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A pop of color: Style & Fashion

Playing around with bright colors is one of the great things you can do when it comes to dressing. Whether it’s color blocking or going for complementing colors you can brighten you overall look with the simplest of outfits without necessarily breaking the bank. One thing I enjoy doing, is pulling out an outfit effortlessly.

There are so many interesting combinations that can arise from playing around with colors to make you unique. You can also add a pop of color by going for bright accessories and let the colors do the magic. The choice is absolutely upon you.

Today I’m rocking this crop top in tropical colors combined with a double layered mastard skirt. The combination creates such an interesting color palette for that edgy look. Besides that the Comfort is so amazing.

What are your favorite color combinations? Do you prefer color blocking or going for complementing colors?

OUTFIT DETAIL

African Print Crop Top and Tolani Double Layered Mastard Skirt https://shopzetu.com/collections/vivo

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Fashion and Style, Stylish Gift Ideas

15 Christmas Gift Ideas for Her – Fashion, Style, Beauty and Luxury

Today’s post is a little bit different. We are approaching the festive season clearly and I thought why not share The Best Gift Ideas For Her! These are gifts you can give her not only during Christmas but also on her special days such as graduation, birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, promotion and basically any milestone which she achieves. The list is endless.

These gifts are geared to any woman in your life. This could be your daughter, sister, cousin, mum, wife, friend, colleague or even grandma..oh yes grandma! I know different people have varied budgets hence the gifts i’m sharing are a mixture of moderately priced, inexpensive and a little over the top ones in case you want to splurge on her.

I will put LINKS to the stores where applicable for ease of access just in case you wanna shop. Without further ado lets dive into this:

Gift Idea 1: Spa Treatments

There is nothing more luxurious than a visit to the spa especially during this christmas season. Spa treatments are a luxury which many women occasionally love to indulge in. It’s such a great way to relax and distress.

Spa dreaming has a large collection with over 100 relaxing spa experiences in Nairobi to choose from! Their different packages include massages, manicure, pedicure, facials, body scrubs/polishes, body wraps and pre/post natal massages. You additionally get access to facilities such as swimming pools, steam rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi . There is even accommodation for specific Spa-cation Packages.

Prices range from 40$ to over 150$. I’ve actually been a beneficiary of their services courtesy of my friends Yvonne and Rebbeca (In case you are reading this thanks loves once again). I can hence vouch for Spa Dreaming.

Gift Idea 2: DIY Home Pampering Kits

You can also opt to bring the Spa home for her by getting a DIY Home Spa Kit. Sometimes after the exhaustion of a long day when she doesn’t have time to recharge from a Spa this kinds of kits give a little relaxation and TLC. Its also a great way for her to bond with her girlfriends when they visit her over this christmas season.

I’ve seen HomeSpaKe with really lovely hampers containing bath salts, body scrubs, bath bombs, cleansing soaps, lip scrubs and lip balms. The beauty about this store is that their products don’t have artificial additives or preservatives and it’s made in Kenya with nothing but lots of love.

Gift Idea 3: Exquisitely Crafted Jewellery

If she loves her jewellery, instead of just buying mass produced very common pieces, take it a notch higher this Christmas season by getting her some exquisitely crafted jewellery which is different from everyone else’s. Look for jewelers who diligently stock unique pieces. If they can customize that’s a PLUS. You can consider going for jewellery sets with several pieces. Sets are versatile because the pieces can be worn separately or together for that elegant look.

I’ve heard good reviews about Little Jewelers and Purpink. I will put a link to these stores but you can still explore various other jewelers and feel free to share recommendations in the comment box below this post.

Gift Idea 4: Jewellery Organiser with Mirror

You can get her somewhere chic to organize her sentimental jewelry pieces. There is this lovely jewellery Organizer with a mirror at Purpink which features compartments with rings and watch divider sections. It’s actually a secure one and can be locked for extra security. An added bonus is that it doubles as home decor.


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Gift Idea 5: Personalized Jewelry Travel Case

If she travels frequently, you can also get her a personalized jewellery travel case. You want to save her from the hussle of traveling and finding her jewellery scattered all over as if there was a house party in her suit case lol. I’ve linked a cute piece from Purpink. You can actually personalize it by writing her name on it.

Gift Idea 6: Premium Quality Hair Extensions

You can spoil her with hair extensions too. At times a woman’s hair needs to get a break from constant combing hence hair extensions are the best option. You can opt to splurge by getting her Luscious Hair Extensions for that effortless glamour. The beauty about good quality hair extensions is that they last for over 5 years. Nywele Creative has the finest virgin hair extensions in town. They also customize the hair extensions into amazing wigs.

