Missguided Tag

I don’t tend to let things get to me, but lately almost everything has been getting to me. I’ve been a bit down with regards to my career, my friends, a guy and just life in general. It really upset me because I rarely get these episodes, if anything I tend to be the ‘helping hand’ and the ‘shoulder to lean on’ for others, so when I began feeling this way, I felt as though I’d let myself down. (Using the word feeling and felt so close together. I swear my emotions are beyond me).
Things in my life were going a certain way and I was content and genuinely happy but suddenly, said things came to a halt which resulted in me being low-key off balance. I constantly found myself over-thinking, asking a multitude of questions, and contemplating life in general.

Let it be know, that was not a healthy way of living. The mental fatigue alone was pretty crushing and I didn’t think all this minor change would overwhelm me as much as it did. Albeit it did, but I rode the wave. If you’re ever in a rut or you simply just feel overwhelmed at life, the best thing I have found is to feel it. By ‘feel it’, I mean, let it fully go through you mentally/physically. Eat if you need to, cry if you need to (like me), pray if you need to (also like me), travel if you need to. Just do things that you believe will aid in your overcoming of this overwhelming and somewhat confused state. Sometimes upsetting things happen, and we ask ourselves why, because you know, good things should happen to good people right? Wrong.

One thing I’ve learnt is that life comes at you hard and fast and I’m sure in the not-so-distant future, I’ll look back on these past few weeks and wonder what even was overwhelming me. Either that, or i’ll realise that the things I cried over don’t really amount to anything (in the grand scheme of things). That’s the beauty of life. With enough time and focus on your passions, everything tends to get better because you’re living for you. There’s a quote that was a bit tough to come to terms with (because I was still a bit stuck on my previous ‘happiness’ and ‘contentedness’ before things shifted) which reads:
“At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening.”

 

I write this in past tense not to say that I am completely fine with lifes current changes,

but I am definitely on my way there, because I'm kind of a little trooper when it comes to tough and tough-ish times.

Hope you can all 'troop' with me! :)

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Missguided Lace Up Dress, similar here and here,

Stan Smith Trainers

 

I struggle with being proactive during the Autumn/Winter months, which is more than half of the year in Britain, so I looked it up and it’s called SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s pretty much a case of severe winter blues or winter depression. However, I prefer not to use the term ‘depression’ unless I’m sure it’s actually THAT deep, which it isn’t. In my case, I’m not able to give certain tasks my full attention without getting restless 15 minutes in. I also get distracted with social media, where I see individuals in warmer climates (where I would love to be) living their lives. Then there’s my lack of hydration in the form of pure water. Not tea, (which I drink a lot of) not juices, not fizzy drinks, just pure water. I find it difficult to drink water in winter. What can I say; I’m just not thirsty.

Due to all of the above, I’m not able to achieve all the things I would like to achieve in a week. I make a plan the day before, but I wake up late (on the day’s I’m not getting up for work) due to being cosy and knowing that when I emerge from underneath my duvet, I will be hit with the cold. It also does not help that I’m not in my ideal occupation. I mean, I’m working towards it (as hard as I can work with SAD) but I’m not IN IT right this second. Patience. Another thing that I promised myself I would have more of come 2017. I’m getting there, but it might take a while. Which is really what patience is all about.
Things taking a while,
You taking a while,
Life taking a while,
A while.

All that being said, I intend to put the ‘best’ of me out into the universe and I must say, it does feel good knowing that you’re trying your very best. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your best, but if you know there’s actually no more you can do with the resources you have, then let me be the one to let you in on a little secret. You are trying your best. We all have different definitions of ‘bests’. Don’t fool yourself though, if you’re not happy with your situation, then really look inward and ask yourself if you’re doing all you can do to get ahead. I’m a very ambitious person, so when I am not able to do something due to X,Y,Z, I get frustrated. Genuinely frustrated. I don’t believe the world owes me anything, but I believe I deserve the best, which is why I try my best. For myself. You should too.

 

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Missguided Bodycon Dress, Socks As Boots

 

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7th January 2017 0

Hey Ribbons! Hope you’ve all been doing very well and hitting your goals! I’ve been busy with the creation of my womenswear line. Remember I mentioned it briefly here? Well, it takes a lot of time, effort and expertise, some of which I do have, so watch this space.

