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The days are gradually getting shorter and that sadly marks the beginning of the end of summer.  It’s now time to fully embrace a new season with some of the best transitional pieces for in-between weather.


Layer under and over yours


Keep the chill under control- no sweat

Satin Scarf

Turn heads with the best combos


Jackets and Coats

Layer up with printed cover ups


White Sneakers

Footwork for every season

Feature Image: Anke Gabler

Meet the German South African beauty whose crowned with a golden afro and armed with killer fashion instincts- Anke Gabler, who’s also recognised under the alias of @missankeg on the Instagram. This proud Jozi girl is no stranger to our television screens, large scale runways and local magazine covers and amongst an entire list of fabulous things.

We spent some time ‘chatting’ many weeks ago as best as we possibly could in the midst of tight schedules and life’s other pressing demands. Through all the chaos however, one thing that  remains absolutely indisputable about the kind-hearted Anke, it’s that the world of fashion and Anke Gabler go together as well as sugar does with cake.

Now, if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the gorgeous cover girl who’s always on your tv screens, we’ve got you and ten insights that reveal so much more than her mysterious green eyes.

How old are you?

“I am 25”

Source: Anke Gabler

Which city were you born in and where do you currently live?

“I was born and raised in Johannesburg and still live here- it’s home.”

What is your history in fashion?

“I am a creative, and I’ve always expressed myself through fashion. I got a BA degree in the science of fashion after high school, and it gave me the knowledge and tools to analyse fashion trends and create my own garments.”

As a fashion model, what are your go to looks for castings and shoot days?

“I have two different looks for a castings and shooting. For a casting I usually dress in a simple black outfit built from a pair of black skinny jeans and a plain figure hugging t-shirt. However, on shoot days, I prefer to dress in my gym clothes because they are comfortable but most importantly they are easier to get in and out of in between look changes and when there are lunch breaks.”

Source: Anke Gabler

What’s your favourite throwback trend?

“I love how corduroy is creeping back, although I’ll admit I hated it as a child.”

Do you have a favourite accessory at the moment and if so what is it?

“I’ve never been a huge fan of accessories. But my favourite accessory and often a very underrated accessory is a belt. There are so many more options for belts other than the simple thin brown/black belt. Also it can do wonders for any woman’s waist.”

What is your favourite colour to wear now and every season?

“I love grey. It’s not too dark but has a very clean look to it.”

As a well travelled fashion girl, which country or city are you most inspired by?

“I love the romance of Italy and how it’s translated into their fashion.”

Jumpsuits, dresses or both?

“I’ll pick a dress, just because as a woman we all know the struggle of a jumpsuit when we go to the bathroom.”

Source: Anke Gabler

What is your most memorable fashion moment?

“It’s not a personal one, but a memorable moment in fashion is when Rihanna arrived at the CFDA awards covered in 230 000 Swarovski crystals, oh and a thong.”



Feature image: Normans Musical Instruments

It’s been 10 weeks since I took the necessary steps to living a more active life. In the months leading up to this decision, my eating habits were terrible, my physical movement was quite close to zero and as a result I lived in a state of semi permanent exhaustion.

Although I am naturally lean, I felt heavy and started noticing how I would hug my stomach while standing or driving in an unconscious effort to hide it. Weird hey? But that’s when I realised that something in my life had to change

Now 10 weeks in, I work out regularly (although I haven’t caught up in the diet department yet) and everything about my body has improved. My muscles are stronger, my skin is better and I’m better at understanding it. I have a ton of energy and the regular constipation which I suffered from is now a thing of the past.

Since exercise has become a big part of my lifestyle, workout clothing has become equally important to me. At first, being new to the game meant that I could go in almost anything, as long as it was decent, however after some time I realised that it was better for me and the people around me to not have to witness my falling leggings.

With all of that, here are the top 7 items on workout wishlist right now.


Supportive bras

During an intense cardio session, your breasts can bounce around 100 times a minute. Needless to say, supporting your girls should be high on your list of priorities.

