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March 2017

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Home Baked Frittatas

I love food. Food, to me, is life.

Catch me when I am hungry and I am whole different person – not as talkative, or worse, super argumentative, even about the smallest things. I think they coined a term for that – Hangry.

Luckily, I love to cook just as much as I love to eat – a dangerous combination, especially for any weight loss journey!

Our mini person enjoys a feed and my god does she have an appetite! This means I have to have healthy and tasty options for her to snack on in between her main meals.

Enter the frittata! I have created a very simple recipe with easy to follow instructions that will result in scrumptious frittatas!

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 EGGS
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup Low fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup chopped red peppers
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion

1. HEAT oven to 250 degrees.
2. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until well-blended.
3. ADD cheese, zucchini, bell pepper and onion; mix well.
4. SPOON evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, about 1/4 way up each cup.
5. BAKE in oven until just set, 20 to 22 minutes.
6. COOL on wire rack for 5 minutes.
7. REMOVE from cups; serve warm.


This recipe has become a lifesaver in our household – plus we, the parents, enjoy them too!

Do you have any recipes to share? I would love to hear from you…

IamTinashe

Guest Blogger

Noreen – The Woman Behind Chenesai, The Brand.

I have known Noreen for a very long time – she is married to one of my good friends brother. Naturally being around the same age, nurturing a young family whilst working full time we naturally have a lot in common.

Its not secret that I love representing my heritage and I do that by wearing African print in corporate Australia – day in day out. When Noreen launched her brand Chenesai we became even closer. Below I give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with Noreen and get to know the woman behind the brand Chenesai. Lets go!

The Woman.

How would you define your personal style?

I am chic and modern without being overdone!  Simply put, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

What is your go to fashion outfit?

Right now, it has to be the ‘Kwese’ Jacket by ‘Chenesai’.  The literal translation of  ‘Kwese’ is everywhere.  I get so many wears from the Kwese jacket, its actually pretty amazing! It is definitely a one of a kind jacket.

What are your wardrobe’s must have items?

  • Reversible wrap dress for my Friday and Sunday
  • Reversible jacket for my Wednesday and Saturday
  • Wide legged pants for my Monday
  • High waist pencil skirt for Tuesday
  • Black dress shirt 
  • -¾  length body Fitted black dress

What are your go to accessories?

  • Small pearl earrings
  • A brooch 

What inspires your style?

Practical everyday life. I internalise my environment, which is then externalised through my style.  So naturally, the economy is a principle to my styling choices. On that point about the economy, I am convinced and have demonstrated that the size of your pocket does not and should not affect your style! In my view, that’s what makes a good stylist …I work well with a surplus or a deficit!

The Brand –  Chenesai

Tell us about Chenesai? 

The African woman of colour has always been a complex multi-faceted being.  For centuries, her survival has been bold, beautiful, and brilliant.  Within her fabric there has always been this profound ability to be the seed of nations, balanced with re-inventing cultures, one generation at a time. My vision with Chenesai is to remember, recover and reveal that which sustains the African woman through the fashion lens.

Why did you start Chenesai?

Chenesai was conceived in 2012 and birthed in December 2016.  I am a trained lawyer with a passion for fashion.  As such, I knew I needed to put time into the fashion industry to understand it and find my place in it.  Essentially, I had to earn my degree.  So, 2012, I founded Nono’s Kouture which offers basic tailoring services, calling ourselves ‘Fashion mechanics’ that ‘dare to be different’.  Four years later, I found my mark and formed my identity – thus the birth of ‘Chenesai’ in December 2016.

What are you hoping to achieve with your brand?

At Chenesai I strive to honour the African woman’s intricate narrative, thread by robust thread, design by innovative design.  I have a ground breaking global appreciation of style, and I am thrilled to invite everyone to personally advance this narrative when they wear ‘Chenesai’.  I am honoured to contribute to meaningful and sustainable fashion.

How can readers get some of your gorgeous pieces?

We invite our current and potential clients to contact us on Instagram @chenesaink or chenesaibrand or email us at chenesaibrand@gmail.com.  Also, find us on WHATSAPP at  +263 718 952 85

Thank you for sharing  Noreen! As a Brand Ambassador for Chenesai, I cant wait to show off the creations you have created for me!

If you or a friend would like to be a guest blogger please do not hesitate to contact me so we can share your  story.

IamTinashe

Hair

New Hair, Who Dis?

Hey, thanks for joining me! How was your weekend going? Ours has been pretty damn good thank you – we have enjoyed our first long weekend of 2017.

What’s funny is I had been working so hard of late this long weekend kind of crept up on me – a wonderful surprise! We got to just chill – to lounge as a family and catch up on TV shows we don’t get to watch during the week. Thanks to YouTube, we spent some time watching TV shows like Generations – the Legacy, Date My Family, etc.

The TV shows were a welcome distraction, but one thing I could not get over was how everyone was immaculately dressed and the Afrocentric hairstyles everyone was rocking. I particularly loved the idea of having braids. Their braids looked so neat and perfect.

Let’s rewind for a second. When I got this new job, I talked myself into purchasing an expensive lace front wig. I thought that by buying the wig the morning routine would be faster for me with less time doing hair.

It has been three months of me rocking the lace front and I think I grossly underestimated the time it takes to make a lace front look somewhat realistic.

When you get it right it looks amazing and you have the confidence of the Roman army. Get it wrong and you spend most of the day paranoid that everyone knows it’s a wig and is looking and laughing at you. I have experienced both emotions and it’s an emotional rollercoaster.

I invested so much money in my lace front wig because I wanted to wear this relatively safe and low maintenance hair until I passed probation. I would normally change my hair once a month – so I don’t think I was being completely honest with myself -thinking I wasn’t going to get bored at some point.

To cut a long story short, after flirting with the idea of braiding my hair and umming and ahhing I decided to, as Nike says, Just Do it.

The braids were cheap at $10 for two packets. It costs between $AUD150 – 200 to have braids installed in your hair. Thank God for YouTube – braiding is a skill I learnt many years ago, so I don’t have to spend a dime. It took me 6 hours to do the hair – the only downside being that I had to braid my hair at ungodly hours so that I could finish it without interference from baby girl.

The truth is, I am very excited to be rocking these old school braids again. This is the hairstyle I used to rock in my teens – and I feel so young and carefree again!

Whats your fail safe hair style?

IamTinashe

In My Humble Opinion

A Reminder: Blood, Bone, Melanin…


My parents came to Australia with four suitcases, three kids, and dreams of giving us a better life.

As a product of this migration I can easily say that we got the best of the best when it came to education and opportunities – all because my parents sacrificed a lot and worked hard. Now, as a parent, I am in awe – what they did was the definition of selflessness.

Generally speaking, I had very few reminders that I was different – different meaning that I am black and of African decent. However, every now and again I was reminded of my difference and each time it left a bad taste in my mouth. So, at a young age I developed the ability to a identify racism, even the subtle type. As an adult I can say that it has advanced to being almost at super power level – the X- Men kind.

So, what is it like being a black woman in Australia you ask? Well, I can sum it up in two words – Bitter Sweet.

Overall, people are welcoming and embracing of the diversity that I represent in my brown leather. However, I would also say that for every positive experience as an African Australian woman I equally experience subtle discrimination based on my skin colour, on a weekly basis. People fear me based on my appearance alone. For example, they might fear that I may be aggressive without provocation, illiterate, and the one I love most – not able to speak English. No matter how much I dress up, how much expensive perfume I spray, the degrees I acquire, the work experience I have and the love of life I demonstrate – I still have the ability to make some people very uncomfortable.

If I had my radar on, I would probably identify subtle racism on a daily basis. Whether it’s shopping at the supermarket, putting fuel in my car, in my work environment, ordering coffee, walking into an expensive department store, driving my car – the possibilities are endless. If I became ultra sensitive I would literally never leave the house. My coping mechanism is to remain unbothered by the comments, actions and hate – just brush that dirt off my shoulders.

I could document all the experiences I have had – but it’s a waste of my time and my energy. Plus, I really don’t want to relive it either.

Racism still exists. Point blank period.

I know there’s probably a cohort of people who are rolling their eyes to the back of their head as they read this – so let me address you. To be clear, I am not wanting your agreement. I am not even looking for an argument. I am simply sharing my experience living in Australia as a black woman. If you are not a black woman – you need not comment, as you just don’t know.

In all honesty, I can deal with being a black woman in Australia. I have been dealing with it since my parents left the shores of Africa. In fact, I forget that I am a black woman, but every now and again I get a stark reminder. It hurts, and at times in the privacy of my home I have even shed a tear. I have to let the emotion out so that I can regroup and go about my business.

To say it’s frustrating is an understatement – I just can’t help but ask – Still? Still people of colour have to feel like this? My grand parents probably experienced the most blatant forms of racism. My parents – they have been through it, my generation is still experiencing it, and more than likely with the way the world is today – the baton will be passed on to our children and our children’s’ children. Why?  Where are people learning this? Why is it acceptable? What causes people to form those beliefs? How can we over come it?

As long as one race feels superior to another race, racism will continue to thrive.

Given my own personal experiences I have never been one to judge someone based on their outward appearance (skin colour, age, dress etc). I judge people based on how they treat me and how they make me feel after an interaction with them.

I leave this blog post with a quote from an inspiring woman (you might know her) who was once the First Lady of United States of America – Michelle Obama, ‘when they go low, we go high”

IamTinashe

Shop My Closet

SOLD: Faux Fur Coat…

When you have one body and hundreds of threads you have to pick your favorites and send the others to a place they can call home.

If you are lucky enough to find a fur texture coat you can dress it up with “It-Girl” apparel, like skinny jeans and moto boots.

With that being said, I will be giving you – my readers – the opportunity to shop my closet.

Item Three: Faux Fur Coat

Winter is coming and a faux fur coat is a must have in any woman’s wardrobe.

Information
Faux fur
Fluffy finish
Fully lined
High neckline
Concealed fastening
Regular fit – true to size
Dry clean only

Number of Times Worn: Never worn.

Size: 12

Condition: New (without tags).

You can find the item being sold here (EBay) and here (Carousell).

Happy bidding and buying!

IamTinashe

P.S. My items a finding homes and fast! Thank you for your support!