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Magic in the Maasai Mara

TRAVEL

There are two places in the world where I tend to zone out and find my inner peace. One is at the beach; sun, sand and the sound of the waves. The second is in the WILD. Growing up in Kenya, one of my favourite escapes was to the Maasai Mara reserve. Known around the world for its abundance of game from Lions, Elephants, Gazelles, Zebras, Leopards and Cheetahs (if you’re patient and lucky on a game drive) and so much more. For myself, it’s the quiet and serenity -waking up to the sounds of Lions grunting in the far…

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Pottering about in Paisie

FASHION

When I was younger I went through a phase. Let’s just call it the fat phase, where I suddenly piled on the pounds. It was a real blow to my confidence and in turn my love for fashion wavered. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world when you want to wear a particular outfit, but your body just isn’t having it. You can pull, tug and hold your breath till you turn blue in the face; those jeans aren’t going to happen today. Or tomorrow. Until you zip your mouth and hit the gym. To counter the sudden…

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The Beauty to My Beast

CHAI & CHAT

I was sat at the dining table in despair. An unplanned quiet Friday night. A few weeks prior to this I had been watching Bridget Jones and drawing unwanted parallels. The Friday before I was having dinner with one of my best friends and her fiancé. How did life do such a 180 turn around? I was relieved to have my sister back in town and after a day of unpacking her things and settling her back home we found ourselves wondering what to do. I write this with the theme tune to one of my favourite Disney movies on…

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Florals, Capes & Kimonos

FASHION

A few years ago I was window-shopping with one of my best friends when I picked up another sparkly sequin jacket. She looked over at me and insisted I had enough. Sequins were not going to be in fashion forever. I disagreed. Fashion trends come and go…and always, somehow, come back. Reinvented, brighter, softer, sharper, and edgier, with oomph, glam and bejazz. I preached it as though I was conducting a powerful sermon on a Sunday morning. I’m pretty sure I even ended it with an Amen too. Channelling my Mother, I very recently turned around and said those four…

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Slogan T-Shirts & Fluffy Feet

FASHION

Board games are meant to be fun…until you decide to play Monopoly. The one board game that can make and break relationships. Everyone is a master realtor when this board game comes out. About fifteen years ago, my family and I were sitting around the table for a game of Monopoly. It was going to be one of those long drawn out Sundays, until the football came on and my grandfather would hand over his winnings to my sister and the game would be over, just as the whistle was blown for kick off on the pitch. She would be left…

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48 Hours in Nairobi, Kenya

TRAVEL

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when one of my close friends told me, albeit last minute, she was planning a quick trip down to Nairobi to visit while I was on my life hiatus. Having visited before, I was looking forward to chilling out and catching up and spending some quality time together, however, her husband who had never been to Kenya, let alone Africa, was coming with. It was imperative we showed him the best of what the beautiful country of Kenya and the vibrant city of Nairobi has to offer. The only thing…

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Skincare Rituals

BEAUTY

A ritual is a ceremony that consists of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. We often have “Rituals” for different aspects of our lives. It can be how you go about your day, the order in which you perform your daily responsibilities, or apply and remove your makeup. It can all come down to the general tender loving care you apply when looking after your skin, with various beauty routines. Each ritual can be very different. One of the best feelings in the world, after a long day, is slipping into fresh bed linen after a…

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Making it happen for M.Gemi

FASHION

I have this weakness for pointed flats. There, I said it. I have friends who have amazing collections of high heels by Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Prada, YSL, the list goes on…but I’m a collector of beautiful comfortable flat shoes. Mainly because I live in London and haven’t mastered the Carrie Bradshaw walk around the city in heels look, or maybe because I sometimes look like a baby gazelle trying to walk for the first time! I learnt the hard way, that when they aren’t made of leather, your toes have little chance of surviving the day, but when you…

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Spice Up Your Kitchen!

LIFESTYLE

I could kick off this post singing (more like wailing) to the lyrics of the Spice Girls “Spice up your Life” or maybe delve into what spice would represent each of the spice girls, but really this post is all about Spices! The recent de-cluttering and minimalizing in my life has really taken off at road runner speed, and somehow…has made its way into my Kitchen. I love the kitchen; it’s one of my favourite rooms in a Home. It’s where delicious meals are whipped up, and when you have an island in your kitchen, it’s where everyone comes together…

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Arigato Axel Arigato!

FASHION

Over a decade of living in the UK, I think I have finally found my go to all year round shoes. I have gone through countless winters wearing flat shoes, to the dismay of my nearest and dearest. Call it the trials and tribulations of finding the perfect pair of boots, but that’s for another post. Sneakers, specifically Axel Arigato sneakers! Yes, that’s right, the rubber sole has really made a massive comeback. Now I might be late to the Sneaker party, but maybe I hadn’t found the perfect pair. All the big brands have introduced sneakers into their lines,…

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