Minimalist outfit of the day

Hello friends,

Today am sharing my favorite kind of post…outfits!, I have been wearing very minimal outfits because its summer and super hot, and today I got excited when I wore this dress that I haven’t worn since winter because it was too tight, but voila…haha
minimalist hair

This summer I have fallen in love with the minimalist look..less is more type of deal, or rather am forced to wear less unless I want to literally fry my body parts
minimalist dress code_Fotor
minimalist look
Am also enjoying wearing out my hair since it has grown from the teenie weenie afro that it was last year. Are you guys enjoying your summer so far or winter/cold months, for those on the other side of the world? As you can tell I am soaking up all the sun and packing on the vitamin D before the sun disappears.
minimalist wear
Have a lovely week friends 🙂


When I wrote my first monologue of a post at 18 years old, I never thought at 25 years old I would ever talk about shyness..seriously, it would have seemed like a retrogression of some sort, but I have realized, the older we get, the more self-aware and wiser we become, and I have truly grown from that 18 year old girl I used to be.
Are you one of those people who are just going about life and people around you start asking things like, “why are so quiet?, do you want to say something?” etc etc, if yes then stick around..
Growing up, I never would have categorized myself as a shy person/quiet, I always had a group of friends that I talked to, but people especially grown ups (teachers and family friends)would always tell my parents I was quiet or shy, and they gave it a negative connotation, making it seem like it was a bad thing..which made me want to get far away as possible from that label.
In college, shyness/being quiet became even more of a thing because I was in a different country going through a very different social adjustment, with college students who constantly pointed out my differences and socializing just became exhausting to me unless it was with Kenyan people (who obviously I clicked well with).
Out of the school environment, I still get the “quiet girl” label with my interactions with others, and at first I just wondered…is it such a bad thing to be quiet?, I know at times it may make situations a bit awkward with new people, and its required sometimes to feign interest in someone so as to diffuse this awkwardness. It also may make you seem uninterested in others around you, and sometimes you may be….but it paints as rude (in places like a friends house, a dinner or a party etc)
Most times, as a quiet person people may tend to take advantage of you, and thats where you have to clearly set boundaries and say “no am not happy with that and stand your ground”
It is ok to be naturally quiet, there’s nothing wrong with it. Find people who you click well with and be good friends with them, in social situations, fake it! haha it may become exhausting but if its unavoidable, you’ve got to.
Quiet people are also underestimated a lot, and are some of the smartest people I know. For expats living away from home and away from your comfort zone, different social environment with unfamiliar social behaviors may make you a shy/quiet person because you are afraid of embarrassing yourself due to lack of knowledge in certain things that are familiar to others around you, and also people may approach you less or even ignore/lack to acknowledge what you have to say just because you are so different. However, over time, we adjust and are able to socialize easily.
Lastly, if you are this type of person, don’t be intimidated by the crowd..i mean, whats the worst that could happen? (unless your life is on the line haha), keep on living your life and know that there are very many people out there who feel the same way you do…and we are all just people!

If you prefer seeing me talk about the topic, click on the video below…warning: I have a cold and may have blood shot eyes and a strange voice haha, please bear with me, I really wanted to talk about this. I would appreciate your feedback too 🙂

The fear of being truly you

We all have a crippling fear of completely letting others see who we truly are at times, because we are afraid of judgement and labels. In today’s world where everyone is so digital, we all somehow have an online presence and its scary to know that what we put information out there that is free for masses and masses of people all over the world to see, and of course judge you from this content, so in most cases, people fabricate or sugar coat their lives to seem more pleasant, more interesting and its almost like competing against each other. However it doesn’t have to be so, for example, when I started a blog, my intent was to write content that I would look back on someday and be reminded of how I thought at a certain time, what I was up to etc..but I kind of found myself shifting towards posting what seemed relevant to others and this is ok, but its not what my goal is.


It is incredibly amazing to have the freedom to express your thoughts without having to put up walls or please others, but the human part in us is always striving for the latter and sometimes peer pressure is involved too. I have had friends tell me to write about certain things because that’s whats trending at the moment and I need to be in the same current as everyone else, but they obviously miss the point of why you are doing what you are doing.

Life is too short to do what you do for the approval of others, be your own competitor, encourage and help others so you can learn and grow, go against the current and don’t look around to see what others think of you and for a moment……just go offline, read a book or talk to someone new face to face and just live life!

Another wrong thing that has been ingrained in us today esp in the western world, is the need to always surround yourself with a ton of friends all the time, which completely false. We all should be very comfortable being able to spend time alone, and its totally ok to not go out every night or every weekend with tons of friends. It does not mean you are incapable of being liked/being sociable, some people have said to me at some point that people usually don’t last as their friends or they are not likable etc (self-deprecating) and its just so wrong to have this mentality, be comfortable with yourself, we are all weird in some ways and thats what makes us unique. Not everyone will like you, and that is fine, be you most importantly.

Lastly, be one to make others feel good about themselves, be honest with friends who lack self-confidence and help them realize how incredibly unique and amazing they are. The things we do for others help build who we are. Just live life and worry less about other’s opinions.

-love jackie-



Nursing Interview tips

In the last month, I managed to interview quite a bit in search of a new job and I honestly did get called back by all of them, which was very fulfilling to know that I do interview well, even though I did not take all the jobs. To be honest, I hate interview processes, its nerve wrecking especially if you really want that specific job, and you’re scared you might ramble on or not know the answers to the questions etc. Am sure we’ve all been there and we know the gist.
Instead of writing a long post about it, I made a video, so click on it at the bottom and let me know what questions/feedback you may have. I specifically talk about nursing interviews because those are the only interviews I have done, but I think most tips relate to other jobs as well 🙂


Garlic tofu with rice




A few months ago I discovered a new recipe that quickly became one my favorite meals. I love tofu, but never really knew how I would make it myself but with google only a finger tap away, I have learned a million ways to incorporate tofu into my meals. I am not vegan or vegetarian and do not supplement tofu for meat, I simply like it as I do any other ingredient. So for the garlic tofu recipe, the ingredients are:

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (I use the less sodium one)
  • Green onion (one stalk)
  • Vegetable of your choice (I use green beans or broccoli)
  • Extra firm tofu (one, pat completely dry before slicing)
  • 1 cup rice (or however much you need)



  1. Slice the tofu into 1 inch slices, mix the sauces together and stir in garlic then add the tofu pieces and marinade for an hour at least
  2. Cook rice as instructed or as preferred (I use coconut oil in boiling water,  a dash of salt and pepper to make it flavorful)
  3.  Once the tofu has been marinated, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pan or wok on medium heat and add the tofu evenly.
  4. Let it cook without stirring, for five minutes or until browned on one side, then flip onto the other side to brown.
  5. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the green onion (sliced) and stir to mix in with the tofu
  6. Serve with rice and vegetable of choice
  7. Bon apetite!

Target dress

striped dress
Hey friends, It’s been so hot!! I have been living in my work out clothes unless obviously I had to be in scrubs for work, but I have had no motivation to dress up or go anywhere in this heat. I had my share of heat during vacation haha…thats enough
However today I decided to whip out my target dress which is literally like pajamas in terms of comfort and ran around all day in this today without looking like a hot sweaty mess. The sandals I am wearing are my favorite, from Nordstrom’s (couple years ago), and my purse and necklace are from forever 21
I hope you guys are having a wonderful summer, if you love the heat..enjoy it while it lasts, I personally can’t wait for fall 🙂
I have also been working out a lot lately and currently using the Nike running app to coach me into running a half marathon by mid-august (am super excited!), its super fun and easy to use and you can add friends and do challenges or motivate each other. I also have been using the under armor my fitness app to track how I eat and my activity level and this was actually very informative. I got to change up a few things in my diet and also learnt on what spectrum of activity level I was on and got to fix that as well. In just 2 weeks of using these apps regularly, I have lost 2 pounds, which are super necessary because I gained quite a few pounds in the last few months. I hope you enjoyed this post, if you get any of the apps (which are free), let me know how you like them 🙂


Summer Favorites

clear face 2

Hey friends,
I have some favorites to share with you all, these products have seriously changed my life!!
Most of my friends know am always breaking out here and there (its never been major, just one or 2 zits the size of mt everest once in a while), but am happy to announce I have been “zit-free” for a whole 2 months!..yeah been feelin’ myself lately ha..I kid. Anyhow, my secret has been artistry essentials cleanser, lotion and toner that my friend Maggie introduced me to. I was skeptical at first because I have been through so many products in my life but I decided to try since I knew her and would find her if it didn’t work haha
So, I bought the 20 dollar trial kit (travel size pack) and I absolutely loved it. After I was through with that, I purchased the big size because I knew this was a keeper.
artistry essentials
artistry essentials hydrating pack

Feel free to check out Maggie’s website, there are so many options to choose from depending on you face type.
Other things i have been loving:
This primer is amazing guys, it is super light and kind of evens your face so when you wear foundation on top of it just looks flawless. I am not super into make up but I like to have a clean, clear face (but I love lipsticks :)) and the L’Oreal powder foundation is my all time favorite – So light and covers your face perfectly
I have been painting my nails a lot lately since vacation time, and I love being able to slide it right off when I need a change, and these pads are the bomb dot com!, they’ve been around for a while but i had never tried them…just because….but am totally in love now

Disclaimer: I haven’t been sponsored/asked by any of these companies/products to promote, It’s just what has been working for me lately and i felt like sharing. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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Doing your own engagement photos

     Ian and I recently did our engagement photos, and I decided it would be fun to do it ourselves vs a professional photographer. I know hiring someone would have probably yielded better quality photos but we both are very happy with the photos we got.

