Louis Vuitton x Harrods :: Customize Your Vintage

Louis Vuitton at Harrods, London have introduced their new hand painting service. The company will hand monogram any hard case luggage you bring into the store, in the store, live!

The best part is that they are accepting vintage pieces as well; You do not have to make a new purchase!

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Spring Clean Your Body!

Staying healthy and keeping the fat off is always a challenge. For months before going to my cousins wedding in Miami we were legitimately a ‘Fit Fam.’ – exactly one month after the wedding you are starting to see everyones pouch reappear slowly. We decided we needed to refresh our attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle, it’s ok to fall off the wagon but we are hopping back on it! Here are our top ways of staying healthy and tricks to help drop that fat -We are spring cleaning our wardrobes and our bodies!

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DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Sometimes we think we are hungry, but really we are dehydrated. Aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

EAT UNTIL SATISFIED NOT FULL

This way you’re not bloated.

DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF

All foods in moderation are good for you. If you deprive yourself of something your body needs or wants, you will end up gorging unnecessarily later!

SKIP THE BREAD BASKET

Total waste of calories and most times spoils your appetite for your main meal. If you really must have bread, have it in moderation with something like a salad so you limit how much of it you eat.

BREAKFAST LIKE A KING, LUNCH LIKE A PRINCE, DINNER LIKE A PAUPER

You burn less and less calories as the day progresses so your meals should reflect this.

Small snacks in between like nuts and fruit also satisfy cravings and are much better for you.

EAT BEFORE THE PARTY!

Eating before the party or event prevents you from making bad food choices. If you are hungry you are more likely to eat anything put in front of you. This way you are likely to just nibble or snack and you will happily turn down anything thats just ok.

VEGETABLES

Make sure half of your plate is vegetables. A handful of protein and a handful of carbs. Veggies are full of fiber and water so they will fill you up in a good way.

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 TAKE OUT FAKE OUT

When ordering takeout, always order small. Seems pointless but is better in the long run. When you spend a lot of money on food you feel the need to eat it all whether you’re hungry or not!

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SNACKS

Carry snacks- whether it’s healthy snack bars, fruits or nuts at least you know how many calories you’re eating.

JUICING

Drinking your food a few days a week gives your body a break from having to break down solids. You also lose water weight which a quick and easy way to shed a few pounds right before a big event.

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BE PART TIME VEGETARIAN

Cutting out meat from your diet is a great way to lose weight. However the lack of protein for a a long period of time is not highly recommended. Consider introducing protein alternatives like tofu, cheeses & yogurts, drinking protein shakes or become a pescatarian! – you can still eat fish!

RESTAURANT ETIQUETTE

When you eat out, don’t eat everything on your plate. Restaurant portions are double the size of the servings you have at home. Take the rest with you and have it for lunch at work the next day!

:: TIP :: I separate my portions immediately. That way I know what i’m eating now, and i know what i’m eating later!

DON’T DRINK YOUR CALORIES (unless it’s that kind of day, lol)

Wine, champagne, brandy and especially cocktails are full of sugar! Soda is right behind them. For all of you addicted to soda like I am, find an alternative like sparkling flavored water. If you would rather eat your calories then stick to water or soda water as your drink of choice.

STARTERS

Salad and soup are great starters. They fill you up and leave less room for the main course. A lot of restaurants now serve salads and soups as a main course and usually have few calories.

EXERCISE + EXCESSIVE EATING STILL = FAT

Exercise, exercise, exercise is great but it’s not a means to an end. If you exercise but eat poorly you usually get the same results (maintaining) or it takes a much longer time to lose the weight.

KEEP IT MOVING!

Be as active as you can. Walk instead of drive, take the stairs instead of the elevator and get up earlier if you can to hit the gym. If you aren’t the working out type, dance it out! No matter what you are doing, if you are being active you are one step closer than you were sitting on the couch!

GO FOR THE BROWN STUFF

Anything whole grain is much better for you than the white stuff. White bread is full of sugar and chemicals.

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 STICK TO YOUR OWN MEAL

The moment you taste someone else’s food you have opened up the door to an additional meal on your plate. Stick to what you have. You can order the same thing they got next time.

MOMS! Eat your lunch and your lunch only! Not your lunch, then lunch with the kids, then lunch with your husband, and then a snack with your girlfriend at the cafe. Yes, we know you need to please everyone, but remember, they just want you there. you don’t have to eat! Bring a snack, have a drink but don’t keep eating!

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 MEASURE

Put your snacks in a bowl so you can see how much your eating. This goes for popcorn, chips, ice cream – anything. If you are on the go, use small snack size ziplock bags.

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NO EATING AFTER DINNER

One of the hardest things to do. When you watch TV you eat, when you’re bored you eat, when you’re sad you eat. The best thing to do is to create a routine after dinner. This way you are too busy dialing down for bed, you don’t have time to think about eating! Try to get into bed about 2 – 3 hours after dinner this way you have given your system time to digest your food but you are FAR away from the kitchen.

 TIME

Give your food time to digest. It takes your brain longer than your stomach to realize that you are full. So eating slowly is the way forward.

SLEEP

Sleep is SO important. Your body metabolizes fat when you are sleeping. People who sleep 8 hours a day are more likely to keep the fat off than those who only sleep 5 or 6 hours a night.

DO NOT SLEEP ON A STUFFED STOMACH THOUGH!

SWEETENERS

Stay away from artificial sweeteners. These are way worse for you than actual sugar. Plus anything that’s sugar free doesn’t mean there are no calories. Find an all natural, non sugar sweetener like Stevia a natural, zero calorie sweetener that can lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels or Erythritol a sugar alcohol that is very sweet, but low in calories.

ORGANIC, ORGANIC, ORGANIC!

Buy organic It’s healthier and in places like Nigeria it’s cheaper (perks!). Just head to your local market and buy everything fresh weekly or bi-weekly. Do not pack your fridge full of food, you will want to eat it all!

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Let’s get back on that healthy lifestyle grind! Remember, what ever goes in you shows on the outside! 80% diet, 20% exercise!

Happy Friday All! xx OT

Project Slide at The Woodruff

:: Sunday May 17th ::

:: Woodruff Alliance Theatre ::

Last night was the 6th annual dance recital for the dance crew Project Slide. My little cousin Karma has been dancing with them for some years now and this years show, hands down, is the best I’ve seen come from the girls (and one boy, Clay, who we love!)

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Project Slide was created by Samantha “Cakes”Stone. She has taught dance for over 15 years and has created several successful dance troupes. She has  performed with artist such as Lloyd,  D.Woods (Danity Kane),  and for Chris Rock’s hit movie “Good Hair”. She has also toured with the legendary group Bell Biv Devoe for over six years.  She has provided choreography and creative direction for Chloe and Halle who were featured on the Ellen show and winner’s of Disney’s Next Big Thing.

– Project Slides summer session is now open for registration. You can find out more information on their website.

Here are few videos of them killing it last night!

 

LAGOS :: What To Do This Weekend!

There is so much buzz going on around Lagos but it’s almost overwhelming trying to decide what to go to! Here are a few of the events we are looking forward to this weekend:

::  The Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show :: Saturday May 16th, 2015 ::

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On Saturday May 16th, 2015, in celebration of its 5th anniversary, The KinkyApothecary will launch the Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show at The Federal Palace Hotel, a culmination of all their workshops and events over the previous years.In an environment where weaves and relaxers are celebrated, The Kinky Apothecary’s mission has been to change ideals of beauty in Nigeria and beyond by offering resources, products, inspiration and support to women who have taken a step in going against the mould.

:: Hear Word! :: Saturday May 16th 2015 ::

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The stage play Hear Word! has found it’s home at the Musin center. The theatre production is based on real life experiences of Nigerian women with social commentary. The hilarious yet seriously real play is reminiscent of the Vagina Monologues. The amazing cast will have you in stitches but leave you pondering a few important questions too. Hear Word will be on every Friday and Saturday at the Muson Center.

:: The Lagos Walkabout :: Sunday May 17th 2015 ::

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This Sunday May 17th, 2015, join The Legacy Group on a guided walk of Lagos Island. by far the best part of Lagos. The tour kicks off from Freedom Park at 7.30am. Strictly for early risers and the 6am church family.

:: STRIP :: Sunday May 17th 2015 ::

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STRIP is the latest art exhibition to hit Lagos. The exhibition will be held at the new Re.Le Art Gallery at 5 Millitary Street, Onikan, Lagos. The exhibition is centered around the most vibrant collection of artists from photographic icon, Kelechi Amadi-Obi, to promising young artist, Toyosi Kekere-Ekun. Also, the exhibition explores a very intriguing subject: the human anatomy, with artists capturing varying shades of nudity. It promises to be really good.

Have a Good Weekend!!

RINNOVO by Maju

:: Sunday May 10th ::

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:: Tickle Bay, Lekki (4th Round About) ::

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Maju showcased their most recent collection Rinnovo this weekend at Tickle Bay in Lekki. The brand used he opportunity to relaunch themselves with the aptly named collection which is Italian for ‘Renewal’. The showcase was hosted by Denola Grey and Style Vitae’s  Zina Anumudu wearing a set named after her. The event was catered by Cafe Jade.

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Maju Brand Ambassador Tania Omotayo wearing 'The Tania' Dress

Maju Brand Ambassador Tania Omotayo wearing ‘The Tania’ Dress

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Temple Muse x Okun Launch

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Temple Muse hosted beachwear brand Okun for the launch of their latest collection. You can see more of their looks on their instagram page @okunbeachwear or on their website http://www.okunbeachwear.com

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MAYPAC :: Who was there?

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather :: Details

Birthdate:: Feb 24, 1977
Age:: 38

Weight:: 146lb

Height:5’8″

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Manny Pacquiao :: Details

Birthdate :: Dec. 17, 1978

Age :: 36

Weight :: 145lb

Height :: 5’6.5″

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Besides the fight, we were also looking forward to who was going to be there! Here are a few people who were spotted!

Lil Wayne & Christina Milian

Lil Wayne & Christina Milian

Rev. Jessie Jackson

Rev. Jessie Jackson

Jay z

Jay z

Jay - Z, Beyonce, Nikki Minaj & Meek Mill

Jay – Z, Beyonce, Nikki Minaj & Meek Mill

Gabrielle Union & Lala Anthony

Gabrielle Union & Lala Anthony

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel

Cassie & Diddy

Cassie & Diddy

50 Cent & Gayle King

50 Cent & Gayle King

50 Cent

50 Cent

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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

Nikki Minaj

Nikki Minaj

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