Wear

Shopbop- The Big Event

March 4, 2015

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1. Cynthia Vincent Esapdrilles

2.Blank Denim Distressed Jeans

3.S’well Water Bottle

4.Free People Dress

5.Cooper & Ella Tee

6.Gorjana Ear Slider

7.Current/Elliot Tee

8.Jo Tote Bag

Shopbop is having one of my favorite sales besides their “Friends and Family Sale.” This one is “The Big Event” and it definitely lives up to its name. I usually hold off on buying from Shopbop until they have one of their major sales because those items can get pretty expensive. At any rate, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite for you. You can shop the sale until March 7th with the code BIGEVENT15.

Wear

Spring Jackets

March 2, 2015

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When you no longer need the warm wool coat from winter but aren’t quite ready to bare arms, the time has come to reach for the trusty mid-season, lightweight jacket. From classic colors to new feminine shapes, you are guaranteed to fall in love with one of the spring jackets above. Click the pictures for details:)

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Outfits

Cold w/ a Cableknit

February 25, 2015

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(I only included this last one to prove that if I wanted to be a rapper, I would look pretty legit).

 Pants: JBrand// Sweater:Aran Crafts Via J.Crew// Boots: Sam Edelman// Bag: She+Lo// Glasses: Ray-Ban// Watch: Diesel//Bracelets: Stella & Dot

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Flip Flop Factory

February 23, 2015

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When I was in Kenya, I has the opportunity to visit the Ocean Sole Company which I refer to as “The Flip Flop Factory” in Nairobi. Inside the workshop, they take old sandals and other polluting pieces of rubber that have washed up on beaches and turned them into  colorful animal sculptures, key-chains, necklaces and kids toys. In Kenya, as well as in other developing countries, flip-flops are the footwear of choice due to their affordability and convenience. After people are done with them, masses of broken rubber flip-flops are dumped in cities and villages and then carried to sewage systems, rivers and other waterways into Kenyan coastlines. Then more than 10 suppliers collect the flipflops from the waterways and deliver them to the workshop (they recycle 400,000 flip-flops every year). Then, the workers go through the bags of flip-flops and clean the rubber soles and sort them by color. Then, they cut and sand them as they turn these colorful sandals into amazing creations. If that isn’t cool enough, the little pieces(scraps) that they do not use are places in playgrounds in place of dirt or artificial turf. There is not a part of the flip-flops that go to waste. I tried to capture the process above but it really doesn’t do it justice.

To learn more- visit their website and support their great cause!

Outfits, Wear

Mint Julep

February 20, 2015

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Jeggings: The Mint Julep Boutique c/o// Shirt: RAILS// Shoes: Dolce Vita (On Sale!)// Clutch: Clare V.// Glasses: Karen Walker// Earrings: Avant Garde Paris// Rings: Gorjana, Bauble Bar, Stella&Dot// Love Ring: Similar, Here// Bracelets: Stella &Dot// Watch: Diesel

It’s been a while since I’ve done a true outfit post so I’m glad that I get to do one today with The Mint Julep Boutique.  They are one of the fastest growing online women’s retailers. Everything is online and they get new arrivals everyday. Their jeggings are my favorite because they hit my ankles at the right spot. It is hard to find leggings that are long enough for my legs and these are perfect.

The Mint Julep Boutique is so generous in giving away a $50 giftcard to an All 5 Kinds’ reader. You can earn an entry toward the card by doing one of the tasks below and of course, you can go shopping now before the winner is announced next week. Happy shopping and good luck:)

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Live

Kenya Trip

February 18, 2015

I got back from Kenya a few days ago and I’m still exhausted. After many jam packed days and an exhausting 24 hours of traveling, I feel like I could sleep for a week.

Nairobi has a lot of ups, and a lot of downs, but ultimately Nairobi feels like the underdog that you can’t help rooting for. People by and large are kind, friendly, and believe in saying hello. Without fail, every person I seemed to have come in contact with  shakes my hand each morning — which is the standard Kenyan greeting for someone you know. I felt surrounded by people, and that nobody is a face or a neighbor that I just politely ignore each morning.

It’s really not that easy to get around in Nairobi. The distances are too far too walk, usually, and often impassable for pedestrians. And after dusk, it’s not safe to walk much of anywhere, even if it’s only a few minutes away.  I’ve never seen drivers more aggressive than Nairobi drivers.So, the outcome of all of this, is that you take a lot of cabs in Nairobi.

The city was not  perfect, and in many ways, it’s not comfortable or easy. But it has so much heart. The people that live there are such friendly and relaxed people. If you have a chance to go visit, jump at the chance!

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Here are some of the places we went to:

-Menno Kids Academy

-Ten Thousand Villages Artisans

-Many Local Markets

-Ngong Town, Westlands, Parklands, Eastleigh, Kajiado Town, Kola

-Rift Valley

-Sand Dams

-Flip Flop Factory

-Kazuri Beads

-Nairobi Museum

-Giraffe Center

-David Sheldirick Wildlife Trust

-Diamond Plaza

– my favorite: Vising the Maasai in The Great Rift Valley

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Africa

February 6, 2015

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I will be taking next week off as I travel to Kenya. I can’t wait to share pictures with you all of my trip:)

Makeup

Lipstick Guide

February 4, 2015

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Violet: Nars- “Velvet Matte” Lip Pencil

Red: YSL- “Rouge Avant-Gardiste

Pink: Bobbi Brown- “SandWash Pink

Nude: MAC – “Cremesheen Pearl

I seem to have a growing collection of lipsticks of varying colors of what seem like nudes and pinks. After looking at my collection, I decided to try some bolder shades in red and violet but they are not practical for everyday wear. The four colors above are my absolute favorites for everyday wear and for when you want to add some more of an impact to lips. Lip gloss doesn’t have as much staying power as the lipsticks but I use this one to have on hand in “Oyster Girl“.