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Indefinite Hiatus

Hi,

First of all, I’d like to say that the almost two years I have been blogging has been an amazing experience. I have grown as a person and I have learned things in a way I didn’t not expect. Sharing myself with all of you has been a humbling experience, interacting with all of you and being able to help those who needed it and put a smile on someones face.

Due to some unfortunate events that have occurred, I will need to take a break from all this.

This is not goodbye, it is just see you later.

I hope my journey has inspired some of you, if not all of you.

Y’all have touched my life and I will forever be grateful for that.

Till we meet again, remember this;

‘No matter where you are or what you are going through, you change someones life even if you don’t know it’

Love,

Jo.

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Natural Hair | Co Wash Routine

Hey!

Have you ever gone to bed the night before and had a set plan for the next morning to wake up at a certain time and run your errands and your alarm just fails you? Well neither have I. Hahaha.

In previous posts, I’ve just been breaking down my hair routine and I’m glad that it is helping. Today we shall discuss co washing. This step is fairly new in my regimen, but it is an important step.

To co wash is to conditioner wash your hair, you just skip the shampoo step and go straight to the conditioner. I know you’ll now ask, ‘How is the conditioner going to cleanse my hair?’ Well, when you massage your scalp with the conditioner in it, it actually lifts any build up or dirt from your scalp and leaves your hair clean without drying it out and stripping it of its natural oils like a shampoo would.

In the market now, we have cleansing co-wash. For example, the As I Am Coconut CoWash. You can find this at Super Cosmetics for about Ksh.1000 – Ksh.1500 if I’m not wrong.

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You can cowash your hair as much or as little as you want but you always have to use a clarifying shampoo or a sulfate-free shampoo to cleanse your hair, like spring cleaning, but for your hair. 🙂

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Suave Naturals Conditioner – Ksh. 265 (All Supermarkets)

I co wash my hair every other week with the Suave Naturals sun – ripened strawberry Conditioner, just to give my hair a break from the shampoo and to add moisture to it. It does leave my hair clean and super super soft and my curls and coils are always popping even without product but of course it is frizzy. Hahaha

It is important to co wash your hair because the conditioner does not dry out your hair which is a major issue with natural hair and it will also leave your hair soft, smooth and silky as your natural oils are retained in the hair.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate. I want to thank each and everyone of you for the support you’ve shown me. I love when you comment on the blog and on my instagram, y’all just make my day. Kisses.

And for daily hair pictures, check out my instagram page. Lastly, on the point of hair tutorials and all, due to some delays, I’ll only be able to start filming end of August. I’m so sorry but they shall come.

Have an amazing week.

Love,

Jo.

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Let’s Talk | Where Have I Been?

Hey!

Wsuh? You good?

I am so sorry for the absence, it has gone longer than I thought and let me just explain why.

I finished my end of semester exams on the 23rd and I was so ready for my holiday but I had to stick around Nairobi to finish a few errands that had just been piling up for a while.

I left for Lewa on the 29th and yes, I was inside the conservancy with all the animals and let me tell you, that is my favourite place in the world currently.

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Perfect view of Lewa from the highway at Subukia.

One of the main reasons I love going there whenever I’m on my short holiday is the fact that there is no Wi-Fi, so I get to relax and just get away from all the emails and messages and annoying addictions (I check instagram way too much).

After 2 weeks, I had to come back because of school, but someone forgot to tell me that Nairobi was flooding and the cold and rain was a bit too much. As soon as I got home, I came down with a terrible flu and my body just shut down and the way I have so many hair posts in line for you guys. 😦 😦

Thank the heavens that after a whole month, I am finally better, flu is gone and I’m back. I have so much planned and I hope you are all ready for me. 😉

And for those who have asked for videos, don’t worry, I got you. I just need a few more things and we are business. Though I must admit, I’m a bit shy and frightened but I love you guys that much to show you my weird self.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and I shall leave you with a few more photos of Lewa. I’ll get better photos in August.

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Talk to you soon.

Love,

Jo

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20 Facts About Me

Happy Hump Day!!

I guess it’s time for y’all to know a little more about me, you might know some of this things or not.

1. I’m a reader, a huge reader. I read about 3 to 4 books in a week. And my current read is, James Patterson – Roses are red. 

2. Speaking of books, my favourite genres are Crime Investigation, Thrillers and Erotic-Romance novels. If you want me to love you forever, get me any of this. Haha.

3. I’m a huge foodie, like, I eat a lot and for a person my size it doesn’t make sense, but you know what they say, small people eat way too much. hahaha

4. One of my hugest pet peeves in bad breath. Hunny no, don’t you even come close to me if you know you have a problem. For example, you might be the hottest person ever, but once you open your mouth and the stench is let out, you’ll become the ugliest person I’ve ever seen.

5. I’m the definition of an introvert, I love my private time and space, I’d come up with the most crazy excuses so that I don’t hang with certain people.

6. Bags, Shoes and Sunglasses are my greatest weaknesses. I can literally spend all my money on this items and I’ll still want more.

7. I’m the hugest addict to flavoured tea, mmmmhhhhh, mouth orgasmic right there. :-p

8. I can sleep for hours on end, I just love my sleep, but that doesn’t mean I’m lazy, I only sleep when I’m free.

9. O.C.D is me, I am O.C.D. Though some things are in an organised mess, everything else has to be in a certain order and organised in 3’s

10. I always feel like, the country I was born and raised in is not the same country I’ll settle down in.

11. I Jo, am a pogonophile. Dear Lord, just take me now. Men with beards are just a huge turn on, like eish, you have no idea. The thought of a beard just drives me crazy.

12. Another pet peeve of mine is when a small person, comes and tells me how small I am and we do wear the same sized clothes. Like really, what’s your problem??

13. I constantly have a cold or the sniffles, and the only time I’m not sneezing is when out at night. This body of mine just confuses me.

14. I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m in love with the idea of love. And when I love, I love hard. Which means the heartbreaks are just way too painful.

15. I can only drink water with a straw, it just tastes better. No judging please. haha

16. I LOVE dark lipsticks, the darker, the better. My aunt says cause I have light lips, I prefer darker colours on them.

17.My shoe size is a  3/uk 36. I’ve been that size since class 6. And 9 years later, I’m still the same size. haha, but hey, the smaller the foot, the cuter the shoes. :-p :-p

18. Cartoons are just the greatest inventions ever. I love watching cartoons, especially the classics. If you’re a 90’s kid, you’ll know what I mean.

19. I plan every single conversation in my head, which means I talk to myself a lot. If you don’t follow the planned convo, you become my mortal enemy. haha

20. Lastly, I love hot showers. I can spend my entire day in the shower, just add music and I’m a t peace.

I hope you enjoyed that, have an amazing week.

Love,

Jo

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Matatu Life 2.

Most of you seemed to enjoy Matatu Life so why not do a second one and maybe it may become a normal thing on the blog.

Good Morning,

I love matatus, especially that whenever I step out of my gate, there always seems to be one waiting for me, except for days when I’m actually in a hurry and need to get to school.

Wednesday;
I actually didn’t need to go to school because my Wednesday class was done with but I hadn’t seen my girl in a while so I just decided to go. As usual there was a mat waiting and I luckily sat next to two gorgeous men. Can we just take a moment to say how hot this men were, like honestly if I wasn’t the shy girl I am, numbers would have been exchanged. Haha. Anyway, that’s besides the point.

On a good day, fare is Ksh.40, but on this day it was Ksh.50. The first guy pays and gets his change. The second one pays exactly Ksh.50, when he realises his not getting change he begins asking for it.
Guy; (with accent, not to sure of origin) where is my change?
Conductor; there is no change.
Guy; No, I use this route every day, I need my 10 shillings back.
Conductor; Huyu mzungu amepoteza akili. (This white man has lost his mind) and then he starts laughing.

What made this whole conversation funny was how the guy just kept giggling, like, if you’re asking for change be firm or something.

Now it’s time for me to go home. I walk to odeon (the stage) as usual get into the mat and we go.
Thus is when things get interesting. There was this guy sitting in front of me and he had just bought chicken from kenchic. Kenchic chicken has this distinct smell and if you are Kenyan you know the smell. What bothered me was the nerve thus guy had. He started eating his chicken. Come on, it’s 4pm, most people here might be hungry and you’re eating. What happened to being considerate???

Thursday;
I had been in school since 10am and then my lecturer for my first class that runs from 11am – 2pm decides he isn’t going to show up.
I ended up going to chill with my girls in the sun and I was in black so the heat I was feeling was just insane.

At 2pm we head for our last class and it’s as though someone had it in for me.
1. My phone dies. 😥
2. The class is so stuffy and some human beings decide they’re feeling cold so they close the windows.
3. The lecturer is boring and I’m sleepy. 😦

You should have seen how fast I ran out of the class when she dismissed us. Flash had nothing on me. Haha. 🙂 🙂
I was yet to regret my heist.

I get to the mat and every thing seems normal. Wait till we got stuck in traffic.
1. The windows in the mat were jammed. It was so stuffy and hot, we were literally sweating. I kid you not. The stripping that was taking place…. just crazy.
2. The guy sitting behind me decides that my puff is the right place to cough into. If I wasn’t raised right, someone would have been dead.
Etiquette has been thrown out of the window. How hard is it to cover your mouth with your hands and cough into them. Or was there a sign in my hair reading, ‘cough here please’

I seriously do need a car. Haha. But yet again, if I got one, who would be telling you this stories.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. And don’t forget. . .

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling -Margaret Lee Runbeck-”

Jo.

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Stepping Out.

Life is all about taking chances and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Good Evening,

I am that type of person who hardly takes risk because of the fear of failure, but i have recently learnt that life is all about risks, if you don’t go out there and get what you want, you will never grow as a person.

Two days ago I decided, enough is enough and I’m going to go for it. I work up to a post from Heenie Photography asking for models for a project: Faces60. I followed the instructions, sent him my photos and my phone number. Ten minutes later, I receive a call informing me that I have been selected to be a part of the project. At this time I’m in total shock. As in me, Joan has been chosen to be a part of this amazing project.

Truth be told, I tend to put myself down. Telling myself that I’m not beautiful enough or they are not looking for a girl like me. Well guess what Joan, you have what it takes.

Friday comes and I’m dying from nerves, I got a bit of butterflies in my tummy and I can’t think straight. All this nerves went away once I got in front of the camera, its as though my body knew how to work it. 

It was such an amazing experience that I’d love to do it again and maybe have a career in modelling as well. 🙂

My make up was done by the amazing Raey Shan who by the way is amazing, talented and very creative.

The face behind the project is Byron Heenie who is just an amazing photographer and I am humbled, honoured and blessed to have worked with him. 

The lesson I learnt from this experience was that, “Life is too short, to stick to your comfort zone.” There is so much that can be achieved once we open up.

 

Thanks for stopping by. 

 

Open your wings and fly little butterfly, the world is waiting just for you. Jo

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Matatu Life

Hey beautiful people,

This post is long over due. For those who don’t reside in Kenya, let me explain what a Matatu.
Matatu is one of the forms of public transport here in Kenya. The name originated back in the day.
The cost of transport then was 30cents so the conducter would say “mapeni matatu” (Mapeni – 10cents, matatu-3). With time, they dropped mapeni and stuck with matatu.

I use a matatu whenever I go to school. And every single day there is a new adventure.
A few days ago, while I was walking to the stage, this conductor calls out, “madame mbona umepotea” (madame why are you lost). First of all, I have never seen him. Secondly, that is just ordinary behaviour for conductors.
All I did was giggle and enter the matatu.

The matatu is a 14 sitter, including the driver & the conductor, and it only leaves the stage when full.
15 minutes later, it is finally full and mind you the sun is blazing.
The lady next to me decides to open the window, but this man who is right behind her starts complaining of how the wind is blowing right in his face.
Honestly, I don’t blame him, but imagine this, 14 people in this matatu with the sun blazing and sweating people, obviously the window needed to be opened.
All of a sudden, they begin arguing amd all the rest of us can do is laugh.

When such things happen, I tend to wonder if people are ignorant. What if someone in there had an airborne disease, wouldn’t we all get it.
But hey, that’s matatu life for you.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love,
Joan.

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Hello February.

Hi everyone,
I hope all of you had an awesome week unlike mine, which was quite busy with going back to school and not having enough time to blog.
I’ll try find time in my schedule, at least every other day or two.

Anyway, I’m so glad January is over it was one tough month. With more downs than ups. The month started off pretty chilled out, with me gracing in the new year at home with my Mum. After that seemed to be going down hill.
1. Having to do my exams on the 6th because of strikes that occurred in Dec while exams were taken place.
2. I was broke like no ones business. As in, opening my wallet felt like a Johnny Bravo moment. There is an episode where he opens his wallet and a butterfly flies away. That’s how I felt. Haha.
3. Time flew by so fast. There was so much I had planned and those plans never happened cause of luck of time. Is that even possible?

For my ups, it’s something I’ve been waiting to do for 6months now. The Big Chop. Transitioning was one hard journey but that’s a post for another day.
On 25th after taking down my box braids, I just grabbed my scissors and began snipping. To be honest, I was terrified but now I love it. Its like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder.

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My sister actually Big chopped a few days before me and I guess she was my final motivation to do it. Thanks Nyawira 🙂
I’m so ready for this new journey. 2014 seems to be my year of trying out new things and experimenting and I like it. Haha. 😀

Got to go, but I’ll keep y’all updated on my natural hair journey.

Good night.
:-*

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Obsessions (1)

Hi Lovely People,

I’ll start with a short story. My sister and I hated make-up when growing up. We had seen so many women looking so bad with make-up that we vowed never to use any, but that vow was broken quite fast.

In my 2nd year of high school I discovered eye shadow and I was excited. Started experimenting with different colours and that’s when I realised that make-up is meant to enhance your features not make you look like a scary clown.

Thank God for YouTube, ’cause I love me some make-up tutorials, they’re fun to watch and I learn some new tips every time.

Though I love make-up, I don’t wear much, all I use is; eye pencil, eye shadow (when I’m feeling girly), mascara and a lipstick/lip balm/lip gloss (depending on my mood).

As the title states, i have a couple of obsession and I’ll be sharing them with you one by one.
Today, I’ll show you my lipstick collection. I started collecting in Sept last year so it is small, but I plan to buy like 2-3 lipsticks a month to add to the collection. 🙂

Hope you enjoy and talk to you soon.

Hugs & Kisses,

Joan.

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•Clarion #2
I love this red colour. I’ve worn it a couple of times and it applies very well. It’s also moisturizing.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 145.
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•Clarion #17
This is 1 of my two pinks, I haven’t actually worn it before. You need to apply a coats with bloating in between. But I like it.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 145.
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•Island Beauty; Fushia
My second pink. It’s fushia. Not my favourite, it’s quite drying and also needs a couple of coats.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 290.
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•Island Beauty; Passion wine
This is my everyday lip colour. I love it so much. It applies so well and it lasts.
Super Cosmetics Kes 290.
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•Constance Carroll; Autumn Berry (224)
First ever lipstick. Autumn Berry. I have hate/love relationship with this one. It’s rough, it has some rough stuff in it, but I like the colour.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 100-200.
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•Constance Carroll; Matt Rose (115)
I don’t like this one at all. Applying it takes forever. Why do I still have it? Haha. Oh well, I’ll try make it work.
Super Cosmetics Ksh 100-200.
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•Revlon Colorbust #16
I’ve had this lip gloss for 2 years now and it’s amazing. Oh my, Oh my I love it a lot. It lasts on my lips and very moisturizing.
O.R Tambo International Airport – R100.

P.s; I exfoliate my lips daily with a homemade lip scrub (olive oil, sugar & honey).

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Little Pleasures

Hello 🙂

I’ve always been into reading novels,as young as 10 years old I would go to the school library and grab a novel. While everyone else is reading books with pictures, Joan is busy with a sci-fi book or supernatural or even a criminal book.

I’m more of a criminal girl, can’t get enough of them. My favourite author has to be James Patterson. That man can write and whenever I read his books, I feel as though I am actually part of them. Don’t get me wrong though, I do enjoy a supernatural novel once in a while, but for the life of me, you will never catch me watching any supernatural movies/series especially Supernatural. If you want me to have nightmares for a year, go right ahead and force me to watch it.

Currently, I’m reading; “Along Came A Spider” by James Patterson. 20140122_133947

I’ve actually had it for a few months now but school had me so busy. I figured since I have a few days before I go back to school I’ll try finish it.

I guess that’s it for now. Wait, before you leave, go onto YouTube: Jozza K – Fvck (I’m still trying to figure out how to put direct links) give it a listen, video drops in a few days. Thank you in advance.

Bye for now. 🙂

Joan.