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{Image} My Afro decorated with circle earrings

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This is a shot of me experimenting with earrings to make my Afro up. I think a bejewelled Afro can work and especially for going out for example. What do you think?

Behind the scenes at my photoshoot for my website

Take a look at some of these pictures that were the behind the scenes images for kagem-tibaijuka.com, which is my personal website where I will be storing business ideas, content and offering business services to potential clients. When the images for the website are ready, I will definitely share them.

Images for my website were taken by Beautiful Imperfectionz, a dope Tanzanian photography company – check them out!

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What do you think? Let me know 😉

3 things you need to know about friendships

Since living in Dar-es-Salaam, the concept of fake people and fake friendships has become something that I have noticed that has become more pronounced in this town. I don’t care if readers think I am generalising here – I am just talking from my experience but Dar from what I have seen for the 2+ years I have been back is full of people who are afraid to hear the truth. Who are friends if they don’t check you on your bullshit? Who are friends if they don’t watch out for you?

#1 Real friends call you on your shit, fake friends build you up on your bullshit

One of my closest friends will always tell me when she thinks I am overreacting even when I am like nooooo you need to agree. That’s a real friend, she doesn’t want me to look crazy or weird if I am truly overreacting and she always keeps it to me real. I thank her for that because there have been situations where I have been wrong and I check with her and she lets me know. Continue reading

The rise of style blogs by black women

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The glossy world of stylish black fashionistas

If you read the western media, you would think style blogs are just for European women but there is a fast rising overclass of black women who know what they want and they are showing off their fashion style with aplomb through style blogging. From Angolan fashion superstar Soraya de Carvalho to edgy fashionista Fennella Miller, there are some true gorgeous pictures and outfit ensembles which show what we have always known: black women are stylish glamazons who are taking their rightful place as leaders of fashion. Claire from The Fashion Bomb was one of the first I can remember who showcased black fashion style and now there are many many fashionists who share their websites with rich and textured websites like Black and Killing It as well as mainstream media like Grazia magazine and Vogue Italia. London is definitely my favourite when it comes to locations for style bloggers of African origins including Melissa of Melissa’s Wardrobe who has some lovely outfits and excellent taste in footwear.

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Living On A Budget

Being on a budget is no fun and this is coming from someone who was already frugal to begin with. Being a young adult I’ve been trying to be responsible and stay on the right path to make sure my finances stay straight. Although I have student loans, rent, car note, and credit cards I‘ve been able to keep it all straight.

In January when I turned 26 I got kicked off my parent’s health insurance and had to get my own insurance through my employer. A couple of months after that I had to sign up for a 401k which is mandatory through my employer. After seeing these cost affect my check I decided it was time to get on a budget and keep track of my expenses.

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