Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi friends,

Sorry I have been so quiet the past few days. I have been unwell and unwilling to do anything but I am back now. To be honest, social media can take take toll sometimes, and when that happens its always best to take a break.

Anyhow, today’s post is a little different. Francesca from A Female Flâneur blog nominated me for the Sunshine Blogget awards this week and not only I am so honoured that she nominated me, but also thrilled as it is my first award nomination.

The rules are simple:

-Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog

-Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you

-Nominate your favourite bloggers to receive the award, and write 11 questions for them

-List the rules and display the award logo on your post and blog.


And my 11 questions are:

  • What’s your dream holiday destination and why? – New York
  • What book would you recommend for summer reading? – I don’t really read but when I do, Jackie Collins is always the culprit that makes me.
  • What outfit or accessory makes you feel fabulous? – My wedding ring and the Fossil watch my husband bought me for our third wedding anniversary.
  • On a typical Sunday morning, what would you be doing? – Brunch at home with my hubby
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Sweet potatoes (I am low key OBSESSED)
  • Do you have any role models? If so, who are they? – Of course. My mother. If I am even an inch of the woman she is, I will have succeeded in life.
  • What is something on your bucket list? – Call me Boujee but all I want to do is fly first class. 🙃
  • Tea or coffee? – Coffee- in the morning, white, two sugars
  • What is the best compliment you’ve ever received? – Three things – 1. A few days after my dad passed, a few family members mentioned that my dad used to brag about me. 2. I also found a paper where my dad had written my name. I don’t know why my name was written but for some reason, I felt so proud that he had my name written down. I still have the paper in my wallet. 3. People telling me I am just like my dad. I used to get offended when I was younger but now that I am older and wiser, it is a compliment.
  • If there was one change you would like to see in the world, what would it be? – Death.
  • Do you have a favourite fairy-tale? If so, what is it? – Cinderella. I have no clue why but I watch the original Cinderella cartoon and memorized all the words when I was a child. I can still recite the movie word for word from beginning to end.

Thanks for reading guys.

I nominate:

Hello Haileys

Ciara Swalsh

The Adventures of Clare

What He Does

Kate in The Country

Me Myself and My Passion

Wondering or lost

My questions to you are:

  1. If given the chance, would you switch places with Megan Markle?
  2. What’s the worst thing you ever did as a child and what was your punishment?
  3. What is one thing you refuse to share?
  4. What are two things you would do if you woke up to find yourself completely invisible?
  5. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
  6. If you were offered the position of mayor of your city, would you take it?
  7. What bad habit do you have that you know you need to break, but don’t really want to?
  8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  9. If you could be on the cover of any magazine which one would you choose?
  10. Describe your own personal hell.
  11. Describe your own personal heaven.
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How to pass an ESL job interview with Snaplingo

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

So I have had a few questions about interviews with Snaplingo so I decided to write this post and explain the interview process and how to pass yours.

The first thing you need to know about Snaplingo is that they are quite casual nd laid back. So try not to be too nervous or rigidly stiff during the interview.

When I did my interview, I was sitted on my bed with my back pressed against the wall. Of course, I didn’t show that I was sitted on my bed but the point is that it was a very relaxed environment.

My interviewer was very nice and the interview was very conversational, it was almost like we were old buddies.

After you have heard about the company and the job from your interview, take the initiative to ask questions. Write down any questions you might want to ask about the company, the job, colleagues, salary etc. This will tell the interviewer that you are really interested and know what you are looking for.

The second thing you need to keep in mind is that you need to prove that you are a teacher by nature even if you are not one by profession. So mention circumstances in which you might find difficulty while teaching and ask a question about them. For example, I asked what would happen if I got a child that doesn’t know English at all. The trainer told me not to worry about those kids as they will more often than not have an adult to help translate. If not, you can use google translate if you need to.

Questions such as these will show the interviewer that you know what you are doing as a teacher even if you have never taught before.

Third thing to do is download the Snaplingo App and get familiar with it. If you have any questions about it, do ask them. Again, questions show your enthusiasm.

Finally, if you can, get a few props like puppets and work them into the conversation with your interviewer. As a bonus, you can get a chart of numbers or the alphabet and stick them onto the wall as your background. This also shows initiative and interest.

You don’t have to get props and a background at interview stage. Most people wait until they get the job to get a background and props. This means that having them during your interview stage will give you an advantage over everyone else applying for the job.

TinyTip: Just buy a chart with the alphabet from a local store, cut the letters out and paste them onto the wall. This will give you a simple and attractive background.

So guys, this is my advice for anyone who has an interview for a job as an online ESL teacher with Snaplingo.

If you have any questions, please do comment or send me an email.

If you want information on applying for a job with Snaplingo, read my post here.

If you would like a sample letter to give you an idea on what to include in you cover letter, click here.

If you are looking for information about Snaplingo, click here.

Thanks for stopping by again.

See you next week.

Kel xxx

My holy Grail makeup products

So I don’t have as big a make up collection as I would like but I will go through the best products I have used so far.

Lancomé Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation & Bare minerals HD Foundation

These are the best foundations I have ever used on my skin. The colours are just right and they blend very naturally with my own skin.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation is my personal favourite foundation. When applied, it feels velvety when on the skin. It is moisturising, highly defining and best of all, it looks natural. I don’t know much about the technicalities behind choosing a foundation for the skin but Lancomé has definitely worked for me. Another thing I loved about Lancomé foundation is the durability. It lasts all day and does not budge. It is a bit on the high side cost-wise but definitely worth it.

I used to think MAC was the best foundation but when I started experimenting with other foundations, it is not even in my top 3 anymore.

Bare Minerals BarePro foundation

Definitely a close second to Lancome. It also blends well with my skin but since it is a mineral foundation, it gives the skin the ability to breath and does not completely block the pores. This basically means it is almost like your daily moisturiser with a bit of colour. My skin loves Bare Minerals BarePro Liquid foundation.

BlackUp contour stick

This is a brand that was made specifically for people of colour. Their contour sticks come in 6 shades. I recommended that you choose one where the highlight colour is one shade lighter than your skin tone and the contour colour is one shade darker than your skin tone. Highlighting and contouring has never been easier.

Inglot Black gel Eyeliner and Duraline

If you are an eyeliner kinda girl, throw away ALL your eyeliners as I am about to introduce you to the BEST eyeliner in the world. This eyeliner is jet black so it enhances even the darkest of skin tones so beautifully. It stays on all day no matter what you do. In fact, you will need to purchase the Inglot Duraline in order to remove any mistakes you make during application as it does not budge without it.

It costs €16 which is a bit steep but I have had mine for a year now and it is not even down to a quarter. I reckon it will last me a good long while.

TinyTip1: when applying, use Inglot Duraline with eyeliner to make it even blacker.

Tinytip2: if you don’t have an eyeliner application brush and don’t want to buy one you can use the applicator from a liquid liner. It works perfectly and keeps the tip moisturised.

Maybelline Eyebrow Tattoo

OH MY GOODNESS GIRLS, this is the best product ever invented, especially for the working woman or mother that has no time to spend 20 minutes in the mirror just doing her eyebrows. Application is easy and takes all of a minute or two. When you are done with the rest of the face, or with dressing up and you are ready to get out the door, peel it off and VOILA! You have your perfect eyebrows. I normally highlight with a concealer to give the brows some definition but you don’t need to.

Those that have been wondering why I have been on time since this year began, I have this product to thank. I save 20 minutes of precious getting ready time. Yay!

So let’s talk numbers. It cost me €12 for this product which I don’t think is bad for a product that basically saved my life. (DRAMATIC MUCH?)

Last but not least is M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

With lips as big as mine, I cannot wear light coloured lipsticks- I haven’t yet quite learnt how to. So it’s always dark colours for me but they have to be highly pigmented in order for my lips not to look like a bad Kylie Jenner job.

So there you go friends, my holygrail products that are yet to fail me as a human being. I hope this post has given you some inspiration on what to put in your next makeup shopping list.

If you have used any of these products, do tell me if they have worked for you or not.

Also, if you have a holygrail, I would like to hear from you. My makeup collection is still very small and has room to grow.

Until next time, call me Boujee

Xxx

In the beginning

Fashion has always been in my blood. I was always that 8-year-old girl that was caught red-handed with her feet in my mum’s heels and a handbag bigger than my own head.

I LOVE fashion. I always have and always will. Of course, growing up in Africa nurtured a particular warm weather friendly fashion bug in me. I mean, it is not hard to dress well in warm weather even for those with the worst of fashion senses. Sundresses, sandals and sun hats have always been second nature to me. In warm weather, all you have to do is throw on a pair of shorts, a multicolored Chiffon blouse, a solid colored pair of sandal shoes with a matching color bag of choice, accessories as desired, style hair appropriately and you are good to go.

Things changed when I move to Europe. Suddenly, I found myself more obsessed with being warm than smart. For the first year of living here, all I cared about when dressing up was being warm. I piled the layers on top of each other before I finally played the final brick of my fashion grave with a thick coat that was sure to keep me nice and toasty, just how I liked it. I shudder to think how far gone I was.

In addition to wanting to be warm, I had no clue how to style myself in the world of black, grey, black, cream and the occasional red clothes. How could I have known which cardigans matched with which top or coat? For goodness sake, I didn’t even know the difference between a cardigan, a sweater, and jumper or the difference between a coat and a jacket. I didn’t know what materials were warm and which ones weren’t, so I would buy loads of clothes that weren’t warm and ended up having to layer up even more.
You laugh now! But I am sure I am not the only warm climate immigrant to ever face this kind of problems.

So what did I do? I started getting observant. Other women I saw looked gorgeous in their clothing. So gorgeous that they even made the dull winter colors look really attractive. I had to learn how to go from looking like the bird woman in the second Home Alone movie everytime I left my house and to looking like Queen Bey.

This started my Boujee struggle. I had redefined myself with a mission to be a stylish curvy black woman in a street somewhere here in Europe.

Till next time!

Xxx