Naturals in The City, 14 x February Giveaway Winners!

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Hello beautifuls!

Your favourite quarterly natural meet-up is back in less than two weeks, yay! We are pretty excited over here!

Naturals in The City, 14 is next week Saturday, 12th March 2016! Continue reading

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Naturals in The City 13! Organic Living

Hey guyssss!

Naturals in The City 13 is around the corner and I can’t believe it either!

Next week Saturday, 12th December, 2015, we will gather round as we always do, and on behalf of the team, I promise you, it’s going to be good.

First, a few changes.

Our access fee is now 1000 Naira. It used to be 500 Naira.

Are you really asking why? ( ._.) Since you have asked, let me go with everybody’s excuse these days, the dollar is high lol. I don’t know how exactly, but the dollar is almost at $1 to 241 Naira and since the dollar started its climb this year, life has been somehow. On a  more serious note, things are expensive, have BEEN expensive and we need to cover our costs. Can 500 Naira even take you to see a movie with no student ID? Exactly. This is a necessary change we have had to make, and I hope it does not change anything between us. Kiss kiss.

Also, we aren’t going to be at the Social Place this time. We’ll be at Cafe Neo, the one on 6, Agoro Odiyan Street, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island. Cafe Neo has quite a few outlets now, so please don’t go to the one on Akin Adesola or Alfred Rewane, or any of the others and then get mad at us. NITC 13 is at the Cafe Neo on Agoro Odiyan Street.

How To Find our Cafe Neo

Coming to Victoria Island from the mainland, if you go through Ikoyi/ Alfred Rewane Road, when you climb that bridge at Falomo heading towards VI, you have two options. Akin Adesola if you stick to the left side and go straight, or you turn onto Ozumba Mbadiwe road if you slide to the right. Stick to the left and go straight, to Akin Adesola street. When you’re on Akin Adesola, keep going straight till you get to the first major right turn. Taking this turn will put you on Adeola Odeku. While on Adeola Odeku, keep your eye on the left side of the road, read the street signs. The third left or so should be Agoro Odiyan. Just read the street signs, you’ll be fine. Agoro Odiyan is the very next left sign you’ll see after you pass the one that says Eletu Ogabi. Pretty easy, you won’t get lost πŸ™‚

What To Expect

The theme is Organic Living.

We are going to have hair talk as usual (Ade Balogun of Locitude will be back with us, whoop whoop!) so more details on that will be announced as we get closer to the meet-up. We are more than hair, our goal at Naturals in The City is to encourage you to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle, so we are going to be having our organic veggies as we had last time. If you’d like to learn about gardening yourself, growing your own stuff, come and listen to a pro.

As usual, we’ll have many vendors for you to shop from. Kitchen Butterfly was such a hit last time! I kept saying I would eat later. By the time I was ready to eat, all the food was gone, and I mean ALL of it. She’s going to be back at NITC 13 and I do not intend to miss out- neither should you! She’ll be catering for the day. If you’ve ever wanted to sit at her table, here’s your opportunity to do so (in a way). If you don’t feel like eating proper food, we are at Cafe Neo, so you can get coffee- and try the Naija Starbucks’ experience. There’s free wifi!

#ChristmasOnTheStreetz

Finally, this is the Christmas edition. We should be generous at all times, but if you aren’t, what better time to be than at Christmas? I mean- it’s Christmas! At NITC 12, we collected donations for the Save Mirabel Centre. This time around, we are supporting the #ChristmasOnTheStreetz initiative. No matter how small you think you are, your donations can totally mean the world to many this season.  Please come prepared to donate something, be it cash, gently used clothes & shoes, provisions, rice, diapers, baby wipes. Every little counts. πŸ™‚

Alright guys. Keep your eyes on the blog for more info in the days to come, or better yet, follow @thekinkandi on Instagram.

Come learn, eat, shop, network, and donate! Bring your boo, your kids, and a friend, or three! Everybody is welcome! 

We’d love it if you could share this post, spread the word, share the flyer on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, all and sundry!

See you there!

Love,

AB,

xx

Leaving Is The Hardest Thing To Do…

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“…but being left is harder, yes it’s true.”

Tell me about it. I have been left y’all. Or “jilted” as Nigerian newspapers like to say.

By the ones I thought had my back. The ones I thought were my ride-or-die. It’s a cold world, no snuggie. *sniff* Continue reading

Naturals in The City 12!

Last Saturday, September 26 was Naturals in The City 12 and it was awesome!

The sun came out for us in full force, and the energy at Social Place that day was super. (Read “super” in a French accent)

Thank you to all the lovely ladies, and gents, and little ones that came to gather with us. Thank you Ebun, for helping us with registration. Thank you to our vendors, our speakers, and our ghen ghen caterer, Kitchen Butterfly. My friend Anu was our MC for the day, shout out to her for holding it down. And a special shout out to my wonderful fellow organizers, Natural Nigerian, Sherese (Carib Health) and @Ms_Isioma πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful day. We started on time, people were actually early! And I think we recorded our biggest number so far- about 200 people! So amazing! I cannot give you a play by play of what went down at the meet-up since I was busy running around, but I’ve got about 50-something thousand words in pictures! Continue reading

See You This Saturday at NITC 12!

Hi guys!

How is the going going?

Traffic has been deadly this week but thankfully today is the last day of the work week! Don’t you just love living in a multi-cultural country? Christmas, Sallah, we do it all. ^_^

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It feels like we have been on this forever, but Naturals in The City 12 is finally finally here. This Saturday, September 26, come spend the day with us at Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranijo, off Younis Bashorun, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island. It’s super easy to find. Really straight forward from the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout.

We will be there from 1 to 6pm. Everybody, and we mean, everybody, is invited. Male, female, however you like to wear your hair. I promise nobody is going to snatch your wig! Naturals in The City is not just a hair meet-up. It’s about healthy, wholesome, more natural living, in and out. This time around, the theme is Debunking Myths, and the Gate Fee is a simple 500 naira, pere.

Why Come To NITC 12?

That’s a good question.

Apart from the fact that it’s always a good time, and that I really look forward to meeting you guys, here’s what you should expect:

1. Our Day 1, Natural Mane of Deep Brown Kinks is coming all the way from Abuja to share some hair wisdom.

2. The very talented celebrity makeup artist Leylarh Cadne is also one of our speakers. She’ll be sharing her craft, talking to us about makeup and beauty.

3. Natural vs Organic. Do you know the difference? Expect Natural Nigerian and Dr. Ijewere of Carib Health, to break it allllll the way down.

4. Yogi and Personal fitness trainer Adura will be debunking myths about yoga. There may be an introductory Yoga class to close it all, so if you’d like to participate, dress comfortably. Bring your yogi pants, or a pair of tights. πŸ™‚

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Get Busy!

More than talking the talk, we are going to get busy at the meet up. We have activities planned, but there’s a catch. These activities will run in small groups of not more than ten. To be in a group, you have to sign up for the activities you are interested in when you arrive, and that’s how it will be. First come, first serve- so if you want the extra value, you have to be early. Outside their talks, Leylarh and Natural Mane will be hosting activities. If you’d like to learn to twist, braid, style your hair, don’t forget to sign up. If Washday is an issue for you, there’s a workshop for this too. Leylarh will be auditing makeup bags. If your makeup game needs help, bring your stash along, and she could help you review it, teach you what you need. Of course, you have to sign up too.

No African Time!

Please o, we are not tolerating African time at NITC 12. In the past, we used to wait till we had a certain number but it’s really not fair to our early birds, is it? We will be sticking to our schedule, so if you are late, that’s on you πŸ˜›

Bring Your Kids Too!

If you have a little girl in your life, you can kill two birds with one stone at Naturals in The City. You can attend the meet up, and she can have her hair styled for the week ahead, at a very moderate price. Our stylist will be super gentle.

Wait, There’s More!

As usual, we will have our vendors. Come prepared to shop, shop, shop πŸ˜‰ I mean, to be surrounded by all that variety can have you feeling like a kid in a candy shop but, by all means indulge. No delivery costs, and you can directly relate with the people behind the brands. Wouldn’t you like that? Look out for our table (The Kink and I). It will be manned by some fine boys. Come support us, and we have some  Satin and Ankara bonnets from Elizabeth Cress that you’re going to want! πŸ˜‰

Naturals in The City is not just about natural hair. We are about encouraging you to embrace a healthier, more natural lifestyle, inside and out. In addition to our regular hair vendors, we are having farmers at our meetup. Yes, I said farmers. One natural farmer and one organic farmer. You can get your super fresh, carefully grown vegetables for the week. Just this one Saturday, you don’t have to reluctantly pick up that stale bunch after side-eyeing the display at Shoprite. ( ._.)

Food at NITC 12 will be handled by THE Kitchen Butterfly. I’m such a huge fan of Ozoz and I’m pretty excited to finally get to try her cooking! See her blog here, and Instagram here. It’s not free (remember we are charging you only 500 naira lol) but we promise it will not break you either. πŸ™‚

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What more can I say but, come through?

We cannot wait to have you!

Love,

AB,

xx