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Outfit || Casual Vibes In Ouidah.

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Another style post so soon?
Well, yes!

I figured I might as well share some of the pictures from my Cotonou trip that I've been hoarding for a while now. I had a great photographer in the person of my travel buddy, Alabi and even though we sometimes had conflicting views when it came to what type of aesthetics we preferred, we both agreed with the frame and location of these pictures.
I wore this to the Casa Del Papa resort in Ouidah, I blogged about the resort here. I wasn't expecting the long ride there, so I was happy that I dressed as comfortable as I could be. Although I got more than a few stares because of my shorts, I couldn't be bothered less because I wasn't in my country. Lol!
I decided to go super casual and show some skin majorly because we were going to a "beach like" place, so I pulled out this green shorts I've styled previously on the blog here. Shorts are casual by nature but they can also be styled to look less basic, like how I styled my denim shorts in this post and how I tried to with this outfit too.
I have majorly denim shorts which is a shame as there are way more fun silhouette/prints and fashion forward options.
We found this building at the resort and I just knew I was going to end up posing in front of it. The whole aesthetics was appealing to my creative eye.
Midway into the shoot, I was approached by a lady who asked if I was a blogger or a fashion person because I look like one. I was wow'd but I guess there is actually a "fashion person look' and I think my crochet fro and tote bag had some part to play in this. I gave her my blog url while lowkey cheesing hard on the inside.

Do you agree that there is a "fashion blogger/person" look?
What do you think of this outfit?
Speaking of tote bags, I've been going on and on about how I'm planning to create a few tote bags but here's the thing about "planning/thinking about doing" , there is actually not much "doing being done" and you can easily get discouraged within that time frame and start to second guess your ideas.
I guess that's what has been happening to me but re-reading Elizabeth Gilbert's notes on the creative hussle the other day got me inspired. Like she says "create whatever causes a revolution in your heart and follow your obsessions"
I'm ready to introduce yall to my mantra totes line. Or at least one of the totes from the collection!

Are you a tote bag (not leather totes oh!) person? If you're not a fan of them, mind sharing why?
Please let me know your thoughts on the outfit too.
And let's connect!

Style || The Flowy Midi Dress.

Saturday, 15 October 2016
Hi Guys!

Happy Weekend!
I hope your weekend started out fine?
My weekends are fast becoming non existent. I got off a 48hr call duty at work this morning and I still have to be back at work tomorrow, so yeah pretty much non-existent weekend but we move still.

This crazy work schedule and having to still tend to this blog has made me realize how much I actually enjoy blogging and sharing my style/thoughts with you all! Like, forreal.
Even on days when I'm pretty exhausted and when I get lower traffic stats than I'm normally used to (which can be discouraging), I still genuinely want to stay up and put together a post. I hope it stays this way because the burn out life aint pretty.

But I digress anyways.

Yes! Like the title says, this is indeed a style post and I'll get right into that bit soon.
But first of all, allow me to switch things up here from the norm and talk about the extra details of this look before the actual outfit details.
I've been carrying my hair around like this for the better part of the week and I quite like it. I also think it worked really well with this outfit and sort of fit into the whole casual boho vibes thing going on.
What do you think?

This look was very basic before I accessorized (The power of the extras right here yall!). I took these pictures just after I did some errand runs and switched things up for the shoot by throwing on this DIY Choker (Actually a hand bracelet thing I found at my cousin's house), clear aviators and applying some lipstick.
I like how you can easily change a look by switching up accessories!
These days, my daniel wellignton watch is never far away from my wrist which is a huge improvement for me, like I talked about in this post.

On this note, let me just introduce y'all real quick to one of my current fave clothing type - free flowing dresses!
I bought this dress at a thrift store during my vacation in Atlanta. Like this waist coat, the dress was yet another thing my mum couldn't understand why I insisted on buying but I was already seeing the future back then. Lol
I love how easy it is and the colour pop is another thing that caught my eye.
I considered wearing this dress for the blogger point brunch because of the floral theme, before deciding on this look instead.
I shot this outfit a long while back, as part of a feature for the good people over at OrdinaryandArt - check out my feature hereWent with my Lucy.daves lace up sandals to finish up the look.

What do you think of this look and how will you style it differently?
Leave me your please!
And Let's Connect!

Photo Credit : @Ace_Venom 
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The Big Magic : On Living Creatively.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016
 The Big Magic.

