5 Every Girl Needs In Your Bag

Every woman needs to have the essentials in her bag because you never know what situation or emergency might happen!

Here are my 10 things that you can’t leave the home without them being in your purse.

Safety Pins

The lifesaver that every girl needs! If a button decides to pop off or a seam decides to be a nightmare then all you need is a safety pin. If you have small ones they can also act as a clasp for a necklace if it decides to break.

Band Aids

Cuts and small little scrapes can be treated temporarily with these, but all the ladies out there know that the best use is to save your heels form those painful new shoes you’re trying to break in. If you’ve chipped your nail polish from a nail you can always cover it up with a band aid.

Blotting Papers

The absorbent sheets are one of the most elegant ways that I can find to wipe off any excess oil or sweat that may break out on your cheeks, forehead or upper lick area.

A Healthy Snack

In this crazy and busy lifestyle we always find ourselves working through lunch or skipping on meals. But it is essential that we eat. So buy a box of healthy snack bars during your next visit to the grocery store. Each time you leave the house make sure you’ve thrown one or two in to your purse.

Battery pack for your cellphone

You need to have a cellphone battery pack just incase your phone dies. Buy a good one that will charge your phone at least a couple of times, you can pick one up for around $20 these days and that’s a small price to pay. Another option is to have a battery case, the case will cost you more than a battery pack but you won’t be having to deal with loose wires. During that long train journey to work, you definitely want to have enough battery so you can chat to friends, catch up on the latest world news or close your eyes and listen to your favourite tunes.

What do you never forget to put in your purse? I would love to hear what are the main things that you can’t leave the house without. Put comments below this post.

 

 

Why I love my afro

My afro is amazing and has a mind of it’s own. She’s beautiful, wild and can be temperamental sometimes!

We haven’t always had the best relationship, but our love has grown since I had the big chop. I seem to learn more about her everyday and here’s what I love about her right now:

She’s not that difficult

I can still remember my mother telling me that having an afro would be a nightmare to manage. Well that’s because back then she was the one looking after my hair, now I am the sole keeper of my mane. It’s not as difficult to look after as you might think.

She knows her products

She certainly has a great taste in products and only ever wants the most gentle of products. She reacts beautifully to olive oil and will mold into any shape when shea butter is applied.

She takes different forms

It’s no big secret that natural hair will shrink, sometimes it can shrink upto 10 times its length – my mane is definitely no exception to that rule. I love watching my afro transform from it’s natural form after 7 days to instantly shriveling on wash day. It’s fascinating!

She loves to be styled

I love it when I put on my pom-poms. Other great additions are high buns and even faux bangs. Styling her is always an experiment and really exciting. But that’s not the only reason she loves to be styled, because it’s important to protect and maintain by limiting the chance of breakage.

She’s a plant

Well, she’s similar to a plant! Her roots are deep in my scalp, and she grows out like a myriad of leaves, transforming into this amazing and gorgeous bush of joy. Just like a plant, she needs to be watered regularly and nurtured so that she becomes the best form of herself she can be. She also loves to be around other afros, because then she feels at home in mass array of curls and coils.

Do you have an afro or do you just love the afro style? If you do have one tell me why you love it, how you maintain it and the love you’ve got from others about it. If you just simply love the afro style, please tell us all why you marvel at it. Comment below guys.

Best Bars in NYC

If you like to party or simply kick back with a great beer whilst reading the newspaper, then NYC is the place for you. The city has so many great bars to choose from, they are so diverse and varied that there is something for everyone and every taste.

I enjoyed researching for this article, as you can imagine it was fun heading around the big apple and having an obligatory drink in each bar.

Here are the bars that you need to check out when you hit NYC!

169 Bar – Chinatown

Everyone loves a good dive bar, but the 169 Soul Jazz Oyster Bar beats any other kind of dive bar you’ve seen. There are cheap drinks, a leopard print 8-ball table, and some interesting décor – this place is Chinatown staple.

7B – East Village

This bar is also known as the Horseshoe bar because of the shape of the awesome wooden bar. 7B is one of the last remaining relics of the grunge that used to dominate the east village.

ABC Beer Co. – Alphabet City

This is a bar and also a boutique beer shop, it’s a place where the low key beer lovers among us flock to. ABC is known for it’s well chosen 12 beers it has on tap, they regularly rotate so you’ll always have something new to try. They’ve got some great sandwiches and then there’s the mind blowing fridge stacked with beer! There’s free Wi-Fi too!

Angel’s Share – East Village

This Japanese cocktails lounge can be tricky to find, it’s hidden behind an unmarked door right in the back of the Village Yokocho restaurant. The place has been going for 25 years now and it’s popular for it’s extravagant drinks. Try out the cocktail Smoke Gets in Your Eyes if you want something special.

