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There’s something about coffee shops that makes you want to whip out your laptop and look professional whilst sipping on that cup of coffee. Why not sit at home and make your own coffee at a much cheaper cost? You see, you are paying for much more than the coffee. You are paying for the ambience, the smell and the satisfaction of getting work done in the public eye. It provides the perfect balance of distraction and silence for you to externalise your thoughts into something concrete.  It has also become somewhat of a ‘fashion statement’. When walking into a coffee shop, you are most likely to see a group of ‘scruffy’, well-dressed sophisticates which are otherwise known as ‘hipsters’. When sitting alone, they are surrounded with an air of ease and for some reason, they make working look ‘fun’. Being in close proximity of these people makes you want to be productive. Needless to say that along with the aroma of coffee beans, lies an unapologetic sense of pretence but it’s the kind of pretence that solidifies your existence and purpose for ‘chilling’ in a coffee shop. One simply cannot go to a coffee shop and sit there for 2 hours with no sense of purpose – this would be considered loitering but with the simple addition of a technological sidekick, you’re ready to go.

Tribe coffee is cleverly constructed around the lifestyle of motorcyclists and  the everyday person just wanting to come and enjoy a cup of coffee. This collaboration is done with such ease that it creates  a sense of community in an otherwise misunderstood and separated section of society.

 

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THE SKIRT

Lisa Gabriel Photography

Lisa Gabriel Photography

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For this post, I decided to focus on my amazing STRADA CHIC floral skirt. When it comes to style and fashion, I usually gravitate towards the bolder options but I feel that any girl can pull this look off with the right shade of confidence. There are two main reasons why I am obsessed with this skirt. 1- It is an A-line skirt and is perfect for my body shape (always remember to dress for your body type) and 2- I am inlove with flowers so this floral pattern is the perfect remedy for the gloomy days we have been experiencing in Cape Town. The scuba material also blocks any cold breeze that might want to creep in.

I also paired it with a warm cropped jersey but if you choose to wear this skirt in Summer, then it could be paired appropriately with a T-shirt. I always like to have one statement piece that stands out and style my look accordingly. I decided to pair this look with my amazing maroon heels that successfully picks up the maroon tones in the skirt and gives it that delightfully charming look.

I would love to take this opportunity to announce that I am the official brand ambassador for an international jewellery and accessory brand, From Turkey with Love. Designed locally but manufactured in Turkey from sterling silver, crystal,gold plating and rare natural stone. The brand is already currently being stocked in exclusive boutiques in Dubai, it has pre-launched in selected upmarket boutiques in Cape Town and launching soon in London but I will go into depth about this amazing brand in my next post.

The Greek Goddess statement cuff gives my look that extra edge and moulds to the curves of my arm perfectly. With its gold/brass finish and carved antique design, this cuff is modern with a tint of art inspired decodance. 

About the shoot:

I always love to share the location my shoots with my readers because I don’t think that it should be this big secret. I believe that location is a key component to having the perfect images. I also love shooting outdoors, especially in Winter because the dramatisation of the skies and gloomy ambiance created by low levels of light makes for an interesting picture don’t you think? These pictures were taken in front of the Taj Hotel.

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When choosing a location, I always love texture and character. Textured walls have been trending but that shouldn’t diminish the beauty of it. We often find that when something becomes popular or overdone, then it’s not ‘cool’ anymore because we tend to think that exclusivity is cool. However,  when it comes to choosing a location, I don’ think it can be overdone because there are so many other factors to consider. You have to consider your outfit, your photographer and even the weather.

 

 

Makeup :  Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Photography : Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

From Turkey with Love : (Facebook page)

 

 

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Lindy Lins Makeup

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River Island Knit Crop, Strada Chic Floral Skirt, River Island heels, From Turkey with Love Arm Cuff

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TWISTED AND TANGLED

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Lisa Gabriel photography

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As stated before in previous posts, I always love to have one statement piece and style my look around that. As you might guessed, the statement piece for this look are these amazingly beautiful sparkly denims. In my previous posts, you may have noticed that I am quite playful in my style and ‘daring’ as some might call it but to me, the looks I compose, I feel any girl can rock. It all depends on how willing you are to step out of your comfort zone. Now, if you are not sure as to what a statement piece would be, it’s usually something that is interesting and it should reflect your personality.

About this look: 

I decided to keep it simple by pairing these jeans with black, simply because I did not want to detract attention from the jeans even though that seems like an impossible task. I’m also really into layering. The key to successful layering and avoiding that ‘bulky look’, make sure that the bottom layer is made of lightweight material. In my case, I have decided to layer with my STRADA CHIC kimono because the material is quite thin and the tassels adds length. Another way in which I added length was by adding my pleater & lace gloves and it instantly becomes clear as to how my arms are elongated. Remember that we are aiming to look chic by layering and not frumpy.

About the shoot:

I have always found trees with no leaves to be undoubtedly beautiful and endearing. I’ve always admired it in still photographs. Maybe it’s because you are able to see their true structure without any excess. I always silently appreciate their beauty because even though they appear to look dead in the harshest weather, their twisted and tangled roots somehow implies that they have a life of their own, far beyond what we can comprehend. Have you ever felt twisted for admiring something that is not meant to be beautiful? Like a broken down warehouse or a wall completely tattooed in graffiti? You are not twisted, you are simply choosing to see the beauty in the struggle and much like the tree, you have to believe that a new season is coming. A tree never doubts that a new season is  coming that will return it to its glorified beauty, it simply waits and deals with the weather even when appearing to be dead. Let your identity be true to your roots, no matter what they are because seasons will change that will cause you to lose your leaves, but this will be your story, a unique and twisted story that is beautiful. Needless to say why I chose this location.

Makeup: Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Photographer: Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

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River Island hat & heels, STRADA CHIC kimono and jacket, Boy London denims, Forever New gloves

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