DRESS LIKE GIGI HADID: OFF DUTY

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If you want to purchase or take a look at any of the items - click on the image and it’ll take you directly to the page you’re looking for

Jersey: R399 from Zando (*marked down)

T-Shirt: R220 from T-Shirts for Change (*marked down)

Jeans: R 259 from Zando (*marked down)

Handbag: R459 from New Look via Zando

Boots: R329 from Zando (*marked down)

Sunnies: R100 from I am Trend (*marked down)

Which means that the whole outfit comes in under R2000

THE TINY HANDBAG EDIT

Jacquemus via WGSN. 2019. AW19 Runway collection. Paris

Jacquemus via WGSN. 2019. AW19 Runway collection. Paris

Tiny handbags have become a massive trend and, if you’re wondering how on earth these tiny bags which have, realistically, little to no usage value, came into our lives…well Jacquemus is to blame. Yes, this minuscule, totally useless bag trend is proudly brought to you by Jacquemus direct from the AW 19 runways in Paris.

These bags which are basically the size of keyring charms are now, obviously, being foisted on the rest of us by fashion’s elite. This one (left) is too small to fit more than a couple of coins let alone your brand new iPhone XS Max and that’s…sad given the $486 price tag.

Don’t get me wrong though, due to being a self confessed whore for fashion, even with the complete lack of use value, I love them. The price tag however, I’m not so obsessed with to be honest; a young woman named Anais asked me the other day for some reasonably priced tiny bag reccomdations and I had…nothing.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I did a bit of research and found some mini bags with a much more palatable price tag and i’ve decided to pop the list I came up with on here as well due to the surprisingly large response to the instagram stories. Ive arranged them from highest to lowest price in a variety of different styles x

*None of these links are affiliate links and I make no money at all from you buying these because South Africa ;)

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Missguided via Superbalist

R709.00

This bag is sort of like an awkward Chanel/Dior/Louis Vuitton/Gucci hybrid which, very surprisingly, works. The quilting is very Chanel-esque which gives the bag a super cute, almost preppy feel.

Measurements: 12cm x 16cm x 7cm

BUY: https://superbalist.com/women/accessories/bags-purses/micro-mini-velvet-quilted-handbag-black/497051?ref=brands%2Fdesigner_11828

Similar to the designer options shown below:

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Missguided via Superbalist

R549.00

Basically Louis Vuitton look alike for those of us who have less than abundant bank balances. It’s diet Louis Vuitton basically - LV for the everyman…whatever toy want to call it… I adore it myself.

Measurements: : 12cm H x 16cm W x 8cm D

BUY: https://superbalist.com/women/accessories/bags-purses/check-crossbody-bag-brown-black/482995?ref=brands%2Fdesigner_11828

*The actual designer bags are below and if your budget allows - go for there real thing by all means 😉

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BRAE MINI BAG

R399

This little bag is basically a camera bag in portrait mode instead of the usual landscape format (if that makes any kind of sense to you then congrats I guess).

This one seems to be based mostly on the Prada Saffiano mini bag (below)

Measurements: 17cm H x 11cm W x 9cm D

BUY: https://superbalist.com/women/accessories/bags-purses/brae-mini-bag-black/477751

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TAMI STUD DUFFLE MINI

NEW LOOK VIA SUPERBALIST

R399

This cute little bag is one of many very cute little duffle bags - i’ve linked a couple more affordable ones below for you guys if this particular one doesn’t appeal.

These mini duffles are based on the Fendi ones which are also linked below in case you can afford them.

BUY: https://superbalist.com/women/accessories/bags-purses/tami-stud-duffle-mini-black/200350

MORE DESIGNER DUPES

DESIGNER MINI DUFFLE BAGS

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BUCKET BAG FROM THE FIX

R199

Bucket bags have been around for a while now but this season, they’ve somewhat shrunk and are slightly more boxy and structured than they have been.

Similar bags on the runway were from Prada and Versace both of which are linked below (along with a yellow one from Michael Kors which isn’t that similar but…)

BUY: https://www.thefix.co.za/pdp/bucket-bag/_/A-170807AAAU4?selectedColor=57097189

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RECTANGLE QUILTED MOON BAG FROM THE FIX

R159.99

If there was ever a dupe of the ever popular Gucci Marmot Leather Belt bag, this is it. It’s pretty much the closest one I’ve seen and one thing I really like about it is that it’s without the metal detailing that so many Gucci copy cat bags have.

It’s a simple moon bag and again, tiny and super cute

15cm Length x 11cm Width

Once again, the original designer bags are linked below

BUY: https://www.thefix.co.za/pdp/rectangle-quilted-moonbag/_/A-170807AAAI2?selectedColor=57070132

SOME OTHER OPTIONS

DRESS LIKE HARRY STYLES #MAKECORDCOOLAGAIN

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It’s absolutely no secret that Harry Styles is a style icon for both men and women and I am a dedicated fan of him and his ‘Styles’ lol

If you’ve ever wanted to dress like Harry but weren’t entirely sure how to go about it without looking like a cross dresser who got it wrong - this post is for you.

Well, luckily, I have all the answers right here for you. I’ve put together two outfit ideas to match Harry’s corduroy airport outfit.

One is a little more ‘girly’ with a shirt dress instead of trousers and the other, is…as close as you can reasonably get.

MRP PICKS #MAY

Here are some of my favourite picks from Mr Price - lots of them are new in but there are also a few cheeky discounted pieces thrown in…enjoy X

*All images are from Mr Price and all of them are linked in the caption box below the image

Blush Pink Faux Fur Coat

R299.99

I have only one comment - I WANT it!
Ja’dore

Patterned Midi Skirt    R119.99    Chain print is such a huge thing at the moment; as are slip dresses and slip skirts #90srevival.    This is the perfect inexpensive trend piece.

Patterned Midi Skirt

R119.99

Chain print is such a huge thing at the moment; as are slip dresses and slip skirts #90srevival.

This is the perfect inexpensive trend piece.

Pleated Skirt    R120.00    A good high waisted pleated skirt looks great on everyone. This one is a beautiful burnt orange (hello autumn and winter) and the velvet texture is so lovely for colder weather.

Pleated Skirt

R120.00

A good high waisted pleated skirt looks great on everyone. This one is a beautiful burnt orange (hello autumn and winter) and the velvet texture is so lovely for colder weather.

Patterned Shirt    R139.99    If you aren’t too keen on wearing a large amount of print, opt for this chain print shirt instead of the entire skirt. If you’re feeling really crazy…suit anyone?

Patterned Shirt

R139.99

If you aren’t too keen on wearing a large amount of print, opt for this chain print shirt instead of the entire skirt. If you’re feeling really crazy…suit anyone?

Scarf Print Shirt    R139.99    Versace-esque shirts are a big thing right now and this one is not only a great versatile trend piece to add to your wardrobe but also 100% cotton.

Scarf Print Shirt

R139.99

Versace-esque shirts are a big thing right now and this one is not only a great versatile trend piece to add to your wardrobe but also 100% cotton.

Wide Leg Jeans    R199.99    I personally love a wide leg jean which hits just by the ankle allowing your boots to be exposed - a good shoe should always be on display.

Wide Leg Jeans

R199.99

I personally love a wide leg jean which hits just by the ankle allowing your boots to be exposed - a good shoe should always be on display.

Faux Fur Bomber Jacket    R229.99    This is basically a copy of the faux fur bomber jacket I’m in love with at Cotton On except instead of being R1000, its only R230 - yaaaasss

Faux Fur Bomber Jacket

R229.99

This is basically a copy of the faux fur bomber jacket I’m in love with at Cotton On except instead of being R1000, its only R230 - yaaaasss

Slip Midi Dress    R139.99    If you love the chain print as much as I do, this simple slip dress would be such a cool option. Dress it up for winter with a polo neck, tights and boots.

Slip Midi Dress

R139.99

If you love the chain print as much as I do, this simple slip dress would be such a cool option. Dress it up for winter with a polo neck, tights and boots.

Cable Knit Pullover    R179.99    Lilac is a great colour for all year round but also so great to add to your winter wardrobe to brighten up your day.

Cable Knit Pullover

R179.99

Lilac is a great colour for all year round but also so great to add to your winter wardrobe to brighten up your day.

Statement Bodysuit    R89.99    Colour? Check. Cute quote? Check.    I really love this bodysuit to pair with a skirt and tights for winter.

Statement Bodysuit

R89.99

Colour? Check. Cute quote? Check.

I really love this bodysuit to pair with a skirt and tights for winter.

Paperbag A-line Skirt    R159.99    Such a cute little skirt, I absolutely adore the colour - I just feel like this pale beige really elevates an outfit. Looks so much pricier than it is.

Paperbag A-line Skirt

R159.99

Such a cute little skirt, I absolutely adore the colour - I just feel like this pale beige really elevates an outfit. Looks so much pricier than it is.

High Waisted Pants    R80.00    A really great staple and only R80? Such great value and so good to mix and match.

High Waisted Pants

R80.00

A really great staple and only R80? Such great value and so good to mix and match.

Check Flare Leg Pants    R129.99    Check is (unsurprisingly) huge for Autumn/Winter 19. Love a little flared pant.

Check Flare Leg Pants

R129.99

Check is (unsurprisingly) huge for Autumn/Winter 19. Love a little flared pant.

Chunky Platform Sneaker    R269.99   Is there such thing as too many chunky sneakers? I think not.

Chunky Platform Sneaker

R269.99

Is there such thing as too many chunky sneakers? I think not.

Quilted Cross Body Bag    R99.99   So cute to throw on for just bringing along the essentials.

Quilted Cross Body Bag

R99.99

So cute to throw on for just bringing along the essentials.

Cowboy Ankle Boot    R250.00   I just love these boots - so Harry Styles; they give me life.

Cowboy Ankle Boot

R250.00

I just love these boots - so Harry Styles; they give me life.

#METGALAMONDAY: THE CO-HOSTS

This Monday was the first Monday in May and that only means one thing…The Met Gala or the Met Ball - whatever you wanna call it, its one of fashion’s biggest nights. This Met Gala is not like the rest, ‘Notes on Camp’s’ Met starts off with not the usual red carpet but a bright pink carpet . In the essay, 'Notes on "Camp,"' Susan Sontag says 'the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.'  Something so bad that it’s good and it was definitely good…

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Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue (holder of my dream job) who has chaired the Met Gala since 1995 arrived first to the fabulously camp pink carpet wearing a beautiful pale pink, flower embellished Chanel gown with a full on pink and black feather shawl.

The look was spectacular and pretty bold for the usually fairly reserved Anna. However, she really brought her A game to the carpet following the theme beautifully whilst still maintaining her personal style.

Anna also didn’t wear her trademark dark sunnies for the carpet and instead opted to show off her make-up - a rarity.

Met Gala pink carpet Zorro chic

Met Gala pink carpet Zorro chic

Harry Styles, to absolutely nobody’s surprise, wore Gucci. I think that a lot of people were a bit disappointed with Harry’s outfit, there was a big expectation that he’d wear one of his usual flamboyant floral Gucci suits. Instead, he wore black head to toe and somehow, in true Harry fashion, managed to avoid comparisons to Zorro.

Harry’s stylist, Harry Lambert said about the outfit, “I think everyone was expecting Harry to be in sequins, bright colours and a crown, but we decided on a different type of 'camp' that hopefully would surprise,” 

Then of course we have the single pearl earring and what design house is it from? Gucci of course - who else. The single pearl earring really elevated Harry’s outfit and gave it the finishing touch, je ne sais quoi if you will. And, Harry…a single earring in your right ear? Is this our baby finally telling us a little something something? If you aren’t quite sure what track i’m on…I’ll guide your mind a little (click me you little rebel). So, there’s that - Harry never does anything without a team of publicists and media superstars thinking it through before hand so we can only assume that he knew exactly what he was saying. Stylist Harry Lambert said that he found the earring last minute and thought it would complete the look perfectly; and a little birdie told me (okay, it was a woman who spoke to him at the Met Gala 🤥) that he pierced the ear himself - utmost control.

Over the years, we have seen our boy go from boyband superstar dressed in awful (but in a cute way) purple sneakers to a Chelsea boot clad fashionista. His solo world tour was a real stepping stone in terms of his fashion and I really love the direction Harry Lambert is taking Harry Styles’ style in (that was complicated - 50 points if you managed that). I got so caught up in the earring thing that I forgot to mention that Harry also wore high heeled boots with his ‘free the nipple’ heavy ensemble - style star.

Harry in his second outfit at the Met Gala party (Mickey chic). The pearl earring made off for the evening and was replaced with a gold and black cross earring.

