Saturday, August 27, 2011

Life and Form

In celebration of Women’s month I styled a photo-shoot titled Life and Form directed by friend and fellow blogger You might recognize the garments used because most of them come from my very own wardrobe. I now see why girls love playing dress up with my clothes – because they look so good in them! The idea behind the shoot was to use authentic men’s clothes as a way of challenging the typical feminine androgynous wear which can be found in any retail store. Both Sakhi and I were determined to execute the looks that we had planned. However, as these things go there’s always a lot of impromptu involved at the actual event. Oh how I love styling and creating looks on the spot! Colour, form and depth were then used to add life to the shoot. It was amazing working with Sakhi as well as photographer and Gabrielle Pollock from 

So be inspired to raid your brother’s/dad’s/boyfriend’s/husband’s wardrobe and show them how a real woman rocks an outfit! Heels and all.

Peace, Love & Fashion

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Naked layers

Eat your hearts out B & S

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fighting the rain of the acid storm

Playing off track

Toffee apples and liquorice

On the run

Monday, August 22, 2011

Charmed by gingham

If work ethic could be defined by material

Friday, August 19, 2011

Deserted in Rose

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The sea and the rain

Rolling with the bands

Light this stripe

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What works for me?

Creatures from the mountain

Hang your pegs high on the line

Friday, August 12, 2011

From the hood

After hearing about the WOZA (wear only ZA) campaign a couple of weeks ago I became intrigued about what I could possibly do on a small scale that could work for the average student and possibly influence them to support the campaign. This, along with last week’s beautiful sunny weather that suddenly turned to rain made me think about how even the stylish student can buckle under the pressure of a bit of wind and rain, resulting in something that looks a bit like a beggar wearing a random piece of university attire. I cannot help but cringe when seeing a fellow Ikey out in public looking like this while wearing a UCT hoodie! Even though we were brainwashed by teachers and prefects to take pride in wearing our school uniforms, I think something positive can be taken from our schooling experiences. Why wouldn’t you want to wear your campus hoodie with pride instead of donning it only on laundry day when you have nothing else to wear? We sometimes forget that we are in the top percentage of individuals that are able to attend a world class academic institution. And all that crap about people not judging you by your appearance surely comes from the mouth of a Shlumpadinka (a word coined by Oprah to describe a frumpy person) who mopes around campus dragging his feet and walking with his head face-down. It’s time to reclaim that energy and excitement you had before you first arrived at varsity and it’s time to put some effort into the way you wear your campus hoodie!

The possibilities for this student staple are endless, it just takes a bit of time and effort to create a personalized look that will take you from campus creep to campus cool. So whether you’re a student or a graduate, take out that hoodie, give it a wash and have fun creating looks with items in your wardrobe. *Thanks to Adam and Mia for playing along and showing you how they gave their hoodies a new lease on life.

Peace, Love & Fashion

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stop your complicated speaking, short and simple does it

Plaza festival vibes

Firmly rooted in the present

Mixed patterned masala

Highveld palette

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eagle like precision

Rays of interest


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

To be blissfully unaware

Writing on the blackboard with paint

Real ladies love hats

My lovely neighbour

Monday, August 8, 2011

One small step for peace

Braided bunch

Friday, August 5, 2011

Jammie Tart for Man of the Cloth


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where the grass meets the sky

Get this party started

Pumped up kicks

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bang pop

Hanging on a moment of truth

Monday, August 1, 2011

Something old, something new, something borrowed

Welcome to what promises to be another summery week in the Mother City. The reality of varsity has finally begun to sink in, but this clearly hasn’t been having any effect on people’s style and dress sense. It’s all because of the amazing weather – most of us are inspired to try on looks that wouldn’t work in the heart of a wet winter or during a scorching summer. My favourite look for this week is a sort of season mixer, taking things I usually wear during summer and mixing it with winter wardrobe items.

I chose a simple denim-T-blazer look. It’s simple and light enough for Jammie sessions during the day and the blazer is my cover-up for those irritating chilly afternoon lectures. The T-shirt is from Weird Willy which used to be available at YDE (according to my current knowledge they are no longer in existence). The blazer is from Vertigo and the denims are vintage Wranglers that I bought in Obz during Obz fest last year. The boots are from Markham, and from what I’ve seen around campus, they’re highly popular and an affordable buy. It’s not surprising that Markham chose to repeat it with slight variations from last years design. I inherited these Rayban’s from my grandfather and have been rocking them since the eight grade. I found the bandana in a thrift store in Mowbray. I have a newfound obsession with bandana’s, and wear them as head bands, scarves and arm accessories all the time. If Lady Gaga could bring them back in her Judas music video then surely her devoted Little Monster is entitled to try it out with all his looks too.

Lastly my belt is one of many things which I found in my dad’s closet and which I absolutely treasure. I was looking for a gently distressed tan belt for Eid last year and after hopeless efforts of boutique hopping in town for nearly a month (Eid shopping is always crazy) I found this gem at home. The agreement was that I would wear it for Eid and then return it afterward as it is my dad’s favourite “work” belt. Fat chance of that ever happening! I love it because it’s been genuinely distressed, nothing a factory somewhere in the Far East can produce with a machine. Speaking of Eid, I wish all my fellow Muslims a positive and enlightening Ramadan. It’ time to reflect and be closer to your spiritual self while opening a passage to a greater connection with God. That’s exactly what it is – a personal spiritual journey. Everyone has the right to determine the extent to which they choose to embrace tradition and religion, keeping in mind that the line between the two is often blurred. The way I see it, it’s about going into a new phase of life knowing who you are but being willing to find sustainable ways of improving your spirituality. One is supposed to take from this holy month all good things and incorporate it into your daily life. What you choose to take from it is entirely up to you though. No one has the right to judge you.

So here’s to a better understanding of ourselves, our faith and our purpose. For everyone. (And of course a better understanding of our own personal style too!)

Peace, Love & Fashion
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