African Products 1: Sandstorm Bags (Kenya)

African Products I Adore

Granted that there are a lot of major brands worldwide (Gucci, Calvin Klein, Boss, Givenchy, Prada, Jimmy Choo etc), nothing beats African brands. What is amazing about them is that they are hand made and affordable (depending on how big the brand is).

One of my favourites is Sandstom. They make handbags from Tanzanian all-cotton canvas, hand-selected leather hides, and solid brass fittings. I have my eye on the Brown Nappa Leather Laptop Bag for my monster 17″ laptop.

Their products are popular overseas too. I once had a friend from Sweden fly to Kenya just to harass me over these divine bags.

Their Product line includes Outdoor and Sporting bags

Travel bags

They also have Wash bags, Handbags and Totes and small accessories. Do stop by their website for more on their products: www.sandstormkenya.com

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The White T-Shirt Party: Awesome Event :-)

My Events

Its 2:00 am on Tuesday morning…I think I am almost fully recovered after the White T-Shirt Party on Saturday. That was officially the first event where I felt overwhelmed since I started hosting parties two years ago in Nairobi. When we started out at Cafe Des Arts a while back, the turn out would be roughly 200 to 300 people. We had over 1000 people at the Tree House on Saturday which I consider a huge complement.

Here is how it went…

The theme was simple. Everyone turns up in a white T-Shirt after which we proceed to write on any T-shirt in sight. The writings are pretty mellow at the beginning of the evening, and this slowly degenerates into the most outrageous words by the end of the night. These were my favourite T-shirts 🙂

I went shopping for the perfect dress for the evening earlier in the week, only to have my friends mad at me. They said the dress I had in mind was not to be ruined by letting the party goers scribble on it. I had no choice but to find another unsuspecting dress for the occassion. Here is the dress I did not wear 🙂

The dress I eventually wore…

What was amazing was the level of enthusiasm for the party. Even with a theme so simple, Miah was keen on having a special T-Shirt 🙂

The final product 🙂

And the morning after the party (we got home at 8:00 am)

X was focused on the theme too 🙂

Standby for a slideshow of the party coming soon 🙂

Cafesserie Maisons de Qualité: Mombasa’s Trendiest Café

Restaurants (For more: www.eatout.co.ke)

Mombasa has a vibrant restaurant scene of which there are a few I like. These are Tarboush (Swahili Restaurant), Barka (Swahili Restaurant), Blue Room (Swahili Restaurant), Cafe Mocha (Lebanese Restaurant), Just Drinks (Continental Restaurant/Bar) and Il Covo (Italian Bar/Restaurant). There are a couple of places down in Diani (South coast) which appeal to me too.

I am happy to add Cafesserie Mombasa to this list. Located in Nyali at the City Mall, it is new, stylish and ideal for an afternoon cup of coffee. The high ceiling gives a unique touch to the spacious restaurant. An outdoor section allows the client to enjoy the coastal breeze while having a meal…The management is quite warm and hospitable. Do stop by the next time you’re in Mombasa.

I went to Cafesserie twice. The first time I had the Niçoise salad….

The second time I had the Spaghetti Cabonara

Here are more pictures of the Café…..

Movie 4: The 50/50 Challenge: Underworld Awakening

The 50/50 Challenge

X, Y, Miah and I just watched Underworld Awakening this afternoon. Kate Beckinsale is in great form and kicks ass as expected. The fourth installment cames after the first three: Underworld, Underworld Evolutions and Underworld Rise of the Lycans. It specifically picks up from Underworld Evolutions. Human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans. A war to eradicate both species commences.

I enjoyed the movie and appreciated the fighting scenes which were plenty. The highlight of the movie for me was when Theo James (David the vampire) had a silver whip in his hands…I shall not reveal more for fear of ruining it for all who have not watched it yet 🙂 I am looking forward to the fifth one.

Movie 3: The 50/50 Challenge: The Immortals

The 50/50 Challenge

Simply put, I would have been entertained by the Immortals had I not watched the trailer. The reason I say this is because it seems the trailer was made up of all the fast paced scenes in the movie such that by the time I actually sat in the theatres, I was rather displeased to find the movie was pretty much the left out dialogue part of the trailer.

That said the visual effects were good and Mickey Rouke was a pleasure to watch. I was also fascinated by Joseph Morgan’s performance as Lysander (he is guy who plays Klauss in Vampire Diaries). And of course I was glad that I got yet another chance to see Kellan Lutz as Poseidon (Emmet in Twilight)

 

Kenya’s Best Bathroom!

Places

X, Y and I popped into Nyali Cinemax in Mombasa to check out what was showing yesterday. The options were good, but the timing was tricky so eventually we decided not to watch a movie.

Having downed several bottles of water on the way to the movies (the Mombasa heat is phenomenal), I popped into the ladies restroom for a second, only to be pleasantly surprised. I have been to many bathrooms in Kenya, but Nyali Cinemax’s bathrooms are officially the best restrooms I have seen so far. Here’s why. They are clean and star studded, literally!

The walls are graced with black and white portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery and many more.

Movie 2: The 50/50 Challenge: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Movies, The 50/50 Challenge

Based on the book by Stieg Larsson, the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is intense, captivating and a must watch in my opinion. Stieg died on 9th November 2004 of a heart attack.

His lifelong partner, Eva Gabrielsson writes about him in “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me. Here is an excerpt from Vanity Fair Online

I appreciate Daniel Craig as an actor and I feel that he did well in this film. In this day and age of CGI it is refreshing to watch a movie whose storyline and acting keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire flick. If I have not been convincing enough, here are five reasons to watch The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by themoviebanter.com

The White T-Shirt Party: Tree House Edition (Saturday 28th January 2012 Nairobi)

My Events

On Saturday January 28th 2012 I am hosting my first party at The Tree House (Former Toona Tree at Museum Hill, Westlands, Nairobi).  I chose the White T-Shirt theme because it is simple and  convenient for everyone. It is also one of the most fun events I have ever hosted. To attend, email your name (+ friends) at akinyiadongo@africahomesteads.com. It is a private event…

The idea is to have everyone turn up in a white T-Shirt. We provide the pens which all guests will use to write on each other’s shirts all night. The comments usually start out mild and by 4 am the crazy literature starts surfacing 🙂

Here are a few pictures from the previous White T-Shirt parties I hosted in 2010 and 2011…

Movie 1: The 50/50 Challenge: Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol

The 50/50 Challenge

Having just signed up for The 50/50 Challenge, I am glad to list down the first movie I watched in 2012. I enjoyed Ghost Protocol a lot. The addtional touch of humour by Simon Pegg was great, and not too overbearing. Tom Cruise was in good shape and wow, his hair was just so…

However, the hightlight of the movie for me was Jeremy Renner. The man is a brilliant actor. His ability to adapt to his role is beautiful. I first watched him in The Town. I cant wait to see more of him later this year.