Brown is the new ” ish “

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Hey guys,
This summer has been about the colors and surprisingly, also about the nudes and browns.
The colour, brown,  comes in different gorgeous  shades which are reflected in this post.

This outfit is very basic and  casual in terms of the white sleeveless shirt and black pants. However, the lovely suede vest in this gorgeous cashmere color elevates the outfit.

As they say, accessories make an outfit; hence the lovely dark brown hat, black sandals and bag .

Oh, did you notice the natural hair came out to play this time around?

Vest: Amisu // Shirt: Boohoo // Trousers : H&M // Hat: H&M // Bag: H&M // Sandals : Even & Odd

 

Love,
Liz ❤

Off-Shoulder Dress X Pumps

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Sooo….. if you have noticed, off-shoulder dresses are back.

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This outfit  is cute, colourful and vibrant….It definitely screams “Summer”. It works great for casual dates, laid-back parties or drinks with friends

This cute number is from “Gina Tricot”. It’s in a red orangey color. I paired it with these gorgeous sunglasses from Ebay, a silver wire choker and pumps from Nelly.

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Love,
Lizzie ❤ ❤

Wedding Guest Inspo

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Hey guys!

Yep, it’s been a looooong time but here is another OOTD or fashion related post.

So… summer is here in many cities( still not quite warm here, unfortunately). With the warm, summery weather, comes the wedding season.

Weddings are absolutely beautiful and I love them not just because of the celebrations, but the beautiful love story behind the whole thing.  Yeah you can say and I will admit, I love LOVE.
Anyhoo, from the title you can already tell it’s all about a typical wedding guest outfit for a sunny, summer wedding.

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Dress:Boohoo // Jacket: // Purse:H&M // Heels: Nelly
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Love,
Lizzie ❤ ❤ ❤

Weekend Getaway Essentials

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So, it’s summer time, although it doesn’t really look like it here in Sweden.

Last weekend, I travelled to Jönköping,a city in southern Sweden for a friend’s graduation and it got me thinking of summer plans. I don’t know about you but this time of the year has me daydreaming of warmer weather– more sun and less rain and perhaps, a beach trip, a weekend getaway or vacation.

Imagine a day with clear, blue skies, sunny days, sandy beaches and lovely waves. A lovely summer day/ weekend at the beach, what would be your essentials for the trip?

For today’s post, I teamed up with HomeAway to share my weekend getaway essentials! Homeaway offers you a home away from home, just like the name implies. You get to rent someone else’s home during the trip, which i think is pretty awesome.

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Here are my weekend getaway essentials

  • Music in your ears through some Earphones/ speakers is the ultimate definition of life on the beach. Add that to some lively activities or a mellow time with a good read …. And that’s life at its best.
  • A huge sarong/scarf can serve as a blanket, wrap,  cover-up and a layer of protection from harsh sun-rays
  • Nothing says beach as much as a floppy hat. It looks chic while protecting your face and scaring off intruders all at the same time, hihi
  • Protection from the sun  is extremely important and very much needed on a sunny day. Sunscreen for our face and body and huge sunglasses for your eyes are perfect.
  • Coconut oil. Yep i know, coconut oil. This god-sent item can do it all. It can moisturize your hair, lips and skin, it helps with sunburns, rashes and insect bites after a long day at the beach.

P.S. One of HomeAway’s top destinations this spring is St. George Island in the Florida Panhandle. Check it out!…. You could also check great destinations here

 

WHAT IS HOME TO ME?

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One might ask, what is home to me or rather, where is home?

Literally, according to Oxford dictionary, Home is the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. According to Wikipedia, A home is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe. It is often a house, apartment, or other building, or alternatively a mobile home, houseboat, yurt or any other portable shelter. Homes typically provide areas and facilities for sleeping, preparing food, eating and hygiene.

A home can be correctly classified to as one or all of these definitions but I think a home is more than that.  Each person has their personal definition of home is and the specific place they call home. These definitions and places vary from person to person. Home can be a person’s place of origin, place of residence; the place the person derives peace and tranquility or the place where he or she feels welcome. It can be a place where the person feels most like him-or herself, or an imagined place in the future. Home can be a country, a whole city, a room in a house, a special place one goes to during hard times or it could be in one’s self.

For me, I never really had to think about where home is; Home was and is where my family is. However, is it still home if one or two family members are absent from that place of abode? During visit to Africa, I had an awakening. I have always and will always see myself first as an African, no matter where I may be in the world, so it was no surprise that I was beyond excited to be travelling “home”. Weeks into the journey, the excitement of going home, of going to Africa was robust in me.  To breathe in the fresh air, to feel sweat roll down my neck, to see dust, to see the stars and the moon, to see half-naked children playing contently in the evening and to see the same kids looking determined in their school uniforms on their way to school the next morning, to be stuck in and buy snacks I traffic, to eat fresh fruits and food, to be able to bargain freely in the markets,.. And the list goes on. That to me was home.

