Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kenyan Fashion Bloggers: All White for Peace in Kenya!

Hey guys. Today's post is in collaboration with my fellow Kenyan fashion bloggers. This post is very dear to us all as we chose to dedicate this post to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the Garissa killings earlier on in the month.
We chose an all white ensemble because we all stand for peace!

 Gabrielle {Tribe of Chic}
 Michelle {Elenee}
 Ms. Kibati {Ms. Kibati}
 Mumbi {Mumbi Shokey}
 Silvia {Style By Silvia}
 And me. Hubby took some pictures and there were some that I was smiling in. But for some reason, I selected this specific one for this post because it is a true reflection of how I feel about the Garissa (and other) attacks. I am pained. My condolences to all those affected.

I pray for Kenya, where we are united and not divided based on our social differences. May we reach within to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive; love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed. May we also never forget the ones we lost. #147NotJustANumber

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pretoria & Cape Town, South Africa!

Hey guys, well still on the travel note, I was in SA two weeks ago for work. I was extremely busy but I managed to take a few pictures. I stayed at the beautiful Courtyard hotel Arcadia, in Pretoria for a couple of nights. I really loved its rustic feel plus its interesting that the house is over 100 years old! I was also in Johannesburg and later on went to Cape Town (Muizenberg) for the day (Literally just 10 hours!! I really wanted to stay longer). Anyway, I hope to go back soon. Just, a few pictures...
Tee- Kangemi Market | Jeans- Turkey | Sunnies & Ring- Mr. Price Kenya | RI Watch- Gifted | Flats- Woolworths Kenya | Bag- Sandstorm Kenya
Top 5 Suggestions:

1. Visit District 6 Museum for a historical context of forced removals in Cape Town {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {E.g. Biltong or if your luck enough, go for a braai}
3. Shop in the local markets {For xhosa jewellery etc.}
4. Shop at major malls e.g. Menlyn Park in Pretoria or Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg
5. Buy a souvenir! {E.g. fridge magnets, masks, postcards etc.}

Have a productive week ahead!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kigali, Rwanda!

Hey guys. Its definitely been a travel-filled month for me. I was in Kigali for two days after my Addis trip. Kigali is hilly with beautiful views all around and is also sparkling clean! I managed to go to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which I highly recommend for anyone visiting the town. 

'It is imperative to understand the historical context of a people in order to understand their culture'
One of the most amazing places I visited was the Inema Arts Centre. I am a big art enthusiast and I fell right at home when I was there. Emmanuel, one of the founding brothers, took me through the history of the centre and I was particularly impressed by the assistance they give to orphans through nurturing and developing their art skills.
All you need is LOVE.
Oozing regality
Jacket- Jadia Creations | Jeans- Oxxo in Turkey | Flats- Woolworths | White Tee- Toi Market
 Eye see me
Hand woven earrings.

Top 5 Suggestions:

1. Visit the Kigali Memorial Centre {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {E.g. Gisangani}
3. Shop in the local markets {For traditional hut-shaped baskets, earrings etc.}
4. Enjoy Kigali night life at e.g. KGL which has a very lively live band.
5. Buy a souvenir! {E.g. baskets, masks, postcards etc.}

Have a productive week ahead!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

Hey guys! Been busy travelling hence my silence. I recently visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for work , which was exciting as I have always wanted to visit this beautiful country. 
 I stayed at the lovely Saro-Maria Hotel, which is conveniently 10 minutes away from the airport. I was caught up with work but managed to meet a few friends and visit the museum while I was there. Just a few pictures.

The famous Lucy
Stunning pencil portraits of the early man.
 Traditional ornaments.
 Lion of Judah
 Regal accessories
 The first car in Ethiopia. 
 With the 1936 Time magazine 'Man of the Year'- Haile Selassie
Wearing: African Peplum- Afro Moda | White blouse & Jeans- Toi Market | Bag- SandStorm Kenya | Ring- Mr. Price | RI Watch- Gifted
For all coffee lovers out there, you have to buy Ethiopian coffee! 
Delectable treats....
I love collecting postcards whenever I travel and I love those that portray women doing everyday activities. The one below was my favourite. 
Top 5 Suggestions:

1. Visit the National Museum, Entoto Hill {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {Wat with injera etc.}
3. Shop in the local markets {For traditional woven cotton fabrics, outfits, scarves etc.}
4. Visit a coffee house and get to sample different varieties of coffee.
5. Buy a souvenir! {E.g. fridge magnets, postcards etc.}

Have a productive week ahead!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WAZAWAZI: Leather Bags & Accessories!

Hey guys! So todays post introduces my YouTube channel that will highlight a new segment on the blog which will solely feature local artisans. The main objective of this section is to create awareness and promote talent and creativity in Kenya and Africa as a whole. 

So let me introduce Chebet Mutai, who is the Creative Director of WazaWazi, which is an Afrocentric lifestyle brand made in Kenya that seeks to tell the story of modern day Africa using leather as their main medium of expression. So hope you enjoy the video and be sure to revisit the blog to discover and promote more African brands!

 On me: Tshirt, Ring & Sunnies- Mr. Price | Earrings- H&M | Thick Leggings- Vivo Activewear | Pumps- Backyard Shoes | Makosewe Bag- WazaWazi

On Chebet: Dress- Custom-made by Jaki | Shoes- Evoke Westlands | Belt & Bag- WazaWazi

Monday, February 2, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey!

Hey guys. As promised on my instagram {@threadmuse} page, here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Istanbul. It was winter and the temperature was mostly an average of 5 degrees C. There wasn't any snow but as sunny as it may look on the pictures, it was rather cold. 

To start off, you can't go to Turkey and not try out their delicious Turkish delights sweets.
Bitings. The food in  Turkey was simply amazing! I think I had enough shawarma's to last me a while!
 A lot of graffiti on Taksim Street.
Handmade bag made with a traditional cloth. The art of haggling..
Cape- Toi Market | Sweater- Istanbul | Jeans- Toi Market | Earrings- 4U2

Beautiful fridge magnets.
 The evil eye. {To keep bad karma away}
Little purses.
 Bedecked lamps.
 Stunning boots.
 The famous Turkish rugs.
 Hagia Sophia Museum
 And finally the Blue Mosque.

Top 5 Suggestions:

1. Visit the Hagia Sophia Museum {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {Shawama, Bread, Kebabs etc.}
3. Shop in Taksim {From clothes to electronics and much more}
4. Take a boat ride to the Asian/ European side that way you get to be in two continents at one go!
5. Buy a souvenir! You will definitely be spoilt for choice. {E.g. fridge magnets, purses, mugs etc.}

Have a productive week ahead!