The cooler weather calls for longer sleeves. Here are some of the stand out pieces currently available online.

Occasion Dresses

 

Formal Dress

Casual Dresses

Printed Dresses

 

Feature image: Celine Tshika on Instagram

First of all, if you haven’t already, go watch Jess Goes West on YouTube. You will laugh…LOUDLY.

From a girl I’ve known since age 12, Celine has always been one of the kindest, creative and most diligent friends I’ve ever had. I’ve witnessed her achieve some remarkable goals over the years and it’s ever so inspiring to watch her live out her dreams and realise her potential.

Here’s a little bit more about this week’s highly talented creative genius.

Celine Tshika on Instagram

How old are you?

24

Where are you from?

I was born in DR Congo and raised in Johannesburg

How long have you lived in the USA?

It’s been almost 2 years now

Where did you study and what did you study after high school?

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town after high school. After that, I studied acting for film in LA.

Celine Tshika on Instagram

 

Do you believe that you’ve taken the “traditional” route (of studying) and if so, was it at all beneficial?

I did take the traditional route, yes. It was beneficial in the sense that I grew and learned a lot. It’s hard to say after the fact, since I’ve made lifelong friends from Engineering and had experiences I treasure. Although I knew I would go into acting anyway, there was a big part of me that was interested in the field. That part of me was satisfied, but I know for sure that it’s something I’d want to keep for humanitarian endeavors, rather than as a career.

What are some of the greatest things about moving from South Africa to LA?

I think it’s just knowing that this was something I’d been working towards and that I didn’t give up on it. It’s obviously exciting to be in the city where most mainstream entertainment is made!

What have been some of your scariest moments since moving?

Whew, so many! I think most of them have been since I graduated and started working. Knowing that I had to start putting myself out there if I wanted to make anything happen.

You’re the creator of the web series, Jess Goes West. What inspired the story line and how long will the series be?

It was inspired by a few ideas I had for YouTube vlog rants. I’d made one while I was studying and it was received relatively well. I thought I’d get back into it. But, I started working on a 30-minute series idea, and I realized I could marry the two and make something lower-budget and easier for a beginner writer.

It’s definitely based on a lot of the experiences I’ve had since moving here. I’ve been asked some really ridiculous questions about Africa, and I figured it was time to view Americans through the eyes of an African, instead of the other way round.

The series has 4 episodes. I do unfortunately have to take a break from filming, since I have to take a few months to sort out visa things. But I’m going to keep creating more content while I’m out of LA.

Celine Tshika on Instagram

What have been some of career highlights?

The first shoot for ‘Jess Goes West’ was definitely one of the highlights. I actually shot episode 3 first (December 2018), and the people who came through to be in that party scene were so supportive and so much fun. We laughed so much on that set, and almost all of them let me know that they were down to help out if I needed them for any other episodes. That’s actually how a lot of the characters in the classroom (episodes 1 and 4) got added.

Some cast members of Jess Goes West. Celine Tshika on Instagram

As a Jo’burg turned LA girl where are some of the most inspiring/fun places to see in LA?

Universal CityWalk definitely reminds me of Jo’burg. It has everything we like: a wonderful cinema with THE BEST recliner seats, restaurants, an entertainment area, an amusement park and shopping! I’m lucky to live quite close to it. Doing audience work was also cool- it’s great to have a seat in one of those big studios where popular shows are taped, and of course, see the celebrity hosts/judges in person. But LA is also mountainous so it has some really great hiking spots for those who are into that.

Which artists inspire you the most?

Hmm, for Americans I’d say Issa Rae. Typical, yes, but for good reason. I value especially what she said about networking across, instead of networking up, because it rang true for me. The people who showed up to my shoot, hungry to work more were critical to making the show the success it was. I’m a firm believer in all of us winning.

For South Africans, it’s Terry Pheto and Michelle Mosalakae. Terry Pheto…I’m just obsessed with her. She’s talented, gracious, gorgeous and I always try keep up with whatever work she’s doing because I know she kills every performance. Michelle is someone I’ve known about since I was in university. She’s a friend-of-a-friend, and it’s been amazing to see her go from “my friend’s friend who tells the most hilarious stories” to this huge star in the SA entertainment industry. I love her confidence, her passion, and especially the fact that she takes her work seriously. I have so much respect for her and she definitely inspires me.

Where can people find and follow your work?

My work can be found on www.jessgoeswest.com! I post updates on social media- there you’ll be notified of behind-the-scenes material that’s made available, and other recognition that the show receives.

 

Today’s #WC is a Kabelo Maaka, a phenomenal creative and business woman. Here’s her story.

How old are you?

I am 24. Turning 25 in September 🙂

Where are you from?

I am South African. I was born in Johannesburg, but my family is originally from Limpopo.

What did you study and where did you study?

So the formal name for my degree is Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Motion Picture Medium. I studied at a film school called AFDA. I did my undergrad in Cape Town and my post-grad at their Johannesburg campus. I went to AFDA specifically for animation, but because it is a film degree I also took classes in: film editing, sound design, script writing, music performance, film producing.

When I was in my fourth year I got the opportunity to attend Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image in Paris, France. It is one of the best (if not the best) animation schools in the world. I attended their character animation summer school where I was taught by Disney veterans and people who worked on blockbuster feature films. That was surreal. It really changed my perspective on how animation could be taught! My experience studying animation at AFDA was quite disappointing. The other subjects were decent, but the animation course was poorly run and poorly supported when I was there, so being at Gobelins was a refreshing change of pace. I felt like I found people who took animation just as seriously as I did.

I also learnt a lot from using YouTube tutorials, online classes, animation books and emailing other artists that I admired online.

 

What are you currently doing for work?

Right now I wear a lot of different hats, but all within animation. This is the work I do:

  • Creative Director & Lead Animator
  • 2D Animation & Pre-production Lecturer
  • Animation Teacher & Mentor
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Animation Director
  • Concept Artist
  • Story boarder

As a Creative Director and a Lead Animator I work for my company Cabblow Studios. I founded my studio in 2017 after graduating with my honours degree. We are an animation and illustration studio focused on creating original short and long form projects, commissioned work and medical animation. Medical Animation is our unique service offering, where we use animation for the medical industry – hospitals, doctors, medical aids & pharmaceuticals etc… This is a unique partnership that I have with my mother – Dr Tshepo P. Maaka. She is a medical doctor of 25 years experience. She oversees the aspects of business development and the medical content and I oversee all the creative aspects like: storytelling and animation style. Because we are a growing studio we have to share the work between us, but it is a good learning experience.

 

Cabblow on Instagram

 

What have been some of your biggest achievements in your career?

 

I feel like I only just started my career so I’m still trying to rack up my achievements, but I think I can list a few:

  • Starting my company straight after university (I’m glad I took the plunge)
  • Studying animation in France (it has opened a lot of doors to be associated with such an acclaimed school)
  • I just finished one year as an Animation Lecturer in Feb 2019, so that’s cool!
  • Getting to speak at The Cape Town International Animation Festival (and meeting so many of my industry peers for the first time)
  • Getting my first Medical Animation client towards the end of last year!
  • Creating my Gobelins Vlog Series (I get a lot of comments on YouTube and Instagram from people who say they appreciate the insight I gave them into the summer school program. A lot of people also ask for advice and encouragement because applying can seem so intimidating).
  • Gaining confidence in my art style and my way of creating animation (It’s an ongoing journey, but I’m in such a good place with that)
Cabblowstudios on Instagram

At what age did you know that you wanted to be an animator and which things in your life do you think influenced your choice?

 

I knew I wanted to be in animation from a very young age, but I didn’t know that the job title was called “Animator”. Like many others I loved animation growing up, but what I loved more than the movies and the shows was the behind the scenes on DVD releases. Because my mother was a single parent with a very demanding job we weren’t able to go out to the cinema to see movies very often, but what we did do consistently was rent out DVDs every Friday afternoon after school. My favourite part about DVDs was the behind the scenes where the animators show you their process. The director takes you through the deleted scenes and some DVDs even had demonstrations on how to draw the characters in the film. That was truly where I first learnt that animation was not just magic, but something that was created by people. I was 11 when I started saying that I wanted to be a “cartoonist”. That later became animator when I got to high school.

I think the other major influence was that I grew up as an only child. I always had to find ways to entertain myself when there weren’t any other kids around, which was often. I spent most of my time drawing and coming up with stories based on the characters that I drew – especially during school holidays. I enjoyed drawing and improving my drawing skills, but I also enjoyed creating my own characters. Although animated films have big teams, animators actually have to spend a lot of time working alone so I think I have a bit of an advantage because I’ve been doing that for most of my childhood.

 

What are your favourite animations?

Always a difficult question for an animator, but I think my favourites are:

Mulan – I really relate to Mulan as a character

The Prince of Egypt – just an exquisite film

As Told by Ginger & The Wild Thornberrys – SOLO. FEMALE. PROTAGONISTS & Nostalgia!!

Tarzan (the original 1999 release, not the recent live-action remake) – the animation & the musical storytelling.

I also really love Kubo & The Two Strings by Laika animation and I really enjoyed the recent Spiderman movie by Sony Animation. I actually got to meet one of the directors of the film – Peter Ramsey – and I congratulated him on the Oscar win at the Cape Town animation festival – so that was cool!

 

Who are some of the people who inspire you in your career?

From a business point of view. I’m inspired by independent artists online and prominent Christian figures. There are too many to name so here is the top 4:

  • My mom – she is so hardworking, determined and very creative, even though she comes from a medical background. My mom inspires me to be driven, relentless, confident and to leverage my connections! She also mentors me as I grow as a businesswoman.
  • Fran Meneses (Frannerd) – YouTuber, Illustrator, Online Store owner. I admire her drive, her vulnerability in her work and her creativity. She is such a helpful resource and she takes risks, but still lives a simple life.
  • Jason Brubaker – Independent comic book creator who left Dreamworks animation to pursue a career in self-published comics. He is open about how his faith affects his work and about his strategy for sustaining himself and his family with his work.
  • Lately Steve Harvey – the man is funny and real and his story is unexpectedly inspirational.

As an animator or artist, I’m mostly inspired by the actual finished work of an animation or illustration and not necessarily the person behind it. If I’m really inspired by a particular piece of animation I’ll look for the person who created it and probably follow their work online to learn from them.

Cabblow on Instagram

What is medical animation and how did you get into it? When did you realise that medicine and animation could work, especially for you?

Also see my answer in question 3.

My mom was the one who thought of it. She was frustrated with patients who didn’t seem to understand their medical aid cover or the procedure they were undergoing at the hospital. So she said we should combine our skills and try to solve the communication gap between patients and medical practitioners. From there Medical Animation was born. For me it’s about storytelling and communication and connecting people through animated film. So whether it’s medical animation or just regular animation it’s all the same to me. Plus all I want to be is helpful person and medical animation allows me to do that. We’ve been researching and working on Medical Animation since mid-2017.

Cabblowstudios on Instagram

 

What’s the one major piece of advice that you share with your first years and think that every 18 year old wanting to pursue a career in animation should know?

I asked my students and apparently they say I always tell them to rest, read the brief & not to be hard on themselves. I tell them to rest because animation can be very grueling even in a university context. I tell them to “read the brief” because understanding a client or a director’s instructions is a vital skill in this industry. Finally I tell them not be hard on themselves because it is very easy to fall into comparison in this line of work. This is advice that I have to tell myself as well. Apparently I always says #SorryNotSorry a lot as well. I am not apologetic when it comes to challenging them with the tasks that I give and I am not apologetic about my convictions as an artist.

I think the advice that every 18 year old should know when pursuing animation is that it is time consuming, not everyone will understand it, it can be very difficult at times, but very rewarding. Go in to animation with the determination to learn this thing no matter what!

What are some of the misconceptions that people have of young black girls working in your industry?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered a misconception specifically related to young black girls working in the industry because there are so few of them in South Africa. There is a misconception though, that girls don’t watch animation or they only watch female-skewed shows. This is very untrue. Ben-10 was one of my favourite shows growing up.

 

As a story-teller, what inspires and motivates you?

As a storyteller I am inspired by people. I think people are peculiar and it’s either funny, saddening, inspiring or infuriating. I want to tell stories about all the people I observe in my everyday life. From the most outrageous to the most mundane.

Motivation is a hard one. I think I’m motivated by the need to be helpful or by a sense of frustration over a certain topic.

 

Where are some of the places people can go (physical and online) to learn more about the world of animation?

Books: The Animator’s Survival Kit, The Illusion of Life, Drawn to Life and “Art of” books

YouTube: The tutorials are endless, but I recommend animation tutorials by Toniko Pontoja & Howard Wimshurst.

 

What are some of the worst things about a job in animation?

The long working hours.

Ignorance about animation. Sometimes the nature of my work is misunderstood and so people might see what I do as frivolous or easy because they are ignorant to the intricacies of working in animation.

The overwhelming amount of ideas and inspiration and the apparent lack of time to execute them.

What are some of the biggest animation trends at the moment and how do you keep up with them?

Recently I’ve seen an increase in original animated content for video on demand services like Netflix, Hulu & Amazon Prime. I think it’s because these kinds of platforms need to appeal to a world wide market and they are doing it by providing as many niche options as possible. It’s exciting because they are hungry for original animated content, which is a great opportunity for anyone looking to find a market for their animated productions! I keep up with animation trends through news sites like – Cartoon Brew, Animation World Network and animation news blogs. In South Africa I’ve seen that more students are seeing animation as a viable career option and they are attending animation schools around the country.

