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November 15, 2010

Fashion Across Continents


When people ask me where I am from it is always difficult to give a short answer. My grandparents grew up in India and they emigrated to Kenya where both my parents were born and raised.  My parents then went on to study in England and then moved to Canada after getting married. This is where my brother, sister, and I were all born.  We all moved to North Carolina and I lived there a long time before moving on to Boston with my husband. I still have some family in Kenya and even though I have not been back in a while I have amazing childhood memories of hanging out in Nairobi with all my cousins, going on exciting safaris, and beach trips to Mombasa.

My cousin Pinky still lives in Nairobi and she is a well known model in Kenya and she was even Miss India Kenya back in 2000.  Pinky is a dedicated Philanthropist, a well known Radio and TV personality, a Society Magazine Editor, and a Marketing, PR, and Event planner.   Most importantly she is now a wife and mom to a beautiful baby girl who she also named Ariyana.



I thought it would be fun to have Pinky talk about fashion in East Africa.  Here are Pinky's views on fashion in Kenya as well as some of her wardrobe essentials.

When Naina asked me to contribute to her blog I had no idea what to write. There she is, a true style diva in her loubous, and here I am, 9 months pregnant, all ready to pop and feeling like a baby elephant! I must admit though, I may have got this space on her page purely on the basis of nepotism, I am her younger cousin, but I am not complaining.
The reason I was at a loss is because she talks about styles in seasons, she talks about the red carpet and Hollywood, she talks about the fabulous designers of the world because, let’s not deny it, the lady is switched on when it comes to the subject, but also living so much closer to the action gives her an added advantage. I live in Kenya, which is in East Africa – fashion is fun here, but whenever we watch the style network, it is not like we can go out and buy the big trend of the season because not everything is available here. So what Naina suggested is that keeping with the trends we have here, I can still comment on fashion – after all, no matter where we are in the world, if you are a die hard fashionista, this is a language you will definitely understand.

{Pinky-middle picture}
So in my debut appearance on Naina’s blog I will be talking about my Top 5 Wardrobe Essentials.

1. Dark blue jeans
don’t get me wrong, I love the stoned washed look, but if you want to manage to look slimmer, I always find that the darker the shade, the better. I don’t like being boring and going for the conventional black so I stick to the navy and find it works wonders for my legs! Also with the skinny jean being very much the fashion, that style in a darker blue shade really completes the style.

2. Butt enhancers!  
Don’t laugh. For a first meeting I am probably sharing too much information, but I was not gifted with a Kim Kardashian ass. Don’t get me wrong, I have tried to get one by putting the hours in the gym, but it has never worked for me. Even during my pregnancy I was assured by all my gal pals that the posterior would grown, unfortunately I got nothing down there. So I invested in a nice pair of underwear with padding. Trust me it got the heads turning. In my line of business people look at the way you look all the time, so I said to myself that instead of getting the butt surgically enhanced, here is a more simple, yet stylish way to do it, without going under the knife.

3. The perfect pair of killer high heels
I like 5 inches, although through the pregnancy I was encouraged to stay off the heels, but there is nothing like a pretty pair of shoes that just make you feel like the queen of the world. I like the fact that not everything has to match – as in your accessories can be a different colour from your bag and your bag can contrast yet compliment your shoes. Any pair of shoes that make you feel great are perfect for any outfit provided you can go at least 8 hours wearing them. No matter how tall you are, a little extra height always completes an outfit.

4. Designer sunglasses
I love the big sunglasses that cover your face and make you look and feel very celebrity. My favourite designers range from Chanel to Cavalli. Weather you are in sweats or dressed to the nines, it always works to don a fabulous pair of sunglasses.
5. Lounge wear
Even if I am sitting around the house or going for a quick power walk, I love the feel of lounge wear. I like it when I look put together a la Eva Longoria in her Juicy Sweatsuits. This look gives the feel of glamour without doing anything, it is so easy to pull off. I always say it helps to look good, you never know who you bump into or who may show up at your door!


Pinky- Thank you for sharing your views on fashion and your wardrobe essentials. I completely agree that despite the distance across continents fashion is a language we all speak and understand.
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43 Comments:

Geeta said...

It was nice to see mutual admiration between you two gorgeous girls there. Loved Pinky's wardrobe essentials. I am all for a darker wash of jeans over black or blue.

Katie said...

Great post, I loved reading it :)

jemina said...

Pinky's tips are BRILLIANT!!! thanks Pinky :))

Kisses
J
xoxo

tanvii.com said...

She seems like a fun and stylish woman herself. Enjoyed reading her views on fashion and essentials! :)

Josie said...

What a great woman! Loved reading her fashion thoughts. And you have lived quite the life yourself, my dear!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

jamie-lee said...

Great post! It was great reading about her 5 fashion essentials. I like the idea of the butt enchancer knickers, they sound interesting! hehe

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annelise said...

Your heritage is fascinating, Naina. I love hearing details like this about people :)

Pinky has some great tips, you all must be one very stylish family!

Pinky Ghelani said...

Thank you for the support :) very encouraging..
Pinky xo

Diana Mieczan said...

What a great post and Pinky sounds so lovely:) I adore all her tips and love those photos, sweetie
Happy Monday my dear

bollywoodstylediaries said...

It was really nice to know more abt you. Growing up in Nairobi sounds like lots of fun!! Love Pinky's tips and wish her all the best in her pregnancy.

this free bird said...

