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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BABY NAMING

Am so sorry that I have been unavailable for a while now, work has really been hectic and with other obligations I have been unable to blog. Although, I am not fully back as work is still overboard at the moment, I would try as much as possible to be available at least once a week.

Opening my after a very long absence, I would be sharing my outfit for a friend's baby naming. It wasn't over the top as it had to be really kid friendly without looking maternal and I wanted to play with black and white color palette and this was the result.

I always love me a good black and white picture and I loved the output on this one.
The lightweight sweater was also necessary as it has been raining non stop for a while now and the weather tend to be really cool.
















Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Suit And Tie

If you remember correctly, I showed you all My Big Reveal. So today you would be seeing it in an outfit. I woke up with Angelina Jolie's outfit to BAFTA award on my mind so I decided to replicate it while adding my own touch to the ensemble.


 Yeah, I tried it out with a white lace top. Different but me right?


 My ultimate goal was to take the look and make it as ladylike as possible without ruining the effect of the suit and tie. I loved the outcome and received lots of complements on it.
I also decide to play with grey, black and blue as my basics.

 What are your thoughts. Do you think my way of replication is cool or I should just stick to basic white shirt?














Monday, February 17, 2014

Pre-Vals

The pictures were taken before Valentines day but I didn't have time to post it. I know I have been noticeably absent from blogging for a while now but please pardon me cause I have a whole lot on my plate.

The main focus for this outfit was the skirt. Love love this skirt although I tried to make the skirt less corporate and more casual like. The skirt has been my go to skirt for a while now.
And  am also so sorry for the picture quality. I normally don't bother with editing my photos but I have been trying my hand on it of late and it has been poor. Looking at the bright side, I hear practice makes perfect so bear with me till I perfect the act of editing.
 I also seem to have been wearing a lot of green colors of late (at least it isn't black right?) and for a big reveal I now rock a shorter do.


By my next post I would be looking more like this (Thank you Miley). I believe it suits me and am loving not having to do much with my hair in the morning. It makes dressing up a bit faster (just putting it out there).

Monday, February 10, 2014

Casual Friday Meets Leo Print

I took this snap shot last week Friday and I have been meaning to post it but let just say time was not that gracious. If you follow me on  Instagram you must have seen me upload a couple of the these photos and I got lots of wonderful feedback on it which was amazing and totally awesome.

 Although the snap shot was more of a quick look at me kinda snap, it came out okay.
 Yeah my signature pose never goes out of style especially when I had to dash back to work almost immediately.
  I tried editing this, I don't think this is the best job ever but I know all this editing job stuff would have to be one step at a time (at least till I perfect the art of photo editing)

The gorgeous thing about this top is the leopard print on it. I am a die hard leopard print lover and to be able to wear a clothing item with this print on it to work without totally looking like you lost your way is just sooooo awesome. By the way, the necklace is attached to the top (that how awesome this top could get)

What are your thoughts? Do you think I pulled it off for a casual Friday at work?. Your comments are always appreciated.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

JANUARY ECONOMIC AND MARKET REVIEW

The Global Market:

Global equities came under pressure at the beginning of the year having been stretched after a 2013 bullish run. Combined with investors re-evaluating the QE tapering threat, the U.S economy standing resilient and corporate performances being mixed, the equities market performances in advanced markets remained minute. After a good run in 2013, emerging market stocks also opened 2014 trading on a bearish note, with weak Chinese manufacturing data released during the period complicating issues.

The month under review was a challenging one in the crude oil market as investors laid their bets cautiously amidst supply concerns. Having gained only 0.10% (for Brent crude prices) in 2013, the commodity opened trading in 2014 with a MoM loss of 4.33% as a combination of factors (middle east crisis, Syria  war e.t.c.) weighed down on prices.

Also following the bearish trend of the Crude Oil Market, Gold made a huge loss of 28.33% in 2013 but took a turn around in 2014 to MoM gain of 3.34% .

The Nigerian Market:

The Nigerian Equity Market ended on a positive note closing at 47.19% in 2013 but seem to have lost it steam as it closed January 2014 on a bearish note with a M0M loss of 1.83% .

The T-Bill market got a boost this January from the liquidity surge in the system as a result of the redemption of N1trillion worth of AMCON bonds on the 31st of December 2013, the inflow of about N290billion from FAAC, and a maturity of a significant amount of OMO bills. 
Therefore rates in January for short term notes were doing an average of 9.00% and long term notes an average of 11.00%

The bond market followed the trend in the T-Bill market, the market benefited from the high level of liquidity in the system but came under pressure later in the month as offshore investors withdrew capital and sort the Dollar.

The Nigerian Currency  (that is N/$ rate) depreciated by 2.73% in 2013 and further dipped in January 2014 by 1.37% to close at N162.500.

Also following the bearish trend, the Nigerian Foreign Reserve depleted by about 1.30% ($568million) in 2013 and further dipped by about 1.45% ($622million) M0M to close at about $42billion.

The Global Market Outlook:

The developed market stocks are likely to gradually overcome the U.S Fed-induced pressure, particularly on persistently strong U.S economic data and the Euro government's commitment to a progressive recovery. Stable corporate earnings would also boost market recovery. 

On the other hand, the emerging market stocks are expected to take a nose dive as the recovery in advanced economies and the scale-back of U.S QE would continue to influence capital reversal away from local assets causing a great deal of volatility. The recent spree of interest rate hikes may temper the wave of outflow.

The Crude Oil prices are expected to stay supported at $100 per barrel 

The largest economies of the world are all grossly devaluing their currencies. This will not be consequence-free as Gold and silver will be direct beneficiaries starting with rising prices. Since the Fed has declared "QE," it's logical to conclude that this expansion of the monetary base will continue. If it grows at the same pace through January to the end of the of the year 2014, there is a high likelihood the gold price will continue to rise. The message from these likely outcomes is to continue accumulating gold.

Outlook of The Nigerian Market

The equity market is expected to rally on last years performance for H1 but may become bearish in H2 due to some underlying factors like the Fed QE tapering, change of the CBN Governor and a possible change in monetary policy, excess liquidity as a result of the upcoming February, 2015 election which may possibly increase core inflation.

The rally may come to a halt as contagion emanating from worries about the investment cases for emerging markets and the implementation of 75% CRR on public sector fund slows down foreign inflows. Therefore, the fixed Income and money market are expected to remain relative flat for H1 but may become bullish favouring specifically the short term investor by H2 as investors would seek to preserve their capital and OMO sales are expected to push yield higher.

The Nigerian foreign reserve decline is largely as a result of inadequate revenue steaming from oil theft and improper remission from NNPC and CBN intervention at the inter-bank currency market to stablize the Naira. The downside to the continuous depletion may be that CBN may no longer be able to support the Naira which will in turn lead to depreciation of the country's currency, a fall in foreign investor confidence at this point will be inevitable and the country's economic profile may no longer look attractive.

DISCLAIMER
While I check for accuracy and invest time in research, I am not liable for any misinformation. The details here should be construed as my investment view and any use of same is at owners risk. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Patterned Friday

Hello dearies, hope your weekend is going great. Mine is being spent at work which is not as bad as I thought it would pan out. Although, the weekend is not going as awesome as one's weekend should be but it's not going bad either.

Patterned Friday, what is it about?. I used to be one of those people that perceived patterned dress as off limit for work and I love patterns so I restrict them to my jacket and accessories for work. But with this warp dress sitting in my closet with soooo many potentials I decided to style it for work. Anytime I choose to run a trial and error outfit for the work place I always choose Friday's as my day of executing such awesomeness (*wink). Hence this outfit I wore yesterday. Am sorry the post is coming a bit late but I was too busy to post anything yesterday.


Yea, I also decided to follow Paula Patton faux mohawk hair style to go with the outfit hahaha. Would love to read your thoughts on this. Is it work appropriate or should I keep it at the back of my work closet?.




















Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Green Love

It been a while since I last posted and am sorry for that but work has been a bit on the busy side (that's an understatement BTW). So my posting here would be a bit here and there but I would be sure to always read your comments as I always appreciate your comments.

Okay recently I was sent this amazing dress by a friend and immediately I set my eyes on the dress it was love at sight. I don't know what it is about it, the collar, the belt or the fact that it is button down but I wore it the next day after I got it. Although I styled it in a very simple way; pulling my hair up to show off the collar, wearing flats  and going with just a dramatic color of lipstick as my only make-up (okay I do the lipstick all the time because it suits me so don't judge). I made sure the outfit was all about the dress and only the dress.

I love the dress because it's not just work appropriate and severe, it can also be worn for a wide range of occasions if styled properly. Enough said see the dress for your self and tell me your thoughts about it.