Try or Do?Β 

Hey guys, today I’m gonna be sharing on this daring topic to challenge you to take a step to actually do! 

Yeah, I know there are so many funky quotes, ‘try hard or die trying’, something like this. I’ve lost familiarity with these quotes because I’ve come to understand the hazard of trying because trying, no matter how hard it is will always be trying. 

You see, I’ve recently hit a rough patch in my Christian walk because I started ‘trying’, it became harder to pray longer, to study my bible, to preach at someone specifically because I got lazy so I started trying to read my bible and I get frustrated. I started trying to pray an hour a day and I got frustrated. 

But I came to understand something from this ordeal, the best of our efforts; of man’s efforts would always be trying. Never doing. And God, aware of this fault, this fraility in man made a way in Christ Jesus.

He ensured that he gave us the ability, the power and authority to make his commandments happen. Because try as we may, God’s seeming weakness is stronger than any of our strengths. Trying is your strength: your attempt. Doing is God’s strength and you leaning on that! 

So we’re not struggling anymore, we’re not trying to be good people, he has made us, the Christian a peculiar people zestful for good works! (Tit. 2:14) So when it gets to studying your bible, do it! Pray? Just do it! Preach? Just do it! 

Remember His biddings are your enablings! -Anim-Annorh Delight

So Nike it, although I prefer Adidas but just do it! 

Love, 

B_TheNewCreature

OUTFIT: 

Everything is thrifted! 

Jewelry: Jewelry by Esinet

Purse: Steals from Moms Closet

Photography: Esinet Okunrotifa (@esinet)

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My Style: Cool, lots (culottes) of outfits and bad puns

Did you know I suck at word play and puns? However, I like to believe I’m funny, I mean, I make myself laugh and yes, I count! 

Laughing at my failed power walk…..i almost tripped…

Welcome guys! To another terrible episode of me dressing up, playing model and you laughing because I know I low key make you laugh; hard! 

And this Roundy Crackers that i just tasted for the first time yesterday! Yum! Now recommended by your favourite foodie, me!

I had one of the best photo shoots yesterday with my ‘mama’, I mean, how can you be so alike with someone? It was a day full of speculations, seeing what my phone camera can do (the pictures are not even half as bad as I initially thought they would be, they’re actually pretty good), we also took time shooting in vacant houses and me fretting at being caught spontaneously by the house owners. 

Me: So you will not wait for me to finish my crackers before the pictures?

The things we do for the blog. πŸ˜‚

Today’s outfit post features these beautiful culottes from my friend Bukky (@jes_bukky on IG, she sells clothes and more) who said, “you’re the only one I know that can style this” and yeah, I do hope I did it some justice. 

Let’s pretend i don’t usually slouch walking, I’m a tad bit taller and i walk proper even without heels

I decided to pair them with these beautiful chiffon top from Forever21 (Steals from my mothers closet),purse from Nine West and gladiator heels by Steve Madden. 

When you ’bout tripping on yo heels but you look good doing it…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But this outfit felt quite absurd without the accessories and if you haven’t noticed, only the neck scarf from ceepple red (i love this scarf) popped this outfit, a huge thanks to Demi for Scarf inspiration. 

On my wrist is Jewelry by Essinet and it’s her premiere collection, I wish you much more in this new found interest of yours. She even styled my hair guys! 

I hope these pictures don’t burn your eyes. I’m risking so much in this area of picture taking and editing (used vs.co and snap seed). Have any tips that can improve my pictures? Comment below! 

Glow, fall on me! Well, if you don’t, i have bronzer and glitter eye shadow for just that….

Saint of God, 

B.

Styled By: TBP Bloggers Brunch 2 in Abuja

I had the best weekend in all my stay in Abuja this Sunday, and I’ve lived in Abuja for 12 years. so not an understatement, I was at…..(read the title, jeez!)

A car selfie right before the event, my constant fear was that my scarf would fall off 

The all white (dress code) TBP blogger point brunch, 2nd edition held at Laguna Lounge in Bolingo hotels, Central Area, Abuja and this place is just the most wonderful atmosphere for a calm and relaxed hangout with friends. I’m not much of a swimmer but I’d love to lie on my back in a swimsuit (from a Nigerian brand, know anybody?), with my right leg up (found out that’s my good leg in pictures) and coconut oil Glow on one of the benches at the poolside, or you could chill in the bar itself. Another calming thing about this place is the rafia benches and chairs, curtains around each mini gazebo and the palms and trees in general, it’s like something out of a movie! I just loved it! 

And this wasn’t even the best part of Laguna, with my girl Esther! This is their instagram if you’re wondering….

Coming in, I was extra nervous as I always am about meeting new people and 2 days prior to the event, I discovered I completely disliked my outfit, well that’s what happens when you get your outfit put together super late. I felt it didn’t quite represent my style much but I found a way to remedy all that, thank you Collins for the turban advice, and it turned out hot hot! 

A quick shout out is due at this point to someone I consider my style best friend and one of the best stylistst I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; Collins (What’sYourMiddleNameπŸ™ˆ) Badewa of TheStreetHaute. In less than 4 months of properly getting to know you, you have just been immense support for me and my startup blog and you know I disturb you a lot and you probably don’t hear this as much from me (because, frankly, who wants to be a cheese ball?) but I’m so so so grateful. *wipes tear leak*

PSA guys (means Public Service announcement FYI), moving on. 

I changed my handle on IG now, click the social media buttons for direct links

Afro-urban, bohemian a vintage never looked so good. 

The brunch was a great opportunity for me to

1. Learn on brands and working with them, yes, we talked about this, I mean that was the theme; ‘Bridging the gap between bloggers and brands’ and I learnt so much on this. 

I’m getting better at this flat lay thing, don’t you think?

-Bloggers are professionals at selling you to the right audience and you can be assured with bloggers of meeting each person individually, something you can’t get on adverts, this is to brands out there. 

-We have a media kit, a business card, and other tools if you’re interested in doing business then you should recognize we’re not less than any other proffesion. 

-We have interests which might quite differ from each others, so don’t be offended if we don’t jump at every opportunity. 

-The internet is my day job anyway (always has been) so I need to work on my feed and consistency all over social media and even here in the blog. 

2. Network and interact with bloggers and upcoming brands alike. I met so many friends and beautiful people, learnt a few tips here and there on pictures and editing and even earned possible collaborations. Watch this space. 

3. Eat cake, cake, cake, oh punch and small chops, and even more cake. 

I wish you could see all the cake that passed through this platter…

Chocolate cakes are my absolute best and no one does them better in FCT than Brownies Cakeries and Cake town by Adohr. This, I don’t sugar coat stuff (see what I did there?), was my best part of the day! (I’m a foodie and specialized cakie, kill me!) 
4. Get a goody bag to take home! *dances the gaga shuffle* 

This one is the best so far! 2 days of immense results!

OMG! I love this juice guys! Ordering a carton soon!

This tote bag is just fitting, the hashtag is everything!

Superb packaging here! 

These are some items out of my good bag

I’m sensing it would be perfect at this point to announce the winning team/ group for the days challenge which makes us the brand ambassadors of The Blogger point for a year (that’s all I heard amidst a host of other stuff). Quick shout out to my team members Kachi, Jojo, Esther, Jasmine, Seyitan. 

Group 1, the winning team!

I had so much fun at the brunch this year and I can’t wait to go again this year. Much more, I can’t wait to try out entirely everything in my goody bag and I’m definitely not waiting to work out the things I’ve come to learn from the seminar and discussion. 

Thank you to TBP and all of the organizers for a job well done! In the words of Miss Rhoda, “You have no idea what you’ve started!”

Keep it white and black as if? Oh, here’s a wild thought!Β 

Now playing: Livre – The only God

MAY still doesn’t understand why I like this picture

And she’s back with a little piece of herself to share with you. The title phrase of this is off of DJ Khaled’s song ‘Wild thoughts’ because it was most relatable and I hear that song everywhere! Don’t worry, you’ll find out why soon. 

I should politely point out also that this is the most freedom I’ve had in weeks and it’s still pretty suffocating! 

That smile….

It’s photographer appreciation day at SheFancysThat and I just want to appreciate my awesome photographer for always catching me at my happiest moments! Looking at these pictures I feel happier that in all of this glum my smile stays steady, is that even possible? So thank you Muslimah Ayodolapo Yusuf (MAY), you’re the real GOAT! I love you ehn! Yet another PSA, I always tend to announce PSA’s on every post….hmmπŸ™‡πŸ™‡πŸ™‡

Today’s post features another feature of my moms wardrobe (well, not anymore), what do you think I should call these frequent steals? The pants with sequin side panelling and me owning it like it’s still in vogue under my black and white stripe shirt. Notice how the high waist of the pants over the tie of the shirt makes my non-existent slim waist look slim? 

These heels are the most comfortable to even run in and I’m thankful everyday to Montego bay Club for comfortable aesthetic heels for the everyday woman. Check previous post for link to getting shoes like this one. 

This green scarf seemed to go best with this Grey bag and I’m way too extra to just be monochrome and go. Peep the Rings, you already know? 

Repeat after me: I WILL NOT DIE IN SCHOOL! I WILL GET THAT DEGREE! I WILL GET THAT PAPER! (In that order!)

See you sooner than you expect! 

The New creature,

(birthed after the spirit of the only true God),

B.

Style Inspo: Opeoluwa Ladeinde of KD Collections360

I know, I know….i’ve been AWOL, don’t shoot me! So much has been going on with school so be excited for me, I’m posting now, aren’t I? 

A little face beat using only lipstick (exclusion of the powder) to cheer you up? 

This weeks Style Inspo goes to this ambitious young man, Ope, the brain box behind KD Collections360. SFT was able to catch up with him earlier this week, finally! (Trust me, it’s been a long time coming!) 

That’s how he would keep you on hold with a finger up in the air… 

Little secret, I’m always nervous about meeting new people, but I try not to do interviews over the internet because right here I’m not just featuring fashion but personality too which births style and there’s only so much of that you can grab over the Internet. Yet another PSA Guys! 

But meeting Ope was made easy because of his fun, jovial and positive attitude even over the phone. We clicked instantly and it was like a chit-chat with a girlfriend. Yeah, Ope talks a whole lot (Sub or nah?)

Shoes Credit: KD Collections360 

KD Collections is a brand that currently focuses on shoe making although it promises to grow past just shoes into general fashion wares for both male and females (Males being a prominent part of the market).

Would you believe me if I said this brand started barely a year ago? In August of 2016, Ope pitched his idea to a friend who then requested for his shoes and the rest they say is is history. This young enterpreneur has a vast number of staff working for him at Ibadan and Lagos, Nigeria and he travels around looking for the most skilled hands to produce his wares; the designs however are purely his brain child and that could be seen through their uniqueness and durability. 

In less than a year, he has earned various accolades and awards for a job well done. KD Collections360 desires to be a brand name to reckon with in shoe making not just in Nigeria but all over the world and I dare say, he’s headed steadily in that direction. He picks constant inspiration from Lolu John Arokodare popularly known as Lolu Esq. one of the best shoe designers in Nigeria. 

When Ope isn’t too busy being a Christian-student or making shoes, he likes to listen to music and talk a whole lot. I know, sole-mate! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Want a KD Collections360 customized piece? 

Then place your orders to +234 708 198 2291 [Nationwide delivery within 9 working days]

Terms and conditions (of order, however) apply. Always wanted to say that! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Tell me what you think below, see you all soon! 

Meet the blogger: A little about addictions

The week began with a blast on Sunday at church and this is why there’s no better place to start the week! I learned about the Christians authority over addictions and I thought to share this with you all. 

Authority is the use of power. (Lk.10:19) What we have over the ‘ability’ of satan is Authority (Heb. 13:17, 1Thes.5:12-13). What we see as Christian-‘Religion’ in the body of Christ today is trying to relate with God outside the concept of Redemption i.e. having a christian name, acting pious; as the bible describes it, having a form of godliness and denying the power therein. 

Let me break this down, many people don’t like church, in fact many people won’t read past the first paragraph of this article because they feel condemned or they feel superior to the person writing this right now. 

Then there are the set of people who like a particular ‘church’ because they can do what they want to. Let me clear you now; CHURCH IS NOT A PLACE YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT OR WHAT YOU LIKE. (1Tim. 3:15) That’s a public service announcement, moving on! 

But Christianity is none of these things! Christianity is not about a particular church; it’s not about a particular name, in fact it’s not about self righteousness! Far from it. Christianity is about the righteousness which God ascribes unto man by faith (Rom. 1:17). It’s about power and imbued on the believer, not just power but authority! (Acts 1:8, John 1:12, Mk.16:16-17)

What does all of this have to do with addictions then? 

We often times blame the devil or some unseen force for our constant falling prey to addictions. I mean an unbeliever can do that because an unbeliever is still living a different kingdom culture: that of this world (under the control of the prince of the powers of the Air AKA the devil; Eph. 2:2) but not you the believer, you now have authority and whenever you fall prey to addictions it is because you made the choice to do so. 

Don’t run yet, i’m not condemning you but stating facts. Once you accept that you have been made holy by our Lord Jesus (Heb. 10:14), then you should know that now sin no longer has dominion over you! Quit blaming the devil for your mishaps and own up! Tit. 2:14 says it all; you’ve been capacitated to live good, once you fall short of God’s glorious standards then you better put yourself back in check. 

Stop trying to be good, trying to live holy, trying to steer clear of addiction because what that does is put that addiction right there at the back of your mind, reminding you everyday of your guilt and shame. Lying to you and telling you (a believer) that it’s hard. 

Steer clear! Say NO! Because God gave you the authority to do so. Forget about the addictions. Forget about your desires to do so; Jesus has delivered you already from the sinful desires of your flesh, the desires that makes you a man (Col. 1:13, Rom 7) And He didn’t just leave you bare; He gave you his very own nature; Holy, capacitated and zealous to do good! See Eph 4:17

You have pleased God already because Jesus Christ was the perfect and pleasing sacrifice. Now you are in Christ, in God (Col.3:3), now you have what it takes to walk away from addictions and on the path of righteousness because by nature you have attained a height of righteousness only attainable by God! 

Walking away from addictions doesn’t take a bunch of ‘DO NOT’s’ (get that ideology out of your head), it’s not a struggle; it’s a CHOICE! 

Zero your mind off of addictions and live the life you’ve been appointed and saved to live. You’ve not won until you’ve won everywhere and Christianity affords us the power to survive everywhere! 

Not a Christian? It’s simple! Have faith in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, have faith that he is the Son of God,have faith in this fact! And you are now a member of the family of God, you have the life of God and you Have His spirit! (Rom 10:9-10, Eph 1:13-14)

PS: I tried out a new P-on-P, this time stripes over polka dots and I was amazed at the results. Can you spot the beret? Do you like the beret? 

I’m interested in your feedback, 

The new Creature, 

B.

My Style: Hobo ontop x some DIY below

Hey guys, so I’ve been MIA this past week (Missing in action, in case you don’t know) and that has been because school’s been throwing poop at me and I’ve had to play evasive parkour with it all the while dragging blogging on it’s butt. Yeah, the blog has a sore butt now. But i’m here now with all the remedies to make it better; A style post, a HOBO X DIY post. 

Let me tell you a little about this outfit inspiration; early last week my favourite MIA-zoned person, our dear president (I’m Nigerian, FYI) declared on Tuesday (or was it Wednesday now?) that all Nigerians should put on something native. And so I excitedly hopped on this because this is one of the few good things we’ve had in a long time. 

Hobo: So there was this buba (top) I had, the iro(wrapper) was not going around not because I got fat (like no! Not that, jeez!) but cause my tailor sucked and used the remaining material to sew cloth for his baby! (At least I think so…). Short of the long however is the iro has been converted to the Gele (head gear) which you now see here. 

DIY: Confession time! Being the only daughter and because of my love for vintage, I now cultivate a habit of recycling my Mom’s clothes, majority of what I own is hers (a little sizing and fitting never killed anybody). I took this pants that used to be extremely long and made them shorter because I’ve been loving the guacho pants trend lately. The beauty you now see is the result! 

Because I’m technically incapable of dressing basic and no matter how minimalist my stuff is, my outfit must always shout out to the world, I paired this with my sling fringe detail off-white bag (My mom again, it’s so old I doubt the designer still makes wares but who knows) and cream coloured brogues. 

For accessories, I went pretty simple and put on my simple black ‘rope’ choker with my everyday watch by Amona and bracelet from Aliexpress. I’m also a ring person, can you tell? 

You cannot shop this look anywhere! This is creativity and minimalism at its peak! Get creative today! 

The new creature, 

Bunie.