Monday, December 24, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Wow! Christmas is here again. It's actually tomorrow!!!

The Christmas tree, the lights, the shopping for gifts, the sharing of gifts and all the wonderful and beautiful things and events that come with this day.

But what exactly is this day about. On someone's birthday, we all celebrate that person, we give the person gifts, we say happy birthday, we give them a hug, we make them enjoy that one day in the whole year that is theirs.

Christmas day is the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 
So while we are enjoying all the festivities and creating wonderful memories let's all remember the person for Whom this day was created.

Lucky for us we don't need to buy him earthly gifts, or bake a cake and send to him...All we need to do is Give Him praise, adoration and thanks. Thank The Lord for giving us His son.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas Holiday songs...Enjoy listening







There are also many other wonderful popular Christmas songs.."12 days of Christmas" "Jingle Bless"  and so on

Enjoy Christmas day with loved ones and family
From me to you
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Have yourselves a merry merry Christmas!





Been A While

Hmmm It's been a while since I've posted anything...Why? Well...Uhmmmm....Uhmmm..

No to worry I have a whole lot to post but will gradually post them and do my best to post quite regularly.

Well before I created this new blog site few weeks ago, I had lolabeauosun.wordpress.com and since most people are still familiar with old blog site I still have it open and I still try to check in on that site and reply some of your comments.

Been away for weeks but I still received the messages and emails from different readers and thank you all for reading and been inspired.

As stated in the ABOUT, this blog is not for latest celebrity gossip but to inspire, educate, motivate others through the different posts. To appreciate, celebrate and support others through the interviews posted.

Thank You
Lola Osun

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview with Ms Odunayo Ade of Oyato Designs & Artistry


 
From beautiful clothing, to the make up, and to the hair...Oyato designs & artistry has got you covered. Ms Odunayo Ade is the young beautiful lady behind "OYATO"   
  • Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Odunayo Ade. I am the third of six children. My parents are originally from
Nigeria, I was born in Brooklyn New York and I am a fashion designer. I went to FIT and
recently graduated in May (from the International trading marketing program) and I got my
fashion degree from Nassau Community college in Long Island New York.

  • Oyato designs & artistry, how did this become a reality? And how did the name Oyato come about?
The name was initially a nickname. During a conversation with one of my friends, she
suggested I use that name but I felt like it didn’t make sense at the time. Later I put a picture up and put the name ‘Oyato’ at the bottom and since then it soon grew into a brand name. Oyato designs & artistry became a reality after I graduated from college and I started off with Oyato designs which is solely clothing and the artistry came about because I love doing makeup and hair. Anything that has to do with beauty, I am a huge fan of it. My cousin who also loves it, partnered with me and that’s how we came with the ‘artistry’. The name ‘Oyato’ means to be different, to stand out.

  • Your first collection was called “Call of the Wild”, what other collections have you had and what’s your latest collection?
The first collection I did, ‘Call of the wild”, was when I was in school. As a fashion degree
major you had to do a final collection when you are graduating. ‘Call of the wild’ is what I
called mine. Other collections I’ve had are Enigmatic, Eclecticism and the latest one which was launched in September of this year is Vintage Pop Print. So far I’ve had four collections. Fashion trends constantly change every season and year and the style of each person varies.

  • How do you make your designs fit the trending fashion styles, appeal to people of different ages and still maintain your authenticity?
I follow trends but not religiously. I think trends are great but they don’t last long and that’s the issue. So I try to make pieces that you can wear this season, next season and several seasons from now. I try to make clothing that is a little more classic. Every girl can wear a flared skirt but trends like the high-low skirts; may not last. That flared skirt is timeless, so I’d rather do more classical pieces and most definitely throw in some trendy ones.
  • You also specialize in hair, makeup and wardrobe styling. What made you get involved in all these other than designing clothes?
All these other things were a passion of mine. I love makeup and love to dress up. As for hair I would say it was something that was passed on. Growing up my mom did our hair and we eventually picked it up. My sisters and I all know how to do hair and we do each other’s hair.

  • Do you personally do all these for your clients or do you have a trained team? Can interested people join your team?
 I would love for people to join. Yes we do have a team. We have Abi, Felicia, Ola, Oye, Lola, Momo, Simone. The beautiful part about our team is that everyone is multitalented. We are always looking for more people to be a part of our team who are interested.
  • What has been your most favorable moment to date for you in your career?
I would like to say graduating from school but that’s so cliché though graduating was a big
deal for me. However I would say having my own show in September is my most favorable
moment to date. We did a fashion show to debut the ‘Vintage Pop Print” collection in New York during fashion week. I’m hoping more great moments to come.

  • Where and how can people buy your designs, make custom orders, get make up done , get their hair done and wardrobe styling?
We have our designs being sold at AnouskaLeigh.com and for custom pieces you can email us at oyato.designs@gmail.com. We make custom pieces for any events. For hair, makeup or styling you can contact us at oyato.artistry@gmail.com. We are looking forward to setting up our online shop next year to sell our spring collection.
  • Any projects you are currently working on that we should look forward to?
 We are currently working on our lookbook shoot for ‘Vintage Pop Print’. We also have
a YouTube channel which we launched in October. The link is www.youtube.com/theoyatolifestyle. Here we post videos on makeup, hair, styling and pretty much anything about Oyato designs & artistry.

  • You have made some great accomplishments so far with Oyato designs & artistry and I am sure you still have much more to attain. What is your goal for Oyato designs and artistry?
For Oyato designs I want it to go back to Nigeria and set up a physical shop there. Hopefully in the next 2 years. For Oyato artistry, to gain more recognized women/men of society as clients. We have a very talented group of women and I want their talent to be known to the world.


