TREND: DAD SNEAKERS

Go anywhere near a major highstreet retiler and you'll see their telltale bulky shape. These are not going for the prettiest shoe award but they sure are in for the long haul in terms of fashion.

We've all seen them and they're absolutely everywhere lately, from Zara to Mr Price, anywhere you go, you'll see the chunky trainers everywhere. I vividly remember my mum having a pair of sneakers which looked a lot like the chunky sneakers of today although perhaps they were a bit more wedge than the chunky sneakers we are seeing today. This chunky 80's/90’s revamp is currently the biggest thing since sliced bread and I'll admit that I couldn't be happier. I'm a petite girl standing at only 5 ft 2 and I'm more than happy to admit that I just adore the boost in height the chunky sneaker gives. I'm also absolutely on board with the dress/skirt and chunky trainer look. I always think it looks really fresh and it's a bit more of a chilled and toned down look. These trainers are a far cry from what has been the ‘fashion’ sneaker previously. They are nothing like the sleek, flat soled Stan Smiths or Adidas Superstars of yesteryear. These are sneakers with presence and personally, I hope they’re here to stay.


If you're looking for the culprits of starting this ‘ugly’ trend, look no further than Balenciaga. They were the first to bring us a bold, shoe with a bulky silhouette in the Triple S. Before you could so much as draw breath, all of the It girls were wearing it. Originally, I thought that there was absolutely no way this was going to catch on. Then I walked into Topshop and saw a pair and then into Zara and then I just knew that the trend would take off. There are many negative things you can say about fast fashion high street stores but one thing you can’t say it that they are behind the times…they are never behind the times. Topshop brought out the chunky trainer in white and grey and boom! they sold out, just like that and as they added more colours, on it went, they were almost constantly sold out. Then Zara came on board with a slightly higher price tag than Topshop's 49 pound and suddenly places like Primark and Mr Price joined the fray. Even Adidas and Nike have joined the chunky sneaker brigade with their Falcon and Tekno shoes respectively.


If you're looking for a pair of your own: 

GERT JOHAN COETZEE A/W 2019

Gert Johan Coetzee is probably the most famous of all the South African designer with 180 000 followers on Instagram. Gert has always been known for making the most beautiful dresses and gowns. His design is extravagant and beautifully tailored for the female form. His collections are always a sight to behold and an extravaganza of fashion.

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This year marked Gert’s 8th year showcasing with SAFW and he definitely brought his A-game. Not only did he show his usual calibre of elaborate and showstopper red carpet and bridal gowns but he also added a ready-to-wear Gert line, a menswear collection and his new ‘Gert’ men’s underwear collection.

Gert has revealed that this new collection for A/W 2019 is inspired by his travels and love for luxury and Italian style. This collection has built on his previous work with McDonalds where he explored a more playful and pop art like feel in his collection.

I have to say that out of all of Gert's many, stunning collections, I feel that this one is my favourite to date. It is eccentric enough to stop traffic whilst remaining reserved enough to be wearable on a day to day basis. I may also be a bit biased about this collection because walking the runway among models were some of my closest friends.

I have picked out a few of my absolute favourite, which I immediately fell in love with, some of which I want to own with my whole heart, I’m not sure how well my bank account will take it though 🤦‍♀️.

First is this amazing suit which was Maps’ second outfit. As per usual with Gert, the tailoring is sublime.

For me, the fabric reminded me of Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The print just screams Renaissance with its fresco like appearance and cherubic beings.

I’m pretty sure that this is one of my favourite suits ever.

Whilst I’m on the topic of that amazing suit, I would like to state that I am completely in love with this skirt and jacket variation on the theme and I would very much like to own it and wear it literally everywhere I go (see third image below)

Then my favourite of all, these amazing pants.You remember those ultra cool carpets that some kids had? The ones with roads and trees and road signs? Well this is the pant equivalent of that and I want them…badly. This was absolutely my favourite item of the entire show and i’ll be frank, I just want these pants in my closet stat.

Images from the entire show are below for you to browse through.


