What’s popping with you? Yasss! Nappyese is 2!! Things are lit! I mean its summer again in New York City who can complain?? You know me! Gratitude will now and forever be my first born child. I am super glad again for the heat, my dear this past winter was brutal. I’m growing to love this city more every single day, but I dare say I can’t stand it when its cold. So from next winter amma be chasing the Sun! Life is too short to not be in your natural element when the Universe has blessed us with abundance of variety and space.
Welcome to NappyStyle 2018!! I decided to go the photography route this time instead of a video like last years’ summer style post. Cos a gyal’s insta gotta stay winning! And taking photos instead of a style vlog allows me to use them for the gram. Yes! For the gram! The hustle real outchea!!
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This year I really feel I’ve started to truly come into my own style. I get inspiration from others but I’m not really looking to see who’s wearing what and letting that influence my style.Visiting India this past April has definitely influenced my style heavily this summer and most probably for the rest of the year. So color blocking is in!
Bright orange, yellow and fushia summer dress from India
I told myself I have more than enough clothes and aiint it the truth! I packed up 3 whole suitcase of clothes I have grown out of. I’m legit thinking of starting up a Nappybootique back home in Lagos (no jokes). So I decided this for this summers style, I would simply settle for a couple of sneakers and a few more accessories into my summer 2018 style. I’ve always loved bright colors, but India has re-enriched my life with colors.
BRI BRI BELT. Click to shop
Cowrie Earcuffs from Bellace Jewels. Fulani earrings from Kpelle designs
Nyri Earrings and fairy arm cuff from Fandjanm
I’m the queen of wanting to stand out and being different. Thrift store shopping is my thing and i’ll never turn my nose up at hand me downs. Not only is it sustainable for the planet, its also affordable. Forever grateful to superwoman Bridget Ganguli for blessing me with beautiful gold Indian sari tops. They rock! and they’re awesome for pairing with jeans or just a plain pair of bottoms.
Major Key Ankh ring from Afrohemian
This summer, I have also had the great pleasure of partnering with a preety cool sock brand called Ankle Express. They sent me a couple of super cool sock to brighten up my style even more!
“Whats becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art”
Celtic Peacock Florida sock and laces from Ankle Express. Click this image to shop
Shoes: Nike AIR VAPORMAX 97 ‘METALLIC GOLD’
Thula Sindi Batik Dress
The one and only expensive piece in my wardrobe this season is this Thula Sindi designer dress. I’ve had this dress for about 3 years now but i’ve never really worn it. Well, its popping this season 😉 Colors colors and more colors!!!
The best thing I loved about this summers style is crochet. Yes! Crochet. Living in bikinis in the summer months, crochet is the next best. And I am talking about no other than at the hand of muto crotchet! Hand made with love with neat and seamless finish, this brown crotchet dress gave me all type of feels! Let me know in the commets if you would like my secrets to staying decent under this meshy attire.
Dark Brown Crochet dress by Muto Crotchet, Aaya (Fern) Necklace and Earrings from Afrohemien
Not only does the color match perfectly with my skin for that sexy, confident neutral/nude look, It’s mesh makeup allows for cool and breezy feels through the warm days.
Clear and nude heels from DSW
Blue-Green matching set piece by Muto Crotchet.Click this image to shop
Steel arm cuffs from India
Dress down or up with a pair of sandals or heels
Blue beaded Jhumka earrings.Click this image to nappyshop
I’ve always had a quirky style. Yasss to socks and sandals! In this case ankle express and heels. If you’re a dare devil like me cop yourself a pair of Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express, made for the soles of a queen (and kings of course!). The trick to wearing sock with sandal/heels is simply to rock your vibe! Just like Luipta Nyongos’ infamous quote
“Whats becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art”
So create your art with Ankle Express and rock it boo. Walk with you head high and proud. Keep in mind that not everyone will get your vibe and that’s ok!
Also ankara print outfits till the end of time! I’m a star baby! Shoutout to my baby sister Philomena Otobo for copping me this cute star akara print.
Wrapping Pharaoh’s Marmalade sock from Ankle Express. Click to shop
Photo credits:Obi AbiliYoniqua YougbloodJesse Kulawole Williams
That’s all for this summer’s nappystyle boo. All of these outfits will be mixed, match and layered to protect my skin in the colder winter months. You can check out my style of layering for fall and winter in my previous style posts;
I hope you enjoyed these images. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Check out all the amazing new accessories in our new nappy shop. Be reminded there are lots of cool new giveaways + more of my style on my social pages. Subscribe to my Youtube channel NAPPYESE TV, lots of exciting heart thumping visuals coming soon (like me singing in the subways of nyc ;), and heads ups on my #30daysinIndia Vlog series.
