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#MondayMotivation My journey from Quality to Quantity

I got my first job while I was still in secondary school.
I saw an opening and sent my c.v. You may wonder what kind of profile a secondary school student would have? Well i threw in everything! My love for writing, promises and more. The advertiser was so amused that they offered me a job.
Since then, i have had a series of jobs- paid or unpaid, with bosses or as my own boss, knowing what i was doing or making it up as i went along, and indeed, well and terribly. There was a time i wanted to do it all and girl did i try! Everything i did i did with energy and passion; friendships, hobbies, love.
In the end, i calmed down and began to ask more questions before doing things or accepting work. One day I wrote down a few questions to answer before saying yes to something. 
Questions like; Does this make me money? Does it move me forward? Am I doing this for the greater good? Is it beneficial, short or long term? Does it benefit my career? Does it make me or someone i care about happy? I…

#SkincareSaturday Before you throw that toothbrush away...

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Dentists tell us to throw our toothbrush away once we have used it for three months. And that is great. For your teeth.
But, do you know when it comes to your hair, skin and face, there is so much you can use your toothbrush for?

Check out my top three favourite things to do with old toothbrushes

1. Hair brush
Keep an old toothbrush in your car or bag to help brush your hair on the move. It helps tackle those little stubborn hair strands and also beats carrying big brushes everywhere.

2. Eyebrow brush
The first trick i was taught by make up artistes? Brush your eyebrows with a toothbrush.
Of course nowadays, most of us have all the professional brushes but if you ever do lose one, keep an old toothbrush handy before you replace it.

3. Lip exfoliator
To get smoother lips that your lipglosses will love,get rid of dead skin cells on your lips by brushing with a toothbrush. First put a natural exfoliator like sugar then brush gently with the toothbrush. Rinse and enjoy the tingle!

4. For …

ABCs of a Successful Job Search

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Hi guys,
Did you notice the same trend i did? People now taking to the streets to look for jobs?
Two ladies, one in Port Harcourt the other in Lekki, Lagos, took their job search to the streets. 
Your first reaction could be to laugh or wave them off as crazy, but think about it; it means these people have searched so much that they feel going on the streets is the next step! Twittersphere was naturally divided with some people making fun and condemning them while others could see why it was neccessary.

Personally, I think you should do what you can to get what you want, as long as you do not hurt others in the process. These ladies looked at the sad job situation in Nigeria, and went out to the streets to get a job, they should be saluted for this. Still it is sad. Sometimes, I really wish I could employ everyone. However, since I cannot, I can share a few tips I have found useful over the years. So it doesn’t have to get to the extent where you carry a placard and march to the str…

In Pictures... Everyone (and their sister) turned out to celebrate Gbemisoke shoes!

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Hi all, See pictures from the one year anniversary of the Gbemisoke shoe brand.  The event featured notable faces like Funke Bucknor-Obruthe (my sisterrrrr), Sasha, Omalicha, Bovi, Fade Ogunro, Lamide Akintobi, Kate Henshaw, Debola Williams, Tee A, and a host of others. 
Speaking on the anniversary, Gbémisókè Shoes CEO, Gbemi Olagbegi-Olateru stated,
“I’m overjoyed and excited at the turn out. Starting this shoe line a year ago was terrifying but seeing how far it has come and the reception it has enjoyed, I am excited for the great things that are ahead. I’d like to thank everyone that came to celebrate with me, my ever loyal customers and all Gbémisókè Shoes’ supporters!”












#GiveawayPost Win a pair of Gbemisoke shoes!

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Hey Bucks, hope your week kicked off well with a blessed Monday.
I personally need to sleep!But before sleeping, it's giveaway time. Up for grabs today- a pair of Gbemisoke shoes; a line of shoes by a radio, television and event host, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi.I asked Gbemi what the most fun part of running her own business is and she said, "making decisions and seeing your decisions benefit the business". As for the scariest part, it's, "the possibility of failure".The line, Gbemisoke, was started in response to Gbemi's frustration at not being able to find big shoe sizes easily, and it turned one last week. What better way to support a colleague and a friend), than by giving some lucky readers the shoes to try?!Cheers to Gbemi, who is a powerhouse and a hard worker, and here's to more shoes, and a bright future.(To win a pair of Gbemisoke shoes, check out the  #WinThisWeek post on my instagram page @tosynbucknor, and tell me something that frustrates…

#TravelThursday Missing EgyptAir MS804

The Greek Defence Ministry says the missing EgyptAir plane travelling from Paris to Cairo made some abrupt turns before losing altitude after making a call.
This is the latest update on the story which broke this morning.I have been travelling a bit recently and you all know how scary it can be sometime on a plane. So waking up to news about a missing airplane is even scarier.An EgyptAir flight (Egypt Airbus MS840) went off the radar shortly after entering Egypt's airspace over the Mediterranean Sea is really scary. The plane was said to have been carrying 69 people on board; 59 passengers and 10 crew members (including security officials) .It took off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 11:09pm on the 18th of May, and was expected to land in Cairo, Egypt in the morning on the 19th.
EgyptAir tweeted the plane was missing three hours after it was scheduled to land.Some reports say there was no distress signal received, while others say one was received ten minutes before it …

#TosynReviews Hilton Northolme- the smallest, but still #winning

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By my first night, I was sold- Hilton Northolme is one of the best hotels I've ever been!

It's the morning of Day 3 and that hasn't changed.

We got in sleepy and tired after a long flight and connection so I was happy to start my interaction at Hilton with friendly and helpful staff, and complimentary cold drinks.

The friendly staff (apart from the one chef at breakfast who never smiles) have become a recurring welcome theme during my stay, and believe it can be a shock to then go into town and find not everyone smiles when they see you. Lol.

Another big plus is the design and ambience. The scenery is breathtaking and our room has a great view (and 'sound') of the sea. There's the room and living area (with a tv yay), the bathroom and the 'verandah', so it's ideal for extroverts who just need to dump bags and explore, or introverts who want to read, write and watch television.



Breakfast is served in a picturesque dining room overlooking the sea (ev…

A Tale of Two Dresses... and a flashback to the first

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Us tomboys live a simple life.

Jeans? Check. T shirt? Check. A jacket or two? Check. The occasional outside-our-comfort-zone outfit? Double check.

But when tomboys get married, we have to decide if we want that tomboy life and perhaps rock pants to our wedding, or if we want to enjoy a day of being fully outside the box.

I went with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

(P.s, for those who don't want to wear dresses, Solange Knowles wore a great outfit for her wedding.)

The first ceremony (in Lagos last year),  was more traditional so I went with champagne. Mai Atafo created magic after my consultation with him which was professional and comforting. He really knows his onions when it comes to wedding outfits. (He also made two of the grooms suits). I told him I wanted something long that could go short so we did this gorgeous dress with a long skirt and a peplum. Started long, ended short.
Parfait.



My third dress was a gift from a friend and my most comfy. Sasha makes b…