A TANGERINE DREAMSCAPE

Today is rather exciting, as I finally get to share a longtime dream lookbook on the blog. This post features a collaborative effort with a young creative – who’s no stranger to THE MINIMALE BLOGGER – Amber Hennings, head designer for A Seam Studios.

I was lucky enough to wear a few pieces from her upcoming graduation collection, and styled it with a few of my own summer wardrobe favorites. We shot this lookbook in a new location and I love how vibrant the backdrop appears. I was lucky enough to have the boyfriend get behind the lens for this one, A TANGERINE DREAMSCAPE

SEA BREEZE & WHITE LINEN

Today’s post features a Spring inspired lookbook shot at the beach. I actually mapped this look out in my head first and was so pleased to see how it turned out. The overall finish is relaxed and really comfortable too, while the light colors and fabrics are perfect for warmer days.

I paired my outfit with simple leather flats and my go-to faux leather backpack. Spending the day frolicking around in the waves with family was so much fun, and now I’m really counting the days until summer gets here. SEA BREEZE & WHITE LINEN

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH FLARED DENIM?

Today I’m putting the spotlight on one of fashion’s favorite denim trends to resurface globally – the flared-denim. Since first re-emerging on runways, streetstyle blogs and all over Pinterest, the voracious outpouring of wide-legged denim trousers has gone through plenty of renovations – bringing with it a vast assortment of styles, cuts and colors.

And, as we’ve seen over the last year and counting, the iconic style of flared denim has become a wardrobe must-have all year ’round. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH FLARED DENIM?

WHAT MINIMALISM MEANS TO ME

Today’s outfit post is accompanied by a brief personal story that speaks a bit about why I came out as “a minimalist” earlier this year. This shift has completely altered the way I think about fashion and my own personal style and has carried over in to many aspects of my life too.

Keep reading to learn more about my experiences and what impact my transition to minimalism has had on my life. WHAT MINIMALISM MEANS TO ME

IN STUDIO WITH CHARLOTTE

On Saturday past, I was asked to style and assist a shoot at Super 8 Studios in Cape Town’s central business district. I worked with a great team and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We decided on earthy neutral colors in order to create a natural look-book for Charlotte’s modelling portfolio, and decided to keep her hair and makeup as fuss-free as possible.

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Blazer: MRP | Pants: Cotton On | Shoes: Stuttafords

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Top: HM
Dress: Second Hand | Boots: Zoom
Dress: MRP | Boots: Zoom

Styling: Rebecca Arendse

Model: Charlotte Rose Walker

Photographer: Anton Robert

If you’d like to get in touch with either Anton or Charlotte for professional inquiries, please comment below for their mailing addresses.

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VOGUE PORTRAITS

This past month, I had the opportunity of giving away a brand new pair of Vogue Sunglasses. Our lucky winner was announced and kindly agreed to let me shoot her for the blog.

Below are some of the portraits we captured of Nuha Haroun, winner of the first blog giveaway, who looks incredible wearing her Vogue retro sunglasses VOGUE PORTRAITS

WINTER FASHION FAVORITES

Coats, pants and oversize knits have made groundbreaking strides in winter minimalist fashion. Keep reading as I showcase a few favorites and inspiration for how to style these wardrobe favorites.

COATS & BOMBER JACKETS

While venturing in to more shapeless forms this winter, coats remain structured but box-like. This shape is sleek, modern and looks great thrown over other layers. Play around with lengths as this coat style ranges from mid length to floor-sweeper. If you’re after something a little more retro, invest in a quality bomber jacket that packs warmth. You’ll find these jackets come in a variety of shapes, and some appear more cropped than others. Again, shop around first and see which length you prefer – especially if you plan on layering other clothing items underneath.

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TAPERED PANTS & CULOTTES

Growing up with an obsession for denim, I’ve recently been falling over my feet for slacks and culotte-type pants. Being more of a casual dresser, I opt for a relaxed form (rather than fitted) and choose cuts that reach just above the ankle – regardless of whether the shape is tapered or culotte. This style of pants pairs really well with anything, and, depending on how you wear them, can prove immensely useful in its versatility.

