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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

EVENT: Keexs; Style and Culture

Keexs, an African inspired unisex footwear brand is set to launch its latest collection, IBILE in a one of a kind arts and style exhibition.
Themed ‘’Style and Culture”, the exhibition will showcase never seen before footwear concepts as created by the brands founder, Jide Ipaye.
As the name depicts, IBILE means local, native or heritage in Yoruba and is also an acronym for the 5 founding regions in Lagos - Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja, Lagos Island and Epe. The event is expected to attract fashion and arts enthusiasts as well as indigenous designers across the continent.
Regarded as the first innovative and social footwear brand in Africa, KEEXS was successfully launched through a global crowdfunding campaign in 2015. Since inception, KEEXS has been featured on numerous platforms such as Origin Africa (Madagascar), The African Fashion Week Nigeria, Heineken Lagos Fashion Week, eNCA news, TV5Monde, Ebony Life TV, South African Fashion Week and CNN African Voices. KEEXS continues to grow as one of the top “athleisure” brands in Africa.
Inspired by different aspects of the Yoruba and Lagos culture; IBILE promises to bring a fresh urban feel to any outfit and evoke nostalgic feelings brought by the typical traditional, western designs infused with epic colours and prints.
The event will feature elements of music, dance and drama by the renowned Ronya Man Arts Company as well as a live art showcase making it the perfect environment for culture, lifestyle and art lovers.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

ALBUM: W.A.T.E.R - Ruqqi Cextus (Winning And Taking Everything Resourcefully) @ruqqi_cextus

Fresh from our hub, we present to you the much anticipated LP/Album from the fresh wavy Nigerian Artist Ruqqi-Cextus.
The award winning Ruqqi-Cextus Dropped his  LP titled “WATER” which is the acronym of (WINNING AND TAKING EVERYTHING RESOURCEFULL). This LP Consists of 22 songs, and each song(s) provides a combination of his melodious vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Ruqqi-Cextus music is punctuated throughout with elements of R’n’B, Soul, Hip hop, & Pop.
Download, Listen and Enjoy.

water track list

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Adunni Ade Opens Up About Life as a Single Parent, Overcoming Personal Obstacles, Finding Love & More in Latest Issue of Motherhood In-Style Magazine


Multi-talented actress, Adunni Ade and her handsome sons, 9-year- old D’Marion and 5-year-old Ayden, are the cover stars for the latest issue of Motherhood In-Style Magazine.
In this exclusive interview with MIM, Adunni puts away the entertainer we already love and let’s us see the person we hardly know. She opens up on life as a single parent, how she disciplines, why she quit America’s Next Top Model and details of her personal challenges she has never shared before.
Read some excerpts from the interview:
Would you like to share why you are not with the father of your children?
“Well, I just had to make that decision though it took me a long time to realise or
stop lying to myself that it was never going to work out even though I tried as much
as I could. I just decided that what’s best for me is to walk away and still be here and
be with my kids and still have the opportunity of being the best mother possible, so
yeah, I had to make that decision. It was really tough, it was really painful; I think
that hurt me the most out of anything that I have ever been through in my life,
walking away was the hardest thing to do.”
Were you married and how long were you together?
“Well, we were never married. We were together for 8 years but in the state of
Kentucky, it’s a common wealth state and common wealth state is if you live
together for a long period of time you might as well be considered married but on
paper, no, never been married before.”
Suffering from depression as a result of her troubled relationship, an emotional
Adunni told us how fear of losing her life, leaving her kids and professional
intervention helped to get her through.
She says, “I think the major thing that got me through was the fear that somebody
else would raise my children if I sat in that relationship, that was the scariest thing
for me, that my kids would see somebody else as their mother. Depression is no
joke. A lot of people in this country, Nigeria, don’t want to admit that depression is
an illness. People don’t know the extent to which it affects the mind.
Not a lot of people know this; in the past I have tried to commit suicide because it
was just too much, just too much for me but I guess God loves me enough to still
keep me here.
Nigeria is idealistic in terms of marriage and how things should be, how have you coped, moving back to Nigeria to live in this society as a single mum?
Well, even before I moved back I definitely didn’t like placing myself in that ‘single mother’
status. I’m a parent. Yes, it takes two to become a parent but hey, when it’s one, let that one do the best they can. Now, how I have been able to cope in Nigeria? The same way I was able to cope in the States, doing it all by myself. I am truly happy that I experienced certain things over there in the States. If I had experienced those things here in Nigeria, I probably would have just killed myself long time ago because this country is tough. But as tough as this country and its people are, I’m also a tough cookie and I never give up. If I set my mind to do something, regardless of what it is, I will get it done. The time for myself is gone, when you have kids it’s not about you anymore, it becomes about the other lives that you have brought into this world so my main focus, my main goal is about my children and they have been my drive and my motivation from day one.”
              Adunni: Nude jumpsuit with black lace details by Diva Lukky
              Kids: Ruff n Tumble
              Makeup: Brushstrokes
              Stylist: Hyperfashun
              Hair Stylist: Laben Hair Concept
              Photography: Gbenga Akindele-Nelly for Kelechi Amadi Obi Studio
Adunni: Strapless Metallic Maxi Dress by biddy's Mondo
              Kids: Ruff n Tumble
              Makeup: Brushstrokes
              Stylist: Hyperfashun
              Hair Stylist: Laben Hair Concept
              Photography: Gbenga Akindele-Nelly for Kelechi Amadi Obi Studio
Motherhood In-Style Magazine is available at all your favourite Magazine Stands