Reasons I did this:

1. Engagement sessions are usually a good way to choose a wedding photographer and kind of bond/be comfortable with them, and also get engagement photos (duh), but our wedding will be in Kenya so we won’t meet the photographer until a few weeks before the wedding so it wouldn’t have been helpful in that way

2. It’s fun and a good learning process for me because I love photography 

3. We saved some cash and got good use out of my DSLR 

 Wondering how we did it?, if you are a blogger you have probably used a tripod and self timer technique before, for non-bloggers, yes we used a tripod and self timer (you can use a remote but I hate remotes)

I used Ian to focus and kind of frame the photo, clicked the shutter and ran to pose haha… was fun, we had some good laughs

We chose a less populated site at the park close to us(with occasional joggers and dog walkers) – it is easier to naturally pose without onlookers and a good way to avoid photo bombers

We had a casual and a dress up session, took us about an hour and a half. We did lots of walking though, since the 2 sites are kind of far apart. Took about 67 good photos haha, I think a professional photographer will do about 300 takes or even more, so don’t gasp at the 67 takes

I think we did fairly well for a first, what do you guys think?  

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Black and white


Hey guys, while on vacation I learnt something that most of us don’t know, “black clothes keep you cooler in the summer” – based on scientific facts. Since I have always thought the opposite – white clothes keep you cooler- I have been embracing my blacks more this summer. Even though brights are fun in the summer and dainty white dresses are the trend in 2015 summer, it’s nice to do your own thing and defy the crowd. What are your plans this summer?


Outfit details:

Dress and purse – forever21

Shoes – Payless 

Glasses – target

A lady’s best friend

Am back home now and it honestly feels good, it’s nice to be back to the norm. Yesterday Ian’s residency program had a dinner party, somewhat formal, so I had to get dressed up a bit. I went through my closet and all my cute dinner dresses are strapless or sleeveless…..but I acquired major sunburns on my arms, chest and back in kauai, so I wanted to hide them as much as possible ha-ha
I live close to a shopping center so I dashed last minute to the stores in search of a cute light weight cover up, but instead fell in love with this dress from Ross
I really love the design of this dress and even though the sleeves aren’t long enough to cover all my sunburns, the beauty of the dress is enough distraction and compensates for the rest ha
I paired the black and nude dress with my nude Marshalls heel sandals, which went perfect! The outfit made me feel grown up, beautiful and confident because I didn’t worry about sunburnt skin showing ha-ha. It was very appropriate for the event and I got compliments yay!
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Island girl

coconut beach sunrise
Today is my last full day in paradise AKA Kauai….. I want to cry just thinking about going back to Washington..dull and cold PNW, but all good things do come to an end. My favorite things to do in Kauai were definitely sunrise/sunset watching, people watching on the beach/conversations with strangers(everyone here is so happy…maybe its all the Vit D ha-ha) and hiking because waterfalls are everywhere literally!
Oh and of course I will miss driving around in a jeep wrangler listening to island music!!!, when I was a teenager back in Kenya I always dreamt of owning a jeep…..if only the thing wasn’t such a gas guzzler in reality haha..someday
Did I forget to mention the food?…omg I ate so much in the past 2 weeks its unbelievable! I just can’t resist all the good food here…ono ono (very good in hawaiian haha)
Today I spent all day reading my book at Anini beach and playing in the water. This beach is really cool because it is the only safe beach to swim in,(for kids and weak swimmers esp) around the east side and north shore. Most beaches in Kauai have very strong winds blowing and hence very strong waves in the ocean (perfect for surfers and expert ocean swimmers), making them very unsafe and many have lost their lives exploring them.
I wore my Macy’s 2 piece swim suit at the beach, which is my favorite and I got so many compliments from other ladies I thought it was at least worth mentioning on the blog. No judging my kalua pork belly ha ha (having a beach body is: “having a body and taking it to the beach” lol) I’ll start working off the vacation weight gain when vacation is over!
Guys I hope you enjoyed my Kauai posts, I would love to share vacation ideas if any of you ever decided to travel to Kauai, I went everywhere on this island guys…EVERYWHERE!! haha, if I posted everything I would overwhelm you aloha until next time 🙂
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Poipu Beach

best sunset in hawaii
Aloha family!, am still in Hawaii but this week am solo in Kauai. Today was bittersweet – I dropped off Ian at the airport; he went back home since he has to get back to work and I get to stay here for a few more days (long boring story you don’t care about ha-ha)
After dropping Ian off, I was so sad and kind off wished I had left too…It felt lonelier driving alone with no one to talk to, but I knew I needed to turn this around and enjoy Kauai solo as much as I could. Once I got back to my hotel room, I made a list of places/things I wanted to do (I am very spontaneous and not in a good way, so having a plan is rather helpful). In slow and quiet places like Kauai, being a round people is better than finding quiet, solitary places…at least for me, so I started off by going to wailua falls where I interacted with people along the hike…If you ever go to Wailua falls, don’t hike to the bottom of the hike if in doubt ha-ha, it’s literally rock climbing without a harness..but I made it…yay!!
wailua falls
then I headed to Poipu beach which is known to have among the best sunsets in Kauai and you can spot tons of sea life by the beach. I saw more than 10 sea turtles (huge ones) and little “fishies” , some people claimed to have seen monk seals (among the endangered sea life species in Hawaii islands and are very rare to spot)
poipu sea turtles
poipu beach kauai
Admiring my ring in the sunset..sorry guys, can’t help it
poipu beach
poipu sunset