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KNITS & OVERSIZE SCARVES

Rather than donning your usual favorite jersey knits, invest in an oversize scarf like the ones pictured below. These scarves add subtle dimension to your look and provide an abundance of heat. And, while scarves share a similar function to polo-neck sweaters, they’re an adjustable layer that can be taken off when necessary without fuss.

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If you’re thinking of investing in some great pieces like the ones mentioned here in this post, leave me a comment and I’ll put together a list of where to go and what to look out for. In the meantime, subscribe to the blog to keep up to date with all the latest content.

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VALENTINE’S DAY LOOKBOOK

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I’ve put together some of my favorite simplified and easy-to-achieve looks to suit whatever your plans. A firm believer that anyone can partake in this holiday – provided you have at least a little bit of love to give – you really can wear anything you want, in whatever color. Here at The Minimale Blogger, I decided to stay true to form by sourcing looks in favor of the less conventional V-day color palette.

If your plans include spending this romantic day with your single friends, opt for something light and breezy. Pair your favorite shift dress with pretty flats and a wide-brimmed veld hat. Finish off the look with minimal accessories and a relaxed low bun with a few strands pulled loose to frame your face. Keep your beauty regime simple with a dual-purpose lip and cheek tint in an orange shade. Finish off the look with dewy skin (lots of sunscreen) and a few coats of mascara.

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For a sultry date, nothing flatters more than showing off your shoulders – it’s also a great alternative for those not wanting to show any cleavage. Channel style blogger, Harper and Harley, pictured below, by pairing an off-the-shoulder ruffled blouse with a midi skirt, finishing off the look with ankle strap heels. Wondering what makeup to pair with this outfit, try wearing your hair in loose waves with a soft, glossy finish and a one-toned smokey eye with nude-peach lips and glowing skin.

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If you plan on doing something relaxed and romantic with your significant other, opt for comfort. A midi white dress is such a great layering piece and can be dressed up or toned down, depending on your tastes. Talissa shows us just how relaxed this look can be, (pictured below) however, if you’re looking to glam up your look, add  heels, messy waves and a dainty clutch purse.

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THE ICONIC WHITE SHIRT

The white shirt is so loved in the fashion world because of its many variations. Its versatility remains unrivaled and its ability to transform for any occasion has kept it a winner through decades. With summer in full swing, and temperatures soaring, less is definitely more. Keep things cool with a crisp white shirt – your perfect tool for an effortless, stylish summer wardrobe. Keep your white shirt updated with some inspiration below.

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Pair a sleeveless white shirt with a tank dress (see above) or try an ultra-longer length chiffon tank top – like this.

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Keep your white shirt chic with a pleated midi skirt and chunky tote bag. What really keeps this look modern is the natural hair and makeup.

Olivia Palermo gets dressed up for a business meeting in New York City

Take a cue from fashion favorite Olivia Palermo and pair your white shirt with tonal colors and a sleek pulled back hairdo.

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When streestyle casual meets glammed up office wear. Perfect merging of two different looks.New york Fashionweek day 5 NYFW ss2015

What are some of your favorite ways to wear a white shirt? Share with us in the comments below and you could be featured in our next style segment!

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CHATTING WITH AMBER HENNINGS

Its Saturday afternoon and the Woolworths cafe where I’m seated is buzzing. I order a tall Americano and start jotting down thoughts in my notepad. After a little while, I see a tall blonde approaching the table, wearing a grey knit, matching fitted denims and black platform boots. She exudes a subtle confidence and grace as she flashes a warm smile and sits down. After ordering herself a tall Vanilla cappuccino,
our subject jumps straight into the busy day she’s had.

