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What is the difference between Designer inspired vs Counterfeits? This is a question that needs urgent answer. There are so many counterfeits of designer brands out there. It is literally stomach churning.

Sadly, many of these counterfeits dealers also overprice these pieces too. I love designer dupes don’t get me wrong. However, I detest counterfeits. Counterfeits parade itself like the real designer brand using their logos, trademark. Shortly put, counterfeits are copycats without a conscience.

Dupes on the other hand mimics the features of the designer brand without claiming to be the real designer. It doesn’t use their trademark or logos. However, you can tell that this piece is designer inspired or a designer lookalike from its features.

Instead of going for counterfeits, I would prefer going for either dupes or designer brands from second hand market. If you’ve not been shopping vintage designer pieces or pre-loved designers, what are you doing? I have shopped about four designer brands from the pre-loved designer markets. There are several second hand designer stores like therealreal, Rebag, Fashionphile among others.

One of my first designer dupe handbag is a louis Vuitton pochette accessoires. I got this bag during the craze of the girls for this bag. Thankfully, I am glad I got the dupe as I don’t reach for it anymore. Although, I would have loved to get the real designer during its hype. Who doesn’t get influenced? So lets dive into designer inspired vs counterfeits and which is the best.

Designer inspired vs counterfeits

Designer inspired: Definition or meaning

Designer inspired refers to products or items that draw inspiration from high-end designer brands. They don’t try to pose as the real thing. These items emulate the style, design, and aesthetic of the original designer pieces without claiming to be authentic or using any logos or trademarks of the real designer brand.

Designer inspired products are often a cheaper alternative for individuals who desire the look and feel of luxury without the high price tag or ethical concerns associated with counterfeits. This is more like luxury on a budget.

So, you get the look or feel of a designer brand. This may then inspire you to save and get the real designer brand. I highly recommend you shop for dupes for designer brands you’re not familiar with. For example, you may think you love Loewe puzzle bag due to its hype. The discontinuation of the puzzle bag has made it a most coveted piece in the market.

Many people are striving to get the original Loewe puzzle bag design unlike the re-introduced design. However, before you commit to such spend. You can get the dupe to see it functionality, and it will fit into your style. This may even help in your decision making whether to go ahead with the real designer bag or not.

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Counterfeits: Definition or meaning?

Counterfeits refer to imitation or replica products that are made to look like and trick consumers into believing they are genuine, often infringing on the intellectual property rights of the original brand. Counterfeit goods are typically of lower quality and are produced without permission or authorization from the brand owner.

Counterfeits are illegal everywhere in the world. However, these brands that produce counterfeits are still able to slip through the cracks and laws. They pretend to offer consumers a more cheaper option of the same brand. Also, the quality is often really bad.

Which should you choose, designer inspired vs counterfeits ? Dupes always as it doesn’t pose to be designer. Also, it gives you a luxury look for less.

Why do buyers prefer to dupes to designers?

We all know that designer brands are quite expensive. Yet there are designer pieces that are mid-range and cheaper than most. These brands offer quality designer pieces at an affordable price for most.

Brands like Longchamp, Marc Jacobs, Coach etc, offer luxury pieces for under $300. So, you can still save up and shop luxury designer pieces on a budget. Why do consumers choose dupes over designer pieces?

Designers are luxury and not a necessity. So, buyers who love designer brands will choose the dupes instead. This will give them the look and feel without spending the high price tags.

Also, accessibility to designer pieces is slim. There are very few brands that carry designer pieces. My favorite is Maison de fashion UK which carries some of my favorite designer brands like Burberry, Marc jacob, Lavin etc.

Due to this accessibility issue and the many counterfeits, many just opt for dupes instead. There are so many scam brands that will sell you counterfeits as the designer pieces to shoppers that can’t tell the difference.

Designer inspired vs counterfeits, which is better?

You all know that I detest counterfeits. So, I will always be on the side of Designer inspired or lookalike. If you need the designer look without the price tag, I highly recommend dupes.

However, I will also recommend you get the designer pieces too. This is because they last longer and retain their retail value.

If you’re new to designer shopping , I will recommend you start with mid range designer brands like I earlier mentioned. However, if you love Versace or Christian Dior, you can start with perfumes, small leather goods like Wallets or bag charms, and scarves.

Cute designer inspired pieces to buy right now.

Now that we have concluded that dupes are better. And even better supporting the designer brand themselves. I will be linking some of my favorite designer dupes for you

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What are your thoughts on designer inspired vs counterfeits? Are you a team dupes all the way or get the designer piece? Feel free to comment below. Ciao

Designer inspired vs counterfeits, Which is better?

With summer just around the corner, I know that many people are making plans to hang out on the beach during their free time, myself included. So I decided to share my summer vacation beach essentials for a perfect day out to the beach.

There are many things to consider when you want to spend time on the beach. But, one thing that stands out is packing a beach bag with the right essentials. 

The amount of fun you would have on a beach depends on if you have the right essentials with you. Wondering what essentials should be in your beach bag? Let’s talk about them below: 

Summer vacation beach essential 2024

Below are my must have beach essentials. My beach bag typically has these things to make my out to the beach fun. And also these things are a must have whether you’re going to the beach as a couple, family or alone.

Sunscreen

Being on the beach means you’ll be exposed to the sun.And if your skin starts reacting to the harsh weather condition, you’ll become very uncomfortable and may want to even leave the beach. This will cut short the fun you planned while planning to spend time at the beach. 

So, when packing a beach bag, remember that protection from the sun’s harmful UV is important. Therefore, go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and remember to reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

Beach Towel 

I know you may be rolling your eyes, wondering who goes to the beach without a beach towel. It would interest you to know that there are many people who think it isn’t so important to carry a beach towel when going to the beach. For others, they may forget to add it to their beach bag. 

It is important to add a beach towel to your beach bag as you can use it for drying off after a swim and to claim your spot on the sand. Microfiber towels are great as they are lightweight and quick dry.

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Water Bottle

It would be almost impossible to see me on the beach with a water bottle. I’ve always told my friends that anyone who goes to the beach without a water bottle is embarking on a suicide mission. 

Due to the weather condition, staying hydrated is important. So, add a reusable water bottle to your beach bag while packing. You should also consider going for a vacuum-insulated one to keep your water cold throughout the day.  

Sunglasses

Again, is there anyone who goes to the beach without sunglasses? I mean, wearing sunglasses on the beach adds to your fashion optics. But asides from that, you also need to protect your eyes from UV rays while on the beach. 

Your sunglasses should be one of the first things that goes into your beach bag. It is best to go for the ones that offer 100% UV protection. 

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Flip Flops

These are the best footwear you can use when you’re on the beach. Honestly, the sand on the beach can get surprisingly hot, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone using their bare feet to walk around. 

So, it comes in handy to have a pair of flip flops as they are comfortable and will protect your feet. 

Swimwear

A comfortable swimsuit is essential for a day at the beach. Being on the beach in swimwear gives you a certain sense of confidence and makes you feel good about yourself.  If you need other options of what to wear to the beach except bikinis, click here.

While packing your beach bag, you should consider adding an extra swimwear. This way, you are ensuring that you’ll always be dry and comfortable.

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Beach Hat 

I’ve always been a fan of beach hats, and I think all women should own one! A wide-brimmed hat can provide extra protection against the sun, keeping your face and neck shaded.

I love fedora straw hats for the beach. It gives cow girl and chic look. You can style it up with your casual summer outfits. This will protect you from the sum while feeling stylish.

Beach Chair

The thing about going to the beach is that you cannot always depend on the chairs they have. It is either the chairs are insufficient and other people have occupied them, or the chairs are uncomfortable. 

If possible, you should pack a lightweight foldable beach chair for added comfort. This can make lounging by the sea much more comfortable than sitting directly on the sand.

Beach Umbrella

If you want extra protection from the sun, you can also consider adding a beach umbrella to your beach bag. It gives you extended shade and is useful during peak sun hours. 

Snacks

What’s hanging out on the beach without snacks? I’m sure you all will agree with me that depending on snacks sold on the beach isn’t always ideal. Most times, the prices are hiked, and you may not even like what is solid. 

So, pack some light snacks like fruits, nuts, and sandwiches when going to the beach. The snacks you pack shouldn’t be the ones that would melt or spoil in the heat. 

Cooler

The same ideology that applies to packing snacks when going to the beach also applies to carrying some drinks along. However, where would you keep your drinks if you do not have a cooler? 

Having a small cooler can keep your drinks and snacks cool and fresh throughout the day. Trust me, getting a cooler that you can always carry to the beach is a worthy investment. 

Lip Balm with SPF

The same way you would protect your eyes and body from the sun while on the beach is the same way you should protect your lips. While on the beach, protect your lips from getting chapped and burnt with a lip balm that contains SPF. 

Waterproof Phone Case 

Being on the beach means that your phone is susceptible to water spill and other mishaps. So, it comes in handy to take along a waterproof phone case when going to the beach. It keeps your phone safe from water and sand. It also allows you to take pictures underwater if you desire.

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Portable Speaker

You can ginger yourself into the right mood on the beach when you have a portable speaker. I would recommend that you choose a waterproof portable speaker.  

A waterproof portable speaker can enhance your beach day with your favorite tunes and create a perfect atmosphere.

Reading Material

When going to the beach, you should pack a book to have a relaxed time reading by the sea. Sometimes, you just want to enjoy the atmosphere and have some peace and quiet. Having a book by your side would make this possible.

I’ll be on the lookout for some of your book recommendations so I can add them to my beach bag the next time I’ll be going to the beach. 

Summer vacation beach essentials for a fun day out at the beach

The current government is always bold in their decisions and give reasons for such bold changes. One of such bold changes is the commencement of the Lagos to Calabar coastal highway.

This has caused so much noise on the internet. Many are blatantly against it. I must confess I do not like the idea. Why now? Why take out many luxurious Lagos beach in the name of development? Is this not a fight against a booming industry, tourism?

Here I will be talking about the effects now and the long term benefits we await when completed. If you’re planning to visit cross river state after this project, check out the Obudu cattle ranch.

Prototype of the Lagos to Calabar coastal highway

Lagos to Calabar coastal highway: Your favorite beaches are gone!

One of the most fascinating things to me about Lagos are the beaches. Although some of these beaches are pricey yet I love to be at the beach.

Yes, many of your favorite beaches are gone with this development. I wish there was another way.

I have visited many of the beaches that had to go because of this Lagos to Calabar coastal highway. Below are my favorite Lagos beach affected by this development. Also check out my round up list of beaches in Lagos that you can opt for instead.

  1. Landmark beach: no doubt the most popular beach in Lagos is affected by this changes. I love this beach a lot. However, this beach is built for the elite and 1% of Lagos. Everything is pricey at this beach.

Yet I had so much fun at Landmark beach. It is family friendly as your kids will have fun at the Waterpark. You get to take fun boat rides, horse ride etc. This beach becomes lit at night.

There are several beach clubs and restaurants you can visit. Check out my post on fun things to do at Landmark beach on your visit.

2. The good beach: How did I get to know about this beach? From my blog analytics, funny right? So many people were interested in the hottest beach in town.

So I got curious and visited. And I wasn’t disappointed at all. The aesthetic, the food, the vibe and beach view. It is super fun.

This beach is barely 2 years and sadly it has to go. They are hosting a few shows till they close down soonest. So follow them on Instagram. Here is all you know about the good beach and plan a visit before it shuts down.

Other beaches close to these beaches that are affected is the box beach, not sure about Oniru Beach though. They are all on the same the beach line. So it may affect them all.

