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Hey everyone!

Firstly, my humblest apologies for the silence.  So much has been happening over the past few weeks which I will be sharing all about in due time, starting with my recent involvement with Ergo Zen (EZ).

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Exciting News

I first came across EZ during the Mandela Bay Fashion Week 2016 and fell in love with the soft, quality fabric and unique designs.  EZ was 1 of the 2 winners of the MBFW 2016.  I met Nozuko Ngcizela, EZ’s talented designer/owner a few weeks after the fashion show and shortly thereafter became the official ambassador for her A/W 2017 collection!  The range is currently available at The Space, Baywest Mall and can be purchased on their website http://www.ergozen.space

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About Ergo Zen

Ergo Zen was created out of a passion for soft blended cotton fabric,  the gentle feel and comfort provided to the skin when covered by the fabric and the moisture wicking properties found in the synthetic material used to produce it.  The synthetic material has a peculiar ability to draw moisture away from the skin to the exterior of the clothing where it can be absorbed more easily.

The word “Ergo” means consequently and is also a combining form meaning “work”.  The use of the word “Zen” is within line of promoting an increasingly meditative culture among all human beings.  Ergo Zen Clothing is clothing that works for the individual wearing it and not for the crowd…  Ergo Zen is EZwear

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About This Look

This comfortable yet stylish harem jumpsuit is cut from premium blended cotton.  It is available in a beautiful rust colour perfect for Autumn.  I’ve paired it with nude lace up heels, an oatmeal clutch and a string choker.

Harem Jumpsuit by Ergo Zen, The Space Baywest, R995.

Lace up Gladiators by Kitibella, R595.

Clutch by New Look, R349.

Swarovski crystal stud earrings by Jenni Gault International, R550.

Stay stylish.

Love

Nadine

Over The Knee

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With the recent chilly, wet days we’ve had I thought I’d feature these stunning over the knee boots. They’re a versatile wardrobe item and can be worn with a short dress, long wrap dress, skinny jeans or leggings and even shorts. Nothing tops off a fall outfit quite like a sexy pair of over-the-knee boots to keep you warm and on-trend all in one go!

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Boots by Kitibella: Faux suede Over-the-knee boots

Leather dress, Zara (2016) but I also love these options:

Button/collar leather dress/tunic

Black leather mini dress

Choker: Check out our Choker Edit on this blog.

Wristwear by Lovisa, Walmer Park.

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Local Flair

This past weekend I hosted my very first Kitibella Pop-up Boutique and it was a great success. I thought I’d share some details regarding my look with you.

The Skirt

During my Christmas shopping I stopped by The Space in Baywest Mall and fell inlove with this skirt by local designer Liz Ogumbo the moment I laid eyes on it. It’s such an easy wear and the soft vintage floral is unlike any print I’ve seen before. It reminded me of a painting, I just had to indulge. The Space is a boutique selling garments from South African designers only and their range is absolutely beautiful.  They’re currently having a sale of up to 30% off so get down there! 😉

The Bodysuit

So while I was in The Space I bumped into Nozuko, the designer at Ergo Zen. I recognized her from her collection at the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week. Ofcourse I had to introduce myself, but was surprised when she called me on my name! I mentioned to her that I needed a bodysuit for the skirt and she agreed to make one for me 🙂 Ergo Zen was voted the best designer by the judges at the NMBFW and their organic cotton range can be purchased from The Space as well. She also does couture and can be contacted directly.

Skirt: thespace.co.za

Bodysuit: facebook.com/ErgoZen

Choker: Forever New

Earrings: Jenni Gault

10 Things to Throw Away!

It’s the start of a new year and what better time to do a decent closet cleanup. Don’t go through the year hoarding last year’s junk. Here are 10 things to get rid of before the end of January.

1.Worn out Shoes

Let’s start with the biggest one. It’s time to clean up your shoe closet.  If you’ve done 500-800km on those running shoes, your flip flop straps are torn and the nail of your high heels start poking through then it’s time to replace them.  If your shoes are very expensive, resole or reheel them at the local shoe repair shop.  Gently worn shoes can also be donated to charity.

