The Upside Of Down by Chris August
Sometimes when my heart it too heavy and there are no words and I can find no comfort in listening to another’s words of comfort. When my ears strain and my eyes strain and my body aches with the pain of it all. I turn to the sound of a gentle chord that holds the healing notes of truth and let it carry me away…
And it brings me to a place of refuge. The shadow of a mountain of strength.
And there I find respite.
Westgate has been under siege but it feels as though the city of Nairobi has been under siege.
But praise be to ELOHIM – our Warrior, our Ally, our Friend – who’s given us beauty for ashes… The beauty of a people on bended knee for the freedom of captives inside. The beauty of Asian mothers feeding their black Kenyan sons as they retreat to find rest from the front lines. The beauty of the poor man queuing to donate blood to his rich neighbour. The beauty of warriors from a far away nation running to fight beside us in a battle against terror. The beauty of a people re-awakened to what is Right and Just. A people re-awakened to their true strength in unity.
And in all this, I have seen The Upside of Down.
Hard to believe it’s been a year already?!..
When I started out, I had no idea where this journey would take me. All I knew is that I could no longer put off the things of me. And here I stand, a milestone passed, new things begun, dreams as shining as the sun, a goal achieved, a victory won!
This is a post about a different kind of accessory. Self-worth.
I’ve surprised myself twice in the last two months…
July ’13 – I took a taxi; not for work, not for business, not because of friends, neither was it to save time or money. It wasn’t an emergency (though at the time I thought it was). For once, i didn’t NEED to. This time it was just simply for me.
August ’13 – I bought a really nice perfume. A miniature 5ml bottle of Voile De Jasmin by Bvlgari. I love designer scents, but haven’t bought any for myself in years! Sure, I’ve purchased them as gifts for Birthdays, Mother’s Day, clients… And the one I currently (very sparingly) use was a gift from my Dad. But it’s never been for me. Until a few weeks ago, it was always too expensive and for the longest time, I made due with imitations.
Over time, we pour ourselves out to our friends, family. We’re dedicated to work, school, business and somehow feel the need to push our own needs, wants, heart’s desires to the side. We become secondary to everything around us and in the process, unknowingly erode our self worth – the thing that allows you to treat yourself well because you know that it’s important and… it’s ok.
I was surprised to learn that I had lost something. And inexplicably grateful to have it handed back to me. I know that we’re always told to save our special fragrances for special occasions but I say go ahead, take that taxi. And don’t hesitate to wear the Bvlgari; dab some on everyday because as we all know the factory continues on making them but there’s only one of you for all time. And you’re worth it.
…will be held at Prestige Plaza tomorrow. And you’re invited!
11am-9pm Saturday, 13th July 2013! —–> SAVE THE DATE for great bargains on Kenyan products as well as a fun filled day!
Slated to be a regular open air market that will take place every second Saturday of the month; It will be looking to pull in people by the numbers with its emphasis on homegrown products!
All vendors are women, with enterprises employing anything from between 1 to 50 employees. The idea behind it is the sad realization that not enough micro enterprises (70% of which are women owned) grow significantly to impact substantially on the economy). So Kikapu Market is a unique concept based on the idea of showcasing the African Woman Entrepreneur!
Looking forward to shopping – yes, I enjoy shopping even when exhibiting. (Truth be told, the look of shock on a fellow exhibitor’s faces is just priceless!)
Looking forward to showing you the latest designs. Noni – the very outgoing and focused organizer behind Kikapu Market – is only allowing us to showcase own designs. I’ll be leaving all the imports at home so it’s going to be 100% in-house designs. Get ready to be wowed by Kimono Dress Robes (prints on these like this town ain’t never seen). Scarves! chiffon, silk, cotton; animal print, floral print, striped… There’ll also be a variety of Vanity Pouches. Bag Charms. Key Rings. And of course the oh-so- stackable Silk Bracelets.
Looking forward to sharing ideas and getting your input.
Looking forward to meeting you.
The African Winter is here.
And it’s been freezing!
For the last couple of weeks, the skies have been covered with dark, moody clouds that look like they’re just waiting for you to come out in anything that resembles summer-wear to drop their cold droplets on your new outfit in vengeance!
This weather, it looks positively delicious when you’re inside all warm and safe and tucked in with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand and The Great Gatsby on the other.
