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  • Hi.. I'm Linda Otiende; a Personal Style Blogger. I think fashion and style is all about creativity; playing around with what you have to create something unique and stylish out of it. Blogging about my personal style is an interest I developed about three years ago when I discovered that as ladies, we really go to certain extremes to look good. Yes, we gotta look good but at the end of the day that does not mean that we have to wear the most expensive clothes or shoes to be stylish. You can actually work it out in the cheapest of them yet still ooze class! So welcome to my blog where I will get to show you my personal style and how I manage to look good on a budget. I do hope you enjoy.

    Ever been in a situation where you just feel blah all the time? Like you have no motivation for anything at all? Like nothing bothers you anymore? This has been me lately. My 2018 has been full of ups and downs filled with a whole range of emotions. The year started on a sad note with the loss of my grandma, then came happy moments when my two brothers wedded, then mid-year I lost my mum to cancer and two months later, I graduated. My emotions have been all over the place but I thank God because through it all, He has remained faithful. 

    Today's post was inspired by a challenge I won a few weeks ago courtesy of Zia Collection, a Kenyan clothing brand that deals with ladies' clothing. They selected my graduation journey story as the best among many others and I was privileged to get a full graduation makeover. 

    No doubt my journey to graduation has been one hell of a ride. I remember the nights I would get home as late as 11 pm and still sit through the night to work on assignments. My second year wasn't any better; my late mum was diagnosed with cancer and let's just say that most of 2017 she wasn't really around since she was out of the country for treatment. Beginning of 2018 when I had started working on the second half of my thesis, I lost my grandma. It didn't get any easier for me as a few months later, mum's health deteriorated; the one person who was my constant motivation to finish strong. I remember a week before my final draft submission when she was admitted in hospital, I would carry my laptop to the hospital and work on my thesis during non-visiting hours. A few days later, mum got really ill and a day before her last breath, I was able to submit my final draft. Three days after laying her to rest, I had to travel back home for my defense and the night before my defense was one of the most difficult nights ever; the first night that I was back home after the burial! I wasn't even in the right state of mind yet I had to work on my presentation for the following day. At this point it didn't even feel worth it to even go for this defense but remembering how she would unceasingly pray for me even when she was really weak just motivated me and I suddenly got strength. Fast forward, I passed my defense and the great news that I was finally on the graduation list came on the 12th of September, my late mum's birth date. This was God's doing. 

    My late mum was my best friend, my slay partner, my greatest cheerleader..each time I went for my blog shoots, she always asked that I would send her the final pics so she could post on her Whatsapp status. 3 months down the line, it still feels like a dream, the pain is still raw, sometimes I still cry myself to sleep, but I am hopeful that this season will come to pass. 

    We are in transition. Storms can really roll in fast but how you react to them matters. 2018 has been a year full of storms and one of the greatest lessons I have learnt is that no matter the situation you are facing in life, never ever give up on God and on yourself. God can't put you in a situation that you can't handle. All you need to do when you are facing a storm in life is to pray and trust in Him. I may not have accomplished most of my goals this year but I'm glad that I have been able to grow spiritually and my faith has most definitely grown stronger and this is enough for me. 



    A big shout out to Zia Collection for making my day. Make sure you check out their page for more of their amazing stuff. 







    "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."-Psalm 30:5


    Photography: Taji Photography

    Outfit details
    Shoes-BATA
    Makeup-beautybyrozy (Instagram)


    . Wednesday, October 10, 2018 .

    My Journey to Graduation

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    . Wednesday, October 10, 2018 .

    Ever been in a situation where you just feel blah all the time? Like you have no motivation for anything at all? Like nothing bothers you anymore? This has been me lately. My 2018 has been full of ups and downs filled with a whole range of emotions. The year started on a sad note with the loss of my grandma, then came happy moments when my two brothers wedded, then mid-year I lost my mum to cancer and two months later, I graduated. My emotions have been all over the place but I thank God because through it all, He has remained faithful. 

    Today's post was inspired by a challenge I won a few weeks ago courtesy of Zia Collection, a Kenyan clothing brand that deals with ladies' clothing. They selected my graduation journey story as the best among many others and I was privileged to get a full graduation makeover. 

