20 Nov 2014

SPONSORED VIDEO: INSPIRED BY WOMEN


Considering I work in advertising, it’s probably no surprise watching adverts bring me pleasure. Recently, there’s been a particular one that’s caught my eye: an advert by Morrocan Oil. I first saw the Moroccan Oil campaign on YouTube. When it came on before a video, I didn’t even want to press skip as I was so intrigued to see the film, which is directed by Byrce Dallas Howard.

This campaign got me thinking about the great women who inspire me to turn my dreams into reality. My external influences would be BeyoncĂ©, Oprah, and Tyra Banks (all of whom I’m very fortunate to be related to...Cough). Mainly, they’re the source of my inspiration because these women built their success from scratch. Self propelled and powerful, all they had was a dream and an opportunity, and they ran with it until they became household names. 

I won’t spoil it for you, but it follows 6 beautiful women on their respective journeys to turn inspiration into action. Although their stories are all different, they are united by their achievements, beauty and Moroccan oil’s celebration of women.

My internal influence has to be my girls. I don’t talk much about them on here, neither have I mentioned them in any video. I have 4 main girls who are literally there for me every step of the way. I have to say that there’s a new addition to this group, making it 5 girls now. I hope she doesn’t mind me mentioning her. Everyday she inspires me to keep going like never before. I’ve been going at 100 miles an hour over the last 3 months, and quite frankly she’s been the driver.

*This post has been sponsored by Morrocan Oil, but all thoughts are our own.

Who inspires you?

19 Nov 2014

FOOD AND DRINK: SPICED APPLE CRANBERRY KOMBUCHA SANGRIA

With Christmas just around the corner, I'm on a quest to create a drink that could become the festive staple. I know it's early but I've been thinking of what I'm going to prepare for Christmas. Yes - it's going to be the usual Turkey, but what about the drinks?

When it comes to entertaining friends and family, sangria is the perfect cocktail for any celebration. I'm going to make a large batch ahead of time, so all the flavours infuse with each other.


This recipe isn't any old recipe, it contains an ingredient I've been looking into over the last few weeks: Kombucha. It's a fermented drink that originates from China made up of sweetened black and/or green tea. I love the flavour and the fizziness because it tastes like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne.

It’s pretty indulgent but the high level of healthy bacteria, which is good for our guts, redeems it. So technically speaking typing it’s a little detox when you combine Kombucha with alcohol (okay, so here’s a disclaimer: I’m not sure how true this claim is, but it makes for a good reason to try, right?). If you're not the experimenting type, you can try it with sparkling water. No matter where they’re from, let’s admit it: bubbles are always a nice addition.

Since I have a sweet tooth, I made the sangria with gorgeous warming spices for added taste and flavour. Plus, each glass is a stunning work of art with the various floating fruit and the clove-studded orange garnish. The real reason I'm in love with this concoction is for its chilled, refreshing and bubbly adaptation of mulled wine. A comforting treat with added fizz!
  
Ingredients
1 bottle white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc)
3-4 apples, any variety
2 oranges, sliced into thick rounds
2 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup pure cranberry juice, no sweetener added
1 cup apple cider, no sweetener added
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup raw honey (or any other sweetener you prefer)
1 -2 bottles Kombucha (or sparkling water)

Instructions

1. Add all of the ingredients except the kombucha to a large pitcher or sangria bowl. Stir it up until the honey has dissolved. Leave it to sit overnight in the refrigerator, to let the flavours infuse with each other.

2. When serving, layer some fruit into each glass then pour. Top each glass with a generous swig of your favorite kombucha (or sparkling water) and give it a stir. 

3. Pierce the orange slices with cloves by poking the oranges with a tooth-pick to create a hole, then stuff a clove into it.

4. Garnish with a clove-studded orange wedge. Enjoy!


What's your favourite alcohol drink for this time of year?

18 Nov 2014

HAIR: HOW TO DO A TOP BUN WITH KINKY HAIR

My hair has been relaxer-free for six years. I can still remember the day I decided to go back to my (curly and kinky) roots. Ever since, it’s been weaves and braids for me; both styles are perfect to protect and nurture growth. Admittedly, it’s been a slow but rewarding journey and I've grown to understand my texture.



In August, I decided to straighten my hair to experiment with a new look. Until then, I was unsure of my hair length after transitioning back to natural. Straightening was a quick fix solution to updating my style yet it gave me the chance to shift between my natural texture whenever I wanted. Although I liked having straight hair, whenever regrowth started to make an appearance I’d run for an up do bun at lightening speed.

