Hello blog. Hello you! It’s been a very long while, I know.
Before I begin to introduce myself, I want to say that I hope you all are well, especially amid this current Covid-19 pandemic situation. I understand that for many, these times may prove to be very difficult and challenging. For me, keeping myself occupied and putting all my trust in God seems to keep my spirits and sanity in good order.
So who is Maryrose? That would be me. The owner and founder of this blog. Well here’s a brief self-intro and what this blog aims to be about.
Born and bred (ugh cliché) in London, I’m find myself being a lover of the city with its hustle and bustle, but deep down am a country girl at heart (interesting as I have never lived more than a week in such settings). From the age of 11, I went to a school that, specialising in languages, allowed me to study French, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin), the latter I continued studying throughout my whole education, even up to uni level. Through my parents, I soon developed a strong interest for China and was fortunate to both study and work there. Thus this blog will no doubt include posts related to that topic.
Thanks to my mother who, having three girls, loved to dress us up in the finest and most beautiful dresses, it meant that I grew up understanding the importance of always looking your best and taking good care of your personal wellbeing. Whilst at university, my love for style grew as I would often read the fashion magazines, blogs and watched many films from the 40s and 50s. This began my love for vintage styles and I soon began to adopt some of the looks in a more contemporary yet modest way, which certainly gave me a sense of individuality and feminine poise. Even now, having a readers pass at the British Library I appreciate being able to read the Vogue archives with its full collection dating back to the 1890s! Thus, this area will certainly present itself frequently on this blog too.
Finally food. A true Nigerian (kedu) – The food we eat in our family often reminds us of our roots and heritage – the nature of our being. Growing up, our daily food, 90% of the time, consisted of Nigerian cuisine – It’s just too good mehn. I mean you have:
- Jollof rice
- Okra stew with eba/pounded yam
- Ogbono soup
- Egusi soup
- Puff puff
- Dodo gizzard
Honestly I could go on, but you get the gist.
But I must say, when it comes to cooking, I do like to branch out and recently have found myself attempting to make a lot of Chinese dishes. Having lived with my relatives in China for a few months I was so enthralled by the depth and skill of Chinese home cooking that I had to get learning. And so, please be prepared to see a few of my cooking journeys here on this blog.
So that’s me, Maryrose. I’m quite surprised by how much I wrote there! I do hope to get writing more and more, and to finally use my camera again which has for so long been neglected. See you in my next post!