Monday, January 02, 2017

Lagos left overs

Hey guys, so I blogged here, here, and here about my trip to my home city Lagos, Nigeria last year. I hadn't been home in over 4 years and I had plans to maximize the time I had.

 The fashion industry in Nigeria has witnessed tremendous growth in the past few years, and one of my mission was to explore the local fashion. I had also missed eating Nigerian food, so  I made a list of everything I wanted to eat. Fortunately, I was able to check off 99% of the items on my list.

Below is a mish mash of some of the things I got up to in Lagos, Nigeria. Enjoy!

There'd been a major hype about Alara Lagos, and I had to pop in to explore the exhibition style retail space. As expected, the products had steep price points, and I was gobsmacked when I found a Jewel by Lisa dress for one million naira--yup! See for yourself below.
Fell in love with this ankara umbrella by South African based designer, Babatunde
The front design   
The side design
Cute retail set up
Gorgeous, gorgeous pieces
The one million naira dress by Lisa Folawiyo
See for yourself!
The umbrella was definitely my favorite item in the store

I ran into an old friend from the States and her co worker at Alara

Ginger Tapas and Grill is a fusion restaurant that serves African and Mediterranean cuisine. I was pleasantly surprised by the yummy and somewhat affordable food.
The Zaza cocktail was just what I needed after a hectic Lagos week
My friend  ordered this yummy grilled fish. I got the asun (spicy goat) and coconut rice
Mo taking a picture of her ginger oxtail and coconut rice
Bee is picky with food and orders wings everywhere we go. That night was not an exception. Boo!

My friend Nikky and I being silly at the Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki
Sleep over at Nikky's

Laces Boutique, Victoria Island was one of the few places I could shop at without breaking the bank. There was a major sale too, and I was able to cop a few African print pieces.
I copped a number of pieces including a dress that I wore here
My cousin copped a few items as well
Back at Alara with my cousin

Keke Marwa moment on Toyin Str Ikeja
I look so happy to be in a tuk-tuk

Then the high school friends came visiting
We had a blast being silly

Out to run errands
Ever so colorful Balogun Market
A view of  Lagos

Some of the things I got to eat
Zobo sorbet from Hans & Rene, V.I was delicious, but the agbalumo flavor which I really wanted was sold out :(
Agbalumo was one of the things I had been craving, and it was proving difficult to find as it was out of season. However, you can imagine my delight when at Balogun Market, I came across my beloved fruit 
Yay, agbalumo!
I had to get a fix of nkwobi at CMD
I look so content and happy with my nkowbi
White House in Sabo, Yaba  is my favorite buka, and I hit the joint couple of times for some yummy gbegiri and amala
Glover Court, Ikoyi's suya was my go-to "snack"

These pictures have been in my draft for a while, and I am glad I finally got the chance to share them with you. I hope you enjoyed seeing Lagos through my eyes. Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Happy New Year


Tonka said...

Wow this is such a wonderful post. I can see you had so much fun. The pictures are everything!

Chi-Chi said...

Lovely post; that umbrella is a must have! I'm well overdue a visit to Nigeria too.......

Beauty said...

Such beautiful pictures and thanks for sharing on "Alara;" OMG! one million naira for that dress?...Lol. I guess it looks better live than it does in the pics.

I also got a chance to visit Lagos (after nearly ten years since my last visit) last year but my visit was so short I never had a chance to explore...Lol.

Paola Lauretano said...

Wow, a lot of fun!!! Great recap and lovely pics!!!
Happy New Year beauty!
Kisses, Paola.

Unknown said...

Beautiful photos, makes me miss Naija and reminds me of my trip back in May. Can't wait to go home this year. I didn't get to got Alara market, it's on my list.

Destiny said...

lovely pictures, there is something so colorful about Naija. I miss the agbalumo fruits and the food looks yummy.

looks like you enjoyed your trip.

wishing you a blessed New year.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

So many pretty clothes, and it looks like you had a fun time!

juliettsstyleglam said...

You obviously seemed to have had a lot of fun. I do agree that the Nigerian Fashion industry has grown and I would also be doing same when I get there. The food choices would have to be my fav. Agbalumo has my heart like Oma Wonder. I can't wait

Caro * said...

So fun ! You are very pretty :)