All dressed up and ready for church

Beauty, Culture, Fashion, Hair, Natural Hair, Uncategorized
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My modest Marilyn Monroe moment

Hello and welcome. Here is a two blogs in one. I have been a bit busy over the past two weeks as I had an exam. So a bit about this Sundays WORD was a question. As a believe how seriously do you take God. Do you profess with your mouth and live any how? Time to think, ponder and change if need be. How shall we neglect so great a salvation? God hate sin and has provided atonement for us in Christ Jesus, let’s not make a mockry of Him by living any how.

Last Sunday’s look

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For this look, the trousers is from asos, the blouse is from H&M. The black and white shoes are from Dorothy Perkins and the nudeish one is from new look. The trouser in this picture didn’t fit me back then, but now they do and I am glad. The eye shadow in this picture is MUA and the lips are elf cosmetics Ruby Red. 

This Sundays look

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As you can see I am slowly movi g toward vibrant colours. For the eye shadow I used MUA and my lips are BarryM matte me up. The skirt is from Asos, I bought this a few years ago but it didn’t fit either, it does now although it has been adjusted I can take the adjusted part off. The blouse is from Primark. Now that I have a better eating habit, I fit in the size 6 properly as well as 8. I think before the sizing was not true and was a hit and miss for me.

 

Until next time stay blessed.

 

Iryn

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Once upon a time in Notos Panorama, Greece

Culture, Explore, Holiday, Travel, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is just a short piece of me remenicing about my holiday to Greece last year.

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This is Notos, Panorama Greece which inspired this piece.

When we hopped off the boat at Notos, I decided to look around. The sky was blue, the sun was not shy at all and the birds were chirping. The Greeks didn’t seem to stress much.

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Just a few directions for the tourist. The most important one being the WC, obviously. 😂

Then I thought to self ‘this is life’. To me the sound of the birds chirping, the blue sky and colourful scenery brought a lot of peace compared to what I was used to. “Why can’t it be like this all the time?” I pondered. One must sit back and enjoy life. Sometimes you need a change of scenery to be able to think well and freely, to motivate you to do more or better, you become alert and are reminded of what really matters in life.

This is one of many post to follow.

“Work hard, play hard but never confuse the two” D A Carson.

Until next time, take a break and focus on you.

Iryn

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All dressed up and ready for church

African Fashion, Ankara style, BarryM, Beauty, Church, Culture, Fashion, Hair, Makeup, MUA Eye Shadow, Natural Hair, Uncategorized
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All set and ready for church

Hello and welcome to my blog. Yesterday we had a lovely weather in the UK. The sun was out so it was hot.

The sermon was about based on questions the disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24. When shall these things be and what are the signs of thy coming? It was concluded that it is not our job to try and read signs of His second coming to to focus on our responsibility as Christians and live a life faithful before God. Remind me of R C Sprolls phrase “To live all of life Coram Deo” which means to live life in the presence of God even though you don’t see Him.

The look

As the sun was out, I decided to wear another african print dress. See the slide below. This dress was gifted to me and as always the shoes are old new look shoes.

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The look: makeup

The eye shadow is MUA copper and another colour similar to the greenish dots in my dress. I used MAC foundation in NW55 this time, I do not use this that often because it for special occasion as it a bit pricey. The lip colour is mainly BarryM lip pencil in chocolate. I say mainly because I used another old Mac lip gloss and bare minerales mascara on the lashes. I wanted to tone down the colour since the dress was very bright and cheerful lol.  I am not a big fan of lashes as I usually wear glasses although I have a few of them. I was wearing contact lenses in this picture so if my eyes look a bit strange that is the reason. The aim is now to play with colours on the eyes while still keeping it natural.

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That’s all for this blog. Until next time, stay blessed.

 

Iryn

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The natural hair journey continues: Natural Hair food

Beauty, Carrier Oils, Culture, Curls, CurlyGirl, Hair, Moisturiser, Natural Hair, TeamNatural, Uncategorized
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Your hair will love this

Hello and welcome to my blog. This blog is basically about some of the natural homemade remedies I make and use to deep condition my hair. There is nothing new about this sort of mixture.

The avocado hair mix

When I first started out in my natural hair journey, I tried a lot of things. And being worried about too many chemicals in off the shelf products, I used a lot more clays and Indian powders like Neem and Amla. I also deep conditioned with fruits such as banana, avocado and even papaya.

When my hair was relaxed I tried the York, honey and olive oil mixture. There was an interview with Kimora Lee Simmons in the Sophisticated Black Hair magazine who stated that this was what she used to deep condition her hair. So I decided to try and my result is as below; my hair felt strong, voluminous and bouncy.

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This is me when I first tried what Kimora suggested in her interview. I washed the hair and put rollers in 🤭 I was about 17 or 18 at that time, it was 2006. My hair was coloured as well.

