The Series | Supporting Local - ZikoAfrika + ShopSoko

Monday, July 25, 2016

In a past life I must have been a magpie because I really do love shiny things. Since I turned 30 however, I have been leaning towards simple pieces of jewellery that can liven up an outfit but still give off that minimalist vibe I seem to be into at the moment. 
In the spirit of supporting local brands, I wanted to share some earrings that I am loving. They are the kind that make a simple white tee and jeans look super chic. 
The first pair are inspired by the earrings worn by women from the West African Fulani tribe. The women there normally wear much larger earrings but I got these smaller ones from Spinners Web on Peponi Road for Kshs 1,500. They are so light and almost feel like you don't have earrings on. 
If you like African art, pottery, fabric etc Spinners Web is just for you, they have curated a selection of brands and vendors in one store.

 At the Bizarre Bazaar last month I came across the stand by Shopsoko
ShopSoko was started by 3 women entrepreneuers to empower artisans to sell their items at a global level and increase their incomes. I got these simple earrings for only Kshs 500. Check out their site! 

I saved the best for last. I saw these earrings on the KungaraKenya instagram page and ordered them immediately despite the fact they only had a sample piece ready. They were good enough to let me know when the final pieces would be ready and delivered them to my office. If you haven't already, check out Kungara Kenya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, they have some uber chic clothes, shoes and jewellery. 

These earrings are by ZikoAfrika which is a brand that was founded by Sisi and El, their focus is on simple and minimalist pieces which are just what I am inspired by right now. 
I love these earrings and I kinda want to go to a ball in a white dress, nude lipstick and these earrings! 

What jewellery are you guys loving at the moment? Are there any local brands that I definitely have to check out? Would love to hear about them in the comments. 

The Style | Goddess Braids

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What do you do when you need to do a quick hair style that is pretty enough because you are a Bridesmaid at an important wedding and you only have 24hrs to sort it out? You log on to YouTube for inspiration and get a super easy style that takes literally 5 mins to do. This is literally what I did, two weekends ago. I watched a few goddess braid youtube tutorials and got to work!
Goddess or Halo Braids are reminiscent of Greek Goddesses in their Togas and are a fantastic style for when you are feeling like queening!
I posted this pic on Instagram and got so much love and requests for a tutorial, so here you go!

To start off you need the following;
Long Kanekalon Hair/Xpressions Braids in your preferred colour
Styling Gel
Hair pins
Parting comb

Get started by parting your hair in the middle, apply your gel and brush it down into a ponytail at the base of your head. 
I used a mix of Aloe Vera gel and Marini styling gel to lay down my edges and hair. I then tied down a scarf for about 20 mins to ensure everything was LAID!!
Tip: Aloe Vera gel is great for laying down edges and also encouraging growth to struggling edges

 I then took half of the pack of Kanekalon hair , combed it a little and braided it loosely to make it look a bit more natural or as natural as can be.

I then attached a rubber band to the braid and used it to wrap the braid around my ponytail.

After that I just wrapped the braid around my head and pinned along the braid to secure it on my head. 

Depending on how long the braid is you can wrap it twice and keep pinning. 
All done!

Hope you guys enjoyed the quick tutorial! Happy Wednesday. 

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