3 things I miss about living in Poland

Yes, I know how much I complained when I actually lived there but hey, its human nature. You never fully get what you have till you’re removed from the situation and stand far enough to appreciate it. I was feeling rather positive and a lil adventurous today, I decided to trust the African salon down the street with my natural hair …. what an unholy mess that was. Please, please do not even let  me get into the rant, Lord don’t make me do it! I’ve been natural for 4 years and I know the number one rule for all naturals is to never compare your hair to anyone else’s, but my goodness have I fallen behind on my journey. Anyway, I will reluctantly move on to how I came about the title of this post. So after getting my hair totally messed up ( leaving out the obscenities) I decided to go through memory lane to see where I dropped the ball, the most pictures I took of my hair was while I was in Poland because I was blogging more actively then (which should really be the 4th thing I miss about Poland, the time and inspiration to blog). As I was going through all the hair pictures I stumbled across the amazing time I had in the Poland. I know this sounds awful and corny, but guys I actually think I found a lil of myself while I was there. Some days I was incredibly lonely and depressed but on other days I was a bit fearless and just open to everything. My mind worked in a better way, a more creative way! But these are the 3 things I miss the “mostest” 🙂

  1. I miss my time with God probably the most. I can not explain the hunger and thirst I had for God when I first got to Wroclaw. Plus I took part in the RCCG 100 days fast which truly changed my spiritual life. The peace I felt was second to none, even though I was in strange place with no one I knew, I felt so at home with God and made real progress with my spiritual life. It gave me a tiny glimpse of what I could really enjoy and gain from constantly being in God’s presence. It was awesome, it was one of the best moments of my life.
  2. I miss how amazing my hair and skin was then. Because I was actively blogging and documenting my hair journey I guess I just gave more of a  ish about my hair. I almost cried when I came across a picture of hair with full edges! I have taken so many things for granted this last year with my hair. I have taken liberties and seriously backtracked my journey. Now I have my wedding in 5 months and I’m not sure I can make any measurable progress before then. I will not lie guys, the creamy crack is at the top of my list, like right at the top of my list, followed closely by cutting it all off to start afresh! My skin… where do I start? My skin has been fairly ok till recently which can probably be attributed to me taking somewhat desperate measures to keep my facial issues under control. Again, I have 5 months to get my skin to the best it’s ever been. I’m not the most promising bride, am I? 😦
  3. I miss how opened minded living in a new place made me. I tried so many new things, found new things that I enjoyed, shared a different culture with new friends. Realised that once I opened up a bit I was actually quite likeable and learned how to be by myself and not get suicidal. Found new ways to keep myself occupied and entertained. It’s crazy how a small town in Poland could make me want so much more out of every aspect of my life. Spiritually, professionally, mentally, physically and even financially (surprisingly) I was in a sound place. But then human nature walks in and starts pointing out everything that is wrong with the situation and then you start dropping all the lessons you learned… then one day you get your hair massacred and realise that you had it good before.

God help me to be less human sometimes so I can really take what you give me as it is and appreciate it there and then.

Amen.

Goodnight.

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What I Wore – Family Wedding

Hello my darlings! So this weekend I was in London for a family wedding and what a crazy weekend it was. I had great plans for a nice quiet weekend so I made sure to get all the things I needed so I could spend time meeting my friends and just relaxing, but that was not to be the case. I can only fly into Stansted Airport from Wroclaw and my flight landed at midnight so I got home at 3:30am! That was the beginning of my stressful weekend, on Saturday I had to do some running around and I had to wash my hair so that was the day gone. On Sunday I spent the day on Oxford Street and went to the cinema with the fam in the evening and Monday was the wedding and just like that my whole weekend was gone with not a lot accomplished, well in regards to me resting. Any who… I did a demo of the make up look I was going to wear for the wedding and I said I was going to tweak it a little and I did, so I wanted share some pictures with you guys. The wedding was amazing, first wedding I shared a tear at. It was so much fun and beautiful. The couple was just too adorable and deserved such a wonderful day! You guys don’t know this yet but I am obsessed with weddings, my Pinterest is my wedding bible, I can look at wedding boards all day everyday! I’ll save that for another day 🙂 What did you guys get up to over the Bank Holiday?

