Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pretty the face!

I found myself in a rather embarrassing situation this morning. I know some people really know how to deal with situations like that but sincerely, sometimes, I just go really red in the face and smile in that ‘I am so embarrassed’ kind of way.

I just got a MAC compact powder as a gift from a very nice gentleman who happens to be my best friend’s man. Being a lover of make up, you can imagine how thrilled I was. I have been using IMAN and Mary Kay for a while and they have been serving me just well but this was something I hadn’t tried before and I am adventurous.

So, I had to go to school today and I used the powder and made up real well. Not too much though. I actually despise too much make up. It comes out tacky and makes the lady look cheap. Seriously. I just go for moderate and flawless finish.

I dressed up and headed for the bus stop. I had an important lecture by 8 a.m. I was making calls and greeting people on my way. I took a second to observe my surroundings. Why on earth weren’t people rushing to board buses as usual? Why was the street sort of empty? But then I didn’t slow down. I got to the bus stop and the bus drivers and conductors just stared at me like I fell from space. I thought I heard a chuckle.

Then, it hit me like a thunderbolt! I was at the bus stop gorgeously dressed, wearing my new makeup and looking sweet on a day that Lagos state calls Sanitation day which is every last Saturday of every month. I was at the bus stop by 7:30am and the exercise usually ended by 10am. It has been like that for years now. So there I was, standing there wondering what on earth I was thinking. After a while, I just turned back and started walking home. Some of them had a good laugh.

To make matters worse, I realized that some petty traders sweeping out their stalls were starring and gossiping.


I thought the best thing to do was to bring out my phone and call someone and be oblivious of my surroundings until I got to my door. That lttle show cost me a lot.

I had to go back anyway. So I did by 10:30am you know just to make sure that I didn't get any more surprises. I was lucky that every body was too busy to see the ‘girl that forgot it was sanitation day’.

Wishing you a great weekend filled with pleasant surprises.

Lily Johnson.

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  1. I'm in Nigeria at the moment and I remember the first week I came was the last week of the month.
    I had plans to go out with a friend only for her to tell me, "Moyo, its environmental today o"... I was like, "NAIJA!"

    Pele so gbo? lol

    - LDP

    PS: love ur new layout

  2. @LDP: O jare thanks. I just couldn't believe that i totally forgot. Thanks for the compliment and comment.

  3. On the bright side, you look glamorous!! :)

  4. @ Cafe Fashionista: I did look glamourous. Thanks for the comment Erica dear.

  5. I'm sure you were the most gorgeous thing anyone saw that morning, sweetie!

  6. @Kat: I probably was my dear. Thanks for the comment.

    @simplychic: Yeah. I rocked! Thanks for the comment.

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  8. At least you looked fabulous!


  9. Haha. Pele o. Naija's environmental day situation can be very annoying. (I wouldn't even mind if people cleaned up like they should, but most people just sleep in). Smcheew. But at least you looked pretty :).

    I feel you. I hate too much make up.

    Thanks a lot for stopping by..

  10. Well at least I'm not the only one who has those embarrassing moments! At least you were loooking good!

  11. I've never heard of a sanitation day... but why is it bad to look great for it?!

  12. Well, that's a bummer. Never heard of that day too and likely would have forgotten even if I had known.... And I can't believe people were laughing!!! So rude. But isn't makeup fun though?? I had a makeover with the Laura Mercier ladies this weekend. They were having a big makeover day at one of the local dept stores. It is amazing what 15 products on my face at once did for my looks!!!

  13. Your posts are inspirational. I wish I could do the same -_____-

  14. Hey, I give you an award. Please take it :p

  15. Don't mind those meebo meebo neighbors. They were jealous!
    Weren't you just lucky there were no LASTMA officials around to add more spice to the beautiful day??

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