Friday, June 22, 2012

Girl From Impanema

I'm in love with all things tribal & 'ethnic' right now. Patterns, colours geometric shapes, leather, gold, beads- I want my wardrobe to come alive with items that will stand out amongst the usual blacks, browns and greys of winter. Although this style of dress is more suited to summer, there's a way to make it work for any season. Here's what I wore this sunny Wednesday.

Can't really see the detail in this lighting, but my top is a sheer, chiffon button-down, Peter Pan collared blouse from New Look with a black cami underneath. Tribal skirt from Jay-Jays worn with black stockings, borrowed brown belt & toffee pumps from HQ Shoes.

Gold metal feather earrings from Ralo.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Off The Rails: Cloak & Dagger

Over the last year or so, Vineyard Road outside Cavendish Square Mall has become host to a variety of super stylish & affordable boutiques and newcomer, Cloak & Dagger, is truly a lovely one. A fusion of contemporary & vintage style, the store has a spacious and clean feel with key pieces of quirky decor lending style & charm without detracting from the real heroes, the clothes. Cloak & Dagger stocks 12 independent fashion & accessory labels- a mixture of new designs & reworked vintage. Some of the brands to be found on the rails are Found Clothing, Made With Love, VAMP, Edge, Cottage, Holy Smokes & Bow Peep. Owner Gretel is always looking to expand on their fashion offerings & High Tide, Flying Machine & debut label Frieda-Mari will soon be joining the Cloak & Dagger ranks. Many of the pieces on offer are limited editions or one-of-a-kind, so it's a great place to pick up a little something no-one else will have at a very affordable price. Opening hours are Mon-Fri (10am-6pm) and Sat (10am-2pm).
Happy Shopping!

Accessories in a vintage trunk

All the pretty things

A little St Laurent inspiration
Autumn/Winter prints & colours
Icons above the doorway
A rail of red
On my wishlist: Lace top by Found Clothing
And one for the boys...
Accessories by Bow Peep & VAMP

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Lady In The Med

Ok so I have been a tad lazy about posts of late, but I'm pulling my socks up- I promise! More posts coming up this week, including the 1st ever Glitter & Garbage exclusive interview. Very soon I'll be heading to Grahamstown with a play I'm acting in for the National Arts Festival. Straight after that I'm heading in the direction of a very different East London, the real one, for a little vacation which will involve lots of shopping in my spiritual home (Oxford St) & exploring parts of England I've never before been to, like the legendary Camden Market. Exciting stuff & I hope to keep you updated between cups of tea & cucumber sandwiches.

But for now I'd like to kick things off with this beautiful editorial from Greek Vogue which is just dripping with old-world wintery elegance. Like us, Greece has the kind of winter weather that swings between boots/scarf/coat days & dress with a cardi days ("Jump In Time" Ieva Laguna by Koray Birand, Vogue Hellas, Oct 2011). Have a good Tuesday- we're almost halfway through the week!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wine, Cheese & Autumn Leaves

So on a recent Sunday afternoon, me & two friends set out in chilly, rainy weather to Fairview Wine Farm just outside Paarl to do a little wine tasting, cheese tasting and general eating & romping around outdoors. No sooner did we arrive than the sun made it's grand entrance & stayed put. Fairview is known for both it's wines & it's cheese, many of which are staples in SA supermarkets. They also have a goat tower featuring two Billy Goats Gruff.

Fairview from the outside
Can't say I'm a fan of goat 'dairy' products, they tend to taste like the cow version until you swallow & then this weird sour after-taste arrives & the goats actually smell like goat's cheese which was a little disturbing considering they were both males...Anyways, Fairview has an awesome restaurant called the Goat Shed which feels like a big farm-house dining room & their food is seriously amazing! After lunch we moved to the shop-cum-wine tasting area where you pay just R25 to taste 6 wines of your choice & sample as much cheese as you like- seriously, I couldn't believe it myself! I stocked up on a few slabs of my favourite 'Blue Tower' Gorgonzola at half it's shop price.The autumn colours were out in full force & the whole estate is so beautiful. There's also another wine farm just up the road where they offer a chocolate tasting (different flavours of dark chocolate) & we paid something ridiculous like R30 total for all 3 of us to share a wine tasting of 9 wines & they weren't stingy on the pouring! Well-worth a trip while all the beautiful fall leaves are still clinging to the trees.

Some pics in & around the restaurant & shop/wine tasting area. Look at that beautiful blue sky we were gifted with!

Rustic & cosy atmosphere in the Goat Shed restaurant

Trish's cup of literal hot chocolate, my glass of bubbly & my delish lunch- asian glazed pork belly & pork shoulder with a vegetable gravy on a potato roulade-type thing with carrot & ginger mash.

Quaint little farm-stalls inside the restaurant.

My equestrian-inspired outfit for the day- brown cowl neck knit tank from Jet, jodhpur-leggings & brown boots from Woolies, town & country jacket from Zara & reworked leather satchel from a market in London.

 Trish & Sharon toast inside the wine cellar which they totally let you explore at your leisure!

Monkeying around with the Bakkies Botha of the scarecrow world who stands guard in a flowerbed that's planted to look like the SA flag!
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