ALWAYS A LADY

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.

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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!

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My shoes are Badgley Mischka, and My purse I purchased from Aldo last summer.

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XOXO

-CHICHI OF NIGERIA

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25 things before I turn 25

IMG_3501So 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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*
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Eat Exotic Food: for a girl that loves food I am supper picky with what goes into my mouth -__-
  8. Learn to Say No: “Learning to say “no” is an important skill and one that can dramatically increase the quality of our lives. “
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!!!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Prayers: More prayers because they work. Pray in good times, in bad times more prayers at every moment.
  19. 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.
  20. Make a new Friend: I suck at making new friends and not at meeting new people
  21. Become a morning Person: because morning people stay winning and I have to be on the winning team
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Be Happy: One word: contentment.
  25. 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 

THE DAY MY SISTER CHANGED HER LAST NAME

IMG_9710When I was younger, the idea of my older sister getting married and moving out seemed like…well, the worst idea ever; and when it actually happened it was something hard to swallow.  I am very close to all my sisters, and  extremely similar and extremely different as only sisters can be. I knew that whenever she moved out, I’d  finally move into her room which I wanted so bad! infact for a while that was the only thing keeping me from feeling sad when I thought about her leaving. The thought of life without her around seemed not just terrible, but simply impossible. I couldn’t Imagine life without her around…… and the day finally came! first up her traditional wedding.

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I also Joined my little cousins in dancing to introduce the bride.
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TRADITIONAL CAKE

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As she welcomed her HUSBAND into her fathers compound
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The igbo tradition

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When she was sixteen, she and my (now) brother-in-law started dating. When she was twenty six, he got down on one knee one beautiful evening on our trip to Lagos in December and asked her to be his wife. One year later, we all took that yearly december trip to Lagos, Nigeria and after all of my agonizing anticipation, the day finally arrived. I was a bridesmaid!!! another excitement that kept  away the thoughts of my sister leaving.  It was my very first time and I was so honored for it to be for my sisters wedding.  Her traditional wedding was beyond beautiful, I watched my sister marry the love of her life in my fathers first compound in Imo state Owerri; Dikenafia Village.  With a happy smile she carried her cup of palm wine and danced softly in search of her husband. It was such a happy day, never seen my dad smile all day but that day he was smiling from ear to ear.

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ASOEBI GIRLS!
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NOW SHE IS A DELTA IGBO WOMAN
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SISTERS – MISSING ONE!(AMAKA) DUE TO MED SCHOOL EXAMS
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THE COUPLE. MR AND MRS OKOLIE

I’m almost certain I cried more than anyone else after the church wedding, but the thing is — it wasn’t because I was sad. Yes, there was the pain that comes with waving good-bye to a good chapter in one’s life, but it was more tears of awwww look at my sister finally its happening for her; after over ten years relationship, long distance and all the other obstacles, it finally happened! they got married.

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BRIDESMAIDS
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ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER
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I WAS A BRIDESMAID!
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WE ALL LOOKED LIKE GODDESS
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OUR GIFTS AS BRIDESMAIDS. JUICY COUTURE SETS

 

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BREATHTAKING
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HER HAPPY DAY

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The wedding planning phase was intense, and YES  my sister was a bridezilla lol, if she wants a particular thing it is in your best interest to get her that exact thing. Shout Out to her wedding planner she did a good job and did it gracefully.

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MY INLAWS
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SHARP
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SECON DRESS
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GROOM AND GROOMS MEN
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FUN PHOTOSHOOT WE HAD
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TRUE LOVE
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LOOKING SHARP

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Since I was on the internal side on planning my sisters  wedding , I inevitably have a few ideas of do’s and don’ts  by default for my own wedding. Overall My sisters big day was everything and more, most beautiful bride till date. My sisters wedding was so much fun, I wont be able to upload all her pictuers but these are a few best moments for me personally. her full wedding album will be going to her wedding website.

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I have also learned to be okay with the occasional sting of loneliness. I know that if I need one-on-one “sister time” I can just ask for it. Besides, some things never change. My sister would drop everything in a heartbeat if I need her. What more does a girl need?

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XO

CHI-CHI OF NIGERIA

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WEDDING OVER LOAD! FOR A GIRL THAT DOESN’T  LIKE WEDDINGS I HAVE BEEN TO THREE WEDDINGS BACK TO BACK. TWO WEEKS AGO I WENT TO MICHIGAN WITH MY SISTERS FOR A CLOSE FRIEND OLDER BROTHER’S WEDDING.  I ALSO HELPED IN DISTRIBUTING FABRIC FOR THE BRIDAL TRAIN (ASOEBI), SO IT MADE PLENTY SENSE TO ATTEND THE WEDDING EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ALL THE WAY IN MICHIGAN.

FRIDAY NIGHT WAS THE TRADITIONAL.

SILK TIE & BLOUSE I MADE FOR MYSELF AND MY SISTER… P.S I HATE THIS LOOK NOW! THIS IS MY LAST OF IT!

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FOR THE WHITE WEDDING I WAS COMFORTABLE IN MY MAXI AND HEELS.

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THE NIGHT LIFE IN MICHIGAN WAS PRETTY WACK!! 😦  LITERALLY IT WAS BLAH!!!!!!!!!!!  NOT LIKE I WAS EXPECTING ANYTHING GRAND.

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THIS PAST WEEKEND.

FRIDAY AFTER WORK I WENT DOWNTOWN CHICAGO TO A NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED BY N.A.P.A (NIGERIAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION) I WENT WITH A PURSE FULL OF BUSINESS CARDS, A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND READY TO INTERACT.  IT WAS A NICE TURN OUT, SAW SOME FAMILIAR FACES, INTRODUCED MYSELF AND ZG TO NEW FACES,  MADE SOME POTENTIAL PR MOVES…. OVERALL IT WAS WORTH MY TIME AND GOING.

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AFTER DOING SOME ZURIKGIRL WORK, I AND MY SISTERS WENT DOWNTOWN FOR FATHERS DAY SHOPPING /DRINKS WITH FRIENDS.

THIS WHOLE WEEKEND MY LIPS WERE GLOSSY, I HAD EVERYONE SAYING “YOUR LIP-GLOSS IS POPPING”  LOL. I LOVED IT!

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SO I MADE THIS “CHICHI” RULE THAT I MUST WEAR SOMETHING SHORT EVERY WEEKEND. PLEASE ASK ME WHY??  HMMM WELL BECAUSE ITS SUMMER!!!!! CHICAGO WINTER HAVE SHOWED US PEPPER, PLEASE ALL I WANT TO DO THIS SUMMER IS WEAR SHORT SHORTS AND DRINK SMOOTHIES.

 

 QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT!!! IF YOU ARE IN CHICAGO SAVE THE DATE!!! JULY 19TH!! COME SIP, SHOP & SOCIALIZE  WITH ZURIKGIRL AND OTHER LOCAL BRANDS.  FREE ADMISSION!! DRINKS, AND LIGHT APPETIZERS FOR ALL!!  SO COME EARLY AND READY TO SHOP AND MINGLE

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SHE. ME. HER. (WEEKEND GAL)

I am clearly going to be posting more often on my blog because I figured out how to make my iphone pics more worthy.  I seriously cannot remember to take my canon with me at all times, I mean I can barely remember to wear earrings after dressing up (I hate it when I forget to wear earrings… worst feeling ever!!!)  not to even talk about bringing my canon with me every time I go out.  ANYWAYS, moving along… this past weekend was pretty good; started my Friday at the mall, no I wasn’t shopping I can tell you now I am more of an online shopper, I literally buy everything online… Hair, clothes, shoes, electronics, Gbo Gbo  EGbo I buy them online. I ended my FRIDAY at a friends House Party, I think we were celebrating his new job and some other great accomplishments…  lol well it was a party sha and I was there with my hookah. God save me this summer cause this hookah thing I will OD on it, we all know too much of anything is not good for you.

SATURDAY was another wedding day, and I decided to make my wedding outfit. Along with a whole lot of girls in the world I am  obsessed with FLORAL PRINT! and yes I did put a crown on there just to emphasis on floral being King in all SS14 trend. 1   I try to buy Fabrics that come in wholesale quantity and re-sellers price because I just don’t do it for myself  but also for zurikgirl. This Summer ZG will be testing the waters on our own lable ZURIK by zurikgirl.  Just a few designs and items will be available coming soon this June at zurikgirl. 2

I was a little discouraged when I laid it on my bed and it almost looked like my bed-sheets.

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Then I got done with my skirt and it looked good.

 

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AFTER I WAS DONE I LOVED IT! EVEN WITHOUT TRYING IT ON!

 

SATURDAY GETTING READY TO ATTEND THE WEDDING

 If you really know me, you would know I am not a fan of Makeup, for me to be a girlie girl I really hate putting makeup on my face unless I need it.  It doesn’t help that today its all about contouring of the face and heavy eyebrows; good thing my eyebrows are not thin and I am content with just the regular way of applying makeup until the occasion permits and I have  a professional MUA to contour my face to the GODS.

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Showing you my face because my sister Yewande is into makeup and she did my sharp smokey eye! which I loved.  For all my ZG  photo shoots she handles the makeup department and I am very grateful for her.

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I did my Lashes myself and well…. I tired lol

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SUNDAY CHURCH OUTFIT. I TRIED THIS MIXING PRINT THING AND IT LOOKED GOOD. DIFFERENT SNAKE PRINTS AND COLOR.

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AFTER BRUNCH WITH THE FAMILY, I MET UP WITH ONE OF MY GOOD FRIENDS DUPE, SHE’S BEEN TELLING ME  ABOUT THIS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!  HIDDEN WHOLESALE FABRIC STORE FOREVER!!.  BEING THAT THE STORE OWNERS ARE JEWISH, THEY HAVE THE MOST RANDOM STORE HOURS, CLOSED ON SATURDAYS AND OPEN ON SUNDAYS TILL 4PM.  OF COURSE AFTER MISSING OUR EXIT AND TURNS A COUPLE OF TIMES WE FINALLY MADE IT TO THE STORE AND HAD ONLY 30 MINUTES TO LOOK AROUND 😦

 

I FOUND THIS IMPRINT ORGANZA FABRIC AND LOVED IT!!!!

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I WILL DEFINITELY BE GOING BACK TO LOOK AROUND! THE STORE IS HUMONGOUS!! AND 30 MINUTES FELT LIKE ONLY 2 MINUTES!

P.S: SHOULD I ADD THIS TO ZG