Nyama Mama Unveils Second Full-Service Outlet

Nyama Mama restaurant has proudly launched its second signature outlet. Located at the Capital Centre, Mombasa
Road, the establishment will become a focal point of the area serving both local residents and tourists connecting to the airport alike.

Nyama Mama is a new interpretation of the things we so fondly grew up with. An urban atmosphere with a nostalgic feel, it is as though you were sitting at grandma’s home. In fact the UK’s Evening Standard heralded it as ‘giving African food a much needed modern makeover’ along with famed American Chef Personality Anthony Bourdain making Mama’s a pit stop on his Kenyan Adventure.

After working as a cook in exclusive safari lodges around East and West Africa, Mama as gone back to her childhood roots preparing home-style dishes with an eclectic twist. A fun African roadside diner Mama’s food is a burst of flavour, taking common dishes and transforming them into something contemporary. And when Mama was on the dusty road, she would mix magical spicy and fruity potions for her friends, using fine African ingredients and special homemade infusions. Her cocktails are one-of-kind served in iconic metal Vikombe.

This opening comes on the back of Mama’s recent win at the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards where she was awarded for Best African Cuisine, Africa Continent. Nyama Mama currently calls Delta Corner home in Westlands. At Capital Centre, Mama will introduce an area of fun activities and a shop of Mama’s collectables that have become so coveted.

10 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Had Great Natural Hair

Written By: Nadia Nguru

  1. Janelle Monae

The wonderful and empowering singer of ‘QUEEN’ snatched all our edges with the fresh face picture she posted a while back on instagram, showing off her beautiful, long hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Blac Chyna

Although she does love getting floor length extensions, Chyna’s hair has some serious length of its own. Infact, it’s longer than some of the weaves she wears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Nicki Minaj

The undisputed QUEEN of weaves has shared with the world the true beauty underneath the inches a couple of times, leaving us in awe each time she does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Gabrielle Union

Our most loveable ‘Good Deeds’ actress is not only stunning in weaves, but she also knows how to rock a cute high ponytail with her gorgeous curls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Rihanna

The Rihanna Navy was HERE FOR IT when Riri posted the cutest picture of her, flossing her curls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Kerry Washington

The star of the hit series Scandal, is fond of wearing weaves to red carpet events, but once in a while she does love rocking her curls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Viola Davis

The fierce and vivacious lawyer from HTGAWM loves her natural style so much that she once featured the look on an episode of HTGAWM

 

 

 

 

8. Taraji P. Henson

Cookie Lyon AKA the GOAT loves her lace fronts as much as the next vivacious chica, but she is not afraid to rock her jaw-dropping natural do either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Cardi B

Belcalis’ crown of unprocessed hair makes us all go “OKURRRRRRRRR!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Michelle Obama

I’m fairly certain majority of us remember when Michelle Obama SHOOK the internet with this picture of her natural hair in all its glory at the White House.

The Wackiest, Weirdest and Down Right Most Confusing Trends

Written By: Nadia Nguru

1. Extreme Cut Jeans

These incorrectly dubbed pair of “Extreme Cut Jeans” appear to be pieces of cloth pieced together to form what would be jeans with parts missing…many parts. The most shocking part is the fact that they go for $168. For almost 17,000 Kenyan Shillings you’d at least expect jeans that come with a new pair of legs.

 

 

 

 

2. Car-Mat skirt

These are literally for the “girl on the go.” I mean it. For a beautifully priced $2,495 you can buy this…cute? Little outfit at any of Balenciaga’s online stores or department stores.

 

 

 

 

3. Duvet Ponchos

Don’t wanna leave your bed? Too cold outside? Well don’t you worry one bit, the Duvet Poncho is here to solve all that. The crafty British Fashion design house, Mulberry, created the duvet poncho to allow you to beat the cold, whilst looking stylish, I think.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Wearing Vinyl

Plastic makes me feel fantastic! Seems to be the latest motto/trend. More and more we see pieces of clothing being replaced by vinyl, or the whole garment made out of clear vinyl. Albeit some of the outfits created with clear vinyl do look pretty cute. For instance, the model Bella Hadid rocks her Black, vinyl trousers quite stylishly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Male crop tops

Ever thought of what your boyfriend would look like in your clothes? The answer can be found in one of the latest trends. Crop tops for men. Don’t think it’s a trend that will ever catch on, well here’s Kid Cudi to prove you wrong.

 

 

 

 

6. Fake Mud Jeans

Incase you’re in the mood to look like you have been upto a lot of work, but you don’t actually want to do the work…these are the PERFECT fit for you. Apparently looking dirty is a literal trend these days. What a time to be alive!

 

 

 

 

7. Straw-hat dress

For a meager $3,050 you can get a beautifully woven dress. Made from straw hats. One exceptionally creative French designer by the name Jacquemes came up with a way for ladies around the world to beat the heat. I assume so.  One cannot really be too sure what the purpose of this dress is exactly.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Pre-destroyed Margiela sneakers

Looking for something to complement your ‘Fake Mud’ Jeans? Seek no further than the pre-destroyed set of Margiela sneakers being sold for a neat $1,425 For such a price, you would probably be anticipating a pair of sneakers designed by the divine…instead, you can treat yourself to a beautiful set of “these just got runover by a lawnmower” sneakers.

 

 

 

 

9. RompHim

The outfit looks as ridiculous as the name sounds, but I think this outfit MIGHT just work for some people. Although people may need time adjusting to the idea of a ‘male romper.’

Tips For The Gym Newbie

Written By: Nadia Nguru

Getting into any new routine can be pretty hard, daunting and most times you’ll feel like quitting. Don’t. No really, I mean it. Sometimes all it takes is a little motivation coupled with some guideline to get you on the right track.

  1. DO NOT overwork your muscles

It can be really easy to get into the gym with a lot of psych and do multiple reps with weights, working out your forearms, triceps etc. if you are not yet used to how demanding the recovery process of your muscles can be..mostly because you’re a ‘newbie’ then overworking your muscles can lead to muscle spasms which are no fun at all.

  1. DO warm up before you start training

You have to treat gyming like a sport, especially when it comes to lifting or working with weights. If you don’t warm up prior to, you’re not going to have a very successful training session. Warming up ensures that your body is ready for the workout. It does so by gently increasing your heart rate and blood circulation as well as upping the blood flow to your muscles and relaxing your joints.

  1. Supplement your workouts with the right nutrition.

It’s one thing to hit the gym, but more often than not, you make a bigger impact on your body by changing your diet as well. Eating foods high in saturated fats and acid doesn’t help your body as it slows down the healing process of muscles that underwent ‘wear and tear’ at the gym.

  1. Pace yourself

This point cannot be stressed enough. You have to build up a pace and keep with it before you start skipping from lifting 15 to lifting 40 kgs. The same goes for squatting, ab-crunch machines…you get the point.

  1. Want to lose belly fat? Cardio.

To some this may sound a little unbelievable, but cardio aids the loss of belly fat to a great extent. Thus, you can try all the versions of situps and crunches known to mankind, but you must supplement them with cardio for you to start exhibiting proper fat loss. Cardio includes running, using the elliptical or a speed bike. Basically anything that gets your heart racing and makes you break a lil sweat.

  1. Know your body type.

It’s all well and good to get advice from peers who’ve been to the gym a little longer, but doing some research to know your body type goes a long way in making sure you’re getting the most out of your work out. There’s probably no other more sure-fire way of getting the gains you want, other than knowing what training regime works best for you. For Ectomorphs, a diet high in protein is necessary. Ironically enough, carbohydrates are also recommended for ectomorphs, but be careful as to which carbohydrates to consume;complex carbohydrates take long to breakdown and slow down the bulking process. For endomorphs, a diet low on carbohydrates and rich in protein and healthy fats will help with the fat-loss process.

 

 

 

7. Make it a lifestyle

A lot of experts recommend making going to the gym a habit in order to see positive improvements both mentally and physically. I argue that you should make it a lifestyle. This doesn’t mean littering your instagram feed with selfies every time you hit the gym, it just means that you should take it as seriously as you take going to work, school, eating, sleeping-as seriously as you take all parts of your lifestyle.  

 

Thrift Social Nairobi- Made In Kenya Edition In Pics

Thrift social is no ordinary fashion event, suffice to say however that the stylish souls that step out for this event will leave you breathless, be it in a good or bad way.

The event was celebrating 10 years since its inception at Uhuru Gardens Nairobi Kenya and you can bet we were there to capture every bold, beautiful and outrageous outfits.

The theme this time was Made In Kenya and to be honest I personally was of the opinion that all and sundry would put their best fashion foot forward in a kitenge/ cultural garment. I couldn’t have been more wrong. See for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itty Bitty Fashion Tips You Might Just Need.

  1. Adhesive Bras

When wearing any backless top or a halter top, it’s tedious to try and search for the right bra that will hold up your girls whilst not showing, to give you that “they’re naturally like this” feel/look. Adhesive bras do just the trick and you can get an abundance of them online.

  1. Go Hands Free

Sometimes, you’re getting ready to leave the house so you pick up your things and stare at yourself in the mirror. But something just does not feel right! Maybe it’s the bulky briefcase you’re hauling around called your handbag. If you can’t find a small, cute bag that goes with your outfit, just go hands free and carry what you’re sure you will need…especially if you’re going on a night out or a date. Being hands free makes your outfit stand out as that is where all the attention is.

  1. Scarfs solve problems

If you feel like your outfit is a little too plain, or maybe the shirt doesn’t quite complement what you have paired it with, simply throw on a scarf that matches whatever is underneath eg. your skirt or trousers.

