Casual Friday

Everybody loves casual day, I remember planning my outfit a week when I was in school if we had causal day better known as ‘civvies day’ in South Africa, no uniforms always made me happy. Dressing casually allows you to be expressive, being an individual & standing out was always my objective, being the youngest out of my siblings I guess that came with the territory? Teaming high-end pieces with low-end is always fabulous, think furs & sneakers.

I’m not usually a lover of hats because I feel stupid when I wear one but I couldn’t resist this one I love the colour & fit…my heads a bit on the larger size so the wider brim works better on me. I teamed it with a simple oversized white tee & jeans, letting the accessories speak for themselves.

Shop my look:
Hat: Aldo
White tee: Woolworths
Plaid shirt: Mr. Price
Jeans: Factorie
Boots: Cotton on
Jacket: Gifted

Photographed by:
Alicia Thompson

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My new obsession

I’m not going to lie, I definitely have some form of obsessiveness (if that’s even a word). Every new song that comes out that I love I will not stop playing it until I’m completely sick of it. I do the same thing with clothing I will find a way to wear it at every occasion, it will become my ‘uniform’ for lack of a better word. That’s what’s happened with this jersey from Mr. Price, I’ve been wearing it with everything from jeans to tights & shorts.

It’s become quite chilly in Johannesburg over the past week & this jersey keeps me warm & cosy, it’s pretty, feminine & well-priced. It’s seemingly daywear but I wore this outfit for dinner with my parents at the 3 Sixty restaurant side note their desserts are delicious! This outfit is fun & playful but still appropriate for dinner.

Shop my look:
Jersey: Mr. Price
Top: Mr. Price
Shorts: Zara
Shoes: Zoom
Belt: Moschino

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Undertones

Neutrals are timeless & are wearable through every season, so don’t be afraid to spend more money on them. I spent R1799 on this coat (which is a stretch for me I only spend that type of money on shoes) but I’ll be able to wear it every year because tan never goes out of season. It’s trend-proof so it saves you money in the long run & you can wear it for various occasions.

This outfit is really just a simple white palette and I played around with the coat & shoes, you can literally throw in a pop of colour with a cool clutch & heel. If you have a simple outfit you can be super creative with your accessories. It’s therefore an outfit multiplier & well who doesn’t love feeling they have a sea of clothing? Neutrals are flexible it’s much easier to style because all colors go with them & you can add them to any outfit you want to tone down the look.

Shop my look:
Coat: Zara
Tee: Woolworths
Jeans: Cotton on
Heels: Migato

Photographed by:
Candice Cupido
Twitter: @candice_cupido.

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Hard candy

As promised, I would blog about how I’m incorporating the pastel trend into my wardrobe. My style is quite edgy and therefore you won’t easily catch rocking the all-pink trend but I do love the trend and have bought a few key pieces. This dusty pink jersey from Mr. price is a comfortable, warm but versatile & trendy piece. I love how I can layer it with a denim shirt, plain tee or coat. I teamed it with these ripped jeans (clearly my new obsession don’t judge me) a plain linen tee and red hot heels and for the critics yes red & pink can be worn together in moderation. This outfit is perfect for the unpredictable weather we have been having you can whip the jersey off if the sun comes out.

Shop my look:
Jersey & heels: Mr. Price
Jeans: Factorie
Tee: Stuttafords
Ring: gifted by my awesome sister
Bracelet: photographers own

Photographed by: Alicia Thompson

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Candy crush

My title may be confusing to my fellow candy crush gamers but it’s about the major crush I have on pastels this season. When autumn sets in you might find yourself reaching for pastel-colored coats, sweaters and jackets, a fresh take on the season’s usual somber palette.

Designers have lightened things up, the fall 2013 runway shows were awash in Easter egg shades of daffodil yellow, powder blue, cotton-candy pinks and mints.At Céline, roomy blush-colored coats were paired with sleek wool shifts and light-gray, chunky-heeled ankle boots.At Proenza Schouler, leather coats in rounded silhouettes were shown in a candy-colored lavender, and modern drop-waist dresses featured barely-there hints of mint.

‘m not really one to wear pink I’m more for the masculine colours (not surprisingly because my moms gynae thought I was a boy and my nursery was completely blue when I arrived in the world) but I will incorporate a few key pieces into my existing wardrobe this season because there are really fun pieces out there. I bought a blush longer length jersey online from Mr. Price that’s comfortable and versatile, I will do a look post about it later in the week but there are some great options out there. Zara has some beautiful pastel pieces and Topshop, a great pink coat to name a few.

Colour co-ordinating
Pastels like peach and pale pinks are chic, feminine and easily mixed and matched with darker hues. If you’re thinking about pastels like rose gold, light peach or lilac, pair them with dark denims or whites. And for that hard to pull off chalky blue tone, try pairing it with heather grey.

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