Polyvore - Into the Dark

Into the Dark


J TOMSON crop top
amazon.com



Jimmy Choo sandals
$1,090 - net-a-porter.com


STELLA McCARTNEY black purse
lanecrawford.com


Woolworths Exclusive - Cape Town Wine Tasting - Menswear

www.winelands.co.za
With the vacation that is around the corner I decided to do another Woolworths exclusive outfit - for men!  Now this outfit will look perfect when worn to a wine tasting in the beautiful city of Cape Town.  I kept things fresh and modern in the outfit to ensure you enjoy this wonderful experience in style.


1.  Vintage Poplin Shirt @ R599
2.  Standard Raw Jean @ R749 - Country Road
3.  Contrast Twill Flip Flops @ 250
4.  Metallic Chrono Watch @ R499
5.  Pilot Sunglasses @ R99
6.  Paper Trilby Hat @ R250
7.  Bvlgari Aqva Marine After Shave @ R765
Remember that this outfit is exclusive to Woolworths.  Visit their website and purchase all the items you love!
http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/dept?N=4294954499

Hope you have a lovely day!

C
xxx

First Blog Birthday Special Post - Fashion Choices For Men


When I started my blog I did not imagine in my wildest dreams that my final year studies will be this busy.  From projects to tests and practical’s – I think the only reason why it never got me down is the extreme passion I have for what I do. I recently started to think about some new themes and concepts that I would like to blog about.

But this, ladies and gentlemen, might be one of my best and biggest blog posts yet.  I decided to do this big blog post on my blog’s 1st birthday!  I had the honour of interviewing a few guys who I thought can be nominated as South-Africa’s most stylish men and to see what type of fashion choices they make.  This choice involves choosing items they only saw visually (like online shopping). The key here is to know your brand and to make an informed decision when you decide to purchase clothes online, because sometimes something can look really pricy in a picture and in real life the textile is not of outstanding quality, or vice versa.

I sent each of these guys a standard document with options of jackets, pants, shoes and watches and they had to choose between a white / black regular fit V-neck white t-shirt as the key item of the look.  After they chose and item they had to guess what the price of it is (now this was rather interesting).  The “theme” given to theme was a night out with their friends.


So, let’s see who these mystery men are and what they chose…

First we will have a look at Eben Groenewald’s choices.  Eben is an actor and freelance drummer.  He believes that fashion is important because it is part of the first impression you make.

When making the decisions of the clothes it was interesting to see that Eben takes a closer look at the clothes, evaluating the style and material as seen on the picture.  He likes items that are simple, but still complements his body.  Eben, not being such a big fan of shopping says that if he has some informed company that knows something about fashion it will be a more enjoyable experience. 


Now let’s have a look at the next guy.  Viljé Maritz is a known actor and voice artist.  Viljé feels that fashion is definitely important; it portrays an image of what you think you are and what other people think of you! He dresses each day for what he has planned for that day!

Viljé doesn’t like to be in a crowd of people when shopping, but fashion is very important to him.  He also feels that your mood has a rather huge impact on your fashion choices and for important functions it is very important to suit up!


Next we have Werner Meyer who is a biokineticist.  This athlete most surely has an eye for fashion and catches attention everywhere he goes.  He believes when that you express yourself in fashion and that less is more.
Werner likes having a lot of items to choose from when doing shopping.  He also likes descriptive detail about some clothing like pants because it gives you a better idea about the style and fit.  He loves shopping and spends a lot of money on clothes.  Werner likes investing in pieces of a high quality that will be more timeless and he also likes shopping at a wide variety of stores.


I have known Dylan Cronjé for about 6 years now.  He is one of the most spontaneous guys I have ever met.  He is currently studying B.Comm Financial Management at Varsity College Sandton.  From the day I met Dylan; he has always looked stylish and swept the girls off their feet wherever he went.

Dylan likes shopping because of the fashion trends that are constantly changing.  He also believes that first impressions are important because you only have one chance.  Furthermore Dylan likes fashion items that can easily be mixed and matched.  Over the years he has learned what works together and what doesn't.


I met John-Wayne Keyser last year for the first time at the North West School of Design’s annual Graduation Show.  John-Wayne won the best collection and his collection left me breathless.  He is currently a 3rd year student and I can’t wait to see some of his latest work.

This talented designer believes that new clothes give you a sense of confidence and adding a few new pieces opens up a world of possibilities of choices.  He likes tailored clothes with some rocker influence. 


Curtis Knight is a full time B.Comm Charted Accountancy (CA) student at NWU-PUKKE.  He believes that fashion is important because it speaks an international language that is visible to those who surround you.  It’s a way of saying who and what you are without saying a word. 


Whenever I see Curtis on campus I am amazed by his amazing style.  He can pull off looks that most guys only can dream about!  He loves shopping and feels it helps him to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends.  Fashion is very important to him because if you dress well people will take interest at what you wear before taking interest in your personality or what you do.


This is the first time I did a blog post like this and it was an amazing experience.  Both Eben and Viljé are famous in South Africa and have a very busy and demanding schedule.  I was really amazed by their reply and how casually and friendly they decided to help me.  It is always great to know that some famous people out there will still make time for something that is important to someone else. 


It was interesting to see how men make their choices when it comes to fashion and that they actually care about how they look.  I think there is a very huge market in South Africa for wardrobe planning that focuses on men.  The majority of magazines focuses on women’s fashion, but I feel if more men can be educated about their fashion choices, more informed decisions will be made.

I also want to thank all the guys who participated.  I am very grateful for the responses I got.  I hope that all the guys out there also show the same enthusiasm about fashion that you guys do.

My final year exams are around the corner and I will be writing my first paper this Friday.  I am very excited to finish my B.Sc. degree and to start with my honours degree in fashion and textiles next year.  Furthermore I am very excited to share all my new ideas with you in the upcoming months and years ahead. Thank you so much for everyone who has supported me with my blog posts.

When you do what you love, you love what you do.

Have a lovely day.
C
xxx


Woolworths Exclusive – Summer Breeze

http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/dept?N=4294954541

If you know me well you will be well aware of the fact that I am a Woolies fan (or some would say more like an addict).  When I travel around in South-Africa and go to different shopping centres, the first shops location I want to know is Woolworths of course.  Besides their exquisite quality they also have a reputation for having great service.  So now I decided that I will very often put together an outfit that can only be purchased at Woolworths.

This summer breeze outfit has all the basics that are jazzed up a bit by using some bold accessories.  I put it together in such a way that it is easy to use each item separately as well.  The key to this look is keeping everything minimalistic, but the items used still have that WOW factor.

1. Linen Slub V-Neck-Tee, R399, Witchery; 2. Ripped Slouch Jean, R899.00, Witchery; 3. Leather Pointy Pumps, R599.00, StudioW; 4. Supernova Pouch, R999.00, Mimco; 5. ChandelierEarrings, R99.95; 6. Gucci Flora EDT, R457.50, 30ml

So treat yourself in visit their website or pop into a store and shop your heart out.

www.woolworths.co.za
 
Have a lovely day.

C
xxx

Spice it up!









Harry Winston once said, "People will stare, make it worth their while".  The  printed pants look is often seen in fashion week street styles. It is important to know that any body can wear this trend, the style of the pants just has to fit your body shape. Furthermore it is important to wear a plain top / blouse / T-shirt.  it is very tricky to pull of an outfit that has prints from the top to the bottom... Let's rather leave that to the runway models...  I have two ethnic print pants that I LOVE to wear to campus or on the weekends.  Once of the best ways to spice up this look a little bit is by adding some neon colors.  It is very important to keep in mind that the neon colors that will be used should be minimal.  You don't want to look like a glow stick in the day.  I put together an outfit combining the printed pants with some neon accessories and shoes.  Perfect for a day outfit.


1.  Printed cuff pants in dark grey @ R429, available @ Spree.
2.  Black crop top @ R45,99 available @ Mr. Price.
3.  Tote bag in yellow @ R1795 available @ Spree (Paul's Boutique).
4.  Neon Coral Wedges @ R1074 available @ Zando (Messeca)
5.  Ethnic bangle set in a multi color @ R99 available @ Spree (Style Republic)
6.  Meteor Sunglasses @ R 699, 00 available @ Woolworths (Mimco)

You can get the items used in this outfit at the following shops:

www.mrp.com
www.zando.co.za
www.woolworths.co.za

&
www.spree.co.za


So take a chance and spice it up with some printed pants and neon accessories! 

C
xxx 

How high can you go?





Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”  For some this might include 6 inch heels or to others the comfort they find in wearing flats.  So the question remains, should I wear those platform heels but look ridiculous?  So here are your biggest do’s and don’ts when it comes to wearing heels.

·         Don’t wear heels if you aren’t 100% comfortable with it.  You can easily look like a new born animal that still struggles to walk properly.
·         Do wear heels when they are comfortable, but still look sleek and sophisticated.  Wear the shoes you want to and don’t let anybody influence you.
·         Don’t wear heels to occasions like a braai or when you want to do some outdoor activities with your friends.  It can easily look silly when you are walking uncomfortable.
·         Do buy heels in the morning.  Throughout the day your feet can get swollen and you might just purchase an expensive pair of heels one size too big.
·         Don’t even think of buying heels that hurts you when you try it on.  Chances are that you will end up with blood stained feet and that will not be flattering for any outfit.
·         Do practice walking if you buy heels that are higher than you are used to.  This will ensure that you build up some self-confidence and look even more stylish when going out.


Here are some fabulous shoes you can wear this summer!
From left to right, 1. Beige Point Court with metallic detail @ Rage - R295; 2. Beige Nude Pointy Court Heel @ Rage - R289  3. Cut out Peep Toe Court @ Rage - R299

From left to right, 1.  Teal Strappy Heeled Sandal @ Rage - R335; 2.  Lace Up Heel Sandals @ Woolworths - R699, 3.  Turquoise Stappy Heel Sandal @ Rage - R299
From left to right, 1.  Black and Tribal Print Pointy Court @ Rage - R285, 2.  Linx Strappy pointy heels @ Spree - R399, 3.  Madison Black high heels with zip detail @ Spree - R795

The shoes shown above can be purchased at the following stores:
www.woolworths.co.za
www.ragesa.co.za
www.spree.co.za


Remember, Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.

C
xxx 


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