The Blogger Recognition Award

Happy Weekend Guys!!!

If you’re following me on Twitter, then you guys are aware that I’ve been on vacation for two weeks…whoo hoo! And during the vacay, I decided to restart my fitness journey which has been super difficult.

Exercise is fudging hard! While nursing my sore muscles, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers who appreciate the hard work, dedication and vast amount of hours we all put into every post, as well as keeping the website current and updated. I was nominated by my girl Sayward who blogs over Saynthings. Thank you so much for nominating me, I am honoured to be included on your list of bloggers. Her blog is amazing so go check her out guys!

How My Blog Got Started

For years I wanted to start a blog, but I always quit after writing the first post. In January of this year, I started thinking toying with the idea again, and my significant other told me to do it. In February, I wrote my first post, and here we are.

The origin of the name took me awhile but finally; I decided to make it a combination of my first and last name. For months, I tried coming up with a niche, and I realized that a lifestyle blog would be the perfect fit.

After getting my groove, I redesigned and transferred my blog from Wix to self-hosted WordPress and relaunched in August.

Two Advice For New Bloggers

Blogging can be overwhelming. When I first started, I was so confused. Talks of SEOs, Instagram Algorithms, DAs had me ready to run to the hills.

  1. Patience – When you first start out, you’ll likely think that things will just happen and your blog will be a success overnight. Blogging is hard work, and there are no shortcuts. Just be patient and trust the process, it may seem easier to give up, but if you’re passionate about your blog, then you’ll put the work in. I had several moments where I was intimidated and jealous by the success of other bloggers and whining to my SO asking,’When will it be my turn?’
  2. Be yourself!- I can’t stress this enough. You will admire other bloggers and think that emulating their style will help your blog, but you’re only hurting yourself and your brand. Every day there is someone new creating a blog, but they aren’t you. Find your voice and be confident in your writing.

Bonus advice

Have fun! It is a job, but it is also an extension of you. If you aren’t passionate or genuine about your content, then your readers will spot that a mile away.

The rules say that I should nominate 15 other bloggers, but I have my top six. I’ve come across many talented bloggers, whose works I love so it was really difficult choosing.

  1. Reflection of Des
  2. Irie Diva
  3. 876 Lover
  4. The Sarai Ashari
  5. Ms Sparkle And Glow
  6. Mr. Gray

Join some Facebook groups, interact with your fellow bloggers on Twitter, Instagram etc. and learn more about them and their work.

Until next time. Nuff Love, Sheviimc.

 

I’m in Love With The Handbag Hanger

Do you remember the first time you saw that gorgeous handbag? The vibrant colour, the silky texture, the envious stares from your friends? How powerful you felt when you stepped into that meeting with it slung over your shoulder?

Admit it, your bags have been there for you. Through earlier mornings, long nights, forgetful and stressful moments, they’ve held your hand.

But have you been there for your bags? More importantly, have you been showing them, love?

My bags are my babies however, I’m guilty of not showing them enough love. While I treat them with care when I wear them out, they’re usually tossed in a corner, on the chair or stuffed in some box because of the limited space.

Seven out of ten times, they get creases and twists that ruin their beauty. I was tempted to slow down my love affair until I found out about the handbag hanger.

WHAT IS THE HANDBAG HANGER?

The answer is simple….it’s where your bags belong when you’re not wearing them. HBH is an Austrailian company founded by the talented, chief lover of bags, Michelle Zillman.

You would have read her guest post about the hottest handbag trends and the hanger last month.

Personally, I think the handbag hanger is an ingenious idea.

  1. Saves space
  2. Makes my room or closet look more organized- I no longer have a big box cluttering my closet and ruining my shoes.
  3. Portability- It can be moved from one place to the next, wherever you feel comfortable.
  4. It’s made out of strong steel that doesn’t bend or rust, so it’s guaranteed to last.
  5. My handbags never looked happier
  6. It’s not just for bags! Scarfs, jewellery…you name it.

If our dresses, t-shirts and shoes have their own storage method, why not our bags?

ALL OF YOUR BAGS TAKEN CARE OF

The hanger comes in 2 sizes; Petite and Grande. The Petite holds 2 bags and can carry up to 231 pounds roughly. The Grande holds up to 12 bags and carries up to 110 pounds roughly. With the heaviest bag weighing 16 pounds.

There are four collections to choose from named after the world’s 4 major fashion centres: New York, London, Milan and Paris.These collections are based on the number and types of bags that the designers think typically owned.

Of course, if you desire more space you can always, order several collections based on your needs.

I received the Paris model which included a Grande hanger, a Petite hanger and fourteen (14) spongy strap supports.

Assembling the hanger was easy, I just had to push the straps onto the hanger. It was a bit tight in getting the straps on but with a little force, it was on.

The Petite hanger is the perfect accessory for a lunch or dinner out. If you have no available space to place your bag in the restaurant, you can hook the hanger to your chair and store your bag and/or scarf.

The Petite Hanger

The Petite Hanger

The Grande Hanger

The Grande Hanger

Spongy Straps Supports

Unbelievable right? Can you see why I’m in love?

Final Thoughts

I absolutely recommend the handbag hanger to anyone. It’s not just a great accessory for storage space for your bags, scarves and jewellery but it’s an excellent way to preserve your investments.
It’s the perfect gift for yourself and a friend.
You can use the coupon code ‘ShevHBH’ to receive 20% off your purchases and tag my Instagram and the handbag hanger to show us how much you love your collection.
 Until next time! Nuff love Sheviimc.
Disclaimer: I received the handbag hanger in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun”.
Charles R. Swindoll

As we grew up, many friends we made in our teen phase, did not transition into our adult lives. The few who did, we treasure especially when you live oceans apart with only technological options of communication.

After awhile, those WhatsApp and text conversations seem so impersonal. Delayed responses, the difference in time zones, career and family responsibilities, you can’t help but feel a void in your friendship, a gap in a once well-oiled machine.

How do you let someone know how much they mean to you when you are miles apart?

You send them a wish.

I’m not talking about waiting on a shooting star or a birthday wish. I’m talking about a physical, tangible, personalized wish.

That’s where A Wish For You comes in.

A Wish For You offers the services of delivering a small memento accompanied by a personal card with a message created by you; to share with someone special in your life.

When I came across their Instagram Page, I had just spoken to a friend of mine who’s expecting her first child next month. She was expressing some difficulties in her pregnancy and how she had to manage some of the responsibilities with the help of her grandmother because the father of her child was travelling for business.

She felt alone and although she didn’t admit it, I could tell she was scared.

I thought that their service would be the perfect way to show her that she wasn’t alone in her pregnancy. Kyra, the Engagement Director and her amazing team provided me with an excellent platform to do just that.

The Process

First, I had to choose a gift. I went with the Giraffe Night Light as an addition to the decoration of the nursery.

Browsing the website

Giraffe Lamp

Next, I had to choose a card to accompany the gift. Now, in my excitement, I totally missed this step. However, Kyra had my back! She sent me a quick message via Instagram to let me know of the issue and picked out a beautiful onesies card for my friend.

A Wish For You Greeting Card

The final step was to create a message to be included.

The day the package was delivered, my friend had just returned from the hospital, after a scare. The timing was perfect. I’m almost convinced that A Wish For you planned this.

The setup was too perfect.

The package was even wrapped in purple; my friend’s favourite colour and I had no discussions with the team about this.

I kid you not.

The Package received

The team went all out to make this quite special. My friend was beyond happy. She sent me several videos throughout the day with the night lamp.

Special shout out to Kyra, you made this an incredible experience. I will definitely be using this service again.

Guys, if you haven’t utilized this service, you definitely should. I will be providing you with a discount code on my social media. If you have used A Wish For You, let me know of your experience in the comment section.

Disclaimer: I received the service in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

By Michelle Zillman,

Chief Bag Lover,

handbaghanger.com

 

Who doesn’t love a ‘top trends’ list, I know I do. So here’s my latest list of the hottest bag trends right now…

MAKE A STATEMENT – IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT

Huge right now, quite literally, is the trend of statement handles. Whether they be oversized, studded, made of rope, gilded – the point is that handles are now becoming a feature in themselves. No longer just a way of picking up your bag; now it’s a bag pick me up!

louis vuitton bag

Louis Vuitton

 

Givenchy Bag

Givenchy

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL BAGS

Remember as a kid when you used to get your empty chip packet and shrink it in the oven? (If you don’t you’ve had a deprived childhood – sorry you missed out on this!). Anyway, this trend reminds me of it. These bags literally look like shrunken down versions of ‘real bags’. Of course, these bags are real, only thing is, if you need to fit more than a Tic Tac in some of them, you might struggle. Cute but not sure how practical this trend is. But hey, when has fashion ever really been practical; it should be about fun after all. And fun this is.

Hermes Bag

Hermès

Akris Bag

Akris

Valentino Bag

Valentino

Coach Bag

Coach

BAGS ON STEROIDS

Proof that we live in a crazy world of opposites and extremes, the other big trend is big; actually, make that massive bags! Yep, oversized bags are hot right now. With these bags you can fit the whole Tic Tac factory inside; the only problem is, you may not be able to pick it up after you’ve done so. A Chiropractor’s dream.

Two of my faves are by Sonia Rykiel and Loewe.

Sonia Rykiel Bag

Sonia Rykiel

Loewe Bag

Loewe

IT’S A CINCH

Just think of these as the bucket bag evolved. Fashion is most often an evolution instead of revolution, and this is a great and beautiful example. I personally love this trend, a ‘cinch’ always feels soft and feminine so a winner in my book.

My top picks for ‘cinchers’ right now are Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham, Altuzuarra, Givenchy and Marni.

Alexander Wang Bag

Alexander Wang

But no matter what bag you choose, remember to always treat it with love; on its own handbag hanger. After all, when our favourite outfit comes off, it’s slipped carefully onto its hanger. Jackets, t-shirts, tights, they all have their own place. But sadly, our treasured, beautiful bags haven’t.

Until now. With thh – the handbag hanger; your bags have a place where they belong. And no matter where in the world you are, you and your bags can enjoy our brilliant Aussie invention because we ship worldwide. We love it, and we know you will too, so jump on the handbag hanger trend.

handbaghanger.com

Credit from HBO Canada

Hello, My Lovelies!

It’s finally the weekend. For the last week and a half, I had been searching for a new series to watch. My Netflix was a huge disappointment as most of the series recommended to me by friends, I’d already watched.

I was a Netflix rut. No-one was more surprised than me. What was I going to watch when I was getting ready for work in the mornings?

In the same week and a half of my search, I kept seeing #InsecureHBO on my Twitter timeline. At the time, I thought it was one of those reality shows, so I disregarded it.

Desperation got the better of me, and I clicked on the hashtag.

Guuuuyyysss! I was living under a rock because nobody bothered to tell me about the awesomeness that is Insecure. Issa Rae is AMAZING!

I started season one on Tuesday and ya’ll….I’m on season two right now, and I’m sad because I’m going to have to wait for the next episode to drop on HBO.

About The Show

For those of you who were living under the rock with me, Insecure is an HBO original comedy-drama series based partially on Issa Rae’s widely lauded web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. It follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman played by Issa Rae.

Issa and her best friend Molly deal with real life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable experiences.

Who here has ever felt awkward in their lives?

I can relate to Issa’s character so much. Especially the club scene in Season 1, Episode 1. I vividly remember in college where I was waiting for a friend at a party and I saw this guy across the courtyard smiling at me or at least I thought it was me.

So we’re there making flirty eyes at each other from across the room. Finally, he signalled me over to join him; I made it half way across the room about to open my mouth to say something ridiculous when this girl out of nowhere; pushed passed me, leaving me in a tornado of her perfume and started dry humping the guy on the dance floor.

Awkward right?

I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole in that instance. Unlike Issa, I couldn’t rap about it, but I did write a short story which was popular among my peers.

If you’re not obsessed with Insecure, here are four reasons why you should be.

  1. It’s asking hard questions about racism

As a series about black women, racism will be an unfortunate topic of conversation. But thankfully the creative team diplomatically breakdown and explores the complexities of the issue.

2. It’s making a statement about women

Insecure speaks up for women and shows how powerful they can be when they support each other; even though they sometimes have a weird way of showing it. Women empowerment has been the order of the day but not many women exercise it. If you’ve read my previous about the devil wearing a skirt, then you’d understand why I say it’s not being exercised.

3. The comedy is genuine

The series doesn’t try hard to be funny. Issa’s awkwardness, personality and raps are naturally entertaining. From her lipstick shade personality to her Broken P&&y rap, you can’t help but laugh.

4. It isn’t solely focused on relationships but…

We can’t help but root for her relationship with Lawrence and Daniel. Still, Insecure balances relationship drama with the characters’ external lives. Needless to say, you will be obsessed.

Have you watched Insecure? Are you tuning into Insecure Season 2? Tell me what you think in the comments!