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.**

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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.

In the air and everywhere

Love is in the air and you cannot escape it!! 
Shop fronts are pink and red, heart-shaped everything is everywhere and every second email that hits my inbox is a marketing campaign centred around the chubby naked man child, Cupid. 
Usually when this time of the year rolls in, I find myself rolling solo and although I hide under the covers until February 15, I’ve recently realised there’s nothing wrong with celebrating. Love is a beautiful thing and with the way things are in the world these days, it’s a necessity. 

This month I’ve teamed up with my friends at FBO Clothing to ensure that those of you who have special plans either with the bae or the squad; will look good at a bargain! (and anyone who knows me, knows that despite my love for fashion, it’s the sale racks and bargain bins I can’t stay away from!)

The team and I picked out a few dresses and I put together some date looks that will melt any heart! 

  
  

   

 

This sheer H&M maxi gave me everything I needed: ruffles, tassels, sheer and movement. Although the dress is sheer, it still exudes chic sexiness. I still feel like I need to be a little taller to completely pull it off but I love it and will continue to find reasons to wear it! 

   
    
  

  
  

This short and flirty number is actually a blouse but it seems my height does come in handy after all! I was worried that it would have people asking when my twins were due but the fit was perfect! I love the way the dress moves and the lacy detail is what makes this dress a winner! 

  
   
   

This halter neck dress is so much fun! Not all Valentine’s outings are going to be the formal dinner date; you may find yourself at a picnic and you have to look cute scoffing down those heart-shaped sarmies and bubbly! 
Whether you’re single, taken or somewhere inbetween, enjoy the day and celebrate love – FBO Clothing has a dress for that and every occasion. 

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Images by Clyde Meela. Shot on location at Dries Niemand Park, Kempton Park