Tuke's Quest: 2014

2014 Goal audit

Hey Guys

How are you? Have you done an end of year review? How did you fare?
I started off my year with 10 goals, I did a review in May and now I'm doing the final year review.
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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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This post is LONG OVERDUE.

Ugo of The Beautiful Eagle nominated me for this award aaaages ago, on the 11th of September to be precise and Amaka of Seyon Hundeyin nominated me for it on the 28th of October.

The award is passed from sister blogger to sister blogger and there are just 4 conditions you have to meet when you accept the award


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Restaurant Review: Petit Paris

Hello People 

Happy New Year's Eve, Aahhhhhhhh, 2015 is a couple of hours away, how are you feeling about the New Year? I'm excited, very excited tbh, you'll find out why once my end of year goal audit post is up.

I'm not sure how many posts I'll put up today, it might be 2, 3, 5 or 10, just keep refreshing this page. Oh yeah, I've got a couple of spare tickets for the lagos countdown concert so if you are interested in them, simply send me an e-mail (tuke_morgan@hotmail.com). I got my screen fixed yesterday, whoohoo, my laptop is looking all fresh and clean :)

Now to the koko of this post, I mentioned here that I had dinner at a wonderful restaurant over the weekend. It is a cute, cosy and quiet spot in Lekki called Petit Paris. I went there sometime in October to play the sax with Niyi for a surprise birthday dinner and I promised myself that I would go back and try out their food.

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Flower Power

Hey Guys!

How was your weekend? Have you rested from all the christmas activities? I attended two amazing shows this weekend and had dinner at a wonderful  restaurant, posts about them coming soon.

Happy Monday by the way, it's the last one in 2014, make it count!

 I wore this dress to my cousin's wedding in Uganda. It's from Matalan, shoes and bag are from peacocks like in this post and this post

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Restaurant Review: Cafe Javas

Sup peeps?

Ever heard of Cafe Javas. it's a pretty popular food chain in East Africa and I went there on my last day in Uganda.
I expected it to be similar to starbucks but it ended up being way better. I got a Caramel Milkshake which was absolutely delicious, it was definitely made with Expensive Ice cream like Ben & Jerry's/Blue Bunny, not the cheap Value range stuff.

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Make up brushes

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Happy Boxing Day!!

How did you spend your day? Resting or turning up? I did a bit of both :)
I got a longed for present from my family members yesterday, perfect present too. A set of 12 professional make up brushes and a beauty blending sponge, Yayyy Me :)


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Merry Christmas Folks

Merry Christmas Folks, Hope you are all enjoying your day! My laptop screen spoilt last night which kinda sucks but yeah, I managed to edit this post somehow. Spent my day at home with family and we are heading to my cousin's house in a bit for banga and fire works :)

I haven't got a Santa Hat or any Christmassy props but I did try and incorporate some red into my outfit. My necklace is from the Abuja arts and Crafts Market, I wore it in my first ever photoshoot with Linguini and it only cost 1k. My shift dress is from H and M, I would never wear it out with heels though. I'm more comfortable wearing short dresses overseas, anyone else feel the same way. Heels are from Forever 21 and Bag is from DKNY.
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The Marble Arch x The Green Swing

So I wore this outfit on my last day in Uganda, we went to the arts and crafts market and I got some really nice earrings and a couple of presents. My cousin's took the piss out of the way I take pictures and change my poses so easily. Magazine editors and ad agencies, come and use me o, I'm ever ready for the pictures!

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Christmas Beauty A'fair

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I'm back in Lagos and it's good to be home. I'm going to be posting quite a lot till the end of the year. I want to put up at least 16 more so I end the year with an even number of 130 post or maybe I'll just do 6 and end with 120, we'll see. I really don't want any unfinished articles in my drafts folder.

So I'm starting off with my Haul from the Christmas Beauty A'fair. I had a budget of 10k, that was all I took out of the atm and I didn't go over it, Yayy me! The fair happened the same day I wore my orange dress.
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Olori 'Damage Be Gone' Deep Conditioning Treatment

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So, this is my review of the Olori Deep Conditioning Treatment which I was gifted at Naturals in the city 9, it got a little mention in my wash day post too. The owner, Toyin Odulate, was really sweet, she's worked with organisations like L'oreal, Accenture and MTN . Her grandfather invented Alabakun powder, this product creation thing is obviously in their genes.
Love the bag
and the packaging too
So, Olori Cosmetics is a natural African bath and body company. The "Damage Be Gone" Deep Conditioning treatment is an affordable luxury product made using a recipe that has been in her family for years. The ingredients are 100% natural/organic and were sourced from six states namely Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Abuja, Kebbi and Kano. (I've only been to one of these states o, imagine!)

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First Things First

I'm the realest, something something something something something. I really don't know the lyrics to all these American rap songs and I'm not interested in learning but I heard a lot of them yesterday which is why this blogpost is titled so.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you should know I'm out of the country at the moment. I'm in Uganda for my cousin's wedding, all the wedding celebrations ended yesterday, today is a day of rest. It's 5pm and one of my cousin's is still sleeping, much needed rest.

It's my first time in this part of Africa, the only other African Country I've been to is Ghana and that was in 2003 so I'm really glad that my parents sent me here to represent them. I went to Seme Border in secondary school for excursion but I'm not sure that really counts as going to Benin Republic or does it?

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Orange Twirl

Hey Guys,

How are you doing? My play, Band Aid is tomorrow at Muson, I must see some of you there o!
I  wore this outfit on Sunday to the Christmas Beauty A'fair, haul post coming soon, I got a lot of much needed makeup goodies :)

I went with Teni (from this post)  and Mosope (from this one). Wore my hair in a puff but I thought it looked slightly boring/plain so Mosope kindly gave me 2 of the Bobby pins in her hair. I put one on each side to create that frohawk effect. I think it came out nicely/added a little spunk to the outfit, what do you think?

This dress used to be one of my favourites, I bought it from Dorothy Perkins sometime in 2012, you might catch a glimpse of it in my birthday timeline post. Heels are from Zara via Kampke as seen in this post.

Oh, yeah, this lip colour isn't one I own but  it is LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Coy. Shop Sisi matched my foundation at the Beauty Fair and tried it out on me, it's very lilacy and different from any lip colour I've ever tried.

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Printastic :)

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Remember the skirt from this post, well it has to be one of my favourite fabrics, I made many items of clothing from it and this top is one of them. My Riding Pants are from American Apparel and my flats are from Kampke.com (really affordable and comfy). I wore this outfit to the Block Party on Saturday. Pictures were taken by Mosope (from this post & this post) and Teni (from this post).

Oh yeah, the top was made by Eniola (from this post), send me an email tuke_morgan@hotmail.com if you would like to make something similar. Check out Kampke too, they've got some really nice printastic items.

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Wash Day!

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I took my weave (from this post) off about 2 weeks ago, had it in for 3 weeks. I got tired of straightening the leave out. Even though the ORS Straightening and Strengthening Treatment leaves my hair in a stretched form for 3 weeks, it isn't bone straight so my hair wasn't blending in with the weave the way I wanted as seen here and here. If you check out this post, you'll see the transition in texture over the 3 week period when I had the ORS treatment in.

Back in Uni and A levels, I used to keep my braids in for 3 months, I would keep them in for the whole term, how things have changed. I was really excited for my first wash day after the weave as I was extremely eager to try out the Olori Deep Conditioning Treatment.
My Coconut Oil has almost run out which is why I got some at the block party
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Block Party with some Cool Kids

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I had a really busy/fun weekend. Started off with The Experience on Friday and then loads of activities on Saturday. Mosope (purple lips) and Teni (headscarf) slept over and Harira lives in my estate so we hit the streets together.

Our First stop was a make up store in Lekki as they were  doing 50% off and it was ending on Saturday. Sadly, they didn't have many of the items on my list and there were no foundation samples either so I ended up going for the Christmas Beauty Affair the next day (i.e. Sunday).

Our next stop was a Garden Party organised by Harira's church, The Waterbrook and it was held at Bistro 7. It was a really cool initiative, we got there towards the end of the event, they had already eaten. It was a strictly female party, free pedicures and manicures. Ladies were split into groups based on their age and were having discussions. My group spoke about purpose, relationships and other life issues, We left as the cooking competition was about to begin.

The whitespace creative agency in Ikoyi had a block party and the Kinky apothecary had a stall there. I restocked on my coconut oil and whipped shea butter. One of my friends DJ-ed too, his name is Obinna and he is a cool kid (Follow him on instagram @pretty_coool). I bumped into a lot of old and new friends and took loads of pictures.

Enjoy!
Mosope and Harira
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The Experience 2014

Hey Guys :)

Hope you had a great weekend!

I had a pretty busy one and it involved a sleepover too. In my previous post, I mentioned that I had a couple of spare tickets for the Experience and a number of my readers emailed me saying they were interested.

I just want to say a big Thank you to all of you who read my blog, I wasn't really sure if anyone would email saying they wanted one. It was a nice feeling knowing that some people I haven't seen or spoken to in years, my senior's and junior's in Secondary school and even a mother read my blog.

There's a difference when someone says "I read your article" and "I read your article and the phrase about fishes climbing trees really resonated with me". I'm glad my words have some sort of impact, no matter how little, the person was referring to this NYSC post on Bella Naija by the way.

I wasn't actually planning to write about The Experience but my dad asked when it was coming out and I found it sweet that he had actually read the previous one.

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My experience at the Experience 2013

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So I attended The Experience for the first time last year and it was an amazing event. I actually wrote about it so that my friend's who couldn't make it would know how it went. This year's own is happening at TBS today and it's free. I have some extra VIP tickets so leave a comment or send an email if you're interested. (tuke_morgan@hotmail.com)

I recently read my recount of last year's event. It was interesting to read and I noticed my writing style has changed slightly, I don't think I am as descriptive as I used to be.

As we drove into TBS, I was pretty impressed at how organised everything was. I went with my Uncle, Pastor Sola Fola-Alade, his PA and my cousin, Teni. We walked towards the VIP entrance, and the protocol people welcomed us eagerly, then informed the Protocol people at the stage that Pastor Sola was being escorted over with 3 guests. 

We went through a security turnpike then proceeded to the main arena and I was overwhelmed by the size of the crowd. I have been to TBS a number of times, particularly for RCCG programs but I have never seen it sooo full. There was literally no space in the bleachers, the stage was wonderfully lit, everything was On Point!

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My HSF Spa Experience

Hello Readers :)

How are you?

I had a really amazing experience at HSF Wellness Centre in Ikoyi last week. Remember Feyi Adesanya, she took the pictures in this post and blogs at The Modish Method. Well, she messaged me one day in November and asked if I would be interested in a free spa day. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. I haven't gotten a professional massage since I went to China in 2012. Read on to get the lowdown :)
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It's December, Baby!!

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Happy New Month!

2014 is almost over, it isn't too late to achieve those goals you set at the beginning of the year. I'm working on mine and would do a final goal audit post on the last day of the year. But check out my 5 month audit here. If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I'm going to be in a play next week, It's called Band Aid and I'm really excited for it.


My readers, you must come and watch it o, I'll be acting and playing the sax too. If you want a 1k discount for the 6:30 show, send me an email (tuke_morgan@hotmail.com) and I'll let you know how. Tickets for the 1pm and 4pm show are being sold for 2k on Dealdey at the moment so buy yours ASAP as the offer expires in 5 days. Also, if you love to shop at Mango and would like a N25,000 giftcard at a 20% discount, send an email to tuke_morgan@hotmail.com and I'll holla back.

I went for the Eloy Awards on Sunday with my friends, the twins from this post. Sisi Yemmie won blogger of the year, whoohoo, Big Congratulations to her!! Would you like to read about my experience there? It was pretty different from what I expected. My best friend, Mosope, who was also featured in this post is going to be a year older in 2 weeks and 2 days, she's a December Baby.

Hope you enjoy her style feature!

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Feeling Peachy

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a bit of a throwback post, maybe because I'm missing my fro too. These pictures were taken on the 31st of August, about 3 months ago. I wore this to church and got my cousin to take pictures when we got home as I was feeling like a ballerina. The pastel colours made me feel super girly, hehe.

The skirt is super old and it's from Primark. My fellow blogger, diary of a fashion enthusiast has rocked it here and here. The top is my trusty old leotard as seen in this post and this too. Flats are from Bershka as seen here and here & the necklace is from Forever 21.


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My Kampke Experience

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So, I don't know about you but I've got big feet, especially considering the fact that I'm 5ft4. I'm a UK size 7, 7.5 or 8 depending on the store. I got an email from kampke 2 weeks ago asking me to join their fashion affiliate program, I gladly agreed. However, the thing is I'm trying not to buy any more clothes this year but I am allowed to buy shoes as I need some. I don't own any open toed sandals but Imma get some soon.

So, I ordered 3 pairs of shoes at about 11am last week Friday: Zara T-Bar Sandals, Zara Court Shoes and then some Rax Max Ballerina Flats. I got a call almost immediately confirming my order and I got the shoes before 6 that day. The dispatch guy went to my house first but I was still at work so he brought them to my office. I tried them on, the flats were too big and so were the Zara T-Bar Sandals but the Zara Court Heels fit perfectly.
I stressed him sha but he's still smiling
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NYSC Series III: My Camp Experience Day 1

So, a lot of my friend's have been posted to Lagos Camp and their journey as an Eko Kopa begins tomorrow. I'm pretty excited for them, I know they'll have a blast as long as they embrace the experience. I started a group on facebook before NYSC started where I shared tips on surviving camp and stuff we needed to get, in terms of camp prep. Plus people made friends with other people posted to their state before they got to camp. It was a closed group before (quality control reasons), so I had to accept people or they had to be invited by a member of the group, I've made it public now so anyone can read the posts.

Okay, so while in camp I wrote down notes about each day on my phone. I had a bb torch at that time (I still have it but I have my Iphone as an add-on) and I didn't take my camera with me so sadly, I haven't got many pictures to share. Try and visualise as you read sha.

Day 1


So, the first day of Camp has been rather interesting, got to the venue at about 10 O'clock. Was accosted by people selling buckets, soap boxes, ID Card holders and people offering to take passport photographs at the gate.
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Naturals in the City 9 x M & F Designs

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So I split my weekend post into 2 because  it makes categorisation and organisation easier & there are a lot of pictures too. I put up a post on Instagram about Naturals in the City 9. I went for the 8th edition and blogged about it here. If you read my recount of the 8th edition, you would realise I was still new to blogging then and I was kinda shy too. Now, I've been for more blogger related events so I'm not as shy when people recognise me and I'm a bit more comfortable with the socialising.

I went there with a number of my friends, some of my closest friends from Secondary School and one of my blogger friends, who won one of my old giveaway's and was my plus 1 for the Savvy and Chic floral party. Her name is Dami, she blogs here and you'll see a picture of her soon.

So, we got there pretty late, at about 4, the event was billed to start at 1:30, but I had other commitments first, like the Family Fun Day. There were stalls in the gallery of the social place, didn't even take any pictures there, sorry. Alice did though, check out her blog, you might just spot me there *wink*, Sisi Yemmie took some pictures too. African Naturalistas, Olori, Midas Naturals and many other hair vendors were there. Shout out to Olori for gifting me a sample of their deep conditioning treatment. I can't wait to try it out, I've heard so many good things about it. Expect a review once my weave is off.

The talks were happening in another room. I got in at the end of the last talk by Adura and people were asking loads of questions. The giveaway was held too, the prizes weren't as plentiful as the ones from the NITC 8. I think I preferred NITC 8 as an event, probably because it was the first Natural Hair event I went to so I learnt a lot and I missed most of the talks at this one.

Plus I had other things I had to get done at this event. Do you remember my friend Bunmi, from this review, Well she blogs here, is a twin and I've known them since 2002, 14 years. They launched their business yesterday and I took pictures of the designs. Mosope took the pictures that I am not in.

Lamide and Zainab Balogun of the Spot were at NITC9 too but I didn't feel the need to famz with them/say hi. If I bumped into them last year, I would have been such a groupie, but that's life I guess, you grow and little things don't faze you anymore.

Sandra of Naija Girl Next Door
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My 100th Post

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This is my 100th post and it's pretty exciting. I wasn't even going to make this post special as I have a backlog of posts waiting to be edited and published. One of my lovely blog readers even sent me a DM on twitter that she can tell work's been keeping me busy as blog posts have been few and that's the truth. But, I'll choose quality over quantity any day and like I said I'm learning to prioritise.

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Family Fun Day

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Happy Monday!

Hope you had a good weekend.

Well, I did, my Saturday was very busy. My church organised a Family Funday and it was my first time going for one at this church as I was in NYSC Camp last year and Uni for the 3 years before that. I was placed in Red house, never been in red house before. I was in Yellow House (Topaz) in Primary School, Blue House (Opal) in Secondary School and Yellow House (Barat) during A-levels. That is why Blue and Yellow are my favourite colours, like I mentioned in this post.

So I wore my dad's fila (cap), haven't worn one in ages, wore my sister's polo shirt as I didn't like the other red shirts I found, my jeans which I cut off into shorts aaaages ago and my flossy's (same as this post).

I look really sporty, but I'm not really that sporty. I can play Lawn and Table Tennis confidently, won medals for those sports back in the day, but I'm not an athlete, I no dey run. In secondary school, I marched every year and I Loved it, probably because in primary school I wasn't allowed to March as they said my legs and back weren't straight :(
They wanted me to do relay at the fun day sha, I took part in the trial run and came second but I had to leave before it was time for the relay race.

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ORS Hair update

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This is a follow up post to the Hair Experiment and a review of the ORS Strengthening and Straightening Treatment.  Read the first post so you understand the process.

An anonymous reader left a nice question filled comment on the post so I will be addressing all her questions and sharing pictures of my hair during the time period.

Day 1
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A day at the Beach

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How are you? Hope you've been good. An article I wrote was put up on Bella Naija last week Thursday, it brought in a lot of views and new readers too :) Welcome to my blog folks, all aboard, hope you enjoy the journey!

I don't go to the beach often because
1) I can't swim
2) My parents don't like my siblings and I going due to their experiences e.g. loosing friends at the beach
3) I didn't grow up doing it so now I don't really go unless I have to

You all now I started a new chapter of my life a few weeks ago. My office had a little community event which is like a day of bonding for all the staff. This year's own was at Ilase Beach.
Now I've been to Ilase once before, when I was much younger, well in 2009. I went with my cousins, aunty and uncle. I can count the number of times I've been on a boat/ship.

One time in London when I went on a River Thames cruise with my mum, dad, sister and cousin. I think it was 2006/7, it moved really slowly and the tour guide was just telling us about the different tourist sights we were going past. I remember he said if you wave at people on one of the bridges you would have good luck for 13 years or maybe it was 7, I waved sha.
The second time was a paddle boat at some park in london, it was a little pond and we rowed with our feet, nothing scary
The third time I went on a boat was the first time I went to Ilase, the wind was in our hair and it was a pretty small speed boat

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Polka Dot Party in my Twenty Six Skirt

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Awon outfit post lovers, Ba wo ni? So wa pa? Ise nko? Aye nko?
My Yoruba isn't the best but at least I understand and I try small small.
Oh yeah, the translation of the words above = How are you? Are you good? How's Work? How's Life?

I Love this Polka Dot skirt and there is a story behind it, GIST TIME!
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Food Fiasco

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As I mentioned in this post, I am now a working class chick, remember my first workflow post?!. My colleagues and I typically order food from a local Buka and this costs between N300 and N500 depending on my order. Their Jollof Rice isn’t great so I typically get White Rice or Pasta. You all know I love good food, that's why I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 posts which focus mainly on food/restaurants, Wow, I thought I only had like 7.

I budget 3k for food per week, Buka food 4 times a week and then a treat like Tantalizers or Chicken Republic once a week, typically on Friday. I really wanted something different yesterday, was bored of the buka food already so I went on Hello food and City chops. I was slightly overwhelmed by the wide range of options available and my colleagues aren’t too adventurous with food so we decided to go with safe ol' Chicken Republic.

Took this picture sometime in August, I love their wings too.
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NYSC Series II: Attachments

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I know you have been waiting to read about my camp experience, it's in the works. I didn't have an Iphone at that time so I need to scan all the hard copy pictures I have and upload them to my computer before I put the post up, long thing, but Imma do it soonish. Batch C has started camp in most states but most people I know got Lagos and they don't start camp till the 26th. By that time, my NYSC posts will be up, tips, experience, pictures, the whole she bang. Until then I've got this really interesting post for you. Oh yeah, if you haven't read the first part of the series, start here

Bimpe sent me an email saying she loves my blog and would love her article to be shared on it. I got really excited because it's nice to know my blog is read by people I haven't met personally. It makes me happy :D 

I read through her post and realised we had three mutual friends, small world and she found out about my blog through Niyi Sax on twitter. I'm pretty quiet on there but it's good to know that the little activity/noise I've made on there has had an impact. She has a tumblr page which y'all should check out and there's a little bio about her at the end too.

Enjoy :)

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Day to Night: Double Denim

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Happy Monday :)

If you follow me on Instagram, you would realise I got a new look, haven't done a weave since May and I only did it then because it was my mum's 50th. I can count the number of times I've done a weave on my fingers. I've always been more of a braids girl but yeah, a little change is always good.

My sister and I traded weaves since September but I lost my closure and I didn't want to leave my hair out so that's why I was just rocking my fro. I left a little hair out this time around but I used the ORS straightening and strengthening treatment on the section of the hair I left out. I'll do a review/update post on the product soon, but just so you know, it lasted for 4 weeks :)

I got my hair done on Saturday and took these pictures after church on Sunday. I wore it with my flossy's from this post to church but I never really wear my Loafers so decided to give them some love. It's weird but I tend to express my tomboyish tendencies when I have long hair because I know the hair makes me look girlyish so I can dress like a guy and people won't be asking questions, you feel me? Someone said I look like a Lioness when the hair is out, imagine that!! Do y'all agree?

I haven't done a day to night post since the first one in August so here's another one for you :)

Hope you like it!!

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Workflow: Cobalt Co-ordinates

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So, I wore this outfit to the Beauty Expo but decided to do a separate outfit of the day post so that when I do revamp my blog it'll be easy to categorise the posts. I was featured on my friend, Tolu's blog, it's called Cocophemie so check it out. She's hosting a giveaway too, so if you want to win some hot heels click here.

Now, this outfit was slightly inspired by Eki, The Chamaleon Blogger as seen here. I wore this jacket the last time I was in Abuja and the skirt has been featured on this blog before. I was actually on the phone to my friend Mosope when I was getting dressed and I was saying I don't know what to wear o, then voila, I discovered this skirt at the back of my cupboard and this outfit was made.

I think this outfit is Smart Casual so will be permissible at some organisations thus it's the second outfit in the workflow series :)


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Beauty Expo Haul

Hey Guys!

Happy New Month.

Make this November one to remember, the year is almost over, gotta make it count. This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a while, hope you enjoy it.

Oh, by the way, did you guys notice something? The previous post was my 90th one and I hit 50,000 views over the weekend too. Thanks for reading and liking and commenting and sharing, I appreciate y'all, Mwaahhh!!

So I'm sure you heard about the Beauty Africa Exhibition which took place exactly 4 weeks ago, it was all over the blogosphere. I went on the second day which was dedicated to hair and I got there about 10 minutes before it ended for the day.


It was advertised that vendors would sell products at discounted prices so my first stop was the Zaron stand. I got 3 lip pencils at N708 each. I got an eye shadow/blending 2 in 1 brush for N1,000 and Black Opal Concealer in Truly Topaz for N1,500 from Kuddy Cosmetics. 

There were loads of freebies left even though the event had more or less ended for the day. Check out my Dark and Lovely Goodies, i'm really excited to try out the Cholesterol Conditioning Mask.
The guy spelt Tuke as Tuhe, need to work on my letter K
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Lime Stripes

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I know I haven't put an outfit post up here in a while, one of my closest friends said she only checks my blog when she sees an outfit post on Instagram. As I was typing this up, another friend called to ask about restaurants in Lagos as he is helping a friend organise a party. It's funny how different people check my blog for different things. There's a poll on the side bar for you to choose what kind of posts you like.

I wore this dress to church on Sunday as my church celebrated it's 20th year anniversary and my dad said I should wear a touch of green. At the beginning of October I was trying to wear a little green everyday in the spirit of Patriotic citizen, Nigeria's Independent month,etc but I stopped at a point, oh well.

This dress is one of those pieces in my wardrobe that I bought solely because it bears the colours of the Nigerian flag. I got it from Forever 21 and I also have it in Peach (XS, same size as the lime one). I haven't worn that yet (Well, my sister bought it but it's too big for her so it's just sitting there in the cupboard gathering dust, if you want it, leave a comment saying so and where you would wear it to then I'll pick a winner, leave your email address too please)

Oh yeah, picture overload alert!!
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Savvy and chic floral themed party!

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This post is coming super late, 1 month and 1 day after to be exact, the Garden party was on September 28th and today is October 29th. I'm sure you've already read all the other blogger's recount of the event. If you haven't check out Naija Hair Can grow, Barbara 1923, Larger than Life, Chloe's Makeover, Sisi Yemmie, Berry Dakara, Fab Diva Writes, African Naturalistas, In Fashion Rehab, Those Natural African Curls, Naija Girl Next Door, Oluseyefunmi (My +1), Don't touch the hair, Zinna of Style Vitae, Leez Nijis and  Kl's Naturals. Some are Beauty bloggers, some are lifestyle bloggers, some are Natural Hair Bloggers while others are Fashion Bloggers.

That weekend was a very busy one for me, I hadn't gotten much sleep. One of my cousin's was recovering from Surgery so I was dashing in and out of the hospital.  Plus Daddy GO came to my church that Sunday so I didn't leave church till pretty late.

The venue which is called The Social Place was beautifully decorated, Shout out to Tolagbe, the owner (my cousin) for the amazing decor. When we got there, Emmanuel Oyeleke was taking pictures of bloggers in groups like the one below and then I found the seat with my name on it.


Very Pretty, right

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The Next Chapter

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So I take blogging pretty seriously, I enjoy doing it and I see the potential for growth in the long run. I like to have 3/4 posts a week and even numbers at the end of the month. Last week I tried something, posting every weekday but friday. I wanted to do the same this week but life has been real and I don't like the fact that I haven't posted all week, I apologise for slacking

Remember that interview I went for, I got the job and I Thank God for that. I started the day after I was done with NYSC so let's say I was immersed into the real world pretty quickly.
Coming from an 8 to 3 to an 8 to 6 might not seem like much but it is taking a little toll on me to be honest. Plus I really miss my CD day which was a day for re-energising.

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NYSC Series I: Gold

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Like I mentioned in my previous post, the NYSC Series begins today and I'm starting off with an article a friend of mine wrote on my pass out day. His name is Akinyemi and he wrote it for myself and my friend, T. Now, T had been saying NYSC is almost over, we are about to become gold. I really didn't get it, thought he just made it up but apparently it is a popular saying. You'll understand why Corpers are told they become gold after reading this article.

This is Akinyemi during his Man o'War Training


Enjoy and do leave a comment. It's slightly annoying/disappointing when effort goes into writing a post and no one comments, the views are there but comments make it interactive and are really encouraging. Some people call me and say Awww, Detuke, I like your blog, keep it up, etc. I appreciate the calls and messages but the impact is greater when you leave a comment beneath the post. You don't need to have a google profile to leave one by the way, there is an option to leave one anonymously so yeah, Leave a comment today.

This is specially dedicated to my Corper friends (I know of just 2) who turned to Gold today.
Now the year is over. At the beginning, It looked like the end of National service will never come.  But now, I am sure it feels like it started yesterday. No more “allawee”, No more day off each week in the name of Community Development Service (CDS) when you don’t get to leave your bed until 10 am (that is if you go for CDS at all), No more clearance, No more head count, No more Khaki, You are no more government Pikin (children). For some, it’s the beginning of a search for a good job, for the lucky few, they have Jobs waiting for them.
It’s a season of transformation, the beginning of exploration. It’s a fresh start, the change from Corper to Gold.
So I thought of highlighting these attributes of Gold to my Corper friends that just turned Gold and all those that have passed through the National Service system. I hope this will inspire you to greatness.

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Guest Post: Start by Niyi Onikute (Niyi Sax)

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Remember Niyi Sax from this post, well, he's back again with another one. It's pretty retrospective too, trust you will enjoy it as  his previous article made it to the top 10 post in terms of views.


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Nothing Better than Free Makeup

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Remember the Mak Nisy Bag from this post? They are stocked at a really cool store called Grey Velvet. I needed to get 2 of the mini sacs as a gift for some key staff at my NYSC ppa (place of primary assignment). I really wanted to order them online as grey velvet is currently offering free house of tara gifts with every online purchase. 

However, I couldn't find the design/size I wanted online and they didn't have them at their Lekki store either so I went to the Ikeja branch to get them. I left a comment on their Instagram page asking if I would still get my House of Tara goody and they replied saying they'll sort me out.

Look at what I got, not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 new Make up Products, Yayyy me!!
Shout out to Grey Velvet for their fantastic customer service :)

Check out their website and order something and let me know what you got.

They have the Mak Nisy Satchels in a larger size online so check that out too.

Toodles!!



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Restaurant Review: Orela

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As you should know, I completed the NYSC program last week Thursday, the 16th of October, Yayyy me. I've taken the corper and teacher tag off my bio, life is real now, tears. Haven't put up any pictures of me with my certificate yet because I looked like I struggled that day, choi, so sweaty looking, the sun was not even smiling.

On our way home, after getting our certificates, my family friend, Demi, suggested we go eat at Orela, one of her favourite restaurants on Awolowo Road. Now, I had never been there  before and you know how I love to try out new places. Plus, our allowee had just been paid so I was feeling slightly richer. The restaurant is located on the second floor of no. 114 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, it's between Mobil and TFC so it's like the middle of Awolowo road.

I had never really paid attention to this place before, there is a flower store on the 1st floor of the building and the sign isn't overly huge

Now, I have to say the ambience is lovely, if you want to go on a romantic date, this place hits the spot. It's pretty small and only one other table was occupied when we got there. They have a standing piano too and Demi said someone usually plays soft music in the evenings.
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Denim x Black

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These pictures were taken the day after I used the ORS Strengthening and Straightening Treatment, so you can see what Day 2 hair looked like. This outfit was inspired by Nifemi of Skinny Hipster's Post. How do you think I did?
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Change: The Hair Experiment

Change, hmm, not really sure how I feel about the word. Sometimes I anticipate it, sometimes I dread it, sometimes I long for it but when it happens I wonder why I wanted it in the first place. Change is inevitable, it's necessary for growth and progress. Change is looming around me, especially since my corper tag expires in 24 hours, hmmm.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted a new look, a change from the fro. I really wanted to do a curly weave that I got from my sister, we did a weave swap but I can't find my closure and I'm not about that straightening hair everyday life. I was considering a fringe as I had done one sometime last year and it turned out pretty nicely. I also considered buying a new wig but I have one Vivicia Fox one that I bought for about 12k and I rocked it for less than a week, it's just hanging on the edge of my bed.

I was looking at The Blowdry bar on Instagram and came across a picture of an ORS Strengthening and Straightening Treatment. The first time I heard about a Straightening treatment was at Naija Hair Can Grow's salon day out. The Beautiful textures brand was used on an attendee but her hair reverted back to normal by the next day so I wasn't really interested in trying that brand out. I called the blow dry bar and they said customers who used it said it lasted for about 2 weeks. The owner replied my comment on Instagram saying she had one to give away. I was sooo happy and excited when I read it, y'all should follow them on Instagram, @theblowdrybar.

I went on over to Kemi Lewis's Saloon as she specialises in Natural Hair. Both of us were really excited, I was probably more excited because
I)  I had been craving a change
II) I knew she would get it right

Oh, yeah, I went to the saloon after doing my final clerance, hence the corper uniform. I was very eager to get it done.

The chosen product, ghen ghen
My Nappy Hair
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A few of my Favourite Drinks

So, I was having a conversation with a friend over the weekend and we got talking about his 5 favourite drinks that are easily available in Lagos. This got me thinking about my 5 Favourite drinks in Lagos and I've compiled a list for you to see. In no particular order:

1) Hollandia Yoghurt: At first, the Strawberry and Blackcurrant flavours were available in the market then it was just the strawberry one. I discovered the apple flavoured one at the Murtala Muhammed Airport last Month. I Love it especially the sour tang it has, I haven't tried the orange one yet but I've seen it around town. Have you tried it?
N340 from Grand Square
N100 in most supermarkets and grocery stores

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Workflow: Pinstripes

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As you all know, I am about to enter the work force, life is about to get real yo, Deadlines and Targets, the whole she bang. I wore this to an interview last week and a friend asked to see what I wore as he had never seen me in a suit. I haven't worn one in a while.

This is my favourite trouser suit and I got it from Zara in July 2013. My White Shirt is from H and M, Black Pumps are from Bershka, Neklace was a birthday present and my Wristwatch was a graduation present from my friend's mum, it's from DKNY and I Love it. I think the fact that I'm about to enter the corporate world gingered the new hairstyle (as seen on Instagram). I miss my curls already though and it's only been 3 days.

Oh yeah, Picture Overload Alert!
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Restaurant Review: The Blowfish Hotel


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This time next week I'll be done with NYSC o!!! How Scary and Exciting is that!! Yesterday, we had some Job Fair thingy at Unilag for all Lagos Corpers. It was my 2nd time driving to Unilag and third time going there so yes, I made a few wrong turns, yes, we got stuck in some traffic but we got there in the end, Thank God! I went with my Secondary School Friends, the twins, one of them has a blog actually, y'all should check it out here. She's been blogging for less than a month and she already has 17 really interesting posts, Go Bunmi!

My legs were hurting and we were just weak after the whole shebang so we decided to treat ourselves, YOLO, and have late lunch/early dinner at La Veranda at Blowfish Hotel. We got there and were told they close from 4 to 6 so we settled for food at The Blowfish instead. Both restaurants are at the hotel, La Veranda serves Italian dishes and is round the back overlooking the pool. The twins have been there a couple of times and they love it so I'll definitely try it out soon. The Blowfish serves Thai, Indian and Continental Dishes so there are 3 cuisines to choose from. The decor at The Blowfish was nice, the air was fresh and the staff were very polite.

There were two men on a table next to us who kept on staring though. One of them came and saluted us at our table, this sort of behaviour is expected when you wear your NYSC uniform out and about. He started asking some questions and Bunmi, the twin who is a blogger answered most of them, I was just looking away and Buki had a funny expression on her face, which made me giggle.

So, the drinks came first, Buki and I got Chapman, Bunmi got something called Cinderella which was a mix of different juices. It had a very tropical feel to it. The Chapman was pretty sweet and very sparkly, I liked it, I really wish some Restaurants in Lagos offered Free refills, it would make the dining experience more enjoyable but I'm sure some people will milk it.
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Independence Day at Fun Factory

Happy Belated Independence Day!

It's better late than never right. I have a couple of green and white items in my closet which I bought specifically because they are my country's colours. The dress I'm wearing below is one of such items. I bought it at a really random shop in Nottingham for £5, yahhh, so cheap.

I spent my day at Fun Factory, big sister duty!
It was my first time there and I Loved it. My only problem was finding the entrance, at first I parked at The place which is right next to it  but I got bounced. The actual entrance is through a side street, so the parking is off Admiralty way.

I went there again during the Public Holiday because my brother loved it so much. Happy Belated Eid guys!!



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