A little rough on the edges – Ootd

Going out for lunch

Going out for lunch

I’m not so clued up with trends and what’s really making fashion headlines on the streets or runway, I just find myself heartin’ things in the most random way. For instance this Mr Price Pleather Dress, it is just too perfect for this weather, warm and comfy. I fell in love with it just because the first thing that came to my mind was COMFORT!!

Studio. W Jacket

Studio. W Jacket

This Studio. W Jacket from Woolworths has been one of my best buys thus far. I love the tuxedo feel to it and it goes perfect with just anything!

Black Thangs

Black Thangs

I’m a big girl (I prefer using the word “big” over “fat” because “fat” is overrated lol, please don’t ask me how), so I’ve been obsessing over black since the start of winter PLUS black makes me look slim and I love it!

My old Aldo Heels

My old Aldo Heels

I enjoy these Aldo shoes so much because they are the most comfortable things I’ve laid my foot in. I can run in these and still look fabulous. TOTALLY HEARTIN’

This bag is from Revlon. Yes I love freebies and don’t you be acting like you don’t…

Dark skinned Don't care! Bad hair day, cover up!

Dark skinned Don’t care! Bad hair day, cover up!

So bad hair days come and go but when they have arrived one has to make a plan. You can’t let your bad hair day get in the way of going out, right? Well I cover up when these days come to pay me a visit. I found this beanie on Eloff street in Johannesburg on my way to Ghandi Square and LOOK it really saved me from this day turning awful because let us all admit it; when you look good, you feel good.

My favourite Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in shade: Shameless

My favourite Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in shade: Shameless

I’m a risk taker but when it comes to make-up I become Cacophobian (fear of ugliness) so at times I refrain from the make-up scene. But a girl has got to put some colour on her lips. I used my favourite Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm; in Shameless… a little pop of colour won’t hurt nobody!

Gold Thangs and a pop of colour. Got to love the nail polish

Gold Thangs and a pop of colour. Got to love the nail polish

The colour gold is the colour I’ve fallen madly in love with on accessories. I added golden tones to this all black outfit to get a hard rock feel to it (I hoped I succeeded, you let me know).

The colour on my nails is to die for, I know! This is Ultimate Nail Lacquer, 360 Raspberry Fields Forever. So chic and I love it! All thanks to Grazia South Africa for the free nail polish in their 107 issue. The nail polish is by Catrice Cosmetics and can also be found at Dis-Chem. But you can get both magazine and nail polish if you rush to your nearest convenient store and grab yourself a copy before the new issue lands on the stalls.

I hope you love this as much as I love it, but of course I wouldn’t have left the house if I didn’t totally heart it!

Photos were taken by my 14 year old niece using her Blackberry phone. Please tell me what you think about her photography, she would love to get feedback.

A little something

What do you do when you find yourself in your early 20s and you haven’t done much in your life? Or rather you FEEL like you haven’t accomplished/achieved much in your life…

 

You basically feel like you haven’t lived! Because you feel like you haven’t fully explored the world and lived up to all its possibilities.

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I lived all my teenage life trying to fit in a perfect frame with both family and society, I tried to impress everybody but I’m not sure if I ever found the balance.  Family had their own set of requirements like achieve good grades at school, participate in sports and take up other mural activities like public speaking and stuff. Funny enough at that time it felt as though they expect me to do all these things but there was ZERO support or even show of interest coming from them when I eventually try out being that “learner” who makes it to “Top 10  achievers” at school.  But was I living up to MY expectations? Then on the other hand was society expecting me to live a certain way just to fit in, honestly the outside world seemed so important that I used to spend a lot of time trying to fit in. But in all this, was it all ME?

 

 

 

I remember becoming a senior in high school and how that made me feel like an adult. In my eleventh grade I just wanted to go a little experimental with life. I was in need of a voice, an opinion and I was hungry for control. But I could not find the power to shout it all out and it was devastating. Resultant to all these? Well let’s just say it was over the top. My place of escape was partying hard, getting into trouble and giving my parents the biggest headache to ever be on planet earth. I neglected family’s expectation and did whatever the road led me.

 

 

 

This became a concern to my parents, they worried much about my studies so they locked me inside my room and got me munching on textbooks.  (I would vent about how parents are mostly responsible for teenagers rebellious behaviours and that would take the whole day but here’s an example: when you keep your dog chained for too long, as soon as it receives its freedom it goes wild. A healthy dog needs to be taken out for a walk and allowed to run freely around in the park once in a while.)

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Anyway my point here is if you ever find yourself wondering where you headed in life? Is there progress in my life? Is my past the reason for my present being so blurry? Do I even have a future? Is there something I could have done to have made a difference now in my life?

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In my whole experience fighting myself and trying to find the “perfect balance”, I realized there is no balance. Life is not to be figured out. Life is to be lived and you can only do that by living it NOW! I often wondered if all my efforts of trying to “fit in” were genuinely me, and I’ve come to realize that everything that happens to my life is  all ME and whether I’m faking it or being real, it all comes down to what makes me ME! All these things are elements building up to form an end product (although it is a never ending process)

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Life is a journey full of discoveries and there is still a lot to discover…

Noodles + Green Tea

Noodles + Green Tea

Good Read

I’m reading The Good Women of China by Xinran as part of my challenge to read one book a month. When I’m done reading this book I’ll post my thoughts on it. But I’m enjoying it thus far, the stories in this book are incredibly eye-opening and very much intriguing.