Visit the website at www.oyatoonline.com

Yes..Oh Yes!! Absolutely Anything!


" I know I can be what I wanna be. If I work hard at it. I'll be where I wanna be" Lyrics to Nas- I know I can

Is this really true? Yes! Oh Yes! You can be absolutely what you want to be. 

Everyone has a passion. Some have passion for more things than others. There are many people out there with dual careers. You don't have to limit yourself! The Lord has blessed us all with different talents. Though some might have more talents than others but the point is we all have talents.....passion for different things. What we do with these gifts is up to us. You remember the story of the talents (Matthew 25: 15-28),  He gave us these gifts to put to good use. Our gifts don't always have to make us profits but they can still be used to bless others and help the lives of others. Musicians have used their gifts to create beautiful music that we all use during parties, events, listen to when we are happy or sad. Inventors have created many wonderful inventions that we use today....They have used their gift, their talent, their passion..

Everyone has a dream. We all have a goal for ourselves, for our family, for people around us. We have aspirations. It is such joy when we see our dreams become reality. Ever see some people sleeping peacefully but then suddenly wake up screaming because of a bad dream or someone smiling in their sleep because of a beautiful dream?...Well listen, no matter how much these people explain to us how horrible or how beautiful their dream was, we can not fully grasp exactly how horrifying or amazing it was because it was not our dream. It was not in our mind, in our head. Now Listen! Not everyone you tell your dream, your goals, your future aspirations will understand or agree with  your dream. (Genesis 37.5) Joseph had a dream and he told his brothers and they hated him for the dream and they mocked him and sold him off....Years later the same dream became a reality. You see, there will be some people that will hate you for your dream shared. You need to know whom to share your dream with, and when you do share your dream and they mock you, you need to be strong and believe in your dream. Sometimes you'll have to make tough decisions or walk alone for a while but when people start seeing bits and pieces of your dream become a reality or how very possible it is to being a reality, they'll soon believe in your dream and walk with you!

Remember the lyrics "....If I work hard at it. I'll be where I want to be" Well if you don't work hard at it. You can say everyday, "I have a passion for ......" or "I have a dream to....." but it will all be nothing but words. I have met some really amazing people, a young woman who is not just a successful lawyer but also owns her own business. A young man who already has his own uprising business though he is still in school almost done with his masters and many others. Some people already doing well but still working hard to achieve even more and better.. 

Since I've moved to New York I have seen even more opportunities and some of the passions and dreams I had before but didn't have the courage or motivation to act on them, I am now more motivated than ever to act on them..What exactly are these dreams and passions of mine? Hmm that's not important but what's important is for you to be courageous! Start working! Start networking! Start making good use of your opportunities! Talk to people! Meet new people! Be strong! Believe in yourself! Surround yourself with people that motivate you! Be prayerful! Have Faith!

It all takes work, dedication, patience, perseverance and of course prayer...Commit your dreams, your aspirations to God in prayer even as you do your own part.

"I know I can be what I wanna be, If I work hard at it. I'll be where I wanna be"
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Time!! It's Thanksgiving Everyone :)


 IT’S TURKEY TIME!!!

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Yup! It’s that time of the year again…Time for family and loved ones to gather together, be thankful and have ourselves a great feast…not forgetting the turkey! LOL!!


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Wishing everyone safe travels and a wonderful thanksgiving day filled with lots of love, joy, fun and of course food!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM LOLA OSUN



Are you black or white? Does it really matter?


Are you black or white? Does it really matter?

You remember the lyrics from Michael Jackson’s song “It Doesn't Matter if You’re Black or White” (Black or White).
Now my question to you is does it really matter if we are black or white?

Barack Obama recently won the 2012 Presidential election and though millions were overjoyed by his re-election, there were many others who were very dissatisfied with his re-election.

Since the time of his win, I have seen some tweets and Facebook statuses online saying very terrible things about Obama…and most especially about his skin color. Some referred to him as a ‘monkey’ ‘filthy nigger’ and other derogatory comments.

Recent reports also say that some people in certain states have sent in proposals to formally have their state withdrawn from the United States. Whether or not this is possible or will happen..the question is "Why was that proposal made in the first place"?

Everyone is entitled to their opinion so every citizen is entitled to their opinion of President Obama. One’s distaste for his win due to their disapproval of his political views, his ideas…is a different issue and is okay. However these comments and this need to secede makes one question how far the United States has come with the issue of racism…

Many would argue that as a nation we have made many improvements…Well yes we have. Many would also say that racism still exists and we still have a long way to go.

Yet still, one could ask if all these comments and desire to be removed from the union (United States) are strictly because these people are unhappy that their candidate did not win or is the issue of Barack Obama’s skin color a part of this.

Again I wonder…does it really matter is you are black or white?
What effects does this have on the nation? Does it have any effects?
This just raises so many questions….Sigh!

“God Bless America

 Want to read  more? Check out the links below: 


Give it all to Him...to Christ...to Him alone


Give it all to Him…and Him alone

  • ·        We do get weak sometimes. We do fall sometimes. But don’t beat yourself. He still loves you.
-   Romans 5:6 For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly”
2 Corinthians 12:9My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness”

  • ·        Life seems so hard and you feel helpless
  Psalm 46:1 “ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
 Psalm 121: 2 “ My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth”

  • ·         It’s your finances..
Philippians 4:19 “ But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory..”

  • ·        Worried..
-    Matthew 6:34 “ Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself..”   
-   Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”

  • REMEMBER!! Everything is all by faith
      Ephesians 3: 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him”
 Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him..”

