Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Gele Chronicles: Purple

 The 3rd look in my gele series! Purple, another one of my favorite colors! I decided to match it up with gold and silver, hence the gele and the jewelry. What do you think?'

Check out the 1st and 2nd look in this series! Which is your favorite so far? Tell me in the comments below!

Makeup and Gele: LAJA Styles




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ika Adage #3: The Sun

The sun portrays a prime example of persistence and consistency. It completes its journey from the East to the West without rest every single day for as long as God wants it with no complaints. Thinking about it, the sun has a huge responsibility. Do you know how many things depend on it for survival? Plants, humans, the solar system etc. It’s no surprise the sun has a huge responsibility in the existence of things known and unknown. Why? Because the sun is a star and “to whom much is given, much is expected” Imagine Earth without the sun? Or what if the sun stops halfway due to obstruction from the wind or it was “too tired” to rise.

Relating this to humans, you should always strive to complete the goals you set for yourselves and whatever you do, do it with consistence despite the challenges you are/will face. Or don’t you think the sun has it’s own challenges? Clouds, thunder storms, eclipses but even with these obstacles, it always makes it to the end. I don’t think the sun has any “motivation” to keep shining or even knows how much is at stake if it decides to slack. The sun doesn’t have any shoulder to cry on when it's having a bad day and vacation doesn’t exist in its dictionary. Talk about the pressure! But it still keeps doing its thing, consistently

So the next time you set a goal and are clouded with worry and/or fear of the challenges you might face, always remind yourself of the prize, the light at the end of the tunnel. Stay consistent. Stay persistent. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you’re moving AS LONG AS you’re moving. You will weather the storm and like the sun, reach your final destination. No one ever said it’d be easy but If the sun does what it does without any support, you’re in a much better place. Find what motivates you. Hold on to God. Surround yourself with positive people and things. Get going and like the sun, shine bright no matter what. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hair Talk: Waist Length Chuku Braids

You all know that braids will forever be in vogue for me. Since I've been back in Nigeria, I noticed that super long braids have become really popular but what really made me want to get mine done was after my mum did a hairstyle similar to this. I had no intention of braiding my hair just yet since I recently took out my Senegalese twists but my sister's graduation was coming up and I was just hungry for braids as usual soooo this happened. Haha!

This style is most popularly know as a "ponytail" is actually called "chuku" in Nigeria.I did Ghana weaving with a side parting.

I used two and a half packs of Xpression extensions in my natural hair color (colour two).

For maintenance, I oil my scalp with Sulphur 8 or Damatol anti dandruff hair cream and clean with methylated spirit.

Duration: I would say 6-8 weeks if done properly.

I wanted something different as opposed to the single stranded braids I always do and I wanted to give my edges some rest (not that they were suffering or anything). I'm obsessed and I will be doing this style again. This is a great summer hairstyle! I definitely recommend it!

What do you think of the waist length braids trend? Are you feeling it or nah?

Outfit post here


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Royal Blue

The 2nd look in my engagement/bridal series! Royal blue is one of my favorite colors so of course I had to a look with it :) Yay or nay?

Guesses on the next color? 

Makeup and Gele by: LAJA Styles
Jewelry and pouch by: Fulfill Jewelry



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ika Adage #2- Stones

Everything has its limits. Now, I’m not being pessimistic but while life has so much to offer, certain things will never change and too much of something (even good things) is bad. 

  • If you spill hot water on your bare skin, you will get burnt.
  • No matter how much you try to run someone down, it won't stop them from shining. 

  • If you eat too much sugary food, you will get sick. 
  • If you put in effort into a goal, you will see results even if it takes time. 
  • If you’re hungry, you need to eat.
  • Smoking will never add value to your health no matter how “refined” it becomes.
  • Night will always follow day (and vice versa)

Some things in life are the way they are and cannot be changed (except through divine intervention) no matter how hard you try. It goes for good and bad things.  A particular action will always yield the same result. That’s just life and this isn’t a pessimistic adage, it’s a realistic one.

Do you have more examples of inevitable things in life?

Let your thoughts run loose in the comments below.