ACCESSORIES, CASUAL LOOK, COLD WEATHER OUTFITS, FASHION TIPS, Uncategorized

Glamorous ways of wearing a Poncho – Fashion

Why buy something if you can’t rock it in different fun ways??

Today I’m all about showing you how you can get the most out of your ponchos..yes you got me right….ponchos!

Hey everyone! I hope you are keeping warm and cozy during this cold season! I cannot believe that we are left with only a few days to elections here in Kenya! Your vote counts so remember to vote wisely!

Back to fashion,,,,,besides being fashionable, ponchos are cozy, versatile and absolutely chic. They come in different colors, prints and patterns. They are a season to season wardrobe essential. They actually come in handy during those chilly mornings/evenings and most especially during the cold season. Another mind blowing fact about ponchos, is that they pair really well with almost all body types.

I’m going to be showcasing a double layered poncho in mastered paired with heavy jeggings and a basic black body suit but…..dresses pair well….skinny jeans pair well……..skirts pair well…basically anything pairs well with ponchos. (This is just what I’m pairing it with today)

Soo…..here are a few glamorous ways in which you can wear your ponchos:

Look 1: Wear it open

This is what I call easy peasy because it’s the most effortless way to rock a poncho.You basically layer it over your shoulders and voila you are good to GO!

Don’t you think it’s amazing how you can transform a look by just adding a layer.

Look 2: Adding the Brooch

You can give your poncho a different spin by accessorizing it with a brooch. You can either add a brooch at the center or on the side so as to drape your poncho over one shoulder.

Look 3: Belting it up

You can level up your poncho by belting it up. Anyone can pull it this look. You simply get your poncho and layer it over the shoulders. You then get your favorite belt and wrap it around your waist area but above the belly button for that chic look.

The belt can either be slim/wide depending on your silhouette and there you go! You just elevated your poncho! What you will love about this look is the fact that it cinches in your waist area elegantly giving it some definition.

Look 4: Scarf it up

Another way of rocking a poncho is by wearing it as a scarf. With this look you basically get the poncho and toss it around your neck. You can opt to let it drape beautifully or just layer it all around your shoulders.

You can actually rock your Ponchos in numerous other different ways. I just shared how I love rocking mine and I hope it inspired you to experiment with your poncho or to get one if you’ve not yet .

What’s your favorite way of wearing a poncho? I love mixing my styles but belting it up takes the lead! It’s actually my favorite way.

It’s great to invest in versatile wardrobe pieces where you have different approaches of rocking them. Ponchos are a true go to wardrobe piece and I feel the fact that you can wear them differently makes it a worthy addition to your closet! I think every fashionista should have this piece!Do you agree?

I will be uploading a YouTube video on “How to wear a Poncho” over this weekend. I feel like at times it’s easier to watch someone rock an outfit practically to get a better insight. So if you’d like to watch a video on this, Subscribe to my YouTube Channel so as to get notified once I upload the video.

I hope this post has encouraged you to rock one of the coolest wardrobe pieces for the Cold season.

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DENIM, FASHION TIPS, Uncategorized

4 tricks to spot high quality Jeans

A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe staple. Raise your hand if you agree with this …lol. Raise your hand again if you agree that selecting a great pair of jeans can be challenging!

Jeans are one of the most preferred casual outfit by not only women but men as well. They come in different colors and designs and the beauty about them is that they can be paired with so many outfits . Unfortunately, with so many imitated jeans around which are susceptible to wear and degradation, it can be tough knowing what to look out for when selecting your jeans.

If you are one of the people who find it hard to differentiate between high quality jeans and low quality, worry no more because on today’s blog post, I’m summing up tips you can incorporate when shopping your jeans for that good quality pair. So without further ado, lets dive in:

1.Strong Durable Denim Material

You can tell a lot about the quality of jeans by the strength of material. While shopping for jeans, ensure that you feel the material diligently with your hands. High quality material should be strong to the touch. In case it feels loose, weak or otherwise cheap, they are probably low-quality jeans and, thus, should be ditched without much thought.

2. Non-plastic Buttons

Weather it’s one or several, most jeans have buttons. The quality of buttons is another thing to watch out for as they will also tell if the jeans is high quality or not. Good quality buttons are secure and not made of plastic or cheap aluminum which tends to fall apart or break easily. Good quality jeans features premium quality material such as steel, copper, alloy etc.

3.Good Quality Stitching

Don’t forget to check out the stitching at the edges of jeans while shopping. High-quality jeans should be durable to reduce chances of wear and tear when you put them on or wash them. Firm, uniform and even stitching is one sign of good quality jeans. You can always test the quality of stitches by gently stretching them at the seams. If the stitches are pulling apart hence loose and there is no uniformity, you are most likely looking at a poor quality pair of jeans and should ditch it instantly.

4. Strong Rivets

Ninety percent of the jeans we wear have rivets. Besides threading, rivets are small fasteners used to hold and reinforce seams together on your jeans. You will find them mostly around top of your pockets.

While shopping for good quality jeans, check them out too because you can easily differentiate between premium denim from low-quality denim by simply looking at the rivets. Premium denim has durable, heavy-duty rivets while low-quality denim while low quality ones, have cheaper weak rivets.

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CASUAL LOOK, KIMONO, Uncategorized

Kimono goodness

Hey great people!

I know I know…..it’s been a minute since you last heard from this blog! Been figuring out how to strike a healthy balance between setting up Thrift n Style Collections (my new clothing thrift store) from scratch and many other things here and there. Having a shop comes with its fair share of challenges but I must say its absolutely fulfilling.

Well…that aside, I’m back and lets blog like never before!

Today I’m styling a navy blue kimono in three different fun ways.

Whether you are into prints, patterns or colors, kimonos look great on almost all body types. Their versatility makes them easy to dress up or down and you can wear them with absolutely anything that you want.

Look 1: Kimono + Denim Shorts

For the first look, I’ve paired the kimono with denim shorts. Totally love the height of the denim shorts as they balance my silhouette very well. I’m wearing a white basic long sleeved white top inside. I must say it’s super comfy. I’ve laid over a light blue necklace and rocked some cute floral flats to spruce up the entire look. This is a look I’d pull when meeting my friends for probably lunch.

Look 2: Kimono + Body Con Dress

Pairing a body-con dress with Kimono is one of my favorite styles. For look two, I’m rocking a floral body con dress to elevate the kimono since it’s a solid color. This is a style you can dress up or down. I’ve added my own flair by belting it up to synch in my waistline for that chic look. Completed the look with strappy heels which have a cushioned comfortable foot bed with adjustable buckles and i guess that’s why i keep recycling them in my closet like nobody’s business. If you’ve been following me on my socials, you might have spotted them quite often…lol

Look 3: Kimono + Denim Trouser

Denim Trousers plus kimonos is such an easy go-to look that always looks awesome. You can obviously rock it with a tee like I’ve done below. I went for an animal printed top which is from Thrift n Style Collection and some studded flats which i got from Toi Market to level up the entire look. Totally love this look as well.

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Fashion and Style, Uncategorized, VACATION FASHION

3 amazing reasons why you should always carry a Kikoi on a Beach Vacation

Kikois are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing which should not be left behind as you travel for your beach vacations!

On today’s blog post, I’m sharing with you 3 mind blowing reasons as to why you should always carry a Kikoi on a Beach Vacation.

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First things first! What is a Kikoi?

A kikoi is a large piece of cloth usually cotton. It is actually considered a part of Swahili culture in Kenya. Kikois are usually rectangular in shape. I find bright colored or patterned pieces perfect for the beach.

One amazing thing about Kikois is that they do not take much space while packing so you can easily travel with them. I pack roughly 2 to 3 pieces while traveling. They are also easy to find and relatively affordable. You can easily get them at Maasai Market while in Nairobi.

To prove how versatile Kikois are, without futher adieu here are 3 reasons why you should always carry them for your beach vacays:

  1. Perfect Beach Towels

Instead of those bulky towels to the beach, which take up much space, you can opt for a Kikoi! They dry quickly and perfect to lie on while on the beach bed.

2. They double as comfy picnic rugs

Sitting on the ground to enjoy lunch/drinks? Roll out your Kikoi and make the whole affair a bit more interesting! They are perfect as picnic blankets.

3. They are perfect Beach Cover Ups

Just incase you are wearing a bikini or bathing suit and want to go probably to the toilets or restaurant, you can cover up yourself with the Kikoi.

So there are 3 reasons why you should always take a Kikoy while travelling for a Beach Vacation! If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give it a thumbs up. Don’t also forget to subscribe for this and more!

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Beachwear outfit ideas – It’s NOT a Bikini

Besides a cute bikini, what outfits do you wear to the beach?

