I am a dreamer – I hate reality and I love to constantly picture myself living the most perfect life there is! But most importantly I love to see other people living out their dreams and pursuing their life goals whilst also influencing others around them. That is probably the reason I follow so many people on Instagram – I am obsessed with accounts and people that inspire and motivate me to not only improve or change my lifestyle but to also achieve as many of my aspirations as possible.
When I see other people doing well in the career that I want to pursue it makes me want to work that extra bit harder to be where I want to be in 10 years time – well at the end of this next decade. I will admit that I have slacked a lot these last two years and I kick myself every day but the main thing is that I did not quit. My only problem is that although I don’t lack motivation, I am extremely lazy, in all honesty, I am the best procrastinator you will ever meet in this life. If I had taken this whole blogging thing seriously when I was 15 (when I began), I am telling you, right now I would be so far in this life. No joke.
For the last 3 years, I have been focusing on my education and being a teen and literally just fantasising and getting nothing done but that is something that I am trying to work on this year. In my previous blog post, I mentioned one of my favourite books; the secret and the law of attraction but what we all need to understand (and something that I have learnt the hard way) is that we can have our goals and affirmations but they are nothing if we do not work towards them, instead, they’re literally just words without action – after all, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. I hate hard work and that is something that I am trying to change in the new year because like most of us out there I want to be successful and happy in life and I have realised that the only way to make this happen is through hard work because nothing in life comes handed to you. But at the same time, I have also realised that it is all about luck and the people that you know, NETWORKING IS KEY and as black people, we have to work x100 to get where we want to be in this life because believe or not we live in a eurocentric society where everyone appropriates black culture but doesn’t want to support black people. One thing that I have learnt in the last 3 years is that if you want something then go out and get it, seek as many opportunities out there as possible because sometimes you have to knock on every single door until you get the opportunity that you want.
By the end of this decade, I will be as influential as the people that I am about to mention. I want to help change peoples lives and be an inspiration for people, especially young black women!
Here are my most influential of the decade;
It would actually be a crime for me to do this post and not mention Rhianna. This woman changed the beauty game for ever and as a black woman, I will forever be grateful to her for this. She saw what was wrong with the beauty industry and she decided to do something about it and that was when brands were like oh shit and finally stepped their game up. She is the reason we have such a wide colour range now and most importantly why bramds now focus on undertones. She is that bitch!
Kanye West, you either love him or you hate him there is no in-between. Personally I fucking adore this man. When it comes to fashion he is so ahead of his time, he is a visionary, a creative and one of the best that this generation has ever seen, he took simplicity to another level with his brand Yeezy. Think about all of the fast-fashion brands that he influenced to copy the Yeezy style and think about all of the sneakers and trainers that resemble the Yeezy then come back to me and tell me this man isn’t influential.
Stormzy was named by Times magazine as one of the leaders of the next generation. Compared to most grime rappers or people within the music scene in the UK Stormzy is different in the sense that he is our very own version of J. Cole and he speaks about injustice within his music. He is out here changing peoples lives and challenging stereotypes of black people. He is an inspiration to so many black boys that are growing up on road. Stormzy is a man that is greatly invested in black excellence and he is a man that wants to help his class rise rather than rise out of it by himself he is a community man and something that everybody should aspire to be in this world like he said it is his purpose to shine a light where he can and do something where he can, just whatever he can in whatever way shape or form.
Kim Kardashian was the Queen of this decade. This woman has changed the way that we use social media in so many ways. She is the core reason for influencer marketing and not only that but she is an advocate in everything that she does. Kim Kardashian is one of the most hard-working most inspirational businesswomen of this decade and no one can tell me shit. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Kim, she is out here handling three businesses, raising a family, juggling her career a law degree whilst also helping people come out of prison. How much more inspirational can she get.
Kylie Jenner, the worlds youngest self-made billionaire of our generation. Whether or not you believe that she is a self-made billionaire we cannot argue that Kylie Jenner was one of the most influential, if not the most influential millennial of this decade. Think about it, this woman got people onto the hype of big lips and they called them Kylie Jenner lips. She is the reason for the increase in lip injections I don’t even know lip injections but I think before Kylie Jenner is that it’s doing it and then she made a business out of it!
If you do not know who Chiara Ferrangi is, she is the worlds biggest fashion blogger and the reason why fashion bloggers became so influential in the 2010s. She is the reason that they go to fashion shows, that they collaborate with huge brands like Gucci, Givenchy and Chanel. She is basically the pioneer of this whole fashion blogging industry, she paved the way for fashion bloggers and she’s probably the richest fashion blogger of our time.
The business of fashion name is Ricardo Tisci one of the 500 people shaping the fashion industry and that is no lie. Ricardo Tisci was creative director of Givenchy from 2005 to 2017 and during his time there he was able to revive the house for the new generation of upcoming luxury consumers also known you and me, his ideas created a foundation for the future of fashion. He’s a man that broke rules that we didn’t even know could be broken, he is so open-minded to do anything and everything and one of the main reasons as to why streetwear is so mainstream now within the luxury fashion market today because of his time at Givenchy. He was also one of the 1st to recognise Kim Kardashian and together they created what we like to call influencer marketing, well that’s what I think anyway.
Connell Walker is literally one of my biggest inspirations. She started the brand house of CB when she was 17 years old and today she is 25 and has managed to turn her business into a global empire. House of CB is one of the most well-known fashion brands of our time, when I tell you everybody wants a house of CB dress! she is honestly one of the most amazing women that I have ever read about and ever come across.
Ricky Rick is a South African artist he is also known as the best dressed man in Africa for me Ricky Rick is on his list because he is an inspiration to all All Africans. He is a man that has been able to show people how to push boundaries within fashion in South Africa, this man is not afraid to wear anything and will literally work it like nobody‘s business.
*Que Jackie’s intro* this is at unproblematic Queen that is literally my favourite influencer of all time. She mind is on business and talks about issues that we face not on your swimming but as black women in this industry, she calls at brands when they’re not being inclusive she holds influences accountable for their actions and addresses colour is it in the industry without hesitation. Everyone needs a dose of Jackie in their lives!
So what actually is a near-space odyssey?? Well for £380,000 you get a private group space travel with the bloon company. Imagine being able to say that you have actually been to space, do you know how insane that sounds???? How many people besides astronauts can actually say that ??? Not a lot that’s for sure.
For me, this sounds like an absolute dream because I am one of those annoying people that is always questioning shit; such as did we actually land on the moon? What do astronauts do because it’s clear they don’t spend the majority of their time in space like your average job. Are we sure the earth isn’t flat and does the government genuinely watch and listen to everything we do? So this experience would be able to disprove my so-called ‘dumb’ conspiracy theories 🤣.
Astronauts have always described the view of earth from space as a life-changing experience. For me, I know for a fact that this entire experience would in some sort of way change the way I see life, I don’t know why I feel like this but do you know when people say they feel as though they’re in the presence of a greater being, whether or not that may be God, that is exactly how I would feel if i went to space and then seeing just how small the world is would make me feel some sort of way, as in it would make me appreciate everything a lot more. In addition to that, I think it would also make me feel so grateful because in reality this is a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to afford it is honestly a WOW.
Seeing as we now live in an environmentally cautious era – Bloon is a zero-emission vehicle that relies on a large ‘sail’ filled with static helium gas capable of lifting its capsule 22 miles into the earth’s atmosphere. Being devoid of any combustible fuels means that Bloon’s ascent is gentle, has zero impact on the environment, and is entirely noiseless. So if you can get on a plane, yacht or car you can definitely get on this feeling a lot less guilty.
Do take note that the Bloon pod is safe for children (those below 16 must be accompanied by an adult). A report from your physician and a simple medical checkup is needed to ensure you and your fellow Bloon travellers can enjoy the flight safely. The pod also holds up to four people and all bookings are subject to availability and weather conditions. We advise booking at least six months in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.
So for my entire life, I thought that the Hermes Birkin bag by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka was the most expensive bag in the world because I mean come on, Hermes have the most valuable bags on this earth, everyone knows it whether or not they are a fashion enthusiast! However, after a little research, it turns out I was wrong, the worlds most expensive handbag certified by Guinness Book of World Record as just that is in fact, the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by House of Mouawad. The heart-shaped purse is encrusted with 4,517 diamonds in yellow, pink and colourless variants totalling to 381.92 carats.
Designed out of the fairy tale of Scheherazade and her king, this exquisite piece of jewellery was inspired by the 1001 nights. The bag was designed by the third-generation owner of the business, Robert Mouawad and It took 10 skilled artisans and a total of 8,800 hours to create this bag. So as you can tell it is not the worlds most expensive handbag for no reason! Mouawad also holds a number of other world records, including for creating the most expensive bra in the world. The $11m Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, which was modelled by Heidi Klum in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2003, was covered with 2,800 diamonds, sapphires and amethysts and weighed 2,200 carats. And do you know the craziest thing about this is that I had never heard of this brand until the minute I decided to write this blog post, you’d think that with the way I love handbags (designer ones to be specific) that I would know this information? But then again what’s life if you’re not learning something new every day??
