Serving Style Vol 2.09 October 2018
FASHION TOLERANCE PLEA
Spot of the Month YVES ROCHER
STARTING A FASHION BRAND IN NIGERIA
SPOT OF THE MONTH YVES ROCHER
#GottaHaveIt LAGOS BABE MINK LASH BY H.O.S COSMETICS
editor's note 03 feature article 06 interviews10 starting a fashion brand in nigeria 12 t-shirts that speak volumes14 recipes of the month15 the top 10 16 the natural hair journey for lagos babes 22 top 9 instagram posts 28 those perfect shoes 30 finding your personal fashion balance 34 photo of the month 35 homemade beauty product recipes 36 how to take care of your wig38 scouting for the next faces of fashion in lagos 39 the guide 40
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RESTAURANT REVIEW BRASS AND COPPER
Photo Credit: Tannaz Bahnam Make-Up by: Ekomobong Akinseye @Mobongies 08053259129 Model: Mfonabasi Itama Cap: @Maffyitama #Thorned
The major fashion weeks for Spring/Summer 2019 are over but we don’t have these seasons so I suppose we do not need to worry too much about them. Instead we have Lagos Fashion & Design Week and other shows and festivals fast approaching that celebrate local and international fashion designers and are more relevant to our climate. Weather is very important when thinking about fashion and beauty. Harmattan dries everything up and when those rainy mornings come, you might just need to cover up a little more. With this in mind you may need to invest in some beauty products that keep your skin looking good. However, there is no need to break the bank. You can make products at home and we have started you oﬀ with some ideas. Shopping in Lagos is not easy; you aren’t really sure where to go and how to make sure you get the best bargain. Avid shopper, Korede Ojelade, shares some tips. When talking about fashion we sometimes forget the models. They are integral to the fashion industry so we interviewed Elizabeth Isiorho about her last 10 years owning a modelling agency and you can read about what is required to be the next face of fashion. There is so much more from wig upkeep to ﬁnding your own style, so I will stop and let you read on. #DiscoverLagos #ExperienceLagos #LostinLagos #LostinLagosMagazine Yours, Olamide
Olamide Udoma-Ejorh Editor-in-Chief Lost in Lagos Magazine
LOST IN LAGOS Vol 2.09 October 2018 FOUNDER Tannaz Bahnam PUBLISHED BY Knock Knock Lifestyle Solutions, Ltd. PRINTER Mapleleaf Press Ltd. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Olamide Udoma-Ejorh EDITOR Mona Zutshi Opubor DESIGN P.INC Graphic Design Haus CONTRIBUTORS Mona Zutshi Opubor, Elizabeth Isiorho, Bola Allison, Anthony Adebo, Atim Ukoh, Umamï, Korede Ojelade, Vanessa Walters, Kwen Maye, Fiyin Tunde-Onadele, Lanre Oladejo SALES INQUIRIES email@example.com
A bit about the Product of the Month:
Every month I source products from local businesses, shops and designers to tell you what’s new and hot in Lagos. These products can be anything from a tasty meal to a scoop of delicious ice cream, from a piece of furniture to a cute designer wallet. This month, I’ve picked three everyday fashion and beauty products.
Lagos Babe Mink Lash by H.O.S Cosmetics Eye Drama
H.O.S Cosmetics are new to the scene and they have started strong with Siberian Mink Lashes. I am not an everyday-wearing-lashes lady but for parties and weddings I am ready for some eye drama. There is no ‘face beat’ without lashes. The H.O.S Cosmetics are uniquely handcrafted and come in five different styles: YT, Fearless, Lagos Babe, Audacious, and The Banks.
Liz Slippers by Koélé and Atwazi Handmade Perfection
Koélé and Atwazi make simple and unique handmade slippers. You can find them online and when you do, look through their collection. I am sure you will find a style and colour palette that suits you. With such a variety, you can show your style and personality through your slippers. The slippers are all made in Nigeria with real attention to detail. The fine stitching all around the insole and rubber soles give extra comfort and a seamless look.
Almond, Lemon Grass & Moringa Soap by Hibiskus Naturals Herbs & spices in a soap
Hibiskus Naturals is motivated by 5,000 years of exotic ancient wisdom, as all products are inspired by Ayurveda herbs and spices and enhanced by aromatherapy fruit and flower essences that nurture the skin to perfection. Their product range includes body butters and shea soaps made out of 43% shea butter, as well as glycerin soaps, natural shower gels, hair oils, and bath and body massage oils. I really love that they promote the raw materials industry in Nigeria by using products like shea butter, ube, palm kernel and neem.
A bit about me:
I am a young, 30-something lady who loves Lagos and trying new things. From restaurants and exotic food, to experiencing new places and cities, I love new new! Having new businesses and companies pop up in Lagos on a daily basis makes Lagos exciting and a fantastic place to live, work and play.
SERVING STYLE featured columnist Mona Zutshi Opubor
In the early 2000s, I gave birth to several children within a few years. I was a stay-at-home mom outnumbered by small people in diapers. My uniform consisted of maternity clothes stained with various baby fluids, bras with snaps in odd places, and pants stretchy enough to accommodate a third trimester pregnancy. Unfortunately, I still dressed like this when my youngest started school at age three. My look told the world, “This woman has given up.” I moved from New Jersey to Nigeria dressing shabbily and was horrified by what I encountered. Lagosians were fashionable. Women had perfect manicures and pedicures. Their hair was stylish and tidy. Clothes fit well. They could look great in work attire and in native dress. In my old life, a friend would put on lipstick or change her earrings and I was impressed she had made such an effort. But fashion in Lagos was like moving from simple arithmetic to calculus and I was unequipped. I hired a tailor but didn’t know how to instruct him. I gave him 18 yards of garish fabric, some vague directions and he returned with long dresses that made me look like a sack of yams. Each time we left the house and I saw women in flawless makeup whose taut bottoms bounced appealingly in booty enhancing styles, I wanted to cry.
I became inspired by the beautiful and stylish women of Lagos and decided to do better. Over the years I’ve changed. I look less horrible now. When I visit my parents, my mother stares at me with tears in her eyes, saying “I always wanted my daughter to be presentable.” I wonder whether I’ve gone too far in the other direction, though. Taking pride in one’s appearance is great but I now take it for granted and have even come to expect it from others. Living in Lagos normalises female perfection. Everyone makes the effort to dress like a million bucks so you only notice someone’s appearance when they’re bedraggled. I caught myself doing this while watching the World Cup on TV this summer. The SuperSport commentators were broadcasting the halftime show from the mainland. A few male reporters analysed the game and I didn’t pay much attention. Then a female reporter began to wander through the crowd, interviewing fans. I found myself carefully examining her eyebrows, checking her armpits for sweat stains and studying her lipstick. I was so busy scrutinising her appearance that I didn’t listen to what came out of her mouth.
