Poached Croaker fish on a bed of tomatoes and caper


Poaching fish is a very simple technique to ensure a full flavoured and wholesome fish.

For the fish
1 medium sized croaker, cleaned and gutted, cut into pieces
Fish stock or bouillon cube
1, bay leaf
1 clove of garlic, minced
Teaspoon, dried thyme
Slice of lemon
Black peppercorns

For the tomato caper base
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 fresh tomatoes
1 small purple onion,  diced
1 tablespoon of capers
Pinch of paprika
Salt to taste


In a pan,  combine the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat so the water is just simmering. Add the fish and poach until it is cooked through, about 6 – 8 minutes.

When cooked,  transfer to a plate. Brown the skin of the fish lightly in a hot pan with a little olive oil.

For the tomato and caper base,  in a hot pan on medium heat, cook the minced garlic for less than a minute. Add the tomatoes and onions, soften slightly but not over cook. Now add the capers and paprika. Salt to taste.

Serve with steamed sweet potatoes and enjoy.



Caramelised Banana in Peanut Custard Tart



Try this African inspired dessert, using bananas which are available all year round. A very yummy peanut custard tart made using Uwa Earth peanut butter, a whole foods line out of Nigeria.

Using an organic or unrefined peanut butter, maintains the rich flavour of the peanuts and transforming this into a peanut custard is even more decadent.

It may seem time consuming to prepare,  but it’s well worth it in the end. It’s also an impressive dessert for summer entertaining too.



Prepare the Tart Base

You’ll need: –

250g flour

125g butter

A pinch of salt

Ice cold water

  • Place flour and salt in bowl
  • Mix together sparingly aerating the flour in the process
  • Pinch butter into flour until you have coarse loose crumbs
  • Add some water to bind the dough together. Ensure the dough is not runny
  • Roll out the dough and cut out in a circle
  • Place in an oiled tart tin
  • To prevent dough from rising, place baking sheet on dough and pour pastry beans
  • Bake for 10mins at 180° until it turns golden brown


Prepare Peanut Butter Custard

You’ll need: –

1tbsp Peanut butter

4 Egg yolks

1/2 cup Caster Sugar

8oz milk


Condensed milk

  • Place peanut butter in a bowl
  • Whisk until it’s light, then add honey and condensed milk
  • Mix until you have a paste, then set aside
  • Place egg yolk in a bowl, pour in sugar, then whisk until it’s light and fluffy (or until the color changes to a lighter shade)
  • Pour milk in a pan and heat up to simmer
  • Pour in the egg yolk, mix and and stir until you have a paste. Do not boil
  • Stir in peanut butter mix and serve


You’ll need: –

Tart base

Peanut butter custard


Brown sugar

  • Pour 1 tbsp of peanut butter custard in tart base and spread over the base
  • Slice banana and place over the custard
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over bananas
  • Using a blow torch, caramelise sugar on bananas then serve. In the absence of a blow torch, place in a hot oven to caramelise for a few minutes

How to Stop Your Under Eye Concealer from Creasing

Concealer is an amazing product used to cover up blemishes, dark circles, and other uneven spots on your face, but it comes with its own troubles. When not properly applied, it tends to get stuck in little creases and fine lines, highlighting rather than camouflaging them. This easy trick should help fix that problem, allowing you to get the smooth and even under eye area you want without stress.

Step 1

Apply a cream concealer using a concealer brush or blending it to cover your entire under eye area for a smooth finish. Start with a minimal amount of concealer, then add more as needed. You don’t want to overdo it, lest you wind up with way too much (a common mistake) that can make you look older and worn out.


Step 2

Using a small makeup sponge, like the beauty blender, immediately apply a loose translucent powder over your concealer. The mini sponge gets right in the corner of the eyes better than a brush can, and it sets your makeup to give that airbrushed look.

And just like that, you’ve got coverage that’ll never look creased again and will last all day.





Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2016 recently announced Ade Bakare Couture London as it’s headline designer to showcase at this year’s event set to take at the Eko hotel on the 1st – 3rd of July 2016. The designer Ade Bakare is set to debut his Cruise Collection Line at the event.

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The word, ‘cruise’ evokes travel, luxury, style, boats, yachts and summer.
Ade Bakare has designed a capsule Cruise Line Collection for summer 2016, influenced by his constant travels between London and Lagos where he maintains his design studios and boutique respectively.

The Cruise Line has been greatly inspired by his clients on both sides of the Atlantic who desire something colourful, modern and ethnic to wear while abroad. To satisfy these demands, Ade Bakare came up with an exquisite range of vibrant jackets and dresses in neoprene textiles and adire in modern geometric and circular designs embellished with his unique signature style of wood and glass intersected with beads that sparkle.
High-necked coats with eyelets that are roped  with silk adire and large balloon sleeves, capes and empire-cut jackets are teamed with straight silk adire dresses, some  cut off the shoulder, whilst sleeveless shift dresses and halter neck styles  are all shown in bright effervescent colours such as neon pinks, yellows, deep purple and cobalt  blues.

