Orange is the new Black

February 5 2015

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Yesterday I posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook asking you guys to guess the theme of my outfit and the majority were spot on… Orange is the new Black. Well, while I’m away visiting family in a hotter climate. I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria and it is 31°C (88°F) and it feels like I was popped straight into an oven from a freezer!

As strange as it sounds I feel like I have permission to don brighter colours and make bolder choices with my outfits when I’m in hotter climates. I’m so used to my black, white and neutral palette that I love so much, but thought to have a bit of fun with colour while I’m out here.

So far, I’m liking this orange dress I picked up from Topshop just the other day. I featured it as well as a few other pieces in my most recent haul on my channel (below).

I also hit 500,000 subscribers on YouTube this week, and let me tell you, it feels so surreal! I’m always humbled by the amount of love and support that you all show me. Just know that I read all the messages and emails I receive (I don’t always get a chance to respond to every single one but I always send some good energy to each and every one of you). Thanks for being such a huge part of my life.

Lots of love.

*PS* I’m hoping my lovely readers who live in cooler climates can revisit this look when Spring comes around!


(pc: Kezia Eniang)


  • Reply Detan Oyedele February 5 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Shirley! You look good!
    Do a Lagos meetup with Kezia
    Am definite you have a lot of readers and viewers in Lagos, Nigeria who would like to meet you in person!
    Have a good stay though.


    • Reply Daisy February 5 2015 at 3:19 pm

      What she said…

    • Reply Barbara February 5 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Totally agree Detan. Shirley has been coming to Nigeria a lot these days, hope we get to meet her soon.

    • Reply February 6 2015 at 8:51 am

      I totally agree…. We are waiting.

      Do check out if you are on the island for great places to go.

    • Reply Meera February 6 2015 at 4:42 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing. There are a lot of bloggers in Lagos and a lot of people interested in fashion and beauty so I am sure you have subscribers living there. Hope you do a meetup, I’m sure my friends will attend! Have fun in the warmer climate cos loI was just thinking the same thing. There are a lot of fashion bloggers in Lagos and a lot of people interested in fashion so I am sure you have subscribers living there. Hope you do a meetup, I’m sure my friends will attend! Have fun in the warmer climate cos London’s weather is crappy atm! The dress looks gorgeous BTW 🙂

      Meera xo!

    • Reply Berry Dakara February 7 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Yup! We want a meet&greet!!!

      Just watched the Haul video this morning, and recognized the dress as soon as I came to the blog. I really like the dress 🙂

      Berry Dakara Blog

    • Reply Lisabeth February 8 2015 at 9:50 am

      I concur. Do a Lagos meet-up

  • Reply Kimberly C Saldana February 5 2015 at 2:00 pm

    love, love, love this look on you Shirley. Not just the look but the color! What I love the most is that you made this short dress classy and not “clubby” with those heels. Looks great!
    Have fun in Nigeria!


  • Reply Genevieve February 5 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Yes to colour! You rock both so well. Hopefully I bump into you while you’re in Lagos or do a meet and greet 🙂

  • Reply millennielle February 5 2015 at 2:27 pm

    LOVE that dress on you — the fit is perfect!!! Have fun visiting Nigeria!
    xo, coco |

  • Reply Krystal Grant February 5 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Love the dress.

  • Reply diane white February 5 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This is such a vibrant and fun color on you shirley! I live in miami and love that I can wear color year round because every day is summer. I look forward to seeing even more of your looks this year. xoxo!

  • Reply Kim February 5 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations on youtube! And I love the outfit. That dress looks great on you!

    Kim … TREAT YO SELF!

  • Reply Wenluditoh Daniellah February 5 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Am really feeling the black and orange ,just can’t wait to get myself into spring/summer
    looking so lovely

  • Reply Lola February 5 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Pls do a lagos vlog. That would be fun to watch.

  • Reply Stella February 5 2015 at 3:07 pm

    The dress is very nice, Shirley.
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

  • Reply Nicky February 5 2015 at 3:07 pm

    It’s always nice to switch it up a bit. Orange looks great on you.

  • Reply Yaalia February 5 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Orange is always my fave colour to wear on holidays. Orange looks lovely on you x

  • Reply Hannah February 5 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Head to toe, this look is amazing! Love the bright orange mixed with classic black accents! Gorgeous! X

  • Reply Fafa February 5 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Hey Shirley can you do a what packed for my trip video. I am going to Ghana soon and I have no idea what type of clothes to pack. Thanks

  • Reply Leta February 5 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful color!

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  • Reply February 5 2015 at 5:14 pm

    very nice dress, you look elegant and pretty, so is there warm or was it not taken lately

  • Reply Onyi Moss February 5 2015 at 5:31 pm

    You look great Shirley. Hope you have a great time in Nigeria. You have inspired me in more ways than many which kickstarted my fashion blogging xoxo

  • Reply Ellie February 5 2015 at 5:52 pm

    You look amazing in colour! Like just stunning! Hope you have an amazing time in Nigeria and hope your family are well!

  • Reply Alicia February 5 2015 at 5:54 pm

    That dress is perfection! I love the color and texture.

    Between the Pearls

  • Reply Barbara February 5 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Good to have you back on the blog Shirley. Watched your latest video – 100 questions and absolutely love it.
    Lagos, Nigeria

  • Reply Priscilla February 5 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Hey Shirley
    again a very beautiful look. I love your style of writing and your youtube channel. Very happy for you that your public is still growing. Keep on doing the good work. I just started a youtube channel, and your videos really inspire me to be better.

  • Reply Kiera :D February 5 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Really nice basic dress 🙂 taking casual smart to a whole new level

  • Reply Igee Okafor February 5 2015 at 8:08 pm

    You seem to be glowing. You look very fabulous! You wear orange very well. Very simple, very chic.

    Igee Okafor
    Style Enthusiast/Blogger

  • Reply W.IW.Y February 5 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Absolutely stunning

  • Reply Lavinya February 5 2015 at 9:40 pm

    very cute! I love the colour on you!

  • Reply Jenn February 5 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Very pretty and you are so lucky! It is currently -25C here in Canada! *puurrrrr

  • Reply rebecca mahlaela February 5 2015 at 11:28 pm

    colour looks really good on you!!! loving the hair too <3

  • Reply Eloise February 5 2015 at 11:42 pm

    You look stunning, really love the orange! The shape of the dress is gorgeous too


  • Reply Agnes February 6 2015 at 1:08 am

    Chic look

    Have a great weekend x

  • Reply oreo February 6 2015 at 2:08 am

    Love the dress!!

    Ore 🙂
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  • Reply Annalyn February 6 2015 at 2:32 am

    Love this look! The whole outfit is very chic.

    Congratulations on 500,000 subscribers! You’re one of my favorite youtubers 🙂

  • Reply Jeanne February 6 2015 at 6:46 am

    I can’t get enough of that beautiful colour!!!

  • Reply Nia Fash February 6 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love this look shirley you always out do yourself it’s just perfect 🙂

  • Reply Belinda February 6 2015 at 10:12 am

    looking good shirley!!


  • Reply Susan February 6 2015 at 11:41 am

    I love love love those shoes… ‘buff’= beautiful?
    Keep posting doll

  • Reply J.Hart February 6 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This dress is vibrant and fun but you were able to make it look so chic as well! Beautiful look!

  • Reply Akosua Kumi Gyabaah February 6 2015 at 4:03 pm

    The whole outfit is Fab and the zara bag is a must have. 🙂

  • Reply Laura February 6 2015 at 7:54 pm

    YES! Couldn’t wait to see this dress featured in a post when I watched your haul. Stunning! x

  • Reply NappyDanny February 7 2015 at 12:31 am

    I absolutely love this look on you! You are so gorgeous and I love your style!

  • Reply Kasi February 7 2015 at 2:53 am

    You look gorgeous! I love the color of the dress, and I love the bag. I watched your haul and loved it! Zara and H&M are my absolute favs! You got some great deals. Lol at your reaction to the pricier items! 🙂

  • Reply Karen February 7 2015 at 8:36 am

    Such a gorgeous dress and orange against your skin makes you glow 🙂

  • Reply Superb February 8 2015 at 4:08 pm

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  • Reply Konge February 8 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Great post once again! Hope you are enjoying yourself in Nigeria

  • Reply Lena February 8 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I always feel like I’m just too pale to pull off wearing orange 😀
    But it looks so gorgeous on you!

  • Reply mariah February 9 2015 at 5:08 am

    Ahhh! I love this!! Gorgeous as always Shirley!

  • Reply Sylvia2511 February 9 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love you Shirley and i heart your style so much..and i think you are just as awesome as a person.

  • Reply Chi-Chi February 9 2015 at 12:42 pm

    congrats of hitting half a million subscribers on YouTube; wishing you continued success

    I am waaaaaaaay overdue for a visit to Nigeria! hope you are having a lovely time; try to bring a bit of heat back with you!

  • Reply Inez February 9 2015 at 1:50 pm

    That’s a pretty orange dress. Cute bag too. Congrats on the growth in subscribers!

  • Reply Melissa February 9 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Love the orange on you! It’s definitely fun to play with color sometimes!!

  • Reply Ropa February 9 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Beautiful pics Shirley! Hope you have an amazing time in Nigeria with your sister and your family and congratulations on the YouTube milestone

  • Reply Nate February 9 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I saw this dress in your lookbook/haul ! It’s amazing! I love that color!!

  • Reply Jo February 9 2015 at 11:26 pm

    You look gorgeous in this dress

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  • Reply Rekik February 11 2015 at 2:01 am

    Yes leg! You look so vibrant and lovely in orange. Can’t wait for most posts Shirley, enjoy your time visiting family xx

  • Reply 10ftchopsticks February 14 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Oh that’s such a gorg dress, looks beautiful on you and compliments your skin tone well. Ahh I need to go back to Nigeria for a visit. Congrats on the 500,000 subscribers, you deserve it doll :).

  • Reply Bicana February 14 2015 at 6:41 pm

    i absolutely love this outfit Shirley. It fits you so well and the color is superb on you.

  • Reply April Basi February 15 2015 at 1:24 am

    absolutely beautiful ….xx

  • Reply Leona Osei February 16 2015 at 3:15 am

    Shirley, orange is your color girl! xo

  • Reply GorisHelena February 16 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Shirleys style ! Super classy, I just love it xo

  • Reply Emilly J February 16 2015 at 8:57 pm

    This is a beautiful colour on you!

    Also reminds me that I must find the time to watch orange is the new black..

  • Reply Uche Raphael February 17 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Love the orange dress, hope you enjoyed Nigeria|

  • Reply Liz Lizo February 20 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Your hair looks amazing and I love this dress!!

    – Liz

  • Reply Ashley Udoh February 22 2015 at 8:50 pm

    You look stunning as always Shirley. You always manage to look so effortlessly chic. Congrats on your recent accomplishment on YouTube, you’re definitely one of my favorites.

    Ashley Udoh

  • Reply Rachel Owiti February 23 2015 at 2:37 pm

    The dress looks classy and amazing on you !! Enjoy Nigeria!
    xoxo, Rachel

  • Reply Diana Cloudlet February 23 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Randomly found your blog and can’t express how I like it! It was so interesting to read your posts and also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos!

    p.s. new post – how I met Victoria Beckham

    Diana Cloudlet

  • Reply Jodi-Kay Edwards February 26 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Love this color on you Shirley! Adds to your glow. 🙂 It is freeeeezing here, warm weather climate is definitely needed asap! Congratulations!! Your channel is amazing! It’s been so great watching your channel grow and all the success that has come along with it! 🙂

  • Reply Kania Holmes March 1 2015 at 1:40 am

    Orange most certainly is the new black, the whole look head to toe make up and all is perfect. What else could be said?

  • Reply Jordan Mignon March 5 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I’m really loving that dress! I usually sticking to wearing one bag at a time but the bag you have is making me want to change that because I’ve never had a black bag I really liked, but I love yours!

  • Reply Oyiza March 12 2015 at 11:38 am

    Totally Fabulous!

  • Reply Yochanan March 14 2015 at 12:08 am

    Hey girl I totally love your youtube videos, they’re so relatable. I nominated you for the sisterhood of the World blogger award on my blog Please check it out.

  • Reply beingrosemary March 14 2015 at 12:39 pm

    orange looks great on you.lovely!

  • Reply Emmy March 21 2015 at 9:03 pm

    So classy.

  • Reply Mimi March 26 2015 at 2:44 pm

    i love this Tshirt dress. I find them so versatile and this colour really pops!

  • Reply felicia March 31 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Shirley, orange is so gorgeous on you.l am going to recreate this look and tag you in it. i’ll be sure to share with you when i do.

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  • Reply Josefine April 15 2015 at 4:20 pm

    So beautiful and inspiring.

  • Reply LeShea May 13 2015 at 2:52 am

    Perfect, perfect post! Thankful for you and your humbled words. I hope to revist these types of looks too. It is not too warm where I am yet either…

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