Monthly Archives: January 2014

Casa Bacardi to end in style – This weekend

Casa Bacardi house parties will culminate this weekend with a VIP party for the third winner, Rachael Kimanthi and her friends. This will be the third party in a span of two months.

DSC_5845

Rachael Kimanthi

The first two winners were treated to an unforgettable VIP experience along with their friends, traveling in luxurious limousines to their Casa Bacardi house parties in the heart of Westlands, Nairobi. The revelers enjoyed a fun filled night of delicious eats and famous Bacardi cocktails like Mojito, Cuba Libre and Daiquiri, whilst getting down to hot mixes from renowned DJs such as DJ Dru.

DSC_1069

Dj Dru on the decks

DSC_0969

DJ Dru with friends

“For over 150 years, Bacardi has brought people together through legendary parties and great-tasting cocktails. Casa Bacardi parties’ goal is to create non-traditional events that will dazzle our guests. This year our guests are going to experience a change from the typical night out at a nightclub and truly enjoy parties in a special way.” Said George Cozac, Bacardi Martini Area Manager East Africa.

DSC_2210

Casa BACARDÍ is all about legendary, unforgettable house parties that have the perfect mix of great music, great friends and great cocktails. BACARDI Limited, the world’s largest privately owned spirits company is officially bringing the legendary parties to Kenya.

DSC_2415

DJ on the Decks

 “I would like to thank Bacardi for the amazing experience. The party came at the right time on my birthday thus giving me an opportunity to invite my friends for the celebration; getting to celebrate with my friends in a special way was great, “said Ruth Carol.

2nd winner Ruth Carol (Centre) with friends

2nd winner Ruth Carol (Centre) with friends

DSC_2210

“Winning a party was a dream, I must say that Bacardi team outdid themselves to ensure that we got the best treatment that is only offered to VIPs. I would like to thank Bacardi for the effort in ensuring that we enjoy the night to the fullest.”  Said Patrick Munene.

DSC_0989

About BACARDÍ rum – The World’s Most Awarded rum

In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó revolutionized the spirits industry when he created the world’s first smooth, light-bodied spirit – BACARDÍ rum. The unique taste of BACARDÍ rum inspired cocktail pioneers to create some of the world’s most famous cocktail recipes including the BACARDÍ Mojito, the BACARDÍ Daiquirí, the BACARDÍ Cuba Libre, BACARDÍ Pina Colada and the BACARDÍ Presidente. Seven generations later, the Bacardi Company is still family owned, and BACARDÍ rum has won nearly 600 awards for quality and product profile. Today, BACARDÍ rum is made in Puerto Rico and Mexico, where it is crafted to ensure the taste remains the same today as it did when it was first blended in 1862.

DSC_1031

Advertisements

Embracing Ugandan Culture – Gomesi Outfit

My grandmother had Gomesi outfits in different colours and used to wear them during occasions such as weddings; church services and funerals. I come from Busia County which neighbors Uganda and is known for cross border activities between Ugandans and Kenyans. Our tribe is little known Samia that resides along the shores of Lake Victoria and apparently there is a larger Samia tribe in Uganda of which our cultures are more else the same. These include dressing, food, cultural activities etc. hence the dress code Uganda style Gomesi for ladies and Kanzus for men. I really love and appreciate my roots including culture and what have you, hence follow some of the cultural practices where applicable, dressing included that is why I own a timeless piece of Gomesi in my wardrobe.

742e7c52551ff249a6b7734ffbf33c62

Picture:- Courtesy

Gomesi  is a very symbolic outfit in Uganda and parts of Western Kenya especially in Busia County.  Gomesi was first designed in early 40s as a school uniform for a secondary school in Uganda after missionaries realized that girls were dressing indecently to school.  In African society a woman is supposed to be dressed decently to earn respect. In Uganda a woman was not perceived to be dressed decently if she showed up without a Gomesi.

The outfit was done by an Indian Tailor called Fernando Gomes hence the name Gomesi.  Since most students from the school were from rich families Gomesi became a household name amongst the royals thus spreading across Uganda.