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This is how the mixture looks like with all the ingredients

Having taken out my hair about three weeks ago I decided to treat the hair by deep conditioning with this all natural homemade hair mask. 

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The ingredient I used. I will probably do this once a month or once every two weeks. My hair is most likely going to be in braids most of the time but summer is here so for a long as I have it out

The ingredients in the mask is as follows:

Avocado

Egg York

Avocado oil

Jojoba oil

Olive oil

Coconut oil

Castor oil

Honey

Glycerine

A squeeze of lemon

Cedarwood, Peppermint, Rosemary, Frankincense and Lavender essential oil

Tea spoon of apple cider vinegar

Aloe Vera and Rosemary floral water

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Detangle and section the hair

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I then put the mixture in my hair in sections.

I left it on for a about 2 to 3 hours while I did something else and washed it off. I oiled my hair and scalp with an oil mixture I made for my self, I then used the African Pride’s leave in conditioner and my shea butter mix to moisturise. I followed this with detangling and cornrow the hair. I took out the cornrow the next day and my hair was as below, it was very soft.

 

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I am not too bothered about defined curls so I was happy with the result. Although my face takes most of the shots, I had not planned to blog about this. I filmed it to post on YouTube, I will take pictures of the hair when I do do this again.

I will end this here and until next time, it bye from me.

Iryn

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Our new Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Culture, Uncategorized
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Hello and welcome to my blog. So as we are all aware we now have a new Duke and Duchess in town. Congratulations to you both and I couldn’t be any happier for you.

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Just married

I was glued to the Royal family YouTube channel and adding to my WhatsApp stories as if I was there. I also took a few beautiful pictures.

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The Duchess smiles as she looks into the eyes of the duke

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The Duke looks into the eyes of the Duchess and smiles. This is love 😊

This post is about Meghan’s makeup on the day. I have to applaud her for her choice partly because we all know how much the makeup industy is worth. And if she had done alot and listed the names of the brand almost everyone will be rushing to get their hands on some of these products. Mostly the young girls who are into fairy tales. We live in the age where you can no longer tell the difference between a teenager and an adult. Most teenagers are mostly well made up with weaves most of the time. This used to be reserved for proms and birthday, it is now an everyday thing. When I was growing up I had braids and foundation to hide hyperpigmentation.

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Brides mother. Dorian Ragland

I believe it sends out a strong message to young girls that you don’t have to be overly madeup to be admired and as special as this day was for her she kept it bare minimal. And so was her mum’s makeup. Her gown was beautiful and simple. Yes she is from Hollywood and everyone was expecting to fall off their chairs but she chose to send a better message to all the young girls out there. Those with freckles and those who feel they are only beautiful with alot of makeup on.

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The Duchess of Sussex. Every strong man needs a stronger woman behind him.

It’s OK if you do not have the latest eye shadow pallette that everyone is reviewing on YouTube or the highlighter that has broken YouTube. Obviously she used a makeup artist who is a dior ambassador and it was costly but yet beautifully and lightly done. I probably sound like I am shooting myself in the foot however my point is whoever was waiting for a blinding highlighter and shimmer eyeshadow is disappointed because they may think boo she could have done more.  Sometimes it is better to make a statement when you hold a higher place in society. Remember Catherine’s wedding her makeup was not that much either. Some of the commentators were expecting Hollywood glam but she gave them natural beauty although it was still expensive. Use makeup to enhance the beauty you have and if it is for art purpose do it just for that but don’t make it an everyday norm or stipulate that this is how it should be done.

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All the best to this couple. I am very happy for Harry that he finally found his princess.

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Source: Kensington Royal/PA Final God bless your union and make you fruitful. May He grant you all your heart desires as a married couple according to His will for you both.

Let me know what you thought of her look or the day?

Until next time, it’s bye from me.

Iryn

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Resurection Sunday

African Fashion, Ankara style, Beauty, Church, Culture, Fashion, Journey To Clear Skin, Uncategorized

Hello and welcome to my blog. This is just a blogpost of gratitude to God for salvation and forgiveness of sins provided to all mankind on the cross of calvary over 2000 years ago.

I can confidently sing “Because He lives, i can face tomorrow”

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My outfit on resurection sunday. Ankara style from Ghana

I hope you had a great day at church as we remember the greatness of the Creater of heaven and earth and everything in it. #HeIsRisenIndeed

 

Until next time, God bless you all.

 

Iryn

My birthday weekend at a glance…

Beauty, Culture, IMAN Costmetics, Makeup, Natural Hair
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The idea was that my cake match my dress and my makeup too 😊

Hello and welcome to my blog. It has been a while since i came on here with a lengthy blogpost. I have been quite busy with travelling up and down the country and buay in general.

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This is the makeup i did for the sunday of my birthday weekend. I used the BH cosmetics solar eye shadow pallette. the hair was done for me by a friend

On the saturday i got my makeup done by a friend which i loved. I looked completely different and as it was not any ordinary birthday, i was happy with the outcome of the entire look. I had been planning this look in my head for weeks.

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I bought the dress and shoes from Asos. They were quite affordable as they were in their sale section. I think the shoes were £18.00 and the dress was £15.00. But my cale cost more than my outfit put together.

I went out to central London to eat with a few friends.i went to a restaurant called Bangalore Express and the experience was not great as it was during the short blizzard period in London so it was cold inside. They said their heating had broken down and they made no substitute *roll eyes.

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This is their coconut rice with their lamb masala. A lot has change since the last time i went there. It did not feel like for the better. The ambiance was off, no background music just noise from a party down sta

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Just so you can see and apprecoate the art on my face. If you are in the UK and need an MUA let me know i know a couple of people.

I was initially looking for a dress for a wedding then i stambled upon this one and a burgandy one. In the end i wore Karen Millen to the wedding.

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This is the silk Karen Millen dress i wore to the wedding. I have had this dress since 2011. I bought it for a wedding.

I got the hair inspiration from Shameless Maya after my ideas were taken by others. But i liked this hairstyle alot. I was going for the bad girl look so hopefully i achieved it.

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I was the black rapanzel that weekend. i got this dress from asos as well. it has a slit on the other side. I believe this one was £18.00. I wore this with my Nine West sandal shoe.

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How the dress looks from the front. makeup was done by myself.

It was a great weekend and i am grateful to God for allowing me to see this age and this year. May all that i do bring glory to His Holy name for it is in Him i live and have my being.

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Model behaviour #GloryToGodAlone💫

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 💫 The cake 💫

In my new age i intend to explore a lot. i have a few travel ideas. I was meant to be going Japan at the end of this month but due to the nature of my job i can not take time off around that time. 😢 So maybe next time. I am thinking of coach journeys to Europe 😃 so stay tune!.

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💫 #Legs

 

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Some more pictures of my sunday look. This makeup was done by me. 💫

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, it bye from me.

 

Iryn

 

 

 

So this is Christmas…

Christmas, Culture

Hello and welcome,

Todays blog is about the most exciting time of the year as we remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Growing up in Ghana I have loved Christmas simply because it was the time you got to eat the special meal such as chicken and jollof rice and salad and fufu, light soup and chicken. Up until my mid teens looking forward to Christmas started to decline simply because over in the west it is celebrated differently.

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Jollof Rice

I remember in Ghana we were given new dresses and shoes specifically for Christmas unlike in the west when you get or can go purchase new cloths at anytime and day. I remember we will wear our dresses, toy watches and sunglasses and take pictures. The photographer will come take the pictures and return the pictures at a later day. It was also the only time of day we took pictures so basically you had better be practicing your smiles all year. This moment was also mandatory according to my grandad. You didn’t get the chance to take another one because you did not like the one you took previously. I used to get really good shots with my bursting smiles beaming through. Due to this, the only pictures I have of my childhood were all taken on Christmas day. Obviously now there are digital and phone cameras and you would not need the photographer to come through on Christmas day. There are timers on the camera phone and digital camera which means you can take as many as you please.

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Comparing Christmas in Ghana and in the west(UK)
Obviously in the west you can have chicken all day everyday and eat jollof rice whenever you felt like it. I came from a middle class family and modest too I would say. When I was in Ghana this was luxury and special meals like jollof and chicken were kept mostly to Christmas day only and at times birthdays but rarely. The presents you recieved was the dress or cloth which was sewn for you to wear on Christmas day for church. It was also the only time we had the coca cola, fantas, biscuits and other ghanain delicacies such as chocolate, pebbles, chocomilo to name but a few. This indicates that my diet was pretty clean. We would go to church in the morning and come home to eat and listen to music. Thinking back I appreciate the way we celebrated Christmas then as it was low maintenance.

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Christmas in the west I feel is a bit depressing as everyone is with their own family in their own houses whereas in Ghana the bar opposite our house will be playing loud music and there will be people around. We also got to watch TV for a longer time which we would not be allowed to had it been any other day. The community also usually comes out to watch a bunch of masked men and women dancing or parading on the streets in a carnival setting. They are called “ankos”, which I used to be scared of. The stressful part of Christmas in the west is looking for presents and wrapping them for it to ripped apart and possibly not looked after properly.

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Ankos: They usually dance in the street on christmas day in Takoradi.

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Ankos: Making their way through the crowd.

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I do like families coming together and eating too. It is the only time of the year I do not have to worry about what I need to eat or having to cook. The difference is that in Takoradi, Ghana the celebration is (inclusive) as it involves the community coming together, whereas the west celebrate with families thereby the celebration being (exclusive). All in all I hope your Christmas was lovely.

How was Christmas like for you growing up?

Until next time merry christmas

Iryn