Photography by Tegan Smith for Topshop South Africa
I’ll never forget the day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, casually minding my own business, liking posts as I went by, looking for inspiration, and suddenly my entire feed was bombarded with pictures of Edgars denim, and a variety of influencers telling me about the new range and a competition – all at the exact same time (which reminds me, Instagram please #BringBackChronologicalOrder). That moment was, albeit, a few years ago, but it stuck with me because I realised that particularly in South Africa, something about the way we do influencer marketing just… wasn’t right.
Photos by Lydie Byart
Lately, I find myself straying from outfit and fashion posts because first of all, I spend all my money on makeup so my wardrobe is scanty at best, and secondly, my recent weight gain has me feeling quite uncomfortable in the clothes I already own (if they even still fit me, lol).
Photos by Mark Wijsman
I know I usually end off my year with a sort of review and new year prospective blog post, but truth be told, I’ve been putting off this post for weeks. 2016 felt like several years in one – but beyond that, it was a year of extremes for me. The highs went to the heavens and in turn, the lows went the depths of the hell. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. But I doubt it.
Photos by Menzi Mcunu | Shoes are courtesy of Superbalist
Despite the sweltering, uncomfortable heat – one of the biggest benefits of summer in South Africa is definitely the versatility of your wardrobe. During the summer months, there are some days when it still feels like winter and you can put on some boots, and other days when it’s so hot that espadrils are your only companion on the beach. Beyond that, you can wear open-toe heels without worrying about your toes falling off from the cold. So, in conjunction with Superbalist and the latest Sole Venture story on their blog with Aqeelah Harron and Anelisa Mangcu (which you can shop here), I thought I’d show you my top picks from each shoe category and give you a little insight into how I’d style them.
Photos by Menzi Mcunu
I don’t think I ever pictured a time where I’d be gushing over a Puma bomber jacket (or over a pair of their shoes, for that matter) – and not because I have anything against the brand, I just never quite thought about them. So how did we get here?