Is another day in Nappyese world! Been back from India and we popping! Grab a snack and a drink! Iz about to be a looooong post!
How have you been? I wanna hear from you, so shout me out in the comments!
India was crrraaaaaaazzzzyyyyyyyyy yall!!!!! I mean! Words alone can not fully describe the intense life rounded experiences that my trip to India was.
Just like my soul knew it would be! Thank heavens I decided to digitalize my experience! And even with that there were some moments that were just too real to be in dual dimension! Like our infamous monkey fight over bananas, I’ve been singing about on my instagram.
LAKSHMAN JHULA BRIDGE
Yall!!!! This is video content gist I tell you!!!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my 30 DAYS IN INDIA HIGHLIGHTS
Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my 30 DAYS IN INDIA HIGHLIGHTS
And I thank God for enormous blessings!! Like my husbae coming all the way to meet me and being part of my unique experience. This whole vlog series that’s about to mightily tease your senses would never wouldn’t have fully manifested without him.
India was all sorts of intense! I’m sure you’ve heard this many a times. And I’m going to sound the gong again cos its sooooo true!
The colors, the smells, the people, their customs and traditions. I can’t count the no of times I was bombarded by Indian families for selfies. Bombarded indeed! I even ended up loosing my favorite pair of ray ban sun glasses and a kaftan I had mission all the way to a market to get in all the confusion. Many times when a tribe of Indian family would swarm I would feel like I was adopted hahah and it was a family photo.
Some are polite enough to ask, some sieze the oppotruntiy to invade your space. If you take one selfie with an Indian, best belive you’re taking 10 more in the same breath.
My favorite place to be in out of all the places was Fatehpur Sikri, because there was space!!! Oh Lord, sweet space. Even though India is such a vast country, the people tend to hurdle together. Law and order is a myth and traffic is madness.
From Cows to Mules, Horses, monkey, motorcycles on the bridges; Lakshman Jula(Monkey robbers here) and Ram Jhula to cray tuk tuk drivers in New Delhi, it was Chaos!
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Up next for favorites was the Golden temple. The beautiful gold coated building in Agra where the Indians come to pray. It is perhaps the equivalent to a pilgrimage in Mecca. Out of all the places we visited, this was the one places were we felt the most at peace. The energy here was one of love and worship and peace. Sweet peace. We could have stayed here for days…
It was amazing learning yoga in the beautiful tourist haven that is the city of Rishikesh! And I am looking forward to sharing that 30 days experience in my #nappytravel vlog series. One of the things I learnt while studying yoga is the importance of self study as a yogi. This is something I’ve always been particularly good at and needless to say I achieved all that I set out to when I asked myself WHY I AM GOING TO INDIA
It was an intense journey to re-discovery back to self and I’m really giving you a large chunk of my heart by taking you along with me, each day I was there, learning and re-discovering my inner Ese. This is why I have decided to create a new special section of my blog to coincide with my blog and brands 2nd year anniversary!! (Whoop!) for all you beautiful nappyboos who will continue to come on my journey with me. I am titling it NAPPY-DIARIES! And this is where I will release all of the 30days of my spiritual discovery journey in India and well as other heart thumping topics we will continue to discuss about.
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It’s funny because when this idea came to me I remebred the times in secondary (high) school when my school-mates would steal my dairy and journals and tell each other about what I had written. It used to hurt quite a lot then, but alas here we are again 🙂
So head over to my Nappy-diaries and save yourself a spot! The first video of the #nappytravel series will release soon!
To conclude India was everything and more I thought it would be. More because I was plenty dis-illusioned of many things I had thought about the place. Yes, I’m blaming bollywood lol. So differ if you may of you’re an Indian nappy boo and you don’t agree with some things below, but let’s agree to disagree because these are my personal real life experiences.I always form my conclusions about a place by the characters of it’s people. And here are
5 THINGS I LEARNT ABOUT INDIA AFTER VISITING.
1.Indians don’t really dance;
At least not like how bollywood makes it seem. You know.. like after every emotional feasible event. Which I won’t lie was quite disspointing for me. There were no dance houses in Rishikesh, in Amristar, Agra and even in Delhi, finding one felt like a mission. Every time we asked locals about dancing we got something like; This is a holy city so no dancing. What…??
The one time we had a chance in Rishikesh on one of my yoga mates birthday, they turned the music off a 10 o’clock and make stern faces that read get out of our restaurant. The only time I saw real dancing was at a wedding that happening right beside my yoga school. I put two and two together, cos if bollywood isn’t real and there is an abundance of dancing in it at all times……… My awakening had started 🙁
My amazing yoga mates and Yoga Teacher!
