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. 

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