However, three months later and I’ve exhausted styling my own hair. I’m missing my long locks and a reunion with extensions is called for. Especially with winter approaching fast, I need to prepare for the impending cold. Also, as a side note - did you know hair extensions double up as a type of scarf? Okay, so this may be slightly unorthodox, but the winter struggle is real! If you’re ever in dire need of warmth, extensions can be your salvation: it could keep the cold chills away from your neck!



I know I've shared with you my next hairstyle inspiration and in fact shown you the style on instagram, but I thought I’d demonstrate how I’ve been doing my hair for the last three months. It’s a style tailored to natural hair and flexible with or without hair extensions. You’ll need 2-3 hair bands, a few bobby pins (if necessary), a hair donut and a brush.
  • To achieve a donut bun, start by combing your hair and tying your hair into a ponytail.
  • Place the hair donut over your ponytail.
  • Bend over, allowing your hair to flow over the donut bun.
  • Grab another hair band and tie over the bun to secure it.
  • Lastly, I use the third hair tie to tuck away any excess hair strands under the bun
  • You can opt for the bobby pin method; wrap and tuck


The great thing about a bun is you can style it in so many ways. If you’re looking for a casual look, ditch the brush and use your hands to gather your tresses. It always looks effortlessly cool and natural. I like my bun on the top on my head instead of behind it (I look bald otherwise!) 


How do you wear top bun?

15 Nov 2014

OOTD: THE LONG CAMEL COAT


It’s only last week that I showed my favourite trench coat, and the others I’m looking to buy. But this season’s latest trend of the camel coat jumped the queue in terms of coats on my wish list. I’m loving this camel coat that I purchased from River Island.


It’s warm, chic, and on trend. I decided to go for the double breasted version of this coat, as it adds to the classic feel. The gold buttons are unusual, but I adore it as it's not typical and adds a luxurious feel to my camel coat.



I wore mine with this Lana Luxe Dress I got from Wolford on my recent visit there. The wool of this dress against my skin is amazing. The cut is so different, especially with the ribbed skirt.


Lastly I paired it with an old fave of mine, my aldo heels. I totally forgot about these heels until I found them doing a clear-out. I wondered where they were. Aren’t they a beauty?

Available 
Dress ~ Wolford 
Camel Coat ~  River Island (similar here, here, and here)
Sandals ~ Aldo (old) (similar here)

Are you going to buy this season’s trend coat?

13 Nov 2014

FOOD: 3 FOODS TO HEALTHIER SKIN



Ladies – we all know the importance of double cleansing and investing in good serums. However, what’s more vital is eating well. Take care of yourself from the inside and you’ll reap the investment.  
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how essential maintaining a good diet is. 

Fats
I eat a lot of spinach, avocado, salmon and eggs and it’s definitely aided my journey to smooth skin. Fatty acid act as a natural moisturiser. I mean feel it – oh sorry I forgot I was typing. Trust me when I say don't be afraid of fats.

Omega 3 Rich 
Anyway, I wanted to share this with you because I think we occasionally forget to take care of ourselves and maintain a healthy diet. Even adding one Omega-3 rich ingredient to your meals will have a positive effect. Not only will your skin look better - your immune system, mood and overall health will evolve into a stronger, better you. For firm and younger looking skin, make way for foods rich in Omega-3 that preserve collagen and maintain firmness. In addition to improving skin, it reduces inflammation including asthma.

Flaxseed and Kale
So, are there any foods you swear by? If not, are you tempted to try? I want to try flaxseed and Kale for their heart healthy properties, but I’m scared. Let’s be honest: trying new food can be daunting. However, if there’s health benefits to be enjoyed, it’s always worth the effort. 

What foods do you swear by?

11 Nov 2014

HAIR: OLIVIA POPE INSPIRATION

As an avid viewer of Scandal, I'm really loving Olivia Pope's hair. I've been massively inspired to go shorter this season. I usually have long locks, but this time I think a short, sleek cut with a side swept bang, screams classic and classy. I'll show you the results, once I get the cut.



What do you think?

10 Nov 2014

SKINCARE: THE DIY PUMPKIN FACIAL


I'm not really into Bonfire Night or Halloween, and I don’t celebrate it. I do love the fact a pumpkin involves getting beautiful, and also the only time you can get your hands on a pumpkin to create this DIY/homemade mask.

