TOKYO DAY 1 - MEIJI JINGU SHRINE, HARAJUKU & SHIBUYA

Hi Guys,

Anyone that knows me knows it's been a lifetime dream of mine to visit Asia, particularly Tokyo. I'm not sure where the love started from but for as long as I can remember I've always been so fascinated with the Asian culture, food, fashion and just their lifestyle in general. Over the years a number of planned trips have fallen through but thank goodness everything worked out this time around and I finally made it! I arrived in Tokyo on Sunday and it's been a complete mind-blowing experience since I got here. I wouldn't even know where to start to explain it. Even though I see similarities between Tokyo and London and New York, no where in the world is quite like Tokyo. It's so clean, well-organized and precise. The people here are incredibly friendly and respectful almost subservient in nature. And I can't get enough of the food!

I feel so blessed to be here, I've decided to update my blog with pictures of my trip, in real time (as opposed to several weeks after like I'd normally do lol) So on my first full day on Monday I visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine with my friend Kiki. It's located in Yoyogi Park and is completely breath-taking. The shrine was established in 1920 and is a shrine of national prayer for peace and prosperity. The spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are believed to be enshrined there. We learned a little about the traditional Japanese religion Shinto and got to observe their methods of cleansing before entering the shrine and prayer. The thing I found the most interesting was the Ema tree. There votive tablets for special prayers are offered to the deities enshrined at Meiji Jingu. Each day there is a morning ceremony where the prayers are conveyed by the priests at the shrine. 

After the visit to the shrine we explored the Harajuku area and had lunch in a small cafe where I had some delicious yaki soba. After that we walked down to neighboring trendy are Shibuya and partook in the crazy Scramble Crossing. It's supposedly the busiest crossing in Tokyo and is made of 6 intersections. However since we were there on a Monday evening it wasn't as busy as I was hoping. Last stop was an uber kawaii (cute) cafe we stumbled on called Alice which is based off of Alice in Wonderland. We had cocktails and desserts and sang along to our favorite Disney songs. After our long day we got the metro back to our hotel. It was an incredible first day.

Sake Offerings
Cleansing Ritual
Ema
Yaki soba
Scramble Crossing
Alice
Ticket machine


MY SEPTEMBER READ - GOD HAS A SENSE OF HUMOUR



Hello Guys,

God Has A Sense of Humour is written by Nigerian author Ebi Akpeti and is a compilation of short stories. It's a short book with only 113 pages and 8 stories and I literally finished it in 2 days. Each story explores different aspects of relationships, marriage, heartbreak all told from the perspectives of Nigerian women. But there's a common thread in all these stories and it's that no matter what happens to you in love, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. You can get over it. And when you eventually do, you realize that everything that happened to you along the way was for a reason. And in fact even for your benefit. 

My favorite story was A Prison with Golden Gates. It's about a woman who lets go of herself during the course of her 10-year marriage. Eventually her husband starts cheating on her and has a series of extramarital relationships. I really found it a little insulting because the story kind of made it out to be like it was the woman's fault that her husband was cheating on her. I won't tell you what happens in the end but I really enjoyed that story. I literally laughed out loud at The Gong That Should Have Deafened Me - this story was about a woman who was in love with her best friend. Unfortunately he just saw her as a friend and ended up marrying someone else. Death Is No Longer a Rumor is about a woman who contracted HIV from her seemingly-perfect husband. And then of course I have to talk about Singlelaria, the story that tells of the pressure a 38 year-old unmarried woman feels living in Nigeria where you're pretty much get questions on marriage once the ink dries on your university diploma.

I learned a lot of lessons about relationships in this book. It was so relatable and a great read. I'd recommend it a thousand times over. If you're not able to get your hands on the physical book its on Kindle! Reading this book has definitely changed my perspective on dealing with troubles in relationships.


My rating: 5/5

HOW I OMBRE MY HAIR

Happy October everyone! 

I hope you enjoyed your break. I for one spent the most part of yesterday catching up on my TV shows and Wendy Williams in bed. Around 6pm I decided to make something of my life so I took a shower and washed and steamed my hair (which I really have been neglecting badly lately) Anyway, it was the perfect mid-week pick me up. I feel like I've been burning the candle at both ends lately so I really needed to do nothing.. How did you spend your Independence Day?

In my Superdrug Haul post I mentioned that I would be dyeing my Nazuri Curls Kinky Straight extensions. I wanted to go a little lighter for the summer and decided to bleach the ends for an ombre effect. 


Here's what I used:
Trulites Rapid Blue Powder Bleach, Truzone Cream Developer vol 30, Foil Strips, A Wide Tooth COb, Scissors, Dye Brush, a mixing Bowl AND GLOVES (not pictured but so important!)

So this was my first time trying blue bleach. I really had never heard about it but the woman in the hair shop told me it's supposed to work faster than white bleach and help tone down brassiness. Sounded good to me so I went on to try it. I mixed the bleach and developer in a non-metal bowl until I got a creamy consistency.

So the process is really simple. The foil strips help trap the heat in and make the bleach work faster. I started by applying the bleach to the last 2-3 inches of each piece of hair. Once I was done with all the hair, I went back and took the bleach up higher up the hair to about another 4-5 inches. Then I used a wide tooth non-metallic comb to comb the bleach through the hair. This helps to blend the bleach so you don't have a stark line of demarcation between the first and second portions. It also makes sure the bleach is evenly distributed.

Then I rinsed the bleached out after 20 minutes and washed with a sulphate-free shampoo.

Even before I finished rinsing the bleach out I knew I had over-processed my extensions. Turns out using such a high volume developer with blue powder bleach was a bad move. The hair felt dry and looked really brassy - fail:( However, the good thing about hair mistakes is (most times) they can be fixed. I washed the hair twice with the purple shampoo I showed you in my Superdrug Haul. This helped to get the brassiness out and tone the color down. After that I used the Pantene Colour Rescue Masque (also shown in my haul) and left it on the hair overnight. In the morning I washed it out and was instantly so much happier. The color was gorgeous and my hair felt really soft.



All in all, the process took a while but mainly because I had to fix the issues I had. I still have to treat the hair with the hair masque every week but you wouldn't have this issue if you stuck to the conventional white bleach and a gentler developer.

Here's some of my other hair dyeing posts for your reading pleasure: