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How to Embrace the Good, the Bugs and the Great Weather!

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When the sun starts to shine in the middle of summer and the citizens of the North are able to walk the streets without feeling rushed to escape the cold, it makes me happy! I spend most of the cold 9 months of the year, or as some like to call it “cooler weather”, dreaming of hot weather. I am referring to more than sun shine because as an African immigrating to Canada, I have a skewed definition of the heat that doesn’t always come with a ray of sunshine, but I know better now! If I am to expand my wish list of ideal weather, I would add less humidity to that list with some hot and pleasant weather!  Continue reading

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Starting a New Chapter

“As I was sitting and thinking of something clever and profound to write I realized it isn’t  necessary! I am sure you have heard it all a few too many times. So instead I want to say thank you to all of you who have been a friend, mentor and most importantly my support network in some way or another. 4 years and 2 months seems like a long time and I am aware there is still much work to be done both personally and professionally. However, I would hope that I have grown and gained valuable life skills that will guide me as I enter the next chapter in my life.

I won’t say goodbye because these days there is no place to hide! I am sure even if you are not on social media, we will reconnect some way or another!

In the meantime I will say farewell, until we meet again!”

This is how I closed one chapter of my life and now I am moving on to the next. You know the saying “how quickly time goes by”, well this is how I felt recently as I was leaving my current job. 4 years these days is a milestone in any job. However, I am excited, scared and hopeful for what comes next. I know not what tomorrow will bring but I am glad I said “yes” to change. It’s so easy to stay in your comfort zone even when you start to feel somewhat uncomfortable. So if you are hesitant about making a change in your life, whether it’s in your career, love life or even diet, don’t let fear takeover. Change is important and part of growth. It will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world!

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What is “Black Soap”?

If you have never heard of black soap don’t be alarmed, it originates from West Africa, mainly Ghana. It has long been used not only as a cleansing agent, but also in helping to heal acne, pimples, and oily skin. It is usually made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks, such as plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and Shea tree bark. Truthfully I only  learned about this product just a few years ago when my mother said it was a lifesaver for her sensitive skin. Then a few months ago I attended an event  where a vendor from Ghana was selling the soap and because he was such a good salesman I decided to give it a try. I then made a vow to stop using all products to cleanse my face for one month and instead use only black soap. Astonishingly it worked so well that I never looked back. I used it daily and this was also my only source of make up removal that I started using. I was even more convinced when I recently ran out of the soap and started using one of the standard drugstore products that I had sitting in my bathroom. The moment I stopped using black soap my skin started getting blemishes again and breaking out. Continue reading

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A TRUE MATCH

Finding the perfect foundation is like finding that perfect little black dress and to a woman of color, both are hard to come by. The journey to finding my true match has taken many years of trials and tribulations but I think I may have found it. Although, I know the journey does not end here. I started wearing makeup in my mid-twenties and the frequency definitely increased when I entered the working world. As I get older I have learnt to appreciate the skill and art of applying makeup. I am not a makeup artist but I thought I would share with you a first hand review of what currently works for me. Continue reading

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LOVE OF FOOD

What can I say I love food and hence the title of this blog. When it comes to food I don’t discriminate. I grew up in Sub Saharan Africa, in multiple locations to be exact.  I was lucky enough to be exposed to African cuisine as a whole and I am not just talking of Moroccan and Ethiopian but more the differences from the South, West and Eastern Regions. These experiences shaped my attitude towards food and appreciation for different cultural cuisines.So I thought I would share my recent adventures with you. Please forgive me as I am no Anthony Bourdain when it comes to describing my experiences with food but I will do my best. Continue reading

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BOTANICAL GARDENS

Don’t be intimated by the cold, this is coming from an African who is used to  heat and can tolerate humidity. I tell myself this all the time and it does not get any easier. I don’t love the cold but I love sun, so when the sun is out I am out the door. I like to delude myself when I dress for this kind of weather, some might say “under” dress. However, I am getting better and this is how I psyche myself up in cold weather: Continue reading

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RUSTIC CHIC

I had the pleasure of catching up with an old friend and a fellow blogger, Lisa Sit (check out her blog). The goal was to motivate each other on writing good content for our blogs. However, it turned out to be a memorable photoshoot instead. The yellow blazer I purchased from Zara the day before was on point (scarf and bag also from Zara), and the coffee shop, Boxcar Social was the ideal location for this shoot. The hazelnut praline croissant and cappuccino were the perfect accompaniment. To end things off, we decided to step outside and take in the sun. As we are in the middle of winter, one cannot deprive themselves of some much needed Vitamin D! Continue reading

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TRANSCENDENCE IN 2016

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2015 was a year of discovery for me, I learned a lot about myself. I learned to be patient, decisive, to love more and most importantly appreciate what I have in my life. I had some new beginnings and I learned to let go of unnecessary clutter in my life. When most people have already shared their 2016 resolutions, I am trying to transcend the positive attitude that I embraced last year. I don’t want to give false pretenses or delude myself that I will exercise more or eat less carbs. Instead I vow to be true to myself and the people I love, learn to deal with distractions constructively, build my knowledge and have more faith. I am excited for the future and for what tomorrow will bring. I want to love even more, surround myself with positive energy and cherish the good and bad times because I know l have a lot of learning to do along the way.

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CHRISTMAS IN MONTREAL

You know that feeling when you go to a place and you can see yourself revisiting it time and time again. Well for me that place is Montreal, as my other half always teases, it may just be my second home. I used to live in Montreal and although I loved being a resident, I think I appreciate the city even more now that I get to be a tourist every time I visit. During these visits, I have been to Old Montreal more times than I can remember. I have eaten at Ben and Florentines and Juliette et Chocolat on every trip and I still look forward to them each time. I also love how the city encourages and embraces the outdoors by simply placing fire pits in the old town,  as this is where residents and tourists spend most of their evenings and weekends. Continue reading

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ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

I was just thinking that I did not truly share all my recent adventures in the UK from a few weeks ago. I was in England ( mostly in Brighton, which I shared with you on my recent post) for a short time but I was determined to spend quality time in London.  My mum and I hopped on a train from Hove to Victoria Station which took about one hour. Upon arrival we decided to make our way to Oxford Street, but little did I know I would lead us in the wrong direction, and we were about to go on an adventure in the city. I actually remember telling my mum “trust me I know where we are going”. Hence, the title of this blog “ accidental tourist in London”.

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DOMESTIC GODDESS

I love cooking but I am always hesitant to bake. I can watch Nigella Lawson and Lorraine Pascale baking all day long and they make it look so effortless. So I was thinking, when was the last time I baked something? I remember, my friend the baker (who I have always envied her skills in the kitchen) coerced me into baking a cake recently and it was not that difficult. So I challenged myself the other night to get out my baking tin, hand mixer, spatula and the usual suspects. My colleague showed me a recipe that she vowed was easy enough to replicate, French Apple Cake. One look at the picture and I was determined to get my baking gloves on, which I did. Continue reading

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HUG IN A CUP

Staying warm in the cold season can be difficult but it’s even harder choosing the healthier option and for me tea is the healthier option. I am a tea drinker and have always been. Don’t get me wrong I love myself a tall Americano Misto or Pumpkin Spice Latte but my family and I would rather drink a handful cups of tea each day than one calorie-laden beverage.

As we get closer to the holiday season and you would like to treat yourself to that extra slice of cheesecake, pair it with a cup of tea and you will feel less guilty. Continue reading

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COCONUT OIL

Just in case you think I am jumping on the bandwagon, I grew up surrounded by coconut trees, I will be honest and admit that mostly it was used in cuisine. I have had my fair share of prawns in coconut sauce, along with the delicious meaty inside of young coconuts (which by the way is definitely a delicacy). Until a few years back, I never really paid attention to the benefits of coconut oil for hair growth. However, many studies have found that coconut in its raw form can prevent against hair damage. Not only does it condition and strengthen hair but it penetrates roots and improves dandruff. It is now being widely used for black hair care, in pre-treatment and after shampooing. Continue reading

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SEASIDE RESORT TOWN

This was the vacation I was waiting for, to the beautiful seaside city of Brighton. I wouldn’t recommend booking a last minute getaway at the end of November like I did but I do recommend you visit one day and preferably in the summer. I spent only 7 days but I made sure to make the best of it in such a short time. I even managed to fit a day trip to good ol’ London town.

When I think of Brighton, I remember the smell of the ocean, the bustling North and South Lanes. However, after this trip, who can forget the windy weather! I would recommend definitely bringing along a heavier jacket with a hood to ensure your hair stays flawless as you explore the city. This will also shield you from the spontaneous drizzles. Continue reading

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FALL IN STYLE

Fall is here and Thanksgiving weekend has been perfect. There is so much beauty seeing nature transition between seasons and I, especially, have learned to embrace this change. My style transition has also come a long way. The dress I’m wearing is from Dynamite and the shoes Topshop, but I think it’s all about that deep yellow sweater which completes this outfit. These days I am drawn to deep colors that stand out in a crowd but this steal from Forever 21 has been a life saver for the cool days and chilly nights. I am not ashamed to say I have worn it more times than I care to admit over the past couple of days. Continue reading

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Minimalist Beauty Regime

I am definitely not a product junkie or one to keep up with trends.  I even insist that I am a minimalist not only because I can’t afford the lavish lifestyle but also because I have always had good skin without putting much effort into it.

However, the older I get the more breakouts keep coming.  So I decided to work on my beauty regime and this of course means accumulating a few products along the way.  These products are inexpensive and easily accessible since I am on a budget.  I was one of those people that shied away from face masks and thought microdermabrasion was a term experts used when they wanted more money from you.  However, my eyes and ears are wide open and I am now ready to try a few things. Continue reading

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Exhibition In The City

I have been attending the CNE at the Exhibition place for a few years now but I have to be honest I get excited every year. The food is far from gourmet and not the healthiest but that has never stopped me from indulging. Continue reading

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The Camping Lifestyle

I wouldn’t say I am an avid camper or love the idea of not being comfy in my own bed but once in a while it’s good to embrace nature. There is just such a calming experience being away from all the bright lights, crazy traffic Continue reading

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Shea Nourishment

Shea degrades over time, and when it is refined, many of its active components degrade as well. Most of the Shea available in stores these days are refined and processed. When I was growing up most of the women in my family nourished their skin and hair with raw/unrefined Shea. Continue reading

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Hot Summer Days

I love the middle of summer when everyone starts complaining about the weather. In Canada this is when we are all motivated to go outside and stay outside. This weekend started of with a BBQ on Satursday which ended with fried banana and vanilla ice cream that other half insisted he had to make for me “Cuban Style” but sans rum of course.
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Color!

I love a bit of color especially because as a woman of color I have been told time and time again that the darker your skin tone is, the easier you can pull off more intense colors. Continue reading

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