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TGI Friday


What a week it has been eh? Totally snow infested, the news stations are calling it the biggest freeze for 40 years. So just to warm your hearts here are the blog posts that have rocked my world this week.

Habitually Chic
Everyone is cooing over Anya Hindmarch designing a new line for Barbour but I was more interested in her gorgeous home. Talk about divine.

Bangs and a Bun
The hilarious Bangs and a Bun tells us exactly why the second Sex and the City film will be a major flop.

Style Bubble
Super blogger, Susie Bubble shares with us the wonders of Selfridges's Wonder Room which celebrates the 90s.

Style on Track
With a bag named after her, Jane Birkin has an enviable style which is admired by many. This blog post is a tribute to her.

<p>Forever Amber
Very few people have escaped from the snow over the last few weeks and Amber tells us why winter wonderland is a pain in the arse.


I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk


They say that couples who fall for each other do so because they have a strong connection, well this is how it was when I started reading I Heart New York last summer - read the blog post here. The book is about Angela Clark, a 20 something Brit chick who ups sticks to New York when she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her. She lands a cool gig as a blogger for a glossy mag, meets the man of her dreams and lives blissfully in Brooklyn with her bestie Jenny. I bet you thought that was where the story ended right? Well wrong because hot on the heels of I Heart New York is I Heart Hollywood where we see Angela heading to Hollywood to interview James Jacob, a very hot and successful British actor. Set against a landscape of designer boutiques, chic bars, exclusive clubs and stunning women; Angela finds celebrity life in Tinsel Town a tad pretentious. When she eventually gets to interview James Jacob she is surprised at how down to earth he is. The two strike up a swift friendship with James taking Angela under his wing and showing her different sides to LA. However the media soon get a whiff of James and Angela's friendship and she finds herself in the public eye for all the wrong reasons. This is bad news because sitting back home in New York patiently waiting for her to return is her gorgeous boyfriend, Alex. Will she be able to convince him that the press have the wrong end of the stick?  If I Heart New York is anything to go by then this book is bound to be a real corker. Lindsey Kelk has such a wonderful and engaging writing style that you cannot help but fall in love with her books. So if you like a book with a lot of fun and glamour then this is absolutely for you. Look out for I Heart Paris which will be released in July. 

Those lovely people from Harper Collins have donated FIVE copies of I Heart Hollywood for me to give away to my lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me the name of your favourite book. The first five readers to leave a comment will win a copy of the book. 

I Heart Hollywood is available to buy on amazon now.

Check out the website for I Heart Hollywood.

<p>Follow Lindsey on Twitter.


Lipstick, Powder and Paint


Face it, we all need a bit of beauty in out lives to make ourselves feel glamorous. Every decent magazine covers beauty in great depth but with a huge socio-group to cater for it is pretty hard for the journalists  to meet everyone's demands. This is why beauty blogs have become very popular over the last few years. The beauty blogger offers a no nonsense, barrels free guide to make up products by telling us what works and what doesn't and how to apply the stuff. The complex thing about make up is that what works for one person may be hell for another so to gain a personal perspective about the latest mascara or lip gloss is invaluable. Enter Yinka from Vex in the City who is a London based beauty blogger with a witty and savvy writing style that has gained her a huge following. She took time out to answer a few questions her blog and the odd bit of lippy.

What made you start blogging?
I've always had a passion for writing and thought "Hmm I can do that". Frustration also played a part in my decision to start blogging as there were few beauty blogs written by black women in general and even fewer written by black women based in the UK so I thought I'd start my own.

Describe the concept behind Vex in the City.
I didn't really start blogging with a concept in mind. It was (and still is) just an outlet to share my love of beauty and skincare products with like minded people who appreciate a good lipgloss when they see it. However, I wanted to make it relevant to those who were also having difficulty finding reviews of make up products or swatches on skintones similar to their own. When I get messages from readers thanking me for doing certain swatches or for discussing a particular product then I know I'm doing okay.

