Styling And Shoe Review

We see all these pictures of brides in their $1,000 plus shoes, sometimes 2 to 3 pairs, one for every outfit totaling almost $3,000 to $4,000 on the whole. Not everyone has that fairy tale lifestyle, not everyone is there yet! Image result for Rene caovilla bridal shoes So yea, we have brides to be on a budget (Sometimes a very strict one), who love their shoes and want to get the best their money can buy. If you're one of them or know one of them, this post is certainly for you. With the current exchange rate of about N370 to 1$ and N474 to a Pound, it's almost discouraging to want to buy anything. I have been able to come up with shoes from between N10,000 to N100,000 from a few very good brands. In this post, there's something for everyone. From Kurt Geiger to Badgley Mischka, Ted Baker, MENBUR and Kate Spade, check out these affordable beauties for your special day.

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she mentioned she was looking into investing in a few luxury shoes but didn't know which ones to look out for. It'd be a shame to part with hundreds or even thousands of dollars for shoes you would end up not wearing. After loads and loads of reviews and experiences, here are a few classic shoes you cannot go wrong with. I like that they are timeless and so would work with every season year in year out. You can build your luxury collection with these ones and many if not all of them are wide feet friendly.

Except there's a story rocking the world, like the death of Michael Jackson, you'd most likely not catch me watching CNN. In the past few years, my husband has kind of rubbed off on me and i find myself tuning in to 401 once or twice a month...Lol!

One of the few people i like and would stay tuned anytime i find them on is French born Sierra Leonan Isha Sesay, Anchor and correspondent for CNN International. From her smile to her charisma and high level of intelligence, i find myself glued when she's on air. img_3276

It's been an amazing 2 seasons in this mini series "The Diary Of A Shoe Lover". I trust you guys have enjoyed the story so far. What started out to be the story of a girl who was in love with shoes and would clean her bank account dry to get her favorite pair, grew into the lives, times and experiences of three women and their loved ones. I enjoyed writing every episode and i like how i was able to get lost in each character. Your favorite series will come to an end with this episode and i hope you've learned a few lessons or can relate to some of the experiences. Enjoy and share your thoughts. Xoxo, Jay.

On my top 10 favorite footwear designers list, Charlotte Olympia would most likely make top 5. There’s something about her designs that jumps at me. Mostly how she uses themes as inspiration and interprets them well with bright colors, distinct details and cheeky designs, that’s what creativity is all about, no?. Image result for charlotte olympia shoes around the world

Read Episode 6 here “Go Ai, go Ai, go Ai” I screamed at the top of my voice, attempting to compete with the booming sounds from the Bangs and Olusfen speakers in my living room. Wizkid’s Daddy Yo was playing and Aishat was giving us out of this world steps. It felt like our University years again. How I missed those days so much, when all we worried about were boys, making good grades and wearing the best clothes. *sigh* IMG_2005

Read Episode 5 Here “Finally, the third musketeer is getting married”, my oldest brother Femi said. Me and my two brothers had gone out to lunch. My immediate older brother Dayo had just come back from Canada. He had been away for almost 2years on a course. It was the first time in over 10years that it would be just the 3 of us together alone, no parents, no significant others, no friends. Just us, it felt really good. I didn’t realize how much time had taken its toll on our sibling relationship. Brother Femi, although many years older had to be the coolest brother in the whole world and despite the drama that had come with him over the years, I still loved him deeply. Dayo and I were closer as were also closer in age. He was and is the ultimate Big brother, he’s the one person that knows practically everything about me, and including the first day I had sex. That was the one person I trusted to keep my secrets. 2years away, even though we chatted almost every day and i had missed him silly. “Who did Aishat finally commit to o, that’s how that girl didn’t marry me” Dayo said, digging into his Ila Alasepo. “You this unserious human being, you guys would never have worked out” I said in reply. “You better look for wife elsewhere” Brother Femi put in. “But seriously, who’s the lucky guy?” Dayo asked “It’s one Timehin guy o, she met him when she went to Canada after she had Khameel.” I said in reply. “Oh Ok, when I went to see her then, she mentioned him in our conversation but nothing important, she was going to dinner with him or something” Dayo explained. “The guy looks like he has a good head on his shoulders though” Brother Femi said as he washed his hands in the bowl of water on our table. I brought out my phone to show Dayo a picture. He took a look and immediately washed his hands, took the phone from me to have a closer look. “Ahn ahn, na the guy be this?” he asked My heart raced, a million things running through, I said a quick prayer, no ugly revelations, God please. “Yes he is the one, ki lo de o?” I asked eagerly. “This is my guy na, Timi, we played basketball together every Sunday at some leisure club I joined. Na confirmed guy o. Really cool guy. Now it all adds up.” He said excitedly. I heaved a huge sigh of relief, I was super charged, ready to turn all the way up. To be honest, Aishat’s fears had started to rub off on me, but now, my wedding planning antennae was high up there. Dayo went further to explain how Timehin had mentioned a girl he met and had fallen in love with, how he had also mentioned her son and how that wasn’t a problem for him as he was really in love with the girl. But he had gotten busy with school and Timehin had gone back to Nigeria, so they had kinda lost touch. I couldn’t wait to tell Aishat, but first, I’d have a one on one with Dayo and squeeze all the information he has about Timehin out. I was almost certain there was nothing to fear because knowing my brother, he would have spilled any dirt without mincing words. We talked some more about other things, each of us relating our current life situations and plans for the immediate future. My brothers were worried about the delay in my getting pregnant, they tried not to express how much, but I could sense it. They each had their calming words and encouraged me not to get discouraged. We talked about Dayo finding a wife and settling down and Brother Femi’s family too. Being with them was all the comfort that I needed, nothing like your own family, flesh and blood. It runs really deep and God had blessed me with an awesome one. ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* “This is why one needs to live a life of integrity, I mean it’s not like you can be at a 100 all the time, but lead a decent life. It’s such a small world and you never know who knows you.” Hakeem said as we drove into the hospital car park. “Honestly, things like this have always kept me in check, the good or evil you do will follow you miles around the world. I’m happy in Aisha and Timehin’s case it’s for good, that girl can’t take any more heartbreak abeg, she deserves the best of hearts and I’m happy for her with this one.” I replied. After lunch with my brothers the previous day, I had gone back to the office but closed early as I started to feel funny. I took a long warm bath and went straight to bed. I didn’t even realize when Hakeem came in. “Hey baby” He dropped his bag on the floor and knelt down by the side of the bed I was on. He placed his palm on my head. “You’re warm. What’s wrong?” “A little weak and a slight headache. If it persists, I’d see the doctor tomorrow. Maybe I just need to sleep; it’s been a busy past couple of days.” I replied, sitting up to hug him. I felt better already seeing him, but I won’t admit that. I was in need of some TLC and I was very sure of getting the best from him. “Are you sure you don’t want us to go now?” he asked pulling me up and holding me into a tight hug. I felt so much at peace being in his arms. I was hopelessly in love with this man, hopelessly in love. I wanted nothing more than to give him at least a child. I said another silent prayer to God, maybe the one millionth prayer in the last 2hours. *Sigh*. “No Hakeem, I just want to be like this till morning”, I said holding on to him tightly. It must have been close to 10 minutes,...

Rihanna: Born 20 February 1988 in Barbados Jay: Born 30 April 1988 in Lagos, Nigeria About 60 days apart, she came out earlier to work my spirit animal. Rihanna is a lot in personality what I’d most likely be under different circumstances. I love her, period!!! Back to why I’m here, everyone has been buzzing about her latest collaboration with the legend Manolo Blahnik and me I’m just here sipping tea trying to digest the whole “shoetiation”. Last year, I thought they killed it together with the launch of the Denim collection that had Jennifer Lopez rocking a pair in her music video. [caption id="attachment_42139" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] J Lo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_42140" align="aligncenter" width="840"] Rih rih[/caption] I saw this new collection and I'm totally taken. These pieces are in a class of their own. Nude, PVC and precious stones in 3 varying styles. This is what happens when 2 artists come together, #Issacreativeexplosion. EVERY woman would want a pair of one of these, tell me why not, call them over rated and I’d show you a hater… This post should make you think again. OMG, drool with me, but I have to go now. Peace, Love and Work (Get it? Work work work work work) Xoxo Jay...

Addicted to my Instagram timeline as always, I came across some posts from my friend and ex school mate, Nimide. Remember when she was shoespiration?. Nimide has an amazing taste for shoes, at least my kind of amazing. She could easily shop shoes for me and I’d have not a single complaint. We met up in Lagos during my last visit and talked about shoes (Of Course). Then she told me about a place I had heard of in the past called VESPA. It’s a thrift market for shoes. And this right here is why I love Nimide. Not everyone earns in 7 figures and not everyone can afford to spend 70% of their pay on shoes just to keep up. Being the queen of “stay in your lane” and “face your reality”, I was more than curious to find out more from her about the market and how it works. The plan was to go there together but distance would not let me be great. I thought it’d be really unfair to hoard this great find from you guys. With all these buys by Nimide, I don’t even need to go there to know it’s the place to be. So if you are a shoe lover or have a shoe fetish but can’t afford all the luxury brands or deal with the exchange rate and don’t have the opportunity to go abroad to shop first hand, this post is for you. You would rock your Vespa shoes and no one will ever be able to tell where and how you got them except you tell. After stalking Nims profile, I messaged her and she was nice enough to share with me some info for the blog. Enjoy!!! SHOE THRIFT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE WITH NIMS JAY: Tell me about your last shopping experience NIMS: The last time I went shopping, I went to Vespa for the second time. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy anything because it seemed like I had copped all the designs previously or maybe I just didn’t go on a good market day. JAY: How much on average do you buy per pair? NIMS: If I’m thrifting, I spend between 1200 – 3000 on shoes, hardly more and hardly less. Fair prices right? JAY: What are your top tips when shopping at Vespa? NIMS: Because it’s a thrift market, you can’t expect every item to be in top shape, so you need to patiently check the shoes for balanced heels, weak leather and open joining. Fit them and walk in them till you’re satisfied so they don’t end up being a waste. Most importantly, make it an all day affair so you’re not in a hurry to leave. Quite insightful, no? Definitely yes. From this chat, I can add a few tips of mine. So that you don’t experience what she did the second visit and couldn’t find anything exciting, you can get the phone nos of the vendors so you can call to find out when they have new items. Give yourself sometime between visits. I’m sure it’s not a market you wake up and just decide to go to, you should plan well ahead (except you live close by). For every visit, hold enough money to buy at least 5pairs at a time. 5 pairs three times a year and you’re counting 15pairs in your closet, sounds exciting right? At least no one can come and pepper you. I hear there are no ATM points, so you want to carry your own cash. It is located in Ijanikin, Lagos along Lagos Badagry Expressway. I will be visiting that market no doubt and I'd share my experience but for now, let’s enjoy Nimide’s gorgeous bargain buys. ...