RED CARPET FASHION: MAGIC MIKE XXL PREMIERE.

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Magic Mike XXL is finally here! The highly anticipated flick premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on 25th of June. And while we have no doubts that the boys totally stole the spotlight onscreen, we can’t say the same for the red carpet. The ladies of MMXXL definitely won the red carpet as they all stepped out decked in a slew of gorgeous dresses. The movie hits theatres July 1st. Check out some of the looks and vote your favourite in the poll below.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra.
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Jada Pinkett-Smith in Ermanno Scervino
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Amber Heard in Monique Lhuillier.
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Samantha Hoopes
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Sofia Vergara in Coomi and Vhernier.
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Aisha Tyler
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Andie MacDowell
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Elizabeth Banks in Balmain.

I’LL WAIT FOR YOU BY JANETTE…IKZ.

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So I came across this beautiful poem by spoken word artist, Janette.. Ikz titled ‘I’ll wait for you’ and I thought to share. Happy reading!

So it seemed,
that it was cool,
for everyone to be in a relationship but me.

So I took matters into my own hands
and ended up with him.
Him, who displayed the characteristics of a
cheater, a liar, an abuser, and a thief.

So why was I surprised when he broke into my heart?
I called 911, but I was cardiac-arrested for
aiding and abetting,
’cause it was me who let him in,
claiming we were “just friends”

It was already decided for me by the first date that
even if he wasn’t,
I was gonna make him “the One”

You know, I was tired of being alone,
and I simply made up in my mind,
that it was about that time
so I decided to drag him along for the ride,
’cause I was always the bridesmaid and never the bride.

A virgin in the physical,
but mentally just a grown woman on the corner in heat,
who was tired of the wait,
so I was gonna make him “the One”

He had a form of Godliness,
but not much.
But, but, hey, hey, I can change him,
so I’ll take him, I mean he’s close enough

Ready to sell my aorta for a quarter,
not knowing the value of its use to me
Arteries so clogged with my will,
it blocked His will from flowing through me.
So, I thank Christ that His blood pressure gave this heart an attack,
that flatlined my obscured vision, put me flat on my back.

Through my ignorance, He saw,
so through my sternum He sawed & cracked open my chest
to transplant Psalms 51:10,
a new heart
& a renewed right spirit within.
So now, I fully understand,
better yet, I thoroughly comprehend,
how much I need to wait
for You.

See, the bad thing is
that I knew he wasn’t you from the beginning.
’cause in the beginning was the Word
and he didn’t even sound or shine like Your Son

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,
and all he could whisper was
sweet, empty nothings
which meant nothing!

he couldn’t even have prayed when I needed him to,
asking him to fast would be absurd,
so, forget about being cleansed & washed with water through the Word.

But I know you,
you are already praying for me.
Even never having met me,
let me assure you,
I will wait
for you.

I will no longer date,
socialise or communicate with carbon copies of you
to appease my boredom
or to quench my thirsty desire I have for attention and short-lived compliments from ‘sorta kindas.’

You know, he ‘sorta kinda’ right, but ‘sorta kinda’ wrong?
His first name: Luke,
his last name: Warm.

Aye,
I won’t settle for false companionship.
I won’t lay in the embrace of his arms,
attempting to find some closeness,
but never feeling so far, far apart
’cause, I just wanna be held.
‘Cause all I gotta do is say “No!”

No more ‘almost sessions’ of
‘almost coming close’
passing winks & buying drinks,
and I’m a flirt!♫
Who flirts with the ideology of,
“Can you just tell me how much I can get away with & still be saved?”

No more.

I’ll stay in my bed alone,
and write poems,
about how I will wait for You.

he won’t even come close,
our fingers won’t even interlock,
we won’t even exchange breath,
’cause I have thoughts that I’ve ‘saved as’ in a file that God has only equipped you to open.

I will no longer get weighted down
from so-called friends & family talks,
about the concern for my biological clock
when I serve the Author of Time.
Who is not subject to time,
but I’m subject to Him.
He has the ability to stop, fast-forward, pause, or rewind at any given time.

