Thegreat Rift Valley Lodge

I am a true up-country Kenyan girl, born and raised in the beautiful Rift Valley for the early part of my childhood. The Rift which cuts through all of East Africa, and seems to be constantly green and fertile.  Growing up there I took it all for granted and longed for a life in the city. These days, I look forward to any opportunity I can get to go back.

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A few days ago when I was choosing my scent for the day, my three-year-old daughter asked me “Why do you like perfumes?”,  and when I told her it’s because they smell nice and I like to smell nice, she came back with another “Why?”  to which, after a brief pause to put my feelings into words, I responded, “Because I feel good when I smell good”.  In fact, my everyday routine would never be complete without a spritz of one of my trusted scents on top of a dab of petroleum jelly and not to rub it in. This helps any scent to last longer.  The right fragrance will raise your self-confidence and send strong signals to those around you about who you are or how you would like to be perceived. 

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Silvia njoki (1)I love any form of celebration of love, and especially weddings. The Kenyan TV stations present us with a variety of wedding shows, including the stories of the couples, the challenges of the preparations and the glamour of the celebration itself. I always connect with the challenges the bride and the bridesmaids face when looking for dresses for the line-up.

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silvia njoki style

I have said this before and I will say this again, the beach is one of my favorite places on earth, Luckily, I get to spend a lot of time in my second home on the Kenyan coast, where I get to experiment with various beach styles.  I find that a cover-up is an amazing way to elevate the look of a basic swimsuit, which might be in the forefront of your thoughts especially when you spend time on more crowded beaches or alongside a public pool. 

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second hand shopping Kenya

A trending issue in all media including the traditional ones here in Kenya has recently been the agony of the local garment industries over the claim that the second-hand clothing sales are posing a threat to their businesses.  And indeed, the African fashion business would not be the same without the thrift markets, which you find in every village, big and small, and which also thrive in all major cities.  And I for one love thrift shopping and visit my favorite markets in Nairobi whenever I can and always make some amazing finds, including designer labels and other fashionable items from high street shops abroad.

 But the local industries are fighting hard to have the government ban these sales which they perceive as unfair competition and this strategy was recently supported by the Chairperson of the East African Legislative Council  (EACL) at a presentation at the Mount Kenya University saying that the sales have choked the East African textile.

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