Documenting the style-scape of Lagos, Nigeria




It's summer time somewhere, a good time to embrace the all white ensemble.

And if you can achieve the interplay between the glow of her beautiful brown skin and the white outfit, even better.



How do I even begin to describe the culinary and visual experience that is Shiro Lagos?

You see, my sister gurrl Ada Oguntodu of No Ordinary She (If you're not following her on Instagram, can I just ask why you're so unruly?) came round to Lagos from Aberdeen. Gotta show my girl a good time, right?

I'd previously had dinner twice at Shiro and completely loved the experience and when the Manager said they'd be happy to host Ada and I to a dinner, I never quite expected the stellar treatment we got.

Dear Lord, the mocktails! There were 8 of them; some with the obligatory sexy names like Velvet KimonoYamaGuchi Sunset, Secret Garden and Forbidden Nekton, and there were the ones more traditionally named i.e. Virgin Mojito, Orange & Mint Virgin Mojito, Apple Cinnamon Yortini and Espresso Martini. Let me tell you, although my fave was the Apple Cinnamon Yortini, there was none of them that didn't taste ah-may-zing!
I'm not an alcohol drinker but I can bet my September salary, and maybe even throw in October's for good measure, that their cocktails will be of the mind-blowing variety.

The food.

In the middle of all of this great ambience and poshly served mocktails, was some pretty stomach gratifying food. Aesthetics of food are really important to me when dining out that is. At home, my plate can be a literal hot mess but when I'm out, no, give me visual perfection so my taste buds are already seduced before the food hits.

Shiro delivers. Every darn plate. Every darn time.

Chef Priyank (Shiro's excellent head chef who sat with us for 2 hours regaling us with his engaging culinary journeys through 60 countries! Yes you saw 60. And yes I am envious too!) made sure we got a proper celebration of the best Asian food has to offer. But wait. How does Suya Sushi sound to you? He did that! I'm on the fence with the Suya Sushi...I'm guessing the unfamiliarity of the fusion was a little hard on me. Perhaps with time...

The deserts.

I was sure I wouldn't have space because Chef Priyank fed us in very generous porportions BUT came the desert tray and I shamelessly dug in. I mean how could I not? The photo below may explain.

The d├ęcor. love it. To you who thinks the "graven images" have spiritual connotations, I understand your reservations but can we just live a little and understand that cultures differ and to each his own symbol? I personally felt the representation was important to the Shiro brand and therefore the mix of wood and stone and water fountains and all fittings and trimmings showed artistry. Let's not forget you can have your drinks, meal or both outside with a separate dining area sitting pretty much on the banks of their private beach.

Altogether, my experience at Shiro was nothing short of FANTASTIC.

Would I go again?

Redundant question because I already have. Gone again, that is.

You should too.

Thank you Shiro!

Enjoy the photos.



Listen, Lagos has soul!

Do not let anybody tell you otherwise.

Last night, my girl Tomiiwa invited us to watch her perform at the TARUWA event at the quaint and unapologetically African Bogobiri Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Bogobiri website describes TARUWA as a night "which offers a platform for new talent in "spoken word" and music to the weekend High Life, Jazz and Afrobeat shows by more established performers."

Oh c'mon Bogo, out with the modesty! You and I both know it's way more than that!

The vibe, the laughs, the spoken word, the rhythm, the poetry, the food, the music, the audience, the vibe...the VIBE!

And let's not forget the style...

Last Tuesday of every month.




From the 2016 Lagos Fashion & Design Week.


I suspect in a sense, she's binary i.e. she'll either give her audience something to think about, or she'll give nothing at all.

Looking up her body of work on Instagram (@wavythe creator), I knew it would be futile to give her any simplistic definition.

Just wander off to her page...and linger...


Well this was rather interesting...

A conversation with him would have been in good form; to ask if this was a deliberate alliance with Scotland or if it was very simply a random style choice for the day.

Made me nostalgic for my other "home".
Good thing I'm off to Aberdeen in a few days (insert exaggerated squeal here!)



Following her around for miles and angles, trying to wrap my head round (see what I did there?) getting a "perfect" shot.

And then I slowed down and just enjoyed the shooting process.

Turns out I like almost all the photos.


As seen at Mente De Moda today.


In the quest to convert Nigerians who've been used to decades of buying European and American fashion, to convert to the religion of #BuyNigerian, the entrepreneurial spirit is certainly a necessity, but not without a side of personality.

If you're going to be a vendor at an open air market, be personable, be engaging, be interactive without being invasive, and you're more than likely to make a sale.

Amy Greg applied these principles today and I got to buying the same bomber she's wearing here.

At Mente De Moda.



I was convinced I wasn't in the market for new lil' sisters, and then I met @thecaseyoung.

She's alright for the soul.

And her tatt says "Dieu Est Amour".