SKINCARE BASICS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA

Over the last few years, as some of you will know, my skin has had to deal with a lot. Having developed eczema at the age of 17, then later cystic acne, I’m now a month away from 24 years old and have noticed signs of aging around the eye area. While I always imagined embracing my wrinkles and sagging skin, I foresaw the process happening much later in life, and I suppose that’s still something to look forward to. In the interim, I’ve latched on to 3 specific products developed by Dr. Hauschka cosmetics ( a press sample gifted to me at a recent media event) to aid my skin concerns. SKINCARE BASICS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA

THE ART OF WEEKEND-DRESSING-DOWN

Being the observational type, I picked up that the need to feel well-dressed stems from a long pursuit of trying to understand one’s own tastes – wanting those tastes to reflect across the board, in both the home environment and wardrobe. With a flair for the basics, I typically gravitate towards neutral colors that can mix and match with relative ease. Juggling meetings, lunch dates, long hours of admin and planning content, for yours truly work often runs overtime in to weekends. That said, having to “dress up” every day of the week is impossible, even if most of my wardrobe does comprise of button downs and tailored pants. Having a strong desire for THE ART OF WEEKEND-DRESSING-DOWN

A MENSWEAR GUIDE TO LUXURY STYLE

As the saying goes, power in style is power in life. At least, that seems to be the case during my shoot with multi-talented personality, Keegan Basil. Dressed in Topman, Keegan showed ease as we hiked, crawled and stumbled between locations – returning to nature in a bid to mimic its fluidity; searching for the perfect backdrop to showcase strength and vulnerability in an age where style is loaded with its own emotive diction. In collaboration with internationally renowned men’s retailer, Topman, we bring to you a lookbook that exudes a man of confidence, self-awareness, and the kind of cool to match the icy nights in the Saharan desert climate. A MENSWEAR GUIDE TO LUXURY STYLE

A BONA FIDE STYLE GUIDE FOR MINIMALIST’S

As with any trend, there carries with it an immediate response by fashion’s elite who all but prescribe their matter-of-fact guides to appropriating the latest craze in to our wardrobes. And, despite minimalism’s call for less, there appears to be a similar fate that awaits – evident in designers reinventing basics at alarming speeds to cater to the growing number of minimalists and their (stigmatic) neutral wardrobes and palettes. Redirecting back to the core interpretation of minimalism, it seems apt to say that, rather than buying in to every trend and release, minimalist’s typically opt for less things in favor of investing in one or two items that can outlive seasonal wear. A BONA FIDE STYLE GUIDE FOR MINIMALIST’S

SOLO BRUNCHING, GLOSSY COVERS AND ROMANTIC SLEEVES

When the opportunity presents itself, trust yours truly to grab it without hesitation. As the family headed out on errands, I grabbed my things and headed off on a solo brunch expedition, camera in tow, forcing a magazine into my already stuffed tote. Having had one of those “what to wear” mornings, I grabbed a ruffled-sleeve jumper off my feature rail and paired it with some well-loved trousers and chunky ankle boots. Not sure where I’d land up, I let the smell of coffee and eggs guide me to my destination. SOLO BRUNCHING, GLOSSY COVERS AND ROMANTIC SLEEVES

5 THINGS: LIFE UPDATE

Hello from a rather optimistic me, despite being in pajamas and still wearing yesterday’s mascara – in my defense I did hit a 40 odd minute run at the gym yesterday, which was absolutely life-changing, but draining all the same. Nevertheless, as April makes its much appreciated exit, I figured I’d give this sort of blogpost another go as we usher in the month of May, and with it, new opportunities and renewed spirits (like I said, feeling rather optimistic)
I have quite a bit lined up for this month, including new approaches to work and staying motivated, and finally taking the plunge to start my youtube channel (I reached for the backspace button just there but it’s finally time as I no longer have the “I’m waiting until my braces are removed” excuse..) 5 THINGS: LIFE UPDATE

FINDING ONESELF AMIDST CONJECTURE; AN ODE TO SIMPLICITY

As the days turned in to weeks, I began wondering when that magic light bulb moment would hit me, it seemed begotten the days when inspiration so readily availed itself and stood out in every moment. The silence was more than deafening, it was scary. Over the past several weeks, I became so engulfed in my inability to create; questioning my journey, reflecting and assessing with an urgency that bordered on the realm of desperate. You see, FINDING ONESELF AMIDST CONJECTURE; AN ODE TO SIMPLICITY

CLASSICALLY FRENCH IN PARISIENNE STRIPES AND ROUGE À LÈVRES

As quickly as trends make their way on to our style radar, so do they disappear; some gradually fading out, while others end abruptly; leaving us questioning whether a trend may have existed at all. Whilst we’ve all – yes, even us so-called “minimalists ” – bought in to one trend or more with each season, the habit of reverting to our favorite classic uniforms of infinite cool and effortless chic seems to be the safety net that is both unavoidable and irresistible in all its manifestations. Take the Parisienne classic striped shirt and red-lipstick twosome, a classic by anyone’s standards, but with the ability to both transcend it’s locality in favor of shared and unique preferences across the globe. CLASSICALLY FRENCH IN PARISIENNE STRIPES AND ROUGE À LÈVRES

READY, SET, ESPRESSO

SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE ESPRESSO BAR

WHERE?
V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN

The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. With a select menu of finely crafted coffees and deli-style bites, it’s at-ease nature easily accommodates the city-explorer seeking refuge from the city bustle, while simultaneously offering the opportunity for basking in some of the locale’s culture and scenery. If inspiration is what you seek, perhaps a quiet corner can help unlock the inner wordsmith – plug ports at various points all but welcome the freelance writer to lock-down for an hour or two. READY, SET, ESPRESSO

STRIKING GOLD WITH A BOLD LIP

In an attempt to reintroduce myself after nearly a year and half of wearing (and loathing) braces, I decided to delve head first in to a shade of lipstick as dark as night with a deep red wine stain to contrast nearly every feature on my face. Instantly transformed in to someone new, I still felt like me, only more present; halted in a moment where commanding the room – the attention of everyone present – was secondary to the bold confidence I was now beginning to embrace. You see, for yours truly, the thought of a bold lipstick frightened me for some time. However, unlike my unwavering preference for black sugarless caffeine, I was now almost certain that a bold lip held reverence over the rest of my minimal makeup collection, it’s power to transform with minimal effort scoring it off the charts. STRIKING GOLD WITH A BOLD LIP

NAVIGATING CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK 2017

In an industry so often misconstrued by harsh criticism for its lack of inclusiveness, I was recently inspired by the sui generis and hardworking (Los Angeles based) Amy of Vagabond Youth notoriety, who partnered with Tresemme to attend NYFW.
Like Amy, I too shared a dream of one day attending fashion week and doing so because the work and content I was creating was of value to someone. Having grown up confused about where and how I could fit in, worrying that I didn’t have the right look NAVIGATING CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK 2017