Gift Idea 7 :Hair Equipment and Luxurious Hair Care Products

If she already has good quality hair extensions, you can get her a hair tool or hair tools! This could be a curling iron, flat iron or drier amongst others. LilyHairline – International has world class user friendly hair equipment which she can comfortably use at home.

Additionally you can throw in amazing hair care products to help maintain the hair extensions and keep them bouncy and fresh. Nywele Creative again has great hair extension care products i.e hair leave in treatment, shampoos, argan oil etc

Gift Idea 8: Good Quality Makeup

If your girl loves makeup, you can get her a quality eyeshadow pallets, finishing spray or makeup brushes/sponges. Foundation is the only tricky thing to buy since you need to know her exact shade. You can alternatively opt to get her a makeup gift voucher. Mac Stores has gift vouchers from 2,500 onwards. Joana K Cosmetics has really good make up too.

Gift Idea 9: Makeup organizer

If you feel like she has enough makeup already, you can get her a house for her lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows and foundation amongst others. Let her display her makeup in style. There is this lovely 16 compartment versatile make-up organiser at the Vituzote Website. Again if your budget is tight you can check Purpink for cheaper options. Like I said the links will be below this post.

Gift Idea 10: A classy bag

Women need different bags for different occasions. Whether it’s that weekend bag where she can throw in everything and go for that stay cation or an executive bag to carry her laptop to that business meeting, you can treat her with not only a stylish but classy bag and you will be remebered forever lol. Just get to know which type of bag she needs the most.

I know there are so many stores out there but Yallo, a Kenyan Brand has some really amazing statement pieces. If you are looking for genuine leather, they pride themselves with this! The beauty about investing in quality is that it lasts long and you don’t have to keep replacing which is value for money if you look at it from a wider perspective.

Gift Idea 11: Designer Sun Glasses

This is also a very thoughtful gift. You can choose to get her designer sunglasses with UV protection.There are so many sunglasses out there but sadly most don’t have protection.

Spoil her and take it further this festive season by getting ones with UV Protection. It’s such a perfect accessory and also helps keep off harmful sun rays which doubles up as an anti aging piece. You can check Optica’s Sun Glasses Section for variety.

Gift Idea 12 :Update her shoe game

Shoes are timeless. A great pair of shoes as a gift will never be out of place. Shoes have the ability to transform a woman’s looks even if she’s wearing the simplest outfit. You just simply need to change the shoes to transform the language of an outfit.

If you are absolutely sure about her size and color buy her directly but just in case you want to give her freedom to choose herself, get her a shoe gift voucher. Backyard shoes has gift vouchers plus I’ve seen a great collection in this store.

Gift Idea 13: Fragrances

I’m yet to know a woman who doesn’t love smelling good. Getting her good perfume is also another awesome gift idea.If you want to sludge, you can go for the designer perfumes. In case your budget is tight, you can consider Bath & Body Works. It has yummy fragrances as well. You can shop for fragrances at His&Hers Scents.

Gift Idea 14: HandBag Stand

Let your loved one manage her wardrobe from this festive season on wards, by getting her an aesthetically easy to set up handbag stand. This will help her keep her bags and even hats neatly organized. The beauty about this gift is that it will save space too. You can find lovely stands at jumia or better still get one customized if you have a good carpenter. I’ve seen amazing ones displayed by carpenters along jogoo road and lenana, Ngong road.

Gift Idea 15: Clothes shopping voucher

You can elevate her wardrobe this Christmas Season by getting her a Clothes Shopping Voucher. A voucher works best in these kinds of gifts. She gets to personally visit the store and select whatever outfit she wants in the correct color and size. Vivo Woman has gift vouchers which can be delivered online and are redeemable at any of their stores. Aint that convenient? Share your thoughts below this post.

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LINK TO THE STORES

  1. Spa Experience : Spa Dreaming
  2. DIY Home Pampering Kits : Home Spa Kenya
  3. Exquisitely crafted jewelley : Purpink or The Little Jewellers
  4. Jewellery Organisor with mirror : Purpink
  5. Personalised Jewellery Travel Case : Purpink
  6. Luscious Hair Extension : Nywele Creative
  7. Hair Equipment: LilyHairline – International Luxurious Hair Care Products : Nywele Creative
  8. Good quality make up : Joanna K Cosmetics & Mac Stores – For this there is no specific link. You can visit any of their branches and ask for a gift voucher. They have branches at Hilton, Garden city, The Junction and The Hub amongst others
  9. Make up organisor: Vituzote
  10. A classy bag : Yallo
  11. Designer Sunglasses : Optica
  12. Update her shoe game: Backyard Shoes
  13. Fragrances: His&Hers Scents
  14. Handbag stand: Jumia
  15. Clothes shopping voucher : Vivo Woman

Fashion and Style, VACATION FASHION

How to style leggings – Vacation Fashion (Plus size women)

Vacation fashion is all about effortless style. The ability to easily wear an outfit within a moments notice and still look good is very key. Do you agree with this? While on a vacation all you want is nothing fussy in terms of fashion.