2. Most Indians are vegeterians but they also eat meat.
Don’t beleive the myth that Rishikesh is a Holy City where meat is not eaten because they are. It took my bae only 2 days of arriving to get approached by the locals asking if he wanted to eat meat at a special price of course. We had Chicken for dinner on couple occasions. All I could think was of the poor unassuming tourists who actually believe the stories they are fed. If that was a lie imagine the web of other lies are being spun. To be honest I actually was enjoying my time away from meat after struggling past the first 2 weeks and getting used to it until my bae came and ruined that lol.. (jokes)
3. Indians are kind and welcoming people
Even with the blatant corruption that seems to be plaguing the Indian society, and I can speak about it because my country Nigeria has the same disease. As most societies do to a certain degree, but when it has seeped so deeply engrained into the culture its a wonder and mighty relief when you find good people! They were more than a few incidents where we were ripped off on our trip, (and you must have heard this) but for every horrible person and encounter, we met good people that helped our heart feel a little better. For example we took the train and ended thinking a family had taken our seats on the train but we had been sold a train ticket for the day before instead for the day we needed (even after we ran around town and waited many hours to get these), so we had no seats. The station manger didn’t care to help our plight, but the Sikh family were kind enough to take us in, shared their food, stories and families with us, taught us their language, even gave us orange turbans as gifts after teaching us how to tie it. <Sniff> that was so beautiful, I’m still emotional even writing about it. Even with all of the stress that surrounded us, moments like these made it entirely worthwhile! And I have plenty more stories like these but I will save them for my vlogs!
4. Most Indians don’t practise Yoga
First of all I was nicely surprised to find out Yoga was a practice that generated from the Indians. I thought it was just another western form of exercise until I decided to dive deeper into it.
Then I finally travelled all the way to India to find that it is not generally practiced by most Indians. Another surprise! Even as beautiful and holistic the practice is? Even at my school in my yoga class there were only three Indians in the whole course of about 13 people and one left. I don’t know what to make of this but I bless the ancient Vedics’ for discovering this amazing practice and everyone else who had a hand in trinkling down the wisdom and information into this time.
5. Colorism and Sexism is real AF!
I’ll do us both a favor and save some horror stories for the vlogs. Because I don’t think just writing here can fully express my true feelings as a young African Nigerian woman traveling all alone in Asia my herself, for the times when bae hadn’t arrived.
And one more point just for the heeck of it:
6. The colors are surreal!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much glorious color blocking as I did in India. You can probably tell from my burst bright orange dress in the pictures above. The colors of India is one of the main thing that attracted be to it and I was not disappointed in this regard. I was lucky enough to have meet a beloved kind hearted woman named Bridget Ganguly who took me shopping for Sari tops and helped me hemm my Saris I had bought in Haridwar. And even showed me how to tie it!
All in all India is a mind blowing place! I am more than grateful for the grace to have lived and fulfilled my dreams of India beyond my wildest expectations!
Would I go back?? I tell everyone in 10 years, a private jet and red carpet. And I kinda mean it! …. I think
So here is the final starting round up of my #30daysinIndia travel series.Subscribe to my Youtube Channel and don’t miss out of the rest of the travel vlog series! Also plenty more gist coming in my nappy diaries!
Thanks for stopping by again on the blog. Finally ASIA!!!!! I can’t tell you how super freaking stinking excited I am to be finally going to DUM DUM DUM *drumroll* IIIIINNNNDDDDIIIAAA. And it’s not just because Manushi Chinchillar is the current miss world haha.
Anyone who truly truly know me can attest to my love of Bollywood Sagas. I mean if you’ve followed me from my early days of starting my youtube channel you’d remember where I touched on my healthy obsession for Top International and Bollywood actress Deepeka Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in my Channel Trailer Video. Yes, I grew up watching Bollywood Love stories, but my reasons for finally visiting India goes beyond my dreams of dancing and singing on one of those movie sets (far fetched but real AF!) All my soon to be Indian friends, if you have connects hook a sister up please no jokes.
They say curiosity killed the cat. Loolzz, yet here you are tryna to stick your nose in my box, and I don’t mind at all!
I spent the past couple weeks searching for authentic experiences from people who have experienced the great country of India and I came across the gorgeous hippie-in-heels. before we proceed let me clear the air. I am from Lagos Nigeria, more precisely brought up in Ikorodu
Think about my last statement. If nothing still clicks, let me just state it; India’s got nofin on me. My dear if you can survive in Lagos you can survive anywhere abeg. My Lasgidi people please eigtighi in the comments if you agree with me. The average Nigerian has been through the most and we survive. I know I can handle India. Now if I only I could escape the dreaded ‘Delhi Belle’ I can smile triumphantly through my #30daysinIndia.
Most of the stuff I read say the real dread is the water. I have to swear by bottle water for these 30days, luckily buying water has never been my chai latte 🙁 Lets hope I don’t come back parched. I guess this is a good time to say this trip is on a budget. The bravery I had alone to book my flight ehn?! But I know my experiences will be worth much more..
Updates skin care routine coming soon!
Lavender Essential Oil for concentration and FocusLemonGrass Essential Oil to repel Bug and Mosquito bitesEcalyptus and Frankinscence to ward off fever
I guess this is also a good time to add I won't have health insurance. Lord have mercy!
Healing Stones and Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Travel sizes!
This is the first time I have incorporated healing stones into meditation. These are special stones relatable to Capricorn Sun Sign. Black Opal and Galena. I probably know as much as you do when it comes to astrology or maybe not. As an Earth sign, I want to feel more connected to my elements and this is my first step.
I wonder whats more shocking? That I’m going to India or that I’m actually taking food provisions with. Again, totally a Nigerian thing. At least for folk like us who knows how rough it is to live far away from home in “boarding school”
How I see, this is just another extension of those days going away from home to study. Life studies continues. If you really think about it, you’d see how this is really a smart move. Especially if you’re on a budget. Plus I’ve been a carnivore all my life, my whole perception of life is about to change quite drastically in more ways than one. Best to have things I like: FOOOOOODDDDD
I’d say I’m preety prepared for this trip. What do you think?
Rupert Jr. my travelling bear is also super excited to being this new journey! Tell you nieces and nephews to follow his adventures on Facebook! He aims to inspire little brave hearts all over to believe; It doesn’t matter where you are from, you can choose where you want to go. Follow @RupertTheTravellingbearon Instagram
The Adventures of Rupert Jr. The travelling bear from Jozi
South Africa, Spain, Germany, Italy, Paris, United States and now INDIA! I won’t be the first to rant on how majorly important it is to write down goals. I’ve always known travel was for me. I found myself re-downloading the wanderlist app, my heart skips mini beats when I see my Travel list from a few years back. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. Yet here I am doing it!!
My long legs have almost reach all the four corners of the earth. Lol… Almost. It’s my first time on the eastern hemisphere of the globe, and I am prepared.
I think it’s important in life to embrace every part of who we are as individuals. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a fascination with Indian culture, fed by fairly steady stream of Bollywood movies_naturally. It honestly wasn’t until a few months while I was back home for festivities did an epiphany finally hit me! One of my cousin is named Radha (after the Goddess Radha I thought?). A photograph of her mother – my aunt smiling abundantly into the camera while signing a court marriage registry with a Sari on!!!! jumped out at me on one of those familiar flips through old family picture albums.
Y’all can’t tell me nufin! Indian energy runs in my family and I am super excited to immerse myself in it.
Ok, hehe now thats that’s outta the way, here are my
TOP 6 REASONS TO VISIT INDIA
1. STOP AND BREATHE:
After being on the road for 4 years, moving from city to city in search of better opportunities to survive and thrive, I have found myself needing to access my thoughts and my position in life. To ask myself why I’m doing some of the things I’m doing, what I want to change and where I want to go from there. I didn’t make any New Year resolutions at the end of 2017, partly because I didn’t really know what I wanted. Now, I am on a mission to continue forming new ideas and execution plans, and make concrete definitions and decisions. I know for a fact there nothing like a break and change of scenery to quiet down the minds rowdy thought and help focus. I literally feel like this is the beginning of the my year 2018
2. YOGA AND MEDITATION:
I have self practiced Yoga for 2years. It all started when I picked up a copy of a Womens Health magazine that promised Yoga poses for weight-loss. I fell in love and never looked back. I’ve realized my passion for yoga is deeper than physical appearance. I want to know who, what, why and how to do my yoga and poses correctly. What better way to find out than the birthplace of Yoga itself; INDIA
My nack for travel came early. I can easily attribute it to my early reading culture days. I remember how easy it was to would devour every novel/paperback I could lay hands on, encouraged my father (thanks pop). These days I’m starting new books without finishing the previous. But the damage has already been done. My mind has literally touched all corners of the globe and now my body will follow. I wrote down all the cities and place I would love to visit on my Wonderlist app. Trust me I’m way more shook than you are how this is actually happening!!!!
4. LEARNING AND EXPERIENCING A DIFFERENT CULTURE:
Somewhere in me I believe all humans should be nomads, even if only in the tiniest of ways. I remember when my Economics teacher explained problems of immigrations. I feel most of these problems wouldn’t arise if the general human culture is to move around sharing love, energy and resources with one another.
5. HEALING&SOUL SEARCHING:
There are emotions I have not confronted from my journeys thus far. This break away will give me sometime to do so and heal from those experiences. All of my traveling has caused me to grow up faster, adulting and battling life challenges from the young age of 19. I’ve found myself waddling frequently in emotions of anxiety and irrationality. Apprehensiveness about the future. Travelling takes it toll, and I’m needing some balance and clarity.I have not taken proper time to acknowledge the little girl inside me and all that she’s been through having to grow up so fast. So I will heal from that.
I will incorporated the use of Healing Gemstones as recomended by mizChartreuse on ASTROFLOTUS for my Capricorn Sun Sign. Also I’ve had some pain in my right hamstring for more than a couple months now. Instead of going to the Doctor here in NYC I am choosing traditional ways to heal it; Yoga. Someone once told me Yoga dosen’t heal pain but reveals the areas that need attention and care. What’s that you say? You would like updates? Well I gotcha 🙂
6. VISUALIZING & MAYBE SHOPPING:
After I concrete up new plans and goals. Some of which I am excited to share some with you soonest! I am going to see myself having already achieved those goals. I won’t have all the answer to life from this one trip but I am definately manifesting and being grateful for the immediate ones I come up with. Visualization is such a powerful method of turning dreams into reality. I hope you will join me on this journey. If you don’t already know how this works see this blog post The Law of attraction: How I live my Life
I have decided to be even more vocal about my journeys and experiences as a young travelling African Nigerian woman. Where I’m from, its not common to find people with life experiences like mine. I have travelled way more than all the people I knew growing up in the humble town of Ikorodu Lagos.
I will share more because I know my unique experiences can help guide and inspire whosoever is not afraid to walk the less chosen path. Sharing my challenges helps my journey be less lonely and connect with like minded souls. Because no man is an Island. We all need support from each other.
Starting the first day I arrive in India I am committing to a 30-day Vlog series titled #30daysinIndia. Where I will document my soul searching questions and answers, my journey as a new yogi. As well as all the other fun crazy experiences India has to offer!
This is my first Travel Vlog series and I am looking forward to sharing my every day thoughts and experiences with you on my Youtube and Instagram. Follow my channels and join me on this amazing new experience. Please support me and my #nappytravel content on social media by liking, leaving comments and reposting. Hit me up with comments here slide in my DMs with any questions you have.
I hope to share all of my new yogi knowledge with you as soon as I am back. Free summer Yoga sesh in Central Park anyone? 😉
I hope your thanksgiving weekend was lit! and you’re recovering nicely from the food.
Welcome to my first style post!! You must have caught a glimpse of Who What Wear in my first style Vlog. Where I introduced my Nappy Style with my SUMMER 2017 STYLE HAUL featuring Fashion Nova X Mystique Boutique NYC.
If you didn’t catch it, you’ve been living under a rock! Baby win with us!! Watch the video below
How I Transitioned my Summer Style Pieces into Fall
Living in NYC for me right now is living on a budget. How expensive this city is not a myth!! And style is a luxury I can’t afford to compromise on. I love to look well put together (most days lol) And I keep my style to my own aesthetics. Meaning I do what what works for me.
Y’all know I’ve been buying Fashion Nova since forever! Way before Bodak Yellow and Team Cardi B was even a thing. Yup! Not only are their items built to hug womanly curves, they are also quite affordable ( if you know when to shop). I live for Fashion Nova discount codes. I shared all the cute pieces I rocked all summer in the video above so don’t forget to watch it! Now here’s how I transition some of these pieces into my fall style.
LAYER LAYER LAYER! Nothing like a cold city to teach you how to layer up.
In these looks I rock my summer dresses over a layer of a Thermal Underwear, Thights and Turtle neck sweaters. Its a classic way to keep all of my skin protected and look chique rocking my summer pieces.
That’s it for today’s nappy style post. I hope you enjoyed the images, feel free ask any questions. What are your tips for saving cost on clothes while transitioning from a summer to fall/winter wardrobe? Please share with me in the comment section below.
Caaassh u later!
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The best fashion show of New York Fashion week 2018 is CHROMAT! I’m always so grateful to be part of this show! The energy in the air is always amazing!!! I haven’t been part of any other show in my whole career with such great vibes. Check it out with me behind the scenes.