slide into summer festivals 

This season’s trendy slider is my new favourite summer item.

I found these lovely silver bow cuties in Woolworths for R299. My sister and niece loved them too and suggested I put together some festival looks that will show off their versatility. So here are my five festival looks inspired by these super cute slides. 

Wine festival 

These are my favourite festivals by far – I’m not a wine snob of any sorts but I enjoy sipping the day away. 

Comfort is key at most festivals (unless of course you’re keeping it VIP) and what’s more comfy than jeans? I really wish Torrid would open up a location in South Africa so I can add to my jean collection. 

I’m still into my crops and I’ve added my kimono and my statement earrings to finish off the look. 

Jazz festival 

It took a bit of convincing from my sister a few years ago and now I’m hooked on jazz festivals. 

I feel that jazz warrants a bit of glam and pizzaz right? Thanks to FBO Clothing for this H&M sequin mini, I’ll always have a bit of sparkle when I need it.  

There is a lot of walking as you move from stage to stage between performances so the slides are perfect to keep you going all night. 

2-day music and food festival 

Apart from the great food and music at these festivals, I love that I get to plan 2 looks for one event.

I had these pants made for a wedding 2 years ago and I still love rocking them.

The pockets are my favourite part because it means I don’t need a big bag for the day.

I love to show out on the second day of the festival weekend.

 My friend got me the crop top while she was thrifting one day and I absolutely love it.

The skirt is actually a hand-me-down from my sister – I love that’s it’s totally on trend with its sheer feel and double slits. 

Literary festival 

I’m not just about the turn-up life, I’m really just a nerd who likes to have fun occasionally. These kind of festivals are a great place to meet the authors behind my favourite titles as well as discover new favourites.

I got this amazing maxi H&M L.O.G.G. maxi from FBO Clothing and it’s been one of my greatest finds from the store.

In this flowy number, I feel like I can sashay through the event and mingle with some great literary minds while I’m at it. 

Summer fashion is always fun and I love how one item can create a number of looks. 

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Issa wedding vibe!

Summer has officially arrived and with it, wedding season has officially kicked in. 

I absolutely love weddings – watching two people in love pledge their lives and hearts to each other – but my other favourite part of the ceremony is the fashion. You can dress up and go all out to showcase your style (within the bride’s limits of course). 

Sadly, my inbox has not seen a single wedding invite this year but with all the wedding outfits all over my social media timelines, I was inspired to create four looks you can rock with the latest addition to my summer range. 

Nkosazana, (princess in isiZulu) is the latest neckpiece to be added to my summer range and is a great addition to any accessories collection. Thanks to a collaboration with crafters of Cape Town based brand, sintusethu – these gorgeous pieces are now available from me. 

I’ve put together a casual and formal look for a traditional dress code as well as a day and night look for a black tie dress code. I’ve always believed in following the invite’s dress code but I always try to slip in a bit of my African flare every chance I get. 

One of my favourite trends this wedding season is that most couples are choosing to celebrate their nuptials with only a traditional affair which means guests don imvunulo (traditional gear) in full effect or like me with a bit of a twist. 

My first of the traditional looks is perfect for the full on traditional wedding with i-step and all. 


The most important part of this look is the shoe as comfort is key when you’re partying all day.


My late mother had a lovely selection of traditional accessories and I was grateful to get a hold of the sandals I’m wearing – perfect for i-step. 

For the more formal setup, I swopped the sandals for a comfy block heel. 


This means I can still enjoy the party and dance the night away.


If all else fails, you can always take them off when the party begins no one will judge.

I don’t believe beadwork and so-called white weddings are mutually exclusive. In my humble opinion, beads belong everywhere. I recently received a black jumpsuit from my friends at FBO Clothing and I’ve discovered it’s quite versatile – with the right accessories, it can transition smoothly from day to evening. 

The first look is for a day wedding – the wedges are fun and edgy but still give you a well put together look. 


I opted for my cowrie shell studs (available as part of my summer range) as they don’t fight for attention with the neckpiece. 


I’ve always been wary of jumpsuits but with the right underwear, they’re a win.

 

For the evening look, I swopped the wedge for a lace up heel and added a box clutch. 

Like I said, jumpsuits are versatile, with a strapless bra and an adjustment of the sleeves, I’m right on trend with an off-the-shoulder. 

With this look, you’ll definitely get a nod of approval of from the bride and will have no chance of ruining her wedding photos. 

Weddings are fun celebrations of love and the uniting of families. As a wedding guest, it’s also a great place to play around with what you already have in your wardrobe and switch it up with a few accessories. 
**Nkosazana is available in various amazing colour combos for R450.**

Doek Tutorial 2: Juicy Top Knot 

My first attempt at this doek style was an epic fail. 

So when I decided to celebrate Women’s month with doek styles from 50 Shades of Duku, I definitely had to give the juicy top knot another go. Looking at the final result, I can safely say: I am winning! 

The challenge with this style is securing the ‘bun’ if like me, you have a TWA. Thankfully 50 Shades of Duku author, Ofentse Tsipa, has found a way around this little problem. Have fun with it and don’t forget to tag me, @50shadesofduku and @truthepopup in your doek selfies to stand in line to win our amazing hamper. 

1. Create your bun shape from a pashmina. However, if you’re like me and happen to have crochet braids lying around, make a bun from that. 

2. Secure the bun on the crown of your head. 

3. Use the doek to cover your head and the ‘bun’ from the back of your head and pull the ends forward.

4. Cross the ends over each other and make sure the bun is secure and in place. 

5. Begin twisting each end until taut.

6. Wrap each twist in the opposite direction around the bun and tuck the twists under each other to secure. 

Stay winning! 

Doek tutorial 1: Two Toned Knot

When I read that this doek style is for days when you want to express yourself through colour, I knew I had to try it out.

50 Shades of Duku author, Ofentse Tsipa, said that this doek style can be worn as a side knot with the knot placed a little behind the ear. However, you can also rock it as a low bun with the knot placed at the back of the neck. 

I opted to share a tutorial for the option shown in the book – where the knot is placed at the front of the head – for that dramatic effect of course. 

I used my red and yellow Tsonga materials for this doek style as they are my go-to for when I want to stand out without adding more accessories to my look. 

The end result is really beautiful and is a great play on colour just like Ofentse promised. 

1. Start off with your two doeks. As you’ll be layering them, decide which one you’d like to show off as the centre of attention.

2. Place one doek over your entire head, make sure the middle of the doek is at the nape of your neck. Pull the fabric forward. 

3.  I began to twist the first doek slightly to secure it in place. Repeat step 2 with the second doek.

4. To make easier for myself, I began to twist the ends of the two doeks first before twisting them together. 

5. Now begin to twist the ends of the doeks together right until the bottom of the doeks. 

6. Twirl the two-toned twist in a circular motion above your forehead to create the knot. You’ll have to pull the knot a little tight ensure that it is secure and tuck in the ends under the knot to secure. 

Now go out and slay queen! 

Don’t forget to share your headwrap selfies on Instagram and Facebook and tag @icherryefresh, @truthepopup and @50shadesofduku to stand in line to win an amazing hamper worth over R500. 

Adjust your crown queen 

The last three months have been quite a rollercoaster – between having my car stolen, getting older and general adulting ups and downs, I’m glad to welcome in a new month. 

Here in Mzansi we celebrate women throughout August. This is because on August 9, we commemorate and celebrate the thousands of South African women who, in 1956, staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act.

What history reminds us with this march is the power in the unity of women. The 1956 march was a success which saw women from as far as the Eastern and Western Cape travel to Gauteng to join in. Women from all walks of life came together in solidarity to stand in defiance of yet another law which would further undermine their dignity.

Seeing the images from the march especially the iconic image of Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, and Sophie Williams always does the rounds on social media when August 9 comes around and all I kept thinking to myself (without any attempts to undermine the cause) when I see the photo is: “if I only I was half as stylish as these women, even at a protest, they manage to look like absolute queens”

And so in celebration of queens throughout August, I’ve partnered with 50 Shades of Duku, a step-by-step doek tutorial book by Ofentse Tsipa, as well as my friends at TRU to share a 30-Day celebration of the doek. I’ve selected 30 doek styles from Ofentse’s book and will be bringing you one style each day with a special doek for the 31st! 

Each Wednesday I’ll be posting my doek #WCW and on Fridays I’ll share my favourite style with a step-by-step guide from the book. 

Thanks to the generous folks at TRU as well as 50 Shades of Duku author, Ofentse Tsipa, I have a hamper consisting of: a signed copy of the book, a doek from TRU and as well as icherryefresh accessories. In order to stand a chance to win this hamper worth over R500, tag @icherryefresh, @truthepopup and @50shadesofduku in your doek selfie – the more selfies you post and tag us, the higher your chances of winning. Competition open to followers in SA only. Winner will be notified and announced on September 1. 

Work and play! 

I left the office life two years ago but I remember the struggle of looking professional, cute and staying warm during winter.

Knitwear is a fun addition to the wardrobe and it can be dressed up to give you a more office appropriate look. 

FBO Clothing has given me a few items from their newly unpacked winter range and I’ve put together some looks that will hopefully inspire you to slay in the boardroom.

The key to any wardrobe is investing in staple pieces with a higher price tag so they move not only from season to season but stay with you over the years. Most of the items I’ve styled with the knits from FBO Clothing are well over 5 years old but I can still rock them and will keep doing so for a long time. 

Fridays were my favourite days at the office, I loved that I could dress down and be able to put together a look that can go straight into the weekend. 

THE LOOK: Striped jersey, FBO Clothing; Boyfriend jeans, TORRID; Patent brogues, Melton jacket and Hat, Woolworths; Socks, Cotton On; Drawstring bag, Trenery; Zuzi earrings, icherryefresh

I was barely in the corporate space but I’ve noticed over the years that fashion is starting to loosen up and making way for a more relaxed look in some offices. 

I’m a creative so I’ll never go fully power suit but I think I’d be taken seriously in this ensemble. 

THE LOOK: Striped batwing jersey, FBO Clothing; Leggings with pleather detail, Donna; Black and White pointy wedges, Melton jacket and Bag, Trenery; Shades, Woolworths, Neckpiece, YATO Jewellery Studio and Wig, TRU 

Office wear doesn’t have to be boring and glitter makes everything fun. Who says you cannot sparkle in the office?

THE LOOK: Silver jersey, FBO Clothing; Pencil skirt and Bag, Trenery; Peep toe heel and Parka, Woolworths; Wig, TRU and neckpiece; from my mama 

The jersey under my pleather skater skirt is asymmetrical – I’m not a fan of this hemline so I opted to hide it under a skirt. I added a headwrap and beaded accessories because after all, I’m a working woman in Africa. 

THE LOOK: Asymmetrical jersey, FBO Clothing; Pleather skirt and Stockings, City Chic; Black and White pointy wedges and Bag, Trenery; Melton jacket, Woolworths; Indoni choker and Nefertiti earrings, icherryefresh and headwrap from my personal collection

I’m told black is slimming but the reason I love it is because of the canvas it creates for a look. I can add my accessories without feeling like it’s overdone. 

THE LOOK: Black V-neck  jersey, FBO Clothing; Pencil skirt and Melton jacket, Woolworths; Black and White pointy wedges, Trenery; headwrap, neckpieces, earrings, bag and bangles from my personal collection

Even though I haven’t been in an office environment in a while, I occasionally dust off the blazers and pencil skirts and amaze people and myself. Winter clothing can be bulky but with some planning, your looks can still be simple but still striking.

Groovy baby!

I’m nostalgic.

It’s a blessing and at times longing for what was can be a burden but every once in a while, it’s great to look back.

When I told my photographer friend about the idea I had for the winter shoot in collaboration with FBO Clothing, he immediately knew where to go for us to pull off my 70s winter fashion shoot.

When we arrived at his childhood home in Daveyton, I knew we were going to create some nostalgic magic. I roped in TRU and their amazing range of their soon-to-launched wigs and I was ready to take it back to one of my favourite decades.

Winter is a difficult season for me because although it’s my favourite time of the year, the fashion can be cumbersome and in turn unbecoming, I love the layering but each year I end up looking more like a bag lady than a diva. 

I really wish I’d made a better choice for my bottom for this look I rocked at a recent networking event; I’d also be serving chic like my friend Margaret.

Dressing up for events in winter can be challenging (see above). I had to make things right so I paired this sequin ensemble (H&M MAMA top and Jane Norman skirt) with stockings from Donna, wedges from TORRID and a curly wig from TRU. Naturally you’ll throw your cute coat over the look before you leave the house and the upside about the wig is that you don’t need a hat to keep your ears warm.




The maxi dress is summer’s blessing to winter. It’s one of the items we don’t have to pack away once the cold winds start blowing. Like I mentioned in my Last daze of summer post, I love idea of pairing heels with socks or in this case stockings. This H&M floral maxi is perfect with my Call It Spring cork platforms. I know my thrifted bead purse is from two decades before the 70s but if you’re going to walk down memory lane, might as well wonder right? I finished off the look with the amazing headpiece from YATO Jewellery Studio. 



I think my attraction to the 70s is all this sequin and hair. Winter needn’t be dull and this fun H&M sequin mini speaks to that. I’ve paired it with a pair of stockings from City Chic and with my trusty Woolworths denim jacket over the shoulders and Zara box clutch in tow I’m ready to dance the night away in my TORRID wedges. This TRU wig was hard to part with – I’ve named it Pinky and hope to be rocking my very own soon.




It’s funny to think that I’ve only been wearing pants and jeans for five years – I honestly didn’t think they looked good on me but I eventually gave in to a pair and haven’t looked back. My sister got me these bootleg jeans from GAP a few years ago and I finally have a chance to rock them.
For this look, I paired them with the platforms and stockings combo as well as this crossover strap Zara top. The top is so cute and the first Zara item that I found in FBO that fits me. The earrings are from my upcoming Spring/Summer range. I added the thrifted clutch to match the heels.




Next up with the jeans is a cute grey sweater from FBO. I accessorised with my old MR Price feather earrings, bright pink crossbody bag I picked up at market in South Korea ages ago, my YATO headpiece and white and gold Call It Spring wedges. 




I love yellow in every shade and mustard is no exception. I must admit I wasn’t sold when the team at FBO pulled this top from the rack of goodies for this shoot but it’s definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe. My thrifted bag collection is ever growing and I seem to have luck in finding them in a variety of colours and textures. The headpiece and neckpiece from YATO pulls this look together perfectly. 





The second Zara find to fit me is this this slouch t-shirt with zip detail. It’s a simple but edgy look with a touch of badass. I added my Woolworths jacket with stud details, Zara box clutch, TORRID wedges and stole the photographer’s shades to finish off the look.




This year I summoned the fashion powers of Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and Donna Summer and will confidently get through winter in style.

Old school flavour

Thrift shopping is a skill.

In order to be able to get the most for your money, you need a game plan going into this.

After my recent trip with my niece and my girl, Leigh, I’ve come up with this list of 5 things I hope will help with your next thrifting trip:

1. Be prepared – my friend Leigh suggested you look as crusty as possible, you’re in downtown joburg so please don’t draw any unnecessary attention to yourself. Your joggers and hoodie will do and please no limited edition kicks – the comfy no name slip-ons for getting milk at the garage are perfect. There are no ATMs nearby so bring cash. In your bra. You don’t need your irreplaceable MIMCO wallet with all your cards. Thrifting is a team sport so do bring your BFFs, that way you guys can go through the piles looking for items for yourselves and each other.

2. Have a budget and stick to it – the piles of good stuff will overwhelm any shopaholic, don’t go over budget. Yeah sure skirts can cost anything between R10 and R40 but do you need all 10 of them? The whole point of thrifting is looking great on a budget so don’t go overboard now that your R200 can get you a lot of goodies.

3. Don’t settle for the first bargain you find – walk around and look through the various stalls. My niece was looking for a denim jacket, the first stall was selling them for R80 each. A few stalls further down we found them for R30 each and managed to pick up one for me and a denim vest. 

4. Know your wardrobe – shop the thrift items as additions to what you already have. All my finds work well into my current wardrobe and I’m easily able to create more outfits as we transition into autumn. My dad who’s an avid thrift shopper said: “you don’t want to be sitting with a bunch of old clothes you now want to give away because they don’t co-ordinate with what you already have”.

5. Patience is key – be willing to wade through piles and piles of clothing. Remember gold and diamonds aren’t found on the surface so keep digging. 
Between the two of us, my niece and I spent R190 and came home with two denim jackets, one denim vest, five skirts, one pair of jeans and one pinafore.

I’m obsessed with my maroon mules from Cotton On and when Leigh spotted this skirt, I had to take it home. I feel absolutely fab in this look. I’m rocking my wig from my friends at TRU, my Ndebele choker and I had to add my Zara clutch to this look. 

I love the colour on this skirt as well the button detail. Although I love my street style, I’m enjoying this ladylike feel my wardrobe has been moving towards lately. If you love my Ifindo earrings, send me message and I can hook you up – they’re available in a variety of colours for R50 a pair.

This is my favourite find. It instantly made me smile and how amazing does it look with my New Balance sneakers? It’s like they were made for each other. I’m wearing my XO earrings also available from my range of accessories at R100 a pair. And what better to finish off the look than with my doek and tiny cross body bag that I picked up at market in South Korea years back.


I absolutely love this skirt too. The print is amazing. I initially pictured myself wearing it with sneakers but when I tried the look with my Call It Spring wedges, it was perfect. I found the denim waistcoat while looking for my niece’s denim jacket in the pile, I couldn’t leave it behind. I’m wearing my bestseller, the Zuzi earrings (R150) and my grey ombre box braid wig from TRU. The little bag is a favourite of mine that I found at GAP during my Japan days.


This red denim jacket was a bit of a risk but it’s growing on me. I loved watching songstress Andra Day at the Jazz in Cape Town recently and for this look I had to borrow her style somehow. My niece helped me achieve her signature do with my cherry scarf which was gifted to me by Leigh from her previous thrifting trip. I’ve paired it with my City Chic faux leather skirt and Torrid wedges  as well the latest addition to my range: the Nefertiti earrings (R50) in the blue and red combo. I hope I look as badass as I feel in this look.

Last daze of summer 

This time of year always means two things for me: recovering from the International Cape Town Jazz Festival and enjoying the last days of summer.
I’m a Jozi girl through and through but I have to give it to Cape Town – they always seem to have summer last longer than us so I’m always glad to hop on the bus and make my 20 hour pilgrimage to the Mother City.

This year’s trip not only included seeing my favourite Capetonians but I also got a chance to meet some new people including my new favourite photographer, Shanaaz (@shazography_ct).

We made plans to meet up for a photo shoot around the city as an ode to endless Cape Town summers. We had fun shooting and I had a great time putting together looks from FBO Clothing with my favourite accessories from YATO Jewellery, TRU and of course icherryefresh.

I absolutely love this H&M L.O.G.G. maxi I got from FBO Clothing. As soon as put it on, I’m instantly in vaycay mode. I rocked my wig made by my girl from TRU and added my headpiece from YATO Jewellery.


I’ve collected these beaded bangles over the years and love to stack them up. They are definitely my go-to accessories so I always pack them whenever I’m travelling. 


I’m toying around with the idea of getting inked so these stick on tattoos help me get used to the idea of having art on my body. I got mine from Cotton On but most retailers have them in the accessories section. 


This dress is one of my favourite and to quote Shanaaz’s words during the shoot; “it is giving me absolute goddess”.


