Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oven-grilled Chicken, Chips & Stir-fry Vegetables!

Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it's too assertive to the naked eye ~ G. Ramsey

Pictures by DannySkech

Anyone who knows me well definitely comprehends the kind of love relationship I have with food. It's deep. I cook when I am happy. I cook when I need to clear my mind. I cook when I am angry (...yes, and it still turns out good, if I say so myself :-). .... Basically, I cook a lot! It is intrinsic and I love it.
I haven't had a food post on the blog for a while and that had something to do with my numerous recent trips. 
My hope is that this segment of the blog shares quick and easy meals that anyone could effortlessly re-create using locally available produce. Anyway, back to the post. I made this easy meal last weekend. Just follow the quick recipes if you want to recreate the same meal. Enjoy!

{All the ingredients that you need}
{Sauces for the marinade}
Step 1:
1. Marinade the chicken.
{I used all the sauces above, sea salt, black pepper, onion and garlic}
Step 2:
Add olive oil, black pepper and some salt to the chips. {You can choose any other spice you like}
Step 3:
Lightly stir fry the onion, garlic, sweetcorn,  mushrooms, courgette, green pepper, tomato, basil leaves and coriander.
Step 4:
Put the chips and the chicken in the oven and keep flipping them as they cook along.
Finished product!

Have a blessed Thursday!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso!

 Yes, another travel post, lol So, my colleague and I travelled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in April for work. This was the longest flight I have ever been on. No really, it was.
We left Nairobi at 6 am for Addis Ababa (1 & a half hours flight) then from Addis, the flight was meant to go directly to Dakar, where we would catch a connecting flight to Ouagadougou. But lo and behold, we had two stopovers that the airline had not informed us about. So we had a 1 hour stop in Niamey, Niger then another hour in Bamako, Mali before arriving in Dakar, Senegal. Interestingly, we actually arrived at the expected time indicted on our ticket (4:25 pm i.e. 7.25 pm in Nairobi)..... Hold up.... meaning the airline had actually planned and factored in the stopovers way before hand??!! Not cool guys, not cool. Moving on, the flight from Dakar to Ouagadougou took 2hours and 45 minutes and we arrived at 9.55 pm (12:55 am Nairobi time). My friend, we had been travelling for 18 hours! I was so drained and not to mention it was 32° C when we arrived... KWISHA! We had to take pictures for our visa upon arrival and honestly, that was the most epic, 'mug shot' picture I have ever taken!

Needless to say, we managed to spare some time to tour the city. Just a few pictures..

{At the National Museum}
Tee- Thrifted from Toi Market | Trousers- Primark UK | Flats- Woolworths | Sunnies- Mr. Price | Necklace- 4U2
 We passed by their main market and stopped to buy some souvenirs. What really caught my attention were these beautiful hand made sculptures made from recyclable bicycle and motorbike materials. Such innovation!
1. Visit the  Ouagadougou National Museum {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {E.g. Tô or riz gras with meat stew and gapalo- Yum!}
3. Shop in the local markets {For traditional jewellery etc.}
4. Marvel at their unique traditional architecture {e.g. the Ouagadougou cathedral or the grand mosque}
5. Buy a souvenir at the village artisanal de Ouagadougou! 

Have a prosperous Thursday and don't forget to vote for me as Best Fashion Blogger at the Kenya Fashion Awards!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fear Not!

Pictures by DannySkech

 So pink isn't my favourite colour, actually far from it. I do love colour in my ensembles but for some reason, I don't fancy pink. So I decided to steer slightly away from my comfort zone and play with a little (or a lot) of colour. The trick was to keep everything else minimal.

I must admit that I loved pairing the orange with the pink. It was just that little twist that the outfit needed. Anyway, happy mid-week and don't forget to vote for me at the Kenya Fashion Awards!!!
Blazer- Laviera | Vest- Toi Market | Earrings- H&M | Jeans- Toi Market | Clutch Bag- ASOS | Pumps- Dorothy Perkins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kenya Fashion Awards: ThreadMuse Nominated!

Picture by DannySkech

Hey guys, so today I just wanted to share some exciting news. I got nominated for the Best Fashion Blog category at the Kenya Fashion Awards! I won't even try to be modest, this is definitely a BIG deal. 

Those who have followed me from the beginning (yes, 2011.. gosh has it really been that long?) definitely know how much my blog has evolved and equally, how I have personally developed. The blog initially started out with fashion as its sole focus but slowly started incorporating other elements that I love such as DIY, food, travel and interviews with local artisans (Oh by the way, look out for a new video next week!) etc. Sometimes I just read my old posts and just laugh at how silly and young I was (maybe still am?). It simply lifts me up, seeing how far I have come.

I know so many people really do not understand the whole point of a blog, but truth be told, my blog aims to serve as an avenue to showcase Kenyan and African lifestyle, as a source of inspiration and as my creative outlet. So just by the fact that someone was impressed by my content and decided to nominate me is such a big deal. 

Anyway, I can go on babbling about how super excited I am but let me leave it at that. My fellow nominees are also super talented and I wish them all the best!

So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my beloved readers for the immense support throughout the years! Let's bring this award home!

How to Vote:

1. Log on to  Kenya Fashion Awards or go straight to the Nominees page and scroll to the bottom.
2. Now you have to register (it only takes you 3 minutes to register) and click the activation link that is sent to your email address once you have completed the registration.
3. Please vote for ThreadMuse for Best Fashion Blogger!

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kenyan Fashion Bloggers: A Scandal challenge!

Hey guys, this months Kenyan Fashion Blogger challenge was a super fun theme! We decided to restyle different characters from the US Tv Series, 'Scandal'.

I have created a collage grouping all the different looks with the character who inspired the look. Enjoy!

Olivia's: {Nelly, Lucia, Anita, Ms. Kibati, Mumbi & Gabby}
Abby: Michelle
Mellie: Winnie
And finally, my outfit was inspired by Quinn!
I'm wearing: Thrifted Tee- Toi market | House of Holland Leather Jacket- Debenhams | Jeggings- Vivo Activewear | Earrings- Jewels By Angeline | Boots- Dorothy Perkins | Ring- Adèle Dejak

Happy mid-week!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scotland, UK!

Hey awesome people! So this is the second last (I promise) of my travelling posts for now. The last leg of the Euro trip was spent with my family in Scotland.
When I told my friend Hodh that I was in Scotland, the first thing she asked was, 'Have you seen sheep and the legendary rolling hills?'. Indeed, they were everywhere.. ok not everywhere but plenty in the countryside. We travelled from Ireland to Scotland by ferry. Two hours later, we arrived at the west coast and drove right across to the east coast, where my family resides. It was a beautiful day for a drive and four or so hours later, we were home. Just a few pictures......

{Leaderfoot/ Drygrange railway Viaduct}
{Outside church}
{Beautiful wild daffodils}
{View from the Scottish Borders}
{Biking with hubby and dad- the best way to tour the country}
{At the Scotland- England border}
{View from the Scotland- England border}
Have an awesome weekend!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Northern Ireland, UK!

Apologies for the delay on putting up this post. I kind of lost the pictures but I got a few back. I attended my sister-in-law's wedding in Newry, Northern Ireland a little over a month ago.

This was the first time I wore heels since I fractured my foot last October!!!! It was great being able to be back to wearing heels, albeit not very high ones. As for the outfit, I chose this colour palette as it complemented hubby's Scottish kilt to the T!
Have a blessed Monday!

~ Dreams don't work unless you do!~
Blazer- H&M | Dress and Heels -Dorothy Perkins | Purse- Next