 

So I was featured on the NISM YPro website, which promotes young Nigerian professionals who are pretty much carving out a path for themselves. I was very pleased when I was asked to share my story because if you know me, I prefer not to over-share and rather just give the bare minimum. However, I am embracing sharing a bit more of myself. Anyway, when I spoke to the team over the phone, I got quite emotional whilst sharing my journey so far, but after it was all put together, I must say I am beyond happy with the outcome. Below is a litle snippet and for the full article, which doesn’t read from the beginning, so if you would like to read the full article, please head over to NISM YPro.

 

…“I was in this industry where everyone had all these amazing things and I just couldn’t afford it. I really wondered how I could take myself to the next level if I didn’t have the right bag or the right shoes.”

 

It took some frank words from her mother to counter these negative feelings.

“My mum said, ‘If you have all those things now, what will be there to aspire to?’.”

Since then, Nengi has decided to march to the beat of her own drum. She is a firm believer that success means different things to different people, and one’s focus should remain centred on being one’s best self – and not competing with others. One of her favourite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” – a mantra she lives her life by. Still, Nengi is human, and she still has days when she wonders if she should have taken a more traditional path.

 

“I was in this industry where everyone had all these amazing things and I just couldn’t afford it. I really wondered how I could take myself to the next level if I didn’t have the right bag or the right shoes.”

It took some frank words from her mother to counter these negative feelings.

“My mum said, ‘If you have all those things now, what will be there to aspire to?’.”

Since then, Nengi has decided to march to the beat of her own drum. She is a firm believer that success means different things to different people, and one’s focus should remain centred on being one’s best self – and not competing with others. One of her favourite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” – a mantra she lives her life by.

Still, Nengi is human, and she still has days when she wonders if she should have taken a more traditional path.

“I’ve had those moments when you rethink it and wonder if this is going to go anywhere.”

This is where a strong support system comes in handy. Nengi credits friends and family with giving her the final push to take her career to the next level. From crafting unique and edgy outfits by putting high street pieces together, Nengi’s next goal is to design and produce her own garments.

“My friends were always telling me, ‘Why aren’t you designing? Why aren’t you making your own clothes?’ Even my mum told me, ‘You have a sewing machine, why aren’t you using it?’.”

“One day, I saw a top in Zara and continue

 

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The beginning of each year usually brings about declarations of ‘change’ and various ways in which people intend to make the year ahead different from the last. Promising stuff.

 

‘New Year, New Me’. A phrase you must have heard countless times.

 

I’ve seen a myriad of tweets and captions that quite literally state how crap 2016 was, which is true in a lot of ways.

Hashtag Harambe,

Hashtag Brexit,

Hashtag Donald Trump

Etc.

 

All external things that do not directly affect me, but sad and upsetting nonetheless. Two Thousand and Sixteen had it’s ups and downs, (like every other year) but more ups than downs for me. I travelled to beautiful cities that I had never been to before, (one of them being eleven hours away, so I’m super grateful for journey mercies.) I made new friends, I saw my beautiful cousin get married and I made a big career decision that will come to fruition this year.

Here’s hoping and praying.

 

I believe that 2017 is the year that I will push boundaries and inspire emotion through all that I do. It’s definitely not a case of ‘new year, new me’, because in all honesty, I love who I’m becoming, but that being said, there’s something about this year that feels promising. I strongly believe that it is going to be a year of further achievements, success and unwavering blessings. A quote that comes to mind when I’m feeling down or dishevelled is ‘The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”

 

I pray that you have all had an exceptional start to the New Year and if you haven’t, remember that each day is actually a new beginning. If you are blessed enough to open your eyes every morning, then you are winning at life.

 

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Missguided Mini Dress, H&M Suede Shearling Jacket, similar here and here

Shoes (actually socks, outside a shoe, ha!)



Whenever I complain about something trivial, I pause, take it back and remember that I am alive and breathing. It’s this new thing I do. Life has been quite overwhelming recently, which is the reason for my absence on Runway Ribbons. I apologise and promise you all that I will do so much better.

I absolutely love my blog. I put a lot of time and effort into it, from it’s general aesthetics, to the quality of my images, to my actual content. I will be more frequent with my lovely and uplifting Thursday Thoughts, I will be giving you all more of my opinions on everyday life situations, I will be updating you on things I do in the fashion world etc

I have a lot going on at the moment, but I see that as a good thing, because it means that when I reveal all to you, you will understand why I wasn’t able to keep up to date with Runway Ribbons. Please leave me comments and let me know what sort of content you would like to see from me.

 

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Missguided Choker Top, similar here, Band of Gypsies Shorts, similar here and here

Mango Strappy Shoes, similar here

 

There’s a quote that reads ‘Be fearless in whatever sets your soul on fire.’ I love that quote.

Honestly, it relates so much to my current situation right now and I’ll tell you why. So if you know me very well, you’ll know that I’m one of those people that cringe’s about a lot of things. Specifically things that have to do with self-promotion and putting myself out there. I now know the reason behind this, but before I didn’t. I spoke to my brothers about this fact and they admitted that they’re the same, which made me relieved that at least two people get it. You see, I grew up shy and when you grow up shy, you’re just not used to wanting to be the centre of attention, so that’s one reason.

Secondly, I think part of me has this fear of what others will think about/of me if I for lack of a better word ‘do the most’. Let’s say I upload a post that is a bit controversial, or I leave a mini speech under one of my instagram photos, (regardless of what the topic is) or just generally putting myself out there, I feel too ‘showy’ and uncomfortable. But what even is that?! Why do I regard that as ‘showy’ or why does that bring me discomfort?! I mean, if you’re trying to get somewhere and be somebody, sometimes you’ve got to be ‘showy’. A male friend of mine left me a really long voice note (after I expressed how I realised that this ‘issue’ of mine was hindering my progress),

which really made things clearer for me. In order to cut a long story short, I need to be more fearless in showing the world my talents and what I’m made of. I am well aware of all that I have to offer and the thoughts of others or the fact that I cringe every time I add ridiculous amounts of hashtags to my photos should not bother me. At the end of the day I’m doing this for me and no one else.

No one will ever ride harder for you than yourself.

If not me who, if not now, when

 

Missguided Mesh Leotard, similar here and here,

TOPSHOP Satin Shorts, similar here, Missguided Heels, similar here and here

   

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Sometimes I wonder where the girl who wore different colours of the rainbow went. Can you believe that yellow was once my favourite colour? I mean, I still love the colour yellow but I reserve it for swimwear or holiday outfits. In fact, I reserve bright colours for holidays and times when the garment in topic genuinely looks better in a colour other than black, white or nude.

 

In my daily life I tend to wear muted tones as seen here, here, here and here. A couple months ago I actually mentioned how I was in all black at the beginning of summer. It was too funny to me how I had changed so much within a few short years.

 

I usually tag the brands I’m wearing on instagram and after uploading the second picture of this outfit on instagram with no tags; I suddenly got a lot of direct messages on where my top could be purchased. Well, if you’ve been following my blog recently, you’ll remember this post where I mentioned that I have started creating and designing my own clothes, so to add to that, this lovely bubble top was designed and sewn by me and I will be launching a womenswear collection soon. So if you would like to keep up to date with the process and the eventual launch, then please follow my page here.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

 

Nengi Willie-Pepple Top, TOPSHOP Joni Jeans, similar here & here,

Missguided Strappy Heels (sold out) similar here, love this here

Photography: Sonya Metzler

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‘Smile!’ Says Sonya, as I proceed to awkwardly smile.
I’ve never been big on smiling in pictures and that was because I wore braces for about five years when I was younger. I preferred to smize (smile with your mouth closed and eyes. FYI, Tyra Banks coined that term.) and I did it pretty well if I say so myself. I got so used to smizing that it was my ‘go to’ look when photographs were being taken.
I wish I could share my GCSE school photo with you all, you’d see what I mean. I also used to turn my head slightly to the right. Anyone who knew me then can vouch for this pose. It was ‘The Nengi’ pose.

I suppose as young children we always wanted to look our best and we were either comparing ourselves to others or being compared to others by someone else. The pressures for youngsters are quite a lot I must say. Hang in there kiddos, there’s much more to life and you will honestly all be fine. As a young adult I am more carefree with myself and I don’t have just ‘The Nengi’ pose, I have multiple poses. I genuinely feel as though I can pull off a ‘smize’, a laugh, a grin, a chuckle etc. Just be happy with all that you are and work with your natural beauty and smile more. (Like Sonya always tells me) I honestly believe we are as beautiful as we believe ourselves to be.

Anyway, I hope you can all feel comfortable enough within yourselves to be free. Don’t take everything too seriously, always be kind to people, (even those who may be unkind to you) smile often, laugh often, don’t compare yourselves to others, and ultimately, live your life like it’s golden. (One of my personal mantra’s)

 

Missguided Knitted Jumpsuit, ASOS Barely There Heels, similar here,

Moschino Clutch, similar here, Nixon Watch

Photography: Sonya Metzler

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We all have dreams and aspirations.

In fact I can’t count the amount of times I have talked about having a dream or craving success or working hard etc. Let’s just say that it is always in the back of my mind for too many reasons to list. A few can be seen here, here and here.