There are so many different beach outfit ideas that you can wear and style if you’re not into bikinis! In today’s post, I will focus on styling biker shorts for the beach. Can i get an AMEN..lol

Without further adieu lets get started;

Look 1

For that can’t-miss beach look, get a colorful biker short of any type then tone it down by adding a tank top in a solid color…… slightly tack it in to show off some skin for those tropical beach vibes!

Look 2

You can go for a plain biker short then jazz it alittle up with lacey cover up. Lace adds some texture This look is chic yet very modern at the same time in my opinion.

Look 3

You can also try styling the same plain biker shorts by throwing over a kimono. Don’t forget a bright hat because, well, look at it! Beach vibes: achieved.

Look 4

If you like a little extra coverage even at the beach, an umbrella dress is the move. Pair a colorful one with biker shorts then tuck it in on one side for a put-together look that’s still super comfortable.

Look 5

Another easy look is just investing in a few fun sarongs or light scarfs and you’re good to go. You can’t go wrong with a light blue as it will match the ocean. While at this, in case you want to see different fun ways of tying this blue sarong/scarf as Beach Cover ups check out this video which I recently did on my You Tube Channel.

What would you wear to the Beach apart from Bikinis? Feel free to share your thoughts blow!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are looking forward to a fun filled Beach Escapade!

Thanks for stopping by!

Fashion and Style, SAFARI FASHION, Uncategorized

Wild comfort – What not to wear on a Game Drive Safari plus magical views

If you are planning to go for a game drive safari and are wondering what not to wear for that extra comfort, then this post is absolutely what you need!

I’m going to share with you a general guide on what not to wear for a game drive safari. You can adjust accordingly to fit your liking!I happened to visit Nairobi National Park afew days ago and that’s what actually inspired me to come up with this post.

There is something extremely magical about going for game drives in Kenya. Oh my! every time i go on a game drive safari, it feels like a brand new opportunity to explore the world. I can never get enough of this fun activity. This is the time you get to put everything down, live in the moment and reignite your enthusiasm. What a perfect outdoor adventure to disconnect from the busy lifestyle and fully embrace mother nature.

Before I break down my outfit, Nairobi National Park boasts a variety of wildlife. It’s one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceroses’ sanctuaries. It’s roughly 7km away from Nairobi city. It is actually the only park that sits in the city worldwide.

The very first thing not to wear is high heeled shoes

I know six inched heels are a woman’s bestie but when it comes to game drives, you need practical shoes such as flat sandals, slip ons or sneakers. This will help you avoid risk falling when climbing on and off the safari cars whose steps can be abit high and slippery. So the first thing which you should not wear while on a game drive safari is heels. It’s more of a safety issue.

I opted for midi boots since it was abit chilly. Besides being comfy, I thought they kept my look interesting without being over the top.

The next thing not to wear is bright colors

When going for game drive safaris, it’s advisable to go for earth tone colors such as the khakis, greens, greys or brown to fit the surrounding. Apparently bright colors distract wild animals and who wants to go to a game drive and not see all the big five simply because their colorful outfit scared off the wildlife!

For this specific safari, I opted for a cap sleeve high low tented dress in grey tiger print. As a size 16UK, I found the comfort in a XL remarkably out of this world. You can still go a size down to L for that snug fit look. I threw a strappy belt on top for that extra sass.

Avoid anything white and choose your bags appropriately

The park is generally dusty. Whether it’s shoes, outfit, your hat or bag void anything white in color otherwise you will look dirty and I’m sure you don’t want that. Choosing lightweight medium sized bags is a great option when going for a game drive. Large handbags may not be necessary because you might need to carry few stuff to a game drive but again no standard rules. Adjust this to fit all your needs accordingly. Torte bags, cross bodies or medium sized back packs works perfectly fine in my opinion.

I carried my phone, sunglasses, wallet, lip balm, gum, hand sanitizer and soft tissues hence this brown black bag worked perfectly for me. It’s great for a quick access to smaller items such as your ID or passport, which is a must have at the entrance of the park. Sounds rather obvious but it’s of importance to ensure your bag is well sealed to avoid your things being thrown to the trunk or pushed under the seat as the car moves in the rough terrain of the park.

P.S: Whatever outfit you choose, don’t forget a second layer! You can consider wearing a warm long sleeved sweater, poncho, hoodie or jacket as a top layer. Good thing about layering is that if it gets warmer, you can always remove the extra layer. It’s better to be prepared for the weather dynamics.

There you go! That’s my list of what not to wear while visiting the park for that extra comfort. I hope this post has given you a general insight so that you can enjoy the scenery and still be comfortable besides looking fly.

Incas I forgot anything, let me have your opinion by commenting below. I would also be very humbled if you liked this posted and shared it will somebody who might need it.

Magical views of the park were captured in these video! Go watch and don’t forget to like, share & subscribe. Thank you!

As always thank you for visiting. Have a pleasant game drive on your next safari and remember to keep comfy.

Outfit Details

Safari Ayana Cap Sleeved High Low Dress – Vivo Woman

CASUAL LOOK, fashion color theory, Uncategorized

COLORFUL

Fashion should be fun. Please turn up the volume 😉

I love experimenting and coming up with different looks and today we are having a color party right here. Can’t get enough of the fun bright colors and patterns on this dress.For me fashion is all about having fun with different styles and this look is just about that.The hues and patterns make it not just an ordinary dress in my opinion.

When it comes to fashion I firmly believe there is no blending in. After all it’s an art and actually a way of expressing who you truly are.These blend of colors called me by my two names the moment I saw them on a maneqquin at Belabsryles and I just had to carry it! Love how the colors complement each other tastefully.

Next time you want some cute fun dresses, before you start complaining the way you can’t find them as a plus sized woman, check out this store! Incorporating simple accessories would definitely complete the look since the dress is colorful and is popping well enough on its own.

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MONOCHROMATIC OUTFITS, Uncategorized

HOT CHOCOLATE

As much as I’m excited about May, still can’t believe the year is almost halfway. For me a new month means new opportunities. At the beginning of every month, I find myself reviewing my resolutions and adjusting accordingly because life happens and plans don’t always go as envisioned. Who can relate?

That aside, as we begin May, I wish you a month filled with unlimited opportunities. May favor come your way as you pursue your purpose in life. Remember keep progressing each day even if it’s one percent improvement but just don’t settle. It may not always be easy but if you can’t run, just crawl. Don’t stop!

Back to fashion….shall we?

Going monochrome is one of my favorite ways of dressing. Monochromatic outfits have this way of effortlessly elevating your look. You can go monochrome with pretty much any color. What I love about this look is the fact that you can experiment with one color in different shades. I find that look to not only be chic but fascinating as well.

My initial plan was to pair this taupe waterfall with some palazzo pants but the moment i got a glimpse the brown dress I decided to pair them together and voila the outfit was complete. The dress is actually a dolman sleeved dress which actually looks good without an extra layer on top. Will definitely style it on it’s own. (Stay tuned for the look on instagram)

The different tones of brown coordinated very well. To finish off the look, i went for my favorite 4 inched pumps. I mean who wouldn’t love shoes with a suede lined foot bed for maximum comfort! I bet now you know why these shoes have been and will still be rotating in my wardrobe like crazy.

I’ve actually named this look ‘hot chocolate. Hot chocolate anyone? Outfit details are as shown below:

Long Lily Waterfallhttps://shopzetu.com/collections/waterfalls/products/vivo-long-lily-waterfall-taupe

Cuffed Brown dresshttps://shopzetu.com/collections/knee-length-dresses-1/products/vivo-cuffed-dolman-jersey-dress-black

Uncategorized, UNDERGARMENTS

Three types of BRA – every woman needs

Lets talk about bras today but before that apologies for the late post. This post was supposed to be up yesterday but due to some issues, that did not see light at the end of the day.

Anyway lets do it like we’ve always done it……

It’s not just about how you look in your bra but also about how functional it is (you know the girls need lots of TLC *wink*). Besides oozing feminine energy, bras actually act as reminders that one is important and self care is key hence when selecting them, choose pieces which are comfy, supporting, easy to wear and soft to the touch

Generally the best types of bra are the ones which elevate your overall look and comfort.

With the numerous types of bras out there, one can be spoilt for choice but every woman needs these 3 types of bras! I will start with the most important to least but remember our purchase priorities differ so adjust accordingly to suit your preferences.

  1. Everyday Wear Bra

This is the mother of all bras .This type needs to be carefully sourced because you get to wear it everyday. You need at least three of this type; one which you are wearing, second one which you get to wear when you’ve washed the other and an extra one…you can have more than that of course!

