All Eyes On Fashion Influencer Kaninte.

If you are a fashion lover and you still don’t know Brenda Kwamboka a.k.a Just Kaninte, I gatchu. She is a fashion influencer doing the most in the country and here’s what you need to know about her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-What inspired the name Just Kaninte?

My brand name was borne out of my name Kaninte.  I then added the just prefix which is a no brainer really  because I wanted to show that the blog will be all things me.

And  because I want/ed a brand name that represents me regardless of the path I decide to take in life be it blogging, design or even medical it made sense to have a very neutral and unique name. And in as much as I commonly go by Brenda kwamboka it wasn’t catchy or as unique as I’d want it to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

▪️Have you always been into fashion?

For as  long as I can remember, yes. I always remember being very particular about what I want to wear and I’m glad my mum always allowed me to pick out my outfits.

▪️Is blogging a part time thing you do?

Yes, blogging is a part time hustle. 8-5  I’m a doctor (Pharmacist to be specific).

▪️What do you think about the street style in Kenya? 

Street style in Kenya is pretty dope. Attend events like Thrift Social and you’ll see it. I like the fact that a lot of young people are embracing it and being very expressive in their dressing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

▪️Is blogging taken seriously in our country and is it something that one can currently make a living  of?

To answer both questions: Yes and No.

Are there hopes of the industry getting better, definitely.

Like other art creatives, bloggers are sometimes not  taken seriously. People still have the “art is a thing people pursue for fun” mentality.  A couple of times I’ve been approached by local brands that want me to work for them for free or give me freebies in exchange for my services.  Forgetting that like everyone else, bloggers also have bills to pay.

I wish more people understood the amount of work that goes into putting up a blog post, then maybe they will compensate accordingly.

In the recent past however, a lot of brands are warming up to the idea of having bloggers as a marketing medium, and actually allocating a budget for the same.

▪️What fashion trend are you currently obsessed with?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am not a jump-on-the-trend-wagon kind of a girl. But I do own a couple of pieces that I got solely coz I love them and not because they are trendy.

I only own one fanny pack and although I have only carried it once I think I am slowly falling in love with it. I recently attended the Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja and I realized a fanny pack is the most realistic bag there is, especially for such events. And the fact that it comes in so many different designs is a plus.

Let’s just say I am getting myself a couple of those soon.

▪️Which are your top five favorite trends so far this year?

Fanny packs

Beret

PVC errthang!

Checkered, tartan and plaid prints

Bold floral prints

Tweed

***Am I allowed to say one that I hate? 😂 Gingham!….🙅 OMFG Passionately loathe it.  Funny though because I love checkered, plaid and tartan patterns. 🤷

▪️Which trends do you have so far?

The off shoulder trend which is a great way to add dimension to your outfit without trying too hard..

Fur Daaaaaaarling! Well faux fur to be precise 😂. But you get it.

Checkered, I have a blazer and pair of pants

Thigh high boots

Florals..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

▪️Sneakers or heels?

Both 😕!

For functionality sneakers but I also like to dress up and look sassy so heels

▪️Which fashion item in your closet do you wear the most?

I live in my black leggings. Dressed up or dressed down.

▪️What do you consider when searching for a stylist for your blog posts?

Theme comes first. Am I doing a street style themed shoot, is it a high-fashion editorial shoot etc…  Then I get a stylist who can bring my mood board to life.

▪️Who do you look up to in terms of fashion?

Rihanna. I am obsessed with her style.

▪️Shout out your top 5 Kenyan fashion bloggers.

This is a tough one. Kenya has so many stylish and fashionable people, some of them are not even fashion bloggers. I digress 😬!

▪️Is there any influential person you’ve always wanted to meet?

That would be Oprah.

▪️What would be the first thing you would ask him/her?

Guuuurl, how do you do that shit?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

▪️One fashion rule you always walk by?

Make friends with a good tailor.

Bonus: Create your own look book.

▪️ What’s your advise to those trying to make it in the fashion blogging business?

Identify your niche and get to understand what they love and give them that. As Bonang Matheba would say, Give The People What They Want.

Also network every so often, you never know how significant someone you meet is gonna be in your journey.

Fashion Friday: How To Shop For A Legit Leather Jacket

This is one of the biggest wardrobe investments you will ever make. That said, here’s what you need to look out for while shopping for that leather jacket.

1.STYLE

There are many styles when it comes to leather jackets but the most famous one is the double riders also known as the biker jacket. It’s many people’s choice because of it’s versatility. It can be worn over a hoodie, with skinny jeans, skirts, the list is endless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s the motocross (also known as the café racer) originally intended to minimize drag while racing at high speed. It’s figure hugging nature means it cannot be worn with anything bulky on the inside. Wear it over a T shirt or a slim under layer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The military or bomber jackets were first made in nylon but there’s tons of leather variants out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Choose a good fit.

A good jacket should feel and look like a second skin but at the same time also leave room for a sweater in case needed.

Ideally there should be just enough room to move your arms freely, sleeves should come down no longer than the wrists, while the rest of the jacket should sit at waist height in most cases. I f you want to go for the crop kind, ensure that you already have a decent one in your wardrobe.

Avoid anything that will stretch around your contours or make you look more round if you are bulky.

The fact that leather is not easy to alter or tailor should make you be watch out for these pointers/ these guidelines.

3. Skin.

Make sure to pick out the right skin, this will dictate its performance and durability. They come from different animals, not all leather comes from cows, horses or buffaloes (steer-hide which is normally stiff & takes a long time to wear, mostly used for motorcycle protection)

An alternative is calfskin which is less hard or goat skin which is supple and durable Lambskin, meanwhile, is favored by many high fashion and luxury labels as it’s the softest and lightest of them all.

Be aware that the lighter the hide used, the less durable it will be making it more susceptible to tearing.

4. Check the quality of the lining. If a jacket is lined with something thin and flimsy, then chances are the leather is cheap and low-grade, too. 

With those 4 guidelines whether you are on a budget or not, you will definitely be sure to pick out a leather jacket that will give you due service regardless of the price tag.

Women In Grime: Lady Leshurr

You cannot mention grime and fail to mention “Queen Speech” rapper and actress Lady Leshurr, I mean how can we not mention her after she gained praises from the one and only Eryka Badu and landed a collabo with grime godfather Wiley.

 

 

Before fans called her by her current rap moniker, she was Lady Lesha; from her real name, Melesha O’Garro.
Then how did it morph into Leshurr you ask? Well, after a hook from one of her early songs echoed “Leshurr (shurr)” and the exaggerated pronunciation became popular, she decided to stick with it.

 She got into music listening to one reggae song by Sister Nancy called Bam Bam prompting her to immediately start writing, but once she heard rapper and singer Ms Dynamite everything changed, Ms Dynamite was everything she wanted to be.

Other rappers who she admires to date include Eazy- E, Eminem and Lil Wayne.

An interesting fact you should know is that her mother was a great lover of reggae music and her siblings used to rap and sing as well.

She initially gained fame through her critically-acclaimed mixtapes, winning Best Female at the 2011 Official Mixtape awards and also took home the 2016 MOBO Award (MOBO stands for Music of Black Origin) for Best Female Act.

She co-produced the beats for her famous “Queen’s Speech” series with producers Z Dot and Krunchie and what actually inspired the series was watching battle raps; like if she was part of a battle rap that’s how she would punch; note that she has mentioned a number of times that she did not base or direct them at anyone, they were just freestyle and battle rap inspired. 

Off of her popular EP “Queens speech” “Queen speech 4” received the most love and respect, watch it below; the video is fun and spectacular.

 

 

A fun fact about the rapper is that she used to have 11 fingers, like an extra little finger without the bone, just skin and nail, she no longer does however cause her mother had it taken care of when she was young.

What you should also know about the rapper is that whilst  some of the negative feedback about her and her music used to get to her, now she uses every negative vibe or comment about her music to help her create the next; just like she did with her 3rd song from her “Queen speech” EP

She was once quoted saying “I have no beef with any female artist, I don’t look at the scene as competition. We all have to stick together, all the males in the music scene stick together, we need to do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grime Slang Word Of The Day Episode 1

When you listen to Grime for the first time, it may take you some time to fully comprehend what exactly it is they are saying.

This is because, over and above their heavy English accents, like every other culture, they infuse a generous amount of slang into their jams.

Worry not though!

Here to help you finally realize what it is your favorite Grime artists are rapping about when they spit bars, is a series of short  videos made by Eugene Gecaga and Emily Oduor of the digital team.

Together, they’ll help you decode some of the most frequently used Grime terms so slip into your thinking caps and enjoy episode one. 

 

New Trend Alert: Ankara Hair

New Trend Alert!

In case you are a lover of trends, here’s one absolutely out of the box that could perhaps inspire you; ankara braids.

From bags to shoes to caps and umbrellas, the African fabric has been used on almost everything, hair was the last place I thought anyone would consider using it on, clearly I didn’t think hard enough.

There are countless times you could be left confused of what hair style to wear next, this could come in handy just remember it’s not for the faint-hearted but for the bold, lover all things artsy, edgy and the girl who wants to stand out from the crowd; this one is definitely for you.

Whether or not it’s trendy, I leave it to you to decide, meanwhile check out below dope pictures of how you can style your own.

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