I have experienced an overwhelm mentally ,emotionally and physically in the past two weeks..just really feeling the need to do more,be more and think deeper to birth bigger goals and dreams. With t…
I have experienced an overwhelm mentally ,emotionally and physically in the past two weeks..just really feeling the need to do more,be more and think deeper to birth bigger goals and dreams.
With this pressure came the feeling of frustration and a near passive state as to whether I can even achieve these “glorious “feats.
Through these feelings,I kept asking God to help me and strengthen my hands to do the work He ordained me to-yes I see my job as ordained by Him..
Few people know exactly what I do asides making clothes for my clothing line VATHISWA.I train people in Pattern making and sewing,I absolutely find joy in passing on knowledge and the right set of skills to others and equally seeing them thrive and excel within the Nigerian Fashion industry.
How did I get to this?I never imagined I’d be a trainer or educator let alone in the Fashion Industry,however my love for all things pretty and creative led me into getting a Diploma in Fashion Design at the Bloemfontein Fashion Academy,Free state ,South Africa.It lasted for two years (2009-2010)within which I had picked up the flair for tutoring newer students whilst being one myself.
On returning to Nigeria in 2013,I had the lofty dream of setting up my clothing line then to be called “VATHISWA by Hester” but Alas!the stars were not aligned yet.
So I sought to be employed and paid-Me,who considered myself to be highly skilled enough to be a hot cake ,seeking high end job opportunities within the industry to either be a Pattern maker or a Creative lead for any established brand here in Nigeria…this search ended when all I got was a paid internship with a well known Fashion training institute -OSC ,to be a pattern maker for the Mass production unit and a pattern drafting instructor for the beginners at the school.
This I did steadfastly for three months and it opened my eyes to see that I indeed loved the training and production part to the Fashion business.
After this stint,I assumed I was ready to start my business and run it smoothly until I had few hitches down the line in my “made to fit” line.Another decision was made to seek paid employment and as the Universe would smile on me,I got a good one with Mai Atafo ,it was a dream come true-now I would be contributing greatly to the success of a brand as big as Mai Atafo!?Being the Head of Womenswear and a production manager came with a lot of challenges,inspirations and frustrations but I threw myself into it totally,working hard to do my bit to ensure a smooth run of the business.I was pushed beyond certain limits I had built for myself before then…I grew bold and confident in my abilities and skills gotten over years,it was a great time!
Until,it finally dawned on me that I wanted to do more with others-to impart knowledge and to also show what can be done within the garment manufacturing sector of the industry.
Now,I teach young to middle aged women at a local fashion school in Ojodu Berger area ,I also do some consulting work at the HCDC center,Apapa,a government Initiative aimed at building human capital for the Garment manufacturing sector and also run VATHISWA by Keji, a ready to wear line that makes affordable and functional clothing for women.
In all of these,I have found a voice to express my deepest desires of seeing others empowered and building a more sustainable Fashion Industry where skilled artisans thrive and our economy is grown with less imports and more exports.
So,in the last two weeks ,i have questioned my motive,these dreams of mine and I am gently nudged by Him,to whom I have cried out earnestly ,to do!To do the little I can muster daily,day after day,week after week,month after month and year after year.For indeed,little drops of water make a mighty ocean!
Below,I share a few of my student’s work from my #teacherChikeSeries (inside joke with my friends of me being a teacher)
Trust you all have been well?
I’ve been well and also very busy with work and the other things I’m trying my hands on,and it’s been pretty rewarding!(i will share this with you in another post soon)
I made a post recently on my IG handle @morieniikeji on the offshoulder trend being a “band wagon” that I’ve easily hopped on and can’t seem to get off from.And trust me when I say I doubt if I am anytime soon!😄
Now,this trend may seem a bit “risqué” for some,but I assure you a little show of those shoulder blades wouldn’t hurt no one 😉 and I being more of a conservative “fashionista” would probably say the offshoulder trend is my current *risqué outfit* indulgence !!LOL and please do indulge me all the way until I either get tired of it or get tired of sewing it! (Trust me,it’s sooo easy to make that I doubt this)
I’ve seen varying versions and interpretations of this trend in different fabric textures and silhouettes as it has become the go to outfit to almost all social scenes,be it a movie night or a cocktail party or even a wedding party.
Thought to share with you some of the few I made for me and a few friends since I caught the bug 🙂
Here’s cheers to the rest of your Tuesday being beautiful!
Hi there lovelies,
It’s been eons here,several months of me laying aside those things that my fragile mind couldn’t handle and writing was one of those!
And whilst this was a very difficult time in my life,I learnt my best lesson ever-Know thyself !
It is from this basic knowledge or truth that every other thing stems out ,it defines our values and hence directs our journey through life that has been ordained by the Creator of all things.
