A few of my favourite things- June + July


  Bonjour mes amis,

Did anyone notice I didn’t post any June favourites? I was too lazy or maybe I forgot or maybe I didn’t have any favourites or maybe I had favourites but I couldn’t remember what they were. I really don’t know what happened but I’m sorry about not posting.
As a result, I’ve decided to merge both months and post a bit more favourites than I’d normally post so here we go!
1. Funny viral Instagram videos:  

 Instagram keeps me so so entertained (but doesn’t do the same for my data bundle). Below are a few videos that kept me laughing these last two months. (I hope they play since this is my first time uploading videos) 
  
  
  
  
  

If you know any funny videos I should check out on Instagram, please tag @nigerianandnatural
2. Gidi Up +Titilope Sonuga:  

  

 I heard about Gidi Up sometime ago but only just got around to watching it. It’s a Nigerian TV show that revolves around the lives of four friends and trust me, their lives are interesting! To watch it, just search for “Ndani TV Gidi Up” on YouTube.
My absolute favourite character is Folarin even though he’s basically the bad guy. He just has this air of mischief and his facial expressions are gold! 

 

Folarin is bae!!

 
One of the characters, Eki, recites this beautiful poem in one scene and I just had to google the lines of the poem so I could find the full thing for future reading. Turns out the character, Eki, is an award winning poet in real life and she wrote the poem. Her name is Titilope Sonuga. Read the poem I’m referring to below:
Becoming
“When the world unravels before you

and even your dreams are crumbling stones

when everything you dare to touch is set on fire
and all around you is ash and smoke
remember this

rock bottom is a perfect place for rebuilding
remember that you are your mother’s daughter

your grandmother’s answered prayers

a whole bloodline of women
who bend in response to raging winds
there is nothing broken here

nothing damaged or discarded

each scar is a badge of honor

your smile is an act of defiance against the sun

every misstep is a victory dance waiting to happen

You are a woman becoming

learning the complicated language of forgiveness


the intricate lessons of the universe

Your heart is just a muscle waiting for exercise

and you were born for this sort of heavy lifting


You were born one part saint

one part warrior woman


Loving yourself without shame

is the most important thing


you will ever have to fight for”

_______________________________________________

Check out more of her on her website.
3. Taking pictures of the sky:  

                    

Lately the sky has been giving me life! Some days it’s so pretty that pictures don’t do it justice. I think it’s trying to make up for all the time it couldn’t show off during the rainy season.
4. Coffee with cocoa:  

  

If you’ve never had coffee mixed with cocoa (or tea as we call it in Nigeria), you are missing big time! Just a little bit of coffee added to your cup of cocoa escalates the flavour to a whole new level of yummy. Here’s how I make mine:

  • A heaped teaspoon of coffee
  • Lots of cocoa (I use Milo or Cowbell chocolate)
  • Milk 
  • Sugar
  • Add a bit of hot water and stir to melt it all down
  • Top it up with very cold water. Ice too if you can
  • Enjoy and thank me later!

5. Savvy and Chic shea butter cup:

Remember this?  

  
This is where it is now.  

  
I like this stuff as you can see and I use it a lot! My dislikes would be:
-I wish it were more fragrant.
-I wish it came in a better container.
-It contains Mica and I wonder why. I would have preferred it all natural.
6. Flower crown:  

  
  If only this flower crown could cry or run or slap me! I’m sure it is tired of me! 
If you know where I can get more at super affordable prices, please let me know in the comments.
7. Saving: 

   
I have been struggling with saving for so long and I am so proud to say that I have now started saving. I started in May/June and I’m not doing too badly! 
I think saving is super important because you never know when you will need that money. I have set a goal for how much I want to save this year and so far I’m not doing badly. Any saving tips? Please share in the comments.
8. TV in my room:  

  
You guys know I moved recently. At my former house, I had a TV in my room but at my new house, I didn’t. I’d be watching TV in the living room and my mum would just come and change the channel. And let me tell you, sharing a TV with my mum is the worst experience for me because her idea of premium entertainment is Telemundo (her favourite), Afmag in all its varieties (including Hausa), and one Indian channel I had no idea existed on DSTV. 
So imagine my joy when this last month, I got a TV in my room! Hallelujah somebody!
9. Blank Space by Taylor Swift:  

  

 This song has basically scratched and cracked on my phone because I listen to it every blessed day! I just love it! 
That’s it for me guys! 
P.s. If you got an email for this post twice, my apologies. I mistakenly posted it earlier when I wasn’t done writing so I took it down.
Do you share any of my faves? What are you currently loving? Share with me please!

