Wedding Season Has Begun!

A whole week since I posted….naughty me! As usual it’s been a busy week, but enough excuses!

Wedding Season officially kicked off for me this weekend with the wedding of two dear friends. They met in uni about 7 years ago (gosh that’s a long time) and they have been together ever since. They had a Nigerian Traditional marriage in December 2011 and on 29 April 2012 got married in the Church.

I was so Blessed to witness a beautiful union between great friends…..the music and food was on point too! I even caught the bride's bouquet…….

Heaven was happy too – so happy the angels cried all day, all night and even as I write this post :¬). Our clothes and shoes got wet, but not our spirits! It was great day.

Because of the weather, I wasn’t able to get many pics of me in my wedding OOTD, but here are a few pics of what I wore:

Beige Blazer, H&M
Shift Dress, Zara

Shoes, Dorothy Perkins

Bag, Zara

Gold Leather Flats - New Look
Needed comfy shoes - not really a heels girl and I can't drive in heels!

The essential accessory of the day!! And it went with the outfit
Brolly, Primark

The Bride's Bouquet.....
my competitive streak got the better of me!!

It’s weird because I do not usually have many weddings to attend. But with time and age, a lot of my friends are settling down. I have two more weddings to attend in June and July, plus there have been several engagements in the last couple of months.

As for me? Well as a single girl I will be celebrating the new unions of my friends, while patiently (well for now anyway) waiting for my own turn.........

Got Some Birthday Love

Hi guys!

It has been a long week for me……and work surprisingly has been relatively chilled. Well until Thursday and Friday!

Seems like forever since I did a proper post….

I had two casual birthday dinners – went to Kimchee in Holborn London followed by dessert at My Old Dutch, and Zizzi at One New Change near St Paul’s London:

At Kimchee:

Nice water feature at Kimchee

The writing's on the wall

This was my meal......and i didn't finish it!
it was lovely though

Yummy Dutch Apple Pie from
My Old Dutch....there's always room for dessert!

At Zizzi (didn't take as many busy gossiping!):

I thought this was a really cool wall feature

This was my starter - Calamari, yummy!
I also had lasagne and a chocolate pics though

The view of St. Paul's from One New Change at night
I had fun at both dinners - the laughter, the various conversations, the inappropriate jokes, and the love…….great fun with great friends. I love ‘em!

I also wanted to show off some the gifts I got from dear friends and family:

Yummy Carrot Cake from an old friend -
Tesco Finest, so I know she's got love for me lol!

A couple of the cards I received

I have to admit, the highlights of the gifts were the Topshop shoes from my sisters and the book 50 Shades of Grey, mostly because I was going to buy them.

There has been quite a bit of hype in the UK about 50 Shades of Grey; it’s supposed to be quite raunchy and explicit. Now being the book junkie that I am, I have read a fair few naughty books, so I look forward to reading this book to see whether it does live up to its hype!

Happy Birthday to Me.......

Just a very quick post (while at work, from my mobile).....

Today is my birthday! I have had loads of birthday love from friends and family! I'm so grateful and Blessed to have an extra year of life!

Can't wait to get home (after my yoga class) and see what birthday goodies I've got from my family.......

PS: i've finally joined the instagram familia......if ur interested, my profile is chi174. Holla x

Have a great day peeps; I know I am lol! xxx

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi readers!

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Lauren, fellow follower and blogger of Blonde Ambition.

I would like to thank Lauren for giving me my first award! I’m really grateful that she considered me; it must mean I am doing something right with this blog!

There are rules that come with this award:

  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
  • Let them know that you nominated them.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Thank the bloggers that have nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post

Now, like Lauren, I’m going to break the first rule - I’m not nominating 15 bloggers. I’m not really once for breaking rules; however most of the blogs I follow or read on a regular basis, have already had the privilege of obtaining this awards, while others are very well established. Nevertheless I have nominated the following:

And now for some random (quite possibly weird) facts about me:
  • I can braid my own hair
  • The ending of Disney’s The Little Mermaid makes me cry
  • I was 19yrs old when I went to Disneyland Paris for the 1st time
  • The weirdest crush I have ever had (so far) was on the actor Alan Rickman
  • I find guys who wear glasses and/or suits quite to very sexy
  • I’ve never had a proper boyfriend (yep, how much of a loser am I?!)
  • I get really emotional whenever i wake up really early on my day off or at the weekend

Once again, thank you Lauren for nominating me! xxx

Nike Free Advantage Trainers & Training Super Natural

Hi guys!

I hope you all had a great Easter…..this week has been really busy since the Easter Break is over!

Today, I received a pair of Nike Free Advantage Trainers in the post, which I have been excited about. Why was I excited? Because I won them!

Yep, on 05 April 2012 I took part in another Nike NTC event – Train Super Natural. This took place at Westfield, White City in front of ALL the shoppers! Katy B (UK Artist - i LOVE her album, On a Mission - check it out!) was also present; she didn’t sing, but she took part in the work out. Nike was giving away 10 pairs of their newest trainers to the girls who worked out the hardest and I was one of the lucky winners! Just as well, I was seriously considering buying a new pair of trainers and a sale had just started. I loved the energy; it was great seeing so many girls taking part.

Here are few pics of the event (the pics were taken by me):

DJ Neev from Kiss 100fm and Katy B

Katy B is soooooo little in real life!

The Nike Master Trainers - they went in HARD!

You can also check out a video of the evening here; it includes a running event that Nike also hosted.

I don't think I have ever been so excited about fitness! i love it!

Samantha Brick*

Who is she? Well just over a week ago, virtually no-one knew who she was…..until she wrote the article “'There are downsides to looking this pretty': Why women hate me for being beautiful”.

‘Highlights’ of her article include:

“Throughout my adult life, I’ve regularly had bottles of bubbly or wine sent to my restaurant table by men I don’t know. Once, a well-dressed chap bought my train ticket when I was standing behind him in the queue, while there was another occasion when a charming gentleman paid my fare as I stepped out of a cab in Paris.”

“And whenever I’ve asked what I’ve done to deserve such treatment, the donors of these gifts have always said the same thing: my pleasing appearance and pretty smile made their day.”

“While I’m no Elle Macpherson, I’m tall, slim, blonde and, so I’m often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty — the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.”

If you’re a woman reading this, I’d hazard that you’ve already formed your own opinion about me — and it won’t be very flattering. For while many doors have been opened (literally) as a result of my looks, just as many have been metaphorically slammed in my face — and usually by my own sex.”

“And it is not just jealous wives who have frozen me out of their lives. Insecure female bosses have also barred me from promotions at work.”

 “Unfortunately women find nothing more annoying than someone else being the most attractive girl in a room.”

“I find that older women are the most hostile to beautiful women — perhaps because they feel their own bloom fading.”

“So now I’m 41 and probably one of very few women entering her fifth decade welcoming the decline of my looks. I can’t wait for the wrinkles and the grey hair that will help me blend into the background.”

“Perhaps then the sisterhood will finally stop judging me so harshly on what I look like, and instead accept me for who I am.”

You can read the entire article and see what Samantha looks like here.

Needless to say, this article has caused controversy…….women and men have all thrown in their 2 pennies worth. A few of the comments left on the article:

“I don't judge on looks, but this writer seems so deluded, I thought perhaps she needed a reality check. Sorry if this sounds mean, but the writer is not that attractive. In fact, she is only marginally ok looking. Her arrogance, however, is breathtaking. Perhaps the reason that other women don't like her is because she comes across as an unlikeable self-obsessed narcissist?” – Annie from Toronto Canada

“Is this an article written for April 1st? Unbelieveable! If it is serious, and the DM have actually paid for this load of pap, then I have a message to Samantha - Get over yourself dear, you're actually a lot less attractive than you evidently think you are. No doubt this will be explained away because I'm jealous, fat and ugly.” – JeannieJeannie, France

“Looks average to me, bit of a dreamer perhaps.” – Les, Leeds

Other women cannot stand her because she is warm and has a sunny nature. Beauty is not only looks but attitude and a kindheart, men are attracted to her because she has a sweet sunny nature. She is not an ice queen. The jealousy of other women is what makes them ugly. They cannot bear loveliness because it shows how rotten they are.” – Ella, Croydon Surrey

This article has truth in it. Gotta love the jealous women clawing at each other. Women hate another woman prettier than them, or they become friends with them to try and get some of their friend's male attention.” – Dave, Bristol

The backlash was such that she did a follow up article confirming that she was right in her assertions - you can read it here.

Here are a couple of quotes from the second article:

“While I've been shocked and hurt by the global condemnation, I have just this to say: my detractors have simply proved my point. Their level of anger only underlines that no one in this world is more reviled than a pretty woman.”

“Without doubt, this is a gender issue. For not only is it mostly women who are attacking me, it is also because I am female that I am being attacked for acknowledging my attractiveness.”

When I read the original article and looked at its author, I laughed. She is definitely not ugly, but I couldn’t see what the excitement was about. Yes, she is good looking for a woman of her age…the blue eyes and the bottle blonde hair certainly help her. But I view her as a Plain Jane. To think that women are jealous of her and threatened by her average looks are probably down to their own insecurities rather than her self-proclaimed lush appearance. I thought that some of her comments were rude and arrogant – this in turn made her less attractive.

I discussed it with friends, who also found it puzzling how this woman could really view herself in such a way. One friend went so far as to say she had “psychological deficits”!

The articles have since got me thinking:

  • Do women as a whole really dislike attractive women?
  • Is it her looks or ‘confidence’/personality that women are apparently threatened by?
  • Was she correct in making those assertions?
  • Should she treated in this manner for these bold comments?
  • Do I have ‘Samantha Bricks’ in my life? Am I threatened by them?
  • Can I blame her for thinking this way?

Like I said before, she is not ugly; she is certainly not a threat (to me anyway) but I have seen far more beautiful people than her. The contents of her articles are quite audacious, but she is a big and knew that that it would cause controversy – the results were never going to be pretty. I urge you to read both articles………

They say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”……well beholders, what do you think?
*so 10 days later i realise i've got the woman's surname wrong - it's Brick not Bright! so silly of me......

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter fellow bloggers and readers! I hope you are all having a Blessed, fun and peaceful weekend!

I’ve spent my weekend attending Church, being the “dutiful” Christian. It was great seeing familiar faces – despite living in London, life is such that I only get to see some people a handful of times a year……

My weekend has been quiet and lazy……no shopping (boo! I’m broke >_<); baking and eating cake, watching great movies such as Mary Poppins  and enjoying the fact that I don’t have work on Monday.

I’ve also been painting my nails….I bought some Barry M Nail Paint. I love that I can get a variety of vibrant colours for my nails. I usually wear purple shades on my nails as I find that they suit me the best. But I decided to take a risk and buy a completely different colour:

Even though blue is my fave colour, I thought that this colour is very bright on me; I would probably only wear this colour during a holiday. When I showed my nails to my mum, she was not exactly impressed – she likes her reds.

This polish is coming off before I go back to work on Tuesday, but at least it goes with my watch:

What do you think?

Loving Right Now - Rizzle Kicks & D'Banj

Hi guys! I hope you all had a Good Friday. For any Christians out there, today is the day to remember why you are a Christian x

I'm currently loving UK act Rizzle Kicks; when they intially came out in early 2011, I thought they were good, but now I can't get their songs out of my head! Here are two of my favourite songs:

They are both great songs, but "When I Was a Youngster" definately makes me think happy sunny thoughts!

I'm not sure if many people are aware of this next artist, but at the very least get to know, and love this song:

D'Banj is a Nigerian Artist. Being of Nigerian heritage, I do try to get involved in my culture, usually through literature, music and watching Nollywood films (I love Nollywood films!).

Afrobeats has steadily evolved over the years, beautifully infiltrating the raves and urban radio stations. I hold it Afrobeats on the same level as Funky House - and I LOVE Funky House. The above song features cameos from Big Sean, Kanye West, The Vujanic (check out his youtube channel - seriously, this guy is beyond hilarious and talented!) and the funny comedian/presenter Eddie Kadi. People, understand that Afrobeats is here to stay!

Thanks for reading x

Hazev Restaurant – Canary Wharf, London & OOTN

Following on from my post on Lush Cosmetics, on Saturday Night I went to Hazev Restaurant in Canary Wharf, based in East London for a friend’s birthday. The restaurant serves Turkish food – my goodness it was delicious! None of that greasy kebab nonsense that one may eat after a mad night………just for the record I do not like kebabs.

Anyway, here are a few pics of the food that we ate on the night:

we had an assortment of starters - very filling!

my meal - after the starters this was actually a challenge
to finish!

the birthday girl's meal

the guys struggled to finish this main meal!
Hazev Resturant @ Canary Wharf, London

There was so much food, even the guys couldn’t finish their mains! I managed to finish my plate; even with a stuffed stomach, I made room for dessert:

i can never resist chocolate cake.........

Also, this is my first OOTN (with my head cut ‘cause it’s all about the clothes):
Blue Shirt & Sturdy Jersey Leggings - H&M

Beige Blazer - H&M
Bag - Next (it's my mum's)

Black Patent Shoes - New Look

Save for the Blazer and Shoes, the rest of my outfit have been shown in previous posts.

I know that the beige blazer with the blue shirt may not go together, but I bought this blazer last Oct/Nov on sale from H&M and I’ve being bursting to wear it once the weather got warmer. After the sexy weather that London had last week, Saturday was unexpectedly chilly, so I couldn’t wear the sleeveless white top that I originally wanted to wear; but I decided to soldier it and wear the blazer.

With any luck, we Londoners will not be celebrating Easter with snow......

Lush Cosmetics

The weekend is nearly over……boo! It’s colder than of late, but at least the sun is shining :¬)

On Saturday, I went to Lush Cosmetics (Westfield Stratford City) to buy my friend a gift for her birthday. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Lush Cosmetics, they basically specialise in fresh handmade cosmetics – all their stuff smells lovely!

I bought the Hello Gorgeous! Gift Box for her:

Pic Taken from here

The Hello Gorgeous! Gift Box contains:
·         Rub Rub Rub shower scrub (130g)
·         Melting Marshmallow Moment luxury bath melt
·         Sakura Bath Bomb
·         Helping Hands hand cream (45g)
·         A trial size Gorgeous facial moisturiser (10g)

The sales assistant was very helpful – so helpful I got a bit distracted and ended buying couple of items for myself……..
Sunnyside Bubble Bar

Shimmy Shimmy Massage Bar

I was like a magpie in the shop – I was attracted by the shiny pretty things!

The Sunnyside Bubble Bar is to be used bit by bit – you crumble some under running water and it foams like bubble bath. The sales assistant said it would be like having a liquid gold bath.

The Shimmy Shimmy Massage Bar has cocoa butter and shea butter; two of my favourite and essential body ingredients. The Bar is supposed to be warned up in your hands and when you massage it on your body, it leaves a subtle glitter/shimmer on your body. It’s ideal for nights out and the Summer. Oh and it smells delicious!

It’s the first time I’ve purchased anything from Lush Cosmetics. With the Easter Break impending, I hope to take time some time to test out my new purchases.

You can check out their webiste here.
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