  1. Big Busts + Short Girls = Empire waists

It can get pretty difficult being a lady with a big bust but is also petite, i.e you’re under 5’4, however, for such body types, empire waists go a long way. The concept of an empire waist is garments with a fitted bodice that end below the bust- you can even create  this look yourself by pairing a fitted shirt with a long skirt that is worn directly under your bust.

  1. Less is more…NOT!!

When it comes to fashion, the phrase “less means more” applies very loosely…unless of course you are talking about make-up. There are times when all it takes to make your outfit come together is to layer up, but layer up correctly. Pairing up a plaid shirt with a full-length jean jacket will not do you any favours in terms of improving your outfit.  

  1. Your zipper won’t stay up? No problem. There’s a fix for that.

Whether the issue is that your jeans are too tight, or it’s that pair of jeans from toi that always has an issue with the zip, all you need is a keychain ring and you can fix that. Simply attach the keychain ring to the zip and then attach the other end of the ring to your button. Your zipper will no longer slide down and embarrass you in public.

  1. Pair your outfit with a short blazer for that snatched waistline look.

For when you are in the mood to show of your waistline, it’s always easier to throw on a short blazer over your outfit, that will allow you to achieve that “snatched waistline.”   

  1. Overdress! Overdress! Overdress!

When you’re headed somewhere new and you are not familiar with the dress code, it’s always better to overdress and make yourself look good because the last thing you want is to show up looking a little sub-par. You would rather be the bell of the ball than look like the one person who did not get the memo on the dress code.

  1. Feel it. Be it

This works both ways, if you feel great, you’ll look great. If you feel uncomfortable in what you’re wearing…high chance you look uncomfortable in it too.

 

7 Predictions We All Have About The Future.

  1. Flying cars

This one is a bit of an obvious one, considering the idea that we will have flying cars has been around since…forever! But there is hope as numerous companies are working on different concepts of flying cars.

  1.  Teleportation will be real

The idea of being able to transport yourself or an object from one location to another has always been fascinating. Most of us just admire the convenience that would come with teleportation eg. no longer having to sit in traffic to get from your house to wherever.

  1. We will able to see through walls.

Let’s face it, who doesn’t want the concept of x-ray vision to come to life? I’m sure the idea of being able to see what your next door neighbour is upto when they won’t stop making noise in the dead of the night is absolutely fascinating.

  1. We won’t need screens anymore

Thanks to virtual reality headsets, the thought of needing screens in 30 years to come slowly diminishes, as these nifty and efficient creations make the requirement for screens…well, null and void.

  1. We will be able to grow organs

Well this isn’t even a prediction about the future so much so as it is already a reality. Humans have been toying around with the ability of stem cells to try and regrow skin cells and in fact in January of 2017, a Berlin research institute announced that they had successfully grown a pair of fallopian tubes using stem cells.

  1. Touring space will be a real thing.

We’ve all sat and thought about how interesting it would be to take a tour around space, have hotels that don’t just offer you a “beach view” but a view of the entire world. Fortunately for us, with the strides that the likes of elon musk and NASA scientists have made, we may not have to wait for long to take a trip to space. Of course, Richard Branson has already come up with a space flight company- Virgin Galactic- that aims to send tourists into space.

  1. Our food will be grown in labs

…as if it hasn’t already began, the daunting fear of food being grown in labs has slowly become a reality, as we witness scientists grow things like meat and fish in various labs around the world.

  1. We will be able to transfer our conscience into a supercomputer

This one seems a little bit more likely to happen in the year 2100, however, numerous movies have encouraged the idea of being able to transfer an individual’s conscience into any device that will not die out. Sounds cool right?

 

4 Of The Coolest Robots In The World

Written By: Nadia Nguru

For the average person interested in any form of new-age technology, the idea of artificial intelligence is not only exciting but simultaneously brings hope for a futuristic, more efficient world. However, for the remainder of the population the concept of artificial intelligence either seams frightening when we picture a Matrix-type world where the human race is no longer needed; or it just seems bleak with a tinge of unrealistic.

There is some good news before we get to that period in life where the human race is at stake-as if it’s not already not happening. Certain techno-savvy individuals have created some of the worlds smartest, most interactive and coolest robots of our era.

  1. Sophia

This is one of the most interactive robots, so much so that she’s become somewhat of a media personality. Having been interviewed by CNN, JImmy Fallon and the UN Deputy Chief. However, perhaps her most memorable interview of all time was her ‘date’ with Will Smith.

 

 

 

 

2. Ekso GT

The masterminds behind this robotic device created it to facilitate in the physiotherapy of stroke victims and people with spine injuries. The hip-knee bionic suit allows paralysed patients to regain mobility and walk as it utilizes trajectory settings, a gyroscope and torque sensors to figure out the amount of assistance required for each step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Aibo

Ever dreamt of having a dog but you weren’t prepared to deal with all the cleaning and the feeding? Well, Sony’s got that covered for you. This robotic dog is the cutest and most loveable robot on this list. There are many versions of Aibo the dog as the first batch to be manufactured was in 1999 Since then, Sony has manufactured many more updated versions of the interactive creature.

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Spot

Google has always been known to come up with futuristic inventions to better mankind. Spot is in no way excluded from their list. The four-legged robot can adjust to different terrain and maneuver its way around objects as well as climb stairs! Albeit, to some it might just look like something from their worst nightmares.

Natural Hair Tips For Beginners

Written By: Nadia Nguru

  1. Do not believe every youtube video you watch.

If you’re a naturalista in the making, or you find yourself switching between no braids and braids, you tend to watch a lot of “how to” videos for all hair types. Then you ever so hopefully try them out believing that it’ll come out just that way. Here’s the truth sis…it almost never does. So don’t sweat it, trying to wonder why your high puff looks a little low or your curls look more like matted and over-gelled strands. Put the product down, and just try it your way to see what works for you.

  1.  Less means more

There are no amount of words that could stress this enough, When it comes to applying certain gels, butters, soufflé’s etc in your hair. Do remember that sometimes, almost always, less is more! Sometimes the more product you add, the more you’re likely to wind up looking like a wet cat as the sticky substance congeals and leaves your hair feeling/looking appalling.

  1. There’s a high chance your head has more than one curl pattern.

Do not get frustrated and feel defeated just because your hair doesn’t react the same to certain products. A lot of girls have more than just one hair type in their hair, often times you’ll have looser curls in the nape of your hair or perhaps at the dead center.   

  1. Finger detangling goes a long way.

This one may seem a little obvious, but sometimes detangling with your fingers works just as well. But that means devoting at least 1-2 hours to your hair to PROPERLY finger detangle it. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time trying to wash it.

  1. Eat right if you REALLY want healthy hair

This small, yet usually overlooked aspect of health determines a lot about your hair. If you want healthy hair it is imperative that you eat right. There are no amount of growth serums, edge-regrowing oils and health-restoring butters you could possibly add to your hair that would do for you as much as eating a healthy diet would.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Heat Damage is a real thing

…And it could actually stop your hair from growing. If you find it a little difficult to spot heat damaged hair, it is the little strands of hair that remain completely straight after you wash your hair, unlike the rest of the hair which curls up. There are many false claims that applying things like beer, could potentially bring back the curls. Unfortunately, once the hair strand pattern is altered by the heat, it becomes painfully difficult for the hair strand to continue growing. Thus, cut the heat damage off and continue on your journey to luscious curls.

 

Your Mental Health Matters! That’s What THESE Apps Are Here For

Written By: Nadia Nguru

We’ve all heard of the horror stories of apps and video game softwares that result in the rise in violent behaviours of juveniles and sometimes even adults. The more disturbing ones even result in the deterioration of some individuals’ mental health.

On the contrary, there are some applications that actually offer anyone in need the chance to acquire help, and can be shared between those who know of a loved one who requires some assistance. Here is a list of apps that offer counselling and provide individuals methods of coping.

*please note that these applications cannot be solely relied to cope with extreme depression, anxiety etc and it is HIGHLY recommended that professional help is sought to complement the use of these apps.*

1. What’s Up Mental Health App

This app utilises The ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy)- which encourages you to manage situations you are in and acknowledge your reactions to the situations or emotions- and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)-which focuses on setting and achieving goals to boost happiness. The app is useful to assist those suffering under stress or from anxiety, bipolar disorder etc.

 

 

 

 

2.  MindShift

For those specifically dealing with anxiety, this application allows you to change how you think about your anxiety and gives you methods that allow for personal progression by focusing on specific areas to tackle e.g worrying, social anxiety, extreme perfectionism etc.

3. Recovery Record

Sometimes having a positive image on your body can be challenging and the lack of one can lead to numerous self esteem issues. Fortunately, applications such as Recovery Record provide you with a platform where you can record your meals and how they made you feel, to complement that, the app also provides you with affirmations and meal plans to help you move forward to a healthier lifestyle. Albeit, this app usually requires you to work hand in hand with a professional to monitor yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

4. HelloMind

This Danish-originating app works to help people break away from their bad habits and negative energy. HelloMind uses the skill of hypnotherapy, which to some skeptics may sound like poppycock, but it has been proving to work in assisting individuals to quit bad habits. The app lets you pick a section to work on, for instance stress or low self-esteem.

5. Moodpath

This app is designed for those who are avidly concerned with the state of their mental health and need assistance staying on track. The app asks you questions on a daily basis to assess and keep track of your emotional and to a greater extent mental stability.