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My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather
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My second Birkin and a mini haul from Hermés

If you have followed me long enough, I assume you know my little romantic story with luxury good manufacturer, Hermes.

I had to wait a wearisome four years before the store offered me my first Birkin. Understandably because they are super rare, like honest politicians.

But when it finally came, it was worth every inch of its luxurious Barenia Leather and was offered on the eve of my wedding in Vegas!

There is a video on the same on my channel

What else could a girl ask for-except for a million other things. Ha!Ha!

So, four months later, Hermes has offered me another bag.

My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather

My new baby from Hermes in a beautiful blood orange Fjord leather

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It similar to the first one in that it is 35 centimeters but the new one comes in blood orange Fjord leather and sports the same coveted palladium hardware.

Fjord is one among the heaviest Hermès leathers mainly identified by its characteristic flat grain and vertical veining.

It is much heavier, tougher and sturdier than the first Birkin and is ideal for travel or your unconventional out-of-control days.

The second bag makes it to a collection of three bags from Hermés that I currently own.

The first was Evelyne III in red taurillon clemence leather that I got before the first Birkin- sorry I forgot to do an unboxing.

I will be doing follow up styling of the bag on my channel so remember to stay tuned.

I also got a few other items from Hermes:

This Kelly dog cuff in red Swift calfskin and Palladium plated hardware..

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This Kelly belt for my gowns..

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And this Kelly mini dog cuff bracelet for my dainty hands.

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A video of the haul is up on the channel so remember to look it up.

xx

Love and lite.

 

P.S

A small favour,

About a month ago or so, cunning little internet terrorists took down our Instagram account-but not our will power or the know-how to create a new one- thank God.

If you were part of us, or would love to join the baddest luxury gang,  we are here: Officialsonalkotakmaherali

See you there!

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Fashion

Oh, the tears! My birthday and wedding Anniversary celebration

I celebrated my birthday and my wedding anniversary on Friday, March 15.

And it was terrific to say the least, like a scene straight out of a Christmas movie (Hello Vanessa Hudgens. lol)

I was supposed to be at home all day. I had just flown in from Mumbai a day earlier and was properly frazzled.

I knew the Mister had something up his sleeve of many colors- as usual- but this time, he really caught me off guard.

I had the assumption that we would be going out of town for the weekend, so on Friday, I decided to stay indoors and get my mojo back.

Not even a school errand that morning gave away what the Mister and my house manager were planning behind my back.

I returned to the house a few hours later to a delightful surprise; a bedroom of floating balloons, a cache of gifts that I will be showing you in a few and a smiling manager.

So lets get to it?

Some cute balloons in my closet that made me all teary.

Some cute balloons in my closet that made me all teary.

The thing with surprises is that they make you nervous- you know it is coming but you don’t know what to expect, or how to react.

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Another batch of balloons floating away at my office.

And on this day, I had not idea what was in store, but again that is the beauty of it all; the candy store effect.

So there is a bunch of flowers for the birthday girl on the bed next to a cache of gifts lying close by..

So there is a bunch of flowers for the birthday girl on the bed next to a cache of gifts lying close by..

I have received countless gifts in my life time but this year was special and the timing was right- pun intended- because he got me a Rolex! You guys!

I guess I have an excuse to get fashionably late now?

I guess I have an excuse to get fashionably late now?

And because it is not a proper Sonabration without cake, your girl got two because one is too cliché. One for the #39th birthday and the other one for the wedding anniversary because the arduous journey of love and marriage is marred by tempests and endless pitfalls. Haha!

A special cake because your girl has been loving Dior lately

A special cake because your girl has been loving Dior lately

Drum rolls please…

This is by far the most creative cake I have had and the attention to detail is award-worthy.

This is by far the most creative cake I have had and the attention to detail is award-worthy.

After I had the time to cry a little and say a prayer for the years past and the many to come, the Mister and I crowned the birthday Sonabration with a special dinner for two.

Insert any profoundly deep love quote here.

Insert any profoundly deep love quote here.

Oh and for those who were asking, I got to rock my fresh-off-the closet  YSL Opyum sandals- this cute golden dress that made me feel like I was part of a Greek movie and strung my Birkin on my arm for giggles. Lol.

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And just like this post, the birthday was soon over.

See you in the next post.

xx

Love and lite

 

P.S

If you were previously following me on Instagram, I lost the other account.  If  you were part of the old gang, the new-old  gang needs you back.

Here is our official new hangout: officialsonalkotakmaherali

See you!

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Fashion

We hit 50k Subscribers!

So, we just hit 50k subscribers!

You guessed right, the excitement is palpable!

Two years ago, I started this channel from a corner of my living room. It was a dream come true.

Zero subscribers.

My first video was Summer in London and to be totally honest, I had no idea what I had just started.

Youtube was a space where viewers were in a constant search for drama and kerfuffle and gossip. And I was here making videos about my Chanel bags. Haha!

I was quickly written off. A cadre of my now former friends said I was a spoilt housewife looking for an outlet to show my family wealth.
Such bitterness.

At some point, one of them who is still in the trenches as we speak said I was Trash. We shall be talking about that in a different post.

From my first video, I soldiered on, like a Haitian typhoon. Undeterred.

And along the way it has been bittersweet. Like a properly whipped Cinquecento.

And in those two short years I have seen my name dragged in the muck on some third-rate gossip low-budget websites.

Take it a notch higher this year, upstarts.

In those two years I have won a handful of awards and graced some of the biggest papers in town.

In those two years I have learnt a great deal and gotten better at it. New stuff is coming soon. I promise.

Although I’m still far from what I dream of becoming, I have made tremendous progress in my own right.

I’m sure there are guys who began the same time I did and have clocked 100k plus subscribers.

Atta boys and girls!

We are treading different waters.

A special thanks to the growing family. From here it can only get bigger and better.

I appreciate the criticism, the bile, the hate and the nonchalance.

After all, would there be diamonds without the heat and the pressure?

100k Subscribers is that you?

100k Subscribers is that you?

P.S

I recently lost my Instagram account so if you have been following me for whatever reason, let’s reconnect at Officialsonalkotakmaherali

xx
Love and lite.

Fashion, Outfits

Go Green

Green!

Abundant in nature, green is fresh and fun! It signifies life and growth….Life captured in a colour, how can any girl resist!

Im loving everything in the colour green right now as you may have noticed from my Instagram page.

If you haven’t my handle is “Sonal Maherali”

All kinds of green have been exciting my fashion senses, from jungle green, sage green, parrot, khaki green etc

I think its a fresh and eye catching hue and especially looks great on olive skin, besides it makes me happy.

Its a colour you can wear all year long and still be fashionable.

Add gold to this colour and you have a very sophisticated jewel tone outfit.

Did you know that green is the color of the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata? well, now you do.

Green, how i love you green!

 

Playsuit – Zara

Heels- Christian Louboutin

Clutch – Louis Vuitton

Choker – Baublebar

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Loubotin, Fashion, Outfits, Shoes

Marlena Rock

Its almost, well a couple of months to festive season and what  better than to invest in a colour of shoes thats just that?

A beautiful patent Carmin pump that makes you feel like Christmas is around the corner and warm up the cold nights?

A soaring stiletto heel and slim, crisscrossed straps define a gorgeous pointy-toe pump grounded by the brand’s instantly recognizable lipstick-red sole.4″ a head turning vamp heel(101mm) (size 36) 1/2″ shaft.Adjustable strap with buckle closure.

Please note that the red lacquer on the soles will wear off as a result of normal use. To minimize the effect, avoid wearing these shoes in wet weather or on abrasive surfaces.

These are perfect to wear on a casual day out or to  a dinner with friends.

Pair with jeans and a casual top or a sexy dress, heads will turn.

If you have small ankles like me, you may need to add the holes on the strap for a better fit.

They run true to size and comfortable too.

This is how i wore mine for an evening out, and cannot wait to have more fun styling them again.

What are you going to be wearing during the festive season?

Id love to hear from you…x

 

Dress– All Saints

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Bag – Louis Vuitton

Choker – Baublebar

Christian Loubotin, Fashion, Outfits, zara

Sage Green

I love wearing a long shirt as a light cover up when the weather acts bipolar.

Nairobi has been sunny one minute and cloudy the next. Our African winter can be quite confusing this time of the year. Thankfully its getting much warmer and you only need a light cardigan or cover up to keep comfortable.

I bought this sage green silk shirt at a Zara store in London a few months ago and wanted to wear it with jeans, but then opted for a dress with fringe detail i had come across at a local boutique in Malindi.

I thought it paired beautifully with the floral detail on the back of the shirt.

Added a beautiful pair of So Kate in 120mm and i was date ready.

Since this shade of green compliments earth tones, i finished the look with a beautiful gold studded bag by Christian Louboutin for Louis Vuitton.

Here is the full look.

I hope you like it, xoxo

 

Outfit Details

Dress – Malindi Boutique

Shirt – Zara

Shoes – So Kate Christian Louboutin

Bag – Christian Louboutin for Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

Fashion, Outfits, zara

Leather pants

Leather pants can be so sexy and there is a pair that flatters everyone.

I love this particular one from Zara and it has the perfect hardware detail without looking too much.

They’re super easy to style with basic tops or bodysuits, add a killer high heel and you’re set to rock a very edgy look.

Have you tried these? If not i definitely recommend at least one in your wardrobe.

Leather faux pants have a very sexy appeal to them and I’m sure won’t disappoint.

I paired mine with my hubbies most favourite Loubies and a cross body Louis Vuitton clutch in silver hardware.

Here is the look.

Love and Lite xoxo

Fashion, Guessepi Zannoti, Outfits

Nude series

There is something so elegant about an all nude outfit.

Its fresh, its sophisticated, its classy.

Feels luxurious, everything that i stand for in an overall outfit.

It looks lush paired with gold and it ties perfectly together for an understated effortless classy look.

Here i am wearing a nude crop top and a high waist skirt that i absolutely love.

You can also mix and match these separates with white and black.

The perfect Giuseppe Zanotti gold heels completed this look for an evening dinner date.

I love how these shoes completely take this ensemble to a new level of sexy!

This is the outfit that turns heads wherever you go.

A little Kim Kardashian in style but oh well, I love her!

Have a fabulous weekend people and keep it classy.

xoxo

 

Outfit – Custom made in London

Shoes – Giuseppe Zanotti

Clutch – Louis Vuitton

Neckpiece – Accessorise UK