My Personal Style is Natural & Earthy

NATURAL / EARTHY

  • Feeling comfortable in your clothes is an important factor and would ultimately govern your clothing choice.
  • Your look is simple, uncluttered, comfortable, natural without fuss.
  • You are not really concerned with fashion and don’t spend much time shopping.
  • You choose casual, practical clothing in natural fabrics such as linnen, cotton, wool, etc.
  • You prefer unstructured simple shapes in muted monochromatic colours.
  • Your wardrobe basics include jeans, chinos or cargo pants, t-shirts, shirts, tops, loafers, sandals, trainers etc.
  • For accossories you favour natural coloured leather bags, sandals and loafers, and prefer simple handcrafted jewellery.  Diamonds and sparkle are difinitely not your thing.

Examples are: Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts, Keira Knightley.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/words from The Wardrobe Academy)

Mani & Pedi Monday

Yesterday I went for my…wait for it…very first mani/pedi EVER.  I’ve had 2 mini pedi’s before but never a proper mani.  It was fun and relaxing.

I have relatively nice hands and fingers, try to take care of them, i.e. cuticles etc. and love to wear nail polish.  Especially black and red (not together/at the same time).  For some reason I can’t get it to last for more than 2 days.  I don’t think I’m heavy on my hands, but contrary to what I may (want) to believe, the evidince spreaks for itself.  I do the whole ritual to get your nail polish to last longer…buffing your nails, wipe with nail polish remover to remove all excess oils etc, base coat followed by thin layers of whichever colour you chose, followed by a top coat to seal and protect.  I’ve tried cheap brands, more expensive brands such as essie, but the end result is always the same…my nail polish only lasts for 2 days if I’m lucky.

After doing some research I decided to go for Biosculpture Gel Overlays.  Apparently it’s supposed to last for weeks, depending on your nail growth and wear-and-tear.  Toe nails can last up to 6 weeks.  Black for my finger nails and french tips for my toes.  And the best thin is you can paint over your gel overlays with your normal nail polish, and also remove it with normal nail polish remover without damaging the gel overlays.  It’s a win-win.

(Biosculpture Colour Range)

Seeing that nail art has been huge overseas for a while now, and also picking up in SA, maybe I’ll try something subtle next time.  The posibilities are endless.

(Biosculpture Gel nail art examples)

Nail art inspiration:

(Images from Google Images

 

Spring / Summer 2012/13 Trends

Today I did my monthly ‘walk-through’ Eikestad Mall, Stellenbosch.  Just to browse and see what new and exciting shops, boutiques, clothing stores, shoe stores, food stalls etc. opened up since I’ve last beet there, as well as do some ‘trend spotting’.

“Trend Spotting in Stellenbosch?” you ask me!  “Yes!” I say.

Although Stellenbosch is a relatively small town, it is still a Student Town.  And what’s more, ever since we’ve (and by we I mean whoever is responsible for those kind of things) started upgrading and redoing our local Mall (which used to be absolutely horrendous - I’ve tried to avoid it at any cost!), fashion and trends have been showing up.  Although, in my humble opinion, our chain-stores, such as Edgars, Foschini and even Woolies, still stock the very bottom of the range clothes, shoes and accessories.

Luckily I’m starting to see little boutiques and small independent clothing stores opening up all over Stellenbosh.  And some of them are actually stocking local designer clothes…local as in Stellenbosch/Cape Town based. Yay!

Although this is not a ‘Rate Stellenbosch Fashion’ or ‘Stellenbosch Clothing Store Review’, I just could not help mentioning some of the shortcomings and of course the welcome influx of the new and exciting.  I think I will definitely be doing a review on all the old, new and upcoming boutiques and clothing stores in Stellenbosch.

Back to the topic of this Blog.

While prancing around on my black velvet Zoom platform wedges through Eikestad Mall, I remembered I am in desperate need of a new bra.  Seeing that Stellies don’t have a Storm in a G-Cup, La Senza, Temptations, and, and, (need I continue), my obvious choice was Woolies.  So in I went.  I got my bra and also did some trend spotting.

Although, in my opinion, judging by the Spring 2012/13 Fashion Weeks all over the world, I knew this spring and summer anything goes, but I did not fully realize it until I saw all of it together in abundance in one store.

(A couple of Fashion Week Images from Google Images)

What stood out for me:

  • Colour wise lots of pastels, bright colours from chartrouse, to teal, bright pinks, oranges, and as always, the trusted even blacks and whites.
  • Print wise stripes, florals, geometric shapes, and as always animal prints.
  • Unstructured flowy dresses, long and short.
  • Peplum dresses and skirts.
  • Straight leg and skinnies in every thinkable colour.
  • Big floppy sun hats, fedora hats…hats in general.
  • Big bright dangly bracelets and lots of them.
  • Wedges.

(Images from http://www.woolworths.co.za)

In conclusion: this season is all about playing with colour, texture and print, mixing and matching and most importantly…HAVING FUN!

 

 

 

My personal style is Sophisticated and Chic

SOPHISTICATED / CHIC

  • You enjoy a stylish, contemporary wardrobe consisting of classic basics and a few seasonal pieces to keep your look up to date and chic.
  • Your style is sexy without being overt and modern without being too trendy.
  • You could be described as a minimalist.
  • You favour clean sleek lines and uncomplicated cuts in a palette of mostly black, white, grey, or monochromatic colour schemes, while adding a bold accessory such as a bright handbag or scarve or shoes for a splash of colour.
  • You enjoy shopping, preferring high-end boutiques to chain stores, as they tend to stock good quality, beautifully cut investment pieces.
  • You always look modern and chic, even when dressed casually.
  • Well cut jeans and trousers, jackets and high heels and a variety of handbags are big features in your wardrobe.
  • You always manage to look occasional appropriate.

Examples are Jennifer Arniston, Katie Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)