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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Video: Crotchet Jumbo Twist - Show and Tell

Hello lovers!

Based on the questions I got regarding my most recent hairstyle, I have made a video answering some of the most common questions I got from people.

I don't have to type much right now. Enjoy the video.





THIS IS THE HAIR I USED BELOW. 


Don't forget to ask further questions in the comment box. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our Proposal Video + The Story and Interview in Genevieve Magazine

Hello world!

Going by the title of this post, I know that most of you are only here for one reason and one reason only... but please hold on for a second...

To share our proposal story is to tell you of the goodness of God in our life. This month of February  makes it 7 years of my dating anniversary with Amen (whom I fondly refer to as Le Boo for social media purposes.. lol).  Those of you who know us and have followed my story know that we started dating each other in our teenage years shortly after the car accident.

This is not a post to gush about this man who is lucky to have me in his life... (Oh wait, did you think I was going to say something else?) Hahahah.... You must not know 'bout me.

Ok, I keed I keed! Amen and I are so blessed to have each other and I honestly just cannot thank God enough for how far he has brought us.

As most of you know by now, we're engaged.


After the proposal, I promised that I would share the proposal story, and you some people kept reminding me and asking for the story but life has been happening, and honestly I just preferred telling the story verbally more than I wanted to type it. So I stalled, and stalled and stalled.

Fast forward to about a month after the proposal, I was approached by the lovely people at Genevieve Magazine Nigeria for an interview on Le Boo and I's love life, and more importantly, for the proposal story. The interview was a series of phone conversation and it was also done via skype, so of course this was just the thing I needed because it meant somebody else would be doing the writing while I talk and talk away. lol..

The interview was a success with the beautiful Torera. She made me feel at ease and was so kind and courteous despite our time differences. You can now find the interview in Genevieve's February Issue. Take a look at the cover below.




See, I always wanted to meet RMD (Richard Mofe Damijo), and to be on the cover of this issue with him is beyond AMAZING!
Now of course the haters will say I technically wasn't on the cover with him, but  uhmmm.... Haters gonna hate, and potatoes gonna potate. *side eye emoji*

Anyhoo, in the article that was written in the magazine, I answered some questions regarding dating and disability (the only D word, I'm not fully OK using, but I'm getting better). I can tell you so much more that was discussed in the interview, but what's the fun in that? You'll have to get your copy of the magazine to read more on that! Magazine can be bought physically or through the Genevieve magazine app.

I am however not all evil, so I have decided to share the part on our proposal story with you all today.


YOU CAN CLICK ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE THEM. 

As you can read above, the proposal was a surprise to me, and I actually thought I was part of a plan to surprise a friend of mine (Sandra) for HER proposal.  Since I'm a photographer, my best friend (Faith) sought my advice on planning the perfect proposal for Sandra. I had questions but each of my question got answers that left me without suspecting this was fowl play.

Over the course of planning the surprise proposal (that we told our friend would be a photoshoot for her - since she's been begging me for one), I would share details of the secret mission I was to embark on with my now fiance (a.k.a Le Boo). Little did I know that him and Faith and Sandra were in on the whole thing. Le Boo actually advised me on the location for where our "photo shoot/Sandra's supposed proposal" should be at, and I went ahead with his suggestion for the Mandalay Canal. It was the perfect spot for what ended up being MY proposal.

Those who know me know that I live for everything wedding, romance, love and photography. This was my zone, and I was excited to be making a friend's day. I was lowkey jealous of how much work my best friend was putting into another person's proposal, and I even made remarks like "When my own time comes, you better make sure you represent!! All I need is HALF of what you're doing for Sandra".

As I type this, I am remembering once again all the perfect lies the bestie told. LOL...DANG, that girl gave me no clues to work with son!! At a point, I remembered having a tiny inkling that this could very well be my proposal, BUT THE SPEED AND PERFECT DREAM KILLING SKILLS that the bestie possessed was nothing next to my "gut feeling". She point blank told me not to set myself up for failure! Also, everything lined up well enough that I was totally convinced Sandra was getting proposed to.

Honestly, I'm so glad everything went as it did. The proposal was a great moment, and I'm sure those of you still reading this are already tired of reading everything I'm typing... SO without further ado, please click on the video to watch our proposal video.


In case you're curious, the part I started suspecting something was "OFF" in the video, was when Sandra literally acted like it was normal for a guitar player to pop into her photoshoot and start singing about marriage. LOL...In my head I was like "this girl is not normal oo".
You see, I knew my boy CY would be there to sing and play (BTW, Thanks CY, you're going places), so I wasn't phased by his arrival.. however, when Sandra just kept posing for pictures, I started to suspect something wasn't normal. LOL.. Still, I was slow.. and I thought to myself "maybe Sandra is too shocked to react"... then my bestie calls me,  I look towards her and I saw my friend Tope coming towards me with a camera, slowly being followed by Lamar, Cece, and then LE BOO.

Right after seeing Tope, I KNEW THIS WAS MY PROPOSAL and the rest as they say, is history. One of  the best days of my life!

Special thanks to Le Boo for his video editing skills. I love you and you're perfect for me in every way.

Thanks to the bestfriend a girl could ever ask for. I love you! I Honestly am soooo glad that you insisted that you use my other camera for video. BTW y'all, her reasoning was because she didn't want Sandra to suspect why she was tagging along on our "photo shoot". I knew it was for the "Sandra's Proposal", but I remember telling her "Sandra might think this whole shoot is fishy"... but Sandra was such a good actress that her oblivious ways just kept making me giddy and I kept thinking to myself; "SHE HAS NO CLUE, OMG, She'll be so surprised and we'll be here to capture everything on camera for her".

I MUST thank my sisterlove - Tope - for the wonderful pictures!
And also my sugar banana Yemisi, a.k.a Cece, your presence was such a delight! I love you baby girl, and your sound tracks in the video is one of my fave! Hahaha,..
And Lamar, Bro!! It was so great to see your face that day. Your smile, and hugs, and just pure excitement! I am so glad to be a part of the family!!

Big Thanks to Sabrina who made the "Will You Marry Me?" Signs. She put great thought into it and made it as though it was written with nail polish from a polish bottle. I Loved these! And is it weird that I kept the card? Hahaha



Thanks to our family members as well. I'm trying to cover everybody in the THANKS, but let me just say I genuinely love everybody that made this a success and I want to thank you all SOOOO Very much. Yes even those of you who made our proposal picture go sorta-kinda viral! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Honestly, we are so blessed to have each other and I love Amen so very much that the only answer I could yell out when he asked me to marry him was "Of course I will" - right after I asked if my Dad knew that the proposal was happening. LOL....





Thankfully I am TheDIYLady, and they didn't catch my nails looking rough since it was a weekend. BUT the bestie later told me she had plans in case my nails would have needed pampering.
However, can you just imagine if my nails looked a mess though? Hahaha, the nail polish world would take ALL of my cards!

However, I'm still low-key mad my hair looked a mess and I cried like a baby. LOL... 



More importantly, A BIG THANK YOU to everyone both in real life and on social media for the love you have shown towards our love. My life has become a testimony and a message and I hope that beyond this "showcase of love", you can see the message I've always tried to pass across to everybody. God is good, life goes on, and God's got you!

Life is not always easy, and I have stories upon stories of how close I have come to GIVING UP, but at the end of the day, God uses somebody, or even speaks to me personally and HE helps me to remember  what his words says in 1st Corinthians 10:13 that:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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That's it for now y'all.

Sorry, not really sorry if the story is choppy and a little too full of excitement. lol
I do however hope you enjoyed this and hopefully you all stick with me on this journey.

I am sure I'll share more  as we plan this wedding that I HAVE NO IDEA where to begin planning from.

Thank you so very much for coming by.
Till Later, God Bless.

Friday, February 12, 2016

#WheelchairFashion: Orange is NOT the new Black + New Hairstyle

Hi beauties, 

TGIF! 
Today's wheelchair fashion post is all about comfort and a pop of color. 
You've heard the phrase "orange is the new black", but I am here to say, can we please leave orange alone to be JUST orange? Lol.. 

Why would anyone want such a pretty color to be black? Ah! Don't get me wrong, I love black as you can clearly see in this OOTD, but without orange in my outfit combination, I'm sure we'll all agree that this could have been a pretty boring outfit. 

Normally when I do wheelchair fashion posts, I try to give tips to my fashionistas who use wheelchairs, but today, I don't really have much tip except that you should be YOU and stay fierce! 

High heeled wedges are still my go to when I want to look a bit more dressed up. And for a curvy girl like me, you all know a belt is literally BAE! 


I accessorized minimally, because this new hairstyle is ALREADY DOING TOO MUCH! Do you like though?

I'm loving this gorgeous earrings from Scintillate. I'll have a separate review all about this jewelry company soon, but if you're interested in checking them out right now, use coupon code: NEWCUSTOMER10 to take some $$$ off your purchase.






If you're following me on Instagram and snapchat, you'll know that I'm currently in love with my new hairstyle. This is crotchet braids y'all. I should have a show and tell video all about this hair on my YouTube channel soon.




And that's it for now .. 
Thanks for visiting. 
Till Later, God Bless. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Life Update: Facelift, Wedding Plans, 2016 Goals And Lots More

Hello lovers!

First of all, Happy New year to you all.
It's 2016 and I can't believe that my first post is coming this late.

However, there is an explanation! Life has been busy! I was making some changes to the blog and redefining my brand as The Do It Yourself Lady. Now that everything is in motion, I am READY for 2016!!!

2015 was a very wonderful year and it's safe to say that the highlight of the year was getting engaged to the love of my life. I cannot wait to marry him this year and celebrate our love with all of our families and friends present.
We've been together now for what seems like forever, and even though we are ready to just begin the next part of our lives, we have to wait a bit while we plan OUR wedding!


~*Wedding Planning*~

Wedding planning has been interesting, LOL... If you know me, you know I'm a procrastinator who believes that all things work together for good. That sounds nice doesn't it? Well, the real truth is that I can be very lazy and shove things till the last minute, but our upcoming wedding sure has changed me!



I find myself researching vendors and actually making plans! The only word I have to describe this process of wedding planning is Interesting. I am discovering more and more that the wedding industry is out to make one go bankrupt if one is not careful (LOL). I have lots of stories that I will tell on this matter, but for now, the only update I have on the issue is that it's an interesting process to plan a wedding.
The wedding planning process has somehow also influenced my DIY powers. I find myself thinkiing of color combinations and DIY projects I should take on.I spruced up my work space with some wedding-like DIY projects as you see below. LOL.. Yes, Quick photo printing, a cheap frame that I added some bling to, a vase and some lovely flowers picked out by me.


Here's what the mug says up close. This was a mug I got during Christmas 2015. I love it very much! 

This little corner at my work place actually brings me tremendous joy. lol.. Staring at le boo and I can never get old. I love the top picture of us so very much. My lovely sister friend who was present at our proposal took such great pictures. Check her out by CLICKING HERE.

 I really love the flowers and colors! Florists better watch out.. I might be arranging my own bridal bouquet DIY-style! ;)

And just because I love the mug, here are some more pictures.

~*Facelift*~

Although it appears that the wedding planning is the main focus of almost every Bride-to-Be, I have other wonderful things in the works for my personal life. My aim is to have a very lovely wedding, but I understand that the marriage itself is the koko (main deal). I have been making some changes in my personal life, and one is getting a facelift.... For the blog. LOL.. Hahahaha..

WAIT!!! I hope you didn't think that I went under the knife?

Naaahh, I didn't touch my face y'all. I'm referring to this blog getting a facelift!

If you have been a regular follower around here, you'll notice that the blog looks completely different than what it used to look like.
Updating and revamping the blog has been on my mind for so long, but I never got to do it till now.

With the help of a new friend who is also a blogger Kemi Chronicles, I got the info to a store on Etsy and was able to revamp the blog with the help of the store owner.
Please feel free to email me at Lizzy@thediylady.com if you need the name of the store on Etsy. The owner devoted her time to perfecting my vision in giving this blog a FACELIFT! When she was done with her part of the work, I made some tweaks (texts and minor details), and now we have THE NEW LOOK for THEDIYLADY.COM!!! I'm especially smitten with the new LOGO.

If you're reading this on your mobile device, you might not get the full experience, but here's a screen shot of the desktop version below. :)


~*Goals*~

I have so many goals this year and I have written them down, and I pray that the Lord help me to accomplish them all. 
Some goals I'd like to share with you, just so I'm held accountable are related to my brand as THEDIYLADY
- I'd like to blog at least once every week. 
- I'd like to take my YouTube channel more seriously and start doing more videos (Please subscribe HERE so I can be motivated to post). 


Those are my two main goals for THEDIYLADY Brand.

And Just because I feel like it's been a while since you saw my face, here are some pictures of my face to round up this post.



And this last post takes us back to the the wedding talk.. I love every reason to take a picture of my left hand. LOL.

STAY HAPPY MY FRIENDS!!!

Let's Conquer 2016 together!!!
Feel free to comment on anything I've discussed here. Ask questions and also share some of your 2016 goals with me in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for visiting.
Till Later, God Bless.

Friday, December 25, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS... and I'm Engaged?!?!!!!

Hello Lovers!!!

I have been away but nothing could stop me from wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 2015 has come and is leaving.. and today we celebrate Christ - the reason for the season. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful day and this year ends on a great note for you and your loved one. 

Ohhh, and yes, since I haven't said it on the blog yet.. I'm engaged (as you can see in the picture below and in the Title). 

I shared it all over my social media pages and just now realized I never ACTUALLY blogged about it yet! I'll share our story and "how he proposed" sometime in the future I guess (Lol). 


Thanks for stopping by, and I WISH YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Till Later, God Bless.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Put Your Best Face Forward with Luna by Foreo: Review + Video + Discount Code

Hello loves, 

Happy Holiday season!!!

It's officially the time for festivities and I am a happy girl because I love all of the joy and love and happiness this season brings. This season also comes with SALES and that excites the shopaholic in me.
Today I have my review of the Luna by Foreo Facial Cleanser. This is currently on sale on Foreo's website and you need to read till the end because I've been looking forward to tell you all about this product.

I've been using this stuff for about 2 months now, and I took a while to review it because I wanted to be sure that it does what it claims it does. 

After using it for as long as I have, I'd like to let the world know that it does everything it says and MORE. I saw results on the first day I used it, but I had to see if it was consistent and it certainly has been. The Luna by Foreo is literally one of my favorite beauty products of 2015! 

According to the Foreo website, here's what they said about the Luna:
DEEP & GENTLE CLEANSINGThe unique combination of T-Sonic™ pulsations with silicone touch-points gently removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores of makeup residue, as well as 99.5% of dirt
and oil*, enhancing the absorption of your other skincare products.


The Silicone touch-point are everything! They get into the skin and seriously clean out everything. Your skin feels amazing after every use of this device and also results in wonderful clear skin in the long run.

REDUCE THE SIGNS OF AGING
In its one-of-a-kind Anti-Aging Mode, the LUNA™ directs lower-frequency pulsations that, when applied to wrinkle-prone areas, reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brings skin that looks firmer.



I made a youtube video for this product.
Enjoy as you watch below.




If you're interested in this product, right now, you Get 25% off FOREO LUNA & ISSA Range devices + free shipping at FOREO.com. Offer ends November 30th!

(I'll Update this post with further coupon codes)

Thanks for coming by, Till Later, God Bless.