I went for more green with my eyes this time to sort of reflect the sequins on my dress. I used a matte green shadow and applied my Inglot pigment in number 85. I then smoked out the edges with a very dark matte navy blue shadow.
I went for more green with my eyes this time to sort of reflect the sequins on my dress. I used a matte green shadow and applied my Inglot pigment in number 85. I then smoked out the edges with a very dark matte navy blue shadow.

 

I put my hair in a bun overnight to really get the edges LAID :) and the I took 1 pack of Expression extensions and cut it half. I twisted each piece loosely and used one for the bun and the second to create the part of my hair that comes toward my face.
I put my hair in a bun overnight to really get the edges LAID 🙂 and the I took 1 pack of Expression extensions and cut it half. I twisted each piece loosely and used one for the bun and the second to create the part of my hair that comes toward my face.

 

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Myself and my brother :)
Myself and my brother 🙂

 

My older and his wife ... make up done by me :)
My older and his wife … make up done by me 🙂

 

Brother and his girlfriend looking like a bag of money! :)
Brother and his girlfriend looking like a bag of money! 🙂

 

My dress is from Virgos Lounge and Annabel's skirt it from Choice.com and top from Topshop. Her Shoes are from Aldo and her clutch is from Primark, it's acrylic and transparent! Mine is from Zara :)
My dress is from Virgos Lounge and Annabel’s skirt it from Choice.com and top from Topshop. Her Shoes are from Aldo and her clutch is from Primark, it’s acrylic and transparent! Mine is from Zara 🙂

 

My name is Jade and I’m a Product Junkie :)

Yes guys, if you haven’t been able to tell ( I seriously doubt that you haven’t) I am a product junkie. I buy everything but not everything makes it to my hair. I have jars and tubs of so much hair product. Watching YouTube videos and hair tutorials have helped in accelerating my addiction. I don’t want to admit it but yes, it’s a pricey addiction; I’m based in Dublin and there aren’t any natural hair stores around so everything is ordered online with hefty postage charges. My hair texture is probably one of the bigger reasons why I’m a product junkie, I am constantly on the quest to find products that actually make a difference to my hair, some times I just make myself believe that my hair feels softer or more moisturised just to justify my purchase… #fail. My hair is naturally dry and doesn’t absorb products that easily so I end up trying a lot of different things, sometimes it does make a difference, most times it doesn’t. Been natural 2 + years and I still haven’t found a product that holds curls, I have found styling products that have left my hair feeling soft at take down, but once I start to separate my twists or braids its fluff and frizz central :(. I have come to the conclusion that my hair texture just can’t hold any curls, which is brilliant because it’s cut down the amount I would spend on styling products. The one thing I still and will probably always keep searching for is a really good moisturiser. You guys know the struggle I face with keeping my mane moisturised, I will literally take any recommendation! Anyway I was in London over the weekend for a very brief visit, and I did my research and found a hair store that stocked natural hair products…BIG MISTAKE. I went to a store in SE London called Zara and they stocked EVERYTHING,  I had to calm myself down, the had shelves and shelves of natural hair products, from raw natural products like black soap and unprocessed shea butter to all the US brands. I was in heaven and financial hell at the same time. It didn’t help that I had my newly natural friend with me who insisted on buying every single thing! But you guys would be so proud of me! I stuck to what I needed and only got 5 inexpensive products, a spray bottle, and butterfly clips! I got the Cantu Shea Butter Moisturisers and leave in, Treseme Naturals Conditioner, and Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo ( for the love a fresh tingling scalp!). I think I did good, but just to be on the safe I solemnly swear to not buy any more hair products for the next 2 months, Lord help me! 🙂

Best Dressed at the 2014 BAFTA Awards

The 2014 BAFTA ceremony took place in London last Sunday. It’s the last major film award ceremony before the Oscars which take place next month.  This means there was a red carpet and I had my eyes on it. The actors defied the cold February weather to display some of the best fashion around. Many dresses and tuxes to pick from but I’m not going to bore you with a long list and I’ll stick to five ladies and five men. Noteworthy is the return of the deep blue tux this red carpet season.

