Spring Fever

Just a few more days until Spring is here and after a winter filled with somber colours, I for one am happy about the colours that will emerge with the season change. It’s time to celebrate the sun, the trees, the flowers and the ocean! Here is how:

Sunny glow

Yellow is one of the key colours for this Spring. So don’t be afraid to stand out and dare to try an outfit in a shade that fits your skin tone best. If you have a pale skin, try an outfit in a lighter, more dull shade of yellow. Any darker than that, a bright yellow will suit you perfectly.

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Seafoam happiness

Different shades and tones of sea colours are taking centre stage this season. Turquoise to powder blue will be seen on the streets and definitely on the beach. As long as the blue is clear or bright, it will be a hit everywhere.

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Still Minty

Mint follows the over obsessive girlfriend trend and is clinging on for another spring/summer season. But hey, just because you already have a dress in this colour, doesn’t mean you can’t buy another one… Right?

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Seen before on 2mybff

Feeling Rosy

A feminine, rosy pink is another happy colour for Spring and as a girly girl, this is first on my shopping list!

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Cloud Nine

White is the perfect colour for this romantic season. While on cloud nine…why not dress the part?

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“Wood” you dare?

Doing some street surfing in places such as White river, Juta street (JHB) and Long street (CPT), I discovered a trend starting to brew in South Africa which is quite innovative and refreshing to see. Drawing inspiration from furniture comes accessories made from; or made to look like wood. Who would have thought that such an everyday material can make a person look so hot and stylish?

This is incorporated in everything from iPhone covers to sunglasses – evolving these fashion items into trendy and sophisticated accessories. Listed are some of my favourite sites to scout and buy this trend.

Hout Couture

Hout Couture sells the most stylish and beautiful wooden sunglasses I have ever seen. You are guaranteed to stand out in the crowd with a pair of sunglasses from this brand. Not only are they innovative with their take on sunglasses, but their name proves innovation itself as Hout in the name is the Afrikaans (South African language) word for wood and is used as a pun for the fashion term Haute Couture, which means fashion of high class and elegance. Either way, this is a must-have for the summer. Check out their website at http://www.houtcouture.com

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Hout Couture

Toast

Searching through the web, I came across Toast who specializes in wooden covers for everything from iPads to Macbooks, iPhones to Samsung Galaxys and even other Android smartphones. The great thing about these covers are that some of them have engravings on them of birds, butterflies and a whole list of other beautiful pictures, all done in a sophisticated and classy way. So here is a toast to finding a new way of making your phone fashionable. Check out their website at http://www.toastmade.com

Toast

Toast

Toast

Toast

The Branch Jewellery

The Branch is a wooden jewellery company who combines handcrafted wood with precious metals and stones to create a beautiful line of wooden accessories. “Wow” is the only word that can truly do justice to their jewellery line as they find a way to incorporate wood into jewellery in a sophisticated and stylish manner, making every piece look expensive and classy. Check out their website to complete your outfit with the perfect accessories at http://www.the-branch.co.uk

The Branch

The Branch

The Branch

The Branch

EMBAWO

The last fashion item we need to go on that perfect date or even better, go shopping with, is a purse. And my favourite site incorporating the wooden trend into this item is EMBAWO. Their designs are unique, elegant and some of them quite funky. What better way to stash all your necessities in than one of these fashion purses? Check out their website at http://www.embawo.com

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

EMBAWO

Trend Report

Dark, dramatic, somber. These are words that come to mind when thinking about the A/W 2013 season in South African fashion. But this is to be expected, we survived the “2012 the world is coming to an end, but not really” scare and now in 2013, everyone is rethinking their lives and all the decisions they have made along the way. What if this is it? What if there isn’t more to life than this?

No wonder we are dressing in such a dramatic way, expressing our emotions and concerns, showing the world that now is not the time to worry about what we’re wearing.

However, the Zeitgeist is starting to change and new beginnings, hope and growth are warming up in everyone’s hearts around the globe. Soon this will affect the way we dress, causing fashion to move away from dark and dramatic colours and moving more towards a brighter future (pun intended).

Studs, leather panels and black will be replaced with sequins, embriodery, beading and colours such as emerald green and seafoam blue. Silhouettes will flatter the body once again, hitting curves in all the right places. Glitz and Glamour will take over the world as we celebrate our lives and our hope for what the future holds.

The question now is: are you ready for this change? Are you ready to hope and dream? Are you ready to believe once again?…

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Uncertainty

Uncertainty,
man’s biggest fear,
greatest weakness,
the root of all anxiety.

The creator of restless souls,
hearts, minds.
Who keep those awake
in the midst of choosing between paths.

Destroying dreams, hope,
possible love…
by preying on the doubt
time leaves behind.

Ruthless, monstress, mistress of deep holes
and lost souls.
Leaving us breathless, restless,
comfortless.

However,
Should one stumble across one’s
life story in black and white,
which holds the power to destroy the destroyer itself,
killing it by removing the element of suprise…

Would one read it?

Trend Alert

Whether you are living it up in the summer or freezing in the winter in your side of the world, this trend applies for both scenarios. I am talking about what I like to call innovative shorts. Gone are the days where jeans are the only form of shorts available at stores and seen in street fashion. Trend innovators have now revamped this item and made it fun by creating shorts in every texture, print and material known to mankind. My favourite being sequins, ofcourse, as this relates to the 1920s fashion seen in the Great Gatsby film, which is about to reach the closets of every fashion fan across the globe.

Which short will your closet adopt?

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Song of the week

If you haven’t heard of the band Bastille or their version of Pompeii, then you have been missing out BIG TIME! This band, all the way from England, has been making girls’ knees weak all over the world. With Dan Smith as lead singer, and Chris Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons joining forces with him, this alternative rock group is ready to take the world by storm and invade ipods, radio stations and computers wherever their music spreads to.

So leave everything you are doing right now and head to their channel on VEVO (on YouTube).

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With that said, the song of the week is:

Pompeii by Bastille  [azlyrics.com]

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
In your pose as the dust settles around us

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?…

Long Street, Cape Town

On my trips to Cape Town, I always try and find new and interesting places to visit as these places are what Cape Town is all about. My recent trip was no different and before I knew it, I found myself in Long Street – The most hipster slash vintage place I have ever been to.

The stores in Long Street follow everything but the status quo. They are small and each unique in its own way with clothing, shoes and accessories you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the country. Even the coffee shops are decorated in old vintage ways with black and white photographs on the walls and some of the most interesting menus you’ll come across in your life.

Jeffrey Cambell shoes are the main attraction at one of the stores whilst another try to stand out by selling only secondhand old vintage clothes from the early 1900’s. The #1 must see store of this street however, would be A-List, featuring all the hottest new trends in a small boutique with unique as well as 100% exclusive designs. No wonder Long Street is considered one of the fashion neighbourhoods in SA!

So whenever you find yourself in the Mother City of South Africa, be sure to add Long Street on top of your to do list.

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Photo credit: Anéne van der Merwe

 

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Photo credit: Anéne van der Merwe

 

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Photo credit: Anéne van der Merwe

 

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Photo credit: Anéne van der Merwe

 

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