BASKET CASE

Happy Tuesday friends and lovers! It’s a fresh week and I’m coming in HOT with a brand new outfit post; shot on location on a recent (and transformative) trip to Bali with two of my greatest loves known forever more as… Candice.

Three mildly outrageous South African girls cruising the magical Indonesian island; you best believe there are stories and photos to last a lifetime. And I had no shame in putting the girls to work on vacation (that’s what friends are for, riiiiiiiight?), asking them to shoot in mosquito-riddled beachside parks and alleyways, from Canggu to Ubud. Sometimes you just cute AF and need that moment to be captured. #doitforthefans

I’ll be posting a Bali-dedicated blog soon, with places to stay and eat – but mostly eat – and general photos of me being an international fashooon superstar. Just kidding. Kinda.

And after wholly tapping into my most altruistic self; being in Bali also meant a little shopping. And one piece of which I am now the very proud owner is (a version of) the insanely covetable Cult Gaia Ark in white bamboo. The markets are sprawling with knock-offs of the It-Bag brand and when they’re that easily available *and that cheap* you KNOW ya girl gon’ purchase one. They’re fabulous for Instagram and elevate the simplest of outfits but good Lord are they impractical. Talk about NOT being #fashionandfunction.

However, amongst the saltwater, sunburn and sea air I couldn’t think of a better place to shoot my latest fav fashion piece. Complimented by a beautiful baby blue wrap dress (a silhouette I’m excited to delve into for the summer) from Catarinkie aka Catherine; this lewk was born.

So there you go darlings. A little tropical dip from yours truly. And all the love and thank yous to my sensational Bali Babes Jess and Cath for allowing me to indulge in this frivolity and for being such supporters. #empoweredwomenempowerwomen

Sandals: Mr. P

Dress: Woolworths

Bag: Bali market

Sunnies: Vintage

luckily for me mozzies don’t like this Jewish blood. not so lucky for Jess and Cath #sozgalz

most probably eyeing out the other hotel guests who kept ruining my shots

if I were a queen on Ru Paul’s Drag Race I would call this look ‘serving up step wife goes on holiday and fights with the local cuisine realness’. WHAT IS THIS HAND NINA?

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

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PUFF PUFF PASS

For those of you who were reeled in by the title… soz it’s not what you think (#falseadvertising) but welcome anyway and please stay. For those of you who just missed me while I was gone; fear not because I’m back! And I have treats.

Plot twist; I’m the treat!

I recently teamed up with my incredibly talented friend Alan Redfern aka @visualyzethis (check him out on IG) to shoot one of the last possible winter-ish outfit posts in the 852. As Nelly said; it’s getting hot in here. And with summer fast approaching, it’s time to retire the coats and boots and get ready for 32 degree, 100% humidity, overcast rainy days. And junk boats. Remember the junk boats, Nina. Remember.

So while I could, I wanted to shoot the jacket of the AW’18 season: the puffer. Knowing that this is truly only a trend piece (with it being literally everywhere, in every colour and variation last winter); I stuck with this faded mint poof from local brand Maple because ain’t nobody got time to be dropping dollar on something that you can only wear a handful of times, especially in HK (there was already definitely some undercover shvitzing going on here anyway). I like the idea of playing with volume and aesthetics – a sleek, feminine dress paired with hard, worn boots and a mahooosive jacket, all cinched with another new staple: a belt bag. Aka the cooler cousin of the fanny pack; a trend I first (re)delved into last year over Clockenflap weekend. Except in all honesty that was just a stellar example of a functional, K-Way inspired hiking bag and was in almost no way cute at all. And that’s about all the inspo there was for this post. I loved this outfit. I wanted to shoot. I had Monday off. I have amazing friends. Temperature rising.

Massive shoutout to Alan for stepping out of his photographic comfort zone and shooting fashooooooooon. This wonderful boy has been perfecting his surrealist snaps over the last few years; stretching the viewers’ perspectives in unison with the lines and proportions of the images themselves. He now makes videos too, capturing the beautiful essence of the life we live. You’re so talented chom.

Boots: Zara

Suede dress: Zara

Belt bag: Maple

Puffer jacket: Maple

Necklaces: Mamma Mich

Picasso earrings: Select18

Sunnies: Rayban

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digging for treasure

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a sense of home and connection in these two beautiful Magen David’s from my mamma
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ART. and the pictures are nice too.

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probably needed a tan for this one

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insert Craig David lyrics here

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Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

DEBBIE DENIM

Anyone who knows me knows that when I first moved to Hong Kong I had a flourishing career as a food critic and certified Snapchat vlogger…

JK I just had a portmanteau with my darling Matt Antinucci and we snapped our two hour lunch adventures through Kowloon Bay #MATINA. And while the days of working together are sadly over; there is a part of Matina that has maintained its prevalence in my life (other than my friendship with mattypatty23): double denim.

Fondly known as a Canadian tuxedo; double denim is a lot more than just an homage to Britney and Justin or an easy Halloween costume (#neverforget). Denim is a style staple and wearing it head-to-toe not only gives you an instant edge and sense of effortless cool but it harks back to the favoured era of supermodels and It Girls alike: The 90s.

Done right, a double scoop of blue can be truly delicious. But it’s high risk/high reward because if executed incorrectly, this is a look that can leave a bad taste in your mouth (we call that one an extended metaphor here in the biz). No one wants to look like a douchebag – not even Britney and Justin. And certainly not me. I don’t like to categorise my style because I truly believe in the power of fashion to express yourself and your identity, and with so many moving parts coming together to form who I am I find it difficult to narrow that down. Sometimes I’m sporty, sometimes I’m feminine. Mostly I’m just EXTRA AF. This is definitely an edgier, more masculine look so hopefully I’ve pulled it off and don’t look like a an absolute moron. Oh well, haters gonna hate.

If you’re considering playing around with this look for the first time there are some guidelines. The biggest trick here is to differentiate your aesthetics; both in wash and silhouette. Pair a light jean with something a little darker or create proportion by having one piece that’s fitted and one that leaves a bit more room to breathe. You should also keep your accessories more toned down; and if you want to add a pop of colour keep it solid (a plain T-shirt or bold bag is a simple way to achieve this).

Unless, of course, you’ve just bought an outrageous pair of sunglasses at the Ladies Market and you figure there’s no better time to debut them than when you’re hungover and trying to shoot an outfit post.

So here you go, an impromptu OOTD shot by my lovely, hungover/burst-ear-drum/post-yoga-wheel friends in one of my favourite parts of the city. A lot of cars almost ran me over in their attempts to 3point turn so you’re welcome guys. Do it for the fans.

Boots with pearl crossovers: Zara

Ripped boyfriend jeans: Levi’s via Jetrag LA

White T-shirt: H&M

Embroidered denim jacket: Unknown local store

Sunnies: Ladies Market (Mong Kok)

Earrings: H&M

Newsboy hat: Zara

Bag: Maple

extra extra read all about it.

apparently something was really funny here. probably just me laughing at own jokes.

my dad would definitely make a joke about me only paying half price for these glasses.

if you don’t selfie your detail shots are you even a real blogger? (yes, yes you probably are)

thank you three for putting up my ridiculousness and for bearing with my narcissistic instructions.

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

KUNG HEI FAT CHOY 🐶

Happy Chinese New Year from Hong Kong my darlings! The incoming Lunar Year’s celebrations usher in the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac (look how cultural I am, you can even hit me up for the stories behind these concepts #perksofbeingakindergartenteacher).

There are so many meaningful customs and traditions to this holiday, and one of them is the purchasing of new clothes to display, and attract, good fortune. That’s a ritual I can fully support! And with red being the lucky colour associated with this holiday (again, ask me why cos I can tell ya) as well as a major player of this-just-finished fashion season; I’m quite happy to have injected it into my wardrobe. I mean, red has just had its moment so there’s plenty of strong, bold pieces available (and on sale) if you’re looking to add it into your rotation.

Now look, this blog post doesn’t have my usual empowering rants or deliberations. Maybe there’s something about my growing self-confidence and connection to my divine feminine power that has influenced my recent love affair with red. Maybe I just learned to like the colour. Who knows, it’s 2018. But mostly, I promised you more content and this outfit was cute. That’s about it. Plus that new red CNY bucket bag just needed to be captured.

So there you go friends and lovers.

Happy New Year to those celebrating; I’m quite happy to have another chance at a fresh start. Take it in.

Shoes: Zara

High-waisted floral flares: Vintage

T-shirt: H&M

Leather jacket: Zara

Sunnies: Ray Ban

Red bucket bag: Cotton On

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pops of red all over town and all over my accessories

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look twice before crossing the road/ busy staircase

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

SILK ROAD SLUMBER

Anyone who knows me knows my steadfast belief in the duality of life. It is one of the core tenants of my approach to all situations – that it is impossible to understand anything without its opposing, seemingly contrasting forces. You can’t recognize good without knowing the concept of evil and you won’t truly feel happiness without having experienced despair. Just as computers rely on binary code, so too do people rely on contradictions to create complements. And yes, that is complements not compliments, look it up.

All of this factors into my love for ampersands (the symbol for “and” and my next tattoo #sorrymom) and names of restaurants/shops/spaces with an ‘and’ in them. It filters even further into one of my favourite sayings and the basis for this blog post; fashion and function. 

Fashion and function is a phrase I use on an almost daily basis, regarding literally anything that is at once aesthetically pleasing and practical. I mean it has gotten to a point where I just say it for sh*ts and giggles now because I love it that much. But any piece of clothing that exceeds its intended purpose and doubles as something else is a win by me. This definitely has to do with my penchant for cutting and altering clothes I become tired of (a hobby that developed at a young age so again #sorrymom). Those 3 t-shirt dresses I hadn’t worn in a year? Now all cute AF cropped tops for BodyJam. Wanted a loose fitting, down-to-my-bellybutton black cami but didn’t own one? Not until 5 minutes before leaving for the jol with a pair of scissors and some tape.

And with the rise in sleepwear as a huge trend, I was more than stoked when I realized my new silk pjs could be worn to a) just be cute, b) actually go to bed, c) rock out of the house and d) shoot on the streets of the Mother City. Sure, this realization came whilst changing outfits on the side of Beach Road between the boot and backseat of my best friend Faye Zoetmulder’s car, but apart from the shower that might be where I’ve had some of my best ideas.

So here we go, an ode to the streets of Cape Town and a sleep set that turned heads on them. Plus almost nothing in my life is complete without ice cream and the fact that this vegan beetroot, chocolate and ginger scoop from UNFRAMED perfectly contrasted – and complemented – my turquoise pyjama top is no small coincidence. I told you; FASHION AND FUNCTION.

Thank you once again to my phenomenal best for these rad images and for inspiring a day of creating content and owning my style choices. Oh, and for driving me around town. You are golden.

GET THE LOOK 

Sneakers: adidas Stan Smiths

Ripped Boyfriend Jeans: Pull & Bear

Silk Pyjama Top (part of a set): Forever 21

Sunglasses: Rayban

Earrings: Lovisa

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I know it’s of me but I am literally obsessed with everything in this photo

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if only a man gave me this much to smile about
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the reality of shooting with ice cream is that yes Nina, you will spill it on your shirt.

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you’ve got mail

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secretly trying to scratch that spill off

 

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

FASHION; ON THE ROCKS.

And so I’m back, from outer space. I just blogged up to find you here with that stoked look upon your face. #sorrynotsorry

Hello friends and lovers! I know this happens more often than it should but my apologies for acting like a typical guy in Hong Kong and ghosting* (ghosting: an all too common phrase by which a romantic interest disappears from your life/communication for absolutely no given reason). I’m the worst and I’m sorry but I promise I’m going to make it up to you. Starting now, with a brand spanking new, hot off the presses, fresh AF outfit post!

I recently flew back to South Africa as a complete surprise to EVERYONE. Like, E V E R Y O N E . I spent two soul replenishing weeks at home in PE doing my best to eat all the food in the city and make Mamma Mich Insta-famous. Then I filled my heart with love (and my belly with even more food) in Cape Town and Joburg before heading back to the madness that is the 852. And luckily for me, I got to spend time with one of my best friends and, conveniently enough, amazing photographer Faye Zoetmulder while in the Mother City. We played around with her new camera and my ability to clothes for weather less than 36 degrees or a typhoon (sorry Hong Kong but your summer can be gross) and here is one set of results from that adventure.  Because why would you not change outfits in a car in Bantry Bay and wear a ballerina princess skirt on a rock pool? WHY.  NOT.  EXACTLY.

I also used to pretend to be Ariel The Little Mermaid when she sits on the rock singing “Part Of Your World” with the waves splashing up behind her so this is basically my childhood dream come true. And if you do not know the reference I am making we can no longer be friends. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

So here you are, my apology for my silence. And a reminder that, no matter the setting.,you should be your most fabulous self and embrace opportunities to indulge your inner child. YAS QUEEN YAS.

Sneakers: adidas 

Skirt: H&M

T-shirt: GUCCI (hahahahahaha as if)

Denim Jacket: RVCA 

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Faye: “just frown into the camera as if the sun is in your eyes” Me: “it is”

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pretending to be cute but really concentrating on not slipping on algae

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whenever models have a shoot on a beach there is ALWAYS this photo. the lay-down-like-a-graceful-swan-but-also-look-sexy rock photo. think I nailed it.

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I got my second hole pierced in my ears and I want everyone to know about it

 

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

 

CITY OF ANGELS 2017

So the queen – Michelle, not the other one – turned 60 last month and to celebrate her big day (read: year), our family flew us out to Los Angeles for the most incredible 10 day trip. LA is a city of total contradictions; embodied best in my daily diet of salad for lunch and three tubs of ice cream on the drive home after. But it is also a city of so many facets, influences, ideas and inspirations. Anything goes, and nobody really cares.

So I decided to use that (and having my blogger boyfriend aka blogger mom back in service) as an excuse to dress up again. Hong Kong has a way of taking your style aspirations and calming them down to sandals and sneakers. Maybe its the heat and humidity, I don’t know, but being out and about in heels is not really a vibe here. At least within my experience. No one likes a sweaty betty and anyone who knows me knows that “fashion and function” is one of my life mottos. But LA was like a fashion playground, plus there was zero humidity to sweat through so dressing up was a little easier to do.

I’m lucky enough to have been to LA and done the touristy bits before and this was a holiday dedicated to being with my family and my best friend who just so happens to live there too (thank you universe for your blessings), so if you’re expecting to read on and find pictures of Universal Studios or the Hollywood sign you’re going to be gravely disappointed. Those of you who followed my Snapchats of the trip will know it consisted mostly of eating out – at the most fabbbbbb restaurants – and hanging out with my favourite people, tinged with a little shopping and culture for gees. So instead you’ll find a visual style diary (#OOTD on crack) and me indulging in my own narcissism because not only did I have the weather and opportunity but also people willing to put up with it. Shout out to my mom and Niks for all these style snaps!

Here’s to Los Angeles for giving me the most beautiful time with family and friends and for serving as the backdrop to a little boost in fashooooooooon. I tried new things and my style evolved into places as yet undefined.

I’ve since returned to the 852 with a newfound love for what I wear and how I wear it (plus a HEAP of new clothes and heels so suck it HK chill). Los Angeles reminded me of how much I love all of this and how happy I am being immersed in it.

Who’da thunk it? Hell A, Hell Yes.

Third Street Promenade | Santa Monica

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reuniting with my heart and a living wall? LA you got me GOOD
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard | Venice

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imagine how awkward it is asking your mom to take this photo. and then asking her to take some more.
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when the whole squad tryna be cute but people keep walking into your photos
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thanks for taking my nonsense with a smile and so much love big brother
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Ysabel | West Hollywood

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when your best friend’s boyfriend can’t figure out how not to be in the picture no matter where he stands
Melrose Avenue | West Hollywood

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street art ON POINT
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Farm Shop | Brentwood

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oh look I lost something on the ground again
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Venice Beach | Venice

 

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my little cousin is cooler than yours and my aunt will take photos to prove it
Arts District | Downtown Los Angeles

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Downtown Arts District is the BOMB
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my 185472nd ice cream of the week: Planet Earth and Purple Carrot featuring a drip down the hand
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when you stumble into an art exhibition about vaginas
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Antique Flea Market | Long Beach

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flea market steeeeeez
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TROLLLLLLLLLLLLS
RnD Kitchen | Santa Monica

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there I go again looking for change on the ground
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Local Kitchen | Santa Monica

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what would you do with a newspaper outside a restaurant called local? exactly
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we had to make Mich stand on the step so that she would look like a normal sized person next to her children #youshouldseetheotherphoto
Malibu

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Sometimes life imitates art. Other times you’re jet lagged and look like a moron and your brother takes a photo of it (that you secretly love)…

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Here’s to being excited about fashion again.

And making more people take my outfit photos.

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum