What Feminism Means To Me — Because I’m Just A Girl


When I was a child growing up in Nigeria, I knew nothing about feminism. I knew that men were more powerful than women because it was what I had observed, but I had never heard of feminism. Ironically, I attended an all girls’ high school. Then I came to America as a teenager, and one of the first classes I took in college was Women’s Studies. That was when I learned about feminism. And at first, it sounded like a great idea. I might have even considered myself a mini feminist. But the Continue Reading

All Hail Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Healing Serums!!


The other day, I was at my aunt's house and I was shocked when I saw my little cousin's legs. They were white. And he's a dark skinned black boy. His legs were so white that Igwe started calling him Mr. White (Hi, Walter White!) The winter dryness had taken him to a level of dryness that even I had never seen before. And if you live in a State like Maryland, then you know that this winter has been brutal to say the least. I'll admit something: I'm still a newbie in skincare and beauty. I've Continue Reading

Dear Sweet Potatoes, I Need Connections!


My mom always says that it's only an open mouth that gets fed, so today I'm opening my mouth because I want to get fed. I'm talking about getting fed with connections. I've been blogging for nine years now, and its been great. Oh, my God, nine!  I am so grateful that among many other things, Verastic is now also financially rewarding. From sponsored posts to sidebar ads to reviews to videos, I have been doing them all. However, now I want more. I take my time a lot when I want to do Continue Reading

Finally … My Video Response To All Your Questions


My Sweet Potatoes! Firstly, thank you so much for all the questions you asked on my anniversary post. And secondly, I'm sorry it took so long, but I can explain. We actually recorded the video three times. The first time we recorded it was about a week after the post went up. We recorded 20 minutes (and I was speaking so fast because I didn't want the video to be too long), and then, his royal highness, Igwe mistakenly deleted the video. We recorded the video a second time, but I didn't Continue Reading

My Grandma Is The Grandma Of Life!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MassMutual. All opinions are 100% mine. I am excited to join MassMutual in celebrating Black History Month by sharing my personal #JourneyOfYou story of how my family’s history led me to become the person I am today and empowered me to create a legacy for tomorrow. Both of my parents went to med school in Russia before relocating to Nigeria. But my dad graduated first, so although we all moved to Nigeria, my mom had to go back to Russia Continue Reading

I’m Selling Out To Apple

MacBook Air

I think. Remember when I put up a post asking when it became uncool to use Sony? Well, since that post, I have been obsessively looking for my next laptop. At one time, I was leaning toward the Microsoft Surface, then I quickly fell out of love, and I don't even know why. I started doing research and that's how I found the MacBook. I mean, I didn't just find out about it (Igwe has one), but I have never owned a MacBook of any kind. The only Apple product I have is my third generation Continue Reading

5 Ways To Spend Your 2015 Tax Refund

2010 BMW 3-Series DriveTime

Tax season is in full swing, and would you believe that I made this list all by myself? Yes. I did. When I came to America and heard that the government gives back money, I was confused. I cannot say I completely understand how it works, but what I know for sure is how to spend it. Just like all other money, you can make it one way and spend it ten ways. But for now, let's focus on 5 ways to spend your 2015 tax refund. 1. Pay Off Bills (or Just a Bill): Scratch a bill off your to-do list, if Continue Reading

2015 Grammys Red Carpet Fashion


I have a strange relationship with red carpet fashion. Sometimes I watch it, and other times I don't. Same thing for blogging about it. Sometimes I do, and other times I don't. Today, I'm doing. My favorites are Taylor Swift, Ciara, Ne-Yo, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna. Let me explain Rihanna: It was not love at first sight, but then on a second and closer look, I like it better. But I realize that I like it Continue Reading

Bill Belichick: What’s Wrong With Picture?

Bill Belichick kissing daughter Amanda

The Super Bowl was this past Sunday and I'm still too upset to even talk about the Seahawk's loss. It's not just that they lost, it's how they lost --- an interception --- at the one yard line --- with 20 seconds to go. They should have handed it to Marshawn Lynch. I digress. The Patriots won the game (more like the Seahawks lost the game) and the Patriots coach, Bill Belichick celebrated and kissed his daughter on the lips in the process. Question is: what's wrong with this Continue Reading

Journal #1: January 2015


Welcome to February. Last year, I did as I always do at the end of the year: I sat down and thought about my life and Verastic. I wrote down a long to-do list for Verastic that I hope to accomplish before 2015 is over. Some of the things are quite easy, like changing my profile picture on my about page (done), while some other things are more intricate and complicated, and will take a lot more time, creativity, and patience. But I'm happy that I'm working on them. One thing I'm also doing Continue Reading