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Thinking is difficult, that’s why people judge.

Religion
Some of my close friends make fun of me for using the phrase “am not judging anyone, but..” I have literally used this phrase to death, and in most cases if my thoughts start this way, I just seal my lips and think more of the situation before putting my opinions out there.
I read an article this morning about how christianity is almost a dying art in the modern world we live in. This article attracted me because I do fall under “christian”, and have battled so hard with certain doctrines in certain churches..which led me to staying away from churches for a while until I found something fitting.
I struggle with how christians discriminate “passive aggressively” against people they don’t approve of..you preach that God is the only judge but turn around and judge people openly.Having being raised in a very small conservative Kenyan church, I disagreed with almost everything I saw in other churches I went to, and as I grew older and more knowledgeable on certain things, I realized how certain things I was taught, as I grew up in this small community church, were more cultural than “christian”
Having read the entire bible and analyzed almost every little verse, in half of grade school and most of high school, I became confused and conflicted by interpretations offered to me as I grew up.
Christians today live a life opposite of what their founder lived. They openly discriminate against gays and are anti abortion (without differentiating between a mother’s life in danger or a person knowingly getting rid of a fetus for the sake of it), when Jesus never mentioned demonizing these people. Jesus himself was more of a radical who challenged the christian establishment, and paid more attention to the sick and the poor, and unfortunately today christianity is a large establishment all over the world, focusing on being rich and famous.
People are focusing more on how the outside looks, thus the anti-poor, anti-gays, anti-arbortion, anti-immigrants, anti-intellectuals and anti-science. That is not what their founder was about.
Instead of people sitting and pointing fingers, wouldn’t it be great if we paid less attention to the problematic systems of beliefs and lived a more generous and loving life, with more thinking and understanding, and also showing compassion to those around us? This would be in support of the founder of christianity and move away from the religious bureaucracy.
We also have to pay attention to the fact that religion is ever changing to accommodate the world we live in, because the world is ever changing. Remember when christianity was racist, burned people believed to be witches, discriminated against the poor?..long gone are those days because the world is ever changing and religion changes with it. People get comfortable when things are going good for them, but it is not about you anymore if you decide you’re a christian, it is about those around us too. We ought to raise children teaching them to be compassionate, loving, generous and accommodating of others, not discriminating against certain groups of people, because that does not match with the same scriptures you will turn around to teach them.
I long for the day people who call themselves christians, move away from seeing themselves as a system of beliefs to expressing their faith through love and compassion. Religious services should not be about showing off how virtuous, anointed and holy, one is, while pointing fingers to those that don’t meet these standards, but about tackling the human needs around us. This would be a better world to live in if this happened, just like Jesus did.

Lastly a direct quote from the article, “people have seen ritual as an obsession for the religious community, and they haven’t seen the courage and commitment to shaping a more just and compassionate world”

article: What religion would Jesus belong to?, by Nicholas Kristof on the NY Times

Dress to impress

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sunflower dress
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Dress//purse//heels//
Hi lovely people, I am officially done with spring break, which was a lot fun!, time for real life to begin now.. going back to lots of studying/work. Since its almost June, I have been on the lookout for a nice dress for graduation, or just a dress I could wear to a nice grown up dinner, so when eShakti (a custom-made clothing company)contacted me for a collaboration, I immediately went on their website and chose this dress!. I had seen other girls talk about eShakti, so it wasn’t all new to me. My favorite thing about them is the fact that you can customize your clothing to your liking, how great is that?. They have sizes 0-36W and also very diverse styling (modern chic, edgy, vintage..everything). Their prices are also very affordable for custom-made, quality clothing.
eShakti grace dress
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Here’s how it works:
1. Go on eShakti and choose an item
2. customize to your liking
3. Order and receive your item in 5-7 days! if you live in the U.S

What I chose:
I chose this black floral dress because I loved the sunflowers on it and also the cut of the dress. When I received it, it looked exactly like it did online, and the fabric is high quality from the feel. It fit me perfectly, I am very impressed. I wore the dress with minimal accessories to avoid having a “busy” look, since my dress is floral, then paired the look with my favorite Marshalls heels.
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dresses for spring
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My favorite picks on the site: this , this , and this black and white one
My customization:
I chose to omit the pockets because honestly I didn’t think I would use them, and they would just make my hips look wider haha. That’s all I did, then ordered my size and the style as it was. If they don’t have your size, you could put in your measurements, and you can also customize the style, e.g: long or short sleeves, round or v-neck etc

I hope you loved this post, am glad you stopped by.Enjoy this promo code:”purejackie” for 10% discount on any purchases from 04/05/2016 – 05/05/2016, for more inspiration from eShakti – Facebook // instagram// pinterest

Thank you eShakti for the lovely dress, all opinions are my own.

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Bright colors

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When I put together this outfit I was amazed at how well everything went together, because I have had this items in my closet for a long time and never thought to pair them together. I love when I can shop my own closet instead of spending money buying new “trendy” items every season, like seriously?, that is not real life…at least in my opinion, but no offense to more trendy people who go in that direction, I love watching the trends anyway, am just too poor haha, I digress, I just want you to know that looking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
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Outfit details:
Coat – Rue 21
Peplum top – Marshalls
Distressed denim pants – American Eagle
Booties – Marshalls
Bag – Forever 21
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Are you all excited for warmer, brighter weather?, I am so ready! I feel more motivated to do things now since its sunny on most days. I especially love the sunsets, and of course the blossoming flowers everywhere, its so beautiful and everything feels so alive. I love it.
Here are some spring quotes for you:

Spring will come, and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get…warmer. – Anita Krizzan

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter

If we had no winter the spring wouldn’t be so pleasant.

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Double denim

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Hi ladies!, I have been under the weather this past week, and totally lacking any motivation to do anything. I have to confess I slept through majority of last week, but today I woke up feeling slightly better, so I pushed myself to dress up, so as to feel a little human haha.
Today’s outfit was inspired by one of my favorite blogger, I loved how the combination looked on her, so I decided to copy the look. It is a 90’s inspired look, just because of the denim jacket. I wanted something casual, because I am running errands all day, but also wanted to feel a little fashionable.

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Outfit details:
Levi’s denim jacket & belt // Thrifted
pants // HM
Stripped top // Marshalls
Shoes // Target

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Have a lovely week everyone, I am hoping to post more in the coming weeks 🙂

Vintage feeling

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vintage feeling
The only thrifted item in this outfit is the dress, and I adore this dress. Every time I wear it, even though it really isn’t vintage, I feel cute and well put together in an old fashioned way. I think it was only $4 bucks and its originally from target. Outfits like this make me feel original because they have a personal touch, and are not trendy. Even though I do get sucked into trends and end up buying things because they’re in, (this isn’t bad, but doesn’t show creativity on my part) deep down inside, I love a good thrift item that makes me stand out.

outfit details:
Sweater and tights – Target
Dress – thrifted
Shoes – amazon
Scarf – local store

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weekday casual

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Outfit details:
Sweater and leggings – Ross (similar)
Scarf – Local store (similar)
Shoes – Target (similar)

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This is a mid-week casual outfit that I wore to school. I am studying for exams currently but I still set some time aside to update the old blog. I think its interesting how the blog feels like part of my life now compared to last year, when I would forget I had a blog at times (ha). This month marked my 4 years on this blog..whaaat? but I did not consistently blog for the last 3 years, so I don’t think that really counts. Dec 2014 is when I decided to blog regularly and am glad I did! I have learnt so many things and I feel like as a person I have changed too even though I can really pin point in what area exactly.
Anyways, you guys have a lovely night!

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People help the people

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Birdy is on the list of my most loved artists of all time. Her voice is amazing, her songs/songs she covers are reflective and have meaningful lyrics. She is a little on the melancholic side, but I adore every single song she has done and appreciate the vulnerability and reality of her style of singing.
Today I discovered “people help the people” , a song originally wrote by cherry ghost and now covered by Birdy. My favorite video version is the paris extra
I also love her outfits and make-up in that video, so effortlessly beautiful in a real and natural “parisian-girl” way.
When I listened to the song, it made me think of what the meaning/motivation was for the writer. I pulled up the lyrics and even loved this song more, to me, it speaks of being kind to others by raising people up and avoiding selfish attempts at getting ahead of others, which as humans is very difficult since we all have struggles and deep secrets that make us naturally want to protect ourselves. It also talks about how wealth makes us turn away from those hurting, instead of helping out and being there for others. Lastly it made me think of how humanity would be different if we all were looking out for each other, instead of hurting one another.
Here are some other perspectives from other people:
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“show kindness to your fellow man. I like the simplicity of the lyrics. My favorite lines are:

“Oh and if I had a brain
I’d be cold as a stone and rich as the fool
That turned all those good hearts away.”

Really sums up the whole idea of the song: That people just worry about getting ahead & they don’t see the value or point in being a good person. I don’t care how successful you are, although I know that is the focus in our cutthroat society. You may be a successful CEO/estate agent/salesman, but at the end of the day, if you’re not a good human being, you aren’t a successful PERSON in the true sense of the word.” source

“it appeals to the lonely, lost soul in us all… we pretend we’re so much better than the people surrounding us when deep down inside we’re just a collective of the same emotions, lives and silent thoughts… just residing in separate bodies. even though the thought sounds terribly depressing – i think the song also speaks about how every person you meet is shadowing a haunting secret, life experience etc. behind their smile and everyday routines. although some of us have had far fortunate lives than others, even the most well-off have had trying times. we’re all waiting to be saved. if only it was as simple as holding a hand and showing sympathy towards your fellow being… the world would be a much happier place. for a split second, we could pretend we weren’t so excluded and alienated from the very beings that live the same lives, breath the same air and cry the same tears.” source
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Outfit – Inspired by the up-coming valentines day. It is also a perfect dinner outfit for those who could care less about valentines/the bae-less. Even though I think the coat makes me look like Peggy Olson from Mad men (ha)
Dress – SheIn// coat – Only 12 bucks!! from Rue 21 // Shoes – Marshalls // Necklace – Rue 21 // Clutch – very old, from Kenya

