Naturalizer

This Spring/Summer 2015, Naturalizer has captured the seasons trends while incorporating their signature N5 comfort-system. Rather then spending your nights looking great but feeling terrible, you can now feel great too and happily dance the night away. Even the high heels deliver flexibility, lightness,balance, cushioning and breathability in every step.

We loved the new collection and even left with a pair of gorgeous strappy silver sandals we spotted on the catwalk (see them below). They had a fashion show which showcased the Zanzibar, Retro Spirit and Santa Cruise Casuals key trends collections. We loved the wedges, high heels and a few of the gladiator sandals were nice too! Naturalizer has a great range of accessories and shoes for women which are comfortable and affordable starting from 299Dhs. You can see some of our favourites above!

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A Walk Into the Ocean in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the most amazing places I’ve been too and I’ve been lucky enough to go three times, I did a post on the Blue Safari (also In the Travel section) but on my last trip there I decided to go for a walk into the ocean at low tide and ended up on my own sea Safari. Apparently you can walk to where the deep ocean meets the low tide and see dolphins sometimes, you have to walk for about an hour into the sea but unfortunately I had left it too late to walk for an hour as tide was beginning to come in already.  I would have loved to see where you are literally standing ankle deep in water and just a foot in front of you is water hundreds of metres deep and the possibility of dolphins jumping around!

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Anyways I started walking and within a few minutes these 3 African men kept trying to guide me and tell me where to walk so I don’t step on sea urchins. I just wanted to be left alone and enjoy a peaceful walk in paradise so I told them nicely that I’ll be careful and thanks for there help but they were relentless. They continuously kept telling me where to walk and eventually I gave up and realised if I just followed them I would enjoy myself more so I did. They would walk to rock pools full of sea-life and pick up what was in them and show me. I was grossed out at the sea cucumbers, sea sponges (they squeezed them and all this purple dye came out of it), sea urchins and various other slimy sea cretins but decided to take pictures of everything they showed me. After about half an hour I told them I was heading back but they kept pointing to these rows of sticks in the distance and insisted they take me there and show me what it is. I could see a lot of figures out there so I was intrigued but also worried as the tide was creeping in and I had my camera on me.

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We walked fast and soon reached the mysterious sticks, it was an underwater farm. The guy explained to me in a mixture of broken English and Swahili that all these people were farmers. Every day they would wait for low tide to go into the sea and tend to their crop of seaweed. They would string a tiny bit of seaweed onto these ropes tied to sticks in rows and they would cultivate them and slowly they grew. Once they were big enough they would remove the seaweed dry it and sell it in the town where it was used for roofs (that was my understanding of what he said). I was amazed at how these people had created a business with no costs, they used nature to make a living and I had the utmost respect for them as East Africa is riddled with beggars so desperate that they often maim themselves as a means to earn more. These people were so resourceful and it was so inspiring, the men who were showing me sea creatures also caught around 8 octopus by hand which they would sell for money. Definitely one of the best walks of my life.

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Blue Safari, Zanzibar

One of the coolest things I’ve ever done was to go on the Blue Safari when I was in Zanzibar. We drove for an hour or so to get to the place where the boat leaves from. When we got there we were greeted  by rocks crawling with these snake/lizard things there were  100’s of them living in these rocks along with other creatures:

Because it was low tide we had to walk through the shallow water for ages to get to our boat and on the way I came across a sea urchin in a rock pool:

The boat takes you to a sand bank in the middle of the sea which is a natural island that exists only for a few hours while the current causes the sand to pile up. We went snorkeling there and it was just the most amazing thing. I remember just going off on my own for like an hour and exploring this whole world that we couldn’t see. IT WAS AMAZING! The colours of the fish and coral, I wish I had an underwater camera but those scenes are still clear in my mind. The deeper I went the more amazing it was, I swam through these rocks about 10m below the surface and there were thousands of these purple, blue and yellow fish. Then I found this huge open shell and i remembered the underwater level on Mario lol so i poked it with a piece of dead coral and it snapped shut just like in the game (you have to get coins out from them in the game) It was really cool!

Then we made our way to an island where we would have lunch, all fresh fruit from the island and seafood that I had just been swimming with. On the way we saw whales and dolphins, it was just so beautiful there were sooo many altogether and I wanted to jump in with them but the tour guide said I wasn’t allowed 😦 So we got to the island and again we had to walk pretty far because of the low tide.

I felt like I was in a dream because it was so serene and I could hear this amazing music, when I got closer I saw there was a band playing music to welcome us all to the island. My parents are east African and I went there with my whole family for a wedding so we knew a lot of the Swahili songs so we started singing and dancing with them and trying to shake our booties like them but …we couldn’t haha.

After lunch we relaxed on the beach, you could see this magnificent natural structure;

it was just an amazing day and all my family were there like 30 of us no exaggeration so it was soo much fun,  felt like a day in paradise 🙂

If you ever go to Zanzibar make sure you do the Blue Safari!

Kisses, Z x

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Heres a pic of the sunset in Zanzibar…I was sooo happy snappy on that holiday, everything was so beautiful…even the bugs:

Something about this picture fills me with a sense of freedom:

I am obsessed with the sky and amazed by the colours, when I fly I take like a 100 pictures of the sky from the plane…this is from the beach though.. so prettyyy