Picture a slight commotion at the airport as a lady emerges from the crowd in a vibrant orange neoprene coat and an adire orange and yellow dress with heaps of her luggage being moved by several porters and imagine that behind her bejewelled reflective glasses lies that anonymity of reserved elegance . . . she just might be wearing the 2016 Cruise Line by Ade Bakare!


The View Lifestyle Magazine is a media partner for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2016




How to “Tightline” Eyes



Tight lining your eyes (also known as “invisible eye liner”) is a great way to add subtle definition to make your eyes look bigger, but it’s also used to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller. Instead of lining the skin above your eyelashes, you line the inside of the upper lash line and in between the roots of the lashes. Filling in the inside of the lash line really creates an illusion of fuller lashes, more so than just with mascara. This technique can be used for any formal or casual occasion especially for your ‘no makeup’ kinda day and it’s pretty easy to master.

For best results, use kohl or gel eyeliner because it’s specially formulated to hold in the wet area of the eye. Enough said; now I will walk you through each step, so grab your eyeliner and follow along.

Before you start, make sure any product you use near your eye is clean. My next article will educate you on how to sanitize your eye liners.


Step 1: Using clean fingers gently lift your lashes upward. You’ll see tiny gaps between your lash hairs; those are the gaps to fill in with your eyeliner.


Step 2: Using your eyeliner, lightly dab it in between each individual lash and get as close to the root as possible.


Step 3: Technically you’re done, but if you want to intensify the look more, you can tight line your bottom lash line too. Gently lift lower lashes downwards and fill in the gaps between each lash.





brushes imageAs women, the way we feel about ourselves is deeply linked with the way we look. Most of the time, our faces are a reflection of our inner beauty so we are wise to pay special attention to it. Make-up is one way to enhance our features and to properly apply make-up, we need quality tools.

Make-up brushes are must-have for every beauty lover who desires a flawless effect. Quality brushes are a good investment and if properly maintained can last for years. Just as a painter who doesn’t have a good brush can’t make the best painting, the same goes for make-up brushes. You look your best when you use the best.

For your everyday use, you don’t necessarily need a lot of brushes to wear your make-up. To guide you, we have put together a list of some essential brushes to help you achieve pretty much any make-up look you desire.

1. Powder Brush: The powder brush is a must-have in your make-up bag. This brush is designed to cover large areas of the face and neck so it’s usually the biggest brush in your set because it should give a more even distribution of the product. It can be slightly rounded with thick bristles or have a straight cut head.



2. Foundation Brush: A flawless face is a base for every make-up; it’s the perfect canvas for your make-up look. Your foundation is the best product to provide that perfect canvas. The foundation brush is used for applying different types of foundation. The quality of this brush is very important as it sets the tone for your make-up look. It has to be firm and have very good bristles. It can be flat, slightly rounded at the tip or it can be a stippling brush.

3. Blush Brush: As the name implies, this brush is designed for applying blush on the cheekbone area. The tip is usually round or angled (can be used for contour, applying bronzer or shimmer to selected areas of the face; forehead, chin, cheeks etc..)It helps create a healthy glowing skin and gives depth to the shapes of the face.

4. Eye-shadow Brush: This is usually a flat or fluffy brush, best used to blend eye-shadow onto the lid sweeping from inside to outside. This brush can be used for a light application or an intense look.

5. Angled Brush: This brush is angular in shape and serves different purposes. It can be used to define your eyebrows with both powder, liquid, cream, wax or gel formulas. It can also be used to highlight your eyebrows. Another important use of the angle brush is that it can be used to apply different formulations of eye-liner to your waterline and your upper lash line.

Brush sanitation: Due to constant use of our make-up brushes, it is compulsory to maintain a high level of hygiene to avoid different skin problems. Once you invest in good quality brushes, you must take care of them by keeping them clean and conditioned. Foundation, eye-shadow and lip brushes should be cleaned using a brush cleanser or home remedy liquid soap and lukewarm water after each use to prevent bacteria spread. Other brushes should be cleaned and sun-dried at least once every week.

So ladies… now that you know better, you can do better.


Shop your quality personal brush set at Zaron Cosmetics and get that flawless look for much less!

by @zaroncosmetics

Fragrant Indonesian Beef, Braised in Coconut Milk (Rendang Daging Sapi) — AnotherDish.com

Yesterday (Sunday) was so relaxing and leisurely. I was in the mood to make something a bit more involved and delicious, so I decided to make one of my favorite Indonesian dishes, Beef Rendang, or Rendang Daging Sapi. I know, the ingredients list is a mile long, and the process takes all afternoon (did I […]

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The Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is set to take place 1st to 3rd of July 2016 at the prestigious Eko hotel.

AFWN, (Africa Fashion Week Nigeria) & AFWL,(Africa Fashion Week London) the unique platform that celebrates the best of Africa, showcasing her creativity and colours to the world, bringing about positive vibes of all that’s wonderful, beautiful, stylish and creative.

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This 3rd year edition calls for gratitude, especially to all that have made the years worthwhile. This year’s edition of AFWN’s annual fashion extravaganza is a salute to creativity and uniqueness.  It would be a festival starting from Lagos, Nigeria as the hub in July of 2016 (AFWN 2016) and climaxing in London (a renowned world’s fashion capital) at the 6th edition of the AFWL at the Olympia, West Hall, Kensington.

From Lagos to London, AFWN & AFWL would feature highly creative and very talented designers from all over Africa (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, Gambia etc) and the diaspora.

1The Lagos event is slated for the Eko Hotel from July 1st- 3rd 2016. While the London event is slated for Sept, 2016. All we require from you is your participation as a designer, partner and sponsor.

Created by Nigeria’s own Ronke Ademiluyi, founder of the world successful, Africa Fashion Week London.

The View Lifestyle is media partner for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria & Africa Fashion Week London 2016.

3 Bloggers 1 Night in Lagos hosted by The View Lifestyle at Samantha’s Bistro

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‘1 Night in Lagos’  series by The View Lifestyle Magazine.

‘3 bloggers 1 Night’ was introduced to promote the work of bloggers and recognize their contribution to fashion and lifestyle.

For 1 night on the 6th of March, 3 creative souls will get together at Samantha’s Bistro hosted by Yetty D.
Join us for an evening of great food, music  and  networking with 3 bloggers we couldn’t help but notice.
Zina Anumudu, Denola Grey and Oge Agu.

Proudly Supported by Absolut, Zaron, Ochala.com, Pulse.ng, Arcadia TV, Bella Naja, Kamdora, 360nobs, Jaguda.com, Exquisite Magazine, Samanthas bistro, The Village Grille, Kali Burger Bar, Lean kid, Unravel GFX, Maccs Entertainment.



Zina Anumudu is passionate about two things – fashion & branding. Having secured a bachelor’s degree in Economics in The United States, she pursued a masters in a field she was more passionate about, Communication. There after, she relocated to Nigeria and has created a niche market for herself with branding & the Nigerian Fashion Industry in under two years.  She is the Brand Manager of womenswear brand, Maju and was also the Brand Director of fashion & lifestyle website, StyleVitae. In recent times, Zina co-founded a brand management company, The Style Concierge, that caters to creatives & businesses in the fashion & lifestyle industry.


Denola Adeptun (@denolagrey) is a men’s fashion blogger,  style  enthusiast, model and media personality from Nigeria. His style is a major inspiration to fashion lovers across the continent with a very unique and personal taste on his blog. His website derived its name from the combination of his name Adenola (Denola) & E.L Jones’ best-selling novel“Fifty Shades of Grey”. His style is peculiar and he isn’t afraid to try out different style forms whiles staying true to his personal taste and signature looks. Denola has also worked as a PR consultant in New York and a fashion journalist for Magazine amongst other freelance projects.


Oge Agu is a fashion journalist and PR consultant. who helped launch Kamdora.com an online fashion blog back in 2014 as a way of expressing her love for all things fashion due to the lack of creativity she endured throughout med-school.
The intent of Kamdora as a website is to create a platform where women can go to in search of relevant content in the Fashion, Beauty and lifestyle space.

A passionate lover of fashion and an even deeper love for laidback and oversized pieces!


Yetty D as she is fondly called is a woman with many hats. From living as a London based fashion designer to laying roots in Lagos as a Fashion and lifestyle brand expert. Join her as she hosts monthly ‘1 Night in Lagos’ series.

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Braised duck in plum sauce

Braising makes everything delicious and comforting. This dish is best enjoyed with family on a Sunday with good conversation and a few drinks won’t be a bad idea too. Such simple pleasures of life! Braised beef paired with a rich plum sauce is one of my favourite meals. I could happily eat the ribs on its own and enjoy it with a nice lemongrass and ginger cocktail. Sadly, I don’t drink wine, otherwise I would have opted for the latter.

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2kg beef short ribs

  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into pieces

  • 1 large onion, peeled, thickly sliced

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1cm piece ginger, sliced

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)

  • 3 sprigs fresh lemon thyme

  • 4 tablespoons, store bought plum sauce

  • 250ml red wine

  • 200ml chicken or beef stock

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. For the ribs, preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
  2. In a pan, brown the ribs on both sides.
  3. Add the carrots, ginger, onion and garlic.
  4. Now add the lemon thyme sprigs, plum sauce, rice vinegar, red wine, dried chilli flakes and stock. Mix well to combine. Bring the mixture to the boil, then transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 2-2½ hours, or until the sauce has thickened and the meat is falling from the bones. Check seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  5. Serve with vegetables and rice or mash.