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

#Fashion: 20 ways to rock your Ankara (African Prints) this Easter Season

Another festive season is here again and lots of styles will be flying around. This is one opportunity corporate workers get to rock their various styles. Lets see how best you can rock any of these styles this Easter season.
Below are 20 creative styles you can make with your African prints (Ankara) materials. Tell us your favourite...
1. The Cape 

 2. The Two-Piece

3. The Playsuit.

4. The Jumpsuit

5. The SkirtSuit

6. Flared Pants

7. The Trouser Suit

8. The Full Skirt

9. The Maxi Dress

10. The Kimono

11. The Crop Top

12. The Peplum Top

13. The Straight Skirt

14. The Mixed Print Dress

15. The High Slit.

16. The Shorts Suit

17. The Wrap Dress

18. The Shift Dress

19. The Off Shoulder Dress

20. Playful Shorts

Monday, 10 April 2017

#Fashion: The ‘Slicker-Than-Your-Average’ Denim Jacket

Hi loves, how is your week going?

Mine is going pretty fast,  I can’t believe it’s still Monday after spending like three more days since Monday started.

I mean its still 10am on Monday, since the day started. At this time last week Monday it was already Friday, but who am I to complain?. (Edit)


Happy Good Friday!!! Really, in my head today is Friday, Monday has stayed too long, we can as well skip Tuesday - Thursday right? I love my Fry-days - days when I get fries for breakfast or dinner, hopefully today will be one of those days. Who am I decieving? nobody will make fries for me, I'm a bloody bachelor! I'll just get home, take a shower and hug my pillow and wait for another Friday to be upon me... So sorry Lydia, I had to edit your words, you talked about Valentines day being like every other day for you, saying since Valentines day is for celebrating love you believe everyday should be valentines day because love should be shared daily. I totally agree with you, totally!!!

Lydiaschronicle, thelydiamark

Talking about LOVE, I love me this denim bundle of joy I recently thrifted.
I’ve always wanted similar coats or jackets in black, grey and beige because they look so cute and would be very useful. I guess it’s a fashion bloggers thing though, bloggers can you relate…




You can’t imagine the joy I felt when I came across this denim jacket.  It’s quite longer than normal denim jackets I see around and looks pretty similar to the jackets/coats I was talking about. I didn’t think twice before purchasing this one, and I have no regrets whatsoever buying this jacket.


