Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso!

 Yes, another travel post, lol So, my colleague and I travelled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in April for work. This was the longest flight I have ever been on. No really, it was.
We left Nairobi at 6 am for Addis Ababa (1 & a half hours flight) then from Addis, the flight was meant to go directly to Dakar, where we would catch a connecting flight to Ouagadougou. But lo and behold, we had two stopovers that the airline had not informed us about. So we had a 1 hour stop in Niamey, Niger then another hour in Bamako, Mali before arriving in Dakar, Senegal. Interestingly, we actually arrived at the expected time indicted on our ticket (4:25 pm i.e. 7.25 pm in Nairobi)..... Hold up.... meaning the airline had actually planned and factored in the stopovers way before hand??!! Not cool guys, not cool. Moving on, the flight from Dakar to Ouagadougou took 2hours and 45 minutes and we arrived at 9.55 pm (12:55 am Nairobi time). My friend, we had been travelling for 18 hours! I was so drained and not to mention it was 32° C when we arrived... KWISHA! We had to take pictures for our visa upon arrival and honestly, that was the most epic, 'mug shot' picture I have ever taken!

Needless to say, we managed to spare some time to tour the city. Just a few pictures..

{At the National Museum}
Tee- Thrifted from Toi Market | Trousers- Primark UK | Flats- Woolworths | Sunnies- Mr. Price | Necklace- 4U2
 We passed by their main market and stopped to buy some souvenirs. What really caught my attention were these beautiful hand made sculptures made from recyclable bicycle and motorbike materials. Such innovation!
1. Visit the  Ouagadougou National Museum {or any other historical/ cultural site}
2. Enjoy their local cuisine {E.g. Tô or riz gras with meat stew and gapalo- Yum!}
3. Shop in the local markets {For traditional jewellery etc.}
4. Marvel at their unique traditional architecture {e.g. the Ouagadougou cathedral or the grand mosque}
5. Buy a souvenir at the village artisanal de Ouagadougou! 

Have a prosperous Thursday and don't forget to vote for me as Best Fashion Blogger at the Kenya Fashion Awards!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fear Not!

Pictures by DannySkech

 So pink isn't my favourite colour, actually far from it. I do love colour in my ensembles but for some reason, I don't fancy pink. So I decided to steer slightly away from my comfort zone and play with a little (or a lot) of colour. The trick was to keep everything else minimal.

I must admit that I loved pairing the orange with the pink. It was just that little twist that the outfit needed. Anyway, happy mid-week and don't forget to vote for me at the Kenya Fashion Awards!!!
Blazer- Laviera | Vest- Toi Market | Earrings- H&M | Jeans- Toi Market | Clutch Bag- ASOS | Pumps- Dorothy Perkins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kenya Fashion Awards: ThreadMuse Nominated!

Picture by DannySkech

Hey guys, so today I just wanted to share some exciting news. I got nominated for the Best Fashion Blog category at the Kenya Fashion Awards! I won't even try to be modest, this is definitely a BIG deal. 

Those who have followed me from the beginning (yes, 2011.. gosh has it really been that long?) definitely know how much my blog has evolved and equally, how I have personally developed. The blog initially started out with fashion as its sole focus but slowly started incorporating other elements that I love such as DIY, food, travel and interviews with local artisans (Oh by the way, look out for a new video next week!) etc. Sometimes I just read my old posts and just laugh at how silly and young I was (maybe still am?). It simply lifts me up, seeing how far I have come.

I know so many people really do not understand the whole point of a blog, but truth be told, my blog aims to serve as an avenue to showcase Kenyan and African lifestyle, as a source of inspiration and as my creative outlet. So just by the fact that someone was impressed by my content and decided to nominate me is such a big deal. 

Anyway, I can go on babbling about how super excited I am but let me leave it at that. My fellow nominees are also super talented and I wish them all the best!

So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my beloved readers for the immense support throughout the years! Let's bring this award home!

How to Vote:

1. Log on to  Kenya Fashion Awards or go straight to the Nominees page and scroll to the bottom.
2. Now you have to register (it only takes you 3 minutes to register) and click the activation link that is sent to your email address once you have completed the registration.
3. Please vote for ThreadMuse for Best Fashion Blogger!

Thank you for reading!