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28 May 2014

New Hair #LAM

Recently I got my hair cut, not just a measly little trim mind, like a proper, full on cut. When I went to the salon I knew I wouldn't be walking back out with same head of hair, but I think I underestimated how much would actually be coming off. You can't see how long my hair is in this pic, because the ends are quite curly, but it was about 12 inches long, and some bits were 13-14 inches.

Before
I was quite sad to see my locks come off but I've been reminding myself that hair grows, and healthy hair grows fastest. It was hanging unto all my dead hair that got me here in the first place. Before I got my hair cut, the ends of my hair were so dry that neither oil or cream made any difference. I'm super in love with my new fringe, it's giving me so much life.
After my hair cut
Freshly Relaxed and Straightened

What will your summer hairstyle be? What are your hair care tips for the ends? Do you prefer me with short/long hair?


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26 May 2014

Afro Hair and Beauty Live Show 2014

Today I went to the #AfroHairAndBeauty Show. I first found out about the event about 2 or 3 years ago and have wanted to go for some time, so was super excited to finally get the chance to make this a reality.
I went with Nikki from Ruby Sapphire. We decided to stop off at Chilango, which is a Mexican restaurant to grab a spot of lunch. I had a grilled chicken burrito filled with rice, salad cream, salad and medium hot sauce. Nikki's one had beans in it too and is pictured below. The meal was very tasty and filling- and with lemonade only came to £7.29, so I'll deffo be returning.
Nikki's Burrito
 I'm sure you guys would love to see my bargainlicious purchases, so here goes:

I picked up Black Beauty and Hair magazine for £1 (it's usually £2.99)
Mary Kay Foundation (Bronze 1) - £16.00
Mary Fay Powder- £10.50
Afro Hair and Beauty Live Show Haul
Dr Miracle's Hair Products
These were on a promotional deal, so I got all 4 for a tenner.

Herbal Tonic- £4.99
Gro Oil- £3.66

I really love henna, so popped over to Eastern Beauty to get Henna done on my hand for a fiver. #Bargainista
I got my lashes done by Lexi Beauty for £8. They were individual lashes so I think that's quite a good price to pay. Sorry I don't have before and after pics, it was literally a spur of the moment thing, so I didn't have any time to take my 'before' pic.

Before I go I'd just like to say a thank you to all my followers new and old. I recently just reached 150 followers on both Bloglovin' and GFC. Thanks for all the support guys, it really means a lot ;)
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23 May 2014

Relaxed Hair Vs. Natural Hair? #BlackFriday

We live in a world where looks are important, people are constantly judged by others, and first impressions last longest- but where do we draw the line? When asked what people look for in partners, most people say a combination of the two factors: personality and physical attractiveness play important roles.  For some people, hair is part of that choice. I’ve heard some people say they prefer blondes to brunettes and vice versa, but how about hair textures, should that be a contributing factor too? Is “nappy” or kinky hair a turn-on or a turn-off?
Recently in the black hair community, there has been a big wave of women moving from chemically treated hair to hair that’s natural. This has created a division in the community, as some people believe that by embracing their natural hair they are more “black” than their fellow black sisters who choose to chemically straighten their hair or wear weaves. I took to the streets of London to find out what you ladies think about your manes.

Today's panel consists of 4 members Demi, Kunmi-Paris, Nicole and Eugenie. 

Eugenie, Student

Q) Who made the decision for your hair to be relaxed?

Nicole) The first time my hair was relaxed I was about six or seven. My big sister decided to relax my hair because my hair was very thick and no one was able to manage it. The second time I relaxed my hair, I was about 15/16 and it was my own choice. 

Eugenie) I first relaxed my hair when I was about 7 or 8 years old, which was my mother's decision. When my hair started to fall out; I went completely natural. I then relaxed it again, when I was about 13/14 years old, which was my decision.

Q) Some guys have said they would never date a girl with relaxed hair- what is your opinion on this?

N) I find this hilarious! The condition of a woman’s hair shouldn’t determine their adequacy as a partner. I suppose people do have their preferences but this doesn't affect me in the slightest.
E)  Wow really? What if a girl was beautiful, smart, successful with an amazing personality? So because she has relaxed hair they're not gonna date her...

Q) Can relaxed hair be healthy?
N) So many people say there’s no way relaxed hair can be healthy due to the chemicals, I suppose to an extent this is true. However if you’ve taken the steps to care for your hair through frequent treatments, trims and the right products then I wouldn’t class the hair as unhealthy. If it looks healthy, feels healthy and isn’t breaking out then what more do you need? 

