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Drycleaning my clothes is one of my least favorite things to do. It seems like the prettiest dresses, flowiest wide leg pants and silkiest blouses are always “Dry Clean Only.” I literally have a stock pile of clothes that need to be dry cleaned. But honestly, I rather spend more money buying new clothes than dry cleaning it.
So, I took to Google to find a solution. Surprisingly, most of the research mentioned that most “Dry Clean Only” garments can just be hand washed and they’ll be fine. From silk blouses to soft delicates the most cost-effective solution is to hand wash your clothes in either cold or lukewarm water with detergent and lay it out or hang it to dry, indoors. Simple. So, next time, don’t hesitate to purchase that pretty printed “Dry Clean Only” cami. You already look good in it, now you know how to clean it.
We’ve all been there, yes? You’re on a lovely beach, ready to dip your perfectly polished pedicure into the salty clear blue seas, and then you realize you are not Bo Derek in 10. Your hair is not naturally straight and it’s not immune to the curling power of water. You have natural kinky hair that will fight to cling together in tight coils if the slightest ounce of water touches your tresses. However, the good news is there are ways to prep your hair to prevent sun, chlorine and salt damage, so you can maintain your beautiful natural glow all summer long.
This is the season of the white parties. From engagement parties to bridal showers to birthdays and christenings, I am constantly in pursuit of a elegant white dress for summer festivities. For the occasions, I prefer a dress to separates, because I don’t have to worry about matching the shades of whites. Instead, an elegant white dress is effortless and with added chic accessories to elevate the style, can make a statement.
Beautiful people. When you work hard for something and you begin to see the fruition of your labor, it’s a good feeling. One of my goals for this year, was to expand my platform. I wanted to start contributing to other platforms to extend the knowledge and information I express here to others who may not already be in my network. I’ve done that by contributing to STYLVO, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion content platform for African millennials. What I didn’t perceive, so soon at least, was that my post would be featured on one of the highest rated Nigerian blogs, Bella Naija. This small victory is a testament to those that are working hard behind the scenes waiting for your work to be validated. I say, keep working, soon the seeds that you are sowing will yield bountiful fruit.
Here is the intro to my published post.
It’s vacation season, and I’ve already started using my passport this. Nigeria was my first stop. Actually, I’ve been going back to Nigeria often lately. Peruse my previous posts here and here. To some, Nigeria isn’t a vacation spot at the top of their list, but it has a lot to offer if we open our minds to it. Not only Nigeria, but the massive African continent is an understated vacation haven. Instead of mapping out your next European excursive, think outside the typical vacation box and travel to a place that isn’t far from your ancestral backyard.
You may not have heard of Seychelles, or even have known that it’s a part of the African Union, but Prince William fancied it. Seychelles was the honeymoon destination for the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge, and it can be yours too. I’ve been eyeing Seychelles even before it became a celebrity hotspot for its beautiful blue waters and lush green scenery right off the east coast of Africa.
Placed on the Mahé Island, the Constance Ephelia boasts of elegants beaches with private villas and sophisticated waves to match. This luxury resort with surely give you some R&R time.
I love rice. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m sure I’m not the only African who does. I would eat rice everyday, if the parboiled variety I usually eat didn’t turn to simple carbohydrates, than to sugar, than to my weight control nightmare. I digress. One of my favorite rice dishes is Jollof Rice. You can’t go wrong with Jollof Rice in my book. At least with the Nigerian version. With the Ghanaian version, I’m not so sure. However, in an effort to eat healthier, I’ve been trying to substitute my rice based meals with black rice (forbidden rice). Black rice has similar nutritional value as brown rice, but the flavor and texture is so much better. I’ve only mastered African Black Fried Rice (my recipe coming soon), thus far, because the nutty taste of the black rice complements the curry flavor of traditional African fried rice so well. On my quest to incorporate black rice into my diet, I’ve been mulling over recipes and these 3 enticed my taste buds. They may not be the most Afrocentric meals, but these recipes use some common ingredients found in African kitchens, so give them a try.