Friday, 23 January 2015

The Review: Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina

Hi Guys,

Just so you know, I don't buy bottles of perfume like they're bottles of water...I got Ferragamo's Signorina (EDT) 50ml perfume as a gift a couple of weeks ago and I thought I'd share with you. I'd always wanted to try any fragrance by Salvatore Ferragamo and so this was a very welcome surprise.


THE BOTTLE: As you can see, it's a pretty small bottle (50ml) and this makes this perfume a permanent occupant of my handbag. It'll also be great for carrying when you're traveling as it takes up a tiny space. I like that the bottle is clear and you can see how much of the liquid is left. I love the cuteness of the bottle and the signature Ferragamo double bow in peach and lavender has my heart. 

THE SMELL: Ferragamo describes this fragrance as a floral bouquet...and elegant blend of Jasmine, touches of fruits, soft notes of light pannacotta, on a deep patchouli dry down. I'm not a perfume expert or anything, but if I had to describe in my own words, it has a sharp smell on first sniff and you don't get the actual smell until you allow it settle for a bit, then you get peppery smell with hints of rose and jasmine...sharp with a dash of sweet, just the way I like it. 

THE VERDICT: I didn't expect to like Signorina because it was a bit unusual at first, but after wearing for two weeks, it has definitely grown on me. It's a pretty neat fragrance if you're looking for something different.

PURCHASE: I got this as a gift and so I'm not exactly sure how much it sells here in Nigeria, but you can get it from SELFRIDGES or DEBENHAMS for between 39 to 56 Pounds, depending on the size.

Hope this helped.

xxx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

FASHPA.COM’S “NO SHADE” LOOKBOOK

No Shade! but Yemi Alade shows us just exactly why she is called the King of Queens as she slays as the star of Fashpa.com’s latest cookbook.

The "Johnny" singer looks dramatically different and high fashion as she shows off her favorite pieces from Fashpa collection. Yemi is seen working everything from printastic jewel mini dresses, the asymmetric scuba dress to guipure lace twin sets and lots of print & monochrome on a hot Lagos day!

Fashpa.com’s Style Team says “We love Yemi Alade and  are super  excited to launch our own collection at Fashpa.com. We are obsessed with getting the latest trends at the best prices for our customers and our collection delivers high on fashion, price and quality, everything is under 11k! We have something literally for everyone and every occasion.”

The shadow inspired campaign is strong,muted and arty. So don’t throw shade, just look as hot as you can this year, Fashpa.com has you covered!




Model: Yemi Alade @yemialade
Creative Direction, Styling & Makeup: Fashpa Team
Photography: Lakin Ogunbanwo

To shop the collection visit:
Customer Care: +2348093274000

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Foodie: Crust and Cream

Hello!

My friend told me about this place she'd been to for lunch recently and after seeing the pictures, I thought I'd go check it out. She also mentioned that at the time she went, there were a lot of IJGBs (I Just Got Backs...i.e, Nigerians who live outside the country and return for the holidays) and as such, so many different accents flying around the place. I typically am not the most social of people and that kinda put me off, but I decided to go at a time when it'll be empty, which is really early in the morning or late at night.


Crust and Cream is a Restaurant cum Bistro cum Pastry Shop located at 11, Musa Yar'adua street (off Kofo Abayomi), in Victoria Island. Thankfully, I had the place to myself and was seated in the most comfy area...with sofas, throw pillows and coffee tables reminiscent of your average sitting room.


For starters, I ordered Buffalo wings, which is pretty much your regular chicken wings covered in Buffalo sauce and served with a tomato sauce. I really enjoyed this, as it was served 10 minutes after I made my order...it was piping hot and was quite tasty too. 

Buffalo wings - N1,800 // Maltina - N200

I like Seafood so I was excited to see a Seafood Baked Pasta dish on the menu and quickly ordered this. Best news is, it arrived before I finished my wings, and was served with Garlic bread. These people understand me well abeg. If you're hungry and need to eat quickly, this is your spot guys. But, alas, the dish did nothing for my taste buds. It was just ok, not amazing or exciting in any way.


Seafood Baked Pasta - N4,000

Blueberry Cheesecake - N900

Quality/Taste/Culinary experience: The Buffalo wings were really good and I really really liked the Blueberry Cheesecake because it wasn't packed with sugar, like desserts normally are, but the Seafood baked Pasta..meh. I'm assuming Pasta is not their strong point, so I'll try another dish next time. I'll say 7/10.

Ambience/Atmosphere: I loved everything about this place. There's an outdoor eating area which I think is perfect for night time, regular sitting set up inside and my comfy sofas in a private area, also inside. Great atmosphere and clean environment too, but not formal enough for a proper dinner. Still a 9/10.

Service: This place has great service guys...the staff were polite, helpful and quick. I don't want to say it's 'cause they're new and still eager to please, so I'll wait a while and see. So far though, so very good...9.5/10.

Variety: The menu had a good many options too; From your classic breakfast spreads, to Pasta with Chicken or Seafood, Steak, Burgers. There's also a section where macaroons, cakes, ice-cream pops, chocolates, banana bread, carrot cakes a lot of other sweet things were sold. An easy 9/10.

Pricing/Affordability: In total, I paid N6,900. I think that's pretty affordable, seeing as my main meal was one of the most expensive on the menu, and I also had dessert. Without a starter or dessert, you can eat a good meal without spending more than N4,000. See how I amazing this place is? On Pricing, I'd rate Crust and Cream 9/10.

An average of 8.7 guys. Definitely worth a visit. Anyone been here, what's great to eat? Please tell!


Kisses

xxx



Monday, 19 January 2015

The OOTD: Wedding Saturday

Hi!