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Confident girls are the prettiest

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This week I may be posting daily..yay! It’s the last week of January so I am extra motivated (ha). Today’s post is about confidence, every girl struggles with this once in while, even the most seemingly confident people, and it is a relief to know it is not just you or me lol. It doesn’t have to be looks, could anything from feeling less accomplished compared to others, or feeling like you don’t belong in a certain place/clique
Some people are very good at hiding self-consiousceness by making jokes or faking it. One of my friends told me she lives by the phrase “fake it till you make it”. It was such a relief to hear this person say this because to me she appeared to be the most confident human, honestly. I remember meeting her, I was a little intimidated because of how well she got a long with strangers, how smooth everything seemed for her, and to top it all, she has accomplished so much in her life at such a young age and has both the looks and brains. Point being, seeing someone so favored by all angles of life saying that she has insecurities, just made me feel so much better about my own. I get heartbroken when I see girls especially those younger than I am beat themselves over how they look or what they don’t have, I know some confidence comes with maturity over time, but I honestly just want to shake them out of it.
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I am pretty comfortable and confident with who I am, but I do get insecure at times just like everyone else, especially as a blogger, sometimes I compare myself with other blogger babes and feel insecure, but I have learnt to turn this into positive by complementing others rather than feeling like..oh I wanna look like that or have that…it feels amazing to make someone smile instead of silently turning green with envy inside.
I don’t blog or post photos of myself because I am super-confident, materialistic, extremely self-absorbed or vain, I do it because it boosts my morale and self confidence. I dress up because I feel confident when I feel and look good…its basic science haha. Of course not everyone enjoys dressing up and that is ok, we are all different.
Other things that make me confident on a day to day basis are; a touch of lipstick and listening to uplifting music. I could never leave the house without some color on my lips because I have naturally dark lips and feel as though my whole face gets brighter (even without make-up) when I wear some color on my lips.
Last but not least, taking care of my body definitely makes me most confident. When I feel less enthusiastic and sluggish, working out definitely gets my spirits up. I usually go out for a run, preferably outside at a park or even a walk downtown (depends on my mood, sometimes noise and busyness of a city is just what I need)
Oh and definitely last, meeting up or chatting with a good friend, mom, sister etc, someone who lifts you up and makes you feel taller (not literally). Avoid friends who constantly tease you about how you look, what your wear….it may seem harmless in the beginning, but every joke has some truth in it and you’ll find yourself hanging on to words you don’t really need to be thinking about.

Ok friends, lets end this! I hope you feel a little more confident today. Thanks for stopping by!
outfit: Marshalls sweater and boots//Forever 21 hat and dress//Target watch
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Denim shirt and ripped jeans

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I hope your weekend was great, I got in some much needed sleep in time and now am ready for another week. Exams are approaching, so I’ll be studying hard too. This outfit is from a couple days ago, just couldn’t find the time to post it. Super casual, classic denim shirt outfit. I did a lot of walking on that day, so my shoes got a little wet from all the drizzling from earlier that day.
Outfit details:
Shirt – Old navy
Pants – Forever 21
Shoes and watch – Target

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Have a lovely monday you guys!

Winter and cozy knits

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Everybody loves a comfy sweater, especially during winter. I especially love white, grey or pastel pink and blue colored sweaters in winter, because they lighten up your outfit, and I don’t have to wear a bulky jacket in most cases. Today’s weather was decent, I went to the movies with this outfit and wasn’t cold at all.
Outfit details:
Sweater – HM
Pants and necklace – Rue 21
Brogues – Amazon
Purse and watch – Target

Caring for your sweaters:
I don’t own super expensive sweaters, but I owned one high end wool sweater that I only wore once! (you can imagine my frustration) – even though it was a gift, I still feel bad that I didn’t get to enjoy wearing it. Reason – I didn’t follow wash instructions, or rather ignored them..(insert frustrated face)

1. Hand wash wool sweaters in cold water and dry them in the drier using the gentle cycle, because wool shrinks and you may end up with a tiny sweater that doesn’t fit if you wash in a regular cycle. Don’t hang-dry or wring it either. If unable to do the above, take it to a dry cleaner.

2. Fold your sweaters when storing them, don’t use hangers because they will get stretched out.

3. Sweaters come in very many different textures (acrylic, synthetic, cotton..), check wash instructions and follow them
cozy pastel sweaters: kenyan blogger: watch - gold: tights : polka dots: brogues
cozy pastel sweaters: kenyan blogger: watch - gold: tights : polka dots
cozy pastel sweaters: kenyan blogger: watch - gold: tights : polka dots: high bun

Happy Friday everyone!
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