to be African, to be Woman, to be Creative, to be Fashionable, to be Intelligible, to be Beautiful.....to be IMARA

imara by Mshana

imara by Mshana is the canvas and the pages on which I curate and display the life I wish to create for myself and others. I explore there my passion for fashion, present my literally inspired visual arts, write my visual arts inspired written works, share my linguistics, travel diaries, show my finding comfort in food, and heck, whatever else I feel like... Welcome and enjoy!

One year of blogging


reflecting on year one and dusting off cameras for year two


Listen, it’s been a while since I’ve written here and I can bore you with excuses or I can just pretend like I’ve been here all along and tell you about what I wanna talk about.

I say it as if you have a choice lol😂 I’ll just get on with it!

It’s been a year since imara was born you guys! I am literally tearing up as I think about it. In that year, I’ve blogged in sooo many cities. I went to Cape Town, Simon’s Town, Cederberg, Ceres, Johannesburg, Durban, The Drakensburg Mountains, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Atlanta, New York, New Jersey and all the way back home to Dar es salaam. I even had a chance to visit my family in Tanga and Kilimanjaro.

I have enjoyed every minute of the year including the bitter moments (Lord knows there were many). I made a little photo story here for you guys but you can also stalk me on Instagram @berniemshana to view the images in context.

Love you lots.

Bernie

Under some statue when I was feeling myself and my girls were gassing me up! #modelvibes #sunbaby - Somewhere in the American South

Under some statue when I was feeling myself and my girls were gassing me up! #modelvibes #sunbaby - Somewhere in the American South

Gin and tonic in the Greater Kruger with my BaFaFa and her sister friends. #GetYouABestieWhoStopsDrinkingToLetYouCaptureTheMoment #notahashtag #alifechoice - Greater Kruger, South Africa

Gin and tonic in the Greater Kruger with my BaFaFa and her sister friends. #GetYouABestieWhoStopsDrinkingToLetYouCaptureTheMoment #notahashtag #alifechoice - Greater Kruger, South Africa

Haas Coffee House in Cape Town is a vibe. Average Chai but cute photo and great time on my last day in Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa

Haas Coffee House in Cape Town is a vibe. Average Chai but cute photo and great time on my last day in Cape Town - Cape Town, South Africa

Model vibes under trees at a study abroad excursion to Simon’s Town - Western Cape, South Africa

Model vibes under trees at a study abroad excursion to Simon’s Town - Western Cape, South Africa

The best juice in Dar es Salaam! That @Makjuice_tz mix yo! It’s life! - Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The best juice in Dar es Salaam! That @Makjuice_tz mix yo! It’s life! - Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Because I went to the wild. Aren’t they gorgeous? Love looks good on everything. - Greater Kruger, South Africa

Because I went to the wild. Aren’t they gorgeous? Love looks good on everything. - Greater Kruger, South Africa

My Christmas Pilau pot. It was such a hit. I never disappoint on the rice. #foodlover #myafricankitchen #motowakuni - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

My Christmas Pilau pot. It was such a hit. I never disappoint on the rice. #foodlover #myafricankitchen #motowakuni - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania