MONEY VS. STYLE

Hey Berries,
How are you doing? I hope your week is getting along just fine. Mine isn’t bad, I can’t complain.
I must warn you that this is not the everyday style post, it’s going to be word-heavy but helpful…so take a seat.
When I started this blog in 2013 April I simply wanted to create a simple journal of what I wore to school and random styling escapades. Later on, I realised It was not as rosy as it seemed. Style? Fashion blogging needed much more than just changing clothes and taking pics. There is consistency, creativity, investing of both time and money. It became harder and harder and I have fallen so many times but I have always been doing my best to get back on my feet.
At some point I had to ask myself. Who do I write and post to? Who do I want to impact? What is my purpose in style/Fashion blogging? This is the answer I came up with—
I write and post to that young lady fresh from high school, freshman in college, that lady that just graduated from college and joined the wok Industry. I also write and post to that lady that loves staying smart, fresh, trendy and on point but on a “seriously strict budget”. I also do write for that lady who just wants an inspiration on how to style certain outfits. To me blogging is just not about the pictures, the dressing up. I feel its more of how relatable on is, in terms of what you wear and what you write.
I must admit that money and dressing well goes hand in hand. HOWEVER, you can also style the very affordable items you thrift and still stand out. I’m that Lady that will testify that its not about the brand its about how you wear it. So for this ill endeavor to point out at least 1 item and its price every time I post. My goal is to have that Lady somewhere encouraged to know that no matter the price…they can STILL LOOK GORGEOUS.
Work with the little you have until your finances grow to a level you always desire. As you work towards achieving your desired financial goal…work and dress well while at it. DO NOT MAKE EXCUSES. JUST PUT IN EFFORT. ITS THE EFFORT THAT COUNTS.
Today I hope I touch one lady or another through this article.
DROP ME A COMMENT and let me know what your take is on budgets and dressing well. Is it all about money? Is it a combination of style and money?
Enjoy a few pics of my very normal casual side. (Styled boyfi’s tshirt).

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photo credits;- NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
KEEP SAFE.
MAPENZI TELE

HOW TO STYLE A PEPLUM-HEM MIDI SKIRT

Hey lovely people,
Everyone okay? I am well. Just getting through life and taking it as it comes. So I’m here squeezing in some blog before clearing the things I need to clear up by 5pm (where are all my 8-5 people at?) haha Anyway, Let me make a promise ILL NOT WEAR THESE SHOES AGAIN .My boyfriend says he will keep them away for like three months or so. Honestly anytime I want to wear heels these are the ones I go for. Do you have that one item in your wardrobe that you keep on wearing as though it was the only one you have? Well I tell myself, ITS MINE! SO HELL ILL WEAR IT AND RECYCLE IT AS MUCH AS I NEED TO.but oh well, Imma let these ones rest for a while.
Anyway, I got this simple green midi peplum-hem skirt made by my all-time tailor. I wanted to go for a colour that I rarely wear and the texture was the twist I just needed. I went with a simple white t-shirt and the INFAMOUS HEELS (I’ll miss them Steve Madden beauties). Ill style the skirt casually and officially in the near future. For this look I wanted to keep it as simple as I could.
I hope you love the look. Stay on the lookout for the bloggers challenge coming up on Friday and a lil Androgyny styling before then.
Until then stay safe.

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BELLA.
MAPENZI TELE (LOTS OF LOVE).

HOMEMADE DAILY SPRITZ

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Hey Berries,
If you follow me on Instagram you already saw the pic posted above. This I posted as I was preparing for this post. This is the first of 4 posts that am preparing. Be on the lookout for the rest of the posts. I’ll be basically sharing with you how I deep condition (homemade deep conditioner), How I pre-poo, How I shampoo and my recipe for my daily spritz which I’m going to share her below.
With my hair I try to be as frugal as possible. Hair things can be very expensive and to be honest I do not have that kind of money to spend on my hair. So let’s dive right in;
INGREDIENTS
1- A spray bottle – 100 Kshs
2.-Glycerine -60 Kshs
3.-Castor Oil- 180 Kshs
4.- Coconut Oil-60- Kshs
5.Water – I boil it then allow it to cool
6. Conditioner – 80 Kshs
VOILA!!!!! FOR 480 I get my spritz.
TOTAL-480 Kshs. Utmost 500 bob- This is about 5$
PREPARATION
1.- Pour Coconut Oil into a jug.
2.-Pour some castor Oil and mix.
3.-Add glycerine and stir till it is a perfect mixture.
4. Add some conditioner of your choice.(I add very little but enough)
5. mix thoroughly then add water.
6.Pour into bottle and shake thoroughly.

