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November and December are the best months to throw a proper summer’s wedding, I truly witnessed this as I went to two weddings in one week during this November. It truly is magical witnessing the bride and groom recite their vows with the sun lingering in the background, having large white umbrellas to shade your guests, everyone dressed in soft colors to make everything look so elegant.
The way the fashion comes to life as the woman are all rocking those oversize shades, flowy summer dresses and those high-wedges, I truly love summer weddings, it just brings everything together, you wont have to worry about a storm breaking out (and if it does, especially in Cape Town where the weather is so unpredictable, it probably wont even last 30 minutes before the sun shows itself again) or you wont have to worry about your garden photographs being ruined, or umbrellas blowing away, it will just be magical.
My dream has always been to get married in Summer, in a garden of some sort, and I can see my dream becoming a reality. Most single woman (in a relationship or engaged), go to weddings to gather ideas for their own weddings, and that is exactly what I did. Going to these two weddings allowed my imagination to flow and I gathered so much inspiration that I suddenly feel the need to start planning my own wedding (he hasn’t even popped the question yet). I was never the girl who had started planning their weddings when they were in high-school, dreaming about Mr. Right and about that perfect white dress, it’s only until witnessing this magical union between these two beautiful couples did I suddenly have the urge to purchase wedding magazines and start looking at décor.
I even started following wedding pages on Instagram (which I will be discussing in more detail) such as Wedding Dress Lookbook, Wedding Concepts SA, Wedding Diary and Wedding of Dreams.
Wedding Dress Lookbook
This page basically brings your vision of your wedding dress to life, it gives you ideas on what you would like, whether it’s plain and simple of large ballroom princess gowns. They also give you ideas on colors for your bridesmaids, and which fit looks good on a certain proportion. Personally I am a plain and simply lace kind of girl so here are a couple of my favorites that they have posted on their Instagram page:
Wedding Concepts SA
They are a Wedding Planning company in South Africa, you can contact them to discuss anything from flowers, décor, food and entertainment. Their Facebook page consists of Weddings that they have done, showcasing the décor and lighting to food and drinks. I enjoy scrolling down their Instagram feed as they have so many interesting designs and concepts and if you are getting married soon, but have no idea where to start, Wedding Concepts SA will be the perfect place to so just that. Take a look at some of my favorites:
This page consists of photographs of weddings that has taken place, woman are encouraged to submit their wedding photographs and tag Wedding Diary in them to allow viewers to see and comment on them. There are various competitions you can enter once you upload a specific photo. Here is some of the uploads you can find on their Instagram Feed:
Wedding of Dreams
Wedding of Dreams showcases tips and inspiration for a dream wedding.
Bachelorette Party Idea.
Oak leaf charms for a fall wedding.
Jaw Dropping venue.
Here she comes!
Engagement shoot ideas.
Well enough of making you guys drool and making you want to get married to first guy that walks in the room, Let’s get back to the wedding I recently attended.
Held on the outskirts of Wellington, a small wine farm exists you would have to look really hard to find as it is nestled right between the vineyards on the famous wineroute. This exquisite venue is build around a small dam which has an island in the middle for the couple to say “I do” and for the guests to be completly blown away by the amazing view they have infront of them as swans swin in the lake, the crisp breeze of the greenery surrounds you.
I really wish that I had taken more pictures, but you guys will just have to deal with my low quality samsung camera. I was totally blown away by not only the food, but the small intricate details she had opted to go for. Take a look:
It was such a hot summers day, that Paul & Candice had decided to have bottles of water with their names on them, that could also double as thank you gifts as the guests could obviously take them home and keep them for future use.
Finally we are seated waiting for the ceremony to begin, the bride is late so ofcourse we take pictures. Sunglasses are a neccessity at a Summers wedding it adds some sophistication to those photographs. White chairs are really common at Summers wedding, but I still love them, it adds a sense of purity especially pairing them with white umbrellas.
Once the ceremony was complete, fruit kebabs as well as tikka chicken kebabs was served, washed down with a fruit inspired lemonade, it was so delicious. While the newlywed couple were taking their photographs in the vineyards amongst all the greenery, they opted to entertain their guests by placing a candyfloss machine in the garden as well as two vintage minivans which served ice cream and a varierty of toppings, a candy station was also on display.
Many people were very skeptical when I showed them my dress that I wore to this wedding as it is extremely light and it almost looks white on the photos. I opted for this nude, cream colour as it is afterall a sumer wedding and there were so many guests wearing this exact shade to the wedding, so I didnt feel awkward at all. You can find this dress at YDE, I paired it with pink Sissy Boy heels which I bought at Edgars and a long fur coat as it was quite chilly that day.
I am truly bummed that I didnt take more pictures, but by what you can see it is a truly spectacular venue. They incorporated this idea where you could take pictures in between the letters or pose with the letters. I really love the finer details that went into a wedding as it left the guests talking about it still for days after.