This one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessory was available for private auction at Christie’s London, and was initially showcased at a collector’s handbag auction in Hong Kong in 2017. With enough bling to brighten up a dark sky, the precious purse is an investment for eccentric billionaires, who are accessory collectors, hence why I included it in this series. Experts say the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is an extremely rare piece worth more than $3.8 million, an investment worth buying. And although it doesn’t suit every occasion, collectors believe this purse can be worn on very simple occasions. If you’re a billionaire who loves sparkling items and very luxurious accessories, this handbag is a must-have for you!
I feel like I have been slacking so much with blogging for the last two years and I just want to apologise but I feel like I just needed a mental health break for my own sanity. Do you ever get those moments where you’re so emotionally drained that you lose passion in the things that you used to ADORE? But I am back and I’m back with an OG series “What I would buy if I won the Lottery.”
Not many people know this, but I originally started this series because I genuinely thought that my dad was going to win the lottery one day, so 15 year old me was like If I write about it surely it will come true then I can actually become a real-life luxury lifestyle blogger? Can you believe that this was a whole 2 and a half years before I even discovered the secret along with with the law of attraction? Do you guys believe in the power of speaking things into existence? As well as this I am such a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason and the reason my dad probably never won the lottery was that the universe knew that I would eventually win the lottery and that it would be the lottery of life because I am going to do amazing things in this life and I will one day own everything I speak about in this series! I am claiming it 😘
Ever since my European summer, I have wanted a freaking boat!!! Whilst my cousin and I were in Lake Como we were searching we even searched tinder for rich men with yachts, that is how much we wanted a boat loool but obviously it never happened otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, instead I would have lied on my Instagram claiming the boat is mine like all these insta models x But as I said before, everything happens for a reason 🤷🏾♀️, Either way, I am going to own a boat which will be resident in Lake Como where one of my many summer homes will be situated!
I feel as though for a person who has won the lottery a boat really isn’t enough, whereas a yacht will be the ultimate thing for everyone to know that you are “that bitch” and that you are not a person to be messed with! I know that they both float on water but there is a difference despite many boating enthusiasts using the words boat and yacht interchangeably when in reality, they are very different terms. A yacht is a larger, recreational boat or ship. The word “Yacht” comes from Dutch origin and was originally defined as a light, and fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to find and capture pirates. A boat, on the other hand, is smaller in size and can be anything from a fisherman’s boat to a sailboat.
When determining the difference between a yacht and a boat, there are a few main deciding factors including:
As I previously mentioned, size matters when it comes to differentiating between a boat and a yacht. Yachts can range from about 35 feet in length all the way up to 160+ feet in length, however, most will be somewhere in the middle. Anything over 160 feet would be considered a “Superyacht”. Boats are generally anywhere from 15-30 feet in length.
Where they can operate
Smaller boats are usually capable of operating in calm waters like lakes, rivers, and shallow harbours. Some larger boats, usually 20 – 30 feet in length, can also navigate more rough ocean waters. A yacht, on the other hand, is able to sail in deeper, ocean waters and deal with more turbulent seas. Due to a larger size, high tech yacht electronics and guidance instruments, protection from the elements, and a number of other features yachts are far more suitable for long ocean trips.
While a boat can be operated by just one captain, a yacht typically requires a full crew to help with navigation, maintenance, electronics and engineering, repairs and stewards to cater to the passengers. In reality, it’s a lot more like a small, private cruise service than an afternoon on the boat with your friends.
Depending on the boat, it may operate solely using a sail and the wind, or one or more inboard or outboard motors. While some larger boats can mount very large engines to create some real speed on the water, these engines do not match the power of most yacht engines. Yacht engines are much larger in size, can produce considerably more power – in some cases up to 800hp, and are capable of running much longer distances.
Navigation and technology
While some boats may have advanced marine electronics and navigation systems, it’s more of a requirement when it comes to yachts. When making trans oceanic trips it is not only important that you are able to navigate with precision, but also that you can detect other boats or objects that you may not be able to see and understand the performance of your vessel.