Light airy outfits which you can easily put on are essentials when going for a vacation to a warm place. Fashion trends will always come and go but the beauty about style is that you can play around with fabrics to your liking. All you need is few versatile pieces and the styling possibilities will be endless.

I was recently privileged to go for a heavenly vacation at the North coast. It was so luxurious and was all I needed to cool off my mind from the hectic Nairobi life. Alittle walk down memory lane; I was fortunate enough to stay at the Pride Inn Paradise, Shanzu. The service at this resort exceeded my expectations for sure. The Swahili decor in the rooms was so breathtaking. The moment you get a glimpse at of the panoramic view of the hotel, you will instantly get into vacation mode.

One fun fact about this hotel is that it is the largest aqua safari themed water park resort in the Coastal region of Kenya. You actually get to meet the big five! It’s equiped with the multi level slippery slides, water canons, climbing frames and a giant 500 litres bucket of water which empties after every few minutes over the guests below it in a big FUN SPLASH. This makes it such a perfect family vacation resort. Incase you are looking for a holiday destination I can tell you for free, with this resort, you will be over the moon the entire vacation time.

Anyway, I digress..back to Style and Fashion. I happened to rock cropped leggings in two different ways and thought why not share with you the looks. Probably this will give some style inspiration to someone out there. Leggings are cozy and comfy when wearing around the house but they can also form part of a cute vacation outfit.

Tip when buying cropped leggings: Opt for the slip free ones with a secure band to keep them in place.

When talking about versatility, leggings have the ability to be versatile. They have practically weathered the storm and are here to stay. The fact that they are lighter than jeggings makes them perfect for warm weather conditions. The cropped types are even better. So lets get into the two styles. Shall we? Links to the stores where i got the outfits will be put at the end of this post.

Style 1: Kaftan + cropped leggings

For the first look, i rocked this crystal chiffon kaftan in blue print. Kaftans of any type are really flattering on plus sized body frames. They are such perfect pieces while on a vacation at the Coast. Not to mention, they are super light and comfortable to wear.

Whenever I’m going to a warm place they are one of my go to pieces. But besides vacays, kaftans make perfect casual outfits especially if you are breaking from the ordinary jeans.

This cute straw hat is a perfect vacay accessory. Not to forget these strappy sandals too. Straw hats not only add a chic element but protect you from the harmful sun rays. Just ensure you go for wide beamed types to reap maximum protection. For size details this particular hat is 57 cm.

Style 2: Green sheer long top + cropped leggings

For my second look, i went for this green sheer long top. Like i said when i visit warm places, easy garments which i can quickly style are my go to. This green sheer top which was a find from BelaBstyles helped me achieve exactly that. It’s the kind of outfit which you can put on a moments notice and to crown it all its breathable hence perfect for the high coastal temperatures.

I love the vibrant green color. This top is super flattering for plus size body frames. An added bonus to this top is that you can style it with hot pants, jeggings or a cute denim skirt and still look cute. You can consider visiting my Instagram page. Besides styling this top with jeggings, i will showcase different ways of rocking it real soon.

I finished off the look with these cute white beaded sandals and a straw bag.The straw bag is so great for throwing in few of your necessities when moving around.

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WHERE TO GET THE OUTFITS

Kaftan: https://shopzetu.com/products/vivo-crystal-chiffon-kaftan-black-print

Green sheer long top https://www.instagram.com/p/CGViPP9AUjH/

cropped leggings https://jadecollections.co.ke/product-category/womens-fashion/

Straw hat https://www.instagram.com/p/CG_9n2SnJ1N/

Straw bag https://www.instagram.com/p/CG7ViIehyUA/

Both Sandals https://extraordinaryjourneys.com/maasai-market-locations-in-nairobi/

FASHION TIPS

How to purge your closet: 4 simple steps

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

Like i promised in the previous post, today I’m sharing with you some really simplified steps on how to purge your closet. I will also throw in few awesome tips for an effective closet purge that i don’t want you to miss.

The benefits of doing a closet purge are so tremendous. In case you missed my previous post on ‘‘6 amazing benefits of having a closet purge”, i suggest you pause first, go read it right here then come back and continue with this one. Trust me, it’s very key!

As i wind up each year, in anticipation for the next, i tend to feel the need to root out what’s no longer serving my life and this includes my closet as well. What a great time to write this blog now that 2020 is almost over. Closet purging may seem overwhelming but trust me the benefits are totally worth it.

I used to do my closet purges so shallowly before i got wisdom from Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant who has made life easier by sharing the art of de cluttering using the “KonMari” method. I totally resonate with her sentiments and I’m seriously continuously streamlining my closet with the aim of having few versatile pieces.

I strongly believe less is more. So without further ado, lets dive right into the exact simplified steps on How to purging your closet:

HOW TO PURGE YOUR CLOSET : 4 SIMPLIFIED STEPS

1.Take everything out of your closet

The first step is to completely empty your closet and collect everything in one big pile. By this i mean everything goes out. When you collect everything in a big pile, it helps you have a clear perspective of the magnitude of work ahead. In case you have clothes probably in another room, make sure you include them as well for complete results. This step is very crucial and should not be skipped.

At this stage, things will look messier but it will get better with time. Hang in right there.

2. Separate into batches

After everything has been collected centrally, it’s time to carefully analyze each piece. What truly sparks joy to you, is what goes back in your closet.

The essence here is quality and not quantity. What makes you truly happy is what will make it’s way back into your closet. You can actually end up with 6 out of 66 pieces This seems ambitious right! But honestly why keep something if it’s no longer serving you!

Extra tip: At this point, it’s advisable to try on what you’ve not worn for the longest time. This could probably be that dinner dress you’ve been keeping aside for over 1 year saying i’ll wear this as soon as i go to Dubai for holiday! Lol!

To make this step easier,separate the items in lets say dresses, trousers, jewellery etc then categorize in THREE DISTINCT BATCHES as follows:-

Batch 1: I love it

This will include what you truly love and would even want to wear instantly. This is what you return back to your closet.

Extra tip – As you return what you love back to your closet try to arrange your pieces vertically rather than horizontally. This way your closet looks neater and consumes less space. For those very sentimental pieces, find a special way to store them.

Batch 2: I probably love it

Does it fit you correctly? are you keeping it because you bought it so expensively and feel guilty giving it out?

This category of pieces can be gathered and put in a separate place. If you find yourself wanting it before 3 months, then get but on the other side, if you stay for a whole three months without feeling the need to have these items, then it’s time to eliminate them.

Batch 3: I dislike it

This are the pieces which you automatically remove from your closet without having a second thought.

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3. Evaluate whats left

This steps greatly help you have some style clarity. Everybody has their own style. What you need to do is find it. As you carefully evaluate what is left behind, you are able to clearly know what you truly love. While at this you also identify the gaps in your wardrobe. The trick is to pen them down for future shopping just in case you forget them.

Extra tip: Closet purging may generally take quite some time. The best thing is to undertake it when you have enough time because you might need to try on some pieces. Some people complete it within two hours some two days. Additionally this totally depends on what you have in your closet. If you have a lot you may need more time to analyze.

4. Shop strategically

The final step is to shop strategically for what you are missing and truly require. Since you’ll have identified your style clearly, let it be of help to you by make more intentional purchases.

This doesn’t have to be done immediately. Our lifestyles are different. Some people work from home, others have white collars jobs while others have blue collar jobs hence what you require now may vary. Ensure that you strike a balance between casual and official.

Final thoughts!

I cannot emphasize how closet purging is key. I don’t know about you but i find it to improve my overall quality of life. Do you do your close purge any easier? How often do you do it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below!

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6 amazing reasons why a closet purge will change your life

Have you found yourself with a closet full of clothes yet little to wear? If that’s you, then you need to consider a closet purge!Like seriously!

Our closets may get a little cluttered as we go through life. Probably your style may change hence the clothes no longer spark joy to you or the clothes may no longer fit you hence making you have loads of unused clothes. Amazingly some of these clothes pile up in your closet for several months or even years.

What’s a closet purge you ask?

A closet purge is simply the act of making your closet free from items which are no longer serving you. These could be shoes, clothes or even jewellery. You can also say it’s a way of curating your wardrobe to make it more practical.

The gift is in the giving! What’s not benefiting you, may be someone else’s treasure. You can opt to donate or giveaway the extras in your closet. Some people really have a hard time releasing things even if they are no longer serving them. If that is you, look a it this way: yes it may not be easy but learn from your mistake and consider it a blessing to someone else.

Instead of having piles of such pieces, which may even grow mold, why not put a smile on someones face. There is someone out there who will be totally thankful. You will be amazed how this feeling is so refreshing.

