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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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#fashionandfunction

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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

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

CULOTTES CRAZY

Culottes are in. There’s no escaping them. They’re here and baby, they’re here to stay.

I have seen girls wearing them and looking tres chic, but never in a million years did I think I could pull them off, mostly because I thought they were hideous. It has taken me ages to find a pair that works (after mustering up the courage to even try them on). Trends are fickle things; they are splattered across magazine pages and Instagram accounts but they are impersonal. Until you try them. Some trends are easier than others because they are in line with your current style choices or don’t veer too far from your existing wardrobe. But some trends are trickier, and seem a world apart from what you’re used to. There are those trends that, albeit totally different from your norm, jump out at you and beg you to try them on. And then there others that you know immediately are not for you and you bypass them, regardless of their popularity. Culottes are the former trend. And trying them on was the hardest part of the adoption process (followed closely by finding a pair that didn’t make me look a lesbian hockey coach).

So here I am, culottes on and ready to take on the fashion world. I also bought a pair of patent black court shoes from Woolies (my new favourite place on Earth) to pair with the pants; because getting this look right is all about proportions. They’re wide-leg and hit you just below the knee which, for a girl with my body shape, means I need to elongate my legs with a pointy shoe and keep the top simple and fitted. I also went all black to create a more slimming silhouette, adding a necessary dose of colour in my accessories – a stack of beaded bracelets bought from various craft markets in South Africa and inspired by the utterly fabulous Jerri Mokgofe from According To Jerri.

I shot this look at The Donkin Reserve in my hometown of Port Elizabeth (the city was ‘formed’ by Sir Rufane Donkin and named in honour of his wife, Elizabeth,  who loved it so much). Shout out to my beautiful Bulgarian, Maria, for playing photographer for the day. “You’re so nice”. I hope you enjoy this one and I hope that it inspires you to try something new, even if it doesn’t manifest into anything more than a giggle in the changing room.

Shoes: Woolworths

Culottes: Woolworths

Jersey: Mr Price

Beaded bracelets: Craft Markets

Hat: River Island

I had great hopes for the hat’s role in this outfit but they don’t call PE the Windy City for nothing.

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this is my take on a runway walk. CLASSIC.
this is my take on a runway walk. CLASSIC.

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A R M P A R T Y  (and you're all invited)
A R M P A R T Y
(and you’re all invited)

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feeling like such a lady in these court shoes. #fakeittillyoumakeit
feeling like such a lady in these court shoes. #fakeittillyoumakeit

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bye, babes.
bye, babes.

Stay tuned for more on the blog, because there is a lot coming your way!

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

DUNGAREES: DAY TO NIGHT

Lord have mercy on my sartorial soul!

I have been looking for cool, well-fitted dungarees in the right wash and cut for ages now. I have envisioned entire outfits. But I had, until recently, yet to find the pair of (and from) my dreams.

Then I stumbled into Cotton On and voila! The pair I have had in my head is now in my wardrobe. Dungarees – or overalls – have been creeping into the trend reports for the past few seasons; mostly thanks to the exponential rise in the power of street style. They have been rediscovered, reworked, and re-appropriated and I could not love them more. Dungarees, when done right, are incredibly versatile. You most probably imagine them as SUPER casual and you’re right, they can be. But you can also dress them up and look extremely chic. Denim is such a fashion staple and, in all its forms, has assimilated from the working man’s uniform to a core item in any fashionista’s wardrobe. And its versatility is in living proof here (and in the fact that I went out that night in my evening look).

That was the goal of this look book – showing you how to transition from day to night in a pair of good ol’ dungarees (or dungareegees as I have started calling them. It makes me feel like a little Italian woman lost in a Super Mario game). It saves time, money and the process of thinking up entirely new ensembles.

Niks and I shot this at the new Haas in Buitenkant and if you haven’t been there I suggest you jump in your car and head on over immediately. It is the coolest space with the most delishstixx coffee and quirks and gimmicks to keep you entertained for hours.

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decor deets

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I’m actually pretty proud of this post to be perfectly honest; so I really hope you enjoy scrolling through it as much as I enjoyed producing it.

Day look:                                                                          

Sliders: Mr Price                                                               

Dungarees: Cotton On                                                   

T-shirt: Cotton On                                                           

Watch: Truworths  

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details (still so obsessed with this watch).

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sliders are a trend that will fade and that do not work on everyone or with every outfit. but these Mr Price sliders are winners.
sliders are a trend that will fade and that do not work on everyone or with every outfit. but these Mr Price sliders are winners.

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Evening look:

Leather sandals: Zara

Dungarees: Cotton On

T-shirt: Cotton On

Blazer: Mamma Mich’s Vintage

Watch: Truworths

Bag: Taylor Covington

trying to model
trying to model [badly]
this Savage bag goes with everyyyyyyything and adds an element of edge to your outfit. if only I owned this and didn't keep stealing it!
this Savage bag goes with everyyyyyyything and adds an element of edge to your outfit. if only I owned this and didn’t keep stealing it!

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I've kissed too many frogs that didn't turn into princes; maybe rabbits are the next best thing?
I’ve kissed too many frogs that didn’t turn into princes; maybe rabbits are the next best thing?

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Hopefully you’ve managed to find some inspiration in this post, or at the very least some fun. It is just fashion, after all.

Until next time xxx

Haute Hoodlum

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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details

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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