Bar Sixtyfive – Midtown

Even if you live in New York it’s still fun to try out the touristy things now and then. Bar SixtyFive is definitely one of those touristy things! It’s located, as it’s name suggests, on the 65th floor of the famous Rockefeller Center. As you can imagine, the prices are very high indeed, but the food is good, the cocktails great and the view is even better.

Come on New Yorkers, tell me which is your favourite watering hole in our great city. Where’s the best beer, cocktail or wine in NYC?

Kylie Makeup – my opinion

I am sure that you have heard of the make up brand known as Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner. Kylie Jenner became a global superstar after her family appeared the reality TV programme called ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’

At just 19 years old Kylie Jenner’s popularity and fame is amazing for such a young lady. She became if more talked about after she underwent lip surgery – it must be said that she has undergone several surgeries to alter her looks.

For two long years Kylie had spoken of her desire to bring out her own make up brand. It is completely inspired by herself and it’s purpose is to allow everyone to get the Kylie look. Her collection started with lip kits, the kits contained a liquid lipstick and also a matching lip liner.

Obviously this collection is going to be popular due to who created it, I tried it recently and I was quite impressed. When you first but the kit the first thing you will notice is how good the packaging is. Her fans love it because it has an image of Kylie’s lips, they are dripping in color and she is sporting silver/gold teeth also.

The lip kits are really good. The one thing I will tell you all is that you need a bit of practice to be able to get the true Kylie look! I personally do not usually use lip liner, so there was a lot of trial and error. If you don’t have a steady hand then ask a friend to help you out because it can be a little tricky to remove. Once you have got the lipstick on it will last all night, even if you eat or drink it won’t rub off.

One other thing you should try out is the crème eye shadow, I would most definitely choose it over the lip kits. I didn’t think that I would love it as much as I do but I really can’t get enough of it! Other crème eye shadow will slowly fade as the night goes on, but Kylie’s eye shadow stays on all night and never creases.

Would I recommend Kylie’s collection? Yes, I would say that everyone would try it. It is not the cheapest make up out there because of its creator. If you are on a budget then I’d advise looking for other options.

Winter Fashion 2017 – What to Know

When the top brands showcased their winter collections at the NYC Fashion Week it was clear to see that they were very into burgundy, loved a spot of velvet, brought the jumpsuit silhouette in abundance and the wide leg trousers are certainly back in fashion.

Add all of those things together and you will see that the winter collections for 2017 are going to be extremely feminine and romantic. Here’s what you need to know for 2017:

Burgundy

A huge array of burgundy (and it’s close cousin, maroon) was on show when the catwalk was graced with this year’s collections – Tadashi Soji, Bibhu Mohapatra and Public School, were the designers that really pushed burgundy this year.

Velvet

It seemed that everyone had fallen in love with velvet this year. Check out Christian Siriano’s winter collection if you’re looking for some of the best designs out there – his floor length gown that hugged the body was truly amazing and then his cocktail dress that bares the shoulders is a must for every party.

The Wide-Leg Look

It is true that the wide-leg trouser certainly isn’t something new for a winter collection, but in 2017 it appears that the trend has gained a lot more popularity. Marc Jacobs collection this year is loving the wide leg look, his models were wearing a collection with a hip-hop influence. They wore dresses that would end mid-thigh or scraping the floor, then there was my favourite ultra-roomy tracksuit pant style trouser.

Jumpsuits

The jumpsuit silhouette is something that we’re going to be seeing a lot of this year. The models kept coming down the catwalk in the one piece. This year it seems that the designers have upped their game style-wise. Jumpsuits have become so popular that now you will even find them in Ralph Lauren’s winter collection. Head to the Madison Ave. flagship store and pick up a gorgeous stretchy back zip jumpsuit.

Embroidery

Khan is one of a number of designers that really went deep into the embroidery department this winter collection. The designers have really embellished their collections with jewels and studs.

No matter what style you prefer, you can be assured that there are plenty of pieces out there this winter collection that you’ll fall in love with. Remember, ladies, take some chances, be confident and show off this winter!

How to spend a weekend in NYC

If you’re planning to head to NYC but you’re not sure of what to see and where to go, then read on for the perfect guide to maximize your time in the big apple.

Here’s a 1 day itinerary that will give you the best weekend that NYC has to offer!

1 Day Whirlwind Tour Of NYC

Big Bus New York SightSeeing Tour

The best way to get around the city is by getting on one of the sightseeing buses, you can hop on and off the bus, allowing you to see everything NYC has to offer. The tour guide will also fill you in on all the important info as you travel around the city.

The Guggenheim Museum

Heading to one of the most iconic museums in the world is something all visitors should do. It’s just been renovated which makes it even better than before! Stroll around and marvel at the work of Calder, Picasso, Van Gogh and many others.

Lunch in Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is jam packed with amazing restaurants to choose from. You can’t really choose a bad one here, but if I had to recommend I would head to Candle Café or Le Pain Quotidien.

Central Park

You’ll be close to the most famous park in the world after lunch so you should explore the beautiful green space of NYC. I’d leave around 30 minutes to explore Central Park. If you fancy it, you could even bring a picnic and have lunch in the park.

Lady Liberty Cruise

Hop on Circle Line’s Lady Liberty Cruise, it’s the best way to see the most famous lady in NYC! You’ve seen it in the movies, on documentaries and on postcards, so now it’s time for you to check it out with your own eyes. The cruise will also take you past a number of other great sites.

 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Leaving an hour to see the 9/11 memorial and museum is very worth while. The images of that day are etched in everyone’s minds, so it’s an emotional visit. Many visitors see this as the most important part of their whole trip. 

Dine in Hell’s Kitchen

This neighbor hood was once relatively run down, but now it’s full of the best up and coming restaurants in the city. I would recommend 42nd Street Restaurant and Pizza for your authentic NYC pizza experience.

Great Black Female Bloggers to Follow

The blogging world has really taken off in the last few years. I’d go as far as saying that there are so many bloggers out there that it’s tricky working out who to follow. So where is the best place to find blogs that are run by great black female bloggers?

I’ve complied a list of my top 5. This is by no means the only 5 great black female bloggers that you should follow, but they should certainly be on your radar.

Oneika Raymond – Travel Blogger

Onieka Raymond produces some of the most captivating travel stories you will ever come across. Her blog is called Onika The Traveller, there she shares her brilliant travel stories whilst she travels around the globe. Oneika has visited over 90 countries and she’s not done yet!

Abiola Abrams – Motivational Blogger

Abiola is a very well known author, motivational speaker and also a tv host. Her blog is called Abiola Sacred Bombshell, it has everything you need to love yourself, wellness and spiritual well being. There’s so much empowerment on there for black women. It’s the blog to visit if you truly want to love yourself and be all you can be.

Erika Nicole Kendall – Fitness Blogger

This blog was started initially to please her mum but it turned into a complete life changer for Erika. She originally planned to start losing weight in order to make her mum happy. Her blog is called Black Girls Guide To Weight Loss. On the blog she gives you an in depth account of her own weight loss journey and what she has learned. Not only a blogger but also a successful personal trainer, this is one fitness blogger to follow. 

Brittany Minor – Beauty Blogger

Brittany is the creator of the blog Clumps of Mascara, it is the place to go if you want to find out everything and anything about makeup. She has the best advice and product reviews on the Internet for black women, whether they are a pro or just a beginner. As you can tell from the name of her blog, she has reviewed hundreds of types of Mascara, your go to girl!

Luvvie Ajayi – Comedy Blogger

Everyone needs to laugh, it’s healthy! You only need to spend a few minutes reading Luvvie’s blog to start chuckling. Check out Awesome Luvvie if you need a daily dose of laughter to lift your spirits.

 

 

5 Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Everyone loves coffee and in NYC you are spoilt for choice! Personally I love finding a great little coffee shop where the coffee tastes great, the wifi is good and where I can work all day long.

When you’re in a world class city such as NYC then you’re going to find a very upscale coffee environment. New Yorkers take their coffee very seriously indeed! But a good coffee shop isn’t all about the coffee, it’s also about the service, uniqueness and ambience.

Here are 5 coffee shops you really need to check out if you’re in the Big Apple.

Birch Coffee

These guys don’t only serve what many see as the number one coffee in NYC, but the service and authenticity is also second to none. Birch coffee has a real bustling vibe to it. One of the things I love is the library at the back of the shop where people can take a book or even leave one for others to read.

Toby’s Estate Coffee

This is the first shop opened by the Australian coffee company. It’s always buzzing here, and there’s a range of customers; people working away on their mac, families and also friends chilling out sipping on a great latte.

Happy Bones

Probably the smallest coffee shop on this list, but so quaint it had to be on here. Their roots come from New Zealand, so if you’re looking for a top flat white then this is the place for you. It’s located in the charming streets of Little Italy which just adds to its appeal.

La Colombe Torrefaction

If you like great coffee, an energetic atmosphere and very lively baristas then this has to be the place for you. They have four very successful shops dotted around NYC. It’s so popular that in the morning time you can see the queue going out of the door and round the block!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

These guys first cracked the NYC coffee scene with an espresso bar inside the Ace Hotel. The benches that are made from old church pews are a site to behold. Add to that the super fast free wifi and an awesome selection of magazines and you know you’re on a winner. They have two locations, if I had to recommend one I’d advise heading to the store on 30 West 8th. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!