Another saturday another fashion event to network at. On Saturday July 30th, Chicago’s fashion savys came out to ‘Cocktails With Claire x Miss Diddy’. Hosted at 19 East venue, the evening included a panel of personalities and influencers in the fashion and beauty industry discussing ways we can all use our creativity to its full potential.
The panel consisted of Claire Sulmers (FashionBombDaily,) Miss Diddy (The Brand Group,)Kendra G. (107.5 WGCI-FM), celebrity make-up artist Ashunta Sheriff, and entrepreneur Bobby Simmons.
We had the opportunity to sip and shop with fellow fashionistas. After the panel, attendees mixed and mingled with vendors, sipped complimentary drinks sponsored by Hennessy, and posed for pictures.
If you follow me on snapchat @chichi_nneka you would know I explained this selfie moments with claire herself.
We posed for a pic with claire and my friend Coco who also is a fashionGirl owner of Shopwithcoco
My look for the event was simple with a little detail.
Excited, Something great happened from attending this event. #networking, will be visible soon.
Hey guys, I am back with another collaboration with RedHeadCreativeStudio with my project “Style in Chicago” featuring the best of my personal style captured around the city of chicago. This time, I decided to incorprate another zurikgirl item.
I am wearing Zurikgirl “Shakara Oloje” Skirt and I turned my over sized button Up shirt into an off shoulder top. If you follow me on my snapchat (@chichi_nneka) you will understand my love for reconstructing, tweeking and DIY(ing) all my clothes. This season, I am all about the obvious details like ruffles and layers, a wrapped waist, a slashed cutout, or an asymmetrical hemline to liven up any look.
We shot this look on the busy intersection of Broadway, a major street in Chicago’s Lake View, Uptown, and Edgewater community area. Random fact: The name of the street was changed to Broadway on August 15, 1913, my birthday is on August 16th. :). Broadway is the only street in the city of Chicago that does not have a suffix. It is neither a Street, Avenue, Road, Boulevard nor Parkway; known simply as Broadway, how cool!
My shoes are Badgley Mischka, and My purse I purchased from Aldo last summer.
Through out this spring and summer I have the pleasure of collaborating with RedHeadCreativeStudio in a new project “Style in Chicago” featuring the best of my personal style captured around the city of chicago. So expect some cool looks all through this ss16 from me in some of chicago famous locations. This past weekend I had my first shoot and of course we shot this look around Millennium Park second most popular tourist attraction in Chicago. I decided to go for a casual and playful look; most often what comes to mind are jeans or khakis, paired with any top, including a T-shirt, as long as it looks polished.
If you really know me you would know that I usually plan and go a bit over board for my birthday.
I get all excited and cray cray about it, countdown the days, bug my sisters and friends with all my silly ideas, go out dancing and head home in the early hours, and basically act like its a super long holiday.
This year I kept things much more mellow if I do say so myself, I celebrated with friends and family I mean that was the best gift anyone could ask for.
My birthday weekend Ended with a Fun Night at Shrine Afrofusion Party Hosted by DIS-entertainment. Did so much in-between my birthday weekend Friday – Sunday… snapchat (chichi_nneka) got all that story.
The Second best part of my birthday was going to Miami that following week!!!!! Third time in Miami but it felt so different cause this time I wasn’t going with friends or my sisters….. I went with my Boyfriend. 🙂
barely took pics in MIA because, basically everyday was a No-MAKEUP day it was so humid I couldn’t take it.
Blushing so hard bae gave me a whole photoshoot I even had to capture the moment
Yall should know he didn’t just sit and agree to a damn photoshoot lmfaoooooo…..The story behind these pictures was; I simply was begging Jolo to take my picture and this nice middle aged caucasian lady heard me and answered my cries. She suggested we both take pictures together and even lead us to diff locations hehehehe …. Low-key she gave us a little interview about our relationship and it turned out she is a photographer and everyday womens journalist of real life stories. She also featured us on her IG page with a nice caption.