I used to feel like a fraud whenever I heard people refer to me as a "creative" because I didn't feel like just being able to put together cool outfits made me one.
I felt like the real creatives were those in the arts - the artists, sculptors, designers and co. But over time, I've come to realize that I don't necessarily have to be in the arts to be a creative and I owe some part of that realization to reading Elizabeth Gilbert's book - the big magic.

I first heard of Elizabeth Gilbert from all the buzz her first book - Eat, Pray, Love received but I didn't become a fan of hers till I read this book.
I'm not a big fan of motivational type and self help books because I find most of them a bore and often repetitive. My first thought of the big magic was that it was going to be yet another "self help/motivational" type of book but boy was I wrong!

The Big Magic is a well written book laced with personal experiences that talks about the creative process and encourages us to live a creative life. Every single time I read it, I get a fresh dose of inspiration and gingered to just do better and be better!

I honestly haven't completed the whole book (almost done though!) because I wanted to take my time and soak in all the lessons, so this isn't exactly a book review. I just loved the book so much and thought to share a few quotes and tips that I picked out on living creatively from it.
I've been meaning to do this post for so long now and finallyyy its up! Lol

Let's dig in.

1. Courage is an integral part of creative living.

We all have hidden treasures within us but it is one thing to have them and another to actually utilize them and bring them forth. Being a creative is having the courage to go on the hunt to uncover those hidden treasures and continually bring them forth. That's one thing that separates an ordinary life from a creative one.
If there's one thing I've seen a lot especially in the medical field is that a lot of "doctors" basically stick with medicine because they don't know anything or think there's anything else they can do or are good at. Whenever, I think of that I am so glad for my modelling and blogging journey, because it helped me dig within, figure out my passions and also find some courage to share them. I'm still discovering more aspects to myself but I'm definitely trying to utilize them.

2. Make space for fear but don't let it take over.

Creativity often involves you taking risks and having fears is only natural/expected, but you have to be willing to tell your fear to take a sit at the corner.
Creative living is living a life driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.

3. Keep your eyes open. Listen, follow your curiousity. Ideas are constantly trying to get our attention. Let them know you're available.

Liz likens ideas to energetic life forms that spend time searching for available and willing human partners. They pay us a visit and try to get our attention but most often, we are too consumed by own own dramas, laziness, anxieties, insecurities to be receptive to inspiration and we say no.

4.  You don't need anybody's permission to live a creative life.

You don't need anyone's permission to make stuff. Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.

5. Forget about perfect.

There's no time for perfect. Perfect is the enemy of the realistic, the possible and the fun. Too many people still seem to believe that they are not allowed toput themselves forward at all, until both they and their work are perfect.
At some point, you really just have to finish your work and release it as is - if only so that you can go on to make other things.

6. Stay Curious.

Curiousity is what keeps you working steadily, while hotter emotions may come and go.  Following that scavenger hunt of curiousity can lead you to amazing, unexpected places. It may eventually even lead you to your passion.

7. You Might Fail.

Whatever you do, try not to dwell too long on your failures. You don’t need to conduct autopsies on your disasters. Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is and move on.

There are a lot more gems in the book but I'll stop here.
How would you define creativity?
Have you read the big magic?

If you've read the book, what are some of your favourite quotes from the book?
Also, what do you think of this post?
Please sharee and let's connect!

Skin Care : My Dudu Osun Experience x Going Natural.

Sunday, 9 October 2016
For a while now, I've been really looking into the whole "natural" skin care thing - you know the whole black soap, honey, oats mask and co type thing.
I actually don't use much on my skin (I blogged about my skin care routine here) and I have a naturally healthy and problem free skin but the one thing I've always wanted was a well toned skin, basically for the color of my face to match the rest of my body especially my legs.

I kept hearing wonderful things about black soaps and how it has so many benefits for the skin but the one thing that stood out for me was hearing that it also helped even out skin tone, of course I was sold!
Plus I figured going natural can never hurt anyone, so I jumped on the black soap band wagon myself and my first choice was the Dudu Osun soap because it is a familiar name ( one that I used as a kid) and because it is also cost effective.
I put it up on my instagram page (follow me!) back then and got quite a lot of feedback on the soap and also got a number of people to join the bandwagon as well - My travel partner Lola mentioned how she went and got Dudu Osun after seeing my instagram post.
So, I figured its only right that I talk about my experience with the soap, do a mini review and also talk about my quest to develop a natural skin care routine.

Price and Availability.
I got the dudu osun soap for N200 from the mallam just down the street in my area. I'm sure you can find it anywhere as well.

Packaging And Size.
It comes in 150g size and in a a small box, the soap itself is wrapped in a nylon. It melts easily if exposed to water so you have to store it in a dry place after use.