The Women

Cate Blanchett is undeniably beautiful and looks good in almost anything. This black Alexander McQueen fits exceptionally well and the bold florals don't take away from the beauty of the dress. The length is also perfect.
Cate Blanchett is undeniably beautiful and looks good in almost anything. This black Alexander McQueen fits exceptionally well and the bold floral doesn’t take away from the beauty of the dress. The length is also perfect.
Her first red carpet season and Lupita Nyong'o has been stellar. Going with promary colours has been good for here and this green Dior Couture gown fits her frame quite well. The matching accessories are also well done.
Her first red carpet season and Lupita Nyong’o has been stellar. Going with primary colours have been good for her and this green Dior Couture gown fits her frame quite well. The matching accessories are also well done.
Haven't quite seen anything else like this on the red carpet this season and yes there is a fair share of leg and cleavage on display, but it's not poorly done in this red and black (can't go wrong) Gucci dress.
Haven’t quite seen anything else like this on the red carpet this season and yes there is a fair share of leg and cleavage on display, but Naomie Harris does it elegantly  in this red and black (can’t go wrong) Gucci dress.
Not sure whether this is meant to be a tuxedo or a suit, but judging by what I can make out to be a cummerbund, I'd say it's a suit. The orange and sparkly metallic doesn't put me off and I think this risk paid off for Ruth Wilson in this Antonio Berardi piece.
The most risky item on this list. The orange and sparkly metallic doesn’t put me off and I think this risk paid off for Ruth Wilson in this Antonio Berardi piece. Also a nod for not including any neck-ware and overdoing this outfit.
Statuesque. That's all I need to say. Uma Thurman keeps it simple with both the Atelier Versace dress and jewelry. Like her Australian contemporary on this list, she gets the length right.
Statuesque. That’s all I need to say. Uma Thurman keeps it simple with both the Atelier Versace dress and jewelry. Like the other Australian on this list, she gets the length right.

The Men

Deep blues have made a comeback on the red carpet. Chiwetel Ejiofor gets everything right with this Mr Start tux. Matched lapel with tie width, correct amount of cuff shown and perfect patent shoes.
Chiwetel Ejiofor gets everything right with this Mr Start tux. Matched lapel with tie width, correct amount of cuff shown and perfect patent shoes. Would have gone with a shorter length on the trousers though.
Don't have a name on the designer, but to see a winged tip shirt has become a rare sight. Well done Daniel Bruhl. Everything everything else couldn't be done any better.
Don’t have a name on the designer, but seeing a winged tip shirt has become a rare sight. Well done Daniel Bruhl. Everything else couldn’t be done any better.
Not an actor, but a man that looks good anywhere in anything, I present David Gandy. Want to wear a three piece like a boss? Look no further. For those who aren't familiar with him, you might recognise him from this.
Not an actor, but a man that looks good anywhere and in anything, I present David Gandy. Want to wear a three piece like a boss? Look no further than this male model. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, you might recognise him from this.
Whether going for a necktie or a bow tie, always match your collar and tie width. Eddie Redmayne does just that in this almost too-clean-cut Gucci tux.
Whether going for a necktie or a bow tie, always match your collar and tie width. Eddie Redmayne does just that in this almost too-clean-cut Gucci tux.
A fan of his music, but not of his slipper and tux obsession. I have to say it's growing on me. A previous recipient of GQ's Most Stylish Man of the Year award, Tinie Tempah always brings something different and fun to the red carpet. Here's an example in this velvet Burberry tux.
A fan of his music, but not of his slipper and tux obsession. I have to say it’s growing on me. A previous recipient of GQ’s Most Stylish Man of the Year award, Tinie Tempah always brings something different and fun to the red carpet. Here’s an example in this velvet Burberry tux.

Honourable Mention

I didn’t want to make this list longer than ten, but when you look this good as a couple, you have to be included. In a sort of his-and-hers version of the tuxedo, Brangelina (can’t believe I actually used that; forgive me) turn heads.

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent and Brad Pitt in Valentino.
Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent and Brad Pitt in Valentino.