Lifestyle Tips For Homeowners: How to Create an Outdoor Cooking Area




One of the best things about summer is enjoying meals outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or want to be able to cook dinner al fresco, an outdoor cooking area is a great addition to any home. If you’re handy, you can do a lot of the work yourself, but a more elaborate design might require a professional. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Pick the Perfect Spot

You’ll want to choose an area close to your house so you can easily bring out food and supplies, but not so close that smoke and smells will waft into your home. If you have a deck or patio, that’s usually the best spot. If not, you might want to consider clearing a space in your yard.

The size of your outdoor kitchen will depend on how much space you have to work with and how many people you want to be able to cook for. A basic setup might include a grill, while a larger one could have room for a sink, counter space, storage, and other amenities.

You might also consider prefab outdoor kitchen kits, which can be a great way to get everything you need in one package. They can make a difference in your outdoor living space and how much you use it. For instance, if you have a small backyard, you can find a compact outdoor kitchen that will still give you all the functionality without taking up too much space.

2. Choose the Right Grill

When it comes to grills, there are many different options to choose from. Gas, charcoal, or electric? Built-in or portable? There’s no wrong answer. It just depends on what will work best for your needs.

If you’re looking for something easy and convenient, go with a gas grill. They’re quick to start up, and you don’t have to worry about getting the coals just right. Charcoal grills give you that classic barbecue flavor, but they can be a little more tricky to use. If you’re not used to cooking over charcoal, it might take some practice to get the hang of it. Electric grills are perfect for those who want the convenience of a gas grill but don’t have an outdoor outlet.

Regarding size, think about how often you’ll be using your grill and who you’ll be cooking for. A small portable grill will do the trick if you cook for yourself and your partner. But if you’re planning on feeding a large crowd, you’ll need something bigger.

3. Stock Up on Supplies

You’ll need to stock your outdoor cooking area with supplies like your indoor kitchen. Here are a few things you’ll need:

  • Grill: Of course, you’ll need a grill to cook your food. Whether you opt for gas, charcoal, or electric, get one that’s big enough for your needs.
  • Skewers: If you’re grilling meat or seafood, skewers are a must. They make it easy to flip food without losing any of the delicious juices.
  • Tongs: Tongs are another essential tool for grilling. They’re perfect for flipping burgers and chicken breasts and can also be used to move food around on the grill.
  • Spatula: A spatula is perfect for flipping burgers and other types of food that might be prone to sticking.
  • Knife: A good sharp knife is a must for any outdoor cook. You’ll need it for slicing meat, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables.
  • Cutting Board: A cutting board is a must-have for any kitchen, and the same goes for your outdoor cooking area. It’s perfect for chopping vegetables or slicing meat.
  • Apron: An apron will protect your clothes from splatters and spills.
  • Cooler: A cooler is essential for keeping food and drinks cold.
  • Picnic blanket or tablecloth: A picnic blanket or tablecloth is perfect for setting up a dining area.

4. Choose the Right Furniture

Furniture is integral to any outdoor space, and your outdoor cooking area is no exception. You’ll need to choose comfortable, stylish, and easy-to-clean furniture. Outdoor chairs and tables are a great option, specifically designed for outdoor use.

When choosing furniture, think about how often you’ll be using it. If you’re only going to be cooking a few times a year, you don’t need to invest in expensive patio furniture. A simple table and chairs will do the trick. But if you’re going to be using your outdoor cooking area more often, it’s worth investing in some quality furniture.

5. Add Some Decor

Adding decor to your outdoor cooking area is a great way to make it feel like a proper living space. It can also be a great way to show off your personality and style. You can add many different types of decor, so you’re sure to find something that fits your taste. Some ideas include:

  • Potted plants: A few potted plants can add a touch of greenery to your outdoor space. Choose plants that are tolerant of sun and wind, like succulents or cacti.
  • Wind chimes: Wind chimes are a great way to add sound and movement to your outdoor area. They also make a beautiful addition to any garden.
  • Garden decor: Add some extra interest to your garden with decorative statues, birdhouses, or other garden ornaments.
  • Lanterns: Lanterns are a charming addition to any outdoor space and provide a soft light for nighttime gatherings.
  • Rugs and mats: Outdoor rugs and mats help protect your feet from the cold ground and add some extra style to your space.

