Friday, November 13, 2015

I've been searching for easy to wear Summer dresses and hadn't really found anything worth buying until I found this soft denim tunic from Cotton On. I've been dressing it down on weekends with sandals and up for work with heels. These lace-ups are also Rubi by Cotton On. They have just opened their first Rubi by Cotton On stand alones stores in SA. If you're in Jozi, you are first up. Lucky! Cape Town will be next. I actually met with some of the Cotton On team yesterday who are down from Aus for the opening. What a nice bunch of girls. Did you know, Cotton On was started by a guy selling denims out of his boot!? Seriously, these kinds of stories blow my mind. He's still CEO today a whole bunch of years later.
If there are two things you need to find this summer its a denim dress and any kinda lace-up shoe, sandal, flat, heel...anything just make it a lace-up.
Zara leather look jacket which I bought forever ago on sale, it's paid for itself a hundred times over the amount I wear it. I love this jacket! We all need a jacket like this as a staple in our cupboard. Do you have an item you wear over and over with everything?


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

This is a two part post. One part is to tell you all about Totalsports' namesake workout label and that you can shop all their product online. Their range is really well priced, the top I'm wearing above retails for R229. And they also have their own workout gear like skipping ropes, gloves and fitness balls which I use when doing my gym workouts almost daily. If you've never tried skipping, ya must! It's an excellent full body workout, especially for your upper arms! They sent me a whole lot of workout wear to try out and I especially love their tank tops. Well, specifically the back details. I got another one with a net back, you can see it here. I am so happy it's finally warm enough to workout in shorts and a vest, yay!
Now for the best part, Totalsports and The Fashion Department are giving away a hamper of TS gym gear. Follow me on Insta @Caraleer to enter!
H&M sports bra, Nike shorts (I own a few pairs of these, they have tights underneath so you don't have to worry about seeing your panties!), adidas running ultra boost shoes.


Monday, October 19, 2015


You know when you find something that you love so much you want to buy another one to keep in case something happens to it? These sandals are that. Cotton On sent me these Rubi lace-ups and I have been living in them ever since. They are comfy and so easy to wear, they go with everything. This summer the must-have sandal is anything with a lace up, and Cotton On have a great selection. They even have lace-up Rubi pumps. I am not a fan of sandals that tie all the way up the leg that you look like a gladiator going off to battle, so these are just enough for me. Love them!

I am also mad about open backs for summer, like I mentioned in my last post. I had to have this dress. I spotted it at Forever 21. I love Forever 21 in the states but the store here is not as nice because there is just way too much product on the rails. It is very hard to find anything there, it's just too full. So I was surprised I found this! My all time fave designer brand is Chloe and this dress reminds me so much of their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. This is also the first piece of clothing in a colour other than black, grey, white and olive green that I have bought in forever.

The stud earrings are from Lovisa. They had a crazy good special the other day, eight pairs for a hundred bucks. I know they are not real but I like to change up my studs daily so this was a total score.

Summer teased us in Cape Town this weekend, I hope it is here to stay so I can wear my dresses and sandals all day, everyday.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Last night I went to the VIP opening of our first H&M South Africa. I was super spoilt 'coz I was dressed by H&M for the event. I got to go pick my look from rails of samples at their HQ. I saw this dress first thing, tried it and and new I had to wear it. I paired it with their tassel necklace. I love anything with an open back and I always love a great LBD so this now has pride of place in my cupboard.

Speaking of which. I moved and had to downsize my closet from six cupboards to two. As a Fashion Editor and girl in general this was very tough. I have literally had to store some of my clothes in suitcases and had to be ruthless and chuck out. I gave away four full black bags of clothes and sold two boxes full. On the plus side, it made me remember I own some beautiful pieces and have given them new life in my wardrobe by wearing them, after not wearing them in forever. Sometimes throwing things out is actually so important. I realized how much we have but how little we actually need.

Back to H&M. This is how it's done. I wish you could all have been there. We had to register, get an armband and then line up along the red carpet to gain access. I then had to do a proper red carpet, paps and all. So funny. And then the store. It was a bit hard to see it in it's entirety because there were over a thousand guests at the launch, I never got near the accessories and shoes, mens or kiddies sections. It's that big. You need like an hour just to get your barrings. I found a pretty white summer top for R199 and the home decor department is incredibly beautiful and well priced, I bought a marble look tray for R129. The prices are legitamitely affordable, the most expensive thing I picked up was R799, so that can give you some perspective. I'm going to let the crowds come and go and in a few weeks time I'll go back for a proper look and shop. The store staff were also super helpful and happy, long may it last. Having gone as H&M's guest on behalf of the mag to their headoffice in Stockholm a few weeks ago, I could really appreciate the magnitude of opening up here. This is how I wish all our retailers would do things, local and international. H&M have raised the bar. 

H&M expect over fifteen thousand feet through the doors this weekend, they open tomorrow. People are literally already camping out to be first in line, and you even have to regster for that! Let's hope others follow like Primark and Ikea. Yes local is lekker and all that, but I love fast fashion at good prices. Welcome H&M and thank you for dressing me, I felt sensational in this dress and look forward to wearing it out again, and again...

Madison heels, Witchery clutch.

P.S I spotted the dress in store so if you want one, it can be yours too!
P.P.S I also went braless for the first time, yikes! I found amazing little stick ons that did the trick though so don't be afraid of open back dresses for summer!


Friday, October 2, 2015

I am SO ready for summer, come on already! Zanzibar was a tease, I want to wear my bikini and kaftans everyday like I did there.

It was way too hot for anything other than beachwear. Before I left I picked up a coral bikini from Cotton On. Here I wore it with a Ruby Yaya off the shoulder tassel kaftan and a Klines bracelet. This summer I want any and every top I can find that is off the shoulder and tassels on everything, it's all about boho dressing.

P.S Doesn't a fake tan make everything so good? I am petrified of the sun and what it can do to us. I'm a beach baby but am always under the umbrella like a beach nerd, constantly putting on sunscreen. There are such brilliant products available now that there is really no need to bake ourselves under the harsh sun to get a tan. Before I left for Zanzi I went to Zhoosh Beauty in Cape Town to get a Fake Bake spray tan and not only did I not bother roasting myself to get some colour, it made me feel good and made everything I wore really look it's best. At home I use Tropitone Bronze It. It is super affordable and goes on at night after a shower the same as your body lotion. It gradually builds up into a perfect glow and it is honestly my best kept secret, well not anymore now. But seriously, don't spend hours trying to tan. Rather spend a little money and fake it, so much healthier that way.


Friday, September 18, 2015

I spent last week in Zanzibar styling fashion shoots for the magazine so obviously packed in all my beach ready dresses. I picked up this embroidered kaftan from Billabong before I left. It is from their latest Spring / Summer store drop and is the perfect bikini cover up. Love the bell sleeves and criss-cross back.

Was so great soaking up the hot, humid sun and being in the fresh air again. I am back home now and honestly dreading wearing pants again, can't it just be an endless summer here!? This weekend I run the Cape Town Marathon, eek! Have a good one, whatever you get up to!

Thanks to Anel van der Merwe for the snaps and Dale Titus for the red lip and wet-look hair. Shot on location at The Residence Zanzibar.

The Fashion Department © All rights reserved · Theme by Blog Milk · Blogger