And we danced all night…

Dead readers,

Girls… it is the international day of the girl child and in celebration of that I need to shout out one of the most amazing talented girls I have ever met Beryl Onyancha she showed me today a beautiful level of intelligence, maturity and dedication. She inspired me beyond words and shook me to the bone, lots of love to Beryl.

On with the blog,

For this blog I collaborated with the amazing Valentine Nekesa a very talented designer, her brand is V designs and her work is beautiful. We are working on more projects and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I got this white singlet from mister price and this dress/top from V designs. My chocker is from African swaggy by Aggy This blog’s focus is mainly on the power of Africans through fashion, music and content.

This dress/top Valentine designed is symbolic to me because V breaks the cliche that is, Kenyan designers do African print clothing. Where were from should not determine what we create! Yes, it is important to acknowledge your back ground, but…

Don’t ever do anything because it’s what is expected of you or because it’s what everyone else is doing.

This shirt/dress is asymmetrical which gives it more of a kick, keeps it slightly less plain.

So how’s that for African designed… not African design?!
Later on that day… Gemma, Joseph Kinyoda and I went to Koroga festival. You can all see just how the event unfolded on the Kiara and Gemma vlog out Friday.

It was fantastic, I personally think that it was beautiful that so many people of all ethnic varieties came together to celebrate African musicians and art by Africans as a whole, we need such events, they not only promote culture but love and symbolism. (of course there are a few tweaks).

I am wearing V designs, a similar design to the first dress, this one in my point of view is very pop culture expressive… and that is what Koroga is all about.

Meeting the performers was amazing! So much talent, we were so star struck! But it was amazing that everyone gets to come together and freely be who they are and do what they do. 

People build people by appreciating their efforts. 

Group member from sauti sol. Kenyan pop group.

Member of Benga, African music group.

And so that’s what my day was… Love, experience, friendship, ethnicity, originality, fashion and style.

       -Xoxo, Kiki.

Song of the blog: Issabella – Sauti sol 

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Thank You Joseph Kinyoda my photographer.

Thanks to Valentine Nekesa who is tagged above for these outfits.

Start up now, thanks for giving me the resources for this blog.

NEXT WEEK IS EUROPE BABYYY!!!!

Thank you for your service.

Dear readers,

This is Tatiana Kiara blogging from a hospital bed because hospitals are boring and I’m way past my dead line with this blog!

Camo baby!!! Embracing military vibes and making them sassy. Lets jump right into this post 

Oh and remember the winner of my summer give away is in the credits below. 

I needed to make this outfit more appropriate for a 14 year old so I wore a colourful bandana as a head piece.

You can wear this outfit with a chocker and cuff earrings instead.

I strongly advise in investing in a pair of these pale blue jeans, if well fitted they can go with literally anything you can find them at your favorite clothing store.

Samiha is expressing a more conservative and comfortable yet stylish look in an over sized sweater and black leggings 

Pair these with your favorite pair of tomys and your hair up with over sized glasses and glossy lips and Voila  oh so comfortably fabulous!

love you Sam😘 Her mum makes the most amazing curry you guys!

Don’t worry, this picture makes me feel like my hair sucks too!

Gemma is flaunting this Jersey that I’m so obsessed with I love Jerseys they are so tomboy and so easy to style! 

She wears this with a colourful crop top and jeans.

You can wear your jersey with a sports top and shorts and your favorite pair of sneakers for that ‘my boy friend is on the foot ball team’ look .

Okay. Now let’s talk shoes. 

If you are a frequent reader of all things Kiki you have probably seen these shoes before 

Psssstttt yeah You!!! If you can tell what blog Kiki wore these shoes you can get an item picked from Kiki’s closet to You! Leave your answer in the comments below.

Ankle length 4 inches boots. They go with literally anything! Short skirts, skinny jeans, short jump suits, they are such a necessity. They do require a lot of practice cause girl your legs are gonna feel they are about to snap into two but for Beyonce fans… 

Pretty hurts. -pretty hurts Beyonce

I really love heels. They make me feel confident and boss, they also give the illusion that your legs are way longer and they effortlessly flex your leg muscles. 

If your not into heels then get yourself some high kneed tan boots. 

Nana and Kiki would like to thank you for reading this blog. Tell me what you think in the comments below. Did you enjoy this blog? Let me know by giving me a 👍 and be sure to tell all your friends to do so as well. 

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Special thanks to my outstanding photographer @josephkinyoda making things happen at at age 15 and ish_.z for being of great help.

Thanks to Samiha, Tana, Debbie, Natanya, Timaye and Gemma for featuring in this blog and thanks to my mom as usual.

Winner of the summer give away: Nayomi Johnson be sure to email or dm me. 

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Shout out to my cousins fantastic travel blog:

www.girlwhowanders.wordpress.com

Song of the blog: Sun comes up by James Arthur 

Till next time friends, 

Xoxo Kiki
Sneak peak? On my next blog I’ll take you through closet DIYs and affordable wardrobe necessities.

2 bloggers and a designer.

Dear readers,

Have you heard? 

So Tatiana Kiara from all things Kiki and Nyawira Mumenya from curves with style worked with the designer el_afrique to showcase off shoulder ankaras!

I know right? Sounds amazing!

With no further a do … 

ALL THINGS KIKI X CURVES WITH STYLE 

NYAWI: Has on a yellow Ankara, she pairs this off with dark denim jeans and bright coloured open toed heels. 

Tip – Nyawira has a head scarf on as a head piece, alternatively just do a high bun at the top of your head and have stronger make up on.

KIKI: I have on a more layered top in terms of color and I totally accesorized to the minimum for the more edgy look. I have on some black boots that have a heel to give the ‘boss’ and confident vibe. I have on no neck lace and therefore kept my earrings long. My jeans are high waisted and ripped for the edgy look.

Tip – Try white skinny jeans with your Ankara and a pair with your favorite sunglasses.

Remember that to truly rock an outfit you need to feel confident. Be the boss you were made to be and own the look. 

Ankaras come in all sorts of shapes and colors. Long, short and with different colors and sleeves. 

Choose and accessorize according to what Ankara you own. Try to keep your bottoms plain as well let the design speak for its self. 

 

And that’s a wrap for this AMAZING collaboration!

Make sure to check out http://www.curveswithstyle.com

Thanks to: My mom and dad for being of great support, my best friends, Miss_nyawi and el_afrique and to the photographer, Isaac. And all you readers, Keep being amazing.

SONG OF THE BLOG: Revival – Selena Gomez, because I’ve been gone for a while figuring everything out. 😘😗

This has been Tatiana Kiara, you have read all things Kiki. Don’t leave before commenting below and following.

                    Till next week, Xoxo Kiki.

Hi, I’m Tatiana Kiara.

Hey everyone, welcome to this blog post. Finally! I’ve figured it out. What I want to do and why.

This started as a fashion blog, but then I went on and on reading more blogs than usual and I realized that as much as the main idea around my blog is fashion, I want readers of all things Kiki to understand who it is that they are reading, now before you think I’m about to unleash a million revelations about my life, I’m actually just going to keep things subtle. So here’s today’s topic:

Why am I a blogger? And why fashion?

Well, I was always into writing and reading as well, but I never paid much attention to it, I then started an instagram and snap chat style book for events.

So I come home from school, and I’m casually stalking people on Instagram and I went to my mum raving about all sorts of fashion and trends and she goes “write about it.”

As much as she was probably trying to get me to shut up, I created an entire plan on how I can start a blog and be a young blogger yet keep my grades up and have a social life. 

So I turned my passion for fashion and my interest in writing into all things Kiki, and that was difficult, the journey came with its own issues and still does, but keep your head up and just do it.

My main aim for the blog, and the reason I picked fashion is because, I am a very expressive person and I strongly feel like everyone should be. I believe very strongly in this generation as well, yes it comes with its own issues, but didn’t every generation? Let’s just embrace what this generation gave us by expressing our selves through fashion. So that’s the purpose of all things Kiki, to allow us to express our selves through fashion and embrace this generation where fashion has evolved like Cra-zy.

All things Kiki is also a place where people of all body types are appreciated and taken into consideration,  fashion today is mainly about the petite girl but I think it’s important to embrace diversity and celebrate curves! Mostly because I am an African based blogger and that is the standard body type in the continent,  but just cause the girls with curves are being celebrated that does not mean that just because your petite or athletic you can’t be here, the blog’s for everyone. Even boys,  sometimes. And so empowering was also a big reason I started, basically allow everybody to feel like a somebody, and we all know, when you look good, there’s this confidence to you. I want that for my readers.

I wanted to break the cliche that is young people are full of potential but can’t do anything about it yet in Africa, there aren’t many teenage bloggers, singers not even waitresses for extra cash. I want so strongly to prove that just because we are young that by no means determines what our limits are, I’m not saying you can be a 14 year old lawyer, but you don’t need a degree to be a blogger, you tuber, activist, pod caster or photographer. Just be something that is important to you, or work towards something that you love. 

