Latest obsession: The Greatest Showman

The greatest showman

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 musical directed by Michael Gracey. It was written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. It stars two musical legends, Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron so of course I had high hopes (Turns out the only song they sang together was probably my least favourite). It also stars Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. I was so excited to watch it and I was surprised to see it had only 55% on Rotten Tomatoes but please don’t let that discourage you. It’s a fantastic movie and I wanted to go door to door to spread the good news about The Greatest Showman!

The movie was inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum, who wasn’t exactly the greatest guy. I didn’t know about this until after I became obsessed with the movie. I read a few articles about the real PT Barnum, like this one (read this). Apparently he was known for promoting hoaxes, abusing animals and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

In this movie, PT Barnum (Hugh Jackman) was the child of a poor tailor who fell in love with a rich man’s daughter, Charity (Michelle Williams). He worked hard to ensure his wife and children lived a very comfortable life to prove to his father in law that he’s not good for nothing. This drive led him to open the Circus.

My favourite thing about this movie is that all the songs were pop songs which could be played on the radio even in 2018. It was fun to see characters set in the 1880s jamming to music that wasn’t from their time. The soundtrack had 11 songs but I only really like 4 of them : A million dreams, Never Enough, This is me and From now on. This is me was the stand out song for me. It had such powerful lyrics and a real treasure who is Keala Settle. The other unmentioned songs are okay but are unmemorable to me. Even at that, the movie is quite entertaining and a visual delight.

Overall, this was a fantastic movie and the soundtrack is phenomenal. The soundtrack is really the defining part of the film as a whole. I strongly recommend this movie. You will love it (I hope).

Don’t let post wedding blues get you down

Post wedding blues

I’ve always believed that your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. I fully bought into this idea especially because I married the love of my life so of course it must be the greatest and happiest day ever. I had a vision for what the day would be like but the reality was so far from it. I remember at the end of the day at about 8pm, I was sitting in the best man’s car, waiting for my husband to be done so we could finally end the day and I just started crying. At that point, I was believed I had a truly miserable day. I still felt so bad a few days after then I did some research and discovered that what I was feeling was post wedding blues.

We had our wedding ceremony 9 months after we got engaged. I started planning almost immediately. I talked and thought of different aspects of this day almost every day for 9 months. I was so scared things would go wrong so I handed over many things to my Mother and I only thought about things that concerned my husband and I or my bridesmaids.

The weeks leading up to the wedding were so stressful because I had left most things to the last minute. I only got my dress 2 days before the wedding. My shoes didn’t arrive until the day before and I had a terrible cold on my wedding week.

We had our traditional, garden ceremony and reception on the same day. I knew this would be stressful but I had no idea. I started my day at 5.30am and by the time I was done, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with my husband before we left the hotel. Looking back now, I wish we had relaxed and taken lots of pictures.

There was a subjectively terrible experience during the garden ceremony. This coupled with the fact that we had the ceremony outside at 2pm in the burning heat of Lagos was a bad idea. I cried all through the ceremony so there are also no pictures of us together during this part. Precious moments that weren’t captured.

Things started to get better during the reception. I was finally having fun. There were a few mishaps here too but because of the garden experience, these didn’t seem too bad. I was finally done with the ceremony. Finally, I am Mrs O.

It wasn’t until I had the breakdown in my car before the regrets came to me. I was sad because I felt we had spent too much money. I spent too much money on irrelevant things. I felt sad because of the pictures I didn’t get with my husband. Angry because somebody complained to me that she didn’t get desert. There were no fireworks during our first dance. I was too bloated and looked pregnant all day. I was angry with my dad for embarrassing me. I shouldn’t have used a wedding planner. So many other things I won’t mention because I don’t want to think about it. It has been a month and almost 2 weeks since the wedding. I’m not so sad about it but still a tiny bit angry sha, I won’t lie. Here are a few tips that have helped me feel better. I hope they can help you too

  • Remember that this is the beginning not the end. A lot of the sadness comes from the wedding being over but it’s only the beginning of a wonderful adventure as a wife. Think about this instead and look forward to future plans, anniversaries, birthdays, babies etc.
  • Unfollow all the wedding pages! I’m serious. It was one of the first things I did when I realized I had the blues and it helped me a lot was to unfollow all the wedding pages I used as inspiration for months leading to the wedding. Now that my timeline is relatively normal, I don’t see other people’s weddings and feel a twinge of jealousy.
  • Look at your friend’s photos and videos of the day. I don’t know how but this helped me so much because they were taken from an unprofessional perspective and captured real and truly happy moments
  • You can’t change anything by thinking about it. The sooner you accept, the better for your peace of mind
  • It is normal to feel this way. It’s just a wedding day not a reflection of your marriage

 

Just enjoy being married.