MY TAKE
To be honest I do not measure the quantity. I simply do it by approximation. I hope I will be able to soon measure and update you. With natural hair simply find what works for you. This is what Im currently working with when my hair is open. My hair is most of the time in protective styles so I do not get to use it every day.
However when I use it, I spray my hair at night before braiding (matuta) then in the morning before unbraiding). My hair is so stubborn I can’t do twist out as I would love to. I find my hair soft and with fewer tangles.
I however hope to perfect my spritz with time. Oh I do not refrigerate the mixture, do you?
DO NOT- mix with warm water. The first time I blundered the result was horrible.
-do not be overgenerous with the castor and the coconut oil
-I use the white conditioner (Its affordable) Until I’m able to invest in another. This conditioner also comes in handy during washday. So does the glycerine too.
I also rub a little bit of the castor oil on my edges when in protective hair styling.
I hope this helps.
What is your daily spritz made of?
CHIME IN…Help me and others perfect our Daily Spritz.

BELLA.

LOVE AND MORE LOVE.

BELLA.Xo

MY HAIR JOURNEY- #4cHAIRchic

Hey Berries,

#4cHAIRbabe

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This is sometime in March-UP

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THIS WAS LAST NIGHT WHEN I UNDID MY CROTCHED BRAIDS-UP (20th May 2015)

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THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW-UP (21st May 2015)

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ME-SOMETIME IN the second last week of April

I know when you check out the hair category you don’t find much, but that’s because I haven’t been documenting my hair journey at all.However, that is going to change because ill do my best to document more.When I posted THIS i was contemplating the BIG CHOP.

Tell you what I was natural since 2010 December until 2013 June. Those who met me at that time can testify I had some good quality hair .ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr then I relaxed it. I did this because I felt I was not enjoying my hair while it was open. WORST MISTAKE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! If only I knew how to style ad care for natural here back then, id be doing 4 years of natural hair and counting.
However, its okay, I know better now. After 10 months of relaxed hair I just could not take it. I CHOPPED IT ALL OFF and I have not regretted since then ( chopped on the 28th day of April 2014, a cloudy Saturday morning). I just wanted to start afresh I did not even think of transitioning. I JUST WANTED A NEW START HERE.
I must confess my hair is a little tough and bulky too so it’s hard to maintain it and look neat with minimal length. I have been hoping from one protective hair style to another. As I write this I undid my crotchet braids last night and now I’m thinking of crocheting once more. Its not all rosy I must tell yah but me like, PLENTY!
Even though I’ve always had my hair “kept away” I went through my phone and found a few pics that I’d love to share with you….ABOVE.
I would like to hear from you how your hair journey has been like…did you face the bog chop or did you transition? If you transitioned how did you do it?
I Would love to hear from you.

Pardon the picture quality.They photos were taken y a phone camera that is not so good.
DROP ME A COMMENT AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE.
KEEP SAFE.
LOVE AND MORE LOVE.

BEATING THE COLD * SKIN MATTERS

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Hey Berries,
Goodmorning from the chilly side of life in Nairobi. I must confess I don’t do so well in the cold but I shall make the most out of it anyway.Two things on the blog today SKIN MATTERS AND OF COURSE STYLE (see above).
Lately I have been doing several monochrome looks and I hope I can break out of it soon. I’ve always been a prints-type of person but lately I’ve been leaning towards plain colours, but trust me the Bella that loves prints is going to come out soon(I KNOW HER TOO WELL). She likes prints, plenty!
Anyway, Today I wanted to touch on a subject that affects Ladies in one way or another…SKIN ISSUES. From feeling too dark, to having a problematic skin. Growing up I never had an issue with feeling “too dark”. Did you? Share with us. However I’ve had problematic skin ( I oce had a geographical tongue too-like what the hell hahah!). Wait, I know y’all are wondering why I would say this. Well, my face has always been very okay even with minimal makeup and care. But I have had an issue with my limbs (Legs and Arms). Since childhood if I ever got a wound,Trust me the scar would take 3 or so years to disappear.
For instance, I got boils on both legs way back in 2001 believe it or not I still have the scars . So recently in October I started scratching and itching I ignored. Time passed by and In January everyone was asking me if I had chicken pox(some still ask-YIKES). LORD!!!!!!!!(deep breath) You do not want to know how many creams and ointments have been suggested to me. My boyfriend a week ago brought me a whole collection when he travelled home (thanks boo). You and I know the skin is one important feature for ladies as well as men.
I do not have my pictures edited when I’m shooting for the blog, oh well, maybe a few filters here and there on the gram but not for the blog. If you look closely you will see the scars.
I am still slowly embracing my skin and knowing that all these dermatologists (Anyone who prescribes a crème for me including my mum n boyfriend ha-ha ) won’t be able to fully help me out. However as ladies, it is up to us to embrace our skins, see a dermatologist when need arises, know what is good for our skin according to skin types and just live a healthy lifestyle.
Did I tell you how in high school I used a lightening cream on my face without knowing?(I came to know later) Want to know what happened? (lol-DRAMAAA)-Stay tuned for the next post to find out.
What were/are your skin challenges? How did you/are you dealing with that? What is that one dangerous thing you ever tried with your skin? Did you recover from it?
CHIME IN LETS HAVE A CONVERSATION
KEEP SAFE AND WARM.
LOVE AND MORE LOVE.
BELLA.XO

BEAUTY AND BRAINS.

