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

THE GREEN MINI

In this look, I’m sporting a stolen t-shirt (from a friend lol) and a green mini skirt which has been collecting dust at the back of my wardrobe for some time now. I thought it would be a cute combo and I think the graphic print compliments it quite well plus, who doesn’t love a colour clash! As you can see I am loving the mini skirt and crep combo at the moment. It’s my go-to right now with the addition a t-shirt to complete the look.

Photography: Alex Mitchell (@alexmitchellphotography)

What I Wore:
T-shirt – Stolen from a friend
Skirt – Thrifted
Denim Jacket – Topshop
Trainers – FILA
Necklace – Topshop

Hope you guys have been enjoying the semi-decent weather (Londoners), we’re actually having a summer wow! Also, how are we nearly at the end of July? I need answers guys, seriously. This month has literally flown by and I feel like so much has happened. One major change has been me moving to a completely different part of London with my sister and it’s the first place we can actually call home *tears of joy*. It feels amazing to officially have our own flat but also very overwhelming and surreal. With God all things are truly possible and I’m just so grateful right now. There have also been some downs this month but I know everything happens for a reason and God is in full control. Life is ofcourse full of twists and turns and it’s all about embracing each experience and moment as well as living each day to the fullest because tomorrow isn’t promised. On a lighter note, congratulations to all those graduating from university over this period. Well done on completing no matter what grade you left with and welcome to the real world haa!

What’s been the highlight (or lowlight?) of this month so far? Comment below 🙂

Thanks so much for reading and catch you on the next one.

TQL

RUSH HOUR

Photography: Keelie Mweni (@kreated.jpg)

What I wore:
2 piece suit – Miss Selfridge
Trainers – FILA
Fanny pack – Thrifted
Glasses – eBay
Earrings – H&M

This look was inspired by my fellow commuters, the 9-5ers and grinders rising early to get that coin and crawling home tired af after hours. I’ve really been feeling this suit and crep look and I feel like it came straight from TfL because this is a real life, practical look for most office heads – trekking to work in crep and then changing into shiny shoes at the office. I wonder if they know they’ve been setting trends…

Lately I’ve been feeling super overwhelmed and like I’ve been doing way too much and honestly I have. I’m the type of person that loves to always have something going on whether it’s my blog, a business venture, a new hobby, etc and I find it really difficult to just be idle and do nothing with my day. But more recently I’ve been struggling to fit in any “me” time or even time to see family and friends and that’s when I had to check myself. I’ve come to realise that sometimes you just need to CHILL. It’s not okay to always be busy because that’s not sustainable. We all need to take a break once in a while so we can recharge and get back to what we were working on with even more vim. I know this can’t just be me so sis/bro, take a bludclart break. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

Sidenote: These FILA Disruptors are ridiculously comfy, who’s also feeling the “dad trainers” trend right now?! Thanks for reading guys, stay blessed and have an amazing new month!

#MAYGANG #TAURUSSEASON

TQL

CAT EYES + CONFIDENCE

Yep, we’re still wearing coats despite the fact that it’s April now, British weather eh. I’m very tired of this deceptive sunshine and bipolar weather. Anyway, your girl is back with a new post and this one’s for the bada$$ bih’s. I thought I’d put together a lil edgy look with my fairly new leopard print coat and cat eye sunglasses because why not?! I felt especially badass with these sunglasses on; I swear they make you feel like a completely different person. Confidence levels on 1000 x

I’m not the most confident person but I’m a firm believer in stepping out of your comfort zone and also faking it till you make it. By the latter, I don’t mean stunting and acting like you’ve got it all together but rather forcing yourself to be confident in the moment and then making that your norm. For example, when I’m at a networking event I’ll force myself to walk over to at least one person and start a conversation without overthinking it! Literally, just do it (no Nike). As you continue to do that frequently, it will come so naturally to you, which is what Dr Ivan Joseph talks about in his Ted Talk; he describes confidence as a skill that can be trained and I think this is so true. I also think, however, that we are all born with a certain level of confidence, some greater than others and in different aspects, but we’re still capable of increasing our level on confidence in the areas we lack in.

Photography: Belita Marfo (@biggiesnaps_)

What I wore:
Top – Topshop sample sale
Jeans – Topshop sample sale
Coat – Dorothy Perkins
Boots – New Look
Bag – Primark
Sunglasses – eBay

What item/person/place/scent gives you a boost of confidence? Comment below! 🙂

FYI my coat is 100% faux fur coat pls before anyone comes with their slander lol I definitely don’t condone the killing of animals for the manufacture of (luxury) goods.

Thanks for reading!

TQL

PRIMARYS + PUFFAS

I don’t know if you guys can tell but I’m a tomboy at heart lol especially during winter when I just want to be COZY AF. As soon as the temperature drops, I go into comfy mode and tend to wear functional pieces rather than showy bits. Thick socks, jumpers, hoodies, the full works and usually something oversized as well. I remember being bullied in school/college for wearing “boy-ish”, baggy clothes and it used to upset me but at this point in my life I don’t give a flying donkey what anyone thinks of me and my style. Plus I can switch it up whenever wherever and that’s what I really enjoy about fashion – showcasing a different element of yourself everyday. Slightly androgynous styling has a special place in my heart and I love preeing the men’s section!

So this is my take on a colourful, cute and comfy winter look. I’m a summer baby and I love bright hues so I thought I’d break the Autumn/Winter norms and style something bright. This blue puffa is my favourite coat yet, it’s super warm and bright (ofcourse) so was a great addition to my wardrobe. I got it for £4 (YES £4!!!) from a shop called Traid (Camden Town branch) when they had one of their spontaneous sales in which everything was between £1-5! On a normal day their prices are a bit cheeky so keep your eyes peeled for the discounts. Traid is a charity focused on reducing clothing waste and encouraging clothing re-use so not only do they have some amazing, unique pieces, but they also do amazing work within the textile industry. Check them out here. Everything else was thrifted so cheap as chips as well and then a cute Zara backpack to complete the look.

Photography: Stephanie Okereafor

What I wore:
T-shirt – Thrifted
Trousers – Thrifted
Jacket – Thrifted
Trainers – Nike AF1
Backpack – Zara
Glasses – Primark
Earrings – Primark

Check out the alternatives below to get this look and let me know what you think!

TQL

CHAMPAGNE HUES + SHINY BOOTCUTS

Photography: Stephanie Okereafor

What I wore:
Top – Dorothy Perkins
Trousers – H&M
Coat – Dorothy Perkins
Trainers – Nike AF1
Bag – New Look

Happy New Year guys and girlies! Yes, I know we’re nearly at the end of Jan but it’s my first blog post of the year so yeah 🙂 Hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a magical New Year and started 2018 off with good vibes and good company. I’ve been back at work for less than two weeks after an amazing holiday in Ghana and I’m already planning my next trip haa. This look was inspired by my African mum and her strong desire for everyone to wear white on Christmas Eve/New Years (if you know you know lol). I wanted to start the new year shining shining so I thought why not throw some creams and white hues together. Believe it or not, I got the top and coat from work (Dorothy Perkins) which is hilarious because I’m so far from their target market. We cater to 30-something year old ladies but the clothes looked wavy and were free so I’m not complaining. If you’re sticking to one tone in an outfit try combining different textures like fur, suede (all faux ofcourse), wool, shiny fabrics etc like I’ve done. It adds a bit more depth to the look. And the bootcuts are back bihhhhhh, it was about time I featured my fave trousers of all time in a blog post. I got them for like £2 in H&M and they’re the comfiest, softest, waviest trousers ever!

This year is the year of making serious moves and being bold in everything you do. I can’t stress this enough. Even though I come across as loud and bubbly etc, I can actually be quite shy in certain situations (no one believes me but it’s true lol) so I’ve decided that I’m going to be more courageous and continue to step out of my comfort zone this year. We can’t get where we want to be and achieve what we want by being shy and reserved. Get up and get it gurrl. No excuses. What are some of your goals this year? Comment below!

TQL

CREAM ROLL NECKS + CHOCOLATE SUEDE

Photography: Stephanie Okereafor

What I wore:
Dress – Thrifted (Zara)
Jacket – Mile End Thrift Store
Trainers – Nike AF1
Bag – Primark
Glasses – eBay

Hey hey, your girl is back! It’s been an extremely long hiatus, my longest one yet, but it was definitely needed and so much has happened since my last post in March (yé). I curated my first revival shoot, graduated (finally!), started my first “real” job and went on a very spontaneous trip to Morocco with my bestfriend. So it’s been a busy few months and I’m still trying to figure this adulting thing out but I’m back *multiple ayyy’s*! Life comes at you fast when you’ve suddenly got several bills to pay lol can I go back to school pls. But yeah, I’m learning to embrace it and get into a general routine whilst also working on my fashion reconstruction brand, revival, and keeping my mental health in check. To anyone in a similar position juggling different things at once, keep pushing boo. It’ll all be worth it in the end.

So I went for a bit of an oldschool vibe with this look, sporting these brown, rectangular glasses, which look exactly like my dad’s ones circa ’04, and some vintage suede which I bought years ago when vintage stuff wasn’t overpriced. I found the Zara roll neck dress in Traid for just £3 which completed the 70’s feel and the whole look literally cost about £12 (excluding shoes). The trick of the trade is to always look at labels when thrifting in charity shops; you’ll always find some high street brands in them and sometimes even some designer (depending on the location). Also, eBay is great for vintage accessories so search on there for some cheap, unique bits. Hope you guys were inspired and can’t wait to share more lewks with you.

TQL