Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Looking Back..." - 2015 In Review

Colorful Ankara Skirt, Fun And Flirty Outfit

It's the last day of the year! I'm so thankful to God for a wonderful 2015, and I'm excitedly looking forward to an awesome 2016!

Here's a compilation of a few of my favorite looks in 2015.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Countdown to New Year's

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SheIn Maxi Dress, SheInside, Year End SaleSheIn Maxi Dress, SheInside, Year End Sale


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Can you believe the year is almost over? Hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday! Last week was an amazing holiday period for me. From spending lots of indoor time with my husband and children, to attending Christmas festivities at church, as well as with family and friends, I'm ready to wind down for the rest of the year. If you're looking for me, I'll most likely be under the covers, sipping some hot cocoa, and planning the year ahead.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!



MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas celebration filled with joy and peace of celebrating the birth of the new born King!

While we won't be traveling for Christmas this year, we will still be around loved ones. We attended a Christmas Day Service earlier today at RCCG Love Assembly. Here are a few attempts at capturing the "perfect" family portrait.

Monday, December 21, 2015

"Black Sparkle" - Pattern Review & Video Tutorial

My Style Oasis, DIY Sequin Leggings, McCalls Stitch n' Save 9140, Leggings Tutorial

Happy Monday!

Still searching for that perfect piece to attend your holiday celebrations? Look no further! Whether it's for a semi-formal office Christmas party, or a laid back get-together, you'll look extra sparkly in sequin leggings. Pair them with a classic blazer, or an oversize cozy sweater, and you're good to go. Best of all, it takes only about an hour to make your own!


Friday, December 18, 2015

SNEAK PEEK: DIY Holiday Sew Along


Hello and Happy Friday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a short video clip of a sew-along I'm working on in collaboration with OnlineFabricStore.net. While the full video tutorial won't be up till early next week, I wanted to share a sneak peek with you so you can spend the weekend gathering the supplies you'll need. A few people guessed what they thought I'm making, but no-one got the right answer. Keep reading to find out!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Green Sequins


Romwe Sequin Dress

Happy Monday!

I can't believe how warm the weather is in December! I don't want to jinx it, but let me just add that I'm loving it!!!

"T'is the season for all things sparkly!" As Christmas draws closer, I find myself more and more drawn to all things sparkly. Here's how I wore this sequin piece to church yesterday, and I got a lot of compliments on it!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Like A Little Child" - Sermon Excerpt (Video)


Hello!

Last Sunday, I preached my first ever sermon! What a privilege!

I grew up as the shy and quiet little girl, and so never in a million years did I think I would be up on stage for any reason much less preaching the Gospel! God is awesome!



Thursday, December 03, 2015

Bold Spots

DIY Illusion Pencil Skirt, DIY Maternity, Maternity Style

Hello and Happy New Month!

I can't believe it's already December. Christmas is almost here! How are you preparing for all the festivities of the season?


Monday, November 30, 2015

Little Bow Blue

My Style Oasis, McCall's 6650, DIY Maternity, Ankara Maternity

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend. 

As much as I love Ankara fabric, lately, I've been having a hard time sewing with it for my growing bump. Because it has no stretch to it, I know that anything I make will most likely have a lifespan of about a week...two weeks, at the most. The day they create an Ankara knit fabric, know that I'll be one of the first people in line to get my hands on some!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful...


Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Cos I sure did. I spent it at home with family and friends, cooking, laughing, watching movies, and of course, eating. By the end of the day, I had eaten so much I could hardly move!

Oh, and my first turkey came out looking AND tasting great! 
(If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have already seen a picture of the end result). 
Thanks to everyone who shared their turkey roasting tips in person, here on the blog, as well as on social media. Side note: Oven bags are truly Ah-mazing!


Monday, November 23, 2015

New Look

My Style Oasis, New Look Pattern 6000, DIY Maternity Style

Hello! And Happy Monday! 

I don't know about you, but I'm excited that Thanksgiving is almost here! The kids are off for the entire week, so if you're looking for us, we'll be home, hanging out, cuddling under the covers, eating popcorn and watching movies on repeat, or whatever else fun things we find to do! This year will be my first time baking a turkey. Wish me luck! Better than that, leave a comment with your tried-and-true tricks on the perfect roast. Thanks in advance!

Friday, November 20, 2015

CURRENT CRAVINGS: Comfy, Cozy & Chic from Romwe

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romwe sweater dress  rome sequined sweater  romwe boatneck sweater


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romwe sleeveless vest  romwe leather jacket  romwe turtleneck sweater dress

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romwe high low dress   romwe black bow pumps  romwe tassel scarf


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Yay! The weekend is here!

As I get ready to binge watch TV shows on Netflix and sip on some hot cocoa, I'm also eyeing some cozy pieces to keep me warm this fall...

