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Cobbled Streets – Look Post

I wish I could say I did this look post in the streets of Santorini, oh how I dream of a girls holiday to Greece. Non the less I did have loads of FUN in the cobbled streets of Kalkbay shooting with Tegan. Channeling my inner Grecian goddess with one of my all time favorite summer trends – The off the shoulder top. Get ready to bare those shoulders ladies, cause I’m all about shrugging off the winter blues and inviting summer with open arms or should I say open shoulders? I was always very skeptical about this trend, as I had an issue with my shoulders and felt I couldn’t pull it off due to being voluptuous. However I find that if you opt for a top that has straps, it’s way more flattering as this allows for the top to fall naturally off your shoulders, and NOT creep up and make you look frumpy.

What I’m wearing:

Off the shoulder Top – Foschini

Leggings – Cotton On

Heels – Woolworths

Clutch – Forever 21

Lipstick – Media by MAC

 

Photography by – Tegan Smith Photography

 

With summer peeking in Cape Town, I wanted to share my list of local hidden gems to do in our beautiful Mother City. This is not the type of list you’d find on a tourist website. This list probably says more about myself as a person than anything else.

I work for a Tour Operator so I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most of South Africa. However even though these places are different and beautiful in their own way, there will never be a place that quite measures up to Cape Town. I have lived here my entire life and couldn’t think of calling anywhere else home.

Known as the holiday city, with sweeping mountain views, majestic blue beaches and not to forget the lush green vineyards that surround us. So why not explore what your city has to offer?

Summer in Cape Town can be the ultimate holiday if you spend your days like a true Capetonian.

Here is my list of top things to do in Cape Town on a good summers day. I have narrowed it down to my  top 6. Click on “more info” to find out more.

  1. Root 44 Market – This is the PERFECT day outing for all the foodies out there! This market is made up of several food stalls that stock only the best of the best! If you’re anything like me, and your still on the hunt for the best spring rolls in town? Look no further (TRUST ME)! Prices are reasonable and portions are very much filling. Spend the day sipping on a glass of wine or a craft beer, indulge in gourmet food and homemade ice cream all while listening to the sweet sounds of the live band outside under the trees. More Info
  2. Oranjezicht City Farm Market at Granger Bay – This is the perfect place to meet up with your friends for an early morning coffee and organic breakfast, all while you shop around for fresh produce that’s locally grown. Think Almond milk, chocolate brownies, ice coffees and freshly baked bread. Not to mention the beautiful flower arrangements on sale. More Info
  3. Shimmy Beach – Submerged Sundays – After a relaxing fun filled day at the beach, head down to Shimmy on a Sunday to enjoy one of Cape Towns best local duo; Gold Fish offering you the bests beats to get your feet moving. Sip on yummy cocktails and don’t forget to take a few good selfies with your ladies. The views over the ocean are a major plus. More Info
  4. Wine tasting at Steenberg Wine Farm – I have been to many places far and wide for wine tasting and have never enjoyed my experience more than I did at Steenberg. Tastings range from about R40.00 to R60.00 per person. The tastings happen right next to the famous Bistro1682 so be prepared to be taken in by the yummy scents traveling across the venue.  More Info
  5. Breakfast at The Chart Farm – After spring has sprung and the roses are in full bloom in every color imaginable. Enjoy a true farm style breakfast with majestic views over the mountains. After breakfast go forth and pick some of your own roses. You can also enjoy some fresh farm produce from the Chart Farm Stall.  More Info
  6. Brass Bell – Lunch, dinner or cocktails – Lunch and a view, if you haven’t already noticed I am all about the view! Cape Town is surrounded by beautiful blue seas, so why not enjoy some good grub and drinks while watching the waves crash against the rocks. More Info

 

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If you have your own list of things to do in Cape Town, please do share them in the comments below, or send me a mail.

 

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Bohemian Curves

Shout out to all my curvy girls – Shorty thick with it…I like my girls BBW!

I wanted to get a little personal and discuss weight and appearances.

Ever since I can remember I have been on some type of diet, whether it’s juicing, shakes, Banting, paleo, no carbs, soups, and even pills. You name it I’ve done it.

My mentality has always been “What have I got to lose? Besides the weight?” We’ve all done it, looked for that quick fix and hoped in 7 days we’d lose 10kg. I’m no dietitian nor am I an expert on dieting, however, I do think I’ve lived my fair share on enough diets to know what’s right and what’s wrong for my body and its health.

In the space of almost two years, I have managed to lose about 20kg and KEEP IT OFF!. The most important thing to me. That is truly the hardest part of any diet or lifestyle change. You see how I see it is, the longer you take the better your chances are of keeping it off. I’m in no race to get to the finish line, and in retrospect is there ever a finish line? Are we ever satisfied?

Yes, yes I know if I gym 5 days a week and eat healthy with no cheats I can and will reach my goal sooner than I think. But why? Like I’ve already mentioned; I have been on a diet my entire life, this time around I’d also like to enjoy a glass or two of wine with my girls, have a cupcake on my birthday and eat butter popcorn while watching my favourite movie. I still want to live. And if living means I don’t fit the status quo, well then I’m not too phased.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not dismissing others who are able to do so, nor am I dismissing myself, I’m just saying I am 100% completely satisfied with taking my time. I have come to terms with the fact that I am not that girl who wears a crop top and short shorts, neither am I that girl that has the perfect bikini Instagram selfie. I’m always going to be a little bit bigger and I’m absolutely fine with that, in fact, I am embracing that. (I’ve recently watched Bridget Jones Diary so I think I’m channelling my inner Bridget here – hey she still ends up with Mr Darcy)

Instead, while I continue on my slow and steady journey I chose to rather focus more on other aspects of my appearance that I love. I get my nails done once a month as this makes me feel like a sophisticated woman. I take pride in my appearance and always try to look put together and at my best (obviously this is not always possible, as we are all entitled to our off days; when sweat pants and a ponytail is all the worlds getting from us). Basically what I am trying to say is that we should stop making such a huge fuss about weight. As Demi Lovato says – Don’t be scared cause I’m your body type.

Look the way I see it is, there’s always going to be someone prettier, thinner and smarter than you. Stop competing with other woman and instead empower each other for each one’s individual attributes. If you can love yourself and the body you’re in, the confidence will ooze and no negative energy will pull you down.

A quote I live by, by Dita Von Teese – “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”

 

JUST be you! Remember life’s too damn short! Do what makes you happy!

 

I am very excited to share this look post in particular with everyone, as it features this “steal the show” seventies inspired mustard blouse. I bagged this beauty from HM and was quite surprised I found something that fitted me to be very honest. I haven’t had the luxury of shopping overseas so I didn’t know what to expect with HM sizes. Considering I have only been once when mayhem hit after the opening 2 weeks ago, I was pretty impressed with what I saw and the type of international standards on the rails.

 

I’m wearing:

Top / Blouse – HM 

Leggings & Sunglasses – Cotton On

Wedges – Fashion Express 

Chains – A gift

Photography by Tegan Smith 

 

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Wave After Wave

Mr Probz says it best – My face above the water, my feet can’t touch the ground, Touch the ground, and it feels like I can see the sands on the horizon every time you are not around. I’m slowly drifting away (drifting away), Wave after wave, Wave after wave, I’m slowly drifting (drifting away), and it feels like I’m drowning, Pulling against the stream, Pulling against the stream.

These lyrics pretty much sum up my life right now. It’s been a while since I last posted on my Blog.  I’ve been going through some major transitioning lately. My guess is that I’m clearly going through a mid-20’s crisis. I am 25 after all.

I wanted to write this very raw post not only for myself but for others out there that have or are going through the same thing.

It’s a very uncomfortable feeling knowing that you don’t have your life put together, and even more confusing because you somewhat feel like you should.

