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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Christmas Charity & Community Work

Hi Guys!

This weekend I made an appearance in my local community centre The Hub at Ashmore Park to attend the Christmas table top fair and also meet an extraordinary little boy called Aaron who is determined to donate as much food as possible to the local food bank. 


Originally I saw what Aaron was trying to do via a simple Facebook share and it really touched my heart. As you might know I love being involved in charity and community work and really wanted to help donate to the cause as well as to hopefully meet Aaron.

So I contacted his Mother straight away and I was delighted that Gemma was really happy for me to stop by. So me and my Nan went down with a box of canned foods, biscuits and more.  Straight away I got to meet Aaron and as you can see we had a bit of fun...


We spoke for a while and I told him how he was doing such an amazing job by rallying the community together to help provide food for those less fortunate then others. Aaron wanted to show me around the hall so I could see what local small businesses were selling.


He was so cute he basically showed me his favourite stalls which included lots of sweets and children toys. I have to say, Aaron was a delightful guide and really think his parents should be very proud of his thoughts towards helping others and has fabulous manners.

Myself and my Nan spent a good hour talking to everyone and buying what we could - we honestly didn't expect to buy as much as we did haha - but we had such a lovely afternoon and even took a break to drink tea and eat some tea cakes.





I adore attending things like this not just in my community but everywhere and it was such a nice Saturday afternoon for us. I got to speak to some key figures in the community and hopefully will be meeting them soon for more events to possibly sing or make another appearance as Miss Mystic Beauty 1st Runner up/People's Choice.

As Christmas is just around the corner I really urge anyone reading this post to think about contributing something to the less fortunate in anyway they can, because there are so many out there that can benefit from things such as this.



Doma-Nikki...x
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Sheep Shack Shop

Hey Muffins!

So I just HAD to share with you this new business I am now working** with called The Sheep Shack Shop because if you've never heard about it you really need to know about it! Now before we get into anything, firstly how lush are these makeup brushes?


I have literally fallen in love with the majority of items on the website, I'm not just saying that, I say it because I truly mean it. I wouldn't become an affiliate of a brand unless I realistically liked their products. 

I'm definitely going to be starting my Christmas shopping with this website.. tell a lie I already have started. Yup, last night I placed an order and I'm a tad ashamed to admit that 🙈
 But it's acceptable because it's only a few weeks until Christmas


But anyway more about the website, so what can I tell you? Well Sheep Shack sells quirky items for affordable prices. This means everything is £50 or under. There is even a section called 'Ba ba bargains' which means all the items in that category are £5 or under!


I truly love the creators of this site because one thing they love are mythological creatures meaning there are the ever growing Mermaid and Unicorn categories to suit everyone. I notice a lot of people nowadays are battling it out of which is best, personally I would go for Mermaids but I really do like both.



Now if you're interested in find out more about the products I will be hosting some Facebook Live videos and possibly uploading a YouTube video too. Until then take a peek around and happy shopping - it is a great way to start Christmas shopping!



Doma-Nikki...x
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**please note I receive commission for each sale made
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

My first pageant: Miss Mystic Beauty 2017

Hey Lovelies!


I finally took part in my first on stage pageant, Miss Mystic Beauty  based in Worcester and I firstly have to tell you all it really was truly amazing.

There's a lot of negative views on pageants and why they exist but in the very few months of learning about them I have learnt so much and I would highly recommend if not to enter but to at least watch one to find out for yourself what they're about.




Most pageants are about empowering women and inspiring others whilst raising much needed funds for amazing charities and even taking part in community work.

This embodies all of that and more, the Mystic Beauty system also is about loving who you are and showing the beauty you have inside as well as out.



I was so lucky to win 1st Runner Up and The People's Choice award.... can you believe it? My first pageant and I came second to a very experience winner and the audience voted me their favourite. Two days later and I am still in absolute shock.

There are a few rounds and I wanted to show you all my outfits......


Onstage Interview
Dress: Misguided.co.uk


Eco wear
Using Express & Star newspaper clippings onto an old dress. The hot pink represents Breast Cancer Awareness, a charity I have always supported and the cobalt blue represents Prostate Cancer which is currently dear to my heart as two of my uncles were recently diagnosed!



Swimwear
Swimsuit: River Island
Belt: Sassy Fire


Fashion Wear
Dress: Mori Lee


Evening Wear
Dress: Mori Lee



Pageantry is not solely about looks... pageantry is so much more and is an amazing community. I was so releaved that the other contestants were actually really nice and there was absolutely no catty comments, no ill intentionally drama - we all got on really well and helped each other throughout the day and whilst the pageant was happening. Believe it or not if someone needed help getting into their dress - there was another contestant giving a helping hand.

I have to thank my amazing boyfriend, mother and family for coming to support me, they really helped me with my nerves. Thank you to everyone who donated towards the chosen charity and last but not least the Director of the pageant Jasmine Pratt for organising such an amazing system which I hope will flourish into a huge, well recognised system.

Moving forward I am so excited to officially be 1st runner/peoples choice and will be attending more pageants to support other ladies of all ages and backgrounds in their own journeys. Alongside this I hope to attend events and maybe give inspiring speeches to younger ladies.

Watch this space for YouTube videos based around pageantry, tips and more!




Doma-Nikki...x
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Overcoming hard times


Hi Guys!

I've been through a lot of sad and bad days recently and I need to vent about a little bit because sometimes it's better to let it all out and hope that moving forward things will be different.


This year has been testing to say the least, which is strange, or maybe my karma for having such an amazing but selfish year in 2016. I don't know... but Im kind of getting fed up to be honest. BUT I promise you all, I will not allow all the incidents to keep me down.

I have been feeling really down lately and with the situations I have faced continually being thrown at me it's been extremely difficult. I mean I could list everything but it would take me quite a while so maybe I'll leave it for another time.


That's life though I guess, we have our highs and our lows but what's more important is how we deal with them and learn moving forward. I am fortunate enough to have an amazing support system which includes my family and friends. I really couldn't tell you where I would be without them.

It's easier to overcome hard times with the best support but even if you don't have anyone the only person who can help yourself, is you!


Life  is so fragile and we never know what awaits us around the corner and no one knows what happens when it's all over. So what do I think about hard times? F**** 'em! I'm all for PMA and try to keep positivity as my one and only aura, I surround myself with those types of people too, this is the best way to  stay on track.

Don't forget, we are only human and bad times happen to us all..  I even cried three times before 11am today and I just wanted to curl into a ball and be alone. But I didn't I spent the rest of the day fighting and made it through the day because tough times never last but tough people do!



Doma-Nikki...xDon't forget to visit my website www.domaniquesings.comConnect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @domaniquesings
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Hen Weekend Away

Hi Beautifuls!

So apologies, this post is about 6 months late, but better to be later then never right? Earlier this year I attending my cousins hen weekend in Stratford Upon Avon and my god was it an amazing weekend.



Firstly my cousin's wedding is going to be a huge Greek Orthodox wedding, but I should also mention that she is mixed race herself (Jamaican, English and Indian) and her fella is originally from Cyprus so, this wedding is a huge melting pot of cultures... how exciting! So it's only right that the hen wedding is just as big and this is a little post about that.

The weekend was arranged by my cousin as she wanted to make sure she knew everything that was going on and she wanted us to stay at the Welcome Spa which has Shakespeare named apartments, the only hiccup of the weekend was that the hotel messed up our booking so not all of us could stay in the apartment but they did allow us to stay in an amazing suite which was better in my humble opinion.



We spent the weekend using the spa facilities and also had our own separate dining area for afternoon tea and evening dinner with disco (the DJ was our Uncle).



The evening was perfect for the bride who knows just what she wants and perfect for a crowd of people who don't tend to enjoy your typical hen do celebrations.

Now there are other Bride's to be who want to know exactly what is going on for their hen do as well as the wedding itself and this is absolutely fine, it's their experience after all. As a maid of honour you MUST support these sort of brides and help anyway you can.. if allowed. Lets face it this bride is controlling and it's best not to annoy them in anyway.. just go with their flow!


My top tips for this style of hen celebrations:
1. If the bride organises her own celebrations, she will more then likely delegate if she wants to

2. If you are going to surprise the bride with something, drop hints prior to the event so you know she won't be disappointed.

3. If there is a schedule for the weekend ask for a copy so you can be one step ahead in case of any dramas.

4. If you can't organise anything in addition, make sure all attendees are aware of timescales and offer to arrange the transport.

5. Make sure the bride is relaxed and not overthinking the whole weekend away.



Doma-Nikki...x
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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Outfit of the Day: Autumn's on it's way

Hey Y'all!

I know, I know Summer is not officially over yet and don't get me wrong I'm in no way trying to rush the year away, however I couldn't help but notice how seasonal my outfit was today. To some people it's Chrissmasy.. it must be the overload of red but to me it says Autumn!


This was not my attention but do you ever get an outfit idea in your mind and you just have to go with it and put the clothing together and hope for the best? (I hope I'm not the only person who does the by the way) Well this is exactly what happened to me today and well, I think it was a good shout!


Leggings - Primark



I love love love this shirt and guess what, it's actually Tom's shirt all the way from America. If I could tell you the brand I would be I'm gonna be really honest.. i'm in bed typing away and have no energy to go into my walk in wardrobe to figure it out. But when I do (tomorrow) i'll enter the info here ->

And these are the additional items that top off the outfit...



Boots - Misguided
Watch - Marc Jacobs


Are you preparing for Autumn? And hands up who steals their fella's clothing?!



Doma-Nikki...x
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Monday, 21 August 2017

Savage Beauty Academy Launch Party

Hey lovelies!

Hands up who loves everything beauty?

Hands up who wants to become a Qualified MakeUp Artist/Beauty Therapist?

Well then keep reading, and read right through to the end! This past weekend we celebrated the launch of the more inspirational woman in my life launching her  new business.... yes my Mother's Beauty Academy is ready and raring to go and I couldn't be more proud.

Taking place at the fabulous Garrick Theatre in Lichfield town centre we learnt more about why my mom decided to start this business, what is involved and how she can also help anyone who wants to start a business themselves.


Savage Beauty Academy is for those who want to become Qualified MakeUp Artist and/or Beauty Therapists. All courses are online, affordable and legit - meaning they are accredited by the well established Guild of Beauty Therapists so no nonsense for those unsure as to it's credibility.


For those who maybe already qualified in the beauty industry and are thinking, 'nothing I am writing about will not apply to me' well it does, because you can also take a course on starting and marketing your own business to make it successful.

There is so much that Jeni Bennett has to offer....


Along with her family and friends supporting her, there was beauty demos, entrepreneurs, life mentors and pageants queens also attending. We socialised over drinks and canopies and it was such a fabulous event....





Here are some family photos.....





My mother is a truly inspirational woman and I so so proud of her... did I mention that already?

Please please please go support her and follow Savage Beauty Academy on Facebook Twitter Instagram and YouTube



Doma-Nikki...x
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My cute bunny trainers

Hey dolls!

I was surprised recently by my Uncle and Aunty with some super early birthday gifts, these cute bunny trainers.....



So I'm about to turn 31years... young... haha and my family know me so well because my obsession with furries in particular, rabbits is pretty obvious when people purchase me gifts like these. 

Now I have been really tempted to buy these trainers myself as I saw the original designer version about a year or so now but the price was a bit much for me at the time. I then completely forgot about them until I was tagged in a post on Facebook where an independent boutique brand were advertising a much cheaper version at a fraction of the designer price.


These are defiantly me all over and I can not wait to wear them out and style them in a variety of ways, watch this space with a Lookbook coming to you soon.


You have to admit these are the epitome of cute and quirky all rolled into one? And doesn't my own caramel bunny, Belle, look fabulous modelling next to them?


What are your thoughts?


Doma-Nikki...x
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chester Zoo: The Fabulous Favourites Tour

Hey Guys!

This past weekend I was invited to visit Chester Zoo and experience a brand new tour that has been added to a variety of tours available and I can tell you now, I was so excited for this!


When we got there I was given this goody bag full of some fun items too...



The Fabulous Favourites Tour is based around the top 5 animals that people come to see at Chester Zoo. It's reasonably priced at £12.50 per person which includes your own tour guide and the use of radio headphones. Our guide was absolutely fantastic, so informative and she really knew her stuff.


The favourite animals can change from time to time and this all depends on the general public, after all the favourites are deemed favourite by the Zoo's visitors. Here are the top five when we visited....


Number 5 - Elephants
These photos make it look like i'm in with the Elephants, but I can promise you I wasn't.. although I would've loved the opportunity to do so. This is a group of Elephants, all related except for one however she is very much apart of the group regardless. They were having their breakfast when we arrived, all of them eating from various options as the Zoo keepers like to make them work for their food as they would in the wild.





Number 4 - Giraffes
I learnt some key facts about Giraffes, there are actually more then one species and male Giraffes tend to have darker markings. This family of Giraffes were enjoying their breakfast too and weren't keen on going outside just yet... although one did take a quick peek.



Number 3 - Chimpanzees
I adore Chimps and it was wonderful finding out more about the hierarchy of this group and that they have even been featured on the TV show 'Secret life of Zoos' You'll see the guy sitting outside on some straw, he actually walked outside then straight back in the get some straw to sit on, so cute!






Number 2 - Komodo Dragon
I've got to be honest, I did not expect to see this guy in the top five. He didn't move much whilst we were there but he was definitely keeping an eye on us that's for sure!



Number 1 - Lions
I have zilch photos of the Lion's because they were sleeping behind the bushes, I was absolutely gutted! Typical of cats to do their own thing and mess up my plans, I guess I should be used to that by now!



I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Chester Zoo and would highly recommend you visit soon and check out the tour. We're planning to go back again in September for my birthday because we had to rush back to Wolves so Tom could go to the football match... typical men! haha! 

I Vlogged about the day.....




Thank you again to the guys over at Chester Zoo for inviting me up there, we had a blast! You can watch my latest YouTube video of the visit here!




Doma-Nikki...x
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