Happy New Year! The BPL 2015 Year in Review!

IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness..

– A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.

These famous opening lines from the equally Dickens’ novel sum up the past year to a tee. It was a year of extreme highs and lows – but through it all I am really thankful for I was able to see my own personal growth and was also able witness the growth of my blog and online and offline influence. Thanks to all of you who continue to support my #brownbeauty escapades, I am humbled, honoured and oh so grateful!

My eldest sister passed away VERY suddenly in May of last year and this rocked my world and that of my family’s. However as I start this new year I can testify that God’s goodness has been evident and His faithfulness true.

I had a spectacular year as a blogger and events host and I was also able to continue developing my skills through education and the taking on of leadership roles. All of the activities that I have had the privilege to partake of are a reflection of me – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

2016 is going to be a blast – make sure you stay connected via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Love, hugs and plenty of kisses,

N.
 

Here is a snapshot of my 2015!

January – March

I kicked of the year with launch of the UCL BME Alumni Network – which I am now proud to say that I have been appointed Chair of! I am as passionate about academia and equal opportunities in the sector as I am about beauty! I was a part of the steering committee that made it happen and it was a fantastic evening!

It's Friday and it's been a full on week…all great stuff though so no complaints! Here are my favourite things this week! #BPLFTF 1. A massive congrats to Hajera and the @UCLAlumni for the successful launch of @uclBMEAlumni last night! It was also a privilege to have met Olympic and Commonwealth Gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu…a wonderfully down to earth and inspirational woman! It was an honour to have been part of the steering committee and to speak too! Apparently, the @ucl_news @uclBMEAlumni is the FIRST of it's kind in the UK…both an exciting and shocking statistic! However it is onwards and upwards from here on in! Look out for more updates soon! #uclbme #ucl #alumni #givingback #networking #university #ucltingz

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A couple of days later I put on my blogger hat and attended the IllamasquaXSamsung event showcasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha phone in conjunction with Three Mobile. The quest for the perfect brow and the perfect selfie was over…

..it was a fun way to start my blogging year – read the review here.

 

Wise Woman Awards 2015

It was an honour to have been nominated for and shortlisted in the 2015 Wise Woman Awards ‘Christian Woman in the Media’ category in March of 2015. The awards identify and celebrate British Christian women who are making an impact in their community and it was wonderful to named among such.

The evening was inspirational and I was able to connect with some pioneering ladies! I also had the pleasure of being nominated alongside my fabulous sister Donia Narh! Although neither of us walked away with the star prize, we were truly blessed and grateful to have been recognised for our work.


 

April – June
 

The Keziah CONNECTIONS season kicked off in February and I particularly enjoyed hosting the April event as fellow blogger and now beauty business owner Dija Ayodele was the keynote speaker. Having met via Twitter in 2011, it was a joy to have her share her journey.

The event was also featured on the Spell magazine blog!

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In May, I boarded the Eurostar to head to gay Paris! I was off to visit the Black|UP Paris team at their HQ.

Having connected with the brand in 2014, it was great to continue building our relationship in the last year in order to get to know the grand better and to share their latest news with you!

Read my follow up post!

 
July – September
 
July started of strong with my humble blog being mentioned in a MAJOR feature about diversity in the beauty industry, commissioned by Stylist magazine.

Whoop whoop! It was fantastic to have been featured and the article is testament to the change (however gradual it may seem at at times) that is taking place. The magazine has pleged to make diversity a central hallmark of the publication – watch this space for more on this! In the meantime check out my thoughts on the piece here.


 

I “celebrated good times” with many of you in July at the Keziah CONNECTIONS 3rd anniversary party in conjunction with Black|UP Paris. Once again thank you so much for your positive feedback and support! Read the full review of the evening here.

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My mum got married in September, at the age of 62, proving that it is never too late for the great things that God has planned for your life to come to pass!
It truly was an amazing and unforgettable day.

The make up was done by the talented Dami of True Glam Beauty, who worked her magic and turned my mum into a glowing bride! She become the talk of the town and enjoyed her day as the belle of the bridal ball!

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Here is the post I wrote featuring the skin care products I used to prep for the big day!
 

October – December
 

Education, education, education! I am an advocate for life long learning and personal development and it was a privilege to take and graduate from the RCCG School of Discipleship Bile course in October. The year long course was challenging yet enlightening.

I wrapped up the year hosting a development workshop with my sister called the Passion, Profits and Personal Branding workshop! Attended by 12 enthusiastic delegates, it was the perfect way the end the year.

Donia and I imparted our knowledge and expertise on how to take one’s project to the next level and the energy in the room was BUZZING! Look out for the announcement of the next workshop that will take place early this year.

Last but not least, I secured my 35th press/publication feature in December! Tt was great to be able to share my goals and aspirations for the year ahead in Spell magazine once again!

Whoop! Kicking of the last month of 2015 with a feature in @SpellMagazine! Looking ahead to 2016, I will be bringing much more you more fabulous #brownbeauty! Thanks for all of your support this year @SpellMagazine – here's to a fruitful 2016! Great to see my fellow #brownbeauty #bbloggers @EpiphannieA and @LotionPotionsMe featured as well! Are you looking to build your personal brand in 2016? Join me at my workshop on the 12.12.15 to find out how you can position yourself to win! Book now >> https://goo.gl/6vsIfL #linkinbio #brownbeauty #beautypulselondon #beautyforallskintones #inclusivebeauty #wocinbeauty #blackgirlmagic #menalinonfleek #flexinmycomplexion #destinysteps #wocinbusiness #celebration #collaboration #networking #womeninbusiness #beautybusiness #klout60

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