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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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HOW TO: WEAR ALL WHITE

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River Island Coat, Topshop Crop&Jeans, Woolies shoes.

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Who says Winter fashion has to be all doom and gloom? Winter is actually one of my favourite seasons and I’m so eager for it to arrive. There’s just something about being all snuggled up with hot chocolate that excites me – I guess it’s the way we can kind of laze around with a thick pair of wooly socks and have large amounts of dairy without really feeling guilty. Safe to say that carbs becomes a viable part of your diet once again because how can one have soup without mamas dumplings? But be careful, we can’t end up looking like a dumpling come Summer. I know it’s not Winter yet but it might as well be in Cape Town because it gets absolutely FREEZING at times!

About This Look

Wearing all-white can sometimes feel like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. I decided to layer this look with one of my favourite jackets from River Island. It has some cheeky touches of suede which I LOVE! It just made it super easy to wear all-white because of the texturing elements of the jacket and this otherwise ‘simple’ and ‘plain’ look suddenly adopts a level of depth. The faux fur is detachable so if you’re worried about looking like a diva, then you can just remove it but I personally love the pop of fur because it kind of strays away from the norm. Then just adding a crisp white crop-top with white jeans adds an undeniable chicness to this look. There’s nothing wrong with showing a bit of skin and completely disregarding the notion that one must be FULLY covered up in Winter. Luckily in Cape Town, there will be the odd days in which we can get away with this and plus this coat is super warm. Let’s face it, us Capetonians refuse to let the crop top go – even in the cold! We will find a way to make it work. Long live the crop top!

Tips On How To Wear Winter White RIGHT in Winter. 

  • Layer! By layering to all-white ensembles, it will create more depth and not look flat.
  • Balance your look. For example, in this look, I am wearing cream and white. Another way to balance is by wearing maybe an oversized knit with a skinny jean.
  • If you’re not comfortable wearing all white then add in some neutrals by maybe wearing a pair of silver or nude shoes.
  • Wearing items of different textures and weights can never go wrong.
  • When wearing all-white, tailored pieces are in many cases, more flattering, especially for my body shape.
  • BE CONFIDENT! I’ve said this before but one can never hear it enough.

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C O L L I D E

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For the longest time and without even realizing it, I have been mixing my styles. In the past, I have always dressed ‘tomboyish’ when I make trips to the mall or just hanging out with friends and without even realizing, have kind of adopted a way of dressing that encompasses the best of both worlds. Although this look is not necessarily ‘tomboyish’, I think the elements of ‘girly’ and ‘tomboy’ is quite visible. I’d also say that combining pastel with darker colours has also been trending and here, it also shows how the collision of opposing elements can actually look really amazing together. I love that this look is slightly confusing to the eye in a sense that you cant really label it or put this look in any category which I LOVE! It’s feminine yet bad-ass at the same time. I can safely say that I have learned and adapted my style to being girly but never lost the tomboy in me and I think that is quite clear in some of my lookposts. I will try and do more lookposts showing my tomboy side.

About This Look:

I decided to have four statement pieces for this look. For me, statement pieces determine the ‘vibe’ of your outfit. For this look, the four statement pieces were the jacket, skirt, shoes and sunglasses. I feel that the collision of black and pastel -pink is an oldie but a goodie and this look in general has some asymmetric elements. It has become quite popular to pair something more girly with something slightly more hard. In this this case, the pastel skirt paired with the biker jacket actually complements each other quite nicely. I love the asymmetry of the skirt and I decided to match that asymmetry with my t-shirt aswell. I feel it makes the look stand out more and adds a bit more edge. Not big on accessorizing which I blame on the tomboy in me, I decided to accessorize with my favourite sunnies.

Some tips for tomboys who are looking to be more feminine:

  1. On the average day, I rarely wear makeup although my Instagram account may beg to differ. So if you are not really into wearing makeup, a BB cream is PERFECT to wear. It’s light-weight and you don’t need a fancy brush to apply it. You can quite easily apply it with your hands. I use the BB cream from Garnier in the shade ‘medium’ and I really love it.
  2. Invest in a quality shampoo. It’s really easy for me to get a slightly more pricey shampoo because I don’t use much with my short hair and I just feel that you should look after your hair in general. Although, I hardly brush my hair, I can proudly say that I do actually take the time to make sure it’s healthy especially since I have dyed it quite a few times. A trim and deep condition every once in a while wont hurt.
  3. Invest in a good pair of jeans. I’ve spoken about this in a previous post about how the right pair of jeans can make any girl feel good. If you have curves like me, then there are some really nice pairs at Topshop or Mr Price that caters to almost every body shape.
  4. I don’t know about you but when I wear mascara, I feel a lot more feminine so my tip would be to buy mascara. There are some really inexpensive mascaras at Clicks and if you have never tried masacra then you can almost buy a cheap one as a trial until you are willing to spend a a bit more cash.
  5. Make a gradual transition. You don’t have to change your entire wardrobe but instead you can start to add some feminine pieces to your already existing tomboy style. Although, my look is a bit more on the feminine side I would say, nothing stops you from adding a pair of ripped jeans to this look. It’s all about what makes you feel comfortable and confident. I always emphasize this point in most of my posts.

Zara jacket, River Island Top, Skirt & Shoes, Miu Miu Sunglasses.

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Zara jacket, River Island Top, Skirt & Shoes, Miu Miu Sunglasses.

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FORM TO THE FORMAL

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River Island head-piece & Shoes, Gifted dress, Nixon watch

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Don’t you love it when you find a black dress that hugs you in all the right places? Although this dress was gifted to me and I cant remember exactly where it was bought, I just thought that this dress could serve as a template if you are looking to buy a ‘formal’ black dress and I say ‘formal’ because it doesn’t necessarily have to be worn for one specific occasion. However, I decided to dress this look up for a ‘date night’. THIS dress you’ll wear when your man is about to propose and being the inquisitive creature that I am, I will know EXACTLY when that will be.

About This Look

I have literally only worn this dress for this shoot because I have been waiting for the perfect moment to actually wear it. I absolutely LOVE that it is adjustable so if you are big chested or even smaller chested, this dress caters to you. The high slit is also super flattering for my body shape because it allows the fabric to flow which takes the concentration away from my ‘motherly hips’. It’s important to always to remember to dress to your specific body shape and preferences. Like I said, this dress is my dress and my preference and just serves as a template for what you could potentially purchase.

I decided to accessorize with this beautiful neck-piece From Turkey with Love. You can check out the rest of their beautiful collection here. To end off, I thought I would add a playful charm by wearing this pleather head-band and I think it tops the look off perfectly.

Form To The Formal: Tips for wearing a black dress

  1. Typically, one wouldn’t consider this dress when picking a ‘daytime’ look but it can easily adapt to casual-chicness by adding a leather jacket, a big hat and a pair of lace-up ballerina pumps.
  2. This dress is also suitable for a Matric Dance or ‘Prom’ as some of my readers may call it. I think if added with the right accessories, hair, makeup and shoe, a dress like this could be a suitable option if you are not looking to have one made. If I could go back in time, I honestly would have spent more time trolling boutiques for that perfect dress instead of having one made but that’s just my opinion. There’s an undeniable character attached to a dress when finding it in an unknown boutique. If you are in Matric and reading this post then my advice would be to have a dress that you can either recreate after or wear again for a special occasion. My Matric dance dress is collecting dust in my cupboard as I am typing this. I just realised that this was a very long tip.
  3. Wear a statement shoe if you’re feeling plain or a playful head-piece.
  4. When choosing a dress, always look for light-weight material so that it is not so stiff and allows for more movement and flow.