E) Yes it can. But I think only to a certain extent because the hair is being chemically processed which can be harmful to the scalp (even though the relaxer shouldn't touch it) and this can be very dangerous. However, with the right aftercare it can definitely be healthy.


Q) Do you think relaxed hair is considered more socially acceptable than other hair states?

N) Personally I don't think relaxed hair is considered to be more socially acceptable than other hair states. 

E)  I  don't think so. I've seen a lot of women with beautiful natural hair and other types of hair who are successful. Just because a woman has relaxed hair doesn't mean they will get further than another woman who doesn't.
Nicole, Student

Kunmi-Paris, Corporate Receptionist
Q: How has your hair been received by loved ones and/or career-wise?
Kunmi-Paris: My mum hates it because I had such lovely long mid-back length hair, and she watched it get progressively shorter since college: bob, crop, pixie, nada. My family generally like it, although they can’t hide their shock every time I shave it anew. My colleagues surprised me the most. I told them I was going to shave my hair off and immediately started tripping over myself to reassure them that I had bought a wig and wouldn’t be bringing the company (a law firm) into disrepute. On the day I had it done, I sent one of my colleagues a picture and she showed it to the CEO who told her to let me know that the wig would be unnecessary as he thought I looked better!
Demi: Going to interviews within the fashion industry with a grown out afro is what scared me the most. Image is everything, you are analysed and judged in less than 5 seconds the moment you step into a room. 
 
Q) What made you want to transition?
D) There are many reasons. I’d spend hours trying to get my hair bone straight so I could mimic the “wind in the hair” movement you’d see from women in the L’Oreal hair commercials. Having a partner of European descent made me realise the faults within my perception of self-beauty. Why am I, as a black woman, chemically straightening my hair permanently to copy the texture of those from another race? Lastly, my younger sister has beautiful bouncy kinky natural hair. From the age of 7 she kept going on about how badly she wanted her hair to be like mine (straight). She’d talk about the other girls in her school who had relaxed their hair and how she hates her own. It suddenly dawned on me, how could I teach her to love herself when secretly I couldn’t accept the hair genetics I’d been blessed with? 

Q) Some people with relaxed hair don't want to exercise as they fear they'll sweat out their relaxer- what's your opinion on this?

K) I was so reluctant to join that bandwagon. I used to be such a gym bunny, but my hair was a state. I was working out four times a week, and I couldn’t wash my hair every time, so… pretty hair won. I’ve recently started exercising again :) 

Q) Would you consider relaxing your hair again?
K) I just want to keep it shaved for now. The first time I stepped under the shower, I was so emotional. Imagine, something as simple as water on your scalp, the feeling was indescribable. I’m not yet on a natural hair journey.
D) Never! No. I love my hair now more than I ever did. I enjoy it and love the fact that it symbolises who I am.

Final Words:

D) My hair is my crown; it’s an outward expression of me. It’s an accessory, a statement piece that changes as I do. Hair grows, have fun with it.

E) My hair is a part of me and who I am. I relax my hair because that's what I prefer, not because I hate my natural hair. I love my natural hair. I have experienced both natural and relaxed hair types, and know how to take care of both hair types, why not have the choice?

K) My hair never meant much to me, which is why I went from mid-back to jaw bob a day before my mother’s wedding. Societal and cultural beliefs about what a woman’s hair (and the rest) should be like never influenced me, I have always been the judge, jury and executioner about what would make me look and feel good. I was beautiful with hair, and I’m beautiful without it.

N) I love my hair, but my hair is not me. I’m so impulsive when it comes to my hair I change it all the time thus I don't feel as though I should be defined by it whether its permed, blonde, natural, long, short etc. 

Demi, Student & Footwear Designer

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What are your opinions on the questions raised? Should hair type be a contributing factor to one's perceived beauty? How do you feel your hair is received by society? All opinions are welcome. Do let me know what you think in the comments section below :)

If you'd like to know more about our panel then check out their networks:

Eugenie can be found on Blogger, Twitter and Tumblr
Kunmi-Paris can be found on Tumblr and Twitter


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19 May 2014

#QOTW: Shouldacouldawoulda?

Sometimes in life we stress ourselves out by thinking about all the things that could have been whether that's failed relationships, lost friends, missed job offers etc. In order to move on properly you must forget and truly let go.

DON'T STRESS THE COULD HAVES,
IF IT SHOULD HAVE,
IT WOULD HAVE!

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17 May 2014

#SaturdayStylin' :How To Recycle Old Clothes #OOTN

Previously, it was Priscilla's 20th birthday, and having been to a few birthdays I found I'd exhausted a few of my usual go-to outfits, so didn't know what to wear, and after surfing the internet, and finding nothing, I decided to have a browse through my Inspiration folder. My inspiration folder is located on the desktop of my laptop and contains pictures of outfits that inspire me or are on my wishlist as mustbuys!
Whilst flicking through my 'Inspiration' folder, I came across this Black Matalan Peplum dress (£30) from the Abbey Clancy collection, which I've had my eye on for a while.

Copyright: Matalan
 I was umming and ahhing as to whether or not I should make the purchase, when I remembered that I had a plain black peplum skirt, which I bought (for £12 in a sale) from River Island ages ago and a long sleeve black long sleeved t-shirt from Primark, which I had bought an eternity ago, for about £4.
 Pairing my peplum skirt and long sleeved t-shirt, I was able to get the same look for essentially next to nothing. Moral of the story: Before you think of handing away your dosh, see if you've got some old clothes in your closet, than can be recycled and made into new outfits. As my mother always says: "Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves."



Black Long Sleeved Top- £2.50-£4, Primark (I can't actually remember)
Black Pleather Peplum Skirt- £12, River Island (reduced from £20) (Alternative)
Black Cross Strap Chunky Platform Shoes- £25.19,  New Look (RRP £27.99)
Gold Hoop Earrings, £1.99, New Look (Alternative)
Gold Leaf Bracelet- £10, River Island
Gold Double Spiked Ring- £3, H & M (Alternative)
Gold Almond Ring, £3.99, New Look

Have any of you recycled old clothes before, if so how did it go? If I've inspired you to recycle old clothes into a new outfit, please do let me know via the comments section below :)

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16 May 2014

Happy Birthday Janet Jackson #BlackFriday

Today's #BlackFriday post is in honour of the legendary music icon Janet Jackson. Janet turned 48 today. Can you believe it? I certainly can't. She is deffo one hot lady, who doesn't look one bit like her age.

Copyright: www.wikipedia.com
What's your favourite Janet Jackson song?

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway yet? There's only one week left.

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14 May 2014

#BOTM :Listening to Lucca

 It's been a while since I've done a post about books. Previously I was interning at Live Magazine, and the experience was amazing. Interning at Live Magazine is a book lover/hoarder's dream as they have a mini-library, filled with books which you're welcome to borrow (and sometimes keep). As a major book fan, you can rest assured that I am making full use of this policy, ha!

I came across 'Listening for Lucca' whilst on my lunch break, and haven't been able to put it down since. This story is told in a series of flashback from the point of view of Sienna who is the main character and WWII survivors. Sienna's 2 year old brother Lucca is another main character, who doesn't say much in the book, as he stopped talking at the age of 2.5 for no apparent reason. When the family relocates from Brooklyn to Maine, Sienna can't shake the feeling that houses is eerily familiar. Sienna has a sixth-sense ability, and when she starts having revelations and insights about the house and its former occupants, she realises their life story seems to that echo her own, and that's when this story becomes even more interesting!



 I won't say anymore than that as I hate reading book reviews that give the whole story away. This book is a definite page turner, and whilst I'm not usually into mysteries, I loved every minute of reading this one.

Have any of you read this book, or any other books from Suzanne LaFleur- if so what are your thoughts? If not, what are you guys currently reading at the moment? Have any of you get a Summer Must Read List, that you'd like to share- if so, let me know in the comments section below??

FYI I'd give this book a 4/5.

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12 May 2014

#QOTW: Aspirations and Inspirations

Recently I've been thinking about life and purpose. Finding your purpose or "calling" is one of those things that we all think about at some point in our lives. In order to achieve true fulfillment, I think it is necessary to work out what you've been called to do (career wise) and the assignments that you've been given by God, which will help him to build his kingdom.  

 I've been thinking about this a lot and feel this quote was laid on my heart by God:

"I aspire to inspire,
before I expire!"

This month try and make your aspirations a REALITY!

What's your favourite #QOTW?
What are your life goals? (Short term, long term, career wise etc.)

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway?

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10 May 2014

#ELAF- Magazine Freebies June 2014

Hello my lovelies,
It's been a while since I've done an #ELAF (Everyone Loves A Freebie) post. Below you'll find the magazine freebies and deals for June 2014 :)

Marie Claire Magazine £2.50 (usually £3.90)
Cover Star: Elizabeth Olsen
Freebie/(s): Aromatherapy Associates Rose skincare set (which includes 15ml Face Mask, 10ml Renewing Cleanser and 5ml Triple Renewing Moisturiser)
Worth £12*

Elle Magazine £4
Cover Star: Amanda Seyfried
Freebie/(s): Benefit Porefessional Primer
Worth £8*

Cosmopolitan Magazine £3.70
Cover Star: Caroline Flack
Freebie/(s):  Nip & Fab Dry Leg Fix
Worth £10.25 (based on full size equivalent)*

 
In Style Magazine £4 (£2.50 at Tesco)
Cover Star: Nicole Kidman
Freebie/(s): Nails Inc Nail Polish 10 ml
Available in Copacabana (Coral), Sao Paulo Streets (Grey) and Sugarloaf Sunset (Pink)
Worth £11* 
 
Company Magazine £2.60
Cover Star: Elle Fanning
Freebie/(s): Company Nail Polish 5ml x 2 
Available in Foxes (Peach) + Iggy (Mint Green) or Pink + Grey
Worth N/A

 
FYI Cosmopolitan & Company Magazine can be bought together for £4.30, which is a saving of £2. If you buy the magazine set, you'll get the free nail polish from Company, but you won't get the Nip & Fab Dry Leg Fix. Glamour Magazine is not offering any freebies, but it is on a promotional price of £1 this month.

What's your favourite magazine? What magazine freebie did you like best?

P.S. I'm runnung a giveaway on my blog. If you'd like to enter make sure you follow me on Bloglovin, GFC and/or Google Plus :) 
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#SaturdayStylin :River Island Cross Back Maxi Dress

Recently, I cast my shopping net into the pools of ASOS and came across this beauty, which I wore to my cousin's 21st.
Copyright: Asos

The dress is available in Black and Pink and features a beautiful cross-back design and two thigh-high splits on both sides of the dress. I decided to go for the black version as I think black dresses are just that touch more classy and elegant. If you are going out and want something that'll leave you looking turned up to the max, I'd deffo recommend it.

One of the things that I hate about maxi dresses, as a tall person (I'm 5 ft 9.5, FYI), is that they always end up looking like ankle swingers, and are 9 times out of 10 too short, but this maxi is literally the perfect length. Oh so flattering.

Did I forget to mention that ASOS took 60% of the dress, which means as opposed to its RRP of £45, I picked it up for only £18. Deffo a top bargain-buy!


River Island Dress, £13.50 at ASOS
Gold Jewelled Bangle, £3 at Primark Lewisham
Gold Cut Out Ring, £3ish at New Look (Alternative)
Gold Amulet Ring, £3ish at New Look (Alternative)

I'm having a giveaway. If you haven't entered, please do :)

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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6 May 2014

#TestimonyTuesday: #LAM 150 Follower Giveaway

Testimony Tuesday is a new feature at #LAM where we all get together and share our testimonies. As today is the first one I'll share mine, but I want you guys to get involved and share yours with me too. To submit a #TestimonyTuesday request, message me on Twitter, Facebook or leave a comment underneath this blog post, and I'll take it from there. No testimony is too small or big. All testimonies are valid :)
My testimony is that I've got 100 GFC followers. This is such a big deal for me. It has taken me almost 2 years to get here. Whilst blogging is fun, it can deffo be hard work, and very disheartening if you feel like no one is reading your content. Recently, I've come across a lot of abandoned blogs and whilst some people gave up blogging for undisclosed reasons, some people gave up because they coudn't get up to 50 followers etc. Whilst this was very saddening it is deffo something I could relate to, as I myself have considered giving up blogging for such reasons. I'm so happy that I didn't give up as now I have new followers, blogging friends and am looking forward to adding more of you to my circle. If any of you haven't reached the 50 milestone yet, please, please don't give up, sometimes these things just take time. Getting your first 50, 100, 150 etc. followers is hard, but after that it gets much easier :) so please don't give up.
I am so grateful for all the support guys and love all my followers new and old. To say thanks, when I reach 150 followers on two of the following platforms (i.e. GFC, Google Plus and/or Bloglovin'), I'll be giving away £30 worth of goodies. Please read below for details :)


As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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4 May 2014

#YAMS: Trust God

Sometimes when we’re going through issues we can become so caught up and overwhelmed in them that we forget to trust God. It’s all very well and good trusting and believing in God when everything is going fine for you, but in your darkest hours you MUST also remember to TRUST God.

Remember, only God can turn a MESS into a MESSAGE,
a TEST into a TESTIMONY, a TRIAL into a TRIUMPH,
and a VICTIM into a VICTORY!

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.
Psalm 118:8 (NIV)

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Psalm 91:4-6 (NIV)

As always stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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