SHE CUTS AND STITCHES(D.I.Y)

Hey Berries,

HAPPY NEW MONTH. How time flies, Can you believe its already September? Well I cant.

I seriously have a thing for cutting and stitching. Anytime I think of recreating something the first thing I reach out for are my scissors. Crazy right? lol. But oh well, It kinda works for me.

If you have followed my posts keenly you will realize I had this jacket before and it was over sized with long sleeves. I just didn’t feel it had the x-factor that I needed.

Funny part about this post is that as I was looking at these pics I kept wondering was I posing badly or I was just having a “genuine camel-toe situation”.what’s that even? I just made it up right now. But I just decided to post BECAUSE it happens to the best of us.

So Bella went ahead and did what she know how to to best,CUT AND STITCH. and VOILA I HAD THIS…

Your thoughts?

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What item have you recreated and how did you do it? Share with me. I need to get over cutting and stitching and learn something new.

I pray this new month gives both you and me to work on all that we have been working on with more resilience, determination consistency and positivity. We have three months or thereabout to the end of the year, I believe thats enough time to make a difference.

ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU AND ME.

PHOTOGRAPHY;-NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

KEEP SAFE.

BELLA.

MAPENZI TELE(LOTS OF LOVE)

FLARED WITH FLAIR

Good morning Berries,
Its been a minute,My apologies for the unintentional hiatus.I was unwell.It kinda got bad and had me admitted at the hospital.When I was discharged I was on a bed rest for a couple of days and off work as well.
This meant that I could not even shoot for the posts.August hasn’t been so kind but I wouldn’t want it to end without a post.

I would like to thank Everyone who was there for me,who called,texted,prayed for me and those who sent their warm regards.My mom n dad supported me so much I can’t put it in words,my workmates,my better half,my nephews,sisters, My bae’s PRISSY MUNGAI,VANE,ZAY,MORAA…I can’t name everyone but I’m grateful.THANK U THANK U THANK U.

Okay,okay,let me stop with all the blah blah blahs and get right into it.To be honest my style baffles me as well(sometimes).
When I saw this flare pants I knew I had to have them.I didn’t really know how I would style them but for this look I just wanted it to be daring and flaring.
Do u know how hard It was for this not to be an all white outfit? I love white y’all wouldn’t understand.
With the denim it kinda seemed bland so I sneaked in the blazer to give it some color.
What do u think?

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Just remember no bad situation is permanent.
If u are sick in hospital or just doing your thing while unwell,I pray you recover.
I love u guys for everything. If you have a friend who is unwell, do your very best to be there for them even if it is not physically or financially, It does help with.

PS;-(Everything on this look was thrifted from Gikomba except for the shoes)

PHOTOGRAPHY BY;NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

KEEP SAFE AND HAVE A FAB WEEK AHEAD.

BELLA.

MAPENZI TELE(LOTS OF LOVE)

BOLD STYLING BECAUSE I ADMIRE SOLANGE

Hey Berries,

How is everyone doing? Im doing well. I cant complain( oK I can but in private if I do it here we will not have any outfit post). Anyway, back to the point, do you a times crave a look that even your mind cant visualize clearly? Like, you want an extreme/bold look? You look through your closet but you cant realy find it? That happens to me sometimes. Lately its been crazy-In my head Im wearing blue lipstick and changing into Solanges’s clothes at-least three times a day.hahahah my dreams are still valid i presume. What do we call that in fashion and style? Help anyone, Kindly help.

I must admit I really love Solange’s style.I love the colours, the hair, the bold statement pieces, the shoes and the list is endless. So in a quest to quench this weird kind of craving I came up with this look. I wanted something bold, something daring and ofcourse lost of colours. There is no grey area about this look I must confess, Its either  good or just plain bad! I remixed this fav high-slit ankara skirt of mine with some pop of red.

Thoughts on this look?

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What do you think?

PHOTOGRAPHY BY; NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

SHOES BY; STYLE LOFT KENYA

CREATIVE DIRECTOR; MR.MACHANGE

Keep Safe.

I love you guys for the comments, the likes, positive criticism, the emails and the support.XX.This means the world to me.

BELLA.

MAPENZI TELE(LOTS OF LOVE)

CONTEMPORARY ANKARA

ITS A BRAND NEW WEEK-LORD I THANK YOU(in my voice..hahah ever heard my voice? and my laughter ? lol-Jk)

Hey Berries,

How is everyone doing. I am getting better by the day. Thank you for all those who sent me messages, those who called  and all those who prayed for me and generally the love. Trust me I can feel it(or am imagining my things-hahah.)ok let me stop.

I better warn you that what is about to take place on this post, y’all were not  ready. I KID YOU NOT.

I love collaborations!!! you know that about me by now. So apart from collaborating with HAIKA RUWA DESIGNS and STYLE LOFT KENYA, for this post I decided to bring in a very  special friend of mine. She is a designer, a fashion blogger with a masters in accounting, how amazing is that? I know you cant wait to meet her but hold up my darlings…patience.

So for this post we decided to style Ankara in the current trend, hence CONTEMPORARY ANKARA. Gone are the days when matchy-matchy  was the only way you could style your Ankara. Right now one is able to style and rock Ankara to their own liking, we are even wearing ankara midi-skirts to our offices-hallelujah!

Ladies and gentlemen meet FAI FAI of THAT FAI DAIJ.…She is a bob blogger, stylist and more.Head to her blog to her blog and thank me later.

When I saw her version of our collabo I almost went to pluto, but I decided earth is my home and I shall not chicken out. So I put on my big girl boots to bring you this amazing post. I hope you love it like I do.

Thoughts on this?

Fai decided to do a Dashiki and denim shorts…

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I decide to mix totally different African prints to make a daring ensemble…

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PHOTOGRAPHY; NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

DRESSED BY; HAIKA RUWA DESIGNS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR;MR. MACHANGE

SHOES; STYLE LOFT KENYA

Love you guys so much.

Keep safe.see you on the next post.

BELLA.XX

Mapenzi Tele(LOTS OF LOVE)

ALL WHITE INSANITY.

Hey berries,

I’m here. How is everyone doing.Thank God its a new day I don’t care if its Friday or Tuesday. Im writing this with so many things in my head and body. Im still in some slight pain, Im happy to be back to work and back to regular posting, back to just being out of bed and all these injections and all that hospital shenanigans.

On Tuesday at around 3pm I developed some crazy abdominal pains which I ignored. At around 6pm I met my darling bff Vane for some pizza and as we talked  I kept telling her that I was in pain(I still ate the pizza though) hahahah. But by 10pm I was in so much pain to even walk or talk properly.

What is life though? Anyway the situation was managed and im on medication now. My point of telling you this is that life can change in a split of a second. Do you, do what you love, have fun, stay close to the ones you love, show them you care any moment you can do so because you just never know what happens in the next hour.Iv learnt crucial lessons in the last two days the two mains ones being-GOOD HEALTH IS ONE THING IM NEVER GOING TO TAKE FOR GRANTED and that FAMILY WILL ALWAYS COME THROUGH FOR YOU.

Funny bit is yesterday my good friend Zaina(I call her my Pepe) came to my place  and told me “the sick ones are in the ICU.Since you are in the house  shower and put on something casual and lets go outside, Ill buy you chapattis on our way back”.hahahahahahah Imagine I was bribed with chappatis. She kept her word!lol

All in all im just reminding myself and you that good health is a precious gift and life in its dynamics is a gift.

ENOUGH OF MY BLAH BLAH BLAH….LETS GET DOWN TO SOME SLAYING-Shall we?

By now you know my love for all white ensembles is abit insane. So just to break off from the ongoing-BELLA*HAIKARUWA Ankara series I decided to give y”all an all white look…

Thoughts?

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Going out this weekend for an all white party? pick a few pointers and go slay.

JACKET+VEST=GIKOMBA

SKIRT=BUS STATION(NAIROBI)

SHOES;STYLE LOFT KENYA

PHOTOGRAPHY;NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR; MR.MACHANGE

MAKEUP;BELLA

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND.STAY SAFE. see you here on Monday for some Ankara Action.

BELLA.

Mapenzi Tele(Lots of love).

BELLA*HAIKARUWA (2)

Hey Berries,

I hope you are well.

I was taken ill last night so im still undergoing medical attention.Thank God I had prepared this post in advance. Im just looking through it as I wait to get my results from the Doctor.

Wish me luck.Love you guys.

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PHOROGRAPHY-NGASH SAGE

SHOES; STYLE LOFT

CREATIVE DIRECTOR; MR.MACHANGE.

Ill be back to tell you more about this look as soon as am fully recovered.

BELLA.

XO

BELLA*HAIKARUWA (1)

Hey Berries,

HAPPY NEW MONTH MY PEOPLE. I HOPE YOU LOVE AUGUST ALREADY.
It’s a new month and boy am excited.I am doing new stuff…. I HAVE COLLABORATED WITH HAIKARUWA DESIGNS to bring you some fresh African print designs. I had a few people asking me if I could style Ankara and when the chance to work with such a design-powerhouse came my way I couldn’t resist.
Moreso many have complained that Kenyan designers are very expensive,complain no more HAIKARUWA DESIGNS is here for you.
HaikaRuwa designs started out as a home based business in 2013 by Miss Magreth John Njau. HaikaRuwa means Thank you Jesus. Designs by HaikaRuwa are inspired by the modern man and woman who simply want to dress in a classy and elegant manner. The designs are not restrictive to any criteria since they deal in both western and African print. I chose to do most of the African print since I have not been doing much of that on the blog. Buckle up because its going to be one of the best African prints designs you have experienced on this blog.
I loved their pieces because the designer is committed to providing affordable, high quality ,stylish and custom made clothing that defines your persona. Some of the designs for Hiakaruwa were showcased in the East African Fashion Week.
With all this said when I was tasked with bringing these pieces to life I had to bring my A-game on. My team and I did our very best. Share your thoughts.
For today’s post I went with this amazing two piece ensemble. I styled it in two ways.what do you think?
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The other way I decided to style this…
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This is perfect for dinner, when you want to just keep off the bandage,lace and the satins…
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DRESSED BY; HAIKARUWA DESIGNS
SHOES ;STYLE LOFT
PHOTOGRAPHY;NGASH SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY
CREATIVE DIRECTOR;MR. MACHANGE