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Who do you desire to be?

To me, the definition of a role model is person I can identify myself with and

A person I aspire to be like. This may not necessary be focused on their career but just the drive and determination they hold.

To some, a role model is a person they have aligned goals and values with. A person who is in a position they aspire to be in life or a person who is a great example that they wish to emulate.

Who do you desire to be and what are your aspirations? These are two great questions you should ask yourself in order to discover who your own role model is.

What characteristic traits does this man or women have that I greatly admire?

These three questions are paramount in establishing your role model. Focusing on the area of character traits only, I was able to establish that my four roles are the following for ladies and in summary here’s in why:

Teaira Walker (Youtuber/Beauty Influencer) – Extremely positive person, Uplifting and a go-getter

Breeny Lee (Blogger/Digital Influencer)– Bold, Courageous and not afraid to be herself

Alexis Jordan (Singer)– Lives for Christ, family orientated and humble

Ayesha Curry (Chef/Author/Business women) – Authentic person, Genuine soul and Passionate about her work

All of these women Slay in their lane and are successful.I follow these ladies on social media and I can honestly write paragraphs about how much work they’ve done and how I’ve seen them grow in a positive light. To my knowledge, all four women are God-fearing (religious/believe in God) which is important to me. Each of the character traits I’ve listed is just a small summary of the many aspects that make them great.

Though all I’ll say to summarise is that they are honest, hardworking and continue to reach new pinnacles of success on a regular basis. Each of these women are not doing anything out of the ordinary to gain unnecessary exposure within the media.

This is something I greatly admire and why they are my role models.

In addition to the three questions above here’s a few tips you can try to establish who your role models are:

 

  1. Determine your values
  2. Establish your beliefs (standards/ principles)
  3. Study character. Your own character and the people you watch. (Whether it’s on social media or in real life)

 

I think it’s greatly important to have a role model as it literally someone positive you can model your life on.

An afternoon with Acorn Aspirations

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On Wednesday the 5th of April I had the pleasure of attending and being a part of a workshop with Acorn Aspirations.

Acorn Aspirations is an organisation that assist teenagers age 12-19 with the skills needed to exceed within creative and entrepreneurial fields. Through a variety of workshops, boot camps and various other engaging activities, they aid in maximising the full potential of teenagers.

Making my way into the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly circus on a busy weekday afternoon, I found solace as I entered glamorous workspace building of Wayra.

CEO and Founder of the organisation Elena Sinel was there to greet me at the reception. I was then introduced to four amazing teenagers Snezana, Arun, Kirsty and Arion.

Programming, application development, digital marketing and digital artistry were amongst the numerous creative skills these teens had. I was truly impressed.

After giving them a brief introduction about myself, what I do and how I got my start in writing, I got to hear more about the projects these four teens had been working on.

During our workshop session which was solely based around blogging and social media, we were able to identify the key factors that play a great role in creating a potentially lucrative blog.

Spending time with Elena and the teens was a great motivation booster as these teens have a great yearning to excel within their chosen career paths. It’s amazing to see how focused they are from a very young age.

I had such an amazing time, this will not be the last of our interactions.

All year round Acorn Aspirations assist teens in reaching their maximum potential. To find out more and how you can become part of a great team visit their website: http://acornaspirations.com

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You are Precious, Precious Hair and Beauty Awards

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To many of us women of colour, our hair and beauty is something we take pride in. The precious hair and beauty awards ceremony due to take place in June 2017.  It’s an amazing platform for women of colour who have created beauty products and services from their kitchen tables, shining a bright light on those who have managed to grow innovative and successful brands.

 The awards will focus on five categories:  Best Haircare Brand, Best Makeup Colour Cosmetics Brand, Best Skincare, Best Online Innovation brand and the People’s Choice Best Beauty/Hair Blogger Award – with an open voting system via Precious Facebook. Entries are now open and can be made at: www.haba.preciousawards.com.

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 The award ceremony was Founded by Foluke Akinlose MBE in 2007 to celebrate the achievements of women of colour in business and leadership.

In the past, the event has formed partnerships with brands such as Barclays and Credit Suisse to name a few.  Founder Foluke is extremely successful within her field of work. Speaking to the huffingtonpost.co.uk she reports, in 2008 I was named in the top 100 in Courvoisier’s “The Future 500” a list of the country’s top achievers across ten wide-ranging categories. Aside from this, she has also received serval impressive recognitions as a result of her hard work and dedication.

This year the hair and beauty awards are powered by Premae.Premae is the world’s very first allergy free skincare brand for women of all colour. The brand was founded by Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe BEM.

Dr Clare will be a judge in this year’s award ceremony alongside Florence Adepoju founder of MDM Flow, Latenda Kalimba a credible trichologist expert and Lizzie loves, a successful Youtuber with currently 98k subscribers.

