Where have I been?

First things first, before we get to the good stuff I must start this post of with my most sincere, deep and utter heart felt apologies.

I know it has been a very long time since we last spoke which means I have been a very naughty girl in terms of regularity and posting. I am extremely sorry about that but I can promise you that will be no more. (No need to reprimand me) I really need to develop a clear and concise schedule for posting, as my original goal was four times a week.

For those who would like to know, whilst I was away from Sanabazaar I have been involved in other unique projects some of which will generate new content (I hope), plus Im also in the midst of designing and creating a new website/online portfolio.

Heres a little sneak peak at a potential header for the new site:

Sanatography

 

What do you think? Minimalistic, dark and warm… Isn’t it darling? 

Perhaps I should make an attempt at a Photoshop tutorial…

Mimi x

 

 

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And the Winner is…

 

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Thank you. Thank you, you’re all far too kind.

I am so happy to be nominated for the for the Liebster Award by the beautiful Rochelle of Being Chelle, I must admit this was nothing I had expected to receive. Whilst standing in the line for Starbucks, a notification of my nomination came through to my phone.. I was rather shocked.. Is someone out there is really interested in me? I mean me.. Wait, why wouldn’t anyone want to know about me?  In the inevitable words of Sir Kanye West, I am Warhol. I am the #1 most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google. ….Take note.

… I ordered a Frappuccino, wheres my f*cking Frappuccino.

Lets do this.

“The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:

The nominated user must provide a link back to the person who nominated them.Provide 11 facts about yourself Answer 11 question set by the person who nominated you Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions!

11 Facts about me:

  1. I am Micah Sanatoro, and I am a self proclaimed peanut butter addict. Naughty…
  2. I am an artist of sorts and enjoy everything creative, whether it be cooking, baking, fine arts, photography, music or literature. I. Love. It. All. Which ultimately makes me a perfectionist.
  3. I am an adrenaline junkie. Yes, I am that kind of girl.
  4. I strongly believe in helping others, in any way possible.
  5. I am allergic to bananas.
  6. A wardrobe staple of mine happens to be a great handbag and flats.. I must have over 30 pairs of different Hightops and trainers. With that being I am …..
  7. …. very tall.
  8. In order to rebel against rules I dyed my hair every colour of the rainbow whilst in my early teens at secondary school, including electric blue, red, purple and a dark blonde. Rebel much?
  9. I adore hairy fit men with beards, and believe confidence on a man is the most attractive thing ever… Ooohhh.
  10. I love horror movies, creepy crawlies etc and have no ‘physical’ fears. Except mould. If I touch mould I might just have a panic attack.
  11. I have had my nose pierced 5 times. Both nostrils (not at the same time) and a septum. Currently I have kept two of them 🙂

Look at all of those ‘I am’s.. So bloomin’ repetitive.

Now I nominate Shayananth, Natural489, Jorgie&Patricia & Rachele Cotton.

The questions from Rochelle:

What’s the first thing you think about in the morning?

 Each morning I wake up thinking about how I am going to make my voice heard and better myself more than I had done the day before. Positive thinking equals to a more positive outcome. Think Good Thoughts!

What is your favourite type of food?
  I am a foodaholic, I absolutely love everything but my favourite is probably Creole or Pan Asian… Also Italian, Parisian, my native Jamaican and Creole (Cuban) dishes.. Does that answer the question? 

If the internet didn’t exist and you couldn’t blog, what would you be doing?

 If Sir Tim Bernes-Lee never created the amazing Word Wide Web, I actually don’t know what I would be doing.. Its hard to think of a world without technology when you was born into the digital age.
What is your favourite memory? 

My favourite memory probably was my first ever holiday, I was 5 years old and went to Disneyland Paris. 19 years old and I still go every year since.

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A three/four year old me with my beautiful Nana.

What are your hobbies? 

My hobbies include Photography, Graphic design, drawing, baking, exploring and shopping. Ha! 

When was the last time you tried something new? 

The new avocado and chicken sub from Subway. Heaven.

What is happiness to you? 

To me happiness is a journey, a form of discovery in which you are able to be confident and content within oneself.  I am yet to reach that point in my self discovery journey where I feel satisfied and honestly content with myself, but I guess thats why its a journey.

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

 My blog name is actually a merge between my surname, Sanatoro and the topics I write about such as beauty, fashion, photography, DIY, culture, lifestyle etc. I also have Sanatography a Photography blog, which I must admit is in dire need of updating.
Do you speak any other languages?

 When I was younger my grandfather taught me a little Arabic. But I no longer remember enough to uphold a conversation 😦
What is your favourite film?

 I don’t exactly have a favourite film, but it would probably be every Chick-flick, Rom-com and Horror movie under the sun.
What was the last item you purchased? 

The last item I purchased was a refill of my favourite Pink Grapefruit and Burnt sugar perfume by Eyüp Sabri Tuncer in Istanbul a few days ago.


My questions

1.Who or what inspires you and why?

2. If you had to live with one item of makeup what would it be?

3. What is your wardrobe go-to/staple?

4. What is your favourite food and your least favourite food?

5. What is the saying/motto that you live by?

6. What advice would you give to your younger self and why?

7. Have you always been confident, If so how did you become so? If not what would you do in order to become so?

8.  What is your guilty pleasure?

9.   If you could pick your whole entire life up and leave to venture a ‘new world’, what continent would you settle in?

10. Who is your celebrity crush?

11. If you had the opportunity to be a multi-millionaire (£/$/€) in return for never seeing your family again.. Would you take it?

Dont forget to comment the link to your responses so I could read them too.

 “Where’s my f*cking Frappuccino?”

Mimi x

 

13 Days in Fethiye

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I have been oh so excited for this post as I get to share my experiences with you all. Who said working couldn’t be fun? For the past two weeks I have been residing in my beautiful apartment in Turkey, which I still haven’t gotten used to the time change and its only two hours ahead from the UK.

In order to get some work done I have literally converted my living room into a massive workspace, which I absolutely adore. IMG_9269(Although I cannot say anyone is too pleased about that haha)  The apartment is so modern and homely, It almost reminds me of a retro bachelor pad with beautiful high white ceilings and light fixtures. As you could see I easily took into nesting and creating my territory from the moment I had stepped in ^.^

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A picture is worth ten thousand words” Needless to say, these images need no further explanation. I present to you all, ‘A Day in Fethiye’.

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I feel so blessed to be able to frequently experience the culture within this welcoming city, everyone is so humble, kind and giving.

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Whilst walking along the Fethiye Marina and this little buddy popped over to say  a big ‘Hi’.

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A holiday post is definitely not complete without a shameless poolside bikini selfie.. I was the only person poolside by the way. Im not THAT shameless .

Cost: Plane ticket = £££ + Happiness = PRICELESS

 

I guess the best things in life are free.

 

Mimi x

 

Sanabazaar gets a new makeover?

 

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Hey everyone, are you liking the new look?  Yes… Err no? Well I most certainly do. Sanabazaar has received a brand new makeover (tadaaa) and it was much needed to be completely honest.  As much as I loved the personality of my old Bushwick theme, it wasn’t really suitable for the style of posts that I write nor was it suitable for mobile usage either. The old theme was a bit clunky, dark and  pretty complicated in terms of viewing which isn’t what I had envisioned when I had first started blogging.

I am extremely pleased with the new layout of this theme, as it is bright and simple which I believe reflects my personality and compliments my style of writing more, also it translates beautifully across all platforms (what more could one ask). My sidebars are now visible, which should make it easier to navigate and find what you are looking for.  Also I now have a streamline continuous scroll too which is perfect for those, like myself that get lost in the moment of others blogs.

Ah! Yes, before I forget the star of the show. After stumbling across this new theme, I had an almost visionary experience (pretty much like Thats So Raven) for my new simplistic logo, which I had created myself on Photoshop CS6.  I believe it gives my minimalistic blog a slight ornate twist. Pretty much ‘Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice’ is it not?

 

 

Mimi x

 

DIY Lightbox |Tutorial

Get creative! We have been programmed to do things the fast, easy, costly capitalist way by simply buying the things we need and don’t need. Well, how about taking some time out and having fun and letting those creative juices flow? One way to have fun and save money is to create your own equipment… I mean who needs to buy things when you could make them just as good yourself?

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Here I show you how to make an inexpensive and  impressive Lightbox for product photography. Whether you’re a online seller or interested in Macro photography, good lighting is crucial in taking a great clear shot. However being able to properly light an object to highlight it’s true attributes can often be pretty challenging. I know from first hand experience that lighting equipment could be rather expensive. Why spend hundreds of pounds on lighting equipment when all you need is some Sellotape, an empty used box, a ruler, a pencil and a razor blade or scissors. Frugality in it’s greatest form, utilizing household items.

Cost: FREE + creativity

Step 1: Choosing the right box size

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First things first, I had used an old Pampers baby wipes box as it was easy accessible (my household goes through many of these boxes). This is a fairly medium sized box, but I would recommend a larger sized box as the size of the box should be appropriate for the size of the objects to be photographed.

Step 2 : Creating the window

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Creating a window using your straight edge/ruler would introduce light into the box, so the smaller the window the less light and the larger the window the more light. Remember to cut the windows in relation to the size of your box, I had personally cut my windows an inch into the box to allow the most light coverage.

Step 3: Continuing to create the Lightbox structure

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DISCLAIMER : I had forgotten to include a base and  cut windows into all sides of the box, by doing so structure of the Light box becomes very fragile and flimsy. Always remember to leave a side for the base.

Step 4: Covering the windows

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(I had strengthened the box using masking tape, as the box was not as strong as I had anticipated)

As I had A LOT of plain white paper in my printer I experimented by using it paper in opposed to muslin cloth. This kept the  tutorial ‘housebound’ for easy access as I had used plain A4 paper for my diffuse. The white paper is excellent enough to reflect light, and penetrable enough to let light in.

I had originally created the light-box with the intentions of using natural daylight only (hence the size and the amount of windows) but any form of lighting can be used. E.g flashbulbs, photo lights, ring flashes or standard desk lamps.

Here are a few test shots showing the results of the light-box created, none of these photos have been manipulated by retouching. The light-box was placed on an open window ledge using natural daylight.

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VS Ring flash

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Mimi x

Coconut: The Curly queens saviour?

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Long hair, we must admit is something that we all desire. No matter what ethnicity, race or background, long and healthy hair is a trait that’s is highly admired in almost every culture. You would be happy to know that I have conquered the “battle” to long waist length healthy hair and would like to share one of my best kept secrets……….Pure coconut products. (Please kindly excuse the watermark on the mirror)

Yes you have read correctly, the delicious coconut palm drupe can be used for more than just a Piña Colada, quenching your thirst with it’s amazing water and it’s generous pulp for a healthy snack. It is actually proven that Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk, used externally will also improve the health of your hair, leading to less shedding + less breakage = (over time) more length.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to our biology and chemistry classes and figure out why (I promise I won’t bore you for too long). As you know, the human body is a miraculous vessel, made up of water and a series of different proteins, that self heals, often lubricates and moisturises daily. Hair and nails is another protein created by the body, the hair strands and nails (above the nail bed) is actually made up of dead keratin. – Bet you didn’t know that huh! –

The scalp excretes it’s own form of “natural moisturiser” if you may call it, known as sebum, it’s main function being to lubricate the skin and prohibit bacteria from entering the body. Sebum is made up of vital fatty acids, natural glycerides and cholesterol which acts as a protective barrier for the scalp, skin and hair against bacteria and other drying factors and prevent internal moisture loss – which in terms of your hair’s state could lead to breakage.
Now for us Curly Girls and/or Guys (no discrimination for good hair care) as blessed as we are with having thick, curly/coily and textured hair unlike the other equally gorgeous people with straighter strands, the sebum produced by the scalp finds it harder to travel directly down the hair shaft, which is why we often experience frizz and “dry” feeling hair and/or oily scalps.

In relation to the amazing super nuts, the unrefined coconut oil, found in the pure coconut flesh and milk (made from cooking the flesh and the milk together and straining) is very versatile. The low molecular weight oil contains saturated fatty acids, cholestorol and vitamin E which makes it one of the only oils to fully penetrate and not sit on the hair shaft. An awesome contender to the hairs natural Sebum.

Over the past few months I have incorporated Coconut deep conditioning into my hair regime and have noticed a great difference after the first use. Although, I have always had long and fast growing hair no matter how much I cut it, Coconut has dramatically improved the health of my hair along with the extra pillow soft touch and definition. No matter the hair type, or how fast your hair grows; the use of coconut externally would keep your hair extremely moisturised and full with nutrition which would combat breakage and see greater retention of length.

Ladies and Gentlemen, would you like to humour me with a round of applause?

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Mimi x

My first shameless promotion

“Without promotion, something terrible happens… Nothing!” –  P.T Barnum

One of my favorite quotes by Barnum, but never has it applied to me as much as it has now.  Creative juices flowing, I decided to stop being selfish with my talents and start getting out there and sharing them. I love creating, experimenting, living, learning and all that good stuff, what better way is there to share your talents than the great WORLD WIDE WEB. I’ve been thinking about creating YouTube videos for a while but was too scared of the possibility of negative reactions from others towards myself, perhaps I was more scared of my own negative thoughts of myself. My phobias of not being adequate enough stopped me from perusing my dreams on many occasions, but NOT TODAY BOO BOOOOO!

My YouTube account is finally LIVE and running (years after conception I must admit) with its first lonely video. A recipe that I had visualized in a dream and had to recreate. Absolutely crazy right? But it is the most genius thing ever. Who would of thought that a snooze would lead to the creation of smooth and luxurious snack/frosting. Yum. Yum. Yum