How could this happen to me? I—a champion of women’s rights and a graduate of a single sex school—have come to hold double standards for men and women. I don’t want to be this way. I want to treat my children exactly the same. However, when my daughter recently decided to travel on an airplane in pyjamas with her hair stuffed into a knit cap, I was appalled. “You look like you just wandered out a mental asylum,” I told her. It shames me to admit that when my son runs to Ebeano with me in his pyjamas, I think it’s adorable.
I went to a popular Lagos hairdresser this year for a haircut. I don’t colour my hair and this infuriated him. He told me I looked awful, old and ugly with the 12 grey hairs that I now possess. He said my daughters would be far more beautiful than me and I was bewildered. Aren’t daughters meant to surpass their mothers? He insulted me again and again as he trimmed my hair. A woman walked in with a bag of old wigs. The staff lovingly washed and tended to these hairpieces with more kindness than I received. But I understand the stylist’s anger and frustration. A customer who colours her hair every few weeks is a much more lucrative proposition than someone who comes in for only one haircut a year.
I don’t want to colour my hair, though. I am growing old and I don’t mind. I feel fine about my looks. I didn’t like being abused for my choices at the hair salon yet I am no better. I silently judge other women whose style doesn’t suit me. Can we all try to be more tolerant of those around us, those whose choices differ from our own? I vow to improve. As in many aspects of life, all I can do is try. Have some compassion for us Lagosians who aren’t perfect, who are sloppy or worn out or just plain old. Everyone deserves acceptance and love.
Mona Zutshi Opubor is an Indian-American and Nigerian short story author and memoirist. She is studying for her MSt in Literature and Arts at the University of Oxford. Follow her on Instagram @mopals5
SERVING STYLE written by Tannaz Bahnam
YVES ROCHER In 1959, Yves Rocher had a vision. Having learnt about the healing power of plants from a healer in La Gacilly, France, he understood the power of botanicals and became a pioneer of Botanical Beauty. He used natural ingredients to create his line of beauty products, making them affordable so everyone could enjoy them. His philosophy lives on today, almost 60 years after he founded Yves Rocher; a promise to use only natural and traceable ingredients in all his beauty products that are accessible to everyone, the democratisation of beauty. His commitment to his vision is what has made Yves Rocher the number one cosmetic brand in France. The Yves Rocher’s products are all botanical-based, using plants from all over the world, including acacia, avocado, almond, cherry, camomile, shea, cocoa, echinacea and many more, as active ingredients. In order for an ingredient to penetrate and assimilate the skin, the skin must recognise the ingredient, which is why only natural botanical ingredients recognised by the skin are used, making them more effective. The ice plant, an active ingredient in the Serum Vegetal anti-wrinkle product line, is a versatile plant from South Africa that can survive in any environment. Also known as the life plant, the ice plant can assimilate into and rejuvenate the skin making it the most effective anti-wrinkle product. The Serum Vegetal range includes Wrinkles and Firmness, Wrinkles and Radiance and Wrinkles and Lifting. Each range has ice plant as an active ingredient, in addition to one other plant extract. For example Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Firmness includes the active ingredient acacia gum, which reduces the speed at which the skin loses collagen, firming the skin to make it look more radiant. lostinlagosmagazine
Their White Botanical range for luminous and youthful skin, gives translucency to the skin thanks to its active ingredients of white licorice and white lupin. The white licorice brightens and smooths dark spots on the skin, while the white lupin has effective anti-aging properties that together create a more youthful look. Living in Lagos, our skin is exposed to harsh environments, from the sun to the pollution and the stresses that come with the daily grind, all of which shows on one’s skin. Their Elixir Jeunesse is a range for virtually anyone fighting the aging process caused by lifestyle, environment and fatigue. Its active ingredient is Aphloia, also known as bark changer. This detoxifying plant has the ability to shed its bark, generating a new one when it encounters harsh climates, a perfect ingredient in their anti-pollution range. But for those looking for something specific for their skin type, from the super dry dehydrated skin to the oily acne prone skin, they have a special range of face products and a recommended skin regimen with moisturisers, cleansers and serums formulated to rebalance your skin. The Hydra Végétal range is created to hydrate skin deprived of moisture with a key ingredient: maple sap. The maple sap, combined with blue agave sap, has been innovated by Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Research to lock moisture into dehydrated skin. While the Hydra Végétal is for dry and dehydrated skin, the Sebo Végétal range is for combination to oily skin. Sebo Végétal helps purify the pores and regulate sebum production that causes blemishes. The botanical active ingredient in SeboVégétal is the purifying Baikal powder, a powerful ingredient that purifies the skin to create a perfect matte finish
Beyond face care, Yves Rocher produces a large range of natural botanical products that care for your whole body, from Tahitian hair oil to an extensive range of exquisitely smelling bath products to meet your different moods, from relaxation to sensual and invigorating scents. Let your shower gel set the mood for the day! The men are not forgotten, with a range designed exclusively for them, including fragrances and face care products adapted specially for men. The beauty of Yves Rocher is not only their commitment to using natural botanical ingredients in all their products, but their commitment to the environment with all their products developed using an eco-design approach. Through their foundation they have already planted almost 60 million trees because with every product bought, a tree is planted. The Yves Rocher brand has been built on integrity and a promise to always stay true to their origins: creating products that are safe and natural and accessible to all, while supporting the environment. There is a belief that no matter your appearance if you feel and Act Beautiful then you will make better decisions that will enhance your beauty. So Yves Rocher says #ActBeautiful! Yves Rocher Shops: The Palms Mall Lekki, Lagos t: 07045530223 Shop K01 Novare Mall, Lekki, Lagos t: 07045518441 Shop U13 Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja t: 07046236249 @yvesrochernigeria Photography by: Rachelola Photography www.rachelolaphotography.com
SERVING STYLE An Interview with Elizabeth Isiorho Director of Beth Model Management @bethmodelafrica
Can you please tell us who you are and what you do? My name is Elizabeth Isiorho. I am the director of Beth Model Management, the first and foremost modeling agency in Nigeria. I am also the CEO of Prive Luxury Events. I manage, scout, empower, develop and launch the careers of young individuals whose aims are to pursue careers in modeling. How did you get into the modelling industry? I relocated from London, about 14 years ago and when I arrived in Nigeria, I began receiving a lot of modeling offers so I embarked on a search for modeling agencies in Nigeria. I found out there weren’t any standard modeling agencies here. I decided to start up one and here we are today. Beth Modeling Agency has been around for over 10 years. That is a real achievement. What has it been like running the business? It’s been an amazing run. Of course, there have been challenges but we have overcome them and today we are stronger. What have been the big successes and what have been the challenges? We’ve had various big achievements. To mention a few: gaining the franchise to organise Elite Model Look in Nigeria; my models being the first to walk for international designers and shoot campaigns; having the first black model to ever win Elite Model Look Worldwide and my model being only the second Nigerian to ever be selected for Victoria’s Secret. I feel fulfilled for a lot of things. It’s been a beautiful journey. My major challenge is visas. We’ve lost so many opportunities because of this. I know it’s a general issue for Nigerians, but I feel these models are going out there to represent us. Some kind of agreement should be made with embassies. How do you find models? And are the models on your books all local to Nigeria? We scout and we accept online submissions. We have local models and we have international models. We’d obviously love for all of them to be international but being honest with ourselves, it’s really not meant for everyone.
