Shrinkage… the Struggle!

Shrinkage…. I hate shrinkage!

I’m faced with the woes of shrinkage as often as I have a wash day. I find that my hair works like a defense mechanism, as moisture touches the ‘fro, each strand retreats into a tangled mane recoiling back to the roots. I often feel estranged from my hair when this magic happens, I mean compare my shrinkage to the stretch. It’s a battle I face often enough and yet I can’t seem to combat the struggle.

Last week I decided to document the magic that occurs with every wash day. A reminder (if you like) of what I go through as often as I wash my hair….

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Yes, this is my no-make-up selfie :)

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Does anyone have any tips on how to overcome the struggle that is Shrinkage? If you do, please share as more often than not, I end up blow drying which leaves my ‘fro stripped and thirsty and so hard!

xXx

Ps: I used Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to wash my hair for the first time. It was fantastic! I totally recommend it.

PPs: I’m feeling pretty good today, the intern in my office tried to guess my age and her guess was 21, LOL. Love it!!!

“Florals… For Spring..? Groundbreaking”

I first set my eyes on Carolina Herrera’s SS15 look on Instagram and I sincerely thought it was breathtaking.

I’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada too many times to know that florals for spring is so cliché! I mean, it requires little to no mental activity and so it’s generally a trend that should be avoided (in my opinion). But in her SS15 collection, Carolina Herrera has successfully juxtaposed a supposedly trite floral print on a futuristic and fresh canvas.

The collection seems to be a modern day musing of the renowned Georgia O’keeffe depicting feminism in all her glory as the crisp look remains somewhat bridal.

I know there’s a lot more to see from this years New York Fashion Week but I can’t help but get ahead of myself and deem CH’s collection my favourite look of the season.

Hope you like as much as I do……

Isn’t this mosaic look just divine???

Source: NY Times

Source: NY Times

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

Source: Yahoo Lifestyle

xXx

Ps: I love the Devil wears Prada, so had to use the line from the movie…  “Florals… for Spring…? Groundbreaking” LOL

PPs: It’s not hard to make out my style… Classic. Elegant. Clean. Simple.

Winner!!!!

We have a winner!!!

Thank you so much to everyone that left a comment on my Giveaway post, I can now confirm that Wura has screened all comments and finally announced and verified a winner….. Damola of Nigerian Belle has been selected as our Bonita Valli winner. Damola, I will be contacting you before the end of the week in order to confirm the date of delivery.

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Please be sure to send us pictures of you in your new Virgos Lounge Donnika blouse!

xXx

 

Ps: It’s FASHION WEEK!!!!! :)

Giveaway!

Before about a month ago, I wasn’t that into Virgos Lounge and V Label. I appreciated the heavy beading and signature styles, but never found myself shopping the brands. As wedding season crept up on me this Summer, I increasingly found myself on the websites and now own a piece from each brand. In celebration of my new found love, I have organised this giveaway open to anyone, anywhere who’s fallen in love with the brand about as much as I have.

About Donnika

Brand: Virgos Lounge

Size: 8

Style: Beaded peplum with scalloped hemline

How to Enter

It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post stating one way in which you’d like to see Bonita Valli improve.

Deadline: 11:59pm on Friday, September 5, 2014

Selection: Wura sponsored this giveaway and so I’ll let her decide the winner.

Open to followers worldwide!

DONNIKA - WINE

All the Best!

xXx

Ps: Thank you for sponsoring this Giveaway Wura! xXx

 

Best Foot Forward

As with every Saturday in Lagos there was a wedding to attend on Saturday August 9. This Saturday was special though, it was Solape and Dipo’s wedding. I’ve known Solape since JS1 (year 7) and it just so happens that we also work on the same team in the office, so it goes without saying that we spend a lot of time together .

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what to wear and I wasn’t about to spend any more money on wedding season (Aso Ebi is so expensive)! So I sifted through my wardrobe and was lucky enough to re-discover my ROF monochrome maxi from the 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. I’d only worn it once and it was begging for another showcase.

Below are pictures of  Wura, Ilobe, Taiwo and I as we headed out to #SolaDipo2014, hope you like….

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I love the Palm trees at the top of this picture. It makes you feel like you’re in an exotic country with perfect weather and beautiful views.

 

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Wura in a Virgos Lounge skirt and locally made buba. I suspect she’s got MAC’s ‘Flat out Fabulous’ on. LOVE this pose!