So, if we could role play,
you would be Abraham & I would be Sara,
or you can be Isaac & I can be Rebecca– a servant’s answered prayer.
I am
bone of your bone,
flesh of your flesh,
made up of your rib, Adam.

And once we meet,
like electrons, I will be bound to your nucleus,
completely indivisible
atom.

We even speak the same math:
1 + 1 + 1 = 3,
which really equals 1 if you add Him.

We were all created in His image,
but you have the ability to reflect, project & even detect
the Son.
If I were to explain what you look like,
you would have to look like a star –a sun of the Son.
I would gain energy simply from the light that you shine on me.
I would need you in order to complete my photosynthesis.
I await your revelation, but once again from the genesis,
I will wait for you.

And I will know you
because when you speak,
I will be reminded of Solomon’s wisdom,
your ability to lead will remind me of Moses,
your faith will remind me of Abraham,
your confidence in God’s Word will remind me of Daniel,
your inspiration will remind me of Paul,
your heart for God will remind me of David,
your attention to detail will remind me of Noah,
your integrity will remind me of Joseph,
and your ability to abandon your own will, will remind me of the disciples,
but your ability to love selflessly & unconditionally will remind me of Christ.
But I won’t need to identify you by any special Matthews
or any special marks,
’cause His Word will be tatted all over your heart.

And you will know me,
and you will find me,
where the boldness of Esther
meets the warm closeness of Ruth,
where the hospitality of Lydia
is aligned with the submission of Mary,
which is engulfed in the tears of a praying Hanna.
I will be the one,
drenched in Proverbs 31,
waiting for you.

But to my Father,
my Father who has known me before I was birthed into this earth,
only if You should see fit.

I desire Your will above mine.
So even if you call me to a life of singleness,
my heart is content with You –the One who was sent.
You are the greatest love story ever told,
the greatest love ever known.
You are forever my judge & I’m forever Your witness,
and I pray that I’m always found on a mission about my Father’s business.

I will always be Yours,
and I will always wait for You, Lord.
More than the watchmen wait for the morning,
more than the watchmen wait for the morning,
I will wait.

To keep up with Janette, visit her website http://mysteriousgenetics.com. You can also watch a video of the performance here.

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WHY DO PEOPLE CHEAT?

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“Why do people cheat?”

That’s the question that has been weighing on my mind all week.

Just last week, a cheating scandal rocked the marriage of a Nigerian celebrity and the news was trending on social media. In case you missed it, let me give you a summary of the gist. These two dated for about 12 years before getting married last year. Now the ‘beloved’ husband has impregnated his ex-girlfriend and she’s off to birth the child abroad. Ouch!

When I read the story at first, what I felt was pure sympathy. Imagine having to deal with such level of betrayal especially in the full glare of publicity. It must really suck. But my sympathy was soon replaced with confusion because I don’t get why people decide to cheat. Yes I said decide because I strongly believe that CHEATING IS A CHOICE! 

You know how there are endless articles about how to prevent your partner from cheating or how to know if they are seeing someone else, the weird thing is that even after you do everything by the book, they will still cheat. Why?

If we say it’s because of unhappy/unsatisfactory relationships, why don’t you just leave instead? Why cheat? And if leaving is not an option, why not try to work on your issues? Every relationship has its fair share of troubles after all. The reason might even be that you are attracted to someone else (which I think is completely natural), but why act on those feelings when there’s someone you’re already committed to?

Just so we’re on the same page, what qualifies as cheating? Because what counts as cheating to me, may be different from your own perception of cheating. So, in my own opinion,

Cheating is getting emotionally or physically involved with someone else outside your relationship.

That means that even if you’re not sleeping with him/her yet, if you have feelings for them and you nurture those feelings through your actions, you’re cheating!

After asking myself these questions a gazillion times, I decided to ask a few people and I got some really interesting answers. Unfortunately, I can’t share all of it here. However, one that struck me particularly was from a guy who has cheated before, he said;

Most women are under the illusion that they are special and the men should treat them as such. Yes, they might be special but the man is special too. They should try and figure out the man. Usually it’s the guy that figures out the girl – her likes and dislikes, in a bid to win her heart. Women rarely do that and even when they do, it’s just halfhearted. It’s not something they go all out to do. If you really want to keep your man and not share him with anybody, you need to know what he does and doesn’t like.

Another one worth sharing is the answer I got from a single lady in her early twenties. She said,

I think why most people cheat is because the relationship becomes boring. And most times both parties are to blame. Because they are used to each other, they stop doing the little things that made them fall in love in the first place. A thirst for some excitement can push some people to take drastic steps.

Whatever the reason though, cheating is still wrong. And I don’t think there’s like a precise list of reasons why people cheat. I’m not a relationship expert but what I think is that it doesn’t really matter if you’re doing all the right things or all the wrong things because whoever will cheat will still cheat. So it’s not entirely your fault if you got cheated on. You may have made some mistakes but they chose to cheat. You’re not responsible for that. However, this shouldn’t be a licence to be lax in our relationships. A good relationship is a lot of work.

Now the big question is, what next after the cheating happens? Should you end the relationship? Or should you forgive and try to work things out? Is cheating enough reason for divorce? How much cheating is too much cheating? And if you got cheated on, what would you do? I’d love to hear your opinions. Sound off in the comments section!

PS: If you have cheated before, you can share your reason(s) with us. Why did you do it? And if you’ve been cheated on, how did you cope with the hurt?

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MY TOP TEN FAVOURITE TAYLOR SWIFT SONGS.

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I love love love Taylor Swift! I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. Whether she’s calling out a lousy ex or expressing her fears about growing up, Taylor’s music is relatable to almost every girl. No matter what you’re feeling, there’s always a T.Swift song to get you through. She has seen, been there and is not afraid to sing her heart out about it. And the thing is that she gets better with every single album.

If you can’t already tell, I’m pretty stoked about sharing my top 10 favourite T.Swift songs with you guys today. Trust me, this was no easy job for me because I just love every freaking song of hers! :D

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The album ‘Taylor Swift’ was released in 2006 as her debut album. My favourite songs from the album are;

1) Teardrops On My Guitar
2) Should’ve Said No.

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The follow-up album was ‘Fearless’, which was released in 2008. My top songs from the album are;

3) Fifteen
4) You Belong With Me

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Her third album, Speak Now was released in 2010 and my favourite song is;

5) Back to December

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In ‘Red’, Taylor showed us a different side of her. A more mature sound but still with the same old Taylor Swift vibe that we’ve all come to know and love.

6) I Knew You Were Trouble.
7) 22
8) Red

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Her most recent work, this album is more pop than country. But I love it still. It’s Taylor Swift duh! My favourite songs are;

9) Blank Space
10) Shake It Off

So that’s it! My top 10 all time favourite Taylor Swift songs. I’ll quickly give u a peek into the songs that almost made my list. I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.

11) Sparks Fly
12) Never Grow Up
13) Never Getting Back Together
14) Dear John
15) Enchanted

Are you a fan of Taylor Swift? What are your favourite songs? Do we share any favourites? Let me know in the comments section.

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DIVA ON A BUDGET: Kate Hudson and Jessica Simpson.

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Hey guys! It’s a another week and it’s time for our weekly ‘DOAB’ series. I’m sure you’re excited. Today, we’ll be musing over Kate Hudson and Jessica Simpson’s chic street styles. And you also get to see where you can shop the look. All you have to do is click on your favourite item description and you’re a step closer to making it yours. Capisce?

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First, we have Kate Hudson. The 36-year old actress was photographed arriving at the airport in this effortlessly chic ensemble after a relaxing vacation in Greece. Sporting a pair of patterned pants, flat sandals, white crop top and retro shades complete with a messy bun, Kate definitely knows how to merge comfort with fashion. You want this look?

