My name is Nengi Willie-Pepple and I love material things.

Not to say that I don’t love non-material things that is, in fact I love non-material things a lot more. However, my love for material things is pretty damn strong.


Lets rewind back to the year 2001. If my calculations are right, I was eight years old then. I loved material things so much that I would carry the shopping bag out of the store, refusing to let anyone assist me. Regardless of how heavy it was, it was mine and no one (even the person who paid for it – my mum) was touching my brand new things.


When I got home I would take it out of the wrapping and admire it for hours. Be it new school shoes, a new dress, Barbie etc. But let’s solely make clothing the topic of discussion here.

So, after admiring said item(s) I would fold them neatly and place them in a special section of my wardrobe. This was my thing for years and years and truthfully I was happy with this behaviour. …until I wasn’t.


With this behaviour of keeping my new purchases neatly tucked away, what happened was that, by the time I deemed an event special enough to wear these ‘too good for just ANY event’ items of clothing, the clothes or shoes were too small for me. I had to be stopped.


Fast forward to 2009, my mum made me realise that this was such a silly habit. “You’re a growing child Nengi, it just doesn’t make sense! I know you’d prefer to save them, but time waits for no one!” With that new piece of information, I slowly broke the habit.


All this back-story is to let you in on how the Nengi of 2001 almost crept back into 2016, as I wanted to save this Balmain/H&M number for my birthday. Let’s not forget, the collaboration dropped in November 2015.

Your girl actually adored the dress so much that she considered the 5-month wait until her birthday. As you can see by the pictures, this did not happen and I wore it out when I was in Nigeria. Although my body hasn’t changed much in the past 5 years, (no longer a growing child), time doesn’t wait for anyone and when you think about it, there will always be amazing clothes and shoes out there. Fast fashion is a never-ending cycle.


Here is a link to how coveted a piece from the collection was. Thankfully I didn’t experience the craziness on the streets of London, as I purchased mine online.


BalmainxH&M Dress (sold out), Missguided Heels

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  1. February 7, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    The dress looks really nice on you and I love the shoes!

    Your story is so funny… for me, I will find SOMEWHERE worthy of wearing my newly prized clothing item lol and if there is nowhere worth my time or presence then i’m the same, it will sit in my closet until the perfect event pops up. I’m trying to build a more capsule wardrobe now so hopefully that mindset will faze out. (“,) x
    La Sugarlace

    • February 8, 2016 / 10:57 am

      Thank you!
      Haha! I’m glad you can relate.
      I have always done it and I too think it’s time to build a capsule wardrobe, it will definitely help shift the mindset! lol x

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