Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

Aug 21, 2014 2:55 pm

I am posting this to bring awareness to a very important issue, and one that most people take for granted- the access to CLEAN DRINKING WATER, which is getting harder and harder to find for many people around the world. Water is what gives life to our planet. Water is a basic human need required for survival, just like oxygen.

For the people who would rather waste clean water in order to OPT OUT of raising money for charity, and for those of you who insist on wasting clean water in order to create awareness and raise money for charity, I hope you can appreciate these facts.….” To put the waste this campaign has caused into simple terms, let’s just assume everyone is using a five gallon bucket. Now multiply that number by the more than 1.2 million videos shared on Facebook since June 1. Based on that assumption (5 x 1,200,000), over 6 million gallons of water have been poured out in the name of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The average American household uses 320 gallons per day, which means that based on this estimation, nearly 19,000 homes’ daily water usage has been wasted. And that’s not even taking into account that videos posted online often depict multiple people, sometimes even entire sororities or fraternities, taking part in the ice bucket challenge, often using more than one bucket per video.” Jason Ruize……

Monday Morning Rant

Aug 18, 2014 7:54 am

You guys have have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

This is what the Ice Bucket Challenge is.

I have been seeing it pop up here and there  on various social media platforms and I have made two rants about it. Last week I said on my Facebook Page;

…”Can someone please tell me what this pouring ice water on yourself thing is? I can’t even get into a cold swimming pool, why would anyone pour a bucket of ice water on themselves? Is it like one of those silly Kony2012 things? I know I will not be into it whatever the explanation is, but I still want to know what it’s about.”

I received various responses including this informative link.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed but this morning I made another rant;

I was just telling someone the other day after I saw Bill Gates participate in this fad. I was like, “wouldn’t it be better if he writes a check to cure the entire disease instead of dumping ice cold water on his head?”. It reminds me of say, when someone like Michelle Obama holds up a piece of paper saying #BringBackOurGirls instead of perhaps over breakfast, saying to her husband to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Naturally, as human beings, we all feel compassion and want to have purpose, this is why we do these #hashtag and ice bucket challenges…to feel like we helped (even if its to bring awareness) because it can feel so hopeless at times and we are often at a loss for how to assist. BUT, that’s where I personally draw the line. Billionaire philanthropists, politicians and celebrities should cut these cheap PR brownie point stunts, get off their asses and actually do something about these issues, why? Because unlike us, they have the ability to do so. End of Monday rant- GOOD MORNING!

No sooner had I spoken, than I saw this article.

I hope none of the people I admire whose names I  included in my rants are offended. I am still able to admire you while having a difference of opinion on some things. Cool?


If you have a moment, check out this organisation that I support; FACE AFRICA.

Their mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to some of the most remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It starts with water.

Dominique Sirop

Aug 14, 2014 10:17 pm

A couple of looks from the 2008 Dominique Sirop haute couture collection... modeled by a girlfriend of mine! <3

At the age of seventeen, Dominique Sirop was apprenticed to Yves Saint Laurent at his atelier, where he learnt his craft. In 1978, he showed some sketches to Hubert de Givenchy, who hired him as an assistant designer.

In 1995, Sirop was Hubert de Givenchy’s chosen successor as chief designer of the Givenchy label, but Bernard Arnault, head of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy conglomerate which owned Givenchy, took the view that Sirop was not well known enough to the public and appointed John Galliano instead. The head designer at Givenchy is now Ricardo Tisci.

Click here to see more of what this talented designer is up to now.

White House State Dinner; U.S. Africa Leaders Summit

Aug 6, 2014 6:33 am

The leaders of Various African nations are in Washington DC for the three day U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. This is where they discuss more ways to pillage and plunder African resources- JUST KIDDING! The summit climaxed with the White House State Dinner in honor of the VIP’s. This is where all the fun happened where lets face it, If all the eyes are on the leaders at the summit, their wives take center stage here.

A temporary tent-like building was built around an existing tree for the dinner. Well done actually.

It is very refreshing to see the First Ladies put the continents best fashion foot forward, some looks might be viewed as odd or not easy to understand but remember, these are all the rage in Africa and this is how we put it together. Nobody can wear colour like us, I mean, NOBODY!

Here are the looks that stood out the most to me.

First of all, lets begin with my all time favorite African First Lady. Chantal Biya of Cameroon. She brings it EVERY TIME! Chanel is her to go bag designer whenever she comes to America.

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and spouse Sylvia Bongo Ondimba. Best Dressed woman at the event, I wish I knew who she was wearing.Everything was on point and complimenting, the purse, jewelry, dress, hair, makeup- everything!

King of Swaziland Mswati III and spouse Inkhosikati La Mbikiza. Interesting fact is that the King is polygamous as per tradition and he has 15 wives and 24 children. How does he decide who gets to come, #RockPaperScissors ? Interesting interpretation of the Victorian look. I thought it looked busy.

South Africa President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma and spouse Nompumelelo Primrose Zuma. Another polygamist, he has had 6 wives and 20 children. He is also a talented singer and great dancer. I was not a big fan of what she wore.

Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and spouse Salma Kikwete. I like her Gothic look, I would wear this with a chunky gold necklace to make it pop.

Chad President Idriss Deby Itno and spouse Hinda Deby Itno. Is that a Fendi purse? I think she is really beautiful.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame and daughter Ange Ingabire Kagame. Another gorgeous girl, if only her dress was longer! She was too tall for it.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré and spouse Chantal Compaoré. I would wear this daytime and night anywhere.

