Nancie’s love for fashion began as a young girl with her dream to become a professional fashion designer, who knew that years dressing up barbie dolls in original creations would lead her to a career in the fashion industry. Her blog is an amazing webzine covering topics from fashion to lifestyle to fitness and anything that affects women in general.
I've been planning to redecorate my bedroom for the longest time and I finally put my money where my mouth is and did it. Being the holidays, this was a perfect time to shop and shop and shop for furniture and decor pieces since most stores have sales. 99.99% of the items in the bedroom are all sourced from Nairobi, stores in Nairobi and online shops based in Nairobi. I did this on purpose to show that we do have variety here even though it's not enough. If you haven't yet, watch the video first, then go through this post. You'll get to see my ratchet before bedroom.
For my walls I used Crown Paints Silk Emulsion in Pebble Grey and for my doors and wardrobes I used Crown Paints Gloss in Old Lamppost. My Fundi Pascal always comes through (0723205073) I've listed where I got everything, it's original price (if it was on sale) and the contacts or location or a link.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW
EXTREME BEDROOM MAKEOVER - YouTube
I got the grey tufted bed, the grey tufted bench, the site tables and lamps from Odds and Ends. Odds and Ends carry very beautiful furniture that you wouldn't find anywhere else in Nairobi. They had a 20% off sale which ends on 31st December 2017. What I got from them fit my budget and they have good quality, unique pieces. Odd and Ends is located on Mombasa Road and in Westlands. Find their location here.
Adler Tufted Bed (Queen Size) - kes 70,000 after 20% off kes 56,000
Adler Tufted Bench - kes 20,000 after 20% off kes 16,000
2 Bedside Cabinets - kes 40,000 after 20% off kes 32,000
2 Bedside Lamps - Kes 20,000 after 20% off 16,000
Comfort Coil Elite Mattress (Queen Size) - kes 52,000 after 20% off kes 41,600
Since the room is primarily grey I wanted to add a bit of color and print with the bed pillows and cushions. The room is quite neutral and the basics are neutral as well, I'm planning on switching up the accessories every now and then to give the room a different feel. I got the cushions from different places.
Soft White Fluffy pillows from Tuskys - kes 500
White Duvet is a Kings Collection one - I've had it for a while now.
White Pillowcases from Mr. Price - Kes 750 for a set
Yellow/Gold Print Pillows from Lukinya International Ent (Green House Mall, Ground Floor) - Kes 5000 for both after 30% off Kes 3,500
Grey Blanket from Lukinya International Ent - kes 6500 after 30% off 4550.
On Ken's side of the bed I kept it very simple and added very few and minimal accessories. I added a clock (Beware, the alarm is hella noisy), a silver frame and a fake battery operated candle.
White Bedside Alarm Clock from House of Leather - Kes 1,000
Battery Operated Candle from Lukinya International Ent - Kes 800
Small Silver Frame 13 x 18 cm from TACC - Kes 575
On my side of the bed I wanted something different, I wasn't looking to do the same bedsides since we have different personalities. I like a little green on my side ( even though its fake). Some things are similar, like the frame. Currently my daughter is always so happy when she spots a "Z" anywhere, shes always like Z for Zosi. The Z lights up and it makes her so happy. I love the texture on the vase and the fake leaves ( The look so real)
White Lit Up Z from Elysian Living at Green House Mall - Kes 1,000
Silver Frame 13 x 18 cm from TACC - kes 575
White Vase from House Of Leather - Kes 1,000
Fake Leaves from House Of Leather - Kes 400 each
The bedside mirrors were a last minute addition and I'm glad I found them and decided to add them to the room. Since we don't use the vanity area, it was a perfect place to add family photos. I accessorized the space with small black vases, fake hydrangeas and white candles ( I don't plan to use them) To top off the whole room is the grey wall to wall carpet and the black metal chandelier. The wall to wall carpet I had before was going for 1,100 per meter sq but found one for 600 per meter sq.
Bedside Mirrors from House of Leather - Kes 1,500 each
Big White Candle from House Of Leather - kes 800
Small White Candle from House Of Leather - Kes 600
Sliver Glitter Frame from TACC - kes 600 ( Not Sure)
I did a Boohoo Haul via mall for Africa last week on my YouTube Channel and I was so excited by the stuff that I got. Mall For Africa is currently having a 1 dollar ships each item deal and I was not going to be left behind. Other than boohoo the the 1 dollar deal is available for a number of UK brands like Missguided, Next, Sports Direct, Shoe Zone, M&S, FeelUnique and other stores.
Currently the fashion stores have massive sales for the end of summer and this is the perfect time to shop for summer pieces. I bagged a number of cute, light, off shoulder tops, blouses, and some killer boots that I cant seem to stop wearing.
If you do decide to shop, you can use my code to save 15% off shipping Yasssss! Use Code: NancieMFA5 to save when you shop from any shop on Mall For Africa.
Watch The Try On Haul Below
I Spent 20K at BooHoo!!! Try-On Haul...WHAT DID I BUY?? - YouTube
I updated my old black wig to this fresh blonde wig with dark roots. You can view my old wig here. I got it done at Human Hair Centre. (+254701510370) I also added an extra bundle to make it fuller. Dyed hair is beautiful but it gets so dry so fast, you have to constantly deep condition it and keep it moisturised.
The world of beauty has several realms and I usually move between makeup and skincare. This year I’ve decided to take the plunge into the realm of fragrances. I mean.. I’m already SO PARTICULAR about what I want to smell like and there are very few options in the Kenyan market that I can say are affordable, accessible or even genuine (y’all know what I’m talking about!).
I’ve always envied major beauty gurus and YouTube stars who have table tops crowded with fragrances, for all kinds of occasions. One of my targets for 2017 was to step my game up (ALL THE WAY UP!) in terms of variety - and to share this experience with all my readers. Plus I’ve been using the same fragrance for 3 years now and urgently needed a replacement.
I got a call from Yves Rocher a few weeks ago asking me to stop by their store and sample some of their stuff, mostly makeup. Long story short - I walked out of the Westgate store with Comme Une Evidence 3-piece gift set! This fragrance +shower gel +body spray is bomb AF. And by bomb AF I mean.. It’s got that X factor that I look for in my fragrances.
I’m bias for rosy (as in Rose flower) kind of smell. It’s a simple fragrance but at the same time you can smell other complex notes. I’m not going to pretend I know what they are, because I can only express how it makes me feel. Comme Une Evidence makes me feel lush, feminine, confident and refined. This is definitely a fragrance that can be used both daytime and nighttime. And for multiple occasions, think wedding, church, baby shower etc.
On June 3rd to June 5th I got to travel to Dakar, Senegal for the Festival of African Bloggers and Youtubers. This was the first edition and we went with Miss Mandi and Silvia Njoki. The local bloggers from Senegal were asked to name bloggers they love from Kenya and they chose us. It is very humbling knowing I have readers all they way in Senegal, and some have been reading my blog from back in the day.
The festival also brought together other bloggers from west Africa who deal in tech, entertainment, food, fashion etc. I got to connect with many other beautiful people and also discovered new blogs. The event was organised by Well Comm and sponsored by Coca-Cola and other companies.
My stay was short and I never got to experience much of the city but I did experience a few things here and there. I have a vlog at the end of thid podt. I lost half my footage but I still managed to get something out of what I had. First things first, you don't need a visa to go to Senegal from Kenya. The journey to Dakar was 10 hours long with a 1 hour stop at Abidjan in Ivory Coast.
We flew with Kenya Airways. The plane had very few passengers from Nbo to Abj however, the bulk of the passengers came from Ivory Coast.
The journey was long and tiring; we left Nairobi at 7:30 am and arrived Dakar at 4pm. Nairobi is 3 hours ahead of Dakar. We stayed at Hotel Le Virage which is located 2 minutes from the airport. It has an ocean view and is also right next to the main road.
The hotel was located 25 minutes away from Dakar cbd. We did not experience traffic at all during the 4 days we were there.
Their architecture is so beautiful, so much character and complexity influenced by their culture. There's a lot of clean lines and muted colours
Most of their buildings are either white, brown, some shade of nude or grey. Such an amazing palette, white walls are very hard to come across in Nairobi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_text_separator title="THE PEOPLE"][vc_column_text]The Senegalese people speak French and Wolof. Communication was a bit hard especially for me since I know zero french.
I did learn a few words in the process; Merci à Dieu pour google translate et Miss Mandi qui connaissait un peu de français.
I found the humans of Senegal to be very polite and kind. Random people offered to take my photo on two different occasions;
I seriously thought they would run away with my phone but that did not happen at all. A large majority of the Senegalese people practice Islam. However I did not see anyone in a hijab in the few days I was there. They don't have any sort of dress code; I saw so many beautiful women in town wearing short skirts looking bomb af.
Senegalese food is very flavourful, they love to use herbs. They eat a lot of fish since they border the Atlantic Ocean.
