Stylishly quirky

Stylishly quirky

Red valentino dress
10 990 ZAR - veryexclusive.co.uk

Canvas handbag
5 745 ZAR - popmap.com

I Love Ugly stainless steel watch
1 585 ZAR - revolve.com

Vintage eye glasses
160 ZAR - shopzerouv.com

Marc Jacobs perfume fragrance
1 250 ZAR - saksfifthavenue.com

Floral Perfection

Floral Perfection

Cut out skirt
1 530 ZAR - pinkmauve.com

Chicwish rose skirt
785 ZAR - chicwish.com

Alexander McQueen colorful clutch
41 535 ZAR - alexandermcqueen.com

Serge lutens cosmetic
2 560 ZAR - violetgrey.com

Floral Perfection

Floral Perfection

Cut out skirt
1 530 ZAR - pinkmauve.com

Chicwish rose skirt
785 ZAR - chicwish.com

Alexander McQueen colorful clutch
41 535 ZAR - alexandermcqueen.com

Serge lutens cosmetic
2 560 ZAR - violetgrey.com

Designer Crush - Ann-Lee Couture


I love discovering new designers in South Africa, especially unique, fashionable and exclusive designers like Ann-Lee Couture. About a year ago, Ann-Lee Lamprecht started her own label and in this short period of time she has truly made great process dressing ladies like Rolene Strauss (Former Miss. SA and Miss World), Christia Visser (Actress) and Marciel Hopkins (Miss SA Finalist 2016).  No matter what you say, women like to be pampered and that is something that goes with the design process.  Ann-Lee always makes her clients feel special and makes them look breathtaking in her designs. For now, this brand is still very exclusive and you can visit their studio in Upington if you want a special made Ann-lee Couture creation. 

The stunning Rolene Strauss in her Ann-Lee Couture dress
Christia Visser in a delicate Ann-Lee Couture design 
Marciel Hopkins in a classic Ann-Lee Couture dress. 

The very talented Ann-Lee was raised in Namibia, but did her N.Dip Mode at the University of Bloemfontein. In the year 2010 she really started going into the fashion industry where she worked at a private bridal boutique before she had the opportunity to start her own label in 2015. Ann-Lee works with a small team at Ann-Lee Couture, but everybody is passionate about this brand. I am truly amazed with what this designer brand has accomplished in the one year it has been started. I am so excited to see what they have in store for us and hopefully one of these days this designer brand will be available nationally.

The designer herself, showing off a news article about her stunning designs. 

For more information, check out Ann-Lee Couture’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages where you will be updates on all of her new designs. 



Carolina Factor love,

Have a happy weekend!

C
xxx

Special Blog Post - Miss SA Finalist - Marciel Hopkins

Marciel wearing Ann-Lee Couture.
Marciel's Instagram post:
"
A big thanks to Rose & Monroe Women's Collectionfor stocking up my wardrobe with beautiful dresses for my final #MissSA2016 stretch. I can't wait to wear them!"
Marciel in another one of Ann-Lee Couture's stunning pieces.
Marciel looking vibrant in a gorgeous Rose & Monroe Women's Collection.
Marciel in an emerald green creation from Ann-Lee Couture. 

Elegant, arty, simplistic and feminine.

These are only a few words to describe Marciel Hopkins, a Miss SA 2016 finalist’s, personal fashion style. This elegant young lady aspires to be an image consultant/life coach which means that fashion plays a vital role in her life. To Marciel it is of utmost importance that a woman feels beautiful in her own skin and to have confidence in the clothes she wears.  Marciel’s personal style is not affected by brand names at all and she likes to wear clothes that fits her mood/vibe she has for that particular day.   

