10 TIPS ON HOW TO CARE FOR BRAIDS



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You all know that I am a confirmed braidaholic (if that's even a word). I have been wearing braids for most of my adult life now, so today I will be sharing some tips on how to care for braids.

how I care for braids,

Let's begin!

1. To avoid damage to your hairline go for a less voluminous look. I love a full head of braids but they are sometimes heavier, harder to style and also cause hair loss.

2. For those of you who love full braids as much as I do, I recommend using Expression hair as it is very light and easier to carry. 

3. When braiding try to leave out your baby hairs. Though, this sometimes prevents your braids from looking fresh which is why I usually skip this step but a little hair gel can do wonders (Speaking to myself).

4. As much as I love playing around with different styles, it is advisable to avoid that. Braids are meant to be protective hairstyles after all which is why I try to wear my hair down more often to preserve my hairline

5. Another way to preserve the hairline is to mix cornrows with individual braids like in the picture below.


6. Oil your scalp as often as possible to prevent it from getting dry, then causing dandruff. I use Soulmate which makes my braids soft and hair well-oiled. Coconut oil is also a good choice

7. I've come across a lot of people with bad odours coming from their braids (I've been guilty too). These smells are caused when sweat doesn't dry. My advice is to blow-dry or air-dry your braids after workouts and avoid up-dos which cause a build-up of sweat.

8. To prevent damaging your hairline while working out, put your hair in a loose ponytail or better yet use a hairnet.

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9. It's advisable to wash your braids twice a week if you intend to keep it longer than a month. I usually don't wear my braids for more than a month (props of doing your own hair) so I usually skip this step.

10. Try not to wear your braids for longer than 6 weeks so as to avoid tangles in the hair which could then lead to hair loss. 

For more tips check out Breanna's video, which I found very insightful.
Now onto you, how do you care for your braids?

LOOKBOOK: HIGH-WAIST TROUSERS 3 WAYS



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Ladies and gentlemen (possibly) it's time for another look-book! Look-books are something I look forward to and enjoy but since I cut down on my shopping, coming up with ideas has not been easy. However I got inspired, so Today I will be showing you three ways of styling these awesome pants which were thrifted by the way. To see how these pants were previously styled check out here and here.

Photography by Ruth Audu

LOOK 1: Casual Affair

This look is perfect for a casual outing like shopping with the girls or a lunch date. A simple change to heels would make this outfit perfect for church or a more fancy affair. I simply paired my white T-shirt with a scarf and added my leopard print flats (thrifted) for an additional pop of print.

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Lookbook, leopard print flats. how to tie a scarf, high-waist pants, pink

Lookbook, leopard print flats. how to tie a scarf, high-waist pants, pink

Pants: Thrift Store || Shirt: Bangkok Street Market || Bag: Sister's Closet || Flats: Thrift Store || Scarf: Cotton On


LOOK 2: Retro Corporate Chic

This look is obviously from another era, I'm not sure which one though. Believe it or not but this entire outfit with the exception of the shoes and bag is thrifted. The combination of the structured vintage blazer and trousers create a men's inspired retro/ vintage look. Ideally this outfit would be worn to work.

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Vintage structured blazer, high-waist trousers, white pumps, work inspiration, workwear, pink trousers, blazer

Vintage structured blazer, high-waist trousers, white pumps, work inspiration, workwear, pink trousers, blazer

Pants: Thrift Store || Pumps: Bershka || Blazer: Thrift Store || Bag: Zalora Thailand || Shirt: Thrift Store

LOOK 3: Date Night

I have featured this top on the blog several times but I usually wear it backwards. This time around I decided to wear it normally lol. To accessorize I added a simple necklace which I barely wear and  went for this lovely printed purse. As the name implies, this look would be perfect for a date night.

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high-waist trousers, black pumps, pink, vintage, date night

high-waist trousers, black pumps, pink, vintage, date night

 Pants: Thrift Store || Pumps: MBK Thailand || Top: Never Bangkok || Purse: Bangkok || Necklace: Forever 21

So there you have it, a casual, corporate and chic look. What is your favoruite one?

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INSPIRATION: AFRICAN HEADWRAPS



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I love head-wraps! They offer the perfect pop of print and colour to basic outfits. Not to mention I feel more African when I rock them lol, guess you could say I'm paying homage to my roots. Anyways, today I'm sharing some of my pins from Pinterest to inspire you. 

I do not claim ownership of any of these images.

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african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara
african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara
african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara

african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara

african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara

african print, head-wraps, head-tie, ankara

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Of course I couldn't leave you without tutorials on how to achieve some of these looks. So check out Fanmdjanm for some Amazing tutorials. I made a head-wrap tutorial here and you can see how I rocked head-wraps in the past herehere and here.

I'm thinking of creating a video tutorial, let's see how that goes.Till next time!

MONOCHROME SERIES: LOOK 4



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monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence

monochrome, black and white, lace-up booties, date night, true self confidence
Photography by Ruth Audu

Looking at these picture I can't help but smile. There was a time in my life when my clothes used to fit me differently, lol I could not even take a picture wearing this skirt without pushing my hips to the side to emphasize my curves (here). Sure I have gained a couple pounds and have gone up a size but my self-confidence still remains. Which brings me to my next point 
"true self-confidence comes from within, it should not be based on what others think or the way you look but in the way you feel about yourself".
(Galatians 2:20)

This is the last outfit of the monochrome series, it was fun but I'm looking forward to rocking colours again. If there one thing to take away from this it's the importance of wardrobe basics (post coming up). Now, for this outfit I paired my favorite pencil skirt with a basic white T-shirt. I then added a statement belt, a pop of colour and my lace-up booties for that extra edge (as seen here, here and here). I would rock this to a date night, depending on the guy though.

Skirt: F&F || Shirt: Bangkok Street Market || Shoes: Zalora Thailand || Purse: MBK Thailand || Belt: Workshop Thailand

I hope you enjoyed this series! Leave a comment down below if you have suggestions of more topics. As always thank you for commenting.

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