I went on a blog hiatus and that’s because I’ve been away for a few weeks. Mathew & I just got back from our honeymoon/vacation in Spain. We visited Barcelona and a much smaller town on the ‘countryside’ called Sitges. It was beautiful! This is a quick post to share a few pics from the holiday.

I normally log around with my massive not-so-portable DSLR Canon Camera. But it gets tiring carrying a huge camera and lens around especially when you just want to have fun. This time I ditched it and used my Nokia Lumia 1020. The camera on this phone has been all the rave so I wanted to try it out. I got this phone for such emergencies and I must say it did a great job! 

Day 1

One thing you can say about Barcelona is there is not a shortage of mime acts. I literally ran into one every 5 minutes on The Ramblas. This beautiful turquoise geisha princess was my favourite though. And what a coincidence that I ran into her the next day! LOL. She was in plain clothes, but she still had blue streaks in her hair. We waved at each other…ah, the birth of new friendships…

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The next day we set out for a sunny walk down to the beach.

I was the mysterious lady in red 😉

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While Matt was just…mysterious.

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Instead of jumping right into the beach action like everyone, I opted to do my favourite thing – EAT. And boy did I eat. I don’t think I’ve had a more delicious meal of Paella before. The restaurant we dined at was called La Litoral which brought back vague memories of Douala 😉

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A full girl is a happy girl 🙂 

We took this silly video just after the meal. I couldn’t even walk. LOL.

I'm really getting into these #videos #reddress #fashion #artbecomesyou #barcelona #didijustcourtesy?

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The next day it was time to see the great and impressive Gaudi architecture by the famous artist Antoni Gaudi.

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Then I got hungry.

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Yum, yum. Another pan of paella bites the dust.

Then it was time to hit the BEACH! In my favourite rainbow one piece 😉

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The best view ever.

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Then to the beach.

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The next evening,  I thought; I packed a few heels. I might as well wear one of them. Hence, the strappy sandals. I missed my feathery slippers though. They are just the most comfortable things. I wore them everywhere, literally. LOL!

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I was Catwoman for a day. Meoooow! My feather slippers again!

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I also donned this lovely floral day dress which was gifted to me.

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One short beach stroll. It was too cold to get in the water 😦

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Last few days were spent sunbathing as usual. By this time I felt like a stuffed goat.

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Take Off: Good bye BCN. Welcome BHX ;( 😦 😦

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There you have it!

Our holiday snaps.

Hope you lurved them.

Enjoy your weekend and God bless.

Love & Light

Lydie xx

 

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Eva Marcille, Brandy, Karrueche, Tracee Ellis Ross and peeps went out for some laughs at Russell Simmons’ live comedy show in Hollywood.

The ladies all looked cute. And all those braids! Now I feel like getting some summer hot braids 🙂

Eva Marcille looked cute in a green turtleneck jumper and matching shorts. Hoop earrings and bright pink lips set her apart from the crowd.

Eva’s braids are fiyah!

Brandy looked casual chic in brown leather boots, khaki shorts and a Louis Vuitton tote.

Angela Simmons‘ makeup and hair were flawless.

Karrueche Tran looked cute as a button in a cotton top, washed denim and peep toe knee high boots. 

 

See how they looked last week at the live show:

Eva Marcille looked chic in a print ensemble while Meagan Good‘s curls stole my heart.

Everyone looked great, no?

Now who feels like braids??!

I know I do.

Love & Light 

Lydie xx

TGIF! I’m in the mood for a new Naturalista post.

Kicking off the weekend with this Fabulous Fro Queen, Lichelle.

Intro

My name is Lichelle, and I live in NYC. I’m a Natural hair and Beauty Blogger. I post Natural hair and Makeup tips on my IG and website pages, and I love inspiring women to go natural across the globe.

What’s your heritage?

I identify my heritage as being multi-cultural. We all came from the same source. 🙂

What was your hair like before you went natural?

My hair was relaxed and straight up until 2010

Why did you go natural?

When I went natural, I didn’t realize what it meant to “Go natural”. I cut my hair because it looked damaged and unhealthy. Little did I know that there was a whole natural hair community just waiting for me to embrace it, and for it to embrace me.

Bantu Knot Out Pictorial using “As I am” double butter cream

Did you Big Chop or Transition?

I Big chopped after a one week transition (which I hardly even call a transition Lol ) It was definitely random. But I loved it!

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural since May 2010. May 30th will mark my 4 year anniversary of bring natural.

 

What’s your regimen?

I keep my regimen simple. I shampoo or cleanse my hair with a clay mask once a week, and I co-wash whenever needed. I follow that with a deep conditioner, and seal my hair with coconut oil.

 

Do you protective style or just let your curls be?

I can say that I hardly ever protective style. I keep my hair free flowing the majority of my days, but I will be protective styling more often.

 

What are your favourite natural hairstyles?

Buns, updos, and wash and fro’s 

Updo
Twist out
Wrap Scarf Updo
Bantu Knots Out
Wig

 

Tips to share?

