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Looking back, the year seems to have grown wings and been flying since January 1st. A lot of things have happened since then and here’s stock of the few I’ve decided to share.

Making :Lists of a variety of things,tea every morning because of the cold. I’m also making time to meditate and reflect and several trips to the internet cafĂ©.

Drinking : Stoney Ginger Beer. Lemon tea, as if I’m not wanting to gain weight..rolling my eyes

Reading :
I’ve read Smart Money Woman, I reread Five love languages, Power of a praying wife.

Wanting : An ostrich leather handbag that I saw in one of the lovely boutiques in Belgravia. I love how Zimbabweans continue to outdo themselves!

Grateful for: The blessing to spend time with people closest to my heart. I’m grateful for my cooperating skin, my strawberry patch that makes me so happy every time I pick fruit from it. The ability to once again be active on my blog


Smelling: Shea butter. I’ve just applied a thick layer on my face  to combat dry skin because of the cold

Excited
: About the future. God has been so faithful to me this year such that I have actual short term goals that I’ve accomplished and the ones I’m yet to
Knowing: The mind is the most important and life changing thing in everyone. What your mind conceives, you can achieve

Bookmarking: Birthday Month. I’ll have to wait till August for my birthday but celebrations have begun. My two sisters have birthdays in July,woop woop

Watching: Backlogs of a lot of series. My good friend Kudzi has been a plug..hooking me up.

Giggling:  Most times I’m glued on my phone. I’ve some contacts who stay posting memes. My photo gallery has grown into a treasure that boosts my mood every time I scroll through. Nothing else matters..okay maybe not nothing else

Feeling:
Extremely cold. Winter has been brutal and staying in a well known cold town hasn’t made it any better.

Cooking: You already know, one pot-soul food. I love cooking meals that force a finger lick and a request for extra

Playing:
Church songs. Mum and the mister have the most lit playlists ever in their cars.

Enjoying: Dressing up in snuggly warm clothes and boots. I don’t like the cold but I love a good layer of fashionable clothes and pop of color to brighten the gloomy days

Liking:
Making memories. Journaling Events. Waking up to pray. Seeing people around me flourishing. Attending weddings has been a thing for me this year.

Till next time...
                           *stay graceful*

TAKING STOCK TWENTY-ONE



So I watched all four seasons of Game of Thrones seated,snuggled in a blanket just because that's how you watch an interesting piece like GOT but Puchong was never cold. Jon Snow would say winter is coming and I'd forgotten what winter meant,how cold and how much snuggling i needed to prepare myself for!It's been a struggle..and the cute tiles at our house have not been helpful either.
Getting acquainted with the cold weather has been one of the many changes I've embraced. I've outgrown some people the same way i outgrew my winter jackets from four years ago. My skin has had good and bad days. Winter is here.
I have learnt when to speak,when to be quiet,how to let it be, without creating a bomb that might burst later. I have lost weight and boy the comments from random people and regulars! My weight loss is and has been a change i'm embracing every time I look into the mirror or try on my favorite dress only to find that it does not sit perfectly anymore. Hearing the comments has not been easy either. Brutal. Cold. Winter is here.
I've noticed huge changes,and a dear person I had the privilege to know once told me 'The only constant thing is change" I did not know what that truly meant but in this season,I've taken the six letter word and ran with it. I've bloomed,wilted,reflected,re-strategised, bloomed..for deserving eyes. Six months into 2018 and it has been nothing short of amazing. How has it been for you?
Till next time
*stay graceful*










CHANGES




You are probably tired of my come back stories and apologies haha but I owe it to myself too, to evaluate why I have been so inconsistent. It’s been partly procrastination the other has been wifi issues. It a long story why I have been unsuccessful with installing at our house but that’s not what you are here for. Let’s take stock
Making :The most of free wifi connections whenever I come across them. Someone told me I shouldn’t be excited about free things but I mean,come onnn!I have since tried applying for one but the different pricing that I got put me off and I haven’t gone back. Ask me how that has been of help,smh

Drinking : Warm water in the morning. Rooibos like never before, stoney ginger beer and minute maid apple whenever I go out

Reading :
A lot of self help books. I’m also in a whatsapp group where there are occasional books being posted

Wanting : To be a wholesome Christian. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been one. I have had to sacrifice somethings that I love and to me,  it’s a journey toward wholeness

Grateful for:  A lot of things in my life. I will be cheesy and say God keeps showing up in my life and its true. I am grateful my birthday comes in five months and I have been consistent with who I am, adjusted  accordingly and grateful for the handful of friends that I have.

Smelling: OH SO HeaveNLY (Cashmere caress) hand lotion. It’s the most sweet smelling thing I’ve owned in a while

Excited
: About finally being a bridesmaid, being a godmother, about the future as a young adult. I am excited about where am at,at the moment and it only gets better from here.

Knowing:
Choosing your personal happiness is not a selfish thing to do. Recently, I had a situation where I pretty much had to choose me or regret it later and I chose me. I felt guilty for not considering other factors but my future self will thank me for making that decision.

