Hey peeps! What have you been doing to keep busy in my absence? Hehe. I have not put up an outfit in AGES. I apologise. As for me, I’ve been tidying up my closet. And by tidying I mean, reshuffling. You heard that right. I’m having one of style epiphanies where you feel like you want to experiment more with your style choices and take fashion risks. And it’s really exciting!  I can’t elaborate on this now because I want to surprise everyone (myself included).

Nevertheless, at the moment, I’m loving the new trend this 2013 which so far has been dominated mainly by monochrome, stripes and two-tone. Read my post on Must-Have Skirts this season. I couldn’t wait to wear my H&M stripe blouse and mauve pencil skirt. I paired them with my Zara seriously-stylish heels which I have been so impatient to wear. These babies are to die for! This year seems to be about straight lines, black & white and graphic prints. I must say the few collections I’ve had a glimpse of are looking very good! Stella McCartney, Dior, Zara, Mango, H&M, J.C Penney and more are all playing straight. I hope it’s here to stay. Let us know what your favourite collection this season is.

Blouse -H&M (here)

Pencil Skirt – H&M (here)

Vamp Heel – Zara (here)

Clutch – River Island (really old)

Necklace – Miss Selfridge

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It’s a few days late but I just had to post these pics from  the Actors Guild of Nigeria President Ibinabo Fiberesima’s star studded birthday party. The actress turned actors’ advocate invited friends and colleagues to the Chesney Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos and everyone honoured the invite. Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot, 2Face Idibia, Ramsey Nouah, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Monalisa Chinda, Stephanie Linus, Mike Ezuruonye and many others were there to celebrate with Ibinabo.

I am in love with the prints some of these ladies are wearing. Everyone’s glowing. Wow. Even the cake is in print. Totesamaze! Get a peak at the massive fun they had below. 

Courtesy of Eternal Pictures.

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Birthday girl

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This Spring 2013 monochome, stripes, two-tone and mauve are dominating colour palettes. So as far as I am concerned, this is going to be a perfect spring because I love me some black and white. If you have been reading my OOTDs you’ll know I’m a huge sucker for skirts. And like me, if you’re looking to upgrade your style this year, then you’d definitely want one of these babies in your closet. Here are some ideas on how to wear my top skirt picks this season. Click on titles to visit shop link.

1. The Two-Tone Pencil Skirt – Mango

This piece is so classy and sits well with trending colour hues this season. It looks well expensive; like a Stella McCartney skirt; and it is excellent value for money. Only £29.99! I have a feeling this is going to sell out really fast. Definitely adding this one to my collection. 

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Because this skirt looks haute to me, I decided to keep it simple and maintain the monochrome vibe it is giving me. I’ve paired it with a beautiful two-tone top and a statement leather bag. A red lip is the only pop of colour on this look. I can totally see Solange Knowles in this. No?

The Mango Look
Yves Saint Laurent, Asos, 3.1 Phillip Lim
The Mango Look

2. The Colour Block Leather Mini Skirt – Zara

What’s not to love about this? Zara always finds a way to keep shoppers coming back for more. This mini skirt is my new lust item this season. It’s so reminiscent of a grown girls version of a glam night out. Yep, it’s time to give up all the cheesy minis. If I’m gonna do a mini skirt, I’m gonna do it with some taste. And that’s one tasteful mini skirt right there at £39.99.

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Do you like how I’ve dressed it up?

The Zara Look
Tory Burch, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Swarovski

3. Leather Look Pleat Skirt – Topshop 

I don’t know if red goes out of style for you, but for me it doesn’t. This pleat skirt looks so delicious. You can go playful and really casual and wear it a pair of vans or you can dress it up with heels. Get it from Topshop at only £28.62C49DRED_large

How I would wear it:

The Topshop Look
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Topshop Look


4. The Pencil Skirt – H&M

Always in the mood for a  bargain, H&M serves this black and white print pencil skirt at £24.99. This is one of those skirts that you’d feel tempted to experiment the print on print look with. There are so many way creative ways to rock this.  A closet-must.

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I paired prints and see what I came up with.

The H&M Look
Clarins, Oscar de la Renta, Versace, Mango
dare to mix prints

You love? How would you wear these pieces? Which look is your favourite? Well Mango and H&M are two strong winning looks for me.

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I always look forward to the Golden Globes with so much excitement. All that red carpet glitz and glam…ahhhh, there’s never enough. Here are the best and worst of the night.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence in a coral-red Dior haute couture. dress.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is a strong contender for best dress in this coral dress. Wowzer! Loving the whole look. Makeup may have been toned down a little though.

Marion Cotillard

Love this Dior dress on Marion Cotillard. One of the most stunning ladies in the industry hands down.

Rocsi Diaz

Not sure if this dress is Golden Globe worthy but Rocsi Diaz looks nice.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner wore a stunning burgundy strapless custom Vivienne Westwood gown.