2.  Unmatched Earrings

I don’t know why we keep them, seriously lol.  Unless you’re into the asymmetrical, unmatched earring trend, then it’s time to toss them out.

3.  Clothes that just don’t work

I can understand the need to keep the tight or vintage stuff, it might come in handy again.  But the clothes that just doesn’t compliment your shape, donate donate donate!  You might lose the weight yes but your body shape will never change.  Rather invest in the trends that accentuates your best features and get rid of those that doesn’t.

4.  Promo T-shirts

I often keep promo and old baggy t-shirts for those spring cleaning or lazy couch days.  But here’s the thing:  We don’t need so many of them.  Honestly, 1 will probably do.

5.  Faulty Electronics

If you haven’t fixed that broken toaster or hairdryer for a year, chuck it out!  It’s just taking up space and buying a new one will probably cost you less than a repair anyway.

6.  All Things Expired

Expired store vouchers, beauty products, meds, make-up, hair products, you name it, we keep it!  But it’s time to throw them away.

7.  Worn out underwear

I don’t like throwing my worn out bras in the bin, simply because I’m afraid someone might see it in there lol.  The alternative is worst, keeping them.  They gots to go!

8.  Old Magazines / Scrap wrapping paper

Unless you have kids who need the pictures inside for their school projects, then it’s time to chuck them in the nearest paper recycle bin.  And let’s be honest, how many magazines do they need for projects anyway? Keep in mind the number of magazines that you’ll still be buying within the next 6 months.  And the used gift wrap?  You know you’re going to buy a gift bag anyway, so why hold on to it? Lol

9.  Music we never listen to

Not outdated music.  I’m referring to the ones we just don’t enjoy and never will.  Instead of keeping a cupboard of CDs, you may want to give them to people who are actually into that kind of music.  Hopefully, they won’t play them when you go to visit. Lol

10.  Store Receipts

This is probably my biggest problem.  I have a purse full of ATM withdrawal and store receipts and a hand-full in every bag I own.  I keep receipts in case I need to return my items and end up never throwing them away.

Now, congratulations on all the new space you’ve created in your closet. Feels great doesn’t it?

Till next time…

Nadine

The Choker Edit

It’s no breaking news that the 90s choker is back and I’m absolutely loving it! I loved it then and love it even more now.  Probably more now that I can actually afford to buy my own. LOL.  While shopping over the holidays I found quite a few local stores selling them at various prices/styles to suit every budget/taste and so I thought why not share with you ‘all to help you save time in searching:

  1. Lovisa – Walmer Park (priced from 199 ZAR ).  This store is one of the more expensive options but I love the variety they have on offer.  From simple to super dramatic and unique, they have it all.
  2. Forever New – Walmer Park (priced from 199 ZAR ) Also a nice selection, I bought a cute pink string choker on their 30% off sale.  I paid 139 ZAR.  Happiness!
  3. Zara – Walmer Park (priced from 160 ZAR ).  Zara had a few nice sets where you can get 2 or 3 different styles in a set for under 200 ZAR . (I’m pretty sure it was 160 ZAR for 3).  Now you can imagine my regret after thinking I hit the jackpot at the previous store lol.
  4. Factorie – Baywest Mall (priced from 130 ZAR ).  I was quite impressed with their collection and especially because they had the same chokers for a little cheaper than the other stores with similar stock.
  5. Identity – Baywest Mall (priced from 59 ZAR) Identity’s chokers were well priced but they had limited options, also nice though.
  6. Mr Price – Online (priced from 26 ZAR ).  Mr Price has a plain velvet choker for 26 ZAR, can somebody please scream bargain!!!
  7. Legit had cute, well priced chokers a while ago.  I remember buying 2 on sale for like next to nothing 3 months ago.  I think 30 ZAR each if I remember correctly.  So it might be worthwhile just popping in again to check.