Landing onto the soil of Uganda, I felt a sense of peace come over me, even though I am not a native of the country. For me, Africa is Africa and that is home. The first and second weeks felt surreal but alas, I started feeling home-sick later on. It dawned on me, I was missing Sweden. I missed my family, friends. I missed my bed, my house; I missed a lot. Returning back to Sweden was bitter-sweet. I didn’t want to leave what felt like home for years but I was also looking forward to what I have started realizing was also home.

This made me feel like a cheat to my motherland but I then realized that they could both be home based on different reasons and emotional ties to them. Home is where I can be true to myself, where I could be naked both physically and emotionally, where I could feel at peace, where I could go during hard and troubled times, where I could find comfort, where I don’t need to be perfect. Home is all of these places to me and more; and I believe that Home is not a specific place.

Home is a feeling.

Uganda!!!

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Yepp,
So as you probably can see from the title of this post, this is all about my trip to Uganda; which is long overdue.

Yes! It is all about Uganda and all the pictures and lovely places I visited during my stay.
The main purpose of the trip was actually for an exchange program. My school has a collaboration with a high school in Uganda and the students would do a research work in the other country. My research(rather our research, as I did it with one of my best friends) was based on a medicinal plant called Moringa. It is completely unknown in the western part of the world while it is said to have  a lot of medicinal uses in Africa and Asia.

Anyways, the research was successful but nobody said you can’t work and play right?
The “play” part is what this post is all about. So…….enjoy!!!

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Home for the majority of the trip. Amazing service!

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And…. we definitely visited the zoo.
God… seeing all those beautiful, cute animals was an absolute joy!

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With my lovely group at our partner-school

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We also visited the Ethiopian village in Uganda. The reception was great and the food was delicious. We had Injera, which is the native food and the sauces were great. Coffee was also great , strong and delicious.

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One of my fondest memories in Uganda was the Ndere Troupe Dance. It was absolutely fantastic, cultural, colourful and beautiful.  I can almost say, it was the best thing that happened during my trip. If you’re ever in Kampala, Uganda; this is a must. I was told the best show is the Family show( which I attended). It’s on sundays from 6pm -11pm and trust me it would be worth your 15USD.

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Here is a link to a video i took: Ndere Troupe Dance

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We also travelled to Kalangala, a beautiful, lush, isolated island. We got the opportunity to experience the village life for a weekend  and it was amazing.

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More on this trip can be found here

Thank you so much for being a part of my trip.
My apologies the post came late.

Mucha love,
Liz  ❤ ❤

 

Life happens #Rant

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Hey guys,
It’s been more than a while that I have been MIA. Life was happening quite fast that I had to put a couple of things on hold in order to catch up.
I guess sometimes you have to pause, rearrange the balls in the air and live a little.
During the fast two months,  I was in Uganda for about a month for an exchange program and for research purposes. That was AMAZING!!! More details in the trip soon.
On my return back to Sweden, I got sick and the school work I missed during the trip, set me back a little giving me double the work load. Exams were approaching with loads of projects and research reports expected to be handed in.   Things were also happening in my personal life too at the same time  and then add a maxillofacial surgery into the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect picture of chaos.

Yes I know.
All of that for old , little, skinny me!
Hihihihi not to worry,  I’m getting better day and day and I’m surviving, thank

However , I’ve missed being here a lot despite all the things that was going on.
Thanks to those who reached out during the hiatus, I really appreciate y’all. To new followers, you’re welcome onboard and to my old followers, thanks for sticking around.

To be honest,  inspiration has to what to put up here is really wanted right now.
Ideas, advice as to what you would like to see/read, tips, recommendations, collabs are most welcome.

Sorry if you feel I spun this out on y’all from no where. I just needed to rant a little.

Mucha love
Liz ❤

Hello from Entebbe

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Hello to you from Entebbe, Uganda
Here are some pictures( from my phone)

from my side of the world. More coming up when the digital pictures are uploaded.
Wanna see more: add me on snap @ liz_elizabet

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Quick Update

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Hey guys,

This is just a quick update to inform y’all that i will/might be MIA(missing in action) on here for a while. I will be travelling to Uganda for about 3 weeks, any Ugandan in the house?

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Depending on the my location and accessibility to internet, posts on here might not be frequent as I’ll be moving around certain cities a lot.

This is my first visit to Africa in a while and I am beyond excited. I will try my best to post/update, should it be possible.

Till then,
Take care and don’t miss me 😛

Love ,
Lizzie

Vintage Flare Affair

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Hello beautiful people,

Long time, no hear or rather no read, right? (If that makes any sense, haha :D)
I won’t go into excuses or crazy details but just that life happened and life is happening.

It’s Friday today and i thought; why not throw it all the way back.

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By back, I mean all the way back to the 80’s and 90’s. All the way back to the afro, prints and flare era. Yeah i know these trends are back but man, was I feeling them and i thought, why not combine them all together? You know, give off the vintage vibe…

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 Oversized blouse: Zara //  Flare Jeans: H&M // Heels: Nelly // Bag: Missay // Necklace: Ur & Penn // Scarf: African Market. 

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Normally, flare pants aren’t my ‘-ish’ but when i saw this pair of jeans flare, i couldn’t pass it up. Pairing an oversized blouse with big jeans isn’t the norm too but with a distinctive nip at the waist to accentuate the shape and with a pair of heels for added height (short girl issues). Add some accessories like this two-in-one necklace, colourful printed scarf and a stand-out bag….. and you are good to go.

It is really difficult to pick out the star of this outfit because although they all come together beautifully, each item seems unique and  still stands out on its own.

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What do you think about this outfit? Share your thoughts.
Thanks for reading and for sticking around. I really appreciate it.
Have a lovely weekend and be good!

Love ,
Lizzie ❤

Black X White Winter

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Hey guys!

Happy new month! Hope January was nice to you.
Hope you’re all doing great?.

I guess i’ve been good myself, well most days and trust me, the weather isn’t helping matters. The weather here is soooooo confused. It can snow today while it rains tomorrow and the next day, behold we are blessed with fake sun.

You might have been wondering why the outfit-related posts have been delayed. Well, there you have my amazing excuse-The Weather. Like you never know what it might throw your way and how would you dress appropriately or when you are finally ready to take pictures and the weather is like.. “Oh no girl, you must be playing“.

Today’s post is a typical example. The wind was crazy despite the snow;reasons why there aren’t many pictures especially those showing the full outfit. As i mentioned earlier, my side of the world is TERRIBLY cold. We’ve had temperatures as low as -15 to -20 degrees celsius and layering is the solution.

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Coincidentally, I had an all-black outfit and the snow featured beautifully  and brightened up the pictures.

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Hat:BikBok // Blouse: Zara // Cardigan & Jeans:: H&M // Jacket: Moonson // Boots: Din Sko

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TillThe next post, have a fabulous February.
Spread love and be loved.

Love,
Lizzie ❤

Currently Loving in January …

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Hey guys.
How are you all doing?  Hope great.
I will like to use this opportunity to say huge thank you(s) to everyone.  I really appreciate all the love y’all show me, especially on the last blog post.  The response surprised me, Thank you so much, bless you.

So, with all the mushy parts gone; let’s get to today’s issue.
I thought it nice to share a couple of my favs at the moment.

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 COLOR Grey! Gray! Graey!:
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Like grey all the way baby. Have you actually sat down to appreciate that colour? There is just something about it, I can’t explain (wizkid,pun intended!).
You may have noticed that I’ve been wearing it recently especially in my recent posts like thisthis too and this one too. It’s also a colour that is gaining attention on my side of the world.
It’s just beautiful, please…. a coupla secs of appreciative silence for GREY!

 Frank body scrub
Okay first let’s be clear on the fact that I haven’t tried that product yet.
I wonder if you have heard of this scrub. I have read a lot of reviews about it, it’s said to help with acne scarring(which I have) amidst other skin problems  and I’m feeling the product. According to FRANK, it does a lot of wonders; its special blend of natural ingredients will apparently help acne, help scarring, scrub away dry, flaky skin and target pesky skin conditions like cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, and psoriasis.

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The packaging is simple but very cheeky and flirty. As I said earlier, I haven’t used it but I’m thinking of giving it a try.
PS :  If you have used FRANK or know someone who knows someone who has used it, please let me know (good or bad, doesn’t matter )

 Coconut oil 
Yes the coconut oil. I’m a lover of anything coconut and i have recently re-discovered the oil. I must say, that thing is the real deal. It works for absolutely everything, When i say everything, i mean EVERYYTHIINGGG!!!
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BOOK: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
I almost never reread a book but I had to.
I got this from a very sweet person and I feel I read it in a rush the first time but this time, it was refreshing.
It is a powerful, tender story of love between two teenagers who loved and lost each other to later finding each other fifteen years later, it is about race and identity.
Try this book or try re-reading a book you read a while ago.

SONGS
My taste in music is very weird (let me just put that out there).  It might be a particular genre today and the total opposite tomorrow. However, there must be at least something that “sings” to you

Simi & Falz- Soldier
Brian Courtney Walker- I’ll just say yes
Asa- The one who never comes
Tori Kelly- should’ve been us
Omawumi & Angelique Kidjo – Play na Play

BEAUTY
What’s this world without showing each other some loving? I absolutely love some ladies on Youtube. They’re super talented and just drop-dead gorgeous.
Maggiepegg– This girl is a babe. From hair to makeup to style,she’s just gorgeous. Her tutorials are easy to follow with great results. Try her and subscribe.
Uwani aliyu– Young, funny, talented mua with a lovely personality.
Layla rose  -She’s just so pretty, it’s almost contagious
Laura Lee – She is just so gorgeous and she knows her stuff
Freedomstyles -She’s super talented and creative.  If you’re the hair type, give her channel a try and you’ll be surprised at the tricks up her sleeve.

So yeah folks, those were my January favorites. Do share yours, tell me what you think, any suggestions… anything 🙂

Love always,
Lizzie ❤