Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Kaluhi Adagala

Photo Courtesy Of Kaluhi Adagala

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
Nairobi.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.

WHAT WERE YOUR APSIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I wanted to be everything! From pilot, to model, to doctor, to vet, to architect…everything! I studied Bachelor of Commerce- Finance. Majored and practiced in the field  for about a year and a half.

WHY INFLUENCER AND WHY FOOD?
I have always loved food! Even before it turned into my now career, Iloved food. Food is not just nourishment, but an excellent conversation facilitator too. I started my blog because I wanted to add value to the lives of my readers and being an influencer comes as a result of what I initially set out to do.

HOW DID YOU AQCUIRE KNOWLEDGE?
Most of what I share is self-taught. I learn majority of my unique recipes form trial and error. A huge chunk of what I know as well, I learnt from my mother and my sisters.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DISHES?
 I love everything. But I am particularly drawn to the full flavored nature of matumbo and kuku kienyeji. I love the spiciness of biryani and pilau, and I also enjoy my maandazi each morning with chai masala.

DO YOU GENERALLY PREFER SWEET OR SAVOURY?
Savory.

HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH RECIPES?
Trial and error and revamping the recipes I grew up with.

WHAT IS CENTRAL TO KENYAN CUISINE?
Fresh, simple ingredients. Our staple starch is ugali, and we also have such a wide range of pulses and traditional vegetables that make our cuisine very rich.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN?
 There is definitely more to me than being someone who loves cooking. I would describe my personal style as fun, flirty, feminine. I wear skirts and dresses majority of the time, just as a matter of preference and I have amazing legs that I love showing off. I love reading books of all genres but particularly by African authors. I love travel, and my favorite countries I have explored besides my own are Zanzibar and South Africa.

HAVE YOU FOUND A WAY TO INCORPORATE ANY PRODUCE INTO YOUR BEAUTY REGIME?
I used to, but found that most of what people recommend does more harm than good. I used to use lemon on my skin and it was extremely abrasive at it’s pH 2, and decided to keep what belongs in the kitchen, in the kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOUR NOT WORKING?
Bike rides in Karura forest or through Hell’s Gate National Park, zip lining at Ngong Hills, and brunch while catching up with friends, or a mountain hike. I generally love doing outdoor activities.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Some music, a face mask, a glass of wine, and some great movie afterwards.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Mix & Max


Image Courtesy Of Aya Nakamura

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Music


Thursday, October 25, 2018

This Is How We Do It

Photographed By Ellinor Forje 

Lisa Jane de Gara dons the ultimate conference-speaker-look in Kaunas, Lithuania.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Monique Rockman


Photo Courtesy Of Stella Talent
  
WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I live in Cape Town, South Africa for about 11years now. So it's officially home.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I'm from A small town, Albertinia, smack in the middle of Riversdale and Mosselbay.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The best thing about Cape Town is obviously the beautiful mountains, the beaches, and the rich culture of my people which is everywhere.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I've always wanted to be a performer. I used to think I wanted to be a famous singer growing up he he. I sang in the church band and in the school choir. But as I grew up expressing myself needed to be more than singing a song. I needed to tell stories.

WHY THESPIAN?
I had this need and desire to physically express myself with my whole entire body. It's crazy 'cause I didn't know any one else personally who did that or understood what I meant. There was a big fascination with being able to step out of my own life into that of "someone else" To be able to say and do things I personally could never do. It was therapy. And It wasn't a dream anymore, it became a desperate need.

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR TRAINING?
I did a one year diploma course in drama at Northlink College, got accepted to move on to my second year at Tswane University, and was heartbroken when my family told me that there simply was no money. But I didn't give up. Took Saturday classes in Obz where we got training in Shakespeare, acting, writing...It was a beautiful experience. Abdurahman Adams (Ian in "Suidooster") and Tariq Jenkins (part of the Royal Shakespeare company) took a group of us under their wing and still remains mentors I will always love and respect. 

