There’s nothing quite like escaping a week of madness like a trip out into the countryside.
Old Mac Daddy in Elgin is my go-to spot, it’s only an hour out of town and has the perfect balance of comfort and nature. (But more about Old Mac Daddy in tomorrow’s blog post.)
It was still a little chilly in the early mornings and late evenings out in the country side so I made sure to pack some warmer items. My striped poncho was the perfect comfort item to cuddle up in next to the fire or throw on for my morning walks amongst the fynbos and apple orchards.
Shot by Justin Polkey
A few week’s ago MRP launched their new range for their pop up store in Long Street, Local To A Tee.
A collection of women and men’s tee’s all designed by various, local artists. Made from 100% cotton grown right new in South Africa.
The tee’s will only be available for another two week’s, so make sure you head down to 110 Long Street to get yourself one. They only R70!
Shot by Justin Polkey
Last week I attended the new MrP pop up store in Long street. I had a dinner later that night at Mondiall to try out their new menu so I needed to wear something that was a.) cool, edgy, fun – for MrP and b.) something classy and more womanly for Mondiall. So I ended up wearing double D’s for MrP and a black polar neck and red lips for Mondiall.
It’s important to be able to style your outfits to suit various events/situations. Say going from work to an engagement party or a day on the beach to a sunset dinner. Here’s some tips for dressing for various occasions:
1.) Always carry a lipstick in your handbag. It’s an instant way to update your outfit.
2.) Another handbag must? Hairbrush. This way you can slick you hair back into a high pony for cocktails with friends after the beach. A great evening look.
3.) Wear versatile pieces such as a pair of skinny jeans or a LBD.
4.) Slip on a pair of statement earrings.
5.) If you wearing a funky statement jacket and need to head to a more formal environment, just slip the jacket off and make sure you’ve got something classic underneath it.
6.) Lastly if you anything like me I always leave a pair of heels in my car boot for fashion emergencies.
Do you have any tips for last minute fashion changes?
Shot by Niquita Bento
I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of work that goes into creating a quality blog – this included readers and clients – I think a lot of the time many think it’s just pulling out any sort of camera and shooting whatever I happen to be wearing that day in any random location I happen to be near. Actually it’s quite the opposite.
A lot, and I mean a lot of planning goes into each individual look post:
1.) I plan 3/4 looks over the course of the week
2.) I check the weather apps to see when will be the best day to shoot and the best time of the day.
3.) I have to find a day when both myself and Justin aren’t working.
4.) Then I spend about an hour driving around looking for potential locations that suit a.) the outfit and b.) the clients wishes.
5.) I decide on a hair and make up look that will suit each outfit.
6.) A lot of the time the best time to shoot is just after sunrise, which means waking up at 5am to do my hair, make up and steam my outfit. Tip for my fellow bloggers please don’t wear creased clothing! It comes across like you simply don’t care.
7.) We shoot the look, we edit the look, we retouch the look and lastly the blog post gets curated.
All in all, from selecting my outfit to putting the post together, each look takes about 4 hours. I know a lot of you are probably thinking “that’s a total overkill” but really it’s not. I take my blog seriously and that’s why clients do to. I am not someone who goes around life half-heartedly committing to things, when I commit it’s 120% or nothing.
So when My Life in Pink goes quiet, please bear with me, it’s because I choose quality over quantity.
On a side note let’s talk about this outfit: My trousers are from Witchery’s first First Edition range which launched last year and I’ve only ever worn them dressed up with heels because of the length but I tried to play them down in today’s look post with my Stan Smiths and a crop top from Mr Price. Mr Price released a range of turtle necked, cropped tops not so long ago. I bought a black and white striped one, wore it so much that I went back and bought a dark green one, a maroon one and this melange grey one. They simple which makes them great for adapting to pretty much any outfit and any sort of look. Plus they only cost R60. (4,50 EUR)
Photos by Justin Polkey