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As Black Friday gradually approaches, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite coats available right now. This post is more suited to people in colder climates, but please feel free to let me know what other clothing items you’ve got you eye on as the weekend draws near. So I purchased this coat on eBay about 2 years ago and before I eventually got my hands on it, I had searched for a maxi length coat almost everywhere.

I purchased one from ASOS, which was also grey, but when it arrived let’s just say unflattering was an understatement. It didn’t hang well on my body and the material wasn’t as great as the online pictures suggested. eBay was actually a last resort as I felt that I would only find used and vintage coats, and I didn’t want that. I wanted something new, simply because I intended to have it for a long time.

Scrolling through the pages, specifically looking for a grey coat, there it was, a medium grey coat made out of wool and some other lovely fibres. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was pretty much love at first sight which meant I HAD to have it. Only £90 and till this day, everywhere I wear it to; I receive so many compliments. A coat is an investment, so even if you have to drop a few £££’s on it, I say do it. Living in the U.K where 70% of the time it’s cold, I’d say this coat definitely has great cost per wear.

 

 

P.S Unfortunately my coat was the last one, but I hope you like the few that I have linked below.

Here are a few coats I love for the season which are all 20 or 30% off thanks to Black Friday:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

   

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Sara Sturgeon Coat, Topshop Slip Dress,

Bershka Turtle neck, Missguided Boots

 

12th July 2017 2

I have so many variations of slip dresses because they honestly feel so comfortable against my skin. However, my main reason for owning so many is because they require no effort to actually get on. Truth be told, if I can get into any outfit leg first, I’m keeping it.

 

I remember when I was little my mum wore a lot of slip nighties and silky pyjamas and I wanted a pair so badly because anytime I’d snuggle up to her, she felt so soft and cool thanks to silk and satin. I used to call them ‘shinkly, shinkly nighties’ (No idea why). Anyway, I begged for a nightie (and would settle for pyjamas) exactly like hers, but they didn’t do them for little girls at that time. Perhaps they were too ‘lingerie-esque’ but what did I know, I just wanted to feel soft and look shiny. So since they didn’t do them in my size, she decided to get a pyjama version made for me. For some reason it was super oriental like this, so although I pretty much looked like a baby geisha, I was soft and shiny so I was happy. Anyway, in the midst of my excitement, I ripped the trousers on a tiny nail that was sticking out of the foot of my bed. I can’t make this shxt up, honestly. Have you heard the modern day saying ‘life comes at you hard and fast’? Well I can testify that there is truth to that statement. I was devastated to say the least.

 

Fast forward to 2017, I’m a twenty five year old girl who can purchase ALL the ‘shinkly’ dresses she could ever want. Well not all, but most. There’s just something so sexy and laid back about a slip dress, the way it resembles a seductive nightie, yet it’s not, the way it feels on your skin and the way it’s so easy to slip into, hence the name. I can’t wait to wear this one with a white t-shirt underneath for a more laid-back/daytime look or with a long sleeeve turtle neck in the colder months. It’s timeless I tell ya! Enjoy this timeline of slip dresses involving Kate Moss.

 

 

 

Topshop Slip Dress (sold out) Other slip dresses I like here, here, here

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We all love ourselves for different reasons, superficial and non superficial. But why I love myself, is because I know who I am and what I stand for.

 

Growing up I tended to compare and contrast myself to others a lot, but then I hit 21, I suddenly saw things clearer. I remember writing a post about some things I’d tell my younger self and a few points to do with self-love still ring true today (It was only 4 years ago, but still). Now that I am twenty-five, I fully understand what it means to love oneself. Possessing self-love is one of the fundamental building blocks for happiness, love and success in life. It is not about comparison to another or being proud of one’s high self esteem. It is more about self-respect, self-acceptance and self-conviction.

 

When I realised that having self-love is the first step to building a great relationship with yourself, I began to bask in my contentment. It’s understandable to sometimes be unhappy about where you are in life, or what you have achieved or your past relationships etc. but when it comes to yourself, it is so important to be happy and content with whom you are as a person.

I’m a giver when it comes to friendships and relationships and sometimes an over thinker, but over the years I’ve found that those traits are not always beneficial to me. So regardless of who thinks what, I’ve promised myself to always put myself first and think of my needs. I honestly believe that, independence from other people’s approval, criticism and acceptance is one of the most liberating things you will ever feel. You will begin to trust your gut, believe in yourself and act on things with confidence. When you have this type of relationship with yourself, things become easier and you start to notice that there is less stress in your life.

 

I genuinely believe that self-love is a prerequisite for loving someone and allowing yourself to be loved in return. When you love and respect yourself, you begin to understand, the dynamics of a truly loving relationship clearly and that means not tolerating shxt you don’t deserve. Anyway, I hope you all love yourselves a little more after reading this post.

