground Media. Cheers on the journey to being a photographer!

The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. Ever considered a career in photography or photography happens to be your hobby? What are your thoughts about this post?

Five Types of People You Find In Church

Has it ever occurred to you how the mind wanders and thinks of the oddest things during church service? No? Well then, I confess that I belong to the percentage of people who get distracted in church sometimes.

Yesterday, I did a bit of thinking between choir ministration and sermon and it dawned on me how there were so many people in church but each person is there for different reasons. You see well dressed folks with smiling faces and then the opposite. I mentally grouped these people into five sets.

1. The Normal Christians

This set of people have a strong stand in the faith, are aware of their problems and willing to pray their way into solving them. Fasting is normal to them and they hold on to every word the pastor says. They are in church for serious business and prayer. At every instance they shout “I receive!”, “I believe!”, “Yes Lord!” etc.

2. The Dancers

This set of people have only one mission in church and that is to dance. A quick investigation might show some of them are regular at Friday turnups at the club and there are some sisters that have to restrain themselves from twerking in service as the groove is still in their body. They are the life of praise and worship however you’d find them dozing or pressing phone during sermon as it really isn’t any of their business.

3. The Slayers

These men and ladies are red carpet material. Their outfits are tailored to perfection or purchased from a designer. The ladies are the ones whose highlight can blind from a mile away and the men can be seen adjusting agbada or their suit. They are in church just to show off and of course, to take pictures to post later. Praying is not in their agenda as they feel they have their lives in order. If they do pray, it’s simply for thanksgiving of how good life is. Ask them what went down in service and they’d have nothing to say.

4. The Fuckboys

A male subset of The Slayers whose mission is to find and get with as many girls as possible. The sad part? There are girls who fall into their traps. Some of them have great jobs and are sweet mouthed as stipulated by The Demons constitution. During service, they are preoccupied with checking out girls and targeting how best to approach the light skinned usher or the sister with the big booty. They rarely function in workers’ role and if and when they do, it’s for access to more girls or to impress a particular one. In other words, they help add to the population of the church.

5. The Single Ladies

All the single ladies, all the single ladies 🎢
These sisters have been single for a while and have plans of getting married as soon as possible. Fighting for bouquet at weddings could be their speciality. They are well dressed and have eyes for detecting who is single and who is not amidst the brothers. Hearing a brother they have eyes on is taken is followed by a hiss. Half of them aren’t really religious amd are just in church to find a man.

In addition to the five, we have The Clueless who have no idea why they are in church. They just know it’s morally necessary to go so they get dressed and come. Also, there are The Gossips who know everything going on in church. There you have them. Which group do you fall into? Be honest with yourself lol. Leave a comment below.

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October For Cancer || Nigerian Bloggers Cancer Awareness

October all over the world is a month synonymous with pink which represents the fight against breast cancer. Now October might be over and this post is a bit belated (give it up for Nigeria’s network providers) but the talk about cancer isn’t. May the souls of those who have passed on due to cancer rest in perfect peace.

Spreading awareness about cancer was a very crucial part of the month so a number of we Nigerian bloggers from Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan inspired by LarisaΒ and Winifred Atusue came together to create an awareness about cancer. We had these t-shirts custom made with a quote that resonates with our individuals and styled them according to our personal taste.

Nigeria bloggers cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness

Cancer which is an abnormal growth of body cells and has more than 100 types, currently has no cure but can be treated through chemotherapy and radiation. We can only wait and hope there is a cure soon. I personally don’t know anyone who is suffering from cancer but I lost a friend to cancer two years ago and I can relate to the pain of losing a loved one to a sickness and I tell you, it is extremely life changing. It might seem like all facts and figures but there are actually folks who have to deal with this.

One of the ways cancer generally can be prevented is through early detection and treatment. The early sign for breast cancer includes a lump in the breast which can be detected by monthly checks. This can be done in several ways, one of which I practice and that is placing one hand behind the head and feeling the breast of that side with the opposite hand for lumps or an abnormal change in size.

Statistics estimate that about 400,000 Nigerians die from cancer annually and more than 4 million are currently living with it, men inclusive. So you see cancer isn’t just restricted to one sex. Bad news? Nope.

Some of the ways to prevent cancer include:

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight
  • Exercising
  • Limiting alcohol intake and avoiding smoking
  • Breast screening in form of mammogram and examination

The only way to really fight cancer is through early detection or diagnosis and consequently treatment. If managed properly, it can be treated completely. Spreading the awareness about cancer goes a long way in the fight. It is important to share the knowledge with everyone.

The other bloggers who were a part of the awareness initiative are listed below and they have wonderful posts which are interesting and enlightening as well.