Overall My birthday Month was splendid!! now I will forever be turning 25!! its my not so perfect age. 🙂 SUMMER CAN OFFICIAL END NOW! CHURCH AGBASALA!!!
Chicago never gave us the summer we wanted so we planned a trip to Cancun, Mexico to enjoy the sun. Although cancun is a very popular destination for Spring Breakers, there are plenty of great reasons to visit Cancun at any time of the year. It was perfect timimng to celebrate my friends birthday plus go on vacation since we couldnt during 4th of july weekend our usual summer vaca period.
We stayed at Ocean Turquesa Cancun Resort and the area around and away from the main resort is bursting with historical interest including many sites of other resorts.
As a tropical destination, of course I expected temperatures to soar above 90 degrees, and for the most part it was way hotter than I thought. Cancun is definitely a place for swimsuits, topping up your tan, relaxing on the beach cocktail in hand, or simply chilling by the pool.
Got alot of questions about my hair and swimsuits. our color splash swimsuit is from an independent UK store Stay-Sick you can check them out here Stay-sick.com. For my hair suprisingly it is not Virgin like I ususally do; sometimes I dabble into that syntheic and human fiber blend hair especially when I only plan on keeping it for 2 weeks. My hair is Outre Batik Duo Premium Multi Blend Weave Caribbean Bundle Hair 5Pcs, I bought 2 packs and in toatal it cost me only $38. I found it at my local beauty supply but you can buy it here. My hair is in the color 27 and color 30, the lighter shade ontop. I was able to swim in this hair and also co-wash the hair.
On Saturday we also got the opportunity to experience thee genuine Mexican market, it was a bit overwhelming, becauce everyone wanted to stop us an take pictuers, I guess we looked very American. Me being the tourist I wanted to take pictuers of them. I enjoyed the market trip alot, got to try more local fruit and had one of the best beef tacos ever.
We participated in diffrent type of Zip- lining. the Best experience was zipling into the river!! for a girl who cant swim I was brave enough to do it.
So far the best part about Mexico to me were the fruits!!!!! I have never tasted anything as fresh or sweet like I did in Mexico. I also fell in love with Dragon friut, Lychee, and Guava. They even had sweet paw paw!!!
Overall we spent four days in Cancun and I only remembered my digital camera on day 3. Sadly this blog does not cover the whole of my trip but it is good enough for my memory bank and to share with my readers. In other news!!!!! Guess who has a birthday coming up???? ME!! ME!!! turning the big 25 … 23. You can follow me on snap at chichi_nneka and IG at chichi_nneka for Instant Update on all my paroles.
So I guess I can say I am at that weird midpoint between calling myself a soon to be MBA graduate and a proper grown up, it’s time to pull myself together and make sure I am well prepared for the big 25. It feels like I just turned 24 yesterday, and honestly I do have a good 5 months plus before my 25th birthday. This is me just preparing, reevaluating, and reassessing with a list of 25 things I need to get on board with and make it a habit.
Start saving: at the top of my 2015 long term goal. I am kinda sorta right on track , Ijust hope I keep it up. Personal saving just keeps me at peace, even though I have plenty of big sisters and loving parents to rely on its always good to build that habit of saving.
Travel: and I don’t mean locally, that’s easy to do. There’s nothing like experiencing a different way of life firsthand. I love traveling with the right people also, I swear it makes a difference in the experience. So far I have Mexico, Paris and Ghana listed in my places to visit before I turn 25/before 2015 is over.
Enjoy my friendship : Yes I am learning to save my free weekends for my real friends. Not every “lets meet up” will be taken seriously. My four categories: I have a definite number of my inner circle friends, Family friends, social media friends and friends by associates.
Budgeting: Honestly budgeting has been my best friend since I started Zurikgirl, nothing happens without a written budget (thanks to Manager Ajie) but it’s so hard for me to budget my personal life. I have to get serious with it apparently people who make a plan for their money end up winning with money. *Two snaps*
Exercise: You all do not understand how much I eat, I am always the one at the table with no doggy bag, I crave for cupcakes and pastries every other day and bread is one of my weakness. With all that being said my body is not 18 anymore, now I have to start making a conscious effort on eating right and working out.
Just do it: like Nike just do it : if your heart want it, don’t fight it, don’t force it. The Italians have a great word; “Asolare“. It means spending time in a meaningless but delightful way.
Eat Exotic Food: for a girl that loves food I am supper picky with what goes into my mouth -__-
Learn to Say No: “Learning to say “no” is an important skill and one that can dramatically increase the quality of our lives. “
Learn to Be Alone: honestly I have always been the girl in long term relationships; I can’t help it, but I also understand the quality of being alone, loving yourself and learning to enjoy your own company. Keeping a good balance is all it takes.
More Wine: I am not a drinker; I don’t drink hard liquor even during occasions, I don’t because I don’t like the taste and not because I feel like I am better than those who drink. But as of late I got introduced to sweet white wine and I am taking baby steps towards ordering wine when I go out. Less juice more wine
Read a romance novel: I can’t bring myself to read a romantic novel it doesn’t interest me. I dont believe in fairytales but i believe in LOVE. My sisters love romance novel, I am sure they will help me in this area!!. I can’t wait to say I finally read my first romance novel.
Vegas: Don’t ask me how I’ve always missed a Vegas trip!!! On three occasions I can remember, for some reason I never get to join on a trip to vegas, and the most recent one is about to happen. Poor me!!!
Mentor or volunteer: For as long as I’ve known my best friend (mimi) she has always had a mentee or been involved in a program where she lends her time for a good cause. I aspire to be like her, I just need to find the time, and place.There are lots of people who didn’t have it as good as I did.
Read the paper: one day I will go to the coffee shop, order my latte, sit down and pick up a newspaper and actually read it. We live in a world where we get all our news from apps, blogs, and fcbk.
Less Linda Ikeja: I am an addict!!! I love Linda, she inspires me and it doesn’t help that her blog is very entertaining and always up to date.
Lie in bed all day with the one you love: being still together, just being there with no other plans but to enjoy each other.
Appreciate my parents often: I am grateful to my parents for everything they’ve done for me. They’ve devoted the best and the most productive years of their life to bring up a happy person. Everything I am is because of them and God. I promise to love and take care of my parents now and in the future.
Prayers: More prayers because they work. Pray in good times, in bad times more prayers at every moment.
Jamaican club: One day I need to roll with joof or mimi and just rock out all night at a hot Jamaican night club. Let me just whine all night with a hot or not so hot Jamaican dude.
Make a new Friend: I suck at making new friends and not at meeting new people
Become a morning Person: because morning people stay winning and I have to be on the winning team
Quality over quantity: I need to practice this in every aspect of my life from as high as career decisions to as low as picking out a meal on the menu.
Speak Igbo: a start will be replying my mom back in igbo as to that Is all she speaks to us. I honestly wish I learned how to speak igbo fluently.
Be Happy: One word: contentment.
Gratitude: Everyone wants to feel appreciated. It means showing respect and understanding. Life is better with gratitude and Business thrives on appreciation.
P.S: When I started my blog two years ago, My first blog post was “10 facts about me” . For a change in blogging sake I created an anonymous platform for my readers, friends, facebook friends and such…. I will be doing my 37th post and first vlog on “ask chichi 25 question” so feel free to ask me anything you would like to know here
Early this week I did a quick shoot with chuck Star photograper. The shoot was for SLV a Chicago Nigerian singer. He has a new single coming out and he wanted me to be the single cover art . The title of the song is called “AMAKA” translation in english means BEAUTIFUL. I am actually feeling the song, sounds like the perfect love song to listen to right now. When my sister told me about the offer, I felt mushy because I am not a model lol but who doesnt love a good photoshoot. I was told to depict the look of an African igbo princess and ofcourse I had to be sexy with it.
I will post the link to the song on my fcbk page when it is released.