Monday, January 26, 2015


No matter how much experience we have when it comes to dating one thing never changes, we are never quite sure what to wear on a first date regardless of the occasion. While choosing the perfect outfit can be nerve wracking learning what clothing items you should avoid can make things a lot easier.
Dating seems to be a game with never ending hidden rules you only begin to discover as you gain more experience. However, certain misjudgments when it comes to choosing outfits can lead to some awkward and embarrassing situations that can be really damaging to one's ego. 
Learning to understand certain key points when it comes to how most guys really think about fashion is one of the smartest ways in which we can score a few points and impress the guy we like.
It is not advisable to wear new clothing items at a first date as there's a high change you might feel uncomfortable and you will inevitably appear less attractive than you could be.
Avoid clothes that are prone to 'accidents' such as low rinse jeans that could make the panty line visible or blouses with a cleavage that might reveal more than you want to show at the slightest wrong move.

Uncomfortable clothes and shoes are another no since they will make you seem insecure and might even give the impression that you are trying too hard.

Harem pants
You might know that harem pants are highly fashionable and stylish but harem pants are one of those trends guys just don't get. Since they will most likely do very little to flatter your lower body half it's best to leave them at home and to wear them on other occasions.

It is not advisable to go for baggy denim overalls or loose fitting jumpsuits. The main reason you might want to avoid this clothing item is that it might make your date to believe that you have not put to much effort in creating an outfit. 

Aside from not doing too much to highlight your features, jumpsuits are harder to wear than it might seem at a first glance and only flatter certain specific body types.

Knitwear and frills
Think twice before making knitted item part of your date outfit. If we are truly honest with ourselves we will admit that these items are more appropriate for a ski trip than as a day to day wear and most guys seem to share this opinion as well.

 As far as frills are concerned the less is more rule applies wholeheartedly. Keep frills at a bare minimum to avoid looking unflattering.

Dramatic oversized jewelry
Most guys are trying to get an overall idea of your general signature style and are less interested in your knowledge about the latest fashion trends. 

Although oversized jewelry can be great when you are trying to make a fashion statement, it can be seen as too much, especially if it tends to make various noises as you move along drawing unwanted attention.

Killer heals and tight shorts
Most outfits involving shorts and high heels are probably ones that will be too revealing. While it can be tempting to wear revealing clothes that show off your body it's important not to go to extremes. That doesn't mean that you have to go for long skirts or office style clothing. It simply means that you have to maintain a proper balance and to avoid giving the impression that your outfit is unfinished.

Overly flashy items
Outfits that combine too many glitter and strong colors will most likely be a turn off. While wearing sequined clothing is not necessarily a bad idea, especially if the style of the date encourages this type of outfit moderation is crucial. Also make sure to create a proper balance between colors to be able to create a sexy yet tasteful outfit.

Make sure you ask your date what he is planning on wearing to be able to choose something similar so the two of you don't look awkward together. 

While the place you plan on going often offers valuable clues as to what the dress code should be, sometimes to persons have very different interpretations as to what these rules are and how they should be applied.

Monday, December 29, 2014


The Grammy-winning singer, 33, and her husband since 2010, Kasseem Dean,   aka Swizz Beatz, welcomed a baby boy, Genesis Ali Dean at 
1:52 a.m. on Sat 27 Dec

 Genesis, who weighed in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces, joins a brother, 4-year-old Egypt Daoud.

Both of the boys' parents posted a photograph of the baby's footprints on Instagram with the caption, "The joy of joy is joy!!
Congratulations Alicia and Swizz and of-course the first son for having a baby bro!

Friday, December 26, 2014



1 large chicken (about 2kg), 2 celery sticks, 3-4 fresh thyme sprigs, 5 black peppercorns, 5 coriander seeds, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp ground turmeric, 1 tbsp curry powder, 200ml Greek yogurt, 150ml mayonnaise, Grated zest of 1 lime and juice of ½, 2 tbsp mango chutney, 1 small ripe mango, cut into chunks, Large handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped and 25g toasted flaked almonds.


Put the chicken in a large pan with the celery, thyme, peppercorns, coriander seeds and bay leaves. Cover with cold water, then bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is just cooked. As it cooks, skim off any impurities that come to the surface. Drain and cool. (Strain the stock and keep for another dish.) 

