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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)

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Adidas beanie & sneakers, Zara quilted jacket, Topshop jeans

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Lookbook Outfit Street style

B O M B E R

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If you have seen me out recently or most of my videos on Instagram then you would have noticed that I literally LIVE in this bomber jacket. There’s such a ‘keeping it real’ vibe associated with a girl that wears a bomber jacket that I can’t quite explain. Any girl that owns a bomber jacket will wear it until its end.

I would say that I have latched onto this trend more than anything else because the ath-leisure trend has been making its way into my everyday wardrobe and it’s just so darn effortless and what better way to ease into a popular trend than by getting your very own bomber jacket? It’s not hard not find and depending on what you are willing to spend, there is literally a bomber for everyone. It’s incredibly versatile, especially when you are on the go and running errands and not to mention SUPER stylish. If you’re looking to inject some attitude and charm to your look all at once then this is the essential piece for you.

If you’re thinking that this look is a bit too masculine for you then there are bombers in lighter shades and slightly more feminine.

                     

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Bomber jackets don’t have to limited to just being casual wear but can easily make an appearance on those special nights out. For example, one could wear a body-con dress, heels and a bomber jacket or skinny jeans, heels, a fitted top and a bomber jacket. The trick is to keep everything else fitted, especially if your bomber jacket is a bit loose. Also, if you choose a bomber jacket with a different material such as satin, it will instantly elevate your look to be more classy and chic. It’s all about what makes you feel sexy and confident at the end of the day so DO YOU BOO! This piece is so versatile that there aren’t really any rules when wearing a bomber. You are allowed to experiment and be brave because you really can’t go wrong.

About this Look:

I decided to go for a more casual street-style look because it’s what I feel most comfortable in and lately I’ve been loving the laid-back look. As a fashion blogger, you forget that you are allowed to be laid-back in your blog posts, you don’t have to be dressed to the nines 24/7. You can feel equally as cool by just wearing something simple. I paired the olive green bomber with white jeans and a white jersey because I wanted to accentuate the jacket as much as I could and not take away from it. I feel this is the perfect ‘college-girl’ look or for the girl on the run that still wants to remain fashionable. I added a playful touch by wearing my blue sneakers from Topshop. I didn’t really feel like being too matchy so I decided to add a playful pop of colour especially since the jacket itself is quite playful.

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

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Fashion Outfit Photography

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.

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Tauriq Ajam Visuals (book here)

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Fashion Outfit Photography Street style

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.

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

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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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Lindy Lins Makeup

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.

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

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Black Is The New Black Lookbook Outfit Street style

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK

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Topshop cape & top, River Island leggings, Steve Madden heels

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Lisa Gabriel Photogoraphy

I always told myself that I would never be one of those people that wear all-black ensembles on a regular but more often than not, I find myself plucking black items from my closet. Not only is black mysterious but it is extremely sexy.If you’re not comfortable wearing all-black then try colour popping either with a bright lipstick, jewellery or nail polish. Another thing I love about wearing all-black is that you can recycle your items more often than any other colour and actually end up saving money. The days of being ’emo’ when wearing all-black are long gone so instead of thinking that you’re bland if you wear black, embrace your inner fierceness and you never have to worry about going out of style because black is ALWAYS in.

About this look:

These pleather leggings go with EVERYTHING and its versatility is truly endless. I think it’s always good, especially if you have curves such as myself, to throw on a cape and the cape also pulls the whole outfit together. The cape also adds an element of drama which is subtly excused when wearing an all-black outfit, making it appear effortlessly chic. Need I say more?

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel Photography (book here)

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Lookbook Outfit

STRADA CHIC | SHE’S GOING PLACES

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Strada Chic dress, FromTurkey with Love jewellery, Steve Madden shoes

 

Have you ever felt like what you wear represents you as a person? We may not all feel this way but I for one do. If you see me on a daily basis then you would know that I don’t really ‘dress up’ on a daily. However, for my blog, I wish to portray a certain version of myself, a version that all of my readers can relate to on a stylish level and somewhat on a personal level. This is why, when we want to portray different versions of ourselves whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, one of the ways in which we do so is in the way we dress. For example, you’re not going to go to a buisness dinner dressed in your sweats, will you?

About this look:

There’s something about my STRADA CHIC dress that encompasses an air of confidence for the girl wearing this dress that screams, ‘she’s going places’. There’s something so effortless about it and that’s the way I designed.  Ultimately, confidence is one of the most important tools a girl can possess and what better way to feel confident and comfortable? If a girl has confidence, she is truly capable of anything. I decided to pair this dress with nude heels because personally, I don’t think that anything should overpower this dress as it is a statement on it’s own. In fact, I have added a bit of edge by adding this MAC lipstick but still keeping it sophisticated by adding these stunning pieces of jewellery from From Turkey with Love. You can visit their website if you would like to purchase any other of their beautiful pieces. Also, the sleek-back look is a first for me, I usually let my hair go with the wind but I feel this look is working for me. What do you think?

Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel photography (book here)

From Turkey with Love (purchase here)

Note: My online store will be available soon but for now, if you would like to pre-order my STRADA CHIC dress then please feel free to pop me an email.

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Lookbook Outfit

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Topshop jacket, Strada Chic one-piece, River Island pants, Steve Madden heels

 

Can you believe that the year is almost at its end again? It’s that time of year where we can regret or rejoice as we reflect back on all the decisions we’ve made thus far but for now, let us not regret the fashion choices we make. This shoot was so much fun and quite far from the typical locations I choose. What do you think of the change in scenery? I like to keep it fresh for ya’ll.

About this Look:

I am so in-love with the newly purchased Palazzo trousers from River Island and what I love the most is that you can either dress it up or down. It’s perfect for a day at the beach or for that girls night you’ve been looking forward to. Either way, its practical and definitely an investment for the upcoming sunny season. Paired with my Strada Chic one-piece and Steve Madden strap-heels, it really gives the overall look a polished elegance. I then threw the denim jacket on just to add a bit of edge. I always love finishing off an elegant look with something edgy.

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If you would like to order the Strada Chic one-piece as seen in the pictures then please pop me an email as my online store will be available shortly.

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Makeup: Lindy Lins makeup (book here)

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Lookbook Outfit

GOLDEN TREND

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Woolworths hat and sandals, Strada Chic top and skirt

I decided to showcase two of my ultimate favourite Strada Chic items because 1-A-line skirts are my life right now and 2- comfort is key. With Summer slowly approaching, I find myself slowly transgressing into wearing lighter and ‘earthier’ colours instead of opting for brighter colours which I usually do this time of year. I’ve discovered that it’s best to buy neutral-colour items as it’s easier to pair as opposed to bright colours and I find that I can make so much more diverse outfits and in the long run save money.

I’ve also have a fascination with pairing same-coloured items because it leaves me to accessories and accentuate other elements of my outfit as a whole. Speaking of, I decided to pair the From Turkey with Love Hamsa hand bracelet and necklace that adds a effortlessly chic and delicate look to my outfit.

A bit of history:

The Hamsa hand is seen as the universal sign of protection as well as blessings, power and strength. It originated in the Middle East and was seen as a symbol of holiness, healing and miracles which would ultimately protect against evil doers. Alternative names for the Hamsa hand are the Hand of Fatima in Islam and the Hand of Miriam in Judaism. Although different cultures have different names for the Hamsa Hand, it reflects the same purpose in all cultures and that has to mean something right?

Aside from its symbolic meaning, this is definitely a golden trend this season. Its delicacy compliments almost every outfit with its subtle elegance. If you would love to get your hands on these items then simply visit the From Turkey with Love website and get ordering.

On that note, if you would like to order any of my Strada Chic items seen in this post then feel free to pop me an email and I will send you all the relevant information.  My online store will be available soon.

Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

Lisa Gabriel photography (book here)

From Turkey with Love (buy here)

 

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From Turkey with Love necklace and bracelet

 

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ARCHITECTURAL ART

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River Island sleeveless jacket, crop top & leggings, Woolworths shoes, Zuri ring & neck-piece

 

The convergence between architecture and fashion has slowly started to creep into my life. Architecture in and of itself is an art-form and by combining the two, makes for an interesting interpretation of your own style. Coco Chanel said that ‘fashion is architecture’ and this couldn’t ring more true because whether we love fashion or we don’t, everyday we are constructing pieces of clothing that to an extent, represent us as human beings. However, in my case, I have made a conscious decision to reflect different realms of my being by giving my readers something visual to look at whilst unconsciously identifying with me as a human being. In other words, you may have noticed that I tend to stray away from one specific style but that’s just me, I change my mind all the time and I would like that to be reflective of someone that is constantly evolving.

About this Look:

I decided to keep it simple and classic by wearing an all-black ensemble. I recently picked up this black raw-cut sleeveless jacket  and black pleather leggings from River Island so I just had to wear it. When I buy items, I always make sure that I already have an outfit in mind and when buying black items, its not difficult to pull together multiple outfits by recycling the same items. Paired with gold accessories, I kept it chic and classy.

About this location: 

I fell in-love with this Location because of all it represents – the hustle and bustle of city life and a gentle reminder that the mind is the conquerer of all and I can truly achieve all I set out for myself. Like I said in previous posts, it’s always important to dress ‘location appropriate’ and stick to the theme of location. For example, I wasn’t about to wear an all-black outfit with a forest background but rather bright and vibrant colours. It’s all about creating an aesthetic that is believable and authentic.

Makeup : Lindy Lins Makeup (book here)

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