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!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Travel Essentials: Carryon Luggage!

Pictures by Danny Skech

 Happy 2015 guys! First of all, I would like to thank you immensely for your support throughout 2014. We have been working on creating more stylish but meaningful content for you this year and we are excited to be sharing more in the coming posts!
Anyway, I am currently in Istanbul, Turkey for work and as I was planning my trip, I thought to dedicate a post on my travel essentials for carry-on luggage. I have slowly learnt to perfect and edit (yes, every extra kilo counts) my essentials and I sincerely hope that this post can be helpful to anyone planning to travel soon.
                                            {Passport}- Obviously the most vital document.
                                            {Notebook}- Idea or thought book.
                                            {Planner}- To plan your schedule with precise organization.
                                            {Novel}- I am absolutely obsessed with African literature and this book                                                                 will definitely keep me busy during the flight. 
                                              {Camera}- To document your travels.
                                              {Earphone & Plug Case}- To store your plane gadgets for the sake of                                                                                                organization.
                                              {Earphones}- Noise cancellation earphones are the best but really, any                                                                          pair can do.
                                              {Ear Plugs}- These come in handy when you're trying to sleep and need                                                                     to block external noise.
                                              {Ipod}- Music for the soul.
                                                 {Watch & Zip-lock Bags}- A zip-lock bag comes in handy especially                                                                                                with the stern security requirements                                                                                                          associated with carry-on luggage. You can                                                                                                use it to store jewellery before boarding the                                                                                              plane or any liquid that can easily pour.
                                                 {Candies}- They come in handy during take-off and landing to                                                                                 prevent pain caused by ear pressure from change in                                                                                 altitude.
                                                  {Mints}- Everybody NEEDS mints.
                                                  {Energy Candies}- These are handy when you need that quick pick-                                                                                       me-up.
                                                        {Toilet Bag}- Most airlines require you to have a transparent bag                                                                                  filled with your less than 100ml liquids per bottle. I                                                                                usually store my transparent bag in this toilet bag                                  just to avoid spillage.
                                                       {WazaWazi Wallet}- To store your monies and other documents,                                      cards etc.
                                                        {Socks}- They seriously come to the rescue since planes get very                                              cold. A scarf comes in very handy too.
Flat shoes are great for comfort and who says flat has to be boring? Furthermore, loose clothing is ideal especially for long flights. 
 Coat- Thrifted for 300/- Kangemi | Loose Tee- Mr. Price | Jeggings- Vivo Activewear | Shoes- ASOS | Earring- Jewels By Angeline | Leather Bag- Sandstorm Kenya
 Have a stylish week!