Kerry Washington

Django Unchained star, Kerry Washington continues to top best dressed lists with every appearance. She arrived in an embellished Miu Miu  dress featuring a see-through skirt.

Thandie Newton

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway chose this white strapless Chanel gown. She kept it simple and let her award shine.

Hotness walked the red carpet in the form and shape of Jennifer Lopez in this stunning Zuhair Murad lace dress. Wow. She knows she’s killing it. Boy toy Casper Smart also accompanied her.

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Jennifer Lopez

Lea Michelle

Lea Michelle is also one of my faves of the night. Talk about understated glam. Just love the sparkly white beaded dress and a nude face to finish off this look.

Nene Leakes

Nene Leakes was also in attendance. This woman cracks me up but this entire look did not really kill it in my opinion…Hmmmm. What do you think?

Heidi Klum
Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt, when does she ever miss? I love this beaded dress. She looks every bit expensive.

Gabrielle Douglas

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Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan

Fashion Star Nicole Richie gleamed on the red carpet in a gold-embellished baby-blue Naeem Khan gown. She always slays in my book. Not a huge fan of the eyes though.

Rosario Dawson
Halle Berry

It’s the show-off leg season! But Halle Berry shows everyone that she can do it 10 times better than them. Bring it Halle. The print of the dress, makes her look like she’s not trying too hard.

Ariel Winter
Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu chose a blue and tropical floral-print ballgown. Not my style but love it.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift kept it simple in a Donna Karan taffeta gown.

Eva Longoria

Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
Giuliana Rancic

Sofia Vergara
Christoph Waltz

My favourite multilingual villain. First, Inglorious Basterds. Now Django Unchained. Christoph Waltz deserves all the awards he’s getting. Looking dapper too.

Jamie Foxx and daughter Corinne Bishop
Daniel Day-Lewis
Denzel Washington and Paula Washington

2013 Golden Globes Full List of Winners
Best Motion Picture – Drama: “Argo”
Best Actress – Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Actor – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Les Miserables
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Best Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life Of Pi”
Best Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele from “Skyfall”
Best TV Series – Drama: “Homeland”
Best Actress TV Series – Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Best Actor TV Series – Drama: Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical: “Girls”
Best Actress TV Series – Comedy or Musical: Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Best Actor TV Series – Comedy or Musical: Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Best TV Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change”
Best Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Best Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Best Supporting Actress – TV Series, Miniseries, Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Cecil B. Demille Award: Jodie Foster

Who were your best and worst dressed?

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Oh Em Gee, we are here. Twenty Thirteen is finally here.This is that time of the year when everyone is at that point of their life where they check into the self-correctional facility in their minds. It’s a chance to start new chapters, pick up new hobbies, drop old habits, finish books and projects that have abandoned halfway.
Essentially, we are all trying to find ourselves.  
Well, I got on the phone to connect with my family this new year and after talking to my younger sister for a few minutes, I inquired.
“How are those my novels?”To which she replied.
“Which books?”
Hien?! These my siblings will give me high blood oh. You may not have gathered that from my blog so far, but I buy a lot o books. I come close to worshiping my books. Hell, I went hungry to buy some of the novels I did. I have a room full of books back home in Limbe which I couldn’t transport to England because of weight constraints. I am suddenly feeling nostalgic about all my favourite books and the places I’ve visited through them. I mean, only through a novel have I been in the middle of conspiracy that involved a sexy Icelandic spy woman and a belligerent one-eyed English Lord.  If you are an ardent book lover, you’ll know what i am talking about. I’ve ‘missed’ some characters after completing certain novels. Please tell me I’m not alone here!
Well, these are 10 books which I’ve once read, thoroughly enjoyed and would certainly read them over again. Currently trying to secure copies of some of them on Ebay or Amazon (click titles to open book links) as I’m quite sure they have not been well kept in my absence.  

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This woman is my ‘writer godmother’ I swear!  She has the best writing style. She’s one of those writers whose storytelling abilities is just out of this world. I wonder what is going through her mind sometimes. The Handmaid’s Tale is the first Margaret Atwood novel I read. And have read it quite a number of times. What a read! That lady has a penchant for dark stories which I enjoy. If you love dystopian novels, you’ll enjoy this story about Offred, a handmaid whose job is to bear offspring for the upper class.

2. Efuru by Flora Nwapa

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I read Efuru while I was still in secondary school. I was probably thirteen years old then. This is one touching story. This is one of those books that you know you’ll enjoy more as you get older. This remarkable story of a woman who against all the odds in her society, struggles to survive and make a difference in her life. Set in Nigeria in 1966 against the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war, the heroine, Efuru who grew up without a mother marries and goes through life’s dreary challenges which instead of breaking her, forces her to defy society’s constraints to become self-reliant. With its beautiful depiction of Nigerian village life, and more especially the life and culture of the Igbo, The author’s smooth flowing narrative, in-depth, yet simple portrayal of situations made the story easy to comprehend. If I fell in love with the story back then, I’ll definitely love it even more now.
 
 

3. Well Now, My Pretty by James Hadley Chase

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I love every SINGLE Hadley Chase novel. I stumbled upon my first JHC at quite a young age. It was in my mom’s drawers. Intrigued by the cover, (JHC novels are known for their daring and tantalizing scantily-clad cover girls) I was soon deeply engrossed in the book. Maybe, it was my early introduction into such compelling and fast-paced crime stories of murder, blackmail and espionage  that made me to find romantic novels  quite boring and predictable. Before I knew it, I had gone through every single JHC that my mother owned. At the end my exploits, I drew two conclusions: 1/My mom has good taste in books  2/ James Hadley Chase is on top of his writing game. Whoa! Well Now, My Pretty is just one of the titles off the top of my head. I can’t honestly tell you which is better. just buy a whole collection of them and I promise you’ll be hooked!
 
 

4. A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

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I got lost in the Price family drama. The characters are so real I literally cried while reading this. I’d read it again any day. Each chapter opens a different perspective from each character. So by the end of the novel you’ve heard everyone’s side of the story. terry is such a brilliant writer. I went on to read other books from and while I totally loved each one; this one was my baby.
 
 

5. Christine by Stephen King

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I have read Christine and I have watched the movie. I must say that the movie does the book no justice. The story is basically a love triangle between Arnie, his girlfriend Leigh Cabot and his jealous car Christine. Go figure. Only Stephen King can make such a plot compelling. I fell in love with Arnie a little if I’m being honest. Christine, the car herself, brings mixed emotions. You love her and you hate her at the same time, even through the murderous rampages. King is brilliant storyteller. Pet Sematary and Rose Madder are two other terrific reads from him. 
 
 

6. The Gods Are Not To Blame by Ola Rotimi

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The Gods Are Not To Blame is a brilliantly written novel in which Odewale in a bid to escape his destiny, runs to fulfill it.  As the plot developed, I felt like Ola Rotimi had cast his spell on me and I couldn’t drop that book. I took it everywhere: on the bus, the loo (yes I’m one of those people), to lectures…unfortunately the is a bit on the small for me. Before I knew it, I had gone through the book. Luckily, it is also one of those books where every time you read it, you discover something new. So it’s a win win. 
 
 

7. Plum Island by Nelson DemMille

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Demille hardly disappoints. I discovered one of his books while I was rampaging for detective thrillers at my favourite book shop ‘Books N Things’ back in Buea (Cameroon). You will love John Corey, who is the main character in a series of DeMille books. I laughed out loud and the suspense filled plot had me guessing till the end.
 
 

8. I Do Not Come To You By Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

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 Unarguably one of the best books I’ve read so far only because of it’s simplicity. Even if you hate reading, you’ll love this book. 
 How many of us have received those emails about a certain Mr X who has left an incredulous inheritance for us? Or emails  usually from ‘government officials’ promising millions if we help solve a problem? I know I have, although I always ignore them wondering who out there actually falls for them. This book shows us who sends them, and more importantly who answers them. ‘I Do Not Come to You by Chance’  tells the story of Nigeria’s famous 419 email scams and centres on Kingsley, who believes that his education would open all the doors necessary to get a job in an oil company and provide for his family. Unfortunately, Kingsley is unable to secure a job, loses his fiance and turns to his Uncle Boniface, or Cash Daddy, to work for him in his email scam ‘business’. A must-read in my opinion. Adaobi is a fine writer, I am dying to read her next piece.
 

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The only reason this is not on the top of my list is because it’s a current read. I secured a copy of this novel over a year ago and have not been able to read it until now. Maybe I’ve been putting it off because I knew I would need to prepare my mind for a long walk down the dark road less taken. I;ve started reading this and so far, yes, it is eerie. I mean it is a story narrated by Death. I couldn’t expect less. This Zusak guy is a lover of all things abstract. Perfect for me. I know I will read this book over and over again. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Definitely a keeper.
 

10. Holes by Louis Sachar

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 I borrowed this off a friend and loved it so much that I never returned it. Ha! So, Sandra Ekuxx, thank you for owning one of the coolest books ever! Although it is meant for a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Yes, I have an open mind towards books. Holes is much wittier though. The  shady characters, the plot and how it unfolds make such a terrific read. I’d read this anytime again. Plus, Louis Sachar’s writing is very clever. It took me some time to realise that the main character’s, Stanley Yelnats, surname was his first name spelled backwards. Duh.This is a book worthy of introducing topics such as; troubled kids, bullying, assumptions and misunderstanding.
 
This list was emotional. What are your absolute favourite reads ever? What are you currently reading? Recommend them to us.
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