Fashion focus

Local love

October 19, 2014







Images (top to bottom): MaXhosa by Laduma, Shoppe, Supergra campaign featuring Poppy Ntshongwana, Zana bags, Mr Price Home, Shoppe on Marriot Road

Since moving back home I’ve been having the best time exploring SA brands – you could say I’ve been getting back to my roots in the best way I know how – by shopping! These are some of my fave finds so far – and I’m sure there will be more to come x

MaXhosa by Laduma - An innovative Xhosa-inspired knitwear brand. I first noticed this eyecatching range in Supergra’s new campaign featuring Poppy Ntshongwana (above), where she rocked one of his fabulous knit pieces – and then I saw the full range and Laduma journey during a designer feature on Top Billing. I’m in love with the bright prints and unusual shapes – it’s modern African fashion at its best. Shop Laduma here

Zana - Decor, accessories and fabric in beautiful prints from a team of creative lovelies based in Woodstock, Cape Town. Adore everything they create, especially their cat prints. Read their blog here and shop Zana here 

Shoppe - If you’re into quirky decor pieces then Shoppe is a must-see if you’re in Durbs. It’s conveniently located on Marriot Road (number 40) in the same space as Market Restaurant – so you can pick up a mean coffee and a unique decor gem in one trip :) I could spend hours in this shop perusing though all the little treasures. Their ceramic bunny monsters and Sonia Vosloo pineapple cookie jars are to die for – and as for their Marmite stools and Zoo Biscuits cushions – I can’t! Check out their Facebook page here

Mr Price Home - It just keeps getting better and better – this brand is going to take over the world. They are so on the pulse with new trends, from gold pineapples to neon print pillows, you name it, they’ve got it. With their wide selection of items from lighting fixtures, to ceramics, bedding, garden and even stationary, you could literally style your entire home and office beautifully. Love love love. Shop Mr Price home here




Aussie Rules

October 8, 2014








Images (Top to bottom) – SaboSkirt, Elle Ferguson at Spell in Byron, Christine Centenera, Spell Designs, Forever Soles, Natalie Alamein and the Theyallhateus girls.

When I first moved to Sydney I was in complete awe of the Aussie style. Australian women generally just have a knack for pulling off that ‘effortless’ look by piecing together basics, denim, killer shoes, beachy hair and great accessories. Girls like Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton from blog Theyallhateus, Pip Edwards and Mimi Elashiry make the casual cool ‘I woke up like this’ look flawless and as for the likes of Christine Centenara – no words, she’s still my style icon.

Besides the obvious and more pricey Aussie labels (Zimmermann, Sass and Bide and Lover to name a few), here are a few of my fave (and more budget friendly) labels that you need in your life – and in case you’re wondering, yes I have done my research and almost all of them deliver internationally – win!

Spell - If your vibe is boho gypsy kid then you have to check out this label by two Byron Bay sisters Elizabeth and Isabella. Think floaty fabrics, exquisite layers of adornments and dreamy boho homeware. Shop Spell here

Saboskirt – One of my first Aussie finds via Insta and a brand that’s perfect if you’re searching for that new, on trend, weekend outfit. The owners Thessy and Yiota are absolute babes and chronicle their daily outfits and lookbook shots on Instagram. Hot product at the moment? Their summer fresh crochet crop tops. Shop Sabo here

Natalie Alamein - I discovered Natalie’s range of earrings when selling some of my own second hand goods at the Bondi markets (a must see if you visit Sydney!) I hadn’t seen anything like it before – beautifully unique, hand crafted earrings and bags (as above) in bright colours. Natalie’s website is still under construction but you can get in touch on her Facebook page. I don’t think she delivers internationally just yet, but you can always ask  a friend visiting Aus to bring you back something small – well that’s my plan anyway!

Forever Soles –  Another boho find, perfect for the free spirit festival goers and boho brides. I’m loving their anklets and barefoot sandals. You can also style up basics beautifully with some of their chunky pieces. Shop Forever Soles here

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