Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Floral Slip Dress from Truworths {OOTD}

Floral dress (Truworths) | Faux fur gillet (Metropolis Kloof St) | Bag (Blackcherry via Kalahari) | Heels (Steve Madden) | 
Sunglasses (Chloe Eyewear)


Today I'm off to New York (again). As always I am looking forward to a successful work trip. It's so exciting being exposed to the world outside of South Africa, & I am extremely grateful. It's a quick trip, & I will be home on Sunday so not too long before you see me again.

I have a few exciting giveaways launching in September, so be sure to keep your eye on the blog ;)

I have been trying to think of something to do with my hair for summer. I need a change. The other day someone asked if I had extensions on, & while I have no issue letting people know I wear clip-ins, I do have an issue with it no longer looking natural & blending with my hair. I really love long hair, & my own hair is collar bone length (& not as thick as I would like) so the clip-ins have been such a blessing. But maybe I should crop it all off & go pixie (haha not). I am terrified that my head is not the short hair shape!!! Or maybe I should go back to black like Amy Winehouse. I always look good in black. And my brown hair is growing out awful. It's way too light at the roots. Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions I am oh so keen to hear them. I am also considering a lace front wig so I literally have every option available to me :)










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Monday, August 25, 2014

Interview with Nokia Asha A-List Winner: Khanda

Craig Native + Khanda out sourcing for the collection


In my previous Nokia Asha A-List post where I told you guys all about this amazing design initiative/competition by Nokia.  Fashionistas Daisie Jo & Ntuthuko Manqele are seeing their dreams become a reality with the help of Nokia, Craig Native, & of course the R50 000 prize money which will be used towards creating a 12 outfit collection. I have already shared with you my interview with Daisie Jo (read the interview here), but today we get to know my fellow Durbanite Khanda better.


Tell the readers a bit about you; what you do; where you’re from etc.
I have a huge interest in art and especially art that aim to change society. The ability to create something original, to create a benchmark for quality, this is what I strive for. I believe that rules are meant to be broken and it is because of this unconventional approach that I believe that the world needs independent, free thinking, opinionated young people to change and shape it.


What made you decide to submit an entry into the Nokia Asha A-List competition?
I was driving down with my brother to Durban from JHB and while browsing on the net I saw that Nokia was running the A-list competition. What really caught my eye and attention were the images and colours used on the advert and I thought I had a good chance so I entered and here I am.


Have you always had a passion for design?
I’m a creative. I’ve always enjoyed creating and designing which led to me and a couple of other people starting our own brand here in Durban called Sophisticated Monkey Brand Co-op Limited.


What was the inspiration behind your entry? Is this a source you are often drawn to in terms of inspiration; or were you out of your comfort zone?
My inspiration came from the some of the themes that the competition had and this gave me a certain edge as I was feeling comfortable with most of them. I believed that I stood a good chance but I must admit that I never really thought that I’d go on to win the competition as some of the entries had really cool combinations.


When you found out you were a winner, what were you doing, where were you? 
I was away on holiday with my friends when I received the mail that I was in the top 8.                                                                    


Since being announced a winner, how has your life changed?  
It hasn't really sunk in as yet but I've been spending a lot of my time researching trends and what other people are doing, and how I can present my own thoughts into whatever is working at the present time.

How would you describe the collection you have been working on?
Futuristic, it’s really amazing…it’s a 2018 type of vibe.



 What has been the best & worst part about working towards getting your collection ready for the big showcase?
Every moment has been a great experience; I've gained so much knowledge and respect for the whole industry at large.


What has it been like working with Craig Native?
Craig has been a true professional from the day we were announced as winners. A great leader, advisor and role model who has a lot of patience. I’ve really been impressed with the way he has listened and being open to our ideas.


What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My future plans are to have my clothing sold all around the world. I want the brand to be able to take me around the world and do collabos with famous industry celebs such as ASAP rocky and Theophilus London. Most importantly I want to be able to influence more kids into being original, believing in their dreams and living those dreams.


