Sunday, 20 August 2017

I CUT MY HAIR (for real this time)



If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you'd know I've taken two trips to the barbers and both times, I was so nervous, I could shit myself.
It felt so weird to be someone that has had long hair to now having a pair of clippers swept across your head. It's been the strangest change, not only for me but for my parents too who never thought they'd see their daughter in a barbers, let alone sitting in the chair.
As a Nigerian, my parents (dad more so) see hair as a sign of beauty and also being heavily invested in religion, hair is a sign of strength and cutting it, represents you weakening yourself.
That's the "belief".

However, I see it as switching up the do and slaying. Hair is just hair and it will grow back.
I've loved having my hair so short, it's been so easy to look after and do in the morning, well there's not much to do.
I do want to dye it, in the near future but not 100% on what colour yet so I've stuck to black for the time being.
My hair is naturally curly so I've been wearing it like so, I haven't attempted finger waves yet which I will, I just have to have the patience to do it. When I do, I'll defnitely show you guys.

The products I'm using haven't changed much but I'll do updated hair routine in my next hair related post.

I've been enjoying watching natural hair journeys so it's been fun starting my own journey. It's sort of a journey to nowhere because my aim isn't really to grow it, more so to have healthy hair until I feel I want to grow it long again.

What do you guys think of my new cut? I'm scared to go different in terms of shaving styles but I will try find some inspiration before I sit in the barbers' chair again and ask for something snazzy.

Have any of you gone and got a drastic cut recently? Let me know how you're loving it!

Take care, Jesslyn x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

BABY BLUE



My obsession with nude nails came to an abrupt end when I saw this shade of blue on the shelf. 

I contemplated for ages whether I should be brave and go for a bright, neon shade but head and heart screamed NO, so I listened. My sister was in the seat next to me convincing herself to 'try something new' and immediately retracted her bravery and went with a nude-y pink.
I, on the other hand, refused to cave in and spotted this purple-ly, grey hue of baby blue and I was sold. 
It's not too bright and not too muted either, perfect for someone that doesn't like the sight of bright orange nails on themselves.
My problem with bright nails isn't the colours, it's the feeling of getting home and thinking 'damn, this colour is too much, should've gone with more of a blah, blah, blah'. Something, I've said to myself every single time I've had red nails.

I digress.

This shade of baby blue, I love. I don't know the name, I'm rubbish at remembering to note the shades but it's a very nice shade of blue. (Will update if I find the shade again during my next trip!)

My nails look did, sometimes it's good to step out of your comfort zone even if it's only slightly.
Be brave, I know it's hard!

Take care, Jess x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

3 Rules to a Simple, Slaying Outfit




I'm that person that panics when invited to an event because 'I have no clothes', goes around the whole London looking for an outfit and then settles for the simplest outfit.

Simple is best.

Less is more.

Always works for me, I just stress myself out trying to be extra when there's no need.

I go by these 3 basic rules:


ONE GARMENT

When you have no idea what to wear, stick to looking for one garment, whether it be a dress, a jumpsuit or a playsuit. It makes life so much easier, you don't have to worry about what will go with what and once you have found 'the one', the task is over!


PRINT OR BLACK

I have found what when I'm struggling to look for an outfit, I either go for something printed or I just opt for black. You cannot go wrong with black, ever.
A printed piece is perfect because it speaks for itself, you don't need anything to 'jazz' up the outfit, a simple pair of heels (or kicks) and minimal jewelery will do.
Black is great too because everything goes with black, you can easily pair any shoe and a fancy clutch with it and you're good to go.


STWYK (stick to what you know!)

 For me, this is the most important rule. When you're short of time to find an outfit, experimenting with fits and shapes you're not familiar with is a no-no. Sitck to what you know suits you and you know you're comfortable wearing. It makes the shopping experience easier and stress-free.


I'm wearing

PRIMARK Dress
PRIMARK (old) Cobalt Heels (alternative)
Sparkly Hoops (alternative 1 / 2)
CASIO Watch

Hope you'll remember these rules next time you're shopping for an outfit under pressure (or not haha)!
Thanks for reading, Jess.

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