Hi Lovelies. It’s been a long hot minute since my last blog post and I am so glad to be back at it again. In a world where the makeup community and brands have shown radical growth from 2015 to present, it is clear that the idea of ‘perfection’ is still very real. Brands all over the world are selling the fantasy of a perfect looking woman and whether it’s her high end foundation or low end contour stick –we all get lured in to some extent. My question today: to what extent do we stop?
I personally love make up and I love looking good all the time, I also have a small monthly budget towards my makeup collection. I also remember the days when I would apply eyeliner, lip-gloss and be good to go (aaaah the good old days). It was much simpler back in the day when women would require the essentials which are up to 6 items and be totally chilled with the outcome of their appearance. This is hardly the case as the makeup community has evolved and created 100 steps from prep to finish in order to create an illusion of the perfect face. Now I would be contradicting myself if I said that I didn’t enjoy prepping and priming my skin. Brands have to grow, makeup had to evolve and I am not here complaining of the 100 steps to your glam make up look.
So what am I here to rant about you may ask?
And indeed it may be a rant or some would consider that I am being a hater, whilst others would appreciate the message I am trying to get across. Well, I’m opinionated and I promised authenticity so let’s discuss the underlying issues of the illusion of the perfect skin…
The sad truth about being brown is the transparent visibility of our society deeming the ones that are fairer to be known as the ‘elite’ or ‘preferred’. Growing up as an Indian girl and being surrounded with predominantly Indian people, we dealt with racism within our own race. I know that may sound absurd, but being a fair brown girl was considered to be of a benefit and being a darker shade of brown wasn’t ideal. This stems from back in the day when our grandparents would tell us stories about marrying out of your caste and what may have seemed as light-hearted is actually the sentiments we grew up with.
When we seek perfection, does this mean that we need to have a fairer complexion to be the perfect woman?
If you’re like me and follow just about every trend on social media, you would quickly notice the rising market of whitening skin creams, brightening capsules and glutathione treatments. Brands are selling ‘fair’ to be the preferred option of skin colour and this makes me so angry. In a world where we are constantly moving ahead of times, why are we still then not embracing our skin colour and leaving society’s disapproval of ‘brown’ where it belongs?
The scariness of these whitening treatments is the obsession of it amongst our brown people… I’ve seen influencers endorse and promote whitening of skin as if it is okay to do so. You’re blessed with a following of people who look up to you and what do you do with that? Basically, you tell them that you’re unhappy about being who you are and sell them what you think is the better version of themselves. The idea of the better version of oneself is not depicted by the colour of their skin.
Whilst we’re obsessing over being extremely light skinned, the world recognises powerful women like Priyanka Chopra, Beyoncé Knowles, and Gabrielle Union as being some of the most beautiful women in the world. What do they all have in common: brown and beautiful.
Let’s talk about skincare
In this obsession of being the fairest of them all, your skin is going through torture.
Skin Whitening is an expensive procedure, so many people who can’t afford opt for drugstore products that promises fairer skin in 14 days (like seriously). It also has the herbal ingredients so no harm right? Well not exactly, these are some of the hidden ingredients you probably don’t see on the list of herbal ingredients stated on the box:
According to a New York Times article, long term use of a whitening cream containing clobetasol may lead to paper thin, easily bruised skin, hypertension, elevated blood sugar, and stretch marks. Arguably the most common substance that is often found in skin lightening creams –mercury. Mercury is a compound that prevents melanin to be developed which results in a lighter skin tone. Melanin however, plays an important part of natural skincare as it protects us from the damage of the UV rays and reduces the chance of skin cancer.
The trending skin whitening treatment Glutathione has taken the Indian market by storm with multiple beauty gurus endorsing this treatment. Glutathione is produced in everyone’s body and serves the purpose of an antioxidant that removes the bodies’ toxins. Glutathione that can be used for male infertility and chemotherapy adjunct is also sold to women as a whitening treatment along as a multi vitamin dosage that can be used to boost your energy and last in your body for several weeks till your next session. My view on this: Well, I know of women that have gone for this and it has indeed lightened their skin tone and I also know of women who went for this purely out of daily fatigue and it did not make a difference. With that being said, there are side effects to Glutathione treatments as there are benefits. I would definitely suggest researching thoroughly and understanding your reasoning behind such treatments before attempting it.
I know this blog post would not be favoured by brands that I could have collaborated with but I am not here to sell you anything. If I like a product, I will talk about it. If I dislike a product/trend then I will still talk about it.
Harming oneself just for a lighter skin tone can never be justified in my books. I believe that we are all God’s creation, made perfectly in his image, regardless of one skin colour. The sad truth is that we as humans take the phrase ‘we are never happy with anything’ way too seriously. It’s time we stop blaming human behaviour for the choices we are well aware of. You are indeed capable of loving yourself as you are, period.
Till next time…
Hi Lovelies! Now I wish I could get right into blogging but I haven’t written in exactly 13 months. YES, 13 MONTHS! So much has happened, so much gory details to spill. Life has been a whirlwind and what was a temporary break from blogging turned into a permanent one. When one takes a break for that long then there must be a reason for it… and no I am not that lazy. So read on and find out what’s been happening in my life. In the end of this blog post you might just find out if I am going to start writing again.
Flashback to 2018:
The month of February 2018 was a huge month for my career. I received a job offer from Primedia Lifestyle to be the marketing manager for one of the shopping centres in Durban. After working for brands like Lorna Jane and GJCSA, I felt the position was an ideal platform to allow me to grow my career and broaden my skill set. I took on the position and very quickly realised that work isn’t going to allow me to take beautiful fashion shots and write blog posts as often I like. Is that the reason why I stopped, well not quite…
Truth be told – this job was exciting as equally terrifying. I worked for brands where positivity, emoji’s on emails and bright smiles got us through each day. When people asked me what it was like being the Regional Marketing Manager of Lorna Jane , I use to be like ‘Meh, its ayt’. Now, I’m like I just want to be a Lorna Jane Girl again ( let’s be honest, I still am at heart). It’s no lie, being a creative and working for a brand whereby the target market is Low LSM is some tough shit! Some days felt like it’s not so bad however most days was like WTF (at least 50 times out loud, and 100 times in my head). I love a challenge, so I decided to accept saying WTF (atleast 50 times out loud, and 100 times in my head) and that the only time I will bid farewell to this job, is when I make a visible change to this place( which needs a separate blog post lol).
Whilst I was setting attainable career goals, I didn’t realise how much I was neglecting every other aspect of my life. Those that know me, know I love a fit and healthy lifestyle.In July 2018, I hit rock bottom and was practically going through junk food as a source of comfort to take me through each day. As for blogging, this rapidly became a dream again. I was so focused on a massive campaign at work that everything took a step back from my relationships to my own health. No amount of success is worth your peace and the people you love. Success and being driven is important but so is your sanity.
Life started taking shape in September and yet I still was not ready to write again. I guess a part of me felt like a failure and a part of me was just not that interested. When I initially started blogging, all I wanted to do was create a platform whereby I could help women understand their sense of style and be confident through fashion. In the beginning, my blog launched this way but soon the amount of clicks to my website, the growth of followers slowly consumed me and before I knew it, I was more focused on having a successful blog than the real reason why I started writing. Now I could sit here and say that social media does this to you, but I have to blame myself and the fact that I got so wrapped up in other people and comparing myself to others that I lost myself and being true to who I am. As I write today, I think of a specific reader who used my fashion blog posts as an inspiration to build her own sense of style… I want to do that again, I want to be that inspiring, strong and confident woman who is changing one life at a time (even if it is just one at a time and be okay with that).
The greatest challenge I found when blogging was consistency and still being able to remain relevant in a world where everyone is a ‘blogger’ (can you tell that this still frustrates me). Whilst I can’t promise a blog every week (I refuse to put that kind of pressure on myself again), I do aim on writing again. Sometimes it may be fashion, sometimes I might want to share my fitness journey or something personal with my readers but the whole point of me writing again is to be authentic and real to who I am.
I hope this blog post helps all those who feel that they need to live up to a social norm, you really don’t. Social media is as helpful as it is poisonous but only you can decide… Fulfilment comes from within and not from others.