Amber is currently a design student at the Cape Town College of Fashion Design and says she spends her time juggling between creative assignments, assisting with shows and being featured for her work in international publications. The garment that landed her latest feature, as she explains, started out as a simple recycling task project set by her college. The brief outline was to use recycled materials to create a unique designer garment. Determined not to settle for mediocre, Amber chose to fuse her love of sneakers with her passion for design. Her garment is made of part baggage sealing – transparent plastic – while the orange hand-cut flowers are made of recycled Nike shoe boxes. Her genius truly comes to life in this garment, and landed her a well-deserved feature on popular online art publication, Sneaky Mag – which you can view here.

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When it comes to her personal style, Amber describes her look in three words: minimal, neutral and textured. She explains how her obsession with textures plays a major role in how she gets dressed. Her choice of accessories also follow the same principal – a preference for simplicity and yet fine attention paid to detail. As Amber elaborates, she offers a quote she’d read somewhere a while ago, which she lives by, and unknowingly quotes a renowned style icon. The line went something along the lines of, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror, and take one thing off” – and it was none other than Coco Chanel who originally said it. Amber says this rule is crucial for some of us who aim for simplicity, but make the mistake of wearing too much when layering. She prefers her outfit to offer a coherent narrative, giving the eye a spot to rest.

The young designer also has a strong connection with street style fashion, and an envious sneaker collection to boot. When I ask how she describes her overall style, she keeps her answer simple, “modern sleek.. with a hint of street style.” When faced with the question of where she sees herself in the next five years, our subject spends a few moments introspecting her goals. The first thing on her check list is obtaining a degree in fashion. In the meantime, Amber has her sights set on SA Men’s Wear Fashion Week. She believes this would provide a great platform for her current interests of pursuing a menswear range.

“…When I started studying last year, I wanted to become a buyer, but so many doors have opened and my goals have changed. I’d also like to branch out in to directing other aspects of art as well.” – Amber Hennings, 2015

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However, the 22 year old doesn’t believe in setting definite goals, because they’re often too set in stone. When she’d started out at Fashion College, her passion was to become a buyer, however, fast-forwarding nearly two years later, her interests have changed and her sights are set on different prospects. Likewise, in the fashion industry it takes constant innovation and growth to stand out as a brand and our subject knows this all too well. She says it can be extremely demotivating when your ideas are boxed in to a category that’s already been done.

“…it can be difficult to find your niche…you know, when everything has already been done” – Amber Hennings, 2015

What does motivate her however, is success. And while she doesn’t have to say it, her dedication and work ethic is a testament to that. Amber also credits her experience working in retail for four years, several of which spent as a manager and assistant buyer, as providing her with insights in to the retail sector. This adds to her growing business ethic, which she believes will come in handy when she develops her own ranges.

Amber modelling her recycled-garment design on the catwalk for CTCFD.
Amber modelling her recycled-garment design on the catwalk for CTCFD.

Listening to Amber speak about her career, I pick up that she’s come a long way since buying her first Vogue at age 11. Still holding on to that copy from over a decade ago, she says she hopes to never forget her roots, and remain humble in light of her successes. When asked who inspires her, Alexa Chung’s name pops up first, followed by international minimalist designer, Jill Sander, and more close to home, well-known editor, Jackie Burger. Amber doesn’t need to reveal too much to be incredibly captivating, but kindly shares with me a few current favorites:

Two fragrances she’s loving right now are Burberry Body, and Bvlgari’s Jasmin Noir – carried in her handbag at all times. Our subject also admits that she’d rather be overdressed than under, and swears by her favorite M.A.C lipstick shade, Hue – which she describes as a soft pink nude. Eternally obsessed with winter, Amber reveals how she’s become more of a summer gal of late, and says she’s really looking forward to the warmer months approaching. However, don’t be surprised to see her wearing head-to-toe black, which she still defines as her signature look.

Our subject has paved the way for herself and her promising future; moving from strength to strength, there’s very little that can stop this ambitious young woman. Having won us over with her effortless charm, warm nature and amazing sense of style, The Minimale Blogger cannot wait to see what’s next to come. Keep up to date with this young designer – and all her future fashion endeavors – by following her exploration of fashion on Instagram over here.

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