DIY: Hair Bows with Ankara Fabric

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When my sister when to Nigeria she brought me a lot of nice Ankara Fabric. Since I like doing DIYs I decided to use the fabric to make some cute hair accessories. When I got the fabric I knew that I wanted to make hair bows. Plus this is a good DIY if you don’t know how to sew. If you know me I’m a sucker for accessories especially bows. Let’s get started!

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My Signature Series: My Signature Makeup Look

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I haven’t shared a post from My Signature Style Series since last year so decided this is the perfect time to share My Signature Makeup Look. Most of the time I’m a no makeup wearer, but when I do wear makeup I have three signature makeup looks.

My Signature Series: My Signature Makeup Look Story:

I was so late in the makeup game and I was not that girl who wanted to wear makeup at an early age. When I was younger I only wore makeup for my senior prom and high school graduation. Towards the end of my senior year of college I started playing around with makeup for special occasions. Nothing fancy just neutral colors that complemented my skin tone.

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When I turned 24 I decided I wanted to learn how to apply makeup. I felt that it was time because I was old enough (lol), I had a babyface and I wanted to look more put together. Plus I was tired of being mistaken for a high schooler while I was in graduate school. I pretty much nailed my signature style so learning how to apply makeup was the next thing to complete my signature look.

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While I was learning how to apply makeup I also discovered the YouTube beauty world. The first YouTubers I followed were British-Nigerian YouTubers and I thought it was so cool seeing women of color with similar skin tones apply makeup.

My YouTube Beauty School Teachers:

BeautybyJJ aka Jennie Jenkins:

The first beauty YouTuber I watched was BeautyByJJ. Jennie is the queen of glamour and her makeup is beyond amazing! The first video I watched was her how to flexi-rod your hair video. She helped me slay my hair and makeup back then. It was nice seeing a woman with a similar skin tone apply makeup. Plus Jennie pulled me into the wonderful world of lipstick.

Patricia Bright aka BritPopPrincess:

Shortly after I came across BritPopPrincess. One of the reasons I subscribed to her was her personality and she wasn’t afraid to be herself. I really like how she has evolved over the years and her signature makeup look is similar to mine. Plus I like how she likes to play around with ombre lips.

Jackie Ania aka LilPumpkin05:

Around the same time I discovered LilPumpkinPie05. She is the go-to makeup artist if you want to learn makeup techniques. I feel like she is my personal makeup consultant. Plus she has amazing long eyelashes and she taught me how to fill in my eyebrows so they can look natural.

Shirley B. Eniang: 

In the midst of learning how to apply makeup and explore my style I came across Shirley’s blog (when it was know as Meek-n-Mild). I’m a fan of her natural makeup tutorials and she was one of YouTubers that taught me how to apply my winged eyeliner perfectly. Winged eyeliner has been one of my staples in my signature makeup look next to adding a shimmery golden eyeshadow in my inner tear ducts (especially for eyeglass wearers like myself).

All of these lovely ladies helped me create my signature makeup look. Who says girls with glasses can’t wear makeup? Ha!😉

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Makeup and M.E.:

Before purchasing my first ‘big girl’ palette – the Urban Decay Naked palette; my go-to makeup was the LA Colors Palette with the five neutral colors. My philosophy was I want to practice with cheaper makeup before I buy expensive makeup. As far as learning how to apply face makeup I played around with foundations and concealers for a bit. Then I quickly realized that I’m an in-between shade, never get matched correctly and have super sensitive skin. So I decided to take care of my skin first.

Once I got comfortable I upgraded from a neutral lip gloss to lipstick. I didn’t get into wearing bold lipsticks until my last year of graduate school and I never looked back.

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My Winter Reading List III + TV Movie/Live Musicals on TV List:

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Even though winter is officially over we have experienced some winter-like temperatures in the midst of spring. This past winter has been a quite interesting one: I took a digital detox turned blogging hiatus and the weather was crazy. From the first day of winter to Christmas Day and even New Years Eve this winter has been unseasonably warm until the first snow storm. This huge snowstorm Nor’easter named Jonas gave us over 2 feet of snow. I’m so over blizzards, snowstorms and the polar vortex! I’m so happy slowly but surely we are getting real spring weather!

Despite the blizzard it led to one good thing: making creative dinners with my family. My sister is vegan and we played around with some cool vegan recipes. I’m not vegan, but I like to eat vegan a couple of times a week just to switch it up a bit and try something new.  Also I got to read a bit and really let my mind rest. My favorite tea this past winter was hibiscus tea.

Although winter is officially over who knows when it will really feel like spring. Here’s to more warm and spring-like days! Happy Spring!

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Relax, Relate, Release

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Dear Twenty Something Series: Relax, Relate, Release

Before I get started let me say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Easter and Happy Women’s History Month! I’m so excited to get back into blogging. I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in months and this is my first blog post of 2016. For the past few months what started as a digital detox turned into a blogging hiatus. I’m so glad I decided to take this time off because I truly needed it and now I am ready to get back into blogging. Thank you for sticking with me and I hope you are excited to see what’s to come.

Whenever I need to take a step back I remember A Different World’s Relax, Relate, Release episode with Debbie Allen. This episode is so funny and these three R words are so true if you want to take a step back in your life. If you don’t know what I’m talking stop right now and go to Netflix and check out A Different World. You won’t be disappointed. Side note: I thought college would be like this television show…and it was not. lol But I have to say college was one of the best times of my life!

If you are anything like me I tend to have so many projects going on. If you see my Google Calendar, Moleskin Planner and To-Do List you will say, “Slow down!”. What can I say I have a lot of things going on in my life. I can’t help myself if I’m a mini workaholic and mini-perfectionist or shall I say recovering. I’m working on it and making progress!:-) Getting things done is great, but if you are overworked it is not good. Plus it’s not good for your stress levels.

So Why Relax, Relate, Release?:

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10+ Gift Guide for Every Woman in Your Life II:

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cue music. Since I didn’t share a gift guide last year I wanted to make sure I did one this time around. These are gifts that I would like to receive myself and that I would give to the women in my life. Shout out to my mother, sisters, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.:-) I love them all!:-)

10 + Gift Guide for Every Woman in Your Life II:

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1. DIY Jewelry or Accessories: I’m big on accessories. Whether you DIY or buy accessories look for accessories that make a statement. Since it’s getting cold I’ve been playing around with more scarves and headwraps. Both are stylish and functional to protect my natural curly hair. Awesome gift for any woman.

2. Cambridge Satchel: When I think of a Cambridge Satchel I think of my dreams of living in the UK as a researcher one day. This satchel is perfect for school, work or everyday. I like the classic brown or oxblood/navy color. Plus you get free embossing. Nice gift for the stylish professional woman.

3. Lush Wrapped Gift: Lush is a girl’s dream beauty store next to Sephora. It smells so amazing and everything is so pretty. I went there a few weeks ago and spotted these pretty wrapped gift sets. There are so many to pick from. I like that their products are natural, sustainable and that they have vegan options. This is a great gift for the vegan woman in your life.

4. Limited Edition Autographed Book: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (in-store only- Barnes and Noble): If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of Mindy Kaling. Her personality, her style (on and off-screen), The Mindy Project and her writing. I read her first book and I liked it a lot, but her second book is even better! I’m looking forward to her next book. Finish the gift with cute DIY teacup bookmarks or DIY tassel bookmarks. The reader and woman in your life that has wit and humor will like it. Continue reading

My Signature Series: My Signature Style and Style Inspirations

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In an earlier post I introduced my signature style series with my signature hairstyle: two strand twist out. Now I want to share how I developed my signature style. It was a long, but fun process. When did you develop your style?

Developing My Signature Style Over the Years:

Back in the Day:

Since I wore uniforms from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade I didn’t really think about my style. My first ever signature style piece were my eyeglasses! When I was six I got my first pair of glasses (like Lavender from the movie, Matilda). I hated them. Looking back it makes me laugh because I absolutely love wearing glasses!😉

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Photo Credit: Tristar Pictures via Madamenoire.com

Going into My Early Twenties:
When you wear a uniform it’s hard to figure out what your style, especially at a young age. So when I went to college I had no style. I didn’t start developing my style until my senior year. In the process of lacking a sense of style, I gained style and confidence that was right for M.E. I learned a few key things to look for: unique pieces, feminine pieces, looking put together, fun accessories and simple hairstyles (straight with a side bang was my signature hairstyle).

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Approaching My Mid Twenties:
By the time I entered my first year of graduate school I pretty much nailed my signature style and I decided to teach myself how to do simple makeup (next signature style post) since I have a babyface.  And I discovered the YouTube beauty world.:-)

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DIY Pumpkin Hydrating Mask for Skin & Hair

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Today is the last day of October and you know what that means: pumpkins everywhere! Whether you use your pumpkins to carve, making pie or decorate your house for Halloween save one little pumpkin for yourself.:-) After all of those Halloween parties, trick or treating and fall festivities why not treat your skin to a DIY pumpkin beauty treatment.

If you have followed my blog for some time you know DIYs are one of my favorite things to do besides reading.

So Why are Pumpkins Great for DIY Beauty Treatments?:

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Pumpkins are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, anti-inflammatory, have vitamin A, beta carotene, and zinc which are food that help your body, hair and skin.

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My Fall Reading List II + Bonus TV List

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Now that we are about a month or so into fall I think it’s time to share my fall reading list. This is my second round of fall reading list. Woo hoo! I’m excited about this reading list because it’s filled with some good reads that are perfect to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon while sipping tea. My tea of choice at the moment is African Autumn. Mmm…What tea are you drinking?

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A Bit of Inspiration III: BronzeGoddess01

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Today I want to talk to you about another inspirational woman, BronzeGoddess01. She is a Christian Life Coach, YouTuber, motivational speaker, an advocate for empowering women and published her first book, The Dating Game: How to Find Yourself While Looking for Mr. Right. This book shares tips for women about dating, self-confidence and knowing their self-worth.

If you want to see a peek about what her book is about check out this video.

I have been subscribed to Bronzegoddess01 YouTube channel for years because of the variety and quality of her content. She does beauty/fashion videos, but my absolute favorite videos are her inspirational/motivational and strawberry letter videos. Both my mother and I enjoy watching her inspirational/motivational videos together. I always know I can count on her videos to be uplifting, genuine and have a Christian perspective. She is one of a kind and I can tell that God gave her the talent to help and inspire people, especially women.

Another reason I like watching the Bronzegoddess01 is the passion she has and her spirit. When you watch her motivational/inspirational and strawberry letters you feel her energy and know that the advice is coming straight from the heart. She does not sugar coat her advice and lets her subscribers know that God hears our prayers. She looks at her subscribers as fellow sisters and brothers and I’m glad that she shares her gift with us.

There are not many people like her and I appreciate her using her YouTube platform to fulfill her passions, career and mostly importantly live for God. “When we make plans, God laughs”. We never know what God has for us. This is why it is important to have faith, thank God and pray for guidance. We can dream so big, but God dreams bigger. God wants us to live for Him and do His work. Everything else will fall into place in His time!

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My Signature Series Introduction: My Signature Hairstyle – Two Strand Twist Out

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My Signature Series Introduction: My Signature Hairstyle: Two Strand Twist Out:

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Last year when I celebrated my first blogiversary I started my Dear Twenty Something Series. So this year for my second blogiversary I started a new series called My Signature Series where I will share my signature hairstyle, style, makeup and how to develop your own signature looks. It took a long time for me to develop my signature look and I want to help you develop yours.:-)

A few months ago I shared a post called, Confidence Starts at an Early Age: My Natural Curly Hair Story and I talked a bit about my hair journey. After finding a hair routine that works for me I was eager to find a signature hairstyle for my natural curly hair. I always had a signature hairstyle. When I had relaxed hair my signature style was straight with a side swoop bang. On special occasions I curled my hair with a curling wand.

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Now that I wear my hair in its natural state my signature style are two strand twist outs. For about a year and a half I wore mini twists and then stared doing twist outs. Here I have mini twists curled with flexi rods. This style never lets me down.

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