Till next time…
If you are one to follow trends, there’s no way you could have missed the latest trend that has the fashion industry mesmerized- THE GINGHAM TAKEOVER. I am currently loving this edgy style and had to feature it as one of my favorites for this spring/summer 17.
Think Gingham fabric and feel nostalgic? Well I do, because when I see this print, it takes me back to school uniforms and tablecloths (no joke). However, fashion designers have brought back Gingham in the best way possible, this simple print added with edgy cuts and finishes are creating the most trendy items this season.
The Gingham Print
For many of us the Gingham print is defined as a check print but this is not what it is originally known as. Gingham is actually known for the way the fabric is created where the yarn is dyed before it is woven. Unlike floral and other prints, the gingham print is easy on the eye yet has the ability to define an outfit and create some rather classic styles. I personally would choose minimal over prints any day, yet this happens to be one of my favourite garments in my spring wardrobe.
How to Style Gingham
Now there’s plenty Gingham style inspiration on social media and the internet out there… and when there is that many, it usually means it’s pretty simple to get a perfect style to suit your personality. So let’s go through my favorite way on styling Gingham.
Gingham fabric is styled in dresses,shorts, skirts etc with a variety of colours to choose from. This makes styling your Gingham #ootd even more easy.
My favorite is the one that’s featured on my blog today. I went with a wrap Gingham style top with puffy sleeves which gives this outfit a bold look, I wanted my Gingham style to stand out so I kept my skirt, and heels simple but added accessories that complemented the off shoulder look.
Outfit Tip: Add long earrings to an off shoulder outfit look to create the perfect touch and tie your hair back so your earrings and hair doesn’t clash. Your earrings will be much more visible and will add clear definition to your outfit.
Another way to rock your Gingham style items are to pair them with plain lifestyle sneakers. Sneakers add a more cool and relaxed look to an outfit so if you’re looking for weekend wear inspiration then opting for sneakers is a good idea.
Outfit Tip: Sneakers will create a street style appearance so don’t go with glamorous earrings but rather opt for a simple choker on the neck coupled with studs on the ear instead.
Are you Gingham ready now? I really do hope so. Till next time. Ciao. xx
–WHAT I WORE–
Gingham Off Shoulder Top: Zando
Mini Skirt: Mango
Heels: Call It Spring
There is no need for an introduction when it comes to the L’Oreal brand. We see it everywhere from drugstores to cosmetic stores to salons – yes L’Oreal is pretty awesome like that. L’Oreal is a brand that has a complete skincare, cosmetic and hair care range that is recognized worldwide for years.
I decided to indulge in a few cosmetic purchases at my favorite Dischem Pharmacy and here are some of the products I got, along with what I think of them.
L’Oreal Infallible- 24H Matte
I have heard so much raving about this foundation that I had to try it. Many YouTubers said that this is a dupe for the Mac Studio Fix foundation. Unfortunately this was not the case for me at all. The Infallible Matte is a medium coverage foundation for OILY skin, I say oily so boldly because if you don’t have oily skin and use this foundation –you almost feel like your skin is cracking that’s how insane the matte effect is! The consistency of the product is quite runny and comes in an easy to use tube. Applying the foundation, you will notice that it dries up really quickly too! In terms of durability, it does last a good 8-10h working day on your skin. I think if you looking for a good quality drugstore foundation for oily skin than this would work for you but if you have normal skin – stay away.
Price: Averaging R199.00
Would I buy it again: No
Shade on my skin tone: 24 Golden Beige
L’Oreal Infallible- 24H
The Infallible foundation comes in a pump bottle which makes it really easy to use. I approximately use 2/3 pumps on my face. The foundation has much more of a creamy texture than the Infallible matte and gives off a natural dewy finish (this is perfect for normal skin). As much as there are many reviews that say this is a high coverage foundation, I feel this is not high coverage but rather light to medium coverage. It is lightweight on the skin but has to be used with a powder to stay intact. It is a good and affordable foundation for everyday use and does last well for 8h-10h working day.