Floral top: Soviet, Baywest Mall. String choker: Forever New, Walmer Park.

    Have fun shopping and let me know what you find by commenting below 🙂

    The Do’s and Don’ts:

    • Do have fun with it.  Chokers are meant to add funk to any look.  It adds an interesting touch to a laid-back outfit.
    • Don’t wear your choker too tight.  The choker length must equal your neck measurement plus 50mm at least for a comfortable fit.
    • Do consider the neckline of your top when wearing a choker.  Chokers work best with off-shoulder, round open necks, buttoned down shirts, v-necklines, boob tubes or one shoulder tops.
    • Don’t wear a choker with a turtle/polo neckline.  The combination is generally not a good idea.
    • Do try different styles and colours by coordinating your outfit.  There are both casual and formal options available in local stores to choose from, a choker for every occasion.
    • Don’t buy a choker before trying it on unless you’re pretty sure of the size and that the style would look best on you.  Certain chokers work better for longer, slender necklines where others will be suitable for shorter necklines as well.  My advice, try it on first and if you’re not sure about the chunky ones, try something simpler.  Chokers work better with heart shaped faces and could make a round face look even rounder.
    • Do try to make your own if you’re on a tight budget but would like to incorporate the trend into your look.  All you need is ribbon, suede string or velvet fabric, a clasp, chain and a fancy pendant if you’d like.  Search for tutorials online (google or youtube videos) on how to make your own choker.  Have fun!

    Here are some looks to assist you in styling your chokers.

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    Till next time…

    Nadine ❤

    10 Shoe Trends for 2017

    There’s been some interesting SS/2017 designs gracing the runway which makes me pretty sure that 2017 will be an exciting year for the fashion industry. I’ve put together a list of trends that I believe will definitely be “sticking around” this year.

    1.  STUDS/RIVETS

    Get ready to see an even bigger variety of studded heals, boots and loafers in stores.

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    2.  BOLD PRINTS

    Bold florals, aztecs, animal prints and more is a definite.

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    3.  TRANSPARENT HEELS

    Clear heels are one of the latest trends at the moment and it will continue to be as we see start to see more options.

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    4.  TRANSPARENT SHOES

    A more stylish take on rain boots, don’t you think? 😉

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    5.  ANKLE STRAPS/TIES

    I’ve noticed more ankle height ties (especially bows) than the calve height ones of 2016. But I think straps, ties & laces are generally still a safe investment going into 2017.

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    6.  BLOCK HEELS

    We’ll definitely be seeing more block heels. Could the block heel be the new stilleto? Lol. I love both either way but time will tell.

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    7.  KITTEN HEELS

    A bigger variety of kitten/medium heel options will be making it’s way into stores as designers are realizing the need for comfort.

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    8.  SPRING BOOTS

    This one I am personally looking forward to. I believe we’ll see some interesting prints, colours and studded boot options.

    9.  METALLICS

    Metallics were high fashion last year and they’re here to stay, for now at least.

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    10. FEATHERS & FRINGE

    Feathers, fringe, pom poms and tassles were hot in 2016 and will definitely be sticking around. Watch this space for some interesting options.

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    These styles (and similar) are available from our store.  Shop online www.kitibella.co.za or email us info@kitibella.co.za if you have something specific in mind.

    Till next time

    Nadine ❤

     

    Fringe Benefits

    One of the most iconic of trends, the 1920s Gatsbian tassles have made numerous comebacks over the last few decades e.g. the 60s & 80s.  Once again, the fringe trend has made it’s way back on the runway in SS16 collections by Givenchy, Hervé Leger, Ralph Lauren to name a few.  From shredded hemlines to a selection of tasselled accessories and the most gorgeous of fringe heels both luxury genuine suede and affordable faux suede options, there’s no reason not to indulge.

    Definition: Fringe is an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material. 

    This week’s post features our red tassled lace-up heels which I’ve paired with white skinny jeans, a white fitted tank top and a floral fringed kimono. Outfit details below.

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    Shoes by Kitibella, was R799 now R749: Find it online here

    Kimono by Revenge, R499: Find it online here

    Jeans and tank top by MRP.  Find it online here

    Statement ring from Woolworths (Baywest Mall), R99.

    Earrings from Vibes (The Bridge Shopping Mall), R30.

    Sunglasses by Police (2015 collection).  Specsavers has a stunning new collection on promotion at the moment.  Buy Police prescription glasses and get a pair of Police sunglasses FREE.

    For more history on Fringe, I found this read quite interesting: http://www.today.com/style/fashion-flashback-fringe-t17476

    Till next time…

    Nadine ❤

     

    10 Must Have Shoes

    Have you ever felt like the more pairs of shoes you buy, the more you need in order to keep up with the trend? Or do you find yourself in front of a closet full of shoes with nothing that actually works for what you’ve decided to wear?

    Over the past few years, I’ve seen trends come and go but there are shoes every woman should invest in that are timeless and can create a fresh look over and over again.

    You must be thinking “Only 10?  No way!”  Lol.  Well I’m sure I could’ve easily stretched  this number but this post specifically reaches out to all the women out there who wants to have a selection that will keep them stylish irrespective of the season or trend.  If you’re not necessarily a shoe-aholic and definitely do not have a monthly budget to buy each latest trend on the market, these are our top 10 basics that could get you through years of changing trends without compromising on style.

    Here, the focus is versatility.  Every shoe in this list can be dressed up or down, are timeless options and matches at least 2 or 3 of the dress categories namely casual, smart casual, semi-formal, corporate wear, cocktail and black-tie.

    1. STYLISH COURTS

    A court shoe or pointed pump can be worn as smart casual, corporate or cocktail and it’s the no 1 on our list of must haves.  For maximum versatility go for a solid neutral colour e.g. black, grey, nude, tan, beige, navy or white.

    Style Tips: Casual – pair with jeans; Cocktail – pair with jumpsuit/playsuit/midi or mini skirt/dress. Corporate – pair with pants suit/skirt suit/bodycon dress.

    2. BARELY THERE ANKLE STRAP HEELS

    I am yet to find a spring/summer look that can not be successfully finished off with a barely there ankle strap sandal.  My motto: “If you’re not sure if the shoe works, slip on a barely there and off you go”.  This, is in my opinion the most versatile spring/summer wardrobe item and it can be worn with anything, except gym wear of course 🙂  It’s my personal go to for those busy mornings when there’s little time to plan an outfit.  Bonus points if you can buy them in more than one colour but if you’re getting your first pair, rather stick to a neutral colour. Black is quite versatile.

    Style Tips: Casual – pair with jeans or stylish jogger pants; Cocktail – pair with jumpsuit/playsuit/maxi, midi or mini skirt/dress. They also work well with high/low cut dresses/skirts, asymmetrical cuts and wrap slit dresses. Corporate – pair with pants suit/skirt suit/bodycon dress. Evening – if your dress requires a plain simple but elegant sandal, a barely there will do the trick just fine.

    3. CASUAL SNEAKERS

    Every woman needs a comfy pair of sneakers.  Whether you’re off to watch the game or pulling of a 3 hour hike or whatever off-duty look you’re going for.  There are so many options nowadays; colours, brands and patterns to choose from.  It really comes down to preference so feel free to explore!  There aren’t too many rules with this one.  Sneakers such as Converse Chuck Tailors, Addidas Superstars, Nike Airmax, Stan Smiths to name but a few are the more timeless options and have been around since the 80/90s.  They make their way back into fashion year after year.

    Style Tips: Casual – pair with jeans, shorts, casual dresses works well with chucks and slip-on sneakers, joggers, sportswear, tights or leggings.  Depending on the style of your sneaker, you could also pair them with chinos or leather leggings for a smarter casual look.

