It’s official. My time-management skills need some major improvement. Jillian (NuSophisticate), Stella (J’Adore Fashion) and all these other fabulous bloggers how do you stay blogging?? I pray thee, spill!

It’s almost impossible to find time to even ‘Approve’ comments after a long day at work, not to talk of composing a whole post. Should I create a rota? Should I cut on sleep hours (hmmmm, and let me just tell ya now, me and my sleep are inseparable). Should I get an intern? (Don’t think I’ve reached that crossroad yet). Should I stop watching Scandal, Revenge, Project Runway, Suburgatory, The Voice, Modern Family, Borat over and over….Oh Lord Jesus it’s a fire!

Your tips would be priceless.

Anyhoo. I’ve decided to only have half a panini bread and a southern fried chicken on chilli sauce this lunch break and to use the rest of my quality time to update you on how me and my peeps fared this weekend.

The fabulous Miss Sandrine Abega celebrated her birthday and we all had a lovely dinner out. Quickly, here are some of the pics from Saturday night.

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Birthday chica 🙂

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How ‘gone with the wind’ fabulous is this???

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Happy birthday the fabulous miss Sandy!!

Love & Light x.

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Let’s start this week on a high note with our well-loved Style Diary which is back by popular demand. On our Style Diary today is modelesque beauty Natasha whose blog I follow religiously. She was also featured on my Top 40 Bloggers of Colour. I caught up with Natasha and here’s what she had to spill:

ABY: Let’s start off with some bio stats about yourself Natasha.

My name is Natasha Ndlovu and I was born in Zimbabwe and also grew up in South Africa. I live in London where I work as a model, as well as being a blogger. I love photography, traveling and recently I have started doing fashion DIYs. I speak Ndebele, English, Spanish, French and am learning Russian.

ABY: In a few words, what would you say your dressing style is like?

I like to experiment with different styles, but right now I am into feminine pieces and stepping away from the masculine-androgynous look. Street-style photos really influence my look because it’s where you see people interpret the brand in their own way,  versus a carefully put-together runway look. 

ABY: Which brands or designers ‘speak to you’ the most? 

I am loving Valentino’s ss13 collection, as well as Balmain . One is soft and delicate, the other is ‘tougher’ but both are still feminine in their own ways. 

-ABY: Any beauty secrets?  -Favourite make-up brands, stuff like that 🙂

I am currently using Lancome cleansing products, which, so far, are good. But Estee Lauder will always be my go-to brand in terms of beauty. I use pure olive oil on my skin, as well as coconut oil in my hair, other than that, there is not much I do routine wise. I will, however, highly recommend Bioderma makeup remover from France. It feels and looks like water but works like magic in removing makeup. 

ABY: Whoo, I have recently jumped on the Lancome bandwagon. Good stuff! Okay, if you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be and why? 

I would like to trade places with Miroslava Duma, editor of  Buro247  website. Not only is she stylish of course, but she has an amazing work ethic. It seems like she is never in the same city for more than 2 days. She works with new brands and designers, which is great for fashion-hungry individuals like ourselves. She seems to have it all together.

ABY: Don’t we all just want to be Miroslava… #oneday. What is your favourite trend right now? 

I am loving the check board print from Louis Vuitton and black-and-white stripes. I also really love the metallic trend. I bought a pair of metallic wedges from Zara the other day and have my eye on a metallic bag. I can’t wait to wear them when it gets warmer. 

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ABY: Your ultimate fashion no-no is…

Ultimate fashion no no is tights with Uggs. Tights are not pants and people can see your underwear ..just no !

ABY: LMAO! If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you? 

And if my life was a movie, it would be called Natasha and I would play myself. I can’t imagine anyone else, famous or not who is anything like me, so I would just play me. 

ABY: Your top 5 must-haves. 

-Mac’s Russian Red lipstick

-a leather jacket

-the Givenchy Antigona satchel

-a pair of skinny jeans

-and a white tshirt.  

Each of these go well when combined with other outfits or put together.

ABY: Your house is in flames, what one item would you save out of your closet and why? 

My vintage fox fur which I bought in New York. It’s one of those one in a million items that cannot be replaced. 

ABY: Your all time fashion icon is… 

Well, right now it is Miroslava Duma .

 

 

ABY: Your favourite quote is…

Behind every successful woman is herself. 

-Do you have any blog, video links or website we can catch you at? 

I blog at : Bisous Natasha

My Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/bisousnatasha

My YouTube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/bisousnatasha

 

bisous,

Natasha 

Love your style ‘Tasha. As for those gorgeous endless legs, I shall remain forever jealous of them.

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Love & Light.

ABY once more delivers another inspiring interview. It must be tremendously hard for many aspiring models in Cameroon to get a breakthrough. It is a tough industry to get survive in, let alone get into. Mais, l’impossible n’est pas Camerounais! Cameroon-born Vanessa Myers is one of the few faces that is putting Cameroon on the grid. I had a chat with her and here’s what she had to say.

ABY: Hi Vanessa! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from?

Born in Limbe, Cameroon, I lived in Yaounde and grew up there for the most part. It’s at the age of 13 that I came to Canada to continue my education and follow my dreams. I am the first to a family of two and I have a little sister.

ABY: Whooo, I’m from Limbe too:) When and why did you get into modelling? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?

I started modelling at age 18 in Ottawa,Canada and my mother agency is Angie’s Models & Talent. To be honest, I started because I love to dress up and I always dreamt of walking a real runway since the age of 10.

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ABY: Have you always known that you were going to be a model?

I never knew I would come this far in modelling but I had hopes.

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ABY: What is the most challenging thing about what you do?

Challenges, well there is obviously a lot of competition between the girls but we all are unique in our way.

ABY: What work are you most proud of? Why?

I’m most proud of one commercial I did for Journalists For Human Rights(JHR). The commercial brought ht awareness to
the violence against women in South Africa and I had to portray a South African lady being abused. It was emotional and when you get into the role of that person, it gets emotional because I can’t possibly imagine what these women go through daily. It was an unforgettable experience. Directed by Award Winning Director ; Steve Gordon.

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ABY: Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?

 My favorite model is Constance Jablonski because she is so flawless, beautiful and talented! I have quite a few designers that come to mind so its hard to choose but i really love Balmain by Pierre Balmain, the fabric is beautiful and the dresses are so luxurious!

ABY: Oh dear, I’d wear a Balmain design anyday, anywhere, anytime. (Hope he’s reading this). What are your favourite glossy mags?

I’d say the two magazines I read the most are Elle Magazine and People’s Magazine.

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ABY: Your fashion mantra?

My fashion Mantra? I love simplicity…i think simplicity is sophistication on another level.

ABY: J’adore ton style! How would you describe it and where do you generally shop?

I don’t really have a specific style. It depends on my mood. I shop everywhere! I love American Apparel, Urban OutfittersH&M and many more.

ABY: The pros and cons of modelling for you are…?

What I love about modelling is the different people you meet and the whole experience is always exciting. Having to constantly watch my weight is what I hate the most but a healthy lifestyle is a good one.

ABY: Any tips for girls looking to get into your line of work?

For girls looking to breakthrough, I would say:

-Be sure you are in for the right reasons
Be yourself at all times
-Be humble
Work hard
Appreciate and enjoy every moment and opportunity you get.

ABY: Pretty solid advice. If you weren’t a model what would you be?

If i wasn’t a model, i’d most likely be your average girl next door 🙂

ABY: Hmmmm, let’s have one more look at this portfolio…

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ABY: Nothing about this screams girl next door to me. *Side eye* Don’t know ’bout you. Actually, I love your skin! What’s your regimen?

Hahaha thanks for the compliment! I eat healthy but I have 2 cheat days when I can indulge in something like pizza or a burger. As far as workout is concerned, I run a lot, I play sports and I do long walks when I have the time.

ABY: Lucky you! My dear if I indulge in a burger or two I shall be eligible to audition as Big Momma in Big Momma’s House…let’s leave it at that. What does the future hold for Vanessa Myers? 

Hmmm…for the future, i can’t spill too much but i’ll definitely have some exciting projects coming up!

ABY: Where can people see your work?

Just to name a few, I did:
Adrian Wu : http://www.adrianwu.com/
David McCaffrey : http://www.mccaffreyhautecouture.com/
Elena Hinke : http://www.elenas-creations.com/
Alexis Reyna : http://alexisreyna.com/

Thanks ❤

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Okay your pics are breathtaking! Your face is to die for. We’ll definitely be seeing you around for a while.

Find Vanessa on Facebook @Vanessa Myers.

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Let’s just pretend I’ve not been away for a long period, skip the apologies and get into this. Now I’m proudly Cameroonian, and it came to my notice that there were a lot of young talented and innovative Cameroonians out there that were not getting as much credit as they deserve. I started this column to showcase their work and encourage other people who are thinking of doing a similar thing but have never had the encouragement to do so.

What are blogs for??

Sidenote: If you have an innovative story about something you’re doing in the community, let me hear it. 

Thanks @Katia Berger as well. Her request made me think of doing this special post 🙂

Our first Camer feature is none other than the well-known Sama Ndango of The Sama Ndango Show aka Mr Fix It. I had a few queries for him and here’s what he had to say.

ABY: Who is Sama Ndango?

I am an entertainer / Life Coach from Cameroon, and spent most of my life in Europe(Germany, Manchester, London)

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ABY: What is The Sama Ndango Show/Fix It Show? What do you fix? 
Fix it is all about entertaining and inspiring people to believe in themselves and live their dreams. I help people fix their dreams. 
All the shows(Fixit Show, Modelling Competitions, Talent Shows, Fashion shows etc..) that I organise, are centered around inspiration and entertainment
ABY: How did you break into the entertainment industry?
I worked very very hard on my self believe, took a lot of action in serving my role models. I also did a lot of unpaid work.
Success is a result of a lot of self-believe and service. 
Breaking through was a result of continuous action on what I am very passionate about.

ABY: What challenges did/do you face?
Challenges:
Believing in your self is the first challenge
Your family and friends, will protectively, try to stop you from your endeavors
There are lots of challenges, but BELIEVING IN YOURSELF is the biggest.

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ABY: Have you always loved to party?
Yes Yes Yes..lol..having fun, is the highest form of research (Quote from Albert Einstein).

ABY: I just might be taking that quote too serious as from now on haha! What projects have you done?
I have done too many projects, cannot even remember some. lol..
Celebrity Interviews at The Sama Ndango Show, Miss African Beauty 2008/2010, Miss Supranational Cameroon, Face Of Mora Moda, Fixit Show, Beffta Awards, 
Celebrity Fixit Coaching Bootcamps, 
more projects at www.thesamandangoshow.com

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ABY: Wow quite the list. What plans have you got up you sleeves for the future?
I am currently working on a mind programming software which we are using to help people fix the dreams, and bring their lives in order.
I am working on a couple of short movies, that I will be featuring in this year.
I am working on my Fixit Clothing line, to be launched by end of this year.
The Fixit Show is also coming up
There are lots of projects this year, please keep an eye on http://www.thesamandangoshow.com and facebook.com/thesamandangoshow.com

ABY: Whooo, a clothing line! Speaking of that, fashion seems to play a great role in your persona. How would you describe your style?

Sexy and dandy. I love colours and wear what I feel really comfortable with.

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ABY: Your Top 5 wardrobe essentials are:
1. Slim Fit T-shirts, fits most outfits and keeps you comfortable
2. Trendy belts with same coloured loafers, fits with jeans or casual pants, very eye catching and comfortable
3. Slim fit blazers, the slimmer, the better. the more it fits, the more it feels good and is attractive
4. Colourful accessories for the details…its amazing, how a bow-tie can change everything
5. Beige or black body fitted overcoats are a must, If you are in an area with cold weather.

ABY: Spoken like a true fashionista. What do you seek to achieve from your work?
To inspire peope, to believe in themselves and go for their dreams.

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ABY: For hopefuls looking to break into entertainment what must they be prepared for?
They should try to work with a mentor and do a lot of unpaid work, to gain experience. You will only know, what you really desire to do, after trying a lot.
ABY: Definitely. Where can we access the latest updates about up and coming events?
www.facebook.com/thesamandangoshow.com
www.thesamandangoshow.com

All the best and God bless

Sama

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