What I’m Wearing
Denim jacket – Thrift
Dress – Random Buy
Bag – Preowned
Shoes – Preowned



A very simple way to style up loose-fitted jackets like this is pair it up with a bodycon dress to create a balance.

Although I paired with a pair of nude heels to bring out a very simple but chic look, deep within my heart I know that if I had a pair of white kicks I probably would have preferred to pair it with that for comfort.


There are several ways to style up this denim jacket and this is one,  I’d likely be showing you other ways this type of jackets can be styled later on the blog.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have something similar to this jacket? If you had a denim jacket like this how would you rather style yours? Do leave me a reply in the comment section.

Hey I really appreciate your time, but don’t just scroll off without leaving a comment, it’s like a cherry on the sundae you know! I would really love to hear from you. 
With love, Lydia.

Source: Lydia's Chronicle
EDITED BY: Adebusoye Ademola.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

How To Make Several Neckpieces With Lace Cords - DIY

Hi, how’s your weekend going?

Over the weeks I’ve discovered a real simple hack or DIY neckpiece(s) that I really love. I’ve been rocking them lately, and getting compliments as well.  I don’t really know if I should call it a DIY or a FASHION HACK since I didn’t really cut or sew or do anything of such.


The amazing thing about this DIY NECKPIECE is that you basically need just two items to make it, and it can serve as 4-5 neckpieces for you.
Now down to what you need…

Here’s What You Need;
  1. Lace cords (Tennis lacings)
  2. Pendants
3. Fancy buttons
Neckpiece 1: Long Neck-piece

You don’t need to do anything special here, just put your pendant on the tennis  lace cord and tie the ends.


Neckpiece 2: Perfect Fit Neckpiece


Over here it’s almost with the first but in this case, rather than tie it at the end, you tie it at the middle and make a bow with the remaining part of the lace cord (or you can as well leave it like that like I do sometimes).


Neckpiece 3: Tie-Front Choker


I think this is my favorite piece. Its super easy,  just tie the cord on your neck once (its not likely going to go around twice) and make a bow at the front.

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Neckpiece 4: Button Choker
Here, you’d use a button in place of a pendant and tie it on your neck as a choker. Like in “Neckpiece 2” you can either leave the remaining cord like that or you tie a bow at the back.


I hope you enjoyed the post, and now you know several ways to use your tennis lace cords as a neck piece.
Whay do you think of this DIY/Hack? And Which neckpiece is your favorite?

SOURCE: Lydias Chronicle

Nigerian Shoe Brand Keexs, collaborates with South African Designer for SA Fashion Week

The first innovative and social footwear brand in Africa, Keexs and South African based Afrikanswiss (Africa's premier denim brand) recently collaborated on a new collection for South African Fashion Week 2017.

Showcased at the Hyde Park corner in Johannesburg on the 31st of March; the new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, "Naija man in Soweto" tells the story of a modern merge of cultures, with interesting pieces like the denim ‘fila’ to the denim embroidered ‘buba’, it’s safe to say that there’s no limit to the creativity of African fashion designers.

The Keexs sneaker collection with art curated by self-taught artist Lemi Ghariokwu, draws inspiration and pays tribute to the legendary Fela Anikulapo – Kuti, a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist and political maverick who has inspired millions of people all over the world.

The Afrikanswiss collection fused Nigerian traditional wear with pantsula street wear. Pantsula, a highly energetic dance originated in the black townships of South Africa during the Apartheid era. It developed into a form of social commentary for black South Africans and although it has undergone several transformations with the country's changing political tides it still stays relevant till today.

Nigeria and South Africa could be likened to the Biblical Aaron and Moses, endowed with the responsibility of bringing Africa out from the bondage of despair, decline and underdevelopment. As regional powers, history has imposed on them the enormous task of finding solutions to some of the most pressing African concerns.

The Keexs and Afrikanswiss collection will be available in select retail stores in Nigeria and South Africa by Spring 2017