I’ve been collecting purplesque items but I’m still crushing on the oyster palette.
Happy New Month!
Drum-roll please. The last post of the month is c/o Dior because I’m such a fan of Sarah’s work. Like star-struck fan level. And she & 6 other photographers did a thing for Dior’s Cruise 2020 collection by/under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri.
I love the flow of the videos with the behind the scenes footage of the photographers talking about their experience seeing the collection versus their interpretation of the same. The seven videos should be a breeze to watch in a sitting. Ruth & Hansel are my top two discoveries. Ruth’s backdrops remind me of the very Kenyan studio backdrops that were all the rage in the 90’s- Aside, are you ready to usher in the new decade?
PS. Maria is Dior’s first female artistic director.
I’ve come to the realization that I’ll be working through my birthday weekend this year. And, because my birthday is a big deal, I’ll reminisce on my last trip & probably cop a coastal tee from LC Waikiki’s Men’s section.
Here’s to another year of intentional living.
2016 was the beginning of ruined childhoods, 2017 dedicated itself to finishing the job *MK voice* and in 2018 we are coming to terms with the cost of sanitized idea(l)s. From the problematic faves to Cosby, Disney and the current crop of governments (sighs in reported Kenyan corruption scandals), it seems there’s isn’t enough rice to go around Here are a couple of (un)related reads that question the cost of trusting seemingly harmless/ perfect narratives.
Did you know the ‘healthy eating- gluten free’ craze left behind calorie counters that demonized gluten?
unless you suffer from celeiac disease in which case nevermind. I’m all for healthy eating but A Kingdom of Dust
deep dives into the cost of year-round fresh produce in the midst of
extended drought. Catch me side-eying the paybill billboards meant to
inspire us to save the forests since we are still chopping down trees
faster than we can plant them. Speculations of diverting rivers in the Northern Collector Tunnel Project were making headlines before the NYS done came and swept us away. Related, Nestlé is still wading in claims of making billions off economically depressed municipalities. The optics or CSR are a delicate balance when it comes to accountability but I am rooting for Paul’s change of strategy for Unilever.
But, while the year is set on undoing self imposed ignorance and by extension, our arrogant blind reliance on tech be it in solving crime or inspired needle-less blood test that would diagnose everything under the sun by way of malfunctioning prototypes, we can count on Seneca,s stoicism to guide us
Gabi Fresh– she began blogging in 2008, but went viral in 2012 thanks to a post showing her unapologetically wearing a striped bikini, leading to a swimwear collection with SwimsuitsForAll.
KTR– a DIY gal who’s always had a love for making clothes. She launched her fashion line and online boutique KTRcollection in late June 2013 and quit her corporate job of 8 years in the legal field in September 2015 to pursue KTRcollection full time.
Ann Wyn– G.IRL is a skincare line created by Ann Wynn for real-life, real girl “issues”. Her products are handmade and target a wide range of things, including the typical dry skin problems, to acne, dark spots, cracked heels, stretch marks etc
Chiselle Lim– Started off her fashion career as a wardrobe stylist, logged in years of editorial shoots with prominent fashion books and celebrities. In December 2011, she founded The Chriselle Factor to chronicle her daily musings and personal style.
Fun fact, did you know Barbie’s Secret Sister Was a Sexy German Novelty Doll. I know it doesn’t quite have the ring to the veiled fun, carefree innocence of the catchy barbie song but you catch the drift.
Barbie aside, there’s a growing appreciation for septu/octo/nonagenarians on IG because first of all, drip is forever.
Second, perhaps we are more open to seeing aging in a digital age
no westworld. or are we documenting it more? It’s a willingness to give room to senior citizens to exist within this ‘digital age’ not just as dependents but as people who live ordinary lives like the rest of us. It’s celebrating women who aren’t afraid to be themselves wrinkles et al #influencerlife
Peperuka World– its no surprise that they made the list, from ‘me I love Nairobi’ mugs to ‘hii mvua ni ya joto’ tees, they are the guys to look for.
Joanna K Cosmetics– after an oversubscribed valentines sale earlier this year, she’s been able to restock and meet demand fairly well.
Kipato Unbranded– they create jewellery that is inspired “by everyday people and for everyday people”
Bongosawa Republik– the brand provides a melting pot of cultural diversity and personal expression – for the “likeminded” street wear fashion enthusiast.
Sued Watches– Sue started off with one off-hand sale and now your IG feed would not be complete without getting SUED.
Nairobi Apparel District is basically cool kid certified.
Bata Ngomas– this is self explanatory
Bonus Find: Rosen Shoes– not sure who started the whole paint your ngomas trend but it’s the perfect weekend project for any DIY enthusiast.