Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why Facade?

Good question. The funny thing about choosing this title was that it was effortless. I already had three titles in mind while I wrote the book but when I got to the last line of the book, it changed to Facade. One meaning of Facade is "an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant reality." With this title, you already wonder what the character is hiding. That's my intent.

The short explanation that goes along with the publicity of Facade says,

"To the naked eyes, Emma, a recent high school graduate, is beyond beautiful and smart, which is a combination that would give any girl an immeasurable sense of self-confidence. But as it turns out, the eyes are yet to discover and understand the real Emma. Adam, her saving angel who is wise beyond his years, wholeheartedly accepts the real Emma and teaches her to do the same."

While I can't give away too much about the book, know that there are life lessons that Emma learns, which are true for most of us:

  • Overcoming self-doubt
  • Learning not to choose the substitute over the real thing we want to do because of fear of failure
  • Not waiting until something drastic happens before we take the leap
That's all I'm going to share for now. Enjoy Facade and tell me what you think :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fashion and Style - Oscars 2015 Red Carpet

Normally I'd rank not more than ten best styles that stood out to me. This year's Oscar red carpet styles have managed to put me in a state of utter confusion - in a good way. I'm finding it difficult to rate my best styles for the evening because there are too many. In fact, there will be no room for any least favorites because I'll just focus on the good ones since they're numerous. Here are my favorite twenty styles in no specific order.

Emma Stone

Anna Kendrick

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Lopez

Rosamond Pike


Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine

Lupita Nyong'o

Dakota Johnson

Miles Teller and Keleigh Sperry


Faith Hill


Chris Pine

Rita Ora

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Jennifer Aniston

Zoe Saldana

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Naomi Watts

Friday, February 20, 2015

How I Wrote It

"Wrote what?" You might ask. A book. Writing is a big deal for me. It's something I realized I loved to do after I re-read a journal I kept in high school and laugh at how funny it turned out to be. My thought process is so complicated that I feel the need to pen it down. I just start to write on any and everything, not limiting myself because I think that ideas shouldn't have boundaries. Z and S is a wonderful channel that has given me the opportunity to continue to practice my writing, although it is limited to non controversial topics. 

I had never entertained the idea of publishing a book until I had a story that kept swimming in my head and then this one character became so important that she yielded branches. These branches were made up of  friends and family and just kept expanding. The story formed into something bigger that I had to write it down; I needed room in my head again because it was filled with Emma and her story. Yes, Emma is fictional. She is a combination of three real life ladies. One of them is a friend of mine; another is someone I met briefly; and the last is someone I've never met in person. My book is fictional, so the story line is made up.

In my case, there was no guide to how I started writing the book. I just got up one day and started to type. Of course I didn't start out with, "Once upon a time..." but there was already an outline. I knew how the story was going to end. My task was to take you on the journey and not rush to get you there. You had to understand Emma and her story. In this writing process, I learned that going back to make edits before finishing the book is a bad idea because this might make you change things and complicate your story. You want to make your changes when you're done - at least that's what I did because it was easier and made the story line consistent.

Do not second guess yourself. Do not tell yourself that you're a bad writer and then abandon the story. There are writing guides everywhere - both hard copies and online. Use those helpful guides and then when your manuscript gets to a publisher, they will do some clean up too. Focus on your story and leave self-doubt about your writing ability out of the door.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Grammy Awards 2015 Fashion Highs

Is it just me or this year's Grammy was not strong in terms of style and the overall show? Well I still managed to pick a few red carpet styles I liked. I saw so much effort in the overall appearances of these individuals. Here are my best seven red carpet fashion picks.

Chrissy Teigen

Jane Fonda


Taylor Swift




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Johnny Miss

Johnny Depp is a talented actor, no argument about that. But he has been involved in movies with one-sided characters, though funny but still one-sided. It's like watching him as the same person in different movies, even though that is really not the case. It just feels that way to me and it is getting bland. He plays caricatured characters so well that he can give all Three Stooges a run for their money. I acknowledge his acting abilities but I think we are ready for something else - another strong character. He should leave comedy and try another genre - preferably something deep. I would watch that without a second thought. I have been tired of seeing his movies since "The Lone Ranger" and then seeing him as the wolf in "Into the Woods" was like duh! of course. It's sad to say that I don't have the urge to watch "Mortdecai" at the movies, even though it may be an awesome movie. There are other movies out there now that have peaked my curiosity more. Johnny Depp should remind movie goers of his versatility and make movies that show us that. Hope is not lost. I'll be watching out for something fresh and new.

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Perfectly Sweet and Tart Combo

This is just something I concocted for those of us who look for something to help us feel better after indulging in massive amounts of unhealthy food. Enjoy!

Veggie, Fruit, and Nut Snack Combo


1/2 Cup Sliced Black Grapes
1/2 Medium Sized Chopped Granny Smith Apple
1/2 Stalk Chopped Celery
1 Teaspoon Walnut 
1 Tablespoon Oats
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1Teaspoon Raw Honey

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just a Little Garnish

How do you get somebody's when you want them to notice something? Recently, I learned about the little tweaks people can do to something to make it difficult to ignore. It's a challenge to make something unique but the addition of a 'little something' can add to its appeal. You might have started telling me to make my point already. I changed the look of my Etsy shop recently and the feedback was off the chats. The items didn't necessarily change but the presentation did. I had formally presented the items in an unappealing plain background and didn't think of the damage that did to the appearance of the page. The change of background and the addition of character made the difference I needed. I recently thought of what made me stop to view an Instagram page or a web site. The answer was simple - character. The character of a page might be something that either beautifies or makes it weird. Either way, it is something that shouts, "stop and notice me."

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(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Golden Globe Awards 2015: My my! and Yikes!!

This year's Golden Globe Awards red carpet event was lighted up with fashion choices that turned heads - both good and bad. I was impressed with details of outfits, makeup and accessories. My five favorites and five less favorites were ranked by overall styling from head to toe. I have to commend the couples even though none were together on my five favorite looks of the night. They were generally paired nicely. 

Favorite Five

1) Kate Hudson

2) Matt Bomer

3) Chrissy Teigen

4) Helen Mirren

5) Emma Stone

Least Favorite Five

1) Tina Fey

2) Amanda Peet

3) Alan Cumming

4) Claire Danes

5) Zosia Mamet

Monday, January 5, 2015

Dreaming of TBDress

I'm not a shopaholic like most fashion bloggers. Something has to get my attention and stick there for a while before I make the move to purchase it. I pay attention to only unique items and they easily become a "must buy" if they're affordable. When I do my routine blog readings, I look at the Ads on my page. They're mostly clothing because fashion is the main topic I blog about. Then came one day when I looked at the left margin and saw a style featured for TBDress. I had never heard about them until I saw the girl wearing a sweater dress that I had always dreamed of. I have a soft spot for slouch sweaters but the color also matters to me. Seeing a design that I never imagined I could find in real life made me scream and then I clicked. I could not believe what I saw and the prices made me wonder if I was dreaming. There were awesome styles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids. TBDress already has a major fan base so this excitement of mine may not be new to you. But if you're hearing about them for the first time, check them out. I already have a bunch of items from them on my wish-list and I'll make some purchases soon so I can blog about them. I'm so excited :) (Be alert about sizes. I got a helpful tip that they may run smaller).

(Ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor; Images on this post belong to TBDress)