Monday, April 14, 2014

Let's talk Autumn/Winter Trends for 2014


Woohoo! I have finally finished editing this 16 minute video!!! I shot this video weeks ago, but am only publishing it now for multiple reasons. One of those reasons is that I actually wanted to scrap it because there are noisy birds in the background. While filming I honestly didn't hear a thing - but the camera picked up EVERYTHING!!!

In this video, I discuss the broader themes for the season: Grunge; Luxe; Feminity etc. I then also discuss a few prints you should invest in, as well as hot items for the season. I didn't mention absolutely every trend going on, these are just the ones I was keen on letting you guys know about.

Honestly, between my winter trending trip to NYC last August, & what I have seen locally of late - nothing is that revolutionary. Crop tops are still big, the sleeves are just longer. The midi-skirt is being worn by everyone & their mother. And monochrome is still around!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the video, if you do - let me know your thought. Again, I apologize for the noisy birds! Also, I just want you guys to note that this is my interpretation of what is happening for the season. It is not set in stone, & I want you guys to interpret it & adapt it in your own way.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Snake Dress {OOTD}

 Dress (LABEL Femme via Sassychic) | Belt (YDE) | Bag (H&M) | Heels (The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden)


My niece calls this The Snake Dress. It's quite sweet actually, as she hates snakes but loves this dress (& me of course).  It's Friday, & that means its 1 week until I leave on another work trip - this time to New York. On my first NYC trip last August, I didn't bother with the tourist stuff; but on this trip I have 1 day free to do whatever I want, so I have been planning what I can do. I definitely want to see the MoMA (Museum of Modern Arts) & the Empire State building (I have seen it, but not been to the top); & also to have a cup of coffee in Central Park. I will hopefully get to do all this stuff & more on my free day - & even though I will be alone, I'm sure I will get enough pictures for Instagram lol.

I was actually chatting to a friend of mine about Easter which is next Sunday. Last Easter I was alone in Hong Kong, having Starbucks for lunch. This Easter, I will be in New York trending. It's so funny how life goes, & where we find ourselves. I never dreamt that this would be my life. My job has opened me up to many possibilities, & in many ways has changed my views on so many things. To say that I was blessed or lucky would be a huge understatement. But I am really grateful for it all.





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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lime skirt for evening GLAM {OOTD}

Top (Miss Selfridge) | Skirt (Mr Price) | Heels (Steve Madden) | Earrings (Lovisa) | Rings (Asos) 

I styled this look for a small feature I did for GET IT Magazine Durban (see it here). I just love how sexy this bodysuit is. I posted all 3 looks using this stunning lime skirt - but I still had this look to post individually (I love seeing lots of images rather than just the published image). 

I received a little criticism over my styling choices in the feature, & I thought I would chat a bit about that over here. Style is an individual thing. What appeals to you may not appeal to me. And as the person styling the 3 looks for GET IT Mag - I not only had to think of myself, but mainly about the reader. It's very similar to what I do at work. I see an amazing garment & want to have it with all the bells & whistles - but I can't do that because i have to think of who my customer is. She is pretty much your average female. Very commercial & not very fashion forward (she doesn't take risks with fashion). You have to approach trends lightly with her & it takes time for her to get into it. But back to my styling choices - I previously styled this skirt with a lilac top & chiffon bomber (see here), & while that was a great look - it did not have mass appeal, & while many would've loved the way it looked - they would not have worn it in that way. So, when styling these looks, I thought to myself "How can I make everyone feel like they can try this; but still feel like I could wear it too?". And that's how I came up with the looks. You may not agree with my choices - but that's ok. 






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Monday, April 7, 2014

Making a statement + Get The LOOK {Feature}


 I styled a few looks for GET IT Magazine Durban. The looks were based around this gorgeous lime colored skirt I am wearing above. A skirt like this is very bold, & I can imagine that many women steer clear of colors like this because of how bold they are. I'v put together a Casual, Evening, & Work look for you. I have also added a small "GET THE LOOK" feature below so that should you wish to purchase something similar, you can find it here locally.

(Please mind the blurry scanned image - i have linked it to the online feature for you to see)


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Friday, April 4, 2014

WORK. {OOTD}

 Blouse (H&M) | Skirt (Mr Price) | Bag (Blackcherry Bags) | Heels (Gavin Rajah x LEGIT)


How do you dress to work? This is not a look I would wear very often, as I like to be very relaxed & comfortable at the office. I am often running around & getting down & dirty with samples, measuring tapes & all; so this look doesn't make sense for me. However, if you are in an office environment & if this is the kind of look you wear to work - well I think this is a nice way to spruce up your look. Most women wear classic colored pencil skirts to work (black / navy/ stone) - but I think you could really make a statement by wearing a bold colored skirt like this lime one.

I hope this was helpful, & that I have inspired you to be bolder in your work-dressing!





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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LILAC LOVE {OOTD}

Jacket (Mr Price) | Sunglasses (Pucci) | Top (Cotton On) | Pants (H&M) | Heels (Steve Madden) | Clutch (Woolworths)

Right now I'm sitting in the lounge at Dubai airport - waiting for flight back to Durban. I'v been in China since 20 March. Im tired & exhausted after another successful business trip. But I am also happy & excited to be going home to my family (especially my 3 year old niece). 

It's been so hard not being able to post to the blog. China doesn't allow Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, YouTube etc. Only Instagram. Previously I had sorted VPN issues so that I could still post to the blog; but this time even though I did that I still wasn't able to post - not entirely sure why. This is something i will have to sort out for the future. It was so hard being able to go on YouTube & even blogger - but not being able to upload anything - so close but so far!

I shopped so much in Hong Kong - I cannot wait to do a haul video with everything for you guys! But for now, I hope you've missed me as much as I missed you all! xx







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