Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Graduation Dinner

These outfits are from my sister's graduation dinner which I forgot to post last week. We went out for a casual dinner with the family in Swiss Cottage. She recently got a first in her degree, surpassing all expectations and i am very proud of her. I wish her all the best for the future  

Now back to my dissertation hell. Yes, dissertation in the summer! That's what I get for taking a master's course. 


I'm Wearing: Dress/New Look; Heels/Random Store 
My Sister: Dress/Boohoo; Heels/Topshop

P.S. A big thank you and cheesy grin to all our new followers. Makes us so happy :)

Lola 
xx
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Hawaiian Air

Another creation from my seamstress in Nigeria. I have been wanting to wear this for a long time but bad weather, a broken zip, moving woes and subsequently being too busy to fix it meant it was languishing in the back of my wardrobe. But finally, I am able to wear it.

 Last Christmas, I was looking around for a few designs which I could gain some inspiration from when I saw this post on a pair and a spare. Mullet hems has been getting alot of  attention as the trend to wear amongst bloggers and I can see why as the shape is quite flattering. It always best to wear this trend with a simple, plan top and for an evening look, pair it with a chunky statement necklace.

When I first saw it on a pair and a spare, I decided I would make the skirt myself but when I eventually did that, I ruined the skirt so badly. In hindsight, the fabric was not right for this sort of skirt. So I thought I would give my seamstress to make for me. I made sure that she put pleats in the skirt to give it a fuller shape and cut the front as the exact length I wanted. I absolutely love the print so much that I also made a top which you will see on the blog soon enough. 





My face was melting when i took these pictures. Its was so so hot. 

Top/H&M, Sandals/Urban Outfitters

Lola
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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Fresh Out Of Med-School

A couple weeks ago, my older sister graduated from medical school and became the newest doctor in the family.

Although this occasion marked the end of her years as a student at Charles University in the Czech republic, a place she had called home for so long; it also heralded the beginning of a new chapter of her life as a junior doctor on the small island of Malta.

So to help celebrate this amazing achievement, the whole family and my lovely aunt flew out to Prague for three days. 

The journey out there was definitely one for the memory books...a lost passport, forgotten sandwiches, misplaced parking ticket, oversized luggage, rude desk staff...and to top things off we arrived at the departure gate after the final boarding call and were extremely lucky to actually make it on the plane.

After such a stressful early morning flight, when we arrived in Prague we slept the rest of the day away. The next morning after breakfast, I put on my dress from H&M and headed off to the ceremony. In hindsight I wish I brought a belt along with me for the waistline of that dress...

Dress/H&M

The ceremony was was a bit different to what I had expected. As one of the oldest university in Europe, certain traditions needed to be upheld:

1) The ceremony was in English, Latin and Czech....we are in the Czech republic after all
2) Clapping was not permitted at any point during the ceremony...not even when you see your sibling saunter down the stage with that degree finally in her hand (I wooped and cheered loudly in my head!)
3) Gowns were not to be worn by the graduates inside the ceremony hall...maybe Charles IV did not envision gowns being worn when he created the university in the 14th century

one thing I really liked about the ceremony was that all the people in gown/robes, who were some of their med-school professors, went round during the ceremony to congratulate each and everyone of them. It made the ceremony slightly more personal, me thinks. 

spotted in red: my sister amongst her fellow international graduates

This was the moment when I wanted to clap, woop and cheer...but was not allowed :-(

Doctor in the house!




Unfortunately I didn't get much of a chance to explore Prague again due to the limited time we had in the city but here are a few shots I took on the way back to the hotel:



My sister is a nerd! 

We had traditional Czech food for dinner but the Brit in me had to order a side of chips

Can I have some chips, please? (said in my best cockney accent)

Cute little old-school cash register at the restaurant

The pictures in the restaurant must have had a hand in inspiring my dad's purchase of a pint of beer. 

 Besides a few minor hiccups, it was great to have all the family together again in one country and under one roof! Lots of Banter!

Fikki 
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Chiffon Dreams

On Saturday, I went to my aunty's son's wedding in the South East of London. It took over an hour to get there. Being from the North of London, It felt like I was in a different city as I have never ventured down that far. Anyway, the wedding was just so pretty. They had the ceremony outside on the lawn and because it was a really sunny and bright day it looked so great. Make me want to go and get married!

The dress I'm wearing was made in Nigeria by our family seamstress last year. The fabric was bought by my mum which is something she always does before we go to Nigeria for Christmas every year. She buys chiffon from Golders Green, I think its about £5 a yard and then our seamstress makes whatever we like. I wanted something 50's inspired with the right length and and she did it so well. I originally made this for boyfriend's brother's wedding but ended up making an identical one (different fabric) for my graduation which you can see  if you clicky here. I can't wait to go back for Christmas this year, already have a few things planned.





Shoes/Office

Lola 
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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Summery x-mas at Matalan Press Day

Lola and I headed down to Hospital club in Covent Garden on thursday to grab a sneak peek of what Matalan has in store for us for the Autumn/Winter season. The womenswear collection was impressive with an array of vibrant colours, varying textures and opulent fabrics.


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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Pastel pink

After losing my bargain £2 hat (see previous post) on our day trip to the mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, I bought this replacement, after a lot of haggling, for a whopping 140 pesos (about £7)! I still feel it should have been cheaper but I feel only so much haggling is acceptable...

So I wore this outfit on one of our other day trips to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. After swimming with dolphins, we explored this quaint island off the coast of Cancun in a golf buggy. All I can say is that, the DVLA may have made a bit of a mistake issuing me that pink license....

Trousers/Thrifted; Crop/Primark; Hat/Mexico; Sunglasses/Chloe

Fikki
xx
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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Un Día en la Playa

Thanks to google translator for the title of this post because my spanish begins and end at 'gracias amigo'

The large majority of our 7-day trip was spent lounging on the beach and this is what I wore on one of our lazy beach days. When it comes to swimwear, I normally favour two piece sets that tie up as a halter neck...and this is one of my favourite sets. I wore it with the pair of crochet shorts I have wanted for nearly a year and the bargain hat I bagged a week before jetting off but which I unfortunately lost during the trip :-(

Shorts/H&M; Bikini/Primark; Hat/Primark; Sunglasses/Chloe

Fikki
xx
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Friday, 13 July 2012

In The Sweltering Heat

While in Mexico, it was hot, like unbelievably hot. Its definitely not something I'm used to at all. Wore this for a day of shopping for souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. Had to wear sunglasses cause my face was melting as soon as we stepped out of the comfort of the air conditioning in the hotel. On the trip, Fikki was our chief haggler. I was surprised as to how much she could take down the price of an item which meant we did not pay the extortionate prices they asked for. For example, one of the shops was asking for $15 for a mini fridge miniature bottle of tequila. Haggling was definitely needed!




Dress/Zara; Backpack/Ebay

Lola 
xx

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Travel | Bienvenido a Cancun, Mexico!

Seven days of Sun, Sea and Sand...

A week ago those were the only words I really thought about. Our 7-day trip in Mexico saw us experience everything from the cultural history of the Yucatan peninsula to the notoriously wild clubbing scene of Cancun...Thank you Geordie Shore! 

With our serious clubbing days slowly becoming a thing of the past (the likely culprit = poorer alcohol tolerance), our trip was filled with minimal encounters of the latter experience. So we spent most of our nights drinking cocktails whilst having interesting conversations...you would think we were in our thirties!

As well as visiting one of the wonders of world, we got the chance to swim with dolphins (our friend Kerry's lifelong dream) and absorb some brief aspects of Mexican culture. Guacamole or tortillas anyone? As with every trip, thousands of photos are taken but here are a few that we both think summarise our time in Mexico....
(warning: picture heavy post!)

Snippets of Mexico from Fikki's perspective:
View from our balcony...blue tones of the Caribbean Sea

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