Living the Life; 8 Life Lessons I’ve Learnt Lately

Hello,
I started today’s post with a recap with my blogger hangout with Ijenna and what I learnt from, you can check here.

So I’d like to continue by sharing crucial life lessons I’ve learnt lately.

Life Lessons Lately

I’ve been really on to a series of podcasts by Joel Osteen (a motivational preacher) I’m literally hooked to it. It lifts my spirit when I’m down and it has helped me see life and things from a different perspective. 
So I thought to share some of the lessons I’ve learnt ;

1. Accept the fact that not everybody is going to like you or accept you. Its good to be nice but some people are just impossible to please, your time and purpose is too valuable to try pleasing someone, so the best thing is to love them from a distance.

2. When someone talks badly about you it says more about them than you. So keep your head up! It’s no big deal!

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3. Not everyone is going to understand your dreams and or your purpose so don’t waste your time trying to explain or convince them. Stay focused and run your race !

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4. Your inner circle matters a lot.
When it comes to friends, it is quality over quantity. Surround yourself with people who understand your purpose and dreams. People who celebrate your gifts rather than try to manipulate you into what they want you to be.

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5. Don’t allow anybody or anything steal your joy. Don’t let their venom get into your bloodstream! Cut off every form of negativity and stay cool, calm and steady!

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6. You are allowed to be both a master piece and a work in progress simultaneously. You are not perfect, neither is anyone.

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7. Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary life. Life is too short! Don’t spend 50 years doing the same thing and call it a life!

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8. Be ready to pay the price of greatness. If you want to be great you must be willing to pay the price.

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Finally, guys I’ll be taking a break from blogging due to the commencement of my exam but prior to that, last week started a series on “LCStyleLookBook” and I got pretty good feedback from my readers you (thanks for the love guys!). So I’ll post on “LCStyleLookBook” series for the next week, if you liked last week’s outfit ideas you would love this week’s set.
I should be back by August or before then, so guys until then… choawsss!!

Which of these life lessons can you relate with? Or what life lessons have you learnt lately, do share your thoughts and experiences I’d love to learn from you too.

Anticipate this week’s post on LCSTYLELOOKBOOK !!

Yours sincerely,
Lydia

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OOTD ; The Vintage Chic

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Hello ,
How has the half of the year been for you?
Great I hope.

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So here is another outfit post for you.
Over here is a dress I’ve always had in my wardrobe but never wore. Why? Because it was retro,not in vogue.
Back then, I never had the confidence to wear what I wanted. Self confidence is the best outfit you can ever acquire trust me.
And that’s one of the best lessons blogging has taught me so far (alongside my hangout with Ijenna), been comfortable with who I am and with my personal style.
I can’t believe I was this close to either giving out or disposing this dress, well I’m glad I didn’t.

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Not only do I love the florals of this dress but also the front slit. It gives this classy feel.

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Paired with a nude pair of heels and a white purse, very few accessories did justice to this vintage dress.

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What is your take on vintage? Would you rather rock Vintage or Vogue?
And do you think you you have the confidence to rock your personal style (what you want to rock, how you want to rock it, when you want to rock it) ?

Your thoughts are very important….

Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, it’s free!

Yours sincerely,
Lydia

Men’s Fashion ; 9 Basic Style Tips For Men

Hello,
Happy new month!
Hope you are doing great?

My schedule has been hectic but I’m doing well!

So lately I received complains from the guys that I’ve been focusing too much on the feminine section and leaving them out (can’t blame me though, its feminine power lol).

Since Lydia’s Chronicle aims at reaching out to both the females and males, I decided to do a post for the guys today,yay!
There’s a common conception that men’s fashion is quite less complex than the women’s fashion.
This may be true to an extent, however it can be disastrous if done the wrong way.
So here are some basic tips to help you stay stylish:

1. Buy the best quality you can afford;
Go for the best that you can afford. You don’t have to unnecessarily lavish money on items but just make sure you get best quality your pocket can afford.

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2. Never buy on impulse;
You should buy fashion items because you need them, not just because a friend has something similar or because it’s trendy. When you buy an item on impulse, after a while it becomes useless to you because in the first instance you never really needed it.
So always give it a second thought before buying anything.

3. Disregard trends, invest in classy timeless pieces
Trends come and go, and as a man you should invest in the classy pieces that won’t fade, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shop certain trends if you love them, just make sure you invest in your wardrobe staples first!
By the way we have very interesting style trends coming up in 2016 check here and here.

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4. Invest in your shoes;
A man’s shoes or footwear is the one of the first things that is noticed in his outfit. So you should invest in your shoes, buy the best you can afford nothing less.

5. Wear clothes that fit;
Your outfit should fit your body just well, not too big, not too small.

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6. Pay attention to accessories and details;
Accessories can either make or mar your outfit. This includes belts, wristwatches, etc. Ensure your accessories are good enough and compliment your outfit, because little details matter.

