Home Styling: Be faithful To Your Own Taste, Because Nothing You Really Like Is Ever Out Of Style.

Happy New Year my darlings, I could try to say it out loud jumping around on a trampoline or bouncing off walls but sadly that's not the case, The fight continues, the fight for the world to heal, for us to beat "Covid", for people to spread love and not hate, but above all else, we must first be grateful to even be alive today and try to be strong and optimistic, We must hope for a better future.

The past year took a lot of our energy, It put us through so much, I lost three people last year and it really got me down, but they won't want me to wallow in sadness or sluggishness, I have to try to be strong and positive for my loved ones. One thing that helps me stay focused and achieve Inner peace is (Meditation), I cut ties with a lot of toxic energies, and I distanced myself from anyone and anything that would trigger me, the way the world is today, the best therapy advice is (Minding your own business), looking after yourself because when you are happy, you can make sure others around you are happy because Happiness starts with you.

One thing that helps me cope is looking at beautiful and inspirational pictures, and pages, and putting my creativity to good use, I also do a lot of deep cleansing and deep thinking on which way forward, the picture below is a canvas I customized a few years ago and it still helps lift my mood, Helps me appreciate the beauty around me, helps me enjoy & Value the little things.

There is so much emotion behind this picture - Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time, but this time "I found myself". You have to focus on only things you love during this period, you have to do all you can to stay happy, positive, strong, focused, and optimistic even though things in the world and around you will try to trigger you, once your mental health is in good shape you will bounce back easily.
When it comes to managing stress and preventing feeling overwhelmed with unexplainable feelings, we often overlook one of the simplest and best strategies and that's to make your home more peaceful. You must know that your home matters, It's your safe haven and your life revolves around it. This is why it’s so important to make your home your sanctuary and surround it with beautiful objects and vibes.
When you pay attention to your home and surrounding you will notice these things - Improved mood and positive attitude, less stress and more peace, Better focus and less distraction, More peace amongst family members, Greater opportunities for hospitality, Increased contentment and happiness.
Your home is incredibly personal. It should reflect who YOU are and your personal style. To make your home more peaceful you have to use decor and color schemes that make you feel the most comfortable at home, I have always mentioned the fact that you want to feel relaxed and happy to be there. When you walk into your home, you want to feel like it’s a breath of fresh air.
The items in your home should have a purpose or they quickly become clutter. Clutter has an effect on everyone. The flat surfaces in our homes tend to accumulate clutter quickly. Make it a habit to De-Clutter frequently, it keeps the home looking peaceful, calm and Lovely.
Clutter is often in the same sentence as feng shui, but we’d say that feng shui is less about de-cluttering and more about creating space. Feng Shui is the process of organising your environment to attract optimal success. Always keep in mind that the strongest factor of your Feng Shui is you, Feng Shui is all about the subconscious interaction between planetary and mental energies.
When we throw out the physical clutter, we clear our minds. When we throw out the mental clutter, we clear our souls.
“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.” – Dalai Lama
Our homes are where we can showcase our creativity, feed our family, foster better bonds with family members and friends, and relax from the chaos of the world. It;'s where we start and end our days, and creating a peaceful home will ensure a happier life. While putting together a more peaceful and positive home might take some time to identify the things you will have to incorporate in your home to provide a more tranquil environment, the benefits will be worth the time you take to decide the right decors for your home and surrounding.
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Christmas: How to Make the Most of the Holiday Season.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers for their patience, tips, and suggestions, and I promise to try to write more frequently in the future.
How to Make the Most of the Holiday Season.

Lifestyle : Did You Know That Gold Aesthetic Has A Way Of Boosting Ones Mood? Find Out More Below.

 I have always loved the color Gold maybe because the color gold is the color of extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess, and shares several of the same attributes of the color yellow.

How To Feng Shui Your Home: Learn How To Attract Positive Energy Into Your Home With These Tips.

It's during times like this one must take good care of themselves and surroundings. We are all restricted on a lot lately and the last thing you need is to be stuck in a home that feels negative and toxic, this is a topic I tend to talk about a lot lately especially because we are all having to be at home more.
 Our homes should be a place we love, where we enjoy waking up and coming back home to. If you want to breathe more life into your living space by creating a happy, healthy and welcoming environment, then there's no better place to start than with the principles of feng shui, and in a nutshell, Its principles maintain that we live in harmony with our environment.
Homes are a reflection of those that live in it. If any part is missing, neglected or has negative energy then this is reflected in the life of its occupant. We have to take care of our homes the same way we take care of ourselves. Your home can drastically affect your mood. When we're seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting things we like, we feel good and healthy, but when we're surrounded by things that are aesthetically displeasing or trigger painful memories, we feel bad. I am here to tell you that it's possible to bring more positivity into your life simply by rearranging your living space.
Ensure that furniture for the living room is in proportion to space. Do not block any doors with furniture and position the main sofa against a wall this sets the tone for the other aspects of the living room. Additional Tip-  To activate wealth energy in your home, place a lamp in the corner of the room (diagonally opposite the room door), there are certain plants that help attract positive energy and abundance into the home, I will do a post on this soon.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are one of my all-time favourite ways to increase positive energy in any space.
Essential oils are used for many things including- reducing stress, boosting mood, alleviating anxiety and depression, increasing focus and concentration, and promoting peaceful sleep. I would recommend using a diffuser as this will add that extra push the oil needs to exude beautiful fragrance around your home, I use diffusers in every corner of my home and sometimes I add my homemade oils to attract a very powerful and positive vibe into my home. 
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Love and Happiness Oil (Made By Me On Req)
However here are five oils that I recommend and their uses:
Lavender soothes and calms you. It promotes a sense of well-being and reduces stress.
Sweet orange supports a positive mood. It’s a very uplifting oil that also inspires creativity.
Ylang Ylang calms and relaxes you. It can help reduce feelings of anger.
Bergamont alleviates anxiety, fatigue, and stress.
Frankincense promotes focus and concentration. It also helps balance emotions.
These are only some of the many essential oils that can bring positive energy and peace to your home, there are many more oils out there with different uses, experiment to figure out which ones work best for you.
Declutter Your Surrounding 
Clutter is stressful. I can’t stand seeing piles of stuff everywhere, and I definitely cannot function on a messy desk. However, I know it’s easy to let things pile up around the house, especially during the week when you’re tired after work and all, So, use this period to start decluttering your home and get rid of things you don’t need. You’ll probably be surprised by how much you can eliminate to help organize your living space.
A clean, clutter-free space will provide you with a sense of peace and calm. It’ll help ease your mind because you won’t constantly look around thinking about how you “need to clean that up” or “need to organize that.”
Home Decor
Decorate your home with things that make you happy. Wall decorations with cute sayings like “Live, Laugh, Love,” “Live Your Dream,” or other inspiring quotes add positive vibes to any room. Decorate your home using your favourite Colours. Colour is a powerful influencer, and the way we feel when we see a colour we dislike can affect us physically and emotionally, We may suddenly feel exhausted, anxious, or angry and have no idea what is causing this, but unbeknownst to you, it might be a colour in your surrounding that is triggering these feelings, you may have known you hated a colour but didn’t realize the colour was actually adding to your anxiety, this is something that also happened to me a while back that is why I have always loved the colour white as it represents (Pure, Bright, Protection, Healing, Positivity) and all my walls are painted in White.
On the flip side, putting up art, decorations and furniture that are your favourite colour or complementary colours can keep you feeling positive.
Lastly, Make Your Bed
Growing up I am sure your parents annoyed you when they nagged you about tidying up your room/bed/wardrobe etc, but a well-made bed really can help you feel ready to start your day and go to sleep peacefully at night,  having an organized environment sets the tone for the day.
Give it a try today, you’ll be amazed at its power, especially when you walk into the bedroom at the end of the day, and it looks inviting and comfy. You just can’t wait to jump into bed at night and get a good night’s sleep.
I do hope these tips have been helpful in some way, please leave comments below on how you attract positive energy into your own home and also check out my next post below.


Lifestyle: Tips On How To Take Outstanding Photos For Your Social Media Platform.

 Many people have the best phones and gadgets but still do not know how to take a proper photo but it's through no fault of theirs, to achieve a beautiful picture it's not entirely up to the kind of phone you use or the price of the product- It's about Angle, Perspective. Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.

