Laid back afternoon

August 14 2015

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Just the other day I took to the streets of Shoreditch (East London) with my brother and friend, after lots of conversations about the great cafés and bustling atmosphere around Box Park. Needless to say we had a lovely day out, and on our way back to our cars we found this cute little spot to shoot my outfit!

I’ve been gearing more towards the Flat life, and giving my heels a rest. I love these Gladiators (ASOS) and thought to pair them with this loose and comfy but gorgeous dress (ZARA) for a laid back look. Mind you, the dress was initially bought to be worn at night, the bell sleeves á la Dolce & Gabbana A/W 13 (quite fancied myself cladded in it with ruby lips and a mid-parted low bun, I might still rock that look and show you!).

Right now I’m blogging from my Grandparents’ Kitchen here in Accra (Ghana), I’m visiting for a short time, currently there is no power during the day in our area until late in the evening (they’ve called this “Dum Sɔ”, Twi for “Lights Out”). I’ve found charging all my devices at night, and investing in a portable WiFi kit has helped me keep up with everyone and get a little work done during the day.

Since I got here a couple of days ago, I’ve been hanging out with all my extended family, gaining wisdom from my grandparents, aunties and uncles, while topping up on all my wit from my hilarious cousins!

How are you all?

(Pictures taken by my lovely friend Agne Akelyte)


  • Reply Leahsephira August 14 2015 at 10:13 am

    Loving those gladiators 🙂 Have a good time in Ghana!


  • Reply Joylene August 14 2015 at 10:13 am

    Looking lovely as usual. Have a lovely time in ghana. Please can you link your asos sandals please. Love them

  • Reply Nedoux August 14 2015 at 10:18 am

    Hello Shirley,

    There’s something vaguely Seventies- ish about your outfit, I think it’s the style of the sleeves and the hat.
    You look great.

    Have a nice weekend.

  • Reply Mimi August 14 2015 at 10:20 am

    All black looks so good on you and that location is to die for! I love the symmetrical arrangement of potted plants 🙂
    Hope you really do put up a post about this dress for a night out ’cause I just love versatile pieces.

  • Reply millennielle August 14 2015 at 10:41 am

    enjoy your time in ghana, it’s so nice that you take trips back to nigeria or ghana every year – i haven’t been back in soooo long! 🙁
    xo, coco bassey |

  • Reply Ladylamode August 14 2015 at 10:41 am

    I love this laid back look, You still manage to make it look super chic!


  • Reply Erdoo August 14 2015 at 10:43 am

    Really love the outfit. The gladiators look fabulous x

  • Reply Sharmaine August 14 2015 at 10:56 am

    Ghana meet up or nah? xx

  • Reply Mary August 14 2015 at 11:02 am

    Yes! Looking so good. Would love to see that dress styled for a night out as well 🙂

  • Reply Siziphiwe Mxoyana August 14 2015 at 11:04 am

    Enjoy your time in Ghana!!! We also have that here in South Africa but we call it “Load Shedding” hahaha the joys of Africa!!! Hope you find your time in the Motherland refreshing!

  • Reply Wumi August 14 2015 at 11:18 am

    i love your style girl you are beautiful ! #naijagirl

  • Reply lafillefauchee August 14 2015 at 11:32 am

    i love this outfit!

  • Reply Abbie August 14 2015 at 12:15 pm

    OH the sandals are soooo nice!!! xx

  • Reply Akua August 14 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I’m Ghanaian. It made me way too happy to read about dumsor here. I was home for May and want to go back for Christmas too. I really hope you have a good time. There’s a bunch of great food places I could suggest if you’d like. 😀

  • Reply beingrosemary August 14 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Have a great time with your family
    you look GREAT those sandals and the hat perfect! !!
    sending love from Kenya!

  • Reply Lynn Raye August 14 2015 at 1:22 pm

    oh my this whole look is fire!

  • Reply Millie August 14 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Great post!! Absolutely love it, and the sandals 🙂 xx

  • Reply rachel August 14 2015 at 2:27 pm

    lovely outfit.

    Have a great trip!

  • Reply Tamika August 14 2015 at 3:04 pm

    always so effortless & chic. have a great time in Ghana

  • Reply Talia August 14 2015 at 3:08 pm

    You look so amazing as always, Shirley! Def one of my fashion inspos!

  • Reply Martha August 14 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Love this look. I really love the laid back, East London vibe you,ve got going on with the wide brim hat and lace up gladiators. I went to box park for the first time on Sunday -such a cool place. Have you tried the vegan stir fry place? It’s delicious and I’m a major meat eater
    Martha xo
    It’s in the Details, Dahhling

  • Reply Doreen August 14 2015 at 6:26 pm

    lovely outfit Shirley! Those glads are amazingly cool.

  • Reply Jenn August 14 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Aww this look totally reminds me of the OLD times when I first followed your blog back in like 2009! Love it. Enjoy the time with the family! x

  • Reply Chiamaka Amonye August 14 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Such a lovely outfit, well put together ☺️

  • Reply Missy May August 14 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Home sweet home!! I miss Ghana and I pray this dumsor problem get solved soon.
    Enjoy your trip, Beautiful.

  • Reply Nicole August 14 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Gorgeous, classy outfit! I’ve never tried an all black ensemble before… Maybe I should, cause you look great in it 😀 have a lovely time in Ghana!

  • Reply JustPorsh August 14 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Love the sandals!

  • Reply Claudia Martin August 15 2015 at 1:53 am

    I absolutely love the Sandals, Have a great time In Ghana

  • Reply Kemi August 15 2015 at 2:38 am

    The sandals are cute. Almost forgot how it feels to not have constant power supply (rushing to iron and charge phones lol) Hope you have fun in Ghana. x

  • Reply Grace August 15 2015 at 3:14 am

    You look gorgeous.. love your sandals

  • Reply Allanah Dykes August 15 2015 at 4:03 am

    Two of my really good friends are from Ghana and I’ve always wanted to go! Hope we get to see some pictures in future posts 🙂

  • Reply Igee Okafor August 15 2015 at 4:13 am

    Very clean and crisp photos. You look very natural, it’s beautiful! Gorgeous location as well.

    Igee Okafor
    Style Enthusiast/Blogger

  • Reply Ariane Patrice August 15 2015 at 6:17 am

    I adore a good gladiator and the that dress is really fly. I’ve had several friends visit Ghana and they all have wonderful things to say. Actually, one moved from the States to Ghana and still resides there.

  • Reply Menellia August 15 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Love the gladiators and hat!!

  • Reply Fallon Rachelle August 15 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Absolutely love your minimalist style Shirley! – XO

  • Reply Chi-Chi August 15 2015 at 8:32 pm

    looking stylish as always Shirley!

    Hope you’re having a great time in Ghana 🙂

  • Reply HEKYMA August 16 2015 at 10:00 am

    Lovely outfit. I like your shoes.

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  • Reply lauren August 19 2015 at 5:37 pm

    i just found your blog and im in love!

  • Reply Barbara August 19 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Shirley, you look a bit stressed in the pictures, you should take it easy and don’t let the heat or ‘lights out’, lol, get to you. I know you’ll say we are used to that here in Nigeria but still, don’t let it tire you out cos it can.
    And, those sandals are absolutely gorgeous.
    Lagos, Nigeria

  • Reply Kenya August 19 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Amazing laid back outfit.

  • Reply Dee Kay August 20 2015 at 2:02 pm

    What a cute neighbourhood and love the laid back look on you. It’s always lovely to be among friends and family, have a wonderful time in Ghana.

  • Reply Ashley August 24 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Shirley!

    Way to stay connected in Ghana! I’d die with no power at all. Love the hat by the way!

  • Reply Elisa August 28 2015 at 11:47 am

    Black is black! Addicted here!!
    Super lovely sandals! Amazing dress, perfect on you!

    Best, Elisa
    My Fantabulous World

  • Reply mARGO August 28 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Love this look! Now I want some gladiator sandals like these.

  • Reply abigail August 30 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Oh wow, you look absolutely stunning here! Love those lace up boots <3

  • Reply Scarllet September 3 2015 at 10:11 am

    Love it!

  • Reply emily warinda September 3 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Loooooooooove the simplicity in this….. And the all black tops the elegance the entire ensemble oozes…. Hugs XX

  • Reply Hannah September 3 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Those gladiators are killer! Love the outfit.
    Hannah Rose

  • Reply Faith September 4 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Yesssss to this whole look

  • Reply Bicana September 5 2015 at 4:08 am

    i absolutely love that whole outfit and the scene!

  • Reply Marie September 7 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hearing about the power cuts makes me miss home so much! You look great as usual, loving the bell sleeves. I was a bit scared of them from all the 70s-inspired shows but you make them work.

  • Reply Yukova September 11 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I really like your blog, it’s a pity you haven’t updated lately 🙁
    Yukova x
    Yukova Fashion, Style and Beauty Blog | Instagram

  • Reply CaptionDaFashion September 12 2015 at 4:30 am

    WoW! LOVE this piece especially the gladiator sandals.

  • Reply chic therapy September 14 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Very chic!

  • Reply Olivia September 22 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Love this all black look and those sandals are everything!

    Hope you have a lovely day!



  • Reply Style Flaw September 28 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Love your sandals Shirley xx

  • Reply zanisstyles October 11 2015 at 6:49 am

    Lov the look I know how much you love heels, you look nice in flats too. Very nice outfit.

  • Reply Shrleen October 15 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been watching your vids forever and just NOW ventured on to your site lol! Those gladiators?? YES PLEASE! It’s just my luck that I find the perfect pair of sandals….AFTER summer lol

  • Reply sne November 10 2015 at 10:18 am

    i love the look… the gladiator are to die for

  • Reply Lornah January 28 2016 at 8:56 am

    Yessss to the shoes!!!

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