Friday, November 29, 2013

Sweatshirt Trend: Fall 2013/2014

I used to love sweatshirts especially in my tomboy phase. Lately I have had a yearning for my sweaties and would you know it, there a sweatshirt trend for fall. For some that means snow while for us here it means rain with intermittent sun. Nonetheless I decided to showcase a few ways to do the trend in a stylish way.

The key thing is to be careful about fit! These tops can and will add bulk to your body so you better be sure your body can handle that! For a more dressed up look a more fitted sweatshirt is preferable. I am not such a big fun of the animal print or flowery sweatshirts but if you can rock them and not over accessorize them then do your thing.


Monday, November 25, 2013

African Print: Trendy, Modern and Fun

I own three outfit that I can honestly say utilize African print in the design. I got them as graduation present from my mum, the fab designer, Peggy, whom sadly I lost contact with.. Peggy was the first designer to make me consider wearing African print. My mum loves African print and has  amazing outfits , some from west Africa but I always refused all offers to have any made for me after seeing some of the designs which fit my mother rather well but never seemed to have me in mind as a young, modern woman .

Coco midi circle skirt by NAKIMULI

I have been accused of not being a 'proper' fashion blogger due to my reluctance to post my own photos. It always amuses me to say the least. People can be very narrow minded, not all fashion bloggers are person style bloggers. Nonetheless today I will post pictures of the three outfits that form my full African print capsule wardrobe. This long tale leads to why I did this post today. There are so many designers from this continent that are finally making outfits using African print that any modern person would love to have in their closet. Occasionally I will be featuring these outfits as I stumble upon them.

So below are outfits that have impressed me

Nigerian design house DESIGN FOR LOVE gets the first spot with this chic Akatasia dress coat! This was part of the Kaela Kay FW 2013 collection

Another Kaela Kay FW2013 collection piece. Floor length gown featuring sheer lace sleeves, sheer lace midriff and front thigh high slit.I love the drama that is created by the high slit! I am not too crazy about the patterns on the sheer top but absolutely love the underlay ankara bodice.I really love this design

SISI JEJE by Design By Love is a collection that just spoke to me . I love simple chic and effortless style so these are outfits I want to grab instantly.

SISI JEJE. I love how subtle the African Print is on these outfits and allows the wearer to accessorize with even more colourful african print.

I hate the shoes! Rubbish styling but again this outfit is so me! I have several tops with that same silhoutte and they hang on my slim frame rather well! I love mini skirts so best be sure this look is one I will be rocking this December! SISI JEJE.

The colourfulness of this outfit makes me sooooooooo happy. My love for shift dresses is well documented so for that alone I do love it but the mix of fabrics and colours is so amazing! I also love the model's hair :-)
In my opinion this is a perfectly appropriate work outfit! I really love it! SISI JEJE

Love the tunic top! SISI JEJE

Lee leggings. I love these.

Nakimuli Holiday Collection 2010.

Pyromaniac by MP.
Pyromaniac by Michele Pouani
This jacket and outfit is by far my favourite from the Angolan born designer. Pyromaniac

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DRESS SWAP Sat 16th 2013

I am super excited that I can finally host another swap event. This one will be dresses only. We all know how we love dresses! This time the swap is only two hours. Two hours to come grab some cool dresses from other ladies while they grab yours to update their closets, catch up on some gossip while nibbling and some drinks. Who would want to miss that?

So yeah we are going to do this!!!!!!! Venue is still the same in Runda. The charges are only Ksh 500. If you are on facebook go on over there and rsvp on the event page. If you are not a facebook person there is the google plus event or just call me or email me to let me know you are coming so I can plan for you.

For more details on how swaps work click on that tab that says Nyangi styles latest events.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Personal Style Interview: Sarah

Sarah at one point sat in front of me in class and was a food prefect so our circle of friends could enjoy extra potatoes on certain days! Hahahah you can laugh but that was a big luxury! Sarah is very stylish  and it's an honor to have her on my blog. She is a mummy to an equally stylish baby boy.

Some say fashion is cyclical; others see it as a constant reinvention of taste. But no matter how you look at it, style is always personal.
 1. Outfit for a night out:   

The yellow peplum top and jeans. It’s comfortable; I don’t have to worry about my legs feeling coldJ).

2. For lounging around you throw on.  

The orange hi-lo dress. Its comfortable…I can breastfeed in it as it has the buttons at the frontJ) plus you can just throw in nice doll shoes or wedges in case the boyfriend wants us to go for lunch with the baby.

3. Which motto do you most relate to?
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Variety is the spice of life.

Wear your heart on your sleeve.
Fortune favors the bold.

You can never be too rich or too thin.

4. What’s your signature makeup look?

Gold eye shadow and eyeliner and mascara…its simple easy to do and looks pretty. My new favorite is red lips and abit of subtle eye makeup…

5. If you could only wear one piece of jewelry it would be?
Statement earrings. Unique African, contemporary, fancy button earings. This are my new favouriteJ) they make me look like a goddess with a simple bun hairstyle…..oh and neck pieces I looooove colourful bright neck  jewelleryJ)ohyou said oneJ)

6. What would you wear for a typical day at work? 
My typical day at work is jeans and flat I walk a lot looking for paper so I need to be comfortable and have to move fast. I really don’t have to dress up too much as a graphic designer but I have to be presentable when I'm meeting clients especially

7. What is your favorite accessory?
Hmmmm that’s a hard one…shoes and jewellery.

8. Who do you consider your celebrity fashion icon?
Hmmm....i won’t mention all the fancy names as I have no clue…plus I like working with people or things that are accessible and you can work with or work around…however I like how Tia & Tamera the sisters dress, Kourtney Kardashian…locally Patricia Kihoro…I like how she seems to have something African in her outfit most times. As I also love African prints, accessories…Sana.

10. Describe the underwear you are wearing RIGHT NOW

11. What is your age group? Early twenties? Mid twenties? Late twenties? In your thirties? In your forties?
mmmmm…late twentiesJ)

12 What is your occupation?
Graphic and jewelry designer

13. Are you a parent? And if so does it have an impact in your style
Yes, am a mummy to a lovely boy Leo. He is 1 yr and 5 months.It has an impact on my style because if am going to a place with him I have to wear dresses or tops that I can breast feed in…and I prefer flats because I worry falling when am carrying him in heelsJ) he is a boy you knowJ so much action and energy

14. Are you married and if so does it affect your style?
Not married.

15. What you would never be caught dead in?
Harem pants. I don’t think they look good on me and micro mini’sJ)

16. What’s one trend or look that really irritates you?
Hmmm..can’t think of any at the top of my head. But people who wear clothes that don’t suit their body style just because its in fashion….not goodJ)

17. What inspires your style?
African themes, kitenge,prints and colour colour colour!!

18. Your best physical feature or one you get most compliments?
Hmm my faceJ) am told am prettyJ))…..vanity nayoJ)

19. Last outfit your bought?
My graduation dress. PrettyJ

20. Your personal style in one word

21. Worst look you ever wore?
Orange baggy jeans when I was in primary school…horrible…the shade was just wrong…plus instead of looking colour inspired it looked like a horrible fashion accident….you could hear me screaming just by looking at the picJ)

22. A look that you always find attractive in the opposite sex?
Slim fit suits…yumJ)

23. What is weird about you?
Hmmm…sisemiJ))gosh that’s tough…

24. What is unique about you?
I have an eye for creative things…in my own style.