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

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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

The Bodysuit

Aaaah, the bodysuit. How chic and fabulous! Forget about all the horrible pictures you’ve seen of your mom donning her bodysuit in the 80’s (high cut terribleness), our generations version is just amazing! I am obsessed with the way a blouse looks neatly tucked into a pencil skirt, with nothing puffing out over the waistband. So of course, as soon as I came across this bodysuit shirt, I had to have it, to achieve the neatly tucken in awesomeness.

 

And in all honesty, bodysuits don’t need to be restricted to just corporate wear. Why not try it out with high-waisted jeans or shorts on the weekend? So yes, it has a g-string bottom (care for bum floss anyone), which can be off-putting for most woman, but trust me, that’s one of the nicest features, no untidy tell-tale panty lines. I can get use to that!

 

Shirt – Zara

Skirt – Forever New

Shoes – Zara

Handbag – Zulu Lulu

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!!

xoxoxo

Let’s Selfie!!!

As a blogger you’d think I would always be ahead of the times. Well unfortunately not. The selfie stick trend was one I had only caught onto during a recent trip to Europe. There were people everywhere wielding these devices (and then it dawned on me that these devices were actually selfie sticks). There they stood with their selfie sticks attached to their cellphones smiling merrily in front of numerous tourist attractions. Well the selfie trend was and is huge. And somehow it hadn’t yet hit South Africa as a craze. Being a person who wants to always capture everything whilst trying not to get my forearm in the picture, I got speaking to a girl who was holding an extendable metal wand that has a blue plastic handle at one end and her white Samsung smartphone clipped to the other.

I watched her use her selfie stick and by the way her friends and her use it exclusively for selfies. And its really quite simple. Lift your phone about three feet up into the air, set the camera’s self-timer, then snap a photo of yourself and loved ones. As simple as it seemed, somehow I couldn’t get myself to buy one of these gadgets. All the cables and all the admin. I’d much rather pass. And then I found the most amazing version of the selfie stick. My kinda fuss free version. Built-in bluetooth and a conveniently situated shutter button. Unlike other selfie sticks which require a separate remote to control the shutter the Zulu Lulu version allows you to just point and shoot with the use of one hand and is compatible with all smartphones. Hence you get to take great photos with your friends, family or just by yourself.

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And so I started doing my research. One of the reasons that selfie sticks are so popular is due to just how easy it is to use. Anyone has the ability to become a selfie fundi with simple guidance and little instruction. Best of all, they capture everything, everytime. Whether by yourself or with a group of friends or family, you can now take that selfie that truly captures the moment.

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Gone are the days of blurry, solo self-portraits caught by flip phones in bathroom mirrors. Selfies have become such a social network staple that almost everyone has invested in these metal wands to perfect their self-portraits, squeeze more people into the frame and be sure they never miss out on any capture moment. So ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get yours 🙂

For more information, email zulululuza@gmail.com for all the finer details!

 

Casual Draping

I love casual draping. Just bring out the Grecian Goddess in me why don’t you. Flowy, flattering, feminine. These dresses are everything. But how does one style them. I would’ve in all honesty, loved to have paired my dress today with a pair of gladiator sandals. However, my feet are in a rather embarrassing condition, hence the boots.

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I went for a more casual grunge look, with boots and a thick waist belt. I cannot wait to restyle this dress will lots of layered neckpieces and gladiators. One dress, numerous looks, SCORE!

 

Dress: The Space

Boots: Aldo

Belt: Mango

Bag: Guess

Happy Friday Everyone 🙂

May the weekend be amazeballs!

xoxoxox

Skirt Addiction

I am a skirt and dress addict. They ooze feminity and have this understated glam.

However, whenever I do purchase an item of clothing, I always think about how am I going to style it. Truth be told, I hadnt really thought much about the draped/wrap skirt I purchased from 32 Clothing.

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The skirt I bought plays with lines and adds textured interest given its silkiness and works beautifully with muted pieces.

However, a short wrap skirt draws attention to the leg area, so if you’re not comfortable with leg-flaunting, do give this style a pass. given the length of my skirt, I have kept my shoes pretty flat and my accessories to a minimal.

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Blouse – Bershka

Skirt – 32 Clothing

Clutch – 32 Clothing

Shoes – Accessorize

Have an amazing day everyone!

xoxoxoxo

 

Printed Pants

Printed pants are a huge trend right now. Well in all honesty, I don’t generally follow every trend to hit the fashion scene, but I think this one is pretty awesome. They can be dressed up or down and hence in my opinion, are perfect. The type I’m wearing today is loose, comfy, and almost feels like pjs. You really can’t go wrong here. I want to wear them everywhere.

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When I first bought these pants, I was attracted to the print. Then I got onto thinking about how I was going to style it. Given my hips and butt, I didn’t think I would be able to pull these pants off (I had this misconception that prints would equate to me looking like a hippo), but styled correctly, they are rather flattering. I’ve kept my top a solid colour and paired it with heels for a work friendly look. For a weekend friendly look, strappy sandals would be ideal.

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Blouse – New Look

Pants – New Look

Shoes – Woolworths

Bag – Guess

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

xoxoxox