Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Outfit Du Jour

Not as much of a scorcher in Cape Town today as yesterday was so I'm breaking out the maxi skirt (these are my latest obsession and I already have several winter ones patiently waiting in my closet). I picked up this pleated coral beauty in a market in London. I'm wearing it with a mint tank from Forever 21 & my Topshop lace bolero which has stood the test of time! Accessories are my favourite Sass Diva spiked bracelet and the ring was a present from London. You can't tell from the photo but the nail polish is actually a fantastic neon peach & you can find it at Ralo cosmetics.

Monday, February 25, 2013

All That Glitters

The red carpet at last night's 85th Academy Awards was a magpie's dream world as Hollywood's most wanted turned out in shades of gold, glitz, sequins and sparkles. On the flipside of the coin were softer pastel hues, whites and a dash of romance. Here's Glitter & Garbage's BEST DRESSED LIST

Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence wore a frothy Dior Couture ballgown which was princess-perfect albeit a little tricky to walk in...

Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried wore Alexander McQueen 

Our human export, Charlize Theron, finally hit the right fashion note wearing structured Dior with a pristine peplum

Kristen Stewart wore a lovely Reem Acra column dress. More surprisingly, she also wore a smile.

Best Actress nominee, Jessica Chastain, perfected old Hollywood understated glamour in a sparkly rose gold Armani Privé gown.

Catherine Zeta Jones (yes that really is her & no I don't know what happened to her face) brought the drama in glistening gold by one of my favourite designers, Zuhair Murad.

Actress Olivia Munn worked red and gold in Marchesa, a hot trend for A/W 2013

Nicole Kidman was decked out by the new queen of red carpet sequins, model-turned designer (and girlfriend of Mick Jagger) L'wren Scott.

Also in black and gold, Salma Heyek wore bejeweled velvet by Alexander McQueen

Sandra Bullock pulled off a rare fashion win in black Elie Saab with a gold bag.

Who were your favourites?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Bay Harbour Market

I never considered myself a market person, not that I was against the idea, it just didn't form part of my life. Living at home and waitressing while studying gave me plenty of disposable income so I didn't mind paying R800 for a pair of jeans, R600 for a Polo bag I seldom used or R500 on a cocktail dress I'd wear once. I was a mall person. These days, as a fully-fledged adult with real-world expenses I'm enjoying exploring alternative forms of shopping like markets and finding one-of-a-kind objets d'art for my home. Besides, who wants to be wearing the same chain store jacket as 100 other girls?

Something which I find both ironic and amusing is that I somehow ended up with my own market before I'd even begun exploring the Cape Town market scene. I don't quite know how that happened and still maintain that it was an accident!

Anyway, one of my recent favourites is the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay where foodies meet fashionistas with a healthy dose of decor thrown into the mix. The market runs on Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday. They also have other cool things like Wednesday comedy nights. The stalls don't really vary much from week to week with the odd new trader popping up but there's such a great vibe and really awesome food that the shopping bit becomes almost secondary. They also have live music which really adds to the atmosphere. Here's a couple of snaps I took on a recent visit one rainy Saturday.

I really love how bright and colourful this market is- true African spirit!

In the food court listening to rain on the tin roof

Naked Drinks cocktails- no virgins here!

Pink t-shirt man prepares our Raspberry Mojitos which were truly delightful!

Mojitos and Nachos! We're practically in Cuba (without the communism)

The band getting their Rock 'n Roll on- loved their rendition of Chuck Berry's Memphis Tennessee 

Miss Piggy's hippy twin sis

My favourite store. Wanted to buy it all.

What I wore- boho market vibes

My fave decor stall, it's simply retrolicious!

Some of their cute as pie cushions

My precious! Snapped up this vintage dress (well actually my friend bought it for me as my birthday present- thanks Trish!) at the antique & vintage stall. Black velvet, mesh, gold brocade, it's like it was made in my fashion fantasies!

You can keep up with the Bay Market on Facebook here 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Couture Week Part 1

Just before Autumn/Winter NY Fashion Week kicked off, some of the top fashion houses in the world showed off their haute couture collections in a final, fantastical hurrah to Spring/Summer 2013 down the catwalks of "Paree". Here are some of my favourite looks from 4 of the shows.

Jean Paul Gaultier

 JPG brought more than a touch of the exotic into his couture collection. From bold stripes and swirls to rich colours of desert opulance, models were dressed from beehived head to  blue and silver-painted toe! More was more and accessories stole the show with stacked bangles, enormous earrings and long beads and chains hanging from chokers taking centre stage. It was refreshing to see so many dark beauties on the runway, channeling a feeling of North African luxury.

Elie Saab

 Elie Saab is becoming a fast favourite for A-listers wanting to wow on the red carpet while maintaining their Get Out Of Jail Free card for the Fashion Police. Consistently beautiful, feminine and brimming with luxurious beading, crystals and embellishments, the couture collection kept the well-known spirit of the label. Saab does pastels and lace so wonderfully well, but it was invigorating to see the appearance of some bolder shades of red and black, a flirtation with all things sheer and some slightly cheekier hemlines!


Like Gaultier, Armani was clearly also struck by wanderlust but chose to venture a little further east. Sharp tailoring, structured androgyny and shiny fabrics mingled with statement dresses, oversized neckpieces and bell-hop hats. Black, red and gold were the standout colours from the entire collection.


Valentino went positively Victorian with a mostly neutral palette and demure details like long sleeves, high neckline and low hemlines. Touches of gothic and plenty of lace sashayed down the runway on a herd of porcelain-skinned girls with pulled back hair and cheekbones Sleeping Beauty could have pricked her finger on.

Round-up of more couture week designers coming soon- who was your favourite??
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