My name is Florence Olufemi-Ojo. A lot of people also know me as Itunu, which is my Nigerian name. I am Nigerian by birth but I’ve been practically raised in Ireland. So for me Ireland is home. Welcome to mouldedinsideout : Lifestyle, Culture, Beauty &Travel Blog.
I have not posted in this section of the blog for a long time. I still love changing my hair like every week but since I was repeating the same hairstyles it felt like there was nothing new to share. I promise today’s post is different!
I may have found a solution to my thin edges or as some people call it- hairline. I found out about this company when I was watching Uche Natori’s YouTube video. It is called MS Hair. Their aim is to help women who have kinky, coily and curly hair alleviate the frustration of hair loss and thinning edges through the ‘Hair Foundation Kit’. This foundation kit includes a Hair Fibre bottle, an Edge Protector, and a Fixing Spray.
How it works:
I usually hold the fiber bottle just a few inches from the area of my hair that I want to fill in. Then I press down the applicator pump gently applying the product.
I use both my finger and the edge perfector to brush the fiber and make it look more natural, otherwise, it will look patchy!
I then use the fixing spray to help hold the fiber into my hair and make it look more natural.
The Hair Foundation Kit can be applied in a matter of seconds; it’s easy and there no mess.
It is sweat proof which is great if you’re like me and goes to the gym after work. You do not have to worry about having a long day and you’re looking a hot mess!
There is a 30-day money back guarantee, this shows me that the company is confident in the product it provides! It does not get better than this!
My personal concern:
I find that in the areas where I am completely bald, the fiber does not work for an obvious reason. There is no hair for it to hold on to, so I guess if you are completely bald, then the fiber is probably not an option but as you can see in the picture, the finishing results are great. The other day when I tried this product and left my house I felt all sorts of confident, and it stayed on for the whole day!
Here is a picture of what my hair looks like without the product
That’s it for today guys; let me know your thoughts. Do not forget to follow me on my social media platforms on Instagram and Facebook.
It has been a week now since storm Emma struck Ireland and had the majority of the country on standby! I am glad to be finally back to work because I was slowly losing motivation to be productive. I just thought to share with you guys how I prepare for my week. I noticed that last year, I got very unorganised and it affected my productivity level, this also made me more stressed as everything seemed last minute. I shared with you guys in this post, my most recent life update. Basically this year I have been learning to balance college work with my blog, family and my life in general.
The first thing I do is look at my diary and look at what I have planned. I am grateful for this diary, my friend Tayo (_testyles) got me my first proper diary last year. This year I went ahead and got my own and honestly, I find it has been a great way to organise my plans.
Planning has helped me so much, I now organise my weekly outfit ahead. I find this works for me, that way I don’t have to worry about it every morning. It also eliminates one stress, try it out and let me know how it works out.
I have been trying to eat more healthy. I have been planning my meals and this has been helping my diet. It also means I can save which is a bonus.
As part of planning for the week, I prioritise what I need to attend to or where I need to be. It is important that you are at the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons. From my past experience, I felt I had to be everywhere and meet up with everyone, this had a major effect on me. This year, I am focusing my time on what is most important at every given time.
Having a balance is also important. If you are someone like me who has a lot going on, you need to try to find a balance with everything without neglecting yourself.
So that’s how I plan myself for the week. I hope you found this helpful, I would love to know how you plan for your week. Leave a comment below and let me know!
I announced live on Instagram last month that I would open a new section on the blog and it’s going to be called ‘Every Girl’s World‘. The idea is to create a space where I can share what we all go through as women. I am not a feminist but I want women to feel empowered once they open this section of my Blog Page. To be honest, I know this may sound simple but it is pretty BIG and I cannot wait to get the conversation started!
So I thought to start the section with something light. Here is a list of things we should take into consideration as women.
1.Body Type: There really is no ideal body shape, figure or size. The most important thing is to know your body type and how to work with it! There are so many ways to create an outfit that will suit your body figure. Sometimes it is down to the most simple things that make a huge difference such as wearing the right bra or choosing the right underwear, click here to watch this video.
2.Sleep: We all need to rest and sleep. This will help us function better, feel better and leave us looking even better! I know research says you need at least 8-10 hours, but if you have a tight schedule or find it hard to sleep try spending less time on your phone. This will help the brain relax more, read more here.
3.Exercise: I want to emphasise that exercise is not simply to lose weight. Regular exercise does not only make you fit and healthy, it also helps maintain your mental health. My favourite type of exercise is Zumba, I just turn on my laptop and dance away, click here to dance along!
