Thursday, 1 June 2017

Natural Hair Diaries

Hi loves

Today I'd like to share with you my go to hair products and hair care routine. Sometime last year I decided to go natural. I stopped chemically treating my hair. Transitioning for me was not easy. I would wash my hair and when I air dry it (which took the whole day), it would get tangled.  The ends of my hair remained straight and it was hard to comb through. So I decided to go for the big chop...

This year in January I had my first hair cut in two years. My hair was so short, the barber could not keep my transition hair because my hair was too short at the back. I had to start from the bottom but I loved the outcome.



The products I started using were from Aunt Jackie's coil and curls collection. I used their oh so clean shampoo and curl la la defining curl custard. I loved the smell and feel on my hair. I felt as though my  hair was a little dry after shampooing. When I'm lazy to wash my hair I would spritz a concoction of olive oil, coconut oil and argan oil in water. After moistening my hair I would seal it with the curl custard. It is vital to follow the LOC method for natural hair. (L - leave-in-conditioner, O - oils and C - cream). You use the leave-in-conditioner to moisten the hair, oil for nourishment and cream for sealing the hair and protecting it from dryness and breakage,


Recently I tried new products, Afri True shampoo (clicksSA brand) and Aunt Jackies's in control conditioner. I'm loving them so far. When I checked the ingredients on the shampoo my heart sank though because it had sulphate. Sulphate is one of the ingredients to look out for when choosing natural hair care products. Natural hair cair products should have water (aqua), shea butter and natural oils such as coconut oil and olive oil. Natural hair care products should be sulphate and paraben free. Sulphates and paraben cause breakage and dryness on hair strands.


I don't like hoarding products so I'll probably use these until they finish then try more natural products. I will keep sharing my experiences with you. About the routine... well there is really no routine to washing my hair.  I sometimes wash it for 3 consecutive days and sometimes just once a week. It really depends on my mood. I'm yet to have a routine. When I do I'll tell you all about it.


Have you gone natural? If yes, please share your experience. If no, why not?  I'd like to hear from you.

Keep visiting the blog for more updates.

Love,
Kanya xo

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

New Year! New You?

Hi Loves!

First things first, Happy 2017 to all my readers. I'd like to wish you guys all the best for 2017.



It's the start of a new year and a lot of us are thinking of ways that we could improve our lives. I personally don't do New Years resolutions mainly because I feel under pressure and I never complete anything on that list. What I do is set one goal at a time and see if I can stick to it. When that one task is finished I move to the next one.

Currently I'm focused on my health and well being. Lately I have been neglecting myself to the point where I had a hard time looking at myself in the mirror. My problem was not with the weight gain but not feeling pretty in my own skin. I've gone past that now...

This year I'm hoping to stick to clean eating habits, pampering myself and loving myself. I also wish to focus less on weight loss and focus more on self acceptance. You do not need to be a certain weight or shape to slay. This year I am being myself and I want to be the best me that I can be. So no new Kanya here! Just a better one :)

I hope you can find inspiration from this post and I will keep you guys posted on my health journey and many more other things on the blog.

Until next time!
xo Kanya

 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Travel Diaries - Cape Town

Hello Loves!

A week ago a friend and I went to Cape Town for the weekend. It was the first time for both of us. We stayed at the Lagoon Beach Hotel. I enjoyed my stay there and part of me wishes I had stayed longer.



 View of Table Mountain from the hotel

Cape Town is one of South Africa's capital cities and it is also known as the Motherland. It is a huge tourist attraction because of the Table mountain which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope and V&A Waterfront to name a few. Cape Town is quite a small city as we were able to navigate around Table Mountain in our small rental car.  

On Top of Table Mountain


It's a beautiful city situated next to the Atlantic Ocean. Growing up on the east side of the country I've always been exposed to the Indian Ocean which is pretty warm. We took a drive along Camps Bay and Hout Bay. I wasn't brave enough to swim because the water there is freezing cold and it was very windy. The mornings are also very cold but as the day progresses it gets warmer. For someone who can't pack a luggage bag I chose my outfits wisely.

A view of the city from Robben Island 

 Camps Bay

Hout Bay

Me :)

There is so much to do in Cape Town and we only got to do a few of those things. I would love to go back one day. I love traveling so much and it always channels my inner photographer. I also love sharing my experiences with you.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Until next time!
xo Kanya


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Strawberry Sorbet

Hi Loves!!!!

Feels so good to be back on the first day of Spring!

Today's post is a food post. These days I'm more of a foodie than a fashionista. Being a foodie has it's downfalls... I gained weight and couldn't fit into my clothes. Sigh! 

The recipe I have for you is delicious, you will love it! It's great for hot sunny days and plus winter days are over, we can now indulge in sweet frozen treats.

You'll need: 
1 punnet of strawberries 
200ml of water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar



Method:
1. Purée the strawberries 

 
2. In a large pan boil the water, add the lemon juice and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
3. Once the mixture is cool add to the strawberries and freeze. 
4. Purée the frozen mixture before serving. 

Voilà! 

Your strawberry sorbet is ready to eat! 

Unfortunately this only serves 1 but you can add more of the ingredients for more people. 

This recipe is easy but the hardest part is blending the frozen mixture. Mine was very hard, I had left it to freeze overnight. The best freezing time is +5 hours. It needs a little patience.

For me this replaces icecream since I'm not a fan. What I like is that you can also use other fruits like watermelon, mangoes etc. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Keep an eye out for more posts. 

Love, 
Kanya xoxo


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Anti-Valentine

Hello Lovely People

Valentine's Day... A day where couples spoil each other with flowers; chocolate; lingerie etc etc.
To me it's just like any other day. I hardly do anything special for anyone on Valentine's Day. This year was a lil different. I still didn't spoil my significant other but at least I didn't spend it in bed watching fitness videos on YouTube ;).

I actually did something... I went to a Wedding. I kinda like the idea of having a wedding on Valentine's Day, it's sorta cheesy but I still think its pretty romantic. Every year on the 14th of February it would always be your anniversary and not about Saint Valentine.

At this posh affair I wore a red off the shoulder dress. This is actually the first time in a very long time that I'm wearing red on Valentine's. I specifically chose this dress because I'm currently loving the off the shoulder trend. It's feminine and chic.






Pardon me for the poor quality pictures. You know my struggle (NO camera and NO photographer). I promise you guys things will be different this year. Just be a lil patient with me.

What I wore:
Dress: Edgars

I hope you enjoyed this post and your Valentine's Day to those who celebrate it.

Until next time!
xo Kanya