Tye Tribbett – What Can I Do

Currently, Tye Tribbett is one of my favourite artists on this planet. I feel like I’m one of the last people to actually know about him, which is really strange because he’s actually been in the music industry for nearly 10 years and I’m literally just acknowledging him. Crazy. I’ve heard about him, obviously, but I never really thought about checking out his music and learning more about him, like I did with Lecrae and Deitrick Haddon. But you know what they say, better late than never, right?
Tye Tribbett is an American Gospel artist. He’s well known for his award winning band/ choir – Tye Tribbett & G.A (short for Greater Anointing), as well as touring with Faith Hill in the early 2000s, and working with well-respected people like Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Sting and many more. Tye was nominated for three awards at the 2014 Grammy awards and won two out of those three; Best Gospel Album with Greater Than [Live] and Best Gospel Song with If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]. That’s pretty awesome and played quite well as a 38th birthday present for himself. Well done Tye!
I literally love his voice. I am such a fan of big gutsy, heart-felt vocals, and that’s all him and more. This song ‘What Can I Do, is basically always on repeat on my phone. The song is just inspirational. The song basically describes how I feel, like every day of my life. I literally feel like I can’t do it by myself; I need God. I need faith and strength and grace and favour. Tell me, what can I do, because I can’t live without Him. I can’t live without You.
I hope you listen to this song and feel as inspired and refreshed as I first did and always do when I listen to this song. It comes from Tye’s Grammy-winning album that dropped at the end of last year – Greater Than (2013).

If you like Tye, you’ll love Deitrick Haddon and Lecrae.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Outfit: Peplum is the way

Quick fashion post day. Peplum.

Wikipedia describes peplum as a ‘short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress‘. Couldn’t have said it better myself, to be perfectly honest.

Peplum is the type of fashion item that never gets out of fashion, and can be worn in nearly any weather condition. As you know, I live in England, where we get a lot of rain. I mean a lot. So we have to be careful about the outfits we wear, or risk catching frostbite (totally not kidding).

I wore this outfit the other day, and I thought it looked pretty good. If I’m honest, I was totally feeling myself that day;)

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This white peplum top is from River Island. Right now, they are selling peplum tops in different colours and designs, which look great on any body shape. They also have a great range of peplum dresses, which I also own (click here )

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Check them out: http://www.riverisland.com/women/tops/peplum-tops

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

I met young MP Chuka Umunna and I was inspired

So, when it comes to politics, I usually have no view. I don’t really know a lot about it, although I am starting to learn.

My mum is a committed member of the Labour Party. Now when I say committed, I mean committed. Like, she goes campaigning with her ‘crew’ on frosty Saturday mornings – she’s dedicated.

On Saturday 11th of January 2014, I decided to tag along with her to one of her Labour campaigns. They were handing out leaflets outside a shopping centre in a neighbouring ward. I was standing in the background, totally freezing, but totally loving the whole atmosphere and vibe. These people are genuinely passionate about their cause and want people to hear them out. They didn’t force people to listen to them, they simply explained what they believed and left people to make up their own minds. I respect that. I feel like, people should be given the information then left to choose what they believe or what they want to do with the information they received. That’s why I try to not shove my opinion down anyone’s throats (‘try’ being a significant word).

After about an hour, Chuka Umunna turned up. For those of you that don’t know (and you really should know, by the way) Chuka is a British politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Streatham (since 2010) and the Shadow Business Secretary (since 2011). He’s kind of a big deal. My mum was seriously excited about him being there because he’s half Nigerian and from the same tribe as my family. My mum totally used him as a subject for a ‘if he can do it, you can do it’ lecture which I pretty much heard the WHOLE day but I can’t really complain. It was inspiring, especially concerning how humble he was.