4. Drink lots of water. This is what I am practicing every day. I hope to get to the stage where I can drink 2 liters of water per day. It is important to drink lots of water to keep you hydrated. It also helps to achieve a flawless skin
5.There is no right or wrong way to groom your body hair. Society expects women to look a certain way but the truth is, it is down to preference. However, I would personally advise that certain outfits may not look great if the underarm is full of hair.
6.No one cares about your flaws, only you do! So that thick thigh, that big leg, big lips, your forehead what else do we classify as flaws? no one cares so quit worrying. These are some of the things I was once insecure about but now I am learning to love myself more and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Finally, I just want to encourage you to treat your body with respect and do the things that will make you look and feel good. Make sure to catch more post in this section – Every girl’s world on Friday ’s at the end of every month.
Hey Beautiful people, Today’s post is based on ‘Black Panther’ a movie that has everyone excited as it continues to break box office records. Since it’s debut I have seen it everywhere on my feed on Instagram so of course, I had to go see it for myself. The movie promotes diversity and it also shares a positive light into African culture which is different from the usual negativity that is portrayed in the entertainment industry. I love how the start of the movie raises awareness about kidnapping which unfortunately still happens in certain parts of Africa. In today’s post I will be sharing the life lessons I learned from the movie, so let’s get into it.
1 Everything a man can do, a woman can do and even better!
Women are underestimated in terms of their ability and knowledge and are still treated less than men in certain roles.I love how this movie, through the role of army general Okoye (Danai Gurira) demonstrates that women are strong, powerful and beautiful! Okoye shows us that as women, it is important to know our role and not let our emotions take over our actions.
2 Support Support Support!!
There is space for everyone to win. We see in the movie when the king, Black Pantha himself T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and M’Baku (Winston Duke) fight in a challenge for the throne. After such a bloody fight and M’Baku being disgraced in front of everyone, the two men were able to put their differences aside to help T’Challa get his throne back. Showing that there will be times in our lives when we need people. Therefore, it is important to stay humble as you never know when you will need a person’s help.
3 identifying with more than one culture
You can say this movie is based on African culture, however, we see that Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) identifies with two cultures. In the movie, he is born and raised in America with African roots. I can relate as I am born Nigerian but raised in Ireland. Sometimes you feel forced to stick to one identity or culture but that should never be the case. It is okay to identify with more than one culture or even two for that matter! In my humble opinion, it adds a sense of uniqueness to you!
I don’t want this post too long but I have seen some rants on social media stating that the movie is not a true representation of what Africa is and this breaks my heart. The truth is you will always have two sets of people – those who choose to see the merit in the effort, dedication and hard work and those who are never going to be satisfied no matter how hard you try. This is an important life lesson in itself, don’t bother trying to please everyone! Nonetheless, I would like to point out that there is a need to appreciate creativity and the time investment it took to make this movie. For this alone, we should give them a round of applause!!
I should not go on a rant myself but I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed creating it
How fab is this African attire that I put together #WAKANDA FOREVER!!
I am doing great, I can not wait for spring. At this stage, I am counting down the remaining days in February. It is really cold right now in Ireland, I don’t think I have experienced a February colder than this one. I hope this means we will get a hot summer.
In relation to fashion blogging, I would like to clarify that fashion is an interpretation or a representation of various things such as your personal style, job title, comfort, exposure or background, culture, religion, mood. It could even be based on how you want to be addressed. I believe fashion is a form of visual identity.
One of my favorite things to do is mix and match. I buy new clothes and mix it with my old clothes which is what I did with today’s look. I randomly walked into Penneys (Primark) and spotted this pink corduroy skirt. I wouldn’t usually buy skirts or trousers in Penneys (I find they don’t suit curvy women) and I don’t ever buy pink clothes. This is actually the only pink clothing in my closet right now! But this color just stood out, I love the fact that it looks pretty and vibrant.
I paired it with casual old tops. The grey top was a dress before I decided to cut it. I love the navy jumper on it, it made me feel sophisticated. Thinking of it now, the jumper could work with the skirt paired with tights on a mild day. The jean shirt top was an experiment and it turned out nice surprisingly!
One of the reasons why I don’ classify myself as a fashion blogger is because I don’t necessarily follow trends. I also don’t want to feel under any sort of pressure to look a certain type of way if it does not truly represent me. This would then take away the fun that blogging really is for me.
I am aware that as a blogger it’s important to show creativity and flexibility but within your strength. I will stick to my regular lifestyle and occasional travel posts. I hope this answers the questions I have been getting, I simply strive to feel comfortable and look beautiful at the same time and it seems to work for me
Let me know which of the tops was your favorite, I would also love to know how you would pair it.
Today’s post is a collaboration with one of my girls and also an upcoming Makeup Artist in Ireland. CoralnContour aka CnC is based in Dublin. Before we move on, can we just appreciate how unique her name is – CoralnContour, very different! I believe as a content creator your name is so important not only does it represent you, your work it should also be unique. I could tell from the onset that she took time and choose a name that represented creativity. We had so much fun, from the work being done to the pictures being taken. I had to choose pictures wisely otherwise we’d be showing all sorts of funny faces lol..
I did not want to be predictable for Valentine’s day, so both I and CnC put this look together (well CnC because you guys know my make up game is nothing close to this). I would say it is a perfect look for a date night whether it’s with your partner or with your girlfriends. Guys literally, in the picture below just look at the details on my eyelids, it is such a pretty look and yes you’ll stand out glowing!
Here goes a quote I have been pondering on for a while:
Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some people stay for a while leave a footprint on our hearts and we never, ever remain the same’
These are the people we want to CELEBRATE and show some LOVE this Valentine. My biggest wish right now as you read this post is to spend Valentine’s Day appreciating God for bringing people who love you and want the best for you into your life.Valentine’s Day is all about Love, loving your fellow human beings, loving your family, loving your friends…
Don’t forget to also spend this day loving yourself, even more, use kind and gentle words, appreciate how far you’ve come not taking for granted what it takes to keep on surviving through it all …..just keep spreading the love cause ultimately you can only give what you have.
Finally, I just want to declare my Love for God, he’s been amazing so far this year. I don’t know how he does it but he’s got my back and if not for him, I legit don’t know where I’ll be!
So this brings me to the end of today’s post. I hope you guys feel the love. Go show some love and support my girl CnC beauty, she made me look so beautiful and I felt the love. For booking, please email coralncontour@Gmail.com and her Instagram page is – cncbeauty_tell her Florence sent ya!
Mine has been interesting actually. I am back in Uni and that’s going great so far it’s pretty much just full on! I have been more present on my Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. I want more people to be able to see the work I do! I do have a Pinterest account but I think the media platforms I have now are enough. I also want to be able to be effective, you guys have heard me talk about how distracting Social media can be. Moral of the story is this- we should be cautious cause time is precious and it waits for no one! I shared a post last year on the importance of time in one’s life, click here.
I have also started, well I mean I have always had a relationship with God but this year I am taking him more serious cause you know what? He has been too good to me, I can’t even start to count my blessings. Previously I would be nonchalant about my relationship with God. But at least now, I know when I am slacking and when to run back to him. Honestly the other times, I have just been working on balancing life like we all are right? Most recently, I have noticed that my day goes well when I have it planned, I will share more about this soon. Planning is crucial!
What else have I been up to?
Actually, guys, I planned on getting a new Logo for the blog but I wasn’t able to get round to it for one reason or the other. The biggest reason that sticks out to me now is prioritising which I’m gonna do a LOT of this year. I also figured that I may not be able to do a lot of traveling this year as a few things are more important right now. I won’t even lie, I’m a bit sad about it but you know what ……the end goal is more important! We are also nearly back from our break at DGC, just wrapping up with auditions so if you are interested in joining a gospel choir check our website for more information.
So yes that’s basically me thus far in the year 2018. I am definitely coming out of my shell a lot more and I am loving it. I guess I am getting older and meeting a lot of people but most importantly, connecting more with other social media influencers which is great!
Thank you so much for staying till the end and for your continuous support. Have a blessed week.
It’s been a while since I posted in this section of the blog and it’s not because I don’t love travelling anymore. But the last few times I have travelled it’s been hard to incorporate it into the blog for some reason! However, I do feel that as Irish people we seem to forget that thousands of tourist come from all over the world to visit our country- Ireland as a tourist. I will have to do a post one day and how we can underestimate the beauty within our own vicinity but for now, let’s keep it as simple as this. I decided to take a trip to Ireland, firstly I needed a quick break and It thought it was the time I became a tourist. So last weekend, I went to Co. Clare. The weather I have to say was something else without being too negative but we planned that this was the day the trip was happening so I went ahead anyway! I visited the Cliff of Moher which is located on the west coast of Ireland, close to Liscannor village in County Clare.
Honestly, the Cliffs of Moher is a place one would have to visit to understand the beauty. No matter how beautifully descriptive I write this post or how beautiful these images may appear it still is not enough to capture how magical this place is! I was lucky to have walked on both sides of the landscape to view the cliff from different perspectives, it was just amazing.
Because of the day, (it was raining all day) I wore leggings, a top and two jackets and a scarf. I know I look decent in these pictures but let me tell you, I layered up. I spoke about how I have recently started layering up to beat the cold in my previous post(click here)
Facts on the Cliff of Moher.
The name of the cliff came from a ruined promontory fort – ‘Mothar’, which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800’s, to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head. The word ‘Mothar’is actually an old Irish word meaning ‘the ruin of a fort’.
The Cliffs stretch for 8km (5 miles) as the crow flies.
From the top of the Cliff, you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry, I thought I’d share for those of you who are interested in touring other parts of Ireland. I heard the Aaron Island is nice actually might be our next stop!
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Today, I will be sharing something different with you; the things I hate about blogging. I know, exciting right? Well here goes…
1- Consistency- As a blogger, one must have some type of consistency. Unfortunately, we also have real-life issues that get in the way. This could range from family, work, social life to personal life and so on. Sometimes it can be a real struggle trying to balance it all together.
2- Privacy –As much as I love sharing my life with you guys on the blog. Sometimes, I get caught up in the dilemma of how far I can go. It gets more complicated when someone else is involved cause then it’s not just my story. I have to consider this other person.
3- Reaching out-At the moment I am not reaching as many people as I’d love to reach, which can be frustrating. There is a lot of time that goes into building traffic and finding the right strategy to attract your audience. However, there’s a process that comes with every journey. This is the reason why as a blogger you need to be patient and consistent. I cannot wait to finally figure out that one strategy that will work for me. In the meantime, I am enjoying every moment of this journey.
4- Having a Niche- This is more of a positive than a negative point. I wish I could create content on a broad range of topics but, as I have grown as a blogger. I have come to the realisation that for me to be effective, I need to recognize my strength and share accordingly (at least for now). So I have decided to stick to travel and lifestyle. On certain occasions, I will divert but with purpose. This way I can give you guys the best cause that’s what you deserve!!
5- Being creative-When it comes to blogging you have to identify your creative side. From the content, you create to the imagery, to promoting your content, to attracting your audience and building traffic. I mean we are called content creators for a reason! Creativity never stops and since this is the case. One needs to be consistent, committed and BE CREATIVE which ties to my first point. If you have a busy schedule and don’t know how to manage your time. It can be hard to keep up but hey… no excuses!!
This brings me to the end of this post. I am sure you’re wondering where are the other 5 points. So this post is a collaboration with one of my FAVOURITE BLOGGERS – Billykiss @Your Favourite Muse. Make sure you click the link for the second part of this post, just a simple background check. Billykiss is a fashion blogger, let her know I sent you over!
To be honest ‘hate’ is a strong word because the truth is, I love being a blogger. It was so hard finding aspects of blogging that I didn’t like, becoming a blogger is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The experience has been great so far and I have met some amazing people including some of you. I got to collaborate with Glasses. shop recently and received my first gift on the blog and then collaborations like this post. I honestly feel so honoured right now!
I look forward to more amazing collaborations!
Thank you so much, guys!
See you soon
Photo credit by my darlings- Esosa Idahosa and Favour Ochonma
If I told you that it was my recent sickness that inspired today’s post, you would probably cringe but that is the honest truth. I got so sick, I was placed on antibiotics and for someone that rarely uses medication, it was pretty serious!!
I can tell you if I had a winter clothing line it would be called ‘LAYERED’ as this has been my recent remedy to beat the cold weather. I am sure for some of you, my readers living in Canada, America, and Ice-Land can probably relate to this post although Ireland is not as cold. It can get pretty icy over here too.
It is funny cause when I was younger or even as recent as a few years ago, I would revert to my big jumpers, leggings basically anything that would keep me warm. I had very little interest in how I looked as long as I was warm. But as I get older, meet more people, working in professional settings and not to mention being a blogger, nobody tells you how important it is to present yourself in the best form. Not only is looking the ‘best version of yourself’ important, it also helps build your self- esteem and confidence. It is only a bonus then when others also address in a polite manner!
wear small vest/ tops under the outer (main) top or shirt.
you could also opt to wear a blazer or a poncho over your outer top.
wear leggings or tights under your jeans or trousers. I find for girls that are thick like myself, this may be an effort as one may appear thicker. Find whatever method suits you.
I am loving knee-high boots especially since I found one that first me perfect. It’s great!!
When it comes to layering up your clothes, it is personal and you will find what works for you. For example, my upper body gets cold easy so I rather wear two tops rather than wear leggings or thoughts under my jeans or trousers. Just remember, the aim is remaining warm and still feeling beautiful.
So how do you guys keep warm during winter period?
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