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If you've been bruised, broke a nail, fell into a drain,into tall itchy grass,got a driver angry they had to get out of  their car and shout at you, then you understand the struggle in learning how to ride a bike and will appreciate this post. 
Over the weekend, I had a talk with a good friend of mine, I'll be her bridesmaid type of friend. We discussed about life after uni,moving home and adulting stuff. Funny thing is we had some similar views such that we agreed random people's attitudes towards the idea of moving home from where ever country you've been can influence your subconscious mind negatively. 
It's one thing to be advised then it's a different ball game when you make decisions based on what was said,most times by people who haven't done what you're about to do. Everyone needs navigation but sometimes figuring life out is a personal thing, just like riding a bicycle. You can only be pushed but individually, you balance and paddle at your own pace. Drops mic 
Till next time, be mindful of who and what influences you and... 
*stay graceful *





RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL?


Sometimes I look like my mum,most times I look like my dad.Chubby cheeks,a big nose and lips.I have his discolored toes and flat fingers. I don't remember if it's my siblings or a friend who once told me my fingers look like a hammer fell on them haha. It's funny now but it used to bother me. I didn't wear lipstick or smile because I thought I have big lips already. Boy did I almost miss out! Sometimes I look in the mirror and see my siblings or my aunt. It's crazy to know you can be a shadow of something bigger or something already known,you can conform and be the look-alike,the think-alike,the do-alike,the copy cat. Maybe copy cat is too far fetched but you catch my drift right? Its amazing what happens when you find yourself and be 'the rebel'. I found my smile,found my style and still am on the journey. My birthday was on the 2nd and my little sisters asked if I was going to blog about 'things I've learnt so far'. I told them no but I guess this is what I've learnt in summation. Faith and Raviro, this is for you.On my next birthday remember to sing 'how young are you' old does not exist in my vocabulary xx
                                                                   Till next time..
                                                                 *stay graceful* 





PEEKTURE PERFECT


Making :Serious packing decisions. It's one thing to love a piece of furniture or clothes,it's another thing to sacrifice space for it.It's not that deep but it's imperative decision making 

Drinking :I wonder why I haven't removed or replaced this 'segment'. I feel you already know 

Reading :The power of positive thinking  

Wanting :A vacation.With beachy vibes and pastel outfits

Grateful for:Another birthday celebration.It has been God all the way. I'm growing daily into someone I'm proud to point at from a corner in a room full of people  if I wasn't me .A bit twisted but I'm sure you get it


Smelling:Green tea air freshener  

Excited: That Game of Thrones and Being Mary-Jane are back.I can now be a couch potato and feel no shame

Knowing:Group chats are not that serious haha 

Bookmarking:August the 2nd It's my birthday!

Watching: A lot of movies and reality TV. Sometimes I have to hold back because the drama is a lot!

Giggling: Because of how I take scenarios personal.I was asked hypothetically about situationships and I went all in with my opinions.I laughed it off later but boy was I in my feelings lol. I don't think I can make a good lawyer 

Feeling:Excited but uncertain about what the future holds. However,I'm open to whatever's about to be served 

Cooking:Anything that comes to mind as long as the ingredients are accessible. I'm inspired by a girl,cookingbycaz  she cooks unconventional meals  

Playing:Nhema by Exq, I loove the song 

Enjoying:Late nights and late mornings.Had almost missed chilled days where tea is a first thing on my mind when I wake up  

Liking:I can be advised but do the complete opposite!It all comes down to what I believe is right for me right?

Till next time...

*stay graceful*

Taking Stock Twenty-One

I will not embarrass myself and explain why I have been gone because I too am not pleased with my inconsistency but,I'm hoping there won't be a repeat unless it's beyond my control.With the formalities out of the way,have you ever walked into a shop,into a sale and found the perfect piece you didn't have to think twice?This piece fits the description,the closet and the body.If i do say so myself.
I've been reading a devotional on identity and learnt that sometimes your need to be validated and acknowledged might actually be due to low self esteem.Because you don't esteem yourself,you turn to crowd-esteem.Deep huh?Know thyself,love thyself,esteem thy self. With your confident self,where would you wear this outfit to?
       Till next time..
     *stay graceful*





KNOW THYSELF


Making : Cool purchases for staple pieces that are trendy and classic.Building a wardrobe is quite a craft hehe 

Drinking : Coffee,the real one that I make on my own.I had been drinking the instant-sachet -just add water kind  and I'm appreciating this new find

Reading :I haven't been reading like I should.I started Long Road Home by Daniel Steele and I don't know why I didn't finish it in a month. My friend also hooked me up with some PDFs of amazing books   

Wanting :You to read my travel story here 

Grateful for:Genuine people in my life.

Looking:Different almost everyday. I have been playing around with my look and it's been fun. 

Smelling:Hair shampoo 

Knowing:I get carried away not to  be grateful in the now sometimes.Whenever I feel restless or uneasy with hunger not being the cause,I know I've derailed from the gratitude rail. 

Bookmarking:23 and 27 July!Birthday celebrations for my sisters yippee 

Watching:A handful new series. To know July is the Game of Thrones month is super exciting  

Giggling: Listening to cute long voice notes 

Feeling:Excited,hopeful,courageous to move to the next thing after grad school. I'm officially adulting  

Cooking:One pot meals like a pro.   

Playing:Praise songs won me over.I fell completely deeply in love with two songs that have been on replay. I'll just say Yes! by Brian Courtney Wilson and Onise Iyanu by Nathaniel Bassey   

Enjoying: My little niece and nephew.The other day my nephew drew me,how cute is that!I'm officially an aunt to a talented artist 

Liking: The little brave things I've engaged in.I mean I ordered something different at Nando's,cut my hair,watched horror movies before sleeping! Say whaaa 

Wearing: Artsy over-sized vests to lounge is now my new 'thing'

Happy new month.May July bring joy and many reasons to be truly happy! 

Till next time...

*stay graceful*

Taking Stock Twenty!


Heya pretty,looking for last minute outfit ideas huh?I totally get it. Rumbie and I got you covered. My typical girls night out would be to the movies,dinner or shopping. I'm not the dance all night type of girl,you already know. Nothing says effortless more than a cold shoulder dress.It's opening your closet,throwing it on and ready to conquer the day before a finger snap ends. Since  night outs mean either walking a lot or dancing, I kept the shoes low and comfy while playful and girly.
Rumbie on the other hand is the typical friend who says 'it's just a casual girls night" then shows up all glamed up haha! I love how she wore neutrals and incorporated the statement animal print clutch that I guess,i'd be putting my phone  and any cute finds. Check out her interpretation of our collaboration on her blog thegudtrybe.com and her Instagram for more of her style
   Till next time...
      *stay graceful*










GIRLS NIGHT OUT OUTFIT IDEAS


I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve today. It might not be a good look but i'm sure it'll help me and anyone who comes by. I want to believe I'm a confident person with a great self esteem but I won't lie and say I haven't compared myself to some people I've come across,I've seen online or heard about. There are times I've felt less than enough,maybe a flat tummy will sort it out,maybe a clear no acne face maybe hydrated hair that doesn't need constant moisturizing,maybe .. just maybe. Funny thing is the more i've hosted these pity parties the more of a loser i felt. I've uploaded photos and deleted them just because I think I don't look picture perfect. I've come up with great ideas but crushed them down myself because I think they're too big for me. I've watched others do what I've always wanted to do yet,sat at the terraces watching them do it. I've also discovered no-one really RSVPs to a pity party, unless they want to get gist for their friends. I've decided to write up pity party invites but squeeze them up and set them ablaze. I've decided to remind myself that I'm enough and doing my best. I've decided to continue doing my best and be the best version of myself. I've decided to remain grateful and manicure my grass. I've decided to dress up in this gorgeous navy blue number and pair it with my nude pumps. I'm enough 
                                                        Till next time...
                                                         *stay graceful*






NAVY HEART ON MY SLEEVES