Friday, November 04, 2016

A BLOGGER TALE|| MY ROOKIE EXPERIENCE AT THE HEINEKEN LAGOS FASHION AND DESIGN WEEK (LFDW) 2016





Fashion week and its frenzy, all the buzz about the just concluded Lagos and Fashion Design Week ( LFDW) which took place at the Federal Palace & Casino Hotel, Victoria Island  was so much that I knew I was not going to miss it for anything.
Those were my exact thoughts the first time I saw the first publicity picture for the show.


Fruche

Over the years, I have heard so much about fashion week and as a newbie in the blogosphere (Yeah I still refer to myself as one) I have come to realize that I shouldn't miss out on fashion events that can help me network better and help me create better content.

So the next question that kept popping up in my mind. How to go about tickets? I was completely clueless and also low on funds. A few friends suggested that I enter giveaways or try interning for the show. I sent out a mail but I didn't get a positive response. Apparently, there was no room for me since I sent my mail late.

I was so disappointed  and then Sogie, a fellow blogger and friend tagged me in a picture on Instagram that Noble Igwe was searching for interns. I sent out two emails as per two phase of the intense competition.

I didn't make the last cut, more disappointment and then it hit me. I wasn't even thinking about work (8-5 life) how was I going to miss a week at work? What excuse was I going to give at work?*sigh* I figured it was God's plan that I didn't secure the internship.

I'm sure you are wondering, did I attend the event, right? Yes, I did *inserts big smile emoji* All thanks to Alex, aka my lifesaver and blogger boo she made my fashion experience possible and worthwhile. I didn't get to attend all the days because of work but I was able to attend the last two days.

So for this post, I'll be sharing my experience and also the lessons I learned from the LFDW 2016.

THE FUN PART




  • Freebies- Who no like awoof? lol. One of the upsides of the event were the freebies. I got a customized phone case courtesy of Sterling bank, a goody bag from Maybelline and Eva+. Also, there was a photo booth where you get your pictures taken for free. I took some pictures with Uzo but sadly we were unable to get the pictures, they ran out of paper for printing out the copies.

Day 3 (Photo Credit-Bella Naija)

  • The Street Style- This is the fun part, although I didn't exactly get to fully enjoy this part since I arrived late on both dates.  This is the part where your picture gets taken and possibly you might get interviewed, loads of press around aka Paparazzi. You might want to get your picture game on and smile always. I wasn't exactly prepared for this *covers face*
Disclaimer alert: Just in case you find any picture of me  frowning on the internet. Biko, that is not my real face oh, lol.


Mai Atafo



Andrea Inyamah
  • The Runway show- Did I mention that this is my first time at a fashion show. It was a good first time.
 I'm no fashion expert but I've to commend all the designers that brought their A-game to the runway. Check out few of my fave from the show.


Onalaja




Bridget Awosika

LESSONS
  • Don't go late- I learned this the hard way. I missed out on a lot because I came late. The main show didn't start until 8pm or even later (5:30pm according to the organisers). I missed out on the street style, seminars and a lot of opportunities to network with fellow bloggers but trust me to make do with the few hours that I had. 
Another important reason for coming early, good seats. If you come super late, you might just end up standing throughout the whole show or having to wait for someone to stand up from their seat. Fortunately for me, I didn't have to struggle for seats but I watched people who came late go through this struggle and you can imagine how bad it was.

  • Network- The importance of networking is often understated, networking is key and this can never be overemphasized, trust me.  So if you follow me on Instagram, You can follow me here .What are you waiting for? Follow already. 
For those who follow me, I'm sure you saw the post I put up about connecting with some peeps before the show. Well, guess what? I made a lot of new friends and I got to meet a lot of people at the show.


With Sandra and Dupe



With Dupe and Fola



With Noble Igwe

Shout out to all the people that actually said Hello and were super friendly, y'all are the realest MVPs.

  • Go with your business card- Getting a business card is something I intended on doing in the nearest future but after my experience at the LFDW, I'm considering getting one soonest. So short story, I was checking out some brands that displayed their product at the retail stand. I started a conversation with one of the brand co-owners. I sorta just mentioned that I was a blogger and then he asked me to give him my business card. I'm sure you can imagine how the whole scenario played out. I also had another encounter during the main show too. Anyways,  it was at that point that I realised that getting a business card should be at the top of my to-do list. 

  • Plan ahead- Plan everything and plan properly too, especially your outfits (one of the mistakes I made) I didn't plan my outfit plus I had a bit of light situation (downsides of living in Nigeria, constant power outage). I just threw on what I felt wasn't look too rumpled. 

Thoughts on my look from day 3 &4?


I had a blast with my fashion week boo, Uzo. You can check out her blog here. As a first timer, it was a lovely experience, the show had a few glitches but it was a wonderful event and I sincerely believe that there is room for enough improvement.

Day 3



 Did you attend?
Thoughts on the show?
What are your favourite designs/designers from the show?



P.S- The winners of the #ilamosixdammy giveaway are:
  • @Olutayo_emmydan - A dress from @theindulgence_collection
  • @joyobiesie- A size 8 orange peplum dress
  • @wanshygirl - A sunglasses from @haute.signatures


Congratulations on your win and don't forget to follow me on all social media platforms to stay updated on future giveaways.



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40 comments on "A BLOGGER TALE|| MY ROOKIE EXPERIENCE AT THE HEINEKEN LAGOS FASHION AND DESIGN WEEK (LFDW) 2016"
  1. That is how you had fun without me. It's good you had fun as a newbie because the reviews from other people that attended were very negative points and all. I should try and attend next year lol

    Thoniabankz.com

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    1. Lol, you know it would have been better if you attended with me. I'm definitely dragging you to the next one.

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  2. You are lucky to have the LFDW as your first fashion show experience, it is indeed very grand. Nice recap post

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    1. Thanks val. It was so nice meeting you.

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  3. How am I just noticing you wore socks? LOVE
    Glad you had a good time!

    http://nappyhaired.com

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    1. Thanks love😚😚you made it worthwhile

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  4. Lol... your street style is so on point. I can't wait for next year's own www.Adagirl.com.ng

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  5. Lovely review! I love what you wore! I attended only the Friday show but not till the end (left early),would have loved to do a review but my pictures are unavailably present. They also started really late, so far from the announced time. Also got a freebie from Eva, did you get the frre nail-painting and massage?
    www.moonwalkertalks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tonnia.
      The lateness was one of the few glitches and I think they should work on it. I hope you get your pictures soon, I'll love to read your review. I didn't get my nails painted because I just got my nails fixed before the show and I wasn't even aware of the massage.

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    2. Thanks Tonnia.
      The lateness was one of the few glitches and I think they should work on it. I hope you get your pictures soon, I'll love to read your review. I didn't get my nails painted because I just got my nails fixed before the show and I wasn't even aware of the massage.

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  6. Glad your first Fashion Week experience went well even though I read some downsides about it on the gram. Mehn! That Business card issue has also gotten to me. We need to do something about it ASAP.


    Thestreethaute.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks dear.
      The business card thing is a priority especially if you want to be taken more seriously as a blogger.

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    2. Thanks dear.
      The business card thing is a priority especially if you want to be taken more seriously as a blogger.

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  7. Babes I'm glad you enjoyed your first time, Alex is really a live saver plus I love your looks simple, comfortable yet stylish btw are those mom jeans or boyfriend jeans I find it hard to tell the difference. Funny enough I was think about that business card ish yesterday that should be a goal for 2017 for me. Well done! ��

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    1. Thanks dear. Alex is more than a lifesaver.
      When I first got the jeans I wore them as boyfriend jeans and later I switched it up and now they are mom jeans.
      I call it my versatile jeans though.

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  8. I couldn't tell if you didn't plan the outfits, they both look gorgeous. I've heard a lot of not-so-fun reviews about LFDW but based on your review, I might actually attend next year. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    The YC blog || Bloglovin'
    How To Style: The Boyfriend Shirt

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    1. Thanks for reading dear. You should definitely attend. We are going together next year, no excuses.

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  9. Nice review πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ and you were looking really good . So sad I couldn't attend 😌

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    1. Thanks dear. Why were you unable to attend?

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  10. I can't believe this is actually my first time here **covers face***. It was nice meeting you dear.

    http://www.beautybydupsey.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Dupe!
      It was so nice meeting you too.

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  11. You looked really good Praise! Love the look. And business cards are such a need. I should totally get one too.

    www.KacheeTee.com || Bloglovin'!
    Love you Boo, but can't share your toothbrush, Sorry!

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  12. Looking good, good looking.. Lol... If you are a baby blogger what am I? Lol... I so love your outfit.. Your review makes me feel like I missed out alot in this FW I missed.... But I must be in next years own... Vow already made
    quirksandoutfits.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Vincent. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it

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  13. Well i just pushed business cards to the top of the list, i can imagine the situation.
    Loved reading the review, i kept up with it through the loyal instastory lol and alex is my newest bae rn
    Itsdivadiaries.com

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    1. Thanks Sogie. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it and thanks for tagging me in that picture. The contest was an eye openin experience

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  14. I missed! 😞 Glad you had fun dear. Enjoyed reading this and I love your outfits too.

    www.howmojistyledit.com
    The Style-On-A-Budget Blog

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    1. Thanks Moji😚😚
      Are you attending GTB fashion week?

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  15. You look good bae! Love how you kept it simple and I prefer the look with your versatile jeans lol. Eyeing the off shoulder top. Good to know that you had fun.
    Laitanbee Blog

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    1. Lol, you get the versatile jeans thing, that's my fav look too.
      Thanks dear😚
      My blouse is actually a buba, I styled it to look like an off shoulder top

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  16. Love your looks; so chic and comfy. I'd have done the same. Hope you had a great time.
    Enjoy your week

    Funmi xx
    www.funmialabi.co.uk

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    1. HI Funmi!!
      Thanks dear, yeah I did.
      My week is going great so far.
      Have a lovely week too

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  17. I love that you always try again even after being disappointed, I feel like I need to get a business card now, but I don't even have a great logo yet and I've not still attended any fashion event, so sad 😭
    honest review,I love it

    http://Www.funkeolotu.com

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    1. Funke dear, i know how it feels,you really need to get one. There would be loads of events for you just be prepared for them.
      Thanks dear,for your honest feedback. I always love to read them

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