What I absolutely loved this season is mixing up trends. One of my favourites is the blend of luxury and evening pieces with day wear. 

My sequined H&M LBD is a fun piece, I paired it with my sister’s green H&M dress and because it doesn’t wrap around all the way, I can only wear it as a jacket. 


I’m warming up to the idea of wearing heels and I totally love the socks and heels trend. I found these socks and heels on sale at the Cotton On outlet and I’m looking forward to more of these combos.


I’m all about being extra and this look says exactly that.


My Zuzi earrings are my bestsellers at the moment. They’re a great statement piece and an absolute conversation starter.


Yellow is the colour of my aura and happiness. I’ve been eyeing this headwrap from TRU for the longest time and I finally did the right and bought one. 


My dress (worn as a top) was my party dress for my 30th – I’ve been wearing it as a top lately. I love finding new uses for pieces in my wardrobe. 


Ever since one client bought this combo of Zuzi earrings and the Indoni neckpiece for her graduation, I have fallen in love the idea of wearing them together although they work just as well as separate statement pieces.

My mom’s pleated skirts are some of the best things I picked up from her wardrobe after her passing. I love playing around with them and mixing them up with items in my wardrobe. 


Summer days are fading away by the day but as long as the sun still comes out to play, I’ll keep rocking my summer faves! 

i’m walking on bargains 

The one thing I love more than shopping is shopping for bargains.

The suburb of Boksburg is known for many things but I highly doubt being a fashion hotspot is one of them – I’m trying to change that – one post at a time. I mean it is home to the only H&M in Ekurhuleni and boasts two of my favourite Mr Price branches.

The past weekend I went looking for bargains and boy did Boksburg deliver. 

I started off at the Woolies Quality sale in East Rand Mall (it’s still on by the way) and found these amazing tassel detail peep toe block heels for R270. With the last few weeks of summer still with us I’m excited to rock these babies. 


I’ve styled them with some new goodies from my range: Ifindo earrings, R50; cuff, R70; mini Indoni, R130 (all items available in assorted colours).

Luckily for me, East Point is right next to East Rand Mall and boasts some amazing outlet stores including Nike, Adidas, Superga, Levi’s and my new favourite spot: Call It Spring – the heel life is really growing on me. They are currently running a 2 pairs for R500 special which could mean savings of up to well over R700.

I found two pairs that spoke to me and I can’t wait to rock them. 

This wedge is feather light – it feels like you’re walking on air. I’m definitely going to rock mine with a pair of Zuzi earrings, R150 and a mini Indoni, R130 (all items available in assorted colours). 

The other pair I took are these cork beauties, and they are everything! I totally feel like I was born in the wrong decade – I’m a 70s baby and these platforms speak to that. They look really high to me and there is a chance of me falling in them – but hey for these babies, I’m willing to risk it. 

For these, I’m loving my Yato Jewellery Studio leaf headpiece – she makes some amazing pieces in her studio and she’s very budget friendly! I also added my newly available Cleopatra earrings, R50 to finish off the look. 

In my many adventures (which is just me getting lost in the place) I managed to find Palms Value Centre located on North Rand Road. My eyes and ears couldn’t believe it when I was told that the Cotton On group had two of its popular brands’ outlets, Cotton On and Factorie, right there at the value centre.  

Although Cotton On and Factorie don’t stock plus sizes, I’m still a fan of the brands and love their heels and accessories. 

I found these amazing burgundy mules from Cotton On. They only set me back R150 and they are super comfy and can be worn with my dresses, skirts and jeans. 

I’ve styled them a pair of tassel earrings, R60 and a rope neckpiece, R250 from my range.

I’m totally inspired to shoot these looks with full outfits and hope to share this with you all soon.

Happy bargain hunting – I hope you come across great finds like I have.

East Rand Mall and East Point are located corner North Rand and Rietfontein Roads, Boksburg. 

Palms Value Centre is located on North Rand Road, Boksburg – not far from the Wild Waters Complex and the Birchwood Hotel. 

You can shop accessories from my range by sending me a direct message on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter on my page @icherryefresh