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The Money That Made Him Poor | Giveaway

It is best for us to tell our stories to the world.

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Let’s talk films, to be precise, Kenyan films. There is something interesting about telling our  stories from our own point of view. Now comes in Tony Tini Tone Productions, a Kenyan production company that’s dedicated to just that, telling our stories, our way and in their own words, “Two childhood friends decided to come together to tell stories of living, learning and loving in Africa. Our motto is Our stories! Our Way!”

One of those stage plays is “The Money That Made Him Poor”  a story of WB, a young man who is forced into Nairobi – the land of corruption and seedy deals – after the death of his father. Will this world take him under or will he be able to make it in Nairobi without losing his soul? Money, Power, Her! Can he handle it.

Yeeeeeeeeeees, now that just got me excited. 😀 😀 😀

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My heart was immediately captured by the story, because this is the case for so many people who move to the city to make a better life for themselves and end up facing so many difficulties. “Will I make it?” “Should I give up and go back?” “What is life?”

Now the only questions I have is, will WB make it? What happens? I cannot wait to watch it and have all my questions answered.

The stage play will be at the Louis Leakey Auditorium at Nairobi National Museum from 27th September to 30th September 2018. With three shows every day at; 3pm, 6pm & 8:30pm. And more exciting news;

I am so ready for the stage play, I kinda, sorta have my outfit all planned out 🙂 🙂 🙂

Now for the really juicy part. I have partnered with TTT productions to give one of you awesome babes, one of three backstage passes, where you’ll come backstage to meet and hangout with the cast before the show. Take pictures, chat, get to know them and their characters, all that jazz.

All you have to do is buy an early bird ticket (click here) and then your name will go into a raffle draw, where one of you will be picked and I will announce the winner on my instagram page (@justnimu) on Monday. As simple as that, all the best ♥

The tickest are very affordable, from Kes. 750 – Kes. 1,200, depending on what package you want.

Watch the trailer and let me know what you think.

And the count down to show time begins 🙂 🙂 🙂

Can’t wait for y’all to watch the full stage play as well, see you then.

Love,
Jo♥

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BAKE Awards Nomination

Let the universe know your intentions and it’ll always give you what you need.

Hi!

I know that I am so late to announce this here, but I was on vacation for 4 days and I just readjusted back to Nairobi life. Hahahaha

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If you don’t follow me on my social media accounts (I’m quietly judging you), then you don’t know that I’ve been nominated for this year’s BAKE (Bloggers Association of Kenya) Awards under the category of Best Beauty & Hair Blog.
I am more than honored and humbled and it wouldn’t have been the case if it wasn’t for each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blogs and just sticking by me through my ups and downs.

On that note, I want to ask, if you could vote for me here https://vote.bakeawards.co.ke/ Category 20, Option E (justnimu), it would mean the world to me and it only takes a few minutes.
Voting ends on April 30th 2018.

Thank you so much for sticking by me and all your support.

Love,
Jo. ♥

 

Features · Natural Hair Journey

Product Review | Saru Organics

Second week into the new year and I can fully say I am back on “WorkMode”.

Hello! Hello! Hello!
I hope the new year is treating you well, for me, I have been doing a lot of relaxing, chilling and amazingly enough, gaining weight, YES! More on this later. 😛

For today I introduce you to BAE #1, Saru Organics. 

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I’ve been a Sarulicious girl since day one and this is not me just blowing smoke, it was love from first application. Yes, I do have a favourite, but all the products that I have tried have not failed me whatsoever.

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Flat Twist Out using the Curl Pudding

Saru Organics is a Kenyan Brand made by a Kenyan for our African hair. It’s a fairly new brand, but let me tell you, it is making it’s voice heard. Just click on the video and just hear what I had to say, nothing but love for it.

Product & Price List;
The brand consists of both formulated products and pure oils/powders.

  • Revitalizing Clay Shampoo – Kes.500.
  • Leave in Treatment – Kes.700.
  • Curl Pudding – Kes.650.
  • Deep Condtioner – Kes.500.
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil – Kes.600.
  • Baobab Oil – Kes.500.
  • Avocado Oil – Kes.300.
  • Macadamia Nut Oils – Kes.300.
  • Moringa Oil – Kes.900.
  • Moringa Powder – Kes.250.

Rating;

  • Price; 4/5
    It is affordable (Kes.2,350) for all four main products and you have your wash routine sorted out from start to finish.
  • Quantity; 5/5
    Each item is 240ml and as I state, a little does go a long way. You will use the products for at least 3months (If you’re going through it like water :-D)
  • Smell; 4/5
    Other than the curl pudding and deep treatment having strong scents, it’s nothing that will put you off unless you have serious allergies. I just avoid using them when I have a cold.
  • Overall; 4.5/5
    As a brand and as a complete wash day package it’s a win for me. I highly recommend all her products, and if you’re looking for a starter kit, I suggest you give this a try.

Have you tried any of Saru Organics products?
Do let me know in the comment section.

Love,
Jo. ♥

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Fashion | Crochet Me A Summer | Ndutah’s Gifts

Happy New Year!

Before I start this post, I would like to apologise for my absence, and I promise I will explain it all in my next.

Hello! Hello! Hello!

How have you guys been? I hope your holiday was amazing and that y’all crossed over to the new year well.

For the first post of the year I’m bringing y’all summer in Nairobi. I don’t know why, but that’s what I see in this outfit.
You remember Ndutah’s Accessories from my hair accessories video? Well this amazing pieces are from there as well.

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Mismatched bikini and  kimono.

I’m not one for bikinis, this is actually my first, but let me tell you. I look good in it. Hahaha.
The kimono is just the perfect length and fit. For those who own crocheted clothes you know they are nice and lightweight and with this Nairobi heat, they are just perfect for that.

Another thing I love about this, is that the items are versatile. You can wear them to the pool/beach and wear them as part of an outfit ( I’ll show you two of my favourite outfits)

The Smart Casual

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Blazer – Mum’s Wardrobe.
Skirt – Mr Price Junction.
Choker – Ndutah’s Gifts

For this look, I paired the bikini top with a blazer and a bodycon midi skirt. I love how the beige, mustard and grey play well together. I felt so good in this one and you can wear it practically anywhere.

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And yes, I have no make up on. 🙂

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The Casual

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Jeans – Thrifted.

For this look, I just put on the kimono and a pair of Jeans. The jeans are actually high-waisted. It felt right to be the girl in the baggy jeans, plus I had to let the tomboy in me shine for a bit. 🙂

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P.s; For the 30 minutes that I was out shooting, I got a tan. Light-skinned problems in Nairobi. 🙂

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I just want to go to the pool now.

Hope y’all enjoyed the post, missed you a lot.
Don’t forget to check out Ndutah’s Gifts for more amazing stuff.

Photography | Kamau Karangatha

Love,
Jo ♥

Health & Beauty

Finding Yourself

Hey!
Hope you haven’t forgotten about me.

It has been about 5 months and I think it’s safe to say that I am back. Taking time off and just stepping away from everything was one of the best things I could have done for myself. I had began to feel as though I was drowning from everything and everyone around me. I felt drained day in and day out and I just had to escape from that reality.

Everything was slowly falling apart and I needed to find a way to fix it before I lost who I was as a person. Trying to please everyone just eats you up and you forget who you are. I was in a situation where I was letting everyone dictate to me what I should be doing and how I should be going about it. Home felt like the last place I wanted to be ’cause it was just cold.

When life hits, it hits you so hard you break inside. I closed myself off from the world because experience has taught me that you have to deal with you before you can deal with others. I usually receive this comment. ‘You are doing psychology, I’m sure you solve your own problems.’ Excuse me, but we to are human so we do need a shoulder once in a while. I vented, I cursed at the world, I cried, punched a few walls and even wrote letters that I read out loud. And in doing all this, I released so much pain a weight started to lift off my shoulder.

I began to find myself again and connect with who I am and what I was created for. It took a lot in me to accept that life is always going to throw the worst of the worst at you, you just need to know that you are fully equipped to handle everything.

I am happier than I was 5 months ago. I do take time to breath and assess every situation and not run into it blindly, crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. With each passing day I am more at peace with myself than the day before.

In the beginning of the year a huge curve ball was thrown at me and with finding myself and learning what I have learnt I was ready to face it. If that is my new path bring it on, but guess what? It was just life saying, ‘gotcha, I was just making sure that you are ready for reality, so just go back to your usual shenanigans.’

And with that I’m back to blogging, vlogging and facing the world with a smile each day.

Life is always going to be there, just remember that you are never alone and you are ready for it.

Love,

Jo.

Beauty · Health & Beauty

Beauty | Nail Care Routine + Colour Of The Week

Good Evening!

Happy New Month.

It’s actually more like good night. I was planning on getting this post out a it early, but my nails were not working with me. I had just come out of the shower after almost an hour (I love very long showers) and I had to wait for my nails to dry and regain their colour, you know the white colour on the tips when your nails are long.

I always get a lot of questions about my nails. The most annoying question that I constantly get has to be, if my nails are fake. Like why y’all got to do me like this?

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I’ve been growing out my nails since I left high school, about 4 years ago. There is just something about long nails on me that makes me feel good. I remember in high school, after assembly before we would go back to class, the prefects would check if our nails were clipped. I used to dread that, because I hated clipping my nails, but I was a good student, only got caught a few times. Hahaha

A comment I always get from people is that I have good nails because I have good hair. And maybe that’s true, the same material that makes up the hair is the same material that makes up the nails. So yeah, good hair, good nails.

My nail care routine is pretty basic. This is something I’ve been doing for a few years now and It has worked for me.

1. Nail & Cuticle Oil:

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Nail & Cuticle Oil – Luron Ksh.110 (Around $1)

Nail and cuticle oil is used to moisturise the cuticles, skin and nail area. I use this daily at night around my cuticles when I’m wearing nail polish. When I remove the polish weekly, I apply it all over my nails and cuticle, rub it in and let it sit in for 30 minutes or so, then wash my hands. I love how it leaves my nails shiny and soft.

2. Nail Hardener:

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Nail Hardener – Luron Ksh.110 (Around $1)

Step 2 when I’m not wearing any nail polish is a nail hardener. Which is mostly 3 days out of the 7 days when I remove my nail polish. It helps strengthen the nail by adding a layer on to it which prevents breakage. I used to have brittle nails and after adding this step into my routine, my nails are actually stronger and the longest they have gotten is about 3/4 of an inch.

3. Acetone Free Nail polish Remover.

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Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover – Alison’s Ksh. 55 (Around $0.50)

This has to be my holy grail product when it comes to my nail care routine. Acetone is a no no for me just because it dries out my skin and leaves the area around my nails looking nasty. I do not like that.

And there you have it, 3 simple steps for amazing nails. I love taking care of my nails and I love growing them out.

My current nail shape is almond/stiletto. I felt I needed to experiment with a new shape and so far so good, it’s not that bad. For four years I was rocking the square shape and I LOVED IT. If this doesn’t work, I might just go back. hahaha

Last but not least, this weeks nail colour:

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Nude – Golden Rose Paris. Ksh. 260 (About $2)

I do miss painting my nails and doing nail art, so that might just be a new addition. 🙂 🙂

I hope you enjoyed.

Talk to you soon.

Love,

Jo

My Style

My Style | Colour Block

Good Morning!

I’m so glad it’s Friday, I just finished my 4th exam paper and I have 3 more to go. Struggles of doing 7 units in order to finish your undergraduate in 3 years. All I want to do is eat, sleep, listen to music and not think of exams till Monday. 29th better get itself here, I’m in need of a vacation and I just can;t wait to get out of Nairobi.

Anyway, enough of that. 🙂 🙂 🙂

First of all, I want to say how humbled and over the moon that I am the caramel face of Put Your Face On by Sabrina. I am still excited to this day. I enjoy working for her and begin part of this and seeing her dreams come true.

Some time last week, we had a photo shoot, so I decided to pair an oversized mustard shirt and purple pencil skirt with my new black suede heels from Fabtrends.

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I just love how the colours work well together. And if you know me, I love baggy items because they let me breathe, especially with the heat in Nairobi. The pencil skirt is such a versatile piece. You can dress it up with a pair of heels and fitting blazer, or a sweatshirt and pair of vans and you are good to go. Excuse the leg, don’t even ask.

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The shoes are very comfortable. Perfect fit, perfect height and perfect colour. I’d actually sleep in them, but. . .

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As usually, my hair was in a puff, but honestly this was day 3 or 4 of a twist out, so she had to be tied up. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And I think I might be reconsidering my decision on this whole make up situation, haha, Sabrina just has a way of making me look so good and flawless. And the combination of the blue eyes and pink lips just does it for me. Don’t you think so? 🙂

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Top – Thrifted. (Sister’s)

Skirt – Made by me.

Shoes – FabTrends.

Necklace – Coast. (Gift)

Beaded Anklet & Bracelet – Haku Crafts, Hilton Hotel.

Pearl Bracelets – Gift.

Purple Earrings – Gift. (Purpink)

Hope you enjoyed the read and have an amazing weekend.

Talk to you soon.

Love,

Jo

My Style

Touch Of Floral

 

It is not everyday you get to play around with the sun.

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Good Morning,

I have you missed y’all so much, you have no idea. Thank God my exams are over and I have a few weeks to relax and enjoy myself.

Can I simply ask, why is it cold and we are almost done with August? Like honestly, the sun should be out and I shouldn’t be walking around my house in my duvet, my poor body is suffering over here. 😦

Anyway, enough with my rumbling. The other day the sun decided to grace us with it’s presence so it was time for me to dust off my cute little skirt and show off some legs 😉

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I’m one of those girls who loves having fun with clothes but being totally comfortable, and this outfit was just the perfect fit for  this day. Double C (Cute & Comfortable)

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I decided to pair it up with this beautiful piece from Jane’s Beads Ke I just loved how the black and red in the necklace was picked up in the skirt. If you know me, I never like planning my outfits, ’cause I end up changing them at the last minute the only thing that remains are my shoes. To me random is always best.

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Hi, I’m a short girl and I love my heels. Honestly, is there any girl who doesn’t love heels? Whether tall or short, those bad boys make you feel so good and I never mind the added height, at least I won’t be tip-toeing to hug anyone when I’m in them 😉

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This piece is just gorgeous, simple yet bold. And I Love It.

Have an awesome Furahi Day and enjoy your weekend.

Love,

Jo.

Top – Mr Price Online (Similar)

Skirt – Made by me

Shoes – Mr Price Online

Necklace – Jane’s Beads Ke

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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.