I’m currently sitting in one of my favourite London coffee shops, Clerkenwell Grind, putting this post together before having to rush off to the airport for a few days of work in Portugal. I had the most magical time road tripping through Portugal last year so I am excited to see what the country has in store for me this time around.
Ever heard of the Chaos Theory? Well it basically states that every single decade now influences our current sartorial choices. The 70’s are a trend but so are the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.
My look in today’s post was definitely inspired by a little 70’s courtesy of my canary yellow flared trousers and aviator sunglasses, with a touch of 90’s thanks to my beaded sweetie bag and Nike Air Max 95’s. Chaos Theory.
Speaking of beaded bags, I’m so into my new one from Mango! It reminds me of my childhood days – mini plastic or beaded handbags filled with handfuls of sweets, my mom’s leftover lip ice and perhaps a Puppy in my Pocket or two. Now my beaded bag is home to my iPhone, a pack of gum and a Chanel powder palette. I guess that mean’s I’m a grown up now.
Checked blazer | Mango
Yellow linen trousers | Mango
Cream turtle neck knit | Mango
Trainers | Nike
Beaded bag | Mango
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
Necklace | Mango
Shot by Justin Polkey
First of all, greetings from London, I’ve been here for just over a month now and I am still busy adapting to it’s fast paced lifestyle even though I’ve been coming here for the past 10 years. It’s the complete opposite to Cape Town in so many ways which has me feeling overly excited and eager about things but at the same time anxious and homesick. I guess I’m a true gemini.
I’m a bit late in posting this look to the blog – as I am with most of my posts to be 100% honest – hashtag #priority – it’s the one major problem I face since my blog isn’t my only job, more of a hobby really to explore creative fields and learn new things about myself but I’m not going to get too deep into that topic just yet.
Throwback to our blissful stay at Bosjes Farm out in the Breede Valley in South Africa, a 2 hour drive from Cape Town offering the perfect weekend getaway filled with hearty meals, bottles of wine and plenty of peaceful bird watching. (I wrote a full blog post about it, see here.)
I packed my vacation suitcase in such a last minute flurry that I ended up with an eclectic mix of prints (polka dots and leopard print), brightly coloured jackets and plenty of straw items. It worked out well in the end, I mean maybe a bit glamorous for ‘farmyard wanderings’, but I’ll take a page from Beyonce’s book and own that sh*t.
Me&B bodice top
Gucci Jordaan leather loafers
Bo & Luca Giza earrings
Lack of Color straw boater hat
Carry Ann Gracie woven bag
Missoma mini fang necklace
Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear sunglasses
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities and adulating. On a positive note, my spousal visa finally pulled through and so our tickets to London have finally been booked. Going to be experiencing my first ever UK winter. If you have any tips, please do send them my way – particularly how to dress for cold weather, I’m truly shocking at it. Before I get carried away with winter, spring’s on the rise here in Cape Town and with it a new Witchery collection, Marseilles, inspired by effortless French fashion.
The silhouettes are long and languid in the new collection, often wrapped and folded with exaggerated proportions and boasting a colour palette after my own heart – natural and parchment with accented spice notes. Yes please!
A favourite of mine from the collection is the long sleeve, polka dot midi dress. The perfect piece to layer and play around all year long.
In true French style every piece from this new collection is versatile and effortless. Finished work and have last minute drinks with friends? Not a problem, just throw on your trench, add a red lip and you ready to go.
Witchery silk blouse
Zara oversized trousers
Goya shearling and leather sandals
By Cara Lee face drop earrings
Witchery oversized mohair knit
Witchery silk slip skirt
Me & B tortise shell earrings
Vintage basket bag
Witchery black polka dot midi dress
Witchery black turtleneck
Mango waist belt
Public Desire thigh high boots
Witchery felt fedora
My mind is a complete hot mess today! I’ve been a total manic running from point A to point B today leaving my phone here, my sunglasses there. I guess that’s what 2 hours sleep does to you. Been suffering from insomnia lately and it’s playing havoc on my day to day routines. You forget how important sleep is until you deprived of it.
On another note here’s our latest collaboration with contemporary fashion jewellery brand Lowndes London – who I had the pleasure of shooting one of their previous campaigns a few seasons back – and their timeless rose gold Georgiana collection. “Named after Lowndes Square in Belgravia, one of the city’s most fashionable addresses, the brand is partly informed by the rich history of London’s High Society. Stories of opulence, wild eccentricity, scandal and whimsy underpin ‘Inspired by London’s forgotten past and hidden present’ – the brand positioning developed by Yang Rutherford.”
The Georgiana collection is inspired by Lady Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, herself – a modern women for her era who captured the hearts of the women in the 18th century with her vivacious character. As the story goes “she gambled, she danced and she flirted in a way that few would dare.”
The designs, however modern they are, remind me of something timeless I would find on my grandmothers dresser and was thus inspired to reach into the eighties for styling inspiration for our shoot. High waisted trousers, power shoulders and leather gloves, reminding me of those powerful and elegant women I have seen while flipping through older issues of Vogue magazine.
Lowndes London Georgiana rose gold necklace
Lowndes London Georgiana rose gold earrings
H&M polo neck
Zara houndstooth blazer
Celine clasp bag
I Am Trend Riri sunglasses
M&S kitten heels
Vintage leather gloves
*Shot in collaboration with Lowndes London. All views and opinions are my own.