Will this Kill tourism?

Actually no. This coastal road is supposedly to boost tourism. Connecting Lagos to Calabar and making it less tome consuming will boost tourism.

We all know that Cross river state is another Hotspot tourist destination in Nigeria. However, it typically takes a day and half to get to Calabar. In between the jetlag and sightseeing, you will need a full day rest.

I had fun in Cross river state. You can check my post on the best things to do in Cross river state. The Lagos to calabar coastal road will pass through about 9 states in Nigeria. This will naturally make people want to explore these cities.

Also, many will be considering building hotels, hostels or vacations spots along this routes. So, if you have the funds, start your real estate investment in any of these states especially Cross river.

Lagos to Calabar coastal highway: a win and a loss

Count your losses you may say. There are so many businesses that are affected by this development. If you live in the country you know times are hard.

When is it the right time to commence? Actually whether they start now or next year, there will still losses. Below are some of the losses.

  • Loss of Jobs: the workers of the demolished business are back to job hunting. And we know it is hard to secure a day these days.
  • Loss of businesses: take a cue from the good beach ttar starred up barely 2years to now be out of business.
  • Loss of investment: All the structure and money invested into the assets is also lost. I hope government compensate these investors and business enough.
  • Loss of homes: Houses around this Lagos to Calabar coastal road marked out routes also have to go. Imagine having to leave a place you know as home just like that. Well I hope get compensation for their loss.

There are long term benefits to this Lagos to Calabar coastal road project. So, i have chosen not to be naysayer and be open minded. Now I see these long term benefits.

  • Job creation: it may seem like a contradiction. Yet there will be Job creation. Construction workers, traders along the route, hotels, train stations jobs etc. So new jobs will be created across these cuties.
  • Tourism boom: Yes I said it. Although we have lost some beaches in Lagos. However, there are so many other beaches to explore around the coastal road. They will be accessible and will drive traffic to these beaches.

Asides beaches, always ibom, cross river state, Ogun state, all have fun placed to visit. So having multiple routes to these states is a win.

In conclusion, I have a love hate relationship with this project. However, I am optimistic to see how this unfolds. Also, I hope and pray it doesn’t take forever. And for continuity no matter the government on sit. We all know Nigeria has so many abandoned and unfinished projects.

Any ways, let me know your thoughts in the comment below. What do you think of the Lagos to Calabar coastal road? Do you agree it is a welcome development? Let me know. Ciao.

Lagos to Calabar coastal highway: will it be bad for tourism?

Whether you’re traveling to Africa, Europe or Asia, you need a sizable travel purse for women. So, here I will be sharing the best travel carry on handbags that is worth your money.

There are several factors to consider when selecting or shopping for the best travel purses for women in 2024. One of such factors is a quality. I love quality leather travel handbags because it is durable and can withstand stress.

Another factor to consider is the size. You don’t want to carry a bag that is equivalent to a carryon luggage as a travel purse. A very large travel handbag is very inconvenient and stressful too.

Also I love travel purses that will fit in the essentials. You need to be able to fit in your bottle of water, a lip gloss, skin care, pad or tampons. Also, you need to safe keep your travel documents and make it accessible during the checks on the train, airport or the border.

What do you look out for in a travel carryon handbag. Here is our selection of tested and tried best travel carryon handbags and some recommendations too. All budgets are considered from the luxury handbag to budget friendly options.

If you love to get the look for less, I will also link some of great options of designer handbag dupes that fit the bill. Perfect for travel and other things.

Best travel carryon handbags in 2024

The top of my list is not a leather bag but it gives luxury and class. Here are the best travel carry on handbags that is worth every penny to buy in 2024.

Eve cork natural cork Bora handbag

Ever since I got this handbag, I can’t stop wearing it. I highly recommend this handbag for every lady. Whether you’re a nursing mother, working at corporate or need a great option of travel purse, you need this bag.

What can this bag fit? It is a large size bag that is not too big. You can fit in all your essentials and more. Your travel documents, passports, camera, skincare, make up kit etc.

It is also a great weekender bag. So if you need to be out of town for the weekend you need this bag. It will fit your change of clothes, bikini for a beach vacation among others. Check out our post on the best staycation ideas perfect for the weekend.

I love this bag and I am looking to get other style of handbags from Eve cork.

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Palm Angels tote handbag

If you’re talking about a summer handbag that perfect a travel purse, this bag is perfect. I have had my eyes on this bag for a while now.

Tote style handbags are perfect travel carryon handbag for women. So, this bag has to be on this list. For summer vacation to Europe or a safari trip to Africa, this handbag.

It is a great handbag that can equal as a beach bag. You can fit all your essentials in this bag. As a beach bag, you can fit in your phone, iPad if you love to carry like me , your sunscreen , sunglasses etc. You can also check out our post the best sunglasses style you need right now.

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Off white small city shoulder tote bag

If you know you, off white is one of my favorite luxury designer brand to shop. They give off city girl vibe. This off white tote handbag is giving my the vibe of the viral Balenciaga city bag.

The Unique designs and off course the compartment makes it perfect as a travel purse. I also love this handbag as a great work tote bag. You can fit in all your travel essentials in this bag. Your sunglasses, sunscreen, passport etc. I love this style of bag. It is super chic.

This style travel carryon handbag is perfect also for a dinner date in a cute restaurant. Also, it is cute handbag to add to your wedding guest outfit. Talk about versatility. I love the cute compartment in front of the bag you fit in your keys, lip gloss and even your cards. Love it.

So, if you need a versatile handbag that is also prefect as a travel purse, you need this bag.

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Bottega Veneta Jodie dupe large

We all know that Bottega is that girl. Their style of handbags are playful yet chic. I am in my Hobo girl era. So, I am in love with Bottega Jodie. Mini or medium size bag of this style is perfect for travel.

