Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lifestyle. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Top 4 Tips and Things I Learnt from Posting Everyday on Instagram


Hi Babes! How is your day going? Great I hope.
A while ago, I took on a personal challenge and posted everyday on Instagram for about 27 days or thereabout. The results were mind blowing. I was shook y'all. I decided to do a post to share some of the things I found out with you :)


1. There is an untapped amount of traffic waiting for influencers it's crazy.

2. Instagram is a two way road. Once you settle down and figure out the ever changing 
algorithms and get it right your audience will grow without you having to buy followers or likes. This requires A LOT of patience and time however.
My secret has been the Holy Spirit. He keeps teaching me new stuff! Believe it or not, there is actually a skill to instagram. Also, you can also implore the use of strategic use of hashtags, and a CREATIVE MIND. Ask yourself what do I want my Instagram grid to look like? If you aren't sure, google or check out pintrest for instagram theme ideas to inspire you.

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3. You need a serious "non spammy" unfollower application. Why you ask? Well because it's a jungle out there, and some accounts ain't loyal honey. People will follow to unfollow you after 24 hours or less! I use "Followers Assistant" by Andrew Tretiakov. Hahaha I've used this application for so long I feel like a shareholder. It's so genuine, and free too! You can have up to three accounts on it. God bless Andrew for this app. Honeybun you can find it here
You can't even imagine how happy I am with tis application. I discovered it after experiencing some thought provoking events. I hope you find it useful if you don't have one you use. If you have one you use, please share the name with me in the comments.


4. There are exciting thriving communities on instagram! My joy knew no bounds upon discovering the thriving black community. Nothing relates like inclusion, seeing people doing well, achieving feats that were once believed to be farfetched. Melanin poppin, Blackgirlskillingit, blackgirlsrock, blackgirlstravel,and so on... So much inspiration y'all! There are other thriving circles I like to call communities as well who inspire me because I love to learn stuff about other cultures too(in my opinion, these help unite a lot of people). You'd never believe the time I linger around some Indian, Russian, Arab, Asian, and Latino instagram grids just admiring and well learning about places, people, food and other stuff.




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I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.


Wishing you a beautiful week filled with success.
All my love,
Lily of Nigeria.


This brand is based on Psalm 45:13.
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

5 SMALL WAYS ON HOW TO START DRINKING WATER AND MAKE IT A HABIT

Hi Babes! Welcome to today's post, and happy Sunday.
Let me start by saying that if you were hoping this post will be one to list the benefits of drinking the good ol' H2O aka water to you, you will be disappointed. There are a lot of posts on the internet that breaks that down for you, I encourage you to search for them and read up.

This blog post however will serve as an inspiration,or guide to assist you drink water, or more water. Back in Uni, I learnt the benefits of water from a friend of mine after she shared one of her weight loss tips that became a healthy lifestyle change for her, water. I'd be sharing that in a future post.

Let's get down to today's post.

1. Buy a fancy/portable water bottle. Because of its portable nature, you can carry it anywhere and it can fit well into your bag. I prefer acrylic bottles to flasks because over time, there's this taste flasks gives to water that I don't like. But if you prefer flasks, by all means go ahead.


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2. Set alarms with fancy tunes as reminders. Fancy tunes to encourage you because some tunes can be an outright addition to your mood if you're pissed off at the moment it goes on.



3. Post-It/Sticky Notes can be of help too. You can use these colorful stationery as reminders that you need a gulp.
For instance:
Have you had a gulp today?

Hungry or thirsty?

Have a drink Honey :)

H2O over there (with arrows pointing to your water)



4. Spice things up a bit if you find water too plain. You can actually infuse your favourite fruits/veggies into it to give it a kick in the taste department. I got to see this for the first time when I was in Law school. There are special portable acrylic bottles for this too. Shout out to my girl Fisayo who taught me how to make it.
These ones are infused in Masonic jars, and are a great option for parties and cocktails for people who'd rather go with good ol' water(if you're one indicate by commenting, let us know ourselves).


5. Be determined and Intentional about drinking more water. It's a lifestyle change that your body will thank you for. Remember not to make it a burden so that it doesn't seem like a chore. Stay safe and healthy Loves.

I hope this post is of help to you if you struggle with drinking water.


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Wishing you happiness and praying you smash all your goals this week.
All my love,
Lily of Nigeria.



This brand is based on Psalm 45:13.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Read All About my Bloggerpoint Brunch Experience

Under what circumstances would you forgive your beloved blogger for being away for so long? I hope life has been good to you.

How did you find filling out the forms in my previous post? I just wanted to know what sort of things you'd rather see on the blog and get to know you better. If you didn't fill it, it's not too late; to do so click here.