Look forward and don’t back 😉

Intermittent Fasting: To eat or not to eat?

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Two weeks ago, I found out about intermittent fasting or 16:8. If you’ve never heard of it, it simply means not eating for 16 hours and eating within the 8 hours. According to this plan, you stop eating by 8pm and start eating again by 12 noon the next day. This appealed to me greatly because it’s not a diet as there is no calorie restriction. It is a popular method for losing weight, increase energy levels, increase motivation and stamina, and also improve cognitive function. It may even protect against cancer. Just by fasting? Count me in!

I decided to try this fast to help get a handle on my sugar addiction and frequent snacking. Also because losing my pot belly won’t be a bad idea. I honestly think about food all the time and by food, I mean junk food. Even if I’m not hungry, I usually plan the next day’s meals in my head.

I thought this would be easy because there are days I eat like this anyway so how hard can it be? I even downloaded an app called Zero to keep track of when I started my fast and when I can start eating again.

I started my first day of fasting at 00:00 on Monday morning which meant that my fast would be broken at 4. I think this was a bad idea because I don’t remember the last time I fasted. I’ve never denied myself of food on purpose so I should have had a proper meal that evening but I didn’t, I had a can of Smirnoff Ice for dinner. At work that day, I was STARVING and my breath was so bad. I persevered and I rewarded myself with a sausage roll at 4pm and Chicken salad and fruit parfait by 5.30pm. I continued the rest of the week like this and it wasn’t that bad. The longest I did without food was 21 hours. This was outstanding for me. The major downside for me during this week was that I didn’t like that my breath wasn’t fresh and I couldn’t chew gum as I didn’t have sugar-free gum.

I’ve been at it for a week and a few days now and I haven’t lost any weight at all but here are a few positives

  • I’ve been able to reduce my Coca-cola intake. I’ve gone 5 days without coca-cola so far. I also haven’t had any candy/chocolate since I started
  • On weekends, most of my fasting can be done while sleeping. Wake up at 10am and eat at 12. Fasting done!
  • I’ve spent less on food these days since I really only have one meal
  • I’ve been drinking 2 liters of water daily to help with the hunger and that keeps me hydrated
  • I think my skin looks better

I’ll still keep at it. Hopefully I can keep this up. Have you ever tried it before? Let me know what you think!

Wedding rants #1

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I have been M.I.A for a while and that’s simply because wedding planning is trying to kill me. I know planning a wedding is generally stressful but wedding planning in Lagos must be on another level. There’s so much to think about at all times. I really have no interest in weddings and now I’m being asked about colours? Themes?? Bridesmaids dresses??? Things I didn’t even realise needed to be thought about. I began the planning process in April even though I got engaged in March. The first thing I did based on the advice I got from others and the good people of the internet, was to hire a wedding planner. I thought it would be great because I HATE stress. I know nobody loves it but it’s like a disease to me. It takes away my sleep, my peace of mind, my appetite (haha, I’m kidding, I’ve never been too stressed to eat). When I was looking for a planner, I probably sent an email to like 10 Instagram wedding planners. I was shocked to say the least. I saw prices as high as 2 million Naira and as low as N500,000. I decided on one because she was polite and flexible with her prices. I also loved the pictures of the weddings she had on her page. It’s been about 5 months since and I’ve met with my planner just once or twice but we whatsapp when I need her. It’s not her fault but what I’ll advice is, go for a wedding planner that’s not just a one-man operation. Go for one that you know will be dedicated to you. Also, don’t be fooled by Instagram. I’ll suggest you avoid Instagram if you’re on a budget because they can make you feel poor.

The second thing we did was to secure a hall. This wasn’t hard because we did it with months to spare. 8 months to our wedding actually. I knew I wanted this hall because it had a garden and it’s large so we sorted it out in a few days. As soon as we got the hall, we started looking for a decorator and they are expensive! (I know this is the point I keep harping on about but I mean, I was shocked at how much weddings cost in general). If you are like me, you’ve been saving pictures to your Instagram collections and adding to your pintrest boards. You’ve been following Nwandossignature events, ballevents, btgdecor, aquariantouch etc. If I ever find myself in the wedding business, it’ll probably be in décor after I heard how much money they charge. I decided to call them myself because I was afraid my planner would introduce me to decorators that will charge me my annual salary. The highest price I recall was 2.5 million Naira and the cheapest was about a million. I eventually had to go to my wedding planner to save me. We were able to find a fantastic decorator, who I thought was a bit pricey too but the decor is not something I want to be cheap about. I honestly don’t care if food does’t go round, as long as their selfies are lit. Hahaha.

