Friday, 10 October 2014

Vavavum Maasai

You’ve probably seen me around with this neck piece, that I wear literally everywhere! Save for official meetings. I started wearing this at the F.A.F.A back in May, I needed to  add that ‘vavavum’ to my outfit so I purchased this piece first thing that morning.

Slowly It wore on, In the spirit of getting creative with my outfits, I pair this Maasai piece with my basics to create that ’vavavum’ and also, I don’t need to shop that often I now have a hundred other ways to pair my outfits ;)
The basic white shirt and denim pants worn with a pair of strapped pumps


This was originally inspired by a certain South African style blog that I peruse (read stalk) every now and then. It’s funny this thing of humanity, we almost never want to appreciate our own… this piece is a gem elsewhere yet here it’s just that pretty thing won by the Nilotic community.
There has been a lot of debate about what African fashion is about especially at the recently concluded Storymoja Festival. This is somewhat my own little way of owning my culture an wearing it proud J


I appreciate the aesthetic, the colors (I have thing for bright colors) and the fact that it elevates even my blandest of outfits to a style item!

And it goes equally well with bright colored outfits, I used it here to break the monotony of the bright colors
How do you wear your maasai piece? Tag me on instagram/ twitter with #VavavumMaasai
I'd love to see how you style your pieces! Let me know on Twitter/Instagram with the tag #VavavumMaasai

Miss Vavavum
Xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Kurlly Diaries Meet up

Sometime ago, I attended  a meet-up for one of the Natural Hair groups I'm part of. We were celebrating a year of sisterhood and the beauty and diversity of natural hair.This happened last month at the San Valencia Restaurant.That week, I was the laughing stock among my friends and family whenever I revealed my weekend plan. It was an interesting get together, met so many beautiful  ladies wearing their afros in different styles. We shared, laughed and had a great time!
Some of the products for natural hair,

 Photos by Sienna of Thread Muse Blog

Myself with the lovely Sienna

Made some new Kurlly friends,
 My outfit, I love this Maasai piece! It's just right with everything I own!I intend to wear this Maasai piece with just about all my outfits until I see it being widely appreciated ;)


Have a fabulous weekend!
Miss Vavavum
Xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

WHAT SAY YOU? A StoryMoja Discussion


What first comes into your mind when you hear descriptions about youth? A lot has been labeled on this group of people: engaging in careless sex, frivolous spenders or wanting that get-rich-quick life, drug addicts unemployment and so on. But the question begs: Is that our identity as the youth?   Are they completely limited to the title and shenanigans of immorality and hopelessness?
Do we as youth deserve this label? Is it completely true? Is that all we are? Are we forever doomed to that title? Is there something we can do to change this?
In a bid to answer these pressing questions I sought the good old dictionary and this is the definition

Youth: young people considered as a group.

Obviously I fall into this age group; I am not here to judge but to simply air my views and observations.
In my opinion I see youth as an opportune moment of potential, talent, strength and vigor. Youth is a time when life’s most crucial decisions are made: career, long time life plans and so on. To me young people are brilliant gold mines waiting to be dug: the ideas they have, the creativity and enthusiasm for life: great tools to build any nation. This is especially so for us tech savvy people (if you are reading this you are too) We have tons and tons of information online, we are connected with each other all over the world = able to see and be inspired by the great innovations going on elsewhere.  When we look around especially if you live in Africa, there is so much we can innovate/create/ provide service as youth to better ourselves and the economy.
I believe anyone who lives in Africa especially in this digital era is capable of bringing great change to this continent.  I look around me and I always see potential, job opportunities, innovation opportunities. 
I do  A LOT  of research online I have a knack of knowing things. I look at other continents and see people as old as I am creating the Tumblrs etc ; my question is, what stops us from innovating? We are equally intelligent and capable and I dare say have even more opportunities to invent and create things here.

To me the label placed on the youth is just a label, there are some facts that are true but in the end, it is just a label. This label does not stop you or me from being amazingly awesome in our respective fields.
Let us not live in this mediocrity just because it is the the status quo it does not completely mean that is what we should adhere to.

I’d love to know, who are the youth to you? Is the above described titles befitting? How are you making a difference?
Join me this Friday from 5PM at the Storymoja offices in Springvalley as we carry on this discussion.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

PAPER LOVE

All through my life I've had a thing for doodling on any written material I own, this piece is actually a re-make of one of the things I used to scribble on my notebook some 10 years back.







See the original piece Miss Vavavum fashion at 10 years 

Have you used uberduka.com I would love to know your experience!

                                                                     Miss Vavavum
Xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Blankets & Wine 54

Day in day out I am always excited about the opportunities/ lessons each waking moment brings. One thing is for sure, the more days go by, the more exciting things I come across. I am always excited to see people who push boundaries in order to grow/ challenge the status quo(within legal and moral lines). Exactly 2 weeks back, I attended the  54th edition of Blankets & Wine. Which btw has a whole new exciting look to It(such are the things that excite me, going that extra mile, it's refreshing and inspiring)I was amazed by the new look, the addition of the new platforms especially the Art & fashion hive clinched my right spot!(obviously)
The event has added new segments such as the Art Hive whereby amazing artists showcase their items.

The Fashion Art Hive


 Funky T-shirts by Chilli Mango

How innovative is this?



The Children's play area
 The PAWA 254 segment that showcases top films from around,

The stage area where live bands play, you may still carry your picnic and shuka like old times
 I absolutely loved this ensemble on Wendy Kimani!
Myself and my current obsession, the Maasai neckpiece. You see, let me just explain myself, this absolutely stunning piece turns even the blandest of my outfits to an absolutely cool ensemble. Given that this particular Sunday was rather dull(translating to layering of clothes) I settled for this heavy denim on denim look and my lovely Maasai piece to add that 'vavavum' ;)
The beauty is always in the little details


There were breaks in between performances to enable people move from one segment to another, If you consider yourself an enthusiast of both the performing and visual arts this is definitely the place for you- so much goodness to take in!

Spotted at the KWANI? stage, there was an ongoing reading and sale of selected books


Long live music!
 It's always a good time with Jack Rooster on the decks, this segment is completely dedicated to Afrohouse music, my other favorite ;)
With my soul sista :)

Catching performances in the evening

Clearly there is something for everyone to enjoy! Hope to meet some of you at the next event!
For my outfit details check out Uberduka.com
Have yourselves a super charged week!
Miss Vavavum
Xx


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Next Big Thing!

I absolutely adore this neck piece! Never in my life did I ever imagine that I would be overly obsessed with a seeming casual traditional piece of jewelry. It is safe to say that the Maasai ladies are my fashion obsession at the moment, I mean how amazingly awesome is this piece? And they wear these all the time as a sign of beauty!!- too cool!
Mixing this piece with ordinary outfits is almost too easy! Especially or the plain outfits that just need a dash of va-va-vum to It like this loose fit shirt and grey pants

These shoes are everything and more!! Follow me on uberduka.com to find out where to get these gems


For more details on my outfit follow me here uberduka.com


Are you a part of the next big thing? Sign up to uberduka.com to discover, share and create catalogs of your favorite products!

Be brilliant today
Miss Vavavum
Xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Unveiling UberDuka

Living in Nairobi, you may well know how difficult It is to find particular Items. Well uberduka.com has all that covered.

Uber Duka is a social market place that allows you, designers,artists, craftsmen and stores curate catalogs of their creative and unique products for you to discover, shop and share. On this platform you can curate catalogs of products you love to share with your social circles on Uberduka. Uberduka allows you discover creative and unique products from each other, product creators & stores based on shared interests. Our vision is a society where if you create and/or sell quality products, you shouldn't have a hard time reaching people interested in those products, whether you’re neighbors or you live on separate continents. It’s free to host your products so whether you sell in an open market or have chain stores, the focus is on the quality of your products and the awesome community around them. People are everywhere and are connected through mutual friendships. You share interests with a bunch of these people. They've been to places and stores you haven’t. Here’s a way for them to share what they love and where they got them to a community that reciprocates. There’s no time to be everywhere, see everything. This way, at the end of the day we help each other experience more of the world.
For more details see their Facebook page here:Uber Duka
Instagram: instagram.com/uberduka
Twitter:@Uberduka
Website:uberduka.com
and follow me here

Join in on the fun!
Miss Vavavum
Xx