Thursday, July 31, 2014

MID-WEEK REFLECTIONS: July Edition

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Hello lovelies! Today is the last day of July, can you believe it?  I have been down with the flu but I'm feeling much better today so I just had to squeeze in one last post before the month ends. Life lately has taken an interesting turn. I have taken up quite a number of roles this month among them being PR for my brother's company. It's part-time so I have time to do other things as well. I find that I like to dapple in many different things since I easily get bored especially when I have to do the same thing over and over again. I think this is why going freelance really sits well with me. Apart from the fact that no two days are the same, I have more time with Elly and I get to organize myself and my work the way it suits me, something I found that helps me become better at organizing myself.


Life and Motherhood
Elly is four months old now. She's growing up so fast. She sits and has started trying to get up on her own. She has become quite friendly and smiles at everyone (nothing takes away the stresses of each day like seeing my little angel smile). Elly "talks" A LOT! I keep telling people that when she does start talking, she'll be a woman of many words. It's getting easier to spend our days together with me dedicating a few hours to work. She's learning how to entertain herself. The hardest bit is feeding time. Because now she's very aware of her surroundings, she gets distracted easily. Any small noise attracts her attention and she wants to check it out.
Sometimes I look at her and wonder at how far we come in life. We start off as innocent babies, not knowing the evils that are in this world. We only know the good, the smiles and laughter of those around us, the assurance that we are safe and nobody can hurt us, the comforting arms that are ready and willing to pick us up whenever we are uncomfortable, etc. As babies, we are dependent on those around us. Then as we grow up we become increasingly independent and eventually get to a point where we are totally independent and ready to start families of our own.
Each day I thank God for bringing me so far and for giving me this little angel as a reminder that I should be thankful for every little thing that has happened in my life.

Blogging and Business
These two have merged into one major project. This month, I would like to tell you a little about the new series I have started on the blog.
  • Plus-Size Fashion - A series dedicated to curvy ladies. After having Elly, I found that my body  has changed and so have my wardrobe choices. This series is my compilation of what works for curvy bodies and what doesn't. See first post on jumpsuits for curvy girls.
  • Hair - I've always loved experimenting with my hair. At some point it was my signature style until I got lax about it and let it go. I have, however, gotten my mojo back and will include this series in the blog to help me keep at it and to inspire you to get creative with your hair. My first post was on going natural.
  • Maternity Fashion - After finishing my 9 months of Maternity Diaries, I sorta abandoned this area of fashion. Many ladies are looking for inspiration on what to wear during their maternity period and I have revived this series in order to give you different style ideas to dress up your baby bump. Check out my post on office-appropriate maternity wear.
 Other series that have been on the blog for a while include:
  • Audrey's Style - A compilation of some of my outfits. I don't get to put up as many as I would like but I am working to increase these posts.
  • Celeb Style -  My favourite celebrity outfits that week as a source of inspiration on what more you can do with the clothes you have in your wardrobe. Sometimes it features red carpet style.
 Celebrity Style: Winter Edition
Celebrity Style: BET Awards 2014
  • Trends to Try - Decoding new trends and how to include them in your day to day outfits
  • How To - These posts answer the question "How do I style...." This month it was pencil skirts and sweatshirts
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  • Botique i2s: My online store. Visit my website for available stock or follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for stock updates. Remember if you are looking for something specific to add to your wardrobe or to wear to an event, you can contact me via email (inchestostyle@gmail.com).

Which were your favourite posts on the blog this month? Do share in the comments below.

Happy Thursday and thank you for stopping by!

xo

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Friday, July 25, 2014

CELEB STYLE: 25/7/2014 - Winter Edition

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Hello lovelies! This week's Celeb Style post brings together a few celebrity outfits that will give you ideas on how to look chic in this cold weather.

Jessica Alba
When the weather is as cold and dull as it has been lately in Nairobi, you need a pop of colour to brighten not only your outfit but your mood as well. It's no secret that dull weather often causes low spirits. Take Jessica Alba's hot pink flats and printed top. The pop of colour instantly transforms the outfit. Add a pop of colour to your outfits with bright coloured shoes, printed top or a bright red/pink lip.

Chrissy Tiegen
And in line with denim outfits, ripped jeans are all the rage now and even though you may be afraid of not looking feminine, pairing your ripped jeans with strappy shoes and a handbag will glam it up. Take your cue from Chrissy Tiegen (I only recently discovered that she is John Legend's wife).

Taylor Swift
And when you're tired of your jeans, why not try a pair of ankle trousers (hot trend that I'm dying to try!) with ankle boots and a bold lip and a fedora like Taylor Swift?

Alternatively, you can dress it up with a short trench coat and scarf for a more feminine look.

Your Say...
Which celebrity outfit is more you? Which would you like to try out? Let me know in the comments below.

 
Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

xo

Audrey

Be sure to visit my online store at www.inches2style.com or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates on what is available in stock.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

HAIR: My Journey With Natural Hair

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Hello lovelies! A little over a year ago, I decided to chop off my permed hair and go natural. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In this new series on the blog, I will share with you all that I am doing with my hair particularly the hairstyles I have on. I love experimenting with braiding my hair and take pride in looking for new and unique hairstyle which I will share with you all. First up in this new series is my conversion to natural hair and what led me to stay natural.

Making the big decision
Before I decided to go for the big chop, I did a lot of soul searching. I had had natural hair all through my school years and only decided to perm it when I finished high school. Later, when I went to study in India, I discovered that the minerals in the water there and the chemicals used for perming hair were incompatible. Then came the first trim. I had braids for the longest time then since I was trying to grow my hair back. I didn't know what to do with short natural hair so I taught myself how to braid and did it myself! I did retouch my hair a number of times after that. The last time was towards the end of 2012 when I went for a retouch that was poorly done. I changed salons and had to have it redone and that was the beginning of the end of my relationship with permed hair. Come June 2013, I made the final decision and off came the permed hair.

I didn't make a big fuss over cutting off my hair. I just took a sharp pair of scissors, handed them to my sister and asked her to cut off the permed hair. By this time I had been plaiting my hair a lot so I had a good amount of growth (natural hair) to fall back on. My first afro wasn't particularly short and with constant plaiting plus pregnancy hormones, my hair grew quite fast. Apart from the phenomenal growth rate, I love natural hair because it recovers quite quickly from adverse conditions like a bad hairline. Maintenance is quite easy and since my hair texture is quite manageable, I don't have to do too much to keep it looking good.

Below is my hair evolution from June last year. Enjoy the pics, they are quite a number!!!

June 2013
 Washed and styled

 Washed and styled

 Washed and styled


September 2013
Washed and styled

Washed and styled

November 2013
 Washed and styled

 February 2014

Washed and styled

April 2014
Partly straightened hair

May 2014
Partly straightened hair

July 2014
Partly straightened hair

I know many ladies who have gone natural do not subject their hair to any heat i.e blowdry it but I have tried this trend out and I have to admit that it isn't for me. I haven't given up quite yet. I will keep trying until I find a style that I like best. I am still teaching myself what to do with natural hair and I believe with time I will know enough about what more I can do with it besides braiding.

Have you tried to wear your hair natural? What was your experience?

Be sure to visit my online store at www.inches2style.com or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates on what is available in stock.
 
Happy Thursday and thank you for stopping by!

xo

Audrey
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