My mum, Vickie, and I are like two peas in a pod. Similar in more than just our physical attributes. I never thought I would say this but I am JUST LIKE MY MUM. I even did a song about it 5 years ago. Growing up, I found myself in my mother’s closet one too many times. By the time I was 10 years old, we were pretty much wearing the same shoe size, and I was reaching into her accessories stash every so often. I know she quickly got tired of me reaching into her wardrobe, with or without her permission, to pick something to wear.
|My mum, back in her college days, and my, two and a half years ago.|
I then went to high school and gained a ton of weight, which to my dismay meant I could no longer fit into my mother’s clothes. Yep, that was a pretty weird time for me. It drastically affected my self esteem and I became very conservative in my dressing. Soon after high school though, I lost the weight and was quickly delving back into my mum’s closet. I remember her once calling me while I was at university, angrily asking me if I had taken a pair of trousers that she loved. I had. We’ve come a long way since then.
Nowadays, the tables have sort of turned, and whenever she visits my place, she will usually leave with a couple of clothing items from my wardrobe that she likes. I’ve also nicked a couple of pairs of shoes from her as well as a necklace here or there. The plus side is, it’s never difficult figuring out what to get my mum whenever I’m shopping while travelling, and vice versa.
I really did admire my mum’s sense of style from a pretty young age, and it’s only when I got older and started purchasing my own clothes that I realized how much her fashion sense influenced my current style choices. From clothes, to hairstyles, I see myself reliving many of her looks from her younger days. Very often we’ll meet and find ourselves dressed pretty similar, case in point a couple of weeks ago when we showed up to a shoot with Vivo in the same style of shoes and socks.
Now, when the lovely folks at Vivo Active Wear got in touch a few weeks ago looking to collaborate on something, I instantly thought of my mum and I, and how we both look for comfort, simplicity and versatility when picking out clothes. These are qualities that I find Vivo truly embodies. Vivo is also the kind of store that my mum and I can go to and both walk out happy with our picks, some similar and others completely different. I quickly ran an idea by them and they were only too happy to oblige.
What followed was an immensely fun photo shoot with my mum. We played around with different looks, from casual, to official to elegant evening wear. It was such a treat to see my mum all dolled up by the wonderful and immensely talented make up artist, Wacuka Thimba, and to have Tatiana Karanja take our pictures. I can’t thank Wandia and Makena of Vivo enough for this lovely day.
|My mum, happy that her grandchildren will someday be very well fed. :-D|
Here, my mum and I both wore body con dresses in different colours. She opted to layer it with the cobalt blue top, while I wore mine on it's own.
And in this shot, my mum and I both wore the Vivo Multi-Way dress. The beauty of these gowns is that they can be worn in many different ways, over and over again.
We ended up taking ton of pictures at the shoot, so make sure to check out my Instagram for more looks from that day. Thanks for stopping by!