I don’t know about you but my way of closet purging is if i buy three, two must go either to a relative, a friend or a charity center of my choice.

What do you actually gain from closet purge?

  1. Learning to make more strategic purchases

Are there times when you’ve gone for shopping with lets say a 50 dollar budget in mind then you ends up with 60 or even 100 dollar worth of items?At times we buy items with little thought on whether they are necessary or not.

A vigorous closet purging process, makes you carefully analyze everything that is in your closet. This makes you realize whats worth keeping and whats not hence no more random buys which in turn means less closet cluttering.

You will learn why you have what you have and if its adding value to your life. This eventually makes you have intentional choices and you start thinking strategically before making any purchases.

2. Reduce visual stress

A cluttered closet actually places a lot of burden to your mind subconsciously. Surrounding yourself with pieces which you truly love and are practical will make you happier as compared to a cluttered closet full of items which are no longer serving you.

3. Trace items easily

Reducing unused pieces allows you to locate what you want more quickly hence saving your precious time for other activities which deserve your undivided attention.

There is no more diving in piles of denim trying to locate what you want. No more going through hundreds of hangers looking for what you want. Your choices are basically simplified.

4. Discover Lost pieces

As you go through the closet purge, you may come across pieces which you thought were lost yet they weren’t. Its actually a way of discovering lost treasures some of which you probably were planning to buy again.

5. Extra Space

As you eliminate the unnecessary clothes, shoes or jewellery you may end up getting extra space which can be used for something else.

6. Style clarity

As you get rid of what is no longer sparks joy to you in your closet, you get to try on few pieces and get to understand what blends with what or which color pallets speaks to you more. This gives you some style clarity.

Ready for a closet purge? In the next post, i will share Steps to effortlessly purge your closet.

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Secrets of having an extra comfy flight – Outfit ideas

Air travel is definitely exciting but it can be extremely uncomfortable if you haven’t given good thought on what to wear.

Sounds rather obvious but some people actually don’t give the kind of outfits which they wear on a plane much thought. They just throw on clothes with little or no thought then regret later when the discomfort kicks in!

As much as it’s important to look good when you arrive your final destination, it’s equally very key to feel comfortable during your flight especially if it is a flight which lasts more than two hours.

Whether you are going for a business trip or vacation, the choice of your outfit really dictates your comfort level.

What should you wear for that extra comfort while traveling by flight?

Here are some tips on what kind of outfits to consider while traveling by flight. Again this is just a generalized guide. You can always customize it according to your preference.

1.Light Jacket

Everyone has their own cold tolerance levels but generally planes are abit cold. Based on this fact alone, it is wise to carry a warm layer for the cold even if you are traveling to a warmer place. A sweater, light jacket or hoodie would work. just make sure that whatever you carry can easily be removed and thrown in your backpack when need arises.

2. Darker colors

Bright colors are definitely the best but sometimes all you need to ruin your outfit, is a little turbulence and all your drink is all over your lap! Turbulence is something you cannot predict. Opt for outfits with materials that dry fast or don’t easily show stains in case of spills.

3. Go slow on jewellery

A simple look will work best while traveling via plane. Most of the time you will always be asked to remove your earrings, necklaces, bangles and chains at the airport security check. Save them for when you reach your destination.

As for hair keep it simple. Just in case you sleep and your hair ends up looking shabby. Probably opt for a ponytail which is easy to adjust when necessary.

4. Crease free pieces

Bearing in mind that you will be seated for several hours, choose pieces that don’t crease too easily. Avoid linen. Yes linen looks chic but by the time you arrive your destination, the amount of crease will be crazy.

Thanks to the athleisure trend which has made it acceptable to rock your gym outfit outside the gym. You can choose to rock your joggers or even yoga pants while traveling by flight. Good thing is that most of these athleisure outfits stretch really well for that extra comfort and are crease free. For more about athleisure outfits, feel free to visit this post.

Just in case you are not a fun of the athleisure trend, palazzo pants or maxis are great alternatives too.

5. Footwear

Lets face it you will be doing a lot of sitting hence your feet are likely to swell particularly on a long flight. You might also have to run to catch your flight or walk long distances in between terminals.

If you rock heels will you comfortably maneuver around?

Comfort is very key hence go for comfortable shoes.You can opt for comfy sneakers to complete your athleisure outfit. Nairobi sports house has a variety of really good ones. I’ve noticed puffy sneakers are trending lately but the choice is absolutely yours. Backyard shoes has really good ones.

Sandals are also another great option incase you rock your maxis or palazzo pants. Just remember to go for those ones with a comfortable foot bed.