21 YEARS OF FASHION EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH

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This year, South African Fashion Week comes of age, celebrating its 21st year. To celebrate the occasion, Lucilla Booyzen (CEO of SA Fashion Week) announced that she and her team had created a book which will stand as a permanent record of the past 21 years of SA Fashion Week.

The book is a celebration of South African fashion and the amazing designers behind the scenes. The images featured in the book were specifically chosen by a panel of local and international experts. The book begins with Spring/Summer 2018 and leads you back through time to 1997. Also included in the book are images from the Fashion Weeks through the years.

During her speech, Lucilla thanked all of the attendees, photographers, make-up artists and media who have made SA Fashion Week possible. I was also lucky enough to see some of the beautiful pieces which are being exhibited at SAFW. The exhibition begins with the pieces from 1997 and leads you through to Spring/Summer 2018. The pieces are absolutely stunning and its well worth a visit.

To hear a bit more about the making of the book, I’ve linked the video for you below.

If you’d like to buy the book, it’s available via the links below:

http://www.safashionweek.co.za/product/sa-fashion-week-book-e-book/

http://www.safashionweek.co.za/product/sa-fashion-week-book-hardcover/

BOOHOO X PARIS HILTON #THATSHOT

Remember the Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie? Well I bloody well do and I used to dream of the day that I would look as cool as Paris did in her bright pink velour tracksuit bottoms and bling sunnies. That still hasn't happened for me and I dont really rate my ability to wear velour but I don't care and I'm super, super excited about her collab with Boohoo. I've picked out a few of my absolute favourite pieces from the collection and linked them. These aren't affiliate links, they're just normal ones.

That's Hot.

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Left: Paris Hilton Palm Print Ruffle Wide Leg Jumpsuit

(£25.00)

http://www.boohoo.com/paris-hilton-palm-print-ruffle-wide-leg-jumpsuit/DZZ18477.html

 

Below: Paris Hilton Wide Leg Palm Print Trousers

(£20.00)

http://www.boohoo.com/paris-hilton-wide-leg-palm-print-trousers/DZZ18480.html

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Above: Paris Hilton Rhinestones Slogan Tracksuit (£28.00)

http://www.boohoo.com/paris-hilton-rhinestones-slogan-tracksuit/DZZ18166.html

Left: Paris Hilton Diamond Baby Slogan Crop Hoody (£16.00)

http://www.boohoo.com/paris-hilton-diamond-baby-slogan-crop-hoody/DZZ17661.html

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Above: Paris Hilton That's Hot Scoop Back Swimsuit

£10.00

http://www.boohoo.com/paris-hilton-thats-hot-scoop-back-swimsuit/SZZ88300.html

*I think it's sold out in pink and now only available in white :) 

**All images are from www.boohoo.com and I do not own them 

RACHEL GREEN'S MOST ICONIC OUTFITS (AND HOW YOU CAN WEAR THEM NOW)

OUTFIT 1: 

From "The One Where the Monkey Goes Missing' 

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OUTFIT 2: 

From 'The One With The Breast Milk' 

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Denim Pinafore Dress: http://tidd.ly/2270ef35

Striped Top: http://tidd.ly/7ab5a306

Longline Blazer: http://tidd.ly/d8e86da8

Trainers: http://tidd.ly/36aad03d


OUTFIT 3 

From 'The One With Two Parts' 

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OUTFIT 4

From 'The One with the Sonogram at the End' 

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OUTFIT 5 

From 'The One With Phoebe's Husband'

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* Links in this post are affiliate links 

MISSGUIDED X BARBIE

I love a great brand collaboration and this collab between Missguided and Barbie is the ultimate in brand collaboration. I've taken a look at the collection online and chosen some of my absolute favourite pieces. 

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How damned cool is this jacket? I am absolutely 100% in love with this piece. It ranks top of my list because its effortless and cool and undoubtedly the coolest part of this collection in my mind 

To wear with: Anything 

£45.00

https://www.missguided.co.uk/barbie-x-missguided-longsleeve-jacket-2

 

 

 

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For a second, lets just imagine this top under the jacket above with a cute little black skater skirt. Could this outfit be any more perfect?

I love it, it's so cute and simple and the perfect summer top!

What to wear with: Shorts, skirts, jeans...anything that takes your damn fancy

£18.00

https://www.missguided.co.uk/barbie-missguided-petite-white-logo-print-t-shirt-10093444

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A co-ord with the Barbie name on it and all those cute candy stripes? I want it, I want it, I want it! 

This is not sold as a set so you'd need to buy each piece individually but they're both really reasonably priced

Top: £20.00

https://www.missguided.co.uk/barbie-missguided-red-colour-block-cropped-hoodie-10107629

Shorts: £12.00

https://www.missguided.co.uk/barbie-missguided-red-colour-block-runner-shorts-10107641

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Barbie bikini's? It's a definite 'yes' from me! The candy stripes are amazing and I think this looks like a really fabulously flattering set! 

The words 'Barbie' across your boobs? I mean, what more could you possibly ask for? Also, £20.00 for a bikini set? That is freaking amazing! 

£20.00

https://www.missguided.co.uk/barbie-missguided-white-stripe-triangle-bikini-set-10105103

 

 

In all of the beauty of this collection, remember that you don't have to have a 'Barbie' figure in order to wear any part of this collection. You don't need a thigh gap and you don't have to be 6 feet tall.

Be you because you are the ultimate girl, just like 'Barbie' 

BIG COLOURFUL STATEMENT EARRINGS

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The arrival of yellows, pinks and blues just signal the arrival of Spring, don’t you think? Recently, I have been absolutely in love with these lovely bright yellow statement earrings from Primark (pictured on left). If I could possess a pair in every colour, I absolutely would. I have worn these earrings everywhere and for every occasion recently during my trip to South Africa. 

 

Every single time that I wear them, I get an onslaught of compliments and people asking me where I got them. The same is true on Instagram, with so so many of you commenting and saying lovely things about the earrings and the pop of colour that they add. I almost didn’t get them, I had that weird mid-primark shopping moment. I don’t know if its actually a thing of whether its just me but about halfway through Primark, with a basket full, I suddenly decide that I shouldn’t be spending so much and I really shouldn’t need all of what I have in the basket. This begins a weird downward spiral where I literally want to just give up, maybe just put the basket down and leave. I basically have an extreme phobia of spending money. Having written that paragraph, I realise that this has little to do with Primark and a lot to do with me and my love/hate relationship with shopping. Perhaps it will resolve itself when my bank balance increases but somehow, I have the feeling that I’m always going to struggle at least a little bit.  

 

Then I thought, given that so many of you have commented and been asking, I would write a little blog post about these amazing earrings and links some similar ones since I can’t give you a link where you can buy them because they’re from Primark. 

 

3 SIMILAR:

 

ASOS: http://www.asos.com/ivyrevel/ivyrevel-tassel-earrings/prd/9005545?clr=goldyellow&SearchQuery=tassel%20earrings&gridcolumn=2&gridrow=14&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=81

TOPSHOP : http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/red-bead-and-tassel-drop-earrings-7107979?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=bright%20earrings

NEW LOOK : http://www.newlook.com/uk/search/?text=tassel+earrings

 

**If you do wish to purchase them from Primark, I know for sure that the Marble Arch Primark has them in just about every colour known to man (and spring) and they are only 3 quid a pair.

 

DITCH THE LABEL AND RIVER ISLAND

River Island have teamed up with 'Ditch the label' for an anti-bullying campaign which is my favourite thing to happen so far in 2018. As a victim of bullying myself, I realise how much of an impact words and actions can have and how important it is to treat everyone with respect. 

I have so much love for this campaign and the second I saw it, I got involved. I chose to purchase the multi coloured 'Labels are for clothes' jumper. I have never been more excited to spend 26 pounds. River Island are doing their part by donating 3 pounds from every sale plus an extra pound for every social share using  #Labelsareforclothes

If you can't afford to pay the money for one of their special edition campaign shirts, worry not because you can still help by sharing all of these posts on your social media!