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NITC 11

Hi beautiful people!
The eleventh NITC was on Saturday. 
In case you don’t know what NITC is, *gasps* where have you been?! 
It’s a hair meetup that holds a few times a year organized by Natural NigerianThe Kink and I and Carib Health.
As always, it was an opportunity to mingle, learn, shop and feed your eyes with beautiful hair.
It seems Mother Nature didn’t get the memo though because it was raining for the better part of the day. As a result, the turnout wasn’t as good as it usually is but there was still a good number of people.
The theme of the event was Keeping It Real. 
There were four talks and I have the scoop.

Talk 1: By Kelechi Koko- @yellowsisi
 

 


 Main points:

Some things that dry your hair out-

  1. Products- Not all products work for everyone. Some things might be moisturizing for some and drying for others e.g. aloe vera, shea butter, ACV. 
  2. Not moisturizing properly.
  3. Build up.
  • Natural hair is for everyone; it grows out of your scalp; but not everyone is patient enough to handle it. 
  • Don’t confuse breakage with shedding. It’s normal for your hair to shed daily; don’t think it’s breaking when it isn’t.
Talk 2: By Esther Morenikeji (a weight loss professional)- @estamorenikeji
 

She was so so so funny, relatable and fun to listen to!


Main points:
  • Fitfam and naturalistas have things in common. They like sharp sharp things. (LOL! So true!)
  • The purpose of exercise is beyond body beautiful.
  • Being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fit.
  • Not every time fry fry. Sometimes, toast, roast and grill.
  • For a healthier stew, boil the tomatoes and pepper till almost dry and add a little oil followed by your spices. (As opposed to the original method of frying the tomatoes in oil)
  • Do a maintainable diet so it doesn’t seem like a punishment. Don’t go for expensive food stuff that you can’t maintain. 
  • Exercise doesn’t have to be anything major. Walk, jump rope.
  • Bulk your meals with veggies and proteins as opposed to carbohydrates.
  • Nigerian foods are not unhealthy. They can be healthy when you choose healthier methods of preparing them and eat the correct portions.
Talk 3: By Cherise (Not sure)- Carib Health.
  

Main points:

  • Don’t overdo weight loss. 4kg per month is acceptable weight loss.
  • Drink water before you eat; like 30 mins before. This helps you eat less and digest better.
  • Eat slower and savour your meal; it helps you eat less.
  • Mixing fruit and meat can cause bloating. Eat fruits first and then food like 30 mins later. 
  • Don’t eat high in sugar fruits at night e.g mangoes and pineapples.
Carib Health also has a wellness show every Sunday at 1pm on 92.3 
Talk 4: By Geraldine- Intimate Pleasures
  
To be extremely honest, I did not write anything in this segment. I was too busy listening and oohing and giggling. 
But to summarize, it was an interactive sex talk with topics ranging from tampons versus menstrual cups to perceptions about sexually liberated women in our society to vibrators.
It was quite interesting.
Side note: During the talk, someone mentioned ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for infections ‘down there’. Diluted with water and used to rinse (alternatively you can sit in a bowl of it for a short while), it helps to alleviate itching and cure the infection.
So here’s what we really came for, pictures!
 

Ife

  

She has clip ins in her hair which she made herself

  

Kanyinsola

      Ekene of The Kink And I    Ify of Ify’s Musings  

Ekene and Isioma

       

Can you believe this is a weave?

  

The hall with vendors

  

Shopping and chatting

      Berry of Berry Dakara and Nicole  Atilola of African Naturalistas   

Here’s what I bought (even though I said I wouldn’t buy anything at all) 
Island Shea Butter Cup from Savvy & Chic

A floral headband from Fashion Strings (I was apprehensive about buying it because the last time I bought stuff from them, everything spoilt in no time but let’s see)

   I also got a Henna Tattoo from The Henna Place

Outfit of the day

I scored this Eve and Tribe skirt on sale for less than 2000 Naira some time ago.

And that’s a wrap on NITC 11!

Shoutout to Anita, a lovely blog reader who said hi! 

How was NITC 11 for you if you attended? If you didn’t attend, tell me whyyyyyy? How’s your week going?