Monthly Archives: July 2017

MUG-SHOTS

 

IMG_201707205_035933[1]PICS BY BOBOPHOTOGRAPHY

So you know what they say about lemons and lemonades? After being ‘detained’ for about 3hrs(check my last blog post here if you are still clueless), we were released almost at dusk. We still had one outfit to shoot. I had actually given up on the idea of shooting since Id earlier chosen to shoot the outfit in a market but since it was already dark I figured we would just do it some other day.
Paul was however not having none of that(gotta love his resilience though). So we made our way to Toi market and came across this shop and decided to shoot.

I designed this dress in my head lol, shared my idea with my tailor and here we are. My mom got me this fabric from Uganda. Im still not over the off shoulder vibe so it inspired this dress. Good thing about such a shift dress is that it can be worn by any body size or shape. Its actually ideal for those times you want to eat yourself silly.Want a dress like this, just halla at me. Sneakers could have done the job too but I decided to go with these oldie but goldie heels.
Believe me when I say the random ones are always the best? No? Okay peep these photos. The guys at the market, particularly the shop owner were super kind to us and am forever grateful for such kind gestures.IMG_201707205_074732[1]

IMG_201707205_074413[1]IMG_201707205_075505[1]IMG_201707205_080933[1] IMG_201707205_080424[1]Took a photo with the shop owner. Find his contacts below just incase you need any utensils. I saw some that my mom would love.

Thought on the outfit anyone?
Thanks for stopping by. Love and love,
Scov.

PHOTOSHOOT GONE SOUTH

IMG_201707200_054922[1]Im those guys who have never gotten in trouble even in school I never got any suspension. Probably by sheer luck or maybe, just maybe am a good girl. So the other day friends and I were out shooting content for you guys when we got into serious trouble.
Grab you a cup of tea/coffee and let me entertain you; for once.

So as usual before any of my shoots I usually scout for locations and communicate the same with my photographer Paul. I had chosen the building where I work as a location for the first outfit but just when we were about to start shooting we were informed that for some security reasons we could not take pictures in the building. My bad, I had not seek permission from the necessary officials. So we just decided to take pics on the street outside the building which came out well btw.IMG_201707200_055406[1]

Now as we were walking scouting for location for the second outfit(since we were now a displaced lot) we came across some ancient looking burnt house and thought it would make a good location. W e clearly saw the gate was closed though the padlock was not locked. So silly us, we sheepishly opened the gate without thinking, spotted a good location outside the house and started shooting. We did not ,however, manage to get into the empty house since it was locked.IMG_201707200_060938[1]

Everything was coming along well until some shabbily dressed ,drunk looking man came into the compound. Wait, did I say drunk ? I suspect the guy was high on a combination of high grade weed and Mogoka(khat). He saw us and of course he asked who we were and what we were doing there. I had already gone on panick mode and when I panick my mouth refuses to open. So Paul being the unshakeable one tells the guy we are just uni students taking pics for Facebook.(Funny how we always use the student card any time we get into any sorta trouble).

The guy just said ‘hii ni 3000′(this will cost you 3k) and didn’t even wait a single second before reaching for his phone and calling ‘MKUBWA’-his boss that is. I’m panicking af at this moment but Millie (my friend who tagged along) and Paul are just so chilled out. So Mkubwa says we shouldn’t leave before he comes to meet the crooks who have trespassed into his property. Paul being the fast thinker decides to swap memory cards just incase Mkubwa tells us to delete all the pics taken at his premise. We then took other pics (the ones am sharing on this post) as cover up.

We waited for almost 2hrs and just to calm me down, Paul and Millie bought me ice cream just to calm me down. They even afforded to joke about sleeping in jail tf. I swear I need to take some of these chill pills these two take.IMG_201707200_062952[1]

So finally Mkubwa comes. He comes in with some three guys in his car. The first thought that rings in my mind is that the guys accompanying him are police officers. I swear I almost collapsed. So Mkubwa comes out of his car and asks us to produce our IDs. My bad I had not carried mine. So when Paul and Millie produced theirs, coincidentally they were from the same tribe as Mkubwa. After realizing this Mkubwa actually starts cracking some bland jokes with us. Then I knew we were gonna get away with this. And we did actually after being given a stern warning.(Ive actually cut the long story short since I need to start heading home).
I stand to be challenged but if we could get away with this then tribalism is still a major issue in our country.

Anyway lesson learnt the hard way. I do not think I will be trespassing on anyone’s property ever. So what trouble have you ever gotten into? Ever been detained and what was the experience like? Please do share.