Lagos:

Ifeoma of Draped in Basics
Wumi of Wumituase
Lade of Lade’s Blog
Nonye of This Thing Called Fashionn
Orezi

Ibadan:

Breast cancer awareness

Debbie showing the checking method

Boluwatife of Pribodunke
Debbie of Tostda
Leye of Aojeniyi
Tolu of Toluajg

Abuja:


Bella of I am Brownie
Sarah of Princess Audu
Kachi of Staples and Style
Portia of Just Porsh
Chinju of Attics
Vanessa of Style by Ohaha
Oluchi of D Leona Life
Larisa of Larisa Le Fleur

Like my shirt says, real friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone. Support the cause fighting against cancer. Spread the word and save the tatas. We shall overcome!

P.s: The winner of the Boom headphone is Franklyn Ikemefune. His comment had me the most and I really wish him the best in his music endeavour. Forget me not when you make it lol.

Candid Talk | | Notion That Men Are Scum x Giveaway

With the sudden increase in advocacy for feminism this year and the last, the statement ‘all men are scum’ has found a way to feature in almost every day conversation, stemming from the fact that females suddenly think the male ways are dishonest. I was bound to share my candid thoughts about the notion that men are scum. In fact, there is a website that documents scum experience submitted by females and the scum guys are rated on a scumometer. Some of the experience I found on Lists Ng told by ladies include:

One of my faves. Saw nudes on his phone. Asked him about it. IN FRONT OF ME he deletes all the pictures then says to me “what nudes where?”

Dropped me at home so he could take another girl clubbing. Went to the club to meet them and he acted like I didn’t exist

I met wet pant in the bathroom n he said he bought it for me but wanted to wash it first πŸ˜‚, he must have washed it too hard it was FADING. 😭

The things girls have gone through with scums will surprise you. I was trying really hard not to laugh and yet feeling pity at the same time. Had my own share of experience with guys that are scum but they’re just lessons now. I could summarize this blog post into the fact that we are all scum but being a scientist, facts are to be backed up and among the reasons we are all scum include:

We all lie

Show me a person who claims he/she doesn’t lie and we’d have a good laugh off it. Lying isn’t restricted to one sex and so long as everyone’s prone to lying, it makes no sense to call men scum because they lie or are deceptive, as we all lie one way or another. Lying isn’t restricted to any age either and being a scum cuts across all ages as well.

We are all selfish

As humans, it is fairly normal for most people to think of themselves before others and in the process of this happening, the scum feature sets in. This also makes it possible for either member of both sexes to cheat members of the opposite sex. I mean even family member behave in a scum way to each other yet people don’t say family is scum.

We all play games

I follow quite a number of Instagram relationship accounts and advice columns that post real life situations sent in by anonymous people. Let us be candid, girls play games in relationships (even friendship) and so do guys like I shared in my harassment story. The ratio cannot be equated because when you hear the story of a guy who proposed to a girl just to get her to have sex, you’d hear the story of a girl who led on a guy and eventually got enough money from him to marry the guy she actually likes. It’s pathetic, this generation of ours in which honesty has become gold.

Before you join the men are scum campaign, you should keep it in mind that we behave in almost the same ways. With these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince you and not confuse you that both men and women are scum. Thank you! *takes a bow*

The Giveaway!

This is to thank you, for supporting this small girl and her blog. I get overwhelmed some times when I see your comments and views.

boom headphones

Giving away one Tecno Boom headphones for a genuine music lover and blog reader. The rules are pretty easy and simple.

  • Be subscribed to the blog.
  • Share this blog post on any social media platform. Help other people find the blog plus sharing is caring.
  • Leave a comment below with reason(s) you want the headphones, your name and email. Won’t be selecting the winner randomly as I really want to give the headphones to someone who really deserves it.
  • Giveaway is open to Nigerians. Winner should have a way to pick up from Ibadan or be willing to arrange for delivery.
  • Giveaway ends on October 8, 2017.

Good luck!

P.s. The academic strike is finally off and my rant from the school is hard post seems slightly amusing now.

Five Female Nigerian Lifestyle Bloggers I Currently Love

A lifestyle blog is what I like to describe as a bouquet of fun posts that are captivating and about the life and experience of the bloggers who run the blog. So I have been in this blogging thing seriously for little over a year and I follow a lot of blogs, some of which I am a big fan of and some which I stop by once in a while.

Although I have more than five lifestyle blogs I am loving right now, the five female Nigerian lifestyle blogs which tops the list are as follows:

Kacheetee

kacheetee

Kachi Tila-Adesina had my heart right from the fact that she finished from my school, The University of Ibadan and holds two first class law degrees, she also happens to live in the city so dear to me, London. She is a lawyer by day and blogger by night. Her blog name was coined from her name and her husband’s. How sweet right? Kachi writes about life and everything in between. I particularly love her inter-ethnic marriages, interviews and travel columns. It’s beautiful how she shows that it is possible to be married to someone from a different culture and be happy. I am lowkey waiting for when she’d start blogging about her fashion though ’cause she’s got style!