WHO DO YOU PLAY IN "NOMMER 37" ("NUMBER 37")? 
I play the female lead, Pam Ismael in the film "Nommer 37".the girlfriend of Randal (Irshad Ally) a fragile yet strong female character who is a vital part of how this thriller unravels.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS WHEN TAKING ON A ROLE? My process usually takes a lot of alone time.Dissaociating myself from my loved ones during preparation and filming. I need to become the character so my mind needs to be able to believe that I am that person: Who is not married to my husband, who is not a mom to my son. It's not always easy but we do what we have to do in order to be as authentic as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED CINEMATIC GENRE?
I love a good "Oscar winning type" of drama. I stay away from horrors because it keeps me awake at night! So honestly, I love a good comedy. I love to laugh until I cry. It's very important to be able to laugh. I would love to play a part one day where I can do that for someone else. It's a gift.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
I'd have to say the biggest influence in life for me has been a series of unfortunate events. Ive always been inspired by the tragedies me and my family had to overcome through out the years.. The fight to survive one's own mind and pain in hard times made me a survivor. And the need to survive has always been something that drives me. A bit dark I know. But it made me strong and it makes me the actress I am today. I'm proud of that.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
My personal style is kind of a reflection of my many personalities. I could be wearing a metal tee with ripped skinnies to one event, and a beautiful silver sparkly dress to the next. Fashion to me is a feeling. I do love to steal from what I see on TV or from friends. I love the sea more than any other place in the world. Summer is my season. Meaning seafood, margaritas,sunsets, bikinis, mini dresses and makeup makes me extremely happy in my soul.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
From a very early age my mom taught me to cleanse my face morning and evening. Moisturize and use sunblock, that to me is extremely important, I also swear by always washing makeup off your face before bed. pparently it ages you, like, 10 years?

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
A perfect day off to me is lazing on the beach nibbling on calamari and wings. But I'm a wife and a mom to a very busy two-year-old boy. A day off means go toSpur or John Dory's where there's a play area, rent some movies and call it a day.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
In bed with wine, Doritos and "Southpark".

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ouais, Les Gars

Image Courtesy Of PNL Music 

PNL and their fashionable fluidity.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Aviwe Menze

Photographed By Jennifer Fischer

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
Right now I am in Cape Town, best city in the world. I came here last year to study and  now I'm working and have decided to settle here. I fell in love with Cape Town from day one, I always felt that it's dreamy.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED, AND WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE WORLD?
I was born in a small depressing town, Grahamstown, in South Africa. A cute and depressing town. It could just be that I am not a small town person or it could be that I have lived there all my life. I haven't travelled yet, only been to  China outside my country so I cannot really say what my favourite spot in the world is. I'd say in Cape Town it's Long Street.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
Childhood games with friends: hopscotch, skipping rope, etc. I'd say playing chess with my older cousins. I would say playing football with my dad although I was terrible at it. And later on my obsession with Mills and Boon books. Ah, good times.

WHAT WERE YOUR APSIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I aspired to be a Victoria Secret Angel (still do). I aspired to be a teacher.  I aspired to be an accountant because  I was good with numbers. I aspired to be an air hostess because I wanted to travel (still do).  And I have always aspired to be happy.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
Just my move to Cape Town has opened so many doors for me. I have met such amazing people. Had the most magical nights. Wake up everyday knowing that I'm where I wanted to be. This is actually something I need to be more grateful for.

WHY MODEL?
Modeling has always offered a place of belonging for me. I grew up being teased for being thin, people would say I was sick or something, At the time I was obsessed with "America's Next Top Model", and so I found refuge in watching girls with long legs as mine and tiny heads and abnormally big and square shoulders. I felt that it is where I belonged. That was my motivation to get into modeling. Now I am no longer feeling insecure about my body and being skinny.  Now I'm doing it because of passion and excitement. I need something to fuel my left part of the brain, and that is it. It sets my heart on fire. It's what I would describe as "my art".

DO YOU STILL REMEMBER YOUR FIRST EVER SHOOT?
Absolutely! It was beautiful. The weather was great, very sunny. I had the most amazing photographer who was very helpful. I was pretty nervous. I didn't realise I was doing the same "smize" expression. Girl! But my photographer gave me instant feedback which was really helpful.

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ANY NEW DESIGNERS, THAT YOU'VE TAKEN TO, AS A RESULT OF YOUR JOB?
Yep! I am now the brand ambassador for Haus of Kaldo. They have such stunning designs and love working with them. I remember the designer saying "Oh Aviwe is so nice to work with, you'd swear she sees the garments for the first time every because of her enthusiasm". And I always tell designers I meet that I am your "yes girl" which sets a high standard, for myself, in terms of my modeling.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
It depends on which persona I am feeling. When I feel like something I call the pleasure witch, I like my boots and skinnies and coats, that witchery look. When I feel like looking like summer, I reveal skin. It really depends on which person I'm calling out within me. 

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Aash face twice a day mask two times a week. Never sleep with make up on. And go to the gym! Drinking lots of water, everything else comes into place.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Netflix and chill.

HOW DO YOU UNDWIND?
With wine, journaling and basic yoga (and I mean very basic) - in that order! 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Trench Coat Weather

Photo Courtesy Of Aviwe Menze