Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I love boyfriend jeans. I had four pairs on rotation until recently when two got too full of holes I gave them away. These are from Factorie and are in store now. My other faves are last season's Element Eden's. I love them because they are super comfy and don't cut off my circulation (ha!) like skinnies and I absolutely frikken love them the most because they are not meant to be tight on the butt (which is non-existent on me!). I struggle to find skinnies that fit snugly on my butt because I have such a flat one (no amount of squats have helped!). I like that these are meant to look baggy and not fitted. Teamed with a pair ot trainers, this is sports luxe at it's best, my best kinda dressing. Also, I'm still grasping at the last of summer in off-the-shoulder tops. I picked this up in Stockholm when I visited H&M headquarters. I've worn it just once, I'm too scared to mess on it! What are your fave denims?

Nike trainers (obvs!) and American Swiss earrings ('coz I am mad for minimal accessories).



Monday, April 18, 2016

For me, Winter dressing is all about layering your separates. It's about having pieces that you can mix and match with each other. It's also just about keeping warm, stylishly. I rarely wear colour so it's all about black, nudes, grey, and white knitwear, denims, boots and statement coats for me.

As Winter gets closer I have been stocking up on knitwear (my fave item to slip on during the cold!). Last season the polo neck made a big comeback and I was always too scared to wear one because they come so high up my neck that firstly I looked like I had four chins and they also make me feel claustrophobic! So happy that this season I found this one at Miladys. It's a turtle neck but the actual neckline doesn't come so high up, it's perfect. It's soft and luxurious and I'm so going to use these to layer. I picked it up in black and white. There is something so quietly stylish and chic about a turtle neck.

Talking about Miladys. when last (if ever!) have you been into a store? They have re branded and it is amazing. Think Country Road at half the price. The coat and boots in this post are also from them, I mean! I'm so impressed with their product at the moment. Being a twenty something I would never usually think to shop there but I do, secrets out!

These items hit stores this week so if you're busy updating your wardrobe for the season, go check out what they have and tag yourself using #shesgotstyle so I can see what you found!



Friday, April 1, 2016

I haven't blogged in a while because I have been feeling kinda like what's the point anymore. I am feeling like when I post on my Insta, why would you bother to then come to the blog. But then I reminded myself why I started blogging my looks and remembered that it was for me! I love fashion, I love getting dressed up, I love shopping (who doesn't!?) and I love what I do and I love sharing all that with you!

I am also trying desperately to cling to the last bit of summer. Winter has had a different idea and has arrived earlier than planned. In one final attempt at bare arms and legs I wanted to show you some of my latest treats.

Summer was all about open backs and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses for me. I got this Zara dress on their summer sale and have lived it in this season. I LOVE the tie back! I've also downsized my handbag. I used to carry around a big, well, carryall. And it literally did just that and then I couldn't find anything in it! I decided I didn't really need to carry around everything I own and now stick to this chic Colette by Colette Hayman sling. It holds just the essentials and goes with everything. I love the metal chain. I also got a brown and gold sling ALDO bag as a second option.

And can we just take a moment to soak up these heels. I mean! I love them. They are so OTT, I don't know how often I'll actually wear them but I got to pick out a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes at Spitz during summer and I couldn't resist the glamour of these. I just got the updated brown winter version which I will share with you soon. Any lace-up heel is a must right now, it was a hot trend for summer and it's being carried through to winter.

That's it from me, please let me know if you prefer seeing outfits on Insta and on the blog or just the one.

P.S I am VERY excited to share a new project with you, www.fitfluencer.co.za. I am constantly asked by friends and colleagues about what workouts I am doing and what eating plan I am on because I am a fitness freak and working out is a huge part of my life. So I have decided to create an online network for fellow workout addicts. The site launches mid-April but follow us so long on Insta @Fit_Fluencer.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

So I haven't posted in a while because I have been in a bit of a slump. But nothing a bit of a shake up can't fix. For about five years I've been at a trainer focussing on boxing and weight tranining with my running and Pilates thrown in. But honestly been feeling so gross lately. Like my body just is not responding to any work outs. I'm eating relatively healthy. I've gone off the rails a couple of weekends but moderation is normal, right? Well what usually maintains my weight isn't working anymore. Does that happen to you too? I'm sure many of you can relate!

One of my worst things is when you tell people you feel like you're gaining weight and they say rubbish, you are just fine. It's all relative. You know if your body is in a bad place and if you're just not feeling good in it. No matter your actual weight in kilos, if you don't feel good it can leave you feeling so down.

