i’m STILL playing catch up // day 4: explore the neighborhood

2014, Januray

today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.

this was fun! i haven’t taken a moment to check out other blogs for a while.

topic 1.
photography. it has been on my mind for the last 8 years. gosh 8 years. but this year i plan on changing that. anyway here are some fun blogs i stumbled on…
picture by design
eva c. meszaros
oh so splendid

topic 2.
travel. because i constantly have the travel bug.
costa rica travel blog
travel tales of life

topic 3.
inspiration and creativity.
half craft studio
the possibility soul
urban nesting

topic 4.
culture. i am inspired by culture, cultural differences and the beauty of it.
slightly chilled porcupine 
champion since

topic 5.
writing. because i love writing, have done since i was a child. one of my dreams is to get a book published. actually its on my bucket list.
writing through the fog
live to write. write to live.

there you have it.

can you tell i am short of words today?



i’m playing catch up // day 3: what’s on your mind?

2014, Januray

i simply started this blog because i was running two separate blogs and it was becoming quite exhausting having to keep up with that! so i combined my love for fashion with updates on my adventures for friends and family back home{moving from britain to america – that kind of adventure}.

whats on your mind

i’ll be honest i haven’t blogged much on fashion and in beauty in the {almost} one year since i started this blog. but for 2014 i aim to share more of that. plus travel and food because i’m an “aholic” in both of those areas!

i guess this is a mash up-almost everything-kind of blog and i’m ok with that.




i’m playing catch up // day 2: what’s your name?

2014, Januray

i originally had this blog titled as cupcake mascara. it was random and i liked it. it also hovered around the fact that i love food and make-up a lot. however, after giving it some thought and with it being a new year i wanted something new and fresh.

so welcome to mdot.

and it’s simply mdot because i sign each post just like that = m.

i’m learning how to navigate through this journey we call life and i invite you to come along for the ride! buckle up, sit tight and enjoy posts on fashion, beauty, food, travel and the best advice i can give with my 28 years of life experience.


zero to hero: 30 days to a better blog

2014, Januray


day 1: introduce yourself

hi. i’m mariama and i’m a blogger.


or so i’d like to think.

i’m 28, born in sierra leone, raised in the UK and now living in the US of A.

if you’re new to cupcake mascara then this is for you! or if you’ve been following for some time then i guess this is a “let’s touch base again” kind of post.

i’m following the wordpress blogging adventure for 2014 “zero to hero: 30 days to a better blog”. i started this blog back in february 2013 {almost a year ago eeek!} and i have slacked somewhat over the last few months, mostly due to my lack of motivation. which is crazy talk because i love blogging. so i thought this was a fun way to get back into it.

i liked the questions posed for the first post…so here are my answers!


why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?

here’s the thing.

i do both.

but the reasons this blog isn’t a personal journal are

a) i want to write more about my hobbies and interests, and things i’m into, hoping to inspire/encourage/motivate readers

b) my friends and family at home wanted to keep up with my US adventures

c) to be honest i don’t want to share all my secrets get too personal on the internet – you can’t ever really take it back.

what topics do you think you’ll write about?

my life in general. fashion.  beauty. bargain finds. love. travel. photography {more of that to come}. interviews, interviews, interviews – i love finding out why people do what they do, what makes them tick. basically, this is a lifestyle blog.

who would you love to connect with via your blog?

other like-minded bloggers. but honestly? i would love {and i mean this with every fiber in my being} to connect with natasha from love taza and meg from megfee. not only are they my all-time favorite lifestyle bloggers but they have inspired me in many other ways on and off-{the computer}-screen.

if you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

to have become a little more eloquent. to have made a difference…somehow. and to have connected with different people from the blogging community.

find out more about this 30-day challenge here.


for 2014 i will…

2014, Januray


laugh out loud, a lot. dance in the street, at home…everywhere. wear more lipstick. hug a little longer. be patient. spend money. wear high heels more often. blog weekly. kiss more. hold my head up high. text less, call more. dress up more often. cry. save money. exercise because i want to. dress up more often. take risks. not look back. be more giving of myself. love like there’s no tomorrow. travel.  have faith. let go. ask for what i need.