Sports Bra, Body at Cotton On, R229

Highwaist lightweight tights

At least when it comes to highwaist bottoms you never really have to worry about flashing.

Studio tight, Body at Cotton On, R399

Fleece top

Morning temperatures have dropped and a cute fleece top is a great way to look chic while covered up.

Fleece top, Cotton On Body, R349

Sports Gloves

Gym gloves offer the perfect protection from blisters that can be caused by lifting weights.

Leather gloves, MRP Sport, R99

Arm Pouch

I don’t know about you but I’ve lost count to the number of times I’ve forgotten my phone on the treadmill. With an arm pouch, you can almost always guarantee its safety.

Arm pouch, MRP Sport, R169

Workout Mat

Great for yoga.

Yoga mat, MRP Sport, R259

Wireless Headphones

Your playlist is as important to your workout life as any of your accessories, so listen to your favourite beats without the hassel of ear phone wires getting in the way.

Wireless headphone, Typo at Superbalist, R699









Feature image: @allthingsnicolen on Instagram

This week, my #WCW shoutout is dedicated to an insanely talented, 24 year old Jo’burg based interior designer and founder of the blog, All Things Nicole N.

During a catch up session, I asked her to share 14 things about her life, career, fashion and some of her favourite things.

Source: @allthingsnicolen on Instagram

Where did you go to school (high school and tertiary) and what did you major in?

“I went to Hyde Park High. I studied at the Design School of Southern Africa, in Johannesburg.

I have a BA in Interior design from Vega School as well as an Art & Design certificate.”

When did you discover your love for art?

“I discovered my passion for drawing at a young age. I was more into fashion design though until my late teens when I discovered my love for interior. The love for design is something which I inherited from my mother who is also a creative. She studied graphic design and now works as a corporate fashion designer.”

A typical day as an interior designer looks like?

“First, a daily dose of morning matcha latte followed by a dash to the office to check emails and write up a to-do list for myself. My team normally holds a weekly meeting to update all members on each project’s status, after which I sit down and begin my design process.

I bounce between multiple projects doing 3D modelling, putting materials together, or sending drawings out to special fabricators.”

Three things you love and cannot live or work without?

“My laptop, journal & phone in that order. I sound like a workaholic but I love what I do and would not change anything. I eat and breath design.”

Which workspaces around the city inspire you the most?

“Mesh is an amazing workspace and I of course cannot get enough of its design. I also love Bloom, a coffee shop and workspace based in Parkhurst. I love working in creative environments, they fuel me to work harder.”

Do you have a favourite interior trend right now and if so what is it?

“My fave trend at the moment is greenery, reflecting the green abundance.”

What are 4  interior trends we can expect to see in 2019?

“Terrazzo flooring, greenery, key decorative items and slatting.”

As a creative, what is your biggest fear and how do you overcome it?

“Two fears. Firstly, running out of ideas and always having to keep up with trends. I overcome these fears by listening and subscribing to design and architecture podcasts and really taking each day as it comes.”

What are some of the biggest challenges that you as a South African creative face?

“The competition- there’ll always be competition.”

What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

“Hmmm, I would say to my 18 year old self that everything happens for a reason and life is a journey. You will make mistakes, which you will usually learn from. After a fall, dust yourself off and stand strong to defeat any challenges that come your way.”

Who inspires you to keep pushing?

“I have several role models. Most of them are entrepreneurial women who are self-made and able to have a healthy family life. Of course, I deeply admire my parents, without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. Design-wise, I really admire the work of Dara Huang and Zaha Hadid.”

Since your first love is fashion, tell us where you shop?

“My favourite places to shop are Cotton On, Designer Warehouse, Style Alert (they are on Instagram) and for interior stuff I would say every shop in Kramerville.”

Where are your favourite vacation destinations?

“Bali and Australia. These are the only places which I’ve travelled to and both countries have their own unique architecture and style. I would love to go to Barcelona to see the Sagrada Familia Cathedral as well as the Hagia Sophia Cathedral which is based in Istanbul.”

Lastly, where on the entire world wide web can people find you?

