Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All I want for Christmas is Dulche!

 Treat yourself , your family and friends this season with Dulche’s  ice cream sundaes with exotic toppings- strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chunks, wafers and any toppings of your choice

or  smoothies with a large variety of fruits, fruit salad, canapes, Creme caramel, crumble, swissrolls, tarts, cakes and chocolate fountain with dips!

For a magical experience this season

 Call: 08032315037, 08035825863

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Going the extra mile....

The Girlfriends Team came across Ronke Olatunde, a beautiful young lady who shaved her hair in support of a cancer patient - a very rare act these days! We decided to have a chat with her...

1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm just a simple girl. I like to believe I'm hard working. I love food x_x lol but apart from that I'm just a regular shy girl trying to make a name for herself. 

2. So what do you do?

I'm currently working for a consulting company and I'm a PR agent to some celebrities and companies.

3. We heard about your inspiring move, what motivated you to do it?

My friend's mother has cancer so she's going through a tough time and her son is my very good friend so I just did it to show/tell her "I'm here for her"...it might sound silly but she really appreciated it.

4. Did you intend to pass a message across and do people get the message when they look at you?

Not really, I just did it to support my friend's mother. Cancer isn't an easy thing to face.

5. What do people say to you about your new look?

The first thing my friend said to me was "Wow! You cut your hair"... while other people just stared at me. Someone even asked if I was sick.

6. Do you ever regret it?

No, I don't :) Would do it again if I have to!

7. Do you have any advice for girls?

We should motivate and empower ourselves... We don't need any man to save us, as far as we have God in our lives; we can save ourselves.

8) Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I do pray and hope I'll be happily married with 2 lovely kids. Ps: I wouldn't mind actually adopting a child/children if I have enough money, so I can change their story. I hope that my business will be well established, recognized and well known in Nigeria. I also hope to start a charity program for kids with diseases/cancer and children that have been abused sexually and mentally. I know it seems like a lot but I really want to make a difference in Nigeria. I might not be able to change the whole of Nigeria but if I can change at least one person's life and show them that God is faithful and he's all we need then I'll be okay!

Stay inspired!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Everything a girl should know about breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this year, we’re marking it by sharing relevant information about breast cancer that we think every girl should have. We came across this amazing article on webmd.com titled ‘Facts about breast cancer’. Take a look about the article below.

Cells in the body normally divide (reproduce) only when new cells are needed. Sometimes, cells in a part of the body grow and divide out of control, which creates a mass of tissue called a tumor. If the cells that are growing out of control are normal cells, the tumour is called benign (not cancerous). If however, the cells that are growing out of control are abnormal and do not function like the body's normal cells, the tumour is called malignant (cancerous).
Cancers are named after the part of the body from which they originate. Breast cancer originates in the breast tissue. Like other cancers, breast cancer can invade and grow into the tissue surrounding the breast. It can also travel to other parts of the body and form new tumours, a process called metastasis.

What Causes Breast Cancer?
Even if we do not know what causes breast cancer, we do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it, like one’s: age, genetic factors, personal health history, and diet.
Who Gets Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women after skin cancer. Today, about 1 in 8 women (12%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women (lung cancer is first). The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, about 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 39,510 will die from breast cancer.
Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are "sporadic," meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk of developing breast cancer increases as a woman gets older.

What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
The symptoms of breast cancer include: 
- Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
 -  A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
 -   A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
 -  A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
 -  A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
 -  Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
 -  A change in shape or position of the nipple
An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
-   A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
What Are the Types of Breast Cancer?
The most common types of breast cancer are:

Invasive ductal carcinoma. This cancer starts in the milk ducts of the breast. Then it breaks through the wall of the duct and invades the fatty tissue of the breast. This is the most common form of breast cancer, accounting for 80% of invasive cases.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is ductal carcinoma in its earliest stage (stage 0). "In situ" refers to the fact that the cancer hasn't spread beyond its point of origin. In this case, the disease is confined to the milk ducts and has not invaded nearby breast tissue. If untreated, ductal carcinoma in situ may become invasive cancer. It is often curable.

Infiltrating (invasive) lobular carcinoma. This cancer begins in the lobules of the breast where breast milk is produced, but has spread to surrounding tissues or other parts of the body. It accounts for about 10% of invasive breast cancers.

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is cancer that is only in the lobules of the breast. It isn't a true cancer, but serves as a marker for the increased risk of developing breast cancer later. Thus, it is important for women with lobular carcinoma in situ to have regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
In addition, there are several other less common types of breast cancer.

What Are the Stages of Breast Cancer?
      Early stage or stage 0 breast cancer is when the disease is localized to the breast with no evidence of spread to the lymph nodes (carcinoma in situ).

        Stage I breast cancer: The cancer is 2 centimeters or less in size and it hasn't spread anywhere.

   Stage IIA breast cancer is a tumor smaller than 2 centimeters across with lymph node involvement or a tumor that is larger than 2 but less than 5 centimeters across without underarm lymph node involvement.

   Stage IIB is a tumor that is greater than 5 centimeters across without underarm lymph nodes testing positive for cancer or a tumor that is larger than 2 but less than 5 centimeters across with lymph node involvement.

   Stage IIIA breast cancer is also called locally advanced breast cancer. The tumor is larger than 5 centimeters and has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm, or a tumor that is any size with cancerous lymph nodes that adhere to one another or surrounding tissue.

   Stage IIIB breast cancer is a tumor of any size that has spread to the skin, chest wall, or internal mammary lymph nodes (located beneath the breast and inside the chest).

   Stage IIIC breast cancer is a tumor of any size that has spread more extensively and involves more lymph node invasion.

   Stage IV breast cancer is defined as a tumor, regardless of size, that has spread to places far away from the breast, such as bones, lungs, liver, brain, or distant lymph nodes.

How Is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?
During your regular physical exam, your doctor will take a careful personal and family history and perform a breast exam and possibly order a mammogram or an ultrasound of the breasts. In certain women who are at increased risk for breast cancer, an MRI may be ordered.
Based on the results of these tests, your doctor may or may not request a biopsy to get a sample of the breast mass cells or tissue.
After the sample is removed, it is sent to a lab for testing. A pathologist -- a doctor who specializes in diagnosing abnormal tissue changes -- views the sample under a microscope and looks for abnormal cell shapes or growth patterns. When cancer is present, the pathologist can tell what kind of cancer it is (ductal or lobular carcinoma) and whether it has spread beyond the ducts or lobules (invasive).
Lab tests such as hormone receptor tests (estrogen and progesterone) can show whether the hormones help the cancer to grow. If the test results show that hormones help the cancer grow (a positive test), the cancer is likely to respond to hormonal treatment. This therapy deprives the cancer of the estrogen hormone.
Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment are best accomplished by a team of experts working together with the patient. Each patient needs to evaluate the advantages and limitations of each type of treatment, and work with her team of doctors to develop the best approach.
Further Reading:
·         Partial Mastectomy
·         Total Mastectomy
·         Women's Health Home
How Is Breast Cancer Treated?
If the tests find breast cancer, you and your doctor will develop a treatment plan to eradicate the breast cancer, to reduce the chance of cancer returning in the breast, as well as to reduce the chance of the cancer traveling to a location outside of the breast. Treatment generally follows within a few weeks after the diagnosis.
The type of treatment recommended will depend on the size and location of the tumor in the breast, the results of lab tests done on the cancer cells and the stage or extent of the disease. Your doctor usually considers your age and general health as well as your feelings about the treatment options.
Breast cancer treatments are local or systemic.

- Local treatments are used to remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in a specific area, such as the breast. Surgery and radiation treatment are local treatments.

- Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells all over the body. Chemotherapy; hormone therapy such as tamoxifen; aromatase inhibitors such as Arimidex, Aromasin, and Femara; and biologic drugs such as Herceptin, Perjeta, and Tykerb are systemic treatments. A patient may have just one form of treatment or a combination, depending on her needs.

What Happens After Treatment?
Following local breast cancer treatment, your doctors will determine the likelihood that the cancer will recur outside the breast. This team usually includes a medical oncologist, a specialist trained in using medicines to treat breast cancer. The medical oncologist, who works with the surgeon, may advise the use of hormone therapy or possibly chemotherapy. These treatments are used in addition to, but not in place of, local breast cancer treatment with surgery and/or radiation therapy.
Steps to protect yourself from Breast Cancer?
 Follow these three steps for early breast cancer detection:
-  Annual screening mammography starting at age 40 or 50. Breast cancer experts don't agree when women need to begin getting mammograms. Ask your doctor.

  - Women in high-risk categories should have screening mammograms every year and typically start at an earlier age. MRI or ultrasound screening can also be given in addition to mammograms. Discuss the best approach with your doctor.

 - Have your breasts examined by a health care provider at least once every three years after age 20, and every year after age 40. Clinical breast exams can complement mammograms.

Source: http://women.webmd.com/guide/breast-cancer-arm-yourself-with-facts?page=3

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jete Accessories

Jete Accessories is an accessories line established in 2011 and owned by Jennifer Okoli. “We specialize in hand-made, fun, classy and trendy accessories”.

Jennifer started out at a time when the company she had been working for suddenly closed down. Being an independent and resourceful individual, she decided to “get her hands busy” and that was when Jete Accessories was born- “I have always loved unique accessories combined with fabrics of different types and colours. I started experimenting with various colorful fabrics (especially our African fabrics- Ankara, Woodin, Kente, etc.) and I came up with these beautiful and unique pieces. In no time, people fell in love with them- and then came the idea to turn it into a full time business!”

The desire to transform people’s accessory collection by introducing class and uniqueness was and still remains a vision for Jennifer and the Jete Accessories’ team- “Our collections include men’s accessories, Jewelry, Hair Accessories, Necklaces, footwear, bags, Earrings, brooches, bangles and much more”.

For more info on Jete Accessories...
Call: +23417036481109

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Decisions... "What would you do?" series (story1)

I could feel my heart racing from anxiety. My labour was yet to begin and already I was drenched in sweat. I wanted to yell at all the nurses and doctors in the maternity ward; but I knew I had no one but myself to blame for the pain I was feeling.  I clenched my fist as I thought about him, the way he had been so persuasive. Then I remember how I had willingly obliged.

Suddenly, the pain returned but this time it was more intense; unimaginable was the word. I squealed and immediately the doctors and nurses barged into my room. Then next thing I saw was one of the doctors holding what looked like a butcher’s knife “Was he about to cut me open?”  I thought, and immediately I screamed for help.

I woke up to an empty room, without any doctors or nurses; I was in my bedroom- “It was just a dream”, I assured myself. It seemed so real and I couldn’t help but make sure it wasn’t.  I got up hurriedly and turned on the lights. I walked to the mirror and examined my stomach, “no cuts or scars, it was definitely a nightmare!”

Relieved, I turned off the lights and coiled back into bed. It was at that moment that it hit me, “I can’t keep this a secret any longer, my baby bump would start to show soon enough, and everyone would know, my life would be over! My parents would be furious; my friends would all laugh at me, and school! I would have to quit school.  I wish I could stop it from growing. I can stop it from growing! Lots of people do it; it’s not wrong, is it? It should be a choice, my choice!
But they say it’s murder, what kind of person kills her own child? I can’t do that to my baby, although it’s not a baby... it’s just a foetus. I’m really confused and scared, what should I do?”          

What should she do? We would like to know what you would do if you were in this situation. Please leave a comment- Thank you! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Crushed Crush!

16th of April 2012

Dear Diary,

I know we haven’t talked for a while but let me tell you what has been happening so far.
I like Marcus, yes I do, in fact I love him! But the thing is Cindy does too, and Marcus likes Daniella, Cindy and I are best friends and Cindy’s brother likes me a lot. You see this is the love square I find myself in; I don’t know what to do or how to handle it.
I spend my whole time thinking of Marcus - he is too handsome for his own good, tall, curly hair, amazing set of teeth, sapphire eyes…I can go on all day replaying the last conversation we had. We say ‘hi’ and ‘hello’ but I notice the extras, like the smile or if he waves ‘hello’ or just says it. And sometimes he winks! I feel there is a connection!
The other day he sat beside me in the auditorium, he could have sat beside anyone else but he chose me; it was the best day of my life! We talked and talked then he left, even if he didn’t ask for my number or ask me out for dinner or a movie I felt he was just being a gentle man and taking his time.
As for Cindy, she is just annoying, she keeps going on and on about him and I don’t know how to tell her I love him, she talks and talks and all I can say is ‘yes’, ‘okay’ I try not to sound interested but within I am burning and I just pray that someday I won’t burst out.
I hear about Daniella but I do not take gossip serious, it’s all ‘hear- say’ so I still believe there is hope and by the way Cindy told me Daniella likes her brother! So I know someday Marcus will find out and come running to me!
And Cindy’s brother is my brother so no way!

18th of April 2012

Dear Diary,

Today is the day I am crushing the crush, I just have to, for my friend Cindy and for myself.
Today Cindy saw the drawing I made of Me, Marcus and our kids, she was so angry with me, she felt betrayed and she said she would never speak to me. She is such a good friend and I can’t let a boy end our friendship, I used to tell her to forget about Marcus because I thought it didn’t makes sense for her to be so infatuated about someone who all he said to her was ‘hi’ and now looking at the mirror I see myself being her! And doing what she was doing, she will never take my advice because now she thinks I was just saying that because I wanted Marcus for myself. I guess hearing someone who is infatuated speak is really annoying and the difference is I never said it to anyone so I never knew how annoying it would have been if I did. Now writing my whole experience and reading it made me realise how I wasted my time on someone who does not care about me half as much as I cared about him.
It was a crush because there was no meaning to it; I just built the relationship and married us in my head! I really took it too far, now I am ending the relationship, and crushing the crush.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Style Watch: All eyes on Tomi...

When it comes to style, one of the things we appreciate is boldness with colour! We think this encapsulates Tomi’s style and we absolutely love it!

Here’s what Tomi had to say about her style:

Solange once said 'style is the canvas of our individuality and an outlet for expression' and I totally agree. I have been asked to describe my style so many times and I have the same answer. My style is an enigma. Every day, I wake up and I learn more about myself than I did the day before. That's the same thing with my style. To put a name on my style is to limit it. One thing that is constant about my style is that it is effortless. I feel like if you have to think for weeks to decide what to wear just for a day, then that outfit doesn't define you. Style should be effortless if it's really an expression of who you are.”

"My style inspirations are my Mother (that woman loves colours. She inspired me to start wearing red lipstick), Audrey Hepburn, Lisa Folawiyo (They always look effortless yet stylish), and Solange Knowles (when everyone thought it wasn't cool to be African, she made it cool)."

"Regardless of my love for style, I think the best style can be seen when you dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you; compassion, kindness, humility, discipline, forgiveness and most importantly LOVE. Those are the things that really matter at the end of the day."

For more stylish looks, check out Tomi’s amazing blog- http://theamateurescada.blogspot.com/

Stay fab lovlies!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Team Natural!

Going natural can be quite a daunting task, especially if you’ve got ‘stubborn’ black hair. However, if you really want to go natural with your hair, it’s important to get over the mindset that “if it’s not straight, it’s not gorgeous.”

This post features Noddy Nweke, a lover of natural hair, who proves that mindset wrong!

 "I have natural hair because it's me, I can't say I love myself, but not love my natural coils.... It's beautiful, and that's how I feel most comfortable." 

"Maintenance can be a task, but when I can't do it, I miss it so much. Maintaining it consists of a mixture of co-washing, using many natural oils and protective styling."

"My hair is like my baby, I love it and I love pampering and taking care of it... I love me, I love being Natural :-)"

Like Noddy, we think the first step to having gorgeous natural hair is to love your hair!

Love your hair girls!