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Fashion

An update: My Closet is up for grabs

Hi loves,

Closet SM launched officially a few days ago, and I will be, in this post, laying down a few updates.

I have been asked ad nauseam, why I spend a fortune on clothing, jewellery, shoes and bags for as long as I can remember- why not put that money to Charity Sonal?

Well;

For the last decade, I have been around the world- not like Copernicus of yore – but I have been to places I hitherto admired on Pinterest.

And that has come with its fair share of shopping madness. I have closetfuls of stuff I no longer wear. And I keep getting more.  And will probably keep getting more.

It is stuff that still stands out. Stuff that still kicks. Stuff that Kylie would still rock to DC. Stuff that Sophia Vergara would still rock to Bora Bora. Stuff that Emily Ratajkowski would still rock to the Bahamas.  And stuff that you, my dear reader, can finally own- without breaking bank.

Like this chilli-hot So Kate Python skin heel pair from Louboutin available for sale. on closetsm.com

Like this chilli-hot So Kate Python skin heel pair from Louboutin available for sale. on closetsm.com . Go get it sis!

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The responses from all of you who have made orders and shared very sweet and thoughtful messages on social media have been overwhelming.

I have gone through each of them. With a big smile on my face.

As we speak, I’m in Mumbai for work. Hauling pots and making sure that the next phase of the Sonal Maherali will be as stellar.

In the meantime, cure your shopping blues by heading over to Closetsm.com where you can pick items off my closet and sonalmaherali.shop   where you can pick out unique pieces from our just launched luxury line.

As always,

Love & Lite

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A life update: Launching my Luxury line and selling my Closet

Most people know the story of my life. I will not try to say that I have not been lucky.

I have been lucky to meet a smattering of good people over the years. People who have impacted my life in ways I cannot even begin to explain.

I have been lucky for the chance to enjoy this space. To write. To film. To talk. To express my self and bare my soul and most recently to be part of an un-folding dream.

I grew up humble. I was not exactly Cinderella because I never found that glass slipper until I was way up in my twenties.

And even then, it was a Louis Vuitton bag.

But then again, I hit the high road and I have been super lucky to have been in and out of special soles- I guess this version of Cinderella 2.0 was not content with a single pair of kicks.

For the last three years, I have been on this space, creating and dreaming. On those times when the writers block hit, I would be on Youtube, regaling you with the latest in hauls and all that shebang.

And now, I’m super delighted to share with you, the latest from my end.

I launched the newest baby from the Sonal Maherali & Co- a luxury line that is really, a journey of my African belonging.

See these bits from our store:

I made official communication after the launch about it and you can read it here.

At the same time, I launched another baby- Closet SM where I will be selling pieces off my closet that I no longer wear.

Look out for the shoes, the bags, the tops, the dresses and all that shebang on closetsm.com.

As always,

Love and Lite.

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Fashion

Just launched a luxury line!

Hello Loves,

I remember it like it was yesterday.

It started with a conversation at  my patio with my family. It was followed by a dream later that night.

I was several shoes, a handful of bags and a bunch of special perfumes into what was the start of an exhilarating luxury journey.

I dreamed of  creating something for myself, and for the imaginary followers and fans that I assumed I would get.

Yidder Yadder, days passed, Youtube kicked off and what started as a patina of something greater caught fire.

It was still a long shot by all means. I was probably the only one doing luxury content in Africa at the time and the dream of founding my own luxury line sounded like a paragraph in Peter Pan. Dreamy and far-fetched.

But unlike most dreams, this one refused to fade away.  It stayed like a haze in my life until a couple of years ago when the idea took shape.

I have been around the world- luckily so- and gotten the special chance at shopping in some of the world’s top luxury joints.

Each visit reminded me of home and how Africa- erroneously referred to as the dark continent- was still lagging behind as far as luxury was concerned.

That was the foundation of my latest pursuits.

At this point, I have to express my sincere gratitude to my support team both here in Nairobi and seas away in Mumbai. You have all made this dream come true.

And I would hate to be superfluous because this is not the post for that and intend to do a series about this collection for the next couple of weeks.

We have officially launched sonalmaherali.shop . An exciting luxury sojourn of Africa. Our first collection is out and will be followed by shoes and bags, the whole works.

