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Most people know the story of my life. I will not try to say that I have not been lucky. I have been lucky to meet a smattering of good people over the years. People who have impacted my life in ways I cannot even begin to explain. I have been lucky for the chance to enjoy this space. To write. To film. To talk. To express my self and bare my soul and most recently to be part of an un-folding dream. I grew up humble. I was not exactly Cinderella because I never found that glass slipper until I was way up in my twenties. And even then, it was a Louis Vuitton bag. But then again, I hit the high road and I have been super lucky to have been in and out of special soles- I guess this version of Cinderella 2.0 was not content with a single pair of kicks. For the last three years, I have been on this space, creating and dreaming. On those times when the writers block hit, I would be on Youtube, regaling you with the latest in hauls and all that shebang. And now, I’m super delighted to share […]
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Hello Loves, I remember it like it was yesterday. It started with a conversation at  my patio with my family. It was followed by a dream later that night. I was several shoes, a handful of bags and a bunch of special perfumes into what was the start of an exhilarating luxury journey. I dreamed of  creating something for myself, and for the imaginary followers and fans that I assumed I would get. Yidder Yadder, days passed, Youtube kicked off and what started as a patina of something greater caught fire. It was still a long shot by all means. I was probably the only one doing luxury content in Africa at the time and the dream of founding my own luxury line sounded like a paragraph in Peter Pan. Dreamy and far-fetched. But unlike most dreams, this one refused to fade away.  It stayed like a haze in my life until a couple of years ago when the idea took shape. I have been around the world- luckily so- and gotten the special chance at shopping in some of the world’s top luxury joints. Each visit reminded me of home and how Africa- erroneously referred to as the dark […]
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An ancient Greek Mosaic of a skeleton holding a wine pitcher that archaeologists recently translated reads: Be Cheerful, enjoy your life.  So, live.  Luxury champagne house Moet and Chandon celebrated their 150-years anniversary last weekend in grandiose, high-falutin’, excessive and totally incredible style  . It is what my son and his millennial friends would call a lit party.  In my  day parties were just “epic” or “in”. But out with old, right? So this is where it began: One of my favourite make-up artists, All-in-the-brush was behind the face-beat and ensured I was dazzling on my way to the grand ball. But before the face beat, this girl had an outfit to put together.  The dress code was white and gold. My white top was from Zara and the Sari an old gold gem that has been sitting pretty at the furthest corner of my closet.  The shoes were obviously Louboutin but the confidence and the airs were all mine. My sari, for the curious, was my representation of the Asian community in Kenya and a thorough  continuation of my Kenya-Indian (kendian) heritage. The party was absolutely gorgeous. It was nice to be around the Nairobi High-society decked in their […]
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Greetings, I haven’t had a free minute to share with you in the last two weeks or so- but not to worry- soon, you get to see what’s been stealing me away from you! And oh my! Is it not a lot and oh so overwhelming! Anyways, let’s leave that for a later date that I will be sharing in the coming weeks.  You may want to follow me on Instagram, to keep tabs with me and my daily shenanigans. With that said, lets get into my latest haul from Ritu Kumar, Global Desi and Satya Paul. A video of the same is sitting pretty on my Youtube awaiting your viewing. If you have been around for a hot minute, you know I have a great and sincere liking for Label Ritu Kumar. The pieces are sorrowfully beautiful, colourful, quaint and super comfortable. Pieces from Global Desi and Satya Paul have also been growing on me. And it is a relationship I’m loving.  And a relationship I’m keen on pursuing. Let’s get right into the party. Boho-Chic vibes This asymmetrical Burgundy halter dress with its gorgeous print that jumps at you makes me feel like I should be on the […]
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A smattering of years ago, I was sitting in class at the Parklands Arya. The first of several schools I attended in my day. I’m sure I had no lunch money because we never had lunch money or lunch for that matter. Tough times and I know if you have followed me long enough, I have repeated my growing up tales,  ad nauseam. Stay with me. Please. Over the years, thankfully, life flips and empowering school-going kids, especially girls has been of utmost importance to me. I know first hand how it feels to miss school every ‘that time of the month’ because none of your family can afford sanitary towels. And I know first hand how it is trying to get through a Maths class on an empty stomach. Earlier today, my office and I left for Heshima Primary School in Shauri Moyo for the first “Never miss a period because of your periods” initiative. This initiative is my small ‘giving back ‘ to the community and is targeted at keeping girls in school. One school at a time. The visit was eventful and after interacting with the girls on matters hygiene, sexuality and academics we donated a little […]