Love and more love,

Scovia.

ONE YEAR NATURAL-THOUGHTS

Drum rolls for this mane that turns one year today!! Exactly one year ago I came home from school, went straight to the bedroom, picked a pair of scissors and asked my mom to cut all my relaxed hair.I bet she thought I was loosing it but she still went ahead and cut it. I was left with about an inch of hair. The shock of having short hair is a feeling I still cant put into words. The last time I had short hair was about ten years ago. I did not really like how I looked but psyched myself telling myself that I am not my hair. Mark you I had a shoot the next day. That still has to be the most difficult shoot I’ve had. I was there trying to feign confidence and the shock on my photographer’s face when she saw my new look was not helping.So my one year natural hair journey has been a roller coaster of sorts but well worth it. So I decided to put down some of my two cents about my journey so far ( its gonna be a long one get you some cup of tea).IMG_201707191_025616[1]

1. Our journeys are totally different.
First of my hair is totally different from my sisters’ even my mom’s. What works for me most of the time does not work for them. Similarly, what works for your favorite natural hair blogger might not work for you. I learnt this after a lot of trial and error with products I saw working for other bloggers.IMG_201707191_015153[3]

2. You do not have to be a product junky.
I am just an intern right now and splurging on hair products is not something I am ready to indulge in. Luckily for me, by the fourth month being natural I had already established what actually worked products worked for me and stuck with them. I do try my hands on new products once in a while but I know my basics. I’m told what works now might not work two years to come but we will see.2015-01-01 00.00.00-12

3.As your hair grows, detangling becomes a pain in the neck(ok it has been for me).
This is one thing I hate about natural hair. I sincerely dread detangling especially since my hair seems to be getting thicker by the day. If any of y’all know how I can make my detangling sessions better please hit the comment box.IMG_201707191_030211[1]

4. Discipline is key.
Heck yea!!Even those self proclaimed lazy naturals follow a routine and regimen. On those days you are feeling lazy af and your eyes feel hella heavy, guess what? You have to make sure le hair is in a bun and well wrapped in a satin bonne/scarf. My family complains that I spend a lot of time on my hair!!(Well I don’t think so) Wash days have to be just that, WASH DAYS! The mane has to be washed without fail. Being natural has taught me how to be disciplined and consistent in everything I do if ever I expect to see results.IMG_201707191_032345[1]

5.Not everyone will like your hair. Deal with it.
I have come to understand that being natural is a decision I made for myself and not for anyone else. Be proud of it and don’t feel intimidated or cowed anytime someone comments negatively on your hair. You like it that way and that’s all that matters.IMG_201707191_054559[1]

6. Do not think you will reach waist length overnight.
I am a length chaser so hard. Even so I do not obsess over it. So long as the diet is right, and you are drinking enough water, the hair will grow. I have tried as much as possible to minimize breakage and eventually I have retained length and I bet my hair is healthy. I am at give or take seven inches now. See God!! Then again our hairs do not grow at the same rate so please stick to your lane and stop comparing your journey with anyone else.IMG_201707191_025235[1]

7. It takes time to master some hairstyles stop stressing!!
I only learnt how to hack two strand twists about two months ago though bantu knots were just a breeze from day one. Funny enough the last two times I tried out bantu knots , unraveling was just a mess. I ended up with one too many tangles I was almost in tears. I’m yet to find out what went wrong.IMG_201707191_021035[1]

8. Sometimes the mane will not behave and that’s okay.
I remember getting so frustrated one night when trying out some hairstyle for the coming week and shit just backfired on me. I swear I’d have cut my hair that day ..thank God I did not though. Our God given puff will always come through in such difficult times lol!!

9.Connecting with fellow naturals will help you a great deal.
Lets face it,you will never know everything. For me joining natural hair groups such as Tricia’s Naturals on Facebook, having natural hair buddies and attending natural hair events has really helped. I have learnt a great deal from other naturals and having people who can relate to some of these experiences around me is a plus.

10.Self love!!
I spend so much time on the mirror I have no option but to accept myself with all these flaws.I am not saying I do not have days when I just feel like shit but my hair is definitely a confidence booster.

The big question still remains is it worth it? Me thinks….HELL FREAKING YAAAAS!!!

PS :I am no expert in this I am sharing stuff I’ve learnt through my own experience. I hope this helps and encourages a newbie out there.
Are you natural or thinking of becoming one, feel free to share your thoughts on the comment box.

Love and love,
Scov.