Oil On Water : A Book Review

Yesterday I saw a tweet talking about how you're not a blogger if you've never started a post apologizing for being inconsistent. That made me chuckle and now here I am, finding myself doing the same thing. I do apologize guys, my posting this month has been a bit sporadic. Life just keeps happening and I've been a bit under the weather this past week.

I was at my local library searching for new books to borrow, my eyes and neck were hurting as I had been bending my neck for quite a while to look at the books on the shelf. Does that happen to anyone else? That's when I spotted the name; Helon Habila. Two years ago, I read my first book by this author; Measuring Time and it was such a surprising read. I thought it wouldn't be that interesting and my friend Moni who I borrowed it from thought the same thing. Turns out we were wrong and I ended up liking the book. Which is why I was really glad when I came across Oil On Water at the library.


Connecting The Dots Backwards

Hey guys,
Today's post is quite short. I had this yearning in my heart to share this with you all, I hope it helps someone out there. I apologize if everything isn't coherent, sometimes it's difficult to write what I feel haha. Enjoy. xx

Recently, I was talking to my friend Chiamaka and we were reminiscing about our high school days. We laughed at ourselves, about how naïve we were and moaned about how life was so simple back then compared to now. It got me thinking of all my friends.  We had so many plans you know? Our entire lives were mapped out completely. We knew what we wanted to study, the grades we were going to get, what schools we would go to, where we would go on holiday and so many more things.



Where To Eat in Manchester - Affordable

I apologize for being MIA for the past week or so, it was due to some unexpected events in my life. So, I've been living in Manchester for a little over two years now and in that time I've explored the city and discovered numerous places alone and also with my friends. I really like Manchester as it's very diverse in all aspects. From the people to the fashion, it's a very diverse place and you never feel alone. 

I decided to do a two-part guide to Manchester based on my experiences. Everything is affordable as I'm a student and it's not like I have a lot of money to be throwing around haha. I hope this guide is useful to anyone interested in visiting Manchester, the second part will be on places to visit and what not. 

To Eat
Ah, food. Obviously, we all love to eat and try different restaurants especially when we're visiting a new place. Well, I do. Manchester has a lot of variety when it comes to food and you can pretty much find most cuisines easily. I cannot possibly mention every single place that I've ever tried but I will list some places that I highly recommend.
Fun Fact: We got this meal for FREE thanks to Maram's magic abilities.

Bella Italia. IMO, the spaghetti didn't have enough seasoning but I guess that's
just the Nigerian in me haha. The pizza was so good, I was pleasantly surprised
as it didn't look  really appetizing when the waiter brought it.


What You Know 'Bout Me?

  Happy new month guys! If you don't know the song I'm referring to in the title of this post can we really be friends? I kid, I kid guys. It's a line from Lil Mama's song Lip Gloss. The song came out ten years ago and it's definitely a part of my childhood. Speaking of things that came out ten years ago, I only just started watching Gossip Girl this week! Why did it take me so long? I have no idea! But I am so glad that I've realized the error of my ways.

These pictures were taken by my darling friend Daniella when she came to stay with me a few weeks ago. They were taken at the Manchester Art Gallery. If you're ever in Manchester I totally recommend the place. The art pieces there are stunning, it's free entry and it's never crowded. Very nice for aesthetically pleasing pictures too. 

Anyways, here are a couple of things you should probably know about me. xx


What Are You Giving?

Event Brite is currently running a campaign about giving more and charity.I think this is something that is very important so I was delighted to be a part of it and let me assure you, this is not sponsored in anyway. Kiran also talks about it on her blog, if you would like to read. I thoroughly enjoyed her post. 

There are a lot of people out there who are suffering. People who are ill, hungry, living in war torn areas, living in refugee camps,  dealing with abuse of different forms, people being trafficked, so many things. I could go on and on but you get my point. It's really sad , there's a lot of suffering in the world. My question to everyone reading this and also to myself is 'what are you giving?' Don't get me wrong, I know we cannot help every single person out there but we can all do a little bit. I know I should be doing more to give back and I'm sure some of you reading this also feel the same way. 



Why You Should Read The Smart Money Woman

If you read my blog regularly, you know that one of my goals at the beginning of the year was money management and personal finance. I wanted to become more responsible with my money basically and learn more about personal finance. The Smart Money Woman is a book by Arese Ugwu on this exact topic. And whilst it is aimed at Nigerian and African women as per the context of the story, the tips, tricks and lessons can be used by anyone regardless of where you're from. It's a book under Arese's Smart Money Africa platform that according to their website, aims at improving financial literacy in Africa and creating a generation of financially savvy Africans.

This book created a buzz when it was released last year and after reading it, I wholly believe that the hype is justified. The book was a hit with women everywhere and there were book tours across Nigeria, Ghana and the UK. There was actually a book reading/signing thing here in Manchester as well (which I didn't attend, in case you were wondering).  I was finally able to get my hands on the book on Thursday and I read it immediately. So today, I'll be sharing my review on the book.


Blogger Spotlight: Sade of In My Sunday Best

You guys should probably know that I get obsessed with people I think are cool very quickly. Sade is someone who I've always really admired and I promise, it's not in a weird or creepy way. Well, I sure hope it doesn't look that way haha. I really like her because she's so authentic and you can tell just by reading her blog or even just looking at her outfits.

I've been reading her blog since I was in high school, year 10 if I remember correctly. I remember being in the ICT room with my friends and we would scroll through her posts whilst oohing and aahing over her outfits. When she agreed to be a part of my Blogger Spotlight feature, I was elated and so were my friends. She's someone we've all always looked up to and probably always will. Okay, enough of my gushing. Here's my interview with Sade, I hope you enjoy it. If you read this and you don't check her blog out afterwards, I'm hundred percent judging you. xx


an overlooked aspect of self-care

Hey people, it's been a quick minute, Two weeks to be precise. Where have I been? Here and there really. In all honesty, it hasn't been the most productive of times but it did feel great to take a mini blogging break. It wasn't a planned one but it was nice all the same.

When it comes to blogging, the pressure to be consistent and on top of your game can lead to burn out and I don't want that to happen to me. Which is why I decided on a whim to take a short break as I wasn't feeling too inspired. It was only supposed to be for one week but due to some editorial issues, I decided to extend it. 

I was introduced to an amazing blog by my friend Chiamaka, if you're a book worm you should definitely check out her blog! She introduced me to a blog called Tales of My Youth and I fell in love with the writing. In one of her posts, she wrote about self-love and how whilst she's perfectly content with her outward appearance, she's not always so in love with her insides. This really got me thinking and inspired this blog post. 


Hey September ❤

Happy new month guys! Wow, September already? How nice. I always see September as sort of a fresh start. Maybe it's due to the fact that it's usually the beginning of a new school year. I usually like to do a recap of the month but I thought I would change it up a bit this time around. And besides, I blogged consistently in August *pats self on the back* so you guys are pretty much up to date with everything that I would have talked about in an August Recap post. 

Before I continue, I would just like to say thank you to everyone who reads and comments. You're all so supportive and your sweet comments mean the world to me. So thanks everyone 😊

August was a month with lots of ups and downs but all in all, it was quite alright. I'm hoping September is even better for me so I'm going to be sharing some of my goals for the new month. You might be wondering why I'm sharing them, I share them because it helps to hold me accountable. I know a lot of bloggers don't like to go back to read their posts but I do and seeing it on here will help to keep me 'gingered' Lol. 


The Liebster Award

Hey everyone, how's your week going? Mine has been pretty busy but enjoyable. I'll be staying at home today to just relax a bit as I've been out every day since Saturday. August feels like it went on forever, I wonder why.
Liebster Blog Award
So I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Kiran of A Little Kiran. Thank you so much for the nomination Kiran, you should totally check her blog out. I love how honest she is about everything and she does great beauty reviews.

Once nominated for a Liebster Award:
  • Create a post, thanking the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked. 
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and compile your own list of 11 questions for them.
Here are the 11 questions Kiran asked:

How long have you been blogging for? 
Technically I've been blogging for six years (I know!) but it was full of such immature and cringe-worthy posts. I decided to relaunch back in January 2016 and it's been great ever since. 
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