 

I’ve been a lover of the arts for as long as I can remember.

As a little girl I remember playing with crayons, writing on walls, as well as drawing on them. I would ask for colouring books time and time again and when I got them, I would colour in and out of the lines because I felt like creating something different.

 

This isn’t a story of my artistic journey (hopefully I get to tell that some day soon) this is to say that I have started designing. I say ‘started’ because although I designed and sewed and knitted etc. throughout high school and university, this time it’s different. This time I will be designing and sewing from my own brief. I won’t be answering to my Textiles and Fashion teachers or my course leaders, I will be answering to myself. (Definitely taking on board ALL their advice from over the years. After all what did I spend all that time in higher education for right?)

 

Anyone that knows me who reads this post won’t be surprised in the slightest, because they have probably been telling me to do this all along and they are also aware of my love for creating. Even I’m not surprised at this, because I have genuinely always known that I would work in the fashion industry and that designing was a strong option. I have waited for the perfect time, the perfect resources,  the perfect ideas etc. but I’m not waiting anymore and to be honest, nothing is ever perfect.

I just feel at peace when I am creating something new and fresh and it’s just something (as corny as this may sound) that I was born to do. I honestly have a passion for fashion and although I NEVER use that phrase because it is a tad corny, in my case it’s the honest truth.

 

Anyway, I won’t go on too much. As I mentioned earlier, I intend to give a detailed design journey and all the things that have led to this beautiful decision. So, with all that being said, my collection will be out soon guys! Just keep watching this space and as always, thank you for your continued support as I grow in this field and I hope you can all take steps towards designing the life you want.

 

P.S I sewed this top that I’m wearing in 30 minutes and it cost me next to nothing. However, you can buy it for £30 in ZARA.

 

Photography: Sonya Metzler

 

Missguided Boyfriend Jeans, similar here, Office Shoes, similar here & here

eBay Vintage Bag, Nixon Small Kensington Watch

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Outfits
NEON LIGHTS
25th March 2016 2

I love exploring various locations around London and shooting with my photographer Elena allows me to do just that. She is very creative and we bounce ideas off each other on what we think will be a cool background for outfit shots. She doesn’t even need to know what I’ll be wearing on that day, because somehow the locations we come up with work.

 

We decided to head into the heart of Soho and explore the surroundings, when we spotted a few cool licensed sex shops. (very unusual location for me) I was immediately taken by the neon lights, the fonts and the vibrant colours, that I jumped straight in their door way to pose. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to achieve great things. Be it photographs or opportunities. All in all, I was very pleased with the final images and I can’t wait to explore more London avenues.

 

What have you all got planned for this Easter weekend? Mine consists of food, church, chillin’ and watching movies and TV shows. I will probably do some work on Photoshop and illustrator as well, which tends to take ages because I’m very particular, but then again when you’re working on your personal brand, everything needs to be just right and time is spend doing what I enjoy is never time wasted.

 

Happy Easter Ribbons! xx

 

Missguided Playsuit, Missguided Heels (sold out)

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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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I’ve always felt like winter is a time for cool colours. Whites, creams, pastels and then my favourite of them all, camel coloured anything. Putting this combination together was pretty easy; because I always start with the newest thing I’ve bought and work my way from there. If I haven’t bought anything new, then I just put the outfit together in my head and usually things work out. In this instance, the heels were the newest addition to my wardrobe.

 

Before purchasing them I knew I wanted a pair of heels that were a bit taller in length than the pairs that I already own. I wanted something that goes way past my ankles, simply because I saw this picture of Kylie Jenner and was drawn straight to her heels. I told a friend of mine this, and she said ‘oh no, long shoes that go past the ankle shorten your legs. Don’t get them.’

Well, you know what they say… ‘Listen to what they have to say, but do what you were going to do anyway!’ and that’s exactly what I did. (By the way, I usually do heed advice, but this time I knew nothing could make my legs look that short. I’m a tall girl so even when I ‘shorten’ my legs with a pair of heels, they’re still pretty long. Grateful.)

 

Anyway, so I worked this outfit around the heels and wearing an all white outfit was a no brainier. I was going to opt for a shorter dress in order to show off the heels, but then I decided not to. Why? Because regardless of the dress, if the heels are good, they’ll shine on their own.

P.S Can you believe I got this thick split side ZARA jumper for only £7.00?! I still can’t. This is why you should buy your winter wear in summer 😉

 

Photogrpahy: J Jamie

 

ZARA Split Side Jumper, similar here, ZARA Skirt, Missguided Heels

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