7. Keep it simple;
Whatever you want to wear,however you want to style it, always remember less is more.

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8. Express yourself through style;
Style is a deep expression of who you are without having to speak. Your personality should be reflected in your personal style, and yes let your outfit do most of the talking.

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9.Try out new things ;
Be courageous enough to experiment with your personal style. Just like in life, you have to take risks, you either get to win or learn. From there you get to know what works for you and what doesn’t. You can’t sit around and follow norms, life is too short for that, get out of your comfort zone and be creative!

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One last thing before I round up guys, if you noticed I said the best you can afford, that is because our fingers aren’t equal and we all have different pockets/budgets, so don’t go overboard with expenses trying to impress. Rather, just get the best you can lay your hands on without having to obstruct your budget for very important things.

Don’t forget to drop your comments and  your thoughts about these tips.
I hope you find them quite helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Lydia

Building Your Wardrobe ; What Is Your Body Shape?

Hello,
How are you doing?
Happy new month! How is May starting out for you?
Am I the only one who thinks the year is moving really fast? Four months gone already??.
I’ve not been consistent since I resumed school fully, and I’m sorry about that.
So today, I’ll be starting a series on “Building Your Wardrobe” under the style analysis category.
In this series I’ll we’ll be discussing tips, guides and the basic things you need to know about building your wardrobe.
Some of the things to be considered when building your wardrobe should be your personal style , lifestyle, budget, body shape, versatility and so on. All of this we’ll discuss gradually as time goes on.
Women body shapes come in  and the horizontal proportion and vertical proportion, in this post I’ll be talking about the horizontal proportion, and the next I’ll talk about the vertical proportion.
When it comes to the horizontal proportion here are several types of body shapes but for me these are the four basic types ;

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  1. The Ruler/Column shape
  2. The Hourglass shape
  3. The Pear shape
  4. The Inverted triangle shape
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The ruler/column shape
  1. The Ruler  or Column shape ;

The waist is not so defined, your
shoulders, waist and hips are within the same width.

You should wear clothes that will add volume to your upper body (shoulder/chest) and to your lower body (hips) and at same time accentuate your midsection (waist) in other create a silhouette.

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The hourglass
  1. The Hourglass shape

The upper body and lower body are quite in proportion with each other, and you have a defined waist.

You should take advantage of clothes that enhances your features and accentuate the midsection, avoid ill-fitting clothes.

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The pear shape
  1. The Pear shape

The lower body (hips) is the broadest part of the body, most times characterized with small/meduim bust and a small midsection.

Your go-to outfits are those that will add volume to your upper body (shoulder/chest) and accentuate/minimize your midsection(waist) in other to balance it and give you an almost hourglass shape.

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Inverted triangle
  1. The Inverted triangle shape ;

The shoulder and chest are the broadest part of the body, sometimes with a small midsection.

You should wear clothes that add volume to your lower body, accentuate the small waist and avoid clothes that tend to add volume to upper body.

There are other types of body shapes which include apple,spoon etc. However,  whatever category of body shape you fall into, the main thing is for you to accentuate your features, play down the flaws and add volume to areas you lack in other to balance your proportion.

What category of these body shapes do you fall into? How do you get to style your shape ?
Please drop your comments, I’d love to know what you think.

This post was just to make known the types of body shapes, as it affect how you style your outfits in general (tops,skirts,pants,dresses e.t.c), how you style your prints, colors and so on. Later, in the series I’ll talk about those areas mentioned earlier on. So hold on tight !

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours sincerely,
Lydia

Letting Go.

Hello,
How was your weekend?
Mine got me thinking about my growth in life.
How often do you measure your growth in life? Wait! Do you even measure your growth at all? If you do, ever feel like you are not growing at your desired rate? Maybe there are certain things you are holding on to, which is in turn holding you back in life. Or Perhaps, you want to do certain things, but you feel like you are not up to task, or you’re not enough.
Doubt is the single greatest enemy of confidence. It most likely to exist when we refuse to let go of our fears.

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There are several reasons accountable to why people don’t let go of their fears and doubts.
Well, at the end it results to;
• Stealing your inner Peace and Joy.
• Limiting your potential.
• Stagnancy in life .
• Killing your ideas and dreams.
• Causing you to miss Gods best.
• A lot others.

In this journey of life, my personal growth and self development, is one thing I work on regularly.
Letting go is a very important step to personal growth. And thanks to God and these few tips, I can say that growth game is pretty strong. I’m sharing them with you with the hope that it would be useful to you too.

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Accept who you are;
You should learn that there are certain things you are and aren’t, there are certain things you can do and can’t do.
Accept that fact, you can’t be or do everything!

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• Let go of Anger,Bitterness and Frustration;
Forgive those have offended you, forgive whatever situation that is making you angry or bitter, most importantly, forgive yourself. Do it, not for them, but for your peace!

