Tuke's Quest: January 2015

Workflow: Textures

Hey Guys!

Hope you are having a restful weekend. Anyone else feel like the month of January has gone by too quickly. The month of February begins tomorrow and it's going to be interesting, my blog is going to be 1 on the 8th of February, I'm accepting presents o :) It's election season too, I pray everything goes smoothly and peacefully.
So, I wore this to work on Thursday as I was attending a Uni alumni shindig in the evening, I know it can be worn to church too. I have my moods in terms of office dressing, some days I'm all corporate like in this post, other days I wear a dress like this one. Friday is Smart Casual so my jeans come out. But, this past thursday, I launched my Twenty Six Skirt, this is my second one, the first one was polka, remember this post?
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The Department

Hey Guys! Remember how I said there would be loads of collaborations and giveaways in my 2015 goals post. The winners of the first giveaways for the year were announced over the weekend and the first two redeemed their prizes at the exclusive premier of The Department Film :)

@teniola_king and @hephzibah287
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A Dinner Party

Hey Guys,

How are you? How was your weekend? Mine was good :)

Expect a post on The Department Film this week, it was really greet to meet one of my active readers at the premiere. If you haven't nominated me for the Nigerian Blog Awards, please do. Nominations end next week and it means A LOT to me, all you've got to do is fill in the nomination form. You can get your friends to fill it in too. Best New Blog (15), Best Lifestyle Blog(18) and one other category.

Do you remember that time I went for a Pancake Party. Well, I went for a dinner party, organised by friend, Aramide at the beginning of the month. It's really random how we met, she had discovered my blog through one of my Bella Naija Articles. We met at a friend's birthday and that's how the friendship was formed. She is a blogger too so check out her blog here.

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Pandora Meets Ankara

So I was gisting with my friend, Tolu, sometime last week and she asked if I had plans for Sunday the 18th. I had none and she said she'll send my name to the people at Pandora so I could be added to the guestlist. She's a blogger at Cocophemie so you can check out her recap of the event here.

A pandora representative brought the IV to my house  a couple of days to event and I was really impressed with the packaging.

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The Department Film x Tuke Morgan Giveaway

Hey Guys.

Hope you are good! 

If you've read my 2015 goals post, you would know that this year is going to be filled with collaborations. The first one is a giveaway in collaboration with Shop Bella Cosa and this is the second one in collaboration with The Department Film.

It's a romantic crime thriller and I've got 4 tickets to giveaway to the exclusive premiere at Silverbird Cinema on Sunday. It features stars like Osas Ighodaro, OC Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah (Gidi Up), Desmond Elliot and Majid Michel. Two people shall win 2 tickets each.

All you've got to do is

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The Monochrome Way: The Black Bag


Watsup people? How are you guys?

I started my new job last week, we are going through an academy (training school) at the moment so a lot of lectures going on.

I realised last week that I didn't have a big black bag so I checked Kampke.com and found the perfect one which can carry A4 Folders. It's such a necessity so the good folks at Kampke are giving my readers 25% off any Zara Bag. You just need to enter the code TUKE25 at checkout and it runs till the 31st of January 2015. (I get points if you buy through the link on my blog so do the needful). They've got a few of the Zara heels I've been rocking left so grab yours now before they get sold out, they've got them in ivory too.
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2015 Goals and Resolutions

Hey Guys

Happy Weekend!

I'm having such a relaxing day, haven't stepped one foot out of my house and I love it :)

How's your weekend going? Hope you've nominated me for Best New Blog, Best Lifestyle Blog and any other category you deem fit in the Nigerian Blog Awards, It won't take up to 5 minutes so please fill in the nomination form, Thank you :)

Someone commented on my previous post that she thinks I need more audience and I agree with her. It's actually one of my goals for the year!

You can contribute to expanding my audience by sharing any posts you like on your social media pages. I'll definitely appreciate it and it encourages me to keep creating great content. I won't stop blogging if you don't do it but it'll make happy if you do.

I did a Goal Audit post in May Last year and people really seemed to enjoy it and the end of year Audit too. I'm hoping this year is bigger and better than 2014, it gats to be mehn!

So, my goals for the year are as follows:

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Something Different: Natures Gentle Touch

Hey Guys!

Hope you're having a good week, it's gone by pretty fast, don't you think?  

Two weeks ago, my family friend, Ibiyemi, tagged me in a competition on Instagram organised by @naturesgentletouch and @oluchi1. The question was simple, name 5 natures gentle touch products and the first 10 people to answer correctly would win a free hair makeover. 

I was pretty pleased that I won, I was the 10th person to answer the question, Yayy me. I wasn't sure what to expect as I had never been to the Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute before. Plus, I wasn't really sure if they would be able to deal with Natural Hair. Boy, was I in for a Surprise.

I got there, spoke to the receptionist, she asked for ID to verify that I was one of the winners and then I was led to the treatment room. I filled in a form, was asked some questions about my hair regimen, the consultant inspected my scalp and then suggested a treatment. It was a real hair consultation, they even had a microscopic camera that showed them the roots of my hair.
She suggested an Aromatherapy Treatment which involved massaging a mixture of essential oils into my scalp to help with the dry scalp issue she noticed. The mixture was brushed into my hair then I went under a steamer. I didn't even ask questions because the stylist, Tosin, was so professional, she definitely knew what she was doing. My hair was shampooed, conditioned, I went under a steamer at some point and it was blowdried too.

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Shop Bella Cosa x Tuke Morgan Giveaway

Hey Guys!

The First giveaway of the year is here and it's in collaboration with this new boutique in Lekki called Bella Cosa. You stand a chance to win a "Together Forever" Gift Set which includes Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Perfumed Body Lotion and Perfumed Shower Gel.
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Workflow: Pinafore

Hey Guys

This is the third part of my workflow series, check out part 1 and 2 if you missed them.

Does anyone else think Pinafore is a weird word?

Err, anyhoo my school turned 20 last week, the primary school I went to, it also happened to be my PPA (Place of Primary Assignment) during NYSC. I knew I would be done with NYSC when the school clocked 20 but I planned to go back and play the Sax. I wasn't really sure what to wear so I went with the easiest option and did a grown up version of the School Uniform.
Ibukun, Koton, Deji, Banke and Bolaji
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Mac Goodies

Hello People!

Hope you had a good weekend. I spoke to one of my blog readers today and it was a really great conversation, Thanks for the call Hephzibah :) 

Nominations for the Nigerian Blog Awards have begun so please fill in the nomination form. It's one of the awards I was referring to in my 2014 goals list, I really want to win Best New Blog and I'll like to be nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog and any other one you deem fit ;) 

 So, I woke up today and saw an email from Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow, she hosted the garden party sometime last year. I won N25,000 worth of MAC Makeup from the giveaway she hosted in the last issue of her magazine. She dropped it off today and you can see her posing with the latest issue of the Magazine. You should all get a copy, there's a giveaway in it too. Enter giveaways when you see them o, you never know.

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Day out with Sarie: Cafe Neo x Whitespace

So I met up with my friend Sarie yesterday, I haven't seen her since I went to Abuja in July so it was fun catching up. She wanted to go to Cafe Neo so we went to the one which recently opened at The Whitespace in Ikoyi. (58 Raymond Njoku Street, Off Awolowo Road) Remember that time I went for a Block Party with some cool kids, it was held at The Whitespace. It's a creative agency and they've got a lot of interesting events happening this month. Follow them on Instagram @awca_whitespace to keep yourself updated or check out Bella Naija for the events happening this weekend.

Okay, so, I don't drink Coffee or Tea, the only beverage I like is Hot Chocolate. I got a White Chocolate and Caramel Frappucino. It tasted like the one at Starbucks, I got mine without coffee and it cost N1,200.

The Cafe Neo in VI is right next to Bungalows on Akin Adesola but I haven't been there yet. They've got some other branches in Ikoyi, check their website for details. I heard about them from my friend, Demi Banwo, he was in Band Aid and he's a photographer. You might want to follow him as he hosts giveaways pretty often and he's given out Neo vouchers before. (@thatdudedemi on Instagram)

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It's been 3 and a half weeks since Styd.com.ng, the online retail store, hosted their official launch party at Radisson Blu. It was a fun and fabulous cocktail party filled with fashion bloggers, writers, editors and enthusiasts alike who mingled amongst themselves.
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One Sunday in Notts

Hey Guys!

This is a bit of a throwback post, to my days in Nottingham. These pictures were taken on June 9th, 2013 to be precise. Do you think I've changed much? I haven't done a fringe since then, might try this style again soon.

I was in the choir in my Church, God's Vineyard Church in Nottingham as a Saxophonist. They have a really vibrant youth group, Radical Youth, which made my time in Uni very fulfilling. The dress code for choir that day must have been red and white.  My Skirt is from Internacionale, tank top and Blazer are from H and M. I was not into make up at that point in my lifetime, was an eyeliner and lipbalm kinda girl. See the way Lagos has changed me o!
with my girl Shaana, she's from Tanzania and she really helped me through some tough times. She loved to clean and cook and boy can she saaaang, I miss her!
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Restaurant Review: RSVP

'Ello Mate

What's going on? 

How did you spend/find the first Sunday of the year? Anything special happen?

I've put up quite a number of Restaurant Review posts this past week, this is the 4th one in 8 days. It's because of the holiday. Food and holiday go together innit? I met up with my secondary school girlies yesterday (We miss you Ndali). We went to this newish spot in Lagos called RSVP. One of my friend's said it is very alte (pronounced aww-te), for those of you who don't know what that means, alte is a slang for alternative which means different from the norm. There were a number of couples, expatriates and young professionals too.

It has very cool vibes, is a nice open space, with benches and tables, a bit like a loft, it's very clean and white and fresh. However, the menu isn't very extensive. If I had gone there on my own I probably would have just found another restaurant after glancing through the menu. I was pretty hungry and my friend said they served American Cuisine so I was expecting Ribs, "TGIF" kinda food but they didn't have any. They've got steak, some pastas, sandwiches, salads, soups and pie. 
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Restaurant Review: Pearl Garden

 Happy New Year Folks!

Are you excited for 2015? I sure am!

I've been compiling my list of goals and resolutions for the year. I'm still not done yet but you'll find out when it's ready. One thing that's going to happen is a new blog layout and a logo too so if you have anyone to recommend, do let me know. I really want to do more collaborations too, creative ones like the one with Aima's, blogger ones like the one with Mide, brand ones like the one with The Kinky Apothecary and any other collaboration's that fit in with my blog ethos.

We always have lunch/dinner with my dad's side of the family on New Year's day. When I was younger, we went to Ocean view a lot and the great thing was that they had a playground so we could burn all our energy there. I don't know that many restaurants in Lagos with a large enough compound for the children to play so if you do know any, please let me know.

We went to pearl garden, which is a really popular Chinese Restaurant in Victoria Island. It's on Tiamiyu Savage which is the street that's got Ocean Basket, Terra Kulture and Multi Choice. It's off Olosa Street where L'espace is. We actually went there 2 years ago for New Year's Day Lunch, so much has changed in my family, babies have been born, people have gotten married, a lot of growth has happened which is good.

My stacked up plate

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