With the dropping temperatures, it's definitely time to embrace the cozy sweaters, knit dresses, and statement jackets. Romwe has some amazing fall pieces that are great for the fall. A lot of their pieces can easily fit into any closet, and they can be dressed up or dressed down.
Best of all, they're incredibly affordable.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

STYLE THE BUMP: First Trimester Recap





Since I finally "let the cat out of the bag" that "there's a bun in the oven," I figured I'd share a quick recap of my first trimester outfits (blogged and unblogged). I was really trying to hide it for the first trimester, and my husband kept wondering how I was doing it whenever we were out and about, because at home, my midsection was getting quite large! I didn't really start showing to the public until about 12 weeks. Although by that point, I mostly got looks like "Is she pregnant, or did she just eat a little too much today?" Lol!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Coming Soon...



I really don't know how else to share this, so here it goes...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Something Different" - Sweater + Ankara

Ankara Pencil Skirt

Hello and Happy Thursday! Hope you've had a great week so far. I feel like I've been running all week, and I'm looking forward to winding down this weekend. Netflix, here I come! Haha!

Since I made this skirt last year, I can't get enough of it! I pull it out of my closet once a season and try to find a unique way to style it.
(See how I've styled it in the past for Summer, FallWinter, and Spring.)

Here is another fall styling of this skirt that is unique in it's own way.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Strength In Adversity (Audio)


Good morning! And happy Friday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my throwback post about how much has happened in a year. My church family, RCCG Love Assembly, hosts a weekly prayer line conference, and last night, I had the privilege to lead the conference, and I talked on the topic "Strength In Adversity."


Monday, November 02, 2015

Simplicity Matching Set

Simplicity Pattern 1542,Simplicity Pattern 2700

Happy Monday! And Happy New Month!

That moment when you realize you sewed your own "pants suit"...Amazing feeling! For today's post, I decided to pair my DIY Blazer with my DIY Ankle pants. I love the matching suit look.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Behind the Seams: DIY Blazer (Pattern Review)

Simplicity Pattern 1542, DIY Blazer


Hi there! Hope you're having a great week!

Just stopping in to share details of a DIY blazer I worked on last week. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a picture I posted about it. Here are a few more pictures of the inside of the blazer, plus a pattern review.


Monday, October 26, 2015

"Hidden Gem" - DIY Pants

Simplicity Pattern 2700

This fall, I'm slowly going through my fabric stash and finding gems that I almost forgot I had...like this lovely stretch denim fabric I purchased from Joann's about a year ago (similar here). When I saw this fabric, I had no idea what I would make with it, but I knew I had to buy it. I think the subtle emerald color was what drew me to it. The fabric actually shimmers in the light; I guess my camera didn't pick that up in these pictures.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mudcloth Maxi Shirt Dress


Mudcloth Maxi Shirt Dress, DIY Shirt Dress, New Look Pattern A6180

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope your week is going well. This chilly weather has got me really just wanting to stay under the covers all day long... Even with my flu-like symptoms, I still find myself wishing I can, but when you have 2 toddlers running around the house, your work is never done! Ah, the joys of motherhood!

Just wanted to share pictures of this maxi shirt dress I made earlier this month.

Monday, October 19, 2015

CURRENT CRAVINGS: Fall/Winter Patterns


Right this very moment, as I type this, I wish I were sewing. Unfortunately, I'm not, because I haven't feeling too well lately. Runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat...I think you get the picture. I'm getting better though, but I blame it on the weather change. Be it as it may, seasons change. That's just the fact of life, and I have to live with it. I'm happy and blessed to be alive, so that's just fine with me. 

Since I don't have a DIY outfit post to share today, I figured I'd share some patterns that I've been eyeing recently.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Yellow Lace + Green Aso-Oke

My Style Oasis, Nigerian Lace, Aso Oke, Gele Styles

Hello again!
For some reason, I feel like I've been dragging myself along this week. Can't wait for the weekend to catch up on some rest...like that's actually possible! Lol! Wishful thinking, I guess. Here's to hoping that all this yellow will help put a pep in my step!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Splatter on White

My Style Oasis, DIY Ankara Peplum Top

Hello!

Hope you're doing well. How was your weekend? I enjoyed mine at a birthday party with friends and family on Saturday, and of course church service at RCCG Love Assembly on Sunday.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

"Ordained" - 5 Things I've Learned About Working For God

Ankara Styles, Gele

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

- John 15:16 (KJV)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Camoflague

Camouflage Pants, Sequin Sweater

Happy Thursday!

Hope you're having a great week so far. Mine has been quite busy, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the weekend by catching up on some much needed rest. Speaking of catching up, my hubby and I recently started watching the new season of Vampire Diaries that was just released on Netflix (season 6), and it's like we were on a marathon! We literally binge-watched the entire season in 4 days! Lol! I know it's like a high school teenage type show, but it's definitely entertaining. Do you watch the show? Who is your favorite character?