The lovely ladies pictured at the top are: 

SHOP: https://www.riverisland.com/ss-campaign?icid=hp/hero/ss-campaign/op#forthPage

 

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SA LOOKBOOK

LOOK 1

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An easy to wear dress is always a great idea in the heat. You want something which is easy to just put on and just looks great. This particular dress is from ASOS and I did decide to belt it to give it a slightly more polished vibe. If you were after a more casual look, it would look great loose as well.

  • Dress: ASOS
  • Belt: Versus Versace 
  • Bag: Topshop 
  • Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 
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LOOK 2 

These loose fitting striped culottes are a definite must-have for any summer wardrobe. Mine are from Zara and I have to say that they have definitely paid for themselves. I wear them so often and find them so easy to wear and comfy. Stick on a pair of flats and you've got yourself an epic casual look. Stick on a pair of heels and you're evening ready. 

  • Culottes: Zara
  • T-shirt (left): Missguided 
  • T-shirt (right): Mr Price
  • Slides: Primark
  • Sunnies: Ray-Ban 
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LOOK 3

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Let's be honest, a little white dress or a little black dress is always a good idea. This particular dress is from a South African shop called YDE (Young Designers Emporium). 

I absolutely love this one with its frill across the top as it just adds a little extra to an otherwise very simple outfit. 

  • Dress: YDE 
  • Belt: Versus Versace 
  • Shoes: River Island 
  • Handbag: Topshop 

 

LOOK 4

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What could possibly be better in summer than a bright sunny yellow, summery dress?

I absolutely love this one all easy going and flowy. I also love the extra bit of detail with the addition of the extra straps. 

I wore this on a Sunday with some slides snd it was incredibly easy-wearing and comfortable. 

  • Dress: ASOS
  • Belt: Versus Versace
  • Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

TREND ALERT: JOGGERS

Whatever you want to call them, Joggers, Sweatpants or Tracksuit pants, they're back in a big way. So the first big trend of 2018 may just be a comfortable one! Now, we aren't talking about your run of the mill joggers, definitely not those sweatpants that you wear round the house.

These are a bit more than that, a cut above the rest. You can wear them in multiple ways as well. You can wear them relaxed with some sneakers and a jersey or t-shirt or add a glitzy top and a pair of heels. 

However you choose to wear them, here are some of my favourites: 

TRAVEL OUTFITS FOR LONG HAUL FLIGHTS (INSPIRED BY CHIARA FERRAGNI)

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Over the years, I have done my fair share of long-haul flights wearing various things and many variations of outfits. 

I think I may have finally found the one in this outfit though. Through trial and error (mostly error) I have found out that it is in fact rather more difficult than you might imagine to dress for a flight and maintain some sort of fashion. 

I have spent a lot of time scouring the internet and otherwise doing what some might consider stalking the best dressed fashion bloggers who travel a lot. I would like to point out that I don't consider it stalking, I consider it more along the lines of learning. 

The very best I found was of course none other than Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad (https://www.theblondesalad.com). Her travel style is absolutely amazing and she is, in my eyes at least, the undisputed queen of travel outfits which are both comfy and stylish. 

Of course her budget is perhaps a little different to the budget of the general population. However, if you can afford the head-to-toe Gucci, by all means go for it! If your budget doesn't quite extend that far, here's my cheaper and thus more budget friendly version. 

1. Layering is absolutely key

You might get hot doing all the in between walking and lifting of heavy suitcases but on the plane it can get cold and you want to cuddle up and you definitely don't want to freeze on the flight. For this, I layered a T-shirt underneath my jersey so that I could easily slip things on and off. 

2. Comfortable trousers 

For me, leggings are not pants and I just cant wear them as pants. Perhaps it's a personal hang up about my legs. I prefer a bit more space. I opted for some comfy but very cool track pants from top shop which were comfortable and still stylish (with the addition of the Gucci-like stripes down the sides).

3. Comfy Shoes

The undisputed king of comfy shoes is undoubtedly the trainer and these Adidas Superstars are so comfy. They also slip on and off easily for security checks and whilst on the plane. 

