Watch game

Getting the special men in your life, family, friends or a significant other, the perfect gift tends to be a lot harder than it is for women.

Mayhaps it’s just me.

Whenever a birthday, or valentines day rolls around I start panicking because I haven’t a clue where to start. So I asked one or two chaps what they’d like to get that’s practical (because a gift should serve some purpose) but still be special.

WATCHES!

Now, people shy away from this because good watches cost quite a bit and cheaper ones tend to last about the lifetime of a fruit fly. But look at it this way, quality watches are the kind of gift you give someone really important like your dad on father’s day or your hubby on your anniversary, and will serve them for a long time and serve as a quiet reminder. So take the time to educate yourself and really shop around for something great.

How to know what watch to buy? What makes sense? What would he like?

Here’s how I’d decide:

  • What’s his current style? This is important because a watch tends to be a reflection of his personal taste and must fit into his lifestyle.
  • How easily can it be fixed? It needs to be something you can get fixed without too much fuss.
  • Value of the watch versus what you pay for it.
  • Where you get it. No back alleys in town people!

This video has a couple of helpful tips as well, and gives suggestions on blogs, apps e.t.c dedicated to watches:

Nat did a shoot featuring some swanky watches for men.

The idea behind the shoot was to show watches in the modern man’s natural habitats.

These pieces are gorgeous and each one suits different tastes. Click on them to get a closer look 🙂

 

 

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The trouble with high heels

First watch this:

Now from what I’ve read and discussions I’ve had, it’s not that wearing heels every so often is a bad thing, it’s that wearing them all the time and insisting on wearing heels higher than 2 inches no less well lead to health problems. Each time you slide on those “bad boys” you are altering the distribution of your weight, forcing your foot to slide forward into an unnatural shape. How you move or stand while in them can put serious strain on your knees, hips, and lower back. With time the pain you withstand for beauty’s sake might ultimately cost you a hell of a lot more than a new pair of Louboutins.

Now I know there are a lot of you, who unlike me, can’t live without your heels. They are a part of your self-expression, a statement, a claim of prestige or wealth…so how do you enjoy them without causing yourself unnecessary harm? Dr Nevins has a few good suggestions.

  1. Choose sensible heels. Select shoes with low heels – an inch and a half or less – and a wide heel base; a slightly thicker heel will spread the load more evenly. Narrow, stiletto-type heels provide little support and three-inch or higher heels may shorten the Achilles tendon.
  2. Wear soft insoles to reduce the impact on your knees.
  3. Make sure your shoes are the right size so the foot doesn’t slide forward, putting even more pressure on the toes. Pick a shoe with a wide enough toe box to allow you to wiggle your toes.
  4. Wear heels on days that require limited walking or standing.
  5. Alternate your shoe choice throughout the day or from one day to the next. Don’t wear your high heels all day; and wear more comfortable shoes, such as athletic or walking shoes for commuting to and from work. Wearing shoes that allow your body to move naturally during walking will allow your feet, legs, hips and back to stretch.
  6. Stretch. Take time every day to stretch your calf muscles and feet. Dr. Nevins recommends standing on the edge of a step with your shoes off. With your weight on the balls of your feet and your heels extending off the edge, drop your heels down to stretch. You can also put a pencil on the floor and try to pick it up with your toes.

So if they hurt, chuck ’em, if you think heels aren’t practical but feel pressured…know there’s quite a few of us who’ll opt for a nice comfy pair of flats any day and if you must go all out with your heel choice, number 6 is definitely something you need to keep in mind.

 

Do you think heels are worth it? Share your thoughts below 🙂

Converse Makeover!!

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Aloha people!

The S.O introduced me to converse and I am in love. They’re super comfy and go with nearly anything depending on how laid back you are 😉

My shoes are looking quite beat up now and need some serious TLC. So I looked up two DIYs I could try to make them look brand new and add my personality to them (that’s if I ever actually get around to doing it).

First of all, I/you/we need to clean them:

  • Remove the shoe’s shoelaces if the laces do not need to be cleaned. You can hand wash the shoelaces with soap and water or wash them in the washing machine if they do need to be cleaned.
  • Add cold water and soap to your toothbrush.
  • Lightly scrub the shoe with the toothbrush to remove dirt and sweat stains.
  • You can use toothpaste to scrub the white rubber part to get it to its old white shine
  • Rinse the soap from your shoes with cold water.
  • Leave your shoes on a towel to air-dry at room temperature.

Now to make them pretty.

The first DIY is creating a tie and dye look on your kicks. I like this because it gives it a summery, happy-go-lucky feel.

You can go as wild as you want or just keep it simple, toats up to you.

The next one I’d like to try is studding my kicks. This just takes me back to my rocker days lol. Here are the steps courtesy of Trinkets in Bloom

What you need:

  1. 1 Pair of high top converse kicks
  2. Studs and spikes
  3. Glue
  4. Screwdriver (useful if you’re using spikes w/ screws)
  5. Awl or sharp scissors (to poke holes)

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1)First things first, decide how and where you want your studs and spikes to be.

2)Spikes down the back spine of the sneakers: To do this use a tape measure and a pencil to mark where you want the spikes to be. When you know where you want your spikes, use your awl or sharp scissors to poke a hole through your shoes where you will be putting your spikes. Be careful!!! This can be a little tricky down around the heel of the sneaker because of the reinforcement.

3)As soon as you poke your hole through your sneaker put the screw through the hole. This will keep the fabric from closing in over the hole.

4)When you have all your screws through your sneaker you’re ready to add your spikes. Using a toothpick, put a small amount of glue on the screw part and screw your spike onto the screw. This is where a screwdriver comes in handy. Make sure your screws are in tight. Glue and screw in all spikes.

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5)Now you’re ready to add your studs to the sides of your sneakers. If you’ve already taken a picture with your phone that will come in very handy here.  You can use a tape measure and a pencil and mark them if you want.

TIP: The best way to add glue to your studs is to put some glue on a paper plate and use a toothpick to apply it to your stud before putting it on your sneaker. Put glue on your studs and add them one by one to your sneakers.

Be careful to not use too much glue so that it squishes out and gets messy.

Super cute right? Now to see if I can manage anything near as awesome as what she created.

The point of all this is that you don’t have to get rid of your converse when they fade or look a tad battered, just revamp them and add your own unique touch. You’re not limited to the ideas above, those are just the ones I like. You can paint em, add glitter, spray paint em gold…whatever suits your fancy.

Cut-out fabulocity

Cut-out everything became a thing last year, and it seems to be a trend that still has quite a bit of momentum. I think cut-outs give you a chance to flaunt a bit of skin in a fresh way, letting you dictate where and how much skin is shown of without looking uber skanky.

 

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Whether you want a cut-out dress or a cute top, there are some things to consider:

  • Choose just one area to expose, and make sure it’s an area you’re comfortable with. It doesn’t make sense to get/make one if all you’re going to do is cover it up with a trench coat all night because you’re embarrassed.
  • Make sure it’s the right occasion for it. You’re not about to walk into an office showing a lil extra are you? A night out with the girls, or a special date would be perfect…maybe even that beach trip.
  • Watch your neckline and hems. It would be nice to still actually have something on.Lace or see-through material over the cut-out area is perfect if you still feel too conservative/shy.
  • Black is great but don’t be afraid to enjoy a little color.
  • Be confident.

 

NB: they are also a nice way to show off those tattoos without having to wear a tank-top 🙂

 

The great thing about cut-outs is that they can be fun and casual or just the right amount of spicy; it all depends on the material, fit, patterns or no and what jewelry shoes you pair it with.

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Cut-out dress

Fuchsia Parrot earrings

Mood bracelets

Voodoo necklace

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Stylist & Model: Natalie Kimani

Photographer: Victor Peace

Make up artist: Cathy Nderitu

A mix of patterns.

There’s always been this rule that you should never where stripes with flowers. It’s too busy! Well, not anymore. Mixing paisleys with stripes is perfectly acceptable. One of the reasons mixing and matching patterns is in now is because Vintage clothing has made a huge comeback. Old rules are being reworked by people who dare to step out of that square box society seems determined to fit us all into.

This can work for you if you accessorize the right way, have the right cut and fit, and have the personality to match.

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Don’t forget hair and makeup.

You can go nude or wear daring lippy for that extra oomph.

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UntitledStripe and print dress – Toi Marche

Shoes – Backyard Shoez (bandari plaza)

Skull necklace – Toteally Kenya

Black pendant necklace – ALATA accessories

Rings – Mr Price

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Stylist & Model: Natalie Kimani

Photographer: Victor Peace

Make up artist: Cathy Nderitu

Onesies are In!

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Who new adult onesies would become a fad outside of Japan?! The idea for these adorable full body suits is from kigurumi culture; Kigurumi [着ぐるみ] is the word to describe a costume which covers the whole body including the head. We’re more familiar with the term co-splay. Onsies are made to cover you head to toe (or to your ankles), complete with a hoodie with teddy bear ears and a tail. 🙂

Onesies come in a large variety of characters, animals and styles, so you can find something that suits you. there are the more classy ones and the more quirky anime type versions. They are perfect for this depressing July weather, or during winter if it snows where you are. You don’t have to worry about tossing your blanket at night, you’ll be perfectly warm.

If you’re a thrift shopper, you can get one at a bargain at Toi Marché. You can also check online, Kigu Zoo has a pretty cool selection.

If you sew, or are feeling adventurous you can try this DIY:

Here’s a random idea, a onesie party! How fun would that be?

Grab a onesie fellaz, ladies love em. Honest.