So, if you follow my instagram page (@d.o.f.e), you already know my friend got married two weekends ago and I turned it all the way up. Lol. Ok, maybe not so much, but I did have an amazing time, there really ain't no party like a Lagos party...we know how to turn up.

Anyways, you all know I love my skirts, so it should come as no surprise that I centred my outfit around this gorgeous full midi Ejiro Amos Tafiri skirt I'd been eyeing for ages and looking for really any excuse to buy. 

P.S: Am I the only one whose outfit revolves around some piece of clothing or item? Maybe a pair of shoes, maybe a purse, or maybe a dress, sometimes I just decide that one thing is what I MUST wear. It becomes the focal point and then I just throw other things around until I come up with a complete outfit that works. I'm saying nonsense abi? Enough talk.






After having my face beat by the amazing iposhlooks...




Top: DOS Clothing // Skirt: Ejiro Amos Tafiri // Shoes: @oyeyemiajayi (instagram) // Makeup: iposhlooks (instagram) //Neckpiece: ALDO // Sunglasses: Accessories to die 4 // Chubby Cheeks: All mine :)



Kisses xxx

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Foodie: Cactus/Rhapsody's Restaurant

Hiya!!!

Remember how I said my sisters and I had lunch at Cactus on the 25th of December? Yeah, this is the post I promised. Cactus Restaurant is my go to breakfast place in Lagos, they do the most amazing breakfast spread ever and it's so filling too. Next time I go, I'll share pictures and if you haven't been there yet, you need to give it a shot.

My sisters were craving burgers on this day and after tossing around a couple of options, we settled on Cactus, as one of them had never been there. Cactus virgin *yaaaay*. Lol. If you don't already know, Cactus is located at 20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

They both had the Cheese Burger, which came with a side of fries and coleslaw, while I had the Fish Burger...also with fries and coleslaw. 

Cheese Burger

I liked the bread a lot, fresh and thick enough to hold all the goodies in it, best thing, it did not soak up all the juices like some burgers in Lagos *you know where*. My sisters ewwww-ed when I chose the Fish Burger (I love fish and I was craving a fish meal soooo bad) but when our meals came, they were begging to taste mine. 

The chips were just the right shade of crisp....and the juices in that burger...yum! We had Chapman and Lemonade drinks with our food. Our bill came to about N14,000 inclusive of VAT. I think the Cheese ones were N3,300 and the Fish N3,600...the drinks N600 each and the rest was Tax.


Fish Burger



 After driving around for a while and taking pictures, we headed to Rhapsody's for dessert. None of us had ever had a meal there, I'd been there for drinks but not food, so we thought it would be a good idea.

My sister, Joan,  and I had Death by Chocolate....basically moist freshly baked almond brownies served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a drizzling of peanut butter sauce. *Sigh* I won't lie, this is aptly named...it was heaven on earth. They do not have so many dessert options, but I beg you, please whenever you visit, try this. 

Death by Chocolate

My other sister, Vanessa, had the Oreo Overload; vanilla ice-cream sandwiched between two oreo cookies. It was really really good too, but my Death by Chocolate anyday abeg.

Oreo Overload

Each dessert cost N1,500, not bad right? As I type this, I'm mentally picking a date to visit Rhapsody's again. This time, I'll have a proper meal with dessert. If you want to visit, Rhapsody's is at 19a Agoro Odiyan street, off Adeola Odeku street, Victoria Island and at the Ikeja City Mall in Alausa.

Cheers.

xxx

DIY: Gold Accents

Hi Guys!

When I was younger, I used to dislike gold so much, especially jewellery, and I never quite understood the craze. As I grew older, this dislike became a mild obsession and passion and I try to incorporate the colour into everything around me. Gold accents here and there make everything a bit shinier and nicer, and there's also that touch of posh it gives to everything.

I recently stumbled on The Velvet Row blog and I've been enjoying her posts so much. She put up a DIY post that I've been itching to try, thanks to my love of gold accents and thanks to her, I present to you my very first ever DIY post.
To achieve this, you don't need to spend all your money or break a bank. If you're in Nigeria, all you need is N660 for a can of 18kt spray paint and the objects you want to use and you're ready to go.

You'll need:
- A can of 18k gold spray paint (N660 at Game, The Palms)
- The objects you want to spray, in this case, a trinket box, flower vase and 2 ceramic plates.
- Old Newspapers to work on



Steps:
1. Lay out the newspapers on the floor and place what you're working with on top of them. The  newspapers will prevent you from making a mess.


2. Starting with the first one, and holding your spray can at least a feet away, spray the paint evenly all over and continue to do this until you've covered the entire area.


3. When you're done spraying everything, leave to dry for about 5-10minutes. Easy as 1,2,3.


4. Use as you please :)


The spray paint comes in many yummy colours and shades...greens, pinks, blues, yellows...and the coloured ones are even cheaper at about N250 or so. 

I hope you guys liked this post. If you're going to give it a try, please let me know, I'd love to see how yours turns out.

Have a lovely week.


Cheers.

xxx

Monday, 5 January 2015

STYD Launch

Hiya!

Last month, STYD, an online fashion retailer which recently opened up its store to the nigerian market, launched it's online store at the Radisson Blu hotel.  

I attended with my friend and faithful waka waka partner, Anu (hey gurrrlll). There were lots of finger food, drinks and my favourite...CANDY FLOSS!!! I was so pumped...what's better than stuffing your face with loads and loads of cobwebby mounds of sugar? Nothing!

 


And yours truly:

If you haven't shopped STYD, what are you waiting for? From the crop tops to the bralet and lace sets, they've got that outfit you've been searching for.