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A look at my first week of my 30-day dressing challenge

In October, I decided to take a 30-day dressing challenge. The plan was mirror my two diverse backgrounds.

The first one was my African upbringing which has shaped so much of the woman I have become by giving me some sort of identity.

The other one was my Indian background. A background so entrenched in everything I know, it is like my second skin.

The outfits I chose are actually an interplay of two cultures meshing; a conservative yet titillating Indian side and wild and free African side.

I have done two weeks so far, and I cannot wait to complete this challenge which has really pushed me to challenge the boundaries of my creativity.

So week one went like:

  1. A little pink for the breast cancer awareness month in this matchy-matchy saree. 

    I wore this one to some event, accessorized it with a Gucci belt and have I never felt so chic in my life.

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2. Some Gold and some orange, like the fiery sun, for the Lion Queen.

This was an outfit for the office.  Because sometimes, you have to motivate yourself by being a little extra. I love extra.

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3.  Love and lite in a world badly opened up by hate, bile and negative energy.

I wore this one to my daughters school in the AM and later on strode it off to see some friends for lunch.  I especially how the sleeveless tee from my luxe line gelled beautifully with the Saree.

It is like they are siblings. Non jealous ones. Haha.

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4. A little shade of green because a girl has to remind herself that she is growing and becoming.

This one was effortlessly chic, making me feel like all I needed to be the modern day Nefertiti was a crown.  And I’d take the world by the scruff of its neck, and command it to heed to my pining.

Some green, because how else would they know you were growing and becoming the better version of who you were always meant to be?

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5.  A litte luxe into the gold, because, sometimes, all that glitters is probably Gold

Everytime I walk into my closet, I feel like I’m playing dress up as a kid- but with more variety now. Its exciting, feels like being a kid in a candy store,  sorrounded by toffee and tarts.

I loved this look, it flirty and sweet, a little modest and a little playful. It was a balance between so many things. Like life should be.

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6. And this one, for when I want to relax in the house, say on a day off watching my kids play and thinking about life’s little conundrums

This one for when I mean business.  When its my day home, to get some sun by the pool house, watching my kids enjoy whatever it is that makes kids happy on a Friday morning.

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7. And this shimmering red and gold goodness that reminded of Mumbai nights, and fine-dining nights.

Dressed like this, looking like this, where wouldn’t we go? Which sojourns would we shy away from? What mountains would we not climb (mountains are used here very figuratively).

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I will attempt to do a weekly post on everything that I wore and maybe what I have been upto.

So be a sweet sport and tell me what you think of the outfits.

See ya.

Love and lite.

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Fashion

A 30-days Saree Challenge

Hi loves,

I have been trying to challenge myself into trying out new things, experiencing different things and feeling different things.

And quite appropriately, Navratri began yesterday – a nine-day festival of supplication, worship and thanksgiving.

The festival prominently celebrated in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

It marks Goddess Durga’s victory over demon Mahishasura. Long story but the short of it is that I’m looking forward to a weeklong of blessings and fullness of joy.

And what a time to be alive. An entire year of battles, triumphs,progress, setbacks wins and losses. This week couldn’t have come at a better time.

This entire month, I have challenged myself to wear Sarees in different styles. I have particularly taken a keen interest in representing vibes from my two worlds; my Kenyan and Indian identities.

Outfit details: Tee shirt from my luxury line. Lesso: Kenyan. Maasai Necklace and the bindi

Outfit details: Tee shirt from my luxury line.
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I wore a lesso-inspired Saree to the Nairobi Flea Market yesterday to start off the month-long Saree marathon.

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Do let me know what you think of the first shot in the comment section below.

As always,

Love & lite.

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Fashion

A look at my new office: The Simba Maharani

This whole shebang started years ago. One Louboutin at a time. And now we’ve opened office. Dreams come true.

In 2018, I was talking to a friend about the idea of setting up my office. I had gotten tired of working from the house.

At the time alot was still pending. My luxury line was still a mirage. Throughout the year, I made a dozen trips to Mumbai where production was ongoing.

Looking back, those were tough days. Long hours and sleepless nights and I dare say, they paid off. Or are paying off.

