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Monday, 4 September 2017

MDB Lifestyle Report: No Makeup Revolution


Hello world.

So, there is this new segment on the blog, known as MDB Lifestyle Report. In this segment, we shall talk about lifestyle topics, but it will still be under the Lifestyle Tag.

Today’s post is all about beauty. We will be talking about the No Makeup Revolution. If you don’t know what I am talking about, well, nowadays, no makeup is the new makeup.

I know you might be wondering why no makeup is the new makeup. In this era, makeup is getting all the attention and there are new and fun ways of wearing makeup (like colourful mascara). So where from the idea of no makeup is the new makeup? Well, you may never know. A revolution within another revolution.
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Instagram alone has over 14 million posts on #nomakeup, which means, it is going on well, and being accepted. You might want to practice and join the team no makeup.

The question is, how do we prep our skin for the no makeup look?

The answer is simple. Just how you prep your skin to wear makeup, it is the same way of prepping your skin to not wearing makeup.

Here are three ways we can prep our skin for the no makeup look.

Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells using chemical or mechanical means. You can use a loofah or body brush to exfoliate your skin.  It has an amazing effect on your skin.

Hydrate frequently.

Drink enough water. You probably might have heard it too many times, but you know what? Water is the answer to a glowing skin. If you want your skin to be forever grateful to you, drink. More. Water. If you have difficulty of drinking water, download an app to give you constant reminders to drinking enough water frequently.

Moisturize

If you are able to follow the rule of drinking water, there is something you must do for the surface of your skin. Moisturize. Moisturizing helps your skin to glow outwardly. You do not want your skin to look dry and dull, right? It makes your face look and feel younger, and keeps your skin hydrated.
Are you ready to try the no makeup look? Then Join the #nomakeup team!

Here is my no makeup look.




Let’s Chat: Are a part of team makeup or team no makeup?
Have you ever tried the no makeup look? How did you feel?
Do you think the no makeup revolution is here to stay?
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

An Open Letter to my Friends


This is a letter to my friends and those who will become my friends.

Dear friends,

When I thought of writing an open letter to my friends, I did not know what to write. Even though, I don’t say it at all, I want you to know that I love you. I’m grateful for you. I’m grateful you are always there for me.

From days of dark clouds and missing moon to days of rainbows and comfy sweatshirts, I know you will always be there for me. Talk of days when I needed help to survive and days I was confused, you brought me out and told me to look at the bright side.

Thank you for reminding me of kelewele when I felt I needed something spicy on my tongue. Grilled sausages on days that were forbidden to be eaten on. Chocolates on days my blood needed some cocoa.

Thank you for forcing me to speak, to dance and to fool around. For taking pictures and making memories. Thank you for promoting my blog and my literary pieces. Thanking you for covering up for me when I needed a cover.

Thank you for feeding me when I was hungry and dressing me to look hot, though you never succeeded.

To friends who have betrayed me, anyway, I forgive you. To friends who are jealous of me, it’s normal for people to experience jealousy. To friends who chastise me of doing bad, but underneath your bed, you do worst, God is watching you. And to friends who think I am not your class, so don’t want to hang out with me, I understand you.


To people who will become my friends, learn to contain my silence and rowdiness.

Signed,
Me.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Life Lately


Hello world!

It’s been a really long time. What I know is August is ending and September would begin. Also, 2018 is 4 months away. Yes! I will allow you to gasp. Also! We will officially enter the –ber months: September, October, November and December. And December is the month I am despacito waiting for.

Please note, despacito means slowly. Ain’t that right?

*whispers* I’m about to start listening to Christmas music. Don’t tell anyone.

What have I been up to? Well, nothing much. Life has been filled with the cold weather and reading and writing poetry. I just finished reading The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn and I love the ending so much. It was a very happy ending. I don’t know but I imagined Edwina to be Charlotte "Lottie" La Bouff in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog. Tiana’s best friend.

Ahem. I guess it’s only me.

Can we talk of the Chale Wote Festival? I attended! For the first time ever.

Everyone Was Taller Than Me...lolz xx

Saturday's Outfit


Foooood!!!

Friday....Wata Mata



With Brother

Hondred Percent

Read my interview with Hondred Percent here

Yoyo Tins Shrine



And I had fun with my young adults on the last weekend of the month.






Speaking of reading, don’t forget to read my latest posts on JUMP. Click on the links below.

Sunday Night Strategies

Beauty Hacks to Try

Things To Do Every Day

I hope you had an interesting August. See you in September.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Back To School Throwback Posts


Hello world

We are in the back to school season  and as such, I am sharing some old posts that were featured on the blog. They are still very useful and they can be of good help. Click to read on each topic.

Simple Hairstyle Ideas

Study Break Ideas

Buying The Right Tertiary Education Forms

What to Wear On Your Matriculation

Great But Not-So-Great Things About Going Back To School

Making The Grade Outfit Idea

Cool Nail Arts For Back to School

Best Tech Accessories for Back to School

All the best in your new school year. Much love from the Marietta DeGrant Blog
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Marietta DeGrant Poetry: Remind Me


Hello world!

There have been a lot of cloudy/rainy days and I spend the moment by writing poetry. One rainy Monday, I was reflecting and making a list of things (I love making lists) and I realized I needed a lot of reminders in life to move forward, to make my dreams come true and to remember that God loves me. I needed a reminder that I should not be scared of anything and whatever I am going through will turn out to be a blessing.

I looked at the date and I realized that life is moving so fast, I wanted it to slow down. I needed little reminders that would tell me to make every pretty moment a treasure. Reminders that would tell me that life is worthwhile and the people who make my life beautiful should be appreciated.

So I wrote this poem, Remind Me to tell life to remind me of certain things.

This poem is dedicated to people who love me and always wish the best of me.




Dear Life
Remind me of the things I ought to live for
Remind me to slow down
Don’t be too hard on me
By telling me to work hard to earn papers with people’s faces on them
Remind me to appreciate the rain
Remind me to let my skin inhale sunlight
Remind me to kiss my lover every night
Remind me to take pictures of children playing in the mud
Remind me to take a deep breath
Because life is all about capturing memories
And sharing them with the world
With our loved ones first
Remind me to travel to see other parts of the world
Remind me to learn
Remind me to teach my descendants what I have learnt in life
Remind me……to drink water


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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Girl Whose Name is Not from Cape Coast


This is an excerpt from a book I will love to publish in a few years. This might change as time goes by

Marietta Grant DeGrant


My name is Marietta Grant DeGrant. No, I am not from Cape Coast or any Fante town. No, I am not a Ga. I have had lot of issues with my name.

Sometimes, people tell me I am not a Ghanaian. They even wonder why I have a Voters’ ID card. They make proposals to send me to the police for having a Voters’ ID and allowing a foreigner to vote.

I am not a foreigner. My dad is from Akropong. I am known to have a funny accent which has subsided a little. People just look at my face and say I am not Ghanaian.

I have a question: What makes a Ghanaian face?

 Before I entered the tertiary institution and had my admission, the names of those who will be admitted were published in the Faculty and Department’s database. As soon as they saw my name, the students thought I was a foreign student. They were excited to have a foreigner (white lady) in their Department. What a funny world.

After a few weeks of admission, they never saw the white lady, so they were all disappointed.

A year later, a senior in the department asked of my name and I mentioned it.

“Oh, so you are the one?” she said. “When we saw your name, the guys were happy to have a white lady in the department. They were disappointed when they never saw the white or half-cast lady. Not knowing, you’ve been with us all this while.”

I had to laugh. A white lady? As far as I am concerned and doing my family history, I haven’t found out a white blood that existed in my family yet. I haven’t found out about an ancestor who was from Europe.

Excuse me to say, which foreigner wants to study ICT in Ghana?

Whenever we are in a crowd and my name is mentioned, most people expect to see a dazzling lady, so fair, so endowed, so tall, so powerful. All they see is a timid young lady trying to hide from the crowd. She is not tall. (Excuse me, I am not short either). She has a broad forehead, she wears glasses, so much disappointment.

Some people even think I am a boy after seeing my name on paper or hearing it, mostly when they see the Grant DeGrant and their eyes refuse to see the Marietta. Some even think it’s my nickname.
I am trying hard to enjoy my name. At least before I get married. Actually, it depends on the name of my future husband. My name would be Marietta Grant XXX or Marietta DeGrant XXX. After all, Grant is just my middle name.

It's not my fault that I have such a name. Life made it so.

My name is Marietta Grant DeGrant. No, I am not from Cape Coast or any Fante town. No, I am not a Ga.