I am sorry, beyond words sorry. Y'all know that I'm currently doing my youth service, believe me when I say during this hiatus I was tested with fire. But by the grace of God, I'm back, and better!

So, about 2 weeks ago I attended a blogger brunch hosted by the Bloggerpoint. I posted some sneak peaks on my instagram account, and early hints in my instastories.

The brunch started at 12:30pm. Your girl got there at 12:56pm because I couldn't find the exact spot where the lounge and bar is located(I know, I'm trying but I need to go out more).

I was totally blown away. Who knew Abuja had so many people, and bloggers! We started off with getting to know each other. We had a lot of laughs, cakes, small chops (which i didn't take because Bella's chocolate cake had me stuffed). For drinks we had malt, and Chapman(Y'all know I'm always down for a good chapman).

I made some AMAZING friends, including a good photographer, Emeka. We listened to seasoned bloggers give tips and share some of their secrets of attaining success.

At the end of the brunch, each of us got a goody bag. You know that song by the Rolling Stones, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you find you get what you need That was exactly how I felt about my goody bag, nuff said.

At the end of the day I went for 6pm mass because I knew I couldn't pull off going for morning mass and attending he event. It was a win win for me, and I'm glad I had a great time!































For more scoops, follow me on instagram @lilyofnigeria I usually post early in the mornings, sometimes. Till next time, thank you for stopping by and reading this post.

*PS For those of you that have asked about my dress, I'll be telling you about it on Tuesday.


Wishing you peace,and happiness,
Your Friend,
Alexandra.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Life Lately: Abuja 6

Quote of the Day: Ask and it will be give unto you, see and you will find.-Matthew 7:7. 

Hi guys welcome to my blog!
I'm so excited about today's post (I don't know why). The previous week was a roller coaster filled amazing moments for me. I'm thankful to God that I keep learning and growing.
I fell very ill after the heavy storm that caught up with us during our NYSC biometrics registration, but thank God I am much better.
On Tuesday, I wasn't feeling up to it, but o knew I had to attend the Fashion Focus event held at the British Council courtesy of the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. I got there at 2:26pm because the event was slated to start at 2:30 pm but ended up starting at 3:39 pm; talk about african time. Shortly after, the organisers apologised and it kicked off.


Let me state that I learnt a lot from Mrs Omoyemi Akerele aka StyleHouseFiles and I am grateful I didn't miss George Okoro's talk. They both inspire me, a lot! 

 Mrs Akerele and Me. I got to have a little chat with her. This woman right here has a good heart, plus she's a believer of Jesus Christ. Oops! Forgot to mention that she's also a lawyer. She ditched law for fashion. She's living the life of her dreams!

You'd definitely be seeing a lot of changes here on the blog,as I will put what I learnt from that event to practice.


I had a little issue with what to wear for the event in the morning, so I asked God. Me and God have the weirdest conversations.
Me: God I'm ill,and I don't know what to wear please help me. I need something to heat me up and not look like a stuffed animal.
God: Bring out that bright red sweater from your box and match it with your blue gown. Red and blue go... You can wear tights to keep your legs warm.
Me: Wonderful! It'll give the illusion of a red sweater and a blue skirt. Thank you.
I met some amazing people; one of them took these amazing photos(I wished I brought my tripod stand, you will never know the struggle for good lighting).


2 weeks ago I treated myself to some TLC after Mass.


My friends at the office found this nice spot to eat without breaking the bank at Maitama, so I joined them. The food there is lit!! The camera couldn't get the others, next time though.
Yesterday, out of boredom I made Nigerian Zobo.

That's today's post guys. Thank you for visiting.
xoxo,
Alexandra.






                                          Arabic Translation:
مرحبا شباب مرحبا بكم في بلدي بلوق!
أنا متحمس جدا حول وظيفة اليوم (أنا لا أعرف لماذا). كان الأسبوع السابق السفينة الدوارة مليئة لحظات مذهلة بالنسبة لي. أنا ممتن لله أن أظل التعلم و النمو.
سقطت مريضا جدا بعد العاصفة الشديدة التي اشتعلت معنا خلال تسجيل القياسات الحيوية لدينا في نيويورك.
في يوم الثلاثاء، لم أكن أشعر بذلك، ولكن س عرفت أنني اضطررت لحضور فعاليات فوكوس فوكوس التي أقيمت في المجلس الثقافي البريطاني من مجاملة أسبوع لاغوس للأزياء والتصميم. وصلت إلى هناك في 2:26 بعد الظهر لأن الحدث كان من المقرر أن تبدأ في 2:30 بعد الظهر ولكن انتهى بها بدءا من 3:39 مساء. الحديث عن الوقت الأفريقي. بعد فترة وجيزة، اعتذر المنظمون وبدأت.
اسمحوا لي أن أذكر أنني تعلمت الكثير من السيدة أومويمي أكيريل الملقب ستايلهوسفيلز وأنا ممتن لم أفوت حديث جورج أوكورو. كلاهما يلهمني، الكثير! كنت بالتأكيد سوف نرى الكثير من التغييرات هنا على بلوق، وأنا سوف وضع ما تعلمت من هذا الحدث 
لممارسة.
كان لي قضية صغيرة مع ما لارتداء لهذا الحدث في الصباح، لذلك سألت الله. لي والله أغرب المحادثات.
لي: الله أنا مريض، وأنا لا أعرف ما لارتداء الرجاء مساعدتي. أحتاج إلى شيء لتسخين لي ولا تبدو مثل الحيوانات المحنطة.
الله: احضر هذا سترة حمراء مشرقة من المربع الخاص بك وتطابق مع ثوبك الأزرق. الأحمر والأزرق يذهب ... يمكنك ارتداء الجوارب للحفاظ على ساقيك الدافئة.
لي: رائع! انها سوف تعطي الوهم من سترة حمراء وزرقاء تنورة. شكرا.
التقيت بعض الناس مذهلة. واحد منهم أخذت هذه الصور المدهشة (تمنيت أحضرت حامل ترايبود بلدي، وأنك لن تعرف النضال من أجل إضاءة جيدة).
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy New Month! Guess Whose Birthday It Was


Quote of the Day: See you a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men- Proverbs 22:29.



Hi guys! Due to the span of time between my last post here and this one, if you call me lazy in blogging this one time, I will not clap back. I have wanted to do this post for a long time now...and things keep getting in the way.


As you have noticed from our blog banner, I changed the posting days to Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays as opposed to our July routine as seen here. The exact posting time is 2 pm. So yes, by God's grace if you come here at 2 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, you will see a new post. Subscribe to my mailing list so that you don't forget.

I meant it when I said I was going to take this blogging thing very seriously. I am grateful for the support you keep showing me on social media, thank you.


Your constant visits to this blog has not gone unnoticed as seen in this screenshot I took while analyzing my blog analytic, over 10,000 views in one month! My mind was totally blown away. Today I even saw new visitors from Latvia, and our Polish friends have returned as well.

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In case you missed it, here are some of the things I blogged about in July 
How to Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

I also did a Life Lately in Abuja Post here

Work/Office Lookbook Ideas

For my relaxed/texlaed hair sisters, I did a hair care post click here

If you've ever wondered what to wear to travel like me, click here

In the spirit of being serious with posting, I even created an interlude post when I was under the weather here.

Some time in July, my friend had a dinner to celebrate her call to the Nigerian Bar, it was so much fun! Hint: The post is filled with pictures! Click here to see for yourself.


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Don't worry, I still remember our giveaway when we pass the 500 mark across all social media platforms.


My birthday was on the 9th of August, if you follow me on Instagram you'd have seen it :)

That's it for today love. You can also find me on:

Thank you, thank you, thank you :) 
Your Friend,
 Alexandra. 
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Taking Stock

Good evening my Lovelies! What have you been up to this weekend?
As you noticed from my instagram , Saturdays are for taking stock here on the blog.

Here's a little summary of my week.

Planning: next week's posts.

Marvelling: at the greatness of my God.

I Need: to stock up on necessities.

Hoping: to meet with brands for so many business collaborations, and work.

Making Progress: using Google's Snapseed.

Learnt: somewhere, someone is watching, and I must not let them down.

Still Learning: how to be a better blogger with more quality.





Thanks for stopping by guys.
Have a beautiful new week! See you on Monday by God's grace.

Wishing you happiness and peace,
Alexandra.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Abuja Life Lately 5: Taking Stock

Quote of the day: Don't worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet- Anonymous.


Hi guys! Good evening :) I trust your weekend is going well. I finally got better, thus this post(the doctor said something about a vitamin deficiency). Y'all probably thought I pulled a now you see me, now you don't stunt on you again.
My life constantly evolving for the best, and I'm adapting quicker than I ever imagined I would.
I've decided to keep this post here as a reminder that I'm human, and things do happen.
Before we continue, I want to say a big thank you to Blogaratti and Gail for checking up on me.

Saturdays are for taking stock. Remember the first one? Ha! If you haven't seen it, you can read up here.

I am:
Learning: to apply the "if they don't know you personally, don't take it personal" mantra.

Embracing: my new office. I got redeployed to the legal unit of my office, how great is my God! I'm finally doing something I studied in school.

Decided: to stop judging myself harshly.

Learnt: in God's time, he makes everything perfect, and beautiful.

Back to: binge watching cartoons. It's so bad, I watch Disney Junior. Come through Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Calimero and Doc Mcstuffins (I even sing along). Hahaha my future children are in for it! *InsertHandinFaceEmoji*

Still Loving: "the Dressmaker" movie. Kate Winslet and the other cast nailed it. I love it because I can totally relate to being picked upon, and falsely accused of something I had no hand in, before God vindicated me.

Happy: @lilyofnigeria has picked up.

Grateful: for all the love and support you all keep showing.

Listening: to songs from my Spirit Album. Courtesy of Nathaniel Bassey's Jesus Christ inspired HallelujahChallenge. 

Drinking: my homemade Ginger and Green Tea(your girl has indigestion yo).

Wanting: to travel to Panya, aka Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

Needing: a high tech functional tablet.

Looking: for my timetable and vitamin B supplement.

Missing: my Mommy.

Loving: the thought of exploring Nigeria as a tourist.

Knowing: that forgiving one girl that shamelessly bullied me in High School was the best thing to do.
Reading: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR) adopted by the UN General Assembly on the 10th day of December 1948.

Hoping: to learn how to use Snapseed.

Praying: for Lagosians living on the Island and waterlogged areas. May God come to your aid (I heard it's been raining non stop for more than 7 days).

Can't Wait: to go for Mass tomorrow.

About: to call it a night.


That's it for today guys,thanks for stopping by and reading.This photo was taken and edited by me on my last trip to Lagos(I know right, Nigeria can be photogenic when she wants to).


Keep trying to be the change you seek. Keep learning new ways to positively impact the lives around you,and you. Keep doing what you want to be remembered for.  By God's grace, I'll see you in my next post on Monday.

Wishing you happiness, and God's love,
Your Friend Alexandra.





HINDI TRANSLATION





हाय दोस्तों! शुभ संध्या :) मेरा विश्वास है कि आपका सप्ताहांत अच्छी तरह से चल रहा है। मैं अंततः बेहतर हुआ, इस प्रकार इस पोस्ट (डॉक्टर ने विटामिन की कमी के बारे में कुछ कहा) आप शायद सोचते थे कि अब मैं आपको खींचता हूं, अब तुम मुझे देखोगे, अब आप पर फिर से स्टंट नहीं करते।

मेरी ज़िंदगी लगातार सबसे अच्छी तरह विकसित हो रही है, और मैं जितना तेज़ी से कल्पना करता हूं, उतनी जल्दी मैं अनुकूल हूं।

मैंने इस पोस्ट को यहाँ एक अनुस्मारक के रूप में रखने का फैसला किया है कि मैं इंसान हूं, और चीजें होती हैं

हमारे जारी होने से पहले, मुझे कहना है कि ब्लॉगरेटी और गेल को मुझ पर जांच करने के लिए एक बड़ा धन्यवाद।


 शनिवार स्टॉक लेने के लिए हैं I पहले एक याद है? हा! अगर आपने इसे नहीं देखा है, तो आप यहां पढ़ सकते हैं।
मैं हूँ:सीखना: "यदि वे आपको व्यक्तिगत रूप से नहीं जानते हैं, तो इसे निजी मत मानें" लागू करने के लिए
आलिंगन: मेरा नया कार्यालय मुझे अपने कार्यालय के कानूनी इकाई में पुन: तैनात किया गया, मेरे भगवान कितना महान है! मैं अंत में स्कूल में पढ़ा हुआ कुछ कर रहा हूं
निर्णय लिया: खुद को कठोर रूप से न्याय करना बंद करना
सीखा: भगवान के समय में, वह सब कुछ परिपूर्ण और सुंदर बनाता है
पर वापस: बिंगे देख कार्टून यह बहुत बुरा है, मैं डिज्नी जूनियर को देखता हूं। सोफिया द फर्स्ट, जेक और नायरलैंड समुद्री डाकू, कैलिमेरो और डॉक्टर मैक्स्टफिंस (मैं भी साथ गाता हूँ) के माध्यम से आओ। Hahaha मेरे भविष्य के बच्चों के लिए इसके लिए हैं! * InsertHandinFaceEmoji *
अभी भी प्यार: "ड्रेसमेकर" फिल्म केट विंसलेट और अन्य कलाकारों ने इसे नील। मुझे यह पसंद है क्योंकि मैं पूरी तरह से उठाया जा सकता हूं, और जिस चीज़ का मुझे कोई हाथ नहीं था, उस पर झूठा अभियोग लगाया जा सकता है, इससे पहले कि भगवान ने मुझे पुष्टि की।
हैप्पी: @ लिलीफोनीगरिया ने उठाया है
आभारी: सभी प्यार और समर्थन के लिए आप सभी को दिखाते रहते हैं।
शराब पीने वाला: मेरे घर का अदरक और ग्रीन टी (आपकी लड़की को अपच्य है)।
चाहते हैं: इक्वेटोरियल गिनी में पाना, उका मालाबो की यात्रा करने के लिए
आवश्यकता: एक उच्च तकनीक कार्यात्मक टैबलेट
देख रहे हैं: मेरे समय सारिणी और विटामिन बी पूरक के लिए
अनुपलब्ध: मेरी माँ
प्रेमी: एक पर्यटक के रूप में नाइजीरिया को तलाशने का विचार
जानना: कि एक लड़की को माफ करना जो बेशर्मी से मुझे हाई स्कूल में धमकाया गया था वह करना सबसे अच्छा काम थापढ़ना: 1 9 48 दिसंबर 1 9 48 को संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा द्वारा अपनाई गई मानव अधिकार की सार्वभौम घोषणा (यूडीएचआर)।
प्रार्थना: द्वीप और जलग्रस्त क्षेत्रों में रहने वाले लागोसियों के लिए। भगवान आपकी सहायता के लिए आते हैं (मैंने सुना है कि यह 7 दिनों से अधिक समय तक नॉन स्टॉप हो रहा है)।
उम्मीद है: Snapseed का उपयोग करने के तरीके जानने के लिए
इंतजार नहीं कर सकते: कल के लिए मास के लिए जाना
के बारे में: इसे एक रात कॉल करने के लिए


 

यह आज के लोगों के लिए है, इसे रोकने और पढ़ने के लिए धन्यवाद। यह फोटो मेरे द्वारा लाओस की पिछली यात्रा पर लिया गया और संपादित किया गया था (मुझे पता है, नाइजीरिया जब चाहती है तो उन्हें फोटोजेनिक बना सकता है)।



परिवर्तन की कोशिश करते रहें, जो आप चाहते हैं अपने आसपास के जीवन पर सकारात्मक प्रभाव डालने के नए तरीकों को सीखते रहें, और आप जो भी आप के लिए याद रखना चाहते हैं वह कर रहें। भगवान की कृपा से, मैं आपको अपनी अगली पोस्ट में सोमवार को देखूंगा।


आपको खुशी, और भगवान का प्यार बधाई,

आपका मित्र एलेक्जेंड्रा


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy New Month: Blog Goals

Welcome guys! It's been a while since I posted here. Happy New Month! It's another opportunity to right all wrongs and take chances; I hope June was good to you.
If you follow me on instagram here you already knew about this post before hand.
I've been busy with a lot of things behind the scenes.
How have you been? It's been a while o...

So, my people,what goals do you have planned out for the month of July?
As for me,I've decided to take my blog/brand serious, (with God's help).
:) At the moment, as much as I want to,I won't be able to post everyday. Here are some of the goals I hope to achieve for Lily  of  Nigeria this July:

I'll be posting four times a week. On Mondays,Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I figured I need to put in my best into this. What do I have to loose?
In Jesus name, I will blog to the "fullest maximum",can I get an Amen somebody?

•On instagram,I'd be posting everyday so be sure to check out my posts. Shebi we're friends, you can follow my account @lilyofnigeria
 
Focus the blog on Fashion + Beauty + Reviews and Life. Each topic has a particular day(you'd have to find out which one falls on which day).

• Not to bite more than I can chew, to focus and achieve(basically point and nail my goals). Brand Mantra: Consistency, quality over quantity. 

Relaunch my YouTube Channel sometime in the month.

• To slay the procrastination that had held me down.

• I'm not going to ignore the fact that some people aren't creative, and go about shamelessly copying pasting other peoples ideas and published work without giving back credit! Henceforth, I will call them out, without pettiness of course.

In other News, we have crossed the 50,000 views threshold. As a matter of fact, we're headed to 55,000! Thank you all so much. I appreciate ALL your support
Even on Facebook we have 120 likes on the page, if you haven't been there before, you can click here


Just before we call it a day, Biko, have y'all seen this expensive post on Instagram?

What are your thoughts? My jaw literally dropped to the ground. Haba Nigerians...!


I wish you a successful July, filled with laughter and joy. By God's grace, I'll see you in my post on Monday.


Love and Peace,
Alexandra.


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