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Hakuna Matata

Jambo Jambo!!! (Hello) all the way from an island in Tanzania called Zanzibar. I’ve travelled 5 African countries and now I finally get to tick off the last on my bucket list 🙂

Wherever we go we hear the phrase “Hakuna Matata” meaning no problem, no stress/worries, care free, all’s good… Aside from the beauty of this place itself, the friendly hospitable people are by far, the highlight! 

I dont often wear maxi dresses but since Tanzania is 90% muslim with a very conservative dress code for women I’ve decided to wear one walking through town. Slits didn’t help much but at least I tried? 🙈

These indian/arabian style doors with brass knobs are found on almost every building in Stone Town. It’s absolutely beautiful. 

Clear waters and clear skies are the order of the day!

Getting a henna tattoo

Henna tattoos are the most common accessory amongst married women especially. This lady insisted I look pretty for my husband LOL… and then doubled her price when I was done. Tip: pay upfront!

Dress: DailyFriday (shop here)
Til next time… Hakuna Matata ❤


Your Tone Matters

Hey everyone…

It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into the second half of the year!  It’s winter here in South Africa.  The air may be chilled but we still get to experience the sun around mid-day hence any season is wedding season.

Winter wedding nr 2 ootd: Assymetrial dress, tassle earings with diamante detailed transparent heels.

I had always wondered how it could be that I would copy an outfit out of a fashion magazine and it just didn’t work as well for me at all.  Until I met the lovely Amanda Bosch, an image consultant based here in my hometown.  I had invited her to speak at my pop-up boutique and I learned the most interesting thing: Your skin tone makes the difference.  I learned the importance of choosing colours and variations of colours that compliment your skin tone.  Up until that point all I knew was that you get fair, medium and dark skin but hey there’s more!  There are variations of fair and dark referred to by image consultants as “warm” and “cool” skin tones and this is why Kerri Washington’s look in the latest edition of Glamour magazine may not necessarily work as well for me even though I perceive the colour of our skin to be somewhat similar.  Light bulb moment!  It’s all about the underlying tone.  And of course I couldn’t wait to put this new found knowledge to the test in this jewel tone blue and green dress…



So ladies… before you start shopping for a new spring wardrobe, wedding clothes or other special occasion attire, it’s best to know how to choose colors that flatter your skin tone. Choosing the wrong color can make your skin and hair appear dull, while the right colors for your skin tone can make you look vibrant. These articles will help you determine your skin tone, then how to choose clothes, jewelry, makeup, and hair color that will make your complexion look bright and vibrant.

Bear in mind that the rules are not hard-set so don’t go clearing out your closet just yet.  I believe there are always exceptions and ways to make it work.



About my look:

Dress – Zara;  Shoes – Kitibella;  Earrings – Woolworths

Till next time



Black Tie

So you open the invitation and it says “Evening wear/Black Tie” and immediately you start to panic. What to wear!!! Because we all know that this dress code means that as guests we’re expected to put in a little effort.


There’s the trusted age-old advice that when it comes to evening wear, you should show arms or legs but not both at the same time.  I believe that the secret to a classy evening look is to choose a dress that best suits your body shape and personality making you feel beautiful and confidently you.

My dress was designed by Braemore Designs, an extremely talented fashion designer in South Africa. His fresh, unique style is incredibly inspiring. Follow Braemore Design on Facebook for some exciting news coming up!

When choosing accessories, as tempted as you may be to go all out, keep in mind that less is more. Wear either a statement necklace or statement earring and matching clutch purse to compliment your look.

Clutch purse – Young Designers Emporium; Fragrance – Tom Ford and shoe from our current collection available here



My handsome date is wearing a tailored navy suit with a plain white shirt, tan shoe with matching tan belt and a nude satin tie to match my dress. For a strictly black tie event, a tux & bow tie would be a more fitting option.

Photographer: Andile Bailey

Till next time


A Pop of Colour

They say when in doubt, wear black.  Black (or neutral tones) is my “go-to” when I’m not really sure or don’t have the time to put an outfit together.  This is often the case.  As much as I enjoy exploring trends and dressing up, I am often left with 10min to get ready and I am pretty bad at planning an outfit ahead of time.  I’ve tried it and it hardly ever works for me.

What’s great about the pop of colour trend is that it adds an interesting touch to a basic look with minimal effort.  It’s simple, stylish and easy!  Just add a bright colour shoe, earring, hat or coat to your neutral look.  It can be jeans with a white shirt or plain black top and bottom, like I did.  All you need is 1 item of colour that “pops”.


The heels are from our current range and can be found here: Cherre heels by Kitibella  The yellow coat by Zara.  Belt – YDE.  The skirt and blouse are old closet favourites but I saw this skirt/belt combo at MRP that you may want to check out.

Much love and have fun colour popping 😉

Till next time






Girl-Power Movies to look forward to in 2018

Hey ladies!!!…  and gents 🙂

If you’re a movie fan like myself and especially enjoy a good girl-empowering/female-hero movie then this post is for you.  I’ve compiled a list of must-see films to look out for this year, in no particular order.  Here goes:

1. Oceans 8

An all female-led heist comedy, a sequel in the Oceans 11 movie series where it turns out George Clooney has a con sister!  Do we need any excuse to see 8 gorgeous women execute the con of the century stealing fabulous jewellery at a fashion forward Met Gala! Set a girls night reminder right here 😉  Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and more.

2.  Proud Mary

I just love Taraji P Henson and I can’t wait to see her take the lead in this action thriller.  The film follows an assassin who must look after a young teenaged boy after a hit job goes wrong.

3.  Mamma Mia 2

She sequel of Mamma Mia 1, one of the best musicals I’ve seen featuring some of the greatest hits from Abba.  Of course it made the list.  Starring Amanda Seyfried.

4.  Tully

If you’re a mom then this comedy drama is sure to make you feel less “alone”.  Starring Charlize Theron.

5.  Acrimony

A faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband (Lyriq Bent) is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.  Brace yourself for Tyler Perry’s latest drama, Acrimony.

6.  Breaking In

Gabrielle Union in action, protecting her kids at all cost when 4 men break into her late dad’s house in search of something.

7.  Annihilation

Science fantasy/Horror starring Natalie Portman. A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

8.  Tomb Raider

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

9.  Red Sparrow

I figure this is 2018’s take on Black Widow starring Jennifer Lawrence.  If you too are into action, intelligence, spy type movies then this one is for you.


Feel free to ad some more in the comments below.  Would love to hear from you.

References include, Wikipedia,





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Pleats to please

I love flexible wardrobe pieces.  It makes life so much easier, giving you alot more options for your money and available closet space. Like the pleated skirt for example which could easily take you from day to night. Dress it down with sneakers, loafers or strappy flats and a casual tshirt or dress it up with heels and a cropped top or sexy bodysuit. From morning market to queen of the dance floor.

Another big plus is the loose fit around my “problem areas” especially after the holiday eating where nothing seems to fit quite well.  This outfit covered just the right places – I am pleased.  Hence the title… pleats to please 😉

Here are different ways to style the pleated skirt trend you’ve been seeing everywhere 🙂

Email us at for our current range of pleated skirts available.

Till next time


Live in your truth

So many of us, to some degree, live in the shadows and expectations of others whether we’re aware of it or not.  It only takes one person to present a “fact” and the rest of us accept it as our truth. e.g. Intellect and income assumed by one’s education, beauty defined by one’s weight or the colour of one’s skin. The list goes on.  A current reality was presented and the rest of us accepted it as a truth going forward.  At some point we gave in and started living our lives based on what others believe to be true. The problem with this is that we start measuring our success in life according to the world’s definition of success.  I say it’s time to challenge the norm.  To change the tune, break through our shells and raise the bar on how we see things and how we see ourselves.  It’s time to separate the facts from the truth.  It’s time to live in your truth.

~ Rom 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ~

1. The fact is your current resume. The truth is you’re so much more than those 3 pages.

It’s easy to be placed in a box.  A category.  A class.  But that’s not who you are and you certainly should not allow yourself to be stereotyped or criticized for not conforming.  Nowadays, for this very reason, it’s difficult to have meaningful, long-lasting, authentic relationships with anyone.  We are too quick to judge and place expectations on others.  So much so that it becomes difficult to be ourselves, to say how we really feel, what we really think and be who we really are.  It’s time for us to embrace our truth and live in it.  Be the unique you and the right people will love you for it.

~ Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well ~

2.  The fact is you’re not completely where you want to be in life. The truth is that you have so much more to be grateful for than you realize.

Living in your truth requires you to acknowledge and accept who you are at this moment.  Love your life irrespectively. I often feel like I should’ve been further along in life.  As though the mistakes I’ve made held me back and I have this anger and frustration deep down.  I deal with it, move on, and somehow the emotion comes back again.  The only way to overcome this feeling, I’ve come to learn, is genuine gratitude.  Think of everything in your life that adds to your happiness.  Every blessing, moment or victory big or small.  Reflect on it until it makes you smile, literally.  Seriously, try it.  We need to do this at least once a day.  Because that smile right there, is God’s will for your life.

~ 1 Thes 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus ~

3.  The fact is that people in our life are able to affect the way we feel, think and react. The truth is that we have the power and the decision is ultimately ours.

For many of us, sadly, 1 nasty comment or action from a co-worker can upset your day and change your mood completely.  The fact is, that’s their opinion.  What is your truth?  What they say or do is on them, how you react is on you.  Take back control.  Make a conscious decision that nothing will spoil your day.

~ Prov 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. ~

4.  The fact is that you don’t have much money in your name. The truth is that you are 1 decision away from changing your financial future.

You have everything you need inside of you just waiting to be cultivated in order to change your reality.  The most common stepping stones are fear and doubt.  It’s never too late to change your life.  Be bold and believe that you can.

~ Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~

5.  The fact is that you sometimes feel weak. The truth is that you’re much stronger than you give yourself credit for.

Think of the last time you felt hopeless but made it through somehow.  Now remember, the higher the mountain the harder the climb.  Sometimes tougher times means that you’re making progress.  During a work-out the real work starts when the muscles start to burn.  The burn produces the results.  In addition, the more difficult the challenge becomes the greater the lesson and ultimately the stronger the person.  So yes, you are meant to feel weak sometimes.  You are meant to face mountains.  You are meant to develop, learn, grow and ultimately conquer.  Keep climbing.  And soon you’ll discover that the higher the mountain, the better the view.

~ 2 Cor 12:10 …for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~

Remember people will always talk, criticize and condemn. But until they’ve walked in your shoes they will never understand.  As hard as it may be, get over it.  I give you permission to care less about what the critics and pessimists think.  Going into 2018, do not live your life in anyone’s shadow but the One who formed you and had He’s eyes on you from day 1.  It’s time to live your truth.  It’s time to pave the way for your purpose.

Welcome to 2018!  My God bless you and may you have an abundance of everything that brings true happiness.


Denim, Diamonds & Divas (Part 2)

The “out of office” closet essential every diva needs – denims & on-trend accessories!  It’s as simple as putting a few closet basics together with pretty flats or a sexy pair of heels.  For those still on leave, have fun and be safe!  To the rest of us, only 4 more sleeps until the weekend 😉


About the look:

  1. White camisole by Kelso, Edgars
  2. Denim Jacket by Zara
  3. Black string diamond choker by Mrp fashion.
  4. Laced up leggings by Kitibella (To order email
  5. Heels by Tom Ford (Similar can be ordered via email


Denim, Diamonds & Divas (Part 1)

Hey everyone, guess what…

My sister’s having a baby! 🙂

I’m so excited you’d swear the kid’s mine.  Well… since I can’t have the baby for myself, I took ownership of the next best thing – The Shower!  My mom & I decided to keep it casual with a Denim & Diamond theme.  It was all hands on deck from family & friends who pitched in & helped with preparations incl her mom-in-law who will be a granny for the very first time!  Today marks exactly 6 weeks before baby Mason is due and we can’t wait to meet the little guy.  Here are some photos of the day…

Mom-to-be, Nicole Van Jaarsveld

In keeping with the theme, we wrapped every day tin cans in denim fabric, white lace & raffia ribbon which were used to serve snacks & sweets.  A nappy cake wrapped in denim, bling and shades of blue blankets with baby toiletries.  Cupcakes & other treats in shades of blue.

And this is Mason asleep in his crib.  Well at least until it was time for desert 😉

Baby-in-a-crib Fruit Buffet

Thank you to all our friends & family for making the day so special!

My sister & I

To be contd.



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