The inspiration I had in styling this look for Marciel came from her strong, yet adaptable personality. It is amazing to see how young ladies out there can inspire other people by just being who they are – and Marciel is most definitely one of them. Being a Miss SA finalist Marciel travels a lot so this was something that was very important to keep in mind while styling her looks. Marciel also loves wearing strong colors like red, blue purple and green, but for this look I styled I wanted to combine some colors with neutral colors as well. When it comes to accessories I wanted to keep things simple and in nude colors – so that it goes with all three dress options. The grey dress’s color is simple, but the silhouette and cut makes it perfect for Marciel. The navy and white striped dress has a really strong feel to it and will look effortlessly chick. Lastly I chose the swing coral dress with a print. All three of these dresses silhouettes are different – ensuring that Marciel will have a different look with each one of them. This Woolworths Exclusive look would not have been complete if I didn’t add some Mimco and Country Road accessories in as well – ensuring that Marciel can dress her looks up or tone it down a bit. 

This is a Woolworths exclusive look. Check out their online store for all of these items. 

Marciel is wearing a one shoulder top by Ann Lee Coutureand a high waisted skirt by Wild Orchid Boutique.
Marciel dresses by Wild Orchid Boutique. 
Marciel on Instagram:

"Ready for dinner at the The Table Bay Hotel. This dress has a special story. I bought it at a hospice shop a few years ago and I asked Chene van der Walt to spice it up for me."

The world needs more women like Marciel who is strong, emotionally intelligent and non-judgmental. I am proud to say that I’ll be supporting Marciel with Miss SA 2016. Be sure to check out her Facebook Page and hit the LIKE button. 

Carolina Factor love,

Have a fabulous Thursday.

C
xxx

Affordable, stylish and ready for 2016

This year certainly started off with one big BANG! This is my first blog post where I have put some effort and time into and I would love to share the vision I have for The Carolina Factor with all of you.

I am currently busy with my Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Consumer Sciences where I will be specializing in consumers’ behavior with regard to online shopping, focusing on consumers’ perceived risks towards online shopping and what coping strategies they use to handle these perceived risks.  Juggling my responsibilities as a master’s student, part-time lecturer, freelance blogger, stylist and fashion columnist I also have developed this terrible habit of thinking that I have so much free time while in actual fact sleeping has become somewhat of a luxury. So the blog posts for 2016 will be short and sweet, bringing you some strong and helpful styling tips. With my student status still affecting my fashion choices, the main focus of 2016 will be on affordable fashion – how to get the designer inspired look for less. I am a strong believer in fashion for all – trying to inspire the South African consumer market with ideas on how to look fabulous and stylish on a tight budget. Together with this “affordable fashion” vision I’m still continuing with my special blog posts and I’m so excited about all the stunning people that I will be working with in 2016 with a few special collaborations as well. 

A preview of some of the amazing people I'll be working with this year.







I am also proud to announce that I’m the official blogger for Theron & Theron designs and will collaborate with Wooden Lace as well, bringing you all the latest updates on new merchandise and news. It’s amazing working with brands started by inspirational young women – empowering others to also work hard and to do what they love. I’ve also been so privileged to work with the amazing Louw Breytenbach from Die Reviewer, writing a review about Theron & Theron designs and I’m even more excited to work with him the future as well. 
My first review on Die Reviewer was published last week about the stunning brand, Theron & Theron.
I will also be working with an up and coming  fashion designer this year and he will be designing most of my looks for events. I can’t wait to wear his stunning designs. More information about this mysterious designer will be revealed soon…

Until then, I will be working on a few special blog posts, sharing my first tomorrow.

Have a fabulous day!

Carolina Factor Love,

C
xxx

Theron & Theron Update


The very talented Simoné and Berné Theron.


Theron & Theron’s long awaited website launched this month showcasing all of their amazing designs. Simoné and Berné Theron has been working hard and today I want to share one of their new designs with all of you.


The Rita Tote bag is truly a unique design that is something every lady out there needs! Theron & Theron understands the fact that every woman is unique and wants to showcase their individuality through fashion and accessories. With the Rita Tote, these two talented sisters decided to combine leather and lace and they came up with an amazing product! I strongly believe that this unique handbag design will be perfect for women with a wide variety of styles and preferences.

Be sure to check out the SARIE tent at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn where Theron & Theron products will be showcased between the 24th and 30th of March.

Theron & Theron and Carolina Factor love,
Have an amazing Monday! 

C
xxx


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