People usually think they need to have the latest phones, items and gadgets to take a good picture, they see other people's pages on IG and start feeling bad about what they have rather than feel inspired and look at things from another perspective, I remember several times I have seen a photo on IG and I will be like "Omgosh so beautiful" but I don't have that item, therefore, I may not be able to create this exact same picture but I do have other little items I could use and then change the concept to suit my environment, Page Vibe and something that is to my liking. 
Sometimes when I add up the price of what's in my photograph the total amount is nothing more than £50, so it's all about - The Angle, The Vision, The Passion and The Motive.
I have also discovered that Taking photos from a unique, unexpected angle can make them more memorable — it tends to create an illusion of depth or height with the subjects. It also makes the image stand out since most mobile photos are taken either straight -on or from a bird's eye view.
You may have heard the saying, "It's the little things that count." It also applies to photography. Close-up images that capture small, intricate, and delicate details can make for really compelling visual content. Keep an eye out for textures and patterns like peeling paint, a gravel road, or a tile tabletop.
Also, let's talk about Lighting- 
Take advantage of the sources of natural light you can find, even after dark. This gives you a chance to play with shadows, Sometimes, using your camera's flash can improve a photo — but rarely does it do so at night. 
In already well-lit spaces, however, a flash can help to soften some dark shadows behind or beneath your main subject.
Don't be afraid to edit your photos ( Even a soft edit goes a long way).
play around with filters, Composing and taking your smartphone photo is just the first step to making it visually compelling. Editing your photos is the next step — and a very critical one, at that. Filters can be a valuable photographic tool.
I can't stress enough the importance of "Lighting" when trying to achieve the perfect photo. Light is one of the biggest photography factors. Too much light and your object end up looking washed out. Too little and the dark photo doesn’t grab your audience’s attention. When you’re doing brand photography, you want to understand how light affects the location you usually shoot in.
Early morning and sunset sun usually tend to cast the softest glow. An afternoon sun’s harsh rays often blow out a photo’s white parts. If you know how the sun and lights behave in your space, then it’ll be easier to plan the photoshoot, When I feel motivated to take a photo for my blog or IG, I check the weather and the light outside, if it's - A grey weather (I don't even bother lol) and even if I go for it, It's not a bright coloured photo, maybe something to post on story feed. 
Photography is the story I fail to put into words, In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. To me, Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever, It remembers the little things, long after you have forgotten everything that is why when taking a photo appreciate and enjoy that moment.
Many people think it's just a simple act when one brings out a camera to take pictures. Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
Like this lovely quote I love from- The Late Karl Lagerfeld - What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
When I take photos, I go for the most awkward angles because I believe it's the awkward things that are most beautiful, I hope this post has been able to inspire you in one way or the other especially when it comes to taken photos. Share this post with others that may find it helpful in some way.
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Have a beautiful day.


Lifestyle: How Photography Got Me Through Some Of My Most Stressful Days .

It's been a while guys and I do apologize, thankfully most of you know how hard it is to multitask and juggle so much, but I always say we each have to find a way to cope, no matter what it is you do make sure it's something that keeps you positive, optimistic and ready to seize the day. 
Strange as it may be to some - I have discovered that photography helps me stay calm and distracted.
Photography has been my go-to medication lol, I even decided to give in to my cravings for darker aesthetics and I realised I was enjoying it more and more, every time I set up a little section for photos and take the picture with the darker filter, etc it gave me this satisfaction (Its like watching ASMR videos) that satisfaction you get.

Photography is the story I fail to put into words, In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. To me, Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever, It remembers the little things, long after you have forgotten everything that is why when taking a photo appreciate and enjoy that moment.
Many people think it's just a simple act when one brings out a camera to take pictures. Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
Like this lovely quote i love from The Late Karl Lagerfeld - What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved, the things have seen around you, the feelings you have felt on a deeper level and you bring all that into one photo (That is magic-Trust Me). This is how I cope when it all gets too much and overwhelming, I just whip out my old school camera and take photos of anything that inspires me or has a meaning to me.
No one know tomorrow or how long this pandemic,lockdown and phase will be but if we don't all start finding ways to soothe our minds and anxiety.
This was just meant to be a short post so you all know I am still here, I have not abandoned my readers, it's just I am trying to Mix n Match and Merge other projects together and it's time consuming. 
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Please leave a comment below also ,tell me how you cope during stressful days.


Lifestyle: Ways To Stay Positive And Motivated Daily.

 Being positive means you are choosing to see the bright and beautiful side of things. It means that you can recognize that struggle and pain are not the only things out there, even if they are the only things you can see at the time, It means you are trying to do all within your power/abilities to rise above all negativity. 


Interior Styling: Simple Ways To Style Your Home And Create Beautiful Vibes Around You.

The easiest way to create a designer look in your home is to add personality using home accessories- for example- Vases, Figures, Coffeetable books, Unique Luxury Items. The great thing I love about accessories like these is that you can change them with the seasons.
When styling your home, It's always good to mix textures and materials in your home to create depth and contrast, and when it comes to colour, be mindful of the shades you use if you want to achieve that high-end look. For Example - If you like magenta, add a pop of the colour here and there, don't paint the whole house with it, when you overdo it your home ends up looking a mess, but the home should feel comfortable, loving and welcoming, so always keep that fact in mind when styling your home. Another thing I love to see in the home is "Mirrors". Mirrors make a huge difference when styling the home. Brighten and amplify the light in a room with mirrors on walls opposing light sources. I love mirrors because they double the visual square footage of any room. Hang a series of three or four mirrors opposite a window to reflect the incoming light as well as the view. When it comes to updating your interiors, place a mirror on your largest wall to reflect as much light as possible back into the room, I love looking at mirrors in the home but not for vanity reasons, but to remind myself to be grateful and to live life in the moment while enjoying the little things. Adding a touch of luxury to each room is my number one tip when it comes to getting that designer look. Glitters and metallics add a little bling and work well in smaller rooms as features will reflect off them, giving the illusion of a bigger space. Don't forget to play around with lights, candles, fairy lights, Lamps etc, I love using these once in a while because they help set the right mood, add dimmers on all of your lights. Bright isn’t always right. Lightings like - table lamps, chandeliers, candles, battery-powered lights ― bring a lot of style into a room!  I am very spiritual so I like to meditate a lot or just sit and admire the stars at night, and When I am unable to do this, I create a magical environment in my bedroom or study room. I love how lights and lamps make the room glow, you would feel like you are in another dimension, just forgetting about the worries and spending time in the moment is the best feeling, It's not normally easy especially during this period , but we must try to do everything to stay sane. Lastly,  Remember  "Less Is More". The term "less is more" means that having less of something makes a stronger and more enjoyable experience in the home. Strong colours and patterns, though sometimes amazing but can create a better effect when used sparingly in interior design, than when people cramp things up together in one place. The same rule also applies for mixing styles of furniture. I am always happy to read or hear your opinions and tips either via Email or In the Comment Section. Don't forget to share, Have a lovely week ahead.


Lifestyle : Self-Isolation Or Self-Re Evaluation!

Hi, Lovelies,
 I am just checking in on everyone, I hope you are all holding on and going strong, I want you to know that you are doing the best you can right now, don't forget to have fun and use this time wisely, don't just see this as "Self-Isolation" see it as "Self-Re-Evaluation".
Self-reevaluation is one of the ten processes of change in the transtheoretical model and involves cognitive reappraisal of how behaviour change is part of one’s identity. Although self-reevaluation is a critical motivator for individuals in the contemplation stage of change
We need to use this period to Re-Evaluate ourselves, this is the time to re-connect with who we truly are, It is also a time to rebrand and take time out to improve ourselves. If you have a platform, for example [Blog, Podcast, Vlog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook] this is the time to work on what kind of platform you want your audience to see.
Firstly Raise your Consciousness:
Consciousness-raising is the process of actively becoming more aware, mindful or conscious of the current situation, Self-reevaluation flows naturally from consciousness-raising. Self-reevaluation means taking stock or appraisal of the behaviour that needs to be changed, and reveals how your values conflict with the problem behaviours.
I am a huge lover of interior decor and design, I also love photography and all things beautiful, I am using this period to study and brush up on my skills as a digital content creator, I want people to be entertained when they visit my platform, that is why I am using this period to re-brand myself and my style.
Social Media Detox:
I love to take time off social media every now and again to detox and study, to also think of ways to improve myself, Social media will always be there so why would I need to spend every minute of my life on it.
It was discovered that most people who use social media end up comparing themselves to the lives of everyone they know. The problem with this is that it can have a serious impact on your self-esteem.
Even if you aren’t aware of it, social media brings out your competitive side. This is because the main basis of social media networks such as Facebook is to attract attention to your posts. Each reaction and comment is a measure of how popular a particular post is, which can make you strive to outdo others and even yourself.
Studies have shown that the more time you spend on a social media site, the more likely you are to develop depression. Additionally, the amount of time you spend on these sites is directly related to whether or not you feel stressed out or happy.
In other words, if you’ve been feeling highly anxious, stressed out or depressed, this is a good time to take a social media detox. It may feel weird at first, but your overall mood should begin to improve as you stay away from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites for a little while.
Focus Your Energy On Important Things Like Your Health
I know we are told to go out once a day to exercise, but there are still other workouts one can do indoors to improve ourselves, get off that couch and move, it is easy to relax and let ourselves go but one must ask ourselves the bigger question- What would life be like after this is over? How do you foresee your Mental and Physical Health?. I am not perfect myself that is why I am sharing these tips with you also, to encourage you to never give up or assume this is the end of life as we know it, in fact, this is the time to do the things that make you happy and feel good.
Please leave your comments below, let me know your thoughts.