Friday, 15 January 2016

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Good people.... I have fallen in love! Yes, I am besotted and can't sleep, eat or do anything other than find the next opportunity to put everything down and just spend some quality time with my new beau ... book! Yep! That's right, I said BOOK! 

If, like me, you are a bit of a bookworm, then clearly there is no need to explain.... you instantly understand that amazing feeling that you get when you settle into a new book that just touches you in all the right places. Since opening the first Kindle page of 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Adichie, I have rediscovered that warm, satisfying feeling that you only get from reading a good book! You know when you just want it to last... and last... and last... Lol!  I have smiled (a lot), laughed out loud, self-reflected and generally pondered life whilst reading this book and I have not even finished reading it yet...

Thursday, 7 January 2016

YES GIRLS! BE BOSSY!




















































I stumbled upon this picture yesterday and it instantly made me smile for obvious reasons. For a while now, I have been meaning to do a series of posts on black women and business, and this will happen in due to time, but in the interim, as it is the start of a new year, I hope that this picture inspires some ladies out there to go ahead and be the boss this year! I surely plan to.... See you on the other side girls? Let's make this year matter....

Thanks for reading...

BlackCleopatra

New Year... New Natural Skin Care Regime


My time in Nigeria has really made me think about my skin care regime! To be honest, even before I left the freezing shores of the UK, I had started to think more about the products that I was/should be using on my skin. Although I would not say that I was particularly loyal to any brand, I did tend to use the same old products; more out of habit than for the supposed benefits I thought I was deriving from them. However, being in Nigeria, without easy access to my regular products, has forced me to rethink about how to take care of my skin... and hair. I guess my whole beauty regime (if I ever really had one) has had a rejig... for the better!


So, when preparing for my winter escape, I packed enough of my regular products that would hopefully see me through the period! However, at the back of my mind, I kinda wanted to go local and find out what people on ground were using! I mean, at the end of the day, I was returning to an environment that my skin was naturally made for right! So, really, why should I even have to pack any skin care products at all? The majority of African women don't have access to all of the fancy (chemically constructed/enhanced ) products that we in the west do, and their skin generally looks glorious; so why bring my 'Jergens' and 'Palmolive' to the land of original coconut oil, shea butter, and black soap! I mean helllooooooo?