In attempts to redirect my post-fashion-week excitement, uttering words like visionary and innovative, while relevant to the narrative, seem inadequate as I string together my thoughts on some of the collections previewed at the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion week last night. … RE-IMAGINING AFRICA THROUGH CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK
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
SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE ESPRESSO BAR
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
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
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
The lovely team behind locally produced craft art, LAZY DAISY, sent over a few of their selected items imploring me to style my space and outfit around each piece. What’s more, with each piece attentively hand crafted, no two artworks are alike. Simply put these pieces are much like the inimitable objet d’art we so often seek out on field trips to museums showcasing rare art from lifetimes before. … THE MINIMALIST’S PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE
Intriguing as it may be, the bustling-city functions at a fast pace; existing in a world of its own; synonymous with people besieged in languor and anxiety. Escaping the city, though just for a short while, has become the accepted cosmopolitan’s approach to dealing with the often tiresome effects of city-living. Booking a staycation at a luxe hotel, or road-tripping to a guesthouse in the winelands, it’s this short time away where one can truly unwind and before returning to the city.
Writing this post from the work nook in my room, I’ve paused at least thrice in the last ten minutes, feeling wildly appreciative of the cold breeze rushing through the windows that ever-so-gently grazes my cheek and shoulder. In short, it’s the promise of a steadfast approaching autumn season eagerly awaited.
Here in the southern hemisphere, with summers as equally long as they are scorching, it’s understandable that one would, in some ways, beckon the cold (read: with the force of a woman willing on autumn by wearing layers in 26 degree Celsius weather.) Fortunately, the outcome of said beckoning allowed me to bring this look-book to the blog, featuring my favorite global retailer, H&M. … A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO TEXTURES FEATURING H&M AW17
Effortlessly cool, the latest trend pieces to come from global retailers HM spring to life new classics like the pleated pants, athleisure crops with ribbed edging, and floral-embroidered denim jackets.
I chose to style this look below wearing all three of the above trends, not because I was short of basics like a white shirt or black pants, but because each piece, though detailed, encapsulate the kind of youthful cool-girl essence I … THE NEW CLASSIC FEATURING H&M AW17
Where attitude and style find their meeting ground, we might find ourselves amidst a conundrum of whether to dress to suit our mood, or to fix it. As the first day of the week arrives, perhaps the latter is where most of us linger; trying to find the right wardrobe pieces to ease us from our weekend bliss in to the start of a new week. Mondays can be, for many, synonymous with dreaded deadlines, significant workloads and more – often made worse by the decision to throw oneself head-first (perhaps quite literally) in to a full-blown power suit that serves … ON MONDAYS WE WEAR DENIM
Speaking to Gemma Shepherd of the Urban Gem, it’s refreshing to meet someone whose understanding of their industry and craft extends beyond just their own personal experiences therein. Speaking both broadly and personally about art and what inspires her creativity, the quintessence of our conversation delves in to the fears and uncertainties of putting yourself out there through your work. … DISCUSSING ART, FASHION AND PERSEVERANCE WITH GEMMA SHEPHERD