Europe, part 2 of 4.

View from the plane as we landed in Marco Polo airport, Venice.

Dear readers,

October 23d 2017.

We flew from Belgium to Venice, Italy  yesterday and today we went around Venezia.

I started my day with a slice of Italian pizza.

Since Venice is a city surrounded by water, there are no cars. Instead people’s main means of transport is water bus! It was amazing how it ran just like a regular bus with stops and tickets and stations despite it being a boat.

One of the water bus’ stops in Venice.

We arrived at St.Marco and it was packed with tourists! But we had a good view of Gondolas and open water.

I took this on the Gondola, this is St Marco.

My view from St.Marco

After having coffee on the pigeon infested St Marco square (note that I have a slight bird phobia so that wasn’t easy to do) we had a gondola ride, and that was the highlight of my trip to Venice!

My Grandmother and I on St.Marco square.

Views from the Gondola

A gondola is a long small boat.

And since we had some time to kill, we got some food and while doing that saw more of Venice.

Me in Venice 

Taking advantage of all the photo opportunities

We then left for Madonna Del Orto, which was where our hotel was, where we witnessed a sunset that was so beautiful it reminded me that even when things come to an end, they can hold beauty.

With that, I end this blog post.

    -Xoxo, Kiki.

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I know! I know! And I’m sorry for not posting for 2 weeks!!!! I’ve been really busy cause I’m still in Europe, but next post is about Paris, that’s me making it up to you guys😉

Id like to thank VSCO for providing me with the resources to edit these pictures and to you guys for reading❤

Any questions??? Comment below.

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!!!!

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.

🌹🌹🌹

 -Xoxo,  Kiki

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Hope you liked this blog post give it a like if you did! And leave me a comment telling me your thoughts.

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.

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