Its my birthday on the 7th of July and I'm freaking out about it as usual. I don't know when I'm going to outgrow this birthday excitement but I'm hoping its not soon....I love LOVE my birthday. From the 1st of July I'm in an absolute tizzy till it arrives, and the glow remains well into the month.
July.....please be good to me.
Love and light xx
p.s. official soundtrack for my month is OMI's 'Cheerleader', not the Euro-trash version by Felix Jaehn that just got released but the original 'Cheerleader; that came out in 2012.
I heard this song for the first time last year and the melody just stuck in my head but I had no idea who sang it, then I saw the original 2012 video early this year and fell in love. I can't get it out of my head, its my absolute favorite song right, its such a happy tune. Like if I'm mad and I play Cheerleader, I'm well.....less mad.
So Maju has always been like that cool underground indie label, that has a cult following but isn't really mainstream, but in the past few months, they blew up like crazy.
I've bought two Maju pieces before HERE and HERE, and I recently added majorly to my Maju collection. My friend Zina of Style Vitae recently started working with the brand and sang their praises so much I found myself on their site one fateful night at 2am....my dears, it was like going down the rabbit-hole, I emerged in Wonderland, poorer and much better dressed.
There are so many amazing things about the collection, the quality, the originality, the affordability and the above par customer service......I wouldn't even know where to begin.
I rocked a few of my buys last weekend;
The Fiola blouse (with my friend Uju Offiah of Meena at the Iamisigo showroom soft launch)
The Alma jacket and Juliette pants to the Kaymu Fashion Event and Beauty in Lagos Beauty Party
These were just the tip of the iceberg and to give you an example of how affordable these clothes are, the three in the above pictures are collectively less than N20,000....for three separate outfits.
Maju is on sale now and I strongly advise you to get over there while the pickings are still rich.
I've been spending a lot of time working on several projects (both blog and work related), so my schedule has been mental and I was really looking forward to a few quiet nights in watching Jane the Virgin (which is a stupendous show btw. I thought it'd be an Ugly Betty doppelgänger but its such a lovely, funny show and Jane's father is my current favorite person), when my friend Amaka (www.makyscorner.com) came into town and pretty much blitzed all my couch potato plans.
From having an empty-ish social calendar, last week was suddenly chock-a-block with all sorts and I gamely participated up until Saturday when my granny immune system kicked in and I fell ill, just for a few hours though, shout-out to Medplus Pharmacy for running an awesome 24 hour practice and being on hand at 1am to pump me full of drugs.
Attended the opening of a fantastic new spot in Lekki, BLD by PLAY. BLD stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they have pretty much the cheapest buffet in Lagos, N2,500 for all you can eat. (see more about BLD HERE)
Unbelievable....yah. BLD is on Admiralty Way Lekki, right by KFC.
It was my darling friend MJ's birthday as well and we had dinner at Crust & Cream, which was so nice. I'd read a scathing review of it on Eat Drink Lagos and I trust the writers with my life so I never bothered going. But that day MJ's brother had organized a lovely little dinner for her there, free dins was in place so I was like why the hell not. Decor was pretty poor as I'd already read, but the food was GOOD, my vegetables were cooked just right, and the seasoning was peak. Service was just regular, food took a bit of time but when it came it was worth the wait.
A few glasses of wine in and we were MERRY
On Friday, attended Amaka's mother-in-laws 70th birthday
On Saturday I attended the Luxury Beauty Brunch organized by World Media PR at Rhapsody's in VI.
It was a lovely event, started an hour and a half late but I've learned that Nigerian time is inevitable, now I just need to teach my Hulk tendencies to calm down and accept it.
Hung out with my girl Samie of Style Vitae
After it we went to the opening of the Hans & Rene Gelateria at the Radisson Blu hotel
It has the trippiest powder room ever, total down the rabbit hole experience. All it needed was a bottle in the corner labelled "drink me"
Same trippy effect in the bathroom, had to take a hallucinogenic mirror selfie with Samie and my sister
Had another event Sunday evening but by the time I'd gone to Evening Mass and made dinner, I was tuckered out. My mum came over to visit and we spent the night gossiping about the Kardashians (my mum wants to be Kris btw)
and one of my bezzies Adanna got married last weekend!
If you live in Abuja or have partied in Abuja you'll definitely have been to PLAY or Candy.
Now the Kings of Abuja nightlife have brought the magic to Lagos with BLD by PLAY.
BLD stands for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and besides a regular menu you can order from they have pretty much the most affordable buffet in Lagos, probably in Nigeria. Only N2,500 for all you can eat, all day.
It launched in Lekki phase 1 a couple weeks ago and I was super impressed by everything. Food was fantastic, prices are reasonable and the decor is seriously stylish.
Besides the regular restaurant, it also has a roof top bar and a lounge called The Louvre.
Rand & Pluto top (get HERE), H&M midi pencil skirt, mini Chanel bag
With one of the owners Charles Okpaleke
BLD By PLAY is at 15a Admiralty Way Lekki phase 1, beside KFC
The lovely art exhibition at the Re Le Art Gallery
According to the Curatorial Statement on the Re.Le site , "In this exhibition ‘STRIP’ we showcase a
collection of nudes in varying degrees by
painters and photographers and we seek to
amplify the body of conversation.
The purpose here is to strip bare, rediscover
and reopen the discourse around the human
form; to provoke keen engagement, investiga-
tion of anatomical information; to deconstruct
myths and truths of power, shame, freedom,
beauty (and more)- the different shades of
attendant feelings that accompany an
encounter with a naked body.
We strongly encourage you to approach these
works stripped of the caution of modesty but
clothed with the courage of an open mind."
Went down there, mind wide open, with my friend Archie
......and left wishing I had N650,000 I wasn't using to buy this piece; 'Queen of the Night' (1st picture on the left) by Isaac Emokpae
Loved these ones by Kelechi Amadi-Obi
and these by Reze Bonna
Other featured artists were Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun, Ibe Ananaba, Ayoola Gbolahan and Logor.
ReLe is at 5, Military street off King George V street, Onikan, Lagos.