Sharon is the beautiful woman behind the famous kenyan blog This Is Ess. Since starting the blog in January 2012, Sharon has landed a myriad of unique opportunities in the field of fashion and lifestyle acting as a digital and social media influencer, consultant and brand ambassador. Serving as an archive for Sharon’s outfits and lifestyle interests such as travel, food and home decor, thisisess.com has received many accolades and exciting collaborations with top international brands including Levi’s, Daniel Wellington, Vivo, Turkish Airlines, Galleria Mall, Samsung and Serena Hotels.
In 2014, she was named Top Fashion/Beauty/Style blogger at the Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards and later went on to win Most Influential Instagrammer at the Social Media Awards in the same year. She has been featured in various international publications including Marie Claire, She Leads Africa, Huffington Post and Couture Africa and has graced the covers of both True Love and DRUM Magazine.
Inspired by the people she meets and places she travels to, Sharon has managed to create a space online that motivates others to pursue their own dreams. She truly believes that each morning one wakes up with a blank canvas and just like an artist, one chooses to paint a picture of themselves that they then share with the world. Her hope for her blog and brand is that it will inspire people around the world to be the best artists they could possibly be.
Let’s discover her beloved town, her Nairobi!
How would you describe Nairobi to someone who has never been before?
Nairobi is a vibrant city filled with quaint little restaurants, interesting people, unexpected wildlife and lots of sun (most of the time at least).
What neighborhood do you live in? I live around Westlands.
What do you love most about Nairobi?
If I was to answer that with my girlfriends in mind, I’d say the Nairobian girl is a self-assured, hard working lady who knows what she wants and goes after it.
The best times to discover Nairobi and why?
There’s always something interesting to see and do all year round. If you happen to like things a little less crowded, then coming around December is ideal as most people have traveled out of the city at that time. It’s definitely easier to move around then.
Three words which define best Nairobi?
Interesting, vibrant and warm.
What is your favorite place for ?
- a romantic date: Wasp & Sprout
- a dinner with friends: Zen Garden
- a work meeting: Art Café
- a girls night: probably my house for a fun games night!
- a dancing night: Mercury
- to shop: thrift shopping can be really fun!
- get a massage: Hemingways Nairobi
What is one touristy spot you still love visiting?
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – Elephant Sanctuary
What are the best restaurants? (…And what should people order?)
10. Wasp and Sprout is a quaint little restaurant that has an amazing shredded pork burger; Art Café have the best coffee and almond croissants; and 360 Pizza have the best pizza and the best salted caramel shake I’ve ever had in my life!
How do you get around the city?
Uber would probably be the most convenient way for a tourist to get around.
Where do you go for a day or short-break trip outside of Nairobi?
Naivasha is a couple hours away from Nairobi and happens to have such great restaurants and beautiful views of the country.
The best place to watch the sunset? and take amazing pictures?
You can get amazing views of the city from KICC and watch the sunset from there.
Any tips for getting the true local art experience?
Nairobi has a number of events that take place every other week which celebrate art, music, fashion etc. Keeping a look out for such events would be an ideal way to interact with these artists and appreciate their art. Sites like https://www.ticketsasa.com/events will list such events.
Describe your ideal day in Nairobi
It would involve enjoying a coffee at a café with a good book in hand. The people also play a big role in making this city what it is so be open to meeting new people!
What is the best souvenir someone can bring back from Nairobi?
That depends on what you’re into. It could be some statement Maasai jewellery or authentic Kenyan tea. There’s also amazing designers and artists who create the most interesting pieces so if you’re into that, it could really transform your wardrobe or your home.