Sunday, 29 October 2017

His & Hers: Monochrome Mondays

One of the main things I say to people without fail is "We must all be poppin heavily!" and for those who want to abide by Oxford Dictionary's definition of what I meant, it simply means that 'Everyone is meant for greatness'. Greatness can mean many things to some people, to you it could relate to significance and to others it could be a mastery of a talent. To me, if you want to look at it in a short-term perspective, I simply want to "Pop heavily!" aka look great, magnificent, exceptional and on point! (as my mother loves to say *laughs)

From what I can remember as a young adolescent teen, I couldn't wait for the season when I was finally going to be in university. It seemed so far away at the time but I already knew what kind of woman I was going to be when I finally left the nest and my vision consisted of me, well:

  1.  Looking absolutely fabulous (P.S. I went to an all girls school and we wore the most ugliest uniform ever!)
  2. Immersing myself in endless opportunities
  3. To build up my confidence
  4. To bag myself a hunk of a man (*dreams)
Fast forward to now and I can definitely say that I'm currently ticking off 1, 2 and 3 from my vision basket and it is absolutely fabulous!  It's an amazing feeling to finally embark on the things that you planned to do after so many years of fantasizing and the excitement is visible to those who are looking in. Every morning, I wake up with such enthusiasm to learn something new, to look as if I'm part of a lifestyle that I aim to have and to let others understand that I'm a force to be reckoned with. I know why I'm here and what I'm supposed to do. 
A lot of people ask me why I look the way I do for university and the answer is simple: 'I'm made for greatness'. If you don't get it, then you just don't get it. I've gotten to a stage where I don't ever explain my reasoning to people, I just let them look and pray that it inspires them to follow suit. 

However, that was not the case with my fellow model/friend, Kerry. To be honest, the first thing I did when I first met him was compliment him on his outfit. I could tell that he was a guy that took pride in his appearance as the attention to detail was spot on. From that point, I knew we would get on well and here we are, doing our very own His & Hers special as we share our take on how we look aka 'Brand' ourselves for University. I hope you are inspired.

Until the next entry x 

Editorial: Monochrome Mondays

'We are made for greatness...'

'Pool is always a good idea'

 'A day without laughter is a day wasted'

Outfit Spec:

T-shirt: Primark
Leather Jacket: H&M
Shoes- Vans

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Skirt: Zara
Hat: Zara
Bag: Zara


Monday, 23 October 2017

How to Slay University: The Season of Adulting

Hey guys and welcome back to this beautiful space, I hope that you are feeling energised and revitalised because we have work to do! whether we are at college or university, we are on the same road to getting our degrees, obtaining our dream careers and hopefully making a great success of ourselves. As young people, we go through a lot of pressures to stand out of the crowd, to compete against each other and often times we fall into the trap of thinking that life is a "race". As a 20 year old young woman, one of the the things I'm currently learning throughout the process of this unnerving season of 'adulting', is 'How to React to the Journey of life.' Regardless of our income, social status, sex, family upbringing, etc. life is not fair on everyone and it is inevitable that we will go through life-changing obstacles that will probably define us as individuals. Therefore, the main question we should ask ourselves, is how can we still remain in control of life, still be content and most importantly, how to remain happy.

Through experience one of the things I realised is that to remain in control of life, one has to learn how to react to it accordingly. That is how you gain control. For example, college or university assignments are piling up horribly and you don't understand a single thing. So what do you do? You make sure your place of work is tidy and organised and you take the initiative to arrange various meetings with your teachers, friends etc. and you continue to strive to accomplish the assignments with a positive attitude. Remember, it's all about how you react to the stressful situations. Personally, I've formed my own formula on how to succeed during my season of adulting. It's a formula I live by day in and day out and it's a form of discipline that I want to be able to teach my children because I believe that disciplining yourself is so important when you transition from being a child to becoming an adult. I'm guessing you guys want to know a little more about my formula, well I'm here to share it with you guys. Time to take out a notebook and pen!

Rebecca's Guide to Adulting:

  1. A Tidy Room is a Tidy Mind- There is something so therapeutic about having a tidy and organised room that makes you feel like you're above your problem. Personally, I can never begin my day with a messy and an unorganised room because psychologically, it makes me feel like the life I'm living is...well messy and unorganised to simply put it. By this straight-forward routine, I'm constantly disciplining myself that regardless of what life may throw at me, I feel like I am above it. This is great practise when you eventually have your future home that you will look after.
  2. Prayer is key- Prayer can be a form of release when you feel like the stress and pressures of life is getting to you. I always encourage anyone that I talk to, that praying in the morning is a great way to start the day feeling positive, confident and encouraged to take on the day. Moreover, prayer enables you to give the weight that you carry unto God, he knows the pain and struggles that we go through, and all he wants us to do is to involve him in our daily lives and he will see us through it. 
  3. Look Fabulous- Although, we sadly have no control over life, we definitely have control over our appearance. I am a believer in presenting yourself in the way you see yourself. For example, I know myself in God and he is the King of kings and therefore, I come from royalty. I am a precious jewel and I will present myself as such. When you understand your worth and calling, branding yourself accordingly is something that you will come to understand when it comes to preparing yourself in line to your destiny. If you want to read more about my philosophy click here!
  4. Positive people equals a positive environment- There is nothing better than having positive people who are like-minded and have the desire to accomplish and amount to great things in life. Evidently, the environment that you end up creating with them is so uplifting for your mind and soul. Cling unto those who will sharpen you like iron, these are the kind of people that you can learn from as they will challenge you, enabling you to reach your full potential. In Proverbs 27:17 it states that "Iron sharpens iron,  so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." Enduring relationships that enables you to be sharpened (to be improved) through persistence, support, encouragement, praise and even constructive criticism will be the very thing that will make you a great person. These are the friendships you should aim to have and if you don't, I urge you to leave a toxic environment. 
  5. Sit down and self-evaluate- Self-evaluation and having some sort of accountability is key to moving forward! Sit down with yourself and try to understand how and why you seem to be making the same mistakes, how your allowing yourself to stay in toxic environments etc. There is nothing worse than deceiving yourself because even your parents will not always be there to tell you about yourself. This is a quality that will help you to become wiser in life and lets face it, as new adults, we cannot be having the same mistakes time and time again. 
Volia! This is the discipline that I use to survive my season of adulting, and it has been working amazingly. I want to encourage you guys to have some form of discipline that you can abide by that will help you through this transition. It is not easy and it will take time, it took me a year to identify the ingredients that would work for me and I thank God that through his help I finally created something that worked for me. I hope that you are blessed and inspired by my formula. 
Until the next entry x

Editorial: Fall 

To remain in control of life, one must learn how to react to it...


Outfit Spec:
Sweater- Zara
Culottes- Zara
Mules- Asos


Friday, 6 October 2017

Chateau de Versailles

From Paris, with Love

Ever wondered what the Palace of Versailles is like? or wanted to get a glimpse of the magnificence that surrounds it, well here is an account of my epic experience of The Sun Kings (Louis XIV) most beautiful Palace that the world has ever seen. As a history lover and an admirer of great architecture, going to see the palace that once housed the last french monarch was a bucket list of mine from when I was a young teen. At 20, I finally made it a priority to finally see it for my own eyes and not in a documentary. It was by far the most amazing trip that I made on my travel to Paris. Oh and by the way did I forget to mention that was free!


For some odd reason, I believed that the Palace of Versailles was within Paris...(I know, what kind of foolishness) Having realised that it was outside of Paris, I knew it was really essential to understand the metro as  I understood it was going to be a very long journey. From the reviews I had seen online, a visit to Versailles is a whole day trip, therefore It was imperative for me to prepare and these are the things that I brought with me!

Essential Travel Kit:
  • Comfortable slides (Wore heeled mules)
  • Packed lunch (Chicken wings and fries honey *laughs)
  • Water
  • DSLR Camera
  • Sunglasses (essential!)
  • Compact powder
  • Lipgloss 
  • Portable charger (essential!!!)
  • Earphones (essential!!!)
  • Perfume (optional)
With my travel kit prepared, my Mother, Sister and I were ready to take on Versailles and our trip officially began around 11 am. Surprisingly, the journey was very straight-forward, all I had to do was follow our trustee Google Maps and with a click of a finger, we were in Versailles by 1 o'clock. With the sun shining bright, my makeup and outfit popping heavily, my mood was on a high and nothing could stop me because I was now going to live my dream. However, one thing that cut my joy abruptly was the sight of the que! YES, ALWAYS THE DAMN QUES! I want to advise you guys from now, if you want to be a tourist and see the most sought after attractions, get a Paris Pass because these ques will end you before you've even gotten inside the building. (You have been warned.)


After standing under the scorching, hot sun for 3 hours which basically consisted of me eating and finishing off my chicken wings and fries and rinsing my mobile battery to about 50% (mind you, I had used up all my power from my portable charger) it was finally our turn to enter the Palace. As we passed through the usual security checks and got given a map, we were off to wonder for our own amusement and what a show stopper it was. 

With my camera in hand, I was lost in my own imagination, lost in the architectural beauty that made its stamp on the world. It was truly breath-taking. We went from seeing the palace art gallery, to the late Kings bedroom and with all its splendor and glory, you could envision the lifestyle of the french court and how much they really enjoyed living in the palace. I feel like I've spoken to you guys for some time now, instead of going on and rambling, please take a chance to look through the pictures I captured! I hope you guys consider visiting the Palace of Versailles. 

Until the next entry x    

Editorial: The Sun King

Hall of Mirrors

Can you find me?

Palace Gardens

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