Third thing was to secure a make up artist. I had already done my homework so I knew that the Instagram make up artists that I follow weren’t affordable for me. So I started calling. I called about 5 make up artists and they were already booked for the date. A date 8 months away?!?! Sigh. So my wedding planner called her contacts and we are able to find one that I liked and I paid my deposit immediately to avoid wahala. (The make up artist has changed now but this is gist for another day).

After this, my wedding planner brought to my attention that I hadn’t gotten a photographer and videographer and these also get booked pretty fast in Lagos. I emailed and called about 20 photographers and I’m not exaggerating. I think my problem is I have Dom Pérignon tastes but Andre budget. So as you can guess, those that I initially messaged were in their millions to 700 thousand. These are fine prices too but still out of budget. I accepted my fate and messaged some that I also liked and were really good. I had so many options and it was tough making a decision but I did and I love who we went with. My other option is a young man whose pictures are stunning. He’s very easy to talk to, understanding, and affordable too. I highly recommend this photographer. He is @806photography on Instagram. Getting the videographer was easy. Not much to be said there.

I’ll continue my rant in another post. Thank you for reading!

TV Shows I’m rooting for at the 2017 EMMY awards

The 2017 Emmy awards is airing this Sunday, September 17 and I’m so excited because one of my faves, Stephen Colbert will be hosting. I’m also really excited because some shows I feel strongly about have been nominated. Westworld was all I could talk about while it was on, it is sincerely one of the best shows made and kept me on my toes throughout the season. So it’s no surprise it had the most nominations across the board at 22. I just finished watching Stranger things this August and I honestly wasn’t so impressed. I think my expectations were too high and it was a bit too horrific for me so I was surprised to see it had the third highest number of nominations with 18 nominations across board. I guess you guys really liked the show.

I’m about to go in with my picks to win a few categories. I suggest you get comfy with my Emmy viewing snack of choice, Waffles, a tribute to Eleven (Break out star of Stranger things). Here’s a link to a simple yet delicious recipe for waffles. All the items can be easily found in any Nigerian supermarket

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Comfy? Okay, let’s begin.

WESTWORLD

Westworld is a science fiction western thriller based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton. The first season had only ten episodes. Season 2 will debut sometime in 2018.

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The story takes place in an amusement park with very human like android hosts. They are so lifelike that once can’t tell the difference between human and the hosts by their appearance. The park is wild west themed so expect a few cowboys and other wild west tropes. The guests at the park can do anything in Westworld without consequences so you can imagine the wild adventures they can get up to. This was one of my favourite shows this year so I guess it goes without saying that Westworld is my pick to win in the drama series category. The other nominees in the category are

This Is Us
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Leftovers
House of Cards
Stranger Things
Better Call Saul

I think this will be a really tough category because all these shows are awesome but I think the competition is mostly between This is us, Stranger things and Westworld. Westworld is my choice to win but I have a feeling it’ll go to This is Us.

Evan Rachel Wood (the beautiful Dolores) was nominated in the Drama actress category. Fingers crossed for her but I really don’t see her winning this because the other nominees are so strong. I see it going to Elisabeth Moss (the handmaid’s tale) or Viola Davis (How to get away with murder).

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Dolores Abernathy and William

There were two stand out performers in the show. The first being from Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) with the plot twist for the ages. No one saw it coming. I don’t want to go into details about it but I highly recommend this show. And he is my pick for the Supporting Actor in a drama for his stellar performance. Other nominees in this category are

John Lithgow, The Crown
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards

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Bernard (Left)

The second stand out performer was Maeve (Thandie Newton). Her acting was so real and felt so raw sometimes. Maeve is an android host and one of the first to question her reality. And become self aware. I strongly believe Thandie will win the Supporting actress category. She was outstanding. Other nominees in this category are

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Veep

Veep is an political satire comedy TV show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It is as an adaptation of the British sitcom The Thick of It. The series follows Selina Meyer,a fictional Vice President, and (briefly) the President, of the United States. The series follows the adventures of her and her team member’s funny and sometimes unfortunate attempts to make a mark. The last season aired from April – June 2017. Its final season will premiere in 2018.

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It was nominated in the Comedy category and I think this is another tough category because all the shows nominated are all amazing but I have to say, Veep is the most outstanding. It’s one of the best TV shows ever written. Selina Meyer is consistently an Idiot and Gary is the star of the show. Veep will win this category. Shout out to Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), it must be a lot of work carrying the show on your back. Other nominees in the comedy cateegoty are

Atlanta
Black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
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Gary (Tony Hale and Mike (Matt Walsh ) were nominated in the supporting actor category. Gary is the winner for me in this category. Other nominees in  this category are

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer) is also my pick to win in the comedy actress category. The other nominees in this category are

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

 

Big little lies

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This mini series is based on a phenomenal book written by the magnificent Liane Moriarty. I fell in love with the book and I fell even deeper in love with the miniseries. Everyone involved did such a great job, the child actors, professional actors, the directing and even the music selection was remarkable. This is the clear winner for me in the limited/mini series category. Please watch it if you haven’t already. Other nominees in this category are
Fargo
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Genius
The Night Of

The stand out performance for me was from Alexander Skarsgard. He played Perry, a violet and hypersexual married to Nichole Kidman’s character. He was the worst and he played the role so well I’m still trying not to picture him as a demon. He will definitely win the best supporting actor in a  TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES. If he doesn’t, I’ll shave my head (of course not but that’s how sure i am). The other nominees in his category are

Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

 

Thanks for reading! Please comment your favourites and picks to win in the 2017 Emmy awards, I really want to know your thoughts xx

 

 

 

Liebster award nomination

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This week, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Kirsten!  I got so excited even though I had no idea what the award was for. I eventually discovered that it’s a way to discover new blogs and get exposure for your blog. I think it’s a great idea.

Kirsten is a fellow blogger from Florida who loves the best things in life such as donuts and dogs. Her blog focuses on family, travel and lifestyle.  You should be definitely check her blog out!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

  • Each nominee must have fewer than 300 followers
  • Thank and link the nominating blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  •   Nominate 10 blogs and tell them they have been nominated

Kirsten asked me the following questions:

  1. Who are your top 3 favorite celebrities (can be an actress, athlete, designer, etc.)

I don’t really have any favourites but I’ll say Rihanna, Tom Hiddleston and Ryan Reynolds

  1. Dogs or Cats?

Definitely dogs! Dogs are awesome. Cats always seem suspicious and arrogant haha.

  1. What’s the best thing you ever ate?

Probably a cheesecake I had at a Chinese buffet

  1. Why did you start your blog?

I had always liked the idea of starting a blog but I always assumed I wouldn’t have time or I would have nothing to write about but I eventually started this month to meet new people.

  1. If you could meet any one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Coco Chanel

  1. If you had to eat one type of food for the rest of your life (without worry of weight gain) what would it be?

I have thought about this long before I was asked this question and my answer will always be something Rice based. Most probably Jollof rice

  1. What’s your favorite TV show, past or present?

I have lots of favourites, New girl, Mindy project, Revenge (RIP), Scrubs, The OC, The walking dead.

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Read, watch TV shows

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

San Francisco. I love how cool it looks. Much different from any city I’ve ever seen.

  1. Is the dress black/blue or white/gold?

This dress divided my colleagues and I. Two of us saw white and gold while the others saw black and blue.

 

The 10 bloggers I nominate for the Liebster Award are:

1. laurathelloyd.com
2. theoutcastsoutlook.wordpress.com
3. andrewscrazymind.wordpress.com
4. megonthewall.wordpress.com
5. phototherapy2015.wordpress.com
6. aliceroselittle.wordpress.com
7. littlelemurr.wordpress.com
8. themindfulbachelor.wordpress.com
9. talknerdstuffwithme.wordpress.com
10. singlelife2015.wordpress.com

My 10 questions for you are:

  1.  What is your favorite song right now?
  2.  Why did you start blogging?
  3.  Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
  4.  If you had to wear one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5.  Do you have a talent?
  6.  If you could move to a different country, which would it be?
  7.  If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life. What would it be?
  8.  How did you meet your best friend?
  9.  What is your ideal first date?
  10.  If you could change anything from our past, what would it be?

Write a post including all of the above, as well as the rules of the post. Happy blogging!