To achieve maximum volume, use an afro pick and pull at the roots. Also get your hair professionally trimmed at least once every 3-6 months to get rid of damaged or spit ends. Make sure to protect your ends with a satin bonnet at night to help retain length, and finger detangle your hair to reduce shedding and breakage from daily or weekly styling.

 

Have you ever been tempted to relax?

I have never been tempted to relax, thankfully 🙂

 

Your favourite products

Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, Dark and Lovely’s “Hair butter”, Miss Jessie’s “Butter creme”, Carols’s Daughter “Healthy hair butter”, and Entwine Couture” Afrodisia Leave-in”

 

 Stay in touch!

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Shea Moisture is my favourite range too. Love the hair Baroness! Thanks for sharing. I just realised am posting this on the 30th of May, so happy 4th Nappy Anniversary!

I’ve received a few mails asking for Relaxed hair divas to feature too! So if you’ve got relaxed hair that is well taken care of, please email artbecomesyou@yahoo.com to be considered for a feature.

Stay tuned.

Love & Light

Lydie xx

Another day, another lustworthy item!

Today’s lust item is this gorgeous multicolour thread wrap statement necklace by Nottingham designer, Jewellery by Jora.

This necklace is one of my definite favourites. It’s very tribal, colourful and unique. I’d definitely snag one.

Would you?

 

ABY Lust Item Of The Day: Jewellery By Jora Multicolour Statement Thread Necklace

If you want to purchase, please visit Jewellery By Jora’s Etsy store. It’s currently retailing at £35.50.

See how Cynthia from Addicted To Etsy rocked something similar.

I also have a very similar piece which I rocked with a denim romper whilst on holiday. Vacay pictures to follow soonest 😉

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I do love a tribal piece. 

Do you?

How would you wear this?

Stay tuned. Sound off below!!

Love & Light

Lydie xx

Beyonce has been rocking some very long braids lately. The singer sashed her way through the streets of New York in a £45 White Laser Cut PU Detailed Shirt by Rare London and a £39 White Chiffon Laser Cut Skirt still by Rare London. Her new favourite patent nude belt, fierce shades and nude ankle sandals finished off her look. Are you digging it?

Not sure how I feel about this. This could look way better. The styling is a little lacklustre. This is a look for less so we’ll soon be seeing a lot of different versions on Instagrams. I’ll bring you all the different looks when I find some! Hopefully someone redeems this.

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Rosie Fortescue from Made In Chelsea also donned the outfit. Who wore it better?

Loving this white on white look? Get it here.

Love & Light

Lydie xx

Another library and encyclopedia has just been burnt down. Maya Angelou, well-lauded poet, visionary, best-selling author, educator, historian, Pulitzer prize winner and my shero was found dead this morning at her home in Winston-Salem. She is known for her unwitting wisdom and inspiring speeches. She also wrote one of my favourite poems Still I RiseSome famous quotes by Maya are: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
You have left us with so much to remember you by. RIP Maya.

 

Celebrities usually endorse products. Most common endorsements are perfumes, makeup, clothing, accessories etc. Never before have we seen agyegye bread. Until, Ini’s Delicious Bread. Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, took to Intstagram to announce her latest product. She explained that because of her love for pastries, bread seemed to be the perfect product to launch. This is what she said: ‘Out on de streets is a realization of my love for pastries, cakes, cookies, bread n anything baked. Inidelicious pastries. No18 Ogota road ogudu Lagos . Enjoy n thanks for de patronage. Happy new week ya”ll’. Hmmmmm. How many of us will be buying?

In more Nolly updates. Tiwa Savage who just recently tied the knot to Tee Billz released her latest video yesterday. Fans are slagging her for not keeping things classy as she’s seen busting moves in the video in a sheer onepiece suit that only covers her ‘particulars’. What do you think?

 

Cameroonian artists are leaving their mark y’all! We have several names to vote for against the upcoming AFRIMMA Awards ceremony. Visit the link to vote and be on the look out for: Best Male Central Africa & Best Newcomer – Stanley Enow, Best Female Central Africa – Lady Ponce, Best Female Central Africa – Gasha, Best Female Diaspora – Les Nubians,Best Female Diaspora – Dencia, Best Male Central Africa – Sine, Best Dance Group – D3 Dancers(Brenda Mengot).

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This last one is just funny. People are now showing off before and after bleaching photos on social media. Well, what do you think? Did the bleach do him any favours?

 

That’s all for today! Stay tuned for more and us usual, your feedback is welcome! Love & Light Lydie xx

It’s Wednesday and it’s about time I caught up on one of my favourite ABY features, ABY Naturalista! Today Freda Fro shares her natural dos and don’ts.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Alfreda Ashiofu, but most people on the web know me as Freda Fro. I’m 20 yrs old, a health major, and I was born and raised in Nigeria but currently reside in Texas.

What’s your heritage (roots)? 

I’m 100% Nigerian, as far as I know tracing back to several of my “forefathers” lol!

 

What was your hair like before you went natural?

I was growing it out from my boarding school low cut, and it had been relaxed for a little over three years. My hair however would always come out looking texlaxed no matter the strength of the relaxer or how long it was left on for! However, it was about APL and full before I stopped relaxing.

Straightened natural hair without blowdry.

 

Why did you go natural?

By accident, I just stopped getting relaxers because of band and cologuard practice, then I cut my hair into a short bob. soon after I washed it after God knows how long!, and I saw curls….I relaxed at a young age, so “natural hair” was a stranger to me at that time.

 Did you go Big Chop or transition?

I unknowingly transitioned, and still big chopped anyways.

How long have you been natural?

2 years and 6 months

 

What’s your hair regimen or routine?

I co-wash my hair in 6-7 sections using Silkience Silky-Smooth Moisturizing Conditioner, I generally finger detangle, but when I’m in a hurry I use a wide tooth detangling comb. After washing, I dry my hair with a T-shirt, apply the same conditioner I use to co-wash then seal it in with my shea butter mix or crisco shortening. Once a week I deep condition my hair with my diy palm oil mix(recipe can be found on my blog). Every now and then I do test out products for review purposes and end up using a shampoo.

 

Do you protective style or go with the flow?

I normally create about 20 twists with my hair and wear it for a week or two, then afterwards wear it as a twistout.

Your favourite/go to hair styles?

Flat twist & puff, Cornrow out, twist outs, twists, curlformer sets, and wash n’ go’s.

Any tips or tricks you have to share with readers?

When I shampoo, I like to condition and detangle with a comb first, then apply the shampoo over the conditioner. I find that it saves time as opposed to pre-pooing, and it also prevents the shampoo from stripping the hair of too much moisture.

 

Have you ever been tempted to relax?

Nope! I hated the relaxed look on me.

Your favourite products or brands

Most of the stuff used on my hair a re DIY, but I do love the Silkience Silky-Smooth Conditioner, a few Pantene products and the Eden Body Works All Natural Deep Conditioner.

 

 

-Contact info (email, blog, twitter, instagram, youtube etc)

Blog                                www.fredafro.com

 

Facebook                        http://www.facebook.com/fredafro

 

Twitter                                 https://twitter.com/fredafro1

Instagram                          http://instagram.com/fredafro1

Email                                 fredafro@gmail.com or alfreda@fredafro.com

Thanks for sharing with us Alfreda 🙂 

I must say that palm oil DIY tip sounds tempting. I might get up to trying it out.

 

Did you love this feature? Interested in sharing your tips with us?

Please email artbecomesyou@yahoo.com for details.

 

Love & Light 

Lydie xx

 

If you ever scrolled through my sidebar, you’d have noticed I had a ‘Currently Lusting’ carousel slider which consisted of items I had on my must have list. Well, I’m turning that feature into a whole new segment!

If you love my Lust Items, as much as I do, you too can purchase them. This segment will feature different items ranging from shoes, bags, accessories, clothes and so much more!

First up is this gorgeous Premium Blush Pink Feather Skirt by Topshop. It was £80 before but it’s now £30. What a steal for such a flaming item. 

The skirt is pink, it’s mini and feathery – which is everything I love about a fun skirt.

 

It’s made of Ostrich and Turkey feathers and is a premium item. So the price is right.

Because it’s on sale now, there are only a few left unfortunately. Hopefully it doesn’t sell out before you get to it.

See how this beautiful street stylista wore it:

Veronika of Venka Vision also rocked the skirt.

 

Cop a style trick from Kim Kardashian in a similar feather skirt.

You have to admit this skirt is adorable, no?

Would you wear it? How would you rock it?

Love & Light 

Lydie xx

Kimye’s team have done a good job of making their wedding trend while still keeping the pictures from the actual event a mystery. Exclusive rights have been granted to E!Online  so until they decide to release the official pictures from Kim Kardashian and Kanye’s wedding, all we’ll be seeing for the next few days are these blurry, heavily zoomed, hazy photographs from the wedding. Leave it to Kimye to torture us 😦 The couple are currently honeymooning in Cork, Ireland.

Let’s take a look at what seemingly happened on 25th May 2014 in Florence, Italy when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West officially tied the knot.  E! have given us  a few teaser photos from the day to oole at. Talk about milking it. Kanye West’s wife looked picture perfect wearing a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown at their wedding in Florence.

 

 

Guests were treated to an Italian feast. The menu consisted of Homemade mezzelune pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese, thyme and marjoram, and monkfish fillet in crust of aromatic herbs on a bed of pureed celeriac millefeuille of tropea, sweet onions and vitelotte potatoes. :/

While we can’t have great quality images of the couple, the guests were snapped looking prim and proper in black tie attire.

 Lala Anthony and Malika Haqq made their way to the wedding festivities in killer black dresses and sleeked tresses.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Rachel Roy

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David Blaine

Jonathan Cheban

Pre Wedding tinz:

Stay tuned for exclusive pics from the ceremony!

Love & Light

Lydie xx

Images – E!Online