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta... he is my President but he arrived without our First Lady :-(

The Gambia President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and spouse Zineb Jammeh. Interesting. #ComingToAmerica

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and spouse Qamar Ali Omar. This look would have been something if she would have worn layers of pearls a la Coco Chanel. Oh, and a Chanel brooch on her jacket.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This was a hot modern look and it paid homage to the host countries Wild West history. Dare I say Best Dressed man?

Cape Verde President Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca and spouse Lígia Arcângela Lubrino Dias Fonseca. Such long names! She was keeping it youthful, very Michelle Obama J.Crew esque.

Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and spouse Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina. Longest last name ever! She kept it cute and simple- little black dress.

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika and spouse Gertrude Hendrina Mutharika. GORGEOUS!

Zambia Vice President Guy Scott and spouse Charlotte Harland Scott. Yes, he is the only Caucasian head of state in Africa, and she the spouse. More impressive if you consider that Zambia is (I am guessing) 98% black African.

Mauritania President Mohamed Aziz and his wife Mariam Mint Ahmed Dit Tekber. I LOVE her Christian Dior bag, and was her eye wear prescription?

This were in my eyes, the standouts.


5:12 am

Check out these images out of Vancouver from the Rapture party that goes on during Vancouver Pride.

Drag performer and illusionist Shokra and her harem of dancers. I would personally call this look "Maleficent meets every other ancient civilization in history".

This is seriously beyond amazing! Such creativity and vision! I am impressed, very impressed.

This is Shokra’s Facebook… where I stole the pictures from ;-)

Introducing: KAJAHL BENES

4:58 am

I just stumbled upon this artist Kajahl Benes. If there was ever an artist that witnessed my dreams and then painted them for the world to see, this would be it. What he does on canvas is what I eventually want to bring to life via Fashion/Jewellery design and Styling.

He seems to be drawn to the same images of pre colonial African native adornment as I am, only he paints them and I will be doing something else. I am completely enamored by his interpretations, stunning!

I posted more images of his work on our Facebook Group here.

I WANT This!

Jul 23, 2014 1:31 am

This Mara Hoffman swimsuit from the just concluded Miami Swim 2015 Fashion Week.

Check out the entire collection below. It was very classic Emilio Pucci inspired meets Africa… as you know, Africa never goes out of style ;-)

Hottie Of The Day; JARED OKEYO

1:26 am

Check out my fellow Kenyan who goes by the name Jared Okeyo as he strikes his best Zoolander poses.

Jared Okeyo

I mean, between Obama, Lupita, myself and now Jared… us Kenyans are taking over the world!! lol!

Follow him on Instagram: @thekenyanmodel, and on twitter: @abuyakenyanmodel

All the best to him.

RULA JEBREAL; Person To Watch

12:56 am

There is a new talking head and journalist crossing over and making a name for herself in American media, and she is FIERCE! She has all the qualities that I admire in a woman which range from very serious to the superficial. Her name is Rula Jebreal.

Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal (born April 24, 1973) is an Italian-Palestinian journalist, novelist, and screenwriter with both Israeli and Italian citizenship.

She is fluent in five languages: Italian, English, Arabic, Hebrew, and German.

You know, I have a category on this blog called News Bunny’s that I dedicate to mostly sensational and over the top female and sometimes male news anchors. Why? Well, there was a time when I used to watch a lot of cable news as opposed to now, where I do not watch TV at all… its too depressing! My TV boycott has been going on for about 2 years and I hardly miss it. So if I am featuring Miss Jebreal, it is because I find her to be very impressive, admirable and fierce.

OK, now to cover her for you in the fun way that I love to do, you know…a world view through the prism of my eyes? Here goes!!!!

This is her standing next to HER DAUGHTER!!! GASP!!! Some women can do it all.

Just like Naomi Campbell, she wears a lot of Azzedine Alaia dresses

She looks like the Indian actress Freida Pinto (in green) who played her in a movie she wrote inspired by her life- Miral.

This is Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela... I rest my case.

Personally, the thing I find to be the most impressive about her is that, she was raised in an orphanage! Talk about triumph over adversity? Bravo girl!

With that said, check her out in the video below from yesterday, she is a take no none sense and straight to the point type of girl. She spares you all the crap and is not afraid to call you out on your BS.

Style & Grace

Jul 11, 2014 3:13 am

It has been a while since I came upon an image that I found to be visually stimulating to my style and fashion senses. These moments are few and far between, and the majority of them unfortunately for me, are from eras past, such as Old Hollywood. So because I am very rarely moved by peoples fashion choices. I march to the beat of my own drum and consider myself a fashion and style artist, with my body being the canvas, and my imagination the medium- the act of putting myself together is what I (and many others I assume) consider a work of art- and yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I cannot win them all.

With that said, today I stumbled upon one such image that moved me in the way that conjures all sorts of positive reflexes.

Jennifer Lopez impeccably coordinated with her little mini me daughter.

Did you ever see a better styled mother daughter team. So fierce and beautiful, my kind of  girls. LOVE!

When was the last time I got moved this year? Well, it was in how the Italian actress Monica Bellucci put herself together for the 2014 MET Gala Ball. Check it out below.

Monica Belucci at the MET Ball

So now you know, since I rarely get moved, I just move myself. This should give you an idea and understanding of my outfits and the process of bringing them to life. Just in case you wondered.