So it’s the last day of 2016, not just to add my voice to the noise but i must say that this year has been a significant one for me in more ways than i planned or hoped for at the beginning.
I’m not one for regrets or dragged-out intro/retrospection. I find it exhausting and unproductive. I believe in analyzing, learning the relevant lessons and moving forward.
It’s very important to keep moving.

I mentioned some post ago that i achieved a great deal of my goals for this year, which is more than i can say for the past few years before this one and i feel really thankful and blessed for how it went down, and determined to do better going forward.
One key blessing for me this year is clarity about my life path and purpose that God revealed to me. A lit path and a clear sense of direction make even the longest journey easier to walk, so i’m more optimistic about the future than i’ve been in a long while.

I also gained new skills and wisdom, for this i’m very grateful.

Another major blessing for me is my family being alive and well. I’m ending the year with all of them complete and even gained a new brother-in-law as my younger sister got married days ago 🙌
We traveled to the village days ago to visit extended family and for my sister’s traditional marriage. There i was able to visit my grandma after like over a year and it made us both incredibly happy. I showed a few photos of this on my Instagram @skynotfancy.
She happened to not have any photos of herself at home, so i got around to photographing her some.
Let me tell you, during the session, i wept inside. I cried because i love her and aspire to be as good a Christian as she is. I tell everyone i know that she’s the best Christian i know. Her life is all about peace with her fellow man, truth, prayer and worship of God.
Also, she’s 90 years old, so i’m more aware of her limited time with us, so i was also crying in gratefulness for still being able to see her.
Being able to take photos of her with my camera also made me emotional. When i unknowingly casually picked up photography earlier this year, i didn’t know that it will lead me to that point of importance in my family. I look like her a lot, so it was like i was seeing how i will most likely look when i’m her age lol. My mother asked me to frame one of the photos i took, in case we don’t have another chance to take other photos of her.
I told myself at that moment that i will do greater work with the camera in my hands and the brain in my head.

On lessons, we had read Habakkuk 2:2-4 a few times last year in church, and i happened to re-read the verses around this time that last year and decided to do as the verses say.
I literally wrote down my goals for this year with pen and paper. It was the first time i had seriously written down my goals like that.
I followed it up with intentional prayers and guided work and it worked in my life!
So, here's to giving thanks to God for my life this year and the belief that 2017, even as it is already looking tight and burdened with big goals and responsibilities, will be a year that will result in fulfilled purposes and unprecedented success.

Happy New Year guys. Cheers!


2016 notes: Blessings & Lessons.

Hope y’all are doing great and prepping for the holidays. I am officially done with the year and CANNOT wait to relax and enjoy the holidays.
The past few weeks up till now have been really stressful for me hence the lack of posts here.
Here’s to hoping that the remainder of the year be more restful and productive for you and me, Amen!
To the outfit, I mentioned in my last post (Taking Stock 10) that I won a N4k voucher in the KacheeTee x Twentysix giveaway, to shop from TwentySix’s website, for any item of my choice.
I chose this off-white linen kimono wrap-dress that caught my fancy. It’s minimal and easy-to-wear, which I love. The white color and wrap style makes it versatile and flattering on the body too.
One key note about this dress that i noticed when i got it, is that the type of linen used is thick and firmer than those common soft ones. The up side to this is that the top wrap part will not fly up with the littlest breeze. The dress stays put against movement and blowing breeze, so no fear of wardrobe malfunctions.☺
On my Instagram and Facebook (follow and like me please!!), I had asked whether I should style the dress with sneakers (as I am wont to do with every outfit these days), or with heels to dress it up a little, as per holiday season and all that.
Most people said sneakers, my spirit said both.
I did what any self-respective style blogger would do, I wore both.
Because single colored braids are for the weak.
Which do you prefer, sneakers or heels?
Happy holidays guys!


Outfit: Kimono Wrap Dress.

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Hey guys!
How are y'all doing? preparing for the holidays, right? Me too!
As we progress further into the season, the weather is gradually getting colder and dryer. For those of us here in Nigeria, it will be harmattan season soon and much as I LOVE the harmattan, the cold dry air can do some serious damage to the skin, lips and even hair.
Along with the pleasant sides to it, the season is also commonly rife with drier, ashier skin, brittle, dusty hair, cracked lips and for some people, sore dry throat.
If there was ever a time to pay special attention to your skin (and body, more than normal), it is now.
From my personal experience and years of professional sales and marketing of skincare products, i have learnt that the major key to keeping the skin healthy, youthful and beautiful, is moisture.
Eat it, drink it, rub it on, get that moisture in and watch your skin thrive, no matter how cold and dry it gets.
I am breaking down the things i'm using now, but let me disclaim and say that these are what i do for myself, on my skin, so please proceed with caution if your skin is sensitive or just negatively reactive to any of these items.
1. Vaseline Intensive Care lotion in Cocoa Radiant.
I love this product. A little heavy at first but it dissolves into the skin nicely, without any greasiness left on the skin and palms. The yummy cocoa butter fragrance is a nice plus. I use it all over my body, except my face, after bath.
2. Palm kernel oil.
I don't have coconut oil at the moment, so i am using this. If you are a Nigerian who grew up in Nigeria, then your mother might have used this for your skin (and a little more than required on your face for that extra oily shine that shows that your parents take good care of you 😄)and small coughs when you were little. It's a cheaper alternative to coconut oil and i like the smell too. I use this mostly in areas like my elbows, feet and bum, especially when i don't want to use Bio-Oil, and on my hair too.
3. Shea butter.
The holy grail of African skin care. No need to preach about it. I use it on my bum stretch marks, for massaging any sore muscles, for deep conditioning and moisturizing my hair and on my brows at night (i've heard it promotes hair growth and i am growing my eyebrows back out, so..).
4. Honey.
Oh honey. I use this with some lemon juice as a face mask, with olive oil to condition my hair for strength and shine, with sugar for a body and lip scrub to get rid of dried, dead flakes and for enhancing my tea to sooth sore throat.
5. Ebony & Indigo Lip Balm.
I had been using the good 'ole Chapet lip balm or Vaseline jelly on my lips for ages, but i recently got this nice lip balm from Ebony & Indigo during the GT Bank Fashion Weekend, (as i mentioned on my Instagram). It contains Shea butter and some other nice moisturizing ingredients and mint, so it keeps my lips soft, smooth and moisturized. I use it before applying lip colors, at night before bed and alone on makeup-free days. Guys, in this season, a lip balm is a must, don't skip it.
6. Bio-Oil.
I might be biased, but this product is hands-down one of the best remedies for skin dryness. It is for multiple uses but for this season, i apply it on the skin around my eyes, my elbows and feet, or all over my body if i want. I sometimes mix it with my Vaseline lotion on my palms and rub it over my skin for deep moisturizing. A good tip is to apply this alone or with your moisturizer while your skin is still wet/damp after shower, if your skin is very dry or you just need the extra moisturizing.
*you can get it from any Kuddy Cosmetics store or Shop Rite*
7. Oriflame Love Nature face toner.
So i'm not a big face toner user. Most of the affordable ones are harsh and my face HATES cotton-wool, but i got this from my neighbor who badgered me into buying it sells Oriflame products, and i found it gentle and not drying at all. It actually leaves my face moisturized and shiny after use. I use it every other day, poured on and spread with my fingers. No cotton wool in these zones.
8. Silk scarf.
For your hair, tying a silk scarf to sleep is key to protecting your edges, keeping your lengths smooth and moisturized, as well as maintaining your hairstyles. Get you one if you haven't already.

Above all these, take water seriously. As dry as our skin, nails and hair look on the outside when they lack moisture, our insides are worse. So drink and eat water and water-filled foods constantly, now more than ever. Foods like cucumbers, salads with cabbage, watermelon, those green smoothies, etc are your friends, embrace them.

Also worth mentioning is that intake of alcohol should be reduced as much as possible. Alcohol dries up the skin and body organs, so don't stress out your body even more by guzzling those wines.

That's it for me. What are you doing for skin maintenance this season? Please share any other tips or personal experience in skin care down in the comments.



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