A NOTE TO YOU
I had scheduled to do a blog post this evening. I was supposed to talk about how to style this sundress. Somehow though I had/have no inspiration and enthusiasm at all, blame it on the numerous things I have to deal with right now. It’s 6.58PM now and I have been staring at my laptop screen since 6PM trying to figure out what to write. I am a perfectionist and I believe that if you have to do something give it your all, if not then just don’t do it. So today I am not going to be a fashion blogger. Allow me to be a story-teller or a girl sharing what makes her tick.
Today I met a gorgeous lady in Nairobi town as I was rushing to a certain meeting, actually it was two ladies and a gentleman. One of the ladies stopped me and said hi. Well, let’s back up a little, for those who know me they probably know that I am usually “very blind” when I am walking in town alone. I am usually so engrossed in my thoughts I hardly see the people coming from the opposite direction. It’s so bad to the extent that if someone taps my shoulder I become a lil jumpy and shuddery. So this particular lady, spotted me from a far and after several attempts of frantically waving at me I saw her and stopped. She casually approached me, said hi and introduced herself and her friends. She went ahead to say how much she loves my blog, how FUNNY she thinks I am, and how much I inspire her. She really lifted my spirits. Hey Maggy and Sharl and the dude whom I can’t seem to recall the name.
It’s not so often that you meet people who actually get you or the things you believe in, and when you do trust me the joy you feel inside you is something else. I live for such days as today. I live for the days I run into someone I last saw five years ago and she goes on and on about how much she loves what I am doing. I live for the days I meet someone who asks me where she can get a certain outfit she saw on my blog. I live for the days I meet a dude who asks me to introduce a male fashion section on my blog. I live for the days I feel appreciated and commended for what I am doing.
I started this blog about a year ago. I was looking for a venue to channel my inner strengths and at the same time deal with the numerous frustrations I was facing at that point in time. When I started out I didn’t think I could sustain the blog for this long hence I never saw the need of getting a domain name or investing much in it. Blogging needs a lot of commitment and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for any of it, but at that moment it felt like the right thing to do. There’s so much to blogging than just posing for a photo and writing a few flashy and grandiose words to accompany the photos. Before any blogger does a shoot, they have to liaise with a photographer, who sometimes can be a pain in the a**. You have to scout for a location depending on the theme you want to project; sometimes this means shooting in the streets where the Kanjo come and *coffinskate* (thumbs up if you get the joke) your camera, or ask for a ridiculous fee; or shooting in the forest where the stinging nettle makes you itch for eternity; or by the roadside where cars blow dust as they pass by. You have to get the outfits for the shoot ready, by either buying them or making them yourself. For me another challenge is, I have to do numerous shoots on one day so that I can have a back up of photos for a series of posts before scheduling for another shoot. This is tricky in the sense that sometimes you do summer outfits then the erratic Nairobi weather decides to mess with you and all over a sudden it’s cold and rainy. Which means the photos are useless and just weather-inappropriate among other things. I am not a quitter though and here I am still standing tall. Blogging has its numerous perks as well. Most importantly it makes me happy. I may not be top blogger or top anything but I still have you my loyal audience, and to me that’s what counts.
Sending lots of love and kisses your way Wapenzi.
Till next time…
Photos by Kevin