Maxi Dresses

Aaaaah the maxi dress!!! And, yes I acknowledge that most maxi dresses aren’t extremely winter friendly, unless you layer up (leggings underneath, coat and scarf on top). However, I am still a firm believer that when aiming to look effortlessly put together, you can’t put a foot wrong with a maxi dress.

 

So let’s get straight to it. Maxi dresses should make you feel gorgeous. I also find that with maxi dresses, go for something timeless. This should be an item of clothing you keep reusing whenever you are looking for something bold. The style I have invested in is one which flatters my body type. Firstly, I am short, so the stripes create an illusion that I am actually taller than I really am. Secondly, my waist is the smallest part of my body so a long dress cinched at the waist draws attention away from my problem areas.

  

And no, there is no formula to the perfect maxi dress, just like finding the right man, you will find your perfect style and fit, after trying on a few.

Dress – Zulu Lulu

Belt – Forever New

Shoes – Rage

Much Love xxx

Ankle Boots

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love flats. Had I not been a corporate working class girl, my closet would’ve probably comprised solely of flats. So with the imminent occurrence of winter, I needed a few items to update my wardrobe (which is usually the case on an annual basis). And this year, ankle boots were number one on my list. There are just so many beautiful styles to choose from however none ‘spoke’ to me.

 

That was until I walked into Nine West (for a very different reason might I add). I found the most ideal pair of ankle boots in the store and Murphy’s law, they don’t have it in my size. The sales assistant goes on to tell me they are basically sold out of this style across South Africa. Oh the horror! Anyways, being my determined self, I still left my details just in case by some miracle a pair could be sourced. And as they say, the rest is history! I am now the proud owner of the most amazing ankle boots.

 

I will be doing a series of posts incorporating these boots into my looks so keep an eye out for them. And ladies remember, you don’t need these exact pairs to create gorgeous looks. My looks are purely inspiration for you to get out your boots and style them to perfection.

My first look incorporates rolled jeans. I love letting a bit of my ankle show between my jeans and boots, highlighting the thinnest part of my legs so that I don’t look like I have wide ankles. This look works best with skinny jeans. Other styles of jeans tend to shorten your legs when rolled. I’ve paired these jeans with a loose fitting shirt for a comfortable yet stylish weekend look.

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Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Zara

Boots – Nine West

Sunglasses – Cotton On

Much Love

xoxoxoxo

Cocktail Glamour

I’m always excited to receive invites in the mail. This time was no different. Of course I am excited at the prospect of attending an elegant event. Well, until I get to the dress code. And that’s where my issues begin.

Issue 1 – I am one of those people who don’t really know what cocktail attire means. Issue 2 – How does one dress winter appropriately and still pull of cocktail attire. So you guys now understand my dilemma. Black tie, white tie, semi-formal, business, business casual, smart casual, casual and then you still get cocktail! All these vague sartorial rules and regulations are enough to make my head spin.

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And so naturally, I think black. You can never go wrong with black. And typically, I’d say a LBD would be ideal, however I am in Johanneburg and the evenings are pretty chilly. And I decided to put a little spin on cocktail attire. The outfit shall be elegant, dressy and weather appropriate. Tailored pants and a long sleeved waterfall coat teamed with statement heels and metallic accessories. Whether or not this actually equates to cocktail attire, I still have no clue. But in all honesty, I do feel fabulous. Isn’t that what individuality is about after all.

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Waterfall Trench – Zulu Lulu

Tunic – Bershka

Pants – Forever New

Belt – Zulu Lulu

Clutch – Aldo

Shoes – Aminah Jillil

Happy Midweek readers!!

Much Love

xoxoxoxo

Waterfall Trend Watch

Every winter, I buy an item of clothing with waterfall traits. Each year sees me buying a different colour and style, all in aid of building up my personal collection. This year is no different. And, in my opinion, the waterfall style trenches and cardigans are a winter wardrobe staple. In all its elegance and flattery, the draped collar looks amazing with just about everything.

I tend to find that the waterfall design is somewhat oversized, which is why I suggest always pairing this piece with a belt around the waist. However, that being said, each to her own. Waterfall outerwear also looks amazing left loose for a more boho-chic look.

 

In today’s look, I have styled my oversized felt waterfall coat with skinny jeans, a waist belt and heels. I have kept my look pretty simple and weekend friendly. But of course you can also style these pieces with pencil skirts and dresses for office glam. The options are endless. Lookout for my post on how I style my waterfall coat during the week. Coming soon!!!

 

Waterfall coat – Zulu Lulu

Tunic – Woolworths

Jeans – Armani Exchange

Shoes – Zara

Handbag – Guess

Much Love

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!

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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!!!

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