This is one the best travel purses for women to buy right now. It is quite roomy and it will fit in all you need. If you cannot afford Bottega but you love the style and look, I’ve got you. Below I have linked a dupe that fits the bill. It gives you both the look and the practicality that comes with it from Ego shoes

Never shopped from Ego shoes UK?, check out my review of ego shoes.

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Black zip detail tote bag

These cute bag to be on the list. I love the zip and buckle details that gives it a unique design.

This handbag is one of the best travel carryon handbags that is budget freubdly. You get to a bag that is chic and doesn’t cost too much.

You can fit in a lot in this handbag. It will also fit your laptop if you love to work in transit. I recommend this handbag for freelancers or digital normals looking for great work bag/travel purse.

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Which of these best travel carry on handbags do you have? Which of them are you looking to get for your summer travels? I love the off white bag as it perfect for work and travel. Especially for those of us that travel a lot in work trips, you need this bag. Comment below your favorite. Ciao.

Best travel carry on handbags that is worth your money

As we approach the warmer months of 2024, I think it’s time we all update our wardrobe. Do you want to wear the same summer outfits from last year? Well…anyways here are 10 cute summer outfit ideas that us fashion girl approved.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with repeating outfits. After all, you bought it with your money. However, as a fresh summer season approaches, it gives us a reason to buy more outfits. 

Summer is also that time to start planning for your next travels. And many of us love to have great bodies for summer. How else are we going to slay our beach pictures? So you need this cute summer active wear to keep fit all summer long.

Summer outfit ideas for 2024

Now to the big question…

What summer outfit should I buy for summer 2024? Now, this is where I come in to help. Over time, I have come up with some cute summer outfit ideas for 2024. 

In no particular order, here are 10 cute summer outfit ideas for 2024: 

Sleeveless Bodycon Dresses

At this point, I’ve lost count of how many sleeveless bodycon dresses I have in my wardrobe. But can you blame me? These dresses are easy to throw on and leave you looking cute and chic at any time. Owning a sleeveless bodycon dress is ideal for any lady as it offers both comfort and style. 

You can decide to go for bright colors or floral prints to embrace the summer season. These dresses are perfect for a night out or a special occasion. You can pair a sleeveless bodycon dress with sandals or heels. For accessories, you should go with minimal jewelry. 

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Bermuda Shorts

Are you really gearing up for the summer if you do not own bermuda shorts? Of course, I know some people may be confused by the name bermuda shorts. Bermuda shorts are the three-quarter or half-sized shorts of trousers, and they are making a big comeback. 

One thing about bermuda shorts is that they are very versatile. You can pair them with a stylish blouse and loafers if you’re looking for a chic and casual look. They have a way of giving off the relaxed aura as you can also pair them with a graphic tee and sneakers. It can be your go-to summer outfit. 

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Maxi Dresses

I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys giving off the rich aunty vibe through clothes. And, we can all agree that wearing maxi dresses gives off the rich aunty aura.  In addition, they are also perfect for the summer season. 

Merely looking at maxi dresses, they are flowy, elegant, and comfortable. When shopping for maxi dresses for the summer, you should choose lightweight fabrics like cotton or chiffon. You can also opt for floral patterns, stripes, or pastel colors to enhance the summer feeling.

Yes, you can wear maxi dresses for beach days and also casual evenings out. 

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Leggings Outfit

Although I wouldn’t say that I’m the biggest fan of leggings, they are undoubtedly perfect for the summer season. I love that leggings tend to be stylish and versatile at the same time. If you ask for my favorite type of leggings, I would always go for high-waisted leggings. 

You can pair high-waisted leggings with a crop top and a lightweight jacket. You can also throw on a big graphic tee on leggings. I would say it makes the perfect lazy outfit. Sneakers are the perfect legwear that will pair perfectly with a leggings outfit. However, you can also wear leggings outfit with fancy slippers or sandals.

Crochet Outfits

I’m always in awe of crochet outfits as I have seen how they have evolved over the years. Back then, we used to crochet out of fun or compulsion in high school. However, we wouldn’t go past tablecloths. 

Today, people have taken crocheting the step further and we now have crochet tops and dresses. There are even crochet accessories like bags. All these put together make the perfect combination for summer outfit ideas of 2024. They are perfect for music festivals, picnics or just a laid-back day at the park. 

It’s time to reach out to trusted crochet vendors and get those outfits you’ve been admiring. 

Wrap Skirts 

Wrap skirts are one of my favorite outfits ever! And, coincidentally, they are also perfect for the summer season. Some people are usually skeptical about wrap skirts. However, allow me to tell you that wrap skirts offer a flattering fit for all body types. 

You can choose from mini, midi, or maxi lengths in a variety of prints and fabrics. Wrap skirts can be paired with a tucked-in tank top and strappy sandals to give that feminine look. No matter the top you choose, they will go perfectly with wrap skirts.

Off-shoulder tops

I’m sure you must have been waiting for this outfit option on my list of cute summer outfit ideas for 2024. As you shop for the summer, ensure that you stock up on off-shoulder tops!

The summer is the perfect opportunity to show off a little skin, and you can do such with off-shoulder tops. They are usually sexy yet elegant. Off-shoulder tops can be paired with jeans, shorts, or skirts. So, you can be sure that it is a versatile outfit. Choosing floral prints or light colors work well to keep the outfit light and in line with the summer vibe. 

Wide-Leg Pants 

The summer season is the time to let go of skinny pants and embrace the style of wide-leg pants. Once you think about wide-leg pants, you should think about comfort. These pants are perfect for those who want comfort without sacrificing style. 

They are breathable and can be paired with crop tops or fitted blouses. You can decide to opt for neutral colors to keep the outfit grounded, or bold prints if you want to go for a statement look. 

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Denim Skirt Outfits

When some people think about denim skirts, they think it was a style that only trended back in the days. However, I can tell you that denim skirts are still in vogue as it is a timeless outfit. It is also one of those outfits that can be styled in countless ways. 

You can choose from mini, midi, or maxi lengths. Wearing denim skirts during the summer gives you the opportunity to be daring as you can style it in different ways. You can pair a mini denim skirt with a racerback top for a youthful edgy look. You can also pair a midi-length denim skirt with a boho blouse for something more classic. 

Jumpsuits

Your summer 2024 outfits are not complete if you’ve not added jumpsuits.  Jumpsuits are the perfect blend of convenience and style. It is also a plus that they come in various designs; from strapless to sleeveless and wide-legged cuts.

Lightweight fabrics like cotton or silk make them ideal for summer wear, and they can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

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10 Cute summer outfit ideas that is fashion girl approved

Where do I find or buy the most comfortable flat shoes? Flat shoes are a must-have wardrobe staple for every lady. As a new mom, I love to wear flat shoes than heels. So, here are the most comfortable flat shoes for women in 2024. These flat shoes are what you need for a luxe looking wardrobe.

Heels vs flat shoes, which is the best? Both heels and flats have their purpose and uses. Heels are perfect for an evening night out. Also, heels makes you look elegant and chic. However, flat are chic yet super comfy to walk in. Every lady needs at least a pair of these flats in her closet; slides, flat sandals, loafers, sneakers etc.

In this post I will be linking down below some of my favorite comfortable flat shoes for women for you. Some of these options are dupes of popular designer brands like the Hermes Oran sandals, New balance sneakers among others.

What to consider before buying flat shoes

You may feel flats, of course it should be comfortable. Unfortunately, some flat shoes are very uncomfortable too. Hence these tips are much needed in purchasing the most comfortable flat shoes for women.

First tip is comfort: For me flat shoes should be really comfortable. I always look out for flats shoes will be stand the test. Look for flat shoes that you can wear for at least 8 hours without feeling any form of pain. You can get flats that you can easily break in quickly. These when it is done properly are the most comfortable shoes ever.

Second tip Material: What is the shoe made from Leather, rubber or fabric material? Quality leather shoes are very comfortable. I love leather shoes a lot as they don’t give you blisters or tighten your fit at the right size. You can also easily break them in too.

I highly recommend you invest in designer leather flat shoes if possible for the durability and comfort. However, if designer is not your price point, brands like amazon, Ego shoes and Aliexpress offer great options of budget friendly leather flats.

Fabric flats are the most comfortable shoes ever. They breathable and easy to walk in. I got two fabric sneakers and my feet’s are in love. These have been my go to no brainer pair of flat shoes for women.

Now lets dive into my best picks most comfortable flat shoes for women in 2024.

Comfortable flat shoes for women in 2024

Below are my favorite most comfortable flat shoes for women you need in your closet. These flat shoes are perfect style for all year round, spring, summer etc.

Also, if you need options of the most comfortable flat shoes for travel, I’ve you covered. Whether for a trip to Africa Safari or Caribbean beaches, these options are perfect.

Flat slides

Hermes oran sandals is one of the most popular designer shoes every girl has in their closet. I love the unique style of this sandals.

It is perfect for running errands and for travel. You can literally wear this shoe as an every day shoe.

Since this pair of shoe is an everyday shoe, you need several options for this to last. Get the designer and the dupes too. I have linked below a dupe for you to shop in several colors to wear on rotation.

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Dad sandals

Dad sandals was a buzz for a while. However it is still a timeless pieces to own. I love the dad sandals style.

It is perfect for vacation, to wear with your cute airport outfits or for safari trips. I love to style dad sandals with shorts, linen pants and maxi dresses. These looks eat down. I love it.

They are very comfortable and easy to walk in. You can literally work in it for hours. This actually depends on the material type though. Refer to the tips above to get the most comfortable flat shoes for women.

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A pair of sneakers

I literally a sneakers head. Always looking for ways to incorporate sneakers into my looks.

Whether your vibe is Chunky dad sneakers or just flat sole sneakers, I will be linking options. I found some cute new balance designer dupe sneakers you will love. They are super cute.

If you’re new to sneakers, check out my post on the best sneakers to buy that will definitely go viral. I love to wear dresses with sneakers, leggings outfit, and pant suit set cute always.

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Loafers

Although this is my least favorite flat shoe for women, it has to be on this list. Personally, I feel loafers are very masculine. So, I really can’t figure out how to style it for a feminine look.

However, the girls are rocking loafers effortlessly. You can wear loafers to the office or for causal outing. If styled properly it is a cute pair of shoe for dinner date with pant outfits. I love this look but it is not my style.

For loafers, I recommend you get loafers options you can easily break in. So, if you can go a size up or an inch above your size. This is to allow it to be as comfy as possible. I have linked some options below.

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Comment below which of these most comfortable flat shoes for women is your go to. Mine is mules or a pair of sneakers. Ciao

Most comfortable flat shoes for women for a luxe looking wardrobe

As an OG fashion blogger, I love my bag charms. This was an heavy trend back in the day. Are bag charms still in? Here is how to wear the viral handbag charm trend in 2024.

I prefer the bag charms like little teddies or mini bags on large bags. However, from the runway shows you can go all out with how you style your bag with bag charms.

Balenciaga and Diesel has given the template on how to go all out for your bag charms. Even Christian Dior is not left out on this. There are several styles on how to wear this handbag charm trend.

These bag charm trends for accessorizing your bags is now an IT girl thing. Every body and their mama is in on this trend. You can get all the best bag charms on the market both in the luxury space and budget friendly options.

My best bag charm for summer I highly recommend is from Schiaparelli, Love it. They have unique bag charms you can also repurpose for other uses. I will be linking some of my favorite budget friendly bag charms to elevate your handbag style.

Another way to elevate your handbag that is timeless is with scarfs. I love to tie colorful scarves on my handbag to change up the look. If you don’t have colorful silk scarves, what are you doing? Also check out my post on how to wear scarves several ways for summer, winter or spring.

Here I styled my handbag from Kate spade to add spice to it. I added a silk scarf for a lovely look. Added a coin bag and a beaded chain as bag charms to elevate this look. This instantly takes the look from basic to baddie. Love it.

How to wear handbag charm trend in 2024

There is no hard and fast rule in exploring these handbag charm trend in 2024. You can choose to go subtle with the charms or go all out. However, this basically depends on your personal style. If your personal style is boho chic, playful and fun, you can add several charms to your bags at a time.

However, my personal style is chic and Victorian. Hence, I love the old money clean girl aesthetic in my looks. At least 2 bag charms at a time for a clean look. I love to still keep the focus on the bag than on the charms.

But, you can add more bag charms depending on how you’re feeling and your style. There are several bags charms to add to bag like mini teddies, mini bags ( bag on a bag), Chunky chains, beads etc.

I will still recommend you stick to the rule of mixing metals. So, if your bag hardware is gold, your bag charms should be gold or other complementary colors or neutrals. However, if your bag hardware is silver, by all means add matching silver bag charms to the bag.

Best handbag charms in 2024 to elevate your bags

Add charms to your handbags to switch up the looks. For example a basic tote black bag can be elevated with mini teddies and chain charms or even cowry charms.

So, I have linked the best handbag charms to elevate your bags in 2024. You can jump on this trends and be among the it girls in 2024.

Comment below if you’d be jumping on this Y2K trends that had a comeback. Which of these best handbag charms will you shop for? How will you wear your handbag charms for an elevated chic look? Ciao.

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How to wear the viral Handbag charm trend without looking cheap

Tulle skirt has always been a favorite of mine. I love the playful style of the skirt. Also I feel it awakens my inner child. How can I style Tulle skirt without looking childish? That has always been a dilemma for me until I decoded it. Here is what to wear with a tulle skirt for a chic look.

Tulle skirt is a versatile piece to have in your closet. Since summer is around the corner, you need to add a tulle skirt to your closet. You can wear tulle skirt for work, for going out, for a date or for travel. So you see it a must have.

Below I will be sharing the what to wear with a tulle skirt for an elevated chic look.

What to wear with a tulle skirt

Who says tulle skirts are only for kids or ballerinas? Tulle skirt is an all occasions and season out. So I highly recommend you shop it.

I will be linking some of my favorite tulle skirts you to shop all from Aliexpress. If you’re iffy about Aliexpress, check my Aliexpress review to convince you. You can legit gets germs from Aliexpress just like Amazon.

Tulle Skirt + sleeveless blazer + T-shirt

For an elevated chic look, this perfect look for going out. Adding a sleeveless blazer makes a great tulle skirt outfit for work.

You can easily ditch blazer for going out or for a date night. This is a cute tulle skirt outfit I love. Add a tote handbag for a day look and switch to a mini shoulder bag for a night look.

Add a pair of boots for an edgy look

Tulle skirt is quite ladylike or gives feminine vibes. This is not bad in itself. However, you can add a pair of boots for an edgy look.

Boots breaks up your look. A perfect edgy boot to wear is a chunky sole boot. I love this style of boot whenever I want my look to eat.

Add a cross body bag for running errands or a carryon travel tote bag for an airport look. The versatility is endless.

Tulle skirt + Sleevless bodysuit +Blazer

I have corporate day job so I am all about getting more looks for work. A tulle skirt is perfect for work if you work in a business casual setting.

When shopping for tulle skirt for work, go for neutral tone colors like Navy, black or brown. This look will blend in for work.

Wear your tulle skirt with a matching color body suit and a blazer for a chic look. Your blazer can be a neutral color blazer. However, if you love been extra, add a pop of color blazer in pink, green, yellow or red to the look. The compliments will fly in naturally.

Add shoulder bag or work tote bag for classic work look.

Tulle skirt + T-shirt

Life is not all about work. We have life itself to live. Wear your tulle skirt with a t-shirt and a pair of slippers, sneakers or sandals.

This type of look may be look like you have your life together. All bills paid in time and you’re living your best life. I love this look for a day out to pick up my kid, or to the Market for groceries run.

This is my go to style for wearing a tulle skirt. So, if you’re looking for what to wear with a tulle skirt, style it with a t-shirt. T-shirt options can be graphic t-shirt, neutral color t-shirt or vibrant color t-shirs that complements your tulle skirt.

This is also a great tulle skirt outfit idea church or for college.

Tulle skirt and a button down shirt

A button down shirt is classic wardrobe staple every lady needs in her closet. You need one. For day that you don’t have what to wear, wear a button down shirt and it’s a look.

Wear a button down shirt with your tulle skirt for work or running errands. This is a classic look to dress up a tulle skirt effortlessly. I love button down shirt with tulle skirt. You can opt for black, white or polka dot button down shirt with your tulle skirt.

Add a statement belt to your look

One of the timeless trends you need to try out is wearing statement pieces. A statement belt can take your look from 0 to 100 in minute’s.

Add a large statement belt to your tulle skirt for an elevated chic look. You cannot go wrong with a statement piece in your closet. Check out my post on other statement pieces you need in your closet ASAP.

Did I give your options on what to wear with a tulle skirt? Are there other tulle skirt outfit ideas you love? Feel free to comment below. Ciao.

Cute tulle skirts for a chic outfit

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Looking for a budget place to have a getaway? Then you should visit Badagry! Yes, yes, I know you might want to start complaining about the distance. But, isn’t that the idea of a getaway? Here are the best beaches in Badagry Lagos you must see.

Badagry is the perfect location to unwind, away from the stress, hustle and bustle of your regular life. There are so many fun things to do in Badagry that is worth the travel and Jet lag.

Wondering what to expect in Badagry? I always say that Badagry has lots of hidden gems. Often, people are reluctant to visit this place. But once they experience Badagry, the do not want to leave. It is one area with the most beautiful sights and experiences waiting to be discovered. 

While there is a lot to explore and discover in Badagry, I will be focusing on the beaches today. Whether you are seeking a peaceful escape or a family getaway, these beaches offer a diverse range of attractions to suit every taste.

Best beaches in Badagry Lagos

In no particular order, here are some of the best beaches in Badagry: 

Coconut Beach

As its name suggests, Coconut Beach is a tranquil haven adorned with lush coconut palm trees swaying gently in the ocean breeze. Swimming and sunbathing are some of the top activities to do when you visit this beach. 

The serene ambience is ideal for visitors to lounge on the soft sands or indulge in thrilling water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. Additionally, Coconut Beach features a vibrant local market where visitors can savour delicious seafood delicacies and shop for handmade crafts, adding to the cultural experience. It’s my favourite aspect of the beach.

I love that the local market gives me the opportunity to mingle with the locals and even haggle prices. Most things I know about Badagry today, I learned from friends I met at the local market. With its natural beauty and array of activities, Coconut Beach is a must-visit destination for those seeking relaxation and adventure alike.

Suntan Beach: Best beach in Badagry Lagos for couples and families

If you’re looking for a hotspot known for its vibrant atmosphere and array of recreational activities, Suntan Beach is the place to be. One thing I love about this beach is that there are no limitations for what you can do.

Once you’re ready to have fun, you have many activities to choose from. What matters is that you have the energy. There’s an abundance of amenities on this location, including beachfront restaurants serving delicious local cuisines, and lively bars where you can enjoy refreshing drinks and live music.

Adventure enthusiasts can partake in thrilling water rides such as banana boating or embark on scenic boat cruises along the coastline. Families can delight in picnics on the sandy shores or engage in friendly beach volleyball matches. With its lively ambiance and diverse offerings, Suntan Beach promises endless hours of fun and excitement for visitors of all ages.

One thing I love about this beach is that after paying the entrance fee, you have access to the beach huts for free. This stands out for me as I have been to some beaches in other places where I still had to pay to access a beach hut. 

Suntan beach is a lovely spot that I would always want to keep visiting, and I’m sure you would have same experience. 

Whispering Palms: Best beach in Badagry for couples

Whenever I talk about Badagry, this is one of the first places that people mention as it is very popular. Anyway, it isn’t surprising, as it lives up to its hype. It is important to keep in mind that entrance to this place is not free. 

Tucked away amidst swaying palm trees and lush greenery, Whispering Palms gives a tranquil vibe that makes you feel like you’re home even when far from home.  This secluded beach resort offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing visitors to unwind and reconnect with nature. 

Personally I highly recommend this resort if you need budget friendly places to enjoy honeymoon in Lagos. You would love it here. The food, the music, the sports and networking is all worth it at whispering palms Badagry.

Guests can lounge by the infinity pool overlooking the ocean, pamper themselves with rejuvenating spa treatments, or explore the surrounding mangrove forests on guided nature walks. You should not leave this place without going for a boat pedal ride. It requires 4 people to take a ride and you’re in luck if you’re with friends. Even if you are there alone, it gives you the opportunity to make new friends. 

As the sun sets in a blaze of orange and pink hues, Whispering Palms transforms into a magical haven where peace and serenity abound. It is always a feast for the eyes. Whether seeking relaxation or cultural immersion, Whispering Palms offers an idyllic retreat for those craving serenity and natural beauty.

Gberefu Island (Point of No Return) 

This beach is also one of the popular sites in Badagry. Gberefu Island, also known as the Point of No Return, holds a poignant place in history as a departure point for enslaved Africans during the transatlantic slave trade. Despite its sombre past, the island offers stunning natural beauty, with pristine beaches and turquoise waters providing a tranquil setting for reflection and remembrance.

Visitors can explore the island’s historic landmarks, including the Slave Port and the Point of No Return monument, paying homage to the resilience of those who came before them. Additionally, Gberefu Island offers opportunities for snorkeling and diving, allowing visitors to discover the vibrant marine life thriving beneath the surface. 

With its blend of history and natural beauty, Gberefu Island serves as a powerful reminder of Nigeria’s past while offering a serene escape for contemplation and appreciation of the present.

Keep in mind that you will do a bit of walking before you get to the beach itself. It is usually more fun to visit this place as a group. It might get a tad bit emotional visiting this place due to the slave history information you will learn. However, it is an experience that is worth it. 

Are new to Lagos, Check our Getyourguide for budget friendly tours to beaches and resorts in Lagos Nigeria.

Faq on Badagry Lagos

  1. Are there beaches in Badagry? Badagry Lagos is close to the Atlantic Ocean hence there are so many beaches in Badagry.
  2. How beaches are in Badagry? Not sure how many. However I have listed the most popular Badagry beach go explore
  3. Are there private beaches in Badagry? there a lovely private beaches in Badagry Lagos you can visit.
  4. Can I bring my food to Badagry Beach? Most beach in Badagry are not strict on bringing in your own food . So you can bring your own food to any of these beaches.

Feel free to comment below which of these best beaches in badagry you have visited? Which of these best beaches in Badagry is your favorite? Ciao

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The thought of being a solo traveler can be scary, and it has stopped many people from embarking on adventures. However, solo travel can be exciting if you note these biggest travel mistakes to avoid while traveling.

Let’s face it, it’s your first time visiting a new place in a new region, and things can get overwhelming. However, I always advocate that the excitement of the journey you are about to embark on should alway overshadow any fear that might creep in. 

Having enough and adequate information is one thing that helps with being a solo traveler. In this blog, I have decided to compile 10 pitfalls to avoid as a solo traveler. If you’re looking to have a safe and enjoyable journey, these tips will come in handy. 

Want to know more? Stick with me!

Biggest travel mistakes to avoid as solo traveler

I have experienced both worlds as a solo traveler vs group traveler. However, there are so many things you will have to deal with as a solo traveler.

One of them is the fact that many locals see you as a target for theft or scam. You have little idea of the environment. However, on a group tour, they have all figured out.

That is not to say solo travel is bad or a death sentence. Anyhow, here are the biggest travel mistakes to avoid as a solo traveler.

Not doing enough research

It’s always unimaginable to me when I see people traveling without doing research about their destination. Of course, I understand the thrill that comes with being spontaneous. But, that shouldn’t rule out research work. 

Before you go anywhere, ensure that you research the destination thoroughly. By getting information about your destination, you get to understand the local customs, laws, and safety concerns. 

For example, is your destination country a conservative society? Do they frown at people of opposite genders interacting together in public? Not being aware of things like this can lead to uncomfortable or dangerous situations. It is always best to be armed with enough information. 

However, if you’re a last minute travelers, check this tips on how to plan your last minute trip to get you started.

Overpacking

People always say it’s best to travel light, and I’ve had to agree with him over the years. I know that the concept of traveling light might seem foreign, especially as a lady. 

The other time I traveled with some colleagues, all the guys seemed to have only one small box each and it was amazing how all their items could fit. But for the ladies, we each had a minimum of two large boxes. Understandably, there are always a lot of essentials for us to pack. 

However, packing too much actually makes traveling cumbersome and can restrict mobility. Packing light on the other hand makes it easier to move around and saves you from extra baggage fees. 

Not being safety conscious 

While it is good and advisable to always share travel details with friends and family, you should always ensure to not overshare. This is to ensure that information doesn’t get into the wrong hands as we all need to be safety conscious. 

During my last visit to Rwanda, I met a friendly local who took me everywhere and gave me needed directions. However, he also seemed too intrusive and kept asking for details that were none of his business. While it might have not meant anything to him, I remembered that I was a solo traveler and his intrusive questions seemed like red flags. So, I gave him wrong information every time for my own safety. 

As a solo traveler, always prioritize your safety. This includes sharing your travel itinerary with someone you trust, being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding risky behaviors like walking alone late at night in unfamiliar areas.

Being rigid

One thing about me is that I always like to have a plan. I envy those who live life through spontaneity as I always have to question decisions before I make them. If you see me embarking on a journey, you can be sure that I have made plans prior to that trip, and I try to stick with plans. 

While it’s good to have a plan, I have also noticed that being too rigid can cause you to miss out on spontaneous adventures or become stressed if things don’t go as planned. The panic that comes with something being out of place isn’t what you will want to experience while on a trip. So, allow room for flexibility in your travel schedule.

Not having travel insurance 

The topic of travel insurance is usually one to look at from different points of view. Some people argue that there is no need to get travel insurance, especially when going on a short trip. After all, you can save the money you would have used to get travel insurance, and use it for other things. 

Yes, it might be a short trip, and not getting travel insurance might help you save money. But, have you thought about what happens when unexpected situations occur? You might think it won’t have to you, but you will start wishing you got the travel insurance when it does. 

Travel insurance can be a lifesaver in case of unexpected medical issues, trip cancellations, or lost luggage. Skipping it to save money can end up costing you more in the long run.

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Being reckless with money

I got an opportunity to travel to Tanzania recently, and converted $200 to their local currency. This conversion gave me over 500,000 Tanzanian Shillings. I was excited and bragged to my friends that I had more than enough money for my stay. Well, did I? 

With the thought that I was walking around with over half a million of the local currency, I didn’t think twice before spending. In the twinkle of an eye, I ran out of cash. It was then it dawned on me that I was being reckless with money and I needed to manage my money wisely. 

I’ve learned that as a solo traveler, it is always safe to have the local currency and another backup option. It also helps to not solely rely on one form of payment. 

Not Learning Basic Phrases of the Local Language

Yes, you are new to the country and region, but it is helpful to do things that will help you blend in. In many countries, you will realize that English is not their primary language. So, communicating with the locals can get frustrating when you do not know bits of their local language. 

Knowing basic phrases like “Hello,” “Thank You,” and “Where is the bathroom?” can go a long way in navigating a new place and showing respect for the local culture. One of the fastest ways for your trip to go south is when you cannot communicate with the locals. 

You need travel apps like Google translate to help you pick up phrases and communicate effortlessly. I used this app on my trip and I love it. Check out other must have travel apps you need as a frequent traveler.

Sticking to Tourist Traps 

Only visiting popular tourist spots can give you a skewed view of a destination. The most annoying part of it is that these tourist traps are usually unnecessarily expensive as everything is hiked. 

For example, anyone who visits Paris France would love to see the eiffel tower. Which is not bad, however it may be crowded. There are other fun places to visit in Paris that is not a Hotspot but still fun.

When traveling, my best advice is to explore the country like a local. Instead of sticking to local traps, try to  explore local neighborhoods, eat where locals do, and discover hidden gems. For me, I would rather spend money getting a local to show me around than sticking to tourist traps. 

Underestimating Transportation Times

As a solo traveler, you always need to be alert. It is best to keep in mind that you’re not in your home country, and things are different. 

 Failing to account for travel time between places can lead to missed flights or rushed sightseeing. Always factor in extra time for transportation, especially in areas prone to traffic or with complex public transport systems.

Not Backing Up Important Documents and Photos

Losing your phone, camera, or documents can be a major setback. Always have backups of important documents like your passport, visa, and travel insurance. Additionally, regularly backup your photos to a cloud service or external storage device.

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Which of these biggest travel mistakes have you experienced? Comment below the biggest travel mistakes to avoid that you’d follow. Ciao

Solo traveler, here are the 10 Biggest travel mistakes to avoid

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