I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s weekend with your loved ones, family and friends. When we think of Valentine’s Day, the color of love-Red- pops into our minds instantly. Occasionally, on this day I try to stay away from that color but this year, I delved right in. I got an invite to attend an event in Dallas, Texas- Valentine’s dinner- where young adults shared a dinner together, had amazing young couples share and danced the night away. It was such an awesome experience and I left with lots of new friends. Dallas weather was also to die for as it was in the 60’s and 70’s while in New York, it was in the negative degrees with snow and freezing rain.
The set up at the venue was lovely with lots of pink, white and some red. The decorations on the tables were such a sight to behold…the candle lights in clear bowl- vases surrounded with small clear crystals and all covered with pink sheer coverings, red heart shaped chocolates all over the tables and red roses for the ladies. The playlist was on point too making the entire evening quite a memorable night.
I first did a shoot with Joash of NxT LvL Imagery in Nairobi 3 weeks ago and had a mini one with Mosey Photography while in Dallas, TX. Let me Know what you think!
Dress and Coat- H&M, Shoes- JustFab, Makeup- Lankara Brides, Photography- NxT LvL Imagery and Mosey Photography.
Love and Favor,
It is Valentine’s Day week!!! I know some people have been waiting for this day while others see it as another regular day. No matter where you lie on both ends of the spectrum, I’m sure you appreciate the day’s festivities even from a far.
In most cases, we zero in this day to ourselves, our life partners, friends and family. We occasionally say, we want to change lives right? How about we take some little time this Valentine’s week from focusing on ourselves and tell a few people-family and friends- that we care and love them. I don’t mean the people you constantly let them know, I’m talking about the ones you have never or it’s been years.
In this day and age there are people who have never been told those 3 words, “I love you.” Culture could be a huge player in that. If you are like me, growing up in Africa, most people did not tell each other that but their actions let us know that they cared and indeed loved us. It is amazing how powerful those words are as they could brighten our days, take away some pain and even raise self esteem and self image. The Bible even states…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1st Cor 13:13). We have a golden opportunity to do this while we still can.
LET US TELL ONE#EACH DAY#THIS WEEK#I LOVE YOU
Love and Favor,
Hello! Hiya! It’s been a while, i guess life just happens, sometimes…you make plans and life has a way of putting its twists to it. I didn’t want the year to end without trying some more new things. Well, one happened to be a disaster. My friend and I decided to go skating for the first time. I don’t know why my mind tricked me into believing that skating would be much easier than ice skating, being that I can hardly leave the edge of the rink 😦 To make the story short, I got stuck for like 5 minutes when I didn’t have anything to hold on and with a goal of not falling, that seemed like eternity. Next year, I need to learn.
A few days after my birthday, another friend and I decided to go to a shooting range and try it out. We had a good instructor, and I bet all of us won’t forget the experience. My friend and I aren’t keen on video games and all, so the instructor asked us if we knew the game, “Call of duty.” When we both said no, he could not hide his surprised look and yelled, “BRUH! ” I think to him it was like someone not knowing the current president’s name It would have also made his explanations much practical but we’ll never really know…lol. All in all we had a great time and we didn’t forget to snap away 🙂
The Bodycon dress, short for Body Conscious, was being worn in the 1980’s, became more popular in the 1990’s and is back this year with a bang. Initially it was worn more when going out but today it makes a perfect look for the workplace and festivities depending on its length. I have to admit that they can be tricky to pull off especially when you are not a size 0 or 2. One of my tricks is don’t get one which is too tight, uncomfy or cuts your body into portions. Get the next size up as long as it snugs a little, if not try another designer because the fits can be different. The fabric should also be a determinant in your purchase, a thicker fabric being the better option. Bandage dresses are made of a mix of Rayon, Nylon, Spandex which is a very high quality while most bodycon dresses are made of Polyester and Spandex.
I donned one which is colorful and great for spring, summer or fall festivities and is made from Polyester and Spandex. I accessorized it with gold and pearl jewelry, Nine West nude pumps and a nude waterfall coat from H & M. Photography by Joash- NxT LvL Imagery. Let me know what you think!
…And my fav season is over, Hello Autumn! Time to pull out the jackets n boots as the temperatures drop in the North East. Ummm not just yet!!! Luckily, the weather has been a bit gracious. I get just a little “good-bye end of summer do-over.” I decided to pull out something that reminded me of a piece I wore more than a decade ago while in Kenya. When I first got it a few months ago, I was a bit skeptical of wearing it but that’s changed now. Culottes~ depending on fabric choice, design and color, they can be worn whether at the office or outside of the office regardless of event. The secret is how you style it. I styled mine for an afternoon/evening out for a casual sitting with family and friends. I wore a sleeveless open side crop top and booties that can be easily swapped for flats or sandals. Let me know what you think!
Vest- Gifted (Store in Atlanta), Culottes- H&M, Shoes- Steve Madden, Clutch- Achie Otigo (My designer in Nairobi, Kenya) Photography by Joash~ NxT LvL Imagery.
Many times, my idea of comfort on a relaxed day is a great pair of blue jeans with a comfy top. That idea changes…hahaha! As you know by now, in addition to style, trend and fashion, comfort is a huge factor in determining my style picks. I was heading to New Jersey for a shoot session and decided why not take a couple pictures to break the ice…lol. I love the high waist style of the pants, the color and the fit. The vest has been one of my favorite pieces for this season because I can pair it wit pants, skirts or dresses to achieve the look I’m aiming for. I also love it’s tuxedo look and being that it’s in black and white- one of the easier colors to pair. Let me know what you think!
Tuxedo Vest by Nicole Miller, Sleeveless top- Forever 21, Jeans- H&M, Shoes by Steve Madden.
Tutus portray as fun and playful. I remembered the songs we sang during breaks or games time in primary (elementary) school. When skipping rope we sang the Blueband song. I have a feeling that am about to embarrass myself because the words might not be the actual words but here goes….”Blueband, by by zero, zero by zero is around, around and around…” or when singing in a group…”Kamares, kamares x2 na Shiko wa sku hizi anaringa ringa sana…” Remember those!!! Talk about memories 🙂
When doing this shoot, I grabbed the skipping rope and the best accessories- my hands- to enact the 2 songs. I hope you’ll find them fun as well. Dare to travel back in time often to smile once more about the experiences that made you laugh when you were a child and always be thankful for all of them. Let me know what you think!
Croptop- Wetseal, Skirt- House of Kaji (Nairobi, Kenya), Shoes- Steve Madden, Photography- Joash~ NxT LvL Imagery
That was a good work out 🙂 Now Let’s dance… Thank you!
My love for tutu’s has been rekindled! As a little girl in Kenya, I remember wearing the tutu dresses especially for Christmas, New Year or Easter Holidays. If your family was like mine, those holidays called for new outfits and for some reason such dresses…Or am I on my own on this one? Anyway, imagine my feeling when I saw adult tutu skirts??!! I had to have one. However, I opted to be a little conservative by settling for a black one as opposed to other brighter colors. This was a fun shoot as it brought a lot of nostalgic moments. I paired my tutu skirt with a long-sleeved polka dot top and booties and was ready to hit the road. Let me know what you think!
Top- H&M, Skirt- Gift but designed by House of Kaji (Nairobi Kenya), Shoes- Steve Madden, Photography- Joash~NxT LvL Imagery
Black and white is always a go and you can accessorize it with any color. However, I chose to stick to the theme and had everything in those two colors. This look can also be dressed down~ quick change into sandals and you’re ready for shopping, afternoon stroll in the park or street or anyway one prefers to chill out. Let me know what you think!
Top- Forever 21, Skirt- Online, Neckpiece and rings- H&M, Bracelet- Gift from Kenya, Photography- Joash~NxT LvL Imagery.
Keep your best foot forward and keep it moving! 🙂