97cfb41406531690cbccf16d0dbab716

Picture:- Courtesy

The outfits are mostly tailored from Silk and Satin materials after Indian Traders in early 1960s recommended it given that it was light and colorful and affordable than Cotton. The design is almost similar to Kimono worn by Japanese and West African Obi that forms a massive skirt. 

366b7eb677125acd3b3da4e559f53dc4

Picture:- Courtesy

The outfit is a floor length that is about six layers of fabric on top of another two layers of striped undergarments which makes the outfit look propositional when worn. There are folds and flaps, buttons, a giant belt and tall, pointy shoulders which makes it stand out and a square neckline.

417311_387065941362074_1436056576_n

Wore this during a friend’s wedding. I have a blue belt that I interchange when I need to have a different look

 

The younger generation however  have opted to play around the outfit by coming up with different designs such as strapless Gomesi or long flowing outfits with almost the same design as Gomesi.

cf7cd7003f5cd0099ba21602b714a99e_s

Gomesi outfits have really been transformed to fit every person’s personality starting from children, young ladies to adults. In rural areas it is a form of daily dress, however it is commonly worn during weddings, dowry negotiations to show decency and respect between the two families, funerals as well.

9ff59ea629dac74fda4536b08ccaf251

Picture:- Courtesy

185195_10151128921614726_1849994450_n

Picture:- Courtesy

When choosing materials for different occasions put into considerations the colours and patterns. There are different colours and patterns meant for the younger generation and older generations respectively.  For example when choosing an outfit for a wedding go for one with unique colours and patterns.

aa48a9209115787bb626874eedea9d33

Picture:- Courtesy

When accessorizing a Gomesi ensure that shoes and bags match the patterns and colours. You can either color block or choose an outstanding color on the Gomesi.   Be careful when choosing jewelry as well. I would recommend simple earrings e.g studs and Princess Necklaces that will stand out.

833a4fb3ae96cb34219f3aaed1496993

Picture:- Courtesy

My Natural Hair Regimen…

My Natural Hair Journey Continues

Happy New Year, I hope you started off the year on a high note and would like to wish you a prosperous 2014.

Don’t I just love the way I attract attention thanks to my natural hair!!! Some of the questions I have been asked are; – how do you manage your hair? Is it hard to maintain it? What do you do? The secret is keeping it simple and knowing your products.

As the year starts we always come up with New Year resolutions and wish list.  It is already day 20th of the year, have you highlighted what you want to achieve this year?

Top on my list this year is living a healthy lifestyle and embracing the Natural me which includes hair.

keep calm natural hair blog

For the better part of 2013 I have been researching on the best way to maintain my natural hair journey which I started in 2009 http://nakhulokhaimia.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/keeping-up-with-natural-hair/  and

https://nakhulokhaimiadotcom.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/accesorising-natural-hair-challenge/ . There so many blogs and pages on Facebook that advocate for natural hair and looks like slowly but surely ladies have started embracing the natural look.  Including our very own Lupita Nyong’o who is spotting Natural hair TWA, that lady knows how to rock it.

55c3c8fbe8870c1002aba5b8aa8fe879

(Picture Courtesy http://www.google.com/natural-hair-crowning-glory)

There are so many products in the market that can be used to maintain natural hair without spending a lot of money once you discover the product that works for you. They are mainly found in cosmetic shops such as Beauty Options, Healthy U and supermarkets but one has to be careful when checking out the ingredients since there some products that have chemicals that are not good for natural hair the most notorious being Sulfate. (See a link of ingredients not good for natural hair http://www.naturalbeautyauthority.com/everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-a-true-eco-beauty/top-10-ingredients-to-avoid-in-hair-care-products/)

photo-3-520x388

Ever since I started the natural hair journey, I have been very cautious when trying out various hair products. I maintain a product at a time and always scared of taking risks in the name of trial and error, yes I am not a product junkie I buy one product and use it for the longest time possible. I have so far used two brands (Organics and Alberto Balsam)

DSC06586

555217_10200748390486737_575582349_n

Review of the products I have used for the past one year:-
Current products:-

  • Alberto Balsam (Shampoo and Conditioner) – They contain honey and almonds and smells nice on my hair, I have been using them for the past four weeks and have not had any side effect. These products are cheaper than what I have been using (Organics)
  • Organics Carrot Oil- The first time I applied I thought I had bought the wrong product, it leaves whitish stuff on the hair thus not good to use and leave the house unless you plan to stay indoors. I usually use it overnight together with other oils.
  •  Extra Virgin Olive Oil – So far so good I have mixed it in the Carrot Oil Cream

Previous Products:-

All Organics

  • Moisturizing Growth Lotion- I really loved it and couldn’t find it in the stores it makes the hair soft and curly if you want to spot a rugged look. The moisturizer is also good when styling. It used to be part of my spritz bottle ingredient.
  • Shea Butter Lotion – Shea Butter Lotion softens the hair for easy combing and leaves it naturally shiny.
  • Castor Oil- It is very sticky I can’t stand it unless I mix  with other Oils
  • Shampoo and Conditioner– These two worked for me however decided to explore other options hence settled on Alberto Balsam which is cheaper, however I wouldn’t mind using them. I just need to confirm whether they are sulfate free.
  • There many terminologies used in the various natural hair forums but thought I would simplify my regimen on how I maintain my hair on a day to day basis.
  • There many terminologies used in the various natural hair forums but thought I would simplify my regimen on how I maintain my hair on a day to day basis.
  • Daily:-
    • Every Evening I divide my hair into sections and do Bantu knots (matutas) to ease combing in the morning.
    • DSC07161
    • I use my spritz bottle which has a mixture of (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Oil and water) to soften my hair thus easy to comb.
    • I have various ways of styling my hair which includes rugged (finger combing after undoing Bantu notes), Afro (I comb then pat it in order to level the hair, sometimes it can be hectic), I also have scarves and accessories that I do once in a while. DSC06578 DSC06587 ??????????????????????????????? DSC07097
    • Weekend
      • Ever since I discovered avocado and what it does to my hair I have stuck with for the past one month.
      • DSC07150
      • Over the weekend, I pound avocado with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to form a paste, split my hair into sections then apply avocado from the roots into the hair upwards,
      • ???????????????????????????????
      • DSC07151 ???????????????????????????????
      • Wear a shower cap then go about my duties in the house for two to three hours.
      • DSC07157
      • Once the ingredient has settled in I shampoo then apply oil mixture in the spritz bottle, do Bantu knots, put on a showercap/paper bag then if I have errands to do or places to go I either wear a scarf or hat.  This is usually done to ensure that the oil settles in my hair thus no need for daily moisturizing.
      • ??????????????????????????????? DSC07161 DSC07165 DSC07168 DSC07171

    My look after the above:-

  • DSC07180
  • Last but not least be patient with your hair and give it some little TLC and see what happens, minimize on blow-drying instead just wash and go within months you will notice the difference.

    Check out this blog for additional tips on styling natural hair http://www.myfroandi.com/2013/12/where-am-i.html

     

Jeans for a date:- Dress up with sexy strappy shoes and look glamorous on your date

Jeans for a date:- Dress up with sexy strappy shoes and look glamorous on your date

Equipment see through top
intermixonline.com

Chiffon tank
$16 – thehut.com

Rag & Bone blue skinny jeans
$300 – montaignemarket.com

Black slim jeans
$68 – emp-online.com

Lalù wool hat
$58 – pret-a-beaute.com

Hippie hat
$36 – sportsgirl.com.au

Shoes:- This year update your look with the latest footwear and that means either over the knee boots or fierce strappy ankle boots

Shoes:- This year update your look with the latest footwear and that means either over the knee boots or fierce strappy ankle boots

Office leather boots
$110 – office.co.uk

Above-knee boots
$28 – newlook.com

Square scarves

Square scarves