Velma Rossa is a Kenyan stylist. She’s known trought her blog 2ManySiblings that she manages with her brother Papa petit. The siblings boast a deep sense of style, mixing mainstream clothing and vintage pieces. Here is the City Guide of Velma.
How would you describe Nairobi A to a Lagosian?
A lot more cosmopolitan…calm
Just about everyone complains about the traffic in Nairobi, but is there one spot you don’t mind being stuck in traffic?
Uhuru highway…lots of food vendors there for obvious reasons!
How do you get around the city?
I drive myself around mostly, walk on the days I’m in downtown Nairobi.
What neighborhood do you live in?
I stay in Karen, has a countryside vibe to it. There I see horses, maasai’s, cows and sometimes wildlife on the regular.
What hotel do you recommend to friends from out of town?
The giraffe manor, lovely boutique hotel…ever had giraffes breakfasting with you?thats why!
And what restaurant? (…And what should they order?)
Marula Mercentile! i just go there for this amazing starter dish…potatoes stacked in apple sauce x cinnamon x a sprinkle of bacon! or mama oliech’s for local cuisine!
What is your favorite place for…
- A date night: I don’t know how to respond to this… do people still do date night.
- A dinner with friends: I recommend SOI at the Dusit for authentic Thai experience
- A work meeting: Monikos by Valley Arcade
- People watching: Any park bench in the hustle and bustle of the city
- A girls night: Caramel lounge by west lands ABC place
Where do you get your hair done?
I get my hair done at Kenyatta Market braiding central!
Best spot for a fresh juice?
The Abor . I live for their pineapple and mint juice.
Do you have a favorite dancing spot?
The best place to watch the sunset?
Anywhere as long as I’m drinking wine!
Where do you shop?
I shop in open air thrift markets so from gikomba to toi market it has everything including vintage items.your bargaining spirit is key!
Where do you get your coffee fix?
Matbronze coffee lounge in Karen!
What is one touristy spot you still love visiting?
Maasai Market for artisanal handicrafts and African inspired accessories
The best movie theatre?
Any film at the Alliance Francaise !
Describe your ideal day in Nairobi…
Consists of endless sun tanning (that I don’t need) when walking the streets seeking inspiration for upcoming creative projects, sugarcane snacking, meetings in between, traffic, taking in a sigh of relief when I get to my bedroom at the end of the day.