SPOTLIGHT ON- UDEOGU NONYE

Hello lovelies, I am back with another Spotlight on with Udeogu Nonye Anne popularly known as Thisthingcalledfashion. An Economics graduate turned blogger, content creator, style influencer and fashion consultant . I have always admired her passion for fashion and the way she creates her content. Her style is chic, sophisticated and embodies the sexiness of a woman without revealing too much. Nonye has successfully made a name for herself in the fashion industry and there is still so much more to see from Nonye and her brand. We had a great time chatting about blogging, fashion, essential tips for shopping on a budget and also doing one of Embellish press on nails.

ON NAILS SARAH JAMES- Do you think your manicure adds to your overall style?NONYE- Definitely, I feel like my pictures pop more when I do my nails, there is just something sophisticated about the pictures when I do my nails.
SARAH JAMES – Do you have any nail restrictions?NONYE- Yes, I don’t like my thumb nail too long because I can’t type well with long thumb nail and all my work is done on my phone.

Embellish Press on Nails

SARAH JAMES – What is your go-to nail color?NONYE- White because it is clean and classy and it’s the color I’m currently drawn to. SARAH JAMES – Where do you get your manicure inspiration from?NONYE- Majorly Pinterest.
SARAH JAMES – If you could choose to wear one color for the rest of your life what would it be?NONYE- White or black

Embellish Press on Nails

ON BLOGGING AND FASHION INFLUENCING SARAH JAMES – How did you first get into fashion blogging/style consultancy? NONYE- I have always wanted to go into fashion, I started my blog in 2016 after my youth service because I wanted a platform where I could share my love for fashion.
SARAH JAMES – When did you start to monetize your blog/services?NONYE- Going into fashion blogging I didn’t think I wanted to turn it into a business, I just did my research on how I wanted my blog to look like and I felt it was easier to enter the fashion industry through a blog because my blog will serve as a portfolio for people to see my love for fashion.
SARAH JAMES – One exciting memory you have had as a fashion influencer.NONYE- Getting interviewed by Spice TV, it’s a channel I take time to watch the shows and I really enjoy it.

SARAH JAMES – Biggest achievement so far…NONYE- Building my brand to a point where I don’t have to apply for jobs, I get to work with upcoming and very well known brands. Using my Instagram page as my CV give has granted me different opportunities.
SARAH JAMES – Biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a blogger NONYE- Been shy and actually properly posing for pictures because the way you pose can either make or break the look you are trying to portray with that outfit, also finding the perfect location for shoots and blocking out distractions.
SARAH JAMES – Challenges you face as a fashion influencer in Nigeria. NONYE- Getting international brands to work with and getting paid by them… you have to look at your audience and the accessibility of the brand. There’s always a bit of a challenge of your audience actually been able to shop from these brands. Secondly because blogging and fashion influencing is something relatively new so it’s difficult to explain my job to people most time especially my parents and their friends.

SARAH JAMES – Top Instagram tip? NONYE- Always engage with your followers regardless of the numbers, over time people would start to comment, use your captions, engage with the content of your favourite bloggers and leave comments on their pages over time they will notice you and so will other people. Also make sure you are dishing out quality pictures, that way people will remember you and want to come back to your page.

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SARAH JAMES – How do you manage working part time and been a blogger and fashion influencer?NONYE- I write my ideas as they pop in my head and develop them in my free time, that has really helped me with my content creating.

Blogger collaboration

SARAH JAMES – Do you have essential tips for shopping on a budget?NONYE- · First you have to know what you already have in your closet· Know the type of outfit you want to shop for that month · Know why you are shopping for that item e.g. corporate event, party, dinner etc. · Make a list of what you don’t have · Prioritize which is most important · Extra tip is to always check if you have what to pair the new outfit with if not it is advisable to shop in looks as paired in the store if you can afford it.

SARAH JAMES – TOP 3 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOWNONYE- As a creative these are the pages @trevour_stuurman @Connawalker @qmike there are more but for now these 3 inspire me.
SARAH JAMES – Do you have a favourite quote you live by?NONYE- What is life without hope.

I definitely enjoyed this and learnt a few things especially the tips on shopping on a budget! I hope you can say the same.
Thank you for reading

SPOTLIGHT ON- SEUN RUNSEWE

SEUN SAYS…I am Seun Runsewe, I am a woman, I work in technology, I have a 2 years old son and I have a business called Biamo which is a mummy gear support company, as of now we produce and sell nursing bras to support women on the motherhood journey from pregnancy to breastfeeding. I enjoy sleeping and read a lot. New things and new challenges excite me and I think that is one of the joys of who I am.

SARAH JAMES- Your favourite nail memory?SEUN– When my friends threw me a baby shower, I remember been so overwhelmed walking into the room and all my friends had everything from dress, make up and Embellish was on nails and it was really quick, dried really quickly, everything was so perfect and it was such a landmark moment for me.When do you notice your nails the most?SEUN– When I just wake up while reading or listening to a podcast.

SARAH JAMES- Do you have any restrictions when it comes to nails?SEUN– Not necessarily, I feel like my nail styles depends on the event if I have a party I can go all out and paint my nails neon, but in my work sector most women are tossed into leadership positions and so your nail color and style should reflect that.

SARAH JAMES- Where do you get your manicure inspiration from?SEUN– Mostly the Embellishbysarahjames page and Instagram generally.
SARAH JAMES- What is your go to nail color? SEUN– I would say nudes with a little bit of bling -from the greys, light pinks, browns and nudes… because of the nature of my work I want to be taken seriously so I shy away from bold colors, but even outside of my work obligations I have always been a nude kind of girl.

SARAH JAMES- How did Biamo come to live?SEUN– I had a really rough experience with my pregnancy, I had a medical condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum and through out I couldn’t find a bra that could support me on that journey from pregnancy to having my baby. It wasn’t until my 3rd trimester that I started wearing bras when I got to the US and I was gifted a nursing bra which was fantastic and I thought why don’t women around here know about this or have access to this or why isn’t it mainstream!I started my research to figure out the best type of fabric, the value buckets a product like this can give to pregnant women and breast feeding mothers and after about a year of research and manufacturing BIAMO was born.

SARAH JAMES- What makes Biamo special?SEUN– Biamo is a very thoughtful product and company as a whole, the personality of warmth and empathy that I have is something I have been able to pass unto Biamo as an entity so that in its self is what makes it special, I see your pain as a mum or someone that is pregnant and I am here to help. Biamo is like a warm loving hug and support system for women in that class.
SARAH JAMES- What inspires you?SEUN– Easy! First my son, my mother and women in general because in the society we have now with our culture I don’t think things are wired for women to win so I am passionate about women creating their own life and winning at it.
SARAH JAMES- What has been your biggest challenge as a 9-5er and a business owner and how have you been able to overcome it?SEUN– Time seems to be the biggest challenge for almost everyone regardless of your field or occupation but been able to prioritize per time makes everything possible.Prioritization makes life easy and been able to merge all the parts of your life and making it your life is what makes it possible. As a mum I want my son to light up when I walk in but also my business as to work, my everything should work. I also have my mum to thank for been hands on with my son, help makes a lot of things possible and easier both at home and at work whether paid help or a family member.
SARAH JAMES- What has been your biggest achievement so far?SEUN– Been able to do all of these things because it takes a while to find that rhythm also learning, I have become so much better at learning fast and been a really good sponge which is in my opinion the most important skill in this century and this gives me a good sense of freedom.
3 things every business owner/ manager should know for business success. 1. Count the cost– Know what it takes to run in your field.2. Hire the best people don’t compromise– Every function deserves it’s own expert. This will help your business run better and deliver quality product/service. 3. Don’t stop selling the dream– Sell to your team, investors, customers.
I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed chatting with her and you learnt a thing or two.Thank you for reading.

SPOTLIGHT ON: IFEOMA AMADI

I met Ifeoma at a bloggers event sometime last year, we got talking and I later took my time to go through her page @thesvnflwr I knew I had to follow her… Her personality, care free, simple but classy lifestyle on a budget of course got me glued and she quickly became one of my favourites, if you don’t know her you should totally check her out after this…

I got her on my Nail Chair and we had a great chat over manicure about nails, life as a student, being an awesome content creator and she gave life lessons she lives by that everyone should too!

ABOUT THESVNFLWR

Ifeoma has been a lover of art and a jack of all trade since she could remember which has led her into Fashion and Lifestyle blogging, content creating and social media management for brands. She’s also a student of the University of Lagos studying Chemistry. Even though Ifeoma can be found in the Chemistry lab, content creating is her favourite thing to do and she would love to do it forever.

SARAHJAMES- IS THERE AN OCCASION WHERE YOU NOTICE YOUR NAILS THE MOST?

THESVNFLWR- My nails are definitely part of my outfit so when I want to shoot for the blog I always like my nails done.

SARAHJAMES- DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF GETTING YOUR NAILS DONE?

THESVNFLWR- The first time I got a gel manicure it felt so cool and exciting, I felt like a ‘big girl’.

SARAHJAMES- DO YOU HAVE ANY SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT TO YOUR NAILS OR A COLOR?

THESVNFLWR- Absolutely! It was love at first sight for me with the color green, I will wear any shade of green without hesitating.

SARAHJAMES- HOW DOES YOUR GO-TO MANICURE COLOR MAKE YOU FEEL?

THESVNFLWR- Subtle, comfortable in my own skin but noticeable and makes a statement.

SARAHJAMES- HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE STUDENT LIFE AND CONTENT CREATING?

THESVNFLWR- Even though my school schedule has been quite flexible sometimes I have to prioritize which is more important at that moment and most times blogging wins.

SARAHJAMES- WHAT HAS MOTIVATED YOU TO STAY CONSISTENT?

