Slay, Lupita!

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Hate it or love it, you cannot not know who Lupita Nyong’o is today, in this year of our Lord 2015.

If I ever get to meet her, I must ask- “What’s your secret, Lupie?”

“How do you glow? HOW?”

These pictures of her in the October 2015 issue of Vogue are givingย me life on this average day.

Enjoy and be blessed!

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I love all of this. The black and white one is my fave. Followed by the one in the blue dress.

It’s her second Vogue cover, guys. I’m happy she isn’t fading away as some people saidย she would.

You can read her interview over here, on vogue.com

Love,

AB,

xx

Go to NOLA and…

1. Just GO!

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If y’all (yes, y’all. Because, y’all need to know that I have just returned from the South!) are like me, then you suffer from sporadic wanderlust. Always have. And like me, the only vacations that you have had in your short life have been with family – so probably nothing too adventurous. I don’t remember when NOLA got on my bucket list, but it did and it is so worth it to shell out that flight and accommodation money and go, go, go! The below lists my top experiences in the last five days. Of course there are more things than listed to do, so make Lonely Planet your travel buddy and don’t be afraid to wander the neighborhoods with little to no tourist action!

 

2. Stay in Faubourg Marigny

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This is a quiet, charming neighborhood that is close to the French Quarter and very pleasing to the senses. I went on a picture taking spree of the houses in this neighborhood. They reminded me of some houses in my village in Nigeria, sans mud walls. If these structures existed in Lagos, the inhabitants would get some serious side eyes from Lagosians. But alas, I find them absolutely gorgeous.

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3. Take a stroll on Royal Street

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Listen, save your transportation money for your airport trip and walk, walk, walk. It is a great way to burn the calories from all the eating. And trust me, if you like food, there will be a lot of eating. By walking, you get to discover hidden gems that you may not have heard of or read about in the guides. This is a great way to find something special about the city that you like for yourself. Ours was Royal street. We had no idea that there was a large art presence in this place. Music – oh yes,we were ready for tons! But the arts here is amazing! There are rows and rows of galleries on Royal street in the French Quarter and they have an open door policy. And air conditioning too.

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The gas-powered lamps were my fave

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4. Peek into Bourbon Street

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… and then run away! Lol. This place was too much for me abeg. All the doors to the bars and clubs on this street are open and blaring music into the little street that is Bourbon, pretty much all day. You can walk this street and drink at the same time, so yes, it can get stinky and disgusting. There is a bar here that has a reclined chair where one can sit and get shots thrown into your mouth by a very breastful bartender, who then shoves your head into her bosoms and motorboards your face. She spins you around and repeats. Shots, motorboard. And then when you walk a little further, you just might catch a woman flashing her boobs to some bead wielding individuals on a balcony, while they cheer and throw down beads for her. Yup, this is how you earn beads, innit. On Saturday night, you might find a couple of Christian missionaries wielding crosses, trying to chat and win souls for God.

5. Experience the phenomenon that is Windex Pete (“Google me”)

Windex Pete says I look like Angela Bassett. And then he proceeds to get comfy next to us, outside of the oldest bar in America (Lafitte’s). He claims to have met a bunch of celebrities and seems to have some proof of this. Windex Pete is something of a celebrity, if Google is anything to go by. He stands by his corner by the bar, with his washboard slung around his neck and plays “anything you want” for a fee, of course. After establishing that we were not giving him any money, he proceeded to give us an autographed photo of himself. Lol!

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6. Have a Killer Po-boy

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Oh yes, people, there is some serious seafood in this city. There are also these sandwiches called Po-boys. One evening, we went on a hunt for a place called ‘Killer Po-boys’. Literally a hole in a wall, this place is really hidden, with no sign anywhere outside. I think the hunt is part of the thrill so I will not give away the exact location. Let Google Maps guide you, and if you are lucky, you will meet a heavily bearded man outside the location where Google maps takes you and he will ask you, “what does your phone tell you?” And you will say, “my phone lies”. And he will chuckle and say, “show me your ID.”

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Jollof rice-wanna-be jambalaya

7. Catch the brass band kids on the street corner in Frenchmen

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These kids sound even better at night, when they bust out tunes like ‘Sexual Healing’ to a dancing crowd at the street corner. They know how good they are, which is why they have the balls to set up shop on a street that is filled with bars and restaurants offering sweet live music across genres. You might also find them at the end of Bourbon in the evening.

