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Sunday, 8 January 2017

LIFESTYLE|IT'S OK TO OPEN UP


You know, I'd like to think that most of our problems wouldn't be problems anymore if we just opened up a bit and spoke about our worries and frustrations.

I'm not pointing the finger at anyone, and I'm definitely in the club of, I don't really open up. I have always been that way, and it has been a struggle to open up, even when I feel vulnerable. Because I don't want to seem weak, useless, or a burden on people who have much more going on than myself. Now with that mentality, I often started to hurt myself emotionally. To the point, that at times I'd nearly breakdown and my family and friends would often say, now why didn't you just come to us?


NATURAL NUDE  MAKEUP LOOK  ON BLACK WOMEN


Why didn't I? Cause it was and still is hard to speak my truth at times. To be exposed and let people know that I am not ok, and I am struggling with aspects of my life. I'd feel small, defeated in a way to let anyone see the unguarded me. But do you know what I'd feel after? A relief! It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I was elated as I no longer had to deal with problems on my own.

Over the last year and a half, I'd been dealing with new changes with my life, which I'd thought I'd had a handle on. New jobs, new people, new opportunities. Buttttttt..in all honesty I'd been struggling alot to adjust to change. Especially, where I'd just started a really awesome job at an awesome company. It is still in my same field but a different industry that I'm used to and I'll tell you that it was kind of overwhelming at first, as it was a contrast to what I was used to.


H & M FLORAL MINI DRESS
H & M FLORAL MINI DRESS


I felt like a loser as this had never been me.. feeling overwhelmed. I'm the strong one. I think part of it was the pressure I'd put on myself, and partly because I didn't know what was expected of me. So I spoke to my family, friends and bosses and it made me feel better.

Although, it is overwhelming! Everything new is and needs time. You see with opening up with my fears, I didn't feel alone anymore. I don't think anyone should fear speaking up. Make sure your happy, because you matter.

Talk to people.. and if you don't have a network. Go on forums (Quora), apps (7 cups of tea), social media etc. Whatever you do, don't keep it in. No one is perfect.

H & M FLORAL MINI DRESS


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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

FASHION| GLASSES DIRECT REVIEW

Since I was the tender age of 12, I've worn glasses. I remember when I realised that my eyes were changing in Year 7 French class, where I dreaded when my teacher used the orange marker on the white board, instead of the black one. I didn't want to move from the back with my friends so I squinted as I struggled in class.

Glasses Direct
Glasses Direct



Fast forward 14 years, and I am still rocking a pair of specs! My eyes have gotten worse, but I've just learnt to roll with it. It's so much part of my life to go and pick out a pair of glasses, and  that the process can be almost painful! However, I had a relaxing experience this time when I was contacted by the guys over at Glasses Direct. I wanted a stress free time, as I'm so busy.

Let me tell you the process was easy as pie, honestly and truly.

First of  all,  I picked my four options from the site, popped my details down and it was there within a week. Next, I got to try the four options and mark down the pair I wanted. Mind you, the lenses that I got had no power and were simply sent to give me a better idea of the frames that would suit me. Kind of like what you'd do in a opticians but in the comfort of your own home. 

Glasses Direct


Finally, I sent back the glasses, with my preference ticked off on the sheet I had.I then entered my prescription, and within a week, my glasses had come to me.

I am in love with my new specs and get so, many compliments about them. Overall, the process was pretty simple, just make sure that you send the trial specs back within a week. With glasses being so overpriced these days, using Glasses Direct was a simplier and cheaper option for me, and I'd highly recommend everyone to try them out, especially if you are like me and just don't have the time to go into a traditional store. So how do I look? 
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

CHAPTER 1 OF 365....2017 I AM READY BABE!

So here we are the 1st of January 2017, we have completed another year and what did I learn? Well in the words of Ms Kylie Jenner, 2016 was honestly and truly, the year of realising things. Stupid when you first hear it, but it was.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017


In a nutshell:

January- September 2016
  • I started the year in a new social media job, in a massive company with a great team.
  • Went to the Britain's Next Top Model launch event.
  •  I was also working on my side hustle FBL Bloggers, and nearing the end of my mentoring course to give me the skills to make it into a fully fledged business.  I completed said course and I am on my way baby! With the help I had got a few more opportunities and clients for the brand. Such as a watch range, editors and an office space.
  • My blog took a bit of a back seat, as I decided to focus on myself and life. But, I was on London Live TV for Westfield, appeared in two magazines (Black Hair Magazine and Blogosphere Magazine)
  • I made new friends, connected with old friends, and had a stronger bond with family.
  • I went to a film premier for the Neon Demon.
  • Modelled for Kurt Geiger and I appeared on their website.
  • Was invited by Sunglass Hut, the official sponsor of London Fashion Week and kinda frow-ed in September. Not to mention the London Fashion week lounges!
  • Went to Notting Hill again, had an amazing August bank holiday, parties galore!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017


September- December 2016

  • Shot for Shopstyle with Kyle Galvin at the Shopstyle event
  • Launched the FBL Bloggers watch range.
  • Got another campaign for FBL Bloggers with Book Your Lifestyle
  • Worked with Boohoo again and did the Party season campaign.
  • I turned 26, and had a lit birthday with my friends.. and met Tim Westwood, who gave me a shout out on my birthday.
  • Had a goood time and quit my job and got a better role as a Social Media manager for a Travel Company.
  • Spent Christmas with the fam and my nephews.




So what did I learn? I learnt to be open.. and I learnt to put myself out there and fight for whatever I want and it will pay off..but I must be patient. I hope to use these learning and use them to strengthen me to be the person I want to be, and who I know I can be! The sky is the limit and I want all of it..and I will get it. Buttttt I need to relax and have fun too. I am young init!  Anyway how was 2016 for you? What did you learn?
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Monday, 19 December 2016

BEAUTY| CHEMICAL PEEL WITH HARLEY STREET MD

I am a big believer in taking care of yourself, whether it be physically or mentally! As I am now in my late 20s, the desire to have a great skin regime is of the utmost importance to me! Now, I am not perfect when it comes to my face, and I can tighten up with my routine. ut I have been coasting with an ok complexion, however, I know this laziness will only lead me to looking not at my best, and I aim to continue to slay when I am 46.. honestly and truly. That being said, I was recently contacted by the guys of at Harley Street MD, about trying an aesthetic treatment. As I am all about my complexion, I decided to opt for the chemical peel. Now, I had heard of chemical peels before, but had to do some research and watched my girl, Tootsie time to get an overview of what I'd be in for.
It didn't seem too bad.

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD




Chemical peels are great for skin rejuvenation, which I deeply needed! Basically, it involves the solution being introduced to the skin, removing the damaged skin and revealing new and fresh collagen-rich layer. Depending on the type of peel you go for, be it more intensive or less intensive, your downtime will differ. When I entered the surgery Dr Tan, was very helpful and friendly on explaining the types of peel I could go for. After our consultation, I opted for the Milk peel. Which was the less intensive option I could go for. The benefits were, it offered less downtime, so I would only have to be make up free for 12 hours, it offered no peeling. Caused less risk such as de-pigmentation and possible keloid scarring. The only downside is that it's mainly for rejuvenation, so if you are looking for something more intense and have more time for your skin to peel, this one is NOT for you. However, since my skin isn't "bad", I decided to play it safe.

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD


In a nutshell the Milk peel leads to:
  • Restores a radiant complexion
  • Contributes to skin turnover
  • Improves the appearance of oily skin and dilated pores
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Boosts the action of daily cosmetics

So what exactly happened:
  • My skin was be cleansed
  • My hair was safely tied back, to avoid it being a distraction in the treatment
  • My nose, lips and delicate areas will be protected by vaseline
  • The solution was applied, and I experienced a tingling, mild burning sensation
  • A fan was introduced to reduce the discomfort, and I loved Dr Tan at that time, because it was slightly uncomfortable
  • A neutralisation solution when therapy finishes
MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD
MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD

So what do I think:
After the procedure, Dr Tan gave me some aftercare advice. He told me I should avoid alcohol and make up for at last 12 hours after the procedure. My skin was radiant after a day, but as the website recommends, you should have 3-5 treatments to see a massive difference. Tp be honest, my skin wasn't bad to begin with, so I would definitely try a slightly intenser peel to get rid of my acne scars. But I was happy with the results. One thing I will mention, I saw a bit of flaking around my nose about a week later. Overall, I am happy with the results, but I think I'd need to go back for a few more treatments to see a total difference of my complexion, and perhaps a slighter intensive treatment. What about you, would you ever try a chemical peel?

MILK CHEMICAL PEEL AT HARLEY STREET MD


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