In my sorrow and pain,I found the “me” that He wants me to be and its easier to take steps in creating that for indeed life isn’t about finding ourselves,it’s about being deliberate enough to become the people we are meant to be..so it’s in the choices and decisions we make.
And so,this time I choose to write again!expressing what my heart has to offer to the world out there about Fashion and Style or My faith,Personal Struggles and victories.
So I encourage you all to #live again!
Its been a fortnight between us!I couldn’t make last week’s post date with you…my apologies.
Its been a time of hustle-bustle,thinking-sighing,meditating-praying and ultimately coming to a new place of growth!
I like to believe I have a larger percentage of female followers and visitors so I’d like to share this passage written as an article that i recently came across in my pondering and search for the “why” of my existence.
Please meditate on these words and share on with other ladies out there whom you know need to make this resolve and be defined by it!
I am a capable,intelligent and virtuous woman.
I am far more precious than jewels.
My value is far above rubies or pearls.
My husband trusts in me confidently so that he has no lack of gain.
I comfort,encourage and do my husband only good all the days of my life.
I focus on the good in everything.
I work with willing hands,sowing and cultivating my seed.
I do whatever it takes.
I go the distance.
I obtain spiritual food for my husband no matter what it costs and delegate tasks.
I do business wisely and carefully,expending my life prudently without neglecting my present responsibilities.
I gird myself with strength spiritually,mentally and physically so that i may accomplish my God given tasks today.
I taste and see that the gain from my work with and for God is good.
My lamp does not go out,but burns on continually through the night(of trouble privation and sorrow),warning away fear,doubt and distrust.
I make my arms strong and firm,i grab hold of the plow and do not turn back nor look back. Whatever i put my hands to prospers.
I open my filled hands to the poor and needy whether it be in body,mind or spirit.
I fear not the cold snow for my family,for all of my household are doubly clothed in scarlet. We have a double portion of God’s goodness and we are covered by the blood of Jesus.
I use my hands to create a beautiful atmosphere in my home.
I am clothed with righteousness and royalty.
My husband has a good strong reputation and sits among the influencers in our city.
I am the righteousness of God. My mind thinks righteous thoughts and therefore i produce acts of righteousness and lead others to them as well. My anointing helps relieve others of their burdens so that they may serve God whole-heartedly.
Strength and dignity are my clothing and my position is strong and secure,(i am crowned with beauty and compassion)
I smile at the future knowing that my family and i are ready for it.
I open my mouth in skillful and godly wisdom (confessing Gods word consistently)
The law of kindness is on my tongue.
I look well to how things go in my household. I am not ignorant,thoughtless or foolish but i understand the will of God.
I do not eat the bread of idleness,gossip,discontent and self-pity.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but i am a woman who fears the Lord and i shall be praised.
I will enjoy the fruit of my hands and my works will bring me honor in the gates of the city.
Belated Valentine’s day wishes to you all!
I hope you all had a time-out to appreciate those who have shown kindness to you one way or the other,not only with material gifts but acts of kindness,”quality” time and a genuine show of affection…Love can indeed be the answer if we allow it!
Enjoy the rest of the week,remembering to allow Love be the answer!
Its Tuesday…(yeap,you already know that!*smile*)well I hope you did remember its another post date with Vathiswa by Hester…keeping tracks of weekly posts and what else this gal here has to say:)..
Well I ain’t saying too much today except to introduce our “Style feature”for today(I wonder what tag we can give that?hmmmm…any suggestions from y’all?)the amazing Dammie Alabi,who shares with us her personal style.
Do enjoy below:
“My dear friend and fashion buddy asked me to talk about my style on her blog today. She is my no 1 supporter when it comes to fashion….always inspiring me to embrace my style irrespective of how quirky it seems…we get the weird looks together when we walk down the street…lol
I wouldn’t say I have a definite personal style;I’d rather say I am one who just goes with the flow, I wear whatever I like…I must however confess that a few “styles” have a huge influence on how I look –
• I am in love with my African roots, so naturally I incorporate that in my look…..
• My favourite colour is black and I mostly always wear black in my outfits….
• My love for black has also made me fall in love with some form of punk howbeit in a very sublime way.
The days I feel like a label, I actually call my style “Afro-Punk”
I recently fell in love with tees and sneakers. I love the comfort wearing a tee gives me, the feel of soft cotton against my skin is priceless!….not really sure if being plus size has anything to do with it but for me it’s always been comfort and fashion. If it ain’t comfortable, I won’t be caught dead in it.
My outfit today was inspired by a sprained knee….lol… my friend’s baby was clocking one over the weekend and we had a small party for her, I danced for about three hours and the pain in my already sprained knee returned with vengeance….hell hath no fury like a knee taken for granted!.. *laughs*
I love me!”
Style is indeed about the mindset!