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

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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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PLUS-SIZE STYLE: How To Wear a Jumpsuit

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Hello lovelies! This past monday, my friend Sidi sent me this "...any advice on how a 'big' gal like me would look in a jump suit....should we wear plain ones or printed ones?"

I am a recent convert to jumpsuits. I have admired them for ages but never quite got up the courage to wear one until recently (see post here). What made me steer clear of jumpsuits was the fear that it would not flatter my body. When choosing a jumpsuit, follow the guideline below.

1. It should flatter your body.
A suitable jumpsuit for plus-size girls should flatter your curves rather than draw unnecessary attention to them. For a more flattering look, choose fabrics that drape over your curves instead of clinging to them.


2.  Colours
Solid colours are the safest bet for plus size girls. Dark colours like black will make you look slimmer. However, you can go for bold colours like reds if you are looking to make a statement.



3. Patterns and Prints

Big patterns tend to call for attention and should thus be restricted for those parts of the body that you want to draw the eye to (i.e. those you want to show off). If you are unsure of how you will look in prints, choose small ones that aren't too loud. 
Extra Tip: Add another statement piece that is sure to draw the attention away from your printed jumpsuit if you are feeling a bit shy like blogger Chastity did above with the yellow shoes (follow her blog for more style inspiration for curvy girls).

4. Length
 If your trouser legs are too long you will appear shorter and bigger. Invest in a pair that doesn't sweep the ground as you walk. Pairing the jumpsuit with heels will make your legs appear longer and give you a more slimming effect.
Always Remember
Like any other outfit you would wear, choose one with a pattern, colour, fabric, and overall style that you absolutely love.

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 Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

xo

Audrey

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