7 THINGS THAT CAN PREVENT YOU FROM CONTRACTING THE EBOLA VIRUS

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The Ebola virus has killed a number of people in Western Africa, leaving thousands either infected or exposed. The cause of this deadly virus which kills almost 60-90% of it’s victims is still unknown, however, it is believed to be transmitted by fruit bats (also monkeys) which are not affected by the virus.

As scary as these disease is, having a full knowledge of how the virus operates and prevention methods can keep you and those around you from contracting it.

What is EBOLA?

Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a disease of humans and other primates caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, some affected people begin to bleed either within the body or externally. The risk of death among those infected is high.

Is Ebola Contagious?

Yes, Ebola is highly contagious; being transmitted via contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, semen or body discharges. About 90% of people that contact Ebola die from it.

Is There Any Known Treatment?

This is the most painful part….Ebola has no known treatment or cure. Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that they recover. The symptoms generally take 2 – 21 days to become apparent.

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What Are The Symptoms?

These are deceptively general – tending to look a lot like malaria or a flu. These symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, joint and muscle aches, stomach pains, lack of appetite, etc.

How Do We Prevent Ourselves From Contracting This Virus?

• Wash Your Hands with Soap always at intervals and after using the washrooms. You can also use a good hand sanitizer afterwards.

• Avoid unnecessary contact – saliva via kissing, unprotected sex, contact with blood, etc.

• Avoid bush Meat & Suya (they may be carrying the virus). Better to restrict yourself to food you prepare yourself.

• Disinfect Your Surroundings..the virus cannot survive disinfectants, heat, direct sunlight, detergents and soaps.

•Clean up! Fumigate your environment If you have pests and dispose of carcasses properly!

• Protect Yourself – Use protective gear if you must care or go near someone you suspect has Ebola.

• Educate everyone around you – neighbors, colleagues and domestic staff. You’re safer when everyone is educated about Ebola

As deadly as this disease is, it is preventable! So, it is imperative that we adhere strictly to the preventive actions.

Our health is in our hands. Please be safe and act safely. Don’t just read this vital information, kindly share with your family, friends and relatives.

SOURCES:
LOCKEDAWAYINTARADISE

WIKIPEDIA

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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES NOW IN NIGERIA

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Jewelry and Accessories from the luxury Crystal and Diamonds company, Swarovski, is now accessible to Nigerians with the launch of the Swarovski For Nigeria Online store.

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SWAROVSKI RINGS

The company started in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski, a bohemian inventor has greatly revolutionized the Fashion world with the company becoming one of the largest producers of precision-cut gemstones for jewelry and more recently lighting and interior architecture.

In a statement, the Swarovski for Nigeria rep states the reason for the launch of the official Swarovski for Nigeria online store.

‘because of the non-availability of an official Swarovski offline store in Nigeria, we have taken a bold step to offer Nigerians with the luxury of owning some of the finest crystal jewelry in the world. We take your orders on the website solely created for the Nigerian market and upon payment online with a Nigerian bank card, we ship the purchased jewelry and/or accessories to the customers from official Swarovski stores in Hong Kong and China’.

 

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With crystals can be seen on the works of many seasoned designers such as Victor & Rolf, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Monique Lhuillier, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy and Giambatista Valli, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and more recent designers like Prabal Gurung, Emilia Wickstead, Barbara Casasola, Swarvoski is certainly a major influencer  of creativeness and innovation in the Fashion and Design World.

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CATE BLANCHETT AT THE 2014 OSCARS DRESSED IN ARMANI PRIVE MADE WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS

The Swarovski for Nigeria online store offers a retail assortment of rings, watches and jewelry.

Follow Swarovski4Nigeria on INSTAGRAM or visit their Official WEBSITE to view newest collections.

 

WHY SWIMMING IS AN OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO FITNESS

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The importance of Fitness and Exercise in our daily routine can never be over-emphasized as it not only keeps one healthy and strong by building the body’s natural immunity but also keeps us looking attractive.

There are several pleasurable activities a person can engage in to stay fit and one of the ways to do so is through swimming.

A member of our team caught up with the CEO and Head Coach of The Climax Swim School, the premier organized swimming school in Nigeria to discuss why swimming is a necessary and enjoyable skill everyone should have.

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Please introduce yourself.

Hello guys, my name is Amfani Musa Ayam and I am a Swimming Coach/Instructor from Nigeria.

Why did you choose Swimming as your fitness passion?

I wouldn’t say I chose swimming as a fitness passion but rather that swimming chose me. I have always been drawn to  water since I was a kid and oftentimes I got punished for being the rebellious child who sneaked  away to the pool against his Father’s wishes. We Nigerians are quite superstitious about water but it all worked out in the end, I guess (laughter).

What prompted you to start a Swim School?

It was pretty easy! I knew my passion and I knew I wanted to share it with the world. It’s one thing passion, but another to communicate that passion. I found my balance.

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When did you first open your Swim School and what is your vision for the school?

We began Climax Swim School officially in 2010 and it was quite challenging at the onset like any other new business. Right now, We average about 150 clients monthly, thanks to our unique service style and clients’ goodwill.

Our vision is to train young athletes to swim professionally and compete internationally on any platform. Our end game is to produce Olympic winners in the swimming category from Nigeria.

As a professional, what would you say are the benefits of swimming?

Swimming has a lot of benefits and they vary between people, some have who want to lose some weight have found out that water is more dense than air so doing other forms of exercise isn’t as efficient as swimming, your limbs are protected from the harsh exercises in the gym.

Swimming is also used for rehabilitating Stroke patients,individuals with down syndrome and calming Autistic children. Swimming also helps in building the cardiovascular muscles. It earns bonus points for also being a recreational activity.

What do you think about the stereotype that Nigerians (Africans, Blacks) cannot swim?

Nigerians have capacity to excel among the leading Swimming nations but  passion and enthusiasm is lacking, and that’s why we are where we are. With discipline and determination, many Phelps can come from Nigeria (Africa).

What are your tips for beginner Students and Coaches?

Students:

Make sure you find a good instructor  with good communication skills who is patient and willing to teach. Secondly, you MUST eliminate fear to ever do well as a swimmer.

Coaches:

If you are keen on going  into the swimming business, you must love what you do and be willing to be creative in your approach.

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Where is your Swim School located?

Climax Swim School is based in the FCT (Abuja) Nigeria but we shall be expanding soon to other major cities in Nigeria.

Want more information on Climax Swim School, find them on FACEBOOK, follow on TWITTER or call the following numbers 07054765738, 07060450402.

 

THE BEST RUNWAY LOOKS FROM THE GTB LAGOS FASHION AND DESIGN WEEK 2013 (OCTOBER 23RD-26TH)

83 AND 80S

83 AND 80S

83 and 80s

83 and 80s

Anita Quansah + Mo Saique 2

Anita Quansah + Mo Saique

Anita Quansah + Mo Saique

Anita Quansah + Mo Saique

BIATRICE BLACK ATARI 2

BIATRICE BLACK ATARI

BIATRICE BLACK ATARI

BIATRICE BLACK ATARI

Bridget Awosika 2

Bridget Awosika

Bridget Awosika

Bridget Awosika

Ejiro Amos Tarifi 2

Ejiro Amos Tarifi

Ejiro Amos Tarifi

Ejiro Amos Tarifi

House of Silk 2

House of Silk

House of Silk

House of Silk

Jewel by Lisa 2

Jewel by Lisa

Jewel by Lisa

Jewel by Lisa

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Kiki Kimanu

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Kiki Kimanu

Lanre Da Silva 2

Lanre Da Silva

Lanre Da Silva

Lanre Da Silva

Mai Atafo 2

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo

Mai Atafo

Maki Oh 2

Maki Oh

Maki Oh

Maki Oh

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Meena

Meena

Meena

Tiffany Amber 2

Tiffany Amber

Tiffany Amber

Tiffany Amber

Viv La Resistance 2

Viv La Resistance

Viv La Resistance

Viv La Resistance

Wanaemi 2

Wanaemi

Wanaemi

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So there you have it. The top notice-worthy looks of the GTB Lagos Fashion and Design Week (in my opinion). What do you think?

This fashion show was also sponsored by Maybelline Newyork, MTN Nigeria, The British Council and a host of others.

Please Visit Here for more pictures and designer details.

Till next time,

Stay organically beautiful,

Vivianne.

I AM OFFICIALLY ELIE SAAB’S BI#$H

Hey guys,

I am sure a lot of you are wondering why I would write such a title on one of my blog posts but I just had to come up with a more catchy title than ‘ELIE SAAB AUTUM/WINTER HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION 2013-2014’, boring right? Anyhoo, it is definitely safe to assume that I am officially obsessed with Elie Saabs designs. Yep!  I am guilty and proud.

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ELIE SAAB AUTUMN/ WINTER 2014

Elie Saab is a self taught Lebanese Fashion Designer born in 1964 who began making clothes at the age of 9 when he began selling his pieces to women in his neighborhood.

Elie Saab in my opinion is one of the finer designers for weddings and special occasions and I can’t seem to find any fault in his color palette choices which consists of neutrals, nudes, golds, metallics and earthy tones such as red, burgundies and rich  browns.

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ELIE SAAB BLACKS

His Autumn/Winter collection is certainly outstanding and he definitely pushed the boundaries a bit.

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ELIE SAAB BURGUNDIES

A lot of Elie Saab’s designs feature plunging necklines, however, these necklines are tastefully executed (not tacky, heck no…) and paired with the light, ethereal fabrics and the right amount of detailing,  absolute perfection!

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ELIE SAAB REDS

I am certainly keeping my eyes peeled on this designer as an option for my wedding dress (start saving hubby, wherever you are! lol) as I am a lover of mettallics and I refuse to be limited to traditional color choice options (talk about risk taker!!! *woot*).

Are you ready to become Elie’s bi$#h too…or not so much? Please share your thoughts.

Till next time,

Stay Organically Beautiful.

Vivianne.

 

FOOD FOR THE WEEKEND: STRAWBERRY PANCAKES OR SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE IT :)

Hey guys,

I came across this wonderful pancake recipe from the author of the HELLO OCTOBER blog and I thought it would make a great weekend breakfast suggestion (dancing at the thought of the weekend, lol).  Wouldn’t you agree with me that the pancakes shown below look absolutely delicious? However, this may not be achievable for those of us who live in the tropics and so I decided to tweak the recipe a bit by replacing the strawberries for dried cherries or apricots (fresh apples can also be used) which can easily be found in supermarkets.

RECIPE

STRAWBERRY PANCAKE

STRAWBERRY PANCAKE

INGREDIENTS
100g Flour
30g Sugar
100ml Mill
1 Medium Egg
4 (or more) Medium Strawberries, Apples, Dried Cherries or Dried Apricots
DIRECTIONS
She mixed her dry ingredients together first, followed by the milk and egg, before pouring a little at a time into a lightly buttered frying pan. Once the mixture was spread to its desired shape.
She dropped the strawberries (alternatives: apples, dried cherries or dried apricots) into the mixture, this left the strawberries open on one side but if you want the fruit coated in pancake mixture then simply pop them in your mixing bowl/jug with the mixture.
She then cooked them until they were a golden brown – or as close as possible – on both sides.
Repeat this until the mixture is used up and then eat (and Instagram) your heart out.

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Do you have any pancake recipes you would love to share? I would love to hear it.

Please don’t forget to follow The  HELLO OCTOBER blog for beauty reviews and food recipes.

Till Next Time,

Stay Organically Beautiful.

Vivianne

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