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 and for custom pieces you can email us at We make custom pieces for any events. For hair, makeup or styling you can contact us at 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 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.

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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 :)


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!!

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


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

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Give it all 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

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

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 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!


What a joy it is to be loved by you


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....

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Friday, November 9, 2012


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”



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.

Taking the MCAT exam

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.

The American Red Cross also has relief for victims. (

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.  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.

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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 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….



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!