I’ve had this misconception that I should be settled in my dream job, living in my own trendy apartment and engaged to my soulmate. However, that’s not the case, and I’ve had some rough times coming to terms with that. A lot of things play a vital role in the above.

If you are not happy in your existing job you are going to feel as if you failed in life. If you haven’t yet met the man of your dreams, you will always have your mother’s voice in your head saying “the clock is ticking”. And if you’re still living at home, how many more times can you use the excuse “it’s cheaper”? However, I have had to endure these thoughts and rough times to realise that “it’s OK”.

I have now only realised that it’s completely normal to move at your own pace, as long as you’re moving that is. I have realised that your 20’s are the years where you discover yourself, some just faster than others. I’ve learnt that one should never have to apologise for the choices you make or for taking time out to re-evaluate your life and surroundings. I know that some doors need to close in order for others to open, it’s not healthy to keep your hand on the handle. Let folks go.

I find comfort in knowing that I am not the only person on planet earth with this same issue. I have chatted to friends and family members who have reassured me that this is a completely normal emotional stepping stone to overcome. Don’t allow society to dictate to you when and how things should be done in your life. There is no right or wrong, only your way or their way.

In times of need (and I use the word need very loosely) it’s always great knowing you have supportive family and friends keeping you going and encouraging you to not give up.

I have learnt a lot of valuable life lessons these past few months. Lessons one only really discovers in their 20’s.  I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I sure am going to mould and pave the way I envision best for myself.  Drink some coffee or wine, put on some gangster rap and deal with it.

I’m wearing:

Dress – Ackerman’s

Lip Clutch – Superbalist

Shoes – YDE

Sunglasses – Cotton On

Photography – Tegan Smith Photography 

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TOPSHOP Eyeliner Review

 

I have been struggling to find the “PERFECT” eyeliner. I seem to have such bad luck when it comes to the choices I make. I either spend 10 washes trying to remove the liner and burning my eyes in the interim or half way through the day the liner has managed to spread all over my eyelids (trashy look on fleek).

Let it be known, I have always been a “wreck it ralph” when it comes to liner brushes, which is why you can imagine I’d have a problem with this type of product. However after my many failed attempts I thought I’d give it a try – what have I got to lose?

Queue hallelujah music – I have found the holly grail and there’s no turning back.  TOPSHOP ink liner and liner brush have been my saving grace in creating the perfect winged eye in under 10mins.

The liner brush makes the ink liner easy to apply, with the cone shaped bristles you are able to create the perfect winged line. The TOPSHOP ink liner is soft on the eyes and does not make your eyes feel heavy and pasty. In fact being that its a gel like paste, makes the application 100% full proof.

I suffer with oily skin, so finding a liner that stays on all day was very important to me. The longevity and wear-ability of the TOPSHOP ink liner is so unbelievable amazing it almost seems unreal. I no longer have to check the mirror for black lines or smudges (on a busy day, ain’t nobody got time for that)

The thing I am most impressed with; removing the liner is as easy as 1,2,3. A simple face wash and some warm water and you’re ready for bed. THIS is so important to me. No one wants to spend hours in the bathroom removing makeup, especially when you’re tired and feeling lazy after a long day or night out.

 

If you have tried or use the TOPSHOP ink liner let me know, I’d like to hear you’re thoughts. If you haven’t tried this yet, I urge you to do so and feel the magic as I have!

xxx

 

 

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70’s Boho Inspiration

With festival season around the corner, what better era to draw inspiration from than the 70’s?

 Get creative with prints, and fringe this summer! I am deffintly going to try and recreate this look for my next look post… stay tuned!

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1. Flared twill trousers – H&M 

2. Wide blouse – H&M 

3. Short Thread Multi-Row Necklace – TOPSHOP

4. ALYSON FRINGE CROSS BODY BAG – Cotton On

5. Round Frames – Tom Ford – Sunglass Hut 

6. Sandi Leather Wedge – country road

 

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A Tropical Burst

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That transitional period between September and December where we go through from spring into summer is always a difficult time to plan your outfits. Cape Town’s weather during this time is like a woman’s emotions (you’re hot and you’re cold) Sigh, why are we always talking about the weather?

On a brighter note I’d like to focus on my new found love for mixing bright colours outside of the colour wheel (Such a rebel) A good combination for me is either red and blue, orange and blue or yellow and orange. My look today is focused on blue and orange. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to mixing prints, but I do love mixing colours, and especially for the warmer days ahead.

This season is all about that 70’s inspired look, and “fringe” is a huge element that is being incorporated in tops, kimonos, vets, bags and well just about everything. Think 70’s with a modern bohemian revival twist. This means bold colours, fringe, suede, paisley prints, floaty fabrics, ethnic details, flared sleeves and pants, crochet, huge sunnies… I could go on and on (Possible one of my favourite eras) Very much ready to channel my inner Bridget Bardot.

 

Fringe Top – Fashion Express

Leggings, Sunglasses & Heels – Cotton On

Watch & Midi Rings – Zuri

 

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Chasing the sun

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This weekend gave us a taster of what to expect for the coming summer days in Cape Town, and if its anything to go by, I’m ready and excited to explore my city while chasing the sun.

Today however is a tad bit gloomy, but writing this blog post from the comfort of my bed makes its easier (Sick in bed, recovering)

I’ve always loved a good baggy shirt, and this has become a staple item in my wardrobe for the summer. From plain white to stripes, you can never go wrong with a good quality shirt paired with heels or flats. I’m all about simplicity, so the simpler the outfit the better.

This look was inspired by the masculine elements of my style; hats, shirts and lace up heels. This is a part of my style I am still exploring, and I encourage others to do the same, in the sense of playing around with what works best for your personality. The clothes you wear are a reflection of your true self, so have some FUN with it.

 

Fedora Hat – Cavendish Market

Shirt, Leggings & heels – Cotton On

Sunglasses – I Am Trend

Watch & Rings – Zuri

Lipstick – Ruby Woo by Mac Cosmetics

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H&M Wish List

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H&M is opening on the 17th October at 10am at the V&A Waterfront, and I couldn’t be happier.  If you don’t already know, the H&M South Africa website is live, so you are able to log on and view what’s to be in store as well as prices.  Follow this link – H&M

 

I am particularly excited for the opening as for the first time in a long time an international brand has prices that are very competitive and reasonable for a fashionista on a budget.

 

I love H&M for their “basics” it’s very important to have good basics in your wardrobe that are timeless and versatile to style your outfits around. I have stuck to neutral colours for my H&M wish list as this is my current craze.

 

Having good quality neutrals can take your wardrobe a long way, as you are able to throw a lot more outfits together.  Check out my previous blog post “Dallas” for an idea on earthy neutrals.  See how basics and neutrals tie in so well together?

 

Here is my wish list.

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Jersey top – R 129

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Handbag – R 399

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Belt – R 79

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Fringed top – R 599

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Wool hat – R 299

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Woven Stripe top – R 229

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Cotton shirt – R 299

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Fringed suede skirt – R 1,899

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Super stretch treggings – R 229

 

All product photos are from the H&M website.

 

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Dallas

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Wearing my white fedora always makes me feel like I belong alongside JR running an oil empire right in the heart of TEXAS! However, this is Cape Town and I don’t know anything about oil or JR for that matter.

 

I love spring time, especially in Cape Town. There’s nothing better than having the warm sun rays kiss your skin after months of chilly days in boots and fur. There comes a time when you are mentally, physically and somewhat spiritually READY for summer. Walks on the beach, hikes up Constantia Nek, the smell of a braai with friends and sundowners with your favourite cocktail.

 

On that note, I have officially cleaned out my closet and made room for summer. This has left loads of empty shelves, which can only mean one thing……………SHOPPING (My very expensive hobby).

 

I am loving “army green” right now and how versatile this colour is. Earth tones are a big statement essential for me this summer.

 

Hat & Shirt: Woolworths

Tank Top, Leggings, Sunglasses & Heels: Cotton On

Lipstick: Ruby Woo from MAC Cosmetics

Watch & Midi Rings: ZURI

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Photos by Tegan Smith – Tegan Smith Photography

Personal shout out to Tegan for an amazing DAY! 🙂

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Chats with Lukhanyo Mdingi

It is such an honour having this humble designer answer a few burning questions of mine.

Lukhanyo was a finalist in the Elle Rising Star Design Awards as well as part of the Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Programme for 2015. Since then this young East London born designer, now living in Cape Town has been making waves in the fashion industry with two very distinctive collections that graced the runway at the 2015 SA Men’s Wear this year in Cape Town.

 

2015 SA Menswear Week AW

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How was the experience of showcasing your creations at the very first SA Menswear Week in Cape Town?

Phenomenal. It truly paved the way for so many menswear brands. Being a part of that is really gratifying. 

 

I myself feel that SA Menswear Cape Town was a step in the right direction and long overdue. Finally, there is a larger platform for designers to really get creative with fabrics, textures and designs for men. Was this in your opinion needed and do you think very beneficial? 

I think it’s beneficial for any creative to explore their mediums and fabric just happens to be mine. Progression is one of the key things that allow me to explore different fabric types. Why limit yourself? That’s lame. If you’re a creative then create. 

 

Let’s chat about those gorgeous jaw dropping creations that went down the runway. What inspired your designs…? Combining navy blue silks, chiffon shirts and pleated shorts & pants? An unusual combination for men, however, this just seemed to WORK for you! 

Thank You 🙂 

Simple. I created pieces and chose fabrics that I instantly fell in love with – don’t over complicate things. 

 

Do you find it easier designing for men or woman, or do you think you have a good balance between the two? Seen that you are generally regarded as a menswear designer.

I’ve positioned myself as a menswear designer. 

Being part of the SAMW has been so incredible, it’s really rad knowing that the brand is being part of a powerful movement. I believe that my clothes are not for one specific gender as I can see it being worn by many. 

 

We are seeing a lot more feminine fabrics being used for menswear, do you see this as a trend or a way of evolving menswear to a whole new level?

I see it as fabric not necessarily having a gender specification – and it shouldn’t have a gender specification. 

 

Your name is on the lips of everyone lately in the fashion industry. You have created quite the household name for yourself. How do you keep yourself grounded?

Thank You 🙂 

I’m far from a household name, far!

I’m really grateful for the position that I’m in. I have the opportunity to create and design, a lot of my past peers don’t have that opportunity at all but this is based by the choices that we make. 

Fortunately for me, I didn’t waste any time.    

           

What would you say are trends to look out for this coming summer?

To be honest, I have no idea! I really don’t. 

 

What designer do you admire or aspire to be? 

I admire my fellow South African young designers, I feel as though we are all pushing each other one way or the other and it’s important! 

One of my favourite designers is Christian Dior and Raf Simmons. 

 

What three items can you NOT live without this coming summer?

My Cap, Pimms Cup’s, Polaroid Camera. 

 

Your style tip for transitioning from winter into spring/summer wear?

Just follow the gradual climate change. Take it easy. Giving style tips can be so one dimensional, we all have different styles and ways of putting on your personal items. 

 

What do you wish you knew then that you know now? 

Nothing. I love the process of learning and knowing things when I’m supposed to. It adds so much onto myself as a human being. 

 

What’s next, what’s in the pipeline? 

Production.

 

As Raw Explosions supports young aspiring designers, what advice can you give those starting out? 

Please do not lose sight of the reasons of why you first started. Please! 

It’s incredibly hard but so rewarding when you have accomplished your goal, but remember to persevere and be consistent with your creatively. And let that perseverance and love overflow into your work. 

 

2015 SA Menswear Week SS16

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Thank you for your time Lukhanyo. We wish you all the best for the future. Defiantly a true talent to keep your eyes on.