I had to make a little getaway to Abuja over a month ago and wanted to make a fresh/ new outfit for the trip. So, during a trip to the market where I usually get my fabrics from, I saw this material! It reminded me of amethyst, purple jewel look, I wanted to use it to make lingerie initially (don’t ask me), I still have the material in fuscia pink, so I can lingerie that. Who will like to see a lingerie tutorial?!
I loved the color, the feel of it and because it looked like fluid when it moved, I could only imagine how it will look in a circle skirt! So, that is what I made. When I first wore the skirt, I wore it with another silk beige shirt for a complete evening look.
You would think because I have an habit of rolling my shirt, I’d just stick to 3/4 sleeves? No, when I have to pray, I’d like to have the option of covering my arms. I also prefer a slim fitted sleeve for a more contemporary look. Kids, cover your arms.
There was minimal styling, you could complete it with a black bag. I hardly carry more than two bags in a year, except I have a super luxury one I need to use for certain events.
In celebration of Breast Cancer awareness month which is observed in October, here is a style post with a touch of pink, If you’d like, you may wear a cute little ribbon. But most importantly, support women who are fighting the battle.
There are a few causes going on around, help raise funds, do your bit and hope for the best. And if you are feeling very generous, you can donate to foundations that sponsor cancer research as well.
Scarf- Always had it, don’t even remember buying it. I think it’s my mum’s and it is part of an indian outfit set but it goes well with the green that can be found on the top print.
Top- DIY*. I made it buba style with flare around the sleeve end and I really wanted the sleeves to be super long.
Skirt- DIY*. Regular pleated skirt. Although this is usually not my color as I prefer earth tones more, but hey, it’s the month of breast cancer!
*I made/ sewed it
I got a new lens for my camera!! My pictures are so much better now and it makes me so happy. Al hamdulilah 😀
And I’m also thankful to my brother, Abdullah, who was gracious enough to help in taking the pictures. Lol.
Here are throwback pictures of me in ‘Pink’ for #BreastCancerMonth. I tried not to cringe. Also thankful for growth.
The second picture’s touch of pink with a lipstick i borrowed because I didn’t have anything pink to wear or owned any make up.
So, here’s the story, on how I upgraded the sandal below. There’s this huge h&m faux fur jacket which is kind of useless in use in Nigeria, I decided to give it new life.
I cut off the sleeves (so that I can still have a sleeveless jacket to use if I have to make a journey to a freezing climate) and used it in coming up with this uber simple crafty craft and jazz up my simple barely sandal that I wore here.
Basically, what you’ll be needing is
Your source of faux fur.
and your imagination! I just had to put that in there. There are so many things I might be ‘fluffing’ up real soon.
Here’s a really short video to guide you on how to make it.
With already 200k impressions, It was a trending topic in Nigeria on twitter.
*inserts children cheers*
I decided to bless blogosphere with the images as well and talk about it in more details as well.
World Jollof Day was celebrated by Maggi on the 21st of August, although some people argue the WJD is on the 22nd. Who cares, we are celebrating a national monument, regardless.
So, these images were created to mark the day and was also on exhibition at A White Space, Lagos, along with other images of Jollof. It was a collaboration between Maggi and Kitchen Butterfly that I was happy to partake in.
The Jollof Rice were created, not only to celebrate the day itself, but some Nigerian factors as well. I created Jollof Rice ‘in’ National Theatre, Lagos, it is a national monument and I think I’ve been there once before but won’t remember details. Bringing these two Nigerian ‘monuments’ together inspired the art work behind it.
Creating this map of the world, I had just one Caption in mind, “Jollof for World Peace”. Apt one, don’t you think? Putting that flowery scotch bonnet where Nigeria is, was to give preference to the kind of Jollof I would want, Nigerian Jollof. I’m kidding. Haha. You know how we Nigerians are always beefing Ghana Jollof for bants. The Jollof rice is predominant in West Africa and it is prepared differently but with the same underlying and unifying recipe, in terms of outlook. During the WJD, the history was discussed and it was nice to know some fun facts about our most popular dish.
I’ve wanted to try portraits in all the mediums I use and I mostly start with a woman’s, I don’t know, maybe because I am one. “Jollof is bae” and it resonates with all kinds of Nigerians. How many food items can you pinpoint in the art work?
I have done Nigerian food typography here, and although the Jollof rice featured, but it was in a ‘party mix’. Making this typography is just to spell it out, and there is an appeal to seeing materials in their medium of typography to me, I think typography is what I’ll do for a very long time. They are just awesome.
The Jollof art has been featured so far on CNN Africa,
I made these Nigerian food typography, as we have a huge range of delicious looking food and I always think of ways to make it more visually appealing, I hope you like it.
I am only going to be posting these three ‘meals’ originally, and update them as I put them up on my twitter, instagram and Facebook accounts. I don’t want to post them at once on social media so as to give them all space to breathe, this post is to put them all in one place once I finish uploading all the typography I made. All 9 of them. I may still make more, we never know.
It is mandatory to have this fabulous combo at any owanbe (party) in Nigeria, If you don’t, I don’t know what you are attending to be honest.
Served at parties, It is a combination of Jollof Rice and Fried Rice on the same plate usually served with fried peppered chicken or deep fried beef or fish for the fit fam people. Dodo (fried plantain) for extra awesomeness as well. And any drink of your choice.
Ẹbà is a Nigerian staple food eaten in West African subregion and beyond. It is made from cassava (manioc) flour, commonly known as gar. Served with Efo riro which is this tasty and glorious nigerian soup with all kinds of meat in it, That is ponmo rolling and just being super chilled.
Suya, suya, suya. Where do I begin? The other ultimate street food. The king of all hotness, I really like hot food, I’m afraid my tongue is probably dead from all the hot spice overload. No, offence kilishi and asun. Suya is made from flat beef skewers marinated in yaji spice (which gives suya its unique taste) and grilled in open fire to be eaten with any vegetable (onions, cabbages, cucumber, tomato) of your choice.
Ewa Agoyin is a south-west Nigerian delicacy made with cooked ‘honey’ beans (ewa oloyin) and fried tomato and hot pepper sauce.
Asaro is yam pottage. It can be eaten with dodo (fried plantain).
Puff-Puff is a nigerian street food. A proud member of the small chops family. It’s basically flour-based, deep fried spongy delicious snack, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside.
*I would keep updating more typography, that is why I haven’t signed out yet*
Check my other uploaded art work page here and you could check out my instagram page here too.