DSC_0646Ilobe in a draped back maxi dress, Salvatore Ferragamo bag and brown loubs!!!!

DSC_0651Taiwo’s Iro and draped neck Buba material was sourced from one of my Mum’s trips to India! Her necklace was an Accessorize gift from one of my Besties, Bukky!

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Republic of Foreigner 2012 “Re-Belle” Collection. Blue KG shoes for a pop of colour and a complementary fishtail braid.

xXx

Ps: I don’t have to explain the title “Best Foot Forward” do I? It’s kinda obvious….

Beauty Beats: Kinky Apothecary

There are only about a handful of natural belles at Church and so whenever one walks in the sanctuary, I notice.

Aunty Tosin is one of the naturalistas at Church. She has a healthy looking afro, which is always well maintained and perfectly tamed and it was for this very reason that we got talking in the first place.

I first noticed her gorgeous hair about two years ago and it was then that she introduced me to The Kinky Apothecary. I struggled to remember the name because I’d never heard the word ‘Apothecary’ (I kept calling it ‘Apocathery’ LOL). The blog is pretty much a natural hair convenience store and the founder- Nibi’s thick and long hair has me visiting more often than I admit.

I recently spotted this feature of Nibi’s natural hair on Ndani TV’s Beauty Beats so thought I’d share with you all. I hope you like….

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Ps: I think I’m going to buy some Kinky Apothecary products…. product review I hear you say? Lol

Being Me (Blog Tag)

Blog Tag Kehinde

I must confess, I have allocated a large portion of my day  to updating myself on the happenings in the virtual world. You see I was in dire need of  inspiration and so hit up my usual Pick Me Up(- the Blogosphere)! It was then that I quickly realised that I’d been tagged in ‘Being Me’ by Beautifully Nappy.

Thanks for the tag Missy, here goes my shot…..

Are you named after someone? 

Nope. I’m a twin, so my name (Kehinde) was pretty much a given once the scan confirmed there were 2 of us.

When was the last time you cried?

Lol!!! About three weeks ago, on the phone to my sister Olaitan, I was very upset that day!

Do you have any children?

Not yet, ask me again in another 3 years.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

If I was another person, I’d be my Best Friend. Lol

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Erm….. snacks? I usually have a stash of cookies/chocolate/sweets in my bag or at least in the vicinity.

Do you like handwriting?

I love handwriting. Each person’s own is unique.

What’s your favourite cereal?

I used to loooovvvee Honey Loops and Frosties, now I love Milo cereal! Yes, I said it. I love Milo cereal!

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their style. I can’t help but notice clothes…. they’re right there.

What’s the colour of your eyes?

Deep, dark brown.

Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy Endings all day everyday. I’m all about the Fairy Tales.

Favourite TV show?

Presently, I’m addicted to House of Cards. But I also LOVE The Good Wife (Taiwo did this to me).

Winter or Summer?

Always the Summer. This is why I love Nigeria.

Hugs or Kisses?

Can I be greedy and have both? If I absolutely had to choose though, it’d be hugs- big BEAR hugs that somehow end up with my feet in the air.

Special Talent

I sew. At a point, I used to make my own clothes.

Where Were You Born?

Lagos, Nigeria!!!

Hobbies?

Eating out! I don’t like food, but I’m always the first to organise some kind of breakfast, lunch or dinner date! I love the idea of dressing up and chatting with friends over fine cuisine!

I like shopping too. It’s usually window shopping though LOL. But I like shopping.

Do You Have Any Pets?

No, but I’d love a Maltese, a Parrot or/and an Orangutan… yes, I know an orangutan is not really a pet, doesn’t mean I don’t want one.

Favourite Movie?

In no particular order….

How to lose a guy in 10 days

Hitch

10 Things I Hate About You

The Devil Wears Prada

Pretty Woman

What Colour is Your Car?

Black

What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?

(Unfortunately,) I’m already grown up. I’m an Investment Banker by day (and sometimes night). But my ideal job would be to be a Fashion Editor at Large- like Anna Dello Russo.

Loved Being Tagged And So I Will Go On And Tag….

Damola: http://www.nigerianbelle.com/

Fisayo: http://colormeepurple.com/

xXx

Ps: Good way to start July, no?

PPs: I think this is my longest post ever.