Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Marriage at Bulawayo Arts Awards Press Conference



Busisa Moyo&Saimon Mambazo





The biggest event in the Bulawayo calendar is only a month away and preparations are under way. Today I got to attend the Bulawayo Arts Awards press conference held at the Carne Casa Steakhouse which is being opened officially this Friday, but the owner opened it up for the press conference.
The event was scheduled for half past nine and to my delight it started exactly at that time. Mr Raisdon Baya opened with telling us that the nominations had increased and praising the artists on the improvement of their packaging of their works.

Roil Cooking Oil









The music category being the one with the most submissions, it shows how much of talent and need there is from our artists in Bulawayo Mr Baya stated. He then asked a man respected by many not only in Bulawayo only but in Zimbabwe as a whole Mr Busisa Moyo CEO of United Refineries. This is where it got interesting all of us thought he was closing the event but he asked everyone to go to the next room.






We then took sits and witnessed what in my eyes was a beautiful union between the Bulawayo Arts Awards and United Refineries. United Refineries being a company that has been around for the past eighty three years and being one of the few remaining players in the edible oils industry, they are the manufacturing of Roil Cooking Oil, Image soap, Roil Mayonnaise and the distributors of Rugani hundred percent juices.




Now we can add to that list that they are now sponsors of the event loved by many the Bulawayo Arts Awards, they will be sponsoring the event with twenty thousand dollars, talk about awesomeness. So if you thought the Bulawayo Arts Awards were cool last year then this year it is going to be insane. Like every marriage one of the parties has to change name in this case the Bulawayo Arts Awards are going to be called the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards #RBAAzw18 for all those on social media that is the new hashtag.

Roil Mayonnaise
















Being a huge fan of Roil cooking oil myself I loved the goodie bag that were handed out by Nkue Nkala as the event ended, after being serenaded by the group Umdumo WeSizwe with a song that marked this beautiful union. The list of the nominees will be announced on the 27th of April via all media platforms.
Umdumo Wesizwe choir















So 26 May 2018 it is a date, do not forget to do the right thing and buy locally manufactured goods Roil Cooking oil, Image Soap, Roil Mayonnaise at affordable prices.

God Is Love
Emma Nxumalo

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ingrams Lotion Range


Product Review

Personal Favorites




















Growing up in a hot city like Bulawayo your skin is exposed to harsh weather conditions. But since from way back I remember at home my mother and grandmother always believed in Ingrams products like the Ingrams Camphor Cream you know the old ones that had a green and white containers,ok maybe only the old school crew will remember those.





I wasn’t a fan of those because when it rained and you get caught in the rain the camphor would start dripping down your face and God forbid some went into your eyes that was painful. Fast forward to 2017 when I heard that Ingrams has a new range of Lotions I was not too keen on trying them out, in my mind was still thinking of the old camphor creams and I was not the only one a lot of my friends and followers were not keen too.



Ingrams Glow









So I went and bought two of the new Ingrams Lotion and they come in different flavors  Cocoa Butter and Tissue Oil being my absolute favourites. Now if you have dry skin like myself I would suggest you go for the Tissue Oil one, this has added moist and so much flavour to my once dry skin. I was using some lotions that have tissue oil and you spend the whole day shiny, girl as much as we do not like being ashy but no lady wants to be over shiny. So when I realised that with the Ingrams tissue oil when you apply you feel that moist going into your skin but you do not become shiny I smiled and thought Emma this is a winner.


Must be that Ingrams




Cocoa Butter smells divine and for the oily skinned ones this is a breath of fresh air as it absorbs most of the oil, it is one of my favourites as I use it as my hand lotion nothing irritates me as oily hands so this one is a winner for my hands.



Some of you have asked where I buy them since they are not available in Zimbabwe ,well that is not triue we have Ingrams Lotions in Zimbabwe, guess you also did not know that there is Ingrams Zimbabwe? You can thank me later. I get mine from Pick and Pay Bradfield, SuperMed Pharmacy that is along Main Street in Bulawayo. Maybe you are wondering about the prices trust me they are very affordable and the containers are family friendly no spilling or a hard time getting your lotion because of your long nails.



Now go ahead and get to it everyone and tag me with your Ingrams to stand a chance to win yourself your favourite Ingrams Lotion favourite.


God Is Love
Emma

Friday, 23 February 2018

Fashion Friday: Tracksuit Trend


Emma

As a lover of fashion I live for the latest fashion trends, though I don’t always go for every trend
But lately I have been loving and rocking the tracksuit trend. This can be rocked up and down, to different events.
one of my favourite fashionistas

You can switch it up by adding high heels and down by wearing sneakers. I usually go for the high heels look as I am a lover of high heeled shoes. The trick is in knowing how to wear the tracksuit and not let it wear you. You cannot wear any tracksuit with high heels, if you going for this look you going to need to make sure that you Do Not wear a baggy tracksuit with heels, you can wear your baggy tracksuit with sneakers.

High heels go with the body hugging tracksuit, and at the ankles it must not be flared it has to be a tight fit. If your tracksuit is long like if it goes down to your ankles you can pull it up a little bit so as to show off your shoegame, but beware not to pull too much and end up having a camel toe. One last thing you need to know about the tracksuit with heels trend is that it goes with certain shoes too, it does not blend well with any type of high heel.


Then we come to the flared tracksuit or baggy I usually rock it with sneakers it goes well with sneakers as it covers the top of the sneakers. But flared or baggy does not mean it cannot be tight, you can have it tight at the right places like hips ,as I tend to think oversized clothes if not rocked correctly it can make you look too big and not flattering on certain parts of the body.













Gone is the era when you only wore tracksuit to the gym so go on ladies rock those tracks and slay

God Is Love

Emma

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Fashion: Mary Chiwenga

Fashion: Mary Chiwenga

Ok so like everyone in Zimbabwe and the rest of the world I have been following our politics closely, it has been interesting times in our beloved country. It is also where I was introduced to the name Mary Chiwenga, she is married to our vice president.










A lot has been said about Mary Chiwenga but what seems to be people’ main fascination about her is her fashion sense. Before I go on let me say I am no fashion police or fashion expert but with the little knowledge that I possess this is what I have to say for all you social media trolls.



First of all fashion is different for all of us, what I like might not be what you like but does that mean you have to criticise someone because of their fashion choices? So in a world full of tall girls that have confidence issues when I saw Mary rocking high heels and walking tall with her head held high and neck very straight the first thing that came into my mind was all the young tall girls who were ridiculed and bullied because of their heights that they ended up slouching to try and appear short or not so tall.











I was pleased by the way she carried herself and height, she was saying to the world hey world this is Mary Chiwenga I am tall and I am not ashamed of it and yes Gina I am rocking these shoes that other tall girls like myself shy away from wearing.



Did I mention that these internet fashion police wannabes also came for her hairstyle? Well apparently when you have money or when you have made it in life rocking cornrows is a fashion Don’t!! well Mary was rocking those and I personally do not think it was because she cannot afford your Brazilians and other types of expensive hair but this is the hairdo that works for her and what she chose.













So to all the people who had plenty to say about how this lady dresses and what type of hairdo she rocks , like seriously of all the things you could have said or asked about her this is what you took time from your boring lives to talk about? Did you stop and think of all the little girls who are being bullied at schools because of their heights and because they choose not to have their hair ironed out?




What messages are we sending to our daughters when we judge someone based on their physical appearances and the way they do their hair? And let me just say I took time to look at some of the people who were mean commenting her photos and I will say this “Bye Felicia”




God Is Love

Emma  

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Women Crush Wednesday




Once in a while you get to meet people who become a source of inspiration for you. It can be someone who makes you feel like you have to up your grind after seeing their tremendous work ethic that makes them stand head and shoulders above the rest, or it can be someone who simply makes you feel like taking a bath and putting on your Sunday best because of their immaculate dress sense.

Below is a trio of women that have left a lasting impression in the past few months and I felt I have to share their experiences with you and hopefully you will also be inspired.

First up is Nothando Nxumalo, a lady whose passion for eating healthily has led her to produce her own peanut butter that has zero preservatives. This young lady is one of the most hard working ladies I know. As we spoke and she told me about her Gesta’s peanut butter and peanuts she left me in awe, for a young woman like her she made me feel super proud to know that we have women that are so determined and focused on building a legacy for the future. 

Nothando's day starts at 3am with a prayer session - she is a girl after God’s heart and blessings. Then she starts sorting out her peanuts grinding them into the smooth peanut butter and this all ends around 9am after she has done packaging.


On top of that, she is a mum and proud wife so after sorting out her business part of the day she then starts on her widely and mother duties of which being a mum and wife too I know how draining this can be. It was the passion and the tone in her voice that captivated me the most when she spoke about her business and the plans and prayers she has for it. Many a times we feel sorry for ourselves and wallow in our miseries and how hard we are working and this has led to the lot of us deciding to work for someone else helping someone build their dreams while ours take a back seat.


The next lady I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to briefly is the beautiful and shy Gwen Chidoori of The Rack Boutique.  I went there to do a delivery and in the twenty minutes that I got to interact with her she left me feeling motivated and ready to do more and better in my own business. I am a firm believer in dressing to impress and was very happy when Gwen rocked up looking very immaculate that early in the morning.


















