Friday, August 03, 2018

Red Stunna

When Fenty Beauty came out with their Stunna red lip paint last Fall, it was all the rave. I have about 80 liquid lipsticks, so dipping into my pocket to buy this new lipstick was a big NO! Then a few months ago, I stepped in Sephora to pick up my Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ( My shade is 450), and just for fun, I decided to try on the Stunna lippie. Oh my! The shade was so pretty and the application seemed seamless. I had come for foundation, but found myself paying for the lipstick too.

 It is a really beautiful shade, and I love the application wand. However, this lipstick tends to bleed and smudge! It will transfer on right about anything! With this lippie, I have learned that less is more, and to minimize bleeding, I swipe the wand just once on my lips. I really love the orangeish/red color, so I decided not to return it. Will I be repurchasing this when I run out? Most definitely NOT!

Scroll below to see me stunning in Stunna! 

What do you guys think? Do you like the color? Do you own this lipstick, and do you have the smudging issue too? Please comment and let me know.

Happy Friday y'all!
x

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wrapped in print, surrounded by laughter

This ankara wrap dress is currently my favorite piece of clothing. I bought it when I visited my home country, Nigeria earlier this year. 

A few weeks ago, when I attended a graduation ceremony and lunch, my wrap dress came to the rescue. It's such an easy piece to wear. I slapped on purple lipstick and a pair of black pumps and I was good to go. See the pictures below.



Happy new week, chicas!


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Brunch, beach balls, ice cream, and a photography exhibition


I woke up two Saturdays ago with absolutely no plan. The weather was beautiful,and not one to waste a beutiful day, I decided to get up off my behind and go explore my community.

First on my agenda was brunch at Busboys and Poets. I have been several times and I totally love the ambiance and food. This time I had the very yummy neptune benedict.

How cool is the restaurant

After brunch, I took a long stroll to City Center to window shop at the Kate Spade store. City Center walk way is an alley of high-end retail stores and restaurants. The alley is typically decorated based on the four seasons. The decor this summer features blue and red beach balls. Summer here we come.




I had heard of a photography exhibition showing that weekend, so off I went to check out Le Bon Voyage: Across the Omo Valley, a photo exhibit by @tabibonney and @kellyfogelphotography. It was here that I met up with a friend.

These are some of the pics I took of my favorite images from the exhibit.
Pardon my ignorance, but I always thought all of Ethiopia had the "typical" features most associate with the country; asymmetrical facial structure, pointy nose with oval eyes. I didn't realize there's so much diversity in Southern and Northern Ethiopia. This is why I go to museums, exhibits to shed ignorance, widen my horizon, and gain knowledge.
There is so much beauty on the continent, and the Omo valley people of South Ethiopia are one with the beauty of nature! They beautify themselves with flowers, leaves, ash, and other natural elements (move aside, Fenty Beauty!).
Look how intricate and perfect those flower adornments are! 
The Omo Valley  people are walking art! I was so gobsmacked by their beauty that once I got home, I jumped on my computer to learn more about them. I found some rather unpleasant news that once again reminded me of man's inhumanity to man. 
The Ethiopian govt has been engaging in forced relocation of the Oma Valley people. A dam has been built on their water, their land has been leased as plantations to foreign countries to plant cash crops! The hydro-electric dam which was built to support the plantations now destroys the ecosystem of Omo Valley. Foreign countries stay greedy, while some African Govts remain corrupt and insensitive.





The uber cool fence at Blind Whino (the venue of the exhibit)

The gorgeous building hosting the exhibit. It is called Blind Whino and it used to be a church before it was converted too an art club.



And just like that my boring Saturday turned into one of the most fun day I have had in a while, and it was only right to finish off the day with some yummy sweet treats.
Hope you enjoyed the post as much as I enjoyed my day. What did you think of the photo exhibit? Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

 Happy Thursday chicas.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Woman in red and stripes

Lately, I have been loving female inspired t shirts. In this post from spring, I am wearing a tee that says "FEMALE", and here, my white sweatshirt says "Woman". And in the spirit of being excessive (lol), I am once again wearing a sweat shirt that says "Woman". 

Here I paired my red "woman" sweatshirt from Boohoo with striped culottes pants that I have had for years ( I think I got them from K&G stores). I wanted to make this simple outfit more interesting, so I added an African print scarf from my store, Chic Therapy Accessories, and...voila! See picture below.



Happy hump day! 

Friday, June 01, 2018

Travel Therapy: Rockport, Cape Ann


I have been to tons of coastal cities, but Rockport on Cape Ann in Massachusetts is one of the most charming seaside town I have ever visited. The rugged cliffs, sandy beach and picturesque landscapes,   made it the perfect peaceful getaway that I was craving. Now, lets talk about the colorful buildings! Never ever have I encountered so many brightly colored structures. Everywhere I turned, there was a splash of vibrant hue to welcome me. I couldn't get enough of this town, and I definitely would visit again someday. Check out my seaside adventure below.

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At the top of my itinerary was Motif Number 1. I had read that this  fishing shack located on Bradley Wharf) is "the most painted building in America", and of course I had to stop by to see for myself.

How picturesque is this?

While it may look like an ordinary fishing shack, this little red shack is the most painted building in the world and people flock in year round to see it and it has become an icon of this New England town.



I did a brief stint at Front Beach and just took in the cool breeze and people watched. 


Off I went to Straitsmouth Island, a small island famous for its  lighthouse. I didnt make it to the lighthouse, but I caught a glimpse from afar.


Bear Skin Neck by the ocean is the main street in Rockport. It boasts of so many antique stores, quaint structures, gift shops, and a myriad of ice cream store. Yes, Ice cream! I visited in April so the nice cool ocean breeze was definitely a nice feel as I popped in and out of the shops
On a street off Bear Skin Neck, I found this really cool building with cute mailboxes--how charming!
The exterior of an art gallery off of Bear Skin Neck
Just a sea of colorful building on Bear Skin Neck

How cute is this ice cream shop?
Fudgery, Rockport, MA

Of course I had to  fill my belly with some yummy sweet treats

Soon I veered off Bear Skin Neck into Tuna Wharf  and found more picturesque scenes to take in. I came across so many objects that were indicative of a seaside fishing Village


The colors in these bouys are amazing!


This guy photobombed my photo, but he matched perfectly with the background #Winning.

Soon it was time to leave this perfect town, and on my way to go catch a train, I came across more colorful buildings, and of course snap!snap!






Definitely no shortage of color in this town. Did you guys enjoy seeing Rockport through my eyes? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

Happy weekend.