I chatted to a couple trainer friends and they all said the same. First, take a week off. Don't train and don't worry about every bite of food. I did just that and I felt my entire body relax. Secondly, change your workout regime. So I have quit boxing so much, started with a female trainer who gets a women's body focusing on each muscle group seperatly, started Sweat 1000 classes once a week and have now limited my running to only once or twice a week (running breaks down the muscles you work hard to get in the gym). And thirdly I am eating clean 80% and not so clean the rest (you need to shock the body with the yummy indulgence at least once a week so it reboots when you eat all the good stuff, and who it's clean all day everyday anyways?!). 

So what's my eating clean? I tried the no meat, chicken and dairy for a while and I gained weight! It's too high carb and fat for me. And my body craved red meat. So now I just try my best to buy proper organic (free range is not organic!) meats and eggs. I'm still limiting my dairy (women's bodies hold onto dairy). My eating plan is basically protein plus green veg plus a brown carb (breaky and lunch) and only one fruit a day (fruits are loaded with sugar). I'm also eating a mini-meal at the 4pm slump (think protein plus a free veg like cucumber) instead of reaching for more fruit for example. The biggest change is drinking water. I've always struggled drinking water, so boring! But now I'm drinking 3 litres a day and I am deifnitely less puffy and also feel fuller. My skin is also looking a bit clearer. I just make sure I get through two 1,5 litre bottles a day. I mean it's only been a week but I am already feeling so much better. This is def a more realistic way of maintaining. It's four weeks to go until my bestie's wedding and that's my goal. I can't wait to slip into my dress feeling great and looking healthy!

I really don't want my fitness posts to be about me, I want to motivate you to try out the workouts I'm into and see if they work for you. I'll share my recipes and food tips I get from my trainers and I want to share my fitness fashion finds to try and help you sift through the loads of merchandise out there for the ones that are actually worth the hefty price tags. Like these Asics FuzeX running shoes.

I have always been an Asics runner. I've tried the other brands but I always end up buying Asics. I've slowly made my way from a heavier shoe to their GT-1000's, a much lighter shoe. Or so I thought, until I tried these. If you're a runner you'll know, the longer you run the better you get, the lighter your shoe gets and the more accomplished you feel. But no matter how light you go, Asics has always been known to be a heavier shoe. Until now. I tested these for the last week with a long run this weekend and I am super excited that Asics have finally brought out a shoe like this. It is light, supportive and not too soft. I didn't feel like my foot was dragging at all from the shoe being heavy or that it was too soft and that my foot was sinking. To put it simply, they have fuzed their GEL with foam. I don't really understand how it all works but it has something to do with better shock absorption and cushioning but in a lighter package. It reminds me of a Nike running shoe in terms of weight, look and feel and is so unlike an Asics shoe, it's awesome that the brand has realized the need for a shoe like this for Asics runners. I can't wait to hit the road again in my Asics FuzeX shoes. They retail for about R1800 so are pricey but worth every rand. They also come in a really good selection of colour combos, and those goes for the guys version as well.

They also sent me this kit. You'll know by now I hate wearing colour or print so I would never usually go for these leggings but they are high waisted and I absolutely love a high waist gym tight. So just for that I will wear a multi-coloured polka-dot legging!

Have a great week everyone, get out there and get active!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shirt dresses are my new favourite thing. I picked this one up on the end of season sale at Cotton On. It's so soft and light and easy to wear. I've worn it on the weekend and to work at the magazine. They are usually on the cusp of being a little short for me so I stick to wearing them with flats. I also bought a black one from Milady's - they have had a bit of a makeover and I am seriously loving their stuff - no jokes! It has a reputation for being for 'older' woman but if you sift through you will find some great pieces. Think mix between Country Road and Mango and Woolworths kinda-ish!. Shirtdresses are literally one piece wonders. I mean what's easier than slipping one on with a pair of Persol's and Superga's? Nothing! Plus, it keeps me cool in this scorcher weather. It's been so hot, I only wanna wear things that are loose and cool.
P.S The end of season sales are on, go!
P.P.S Loving olive green everything at the moment.
P.P.P.S Ha! I threw my Superga's in the wash, they were almost black, and they are as good as new! Chuck them in with your regular load, just make sure they don't go in alone or else you'll break your washer!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Oh Billabong you've stolen my heart...with this dress! I hate doing this, but I have no idea if they have it in store anymore. Sorry! I bought it at the start of the summer clothing season but only wore it for the first time while I was away in Plett during the holidays on the day these pictures were taken so I apologize in advance if you can't lay your hands on it. I wore it over a strapless bra but ideally it should be worn over a cute bikini because the straps are adjustable so the back can be totally open and the hem even lower! I love the delicate embroidery and the high neckline too. And anything with some form of a tassel is an immediate yes for me. This is my new favourite weekender dress. If you can't find it, they usually have a variety of beachy dresses to choose from anyways.

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