6. Create a Comfortable Dining Area

One of the best things about having an outdoor cooking area is enjoying your food in the fresh air. To create a comfortable dining area, start by choosing the right furniture. Outdoor chairs and tables are a great option, specifically designed for outdoor use. If you’re short on space, consider using folding chairs or benches that can be stored away when not used. Once you’ve chosen your furniture, add some finishing touches like tablecloths, placemats, and centerpieces. Candles and lanterns also make a nice addition to any outdoor dining area.

Creating an outdoor cooking area is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while cooking. It’s also a great way to show off your personality and style. You can add many different types of decor, so you’re sure to find something that fits your taste. Using the tips in this article, you can create an outdoor cooking area that you’ll love for years.

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Naomi Osaka Eliminated From Tokyo Olympics Tennis Tournament


Japan’s world No. 2 tennis player, Naomi Osaka, was ousted from competition in a shocking loss to the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova, 6-1, 6-4.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka suffered a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round of the Tokyo Games on Tuesday (July 27), crushing her dreams of winning Olympic gold at home.

 Japan’s great hope for tennis gold Naomi Osaka was on Tuesday beaten in the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis singles tournament in a blow to home spirits.

The world number two was swiped aside 6-1 6-4 by Czech Marketa Vondrousova in an early shock on Day Four of the Games.

The tennis event has now lost both of its top draw cards after world number one and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty was beaten in Sunday’s first round.

Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron on Friday to open the Games, seemed out of sorts on the Tokyo blue courts and never settled into a rhythm as Vondrousova never looked back

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Joan Smalls Pledges Half Her Salary To Black Lives Matter Organisations


Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Small wants the fashion world to know : black people are not a trend. Smalls  shared an Instagram video calling out the lack of meaningful anti-racist support for the Black Lives Matter movement from the industry she’s embedded in.

By posting pictures of black squares on social media with surface-level promises pledging change, Smalls believes agencies, magazines and brands are jumping on a bandwagon. “You’re part of the cycle that perpetuates these conscious behaviours,” she says in the clip filmed in a hotel room in Paris. “You have continually let us down with your insensitivity and tone deafness and the damage control apologies of, ‘We will do better’. You fall short trying to narrate our stories by toning us down or having them curated by people who haven’t walked or lived a day in our shoes. Well, it’s now time to give us a real seat at the table, because we are worthy, because we are talented, because we are unique.” Smalls thanked those creatives who do “see” her, and who have helped the model in her “constant battle” to progress in an industry where the odds are stacked against her. She then addressed her own ability to be a force for change – one who intends to use actions as well as honest words. Smalls,  pledged to give 50 per cent of her salary for the remainder of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organisations, and will encourage others to do the same.  “Together we’re stronger and together we can accomplish what is needed.” It’s time for others to stand with her.

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The recent and long standing acts against the black community have been saddening, frustrating and unacceptable. I feel these same emotions when I think about how my industry, the fashion world, is responding. It is time for this industry to do more than post a black square and say they’ll “Do Better!” It’s time for us to see the change starting from the ground up. Give us a seat at the table, include us, give us a chance, because we are worthy, talented and unique. There have been so many times where I’ve had to face issues against my race within this industry because I was their token black girl. The campaigns and editorials I had to share while my counterparts got to achieve that on their own. Or that my hair was an issue or that I made a show or campaign too ethnic, the list goes on and on. This industry that I love has profited from us but has never considered us equal. This. Stops. Now. It’s time for the fashion industry to stand up and show their solidarity. Time for you all to give back to these communities and cultures which you draw so much inspiration from. I do want to thank those that did see me for me and gave me a chance. Those that helped me fight my way to where I am today. Thank you, thank you for doing what you knew to be right versus what others said should be done. You will help us be the leaders of change. In saying all of this, I also pledge to donate 50% of my salary for the remainder of 2020 to Black Lives Matter organizations. I know I can’t just talk about change, I have to be a force for it. I encourage and will continue to encourage brands within this industry to do the same and give back. Let’s all be the change we want and need to see. These battles are long from over but together we’re stronger and together we can accomplish what is needed. #WeAreNotATrend #blacklivesmatter