They didnt opt for the conventional Floral centre pieces instead they had candy centre pieces with a sign that read “Candy, you can choose what you like, but please be polite and save the treats for later tonight”
I mean look at her! Kourtney Kardashian is probably one of the best dressed mothers out there, she d oes casual so well that I always wonder how I can redo her look by adding my own personal touch. This week on the blog I will be doing many “get the look” posts, taking some of the best dressed celebrities and trying to imitate the look by taking clothing that is just like theirs but that you can find in our everyday stores or that you can shop online. Summer is slowly creeping in here in Cape Town and we all know what this means, subtle fashion, cocktails on the beach front, oversized sunglasses, bags and hats and not forgetting those open toe wedges that most men seem to hate.
Getting back to our celebrity of the day, I am loving the single Kourtney so much right now, she looks so much younger and so much happier and it definitely shows in her fashion choices.
Take a look:
Kendall and Kylie are taking over the world and every girl’s closet.These two young, talented and beautiful sisters are blessed beyond measure, not only are they successful models, successful reality stars (if that’s a thing), but now they are successful fashion designers as well. They are bringing a sense of unserious clothing exclusive to Topshop.
If you have always wanted to dress like these adorable teenagers, have a feel for vintage type clothing and love the LA Style then this collection is just for you.
Broderie Wrap Top
Layered Maxi Dress
Here we can see Kendall and Kylie wearing this collection:
When I decided to start my own blog, I had always said that I would not make it personal, but today I asked myself why shouldn’t I? More readers could relate when it’s personal.
Do you still believe in the old ways of doing almost everything for a guy, cooking for him, cleaning up after him, ironing his clothes, well, I truly believe that those days are long gone, I say this, not to be judgemental or stereotypical, just for the sake that I went through it and I felt no appreciation whatsoever. It truly upsets my stomach to see guys treat girls with the utmost disrespect, but what hurts even more, is that some girls are so stuck in the old ways of being obedient towards guys that they do absolutely nothing about it, except allow this disrespect to take place. Yes, we could say that these girls should stand up for themselves, but why do we have to defend ourselves all the time against these creatures who portray morals of animals? We constantly feel the need to basically make these guys feel better, by forgiving them time after time, while we get weaker and deteriorate because we have no one to make us feel better, yes it’s a bit of a cliche’, but its so true. What happen to empowering womanhood, what happened to woman having equal rights as men, what happen to independent young woman, building a career for themselves, instead of just fronting and being told what to do by their partners? This is probably the first time I have ever felt so strongly about this, I would always wonder what is wrong with these feminists, but going through a relationship where I constantly had to defend myself and getting over a particular stumbling block I now see why they are the way they are. Many woman might disagree and say that they love their partner and they would do anything to make them happy, but would you truly forfeit your own happiness in order to keep someone else happy, personally I would not, Yes, love comes with compromise, but compromising happiness was never part of the plan. Love is so planned these days, it doesn’t happen naturally anymore, it is kind of force, why can’t we as humans just wait for someone to love us naturally instead of forcing them into it by doing things for them, because doing things for somebody repeatedly makes them feel appreciated, but what about our feelings as woman, when are we going to be appreciated, why is there no simple thank you for what we do day in and day out.
Getting back to basically doing everything for the guy that you love, yes I’m all for making the person you love feel good, but I can’t stress enough that it’s not worth it, when the guy doesn’t see how much you are worth, or doesn’t appreciate it by simply saying thank you, you might not feel bad about it now, but in the long run, you are going to despise that person so much, that you are going to be miserable in the end. I’m not here to preach ladies, all I want to leave you with is that if you don’t feel appreciated and you do everything for your man, stop doing for a day and see if he notices, if he doesn’t he is truly not worth it. This goes for men who are in relationships with overpowering woman as well. Love is supposed to make you feel special and it’s supposed to be real. Think about it.
Dark Paradise, situated at 39 Kloof Street Gardens, Western Cape brings you fresh, fun and flirty fashion, designed and curated by their very own founder who finds inspiration from across the globe to bring you the latest in apparel, accessories and lifestyle products.
Leandra Dopereiro who is the founder of the store studied fashion design and pursued a career in designing her own clothes and featuring them in her very own store. This post will showcase only some of the clothes in store, just to give you a brief taste as to what the store is all about. Not only does the store feature woman’s and men’s clothing, but also handbags, sunglasses, selfie sticks and jewelry.
This smashing outfit can be found in store:
Slogan Beanie: R195
Crop knit basic top: R330
Gold Shark Tooth Necklace: R125
Denim High-Waist Shorts: R380
IPhone 5/5S cover: R195
Black Crop Top: Sold Out
Here we see the face of Dark Paradise Sian Bianca Moss in a Dark Paradise outfit:
Palm Tree Bomber Jacket: R320
Studded Collar George Blouse Pearl: R199
PU Shorts: R120
Black Pleat Backpack: R495
Chokers are possibly thee most spoken about accessory right now, between guys hating them and girls just buying and even making them. At Dark Paradise Store, the chokers are made in store, by the owner as well as by the shop assistants. The Prices range from between R75-R95.
This is one of my favourite looks and Sian genuinely looks good in anything:
Dope Slogan Beanie: R195
Striped Tassle Long-Sleeved Top: R370
Black Pleat Back Pack: R495
Bowler Hat: R250
Exclusive Sunnies: R395
Tassle Poncho: R360
Vintage Style Trench Coat: R695
Acid Blue high-waisted skinny: R595
2 Buckle square briefcase small: R460
Show off in these denim booty shorts this summer.