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Portable Is The New Hot

portable is the new hot

I laughed so hard the day I discovered her blog due to the blog name, thanks to The Blogger Point weekly forum. Mide Adeoti happens to be my birthday mate and resident in Abuja, which is another city I intend to explore soon. Portable is the New Hot is mostly a motivational blog although she lets in peeks of her life now and then. Her blog is totally addictive and I get my dose of weekly Monday motivation from it.

Read Five Quotes to Kick Start Your Week

Dates with Danie

danie bature

I discovered Daniella Bature about the same time I found Portable is the New Hot. Danie also happens to be a contributor for The Blogger Point and she lives in Cyprus. How cool is that? Danie blogs about beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Her college and women hacks are my favorite parts of her blog. She and Mide had this girl talk column a while back and I really loved it.

Read 7 Reasons Us Girls Probably Keep Bae A Secret

Lifestyle of Oreoluwa

lifestyle of oreoluwa

Oreoluwa Aremo has been blogging for a year too and I have been following since. Her blog is lifestyle mixed with enlightening information. Unlike most of the blogs doing the same thing, Oreoluwa’s blog stands out with her music knowledge. She studied Mass Communication and she’s super good at Media affairs. She currently resides in Ireland but is Nigerian to the core.

Read Why You Should Trademark Your Stage Name

Hazy Fantasies

hazy fantasies

Oyinlola Atinsola is a lifestyle and Christian blogger. She however gives insights into beauty, college life too and fashion sometimes. Coincidentally, she studies outside the country too and much of the adventurer. I love the Christian posts the most. She makes learning about God so simplified and enjoyable.

Read A Complete Guide To A Skincare Regimen

Head over to their blogs and you’ll see why I love them. The links under each blogger’s name is clickable and leads directly to a post I like. Which of them do you love most? Comment below.

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Five Lana Del Rey Tracks Currently On My Playlist

Hellooooooo from the other side.
Happy new month folks! Suddenly it is the last quarter of the year. How do you do today? Very well I hope. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing five Lana Del Rey Tracks currently on my playlist. If you’re new here, welcome! Regular readers, big shout out to you. Please have a seat as this is about to be a cool ride.

I have been away for some days due to health issues. As some of you might know, school is currently on hold as the Academic Staff Union of Universities have embarked on another strike action. Been utilizing the extra break in resting, more work and completing my project. How did you enjoy the long Sallah weekend? Spent mine with the extended family. It’s amazing how being with them can bring so much joy.

So I discovered Lana Del Rey back in 2014 when updating my playlist from a friend’s. Elizabeth Woolridge Grant known as Lana Del Rey is an American singer and songwriter. She’s a graduate of Philosophy combined with Metaphysics. I got three Lana tracks then and decided to give her music a shot. The first thing I thought on playing the first track was why is she singing so sadly?

My love for her has since been fluctuating since, as some tracks are relatable and others have you wondering what’s going on. The beauty of Lana’s music is the way her satire voice convey different messages. She has about five studio albums and other EPs but my favorite is Born To Die from 2012. Let’s get to the five tracks currently on my playlist.

1. Carmen

Carmen tells the story of a girl struggling to make it in New York. So many envy her without really knowing what she’s going through. She doesn’t want them to be like her as she thinks she’s dying in that life, possibly depressed too. She drowns her sorrow and shame with alcohol. It is quite similar to Ed Sheeran’s A Team but from a different point of view. The inspiration for the song apparently came to her one night when she was out walking late on the streets of New York.

2. Love

This track is off the Lust for Life album dropped this year and talks about being young, free and in love. Truth be said, Lana’s voice is too amazing in this track. She hits this note in the chorus that’d have you clutching your chest. I am listening to it as I am typing this post. In love yet?

3. Young and Beautiful

This track featured on my Valentine playlist and it’s still as cool as ever. It talks love which goes beyond being young and beautiful. Lana sings about an eternal love and her assurance in knowing her lover will love her till then.

4. Blue Velvet

One of the many songs I can sing perfectly from beginning to the end. Doubt me? Signify in the comments and I might just surprise you. The song is short but talks about a fierce, confident girl in blue velvet and how Lana sees herself in her. The violin on this track though. Just perfect!

5. Dark Paradise

Dark Paradise is a fast beat track in which Lana sings about a relationship in which she’s utterly smitten but the fears of being left alone is prominent.

There you have them! What tracks have you been jamming lately? Leave a comment below.

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