"I like my money right where I can see it: Hanging in my closet" - Carrie Bradshaw

I know I'm awfully late on the fringe trend but, heyy! Better late than never. Eh? (Let me know when I begin to say that too much).

The thing is I'm not exactly sure what season the fringe trend is from. Is it a new trend or is it making a comeback? I remember suede fringe outfits from a time in the past but I'm not sure if that really caught on at any point in Fashion history.

Through late last year to now, you'd however agree with me that fringed outfits have become quite common. I've seen people incorporate them into the hems, necklines and sleeves of their outfits or just wear them wholly as independent outfits.

What I love the most about this trend is how playful it is. This skirt just made me want to shake my non-existent behind and shake it I did. I also love that it gives off an air of sophistication regardless.

I styled my Ankara fringed skirt with my black corset which I previously styled with a circle skirt, here and palazzo pants, here. I paired it with my green pumps (or are they blue?) to give it an edgy appeal.

Because this is a relatively short post, I'll just digress and rant a little about how difficult it is to take pictures in public spaces in Nigeria. I mean, the moment you take out a camera and a tripod, you might as well be wielding a gun!

The guards at the Tinapa Business Resort woke up on this fine day and decided  that the Resort is closed to photographers and photography. Good thing I wasn't in a feisty mood. I'd have given it to them hot. Okay, maybe not. But, yeah, these people need to come up with more ingenious ways fleece money off people. You know that I know that I can darn well take pictures here!!

Now, there aren't a lot rules when it comes to styling fringed skirts but it would help to keep the following tip in mind;

Don't overdo it; If your outfit already includes a fringe skirt, do not add another item with fringes. Also, try to pair your fringed skirt with plain and simple tops. This way, you will have clean lines and the fringes will stand out.

Other ways to style your fringe skirt would include;

  • Layering with with blazers for an elegant finish
  • Pairing with T-shirts for a casual appeal.

Sneakers or pumps can take the look from a day to a night look in just a second.

I hope you found this post useful? Any more tips? Do share with us in the Comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee.

P/S; We're back in business!!! If you would like to own an Ankara Fringe skirt like this, do send us an Email with your size details. Price is N11,500 pere and delivery is free within Abuja.

The Perfect Pre-Wedding Shoot

"Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togevah today. Mawwage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dweam" - The princess bride by William Goldman

Hi everyone, sincere apologies for the long absence and apologies in advance for the fact that I won't be posting as often as I should just yet.

I lost my dad a few weeks ago and between crying and beating myself up over being somewhat distant from him in the weeks before he died, I've not been able to do much else.

It's hard enough to lose someone but it's even worse to deal with the feeling of guilt knowing that you could have been there for them a lot more than you were.

I'm especially thankful to my cousin; Remi and my friends; Eddy, Grace, Uyai and Ehimen that have not grown weary of encouraging me to not blame myself and frankly, allowing me burst into tears randomly. Thank you.

This post has been in my drafts for a while now so I thought to share it with you.

Now, I don't know if there is a reward for the couple with the most ridiculous pre-wedding pictures but Nigerians are well placed to win it. I've seen quite a number of jaw-dropping ones (and definitely not jaw-dropping in a nice way). I'm sure you have too.

Until very recently, I didn't see the need for pre-wedding pictures. Quite frankly, I think they're solely to "pepper them". But, my friends say the pictures are necessary for wedding souvenirs and the likes. I don't quite agree but I think I'm coming around to conclusion that I just might do one.

Definitely not a tacky one and because I love you all so much, here are a few ways to make sure you nail your pre-wedding shoot.

Get a Good Photographer; Believe it or not, your choice of a photographer can make or mar your pre-wedding shoot. You should strive to pick a photographer who knows his/her onions. Not a point-and-shoot guy. He/she doesn't necessarily have to be a top-shot but should be able to work angles in a manner that will flatter you. Most importantly, you want someone that will understand what you want and interpret it appropriately.

A lot of people get carried away with popular brands who do not particularly have the skills to capture moments.

Pick a Theme and Keep it Simple; Pick a theme that you're most comfortable in; a dinner theme, outdoor theme, sporty theme. Whatever makes you at ease around each other. This is important because you want your pictures to give off a very relaxed and natural feel.

I cannot overemphasize the need to keep your shoot simple. Trust me, you do not want to levitate, you do not want to tie your partner up in the trunk of a car. You don't want any of that stuff. Just keep it simple and nice.

Pick Your Outfits Properly; Actually get a stylist (preferably, Me!). You want to wear complementing outfits not uniforms. I mean, lovers not twins! Rather than wear the same colors, you can pick colors in the same palette. That way, both looks are coordinated but not necessarily the same. In the case where there is a favorite color, keep it interesting by accessorizing with it. A lot of one color, especially a strong one can be overwhelming. So, while you wear a red shoe, the bae can don a red tie.

