Pantone’s colors of 2016 – Serenity and Rose Quartz although more muted than last year’s earthy Marsala, these colors are equally as inspiring as their last year’s bold counterpart.
Where Serenity is cool and collected- exuding elegance and an aura of “being put together”, Rose Quartz speaks volumes to me, Rose Quartz is poetry,connecting you with your surroundings and rouses a sense of playfulness that warms the heart.
Here is a collection of pictures exhibiting my take on the color Rose Quartz paired with stunning jewelry by the brand Poetic Trends which embodies the essence of this color, with every piece having its own story to be told.
The mix of cultures in the fashion industry has been spilling over from last year and although going on for years its presence is felt now more than ever. With wax prints sported all over the Americas (see here) to vintage tea cups apparently inspiring Indian bridal wear (see here) it is safe to say cultural globalization can be deemed as one of 2016’s go to fashion trend. NB: please be aware and DO NOT insult a person’s culture because it makes for a cool outfit. cool?
In light of that, this trend is a pretty interesting one in that it goes across so many borders and there can be so many ways to pull it off which means there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
I went for an indo-western inspired theme to try out this trend paired with vintage jewelry found around the house. It was quite intimidating to execute an idea that was stuck in my brain and conceptualizing something to bring out my own interpretation was a lot more difficult than I was prepared for I stuck to a neutral theme of mostly black and white while mixing up things with lots of prints.
In an era where globalization is the norm it has become easier to know where your products have come from, with the simple click of a button you can get to know the inspiration behind what you’re wearing , yet the larger our market becomes, the faster we are detaching this invaluable feeling. Learning the story behind your items is an invaluable experience and lets you cherish your pieces even more, with Kipato Unbranded, I got to have this experience.. finding out the story behind the jewelry I am wearing in all the pictures was one great experience and has helped me cherish this art that has been created. I want to share with you this experience because it would be too selfish not to! So come uncover Kipato Unbranded with me 🙂
Kipato Unbranded was a product of a simple dream to create a brand that is ethically responsible and can help create sustainable development on the lives of people that have been disadvantaged. For Marta, the Founder, the relationship with Kenya and Africa as a whole has been a long and adventurous one! With her work in the development field for over 15 years now greatly tying to the visions of Kipato Unbranded! She has lived in rural Tanzania for 2 years and rural Kenya for 2 years while having worked in the most remote and difficult areas. She lived in Ethiopia as well and has travelled all over Africa – including doing humanitarian work in Sudan, and studying abroad in South Africa. “Africa as a continent inspires me and is where my heart is. Kenya is where my home is.”
The inspiration behind Kipato Unbranded – and the people who made it – is to quite simply help people. Summarized in the tag line ‘by everyday people, for everyday people’. They have empowered artists from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to help them succeed in their lives, this entails both professionally and personally. Artists that work side-by-side with Kipato have a unique relationship with the brand- they help create the designs, get to work with other artists, and they know about how Kipato runs and develops every step of the way. They are aware of Kipato’s progress and what is needed to reach various markets and clients.
The founders of the brand and the artists have a close relationship and this has formed the base of the brand; being a family of sorts! Kipato is here to tell the stories of the artists – not only the products they sell. The income artists receive from this business model (50% of returns go to the artists themselves) enables them to improve their lives significantly. “Our artists are our partners in the business (rather than employees), in every sense”. This allows artists like Elijah and Ojiko to develop their skills from more than just jewelry making and has truly allowed them to reinvest in themselves!
The brand hopes for a brighter future for the artists and a brighter future for Kenya and wider Africa. Improved lives for the brand’s artists; education for their spouses, siblings and loved ones. Better homes that are situated in better living conditions – especially in terms of access to adequate sanitation, electricity, water, etc – the list goes on. For a more dignified and humane life that the artists can be proud of, that they can accomplish their goals and ambitions.
For Kipato, as a business, they envision ethically responsible growth – “we do not aim to be competitive solely in the private sphere, hence being a social enterprise. Our goal is not to hit the ‘international’ jackpot of a million orders a week, a workshop full of employees, and sky-rocketing prices. We envision partnering with outlets with our same vision and mission: fair prices for fair wages, respect and dignity for ALL – including those that make your accessories so you can look beautiful at that amazing party. We envision a vibrant and creative Kenya and wider Africa that can promote their local artists – a socially conscious generation that cares about its’ people and the future of its’ country. We envision a more socially just world. We envision breaking down the barriers between producers and consumers – to empower the everyday person to understand and stand together as one with those less fortunate. We envision fair trade – an ethically responsible era that will question cheap labour that is needed to produce products for mass consumerism with incredible profit margins for capitalist giants”.
Although only a few months old, Kipato Unbranded has set the standard for ethically responsible brands in the fashion industry as a whole and 2016 is their year! Check out the Kipato Unbranded Website and they are even offering 15% off your first order of beautiful jewelry with a beautiful story!
For these looks I styled the Basic collection which is made all out of brass with a red evening gown from Mango that I have had for so many years but never worn, it has found its match in these beautiful pieces!
For the recently launched Savannah Collection, which has pieces made out of recycled bone, beads and brass I made a black dress to let the jewelry stand out while still keeping things elegant, the best part I can easily switch up the outfits and wear these as everyday pieces!
Red dress: Mango (similar), Jewelry: Kipato Unbranded- Basic Collection
Black Dress: DIY, Jewelry: Kipato Unbranded- Savannah Collection
I have been re-writing this post for the past two weeks, two weeks since I turned 19.
Birthdays are funny; they put things into perspective, summarizing the significance of one more year, the end of a new beginning. This past year was special, a constant uphill battle and hands down the biggest learning experience I have had till now. I have met a lot of people this year and whether they were there for 5 minutes or forever, each and everyone taught me something new!
This blog was a result of this same sort of contemplation that happened a year ago, the day I turned 18. Like many if not all teenagers my life was at crossroads… about to graduate high school with no idea where my life was going to go. The possibilities seemed endless yet so far to reach, life was constantly getting in the way. With the focus fully on high school & studying I was stuck in a rut with no creative outlet for my passion. Although it is less than a year since I started seriously blogging it has been about a year since the idea was conceived and I just wanted to say to all those that have supported me a very big THANK YOU! I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends and of course everyone that’s been following and enjoying (or at least attempting to) the content I put up despite the inconsistency of it. I promise I’m working on it!
Although I haven’t completely figured life out (but who really has?) I have started enjoying the little things and have learned not to take life too seriously.
The most important lesson; standing up for what you believe in regardless of people’s opinions about it, after all not everyone is going to approve of your choices and you cant base your life on the approval of others.
I have always been taught to use my voice to try and help others whenever I can and I want to use this platform to discuss something I am very passionate about.
Less than two years ago I took part in a poetry competition at the celebration of the Fashion Revolution. An event organised worldwide to take a stand against the atrocities taking place in the fashion industry, this being a fashion blog it is fitting that I would be discussing this. In order to write a poem about this matter I first had to have content & that’s when the research began… Google showed me how ignorant I had been on what was going on in one of the largest industries in the world and since then this issue has stuck with me.
The problems faced in the fashion industry range from social to environmental. I want to help readers understand what is going on (email me if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer!) Living in a developing country I have seen many issues that have taken place first hand and although I have also seen the lack of help given to those suffering in some cases I have also seen the support given to many, I have first hand seen the greatness of people and brands that have been so proactive in trying to reduce the unfairness occurring in this industry around the world and right here at home, this is what I will be focusing on this year and I’m super excited to share with you stories of all these people that are working so hard to uphold ethical standards in the fashion industry.
Keep an eye out on the blog; the first collaboration on this will be up in the next few weeks!
Lots of love & Happy New Year! Let 2016 be the year you follow your dreams and conquer the world because if you really want it even the world will work to make it happen! 🙂
Showcased in more subtle and refined ways, it is safe to say the 1900s are back with a bang. Seen in almost every show on the runway this fashion season the cycle is repeating itself from A-line skirts to fluted and flared hems, this year has condensed many a decade into its trends and they are here to stay for a while!
A line skirts in all shapes and sizes are also another contender of the 1900s with suede A line skirts definitely being one of the top go to pieces for this season.
Like many others, the 1900 trends are a great source of dressing inspiration for me, the flared pants are a piece of clothing that I have enjoyed wearing a lot. An item that can we dressed up or down making it extremely versatile. Pairing high-waist flared trousers with a graphic tee and a cropped denim jacket and sandal wedges would be a simple day time look that can be swapped with a cropped top and strap heels for a night out!