The main dish that I loved was poulett yassa with couscous.Dakar weather is goals! It's the right amount of heat with the right amount of breeze. It does get quite hot from noon to 3pm and it gets very cold in the evening due to the sea breeze.
Other than that it's not as humid as the Kenyan Coast; your makeup will not melt; you can face beat and go for your tour.During the time we were there they had longer days; it was getting dark at around 8pm.
They have amazing waves, I saw so quite a number of surfers catching the waves and I was a little bit jelly that I did not even carry my bathing suit. I don't party much; let me rephrase that; I don't party at all; however, I wanted to experience the nightlife in Dakar. I only got to go out to one club called Little Buddha.
Little Buddha is located at The Radisson Blu in Dakar next to Sea Plaza Mall. It's a restaurant, sushi bar, and lounge. The decor was out of this world.
The music is the same thing we have here, lots of Nigerian music is played. The women we're looking glam and the men looked good as well.
I also got to attend "The Adama Paris Dakar Fashion Week 2016" which was held at Radisson Blu. It had a total of 22 designers mainly from West African countries.
Yesterday was one of those long days where there's so much going on through the day however I still managed to catch up with Mandi. In my last post, I'd mentioned that I'll be uploading more often; I'll be adding more snippets of my everyday life, think of it as Snapchat in pictures. It's a perfect way to have something different in between outfits, beauty posts, and my blogging series. For real though, I've now become one of those bloggers who always has their camera flung on their shoulders. I'm actually loving it since I've started loving photography all over again. ION, I am so proud that I took these photos yesterday and I have them up today, usually takes me like a week. Yassss!
It’s harder now to start a blog than it was 6 years ago when I started. Back in the day when starting out you could take your pictures with a camera phone and be content with it.
Times have changed, for the better. We have professional looking blogs, quality content, well-edited photos etc. This is not only limited to blogs, videos as well.
People starting out on YouTube used to use webcams to record themselves, do a quick edit and post it online. Now, some of the big names on YouTube have crews that film and edit their content.
The digital space has come from far and now we have a breed of smart, cool and intelligent online creators and influencers who are partnering with huge brands, travelling the world and telling amazing stories.
They have it figured out…and then there is YOU. You’re just out of high school or you’re in university and you want to start a blog or vlog but you have no money.
I keep saying that when I started out, I did it on my phone and then the very next day I went to a cyber cafe to create content. I used to post daily, I never had outfit photos until I got a camera. The struggle was real.
If you're looking to have a blog looking like most of your favourite blogs, it will cost you a pretty penny. Blog hosting and buying a domain name can cost you a minimum of kes 4,000 per year. Getting a good website done can cost you from kes 30,000.
Once you have that beautiful website, of course, you'll want bomb af photos to compliment it. You'll need to hire a photographer every now and then for your shoots.Then you'll want to buy a camera to use when you travel, just in case your photographer cannot tag along.
This can get very expensive especially to someone just starting out. I'll give you a few tips on how to start up and not spend as much
Content is the most important part of a blog. From the writing to the images to videos. Some of my favourite websites have a very basic web design but the content keeps me coming back.
Funny thing is when someone is starting a blog, content is shoved at the back and not dealt with. That's why there are so many beautiful looking blogs with either bad content or no content at all.
The best thing to do with content is to write down 50+ ideas of what you could potentially cover on your website. You don't need to use them all at once but you'll never run out of ideas.
If you do have a budget to start a blog, you should spend it here. Maybe get a camera or pay a photographer, get a laptop etc.Most people know Mutua Matheka, he's a really talented photographer. If you bought all the equipment that he has and try to produce the work that he does, you wouldn't even come close. WHY? He's had years of experience and has developed his own unique style.
Images and videos that are posted online are edited, learning how to use lightroom and photoshop will be necessary if you cannot afford a photographer. Most smartphones nowadays take decent pictures, with just a bit of post-production, the image will look like you used a DSLR.
I do my own edits on my blog these days, I'm very passionate about post production both on video and photos. I always have a vision of how I want to portray my shoots which may differ from my photographer. I'm still in my learning stages and I'm having fun with it.
Same thing with vlogs, most of your favourite YouTubers edit their own vlogs. If they can do it, so can you.Thanks to developed social media platforms, you do not have to dive into the blogging world immediately. You can start by posting on Instagram and Facebook, gather a following then launch a blog or a YouTube channel.
You can start a free blog using blogger, which allows you to customise your themes. Most people feel that blogger is not professional.
If you want to start something online...just do it!