Price: Averaging R199.00
Would I buy it again: Yes
Shade on my skin tone: 260 Golden Sun
L’Oreal False Lash Wings Mascara
I really love the effect of false lashes however due to the glue and the weight of them on my eyes it’s a mission for me to wear them. Due to this, I am always on the hunt for mascaras that come close to the falsies effect. When I saw the name of this mascara, I knew I needed to give it a try. All I can say is WOW! This mascara gives your lashes length,volume and creates a false lash effect all in one stroke and that too without looking lumpy. The wand takes some time to getting use to, but once you get a hang of using it, you will really enjoy the benefits of the mascara.
Price: Averaging R199.00
Would I buy it again: Yes
L’Oreal Brow Artist Maker
The L’oreal Brow Artist Maker is a 2-in-1 brow crayon and brush. It is a really creamy textured crayon, and believe me a little goes a long way. The crayon does intensify the brows and is highly pigmented. I have to point out that as much as it intensifies the colour of your brows, it does not allow for precise outlining of the brows. This is a huge challenge as the crayon is quite chubby.
Price: Averaging R159.00
Would I buy it again: No
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner
I am gonna keep this short and sweet. Do you need to buy this eyeliner ? YES YES YES! It is a matte black gel eyeliner that glides on the lower lid like a gel pen to a book. It lasts for hours, smudge free! Its exactly what you need to create those eyeliner goals. Its my new go-to eyeliner and a must for your makeup collection too. This was the one product that amazed me the most from all of my purchases that I made.
Price: Averaging R159
Would I buy it again? Yes
I hope you enjoyed this this review as much as I did compiling it for you. Have you used these products before? Which ones have worked for you? Leave a comment below and let me know. Till next time… Ciao! xx
Street style fashion is more than just a trend; it is here to stay and has taken its place on the runways too. So how do we define street style? Its not about trying to follow the norm but rather creating your individual style. It’s all about getting creative with your favorite garments to create your style that’s uber cool and comfy.
HOW TO PULL OFF STREET STYLE EFFORTLESSLY
The great thing about pulling off street style inspired outfits is that you can hardly go wrong. When we think of the street, we relate it to terms like funky, edgy, colorful, rugged, creative etc so just stick along those lines and create what works for you.
I use a trick to pulling off street style effortlessly which is to pick one plain garment and build around it with some funky items. An easy example would be pairing a plain white tee with some really cool washed out ripped jeans and sneakers.
THE GO-TO STREET STYLE MUST HAVE ITEMS
If you’re on the hunt for new clothes to make your perfect street style #ootd , first check out the list below. These items could be lying in your wardrobe and now is the right time to take them out!
Jeans: If you have old fashioned jeans that are baggy and washed out then simply just rip them to recreate them. Ripped jeans is a must for street style.
Simple Tee’s/Vests: If you have a lot of tees in your wardrobe, then now would be a good time to bring them out again. Take a plain tee and just knot up the bottom to a side, creating a funky look with something really plain.
Jackets: We saying yes to denim jackets, baggy hoodies and crop jackets too.These make great garments for layering.
Lifestyle Sneakers: A pair of sneakers always puts the ‘street’ in street style.
Cap: Adding a cap to your street style #ootd can give you so much more sass to your outfit. It helps simmer it down to a casual vibe but gives edge all at the same time.
I personally love that some of the most incredible fashion is inspired by street. Sometimes inspiration comes from the weirdest places. I hope you enjoyed my blog post this week and ready to rock your street style #ootd. Till next time… Ciao!
–WHAT I WORE–
Singlet: Lorna Jane https://lornajane.co.za/
Waistcoat: Roxy http://www.roxy.co.za/
Denim Skirt: Foschini http://www.foschini.co.za/
Sneakers: Nike Air Max via Zando https://www.zando.co.za/
Cap: Zando https://www.zando.co.za/women/
Choker: Lovisa https://www.lovisa.com/
It is a no brainer that online shopping has evolved and has increased in the past few years. South Africans are rapidly adapting to online shopping. Social media platforms have also assisted largely in making online shopping a huge success. I am personally glad that we can tap into unique products and brands without the hassle of traveling far and wide.
We have also seen a large amount of online businesses promoting themselves on social media, stocking make up, jewelry and clothing. As you scroll down your IG feed, its extremely hard to resist these local online businesses. I recently decided to support local and splurged on a few items from Aara Jewelry.
