When no one’s looking bike’s walk.

My life is a series of falling over, awkward conversations and public humiliations.

 

My school parking lot is surrounded by balconies, which the students enjoy standing on so as to observe the life that goes by down the stairs. As I waited for my mom to pick me up today the most adorable dog waltzed into the parking lot and the natural dog loving instinct I carried forced me to my knees and sent a whistle out my lips, “Come here beautiful” I said as the school watched from the balcony to witness what was supposed to be a cute moment. The dog ran towards me and when he got really close just turned in the other direction and all I could hear was a resounding “OH!” From the balconies above and it does not sound as terrible on paper [well … blog] but it was actually dreadful. Now, the reality of the situation is that the puppy was probably just adjusting to this new territory and probably wanted to go exploring, and he came back to me later but the whole thing got me thinking.

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We all take life and ourselves a little too seriously way too often! We get embarrassed when we laugh too loud but that is what makes life! Awkward conversations are the most honest conversations and being tongue twisted always means we are just being ourselves. Is it just me who wants the raw pure version of everyone I ever talk to? For so long I was trying to live up to the whole ‘public figure’ expectation I forgot how nice it is to be myself.

My friends brought this up so shout out to them for inspiring the post. “Girl I wish your fans could see how you behave in school, I cannot believe they think you are a civilized human being” quite frankly I don’t understand either. Before we say “action” I’m having photo shoots in connect coffee with the creative director bare foot because the heels will break my back! I will always be shoving waffles or doritos down my throat like I have not seen a meal in months… My point is, do not ever turn off your personality, that is what everyone will remember. Be brutally honest always, be painfully awkward and just be a unicorn if you want to be a freaking unicorn.

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I am so glad to have surrounded myself with people who love my personality! Find people who want to listen to everything that runs through your beautiful brain. Don’t just sing in the shower and dance in the mirror. Skip down the streets, twirl in the mall and laugh a loud hearty laugh! I would rather be remembered for my warm hugs and all my kisses than my strive to do everything to perfection.

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So stop looking flushed and apologizing for talking too much, I happen to like your goof.

Hey, and it is completely fine to not have anything figured out, do not compare yourself to other people the only way to ever learn anything is to experience then we make the decisions. Be bubbly but do not be afraid to show emotion, to cry and to love and to feel. You sound most beautiful when you are saying how you feel.

Song of the blog: 8TEEN by Khalid

-Yours truly, Kiki.

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See, I changed it to “yours truly” which I even prefer!

So because they will be angry if I do not name them: Ivy, Vyola, Winnie, Fifi, Coco, Annie, Bev and Gemma.  Richie, @mvngo_juice thank you for listening to me. Xoxoxo

I hope you enjoy this blog post! I want to hear your thoughts so comment or email me.

Thanks to Start up now for backing publicity.

In this blog, @long_may_she_rain on instagram took photo 1 and 4… @timayemasinde features.

Love all my readers most of all. Kisses

 

I get it.

Dear readers,

Well I’ve not lived very long, 14 years to be precise. So I don’t know much. I haven’t been through enough to say, but I know for sure that high school has undoubtedly been more difficult than any other phase of my life thus far. 

Losing friends happens to every ‘high schooler’ on the planet and the thing is it’s not just losing a friend by no communication or by just gradually growing distant. It’s always painful, it’s always ugly and it makes us sometimes feel like bad people, it’s not just friends we lose but a lot more. Sometimes I feel like the hardest part about losing someone who was once a friend is having to see them every day. Have you ever felt like that? It’s sad to say that in life, friends hurt me more than everyone else ever could. 

In high school, do you ever feel like your being watched? And that you must do everything right? If you slip up once, everyone hates you and it’s never that big a deal, but everybody is against you, and all you did was slip up once. It’s almost hard to be human.

Assumptions are so very hard to deal with “I did not say that” I’ve had alot of people talk to me about that. It’s too much, and it happens all over the globe my message today is, we as people cannot listen to a third of a conversation and assume that we heard the whole thing. If your not sure what someone may or may not have said about you, ask … It’s not fair to make people feel inferior to you, to make them feel bad, you do not have to be mean, as a reader of my blog I want you to know that no matter who you are or what you’ve done you are a human being and all human beings deserve love, deserve to be treated like the beautiful people that they are.  

Talk don’t yell, understand don’t jump to conclusions, ask don’t assume, love don’t hate.

My point is that many people who are in high school undergo the same things, same scenarios, even worse. But the sad truth is that your probably going to leave high school and have it bad in college, university and so on. I know you’ve heard that before and it is true but just because life is difficult all the time does not mean your problems now are not important. 

In high school and just in life sometimes, people begin to hate you for reasons you will never understand or for something they believe is true, but not everyone will like you. We just need to accept that. 

Don’t allow yourself to be blamed for something you know you did not do. Just dust off and keep walking. 

Be brave little one.

It’s okay to feel bad, but don’t let it break you. Don’t let what other people say define or bother you, no matter how hard it is. It’s only for a little while. Focus on being the best version of yourself you can be, focus on what’s important to you and what makes you happy, focus on what is working out for you, focus on the few people that care about you. And remember to love regardless of what anyone does to you. You do get what you give back. 

It is fine to walk away. Its ok to leave poisonous people, you are allowed to say no without explaining why. You can quit something if you dont really love it you are allowed to start over with someone new you are allowed to fail and try again.

And it’s alright  to not be friends with someone ok? Do not keep someone you think is toxic. It’s hard but all the better choices are hard. Make like Elsa and let it go if it’s bad for you. You do not have to feel bad about it.

 So how about we all just show some love, peace unity and R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (You know the Aretha Franklin song?!)

The hoodie I’m wearing is from Dashiki Pride. It is beautiful and comfortable just enough to make you stand out. 

P.S. You are worth so much.

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 -Xoxo,  Kiki

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Thank you to my photographer Joseph Kinyoda go find his you tube.

Thank you to my readers.

Oh Samiha, Gemma and Tana. 3 of the most important people to me. Thank you❤

MY READERS! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Song of the blog: Human by Rag n Bone 

See you next Wednesday! Ciao.

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.