Towards the end of the year 2018, production for the first items from my line- the luxe tee-shirts was complete.

And when this was happening, something else was happening in Nairobi. My office was coming up. I didn’t know what I wanted it to be but I knew I wanted comfort and luxe. I wanted my office to be stunning. I wanted space that would be a projection of myself. A second home.

I wanted to step out from my home and into my office without missing a step. So alot is inspired by the house.

To put it aptly, it is white, chic, luxe and screams fashion a space where creating comes to life- and hopefully, expect a lot of this.

This is where you began, vast emptiness:

This is where we began.

This is where we began.

And slowly, but surely, started taking shape:

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The we got to this:

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Of course, it would take 17 pages to document the whole transformation journey, so pray I save your bundles,or your bandwidth by going into the current look.

Welcome to Simba Maharani. The Lion Queen.

So this is where I sit, thinking about the meaning of life, and penning poetry and making decisions. Securing the bag.  Basically.

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And right here is where you would sit if you came over to see me.

 

 

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A wall to my left upon which, bits of my life rest;  photos, stuff.  Stuff you are not allowed to touch.

These little glasses are what’s used in the streets of MUMBAI. They’re called “cutting chai” and a symbol of a city I’m head over heels in love with.

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That tree in the vase is a reminder to be grateful, all seasons. Regardless.

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A photo with the Mister, a photo in Vegas and a photo with the legendary Christian Louboutin taken at his Mount Street store.

The Elephant below was painted by my last-born daughter Ely. It is my most favorite possession. Hands down.

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Lets move over to this other side of the office where visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquility of being themselves.  Before you are ushered into my office, you would be propped up here. With the president grinning behind you.

A little about the decor which was done by yours truly.

French tapestry, a baby pink sofa, designer guild throws and white stools that also double up as storage and a coffee table adorn this side of the office.

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And not to forget this painting. a Flock of birds soaring and gliding to new heights. A reminder that we are limited only by our imagination.

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Or this one:

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Are you still following? My team sits here, surrounded by lions.

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And a different angle that brings us to the end of the office tour..

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That, much-needed confetti bath.
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A late post but we won an award!

Guess who needs an award for late posts? Your girl!

In my defense, I was super swamped with a bunch of things that I’m still sorting.

And since it took over a week to actually post up here, I will go straight into it, shooting from the hip.

Last weekend, my team and I attended the first edition of East FM Awards at the Diamond Plaza. And alas, what a night it was!

Everyone put their best (fashion) foot forward. It was otherwordly to see so many people decked in their black and gold outfits.

Let me give you a sneak-peek of my outfit...

Let me give you a sneak-peek of my outfit…

 

Then came the entertainment! It was like being smack in the heart of a Bollywood Movie set in Mumbai.

I especially loved a hilarious set by East FM’s Vikash Pattni. What a night!

And before I had the glee of walking across the podium to pick up my award, I had a moment of fame modelling the renowned Shenu

Hooda’s totally-out-of-this-world gown in crimson and glitter.

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Serenaded by the Taz- Stereo Nation as I prance about in my gorgeous raiment from Shenu Hooda.

The devil is in the details!   Prancing around with the models during the event.

The devil is in the details! Prancing around with the models during the event.

I felt like a walking fairytale decked in that plush gown and standing in front of a dozen flashing cameras! Hi Hollywood. Your girl is ready.

At the end of what was an epic night, this girl took home the Social Star of the year award.

That, much-needed confetti bath.

That, much-needed confetti bath.

And a hearty congratulations to everyone that took home a win. You deserved it.

And a hearty congratulations to everyone that took home a win. You deserved it.

A special thanks to everyone that voted. Everyone that sent in a kind (or not so kind) word. It was the votes, the support and the online angst that gave us that award.

Asante sana!

P.S

You still have a week to enjoy a 15% discounted sale on all products from my luxury line. Head over to www.sonalmaherali.shop . Use the code SMSUMMERSALE

While at it, I’m selling off my closet. Take this last week to enjoy a 25% discount on special luxury items.

To purchase, head over to closetsm.com and use the discount code “Closetsm”

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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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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.