 

WHAT I WORE: 

HOW TO DRESS LIKE HARRY STYLES: ASOS EDIT

Well, damn! That signals the end of 2017. One of the best things for me in 2017 was seeing the style evolution of Harry Styles. He is, in my eyes, the absolute King. Damn the boy can sing and he looks hella good whilst doing it.

Harry's style has always been great (bar the purple shoe disaster of 2010) and in 2017 with his solo career in full swing, he really upped his style game. He really started to express himself and his personality through his clothing. Before we knew it, the long hair was history and Harry returned with a defined jaw line and some beautifully coiffed short curls. 

From that famous red gingham/plaid suit he wore for one of his many his interviews with Nick Grimshaw to that fabulous purple suit paired with some fabulous black nail polish (rumour has it he painted his own nails) that he wore for the ARIA's. 

A good year for Harry, a great year for us! So if you ever wanted to recreate his style, here's the way to do it a la ASOS. 

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Tis The Season: Hoop Earrings

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Recently, hoop earrings have made a rather large comeback. Okay, I say they've made a comeback when they haven't really ever left. Hoops are pretty much a constant in terms of ear wear. But recently, I've seen them just about everywhere. From large multi-packs of multiple sizes in Primark for a pound all the way to the 9 or 18 carat gold ones. 

Personally, I opted for a rather middle of the road pair from Zara. They set me back 9.99 which isn't ridiculously expensive. The thing I really liked is how they look quite expensive and haven't tarnished at all thus far. The only downside that I have experienced with Zara’s earrings (referencing these in particular but true of all the earrings I have from them) is that they have a tendency to be rather on the heavy side. Now perhaps it’s me, perhaps I have overly weak ear lobes? Maybe my ears just aren't cut out for the larger, heavier hoop. The real trouble is that I absolutely love wearing them and so I wear them often even if perhaps, in order to #savemyears I shouldn't. They look so darn good though. 

 

I've always liked hoops. When I was younger it was generally the really simple, thin ones that I liked. The ones like Primark make in large packs that are very thin and easy to wear. I still wear those types of hoops but my preference nowadays is generally an earring with a bit more oomph. I’m very much partial to a Zara statement earring at all times of the year and these are by far my favourite earrings of the moment. The perfect elegant addition to any Christmas outfit. 

 

Below, I have linked some options

Please note that Zara is now out of stock of these earrings 

 These are also incredibly similar from Topshop

These are also incredibly similar from Topshop

 Looking for more luxury? These are from  NetAPorter  and definitely luxurious 

Looking for more luxury? These are from NetAPorter and definitely luxurious 

 The most similar to the Zara ones, these are from  Missguided

The most similar to the Zara ones, these are from Missguided

 If you want real luxury, try these 9ct gold ones from  F Hinds

If you want real luxury, try these 9ct gold ones from F Hinds

KATE MOSS NEW OXFORD STREET STORE ANYTHING BUT RESERVED

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Kate Moss (yes that Kate Moss) has teamed up with the massive Polish high-street brand Reserved to bring the new Autumn/Winter ’17 to London. The entire collection has Kate's stamp of approval and the collection will be refreshed every two weeks to keep the shop new, fresh and interesting. Essentially, this means that if you like something, you better get it while you still can. 

The pricing is also great. The collection isn't expensive and rivals other high-street brands like Zara in terms of pricing. The store itself is absolutely huge and essentially 'divided' into four with Women's, Men's, Accessories and Kids departments. Fashion-wise, the store has absolutely amazing content and has some seriously amazing Autumn/Winter pieces at amazing prices. I really didn't see much over the 30-pound mark in the store, excluding only boots and jackets which really is fair enough. 

The campaign – fifteen black-and-white images which were shot this summer by Daniel Jackson

The store itself really reflects Moss' rock and roll chic aesthetic with black and white being the main colours and plenty of mirrored surfaces throughout.  It is filled with opposites like leather and soft jerseys, the meshing of hard and soft which forms that iconic 'London look' that Kate Moss is famed for. Co-founder and CEO Marek Piechocki spoke about the launch, saying: “The opening of Reserved Oxford Street is an important move for us. London is a fashion capital and having a presence in this prestigious location will be another step towards building global recognition of Reserved as a brand and LPP as a company.”