2. Strapless Bra

When you don’t want those bra straps to show, this is your go to bra. Since the band is the only source of support you get from this type of bra, it’s advisable to size down on the band and up in the cup. This gives you that snug fit and helps the girls stay up. Remember however not to go too much smaller!

3. Plunge Bra

These bras are low cut at the center. They work best on those days that you want to rock those low sleeved tops or dresses and don’t want your bra to show, a feature which you cannot achieve with an ordinary bra.

What 3 type of bras do you think every woman needs?

Which stores do you swear by when it comes to good quality bras?

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Splurge vs Save – Wardrobe Edition

Suddenly you have a million and one responsibilities, hence need to operate on a tight budget, but still want to update your wardrobe once in a while. Does anything ring a bell!Lol..you are not alone darl! The big question is how do you strike a balance in all this!

Learning when to splurge and save can actually be of help!

At times if you spend a little more initially, you will actually save much more long term and still on the flip side there are certain pieces which you can easily get away with when you save on.

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In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about what I think is worth being splurged on and what needs to be saved in the wardrobe. Before i delve into this please note that splurging and saving looks different for different people based on so many factors such as lifestyle, age and much more so adjust accordingly.

So where should you splurge?

First things first, splurging means allocating a little bit more of your budget on certain pieces.

Splurge worthy pieces are those which mostly act as your wardrobe basics and can easily elevate the simplest of outfits. These are pieces which you actually incorporate in most of your outfits and though not all most tend to be everyday wears. Definitely the more you wear anything, the more they get exposed on wear and tear so you need to spend a little more for quality on such pieces.

Here are a few things which i consider splurge worthy:

  1. Classic jeans – It is definitely worth spending on that classic blue, black or white jeans which won’t wear easily. These three colors are timeless and complement with most wardrobe pieces.
  2. Undergarments – Small but mighty, good quality undergarments make a whole world of difference. They act as foundations to your outfits and can make or break the overall look. They are totally worth the splurge.
  3. An everyday bag – A good quality bag in a neutral color which can be carried almost everyday and doesn’t wear out quickly is definitely worth an extra effort.
  4. That Little Black Dress – This is such a true classic and can be styled with so many pieces in your closet. I definitely would splurge on this for extra mileage.
  5. Nude shoes – Nude shoes are classic wardrobe pieces which helps you get the most out of your wardrobe. Good quality sandles, heels or ballet shoes will complement your wardrobe effortlessly.
  6. Gym/active wear – Since these are likely to be worn almost every other day, i feel they are worth that extra coin and could take you for years so you don’t have to keep replacing them every now and then.
  7. Boots – Be it’s an ankle, midi or knee high boot i feel you deserve good quality ones which won’t wear as fast
  8. Designer Sunglasses – Of course if you won’t break them. I would definitely splurge on designer sunglasses which have sun protector
  9. Timeless accessories -I would spend abit more on a small selection of those timeless accessory pieces which don’t tarnish and I can go with to almost all events
  10. Leather Jacket – a well made classic leather jacket cannot miss on this list. It is a piece which has actually stood the test of time as it is a very versatile wardrobe piece. Definitely worth a splurge
  11. White sneakers – These are versatile casual essentials which can be rocked with most outfits in your closet. They are worth the splurge too.

and where do you save?

Saving can be done on pieces which you wear less frequently. These are pieces which may or may not be incorporated in your everyday outfits.They could also be seasonal pieces. They are generally not exposed to wear and tear that much.

Like I earlier said, these pieces again could vary for different people. Here are afew ones which I feel could be saved on:

  1. Anything trendy – anything trendy is not worth a splurge in my opinion. Trends come and go and the most they could last if you are lucky is one year.I don’t recommend avoiding trends all together but just don’t blow a lot of moo la on them
  2. Colored jeans – worn once in a while because not paired with most of the outfits. Not worth that extra coin
  3. Basic Tees – I know these ones are worn almost everyday as layering pieces under your coats or blazers. I feel they are not worth a splurge because you can get inexpensive ones which will still serve you the most

Others areas you could save include:- Floral Shoes, Colored sneakers, Sweaters, Hoodies, stockings and sweat shirts

Final Thoughts!

When deciding on whether to splurge or save, the first thing is to make sure it’s something which sparks joy to you! You don’t want to put your hard earned money on just anything. Whatever you buy should be that one piece which elevates your overall look.

I hope you found this post helpful. Where do you spend? Where do you save? Feel free to share your thoughts down below!

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