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.

Tips On Choosing The Right Workout Outfit

Most of us hardly take time to choose the most appropriate outfit for working out yet; believe it or not, the clothes you wear for a workout can make a difference in how you feel during and after exercise. Here are 6 tips on choosing the most appropriate gym outfit:

Go with dark colors

Your best bet for looking stylish when choosing good workout clothes is to pick one or two color schemes and stick with it! Dark colors always look the most sophisticated for workout clothes and keep you looking thin and slender.

Decide on the right bottoms

We hardly consider this but the type of bottoms you choose to wear to the gym really determine how your work out will be. For running, jogging, cycling or any other type of exercise that involves a lot of leg usage, you’ll want shorts that fit well and aren’t loose or baggy. For yoga, stretches, weight lifting or other types of exercise that don’t involve cardio or rapid movement, a pair of gym pants or yoga pants would be appropriate.

Go sleeveless

Sleeveless tops are more comfortable since they don’t trap sweat against your body and they are cooler in the hot. If you absolutely want a sleeve, don’t go for anything heavy or super long.

Have the right kind of shoes

The right shoes can make a world of difference in your workout sessions, especially if you are a runner or if you do sprints.

But even if you just lift weights, shoes with great support and cushioning will ease back pressure and give you more stability and grip. Again, you don’t have to spend a fortune, but do find a pair of shoes that fit you well and offer support.

Invest in a good sports bra

Ladies, this one’s for you. A woman jogging or doing aerobics with her breasts jiggling everywhere is not the most attractive sight in the world. Invest your money in a good sports bra. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one, but a bra that supports your girls and holds them in place will do a lot for you!

Don’t wear baggy clothes

Don’t throw on the first thing you find on the closet floor. Old sweats, baggy shorts, ripped up t-shirts, or stretched out PJ pants are NOT good options for working out! Besides making you feel less sexy, baggy clothes can catch on weights or treadmills and cause you to trip or fall or drop something.

Best Dressed At This Year’s Abryanz Style Fashion Awards (Pictures)

#FashionFriday.

It’s still the talk on every fashionistas lips considering the pizzazz and style served during the event, so how about we take a look at those who put their best fashion foot forward at this year’s Abryanz Style Fashion Awards that went down in Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghanaian actress, Nana Akua Addo also known as Slay Queen stole the show with her cracked mirror dress and walked away with the Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Africa) award.

Another highlight of the night was of course our very own bagging awards as follows:

Fashion Blogger/Writer Of The Year(Africa)
Silvia Njoki

Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Africa)
Jamal Gaddafi

Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Africa)
Anita Nderu

Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa)
Sauti Sol

Male FashionistaOf The Year (Africa)
Eddie Kirindo

Female FashionistaOf The Year(Uganda)
Rashidah Mwiza

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)
Stefani Roma

The award ceremony celebrates fashion and rewards outstanding personalities in the same across the globe.

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.

Fashion Friday: Staying Stylish No Matter How Low The Degrees

Freeze and shine mode can in no way withstand the kind of weather we have been experiencing in Nairobi of-late so here are a couple of style tips that will help you look fabulous despite it all.

The art of layering. 

Layering keeps you warm and once you’ve got the hang of it you might as well forget the phrase “I have nothing to wear.”

You should however take care not to over do it. There is a level of layering that leaves you looking like a hobo or snowman therefore try to keep it minimal and simple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boots.

You definitely need a good pair of these plus socks/stockings. They come in different lengths, colors and designs but remember it still has to go with your outfit.

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belt your coats.

This trick gives your coat new life and the best thing about it is that it works with almost all kinds of coats including puffer coats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invest in “fur coats”

Effortlessly chick and easy to style they are also known faux fur, they need no layering and this is the best season to show them off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves.

Scarves go a long way in keeping you warm and also enhancing your look. Make sure it color coordinates with what you are wearing.

 

 

 

 

#FashionFriday: Tallia Oyando’s Style Icons

She had been crushing on American rapper Pharrell’s style for the longest time. So what’s changed since then?

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HBR radio host Tallia Oyando says she has seen the future, literally.

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She finds the 6’2″ tall American rapper’s style more dynamic compared to Pharrell’s whom she says despite looking all so younger than his age (44) has not grown in terms of style, “He no longer surprises me, unlike Future whom I anticipate to see what he will step out in.” She said.

Her female style icons are American singer Solange Knowles and South African television personality Bonang Matheba.

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So next time you see her looking lovely and stylish… you’ll know where her creative juices are from. 

 

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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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Natural Hair Mistakes You Might Be Making

Written By: Khanyilanga Ndlovu

 

If you find yourself stuck and frustrated with the state and length of your natural hair and are looking to grow longer, healthier locks, keep reading.

Growing natural hair is a task that requires patience and a great deal of responsibility as it is delicate and demanding in nature due to its kinks which make it more structurally fragile. It needs to be cared for as though it were a baby.

 

Poor Diet

You need to be as careful with what you put in the interior of your body as  with what you apply on the exterior. This includes everything you eat, so if you’re maintaining an ineffective diet you’re most likely maintaining ineffective hair growth as well.

What you’re probably missing:

Water ; Water is a staple in all areas of your body’s development and most people get  a satisfactory amount everyday to keep them functioning fairly well throughout the day but the water consumed goes firstly to essential organs inside your body where they are needed most and then the rest will be used by less prioritized areas like your hair and skin. This is what makes it important to consume a great quantity of water everyday so that your body spends a good amount nourishing your hair and skin. Incorporate more water in your diet everyday by eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are water rich e.g, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Celery and Cucumbers. Encourage an increased water intake by using water reminder apps to challenge yourself.

Eggs ; Eggs are an excellent and easy source of a rainbow of minerals and  nutrients that are essential for hair growth, including protein, Vitamin B12, and Biotin.

Oysters/ Beef/ Lamb ; These three sources of protein also provide you with surplus amounts of Zinc that are excellent at preventing shedding and loss of hair.

Whole grains & Nuts ;  The mixture of hearty whole grains and nuts will bestow you with Zinc, Iron,  B Vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids, nourishing you with a multitude of hair benefits.

 

Generally, a balanced diet, identifiable by a colourful plate of fresh and organic elements , should be sufficient for healthy hair growth.

Damaging Hair With Heat

Heat damage is one of the most prevailing reasons some people fail to observe their hair grow past a certain point.

Heat damage is caused by too-frequent blow dryer use with high heat, flat ironing at high temperatures and with unsuitable irons. It is recommended to expel the use of heat on your hair completely but this is unrealistic for many people because of styling demands and the ease of manipulation of hair so we should at least try to limit our use.

Heat damage to natural hair can be detected by hair failing to revert back to its natural curl pattern after wetting; excessive split ends and breakage; moisture-less, brittle and dull strands.

Improving the effects of heat damage requires persistence with moisturizing treatments in particular. Many people don’t realize the significance of moisture and hydration on their hair and as a result unknowingly neglect their hair and limit themselves from reaching their hair’s full length and health potential.

Hair should be moisturized and sealed daily, with conditioning happening at least once a week.

Some simple methods to reduce the likelihood of heat damage include:

  • Using heat protectant products before applying heat to the hair to coat and guard the hair from burning. Vegetable and cooking oils like Coconut and Olive oil should be avoided before the application of heat as they may cause the strands to burn or melt.
  • Lowering dryer/iron temperature and using a ‘cool’ setting if available for those who must use the dryer frequently.
  • Reducing frequency of use to at most once a month by relying on protective styles.
  • Air drying hair instead of blow drying.

 

Not Wearing Protective Styles

Wearing your hair down, with it making contact with your clothes increasing the chances of it being damaged.

One of the most common causes of breakage is friction of the hair against clothing and other surfaces, causing snagging and tearing , or sleeping without wearing an appropriate hair cover such as a satin scarf or using a satin pillowcase. Breaking is also caused by extreme manipulation of the hair. This happens when combing, brushing,    de-tangling and even braiding is overdone, or occurs too frequently.

Pulling causes the hair to become weak at the shaft and may make the hair more fragile at already delicate spots ( the kinks), therefore styles such as high ponytails that apply stress to the roots should be worn minimally.

Distinguishing between shedding and breakage is important , so as to be accurate when eliminating the problem. When hair has broken off, whether the piece is long or short, no cuticle is visible whereas hair that has been shed has a white cuticle visible or a small bump that can be felt at the end in case the cuticle is not visible.

Long lasting protective styles include braids, cornrows and even simple buns.  Some are pictured below:

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Fear of Making Mistakes

Lastly, one of the biggest setbacks people face when trying to grow out their hair is fear.

Sometimes people fear making big changes to their routines and adjusting their ideas and viewpoints because  of the ambiguity of the outcome of those changes.  Fear holds us back from learning and making mistakes, and therefore learning once again. We need to experiment and discover more so we grow our confidence with our hair and find hair care methods that are personally suitable for us.

Learning from our errors and change is beneficial to us because small mistakes that are repeated can have big, negative outcomes overtime.

Another obstacle we establish for ourselves is comparison. Comparing hair growth journeys is not advisable and is a sure to backfire. It doesn’t aid to our fears. Comparing  can deter one’s self confidence  and increase frustration, thus encouraging the reluctance to keep putting in effort and trying new things.

Believe in yourself and in your hair. 

These Runway Pics Are Why We Can’t Wait for This Year’s Kenya Fashion Awards

Hosted every year, the Kenya Fashion Awards is a prestigious ceremony that aims to promote fashion, music, photography and art with each one showing more promise than the last.

The entertainment scene loves to center around any form of ‘glitz and glam’ and with the big number of categories in this year’s events, we are anticipating quite the show and these photos from last year’s runway are definitely adding to the excitement.

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Fashion is Kenya is a growing industry and this year, the ceremony will take place this August.

6 Tips On How To Apply Matte Lipstick

Matte lipstick is the trend these days. Matte lips can look incredibly beautiful and elegant, if you know how to wear this type of makeup. Not sure how to get it just right? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Exfoliate your lips

Matte lipstick textures tend to emphasize all the flaws of your lips, therefore, it’s important to prepare your lips and make them smooth and soft. You can use sugar scrub or gently rub your lips with a toothbrush to remove the dead skin.

  1. Moisturize your lips

Matte lipstick tends to dry out your lips creating a caked or cracked effect. You can moisturize your lips by using Vaseline or lip balm so your lipstick will go smooth and more even.

  1. Apply Concealer

If you want your lipstick to last longer and for the color to pop, apply concealer all over your lips prior to applying your lip color. 

  1. Line your lips

So as to get it right on your first try, use a lip liner of the same shade as your lipstick to line your lips. This will help you get neat, clean and beautiful result. Lip liner also helps your lipstick last longer.

  1. Avoid rubbing

Apply your lipstick but avoid rubbing your lips as you would with sheer ones. Instead, use a lip brush to spread your lipstick evenly on your lips making sure you cover every corner of your lips.

  1. Bloat your lips

Use a piece of toilet paper to bloat your lips so as to remove any excess color or leftover shine. It will also help avoid cakey and over-dry looking lips.

And you’re good to go. You’re welcome 🙂