Monday, 17 November 2014

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY(GUEST POST)- I DARE YOU!


Hello friends, hope are doing well and you had a wonderful weekend. Autumn is well on the way, Christmas is coming and I couldn't be happier. In fact I have already bought and wrapped almost half of my Christmas gifts, super keen bean I know!

One of my favourite things about blogging is the wonderful people you meet. In the last year I have met and made some amazing friends like Berry from www.Berrydakara.com, Fola from www.Folasoasis.com and Tomi from www.Vegannigerian.com through this blog that have encouraged, inspired me and I feel so blessed.  

 I also met Jasmine from Colorubold our guest blogger today, she is has been nothing but kind, very inspirational and motivating. She is one cool chick and she is beautiful, loves Taylor Swift, pizza and the colour pink. Spend 2 minutes on her blog and your day will be better off,  she is an advocate for inner beauty, girl-power, she is so positive, full of life and encouraging. I  asked her and share her story on the blog, and was very excited when she agreed. 

Hope you guys enjoy the post and please share on social media as it is encourages us bloggers :)

Love
 Nemi xoxo

KEEP THE FAITH by  Jasmine


When I first got into college I had no clue what I wanted to be, I just knew what was practical and what would sustain me in the little town that I lived in. I never knew what I could possibly become. So I signed up to take classes for nursing, I worked my butt off and tried my best to live with this decision but on the inside I was slowly becoming a less than stellar version of myself.  Depression took over my life; anxiety riddled me every single day. I would come home and go straight to sleep…I didn’t want to face the world. It got so bad I had to go on medication! That’s when my mom finally saw the real me or the not so real me. She came into my room one night as I was balling my eyes out and told me “it’s ok, you don’t have to keep doing this, I’ll still be proud of you regardless.” A whole weight was lifted off of me. I started crying again but not out of sadness or failure but out of relief. Peace I’ve never felt before came over me. From that very day I set out to find my passion, to start a new beginning, a new path…even if it scared me!
Do you have faith? Faith can be anything from believing you’ll pass that test you’ve been studying weeks for to having faith in getting a new job promotion that otherwise seemed impossible. Faith is seeing the unseen. We have to look passed what we see right now, meaning our circumstances, to seeing the possibilities of our dreams. Instead of being negative say “I’m not where I want to be but I know I’m going to get there”…now that’s my kind of faith!
Our dreams may seem unrealistic to others but to us it makes complete sense…stick to that! That’s God telling you, “You are on the right track.” If your dream scares you that’s God just simply nudging you saying “keep going you’ll get past this.” My passion for beauty, fashion, and writing may seem unrealistic to others but to me and God it’s perfectly attainable. I’m going after my dreams...Will you?
Believe in yourself first before all else. Believe that your dreams are achievable, that you can accomplish everything you set your mind to. If you are afraid…do it afraid! Go to your boss ask for that raise. Call that company that you have been wanting to contact.  Get out of that career path, that leaves you depressed and start living your dreams! Turn your dreams into reality. God wants you to have the best in life. 
Go after the best and forget the rest! 





Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I'M LOVING IT- INFOGRAPHICS

Hello everyone its been a short while eh? Hope you guys had a lovely weekend.

I had a busy busy weekend with one of our close friends getting married on Saturday and working on
Sunday.
Beautiful wedding and gorgeous bride :)



I plan to blog a bit more regularly this week and would like to start with something quite light, like an appetiser  :).

INFOGRAPHICS- Interesting little fact about me- I find it difficult to read long  blog articles without photos (difficult to admit). Recently my sister sent me a blog article to read and it was very long about a 1000 words and for some reason I could not focus. I asked her what the catch was, she said there was no catch she just thought I would enjoy it. I told her it had no photos and as I result I was not interested! She replied with  "Are your four years old?". Many of you would admit that it is a bit silly to find it difficult to read long article without illustrations but I guess my brain handles pictures better and faster than words.

Anyhoo I recently discovered infographics(Information+graphics) and I can't get enough of it. According to wikipedia  they are a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge intended to present complete information quickly and clearly. They apparently can improve cognition by utilising graphics to enhance the human visuals system's ability to see patterns and trends. Super cool huh?! I have found inforgraphic helpful in satisfying my crazy quest for random knowledge and facts, here are some of my favourite ones.

HOW TO PERFECTLY MAKE 38 TYPES OF COFFEE

18 WAYS TO BE MORE POSITIVE AT WORK



HOW YOUR FACE CHANGES WITHOUT ENOUGH WATER



AMAZING BEAUTY HACKS



Anyways guys hope you liked these infographics I will be back later in the week with some more juicy stuff.

Have a great day

Love
Nemi xx




Thursday, 9 October 2014

WEEKEND CATCH UP- CAR SHOPPING, BICESTER VILLAGE AND POLICE STATION

Hello everyone long time no see! Hope you are having a great week, I had a super busy weekend and had to play catch up this week hence the late post.

So what have I been up to lately?

Car Shopping

Le hüsband and I spontaneously decided to do some car window shopping, we are looking to get a new car next year and wanted to find out what is out there.  We had 4 criteria in mind for the car, German engine, affordable, looks 'mean' and has got 'beans'. We visited the Audi, Mercedes and BMW showrooms. I bet you can tell which car I want from the photos...
Really liked the Mercedes show room... lots of niiice cars
This is the new CLA so sleek eh!
The front grills are sooo mean!!
Nice one 
Ok I don't understand the mirror/aluminium effect...interesting looking though

The new BMW 2 series hatchback- Cool!

I think this is the X3, pretty cool but not too exciting
BMW updated their 1 series and it looks really good especially the  interior-sorry no pics

I think Mercedes ruined everything for us because after visiting their well lit sexy showroom, BMW and Audi just looked boring. 

I learnt a few things from this car shopping experience, like how handbrakes and keys are outdated and they don't put them in new cars anymore, most new cars have automatic braking if get  too close to the car in front of you to avoid an accident, some cars can parallel park for you...yes the car steers itself and everything. My favourite feature though in the Mercedes is the automatic seat adjuster with memory, basically you adjust the seat to your liking and save it and the next time you are in the car the seat can be adjusted from memory- you can store up to 3 different settings is that cool or what?!

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BITTEN FOOD FESTIVAL

Any one that has spent more than 5 minutes with me will know I am a big time foodie, so when heard of the Bitten food festival coming to Oxford I was excited and was not going to let this pass me by. Anyhoo when the Saturday arrived I went there only to be met with 5 overpriced food vans and a bicycle, I was honestly dissappointed not sure what I was expecting but when you hear food 'festival you expect  a bit more right? 

Pizza Van
Cup cake bike- This is so cute....Like!

Cocktail Van

Greek food van 


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Chicken Sunday 

On Sunday we kept our tradition alive by going to Nandos (#NandosSunday and got a free whole chicken! 


Selfie time :)- smizing 

Retail therapy at Bicester Village

Post-chicken we decided to take trip the Bicester Village a designer outlet shopping village about 20 minutes from Oxford. I was surprised at how busy it was I think it is the busiest I have seen it, some shops had queues outside with 'bouncers' and had a one in-one out rule it was crazy and so were the sales!



You know how you go shopping sometimes you don't find anything you like or that anything fits? Well that was what happened to me, it was one of those shopping days... sigh. Le hüsband on the other hand was winning all around, he found this gorgeous blazer that fit him like a sexy glove! ha

Tweed-tastic Love it!


People queuing to get into Michael Kors
Presently loving these Michael Kors bags 
Gorgeous colours 


So pretty!