    4.  LOAFERS

    Inspired by menswear I think, loafers or “pumps” as we refer to it here in South Africa has thankfully replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. I say “thankfully” because I’ve never been a fan of ballet pumps I must admit.  There are so many stylish options and patterns to choose from.  If you’re buying your first pair you may want to keep it simple by choosing a solid colour.  They are great for those shopping sprees where you can simply slip them on or off and can be worn right throughout the year.  Sometimes brand new loafers need time to walk-in though so slip in an extra pair of flats into your handbag, just in case.

    Style Tips: Casual – pair with jeans, denim shorts, casual dresses or leggings. Smart Casual – pair with chino pants, skinny pants, leather leggings, formal/chino shorts, short skirts, pants suits or smart jeans.

    5.  FLAT SANDALS

    As with loafers, pretty much the same goes for flat sandals in that it’s a comfortable run-around shoe.  The obvious difference being that it’s a spring/summer wardrobe item.

    Style Tips: Casual – pair with any summer wardrobe item.  Be careful when wearing gladiators though.  Lace up gladiator flats are better worn with either maxi skirts or short bottoms like shorts or mini dresses (at least a few cm above the knee).

    6.  RIDER BOOTS

    Long boots are a timeless autumn/winter wardrobe item and can be worn with skinny jeans, winter leggings, tunics, or mini skirts.  Match the colour of your boots with your handbag, hat or winter scarf.

    7.  POP OF COLOUR OR PATTERN SHOE

    Bright coloured or patterned shoes adds a fresh, interesting touch to your look.  Keep in mind what colour accessories you already have that will best compliment your shoes e.g. if you have a cobalt handbag, or cobalt in pretty costume jewellery then a cobalt shoe would be perfect.  The same applies to patterns. E.g matching a pink bag to a floral heel that has pink flowers in the print.  Just a tip: try not to match your patterned shoe with a patterned top etc.  For e.g. animal print shoe with an animal print blouse.  I’ve seen this go wrong 1 too many times.

    Style Tips: Keep your outfit neutral if you’re going for the “pop of colour” look.  Remember, its not a “pop” of colour if the colour doesn’t pop.

    8.  ANKLE BOOTS (HEELS)

    These are a must have closet item during the fall/winter season and may even be worn on those wet or cool spring/summer days.  Choose a pair that’s suitable for the office as well as cocktails with the girls whether you’re wearing leggings, jeans or a cute dress to get the most wear out of your shoe.

    Style Tip: If you’re wearing ankle boots with jeans be sure to cuff (roll up the hem) them just above the top of your boot and you’re good to go.  Jeggings or really tight skinny jeans may not require cuffing.

    9.  ANKLE BOOTS (FLAT)

    Another winter/autumn run-around must have is a comfy flat ankle boot and they compliment pretty much any casual winter outfit.

    10.  EVENING

    Your evening heels could be anything from an elegant strappy sandals, plain or embellished to a pretty metallic heel. Once again, keep in mind what your choice of evening jewellery usually is e.g. silver or gold. If you prefer silver then choose a silver metallic, instead of gold etc.

    Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and tips.  All the advice in this post are my personal opinion shared from experience over the years and I’d love to hear yours too!

    References:

    Images were obtained from various search engines and social media platforms and are not my own.

    Laser Cut

    Tech meets fashion…

    Intricate patterns have been around for decades and made its way into the fashion industry in the form of laser-cut silk and leather in read-to-wear runway collections.  Today’s edit features one of our laser cut lace up heels paired with a vintage fabric off-shoulder top and boyfriend jeans.

    Off shoulder top, R180: Hombakazi Vintage Cabin

    Shoes, R795: Kitibella

    Boyfriend Jeans, from around R600: Zara (Walmer Park Shopping Mall)

    Necklace, R135: Cazabella Designer Costume Jewellery (Sylvester Williams 073 886 0790)

    Earrings, R500: Jenni Gault International

    Ring, about R200: Lovisa (Walmer Park Shopping Mall)

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    Nadine Murray

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