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.
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.
Lipstick: Ruby Woo by M.A.C
Stay tuned for more on the blog, because there is a lot coming your way!
First things first – Happy Friday my beautiful friends and followers!
Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to my first official event as a blogger (yippee yay yahoooooo): the Zomato foodie meetup at Beluga. I have to say a massive thank you to my friend Cameron for the invite and to the teams at both Zomato and Belugs for hosting such an awesome evening. It can’t be easy to take about 15 people from all different walks of life (ages, races, professions) and encourage them to hang out but it is easier when they all connect on the same level because of one thing: food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – food brings people together and starts conversations, friendships and romances. YAY FOOD.
Seated in the suuuuuper cosy private room upstairs, we were treated to the three course Winter Tasting Menu at Beluga – just in time for these cold, cold nights! Anyone who knows me knows how much of a crisis it is for me to order food. I can NEVER decide what I want to eat and even when I have made a decision; 75% of the time I am never 100% confident in my choice. It is a real dilemma and last night a poor bunch of strangers had to deal with my indecision. I even had the national PR of the Caviar group sitting down and explaining the menu/recommending dishes. Three courses of pure indulgence and multiple options per course? TALK ABOUT FREAKING OUT.
After a lengthy deliberation (thank goodness I was with a bunch of foodies who know everything about anything culinary) and a lesson in the way Beluga prepares their food sous vide style; I made my decision.
**Ps sous vide is a method of cooking food that ensures each time anything is cooked it comes out exactly the same. The ingredients are all placed in an air-tight bag (sauces, spices included) which is then placed in a water-bath in a specially designed machine (and Beluga is the only restaurant in South Africa that has these machines). It is the most controlled environment for cooking and the results are dam delicious. Lesson over.
Ok, so here is my meal.
Bam bam roll sushi to start – they’re basically like inside out cucumber surrounded pieces of heaven. And they were deeeeeelish. Well OBVS – I was at Beluga after all. You can’t not have sushi at Beluga. What was also amaze was how friendly and willing to share tastes everyone was – so I got a little bit of everything. The springbok carpaccio is especially sensational.
Deboned Beef ribs for my main. Ok. Okay. Okayyyyyy. Did you read that correctly? Do your eyes deceive you? DEBONED RIBS? I don’t believe it. But it is true. My greatest food fear – meat on the bone – just got obliterated by the masterminds behind the Beluga menu. DE. BONED. RIBS. How this is even physically possible is beyond me but I’m not one to ask questions when all my worries melt away – the same way the meat melted away in my mouth. Good Lord that sounded sexual. Apologies. So yes, deboned ribs. Holy moer these were divine. Wow. Wow wow wow.
And then a cheeky cocktail ice lolly for dessert. Yes, a cocktail lolly. A frozen Blood Orange Cocount Mojito. Again the physics behind it elude me but whatevs it was an alcoholic ice cream stick. F**k you, science.
More than the food, we were also treated to specially brought in Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – an organic wine that is fresh and fruity without being overwhelmingly sweet. I’m not going to say that I probably had a whole bottle over the course of dinner…. But I probably did. Here is a note on the palate for all you connoisseurs: Juicy fruit on entry. Spicy green melons with rich natural fruit sweetness on midpalate with a long citrusy finish. Haha, I love it when I sound this smart.
Luckily I was surrounded by like-minded individuals when it comes to food and its documentation so cameras were flashing away and plates were rearranged several times before anyone could tuck in. It was great knowing that no one was waiting for me to snap snap snap before eating.
I was really nervous to go to dinner with a bunch of strangers who know more about food than I do, but last night was absolutely fantastic and I loved how much we could talk about just because of this one common interest and passion. Thank you to everyone at Zomato and Beluga for organizing such a rad event and bringing us all together.
Everyone should head down to Beluga for this amazing deal: R185 for three courses of outstanding cuisine perfectly designed to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. SERIOUSLY, DO IT. DO IT NOW.
Here are a few pics of what went down last night.
I cannot thank the team behind this enough but I will try once more: Zomato you are bloody brilliant and everyone should download your app and take you with them wherever they go; and Beluga you are just the best at what you do so don’t stop baby.
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)
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.
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.