Concerns about the fashion industry’s promotion of extreme thinness are nothing new, and unhealthy weight-control practices are a serious problem in the industry. How does your agency deal with this issue? We don’t encourage anorexia or extreme thinness. We have different categories of models who are comfortable and are perfect in their respective sizes. We never push a model to lose weight, rather we advise them to always be in shape. Are there other issues that you have found that are peculiar to Nigeria? I am proud of where we are right now in the Nigerian fashion industry but I believe a lot more can be done. How have you managed to juggle the number of outfits, businesses and projects you run and work on? This might sound cliché, but it’s actually the grace of God, a great support system and an amazing team. How do you stay healthy and fit with everything that you do? [Laughs] I eat healthy and try to workout. How would you describe your style? Classy, sophisticated and simple. Who and/or what influences you in fashion, beauty, business and in life? In Business, Oprah and Richard Branson. In Fashion, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham. What's next for Elizabeth Elohor Aisien? I have a lot of project lined up for both Beth and Prive and I’ll wait to share.
SERVING STYLE An Interview with Bola Allison, Jewellery Designer @bola3jewelry
Please tell us about who you are and what you do? Iâ€™m Bola Allison. Iâ€™m a jeweler with over 15 years experience. I make one-of-a-kind bespoke jewelry pieces using precious metals and exquisite gemstones. All pieces are designed and handmade by me.
How is your work received locally and internationally? My work has been continually well received both locally and internationally. Locally, I operate by appointment only and internationally, my pieces are stocked by several stores.
How did you get into jewellery design? Has it always been something you wanted to do? My journey in making jewellery started in 2003 in Washington D.C. by chance. I sat with a jeweler at his bench and I was mesmerised. Immediately I knew I wanted to try my hand at creating jewelry. I told the jeweler, who also owned the jewelry store, that I was sure I could make jewelry. Amused, he encouraged me to give it a try and he would give me an honest critique. About three months later, I went back to the store with the four pieces I had made. I waited nervously to see the owner. When he came out of his office, he and some other jewelers examined the pieces I had made. He looked up and asked how much I wanted for all the pieces. As you can imagine, I was flabbergasted. That's how it all began and the rest is history.
What difficulties do young African designers face in trying to emerge in an increasingly dynamic global scene, and what advice would you give them? Master your craft. Focus on perfecting your product offering. Stop focussing on creating a brand. Rather, create international quality products. Once accepted by clients and customers, the brand will emerge. Master social media and learn to use it to your advantage. Don't cheat by buying followers and likes. Integrity is paramount. Brands are not built in a day.
How would you describe the brand's style? Who is your ideal customer? I have had many people tell me that they can identify a BOLA|3 piece. I don't have a signature design per se, but I do have a signature style and aesthetic. BOLA|3 pieces are all unique, elegant and beautiful with AAA quality gemstones and exquisite craftsmanship. BOLA|3's ideal customer is educated with discerning taste and style.
You have worked with brands all over the world. Do any cities influence your work? As an artist, every experience influences your mind and in turn, your art. Over the years, I find that I'm more creative during my travels. I'm influenced by the people I've come across in my travels, naming pieces after them. I'm also influenced by my garden. I have a love for plants and I marvel at the colours and patterns and the glory of God in them. In my latest collection, called True Blood, the colour palette is very soft, incorporating cultured pearls, spinel, Italian coral, mandarin garnets, tourmaline, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, tanzanite and many more exquisite gemstones. How do you balance creativity with commerce? Business is business. My studio is not a museum. As a creative, no matter how much we say we are in it for the art, we need and want to sell our work. I have learned much by working with talented business people in the fields of P.R. and management. Who are your style icons and your favourite designers and/or brands? I don't have a style icon. My favourite jewelry designers are Glenn Spiro and Viren Bhagat to name a few. What's next for you and your brand? You will have to wait and see!
SERVING STYLE written by Anthony Adebo, CEO & Founder of Kingdom & TIA @maisonkingdom @tiainternational
Starting a in Nigeria
At the moment a lot of people are attempting to create fashion brands in Nigeria. It’s a good time to be in the Industry. There is a marked difference from five years ago to now. The infrastructure progression has helped this immeasurably. Access to faster internet, better shipping options and payment systems are some of the things that have aided this. We started our first brand, Kingdom, in 2014 in London. Our concept was a luxury brand offering the best of Italian styling whilst retaining the formality of British tailoring so well known around the world. We rose steadily to gain a number of clients around Europe and a few in Nigeria as well. We were noticed by a multitude of revered fashion magazines and fashion luminaries. However, behind the scenes of the gloss of magazine articles and interviews there is so much going on that getting it right and progressing is very hard. We started our second brand T I A (This is Africa) more recently. We have found this to be very difficult, however the client base is wider and customer reviews are great. We are plugging a gap in that it’s very hard to get EU quality underwear regularly here. People don't want to have to go to London or Dubai to do their shopping. Our USP is that we have that quality whilst being able to get it to clients quickly and reliably and also having a dedicated philanthropic approach. This has garnered a lot of interest and is something we weren't actually expecting to see.
Running a fashion label is not something one generally is taught. There are many courses on fashion design but not too many focus on the business side of things. For us, we approached it from this angle. In Nigeria there is a lot of raw talent when it comes to design; there are better schools and opportunities than in past years, however there is a distinct lack of retail channels and hard data on what is available and what is around. To build a brand, one can get lucky by some big supporters wearing it and then go on to gain further clients but this is not the norm.
Quality, in my opinion, is the single most important part of the brand. Many would disagree. Some brand strategies are bad quality and single purchase clients. It all depends. For us, we want our clients coming back. As with the food industry, finding reliable sources of certain items is hard. In my experience, to find the same materials all year round is an impossibility. Producing here is also difficult. For a lot of people, putting together the money to be able to afford the factory/workshop, salaries, etc., is a lot. This, coupled with the fact that many external factories will not look at you for under 5000 pieces a month makes for a very difficult entrée.
I see the best success coming from the bespoke areas. The start up costs are lower and the culture here is aligned with bespoke wear. Everybody has a tailor and it’s nice to wear unique pieces.
Starting a fashion brand should be fun. It’s a way to show the world what you are like creatively and that you are a talented, skilled artisan. I love the creation more than anything. I love working with talented individuals in their trade. I’m inspired by the artists we work with and giving people with no voice a real shot at being heard in the world. This is the beauty of fashion.
Perfect Winged Eyeliner
A winged eyeliner look, commonly referred to as the ‘cat eye’, is one of the most interesting eye makeup looks that there is. It’s one of those looks that can aﬀord you the choice between subtle, pronounced or even artistic. Your wing becomes a fond extension of your personality. For this look, you need a smudge-proof eyeliner.
How to apply:
Apply the liner with an angled or pointed brush from the inner to the outer edges of your upper lash line. Draw a thin diagonal line from your lower lash line out and up heading in the direction of the end of your eyebrow. Holding your eyelid as ﬂat and taut as possible, draw a straight diagonal line from the tip of the ﬁrst line down to the inner corner of your upper lash line. With these tips, you can achieve a simple yet timeless, quick and ﬂicked eyeliner. Remember to always take the line a step at a time as the need to go all the way all at once might lead to a big mess.
That said, don’t hold back, ladies! Take a deep breath, ﬂy on your wings of creativity and explore!!!
T-Shirts that Speak Volumes It's hard to imagine life without the T-shirt. After its humble beginning as an undergarment, it can now boast its growth as a staple in all wardrobes worldwide. To celebrate the tee we have put together a list of Nigerian T-shirt brands.
@thedrofu Drofu, real name Nnamdi Nwoha, is a Nigerian artist, born and based in the city of Lagos. His style of art can best be deﬁned as urban surrealism and it's crafted with the intent to resonate with a wide Nigerian and African audience. He personally prefers to describe his art as 'lush'. The contemporary art pieces can then be turned into prints on T-shirts or mobile phone covers.
@popcaven Pop Caven was birthed in 2016 with a vision to give a voice to Africans. They are artists, musicians, graphic designers, inﬂuencers, tastemakers and students. They fuse pop culture, retro nostalgia, African art and culture and all types of global inﬂuences into their tees to give a highly unique experience straight from Africa, delivered to the world.
@nack_apparel N.A.C.K is an acronym for the Nigerian Articulate Culture Kullection. In desperate times (2006), NACK was birthed to solve a complex problem – creating a uniﬁed identity for the diverse cultures of Nigeria and Africa at large. N.A.C.K is a casual fashion brand that designs and manufactures clothes and accessories for men, ladies and kids.
@literaticlothing Literati Clothing bridges the gap between nerd culture and Nigerian culture with its colourful legend tees. The T-shirts also portray political philosophy that meets urban fashion, bound to be a conversation starter wherever you go.
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BREAKFAST PIZZA INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter 1 piece of flatbread 2 tablespoons of seasoned tomato sauce (you can use leftover stew) 1/4 red onion 1/2 red, green, or yellow bell pepper (sliced) 1 sausage 2 eggs Salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Seasoning cubes 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese (grated) 1 teaspoon parsley
Atim Ukoh is the Creative Director of Afrolems, an African Food Blog. Afrolemsâ€™ main focus is to stylise African food so it can be internationalised. They aim to educate their followers with kitchen tips, cooking know-how, modifications of recipes from other cultures and interesting recipes from all over Africa. They like to play with foreign recipes, as well.
DIRECTIONS IIn a pan, heat your butter on low heat. Place your flatbread in the pan and take off the heat until you assemble the pizza elements. Smear tomato sauce on the flat bread. Add onion, bell pepper and sausage. Put the pan back on the fire still on low heat. Break your egg into a bowl and scoop one at a time onto the pizza. Season with salt, black pepper and seasoning cubes. Cover the pan and allow the egg to set. Sprinkle the cheese and parsley and allow to set. Serve your breakfast pizza warm with a hot or cold beverage.
Top 10 Places to get your Nails Done Your hands and feet never take a day off.
The Nail Boutique
Kick back, relax and enjoy the ultimate nail experience in this chic nail lounge with great vibes and gorgeous nails! Walex Hub, 5 Wole Ariyo Street Lekki Phase 1 t: 08180003526 t: 08050580800 @thenailboutiqueng
QM Nail Lounge
Vane Nail Bar
Home to the Nigerian owned premium luxury nail lacquer Vane, this nail bar caters to both men and women with expert technique in manicures, pedicures and all nail enhancements.
This nail lounge literally gives you perfection at your fingertips. With the range of nail services they provide for both manicure and pedicure treatments, youâ€™ll be sure to leave there looking fabulous!
Wollyâ€™s Mall, 27 Fola Osibo Road, Lekki Phase 1 t: 08098177474 @vanenailbar
13 Emma Abimbola Cole, Lekki Phase 1 t: 08160706498 @qmnail.lounge
The Nail Arcade These guys take nail art to another level! Get wild and creative with these skilled nail technicians who know how to pamper your extremities and transform your nails.
23b Adebayo Doherty Street, Lekki Phase 1 t: 08162270002 Shop 1 FSS Shopping Complex, Unilag t: 09035076656 @nailarcade
Mom and I Nail Studio
This is the cutest nail studio that not only offers great nail treatments for adults but also makes for a great date idea to create special moments with daughters with their mother/daughter treatments. 1a Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island t: 08055891099 @momandInailstudio lostinlagosmagazine
Why not pamper them every now and then and treat them to a nice mani or pedi in some of these cool spots?
The Nail Cottage
For a professional finish and great customer service, get your nails on fleek in this cozy little nail bar. The Hive Mall, Plot 16, First Floor, T.F. Kuboye Street, Oniru t: 07033398519 @thenailcottage
Colours By RL
This nail spa offers exotic and exciting treatments that you just have to try in their fun and stylish space!
This fun space is the perfect setting to get glammed up and pampered at the same time! This fully serviced beauty salon gets creative with their nail art and will have your nails looking fierce in no time!
Rade Mall, 21b Fola Osibo Street, Lekki Phase 1 t: 08052560974 t: 09094974357 @colorsbyrl
2 Alexander Road, Ikoyi t: 08026825201 @thebeautyboxlagos
The Nail Studio
With almost 30 years behind them, they are the real veterans in the game. These guys have the experience and style to keep your nails looking fly always! 9 Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island t: 019032695 @thenailstudiovi
The Nail Room
This is a place that cultivates beautiful expression through nails and takes pride in their craft! Step into the nail room to adorn your nails in style. 58 Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja t: 09031311017 1 Bank Road, Ikoyi t: 08092141402 @thenailroom_ng
written by Umami @umami_foodies
Brass and Copper
Brass and Copper is a contemporary restaurant and bar located in Lekki. The restaurant has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ with large windows that open up the space and the innovative use of unexpected materials like cages to create stylish furnishings accentuated by brass and copper. This creates a welcoming and tasteful atmosphere dripping with authenticity. The art hanging on the walls—which is for sale—as well as the plant detailing along the mirrors in the entryway, elevates the ambience. This atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a group dinner before a night out.
The menu does not offer a large variety of meal options but does offer, to those who are interested in the source of their food, the option of locally sourced or imported proteins. It is important to note that the imported proteins are more expensive. The menu includes pasta, seafood, beef, pork and chicken main dishes and a few starters which could definitely be expanded. While there, from the starters offered, we tried the Buffalo Wings and the Deep-Fried Calamari. The wings didn’t have an authentic buffalo sauce and the seasoning that was present didn’t have much of an impact. On the other hand, the deep-fried calamari was delicious, with a well-seasoned, perfectly crispy crust. The only flaw was that the calamari may have been a bit overcooked causing it to become chewy. Nevertheless, both were appropriately portioned given what was paid for them and the fact that they were starters.
Following this were the mains, the Shank It Up, a dish of lamb shank and mashed potatoes, and the Cluck n Surf, a pasta dish with a slightly creamy tomato sauce made with chicken and prawns. The lamb shank was covered with a spicy sauce that wasn’t overpowering, therefore allowing the delicious taste of the well-seasoned lamb to come through. The dish was made better by the fact that the meat was so tender it practically fell off the bone. Seeing as the lamb was so delicious, the mashed potatoes were a disappointment as they were more like smashed potatoes, not as creamy as they should have been. The menu does, however, offer various accompaniments for the shank to be chosen from. The Cluck n Surf was also spicy although the sauce had a peculiar underlying taste which was almost sweet and made it unpleasant. The pasta itself was too al dente. However, just like the starters, the main dishes were appropriately portioned and were worth the prices. The drinks menu offered a plethora of options, but the Virgin Mojito and Mango Juice were our choices. The virgin mojito was lovely and would be perfect for someone with a sweet tooth. The mango juice, on the other hand, didn’t have the strong flavour of mango commonly found in this juice. Overall, Brass and Copper has tasteful and modern décor that appeals to Nigerian youth. But the artful finesse in their décor is sadly not translated. The presentation of the dishes could improve, as well as the flavour profiles. Their menu doesn’t include desserts.
Brass & Copper 1 Olubunmi Owa Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 09081355555
Average Price Typical price of a three-course meal ₦ - less than 10,000 ₦ ₦ - 10,000 - 20,000 ₦ ₦ ₦ - More than 20,000
Value for Money 5/5 – For both the starters and the main meals the dishes were well portioned. Comfort 3/5 – We love us some booths, but the table was too far from the booth making it harder to eat. Service 2/5 - There was quite a long wait time for the food and the plates weren’t packed away immediately after each meal was done. Overall Rating
SUMMARY Good for Chill evenings, bomb selfies for Instagram, group lunches and shisha hangouts. Umamï is two people experiencing and documenting aesthetically pleasing food on their Instagram account @umami_foodies and spilling the tea on whether it tastes as good as it looks. ;)
SERVING STYLE Written by Vanessa Walters, Journalist, Writer, Naturalist and Former Editor of Genevieve Magazine and Guardian Life @VanessaWalters
The Natural Hair Journey for Lagos Babes Over the last few years, the natural hair movement has taken off in a big way here in Lagos. It is part of a dramatic revolution happening globally as African women put down the chemicals and their weaves, too, and embrace a more empowering beauty aesthetic. But what is this ‘natural hair’ phenomenon and why is it suddenly so popular in Las Gidi? Typical Lagos style is Kim Kardashian meets Naomi Campbell with an ankara plot twist. It is glamorous and dramatic. The accessories are flashy; high heels are a must and hair needs to wow! Packaging is everything in these streets, darling, and natural hair—hair that is not chemically straightened or added to with extensions—was previously considered unkempt and not tolerated in the workplace or socially. When I moved to Lagos eight years ago to helm Genevieve Magazine as Editor, sporting limp, relaxed hair almost to my shoulders, women mostly didn’t sport natural afros, dreadlocks or twists unless they were ‘artistes’ or traditional spiritualists. You needed an incredible amount of confidence (i.e., you were mad or on drugs) to wear your hair natural because socially it was associated with school-age girls/cornrowed house girls or hippie life. Having natural hair could stop you from finding a job, a suitable husband or being respected by your peers. To fit in, you needed the Indian, Mongolian, Pele, it doesn’t make dealing with the ‘natural hair’ any Peruvian or Brazilian and had to easier. African peoples have all sorts of hair types but pay a gazillion Naira for it. here in West Africa, hair is generally very fragile, tight curls that break easily and therefore struggle to grow to But in just a few years, lo and behold! Lagos has been influenced great lengths without a lot of patience and attention. Hair can be very dense, beautiful but difficult to manipulate or by a global movement of African it can be sparse and everything in-between. In general, heritage women from Lupita Nyong’o to Solange Knowles going afro hair shrinks a lot, especially in tropical weather and tangle. That doesn’t mean it won’t grow. Many African natural. On the red carpet here women have been able to grow waist-length hair through celebrities like Chidinma, Kate knowledge and discipline. Henshaw and of course feminist icon and author Chimamanda Adichie have been beautiful and empowering examples of Nigerian natural beauty.
Embarking on any natural hair journey no be small thing though. Like Alice in Wonderland it means entering a mystifying world where nothing makes sense and get curiouser and curiouser and somewhere along the line you’ll want to say off with their heads (meaning your own). Maya Angelou said hair is a woman’s glory but then she said it’s just hair. Come on, Aunty Maya, make up your mind! The struggle is not new. Late historian Cheikh Anta Diop observed ancient Egyptian royalty also wrestling with their hair, mummified as they were with hair extensions, braided wigs and afro combs. It’s great that we are getting more comfortable with our natural selves and finding alternatives to the dubious chemicals in relaxer creams plus the dubious origins of some of the hair we use. Nigeria is the world’s biggest market for hair extensions but some of that hair has come from human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. But a pure heart does not a perfect twist-out make. You need to understand your hair type. It’s a ‘twisted’ world of strange jargon, unfamiliar products and time-consuming hair styling. Is it any wonder that many of the ‘natural’ women of Lagos still depend on wigs (more afro styles though) and braids just to get to work on time? Everyone’s natural hair journey and reason for going natural is unique. Hair is a personal obsession. Mine has been about empowering myself and inspiring others. The past seven years have come with plenty of ups and downs but I’ve learned a lot about my hair and I’m mostly proud of it. But don’t listen to me. To pick another quote from Alice in Wonderland, the best way to explain it is to do it.
The Legend that is Nigerian Attire
Nigeria is a fashion conscious country and Lagos is where we never seem to get it wrong. You can find the latest trends for traditional wear at every celebration from celebrity wedding receptions to 80th birthday parties. No one is left out, but right now men seem to be taking all the shine. Before we think about what’s trending, let’s look at where these outfits came from.
Yoruba Traditional Wear
For tops, men’s Yoruba inner wear (Èwù Àwòtélè) include Bùbá, Esiki and Sapara. Over wear (Èwù Àwòlékè / Àwòsókè) include Dandogo, Agbádá, Gbariye, Sulia and Oyala. Native trousers (Sòkòtò) are sewn alongside the above-mentioned tops. Some of these are Kèmbè (three-quarter baggy pants), Gbáanu, Sóóró (Long, slim/streamlined pants), Káamu & Sòkòtò Elemu. In addition a man’s dressing is considered incomplete without a cap (Fìlà). Photo credit: mrkoachman.com
Igbo traditional wear
Isiagu, Wrapper and Senator Attire are the most common Igbo men’s attires and styles. Isiagu is essentially a pullover upper-body shirt. It is usually worn on special occasions such as weddings and other cultural festivals of great significance. It may be short or long-sleeved with gold buttons linked by a chain. The shirt may be worn with a trouser or traditional wrapper. The wrapper is usually tied to reach ankles. Senator Attire is a simple long-sleeved shirt and a pair of trousers. It was made popular by former Senate President Anyim Pius.
Hausa traditional wear
Kaftan is the most widely worn traditional native attire for the male folk in northern Nigeria. Hausa guys also like Agbada styles like other Nigerian tribes. The only difference is that Hausa guys wears wide sleeves Babban Riga which is translated as ‘King of Clothes’. It is similar to the Agbada but sometimes it reaches the floor. Shorter styles with folded sleeves are also common. Dashiki shirts are also popular. They are very comfortable and suitable for everyday wear.
The walking stick is a complementary part of the traditional Igbo attire for men. Titled holders are uniquely distinguished by a red cap with a feather in it and these caps are made exclusively from wool.
The traditional accessory is a round Fula cap. Alasho is also headgear. It is a Tuareg-style turban that hides part of the face. The fabric should be wrapped around the neck and head.
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Those Perfect Shoes
Nigerian weddings bring you a slice of expensive taste, forever vibrant and bursting with an array of beautiful colours tastefully selected and put together by either the bride and her array of friends or most likely one of her stylish Nigerian aunts. Needless to say that Nigerian weddings are an exquisite blend of fashion, culture and our rich African heritage all fused together in one to make the perfect recipe for that Nigerian wedding. Nigerian weddings are so rich and appealing to watch that Nigerian weddings have now landed a spot on Fox Live TV DStv to showcase our slice of expensive taste and rich culture and, of course, our unmatched love for wedding celebrations. If you have been invited to be a wedding guest at a traditional or English Nigerian wedding this season and you are lost in thought as to how to show up, please whatever you do make sure you put your best foot forward. Chances are you may end up on international TV or the front cover of a fashion magazine. Nigerian weddings can be compared to New York fashion week. We have decided to put together a collection of shoes and accessories for the men and women who plan on stealing the show at that Nigerian wedding this season . If you have been given that popular material called ‘Asoebi’ and you are wondering how to accessorise this outfit after your tailor must have done justice, the following purse and shoe combinations will look good with any traditional or English attire.
Look 1 THE SIMPLE CHIC COMBO Matching shoes and purse are a thing at Nigerian weddings.
You may want to consider low heel chic shoes to ensure you have a good time and a matching cute purse that can actually carry nothing else but your car key or mobile phone alongside to match that gorgeous fabric and beautiful shoes.
Look 2 SOPHISTICATED CHIC Glittery sparkly 3 or 4-inch mesh-detailed luxury shoes and a matching Swarovski or Bottega purse. This look will have everyone staring at you the moment you walk in. Be it Lace, George or Ankara, regardless of the fabric you have decided to wear, these accessories will bring any outfit to life.
LOOKS FOR MEN 1. Simple Agbada or Senator outfit with velvet cut shoes because keeping things simple in fashion has never failed. 2. 1000 yards Agbada style. It's no news that the Agbada trend has come to stay. Pair it with the perfect leather or patent shoes and you are good to go.
Written Written by by Tracy Ona Olisa, Nigerian Writer and Spinlet Aspiring Journalist @tracyjewel_
Finding your Personal Fashion Balance
Fashion can be termed as a popular style of clothing, footwear, accessories and a host of other little details that add spice, that are on trend or are the new ‘must have’. From the high-waisted corset gowns in the 50s and 60s, to the wide-legged pants that dotted the 80s landscape, and more recently, the skinny jeans and fringe invasion, fashion is constantly changing and evolving. It's the little à la mode changes that appear in the fashion industry periodically like chic accessories, new alterations on an existing design and bolder colours and prints. These fashion pieces are the new releases by top designers, splashed on the magazine covers, carried in every fashion store and on the most popular Instagram Influencer's page. These items usually make a new statement or are simply a variant of an old. They make bold statements in colours, e.g., neon as opposed to regular lackluster colours, size, the small bucket purses as opposed to big framed bags, form or the trend of the off-shoulder blouses and dresses as opposed to complete cover ups. The fashion industry is a highly dynamic one and is constantly evolving to accommodate new designers with their own ideas. Then there's us as well, not fashion designers, but those appropriately matching colour, form, design and texture to achieve a statement look. We want to be able to wear trendy clothes but not look exactly like everyone else. One might struggle to find themselves in the wave of new trends and different styles. It can be a struggle to find the perfect balance between remaining true to your personality, making your own statement and being in Vogue.
The question becomes, ‘What shall I do to be fashionable and not lose myself in the rush?’ 1. Define who you are: At the end of
the day, your personal fashion style is an extension of yourself. It's the first thing people see before you even open your mouth, so you want to make sure it's true to who you really are. You don't have to jump on every trend if it conflicts with your personal beliefs or makes you uncomfortable.
2. Define what your style is: Are you the Boss lady with the perfectly tailored suits, smooth hair and big black bags? The super edgy and fun lady with big sunglasses, brightly coloured hair and spike shoes? The super easy breezy hobo chick with the flowing dresses, sandals, long hair and layered jewelry? The nerdy girl who's stuck in jeans and sneakers all day, alternating only between ponytails and buns?
3. Define which items you need:
If you already know what kind of girl you are then it's easy to shop accordingly. Find the stores that cater to your unique fashion needs. Luckily, that's not too hard, since a lot of fashion stores already have their own niche. Mix and match the items to find what works for you. Occasionally throw in something that appeals to you but may not be your basic style. For example, trade those sneakers for heels, throw a blazer over your shirt and add a neon lemon purse for a new look that's still you, but trendy. Based on the preceding information, we can agree that your personal fashion style is definition and mix. A definition of who you really are with a good mix of what you like and what's available. It can actually get confusing sometimes, trying to find that perfect balance of personal style and fashion trends. However, remember to make it yours, make it fun and make your own fashion statement.
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Homemade Beauty Product Recipes
Handmade beauty products are always a huge hit as gifts and fortunately, even novice DIYers can create some pretty great natural, handmade, beauty products. And you probably have many of the ingredients needed to make some of these recipes lying around your homes already!
PEPPERMINT FOOT SOAK ESSENTIAL OILS RECIPE
OATMEAL EXFOLIATING BARS
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup gluten-free oatmeal 12 ounces melt and pour soap of your choice 10 drops of essential oils of your choice Rubbing alcohol DIRECTIONS In a double boiler, cube and then melt your soap over low heat, whisking frequently until completely melted and smooth. In a food processor, grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. In a silicone mold, sprinkle the bottom of each cavity with the ground oatmeal. Pour melted soap over the ground oatmeal. If any air bubbles occur at the surface, spray them with rubbing alcohol to disperse them. Allow your exfoliating oatmeal bars to harden in the mold for 3-4 hours before popping them out of the mold and storing them in an airtight glass container. (Chrystal Johnson)
DIY SWEET POTATO FACIAL MASK INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon raw or local honey 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato Dash vitamin C powder Splash of raw cranberry juice DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients together. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Follow with moisturiser. (jinxybeauty.com)
INGREDIENTS 2 cups of Epsom salts 1/2 cup baking soda 5 drops of peppermint essential oil DIRECTIONS Add ingredients to a bowl. Stir with wooden spoon to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a jar or bag, and use within a few weeks. To use, simply fill a small tub or large bucket with warm or slightly hot water. Add the salt mixture and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Don’t forget to follow up with a pumice stone and a good foot cream afterward. (fivespotgreenliving.com)
NATURAL FACE TONER
INGREDIENTS 10 tablespoons distilled water 2 tablespoons witch hazel 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil 2 tablespoons alcohol (optional for oily skin) DIRECTIONS Mix the above ingredients together and shake thoroughly to mix well. If you don’t have oily skin, you do not need to add the alcohol. Pour a small amount on a cotton ball and rub face to cleanse and tone face. This is a simple natural face toner. (www.mainlyhomemade.com)
SERVING STYLE written by Fiyin Tunde-Onadele General Manager, The Good Hair Space @goodhairltd @effkoko
How To Take Care of Your Wig
The Wig Life
A lot of Lagosians have become members of the wig wearing league. There are so many reasons for wig wearing but the main reason is that it helps protect and grow your natural hair. Wigs provide more flexibility, making it easy to switch up your look. Wigs can be a big investment especially when they’re made from human hair. With proper and detailed care of your wigs, they will last longer, look great and you will get your money’s worth in the long run. Follow Lost In Lagos wig care tips to keep your wig looking beautiful, shiny and clean
Before washing, detangle your wig! Brush the unit thoroughly with a wig brush starting from the tips and work your way to top. If it’s a tight curled wig, run your fingers through it. In a wash basin, with lukewarm water, rinse from root to ends. Using your hands, work premium shampoo through the hair. Use circular hand motion to clean the wig cap. Shampoo will get rid of dirt, smoke or grease. Gently apply conditioner through the body of the wig and leave on for 2 minutes to allow it to penetrate and soften the hair. Rinse the wig gently in cold water until all of the conditioner is totally removed. After rinsing, lightly squeeze and press hair
Make sure you never wrap your wig in a towel. Instead, shake excess water off after thoroughly rinsing and pat dry. Always air-dry your wig units so they can retain their natural style. Air drying retains the curl pattern more and also prevents heat damage so your wigs last even longer.
Lightly spray your wig with leave-in conditioner and comb. To keep your purchase looking fresh, use little drops of Argan oil to style and add moisture to the wig. Always use heat protectant sprays or balms before using any heat on your wig. Consider using a steam pod straightener and curler for a silk press. Silk press makes your wig last longer and is perfect if you’re going for a bone-straight look. Always treat your wigs to professional care as often as you can.
Wash usually twice every month and deep condition once a month if it’s everyday wear. If you alternate between several wigs, you can plan for every 5-7 weeks. However, if you wear your unit for long periods or longer hours and you sweat a lot, consider washing your unit once a week.
Deep Condition your wig unit if heat and styling tools are frequently used on your weaves. It helps replace moisture loss from heat styling and everyday wear. Deep conditioning restores strength to hair follicles especially after coloring and dying. Use products high in keratin for deep-conditioning. For maximum results, make sure to deep-condition overnight.
How do I Store my Wig?
Always store your wig in a cool open place.
Mannequin head: Mannequin heads aren’t just for
beauty salons. They are perfect to keep your styled wigs intact.
Bag or Box: Did you keep the pretty silk bag or box your
wig unit came in? That’s a perfect place to store your wig when you don’t wear it often. Don’t forget to turn it inside out and store it in a bag or box.
Wig stands are specially made for wig storage and upkeep. They keep the shape of your wig intact and styled wig curls popping. You can style your curl or straighten your unit whilst it’s fitted on the stand. Find a wig store near you because they’re usually affordable.
Where Not To Store Your Wig: On your
bathroom door or wardrobe door.
Caring for your synthetic wigs is also as easy. Follow the same steps with human hair but use less shampoo. Wrap in cling film and put over heat. Steaming your synthetic units can work like magic after washing and drying.
written by Kwen Maye, model manager, scout and the owner of Fuse Model Management @fusemanagement
We all know modelling in Nigeria is becoming the next big thing and everyone is looking to get their hands on the best faces in Lagos and Nigeria. Scouting in Lagos can be a bit hectic as Lagos is not a place where you have to stand by the roadside to see if you can find a great face. As a matter of fact, most great faces hardly ever walk into an agency requesting representation. They are scouted when they don’t even expect it. Scouting in Cape Town is not the best, trust me. It’s tough because you have to be at almost all the festivals looking for new faces and most of them are not keen about modelling. That is why we have more international models in town who make more money than the local models. So we hardly scout here in Cape Town. What do I look out for when scouting? Height used to be the most important thing but today I am more concerned about personality than just height. Personality speaks volumes in the industry.
Scouting for the next Faces of Fashion in Lagos
You must have a great personality in order for you to break through. I want to find great skin tone, beautiful teeth and a bubbly personality. Most of the time, you don’t find all this in a new model, but you can train them to be amazing. Most importantly, I always believe in every model I scout because that is the only way I can strongly pitch them to international agencies. The last time I was in Lagos, I did an open casting where I had a lot of Nigerians models who came in to be discovered. I can tell you that out of 265 models that came through I was only able to get 6 amazing faces and most of them are now placed with an international agency. I am talking Wilhelmina NY, Models 1 London, Boom Milan, Boss Cape Town, Twenty Cape Town, 16 Men Paris and Dmanagement Milan.
On my fourth day in Lagos I had to embark on a scouting trip to high schools, universities, etc. That is where you can find great faces who are still young. The challenge we face right now are the parents; the average Nigerian kid won’t be permitted to go and model because every parent wants their kid to have a proper qualification, which is a good thing. Because modelling is seasonal, you can’t tell a Nigerian parent that it is a career. The fashion industry rotates when it comes to getting new faces and right now Nigeria is the place where everyone is focussing on to scout. We have some amazing faces and this is the best time to discover them and place them with international agencies. Last season it was more of the Brazilian models and right now it’s more of the African models, especially Nigeria.
Being a scout in Lagos is tough because you must first scout the model, face the parents and then groom the model. If you can break through these three phases, then you are ready to go. The industry is changing and don’t let anyone tell you that you are never good enough. Three years ago, I walked into a casting in Lagos and the casting director said to me ‘You are not a good model so you will not book the job’. Last month, this same casting director messaged me saying ‘I am proud of you!’ What if I had gone home that day believing that it was the end of modelling for me and I would never make it?
