BO KAAP AND THE LBD

Firstly, I would like to apologize for my absence on the blog over the past few weeks. The end of February saw me moving out of my apartment and ending my current work contract; neither with any fillers or replacements (or stable Internet) for the month of March. Never fear though, because it is all just temporary while I undertake a TEFL course for my next adventure: teaching English in Hong Kong!

I will be moving to Hong Kong in the beginning of May so this gypsy life is really just an interim situation while I prepare for what is sure to be one of the greatest years of my life.

But back to business. Because while I may not have been posting, that by no stretch means that I have not been working on the blog. My beautiful bestie (who is leaving me for America this week so forgive me if you see me on the streets balling my eyes out) played photographer and we spent a full day shooting various outfits for your future sartorial enjoyment. A lot of you have really enjoyed my red carpet rants, and I loved putting those posts together, but this is a fashion blog after all and I think it is sometimes just as entertaining to see me struggling to take myself seriously and (very) awkwardly presenting some style inspo and tips for your existing wardrobe.

So here we go…

The little black dress (LBD) is one of the most iconic pieces in fashion history, sitting front row alongside the class white shirt, jeans that fit your body shape and a camel trench. It should be a staple in any woman’s wardrobe and is easily adapted – the LBD comes in myriad styles, silhouettes and fabrics and can fill any role which you feel it most beautifully fits. It has longevity and malleability, which is exactly what makes it such a timeless choice.

This LBD is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I bought the dress in New York last year on a trip that really altered and influenced my current style and has formed a key piece in my revised wardrobe. Being immersed in fashion, both at Conde Nast College in London and on the streets of New York City, impacted how I saw myself and how I want to be seen. That, coupled with my introduction to the working world (and thus, slightly more disposable income to spend on clothes [serious emphasis on the slightly]) has brought me to where I am now – investment purchases and more frequent visits to Zara, Mango and Woolworths (albeit often without tangible results which is a huge relief to my bank account). Don’t get me wrong; I still love a discovery of trend-based treasures from Cotton On and Mr P. However, where I can, I prefer to invest in a) pieces that will last longer and can be incorporated in several ways into different outfits b) a more neutral palette with pops of colour and c) clothes that have a sense of “edgy chic”. Yes, those two style elements can be placed together. Remember, I’m only 23. I love fashion, I love experimenting with it and I believe it should reflect who you are and who you want to be, and my life is just too full of vibrance that forbids me from being a black, white and grey girl only. Soz.

This dress if the perfect amalgamation of those elements. It’s black, a classic cut and quite simple, but has its own youthful edge that brings it back to who I am and what I want to express. Plus, it is from H&M which just goes to show that style does not have to cost a fortune.

It is because of the simplicity of the dress that I chose to shoot in the eclectic, colourful Bo Kaap. Bo Kaap is one of the most aesthetically incredible parts of this city. There is an energy about it that is so stimulating and inspiring. Plus it forms the perfect juxtapositional backdrop to my LBD. At least, I think so.

I am still an exceptionally awkward model of my own clothes so please be kind.

Leather sandals: Zara

Dress: H&M

Watch: Truworths

Sunglasses: Zara (from my wonderful mamma)

contrasts and complements
contrasts and complements

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sometimes I forget that I have a tattoo. oops.
sometimes I forget that I have a tattoo. oops.

IMG_0138Then Nika and I stumbled upon the most unexpectedly phenomenal green house. A few days prior to this shoot, my aunt and number one fan, Lynn Levy, asked me what I think the colours for winter are going to be. Among my answers (the usual monochrome, grey and camel interspersed with more navy, mustard – my worst – and dark berries) was green. Emerald green to be precise. Then we came across this house. Bo Kaap, you are so on trend!

summer freckles came out to play
summer freckles came out to play
this means nothing other than the fact that my arms look much better than they do in real life
this means nothing other than the fact that my arms look much better than they do in real life

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still trying to deal with the fact that my body is divided into two hemispheres and the lower half is clearly suffering a severe winter. oh well. YOLO.
still trying to deal with the fact that my body is divided into two hemispheres and the lower half is clearly suffering a severe winter. oh well. YOLO.
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UHBSESSED with the colour of this house.
UHBSESSED with the colour of this house. also the purple stairs give it a Barney-esque vibe and I am totally down with that.
there's always time for some silliness. and a cactus on your stoep.
there’s always time for some silliness. and a cactus on your stoep.

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Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

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COLOUR POPZZZZ

Ok. So winter is definitely here and it has been pretty grey and gloomy the last couple weeks. Sure, the sky is blue today as I write this but it doesn’t make it much warmer even when you are looking out and seeing the sun shine (such trickery, Mother Nature). But if you have ever been in Cape Town during winter you know that it is mostly grey skies, dark clouds and horizontal/sideways/comes-up-from-the-ground-and-smacks-you-in-the-face rain.

Weather this treacherous often results in your wardrobe taking a backseat and colours coming second. It’s all 50 shades of grey up  in your style choices; some navy if you’re feeling adventurous and basic black to keep the layers still looking slimming. And while dark winter colours are chic and always, always stylish; there is nothing wrong with a pop of colour to brighten up your day. And your mood. Bright colours are directly linked to a happier disposition, so why not add some sunshine to the doom and gloom that is the Mother City’s cruel game of winter? In your face, Cape Town.

Luckily for all of us, winter colours are no longer totally restricted to a palette of neutrals, navies and plums (because lets face it, black and white is all year round baby). They are obviously still going to dominate your winter wardrobe but retailers and designers have decided to do away with the usual limitations and play with summer brights in a way that translates into colder climates. On a recent trip to Topshop South Africa I bought a bright pink beanie (right at the dam check out point) to add to my staple of winter darks. And when I put it on to come to work on Tuesday, it instantly perked me up and made me feel a little less filled with frost bite. Isn’t it crazy how easily you can change your attitude with clothing? Fashion really is more than just aesthetics and apparel.

So on Tuesday, pink beanie and a blue sky in hand, my lovely-wonderful Romy and I walked over to Clarke’s on Bree Street (where we had the best burgers – see my post about this hipster paradise here) and decided to add some fun to our lunch break by shooting some outfit snaps on the way. We even made friends with some security guards who thoroughly enjoyed our selfies.

Hey, gotta keep the fans happy.

Ankle boots: Cotton On

Jeans: Topshop South Africa (my second pair of Moto Joni jeans – seriously ladies these are game changers. Especially if you are a normal human being and have a little extra cushion).

White Vest (under my jersey): Cotton On

Knitted jersey: Cotton On

Parka: Cotton On (this is a staple in my wardrobe – it is literally the easiest thing to throw on and I love how trans-seasonal it is)

Sunglasses: Spitfire

Beanie: Topshop South Africa

Thanks again to Romy for being so patient and snap, snap, snapping away. You’re the best (even when you’re in a bad mood).

Happy Thursday err’body. Enjoy.

my new go-to pose. it makes not knowing what to do with your face so much easier. WIN.
my new go-to pose. it makes not knowing what to do with your face so much easier. WIN.

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bought these last year at Cotton On. still love them.
bought these ankle boots last year at Cotton On. still love them.

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obsessed with this massive gold (double) door somewhere on Bree Street.
obsessed with this massive gold (double) door on Bree Street.

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when in doubt, pout it out.

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sunglasses in winter? I don't hate it
sunglasses in winter? I don’t hate it
making friends wherever I go
making friends wherever I go. plus beanies.

And of course, you have to take a selfie and be a fully fledged dork while you’re posing in public. May as well. Massive thanks to you my Rom.

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Until next time xxx