“People can find me on Insta @Allthingsnicolen and my blog All things Nicole N.”


Feature image: Source: @zaakiyahbhika on Instagram

This week my #WCW goes out to an incredibly smart young woman who completely shatters the idea that women in fashion are well-dress she-devils. She’s a fashion buyer in training at the Edcon Retail Academy, a yoga teacher and very dear friend of mine.

Here’s a little bit more about this week’s fashion guru.

Source: @zaakiyahbhikha on Instagram

Where did your fashion career officially begin?


“It began in 2014 at LISOF where I majored in Buying and Merchandising, Merchandise Mathematics, Marketing and Trend Analysis. I then completed my honours in Sustainable Design at the University of Johannesburg in 2017. I am currently completing my masters in the digital sphere.”

Do you have a favourite trend right now and if so what is it?


“I don’t really have a favourite trend at the moment. I never really follow trends unless I believe in them. I believe that we shouldn’t merely buy into the things that we see because all we’re doing is perpetuating a culture of consumerism and instant gratification. When I do however choose to support a trend, it has to be in line with my values and who I am as individual.”


What do you love the most about working in the fashion industry?


“I love the constant change and its fast paced nature; there’s never a routine. I enjoy learning about consumer behaviour and how it affects trends, range building and fashion forecasts.”


Describe your ideal job


“When I started studying, the end goal was always buying but now, I envision a title cross in digital marketing and buying. I also love helping people and growing with them, so my dream job definitely needs to be combination of something that I love and a hobby that I enjoy.”

Source: @zaakiyahbhika on Instagram

When you are confronted with the choice between leopard print and snakeskin, which print wins?



“Leopard is timeless but this season snake is a massive trend across apparel and footwear and I love it.”


Since Jo’burg is your home, where are your favourite places to hang out?


“Anywhere with good design, ambience and delicious dessert. I went vegan last year so that’s got me exploring more food options. I am sometimes called the human Zomato so from me to you, here are some stand out spots around this city;

Vegan Connection Market

Fussy Vegan

Iris Garden in Rivonia

Coalition for the best margarita pizza

Keyes Art Mile for the art and food.

How did your fitness journey lead you to teaching yoga?



“My mom introduced me to yoga when I was twelve. When I decided to take my fitness seriously, yoga was a tool that helped me connect my mind and body. The practise has allowed me to look into myself, love and appreciate my life. Yoga has been a huge support and motivator for me.’’

Source: @zaakiyahbhika on Instagram

Where did you complete your teacher training?


“I completed my 200 yoga teacher training hours with Tegan Burger at Tegan B Yoga. It was important to find and work with somebody that I could relate to.”

Where and when can people join your classes?



Vibrant Vinyasa on Sunday at 8:00

Alternating Thursday at Prima Fitness

People can also follow me on Instagram @zaakiyahbhika


Hair Clips

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Scrunchies and Head Scarves

Shells, beads and mega perspex 

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Feature image: Pantone on Instagram

It’s from the sweet calming tones that lie beneath the surface of the sea where Pantone, the Colour Institute draws its inspiration for 2019. This year the colour that is forecasted to dominate both design and fashion spaces is known as Pantone 16-1546, Living Coral.

This shade of peachy pink which offers a lighter feeling than last year’s Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a flirty pink that almost anyone can embrace.

And since, we’ll be seeing more of this colour throughout 2019, here are some ways to make it work perfectly for you.

Florals and easy flow: You may find yourself ahead of the curve if you’re heavily into combos of peachy pink and florals and if you’re keen on going deeper, explore ruffles and soft satin pieces this season.

In the mix with metallics and deets: It’s easy to love a colour that partners well with others especially striking metallics and earthy tones. Add gold, silver and bronze to your coral ensembles.

Tonal: Keep it solid in monochrome or get creative with your layering by adding darker shades of pink or peach to your look because it only gets better with more colour.


With Valentine’s day less than a week away, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about date night and cute gifts for bae, future wife or just yourself.

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Here’s a list of gift ideas as well as items to set the mood for this coming V-day.

Crystal Clear masks, Maskeraide at Superbalist, R120
Waxfill Candle, MRP Home, R99.99


Multi frame, MRP Home, R199
Go 2 portable speaker, JBL at Superbalist, R599
Marc Jacobs fragrance, Superbalist, R809
Printed beach bag, MRP, R259
Casio digital watch, Casio at Superbalist, R1999
Metal phone ring, Typo at Superbalist, R99

Is dedicated my grandmother, Bertha Sizakele Msengana, who is my mom’s mother and the only biological grandparent I’ve known.

She would have been 105 this year on the 7th of July.

I was 16 years old when she passed away and although I was a few years away from adulthood, I didn’t fully understand the concept of death or what her absence would mean for our family.

I do remember my grandmother as the most loving, gentle, strong, extremely decisive, faithful and faith-filled woman in our lives. I only have a few memories of my visits to her house because there was something so powerfully soothing about her home that knocked me out almost every single time.

Last week, while cleaning up, I  came across a picture of the younger version of her that I wish I had known. My mother tells me that this picture was captured during a time where she was working in a clothing factory by day and running her curtain making business by night. From what my mom shares, my grandmother had an incredible work ethic and the best sense of style in all our family.

My grandmother on the left with a colleague.

As I look back to the time I had with my grandmother, I wish my younger self was better at asking her more insightful questions about her life, what she loved, her career in fashion and her entrepreneurial ventures.

Although, I will never get all my questions answered about her, I am grateful for what my grandmother has left behind in spirit, in memory and of course the dresses and accessories she hand made for me and left for us. I’m grateful that because of her, I had the courage to pursue a career in fashion.

I’m eternally grateful for such a wonderful example.


And the lessons I am learning through it…

Every black woman who is at the age to articulate her feelings has a story about her hair. Some love and celebrate theirs while others hate it. Many hide it, while others fearlessly flaut theirs and others prefer no hair at all. Sometimes it boils down to choice and other times it’s not so simple.

However, as I grow I am learning to appreciate that our hair is glorious, in all it’s textures, shades, lengths and styles. I never always felt this way about my hair, as the maintenance of it didn’t always feel pleasant. If it wasn’t my mother squeezing my 5 year old self between her legs to start my weekly protective do for school, it was the relaxer that was always very unkind to my scalp, or worse still, the heaviness of my head after a 6 hour stretch of braiding at the salon or even a burnt ear or two from the hot comb. Seriously, the list of injuries and horror stories is too long to recount.

As a result, at age 19, I decided that the work required to grow my hair and keep it looking decent was far too much for me  and so I decided to chop it and keep it at a length which only required washing once a week, moisturizing every other day and painful but regular combing.

After 5 years, I decided to give the hair growth journey another go and here I am today, with a healthy little afro which would never have made it without the dedicated hands of my mother, barber and stylists.

Anyone who’s on this journey or has taken on the challenge of maintaining natural (chemically untreated hair) has a few lessons they can share about their hair, for now though, here are four lessons that have stood out to me on this year long journey.

This is me in 2014, shortly after cutting my hair

1. Effort and work will always be a requirement

There’s absolutely no escaping this one because even if it looks and feels simpler, some form of work and effort is always required to make a hairstyle/ look work. Although there were less steps required in this part of the process, they were there and needed to be honoured. This initial chop, after many years also gave me the courage to start a fresh, much like how Coco Chanel once said, ‘a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life’

The second and most dramatic chop in 2017

2. You’re always allowed to explore other options

These have come in the form of wigs and head wraps over the years.

3. Most times you get out what you put in

The process of growing my hair back has taught me the art of working with my hair and not against it, loving it even when I’m feeling as if it’s not co-operating with me. From watching the journey’s of others I have seen that often times your hair much like everything in life will usually reflect the love, kindness and patience you put into it.

The easiest protective hairstyle for natural hair
A snap of what my hair looked like in January after a wash and blow dry.


I am still on the journey and still committed to loving this process.