    No doubt my journey to graduation has been one hell of a ride. I remember the nights I would get home as late as 11 pm and still sit through the night to work on assignments. My second year wasn't any better; my late mum was diagnosed with cancer and let's just say that most of 2017 she wasn't really around since she was out of the country for treatment. Beginning of 2018 when I had started working on the second half of my thesis, I lost my grandma. It didn't get any easier for me as a few months later, mum's health deteriorated; the one person who was my constant motivation to finish strong. I remember a week before my final draft submission when she was admitted in hospital, I would carry my laptop to the hospital and work on my thesis during non-visiting hours. A few days later, mum got really ill and a day before her last breath, I was able to submit my final draft. Three days after laying her to rest, I had to travel back home for my defense and the night before my defense was one of the most difficult nights ever; the first night that I was back home after the burial! I wasn't even in the right state of mind yet I had to work on my presentation for the following day. At this point it didn't even feel worth it to even go for this defense but remembering how she would unceasingly pray for me even when she was really weak just motivated me and I suddenly got strength. Fast forward, I passed my defense and the great news that I was finally on the graduation list came on the 12th of September, my late mum's birth date. This was God's doing. 

    My late mum was my best friend, my slay partner, my greatest cheerleader..each time I went for my blog shoots, she always asked that I would send her the final pics so she could post on her Whatsapp status. 3 months down the line, it still feels like a dream, the pain is still raw, sometimes I still cry myself to sleep, but I am hopeful that this season will come to pass. 

    We are in transition. Storms can really roll in fast but how you react to them matters. 2018 has been a year full of storms and one of the greatest lessons I have learnt is that no matter the situation you are facing in life, never ever give up on God and on yourself. God can't put you in a situation that you can't handle. All you need to do when you are facing a storm in life is to pray and trust in Him. I may not have accomplished most of my goals this year but I'm glad that I have been able to grow spiritually and my faith has most definitely grown stronger and this is enough for me. 



    A big shout out to Zia Collection for making my day. Make sure you check out their page for more of their amazing stuff. 







    "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."-Psalm 30:5


    Photography: Taji Photography

    Outfit details
    Shoes-BATA
    Makeup-beautybyrozy (Instagram)


    . Tuesday, August 14, 2018 .

    Truth is these pictures were taken almost one and a half months ago and I have been trying to come up with content for this particular post but each time I pick up my laptop to write, I go blank. To cut the long story short, today marks exactly one month since I lost my mother; and that explains this feeling of demotivation :-(  
    So allow me to go straight to my outfit for the day which is a perfect look for the office. I do hope you enjoy today's post.





    Photography: Justus Legacy (Instagram)

    Outfit Details
    Pants-Tuslay (Instagram)
    Shoes-BATA
    Bag-Luxuress (Instagram
    Bodycon Top-CBD
    Coat-SheIn
    . Friday, July 6, 2018 .

    I know I've been MIA, pardon me; life hurdles here and there but hey!I'm here and that's what matters.

    Today being a Friday and the cold weather having taken a heavy toll on some of us, there could be no better way to step out than in a fancy sweater and a pair of jeans. Paired the look with my favorite leather jacket; an essential that every lady should have in her closet. I'm sure a number of work places allow their staff to be in casual wear come Fridays so here is a little outfit inspiration for those of you allowed to be in jeans on a Friday though you could switch up the ripped pants for a pair of decent ones just to look presentable for the office; and for the rest; this look could be perfect for the weekend.

    Can you imagine my sweater costed me 50Kshs only? The wonders of thrifting :)

    Enjoy today's post, stay warm and have a lovely weekend ahead.






      

    The look could also be perfect if paired with strapped sandal heels especially if planning to go out in the evening. 



    Outfit Details
    Sweater-Gikomba
    Rubber shoes-Gift 
    Strapped Heels-Forever Trendy (Instagram)
    Pants-Serinda Fashions (Instagram)
    Leather Jacket- Eastleigh (AMAL Plaza)

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    . Friday, April 6, 2018 .

    I've always been a fan of matte lipsticks but recently when I came across MUA's collection of creamy lipsticks, I was ready to upgrade my collection. No doubt matte lipsticks have always been my preferred lipsticks because of their ability to last longer and the fact that I don't need to worry about touch up every now and then but the truth is I've struggled with darkened lips because of matte lipsticks. I'm however glad to have discovered these creamy lipsticks from makeupacademy. Very affordable and the colors are popping for lack of a better word. 

    Today on the blog I get to show you three different shades; Shade 1, Shade 9 and the Mulberry Shade. And just so you know, these lipsticks cost 400 Kshs only, imagine! So ladies, I don't see why you shouldn't own one.

    For more details on MakeUp Academy Kenya, you can visit their Facebook page; MakeUpAcademyKE and Instagram page makeupacademyke
    1st Look  
    For all you bold ladies, this Mulberry shade will work perfectly for you. 




    2nd Look 
    The lipstick I have on for my 2nd look is in shade 9. Ladies, if you love a subtle makeup look then this lipstick is perfect for you. 




    3rd Look
    For my 3rd look I'm wearing lipstick in shade 1. This one is currently my fave since I'm always in red lipstick. 




    I hope you loved today's post. Have a lovely weekend ahead and thank you for always stopping by.

    Make up courtesy of Jane Maina 
    Photography is by nick_the_nikonite
    . Friday, March 9, 2018 .

    What better way to make a statement than in this green off-shoulder bodycon maxi dress with bell trumpet sleeves..? I fell in love with this dress at first sight. I have never been a fan of off-shoulders especially when you have to keep on adjusting so they can fall exactly below the shoulders..sigh😑 The statement sleeves on this dress and its deep green color however made me forget my fuss when it comes to off-shoulders. Ladies, would you wear such a dress?

    The dress is from Queenfy an online site for modern, irresistible and affordable women’s clothing. For those of you eyeing this dress, here is the link trumpet-sleeve-bodycon-dress if you wish to get yourself one and guess what? By just using the code 'LINDA' when checking out you get a 15% off..How cool is that?! 

    Have a lovely weekend and thank you for always stopping by to check out my posts ☺








    Photography nyaonga_abby (Instagram)

      Outfit Details
    Shoes-here
    Dress-Queenfy
    Purse-Mr Price 
    Neckpiece-CBD



    . Wednesday, February 21, 2018 .

    The bomber jacket is a stylish and ideal outerwear trend that can be worn in any season; whether its warm or rainy. Simply depends on the fabric as some tend to be very light whereas others are very heavy. I've never been quite a fan of bomber jackets but when I recently spotted it on a number of my favorite online fashionistas, I felt the urge to get myself one and I'm already so hooked.

    Mine is very light so I opted to wear it with a black bodycon dress and give it a casual look. Both the dress and the bomber jacket are from tosave.com, an online shopping site that sells very affordable clothing.

    Enjoy today's post and have a lovely rest of the week..








    Photography: Justus Legacy (Instagram)

    Outfit Details
    Bomber Jacket-tosave
    Black Casual Dress-tosave


    . Monday, February 12, 2018 .



    Drum rolls........

    Guess who's back?

    Been a while I know, life happened. The year did not start on a good note hence the unpronounced silence but hey!I'm here now, excited to bring you the best this year. 

    To start us off this year is this stunner look I was able to put together all thanks to one Hellen Tolbert of House of Glamour who glammed me up in this ankara kimono I am wearing today. The kimono trend has been here for a while and I must say that I am currently digging this trend now more than ever. I just love how versatile they are and how they change a simple look into a more sophisticated look. Ladies, if you do not own a kimono, you better invest in one. It's one of those statement pieces you wouldn't wanna miss in your closet. They can be worn with a short bodycon dress, a pair of jeans like I did or even shorts which gives me an idea of what I should post next :-) 

    I chose to wear my ankara kimono with a pair of ripped jeans and a white top since the print is already heavy and I didn't want too much going on already. Paired the outfit with my favorite pair of heels. I do hope you enjoy the post today and feel free to leave any comments.

    Have a fantastic week ahead and Happy Valentines..






    Photography by Justus Legacy

    Outfit Details
    Ankara Kimono-House of Glamour
    Jeans, Top, Shoes-worn before in my previous posts