The bucket list; a list of things to do before you kick the bucket. As people are busy ticking off the list of things they want to achieve in their lifetime, I’m busy ticking off the things that I’m sure I will not try out. Top of my list is sky diving. After reading Biko’s thrilling and vivid description of his sky diving experience in his blog, BIKOZULU, I made up my mind that the only thing that will make me jump off a flying plane is if the plane catches fire. They say, and I quote: ‘Fly not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.’ In my opinion, I can still see the world perfectly from the comfort of a closed plane, well buckled up.
2nd on my list is bungee jumping; be it with a rope tied on my feet and I’m expected to jump off a cliff, or on a well secured seat with elastic ropes firmly secured on masts that seem to be touching heaven, no, I pass on that. These two are on my bucket, there to stay; if it is for thrill’s sake, I shall explore other forms.
Away from the buckets, nowadays we shy off from the all matchy matchy kind of outfits where yellow has to get another yellow to stay cool; but it doesn’t hurt to match it all up, overdo it and see if you feel the vibe. If you like it, crown it!
Red pants are a tricky wear and you have to get the right shade, rock it well and with lots of confidence. I decided to overdose it with a red top, covered in a mustard sweater and supported by a mustard shoe. It looks hot, literally. You would stand out in such an outfit on a casual occasion or random dress down Fridays.
Too matchy matchy but in a good way.
Women have nothing to wear, at least most of the days, despite their closets being full of clothes. We just rummage through our wardrobes ,dump half of the clothes on the bed as we try to see what goes with what and after a whole hour we shall still not come up with anything and if we do, it won’t really nail it as intended. Even my 6yr old girl complains that she has nothing to wear so clearly, this starts at an early age.
Ever thought of recycling clothes? Rather redoing the same clothes you wear in different ways? I know we are women and we hate doing the same dress over and over again but you can redo the same dress in different ways for different occasions.
Take my blue skater dress below that was a gift from my friend, it’s casual and the bold color is limiting in that it’s noticeable and you can’t wear it so frequently. However, you can re-do it by pairing with different shoes.
The first is with stockings and knee length boots, my favourite; perfect in cold weather for outdoor activities like the koroga festival, hikes, long drives and stuff like that, given the comfort.
You can do a different shoe by pairing with a sophisticated heel to do activities with minimal movement like parties, weddings and such where elegance is key, and you will be treated like the lady you are.
I thought the blue is too bold for office until I toned it down with a floral blazer and an office black heel. With that I’m good to go for my meetings.
Just like in life, there are many possibilities and you just need to try out different things until you get what works.
Just like that, the holidays are over and we are back to the grind. The highlight of my holiday was a stay at Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club which was an out of this world holiday destination. Kenya is indeed beautiful! Everything is laid out overlooking the mountain’s astounding view.
There is a drive, before the main gate, in the wild and you get to have a glimpse of wild animals in their natural environment. The place is vast, pavements well maintained and grass lawns perfectly manicured. The play area was the first to catch my kids’ attention and they rushed to play before we even checked in. There is a well manicured maze where you literally get lost and spiral your way out. There’s horse riding which got me exhilarated. I know we have horses all over town but having a horse ride in middle of the forest and uphill facing Mt. Kenya felt like being in an Alehandro TV series cast.
The one time I did fishing was at a pool of water behind our house, very many years ago; never mind that it was actually toad poles we were fishing with cans. I got to use the real fishing rod and to fish real fish. Yeih! The grass lawns are on hills which are perfect for rolling downhill; I figured I could lose more calories doing that as opposed to jogging, right?
Let’s not even go to the food because that is where temptation lies. How do you serve ice cream, chocolate balls, cheese cake, orange cake, passion yummy yummy something and marshmallows for dessert and ask me to choose? I must admit that dessert was my main course despite me yelling orders to my kids to have proper meals before any dessert.(Does that make me a good or bad mom?)
The rooms are tastefully done with the highlight of a fireplace and with windows overlooking the mountain. It was a perfect sight watching the sun rays peep from behind the mountain followed by the sun creeping up slowly as if not wanting to wake you up. The golfers have their thing going on in their golf course as bikers speed on the pavements and up the hill. There’s just too much to see and do in one place including an animal orphanage. The place is worth another visit and another…
Meanwhile, January is here and we need to dress up for the office. Blazers in assorted colors are an easier way to dress up and this yellow one gives you a sparkle. Notice how a green heeled shoe blends in well with the black top and skirt. You can get away with a short black skirt by using a blazer as it tones it down, as opposed to a tight top. Chunky golden jewelry accompanies the look.