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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Individuality in 2009!

Happy new year!! It was on this day in 2008 that I had this crazy idea to start a blog - so i guess its also happy 1st anniversary. 2008 was definitely interesting - both good and bad. It's been great communicating with other bloggers and the readership of this blog is something I'm really grateful for so THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

I've come full circle - this time last year, I was in England graduating and ready to begin an exciting career. Now, I have moved back home to Lagos, Nigeria to start what I hope will be a fantastic experience. Having been in the UK for the last 8 years, the decision to leave was a very hard one but a wise person told me "It's better to move forward however challenging than remain comfortable in a stagnant position". I must admit that I am still skeptical about if it was the right thing to do.

Lagos takes some getting used to - there is a huge difference between coming home for holidays and staying permanently! NEPA (constant power cuts), corruption, traffic jams, armed robbery, Nigerian attitude towards business and work (customer service - non existent), no formal retail sector (damn!) and the general feeling that someone is always waiting to stab you in the back to get ahead.

Suddenly, no matter how hard you try, you have to become a 'type A personality' because having any other personality will surely ensure that you always finish last. Nice means push-over here! It's a trait that should only be shown to close family and friends.

I've only been back for 4weeks so I'll keep you posted on how I'm surviving :-)

As for resolutions, I won't bother this year because I achieved none of the ones i set last year...except for being more fabulous! I Think I am nearly in the mindset of being comfortable with individuality when it comes fashion. People might not always get your fashion sensibilities but then again people don't always get people (you can't like everybody) and since fashion is usually an expression of who you are, people don't have to understand or like your interpretation. So it's okay.

I now appreciate the importance of detail. I love small flashes of colour with dark pieces, a quirky cuff that contrasts something sombre. It's the way a jacket or simple dress is belted or pinned with a brooch or how the choice of hairstyle can take a look from soft and feminine to cool and edgy.

Trends are great but I really want to encourage everyone to celebrate individuality - it's really up to you, don't be afraid and remember - it's all about attitude!!

Best Wishes,

(Taking time-out on new year's day to appreciate the things nature has to offer)


SET said...

Best wishes, It is a big move. I am contemplating the same. It is very scary to get out of the comfortable place you are used to. But you will do well, I am hoping the best for you.

Dropsofglamour said...

Thank you so much :-)

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Tiger Tem said...

Hello! Make sure you keep us all posted on how you're finding it all in Lagos. What are you going to do?