Harry in his second outfit at the Met Gala party (Mickey chic). The pearl earring made off for the evening and was replaced with a gold and black cross earring.

The boy with the pearl earring - Harry Styles

The boy with the pearl earring - Harry Styles

Gaga upon arrival #parachutebaby

Gaga upon arrival #parachutebaby

Lady Gaga does the most with not just one but four outfits in one. She started the evening off in a bright fuchsia parachute dress with full male dancing ensemble fitted with black tuxes and umbrellas. Then stylist, Brandon Maxwell unbuttoned and removed the dramatic dress to reveal a beautiful old Hollywood style black dress before further stripping her down to a slinky fuchsia number until finally, she went full on Paparazzi/ Fame Monster era stripping down to glitzy fishnets, bra and pants which she rocked with some of her trademark sky high boots.

The multi faceted outfit was interesting as it really drew the line between the old, OTT gaga who wore sky high stilettos and a meat dress and the ‘new’ Gaga who is all about silver screen glamour. The whole ‘strip that down’ thing did it for me up until a certain point. It kind of lost me at the glitzy underwear outfit but I can appreciate where they were going.

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Many of my friends weren’t too complimentary about Serena Williams’ outfit at the Met Gala saying things which were mostly close to “she looks like big bird”. I for one disagree, I actually loved the outfit (armchair critic and all that).

She wore a very vivid yellow and pink Versace dress which I felt not only suited her skin tone really well but the ‘blossoms’ (i’m being liberal here) match the carpet (lol 😂- I hope you got that otherwise i’m an idiot laughing by myself). The dress and shoes are also very much in line with the current '‘in-colour’ Gen Z yellow. The main thing for me though was that she looked very comfortable and very much herself. Yes, the dress is over the top - it’s the definition of ‘camp’ thank you very much.

I have no clue who the stylist behind this outfit was, I could probably find out but ultimately that sounds like a lot of effort and I was never ready - sorry. However, whoever it was who put it together, it’s a great look. The other thing I really loved was that Serena wore trainers to the Met Gala so she was undoubtedly the most comfortable guest there (female in any case) and it was a lovely ode to her previous work with Virgil Abloh of Off White. If I seem to have gone off my rocker and you have no idea what i’m talking about, Serena did a collaboration with Off White called the ‘Queen Collection’ which was designed by Virgil. In any case, now you have that (possibly useless) information, the sneakers she wears here are ‘Volt’ Nike X Off White Air Force 1’s.

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The final co-host of this year’s Met Gala was Mr Gucci himself, Alessandro Michele. Alessandro, if you’ve never heard of him, is the creative director of Gucci. He’s the guy behind Gucci’s over the top, maximalist aesthetic which I am so very in love with. He has, according to CNBC, grown Gucci's brand value the most of any luxury fashion label with the brand’s revenue up 30 percent.

In what was possibly even less of a surprise than Harry Styles wearing Gucci, Alessandro also opted for a Gucci look (shock). In any case, he looked perfectly camp in a bright pink Gucci…suit thing? The blouse is heavily ruffled and very vibrant and Alessandro, like Harry, opted for heels, heavily ringed fingers (Gucci) and an over the top head piece.

Fabulous baby

MANTSHO BY PALESA MOKUBUNG

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By far one of the most beautiful collections I have ever had the privilege of seeing at SAFW was Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung for the Luxury Collections SS19. I have never in my life been so grateful to be sitting front row for a show. Her designs are beautiful in their intrinsic simplicity which runs through and connects the entire collection. The lines of the garments are equal parts strong and feminine with strong lines juxtaposed with soft curves and frills.

The dresses are full and voluminous with big oversized sleeves and frills and all of them are brightly coloured. The whole show was a beautifully colourful event with Mokubung creating all her own patterns for Mantsho. The music in the show was also a departure from the usual heavy bass vibes of fashion shows with Palesa instead opting for a classical piece to back her show. Mantsho is definitely clothing made with all women in mind regardless of body shape or height

It has also just been announced that Palesa will be collaborating with H&M and bringing us the Mantsho X H&M collection which will be available in stores from 15 August 2019. She is officially the first South African designer to have their own collection in the H&M flagship stores worldwide as well as all SA H&M stores.

Mantsho is a deserving collection and Palesa is a deserving individual and I simply cannot wait for her collection to hit H&M stores - I look forward to supporting it in a big way. Let’s all do our bit on August 15th to show H&M how much we love seeing South African designers celebrated by selling out this collection.

Congratulations and all my love Palesa X

Photo credit: Megan Smit for Ari&Me

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MET GALA 2019 SO FAR...

The Met Gala always takes place on the first Monday in May and this year, that very special day is May 6th. The theme this year is hugely exciting (for me at least) ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’. Now this is all amazing and sounds potentially glittery, outrageous and like a lot of fun but what are we supposed to draw from this theme? Well, the Met this year is inspired by Susan Sontag’s famous 1964 essay entitled ‘Notes on Camp’. I’ll use the quote most commonly cited from her essay “Camp generally refers to outrageous and The essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”

Camp is the embodiment of proud, outrageous and over the top fashion. With the theme and feel of the Met Gala this year, is it any wonder that the co-chairs include Lady Gaga and my favourite boy Harry Styles. Other co-chairs include Alessandro Michele (Gucci), Serena Williams and as per usual, Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The first time I saw this theme I’ll admit I was a little confused. As it so often is, my question was answered by Guilty Feminist host and all round amazing woman, Deborah Frances White who said of camp “Camp is I can’t conform so I might as well live my whole self. You’re not going to like me anyway, I am going to be different anyway. I might as well stick a sequin on it and turn up the Kylie.” (The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Reality TV, 21/01/19)

Am I excited for this years Met Gala? Yes, I am - I am incredibly excited. If there was ever a time to be camp, that time is now. The fashions and trends as well as a more free society allows for camp fashion to caress all of us with its beauty. I think that 2019 might actually be the year to be camp. Camp is acceptable now with Harry Styles as a frontman. Frankly, what’s more camp than Gucci at the moment? Harry, Lady Gaga and Gucci? I can’t think of anything more beautiful. Cal Wilson said on a recent episode of ‘The Guilty Feminist’ about the subject of camp “Watching someone live to the edges of who they are is beautiful. Like using the good crockery everyday.” (The Guilty Feminist Podcast, Reality TV, 21/01/19)

Possibly my favourite thing in the world has been watching the evolution of Harry Styles from fairly stereotypical big-shoed boyband member to gorgeous long haired tattooed rock god and finally to what appears to be the height of himself. He is the epitome of a style(s) evolution done right. I can’t speak for him and I absolutely do not wish to but if I was going to pick a night on which to reveal my true self, I can’t really think of a better night than the 2019 Met Gala. I will certainly be watching eagerly. This will certainly be a night to remember and I cannot wait!

VIKTOR AND ROLF PARIS COUTURE WEEK 2019

I actually wasn’t going to post about Paris Haute Couture week but after seeing Iris Van Herpen and Viktor and Rolf's incredible collections, I couldn’t resist.

So, below, you’ll find a little gallery of the very big statements that Viktor and Rolf brought to the runway in Paris. It’s official, Viktor and Rolf are the official kings of irony. Lets all just take a moment for the fact that the very first dress in the gallery literally says ‘No Photo’s Please’ and what is everyone doing? Taking photo’s of the dress 😭 dead.

A few of my all time favourites are the ‘Trust Me, I’m a Liar’ dress which I want to wear literally everywhere I go al la Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Also if someone would like to gift me the ‘Sorry I’m Late I Didn’t Want To Come’ dress, that would be perfect.

Anyway, the likelihood of that happening is very slim so I’ll have to settle for drooling over my keyboard 😂

All images are credited to Getty Images.

JANUARY: MONTHLY MUST HAVES

Welcome to my January #MonthlyMustHaves in fashion. These are the pieces that I’m lusting after for this month - all of them are on my ‘to buy’ list. I thought this would be a nice way to share what’s currently stick in my wish lists and shopping baskets due to complaints from my bank account 😂

All images have direct links so that you can shop the pieces. I don’t get paid if you choose to buy them - they aren’t affiliate links

Happy Reading and indeed, happy shopping xx

ZARA

COTTON ON

 

THE FIX

SHOES

GOLDEN GLOBES 19: BEST AND WORST DRESSED

BEST DRESSED

In no particular order…

WORST DRESSED

Also in no particular order

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: