Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #3

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #3

Another Friday!

I can't believe I actually didn't share the Friday Notes and fun links last weekend. I was practically looking forward to it because I felt I had quite a bit of activity. Well, it's not too late. Let's just flash back to two weekends ago when I shared Fun Links #2.

That weekend, we did go down to spend the weekend in Exeter - south of England. I was going to be in Exeter for work on Monday and the office had booked accommodation for Sunday night. But rather than just go down on Sunday, we decided to go on Saturday to have more time to explore. So we got an amazing cabin on a golf course - which I absolutely loved. But the weather wasn't too great so we'd be planning to go back in Summer. I actually asked the resort if they'd be willing to collaborate and I could write a review. They said it was a possibility, so let's see what happens -*fingers crossed*

Now, why didn't anyone tell me Logan was an X-men movie!. Having seen Hidden Figures, I was really excited to see a movie last weekend. And all over Twitter I had seen people rave about Logan. No clue what it was - I just thought I just had to see it.

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30 countries Before 30 - Ruchika Patel's Exciting Experience!

30 countries Before 30 - Ruchika Patel's Exciting Experience!

I remember being at lunch with a few of my colleagues and one of them who happened to be scrolling through Instagram blurted something along the lines of "Ruchika's always traveling! Her Instagram is full of travel photos - doesn't she get the same holiday allowance as we do?". Well I couldn't blame him. Ruchika did seem to get extra holidays than every other person. Everytime I ran into her in the elevator, she had either just got back from a trip or was jetting off to one.

In fact one of our very first conversations was travel related - as she shared how she'd taken a six month gap period to travel before starting her role as a lawyer!

After I interviewed Kemi on her 30 countries before 30 experience, I got curious as to other people who may have achieved same. My mind instantly went to Ruchika, and her confident reply was "I'm pretty sure I should have hit the 30 mark"

No brainer, she has! I absolutely loved hearing her experiences. From the worst place she's spent the night to the one time law enforcement agents thought she had drugs in her possession; the one city she'll love to get married and why we need to travel more, I'm pretty sure you'll love this one.

Enjoy! 

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9 (+1) Important Life Lessons From "Hidden Figures"!

9 (+1) Important Life Lessons From "Hidden Figures"!

Hidden Figures I think we can all agree, was an absolutely brilliant film. As I'm not anything close to a movie critic, I'm not assessing the acting, the costume or whatever else movie critics assess and determine to award a one star or a five. But even if I were looking for loopholes, I'm sure it'd be a decent struggle to find huge ones.

The brilliance of the movie for me, is simply in the story. In the fact that these excellent and pioneering  women existed & up till now we had never heard of them. Clearly they'd been hidden from us. The brilliance of the movie for me was also demonstrated by the fact that my husband didn't sleep while watching it (trust me that's a correlation to how good a movie is). And more particularly right after the movie he said to me "Now I'm going to spend all night researching these ladies". I wasn't surprised because those were my exact plans. You were likely to leave the cinema wanting to know more about the lives of these iconic women!

I wasn't exactly planning to write a recap of lessons learnt - because I'd seen a few on the web. But then someone specifically asked what lessons I had drawn from the movie. Again, as I always preach everyone's experience is unique, so why not!

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Fashion Around The World - Stephanie Masuwa (Zambia)

Fashion Around The World - Stephanie Masuwa (Zambia)

It feels like it's been a while since we had the first Fashion Around The World, although it was only last month we started this series. When I concluded this interview with Steph, I just couldn't wait to share! Especially as I found myself laughing so hard at her response to what she'd never ever be caught wearing!

Curiosity lead me to Steph, as I often saw her blog link on a few blogs I visited. Finally one day, I decided to check it out - and was welcomed into Steph's world of fashion - which anyone would clearly see!

I've been following her for a while now, and whether it's a super chilly winter season or a casual sunny summer day, Steph appears to always have her A game on! Hopefully after this interview, some of her magic will rub off on me.

Β  Steph is Zambian and lived in the southern African country for most of her life, relocating to the UK nine years ago. She's an Economics student currently on a 1 year placement working as a business analyst! In her words "I used to hate looking at myself during my puberty stage due to the horrible pimples I used to have... Now I can't stop taking selfies of myself both with and without makeup!

I speak to Steph about her fashion & style and ofcourse about Zambia! Plus I really almost knocked my head on the wall and hid my face in shame when she shared the reasons we should visit Zambia - like how could I forget that it's home to a wonder of the world.

Ok no more spills, enjoy the interview!

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6 Common Blogging Myths & Misconceptions (+ the Truths About Them!)

 6 Common Blogging Myths & Misconceptions (+ the Truths About Them!)

I think I've made quite some good decisions in my life, and so it's rather interesting that one year later, choosing to start a blog is up there as well. I was so scared to start, so scared to let people into bits and pieces of my life. But on 10th February 2016, which happened to be Ash Wednesday, I thought "what purpose is there to life if we don't try, step out of our comfort zones and inspire others".

So I paid for the domain name KacheeTee.com, and shared my first post on Facebook. The response was pretty encouraging. And well, since then I haven't stooped. I've published roughly 130 blog posts and just passed 150,000 views. I've met incredibly amazing people. I've grown. I've become better. I've worked with a couple of brands and I've actually made money from my blog via sponsorship (little, but hey, humble beginnings).

I'll love to write about how blogging has changed me, but I'll save that for another day. Today, let's discuss the myths associated with blogging. Because there are quite a few. I was in a meeting recently with a couple of lawyers. And at the end of it, the conversation tilted to what we like to do outside of work. 

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Friday Notes x Fun Links from Around the Web #2

Friday Notes x Fun Links from Around the Web #2

Hey hey!

Except you missed it last Friday (read up here), you know the new way forward on the blog every Friday! We talk about the previous week, weekend plans & share fun links from all the web!

As hoped, I took Tee to see the movie Hidden Figures - and he did not sleep! That's one indicator for how absolutely awesome it was. Honestly I enjoyed every second of it. It's so important that these stories are being told. And if I manage to finally put my thoughts together, I may share the lessons I picked up! (I've only ever talked about movies on the blog once - it was the movie JOY & the awesome lessons from it!)

On a lighter note though, I ordered a medium size bowl of nachos to munch while watching, and almost choked when I googled & found out it was circa 875 calories! This fitfam business isn't an easy one.

The rest of the week wasn't as productive as hoped, even though I was sort of on a break from work. I've realised I'm much more productive when I have more to do!

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Facial Skin Care 101: Essential Products, Tools & Tips!

Facial Skin Care 101: Essential Products, Tools & Tips!

Judging from the title of the post, one would think I've got skin so smooth & a facial regimen defined to the letter that has helped in achieving such great skin. Or maybe if you've seen me more recently, you're thinking "Hold up, her face doesn't quite have that glow so why is she writing?"

Truth is, I'm writing to share the little I know and more importantly ask all you awesome people for your tricks! I've learned that you mustn't wait till you know it all to share. It was only two years ago, that I learned what a facial wash is! (Don't laugh!). So if I'd read a post like this earlier, then I wouldn't have had to embarrass myself trying to figure it out, after a quarter of a century on earth!

One of my 2017 goals is smooth skin! Starting of course from the face. First reason: I'm not a huge make up lover. I really prefer being without makeup all the time - so if I could have really smooth skin, that's a win. Second, even if I finally began to love makeup - smooth skin will mean I use less (and so save money). Thirdly, so my selfies can be great without filter - right after I learn how to take them.

Like everyone (I'd imagine) I was born with perfect smooth baby skin. But thanks to teenage years - and I guess just general life happening, there's been bits of pimples, blackheads, fatty pores and un-even skin tone. It was pretty funny how while Tee & I were in Uni - he was constantly noticing that the left side of my face had more pimples than the right. This was because since he drove on the left side of the car while I sat in the passengers side, he got to see that side of my face.

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February Recap, (a bit of a switch up) & Fun Links From Around the Web!

February Recap, (a bit of a switch up) & Fun Links From Around the Web!

Hey people!

And Happy New Month! Again it's so hard for me to say that in person. I could relate with someone on my Instagram who said the nannies had taught her kids how to greet "Happy New Month" and she was slightly cringing, not sure how to tell them to stop!

I definitely never understood it as well, but these days I don't really take any offence. I mean, it's not particularly harmful is it? When I however see just abbreviations, then, I'm tempted to roll my eyes. How do people get comfortable with just typing "HNM!".  Let's not lose the art of proper writing & speaking. Fast and short isn't always best.

Anyway that's a bit of digression! It's March already. Looked through my goals for the year and it doesn't seem like I've achieved any! (Alarm bells going off). Time is flying! I feel like I've taken a few steps, but nothing has been fully ticked off the list.

If you read the my recap of January, you're probably expecting me to highlight four things in February! Truth is I was expecting it as well. But by mid month I realised I didn't exactly have four things to share. I mean, I could squeeze it and say this and this happened - but not quite sure I'm ready for being in that box and unnecessary pressure! Obviously if I have any juicy updates, I'll still spill.

What's the next?

Well, you know I've been promising to share fun links from around the web for a while now, but never actually got around it. I think it's time to finally start.

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We Interview: Sisi Yemmie - Blogger & Vlogger

We Interview: Sisi Yemmie - Blogger & Vlogger

I first stumbled on Sisi Yemmie when she won the Big Fat Nigerian Wedding. I think we may have been planning our wedding at around the same time, so I thought how lucky she must be that she got a practically free wedding. I think I may have considered entering for the competition - but of course Tee & I were way too shy. I remember this, because some people had said that her blog had given her such a wide readership that her readers definitely voted for her and helped her win. That was most likely the first time I subconsciously realised the power of a blog.

But it wasn't until pretty recently when I started blogging, that I knew how much she had achieved.

I remember being inspired by her growth after I dug deep into her archive to read her very first posts! Growth was clearly visible. I tweeted at her that I'd read her old posts and she responded saying she often contemplated deleting the older posts, but left them in there so she could see very clearly how far she'd come.

When I just joined Twitter, I also remember wondering if she was a superwoman. Her blog tweets seemed to be all over my timeline! Later I realised she was probably using a scheduling software.

But still, we can't deny the inspiration that SisiYemmie is, particularly to the Nigerian Blogging & social media community. For the past six years, she has consistently kept at it, growing a brand and a huge fan base. Now as a full time blogger, she's constantly working with global brands and producing engageing content for her almost 50,000 YouTube subscribers. 

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3 Classes of Black Shoes for every Working Woman

3 Classes of Black Shoes for every Working Woman

I was looking through some old university photos at the weekend and stumbled across one where my friends and I had gone in for a studio photoshoot. We wanted to have three different looks - casual everyday wear, maxi dresses in traditional Nigerian attire (ankara), and the law students uniform of white shirts & black skirts.

For the last set of photos we obviously wanted to look quite serious yet fashionable - so we picked out our finest set of black shoes - the official rule was black shoes only. 

One of the comments on Facebook made me laugh, as one of our classmates had said "But do you girls actually wear these shoes to class?". I guess that reaction came up because our covered pumps were quite high. And because it was just a ten minute walk from our house to the law faculty we often walked and so most of the time wore black flats!

I'm such a fan of shoes! And one of the reason why I looked forward to working was so that I could have a wide range of shoes! I imagined having some in my car, and some under my desk. During my first job, I was obsessed with open toe pumps and I remember a blush one I used to wear all the time - thankfully the office allowed coloured shoes. It's the same pair I wore for my civil wedding (photo here). Currently, I'm so over open toe shoes but in love with pointed closed toe pumps. I do have a few under my desk but often still slip my feet into the exact same black one everyday - it just seems to go with whatever outfit I wear.

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