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I was going to write about how my glasses broke over the weekend (currently wearing my medically prescribed sunglasses and have to burn more battery by having the laptop at the brightest screen level) and weave it in with procrastination and fate and just being in the moment and getting things done but it was too hot that night (generator has closed for the day) or something and late. How are you coping with extreme weather wherever you are? The weather is quite nice this evening. It should rain already!
You might have seen the swiss roll inspired two- tone eba on my social media by now, this post is not a tutorial sadly, as I was trying out these ‘designs’ or ‘presentation’ for the first time.
It’s pretty to look at, who has time to start folding eba, it will get cold <— that isn’t me speaking.
So, I was inspired by desserts, a swiss roll and candy cane. I have a sweet tooth which makes me more inclined towards desserts, loooooove them.
Pending when I might upload a tutorial video, these links may guide you Swiss Roll Eba (just skip to the folding part, we are not baking cake, also, the frost will serve as the second color) and Candy cane Eba.
I even used a fancy filter 😉
I always love to think of and execute creative and new ways of expression and the presentation of Nigerian and African food. This is one of them. Using normal plain garri and yellow garri served with efo riro.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Recently, I have been undergoing some facial (whole body) treatment, paying more attention to the health of my skin and body, even though that is stress on its own. Hopefully I’ll get used to it. I was just going to eat well and hope for the best, apparently, sometimes you have to do more. Or just pray, I bet you can pray for good skin and it will happen.
The dermatologist took a look at my face and talked about how I had combination skin, some sun burns here and there, some little bumps (these happens Due to hormones but I was unlucky to visit her then) and black and white heads that I couldn’t even see.
She’s a dermatologist, so she knows best.
After getting my underwhelming facial treatment, I was expecting magic, my face felt slightly smoother but I think that is just after scrubbing dead skins away, it still “looked” the same. Maybe consistent facial treatments and peace of mind will make a difference. And money.
She gave me some tips (which I will stretch for content, you think I’ll spill everything today?) that I’ve been using to go through the motions. And products which we will talk about some other day.
Once in a week, she advised I used a tomato face mask. I used to use lemon, but she said that is bad or too harsh for “darker” skins. Must be our sun that causes burns with lemon’s “bleaching” action.
Crush the tomato (fresh tomatoes), I used two small ones, and apply to your face. Let dry, leave for about 10-15 minutes and wash off with tepid water.
It is that simple. Slightly messy, you might want to do this in a bathroom.
I’ve always believed in using natural products for beauty, there isn’t much harm that can come from them compared to synthetic things that may mutate on you.
Tomato helps reduce irritation, reduces UV sun damage due to the anti oxidants its packing.
I used mortar and pestle of Aga concept, gifted to me by Maggi a while back.
That’s my face, with the “bloody” tomato mask applied, I placed the skins of the tomato as a “mask” too, not just the juice, we never know where the blessings of the tomato is.
Do you have any peculiar beauty routine you’d like to share? Please use the comment section below, I’d like to hear your struggles. And if it is something you enjoy, I’m happy for you.
Has any one ever heard a quote about how the greatest things happen by accident? Me neither. But sometimes, it’s true, just google viagra history *inserts pharmacology plug shamelessly*.
Which is what led to this ring art which was just a little fun thing I did a while back.
I can imagine there are a lot of things that coffee stain rings can create, art being one of them but here are happy animals created by ‘accident’.
Watch riveting gif like videos of each of them to see the process. I was going through bored panda when i stumbled upon christmas themed ones.
Have happy accidents!
How you doin’ :}
I had to make a little getaway to Abuja over a month ago and wanted to make a fresh/ new outfit for the trip. So, during a trip to the market where I usually get my fabrics from, I saw this material! It reminded me of amethyst, purple jewel look, I wanted to use it to make lingerie initially (don’t ask me), I still have the material in fuscia pink, so I can lingerie that. Who will like to see a lingerie tutorial?!
I loved the color, the feel of it and because it looked like fluid when it moved, I could only imagine how it will look in a circle skirt! So, that is what I made. When I first wore the skirt, I wore it with another silk beige shirt for a complete evening look.
You would think because I have an habit of rolling my shirt, I’d just stick to 3/4 sleeves? No, when I have to pray, I’d like to have the option of covering my arms. I also prefer a slim fitted sleeve for a more contemporary look. Kids, cover your arms.
There was minimal styling, you could complete it with a black bag. I hardly carry more than two bags in a year, except I have a super luxury one I need to use for certain events.
Also, make up is annoying. nuff said.
Have a lovely week ahead!
Taking the blogging thing seriously again, aren’t I?
I love tote bags, they are roomy and easy to just grab and put stuff inside. I painted a dessert themed one on youtube here. And you can easily make one from scratch, it doesn’t take that much time too! It is important to use quality materials to increase their durability and final look.
The finishing is also important incase you suddenly had a light bulb moment and can sell these in form of an SME. Here is the final product I sewed, also accessorised it with a silk scarf I was gifted from Modanisa, Turkey.
- Leather (Or any material you would like to use, fabrics as well)
- Tape rule/ Ruler
The denim in the picture below was just making a cameo, I was supposed to use it in binding the edge of the tote but I was afraid of what will happen to my sewing machine because I had other things to make that had deadlines that day. Lol, so, ignore it.
Cut the leather in uniform rectangle. I used 20” to 15” dimensions here.
At the lower corners, make a perfect square (3cm) cut out.
Sew all three sides together as shown before (excluding cut out).
To make the bottom part, open it up and align the part not sewn together diagonally, as shown below. Sew it together.
Sew up the edge to make it neat and attach a thin strap to the handle. I used contrasting threads to make it a little bit more interesting.
Don’t carry this to a crowded Nigerian market, at least not with your valuables in it. You’re welcome
Is this something you’d like to try? Do share your thoughts.
I hope you are all having a colourful week so far?!
If you’re not, then you can add cheeriness to your table, plate, mouth with this colourful fruits platter going on here. There are different ways of incorporating colours to dishes with colour, such as this perfect breakfast example.
If you have a stomach like mine, Then I recommend the consumption of this edifice by one VERY hungry person or just two normal hungry people because this is a long pancake stack.
I have fruits layered in between pancakes with cream cheese filling.
You need (all colour of rainbow fruits that you can eat with pancakes), I used Strawberries, an orange, banana, it’s yellow, go with it, green apples and blueberries.
Creem cheese was beat together with granulated sugar, I think you can use powdered sugar if you want as well. Put in whipped heavy cream for extra fluffiness and you’re good to go!
You can easily remove the cream cheese filling if you want a healthier version, for the fitfams. It will also blend right in for a rainbow breakfast themed party, you know, for those who like rainbows and mornings.
Can’t wait to try rainbow vegetables next, it just really occurred to me right now, I doubt there will be stacking involved. I mean, what can I stack? Eggs?!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Nu, from Nutella, get it? Considering I always pronounce it nuh-tella. Since, I’m in this blog post as a nutella. And the first art work of 2017. I didn’t even do a mistake of writing 2016 and erasing it to 7.
First post of this year! I do not normally really ‘celebrate’ new year because I don’t like labelling 2017 as a year of something something, I want my whole life that I have to live well to be of something something. I am eternally grateful for each and everyday, Al hamdulilah.
A lot of things happened in 2016 that I didn’t plan for! Hijarbie and then my food art that started gaining more attention. According to this instagram best 9 photos, it pretty much summed up the year and the brands I worked with including, Nestle (maggi), Dominos and Cold Stone (and discovered the toppings I will forever order), my Guardian Life cover, whoop! and The Ogbono art work that won me the Rele and Samsung art competition. It was pretty eventful and at some point, If you noticed, I went on a break. I cannot come and die.
Looking forward to this year and what it has in store and most importantly, the love and mercy of Allah. Honestly, I was forced to just start posting content again due to this announcement I have to make, *drum roll****
I’m giving a TED Talk! In sha Allah.
If you have an idea of what you’d like me to add to this talk, let me know while offer lasts. I’m pretty excited about it and hope Beyonce can use me in her music video, that is not even weird at all.
That’s pretty much it.
See you soon!
Heyyyyyyyy. Salam alaikum!
In celebration of Breast Cancer awareness month which is observed in October, here is a style post with a touch of pink, If you’d like, you may wear a cute little ribbon. But most importantly, support women who are fighting the battle.
There are a few causes going on around, help raise funds, do your bit and hope for the best. And if you are feeling very generous, you can donate to foundations that sponsor cancer research as well.
Scarf- Always had it, don’t even remember buying it. I think it’s my mum’s and it is part of an indian outfit set but it goes well with the green that can be found on the top print.
Top- DIY*. I made it buba style with flare around the sleeve end and I really wanted the sleeves to be super long.
Skirt- DIY*. Regular pleated skirt. Although this is usually not my color as I prefer earth tones more, but hey, it’s the month of breast cancer!
*I made/ sewed it
I got a new lens for my camera!! My pictures are so much better now and it makes me so happy. Al hamdulilah 😀
And I’m also thankful to my brother, Abdullah, who was gracious enough to help in taking the pictures. Lol.
Here are throwback pictures of me in ‘Pink’ for #BreastCancerMonth. I tried not to cringe. Also thankful for growth.
The second picture’s touch of pink with a lipstick i borrowed because I didn’t have anything pink to wear or owned any make up.
Just excuse the title as I don’t know a more apt one.
So! On the 9th of October, today, EatDrinkConnect Nigeria held their maiden food fair in Abuja and I was on ground to install a food art. A lot of times, my food art are seen only in pictures, so this was a super amazing opportunity to see the art work live. And experience it first hand. I used Boli and groundnut to achieve this art installation. Peanuts in different forms and spiced with honey and also pepper. They were all placed on paper to either protect the table or food, lol.
So, here’s a food portraiture featuring the… wait for it… President!
Hence, Sai Boli (and epa).
What made this installation awesome is that people were able to interact over and with the food because it is completely edible and they could basically eat off it. I heard a lot of, “I’m eating the national cake”. And maybe this is the only selfie I’ll ever get with President Buhari while he is still in office. Lol
And that’s it! I would LOVE to know your thoughts!