Hey Berrys,
So iv decided to share a few of the things that am surrounded with in the blog sphere. I was having a conversation with my very talented photographer and he told me that lately every girl has a blog. Well, I don’t think every girl has a blog, even if they did what is the harm? Am all about women empowerment and everyone doing their own thing. There was a time when “everyone was becoming a musician” that passed, yes? So to all the lovers of style and fashion blogging-LETS KEEP DOING THIS. THERE IS NO RETIRING HERE.
I believe that as women we should not only be restricted to one area of practice. Versatility is a God-given gift to women and I suggest we explore that more. I am not against anyone who feels differently from what I am saying, the thing is, It is okay as a woman to be able to have your own thing going. Gone are the days women waited for men to buy property and have it in their name (as a couple). Today women are juggling it all…and there is no greater feeling.
Anyway today I would like to share with you the 7 FASHION/STYLE bloggers that I would-without fear of prejudice- brand “BEAUTY AND BRAINS” (BRAINS ,MORE BRAINS AND HEAPS OF BEAUTY). These are Lawyers/Advocates of the High Court/ Law students or practitioners. You already know why I came up with this list….(chuckles) I fall in the same category. These ladies are killing it both legally and style wise. They are dispelling the myth of “lawyers are boring and they dress in only dull colors”.
LORD I LOVE ME SOME STYLISH WITTY LADY LAWYER.
So lets do this…(in no particular order)…
1.ALAKA OF MOCHA CHICA- HERE

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2.WINNIE of WINNIE THE FASHIONISTA

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3.KAREY OF KAREYS DIARY

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4.GRACE ALICE of PISCES 22

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5.CINDY and KYMMIE of STYLE BUDS

CINDY

KYMMIE

6.PATRICIA OF TRENDS AND TRESSES

PATRICIA
7. BELLA of BELLA THE COFFEEBERRY

BELLA
Who do you know in your area of expertise that doubles up in a similar way that you do?
Do you have any other thing that you do aside of you area of specialty?
DROP ME A COMMENT.Lets chat and empower each other.
STAY ON THE LOOK OUT FOR MY TOP 10 FAVORITE KENYAN FASHION BLOGGERS.
LOVE AND MORE LOVE.
BELLA.xo

PHOTO CREDITS AND ALL RIGHTS;-The respective bloggers (Their Photographers)

COLOUR ME BAD

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Hey Berries,

I’m still doing my very best to keep this blog alive. Thank you once again for staying with me. I did need to style an outfit that had a little bit of color,because I wear zero to no color Monday to Friday. This is to say I sway in between brown,black navy blue,dark brown and grey. I went for this skirt I styled HERE and paired it with a maroon-ish shirt. With a skater skirt one needs to be very creative and playful with it.Have an open mind,it depends on where you are going,how you feel and generally just about you and how you want to portray your style. Remember YOUR VERSION IS ALWAYS THE BEST.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love color and I will wear color anytime I can…lots of it.

I also do love monochromatic looks…I tried WHITE  PINK and, BLACK  monochrome and I pray Ill be able to do more.

When I look at these pics I cant help but remember….ok lemi share a little bit of this…

As a child and even in my teen years I had a very hard time with bullies and name calling. I made sure I wore the longest things to cover up my legs. When I was in class 5 there is this guy who used to call me “mazgwembe”LORD! That hurt(i does not hurt now). In form four four some guy called me an “Elephant’ This one brought me to tears. Today I still get a few comments here and there, but HONEY I OWN IT.BIG OR SMALL ILL SERVE LEGS TILL THE END OF THE WORD.

Ladies one of you has that one thing they have grown struggling with, dont struggle anymore. LOVE YOURSELF TILL THEY HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LOVE YOU TOO.

On this post I decided to serve a heaping dose of LEGS.call me MISS LEGS(hahaha)

Drop me a comment. Have you been bullied r called names before because of how you look?how you dress? Lets have a chat.Ill be glad to hear from you.

Have a colorful Monday and a blessed week ahead.

POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.TODAY IS A GIFT BE GRATEFUL.

LOVE AND MORE LOVE.

BELLA.xo

PHOTO CREDITS;Ngash Sage Photography.