Bookmarking:
 26th March. My life was changed forever, five years ago

Watching
: Black Panther wasn’t all that for me. You don’t have to come for me lol,I feel that movie was over hyped. I do miss watching series online

Giggling:
 Every-time I’m with him. He is sunshine in human form

Feeling:
Grown yall!I remember writing a post on ‘adulting’ and boy was I clueless. I am now into adulating full throttle hence I should rewrite and update some new findings.
Cooking: When I feel like it. I have my cooking for Africa days then certain days when I ask myself  if eating is necessary. I also want to gain a little weight. I’m open to tips and tricks

Playing: Sarah Jakes Roberts’ “From Grace to grit” sermon several times. She goes inn on how to do life basically

Enjoying: Discovering new artsy ,fancy, outdoorsy ,picturesque, serene places in Zimbabwe. I have written a list of places to explore in my journal and explore them I will.

Till next time...
*stay graceful*

TAKING STOCK TWENTY


It’s been a hot minute and I thought..which other way to bounce back than in the month of love! It’s my hope you had an awesomentastic Christmas, New Year’s and you have 2018 going steady and well. I have been alright, thanks for asking. Here is my version of a girly and romantic dinner-with-bae outfit. I don’t own any scarlets, so pink will deliver.
These sleeves say sophisticated and open,flirty even. The neck detail and pointy heels made this, the it outfit. I wear this bag everywhere, it puts everything together nicely. Happy Valentine’s, remember to love yourself first xx
Till next time
**stay graceful**














PINK AND FUZZY


If you've been bruised, broke a nail, fell into a drain,into tall itchy grass,got a driver angry they had to get out of  their car and shout at you, then you understand the struggle in learning how to ride a bike and will appreciate this post. 
Over the weekend, I had a talk with a good friend of mine, I'll be her bridesmaid type of friend. We discussed about life after uni,moving home and adulting stuff. Funny thing is we had some similar views such that we agreed random people's attitudes towards the idea of moving home from where ever country you've been can influence your subconscious mind negatively. 
It's one thing to be advised then it's a different ball game when you make decisions based on what was said,most times by people who haven't done what you're about to do. Everyone needs navigation but sometimes figuring life out is a personal thing, just like riding a bicycle. You can only be pushed but individually, you balance and paddle at your own pace. Drops mic 
Till next time, be mindful of who and what influences you and... 
*stay graceful *





RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL?


Sometimes I look like my mum,most times I look like my dad.Chubby cheeks,a big nose and lips.I have his discolored toes and flat fingers. I don't remember if it's my siblings or a friend who once told me my fingers look like a hammer fell on them haha. It's funny now but it used to bother me. I didn't wear lipstick or smile because I thought I have big lips already. Boy did I almost miss out! Sometimes I look in the mirror and see my siblings or my aunt. It's crazy to know you can be a shadow of something bigger or something already known,you can conform and be the look-alike,the think-alike,the do-alike,the copy cat. Maybe copy cat is too far fetched but you catch my drift right? Its amazing what happens when you find yourself and be 'the rebel'. I found my smile,found my style and still am on the journey. My birthday was on the 2nd and my little sisters asked if I was going to blog about 'things I've learnt so far'. I told them no but I guess this is what I've learnt in summation. Faith and Raviro, this is for you.On my next birthday remember to sing 'how young are you' old does not exist in my vocabulary xx
                                                                   Till next time..
                                                                 *stay graceful* 





PEEKTURE PERFECT


Making :Serious packing decisions. It's one thing to love a piece of furniture or clothes,it's another thing to sacrifice space for it.It's not that deep but it's imperative decision making 

Drinking :I wonder why I haven't removed or replaced this 'segment'. I feel you already know 

Reading :The power of positive thinking  

Wanting :A vacation.With beachy vibes and pastel outfits

Grateful for:Another birthday celebration.It has been God all the way. I'm growing daily into someone I'm proud to point at from a corner in a room full of people  if I wasn't me .A bit twisted but I'm sure you get it


Smelling:Green tea air freshener  

Excited: That Game of Thrones and Being Mary-Jane are back.I can now be a couch potato and feel no shame

Knowing:Group chats are not that serious haha 

Bookmarking:August the 2nd It's my birthday!

Watching: A lot of movies and reality TV. Sometimes I have to hold back because the drama is a lot!

Giggling: Because of how I take scenarios personal.I was asked hypothetically about situationships and I went all in with my opinions.I laughed it off later but boy was I in my feelings lol. I don't think I can make a good lawyer 

Feeling:Excited but uncertain about what the future holds. However,I'm open to whatever's about to be served 

Cooking:Anything that comes to mind as long as the ingredients are accessible. I'm inspired by a girl,cookingbycaz  she cooks unconventional meals  

Playing:Nhema by Exq, I loove the song 

Enjoying:Late nights and late mornings.Had almost missed chilled days where tea is a first thing on my mind when I wake up  

Liking:I can be advised but do the complete opposite!It all comes down to what I believe is right for me right?

Till next time...

*stay graceful*

Taking Stock Twenty-One