Book of the month: The bomb life by Claire Sulmers.

Book of the month: The bomb life by Claire Sulmers.

Book genre:

Memoir and self-help.

Recommend to:

Bloggers, and digital influencers – there is a whole chapter titled The business of blogging.

Aspiring stylists, designers, brands and everyone else in the business of fashion.

Start ups.

All 20 and 30 somethings building brands and businesses.

Why you should read it:

A good reminder of the struggles every one goes through when starting off – you are not alone.

Very relatable due to the level of honesty Claire has poured into the book.

A great source of inspiration.

A lot of business and life lessons.

What Claire says:

“Big on visualization, I had written down “I will work full time at Vogue Paris” on a post-it note on my bathroom mirror. But I had learned that sometimes you make plans and GOD laughs. Or that GOD has bigger plans for you.”

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t expect your success to happen overnight. You get the glamour after the grunt work. You have to put work in. Sometimes you make mistakes and missteps, but don’t be discouraged. keep pushing.”

“Rejection is a part of life, and many times you’ll hear no more than you’ll hear yes. But as long as you get a few yeses you’re golden.”

“Fear can paralyze you from moving. Fear paralyzed me for years as I contemplated the complexities intrinsic to up and moving to a foreign country with no savings and a $ 30,000 in debt. When I finally decided to say “fuck it” there were so many naysayers, including my parents who feared that I’d be shiftless and poverty stricken. My parents were somewhat right about the poverty part, but I learned how to live with less, stretch 60 Euros for a week, leave the party before the metro closed instead of taking a cab, politely decline dinner and make spaghetti with meat sauce at home. Being at negative was not ideal, but it wasn’t the end of the world.”

“Whatever you want in life is possible, you just have to take the steps to get it.”

“I looked up and suddenly, I was doing really well. So well that I didn’t need a job. I no longer needed validation from Vogue or  anyone else. I could work for myself. So out of necessity, I officially owned my tittle of entrepreneur and business woman. I never looked back.”

“I’m not sure if my readers knew that I was sneaking into these parties. And of course I didn’t tell them. But I knew I needed the access, caché, and exclusive content to drive readership. So I did what I had to do.”

“You have to be with a man who is not intimidated or envious of your success. You must be equally yoked. Make sure he is worthy of you and brings something to the table. Make sure he is positive and supportive and pushes you to be the best version of yourself you can be.”

“the coward in me wanted to go back to my study and snuggle into my familiar twin bed. But the fighter in me was so pissed and wouldn’t take no for as answer. I decided to pick myself up and try my hand at Gaultier.”

“That was the last Chanel show I was ever invited to. Even though I now Chanel bags, how Ironic that the only show I was invited to was when I was sleeping on a tub”

“Love will come at the perfect time – when you are ready. Don’t worry about it. The perfect man exists for you. yes you should date and have fun, but don’t become too attached to the idea of being in a romantic relationship.”

You can get this book on amazon HERE.

Weekend photo diary.

Weekend photo diary.

Weekend at the beach

Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni



Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni poolside

Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni Pizza

Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni

Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni

Sunrise beach resort Kigamboni

Jackie And I spent a night at Sunrise beach resort in Kigamboni the other weekend. It was a third time for me but the highlight has always been getting up early to catch the sunrise by the ocean front then taking a dip.

Why sunrise beach resort:

Clean beach front ( cleaner than most beaches in Dar es salaam )  and situated in a not busy part of the city giving it a somewhat chill vibe.

When is the best time to go:

During the week if you can, less people and more calm. But if you are going for the weekend then evenings and early mornings are best.

How much it costs:

visit the hotel site HERE for rates but we booked via and paid US $ 50 double for a night in what they call an excecutive room ( not pictured) .

Have a lovely week. xx

Photos taken by both Jackie and I.

Beach day essentials.

Beach day essentials.

I spent this past weekend at Sunrise beach resort in Kigamboni. This was my third time  staying there and it is the ideal getaway spot from the busy city life of Dar. I will share more on my stay with all the details on the next blog post but for today here are some of my beach day essentials.

I said Beach but here is a beautiful picture of me by the pool at the resort shot by Jackie of

         Things you need to consider before planning for a day at the beach:

1. Check the weather

It had been raining in Dar the past week and I had to check the weather forecast before planning for a weekend at the beach. You don’t want to be stuck at the beach  while it pours.

2. Check the tide

Whichever activity you plan for weather it’s  just a swim, some water sports, etc you definitely need to check the tide table so you know what time the water comes in and you are able to do it.

sunscreen beach essentials

My essentials:

1. Sunscreen

The other day it was 32℃ and I though it got to be more than the usual 32°C it normally goes up to in Dar. Under all that sun you definitely need to protect your skin from the UV rays. Best if you can get a water proof one or remember to re apply.

2. Cover up

I use my mom’s old khangas as beach wraps. Not only are wraps necessary but they also look good on you. 😉

3. Swimsuit

One, two or ten I carried three. Even if I didn’t love the water I’d still hang by the beach in a swimsuit.

4. A pair of sunglasses

5. flipflops

6. Face mist

And here are some of the necessities I had forgotten to carry with me:

7. Beach bag

8. A wide hat

What are some of your beach day essentials? Please share yours on the comment section below. I might just up my beach day game. 😜

Book of the month: You are a badass by Jen sincero

Book of the month: You are a badass by Jen sincero

Book genre:

SELF-HELP/Personal growth

You are a badass book

Recommend to:

Anyone getting started on reading personal development books and does not know where to begin.

Those seeking motivation to get things done.

Anyone who needs to make a positive change in their lives.

Why you should read it:

Its affirmative, empowering and a good source of inspiration.

You are a badass book

What Jen says:

“The moment you have the audacity to start believing in the not yet-seen, your reality will begin to shift”

“There is a big difference between walking around saying you want to make a million dollars a year and having crystal clear intentions, fierce desire, and hell-bent action towards specific goals”

“The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information”

“Love yourself, you are a badass”

“If it wasn’t uncomfortable, everyone would be out there all in love with their fabulous lives.”

“If its something you want to do, don’t wait until you are less busy or richer or “ready” or twenty pounds lighter. start right now. You’ll never be this young again”

“The people you surround yourself with are excellent mirrors of who you are and how much , or how little, you love yourself”

“It is one of the beautiful compositions in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Love yourself, unless you have a better idea”

Love yourself, you are a badass”

You can get this book on Amazon