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Loving the Skin You’re In – Like for Real This Time. Have You Been Here?

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My legs have always been a lighter shade than the rest of my body. They’ve been hidden, covered up from the judgement of others. Strawberry legs. An array of tiny dark-brown freckles mapping the distance between my knees and ankles.

My shade – too light to be considered brown. Too yellow to be classed as a ‘redz’
‘White Lady’ – The term my father’s family used to address me by as a young child.

My skin – the fairest on my immediate family tree.

“How your skin that colour girl?”
“Who you get that complexion from?”
“You sure them is your parents?”

I’ve heard it all.

I grew up with my complexion being my greatest insecurity. How was I to accept myself if I had no clue of who or what I was? This struggle continued well into my teens. I was uncomfortable changing in front of others, felt that my skin was something to hide – something to be ashamed of.

Then I entered the world of work and saw women of different shades , hues and ethnicities owning their skin, dressed for success and standing tall. Legs carrying knee-length power suits – and I wanted to be one of them.

What I came to understand was that it was more than just wearing the clothes. It was a confidence that I had to grow and work towards; The kind of confidence that accepts every feature, every blemish, every scar and still calls it beautiful. That’s the kind of courage it takes to be able to stand tall in shorts, in swim suits and simply bare in front of the mirror.

My skin tells a story of triumph, of growth and of strength. And I am proud of it.

I think that’s why I was so drawn to Bona Fide Body by Lee’s skincare line.

Her products are dedicated to helping women fall in love with their skin all over again.

From the Turmeric Body Polish to the Rose Infused Body Oil – each a symbol of care. I adore my skin more and more with each use.

This self care journey isn’t a ‘one and done’ thing but it’s a process over time and by giving it the best care and attention, I’m able to love the skin that I’m in , for real, this time.



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No Public Parties or Fetes Yet In Trinidad and Tobago. PM Makes It Clear.

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Trinbagonians and those visiting the country will have to wait a while longer for entertainment in the form of parties and fetes. The country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley made the assertion this afternoon as he spoke to the nation during a public health briefing.

The government will meet in the parliament on Wednesday to dissolve the State of Emergency, however the country’s leader made it abundantly clear that parties, fetes or any similar entertainment activities remains prohibited by law.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley.

The country’s beaches and other water courses will also remain closed to public access. The Prime Minister said, “I’ve been hearing about parties and I am appealing to law enforcement to let the full weight of the law to come against those who are undermining the law.”

The PM said he has been hearing persons making their homes party zones on a nightly bases, and argued that these people are not concerned about the deaths, tired hospital staff and others who are being negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are in a desperate situation. Don’t let it become more desperate and look for someone to blame,” he argued.

Dr. Rowley said that a lot of what is happening in Trinidad and Tobago now, has to do with personal responsibility. “We will not open up further, but we also will not roll back into a cocoon,” he said, in the same breath urging the population to be responsible in their actions.

Some 600,000 people in Trinidad and Tobago remain unvaccinated. Five children are now warded in the ICU at hospital, battling Covid-19.

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Swappi’s Staying Fit, Healthy and Building Muscle. It’s A Boxing Thing!

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It’s not necessarily a popular Caribbean pastime or sport of interest for that matter, however Boxing is suddenly becoming a big deal on the ground in Trinidad, this as soca artist, Swappi, along with residents of his hometown of Sealots in Port-of-Spain have been promoting boxing matches within the community.

The ‘Bucket’ singer who’s one of the few artistes still in Trinidad and Tobago, amid Covid-19 restrictions, has been challenging others in the community, known in Trinidad as a crime hot spot, to put down the guns and put on the gloves. The effort has been applauded by some, but for others, the apparent disparity between those who are allowed to gather in numbers and be entertained by such an activity during this time, and those who are not, is disturbing.

Despite the pull and tug over the national security allowances, the concept of boxing as a fitness routine for men and women in the caribbean is actually a great idea.

FITNESS BOXING

There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. One is strength. This is an activity that sees those involved in it swinging their arms, moving the muscles of their arms and shoulders and increasing their upper body strength. It also helps develop core muscles, the back and legs.

Fitness boxing is also an awesome aerobic exercise. It gets your heart pumping and helps lower the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. As an aerobic exercise, boxing can strengthen bones and muscles, burn calories, and lift anyone’s mood. All we can say is: way to go Swappi! Stay healthy, strong and build those muscles.

Would you try fitness boxing? Let us know in the comments section below.

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