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This year, my birthday was also the day of my husband’s best friend’s wedding and this was the Aso-Ebi. If you haven’t already been to or come across a Nigerian wedding before then let me tell you. They are big deals.

Nigerians go all out when it comes to weddings. Before the ‘white’ wedding day, a traditional engagement ceremony is held. Guests are informed the colours or fabric of the day which they have to adhere. For example, friends of the bride must wear blue, mother of the groom and her friends would wear gold etc. This is done so guests at the event can easily identify which ‘clan’ attendees belong to.


At the wedding I attended, the colour code for my ‘clan’ was silver. My husband being one o the groomsmen was required to wear a white outfit with a silver hat. I, being his wife had to wear a silver ‘gele’ ( Nigerian head tie ) with what ever colour I desired. I chose yellow simply because it’s one of my favourite colours.

My attire was designed by me and sewn by a local tailor in under 5 days! When it comes down to Aso-Ebi there is always a trend. When my older brother got married in 2013, velvet aso-ebi was all the rage. Fast-forward to 2015 and it is all about cord lace. With much animosity, I opted for ‘dry lace’ as my fabric of choice. To bring it to 2015, I designed an off-the-shoulder deep v-neck midi dress. Which I ended up falling head over heels for. My fondness for this dress was due to how it accentuated my curves.


Although I am not pictured wearing my gele, I can tell you it was very silver in colour to this one by ‘Queens of Gele’ My shoes are the Carvela Lotty which are super comfy.

I was so happy when I managed to get matching yellow dress for CeCe and Amelia. I didn’t even mind so much that the Crochet Dress from Zara was more of a mustard yellow because the 4 year size fit Amelia so well.


La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

Ever since late 2012 when I suffered from a bout of acne, skin clarity has been on my priority list. I yarned for facial cream that would clear my spots, fix hyperpigmentation and generally leave me with clearer skin. Two years late, and I’ve only just discovered the products that do just that. Firstly, its the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask which I will plan on talking about in greater detail in a a separate post.

I love it when the postman comes with products I wasn’t expecting. This happened a couple of weeks ago when he arrived with La Roche-Posay’s Pigmentclar range. The collection consists of three products. A serum, an eye cream and a daily moisturiser which are all formulated to fight against pigmentation. As a women of colour, hyper-pigmentation is something I struggle with. Parts of my face especially around the sides of my face are darker.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

Whilst I save the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask for night time use, I use the Pigmentclar Day Care SPF30 as my facial moisturizer before applying make-up in the morning. Not only does it keep my face moisturized the whole day, it also contains SPF30 which helps protect my face from the sun. Something I would have greatly benefited from during those (random ) hot summer days.

Up until late last week, I was using the serum religiously to clear the dark spots left behind from when I suffered from acne.  I love the fact that the first two ingredient are water and glycerin because I know my skin absolutely love both. I wasn’t too pleased that it contained alcohol though. Nonetheless, I liked the texture of the serum and the fact that its not too greasy.

Luckily I don’t suffer from dark circles around my eyes so I can’t really tell you how the La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes worked on me. I’m hoping to pass it on to my mother-in-law and see how it works for her.

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Review

As always, before I used these products I was nervous that they might cause me to breakout but I’m glad to say these didn’t. To see results, you have to be consistent with them. I have only been using them for a couple of weeks but so far I’m happy with them.

The downside of these products for me are the prices. I’d be scared to fork our over £20 for a product and then it not work for me. However they are currently included in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots. I look forward to using these products for longer and seeing the results.

Up At The O2

Every time I visit the O2, I see people climbing to the top and always think to myself how cool it’d be to do that. When the opportunity came my way however, I realised that my tea of heights wouldn’t even let me experience it so I pass it on to my friend and colleague Akesha and below is her review.

Up At The O2

I was so excited to experience Up At The O2 as I hadn’t heard a great deal about it. We we’re booked for the sunset climb at 6.30pm and the booking receipt states that you should arrive around 15 minutes before your time slot, which we did, but despite this we didn’t start our briefing until 6:30 anyway so I think that’s just to make sure no ones late.

Once it was our time we were taken through to watch an odd video briefing, (which even our
guide prefaced by saying how weird it is) that provided all the safety information about the climb. Once that finished our guide reinforced the safety info to really hone in on the importance of it. We were then taken through to the equipment part to get our jackets and our harnesses and told to use the toilet. I already needed it so that was fine, but I would say if you don’t, force one out anyway because there is literally no way for you to go once you’re on your way up.

Up At The O2 Review

In regards to the safety gear, we were given a jacket (not a bodysuit – phew), climb shoes and a harness. You’re allowed to bring your phone/little camera up but have to keep it zipped up in your jacket pocket until you get to the “viewing platform”. You have to leave your bags and shoes in a box, which is stored in a large container in the dressing room. The safety harness is pretty comfortable, the only annoying thing is the attachment that you have to wear that hooks you onto the building which you have to just let dangle between your legs – awks. You can hold it but it’s gets heavy.

Once you finally start the climb after all that kaffufle, that’s when you realise how worth it it is! Firstly there is no need to be scared as you are literally attached to the O2 so there’s nowhere to fall off and the mechanism you’re attached to you have to pull through each section stopcan’t really slide back or forward -you’re completely in control. The first part of the climb is the hardest – it’s like walking up an impossibly steep hill but super slowly so it’s not too taxing on the old heart! On the way up your tour guide talks to you a bit about a few sights and I, a life long south Londoner, even learnt so new things about my stomping ground! Once you get to the viewing platform you’re able to unhook yourself and walk about
(or sit down) and take pictures/take in the view.

Up At The O2 View

Now I’m not going to lie and say it’s a view to rival The Shard, as of course the O2 isn’t the same structure or height, but what I loved about it was that you got to see the a lesser known part of the city in all its glory. So much focus is shone on Central London so it was nice to see another side of London’s landscape. I would definitely recommend the sunset climb if you’re wondering what time to go (even our guide, Kate, said we picked the best time) as nothing really beats a stunning pink sun setting over London.

The breathtaking pictures that Akesha took Up at The O2 made me wish I go to see it with my own eyes. I do agree with her and the guide about the sunset being the best time to climb. Imagine seeing this view whilst on a date.

Up At The O2

For more information about Up At The O2 please click here and here for opening times.

Walk a Mile

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

The fashion industry is a billion dollar industry. Each year, brands, designers and retailers churn out new collections which we all rush to get. I have always been fascinated by how it operates. From a simple idea to a full blown collection like the new Deichmann X Hanelli Mustaparta collection. However, what gives me the most joy ( pun intended) about this amazingly large money making industry is its ability to hold hands with other industries and help change the lives of many. Sometimes, we don’t have to walk a mile in someones shoes to understand there lives.

In the UK alone, 1 in 25 people are affected by some form of genetic disorder. My passion has always been to combine charity work and fashion because I truly believe fashion can save lives. I’m not the only one that believes this because charities like Save the Children and Genetic Disorder UK have major fundraising events like Jeans for Genes and Christmas Jumper Day that encourage people to make a donation whilst making a fashion statement.

This year’s Jeans for Genes Day is this Friday and when I came across these blue threaded Chunky Chelsea Boots from the collection my immediate thought was that they would look AMAZING with a pair of jeans!

Mustaparta’s collection for the German shoe chain epitomises style and comfort. It is rare for me to say this but I can truly see myself gallivanting in each pair. You all know about my love for skater shoes and thigh high boots and I’d explained how I thought the Chelsea boots were perfect for Jeans for Genes Day but can we take a moment to appreciate these ankle boots?

hanneli mustaparta Colllection

Deichmann Boots Collection

Hanneli and Deichmann

I am wearing my fav Boohoo Fluid Trench with Grey Jeans from Zara and Sleeveless long shirt from Monki. The bag in from Primark and the Watch is Daniel Wellington.

Kirsty’s Chilled Ready Meals

The amount of people suffering from Coeliac Disease, diary intolerance and other forms of food allergies is on the rise. Both my husband and youngest daughter Amelia are diary intolerant.  This has led us to make the switch to other types of milk like Almond and Soya. We’ve also considered going gluten-free but its taking a wee bit longer.

I was more than happy to review Kirsty’s Chilled Ready Meals when I was approached. I’m not going to lie and say I enjoy cooking everyday. There are many days when I just want to shove a meal in the microwave and have it ready it minutes. However, doing this often means relinquishing taste amongst other things.

Kirsty’s is a range of ready meals free-from gluten, wheat and diary launched in 2012 by Kirsty Henshaw. The company’s aim is to produce high quality, delicious and allergen free alternatives to a range of food products.

Kirsty’s Chilled Ready Meals Kirsty’s Ready Meals

I was sent three Kirsty’s Chilled Ready Meals to try. Spanish Chicken with Brown Basmati Rice, Beef Lasagne with a Rich Bolognese Sauce and Pork and Herb Sausages with Sweet Potato Mash. If you’ve been reading my food spots then you know exactly which meal I had first.  My weakness for sweet potato is slowly becoming a problem now.

The Sausage with Sweet Potato Mash is packed in two compartments. One side contains the sweet potato mash and the other for the sausage and gravy. Directions suggest microwaving the meal for 4 minutes in an 800Watt microwave but I added an extra two ( just in case ).

The aroma that filled my kitchen thanks to the gravy was astonishing. I was upset to discover  that upon taste, the sweet potato mash was rather bland. However, when mixed with the gravy and eaten with a slice of the sausage, it was delectable. The gravy was just how I like my gravy to be. Not to salty, well seasoned and oniony!


Sausage with Sweet Potato Mash

One of the things that makes me really impressed with Kirsty’s ready meals was the shelf life. Apparently their long shelf life is down to the fact that they steam cook their meals in their packs to lock in nutrients and flavours.  Refrigerated meals can be kept up until their use b dates whilst frozen meals can last up to six months.

I can highly recommend Kirsty Ready Meals if you are suffer from gluten, wheat, dairy and nuts. Furthermore,  can also recommend these meals if you are looking for quick and easy meals, yet healthy meals. You can find your nearest Kirsty’s stockist by clicking here.