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SLAY WITH BAE

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Witchery Cape, River Island necklace, skirt&boots, Topshop crop

About this look

I think that along with the Cape Town Bipolar weather lately, this outfit is perfect for a reasonably sunny day but you are still prepared if it storms which is likely to happen in Cape Town. I am literally wearing all my favourite purchases and what I love about it is that it can be worn in so many different ways. If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have noticed that I have recycled these items quite a few times. I decided to add this statement necklace because the look is reasonably simple and it matches the detailing of the belt amazingly. I have also been obsessed with my cape from Witchery. The perfect transition piece to Autumn. I think our outfits describe our relationship perfectly, simple with a bit of spice.

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I don’t think there’s a better feeling than to walk hand in hand with your partner whilst feeling confident in what you’re wearing because as a couple you feed off each others energy instinctively. Let’s face it, everything looks better x2 so why not combine your creative-fashion juices with your significant other? A couple that looks good, feels good TOGETHER. It also creates a different kind of unity that is not of a competitive nature but rather one that continually grows and develops together. The nice thing about dressing fashionable with your partner is that they genuinely want you to look good. There is no underlying agenda that secretly doesn’t want you to look better than them as you would find in some ‘friendships’. If you have a friend that never wants you to look ‘better’ than them then this is not a friend, TRUST.

A true partner would also want you to always look your best and not want to dull your shine in the fear that others will find you appealing. If this is the case then an insecure partner can only lead to unnecessary fights and paranoia. On a side note, I believe that couples can complement eachother but I’ve never been the type to dress exactly like my partner. I think that you can extract some elements from your partners outfit but you should still stand as individuals in your personal style and preferences without eclipsing the other.

If your partner doesn’t really have a sense of style then here a few tips that could help with this ‘situation’.

Fit is Key

Whilst some guys don’t really care too much of the fit of a particular piece of clothing, it can truly make the world of a difference. With guys, it is not so much what you are wearing but more so ‘how’ you are wearing it.

Don’t change him

Whilst you are a fashionista and your man is not. Don’t treat him like a personal project and force him to wear something he is not really comfortable wearing. It’s normal for couples to ask for eachothers opinion when buying clothes so when the opportunity presents itself, instead of demanding what he should buy, rather use your knowledge to give your advice. It’s seldom that your partner will buy something they know you’re not really into because let’s face it, we want to look good for eachother. Naturally, over time he will find his own style along with your help.

Embrace your monster

If it so happens that your guy does find a love for fashion, don’t use this opportunity to become insecure or ask him ‘who he is trying to look good for’. YOU! He is trying to look good for you! So appreciate his efforts when he does try and don’t become jealous or insecure when he does start to take a little more pride in what he wears.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please comment if you would like to see more of these posts.

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ON THE RIGHT TRACK

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River Island top & bag, Forever New shoes

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DSC_2882 When I started blogging, I literally felt like more is MORE! Maybe it’s because I wasn’t fully confident or comfortable with myself yet. I felt that to be a great blogger, your outfits had to completely unattainable and people need to wonder where you got your clothes from but it was exactly the opposite. In fact, I’ve learned that all of the great bloggers share all their secrets and that’s what I’m going to start doing a lot more of. I will start to share fitness tips as well as skincare and makeup routines.

This t-shirt dress is a new favourite that I recently purchased from River Island. I love how subtly charismatic it is and is a statement piece all on its own. It’s hard for me to find a t-shirt dress that suits my figure so when I saw that this one was a bit longer at the back, I was overjoyed. It’s far more flattering for a curvy girl such as myself as opposed to wearing a straight-cut. It also allows for more movement and is far more comfortable and practical when on the move.

About this Look

I decided to accessorize by adding my bag from River Island that kind of matches the style of the t-shirt dress perfectly. Finished the look off with my basic heels from Forever New that pretty much goes with everything and they are super comfortable and practical. I’ve focussed more on buying basics lately because you can always play it up with a statement piece. This look is so versatile and can go from a day at the office to a night out with the girls. Just add a bold lip and you’re good to go. You can also wear this t-shirt with knee-high boots and a leather jacket for the Winter season ahead.

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