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Imaan Hamman First Black Model To Cover Vogue China & Japan


Imaan Hamman was featured in special issue  named , Faces of Now features  which features seven separate covers featuring the present  top models .

Dutch born Egyptian and Moroccan model  Imaan Hamman has  been featured on covers such as  Vogue Netherlands, British Vogue,  US Vogue cover, and Vogue Japan along with  Teen Vogue.

She has  also been featured in  her first campaign for Givenchy and  she is presently showcased in  the DKNY Pre-Spring campaign. Adding to her appeal, Imaan Hamaan has also rocked the runway of  New York Fashion Week for   Philipp Plein and La Perla .Below are pics  of Imaan Hammam by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue China March 2017.



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Vogue Japan features l Imaan Hammam on the cover of their May 2017 edition   which was shot  by fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura and styled by  Anna Dello Russo.  Hammam is rocking  a black Ralph Lauren dress.  She hair  was styled by Andrew Guida at Close Up Milano, along with  makeup artist Jessica Nedza, and manicurist Annarel Innocente at Close Up Milano. Casting direction by Piergiorgio Del Moro.


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Selah Marley For Miu Miu Pre -Fall 2017

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Selah Marley who is the daughter to Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley along with being the grandaughter of the Legendary Bob Marley has been busy establishing her modeling career.  She has walked   for   the Chanel show, Kanye West’s Yeezy  New York Fashion Week, Beyonce’s Ivy Park brand  along with being featured in a  Calvin Klein ad .   Below are pics  of Selah from The Miu -Miu Pre Fall Collection.

Check out More Pics From The Collection on Vogue

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Mayowa Nicholas Is The New Face Of Calvin Klein


The Calvin  Klein brand has made Nigerian International model, Mayowa Nicholas who won the Elite Model Look Nigeria in 2014 has been announced as the new of face of Calvin Klein underwear.

The 18-year-old who is signed to Elite Model Management became the first Nigerian to featured in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign for their Fall/Winter 2016 campaign and in 2017 she snagged a lookbook feature for Dolce&Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2017 lookbook presentation.

Mayowa Nicholas, who is a newcomer who only began modeling two years ago. Since winning an Elite modeling competition in her native Nigeria in 2014.

Nicholas has walked for a number of top-tier European fashion houses including Christian Dior, Prada, Miu Miu, Hermès and Loewe. After closing Loewe, Nicholas posted on Instagram: “Dreams do come true.

Mayowa Nicholas walks for Ralph & Russo

Mayowa Nicholas for Dolce and Gabbana

Mayowa Nicholas for Prada at Milan Fashion Week 2016




Miu Miu


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Gucci Features All Black Models In Pre Fall 2017 Campaign


We have all been waiting for the release of Gucci’s Pre Fall 2017 campaign . Gucci teased us in January  and released a sneak peek  series of casting videos, that was featured and  posted to Gucci’s official Instagram page .

We are so excited to see the release of the Gucci  Pre-Fall 2017 campaign, which  features an  all black  model cast .  The campaign is Titled “Soul Scene,” .

Gucci’s  campaign  theme is  inspired  and shot by  iconic Malian photographer Malick Sidibé .

Sidibe, photographed parties in  Mali ,  and Bamako . Gucci was also inspired by England’s Northern Soul movement, a musical era influenced by African American soul music.

