TIGER STRIPES

Photography: Ola Black (@olablck_)

What I Wore:
Dress – Zara
Coat – Dorothy Perkins
Bag – Primark
Boots – ASOS

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, etc seasons greetings and them ting there and yes I know we’re in Feb now, it’s been a while… Do people still read blogs? Anyway, I took an unplanned hiatus but I’m back guys, sorry to keep you so deprived of fabulous content.

To be very honest with you I haven’t really gone “thrifting”/charity shop shopping properly in a while so my look is literally all from the actual high street, eww. I moved to a new area and there’s literally no local high street that I can just pop to every now and then for a cheeky thrift (which was what I used to do) but you know I’m a bargain hunter so this outfit was still cheap as chips. It’s a simple fit with the star of the show being the zebra print dress which was from Zara for like £7 *shakus on the beat* and my coat was a freebie from when I used to work at Arcadia (that hell hole) so it’s great to have/make friends in retail head offices ;). The boots are my favourite shoes right now, they’ve been keeping my toes warm in the cold and were only about £30 from ASOS, I’ve linked them below if you want to cop!

C ya xx

TQL

BLUSH PINKS & THIGH HIGHS [SOAP & GLORY GIVEAWAY!]

Jumper – New Look
Skirt – Thrifted
Denim jacket – Thrifted
Boots – Public Desire
Bag – Primark

So ofcourse, Valentine’s Day is round the corner so I thought I’d put together an outfit to inspire you girlies out there. Whether you’re single or taken, side piece or main, this look is perfect for a cute day out with whoever you’re spending it with. It’s giving off all kinds of cute, cosy and sexy vibes! It’s been really chilly lately which is why I’ve gone for a really thick, warm jumper but the thigh highs add a sprinkle of spice to the look #saltbae. I’ve really been loving them and rocking them every chance I get. 90% of the time I’m in flat shoes, because comfort is key, but my shoe collection has been getting a bit heel-y if you get my drift! Grown gal tings 2017.

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I never “celebrate” Valentines Day but I’m going to be spending Valentines Galentines this year with my gals! Sometimes you just have to leave your non-existent bae at home init. It’s going to be all about celebrating each other and just having a cute fun time out (girl power yaaas).

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I’m rocking Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss in the shade Candy Queen which is my personal fave. (FYI this was the first ever Soap & Glory product to be released and it’s still so popular to this day!) The Sexy Mother Pucker range is actually lip plumping and has Superfill Plumping Technology and literally works on contact; it buzzes on your lips to get them nice and plump. As I’ve already been blessed with quite juicy lips, I just use this gloss for their beautiful, shimmery coating and top it with some clear gloss for added shine! What is lipgloss if it doesn’t double up as a reflective surface?! I’m all for that high shine baby. I love the smell of these lipglosses and their not sticky like other ones I’ve tried. They just glide on nicely and add a subtle sparkle to any look.

GIVEAWAY!
I’ll be giving away 5 of these amazing Sexy Mother Pucker lip glosses (in the shades below) to 5 lucky girlies across the UK. You can choose which colour you prefer and just simply follow the instructions below!

1. Write a comment sharing your take on Galentines or what you love most about spending time with your gals.

2. Share this post on any social media site.

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Shades: Nudestar, Doughnut, Bare Enough, Pink-out-loud, & Plumsup.

The giveaway ends when I run out of lipglosses to give away lol btw UK gals only sorry! (Supported by Soap & Glory)

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METALLICS & ABSTRACT PRINTS

Photography: Pamilerin Akinlosotu (PamSotu Photography)

What I wore:
Top – American Apparel
Trousers – Thrifted
Jacket –Thrifted
Shoes – Vagabond – Office
Bag – Matalan

I said in my previous blog post that I’d post this look separately so here it is; part 2 of the shoot from my interview with Pam on www.pamsotu.com. I am totally in love with these images so big shout out to Pam again. This look features one of my favourite jackets of life! I got it from a charity shop somewhere in North London yearssss ago and it’s just that funky item I bring out every now and then. It defo “makes” the look so I paired it with simple pieces and some layered gold jewellery for a 90’s feel.

Life right now is flying by so fast. I don’t know if I’m the only one feeling like this but how is it December already? Bruh. 2017 is literally round the corner. So I’ve decided that December time is going to be my “month of reflection” (sounds so cringe but whatevs lol). I’m going to use this time to evaluate the year and look back on the goals I set myself in Jan (hopefully you did too!). I’ve deeped how useful reflection is/can be especially when analysing progression and growth so new month, new me init. I bought a large whiteboard at the beginning of term and it’s the best thing ever. On one half, I write down my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals for everything from academic work to my blog to savings (and getting out of this stupid student overdraft kmt). The other half of the board is full of Bible scriptures and quotes to keep me motivated. Since I started setting myself goals, I feel like I take life more seriously and I actually have something to aim for. It definitely gives you a better sense of direction as well, so if you’re feeling lost or a bit merr about life, try setting some goals even if they’re really simple to begin with. Don’t underestimate the power of goal setting!

“Without a goal, it’s difficult to score.” – Paul Arden.

Also, a bit of self-assessment ain’t never hurt nobody. Ask yourself questions like ‘what have I achieved in x?’ and ‘what progress have I made in y?’. Ofcourse, don’t end up overdoing it and beat yourself up for not accomplishing something. Figure out what went wrong and try tackling it in another way.

I don’t know what works best for you guys, as everyone’s different, but here are my top tips for getting organised:
Buy a huge annual calendar – Stick it on your wall and write in all the important events, birthdays, deadlines, holidays, etc coming up so you know what your year looks like (roughly).
Plan your weekly schedule – Every Sunday, plan out what you want to achieve each day of the week and how much time you want to spend on each ‘task’ (I do this on my iPhone calendar so it’s really easy to edit and I can check it when I’m on the go).
Write lists – To-do lists, checklists, all types of lists! Write down a list of things you need to get done on a daily, weekly, etc basis and update it frequently (I love lists because I can be so unbelievably forgetful sometimes).
Organise your desk space – Clear any clutter, tidy up and organise your files and get some Feng Shui energy up on that desk, maybe even buy some cute mini cacti for aesthetics.

Have an amazing December guys and girls, stay blessed and thanks for reading.

TQL

TQL X TAYO

Surprise surprise! I have a really special guest on my blog today and I’m really excited for this blog post (as always!) but especially today! Keep scrolling to find out more…

What We Wore:
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T-shirt – Free & customised by me
Skirt – Thrifted – East End Thrift Store
Denim jacket – Thrifted
Bag – New Look
Shoes – Vagabond – Office

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Crop top – Cow Vintage
Tights top – customised by Tayo
Skirt – Thrifted – East End Thrift Store
Jacket – Cow Vintage
Bag – ASOS
Shoes – Aliexpress

I met this beautiful flower, Adetayo, at university some time in the previous academic year. I think I saw her in church one Sunday and was like who’s that?! You know when you see someone quirky in the midst of everyone else and they stand out. Très hip, mate. So yeah I was like hol’ up, I’ve got to chat to this one (I’m literally drawn to creative people). So we got into a conversation somehow after service and I guess we just kinda clicked from then! We’re so similar in terms of how we dress and our crazy, weird personalities mesh together nicely so this collab was really pending.

We both went for very colourful, casual looks with oldschool prints and patterns and both mostly wearing vintage items, durrh. I’m loving this faded denim jacket atm. I copped it for £4 from a British Heart Foundation store in Camden. It’s super oversized and good for layering underneath but I’m thinking of lining it with faux fur from an old coat, hmm we’ll see. I customised the t-shirt about 3/4 years ago at a workshop in Old Street while I was on my gap year and it brings back such cool memories. I’m the kind of person to keep things for years. I just love treasuring things and recalling memories, or maybe I’m high key a hoarder. Tayo’s look is quite sporty with the white tennis skirt and sports crop top. Isn’t she just stunning. Look at her cheekbones and the highlight that is accompanying them please, lawd. Her vintage jacket just tops the whole look off and adds a splash sea of colour to her outfit. I’m currently scheming on how I can “borrow” it without ever returning it… Lastly, we’re both rocking cute little shoulder bags for our essentials and chunky, black shoes for comfort.

(Oh yeah and my hair is green/blue now, haha! What do you guys think? I’m loving having colour in my hair for once.)

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