THESVNFLWR- Blogging was the only avenue I found when I started 2 years ago to express myself creatively and let out all my ideas and I genuinely like and enjoy what I do, that is what has made me consistent and why I still blog till now.

SARAHJAMES- ONE OF YOUR MAJOR CHALLENGES AS A CONTENT CREATOR IN NIGERIA.

THESVNFLWR- Majority of Nigerians are still not very familiar with content creating so they make it quite difficult for a creative to be free to create content spontaneously with location restrictions and other unforeseen circumstances that could arise.

SARAHJAMES- WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN BLOGGING/CONTENT CREATING SO FAR?

THESVNFLWR- Been recognized by a global brand and creating content for them, that was huge for me.

SARAHJAMES- 3 LIFE QUOTES YOU LIVE BY?THESVNFLWR- In this generation where everyone is trying to figure out their purpose or in a haste to be successful, one quote that has helped me stay level headed is ‘it’s not how far but how well’. So instead of aiming at scoring a goal, I’m more focused on perfecting ways to score a goal which in turn automatically makes it easier to have a goal scored.

No body is a ‘no one’.

Go big or go home, even with your dreams.
A little about the Nails.My mood board before the Manicure and Chat session had a lot of leaves and beach tree vibes and coincidentally she came with a straw bag perfect for the beach and a flowery outfit to match and we were on some beach vibes!

I hope you enjoyed my chat with her as much I did, and you learnt one or two things. Thank you for reading.

REVIEW | CRUST AND CREAM RESTAURANT

Hello everyone!

I am back with another restaurant review.

Some how there is always a back story lol… My girls and I left the mainland all prepared for GTBank food fest, as we got close to the supposed venue my sister says “guys how come there isn’t any traffic this is strange”… we got there and they were still setting up apparently the event wasn’t until the next day! this was us all dolled up ready to have fun and eat till we couldn’t move lol, I don’t know how we all missed the date! We all just laughed and told the Uber to reroute to Crust and Cream, so that’s how I ended up there.

NOW TO THE REVIEW

Crust and Cream is family restaurant, kids friendly, a place you can spend time with friends and family. A new menu will be available in 2 weeks and also a new grill menu for the garden outside for people to chill and hang out

-Mr Khaldoun, Floor Manager, Crust and Cream.

THE AMBIENCE AND HOSPITALITY

The ambience was nice, it was well lit with big windows and a view of the beautiful garden. The timing of the food was great considering the fact that we were 3 and it was a busy day, also the hospitality was alright, the waiters were friendly and ready to attend to us.

I also noticed that the managers came into the dinning area frequently keeping an eye on everything.

The view from my sit.

THE FOOD

Even though it wasn’t my first time at Crust and Cream I didn’t really like what I ordered, it looked very nice when I saw the picture but I have definitely eaten a nicer and more tasty meal from them, I ordered this so I don’t have to order a side of their garlic bread that I love to have with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I had the Stir fry noodles with shrimps, like I said I didn’t enjoy my food at all, the food wasn’t well seasoned, I don’t know if they were been careful with the seasoning but I personally got tired of it quickly, all through all I was thinking was if only I was there when they were cooking this food I would have blessed the food with some maggi lol.

The garlic bread was ok, I had it with the dip olive oil and balsamic vinegar, shalla to crust and cream for not mincing their supplies, we all know olive oil is quite pricy and they almost filled the jar and shalla to my friend Seun that hooked me up with this dip mixture, you should try it, it has this tingling sour taste but let it settle in your mouth first and then chew, trust me you won’t have garlic bread any other way again.

Ope (My sister) and Bisola had the same thing Singaporean Chilli Chicken with a side of Chinese rice, here’s what they thought…

Ope –  ” I love my Singaporean chicken, it tastes amazing, the chicken is very soft and nice and it’s quite a lot, I am impressed with the portion” (actually they both counted it lol, just incase you were wondering they had 20 pieces of chicken balls).

 Bisola – “It has just the right amount of spice that tingles your taste buds and keeps you wanting more to savour the taste in your mouth, it isn’t harsh on the mouth palate”.

They both went home with take away because they couldn’t finish it.

Ope ordered a side of shrimps but she said the shrimps weren’t well seasoned just like mine, it needs some salt and maggi.

Faith(Ope’s assistant)  She had Chicken breast with a side of Chips.

Faith – The chicken is soft, nice and very filling.

THE GARDEN & GRILL PLACE

Mr Khaldoun said the grill menu will be released shortly after the new restaurant menu, I can’t wait to see what they have on the menu, definitely coming back to review that, and for the shisha lovers, this is a cool evening hang out spot.

ARTWORKS

While I  ate I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful artworks on the walls all over the restaurant, this first one is my favorite, it reminds me of myself when I have my afro out, shout out to every natural hair sister out there, xx. I like how their artworks capture life in Lagos and life as an african woman, so beautiful.

BILL

Thank you for reading.