Intriguing as it may be, the bustling-city functions at a fast pace; existing in a world of its own; synonymous with people besieged in languor and anxiety. Escaping the city, though just for a short while, has become the accepted cosmopolitan’s approach to dealing with the often tiresome effects of city-living. Booking a staycation at a luxe hotel, or road-tripping to a guesthouse in the winelands, it’s this short time away where one can truly unwind and before returning to the city.
Writing this post from the work nook in my room, I’ve paused at least thrice in the last ten minutes, feeling wildly appreciative of the cold breeze rushing through the windows that ever-so-gently grazes my cheek and shoulder. In short, it’s the promise of a steadfast approaching autumn season eagerly awaited.
Here in the southern hemisphere, with summers as equally long as they are scorching, it’s understandable that one would, in some ways, beckon the cold (read: with the force of a woman willing on autumn by wearing layers in 26 degree Celsius weather.) Fortunately, the outcome of said beckoning allowed me to bring this look-book to the blog, featuring my favorite global retailer, H&M. … A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO TEXTURES FEATURING H&M AW17
Effortlessly cool, the latest trend pieces to come from global retailers HM spring to life new classics like the pleated pants, athleisure crops with ribbed edging, and floral-embroidered denim jackets.
I chose to style this look below wearing all three of the above trends, not because I was short of basics like a white shirt or black pants, but because each piece, though detailed, encapsulate the kind of youthful cool-girl essence I … THE NEW CLASSIC FEATURING H&M AW17
Where attitude and style find their meeting ground, we might find ourselves amidst a conundrum of whether to dress to suit our mood, or to fix it. As the first day of the week arrives, perhaps the latter is where most of us linger; trying to find the right wardrobe pieces to ease us from our weekend bliss in to the start of a new week. Mondays can be, for many, synonymous with dreaded deadlines, significant workloads and more – often made worse by the decision to throw oneself head-first (perhaps quite literally) in to a full-blown power suit that serves … ON MONDAYS WE WEAR DENIM
Speaking to Gemma Shepherd of the Urban Gem, it’s refreshing to meet someone whose understanding of their industry and craft extends beyond just their own personal experiences therein. Speaking both broadly and personally about art and what inspires her creativity, the quintessence of our conversation delves in to the fears and uncertainties of putting yourself out there through your work. … DISCUSSING ART, FASHION AND PERSEVERANCE WITH GEMMA SHEPHERD
For many of us, words like “fast-paced” are unmistakable attributes of being a woman-on-the-go in an industrious city; the hustle and bustle leaving little time to pause, even for a moment, to switch off and unwind. I decided this year that feeling and looking my best in spite of the few hours a day we aren’t stuck in traffic, or meeting deadline after deadline, is worth pausing for. … THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AN EFFORTLESS CHIC MANICURE
Fuego, a taqueria situated among one of Cape Town’s most frequented food hub districts, provides more than just decadent, dreamy interiors – which is what probably first grabs your attention. After a few rounds of overwhelming mouthfuls of amazing foods, it’s this delicious taste of Latin cuisine that will have us shortly returning again … FEATURING FUEGO EATERY
With the promise of opportunities to start a new, we occasionally tend to avoid the dreaded modus operandi to a clean slate, clinging to the notion that it need be a daunting task of purging our yesterdays in favor of blank-slate tomorrows. The simpler route, I feel, is to focus on the present day. Perhaps that entails a scribbled but nevertheless legible (and realistic) to-do-list, or waking up earlier for those extra hours to get “it” done. … MAKING MONDAYS THE PRELUDE TO A BURGEONING WEEK
They say the best things in life are worth fighting for, but perhaps fighting for those extra 2 minutes of commiserate shut-eye could be better used elsewhere. For your perusal, I’ve shared a sneak peek in to my morning routine for anyone who’s been trying to acclimatize their own daily savoir-faire, and simply to indulge those wishing to leaf-through another’s. … INDULGING IN UNDERSTATED MORNINGS AT HOME
The magic of a garment is often said to be beholden in our own attraction to it; something we experience for personal reasons, rather than its universal appeal. However, sometimes an off-beat trend, like floor-sweeping, room-occupying sleeves, or lavishly draped culottes, can have a spell-binding effect on us all. With trends becoming increasingly daring, and often ironically all-the-more saturated, it’s careful choosing that makes a garment’s magic last this season and beyond. … JUXTAPOSING THE UNRAVELING DENIM WITH LUXURY COTTON
Ever experienced one of those moments while tirelessly scrolling through your pinterest feed, a look so alluring you start to imagine up a story to piece together the enchantment of it all. Sometimes it’s just one thing that encapsulates your interest, other times it’s every inch of the look; from someone’s expression, to the manner in which each crease and fold in a garment inhales and exhales the moody street lighting framing it. To many of us, recreating this allure … TIMELESS PIECES THAT TELL A STORY