My Experience. 
The Good
I love that the soap lathers really well and this made it really easy to use. This might be weird to some people but I also like the smell. It isn't any nice floral-y scent or anything, but for some weird reason I quite like it. My mum hates the smell but thankfully, it wears off almost immediately.

The Bad
I had already read from the comments on my instagram post then that it could be drying, but I figured that moisturizing properly after use would fix that.
I have a normal to dry skin so I definitely felt the effect of the dryness. My face always felt squeaky clean and dry after use. At first, I didn't think much of it because I expected the moisturizer to cover the dryness till I noticed the skin of my palm was starting to peel.
That was the red light for me because I once experienced my face peeling when I used a too harsh product (clean and clear astringent) on my face. My palm started peeling first but I didn't think much of it also, till one day I picked up the mirror and saw that my face was peeling too! The Horror!

I stopped using the soap immediately because of this, although I felt really sad letting it go. I recently re-purchased it and I now use it only for my body. I don't know if its doing anything for my skin (body) though but it just makes me feel good mentally. Lol. I can't explain this.
I hear you can also use it as shampoo, so I'll give that a try one of these days.

Lots of people had only good things to say about this soap from it helping with their acne, dark scars and all, so this is just my own experience with it.

Have you used the Dudu Osun soap? What was your experience with it?

I'm currently using the namaste organics black soap for my face and I plan to still do a review of it. I've used the R and R luxury black soap once as well, but it was a really small size so I didn't use it long enough to form an opinion.
Do you use black soaps ?
Which one do you use and can swear by?

Now, back to going natural with my skin care routine. There are so many options that it all gets confusing and I'm not exactly a DIY person - I used to be but these days I get too lazy so I want products I can just buy.
I've made a list down to the basics and I need suggestions on products to get please!

Cleanse : I already have the dudu osun and namaste black soap for this.
Exfoliate : ?
Tone : ?
Moisturize : This, I can forfeit the natural thing for but if you have any suggestions, let know still please!
I used my mum's moisturizer - Olay Regenerist luminous tone perfecting cream for a while and definitely saw great results!
Face Mask : I've never actually used this but I figure it can't hurt right?

Please share your thoughts / recommendations with me and Let's connect!

Blog Love || 5 New Fave Blogs To Read.

Friday, 7 October 2016
Hiiii Guys!

I'm back again with yet another post sharing a few blogs I'm loving lately.
"Yet another" because I've had a previous blog love post and if you haven't already read that, you can check it out here!

In case you're wondering if this is going to be a new segment here, I honestly can't say for sure myself. But one thing I know is that when I see people putting out good content that makes my heart sing for joy, I always want to show them love and celebrate them.
Check out my five new fave blogs to read! Click to tweet.
Let's dig in!

1. Amarachi || Chapterone

Travel Blog.

I'm not sure how I stumbled on this blog but it was love at first sight! My wanderlust has been on a high since my trip to Cotonou, and I've been looking for ways to explore more places in Nigeria, so I was really happy when I found this travel blog. I love how stuffed and helpful her content is.
She's living my dream travel life, it helps that she also has dope photography skills too!

2. Dhvani || Ramblings and Snaps
Fashion and Lifestyle Blog.

Let me just start with her hair, I love her mane! But that's not why we are here. I stumbled on Dhvani's blog from instagram and I fell in love first with how crisp and clean everything looked. The photography is super awesome and the content/writing style was really relatable. Her style is equally as crisp and clean as her blog and her shoe collection gives me life!

3. Anthonia || DiveIntoMauve.
Fashion Blog.

Anthonia's style is the major reason I love her blog. She has a great sense of style  and she's constantly reinventing and giving a new dimension to ankara fashion for me. Major slayage!

4. Uyen || Dear LateComer.
Fashion Blog.

This fashion blog was a random bloglovin find (Are you following me on bloglovin though? Why not? Follow me Here!) but I've been hooked ever since! I LOVE LOVE her style! If you're looking for style inspiration, you will definitely find some here.

5. Zainab || Official Shona
Lifestyle Blog.

Zainab's blog is a mix of fashion, photography and lifestyle. The photography in her second post was actually what caught my eyes because it was done so creatively and it spoke to the inner creative in me.

And there we go! The five blogs I'm loving lately.
As always, I am forever on the look out for new blogs to read and obsess over, both nigerian and non nigerian blogs so please leave me those linkssssssss!
Is there any new blog you're currently loving? 
Share please!
And Let's Connect!

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