How do you think bloggers have made an impact on the media?
Bloggers have had a huge impact on the media and we way we view it. A journalists job is to deliver the news impartially, whereas bloggers have the freedom to add their own opinion to a story which has the potential to reach millions. From a beauty bloggers perspective, I'd rather read a review of the latest mascara from an ordinary consumer on their blog, than take the word of a glossy magazine that has been paid to feature the brand in question. PR companies have caught on to how valuable beauty bloggers are, so now I'm often approached by different agencies wanting to send me items to review on behalf of their clients. As a result, I've discovered new brands which has broadened my beauty radar. I don't try and be some sort of beauty expert, far from it. I'm learning daily and having fun as I do it.

Beauty blogging seems to be the new thing in blogsphere so how do you keep your blog fresh?
There's certainly been an explosion of beauty blogs lately but <span style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">it's not as new as some people think. There are established beauty blogs that have been around for 3-4 years now. Likewise there are blogs that are not so well known that have been running for a similar time frame. Sometimes I won't review a product as there's already an influx of reviews on it and I don't want my blog to have the same content - sometimes I can't avoid that though. If a product is that good, then it deserves a mention on my blog. I think my personality comes across in my posts which my readers like too. I've come across blogs that sound like bad press releases in every post or are littered with poor spelling and grammar. I always try and inject a bit of personality into my writing as well as sounding literate, that seems to work.

</span><b><span style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"> <div>What do you do when you are not working on your blog?
More often than not, you can find me on Twitter! (damn that site!!) When I'm not tweeting I'm doing the usual - shopping, out with with friends, with my family, etc


Describe a typical day in the life of Yinka.
</span></b>Chaotic!<b><span style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">

<div>Where do you source your stories from?
The majority of my blog posts stem from personal purchases and experiences. The staff in the Fouberts Place MAC Pro store know me (I dunno whether that's a good or bad thing!). I write frequent reviews on products and keep an eye on upcoming collections that are featured on Specktra, a popular beauty forum. 

What are your favourite glossy magazines?
I stopped buying magazines for a couple of years but then started buying Look, New! and Glamour again. I want quick, accessible beauty and fashion and those three tick my boxes. However saying that, I just threw away a box full of magazines and I'll be sticking to reading their websites this year when I can. I wasted a stupid amount of money on them.

Name five blogs that you read religiously
I follow a lot of blogs so don't have the time to check daily, but there are a number I check regularly that always have content that interests me:


Hmm that was six, wasn't it?

<p>How do you see Vex in the City evolving over the next two years?
I haven't looked that far ahead to be honest. My blog is something that allows me to escape from the grind of daily life and I'll continue to blog for as long as I continue to enjoy it and have the time to spend on it. I take it one day at at time. If any opportunities come my way as a direct result of my blog then great, but I don't have a grand master plan in mind.

You can read Yinka's blog here.

You can follow her on Twitter.



The 2010 Bloggies


New decade, new year, new dawn but same the old awards season. Yep we are at that section of the year when all the major awards ie The Oscars, The Grammys, The Brits and The Baftas all start descending upon us week after week. However, an authentic object in a very fake field is The Bloggies. This is the awards festival that celebrates the best in blogsphere and pays homage to the best blogs around the globe. Can you believe that this is the tenth year of the event? Nominations are open now and a wide range of categories are available. The deadline for nomination is Tuesday 12th January so get voting now. Oh and if you have a spare moment, a vote or two for The Musings of Ondo Lady would not go unappreciated.

Click here to vote.

<p>The winners of The Bloggies will be announced in March.


My Space - Kwana Jackson from Kwana Writes..


<span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Kwana Jackson has packed an awful lot into her life. A former fashion designer, she is now an author of women’s and young adult fiction. When she is not tending to her family which consist of hubby, twins and a dog, she is entertaining us on her popular blog Kwana Writes.. I caught up with her to find out exactly where she sits down to create her blog.

Describe the concept of Kwana Writes..
The tagline for Kwana Writes is: “about writing, life and knitting it all together”.  I chose that because I’m a writer working towards getting published and my main reason for the blog was to get my words and voice out for people to see. I choose life because it gave me a broad range of things to write about and being a Gemini I didn’t want to limit myself. And the “knitting it all together” part spoke to the knitter and creative person in me. I’m a former fashion designer, a wife and mother of teenage twins and also a knitter and like most women I’m constantly trying to find a way to seamlessly knit all the facets of my life together.

Where do you scribe?
I usually end of scribing on my laptop while sitting up in my bed.

<p> Why that place?
I have tried for so long to create another workspace in our small house for myself from the basement to the kitchen breakfast nook which would work beautifully, but I find myself most comfortable and creative in the bedroom. My next project is to find a way to fit a desk and shelves into our small bedroom. My husband is not sure how I will make that happen, but I know I will. There is usually no stopping me once I get a bee in my bonnet. *grin*

<span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> What is on your bed at the moment?
My laptop, a Snuggie (it’s very chilly in my 1940’s home), my Blackberry and the remote control (yes, I like background noise).

What form of inspiration do you have on the wall ie photos, magazine cuttings or extracts?
I don’t have an inspiration board up on the wall, but I do make them for each book I write and have boxes of tear sheets that I collect. I usually keep them in a corner on my side of the bed. I also snap pics to have them on my Blackberry and keep my characters with me all the time.

Do you keep a tidy office or are you a messy worker?
Oh, messy for sure. It’s something I’m constantly working on. It must have something to do with the creative mind or at least that what I tell myself. I keep way too many books and magazines but you never know where inspiration will come from.</span></span></span>

You can read Kwana's blog here.

<p>Follow her on Twitter.


You've Got Mail

<p>Reading the book, Dear Me which I blogged about here made me think about how we communicate overall. When I was a lot younger my Mum used to make me write letters to my cousins in Nigeria. I used to hate it because I felt that it ate into my precious time when I could be watching TV or playing with my mates. Back then in the early 80s writing a letter seemed really laborious as it was difficult to go back and correct mistakes. So when the invention of email came along I was ecstatic. Not only could I communicate to anyone around the world at anytime, I was amazed by the wonderful fact that as soon as I pressed the send button my recipient would have my mail sitting in their in-box waiting for them to read. Email was fast, convenient and efficient. However as what normally happens to all great things, emails lost their innocence and pretty soon my in-box was full of spam messages and mails from fraudsters. It got to the point where I no longer looked forward to logging into my account as I spent 90% of the time deleting unwanted messages. Then Yahoo messenger came into my life and the concept of exchanging instant messages to someone on the other side of the world was very intoxicating. Of course after that various forms of social media kicked off ie MySpace where you could meet likeminded people from across the globe, Facebook where you could catch up with old school mates, find out what they are up to and last but not least is Twitter. Now this amazing facility allows you to natter on about anything you want at anytime to anyone – well as long as they are following you. It is also amazingly addictive as you can sit in on conversations and find various interesting people from anywhere. The 140 character limit makes sure that what you say is concise and succinct. Sadly with all these delightful forms of interaction this means that the urge to send an email is very small, I can’t remember the last time I sent or received an email that was non work and blog related. So one of my plans for 2010 is to start emailing again. So come on, make my day and drop me an email at ondolady@googlemail.com to say hi.


Kell on Earth

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Those of you watch The Hills and The City will know that Kelly Cutrone does not joke. The PR Guru takes no prisoners and does not mince words when she has something to say. She is no doubt one of the most entertaining and enigmatic characters in the two hit reality shows. Lauren Conrad who The Hills was based on and Whitney Port who is the star of The City just pale in comparison to Kelly. So it was of no surprise last year when I heard that good old Kelly is getting her own reality TV show. Aptly titled Kell on Earth, the programme will focus on her company, People's Revolution which reps fashion designers and stylists such as Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Vivienne Westwood, Sass & Bide and the legendary Patricia Fields.

Kell on Earth airs on 1st February on Bravo TV and I cannot wait to see it.  With a book due out in the same week it looks like Kelly will be a very busy lady.

<p>Check out the clip above and tell me what you think of it.


Dear Me - A Letter to my Sixteen Year Old Self


<span style="border-collapse: collapse; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">They say hindsight is a great thing. There is a scene in Shawshank Redemption where Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding played by Morgan Freeman Is up for parole for the umpteenth time and he talks about his wayward years. What is so touching about his speech is the way he talks to his teenage self and gives himself some crucial advice on life choices. This is a really poignant scene which results in him being granted his parole.

Dear Me: A Letter To My Sixteen-Year-Old Self is a book that contains letters by high profile personalities written to their younger self. The idea is to provide the younger self with advice and tips that would avoid them making the mistakes they did. The letters vary in many ways from length ie some letters are two pages while some are just two liners. Some letters are typed while some are hand written while some are one lined paper and some on plain or even a post it note. Some of the advice is downright frank, a lot of them are funny, some are sad and some of them are pretty confessional. From Peter Kay telling himself to avoid stone wash denim, Jackie Collins advising herself to stay away from drugs and Patsy Kensit urging herself not to marry every rock star she meets.  The forward is written by Elton John who has indeed lived a far from boring life both adult and adolescent, so it is very fitting that he should be the one to introduce the book.  </span>

Dear Me is a lovely, gorgeous book which is also inspiring and touching. It would make a perfect gift for a teenager or even adults. I totally loved reading it.

Check out the Dear Me Letter blog and you can join the Facebook fan page here

<p>You can buy the book from amazon and every £1 goes to the Elton John Aids Foundation.


Nancy Meyers


Nancy inspires a tremendous amount of hope in me, she defies conventional wisdom that women re over - both societally and professionally - past a certain age. I root for her in a way I do for all women who are trying to sledgehammer a hole into the wall of an audience and an output that's almost exclusively male-dominated.

Callie Khouri, Director of Thelma and Louise, New York Times, 2009

<p>You can't start a new year without the release of a new rom com film and for 2010 that film is, It's Complicated which stars Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin. This delightful romance flick is about a divorced couple who find themselves drawn to each other and embark on a torrid affair. It's Complicated is directed by Nancy Meyers who has a raft of successful films under her belt such as Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want and The Parent Trap. She also wrote and produced Father of the Bride, I Love Trouble, Baby Boom and Private Benjamin. Nancy Meyers' movies are a breath of fresh air in Hollywood as they tend to be about mature and affluent professional women who juggle careers and family so it is no surprise that she is regarded as one of the most powerful in Hollywood.  Her female characters are funny, clever, warm and ambitious and the type of lady who does not need a man to make her life complete. In a culture where youth and looks dominate this is quite fundamental. Critics have described her work as dipping into the bourgeois mainstream with the wannabee Oprah happy ending but bitch as they want, nothing can detract from Meyers excellent writing skills and well rounded characters.

The petite yet determined 60 year old grew up in the comfortable surroundings of Drexel Hill in Philadelphia, the younger of two daughters to a Jewish couple. Her childhood was blissfully happy with family and friends in abundance. In fact the close relationship that Annie played by Kimberley Williams-Paisley in Father of the Bride has with her Dad, played by Steve Martin is not too different from the one Nancy had with hers. In 1972 she graduated from American University with a degree in journalism and then promptly landed a job in public televison in Philadelphia. Six months later she moved to LA six and got a job as a production assistant on The Price is Right. which she did for two years before leaving to kick start her writing career. In 1978 she met Charles Shyer who went on to become her partner in business and life. The duo were together for 20 years and married for three, in an union that produced several hit films and two daughters. Films such as Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride and Parent Trap were just a few that they worked on before they split in 1998.

Nancy Meyers lives in Pacific Pallisades with her two daughters.

It's Complicated is released on 8th January, check out the trailer below.

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Happy 2010!


The end of a year, end of decade and the end of another wonderful year of blogging. I would say that I have gone into 2010 with a blast. Today not only represents the beginning of a new decade but also the third anniversary of The Musings of Ondo Lady. A lot has happened over the last year: I held onto my job (whew), took the trip of a lifetime, lost my Dad, met up with many blogging buddies based in the UK. So it would be safe to say that 2009 has had it's high and lows. I wonder what 2010 will bring? Hmmm. I would like to thank you all for your support and comments as well as all you other bloggers out there who really inspire me with your endless energy and creativity.

<p>Happy New Year!

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