So in case, you haven’t realised I am obsessed with everything Luxury and I have always wanted to own a luxury watch, they are the most timeless of pieces. This has never been more evident in a world of smartphones and smartwatches where people are still opting for the simple classical watch. It is the one staple every man and woman need in their lives.
Mark my words when I say that almost every luxury item is an Investment piece, therefore these decisions cannot be too rash, especially when it comes to watches. Too many sites sell fake watches so you need to be careful where you put your money because these are not cheap, that is not the only thing you have to consider. There are so many aspects to luxury watch buying including; Am I going to purchase a new one or look for a pre-owned one? How much am I willing to spend? What material am I going for? What year is going to be from? How thick do I want it to be? and so much more!
My number one go-to site is Chronoexpert.co.uk for me it’s like the Vestaire collective but for watches. This is the true definition of a niche brand that is catering to the specific needs and wants of consumers. Just like Vestaire Chronoexpert.co.uk has a strict policy against counterfeits and copies and only sells AUTHENTIC watches. Each watch is put through a complex verification process, where a team of experts follows a multi-layered verification process to ensure that each piece is genuine. So you don’t have to worry about buying any fakes! My favourites on the site are the three holy grails; Cartier, Rolex and Omega! These are like the Chanel boy bag, Lady Dior and Hermes Birkin of the watch industry.
The company’s CEO, Pablo Martín said in a statement: “Our goal is to shift from the more traditional buying experience to the online world while maintaining the customer’s trust throughout the entire process. Therefore, along with other benefits, the platform offers a 14-day return policy and 12 months of additional warranty.”
This is definitely the companies USP as I have never heard of a luxury marketplace that offers returns. I think that this is something they should all have as I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever ordered something online and changed my mind once it got here or it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Considering how expensive the watch you buy may be, this is essential!
It’s been a long time, a very long time since I did a “what I would buy if I won the lottery”, it has been an entire year in fact and more if I’m being completely honest. WOW. I have missed this series, it was the one time I could look at ridiculously expensive s*** and feed peoples spending habits with ridiculously crazy ideas that they probably don’t need, but guess what, I’m back and I’m better than ever. Get ready to wish you were super rich because I wish I was 🙁
I’m not a car person nor have I ever been but I feel like if I was stupid rich I’d want a collection of cars; one for every day of the week, every occasion and one for every mood and of course one to match my outfits in a various number of colours (fashion doesn’t just stop at clothing, it’s a lifestyle) – I think It’s pretty evident that my shopping habit doesn’t stop with clothes lol.
Is it even possible to adore people that you have never met before? There are so many people out there that inspire me every single day and today I am giving you my top 3. These individuals are a true representation of how if you can dream it you can do it. They are the reason that I work so hard when it comes to my blog because they are the product of how hard work can pay off.
Recently I have been trying to be more positive and optimistic about life and complain and worry less. I am a firm believer in the idea that a positive outreach on life results in a happier life and that’s all we want, right? If anyone knows me they know that I used to be the queen of complaining, which is such a bad thing, I learned through the secret (one of the best self-help books out there) that this was the worst thing as through complaining you’re only drawing in negative energy. So this year we’re being more grateful for everything in life and only attracting positive energy. Although sometimes we are faced with extremely difficult challenges, things do happen for a reason and how we deal with them define who we are as people. There is no point in stressing over the things that we cannot control, there’s a saying that if it won’t affect you in 5 years time, don’t waste more than 5 minutes stressing over it. We need to eliminate everything negative in our lives and the things that are stopping us from pursuing our dreams, including the people that don’t support us, even quitting your job to focus on living your dream life, it’s better to say you tried rather than always wondering what if? What’s life without a little risk? We need things and people that motivate us to do our absolute best and make sure that we lead the happiest and fullest lives possible. In 2019 we’re being more selfish!
In a new age like today, There is so much hatred and negativity especially on social media and I honestly don’t understand how people have the time and energy. I can’t even hold a grudge for more than a week so I don’t understand how can someone take time out of their day to purposely judge and hate on someone for living their life? Do they not have a life of their own? I am so incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has given me so far and I know that I say this every other month but I . promise that this is the year I get serious with my blog and the ear that I start posting regularly here and on my youtube channel. Starting a blog was literally the best thing that I ever did and something that I will never regret! It has helped me so much to grow as a person and it has given me a new perspective on life and I can only hope that one day I can become an inspiration for people out there as these influencers have been to me.
My most influential in 2018;
Virgil Alboh is most definitely a force to be reckoned with; he’s an undefinable creative force in the industry from being a fashion designer, DJ, and music producer you’d never guess that he has a degree in civil engineering. Last year, Abloh became the first black designer to hold such a high profile position in luxury fashion as Louis Vuitton new Creative director. Virgil is a pioneer in streetwear fashion and one of the most influential people in fashion right now!!!!!!!! He doesn’t follow trends but he creates them through the stories he tells through his designs and for me he is hands down my favourite designer at this moment in time!
We’ve all heard of House of CB, right? Well, this is the incredible woman behind the brand. Can you believe that at just 26 Miss Conna Walker has managed to build a household name – a globally recognised brand worn by the likes of Beyonce, JLO and the Kardashians. She is one incredible woman and the fact that she started her business at just 17 is amazing like WTAF!
Patricia Bright is the most honest woman on youtube who releases some of the best content on the platform. I have been watching her channel religiously for the last 3 years now and she has only gone from strenght to strength – last year she not only released her own lipstick but this year she is releasing a book!
So this over the last week Twitter has been going mad over White Instagram models pretending to be black. @WannasWorld started a thread on Twitter calling out white influencers who are apparently cosplaying as black women, she posted various screenshot examples and called for other people to send anymore that they found too. As you can see she received a ton of responses of what looks to be young white women altering their skin tone and hair to appear racially ambiguous. Later on in the thread, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Dolezal were brought up as more mainstream offenders. So my question for you guys is, is this appropriation? In my opinion, it is, 100%, without a doubt. I have discussed appropriation a few times on my blog this year but this is on another level. I have had enough, I am so sick and tired of people posing as though they belong to a culture or race that is not their own, people need to understand that it is not okay. You can appreciate but don’t appropriate!
Can we start a thread and post all of the white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram? Let’s air them out because this is ALARMING.
The thing is, everyone loves black culture yet they don’t know the struggle that comes with being black especially in America. Black people in that country are constantly being racially abused (the problem of police brutality among African Americans has come to light in recent years). Young blacks are living in fear every single day of their lives just because of their skin tone, so when people do something like this, it’s just like WTAF. Are you even educated? In addition to this, Black women are always being called out for ‘self-hating’ just because they wear wigs, weaves and braid they hair etc but yet when white people are getting lip fillers, Brazillian butt lifts, texturising their hair and are extreme tanning just to look like us, they, themselves are not self-hating? I am tired, I am so done with this society and it’s double standards when it comes to issues regarding race. People are so extremely ignorant and I am tired of it. At this point people should be more knowledgeable about these situations, they just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018 and people are still using blackface? Are you fucking kidding me?
Travelling has been a passion of mine since I could remember, most three-year-olds would be afraid of getting on a plane but not me. My family constantly remind me of how excited I was to get on my first ever plane at the age of 3 and surprisingly 14 years later nothing has changed. I still love that feeling of getting on a plane and knowing that there’s a whole other world out there that’s just waiting for me to discover, a new culture for me to experience and new memories for me to create.
Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to travel to amazing places around the world such as Amsterdam, Spain, the south of France, Qatar and South Africa but there’s still so much that I have left to see and experience. In my opinion, travelling not only educates you as a human being but it also challenges you by teaching you new skills you never thought you could do and it helps you to get in touch with yourself, grow as a person and helps you to figure out what it is that you exactly want from life. It gives you a whole new perspective. But most importantly travelling makes history come alive. You get the chance to see and experience everything that you have ever read and heard about.
People always say that in life you only ever regret the things that you didn’t do and I completely agree with this, in my eyes, everything happens for a reason and our actions reflect how we felt at that moment in time, therefore, we can never regret the things we did, instead we should see them as life lessons. 10 years from now I don’t ever want to regret the decisions that I made. Sometimes I feel that as people we over think everything and although taking responsibility for our lives is important our happiness should come first, above everything and anything else, sometimes you just need to be spontaneous and do whatever it is to make sure that you’re living the best life possible. Men are so much better at putting themselves first than we are as women, this is something that we need to learn from them because life is meant to be a joyous thing.
As soon as I turn 18 I am grabbing my passport and I plan on going EVERYWHERE, however, I will not be backpacking, staying in hostels or hitting the interrail. As much as I want the full experience I am way too high maintenance for that – I have extremely high standards. If I’m travelling I plan on spending my time in the most luxurious hotels and resorts. I Can’t have it any other way, after all, I want to document it all for you guys!
I’d love to know your Top 10 places to visit in the comments! Mine are