Shopping For Your Capsule Wardrobe on a Budget

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I love scoring a bargain as much as the next person, nay probably more, as it leaves me with an incredible sense of achievement. Especially if it is an item I’ve been hunting for for a while. But when it comes to purchasing your whole wardrobe on a tight budget, it comes down to a little more than just scoring that elusive bargain. Below are my tried and tested steps to ending up with a closet you love.

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Monochromatic Haul: Woolworths & Mr Price

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I’m back after a short blogging break, which allowed my eyes to catch a much-needed break (I also scaled back on my Netflix addiction). I made my way to the Woolworths sale this weekend and couldn’t wait to share my bargains with you.

The first thing that caught my eye was this black and white breton which I’d been contemplating for a while as I’m replacing some of my older stripes. This one has a looser fit and long sleeves which makes it the perfect winter closet staple. At just a R110 it was a steal (use your Woolworths My School card for a further 10% discount).

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Winter Style with Spree

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My winter closet is in desperate need of an overhaul. It is predominately dark and structured, but I’ve always veered towards classic pieces which sits kind of in the middle of masculine and feminine.

This season I hope to start introducing a few contrasting pieces, like this leather-inset coat from Spree. It has a great structure to it, but the faux leather collar adds a touch of edge and masculinity. I’ll contrast this with a pop of feminity in the form of a pleated shirt, peplum knit or even  pointed stilletos. In my opinion a basic pair of skinny blue jeans is the perfect foil for any statement piece and these from Next not only look great but they also fit the bill.

And who can resist a pair of suede over-the-knee boots? They can be very sexy but worn with a pair of black jean-leggings and an oversized knitted jacket it completes the perfect weekend look.

I am also a recent convert to gold hardware and love the how it adds a touch of luxe to any accessory yet remains understated. The messenger bag is perfect for weekend brunches and the tassle bag is perfect for toting around your weekday essentials. Now just for the final touch, the ultimate red lippie from Bourjois.

Shop these and other great winter essentials at Spree.co.za. I’ll be launching an exciting competition in partnership with Spree tomorrow, so you might want to save those items in your shopping basket before checkout to see what I have in store. Have a great Sunday and see you all tomorrow!

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Trends off the runway: The off-the-shoulder

I have been struggling to keep up to date this fashion month, but I’ve kept a firm eye on some of my favourite street style stars and one trend that has emerged that I totally love is the off-the-shoulder shirt or dress. Whilst its presence wasn’t completely absent  from fashion week, I really liked how these girls interpreted it in their own way. It proves that it doesn’t necessarily have to be hippy, it can even be sporty or girly! I can’t wait to try my hand at replicating that polka dot dress- LOVE it!

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Style Icon: Ashley Madekwe

Ashley MadekweI love Ashley Madekwe’s style, both on-screen as the plotting Ashley on Revenge and even more so when she’s off-screen. Having worn two dresses from my favourite Monique Lhullier collection, it already qualified her as one to watch. The sequined Naeem Khan semented her as a style favourite and the off-duty Breton-top just confirmed that this isn’t just all the work of an amazing stylist. Ashley has the unique talent to make a classic LBD feel trendy and a daring trend , such as the plaid outfit, look sophisticated and wearable. This trend-setter is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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Runway Review: Part 2 of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

NYFW part 2This is my final roundup of my favourite shows at New York Fashion Week, rounding out my top 10 fashion shows. For more of my favourite looks, visit my Pinterest board, Designer Wear.

7 CoCo’s romantic interpretation of the minimalist trend immediately drew my attention. Their simplistic colour palette combined with a great variety of textures, makes for a unique collection.

6 Lela RoseLela Rose mastered the colourful day dress with a variety of looks to choose from. Her bright evening dresses will surely be a hit on the red carpet.

10 Adam LippesAdam Lippes’ also added a softer edge by incorporating soft lace and nude colours into their designs, whilst keeping silhouettes streamlined.

8 Guilietta

Guilietta had a very striking colour scheme of black, white and red and paired all their looks with poppy red lips. I particularly liked their floorsweeping gowns in black and white.

9 joieJoie is fast becoming one of my favourite brands to look out for as they have a very laid-approach that resonates with my personal style. I can easily picture myself in most of their looks, but their nude jacket has to be my favourite item from this collection.

So there you have it, my top ten favourite designers of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014. I can’t wait for  Paris Fashion Week which starts soon. Who was your favourite designer of NYFW?

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Runway Review: Elie Saab Fall 2013 Couture

Elie Saab 1Elie Saab’s 2013 Fall Couture collection has everything you would expect: excessive beading, voluminous skirts and familiar necklines in a variety of fall colours.  Yet it is all so very pretty that I can’t ignore it. The show started out with a few amazing deep red dresses in some familiar silhouettes. I particularly loved the dress pictured above, center.

Elie Saab 2This was followed with some nude dresses with simpler silhouettes as it is his signature style. It feels worthy of a princess.

Elie Saab 3The midnight blue ruffled dress with a lace illusion neckline was a showstopper that I can’t wait to see on the red carpet.

Elie Saab 4The final colour was a magnificent teal, which is by far my favourite. As far as the styling goes, I am not a big fan of the matching satin heels but at least it doesn’t distract from the dresses.

There isn’t much to say about the collection as it is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the designer, but as always it is so pretty. So I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.

P.S. Click on the images to enlarge them.

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Style Icon: Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Astrid Berges-FrisbeyAs a young French actress she has the opportunity to wear a lot of Chanel and she fully embraces it, giving the brand a more youthful flair. Just look at the Chanel Joaillerie  star stud earring she is wearing with the black dress. Just by wearing it higher on the ear, she instantly updates the classic. I like her approach to feminine dresses as instead of trying to toughen it up, she embraces its femininity and makes it seem simple and easy with no-fuss hair and make-up. She always manages to look polished though and never strays into Alexa territory (trying too hard). She obviously favours a LWD (little white dress) to its more famous counterpart, but it suits her femininity and simplicity better so it is a good thing. Far to many young actresses think of a LBD as a uniform. As far as favourites go, I am torn between the denim dress and her chic jeans look. Whilst I am more likely to wear the jeans look, the denim dress is what first drew me to her, so that is the clear winner in my books. It is edgy, youthful, fun and super stylish and I love the pop of tangerine all paired with her lovely hair- I imagine that it would make Karl very happy. I can’t wait to see what she will be wearing at the Cannes Festival this year. Holding thumbs for more Chanel Couture!

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Get The Look: Olivia Palermo’s Collar Jewels

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There is so much to admire about Olivia’s looks, that sometimes I don’t notice the details. I have however noticed that she has been wearing collar brooches exceedingly more often. I think they are a great accessory as they can add glamour and detail to any outfit. The look is also incredibly easy to copy. Studs earrings can easily be modified to work just as well as clip on earrings and brooches to achieve this look. It does seem to word best on a round neckline or a coat, but play around and see what works for you. Here are some of my favourite items to get the look:

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Country Road Autumn Collection 2013

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Country Road’s new autumn collection has me super excited for the new season. Renowned for their simplicity, quality and classical approach to trends – this season’s collection does not disappoint. With two main themes in this collection, monochromatic and luxe utilitarian, it perfectly represent the major trends on the runways. What girl can say no to polka dots and sparkly skirts. I can’t wait until the collection is in store! Which item are you craving most for this autumn/winter?

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