What a cool post Naina...Pinky is dialed in - especially to the butt enhancers! I always wonder how people can fit their butts into jeans with those things on!

xo,
Carrie

anjanav said...

Loved reading Pinky's views on Fashion..two lovely and stylish nieces!!!!

Anna Katrina said...

i love this post & your background is interesting! i am also a Boston girl :)


stop by sometime<3
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Krystal said...

So nice to meet your cousin, how fun!!! I loved hearing about her essentials too :) totally awesome about the butt enhancers :)

MelissaNibbles said...

I love Pinky for her butt-enhancers!

Stacey said...

Great tips form Pinky! Gotta love those butt enhancers:-)

coolkids said...

Love hearing your story Naina! Wow amazing. Nice to meet Pinky and her lovely tips. Good luck Pinky in motherhood!

GB said...

It runs in the family!! Great meeting Pinky and tip #2 was LOL funny! :)

Nikki said...

Awesome post. I love all the tips, I want everything on the list!

xx
Nikki

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

This was such an amazing post Naina! Loved getting to know your story. It's so interesting! Especially to a girl who has lived in the same place her entire life.

Your cousin is gorgeous and I loved hearing her essentials. I might have to pick up one of those butt enhancers myself :)

Happy Monday! xoxo

Valerie said...

I love hearing about fashion in other parts of the world and Pinky's tips are brilliant! Naina, you have such an interesting history! I've been voting for you over at the bump. ;)

xo
Valerie

Samantha said...

This is such a lovely post! Your geographical history is so interesting. It's always great to get to know more about fellow bloggers and their families! Pinky is fabulous..I'd love to hear from her more often!

-Samantha
http://sincerelysamantha.com

Marissa said...

That's such an interesting family history! I'm always amazed by how Indian culture has spread throughout the world - like the fact that the Swahili word for tea is chai!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

What a cool family history you have! You are so cultured :) And the list of essentials above is dead on! I love it all xo

Torrie said...

I absolutely loved this post. I am intrigued by other cultures- everything about them from food to fashion to religion and tradition. I think that we can ALL teach and learn from one another, whether you're from Hollywood, Kenya, or Ohio!! (The blog world proves the need for universal communication, influence, and inspiration.)

... and I love that butt enhancer! Saw it on Rachael Ray a while back and hey, if it works, it works, right??:)

P.S. I'm making your shrimp tikka masala this week (and linked it up on my blog)!

Lilian said...

I'm Kenyan, and have long admired Pinky's style over the years...from way back when she was at Capital FM. She always looks put together, and her skin is to die for! I do see a family resemblance...style runs in your family. All the best, Pinky!

Kristin said...

I'm dying over your butt enhancers. You are too funny lady. And thanks for your sweet words about BBRG. We feel honored to be included with your beautiful blog too! xoxo

Jess said...

What an amazing blog post by your cousin!! I had to laugh at the butt enhancers, but then I had to think about how great it would be to have a little more cushion back there ;) hahah. You have such an amazing story and background, Naina!

Becca [Free Honey] said...

What an interesting mix of places your family has lived. I'm envious that you have such a good excuse to be a world traveller! Also, your cousin is beautiful, those are photos of her, right? And it's such an interesting topic to read about world fashion. I'd love to see some outfits from Pinky once she pops out her little one.

Styles 'n Cream said...

I really laughed so hard on the butt shapewear. I guess I will never understand why women want that.

Lee Oliveira said...

Oh honey. U are from everywhere.. love it.haha
At least you got to pick the fashion of every country you passed by
LOx

Café Bellini said...

Ok, I didn't even know about butt enhancers! How gorgeous is Pinky? Beautiful smile and hair! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this post.

Chas said...

Awesome post! Great to meet Pinky!

Anonymous said...

Loved the post! Pinky combines the international language of style with beauty and humor. I hope I get to meet her one day. Continue the brilliant posts Naina, we're all itching for the next one.
Besos,
Vandu

Isabel said...

i love pinkys tips and it sounds like you had a fabulous childhood!

Anonymous said...

Yes two most beautiful ladies from our family out of soooo many!!! Love their style and outlook towards life! how tables have turned! in my 60s I look up to them and especialy from you Naina.You have evolved in to this beautiful young Lady inside and outside!Keep the good work both of you....Kiran

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

Wow, Naina! You really are from everywhere!
Pinky is gorgeous and this was such a fun interview! So funny about the butt enhancers and I totally agree re the dark jeans and heels -- even if I do tend to veer toward flats :)

Annie said...

Oh wow, she is so gorgeous! I love her tips. Hope you win the contest!! XO

Piya said...

pinky's fashion tips are great! she's so beautiful...love her pics!

style-haus said...

truly enjoyed reading this post...thanks for sharing with us your heritage and background. your cousin pinky is beautiful and has such a sense of humor. i loved her candid thoughts on fashion and key essentials

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Croatian_Latina said...

Great idea for a post! thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your family. Your cousin is beautiful! I especially like that she is so darn honest.

thanks Pinky and congrats on your baby girl!

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

naina, you have such an interesting background! and pinky, you are gorgeous and funny-what a combo! good luck on your soon to be delivery!

Chix said...

Great post Pinky & Naina !! Sorry I have only just read it now !! Love Chix

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