Let’s Talk About Indian Human Hair!

Let’s talk about human hair!

I have had a hard natural hair journey because my hair grows at a very slow rate. It could be because of genetics or diet or the fact that I do not take care of my natural hair as well as most naturalistas do. Last year, I learned how to style and love my natural hair but this year is all about protective hairstyles.

I have been loving big hairstyles for months now but in May, I felt that I needed a change. When Human Hair Company, Hair Shopee reached out to collaborate, I decided to try out a straight hairstyle. They sent me two bundles of straight human hair bundles and a closure.

The hair arrived in a few days but it took some time for me to get the hair done and I wanted to actually wear the hair for a while before writing the review.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
Application: 

I got two 20 inch bundles and a closure from Hair Shopee but had to add an old one as well because two bundles were not enough. My hairdresser adviced that she should add the old human hair pieces at the back so that they are covered by the new hair.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
Review:

Right off the bat, the hair was so light and soft. A few days after getting my hair done, I started getting itchy but it could be because of the hair oil they used on my scalp or the fact that I wore the hair without washing it first. Regardless of the itching, I got so many compliments.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
After washing. 

I decided to wash my hair after a week to try and calm my scalp and it worked! I washed the hair with a mint based shampoo and applied the Marini Naturals Leave-In Conditioner to soften the human hair even more. I combed it gently with a wide tooth comb and there was shedding because of the additional piece that I had to use. The shedding was expected because the quality of the extra human hair piece was lower than Hair Shopee’s. After air dried it, I flat ironed it with the help of a friend and voila! It had amazing volume, it did not itch at all and it looked amazing.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee

All in all, I love the hair and cannot wait to test out their curly weaves and wigs.

You can buy their weaves and get them delivered to you wherever you are around the world. Here is a link to their website. https://www.hairshopee.com/

Hair Done By : Maria, Pink Chocolate Salon, Shopping Arcade next to Green House Mall. 

Living Coral Is The Official Color In 2019 & We Are Here For It!

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3 Awesome Pairs Of Shoes For Kenyan Women From Mr Price

Believe it or not! MR. Price has amazing shoes!

When it comes to buying flat shoes in Nairobi, there a few things you need to put into consideration: the quality, the style, and the price. Some Kenyan stores buy their shoes from China and label them as shoes from ASOS  or Forever 21 just to trick unknowing customers into buying. Mr. Price, on the other hand, has just rebranded and their ability to impress me with their new shoes really surprised me.

When a friend asked me to take her, I was a little reserved but after taking a look around,  it was totally worth it! I could not decide on the shoes to buy because there were very many nice ones. I ended up buying 3 pairs and after wearing them, I am sure that I made the right decision.

Here are the shoes I bought from MRP a.k.a Mr Price.
Grey gold buckled doll shoes. Ksh 1100.

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2. Brown cut-out criss-cross  ballerina shoes. Ksh 1300

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3. These mustard flats are simple, comfortable and totally beautiful!. Ksh 1300.

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I totally love these pairs of shoes I got from Mr. Price. Which ones are your favorite? Mr Price Kenya Shoes Buy Shoes Kenya Kenyan Blogger

Lotsa Love!

Coconut Girl X Reina.

 

Eating Out: My Favourite Foods From Restaurants In Nairobi

Eating out is expensive but so much fun as well!

I love to eat out in Nairobi and sometimes I tend to blame the traffic because I end up walking into restaurants near the office to wait for the traffic to die down. I also blame my love for amazing food because who doesn’t love sweet smelling aromas, well-presented food, and amazing ambiance to get their evening going?

These are my favorite foods from restaurants in Nairobi.
Art Caffe – Green Salad.

This salad is life! As I am writing this, I just had this exact salad. The beauty about it is the sweetness from beetroots, raisins and yes, small pieces of lemon! This just makes my mouth tingle with excitement.

Eating Out Beat Restaurants Nairobi Art Caffe Kenya
Source: Trip Advisor
Ocean Basket – Sushi.

Oh, my! Anyone who knows me knows about my love for Ocean Basket. When they started, I used to go there twice a week with the lovely man I was dating and the waiters always remembered us and even remembered our orders. The fact that their customer service was magical, kept me coming back! I recently took my mum for Sushi but being an African woman, raw fish was not something she was willing to try out!

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Nyama  Mama – Smokehouse Burger.

My favorite Wednesday spot! I used to have evening classes for the past year and after school, I loved passing by Nyama Mama wetlands for the drinks and the amazing smokehouse burger. The band’s soothing music was also a plus for me. My favorite spot is always at the bar( that’s where all the magic happens).

Nyama Mama Eating Out Best Restaurants Nairobi Kenya
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Alchemist – Diavola Pizza.

I only just discovered the pizzas at Alchemist and I am in love! The diavola pizza is one of my friend’s favorite pizza because it is simple and one of the most authentic Italian pizzas. I love how the pizzas are made, the size is perfect to share with a friend and the ingredients they use are said to be from Italy just to make it authentic!

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Which are your favorite restaurants? Here are the tips to help you plan your trip to Dar es Salaam.

Planning To Travel To Tanzania? These Are The Top 4 Restaurants In Dar Es Salaam

I want to go back to Dar, Tanzania 🙂

Dar Salaam was amazing to me last year. I was so relaxed when I visited because I had very little going on in my life and all that I needed to do is relax and enjoy the breeze. The one thing I loved about the place was the fresh sea food but on the flip side, the traffic situation is a mess. Being Kenyan, I should not complain about the traffic but I have to tell you guys, the  foleni is worse than  what we experience Nairobi. When traveling to Dar from Nairobi, you can book a flight via Kenya Airways or Precision Air or take  Dar Express or Dar Lux buses that cost about 3,000KSh one way.

I had a fantastic experience dining in all these places.

Karambezi.

I am addicted to calamari and that is usually the first thing I always ask for when I go to sea food restaurants. I have been looking for the best calamari around and I think I finally found it in Diani, but thats another day’s story. I loved the calamari at the Karambezi and the ambience. It was quite romantic.

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News Caffe.

I have a friend who insisted on taking me to the News Caffe in Dar because unlike the Kenyan branches, this one had the best poached egg in the continent. He drummed it up so much, I would be a fool not to experience the best breakfast in Africa. As much as I would have liked top burst his bubble I had to agree with him, the food was amazing.

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The Cape Town Fish Market.

Being very high on the must visit places on trip advisor, I had to eat at the Cape Town fish market. The weather was perfect when I was there and to my surprise, there were men in suits having lunch (seriously? Who wears suits at the Coast?) Anyway, I was asked for sushi and I was a little disappointed. Everyone else loved their meal but I guess I kept comparing it to my favorite restaurant in Kenya, Ocean Basket- Oval Branch.

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I dont remember the name of the restaurant but it was in Oyster Bay.

I was so full from my buffet breakfast to have anything substantial here so In asked for a fruit salad and enjoyed some good company and the view that was totally epic.

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I really want to travel to Santorini, Greece with my friend Rehema and also go to Namibia. Which is your ultimate beach vacation spot?

It is Good To Be Back! I Had Missed My Dresses And My #GirlSquad

I WOULD WEAR A BALL GOWN EVERYDAY IF I COULD.

I had missed you guys so much after taking a break from blogging. I have so much to tell you. Last month, me and my friends, Milly Adhiambo, Rehema Omar and Rosemary Kimani went to the Sir Jay’s Launch at the newly opened Diamond Plaza 2 which is a gorgeous building in Parklands, Nairobi. I had two events on the same night so I had to dash to the Micheal Joseph Centre for an hour and get back to the main event with my friends, (the perks of being a Kenyan fashion blogger and magazine content creator). It was so good to go to a fashion show after so long because my last one I went to was last year’s Tribal Chic that was the best Kenyan Fashion event I have ever gone to.