Pumpkins are an unsung hero with vitamin A, vitamin C and Zinc properties. It also assists with oily skin, reducing the size of pores and protects free-radical damage.  This recipe is a treat because all the ingredients are natural and hopefully already in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons of blended pumpkin

A teaspoon of honey

A teaspoon of milk (of any type) 
Instructions:

  • After mixing the ingredients, smooth your seasonal skin cocktail on your clean face. 
  • After 15 to 20 minutes, use warm water to rinse away your natural beautifier and reveal soft, glowing skin. 


Maybe you're not so sick of pumpkins after all!

Have you tried any Pumkin Facials?


9 Nov 2014

WANDE WEEKLY: YOUTUBE!

Well, hello there! The run up to Christmas is crazy. Especially in advertising! Rather than spending my time gallivanting around London and finding new places to eat, I've been recovering from the week, and then going straight into the next. I have to say it does feel good seeing your work on billboards and TV adverts.
I've never turned down so many functions. I feel like a grandma! As I was relaxing, I managed to catch up on a Scandal. I'm so happy that Jake is out of that prison. I hope they electrocute Olivia dad. He's so evil!

A few posts a go, I mentioned that I am part of a new digital talk show called W Talk. It's a women's lifestyle show that discusses everything that affects us. We cover everything from pouting to politics. I'd love to hear your feedback, as we've had a few great discussions via email.

For those that don't know I've started uploading videos to YouTube again. Here's the reason why I've been away. I explain why I've been gone for so long, as many of you have been quite upset with me. I'm back though!



How was your weekend?

8 Nov 2014

OOTD: THE BANANA REPUBLIC TRENCH COAT


I have a confession: as much as I love sunshine, I’m kind of happy it’s getting colder. Here’s why: the trench coat. One of the perks of autumn is the excuse it gives you to experiment with layering, especially outwear. In this season, the trench coat is queen.

I’ve always been a dedicated fan of trenches, and the colder weather reminds me just how much a trench can make a difference to your winter wardrobe. 

In addition to looking impressive, a trench coat is multifunctional providing the perfect amount of insulation to keep those autumn chills away whilst being lightweight. The assortment of colours available to experiment with is worth taking advantage of. If there were one thing I’d advise everyone to invest in (especially if you live in a cooler climate) would have to be a trench. Not only is it practical, it’s sure to flatter almost every figure. 

I’ve been wearing a midnight blue trench with patent black buttons from Banana Republic. It compliments my skin tone and accentuates my figure with its smart tailoring. I wear mine on special occasions as its almost metallic blue, but I do have a few others in more muted colours to show you.

I need to show you the camel trench I got from ASOS recently –its muted caramel colour really compliments my outfits whilst providing coverage from the cold. 

I don’t know what's gotten into me, but I building a little trench collection and these are the ones that I’m currently eyeing up.



What’s your favorite trench and why?

5 Nov 2014

SKINCARE: HOW TO DOUBLE CLEANSE DRY SKIN


Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to transition appropriately when there’s seasonal change. With wind causing all types of chaos, it’s so easy to find yourself face deep in dirt – literally.

That’s where double cleansing comes in. No matter what skin type you have, double cleansing really can make a difference. Naturally, we produce oils that are susceptible to trapping dead skin cells and debris on the surface (not to mention makeup and any other products we apply). In order to combat this and promote a radiant appearance, regular and careful care is imperative. The one swipe makeup wipe across the face does nothing for you - trust me.

Originally practiced in Asia, the double cleansing method will remove all makeup, pore-clogging oils and dirt to allow better absorption of serums and other skin treatments. It’s simple yet effective through two steps: removing make-up followed by purifying the skin.

Start with an oil based cleanser: oil dissolves other oils so it removes dirt and makeup in the process.

Secondly, use a foaming or water based cleanser to remove any remaining impurities.


Tip: treat your skin – take the time to gently massage your face. Massaging is beneficial for the skin because it stimulates blood and oxygen flow to maintain a youthful appearance.

Taking the time to care for your body and face will make a difference – trust me, your skin will thank you for it.

Currently I use Shu Uemura Anti Oxidant  as my oil based cleanser followed by Chantecaille Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser as water based cleanser. Finally, I moisturize with Avene Hydrating Moisturizer which has sun protecting properties to keep me looking moisturized and feeling fresh.

This method is suitable for any budget. You can achieve the same effect with the Loreal Skin Perfecting Cleansing Oil, and the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash.


Let me know what you think and please share your experiences with double cleansing – I’d like to know what you think!

Have you used the double cleansing method before? If so, which products do you use?

Do you double cleanse? 

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