Lose the Cheesy Props; If you ever planned to use any of those extremely mawkish props, you need to hold it right there. I'm sorry.

Throw away the "I said yes" card. Right now. We know you said yes, that's why we're here. Init?

Oya, put those "I'm hers and she's mine" shirts in the bin. We know that you people belong to each other. Were you going to belong to me before?

"Mr. Right, Mrs. Always Right"? Really? You're going to have kids. Is that really the legacy you wan't to leave for them. Aha! I didn't think so.

Illustrations by Justin Irabor

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

A Print Affair With Ice Collections

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself" - Coco Chanel

It's safe to say that my favorite thing in the world is seeing young indigenous Nigerians carve a niche for themselves in the fashion industry.

When Charity Ineji reached out to me for a collaboration, I was literally overjoyed. I promise it has absolutely nothing to do with getting new clothes for free. Focus!

We went back and forth for a while until we agreed on three outfits from her brand, Ice Collection which specializes in making well-tailored female clothing; couture and prêt-à-porter for the quintessential woman.

I didn’t need to see the pieces to know I couldn’t wait to wear them.

The first outfit, a mixed print Ankara cold shoulder print dress was one that I fell in love with at first sight. But then again, I’m obsessed with Ankara. Extra points for mixed prints.
I see myself wearing this to church or work on a Friday.

Add caption

The second dress, a flare off the shoulder Ankara print dress is very fun, flirty and casual..

Initially, I was going to pair it with my Adidas Sneakers but when I put it together with these black sandals, I came to the conclusion that it was a match made in heaven. I would wear this to a lunch date or just a casual afternoon out with friends.

I kind of struggled with the third outfit considering that snugly fitted clothes are not exactly my style. Nevertheless, I love how much it flattered my frame.

I’m not quite sure of where I would wear this to. Church or work maybe? Too selxy for those?

You can find Charity Ineji on Instagram here at or on Facebook here. You can also send her an Email!

Which outfit is your best? How else would you style them? Would you be ordering from her? Don’t go without leaving us a comment.

Until Next Time,
It’s Tee

Something for Valentines

"What if all I am is the broken lyrics of a broken song on a a broken record held gently in the broken hands of a broken man? What if despite all that I was still the song that made you smile" - Tyler Knott Gregson

You know, I've never really understood the fuss about Valentines. I mean, why wait for one day out of 365/366 in a year to show love to a loved one?

Lol! I'm joking please. Does anybody have a spare Valentine that they're not using?

Now, is it just me or has just about every girl become obsessed with being in a relationship? It's okay to be single guys! There's no need to rush. Relationships will happen or not. And honestly, that's okay.

Until very recently, I didn't think myself to be an emotionally expressive person. I'd see my friends "ooh" and "ahh" over surprise gifts or visits, acts of service from their significant others and I'd just be like Nah! Non! Rah rah! Not me!

At this point, I think I'm even more emotional that everyone of them and frankly, that's not helping my street cred.

I've realized that words of affirmation are a pretty easy way to get to my heart. For some reason, I just want to hear how much I mean to you. Right after that is quality time then physical touch. I don't particularly care much about gifts; probably because, half the time, I don't even know what I want but don't let that stop you, go for it.

My outfit today is an oldie but hopefully, still a goodie. I did this shoot sometime early last year when circle skirts were still a thing and didn't quite know what to do with it. Styled with a basic black corset and maroon poms, I figured it just might inspire someone's Valentine outfit. 

So, what are ya'll doing today?

Happy Valentines,
It's Tee

Vintage with Sarah Audu X Giveaway Winner

"The joy of dressing is an art" - Diana Vreeland

Hi everyone! In my New Year Post, I promised you some collaborations eh? I'm making good on that promise so here's what Sarah Audu of and I got up to last weekend.

Also, the winner of our last week's giveaway will be announced in this post, so stay with me.

Sarah and I had actually been in talks for a collaboration since last year but for some reason, our schedules never quite agreed.

Last weekend, our stars finally aligned and we decided to show you how to wear Vintage like a style star.

We met up somewhere around Maitama District Hospital because we wanted to use the telephone booth there for props. But true to Abuja's faux airs and graces, we were told off from taking pictures there. We drove around for a bit until we found a cluster of foliage that worked just fine.

Between posing and generally getting the pictures to work, Sarah and I had quite a nice time hanging out. Sort of felt like we were old buddies catching up. Big deal for me considering that I'm really shy and always totally awkward at first meetings.

I love how we both interpreted the theme very differently. Sarah opted to pair her Vintage shirt with a red midi skirt and I decided to style my Vintage shirt (from Retrocode, here) with a pair of mom jeans (from Vintage Closet9ja, here) and my Adidas sneakers (from Shoesareus here, which you're going to be seeing an unhealthy lot of).

