Get the Look for Less: Taylor Swift in Red French Connection

Taylor Swift rocked this red lace dress from French Connection last week. The dress was celebrated mostly because of its affordability and accessibility to the masses. Whilst South Africans can get the brand at Stuttafords, I doubt that it would be as affordable as we wish. So luckily I found a very affordable alternative in summer friendly coral-red. This Mr Price variant also features the cute 3/4 sleeve and a-line skirt. Exchange the bright red lip for a summer-appropriate coral-red, add dainty jewellery and a pair of nude heels and you’re ready!

 

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New Shop: Typo

Give me a stationery store with a love for all things pink and glitter and I am happy! Typo, being the latest of a slew of Australian stores to hit our malls, offers us the simple aesthetic of Australian design with a spin of hipster style in the form of stationery and home accessories.

They have the cutest mugs and flasks!

I love their cute gift wrap and card selection! Notepads are certainly one of their specialties  with a large section of the store dedicated to them. Sure they are a bit pricey, but this one’s paper can be replaced when it is empty. I am also lusting after the golden mail holder. Whose office space can’t do with a bit of bling?

I also adore the cute tablet, laptop and celphone covers they have. Not all their products are geared towards Apple users, so Samsung girls can also indulge in a little bit of glitter.

They now have stand-alone stores in both Canal Walk and Tygervalley Centre in the Western Cape.

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What to wear: The Informal Evening Wedding

As the days get longer, many are opting for chic evening weddings but steer away from the traditional sit down dinner indoors. This is your key to break the tradition and wear what makes you comfortable. Black is the easy option as it is never too fancy, but always classy enough.

This look is perfect for a garden ceremony with a cocktail reception as the shoes won’t sink into the grass and the chain strap of the bag frees your hands. The is comfort and classy at the same time, whilst still being traditional.

This look brakes tradition, is completely comfortable and doesn’t break the bank as it incorporates a few basic items. It would perfectly suit an outdoor spitbraai wedding where dancing is minimal.


The final look can be worn in church without shame and is equally comfortable for a slightly more traditional dinner, even if it is outdoors. The fit of the dress is purely office whilst the material allows it to be elevated to something more. Add a little extra bling and high heels to take this look out of the office.

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Wedding Style: The Formal Day Wedding

Wedding season has officially arrived! It’s that time of the year again and this year will be especially busy for me, so I though I should put together a few looks that are wedding appropriate.

To accomodate all the different types of weddings, I decided that I would create a different post for each type of wedding. I will start with what is most likely the most popular type of wedding in the beginning of the season: The Formal Day wedding.  These looks can be worn for chic brunches as well as your typical church wedding.

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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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