Barely there, but perfectly so.

“Real Elegance is everywhere

especially in the things that don’t show”

Christian Dior

Any girl will understand when I say that there’s a certain empowerment that beautiful underwear gives you. It gives you that small push of confidence that’s somewhat demure yet strikingly effective.

On a side note – any girl who is elegant, educated and has some respect for her body should never heavily-depend on showing what her mamma gave her in order to complete her outfit.

Of course, guys will never understand this sentiment, haha!

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Anyway I love this trend of nude chiffon bralets with white lace and think it looks UNbelievable. Will be hunting this down in the coming months.

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Pencil it in

Ambition is something that distinguishes you as a cut above the rest – and proves to be significant in the success of pretty much every entrepreneur and businessman or woman. As any other ambitious university graduate, nothing can compare to the terror I have for next year.

2016 is essentially the year most of us start working – and that means no more “I’m a student” excuses. My plan for the big year include making full use of my Irish Passport on the streets of London and the realisation that I better start thinking about what the appropriate thing to wear to work would be – because I’m definitely not going to be cheeeeelling on Clifton 4th all day. Gone are the days of food court banter, last minute cocktails with friends, lazy afternoon naps and doing whatever I want whenever I want – it’s time to not only act like a grown up, but look like one too. Alas, the pencil skirt has apparently come to the rescue.

I’ve always hated pencil skirts – in my eyes they were the guy in the corner with bad breath and the classic go-to piece in every “mom closet”. However, most girls tend to change their minds every two seconds, as have I – and seeing that the working world only allows for an inch above the knee – pencil skirts have become the saviour of any working gal’s closet. They’re the sartorial uniform that’s never passé and you just can’t go wrong with.

When I look around at my friends and I – we definitely aren’t part of the “pencil skirt” stage of life – but we’re close. Our jeans and T-shirt stage is soon to be over and 2016 is the year that many are signed to different companies, departing from student life and taking our first step into proper adulthood.

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Photographer: Jason Broderick

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OutfitWatch: Lacoste Man (stolen from my brother, haha!), Crop Top: Mr Price (only R40 – you’ll thank me later), Pencil Skirt: Top Shop, Flatforms: Zara.

To be honest – I think any prospective boss would find me rather inappropriate if I had to pitch up to work in a revealing crop-top with cut outs in it – but you get the jist of it. Judging by the latest Paris fashion week – it’s not what designers put in to their garments, but what they leave out which matters now. Linear cuts and geometric shapes can create a sculptural dimension out of the simplest silhouettes. Love love loooooveee!

Side note: pencil skirts look fundamentally better when worn with stilettos – but seeing that I almost broke my ankles when I wore mine last, I thought I’d steer clear of those for now.

Stay tuuuned, Cape Town fashion week is this weekend, so absolutely excited to see SA’s design talent.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend 🙂 Back to the grind baby!

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A collateral fashion applause for someone whose name I can’t pronounce

I don’t often post about men’s fashion but there’s one guy who deserves a fashion standing ovation.  His name is Johannes Huebl and if you’re a guy and you’re reading this – take notes.

I’ve never before seen someone ace their outfits as consistently as this German entrepeneur / model. He’s married to Olivia Palermo and together they are a formidable force in the international stages of fashion. Palermo has featured a number of times on my blog for obvious reasons – she’s the best dressed person I have ever seen (and that statement shouldn’t be taken likely). 

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But getting back to Huebl – he is the personification of the way that contemporary men should dress – at least, according to me. His outfits are classy, understated and masculine.  He has no extra-tight-skinny-jeans, no floral-collared-hippy-shirts and no mohawk-haircut (which Cape Town has become a cesspit for). He is consistently crisp, tailored and groomed and this is how men should dress. He is bereft of any shouty branded shirts and displays the quality of his clothes through his ability to put together a flawless outfit.

This guy deserves some appreciation. 

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Whatcha think?

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New kicks made me think

I’ve been looking at buying a new pair of trainers for a while now- and I realised that in actual fact I don’t really wear many shoes apart from my sneakers.

Are we the new generation of girl-sneaker-wearers where we edge closer into the male section of clothing stores? Take my Nike Roshe Runs for example, when I asked an attendant if they were for Males or for Females (all running shoes look the same to me) he looked at me like I was the most deficient human being he’d ever met and replied smugly that they were in fact “unisex”. Apart from feeling like an ignorant fool – I realised that I have slowly but surely been edging closer to male clothing – and it was weird.

The frenzy around the “Androgynous style” has been prominent in almost every fashion week – from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and even Gucci. But I never really considered myself to be anything close to that – yet here I was, sitting on the seat of the Nike store with the epiphany that I was in fact androgynous whether I liked to admit it or not. But anyway – I think that’s the thing about fashion – it reflects not only your style, but your sense of character too. I love the femininity and delicacy of women’s fashion – but I also love to chill with the guys and watch a good game of rugby.

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So anyway getting back to the shoes I bought – I chose a special edition, white-on-white pair of Roshe runs and quite frankly, I couldn’t be more stoked about them!

Whatcha think?

New Month – New Kicks

June is just a badass month – and to get through a badass month, you must have a badass pair of shoes.

These are my latest wallet-benders

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Shoes: Zara

START//STOP – Whatcha think?

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Yes.

I know this is a rather unglamorous shot by most fashion bloggers’ standards (I took this selifie before varsity and had no makeup on haha) and I hope you’re not cringing as badly as I am.. But I am pretty stoked to have this new purchase hanging in my wardrobe at the moment — it certainly won’t protect me from the cold but at least winter won’t make me look like a blonde grizzly bear. I got it a few days ago from Zara (my parents and their credit cards were in town!) and I think I would advise anyone to save up and get it too – there are so many ways you can wear it and I have a feeling that this trend will have a lengthy duration on the streets of Cape Town!

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Coat: Zara

Whatcha think?

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It’s all about the sleeveless coat

Here in Cape Town it’s that awkward time just before winter where it’s too hot to wear a jacket but too nippy to be without something warm. The solution? The sleeveless coat.

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It’s a chic alternative to the sweater and is easily dressed up or down – effectively working just as well with a cocktail dress as it does with jeans and ankle boots à la Olivia Palermo.

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