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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Outfit Of The Day(and a little rant)- The Last Of Winter


When I first started my blog, a lot of people warned me about the negative aspects of the online world. They said “Rina you are putting pictures of yourself out there. Not everyone is going to like it, and there will be mean comments, so just be prepared for it”. I brushed that off, thinking who the hell has the actual time to go and make the effort to hate on a blog? I’ve been blogging for just over a year, and so far I have been lucky- I haven’t had a negative comment, not to my face or my blog/social media account at least. But recently more and more I’m coming across Tweets, Facebook statuses and posts that read somewhere along the lines of ” No one cares about your outfit, fashion bloggers are superficial, basically you are lame”. I am all for constructive criticism- tell me how I can improve my blog and I am all ears. But there is no reason to be mean just for the sake of it?

My point of view on the issue was always- if you don’t like a blog, don’t read it. No one is forcing you to look through outfits and read beauty reviews (unless you are my best friends, they do unfortunately get forced to read my blog ;)). Personally, I don’t like or read baby and motherhood blogs, I just don’t care what steps your baby is making at 3 months (not yet anyway). But I respect the mommy bloggers for all of their hard work and I realize that there is space for everyone in the bloggersphere. As my friend Rowena once put it, Gucci and Fendi can co-exist. And in terms of the whole superficial factor, I ask anyone who thinks that to kindly take their head out of their arse and have a look around. Fashion is my form of an expression, just like writing/knitting/painting/whatever is to other people. I studied a degree in mathematical sciences and I speak 4 languages, but now just because I like fashion and make-up I am immediately categorized as superficial? 

Not everyone has the skill and the talent to write beautiful posts- that is a gift given not to so many people. I am the first person to tell you that I am not a writer, I lack that skill, maybe it was due to my bi-lingual upbringing, or maybe I am just simply not talented at it. I started my blog as a creative space to get away from my sometimes boring and mundane studies, and I chose to express myself through fashion and beauty. There are plenty more fashion and beauty bloggers just like me out there who like doing the same thing, and personally I love it. I get inspiration from their outfits, I enjoy their posts and I look up to them. If you want to have a serious conversation with me, I am all up for it, just not on my blog because this is where I get to escape from the harsh reality and post about whatever the hell I want to-lipsticks, cats, trends. But if you want to talk pi with me, let’s talk pi!

One of my closest friends Leanne is a lawyer, and she got her Masters (Cum Laude none the least) in International Law all while taking photos of herself on the street. She is one of the smartest girls I have ever met, and I dare you, ask her about her thesis- I bet she can out-smart anyone! She started her blog for the same reason I did- it was a creative outlet for her and she wanted to share her love for fashion with others alike. And the fashion and beauty bloggersphere is full of girls like that- I can tell you about lots of fashion and beauty bloggers who are scientists, lawyers, mathematicians, teachers, accountants and so on. So I’m going to keep doing what I love and sharing my daily outfits, beauty reviews and events. Because I love doing it and it makes me happy, and please know that there is always more to the person, you just have to look a little closer.

Anyways now that I have had my rant for the day, I wanted to share my last winter outfit for this year. It’s warming up quickly, and given that I’m going overseas this weekend by the time I get back to South Africa spring will be in full swing. These were my favourites items that got me through the winter-my faux fur, monochrome tones, felt hats, ankle boots and a bold lip. I mixed and matched my favourite items, and I especially loved my faux furs even though it’s not for everyone and the boyfriend always thought it was too much. Maybe it’s the Russian in me that likes it? :)




Top- Sass at Stuttafords
Jeans-Lucky Brand
Faux Fur- ASOS
Bag-Michael Kors
Shoes-ALDO

Have a lovely day !:)

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Fashion News- Guys Take On Spring/Summer 2014 Trends

Do you ever wonder what men think about our outfits? I don’t have to wonder because my boyfriend always insists on sharing his opinion with me every time I go out. But what do men actually think about trends? I dress for myself first, but it is interesting to know the other sexes opinion. I wear heels because they make my legs look longer, but men think completely something else of heels as we do. So how about the summer trends? With the help of Lorinda from 4Elementsmedia, we asked 3 hotties about what their thoughts are on the upcoming season’s trends.

Meet the judges

Mias van Der Westhuizen – Model and Medical Student


Tim Hulme – Professional Photographer


Derick Koen – Marketing Manager for TakeALot


The Trends


MESH:


Mias
Mesh is beautiful and elegant. Its airy and lightweight perfect for the summer time. It can reveal the beautiful female figure in such a subtle way, yet it can be overdone if not styled right. This is why it should be important to wear simple pieces to give off the look.

Tim
I’ve always loved the use of mesh and sheer materials in woman’s fashion, a little hint of skin is never a bad thing.  It’s more hit or miss with men’s fashion, but can still be used very effectively.  Amazing for building up layers, or just showing off your expensive knickers.  Only for the tight and beautiful though.

Derick
The Sports Lux trend seen here in its latest incarnation. We still have the boxy shapes, but in this trend made softer by use of mesh, and also layered with sports underwear inspired separates. Personally, I believe this will be the last stint of this trend that has been with us in some shape, way or form for a few seasons.