Now everything I say, I say with good intentions so hear me out. Many (note how I said ‘many’, NOT all) Black, Asian, coloured, non-white or whatever you like to call yourselves people like to use their race and background as an excuse and as a reason to not succeed and to not do well in life. Many like to blame racism or the government or the police or pretty much anyone, for the reasons they are not succeeding. You guys have got to get over it. I’m not saying racism is finished, because I’m pretty sure it still exists. But for goodness sakes, we’re in a generation that has seen a Black president of the United States of America – place where racism, years ago, was horrendous – for two bloody terms. Come on now. What I’m saying is that I never ever ever believe that your colour, background or any aspect of you is a reason why you aren’t who you want to be and isn’t any indication as to why you aren’t where you desire. Get over that ‘pity me and my people’ attitude. Without being all cliché and cheesy, the only obstacle that can be a huge hindrance in your way, is you and your mind-set. That’s something I learnt YEARS ago.

Did you think it was easy for a young high school girl, living in London (a city with 8.3 million other people with dreams and hopes just like her) to randomly start a blog nearly two years ago, where she could share her love for writing and inspiring people? I had a million-and-one reasons as to why I shouldn’t do it. I had pressure to focus and get good grades at school. I had pressure to be social with my friends and be popular (and all that nonsense). I had pressure to know what I want to be when I grow up, career-wise (to be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure now, something to do with writing, I think). I was confused about who to tell about my blog, how would people take it? I was worried I wouldn’t even get views. Simply put, I was confused and worried and scared and anxious, but I went for it. And here I am.

I’m not sure where I am headed and I’m not sure what I’m going to be, but one thing I am sure about is I’ll work hard all of the time, and at the end I will succeed, and I plan on bringing my friends and family along this journey with me.

The other day I was reading the Bible on my Bible app (technology can be really great), when I came across a Bible verse that is totally perfect for this post: Proverbs 10:4 (CEB) says; Laziness brings poverty; hard work makes one rich.

This verse explains that being hard working is a positive thing in a person and makes you rich, physically rich (money and all that good stuff) or emotional and mentally rich, were you are content with life and feel like you’re a functioning, profitable addition to society and to the world. But obviously, don’t work too hard. Leave time for fun. I’m lucky because this blog is both work and fun.

The feature image is a picture my mum took of Chuka and I. She asked permission from him directly to take the photo, so I’m assuming I have permission to post it on my blog (awks if I don’t). AND I’d like to thank Chuka for inspiring me and reminding me of what I first wanted to do myself. Inspire people.

I’d also like to remind you, I follow no political party. My mother just happened to support Labour, and I went to the campaign, just to support her. But, I definitely agree with some of the Labour Party’s ideology. (Torrie fans, please don’t hate me) It’s only just occurred to me, most of you readers are not living in the UK. Please don’t be put off by the fact that you don’t understand British politics, because truth be told, I don’t either. Just be inspired by my overall message, which is work hard.

Well, this was one of my favourites. I’ve been distracted for long time on here, but I’m back on track!

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Team healthy living

People say I always have phases in life when I’m obsessed with a particular thing, activity, music, artist etc for a while, then I get bored of it and move on. As sad and childish as that makes me sound, it is so true.

I’m laughing because on the 25th of September 2012, I wrote a post about healthy living and that phase of mine lasted like a week, maybe even less.

But now, I’m a lot more grown up so I’d like to believe I mean it for real this time.

Ever since the first day of the year, I have made a conscious effort to eat healthier. i must say, I was a relatively healthy person beforehand, because I don’t eat a lot (which is really hard to believe since I am always talking about food and complaining about being hungry lol), but this year I hope to improve my relationship with food. I used to eat really irregularly, skipping meals and bingeing. BUT NO MORE.

So far I’ve managed to stay on track, but since college is back the real challnege is back too. Part of my healthy living also, I do a 25 minitue walk every morning to college and a 25 minute walk back (so nearly an hour of walking a day which is the only nit of excersie I do).

Let’s see how that works out, lovelies:’)

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Nail tips

One thing that nearly everyone knows about me is that I love doing my nails. I’m not usually what you might define as ‘girly’ but when it comes to nails, it’s an exception.

I like to change my nails as regularly as possible (every 3-4 days, sometimes even sooner when I have the time) and I have a vast collection of nail polishes. Although, I am a huge fan of cheap nail polishes so I rarely ever spend more than £3 on a single nail polish (unless it’s made out of gold, then and only then might I reconsider.)

The featured image is of nails I applied, painted and designed a year ago (when I had time to do that all of the time).

Here are a few nail tips I have collected over the years;

  1. Always wear a base coat when paining until your natural nails. This is usually meant to be a nail hardener or protector although, they are ridiculously expensive. I usually settle for a simple plain white polish or a peach/nude colour. A base coat is meant to make the nail polish last longer.
  2. Always remove the previous nail polish when painting a new colour over it. I am one of those impatient people that flick off bits of my nail polish then paint over it because I can’t be bothered to remove it first. Literally the worst thing you can do your nails as it can leave marks on your nails. As well as the obvious fact that the newly applied nail polish won’t look as good.
  3. Always put on a top coat when you have finished paining your nails. When the polish has dried, always ass a clear top coat as it seals the design underneath and gives your nails a flawless glow. I own about 4 glosses because I believe they are genuinely important. A little thing I like to use is gloss with glitter in it. It always gives you jazzy nails. Also, if you ever smudge a design or mess it up, then the glitter camouflages that and makes your nails still look good.
  4. Ensure that your hands are always completely dry before applying any moisture. Also, make sure that you don’t start applying nail polish when you know you’re about to take a shower or do the dishes. This one seems like a ‘Duh!’ moment but you don’t know how many times my nails have been slightly damp and the nail polish refuses to dry and then gets all smudgy and messy. It’s always best to give your nails at least an hour before touching water or any moisture.
  5. Black and dark nail polishes, believe it or not, are really IN nowadays. Something about dark nails is cool and hipster (not exactly sure what it is though). Make sure to purchase a few staple dark shades for your collection.
  6. Always ensure that your nails are clean at all times. Other than the fact of hygiene, dirty nails are actually disgusting. I know there are busy periods in life when you have more important things to do than your nails; I respect that. But there is never an excuse for dirty nails.
  7. A hairdryer is a miracle worker when it comes to drying nails quickly and evenly, leaving a gorgeous glow.
  8. I am a huge fan of applying fake nails, however, they are extremely hard to apply yourself if you’ve never done it before so I would recommend getting them professionally done. (I don’t mean to brag but, I do mine myself lol)
  9. Concerning false nails, always file them down to fit the shape and size of your natural nails. the point of them is to give the illusion that your real nails are that long and shaped and gorgeous, therefore if they look like claws that are falling off your fingers, the agenda is not a success. Personally, I try to say away from boxed square nails, but I do generally like shorter nails as they are easier to maintain.
  10. Acrylics are so bad for your nails (no matter how good they look). Get them at your own risk. I heard gel nails are a better alternative.
  11. Try and purchase nails that come with thin brushes, they are much easier to design with.

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’

Counting Stars – One Republic (by Lauren and Austin North)

It’s never been a secret how much of a fan I am of these talented two.  Austin and Lauren North are a pair of amazing siblings  (click here for more on them) who came together to create an amazing cover, with Lauren’s vocals and Austin’s beats. They uploaded a cover on New Years day to One Republic’s hit song Counting Stars.

I love this cover because it feels like I am watching a carefully crafted story. It’s starts mellow with Lauren’s flawless vocals, before the piano and drums accompany her. I totally made the mistake of listening to this on my phone with my headphones being on the loudest volume and seriously, it was scary lol.

But in all seriousness, this video is so professional in it’s simplicity and purity. Austin spent hours editing this and it really does show. From the black-and -white colour scheme to the lighting and sequencing, you can tell how thought out this cover was. Totally worth the wait! Love.

Btw, you need to check out their other cover from last year

 

Peace&Love.

Paula ox’