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Today’s blog post is one inspired by a beautiful story full of passion. On Wednesday, I got a chance to attend a press briefing for Carven Fragrance over a really nice English breakfast. I listened to how Madame Carven (the founder) created the brand after finding a need for herself she wanted to fulfil. She was a very stylish lady who struggled to find pieces she often liked in her size due to her petite nature. She was determined to create pieces for women of all sizes and so the brand Carven was born. She knew how to fly a plane and would travel the world to draw inspiration, bringing back fabrics and scents that would form part of her brand. She once showed off her collection over an actual airport runway, having the models walk out of the aircraft. The bit that got me super charged was hearing how she would sometimes fly over Paris and drop off her fragrance in little parachutes. Now, that’s my kind of woman! Madame Carven was certainly full of life and lived to be 105 years old until her passing a couple of years ago.

You can imagine walking away from that lovely press briefing, I couldn’t help but feel really inspired about life and accomplishing some of my goals which have certainly come about out of my own need too. As soon as I got home, I created a short film which you can watch here. I guess you could call this a coffee diary. One inspired by Madame Carven.  As Craig is now a part of the blog, we spent some time together enjoying a brew and talking over future plans for the blog. We came up with the idea of going to Nigeria to run a 5 day course for “The Blogger Photographer”. Something we plan to execute in the next coming months. We hope to engage bloggers and photographers alike to help them better improve their skills. A journey we’re very much looking forward to. Les Brown always says “live your life with passion”, a mantra that will be a reminder for both of us to do the things we truly dream of doing.

ONYI / JUMPER – ISAWITFIRST / JEANS – LEVI’S / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI

CRAIG / JUMPER – PRIMARK / JEANS – PRIMARK / SHOES – ALDO / JACKET – ZARA

September 22, 2017
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Hey friends! I hope this blog posts finds you in good spirit. As per usual, I’m here with another week in black and white post. I’m actually typing this up while watching the move “Inside Out” which came highly recommended by a good friend. I feel like a lot has happened in the past week. Mostly having to meet campaign deadlines while still trying to keep up with the blog and social media. I didn’t even have time to vlog as much as I was buried into my work. But you know what life is like, you have to learn to priorities and get on with it. And soon enough you’ll catch a break. Well, the truth is I think I might have scored one amidst my struggles. Something major happened which will help push the blog forward even more so. Craig has decided to join the blog full time. So what does this mean? This means that we can do more shoots, travel on a whim and sleep and eat whenever we want to, lol. This is really exciting news especially for me because Craig has over the years mastered his shooting techniques even in the little time we did shoot. Imagine the potential of creating quality content while spending more time doing it. Plus we get to spend extra time together and bring our ideas to life.

Now I do feel like the pressure is on. The pressure to make sure we get it right for the most part cause we’re human and allowed some errors, lol. But seriously speaking, it is something we’ll need to think about carefully and strategise on and hopefully we’ll get the results we set out to achieve. There’s so much to still discover about life and I want to find a way to share our discoveries with you. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to go after the things you’ve always wanted to do. But in the meantime, my new mantra is “let’s live life in the moment, freely!”.

September 17, 2017
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This series has become quite the creative one for me if I’m being honest. I came up with another brilliant idea. One that allows me give back to you lovely folks for following me along this journey. But first, lets get into the coffee and outfit. Summer was a blast! I had the best time ever travelling and doing more of the things I love. But like every season comes and goes, summer has said goodbye for now to pave way for autumn. You folks know I love to keep it comfy. So the outfit at play was a simple tee and ripped denim from Pull & Bear. In my blogger mail this week came this beautiful pink Boucle Textured Coat from Topshop which I’ve nicknamed “pink fuzz”. I’ve always loved dusty pink as a colour. I mean, it was part of my wedding colour scheme, yep! Pink fuzz become my most treasured AW piece even though I’ve only had it for a couple of days, lol, talk about getting attached too quickly. To finish the outfit, I wore my metallic shoes from Topshop which are perfect for scouting for coffee spots in town.

I’ve recently become a fan of The Northern Quarter so it wasn’t a surprise that I decided to head there for my usual outdoor coffee session. This time I found myself in a restaurant named after the area. TNQ Restaurant it was called with the TNQ standing for The Northern Quarter. I kept it pretty simple and went for the latte. Feeling really inspired from the night before after watching a few youtube videos on photography, I thought it was time I returned the favour and share my knowledge of what I’ve learnt so far with you wonderful people. I came up with the idea of creating a Facebook group to support bloggers like myself to better improve their visuals. A space where you can ask your questions and hopefully I and other members can answer them. You can request to join the group here. I look forward to seeing you there. Until next time, keep enjoying the smell of coffee or tea cause winter is coming!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

September 9, 2017
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I’m a strong believer in using your mind to create the things you want. Recently, I’ve been craving a beach holiday almost every passing day. Let’s just say scrolling through the feed of other travel bloggers ins’t helping as well, lol. I’ve had this swimsuit for a couple of months now and haven’t had to chance to wear it cause all I could think of was wearing it on the beach, at least not until yesterday. While doing one of my weekly tasks which happens to be watering my plants, I decided to turn it into a summer vacation. I’m currently working on transforming my bedroom into a jungle. I managed to keep most of the plants alive but ideally I need more to achieve the look I’m going for. Since my bedroom is where I spend most of my time working and getting creative, I thought it best to let nature in.

To create the mood, I ripped out pages from an old book titled “Make Life Beautiful” (which I thought fit with the message of creating beautiful memories) and spread them on the floor. I got some of my plants together to get the feeling of being outdoors. I pulled together some summer appropriate items. The first was a postcard of a beach and palm tree which I got over the weekend from Paperchase. Since my set up was by the window, the sunnies came out too and so did my straw hat. I always take my camera everywhere I go so it had to make an appearance too. Thanks to my recent campaign with Bacardi, I was able to spring up a homemade mojito to get this holiday going. It really felt like I was somewhere exotic and all it took was my mind. Sometimes we have to reach within for the things we want without. Life could be the dreams we have and that is something worth holding on to. Imagine if you could dream of a beautiful life and live that beautiful life. That’s why I choose to be a dreamer. Welcome to “Onyi Island” is what I say. Hopefully my next travel posts comes from a very sunny island just like I’ve dreamed it.

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August 29, 2017
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I might be a little late but I’m here with another coffee diary. This time, I hit the streets coffee in hand. If you follow my vlogs you’ll know I love a good bargain. I get one free coffee a week from Paperchase as I have a loyalty card (anyone can get this by the way, just ask for it at your local Paperchase store). I also got gifted £5 as it was my birthday last week (and all loyalty card holders get this too on their birthday) so it was just a given that a visit to Paperchase was the right thing to do, lol. Keeping it very casual, the ripped denim and white tee look which is my absolute favourite was my starting point. I then threw on Craig’s blazer from 3 Christmases ago. To make it my on, I pinned my Antler Heart brooch on. To finish the look was my latest discounted purchase from Topshop which happens to be the metallic shoes I scored for £10. Looking like a character from Miami Vice, I was ready for some free coffee. While in Paperchase, I made sure to use up my £5 gift card on some goodies. I got a photo sign and post card which I plan to use to decorate my bedroom. Being on the streets enjoying my coffee meant taking inspiration from passersby and street performers. I got some ideas of videos to film which was great. Looking forward to more coffee days like this.

How are you loving your coffee these days? Let me know in the comments. ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 26, 2017
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This week’s black and white post is going to be very different from the rest. I decided to share my playlist after one of you lovely folks asked what inspires me. The answer is music. Truth be told it’s one of the few things that inspires me. The right song can ignite a spark in you that can burn through a lifetime. I’m one of those people who doesn’t listen to a lot of mainstream music. In fact, you’ll catch me listening to the same songs and artists over and over again. Most of the songs I love listening to take me back to a particular moment in time and hearing the words and sound feels very much like de ja vu. I’m one for deep thinking so music with lyrics that have substance tend to move me.

One might say I tend to be drawn to sad songs. They seem to be the ones that move me the most. Whenever I feel down, I listen to music. And if the song can move me to tears in that moment then it means it’s giving me the comfort I need to let it all out. I always say after sadness comes joy so it’s no wonder I feel inspired to find joy in other things after listening to these songs. The first song on my playlist, Holocene by Bon Iver, is one I accidentally came across when looking for inspiration on Youtube after feeling unsure of what type of content to create. And now it is my go to song whenever I feel stuck. I’m actually listening to it right now while typing up this post. It always seems to get me writing down creative thoughts. And then we have A Life That’s Good which I came across while watching the TV show Nashville. It’s a song of gratitude. One that makes me feel very grateful for the little things in life like family and friends.

The list goes on, and so do the circumstances in which I came about them. You can listen to my playlist here to see the type of music that inspires me. And hopefully it gives you an insight to more of me.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

August 18, 2017
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