It’s through our faith we are saved. Through our faith we are healed. Through our faith we are victorious. Through our faith we receive. Through our faith we please him. 

Welcome to the new site!


Welcome to the new site!

Before this site was created, it was www.lolabeauosun.wordpress.com

There are still some comments that were posted by different visitors on the old site that were unfortunately not transferred to this new site. The old site is still available but new posts will only be posted here www.lolaosun.com

Enjoy reading!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The text "Hello Stranger"

Ever heard the saying "Friendship is a two way street" well yea! it takes an effort from both people to make a friendship work or even last.

 "I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. ...I'll be there for you like, like I've been there before...I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too

I find it rather interesting how some people hardly ever call or text you except when you call or text and when you just happen to forget to call or text for a couple of days...weeks...They'll send you a text saying 'Hello Stranger'.

Every relationship...Friendship, intimate...or whatever, needs nurturing.

Someone said some people are 'backup friends"....LOL!!! Do people really have 'backup friends'..

At the same time, you probably have heard the saying 'real friends are those that can not talk for a long time but when they eventually do they pick up from where they left off like they never were separated" So for real friends you might be separated by distance, or be so busy but when you do have time to hang out, see each other, call or text...It's like you never took a break..

Well just like it says in John 10:14 "I know mine and mine know me".. I say "You know your real friends and your real friends know you" Your real friends don't just take but also give and you also don't just take, but you also give. Distance or time does not destroy a true friendship. True friendship is well nurtured by both parties.

Studying for the MCAT

Many dread the MCAT exam but if your goal is medical school then you just have to take the exam. That's one hurdle you just have to jump and can't avoid.

You are not alone! I also have this exam to take very soon!

There is no best time to start preparing yourself for this exam, than now! Even if you are going to take it late next year, start preparing now. Talk to others who have  taken the exam. You can also enroll in one of the prep classes.

Practice as they say makes perfect..so practice! practice! practice! Try pacing and timing yourself. Remember you don't have all the time in the world on that day to take the exam. Know your strength and weaknesses now so you can start working on the weaknesses.

Here are some other things to help with your studying...

Everyone is now tech savvy and there are different MCAT apps you can download...

Have I tried using some of these? Yes! and you should to!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE PREPARING FOR THE MCAT....





What a joy it is to be loved by you

TYRESE! TYRESE!! TYRESE!!!

I have a confession to make! A friend sent me the link and I have listened to this song on my phone about 5 times today! Yes! there I said it. I love the video too. LOL!




By the way I suggest you check out other songs from his album "Open Invitation"...there are other nice songs on the album. Download the album! Buy the album...HEHE!!

Anyways I'll continue singing "I feel like I can conquer the world with you by my side....(singing)...You think she's the best. You think she's the world. Throw your hands up and say to the world.....(singing)

Uganda and the gay community

Yesterday I was reading the news and found the article that read "Uganda set to pass anti gay legislation" Well I have some Ugandan friends so was interested in knowing what's going on in that country. Anyways kept reading the article..

The laws that they hope to pass before end of this year are to place harsh punishments for those caught in any homosexual act. As a matter of fact, homosexuality is illegal in the country.

According to reports, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga says 'Ugandans are demanding it" and goes on to say that such is a threat to the country's children.

So exactly what is this harsh punishment. Well! Well!! Guess!!................The punishment as stated in the articles I have read is "death".

We all have different opinions about the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender), some support them, some don't and some are just indifferent but regardless of how we feel about members of this community, should we give them the death punishment.

Even if one uses Christianity as a justification for their disdain, doesn't the same Christianity go against killing others...

Homosexuality is an illegal act in the country so should there be a lesser punishment or no punishment at all.

In the United States, we are each free to live our lives however we please...Heterosexual or homosexual. However the United States can't dictate for other countries what values should be placed in each country....

To read more...check these links below

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Friday, November 9, 2012

BARACK OBAMA

Hold on…Doing a happy dance again…go Obama! go Obama!.....Ok now I’m done!



On November 6th 2012. Barack Obama was re-elected as the president of the United States of America.

It was a pretty close race…especially during the first few hours but finally he won again!

We all love it when President Obama comes up to give a speech and it was with great excitement that we looked forward to his Victory speech. A few excerpts from his 2012 Victory speech that I remember and loved.

  • “….We are an American Family, and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people..”

  • ‘…I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago”. Let me say this publicly, Michelle I have never loved you more” (SIGH!!! Barack and Michelle type of love…Speechless)

  • “…despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future”

  • “…We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers..”

  • “…I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead”

  • “…And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. Thank you America, God Bless You. God bless the United States”

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

AUTISM

When you go to the parks and see the little children playing on the slides, having so much fun. You know it makes you smile. Watching your kids, niece or nephew grow up healthy, hear them say their first words, see them crawling round the whole room. They soon grow older and leave for their first day at school, then high school…You know it’s such a joy to see

You see, the brain is one of the most fascinating parts of the human system and also one of the most complex organs. Our brain is like a computer, can store so much information. Like every organ in our body, we all hope for it to be healthy, however just like other organs in our body system, the brain can be affected by various things becoming diseased or having a disorder.Now imagine having to see a child, not being able to play freely in the park, not being able to run around with the other kids, can’t go to the movies with the other kids, can’t have those fun childish conversations with you simply because they have a mental disorder known as AUTISM. A mental disorder that affects their mental development, communication and social skills

The various diseases/disorders of the brain fall into the category of those with clear medical explanations or those with murky explanations.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke and of cause Autism to name a few …

Autism is usually seen in the early years of a child. If you have a child, niece or nephew or know someone close who has been diagnosed with Autism…don’t lose hope on that child. A child is still a child. There are many kids today who have been diagnosed with Autism but are able to live a life almost just as normal as every other kid. Toni Braxton, the famous singer and star of Braxton Family Values has a son who was diagnosed with Autism but today this young boy runs around and has fun like every other kid, can communicate and do many other things like a regular kid. Isn’t that just amazing!

Children with Autism need attention, care, love, encouragement and most of all you need to educate yourself on this mental disorder and also get assistance when and if needed.

There are various organizations, foundations and centers that provide information and assistance for children with autism as well as their families. Also has ways interested people can get involved with helping others with autism.

Medical School?

Everyone has a dream! Everyone has a passion! Everyone has a goal!

And to achieve them, we need to do that which is needed to make it a reality.

If your dream is to be a medical doctor. Your passion is to help and treat others. Your goal is to be a successful doctor…You’ve got to start somewhere and I hope you have already started.

Talk to those who already went through it…Those who are currently going through it…Do necessary research…know your schools of choice….do some research about the specific field you might be interested in..

Applying to Medical School. https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/

Taking the MCAT exam https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/taking/

You can also download some phone apps for the MCAT…I currently have a few on my phone. Apart from the typical book in front of you or sitting in front of the computer way of studying, you can also work on a few MCAT questions, problems with solutions on your phone…On the Go!

Be informed on the right process! Get on the right path!

The "city that never sleeps" was made to sleep

The Big Apple! The City that never sleeps! Yup! That’s what New York City is fondly called. If you haven’t visited new york city, you need to.

1am..2am…3am…4am…24 hours, 7 days…There is always something to do, somewhere to go.  Some restaurants and stores still open even during ‘odd hours’ of the night. There’s always still many people around. It is indeed the city that never sleeps.

BUT! On Monday October 29th, 2012. This City was made to sleep. Hurricane Sandy forced her to sleep! Streets were flooded! Power outage! Homes greatly or lightly affected!

Other islands in New York State were also badly affected!

My sympathy to those whose homes were greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

For those in dire need of assistance as a result of the Hurricane Sandy, contact your local areas for centers providing assistance/relief to victims of the hurricane. You can also look for your local salvation army centers, they have food and clothes to give. Check this site for locations. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf#.

The American Red Cross also has relief for victims. (www.redcross.org)

For assistance with your bills, power, and other home services don’t hesitate to call the respective companies. They are willing to assist you!

And to anyone else who can help assist Sandy victims, please do so. Clothes..food...Donations.  Any way you can help, no matter how little. I encourage you to help/assist and God Bless you even as you do so.

Lovely! Just Lovely!! Eva Marcille, Selita Banks, Sana Lathan and Willsmith..

Stumbled upon these beautiful dresses!! Don’t ask what I was doing…but couldn’t resist taking a second look. Oh my!

Eva Marcille always looking gorgeous..Anyways this is from the 2012 NAACP Awards. I love the pattern on the dress from top to bottom and the edges of the bottom! Nice!!





And of cause I had to keep looking and saw this one. Selita Ebanks. I love the nude color



Kept looking…lol! The beautiful Sana Lathan. I like the dress most especially because of its color…



Ah!!!!! This one right here!!!!! I LOVEEEE the plaid suit! Wink Wink!!! Will Smith Looking dashing as always at the Men in Black 3 premiere.



Images were obtained from

http://www.wohoo.co.uk/tag/awards/

www.thegrio.com

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/movies/features/article_1698307.php/Men-in-Black-III-UK-Gala-Premiere-Pictures

Fried Plantains and Sauteed Shrimp

Fried plantains.. when it’s not too soft and soggy or too hard (unripe plantain)…..Is just so nice!

It’s very easy to make.

  • Simply get your ripe plantains (not green and not too ripe).

  • Peel the plantains and slice with a clean knife. Place the sliced plantains in a bowl. I usually like sprinkling some cinnamon powder in my plantains but you don’t have to.

  • In a pan, pour some frying oil (Olive oil, Vegetable oil) and heat the oil.

  • When well heated, gently put in the sliced plantains. Flip each side once brown (as brown as you want) and your plantain is ready !


The sautéed shrimp

  • Get your jumbo shrimp; washed.

  • In a pan, pour a little oil (You can use Olive oil or the cooking spray oil)

  • Then add the shrimps, crushed red pepper, minced garlic, parsley and seasoning and stir occasionally until the shrimp is slightly brown.


Voila! Your fried plantains and sautéed shrimp!

Monday, November 5, 2012

In His Time

You see that beautiful mansion over there….It took months of preparation, laying the right foundation, getting the right plan, the workers..

You see that big strong tree…..It took years from a small plant to this, to be deeply rooted, its roots extending far beyond its trunk..

You see that beautiful painting….It took time to capture the image, to draw, to paint, to get the right strokes, right angle…

You see my dear…Everything takes Time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says “To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck what has been planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to gain and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to sew. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time of war and a time of peace”

No one enjoys the time of weeping, the time of laboring but we all must go through these times.

A student might complain about the tons of assignments, having a lot to study but you have to go through those years to get an education, a degree..to have a good job in the future

A junior worker might complain of the years he puts in and complain about starting in the junior level but before you get to the top, you have to start somewhere and work your way up there.

An artist struggling to get his album out there, trying and trying might complain about the struggle but even now successful people like TI, Jay Z, Beyonce..actors like Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington…all started by singing in their local churches, rapping for family, local areas, acting in small films. Before they had their breakthrough.

Sometimes when we are going through the famine, through the war, through the rough times, through the planting season, through the weeping, through the waiting, through the pain. We think God has abandoned us. But I tell you, He has not. He never did and He never will. His timing is just not the same as our timing.

Remember the story of Lazarus’s death. When the people wanted Christ to come quickly but He took his time…even till Lazarus was dead and wrapped. Then He came and said “ Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43). Remember the story of Christ turning water to wine, when His mother wanted him to hurry and do something, He said “…My Hour has not yet come” (John 2:4) and when He finally turned it into wine, the master of the feast was indeed very pleased with the wine saying  they saved the best wine for last…

God never leaves us…Actually we are the ones who leave him. He said His thoughts towards us are of good and not of evil to bring us to an expected end (Jer 29:11). If you know the story of Job (if you don’t please read it), Job was a man who had so much but it was all taken away from him. Yet in the time of pain, of agony. He did not curse God. He still kept his faith in God and when the time had passed, God blessed him with much more than he initially had.

God is a God on Time, He is a God of order….Just remember His time is not always our time. He does not work on our schedule. His ways are not our ways. Ecl 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end”.

When a child is born, before he becomes an adult, he goes through certain stages…adolescence, becomes a teenager…Every stage before he becomes an adult has its struggles but all is needed to become a wise adult. So also for every stage in our lives, we must overcome its struggles.

So when you going through the tough time, the pain, the struggle, the rain…Remember a rainbow is seen after the rain, not after the sunshine. Also stay steadfast in your faith in God knowing that IN HIS TIME HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL and will surely make yours beautiful when it is Time….

VOTE!! 2012 ELECTIONS! VOTE!!

VOTE!! VOTE!!! 2012 ELECTIONS!!

Again I say, go Vote!!.

You know at weddings when the priest is about to join the couple, he says “If there is anyone against this union, say now or forever hold your peace..” Well my dear citizens of the United States….I say “Vote now for who you want as president of the United States or hold your peace for the next 4 years”.

If you can vote, go out and vote!

In the last few weeks, we have seen both presidential candidates challenge each other at the debates. You heard what each had to say about their goals for the nation, policies, how they intend to solve different issues…

Vote wisely! Know the right information! Do not be deceived! Know who you are voting for into office!

Education! Student Loans! Jobs! Homes! Security…and more…All depends on who is in office!!

Vote Wisely!

GO VOTE NOW OR HOLD YOUR PEACE FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Yewizzy: She Loves The Finer Things...

Ladies!!!! It's your girl Yewande... Miss Yewizzy of She Loves The Finer Things... I got in contact with her months ago after seeing some of her very well explained step by step tutorials for some really nice patterns/styles to paint your nails. It's been fun doing my nails with different patterns since then. I didn't want to be selfish and keep this to myself so the beautiful Yewizzy has allowed me share this with you today! Lucky you!!

 



Beauty and Fashion trends are constantly changing, new things added to old things to revamp them...Years ago, ladies painted their nails with one just color but today there are so many different amazing ways for you to have fun with more than one color on your nails.

For step by step instruction on these beautiful patterns....For more nail art work....go to She Loves The Finer Things http://www.shelovesthefinerthings.com/

Interview: Lani and Hazee



Lani and Hazee


Lani and Hazee, together they make Hazlan...the lovely husband and wife and amazing parents of an adorable son....

  • How long have you been married?
H: Married May 2011 so that makes it a year
  • What qualities attracted you to your partner? 
L: The simplicity; she is very simple, she is sincere, she has been sincere with me right from day one of our relationship with our long distance relationship. I was in Nigeria and she was here in the States. Her beauty, her dark skin color, she is hardworking, she is God-fearing, she is a good woman and she is an example of that woman the bible calls a virtuous woman.

H: There were qualities I saw in him that I liked but the long distance was right in my face that I could not really get to those qualities like I wanted to but I knew they existed but he was too far away. The qualities that I saw that I liked that made me pursue the long distance relationship are his relationship with God, He has a relationship with God, there is a difference between knowing God and having a relationship with God and that’s something I noticed, something that I admire and something I would like to have and I feel he can get me there. He is also very family oriented, he loves his family, loves to keep his family around him and that’s something I admire. He is also good looking and tall. He is very affectionate, very loving, very sincere, genuine and always open and honest with me, telling me how he feels, whether positive or negative. When I went to Nigeria for 2 ½ weeks, there wasn't a day that passed by without him expressing his love for me and that sealed the deal; He showed me more affection than people that were at arm’s reach.

  • How has marriage changed your lives?
L: For me, I never thought I was going to get married at this age, but I told God I wanted my first child at 30 though I did not know how God was going to do it. I didn't want to go into marriage and get out of it immediately after. My wife knows I like friendship; solid friendship leads to solid relationship which leads to solid marriage. I took my time to build that and I never believed I can be this happy with one woman. Marriage has really taught me a lot, patience, to forget about myself and always think about my wife, my family. Marriage has taught me to give my all, to make what is mine ‘ours’. It is teaching me to be faithful; not taught me but teaching.

H: Marriage has changed my life, because I have new priorities. My priorities is not work, me, its now my family and my husband.

  • Was your perception of marriage prior to being married the same as now being married?
H: I’m not going to paint the picture of marriage as one smooth ride, we are still doing a lot of learning about each other and that’s the perception you don’t really see until you are in marriage. You don’t see what people are learning about each other, so that understanding is just coming to light.

