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ME AND MY DUNGAREE

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Lisa Gabriel photography

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Lindy Lins makeup

This dungaree is the most comfortable and practical thing I have gotten in a while. It’s nice to ditch the skin-tight jeans and resurrect some childhood staples. A few posts back, I rocked a skin-tight dungaree whilst this post showcases the more classic version of the dungaree and personally, classic is aways best. I love how many versions of the dungaree there actually is making it almost impossible for you to miss this trend. The one thing that I love is that it can be rocked both in Summer and Winter in different variations according to personal preference. I am quite schizophrenic when it comes to my style, I would wear this dungaree with a pair of sneakers and a pair of heels. It all depends on my mood on the day.

About this look:

As you might have gathered, I chose to style this look in the more ‘girly’ fashion whilst straying away from the typical. There is a very close association between ‘girly’ and ‘typical’. This is why I have opted to pair this dungaree with a beautiful light-dusty pink polar neck. I stuck to the same colour concept when choosing a shoe. I chose to wear heels because I am quite curvy around the hips and because this dungaree is quite baggy, I wanted to add some length and not look like I was drowning.

 

Lisa Gabriel photography (book here)

Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

 

Introduction to BOOTYFULL

As some of you have seen that follow my social media pages, myself and professional choreographer have joined forces to create the ultimate confidence-builder and dance class for women. It’s a concept that materialised when I was looking for hip hop classes but not the generic type – the type that can make me feel sexy whilst working up a sweat. I did my first class with Courtney and posted a video on Instagram. I then suggested for us to take this a step further and start classes. Courtney and I developed the concept and together, materialised it into something amazing and something that had been lying dormant for so long – A class for women that builds their confidence through dance and other confidence-builder exercises. Aside from the massive mirror keeping us motivated, these ladies genuinely feel better about themselves when they leave our classes both mentally and physically and that alone keeps us motivated.

We are only in our fourth week and have done a radio interview and generated sponsorship. This is only the beginning and we are so excited for this venture. I will have a section of my blog dedicated the BOOTYFULL workshop with all the information really soon.  With Courtney being a master of his craft, we make a great team – better than either one of us could have ever anticipated and this is only the beginning.

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Courtney Smith & Nadia Jaftha

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Lookbook Street style Outfit

TIME TO CHANGE

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Lindy Lins makeup

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Lisa Gabriel photography

I’ve been going through so many changes lately but then again, change is the one constant thing in life. Some changes we embrace whilst some changes, we fear but things don’t remain the same no matter how much we would like them to. I have always been the type of person to embrace change. Some of you may have noticed that I cut my hair and I can honestly say that it is the most liberating thing I have ever done. It forced me to embrace a beauty I never knew existed before I removed my mask and stepped out of my comfort zone. My style is also always under constant construction. I never stick to one specific style because I believe that in order to evolve, one must be willing to change and that refers to all facets of life.

About this Look:

Along with my new cut, my style has changed slightly. I find myself gearing my attention to the more minimalistic way of dressing and foe me that’s something ‘different’. I’m usually one to be flamboyant and loud with my style but lately, I’ve found that it’s not necessarily  what you wear but how confident you feel when wearing it. I always felt the need to be noticed or the more ‘unusual’ I dressed, the ‘cooler’ I’ll be but secretly, I’d feel uncomfortable. This dress is so cute and perfect for a night out with the girls or can be worn to the office. It’s appropriate for almost every occasion and is very ‘clueless’. I added a bit of edge by throwing on a leather jacket. A good leather jacket can go with almost EVERYTHING! These lace-up block heels adds something extra by just making this look scream minimalistic – chic. I always love a good pair of practical heels because us gals love comfort and these block heels are perfect for the girl that wants to be stylish and comfortable.

Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel photography (book here)

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Zara dress & jacket, River Island heels

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Lookbook Street style Let's talk

DONE DID IT

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Shelflife peak, Forever 21 body-suit, Topshop skirt, Sportscene sneakers

I became motivated by these images to write this blog post because when one thinks about Nike, you automatically think, ‘Just Do It’ and with every year that goes by, I feel like I could have accomplished more but I intend to change that this year. The trick is to ALWAYS keep a positive state of mind, even when something shitty happens. This starts by surrounding yourself with those who support your visions and your goals and letting go of those who do nothing but cast a shadow on your light. I like to keep my circles small, not that I’m not open to meeting new people but because I’ve been burned too many times by caring too much about the opinions of others and compromising my personality trying to satisfy others. One of the best ways to work on personal development is to change your outlook on life and over time develop an attitude that is stable and conscious.

I know that some of my readers feel stagnant and are currently in a state of limbo when it comes to progression in their lives. We have all been there and sometimes I feel like I have no clear direction or path or things are moving slowly but when I talk to others, I always get congratulated on my progress. So why don’t I congratulate myself? The trick is to acknowledge your achievements but not congratulate yourself too much because I find that one becomes comfortable, the process of progression takes longer. Stop blaming others for the problem. The natural reaction as human beings when there is a reversal of any kind is to blame someone else. Sometimes you cant control what happens to you but you can control your reaction towards it and when things go south, everyone is watching you to see how you behave and your reaction also determines how people feel about you.

One of the ways in which I have started to take over my mind and my thoughts is to read. I always use to love reading but as social media started to take over, the only thing I have been reading lately are hashtags. Feed your mind and use your imagination. By reading, you gain perspective and the ability to think differently and in doing so, you’re actually feeding your mind something nutritious. To change your life, it all starts with the mind. Just some food for thought.

About this Look:

I’ve always been a sneaker gal and you would know this if you followed my social media accounts in the earlier days. There’s something about sneakers that allow you to be yourself, confident and relaxed. I feel I can accomplish more in a day if I feel comfortable and sneakers always allow me that comfort. These particular pair of sneakers have a thick base so it gives me some height too so when wearing with a pencil skirt, I don’t feel, as I would say, ‘dumpy’. I also love to my match my sneakers with a piece of clothing I’m wearing and in this case, it’s the skirt. Sometimes it can be cheesy to do this but I just find that it ties the whole look together. Paired with a grey NY peak and striped body suit, it creates the ultimate casual-chic look.

Eben photography (book here)

Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

 

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Lindy Lins makeup

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Eben photography

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Lookbook Street style

WANDER IN THE STREET

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Eben photography

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River Island shirt, Mr Price dungaree, Nixon watch, Steve Madden heels

I recently collaborated with Eben Photography – a photographer based in Cape Town that specialises in street style photography. It’s a little different from my flamboyant photoshoots but sometimes change can be different. Eben had a certain vision, so you can imagine how difficult it was for me not to crack a smile or my famous ‘fake laugh’. Shooting street style meant exactly that – STREET. These images were taken in clearings and after the odd car would drive around me and shake their head as if I were strutting my stuff in the street aimlessly but all in all, it was fun and is the first of three looks I did with Eben.

About this look:

I’ve had this dungaree for years and I find that dungarees never quite go out of style but maybe just the way it is styled. Gone are the days that you have to wear sneakers with a dungaree or dress ‘street’ in the street. You can quite easily wear heels with a dungaree and make it look chic. Paired with a striped t-shirt, this look is elevated into an urban chic look thats boasts the perfect balance between minimalism and chic. It has become a common trend to to mix different styles and find a common ground between the different styles and it’s no secret that street and chic is a trend that has been hot on the ball and I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

Eben photography (book here)

Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

 

 

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Lindy Lins makeup

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