This is what I wore to the event. *I actually think I was overdressed but it is better being over dressed than under-dressed.*

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Source: Kuyoh Photography
Reina Kimeu Kenyan Blogger
Source: Kuyoh Photography

Reina Kimeu Kenyan BloggerFrom left: Rosemary Kimani, Rehema Omar and on my right Milly Adhiambo

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Source: Kuyoh Photography
Reina Kimeu Kenyan Blogger
Source: Kuyoh Photography

 Kuyoh Photography took these amazing pictures of us.

What would be your girl squad photo shoot theme? Rehema wanted us to get lingerie shots but I was too scared.

A Local Tourist Exploring Malindi : The Kenyan Coast

I had never been to Malindi before because of the grotesque stories I had heard from my friends who have been there. When the chance presented itself, I was very hesitant but curiosity got the best of me. My trip started with a short trip on board a flight by local airline, 540.

Due to the last minute booking, I could not get a seat on the Nairobi – Malindi flight so I opted for the Mombasa option. After landing at the Moi International Airport, I took a cab. My trip to the bus stop, ‘BUXTAN’, deserved 5 stars. My UBER driver, was very polite, funny and he even gave me the small girl in a big city talk,” Trust nobody and watch your bag.” Considering I was from an even bigger city, I honestly found Mombasa a walk in the park.

The drive to Malindi was scenic. We passed through one of my favorite towns, Kilifi. Kilifi holds a special place in my heart because of the fantastic week I spent there over the 2016/2017 New Year’s. We also went through Vipingo, which simply had breathtaking views. Next to the road were far reaching acres of land lined with sisal plantations that looked even better lit up by the setting sun. Two and a half hours later, I had arrived in the controversial Malindi Town.

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Fishermen off the Malindi coast

My first stop was Mario’s Bar, which is at the Nakumatt Malindi. It was at 5pm and the place was packed with people. This was definitely the place to be in the evenings. There was a burst of life as we walked through the small restaurant, looking for a table. Although the pizza and espresso was good, my overall experience there was terrible. The waitress was rude, the food took too long to be served, people stared a lot and allegedly most of the girls there are “working girls”. We went to the apartment, freshened up (changed from jeans to a playful peach dress and heels) and went out for dinner, hoping to have a better experience this time around.

 

Walking into the Baby Marrow, I felt a shift in my moods. The lighting and live music playing was set to give the restaurant a romantic feel. The art work chosen to give the walls character simply blew me away. I could already tell that I liked the place, even without sampling their food. The service was perfect and the food was worth the wait. The Baby Marrow Restaurant, should definitely be on  Malindi’s must visit list.

Malindi Kenyan Coast Beach Travel
Tanning (Like I need it! Ha! :-))

The next adventure involved a boat, some courage, good company and a healthy appetite. The day involved some snorkeling, swimming in the crisp clean waters of the Sardinia Island and enjoying the calm open waters. I loved the barbecued sea food platter that was made by the boat’s “captain” as we were swimming.  When he asked us back to the boat for lunch, I did not know what to expect. After eating at Ocean Basket in Nairobi, you tend to think you have had it all when it comes to sea food. The barbecue on an island did not just sound heavenly but sent my taste buds to heaven and back. Crab, prawns and fish have never tasted so good. After the filling lunch, we slowly drifted back to the mainland. We needed to rest before the crazy night we were about to have at White Elephant.

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Beach Barbecue.. Yummy!

The party started off with a house party where my two sweethearts, Angie and Remy finally met after telling them about each other for so long. We later headed to White elephant where the DJ made a Nairobi girl’s night unforgettable. Having a group of female and male friends who are from different walks of life, meant that there was definitely some misunderstandings and some friction but we got through the emotional storm knowing and understanding each other better. Malindi was memorable not because of the beautiful beaches and amazing food but because of the fantastic people I spent time with.

Its good to be back!

Love , Reina.

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