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8. View and buy local art at the artmarket on Frenchmen

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My attempt at photography at the artmarket

These guys begin to sell at 7 pm everyday of the week in this space that looks like a parking lot. There is so much art here and so much versatility. From electricians turned copper ring makers (if you know me, you know I spent all my time at this stall trying on rings), to architects turned musicians turned engineers turned painters, selling art that is a fusion of all these skills.

9. Follow a second line parade on Sunday

If you’re lucky, you’ll be in town on Super Sunday and catch the biggest second line parade with something of a “battle of the bands” going on. Otherwise, just follow the sound of New Orleans in a procession that is filled with dancing, stepping, club attires, and lots and lots of music. The history of second line is intriguing and you can read about it here.

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Caught up with him later in the day. He is a real Indian chief. He makes these costumes and believes that there is a spiritual meaning behind his costumes and the music that accompanies him.

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10. Allow your inner bourgeois to dine at GW Fins

This is one of those restaurants with a dress code and little plated portions. Apparently, men have to wear collared shirts (or polo t-shirts). If you come without a collar, they give you a polo t-shirt to wear. Lol! BUT, the seafood here is great! It’s their specialty and they do it oh so well. So if you get tired of the fried seafood that is flying everywhere in every other restaurant in the city, and your palette wants sea food with popping flavours and none of that fried crust, this place will fix you up (and drain your wallet) real nice.

11. Find Tulane University and take in the campus

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Beaded tree seen on the Tulane campus

The St. Charles streetcar can take you here from Canal street. But if there is construction, just hop on a bus. It is an absolutely beautiful campus, with grand buildings, some of which resemble castles. The residential buildings in this neighbourhood are a sight to see as well.

12. Go to Treme

Treme is the oldest African-American settlement in the United States. There is SO much history here and walking leisurely around this community, you will find hidden gems in the locals and spots that no travel guide can lead you to.

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Brass band playing at mass. St. Augustine catholic church. The first church where free people of colour could worship.

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13. Take a day trip to a plantation on River Road

Not getting to do this is my only regret from this trip. Planning ahead would have helped a lot. But these plantations look picturesque and the tours promise some sort of reenactment that I was really looking forward to.

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White Linen Night

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Supreme Court of Louisiana

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LOL! This is juju

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LOVE ME ONLY!

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St. Louis Cathedral.

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Jackson Square

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The other side of St. Louis cathedral. I saw the shadow before the statue and I thought this was an apparition!

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How cute?

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Surprising fireworks that went on for 20 minutes.

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Little Souvenirs from the Frenchmarket

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New Orleans is a city with a lot of history. We went into the jazz archives at Tulane and happened to eavesdrop on a conversation that included Captain Joseph Jones’ grandson-in-law. He had brought some historical documents from the Jones’ house (names of the boys that lived in the Colored Waif home for boys, where Louis Armstrong learnt to play) which he had carried around with him for years. He said it has been difficult to get anyone interested in doing much about this piece of history. It is a tourist destination for very good reason. But one need not do the stereotypical. It is really easy to make New Orleans your own and love it for yourself. So, if you have been on the fence about visiting, I suggest you take the plunge and add it to your list. And then go!

– MeeMee

ย  xx.

 

This Saturday, The First Kinky Apothecary Pop Up Salon!

The Kinky Apothecary have teamed up with A Whitespace Lagos and as a collaboration for their annual BIG60 festivities, they will be having the very first Kinky Apothecary Pop Up Salon next Saturday, December 20th!

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Not just a hair salon (where you can choose from a variety of quick hair styles: two strand twists with or without added marley hair, twistouts, braidouts, updos or even crochet braids), you will have the opportunity to take care of every aspect of getting ready for a wedding or night out with beauty treatments like threading, lashes and even gele tying from Lola Maja and the Sacred Beauty team.

You can also get a mani-pedi or even a henna tattoo, all while you enjoy a complimentary cocktail (or 4) courtesy of Cointreau! And of course, no BIG60 event is complete without a quick trip to the photo booth on the way out to show off your new look! Oh, and product prices will be discounted all day!!

Now pay attention to the important bit: ALL hair and Sacred Beauty services must be booked in advance, so drop us an email to orders@thekinkyapothecary.com or call us on 017654546 (Saturday 10am-4pm; Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm) for information on all services offered on the day and prices, and to secure your place!

