Monday, 28 November 2011

High-Waisted Animal Print

It just dawned on me that the next post that I will publish, will be about what I plan to pack on my trip. I cannot believe that I will be in Orlando Florida this time next week. The excitement is definitely mounting up in bucket loads.

It has become apparent to me, through blogging, that I actually have a cardigan (whether long sleeve, short or cropped) in every colour. The variety has really come in handy over the past couple of weeks. I guess I have Global Warming to thank for the excessively unpredictable weather which Cape Town has been experiencing. Well at least there's sun for the mean time as where I'm off to, I'm praying it snows.

I don't wear this bag very often, but it is one of my favourites. If I had to categorise myself, I would be a labelled as a shoe and bag lady.

This bag was actually the result of store credit in Salzburg. I had initially bought a pair of sandals, which unfortunately snapped as soon as I walked out the store. As this was a day trip through Salzburg I'm grateful it broke at that moment and not anytime later. I'm extremely happy that I found such a beautiful bag to replace the original purchase with. It's been 5years since the purchase and the quality is still impeccable.

The view from Ou Kaapse Weg is breathtaking. For me I simple love the drive up, but for many cyclists this is the biggest challenge on an annual basis as The Cape Argus Cycle Tour. On my list of favourite scenic drives would be:

  • Oceans Drive/High Level Road (best view of Cape Town Stadium)
  • Chapmans Peak
  • Ou Kaapse Weg

The travel bug must really have hit me hard, especially since I'm strolling down memory lane in my post. The colour of these earring grabbed me at first sight. Brussels was actually one of my favourite destinations in Europe, apart from the commercialised ones too of course. I enjoyed their quaint streets, rich culture and not to mention their divine cuisine.

These earring were bought in Brussels and that's were I thought they remained. When I arrived home in South Africa, I literally couldn't find them for several months. My mother had an irritating habit of packing things away where she can't even remember- but they did eventually surface.

It always amazes me when I make unconventional purchases (for me) how much I learn to love the particular item. I don't usually wear animal prints, bu the high waisted factor won me over. It's not a practical pair of pants but it definitely does make a statement. It's always the items you thought would never interest you that you can't find more of.

Pants: Jay Jays
Top: Aca Joe
Jersey: Mr Price
Shoes: Ackermans
Cuff Bracelet: 'A Gift'
Chain: Free Gift
Earrings: Brussels
Handbag: Salzburg


Friday, 25 November 2011

Vintage Find: Pussy Bow Blouse

There is something so ultra feminine about a Pussy Bow Blouse. Named strangely after cats wearing ribbons around their necks, the 1950's brought us the pussy bow blouse that has stood the test of time and now is a must have classic item for any women. They go with almost anything- skirts, pants, shorts or jeans- and create an effortlessly chic look.

I wore one of my favourite pussy bow blouse's I purchased from the vintage store Rewardrobe to work, and paired it with a classic black pencil skirt and court shoes. I tend to always be drawn to frilly, delicate and feminine shirts or blouses, so when I saw this I just had to have it. The bright cerise pink colour of the blouse won me over too- and seeing it in my closet always lifts my mood.

I hope everyone, who celebrates it, has had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day spent with family and friends. For me, this officially marks the beginning of my festive season of:
-birthday celebrations in a weeks time,
-having a well deserved break from work,
-spending many days in the sun at the beach
-spending time with friends and family,
-gift-giving and,
-eating lots!

Tis the season to be jolly…

Top: Rewardrobe
Skirt: Edgars
Shoes: Mr Price
Bag: Woolworths


[Disclaimer: Since this week is all about being thankful, I would like to take this chance to thank my photographer and boyfriend, Angus. I have not given him any credit thus far for being such a natural at capturing great images, not only for the blog but for his personal use as well. 

So thank-you Angus for putting up with me in those moments when I am really camera shy and for your incredible eye for detail.]


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Lace Racerback

I believe in a very corny superstition, that when you're dressed well, the best results will follow. This superstition has been in effect during my drivers license appointment, interviews as well as every exam I've ever written since first year university days. We all have our own interpretation of Juju, and this is mine. I guess it just boils down to; If you look good, you feel good.

Today marked the first exam of the last exam period I'll ever write at a tertiary level institution. (Hope that makes sense)Yes, this is the last stretch for me. The feeling is kind of surreal and hasn't sunk in as yet. It must be the excitement of America which is blinding me from the reality which has to set in. 

Student life is sadly over- Let the job hunting begin!

If there is anything in my dressing room that must be given away- it has to be these tennis shoes. I simply cannot part with them and I have definitely exhausted this pair. I will certainly add a new pair to my shopping list as only then will I part with them, sad but true.

I'm branching away from the plain light weight scarves and incorporating patterned ones into my collection. The Oude Libertas Market has great stock and are fairly reasonably priced. I will be sure to make my way down to Stellenbosch to have a look. (A friend chose this one for me).

Shorts: Mr Price
Tank: Going Under
Racer back: PnP Clothing
Shoes: PnP Clothing
Belt: Cape Arts and Crafts
Scarf: Oude Libertas Market
Pearls: Mr Price
Chain: 'A Gift'


Monday, 21 November 2011

What I am thankful for...

Today, I have decided to partake in the IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) Project #22- What are you thankful for? As Thanksgiving is in a week, it is a good time to take a breath and be thankful for things in my life.

I am thankful for:

-the best 'sister', friend and blogger partner a girl can ask for (Thanks Jill)

 -for all the little people in my life who are growing up so fast (making me feel older)

- because it is nearly Christmas and I get to spend time with my family.

- the beautiful city I live in. Cape Town is the best.

 -and lastly, the fact that chocolate was invented (and is the best invention ever!)


Friday, 18 November 2011

Vintage Find: Woolworths' Polka Dot Skirt

I am anything but a vintage fanatic, so this post it fairly out of my comfort zone. I am quite content with contemporary fashion. By definition, vintage clothing ideally ranges between a period of twenty to a hundred years old, anything after one hundred is classified as antique.

Based on my age, it is impossible for me to have physically bought an item of clothing approximately twenty years ago and still be able to wear it currently. My mother, on the other hand, is almost too proud that her vintage polka dot skirt is still able to receive a good wear. She must have purchased this item around the time I was born, and no flaw can be seen to date. It just makes you wonder- how much better was quality and value for money back then?

I must admit that the latest fad of mine has got to be lightweight scarves. They pose as a simple yet very effective accessory. I especially admire the way Sarah Jessica Parker accessorises her scarves with tanks and denim. I have a wide variety of colours and seem to keep expanding on my range. Who says scarves have to be restricted to those cold, windy days? Here are some innovative ways to wear your scarves.

This skirt was ideally designed to fit the waist area. I have a habit of transforming anything possible from waisted to high-waisted. If a certain style works for my body type, I tend to stick to it (and overdo it a little).
The same can actually be said about the figure belt. I simply love the subtle difference it can add to an outfit- so I add one to basically all my outfits.

Cork and wooden heels are definitely a must buy for the following reasons:

1. No more scuffed heels (That's my only reason)!

For a shoe-a-holic, such as myself, there is nothing more heartbreaking than having to dispose of a pair of heels because they are scuffed. I simply love shoes and purchase them with long lasting intent. We cannot predetermine the venues we visit, but we can take measures against them. 

The best part about having a mother who hoards clothing, and has an extensive appreciation for chocolate, is that when I raid her wardrobes (yes plural) I'm almost always guaranteed to be handed something. Her give aways are based on size, and rarely the fact that she hasn't worn them in the last five years. I'm privileged to have my own vintage market on my doorstep (at no cost)! It's great especially as having been saving for this trip for the past four months, I have had to give up a weekly shopping luxury of mine. Not an easy option, but it helps that my habit has been substituted with a cheaper alternative.

Skirt: Woolworths
Body Top: Mr Price
Scarf: PnP Clothing
Peep Toes: Going Under
Opaque Tights: Woolworths
Figure Belt: Mr Price
Bracelets: Mr Price and Truworths


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