Tosin Adebola: What the Blue Bus Taught MeDisclaimer: (This was an article i wrote for Bella Naija, hence appeared there first)
Something interesting happened yesterday night, and though I’m having the busiest day, I love that I’ve found the zeal to somehow write this down in its freshest state.
Disclaimer: (This was an article i wrote for Bella Naija, hence appeared there first)
Summer has gone by so quickly, but not without so many lessons, I’m eager to share. You see, I had imagined my summer on the shores of Montego Bay, and somehow finding the one who would melt my heart away, I know, I know; fairytales are for kids, adults face reality.
Winter is here
(This was an article written for Exeter fashion society's blog)
It's no news that winter is finally creeping in, we can all sadly feel the biting chills of it.
For many of us, it only means one thing, it's that time to invest in a quality yet fashionable winter coat. Trust me this can be a hassle, and the expeditious trends don't make it better. But as that's almost my job now (to analyse new trends & styles), i can spare you surfing the net all week or spending a hefty chunk of that student loan on buying a bad coat that you might have to wear up until June.
So, below are some of the finest winter coat trends
1) Pink Coat- This has to be my favourite. I'm not a big fan of dull, gloomy coloured winter coats, i mean, isn't the weather gloomy enough?! I'm excited the pink coat is trending, as it's a bold & statement piece yet leaves you looking effortlessly chic. It's the easiest way to pull off that "i'm just naturally stunning and i don't need to try too hard" look.
2)Parkers- They're a must have for every winer season. If you're thinking of investing in a long, trend lasting coat, parkers are the way forward. I doubt they will ever be out of trend especially for students. But i should throw in some caution, if you are not petite enough to look cute in them, i suggest you forget them and look up other winter coverings. I'm not even trying to throw shade at plump girls, as i myself i've restrained from buying them.
Boohoo, £45 Miss self fridge, £79
3) Trench coats - Either for those perfect romantic evenings or adding a feminine & classy touch to the grunge styled ripped jeans, trench coats are the classics for every winter.
(I'm sorry i promised to keep this post simply high street, but how can i talk on trench coats without referencing burberry? That would be plain rude)
4) Leather Jacket - "Leather jackets are the holy grail of the fashion world, and quite frankly, go with literally everything" I don't even think that quote is a hyperbole. As much as i can't guarantee that they will be able to keep you warm in January, Leather jackets are able to make even the simplest outfits look sophisticated & edgy.
(I love that karen miller leather jacket on Asos, so chic ...effortlessly chic!)
5)Boxy (tartan or checked) coats- Now, don't act like you weren't expecting this. Tartan tops, skirts, scarfs etc have littered our shops literally. It's no surprise that tartan patterned coat is one of the biggest trends this winter.
How gorgeous is this??
I'm glad that we have indeed been spolit with choice this winter :)
When we plan, God laughs
(This was an article written for the Aspiring Sartorialist, hence appeared here first)
We all regularly make plans for our lives.We often draft out how we expect God to run our lives. E.g by 22, i should have met the right spouse, by 25, be working in a top law firm, by 30 married with all my kids and made my first million. etc.But you see, as we grow older, we find that plans change, situations change, needs and wants become different and we as people don't stay the same. Few years later and we are living a totally different plan from what we drafted.
The fundamental, yet bitter truth is that there is a much higher calling for our lives,beyond our own plans,desires,wants.And the earlier we discover and start living God's plans, the wiser.
We will not always know what we need/want or even what is right for us, In fact, what we think is good for us might not necessarily be God's best for us. Isaiah 55:9, remember God's ways & thoughts are higher than ours, and he is constantly working the best for us even when we don't see it now. Jeremiah 29:11.
We more often than not get discouraged when things don't work out as planned, or when things take a completely different turn than expected. But you see, discouragement is the last thing to allow to settle,simply because it is okay for plans to fail. yes, to fail that driving test, to fail that interview, that exam, or even in that relationship. It doesn't not make one an automatic failure in life. Show me a man that has never failed at anything, and i will point out a man that has either never tried anything or a liar.
What's more important than the tears of failure is picking up the pieces and submitting to God's plan & will. Even when the past calls, let it go to voice mail, believe me when i say it has nothing new to say.
Most Importantly, in everything let's learn to give thanks, abandon our own written plans, yield to God's will and ultimate plan, even if we fail, we know it's all part of the learning process. Let's give in our best, and not be afraid to thread his path for our lives, who knows? the path seemingly lonely/we're dreading to thread might be God's laid out path to our successes.
Be challenged today, Pray, Take that risk, Dare to trust God, Thread that path. Don't be afraid to fail, And make sure you're not giving up!
Lot's of Love,
The Aspiring Sartorialist Xx