Friday, 25 July 2014

FRIDAY FIVES- DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

Hello lovelies, hope you have had a wonderful week. I got into a few deep conversations this week and realised that every now and then most people need a bit of encouragement. 
I want to use the blog as a platform to encourage someone today. 

We all have dreams or goals we want achieve and at some point in this journey of life, we go through seasons when everything around us makes doubt if we will ever accomplish those dreams. If you are going through one of those seasons, this post is for you. 

I have gone through a few of those season and here are 5 things that helped me.



1. Read success stories: Reading about real life success stories some how gave me hope during those seasons, there is something about a rags to riches story that made me believe that if it happened for them it could happen for me. Etsy.com has a series on their blog called "I quit my day job" about people that left full time employment to follow their dreams, they talk about the good, bad and everything in-between- worth reading.


2. Review your progress:  Seeing your progress tends to be quite hard for people as they are so focused on their goals and why it is taking so long. Sometimes looking how far you have come will make you realise that you have come too far to quit, you can never win the race if you give up.


3. Refresh your goals: Perhaps you need a little positive re-enforcement why not refresh your goals by breaking them into little chunks and rewarding yourself after completing each stage.

4. Restore your faith in yourself: Re-program your thinking and remember all the great things about yourself. Everyone has strengths and weakness; focus on your strengths and learn how to manage your weakness, ask for help if necessary.

5. Persevere: Ok this does not start with an 'R' but I could not leave it out! Perseverance is key when trying to achieve a goal, as results do not come overnight. From my experience results always seem to come after a bit of patience, endurance and persistence - so hang in there!


Hope this encourages someone today
Love 
Nemi xx



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

THE PERFECT SALAD FOR A SUMMER BBQ

Hello lovelies hope you have had a good start to the week. Last week Matt and I went to a 'bring and share'(potluck) barbecue social and of course I was excited about another excuse to cook yay! I made some bbq flavoured drumsticks, fried rice and a salad. Guess what people could not get enough of? The salad and I was surprised as people kept asking me how I made it.


You are in luck as I am sharing the recipe for my popular 'Carrot, Apple and Courgette salad'.

Here is what you'll need

 For the salad




1 large carrot
1 Medium Courgette
1 Apple

For the dressing


1/2 an orange

1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
a pinch of sea salt



Shred the carrot and courgette with a Julienne slicer. You can buy them here.

For the apples I made sliced them into thin strips

Mixed them all together  and stir in the dressing and voila!


Love 
Nemi x


Monday, 21 July 2014

MY WEEKEND- GEEs, TRANSFORMERS, NANDOS and a WEDDING


Hello lovelies hope you had a wonderful weekend. I generally enjoy doing nothing and recuperating on the weekends but this weekend was quite busy and fun.

On Friday evening, we went for a lovely meal at Gee's restaurant in Oxford, it was my first time there and the food was amazing. Matt ordered a good ol' rib eye steak while I went for a whole sea bass and went all Naija on the fish eating eye. Wish they made a bit more effort with the side salad though. I love salads and hate when restaurants just throw a few leaves in a plate and call it a salad (#rantover).





We then went to see the new Tranfomers age of extinction and loved it, I am a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg and Matt and I placed a bet on how many minutes into the movie before he takes he shirt off, I said 10 and Matt 20mins. Well people it took exactly 32minutes and 7 secs and it was impressive :). I am a huge fan of action blockbusters and the movie delivered, I was appalled however by the blatant and shameless product placement throughout. I mean huge bus with VICTORIA SECRET on the side in the centre of Hong Kong or a transformer crashing into a car and Light Budweiser exploding everywhere and Marky Mark being thirsty at exactly that moment, or the protein powder they got from the shops cos they could not buy food ....really people really?

Friday, 18 July 2014

FRIDAY FIVES- TIPS TO CHOOSING THE PERFECT DRESS FOR A WEDDING

Hello lovelies you made it to FRIDAY! Hope you had a good week, I had a pretty fun week and an even better weekend planned so colour me excited; Its date night tonight and off to a wedding tomorrow :).

Today's Friday fives is on wedding guest dresses, choosing the perfect dress to wear to a wedding is quite simple if you follow these tips.

  1. Find out what style of wedding you are attending  - You can tell from the invites, the location and the personality of the couple.
  2. Be stylish yet comfortable- Its quite boring to attend a wedding and not be able to dance cos your dress or shoes are too tight.
  3. Accessorise- The right accessories can take a casual dress to 'wedding worthy' if paired with fab accessories. Experiment and find out what works for you.

Here are some of my favourite dresses for different wedding types.