It has been so exciting & inspiring for me to do these posts.  The youth of South Africa have so many opportunities & it is inspiring to see these 2 young individuals truly taking advantage of what’s been put in front of them. Working with Craig Native is something many young designers can only dream about. But more so, learning from him & being open to knowledge is so important. Nokia has literally changed the lives of these 2 individuals, & I am sure we are going to be seeing plenty more from them.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interview with Nokia Asha A-List winner: Daisie Jo

You will remember my previous Nokia Asha A-List post where I told you guys all about this amazing design initiative/competition by Nokia.  Fashionistas Daisie Jo & Ntuthuko Manqele are seeing their dreams become a reality with the help of Nokia, Craig Native, & of course the R50 000 prize money which will be used towards creating a 12 outfit collection.



Today I am giving you the opportunity to get to know Daisie Jo a little better. I put together a few questions for the 19 year-old from the Free State.

Tell the readers a bit about you; what you do; where you’re from etc.
I am a second year student at the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design, in Stellenbosch. I was born and raised in a small town in the Free State, and am absolutely loving the Western Cape!

What made you decide to submit an entry into the Nokia Asha A-List competition?
I am a huge fan of Craig Natives’ revolutionary designs and I realized what a great opportunity being mentored by him would be.

Have you always had a passion for design?
I grew up in a small town where I was home-schooled for the majority of my school career and subsequently spent most of my time drawing. It became a real passion after I won my first “design” competition at 12 years old which earned me a two-page spread in a local teenage lifestyle magazine. I have always wanted to study fashion but I wasn’t sure which institution I wanted to go to so I did quite a bit of research and came across the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design in Stellenbosch. The academy was running a competition for a full-time scholarship and I won. I feel lucky because I am living out my dream.

What was the inspiration behind your entry? Is this a source you are often drawn to in terms of inspiration; or were you out of your comfort zone?
No, I don’t think I was out of my comfort zone and being the young designer that I am, I believe there is a big gap in the market for local street wear.  South Africa and my love for the country is definitely my main source of inspiration. Our cultures and the visual representation of that through a variety of colours speak to me. Growing up in Free State, near Lesotho, has influenced my designs greatly due to the mountainous landscape and vibrancy in the local markets. 

When you found out you were a winner, what were you doing, where were you?                                                                        
I was at home, in the Free State, for a semester break. I was really surprised and at the same time realized that this is a great opportunity for me.

Since being announced a winner, how has your life changed?  
I was flown to Durban, and had the privilege of being able to go to the Durban July, which was a blast! I have designed my range and presented it to Craig Native. I was extremely nervous even though it was such an amazing experience to meet Craig and be mentored by him. I admire his work ethic and it was very inspiring to work with him.

How would you describe the collection you have been working on?
It is my take on street wear which is inspired by South Africa and the way I interpret it.


 What has been the best & worst part about working towards getting your collection ready for the big showcase?
It’s been positive because I am doing what I love. I am still a student, so it’s really incredible being a part of the actual process and seeing how the industry actually works.

What has it been like working with Craig Native?
I do understand that he is a very busy professional and I appreciate the time, effort and care he has bestowed on us. I respect him tremendously and being able to learn from him is an experience I will never forget.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I do realize I am very blessed and have received incredible opportunities. I would like to contribute to the growth and success of the South African fashion industry. I think we have a lot going for us and I would like to see more people support the local industry which can lead to job creation and a better livelihood for so many people. Unfortunately, today the majority of consumers are buying fast fashion but we should be proud to wear locally made and designed products. The future? I am living for every moment and enjoying everyday to the fullest. Thank you very much Nokia and Craig Native for this amazing opportunity!


WOW!!! If that was not one of the most inspiring interview ever than I don’t know what is. Daisie jo certainly has a BIG bright future ahead of her.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Le PJ Pant {OOTD}

Top (Mr Price) | Pants (Topshop) | Coat (Traffic Clothing) | Clutch (Blackcherry via Kalahari) | Heels (Steve Madden)

I found these extra special pants at Topshop about 2 months ago. Unfortunately the fit (construction of the pocket area) caused me to have to purchase 1 size up & then have them tailored to fit me. But I was desperate for them so it was worth it. I love the PJ vibe they give off. I like that. I love them. And I don't own anything else like them so that's a plus. I know this is an absolute OVERLOAD of images but I really had so many to choose from it just seemed fair to share as many as possible (hehe). 

I will be starting my travel period this weekend, heading off to New York. Again. That almost sounds a little bratty. How dare I?! I am excited. I think I will get this feeling for as long as I do what I do. I really do enjoy it. If you don't already follow me on Instagram, you better get following - that's where I will be keeping you updated on what I am doing & where I am going. It's @brettrobson for the record :) 













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Sharon + Kelly Osbourne x MAC Haul {Beauty}




My latest beauty video features a few of the goodies I purchased from the Sharon + Kelly Osbourne x MAC collections. I am no Osbourne family fan, but I am a MAC fan so these collections are always fun to try out. I hope you enjoy the video. if you purchased anything from these collections please do share your thoughts on them below. Love hearing from you all :)



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SLIDERS: How to wear them. Where to shop them. What I think of them.

Fashion bloggers wearing the trend. Atlantic Pacific (left) & Sheryl from Walk In Wonderland (right). 

Today I thought I would open up the discussion on "sliders". I first came across these on a trending website I subscribe to at work. I simply couldn't understand how they could possibly believe this was actually going to be a trend. Well, shock & horror - this is very much a trend. And EVERYONE (except me & maybe you) is wearing it. Now let's just get the Birkenstock - slider thing out the way. "Sliders" have been modelled off the Birkenstock (which is actually a shoe brand). FYI Birkenstocks retail for around R1300 (for a basic pair) to R3700 (for a special pair) - I am no expert on the brand or style of sandal but I found these prices on Net-A-Porter.

Birkenstocks were once the shoe of choice for hippies. But what's changed. Why have these sandals become so darn popular? Was it the Guardian proclaiming 2013 "The Year of The Birkenstock", or perhaps its Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller we have to thank for raving about the Celine Spring 2013 fur-lined Birkenstocks. Ok well, she is The Man Repeller & her taste leaves much to be questioned so I guess that should have been expected, right? And if this was the shoe of 2013, why are we only seeing it now? Well, technically speaking, the trend is actually over & Vogue has named the clog as the shoe of Summer 2014. But that just means that all the early adopters of the trend are done wearing it. For the average person, & more so the average South African person (we see trends about a season or more after it's been seen in the USA or Europe) the trend is just getting started.

What's my verdict on the slider? I really really hate them. I contemplated getting a pair a few weeks ago because I know many of my readers would like to wear them, & more so would like to see how to wear them. But luckily I came to my senses & decided that me wearings something I truly don't believe in isn't what this blog is about, & simply isn't who I am. If you like the slider, then go for it. If you intend on doing lots of walking in them - don't purchase a cheap pair because your feet will suffer. I have seen a few comments from people who purchased cheaper pairs & said "they're cool as long as you don't walk in them for too long". And just because you won't be seeing them on my feet, doesn't mean I can't show you how you can wear them. I drew inspiration from a few of my favourite fashion bloggers for you to see how these sandals can be styled. And I checked out a few of my favourite retailers to show you where you can get a pair no matter your budget. So, I hope you have enjoyed this post. My opinion is exactly that "MY OPINION" & if you love your sliders then good for you! Let me know what you think of today's post in the comments section, & tell me if you own a pair :) xx

Known for wearing her comfy Birkenstocks is fashion blogger Sincerely Jules



1. Inwear at Truworths - R299 (here)
2. Country Road at Woolworths  - R549 (here)
3. Mr Price  - R69.99
4. Mr Price  - R79.99


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