Sunday, 8 October 2017

STELLA MCCARTNEY CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OR APPRECIATION


Stella McCartney incorporated some African Print/Ankara in her SS18 collection and there has been a lot of controversy about it, folks are accusing her of cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is basically adopting elements of another person's culture without respecting or acknowledging its meaning or using it in context. Honestly, it is pretty confusing...
I ran a poll on Instagram and around 65% of people said she appropriated African culture by featuring the prints on the runway without using black models.

Here are some of the comments


When I saw the collection, I honestly felt 'some kind of way', not sure why though. I am a huge fan of African prints and these dresses and patterns are very common in the African community but the prints are originally Dutch wax and are created in Holland so in theory, they are not African but why does it feel weird seeing it on the runway?

There are cool brands like Olótu (www.olotu.co.uk) a British/Nigerian menswear brand heavily features African prints in a westernised context, they don't seem to get as much backlash as Stella Mccartney. Maybe it is because they acknowledge the history and inspiration behind the print.


I believe the world is becoming a global melting pot with creativity and inspirations coming from a plethora of sources. Stella did a great job with the collection "appropriation" or not and as a fellow creative I appreciate her work.  Could she have acknowledged the African-ess of these pieces? Yes!! Whether or not the Africans are the original owners, because they have adopted theses prints and embedded it into their culture they could be acknowledged. #Justsayin





Friday, 6 October 2017

LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETING- 3 THINGS THAT WORKED FOR ME


“Weight loss” is one of the most fantasised terms in this world.  It seems like everyone is crazy about some “diet” and are always on the lookout to find more and more weight loss tips.

This is because the culture today brainwashes us into thinking that being skinny and toned is the secret to happiness, wealth and success 😂😏.

Anyhoo, life could be tough and hectic + following strict diet plans and daily workouts could be exhausting. So how can you maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle without burning out? I have some tried and tested tips that are guaranteed to work whether you are rich, broke, busy, lazy, can’t be bothered, love junk food, love salads, blond or wiggy. Whoever and whatever you like these tips will work for you.

PINA COLADA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE BOWL




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  Made with pineapple, banana and coconut

Saturday, 5 March 2016

DO MOTHERS GET DESPICABLE AS THEY GET OLDER? #MOTHERS DAY

 Hello friends, hope you are all doing well and having a great week.

 Today's blog title might seem a bit controversial but I need a little favour from you- please don't judge me until the end of the article. 

My mother came to visit about a month ago and  it was great to have her around but sometimes our differences were glaring. I have a pretty good relationship with my mother that came from a place of fearless honesty- sometimes I am amazed at how well she takes some of my frank comments.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY COURGETTI BOLOGNESE

DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY COURGETTI BOLOGNESE

This recipe is a simple dinner you can make in less that 10mins, it is delicious and by swapping the regular pasta for some zoodles and draining the mince you are reducing the calories by over 75% (according to my calorie counter). And if you are like me this means there is room for dessert :).
 This is a child's serving btw ;)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS GOAL?

 
Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying 2016 and you haven't given up on your NewYear resolutions/goal. The most common goal is to lose weight and for many years my sister and I made the same weight loss resolution and forget we even made it in two weeks times after failing on another fad diet. Over the years the weight finally came off after we discovered what worked for our bodies and today we've achieved our weight loss goals after taking different paths.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

7 NATURAL HEALTH REMEDIES THAT WORK WONDERS

Hello friends hope you are enjoying the first few days of 2016.  This year I'm kicking diets the curb and trying to focus more on being healthier, I've also recently discovered my inner hippie and I'm currently enjoying learning about a lot about natural remedies and how it improves your health.

Here are some a of my favourite remedies.

COLD & FEVER TONIC
8 oz Glass of Fresh Orange Juice

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
One glass every two hours (for six hours) to break fever. Remove certain flu symptoms. This is pretty nice tasting but if you do not like cayenne pepper you can substitute it with some freshly grated ginger.

Friday, 1 January 2016

HAPPY NEWYEAR + A LITTLE TRICK THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2016

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.  I had a wonderful Christmas celebrating my mother and father in-law's 40th anniversary with family and a pretty chilled New Year with some curry and Netflix (currently on Scorpion just in case you are wondering).


Last year was pretty eventful with a few health challenges, hence the inconsistency with the blogging. Fret not! I have been busy, working on many exciting projects you will love, guaranteed; and I am looking forward to sharing them with you this year.

Monday, 15 June 2015

ARE YOU STILL STRUGGLING TO LOSE YOUR UNDER ARM FAT? THIS MIGHT BE THE REASON.

Hello friends how was your weekend? Mine was super relaxing and I am energised for this week, hope yours was fun and relaxing. 

I have pretty cool post for you guys, I have been studying a lot about hormones lately and wanted to share some of my findings as I believe it will really help someone. Enjoy!

Do you struggle with arm fat, batwings, bingo wings or what Nigerians call ‘christian mother’ (that’s just harsh)? Have you tried everything you know and have lost weight all over but still struggling to shift that under arm blubber? This may surprise you but it is probably not your fault.


I have a friend that struggled with this, she tried every diet known to man and lost a significant amount of weight everywhere but under her arms. It is true that it is impossible to spot reduce, but do you know that most stubborn fat

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

HEALTHY EATS REVIEWS : LIVLIFE BREAD REVIEW


Hello everyone,  hope you had a lovely easter break and you are enjoying the AMAZING weather in the UK. I had a pretty relaxing and fun long weekend with the husband and hanging out with some dear friends, it was a great weekend!
This Spring and Summer, I will be doing some healthy eat reviews on some of my favourite good-for- you treats. After learning some hard truths about dieting, I am a big believer of making healthier choices everyday instead of the YOLO and dieting culture that is becoming the norm.

The foods featured in these reviews will be healthier substitutes of foods and snacks people tend to eat. This is to avoid eating bad one day and restricting or fasting the next.
The first review is for LivLife seeded bread; thanks to low carb diets, gluten free and wheat belly, bread is seen the food of demons. I don't know about you but every now and then a slice of toast with butter. PB, marmite or nutella 'gives me life'. With LivLife bread you can enjoy a slice or two with no guilt shame or condemnation. Read the full review to find out why.

Friday, 20 March 2015

ADD SOME SPRING TO YOUR WARDROBE- 6 STYLE INSPO

Hey guys hope you are having a good week. It is the first day of SPRING finally and I could not be more excited. I woke up this morning to grey skies then there was a solar eclipse and and it got darker but by 10.30 the sun was shining, birds were singing and blue clouds in the sky.

I have not posted any style posts lately as I have not been inspired due to the loooong winter. I am a huge fan of in between seasons like spring and autumn and can't wait to share some cool spring fashion inspiration with you all. So lets get to it-


FLOATY MIDI SKIRT AND A JUMPER
Very easy to style, wear and super versatile. The jumper keeps you warm as it is generally quite chilly when the sun goes down. A statement necklace is needed if you want to dress up the outfit; because the  outfit is quite simple you have the space to inject your personality with your choice of hairstyle, accessories and shoes.


Monday, 16 March 2015

WEEKEND UPDATE: MY EVENING AT THE UK HAIR FELLOWSHIP FOR AFRO HAIR

Hello friends hope you had a lovely Mother's day weekend. I haven't done a weekend update in aaaages as I find taking pictures to capture every moment in life stops you from living in the moment and could be intrusive to friends and family. That being said, I think some moments are better enjoyed when you can capture it and share. OK enough jibber jabber.

Friday, 6 March 2015

THAI GREEN CURRY SALAD



Hello friends, hope you are having a great week. I am pleased to be sharing today's Thai green curry salad recipe with you. This salad is delicious, quick and easy to make and will satisfy every thai food craving.
Curries are one of my favourite meals, whether is it Thai, Indian or Nepalese I enjoy them all. There is a new(ish) Thai restaurant in Oxford called Oli's Thai with incredible reviews and after reading countless amazing stories I was semi desperate to try the food already. I tried calling to book a table for 3 consecutive days but could not get through, when I finally got through and tried to book there was a 3 month wait!! The food better be worth it.
In the mean time I decide to console myself with this healthy and low calorie Thai green curry salad cos come the 25th of May I am having a real splurge. 

Here is how I made the salad.


Monday, 16 February 2015

SUGAR FREE CHOCODATE HEARTS AND BALLS

Happy Monday everyone and hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had a pretty chilled weekend hanging out with the Husband and catching up and some Scandal with some Chinese...twas really good :).

So like many people out there I struggle with procrastination, when I have so much serious work to do that is when I feel inspired to do mind numbing tasks. This weekend was no exception I spent a good chunk of playing with chocolate creations and honestly it was a lot of delicious fun.

CHOCODATE BALLS


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

QUICK AND EASY BEETROOT HUMMUS

Hey guys hope you are having a fab week, if you did not read last week's Favour filled February post what are you waiting for? It is absolutely worth it!

Recently the blog has been getting quite foodie woodie, my apologies for that if you are not a foodie. Food experiments are currently trending in my kitchen, I am enjoying it and so are all the people sharing the recipes; I appreciate your support.

So earlier this week I sent Le Hüsband to the shops to buy some beetroot, I asked for some raw beetroots with dirt on them as I needed them for my pinky-red warm breakfast smoothie bowl (veggies in smoothies are better raw). He came back with some cooked beetroot as they did not have any raw beetroot- so with my smoothie dreams over I decided to get creative with these cooked beetroots.


I remember the first time I had beetroots, my Mum was going through a juicing phase cos there was this diet 'Hallelujah Diet' where you had to eat everything raw. Anyhoo I came home from Uni and like most Mums, my complained about me looking ill and underfed. Fair enough a diet of 2-minute noodles is anything but balanced. She decides to make me some beetroot and aloe vera juice and I drank it for peace sake as It was absolutely disgusting BUT  that was not the worst part. I went for a wee a few hours later and my urine was blood red!! I thought I was dying and bleeding to death (yeah yeah over dramatic I know) but it was scary!

Friday, 30 January 2015

SUNFLOWER CREAM SALAD DRESSING(vegan)

Quick and Easy Vegan Creamy Salad dressing

So I was experimenting in the kitchen today and came up this amazing and delicious dressing.
I also discovered that sunflower seeds get all thick and creamy when whizzed and is a great replacement for vegan mayo or other vegan creamy condiments.

Anyways back to the dressing, you probably already have 90% of the ingredients and if you don’t they are very easy to find in your grocery store. This dressing  initially started as a kale salad dressing made with all the ingredients from my favourite Kale chips then I realised it goes with almost everything.

Speaking of Kale chips you can mix this dressing on some fresh Kale, bake at 150 c for 20mins and hello delicious crunchy kale chips.



Here is how to make the dressing.




Ingredients

  • 50g-70g Sunflower seeds- The more sunflower seeds you use the creamier your dressing will be.
  • Juice of one lemon or 2 tablespoons
  • 25g or 5 pitted dates or dried raisins
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt( you can add more according to your taste).
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • ¼ of a medium onion or 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 100-150ml of water- Depending on how thick you want it.
  • Optional ingredient-  ¼ teaspoon of Xanthan gum (It is 100% vegan, natural, it thickens and helps the mixture not separate). To find out more about it check out this article.

How to

Put all ingredients in a blender and whizzzzzzzz till it is thick and creamy and voila!! Delicious, healthy, creamy dressing

You can Stir it into Pasta, Kale, Spinach ,Ceasar Salad or Steamed Veggies. OR use it as a dip for carrots, celery or bell peppers

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

QUICK AND EASY FLAXSEED CRACKERS



 QUICK AND EASY FLAXSEED CRACKERS








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 Flaxseeds(linseeds) is one of the super foods everyone seems to be raving about at the moment and unlike chia seeds it is more affordable. The benefits are countless,  studies have shown that it  prevents cancer, improves blood sugar, high in fibre and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

This is a very easy-to-make nutty, healthy and crunchy snack with just 3 ingredients. You can add more herbs and spices according to your taste. Perfect satisfying the cracker/biscuit craving.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cup of flax seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 150 c 
  2. Mix water, salt, flaxseeds and and leave to soak for 15 mins