With Spring and Summer right around the corner, I have been loving playing with soft colours, soft fabrics, and dresses that have a length below the knee. I recently found this dress and loved it enough to share it with you guys. I added black strappy heels and a black ribbon choker to this ensemble to add a bit of an edge. This post is an ode to classic beauty. Enjoy! 🙂
Photographer: Romano De Abreu
Dress – YDE
Shoes – Dune London
Choker – Lovisa
I first noticed Zana through their social media. I saw a few of my friends posting pictures of these beautiful and unique items ranging from pillow cushions to wall hangings to handbags, and I knew I had to get in on the action. I did a little research and here is what I found:
Zana was started in 2012 by a mother-daughter duo in Cape Town, both had extensive experience in the creative field and they decided to turn their passion into a business once they saw that there was a (global) demand for their products. Now, four years later, they run a successful workshop in Woodstock where all the products are created, tested and packaged.
They have three pop-up stores; one in Gardens Centre, one in Kloof Centre, and one in Cavendish, but their biggest and most convenient platform is their online store.
I made my purchase on their online store and decided to go for a black and white speckled sling bag (R310). I paid online and received an email to say that my product was ready for pick-up a week later. They do give you an option to have it couriered to you at an extra charge if you are unable to fetch it yourself. I however was able, and took the drive to Zana’s beautiful workshop in Woodstock where my package was patiently waiting. They also sell their fabric for those of you interested in DIY!
Very unique, very reasonably priced, and a great option for gifts for loved ones! They have a huge range of products and I can’t wait to make my next purchase, which will probably be something from their homeware section because wow.
Check out their site here.
I was recently invited by the lovely team at IYØS Jewellery to check out their Trollbeads and X Jewellery ranges. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I was asked to show myself some love and try on some of their amazing pieces and even pick an item to take home – lucky me! I felt just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and I thought I’d share my experience with you guys 🙂
Trollbeads is the original brand that is famous for their personal and elegant jewellery pieces. What I loved about their concept is that you end up becoming the designer of your own jewellery, and you can make it as extravagant or as minimalist as you want; completely customisable. From necklaces to bracelets to earrings, you really feel like you’re wearing something totally unique.
Then came X Jewellery, which was created by Trollbeads and has a very similar idea. The difference with this brand is in the design which is centred around the concept of an anchor chain. Although customisable, the pieces make a strong statement, and this was done with the intention to “celebrate strong women”. You can choose between a rubber, bronze, or sterling silver chain, and once you’ve done that you can add your charms.
I decided to go for the Trollbeads silver chain bracelet. I then got to design my dream bracelet with all the charms I could possibly want, which I got a list of so my loved ones can know what to buy for me if they’re looking for a good gift *hint hint* 😉 Each charm tells a story and I find that so original.
Definitely go and check out what IYØS has to offer if you’re looking to show yourself some love or if you’re looking for a gift for someone special. They have stores in Palmyra Junction, Gardens Centre, and Canal Walk Shopping Centre.
For more info, check out their website – IYØS Jewellery
A BIG thanks to the lovely team at IYØS, I will definitely be donning my beautiful bracelet now that I finally own one, and I can’t wait to add to it!
I love this outfit because it is SO comfortable but fun at the same time. It’s the perfect way to rock a bold look for the Spring and Summer months because it is so light and flowy.
I hope you guys like the look and that you try out some bold prints for the upcoming warmer seasons!
Clutch: Pull & Bear
I love a good bargain as much as the next girl, and Primark is a goldmine. If you’re looking for fun and fashionable pieces but don’t want fork out for them then definitely give this store a try. There are loads of them all over London, and recently I made a trip to the Kingston branch.
It was surprisingly peaceful (the low price point can make most Primarks feel like a madhouse) and I walked away with a few items that I love. One thing I will say is that the quality isn’t the greatest so don’t expect longevity, but for what you’re paying it’s totally worth it!
What I went for:
Tropical wide-leg pants – I thought these would be a great addition to my summer wardrobe, so comfy and pretty!
Black patterned cardigan – I love having items like this to layer up in the colder months or to throw on for a little extra warmth.
Nude heels – I have been looking for a patterned pair of nude heels for a good few months and I finally found them. Yaaasss 🙂
Blue print tunic – Something about the blue on white pattern on this reminds me of Greece, and I love this sleeve length on dresses.
Silver ring set – I’m a big fan of midi rings and I just really loved this set when I saw it.
One thing that I didn’t pack when I was prepping for my London trip was accessories (good job, Jesselyn), but luckily for me, the choice in this city is incredible. Recently I went on a jewellery hunt in H&M and I thought I’d share my purchases with you guys 🙂
With this trip, I really wanted to get festival-type pieces that would be good for layering but that would hold on their own. H&M are really amazing for variety and quality but you won’t break the bank because they are affordable at the same time.
I got two chains that came in a set, a silver choker which came with a matching bracelet, a pack of silver rings that vary in size, a gold bracelet that connects to my middle finger (I love these), and a chunky golden ring with pearlescent detail. Very simple and cool.
I still have plenty of stores to try so you can expect more of these but until then, I hope you enjoy this 🙂
When it comes to fashion, black is undoubtedly a staple. I rely a lot on black pieces that I can just throw on and accessorise with a cute pair of socks and a pair of boots, or a statement necklace and be good to go.
Here are a few of the items I think are key:
The high-waisted jeans (Topshop Joni)
The T-shirt dress (Cotton On)
The ankle boot (Topshop)
The leather jacket (River Island)
The long waistcoat (Topshop)
I love having these items to depend on in my time of need (dramatic much?). I hope this provides some inspiration! Black and grey are both colours I treasure, it might be boring to some, but these colours are timeless and worth spending a little extra on! 🙂
Photography: Carla Correia
Florals for Spring. As cliche as that sounds, I love this trend year in and year out. I found this black and red Cotton On dress to be the perfect evening summer date night look because it’s pretty and playful, and can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. I paired the dress with layered silver necklaces, a felt hat, and black wedge heels.
I’m a romantic at heart and that combined with the beautiful summer evenings that Cape Town experiences, is a pretty awesome combination. Whether it’s dinner with a friend or a date with that special someone, I’ll be rocking this look 😉
Dress – Cotton On // Necklaces – Urban Outfitters // Hat – H&M
Photography – Carla Correia
Spring has sprung! Who says we have to wait for New Year’s to start afresh?
I am so excited to get this blogging journey started and I think I chose the right time. Fellow Capetonians will probably agree with me when I say that Cape Town is an absolute show-off when it comes to the warmer months; we have sunsets that would put most of the world to shame and all the lovely ladies get to bust out their beautiful summer attire.
My style has always been very classic and understated. I’ll mix it up every once in a while but the items that I don’t mind spending a little extra cash on tend to be items that are timeless. For this look, I chose a simple white playsuit paired with nude heels, a nude sling bag, and an elegant gold chain.
I look forward to documenting my summer and sharing it with you guys. I hope you’re as pumped as I am to soak up the sun and embrace the gorgeous summer fashion.
Playsuit – Topshop // Nude heels – Woolworths // Bag & necklace – both Accessorize
Photography – Carla Correia