Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy 2017 everyone!

So, I turned 30 in December, eek! And this is what I wore. I randomly picked up this silver pleated tie dress at Mr Price. I haven't shopped there in ages but had to run into one for work and saw this and a top version in gold and a cute LBD (for 50 bucks!) so thought it was the perfect little party dress to wear to my pizza and wine party. I teamed it with big silver hoops and my white Supergas 'coz I am totally a party dress and sneakers kind of girl!

I started my four part blogger series last time so here is the second part...it's all about attending events! Once you've worked your but off, built a following and made some major connections with brands and PR's, the invites to launches and parties will start to fly in. Be selective. Attend events of brands you would kill to work with, show them the love and support. But if you spread yourself thin and go to everything you are invited to, you'll come across as someone who promotes anything and everything and followers don't love that. Rather support what you love and what represents you, work on building those relationships rather than think you need to be seen all over the show.

Anything else you want to ask re blogging and being an influencer?Ask below in the comments and I'll answer them in my next post!



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Everyone is asking me where I got this dress from so I had to share. It's from Pick 'n Pay Clothing! They have some really beautiful tops and dresses, very boho. And I usually don't wear prints but I love the flattering cross over style, the frills and lace-up back. I've been teaming it with my Superga lace-ups and gladiator sandals. These are new in from Edgars, who have some stunning summer shoes at the moment. I don't usually shop there anymore but happened to walk by and was pleasantly surprised. This dress makes me want to dance and twirl for days!

The second part of this post is a four part series I thought I would do for newbie or wanna be fashion bloggers over the next few months. I kinda feel like there are so many fashion bloggers now and having been in the Fashion Editor business for eight years and a blogger for about four of those, I really do get to see both sides, the good and bad and wrong and right. I could actually write a book on it. But here is my top tip to start the series, be honest.

This is two fold. If you're lucky enough to reach a point where you are remunerated for posting, then be honest and upfront with your readers. Tell them is it sponsored, promotional or an ad. That way they can decide for themselves to read it. If you are paid, work with brands that suit your style, represent who you are and what you genuinely would spend your own money on, because essentially you are telling them to spend theirs on it. Work with brands that relate to what you blog about. If you're a fashion blogger, blogging about a new car, your readers will see right through it. They keep coming back for the content you are doing, so don't take any old thing for any old price. Use tools like Webfluential to help you figure out the value of your posts, tweets and Instagrams. If you've built a valuable following then everything you post online has some value. Chat to fellow bloggers too of your caliber and following to see how they charge.

Secondly, don't pretend you own the items you are blogging about if you don't. Don't go take clothing out on apro, blog a look post and then return the clothes. Your readers wouldn't buy, wear and return. You're essentially lying to your readers if you do this. If the items have been sent or sponsored, don't feel obligated to post about it. Post about it if you genuinely will wear it and if it is your style. And then, be open that they were gifted or sponsored.

Comment below if you're a blogger and value this advice and I'll keep it coming.

I'm off to Plett for the holidays next week, I cannot wait. It's been a busy but exciting year. And our wedding is just under four months away! Plus, I turn 30 next week, cray cray! I'll post my outfit after. Have a fab day readers!



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Aaaarg, where's Summer at? It keeps teasing us but just won't stay. I keep thinking it's time to pack the pants and knitwear away but then we get the cold weather back.

One of the pair of pants I think we should all have no matter the season is a pair of ankle length, black trousers. I have two, a looser tapered pair from Zara which I bought when they first opened in South Africa and that I still wear. My other pair are these tuxedo style pants by Tom Tailor. You can dress them up or down, smart or casual, not matter the weather.

I paired mine with this open shoulder shirt which I picked up from Mr Price, on sale, for 80 bucks. The fact that anything goes on sale at Mr P is kinda cray! I don't need to tell you that Summer will be all about bare shoulders.

If you are going to wear a tuxedo pant, either finish it off with a plain pump (I live in my Topshop soft leather ones), or a beautiful heel. I needed a black heel I could actually be comfy in for a wedding last week so picked these up from Cotton On. Love a solid block heel.

Check back soon for my next post, I will also be starting blogger how to kinda posts giving some advice to wanna be bloggers. Feel like I've been doing this a while and want to share the do's and please don'ts!

Show me your outfits by tagging me on Insta or Twitter @caraleer and be sure to follow me on Snap which I am obsessed with @thefashiondept.

Thanks to Sorbet for keeping my nails painted and looking good!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hey everyone, it's been a while! I've been consumed by all things wedding! We just got back from Durban where my fiance's family live. We went up to celebrate our engagement and for me to have a dress fitting with my fave SA bridal designer, Casey-Jeanne. I felt like a princess trying on her gowns and cannot wait to wear mine!

I wore this Mango dress to our engagement drinks there which I found on sale at Edgars. I love the lace neckline and the bell sleeves. Yip, yet another LBD to add to my collection.

And how are these heels!? I was invited a few weeks ago to Spitz to see their new look store and choose a pair of shoes from their Summer collection. I couldn't resist these. I've always wanted a pair in this colour, I love how they elongate the leg and make it look like it goes on forever. Now, bring on Summer so these pasty legs can get some colour!

And thanks to Colette by Colette Hayman for allowing me to go to their store to choose a new sling bag. My fave one from them broke and I love this replacement. FYI, if you've bought from them and your bag breaks they will replace it if you take the broken one in to show them (obvs not after years and years though! ha!).

Nails by Sorbet, Cavendish Square. Mr Price choker.

P.S. I'm on Snapchat now! Follow me @thefashdept to get a behind the scenes look into my life as a style blogger and Fashion Editor!


Monday, August 22, 2016

I was once told that white clothes are only for the rich and famous who get waited on hand and foot so they don't dirty their clothes. Not sure I agree but whenever I wear white I do always land up spilling something or getting them marked, so maybe there is some truth to that. I've never even bothered to ever try white pants, and knew if I did I would only ever try a pair of boyfriend denims. Like these. It takes some getting used to and you need to wear them with a bit of attitude to pull them off but I kinda love them, what do you think? Plus, you have to watch what you sit on, ha!

Also crazy about knits for winter, obvious I know. I picked up this lace-up knit and loved it so much I got it in army green too. I always buy two of things I love.

And yes, I am still choker obssessed.

Mr Price choker and denims, Cotton On knit, Spitz heels.


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