Its that time of the year when the heavens open for hours on end and every time of the day suddenly seems like the perfect time to take a nap.
The rainy season is here again and so begins every commuting Lagosian’s worst nightmare…the flooding, crowded bus-stops and endless traffic are just some of the things we loathe about the rainy season. Plus, as every self-respecting fashionista knows, the rains can really cramp a girl’s style…out goes the funky hairdos and light-coloured clothes that are prone to mud stains and in comes the dark, dreary colours.
While there isn’t much we can do about the rains, we can reassure you that you need not look like a frump on account of it. As always, all it takes is a little preparation and coordination. So, we present to you fashion tips to take you through the rainy season.
- Get your braids on: yes we know you’d much rather rock that weave which cost you a small fortune and instantly adds 10 points to your hot-o-metre but let’s face it, weaves aren’t exactly the most practical option for the rains. It instantly loses its bounce when wet and before you know it, you’re right back at the hair-dresser’s hours after you left there..not exactly cost-effective. So save yourself the cost, stress and high blood pressure and embrace your inner Nubian queen with braids..be it Ghana weaving or loose braids. As opposed to weaves, you don’t need to go running to your hair-dresser when it gets wet, all it needs is a little drying out and oiling and its good as new. Plus, braids can be packed in so many different exciting ways.
- Suede is a no-no: As smudging is to freshly-manicured nails, so is suede to water. While leather stands some chance of surviving, suede is utterly ruined by water as it seeps into it, leaving it discoloured, dull and matted. So shelve those suede shoes in the months to come.
- Jellies are the way to go: rubber foot wear comes in so many exciting forms these days which is great because they’re the best thing for the rainy season. Rubber footwear isn’t just restricted to rubber sandals anymore, now there are flats shoes and even stylish pumps that all made of rubber. So invest in sturdy jellies and save your non-rubber shoes for the dry season.
- Show off those legs: ok not quite literarily but with the puddles of water and mud, you want to wear clothes that are as far-reaching from the ground as possible, so out comes the cropped pants, skirts and dresses. Cropped pants are very in right now so get a pair or two and lay low on the full length trousers which are more prone to mud stains because they’re closer to the ground.
- Get flirty with scarves: rainy days can be cold so why not steal some warmth from scarves? Chase away the gloom and cold of a rainy day by throwing a bright coloured scarf around your neck for that European uber chic look.
- Go patent: every girl (and guy) knows that a lady’s handbag can be quite the treasure chest holding any and everything you can think of. Now you don’t want to have to empty that
treasure chestbag to dry things out when its been beaten by the rain. Protect those precious items then by investing in a patent leather bag as they are more resistant to water and just require a wipe when hit by rain as opposed to leather bags which soak in all the water.
- Be prepared: of course it goes without saying that all these don’t protect you directly from the rain but merely help make things easier. So, ensure that throughout the rainy season you always have in your bag a small, collapsible umbrella, shower cap and rubber sandals(if need be). This way, you’re not caught unawares and left to scamper like a squirrel for safety when the heavens open. Good luck ladies!
Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday
An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.
Why stay at an exotic resort
Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.
Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.
Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.
Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.
You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example
Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.
Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.
The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.
With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.
Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.
Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.
Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’
To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.
With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.
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