 

 

 

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ZARA Dress, TOPSHOP Heels, similar here



Outfits
EXPECTATIONS
25th February 2017 2

Do you ever feel as though you expect too much? I tend to have so much belief in humans, in life, in love and people say to me:

“Hope for the best but expect the worst.”

“Don’t blame people for disappointing you, blame yourself for expecting too much from them.”

“Expectation is the root of all heartache”

 

I understand that majority of the time, expectations tend to lead to disappointments, but what is the point of life if we don’t have that belief that something great WILL happen? I’m a pretty positive person, so the negative connotations behind having expectations have been difficult for me to come to terms with. You put in the hard work, you’re kind to people, you live your life with good intentions etc. so why aren’t you allowed to expect greatness?

 

Well, that’s the bittersweet aspect of life, because unfortunately 95% of the time, the people above who reiterate those quotes to me are right. See, I don’t believe there is an issue with expecting things out of life, (when we’ve taken all the active steps) or people, but the problem lies in expecting ‘too’ much or pretty much just ‘expecting’ out of life. Expecting too much out of someone or something has indeed led me to disappointments, but obviously still being that girl who believes in life and people and love, I don’t intend to entirely cut all my expectations out, I’m simply going to begin managing them.

 

Let me know what you think in the comments. Can you relate?

 

 

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Primark Eyelet Jumper, similar here, Bershka Denim Corset, similar here

Topshop Joni Jeans

 

Before I get into how I found the perfect thigh high boots, I’d just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I am currently sitting here with a glass of mulled wine (the only red wine I like) and typing this out for you all. Christmas is probably my favourite time of year, simply because of, the family atmosphere, the friends, the decorations and most importantly, the food. (Just kidding, family over everything, lol)
When Christmas is approaching, as happy and excited as I am I also tend to get a little sad for the homeless. I hate to think that they have no home to go to on a very special day, so I try to give more around this season. (Not that they don’t need things all through the year, you know, Jesus is the reason for the season, so he inspires me to give more than I would at any other time of the year)

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely day with your loved ones and I hope you are resting and reading my blog on this lovely Boxing Day. (Hehe!) Did you get involved in the sales? Let me know if you snagged some major bargains. I unfortunately didn’t really see much that I liked on sale, but I still bought one or two things as per. Lol! I really want to do a New Years Eve look book for my YouTube channel, as a way to get back into creating great videos for you all. Honestly, I can’t wait to schedule my entire life for 2017, I know I definitely need to be more organised in order to excel at the things that matter to me. Anyway, I will talk more about future plans in my ‘Year In Review’ post coming in a few days. So before I digress way too much, let me get down to the business of these thigh highs. I stumbled on these boots whilst scrolling through the Zara website, (as I do frequently) and as soon as I saw how high they went up her legs I HAD to have them.

Of course, they were out of stock. See, when you’re a tall girl like myself, finding thigh high boots that actually reach your thigh is nearly impossible. I’ll see boots that claim to be ‘thigh high’ and after receiving my order, them they will be ‘just above the knee’. Common, stop with the false advertising guys, or at least give us the proportions of the people that these boots would actually be ‘thigh high’ on. You’re probably thinking. ‘Why didn’t you just go into some stores?’. I have in the past, but I never found any besides good old Stuart Weitzman, which were above my budget. Anyway, one night after work my friend Nitya and I went traipsing round the Regent Street area, but our efforts were in vain as they didn’t have my size and the one store that had it,le’s just say the boots had been tried on five too many times. Having accepted defeat (well I thought I had) I went home. A couple days later, I head to Westfield Stratford City to take a look at the new Missguided store and as I’m leaving, I say to myself, ‘Why not check Zara out’. The rest Ribbons, is history. Aren’t they gorgeous?

 

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BERSHKA High Neck Top, similar here, ASOS Lace Cami, similar here, TOPSHOP Shorts,

Vintage Bag, ZARA Thigh High Boots, similar here

 

 

Hey Ribbons, hope you’re all doing well!

 

Today I want to discuss something that has been playing on my mind for a little while now. So, as I’ve mentioned here and here, I’ve been working on my women swear line, which will be launching in the New Year. However, through the process of working on that, trying to stay updated with instagram, and working part time in retail, something felt off. Have you ever felt like you were not working hard enough but you didn’t really know HOW to work harder? I know that might sound a little funny, but hear me out. Sometimes I feel as though I’m doing ‘all I can’ in every aspect of my life, but then I look at others in the same field as me and they seem to be achieving way more. So then I sit and ask myself: ‘Are You ACTUALLY Working Hard Enough?”

 

How does one know if they are working hard enough? That’s the tricky thing about being a creative and working the way we do. With a 9-5 job, you can work hard for years at the same pace and eventually, (regardless of how long this takes) you will most likely receive a promotion or a raise. You won’t receive this promotion or raise because you did anything particularly exceptional, but you will receive it simply because you work hard but you’ve also been working at that job for years. In a creative field, I find that if you work hard at the same thing and at the same pace for years, you will most likely get left behind. This, I believe is because we are expected to think of new and interesting things to grab the attention of our audiences over and over again, lest they get bored of our stagnant (for lack of a better word) content.

 

My question to everyone really is, ‘How do you know if you’re working hard enough?’ What are the steps you all go through to ensure you have given each venture your very best? Is there a measure? I’d love to hear your comments because sometimes as a creative, I struggle with what might seem to be the littlest things to others.

 

Hope you’re all having an awesome week and if you’re a reader from the US, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

 

 

P.S If you would like to keep up with my design process, then follow me at @nengiwilliepepple on instagram. It’s balck Friday tomorrow, so I’ll be picking up a few lovely pieces.

 

 

 

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Boohoo Lace Body, TOPSHOP Joni Jeans (DIY Ripped) similar here,

ZARA Belt Choker, Missguided Belt, similar here

H&M Suede Shearling Jacket, similar here, ASOS Boots



Hey Ribbons! So I know it’s been a while, but I’m here now with a lovely collaboration that I believe you will all love. Before I get into those details, I just want you to know why I’ve been a bit MIA. I have been working very hard on my womenswear line that will be revealed to you all in the New Year. There is still a lot left to do with regards to manufacturing and fabrics, but I must say it is coming together very well. I prefer to take my time on these things, which is why I haven’t really had much time for blogging.

You know me, whenever I blog, I prefer to bring you guys something substantial. Needless to say, words of substance take time, which I don’t seem to have too much of these days. If you would like to keep up with my design process, then follow me at @nengiwilliepepple on instagram. So the lovely jewellery brand motif.me contacted me with regards to a small collaboration and once I saw their pieces, and because I absolutely love jewellery and especially stacking rings and bracelets (and more recently, layering necklaces too), I was ready to sign on the dotted line.

Christmas is around the corner and what better way to surprise your mum, sister, girlfriend, niece, aunt and any other special lady in your life than to get her something delicate and tasteful. Well now you can, if you head over to (motif website), you can now get $20 off your first order by entering my promo code ‘runwayribbons’ at the check out. For my non US readers, fear not, they offer frees shipping, so all you will be paying for is your newly discounted piece(s) of jewellery. I wouldn’t promote something that I genuinely didn’t love, so you can rest assured that these pieces

 

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TOPSHOP Body, MANGO Feather Skirt, similar here, Forever 21 Bag

 

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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Sometimes what I have to say in the written sections of my blog have no correlation with my outfits and sometimes that’s just what it is. Granted, a lot of the times they do, but there will be those times where I wish to write about something completely opposite. This is one of those times.

 

So lately I’ve been listening to this group called The Internet and they’re a pretty good group of singers with an interesting sound. I’m a really chilled person and although I like my hip-hop and r’n’b, my rap, my house, my afrobeats, heck even my country, there are some times where I’m just straight vibin’. Come to think of it, I’m giving off chilled and mellow facial expressions within these photographs.

 

A few tracks that are currently on my vibes spotify playslist:

  • Low Life – Future ft The Weeknd
  • Hallucinations – Dvsn
  • Manhattan – Gallant
  • With Me – Dvsn
  • Don’t – Bryson Tiller
  • Girl – The Internet ft Kaytranada
  • White Iverson – Post Malone
  • Simple Things – Miguel
  • Feels – Kiiara
  • She – Laura Mvula

 

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Why am I still layering when spring should have sprung by now?! That is a question that I will probably always have to ask myself if I continue to call London home. The British weather fluctuates as much as aeroplane ticket prices during peak periods, but that being said, according to BBC Weather forecast; we are in for a good week. So far so good,

 

The adaptability of this dress made it so appealing to me when purchasing. You can have both sides unzipped, you can zip up one side or you can zip up both sides. It really is all in the details for me and being taken by this particular detail, I decided to pair this dress with black denim jeans and my newly acquired clear strap heels. I love these heels because they have an ‘almost invisible’ aesthetic and because of that ‘invisibility’, my feet are somewhat elongated whenever I wear a dress. See here.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to wearing this dress without jeans and that would probably be when the weather becomes more lenient, which is why April can’t come sooner! Not just because I open up the month (April fools baby), but I’m actually so over winter.

 

Hope your week is going great so far Ribbons and thanks for all the support!

 

 

ZARA Leather Jacket, H&M Ribbed Dress,

TOPSHOP Joni Jeans, Daisy Street Heels, Vintage Handbag

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