Perfect for Casual Garden Wedding
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Perfect for the 'Posh' Wedding


Perfect for the Classy wedding

Perfect for all weddings

Perfect for Outdoors Casual wedding

Have a lovely weekend.

Love
Nems x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

DIET TIP- HOW TO DISCOVER THE PERFECT BREAKFAST FOR YOUR BODY

Morning lovelies, wanted to share a quick diet tip with you. For many years I have been trying to find the perfect breakfast that will keep me energised and satisfied till my next refuel(lunch). I tried different combinations of yoghurt, fruit, cereal, smoothie, toast, oats but nothing works for my body as great as good ol' eggs does.

My diet advice for you today is love your body and take the time to find out what your body likes and what gives you the most energy especially for breakfast cos if you get your breakfast right you will get your day right.

So how do you go about finding this out?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

PRAWN STIR FRY WITH NOODLES (100 CALORIES per serving)

Hello people hope you have had a good start to the week. My personal goal for this week is to maintain a positive attitude and spirit, believe me it is not as easy as it seems but I am determined. I will tell you how I get on as the week progresses.

Today I will be sharing one of my favourite 'quick food' recipes, it is very low in fat, carbs and  calories yet very filling and full of fibre. The secret ingredient is shirataki noodles made from Konjac a Japanese plant, I will do a review in another post. 




Here is how I make the stir fry.


Serves 2

Prep time-5 minutes
Cooking time- 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100g Courgette
  • 100g Carrots
  • 50g Prawns
  •  200g Slim Noodles
  •  1 Onions
  •  A pinch fresh ginger
  • 1 Calorie spray
Stir fry sauce
  •  2 teaspoons of Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of tomato puree
  •  2 teaspoons of Red wine vinegar
  •  1 Maggi cube
  • Chilli
  • salt
  • Ginger Powder
Preparations

Slice your vegetables into julienne or ribbon slices( this will help it cook faster).
Rinse the noodles 3-4 times in water then boil for 3 minutes and drain.
Make your stir fry sauce by mixing the ingredient together, taste and adjust according to preference


Directions
  • Toast the cashews in a frying pan for till golden brown and set aside and set aside
  • Add some oil to a very hot wok and stir fry Onions and ginger for 1minute
  • Add the courgettes, carrot and half the stir fry sauce and sauté 
  • Then stir in the noodles and stir fry sauce for 1 minute and
Viola!! Its done garnish with some toasted sesame seeds!
Have a great lunch guys
Love
 Nemi xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

DIY CHIFFON SKIRT IN 30MINUTES- REPOST

Hello beautiful people, hope you had a great weekend and are having a good start to your week. I had a pretty relaxing weekend and was so glad to see the sun out this morning. I don't know about you but there are some days where I just want to be 'free' and I don't feel like wearing any clothes, on those days easy breezy airy fairy light weight dresses are my outfits of choice.  Today was on of those days and thankfully skirts like this exist in my wardrobe. If they don't exist in your wardrobe, you are in luck cos I have the perfect tutorial for you. You can make it longer into a maxi skirt or strapless dress just increase the length.  









Step 1- Gather Materials
    • 1/2 a metre of floral chiffon
    • 1/2 a meter of lining
    • 1 meter of elastic band( I used 2 inch width but you can use 1 inch or 3 inches)













    Step 2- Take Measurements
    • Length( How long you want the skirt to be)
    • Mark this out on your fabric and lining and cut












    • Waist(Your waist size x 2)
    • Mark this out on your fabric and lining then cut


    • Mark out your waist measurement on the elastic band and cut








    Friday, 11 July 2014

    FRIDAY FIVES- 5 WAYS TO RECHARGE THIS WEEKEND

    Hey guys happy Friday! Hope you have had a wonderful week, I had a pretty full on week and looking forward to some rest this weekend.

    This morning I read about Arianna Huffington(founder of Huffington post) she said people took better care of their phones than they did their bodies! She said with most people after they get the 20% battery warning (typical of iPhones), they immediately reduce the rate they use power draining apps like camera or games and by 10% start looking for a charger. When it comes to their bodies on the other hand most people ignore all the warning signs and let their bodies burn out - Not good.

    Like your phone or electronic devices your body needs to recharge regularly for maximum performance and recharges quicker and faster if you 'let it be'. Have you tried charging your phone while making a call? The phone heats up and takes double the amount of time to charge. I guess what I am trying to say is every now and then we need to prioritise shutting down body and mind completely in order to recharge.

    Here are some of my favourite ways to unwind and recharge
    1. Grab a cuppa, good book and switch off your phone
    2. Have a bubble bath and soak your problems away
    3. Take a nap
    4. Catch up on your favourite shows