Friday, August 29, 2014

Wedding Season: Outfit Ideas (with Zuri Jewellery)

 
 
Wedding season is upon us, and so I thought I'd share a few outfit ideas. I put together three looks that would be suitable for a formal, cocktail & traditional wedding. These looks are interchangeable and are all suitable for most weddings.
 
As a general rule, avoid wearing white or off-white (including ivory, cream etc.) - and check what is not allowed for any traditional wedding.
 
If you're heading to a garden wedding, opt for a thicker heel, or wedges - to avoid your stilettos getting stuck in the ground!
 
 
Look 1. The Formal Wedding.
 
When I get any event invitation and the dress code is formal, I almost always go for a black dress. Black is just safe - it's always appropriate for a formal event, and you'll never be overdressed either. I pulled out a maxi dress (because short dresses aren't tranditionally formal, but that has changed of course), and paired it with pinkish nudes. Because the dress is halter neck, I opted for dangly pearl earrings from Zuri and no neck piece. These earrings are a nice twist to the classic pearl.
 
 
Pure Dress; Charles & Keith Shoes; Miss Boss Bag


 
 
Look 2. The Cocktail Wedding
 
The cocktail dress is probably the most popular for a wedding, because it's appropriate come day and night. This look would work for a formal event too. The striking red is fun, and no longer faux pas for a wedding. I paired the dress with a vintage bag, studded heels and edgy jewellery from Zuri.
 
 
Pure Dress; Zara Shoes; Vintage Bag
 
 
 
 
Look 3. The Traditional [African] Wedding
 
Now, I've never been to an African wedding but I'd grab the chance to dress up a little, even if it's not expected of the guests. I'm wearing a midi skirt in an african print, paired with an over-the-top head scarf. You can play it safe and tie the scarf in a more subtle manner too. I paired the skirt with a black bodysuit and vintage bag, and wedges. A simple choker with white pearl and pearl earrings, both from Zuri, complete the look.
 

Custom Skirt & Scarf; Mr Price Bodysuit; Melissa Shoes; Vintage Bag


 
 
 What is your favourite look?
 
Get these and other great jewellery pieces at Zuri - everything currently in store is less 60%!!!
 
xxx
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Basics (and a little rant?)


Mr Price Jeans & Boots; Cotton On Top; Woolworths Coat
Blackcherry Bag; Aldo Sunglasses; Michael Kors Watch
 
 
I've been reading a lot of rants lately. Bloggers moaning that they need to start getting paid, others screaming look at me, many justifying their place, some non-fashion bloggers reducing the fashion kind to mindless women who don't see pass their #ootd... Oh, that one made me stop for a minute.
 
We show you an outfit, but please (please!) don't assume that's all there is to us. And, if you're still part of the human population that deems fashion frivolous and superficial - you have no clue. I don't think you've watched The Devil Wears Prada (I mean, you're smarter than that), but Miranda Priestly said it best - to the girl who knocked fashion and mocked the blood sweat and tears of an industry:
 
"This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? ...And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff."
 
My point? Unless you're walking around naked, you can't possibly mock fashion - or us, for liking fashion. Fashion is a tool, and whether you'd admit it or not - you use it everyday, and you're telling the world something about yourself. That's the power of fashion, of clothing. It's just the way it is.
 
 



 
xxx
 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chino Style

Jay Jay's Chinos; Vintage Shirt; Nine West Shoes & Bag
Gap Scarf; Zuri Earrings; Michael Kors Watch



Chinos are a great way to stay casual, but chic - and this neutral pair can be worn with anything. I opted for my favourite vintage shirt, comfy wedges and a printed scarf. A great way to keep things fun is to add a printed scarf - I think I'll repeat this combination is few times this Spring.




Thanks for coming by.
xxx


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Skip Fashion Exchange

See outfit details here.
 
 
Last week Arlene and I attended the Skip Fashion Exchange at Katy's Palace Bar in Kramerville. An avid swapper, I really looked forward to finding great pieces.
 
Upon arrival, our items were meticulously inspected for flaws and to ensure that it's of high quality. I was amazed to find out later that a few lower value pieces had snuck through the rigid process!
 
Before we made it to the swap area, we were serenaded by Mi Casa - and enjoyed a superb meal. The tables were beautiful, and vibe ecstatic.
 
By the time we got swapping, I couldn't contain the excitement. For the two South African designer pieces I had brought, I went home with a pair of Levi's and a boxy Witchery top. I'm pleased with these items, though I do wish there was more to choose from (I may have been late at the racks though, because I spotted a few gems in the arms of many women!). I love a swap because I enjoy the thrill more than the actual find, so I'd do this a thousand times over.
 
The next Fashion Exchange will be in October, keep an eye out!
 
 
 




With Arlene, Irina & Leanne

 
Thank you for the evening, Skip!
xxx


The Midi Skirt

Mr Price Skirt; Banana Republic Top; Zara Shoes
Blackcherry Bag; Aldo Sunglasses; Woolworths Bangle
 
 
The midi skirt has such lady-like appeal, it's hard to resist. This one from Mr Price is particularly great. I paired it with a simple [pink!] tee and heels, and my new Blackcherry bag.
 
Look out as this skirt goes big again come Spring.
 
 







 
xxx
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Khaki



This is a random look from a while ago. It's a pretty thoughtless outfit for a quick errand run.

I love this lightweight coat; it will be a great piece come Spring - for those cool, rainy days.


Mr Price Skirt, Top & Boots; Topshop Coat
Ray Ban Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut; Michael Kors Watch



xxx


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pink, Again

Topshop Jeans; Mr Price Bodysuit & Kimono; Zara Shoes
River Island Bag; Michael Kors Watch; Aldo Watch 
 
I wore this a couple of weeks ago while in Nelspruit. The weather was amazing, and it gave me a taste of Spring. Cannot wait.  
 





 
 xxx
 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Spring


Custom skirt & Head Scarf; Pure top; Gifted Bag
Melissa Shoes; Zuri Jewelry
 
 
This is what I wore to the Skip Fashion Exchange last night (more on the thrilling event in a separate post). The evening was worth dressing up for, and I played around with a head scarf again. I love it! I added simple jewelry from Zuri and my ice cream Melissas to complete the fun look.
 
 



Thank you for the pictures, Arlene!
 
 
Happy Weekend!
xxx