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I know I have been MIA on the blog lately but that is purely because I have been so so busy. In the process of well.. LIFE, I started to neglect my first love. I started all of this about 2 years ago and had no idea I would end up where I am so it has all been a real adjustment for me but I promise that I am back for GOOD!

I’ve learnt so many valuable life lessons and I have also learnt that people are not always what they seem so I’m just going to keep doing me and keep on working my way up. Don’t get me wrong, although this path has made me a much stronger person, I still remain sensitive and tread with caution. Fortunately, I have many followers, friends and family who remain my pillar of strength through all my endeavours. I’m so lucky to be doing what I love and I thank my creator for giving me strength through it all.

So let me leave you with one last thought… I’ll try my best to continue being some sort of inspiration to you be it in fashion, life or even just humour.

About this Look:

As some of you may know, fashion is my very first love so I am delighted to be sharing it with you guys again. I think I have accepted that my style literally changes every day depending on my mood. For this particular look, I decided to go for a casual-chic look. This is probably my favourite jacket I own in my entire closet right now, it’s airy and can literally go with anything and perfect for just about any occasion.

The top I am wearing is not really a top but a one-piece swimsuit from River Island. Whenever I buy a one-piece swim suit, I always make sure that I would be able to incorporate into more than just one look. Also, I have been wearing this belt with everything, I think you guys actually might be getting tired of it haha.

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River Island belt & top | Topshop jeans | Steve Madden shoes | Zara jacket

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R E D

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Zara dress, River Island heels & Ray Ban sunglasses

I have never really been a lover of the colour red, mostly because the colour just intimidated me. In fact, my mother always said, ‘ Start wearing red Nadia and step in your power’. I suppose to her the colour represents strength, passion and determination whilst to me the colour just made me feel like I was calling out for attention. However, I have learnt that there is a time and place for wearing red because it is such a powerful colour.

It’s safe to say that I felt incredibly sexy in this shade and this classic cut makes it so easy for me to play with this look and make it my own, although some might have seen it as a ‘grannies’ dress on the hanger. To be honest, I didn’t feel like a granny at all but rather wearing this dress excited me to take action in my plans. I know this may seem silly but I truly felt that way and unapologetically so. Only once I was completely comfortable with myself, was I able to rock this colour. Now that says a lot about wearing a colour. Think about it, when you went through your emo days in high school, what colour were you most likely to wear? When you were feeling very happy and excited, what colour did you wear?

There is so much meaning to colour alone that everyday we choose a colour that matches our mood unconsciously. When I am feeling super confident i tend to wear all white because then i feel that there’s literally nothing to hide. If you don’t want to dive right into it then you can subtly introduce it into your closet although this isn’t really a colour I would wear everyday.

Interesting Facts About The Colour Red

Red means ‘beautiful’ in Russian.

Chinese brides traditionally wear red wedding dresses as it symbolises good luck.

Seeing the colour red can make your heart beat faster.

Red is the first colour a baby sees.

It encourages action and enthusiasm.

Provides protection against fear and anxiety.

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TAKE THE PLUNGE

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Zara dress, Call It Spring Shoes

To be honest, at first, this dress didn’t really appeal to me or to my sense of style as of late. It was on a slim mannequin and I just didn’t think to pick it up until a friend had pointed it out to me. I tried it on and instantly fell in love. It was just an unlikely dress that I didn’t think I would really like. Have you ever had a friend point something out to you that you didn’t take an interest in initially and you actually ended up loving? That doesn’t really happen to me often because I am usually the friend to point something out but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Safe to say that I will definitely be making this a Summer staple and you just might get sick of me wearing it.

This dress can be worn both with flats and heels. I opted for heels because it is quite an awkward length, especially for my height so I find that it is more flattering for my body type. It can be dressed down and worn to a picnic or even to the beach on a beautiful summers day with a lovely sun hat. The possibilities are endless!

Tips On Wearing a T-shirt Dress:

  1. For a more laid-back look, try pairing it with a pair of espadrilles or loafers and fun accessories.
  2. If you’re more of a tomboy then you could pair it with sneakers and a peak cap.
  3. You could keep it classy and wear it with a pair of heels, a bold lip, a choker and a cool clutch.
  4.  You could toughen up the look by pairing it with a pair of sneakers and a leather jacket.
  5. If you want to accentuate your waist but you don’t want to wear a belt then perhaps try tying a scarf around your waist and making a bow.

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Zara Dress & Call It Spring heels

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B L O O M | ROCK A YELLOW DRESS THIS SUMMER

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Topshop Jacket & Heels, Zara Dress.

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Cape Town has sure been showing off lately with its beautiful weather and obviously I am going to stick to theme and wear a yellow dress although I have never owned a yellow dress in my life but I am going to step out of my comfort zone on this one. Yellow is such an ‘in your face’ kind of colour and although my personality might suggest otherwise online, in person I tend to be quite laid back in my demeanor and not one to call for much attention.

So this lookpost encompasses a different take on wearing a bold dress in a laid back way. You might have noticed that I have been wearing a lot of denim jackets lately. I treat my denim jackets as accessories because for me, it literally always pulls an outfit together. It adds a flare of coolness that would otherwise be lost if I had just worn the dress on its own.

If you are unsure on how to wear a yellow dress then here are a few tips:

  1. Keep it simple. If you are buying your first dress then maybe try and go for a simple cut that is not too overpowering.
  2. If you feel a yellow dress on its own is a bit too much then maybe add a hat or a denim jacket just like I did.
  3. If  a solid yellow dress is too overpowering then you can try and buy a patterned yellow dress. This is a lot more subtle but it still makes a statement in its own right.
  4.  Try not to match accessories or shoes when you are wearing a yellow dress but rather keep it simple.
  5. If you’re not really into the denim jacket, then you can always wear a leather jacket with it to make the look a bit ‘harder’. Perhaps this could be perfect for night time.
  6.  If you like accessories then you can always accessorize with a brown leather belt around the waist.

I absolutely LOVE this yellow dress because it has an unusual texture that I wouldn’t usually wear but I quite like and find it really flattering especially for my body type. This leads me to my last point in that you should always find a cut that is suitable for your body type. The last thing you want is to wear a bold dress and not feel confident enough to own it.

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ON THE RUN

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Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m running a race against myself. I don’t know if this makes me self-absorbed or just self-aware but either way, I find myself to be quite critical of myself at times. I’ve always been the type to compare myself to others. Whether it be other bloggers, friends or woman on the street, I’d find myself reaching for some form of inadequacy that would formulate a reasonable explanation for why I wasn’t good enough. This wasn’t healthy and allowed very little room for self progression. In a way, a healthy dose of comparison is need to give us a push in the right direction. It becomes dangerous when this comparison leads you to believe that you are not worthy or capable of what achieving the person next to you is. I’ve learned that I do have some sort of social and digital influence, so why not use it to spread a message that you can incorporate.

For me, what I decide to put on my back affects my confidence and my mood so whatever I wear, it’s because I genuinely love it and not because it’s a trend and I have to wear it. If you don’t feel comfortable in a particular trend then DON’T wear it because it’s going to end up gathering dust.

About this Look:

I decided to go for an all-black ensemble with a pop of cheeky colour because I think it represents my personality. I’m quite cheeky aren’t I and lately I’ve been feeling just as confident in a pair of sneakers as I would in a pair of heels. Plus, there’s something about having gravity on my side that reels me in on this sneaker trend. If you didn’t know, sneakers has really been on the forefront of every major fashion trend lately and on some runways too. I know what you’re probably thinking – you have to be tall and skinny to rock this trend? WRONG! I am an average height and am definitely not skinny but I feel really comfortable in this trend. Partially because I’ve always kind of been tomboyish in my fashion sense so I didn’t have to step too far out of my comfort zone.

I have also been loving this quilted coat from Zara. It has definitely been an investment piece and has kept me super warm whilst remaining fashionable of course. Paired with my trusted black skinnies and beanie, this outfit left me feeling extremely stylish – well at least I think so. I don’ think you can ever go wrong with an all-black ensemble with a hint of colour and it definitely alludes a sense of mystery.

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Adidas beanie & sneakers, Zara quilted jacket, Topshop jeans

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S N U G

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The Fix backpack & skirt | Steve Madden shoes (last season)| Woolworths jersey (2 seasons ago)

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WELCOME BACK to my blog! If you are visiting for the first time then thank you for taking the time to visit. If there is anything I have learnt about fashion and style, especially since I have started blogging is that you HAVE to feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing. It will help if you purchase items that will provide you with longevity and not just a quick injection of what the latest trends are. Mostly you will find that you purchase items when it is in ‘style’ and then you wear it once and it ends up gathering dust in the back of your closet because after some time, it is no longer relevant right? I have found that most of my pieces that I have recycled from season to season are the most basic items. You can never go wrong with basics, especially if you are an indecisive shopper.

In the very beginning stages on starting my blog, I believed that you had to be so extravagantly different to stand out in this industry which is why that in most cases, the clothes I would wear on my blog, I wouldn’t really wear on the odd day. This made me so dependent on how others perceived me instead of how I perceived myself and most of it had to do with what I was wearing. Instead of my clothes making me more confident, It actually made me more self conscious. You don’t always have to be noticed or receive compliments to feel confident, you just have to know internally that you are beautiful.

Let’s take this outfit for example – This fluffy jersey, I purchased at Woolworths 2 years ago and it’s still relevant because it’s beautifully simplistic and it really does make me feel confident and girly. I paired it with a maroon pleather skirt that I had recently purchased from The Fix. I chose it because I could see myself wearing it in seasons to come and changing it up. In the Summertime, it could be worn with a basic tee and sneakers. I also purchased this rose gold backpack from The Fix because I always love to throw a backpack on when I am feeling playful and it instantly adds some childish charm to my look. Also, rose gold as a colour in general pretty much goes with everything so I don’t think you can really go wrong.

I decided to pair this look in this way because I just wanted to showcase how older items could make a ‘comeback’ and still be relevant. We often have this misconception that because something was bought last season, it is no longer relevant but it is what YOU make of it after all.

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS | HOW TO ROCK A JERSEY-DRESS

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The Fix Jersey-dress | Witchery shoes

Let me start off by saying that I know that it is currently storming in Cape Town BUUUT in my defence, these pictures were taken 3 weeks ago when it was somewhat sunny. Basically, I wanted to show you my version of rocking a crew jersey-dress. I just love this one from The Fix. It can quite easily be worn in this stormy weather by just adding boots and a coat or fur jacket and a beanie because its versatility allows for that.

About this Look: 

Quite plainly and straight-forwardly, I decided to pair this jersey-dress with my favourite lace-ups. I feel this jersey-dress is a statement on its own and can be dressed up or down depending on your personal preferences. On a typical day, I probably wouldn’t wear the dress on its own because I don’t really like wearing short things in general unless I have a coat on to cover me from behind but I felt really comfortable and confident in this particular jersey-dress and it’s caption just resonated with me on so many levels. Sometimes I do tend to get my head stuck in the clouds but I don’t necessarily think that it’s a bad thing because it allows me to dream without limitation.

How To Rock The Jersey Dress:

  1. Always choose a cut that is flattering to your body-type to enhance your best features.
  2. Don’t overdo it with accessories. Instead,  I always just like to add a bag or statement shoe.
  3. Make sure that you are comfortable because you are essentially wearing one item of clothing, you want to be as comfortable as can be.
  4. Choose a jersey dress that is versatile and that you are able to dress up or down. If you are unsure then go for neutral colours.

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I N B E T W E E N | DOS AND DONT’S OF TRANSITIONING FROM SEASON TO SEASON

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Topshop skirt & top| Steve Madden boots| Woolies coat

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Who says we have to say goodbye to our Summer faves in Winter? Fortunately, Cape Town has been quite generous lately with the amount of sun rays she lets in so it’s easy to include your summer faves to your outfit. However, it wont be as easy as Winter starts to settle. If you’re looking to include some of your favourite Summer items into your everyday look then you’ve come to the right place.

About This Look

I have fallen inlove with this leopard print skirt over and over again. It’s the perfect print and fabric that can be worn in any season. The fabric is quite thick so if paired with stockings and knee high boots for the colder days, then this skirt has a charming duality that it hard to find when purchasing a skirt in general. This was quite a sunny day when these images were taken but there was still a chilly breeze so I decided to pair this look with a light-weight trench coat but you could always pair it with a thicker coat if you needed to. I feel every girl should invest in a good pair of thigh-high boots because it can literally turn any outfit into a stunner. If you are not as adventurous when it comes to your fashion sense then go for the classics and get a black or tan pair.

I’ve transitioned my look by wearing my thigh-high boots and trench coat. What is your take on the perfect transitional outfit?

Dos and Don’ts of transitioning from season to season

DO wear your fave summer dress with opaque tights, booties and maybe a leather jacket and a scarf. You can never go wrong with pairing your fave Summer items with key Winter pieces such as a leather jacket and tights.

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DON’T overdo it. Whilst accessorizing is fun,  try not to overdo it and look like you’re trying ‘too’ hard. I’d say that accessorizing is a bit harder in Winter than it is in Summer because you are layering much more than you would so keep it at a minimal.

DO invest in a quality knit scarf and beanie/hat. You will be surprised at how these items can change your entire look whilst having  purpose and keeping you warm. It’s the perfect accessory. You can carry your hat over from season to season and even use it as the perfect weapon to cover up those bad hair days. A fun beanie can also add so much dimension to your look.

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DON’T bare a constant midriff. Whilst us Capetonians LOVE our crop tops – maybe its best we keep it to a Summer trend but if you love the crop then try layering it with other items so that you do not look as bare.

DO wear your favourite jersey dress with thigh-high boots. You can just as easily wear a light-weight jersey dress in Winter as you would in Summer. Just add a leather/coat jacket and a beanie and you’re good to go.

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I M P R I N T | HOW TO WEAR A BOLD PRINT

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Woolworths jacket and knee highs, The Fix dress, River Island boots

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again that I’ve never really been one for wearing bold prints because I’ve always kind of been scared of it. So if you have neglected all your bold prints that you bought when you were feeling adventurous but couldn’t quite find the ‘right’ way to wear it – then this post is for you.

I noticed that more and more people have gravitated towards wearing pastels and going for the ‘minimalistic’ look because it does not allow for us to stray too far from our comfort zone which comes quite organically to most and there is nothing wrong with this. This was my thought process too but did you know that some of the biggest names in fashion are throwing on the quirkiest of patterns whether it be for an office look or to an event? I feel it not only adds character to your look but it leaves you somewhat vulnerable because it kind of reveals a portion of your personality or at least your mood of that particular day. I’m not saying that you should go out and buy patterned clothes but if you have a few pieces lying around then why n0t make the most of it?

About this Look

If you’re new to wearing prints then I would suggest easing your way into it before freaking yourself out completely. Start with one key print and go from there but try not to overwhelm the look, especially if you don’t usually wear print. As you go along, you can become more adventurous. For this look, I’ve put my money where my mouth is and SLOWLY transitioned into wearing prints but it wasn’t that hard seeing that my print was a t-shirt dress and was extremely flattering to my body shape. I decided to create the illusion of wearing knee-high boots by just wearing a pair of knee high socks with ankle boots. Then adding the military jacket for that extra flair. I feel any sort of knee-high can pretty much go with any outfit. Foschini has some really nice pairs.

Do’s and Don’ts of  Wearing Prints (for beginners)

DO wear prints that are more flattering for your body shape. For example, if you are more pear-shaped then you can achieve the illusion of a smaller frame by wearing a print on the lower part of your body and wearing a more solid colour on top.

DON’T wear animal print if you genuinely don’t like animal print because chances are that it will just gather dust in your closet.

DO have fun with your look and make sure that you are comfortable in whatever you are wearing.

DON’T get too carried away and mix too many prints especially if you are a beginner. Try breaking it up with solids for a more co-ordinated look.

DO choose a pattern that you truly love and makes you happy when you look at it. Remember that what you decide to throw on your back, tells a portion of who you are.

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ELEVATED VERSATILITY

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Zara jacket, Topshop top & sneakers, Forever New skirt, Ray Ban glasses

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Don’t you just LOVE the versatility of a good black skirt? You can literally conquer the world in it and especially with Cape Town’s borderline schizophrenic behaviour, I’d say it’s a pretty safe option for any sort of weather.

To be honest, I have been looking for a skirt like this one  for a while now and you would think that a skirt so simple would be easy to find right? I love the pleating of this skirt and the ‘stiffness’ of it. It stays in place and it’s almost like an unconventional tutu which in general, is perfect for my body shape. The shape and fit of the skirt also makes it super easy to layer and pair which again lends to its endless versatility. You cant help but feel vibrant and comfortable in it which is ALWAYS important when looking for a piece to invest in and can form part of a ‘basic’ that you could use to elevate your look.

About this look:

I decided to keep this look SUPER simple by just adding a playful pop of colour with my shoes. I also love this olive green body-suit from Topshop because I feel that if you are someone that is used to wearing black, then you can still kind of stay in your comfort zone with this top. I know that this isn’t the typical kind of colour that most of you would go for but it really adds a subtle pop of colour and can make the world of a difference in the overall look. I have also been OBSESSED with these sneakers. They are so comfortable and stylish and can literally change any outfit. Also, I wanted to associate this outfit with a certain level of comfort that can only be achieved by wearing a killer pair of sneakers. Don’t get me wrong, I love my heels too but I feel that you can feel JUST as comfortable in the right pair of sneakers. I also paired it with my favourite pleather jacket which I am sure you have seen in a number of posts by now but that just shows that I truly love it and it can make any outfit look stylish.

How to wear a black skirt:

  • You can always tuck a chambray shirt into the skirt and add some accessories and a pair of heels for a more sophisticated look.
  • You can stick to the casual-chic look by pairing it with a plain white or graphic tee with a pendant necklace.
  • You can go for the more ‘fancy’ look by adding a fitted statement top, a  beautiful pair of block heels and some chunky neck-pieces.
  • Go for the classic look by wearing a striped tee, with some accessories and a bold lip. This look can be worn both with flats or heels but I prefer to wear flats to maximise the level of ‘chicness’.

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