Thursday, 14 May 2015

This Saturday: The Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show


Hi peeps!
What are you doing this Saturday? If you are a naturalista or just curious about such things or just need somewhere fun to go to this Saturday, then you may want to grab a ticket to The Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show hosted by The Kinky Apothecary.

It's gonna be at Federal Palace Hotel from 11 am - 7pm and a couple of well known bloggers and stylists such as Felicia Underwood, Ijeoma Ebo and of course Nibi Lawson will be speaking. There will be giveaways and goodie bags too so yay!

Tickets are available at (you may click the links):
www.afritickets.com
www.naijaticketshop.com
www.ariiyatickets.com


If you attend and you spot me- holler at me! I think I would be wearing a turban :)

xoxo

PS: Please click on the image for a clearer view. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Yvette Ndumanya

 
Hi guys!
Let me get right to it. I have a hair crush feature. And she is also my personal hair crush. And she is so damn pretty too! Lately my hair has been thugging like cray. I realize that I have not been taking good care of it as much as I should, particularly as I coloured it about 6 months ago- the dye seems to have compromised the moisture levels of my hair. So I have been looking for a revamp strategy for my now dry hair and I think I will adopt Yvette's routine and see how it goes. But enough talk, check out this feature and let me know what you think!

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi. My name Yvette Ndumanya and I work with Diamond Bank.

Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I decided to go natural for lots of reasons and I will state a few; I got tired of relaxing my hair, moving from one relaxer to another and also suffering from burns most times I relaxed my hair. I'm proud to be an African lady and I also love the texture of an African hair which is unique in its own way. I have been natural for a year and six months now and I'm amazed at my hair growth.

What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

My hair type is 4C. Well I use Shea Moisture and Tresemme products for now (shampoo and conditioner). I deep condition once every 4 weeks. Please find below some recipes for my deep conditioning:
Here are the two methods I use: avocado pear, honey and olive oil OR mayonnaise(Bama), egg, honey and olive oil. I mash my avocado then add honey and olive oil mix them together OR i mix my mayonnaise with egg, olive oil and honey. Rub on my hair then wear my  plastic cap for about four hours then I rinse with a little shampoo and then do my LOC method. LOC method (L= liquid (water or liquid leave-in conditioner) O= oil (coconut oil or castor oil or emu oil or grape seed oil) C= cream ( Shea butter) then I either twist my hair or I do a corn row then I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf to sleep. The LOC method helps to retain moisture to the hair. 
 
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
* I wear my hair bonnet or a satin scarf it helps prevent your hair moisture from being robbed.
*After washing my hair I don't use a towel to dry my hair. Towel drying frizzes the hair either I air dry or I use a T-shirt
* If my hair feels dry I wet it rub some oil before I comb so it doesn't break.
* Protective styling helps retain length (twists, weaving etc)

 What reactions did u get when u first went natural and what reactions do u get now?
Omg! When I cut my hair hmmm! My friends where like I'm crazy and why would I do that just to go natural. Some said I was gonna get tired and relax my hair. But now that it's all grown they are like "Awww!" They are jealous (in a good way), some decided to go natural too and they came to me for products and methods on how to take care of their hair.

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
I go on Afro sometimes, I also do twist outs, I style my hair the way I feel more comfortable in and in a way that suits any occasion.
 
What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
 If you are fearful of going natural because you think you will be stuck with one hair style, forget that. I actually came to embrace my natural hair because it gives me some nice and gorgeous looks. I can go from a Mohawk to an Afro to twist outs. Please note that your natural hair doesn't stop you from fixing your Brazilian hair and co lol. I have some pics of my looks both on natural hair and on weaves.

I love being natural and I get a lot of compliments each time I go on my natural hair- from church, to my work place, to hangouts etc. Also, I have also motivated some others ladies who were scared of going natural.  I'm African, I embrace my African nature and I'm proud of my African natural hair. Are you proud yours?   
Where can one find and follow u on the web?
My facebook: Yvette Ndumanya 
Instagram : Yvette_Gudhart
 
If Yvette's hair isn't pure gorgeousness I don't know what is! I need to lay my paws on some Shea Moisture products, restock on my original shea butter and possibly get Cantu shea butter leave-in as well.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Va Va Violet

Hello!
And how is the week going for you? Have you missed me? :) It's been a very busy and "interesting" time for me these past few weeks and I just could not get round to blogging. However I am gradually getting back on track so stay tuned for more posts- I have not quit the blogging world yet!