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• Let go of Past Failures;
To be successful, you need to change your orientation about failure. Failure is really just a feedback telling you to evaluate your experience, learn from it, use the lessons/information gained to adjust your plan, and then try a new approach. If it fails, learn from your mistakes, then try again, keep learning and keep trying until you win.
Falling doesn’t make you a failure,not rising after your fall is what makes you a failure.
“It doesn’t matter where you’ve been. What matters is what direction your feet are headed right now”.

• Stop comparing yourself to others;
Comparing yourself will cause doubt.
You should never compare yourself to another for two reasons: One, you’ll always find someone who’s doing a better job than you, and you’ll get discouraged. And two, you’ll always find somebody you’re doing a better job than, and you will be filled with pride. Don’t compare yourself. You are unique, so you are incomparable!
( 2 Corinthians 10:12 says that people who compare themselves to other people are foolish). Enough said!

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• Stop looking for validation based on the opinion of others;
I rarely fall for this because I’ve always known what I wanted when it comes to my craft and career, and with my progress so far I can say that God is right behind me ahead of me.
But most times we rely on other people’s judgment for validation. In relation to what Ibukun wrote, God should be the only one to validate your craft and career.
Everyone’s got opinions, don’t let any bring you down because only God’s opinion matters! Got that?

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•Leave your comfort zone;
Yes! That zone is comfortable but it resistant to growth. If you really want to grow, you should step out of your comfort zone.This is actually easier said than done because we often don’t like been inconvenienced. I’m more of an introvert but I never really achieved anything until I chose to step out of my comfort zone (and well, I’m still in the process of cracking my shell).

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• Indulge in positive energy;
Indulge yourself in positive energy. Be optimistic. See the good side to every situation. One of the biggest secrets to my growth is doing away with negative energy and staying away from bad vibes. Surrounding myself with people (intellectuals) with whom I can learn from,people who are optimistic and are full of good vibes. It works!

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• Have self-confidence;
Believe in you, I don’t know how much more I can lay emphasis on this but trust me, No one else can believe in you like YOU.
Besides God will never give you something bigger than you. That means, for him to give you certain skills and ability, he knows you can make use of them (for good), so why doubt your creator?

Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 LB)

•Trust in God,he is the ultimate.
His thoughts for us are of good and not evil. His grace will never disgrace you. He knows the best for you, therefore put all of your trust in him.
Not matter how much work you put, at the end of the day, only him can take you to where you want to be.

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This is a new week.
God has given you a fresh start, an opportunity to accept who you are, to let go of the anger, bitterness and past failures, to stop comparing and looking for approval , step out of your comfort zone, be full of positive energy,believe in you and most importantly trust in God.
Don’t be too busy to work on your personal growth.
I hope this helps you like it’s helping me.
Let go of it all and embrace the process in positivity this new week!

PS ; Thanks to Ibukun for providing me some of these wonderful quotes, she responded to me on a short notice. She is such an amazing writer. Check out her work(s) on Instagram – @ibukunwrites

Have a wonderful week!

Yours sincerely,
Lydia

First Post; Meet Me

Hello everyone,this is going to be the first post on my blog(after years of preparing and procrastinating). I’m new to blogging,therefore I’m very open to suggestions.

So where do I start…My name is Lydia Mark,a 300 level student of political science .
I’m a Style Analyst ( a name I molded myself) and a Style Enthusiast.

When I was way younger always loved writing ; documenting my thoughts on fashion,beauty,health e.t.c on journals and sheets of paper(some of which I still have though). My writings cover several topics like wardrobe essentials, classy outfits,versatility e.t.c. I drew fashion sketches ,also got myself engaged in DIYs and recycling. My mum used to complain a lot about these, perhaps she thought it was affecting my concentration in school.
I’ve got this great passion for fashion ever since I’ve known me.
Personally I think there is lot more to style than fashion.

Fashion ; is more of a trend ,what goes and comes.
Style; is your personal ability to rock fashion pieces in such a way that it expresses your personality.
Your personal style should come from within and should not be dictated by trends.

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I am also an aspiring designer.
I’m great lover of arts,crafts,DIYs,HANDMADE items and everything creative.

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I also have this interest in traveling and exploring , though I rarely get to travel in the real world *sad.
Lastly (or maybe not), I’m a proud naturalista, I just love and  embrace nature.

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Jumpsuit ; Thrift
Cross bag; Atmosphere
Cap;
Sneakers ; Adidas

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I’d to like know you so please introduce yourself in the comment section.
Your name, Institution (if you are s student), Interests/Passion and perhaps a link to your blog (if you own one) I’d love to check out your blog.
I’ll try my possible best to be consistent on the blog . So keep your fingers crossed as we ride as we (You &I) create.
Till then…

Yours sincerely,
Lydia