4.17.2018

Be Like Beyonce

I'm pretty certain that at this point, we've all watched or heard about Beyonce's Coachella performance. If you've only watched snippets of it online, you might not really get all the hype. But I promise you, it really is worth all the hype and even deserves more. I was going to link a video of her full performance but it has disappeared, unfortunately. Before I get into what I really want to say, can I just gush a little bit? Okay, thank you.
I love watching Beyonce perform and before her Coachella show, my favourite was her 2014 VMA's one where she performed a medley of her Beyonce album in 15 minutes. However, this Coachella one takes the cake hands down. Guys, I was not prepared for how amazing it was. I watched it with my friend Daniella and we couldn't stop screaming, I'm pretty sure her flatmate got fed up at some point lol. *sorry* Everything was perfect. Her costumes, the transition from one track to another, the dancers, her singing (not one note was off key for TWO HOURS), everything! It's so amazing how the songs on all her albums fit each other and I loved the way she segued from one song to the next. She sampled Nina Simone and had Malcolm X quotes. She sampled Fela, I kind of lost my shit when I heard the instrumentals, it was so perfect. She sampled a number of artists but I'm not really familiar with their music so I did not notice it.
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4.07.2018

A March Summary

Well, hellooo beautiful people! I've got another summary post for you, let's dive right into it, shall we?

Finished Duolingo
Guys, I finally finished my French course! It was one of my goals for the first quarter of the year and I'm so glad that I was able to achieve it. I've definitely still got a long way to go when it comes to fluency and all but I'm nowhere as hopeless as I was in the beginning. If you've been thinking of learning a new language, read this post on why I think it's a good idea! 
Throwback to lovely summer days
Travel
I mentioned that I was in the US of A (as I like to call it) a couple of posts ago but now I'm back in Manchester. It's nice to be back in rainy, old Manchester. Am I the only one who hates the process of travelling but likes getting to their destination?
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3.31.2018

Trying Korean Skincare

So, I was recently contacted by Wishtrend and they sent me some Korean skincare products to try. Wishtrend is an online store that sells Korean beauty products; they stock a mix of their own brand and other popular Korean brands. I was pretty psyched about this as Korean beauty has been really big for years but I just didn't know where to start from or where to buy from.
I was asked to pick two products and I settled on the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum* (a mouthful, eh?) and the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask*.  The mask was recommended to me and I picked the Vitamin C serum because it had high ratings and I read somewhere that Vitamins C and E work really well together.
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3.25.2018

A Word Vomit

Lately, I've been so lost when it comes to blogging. It's not like I have no post ideas, it's more like the opposite. I have so many things swimming around in my brain and I don't even know where to start from and it's not in a good way. I'm thinking, thinking, thinking every time and it stresses me out. Someone on Twitter asked readers to mention something about themselves that they wish they could change, I replied her saying I wish I could stop being an overthinker. It was nice to see that I'm not the only one who feels that way. Everyone says to take each day as it comes or each challenge as it comes, this is something that I say as well. But for chronic overthinkers like myself, it's not always that easy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Please don't be alarmed lol, I'm just venting.
 In other news, it was my 19th birthday on Friday and it was awesome. I went on a well-deserved shopping trip as a treat. Last October, I did a huge clearout of most of my clothes so it was nice to buy a couple of new pieces. I also scored some Topshop jeans for half the original price, I was pretty excited because those jeans have been on my wishlist for a while now. It's the small wins eh?
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3.03.2018

Currently Loving #3

Hey people, happy new month!  January felt like forever but February felt really fast, can anyone else relate. I'm not doing a February Summary this month because I don't really have a lot of highlights to share. If you're wondering how I spent Valentine's Day (which you probably aren't), I did spend it reading some good old historical romance and I loved it! The book's called The Secret by Julie Garwood and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been a while since I read any romance novels so it felt really good and reminded me of why I love them so much! What's your favourite book genre?

It's been a while since I've done a 'currently loving' sort of post so I thought it would be fun to share some of the things that I've been enjoying lately.

The Grapevine
There's a YouTube channel called The Grapevine that I've been watching for a while now and I just have to talk about it!  They have panel-like discussions on various subjects that primarily affect or have to do with black people in particular. They've had episodes on gentrification, the divide between Africans, African-Americans and Caribbeans,white-washing, man-bashing, etc. Their newest episodes are on the slavery crisis in Libya and also on President Trump's comments on 'shit-hole' countries. The episodes are very enlightening and I always learn a lot. I recommend it even if you're not black,  knowledge is never wasted.


Henry London Watch*
I love watches, I actually feel like they're underrated as accessories. I've been meaning to get myself a nice watch which is why I was so delighted when Henry London reached out to me for a collaboration. I've seen and admired their watches on social media so it feels great to be working with them.

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2.17.2018

Daughters Who Walk This Path: A Book Review

We do not abandon the business of living life just because of what people will say about us.
This quote from Yejide Kilanko's book; Daughters Who Walk This Path resonated with me so much that I had to write it down. Daughters Who Walk This Path has been on my to-read list since 2015. I was at a friend's house and her dad had a copy of the book. I randomly flipped through it and it looked really good so I added it to my ever-growing list of books to read. I finally ordered it on Amazon (a used copy) and here's my review.

Name of Book: Daughters Who Walk This Path
Author: Yejide Kilanko

Year of Publication: 2012
Daughters Who Walk This Path Book Review
Summary
Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family.
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2.10.2018

What To Do When You're Out of Post Ideas

Lack of content is something that I've struggled with at times and I'm certain that I'm not the only one. Sometimes, the ideas just keep flowing and everything is great. For example, August 2017 was a great blogging month for me, the post ideas just kept coming and I was never worried about not having anything to post. But, that hasn't always been the case. There have been times when I have zero post ideas and it can be so frustrating. My post ideas usually just pop into my head so I hate when nothing is popping lol. It's something I still battle with from time to time and this is how I cope with it.

 These pictures have nada to do with this post but I'm still going to add them because they were taken in the summer and I'm really missing the summer right now.

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2.04.2018

A January Summary

I picked that post title just because it rhymes, you like? Happy new month guys! After 500 years, January's finally over. I hope it was a good month for you? If yes, that's great! And if no, don't worry. There are better days ahead for us.

Here are some highlights from my January: 

National Museum of African American History and Culture
My cousins and I took a little road trip to Washington DC just so we could visit this museum. I was so excited as it's a place that I've always wanted to visit. DC itself is such a nice place, I liked the buildings and the smell of politics in the air lol. 

The museum itself was fantastic and we were very sad when we had to leave . The museum has an area where you're taken through the history of African Americans all the way from the 1600s when Africans were forcefully put on ships  till date. There are pictures, videos and artifacts e.g a piece of wood from a Portuguese slave ship that sank.
national museum of african american history - coco bella blog
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1.24.2018

My Veganuary Experience So Far

Hey beautiful people! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was toying with the idea of veganism and I finally gave it a shot. So, here's my veganuary (didn't even know that was a thing) experience so far.

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1.13.2018

Blogger Spotlight: The Ufuoma

I've realized that I just cannot keep up with blogging twice a week right now so I've decided to post only once a week from now on. A new post will be up every Saturday until further notice.

So far, there have been three instalments of the Blogger Spotlight on here and all the guests have been fashion and lifestyle bloggers. I decided to switch things up a bit this time around and bring in a travel blogger! 
I discovered Ufuoma's blog through Kachee (another fantastic blogger that you should check out). Her blog is a mix of her travel adventures, beautiful pictures, travel advice and lifestyle bits & bobs. I really fell in love with her blog after reading her Cuba travel diary. Her writing is fun and engaging and her pictures are to die for, literally. I reached out to Ufuoma and asked if she would like to feature in the series and she agreed. Here are her answers to my questions, I hope you enjoy. And as always, if you don't check out her blog after reading this, I am so judging you. 
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