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Monday, August 21, 2017

Seasons of Chandeliers | AD


It's been a while, but I'm pleased to announce that my four-month hiatus away from this blog has not been in vain- I've actually been busy redecorating.
If you didn't know, I moved back in March into a cosy little central apartment and have been spending all my spare change on filling an unfurnished fifth floor tower block apartment with my own furniture- this is adulting at its finest!

Since I am almost done, I have been on the hunt for some finishing touches to give my apartment so personality nd actually came across some new trends of lighting that I haven’t actually seen much before, but am actually loving.

While I tend to stick to floor lamps or bedside table lamps, I have been really feeling a chandelier lately, just because I finally have my own space back and I am now in complete control of the d├ęcor choices.

I have always wanted a chandelier in my room since I was young- they give any empty space a little bit of glam, style and of course, make everything else look expensive. Some chandeliers also give off certain vibes, so I challenged myself to pick my favourite chandelier for each season.


This week, I was introduced to LightsinHome, an online homeware company who specialise in fancy and unique lighting solutions including wall lamps, ceiling fans and pendant lamps; and that’s where I came across antler chandeliers, which scream the much anticipated autumn/ winter season.

Honestly, they are a bit too boujee for my apartment (not to mention pretty large) but they are just so interesting to look at. Thankfully, the antler decorations are faux.

AUTUMN (bottom left)
Rose gold is all the rave right now and the coppery pink shade would look stunning against an over-the-balcony view of a park full of golds and greens during autumn- this Rustic 12-Light Two-Tiered Candle Antlers Chandelier is perfect.

WINTER (bottom right)
Next for winter, the harsh white of this antler chandelier 22" Diameter Chandeliers 6-Light Fabric Shade K9 Crystal and its dainty dripping crystals remind of snow and icicles. Such a beautiful piece and of course, a classic chandelier that any girl would love. Throw a little mistletoe underneath and you have yourself a Christmas party centre piece!

SPRING (top left)
Spring (oh so far away) is perfectly reflected in this piece from Anthropologie. Of course, you are going to need some kind of flower on a spring inspired chandelier, so this Pearled Magnolia Chandelier, which features bloomed magnolia flowers in their springtime glory, hits the spot. I mean, the detail on this is striking!

SUMMER (top right)

Last but not least is summer, which is currently on its last legs in the UK. Nevertheless, nothing represents summer better than a burst of hot sunshine; I came across the Astra Chandelier, also from Anthropologie when I was shopping for rugs ironically, and automatically fell in love. I feel like these types of unique chandeliers are more art than furniture pieces, and for just over $3,000, quite rightly so!

If you are in need of some more beautiful lighting inspiration, be sure to check out this inspo blogpost; more chandeliers and light fixtures for affordable prices are also available at LightsinHome and if you are particularly interested in antler chandeliers, click here!

Tell me which of these lights is your favourite- mine is the classic white Winter inspired chandelier!

God Bless,

xoxo

*This post is sponsored
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Unboxing/ First Impressions: WOWAFRICAN 360 Lace Frontal 180% Density Yaki Brazilian Wig

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If it works, why fix it?

Although I agree that this is true when it comes to my beauty staples, I can't really say the same for my hair. From braids for most of my life to wigs every day for the past two years, I have found something I love. 

So, I decided to dig deeper and take a risk in investing in yet another unit; not from RPGShow this time, but WowAfrican.

The Box







The wig itself came in a standard cardboard box, packaged fairly well for overseas transport- although mine was definitely stepped on a couple of times. 

Unlike RPGShow, WowAfrican do not provide a brush/ comb, but like RPGShow, they did include a wig cap (two actually!) and a brochure for hair maintenance. Another thing in the box was a piece of elastic which can to be used for the now popular "Elastic band Method" which stops your wig front from riding up and showing flesh beneath the lace.

I have seen that prominent YouTubers also get added extras in their packages, but to be honest, a wig calendar isn't exact a VIP addition in my opinion, so I wasn't to sad about not receiving that.

The Hair



 



My wig details:
Name: 360 Lace Wig Brazilian Virgin hair
Code:TLW07
Style: Yaki Straight
Colour: Natural
Hair density: 180%
Length: 18 inches
Hairline: Pre-plucked
Price: $196.00

I already own two full lace wigs, so I decided to branch out and went for the newly hyped 360 frontal lace wig. 

This wig is made up mainly of about 75% tracks, with a lace front of about 2 inches and more wefts at the top of the head .The style gives you the opportunity to maintain thickness of the wig by adding tracks as hair fallout occurs, but limits the ability to split the hair wherever you please. You are free to split this unit anywhere along the circumference from ear to ear, 2 inches deep- everything else isn't possible because of track exposure.

On the plus side, since the wig is a 360 frontal, there is room to wear the wig in an updo hairstyle such as a high bun or ponytail and still maintain the realistic look, which is not possible with an ordinary full lace wig.

On top of that, this unit has a 180% density, in comparison to most wigs which range between 130%-150%.

First Impressions


Does it look real?

Straight out the box, this wig is soft, manageable and looks realistic. My hair is Type 4B/C, yet when my edges are laid with gel and slicked back underneath a wig cap, I can get away with the "growing from my scalp" look. 

Although you can see a mesh-like appearance of the lace on first installation, this can be fixed by bleaching or dying the lace to suit the scalp. Personally, I don't believe it is necessary.

Can I do a ponytail?

I tried doing a ponytail but noticed that the back instantly lifted up to expose my natural hair. 

I actually have a low nape line than most people which means my nape hair grows lower than most, so I personally would struggle to make the ponytail work. The only way I can see this working is by fastening the back strap as tight as possible and using bobby pins to hide the bunches- but that to me defeats the purpose, but bare in mind that this is because of my hairline.

How should I style the hair?

I took my unit straight from the box, and it was honestly ready to wear. I just geled the pre-plucked baby hairs to fasten the wig to my head and to get rid of that gap between the lace and my scalp. I also fastened a silk scarf around my head for about 10 minutes to allow the gel to set properly.

You can also pluck more of the hairline to your personal preference and use a range of fastening methods including glue or an elastic band, but I find that my method results in the least amount of damage to my natural hair. I wash the gel out of the wig ever other day and condition that strip of hair to keep it nourished.

Overall

I love it.  I always feel weird in a new unit but this has grown on me very quickly. Considering my current hair unit is a black to auburn ombre, this is a nice transition back to something that looks normal.

If you are not fussed about wearing your hair in high updos, then I would say don't bother get a 360 frontal and stick to a 360 full lace. However, bare in mind that this unit may shed, but there is that option to purchase more bundles and refill the fallout, whereas on a full lace, once the hair falls out, there is nothing you can do.

Also, I have to say that dealing with WowAfrican was seriously such a good experience. They were very quick to reship to me when I messed up my order and even sent it back to me for free although the wig I ordered was custom!

Fiona x
~


VIDEO: Watch me unbox and fit this unit in my YouTube first impressions video


Monday, April 17, 2017

3 Easy Instagram Worthy Dinner Ideas- 30 mins or less!

Three simple dinner ideas for meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians/ vegans alike.

If I had to choose between spending 30 minutes in the kitchen or 1 hour, I would for sure go with 30 minutes, especially after a long day at work.
Over the past few months, I have more or less reduced my meals to about 10 key dishes that I make over and over again- I wanted to share three of my current favourites for anyone who is also struggling to get out of the kitchen.

Note: To make this easier, I have filmed a video showing you how I make all three dishes.

STICKY PRAWN BOWL




  • INGREDIENTS

  • Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 4 tbs honey (I added an extra tbs in the video)
  • 3 tbs light soy sauce (I added an extra tbs in the video)

  • 1 cup large prawns/ shrimp
    • 1 cup vegetables (broccoli, spring onion and sugar snaps) 
    • 1 tbs olive oil
    • 1 cup of basmati rice

METHOD

  1. 1. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover the prawns with half of the sauce; reserve the other half. 

  2. 2. Marinate for a minimum of 10 minutes, or up to an hour.

  3. 3. Heat a frying pan with the olive oil and add the prawns and remaining sauce. Sear until browned and remove.

  4. 4. Steam your choice of vegetables; I like a handful of sugar snaps and broccoli 

  5. 5. Prepare 1 cup/serving of basmati rice; press into a circular container until compact. Upturn on a plate.

  6. 6. Add the prawns and sauce on top of the rice, and surround with choice of cooked vegetables.

  7. 7. Garnish with spring onion; serve.


VEGGIE MEXICAN BURRITO BOWL





  • INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced/ sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of taco beans

  • 1 cup/ serving of basmati rice
  • Spring onion (dressing)
  • 3-4 baby tomatoes (dressing)

METHOD

  1. 1. Slice a small red onion and fry in olive oil in a large pan.

  2. 2. Add crushed garlic, chopped tomatoes, oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, tomato puree and salt to the pan. After stirring; add the taco beans.

  3. 3. Arrange rice on a plate and add taco bean mix. Garnish of spring onion and tomatoes is optional 




  • INGREDIENTS

  • Dressing
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced into chunks
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed and seasoned with black pepper
  • 2 small red onions, cubed
  • 1 yellow pepper, cubed
  • 1 cup of baby tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cup/serving of lemon cous- cous

METHOD

  1. 1. Add the garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme and salt into a small container and stir until well combined

  2. 2. Grease a sheet pan with oil and lay chicken and vegetables in blocks.

  3. 3. Evenly distribute dressing over the chicken and vegetables

  4. 4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 degrees.

  5. 5. Preparing a serving of lemon cous- cous and add chicken and vegetables on top.



Don't forget to watch the HOW TO VIDEO to see my re-create these dishes myself.

If you like the look of these recipes, please feel free to SHARE them using the socials below. If you recreate any of the recipes, you can tweet me @fibrianne.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Isle of Wight Travel Diary


A visual round up of my long weekend in the Isle of Wight









If you ever want a little holiday within the UK that looks and feels like the bright coastal towns of the Mediterranean, then the Isle of Wight is for you.

I expected to take a trip to another traditional English seashore located much further south than I have ever been, but was pleasantly surprised that the isle just off the edge of Portsmouth was more or less an undiscovered little haven; considering the total journey took 8 hours, it was well worth the trip!

My group of four girls plus myself stayed in the quiet east coast town of Sundown, travelled to the furthest west point of the island to visit the famous Needles white cliff tops, walked around the popular streets of Ryde and kicked about at a beach in Shanklin.

The island offered lots of cheap food spots, including numerous fish and chip bars and tea rooms. We stayed with a family friend and commuted across the island using the tourist Island Breezer service, which runs every day and at both early and late hours.

Famous for the Isle of Wight festival, if you like mixing in with the locals, you can probably find a local music event or festival to fit your budget and music taste- but be warned, they shut off streets and bus services to accommodate such events, so you might end up stranded if you haven't sorted previous transport arrangements. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to hop in a boat and tour the island by water or cable car.

Overall, a beautiful place to go for a tonne of sunshine and relaxation, particularly for the music lover  and the aviophobic!

Fiona x