From Coco Chanel…to you!

Style is all about your mindset!

Style is all about your mindset!

Hihi there!

it was lovely reading your comments and views on my last post…thank you!I will keep you posted on my personal conclusions in a subsequent post…this new post however is dedicated to sharing few of my favorite Fashion and Style quotes bo Chanel(an all time Style Icon…regardless of your reservations on her personal style*smiles*)

She is unarguably one of the world’s greatest Style icons.

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971)was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

My personal love for her designs is due to its timelessness and classiness,and even though an item of her exquisite label-Chanel does not come cheap, similar clean cuts and styles can be put together creating the same classy look…listed below are the quotes;

  • Fashion passes,Style remains!
  • Dress shabbily and they remember the dress;dress impeccably and they remember the woman!
  • A girl should be two things:classy and fabulous!
  • The best color in the world ;is the one that looks good on you!
  • Luxury must be comfortable,otherwise it is not luxury!
  • Elegance does NOT consist in putting on a dress
  • Nature gives you the face you have at twenty;its up to you to merit the face you have at fifty!
  • Look for the woman in the dress.if there is no woman,there is no dress!
  •  a fashion that does not reach the streets is not fashion!
  • ….and lastly -A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period.When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind,it is never the style that triumphs”….Ultimately,Style is really all about the state of your mind!




Flea markets …Thrifting..Yay or Nay?

Hi guys,so its another post date with you all, keeping this up for real this year *smiles*..I’ve worked out a day of the week to keep this going and Tuesday,it is!

I’d like to share with you something that’s been on my mind for a while now; the uncommon and unpopular culture of Thrift Stores and Flea markets in Nigeria..

I am an advocate for affordable and timeless Fashion, knowing that you needn’t break a bank to look fab and stylish!

The origin of Flea markets is from the French marché aux puces,a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods, the kind that “might” contain fleas-1922..I know that sorts of put you off already! Lol…but wait,overtime this has changed as Flea markets around the world are now known as a bazaar of vintage clothes, antique glasswares, furniture, cutlery etc.. A number of fashion lovers around the world have found pieces and items that can’t be ignored,statement pieces I’d say ranging from Hermés scarves, flapper dresses,boxes of perfume bottles,French linens,1950’s sewing accessories…(now that sounds like bliss!!!)

Flea markets and thrift stores alike are swap markets where selling or barter of merchandise take place..For lovers of Retro and Vintage Clothing items like moi,we need more of these in Nigeria..spoke to a few of my friends who said they’d gladly swap a used item of theirs for a used item of another as long as it inspires them because indeed “a man’s junk is another’s joy!”

Please share your thoughts on this as I’d really love to explore the possibilities in this environmentally friendly mode of fashion that deals with recycling and upscaling of used Clothing which otherwise would have been dumped in a sand-fill,non-biodegradable..

I look forward to your comments!

Morenikeji Akinsola

It’s a new year!

Back in Lagos…. So I’m sitting downstairs on the concrete slab that covers the septic tank at our backyard, wearing an electric blue knit dress, a colorful floral kimono overcoat and rocking my three month plus Afro drawn into a bun…I totally feel in touch with Mother earth!

It had been a while I felt that close or intimate with my indigenous part apart from similar feelings I got whilst I was home in Abeokuta for the festive season,I fell right back in step with my roots,core values that had been sidestepped were brought back to the surface…I was in touch with me!thinking of the very essence of my existence and living,forced upon me by the calmness that came from the simplicity of my hometown rather than the fast paced “Lagos living”

As I searched within me for goals and dreams to be reached and achieved in the year 2015,I am reminded of the simplicity of purpose,the essence to it all;it isn’t to go big OR go home,it is to live,give,love,share,laugh not alone,BUT with others. It is in this, that fulfilment comes!

I am once again reminded of the reason I started this blog,to share with others my love for life, fashion,style, my experiences and if you may,my successes! Please continue with me on this journey as I do with you …here’s wishing you a fulfilling 2015!!!!Cheers to us.

Morenikeji Akinsola,
Vathiswa by Hester.


…Dig in- #Be deliberate.

Hello beautiful people,

Feels dusty and cobwebby in here…lol.It has indeed been a  while. Now starting to think perhaps the daily,weekly or Bi-weekly upload of posts can’t work for me….at least for now.Honestly, I prefer to shut up when I don’t really have anything profound to say or share.#sigh….

This brings me to what I’d like to share with you today; Living deliberately is TOUGH!…you wonder, is it really?Well,I suppose its easier to allow life’s course take you anywhere and everywhere…easier to go with the flow of this saying”God’s Will be done”and that becomes our reality.

I wonder,where is the place of pressing into God,our Source, to truly know what He’ll have us do per time?

Call this a diversion from what this blog is about “Fashion&Styling”but please,indulge me. I am realising that Life is too short to dance to its unstable rhythms… Only God is constant in who He is,not to us,but who He really is.

There is weariness in fickle things,even life rhythms. Let us abide in HIM and seek to know what to do per time-Now,that is Faith.

It is a deliberate action to abide in Him…but in Him,we should live,move and have our being!

From ‘Keji with love.

Quick Style- Iro ‘n’ buba

Hihi friends,

Its been few days between us…hope you’re all still pushing through life and living it deliberately?

Here’s a quick one on one of the easiest,most flattering trends on the Nigerian fashion scene (seemingly creeping into the other international scenes too)-the silk and or Chiffon blouse and wrapper otherwise known as Iro and buba.

Iro and buba is a traditional Yoruba(one of the three major tribes in Nigeria) outfit that has been worn over a long period of time…a cultural symbol of dignity and status amongst women worn in different ways and recently modified into the one now referred to as silk/chiffon iro and buba.

Normally,silk or chiffon prints aren’t the typical fabrics of choice for the traditional iro and buba outfit but Fashion is about recreating and debunking the ‘donts’ of ‘normality'(in whatever context you may think it is)

You’ll agree with me its one of the best things that’s ever happened to the fashion scene as its so easy to wear ,flattering almost all body types…it exudes style,class and glamour…all depending on how you wear it…pair it with a pair of flatties(flat shoes),you’re looking effortlessly chic…pair it with a pricey (or not)pair of pumps,you look glam…be it in Africa or Europe, you’re good to go…we sure are loving this trend#smile

Sharing with you some iro and buba outfits made by my label “Vathiswa by Hester”….

Let’s keep living deliberately!










#VathiswabyHester designs

Be deliberate….!

Hihi beautiful people,

So its been a while here….and not wanting to entirely go into details of me getting sucked into a whole lot of life situations and dramas, I’d like to say “I’m still here!”#smile…

I have come to a better understanding that regardless of the happenings of life, who or what we are is who or what we are,nothing really changes it…so with all water gone under the bridge I am still “Vathiswa by Hester “,a lover and appreciator of all things beautiful!

As promised upon the introduction of this blog that it’ll showcase diverse personal styles I appreciate,please meet my dear beautiful friend of over ten years (and still counting)Dammie Alabi ,who is the Creative director of Xstabel designs,an interior decorating outfit,a plus-sized fashion enthusiast and newly self-acclaimed Afrocentric.

Dammie recently went on a short vacation to Maseru in the Lesotho Kingdom of Southern Africa and was deliberate in the search for fashion pieces and accessories to help put together her new Style….what with her one an half year old TWA,I say;she sure does rock the Afrocentric look well!

As we go through life,let us NOT be passive,let us seek,express passionately and deliberately… Life has proven to yield when given a hard push or shove!#Be deliberate.













Getting used to blogging…

…So I did put up a post a day after my last one…added new photos to showcase designs made by VbH,my label..and Alas!I couldn’t find it on the list of published posts nor that of local drafts…#phew..all that hard work and racking of brain for proper words and adjectives for nothing!?

Anyways,its been a whole week of inward reflections for me putting all things into perspectives…I realized we all crave validation in some sort of ways/like I craved (and still do) my site been viewed and  followed by you all:)/to simply jeer us into achieving all we truly desire to. As we look outward we also look inwards. When we do find some treasures within;allow it reflect on the outside….aso ni ewá òde mi..Style is a true reflection of an inward beauty..that is the message my label seeks to re-affirm.

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