SIMPLE ELEGANCE ::: WHAT I WORE FOR MY BOOK LAUNCH & MOTIVATION FOR MONDAY

 

Honestly, the last thing on my mind for the book launch was what to wear. I wasn’t so particular about what to wear because although it was important, it wasn’t urgent. What was urgent to me were things like; getting the cake sorted, ensuring bags to take away was delivered and most importantly, ensuring books was available for reveal and launch.

While what to wear on the day wasn’t my focus, I knew I wanted to stand out on the day. But wait, what does it mean to stand out?

 

MY GOD-GIVEN GIFTS VS MY PHYSICAL GIFTS

This time of the year is all about sharing love and giving gifts. While giving gifts is good, giving gifts people would value and use is the utmost to me when I give gifts. So in simple terms, before I give any gifts, I put some thoughts into it and ensure the receiver actually would like the gift. Would like the gift? Well, we can’t decide what people like but we can at least try to give what is good.

So what is a gift?

 

SINGLE PLEAT SKIRT, GOLD ACCENT & FISH NET TIGHTS

 

When it comes to formal work wear, there are limitations to what we can do because of the dress code rules we have to abide by or with. However, “twerking” what we wear to work in an unexpected way can add some fun and creativity to our looks. This is what I mean……..in all honesty, while pantyhose / tights are tagged a “requirement” in some professional scene or setting, wearing fish net tights is not necessarily professional to work. Am I wrong?

 

FOOTAGE FROM THE BOOK LAUNCH ::: Book Signing, Meet & Great & After Party

Hope you had a nice week. I did myself. You may have noticed that I took a little break from posting here on the blog. I was very intentional about that so I could get some rest after all I put my body through before the book launch. I did a lot of running around to ensure that everything goes well so I was very tired hence the break. I am grateful to God everything went well as planned and beyond. Thanks again to everyone who came through.

 

The LAUNCH OF “USE WHAT YOU HAVE”……..

Sunday evening was “lit”as friends, family, fans, supporters, blog readers, Youtube family and well wishers came to celebrate with me at the unveiling and launch of my book, “Use What You Have“. I was overwhelmed with the love and support on the day. I cried, laughed and eventually jumped for joy, it was amazing.

I woke up at about 4am on the day praying and asking God to take all the glory and He did. It was an amazing event. About 100 people came through to share the moment with me.

 

5 DRESSES I DIDN’T BUY FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES BUT CAN BE WORN FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES

If I am been honest, I am not one who thinks you have to buy a new dress or clothe before you slay for the holiday parties. My character hasn’t changed and my for that reason, my name remains…..”The Maximiser”. Yep, even at Christmas 🙂 Honestly I am writing this blog for the sake of those sisters who are limited on cash but still want to look good.

Today, I bring you 5 dresses I didn’t buy for christmas parties but can be worn for Christmas parties.

 

NOVEMBER BLOG POSTS IN REVIEW

 

Yep, it is the last day of November! I can’t believe we have just one more month and the year is gone. I am looking forward to Christmas and all the goodies that come with it :). Hope you are doing well today and settling into the week well.

Today, I bring you the November blog post in review and all you may have missed. To catch up on any of the post, please click on any of the image you want to see more of and it will take you to the entire post. But first……

 

CANTU SHEA BUTTER REVIEW (This is giving my natural hair some loving at the moment)

I have been gently transitioning into natural hair for some time now. When I say transitioning, I mean I decided not to have a big chop; I am gently trimming my textured hair (relaxed hair or chemically straightened hair) off as my natural hair continues to grow.

Since I have been transitioning, I decided not to buy any hair products until I did a thorough research. After researching and doing some reading too, I decided to try out the “Cantu Shea Butter” hair products.  Today, I bring you my findings, it is been good………

 

ALL THINGS MIDI (Dresses & Skirts) FOR WINTER

 

As a “church girl”, I have to say I am a bit conservative in my approach when it comes to styling. However, I do my best to chip in other kinds of styling from time to time; especially for younger audience and to cater for everyone really like the mini dresses I wore HERE & HERE and crop blouses like HERE.

Since I tend to gravitate more towards all things midi, today I bring you some of my favourite midi skirts and dresses for Winter. I hope you find inspiration in the styling. To view any of the looks in full, please click on the image you want to see where you can find outfit details & Styling TIPS. Any questions, please ask below…..

Now, let’s get started………

 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE ::: ALL THE MONEY & TIME SAVING TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Black Friday wasn’t as popular here in Ireland up until about 2 years ago. Since it is now a tradition and a lot of Irish stores are joining in, I thought to share some tips and tricks for shopping the Black Friday deals or sales with you. These tips and tricks are also relevant to any other kinds of sale and for any other parts of the world too. The idea for buying or shopping the sale is to save money and buy good deals BUT it is possible to also waste money if care is not taken. To avoid such money wasting adventure, please read…….

 

BLUE VELVET & MOTIVATION FOR MONDAY

 

On Saturday, I spoke at an Enterprise & Careers day in Dublin. There were other speakers from different works of life; 2 Doctors, an amazing lady from Google, a Psychiatrist, a Forensic Accountant and an Amazing Irish Youth Pastor who also happens to be an Author. It was an awesome event and I thoroughly enjoyed been a part of it.

Speaking at this event made me realise one thing and that thing, I will share with you today on Motivation for Monday………

 

ASK MJ ::: WHY DO DARK SKIN TONE NEED TO WEAR SPF (sun protection factor)?

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I am currently having a round of style master class. In these classes, I have a Google hangout with women from different parts of the world and I help them discover their style, what works for their life style and personal style etc, and skin care.

Skin care is a bonus for the master class and every time we get to skin care, all the women (mostly women of colour) ask the same question which is why do dark skin tone need sun protection factor?

Sun protection factor is not limited to people with fair skin only (Caucasians or White). Everyone needs SPF in their skin care regimen and daily too. Why?

 

HOW TO STYLE LEGGINGS & NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

 

As you can tell from the title, it is a 2 in one post . On this blog, we mix the look book with some motivation. Life is too short to be stylish alone. We all have to learn to dress up and show up to fulfil purpose even if our job is a stylist. I am a Stylist by the way who also happens to be a Motivational Speaker.

 

Today, I will be sharing with you how to style leggings and on Motivation, the reason WHY I believe New Year’s Resolutions is “crap” and a goal killer. On my journey to self, I changed just one thing, it was my life philosophy. One of such philosophies is the New Year Resolutions…….

 

 

MICHELLE OBAMA (FLOTUS) ON DECEMBER ’16 VOGUE COVER

 

Mrs O as she’s fondly called by the media or Mother-in-Chief as was described by Vogue is a woman of class and grace. She is a woman every woman wants to be like. She is powerful, beautiful, poised, intelligent, smart and the out going first lady of the USA amongst so many other things.

Today, I bring you Michelle Obama as the cover girl on the December 2016 Issue of Vogue magazine.

 

COFFEE RUN & DIFFERENT WAYS TO STYLE THE BOMBER JACKET

 

I bought this “bomber jacket” about 7 years ago. Yeah, you heard me right….7 years ago! On the day I got it, I got a black version too. I have worn the black version more than I have worn this one and that is why it looks almost like new. I had it stored away for some reason but decided to bring it out on this day for coffee run……

This look is a typical errand look book and the kind I spot when I do things like school run, drive the boys to places like football, basketball and any of their activities really. Another casual chic school run look book can be found HERE

 

WORK STYLE IN BLACK-BROWN & MOTIVATION FOR MONDAY

Black and brown are not 2 colours a lot of people mix together because both hues are dark. However in the Autumn and Winter, they are 2 of the most popular colours you see around when it comes to clothes. You see them in form of coats or jackets, and so many other accessories. I went to the shops yesterday and I saw so many blacks and browns(tan, coffee, dark brown) on the shop displays and they look so fine……..

Today, on Motivation, Should I give up on my set goals now?

 

THE PERFECT AUTUMN / WINTER FOUNDATION ROUTINE (Dewy & Flawless)

In the colder months like November, December and January, the skin feels really dry or drier than normal. In these months, your make up lasts longer because their is little or no sun. Basically you do not sweat so much because there is less heat. To get that dewy and flawless skin for the season, no negotiations, you have to moisturise, moisturise and moisturise, if not your skin becomes drier. Your lips need moisture too.

 

How to Get Flawless and Well Hydrated Skin HERE  &  HOW to Achieve Smooth, Silky and well Moisturised Lips HERE

 

OVERALL ::: CROPPED PALAZZO & LONG DUSTER

 

I have come to terms that regular length trousers will never be long enough on me no matter how generous they are in length. It is part of my vision to be able to create a line of super long trousers / pants collection in the future for tall women like myself. At least trousers long enough for women with long legs.

Today’s look is another example of a not long enough trousers but “men”, I had to rock it like that 🙂 But seriously, do you have length problems with trousers?

 

OCTOBER BLOGS IN REVIEW & MOTIVATION FOR MONDAY

 
Here in Ireland, it is a bank holiday today. I believe it is the same in other parts of the world that celebrate “Halloween”. Although it is a bank holiday, someone like myself and many other online Entrepreneurs (Bloggers, Vloggers, Writers, Coaches etc) have to work. It is interesting when you live a lap top life because there is always something to do 🙂

Furthermore, even though I have to work, working today is one of those things I consider IMPORTANT BUT NOT URGENT! What do I mean? I will tell you that on Motivation for Monday, please stay with me.

 

HIGHLY REQUESTED ::: MY PERFECT NUDE LIPSTICK COMBINATION (Also seen on Michelle Obama)

Today’s post was inspired by Michelle Obama’s look at her final state dinner. Michelle rocked a gorgeous golden Versace dress which looked super elegant and perfect for the occasion. The dress was not just perfect, her hair and make up were also on point. She had on this gorgeous golden lip gloss and I thought wow, perfect!

So today, I bring you a highly requested “nude lip combination” I love to wear. I just had to film this one because of Mrs Obama. Thanks Michelle.