Fashion by Brett Robson

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mad About Mules {Trend Alert}


Mules have made a comeback & are the hottest shoes right now - In My Opinion. I saw @queenofjozi (find her on Instagram) often wearing mules & I was keen to try the trend myself. I now own a few pairs of mules & they are all so different while all being the same shoe style. My favourite mule has got to be from Call It Spring. I purchased the white pair & wore it almost every day for a week straight - so I purchased the black pair too. Best decision ever!

I think what many women love about mules it is that it gives the illusion of being more comfortable than a traditional stiletto style shoe. I guess it's the fact that most of your foot is being securely nuzzled. I also like the fact that they slip on & off with ease. Confession - I can't drive in high heels. Mules are perfect for that because they are not too complicated. I also have to mention that while mules have been traditionally backless, we have seen the trend evolve with the addition straps around the back of the foot or ankle. I like this. It adds some dimension & security. So am I mad about mules? Hell yeah!



Mules can be worn with a multitude of looks. Whether you ware wearing jeans & a Tee or a fancy "night out on the town" look - you can find the perfect pair of mules for the occasion. I wanted to share with you a few pairs of mules that I think are super hot, & that you have to have!

If you haven't already started wearing this shoe style, have I convinced you to try?







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Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Pose Like a Fashion Blogger


I have seen a few posts like this over the years, & I thought why not do one of my own. I am constantly being asked for blogging tips, & basically everything blog related so I figured this topic falls right in there. After all, people love imagery. I will be very honest here, I don't always get the images I want. Often what I think I look like, & what I actually look like when posing for a picture are completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Life right? Today my hope is to share a few tips for how you should pose for your photos. I will always say that you should be yourself in pictures. But for some people, like me - I get a better result when I am actually posing not just being natural. I hope this helps you :)


Touch your hair.
I feel like your hair is a prop in pictures. One of the things I miss most about long hair, is that now I don't have much to work with. But what I do have - I make work. Whenever I am not sure of what to do with my hand, I place it on my head or push a hair behind my ear. It always works for me.



Hand on Hip.
I'm sure you are all doing this anyway, but in case you aren't - you should try it. Whether its one hand or both hands on the hip, I feel like this is always a flattering pose no matter your size or shape. Sometimes, when both your hands are at your sides, it doesn't show off your body or the look you are wearing. So, but simply placing one hand on your hip you can change it all.



Leg cross-over aka Know your strengths.
This is a funny one for me. I never really used to do this before. Or maybe not as much as before rather. I have a scar on my left shin, which I hate. I have been self-conscious about it for years now. So, in pictures I put my right leg in front of the left leg to cover it up.  It is not something I think about, it just happens in my subconscious mind - but I do know why I do it. This pose does also look great in pictures, but for me it's mainly about knowing ones strengths & weaknesses. For you it may be that taking pictures of the left side of your face is more flattering than the right. Figure out what works for you.



Look Back.
I love how these images look. Whether you are walking away from the camera & turn to look at it while in motion. Or simply looking over your shoulder back at the camera. It works. And more importantly it gives some dimension to the images. You get to show your look off at a different angle.



Look down.
Many people hate this pose. I have seen countless posts on Instagram asking "What are all fashion bloggers looking for on the floor?". It's funny. And no, I am not looking for anything. I think this works for a few reasons. I often look to the ground when I am struggling with my eyes - which is often. Jerome teases me because my eyes struggle in sunlight. So, when we are shooting & I can feel that my eyes aren't coping, I give them a break by looking away from the camera & to the ground. I like to tilt my head when I look down. You want to either be looking at the ground on your left or right side. This pose is also great for the shy person. If you aren't feeling that comfortable with the photographer this would be great for you. No eye contact! But please don't do this for an entire shoot. Try to show us your pretty face :)



Motion.
I used to be very still in images. But I have learnt how to pose while in motion. And to be honest, these are some of my favourite images. Motion allows us to show the drape of clothing. To show the movement of our bodies. To add some character to a look post.



Have fun. 
I have started to have fun when shooting & not just be serious. There aren't many smiling pictures I like of myself, & I will always prefer the more serious ones, but by smiling here & there or laughing, I feel like it shows you guys a little bit of me. I laugh a lot. I love laughing really. And half of the time when I am shooting with Jerome, we are laughing about something or the other. Telling each other stories & being relaxed. Having a little fun & shaking off the negativity is always good in a creative environment. I believe creativity breeds off positivity & happiness. So why not try to portray exactly that.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fringe Jacket + Lace Dress {OOTD}

Dress (Necessary Clothing) | Fringe Jacket (Nasty Gal) | Heels (Steve Madden)

It's been a hot minute since my last outfit post, but I wanted to share this one with you before I left for China. Tomorrow I am off to China on business. I am making a stop in Dubai for 2 days on my way to SA, & then I shall be back in time for Easter with my family. It's to funny, but 2 years ago I remember spending Easter alone in Hong Kong having lunch in Starbucks. This time of year for us clothing/fashion folk is always so busy. Last year this time I was in China, then a few weeks later in April I was in New York. This lifestyle really is something. But it does take some getting used to. And it is by no means for everyone. I must admit it suits me just fine. I get stressed, & from time to time I feel drained & exhausted - but I wouldn't change it. I love that I have purpose everyday, doing something that makes me feel happy.

I am really looking forward to this trip. I have been working so hard on my secret project which will be revealed very soon, that this working trip is almost going to be like a holiday. 

Now this look. I feel like it's so damn chic & classy. But at the same time there's that edge with the fringe leather jacket. I purchased this jacket last year, & when it finally arrived earlier this year I was so excited to wear it, but I just never did - until this. I felt like this look was perfect to introduce you all to this beauty. If I was at Paris Fashion Week, I would dress like this. No doubt in my mind. I would own this.










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Monday, March 16, 2015

WIN a hair makeover with Garnier Color Sensation #BeSensational


There is nothing like a new do to make you feel confident & ready to take on anything. Once I began to embrace my short haircut - I felt powerful in some way. The same goes for a new hair colour. A new colour can take you from drab to fab in no time! And today, in conjunction with Garnier Color Sensation, you could get the opportunity to WIN a hair makeover to take your look to the next level. What I love about this competition, is that it appeals to every woman. You could be a working mom with no time to herself. Or a student with no funds to pay for the new look you've been craving. Or you could simply be in need of the look to go with your vibrant personality. Whoever you are, I think you should enter this competition. And here's why.

While I haven't dyed my hair in a while, I have used Garnier Color Sensation on my hair on numerous occasions. For those who aren't aware, I don't like my natural colour much & always prefer a slightly darker brown to black look. I could go on & on about the Garnier Color Sensation hair dye for days really. But the main reason why I used it was because it was bang for my buck.  At R59.99 you are really getting a great product. Even with dark hair dye, I had vibrancy & shine. My hair was NEVER dull. There was always dimension to my hair colour - I like that. And to top it off - it's fool proof (easy to use). There are also tons of shades to choose from, so even if you aren't going to enter this competition, I think you should at least try the hair dye ;)

Have I got your attention yet? I hope so, because you are going to love this part. Garnier Color Sensation will be giving 2 of my readers (who reside in Gauteng, Cape Town or Durban) a hair makeover which will be featured on the Espresso Morning Show on SABC 3 (FYI I'm really jealous!).  Because I didn't want any of you to miss out on entering this great competition, I have opened it up on all social platforms, as well as on email for everyone to enter! I want you all to #besensational

How can you enter?
We want to hear from you. Send us a recent picture of yourself (head & shoulders no more than 3 months old), & tell us why we should choose you to get a hair makeover from the Garnier Color Sensation team.



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T&Cs
1. Competition closes 12pm 23 March. Winners will be announced 27 March.
2. You must be over 18 & reside in South Africa, within Guateng, Cape Town or Durban
3. You must include a recent image, no more than 3 months old in order for your entry to be valid
4. You must include your full name, email address & city of residence with your entry
5. You must be willing to use box hair dye on your hair.
6. You must be available on 13 & 14 April 2015 (Cape Town entrants) & 20, 21, 22 (Gauteng & Durban entrants)
7. Prize is non-transferable
8. Winners are chosen by the promoter & not Fashion by Brett Robson
9. Once winners have been announced, you have 24 hours to respond to notification 
10. Please note that by submitting your entry, your submission may be posted online & viewed publicly.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Camel Skirt + Stripe Jacket {OOTD}

Stripe blazer (H&M) | Crop top (Topshop) | Skirt (River Island) | Bag (Blackcherry via Kalahari) | Heels (Zara)

I received a comment on my Facebook page asking "What kind of blogger are you?". The question, & comments that followed were intended to question me in a negative way. Seeking an explanation for my behaviour. I however, did not take the comment in that negative light. Instead I asked myself the very same question "What kind of blogger are you?".  The answer is simple, yet so complex. There are so many layers to me, my life, & my blog. And while each aspect of my life is very different, they're all tangled so deeply that it's hard to separate one from the other.

Me. I'm addicted to gym right now. I want to live a long, healthy, active life. This has been a personal focus & journey that I am really enjoying.

My life. Where to start? My career is great. I am overly focussed on the goals I have set for myself. I am in Jhb on Wednesday/Thursday, which will result in my missing my niece's birthday. I am off to China on 19 March & only returning on 1 April. This results in my missing my sister's graduation. This makes me sad. I have neglected my family a great deal this year. I spend most of my time working at my job or working at home. I know they understand that I am focussed on the blog & my work, but I also know that they would much rather have a minute or two to chat every now & then 

My blog. It's been a busy start to the year for me. New relationships being formed. The maintaining of existing relationships & brand partnerships. And I am working on the biggest project of my own to date. This has taken up every minute of my day. And even though I have many people involved in the many processes of this project, I still find myself constantly busy with it. I am barely sleeping.

So when you ask me, "What kind of blogger are you?", all of the above comes rushing to mind. I am the kind of blogger who wants to be able to do what makes me happy. I am a blogger who focusses my energy on achieving goals. I am a blogger who has a family that I love & care for, even though I am choosing to focus my attention elsewhere. I am a blogger who is so ambitious & hungry for success that I am building & creating a life that I can be proud of. I am a blogger who is not afraid of challenges & sleepless nights. I am blogger who remains true to myself. I am a blogger who is absolutely blessed to have you reading this post.

I am not in the habit of explaining myself. However, I will say this. I do appreciate every single reader I have. And that goes for social media too. I see every like & comment. I unfortunately don't get the time to respond to every one to say thanks. On Facebook, I do try to like all comments. And when I am asked a question, I do try to answer (except if it's something like "Where are the shoes from?" when I have mentioned or tagged it in the picture. Or if I have said to check the blog for details in my caption). However, if you feel that I am not appreciative of you. You could not be more wrong. And I apologise for it coming across that way. I'm human. I am only capable of so much. I would rather simply give your comment a thumbs up, than have an assistant or social media manager replying like they are me. Nothing you say is unnoticed. Thank you for taking the time to leave the comments letting me know what you're thinking.












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Friday, February 27, 2015

Iggy Azalea X Steve Madden


I am the hugest Iggy Azalea fan. And I am a big Steve Madden fan, so you know I am going crazy over this collaboration. Every time Steve (yes, we are on a first name basis) does a collaboration I get excited. What I love most about collaborations is that you are often getting a piece of more than one 'thing' you love, for the price of 1. Makes sense right? lol. I remember when The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden launched & it didn't come to South Africa. I was going crazy trying to find it when I was abroad, & eventually picked up a pair in Hong Kong. Then the Peace Love Shea x Steve Madden collaboration came around & I couldn't even find a pair in New York because they were sold out. But that's the POWER in these collaborations. Steve Madden is a HUGE brand on it's own. But by collaborating with some of our favourite people they are a force of nature together. I love that. And I especially love that it's affordable.

But back to my girl Iggy Azalea. I am crazy about almost every pair of shoes in the range. And although South Africa will only be receiving 3 of the styles in the collection (see the 3 styles pictured below), I think they chose the 3 best from the collection to send our way. I wish I could afford to buy all 3, but I am going to have to settle for 1 pair. I absolutely love the Tempo style. It's black & white which I will wear with everything of course. And it's got the beautiful jewels on the front. I am in love!

The collection will be in your nearest Steve Madden store this March, so you had better get excited!





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