Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Capsule Wardrobe


Hey guys! I’m finally back with a fresh post. We're well into 2017 and I'm so excited about this year.

As we’re settling in, we're getting used to the newness of a new year. Whether it's a new job or house, new baby or spouse (ha!) - you’ve got to get your house in order. Literally. I'm talking about a closet edit.

Maybe you feel like you’ve got nothing new going on, and you're not particularly motivated. Well, a reworked wardrobe is a revival you need. I love how a wardrobe edit makes me feel - it's refreshing!

I’ve been editing and reworking my wardrobe, in an attempt to live more with less, and I’ve given some thought to the capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is versatile and built around the season’s basics, with a few fun and trendy pieces. I love the idea of focusing on your basics and letting those pieces guide your personal style, and simplify your life!


Tips for a capsule wardrobe:

1. Determine your signature style. Whether, bohemian or edgy. Determine your true style, and choose pieces that represent you. Maybe you love a few styles - choose two or three, and don't buy into every trend! It will help make your wardrobe more cohesive. 

2. Work with a colour palette. Choose about 2 basic colours, then add accent colours. Go with your best colours - those you look and feel good in. 

3. . Choose cuts that suit you. So if you look and feel better in a voluminous skirt instead of a pencil skirt - go with that instead. What's your most flattering jeans, boyfriend or skinny? Choose your best fit.

4. Consider your lifestyle. Try to build an interchangeable wardrobe that caters to your needs - work, party and play.

I’ve put together a simple capsule wardrobe, for this season, and have included examples from Contempo's current collections.


6 Tops
Button down shirt 
Colour Tee
Black Tee
White Tee
Striped Top
Fun Top



    4 Pants
Black bootleg pants
Favorite Jeans
White skinnies
Denim shorts



2 Skirts
Black pencil skirt
Classic print



3 Pieces of Outerwear
Black blazer
Statement Blazer
Lightweight Jacket/Cardigan



3 Dresses
LBD (little black dress)
Tunic dress
Sleeveless dress



5 Pairs of shoes
2 Classic heels
2 Pairs of sandals
1 Pair of pumps




Do you see the cohesion, and how everything goes with everything? I mean everything. You are literally able to turn dresses into skirts when things work together. When it comes to mixing prints, working with prints in the same colour group makes it less daunting.

Want to see the magic happen? Come back again soon for a 10 pieces 30 outfits post again soon. In the meantime, get working on your wardrobe! If you like the pieces I've included - find them at Contempo stores or visit the website, here.

Hope you enjoyed this post (it's so good to be back!).
xxx


*This post is sponsored by Contempo. The content and ideas are my own, and the clothing recommendations are sincere.*

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Life Lately


We're trying to squeeze in some family time - later than I'd like to admit. Isaiah woke up from his sleep, excited that daddy's home, and recalls a dozen stories from today while Zachary sleeps on my shoulder. I've put him to bed twice tonight, and he chooses me over sleep every time. We've survived a few weeks of sick over here. Coughs and snotty noses. Fevers and midnight cries. And now I think we have the result of all the spoiling we did, especially the cuddles. 

We're breaking our own rules. Schedules are out the door this week and recently in general, as husband works longer days than usual so family life is a little topsy turby. And boy, it's hard work.

Play time. Bath time. Supper time. Night time. Times Two.

Two.

That's what life has been lately. Two kids. Crazy days. Exhilarating days. Toddler jokes and baby giggles. Learning what works for us, and what the priority is. It's been our little family.  

Zachary is nearly 7 months old, and Isaiah is now 3. Three. With a mouth full of where-did-he-learn-that kinda stories. 
There are so many moments in a day where my heart could burst with joy. So many where my mouth bursts with laughter. I'm having the time of my life. Truly. Kids may be hard work, but it's also the most accomplished I have ever felt. They're the best part of me.

Ugh. My shoulder hurts from this big boy. Let me tuck him in again. Three's a charm.

p.s. Thanks for sticking around. Less babble next time. xxx


Monday, February 22, 2016

Style Yourself



I've been ridiculously quiet; we're finding our feet with the new baby, while trying to juggle a thousand other things.

One of those, our next Style Seminar coming up! I'm so so excited about this one as it's set to be the best one yet. It's themed Style Yourself because that is my ultimate goal as an Image Consultant - to equip women of all shapes and sizes, colours and ages, to be their own stylist. I help women learn who they are, and what their personal style is - and so they know what works for them, and really, what they feel most confident in. This seminar is about finding your personal style, a style that no trend can compete with.

I'm teaming up with great women to really bring you a jam-packed day.

My good friend Verna Samson joins as with a great talk on Body Confidence. Verna is an inspiring blogger over at www.vpsinspire.com, and a motivator. Then on Turban Styling we have Designer, Stylist, Makeup Artist & Director of Hse of Bespoke by WH - Waseefa Hutton Adams. So many of you write to me often, requesting a turban styling tutorial and I'm mostly winging it, but Waseefa's a pro and you will learn some fabulous tricks!

We will also have a popup shop, of all things girly and fabulous - for a great time of spoils.

Today is the last day for early bird tickets, at R250pp. Tickets are available on Computicket, or you may book by writing to me here.

I hope to have you there!
xxx

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

10 Pieces 30 Outfits: Summer of Fun



After the popular first post from this series, there is finally another. Lwazi shot these images ages ago (I was about two months pregnant!) and I wanted to get it out before Summer ends (or in time for Summer/Spring if it's still Winter on your end). Hopefully you'll find some inspiration with this playful mix.