The Ralph Lauren queue was the longest- did not have the patience to queue
Was kinda tempted by these Jack Wills trousers till I tried them on- Not me at all

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Police station 

After the shopping trip we headed off to church, while we were parking we saw people fighting- I didn't have my glasses on so I barely saw anything. After church there were police cars and forensics everywhere and they asked us to go to the police station and give a statement without telling us what had happened. We willing obliged as we thought we barely saw anything and it would only take a few minutes... WRONG! It ended up taking almost 2 hours with lots of waiting time and we got home so late we barely had time for food and had to go to bed. This seriously ruined the nice night in, that we had planned... oh well lesson learned.

That is how my weekend went, how was yours?

Love
Nemi xx






Wednesday, 1 October 2014

1 SMALL DECISION- 10 YEARS LATER


Hello guys, hope you are having a great week. I am very grateful to everyone that supported the guest blogger Fola last week by visiting her blog and leaving a comment, we found the entire process fun and sucessful.

Today's post is a bit different from the usual articles, I have been trying to be as real and honest as possible so instead of pulling a topic from the sky and writing on it, I will be  sharing what has been on  my heart lately.

10 years ago I made a tiny decision that changed the course of my life. I was living in Leicester doing a university foundation in Mechanical Engineering( random) and had just  been accepted to study in University in London. About 3 weeks before the start of term I felt uneasy about everything, nothing felt right and I felt like I was losing my mind. I chatted with a friend and realised I did not want to be an engineer and that realisation scared me as I did not know what the replacement would be; My physics tutor advised me to consider a field in computing or IT based on my A levels, it sounded cool but did not feel completely right.

I did some research and found 2 universities Nottingham Trent  and Oxford Brookes that had a course I was interested in. I wrote to the 2 universities telling them that I had just changed my course and was looking to apply directly to them and they were interested. Now my best friend had been accepted and was moving to Nottingham trent so I assumed that was the logical decision(we were gonna be together forever and ever) but when the time came to make the decision I chose Brookes. I had no logical reason for that choice, I had never been to Oxford neither did I know anyone there but my gut said Oxford and I went with it.

When I arrived something felt right and it felt like home, during fresher's week some ignorant drunk student made a racist comment about my hair but for some reason that didn't phase me, I was home.
Looking back I always think... what if I went with the logical decision, what will my life look like? Will I be married to Matt, living the most beautiful city and blessed with a loving church family and friends? I listened to a teaching about Graces and Places (highly recommend this) and how your success in life is determined by your Grace(natural ability), Location and Associations.

I guess the point of this post is to encourage you to trust your instincts or gut feeling and do not be afraid to step out into the unknown. It is not always an easy decision to make and quite scary most times but if it is the right decision, in the midst of all the fear, anxiety and worry there will  be a sense of peace.

Anyways guys that is all from me for now and I will love to hear from you. Did you make small decision years ago that has had a huge impact on your life now? Please share I love reading your comments and they could help someone.


Hope you have a great week


Friday, 26 September 2014

GUEST POST- MY ANTI-AGEING TRICKS FOR 20 AND 30 somethings


Hi guys hope you have had a wonderful week. My week has been pretty good, did some guest blogging for www.Folasoasis.com check out the article and generally had a productive week with high energy levels without caffeine (try to break my caffeine addiction) yay!

Anyways folks I have a wonderful Friday treat for you, Fola is an age defying beauty of a blogger(www.folasoasis.com), she is a wonderful friend and after a lot of bribery(kidding) she agreed to share some of her best anti ageing tips us with us
But first can you guess her age? Answer at the end of the article
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Yes, these celebrities can afford high-end laser treatments and facials that make them look so young and vibrant. However, when we look closely at their lives, these women also adopt lifestyle practices and commit to it. We may not be able to afford caviar facials and laser rejuvenation treatments, but we can achieve the same results by simply making some changes, paying attention to neglected areas, and being consistent! And if you are reading this and are between 20 and 40, lucky you, because when you start off early, you get even better results!
So here are my 6 anti-aging tricks for 20 and 30 –somethings. I came up with an acronym for these points: “Triple-E SPF”. Sounds like a sunscreen brand right? Well that’s just as well because then you would find it easier to remember each tip! 

1. Eat right and exercise

There’s no way round this, sadly. It is so cliché and all that, but really, we will age faster if we do not eat right and exercise. What you need to do is to make it fun for you. Don’t see it as a chore. Do research on tasty recipes that are healthy, follow blogs that showcase these recipes. Get active, download zumba videos or go for zumba or pilates classes. Diversify your work out routines as much as possible. Just get active! It is the most obviously effective and most demanding beauty secret, as it takes consistency and commitment, but you really see results!
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2. Eye cream

The most obvious part of the face that shows signs of aging are the eyes. Even if you have great skin, if your eyes look baggy, lined or tired, you will look older. The notion that eye cream should only be used by those in their 40s is not true. Yes, some ladies are luckier than others. However it’s best to not take chances. I made the mistake of not using eye cream years earlier, and my eyes sort of look like there’s loose skin around the lower eye area. I have started using a firming eye cream, but I realize I should have started using this a few years ago. Ladies should begin using eye creams from age 25. Eye creams are pricey, but they are worth the investment.
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3. Exfoliation

 The secret to glowing, smooth skin? Exfoliation. For younger women, you can begin adopting a weekly regime for exfoliation. Exfoliation is what gets rid of dead skin cells so that new ones can come to the surface. As we age, the rate at which the dead skin cells fall off slows down. There are 2 kinds of exfoliation: Mechanical and chemical. Facial scrubs with granules that slough off dead skin cells fall under the mechanical category. It is usually better to go for those that have tiny granules, because bigger granules tend to be quite harsh. Chemical exfoliation involves soaps or creams or peels that have things like glycolic acid, lactic acid and retinol. Exfoliation needs to be done, though not too often. Weekly exfoliation, or 3 times a week is sufficient.
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4. Sunscreen

I am so sure you have read about this many times-how sun damage is a major cause of premature skin aging. Well, the earlier we start using sunscreen the better. SPF 30 is the minimum for outdoors. For those who live in the tropics, it isn’t fun wearing sunscreen because of the melting heat. It is best to avoid the sun as much as possible, and have a tube of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a scarf in your bag always. Also go for makeup powder or foundation that has got some SPF in it.
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5. Power foods

Power foods are what I call the “cheat foods” as they are packed full of great stuff! Green tea, blueberries, lemons, avocadoes, leafy green veggies and garden eggs are good examples of power foods. They are very rich in antioxidants that help to slow down the aging process. You would do yourself a lot of good if you eat a lot of these power foods. I recently was gifted a green tea with lemon tea blend and I love that combination. Yes, green tea is an acquired taste, but it is worth it. You could also add some natural honey to your cuppa if you like!
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6. Facial massage

 This one was a recent discovery I made, but I think it is worth giving a try. Facial massages are quick and allegedly effective when done properly. It basically gets the lymphatic drainage flowing properly, and also tightens up loose muscles so you look younger over time. Click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z3VUi3wqWw&list=FLnigyU6_1t1R7IcI9u7sffA&index=14) to see how it is done.

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Hey guys hope you found these tips helpful. Do you have any age defying secrets you or your mother/grandmother swear by, well sharing is caring so please leave a comment below and let Fola and  I know.
So Fola's age what did you guess? Well her real age is the ages she looks plus 10!! Yes 10 she really is age defying.

Anyways folk have a lovely weekend and come back next week for catch up Mondays!


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

EXTREME MAKEOVER FOOD EDITION- Nigerian Rice and Stew made healthy

Fola's oasis: Weight loss-friendly Nigerian recipe-plus free eas...:
Hi guys! I am so excited about this post because I am guest blogging for the beautiful Fola on www.Folasoasis.com. Please check out the article and show a sister some love :).