Believe in only you, stay focussed, polish your personality and don’t lose your FIRE.
HOME & GIFTS
B.L. Restaurant, Bar and Cafe
Lecker Bakery and Restaurant
B.L. Restaurant is a unique combination of traditional home cuisines from Bulgaria and Lebanon, featuring a wood fired oven pizzeria, homemade fresh pasta, BBQ, continental grill, pastry, bakery and more. We offer both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Lecker Bakery and Restaurant is the only German restaurant in Lagos. Our menu features European cuisine with an emphasis on German dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are also available. Lecker Bakery offers a large array of artisanal breads, pastries, desserts and delicacies.
t: 09080807070, 07055550055 e: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com IG: @blrestaurant TW: @blrest FB: Facebook.com/BLRestaurant
Just Jules Just Jules makes luxury homemade scented candles, tea lights, wax melts and room sprays. Our products are hand-poured from fine fragrances and soy wax in Lagos, Nigeria. 16 Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos t:08083356849, 09052002199 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.justjulesstore.com TW: @justjulesstore IG: @justjulesstore
Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute is the hair destination for women who need hair and scalp solutions like dandruff, hair breakage, dry hair, virgin hair problems, alopecia, etc. Natures Gentle Touch hair products are specifically formulated for the hair texture of Nigerian women, due to our diet and weather. 305a Jide Oki Street, off Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 07038321653, 09083411912 IG: @naturesgentletouch
ASHLUXURY ASHLUXURY is a known retailer of high end luxury brands in Lagos, Nigeria. The flagship store in Lekki Phase 1 has the most diverse collection of luxury brands in Nigeria. ASHLUXURY collects the best luxury brands like Gucci, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Fendi , Hermès, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta , Christian Dior, etc. 22b Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 09071111135 e: email@example.com w : www.ashluxury.com IG: @ashluxury
Revel Revel is an online lingerie store born out of love to provide Nigerian and African women the perfect lingerie experience. No matter what personality, shape or body profile, revel in Revel’s mission to offer you a premium, perfect fit for everyday inner things.
5a Tokunbo Omisore, Lekki Phase 1, (off Clean Ace Dry Cleaners on Avalon Road), Lagos t: 08023695628, 07081064564 e: firstname.lastname@example.org IG: @lecker_cafe
Sabor is a modern fusion restaurant that offers an upscale casual dining experience as well as a terrace lounge atmosphere in Victoria Island.
HSE Cafe is cosy restaurant located in Lekki Phase 1, which serves authentic, quality, comfort food, leaving its customers with a deliciously different food experience. HSE Cafe's drinks are not left out in the authenticity and quality, making the restaurant one of the top restaurants in Lagos.
14 Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 08188940000 e: email@example.com w: www.saborlagos.com
Taos Beauty Brand Taos Beauty Brand, born out of West Africa, has a product line and also a services line. Taos Cosmetics provides makeup, skincare, perfumes and perfume oils. Taos Beauty Hub offers hair, nails, lashes, makeup and spa services inclusive of facials, massages, brightening scrubs, hair removal, etc.
Yanna Studio is a boutique beauty, relaxation and recreational space located in the heart of Ikoyi. Our spa, professional haircare and nail care provide a number of wellness treatments, complemented by the vibrant atmosphere of the lounge and bar. Come to Yanna Studio for a break from the bustling streets of Lagos.
4 Awudu Ekpekha Boulevard, off Admiralty Way and Fola Osibo, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 07083982069 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.taoscosmetics.com IG: @taos_inc IG: @taos_beautyhub
1b Adeyemi Lawson Street, Ikoyi, Lagos t: 08169911145, 08169911155 e: email@example.com w: www.yannastudio.com FB: yannastudio IG: @yannastudiolagos
Imani’s Beauty Spa
Indy Spa and Salon Indy Spa wishes you to be in harmony with your inner self. Escape from the hustle and bustle of life for a moment of holistic wellness, facials, massages and body care at Indy Spa. Create your spa packages to suit your needs. Groups, couples and kids welcome. 236b Muri Okunola Street, opposite Zenith Bank, Victoria Island, Lagos. t: 08090846121 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imani’s Beauty Spa offers a traditional spa experience that will leave you with fresh, glowing skin. We offer a range of body treatments like Dilke, Kurkum and Khalta scrubs which can offer delicate yet effective body polishing experiences, leaving your skin with a brilliant shine and velvety texture or brightening your complexion and evening out your skin tone, depending on which one you choose. We also offer Halawa, sugar waxing, as well as Dukhan Smoke, to perfume and tighten women. 12a Utomi Aire, off Fola Osibo Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 07032698420 e: email@example.com IG: @IMANI'S_BEAUTY_SPA
Arabella's Place, Plot 2, Block 82, Emma Abimbola Cole Street (straight down Fola Osibo Road), Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 08107453157, 08090865298 e: firstname.lastname@example.org IG: @hsegourmetcuisine
Crawford Swimming World Personalised swim lessons at very hygienic pools for children and adults in Lekki and Yaba. With over 16 years experience and hundreds of positive reviews, it is ‘Swimming Made Easy’ as Coach Tayo and his crew bring you the best of instruction. Home lessons also available. t: 08090969849 e: email@example.com w: www.csw.com.ng IG: @crawfordswimnigeria
Flirty Fitness Nig Flirty Fitness Nig is dedicated to women's health, fitness and emotional wellness. Through our fun and unconventional workouts such as Pole Dance Fitness, Chairography and Deep Stretch & Meditation, we help you get fit and stay sexy. 2 Adedapo Williams Close, Lekki phase 1, Lagos t: 07037373323 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.flirtyfitnessng.com IG: @flirtyfitnessnig
HITBOX Gaming Lounge Hitbox Games is a new concept in family entertainment. We offer a huge selection of console games, both single and multiplayer across different networks and platforms. Our entertainment services also includes board games, snooker and foosball tables, all available as professional services or for rental. Our network currently spreads across Lagos State allowing for competitions to be organized in different locations but utilising our superior quality controlled services. We also offer cocktails and dancing in our lounge.
t: 08082345611 e: email@example.com w: www.revel.ng IG: @revel.ng
Leisure Mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos. t: 08054845144 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.hitboxgames.net IG: @hitboxgames
We are excited to introduce FairAcres, an exclusive park and membership club set on a stunning landscape. Special attractions include paddle boats, kids zipline, football pitch, beach volleyball, and lots more. FairAcres is ideal for fun fairs, celebrations, picnics, team-bonding and romantic weddings.
We curate immersive, unique, personalised destination experiences for Africans globally to destinations all over the world and provide travel itineraries tailored to the individual traveler’s travel needs and budget.
KM 29 Lekki- Epe Expressway, opposite Mayfair Gardens, Lagos. t: 08176003801, 08176003803 e: email@example.com w: www.fairacres.net TW: @FairAcresLG FB: @FairacresLG IG: @fairacreslag
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