Monday, 23 November 2015

American Music Awards- What they wore...

My first "What They Wore" post right here!
It's the American Music Awards and thanks to BuzzFeed and Cosmopolitan I was able to compile these pics for you:

Fifth Harmony


Carrie Underwood


Chloe Grace Moretz

Demi Lovato

Ellie Goulding

Giuliana Rancic

Gwen Stephani

Hannah Davis

Jenny McCarthy

Julianne Hough

Kylie and Kendall K.

Meghan Trainor

Nick Jonas

Nina Dobrev

Rebel Wilson

Selena Gomez


So there you have it. Zendaya's lace dress fabric seems like something you would find as "aso ebi" at a Nigerian wedding lol. My faves here are: Nina Dobrev- I can see myself wearing this as church wedding dress!, Carrie Underwood, Giuliana Rancic and Hannah Davis. Julianne Hough's dress would have made it if the slits weren't so high. My least faves are Gwen Stephani and Jenny McCarthy's dresses.
Hair and makeup fave? Definitely Demi Lovato.

And the hostess of the day-my birthday mate J-Lo wore these outfits:

Doesn't her sparkly fuschia and white ombre dress remind you of something Adele wore on the red carpet or something she would wear?
My faves are the black see-through dress with the black stars, the yellow dress and the red dress with lips on it. I also like her performance jumpsuit for...performances and things of that sort. 

Which outfits are your favourites and your worst?!


Friday, 20 November 2015

10 Toughest Interview Questions & How To Answer Them!


It's been a while I know. I hope this post meets you well, and hope we are all still praying for the nation and the world- with all the crisis going on- and have not given up hope!
Well today's post is about- UNEMPLOYMENT. I know how difficult it is to find work in Nigeria and other places and honestly, many times to way to go about it is is to just keep telling people you are looking for work and hope that you get hooked up soon, because it seems that online applications don't cut it anymore.
But when you do get to the interview stage, how can you ensure you put your best foot forward? I stumbled on this article by Forbes and thought I should share it with you. Hopefully it helps you or someone you know!

10 Toughest Interview Questions, Answered

Why Should I Hire You?
The most overlooked question is also the one most candidates are unprepared to answer. This is often because job applicants don't do their homework on the position. Your job is to illustrate why you are the most qualified candidate. Review the job description and qualifications very closely to identify the skills and knowledge that are critical to the position, then identify experiences from your past that demonstrate those skills and knowledge.

My thoughts: Sensible strategy- so check the company website for details on what they do. Most times the job application itself states what skills are required so it makes it easy for you to leverage on those skills.

 Why Is There A Gap In Your Work History?
Employers understand that people lose their jobs and it's not always easy to find a new one fast. When answering this question, list activities you've been doing during any period of unemployment. Freelance projects, volunteer work or taking care of family members all let the interviewer know that time off was spent productively.

My thoughts: Speak confidently and look them straight in the eye. You can speak of self-improvement books you have read as well.

Tell Me One Thing You Would Change About Your Last Job

Beware over sharing or making disparaging comments about former coworkers or supervisors, as you might be burning bridges. But an additional trouble point in answering this query is showing yourself to be someone who can?t vocalize their problems as they arise. Why didn't you correct the issue at the time? Be prepared with an answer that doesn't criticize a colleague or paint you in an unflattering light. A safe scapegoat? Outdated technology.

 My thoughts: Leave humans out of the gist. You can talk about new apps that could have made processes work, or that servers were slow. Much safer territory.

Tell Me About Yourself
People tend to meander through their whole resumes and mention personal or irrelevant information in answering-a serious no-no. Keep your answer to a minute or two at most. Cover four topics: early years, education, work history, and recent career experience. Emphasize this last subject. Remember that this is likely to be a warm-up question. Don't waste your best points on it. And keep it clean-no weekend activities should be mentioned.

My thoughts: I think it is safe to also mention any volunteer activities if you are involved in them. Answering this question required some practice.
 Explain A Complex Database To Your Eight-Year-Old Nephew
Explaining public relations, explaining mortgages, explaining just about anything in terms an eight-year-old can understand shows the interviewer you have solid and adaptable understanding of what it is they do. Do your homework, know the industry and be well-versed.

My thoughts: The question could be about anything- maybe "define customer service" to an eight-year old, so you need  to have a general idea of what the company does and select a few keywords that are peculiar to that industry and know how to define them as simply as possible.

What Would The Person Who Likes You Least In The World Say About You?
Highlight an aspect of your personality that could initially seem negative, but is ultimately a positive. An example? Impatience. Used incorrectly this can be bad in a workplace. But stressing timeliness and always driving home deadlines can build your esteem as a leader. And that's a great thing to show off in an interview.

My thoughts: Another good example is being seen as a perfectionist!

Tell Me About A Time When Old Solutions Didn't Work
The interviewer is trying to identify how knowledgeable you are in today's work place and what new creative ideas you have to solving problems. You may want to explore new technology or methods within your industry to be prepared for. Twitter-phobes, get tweeting. Stat.

 My thoughts:In other words, harness the current social media boom as a way by which a new trend can solve an old problem- e.g social media marketing, using Twitter or Instagram celebrities etc.

What's The Biggest Risk You've Ever Taken?
Some roles require a high degree of tenacity and the ability to pick oneself up after getting knocked down. Providing examples of your willingness to take risks shows both your ability to fail and rebound, but also your ability to make risky or controversial moves that succeed.

Have You Ever Had A Supervisor Challenge A Decision?
Interviewers are looking for an answer that shows humility and the ability to take direction. The anecdote should be telling, but it's the lesson learned, not the situation, that could land you the job.

My thoughts: Other than something outright shameful or irresponsible or stupid, feel free to highlight any past mistakes as long as you make sure you state how you learnt from it.

Describe A Time When Your Team Did Not Agree
Questions pertaining to difficulties in the past are a way for employers to anticipate your future behavior by understanding how you behaved in the past and what you learned. Clarify the situation succinctly and explain what specific action you took to come to a consensus with the group. Then describe the result of that action.

My thoughts:Can't say more here. You can detail how you called for a meeting to clarify issues, or sought superior help.

OK so I hope this post was useful!


PS: The contents of this post was extracted from

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Planning your pre-wedding photoshoot

I wanted to share a few tips on planning for your pre-wedding photoshoot if you choose to have one. I mean they are cool but not necessary, and if you decide to have one here are your few pointers:

Relate with your photographer
In choosing a photographer, all I can say is thank God for Instagram! It provides an easy way to quickly see what kind of work he/she has done in the past.

I think you need to schedule a meeting with your photographer- online or not, to have a feel of how he works and his ideas. You should also share your ideas with him/her at this point. What I did was to go to for some prewedding photo inspiration. I spoke to Mr. Man and he shared some of these without photographer so he could understand that we were particular about an outdoor experience. 
Checking online for inspiration
No harm in doing this, as long as you bring your own personality into it. From my little research I realized I badly wanted something outdoorsy, I knew I hated those “uniform” shots where the couple wear matching polo shirts or tops lol and I knew I wanted some casual shots, with very casual outfits. 
Decide on the theme or themes early
I like themes-we did not have one but they are fun….but if you want a pre-wedding photo theme, decide on it early as a couple, discuss with your photographer, and even start thinking of outfits and locations.
Planning outfits was fun for me- I shopped my closet, but we also did a bit of shopping. Outfit planning should come after the theme (if any) and location has been decided on. For our beach shoot I obviously wanted shorts, but got a hat and kimono jacket to add some spice to the look. I got inspiration for my Asian fabric iro and buba from a pre-wedding photoshoot I saw online, and I jumped at the idea because it showed our ethnicity. Colour matching is so important though, try not to have more than 3 colours for your outfits. But it still depends on the theme.

Be Creative
I have to give it to couples and photographers, I have seen some really cool and creative pre-wedding photo themes! I don’t think couples should shy away from creativity-if it particularly relates to the couple’s likes or professions, the better. Nothing wrong with a football pitch shoot, or a mall, or a bookstore. 

And here are a few of the images I got inspiration from- for outfits, and an outdoor perspective. I badly wanted the "forest" look but that couldn't work but oh well.
I LOVE this pic.

I wanted a tulle skirt like this so badly but couldn't find one!

Oh and if you find yourself planning to do an outdoors photoshoot in Dubai when it is the hot and humid time of the year....think again! Lol!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Ultra Light Spray.


Just a quick review on this sunscreen I absolutely love.
OK so for those who are into sunscreens, I am SURE you know how annoying it is wearing sunscreen particularly in a hot climate, because of:
1. That whitish cast it leaves on the face! You know about that right? 
2. The heat and sweat that just melts off everything when you are out in the sun!
3. Clogged pores or milia caused by some heavy sunscreens.

So to be honest for many months I just steered clear of sunscreens- I just couldn't be bothered. Then sometime in July I did an "intensive" research on sunscreens that were light as silk on the skin and still intensive. I figured a sunscreen with a lighter formulation would not leave much of the whitish cast and would not clog my pores as well.
I was ready to cough out a fair amount for the product as I knew if it was as good as it claimed, then it would be worth it. So I found a number of products with good reviews and unfamiliar names like Cocola Face SPF 30 Sunscreen, Dr Denese SPF 30, Elta MD UV Shield SPF 45 blablabla and finally settled on La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Ultra Light Spray. 

So this product is not available in Nigeria but thank God for Amazon that now delivers to Nigeria. I bought mine via Boots while I was away though, for 19 pounds. 

This sunscreen is really ultra light. It isn't oily and it sits well on the skin. I was so happy to finally find a sunscreen that's not too heavy and I noticed that the whitish cast is very minimal on the skin. The trick is to pump a bit on the palm of your hand and rub it all over the face VERY QUICKLY or else you may notice some faint streaks. So rub it in quickly and thoroughly- no feathery strokes!
 It has no fragrance and I think for a 200ml bottle 19 pounds is not a bad price. It definitely has a lighter consistency than the well-loved Neutrogena Helioplex Sunblock which used to be my sunscreen. Also you don't have to wait the usual 15minutes after application before you go out in the sun- a big plus! They say French skin care products are the best. With the Bioderma review (click here) and now this, I think I agree.

What is your favourite sunscreen product?

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

I'm back!- Wedding planning tips and what to expect!

Hey! So I’m back after taking time to get prepare for my traditional wedding, and getting over the post-wedding stress and euphoria! I am pleased to say that my wedding was a success, and we all had a good time! I will sprinkle a few pics here all over the main post, but you may also check out more pics on my Instagram page and the #FWedsR hashtag.

So as a newlywed blogger, it only makes sense that I should do a couple of posts on wedding tips right? My first one is basically advice from my own viewpoint, based on my experiences and lessons learnt while planning this wedding. It took just 3 months to plan but I learnt so much!

Plan for unexpected expenses

I don’t need to stress the importance of a realistic budget- Mr. Man and I came up with an Excel sheet with all wedding items and estimates listed, which we updated weekly. It seemed quite formal initially but looking back I am thankful for that sheet, it really helped us manage cost wisely and efficiently.

But trust me, no matter how much has gone into planning the budget, there WILL always be expenses that would come up. Ours came up very close to the D-Day, and it was so annoying! Costs cropped up from the venue management’s lapses mostly, to some greedy people, it was just crazy. We had not made allowances for any unexpected costs so my advice is to leave out a very small percentage of your total budget for this!
Event Venue management
I am not the type to “snitch” but when something leaves little to be desired I will speak up. Not all event venue management is trained to be effective and I think we got the short end of the stick as regards this. I will skip the complaints section and go straight to QUESTIONS you should ask management before you make any payments!

1. Is there a refundable deposit and when will it be paid?

2. What deposits are vendors to pay?

3. What shelter has been made available for vendors on the event date?

4. What kind of security is available at the main gate?

Honestly, bad management can cause you a lot of heartache! Be careful with event venue management even if the price looks good. Also avoid using any of the staff as middle-man vendors for anything at all. Get your own stuff yourself. 
Follow your instincts
When it comes to choosing vendors, event venues etc, of course reputation, budget, logistics must come into play, but sometimes even your gut feeling should not be ignored- particularly if you are the “type” with strong instincts and a good sense of judgment. Still on the venue matter, I was skeptical about going with that venue but later caved in to other conflicting opinions and a little decrease in price. Now I wish I had gone with the venue my heart wanted, we would have ended up paying less in the long run and most likely would have had a better experience.

Be Firm!
This one is tough, particularly when family is involved, and you need to put your foot on the ground about things like number of invitees, but I believe the trick is to let them know EARLY and make them understand how important crowd control is to you, then give them time to give you a commitment they can stick to. Things like budget should also be kept strict- not easy too, but unless you have a lot of sponsors for your wedding, you would not regret sticking to your budget as much as you can! 
Your Wedding Planner
Go for a planner that is not only affordable but recommended by one or two other people. Now good wedding planners are getting really expensive nowadays I have to say. I think you just have to work on a balance between affordability and a well-organized event.

Manage vendors
Boy did some vendors give me a big headache! Remember when I made a post and mentioned how I was having second thoughts about “aso ebi” due to the stress involved? Well let’s just say some of my vendors almost made me cry over this. Lol. Please plan for delays- they are inevitable with Nigerian suppliers. If you are comfortable with it, lie about your wedding date and give them an earlier one. Pay deposits and not full amounts till delivery has been made. And stay calm as much as you can!

Be Organized!
This was not a chore for me because I am quite organized anyway. I had a notepad that I scribbled EVERYTHING in, and I mean everything. It really helped me keep things in focus. Your planner can’t do everything for you and you need to do a portion of your own planning and groundwork yourself unfortunately. 
Expect Disappointments….from those you don’t expect them from
I had heard this from countless brides and grooms and yes I experienced it myself! Some people tag it as jealousy, some tag it as unreliability, whatever it is, I experienced it. A few people I considered close to me started weirding me out for no sensible reason, some acted obliged to things or information I could not give them, some tried to be manipulative etc.

Well thankfully I never put anything solely in anyone’s hands and that is my advice for you as well. Expect some weirdness, don’t fret about it and just enjoy your new and beautiful life waiting ahead of you! As for the usual phrase you will hear “Don’t stress, delegate as much as you can”, well most people who give this advice are usually not even available to help anyway, but it’s great advice, and between your planner (if she is good and reliable #eyeroll) and close family, delegation is really helpful. But still have a back up arrangement when you can!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Brides-to-be you want to bookmark this page trust me lol. Wives in the house can you relate to any of these tips? :)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Review: Bioderma Sebium Global.

Hope the weekend was a good one! My next post will be after my traditional wedding so wish me well and say a little prayer for me that it all goes beautifully well haha!

Anyway so the acne demons wanted to spoil my face for me so that I wouldn't look good for the wedding. But thank God they did not succeed! To be frank though, I believe the acne that spattered my face in the month of July was hormonal, but really acne is acne and I was horrified. I was not happy at all, so walked into a pharmacy at a mall in Dubai, and spoke about my concerns to the pharmacist, who recommended the Bioderma Sebium Global.

It would be my first time using any Bioderma product, and I have to say I was impressed. This product claims to work by regulating and balancing the sebum or natural oil levels of the skin, which when irritated can cause overproduction of sebum, and hence cause acne. 

I would use this morning and night and in a week, I noticed a difference. It wasn't speedy, but there was a difference for sure.

I have not used it in a while as all my acne has cleared and I believe my praying about it actually has a big role to play in that. Nemi told me how she listened to a minister speak about how we should not find some things too unimportant to talk to God about, and that women go through a lot of stress about certain things unnecessarily, when they could have just prayed about it and seen results. 

 Well! I had a wedding coming up and even my make up artist told me during the make up consultation session to try to do something about those bumps before the big day. I did not hesitate to pray and within days my skin began to clear up. I used 2 other products which I will do a review on, and continued with the black soap I bought from Natural Nigerian.

And now my skin is bump free yaaay!
 But anyway, back to the review. The cream is light on the skin and not oily at all. No weird fragrance either. I am not sure if Bioderma products are sold in Nigeria, but hopefully they are, because I believe this would be a wonderful product for acne control.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Out And About: "Hotel of Lights"

 Occasion: Dinner treat with Le Fiance. City: Dubai. Location: The Address Hotel
We had heard about this hotel from our pre-wedding photographer when he was suggesting possible photo shoot locations for our pre-wedding pictures. We took his advice and shot a few shots there, and yes, the decor is just amazing. Gosh just amazing. So when we got the opportunity to go back some days later for dinner, we took it and got to see so much more lovely pieces- particularly the lighting.
 I mean from chandeliers that were so unconventional and can make you gawk for minutes, to column light lamps like the one above.
We had an assorted fruit dinner with chocolate fondue and enjoyed a beautiful view of the marina.
 This one is just BREATHTAKING. No other words.
 Chandelier. Note the walls, the structure of the whole place.
 I fell more in love with the hotel when I found that ALL their flowers were fresh and neatly groomed. This corner piece arrangement of bouquets is just a tiny tip of iceberg; there were even more awesome and grand arrangements particularly at the reception.
 Awesomeness. These hanging lamps we could not resist on pre-wedding photo shoot day.
 We used this as a backdrop as well.
We tried to capture the lighting here, which were like luminescent sea shells, but the camera caught the glow instead.
Well I've always known Dubai has beautiful hotels, but this one really took my breath away. I have quite an eye for interior decor and so does Mr. Man; he pointed this one (below) out at the Ibn Battuta Mall and I took a picture....I mean it's just a mall, and the ceiling looks this beautiful?