Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Picture Perfect

So I think a lot of people like to convince themselves that the staggering beauty of the world's top models is largely due to make-up, lighting, camera angles and the magic of photoshop. Hate to disappoint, but that's not entirely true- if there's one thing that doesn't lie, it's polaroids. Ah the humble polaroid camera, immortalized in an Outcast song & collecting dust on the shelf of any self-respecting hipster. Of course today, the digital snap has replaced the old print & shake, but the concept remains the same. "Polaroids" are pics of models usually taken either at their agency or at a casting in natural lighting, often against some uninspiring backdrop like a white wall, a cupboard door or a grotty window with the model wearing little to no make-up. Polis are essential to the industry because they tell it like it is. If the glossy magazine editorial was a Grammy-winning album, the polaroid would be that 1st audition on American Idol, to put it into perspective. So I've compiled a collection of polis for your viewing pleasure from some of the world's most successful models & well, they're still gorgeous, sorry!

Supermodel, Victoria's Secret Angel & married to Orlando Bloom- lucky for Miranda Kerr she's too pretty to hate!
Young & fresh-faced: Chanel Iman & Abbey Lee Kershaw
The lekker locals- South Africa's Candice Swanepoel & Namibian-born Behati Prinsloo
The Brit-girl It-girl. Agyness Deyn has kind of faded off the radar, but she definitely had her moment
The veterans: Gisele Bundchen & Daria Werbowy
The Russians: Natalia Vodianova and a young & gawky Sasha Pivovarova
A flawless young Daphne Groeneveld & Coco Rocha showing off her killer cheekbones
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Arizona Muse & Gemma Ward
Lily Donaldson snapped at IMG

And one for the curvy girls: plus-sized sensation Crystal Renn hangs out on the balcony of Ford

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mayday! Mayday!

Hello hello! This here month of May has been a pretty hectic one, especially this last week and I'm sorry that I've not been posting particularly regularly. But I'll be back in action from next week, I promise. Oh & if your winter wardrobe is looking a little threadbare, don't miss the City Bowl Fashion Market at Hope Street tomorrow morn- it's going to be a goody! Wishing y'all a cosy weekend xoxo

Sometimes it's good to stop & smell the roses. Or the artificial plants...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Snug As A Bug In A Rug


I've been wanting to get a drapey blankety-type coat for winter so last week when I was aimlessly wandering around one of those Chinese-run factory shops in town & spotted this alpine-print Donna-Claire number in the R80 bin I knew I had to have it. It's only flaw was a fair-sized hole in the sleeve that a quick session with needle and thread soon fixed & I love how cosy it looks & feels! I've paired it with a black leotard, black shorts & stockings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Namibian Princess



Born in our neighbour's backyard (so to speak) and discovered in Cape Town by Sarah Doukas (the same scout who discovered Kate Moss- overachiever much?) Behati Prinsloo is an uber-model we can totally claim as ours- see, she even has an Afrikaans surname! A reigning Victoria's Secret Angel with a modelling resume longer than the queue at Home Affairs, this charmingly fresh-faced lady is just 23, today. Yes it's her birthday! So I thought I'd share some pics from this editorial with its gorgeous soft colours. Shot in Mykonos or St Tropez or Florida, I don't know, I can't read the German. Is that German? This is what happens when I store editorial pics in a folder & forget to label with the important details, sorry!

Happy Birthday Behati, hope you enjoy many more!

One day I shall have a yacht. It'll probably be one that floats in the bath, but that still counts, right?

Breakfast At Tiffany's- the figure-conscious model's version



Monday, May 14, 2012

Sprinkles Of Joy

I may not be able to use a sewing machine, but I do still love a good fashion DIY! Inspiration struck the other night when I spotted this pic on local blog The Feisty Shoe Collector 


I thought that the crystals reminded me of Trump's 100's & 1000's (that's a baking brand, not The Donald) & *ping* lightbulb moment! I decided to give my coral New Look platform heels a, well, new look.

The originals
I wanted to use spray glue to cover the heels and platform with the coloured sprinkles, but the glue can's nozzle appeared to have gotten itself glued into its own socket so I had to paint the area with cold glue instead & then drop the 100's & 1000's over the glue.


All taped up with no-where to go

Halfway through
 Once the gluing bit was done I sprayed about 5-6 coats of lacquer over each shoe & VOILA!

Look at me trying to be all artsy with the mirror!

Do have any idea how difficult it actually is to photograph your own feet?!


Back view of the heels

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Miss Evangelista

Canadian Supermodel Linda Evangelista turns 47 today. One of the original 'Supers' of the 90's, who were known just by their first names, the feline-featured beauty needs no further introduction. She's also the one who famously sai"We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day". Here are a few iconic photos from her two & a half decade long career.

An image from the beginning of her career, fresh face Linda covers French Elle Nov. 1987
An image reminiscent of a young Sophia Loren 
A shot from Steven Meisel's pug-themed "The Dutchess" editorial for Vogue Italia. Linda holds the record for most covers of the Italian edition of the fashion bible, all of which were shot by Meisel.

Butterflies for Barneys
Another iconic Meisel image
The Supers unite for Peter Lindbergh's lens in a shot entitled 'The Wild Ones'. Linda in the middle with Claudia
Still got it- Linda in Love Magazine "The Misfits" S/S 2012. Shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Winter Wishlist- Illustrated Edition


Hello lovelies! It seems a little bizarre to be blogging about cosy clothes when Cape Town's been gifting us this wonderfully warm weather, but we all know it can't last and, like a Boy Scout, one should always "Be Prepared". So I thought I'd share with you Part 1 of my winter wishlist. It's less of a scavenger hunt list & more of a "if money was no object, here's what I'd buy" type thing, but I am determined to introduce at least two of these items to my wardrobe.

1: A Grey Trench Coat
I believe that every winter warrants a new coat, in a new colour. I haven't actually bought a new coat for at least two years, so now's my chance. And I want a grey one because grey is versatile, neutral & complements my hair very nicely.

2: A Leather Jacket 
It is truly shameful & almost unbelievable that I have gone my entire life without owning one of these closet staples, but I have. This must change. I'd settle for a good faux version, much gentler on the wallet.

3: Alpine-print Leggings
They can join my black & white Aztec pair & my Burberry-meets-Rupert The Bear pair in my new leggings department.

4: Long-sleeved Jersey Dress
Cosy, classic & can easily be dressed up or down. Also great with tights, boots, belts, scarves & that leather jacket. It doesn't have to be green, I just drew it that way because I'm obsessed with jewel tones right now (more on that later), though my pencil crayon was more grass than emerald...

5: Maxi Skirt
Hopefully in a peachy-pink or beige. Or red. Great for winter layering and hiding hairy winter legs keeping your legs warm. What?! I totally shave my legs every day in winter, doesn't everybody? ;)

6: New Boots
Usually one of my 1st winter purchases. Well I did already buy these ones. I'm pretty much sorted in the flat boots department, but both my black & brown mid-half heeled boots are falling to bits & need to be replaced. The brown pair I've had since I was 18... Watch this space!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wintery Inspirations

I know I have a tendency to bitch about winter. Like here for example. But it's only because the house that I currently reside in gets stupidly cold at the merest sniff of a chill in the air. It's big & draughty with tiles everywhere, a flat roof & nothing resembling central heating. Also I don't like getting up in the dark or not knowing what to do with my coat/jersey/umbrella on a big night out. But I'll tell you a little secret; when it comes to fashion, winter is my favourite season. There's just so much more potential for creativity when you have different layers to work with & so many possible combinations. Also, there's all these new accessories to play around with, like scarves, gloves, tights, socks, umbrellas, hats, snoods... Hee-hee snood, I love that word! Oh and lest I forget my favourite- boots! So in preparation for another Cape Winter, I'm post some street-style inspirations; a few of my favourite wearable (and copy-able) looks from around the globe (via internationalstreetstyle.com)

Black & tan. Always a winning combo & forever chic

Blankety-cape vibes are super cosy & skinny jeans help avoid the bag-lady look

Leopard print. So obviously I love this & will be doing my own version

I know we don't get snow in Le Cap, but this outfit is just so beautiful I couldn't resist.
Also, this Swedish chick looks like a perfect cross between Kate Beckinsale & Sienna Miller. Uncanny...
This look is super easy to duplicate as it's made up entirely of wardrobe basics, topped off with a jaunty hat.
How adorable is she?! An alpine-style sweater just moved to the top of my wishlist!

Maxi skirts are perfect for winter. They'll keep your legs warm & pairing with a sharp
leather jacket keeps the look from being sloppy

Proof that you CAN wear white jeans after Labour Day. Which we call Worker's Day in SA, which incidentally, was today. Imagine that! Wouldn't recommend it in the snow though, from a distance she must look like a floating torso!

Who says you can't wear bright colours in winter? Not me, I don't say that!

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