Anywayz, here is a review of a very lovely lippie I got months ago. It's a plum one, very bold and definitely one of my current favourites.

 In summary, the colour pay off is fantastic- now for a Revlon lipstick, I am impressed, and to be honest I wouldn't try any other plum lipstick that's more expensive than this Revlon one, called Va Va Violet.

 It lasts really long, and is easy to apply. It has a very faint hint of a shine to it so it isn't a matte lipstick. I never have to line my lips before applying it.

I can't remember how much I got it but I know it was very affordable, and if you need a plum lipstick to purchase I would highly recommend this one!



Do you like plum lipsticks?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Style Crush Feature: Lisa Wynter

Hello!
I have a Style Crush here again and she is Lisa Wynter! Check it out :-)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Lisa. I'm a mom, writer, educational administrator, and social media/branding consultant.
 
 Tell us a bit about your blog.
My blog is actually a spin off from my youtube channel. I started blogging long before I even knew what blogging was! I would simply repost whatever I posted on my youtube channel and carry on. It was a mess! Today, my blog is much more focused.  I blog about beauty, fashion, and my life as a new and working mother.
 What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
I'm trendy, so this tends to change with the trends, but I would say the following: crop tops, hoop earrings, leopard print accessories (shoes, scarves, clutch), bright lipstick, and pumps.
 
 Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style.
My greatest bit advice would be to find a muse. There are TONs and TONs of bloggers out there: just find one or two who seem to incorporate what you love and follow that person for inspiration. Pretty soon you'll be putting together fabulous looks of your own. Pinterest is also a great resource for finding outfit ideas. 
 Where can one find or follow you on the web?
I can be found at the following places:

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LalamodeLisalamode/posts


I like Lisa's crop top looks (then again I am a big fan of crop tops), and how she uses colourful accessories to make her outfits pop. I also think she has such a lovely skirt collection!

What are your fave looks from Lisa's style here?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

One hour Chicken Stir Fry



Hey!
Last week I decided to make a chicken stir fry and it turned out quite nice. So I decided to share the deets with you. I actually didn't mean to do a post on it and the pics were taken to be sent to someone anyway, but then I thought, why not do a post on it?
Em, please ignore the disorganized look of my kitchen!
What I liked about the dish apart from the taste was that it took only an hour to make. For a dish that serves 4, one hour isn't too bad. 
Ingredients: 
Chicken breast: Half a kilo, diced into bite-sized chunks
Red bell peppers:3. Cut 2 into strips and set 1 aside
Tomatoes: 2
Onions: 1. Dice half finely and set half aside
Green pepper: 1. Cut into strips
Carrots: 5 or 6 medium sized ones. Cut into circles or strips
Chicken casserole seasoning. You can use any other chicken dish seasoning or even chicken broth.
Knorr cube: 1
Oil: 2 cooking spoonfuls
Soy sauce: 5 tablespoonfuls
Thyme, Turmeric or curry, black pepper (optional)
Salt (if needed)
I blended the 1 red pepper, half an onion and the tomatoes in a blender (added a little water) and set that aside. Then I started by adding oil to a pot and getting it warm on low heat. I added the carrots first, stirred for a minute, then the onions went in next. Stirred for another minute.
Added the red and green peppers next. Looks so colourful doesn't it? :) Stirred for about 2 minutes.
Then I poured in the pepper-tomato-onion blend, the chicken, and all the seasoning, and also about 2 cups of water. I covered it on medium heat for 12 minutes. Result in the picture above.
Lastly I added some soy sauce to give it an oriental twist and colour! Stirred and let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
And it was READY! Now I cannot for the life of me understand why I always forgot to take a picture of the soup alongside rice or flat bread- you know that picture of the final served dish that should even be used as the cover pic for this post. I had it with bread once and basmati rice other times and it tasted really good.

You really should try it with flat bread- it's da shiznit I tell you. I remember now that every time I warmed it to eat, I was always so hungry that I just forgot to take a picture before digging in. Haha! Also this stir fry is pretty "healthy", due to the veggies, protein serving and low oil content.

Ever made a stir fry?

Thursday, 9 April 2015

How I spent the Easter Holidays....

Hiiii!
Today's post is about what to do if you have chunky thighs and a small bumbum like me! Lol just kidding today's post is about what I got up to during the Easter hols...I hope you had a good time though. I heard some workaholics saying they were itching to get back to work and I genuinely wondered if they were OK. I looove holidays and this Easter break was so much fun for me.

So on Friday, Mr. Man and I went to see Fast & Furious 7
 I really enjoyed it just like I enjoyed Fast & Furious 6, and it was quite hilarious as usual- you know the "how-unrealistic-is-this?!" scenes the Fast & Furious movies are known for. It's interesting how this particular movie can pull off those kinds of scenes and viewers don't get irritated. Like why does someone always have to jump off a fast-moving vehicle and conveniently land on another fast-moving vehicle? In fact it seems Fast & Furious has been accepted as a very good action movie with a sprinkling of very unrealistic action scenes. Oh and the Paul Walker tribute part at the end was quite touching.....
 Then on Saturday we went to Orchid Bistro for breakfast and I ordered pancakes because I had been craving them for a long while. I totally forgot to take pictures of the actual meal. Our meals took forever to arrive though :/

Later on we went to Tarzan Jetty to catch a boat ride to Tarkwa Bay. We waited for almost an hour for the boat to be prepared, and finally we set off with a group of over 25 people. And then everything just went berserk from there. It was worrying that we had exceeded the boat capacity, also the boat itself was soooo hot inside- honestly sometimes I wonder why I bother with make up in this heat....We waited again in the steamy boat for a long while before we finally set off. And then 3 minutes into the trip, the boat stalled....the driver kept fiddling with the engine, the boat started drifting towards a fence, we ladies started panicking a bit.....and then the driver managed to get us back to shore and refunded our money. The guy didn't even communicate with us, that was the annoying part- engine failure, our long wait was in vain, the trip was cancelled, and we got no apologies. 
 Anyway that was Saturday- Sunday I went to church and later that evening we went to The Blowfish Hotel for lunch at the Purple Restaurant. We had the Pineapple Fried Rice (thanks Tuke of Tukesquest for your restaurant review!) and we LOVED it. I mean I already want to go back to eat it again-it was that nice. 

The pineapple wasn't as "fleshy" as I would prefer though but other than that, that meal was da shiznit.

By the way look at the tax charges on that bill! Nawa!

So after lunch and a photo shoot (I am trying to overcome my camera shyness), we set off to Muson Centre to watch Saro The Musical 2.


Now Saro is a musical, created by Bolanle Austen-Peters. It's the first musical I ever watched in Nigeria and it's a must watch-it really is. Bolanle Austen-Peters said she was inspired to create this musical when she saw the Fela! on Broadway musical, and wondered why foreigners had to create something out of our very own roots.

This musical was golden on many fronts- the acting, the humour, the characters, the costumes, the dancing, the lighting, the songs, the direction, the music- no musical is a musical without great background instrumentalists and sometimes we forget about them but they play such a vital role and the band at Saro The Musical were fantastic!

I liked how a couple of recent and old Nigerian hit songs were redone in the musical and we even got to see 2 performances from artists. I loved how the Nigerian culture was portrayed and how there was even a slavery scene to take us back to how things were so many years ago.
Tried to capture the band here
 
So on Monday we decided to give Tarkwa Bay another go and this time we ruled out Tarzan Jetty and took a boat from another point. Things were definitely saner this time, the boat was airy, we didn't wait too long and in no time we were at Tarkwa Bay. It was my first time and I had so much fun...



At one point I changed into a bikini and began swimming in the water- I was like a 5 year old let loose lol; I was so happy. Of course the water was way cleaner than the water at say, Elegushi Beach so a lot of people were swimming, couples were playing "water love" and kissing endlessly in the water, and everyone was just relaxed. Mr. Man unfortunately couldn't get in for water love because he had his gigantic Canon with him and we couldn't risk leaving it under the tents. I was so sunburned afterwards and I am still recovering from my new tan! And then when it was time to go back and we got into the boat, the boat stalled-again. This time I was just so tired and I was like whatever, until the driver finally fixed things and we finally got to shore.
Look how bad the sun had battered me lol
 And that was how I spent the Easter break!

How was the Easter hols for you?