If I was asked to describe this post in two words, Childhood Innocence would be it. Because every time I watch Xena hang out with her best friend Makena, I am reminded of friendship in its purest and most sincere form. Uncorrupted. Innocuous. Divine. The genuine longingness to be together, the unending fun of course with a bit of fighting over toys and constantly telling on each other, and finally the heartbreaking goodbyes. If only childhood innocence lasted for ever.
Xena turns 4 and Makena turns 3 in a few months time, yet whenever they are together, I always forget the one year age difference because they behave like twins. The thing that surprises me the most lately is how competitive they have become at such a tender age. On this particular day, I almost gorged my eyes out trying to get them ready for the shoot. At one point, I decided to hold Xena’s hair in an updo because I felt it was all over the place when let loose. “Also me!” Said Makena in a very frustrated voice. So I explained to Makena that hers looked quite elegant when let loose and breathed a sigh of relief when she said “Ok”. “What about mine mama? I also want mine to look elegant so please remove the hairband.” Said Xena, just as I thought I had won the battle. Next was the dress, Xena wanted a flowery one like Makena’s and when I mentioned that the lace looked perfect on her, Makena got some ideas. This was one of my hardest shoots ever but I was quite impressed with the results.
Of late I have been on the hunt for delightful dresses for toddlers and my search this time round led me to Happy Baby Centre, a kid’s store located in the heart of Nairobi with a keen focus on boys but with offering for girls too. When I spotted the lace dress, I did not think twice about taking it home with me. This was mainly because 1) I have a similar one and I immediately envisioned Xena and I twinning and 2) I am at the coast as I write this and at that time, I knew the dress would come in handy for the trip. As for the shoes, I can never get enough of ballerina shoes because they can be paired with absolutely anything! They are a wardrobe staple for kids and honestly I don’t know how any girl child would survive without them.
A big thank you to Haven Decor for providing us with the shoot location! Check them out for exceptionally fabulous furniture and interior decor. You can reach them on 0710-644939.
Featured Kenyan store: Happy Baby Centre
Facebook page: HappyBabyCentre
Instagram handle: @happybabycentre_2016
Find them at Moi Avenue, Giantmart Mall opposite BIHI Towers next to Mc Frys, Shop B7
Reach them on 0720-332879 or 0723-662933
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0: Samsung Kenya
Photography by Charles Ngomo
Love, Joy & Xena