It’s freezing yet sunny folks, hello Winter in Jozi! You have greeted us with a flu that left us holding on for dear life, inappropriate see-through tights as pants and a whole lot of ‘maybe I’m wearing a bra today maybe I’m not’. (Sidenote: that rule doesn’t apply to me, I need extra strength to hoist these up).Read More
I have 4 emotional levels (from happiest to most depressing)
1. Girl in her car listening to Rihanna ‘B&#%*h better have my money’ at full volume
3. Kanye West hating the world
4. Anything Adele
Lately I’ve been somewhere in between Kanye West & Adele (sidenote: no one should ever be near Adele) this is never a good place to be. In between have a quarter-life crisis and sorting out menial yet highly important things like, a faulty sensor in your engine, broken iPhone and an expired license disc things haven’t exactly been fun.
This weekend has been the first time in two weeks that I’ve felt semi-normal again (whatever that means) and I’ve really gained a lot of perspective. Sometimes you need everything to have that ‘screw everything the world hates me’ moment to get back up fighting. Sometimes not looking at what people around you are doing is a good thing, too easily I got caught in wondering why my friends are buying houses and I’m still figuring out how to change my job description. When really, life isnt a sprint ,it’s a marathon and at least at the end of it all I can look back fulfilled having lived the life I dreamed of. And not one dreamt for me.
I’m just so grateful that I’m back on my Sam Smith vibe it feels so good, for now Rihanna will have to take a back seat while I figure out what I’m doing next for this year. Team Confucius all the way and that’s okay.
My screw everything outfit and facial expressions shot by : Burton Witbooi (@burtonwitbooi)
T-shirt: 32 Clothing
Boots: PnP clothing
Jewelry Forevermine jewelry & accessories
Life has a funny way of telling you that you don’t always got this. Like when you’re asked to style a shoot for a Canadian luxe sportswear, Tonic and you’re like like ‘hold up I was never ready!’ It’s always tricky working for a client because they completely trust you (that’s why they hired you) but you also want to execute don’t want to mess this up! I’ve never really thought that sportswear was my thing but I guess I’m a secret sneaker head (I say secret because it’s so secret it’s in my head I never actually buy the sneakers I lust after) and my style leans a lot towards comfort over everything. So in a way I discovered something I never knew I had which is pretty cool because the older I get the less I think my brain can consume, I never fully used it anyway.
If my aunt reads this post she’d probably be wondering what on earth I know about sportswear because she’s the sports fanatic and I would thus receive her hand me downs everytime I had a excercise spurt in my life (which happens often and fizzles out just as quickly). But since my pole expedition, I’ve been consistent with my sportswear and found this brand luxurious (winning) and amazing quality. It doesn’t wear after all the washing it endures and is so stretchy which I obviously love because I hate feeling constricted or wondering if I’m showing my crack to the stranger behind me on the treadmill. All in all this Tonic brand gets a 9/10 from me.
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I’m quite the wedding enthusiast as most of my readers already know, I’ve attending 2 weddings this year (which is a record for me) and I’m pretty sure that’s where that ends, oh well there’s always next year, right? I’m down for invites though, just saying…
There’s sort of a secret society that decides what our wedding etiquette should be, it’s sort of like the lochess monster, nobody has actually seen them but we know they exist. I know there are a lot of rules regarding conduct at a wedding so here are the do’s and don’ts according to yours truly (you may or may not use these rules but I will not be held liable for any bitch slapping or hair pulling that may ensue following my opinions.
Right, now that my disclaimer is out of the way let’s talk about everything that irritates me about wedding rules:
1. The dreaded can I wear white to a wedding?
YES . I know this can be very tricky I would say KNOW YOUR BRIDE. Is she petty or insecure? Then probably steer away from white. Personally I think it’s fine if you’re in a white suit or an off-white cocktail dress, I find nothing wrong with that. Brides just actually need to make an effort and make sure no one else tops them, seriously. I mean if Beyonce is your sister and you managed to still look like the bride and break the internet then why on earth would Nicole from down the road upstage you? Get over it brides to be.
2. Can I bring a plus one?
Never. This is not some ratchet party where you can B.O.B (bring own bae). These people have paid upwards of R250 per person and are not expecting you to show up with some guy you met at the gym. Go alone, mingle, meet somebody (weddings are a great hunting ground for men) or at the very least make sure you’ve fully charged your phone to Instagram all night.
3. Should I buy from the gift registry?
It is preferable, these people made a concerted to go out and scan all these impossibly expensive wedding gifts to you to purchase, just bite the bullet. It’s better than giving a gift they’ll absolutely hate and then sell on gumtree after. If this fails find out who wants to go in on a gift with you and save by buying a group gift.
4. Being part of the bridal party and hating your dress, should you speak up?
Unfortunately you can’t unless you want things to be awkward with that friend leading up to the wedding or risking her debunk you of your bridesmaid duties (which in some cases is not a bad idea). I have no idea why brides want their wedding party to look like cupcakes in horrible colours and chiffon nightmares. Get it together brides to be those are YOUR wedding pictures that are forever going to look like crap!
Needless to say I think I faired pretty well with the weddings I attended this year, keeping it festive in metallics and in this case a cape because it’s rainy season in Cape Town and a nipple stand is never cute on anyone and I hate getting cold. Thank goodness for friends like these, I borrowed this awesome cape from my friend Jamie and also had a beautiful back-up dusty pink dress from my friend Jill and therefore was prepared for any weather Cape Town decided to be. And yes borrowing clothes from your girlfriends is a great idea for weddings because seriously who the heck has a million amazing frocks lying around (besides these socialites because who knows where they even get money from) for everyday use?
Shot by Burton Witbooi @burtonwitbooi
He is also available to shoot events, weddings etc. Contact him via his Instagram account. @burtonwitbooi
Cape: Ariella Apparel
1. You have a body like Jennifer Lopez/Beyonce/Kim Kardashian
It’s strange I’m a smart girl, I know exactly what these women look like (perfection) but I’m still completely convinced when I step inside that change room that my body will automatically morph into this, small boob, tiny waist, voluptuous derrière. But alas…
2. I can afford this….(if I eat peanut butter and bread for the rest of the month)
Some of us may be fortunate to have no budget at all but let’s face it they’re few and far between, back in the real world some of us have to use our hard-earned blood, sweat & tears to buy their clothing. For me, I can let an expensive clothing item go for a more affordable version but it’s the shoes that kill me. I will spend all my money on a great pair of heels, once I see them they will haunt my dreams, I ABSOLUTELY have to find a way to buy them!!!
3. I’m going to look like the girl in the ad campaign.
This is probaly the most heart-breaking lie I tell myself. I am not a model. And will never be a model. Hello I’m 1,61m. Get over this lie you constantly tell yourself Bronwyn and get with the real world (this is a work in progress).I shall be a conqueror!
4. The change room mirrors are conspiring against me
The jury is still out on this one..I’m pretty sure that those change room mirrors were designed to make me see myself in every possible angle that is unflattering.
5. Always buy during a sale
Actually this is every women’s problem. We cannot for the life of us pull ourselves away we have to ‘take a look’. When in actual fact why are they charging us so much money in the first place of we’re paying this little for the product?! And secondly we cannot wear this going into the next season so it’s pointless until the following year really?