Shein Women’s White Halter Sleeveless Crop Tank -$10.99
Chicnova Fashion Printed Harem Pants -$11.10
Target Women’s Esma Braided Sandals – $16
River Island Gold Hoop Earrings – $6.33
Maurice’s Set of 16 Bangles -$16
Vintage Dream Catcher Necklace -$10.99

Total= $71.41

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Next is hot mother of two, Jessica Simpson. The blond beauty flaunted her legs in denim daisy dukes paired with a white blouse, black hat, oversized sunglasses and brown wedges as she left her friend’s house with pregnant sister, Ashlee. You can shop the look here;

Mango Notched Detail Blouse -$19.99
Hawaiian Voodoo Jean Shorts – $22
Jessica Simpson Leather Wedge Espadrilles -$30.99
Mudd Vicky Fringed Crossbody Bag (Brown) -$22
Panacea Silvertone Etched Hoop Earrings -$20
To The Moon Dainty Necklace Set -$7.90
Circle Around Resin Trim Sunglasses -$7.26

Total- $130.14

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DIVA ON A BUDGET: The Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Look.

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Hey guys! I hope your weekend was great. Today I’ll be introducing a new feature on the blog, ‘DIVA ON A BUDGET’. Diva on a budget is basically an avenue to recreate our favourite celebrity looks for the everyday girl. Which means you can look like a star without having to break the bank. Are you excited? I know I am. Let’s get right into it!

Today’s DOAB features two celebrity sisters; Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.

Whilst Kim was photographed running errands in Beverly Hills, Kendall was seen spending some quality girl time with BFF, Gigi Hadid in Los Angeles. One thing’s for sure, these sisters know how to work it!

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Here is how to channel your inner Kim Kardashian with less than a $100;
Topshop Ribbed Pini Bodycon Tunic -$35 (£22.50)
Elle Nude Strappy Heeled Sandals– $38.86 (£24.99)
Minnie Grace Gold Heart Charm Necklace – $18.65 (£12)
H&M Sunglasses – $5.95 (£3.83)

Total = $98.46 (£63.32)

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Look as chic as Kendall in this ensemble;
Topshop Chunky Slub Jumper – $ 35 (£22.50)
J Tomson Women Stretchy Mid-length Pencil Skirt – $16.99 (£10.92)
Qupid Ravish Bootie – $24.97 (£16.06)
Zara Mini Messenger Bag – $27.98 (£17.99)
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Aviator Sunglasses – $24.97 (£16.06)

Total= $129.91 (£83.53)

Whose style do you love more, Kim’s or Kendall’s? What are your favourite pieces from these collages? Sound off in the comments section!

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#THROWBACK THURSDAY: MEMORIES OF A 90’S KID.

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For a few days now, I’ve been having nonstop waves of nostalgia about my childhood (probably cause I feel like I’m growing up really fast) and the more I think about it, the more thankful I am for the good ‘ol days.  So I decided to dedicate this post to reminiscing.  Where my 90’s children at? This one’s for y’all. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. When I think of childhood, the first thing that comes to mind are the variety of snacks we had then. And I’m like, whatever happened to those? All our beloved snacks that we grew up loving and wanting and how they gradually faded away. Do you remember our beloved Goody Goody? Do they even still sell Okin biscuit? Whatever happened to our drink, Crush? Here are some of the snacks that rocked our childhood as kids;

  • Okin biscuits
  • Goody Goody
  • Cabin biscuits
  • Big bite
  • Telephone drink
  • Tampico
  • Crush
  • Baba dudu
  • Eclairs
  • Chooki Chooki
  • Frunas
  • Tasty time
  • Choco Milo
  • Robo
  • Cheese balls
  • Speedy
  • Pepper snacks
  • Nice biscuit
  • Vitavite
  • Zico
  • Caprisonne
  • Trebor peppermints
  • Zobo
  • Pako biscuits
  • Ribena
  • Bazooka Joe gum
  • Sun top drink
  • Rich tea biscuits
  • Nasco wafers

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Baba Dudu
Baba Dudu
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Eclairs chocolates

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Goody Goody is bae!
Goody Goody is bae!

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