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So we’re on number two of our coffee diaries. This is a series I’m totally enjoying. I headed over to the Northern Quarter yesterday to try out some new coffee shops. I ended up in a quaint little French restaurant which happened to have outdoor sitting, one of my main attractions to a coffee spot. I ordered a latte and made myself very comfortable outside. The weather was sunny but also accompanied with some slightly cool breeze. I threw on one of my latest wardrobe additions which happens to be this cool navy blue knitwear from Next. I love the details a on the back. The silky ribbons give it a much more interesting look for otherwise what would have just been a jumper. Paired with my classic mom jeans for that extra comfort and gold trainers, I was in the zone to come up with some very creative ideas.

This coffee session inspired me to create one of my artsy Instagram stories. I did a behind the scenes type video. Where I showed off my ukulele which I don’t know how to play by the way, but thankfully I can at least sing. I shared my work space which is where all the magic tends to happen. My ring station made the cut. More of this outfit was also shown and the inspiration behind my classic poses which happens to be music. I swing and sway to the sound of sweet melodies in my head until we get the shot. Thanks to my new Kate Spade New York planner which I scored at my last blogger event in London, I am staying on top of my work and I couldn’t be more organised. Be sure to catch up on this story on my Instagram. Until next time, enjoy the coffee.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 14, 2017
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On Wednesday I headed down to London to attend a couple of blogger events and to run some errands as well. I find London to be very fast paced which always makes me feel like I need to be alert at all times. Bearing this in mind, an easy going outfit was the way to go. Something that made me fit in with the crowd while still being a blogger babe. It wasn’t entirely deliberate but I ended up wearing black and white. The all time classic look. Dressed in skinny jeans and a white top, the blazer was the perfect shield from the cool breeze thanks to the English rain. My flat PINKO SS17 shoes gave it the finishing look coupled with the black tassel hand bag.  This London chic look was a hit as I got a few compliments about my outfit. It made for an easy running around in the tubes and city.

The first event I attended was a ring making session thanks to the lovely folks at The Workbench and GLITZBOX. I got to carve a ring for myself on a moulding wax. The event was packed with other bloggers alike. It was a really fun experience. I look forward to seeing the final results and sharing my masterpiece on the blog. The second event I attended was hosted by Kate Spade New York to launch their monochrome service. This event blew my mind away. Everyone was looking extra lush. There was plenty to eat and drink. I ran into a couple of bloggers I follow on Instagram which was quite exciting. We had a chance to pick a leather good and have our initials engraved on it. I chose a small purse that I can move between handbags. The goody bag was a hit as it had a 2017/2018 planner with my initials engraved on it. It was the perfect practical gift as I’ve been looking for a way to stay organised amidst my crazy schedules. We also got 30% off and I managed to score a good deal on some glitter shoes. Can’t wait to rock it!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 12, 2017
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Coffee diaries is a weekly  series that will be published on my blog just like my black and white series. Like every other blogger I know, spending time in a coffee shop seems to be a part of the blogger lifestyle. Since taking my blog full time, I and my blogger friends have been hanging out in cool coffee spots to create some content. Although, with this shoot, it was more just stopping for a nice coffee on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. Given the weather, something light as an outfit seemed very appropriate. Denim being one of my favourite go to pieces, I decided to go with the double denim look. Wearing my latest addition to my collection, the Nicole dress by Cosmic Fox and pairing it with an older piece, the light denim top which was the perfect shield from the slightly cool breeze. The gold trainers gave my outfit a little attitude.

I stopped by a nice Greek restaurant located in Manchester city centre. The classic white and blue decor drew me in which was very reminiscent of my recent trip to Mykonos, Greece. The menu was packed with various coffee options. The one that caught my eyes was the frappé; iced coffee with ice cream. I couldn’t resist especially since the sun was out and somewhat flirting with me. Taking advantage of the outdoor sitting, I sat in the sunshine and enjoyed my frappé.  Something about chilling in a coffee shop inspires ideas which is why it’s become a part of my routine. It was actually there I decided to start this coffee diaries series on the blog. I look forward to exploring more coffee spots and sharing the ideas that come out of my visits.

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August 6, 2017
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I’ve come to fall in love with hats over the past year. It used to be an accessory I never really took much interest in. I had two hats stored away in my closet that I never even remembered I owned only when I came across them every now and again while trying to rearrange my wardrobe. They were dull and nothing special as far as I was concerned which probably was the reason why they never saw the light of day. That’s pretty much what happens when you buy something only for the sake of having it. The good news is that I managed to give the hats away. Hopefully the new own can put them to better use than I did. I always tend to make the most of the pieces I own. So I told myself, if I’m to buy another hat, it’ll have to be something I should naturally remember to pair with an outfit every so often.

Deciding on what hat to buy was only possible when I had an idea of what my style really is. I’m a strong believer of your personal style reflecting your personality as an individual. Being an introvert, I tend to have a lot of conversations with my inner self if there’s any such thing. These conversations tend to be very loud and clear which then translate into my work as a creative. Hence my choice of style. I had a pretty good idea of what hat would do. I knew it would speak to me when I found it. One of the main features I was after was structure. I’m not one to bend easily from external influence so something somewhat rigid was a given. It was never going to be plain. How else can it match my rings? lol. The fedora hat was a good place for me to start while browsing online. It didn’t take long to find what I was looking for. The hat with the coin details gave me that juju vibes which is very much part of my african heritage. Great for when I’ve had an extra loud inner conversation. The hat with the studs was perfect for the minimalist look when inner conversations are low which tends to happen on a number of occasions. I must say that considering my personality before making these purchases paid off as I always look forward to throwing them on. So the next time you decide you want to buy a hat, make sure you get one that matches all of you.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 5, 2017
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It’s my birthday month and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to turn 31 on the 16th. I’ve read somewhere that 30s and 40s are some of the best years of a woman’s life. She’s a lot more certain of who she is as a person and what she wants out of life which often translates into confidence. There’s nothing as attractive as a confident woman. What makes this birthday so special is that it’ll be the first of many where I happen to be my own boss. Which means I can either take the day off and relax or celebrate it in anyway of my choosing. Either way, the choice is mine. I must say that I feel like I’m heading down the right path. This past year has been one full of tremendous growth. I spent time honing my photography skills, not knowing where it’ll take me. I made new friends who continue to support my journey. Speaking of new friends, one of mine hooked me up with this cool personalised sweater from Rock on Ruby where she works and has been generous enough to give out another sweater to one of you lovely folks.

Rock on Ruby is an ethical clothing store specialising in personalised tees, sweaters and other accessories/items. What makes them even more awesome is that they ship worldwide at no extra cost. The print on my sweater says 1986 which is the year of my birth. I’ve heard the 80s was a cool era, although I don’t remember much of it as I would have been a toddler at the time. I’m pretty sure some things from the 80s carried over into the early 90s like tin lunch boxes, wacky hairstyles, great music and let’s not forget the shoulder pads which happens to be my favourite 80s look together with the classic 80s jeans which continues to make a comeback over and over again.

To take part in the giveaway, follow @rockonrubyxx  and @mossonyi on Instagram. Comment on my Instagram giveaway post and mention a friend you think would love it to win it too. Entry closes on the 6th of August. Good luck!

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August 3, 2017
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I’m currently suffering from travel withdrawal syndrome after visiting four countries in a space of two months. I’m itching to plan another vacation. Perhaps something much more exotic like Spain or Morocco. In the meantime, I decided to explore more of Manchester to see what it has to offer. Having always resided around the city centre, my knowledge of other areas seem very little. Doing what I do best, I decided to put in a quick search on Google Images for Manchester gardens and I was amazed at what I saw. The funny thing is that while growing up, I was never into nature. Somehow I’ve come to love it and have this need to explore it. Parsonage Gardens located in Didsbury village caught my eyes. With palm trees and dropping trees that made for the perfect exotic holiday illusion, I knew I had to visit it. Looking at the weather forecast, it was full of sunshine and a nice warm temperature.

To keep up with the flavour, I threw on a stripe co-ord. I’ve subconsciously become obsessed with stripes. The frills and layers on the top did give it that Spanish dancer look. The slit on the skirt made it a sexy feel. My white EGO espadrille was the obvious pair of shoes to compliment this outfit. The crochet on it gives it that boho look which I’m always down for. Coupled with a rattan bag and straw hat, I was ready to take over this jungle, lol. After walking the grounds of this garden which also connected to Fletcher Moss Garden, it was time to break for some food. Still sticking to the theme, nachos and olives were a must have. All in all, this day out turned out to be a wonderful experience. Just another example of how you can make the most of what you have. Until my next holiday, I look forward to finding me hidden treasures in Manchester. ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

July 23, 2017
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I’ve always been a fan of Ray-Ban. Who isn’t? The brand has become a classic household name thanks to its iconic frames introduced into fashion in the 60s and the revolutionary ‘pop’ culture. Just until two years ago, I was the proud owner of at least four Ray-Ban sunglasses. Making sure I had different colours and designs that matched with a number of outfits was essential. As with anyone who  is  close with their siblings, you’ll find that they sometimes borrow items from you permanently, lol. This was how I came to lose my Ray-Ban collection. Since then, I’ve been on the look out for the perfect pair that would work with pretty much any outfit. It was a given that it had to be stylish and compliment the shape of my face. Thank goodness to the power of hashtags on social media, I was able to perform a search for Ray-Ban to see what shape of frames best suited folks with an oval shaped face. The RayBan 3447 Round Metal Sunglasses was a definite hit.

The best place to score these bad boys are from Sunglasses Shop who offer them at £33 lower than the recommended retail price at a whopping £92. Once it arrived in the post I couldn’t wait to wear it, hence why you’ve seen it flooding my Instagram timeline. I love how it has a retro vibe to it, giving it this rock ‘n’ roll feel with a touch of mainstream. It does a great job of protecting you from the sun (UV400 lenses) while looking effortlessly cool at the same time. The RayBan 3447 Round Metal Sunglasses is a must have accessory this season and any season as a matter of fact because I plan to rock them even in winter. Talk about making the most out of a statement piece!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

July 20, 2017
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