Finding a well-fitting pair of boots can prove to be quite a challenge for most of us- for those who don’t suffer from skinny or big calf-syndrome- count yourselves very fortunate. But whatever your struggle, there is ALWAYS something for everyone, and finding what works for YOU is always key, whether you’re a trendy or practical gal.

I spent some time in stores picking out some of my favourite pairs of boots, from Victorian style to metallic, combats and so much more.

Thigh-High Suede: Woolworths

 

 

 

Cowboy Ankle Boot: Woolworths

 

 

 

 

Gold Metallic Ankle Boot: H&M

(Source: Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

Zip-Up Boot: H&M

(Source: Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

Pointed Suede Ankle Boot: H&M

(Source: Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

 

Combat Boot: H&M

(Pintrest)

 

 

 

 

 

Lace-Up: H&M

(Source: Pintrest)

 

 

 

Cut-Out Boot: Steve Madden

 

 

 

Lace-Up Boot: Steve Madden

 

Happy shopping!

Never before has it been sexier to be completely smitten with your curves, nor easier to dress them. When it comes to beauty, fashion and self-love, in 2017, INCLUSIVITY is the word that comes to mind. More and more brands are awakening to the beauty of the plus-size market and celebrating it, as they should. No matter what your size is or how and where your curves are, you can look and feel extraordinary even if your budget is anything but plus-size.

Understanding your body shape is the first step in the knowledge of dressing it which is empowering for any woman. With that you can wear dress in clothes that fit you well, and feel confident.

If you’re wondering where to find the best fashion for your shape; look no further than this list of brilliant local and international brands, most of which have been founded by South African women who desire to empower others in their womanhood as they know and understand what it’s like to find the perfect fitting clothes that say “come hither” (in the most elegant manner, of course).

 

CITY CHIC

 Visit either the Sandton or Menlyn stores to shop for stunning fashion, and find helpful sizing guides on www.citychic.co.za to ensure that you’re completely in the know.

 

DONNA

For best up-to-the-minute, plus-size fashion at relatively affordable rates, and with several stores located across the nation, looking great has never been simpler.

 

THE BRA GURU

The perfect boutique store situated in Hyde Park, Johannesburg to get your bust measured and find the best bra and underwear for your shape. Visit www.braguru.co.za for further information.

 

ISABEL DE VILLIERS

You’ll do a happy dance at her collection of excellently crafted and affordable LOCAL fashion. Shop your look at www.isabeldevilliers.co.za

 

INDECISIVE C

Not only is her story bomb but so is her collection. View it at www.indecisivec.myshopify.com/collections/

 

NIKE

Nike: If you love to work-out, or just a sports-lux kinda gal, you’re sure to find some of the best and comfortable pieces from the Nike plus-size range.

 

Source: Instagram, Daniel Vanier

 

Find your style and confidence today!

 

 

I’m an addict- guilty and slowly recovering from a fixation with black, and I know that I am not alone.  It’s interesting that most of us gravitate towards darker colours when the weather is cooler- how I know? A look into my family’s laundry basket made me understand.

Most of us don’t appreciate the effects that colours have on us; on how others perceive us and to some extent on our moods.

Due to social and cultural programming most people have strong associations to colour, for example, people generally wear black to a funeral as the colour black and death have been married together for generations. Others are resistant to wearing certain colours for they don’t want to be viewed in a particular manner. However, with an open mind and spirt of adventure one can learn to love and embrace all colour, because all colour deserves to be celebrated!

The Pantone chart displays an array of colours for Autumn/Winter 2016/7 ranging from rich earth tones such as olive green and amber to electric cobalt blue and not forgetting tenacious pops of pink- the most ideal colours to make your wardrobe the happiest place.

 

METALLIC  

From brogues to bags, bombers and everything in-between metallic hues will leave you looking up-to-the-minute and oh, so youthful.

 

British Vogue: Pintrest

KHAKI

Khaki/Olive green is one of the easiest colours to find this season in almost everything that you could possibly imagine.

Shop Style: Pintrest

PINK

Pink- Whether you call it Bubble Gum Pink or Bodacius [Fashioners; 2016] join luxury brands such as Chanel and Gucci on the Pink trend and feel elegant this season.

 

Gucci: Pintrest

LEMON CURRY

Pantone’s Lemon Curry (Pantone 15-0751) otherwise referred to as spicy mustard- is a knockout against any boring and predictable winter colours.

 

Marie Claire: Pintrest

AUTUMN MAPLE

(Pantone 17-1145)- a colour so rich and sexy, you’ll be turning heads in this.

Dries Van Noten Fall- Noten: Vogue

These colours will certainly make you feel happier about dressing up this season.

We’re finally passed the days of golden leaves and fully into Winter. Oh, how I wish I could rewind to this time last month in Durban where I re-lived my lost summer days. Although, I’m not the biggest fan of this season, I now have an excuse to wear all of my favourite jackets.

My general rule of thumb is to buy clothing, especially outerwear pieces that transcend all trends and seasons. Whether you’re big on trends or not, if you own one of these items you cannot go wrong or freeze.

 

Here is a list of must-have classic jackets for this season and the ones to come.

 

DENIM

Whether it’s a plain, acid washed or embroidered; you’re guaranteed that your denim jacket will work with most outfits.

Denim jacket

H21 at SPREE

BIKER

It is a great idea to invest in one that zips up to keep you warm at colder moments.

Biker

STYLE REPUBLIC at SPREE

 

PARKA

Parka I have one and it’s my go to jacket- ALWAYS. When I’m feeling a bit lazy and seek the most comfortable item with the most pocket space, I reach for my parker. It doesn’t have to be khaki, it can be navy, black or red- whatever you love!

 

Parka

 

BOMBER

The same jacket that is paired with boyfriend jeans and creepers can also be worn over a formal shirt and pencil skirt for the office- a total WIN!

 

Bomber

TOKYO LAUNDRY at SPREE

 

Is it possible to discuss jackets without mentioning trench coats?

 

TRENCH

Throwing a trench coat over a simple top or knit instantly elevates your outfit to another level of elegant and style.

 

Trench

 

MANGO at SPREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can guarantee that most women, young and old own, have owned or will one day own at least one item of denim. Trusted and adored for its durability and comfort; denim is a go to textile for EVERY season.

The denim pendulum has swung back and forth over the years from the super skinny to the flared and cropped, ripped and textured type of jeans that are seen on the streets and in stores right now.  However, fear not if none of these styles appeal to you, there will always be denim cuts in every style, for every shape and budget.

There’s a beauty about denim in that there are over than a hundred ways to wear it right and far less ways of wearing it wrong. Whether you’re dressing it up or down, do it easily with these on trend denim pieces, and while we’re at it, let’s talk some DIY.

 #EMBROIDERED

Embroidered denim pieces are hot on the trend list this season. If you’re daunted by the idea of embroidering your jeans yourself or paying someone to do them for you, fear no more.  Alibaba.com  is great source of iron on patches and brooch pins to add character and sass to your denims at a steal.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

 

#2 HIGH WAISTED AND PATCHWORKED

All of us have old garments that haven’t seen the light beyond our wardrobe doors in a while. Why not cut them up into pieces, use a needle and thread to add patches to your denim jackets or bottoms? It’s super simple and no one will have the same denims as you.

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ASOS

 

#3 BLEACHED AND FLARED

Bring out the bleach! This season’s trends should make you less afraid of a bleach stain. There are endless ways to play with bleach; you can dip the lowest part of the legs into the bleach or try the tie-dye technique by using marbles and elastic bands and dipping parts of your jeans into the bleach to create a retro look. You can also create a new look denim jacket by washing a plain denim jacket in warm water and bleach a couple of times until you are satisfied with the look.

 

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Mango

#4 RIPPED/DISTRESSED

Giving an old pair of denims a face lift has never been easier. Use scissors and tweezers to cut holes and rip to your hearts content, there really are no rules when it comes to ripping.  I do highly recommend that you watch a tutorial or two to ensure that you get the best results.

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Pintrest

 

#5 PAINTED 

Inspired by a brief encounter with a painter yesterday I remembered that using paint brushes of different sizes to decorate your denims, or even simpler, flicking different colours of paint onto your denims will give them an instant trend update.