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You can also enter to win a jar of Whipped Batter every day for the next 12 days, in the “12 Days Of Christmas” promo on Instagram. Don’t miss out, follow @kinkyapothecary and join in!

What do you say guys? Sounds like fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

AB,

xx

Save The Date: December 21, #BallForBorno2

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Ball for Borno is a charity event aimed at gathering relief items for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of the Boko Haram crisis that has plagued the Northern regions of Nigeria in recent years. The first Ball for Borno event held on the 31st of March 2014 at the Syrian Club, Ikoyi. At that event, enough items to fill 2 buses were gathered for the IDPs, and hopefully, this time, the outcome will be greater.

The Borno State Government is primarily responsible for the feeding of the IDPs and it provides meals once or twice daily.

WHAT’S THE PLAN?

Over the last few months, the number of orphaned kids in the IDP camp has grown from 343 to over 800. Ball for Borno is aimed at gathering other items that these kids need including bathing soap, body cream, detergents, sponges, tissue paper, antiseptics (e.g Dettol), laundry soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, clothes, footwear, and other toiletries and sanitary material.

HOW YOU CAN HELP! ๐Ÿ™‚

Come along with your contributions to:

University of Lagos Indoor Sports Hall
Sunday 21st December, 2014
Time: 11 am

Two Teams. One Goal.
Ball For Borno!

If you donโ€™t think you can make it, you can drop your contribution at the MADC office (No13 Ayodeji Otegbola Street, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos) Twitter: @miabaga_dotcom

For more information on this event and how you can be part of it please contact @msnemah or search the hashtag, #BallForBorno2.

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So much going on in our world today. The fact that you are reading this hair blog right now on your computer, smartphone or tablet is SUCH a blessing.

Please guys, a little will go a very long way. Now is a great time to declutter your closet and your home, in preparation for the new year. Think about donating clothes you no longer need. I understand that at this time, a lot of us already have charities we’ve decided on, but kindly, spare a thought for our displaced people up north.

1000 Naira cannot take you to the movies on a Saturday or even buy you one tub of Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, but it will mean so much to them. 1000 Naira can buy two pairs of slippers. 1000 Naira can buy 5 packs of Always. It can buy more than a dozen rolls of tissue. Or 5 Pears lotions. I could go on and on. Every little counts. Please support Ball for Borno 2 and give as much as you can, nothing is too small. The little things you consider too small or insignificant in your life today would mean SO much to you if you were in a refugee camp right now.

For Islanders that don’t like to cross the bridge, Yaba is really only halfway- and it’s a Sunday! E jo, come out for a good cause.

If you’ll be traveling or for any other reason may not be able to make it to the game, kindly drop your donations off at the MADC office.

Please don’t let this stop with you. Share your light this Christmas. Tell your family and friends. Thank you, and may God bless you!

Love,

AB,

xx

Crushed It! Naturals in The City 9

Hello beautifuls!!

Last Saturday, we #TurnedUp and showed out, at Naturals in The City 9! It was a great afternoon at Social Place*, and our lovely attendees collectively crushed it! Beautiful hair and good vibes in abundance ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I know, you wish you came too. ๐Ÿ˜›

The theme for the meet-up was “Maintaining Hair Length” and we had 3 brilliant speakers. Mosh Udobang of Naturalosity and Ade Balogun of Locitude talked hair and after them, professional fittie, personal trainer and gym manager, Adura_O talked about eating right on a Nigerian diet and embracing exercise. There were A LOT of questions asked after each talk, and Adura had the most. It’s good to know that we are as enthusiastic about the health of our bodies as we are about hair! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had a raffle draw at the end, and 4 lucky people won prizes from Tunmise Naturals. There was plenty to buy in The Gallery, where our vendors displayed. At this meet-up, we had 11: Aweni Organics, Oh So Smoothies, Bose’s Atelier, Olori Cosmetics, African Naturalistas, Locitude, Beautifully Nappy, Namaste Organics, Tunmise Naturals, Natural Nigerian and Fashion Strings.

Because we were so busy, we totally forgot about the Product Swap (this won’t happen at the next meet *face palm*), but the Medical Hair Clinic did happen. Dr Agility Ihesie consulted with the people who wanted to see her. I cannot tell you how that went because it was private and highly confidential, but I trust that it went well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enough with the talk-talk, I took photos. Like 300.

Kidding! Not really.Enjoy!

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