Africa Let’s Unite

The recent uprisings in our country are proof that we still have a long way to go in terms of growth as a nation. When has it become ok to reconcile our gripes through violence? Let’s not forget that we are all foreigners somewhere. Africa isn’t just our birth land, it is our being. Let’s unite. One nation. One Africa.

 

When did we become such selfish beings? We continually look for divide and I in my personal capacity condemn such behaviour. We emphasise the differences between blacks and whites. Yet at the same token, we keep calling for change. Change starts with us. Think about the recent actions of our people bringing down statues. Have we forgotten that some of these people (Mahatma Gandhi for instance) fought for the peace in our land? Are we so driven by anger and hatred that we forget the ability to think?

Let’s remember, our country was first plagued by Apartheid. Now we find ourselves turning on our fellow Africans. Let’s unite before we start turning on our very own South Africans. This is a circle of destruction. I am fortunate enough to interact with people of all races and nationalities; with each one contributing in some way to where I am today. To move forward, we need each other. Let us as the younger South African generation, aid social unity and illustrate to the world the true spirit of UBUNTU.

Let’s make a difference, a difference together. Don’t just sit back, be the change. If you would like to contribute blankets, food and/or clothing for victims of xenophobia please email me on zulululuza@gmail.com to arrange. If you are in the Johannesburg area, a refugee camp has been set up at Christ Church Mayfair, corner Park Drive and Main Reef Road and all donations are welcome.

Hat – Zulu Lulu

Shirt – Woolworths

Jumper – H&M

Leggings – Bershka

Sneakers – Converse

May this week be a peaceful one!!

xoxoxoxo

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Bohemian Rhapsody

I would love to believe that my soul is partly bohemian. Partly I say, because in this thing called life, I am extremely bound by my career (tassels unfortunately don’t work well in the corporate world unless it’s Casual Friday). So yes, on weekends I love adding touches of boho to my outfit choices. If you share my sentiments, the easiest way to unleash your inner boho is by incorporating tasseled pieces into your wardrobe.

Finding tasseled pieces won’t be difficult this winter but the key to remember here is to keep it simple. A fatal style mistake will be going into bohemian overdrive and kitting out in tassels from head to toe. Subtle doses of tassels will do the trick. I am finding sweaters and cardigans with tasseled detailing to be extremely popular and are a great addition to one’s winter wardrobe. If you aren’t quite ready to delve into bohemian inspired clothing but are fond of the style, why not start with accessories (feather necklaces, fringed cuff bracelets) or a fringed scarf to add a bit of boho to your style. 

 

Given that my cardigan has a rather bold print, I’ve kept the rest of my look very simple. I’ve also added a belt to accentuate my waist and to avoid looking square.

  

Cardigan – Zulu Lulu

Jeans – Zara

Belt – Mango

Ankle Boots – Call It Spring

Bag – Zulu Lulu

Thanks for reading!

Much Love xxx

Put A Hat On It!

So in keeping with my “Being Winter Savvy” series of blog posts, I cannot ignore the amazing headwear trends for Fall/Winter 2015. Hats in my opinion give ones look a whole new vibe. Drab to fab in seconds. The latest hat trends seem to be everywhere so this blog post is focusing on my favourite styles and how to style them.

Beanies are one of my favourites.

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They remind me of my childhood winters and are really easy to wear. This season sees numerous retro updates, girly pom poms (my favourite of course) and grunge styles on the market. I love pairing beanies with skinny jeans and sneakers. Downtown L.A. vibes right here in the heart of Johannesburg.

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From wide-brim hats to floppy felt hats, the options are pretty much endless when it comes to structured hats.

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A structured hat can easily be paired with heels, boots or sneakers and it adds a feminine touch to any outfit. For a statement look, why not match your hat to your lip colour and keep the rest of the ensemble easy and simple (my winter favourite is deep red shades). I am obsessed with ankle boots and floppy felt hats. Look out for a full outfit post incorporating my faves!

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Aaaaah and then there is the beret (oh how French).

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I remember berets being so on point whilst I was growing up and then they somehow disappeared. But they are definitely making a comeback this season. Paired either with skirts or trousers (well paired with basically any bottom), berets give ones look a modern fresh feel. My ultimate chic beret styling? Skirt with a knitted tunic and a leather jacket!

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And just like that, Winter is about to get the fab factor!!

xoxoxoxo

Winter Coats

Given that we moving into the colder seasons of the year, I thought it would be rather informative to do a few posts on how to become winter savvy. The first post in this series deals with finding a timeless winter coat that you’ll love year after year. Being a summer baby, I find winter long and harsh. However, I must admit that the fashion trends throughout the colder months are amazeballs.

I am especially fond of winter coats. When selecting a coat, functionality for me is of utmost importance. I always look for versatility and warmth. Ideally, I believe that every wardrobe should have an outerwear jacket and a longer length coat. Jackets work best for casual occasions, while coats often add a dressier feel to ones look. And then to move onto the warmth factor. On a recent trip to Europe (which was during the height of winter) I learnt that the warmest coat you can find is down-filled. When shopping in South Africa, you probably won’t find down-filled coats in abundance so my suggestion is to find a coat which is padded.

Winter is always full of rich colour. Think berry and green tones which are envisaged to be huge this winter. I am however all about key neutrals (grey, black, navy and cream). And my reason for this is that the key neutrals generally match a wider range of clothing. Unless you have an endless money supply, the chances of owning a coat for every ensemble is rather slim, so rather invest in pieces which you get the most wear out of.

Always remember that quality is key when purchasing a coat. I find a coat purchase usually being an investment piece as I like to wear it over a few years. As such, if you share the same sentiment, rather spend a bit more on your coat so that it lasts for the desired time frame.

If you are tall, you are blessed as your body can handle almost any silhouette. If you are buying a longer length coat, make sure that it stops just at the top of your knees for the most flattering fit.

If you are plus sized and/or have wide hips, tailored, straight lines are your most flattering option. Stay away from wide, belted styles. Also, three quarter length jackets are better suited to your frame than short jackets that tend to chop the body in half.

If you’re short, follow the same advice given for plus sized individuals above. And lastly, if you have a large bust you want to minimize stay away from puffy, short jackets that accentuate the upper torso and baby doll empire styles that add volume from the bust down.

My ultimate favourite colour for a winter coat is navy as seen in my outfit post below. I find it dressy, slimming (what a bonus) and works perfectly for day and evening looks.

 

Coat – Ted Baker

Blouse – Forever New

Jeans – Armani Exchange

Shoes – Poetry

Happy Winter Shopping 🙂

xoxoxoxo

Purply Blues

I love purple. Its extremely flattering on most skin tones and an extremely versatile colour. So of course when I came across this purple and nude beauty, I needed to have it. I find the nude and purple colour combination really complimentary and delicate. Given that purple is a mix of blue and red, both these shades look amazing when paired with purple. Hence I chose a navy pair of shoes and a navy and cream handbag to accessorise my look.

 

Dress: Jo Borkett

Shoes: Zara

Bag: Zulu Lulu

HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE!

xoxoxo

Stacked

Can’t decide which bracelet to wear, wear them all. With the stacking bracelet trend, I truely feel that arm candy has been transformed. Historically I haven’t been a huge bracelet or ring fan (the only ring I do sport is a simple Cartier nail wedding ring), but I cannot seem to get enough. Bracelets date back as far back as 7,000 years ago. It has been and still is an accessory that has long held a symbolic and decorative place in human culture. Bracelets may be of sentimental value or simply add a bit of colour and style to an outfit on a grey day. With the stacking trend, bracelets have once again been revived. To all the ladies who haven’t yet tried this out, you need it. It adds instant glam to any outfit.

I have stacked various cream, gold and black bracelets on one hand for today’s look. I absolutely love black and lace and in my opinion stacked bracelets add the perfect amount of quirk to my getup. Hopefully this gives you some stacked bracelets inspiration.

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Blouse – Bershka

Skirt – Rage

Shoes – Zara

Clutch – 32Clothing

Arm Candy – Zulu Lulu

Happy Sunday Gorgeous Followers!!!

xoxoxoxo

SAFW

South Africa’s Fashion Week (‘SAFW’) has really only been something I knew from TV, fashion magazines and the internet. So being invited to attend was pretty huge for me. And so started my SAFW journey! Clothes, hair, make-up? My preparation was real. And so I settled for understated glam, smokey eyes and glowing skin.

  

The vision of SAFW has always been to nurture an appreciation for South African fashion and create brand awareness amongst consumers both locally and internationally.

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After seeing what I did on Saturday evening, I couldn’t be prouder. Well deserved standing ovation House of Ole.

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Firstly, South Africa’s designers are beyond talented. Secondly, we are a damn good looking nation. And thirdly, we have street style down to the T. Period.

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My outfit details:

Neckpiece – Zulu Lulu

Top – Woolworths

Skirt – Rage

Shoes – Zara

Clutch – 32Clothing

Have an amazing Monday gorgeous readers 🙂

xoxoxoxo