Welcome to a New Month sorry I’m about a week late but you know what they say “It’s better late than never”.
Apologies for not posting anything new last-week on here I was a tad sick, nothing I hate more than feeling weak, bitter mouth and constant headache arghhh thank God that’s over now but My Article on “Finding Your Style” was published in the October Issue of Lost in Lagos Magazine Last week so ayyy I didn’t leave you “high&dry”. You should definitely READ IT if you haven’t.
Today’s Post is a slideshow on how I styled this pink & white striped asymmetrical ruffled skirt while I talk about or rather share my experience on blogging in Nigeria.
Top: Mini Tank Dress serving as a Top
Skirt: Physical & Online store @rhbstyle on Instagram
Shoe: Online store @Tnldesigns (Was a birthday present from my boss shhh)
Bag: Thrifted (Tag @localstreetstore to all your locally sourced fashion items)
Sunglasses: Honestly cannot remember, had them for the longest time
I’ll be focusing on the logistics and location aspect in todays episode. Basically how I started sourcing for locations, planning for a shoot day and all the stress that goes with it. A few people might be wondering why I started this new blog series, if you read My Post on “WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A FASHION BLOGGER IN 2017 + My Confessions“ you definitely have an idea of what this is about. It’s mostly personal to me but also there are some things that are generalised which would be easily relatable to My fellow Nigerian bloggers.
Blogging any where in the world isn’t easy but I must confess Nigeria is so much more of a struggle in terms of location/well laid out environment to take pictures.
Location: When I first decided to start blogging I did not think too much about this tbh. It wasn’t what I was concerned most about My first concern was who would take My pictures and Do my makeup cause I neither had a camera/good phone nor did I have a foundation All I had were my lipsticks, sense of style, Love for pictures and Faith in God. Starting wasn’t easy luckily for me I have a friend with a camera who would take out time on a hot Sunday afternoon scouting the streets of Lekki for a viable location which would go with the idea in my head. You might be thinking Ohh! she stays in lekki its so much easier for her but No I don’t, Lekki because I stay on the island (a bit far and not in an estate) Lekki is a sure place with a well laid out environment). Okay now I find the location First thing I do is ask the security man at the gate for permission cause I don’t want anyone embarrassing me Lol I remember the last shoot I did with Uchaychy it took less than 10 mins because it was on a weekday after school hours and there was a lot of rush at that hour (hence I prefer Sundays) the streets tend to be more quiet and less busy.
You know how a Public location should be easier to take a quick picture yh? You find some security men telling you “Madam you no fit take picture here oo” and you ask why with no solid reason given. When I say a public place I mean Malls.
Logistics: Okay now I don’t drive, transportation in Nigeria isn’t conducive Oh did I mention I stay on the island but a bit far so uber not really available at my side + bearing the cost of uber every time I want to shoot not really an option, so my only option actually I have two options 1) Get my license which is long overdue now 2) Get my load and just get going, sometimes I would leave an item closer to my location to ease the stress a little.
Public Molestation: I never knew it was possible to molest a person by just looking Lol trust Nigerians to look sorry Stare! and by all means pass their “not-so-asked” comment which can be annoying sometimes but funny most of the time. You also have those who would randomly want to photobomb your picture which is cool (cause yh you can always delete Lol)
I have witnessed a few Nigerian bloggers I know(via social media) who visit or relocate back to Nigeria who find it hard meeting up to the standard of pictures they’d usually take when outside the country (UK,USA, Canada, Ukraine, Ghana) wherever part of the country just seemed better. This is simply because outside the country there are more properly structured facilities unlike Nigeria you are limited to a few streets.
Solution? To all the above…
Tbh (To be honest) I cannot give a list of Solutions why? because all these comes with territory you just have to work on those you can control Like getting a drivers license or maybe get a friend who can drive and has a car to drive and work something out. Just let your passion, prayer, smart work & hard work keep pushing you. Its okay to get lazy atimes or feel like quitting it’s what you do after that matters. In all things be YOU!
That’s all from Me on todays episode on The Life of a Nigerian Blogger
Stay Tuned for the next episode next month,
Don’t forget Posts Go Up Monday & Thursday.
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Till next time keep sitting Pretty/Handsome
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