Not so appetising though when you have to step out in layers of wool and cotton (style as grey as the weather outside).
So here you go – a bright pink with white polka dot chiffon scarf to brighten up any look. Any mood this July.
BEAUTY BASICS | The Red Lip by Shirley B. Eniang
1. Yes, the red lip look is not everyone’s (Kenyan) cup of tea. Nevertheless, yes it IS a look that you need to try.
I literally stumbled on a beautiful red matte lipstick a few weeks ago. Tried it on today (with gloss) and suffice it to say… awesome! So, if you’re in Nairobi and have no idea where to begin, head on over to Cover Girl on Moi Avenue and get yourself one (and for the unbelievable price of Ksh150! …uh-huh, you can thank me later.)
2. Shirley’s blog and YouTube channel are amazing. I’m inspired. Truly.
I’m surrounded by silk – swathes of fine, delicate, soft, illuminating, beautiful silk! A result of my numerous trips to Nairobi Textiles.
Going up one staircase, down narrow (and oh-so-confusing) pathways, cross-crossing from stall to stall i’ve discovered bolts of fabric in prints and textures that would make even the most hardened shoppers swoon! Now as general rule, I do what I can, with what I have. And every so often, a little bit of necessity and a whole lotta curiosity takes me back to the streets – where I inevitably end up on Gaberone Road. And somehow, I also end up happily (at times guiltily) carrying bags of silk-filled fabric home.
This particular print I set aside for scarves. Scarves for you to wrap on your head, drape around your shoulders, hang from the belt hook on your skinny jeans or loop on one side of your bag.
I love working with silk because it’s both soft, delicate and strong; hard to tear. Real and not fake and therefore truly beautiful. Like you. Like me.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. – Chinese Proverb
Tokyo by Charmaine
♪♫ Meet in France.
Meet me in Mexico.
Then off to Tokyo.
It doesn’t matter ’cause anywhere’s perfect with you.
City lights, colors of indigo.
Sun or snow, don’t matter where we go.
It’ll be perfect ’cause it’s all amazing with you. ♪♫
You hear an unbelievably good song on radio and don’t have a clue as to whose sang it or even what it’s called. So you result to singing the bits of the chorus that stuck (and every possible search engine available). To no avail.
Until one day the radio presenter finally TELLS you. After weeks of empty lyric searches on Google, you hesitatingly go to YouTube and voilà!… There’s a video!!
I’m so happy. I can already see the models strutting down the runway to the beat of the tune someday. An awesome, floaty, indi-esque song for an awesome, floaty, indi-esque collection.
♫♪ Singing…oh-oh-oh-ooohhhhhh… ♫ ♪
HOW TO: A MAKE-UP GUIDE ON MAKE-UP BRUSHES (Part III)
For those of us who are not just getting back to make-up but getting back to make-up well done!
“She had curiously thoughtful and attentive eyes; eyes that were very pretty and very good.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Discovering the best shape for your eyebrows without sacrificing their natural appearance is what you want to accomplish when shaping your brows. I’ll do a how-to guide on shaping techniques later, for now, here’s just the tool to help you sculpt that arch to perfection…
|| The Eyebrow Definer Brush
The eyebrows are often described as frames that showcase the eyes. Those thin strips of hair make a surprising and dramatic difference in the look of your eyes. When you start using eye makeup, it won’t take long to discover that the emphasis you place on your lashes and lids needs to extend to your brows to create a good balance. That usually means shaping and the addition of some color.
The brush – There are a number of eyebrow brush styles on the market. They can look like miniature hairbrushes, spiral (mascara style) applicators or even like angled eyeshadow brushes. The most flexible and useful eyebrow brushes have long handles and heads with short, stiff, angled bristles. This design makes the brush useful for shaping brow hairs as well as applying waxes, powders or creams. If your brows tend to be unruly, look for a combo, dual end, brush with a second, spiral style applicator on the handle end. You’ll be able to tame and tint your eyebrows with one tool.
The technique – Very few eyebrows feature a perfect, full arch. An angled eyebrow brush is very good at filling in sparse spots (possibly from an overzealous plucking session) and defining a smooth even curve. Start by using short strokes to apply product to your brows, and then lengthen your strokes as you achieve even distribution. Employ the spiral to remove excess product.