Monday, October 05, 2015

As Tall As A Giraffe

New Look Pattern A6176

Hello! Hope you all are well. A cold front literally just came over the East Coast late last week, and it rained almost all weekend. We were anticipating Hurricane Joaquin to make its landfall yesterday, but thankfully, it missed hitting the shores. Anyway, because of the weather, I enjoyed my weekend by spending my entire Saturday indoors with my hubby and kids, enjoying some much needed family time. And then, we spent our Sunday with our church family at RCCG Love Assembly. Hope your weekend was nice too.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Zebra Print - DIY Cape

~ Pattern Review ~
Simplicity Sew Simple A1521 

DIY Fall Cape, Simplicity Cape Pattern

Happy New Month! And Happy Independence Day to my fellow Nigerians.

I can't believe it's October already. The year has gone by really fast. And yes, Fall is definitely here. I woke up this morning to very chilly weather. Looking forward to cuddling up under the covers and enjoying hot tea and cocoa this season.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Polka Dots With A Flare

DIY Circle Skirt

Hello and Happy Monday!

Who doesn't love a circle skirt? It's so fun and so girly, and since it's been such a long time since I last made one for myself, I decided to make another! I used this gorgeous royal blue satin I purchased recently from one of the stores on Fabric Row, in Center City Philadelphia. 
(If you're not familiar with Fabric Row, see HERE for a post I did on it about a year ago.)


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback: Purple Peplum

Ankara Blazer, Ankara Peplum Blazer


When I got this fabric from my mom, yellow was the only color that I thought to combine it with. I've always thought purple and yellow are such a perfect color combination, and this blazer proves it!

This is the last of the Ankara blazers I made last fall. This one like the others was made using the New Look A6231 pattern, with alterations to the collar and peplum (mentioned previously here and here respectively)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Throwback: "Star Blazing"

Ankara Blazer, Ankara Peplum Blazer

Hello again!

Today, I continue my throwback series of Ankara Fall blazers from last year. Here's another blazer I made using the same New Look A6231 pattern. The only difference is that I made this one with a square-cut "handkerchief" peplum instead.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Throwback: Ankara Fall Blazer

~ Pattern Review ~

Ankara Blazer, Ankara Peplum Blazer

Hello!

So, as it turns out, this week officially marks the end of Summer. I can tell that fall is definitely here, because our morning walks to the school bus are a lot chillier. 

About this time last year, I was on a blazer-making mission! Haha! I was so busy, I never got around to blogging about them. So, this week, I will be sharing all the blazers I made in the Fall of 2014 using the New Look A6231 pattern.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Transitioning...

~ Pattern Review ~
McCalls M6172

Ankara Sleeveless Blazer

Another transitional piece that I think is great as the weather starts to cool down is the sleeveless blazer. I made this one (last seen here) in the summer last year as part of my Fruits and Fashion seriesI don't know why it has taken me this long to think of making another one. I definitely need a few blazers in my closet, and this one is a perfect fit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Hello" Goodbye...

Hello Apparel Tank Top

It's so sad... to think that the summer is almost over...

Monday, September 07, 2015

Illusion


Ankara Tube Dress

Happy Monday! Hope you're enjoying your Labor Day holiday today. I plan to chill with my husband and little ones, probably watching something fun on Netflix.

Speaking of Netflix, recently, my hubby and I watched the miniseries "Houdini." Quite intriguing, the legendary magician, Harry Houdini. To think that most times, a so-called trick is just an illusion... Gives meaning to the phrase "The more you look, the less you see."

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Cherry Blossom Kimono

DIY Kimono

Hello September!

Fall is almost here. Although summer is my favorite season, I love fall too...except for the fact it leads right into the winter.

The beginning of fall usually means cooler mornings and evenings. And that, in turn, translates to dressing in layers. A kimono is a perfect item for transitioning into the cooler weather. Easy to layer, and very versatile.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Back To School - Fall Style

~ Pattern Review ~
New Look A6275


Hello!
It's been crazy busy and yet exciting for me and my family this past weekend, and I'm looking forward to catching up on some much needed rest this week.

Today, my 5 year old daughter starts Kindergarten! How time flies! My baby is all grown up! Check out this cute little jacket I made for her. I think it's absolutely perfect for fall. How cute would it be if she could wear this today and make a bold statement on her first day at school? Don't worry; she's dressed more formally, as per school dress code, and all.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peach & Purple

Nigerian Lace Style, Gele


Hello!

Hope you've enjoyed your week so far!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Little Yellow Dress

Little Yellow Dress, Church Hat

Hello y'all! 

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Mine has been crazy busy! As a matter of fact, this week, is going to be even more packed! We will be celebrating our church's 10th year anniversary, at RCCG Love Assembly. The theme is "LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY" and I'm super excited for the might move of God that is about to take place! Join us if you're in the area.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lazy Summer Days Are Over...

Kaftan, Caftan, Kaftan Style

Can you believe summer is almost over?!

It has been such a crazy busy summer that I've resorted to "lazy" dressing as my everyday stay-at-home look. I literally lived in kaftans like this one all summer long!

I know most times, bloggers show the highlight reel of our lives, when we're all dressed up and "advertising" ourselves and our outfits. But just so you know we live pretty normal lives too. 

So, here's a snippet of me, without the make up and the fancy clothes. Just regular me, being a regular mom, on a regular day!


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