Extra tip: At times luggage gets misplaced in airports. Remember to carry a light hand luggage where you can pack your essentials so as to easily access them when need arises while on flight. You might need your pens to fill out questionnaires especially with this Covid 19 situation. Back packs are always easier in my opinion.

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What to pack for your next Mombasa Vacation

Welcome back to Authentically Ritah! Hope you are doing good wherever you are reading this post from.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my essentials when going for a vacation to Mombasa. Probably it will give you ideas on what to pack on  your next vacation to this destination or any other coastal region.

Once you’ve secured your SGR, flight or whatever means of transportation which you’ve decided to go for and your beach hotel is reserved voila you are vacation ready! Yeeeeeey!

There is nothing which excites me like going to Mombasa especially if it is for a vacation. Known for it’s magical sandy beaches and world class hotels just to mention but a few, this is one of the most epic tourist destinations in the world today!

Well, I know the kind of leisure activities to do in Mombasa while on a vacation vary for each person due to several factors hence what you pack may not be exactly the same as mine. What I’m sharing is just a generalized overview of what to carry. You can definitely adjust accordingly.

Mombasa is one of the warmest regions in Kenya. This means packing light.

Here are some things to bring with you to Mombasa on a vacation:

1. Light airy outfits

I like starting off with my outfits then the rest of stuff can follow. Comfort is always key when selecting what to wear. In this case, light airy dresses will work very well since the temperatures in this region are abit elevated. You can opt for tropical colors to give you that holiday mood.

Maxis dresses – I’d go for maxi dresses to complement the holiday vibe. Cotton is always the best material. This stripped maxi dress and white floral will work for me when I’m exploring the Mombasa town during daytime.

Scatter dresses – I love how scatter dresses flow freely from the waist area downwards. Beside defining your waistline as a curvy woman, they are very comfortable and would be the best for this vacation. Scatter dresses work for me very well in the evenings when i decide to explore the nightlife in Mombasa.

Shorts and tunk top – I’d go for afew pairs of shorts and tunk tops for those days when I decide to lounge around the hotel. Make sure your tunk tops are made from cotton material and incase your shorts are denim remember comfort is key!

2. Footwear

Once I’ve secured my outfits, the next thing to pack would be my footwear.

Flat sandals : There is no need to be so extra when it comes to shoes while on a vacation in Mombasa. Again since the temperatures are abit high, open shoes are the best in my opinion. I will go for these two pairs. One neutral one and another colorful one.

Wedges: For those night outs, I’d put in a little effort and throw in a neutral pair of wedges. Who doesn’t want to look cute! This ones are so comfy. If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while,I’m sure you’ve seen me rocking them quite frequently.

Water shoes: Most likely you are going to be in the water at some point. It’s always good to have a pair of shoes which are waterproof. In my case I will go for these very simple ones. I feel they will get the job done.

3. Accessories

Accessories are always a gals bestie. While on a vacation in Mombasa I don’t think you need alot of accessories going on. Here is what I’d carry:

Floppy hat – Besides being a fashion statement, floppy hats always help keep those harmful sun rays away. I don’t know about you but my problematic skin reacts so badly to the sun. This wide brimmed floppy hat is a must have for me.

Straw bag – I feel a straw bag should not be left behind either. For those moments when you are exploring this magical town you can throw in your essentials such as a phone. This one will get me sorted.

Sun glasses – Never forget your sun glasses. They of course protect you from the sun but also add an element of sass to your look. Remember to put them in a case to avoid breaking them.

I did a MINI-TRY ON HAUL on some fabulous accessories. Check out the post right here.

4. Beachwear

A Mombasa vacation is never complete without you visiting the beach!

Swim gear – Don’t forget your swimming gear. Go for something that is not only comfy but complements your body frame as well. I will go for this one. Totally love the colors.

Cover ups – Remember to carry your cover ups. These ones will help you once you’ve changed into your swimming gear and are walking around the hotel.

Of cause don’t forget your sunscreen and toiletries!

If you are not traveling anytime soon, you can bookmark this post for your ultimate guide when packing for your next vacation to Mombasa.

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How to select an athleisure Outfit

Gone are the days when the only time to rock active wear was while going to the gym! Thanks to the athletic brands which are working tirelessly to incorporate fashion and style into their pieces.

Today’s article is going to give you a basic guide on how to select your athleisure outfit.

What is an athleisure outfit?

Just In case you aren’t aware, an athleisure outfit is a trend of wearing active wear outside the gym. This could probably be while traveling, catching up with friends, doing your day to day errands or just chillings at home. It is actually a fashion statement on its own.

