Friday, 24 November 2017

Unapologetically Bold

Friday, 24 November 2017

Unapologetically Bold

Eboni wearing bright red trousers and a black leather jacket

When it comes to fashion, I have had one heck of a style journey! When I look back at my style evolution, one thing can be said - though I've not always been the most stylish, my experimental nature has always existed. 
From making a necklace out of Mousetrap board game mice (true story) to leopard print and kimono tops, I have always been true to myself and worn what makes me happy. 



Eboni wearing red pretty little thing trousers and a black beret



I like to think I have learnt how to dress a little trendier over the years, but what I never lost was my passion for making a statement. Wearing colours that some would call "brave", making statements and making mistakes. Fashion should be fun and creative and an extension of you. 



Red was my favourite colour from a really young age. As I hit my teens, it was purple, or more specifically lilac. Now, as a twenty-something, my favourite colour is completely dependant on reason. E.g. Gold and dusky pink or white and grey for interiors. But it's my one true love, red, who has managed to creep back into my life in the form of trousers, dresses, lipstick, tassel earrings and berets! 
I love how powerful I feel in red!



Red represents me. My childhood, my city, my style and my power!




I have never felt the need to apologise for my style or my choice in colours, but when I wear a colour like red, it is usually a conversation starter. It often goes something like; "Wow, I love your trousers! But I could never wear them."

Why not?

Maybe people feel afraid to wear a colour that is powerful by association. I believe the answer is in how you carry yourself. Allow the colour to affect your mood and let your mood affect the world. Never apologise for being bold.

Did you read this post thinking "I love her outfit, those trousers are great, but I could never wear them myself". If so, why not?

Eb x






(All images by Justina Naravaite)


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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Pampered at Polished

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Pampered at Polished


Hey Guys,

We all need to take a little time out for some self-care every now and again. Be that a mental health break, or indulging in a Netflix marathon, "me" time can be so necessary. Last weekend was the chance for me to feel a little pampered as I head to Polished in Dulwich for a complimentary mani-pedi!
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Monday, 20 November 2017

Techie Christmas Gift Ideas With Maplin

Monday, 20 November 2017

Techie Christmas Gift Ideas With Maplin



Hey Guys,

Last week I was invited to the home of all things tech - Maplin HQ in London. Maplin is huge brand with all the answers for affordable, fun technology and electronics. 
We were unleashed into the temporary Christmas playground, set up by the lovely Maplin crew. I was like a foam dart out of a toy air rifle, trying out all the gadgets and games...
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Monday, 6 November 2017

10 Thoughts I had during my first Meditation class

Monday, 6 November 2017

10 Thoughts I had during my first Meditation class

Eboni leaning against a tree wearing an autumnal outfit

So I tried a new thing - Meditation.

I recently won a competition on the St Martin's Lane Instagram page for a Meditation class at Yotopia, led by Dirish Shaktidas. I have a few friends who swear by meditation and I sometimes do guided meditations on YouTube to help me sleep, so I thought - great!
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

My New Hair Routine + Hair Care Secrets

Sunday, 5 November 2017

My New Hair Routine + Hair Care Secrets


Hey Guys,

With the colder temperatures creeping in and party season fast approaching, there really isn't a better time to take care of your hair! Summer can be harsh on our hair - the extra heat and sun exposure can be so damaging. And I don't know about you, but I find that I do a lot more styling with heat tools during the summer (probably to combat the humidity and for those sexy summer dates that I didn't have)... Anyway!

I was kindly invited down to Live True Vauxhall salon to get a hair refresh. A cut followed by a blow dry is exactly what I needed to get my hair back to a healthy state!
I have super curly, mixed-race hair, that requires a knowledgeable hand to handle! Live True hooked me up with Claire from their Vauxhall branch. Claire is a curly hair genius! Seriously. She gave me heaps of tips and tricks that work well with our hair type. Keep reading to discover the secrets...


"That's why her hair's so big, it's full of secrets"


We started off with a shampoo and condition, naturally. 
Claire's first secret - shampoo the scalp first! 
Shampoo tends to cling to our hair at the middle and ends, it can be difficult to really clean and exfoliate the scalp by applying the shampoo to the hair itself. Claire says that by applying the product to the scalp, dry, no water, we can guarantee the scalp is properly washed. The shampoo will lather up as normal once you get under the water, then rinse!

Sulphate-free products used during washing:





I have been getting regular trims for the past year, however I am yet to get an actual "style" cut in. Claire was ready to take on the task and I trusted her! We took a little length from around my face to create more shape, and then cut a couple of little layers into the back to make sure that my hair had a great shape when curly and when straight!
Claire cut my hair whilst it was wet and curly. This made it easier to see the shape that my hair fell into naturally, and meant she wouldn't accidentally over cut it. Curly hair tends to spring up once dry. 


Despite having my hair blow dried at the end (as a lil treat), I loved seeing the new shape. I have been wearing my hair natural and curly recently, as opposed to straightening it. I can't wait to wash my hair at home and style it curly. 




Next, it was time to blow dry. Claire's top tip was to use a thermal hair shield. This KeraCare product not only protects your hair from the heat tools, but it also acts as a anti-humidity product for as long as it takes to wash your hair next!



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Claire achieved a super smooth finish using some platinum-coated hair straighteners. I love that I now have a little side swept fringe. My hair is looking and feeling healthier than ever. It is so important to get rid of the dead, split ends in order for your hair to be healthy enough to grow. My journey to long, curly hair continues!




Calling all curly-haired guys and gals, or those who care about their haircare, you must to head to Live True Vauxhall and demand to be seen by Claire the hair wizard! I will definitely be back to have another refresh with Claire. I hope some of you will go and experience a service with her too!




Live True London are kindly offering my readers a 25% discount on all hair services booked with the code:



"Blogger Offer"

Terms and conditions: When booking your appointment, quote ‘Blogger Offer’ to take advantage of this offer. Offer available to new clients only. Offer available with selected stylists only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. No cash value. LIVE TRUE LONDON reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

https://www.livetruelondon.com/all-services/hair-services/



Eb x

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Importance of Great Friendships

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Importance of Great Friendships

eboni holding a warm latte with Monica Vinader bracelet


"Friends are the family we choose"

We've all heard that quote a thousand times, and for me, it couldn't be more true...

I grew up in a small family. In fact, it was just me and my mum. Before your mind wanders off into Gilmore Girls territory, let me explain that mine and my mum's relationship hasn't always been steady ground. I love my mum to bits, but there are many ways in which we are incompatible. I think this is why I have always treasured my friendships and why I am so thankful for the wonderful people I surround myself with.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

Eboni smiling and throwing orange leaves

Hey Guys,

Yaass!!! Autumn has finally rolled around. Us bloggers do love a good season change! It's the time to update those Insta themes and change up the wardrobe (any excuse to go shopping!) And let's not forget that autumn is the time the clocks go back - meaning, an extra hour of snooze time!

In today's post, I will be giving you my top 10 reasons to love autumn! Let me know in the comments if I have left anything out, and let me know what your favourite season is!

Grab a cup of ya fav hot beverage, and settle in for the cosiest of cosy posts!
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Monday, 30 October 2017

My Black Friday Wish List with #PLTWishlist

Monday, 30 October 2017

My Black Friday Wish List with #PLTWishlist


Eboni wears Red boots from pretty little thing

Hey Guys,

Set your alarms, add it to your calendars, because this 24th November, PrettyLittleThing are going all out with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! 
I have put together this post of the top five items on my #PLTWishlist.
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Friday, 27 October 2017

"Somedays I am the Flowers, Somedays I am the Rain"

Friday, 27 October 2017

"Somedays I am the Flowers, Somedays I am the Rain"

Eboni wearing Pretty Little Thing

This beautiful quote was something I saw around the time of World Mental Health Day. It was posted by a fellow blogger and I immediately screen-grabbed it. The words stuck with me because high's and low's are something I struggle with a lot. Not just your average PMS mood swings, but sudden spouts of depression brought on by a variety of things. My self confidence, my lack of sleep, my social anxiety, relationships, friendships and so on.



Eboni wearing Pretty Little Thing Outfit



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Eboni wearing grey check coat, black pom pom earrings and red lipstick

This quote really stuck with me because within it, there is a lesson that I have been discovering as I grow - even through the lowest moments, when I am feeling super sh*tty and sorry for myself, there is a teeny, tiny ray of light (whether I want to admit it in that moment or not) in the super far distance that knows this feeling is just a passing storm that I need to wait out.

It's because of my highs, my happiness and my success, that I know the "storm" is only temporary and there is so much more to come. I know this, because it is a pattern that just repeats itself #Life (woaahh!)






Eboni wearing grey check coat from Pretty Little Thing

Eboni wearing grey check pretty little thing coat with red boots


It is with this understanding that I find peace and a little comfort in this quote and I allow myself to settle and almost enjoy my lows as much as my highs. I encourage myself to learn from all my experiences and most importantly, remain grounded. 

All flowers need a little rain to grow :)

Seeing this quote being shared around the online community reassures me that I am not alone in feeling this way. And that it is ok to not to be ok all the time, with no apologies!





I wonder if any of you lovely readers can relate to this quote at all? 

PS. This entire outfit is from PrettyLittleThing can you believe it!? With Black Friday coming up, PLT are having a hugeee online sale. Make sure you have a look and grab a bargain! 

https://www.prettylittlething.com/black-friday

Eb x


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