She was busy on the phone confirming the availability of a certain item that the client wanted and at the same time helped me look  for my own outfit that I wanted to purchase. We then spoke about not giving up and going harder on the hustle and that gave me strength to continue with the hustle.














And finally Lorraine Maphala Phiri where do I even begin? She is one of the humblest and realest ladies in business I have had the pleasure of interacting with. She told me she wanted to buy vegetables from one of the many vegetables shops but she saw a Facebook post I had done and decided to place an order. This got me thinking how most of the time we use social media to show the world how much of slay queens we are instead of advertising our craft.












I have seen the power of social media as I get orders via the platform. Mrs Phiri told me to dream big and not be afraid to grow my business beyond the boot of my car, she says if I work hard and give it my all one day I could own my very own shop and I thought from your mouth to God’s ears my dear.












These are my three Women Crush Wednesday ladies who are working hard in their respective businesses and still raising their children with pride and soo much love. I hope my women crushes motivate you today to do better and be better.

Visit their pages Real Hair By Lorraine Studio, The Rack Boutique and Gesta’s peanut butter and be inspired.

Monday, 2 October 2017

She is Back!

It’s been two years since I last updated my blog .This was due to a lot of issues and lack of inspiration, and I was enjoying being a mum again. That being said I have come to realise that I have been terribly missed by those that had become faithful followers of my blog after constantly getting lots of messages asking why I had stopped writing.

To tell the truth I didn’t even know that you guys enjoyed my writing that much! Some of you only got to tell me that I am a good writer after I had stopped updating the blog and I wonder why you never said so during the time when I was active on the bloggersphere...Now while i might have not been updating the blog i still accepted invites and attended a lot of events.

And on that note of showing appreciation, this blog shall continue to acknowledge those amongst us that excel in their respective fields, just like we did back in the day with the likes of Mbo Mahocs, Lorraine Maphala Phiri, Nyasha Mtamangira and Mandla Da Comedian, to mention but a few of the luminaries that we featured in the past.

The blog will continue in the same vein as before and celebrate our heroes from across all sections of society - from fashion with the Fashion Friday post to inspirational posts like Motivational Monday 
and of course, sport
.
With that being said, those that need my blog to market themselves and their craft should drop me an email or inbox and we will set up a meeting and let you shine.
If you having an event tell your girl ahead of time and I will come through and give you reviews and basically give you my two cents.

Now do the right thing and go follow the blog and leave comments and I will get back to you soon.

God Is Love

Emma

Monday, 26 October 2015

Yummy Mummy Diaries

Motivational Monday
Yummy Mummy Diaries
                                
Being a mum is no joke, it comes with a lot of work, worrying, tears and sleepless nights but the reward makes it all worth it. I now understand how it pained my mother when I asked her to buy me that dress or toy and she did not have the money, it pained her more than it pained me. It took me being a mom and experiencing it to totally understand her struggles and unconditional love.




Mothers are great, they are our best friends , our shoulder to lean on when it seems like the whole world is against you. And a lot of us ladies end up getting lost in this tiring career of being a mum. I mean how many of us forget to love and appreciate ourselves because of our mummy duties? We invest our time and everything to taking care of our families but who is taking care of you?



This then leads to men cheating, because as much as it is hard to digest or take in but our husbands fell in love with the whole package, the curves, that well put together outfit, character and smile. So now if his only seeing  your character  and smile, he will stray. And ladies it is easy to say men are dogs and they are bound to cheat, but when the cat is away these hood rats will come out to play and trust me they are thirsty and they have upped their game so take care of home my ladies.

Giving birth takes a toll on the body but after two years you start feeling like your normal self again and that is when you should go harder and show them you never left you just took a break. If you were a 7/10 before becoming a mum make sure that after you give birth you come back an 8!!!













As for how to lose the baby weight well we are all different and so are our bodies but exercise and eat healthy, you might not see the results fast but take heart in knowing that you did not gain the weight overnight and you wont lose it overnight . What has been working for me is cutting down on bread and  all other starchy foods and fizzy drinks, i have replaced fizzy drinks with Coconut water.

This is not only for my yummy mummies but also my ladies who finally got the ring and now they just don’t feel like being dolled up, it is easy to make him put a ring on it but making sure that he stays interested takes a lot of work, stay on top of your game .



And the best accessory that a lady can wear is Confidence, I always say I have the confidence of a queen, never be intimidated by other women. Always strive to be a killer high heel in a room full of flats!







God Is Love

Yummy Mummy (Emma)