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2019 REVIEW, GRATITUDE CHALLENGE RESULTS & LESSONS LEARNT

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Wagwan Nappyboos,

Long time no gwan here on the blog. After almost 365 days around the sun again, we’re older, wise and smarter, I’d like to believe. How has 2019 been for you? I’d very much like to read your experience in the comments below because I’m about to nutshell my year 2019 in this post.

 

My 2019 was aaaammmaaazzz-

 

Actually I think everything that happens to me is amazing, a fun habit I’ve grown, thanks to my super optimistic outlook on life. But that’s not how life truly is all the time innit?

 

GRATITUDE CHALLENGE RESULTS

Photography: Aghogho Otega

Growth is a very beautiful phenonenum. We all live for it.

2019, the year of  living my Truth. It was also a year of many firsts for me.

 

Truth be told my year 2019 was extremely peaceful. This was my year of accepting many truth about myself, and making new choices based on those truths. I think this is in order because I’ve heard people say as you grow older you become more accepting about things you cannot change in life. I guess that’s also why it’s difficult for older people to change habits or form new ones. Regardless of what they say, I’m in my own lane as usual. Here’s how my 2019 was different from yours,

 

In 2019,

-January: Moved back home to Lagos from living and working in New York for 2years. Loced my Mushu (Natural Hair).Wrote my first children’s book, launched on amazon THE BLACK BEETLE AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

-February: Design and Product developed for Nappyese. Introduced and marketed Nuskin products and business building opportunity (to you I presume :), Nappy-Thrift Pop Up/Meet&Greet

See Post: NAPPYESE X NUSKIN

 

-March: Worked on and created my first single

NAPPYESE MUSIC: SO IT GOES 

-April: Moved into my own apartment on Lagos Island

-May: Performed my music for the first time

Ese Otobo Performance at Vibe Tribe Collective Anniversary

-June: Worked on More Music: 4 more singles, Marketed Nappyoga service

NAPPYESE MUSIC

NAPPYESE YOGA

-July: Worked on and created my first headwrap collection and Yoga fitness wear

-August: Visualized, wrote and developed a business plan for Nappyese, created lots of supporting brand content and sought grants

-Jan-September: For the first time in 7years, I lived my best slow paced life, not worrying about being judged my the way I look to earn a living, not having to face rejection from brands and clients based on the way that I look, not having to run from casting to casting and stand in line with numerous girls trying to book the same job, not having to deal with racist clients, discriminating jealous angry bookers, not having to worry about my weight, being able to eat what I want. Went to the beach, roller skated for the first time, made new friends that actually care about supporting one another goals, yay me!

-October: Exporting my head wraps for the first time to some amazing Nappyboos in the U.S ( they know themselves)

 

-November: Visiting Senegal for the first time. Made new Business Partner&Guarantor. Performing my first EP Listening. Started my new book.

-December: Taught yoga at my new Nappyoga space. Got a new Kitten called Nuka Bo.

 

WHAT DID GRATITUDE TEACH ME?

It was hard remembering to write down all the things I was grateful for like we planned to do with the challenge, simply because there is always so much to be thankful for. I’d be writing or hours everyday and that would be painful, but see how I listed my big wins above? I clearly remember them even without writing them down prior, and that’s how it is when you meditate on gratitude everyday

All in all the challenge was really easy for me, I have been living in the attitude of gratitude these past 7 years while my life has changed drastically season after season. Even in the dry times, gratitude kept me afloat. They say it take 7 years of constitency for one to become a master of something. Guess you can call me a master of Gratitude. This year abundance flowed, Everything I touched worked out and yielded fruit, strangers I didn’t know from Adam did things for me, worked with me, supported me. I don’t remember a single moment this year when I felt worry or fear about starting out my life choices all over again in Lagos, and so far everything has worked out well.

Ese Otobo performing at INNER PEACE EP LISTENING #nappyesemusic #gratitude

Ese Otobo performing at INNER PEACE EP LISTENING #nappyesemusic

Gratitude increased my boldness and bravery, allowing me to march into territories I’ve never been on before (like recording and performing my own songs)  knowing fully well that even if it didn’t work out (which it always will) I still have a lot of many other little things in life to be grateful for.  

Gratitude taught me patience and endurance during the times when I cried this year from the stress of growing pains and re-adjusting to create a new system for myself and my brand (Lagos Living ain’t easy)

Gratitude gave me hope, for when I remember the small things, I know I can reach the big things too!