And yes, I am a Ghanaian.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The MD Interview: The Story of KBAJ


KBAJ Entertainment is a complete   media house team and event management team committed to providing top-notch services with simplicity, difference, quality and style. We focus on the development and implementation of event strategies for individuals and organizations. We also specialize in mass publicity, event concept creation and management.
- Kwabena Berko Aning Junior, CEO of KBAJ Entertainment

Hello world. Welcome to another interview with Marietta DeGrant. Today, we interview a to-be entertainment mogul, who is trying so hard to make it big in the entertainment industry. His name is Kwabena Berko Aning Junior, popularly known as KBAJ.

When I was interviewing him, I realized that he has big plans in terms of the world of entertainment. He is someone who really appreciates his fans and those who support him.

Read the short interview I had with him.

Marietta: Tell us about yourself.

KBAJ: My name is Kwabena Berko Aning Junior and I'm 25 years old, last born of my parents and I love to motivate and inspire young entrepreneurs like myself and also event organization is my passion.

Marietta: What inspired you to start the KBAJ Empire?

KBAJ: I was inspired by my granddad to turn ma party lifestyle to something meaningful and if it is event organizing I love doing, I should focus on that and make money out of it. Thus I named the company after ma granddad. His name was Kwabena Berko Aning and I added ma last name to it (Junior). So in a nutshell KBAJ is an acronym of KWABENA BERKO ANING JUNIOR.

Marietta: What is the role of KBAJ Entertainment? What do you guys do?

KBAJ: KBAJ Entertainment is a complete media house team and event management team committed to providing top-notch services with simplicity, difference, quality and style. We focus on the development and implementation of event strategies for individuals and organizations. We also specialize in mass publicity, event concept creation and management.

Marietta: What do you personally do apart from running the KBAJ Empire?

KBAJ: I'm a final year student of Perez University College and I manage a night club in Winneba. (Sat C)

Marietta: What are your hidden talents?

KBAJ: I play football very well.


Marietta: What do you normally do during your free time? Do you have any hobbies?

KBAJ: Hobbies. Love playing adventure Games. *Devil May Cry* is my favorite. During my free time, I try to put ideas together and come out with projects and events.

Marietta: What are you working on right now?

KBAJ: As at now we working on getting airtime on TV XYZ and Fiesta TV, so we shooting a Pilot very soon.

Marietta: Any other person who is part of the Board of Directors?

KBAJ: Yes, I have Board of directors I'm working with and the person spearheading goes by the name Francis Nana Boakye, popularly known as Tasty Gh. He is the national President and manager of KBAJ Entertainment.

Marietta: Can we consider KBAJ Entertainment as a club or something like a community?

KBAJ: KBAJ Entertainment, as I said earlier, is a registered company and we have teams in tertiary institutions also, so yes it can be considered as a club.

Marietta:  Do you experience any challenges?

KBAJ: Challenges Yes I have.  I have no sponsorship, so everything I've invested is mine and my board of directors I’m working with and as at now, financing big events is my biggest challenge.

Marietta: How can we stalk you on Social Media?

KBAJ: You can follow us on

Facebook:  KBAJ TV || Instagram: @kbajtvgh || Twitter: @kbajtvgh || Snapchat: @kbaj_gh

Marietta: Any shout outs?

KBAJ: Shout outs to my parents and my elder brother because they've been supportive since day 1 and BIG BIG shout outs to my team been through a lot and we still together.  I want to say I appreciate them a lot

Tasty Gh
Nana Kofi Cool J
Nana Owusu
Belinda Boateng
Michael Owusu (Cobbymyk)
Eugeniox
Jeed Photography
George Essel (G-shot Photography)
Octa Sena
Joe Arthur
Yasmine (UK)
Jhnelle
Frimpong Chuckee Jnr
Richmond Kpodo
Ivan Akwasi Appiah
Kweku Jnr
Eric Kolor
Joshua Baffoe
Bismarck Odum Sackey (MANAGER OF NYCE MEDIA)
Mr. Ebenezer Hanson. (CEO OF KINGS N QUEENS RESTAURANT & BAR)
Mr. Owalabi Sikiru (CEO of SAT C Night Club)
Mr. Eric Bempong (Snr. Lecturer in Perez University College)
And to all those who have supported me and guided me to be who I am today. All I'll say is a very big thank you and God continue to bless you. You guys give me reason to keep pushing.


Thank you very much for honouring this interview, KBAJ. You can read other interviews I had with other wonderful personalities.


Hondred Percent and His WTF Album



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