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CHILLED VIBES

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I’ve gotten many different comments on these fur-slides and I know I might look back and think ‘Nadia, what were you actually thinking’ but for now I AM INLOVE! I’ve really been trying to play up my style to show a bit more diversity and appeal to more of you whilst remaining true to myself at the same time. I wouldn’t want to post something I wouldn’t  actually wear in real life.

I find that these slides kinda represent my personality in a way, either you love them or you hate them. I will admit that being in the public eye has really tested me in a way that I have tried my best to stay true to my personality and not change. Sometimes fashion isn’t always about what everyone loves but rather what makes you feel like your most authentic self.

For this look, I decided to go with these very delicate pleated pants because I felt like changing it up a bit and you can wear them with sneakers, slides or heels. I’ve also paired it with my camel coat that is so unbelievably comfy and warm. The camel coat really brings out the warmth in the slides and is honestly perfect for Autumn – be it that ‘in-between’ kinda weather.

 

Zara top & pants | Topshop fur slides | Woolworths coat

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QUICKIE

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I was only going to post this look tomorrow but I want to start posting more frequently so WHY NOT post today? This post is purely just for the look.

As you might have noticed, I have been obsessed with these sleeves lately and it is super super trendy. I find myself buying different variations of it, be it in jerseys or ones like this – it’s just so damn elegant! It’s also reeeallly hard to find nice skirts that aren’t too short because as you can see, my legs aren’t exactly skinny so I think that this skirt is the perfect length without making me look too ‘exposed’. I love that the zip on the skirt is diagonal which also gives the illusion of a slimmer frame, cool hey?

I have also been on the hunt for a good pair of basic boots that can be taken from season to season. By this I mean, it will never really go out of style and you can wear it with anything- I mean my mom bought a pair too, they are so amazing and comfortable! I also love that the material is super soft so I don’t have to worry about wearing it in like you have to do with most quality boots.

Zara top (size S)| River Island skirt (Size S) | Steve Madden boots

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

 

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SOMETHING GIRLY

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I actually can’t remember the last time I wore a girly dress like this one and it felt quite nice for a change. This wrap dress is the perfect blend of sexy and sophistication. I think I’ll be making a habit of wearing more dresses because I love how simple and delicate it is but it makes such a powerful statement. It conceals all the important bits and flatters my figure. I think that because I am a bit more curvy, I was so surprised when I saw how nicely this dress complemented my frame and trust me, that is not so easy to come by these days. This print is SO trending right now too especially in the deeper colours and the larger prints.

I stumbled upon this location on our way to another location close by and just HAD to shoot there when I saw the word ‘rooti’ because anyone that knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with rootis so I think it was fate.

 

What do you think of this look?

Topshop dress | Heels available at Spree

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

 

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PALM TREES

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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.

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

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

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Fashion Outfit Casual

SUMMER FUN WITH H&M

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H&M Forever Summer! I just know that you will love their new range as much as I do!

This boob-tube bikini top is so comfortable because it doesn’t move out of place. I always worried about it falling down because it doesn’t really offer the support a regular bikini would but its silicone edging ensures that it does not BUDGE! Not to mention that the colour complements every skin tone and the pattern just screams summer.

As you may know, I love my sunglasses and this pair from H&M spoke to my personality in so many ways in that it is fun and vibrant.

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We all have those lazy summer days when you literally just want to throw something on and still feel fabulous, well H&M’s throw over dress is just perfect for that. I love that it feels so light on my skin and you can go from the beach to drinks with the girls and just throw on a pair of heels.

 

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This has to be one of my favourite looks from their summer collection simply because it’s so chic and playful. I love its unusual and dreamy pattern and will definitely be added to my summer classic collection.I feel every girl should invest in a good playsuit for summer. The shoes and bag are also from H&M and I chose to pair it with neutral colours because I feel nothing should distract from this amazing playsuit.

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I went a bit basic with this HMForeverSummer look but not in a bad way. It’s so hard to find a good denim shorts that flatters my body shape and I find that with this retro-styled shorts, it hugs my curves in all the right places. Its stretchy fabric makes it so easy to slide into. I paired it with a super simple tank top because I am a strong believer in that basic white tee to compliment just about any outfit.

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You can see the rest of my looks on www.thestylista.co.za

 

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You have to be familiar with the off-the-shoulder trend by now because it has literally been the staple of this summers fashion trend. It’s so whimsical and flirty without being too ‘out there’ Anyone can pull this look off and feel super stylish in it. Ideally, I would wear this dress to a date night but it is just as easy to dress it down and wear it to the beach. It all depends on you and that’s what I love about this dress in that it is so versatile and charming.

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You can see the rest of my looks on http://www.thestylista.co.za/brands/catalogviewer/h-m/176

Fashion Outfit Photography

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.

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

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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.

Lisa Gabriel photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

 

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Fashion

LOST WITHOUT YOU

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I don’t really talk much about my relationship because I feel that there are some things that should be left private but I think the time has come to show a little bit more about the man that stands behind me through everything. I practically had to beg Dean to be in this shoot with me and eventually, he came around. In a way, I’m actually quite glad that Dean isn’t really into social media because it gives me time to depart from it when I am in his company. He doesn’t really like taking pictures or being in selfies but it is one of the things I love most about him.

Being in this industry, it’s so important to find someone that understands your lifestyle and is not insecure. I cannot afford to give him my attention all the time and he understands and respects that even though it has taken quite some time but don’t tell him I said that. It has taken some adjustment but he has learned that my phones battery life directly correlates with my mood so he ALWAYS lets me charge my phone first even when my phone is on 73% and his is on 5%. He now makes long sentimental Instagram posts that I secretly wait for. He has also learned that any sort of trip with just us two quickly turns into a photoshoot of some kind and with that being said, his camera skills are now amazing. He has also been patient when I zone out to edit an Instagram picture and pretended to notice the difference between two images that look almost identical but somehow different.

I chose to shoot at Club Mykonos because it represents a lot for our relationship and aesthetically, it just works. We had so much fun even though, at first Dean was a bit shy and awkward. After a while, he got the hang of it and actually started to enjoy it even though he would never admit that to me. Hopefully, he will agree to be in more posts in the future. Did you guys enjoy having him in this post?

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

 

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Topshop shoes & crop | Skirt from Cambodia | Edgars denim jacket

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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.

Lisa Gabriel Photography ( book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

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Adidas beanie & sneakers, Zara quilted jacket, Topshop jeans

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Other Stylish Ways To Wear The Sneaker Trend: