Silk

Hello again,

I hope there are still some of you out there after my radio silence.  I’ve been missing my styling work and inspirational outfit posts (I use the word inspirational for myself), I felt a craving to slowly get into it again. And what is inspiring me at the moment is silk.  I don’t get much opportunity to wear it with three little boys to ferry about all day but I do enjoy playing around with ideas, and should the opportunity arise to leave the house without sticky hands in tow to something fun then I would grab it and wear silk!

I love the versatility of the fabric.  The softness against the skin is an obvious attraction, but the floaty and weightless feel is heavenly.  I also find that the illuminating sheen of the fabric can make dull skin look radiant and bright.  Thanks to the “anything goes trends” of the last couple of years, whilst there certainly are trends to follow, it really is anyone’s game as to what you do with that trending item.  Silk is being paired with anything from chunky knits and blazers to sneakers and sandals and that’s how we can bring it into our daily wardrobe when there isn’t a heap up of fancy invitations filling up our inboxes.

My photos (as always) have a long way to go (as does my writing), but I am totally out of practice, photos are less than average (apologies) not to mention I am on serious time constraints these days when I do anything, so the quicker I can get something done the better, the idea of perfecting anything goes out the window.  These poor photos are just to show you what I have done with some of the silk pieces in my wardrobe to dress them down.  I sadly didn’t have time to do shoes and accessories but I will add notes below to advise what I would have done, followed by more professional and aesthetically pleasing shots taken from various sources.

In the first two images I am wearing a metallic leather dress which I also LOVE and never get a chance to wear.  Metallic, plunging necklines (back and front) and leather are all prominent features that you would normally only have one of per garment, so throwing three into the mix means I have to tone it down.  Ive popped a charcoal silk blouse on underneath, I am wearing it back to front to give me a higher neckline with a bit of a frill for an added touch of femininity to an otherwise slightly grungy look.  Whilst I wouldn’t wear this for the school run I would wear it to a special birthday lunch or an upmarket restaurant during the day.  Depending on the venue I would either wear plain leather pumps, espadrilles or an understated pair of biker boots to finish this look off with a very simple and small bag.

Shop boots here

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Here I am wearing silk on silk, mixing pink tones together.  I love wearing the same colour in different tones as an outfit.  This raspberry or watermelon pink blouse is the same style as the charcoal one above.  (It also looks beautiful with blue denim jeans). Ive put it together with this pale pink skirt that I bought from Jigsaw about 5 or 6 years ago and still love it just as much, it was such a great purchase and I sometimes wear it during the day with a t-shirt and sneakers.  This outfit I would again wear to a smart lunch with flat sandals or converse to dress it down and to keep it simple I would add a neutral or tan coloured bag. To dress this look up I would wear pointed flats or heeled sandals and I love the idea of bringing teal into the equation. So I would either look for a colourful printed shoe or a patterned bag combining at least one of the pinks with teal or ochre for a fun contrast.

I adore these earrings that I thought would be fabulous with this outfit to add a bit of contrast.

Shop Earrings Here

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Next up is a fluffy jumper worn over a silk dress in the same colour.  The picture of my fluffy knit really didn’t come out well but this is a silk dress that I would only really have the chance to wear to a wedding or a formal evening function, so to give me another opportunity to wear it, I recently wore this chunky knit over the dress to a friends birthday drinks with casual tan coloured slides and a leopard print clutch.  I would also wear sneakers with this look and an informal style raffia bag such as the one below. I love the exact colour match of the two garments here but different textures. To keep it all matchy matchy I would wear the teal earrings above with this outfit too.  This beautiful green can also be seen coming through in some of the raffia tassels on the bag below.

Shop bag here

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Lastly I love this slightly rock ‘n roll look below.  Here I have worn the silk dress again with a leather biker jacket on top.  This would definitely work in cooler weather so I would put high top sneakers or ankle boots with this combo to round it off perfectly.  A small black bag or something vibrant from Missibaba would be my choice of accessory depending on the day.

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Shop bags here

 

And now for the professional pictures to give you much improved visuals of how to do silk.

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That’s it for now friends and followers, hope you have a fabulous Sunday evening and week ahead, hopefully I will be back again soon!

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Summer Essentials

I haven’t quite digested the fact that December is 1 day away.  Its such a cliche but every year goes faster and every year Im less organised by the time December comes around.  I think as soon as your children get to school going age, life becomes a bit more hectic not only having your own diary but all of a sudden you have another person’s schedule to consider.  In saying that I am not ready, I am still so excited for the holiday’s to arrive and for schools to break up so we can all wind down and enjoy some well deserved relaxation.   Once holidays begin, the last thing I want to do is have to pack up a ton of stuff to lug to our holiday destination (although some stuff can’t be avoided) the less there is to cart the less stress around the big trek.  Some summer essentials that are pretty much always on my list below are not only things I love and I’m sure loved by many others, but also a good little gift guide.  The odd thing on the list changes from one year to the next but generally Im getting into a habit of always going back to what works for me.  Here’s a small collection of what I WONT leave behind, these bits along with swimsuits, beach wear and the odd dress is all that I will be packing.

I love a Moleskine notebook and have carried one every year for about the last 5 years, ever since my husband bought me one as a gift and have loved them ever since.  I always go with the small pocket size so it fits into any handbag.  This is essential for all the list making: Shopping lists, present lists, packing lists, meal ideas, furniture measurements, bank details, you name it, it’s all in there.  I wouldn’t remember a thing without it!  I was very excited to see them for sale in South Africa at Exclusive Books and then even more thrilled when I googled it and they have an online store in SA with tons of wonderful products to choose from here

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Next on that list (in that Moleskine) would be sunblock.  I still have this UltraSun anti ageing for sensitive skin for the face which I use mostly but I have also recently been introduced to Cetaphil which is also wonderfully moisturising without being greasy.  Both UltraSun and Cetaphil are fantastic for children too.  Cetaphil is widely available in SA but I have not yet come across UltraSun

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From here on it’s in no particular order.  I find my hair does bizarre things when moving around, the water is always softer or harder, less chemicals, more chemicals, salty or full of limescale, wherever one goes, who knows what it’s going to come out looking like after a wash.  Mine quite often goes very soft when washed near the seaside so something to give it a bit of texture (apart from a dive into the sea) is EVO, it is essential for a half decent head of hair.  I was introduced to this little bottle of miracle powder about 1.5 years ago and couldn’t imagine hair days without it.  EVO gives your hair a feeling of dirtyness once applied (whilst still looking wonderfully clean) but it means you can manipulate your hair that much more to do what you need it to.  This along with some Oribe texturising spray will be packed before I even pack a brush!

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It’s always lovely to have nails painted in a colour that will compliment a tan, I love white in summer, it goes with all the outfits and enhances even the slightest of tans.  There are tons of good nail varnishes out there to choose from but I do love Essie

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Laura Mercier has been my go to foundation for many years, I have always loved their tinted moisturiser and its so perfect for holidays, very subtle. a low coverage that gives a natural and fresh finish.  A lovely new Skin Care store recently opened in Sandton called Skins Cosmetics, selling Laura Mercier amongst other great products, unfortunately I cannot find my product online but hopefully they have it in store!

As the days go by and the tans darken, it’s great to have a bronzer to get your face up to speed with the rest of your body.  And if you prefer not to tan then its nice to have a little colour to add on anyway.  The Chanel Healthy Glow powder comes in a few shades.  Chanel is another favourite when it comes to make-up and this fantastic bronzer can be built up depending on the intensity of the colour you wish to achieve.

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Highlighters are great for evening when you want to add extra definition and a healthy glow to your face.  I’ve always used cream illuminating products but this MAC powder is brilliant if you want to minimise oil on your face.  During summer with all the sunblock, and hydrating creams I find to add more cream to my face can just make me look like Ive got an oily skin and makeup tends to slide off quicker the more moisture I add.  I like to add the highlighter just above my cheekbones and brow bones (below and above). Im no beauty guru but that’s just what I have always done.

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Lips also need continuous hydrating, finishing off the face naturally with a soft dewy lipstick can perfect the summer natural look.  I prefer a lighter colour and have used a super hydrating Laura Mercier lipstick called Angelic for some time but was recently given the most luxurious feeling lipstick by a friend, which is Givenchy Nude in the Dark.  (colour not available online in SA)
Screenshot 2017-11-29 19.13.10From all the barefoot walking, coarse sand and sandal wearing the feet can become hard and cracked quickly so keeping them moisturised with foot specific cream is the cherry on top after a hot soak in a bath.  This award winning beauty product from L’Occitane is always on holiday with me.

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Fragrance is not something I wear a lot of and anything strong makes me feel nauseas so discovering Byredo was a God send.  Not something you find in your typical Beauty department its only sold in certain stores but worth the search and pennies! Perfect for day and night.

Earrings as you would have heard me say before, small accessories to pack with large impact on the overall look.  Its the easiest hack to add glamour, colour or interest to a simple outfit.  Splurge out on bright colours for summer.  Great spots for accessories that will last the season and wont break the bank are H&M, Lovisa, Lulu Belle and then there are always stacks of little boutiques around SA selling local products that are not only world class when it comes to quality and style but also just so good to support local.

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Then last but not least a December essential, from throwing in all your bitty pieces that you don’t know where to pack, to using at the market, beach or trips to town the Woven Green Roundie is a summer must have!

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So that is my round up. Wishing you all a very happy festive season, travel safe and I will hopefully be a little more active on my site next year.  Thanks for following! Xx

Double Breasted Blazer

It’s Sunday night, I’m feeling pretty shattered and I’ve been trying to put this post together for a while now so please bare with me and the very weak piece that I am about to produce! I really just want to show you how awesome the double breasted blazer is and why it’s such a great investment piece (not here to sell my journalist skills, or lack of, for that matter).

An update on the oversized double breasted blazer.  Its a great piece that goes with loads, from mini skirts to wide leg trousers, you name it.  Its a wonderfully masculine style that looks so feminine (think subtle shoulder pads and the longer length give it the girly edge) buttoned up to show off a waistline or left undone for a more relaxed look.  Keep it casual with a tee underneath.  Its really an all year round piece that I’m positive you will find a go to when you’re feeling unsure.  It dresses up casual to the right degree and dresses down formal to perfection especially if you push the sleeves up and let the front fall open nonchalantly.

Whilst you want to buy a relaxed fit, a blazer must fit well, even an oversized one.  You want it to have a certain element of softness and to not be too stiff.  Opt for the obvious grey or navy blue for longevity.  Whilst plaid or houndstooth will get you all the extra style creds now! So I won’t apologise for my pathetically written post because I provide you with some awesomely inspirational pics to get your trend juices flowing!

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Have a fantastic week everyone

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Mustard in colour

If you haven’t noticed by now then you’re not into interiors, fashion or trends in any form, which means you wouldn’t be reading this blog.  Mustard has been sneaking onto the design front for some time and as always interior and fashion trends and fabrics go hand in hand.  We saw canary yellow and mustard first start trickling through via scatter cushion’s accents in art and ceramics, shoes and accessories but now now that it’s grown on the general public, you will see how its exploded onto the seen in many statement forms from velvet sofas and wall colours to coats and suits.

Ive picked out a few of my favourite mustard colour items that can be shopped around the globe.

For Subtle Accents Shop these pieces below:

Throw here // Vase here// Leather Mules here// Scatter cushions available soon here

For making a Mustard statement shop these pieces:

Velvet Jacket here // Rug available online soon here // Sofa here // Skirt here

I love this rich warm colour against dark backdrops like navy, black and charcoal.  The colour is equally eye catching with clashing colours like pink, red blues and teal.  See some pics below for Inspiration in the home or for your closet.

 

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The New Jean Silhouette

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Well it’s hardly brand new but it’s certainly taken some time to get us creatures of habit out of our skinnies!

Some of us would have been wearing a high rise jean for some time (a skinny high rise).   But how on earth have these skinnies fill up our jean rails for the last decade + ? Not a glimmer of hope or a bat of an eyelid for any other style.  A much needed change of jean silhouette was needed, and what better way to bring the denim back to life with the best authentic, lived in real jean look that the likes of Levi’s, gave everyone back in the 70’s, a real bum, and a longer leg.  Be it cropped or full length you absolutely have to get real again and get your non stretch, hard wearing, straight leg, high waisted jean on!

Whilst sussing out some perfect pics to get you all onboard I came across two articles that I found highly entertaining and thought I would share a snippet of both.  I have to say if you read the full article by Man Repeller, she doesn’t instil much confidence as far as the comfort levels go but believe me, mine are oh so comfy, and whilst the eating factor is absolutely true, if I eat a little I find myself with this little kangaroo type pouch between my button and my “you know what”.  Regardless, Im in love!

Man Repeller wrote:

“There is nothing more enticing than the prospect of encasing my loin fruits in a suction cup of denim that fastens right below the ribcage. I pull the 11-inch zipper up slowly, relishing in the compact delight of two halves of this delicious Levi’s sandwich becoming one, circling my torso in a perfectly sized love lock. I look in the mirror. A hologram of Ryan Gosling dips a finger in the blood of my enemies and writes on the glass, “Hey girl, did you swap butts with a young Brooke Shields or are you just wearing your favorite high-waist jeans?”

Vogue Wrote:

“Rigid, 100 per cent cotton denim jeans – the original androgynous utility staple – have been overlooked during the decade-long rise of stretchy, spray-on skinnies. How did these clingy, wafer-thin, denim-ish imposters, which are not actually jeans, achieve world domination? They fed our weakest desires for a teenage sort of comfort and provided the illusion of a lean figure, instantly. Somehow it had become acceptable to wear a pair of mock-denim leggings with belt loops and fake rips at the knees outside the house for the sake of that streamlined silhouette. Impatience also played a part.”

Shop the High Waisted Jean

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Topshop Moto Straight leg
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Levi’s 501 Tapered Crop High Rise

 

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Current Elliot High Rise Kick Flare

And if you can’t be forced into it all that just yet, I always swear by the high rise Jamie Jean, if you’ve been a client of mine you would of almost certainly have bought a pair on a shop!

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Topshop Jamie

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