If You love Knitwear in Summer:
Melange Thin Knit Jersey: R350
S4 Phone Cover: R195
Assorted Pendant Necklace: R125
Plain Turnover High Waist Shorts: R380
Slogan Beanie: R195
Baseball Floral Sleeve Top: R320
Circle Link Chain Necklace: R150
High Waisted Ripped Denim Shorts Black: R395
Army Jacket: R750
Lace Bralet: R320
Boyfriend Vintage Jeans: R550
Cross Wrap Chain Necklace: R175
High-Waisted Ripped Denim Shorts Acid Dye: R395
Flirty Flared Lacey Crop Top: R295
Wide Rim Hat: R279
More Chokers Ladies. 80’s Style.
California Girl, Day Dreaming.
Pastel Colours in summer are everything.
Flower halos: R80 & R170
All of these items are available at Dark Paradise Store or you can inbox on Facebook and don’t forget to like the page while you at it.
R50.00 door to door delivery nationwide or spend R800.00 or more and you will receive free delivery to your door.
On Thursdays all students get 10% off.
Get cracking Humans!
For a while now, all I wanted to do was go up to random people on the streets and take pictures of their outfits and enquire about where they had bought them, what I got was even better, where I work (Dark Paradise Store in Kloof Street), I have two wonderful ladies, who have agreed to be my models each and every day. They are two beautiful ladies, who love fashion just as much as I do.
Over the past few days we took many photos of what they had decided to wear to work and we got amazing results. Cape Town is pretty well known for having killer street style, so the best place to capture these beautiful trendy people is in the heart of Cape Town, namely Kloof Street. There is a design school up the road from where I work, so we literally see different fashion trends everyday. It really is amazing witnessing ‘good fashion’ first hand.
Whether, it’s Vintage or an item that you bought in a store, the way you incorporate into your everyday wear, making it edgy, roughing it up a bit, that’s what Street Style is all about. Now that I am witnessing all of this first hand, I will be sharing each and every one of my experiences with you.
Take a look at these two beautiful ladies and their idea of Street Style:
Here we see Jodie wearing Navy Jeans from Truworths, a red cropped turtle neck(which is probably the hottest thing for winter right now) from MrPrice and cut out boots from Woolworths.
Cebow wears these really cool leggings from The Lot, The Leather jacket she got from MrPrice and these really rad boots from Foschini.
I wore Leggings from Cotton On, A cropped knitted jersey and leather sleeveless jacket both from MrPrice. My boots are from Legit.
Here Cebow looks absolutely ravishing in her Dark Paradise Winter Coat, she bought her Boy London tank top at Boy London in Claremont, her wedge boots are from Legit and her high-waisted shorts from MrPrice.
Jodie looks so stunning in her Truworths jeans, her knitted crop top from MrPrice and her boots are from Legit.
And we have to end off with a selfie ofcourse, here I am wearing ripped black jeans from MrPric, TopShop socks, a Grey turtle neck from legit and two Dark Paradise handmade chokers. My Boots are from Legit.
Exams are literally stressing me out, I wrote my first exam today as a fashion journalist student, so this is partially the reason why I have been neglecting my blog. You guys are probably wondering where I even find the time to fit in this post, well I miss blogging so much that I decided to add a new post just to get my mind off studying for a bit. Blogging always gives me inspiration and motivation to study harder as I’m studying something that I love. Not only did I write my first exam, but I started a new job as well, yes, I know my life is kind of crazy at the moment, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Today’s post will focus on outfits for this crazy, weird weather Cape Town has experiencing, it’s only right that we stay warm, but fashionable as well. It’s not fully Winter yet, so do not expect boots and coats ladies.
I feel like my life would not be complete without an oversized jersey and a pair of converse. This is the perfect combination. A pair of jeggings is also a need for these chilly days, and this colour is everything. I think that burgundy is the new hot colour for Winter, stock up on jeggings, Cotton On has quite a few.
The Blazer and Tank Top trend is my absolute favourite, paired with jeans or any skinny leg pants is amazing. I am not a fan of pumps, like I don’t even own one pair, but if you feel like you can rock a pair of pumps with a blazer, then go for it, apparently its really comfortable.
Ankle boots as well as knee high boots will never go out of fashion, especially paired with a pair of light jeans, an oversized top or jersey and some accessories.
My ultimate favourite items whether it be summer or winter is light coloured jeans they go well with absolutely everything.
Boyfriend jeans is literally the future, paired with either a pair of cut out boots (Cotton On and Topshop) or a flat slip in sneaker, these are also very popular, but they will be in the next post, so I don’t want to say to much about them now.
Hats are perfect for the weather we are experiencing now, paired with boyfriend jeans and a graphic t-shirt. Once again Burgundy features this time in an oversized jersey.
Lastly, this is what I wore today. . .
Jacket: MrP Fashion
Cream Boyfriend Jeans: Jet (I know right)
Tank Top: Cotton On
Ankle Boots: Foschini