FULL SKIRTS:



Mias:
I think full skirts are perfect in summertime. Especially with a fun print or summer colors. They are laid back, airy and perfect for summer. Full skirts with a pop of leg are beautiful.

Tim
I’m a little old fashioned, so I love these. Almost anything that accentuates movement is going to be a win with me.

Derick
Again a return to more feminine shapes and tailoring, this time around the 50's, but reinvented with color blocking and metallics. Personally I love this trend, as it offers a welcome counterbalance to
the masculine and androgynous shapes we have seen in fashion the last few seasons.



WHITE BLOUSES:



Mias:
White blouses, are always a must have. They are soft and pure. Simple and graceful while being sexy at the same time. White blouses are perfect for summertime.

Tim:
I normally consider myself to be a minimalist, but I am not a fan of this trend.  Fashion is meant to be a celebration.  This is dull.

Derick
A trend that never fails. What I love about this trend is that it still represents the essence of femininity. I do love the fact that it will evolve into shirt dresses and updated for 2014/15 with cut-outs, bows and 70's shapes.



LUX SPORTS WEAR:




Mias:
Feminine and casual, simple and classy, a great day to day wearable look.

Tim:
This trend has been going for a while now, and shows no sign of slowing down going into our southern hemisphere summer.  Done right I love it, but if you look like a preppy country club kid, I might throw you off set.  At its best when combined with a bit of a street wear feel.

Derick:
A trend that never fails. What I love about this trend is that it still represents the essence of femininity. I do love the fact that it will evolve into shirt dresses and updated for 2014/15 with cut-outs, bows and 70's shapes.



SUITS:


Mias:
A man in a suit is power. A woman in a suit, well now that’s just too sexy. The suit trend if pulled of right can give off the image of a strong, independent, sexy woman. If tailored right I believe any woman can pull it off.

Tim:
Yes, powerful, beautiful and elegant, is there anything sexier.  Make sure it fits well though; a woman’s suit has to look tailored.

Derick:
I have always loved a woman in a suit. Contrast is king, and the ultra feminine paired of with the masculinity of a three-piece suit is irresistible. I like the fact that the shapes are softer, plusher
and 70's inspired ties and use of pattern.



PASTELS:


Mias:
Yet I believe its perfect for summer, always has been,

Tim:
Soft and feminine, pastels are beautiful.

Derick:
I love the fact that pastels are paired with black this season. It gives the tonality a completely new spin when paired with black separates and patterns. I also love the fact that you can see a hint of Sports Lux in the way Pastels is presented this season.


MONOCHROME:


Mias:
This trend is beautiful. Subtle hints of tones of black and white always cry out beauty. It’s simple and minimal.

Tim:
Yes, always.  Another trend that has been going for a while, but I still absolutely love it.  If I had my choice everything I shoot would be mono.

Derick:
An interesting take on a mainstay trend, but broken up this time by slashes of the opposing color. I love the fact that it gives this trend a softer and innovative execution, and therefore more approachable and easier for the woman on the street to pull off.


GEOMETRIC PRINTS:



Mias:
Once again, again!!!!
Interesting and structured. I believe to pull off geometric prints you have to have great style, and know your body, otherwise it won’t work. If it works , people will know because you can look stunning in a heartbeat.

Tim:
I know this is very popular, but it’s not for me.   It hurts my head to look at, and confuses the lines of the clothing.

Derick:
I really love this trend as it gives us a clear step forward in terms of the emergence of a new trend for the season. Again, this trend is seen on feminine shapes, but with an almost Japanese and Manga filter over it. Definitely my favorite trend of the season, specifically the way triangles, lines and blocks intersect to create a pattern feast for the eyes.


THE INTERESTING (FLAT) SHOE 



Mias:
Look I love new things, it looks comfortable for summer holidays or day-to-day wear. I wouldn’t be afraid, give it  a try.

Tim:
I’m all for empowering woman, but flat shoes shoot terribly, so I will probably never be a fan.  Yes heels hurt, but they change the whole shape of your body and improve your posture.  If you want to go casual a pair of converse or cool sneakers will do.

Derick:
Personally, I love a woman in heels, so from the outset I'm not a big fan of this trend. That said, I do appreciate the fact that we see new footwear silhouettes on the runway, but I'm not so sure how this trend will go down at your local bar on a singles night?



Holographic looks:



Mias:
I love this trend, because simply this is what I believe a trend is, the latest in fashion, new, diverse and hardly seen. The collage of colors truly enhances the feeling of summertime. I believe that the holographic look is exciting for the season.


Tim:
As with most trends, there are some gorgeous, and some terrible examples of the holographic look at the moment.  In a tight fitting little dress it is great.  I’ve always loved metallic-type materials in woman’s fashion.  It shoots great, is sexy, and can be flattering.  Make sure you don’t look like a fish with shiny scales please.

Derick:
Taking inspiration from 1960's Science Fiction movie Barbarella, this futuristic trend is made relevant for today with the use of feminine tailoring. This holographic sheen will also be seen this season on accessories and footwear as panel insets and trimming. I believe this trend is a welcome contrast to the prevailing sports inspired trends of the last few seasons.



And there we go ladies! Now what do we think of these trends?
Have a happy Tuesday! 

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