Happy Heritage day

I’ve had a few internet problems so this post has been slightly delayed. Whilst this long weekend certainly didn’t feel like the beginning of summer with sleets of rain and grey skies dominating the Cape, I felt like celebrating summer. So here is a picture of one of my favourite spots, Campsbay, taken a few weekends ago. The transition from winter to summer has been rather erratic and even though I have been wearing my winter wardrobe I decided to paint my nails a coral pink in celebration of the season to come.

I hope everyone enjoyed Heritage day despite the dreary weather and celebrated with a lekker braai.

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Get the look: Glitter Girls

Sequins are not only warming up the runways; chic girls off the runway are showing us that what was once reserved for after dark can be worn during day hours as well.

A casual top, such as a denim shirt or an oversized t-shirt, paired with bright accessories makes this look wearable whether AM or PM. Just add a pair of sunnies and keep the rest minimal and you’re ready to go!

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Runway Favourite: Alberta Ferretti


I have to confess that I have always followed their collections closely since my matric year. I remember carrying around a picture of a midnight blue beaded dress as inspiration for my Matric Farewell dress for well over a year! Their collections never disappoint! You can always find the fluid gowns, intricate beading and delicate lace that has become somewhat of a trademark for this brand. This season is no different.

The collection started with white and silver and then subtly progressed to seafoam, teal, midnight blue and ended in black.

These sleek and fluid gowns in shades of the ocean, with lace “tattooed” onto chiffon and intricate beading in coral patterns showcase their devotion to details.

 The only slight disappointment was the shoes. I think these gowns would have been better complemented by strappy stiletto’s as opposed to the pointy pumps with an ankle strap.

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Wall Art: How to add interest to a blank wall

Wall art is a great way of adding interest to a large area without adding clutter. Skip the framed artworks and gilded mirror and create a sleek look with a simple lick of paint.

Ivanka Trump’s apartment features a large mural of a tree, painted in a slightly darker shade creating the feeling of a shadow. For this look I would recommend hiring a professional as this can be tricky to create. Alternatively you can use wall art stickers to create a very similar look in a smaller space (a variety available at Builder’s Warehouse).

Stripes can be a great way to trick the eye if the area isn’t as large as you would like it to be. As everyone knows vertical stripes lengthen and horizontal stripes makes a room feel wider. Just be sure to remember that horizontal stripes can also make a room seem shorter and cramped.

With the right tools and a very patient painter, this look can easily be recreated. Take your time in doing the measurements and don’t be stingy with the tape and the rest should be plain sailing. Wallpaper is an expensive alternative, but it adds extra opulence and polish to a room (Hertex Fabrics and St Leger and Viney are stockists of great quality and variety of imported wallpapers).

Both images from Elle Decor Online

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Runway Favourite: Erdem

This season, Erdem took a more feminine approach to his florals featuring embroidered flowers in baby blue and yellow with a splash of neon orange and coral. It creates quite the striking image.

The line also featured  many lace looks- whether it was a lace print, lace overlay or a lace inset. It was featured in almost every single look. Studded silk chiffon broke the softness of the lace and florals.

The accentuated waistlines and detailed necklines created for a very feminine look that I believe will be received well by his clients.

One of my favourite looks was the full a-line skirt dress with cutout detail and a sheer panel inserted into the skirt. It stood out among the sea of fitted skirts and slight a-lines.

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My weakness: Pointy bow heels

I have a weakness for pointy bow heels that was sparked by Louis Vuitton’s version with the block heel. These cute summer versions by Mr Price for a mere R140 sparked my interests as soon as I saw them!

There are only two things that bother me:

1. The extreme high heel would limit the amount of wear I would get out of them- trust me I don’t wear HIGH heels to often.

2. Which colour would I choose? I mean I have a weakness for both coral and neutrals.

One thing is sure- they do make for a pretty picture!

 

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Runway Favourite: Oscar de la Renta

As always the the designs of Oscar de la Renta were some of my favourite. It was the perfect combination of playfulness and class with cute short-combo’s, brights pinks and turqs, really great accessories and signature styles in black and white.

Some of my favourite dresses featured appliqued flowers made by hand from tulle and embroidery. His attention to detail is just magnificent!

His attention to detail can also be seen in the accessories he has chosen. The jewellery and brooches are playful and fun featuring coloured stones and classic designs. The rose necklace that Karlie Kloss featured in the opening look is amazing! I also liked the shoes, especially the classic strappy stiletto’s. It is fashion without trying to be different. I like the fact that most of the looks were belted at the middle as this creates an extremely flattering waistline even on non-model figures.
The show finished on a high note with some silver and black evening dresses. The dresses varied from princess style to sleek and simple. The addition of the silver belts were pure genius!

Wouldn’t you love to see Duchess Catherine wear one of these simple black numbers? I think it could work as long as she decides to stick with the runway shoes.

This collection truly is fit for a princess!

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Runway Report: All About Eyes

Spring/Summer 2013 certainly is the season to experiment with eye make-up! From bright pink at Donna Karren and Marimekko to teal at Kate Spade and Monique Lhullier. This season one thing is clear: go bright or go black! Blusher is optional.

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