Once cold, remove and discard the skin from the chicken. Use your fingers to pull all the flesh from the chicken – in fork-size chunks – and place in a large dish 

In a dry frying pan, briefly toast the cumin, turmeric and curry powder over a low heat until they start to release their fragrance.

Tip into a bowl and stir in the yogurt, mayonnaise, lime zest and juice, and chutney. Season to taste and mix with the chicken. Fold in the mango and coriander, scatter over the flaked almonds, then serve.


You don't need fancy plans or complicated point systems to be thin. All you need to do is make smart food choices, watch your portion sizes and stay active. "Learning to eat properly for a lifetime is more beneficial, The emphasis should be on choosing healthful foods every day and changing lifestyles for the better. So instead of sticking to diet fare, fill up on nutritious, wholesome foods.

Apples are a good source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber not only contributes to a healthy digestive system and reduced cholesterol, but it also benefits smart eaters by yielding no calories while keeping them satisfied. There's something else about the fruit that might help you feel full.  A study in the journal "Appetite" found that when women added either three apples or three pears to their daily meals, they lost more weight than people who added three oat cookies to their diets,  even though the fruit and the cookies contained the exact same amount of dietary fiber. Crunchy foods in particular can trick a person into feeling fuller. The act of chewing may send satiety signals to your body, he says, making you think you've eaten more than you really have and keeping hunger at bay. 

 If you're looking for a tasty midday snack, a handful of almonds are a well-regarded option. A study in 2009 in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" found that women who ate nuts at least two times a week were more successful at keeping weight off than those who didn't eat this food.  One particular favorite among some nutritionists is almonds, says Aragon. One ounce of this food contains only 167 calories, plus it packs roughly 6 g of protein and 3 g of fiber, both nutrients that can make you feel full. Furthermore, like apples, almonds are crunchy and require a lot of chewing, so they, too, can make you feel like you've eaten more than you actually did and keep you fuller longer. 

If you're uncertain about fish, there's no need to fear. Seafood can be part of a healthy diet. And there's some evidence that the fat in foods such as salmon can boost satiety levels, says Aragon. For example, a study published in the "International Journal of Obesity" found that when dieters ate salmon a few times a week, they lost about two more pounds than those who didn't include seafood in their meals.  In spite of the mention of salmon's fat content, the food is relatively low in calories. One 3-oz. serving has just 175 calories. Salmon is a good source of protein as well. 

There's no doubt that protein, like fiber, has impressive satiating powers. And while eggs seem to have a bad reputation in some circles, there can be no contesting their ability to help keep your weight in check. Research has shown that eating eggs at breakfast can help you fight weight gain all day long. A study reported in 2008 in the "International Journal of Obesity" found that when dieters ate two eggs for breakfast for five days out of the week, they lost 65 percent more weight than dieters who consumed a bagel in the morning. Although protein is likely to fill you up whenever you eat it, some scientists suspect that having more in the morning can keep you feeling fuller all day long. 

 It's true that most veggies make for great diet fare. Non-starchy vegetables in particular, such as carrots, celery and spinach, are filled with fiber. Like other foods high in fiber, they can help keep you feeling satiated. So while there are many veggies that can help you stay slim, tomatoes might be a particularly good option because they're so tasty. And, besides, with that whole a-tomato-is-a-vegetable-no-it's-a-fruit argument, you might have forgotten all about eating them. One cup of cooked, red tomatoes contains just 43 calories, but tastes just as delicious as any number of high-calorie foods.


Boxing Day is truly the day of relaxing.

No need to cook as there are still enough leftovers in the kitchen.


It’s so important to start weight loss with a real commitment to making changes forever. It’s not easy. But the longer you keep weight off, the better your odds. People report that after they keep the weight off for three years, their likelihood of ongoing success is pretty high.


All sorts of diets help people lose weight, the people who keep it off tend to eat a high fiber, moderately low-fat diet.

You should eat foods that you’re going to be able to eat your whole life. You have to be realistic. If you love ice cream and go on a diet that makes you give it up, that diet is probably not going to work for you.


If you cut way back on your calories, you can lose a lot of weight without doing a lick of exercise. But you absolutely need to exercise to keep the weight off. I tell people that if they’re not prepared to substantially increase their physical activity, they shouldn’t even bother trying to lose weight. It won’t have any lasting benefit. Exercise is the key.

 My recommendation is to shoot for about an hour a day. People who successfully keep off lost weight tend to exercise for 60 to 90 minutes daily.
The good news is that you can spread out the exercise throughout the entire day. You don’t have to do it all at once. Most people still have some planned exercise at a specific time each day. For instance, they take a walk or a bike ride right after work every day.

You could also try using a step counter, which I think is a wonderful tool. They give you immediate feedback and make setting goals easy. When you’re just starting out, take it slowly. Work up to an hour a day slowly in 15 minute increments.

Getting in your physical activity will never be easy. Even people who have been doing it for years will tell you that they still have to force themselves to get out there every day. But if you want to keep off weight, exercise has to be a priority.


Before you try to make any changes to your habits, first you need to see where you are right now. Find out what your body mass index (BMI) is. See how it compares to a healthy weight. Start keeping a record of what you eat each day and how much exercise you get.

Eating is something that we do every day without really paying any attention. Once you start writing it down, you may learn things you never knew about your habits. You could be drinking five pops a day and have no idea. Taking stock of where you are now gives you a sense of what needs to change.

You have to make a long-term commitment. If you’re going to change your eating and exercise habits, you won’t be done after six weeks or six months or six years. You have to decide that you’re motivated to make changes that will last for the rest of your life.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Fatmah Yakub is a Tanzanian-born abaya designer and the first African luxury abaya designer . 

 Fatmah is the founder of her luxury abaya brand "An Nisa" which is Arabic for "the women" and it is definitely a brand that celebrates the femininity of a woman while retaining that element of modesty.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


We love learning new hairstyles, dyeing our hair new colors, and doing a DIY hair mask, but when it comes down to it, the more shortcuts we can take with our hair, the better. That doesn’t mean cutting corners, necessarily, but simply learning the worthwhile tricks that really work. 

For the subtle highlights for the summer, Squeeze out an entire lemon into a dish, dip a clean toothbrush into the juice, and gently comb it through your hair. Then, go sit in the sun for about 45 minutes to an hour (wearing SPF, of course!). Do this once every two weeks or so and the lemon juice will naturally lighten your hair in the sun.

Get rid of static in your hair by using dryer sheets. With one sheet, smooth it over your entire head going from root to ends. To avoid getting static altogether, rub the dryer sheets on your brushes and combs before using them on your hair.

Make your ponytail look fuller by using the hair clip trick. Pull your hair into a ponytail at the back of the crown of your head and secure it with a hair tie. Separate it into two sections (top and bottom), and with a small-to-medium sized claw hair clip, clip hair at the base of the ponytail, underneath the top section. Place the top section of hair over the clip and spray a bit of dry shampoo to get a fuller texture and hide the clip.

To remove all of the build up that can happen in your hair (oil and product build up can clog up your scalp and put a halt on your hair growing!) mix baking soda in water to create a paste, and use that to wash your hair. Rinse the baking soda out with a mixture of apple cider vinegar for a completely natural, clean head of hair.

Baby hairs and cowlicks are incredibly annoying, but there’s a way to tame them. Spray a toothbrush with strong hold hairspray and comb down the baby hairs and cowlicks so they’ll sit with the rest of your hair.

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase will help to prevent hair breakage and damage that can happen in the middle of the night as you toss and turn. Cotton and other textures mixed with your hair moving back and forth can create friction, which is what can cause the hair to break.

A lot of the time, girls with brunette or red hair shy away from dry shampoo because of the white residue that is often left over. DIY your own dry shampoo for darker hair so that you can skip washing your hair! Mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, and a dash of cinnamon. Apply at your roots and shake through with your fingers for a refreshed head of hair!

If it takes you a very long time to straighten your hair, you may have the temperature setting on your flat iron too low, which means you need to go over the same pieces of hair multiple times, which can cause more damage. Instead, turn up the heat (to a mid-high temperature) so that you can go for a single pass and decrease damage.

Protect your hair from chlorine in the pool by completely wetting your hair and saturating it in conditioner, leaving it wet. Your hair will soak up the chlorine-free water and conditioner instead of the pool water, which will prevent the damage and color turning that chlorine can do.

Reduce frizz by drying your hair with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel, then blow drying on the cool setting. Regular towels can cause a ton of friction which disrupt the cuticle and create frizz, so cotton t-shirts absorb water without causing friction. Make sure to squeeze your hair, not to rub it, while drying (which can, surprise, create more frizz-making friction). Blow drying on the cool setting to keep the cuticle closed, which won’t make as much of a frizzy mess as the hot setting.