You recently spoke at the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) Yay!! Can you share a little bit of what you shared and some of the most exciting things you learned while there?

I shared about my journey getting into animation and my experience studying animation in South Africa. I also shared some thoughts comparing the experience studying in South Africa as compared to studying in France. I also got to showcase some  of my medical animation work.

One of the most exciting things was getting to use the giant 32 inch Wacom Cintiq display drawing tablet. It’s a massive screen that artists and animators use to draw directly on screen in any compatible drawing or animation software. That was fun!

Biggest lesson I learned while being at the festival was that I am a peer in this industry too. I got to attending dinner parties with other speakers and industry players and for the first time I felt like I was a peer. I felt like I was “let into the circle”. I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad thing yet, but for now I’m taking it as a good thing. Even in my own small way I am starting to make an impact in the industry.

Cabblow on Instagram

 

Which is your favourite platform to share your work?

Definitely social media. I think it’s the most accessible way to start building your own audience.

My favourite are: YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr & Webtoons. I enjoy Instagram for sharing pages from my sketchbook especially during the Inktober challenge in October. YouTube is great for sharing my animations and vlog series. I use Tumblr to host my portfolio. I don’t actively post on Tumblr. I use mostly to follow blogs that inspire me or share little tips and tricks relating to animation. Webtoons is a webcomic platform that I’ve been looking into to share a future comic idea that I have in mind.

I would love to share my work in other places as well like: an online store, at festivals, cinemas & gallery exhibitions – so that’s what I need to keep working on.

In one of your videos you mention your struggles with self-doubt. What are some of the ways you overcome self-doubt on a daily basis?

When I’m teaching I really have no time to doubt myself because I have to provide educational value to my students so I just run with my ideas – even when I’m not sure if they will work out. When I have clients I go with the idea that excites me the most and that benefits from my strengths in drawing & storytelling. I struggle the most with self-doubt in personal projects. I’m always wondering whether it’s even worth it to pursue some of my personal ideas. I’m still not sure how to overcome this. I should probably pray more and act anyway.

Where can people find and follow your work?

@cabblow – Personal profile that features my personal work and sketches

@cabblowstudio – studio profile

Cabblow Studios on YouTube

Art By Cabblow on Facebook (although I could be more active on there)

 

Cabblow on Instagram

 

It goes without saying that denim is the staple of 90% of wardrobes. It’s the durable go-to that never fails and this season these 4 denim styles are taking centre stage.

High Waist and Cropped

 

Jungle Inspired

Distressed Denim

Flared

As well as being a beauty editor, Martinique is also the founder of Make-up By MES, a makeup artistry business.

Here’s a little more about this Jo’burg based beauty guru.

Martinique Stevens on Instagram

How old are you?

“I am twenty five years old”

Where do you work?

“I am currently the Beauty Editor of Woman&Home magazine South Africa.

What are the 3 highlights of your job?

  • “Firstly, I have been blessed with one of the most incredible Editorial Directors. Frith Thomas is the definition of a ‘power woman’, and she is 100% my role model. She facilitates a fantastic and extremely hard working editorial team and somehow always manages to get the best out of her writers with each and every print edition.
  • Secondly, Caxton House has a very tight knit working culture, and everyone in the building is easy to get along with. This is a huge bonus when it comes to mustering up the energy to go to work everyday.
  • Thirdly, and most importantly- the biggest highlight of my job is walking up and getting to do what I love. I am a creative and every week I get to create incredible, inspiring content that speaks to real women. I am quite frankly obsessed with all things make-up, fragrance and skincare, and being a beauty editor allows me to learn more about each of these topics daily.”
Martinique Stevens on Instagram

What is the biggest lesson you learned in school/tertiary?

“A big lesson from varsity was to get my work done without procrastinating about it first- this is something I struggle with greatly, still.”

What’s the one thing you wish school and tertiary would have better prepared you for, for the working world?

“I wish that varsities made it imperative that students work while they study. The more experience you have on your CV, the better!”

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

“I went to LISOF, and I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion.”

What did you major in at school and how do you all your majors play into your current job today?

“I majored in business, marketing and trend analysis.

These actually helped me hugely when it comes to my current job. It’s easy as a beauty editor to get caught up in only the editorial side of things, but my majors allowed me to think more commercially when it comes to aligning with brands and which brands I place in the magazine, so as to foster a more mutually-beneficial relationship.”

What does a typical week in the life of a Beauty Ed look like?

“A typical week for me is chaotic in the best way possible. I have to juggle attending numerous product launches, with getting my print and digital work out on time. I have to juggle a lot of deadlines, from a lot of people, so even though my working hours are 9am to 5pm, this is a rarity in reality. If it means I have to get in to work early, and leave late to get my work done, then that is what I will do, and do weekly. I also have to plan beauty shoots, should I have one to do, so my time is very limited.”

What are biggest autumn/winter ‘19 beauty trends (skin and hair) we can look forward to?

“Beauty and fashion usually work in tandem, or in polar-opposite directions. But A/W 2019, is seeing both the beauty and fashion worlds relish in re-living the 90’s. Smooth, matte skin in new comfy formulas that last all day but don’t feel cakey, plus dark chocolate lips are what’s hot. For hair, I am living for using my hair pins for more of a decorative statement, verses for practicality.”

Do you have a skin routine? If so, what is it? Do you recommend that everyone adopts one?

“Everyone’s skin as unique to them as their fingerprints are, so it’s difficult to put a routine out that everyone should follow. I’m all about encouraging a skin care routine that works best for your skin type, but for this it’s important to first establish what skin type you are.

Are you dry or oily? Does a certain product make your skin break out? Pin-point what works for you and then implement it- trendy or not.

I’m really big on non-mechanical exfoliation right now in the form of a skin type dependent acid peel. Acids sound scary, but they work to refine skin texture problems, and seriously plump and smooth, plus are great at slowly getting stubborn pigmentation to disappear.”

What’s your best skin care product right now?

“Sk.in’s Flash Boost serum. It’s got 10% vitamin C in, and has been doing wonders at reducing my pigmentation marks from old acne.”

What is the best way to pick a foundation shade?

“Make sure you are in good lighting, and swatch the shade on your cheek where you will be wearing it, and not on your hand or neck.

Definitely try before you buy, so ask the sales assistant if they have a tester in the shade you’ve swatched. Do a wear test out of the store so you can see if the shade oxidises (gets darker) on your skin after a couple hours.

Don’t be in a rush, and know your skin type.”

How can I get rid of whiteheads on my nose on a budget?

“Try a skincare product with salicylic or glycolic acid in it. L’Oreal makes these tubs of glycolic acid ‘peel pads’ that you can buy from Clicks and Dischem.”

If you were not a beauty editor, what would you be doing?

“Trend analysis and forecasting for a beauty or fashion company / brand or working in Research and Innovation for a beauty brand.”

Where can people connect with you?

“martinique_01 on Instagram!”

Martinique Stevens on Instagram

Although my mother has been an advocate for this method of shopping for many years, I had never really considered lay-by shopping until recently. Over this past weekend I came across a jet black faux fur coat which I knew upon seeing that I NEEDED to own. I unfortunately didn’t have the cash to purchase the coat on the day and experience has taught me never to ‘wait until next week’ to get whatever item, in that particular store because nine times out of ten the following week or even day is always too late.

I generally prefer to use cash when buying small items like shoes and clothing and hardly ever use credit. However, as I was leaving the store I discovered the option of laybying.

All I needed to start the process at the store was my ID, some personal details as well as a 30% deposit to secure the item.

So what is laybying and is a better option than credit?

According to an article published on News24, a lay-by agreement is defined as a way of paying for goods over an agreed period of time, whereby the service provider holds the goods until the consumer has paid their full price.To lay-by goods, the consumer pays a small deposit, and subsequently makes regular repayments until the total price is paid.

With lay-by agreements robust credit checks aren’t a part of the deal and when and if you can no longer afford the installments or decide to change your mind, you as the consumer have the right to claim a portion of your money back from the retailer, provided that it’s within the agreed period. Another advantage to this purchasing method is that there are no interest charges.

Know your rights as a consumer

The first step before signing an agreement with any retailer is always ensuring your understanding of what is expected of you as a consumer and knowing what your rights are. In this case as a consumer, these are some the rights the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) supports.

  • The right to a formal agreement which states the amount due as well as the weekly or monthly payment dates.
  • If the retailer charges any penalties for cancellations you are entitled to knowing that they are there and how much they are.
  • You have the right to return defective items.
  • You should never be charged a storage fee for the items that remain in the store.

Although the instant gratification that comes with taking home a new pair of shoes or coat in my case is a delayed, laybying is to me a better purchasing option over credit when you do not have the cash to buy whatever it is you want on a specific day.

 

 

Feature image source: Buzzfeed

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.

Jumpsuits

Layer under and over yours

Kimono

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

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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.”