Feel free to shop from the website because we are delivering worldwide. Feel free to wear your second skin because our pieces are not only unique but are a stark reminder that:

Africa is capable of luxury!

xx

Love and Lite.

 

TV girl and all-rounded amazing person Janet Mbugua had not come to play.
Events, Fashion

Moet’s 150-year anniversary: My outfit

An ancient Greek Mosaic of a skeleton holding a wine pitcher that archaeologists recently translated reads: Be Cheerful, enjoy your life. 

So, live. 

Luxury champagne house Moet and Chandon celebrated their 150-years anniversary last weekend in grandiose, high-falutin’, excessive and totally incredible style  . It is what my son and his millennial friends would call a lit party.  In my  day parties were just “epic” or “in”.

But out with old, right?

So this is where it began:

One of my favourite make-up artists, All-in-the-brush was behind the face-beat and ensured I was dazzling on my way to the grand ball.

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But before the face beat, this girl had an outfit to put together.  The dress code was white and gold.

My white top was from Zara and the Sari an old gold gem that has been sitting pretty at the furthest corner of my closet.  The shoes were obviously Louboutin but the confidence and the airs were all mine.

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My sari, for the curious, was my representation of the Asian community in Kenya and a thorough  continuation of my Kenya-Indian (kendian) heritage.

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The party was absolutely gorgeous. It was nice to be around the Nairobi High-society decked in their best tuxedos, gowns and shoes and wearing their best smiles.

Nice meeting you Janet Mbugua.

All rounded nice person and TV girl Janet Mbugua clearly did not come to play.

 

And neither was Lucia Musau.

And neither was Lucia Musau.

People twirled and danced and mingled and made merry.  Your girl has not had so much fun in so long.

The celebration, marked an impressive 150 years since the unveiling of the first ever Moet bottle- the Moet imperial- which first came around in 1869.

It was a champagne forged to pay tribute to the relationship between Napoleon Bonaparte and Jean Remy Moet- grandson of the Maison’s founder- go back to history class lads and lasses.

Over the years, the champagne has become a revered symbol of celebration and is present in the dalliance between Rock stars and movie stars, fashion icons and royals.

And there is nothing that unites people more than a good celebration. And good champagne.

xx

Love and lite.

 

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Fashion

A Label Ritu Kumar, Global Desi and Satya Paul haul

Greetings,

I haven’t had a free minute to share with you in the last two weeks or so- but not to worry- soon, you get to see what’s been stealing me away from you!

And oh my! Is it not a lot and oh so overwhelming!

Anyways, let’s leave that for a later date that I will be sharing in the coming weeks.  You may want to follow me on Instagram, to keep tabs with me and my daily shenanigans.


With that said, lets get into my latest haul from Ritu Kumar, Global Desi and Satya Paul. A video of the same is sitting pretty on my Youtube awaiting your viewing.

If you have been around for a hot minute, you know I have a great and sincere liking for Label Ritu Kumar. The pieces are sorrowfully beautiful, colourful, quaint and super comfortable.

Pieces from Global Desi and Satya Paul have also been growing on me. And it is a relationship I’m loving.  And a relationship I’m keen on pursuing.

Let’s get right into the party.

  1. Boho-Chic vibes

This asymmetrical Burgundy halter dress with its gorgeous print that jumps at you makes me feel like I should be on the road to Coachella. Or an unbridled party in the Amazon.  Or enjoying the beach and the sun in Bora Bora.

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In Size Small, this little halter dress from Ritu Kumar with that sexy peek-a-boo waist is perfect for your events, or your wanderlusts, or an afternoon with your loves. Whatever it is.

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2.  I thought it wise that we finish with the reds first.

This red number has a cape- for those moments when I feel like playing hero- It is flowy, sleeveless and simple.
It gives me those aristocratic vibes. Vibrant without trying too much, flush yet reserved.  Like it is a dress I’d wear to a tea party, or an evening soiree, or a date to the opera. Or anywhere because this is the right costume.

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3. A little linen and cotton blend embellished with tonnes of sequins. It is comfortable, tapered at the waist and styled so delicately and exquisitely. Like someone took their time.  Catch me in this at your local parties, throwing back a few cold ones. Or walking in the woods, admiring the greenery thinking poetic thoughts.

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A Beige Striped Maxi Dress by Ritu Kumar.

