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Saturday, 12 November 2016

LIFESTYLE| IT'S OK TO TRUST THE MAGIC OF NEW BEGINNINGS


“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” 
― C. JoyBell C.



In today's it's ok series, I talk about how it is ok to trust the magic of new beginnings. For a long time, I was in a rut! I craved more and just needed a change. I have been working really hard on my personal and professional life, that I guessed I was waiting  to end the chapter of my life and move onto the next  so quickly, that I didn't appreciate what I had. I was in life limbo.. numb to the senses, numb to the lights around me!  That I was unable to pursue anything new.  I  had to stand still for a split second, breathe in and out and really appreciate my surroundings.


ASOS BOHO DRESS
ASOS BOHO DRESS

That is what I did, I took a break. I took a break from socializing, I took a break from blogging, I took a break for trying to be superwoman and accepting life as it was and trying to achieve everything in a split second. With this, I realized what I had a loving and supportive family, kick- ass friends and an amazing career and opportunities, that I have come my way. Once I realized this, a smile came upon my face and I felt at peace with this chapter of my life that I felt ready to embark on pastures new.

It's quite clear from my Twitter & Instagram, that the last 6 months have been hella busy and hella rewarding. First things first, I relaunched the FBL Bloggers site and have a group of 8 lovely editors. We've been busy at events and writing kick ass content. Not to mention, the amount of opportunities and projects I have for the network. One key one is I launched our exclusive watch line for FBL Bloggers.

h & m gold midi rings
ASOS boho dress

Personally, life has been good. I turned 26 on the 7th of November and turned up royally, the Saturday before. If you weren't there, you missed out, legit. My squad are still talking about it :P. But in all seriousness, I am excited to see how my 26th year will pan out. I am ending the chapter with my current job, and moving to head up the social media for a pretty sick Travel Company in December. It'll be a challenging role, but with all new beginnings it is both challenging and exciting. As a girl who is semi-fearless, I welcome the challenge. So just a heads up, LWIG will soon be including more travel topics and I cannot wait.

I think most importantly, I feel happier in myself. I feel genuinely happy and ready to see what life has in store. To be honest, I haven't felt this happy in the last year and a half. Now, this year has been frustrating.. however I think with my amazing support from my friends and family, coupled with my perseverance and self belief have led me to this place. For that, I am grateful. I know life will not always be rainbows and sunshine, but just knowing this and taking life as it comes will keep me going.

ASOS boho dress
blue suede ankle boots

All in all, you shouldn't be afraid to venture to something new. However, before you start a new chapter, make sure you appreciate what you have done in the last one. Appreciate everything, learn from your mistakes , champion  your successes. For God's sake, don't be hard on yourself! We are always evolving, and nobody is perfect. Even me! So how about you? Are you about to embark on something new?



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Saturday, 22 October 2016

FASHION| LYST AUTUMN WISH LIST


Goodbye Summer sixteen and all your beautiful fashion glory! Hellow Autumn sixteen with your ripped denim, leather, and velvet. I love shopping, but I also love making wish-list to my favourite items I have been coveting, and I have been wishing (and also buying a lot)! Sue me, it comes with the job and it is always good to reinvent yourself! I teamed up with my lovely friends at Lyst to show you guys my favourite items that I have been coveting this Autumn and as you can see below it is a lot! I mean can you blame me, there are a lot of amazing trends, shapes, textures that get me excited for this season, even though I am not the greatest fan of the weather.






I think I have an obsession with denim, leather and patent! One I am happy to fulfill to its full extent In the quest to look more grown up, I am trying to move away from skater style and flowy shapes, and more fitted bodycon/off the shoulder silhouettes which flatter my curves! Keeping to my feminine and edgy staple look, I just had to have something that would scream slay and also Jess is badass. All is true, all is what I feel inside and all is what is needed to be showed to the world girls! 



Ever since the older sis rocked a pair of knee high or sexy boots as I like to call them in Autumn 2010, I have wanted a pair to strut and just feel like a top model, even to my weekly trips to ASDA. I always believe that you must look good everywhere you go, you never know who you'll bump into! Anywho, I bought a pair as a birthday treat last year, but I am yet to wear them and I want these ones instead to add to the Narnia (my name for my shoe collection), which ones do you prefer?

What are  you converting this Autumn/Winter sixteen?


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I collaborated  with the team over at Lyst to produce this sponsored post .










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Saturday, 15 October 2016

FASHION| LONDON FASHION WEEK WITH SUNGLASS HUT, KURT GEIGER AND LOOKFANTASTIC

Another fashion week has passed, and we can now stop obsessing over the coveted trade show, that sends the world in a frenzy every February and September. I have been attending London Fashion Week for the last for the last  four seasons! As a fashion week veteran, I have been lucky enough to have been invited by some of my favourite brands.
LONDON FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 2016
RAY BAN CLUB MASTER SUNGLASSES FROM SUNGLASS HUT

Last year, I was invited by The Bodyshop. This year I was invited by the guys over at Sunglass Hut, who let me attend the brilliant Oliver Spencer show, with my girl Tasha. As well as gifting me some pretty nifty Ray Bans. I started the week, by attending the Kurt Geiger gifting lounge, where we got to pick one pair of shoes. Me and Kurt Geiger have had a pretty awesome year, firstly I took part in their #kgrunswild campaign and also featured on their website. I opted for the mirrored heeled boot and wore it with a casual denim outfit and my oh so popular Bomber jacket.
Tasha and I spent our first day of London Fashion Week, literally chilling in the Lookfantastic lounge. Being pampered to the max. I am talking great food, pedicures, and vibes. I actually managed to make it to one show, which was menswear brand Oliver Spencer. It felt good being relatively close! we were third-rowing (trust me this term will catch on). This was the first time a menswear brand had solely shown at Fashion Week.
KURT GEIGER NOBEL BLACK AND GOLD  BOOTS

 I was super excited as it makes a change from the shows I had been to before. As the models started to walk, the venue was filled with the roar of African drumming! That made me turn up;  respectfully of course with Tasha, as we are both of Ghanaian heritage. The atmosphere was live, the collection was strong featuring great tailoring, warm knits and an Autumn colour palette. I am talking about navy, mustardbeige's which brought the collection to life.
OLIVER SPENCER AW16
OLIVER SPENCER SHOW SEPTEMBER 2016

All in all, I enjoyed my time at London Fashion Week this season, even if it was brief. What do you think of the collection?



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Saturday, 1 October 2016

BEAUTY | #MYMELARICHESTORY COLLABORATION WITH MELARICHE

In today's post, I am working with the lovely guys from Melariche. Melariche is the newest and hottest online beauty store for women of colour. The store is the brain-child of Jackie Taiwo! Who 
I 've had the pleasure to meet (heyyyyy Jackie). Jackie realised that there was a lack of product offering for women of colour and embarked on  a mission to help us feel beautiful. The store launched on the 31st of August  and offers a diverse range of products such as from Iman Cosmetics and Maréna Beauté to 3107 skincare. Currently, you can buy the products if you are from the UK and EU.

I was sent a beauty box full of products that suited my skin tone and skin type. If you are curious, I have an oily combination skin type, and was sent love products from ZAO organic and Iman Cosmetics, which are listed below. But if you can't wait that long click here to have a look. 

As well as being given these lovely goodies from Melariche, I am going to talk about my relationship with makeup, through the #mymelarichestory campaign. My love of makeup, has always been linked to my love of art. For a long as I can remember, I was a creator.

A fire erupts in me, as I share my visions in many ways.Whether it be the brush strokes on my canvas or the  intricate scribbles in my sketch book. I just have had a knack for thinking outside the box, and being truly free with whatever I create.


NATURAL MAKE UP LOOK FOR BLACK WOMEN

As with everything, we grow and develop, then we find interests in newer things. As I grew up, and embarked into womanhood. I naturally, started to take a strong interest in make up. Something that increased when I was a late teen, which was conveniently when YouTube started.

In all honestly, and strange as it may seem now, I didn't wear a full face of make up until I was 20. I mean I'd wear bits and bobs here and there. I was a late bloomer to the whole make up thing. I was concerned with my skin and didn't want to ruin it. I also went to an all girl's high school and didn't have anyone to impress, I guess.


But, the biggest deterrent was the lack of women who looked like me in the media. I wanted to feel extra pretty,  just like the girls on the magazine's. But how could I showcase my vision? Learn which colours worked well with my dark brown eyes? When all I saw were colours that suited big blue or green eyes. Surely, there was a place for us too right?

It became the norm, that I wouldn't see anything that looked like me.  As a result, I didn't really practice as I was demotivated. I didn't want to create anything that didn't look good. It wasn't until I started getting into blogging and YouTube, that my creativity and love for make up truly blossomed. I replaced the paint brush for a foundation brush  and I loved every minute of it.

Finally, I could emulate what I saw in my head and not look foolish. All because , there were girls that looked like me. I finally knew what foundation colour was good for me, I was introduced to a plethora of brands and I pushed the boundaries  from just a winged liner and nude lipgloss, to include contour, highlight and eye shadow.



OTHER MAKE UP ITEMS
GEL EYE LINER
FALSE LASHES


After I had learnt the basics, it didn't matter what my gurus looked like, I took inspiration from everyone and had fun creating something special.
So for me, make up isn't a vanity thing. The face is a canvas, where I can well and truly create art.


What's your melariche story ?




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