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Wearing a Saree is an art. Like sculpting or cooking. Only that in this case, your body is the canvas, and the 9-yard cloth is your brush. And just like painting, there are a dozen ways to wear your saree and today, I request your  unbridled attention to pester you with my favorite. With that said, lets go painting. Shall we? So, I learnt how to wear my first Saree from my mother and over time,  I caught on, and with lots of practice, got better at it, 9 yards at a time. So let’s get into into how I do it. 1. To start you off, you need a petticoat, a blouse, a couple of safety pins and and the Saree. I got my petticoat and blouse from my tailor which is easy because they were tailored for my body. Hack 1: Always wear your shoes- heels are preffered- before you start the intricate draping. Hack 2: The part of the cloth that has the embroidery (non-pallu) on the bottom should be the wrap-around. The part that is fully embroidered goes over your shoulder. Hack 3: A chiffon or a georgette saree with a thin border works best because […]
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It’s been a minute since we got down to a skin-care haul eh? I recently picked up a few items off Cult beauty and to say that I have not been fiddling with, and looking forward to using them would be a flying understatement. And because we decided 2019 is not the year we waste time, lets dive into into the gems I picked: A Huda Beauty Rose Gold eyeshadow pallete With over 18 different shades to pick from, this will leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store- and thereafter, leave you looking like candy! Huda Beauty overachiever concealer Although I’m not very big on Huda Beauty foundation, I’m super curious about trying out their overachiever concealer. I will share the looks either on Instagram or on the channel. Stay tuned. Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder This is like stardust. I use it to set my under eye make-up and I’m blown away every time. The powder is formulated from micro-refined silica which in effect masks those blemishes and wrinkles leaving you looking like you took a dip in the elixir of life. And you probably did. I also got  Huda Beauty easy bake setting powder  in […]
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As an Indian, I draw some cheeky pleasure in knowing that, even though I was born and brought up in Kenya, and I am thoroughly Kenyan, the Indian heritage in me still remains very much represented in Kenya by way of the magnificent Indian Ocean . The Indian Ocean, obviously, is one of Kenya’s biggest tourist attractions and I cannot resist the urge to hit the white shores every year for that much needed sun and sand and breezy sojourn. And, for the last two weeks or so, I have been having a blast here. Surrounded by this massive mass of water from all sides, my legs nestled in the warm sand, my hair blowing away in the breeze and my mind totally blown. And because I am as Kenyan as Ilhan Omar is American, I had to rock this uniquely Kenyan attire that is instantly recognizable from any corner of the Earth – The Maasai regalia. I am a firm believer in heritage and carrying along one’s identity every where you go and since I am a Nairobian, in the City of the Swahili dishes, I had to let it be known that I am a proud Nairobian. To […]
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It’s been a minute. Your girl has been off the grid but is now back. With fresh content. For your optical nourishment. Today, on Sonal Slays, we are talking leather pants. Leather pants are a whole lot of work – There is a lot you’ve gotta do to rock ‘em and a lot you need to NOT do. Cus, baby, they’re leather pants and they need the right accessorizing and a whole lot of attention to detail. First off, you obviously know that you should NOT rock this look to work (doesn’t matter where you work and whether your boss drinks on a daily). Tongue-in-cheek. But you can rock them pants anywhere else, for anything else, with anyone else for anything else. Nothing screams sexy quite like these pants … Cus they don’t just hug that body just the way you like it, they accentuate your backside (I’d say bottom)  and leave you rockin’ like the Bonang Matheba you are! It’s a fierce look, a sexy look, a vivacious look and a goddamn spunky look. So, we jump right in? Look 1: All that glitters is sometimes gold? Lol Look your fiercest with this unforgivably sexy silver plunge top that […]
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It’s been a hectic year so far (I know, I know, it has only been three months). But seriously, 2019 kicked off on such a high voltage note, I have been up and down so much, between shoots and travels and all that stuff, it’s definitely worn me down. Just like it would anyone, right?? Well, I have deiced to take a break, rejuvenate my body, clear up my mind, go off the camera, de-clutter my life and take a well-deserved vacation. With them kids of course, right? Vacays are one of man’s best inventions and boy , don’t’ we need them? Especially if they happen in the furthest corners of the Earth, where the skies and the Oceans and the roads all work in unison to free your spirit and liven up your soul. I am currently on a two-week Vacay at Kenya’s Coastal beaches where I took my little ones to bask in the Sun and to savor the clear-blue waters. Allysia, the third-born, has been not exactly the most excited of the vacay… you know, cos these kids don’t want to go anywhere if they are not tagging along their friends and capturing the moments in bomb […]

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