 

painted denim

 

Pintrest

 

Having trendy denim pieces does not require you to spend money that you don’t have. With a little bit of creativity and online tutorials, you should be able to create whatever you want for next to nothing. Most importantly, have some fun doing so, because ain’t nobody got time for boring denims!

 

 

 

I have compiled a list of must-have, chic, and on trend items to have right now.

The simplest outfit of a classic white tee and denim jeans will instantly transformed by adding a striking piece either to your neck, Iphone or shoulders.

 

 

  1. Tassel earringsBoho tassels and fringes will be on the trend books for a while. Add subtle tassels for a classic look or try long, colourful and bold pieces for a more daring look.

     

     

     R149 AT H&M http://www.hm.com/za/product/84590?article=84590-C

                          R149 AT H&M

     

  2. Pink Perfection

    Expect to see bubble-gum pink everywhere in 2017, so why not embrace the colour with your accessories? I know I’m  going to! Invest in this stunning handbag with black and gold finishes from H&M.

 

R599 AT H&M http://www.hm.com/za/product/52243?article=52243-B
               R599 AT H&M

 

 

 

3.  Cat eye Cat eye Cat eye or the perfect shades for your shape!

For a perfect sunny day at the pool or driving along to your favourite song- you really want to be seen in these!  For a fairer skin tone opt for  the darker/ turtle shell frame,  and for a darker skin tone a lighter frame will do the trick. Every lady needs the perfect shades for her facial shape. Cat eye sunnies are hot on trend at the moment and are perfect for oval and round shaped faces.

R59.99 AT M PRICE https://www.mrp.com/en_za/cat-eye-sunglasses-1723510540
       R59.99 AT M PRICE

R349 AT FOREVER NEW https://www.forevernew.co.za/accessories/womens-accessories/sunglasses/dana-mirrored-cateye-sunglasses-rose-rose-gold
R349 AT FOREVER NEW

 

 

4. The statement chocker

The 90’s rock fashion culture returns in 2016/2017 as seen with the statement chocker. Multi-layering is huge too, so don’t be shy to add; the more the merrier!

 

 

R140 AT WOOLWORTHS
               R140 AT WOOLWORTHS

 

 

 

5.Classic drop earrings

For a classic graceful finish to your office look add a simple pair of drop earrings. One can never go wrong with pearls, whatever the season, you’re sure to look elegant in them- so invest in a few!

 

R59, STYLE REPUBLIC AT SPREE
   R59, STYLE REPUBLIC AT                       SPREE

 

 

6. Iphone cover

Why leave your phone out of all the fun? Dress it in this charming gold pineapple cover from Superbalist.

 

R299 AT SUPERBALIST
                   R299 AT SUPERBALIST

 

 

7. Stylish backpack

I love backpacks they are the ultimate hassle free essential. Slip one on your shoulders and forget that you’re carrying a bag. Why have one? Get them in as many different colours as you like.

 

R229, STYLE REPUBLIC AT SPREE
     R229, STYLE REPUBLIC AT                             SPREE    

 

 

8.Punk Rings

Back to the 90’s punk rock fashion trend. Wear one or two on each finger.Wear them differently or mix with other rings to create new combos.

R49.99 AT MR PRICE
                 R49.99 AT MR PRICE

 

 

 

 

9. Quilted purse

Totally girly, compact and quilted. What more do you need, really?

R199 AT WOOLWORTHS
R199 AT WOOLWORTHS

 

 

10. Bucket Bag

I love mine! Don’t be fooled by how small these look- you can literally fit your entire life in one and I’m giving this two-toned baby the double thumbs up.

 

R399 AT WOOLWORTHS
              R399 AT WOOLWORTHS

 

 

 

 

 

Conversations with a girlfriends and other female acquaintances lead me to the realisation that I in fact knew very little about bras and the importance of wearing a good fitting bra. Unlike sex ed many girls don’t get the appropriate training on bra wearing.  I then decided to contact Taryn Palacios the Bra Guru for expert advice.

I am embarrassed to admit that my boobs have been in the wrong bras for all my teen and young adult life. Sadly this is the case for many women who have never had an accurate bra fitting. Many of us guess and gamble with our bras which not only affects the way we look but has negative effects on our backs and breast tissue.

Sadly due to hygiene issues bras cannot be returned to many retail stores and as a result, women are forced to make do with what they have, even if it is unflattering and uncomfortable.

Making bad bra choices is a mistake that all women should avoid with the help of experts such as Taryn Palacios who is based in Hyde Park Johannesburg and who has quite frankly saved my boobs from any further torture.

Now is the time to stop making bad bra choices! Bras are beautiful and serve and important and powerful function.  While you watch, learn what not to do from me, and be sure to share the information with other women in your life!

 

 

I had the privilege of meeting Sandi this week, who was one of the lucky ladies who won a wardrobe cleansing experience with me. We had a blast and we both walked away from the experience with fresh perspective, wisdom and a new found friendship.

We briefly spoke over the phone the previous week, and in her words, not mine she admitted that her wardrobe was a mess and that she was happy to have me help her clear out the clutter.

We began by removing all the clothes from her cupboard and sorting them into different piles- those that were to stay, and those she felt could be donated to charity and the rest that were ready to meet the BIN!

* I like to sort everything into piles to make sense of where everything should go and WHY.*

Here are five of the lessons that I took away from Monday’s experience:

 

Everything has a story

It was interesting to discover that each item had a story, we all have stories about how certain things end up in our spaces, some stories are deeper and more profound than others, but there’s a story to them and that’s why I believe it’s hard to let go of some of the things that we have because many of them are attached to fond memories of who we were and what we had at past moments in our lives. We often want to cling to the clutter that doesn’t even make sense to keep!

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 These have  been patched up far tooo many times.

 

 

Make space for the new and for the better

Sandi is on the brink of embarking on a new adventure in life, and with every new adventure presents new and better things that we’ve never had or experienced. I believe that this was the perfect opportunity to clear the space for the new blessings that are coming her way, and while doing so, she was also preparing a blessing for someone else.

 

 You attract more of who you are and what you have

We all have colours that we are consciously and sub-consciously drawn to.  I’m guilty of owning far too many black items, I guess it’s because I believe it’s safe and I can build anything around it which explains why I’m immediately drawn to black garments when I’m shopping. Sandi’s colours are red, brown, purple, black and hints of colour here and there. It got me to thinking that all cupboards have mini trends of their own.

 

 It gets easier

She said, “Wow, it actually gets easier as you go”.

It does get easier to gain perspective when there’s less clutter. It gets easier to give when you realise how much you already have, it gets easier to find your way through a neater space… I promise you with time, it get easier to let things go.

 

 It is  fun

Laugh out loud about all the embarrassing holey clothing in your cupboard, there’s nothing to be ashamed of- we all have things that we would rather hide from others, but releasing them all brings freedom. #noshame

 

I thank Sandisiwe Shongwe for this experience; I absolutely loved every minute of it.

 

Sandisiwe

 

The black bag on the left has all the clothing that she will be donating to the charity of her choice.

The bag on the right is going to the BIN!!! BYE

 

Bin Bags

Flats to a wedding?

Some cringe at the thought but I say, DO IT! Not only before you hit the dance floor but rock them to the ceremony, the reception and the after party. No doubt your feet will thank you for it, and not only that, you’ll shut that party down!

I attended a wedding this weekend and for the first time since I was a kid, I wore flats! Yes, I wore my favourite new pair of metallic loafers. Most of us believe that a wedding outfit can only be completed with a killer pair of heels, although that may be true to some degree, believe it or not flats can do the trick too.

I did make the effort to look for the perfect pair of heels, but most of the options were either way over priced or simply just didn’t do it for me. I then decided to opt for the metallic pair of loafers that I had spotted a month ago in the store. At first I wasn’t 100% sure how it was all going to come together, but in the end it worked out for me. My budget was on point and at the end of night my feet were happy! #win

Let’s face it, weddings are often long events that often go on long into the night and by that time most people are carrying their shoes in their hands anyway, so make life simple; wear the flats and shut that wedding party down!

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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!

loaffers

   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