HOW TO TAKE YOUR OWN OUTFIT PHOTOS.

19 June 2017








I hope you all had an amazing weekend.Today on the blog I'll be talking about photography. I'm not an expert but I will share how I take the photos you see on the blog & what I have learnt.

1.Equipment used ; Dslr Camera, Remote Conrol & Tripod.

2.Know your camera ; 'The best camera is the one you have with you'... (you can take photos with any camera) but if  that camera is a digital camera please learn about Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed.
  • Aperture ; Helps to control what you want to be in focus ,depth of field, especially when you are doing portraits or outfit photos. The lower the number ,measured in f stops, for example f 4.5 the more blurry the background.
  • Shutter Speed; How long your camera shutter stays open to expose the sensor to light.. For example a shutter of 100 means your shutter speed is open to 1/100 of a second. Sutter speed helps to capture motion. So if you use a high shutter speed  motion will be frozen for example when someone is running. I usually use a slower shutter speed (1/100 -1/250) cause I'm usually standing or moving very slowly.
  • ISO; How sensitive your sensor is to light. If you use a higher ISO you might introduce noise to your image & will make your image grainy. I usually set it to 250 -320.
3. When you take your photos ; I usually take in the morning or evening, when sun is not out. At times the only time  I get to shoot is at 1 or 2 pm so I try to find somewhere with a shade to take the photos.

4. Take the photos ; Now everything is set up is time to stand infront of your camera to take the photos. It can be awkward at the beginning but try different poses at differnt angles. I usually adjust my tripod to get different angles. For a detail shot like if I want to show my jewellery I move closer to the camera. I also love a blurry background  so I don't lean on walls/ doors.

I'm also on the hunt to learn new photography techniques. My favourite youtube channels are Mango StreetJessicca Kobeissi & COOPH.




TIPS & TRICKS OF THRIFTING IN NAIROBI

12 June 2017








All my life I had to thrift hehehe jk. I love love thrifting so much cause I get shop for unique pieces at an affordable time. I have learnt a few tips & tricks and today I want in going to shar

1. Have an open mind ; The ruffle detail is trending at the moment & you might see something online from maybe Zara. Please don't go expect that on a pile of clothes in Gikomba. I bought this ruffle cami for 10 kshs in Gikomba a few months ago. It doesn't look like anything I've seen online but it is still cute.

2.What to look for in the clothes you buy ; When you are buying clothes before paying go through each detail. Is it torn? Does it miss a button, zip or any embellishment? If you look closely my top is missing a button. I noticed when I was editing but found the button afterwwards. If it's something minor & fixable I usually buy it & do fix it myself.

3. When is the best time to shop ; When you are free or have time. There is a myth that if you go super early you get really nice stuff. At times you will but also you might be buying yesterday's stock. I have seen stock being opened at 3pm. Just develop your style first then you will have the best time thrifting.

4.Keep an eye on what the other shoppers are picking up ; These clothes are mostly in huge piles & at times you can't go through everything. If you see someone picking an item you like, first don't act interested,cause some people might think its cute & will not put it down hehehe, wait and see if they like it. If they put it down, meaning they don't like it, ask them to give you the item.

5. What to wear when thrifting ;  I usually like to wear either a sleeveless dress or a cami & skirt. I'm going to try on clothes & most of the places I shop at are open air so no changing rooms. With a skirt its easier to try on denim & a sleeveless top or dress I try on tops.

6. Where do I shop ; Gikomba,Mtindwa, Toi (not so much cause it's a bit far), Think Twice (Its a new thrifing concepts not open air, I get my denim there especcially Levi's)

What I'm wearing... Ruffle top & Levi's both thrifted.

If you love thrifting, where are favourite place to thrift?

Photograpy - Self portrait.


MOMMIFROM: LOOSE PANTS

5 June 2017














Everytime I style an outfit I ask myself can I breastfeed my baby in it, even when I'm not with the baby lol. Short story....I few months ago a local radio presenter was surprised by her hubby in the studio & the hubs came with the baby. The baby started crying & mom had to excuse herself  to feed the baby. As I was watching the video I was like I hope she has separates hehehe.

I came to learn there is nothing as frustating as trying to feed your baby but you can't because of what you are wearing. I try to put together my momiform (mommy uniform)  to include separates that look cute but still will be perefcet for breastfeeding. Like a bodysuit & loose pants...separates but feeding the baby is next to impossible.

On to my outfit... I styled my tshirt (you can find the diy here) with loose pants & denim jacket. What I like about this oufit is I can play with my baby outside & oh still feed the baby cause its so comfortable, at times mommy jeans can be so uncomfortable though I love them.

If you are mommy do have a mommy uniform? If not how would you style loose pants?



Outfit - Thrifted.
Photography - Self portrait.




WORKWEAR INSPIRED : HOW TO A LAYER A JUMPSUIT

29 May 2017










The weather in Nairobi can be so unpredicatable. You can leave your house in the morning while its raining & by noon it's super sunny especially during the cold/ rainy season. During this time I like or I wear outfits that can be layered easily & still look like I put some effort to my outfit. This my favourite jumpsuit to layer cause of the neckline.

I styled  my wide leg jumpsuit with a striped shirt & a blazer. I unbuttoned the shirt (halfway) to create a different dimmension/layer by exposing a bit of the jumpsuit. Then wore a skinny belt to emphasize the waist.

Outfit - Thrifted
Photography - Self Portrait

HOW MY STYLE CHANGED POST BABY.

25 May 2017









Long time no post. I shot a whole bunch of photos the other day but I didn't like how they turned out.

As I was editing these photos,  I remembered how hard it was to style my post baby body just after giving birth. I had new set of boobs, hips & a muffin top. The first few months I was always in tights, tshirts & sweatpants. Then I gradually moved to jeggings & I'm now in love with mommy jeans, perfect for hiding  my muffin top. I also learnt a plunging neckline / v neck will give the illusion of smaller boobs.

On  to the outfit... I love how a simple detail can add a statement to your outfit & these bell sleeves did that. I paired my top with mommy jeans, they are high waisted  just perfect to snatch  hide my muffin top & give me extra length.

How has your style changed over the years?

Photography - Self Portrait
Outfit - Thrifted













RUFFLE HEM

24 April 2017






I love cropped pants but at times styling them can be a challenge. This pair was easy to style cause of the ruffle hem. It's a fun & feminine pair that you can style with almost any pair of shoes. I paired my pants with off-the-shoulder top (ruffles on the top & ruffles on the bottom lol) & block heels. I was going for a monochromatic look with different shades of the same colour.

I love ruffle details  & I'm so happy they are everywhere right now...on blouses, denim,skirt, dresses etc & you can even make a statement with already what you have like this diy here. What is your favourite way to wear/ style ruffle pieces?

Lovely week ahead.

Outfit - Thrifted
Photography - Self Portrait

HOW TO MAKE BHAJIA

10 April 2017













Today on the blog I'll be sharing my favourite way of cooking my potatoes.

You'll need....

1 cup gram flour.
2 big potatoes or several small ones.
1 teaspoon of ginger powder/shredded
A handful of cilantro
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
Pinch of baking soda.
Oil to fry

Boil your potatoes & mash them.
In a bowl mix all the ingredients into a thick batter but not runny.
Put your pan on a medium heat stove & add your oil.
Check if oil is ready for frying by placing a small piece of batter & if it sizzles then it's ready.
Fry the remaining batter for 5-6 minutes or until brown.
Serve hot.




FLOWER POWER

3 April 2017








When in doubt style basics then punch it up with flowers, in this case a floral jacket. Do you at times look at the clothes you own & think how can I restyle these pieces? I think the best way to do that is style basics then add a statement piece. I did this by styling a wrap around blouse with denim(you can check how I frayed the hem here ) & a floral jacket. This is a bit casual but for a formal look you can sub the jeans with a wide leg pants, cullotes or just any pants you own.

Oh my daughter wanted to be on the blog so please enjoy the three photos of my little love trying take self portraits lol. Awesome week ahead.

Outfit- Thrifted.
Photography - Self portrait.

CULLOTES

27 March 2017





If you love cropped pants then you will love cullotes. They are fun & easy to style. When I bought this pair I wished it was black in colour, cause I think this colour is a bit limiting to what I have in my wardrobe. I styled my cullotes with a romper, though the cullotes came with a lining cause of the sheer fabric, and barely there block heels. Oh my daughter decided to photobomb.

Do you love cropped pants?  How do you style them?

Have a lovely week ahead.


SHADES OF BLUE

20 March 2017







I love a denim on denim ensemble but I try as much as possible not to look like I have worn a onesie. The best way to do that is to pair different washes. I styled my outfit with different shades of blue, a light wash top with a medium wash. I accessorized with a multi-coloured bracelet for some colour & block heels.

What is your favourite way to style your denim?

Outfit - Thrifted
Photograhpy - Self Portrait

DIY.... FRAYED UNEVEN HEM

13 March 2017



I love tweaking pieces in my wardrobe just to upstlye what you already have. For this diy I made a frayed uneven hem with my favourite mommy jeans.

You'll need;
 Scissors.
Seam ripper (optional).
Marker or chalk.

I unravelled the hem with a seam ripper or you can just cut above the hem with a pair of scissors. Your jeans will start to fray & once you wash your jeans the frayed hem will be noticeable.
Mark the side of the hem, front or back, you want to be uneven. Cut & let it fray lol.

Outfit - Thrifted.
Photography - Self portrait.


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