In terms of the campaign, Daniel Jackson shot fifteen black-and-white images of Moss which are on constant electronic display throughout the store. 

Also worth mentioning is the men's collection (even though I don't usually cover it). It's very cool and almost excessively 'London' with bright colours and black simultaneously challenging and complimenting each other. 

The shop is definitely worth a visit if you're heading to London soon and definitely worth while taking anyone who is visiting from overseas to see it. 

KARL LAGERFELD X VANS

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So, I posted about this a few days ago when it was first announced. I was a little excited. In saying that, of course I mean that I was so excited that I pretty much started saving on the spot. This is insane! I love Karl Lagerfeld and I love Vans so honestly, what could be more perfect? 

So, news today is that the first images are here, take a little look! Karl has re-worked the classic Vans check, replacing it with interlocked Karl Lagerfeld silhouettes. T-shirts also possess a pixelated version of his famous silhouette whilst other items will have the Vans X Karl Lagerfeld logo.

There’s apparently going to be more in terms of clothing and accessories including a hoodie and a K-stitched, quilted backpack. The collection will also boast six styles of footwear which is also hugely exciting!

Possibly the best thing though is that the collection will be within the realm of possibility for most ordinary citizens with prices starting at only $40 (and then going all the way up to $300).

The collection will be available in Karl Lagerfeld stores, on Karl.com, and on Vans’s site on September 7th. 

LAYER ME UP

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There is only one way to manage the ever changing english weather and that is layering (and being prepared for rain at any and all times). England is all well and good during winter when the weather remains fairly stable throughout the day, only changing really a few degrees day to night. Then, you pretty much know what you're doing and dressing for the day is (in general) not a problem. 

Here's a problem I have found though. Whilst throughout the day the temperature may remain fairly stable, first thing in the morning is cold and the evenings, with us drawing ever nearer to Autumn, are also much cooler. So, thats a basic outline of weather (which I'm sure you were all really enjoying reading). Another issue comes around when you're commuting, if you use the morning train, its air conditioned and thus you will end up cold. If you use tubes (undergrounds), you  will soon realise that they're really hot. Its great when you're coming from your morning train and are more or less frozen solid but about 5 minutes in, it quickly becomes an issue. 

So, here's where I come in. My suggestions are as follows:

If the weather says that there will be no rain: DO NOT BELIEVE IT

England is famous for rain and it almost certainly will and always when you least expect it. I recommend keeping an umbrella with you at all times and one in absolutely every single place you can think of. This means making sure that there is always one in the handbag you're using, one at your desk, one in your car (if you have one) etc...

If the weather is around 20 degrees and partly cloudy:

Think light layers. If you're wearing jeans or pants, you want those with a pair of shoes of your choosing, basically whatever works and doesn't totally kill you when you're busy walking the streets of London. Then add a T-shirt and on top of that a jersey. Easy to take on and off in the case of cold trains or hot tubes also light enough to pop in a bag should you need to do so. If you want to wear a dress or skirt, the basic principle is the same, light dress or skirt and t-shirt (can be sleeveless) and then a jersey on top of that (can be in the form of a pull-on jumper or a cardigan). Easy peasy. 

If the day seems a bit colder, you can add a light blazer or jacket on top of that. As it gets colder, a coat with no lining should do for Autumn progressing to a trench coat for colder Autumn days and winter. The t-shirt can change from short sleeved to long sleeved depending on the weather. 

And that is the easiest way to layer.  

Also, a quick note: If you have a favourite pair of pants but they're too light for Autumn/Winter or even a colder day, get some leggings and layer up that way. You can also still show off ankle and shoes and the bonus with leggings is that you get no stocking hugging from your pants!

 

AUTUMN LOOK BOOK 2017: PART 1

Autumn is probably one of the most confusing seasons just in general but especially when it comes to dressing appropriately. We all know that when Winter rolls around, it comes time to rummage around in the nether regions of our closets and find long lost tights and boots. I think that I have Winter down, I also have Summer down and even Spring isn't too much of a problem. Autumn though...I mean what do you wear? Are jeans the only real option here or are tights okay? Should I wear a skirt with tights and boots or with boots but no tights? I find this season all too confusing for my liking and I'm always at a loss of what to wear. I would say that when I do search outfits on Pinterest or We Heart It, 99% of the time it's a hunt for Autumnal inspiration. Having said this, I have tried to get my ducks into at least the same pond this year and make a little Autumn look book. So, without further ado, here's part 1. 

 

LOOK 1: WARMING UP TO AUTUMN

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This is definitely a 'warmer day' look. Perfect for a day that's somewhere between Summer and Winter. 

I have taken the staple of black jeans and paired then with a larger fit shirt (in this case from Mr Price) and some cool sandals. I really like this shirt because of the bit of ruffle detail on the back for visual interest (which you cannot see in this image...sorry) and the larger fit works really well to balance skinny jeans. I always feel like my hips are my largest part and so a flared or bigger fit shirt which lands on the hip really helps. 

I would say that the only real way to wear this shirt with flared jeans would be to tuck it in (ditto for a skirt). Absolutely one of my favs for warmer Autumn days. I'll show you this shirt with a skirt in the next instalment of the 'Autumn Look Book'. 

 

LOOK 2: DOUBLE DENIM

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Once again, jeans make this look work. This time, the jeans are from Topshop (the Cain style if you were interested) and are a lovely high waisted fit.

High waisted jeans are always a great option in my opinion. I'm not a huge lover of jeans (or pants in general) because I feel like they always make my legs look short and fat. Having a high waist really lengthens your legs and makes you look taller.

You really can wear double denim as long as the denims in question are different enough. In this instance, one denim is much lighter than the other. I love playing around with trends like this one (which quite clearly came back from the 90's)

Personally, I like a nice flat shoe with this look. You can really go for any shoe and you can even bring a pop of colour in with the shoe. I chose a pair from Rubi by Cotton On which are slip on and have a nice black and white print for a bit of interest. 

LOOK 3: LARGER FIT DENIM JACKET 

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It isn't a big secret that denim goes with everything, even with denim [just make sure the denims are different enough in colour so you don't end up looking like the 90's threw up on you because that's not a good look on anyone. Here's looking at you Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake]. This particuar denim jacket is from Mr Price and is so comfy.

It's very much 80's or 90's in style with is large fit sleeves and bulky look. I particularly like using all the pins (the 90's had them) to decorate the jacket and make it your own. You might have some from all over the world, some from your childhood (especially if you're a 90's kid) and maybe even some from Disney.

However, if you find yourself sans pins to put on your jacket, worry not as places like Cotton On, Topshop and Typo are selling them. I love the customisation of clothes which has made a big return in 2016/17. Patches, badges...anything you want, go mad. This jacket already has a really cool back which is quite novel and very much a 'joburg' print. If you have a plain denim jacket and want it to look more 'you' just customise it either by sending it off to be printed on or by decorating it yourself if you're feeling artsy. 

 

 

AN OUTFIT FOR TRAVEL, FASHION AND COMFORT....

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Recently, I took my yearly trip with my parents to Umhlanga. I always loved Umhlanga but recently, my love for the place has grown exponentially as it has become more built up and buzzy (i'm a city girl). 

This outfit was what I wore the day we road-tripped back from Umhlanga to Johannesburg which is a 6 hour trip. It's a long time to be sitting in the car and thus you have to choose your clothes carefully. 

The first and most major thing to consider is the weather. In order to be comfortable both in and out of the car you need to make sure you know what the weather is all along the way at stops as well as at the final destination. It was a hot day reaching 30 odd degrees Celsius in both Umhlanga and Durban. However, the midway point where we stop for lunch (Harrismith) was only around 20 degrees. That's a big temperature difference. 

You also want to be comfortable enough to sit in the car, maybe lie down and sleep if you're that way inclined on long journeys. While you do that, you don't want to end up with extremely creased clothes when you exit the car. For me, style is very important and I always want to look good even when travelling. 

I specifically didn't want to wear jeans for this trip because of the temperature and i wasn't sure about how a dress would wear after a few hours of sitting in the car. So I decided against the wearing of a dress. 

Instead, this was the outfit that I chose. It is a bit of a step out of the box for me as (for unknown reasons) I have never worn these pants with anything other than a white t-shirt. I actually love the tee that I chose here so much though. It's from Mr Price and one of those really soft and easy-to-wear materials that just scream comfort as soon as you put them on your body. It is a pale pink and says 'Hollywood' across the front. The pants from Zara are absolutely one of the most comfortable and easy wearing thing you can put on your body. They slip on and off really easily (which is amazing for long car trips) and they're flowy enough to be comfortable and look super easy-going. They still have that pop and make a bit of a statement though. Essentially the 'pants' are actually long length culottes. The piece that I have tied on the side as a 'belt' is acyually the front bit of fabric that creates the 'skirt'. I tied it with a hair band and it works. I actually like these more worn as pants than as culottes. 

My sunnies are my prescription Ray-Bans and the shoes are a nice, comfortable and practical heel from River Island. The bag is vintage Louis Vuitton and I am in love with it. 

 

So yeah, that's my outfit. I will try to find similar pieces and link them for you below.

 

SOME LINKS: 

MY PANTS ARE FROM ZARA: https://www.zara.com/uk/

SIMILAR: https://www.spree.co.za/edit-smart-culottes-black/product/DQA69ZL?ref_catid=293

IF YOU WANT YOUR PANTS TO BE A BIT MORE: https://www.spree.co.za/afrodizzy-anakara-sunburst-printed-cullottes-mid-brown/product/71746N5?ref_catid=293

MANGO ALSO HAVE A COOL VERSION (ON SALE): https://www.spree.co.za/mango-front-tie-detail-cropped-pant-stone/product/28Z6188?ref_catid=293

A BIT OF A WIDER FLARE (AND CHEAPER - ON SALE): https://www.spree.co.za/style-republic-culottes-with-pleats-dark-red/product/T5565YY?ref_catid=293

MY TEE IS FROM MR PRICE: 

SIMILAR: https://www.mrp.com/en_za/floral-t-shirt-1108510301

SIMILAR: https://www.mrp.com/en_za/statement-t-shirt-1108510294

MANGO STATEMENT TEE: https://www.spree.co.za/mango-glitter-print-t-shirt-white/product/6U5V6W7?ref_catid=1383

MY SHOES (FROM RIVER ISLAND) 

SIMILAR (FROM MR PRICE): https://www.mrp.com/en_za/metalic-block-heel-8802010389

SIMILAR FROM SPREE: https://www.spree.co.za/mango-clara-patent-block-heel-shoes-black/product/8S7T776

MY BAG IS LOUIS VUITTON: http://eu.louisvuitton.com/eng-e1/homepage?campaign=sem_GG-ZA-ENG-SH-BRAN-BREX

SUNNIES: http://www.ray-ban.com/southafrica

 

ZOELLA'S PINK CHUNKY FISHERMAN KNIT JUMPER

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BDG Pink Waffle Knit Batwing Jumper £42

So, you just watched Zoella's new video and you're left wondering...where the hell is that jumper from? Well many people asked on Zoe's video and so I decided to find it. Now, I had a vague idea where to start, given that Zoe and Mark had just been to bath and both purchased things from Urban Outfitters and we have never seen the jumper before, it gave me a hint.

I did also look on Asos, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Primark and well...everywhere else. I actually found it and heavens am I proud of myself.

The lighting that Zoe used in her video may have sightly 'changed' the look of the colour of the jumper. I am pretty convinced that this is in fact the jumper itself.

So all that's left is...Zoe??? Is this your jumper? 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5114344334697&category=WOMENS-JUMPERS-CARDIGANS-EU&color=066