The Midas Touch

The V Label Maida dress is one of my favourites. It’s ironic because when I first received it, I was mad with anger. Let me give you a bit of a background on our turbulent history…

It was about 10:00am on a Saturday morning when my dress first arrived. Beaming with excitement, I tore open the plastic bag wrapping and lo and behold:

Issue 1: I was blinded by the golden shimmer; and

Issue 2: I was appalled by the size. You see the dress fit like a 12 except I’d ordered a 6.

As I tipped over the edge about to explode in a hissy fit, my Mum offered her sewing machine to take in the gaping sides. More often that not, I’m melodramatic, but what do you expect when there’s a wedding in 2 hours and your only option is two times your size?

Fast forward to the following Summer and I’ve worn the V Label Maida three times and I’m still receiving compliments. Because of her golden shimmer and the endless compliments, I call her “The Maidas touch”. Below are the benefits of The Maidas Touch:

Benefit 1: I never need more than dainty earrings and an expensive bracelet to accessorize her, she does all the work.

Benefit 2: She’s so comfortable it’s surreal!

Benefit 3: The decent length is fit for a wedding with my Dad but mini lining is the ultimate flirt for a wedding with the MR.

Below are pictures of The Maidas Touch, what do you think?
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Photo Credit: Tadera Studios (aka Taiwo) LOL. The photo was taken at about 9pm though. I need to remember to take photos before the event rather than after *sigh*

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Ps: The Maidas touch also looks fantastic with coloured shoes.

PPs: My shoes are courtesy of my boo boo Ilobe :)

PPPs: I did my make-up myself (I’m improving… trust me), but Wura highlighted which was kinda cool. I might be highlighting some more going forward. LOL

 

Rhassoul Clay

Hello Beautiful People!

Recently, I’ve been experimenting with new hair routines and the first on my endless list is Rhassoul Clay! Let me tell you a bit about it….

Benefits (or so they say) are as follows:

1. Softens;

2. Moisturizes;

3. Reduces dandruff and product build up (I have a LOT of that); and

4. Aids in detangling

My experience:

1. Reduced dandruff and product build up; and

2. Increased curl definition

My recipe included:

1. Rhassoul clay… lots of it! I have a full head of thick, jet black type 4C (Wura thinks I deserve a league of my own- “4D”) hair.

2. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

3. Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

I purchased Rhassoul clay and Coconut oil from my number 1 Natural Hair Consultant- Beautifully Nappy, you can buy yours HERE.

I can’t even lie, my hair wasn’t any softer, neither was it easier to manage. But I must say, Rhassoul clay did wonders for my dandruff and in general it was a fun experience. Have any of you ever used Rhassoul Clay? Reap any benefits… please share.

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I never realised my hair was layered.

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Look at that shrinkage…. about 75% of my hair length disappeared…. AMAZING! The curl definition is ridiculous!

Would I use it again…? Yes, infact I have! It’s always a fun experience and my Mum’s reaction is the same everytime… “JESU!!!” (Jesus in Yoruba).

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Ps: Beautifully Nappy stocks all kinds of natural goodness, check out the blog!

PPs: I’m learning French on DuoLingo and I’m on a 4 day streak! Longest like… ever!!!! Go me!

 

Akwaaba!

Every now and again I’d strongly suggest a break. It doesn’t have to be a grossly expensive getaway on the gold plated streets of Monaco, neither does it have to be as popular a destination as the likes of New York and  Paris. Every holiday is an adventure and a break from your comfort zone.

Two weekends ago, I was in Ghana chilling in the comfort of the Movenpick hotel and sipping on water (there’s an explanation for this) while my more serious counterparts wrote CFA level I, II or III exam. It wasn’t the most glamorous of holidays I must confess, but I loved that it was cultural, it was SO relaxing and best of all it was only 45mins away (excluding Arik Air’s waiting time of c. 3hrs in total)!

As you may already know, I am slowly becoming an organic junkie and this made Accra totally worth my while. Below are a few organic goodies I bagged in the space of my 48hr stay in Accra.

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Twi Vocabulary:

Akwaaba!: Welcome

Etesen?:  How are you? 

Eye: All is well

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Ps: I saw this 30 day water challenge on Instagram about 2 weeks ago and decided to part take hence the sipping on only water.

PPs: Any suggestions on my next holiday destination? My Dad is against my plans of Zanzibar

 

 

 

 

Afternoon Tea anyone?

I’ve got work to do. A lot of work. It’s got to be done this evening and yet, here I am sitting at my desk at 6:50pm thinking about what I like to call “Afternoon Tea”.

Anya Hindmarch recently designed a whole line of delicious clutches, hold-alls and Ebury bags. She’s included Bourbon, Custard Cream and even crisps, you know…. just a few divine pastries you’d find stacked on your Afternoon Tea cake stand.

Now I know there are no scones or gateauxs featured in the collection, but you have to admit, the craftmanship of these bags are pretty sweet (okay, okay, I’ll stop with the food references, it’s getting cheesy… Lol)!

What are your thoughts on Anya’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection? Does it go down quite the treat or is it not your cup of tea? (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

Crisp Packet clutch, main

Source: AnyaHindmarch.com

She’s also got a refreshing line of breakfast cereals including Cornflakes, Frosties and Coco-pops so really this blog post could have gone either way…. “Breakfast is served” or “Afternoon Tea Anyone?”

Anya Hindmarch Imperial Coco Pops Snakeskin Clutch

Source: Purseblog.com

Frosties Maxi Featherweight Ebury

Source: AnyaHindmarch.com

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Ps: I think I had too much fun with the food references in my description.

PPs: Happy Democracy Day to all my Nigerian Followers…. Let’s hope this Change will be for the better.

Lipstick Love

I’m not big on makeup. Never really have been, but recently, I’ve taken a real liking to the art and would like to believe that I’ve significantly upped my game!! My first love will always be deep, dark, sultry eyeliner but recently I’ve been adulterous and toyed with lipstick and even flirted with foundation. My love affair with the latter is very new and still requires a lot of work, but the real focus of this post is centered on the dynamic and seductive results achieved with lipstick.

My collection of lipsticks is pretty basic and easily broken down into 3 categories:

1. The Neutrals;

2. The Reds; and

3. The Berries.

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The Neutrals: This includes MAC’s Modesty and MAC’s Shy Girl. Both are cremesheen and glide on to moisutrised lips with an effortless stroke.  As the names suggest, these classic shades are incredibly humble. The kind of nudes that allow you to slip away just as  Prince Charming catches a glimpse of that smile. The Cinderella effect if you like!

DSC_0407L-R: Cremesheen Modesty and Cremesheen Shy Girl

The Reds: Ever making a statement MAC’s Ruby Woo and Russian Red need no introduction. They are who they are, persuasive, intense and rich…. Fiery by nature! I must admit, the matte nature of these reds could be as detrimental as they are passionate and although both last for unimaginable hours, they dry out my lips leaving a chapped and hideous residue. I find that an intense exfoliation exercise needs to be carried out ahead of application.

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The Berries: These are my Prima Donnas! Need I say more? Diva is a matte finish but my all time favourite, Rebel is the perfect satin finish. She’s the right amount of edgy and announces herself upon arrival. Best of all, Rebel’s satin finish makes it easy to re-apply and goes with almost any skintone!

DSC_0415L-R: Matte Diva and Satin Rebel

You might have noticed that I was silent on my Topshop ‘Partition’ right at the back of my lipstick line. That’s because I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m not sure how long it lasts but I must say it’s an easy application.

Addicted to (MAC) lipsticks? Do tell!!!

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Ps: Shout Out to Oyinkan (office intern aka APC!!!) for inspiring this post and stealing my Shy Girl!

Pps: Music Update!!! Currently addicted to Ellie Gouldings “Love Me Like You Do”, Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time” and MI’s “Mine” ft. WizKid.

Viktor & Rolf: BonBon

BonBon! I could say it all day…. “BonBon”.

BonBon is French for “Candy” (I never knew until I googled it on Sunday and Wura gave me the – You’re an idiot but I’ll let you off seeing as you’re supposed to be my older sister-look). Thanks to a very kind Mister, Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon has been my scent for the past couple of months and I am crazy, stupid in love with the sweet fragrance. Let me explain why…..

BonBon is the right amount of sweet with a very subtle sexy undertone. She glides with a feminine flair subconsciously flirting with passers by. BonBon is rich yet subtle; juvenile but still sophisticated. She’s my perfection if ever perfection was confined to a single fragrance.

The BonBon bottle is an orchid coloured sweet wrapper (I didn’t realise this until my googling exercise on Sunday, I thought it was a bow!) and mine came in the most exquisitely wrapped sweet package.

BonBon is my scent of the season (I lie, it’s my scent till it’s finished) it might be a while till I find a fragrance to top this one!

Have you tried BonBon? What are your thoughts?

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Ps: My next review should be on Prada Candy. I’ve noticed that people often compare Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon with Prada’s Candy. Well, they definitely have more than the name in common so I just might be headed there next.

Hopelessly in Lust

I’ve never really been a “shoe person”…. footwear was just never ever my thing. I could stare at a dress for seconds and instantaneously spot a loose thread, a wonky stitch or an uneven hemline. But when it came to shoes, I never quite understood the art. You see, my subconscious mind had me thinking confidence was something that was up in the sky, not down on your feet. Little did I know that the spring in your step resonates right from the soles of your feet to the twinkle in your eye.

Recently, I’ve noticed an increased allocation of my (window) shopping time has been apportioned to shoes… heels in particular, not just any footwear and I must say…. I like it! I’m not quite the expert (yet), so I still can’t tell when I need insoles from when I need gel arch inserts but who knows, in no time I might be the next Carrie Bradshaw.

Below is a diary of my shoe lust list. Shoe aficionados, your thoughts please!

Lust: Aquazurra Wild Thing Sandals *drools hopelessly*

Source: Aquazurra.com

Love: Zara Knotted High Heel Sandals

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Source: Zara.com

Like: Valentino Rockstud Ankle Strap

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Source: Valentino.com

Love: Zara High Heel Strappy Sandals (Don’t these remind you of Sophia Webster’s Lacey Crystals?)

HIGH HEEL STRAPPY SLINGBACK SANDALS

Source: Zara.com

Love: Sophia Webster Evangeline (those angel wings will have your feet feeling- and looking- like a goddess! If only Hermes was a woman!)

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Source: SohiaWebster.com

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Ps: Thanks to everyone that sent BBMs, left comments, sent messages and had conversations with me about blogging again. Much appreciated *Kisses*