Everyday is one day closer to Summer… Although some might argue that Summer is already here as temperatures in Johannesburg have exceeded 30 degrees over the past week, one still needs a little cardi for the nippy mornings and evenings.

Here is my list of selected favourite classics that I believe we all should have one of, and will see you through many seasons to come.

The chain detail loafer

They can either be flat of have a tiny block heel to give you that extra lift. Loafers are a must-have, not just for this season, and the win for me because #COMFORT is a thing!

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   R1099 at MANGO

The Palazzo Pants

My absolute number one style of trousers for this season! Loose and comfortable enough for anything and are a perfect desk to dinner piece.

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R349 at H&M

The Blazer

You really cannot get it wrong with a classic blazer, I always say invest in two- a thick one for winter and a lighter one for the “in-between” seasons. This black double breasted one does it for me!

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R1199 at FOREVER NEW

The Scarf

A light scarf is ideal to wrap around your neck or shoulders on a breezier day, and if that’s not your style wear it on your head. Turbans are the biggest accessories right now!

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R120 at WOOLWORTHS

The Shirt

A classic long-sleeved cotton shirt will keep you cool, and there are so many ways to wear it. Wear it with your boyfriend jeans or pair it with a suede pencil skirt, however you want to do it.

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R549 at MANGO

The Gilet

If you want one item to stand out of your outfit- then invest in a gilet or otherwise known as the sleeveless blazer! It’s the ultimate piece. Team it with a light weight long-sleeved tee and skinny jeans, and you’re ready to hit the road.

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R279 at INFULENCE on SUPERBALIST

On Saturday, the 16th of July 2016 I spoke at a wellness session hosted by Lynn Forbes at the Business Centre, Design Quarter in Johannesburg. The women who attended the session are in their third month of their weight loss program which is facilitated by Lynn Forbes. My collaboration with Lynn was based on the premise that we envision to help change women from the inside out.

On the day I spoke about dressing for your size; which included dressing for your shape and for your pocket. We later also had a trend session where I discusses what they can expect to see in stores this summer and how they can incorporate new trends into their wardrobes. The ladies had a fantastic time and many of their styling questions were addressed.

What do you do when the ‘I don’t have anything to wear bug bites’?  Most people rush off to the stores to buy more and more clothing. Adding more clothing to your ‘I don’t have anything to wear’ situation is actually the worst answer to the problem. We all know how dangerous those emotionally driven shopping sprees can be; most of the time they leave one BROKE and a bit emotional. You might feel slightly happier about the new dress or pair of shoes that you scored but let’s be honest your bank statement may not be as exciting to look at.

We all have those days where we are simply uninspired by what we see in our own cupboards, but that should not be the reason to go shopping.  On my free days I clean out my cupboards and lay all my clothing on my bed, this always gives me a clear picture of what I do have as well as a fresh perspective. It also helps me realise how much clothing I actually have and then it hits me that maybe just maybe I’m bored because I’m always wearing the same clothes in the same way. Follow the steps that I use to creating new outfits with the clothes that are already in your cupboard.

 

  • Re-arrange your cupboard:

 

Perhaps your cupboard has been packed in a particular order for a while now and out of habit and convenience you keep picking the clothing that is the closest to the front of your cupboard.

 

  • Mix IT:

 

Start breaking the rules a little bit. You can wear one item of clothing in many different ways.

For example: wear a maxi skirt over the bottom of your jump-suit and use the top part of your jump-suit as a top.

Have a tube maxi skirt that you bored of wearing in the same way? Lift your tube maxi over your boobs and wear it a calf-length boob-tube dress.

These are just two examples of what you can do with your clothes there are really endless possibilities.

 

  • Colour it:

 

Don’t be afraid of colour, be bold, and be a bit unconventional with your colours.  Experiment with different shades of colours and different textures you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

 

These are a few ideas that I use when I’m feeling uninspired by my cupboard. Shopping is not always the answer. Creativity is.

 

I recently left a toxic working environment, and upon leaving I learned that there were several areas of my life that needed deep cleansing.

I am one being but I have different aspects that play their role that complete me, the trinity of my mind body and spirit. If one of these elements is out of sync with the rest as a result of being too cluttered and toxic it wreaks havoc with the whole unit, (my entire being).  It affects the most comfortable and familiar spaces of my life.

You can never treat the spirit as its own being; it has an intricate connection to the mind and the body. Typically if it is cluttered, and compounded by toxins and negativity, the results will manifest themselves in the body. Internally, my body was a mess from ingesting food that was sweet to taste but was harmful and vicious to my digestive system, my vitality and overall quality of life.

I have fun with my clothing and occasionally my mother’s clothing- it is my outlet of self-expression. My cupboard and anybody’s for the fact is where all the magic begins. For the longest time my cupboard was a tsunami- you would swear that it was packed by a five year old boy. Half of the clothes were ironed the other half, well had not been touched by one in a few months, either way there was no discrimination in there. All of them were shoved, rolled and pressed against the door that I hoped with all my heart would not give way to the bursting mess behind it.  Every aspect of me required deep cleansing.

‘You start by starting’ is a quote from the Suits and are the words that persuaded me to actually ‘start’ cleaning the mess that hid behind the doors of not only my mind, body, spirit but also of my cupboard.  I gave myself an hour to clean the mess, to get rid of all the clothes that were acting as space killers in there. As I separated the good from the bad, I felt a sense of relief as if I was removing the darkness and the dead weight. After an hour and a bit my challenge was over and this is what my cupboard looks like now.  It is fresh but it also looks decent enough for me to share on the internet, HELLO! Today I learned the impact of cleansing my entire being of negativity and toxic weight that hinders me from being the best version of me.

“The only person with you your whole life is you. Your parents die. Things inside you die- illusions, gushes of personality. Only you can sort yourself out. Yourself may not be all that you need, but it is all you’ve got”. Kate Bush