January 19, 2015

Berry DIY Weekend and a Mini Review

Hello lovers and friends!

How are ya? How'd your weekend go? Mine was pretty restful, which was needed. As you know from my 2015 Goals post, I want to lose some weight, so I've been exercising and it really tuckers me out. I work out for at least 40 minutes a day, and I'm already seeing results on the scale, so YAY ME! Anyways, the point is that exercising throughout the week makes me really tired at night, so having a mostly quiet weekend was very necessary. And it gave me time to finally get my DIY on!

DIY Sneak peek
On Saturday, I had actually planned to go a-visiting as I have friends in from outta town. But I made it to only 1 friend. Before I went to see her though, I stopped over at a relatively new natural hair salon. It's called MODS, and it's in Sammit Mall on Admiralty Way in Lekki. I was originally going to go to KL's Naturals in Ikoyi, but decided to try out a new place that's closer and in case I wanted to do a review.

Mini Review
It's a pretty small space, and it could be a lot tidier than it was. There were 4 other natural haired ladies getting their hair done (1 of them was loc'd). I was really surprised that every single one of them (minus the loc head) used blowdryers on their hair. I mean, I'm not a stickler for Natural Hair Rules or anything, but I use a blow-dryer like once a year, so seeing everyone else using them was different for me. Anyway, I think the stylist did alright in manipulating my hair with care. She made sure to wet my hair before combing with a wide-tooth comb and kept them in big twists before washing. I wish she washed the hair in sections and re-twisted them to avoid tangles, but she didn't. By the time she was done washing the deep conditioner off, combing the hair was a struggle with all the tangles. And finally, I wanted a halo flat twist done, but only 1 stylist knew how to flat twist and she was busy. So I made do with one big cornrow around my head, but it wasn't very neat, and I left with my hat back on my head. Overall, I'd give them a 5.5/10.

Afterwards, I went to visit my friend and ultimately ended up at Q.M. Lounge for a pedicure. 8 times out of 10, I'd rather go there for a pedicure.

On Sunday, we woke up bright and early to head to church. We were back home by 10:30 or so, and we lounged, napped, baked, and I started to do my DIY. I saw this project over at A Pair and A Spare DIY, and also watched this video for clear instructions. This was what prompted my visit last weekend to pick up the fabric by The Garment Store at Aimas.

This was the jersey fabric I picked out.

You need the following items
  • Fabric - 2 yards is fine.
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
I like all the yellow I'm seeing :)
1. FOLD fabric into 2

2. MAKE sure sides are even, and cut away excess fabric if you need to.

3. CUT on the folded side about halfway up the material. If you don't want the blanket cape/kimono to be too long widthwise, then cut from the middle upwards on one side of the folded material. (This is clearer in this video)

When you're done, your fabric should look like this below.

4. DRAPE the fabric around you, with the top of the slit at the back of your neck, so that it looks like a cape. Then figure out where you want your belt to be, and cut slits for your belt to go through.

5. WEAR IT, STYLE IT, and take photographs!!!

Wonder Berry reporting for duty!

Yup, my NYSC belt comes in handy every now and then.


You like? I think it's pretty cool.

And so, that was my weekend. I hope you enjoyed reading, and if you want to see more posts like this one, make sure to nominate me for the Nigerian Blog Awards (Best Humor, Best Personal/Lifestyle, and Best Overall Nigerian Blog), okay? Make sure to follow the rules!!!

Kiss kiss, hug hug from me to you!


  1. So the NYSC scheme isn't a bad idea!!! D kimono suits u, wish I cld try it bt I hv 2 left hands.

    1. The kimono/cape is sooooooo easy, trust me! And yes o, NYSC managed to have somn good for me :)

  2. Super Berry to the rescue ;)
    Well done for making something so banal into something so amazing. that takes talent!

    Have a great week, berrylicious berry toh bahd. X

  3. Love the DIY and the way you styled it, looks amazing! x


  4. So nice berry thanks for d tips

  5. Wow! This is a DiY..i wish I can be more versatile with my hands..maybe sha, maybe.
    And when I saw the NYSC belt on your post on IG, I looked closer. I should respect my belt more.lol

    1. Thanks! And LOL @ respecting the belt. I just kept it because I thought it would go with something down the line.

  6. cape/kimono thingie is cute. Nice use of NYSC belt.

  7. Wow! Looks really beautiful. Lol @ NYSC belt, I don't even know where mine is. I'll try this out, hope I'll get it right sha. Nike.

  8. Great DIY Berry, sooooo cute! Well done on exercising every day as well, need to get back into that


    1. Thanks lady! And yeah, you should. Even if it's just 15 minutes a day.

  9. Wow, you really tried. I like people who can do things with their hands. Well done.

    Atilola's World

  10. Replies
    1. LOL, I had to quickly ask my Yoruba friends what that meant!

  11. You look amazing in it and no one would know its "humble origins". Well done Berry.

  12. Likey! you make it look so easy Berry.

  13. Awww genius creation Berry...I loves.BTW you had all my votes for the Nigerian blog awards

    1. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY *doing victory dance*

      Thank you :D

  14. I love it!!! Gotta try this soon

  15. Berry!! Me likey! You rocked it!

  16. WOWWW. YOU KILLED IT. this is very gorgeous and the steps are fairly easy to follow. I should try this when I have time, you look very nice. Loooove it


  17. I love the fact that you recycled your nysc belt.
    lovely d.iy

  18. Wow. You look so beautiful I wish this natural hair craze would die already. I never knew you could be this beautiful. And also. Well done with the kimono craft. Tres talent

  19. This is really nice. It's so funny that we did the same style.


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