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7 Reusable Face Coverings You Should Consider Buying

Face coverings have become part of our ‘new norm’. We’ve had to wear them on public transport and many people have made it compulsory wear when out and about. Well, now it will be mandatory for face coverings to worn when out in the open at all times.

What has changed?

As of yesterday (24 July), Britain enforced the law that face coverings must be worn when in supermarkets, banks, shops etc. The law has come as a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Police also have powers to give out £100 fines to people that fail to comply with the new law! 

If you don’t have a face-covering don’t sweat I have you covered! 

I thought it would be a good idea to share a few brands that sale face coverings online. I myself will be purchasing from one of these companies because your girl needs to look better in the streets! Get this through, they are **Black-owned!!

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My Plain Face- Covering
Please note: I have not yet purchased any of these face coverings, for my own use. 

1.Osula Design

Osula Designs proceeds from the face coverings have gone to a charity to support people with disability in Nigeria! 

2.Afri.masks 

Made in Nigeria. These face coverings are environment-friendly, comfortable and washable for all occasions.

3. Kiwi and Yam 

Kiwi&Yam is an urban street-wear brand that aims to embody multicultural Britain and youth rebellion.

4.OmogeUK

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBPubfVpUMZ/

Omoge UK provides quality African inspired clothing at an affordable price. All of their print materials are ethically sourced and hand-made in the UK.

5. Shamioshun

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Nude in all shades available now ?

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Shami Oshun is a fashion designer based in California built her brand in 2015 to provide unique and timeless designs to the world. 

6. Girl Number 9

7. Mazura Studios

Mazura Studios is working towards becoming your ‘go-to’ for Clothing and Lifestyle essentials!

I would like give a special thanks to Cece of Ce_snaps for advising me to write on this.

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Where to clothes shop for your holidays…

I can’t remember the last time I shopped for my holidays. Can you?

In a few weeks, a few countries are now opening their borders and we will be able to start travelling again. I have been meaning to write a post on holiday shopping for a while (as requested). Please see below a list of retailers where you can shop for your holidays.

Pretty Little Thing

I like Pretty Little Thing (PLT). The clothes are reasonable and if you’re like me – don’t like wearing the same thing too many times (I am trying to grow out of that habit) then it’s a good place to shop. They also have the next day delivery so when I am shopping for a holiday, I usually bulk buy a load of holiday clothes.  

The only thing with PLT is that their prices reflect their quality sometimes. When I was at Coachella (2018), I went crazy with PLT and bought into their festival wear, wore a pair of their shorts and can you believe they broke on me!   

Zara

I do love me some Zara. My friend has always said if you’re not a big fan of big labels – Zara is the place for you. Zara has pretty good quality and their sales! Let’s just say the sales are on another level.  

The only thing I dislike about Zara is their website. The models are always bending all over the place so I find it difficult to see the full outfit properly. I would say the website, in general, is not overall friendly.  

Oasis/ Warehouse

If you like lots of floral prints and bright bold colours this is the place for you. Anytime I get a chance to shop in Oasis or Warehouse I am so excited. I put these two retail shops together because, for me, they are quite similar. Another good thing about this place is that they have a good website which is presented with good modelling. 

My problem with these shops they don’t seem to have any of retail shops anywhere close to other retail stores. 

N.B Both Oasis and Warehouse are currently rebranding.

Primark

I know there may be some people that might read this and turn the nose up! haha! But honestly, I do love a good old buy at Primark AKA as P-Unit. I like Primak for basics, you know vest, socks etc. And to be honest with you they do have a few stylish items of clothing. As I mentioned before if you are someone that doesn’t like wearing the same thing twice and you want to shop for your holiday. Primark is the place to go – the clothes are very reasonable too! 

The thing I can’t stand about Primark is that the shop is a complete mess! It is like sitting in a teenager’s messy room! To avoid the mess I usually write a list of things I want to buy and go at the crack of dawn when everything is nicely folded.  

ASOS

Asos saved me for my only holiday shop I was able to do this year! Hahaha! Asos has such a great selection of clothing and they even collaborate with so many other brands that you can select from. They also have a tool that allows you to be notified when an item has been restoked. It’s how I got my ski-clothing!

Only think about ASOS is they only are online! I would love for them to have an actual store. 

ISawItFirst

I recently stumbled onto ISAWITFIRST on my holiday shopping last year and decided to buy a few items. Again, another reasonable online store for holiday shopping. 

I can’t say much about them as I have purchased a few bits and bobs. However, what I will say is, they don’t seem to have a huge selection to choose from it all looks to me like it is tailored for college students – sorry! 

And there you have it a few places to shop for your holidays. I am always discovering new retailers to shop for my holidays, so do regularly check back for updates. 

It’s time we start getting ready to shop for our holidays…. do you have any plans to shop for a holiday. What about yourselves where do you enjoy shopping for your holidays? 

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A Beginners Guide: 11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

Skiing was a very new experience. This year I vowed to try out new things when travelling. Although I’m unable to travel at the moment. I like to be grateful for being able to try out skiing with the WindCollective and MountNoireLdn in 2020! Yes! For those of you that don’t already know, I took a quick flight, earlier this year and went skiing in Bulgaria. Read – Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

I’ve been meaning to write a post on the things I learnt on my ski weekend trip, but with everything happening right now. I must admit it’s been quite difficult to write about travel let alone about anything else. Below is a general list of things you must know before going skiing for the first time.

11 Things You Must Know Before Going Skiing

1. It is ok to FALL when skiing!

It took me a while to accept it. I was quite adamant that I couldn’t fall while skiing. I mean how does one fall looking cute? I learnt on this trip that even the professionals fall from time to time… so yeah it is ok to fall and trust me I did on several occasions too. People who aren’t afraid of falling over get to grips with skiing faster! So please don’t be discouraged.

2. Protect your eyes and skin

Please take this serious! Like, please! You may not feel the sun because of the white snow, but chances are being that high up you will need to protect your eyes and skin. Get yourself some goggles and good sun protection.

3. Get your body ready for skiing

I would suggest doing some exercises a few weeks before going skiing. When you are skiing you are constantly using your thighs, so it might be painful if you’ve never worked out to just jump on the skies. Try working out your muscles. Anything like squats, cardio would be a good shout!

4. Get yourself the correct ski clothing

I’m sure I don’t need to spell this out to you. It’s so crucial for you to purchase correct clothing when going skiing. I would suggest, Tog24, Sports Direct for the thermal underlayer, coats etc. And then if you wanna look super cute Asos and Topshop lol! Also, don’t forget your ski socks!

Skiing clothes
My Ski Outfit for Day 1

5. Renting ski equipment

If you’re hiring ski boots, which you should if you’ve never skied before, (just because of the price) be sure to wear thick socks when you try your boots. They usually make the bindings looser for beginners, meaning the skis pop off easier if and when you fall over. The length of your skis and poles depends on your height and weight, so worth knowing this info.

P.S. There are usually lots of people collecting and dropping off ski hire at the same time, so be prepared for queues and a bit of hanging around.

6. Apres-ski what is it?

Skiing usually slows down between 4 and 5 pm. This is when everyone heads back into town and enjoy “après-ski”, which is basically a well-deserved drink for working so hard all day! There is sometimes live music and DJ – well there was when I was there!

7. Hunger and dehydration

You will constantly be super hungry and dehydrated so have some water with you and some snacks – protein snacks all of that. It will be needed – trust me.

8. Lessons for skiing

Yes as a beginner I would advise having a few lessons. The lessons are there to show you the technique and build your confidence. I had two sessions both started in the morning around 10 am and finished just after lunchtime.

9. Correct skiing footwear

You will need sensible footwear when going skiing. This shouldn’t be so difficult. I would suggest Uggs or walking boots and if you’re like me get yourself some moon boots. I am also selling mine on Depop. So have a look. P.S. I only wore them for a few hours.

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Ski Boots

10. Consider wearing a helmet

You may want to get yourself a helmet. I personally didn’t because I knew I would be easy on the slopes – haha no I think if you’re a beginner you won’t be sliding down any big slopes – hopefully not anyways.

11. Skiing is FUN!

Remember it’s your first time and skiing is supposed to be fun and therapeutic once you get the hang of it. I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s nice to try out something new! And I will defo be going again with more lessons of course!

skiing is fun

And there you have it! 11 Things you must know before going skiing. What about you when was the last time you tried out something new?

Do you have anything you want to share for first time skiers? Drop your comments below!

I would like to give a special thanks Tog24 for gifting me with my skiwear! Guys check them out they stuff is actually amazing. 

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6 Amazing Things To Do In Italy, Milian

Milan is a city in northern Italy, the capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. I did a cheeky weekend getaway with one of my best girls to Milian a few years ago.   

6 Amazing Things To Do In Italy, Milian

We arrived in Milan on a Friday ready for the weekend using Alitalia airlines. This airline was good because it allowed us to purchases cheaper tickets – being under 27 at the time. Worth having a look at their deals.

The hotel we stayed in was called Glam Milano and was pretty decent for the two nights we stayed in Milian. Below I have noted a few things you can get done in a weekend away in Italy, Milan.  

1.Sempione Park  

During the day we went to a beautiful park, called Sempione Park. I fell in love!

2.Terrazza Boscolo  

My friend suggested heading over for a drink and some food. Terrazza Boscolo is up on a roof terrace. Here you will be able to feel the wind in your hair and capture a view of the famous Milan Cathedral.  

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We were welcomed with a warm welcome and friendly service. Grab yourself an Aperol spritz and tuck into a few canapes.  

Aperol spritz and tuck into a few canapes.

3. Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci  

Head over to the largest science museum in Italy.  Here you will see so much art.  

Italy musem

4. Duomo di Milano  

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to the Nativity of St Mary, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete!!  

duomo di milano

5. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II  

Italy is renowned for its shopping

You have to go to the most famous shopping mall! Italy is renowned for its shopping!  The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy’s oldest active shopping mall and a major landmark of Milan, Italy.  

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6. Take a Trip to Lake Como x  

Lake Como is in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, it’s an upscale resort area known for dramatic scenery.   It’s about two hours drive from Milan and is worth going for a late dinner.  

Italy trips

Hope you enjoyed my six amazing things to do in Italy, Milian. If you would like to keep up to date with my blog posts then don’t forget to subscribe.

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Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

Bansko is great for a ski trip. It is a town in South-Western Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. It is known to be a popular ski resort for all levels.

I always wanted to go skiing but never did I think it would be me going this year in Bulgaria.

Despite the world outbreaks, I knew that I wanted to make 2020 my year of travels! So when Jess of Road2culturedom asked me to join WindCollective and MountNoireLdn on a ski trip in Bulgaria, I struggled to say no. I mean who says no to such adventures?

ski trip in Bansko
Adebola and Jess

Honestly, never in a million years did I ever think I would go skiing! I mean little old me that grew up in Swindon! hahah.

If you have been following me on my socials, you would have already seen a few snaps of my ski trip in Bansko. I have a few posts lined up for ya’ll, but today I wanted to focus on how my ski weekend getaway in Bansko really went down!

Why Skiing and not Snowboarding ?

To be honest with you I head snowboarding was so much harder than skiing, and I wanted to look cute while learning a new activity. So yes I choose skiing.

How much did it cost?

I managed to get a fantastic deal with WindCollective for £699 – bargain or what! This is what the trip included:

  • 4 days & 3 Nights shared occupancy ski resort and chalet accommodation*
  • Swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot-tub
  • Breakfast every morning
  • 1 Dinner
  • Return airport transfers from Sofia Airport to Bansko Town
  • Flight arriving in the morning (before noon) recommended for the 28th Feb. Flight departing after 5 pm recommended for the 2nd March.
  • 2 day ski pass – access to all slopes
  • 2 ski lesson – 2 Hour Morning/Afternoon Lesson
  • Ski equipment rental – Ski boots, ski polls & skis/board
  • Games Night
  • A Wind Collective Photoshoot sessions
Please note flights were/are not included – I purchased my flights on my favourite website Sky-scanner

Day 1 – Arrival and Picking Up Ski Equipment

I landed early at Sofia airport for pick up at 1.30 pm. This was my first organised group trip, so I was a little nervous about meeting new people. However, everyone was so nice and welcoming, I was instantly put at ease and felt like I was with family.

I was already tired from waking up at 3 am to catch a 6.25 flight so was ready to have a nap on the coach to the ski resort. The drive from Sofia to Bansko was around 3.5 hours. We had a little break on the way there, where I was able to try some Bulgarian MacDonalds.

We arrived at our hotel – Bevelery Holiday Club and was assigned our rooms, dropped our bags and headed over to collect our ski equipment!

ski trip in Bansko
Tips: I was asked about my shoe size and how much I weighed for my skis. So I would suggest before you go skiing you know precisely how much you weigh and your shoe size.

The night ended with some good chat and dinner! With an early night for me!

Day 2 – First Ski Lesson in Bansko

Today I woke up at 7 am – an early start! It had snowed the night before, so we were instructed to wake up early for a photo-shoot with WindCollective! Here are a few photos from the shoot below!

After the shoot, it was time for breakfast and then a quick stop to collect our ski equipment for our first ski lesson!

The ski lesson was so much fun! At the end of the class, I can say that I just about learnt how to stop with a technique known as the pizza! However, I won’t lie and say I didn’t fall or crash into a few people to many times. Sorry!

We ended up having dinner in a lovely Bulgarian restaurant where I had a lush cooked dinner. The night didn’t end we headed out to the clubs! The club we ended up in was called Oxygen a disco-bar.

Follow me on Instagram to catch some of the clips from the clubs! I managed to get home around 4 am with only 2 hours sleep for our next ski lesson !!

bansko ski weekend

Day 3- Not enough sleep

I woke up 2 hours later to get ready for my second ski lesson! I was shattered! My whole body was shaking; I struggled to get up a little hill of snow! The ski class went pretty well despite no sleep! I learnt to stop better and only dropped once! I also learnt how to do a slight bend! Woop!

After our ski lesson, we had another photoshoot! OMG! This was like heaven – see below for some of the shots!

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ski crew - black girls ski too

The night ended with a farewell dinner by WindCollective and MountNoire at a restaurant called Fondue Swiss Restaurant. It was so cute we had all type of fondue, cheese and chocolate for desert! I loved it! If you know me, you know I do enjoy me some fondue. The night ended with cute speeches and lots of laughter!

Day 4 – Farewell to my first ski trip in Bansko, Bulgaria

Another early start with some breakfast and a quick photo shoot in my swimsuit!

ski trip in Bansko

I booked an earlier flights than everyone else so left before lunchtime to get to Sofia airport.

And there you have it! My ski weekend in Bulgaria. I hope you enjoyed my quick spin on what went down. I will be touching on what you should know before you go skiing for the first time. So do yourself a favour and subscribe to be up in the mix!

I would like to thank Tog24 for my ski wear. It was absolutely amazing. 

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Coronavirus – Can I Still Travel?

The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected over 100 countries and territories around the world, and many people I speak to daily are asking if they can still travel.

How harmful is coronavirus? According to World Meters, there are currently 105,905 cases, with 3,567 deaths in the world. This sadly seems to be rising by the minute.

What is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. It was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

What are the symptoms?

According to the BBC, coronavirus is a disease that generally starts as a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it can then lead to shortness of breath, with some patients requiring hospital treatment.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. They are similar to those for much more common viruses, such as colds and flu.

Today I read that there are currently 206 cases in the UK, (where I am based) and despite the UK’s strategic response to the virus, I still feel a little bit anxious about travelling. However, I do think that with the right cautions and procedures, we can travel as long as we follow the right steps. Below I give you some quick tips on how to stay safe during the outbreak.

Before I share my tips, I would suggest reading in more detail via the BBC and the World Health Organization website. I won’t be able to cover everything, so please do bear this in mind.

How can you stay safe and travel during coronavirus outbreak

coronavirus tips on staying safe while travel

You have a basic understanding of what coronavirus is, and the symptoms. Now you want to know how you protect yourself when travelling?

1) Hygiene is Important

You must take your hygiene seriously. Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds. Make sure you are using a tissue to sneeze and cough. If you don’t have a tissue, then I would suggest coughing and sneezing in your sleeve.

If you are travelling, consider wiping down surfaces and carrying hand sanitiser. While travelling, you mustn’t be touching your face until you have washed your hands.

There are videos of how to wash your hands correctly – it might be worth watching.

2) Seek medical advice

If you do feel you have the symptoms mentioned above I would suggest seeking medical advice – for those in the UK, it is 111.

You may also want to seek medical advice if you have recently travelled to the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Italy

You may be advised to stay at home. I would take this very seriously; you don’t want to continue spreading the virus if you have caught it.

3) Stay informed

If you are travelling soon, or in the next few months, you must stay up-to-date with exactly what’s going on.

My suggestion would be to download apps such as BBC News, CNN and other news outlets so you can receive regular updates.

Staying informed will help you decide on whether you can still travel.

4) Avoid travelling to Wuhan

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that travel to China should be avoided if it not essential. The Chinese officials have closed travel to and from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province.

If you must travel to China, the CDC encourages you first to discuss it with your doctor, avoid other people who are sick and avoid animals and animal markets.

5) Consider travel insurance

You may also want to consider purchasing travel insurance or confirming what your insurance covers.

Please note if you’re visiting countries with several coronavirus cases and Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not officially warned anyone against travelling like they have with certain areas of Italy, you can not expect to be covered through insurance.

6) Stay Calm

It’s hard to say this, with the number of cases rising every day, but please try and stay calm. I know what it feels like to feel anxious when travelling, so I do appreciate your worries.

How I see it prevention is always better than cure and I do hope we can all continue to travel and stay safe in doing so.

coronavirus can i still travel

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