Showing posts with label Diva Central. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diva Central. Show all posts

Friday, 7 August 2015

I got featured: Mane Matters on African Naturalistas

So I got featured on the African Naturalistas site recently! Elizabeth of contacted me abut the feature on "Mane Matters"- a naturalista feature section on the site.

Check out the link here and get to know a bit more about me!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hair Crush Feature: Bunmi

Bunmi's current hair length
I have another relaxed hair crush to feature today. It's been about a year since I featured a diva with healthy and feature-worthy relaxed hair-it's just so difficult to find them! So when Bunmi kindly and promptly sent in her answers and pictures I was elated. Hair is hair; whether it's natural, texlaxed or relaxed, and if it is healthy and lengthy, then it's feature-worthy. Hope you learn a thing or two from Bunmi: :)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hi! I am an assistant buyer at a fashion company and a lifestyle blogger.
Are you fully relaxed or texlaxed? How long do you stretch your relaxers for?
I am fully relaxed. Considered going natural but not brave enough to cut my hair. I stretch my relaxer for 4 months.

What is your current hair length?
My current hair length is bra strap length and I am determined to get to waist length.
 What’s your regimen and staple hair products (including relaxers)?

My regime:
1) Wash my hair twice a week with sulfate free shampoo (Argan Oil Shampoo) and co wash weekly with Aussie conditioner.

2) Deep condition with protein and moisture conditioners every 2 weeks. This gives my hair a nice balance. But I deep condition with protein only a week before relaxer day. Products are Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner and Aussie conditioner

3) Stretching out my relaxer.I have decided to relax my hair 3 times a year now. This was one of my drastic changes. Before I knew better, I relaxed my hair every 2 months. Only relaxer I use is Olive Oil.

4) Less heat. On wash and co washing days, I air dry my hair. Hair feels so soft and full afterwards, love it! I use hair dryers with a low heat setting once a month.
Protective styling: Box braids
5) No more weaves. I found that with weaves I constantly straightened my leave out which was destroying my front hair and hair line. Hair under the weave was not getting the TLC it required. Strictly wigs now.
I love braids. With my braids I can wash, co wash and moisturize easily. My hair growth is great when I have braids in.

6) Moisturize and seal daily & nightly. I use both moisture and protein leave-ins (Tropical Isle Living and Olive Oil Moisturizer) & oils mixture- olive oil, castor, tea tree, rosemary & coconut oil. Shea butter and aloe vera gel from the actual plant are great as well.
Protective styling: Wig
Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Moisturize, Moisturize, MOISTURIZE! I can not say this enough. Also know what works for you and stick to it!

How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
To work I let my hair breathe so usually have it styled in a bun. To occasions, I wear my wig

Do you have any foreign ancestry in your family?
None that I am aware of

Where can one find and follow u on the web?
I blog at

So for those of you who have issues with keeping your relaxed hair long, you can steal some tips from Bunmi! Apparently, protective styling is one of her main secrets as well as moisturizing. Sounds very much like what is mostly recommended by naturalistas for maintaining natural hair. I guess African hair is fragile as they say, and requires not only constant but the right kind of attention to keep it healthy and lengthy.


Do you know anyone with relaxed and healthy hair? Let me know if they would love to be featured!

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.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Style Crush Feature: Lisa Wynter

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:


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?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Foodie Crush: Sharon Pearl


Today's feature post is very different and exciting- I haven't ever featured a Foodie Crush on the blog after all, and this chick is so inspiring! I found her on Instagram and have been hooked on her account ever since.
It's really just the combo of her great food shots, the variety of ingredients she uses, and most importantly the healthy-eating factor. Yeah Sharon is a serious member of the fitfam community, and if you are looking for more exciting ways to whip up healthy dishes then you want to check out her Instagram account.

Anyway I decided to feature her right here and also showcase a few of her recipes. Enjoy!

Please introduce yourself? What do you do?
"My name is Sharon Pearl and I am self employed".

What inspires you to create these dishes?
"Well for me the inspiration comes from everything, the food I eat, colours, food shows, my imagination and of course my inquisitive nature. I can think of a particular food and try to recreate new foods from it.. Am not one to really follow rules. (Laughs)"
 Plantain salad
Ingredients: Salad veggies of your choice e.g lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumber etc,
Method: Throw in some fried plantain, boiled eggs and even avocado and add your favourite salad dressing.

How do you manage to mix up healthy eating with tasty dishes?
"I like to think that Healthy Eating is quite simple for instance, vegetable soup is very nutritious however , I think what matters is the method of preparing. the veggies are often over cooked and loose a large amount of nutrients in the process. Healthy Eating is about what to combine to get the best nutrition."
 Stirfry vegetables with chicken wings
Ingredients: Carrots, tomatoes, green beans and/or asparagus and/or spring onions, peppers etc. and chicken wings
Method: Chop and team vegetables and set aside. Add veggies to a pan of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season as desired, add the boiled and seasoned chicken wings and serve.

What advice do you have for those in say, Naija who find it difficult to buy certain foods and ingredients?
"I think it all depends on the individual, their amount of income (If they are on a tight budget or have enough to spend) and their willingness to try out new foods. I have heard you can buy things like asparagus and broccoli in Shop Rite, Park n Shops, Fig store in Lekki and similar shops.  Lagos is so cosmopolitan that I think sourcing for healthy options or ingredients are not that hard. One just has to look in the right places."
 Green smoothie
Ingredients: Coconut water, spinach, 2 mangoes, 1 avocado, half a lemon
Method: Blend them all up and chill if preferred.

When you are not cooking, what do you do as a hobby?
 "Besides cooking, I love reading, travelling exploring new things, culture and people.  For me it is the most exciting form of self development. I am a very curious person,  I always want to learn and know more things about various topics".
 Plantain pancakes (topped in fried egg whites)
Ingredients: 2 ripe plantains, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 eggs, 1 cup pf oats, 1/4 flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 3 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Method: Peel plantains, chop into cubes, put all above ingredients into a blender. If it's too thick, add some water. Cook in drops of oil  of your choice. Garnish and enjoy.

What advice do you have for those who want to begin eating healthy but have no idea where to start?
 "The first thing I will say is READ HEALTH RELATED BOOKS... I think back in Nigeria we love food so much and don't seem to know about the consumption of the right foods. Back in Nigeria, the education system does not really offer much except you are in the science field ( biology, dietetics and the rest). The whole concept of healthy eating is relatively new in Nigeria so I can understand why it might be hard for some people. A lot of the Information I know is accumulated knowledge over the years. 

After reading, try out new foods especially the ones with good nutritional value. Explore with food. There is no restriction with food".
 Yam porridge with mushroom sauce topped with chives
Method: Make yam porridge as normal. For the mushroom sauce, cut onions, ginger, garlic and mushrooms and set aside. Saute the onions, then add the ingredients and cook. Mix with yam porridge or serve seperately and top with chives.

"Follow people who have the knowledge and share recipes, try them out. put your own modifications to your liking. 

Be consistent, healthy eating is just the start of rediscovering a whole new life.. you will be begin to look, feel different as you continue to improve".
 Stirfry Beans
Ingredients: Beans, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, , 2 tablespoons of palm oil, vegetables of your choice, shredded turkey.
Method: Boil beans, make stirfry, using ingredients except for palm oil. (Fry them all up). Add beans and all palm oil, then season.

Home made protein bars
Ingredients: 2 cups of oatmeal flour, 1 cup of protein powder, 1 cup of peanuts, 1 cup of pumpkin seeds, a handful of raisins, 1/2 a cup of honey, 1/2 a cup of coconut oil (you can add more sweetening ingredients).
Method: Mix up all the ingredients and then transfer into your preferred mould, store overnight in the fridge. Cut to desired shape.

I actually selected these recipes out of her large inventory of yummy recipes because I wanted you to see recipes for breakfast, lunch/dinner, a smoothie, her protein bars, and I also tried to choose recipes with ingredients that are readily available and/or affordable here in Nigeria. I really think eating healthy takes a lot of work and determination, but we can definitely make efforts to make our meals tasty and exciting in addition to being healthy.

So what do you think? Which recipe would you like to try?

For more exciting and healthy recipes, visit Sharon's Instagram page: @naturaljunkie

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Style Crush Feature: Leslie Anne Ikpe

And welcome to the month of March! Today I am featuring my first feature for 2015 and it's Leslie Anne Ikpe, a lovely lady whose style I totally adore! You may have noticed her former fashion blog is one of my favourites as it is even in my "Blogs I Heart" widget on the blog! I love her creativity, her talent, fashion sense and her passion for justice and I'd better stop now and allow you guys enjoy the feature!

-Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
Hey! I’m Leslie Anne Ikpe. I’m an artist, activist, and former fashion blogger. 
-Tell us a bit about your blog and why you started blogging. 
I started my blog The Pretty Mustache about 3 years ago, because I’ve always been passionate about the art of style and fashion. It was a place to showcase my personal style and other interesting fashion news. I decided recently to stop fashion blogging and instead use my Instagram to post OOTD’s. After Mike Brown was killed, I decided to devote more of my time to promoting social justice and developing my art. 
 -What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
A black faux-leather moto jacket from H&M, big chunky scarf, hoop earrings, Indian-inspired septum ring, bold lipstick.
 -Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style. 
First of all, only wear things that are flattering to your body type. Figure out what looks good on you and get different versions of that. Also, not everything that is trendy deserves your attention. Pick trendy items wisely. Focus more on timeless items and get trendy things here and there. Get things that make you happy, and wear your clothes with confidence. 
-What advice do you have for low-budget fashion lovers?
Shop at thrift stores. Not only will you find all types of brands at really low prices, but you’re able to choose items from different decades and get really unique pieces.
-What are your top 3 fave fashion stores or brands? 
Marshalls, H&M, Forever 21 (and thrift stores)
-What else would you like us to know about you?
I’m a visual artist. I paint using acrylics and make pencil-drawn portraits. I have art for sale on my Etsy shop:

-Where can one find or follow you on the web?
 Instagram & Twitter: @myleslieanne
 To check out my former blog:
I love how she uses statement jewelry to subtly jazz up her style, how she mixes prints so beautifully and how she rocks vintage pieces with so much confidence.
Also her statement that "Not everything that is trendy deserves your attention" and "Get things that make you happy, and wear your clothes with confidence" is SO TRUE!

Which of the outfits shown is your favourite?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Style Crush Feature: Cassandra Ikegbune

Eclectic. Casual chic. Creative. Androgynous. Eye-catching. Those are words that come to my head when I think of Cassandra's style. I actually do have a number of her pictures in my style lookbook on my computer and I should have featured her a long time ago!
Here's why I love her style:

She is not afraid to go all black and make it work...
She dares to rock floral sneakers with a skirt and she also wears brogues-something I do not see a lot in this part of the world...
She embraces and rocks our African print SO beautifully and elegantly...

 Even adding a fedora to spice things up...
She can colour-block and incorporate layers all in one outfit...
 She takes the formal look to the next level with a vintage shirt and bag, trouser shorts and pumps.
 She would wear brogues with a fitted skirt and wear a bow tie to accessorize...
She always kills the androgynous look by layering a sleeveless jacket over a loose sheer shirt and a bowtie...
 She sometimes softens the masculine lines of the look with a flowery jacket and fitted, bright pants...
 Or with shorts and sneakers...
She mixes prints and you don't even realize it...
Working with stripes, dimensions and colour...
 She dares to rock vintage pieces like a floral jacket...
 And dons a turban or head scarf whenever she wants, adding a cute twist to her look.
Need I say more? I have a woman crush on Cassandra haha! Wanna know more about her? Of course you do :-)

Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Cassandra Ikegbune and I'm a Medical student, fashion and lifestyle blogger and a model.

Tell us a bit about your blog
I blog at, which at first glance might look like just a fashion and lifestyle blog but its a bit more than that. I share more than my outfits and fashion views. I share bits and pieces of my life and lessons I've learnt on this life journey. I have a soft spot for those still in the process of figuring life and love out and dealing with the many issues that come with it so i try to write and share inspiring pieces. I also share some of my medical school and modelling journey on my blog.
What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
Hats - Especially the fedora and wide brimmed hat. I also love other quirky hats like the fez hat
Scarves- because I love my turban and head wraps so much.
And Bowties

 Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style
Firstly, I'll say don't just go with what is on trend.
Invest in a hat, really it adds a little spice to your outfit any day, anytime and its also good for dressing up on lazy days.

What advice do you have for fashion lovers who are on a tight budget but still want to look stylish?
Re-rock! You have to master the act of re-rocking with style. You don't have to keep stocking up your wardrobe with new things when you can wear one thing in multiple unique ways.

Where can one find or follow you on the web?
Website :
Twitter : @cassie_daves
Instagram : @cassiedaves
Facebook :

 So what do you think of Cassandra's style?