If you love the the trend here is a basic guide on how to rock an athleisure outfit:

  1. Active bottoms

When building an athleisure outfit, the first thing to consider is bottoms. Go for your favorite active wear bottoms. This could be yoga pants, joggers or leggings.

I went for these black joggers. They are very comfy and the stretch is super amazing which is very key for plus size women. If you are looking for a pair of go-to joggers, then check out Nairobi Sports House. I actually got these pair from them.

Besides the gym, this outfit is very quickly becoming a favorite while traveling or going about errands.

It is always good to have shopping options. If you know of a store which has good quality joggers, feel free to share that in the comment box below this post.

2. T-Shirts or Tank Top

The next thing to consider while pulling an athleisure outfit is adding a chic tee or tank top. A long-sleeved tee will work well on those chilly days.

I like this sleeveless top on warmer days. I love the fact that it is lightweight, very soft and comfortable. The quality is also very amazing.

3. Footwear

Don’t forget your feet. You can go for the classic sneakers. You could still rock sandals for that chic athleisure look. I’ve seen some rock heels with their outfits and they still look amazing. The choice is all yours.

I rocked my pink sneakers. These shoes are also from Nairobi Sports House. They are a total win in terms of comfort. They have amazing details such as a breathable upper mesh. The inner cushioning is out of this world.

4. Layering piece

You can consider adding a third layer to cater for weather dynamics such as cold. A cute denim jackets or any other of your choice would beautifully complete your athleisure look.

I went for this cute zip up jacket which i got from Vivo Woman a while ago. The jacket undeniably adds some element of sass to the whole look.

If you love accessories you can definitely throw them in.

We are already in October. Can you believe it? I don’t lol!

I hope this post was of help if you are trying to build an athleisure outfit.


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Are denim skirts out of style?

My Instagram DM @authenticallyritah has been getting a little bit more of these questions lately:

Are denim skirts still stylish in 2020?

“Can we rock denim skirts and still look stylish today?

Well, at this point i totally resonate with this famous quote from Lauren Hutton “Fashion is what we are offered four times in a year by designers. Style is what you choose”

When it comes to denim skirts, we have so many shades all the way from light to darker ones. You can never go wrong with the classic black or white washes in my opinion. The other colors can still be rocked with no issues at all. Just depends on how you style them ultimately.

The length of the skirt is also very crucial if you want to add an everlasting charm to the entire look. Knee length ones always do the magic.

Today I’m going to explore different ways in which you can style a denim skirt using this lovely skirt which i got from Jamia Mall. Love it because it really fits well and the quality is amazing, height and dark blue wash are to my liking. It hence fits the bill.

So without further ado, let’s explore the various styles which Authentically Ritah is showcasing today right below:-

Style 1 :Go for a Statement Top

Getting a stylish statement top will combine so well with your knee length denim skirt.

I went for this high low dress top. Okay i’m really sorry i cant link the exact shop where i got this top because it was a gift from a good friend. I have however seen such pieces at Sun Beam.

Front tucked tops would be another great alternative in this case to give the denim a whole new different spin from the ordinary designs.

Sandals will also pair very well with denim. I opted for these nude ones from heel to toe. These ones rotate in my wardrobe like nobody’s business lol!

In case you are wondering how this top would look at the back, check it out below:

I’m intrigued by the fact that from behind one would actually think it’s a dress but upon turning you notice the denim vibe.

You can always add a belt to these type of attire for that finesse. Which one do you prefer, the belted or unbelted style? Feel free to leave a comment in the reply box at the bottom of this post!

Style 2 :Go for a Brighter Top

For a second look, i’ve paid the denim skirt with this bright top from Lyl Fashions. I love the interesting pattern at the lower part of the floral top.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you most probably know that i am a junkie of these white canvas. Got this ones from Bata Kenya. They pair perfectly with the denim skirt and are great when you are going about your errands.

You will notice the cute top was in the try-on haul which I did in the previous post. I also rocked this look before right here as well.

You can choose to tuck in the top or just leave it out. Still looks good in my opinion.

Combining the skirt with a colorful top makes the denim pop since it’s of a darker wash.

Style 3: Show a little bit of skin

I love this fancy light sweater top for several reasons . For starters it was relatively affordable, it’s flattering and shows a little bit of skin without revealing too much. The combi generally looks awesome on a plus sized body frame in my opinion.

Lets not talk about my squinty eyes in the pics below. The sun was a little bit too much but I believe you most importantly get the outfit grip lol!

I digress…. the look has been paired with these super comfy black and white sneakers. These ones are also from Bata Kenya.

Anyways, if you love casual shoes that can work perfect when you are on the move these sneakers will serve you really well. I’ve recently had this hat obsession and thought to add this adorable beret from forever Trendy.

You can find these kinds of fancy sweater tops from Toi Market.

What would you like to see in my future posts? It would be my pleasure to be of help to you in terms of fashion and style content!

Final verdict on whether denim skirts are out of style:

To respond to the question” Are denim skirts out of style?” I’d say nope. You can wear them forever and still look good. It just depends on how you style them. Combine them with what sparks joy to you and remember your comfort is key.

Okay trends will always be there but I don’t think being too much into them will make your life any easier. It’s so important to choose your own style and rock it without being so much into what’s in or what’s not in.The essence is to embrace the trends and not to obsess about them. Just strike a tasty balance by creating something unique to yourself.

I hope this post has inspired you to rock that denim skirt again just in case it’s taking a backseat in your wardrobe.

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TRY-ON Haul from Lyl Fashions

Greetings friends! Hope you are doing good from wherever you are reading this blog from.

October is almost here again! Can you believe 2020 is winding up! If you are new here, welcome. This is a blog which talks about Style and Fashion for plus sized curvy women and if you are a returning follower thanks a lot for the massive support. I’m totally humbled!

Most of you guys have requested me to share vacation outfits. I will gladly be doing this very soon. If you’ve not subscribed consider doing it right here so as to get notified once I post.

Today I’m showcasing some assorted fun pieces from Lyl fashions.

Before I start, here is my Size Detail: I’m actually a size 16UK and 178cm tall.

Okay, without further ado, let’s dive right into to the haul:

1. Belle sleeved body con dress

The first piece is a navy blue body con dress. If you love body cons, then this gorgeous dress with a touch of belle sleeves will get your head spinning lol. I couldn’t afford to ignore it the moment I laid my eyes on it!

See how the arms add that everlasting charm. It’s not that ordinary basic body con dress. I’m actually wearing it in an XL size.

Good to note, is that layering with this piece might not work really good. The sleeves will bulge and not give you that smooth silhouette. That regardless the dress is a fashion statement.

If you are not comfortable with the height, you can look for cute sheer stockings. Since it’s a plain dress you can accessorise it with either bright shoes or bag.

2. Pink floral body con dress

Once you try this dress on, you will know the true definition of comfort! I’m very comfortable in it’s size 16. It fits true to my size. The material is soft to the touch.

Florals laid over a pink background is such a tasty spin. The colors are so adorable. This piece is very well designed i must admit. Totally love it. This is such a perfect dress for warmer weather.

The design on the arms actually allows you to layer it when it gets cold. You can definitely throw in a stylish cardigan or kimono for that extra warmth when need arises.

3. Sleek Grey Top

I’m always a fun of trying different designs. I’m thrilled with this sleek top. I somehow didn’t manage to iron it hence the little creases but I hope you get the grip. Will definitely be styling it better in future posts. It fits really good. It’s soft to the feel and is very comfortable.

The fancy designs on the arms have really elevated it tastefully.

What I love about this top is that you don’t need a lot of accessories. The fancy sleeves do the magic. You can actually pull it off  with a skirt too like i’ve done below:

The skirt doesn’t necessarily have to be black. You can go for a darker shade of grey, beige, mustard, white or any color that you love. I just worked with what I had in my closet. Remember style is an art! For reference I’m wearing the top in an XXL size.

4. Fancy Floral Top
Seems my obsession with floral is not ending anytime soon lol! This white and blue floral top is nothing but cuteness in the closet. I’m rocking it in a size M. The colors are amazing and have blended really well together.

This can be worn with both low and high rise jeans because it’s not cropped. How versatile! The black jeans is also from Lyl Fashions.

I used to have lots of challenges finding good quality denim but thanks to this store I’m forever sorted on this!

See how it beautifully covers the waist band of the black jeans. I actually rocked it before with a denim skirt . See the look here.

I love the detailing at the lower part of the top. It gives it an edge without being overboard.

5. White and black floral dress

Not all dresses are created same. Once you wear this one, you will tell the difference. This floral dress is pretty sweet. Material is a little bit thin but it’s not a see through. I love how it snag fits in the waist area and drapes down beautifully.

The floral patterns are soft and cosy. It takes a different twist. It doesn’t exactly show off your curves but I think it’s cute in a casual chilled out sort of look.

You can throw in a leather jacket incase you need extra warmth. The model is wearing a size PXL.

If you love trendy pieces for plus size curvy women then Lyl fashions is definitely a store worth visiting. They actually have new adorable piece trickling in at the moment.

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