Working hard for something you love is called passion, working hard for something you don’t love is called stress.

So it’s pretty simple, express, embrace, celebrate, empower, achieve.

 That’s what all things Kiki is all about.

Let me know what you think of this blog post in the comments below.

       -Xoxo Kiki.

DashiKIKI

It’s Kiki and welcome to all things kiki.

The sun’s out and that means it’s time to take you down to the mother land and bring on the colour, print and V-Neck.
Dashikis modernized African fashion, they are so easy to wear and anyone can rock them! They are different, comfortable, chic and trending.

Here are the different ways we can rock dashikis for your dress and body type as well as circumstance:

You gotta be careful with this look … I paired this blue dashiki with black shorts … I would suggest a good pair of sneaks or black ankle length boots for a good shoe choice. Who wouldn’t be tempted to pair this look with some tan Brown knee high boots? Don’t. Why? Well you have your self a gorgeous blue top, if your feeling edgy do more of a heel this will give you a sexy yet chilled look the tanned boots will act as a colour block and make your look dull.

I accessorized with a sling dashiki bag and a thick leather choaker … (or as my 8 year old neighbor called it… The dog collar) These put the theme of your look together. You can substitute with a simple neck lace and clutch purse. 

Never underestimate the power of accessories

I kept the eye make up subtle for this but did a red matte lip, you can copy this example or do a purple lip, whatever pops!

This look pushes you out of your comfort zone and let’s you do casual, cool and sexy in one look.

Unleash your inner Beyonce and own look one!

For those of you who prefer a ‘less look’ you can still rock this look in your own way… How? Well…

May I present look 2! Cool kids this is for you. Throw some flats of your own choice on and a pale scarf over your blue dashiki and some black ripped shorts and voila!!! It’s cute, trendy and comfortable. Less is more with this look …

 Keep the makeup light and the lip colour matching with the scarf of your choice.

Instead of a scarf you can choose to wear a long necklace and an anklet to piece the look together. Remember that with this look you can do with your hair what you please! 

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If you prefer a warmer look:

Dashikis can be rocked in cool colours like blue and vibrant colours such as Orange and yellow.

I like to pull these looks off low key. Simple and pretty, it expresses positivity and warmth, I tried to pull this off and show case simplicity:

  • If you are to accessorize use fringe bags and tan browns, I used a colourful bandana and kept the rest of this look quite low key because the colours are quite vibrant and loud, we’d like to be sure were not over accessorizing (no one wants to look like they got swallowed by a rainbow, digested by a fruit basket and thrown up by a fairy) so keep accessories on the minimum.

Keeping the accessories on the minimum, keep the make up between pink, red and nude. 

I want to see how you can pull off this look. Tag me in your instagram posts @tatiana.kiara and message me the pictures of your looks on Facebook @Tatiana Kiara … And snap chat me the looks as well @misstati7 

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Here’s a fun fact about me … I don’t like showing my arms … And just how that makes me uncomfortable, showing your legs might be completely out of the question as well! Don’t worry I got you covered. (Get it? *covered* … like no leg?) Ok… Not funny..But anyway:

Perfectly pieced together it’s just enough to stand out yet still go in the crowd. The pop from an over sized hoop ear ring and the white on the dashiki really changes up the typical dashiki style.

With this look you can substitute by putting your hair up with a nice bandana, (watch your colours) and have blue skinny jeans on instead of black. 

For the shoes, do a nice pair of tomys or sandals and for a more edgy look get yourself some metallic flats or take it to another level with metallic stilettos!

Just like the entire look, keep the make up nice and subtle or metallic.

For a warmer look that even the dudes can pull off I suggest to go for yellow or orange dashikis.

To the guys: (or girlfriends who’ll go out and buy their boyfriends dashikis. Yesss I know you alllll)

 Pair jeans with light yellow, blue, white or luminous green dashikis. Some nice high-tops(those sneakers that get to your ankles) will complement the look. And the girls can pull this off too:

Like I said just jeans and a bright dashiki!

Ladies, you can have your jeans ripped or not, accessorize this bright look with a thin choacker or a long necklace for a hot day out. Legs covered but still looking gorgeous!!! 

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All thanks to: @dashikipride on instagram for the photos 

All thanks to: @katiejennerslove and _.tiller._ for the dashikis 

Thanks for reading guys!!!! I appreciate it! Please tag me in your dashiki posts and even in any of your fashion posts!  Comment down below and stay tuned for my next blog on Sunday 26 March 2017 (this Sunday) 

Tatiana Kiara is out.Xxx