“Dance is an important part of this story and consequently the casting reflects this.  Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michelle   has always celebrated diversity in all of its forms in his approach to his work,” a Gucci spokesperson tells Business of Fashion.

Gucci  model in  a teal leather tracksuit for its pre-fall 2017 men’s collection.


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Kylie Jenner in Galvan Jumpsuit at Sinful Colors Event



Kylie Jenner  was in attendance at the Sinful Colors #IAmMoreThan event on July 13, 2016



She is wearing a Galvan blue satin and crepe jumpsuit which features a  pleated front and back panels with sheer tulle inserts, loose fitting legs  along with short sleeve top.










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Chanel Iman graces GQ South Africa Cover


Chanel Iman is featured on the February 2015 cover story of GQ South Africa.


The shoot was photographed by Gavin O’Neill . For her feature , Chanel opens up about her relationship with fellow models Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls.


She says about the two models, “Those are my girls. I love them. They’re awesome. They’ve become good friends of mine. We have a special bond that’s unique, because the three of us have been through the same things in the fashion industry. We have a connection that brings us together.


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Jourdan Dunn Lands Vogue UK Cover, First Solo Black Model Cover in 12 Years


Jourdan Dunn   is featured on  Vogue UK  February cover  which makes her  the first black model to grace a solo Vogue UK cover in twelve years. According to the Telegraph, Naomi Campbell was the last black model to get a solo feature in 2002 while Jourdan previously appeared on the cover in November 2008 along with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Eden Clark.


Jourdan Dunn at Victoria Secrets Fashion Show
Jourdan Dunn at Victoria Secrets Fashion Show



Dunn shared a preview of the image on her Instagram page earlier with the following caption: “I’m so Happy to finally say I’M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!”.   “Thank you @britishvogue,Patrick Demarchelier and Kate Phelan for making this happen and also thank you all for the Love and Support it means everything to me #2015YearOfTheDunn.” She was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier . On the cover she is  while wearing a Prada dress  spring-summer 2015  dress.






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Iman – Supermodel


is a Somali fashion supermodel, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work. She is married to David Bowie.

Italian Harper's Bazaar, September 1983
Italian Harper’s Bazaar, September 1983

Cosmopolitian 1992
Cosmopolitian 1992

Vogue Iman 1983
Vogue Iman 1983




Iman YSL
Iman YSL

Iman 1985
Iman 1985

YSL A/W 1994 Model :
YSL A/W 1994 Model :

The 80s - Iman
The 80s – Iman


While still at university, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue a year later in 1976. She soon landed some of the most prestigious magazine covers, establishing herself as a supermodel.


With her long neck, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accent, Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, though she herself insists that her looks are merely or typically Somali.She became a muse for many prominent designers, including Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Donna Karan, and, in particular, Yves Saint-Laurent.


During her 14 years as a high fashion model, Iman also worked with many notable photographers, including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.


“My dream woman is Iman.”
—Yves Saint-Laurent

YSL, mid 80s Iman
YSL, mid 80s Iman

Iman credits the nurturing she received from various designers with having given her the confidence to succeed in an era when individuality was valued and model-muses were often an integral part of the creative process. She is signed to TESS Management in London.


Iman Cosmetics

Mataano founders Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim at an event for Iman’s cosmetic line (2013).

After almost two decades of modeling, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, focusing on difficult-to-find shades for ethnic women. Based on her years of experience mixing her own formulations for make-up artists to use on her, she had a personal hand in the final product and also acted as the commercial face of the company.


As of 2010, Iman Cosmetics is a $25-million-a-year business. It is centered on $14.99 foundations in 4 formulations and 14 shades, and is among the top-selling foundation brands on Walgreens’ website.


In spring 2012, Iman signed fellow Somali designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim, founders of the Mataano fashion company, as brand ambassadors for her cosmetics line.



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