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The shortlist will be announced in May 2017 at a Precious Networking event hosted at Wah London, Soho.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be involved!

For press enquiries: contact please  contact  Michael Oluborode:  hello@joclarepr.com

 

 

 

 

Premae Partners-Vegan Skincare for all

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On Saturday the 22nd of January I attended a meeting with the Premae Partners in a cosy section of Tibits Restaurant in London’s very own Heddon Street.

Myself and 9 other females passionate about Premae got to experience a vegan style meal before being informed and inspired about the Premae brand.

For those of you who made be wondering what exactly Premae is about, Premae is a multi-award winning vegan skincare range that was launched in 2011. It essentially caters to those with sensitive skin conditions though can be used by people of all skin types.

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I hope that’s cleared things up a bit. 🙂

After finishing our meal, we focused our attention on a power point presentation talked though by the CEO and founder of Premae skincare Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, BEM.

Amongst the brand values we learnt that the products were first available at spitalfields market. It was amazing to hear about the growth of the brand over five years as it is now available for purchase on amazon and main offices are located in Harley Street.

We were then introduced to the many benefits of using Premae some of them being that the products are plant based and are greatly suited for those of all skin types particularly those with unpredictable skin symptoms.

Premae skin care consists of four lines-

  • Affinity anti-ageing
  • Harmony combination skin
  • Pharma100 – Sensitive skin conditions
  • Lumino- dry skin

From this point on we we’re fully consumed by trying and testing the products. We took many photos and had bountiful discussion about our skin types.

We discussed many topics as Partners and shared our visions.

Overall it was an eventful afternoon.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Premae Partners please drop me an e-mail at mag@premaeskincare.com. For those of you who didn’t know I’m also Editor in Chief of Premae Magazine. You can view our latest issue here  http://mag.premaeskincare.com/issue_4/

 

Till next time.

Stay Fabulous xx

My thoughts on Beyonce’s Lemonade

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On Sunday the 24th of April I woke up to see a multitude  of Instagram and Snapchat posts about Beyoncé’s New Visual album Lemonade which had premiered in the US on HBO the night before. Being the major Beyoncé fan that I am I had to listen and watch this new long awaited visual album.

After going to church that Sunday the next thing on my mind was how to get access to this visual album. After a thorough internet and twitter search I finally found a link to the album. This link failed me and I left with one option. I had to Sign up to Tidal on a 30 day  free trail of course.( After 30 days that membership will be cancelled) This admittedly has to be the best choice I made that day.

I was so excited and anxious to see this visual album you would have thought I was starring in it myself. Lol. My first impressions of the opening visuals were that they were very artistic, dark and included distinctive imagery. She had certainly put a lot of thought into how she wanted her audience to think and feel. I could see the idea behind the imagery though not all of it makes sense to me even after having it on repeat for a couple days. It was almost as though she has let her fans into a secret realm inside of her mind to a degree.

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Image From Hold Up – Image via smh.com.au

With regards to the music I would say this is a completely different side to Beyoncé that myself and most of us have never seen before. My two favourite videos and singles on Lemonade are Sorry and Hold Up. These songs have literally been on repeat all day long.

What really drove me to give my opinion was seeing so many different views and opinions such as that of Piers Morgan and Jameila.  In addition to this was  all the speculation surrounding Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage as some of the lyrics make us question if Jay Z Actually cheated on his wife Beyoncé. Whether I personally think Jay Z has cheated on Beyoncé… well who knows? I think Beyoncé is speaking on some of her personal experiences tied together with that of her parents’ marriage and speaking on behalf of all of us women.

Lemonade contains what I would call a combination of very different sounding singles tied together to tell a story. Which may be similar to most albums however what set this album apart is that each song has a powerful message and meaning behind it, with the end goal leaving us feeling empowered and somewhat liberated.

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Image from Sorry – Image Via exclusiveworldpremiere.tv

What I took from the album was Queen B speak up for herself and behalf of many females out their dealing with infidelities  in their relationships and letting them know that you can do something about your situation if you believe you partner isn’t being loyal. Examples of this can be seen in the songs Hold Up, Don’t Hurt Yourself and Sorry. I feel like Beyoncé is saying its okay for us girls to stand up for ourselves in relationships and speak up and take action. The album also includes some videos that make very big political statements such as Freedom and Formation.

I think Beyoncé has shown tremendous growth as artist in terms of this album. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I guess have a different outlook on certain matters regarding it. At the end of the day we should all look at the messages within each video and feel empowered especially us young ladies. Beyoncé deserves every ounce of respect and acknowledgment for her using her talent to uplift us and share our story.

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Black Girl Magic – Image from Lemonade – Image Via vogue.com

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

FYI -I am a HUGE Beyoncé Fan I’ve seen her three times. April 2013 in Birmingham, March 2014, London and flew to Paris in September 2014 for On the Run Tour.

 

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