4.  This is by far my favourite piece from the haul. Ah, this salacious number with its straight from-a-fairy-tale Peter Pan collar-sprinkle that Pixie dust, a dress so retro yet so modern, a print  so ethereal you will want to wear it forever.

You can glam it further with a biker’s jacket, or a blazer, or a cardigan and rock it anywhere and everywhere because its un-apologetically chic!

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A navy blue and pink printed long dress from Ritu Kumar

5. This peach and floral print dress from Ritu Kumar that screams spring and summer in unison and sunny holidays that I should be on!
It is simple and elegant, flirty and romantic. Like I’ll douse myself with a Jo Malone and go catch butterflies. Or pick apples. Or read a Lord Tennyson.

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6. This one is perfect for those silent nights out…You know, those nights when you’re not planning to get all noisy and messy . Those nights when you need to grab a silent meal and have a deep conversation…

And definitely those nights when you need to be home just a little earlier. And not reeking of tequila and falling over yourself. Perfect if you’re feeling girly and calm.

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7. This floral saree works best when you are entertaining special guests at your Garden.

Could be your husband’s family or some work colleagues who just came over to check on you and for some grilled nyama.

Perfect wear for that beautiful garden entertaining where wine is flowing freely and you have a good chance off binging on margaritas.

Definitely a look that says that you’re formal enough to act like a gracious host and still not too uptight and can crack a joke or two with the gathered guests.

And because it’s a sunny day, nothing keeps you cooler and sexier.

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Green stitched saree from Global Desi

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Remember to catch the haul on the Tube,  and if it pleases you, do let me know your thoughts.

 

Alway yours,
xx
Love and lite.

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How to wear, charm and style your Saree like a boss

Wearing a Saree is an art. Like sculpting or cooking. Only that in this case, your body is the canvas, and the 9-yard cloth is your brush.

And just like painting, there are a dozen ways to wear your saree and today, I request your  unbridled attention to pester you with my favorite.

With that said, lets go painting. Shall we?

So, I learnt how to wear my first Saree from my mother and over time,  I caught on, and with lots of practice, got better at it, 9 yards at a time.

So let’s get into into how I do it.

1. To start you off, you need a petticoat, a blouse, a couple of safety pins and and the Saree. I got my petticoat and blouse from my tailor which is easy because they were tailored for my body.

Hack 1: Always wear your shoes- heels are preffered- before you start the intricate draping.

Hack 2: The part of the cloth that has the embroidery (non-pallu) on the bottom should be the wrap-around. The part that is fully embroidered goes over your shoulder.

Hack 3: A chiffon or a georgette saree with a thin border works best because of its form-fitting texture.

2. Wear your petticoat below the belly bottom and wrap the non-bordered Saree around you waistline, while tucking it into the tight petticoat

3. Take the remaining part of the saree and toss it around your waist like the initial round, except you need to do the tuck at least above four or five inches from the first one. Leave a bit of length which you will use to make pleats.

4 . Hold your second wrap-around securely below your waist with a safety pin.

5. Now, make pleats on the front and in the process fold the saree near the left waist to show the border in an extra pleat, hold the pleats into place with a safety pin then tuck the pleats in the center.

6. Hold the pallu end , bring it over the bosom under arms and take the short end over the right shoulder from front to back and secure it with a pin

You can now twirl around and step out like the enchantress you were always meant to be.

Or at least, like I did:

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But that’s pretty basic right? There is a twist to it. I paired it with a matching blazer and a belt while using the Pallu end as my scarf.

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Head over to my Youtube channel for the complete tutorial and do not forget to leave your thoughts on this.

 

Until next time,

Love and lite.

xx

Makeup
Fashion, Uncategorized

A Cult Beauty makeup and skincare haul

It’s been a minute since we got down to a skin-care haul eh?

I recently picked up a few items off Cult beauty and to say that I have not been fiddling with, and looking forward to using them would be a flying understatement.

And because we decided 2019 is not the year we waste time, lets dive into into the gems I picked:

A Huda Beauty Rose Gold eyeshadow pallete

With over 18 different shades to pick from, this will leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store- and thereafter, leave you looking like candy!

Huda Beauty overachiever concealer

Although I’m not very big on Huda Beauty foundation, I’m super curious about trying out their overachiever concealer.

I will share the looks either on Instagram or on the channel. Stay tuned.

Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder

This is like stardust. I use it to set my under eye make-up and I’m blown away every time.

The powder is formulated from micro-refined silica which in effect masks those blemishes and wrinkles leaving you looking like you took a dip in the elixir of life.

And you probably did.

I also got  Huda Beauty easy bake setting powder  in poundcake,  a better-than-sex-mascara for the (afflicted) sisters- so that you can at least lay something. Haha, glitter and glow liquid eye shadows in three shades and a setting spray by Morphe.

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In no particular order: Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered eyeshadow Palette, Huda Beauty Easy Bake powder, Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder, Morphe Setting spray, NYX Can’t Stop Wont Stop Foundation and Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro series kit.

The haul also included a Dr Dennis sunblock. Vouched as a sunscreen that will undo signs of skin damage with its anti-aging factors, and  combines that with its ability to lighten dark spots.

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The sun block from Dr Dennis that I cant wait to put on my face.

And for the first time, I will get to try a Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic+ Retinol wrinkle recovery peel that has some mad reviews across the interweb. I will sharing mine in the coming days.

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Dennis Gross Ferulic Retinol peel satchets vouched as the best way to super-charge your anti-aging regimen.

To go with it, is a Ferulic+retinol eye cream below:

An eye cream from Dr Dennis Gross

An eye cream from Dr Dennis Gross

And a wrinkle recovery overnight serum,  which although not cheap is worth your every lira,  judging from the reviews,

Dr Dennis Gross wrinkle recovery overnight serum

Dr Dennis Gross wrinkle recovery overnight serum

Your girl also got two sets of brushes from Morphe; One,  The Eye Master Collection eye brushes which is a collaboration between Morphe and Jaclyn Hill.  And two, a set of five complexion brushes from The Complexion Master Collection.

The duo is quaint and eye-catching and I hope its as easy on the face as it is on the eyes.

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The quaint brushes; forged off a collaboration between Morphe and Jaclyn Hill.

Lastly, I got the Pixi Glow Tonic , praised as a cult classic that will leave your skin radiant, beautiful and soft by dissolving the dead cells on your skin’s surface.

Take my money, Pixi!

A Pixi glow tonic and a mud cleanser to go with it.

A Pixi glow tonic and a mud cleanser by Pixi to go with it.

As usual, please head over to my Youtube channel for a more in-depth haul and do not forget to leave your nice (ish) comments.

You can also watch the video below:

I’m definitely looking forward to trying out the products and sharing the results with you.

See you in the next post

xx

Love and lite.

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Fashion

For the love of the culture: My Masai attire and the vibe behind it

As an Indian, I draw some cheeky pleasure in knowing that, even though I was born and brought up in Kenya, and I am thoroughly Kenyan, the Indian heritage in me still remains very much represented in Kenya by way of the magnificent Indian Ocean .

Cooling with girls in Diani about a week ago.

Cooling with the girls in Diani about a week ago.

The Indian Ocean, obviously, is one of Kenya’s biggest tourist attractions and I cannot resist the urge to hit the white shores every year for that much needed sun and sand and breezy sojourn.

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And, for the last two weeks or so, I have been having a blast here. Surrounded by this massive mass of water from all sides, my legs nestled in the warm sand, my hair blowing away in the breeze and my mind totally blown.

And because I am as Kenyan as Ilhan Omar is American, I had to rock this uniquely Kenyan attire that is instantly recognizable from any corner of the Earth – The Maasai regalia.

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I am a firm believer in heritage and carrying along one’s identity every where you go and since I am a Nairobian, in the City of the Swahili dishes, I had to let it be known that I am a proud Nairobian. To all that cared.

And thus, the unique Maasai attire that symbolizes the City of Nairobi.  A bit of history, Nairobi was named so by ancestral Maasais and the name is from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi that loosely translates to ‘ Cool Waters’.

Unfortunately, the cool waters that the Maasai saw in Nairobi over a Century ago are no longer existent in the City under the Sun.

But at least, I am in the midst of not-so-cool waters. But massive blue waters, nonetheless.

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And in memory of my City, I pay tribute to the Maasai culture, one of Africa’s most formidable and everlasting cultures, by rocking this indefatigable and inscrutable look.

Queen of the Cool Waters. In the coolest attire!

P.S

I post here weekly, but I’m super active on the gram where I share cute stories on life, love and work on a daily basis.

I think we should connect.  And we should.

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