Aara Jewelry is founded by Riz Dhoda who has an eye for all things unique and beautiful. Her business is based in Johannesburg and she is really great with designing handmade jewelry. I loved the details of her jewelry so I decided to give it a try.
EAZY PEEZY ORDERING SYSTEM
Scroll onto Aara Jewelry
Find a few of your favourite items
Message them accordingly.
When I did, I received a response almost immediately with a price list. I went ahead and placed my order however I had major issues with payment as my bank did not update my cellphone number. I was so impressed with the professionalism and patience from Aara Jewelry , they kept my items until I could get to a bank. The items was despatched and I was kept in the loop throughout the process, I received my goodies within 2 days as promised.
APPEARANCE AND QUALITY OF AARA JEWELRY
The jewelry was placed in gorgeous little white bags and I was so excited to unravel them. I am not sure about you, but I always get a little tense when opening my online goodies, because a lot of the time ‘what you see is not what you end up getting’ .This was not the case with Aara as all jewelry items were exactly like the images showcased on their IG page.
The Afra Tassels have an amazing authentic look and feel to them. They are bold and classy and can add the perfect touch to an outfit(if you don’t believe me, check out my previous post ). I love them even more because they are so lightweight and comfortable on the ear.
The triangular shaped Hamsa Stud has a vintage and minimal look to it and is perfect for everyday wear. If you have a love for finer details, then you would love this pair from Aara. Sometimes less is so much more!
My utmost favourite thing about these chokers are the fact that they are made to size! This is a huge deal for me because I have bought many chokers and not used them/barely used them due to it being too large. The velvet and lace fabrics are of such good quality, its amazing! The fabrics are thick and luxurious. I have been making use of these items for the past 2 months and I am so pleased to see that they do not get tarnished easily.
LETS TALK ABOUT THE MOOLAH:
I paid R60 each for the earrings which is such a steal! Tassel earrings are averaging at R120 at chain stores.I paid R40 each for the chokers and I really do not need to express how ridiculously affordable this is!
There is a courier fee attached which is R50. I spent R250 for 4 items in total including the courier fee and I was more than stoked with my goodies.
I will definitely be keeping a close eye on the new editions from Aara Jewelry. If you are looking for a trendy and affordable jewelry stop, hit the follow button on Aara Jewelry. Their Instagram link is below. Till next time. Ciao! Xx
Photography by : Rakesh Bhagwandin
Winter has been amazing and even though we all are embracing spring right now, I still can’t get over some of the fashion trends that have come in for AW17. These are some of the AW17 trends that I hate bidding farewell to.
The velvet fabric was a huge hit for this years A/W seasons. We went through a time where it was #velveteverything or should we say #velvetwaseverything. The sheer rich fabric was great for a luxurious, classy look and created some of the best outfits that we have seen this year. I personally loved how the trend transformed from velvet clothing, to accessories and shoes too! I am forever grateful for the velvet trend!
I recall my mother telling me how trendy bell sleeves were back in the 80’s, it clearly was one of those unforgettable trends. Bell sleeves are one of my favorites because it gave off such an edgy appearance to simple dresses and tops and has the ability to revolutionize a simple garment into a statement piece.
The Glass Heel Boot
Lets be honest, the glass heel boot had to make this list for these 3 important reasons:
- COMFORT: The block heel gives you balance and allows you to be comfortable even on those long shopping spree days.
- TRENDY: I love the fact that these are so trendy, fashionable and adding so much edge to complete an outfit.
- VERSATILITY: I love that that these pair of boots work with jeans, skirts and dresses. This type of boot complements a casual outfit during the day as well as a glam outfit for an evening which is the perfect edition to your shoe closet.
So here we have it, these are definitely my favorite AW17 trends that I still cant seem to let go of and are still in front row of my closet. What about you? What were your favorites for this AW17? Comment below and let me know 🙂 Till next time. Ciao! xx
–WHAT I WORE–
Bell sleeve crop-top: Zipcode http://zipcodeclothing.co.za/
Pleated velvet skirt: Superbalist https://superbalist.com/
Glass heel Boot: YDE https://www.yde.co.za/
Fishnet stockings: Factorie http://www.factorie.com.au/
Earrings: Aara Jewelry https://www.instagram.com/aarajewelry/
Photography by Rakesh Bhagwandin