  • What do you do or what do you think is necessary to maintain marital happiness and success?
L: You need to understand what love is, you need to understand that love is team work and team says ‘together everyone achieves more’. You can achieve little by yourself but when both of you come together you achieve more. Like the bible says one will chase a thousand and two will chase ten thousand, so not even two thousand, it’s ten thousand. When you have a relationship with God, when you are close to God. Those are the two major tools. Getting close to God, understanding what God is, because God Himself is love. When you understand God really well, you get to understand your wife. As a man, you need to respect your woman, fear your woman, love her. See her as being beautiful everyday, because their body and system will change, after one baby, when they are 40, 60…they would look different. Things will change but you need to look for new and exciting ways to love. Make sure your marriage is exciting and not boring.

H: Love, communication and honesty. You have to be honest with each other, you have to communicate with each other; talk. Truth over harmony.

  • You have a 5 month old baby (going onto 6), how has that changed your lives individually and as a couple?
H: As a mommy, Adura (the baby) is like my second world because I have two babies. I’ve got the big baby and the little baby. I have two roles to play; a mother and a wife. Their demands, their needs are different and I still have to be a able to supply what they need and what they want. So the weight is not much but I am still coming into my role of giving them their wants, demands and still be ok, not stressed out. I am learning the role and loving the role.

L: It’s been an interesting journey having a child. Having a child is a thing of joy. He is very active, he loves what I love. I love music and he does too, he can’t do without it. I play music for him every morning. It’s a good experience and I know it’s not the end

  • Today we have a lot of people getting married and getting a divorce the next or get into marriage and relationships for the wrong reasons. What advice do you have for people who are going into relationships and/or marriage?
L: Like I said before, solid friendship leads to solid relationship and solid relationship leads to solid marriage. You have to know yourselves well. My wife and I have a game that we play called scruples and there are some questions she picks and she already knows what my response will be. And this came from the long friendship that we had to build. When the person is not your friend and you get married, when she makes a mistake, you would most likely leave the person or fight because you don’t even know yourselves. My advice is get to know yourselves very well, and if it’s not who you want, there is nothing in breaking up in a relationship (before you get married). You should also sit down and be able to talk about what you want, what you like and don’t like. As a man, you have to build in the woman what you want to see, teach your wife what you want to see in her. Don’t talk down at her. Be open. Marriage is an institution you get your certificate from day one but you never graduate from it, you keep learning every day. So enjoy it

H: It’s really about knowing the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with. 6 months courting, dating is not enough if you want to spend the rest of your life with that someone. If you can’t be in the bathroom when they are there (pooping), then you are not ready for marriage. I’m sorry but these are things you have to do with your partner, you should be able to do with your partner, touch your partner and look at your partner in the weirdest scenarios and not even think twice about it. If you can’t do that then you are not ready. So it’s more than a year, more than 6 months. It’s really knowing that person. Those awkward things, you have to be comfortable with.



Isn't he just adorable? Oh Yes he is!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Interview: Mr O (Onome Ovwori)

Mr O aka Onome Ovwori
         
Some of you might have heard the song 'Naija Go Better' by Mr O. He is a musician who has released other songs such as 'Mon Jade' and 'Iyawo Mi' to name a few. You can follow him on twitter: MrO_Onome


  • Tell us a bit about yourself
I go by Mr O, coined from the first and last letter of my names Onome Ovwori (pronounced "owori"). I am from Delta State, Nigeria (but I reside in the United States). The third child of my parents. I am a husband, a father, an artist and a friend of God.

  • How did the journey of being an artist start for you? Was this always your dream?
Well I started playing the piano at about seven when my Dad bought it. I developed more interest as I grew older and I met people like Hezekiah Ezo, Bright Gain, Micheal Chidubem Ebere etc who shaped my musical ability. I also attended a brief course at MUSON (Musical Society of Nigeria). In the course of my musical journey, I have been privileged to play with and alongside various top Nigerian and American artists like Wunmi & Tunde Obe, Daddy Showley, Paul Play, Lagbaja, Kirk Franlin, Deitrick Haddon, Daniel Winans etc.

I have always loved music and I wouldn't say I have always wanted to be an artist but I guess my love for the arts has brought me here today.

  • What genre would you say your type of music is?
Well, my preferred genre will be Jazz because of course, I play the piano but I'm diversifying into Afro-pop, hip-hop, R&B...so as to reach a broader audience. They say variety is a spice of life, so I am branching out and spreading my tentacles. I have always been in love with African rhythm and style so I always try to infuse it in whatever kind of music I do.

  • What was your first song?
Hmmmm, my first song was never recorded.. It wouldn't make sense now if I did because I wrote it when I was a child. But my first recorded song was actually co-written with a good friend of mine, Akin Eboda. The song is titled 'Iyawo Mi'. (You can check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i1qs8b3_z8 )

  • What inspires you when you start working on a new song?
Personally, for me I always get the music first (probably because I'm a musician) before I get the lyrics. I get inspired by anything, from current events like politics, something I see, someone I know, a beat I heard, something I don't like, something I like etc.

  • Any artist(s) that has and still do influence you and your music?
Yeah I have several influences like Hugh Masekela, Wayman Tisdale, Fela Kuti, Art Alade, Oliver De Coque, Bright Chimezie, Ramsey Lewis, Russel Ferrante. That being said I also appreciate and follow the works of folks like Tuface, Tim Godfrey, Don Jazzy, Darey, Sammy Okposo, Jay Martin, Jumbo Aniebiet, Cobhams etc. I also learn a lot from listening to most Nigerian artists.

  • Your recent release 'Naija Go Better' has gotten some good popularity especially with Africans, what inspired this song?
I just get tired of all the negativity about Nigeria and Nigerians. Yes, we can't count all the bad things going on in Nigeria and Africa. Yes, we can't deny there are unscrupulous Nigerians. Yes, we can't deny that the government continually fails the people with their policies. Yes, we can't deny the fact that terrorism, tribalism, religiosity has become an order of the day BUT amidst all these (which by the way has been going on for years now), Nigeria is still together. We have not plunged into any kind of civil war even though it seems like all the ingredients for it is at play. This makes me believe that like most Nigerians we agree that the country isn't going in the right direction but it can be fixed.
The hope we have for a better tomorrow pivots on how we see Nigeria today and how we treat her.
Nigeria is a blessed country and like other countries, we are faced with major impediments. Our quest for a better tomorrow resides in the hope that after all we have been through and in some cases still going through...Nigeria still has the propensity to do better and be better.

  • Where and how can others get this song?
The song Naija Go Better is available on the CD Baby Music Store http://cdbaby.com/cd/mro1. You can also get a download by visiting my bio page on twitter: www.twitter.com/MrO_Onome

  • Lastly, any project(s) you are working on that we should all look forward to?
Yes I'm currently working on a couple of projects. First is the video for Naija Go Better which should be out in September 2012 and then I'm back in the studio working on new joints and putting finishing touches to my album titled "Mon Jade". Also I'm producing some tracks for others too.

Mr O in the studio
         



Mr O featured in the CHALLENGER magazine (Temple of Praise Int'l Church) second year in a roll




Onome Ovwori (Mr O)
     



What's going on

What's going on?

I have heard a number of people say they don't want to watch the news on TV anymore, because all they hear is sad news everyday, every minute. Now we can't blame these people. (but it is good that we are aware of what is going on around us). Many people are dying. I know from beginning of time people have died and even till the world ends people will die and death is a part of life.

In the last few months alone, we have heard of these deaths; Tony Scott, a famous British producer committed suicide by jumping off a bridge, Chris Lightly according to reports also committed suicide. A recent shooting at the Empire State Building caused 2 death and 9 injuries (the killer had been let off from work and was going to kill his former boss). We all know about the shooting in Colorado Movie Theater that killed at least 14 people and injured several people. There are many other stories we have heard but these are a few.

People turning away from God, people turning away from therapy or it doesn't seem work anymore. People turning to drugs, to guns. People don't care about one another anymore. It's all about SELF.

I ask again! WHAT'S GOING ON?

Was listening to this song; Kirk Franklin - Are You Listening. "Is there anybody out there listening? And does anybody know my name? My Friend we were not there, but we're here and we care. And yes we feel your pain" (You can listen to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZrPcyyWRzI )

You see we can't always know what pain someone else is going through. We can't always understand or feel the magnitude of pain or stress a person feels BUT sometimes just being there, being supportive, encouraging people can help and goes a long way.

Everyone claims to be so busy yet you see many people on their phones constantly. We always seems to find time to text about new gossip but we find it hard to take a few minutes to send a warm text to one another, an encouraging text. Yes! Yes! sometimes we are genuinely busy but there are other ways we can reach out to others. Smiling and saying thank you to the lady at the counter after giving you your order might just make her day and make her feel appreciated and I have good news for you--It doesn't cost you to do that. You might be listening to a song that motivates you and uplifts you; why not share that song with a friend.

Loosing your source of livelihood, source of income, a roof over your head or loosing a loved one is sad and painful. People deal with sad painful situations differently and we can't very well justify anyone dealing with it by killing another or going out to shoot at a movie theater or any other place. However don't we think there is something one could have done to help those people before it got to that point?

If you remember Lean on me by Kirk Franklin, the lyrics say "Friends are there to catch you when you fall...here is my shoulder, you can lean on me". When was the last time we were truly a friend to our friends. Everyone easily calls everyone and anyone a friend but who really is a friend?

Do we pray for one another? When we hear or see an opportunity that would be helpful to a friend, do we let them know or do we shun it? When we know that a friend or someone going into a place, or getting themselves into a situation would cause them harm, do we warn them or shun it? How much do we really care about people around us, about our friends, about our family members?

We live in an egocentric society. Everyone wants everything for themselves! and themselves only! It's all about 'ME'. As long as 'I' am ok, as long as 'I' have what I need, then everything is ok, nobody else matters, nothing else matters. If 'I' don't get what I want, if 'I' don't have this my way then all hell would break loose.

I grew up always seeing my mom helping others. I saw people come to her to talk, and I saw her listen, talk and pray with them. Sometimes I hear my parents on the phone encouraging another person going through an unpleasant situation. I saw and heard my mom always praying for others. You see all these has helped shape me today. Sometimes when I'm praying, I find myself having the name of someone come to mind and without hesitation I pray for that person too. Sometimes when a person comes to mind, I just send a text to encourage them about school or an exam or just for the day.

We need to start caring about others and not just by our words but by our actions! Pray for others. Encourage others. When you see someone post their depressing state on their status on FaceBook, reach out to them. If you are in high school and you always see someone sitting alone at the cafeteria, say hi. If a friend of yours misses class three times in a roll, reach out to them, know what's going on. If you know someone going through a situation and they need someone to talk to, you can suggest counseling and therapy and if they would rather talk to you instead, give them a listening ear.

Everyone needs a helping hand. Everyone needs a friend that cares. Everyone needs a friend that listens. Everyone needs a shoulder to lean on sometimes. We are not always strong, some situations we can't deal with on our own.

Let's all learn to have a caring heart and not just to our friends but even to those that despise us (Luke 6:27-31)

Most of all let's not get tired of doing good (1 Thess 3:13)

References

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hip-hop-manager-chris-lighty-dead-apparent-suicide-bronx-apartment-cops-article-1.1148073

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/21/health/raison-suicide-tony-scott/index.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/nyregion/empire-state-building-shooting.html?pagewanted=all

Friday, August 31, 2012

Interview with Fashion Designer..Sana Akibu of Sha' Koju Clothing






Sana Akibu
           
Fashion designer Asanat 'Sana' Akibu, is the CEO and mastermind behind Sha'Koju Clothing. She is a young, beautiful, talented lady whose resume is not limited to creating designs for her clothing line but also includes modeling, featuring in different blogs, magazine and many fashion shows as a model and as a designer. Sha' Koju clothing does not only create clothes for the ladies, it also has something for the gentlemen.  Visit her clothing line at www.shakojuclothing.com. For contact: shakojuclothing@gmail.com. And you can follow on twitter: @Sana_ofSKC  Instagram: shakojuclothing



  •  What made you decide you wanted  to be a fashion designer?
Hmm...where do I start? I am often asked this question and it's always a new response every time. I started drawing clothes at a very young age due to my love of modeling and fashion. I didn't take it seriously until I took an art class in high school where I learned the female form and how to design dresses. The class was only for a graduation credit, but it opened my eyes to creating garments for women. However I still didn't put what I learned into action until two years ago when I bought a sewing machine and started revamping my old clothes. After great reviews and tons of trials and error, I made my first garment for a friend. Months later after working at a clothing boutique for a while to learn hands-on about fashion merchadising/marketing, I made 20-30 more custom orders of my designs for other peopl. Then in August 2011, I registered my business and began introducing myself as a fashion designer.

  • When and how did you start this journey?
In April 2010 I purchased my sewing machine out of curiosity and boredom. I needed a hobby and something to do when I stayed home. I created my first pair of Ankara pants for the 2010 Nigerian Reunion and got lots of compliments. However, I didn't sew anything again until December 2010 when I created my birthday dress,--by force due to a designer in NY backing out of making it due to his schedule. After that stressful moment and a great birthday dress my journey began...

  • The name of your clothing line is Sha'Koju, what inspired that name?
I have always loved the essence of fashion and style, so my clothing has always expressed my creativity and personality. When I thought of my clothing line name, I wanted something to represent me. I am Nigerian (Yoruba to be exact), and I love to capture attention when I am looking my best. After speaking with a few friends I came up with the name Shako Ju; which means "one that is showing off a lot". However, I changed up the punctuation to give it a creative look, and that is when Sha' Koju was born.

  • What inspires you when you start working on an original Sha' Koju design?
I get inspired by everything around me. I am a true researcher. Not a scientific one, but when I want to learn something or understand something I begin seeking knowledge about it. Whether its the internet or the library, I have always been one to learn by my own means. So every time I want to start on a new collection or a new piece, I look up trends, blogs, magazines, street styles, and even my social media friends to see what people are wearing and what people like. When I use what I've learned to create a design, it must have a touch of "now", a touch of affordability, and a whole lot of intense thinking (ME)

  • What matters the most to you as a designer?
Being different without looking like "what the hell was she thinking?" is what matters most to me as a designer. I love effortless fashion and I try my best to keep my clothing timeless; which means to wear it again season after season. Sometimes I get a bit too creative and make season-sensitive pieces, but most of my garments can be worn again.

  • How would you define your personal fashion style?
As stated in the previous answer, I love effortless fashion so I have a classic style. I use to call myself "plain jane" because I was just fine with a blazer, top, jeans, and pumps. Now I try to add colors and bold statements to my personal style, while still maintaining that effortless look.

  • Do you make custom order? If yes, how can people contact you for that?
I rarely take custom orders due to my busy schedule, but I still advise people to hit me up if they want a custom outfit just in case I have leisure time to make it. They can contact me at shakojuclothing@gmail.com (subject: custom order).

  • Are there any projects you are currently working on that we should look forward to?
Just to name a few, I am currently working on getting SKC in local boutiques (as a start), working on a launch event to officially introduce my brand to the fashion world, and lastly I am working on a web-series with an online production company.

  • What are some of your accomplishments so far?
Just to be recognized as a fashion designer to my peers, social circle and DC's fashion scene has been a great accomplishment thus far. It is very hard to go from Model to Designer in an industry that wants you to look a specific way and stay there forever, but now I am the one calling the shots. So I am thankul for that. Also I have been featured in a magazine (www.cavamagazine.com - issue 2), on many blogs, have done countless fashion shows, and have recently been rubbing elbows with celebs that you will soon see in my clothes.

  • Lastly, any word(s) of advice for other rising fashion designers and those wanting to get into the fashion business?
This question makes me giggle because I still consider myself a "rising" fashion designer. There is so much to learn about this business and not all that glitters can be sewn (hehehe). I am learning what true rejection is on this journey, and I am also learning that networking goes a long way. This industry is not for the weak-minded individual and you must be confident in your product to handle what criticism you will encounter. I turned a hobby into a business and each day the struggle gets real, but so does the triumphs. My final piece of advice to any rising designer would be to research THEE best, and understand what you are about to embark on so you can one day be THE best. This journey has its ups and downs, but the true reward is seeing your vision come to life.

Store:  www.shakoju.bigcartel.com  Contact Email:  shakojuclothing@gmail.com

Sha' Koju
             



Sha' Koju
                   

Sha' Koju
                   

Victoria Rush (Model) wearing Sha' Koju




Bianca Gold from America's Next Top Model All Stars wearing Sha' Koju