Did you live in an attitude of gratitude this year? Did you join the challenge? Do you notice changes? How did your life change?

 

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#IAMGRATEFUL

SOUND MEDITATION CLASS

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Our Tibetan singing bowl was purchased in Rishikesh, in between the mountains of Northern India.

You may have watched the cute video:  Taraji P. Henson Teaches Jimmy to Meditate with Tibetan Singing Bowls

Or lucky enough to have glimpsed this video in passing where  Jhene aiko plays the crystal singing bowl(meditation)

Singing bowls are quite popular in meditation for healing and relaxation purposes and we can wait for you to experience it. More healing sounds will be introduced on our journey…

Check out what Very Well Mind has to say about these Himalayan Bowls:

READ: The Benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls

See you in Class!

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CLASS SCHEDULES:

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Phone: +234 701 4071794 to book a class

or WhatsApp +1 646 209 3049

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HATHA YOGA

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My esteemed Yoga instructors taught me that Hatha Yoga is the oldest and original form of Yoga. It is from this category of Yoga newer and more contemporary styles of Yoga evolved

Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas ), breathing techniques (pranayama ), and meditation (dyana ) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. The practice of Hatha is to prepare the mind for deeper spiritual practice such as meditation.

Yoga energizes and invigorates the body, certain asanas aid digestion, fights depression, reduces the pain of mental cramps, clams the mind. Yoga reduces stress and anxiety. It revitalizes the brain, massages the abdominal and sex organs. It improves posture, tones, strengthens and stretches the muscles increasing their life span.

The possibilities are endless with Yoga!

 

CLASS SCHEDULES:

EVERY 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH at Bailamos Dance Studio, Lekki Phase 1

EVERY 1ST AND 2ND SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH at EliteBox Fitness, Victoria Island

EVERY 3RD AND 4TH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH at EliteBox Fitness, Victoria Island

PRICE: N5000

 

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BOOK NOW

Phone: +234 701 4071794 to book a class

or WhatsApp +1 646 209 3049

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SOUND MEDITATION CLASS

NAPPYOGA WITH ESE

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NAPPYESE X NUSKIN

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Exciting news!!

Our baby brand has grown bigger!! Have you had a chance to explore our brand New NAPPYESE SHOP yet? Go and do so right now and come back for more of this exciting News!

*drum Roll please…*

I am so pleased to announce that NAPPYESE is now partnered with an award winning American Brand Nuskin to you the best of natural based, health, beauty and skin care world!! Whats more? Our About page is updated too! NAPPYESE is steadily rising to greater and greater heights as the vision becomes clearer

To sit here and write all the amazing pros this company is bringing to the table is to write an eternal blog post! haha So instead, at your utmost convenience link here to read more on NUSKIN.

But first, permit me to tell you a little about the company.


𝗪𝗛𝗬 WE 𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗜𝗡 NUSKIN 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗧𝗦I

“Why Nuskin products? What makes them better than the rest? Why should I buy from you?”

Well here’s some easy answers…

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✘ Nuskin products are animal cruelty free! Nuskin does not test on animals. 

✘ Nuskin products are made using natural key ingredients, combined with top science getting the best of both worlds! You are not putting harsh chemicals on your skin! ⚠️

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️✘ You’re not paying for a ‘name’, you’re paying for quality.
Too many people are paying high prices for popular branded names when these products are actually clogging their pores, filled with all sorts of dodgy ingredients, and aren’t benefitting their skin! ❌

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✘ Nuskin has over 35+ years of science behind them, over 75 scientists (PhD level) work on their products everyday. Nuskin has won numerous awards from beauty to technology and innovation. They are leading in their field and get recognised constantly by top magazines, articles and nominated for so many annual award shows! 

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✘ This company gives back to people. They created MULTIPLE organisations including ‘Nourish the Children’ which so far has given over 600 million meals to the worlds most malnourished children. You can be a part of this! Learn more about Nourish the Children and Force for Good 

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✘ And most importantly – NUSKIN PRODUCTS WORK. You can see real visible results almost instantly  They are the DIFFERENCE DEMONSTRATED!

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So those things considered, why NOT our products? 

Working these past months with Nuskin has been a great learning experience. All of this growth NAPPYESE is experiencing is partly due to their presence in my Universe. There’s no need to imagine because its already here! Our small natural hair blog now of 2013, slowly morphing into an Amazon of natural and natural based& cruelty free skin and health care ASHÈ and first on board is NUSKIN!

PRODUCT DEMOS

As you may know from the NappyGram, these past 4 months has had me trying a variety of the Nuskin products and I have to say that I am impressed with their quick and definite results, were has this brand been all our lives?

This new collaboration enables me to make brand-new and wonderful product available to you and even at discounted rates too

Calling all Skin care Lovers..

There is so much more I want to share with you on this great opportunity, but I will save it for a next blog post. I can’t keep secrets from you so I will go ahead and say right now that this partnership involves you too!

Ssshh! That’s all for now. Until next time!

Love&Nappiness

Ese

FENTY BEAUTY GIVEAWAY!

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Watagwan Nappy Boo!

Here’s the First Giveaway of the Year. Courtsey of my 24th Birthday last weekend.

 

GIVEAWAY RULES:

*must be subscribed to NAPPYESE TV to enter*

1. Share this video on facebook& must tag @nappyese!! (if you dont have facebook use your preferred soical media and Tag @Nappyese appropriately)

2. Follow me on instagram @Nappyese

3. tag your best friend on the Instagram giveaway video and comment with your Pro’ filtr foundation shade

4. ask your tagged friend to comment her Pro fitler foundation shade

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*2 lucky winners!!! *contest ends 14th Feb 2018. Winners will be announced on ig

*giveaway open to all nappyboos worldwide

Best of Luck!

Fashion Nova: How to wear summer outfits in Fall (Style on a budget)

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Watagwan Nappyboo,

I hope your thanksgiving weekend was lit! and you’re recovering nicely from the food.

Welcome to my first style post!!  You must have caught a glimpse of Who What Wear in my first style Vlog. Where I introduced my Nappy Style with my SUMMER 2017 STYLE HAUL  featuring Fashion Nova X Mystique Boutique NYC.

If you didn’t catch it, you’ve been living under a rock! Baby win with us!! Watch the video below

 

How I Transitioned my Summer Style Pieces  into Fall

Living in NYC for me right now is living on a budget. How expensive this city is not a myth!! And style is a luxury I can’t afford to compromise on. I love to look well put together (most days lol) And I keep my style to my own aesthetics. Meaning I do what what works for me. 

Y’all know I’ve been buying Fashion Nova since forever!  Way before Bodak Yellow and Team Cardi B was even a thing. Yup! Not only are their items built to hug womanly curves, they are also quite affordable ( if you know when to shop). I live for Fashion Nova discount codes. I shared all the cute pieces I rocked all summer in the video above so don’t forget to watch it! Now here’s how I transition some of these pieces into my fall style.

LAYER LAYER LAYER! Nothing like a cold city to teach you how to layer up.

In these looks I rock my summer dresses over a layer of a Thermal Underwear, Thights and Turtle neck sweaters. Its a classic way to keep all of my skin protected and look chique rocking my summer pieces. 

 

 

 

EVERYWHERE STRIPPED SET- NAVY

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YOUR NEEDS MET DRESS-CORAL

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I’D GET YOU DRESS-BLACK&WHITE

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STAYING ALIVE DRESS-OLIVE GREEN+PRINT SKIRT

One of my favorite style trick is to pair a mini dress as a top with a big ruffle skirt. SSsssshhh! No one will ever know 😉

 

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ON THE RUN JUMPSUIT+VINTAGE JACKET+LEOPARD PRINT SCARF

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE LOOK

 

That’s it for today’s nappy style post. I hope you enjoyed the images, feel free ask any questions. What are your tips for saving cost on clothes while transitioning from a summer to fall/winter wardrobe? Please share with me in the comment section below. 

 Caaassh u later!

 

For #NAPPYSTYLE on a daily  follow my Instagram @nappyese

PARIS: TOO FIT FOR FASHION?

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Paris Fashion week 2016 is ending today and I need to get something off my chest or my soul will keep haunting me. I have been thinking of the best way to recount this experience. This post is literally last-minute and I’m still not sure how to write this but yeah here goes nothing.

This year has been a great year for me all around and I am very grateful to God for everything♥ My dreams literally came true. This year I visited New York, Spain, Germany, Italy and Paris!!!

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