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!

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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

 

 

 

Standard “I’m back” Post


So, I’m back by popular demand (haha, not really. Nobody reads this blog. Apart from me, obviously).

Although it has been a few months since my last post, this blog has been constantly on my mind but a lot of things have changed since the time I started the blog and now (things like me no longer being single and starting my natural hair journey. More to come). My life now functions with the same sequence as if it’s an assembly line. I barely have time to be the spontaneous chap I used to be (Lies, I am the opposite of spontaneous. What does that even mean?)

Oh well, here I am. I will start small and not make elaborate promises but one thing is might be sure. I will may be posting here weekly!

Thank you for your time.

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!

What I’ve read recently

Considering a typical weekday for me starts at 5.30am and ends about 11pm, I feel very proud that I still found the time to read books and watch numerous TV shows.



I’ll start with my most Favourite one of the three; The hypnotist’s love story by Liane Moriarty

This is the second book of hers I’ve read and it’s safe to say she has a fan over here. She has won a place in my heart. This book is about a hypnotist (obviously), Ellen O’Farrell. She met a new guy, Patrick and they fell in love. How simple and straight to the point, right? Things are not so simple. Patrick has a stalker, Saskia. A dead wife that nobody could compete with and an 8 year old son, Jack. The book is basically about their relationship and the things they had to overcome to be happy.
I was happy they fell in love in the beginning of the book so I knew it would be a bigger story. Although the story is about Ellen, Saskia’s story is narrated in first person. Perhaps this is why I felt like I could relate more with Saskia than Ellen. Poor Saskia though, I felt so bad for her. Before this book, I had never before thought about what could be going in a stalker’s mind. This book gave me a new perspective on that. Although it was a romantic book, it was also a bit of a thriller. It was written in a very light and funny way. I’m looking forward to the next Liane Moriarty book I’ll read.

The second book is: The book of tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern

 

Tamara Goodwin’s life is changed forever after her father commits suicide after getting in a huge debt. With no other choice, they moved into a tiny suburb with her Aunt and Uncle. With not much to do, Tamara met a young man who drove around a mobile library where she came across a book with lock on it. Eventually she got it open and in the book, written in her handwriting were details of a future date (tomorrow).  After the next day unfolds as it was written in the book, she realised what would happen in her immediate future. Tamara realises she may have found an answer to the mysteries surrounding her life and family. 

I really wasn’t gripped from the beginning; I had to remind myself that I had a book I was currently reading. It honestly didn’t excite me that much at first. As the book got on, it got better, I got the familiar happiness I get with Cecilia Ahern books. I eventually really liked it. That’s 9 out of her books I’ve read. 3 more to go!

How exciting would it be if I could find a book that would show what my tomorrow will look like? For me I’m sure there’ll be no great difference because I honestly do the same things every day and even eat the same lunch!

The third book is One plus one by Jojo Moyes

This book was such a joy to read. It made me so happy. This was my first time reading any of her books and I know I’m about to start hunting for other books of hers. I was honestly hooked from the first page. 

This book is about an unexpected group of people bound together by an impromptu trip. Such a recipe for disaster right? I did not expect them to be so good together. Jess is a single mother with two kids. Her step son is a gothic teenager who is frequently bullied and her daughter Tanzie is a maths prodigy. Tanzie is offered a scholarship to a private school but they still can’t afford it so they decided to take a road trip to attend a mathematics competition so they could use the tuition for Tanzie’s tuition. They are joined on this trip by Norman, the huge smelly and slobbering dog and Ed Nichols. Ed is Jess’s boss in a way (she’s his house cleaner) and his whose life seems to be falling apart.
This book was so well written that I felt like I was on this trip with them. I thought it was fantastic how every chapter was written from all their point of views. I loved everyone of the characters but if I must be honest, Nicky pulled my heart strings more. This book was funny, real, thoughtful and sweet. When I have kids, I want to be like Jess. Really. She’s awesome.  Everything about this book made me so happy. Their conversations were so funny and witty. The characters were certainly not perfect but their shortcomings made me love them more.  



This book is what made me start this blog. Ed encouraged Nicky to start a blog to find his “tribe”. Somewhere where he can fit in. I thought that was really cool.