The shift dress is not only versatile but super comfortable and conservative. In my opinion the shift dress is one piece that is flattering on everyone and the fact that it comes in infinite colors and prints gives this piece extra brownie points.
I chose a simple white dress with black detailing which greatly added to the “mod” effect, who said black & white has to be plain and boring?!
I paired it with my go to Zara strap heels and a vintage sling bag. In all honesty a lot of my vintage dressing enthusiasm also has got to be due to my new short hair which I love! Definitely going to go shorter next time!
Summer started on a high note with my end of high school trip to Diani in the South Coast of Kenya which is a tradition of sorts here in Nairobi. After months of being stressed out with finals and having to figure out what was next for me, these were eight nights of much needed relaxation.
This trip has been one full of amazing memories and I cant wait to go back to Diani.
Diani’s beaches were considered to be one of the cleanest beaches in Africa and I was definitely not disappointed when I got there. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches were all i could see for miles!
I learnt a lot during this trip and even though most of it has been repeated by half the world’s population I shall still stress on it just because of how important it is; Less is more and there is a high chance you won’t wear half the stuff you carry so pack up a few essentials that you can mix and match.
Bikinis are your best friend. Swimsuits are something you will be living in. I would wear my swimsuit from 8 till 6 every day and if i had to pick a beach holiday staple a swimsuit would definitely be it. Theres so many styles to pick from and if you’re not comfortable in a two piece theres a lot of other flattering options available, from cutout monokinis to the basic one pieces all that matters is that you’re confident in what you’re wearing. I even wore a thick bandage crop top with my bikini bottoms so don’t be shy if you want to experiment!
Sunblock is fun. As a self-confessed lazy person I completely understand the struggles of having to put sunblock errywhere! Its easier to just suffer the consequences of a bad sun burn later and cry at the tenderness of your whole body right? Nope! It gets better honestly and when all you have is an amazing sun kissed glow and no pain to accompany it you’ll thank yourself! (unless you’re like me and its impossible to tan D: )
Get out of the hotel. This may just be me bragging about the fact that I didn’t spend the whole week lazing around doing nothing and ending up getting bored like I’ve done in the past *pats self on the back*. Google things that you can do in the local area and try something you never have before, whether it be a visit to the local gallery or having dinner in an actual cave, there’s lots of things to do and you’ll be surprised at how productive you’ll end up feeling!
Take lots of pictures. This is an obvious one, yet I have spent the past 3 days since I’m back regretting this one detail. I don’t mean take selfies every five seconds but take pictures of all the amazing things you’ll be doing. I got caught up having lots of fun and ended up barely taking any pictures but thats water under the bridge and now i’ll have the excuse to go back soon, “for pictures”.
What are your plans for the summer holidays? Leave a comment below! 🙂
I’m so excited to share with you all a couple of pictures that I got recently for the blog.
Evenings in Kenya are such as great time of the day (when it isn’t raining cats and dogs) and who doesn’t love watching sunsets?
I spent my evening at Karura Forest ( I love this place, could you tell?!) and this place is great not only for photo-ops but for some down time, the quiet serene place is a pleasant relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.
I wore this dipped hem dress and loved how the white chiffon of this dress played up against the natural background of the forest.
The dress is by AX Paris and their pieces can be found all over online*
The sequins on the dress makes it more glam which is perfect for events where you want to be a little more dressed up. It could also work for occasions where you want to go full out fancy, prom maybe? You could also wear it during the day like I did . Pairing it with casual sandals and a cropped denim jacket would be perfect for summer!
What I actually love about this dress is the amount of comfort, as much as I place importance on the style of an outfit if isn’t comfortable it wont be something I care for much. This dress looks so elegant yet it feels like something I would be able to sleep in. Kinda perfect really.
You’re probably aware of my DIY obsessions and can imagine my excitement when I found the coolest thing online, DIY bronzer** ( I KNOW RIGHT?!) I was kind of iffy about it at first but honestly it feels no different than normal bronzer, its super light and it smells amazing. I loved using it for my makeup look, its lovely for contouring and you get to choose what tone you want! Definitely going to be a summer staple for me!
*Shop the Look: http://www.lyst.com/clothing/ax-paris-dipped-hem-chiffon-dress-white/