Apparently, moms really do know best. After decades of bring the subject of derision, mom jeans are now a thing. A very fashionable thing too.

They're extremely comfortable and very versatile as they can be dressed up or dressed down to suit any occasion. Honestly, this piece just went all the way to the top of my favorite tends.

A few other ways to style your mom jeans are;

Pair with stiff jackets and coats to give off an androgynous vibe.

Make cut-outs or cuffs at the hem to show off your calves and give it a relaxed and casual feel.

Pair with heels to dress it to the nines.

Baggy sweaters and jumpers add a sophisticated 80s feel.

Throw on a button down shirt and a tailored blazer to make it work appropriate.

Quite frankly, you can almost do no wrong with mom jeans.

However, do remember to define and accentuate your waist with a belt (or just make sure that the waist line is tight enough). Mine is loose, I know. Just do as I say and not as I do.

After careful consideration, the team picked Ebun Bello to be the winner of the Ankara bell-bottom and bell-sleeve set. (Kindly send us an Email with your delivery address please.) They put into consideration uniqueness of comment and the size of the outfit. (I'm ridiculously tiny).

In the future, we will tailor giveaway outfits specifically for their winners so that everyone has a fair chance.

What would you like to see on the blog this year? What fashion brands and bloggers would you recommend for collaborations? Do leave us a comment.

Thank you for participating,
It's Tee

Bell Bottoms & Bell Sleeves X Giveaway

"Life isn't perfect, but your outfit can be"

Before we begin, the Ankara set featured in this post is up for grabs. The rules are embedded somewhere in this post, so stay with me.

Second and third on the list of trends (first being the slip dress) that I hope stay through 2017 are definitely bell bottoms and bell sleeves.

Bell bottoms, also known as flares in some circles have been around for quite a while. They moved into mainstream fashion in the 70s after Sonny and Cher wore them on their television show.

In 1996, they were reintroduced in different variations like the boot-cut and in 2016, they came back better with even more variations like the high-low bell bottoms.

For this post, I decided to style my Ankara bell bottom pants with an off the shoulder bell-sleeved top.
Both pieces are actually very easy to style; as a two-piece like I did here, or as separates paired with other pieces. In as much as they're very eccentric and not your typical go-to pieces, they're very versatile and can work with a lot of other wardrobe staples.

A few tricks to keep in mind while styling your bell bottom pants would include;
  • Keep it very skinny on top while letting it flare out at the knee. Well, unless you're Jennifer Lopez, then every and any thing goes.
  • The pants give a lot of length to the legs so try to keep your stilettos at medium height.
  • Keep it simple. Don't go overboard. It'd be easy to end up looking like a character from Gold Member and you definitely don't want that.

To win this outfit, all you have to do is tell us how you would style it (Either as a set or as separates) and where you would wear it to in the comment section. The winner will be picked at random and communicated in the next post. 

Good Luck,
It's Tee

The Slip Dress (Night to Day)

"Fashion should be a form of escapism not a form of imprisonment" - Alexander McQueen

I don't know which fashionista made wearing bed/night wear as an outer garment cool, but I'm thankful to you sister! I'm all here for anything at all that is pro-comfortable fashion.

The slip dress, (a very welcome throwback to the 70s and 90s) is slinky and very sexy. My style is not exactly sexy as you might have noticed by now, but variety is the spice of life. Eh?

This is definitely one of my favorite trends of 2016 and I hope it stays through the better part of 2017.

In this post, I tried to channel my inner Riri (I'm not sure you guys know, but I absolutely adore Rihanna. Can you blame me? The girl is perfect!) by transforming what would otherwise be a night wear into a funky day wear.

For the first look, I dressed-up my slip dress with a pair of black heels. Naturally, I'd campaign for a lot of accessories to bring out this look: a distinct necklace or choker, bracelets and a pair of statement earrings, but I think the only accessories I own are a pair of earrings my mom gave me.

This look would be perfect for a dinner date or a fun night out with friends.

For the second look, I decided to ditch my black heels for a pair of Adidas sneakers.

 I threw on my Retrocode denim shirt which I previously styled here, as an afterthought.

The aim was to achieve a very casual and relaxed feel.

So on a scale of 1- Rihanna, how well did i style these looks?

Now, as glamorous as they may seem, slip dresses tend to look exactly like negligees so be careful to style it in such a way that you don't look like you just rolled out of bed.

Other ways to style a slip dress would include; 

  • Layering it over a basic T-shirt
  • Layering it over a a structured button-down shirt
  • Pairing it with duster jackets, bomber jackets, varsity jackets, kimonos and coats.
Don't you just love the versatility of the slip dress!

Which look was your favorite? Don't go without leaving us a comment.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee