My Top 10 ||Favourite Movies Of all Time – How many have you watched ?

Today I am going to be sharing my 10 favourite movies. These are the movies you can watch again and again and again because they are awesome.I am sharing my 10 favourite movies. These are the movies you can watch again and again and again… Click To Tweet

If you don’t feel like reading my whole epistle *just realised this is my longest post yet*, scroll to the end where I made a nice clean list for you. Let’s get started:

1. Harry Potter Film Series:

2001-2011

Fantasy, Coming of age drama, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure, Horror and Romance.

Anybody who is my friend knows that I am a Potter head. I absolutely love the HP series and except if you are living under a rock you have probably heard of them.

I am not even going to try and sell you on them. Why? HP is awesome!!!! that’s why. Just go watch it and let your life be transformed.

It’s a tale of how life can throw us curve balls and mess things up. But with a little Perseverance, Bravery, Cunning, Wit and God willing, some luck – we will triumph even if we lose some things and people along the way.

P. S. Read the books for an added bonus. After which you must go to Pottermore and get sorted.

2. Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street:

2007

Horror, Drama, Thriller, Musical, Crime fiction, Musical drama

I love Johnny Depp – I think he is a great actor, the personal stuff welllll…. not so much. The gist is, I have a thing for horror movies.

Even though this is a musical,  I loved the story and immensely enjoyed it. The movie chronicles the life of a barber who just got out from jail- it tells of the evil that got him sent there in the first place and his descent into what I would call madness.

P. S.  Do not watch if your stomach becomes queasy easily. On second thought go ahead and watch.  BE BRAVE.

3. Mulan:

1998

Animation, Action film, Family film, Drama, Adventure film, Martial arts film, Musical, Comedy drama.

Ah….the tale of Fa Mulan, hero(ine) of China. Mulan is my favourite Disney princess. She is tough, awkward and has personality.

Plus her family is a riot. Please watch this movie if you haven’t and re-watch if you have. Its simple tale about the lengths we go for love, family and honour are timeless.

P. S. There’s a part 2

4. Dead poet society:

1989

Drama film, Teen film.

” Oh Captain My Captain ” this iconic line gave me the feels the first time i watched the film as well as every time after. 

RIP Robin Williams. He made this film come alive, he was also one of the most versatile actors ever. He could go from Mrs Doubtfire to Mr Keating.

This movie shows you in great detail the struggle to be different and not to conform as well as the obstacles you encounter along the line.

It also submits that sometimes dreadful things happen but as long as you touch a life, you have made a difference.

P.S. It has really life changing quotes and messages.

5. The Odyssey(Miniseries):

1997
Action film,Adventure, Science Fiction,Fantasy.

I saw this film first about 10 to 13 years ago and I stayed with me. First of all, I thought the special effects were awesome. However re-watching it last year made me realise how wrong I was.

Second Greek and Roman mythology fascinates me (and I think it even started with this movie).

This movie shows the hero Odysseus’ epic journey to get home after the Trojan war. He faces obstacles, is helped by gods as well as hindered by them. It’s a good family movie with some PG scenes.

P.S. If you like Greek mythology and don’t mind old movies. Check out the OG clash of the titans.

6. The Help:

2011

Romance, Drama film.

This is one of those movies that really echoes the human condition. Prominent in this movie are the Jim Crow or segregation laws.

The movie is set during the civil rights era. It recounts the story of an aspiring white journalist and her relationship with two black maids.

She writes a book from the perspective of the maids showing the racism they encounter at work.

P.S. The help was originally a novel by Kathryn Stockett that was adapted for the big screen .

7. Rush:

2013

Action, Sports, Biographical film, Drama film.

I didn’t think I was going to like this movie at all. Firstly, because it was about Formula 1 and apart from general knowledge, I don’t know anything about Formula 1.

I watched this movie late at night and I found myself watching it again the next morning. The movie is a bit of a biopic, it shows the rivalry between two Formula 1 greats Niki Lauda and James Hunt.

This movie almost made me shed tears, too many ups and downs. All in all, it was a good movie, which I forced everyone I came in contact with for a month after to watch.

8. Rush Hour :

1998

Action film, Comedy, Thriller, Crime fiction.

Anytime I think of Rush hour, the song WAR by Edwin Star comes to mind. I love this movie, it’s a classic buddy cop/action movie.

It is also a feel good movie for those days when you want something to watch that isn’t too serious and has a great story where good triumphs over evil.

P.S. There is also Rush hour part 2 and 3. Plus I hear part 4 is in the works. 

9. Deadpool:

2016

Action film, Comedy, Superhero movie, Romance film, Science fiction film, Adventure film.

Deadpool was the movie that made 2016 IMO. I am assuming everyone has seen this movie.

It’s funny, there’s a lot of fourth wall breaking and the puns are to die for. This is another feel good movie. It is also a super hero movie for people who dont like super hero movies.

If you haven’t seen this movie….WHY?

10. The Shawshank Redemption:

1994

Drama, Thriller, Crime fiction.

This movie tells the story of  a banker, Andy Dufresne who was given a life sentence in Shawshank Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.

The theme of hopelessness is persistent in this movie. It almost makes you lose faith in humanity and the whole ‘the truth will set you free’ and ‘you reap what you sow’ mantras.

It also teaches that at the end of the day, there’s a tiny ray of hope that calls us to push through and take by force what we feel we deserve. This movie is epic.

P.S. The movie is based on a book by Stephen King called ‘Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

Here is a list of my movies, if;tldr
1. Harry Potter Film Series 
2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
3. Mulan
4. Dead Poet’s Society 
5. The Odyssey
6. The Help
7. Rush
8. Rush Hour
9. Deadpool
10. The Shawshank Redemption 

I would love to know your own favourite movies.

I would also love to know any movie recommendations you have for me….old or new.

 

Natural Hair Regimen || Products, Procedures,Tips and Goals

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Today, I am going to be sharing my hair regimen with you. The last time I  talked about my natural hair, I was telling the story of how it came to be.

READ ABOUT IT HERE

This may be a long post because it’s going to involve products, descriptions and so on and so forth. I started this hair regimen in November, when I realised I could not just passively grow my hair😲. I did some research and finally decided to dip my toe in the pond and try something new.

So Take a Sit, Grab a Drink and Read

Products I Use

1. Gentelle Hair Fruits Shampoo: this shampoo costs about 500 naira and is good at removing build up, it doesnt dry your hair execessively and it doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulphate.

2. VO5 Moisture Milk Moisturizing conditioner: I mainly use this conditioner to co wash and it leaves my hairfeling rather soft after so I guess it’s alright.

3. Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise: I got the 853g size for about 2000 naira -last year tho- it has a really thick consistency which I think is an advantage because most of it is not wasted by dripping. This conditioner is great at reducing breakage as well as strengthening my hair.

4. Dark and Lovely Corrective Leave-in conditioning therapy: Apart from my oils this product is my day one . Whenever my hair feels dry or I feel it is less shiny than it should be or I need something to put in my hair real quick I turn to Dark and Lovely. My mom was actually the one who introduced me to it. I was stealing her own until I bought mine. It cost about 1800 naira.

5. African Pride Hair Scalp and Skin Oil: I saw it in my local supermarket, and I just took a liking to it. In addition, it contains rosemary, almond, castor and safflower oils, to name a few and it smells divine.

6. Shea Butter: After reading several natural hair blogs,  I found that I probably have low porosity hair, and I knew I needed a thick butter to lock moisture in, Shea butter works great and it is also cost effective.

7. Olive Oil: it’s super available in my house and it has good hair strengthening benefits.

8. Castor Oil: I have not been able to buy black castor oil because  (i) your girl is broke 😢 and (ii) I read up, and there’s really not much difference between the two. The black castor oil seeds are roasted before oil extraction das all .

P.S. it is mostly (i) tho

9. Coconut Oil  (which I make myself): I love coconut oil – the smell, the process of making it- and it’s awesome anti bacterial and hair damage prevention properties.

My Homemade Coconut Oil I Love Coconut Oil

What is Wash Day Like?

Wash day usually starts with me prepooing with coconut oil the night before. But because I have been lazy recently it doesn’t anymore😔.

Then I wash my hair -in twists- do not under estimate the advantages of washing your hair in twists. There are so many which include minimal hair tangling and drying your hair with ease.

After washing, I deep condition with my Vitale olive oil hair mayonnaise for 30 minutes under a shower cap to really let the conditioner get in there.

Next, I rinse the conditioner out and then co wash with the VO5 moisture milk moisturizing conditioner.I rinse that off too, then I use whichever one of my cotton shirts that happens to be around and pat my hair semi-dry.

I will then proceed to use the dark and lovely corrective leave-in conditioning therapy to detangle my twists and work in some Shea Butter and castor oil before I retwist.

Sometimes I substitute castor oil and Shea Butter for my African pride hair scalp and skin oil.

Voila!!!

My Hair Regimen Products

When its not Wash Day

When it’s not wash day my watch words are MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE, I have a spray bottle which contains;

1. Water

2.Dark and Lovely Corrective leave-in conditioning therapy

3. Olive oil

I use said spray bottle on my hair frequently because I have read and heard it on all natural hair forums that moisture is key. Plus our climate is tropical so your hair is losing more water.

Hair Regimen Goals

When I started this hair journey my hair was approximately 9 inches long. My goal is to get my stretched length of hair to 20 inches. Then I will rest maybe 🤔.

My other goal which I think I have achieved is to have healthy hair. Anytime I see or feel my hair I am sooooo happy it has body and bounce and it feels very healthy.

Things I would Love to try

1. Acid Vinegar Rinse

I really want to incorporate an acid vinegar rinse into my hair regimen.

I hear it really helps clean your hair from roots to tips and remove build-up.

It also helps give your hair some really nice sheen

2. The Inversion Method

If you do a YouTube search of this, you will be bombarded with several videos.

It involves messaging your roots with oil while you are upside down i.e. inverted. It is supposed to be done for 7 days which will produce 1 inch hair growth.

Now, I don’t believe in grow hair quick hacks but I have studied this and it wont hurt. Best case scenerio I grow an inch of hair. Worst case, I have fed my mane essential oils and massaged it for a week.

THE way I see it, I can’t really lose….right?

My Hair Tip

It is fairly easy to get all sorts of tips and tricks for your hair. But, I am going to share what I feel is the ultimate tip and it is simple. First of all,

LOVE YOUR SELF-LOVE YOUR HAIR.

When you cultivate the habit of seeing yourself as the wonderful creature you are. You will find the will power to do things that will make each and every part of you blossom. This worked for me and that’s why I am sharing it.

Finally, Invest time and energy in yourself and you will see results. Treat yourself because you are important.

What are your thoughts.

Do you have any suggestions for me?

Any products you think I should try ?

Anything you think I should incorporate into my hair regimen.

Talk to me in the comments.

 

Styling || The LITTLE WHITE DRESS(LWD)

You guys know how everybody is always raving about the little black dress (LBD). While it is awesome, today is dedicated to it’s often ignored cousin-the little white dress(LWD), yes people, it is a thing.

 

THE DRESS

My DD, got this dress for me. It is a soft lace material, that makes me feel like I am wearing a marshmellow 😆. It is roomy and I love that because I am not really a fan of short, tight gowns.

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HOW I STYLED THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS.

The dress is so versatile and there are so many ways you can style it. I choose these 3 looks because I thought you guys would find it most useful.

1. The super casual

This look I styled for those of us who don’t want too much wahala when we are wearing outfits. It’s super simple, just get yourself a pair of white tennis shoes or sneakers, add a pop of colour with a purse and you are good to go. I choose a red purse because I know red is very eye catching.

Clean Casual Vibes
2. The semi casual

This look is for those of us who don’t want to show a lot of skin, and it’s also for if you don’t want a totally casual vibe but don’t want to go totally formal. I styled it with a pair of tights,a bright bag(yellow this time)  and black shoes.

You can switch it up by reversing the shoe/bag colour scheme or you can use both coloured bag and shoe – if you are feeling brave.

  Did I mention I Love Tights
3. The formal

This look is for when you want to wear to wear your  little white dress to a More serious occasion. I styled it of course with the epitome of formality a blazer (black), a black clutch purse and the burst of colour were my blue pumps.

    Work Ready

 

 

All in all, my Favourite look was the casual look, because it’s so easy to do. Plus I felt really carefree wearing it.

So what do you think guys?

How would you have rocked the LWD differently ?

 

Cassie Daves Blog Planner 2017 || A “Quick”Review

Cassie Daves Blog Planner

I was going to hold off on doing a review of the Cassie Daves blog planner until I had used it for about a month. Buuut immediately I got mine, opened it and saw what it contained I knew I had to say something.
So since this blog is my soap box let me shout

IT  IS  AMAZING

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I used to write my ideas and to do list in various books, I even manually drew my own calendar .Then I saw reviews for the blog planner and I knew I had to check it out.

WHAT’S IN THE BLOG PLANNER ?

The design I went with was the minimalist original black and white one. I just thought it looked aesthetically pleasing, plus I don’t like pink, and I was thinking of flatlay opportunities😁.

Preliminary Pages

The first thing you see when you open the blog planner is a page that tells you you get going. Then you have a page for you to put down your name and your website.

       This belongs to ?

Next you have the blog manifesto page, this page causes you to think deeply about many aspects of your blog. The things you fill out here will help define and streamline your blog.

Next is your 2017 blog goals….because you NEED to put in writing what you want to achieve. Following this are the calendars for 2017 and 2018 respectively.

The planner also contains a daily blog checklist- all those things that you need to do as a blogger that you may sometimes forget, especially if you are a scatterbrain like me.

The last thing we have in the preliminary pages is a social media posting schedule which I am really grateful for, because my own social media is all over the place.😥

Monthly Content

Every month contains, first of all a motivational quote to get you in the right mood and give you encouragement.

Blog goals every month, although writing yearly blog goals is great, breaking it into smaller ones makes it more achievable.

A few pages for post ideas(because you must have a place to keep track of them)and notes.The months calendar with space for notes and adding things you want to do on each day.

Something new to do everyday

A to-do list for every single day of the month, the looks you want to shoot (very useful for style bloggers). A space for your intended blog partnerships and guest posts.

     What TO-DO

Lastly, each month contains a blog review pages, to know if you achieved your blog goals. As well as a space for your blog and social media statistics- to see your growth. Plus a financial overview page with your earrings and expenses to keep track of your dough.😊

P.S.   It also contains something special in the middle of the year to keep you going.

Final Pages

The last few pages of the blog planner, contain 99 blog topic ideas, some useful tools and apps for your blog as well as spaces for your important blog dates, blogs you love and useful links.

What I Love

I love the fact that with all the great stuff it contains, the blog planner is only 8.3″ by 7″ or 21cm by 15 cm ( I measured).

I love the fact the it is hard cover- so it is superdurable.

I love the fact that it looks pretty so when I take it somewhere, I know people will admire it. This will give me a chance to tell them about my blog.

I especially love the fact that this is home grown authentic Nigerian stuff, one of us thought of this and made it happen.

My Advice

Get the planner, get the planner get the planner, even if you are not a blogger, get it and I promise you , the spirit of blogging will enter you.

All bloggers should get this planner, even if you just started blogging a minute ago. If you have a blogger friend ,it’s not to late to get them a late new year present. If your girlfriend or boyfriend is a blogger, here is your early Valentines day gift.

P.S. This will also make a bomb birthday present for your blogger friend.

P.P.S Did you guys notice I got a blog logo…..YAY. What do you think of it.

One of my Flatlays

I would love to hear whatever questions or comments you have about the blog planner.

I shall answer those I can and redirect  those i can’t to CassieDaves 

My First Volunteer Experience || #thecharity2016 -The Nigerian Child Initiative.

WARNING :LONG POST

P. S. The pictures aren’t mine. I culled them from TNCI whatsapp group chat and from the instagram feed of executives initiative. The names of some of the photographers are visible on the photographs.

I have always been passionate about being a volunteer ( can you be passionate about something you have never done?). I looked far and wide for opportunities but I didn’t find feasible ones.

When I decided to look closer to home I found the Nigerian Child Initiative. They told me they would be more than happy to have me on their medical team for their #thecharity2016 event on the 26th of December at Makoko,Yaba.

Now, won’t refer to myself as an aje butter, however there are some places I have never been to in Lagos. Makoko was one of them, I enlisted the help of my father designated driver(DD) because I cannot choose not to drive.

The day started out with me waking up late and asking myself -Ada why are you like this. I showered , put on my outfit, then went to wake up my DD , who insisted on showering (the nerve right?).

My youngest sister decided to tag along, just before we left, my brother insisted on coming too. Finally, when we were walking out the door, mom stopped us to make a list of things she wanted dad to buy.

I was upset and a bit panicky because an hour had gone by this time. Anyway we got into the car and my DD drove like a maniac.

I was pleasantly surprised that we made it to the pick up location(LUTH) in an hour. First of all the bus that picked us up was not the rickety thing I expected, but a nice coaster bus.

I was the last person to arrive so everyone saw my DD drop me off-road JESUS! SO EMBARRASSING. Our team leader used the journey  time to do a bit of intro and walk through for the newbies.

VOLUNTEER LIFE 

When we got there and I saw the large number of children, I was like YAY!!., then OH NO,  can I actually do this. I was worried that the event would be disorganized and not start till ever.

I was wrong, although the organizers had to take some time to get the very eager kids settled, we got started after 20 minutes.

The process involved anthropomorphic measurements, malaria screening, dental screening, consultation and finally the pharmacy.

Me looking all serious, putting my gloves on

I was on the malaria screening team and I got to work ASAP. I had to use A CRT kit, my teammate showed me how, because I had never used it before.

These aren’t tears of joy

The process involved pricking the child with a lancet (which consequently caused a lot of crying and fighting). The great thing was I only got 1 positive result, so I guess that’s a plus (Pun intended).

After the children were done with the medical team, they got to play, do arts and crafts e.t.c. The charity also gave out food,  (donated) clothes and I saw Mr. and Mrs. Clause make an appearance.

Feedin’ Time

I think everybody was happy at the end of the day., I would absolutely love to do this again.

I felt very helpful,and that is the greatest gift you can give whether it is Christmas or any time of year.

Have you ever been a Volunteer? 

Yes?  Did you enjoy the experience ? 

No? Would you like to do it? 

 

Me, at the back, trying to stuff my Face Grown ups waiting their turn Dental- Say aaahh Dr Cassie Akinde The Pharmacy

 

End of the Day Group Picture